Connected, The Alumni E-Newsletter of California State University Chico
Distinguished Alumni Share Their Path to Success

Join us on Friday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to noon as the eight 2012 Chico State Distinguished Alumni come together to answer questions and share their career experiences. Students from the Recreation 470, Meeting and Conference Planning class, have worked diligently over the past several weeks to bring you a concise, but comprehensive program designed to highlight the successes of these eight Distinguished Alumni:

  • Bill Loveridge
    College of Agriculture

  • Robert Christopherson
    College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Prabhakar Kalavacherla “PK”
    College of Business

  • Lain I. Hensley
    College of Communication and Education

  • John Strisower
    College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

  • Victoria “Missy” McArthur
    College of Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Jennifer M. McCallum
    College of Natural Sciences

  • William D. “Dino” Corbin, Jr.
    Distinguished Alumni Service Award
This event will be held in the Performing Arts Center, room 134. The panel discussion will be moderated by University President Paul J. Zingg, and will follow a question and answer format. We invite members of the audience to ask the panel members career-related questions. For more information on this event, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at

Bay Area Alumni Gather at Oracle Arena

More than 60 Chico State alumni and friends met at Oracle Arena on Saturday, March 24 to watch the Sacramento Kings take on the Warriors. Alumni gathered in Club 200 prior to the game for a mixer and networking. Don’t miss the upcoming annual Alumni Day at AT&T Park on Sunday, July 29. Go online for tickets and additional information.

Kendra’s Korner: What's your life story??
Before we focus on your life story, let's focus on our alma mater. This month, California State University, Chico will celebrate its 125th Anniversary. Wow!! What we all know as the "Chico Experience" started an entire 125 years ago. Let's reflect for a quick moment. In 1887, Chico Normal School was founded and officially opened in 1889. In 1921, Chico Normal School became Chico State Teachers College. Fourteen years later, our university became Chico State College and officially was named California State University, Chico in 1972. There were 90 students in 1890, then 806 students in 1940. We grew to 10,108 students in 1970, and in 2010 we registered 15,797 students in this beautiful campus.

Where am I going with this trip down memory lane? Our very special university has a distinctive, memorable and extraordinary story and well, SO DO YOU! Telling your story is about as important as telling someone why you should be hired, promoted, transferred, deserve a raise, etc.

All too often, we think that our past does not matter. We do not focus on our transferable skills. But truly, our past is what makes us who we are today. If Chico State did not persevere through all of the trials and tribulations that it has endured in 125 years, it would not be the place that we know and love today. Same with YOU! If you do not utilize your past experiences to your advantage then, well, I feel that you are leaving out the core of what makes you who you are today.

For example, I played for the women's soccer team here at Chico State for all four years. I happened to cite this on my resume and in a very nerve-wracking interview, the hiring manager said, "So you like soccer?" Ironically enough, we spent 45 minutes talking about the world cup and, well, I got the job! Soccer has taught me skills such as perseverance, motivation, determination, focus, teamwork, and so on. It just so happens that employers look for those skills as well.

It's OK - tell your story. Be proud of who you are and where you came from. California State University, Chico is should be too!

~Kendra Wright
Career Advisor/On-campus Recruiting Coordinator
Chico State Career Center

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Bonus Time at Clinique!

Clinique’s Gift with Purchase time is April 4th - 21st at the Clinique Counter in the Chico State Wildcat Store.

With your purchase of $23.50 or more, receive a FREE cosmetics bag filled with our All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage plus more of Clinique’s most talked about beauty essentials (a $60 value!). This offer ends April 21st or while supplies last, so hurry into the Wildcat Store before it’s too late! Visit or call (530) 898-5131 for more information.

Chico State Students Show Support for the Community

"Cats in the Community" is a student-lead day of service designed to benefit the Chico community and honor Cesar Chavez. Although the campus was closed on Friday, March 30 to observe the Cesar Chavez holiday, more than 550 students, faculty, staff, and administrators volunteered their time for various community and campus projects. If you would like more information on this event or are interested in participating next year, contact Jay Virdee at

Chico State Expo

Chris Nichols (second from right) visits with Chico State alums at the newly renovated Alumni Glen.

An estimated 2,000 community members and Chico State alumni gathered on campus on Saturday, April 14 for the Chico State Expo, a kick-off event celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Chico State. For a list of all the upcoming events throughout the year visit

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APRIL 2012

Distinguished Alumni Share Their Path to Success
Bay Area Alumni Gather at Oracle Arena
Kendra's Korner
We're Back!
Bonus Time at Clinique!
Chico State Students Show Support for the Community
Chico State Expo
Please Participate in our Survey
Alumni Profile
University News
Upcoming Events



April 20, 2012
Distinguished Alumni Dinner

April 29, 2012
Taste at the Turner

May 3, 2012
Tri-Tip Barbecue

July 29, 2012
Chico State Alumni Day with the SF Giants

Alumni Profile
Paul Maunder

Paul Maunder is a fourth generation Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in Sonoma County. After visiting friends who were attending Chico State at the time, he fell in love the with campus and started classes in 1989. Paul quickly joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and met his wife, Heidi Cheney, his junior year.

During Paul's senior year in 1993, he attended one of the campus recruitment fairs and was hired by DataSys out of Dallas to resell Hewlett Packard computers. The company also hired four other Chico grads, and Paul spent six months honing his sales skills over the phone. After moving back to Northern California, Paul went to work for HP in 2000 and is currently managing Enterprise Business for Hewlett Packard and the California Public Sector team. "It's a position that I absolutely love because it gives me the ability to help our local governments, K-12's, and higher education institutions achieve their business needs through the use of our technology," said Paul.

Paul is currently a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and lives with his wife in El Dorado Hills with their two daughters, Laurel and Megan. Both children are active in Lacrosse and love visiting Chico State.


Paul Maunder

University News
Students Win Top Award for 13th Year at Prestigious Manufacturing Engineers Event
Students from California State University, Chico’s Sustainable Manufacturing Program won the Grand Prize for the 13th time at the prestigious 2012 WESTEC (Western Tool Exposition and Conference) Manufacturing Challenge on March 27. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) hosted the challenge. The students won the competition by creating a manufacturing system for producing a sustainable composite skateboard deck, with trucks and axles.
Two Faculty Members Receive Prestigious ACE Fellowships
Two California State University, Chico professors have been named American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows for academic year 2012–2013.

Brian Oppy, chair of the Department of Psychology, and Lori Beth Way, professor in the Department of Political Science, are among the 57 faculty members and administrators in the United States and abroad who were chosen for the program, which is designed to identify and prepare future leaders in higher education.
Investigate Superpowers in Nature with Gateway Discovery Camp
This summer, explore superpowers that exist in nature and in you with Gateway Science Museum’s Gateway Discovery Camp. Designed for children entering fourth through sixth grades this fall, the summer science camps will run June 25 – 29 and July 16 – 20.


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