Connected, The Alumni E-Newsletter of California State University Chico
Chico State Class of ‘55-‘65 Reunion

Graduates who attended Chico State between 1955 and 1965 are invited to join fellow alumni for the Wildcat ‘55-‘65 Era Reunion on October 12 – 13, 2012, which coincides with the additional activities taking place during the second annual Chico Experience Week. Events include a golf tournament and BBQ at Butte Creek Country Club on Friday, October 12 and a gathering of Block C members at the Graduate on Saturday, October 13.

Room accommodations can be made at the Holiday Inn in Chico by calling 530-345-2491. Request the special “Chico State Era Alumni 55-65” rate. For a full listing of events or to register for the reunion, visit

Chico State Students Support Higher Education

Picture: London Long shows her support
for The Made in the CSU campaign.

The Made in the CSU campaign is an effort by the California State Student Association (CSAA) to get students involved and educate the public about the state budget situation, its impact on the CSU, and the importance of reinvesting in the largest university system in the U.S. According to the CSAA, for every $1 invested by the state, the CSU returns $5.43 in economic impact. The CSU graduates 90,000 students each year, and CSU grads make up 64 percent of California’s hospitality and tourism professionals, 62 percent of agriculture professionals, 54 percent of business professionals, 52 percent of teachers, and 45 percent of engineers.

The Made in the CSU campaign materials were designed and produced by students and staff of Cal Poly Pomona’s ASI Gas Creative Group. For more information on the Made in the CSU campaign and ways you can support the CSU, log on to

Experience the wonders of Ireland with President Zingg as he travels to Dublin, Killarney and Lahinch for tours of historic castles and trips to six different world-class golf courses. The itinerary includes a guided tour of Trinity College and Dublin City as well as golf at Portmarnock Golf Club, Druids Glen, and the Tralee Golf Club. Don’t miss this opportunity to golf with the president, who not only has a passion for the game, but has also conducted significant research into the history and culture of golf in Ireland.

President Zingg is not only an avid golfer, but also author of the book An Emerald Odyssey: In Search of the Gods of Golf and Ireland. The book provides detailed accounts of the various golf courses in Ireland and how each is special and unique. He finds the courses in Ireland especially fascinating due to their mixture of history, mythology, and mystery.

Space is limited for this trip, reservations are required no later than May 1, 2012. For more information, visit or contact tour coordinator Clare Roby at 530-898-5674 or at

Colusa Hall

Students working inside Colusa Hall

Colusa Hall is the oldest building on the CSU, Chico campus core and the only building that remains of the original State Normal School. Colusa Hall was completed in the summer of 1921 under the direction of Walter Hann, Chief of Maintenance. Thirty Two Thousand Dollars had been appropriated by the state for this purpose. The building was designed with several windows to let in light by a state engineering architect, H.L. Saterlee and was used originally by industrial arts students.

The campus made the decision to save the historic building in 1997, investing in a seismic retrofit of the building. Since that time, the space has been used for a variety of purposes, including food service, administrative offices, and classroom space.

Colusa Hall opened its doors in May 2011 as a newly remodeled, state-of-the art conference and event center. The renovation of Colusa Hall was funded by Regional and Continuing Education without state general fund dollars and enhances the University’s capability to host academic conferences and special events. Colusa Hall has been retrofitted with energy saving windows that match the original style, window shading, energy saving occupancy sensors, and a daylight harvesting lighting system.

The state-of-the-art conference facility provides event space for up to 240 guests, with six additional meeting rooms to accommodate smaller groups. Currently the building sees between 12 and 15 groups utilize the meeting space each week. This beautiful facility is available for general public and community use. For information on fees and availability, visit or call 530-898-6105.

Liberty Mutual Special

The number one provider of auto insurance and home Insurance to organizations that shares the same values as ours is now offering our alumni special discounted rates. Find out more about our partnership with Liberty Mutual.

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: I can sell a widget easier than I can sell myself!
Ask yourself, what is your brand? What is your tagline? What is your elevator pitch? Do you have answers to these questions? Not only do we need to sell ourselves in our current employment, we need to sell ourselves to prospective employers.

As a current career advisor and a former hiring manager, I continually ask the question, "why you?" This is what employers, and clients alike, want to know and is relevant in many situations; sales, advertising, client services, financial advising, interviewing, etc.

Here are a few things to think about when you are attempting to "sell" yourself.
  • Focus on skills and attributes that highlight immediate results - There is no time to wait...consumers want results, now!

  • Fit the role you are selling - Are you interviewing for a marketing representative? Then wear a business suit, bring examples of your brilliant work and exude enthusiasm so that you not only connect with the interviewer, but you can connect with potential clients too.

