Connected, The Alumni E-Newsletter of California State University Chico
1955-1965 Era Reunion – This October During Chico Experience Week
All those who attended Chico State between 1955 and 1965 are invited to attend the Wildcat 1955-1965 Era Reunion on Friday, October 12th and Saturday October 13th during the Chico Experience Week!

On Friday, you can sign up to play golf and to attend a barbecue (6 p.m.)at the Butte Creek Country Club. On Saturday, visit with your friends at the Holiday Inn from 11a.m. to 6 a.m. In addition, Block C members will be meeting at the Graduate Restaurant and Bar. Later that night enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing in the Bell Memorial Union auditorium.

Memory books will be available and slide shows will be presented at the Friday BBQ, the Saturday Holiday Inn gathering, and the dinner/dance. Room accommodations can be made at the Holiday Inn in Chico (530-345-2491). Remember to request the special room rate reserved under the “Chico State Era Alumni 55-65.” For more information or to register for the event please go to

To participate in the Memory Book, please take the online survey at:

Kendra’s Korner: Head’s up...
As we know, May is the month that we see another graduating class enter the working world. With this transition, I am commonly asked for one piece of advice that I have for new graduates. Pulling from my previous life in corporate America, my advice is: Keep your head up. I mean this in the most literal sense, keep your head held high and stay positive. This does not only ring true for our new graduates, it truly applies to each and every one of us.

A few years out of college I worked for a company that wasn’t always the most uplifting and motivating place to be. There were people, or groups of people for that matter, who seemed to be able to darken my mood in just a moment’s time. Does any of this sound familiar to you?
  • You are in meetings where most of the discussion is based on what is going wrong, rather than brainstorming ideas on how to solve the problem.
  • You leave the workplace at the end of the day feeling drained from all of the negative energy.
  • Groups of people complain how the company is trying to take advantage of them.

If you’ve been around this environment before, you know what I’m talking about. What a bummer! I have found that attitudes are contagious, and it can be difficult to stand alone when the whole gang is heading in a particular direction. That’s why I think it’s important for you to stand strong and keep your head up.

Here are a few ways to maintain a positive attitude in the workplace.
  • Take 5. This translates to being able to identify that you are frustrated by whatever is going on around you and excuse yourself for 5 minutes. Before becoming a part of the problem, take 5 minutes to brainstorm how you can turn the ship around.
  • Think twice. Is what you are about to say, or complain about, going to solve anything? Will it help you advance in your career down the road? Will it help anyone involved? If the answer is no, maybe it’s not worth saying.
  • Be Proud. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to leave the company tomorrow, what would people remember about you? Are you the one that is supportive and helps the company move in the right direction or are you the person who always had something to complain about? You have control of your legacy.

Remember, today decides tomorrow!

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

More than 6,000 Attend Choose Chico! and Expo 125
Former Chico State administrator John Sutthoff and alumna Marilyn Warrens, ’75. Sutthoff and Warrens were special guests at the Expo 125 reception.

Chico State celebrated our 125th Anniversary in a big way with a community open house on Saturday, April 14. Expo 125 was held in conjunction with Choose Chico Day, where admitted students had a last look at Chico State before making their final college-going decision. Between the two events, it was estimated that Chico State had more than 6,000 visitors.

More than 60 different events and activities were held during the Expo including free tours of the Gateway Science Museum, Bidwell Mansion and the Warrens Reception Center; numerous kids activities coordinated by RHAPS— the Recreation Hospitality and and Parks Society; academic showcases, musical performances, various tours of campus; a photo booth; an appearance by Willie the Wildcat, and a cupcake reception with surprise guests at the end of the day. The Expo was coordinated by Chico State’s 125th Anniversary committee, with Tim Colbie, 92, as the volunteer chair of the Expo 125 committee. “We had a great team of volunteers and Chico State staff,” Colbie said. “Well over 200 folks volunteered that day to ensure that Expo 125 was a success.”

One attendee said “We had a great day!! I loved seeing the classrooms and all the buildings nestled in the campus. I knew the campus was nice but now I will tell everyone how great the campus is. The student presenters were also great. My boys had a great tIme seeing the campus. They choose what interested them and we had a busy day. It was great exposure for them about college. I can proudly say they were engaged and interested ALL day! That speaks volume for little boys. We really did have a great day!”

To see an online photo album of the day click here.

