Chico State Alumni Who Make A Difference
1982, Psychology; Honor Year 2010
Shaikha Jameela bint Mohammad Al-Qasimi is devoted to her work as an advocate for the rights of the disabled, children, and humans in general. She serves as the Director General for Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services and has been instrumental in the set-up of new services for the disabled and their families including schools servicing deaf and hard of hearing, mentally handicapped, and autistic children. She earned her EMBA in 2004 from the American University of Sharjah. The Shaikha is currently seeing one of her dream projects come to fulfillment with the establishment of one-of-a-kind private center for psychiatric and mental patients in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She is also at work establishing a center for early intervention for at risk children in Cairo, Egypt.
1964, Civil Engineering; Honor Year 2001
Ed Anderson founded Rolls, Anderson & Rolls, a private engineering company, in 1972 with two other CSU, Chico grads Ellis Rolls, 1954, and Ray Rolls, 1963. After semi-retiring in 1995, Anderson began practicing as a sole proprietor. He continues to serve as City Engineer for several small communities that he has represented for more than 30 years. Anderson has served as the professional contact member for CSU, Chico’s American Society of Civil Engineers since its founding in 1969. In 1991 the Northern California Council of Civil Engineers named him “Engineer of the Year”.
1974, BS Agriculture; Honor Year 1994
1969, Chemistry and Economics; Honor Year 2009
Lance Astrella has been engaged in the private practice of law for 35 years with a primary emphasis in the energy industry. He is the senior partner of Astrella & Rice P.C. based in Denver, Colorado, and is a member of the State Bars of California and Colorado. Mr. Astrella's work in the energy field is focused on balancing the need for domestic fossil fuel with environmental sustainability, including preservation of water resources. Major trials have involved environmental protection and market manipulation in the energy sector. Mr. Astrella obtained his Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Economics from California State University, Chico, in 1969, a Master's degree in Economics from the University of California, Davis, in 1970 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1973.
1975, B.S. Business Administration, Management Option; 1977, M.B.A.; Honor Year 2003
Karl E. Bakhtiari is the founder, president/CEO, and director of Stonesfair Financial Corporation and has a long history of financial successes in the real estate industry. He served as a board member for ten years for the Stoneson Development Corporation and Stoneson Associates, two major real estate development and construction corporations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company developed and owned the Stonestown Galleria and the Stonestown Apartments, an 820-unit complex in San Francisco. Bakhtiari has spent the past nine years successfully acquiring and operating approximately 2,000 apartment units in Northern California and Montana. Bakhtiari holds both M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from CSU, Chico, and is a board member of Chico State's business advisory board.
1969, Social Work; Honor Year 2011
A nationally recognized professional presenter and author of numerous publications, including Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas, Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló formally took office as president of Northern New Mexico College in Espanola, New Mexico, on July 1, 2010. Barceló has extensive experience as a teaching professional and is recognized as a respected authority on the issues of equity and diversity in higher education. She received the Distinguished Educator in Diversity Award from the University of Iowa, served as vice president and vice provost for minority affairs and diversity at the University of Washington, and served as vice president and vice provost for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota. Barceló is also an avid bicyclist, accomplished storyteller, songwriter, and guitarist.
1960, B.S. Life Science; Honor Year 1999
Sanford "Sandy" Beck is the director of vocational training for Job Corp. in seven states for the Reno-based company Adams & Associates. Prior to that, he served as the executive director and executive secretary for the California State Council on Vocational Education, where he was the liaison with inter-governmental agencies and responsible for integration of vocational education and employment/training planning, research planning, and evaluation in conjunction with and directed by the council and its officers. Beck graduated in 1960 with a B.S. in life science. He received his general secondary and special secondary agriculture credentials as well as a secondary administrative credential from UC, Davis. He earned a master's in vocational education administration from CSU, Sacramento. Following his graduation from CSU, Chico, Beck spent many years as a vocational agriculture instructor, councilor, and administrator and was principal of Willows High School from 1969-1971. He has served as regional coordinator and regional supervisor for the State Department of Education and was the general manager of the Kiwifruit Commodity Division of Sun World International. While at CSU, Chico, Beck was president of Associated Students in 1958 and was responsible for initiating a mandatory student fee which gave leverage for the bonds that built Bell Memorial Union. One of his greatest honors while on campus was when Glenn Kendall asked him to be the student representative at the dedication of Kendall Hall.
1982, B.S. Business Administration; Honor Year 2005
Scott Bedford began his career in the investment field in 1983 with the New York-based investment firm L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin. In 1986, he became the youngest vice president in the firm. Bedford left L. F. Rothschild in 1987 to start up the firm, Volpe Covington, and serve as general partner. Volpe Covington was the biggest financed start-up investment banking firm in Wall Street history. He left Volpe Covington to start Peninsula Capital Management in 1989. Bedford has been named the college of Business Executive of the Year, and serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Matthew Episcopal Day School in Burlingame, California.
1978, B.A. Business; Honor Year 2000
Keith Bewley, president of NEx Systems, has thirteen years' experience in the new industry development. He was a co-founder of California Cooler, Inc., the pioneering firm of the wine cooler industry. Following the $180-million sale of California Cooler, Inc., Bewley was a co-founder of LINC Venture Partners, Inc., where he specialized in analyzing business plans and funding start-up companies. As an outgrowth of his involvement with LINC, Bewley assumed the position of president of NEx Systems, with has developed a 100 percent organic, environmentally safe dry cleaning and fiber protection program. During his tenure at California Cooler, Bewley was a board member and president of the Scramento-San Joaquin Wine and Food Society. He received special recognition by the beverage industry for the development of the Four Pack, and won the Beverage Industries first place award for Point of Sale materials.
1982, BA Social Science; Honor Year 1998
1978, M.S. Computer Science; Honor Year 1996
Gary B. Borders is an Engineering Productivity Manager with the Vancouver, Washington Division of Hewlett Packard (HP). In addition to his current duties of improving the productivity of the site design engineering teams, Borders has managed the development of a number of software programs for HP. Under his direction the HP Mechanical Simulation program was developed. At the time, this is the leading program in the nation for applications to Structural Engineering, Dynamic/Kinematics Tolerances, and Mold Flow Analysis. In addition, Border's team is responsible for the development of a process improvement program (SPIDER) for firmware and software. Further, Border directed the Computer Aided Engineering team to act as the catalyst for major improvements in the Local Area Network (LAN). Border, an outstanding researcher and manager, continues to cultivate his relationship with CSU, Chico. He is responsible for management of all aspects of the relationship between HP and Chico State. With Border's assistance, CSU, Chico has received over $8 million in hardware and software support. He is also the author of The Adventure Companion, published in 1985.
1982 Business Administration, Marketing Option; Honor Year 2009
After a successful career in the radio business, Gordon Brown began selling income-producing properties in California and Nevada. Since 1988 he has successfully purchased, managed, and repositioned millions of dollars worth of properties for himself and his partners. Brown currently serves as president of the Inside Circle Foundation, which supports inmates in Folsom Prison in their efforts at accountability and self awareness. He is a former founding member of the Authentic Leadership Center and serves on the Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Trustees. The Waterkeeper Alliance is an international group dedicated to supporting communities in the protection of bodies of water and the provision of safe drinking water.
1981, Religious Studies; Honor Year 2011
Patrick Bultema is recognized as an industry and company maker. He has served as an executive, investor, board member, and advisor to tens of venture-financed startups. He was most recently a venture partner with vSpring Capital. He was previously CEO of XAware and of FrontRange Solutions, a global CRM software company. He was founder and executive chairman of Knowlix, as well as chairman/general manager of the Help Desk Institute, then a Ziff-Davis company. A noted author and speaker, Bultema is recognized as one of the leading experts in the customer management industry. He was founding executive editor of Customer Support Management Magazine, and has been an industry maker in the customer relationship management space. In addition to his degree from Chico State, Bultema holds a master's in divinity from Princeton. Bultema and his wife have seven children, including three children adopted from China. He credits his time at Chico with helping him learn to learn, understand people and communicate. A common theme in his diverse professional career has been bringing technology and customer experience together in ways that make both successful.
1966, Agriculture Science; Honor Year 2009
As vice president of grape and wine resources for Fosters Wine Estates Americas, George Buonaccorsi is responsible for 8,600 acres of company vineyards and oversees the management of the Grower Relations Department which purchases grapes and wine in most California viticulture regions. Buonaccorsi is a native of Alexander Valley, California, raised on a family-owned vineyard. For the past 37 years, he has been involved in the California wine industry, specializing in working with growers of the premium wine regions of the north coast counties. Buonaccorsi lives in Napa, California with his wife, Vicki, and enjoys gardening and cooking and is an enthusiastic baseball and football fan.
1973, Biological Science; Honor Year 2011
Dr. William Carroll, the Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics, directs the NYU Cancer Institute and the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Program at NYU Medical Center, has extensive experience in all aspects of the care of children with cancer and blood diseases. He has a particular interest in the treatment of children with leukemia and directs clinical trials in acute lymphoblastic leukemia for the Children's Oncology Group.
Dr. Carroll is Head of the Children's Oncology Group Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Disease Committee and is responsible for developing and directing clinical research in North America for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer.
As a practicing pediatric hematologist/oncologist, Dr. Carroll has treated hundreds of children with cancer. He has worked tirelessly to transfer knowledge gained in his laboratory into more effective treatments for his patients. He has consistently been named one of the Country’s best doctors in multiple national publications and professional lists.
1972 Business Administration, 1974 MBA; Honor Year 2008
In addition to his responsibilities as president of RSC Associates, Inc., a residential and commercial property management firm with offices in Chico and Sacramento, Scott Chalmers serves as chair of the University Foundation Board of Governors and as director for Golden Valley Bank and Golden Valley Bank Foundation. Chalmers and his wife, Cindy, have established three separate scholarships for students at Chico State and Butte Community College, and were joint recipients of the 2004 Boys and Girls Club Annual Humanitarian Award and the 2006 Rotary Community Service Award. The entire Chalmers family—Scott, Cindy, and their two daughters, Cara and Christa—attended Chico State.
1980, Agronomy; Honor Year 2011
His desire to attend Chico State took flight while Dennis Choate spent summers working his uncle’s farm in Gridley, California. While Choate was a student at Chico State, a summer internship with Asgrow Seed Company turned into a fulltime job as a field representative. After 20 years and many positions with Asgrow, Choate moved over to Harris Moran Seed Company to serve in his current position as vice president. The current position allows Choate to travel to many countries, and when possible he takes his family, wife Shawn (whom he met and married while both were attending Chico State), son Bryan, and daughter Bonny (2010, Agriculture Business). Choate currently serves on the Chico State Agriculture Advisory Council.