  • Give me something to hold on to - In other words, leave the person with a memorable story, item, idea or suggestion that they will remember you by. This can be a story about international travel, a new innovative idea for the organization or even a personality trait that they can relate with.

  • Keep it relevant - The mind of the listener is commonly repeating, how can you help me, how can you help me, how...? Your brand should be 100% relevant to the ways that you can help and ideally, how you can change their life.

So in short, let's adopt the notion that we need to continuously sell ourselves. I am not speaking in the terms of literal sales, I am referring to selling yourself as a creative, innovative, intelligent and forward thinking individual. You know you are so why not brag about it??

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

Cats in the Community

“Cats in the Community” is a student-lead day of service to benefit the Chico community and honor Cesar Chavez. Although the campus will be closed on Friday, March 30th to observe the Cesar Chavez holiday, several students, faculty, staff, and administration will be on campus to volunteer.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., and breakfast will be served. Participants will be out in the Chico community from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. engaging in various forms of service. This event is open to anyone who would like to volunteer and show their support for Cesar Chavez Day.

In conjunction with this day of service, we are asking all volunteers to log their hours to increase our numbers for the My Service Counts project. For more information on “Cats in the Community” please contact Jay Virdee at For more information about My Service Counts or to log your hours please go to

My Service Counts - Log your hours

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—please visit this link 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

MARCH 2012

Chico State's 1955-1965 Era Reunion
Chico State Students Support Higher Education
Tour Ireland with University President Paul Zingg
Colusa Hall
Liberty Mutual Special
Kendra's Korner
Cats in the Community
My Service Counts
Alumni Update
Alumni Profile
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

Alumni Update
New Alumni Association Board Members

The Alumni Association Board Members

The CSU, Chico Alumni Association would like to welcome new board members Aaron Skaggs, Christina Nichols, Kathy Hardin, Robert Combs, and Kelly Staley. The new board members joined the full board for a retreat in Chico on March 3 and 4. Michelle Power took over the role of president on February 1, 2012.

Alumni Profile
Michelle Power

Michelle Power is the newest president of the CSU, Chico Alumni Association, taking over for Don Carlsen on February 1, 2012. Michelle was born and raised in Chico and attended Pleasant Valley High School. After graduating from Chico State in 1992 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Resources, she married Gentry Power at Bidwell Presbyterian Church on January 9th, 1993. Soon after, the newlyweds moved to San Francisco where Michelle started her retail career working as an assistant manager at Gapkids. Michelle quickly moved up through the organization, with her most recent position with the Gap as district manager in the San Francisco market. She was later recruited to Pottery Barn and took a district manager position with the organization, managing stores in the San Francisco and Northern LA markets.

Michelle and Gentry keep busy with their twin sons, Cameron and Harrison. When the twins were in 5th grade, the Powers realized they were ready to move home and took a leap of faith. They sold their home in Danville, quit their corporate jobs and purchased Bidwell Perk in Chico.

In addition to her role in the Alumni Association, Michelle has been involved with various organizations since moving back to Chico, including the Boys and Girls Club, Soroptomist, Chico Chamber of Commerce and Think Local Chico.


Michelle Power

University News
Wildcat men's and women's basketball teams advance to NCAA Championship
For fans, coaches and players assembled upstairs Sunday night at Madison Bear Garden, the atmosphere was one of anxiousness for the Chico State women’s basketball team, as the Wildcats waited to see if their late-season heroics were enough to earn a berth into the NCAA Championship Tournament. For the Chico State men, there was more of an air of confidence, as the Wildcats, knowing they had locked up an NCAA West Region berth, awaited word of their seed, first round opponent and where the ’Cats would be playing.
Nationally Recognized Civil Litigator to Speak at CSU, Chico
Jan Schlichtmann, one of the country’s eminent plaintiff’s attorneys, will speak on Wednesday, March 14 at California State University, Chico. Schlichtmann received national recognition for his representation of eight Woburn, Mass. families against W.R. Grace and Beatrice foods for contamination of the city water supply. Jonathan Harr’s “A Civil Action,” which told the story, became a best-selling non-fiction book and then a movie.
‘Love Every Body Week’ Promotes Positive Body Images and Eating Disorders Awareness
Numerous groups at California State University, Chico, are collaborating in the presentation of Love Every Body Week, March 5–8. The events and activities of the week focus on awareness about of issues surrounding body acceptance and eating disorders. The week is part of a national campaign to help people move beyond unrealistic standards of body and beauty that contribute to self-esteem issues and eating disorders for many people, especially young women, in the U.S.


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