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California State University, Chico Celebrates 125th Anniversary

In 2012, California State University, Chico is celebrating its 125th anniversary as the second oldest CSU campus in the state. A school that began as the Northern Branch of the State Normal School with 90 students and five faculty members is now one of the West’s top-ranked public comprehensive universities, with more than 15,000 students and 100 majors and options.

“As one of California’s first public universities, Chico State has had the privilege to serve tens of thousands of students in the North State, across California and throughout the world,” said President Paul Zingg. “Our faculty, staff, students, alumni and many friends and supporters have much of which to be proud, as we take the opportunity this anniversary year to highlight our legacy and achievements and look ahead to an exciting and ambitious future.”

To commemorate its 125 years of service to the North State and California, Chico State is planning some important initiatives and special events that emphasize the University’s long-standing commitments to student success and service to the community.

Chico State's Wildcat Cruiser

One way campus hopes to connect with people during its anniversary year is through the Wildcat Cruiser – a one-of-a-kind, retro-styled bicycle with graphic design by artist and alumnus Jake Early. The Cruiser was inspired by the first print Early designed for The Chico Experience Week series.

The Wildcat Cruiser will appear at events – including Chico Velo's Chico Wildflower Century Ride/Wildcat 125 on April 29 – and a limited number may be available for purchase later this year. If you are interested in learning more about the Wildcat Crusier, send an email to

My Service Counts - Be a part of it!

A significant part of The Chico Experience is a proud and long-standing tradition of community service. Through organizations such as CAVE and CLIC, Greeks, and athletics, our students, faculty and staff have positively impacted the lives of countless people throughout our community and region. As Chico State celebrates its 125th anniversary, we are creating a campaign to challenge all Chico State students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni in a service commitment in 2012.

My Service Counts challenges the campus community (students, faculty and staff) to perform 125,000 hours of service in 2012. In addition, the University is asking parents of current students and Chico State alumni to match those efforts with an additional 125,000 hours of service. Participation is easy—simply log into to record hours and help Chico State reach its goal. Each time hours are logged, e-mail confirmations will be sent with the total hours to date and a live counter on the website provides live data on how many service hours have been logged. For more information please e-mail

After 125 Years We’re Inviting our Neighbors Over for a Visit

Help celebrate Chico State's 125th anniversary at the Chico State EXPO 125 Community Open House!

Chico State Expo 125 is an occasion for everyone in Chico and the surrounding area to visit the Chico State campus and meet our students, faculty and staff. Some of the activities on slate include tours and exhibits in all of the campus’ art galleries and museums; student presentations, performances, and demonstrations; and activities and displays you can attend that will showcase our outstanding programs and student accomplishments. Come join us!

Registration is not required to attend but will help campus estimate attendance and you can register online here. Tours will start and refreshments will be available at Colusa Hall on the day of the event.

Taste at the Turner

You're invited to attend the Taste at the Turner, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at The Turner Museum on the campus of CSU, Chico.

Attendees will enjoy tastings of chocolate, port, and cheese as well as a music and a silent auction. Don't forget to register for raffle prizes. All proceeds to benefit The Turner Museum.

Tickets are $25 each. If you are interested in tickets to this event, contact Laurie Moore at Checks can be made out to: The Turner Museum.

Mail payment to:
Laurie Moore
1872 Bidwell Avenue
Chico, CA 95926

Liberty Mutual Special

Your alumni benefits include a special discounted rate on Auto Insurance and Home Insurance from Liberty Mutual. We’re proud to provide our members with a great benefit from a Fortune 100 company that protects millions of people across America. Find out more about Liberty Mutual Home & Auto Insurance.

Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.

Kendra’s Korner: Are you dating yourself on your job search?
Here in the Career Center, we are commonly asked questions along the lines of, “Are references necessary on a resume?” and “On what type of paper should I print my resume?”

