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Welcome to 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. Click here to check out the Building Bridges Newsletter.

Sacramento Alumni Chapter

The Alumni Association welcomes new board members to the Sacramento Alumni Chapter; Rob Felicano, president; Aaron Skaggs board vice president; and Marcus Hollan, secretary. Rob completed his Master’s in Education at Chico State in 2010 and currently works for Target Corporation. Aaron completed his degree in political science in 2010 and works as a legislative assistant at the state capitol in Sacramento. Marcus Hollan is a 2010 graduate with a BS in Agricultural Business and works for Future Farmer’s of America as Director of Leadership Development.

The chapter president and vice president were recently joined by more than 25 Chico State alumni and friends who gathered in midtown Sacramento at the Hot Italian for an informal mixer on Wednesday, December 7. Look for upcoming alumni events on our website at or contact to make sure your contact information is up-to-date.

Alumni Association student intern Sara Johnson (right) and student assistant Maddi Rainey attend the Sacramento Chapter Mixer

Sacramento Chapter Vice President, Aaron Skaggs (left) and President Rob Felicano (center) attend the alumni mixer on December 7.

Academic Reorganization
Plans Underway at CSU, Chico

Higher Education in general and CSU, Chico in particular face the triple challenge of reduced fiscal resources, increasing public expectations and needs, and major changes in the kinds of technology available and ways education can use technology effectively. These challenges, when thoughtfully and intentionally addressed, also present CSU, Chico with opportunities for making the University even more relevant and appreciated by its students and its constituents.

The Division of Academic Affairs is reviewing a range of opportunities to leverage its unique learning assets to create engaging, personalized Chico learning experiences that provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become engaged citizens in the global society of the 21st century. One area of review is the structure of the Division of Academic Affairs, specifically a reorganization of the current seven colleges.

“Our goal is make sure we take every opportunity to prepare for the challenges of the future by working on ways to more efficiently and effectively fulfill our mission as a public, residential, regional comprehensive university,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sandra Flake. “Realigning academic programs is one approach to doing that. As we look to the future, we are facing many challenges including:

  • the need for expanded skills and knowledge in an increasingly technology-driven environment.
  • an explosion of information and knowledge and access to it.
  • the need for collaboration, connection, and interdisciplinary perspectives in our approaches to teaching and learning.
  • the expectation of collaboration and partnerships in seeking external funding.
  • an emphasis on accountability for the skills and knowledge our graduates demonstrate.
  • an expectation that our graduates are prepared for a global environment.
  • and
  • changing tools and technology that are having an impact on how we engage with our students, each other, and our fields of study.

As we continue to embrace our mission at CSU, Chico, we need to anticipate the future needs of our students and communities and organize Academic Affairs to facilitate meeting those needs.”

The initial exploration from the campus community produced 121 models of reorganization and the Academic Reorganization Team has proposed 7 models for college organization for further reflection and discussion. These 7 models are available on our website along with instructions on how you can provide your feedback. Feedback should be provided by February 10, 2012. Commencing March 1, 2012, the provost will begin the consultation process to effect the recommended academic structure.


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Alumni Profile
Dreaming Big With a Love For Chico, ONE FOOTPRINT AT A TIME

Stepping toward a better world ONE FOOTPRINT AT A TIME, Sam Kabert, a 2011 Graduate from Chico State with a degree in Recreation Administration, has created a movement to make a positive difference in his community and the world. Inventor of Chico Feet, a company that creates footwear and more, Sam’s tagline is “We don’t sell products, we sell lasting impressions”.

While attending Chico, Sam connected to the community and wanted to show Chico Pride, while making a difference. With the help of a business coach from Exceptional Entrepreneurs, Sam was able to develop Chico Feet sandals and rain boots, which stamp the words Chico Feet into the ground, showing loyalty and leaving lasting impressions.

In Sam’s final semester at Chico, a Marketing instructor who was impressed with his endeavor, introduced Sam to a major promotional company in Sausalito, Ca, called Onyx World Wide. Sam will be working on promotions for large organizations such as the Giants, while redirecting Chico Feet into a fundraising organization for non-profits and other organizations that want to leave lasting impressions. In addition to helping local groups make money and create lasting impressions, for every purchase a business makes through Chico Feet they will give back to the businesses favorite non-profit organization.

If you would like to contact Sam Kabert:

Alumni Update
Dino Corbin Chosen as 2012 Distinguished Alumni Service Award Recipient
Dino Corbin, (’75, Mass Communications) has been chosen by the Chico State Alumni Association board of directors as the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Service Award, given to an alumnus who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and consistent and significant volunteer service to the University and/or the Chico State Alumni Association.

Corbin, who is partner/general manager for Deercreek Broadcasting in Chico, currently serves as the Alumni Association’s Chico Chapter president, is chair of the annual Chico Experience Week and has served on the President’s Advisory Board.

Corbin, along with honorees from each of the university’s seven colleges, will be honored at the annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on April; 12, 2012. For ticket information, contact the alumni office at 530-898-6472.

University News
Wildcats second in Directors' Cup competition
While the leaves have been falling in the City of Trees, the cities’ University, Chico State, has been rising toward the top of the list of the nation’s best NCAA Division II athletic programs. The Wildcats finished the fall ranked second in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings, released Thursday.
Rabobank To Be Presenting Sponsor at 2012 Economic Forecast Conference
The Center for Economic Development (CED) at the California State University, Chico Research Foundation announced today that it had signed an agreement with Rabobank, N.A. to be a presenting sponsor at the CED’s annual Economic Forecast Conference to be held at Gold Country Casino’s Event Center in Oroville on Jan. 12, 2012.
Gateway Science Museum Special Holiday Hours and Education Station Activities
Gateway Science Museum has special holiday hours in December. We will be open Monday to Friday, December 19-23 from noon to 5 p.m., with special activities in the Education Station each week, and closed on December 24 and 25. We will be open Monday to Friday, December 26-30 from noon to 5 p.m., and closed December 31 and January 1. Our new exhibits open January 21, 2012.

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