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Connected The Alumni E-Newsletter of California State University Chico
Ready Set Chico, 2011!

August 1 through August 11, representatives from the University and the Chico State Parent Advisory Council held events to welcome new students and their families to the Chico State family. Locations for this year's events were Los Angeles, Costa Mesa, San Diego, Rocklin, Tiburon, Redwood City, Danville, and San Jose.

Almost 400 students, family members, and alumni attended the Ready, Set, Chico events, learning more about the University and what the new students could expect to find when they arrived in Chico. Larry Bassow, Greek Life coordinator for the University, led the discussion and question and answer sessions. Parents were provided with guides for the academic year and the upcoming Chico Experience Week (October 7-16, 2011).

Ready, Set, Chico, 2011! events are designed to bring together alumni, students, and parents to share the Chico Experience and to welcome the newest members of the Chico State family – both new students and their parents. Held in locations throughout California, the events allow students the opportunity to ask some last minute questions regarding the start of the new academic year and to meet one another.

”My daughter, Katie,“ says Parent Advisory Council president Bob Combs, ”met a young woman who became a very good friend at the Danville event prior to the start of her freshman year. These events are great for getting students together, allowing them to share information so when they get to Chico and see a familiar face it reminds them they are not in this alone.“

Alumni Day of Service

Join both Chico State alumni and CAVE students to show support for the Sacramento community, home to nearly 10,000 alumni, on Saturday, October 15, 2011 for the first annual Alumni Day of Service. T-shirts and lunch will be provided for the volunteers by the Chico State Alumni Association. Volunteers are to meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Watt Ave River Access, located on the south side of the American River off of La Riviera Drive. Drive past the kiosk and meet in the parking area under the Watt Bridge. Parking passes will be provided at the meeting place. Wear closed toe shoes and bring a chair if convenient.

RSVP here. For more information, contact the alumni office at 530-898-6472 or Chris Cullen at 916-580-2222.

Come out and support Chico State CAVE students and alumni on Saturday, October 15, 2011 in Chico at 9:00 a.m. on the south side of One-Mile in Bidwell Park. Volunteers will be cleaning-up the area around One-Mile Recreation Center. T-shirts and lunch will be provided for the volunteers by the Chico State Alumni Association. Remember to wear close-toed shoes and bring water bottles.

RSVP here. For questions about the Bidwell Park clean-up in Chico contact Elisa Trimboli at etrimboli@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-3358.

Troy Johnson
Class of 1997, Major: Communication Education, Minor: Poetry
"How Barbecue Changed My Life"
Being the creator, writer, and host of a national television program means Troy Johnson, has to take his R-rated mind and translate that over to a G-rated audience. Although he grew up knowing how to “nuke the hell out of a bagel dog by the time I was three.” Johnson now finds himself living and loving food and is the creative mind behind the Food Network’s new show “Crave.” “I love the science of food,” Johnson says, “and I’m a research junkie—I loiter in libraries, deep-Google, and research little-known trivia to make the show interesting and to teach people about food.” Each week Johnson takes viewers on a cross-country excursion to find his perfect version of the foods he craves. Upcoming edibles include cheese, ice cream, burgers and bacon.

Johnson was a pre-dental major at Chico State until a conversation initiated by his dentist dad convinced him to follow his passion as a writer. His first foray as a professional writer came after a bout of insomnia when he wrote a five-page anonymous critique of the local newspaper, The Synthesis, titled “Respectful Disrespect” on his Brother Word Processor. Impressed with his writing, The Synthesis responded with a letter in the paper offering the anonymous writer a job and eventually Johnson became managing editor of the paper. Favorite professors who encouraged his writing at Chico State include Michael Scott and Ruth Guzley, who he describes as “so vibrant, so alive, that you couldn’t help but get excited in her classes.”

Fast forward a few years and Johnson is back in his hometown of San Diego following graduation, working primarily as a music journalist with a couple of forays into local television including a six-year stint as host of a music show called Fox Rox. He even penned a touchingly funny biography about what it was like to grow up with a gay mom in the 1980’s, Family Outing: What Happened When I Found Out My Mother Was Gay. Johnson reflects that if he had a do-over on the title, he would consider Son of a Butch.