1969, Geography & History; Honor Year 2011
Author of four textbooks on geosystems, Robert Christopherson is a professor emeritus of geography following 30 years of teaching at American River College. Christopherson earned his MA in geography from Miami University, Ohio. His wife, Bobbé, serves as photographer and production assistant on his textbooks, which have received several national awards. Together, the Christophersons have completed 12 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Christopherson has been recognized for excellence in teaching with the 1999 Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic Education and the Outstanding Educator Award from the California Geographical Society. In 2009, he was elected to the Textbook and Authors' Association prestigious Council of Fellows.
1974, Mass Communications; Honor Year 2012
According to some, William D. "Dino" Corbin Jr., was born in the wrong century. As president of the Stansbury Home Preservation Association in Chico, Corbin has overseen the organization for more than a dozen years and is considered the ultimate expert of the life of Dr. Oscar Stansbury (1852-1926), his family, and the family home, which was built in 1883. This beautifully preserved Victorian home was built in 1883, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is considered one of the most well-preserved historic buildings in California. Corbin will gladly don Victorian attire and act as host for the Stansbury Home’s functions, such as the annual Victorian Christmas Open House which raises funds to maintain the home. Corbin can often be found on weekends cataloging artifacts, telling stories to guests about Stansbury’s medical practice and explaining just what’s inside the many medical vials remaining from the good doctor’s practice.
1981, Nursing; Honor Year 1995
Leta B. Cox is currently the Chief Nurse Executive at Mercy Medical Center, implementing progressive ways to provide high quality patient care in the changing health environment. She has served as an instructor in the Statewide Nursing Program and has taught at Shasta Community College. Ms. Cox is certified as a Nurse Administrator, a Medical/Surgical Nurse and a Public Health Nurse, and she serves on the American Heart Association’s board of directors. She was awarded Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Woman’s Association of Redding in 1993 and the Philosophy in Action Award for Quality and Excellence in 1994 by Catholic Healthcare West.
Lawrence Crabtree, Jr.
1967, Agriculture; Honor Year 2007
Lawrence (Larry) Crabtree started his career as an instructor of agriculture at Sutter Union High School in Sutter, California, in1967. The program had an enrollment of 35 students. When he retired in 2003, the program had 189 enrolled students, 95 Future Farmers of America Golden State, and six American Degree winners. He has been a positive caring role model for the profession who rallied the troops and led the charge to "Save our Bureau" and reinstate regional delivery of agriculture education. Crabtree was inducted into the California Agriculture Teachers Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
1989, BA Recreation; Honor Year 1998
1986, Recreation Administration; Honor Year 2004
Scott Dalecio serves as the Resort Division President for the KSL Recreation Corporation, owner of prestigious resorts including La Costa Resort and Spa, La Quinta Resort, The Grand Wailea Resort on Maui, The Claremont Resort in Berkeley, and their newest acquisition, the Hotel del Coronado.
1976, Animal Science; Honor Year 2004
Dr. Phillip David began his career in genetics as an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson. David joined PIC International Group (later renamed Sygen International) in 1982 as a geneticist and moved up through the ranks to become president in 1991, and CEO in 1998. Sygen International uses biotechnology and quantitative genetics to improve livestock farmers breeding stock. Sygen operates in 30 countries with corporate headquarters in Berkeley, and is listed as a stand-alone public company on the London Stock Exchange. David’s teams have received the Queen’s Award for Technical Achievement, and Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.
1995, Theater Arts; Honor Year 2002
Amanda Detmer made her professional acting debut in the made-for-television movie Stolen Innocence, filmed in Chico, in 1995. Detmer went on finish her BA at CSU, Chico and to get her master of fine arts degree from NYU, in 1998. Detmer has since appeared on the big screen in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Final Destination (2000), Boys and Girls (2000), Saving Silverman (2001), and The Majestic (2001) with Jim Carrey. Detmer also has a starring role in this year’s Big Fat Liar. Detmer has done both television and stage work in addition to films, and recently starred in a stage production of Amadeus at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1981, BS Business Administration & Management; Honor Year 1997
1976, BS Business Administration; Honor Year 2006
1995, Music; Honor Year 2007
Leonardo Perez Duarte is a longtime Chico resident and is well-known locally and nationally as a music educator and composer. He was a high school music teacher for 38 years, 30 of which were at Chico High School where he directed the orchestra, choirs, and bands. He has been the recipient of the Music Educators of the Year award from the California Music Educators Association and the Band Director of the Year award from the Northern California Band Directors Association. He has published several books on music education, and his published musical compositions include works for band, choir, and orchestra that are performed throughout the United States.
1995, Recreation Administration; Honor Year 2008
Jeff Dudum originally created a business plan for a sports-themed, upscale restaurant as an assignment for his Commercial Recreation Operations class at CSU, Chico. His corporation now has six concept restaurants in California and Texas, with plans to open three more restaurants in San Diego, Tempe, and Las Vegas. Dudum was featured in 2007 as Yahoo! Finance Entrepreneur of the Week, and was named “One of America’s Greatest Hospitality Professionals” by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. He has earned a Five Star Diamond Award presented to establishments deemed to be of pinnacle quality, and his four Bay Area restaurants have won more than a dozen “best of” awards.
1972, Physical Education; Honor Year 2002
Dan M. Dutton joined Stimson Lumber Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1988. Dutton was elected President of Stimson Lumber Company in October 1989, and became Chief Executive Officer in 1991. Prior to joining Stimson Lumber Company, Dutton was President of Duke City Lumber Company. Dutton currently serves on the Board of Directors of American Forest and Paper Association and is Past Chairman of the Resource Committee. He also serves on the board of the World Forestry Center, Western Wood Products, Columbia Distributing, Boy Scouts of America – Cascades, and Copia, American Center for Food, Wine, and the Arts.
1959, Physical Sciences; Honor Year 1994
Dr. Floyd L. English has been Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Andrew Corporation, an international supplier of antennas and transmission lines to the telecommunications industry since July 1983. He was named Chairman of Board of Andrew Corporation in September 1994. From January 1982 to July 1983 he was President and Chief Operating Officer and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1982. Dr. English earned his masters and doctorate in physics from Arizona State University. He studied bulk and surface phenomena in semiconductor and ferroelectric materials at the Sandia Laboratories in New Mexico and later was director of marketing for a division of the Collins Radio Company. He joined Andrew Corporation in 1980 and is on the Board of Directors of the Executives’ Club of Chicago, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Fund for Advancement of Education and the National Engineering Consortium. He has authored numerous technical publications.
1969, Geology; Honor Year 1998
Jack Farmer is a Professor of Geological Sciences at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. He received his B.A. in Geology from CSU, Chico in 1969 and his M.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas in 1971. In 1978, he received a Ph.D. in Paleobiology from UC, Davis. He was a graduate research assistant at the University of Kansas, and became a research associate during and after his studies at UC, Davis. In 1981, he became a senior geologist for Exxon Company in the Western Division Production in Thousand Oaks, California, and served as a senior post-doctoral fellow for the National Research Council at the NASA Ames Research Center. In 1993, Farmer became a research scientist for SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center. Farmer continues to share his passion for geology through college teaching, television appearances, and numerous abstracts and papers published in professional journals and books. On a personal level, he is involved in education outreach with the local Native American community.
1984, B.A. Business; Honor Year 1999
Kim Foss-Erickson is the founder and president/CEO of E & A Investment Advisory, Inc., a "fee only" registered investment firm. Foss-Erickson founded the firm in 1989, and it was recently awarded the DALBAR Financial Professional Seal and rated by DALBAR as one of the "Top 10% Most Outstanding 'Fee-Only' Investment Advisory Firms in the United States." Foss-Erickson earned a B.A. in business in 1984 from CSU, Chico and received her certified financial planner professional designation in 1991. At the time of induction, Foss-Erickson was pursuing her chartered financial analyst designation. Following her graduation, Foss-Erickson joined Merrill Lynch & Co, where she was a lead member of the team to open the San Ramon, CA office of the firm in 1985. During her tenure at Merrill Lynch & Co., she was an account broker, mutual fund coordinator, and insurance analyst. She has more than sixteen years of experience in the financial service business, managing $35 million of high net worth individual and pension plans. During her time in Chico, Foss-Erickson was a member of Phi Chi Theta Professional Business Fraternity for Women. In her professional life she has served on numerous committees and boards in a leadership capacity, including the Board of Directors of the CSU, Chico Alumni Association, where she helped to establish the alumni chapter in San Diego. She has also given her time and talent to Soroptimist International, Rotary International, the International Association of Financial Planners, the Temecula Valley and Roseville Chambers of Commerce, and the Institute of Certified Financial Planners.
1964 Education, 1965 Credential; Honor Year 2009
Nancy Fox is the "Official Grand Mom" to the Chico State golf team. Fox and her husband, Jack, travel extensively with the team, hosting nightly booster events during tournaments, and she was named the 2004–2005 "Golf Booster of the Year." Fox was a member of the University Advisory Board for 10 years, serving as both chair and vice chair. She has also been on the University Foundation Board of Governors, is a member of the Heritage Circle, and is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. In addition to serving the University, Fox volunteers extensively with community organizations and considers volunteering to be a significant part of her life.
1978, Communication Design; Honor Year 2007
Craig Frazier is an illustrator who has enjoyed a distinguished career as a graphic designer since 1978. In 1996, he shifted his career emphasis from graphic design to illustration. He has received numerous awards and has been recognized internationally for his design. His work is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Frazier has designed three stamps for the US Postal Service: “Nurturing Love” preprinted envelope was released in 2003, “Child Health” was released October 2005, and "True Blue Love" was released in January 2006. He has published four books, and is a frequent contributor to national publications.
1976, MS Computer Science; Honor Year 1998
1967, Animal Science; Honor Year 2008
A member of the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, Melvin George recently received the highest award bestowed by the UC Davis Academic Federation, the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award. Considered an international leader in the science and management of rangelands, George has developed rangeland management and water-quality protection approaches that have affected rangelands in the United States, Africa, Europe, and China. Named California’s Range Manager of the Year in 1994, George has focused his research on environmental issues associated with the impacts of grazing on water quality.