Although these are common questions which are completely relevant to the typical job search, the question should now become, “What do I have that the other applicants do not possess?” Job seekers are often caught up with smaller, detailed questions rather than focusing on WHY companies should hire them. The bottom line is that your resume needs to be in tip-top shape, although it is up to you to keep up with the current trends.

As Liz Ryan from BusinessWeek puts it, ‘Job seekers are responsible for following the news and staying abreast of changes in business, technology, politics and cultural shifts.’ The old adage of addressing the cover letter as “Dear Sir or Madam” may have run its course at this point in the game.

So what can you do to stay current? Here are a few things that I would like you to think about.

  • Found yourself lost in the sea of online applications? If you really want the job, find out who the hiring manager is and send them a line. Even better, send them an email with your resume and address them by full name. You have now jumped in front of the other applicants that started with ‘To whom it may concern.’

  • Focus on transferable skills. If you are applying for a job that you have never done before, focus on the skills that you can bring to the table. Do not just provide a job description list of your previous jobs.

  • Avoid “Dear Sir or Madam” when creating your cover letter. Although I like where your mind is going, we need to consider the population that may be receiving these initial applications.

  • Utilize websites such as LinkedIn,, Wikipedia and ZoomInfo. You need to stay current and learn more about the organization that you are applying to.

The internet can be an enemy or our best friend. Let’s use it to our advantage since it seems as if everyone else is!

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

Chico Alumni Chapter Basketball Reception

More than 100 Chico State alumni and friends gathered in Acker 202 for the annual Chico Alumni Chapter basketball reception on Saturday, January 28 to watch the men’s and women’s basketball teams take on Humboldt State. This annual event was made possible by generous donations by sponsors and supporters of the Chico Alumni Chapter. The next Chico Chapter event is the annual Tri-Tip BBQ, scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at Canyon Oaks Country Club. Contact the alumni office at 530-898-6472 or for more information about additional chapter events.

Chico Chapter board member Linda Land-Smith (front center) attends the basketball reception.


Chico State 125 Years
Wildcat Cruiser
My Service Counts
Chico State EXPO 125
Taste at the Turner
Liberty Mutual Special
Kendra's Korner
Chapter Basketball Reception
Thank you Sponsors!
Alumni Update
University News



April 14, 2012
Chico State Expo 125

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

Thank you to all our sponsors

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Silver Sponsors
  • Rick and Susan Anderson
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  • Linda Land-Smith
  • Christina Nichols
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  • Office of VP for University
    Advancement, Rick Ellison
  • Office of University
    President, Paul Zingg
Bronze Sponsors
  • Tim Colbie, Great Escape Travel
  • Ralph Mathes, Matson and Isom
  • Don Carlsen

Alumni Update
Don Carlsen

Don Carlsen (3rd from the left). Super Bowl XLVI, Officials on Field One.

If you watched the Super Bowl this year, you might have caught a glimpse of Chico State alum, Don Carlsen. Don worked as an alternate referee for the big game this year, which was his first trip to the Super Bowl since beginning his NFL career in 1989. Don started officiating football in 1972 and spent several years in the Big Sky and Pac-10 Conferences.

Don originally came to Chico with plans to major in Architectural Engineering. He quickly switched his studies to Accounting and graduated with an Accounting degree in January of 1969. After graduation, he delayed his career and served in the Army Reserve. Upon returning to Chico, he was quickly hired by Matson and Isom, a local CPA firm. Don then worked from 1972-1979 as the Chief Accountant for Chico Unified School District. Don started working for the Butte County Office of Education in 1979 as Budget Analyst-Comptroller and spent the next 24 years employed in that office. In 1994, Don became Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, a position he held until his retirement in September, 2003.

Don has spent the past six years serving on the board for the CSU, Chico Alumni Association, with the past two years as president. Michelle Power recently took over the role of president of the Alumni Association on February 1, 2012. Don will continue to serve in the role of past-president.
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