In one of those “what am I going to do with the rest of my life moments,” Johnson became the senior editor at Riviera Magazine, with a focus on food and culture. “I had never read writing about food that excited me,” Johnson says, “it was mostly garden party narcoleptic prose.” Instead of turning away, Johnson jumped in and discovered his love affair with food. Four years deep into his food coma existence, he submitted a video audition for a new show on the Food Network. Instead of landing that show, Food Network called with the offer of building a show around Johnson’s writing and Crave was born.

When asked what advice he would give to young writers, Johnson outlines his tried-and-true method of writing “Determination Letters”—“find who you want to work for and every two weeks send them a new story idea—show them that you have Pit-Bull-go-get-em-skills.”

More Info:

  • To watch Crave, tune into the Food Network, Monday’s at 5:30 p.m., PST

  • To see Troy Johnson’s demo tape for the Food Network click here. (note, adult language.)
  • To learn about Troy Johnson’s book, Family Outing: What Happened When I Found Out My Mother Was Gay, visit http://www.amazon.com
The Chico Experience Week 2011
The 2nd Annual Chico Experience Week is right around the corner. Have you made your plans to come back to Chico? Highlighted Events include:
Unveiling of the Second Jake Early Chico Experience Print
Friday, October 7, Chico Paper Company, 345 Broadway, 5 – 7 PM
What do you think will be depicted in the print? The first print was a “C,” do you think the second one will be an ”H?“
22nd Annual Parade of Lights
Saturday, October 8, Downtown Chico, 7:30 PM
The theme for the 22nd annual Parade of Lights is the ”Chico Experience“. This is an opportunity for you to light up the parade route with your entry and share with your fellow citizens what Chico means to you and your organization. Be creative and have fun!
If you would like to participate, volunteer, or simply more information on the event, please see Chico Parade of Lights Facebook page, or www.azadsmartialartsfamilycenter.com or call 530-892-2923.
Butte Humane Society Furry Scurry Fun Walk and Festival
Saturday, October 15, Children’s Playground Park, 202 W. First St. 7:30 AM
Includes Walk for the animals around Bidwell Mansion, Bagel Breakfast, Family-Friendly Live Music & More!
CAVE & Chico State Alumni Day of Service: Bidwell Park and American River
Saturday, October 15.
See our website for additional details. Alums and CAVE students will partner for community service events.

Alumni Events include Chemistry Reunion, Travis Air Force Base Nurses, Golden Grad Reunion, Chico Chapter Fall Mixer, and the Dedication of Alumni Glen.

For information on all Chico Experience Week events visit our website at www.thechicoexperienceweek.com
Like our Facebook Page ”The Chico Experience“ and participate in Chico Experience Week contests!

Thank you to our Chico Experience Week Sponsors! We truly appreciate their financial support.






September 6, 2011
Join fellow Chico State alums to watch the SF Giants take on the padres at PETCO Park in San Diego. Pre-game mixer at La Cantina Bar at 5:30 p.m., game begins at 7:05 p.m. For tickets, email us at alumn@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-6472

September 10, 2011
Join Chico State Alumni and the Bay Area Alumni Chapter and watch the S.F. Giants take on the L.A. Dodgers. Stadium seats are sold out. Tailgate only tickets are still available for $20.00 each. Tailgate in parking lot D starts at 4:30PM. Gametime: 6:05PM.
Call: (530) 898-6472 to purchase tailgate tickets.
Download flier

October 7-16, 2011
The Chico Experience Week. More than 100 events including alumni reunions, Artoberfest events, Sierra Oro Farm Trail's Passport Weekend and the 2nd Annual Chico Velo Fallflower Ride! Visit The Chico Experience Week website.

October 14, 2011
10th Annual Fall Mixer. Join fellow alumni and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar at the historic Stansbury House in downtown Chico.
To order tickets click here. This event is one of many during The Chico Experience Week.

October 14, 2011
Golden Grad Reunion and Celebration of the Class of 1961. Open to all alumni who graduated 1961 or earlier. Bell Memorial Union, Room 210, 11–1:30 p.m.
Contact: 530-898-6472 or order tickets online.