1957, Chemistry; Honor Year 2000
Marshall L. Ginter is a professor at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland and an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana. His current research centers on electronic structures in atoms and small molecules, high resolution spectroscopy, vacuum ultraviolet and soft x-ray spectroscopy and high and ultra high vacuum instrumentation. Ginter graduated cum laude in 1957 with a BA in Chemistry and a minor in Physics. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt in 1961. His academic career includes positions at Vanderbilt, the University of Chicago, Physikalische Anstalt de Universitat Basel, as well as University of Maryland and University of Urbana. He was a consultant for twenty-eight years for the E.O. Hulbert Center for Space Research, Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. and a guest worker at the National Bureau of Standards in Gaithersburg, M.D. A writer of more than 100 articles, Ginter has published articles in publications such as Journal of Chemical Physics and the Journal of Optical Society of America. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America.
1981, Civil Engineering; Honor Year 2004
Stephen Gonsalves serves as Vice President and Principal Structural Engineer for the firm of Nichols, Melburg, and Rossetto, the firm responsible for Nettleton Baseball Stadium, the expansion of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the new NM&R office building in downtown Chico. The epitome of a self-made man, Gonsalves entered the foster care system at the age of eight, and has lived on his own since turning fifteen. Gonsalves received the Chico Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award for 1998, and the Boys and Girls Club Distinguished Service Award for 1999. In addition, Gonsalves has served on the boards of several engineering associations, including the CSU, Chico Civil Engineering Professional Advisory Board.
1986, Civil Engineering; Honor Year 2002
Dan Gonzales graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1986, and, after working as an engineer for six years, he started Aztlan Graphics, a graphics/t-shirt company that was targeted for the Latino population. Aztlan developed into a company with a full clothing line sold nationwide in major department stores. In 1998, Gonzales moved his growing company to a 22,000-square-foot facility in Chico, California, and changed the company name to Fifth Sun Graphics. Musician Carlos Santana chose Fifth Sun Graphics designs to use for his band’s tour shirts for his 1998 and 1999 tours, and is in development for a t-shirt for his 2002 tour.
1965, BS Agricultural Business; Honor Year 1997
1973, Art; Honor Year 1995
Jacquelyn Guiffré started her artistic career as an illustrator of textbooks and now is a freelance designer and sculptor. Her work can be found at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in the self guided Tree Finder as well as at the Tournament of Roses Parade. She contributed to the 1993 grand prize-winning float for Transamerica Corporation. She is a regular manager and designer for the San Francisco County Fair Flower Show. Her massive bas-relief of the State of California seal is mounted on top of the California Public Utilities Commission building in San Francisco’s Civic Center, and her co-designed carved model of wheat and grapes in the city of San Jose’s logo is suspended above the entrance to the San Jose Arena. She was hired by Disney’s Epcot Center to mold famous cartoon characters out of foam, overlaid with gold leaf, for its casting center. Ms. Guiffré’s studio is a converted barn on a former dairy ranch in Petaluma.
1990, Business Administration, Finance; Honor Year 2010
Identified as one of the 25 most influential people in the financial services industry by Investment Advisor magazine, Scott Hanson is a frequent guest on Fox News, and has contributed to publications in The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and other financial industry publications. He is the author of Money Matters: Essential Tips & Tools for Building Financial Peace of Mind, a comprehensive guide for managing financial issues. Hanson and his business partner host a weekly call-in investment and financial information radio talk show on Sacramento’s largest AM radio station. Hanson also serves on several boards and foundations, and is currently chair of the Sacramento Generosity Project, a research and marketing project designed to increase philanthropy in the Sacramento area.
1990, B.A. International Relations; Honor Year 2005
In a military career that started with the ROTC in Chico, Blaire Harms has traveled the globe and has distinguished herself in her roles as an educator, counselor, and executive officer at the United States Military Academy (USMA). She earned her Master's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University. Harms recently completed strategic arts training in preparation for her role at the United States Pacific Command at Fort Shafter in Hawaii, but has been redirected to assist in the tsunami relief effort. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and received an Army Commendation Medal in recognition of her coordination and execution of a USMA outreach visit to Baghdad University.
1973, Art; Honor Year 2005
Jackie Headley began her career as an entrepreneur at the ripe old age of 12 when she sold her handmade paper-mâché earrings. Following graduation, she spent a year teaching at a bilingual school in Mazatlan, Mexico. She returned to Chico and founded Woof & Poof Pillows in her home. Starting in 1975, with just six pillow designs, Woof & Poof now adds 120 new designs per year to their product assortment. In addition to her work, Headley also serves on the City of Chico Architectural Review Board, the Chico Heritage Board, and the Chico General Plan Task Force. She has been named the Soroptomist Business Woman of the Year.
1967, BA Economics; Honor Year 1997
1993, Recreation Administration; Honor Year 2012
Lain I. Hensley joined Odyssey in 1992 as an equity partner and has since delivered a unique brand of training and motivational speaking to more than 500,000 people worldwide. He has traveled to 58 countries fitting prosthetic hands, and has a goal of donating 100,000 prosthetic hands before he dies. Hensley has been honored as a “Local Hero” by the Chico Noon Rotary Club and leads Rotary Camp Royal, a week-long youth leadership camp for high school seniors. He sits on the board of directors for the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation and the Advisory Board for the CSU, Chico Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management. Hensley met his wife, Jean, while both were enrolled in the ballroom dancing class at CSU, Chico.
1971, MA General Anthropology; Honor Year 1994
1983, Biological Sciences; Honor Year 2004
Dr. Jane M. Hightower made a big splash in the media with her study linking mercury poisoning with high-end fish consumption. This led to her participation in more than 75 media interviews to an FDA warning to limit fish consumption for reproductive age women and for infants and small children and to Proposition 65 enforcement and law suits brought about by California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Hightower was recently elected to the San Francisco Medical Society Board of Directors and received recognition from San Francisco Magazine as one of the top 500 doctors in the San Francisco Bay Area (January 2001) and as a Green Giant for outstanding environmental contribution (June 2003).
1968, Philosophy; Honor Year 2009
In addition to his role as solar system ambassador, Dr. Joseph Hilbe is an emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii and an adjunct professor of statistics at Arizona State University. He is an elected fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the Royal Statistical Society, and an elected member (fellow) of the prestigious International Statistical Institute (ISI). Hilbe currently chairs both the ISI Sports Statistics committee and the Astrostatistics Interest Group. The author of a number of philosophy and statistics books and publications, Hilbe also serves on the editorial boards of five academic journals. He is also a 2007 inductee into the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame.
1960, Agriculture; Honor Year 2002
Dr. Stan Hodges began his post-college career in the United States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps. Following his military service, Hodges combined being an educator with being educated as he pursued his master and doctoral degrees. Hodges joined the faculty of Modesto Junior College in 1965, and served as the Agriculture Department Chair, Agriculture and Biological Science Division Chair, Chief Instructional Officer, and President. Hodges has served on the boards and committees of numerous state and community organizations and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Doctors Medical Center Foundation and Doctors Medical Center Health Development Council/AIDS Education and Prevention Advisory Council, in Modesto, California.
1971, Agriculture; Honor Year 2010
In addition to being a partner in a family farming operation in Yolo and Sutter counties, Charlie Hoppin serves as audit and finance committee Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Farmers Rice Cooperative, serves as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, and serves on the Chico State Agriculture Advisory Council. In 2001, Hoppin played an instrumental role in getting the California State Budget passed with the “Tractor Tax Exemption,” which has provided California agriculture with $110-115 million per year in tax relief. Hoppin and his wife Kathy, a 1968 Chico State alumna, reside in Yuba City.
1974, B.S. Computer Science; Honor Year 2003
Dr. Rick Hubbard finds himself once again living in Chico as the founder, CEO, and chief technology officer of Growth Systems, Inc., an educational and consulting company. Hubbard is also CEO and founder of Simply-Publishing Co. and is the principal author of the Simply-Living series, including the Simply-Wealthy for Teens multi-media program. Hubbard has an M.B.A. from Creighton University and a doctorate in computer science from Colorado Technical University. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a certified member of the Institute of Management Consultants, and is on the Industry Advisory Board, Department of Computer Science at CSU, Chico.
1980, Nursing; Honor Year 2005
Colonel Douglas G. Jackson is the Department Head of the Primary Care Clinic at the Port Hueneme Naval Ambulatory Care Center. Jackson began his career as a secondary science and math teacher in the Kingdom of Tonga. In 1976, Jackson worked as a research assistant for the World Health Organization Project in Tonga. Back in the United States, Jackson joined the military following his graduation from the nursing program at CSU, Chico. He earned his MS in health service administration from Central Michigan University and his family nurse practitioner specialty from UCLA. He has served as clinical coordinator and assistant professor at Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was awarded the Dean's Teaching Award. Jackson has received several Meritorious Service and Achievement Medals from the United States Army.
Michael J. Jones
1981, B.A. Psychology; 1983, M.A. Instructional Technology, Information and Communication Studies; Honor Year 2001
Michael Jones has been a member of the executive staff of Microchip Technology, Inc. since 1991. In 1993 the company went public and was the nation’s number one IPO for 1993. In his current position, Jones manages 102 employees across Human Resources, Information Services, Employee Development, Manufacturing Training, and Document Control functions. Jones’ previous employment includes a position as Training Manager at Intel Corporation and he began his career with Brislain Learning Center, in Chico, CA. Jones has been published in Training magazine.
1954, Applied Engineering Science; Honor Year 2010
A member of the Wintun Tribe from Northern California, Gene A. Keluche has long been active in assisting Native Americans and First Nations communities in the development of sustainable enterprises and health and wellness programs. Keluche has extensive experience in the development and management of technology and natural resource based enterprises. He is a Director of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Foundation and served as Co-Chair with the Secretary of the Smithsonian of the National Museum of Native American’s Founders Council. Keluche and his wife Freita founded the Native American Sports Council, and organization that assists Native American youth with their Olympic-class sports competition goals. Keluche is a former Naval Aviator, and received his MBA from Harvard.
1982, B.S. Psychology; 1984, M.A. Developmental Psychology; Honor Year 2003
Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tacett, author of The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Stress, Depression, and Burnout, chairs the New Hampshire for La Leche League International. In her role as research associate for the Family Research Laboratory, Kendall-Tackett co-chairs the International Family Violence Research Conference. Recently board certified as an international lactation consultant, she received the 2003 La Leche League International Award for Leaders. Kendall-Tackett has a disability that limits the number of hours she can work each week, an experience that motivates her to work on behalf of patients and people with disabilities.