Alumni Gather for Chico Alumni Chapter Tri-Tip BBQ
Chico alumni gather at Canyon Oaks for the annual Tri-Tip BBQ.

More than 250 Chico State alumni and friends gathered at Canyon Oaks Country Club for the annual Chico Alumni Chapter Tri-Tip BBQ on May 3. The Chico Chapter secures sponsors for their events, which helps provide support for the Wayne Harder memorial scholarship. For more information on upcoming chapter events or to become a sponsor, visit

A New Alumni Publication is Coming!
Chico State is 125 years old this year and part of our celebration includes a new alumni publication! Chico State grads change emails, jobs and locations so often that it is hard to keep up with them. The Chico State Alumni Association has contracted with Harris Connect to update contact information for our alumni around the world so that you can keep up-to-date on news and activities from campus.

Harris will also help produce a beautiful hardcover publication that will allow you to find your old college buddies and to use for personal and professional networking. The book is set to be published in September 2012.

The easiest and fastest way to track down an old college friend is through the Alumni Today publication as it will include up-to-date contact information. You will be able to reconnect with classmates in your major or from your school of study. The publication will feature an introduction with full color pictures and a history of CSU, Chico. The publication will also include a section for photos and memories from your days at Chico State.

Harris Connect is a leading provider of multi-channel solutions for non-profit organizations. Harris specializes in alumni publications and the data needs involved with this type of project. Chico State grads will be contacted - by phone, email and mail - over the next few months to verify and update their contact and career information. The Chico State Alumni Association has partnered with Harris Connect on two previous directories and are excited to continue our relationship with Harris Connect during our Quasquicentennial year!

Chico State values your privacy and treats your information in a secure manner. You decide whether or not your personal information is published--make your wishes clear to the representative with whom you speak.

Alumni Association Honors Dino Corbin with Distinguished Alumni Service Award
President Paul J. Zingg and Alumni Association President, Michelle Power presents the Distinguished Alumni Service Award to the 2012 recipient, Dino Corbin.

Dino Corbin, ‘75, Communication Design, was chosen by the Chico State Alumni Association’s board of directors to receive the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Corbin was honored at the University’s Distinguished Alumni Dinner on April 20.

2012 Time Capsule
2012 AS Officers at the time capsule burial.

The class of 2012 Time Capsule is officially in the ground. Campus affiliated departments and organizations were invited to submit items to be included in the capsule. Some of the items included are copies of The Orion from the academic year, posters from AS Presents, t-shirts, pins, and stickers from various student organizations, and photos galore of the many activities held during the year.

The capsule is buried each year in conjunction with Senior Send-Off (held Tuesday, May 1), and is scheduled to opened in 50 years during the Class of 2012 Golden Grad Reunion. The capsules are all buried in the ground in front of the main entrance to Kendall Hall. Each capsule is marked with the year it was buried. Opened capsules are marked with a plaque noting the date the capsule was opened. It is our intention to spell out C S U C H I C O with the buried capsules. We are currently on the “U.” It is estimated we will complete the O in 2059.

Your Service Counts – Log Your Hours Today!
The My Service Counts project is in full swing! As of May 2, the Campus Community has logged 28,977 hours and Alumni, Parents, and Friends have logged 2,184. We know you volunteer, so please show your alumni pride by recording your hours to help us reach our goal of 125,000 hours logged of community service in 2012. To log your hours, visit the My Service Counts website at

Building Bridges Newsletter
Welcome to the Spring, 2012 edition of Building Bridges - a biannual newsletter celebrating diversity at CSU, Chico and the surrounding communities. Please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 898-4764 with any questions or comments.


Save the Date for Wildcat Welcome 2012
Wildcat Welcome is a celebration of incoming Freshman and transfer students. It is an opportunity to meet faculty and staff, alumni, student leaders, clubs and organizations, the Chico community, university administrators, and each other!