The Chico State Career Center has just launched a new and improved job search database called JobCat! This interface allows all users – employers, students and staff – more streamlined usability, resulting in a more efficient recruitment process for all participants involved. Whether you are a Chico Alum looking for a job, or an employer who would like to post an opportunity in hopes to hire a Chico State student, please take a moment to check it out. The great news is that you have access to this database as an alumnus!
If you are searching for a job as a Chico State Alumni, register - here.
If you are an employer and would like to post a job or internship for free, click here.

Alumni Update
Alumni Spotlight - Monica Turner
Congratulations to Monica Turner, the new president of the Bay Area Chapter of the Chico State Alumni Association. The Bay Area Chapter received their charter in 2006, and Turner is just the second chapter president, succeeding Alicia Schwemer. The Bay Area Chapter sponsors many alumni events during the year including the Annual Alumni Day at AT&T Park.

Turner graduated from Chico State in 2005 with a BS in Business Administration (Marketing) and a second major in Musical Theatre. While at Chico, she was active in the honors department as well as the musical theatre department, including performing as a member of the musical theater tour troupe. Turner is originally from San Jose, CA and currently resides in San Francisco where she works at Google as a Product Operations & Escalations Manager for Doubleclick for Advertisers, a product offering for display ad serving. She utilized Chico's Study Abroad programs to study in Melbourne, Australia for 2 semesters and in Guadalajara, Mexico for the winter/spring Business capstone course.

During her spare time, Turner enjoys getting good use of her passport and cheering on the San Jose Sharks! She most recently played the role of Tracy Turnblad in a production of ”Hairspray“ at Cabrillo Stage in Aptos, CA in July and August. For more information on how you can get involved with the chapter, please contact alumni@csuchico.edu.
Educational Talent Search Re-Funded
The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at California State University, Chico has been re-funded with two separate grants by the U.S. Department of Education through the federal TRIO programs. The two grants total $3,045,095 to be paid out over five years. With this funding, ETS will continue to serve 1,330 students in sixteen high schools, located in five of CSU, Chico’s service area counties: Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Sutter and Yuba. Read More

Newspaper Series by Journalism Students Wins National Award
A series of newspaper articles produced by California State University, Chico journalism students about old Chico neighborhoods has received a national award.

The “’Hoods with a history” series, reported and written by Dave Waddell’s fall 2009 Public Affairs Reporting class and published in the Chico Enterprise-Record, was recognized this month in St. Louis at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Read More

CSU, Chico Residential Complex Wins LEED Gold Award
California State University, Chico received word late last week from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that the Sutter Hall residential complex project—which opened in fall 2010—received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification. Read More

CSU, Chico Wins Sustainability Award for Energy Monitoring System
California State University, Chico has received a 2010 Best Practice Award for the Energy Efficiency Partnership Program with the California State University System. The award was presented at the 10th Annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference held in July at CSU, Long Beach. The program has resulted in significant energy cost savings for the University. Read More

The New Chico State Wildcat Store
The Associated Students Bookstore has officially changed its name to the Chico State Wildcat Store! Along with the name change we have a new logo and website. The store was also remodeled this summer and now includes a lounge area and coffee cart. Join our recently launched customer loyalty program and earn points on all in-store and online purchases. You can stay connected with our monthly ”Wildcat News Flash“, which features all the store's promotions, sales, contests, and much more! Find more information at our new website, www.ChicoStateWildcatStore.com, and at our Facebook page.

Thank You Wildcat Welcome
On behalf of the Wildcat Welcome Planning Committee, I would like to thank you for volunteering at Wildcat Welcome, 2011.

Your help provided our new and returning students with an opportunity to touch, taste, and experience Chico State. We appreciate the time, enthusiasm, and insight you shared. Your valuable perspective greatly contributed to the success of this event. We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing again for next year's Wildcat Welcome.


Tray Robinson
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

Congratulations to our Winners!
More than 3,000 of you joined our new alumni online community and entered our contest! Congratulations to our contest winners:

Grand Prize, iPad2: Brad Gassaway (Featured in photo).
$100 gift card for the Chico State Wildcat Store: Rosana Cervantes
Chico State Sweatshirt: Mitchell Marinovich
One Year Membership in the Chico State Alumni Association: Juan Urizar
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