1973, Social Welfare; Honor Year 2007
Brigadier General Mary J. Kight is the Assistant Adjutant General for the California National Guard. She serves as a military assistant and advisor to The Adjutant General for Army and Air National Guard matters in the state of California. After graduating from Chico State, General Kight enlisted in the active duty Air Force and received her commission in 1974. Kight left active duty in 1981 and joined the Nebraska Air National Guard. She returned to her home state of California in 1984 and has risen through the ranks. Kight has received several major awards and decorations including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
1969, BS Business Administration; Honor Year 1995
Prabhakar Kalavacherla “PK”
1993, Accounting; Honor Year 2012
Prabhakar Kalavacherla (“PK”) has worked in the United States as an audit partner in the San Francisco office of KPMG LLP, in India, where he led KPMG’s US GAAP practice, and in Europe. PK has specialized in the technology and biotechnology fields. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He travels frequently to Asian countries to participate in seminars on policy issues associated with standard-setting, and he helps the International Financial Reporting Standards Board in addressing country-specific accounting issues. PK serves as a US Trustee for the Food for Life Organization, an organization that feeds more than 1.3 million school children in India every school day.
1974, English; Honor Year 2008
Olena Lacy serves as trustee to the Independent Health Care Trust for UAW Retirees of General Motors Corporation, and serves on the board of Financial Engines, an investment advice and management firm providing services to employees in 401(k) plans from over 900 corporate clients. She was assistant secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration in the United States Department of Labor, a Presidential appointment, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and she was the chief deputy state treasurer in the California State Treasurer’s Office. A National Merit Scholar and Summa cum Laude graduate from Chico, Lacy earned her MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
1994, English; Honor Year 2006
Johnny Lancaster is a professional voice over artist represented by Don Buchwald and Associates, a talent organization for the entertaining and advertising world. Lancaster’s voice has been heard in commercials for Pepsi, Pringles, Volkswagen, Hershey’s, and Folgers. He does the promos for Nickelodeon, MTV and Discovery Health. He has also hosted the ESPN show The Life, and produced an off-off Broadway show, Cinema, that used many CSU, Chico actors to recreate scenes from critically acclaimed movies. Lancaster received his masters in Fine Arts from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University, and spends his free time playing and coaching softball. He also plays in a band and remains a die-hard fan of both the San Diego Chargers and Padres, which he credits "with teaching me how to suffer, a worthwhile attribute for an actor."
Kenneth Lange, D.D.S.
1965, Biological Sciences; Honor Year 1996
Dr. Kenneth E. Lange received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1969 from the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry, and returned to Chico to establish his practice. He is a past president of the California Dental Association, and received their Most Improved Communications Awards in 1985 and the Chico Unified Teachers Association Public Service Award in 1992. Lange has been very active holding many professional offices in the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Northern California Dental Society, Butte County Health Planning Council, Northern Regional Health Systems Agency and Medical Quality Review Board—Region 1. He is also an honorary member of the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International College of Dentists. Lange is passionate about his community involvement. He has held many leadership positions in the Greater Chico Chamber of Commerce, including the position of president during 1992–1993. Other community membership involvement includes Chico Community Foundation, Chico Economic Planning Corporation, Chico Lions Breakfast Club, Chico State Associates and Century Club, Chico Scholarship Association, Little League and Youth Soccer Coach, and Parent Teacher Associations in area schools.
1966, Psychology; Honor Year 2008
Sheryl Lange is the "Supreme Volunteer." Her role as volunteer has led to a term on the Chico City Council, four bond committees, the Chico Unified School District Foundation Board, numerous PTA boards, and the American Cancer Society. At Chico State she is considered to be a most valuable volunteer, having served as secretary, vice president, president, and past president of the Alumni Association. She has also served on the University Advisory Board, the Wildcat Century Club, the Northern California Natural History Museum Board, and the WASC Committee. For her role in advocating for the University and the CSU system, Lange was named the 2007 California State University Advocate of the Year for CSU, Chico and she was honored by the Chico State Alumni Association as their 2007 Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipient.
1975, B.A. International Relations; 2013, Honorary Doctorate; Honor Year 1996
Sandy Lerner co-founded Cisco Systems, Inc., maker of the first commercially viable router, a device that allows computer networks to expand and create networks of networks, which we now know as The Internet. Lerner was one of the first female philanthropists to emerge from the Silicon Valley boom era. She created a charitable foundation and trust that would fund her projects; her main interest is animal welfare.After Lerner stepped away from her position at Cisco, she came up with an idea for a cosmetics line that steered clear of the standard girlish pinks and reds in nail polish and lipstick. Inspired in part by the dark-red, nearly black “Vamp” nail color introduced by Chanel that was selling out at makeup counters across North America, Lerner decided to create a line of alternative shades of lipstick and nail color. In mid-1995, she founded the company, called Urban Decay, which was later sold to the luxury conglomerate LVMH. Lerner earned her BA in international relations at California State University in Chico, finishing in two years with distinction, and began graduate school at Claremont College outside of Los Angeles. She was particularly fascinated by comparative political studies, but came to realize there was likely little financial gain in it (i.e., no job). She earned her MA in econometrics and her MS in statistics and computer science at Stanford University. Not surprisingly, Lerner ran the computer facility for the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, before leaving to establish Cisco. Lerner will receive an honorary doctorate at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19, and will give the commencement address at both undergraduate ceremonies.
1976 Public Administration, 1978 MPA; Honor Year 2008
Currently serving as the Alumni Trustee to the CSU Board of Trustees, A. Robert (Bob) Linscheid is also the general manager of the Chico Outlaws Professional Baseball Club. Linscheid has a long record of serving the University as a member of the University Foundation Board of Governors, president of the Alumni Association, and Chico State representative and president of the systemwide CSU Alumni Council. He also serves as president and CEO of the Chico Economic Planning Corporation, and as president and CEO of the Butte County Economic Development Corporation. Linscheid is a member of Rotary International and served as the district chair of the Polio Eradication Program.
1979, BA Information and Communication Studies; Honor Year 1994
1976, Agriculture; Honor Year 2012
A retired agriculture teacher from Loyalton, California, Bill Loveridge spends much time in the Philippines working with the Asian Christian School of Ministry. Loveridge and his wife, Susan, have made eight trips since 2002, most recently in April 2012. While there, the Loveridge’s teach at a local college. Loveridge has a longstanding commitment to community, and has served as a director for the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District, a councilman for the City of Loyalton, and a soccer and girls basketball coach. He assisted in developing the California Standards for Agriculture Education, and he has been named CATA Outstanding Teacher and California Ag in the Classroom Vocational Agriculture Teacher of the Year.
1954, Agriculture; Honor Year 1996
Wendell Lundberg is a Partner and the Vice President of WEHAH Lundberg Family Farms in Richvale, CA. After graduation in 1954, Wendell became involved in the family rice farm in the Richvale area. During this time he also worked as a Seasonal Ranger for the Department of Interior at Crater Lake, and managed and supervised a rice experiment in Northern Australia. In the mid 1960s, he established a warm water fishery. In 1968, Wendell started rice milling and sales, and in 1980 began the rice cake division of Lundberg Family Farms. The new products and processing department developed in 1985. Lundberg has been active in the rice industry, as well as in his community and church. He is the past director of Butte County Rice Growers Association, past member of California Rice Industry Committee, past Elder of Chico Evangelical Free Church, Director and Past Chairman of the Board for Tri Counties Bank, Director of North State Crime Stoppers, and President of the Chico Chapter Experimental Aircraft Association. He is also a member of the School of Agriculture’s Advisory Board. Wendell and his wife, Carolyn, have three children, Joseph, Jessica, and Alysicia.
William Lyons, Jr.
1973, History; Honor Year 2000
William “Bill” J. Lyons, Jr., California Department of Food and Agriculture secretary, comes from a family with a long history in California production agriculture. The family ranch has been in operation near Modesto for more than 75 years, and Lyons has spent a good portion of his life dedicated to the family business. Governor Gray Davis appointed Lyons to his current position in 1999. As secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Lyons provides leadership to the CDFA for the development and implementation of sound agricultural policy for California’s $26.8 billion agricultural industry. Lyons graduated from Chico State with a BS in history in 1973 and received his secondary teaching credential in 1974. While a student, he received the CSU, Chico Award of Outstanding Service in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Lyons has served at the chair of USDA’s Farm Service Agency State Committee, and he was also appointed by the Stanislaus Country Board of Supervisors to serve from 1996 to 1998 as director of the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District. In 1998 Lyons received the United States Department of Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation. Since 1978, Lyons has been elected to serve on a number of agriculture related boards and commissions, including the California Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors, the Modesto Irrigation District Board of Directors, and the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Harry M. Marsh
1970, BA Political Science; Honor Year 1995
1977, Nursing; Honor Year 1999
She is President of the American Nurses Association for the State of California. Martin-Holland earned her B.S. in Nursing from CSU, Chico in 1977. She went on to earn a masters of public administration from CSU, Hayward in 1981, and a masters of science in nursing with a specialty in cardiopulmonary from University of California, San Francisco in 1985 and her post-masters family nurse practitioner certificate from University of California, San Francisco in 1995. She also devotes time to such groups as the Bay Area Black Health Consortium, the National Black Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International.
1946, Business Administration; Honor Year 2005
Mackay "Mac" Martin was an avid supporter of Chico State athletics. Martin entered Chico State College in 1938, but left in 1941 to enlist in the U.S. Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He returned to Chico State after WWII, and completed his degree in Business Administration. Martin went to work for Chico State College in 1947, and oversaw the bookstore, food service, athletics, drama, and team transportation until his retirement in 1976. He helped to launch the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, and became director of the Chico Invitational Basketball Tournament which was later renamed the Mac Martin Invitational. Martin served as treasurer of the Alumni Association for 30 years, and established the Mac Martin Student Leadership Endowment in 2002.
1966, Agriculture Business; Honor Year 1998
Dedication and a passion to serve is a concept Martin has practiced throughout his career. After graduating from the College of Agriculture in 1966 with a degree in agriculture business, Martin served in the U.S. Navy on active duty from 1968 to 1971. In 1971, he took a position with Crocker Bank, where he served several clients as a loan officer. One of Martin’s clients was Durham Pump Inc., and through this he met Fred Montgomery, partner in the irrigation supply company. Their working relationship grew, and in October of 1977, Martin accepted the position as Durham Pump’s president. For the past 27 years, Martin has implemented Durham Pump’s mission: to serve its customers, local schools, and the agriculture industry. Martin was the catalyst for important irrigation facilities at the University Farm, the supplier of needed irrigation materials, a designer of irrigation systems, and has also served as a laborer on many of the projects. He has been involved with Superior Ag, a committee created to support and promote College of Agriculture programs, since its inception in 1991 when he served as chairman. In addition to his abundant support of the college, Martin has served on Chico Rotary for 25 years and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He was a member of the Chico High Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisory Board for 15 years, and his most recent accomplishment is serving on the Northern California Farm Credit ACA Board of Directors.