MAY 2012

1955 - 1965 Era Reunion
Kendra's Korner
More than 6,000 Attend Choose Chico! and Expo 125
Alumni Gather for Chico Alumni Chapter Tri-Tip BBQ
A New Alumni Publication is Coming!
Alumni Association Honors Dino Corbin with Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2012 Time Capsule
Your Service Counts – Log Your Hours Today!
Building Bridges Newsletter
Save the Date for Wildcat Welcome 2012
Upcoming Events
Alumni Profile
University News



July 29, 2012
Chico State Alumni Day with the SF Giants
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August 3 - August 16, 2012
Chico State Ready, Set, Chico! Events

Alumni Profile
Carissa Fanucchi

Carissa Fanucchi graduated from Chico State in the Spring of 2007 with her BS in Recreation Administration and an option in Special Events & Tourism. Her passion for working with events landed her a job with the Downtown Chico Business Association running the Thursday Night Market in 2006. Carissa’s next opportunity led her to the Special Events Office in Pebble Beach where she worked at the 2007 Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Councours d' Elegance Pebble Beach and the US Open 2010. “I truly enjoyed my experience there and continued my love of working at a golf course in my hometown of Chico,” said Carissa. Carissa is currently employed as the Private Events Director for Canyon Oaks Country Club. She has been with the company for almost 5 years and enjoys working with people in the Chico community and assisting clients with various events. Carissa is currently a member of the Chico Alumni Chapter Board.


Carissa Fanucchi

University News
Wanted: Chico State Bay Area Alumni
to be represented among the SAGE USA judges!
As a supporter of youth entrepreneurship, service-learning and youth empowerment, SAGE would be delighted to see you at the University of California-Berkeley on Saturday, May 26, 2012.

For What? To serve on a panel with other business, civic and education leaders who will evaluate the multimedia presentations made by the high school student teams at the annual SAGE USA Tournament, where teenage SAGE teams will participate in an annual competition based on their entrepreneurship and social ventures. There is no cost for this event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in being a judge, please email Chico State accounting professor Curt DeBerg at and say, “More details please!”

To help you decide, an itinerary is provided below.

Saturday 26 May 2012
7:00 - 8:30 Breakfast (Clark Kerr Great Dining Hall)
8:15 - 9:00 Judge’s Briefing (Garden Room)
SEMI-FINAL ROUND (SEB & SRB – 4 Leagues, 3 Teams each) SEB Rooms – Garden Room, Executive Dining Room, Room 102, Room 104 SRB Rooms – Krutch Theater, Conference Room D-1, Room 203, Room 204
9:15 - 9:50 Presentation 1 (SEB & SRB – All Leagues)
9:50 - 10:25 Presentation 2 (SEB & SRB – All Leagues)
10:25 - 10:35 BREAK
10:35 - 11:10 Presentation 3 (SEB & SRB – All Leagues)
11:10 - 11:45 Presentation 4 (SEB & SRB – All Leagues)
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch (Clark Kerr Great Dining Hall)
2:00 - 2:30 Judge’s Briefing (Garden Room)
2:30 - 2:45 Announcement of Semi-Finalists (Garden Room)
FINAL ROUND (SEB & SRB Leagues – 4 Teams each) SEB – Garden Room; SRB – Krutch Theater
3:00 - 3:35 Presentation 1 (SEB & SRB Leagues)
3:35 - 4:10 Presentation 2 (SEB & SRB Leagues)
4:10 - 4:45 BREAK
4:45 - 5:20 Presentation 3 (SEB & SRB Leagues)
5:20 - 5:55 Presentation 4 (SEB & SRB Leagues)
6:00 - LATE Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony (Great Hall)

What is SAGE? Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) is a global community of teenage entrepreneurs sharing a common purpose: to make the world a better place. Its mission is to help create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders whose innovations and social enterprises address the major unmet needs of our global community. Under the direction of university student mentors/business consultants, from Chico State, youth use their school learning to become self-reliant, create wealth, and help others. At the end of each academic year, the SAGE teams participate in an interscholastic tournament to determine which teams were most effective. At this tournament, YOU are the REFEREE! (But you don’t have to wear stripes or blow a whistle). See

What Does a SAGE Judge Do? You will serve on a panel which evaluates the quality of a high school team’s four-page annual report and its 13-minute multimedia presentation. SAGE judges are briefed at 8:15 am the day of the tournament. Moreover, all SAGE judges will have the opportunity to meet, interact and network with other SAGE judges, many of whom are (1) entrepreneurs, (2) business leaders, and (3) civic leaders.

WELCOME RECEPTION: On Friday night, May 25, there will be a welcome reception for judges, teachers and guests at the Clark Kerr conference center.

If you are interested in being a judge, please email Curt DeBerg at and say, “More details please!”

(Note: The winning SAGE USA winning teams advance to the SAGE World Cup Competition on July 28-29 at the San Francisco Airport Embassy Suites.)

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