1972, English; Honor Year 2012
The former mayor for the City of Redding, Victoria “Missy” McArthur has extensive experience in volunteerism. In addition to being elected to the Redding City Council, Shasta County voters have also voted her to the Shasta College Board of Trustees. From Redding Rotary to the Methamphetamine Task Force, McArthur has proven herself to be a “go to” person for getting things done in the community. She currently sits on the University Advisory Board for CSU, Chico, and frequently lends her talents to helping the University accomplish its goals. McArthur is co-owner of the Redding Heat, a minor league football team, and has been honored with the Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa Woman of the Year Award.
1979, Civil Engineering; Honor Year 2008
David B. McCallen, PhD, is responsible for personnel and program development of a $100 million program aimed at supporting the National Nuclear Security Administration’s efforts in nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear materials management. This program includes the development of advanced remote sensing technologies, securing of nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union, developing collaborative nuclear cooperation in the Middle East and Central Asia, and providing technical support to the ground-based international nuclear explosion monitoring (seismic) system. McCallen is recognized at Lawrence Livermore for his expertise in software development, the design of nuclear material repository systems, seismic and blast analysis, and design of systems.
1992, Biological Sciences; Honor Year 2012
In 2001, Jennifer M. McCallum earned both a PhD in physiology from Colorado State University, and a JD from the University of Colorado. McCallum is actively involved in complex biotechnology legal issues, and founded her own biotechnology patent law firm in Colorado. She was instrumental in arguing a case to help make private storage of stem cells available to all expectant parents, and played an integral part in the issuance of the first permit for the production of pharmaceuticals in Colorado. McCallum has received many awards and much recognition for her role in biotechnology patent law, including the 2008 Congressional Medal of Distinction and an appointment to the Biotechnology Council for the State of Colorado by the governor.
1982 MA Education; 1982 Credential; Honor Year 2010
In his role as Director of Professional Development for Total School Solutions, Timothy McClure is responsible for developing a comprehensive, statewide professional development program designed to improve student academic performance. He received a 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award for his statewide efforts to help districts and schools improve academic achievement. McClure has organized a series of conferences highlighting schools serving high-poverty communities where African American, Latino, and English Learner students succeed at rates significantly higher than the average. Prior to his current role with Total School Solutions, McClure served in several roles for the Butte County Office of Education including as the Deputy Superintendent, Educational Support Services.
1988, Music; Honor Year 2010
Tim McDonald is going to make the world a better place through musical theatre. A respected playwright, director, and educator, in 2006 Tim founded iTheatrics to help students in communities across the nation experience the transformative power of the arts. The company’s innovative products have earned it a distinguished list of clients, including Jim Henson Company and Disney Theatricals. His production, A Year With Frog & Toad, was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was performed in Chico this winter as part of its nationwide tour. While his national reputation continues to grow, Tim is also beloved in the North State, as one of the founders in the 1990s of the popular Chico City Light Opera.
1963, B.S. Accounting; Honor Year 1996
Following graduation, Bruce McDougall joined the staff of Price Waterhouse in Sacramento, the first CSU, Chico graduate to be hired in that office. From 1966 through 1969, McDougall served as an officer in the United States Navy. After his military duty, McDougall was promoted to manager with Price Waterhouse in Cincinnati. His interest in entrepreneurial involvement grew, and in 1973 he became CFO of Genway Corporation in Chicago, IL. Genway provided lease financing to General Motors dealers nationally. In 1982, McDougall became Director and CFO of Warren Capital Corporation, which provides corporate and commercial financial services to privately owned companies. He subsequently was appointed Director in 1982 and CEO 1986. In 1992, McDougall purchased Summit Software, Inc., a publisher of lease accounting software for personal computers which is sold to banks and leasing companies across the nation. More recently, Summit began offering World Wide Web services to commercial customers. Also in 1992, McDougall was part of a group of investors who acquired Universal Savings Bank, Inc. in Milwaukee. During this time, he was recruited by Ladco Financial Group, Inc. as CFO - to help guide the company through rapid growth.
1964, B.A. Elementary Education; 1973, M.A. Education Administration/Supervision; Honor Year 1999
Jerry McGuire has been the superintendent of Butte County Schools since 1991. In June of 1998, McGuire was elected to serve a third four-year term. Prior to serving as superintendent, McGuire was principal at three schools within the Chico Unified School District. McGuire earned a B.A. in elementary education in 1964 from CSU, Chico and received his M.A. in education administration/supervision in 1973. He also earned a credential in life-administrative services (elementary and general). McGuire began his career as a classroom teacher in the Chico Unified School District. He went on to become a program evaluation consultant for the California Department of Education, a summer session instructor for CSU, Chico, the principal of the Migrant Education Summer School through the Butte County Office of Education, the director of Outdoor Education for Chico Unified School District, and principal at John McManus, Chapman, and Oakdale Elementary Schools. During his time at CSU, Chico, McGuire engaged in many volunteer activities involving children recreation, and outdoor programs. Reading to, storytelling to, and singing with children has always been an interest of his. McGuire reads to children at local libraries, bookstores, and in classrooms throughout the county. He is past president of Butte/Glenn United Way and is a member of many local organizations. His professional affiliations include the Northeastern Region of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, the Association of California School Administrators Associations, where he served as president.
1974 BA Social Science; 1976 MA Sociology; Honor Year 2004
Dr. Michael A. Messner is a professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California, and has served as Sociology Department Chair since 2001. Messner has written 9 books including his most recent, Taking the Field: Women, Men and Sports (2002), and Power at Play: Sports and the Problem of Masculinity (1992), winner of the 1993 Book of the Year Award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport. He has written more than 70 other publications and has delivered more than 55 invited lectures and keynote addresses. In addition, Messner serves as a member on several editorial boards and serves on the Women’s Sports Foundation Advisory Board.
1982, English; Honor Year 1994
Ms. Micheaels studied at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where she did clinical training of children of alcoholics and was trained to deliver innovative writing projects to schools, psychiatric hospitals, criminal justice facilities, drug rehabilitation centers, and community-based organizations in the New York City area. She was an educational consultant serving teenagers for the San Francisco mayor’s office. She has been Project YES (Youth Engaged in Service) manager since 1992. At Oakland public schools, the project gathers hundreds of students to do community service while providing them with a framework for learning traditional school subjects.
1951, B.A. Education; Honor Year 2003
William Mickelson began his post college career as a teacher. A friendship formed on the golf course led Mickelson into the oil exploration business. He has served as the president and CEO of Mickelson Land Services, Inc. and the owner of Mickelson Oil and Gas Properties. Mickelson is past president and a director of the Los Angeles Association of Petroleum Landmen and was named "Landman of the Year" for 1986-1987. During his college days, Mickelson helped to form the first official Chico State College golf team. Golf remains a very important part of Mickelson's life, and he has won the California Amateur title in the handicap division.
1987, Physics; Honor Year 2006
James E. Millerd launched 4D Vision Technology, Inc. in 2000 to commercialize patented technology. As the chief technology officer for the 4D Technology Corporation of Tucson, Arizona, Millerd leads a team of engineers to develop state-of-the-art optical instrumentation. Author of more than 30 publications, Millerd has been granted four U.S. patents, and has four more U.S. patents and one foreign patent pending. He has also received several awards for his work with interferometers and a NASA Certificate for Recognition for his development of a Novel Laser Doppler Vibrometer. Millerd serves on the CSU, Chico Physics Advisory Board. Millerd has B.S. degrees in Physics and in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering, Quantum Electronics and Optics from the University of Southern California.
1989, Civil Engineering; Honor Year 2011
Under the leadership of H. Kit Miyamoto, more than 10,000 projects have been successfully completed worldwide at his current possition as CEO and Structural Engineer at Miyamoto International and Global Risk Miyamoto. Known for innovative engineering, Miyamoto has worked on many projects that have received industry recognition, including the Structural Engineers Association of California’s Excellence in Structural Engineering Award. Miyamoto specializes in high-performance earthquake engineering, as well as disaster mitigation, response, and reconstruction. Dr. Miyamoto continues to work on major critical projects, including as an expert consultant to the World Bank on the seismic risk mitigation project for 2,000 schools in Istanbul. Presently, he is working with the government of Haiti, the United Nations, and various nongovernmental organizations to conduct assessments on more than 400,000 earthquake-damaged structures and to implement strategies for the reconstruction of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
1978, Business Administration - Financial Management; Honor Year 2007
Daniel A. Moffat joined GTA January 2007 as President and Chief Executive Officer and is based on Guam. Prior to joining GTA, Moffat was Executive Vice President with EarthLink. He was co-founder, president and CEO of New Edge Networks Inc., a Vancouver, Washington-based company that builds and manages private networks for businesses and communications providers that merged with Earth Link in April 2006. Moffat has 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry and has pioneered various ventures. He was named the Frost and Sullivan Telecom CEO of the Year for 2005. In his spare time, Moffat participates in Ironman Triathlons and has eight finishes.
Honor Year 1997
Artist William Morris, a star in the Department of Art in the mid-1970's, is a world-class glass blower, teacher, and lecturer- and the subject of nearly 100 publications, from newspaper stories, airline magazine articles, and features in such magazines as Smithsonian, Glass Art Magazine, American Craft Magazine, and Town and Country to books written specifically about him. He received an Individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. Solo exhibitions of his work have appeared in galleries worldwide including the Glass Art Gallery in Toronto. He has exhibited his glass in group exhibitions as well, delighting audiences in France, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Canada, and Germany and at dozens of galleries throughout the United States. He enjoys bow-hunting, motorcycle riding, and mountain climbing.
1994, Civil Engineering; Honor Year 2007
Dennis P. Murphy designed his first subdivision at the age of 17, and by the age of 19 he had built his first two houses. Following graduation from Chico State, Murphy accepted a job with Hayden Homes, a company dedicated to building high-quality residential communities throughout Oregon and Washington. He was promoted to president of the company in 1996. Murphy decided to pursue a formal business education and enrolled in the three year Owner/President Program at the Harvard Business School in 2003, and graduated in 2006. Murphy is active in Big Brother Big Sister of Central Oregon and has served as Chairman of the Board.
1977, History and Italian; Honor Year 2004
Peggy Newfield has focused her company on providing educational journeys for people who are fascinated with Latin America. After graduating in 1977, Newfield worked for a variety of travel companies, moving from retail to destination and then to adventure travel, all while squeezing in as many trips as she could. While working for Mountain Travels-Sobek, she began to dream of a company that would draw on her loves – “living” history, language, culture, art, and archaeology. The result is Latin American Escapes, a company that focuses on educational, sustainable tourism and incorporates cultural experiences by relying on local companies in each country. Newfield has recently relocated her company to Chico and is active in many ecotourism groups.
1974, BS Business Administration; Honor Year 1998
1990, Nutrition Science/Nutrition Education; Honor Year 2008
Suzanna M. Nye has made a career of helping others achieve career success in the field of dietetics. She has helped write, implement, and evaluate the State of California professional examinations for community nutrition classifications, resulting in State of California job eligibility for hundreds of dietetics professionals. Author of four peer-reviewed publications, Nye is a key presenter to American Dietetics Association (ADA) members, and has served in ADA membership at the national, state and local levels, including as president of the California Dietetics Association. Nye received the 2006 Delores Nyhus Award for providing the highest level of dietetic leadership in California.
1937, B.A. Industrial Education; Honor Year 2005
A Lifetime Member of the CSU, Chico Alumni Association, John O'Connell served as the first Alumni Trustee to the California State University Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1984. O'Connell was a long-term employee of the Bechtel Corporation, rising to the rank of executive vice president prior to his retirement in 1973. Following retirement, he served as vice chairman and president of Bechtel Incorporated and as vice chairman of the Bechtel group of companies. he was a director, member, or officer for as many as 16 different corporations, organizations, and councils. Opened in August 1993, the O'Connell building houses the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.
1988, English and Journalism; Honor Year 2001
Matt Olmstead drove to Hollywood following graduation and started from scratch. After four years he sold his first film script--which was never made into a movie. Olmstead admits he had “poor to moderate” results in film writing with a writing partner before he sold a solo sample script for television. He was hired by Steven Bochco in 1997 to write a script for Brooklyn South, and after writing three more episodes, moved to NYPD Blue as a staff writer.
1974, Theater Arts/Drama; Honor Year 1998
Richard Ostlund received a BA in theater arts/drama from CSU, Chico in 1974. He is currently the director of development for Michael Lee Productions at the CBS Television Network in Hollywood where he looks for new talent and projects to produce as movies and series for television.
Ostlund has performed in the musicals Hello Dolly, The Pajama Game, The Wizard of OZ, and West Side Story. He has been on several television shows, including Days of Our Lives, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, and Perfect Strangers. He has worked as an agent representing basketball star A.C. Green and many other celebrities.
In 1996 Ostlund developed and produced from an original idea the Lifetime Event Movie Color Me Perfect, a story which he describes as a cross between a modern day Frankenstein and My Fair Lady, in which a woman is subject of a radical DNA therapy experiment. Color Me Perfect won the 1997 Christopher Society’s Award which honors “works of art which affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
Ostlund’s professional affiliations include SAG, AFTRA, EQUITY, and the Academy of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences.
1965, B.S. Agriculture; Honor Year 2005
Westley "Doc" Patton came to California State University, Chico in 1963 as a transfer student from Coalinga College. After earning his Bachelor of Science in agriculture, Patton attended graduate school at Oregon State University, where he met his wife, Jane. In the fall of 1969, Patton returned to Chico, where he would teach in the College of Agriculture for the next 35 years. Doc’s teaching career extended far beyond the classroom. “His teaching never stops. Even while walking through a field he is educating us,” said Brian Miller, a senior animal science minor. “He never gets mad and is the most sincere person.” College of Agriculture professor and Doc’s former student Dave Daley said, “The lifelong learning attitude, the caring nature, and his willingness to work with everyone is unparalleled.” The admiration students, faculty, and staff have for Doc is a mutual feeling. “The energy I receive from the students, the close working relationships I have with faculty and staff, and the tremendous connection we have with the industry has given me the greatest place I could imagine to work my whole academic career,” Doc said.
1963, Biological Sciences; Honor Year 2002
Dr. Edo D. Pellizzari, Vice President for Analytical and Chemical Sciences at Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in North Carolina, is responsible for the management and technical leadership of large chemical analysis and analytical methods development contracts with EPA, state and industrial clients. Pellizzari is a member of the EPA's Food Quality Protection Act, Health Effects Institute's Review Committee, EPS's Science Advisory Board, and several National Academy of Sciences' review committees. Pellizzari has over 500 publications to his credit. Government agencies seek Pellizzari's expertise and advice in air and water pollution, characterization of pollutants in environmental and biological media and synfuel production.
1979, Agriculture Business; Honor Year 2000
Jason Peltier, an agricultural advocate and gladiator, got his start in CSU, Chico with a major in agricultural business and a minor in economics. After graduating from Chico State, he became involved in full-time production agriculture, but soon realized he wanted to do more for the industry. Peltier worked for 12 years as the assistant to the regional director of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Sacramento. He is a graduate of the Agricultural Leadership Program and has served in his current position for 11 years. Peltier also sits on the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Board and the UC Berkeley Water Archives Center Board of Directors. Currently, Peltier is a manager of the Central Valley Project Water Association, and works directly for 4 million households in Northern California and 20,000 farmers who use one-third of the irrigated land in the state.
1982 Business Administration, Marketing Option; Honor Year 2009
Steven Perricone is a serial entrepreneur involved now in his fourth consecutive start-up, BioFuelBox. The key objectives of BioFuelBox are eliminating waste streams and enabling local communities and companies to be energy independent. Perricone founded this company with former colleagues to both solve important environmental problems and to help grow the cleantech industry. Prior to this endeavor, Perricone was vice president of Worldwide Sales for SonicWALL. He joined SonicWALL when it had fewer than 20 employees, and was instrumental in guiding the company’s growth to more than 450 employees worldwide, an IPO, and a market cap of $3.5 billion in less than three years. SonicWALL is still in business and continues to be very successful.
1948, Biology (Clark); 1950, Education and Credential (Betty); Honor Year 2010
The first couple to be honored, Clark and Betty Porter met while at Chico State in 1947. Following their graduation, they left Chico to pursue advanced degrees, Clark his PhD at Oregon State, Betty her MAT and MLA. After successful careers, Clark as a plant researcher, Betty as an educator and librarian, they were ready to retire and made their way back to Chico. Clark and Betty established the Clark and Betty Porter Endowment to fund scholarships in teaching, biology, and basketball. They are members of the Chico State Alumni Association, and both have served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Clark has also served on the Biology Department Advisory Board and is a 1993 inductee in the Athletic Hall of Fame. Betty has served on the Chico Museum Board and currently teaches genealogy classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
1978, Mathematics; Honor Year 2003
Antoinette Procopio began her 24-year career in aerospace as one of the first female engineers to perform integration and testing of communication satellites. Her career began with Huges Space and Communications Company, now Boeing Satellite Systems. Procopio has held several positions of increasing responsibility and is now spacecraft manager. She has served on 12 launch-site campaign teams performing final integration, inspection, and testing of satellites boosted by Delta, Atlas, Titan, Ariane, and Space Shuttle launch vehicles. In her current role, Procopio is responsible for leading various teams in the successful integration assembly, and test of commercial and government satellite programs. Procopio is a charter member of the CSU, Chico Department of Mathematics Advisory Board.
1983, Art; Honor Year 2003
John Pugh is considered to be one of the top tromp l’oeil muralists in the world and has been featured in Time magazine. Examples of Pugh’s work are seen in buildings throughout California including the landmark crumbling wall façade painted on Alva P. Taylor Hall on the CSU, Chico campus. The lifelike features in Pugh’s murals have been designed to “fool the eye” (the translation from the French tromp l’oeil), and people have admitted to attempting to strike up conversations with the human depictions in his work. Pugh has upcoming projects, commissioned in Syracuse, New York; Boise, Idaho; Miami, Florida; Anchorage, Alaska; and the Berryessa Community Center in San Jose, California.
1982, Business Administration, Marketing Option; Honor Year 2009
Martin (Marty) J. Rapozo has the distinction of being the first recipient of a master’s degree in construction management at CSU, Chico. Rapozo currently serves on the CSU, Chico Construction Management Industry Advisory Board. He is president at Abide International, a general construction firm specializing in federal government contracting. Projects completed by Abide International include the installation of nuclear weapon sensors at Arizona Border Stations, railroad construction for the U.S. Army munitions storage facility in Nevada, and the helicopter hoisting of mechanical equipment to the top of a 20-story building in downtown San Francisco for the FBI. Rapozo lives with his wife, Katie (class of 1984), in Sonoma, California.
1978, B.A. Mass Communications; 1987, M.A. Public Communication; Honor Year 2000
Enrique "Rick" Rigsby is considered to be among the popular professors at Texas A&M University, where he is an assistant professor of Speech Communication. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Rigsby is also the Life Skills Development Coordinator for the Texas A&M football team, president of Impact Communications, and founder of Cornerstone Ministries. Rigsby received two degrees from CSU, Chico - a B.A. in mass communication in 1978 and an M.A. in public communication in 1987. He also earned his Ph. D. in rhetoric and communication from the University of Oregon in 1990. Prior to graduate school, Rigsby spent nearly a decade as a reporter and anchor at KHSL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chico. Following his graduate studies, Rigsby spent two years as an assistant professor of Speech Communication at CSU, Fresno. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 1992. Throughout his academic career at Texas A&M, Rigsby has received numerous awards, including twice receiving the Outstanding New Professor Award from the Southern States Communication Association; the Outstanding Faculty Diversity Award, given by the executive vice president and provost at Texas A&M.
1986, Sociology and Psychology; Honor Year 2002
Shirley Rush, MSW, LCSW, started her personal journey to a career in social work as a single-parent re-entry student at CSU, Chico in 1981. Rush surpassed her educational goals for herself by earning a master of social work degree. She developed her own social work field placement in Managua, Nicaragua. Rush served as the Co-director of Davis Community Clinic and Program Director of Counseling Services before relocating to Maine. Working at a community mental health center, Rush helped to develop an assessment clinic for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Rush joined the faculty of UMPI in 1998, and teaches Human Behavior, Practice, Policy, Ethnicity, Community Mental Health Care, and Incest/Sexual Abuse.
1972, B.A; 1974, M.A. Physical Science; Honor Year 1997
Walter Eugene Ryley is president of Cupertino Electric, based in San Jose, California. He received his B.A. in 1972 and M.A. in 1974 in Physical Science from California State University, Chico. His five years of experience with state and federal programs involved supervision of scientific research and formation of guidelines and legal standards. Gene taught physical science for one year at Butte College. His experience during his career with Cupertino Electric includes that of an electrician, project manager, chief estimator, and vice president of sales. In January 1995, Gene was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, and in January 1997 he was appointed to the position of President of Cupertino Electric, Inc. He is a member of the National Association of Electrical contractors and a member of the National Association of Electrical Contractors and a member of the executive committee of TEC, an organization of Chief Executive Officers. Tennis and golf are two of Gene’s special interests, and he has won three national championships in sailing.
Karen Seccombe Meenan
1974, BS Business Administration; Honor Year 1998
1974, Business Administration; Honor Year 2004
Charles "Chuck" E. Seufferlein began his career in commercial real estate in 1975 while working toward completion of his MBA at the University of Santa Clara. Seufferlein worked for Coldwell Banker for ten years, served six years as President and partner at The Sammis Development Company, and returned to CB Commercial (Coldwell Banker) in 1991 as the Silicon Valley office Senior Vice President/Managing Officer. He was awarded the Frank J. Mahoney Leadership Award for Management by the CB Commercial Board of Directors for both 1992 and 1993. In 1995, Seufferlein left CB Commercial for Cornish & Carey Commercial, where he served as Executive Vice President and Partner, Chief Executive Officer, and as of June 2002, President and CEO.
1949 BA History, 1950 MA Social Sciences; Honor Year 1996
Carolyn Spellman Shoemaker is the leading comet-discoverer of the twentieth century. She has achieved worldwide recognition in her field as a planetary astronomer with the discovery of 32 comets, more than twice as many as any other woman in the history of astronomy. She has been a visiting scientist at the Branch of Astrogeology at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona, since 1980. Shoemaker received an honorary Doctorate of Science from Northern Arizona University, where she is now a research professor of astronomy. She is also a staff member at Lowell Observatory. From 1981 through 1985 Shoemaker was a research assistant at California Institute of Technology. She has developed efficient stereoscopic and photographic techniques for use with the 46-cm Schmidt telescope at Palomar Observatory that have greatly facilitated the fast-moving asteroids. In addition to her well-known discovery (with husband, Eugene, and David Levy) of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with Jupiter in July 1994, the Shoemakers have discovered more than 800 asteroids, the largest more than 125 km in diameter. Dr. Carolyn S. Shoemaker has received honors, including the Scientist of the Year by the ARCS Foundation and the 20th Anniversary International Women’s Year Award, Zonta International, and The Ninety-Nines.
1967, Animal Science; Honor Year 1995
Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree in animal science from CSU, Chico, Simms went on to earn his Ph.D. in Genetics and Animal Breeding from Oregon State University in 1973. After teaching in Colorado and Minnesota, Simms joined the faculty at Kansas State University in Manhattan in 1979 as an Extension Livestock Specialist. He worked closely with the Kansas Livestock Association and members of the Agricultural Economics and Animal Science Departments to develop a state Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program, which looks at all the resources available to the beef producer and develops a system to maintain sustainability within the environment relating to the animals, soil, feed, and other factors affecting the cow/calf enterprise. His Standardized Performance Analysis project has been one of the most widely recognized extension educational efforts in the United States and sets the standards for calculating a calf crop and the analysis of the extension effort for beef producers.
1968, Social Science; 1969 Credential; 2003 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters; Honor Year 2007
Judy Lynn Sitton defines volunteerism. She is chair of the CSU, Chico Advisory Board, vice chair and trustee of the Enloe Board of Trustees, president and past treasurer of the Northern California Natural History Museum Board, and past chair for the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Business Advisory Board. Sitton was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2003 by the California State University Board of Trustees and CSU, Chico in recognition of her personal and professional achievements and service to the system and institution. In 2000, Sitton retired as executive vice president from Bi-Tech Software, the computer software company she co-founded with her husband.
1967, MS Business Administration; Honor Year 1997
1969, Accounting; Honor Year 2002
Brian Storm began his business career right out of college at Ernst & Young LLP. After 20 years, Storm made the move to SureWest Communications, which includes the Roseville Telephone Company, the largest local exchange telephone company headquartered in California. He was promoted to President and CEO and elected to the company’s board of directors in 1993. Storm was selected Roseville Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the Year for 2001, and Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Businessperson of the year for 2002. He serves as Vice Chairman of the United States Telecom Association and Chairman of the California Telephone Association and is active in numerous community organizations.
1967, Biological Sciences; Honor Year 2001
Mike Strand is the Co-owner of SYMON Communications, Inc. Strand’s Houston-based company, SYMON Communications, Inc., specializes in visual communication software for call centers, help desks, and command centers. He is primarily responsible for establishing the international expansion of the company. Following college and before entering the computer industry, Strand served three years in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery 1st Lieutenant. Prior to co-founding his company in 1984, Strand held major account executive positions at ITEL Computer/Rail Leasing and IBM’s Large Systems division. His near-retirement goals include volunteer and advisory involvement with CSU, Chico, Outward Bound and Expeditionary Education initiative programs.
1987, Computer Science; Honor Year 2012
A serial entrepreneur, John Strisower has been founder and CEO of several companies, including Precision Resource, PRC Gaming Systems, Travidia, Inc., and PinPointe USA, Inc. He founded PathoLase, Inc. in 2006, and currently serves as CEO and chairman of the company that is dedicated to creating innovation in combination with emerging technologies for the treatment and identification of microbial pathogens. He serves on the City of Chico’s business advisory board and the CSU, Chico Center for Entrepreneurship Board. Strisower was named the CEPCO Entrepreneur of the Year, and New California 100 Innovator of the Year. He has climbed Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta, and is planning his scale of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Edward Tarver, III
1976, Chemistry; Honor Year 2007
As the founder and CEO of Etaran Instruments, Inc., Edward E. Tarver, III has patented an ion mobility spectrometry instrument that is used in chemical detection and identification and has great implications for the military in the field of chemical warfare and counter terrorism. Tarver is also a mural artist and has designed school logos for San Jose State and De La Salle High School. He was a professor at Grambling State University and has served as president of the Faculty Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees/State Colleges, Louisiana, and as vice president of the Faculty Advisory Council to the Board of Regents/State Colleges, Louisiana. He is currently an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas.
1964, Agriculture Business; Honor Year 2003
A successful farmer, agricultural leader, and advocate, Tennis credits what he learned at Chico State for giving him the foundation he needed. He often uses the accounting and management skills acquired in his pursuit of an agriculture business degree to keep the rice and row crop operation he runs with his brother Pat on track. The brothers took over the family farm in the Sutter Basin in the late sixties after their father fell ill. The two have expanded the business to include holdings in Butte County, where the 1964 alum lives with his wife Audrey. A partial list of organizations that have benefited from Lance’s leadership skills includes Butte County Farm Bureau, Northern Calif. Farm Credit, Western Canal Water District, California Rice Research Board, Butte County Water Commission, Enloe Foundation Board, and Butte County Rice Growers Association. Lance and his wife Audrey received the Ag Service Award at the 1999 Farm City Week Celebration. In addition, the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America named Tennis one of three Distinguished Agricultural Citizens for 2002.
William Thomas, Jr.
1968, Agronomy; Honor Year 2006
William (Bill) J. Thomas, Jr., earned a BS in agronomy, with a minor in botany (1968), from the California State University, Chico, where he was student body president. Bill earned his JD (1975) from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law after serving as a LT, j.g. in the United States Navy. Bill has served agricultural interests for more than 30 years in private practice. Bill represents agricultural and agricultural business interests before California governmental agencies, such as the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, State and Regional Water Boards, the Departments of Food and Agriculture, Fish & Game, and Pesticide Regulation. He also lobbies the California Legislature and works with federal agencies, such as the United States Departments of Agriculture (Forest Service) and Interior (Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management). Bill currently is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and serves as a member of its legal defense fund (The CATL Fund). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Cattlemen’s Association, as well as its legal defense fund (P.O.S.S.E.E.), and is chair of its Water and Environmental Water Quality Committee.
1958, BS Electrical Engineering; Honor Year 1994
1968, B.A. Physical Education; Honor Year 2005
An educator of secondary physical education for 33 years, Carolyn Thompson started her teaching career in Gridley, California, where she coached four sport seasons a year for 13 years. She then moved to Bell Gardens High School, where she guided the department through the process of creating standards-based curriculum. Thompson received the Secondary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year award in 1994 from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. She has written several professional articles, including co-authorship of "The New Leadership Paradigm of Physical Education, What We Really Need to Lead." Recently retired from educating, Thompson currently serves as a consultant promoting quality daily physical education and effective teaching for Bonnie's Fitwear, Inc.
1982, B.A. Public Administration; 1996, M.A. Public Administration; Honor Year 2000
Mike Thompson is a freshman again -- Not a freshman in college, but a freshman in Congress. Thompson, elected to California's 1st District in 1998, is set on working his way up the ranks in Congress, and he currently serves on the House Agriculture and Armed Forces Committees. Thompson graduated from CSU, Chico with a B.A. in public administration and economics in 1982 and received his master's of public administration, also from Chico State, in 1996. Thompson was born and raised in California's wine country and has owned a small vineyard himself. Before his successful run for Congress, Thompson served as a legislative staffer and was a state senator for eight years. At 17, Thompson joined the U.S. Army where he served for three years, including a tour in Vietnam. Since entering the political arena, Thompson has received numerous awards and honors, including Freshman Legislator of the Year from the California School Boards Association, and the 1995 Distinguished Service Award from the AIDS Project Los Angeles.
1981, Communication Design, Graphic Design Emphasis; Honor Year 2011
A former member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Steve Tolleson has lectured extensively at colleges, universities, and industry organizations. He has also served as a design juror for a number of significant competitions around the world. Tolleson Design has received numerous awards and enjoys consistent visibility from national and international media. In 1999, Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the Tolleson Studio titled SoakWashRinseSpin. The book has become an industry standard as it chronicles the studio’s unique problem-solving methodology as evidenced through examples of its exceptional creative work. Tolleson and wife Ruthie (1982, Nursing) reside in Novato, California, and have two children, Danielle (2009, Recreation) and Evan.
1966, Philosophy; Honor Years 1995 and 2011
Glen O. Toney served as an executive of Applied Materials for 23 years before retiring in 2002 as group vice president of corporate affairs. Toney previously served as superintendent of schools for Palo Alto School District and for Ravenswood City School District. Toney received a BS in mathematics from San Jose State University, an MA in instructional technology and curriculum design from San Jose State, and a Doctorate of Organizational Behavior and Higher Education from the University of Southern California. Toney also holds honorary doctorates from Chico State and Santa Clara University. Truly committed to civic involvement, Toney is a former president of the Chico State Alumni Association, currently serves on the CSU Board of Trustees and the Gateway Science Museum Board of Directors, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Toney has been honored twice as a Distinguished Alumni; once in 1995 by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Construction Management, and again in 2011 for receiving the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
1980, BA Information and Communications Studies; Honor Year 1995
1977, Economics and International Relations; Honor Year 1999
Donald W. Upson serves as the Commonwealth of Virginia's first Secretary of Technology. Appointed by Governor Jim Gilmore on May 21, 1998, Upson brings more than two decades of government, corporate, and high technology experience to the Commonweath of Virginia. His position is the country's first cabinet-level post that combines operational authority over the state's technology infrastructure with policy responsibility for creating a "best practice" technology business environment. Upson graduated from CSU, Chico in 1977 with degrees in economics and international relations. Following graduation, Upson held the positions of legislative assistant and principal assistant to Congressman Fran Horton (R-NY). He later became the Republican staff director of the House Government Operations Committee, where he directed a staff of seventeen and played a major role in procurement reform initiatives, the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Chief Financial Officer's Act, the Inspector General Act, and a host of trade-related legislation. In 1977, Upson was an intern for the United States Congress. Upson joined Litton PRC in 1992, where he was vice president of strategic communication. In that position, he acted as the company's principal contact with Capitol Hill and key executive branch officials on major program and policy interests of the company. He was also named for five years to Federal Computer Week's Federal 100, which honors the top 100 government and industry leaders in the federal information technology market, and served as judge for this prestigious awards ceremony for two years.
1982, Business Administration and Marketing; Honor Year 2011
Thomas Villa has logged more than 225,000 air miles in travel for his role with Verizon Wireless, and most have been international miles as he oversees all of the company’s customer operations functions, including customer care and installations. Following graduation from Chico State, Villa received his MBA in finance from the University of San Francisco. Villa began his career in telecommunications with Pacific Bell and has worked for SureWest, AirTouch, and oversees on several cellular startups. Villa met his wife, Karyl (Knopp) through her sister Karen, a classmate of Villa’s at Chico State. The couple has two children—daughter Lauren, a junior at UC Davis, and son Paul, a high school junior who considers Chico State his first choice for fall 2012.
1980, Mathmatics; Honor Year 2010
Leon has more than 20 years' work experience on embedded space vehicle systems (The Hubble Space Telescope), geophysics applications, control systems, and electromagnetic analysis. Leon is the College's 2010 Distinguished Alumnus. He served as the chief architect for Philips North American Medical Systems and as a software systems designer and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. He has presented at Microsoft U.S. TechEd conferences, as well as conferences in Europe and Asia. He recently wrote and published a book, "How To Be Found: Search Engine Optimization." He is currently the Principal at Amazon.
1975, Fine Arts; Honor Year 1999
Marilyn Warrens is a local businesswoman, community activist, and longtime patron of the arts in Chico and at CSU, Chico. Well known for her tireless efforts on behalf of the arts, Warrens endowed the Harlen Adams Scholarship in 1974, served as chair of the Laxson Auditorium renovation campaign, and led the 30th Anniversary Committee for Court Theater in 1996. In 1998 she established the Marilyn Warrens Musical Theater Scholarship and provided underwriting for three operettas over a six-year period. A native Texan, Warrens moved with her husband, Ed, to California in 1955, eventually settling in Chico. She graduated with a degree in fine arts from CSU, Chico in 1975. Warrens has participated in many local committees and functions and was honored with the Chico Rotary Club’s coveted Community Service Award in 1978. In 1969, for the 100th anniversary of the Bidwell Mansion, she organized Fiesta Rancho Chico as well as Las Senoras, a group that acts as official hostesses of Chico, raising money for the upkeep of Bidwell Mansion. She also chaired the Refurbishing of Laxon Auditorium Committee. She was president of the California Medical Association Alliance (formerly Auxiliary) and the Bicentennial Committee, which started the tradition of fireworks on the 4th of July in 1976. Warrens originated the Decorator’s Dream House for the Butte Glenn Medical Alliance in 1977 and has chaired two additional Dream Houses.
1958, B.S. Electrical Engineering and Mathematics; Honor Year 1999
Dr. Willard "Bill" Wattenburg is an inventor, consultant, researcher, best-selling author, and talk show host who is heard on KGO Newstalk Radio Saturday and Sunday nights. Wattenburg's show focuses on issues that affect everyone, such as determining practical sources of alternative energy or using technology for the improvement of safety. He delights in finding and sharing simple solutions to complex problems that plague the experts and confuse the public. Wattenburg earned his B.S. in electrical engineering and mathematics from CSU, Chico in 1958 and later received his M.S. in electrical engineering and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and physics from the University of California in Berkeley. He spent five years on the faculty at UC, Berkeley and has founded three successful high-tech companies in the Bay Area. Wattenburg's media career began in 1972 when he started hosting his late night Newstalk program on KGO. His approach to explaining technical wonders to the layperson is based on his belief that people are a lot smarter than they give themselves credit for. He has received much media attention for his inventions, such as a robot mine sweeper that may be used to protect U.S. troops. In March 1995, Wattenburg's design for a temporary bridge kit was implemented successfully to restore a bridge on Interstate 5 in Fresno County that had washed away during torrential rains. Dr. Watten burg is well known to many senior members of Congress as a respected scientist and well-informed individual on the frontiers of U.S. Technology in military, space, and medicine.
1982, M.A. Physical Education; Honor Year 1996
As a leader in the fitness industry, Webb is consistently at the forefront of fitness education, developing, promoting, and producing innovative programs for both the general public and fitness instructors. Webb has numerous credits to her name in both video and publishing, including the highly successful Abs Abs Abs home video series, and the Step Up Fitness book. Webb has received many awards, among the Self magazine's 1994 "Best Abs Workout" and 1993's "Fitness Instructor of the Year" by IDEA, the association of fitness professionals. She has appeared in many magazines and newspapers and on numerous radio and television shows. In 1986, she formed Webb International, training fitness experts worldwide. Webb has also established the Choreography Club to create and develop instructional choreography videos for professional instructors throughout the world.
1951 BA Elementary Education; 1955 MA Elementary School Education; Honor Year 2006
Leonard A. Whitegon may have served as a teacher and elementary school principal for more than 33 years, but it is his volunteer service for which he is best known. Whitegon is credited with saving the school fight song from total extinction. When Royce Tevis, the director of bands and a music professor, came to campus he found the music to the school fight song, but no lyrics. Whitegon was able to recite the words from memory. For the past two years, he has taken on the task of getting Wildcat fans to stand when the fight song is played at basketball games. Whitegon has received numerous volunteer service awards including the 1996 Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2005 Jackie Faris-Rees
1965, B.S. Mechanical Engineering; 1998, Honorary Doctorate; Honor Year 2000
Savio Lau-Yuen Woo is the A.B. Ferguson Professor, vice chair for research, and director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. A graduate of Chico State College in 1965 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Woo received his M.S. in mechanical Engineering in 1966 and his Ph.D. in bioengineering in 1971, both from the University of Washington. In 1998 Woo was awarded an honorary doctorate from CSU, Chico. While a student, Woo tutored in math, physics, and engineering; assisted with the admission of foreign students from Asia; gave talks about Hong Kong and China to organization such as Rotary and Lions; and never missed a football or basketball game. Professor Woo has been elected to the Institute of Medicine-National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Adademia Sinica. He received the GOTS-Beiersdorf Outstanding Scientific Achievement Research Award in 1996, the Olympic Prize for Sports Science and Gold Medal from the International Olympic Committee in 1998, and the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. In addition, Woo has published 200 refereed journal articles, 89 book chapters, and more than 529 abstracts and extended abstracts.
1965, Social Science; Honor Year 2001
Dr. Wayne S. Wooden is a national authority on youth culture and has published five books, several of which were nominated for distinguished awards. His most recent publication (2nd edition), Renegade Kids, Suburban Outlaws: From Youth Culture to Delinquency is a study of white, middle class youth in suburbia. His work has also been published in the New York Times, and Psychology Today. In 1995, Wooden was honored as the Cal Poly, Pomona Professor of the Year. Wooden is also regarded as an expert in professional rodeo and has written on women and professional boxing.
1978, BA Information and Communications Studies; Honor Year 1997
1979, Business Administration; Honor Year 2001
D. Craig Young’s long career in the telecommunications industry began in 1979 with his first position as an Account Executive with Executone Information Systems. He served in numerous Vice President and Senior Office positions at US West and Ameritech, and was President and COO for Brooks Fiber Properties, Inc. In 1999, as President and CEO of MetroNet Communications, Canada’s largest competitive telephone company, Young orchestrated the sale of MetroNet to AT&T for $6 billion. Young is on the Board of Directors for five organizations and has served on many community service boards.
1959, Conditionally Classified Credential; Honor Year 2006
1960, Agronomy; Honor Year 2001
Dr. James A. Young has spent his entire career with the USDA at the Agricultural Research Service in Reno, NV. In 1995 he received the USDA’s highest honor, the Superior Service Award from the Secretary of Agriculture. The results of his research in Weed Science have been published in more than 650 publications and in 1999 Young was the only American invited to an international meeting on deserts of the world held at Moscow University. Dr. Young also serves as Adjunct Professor of Range Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, and has been a member of the graduate faculty for 37 years.
1994, BS Computer Science; Honor Year 2006
Amy Zelson Mundorff
1999 MA Anthropology; Honor Year 2009
Prior to pursuing her PhD, Amy Zelson Mundorff worked for five years as a full-time forensic anthropologist in the office of the New York City Chief Medical Examiner. While there she worked on approximately 250 forensic anthropology cases and served as a core member of the World Trade Center Identification team. In addition, Mundorff assisted in the identification of victims from the crash of American Airlines flight 587, the Staten Island Ferry crash, and victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami in Phuket, Thailand. Mundorff herself is a 9/11 survivor, having been caught in the debris of the collapsing South Tower of the World Trade Center.