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Connected, The Alumni E-Newsletter of California State University Chico
Chico Alumni Chapter Hosts Annual Basketball Reception
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2014 Basketball ReceptionEach year, the Chico Chapter of the Alumni Association hosts a basketball reception to bring Chico area alumni together to cheer on the Wildcats. This year, the Chico Chapter invites all alumni and friends to their reception at Mom's restaurant in downtown Chico on January 31.  At the reception, alumni will enjoy delicious appetizers, dessert, and a Chico State themed photo booth. Following the reception, all will head over to Acker Gym on the Chico State campus to watch the Wildcats take on Cal State Dominguez Hills. Read more and buy tickets

Become a CSU Advocate - Sign Up For e-Advocacy Alerts
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AdvocateHave Chico State and the CSU system changed your life? By signing up for campus e-advocacy alerts you can help change the lives of future students for years to come. The CSU system encompasses 23 campuses up and down the state and annually awards half of the bachelors degrees in the state - more than any other California institution! When you sign up, you will be alerted via email when we need your support. You will help ensure that the legislature makes the CSU a priority for the 2015 budget cycle. Read more and sign-up.

Alumni Association Scholarship Application Now Available
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Scholarship RecipientsThe Alumni Association offers four scholarships worth $1,000 each ($500 awarded for two semesters) to the dependents of Chico State Alumni Association members. The application period for these scholarships is open now through February 15, 2015.

The scholarships are awarded on the following criteria:
  • Recipient must be the dependent of an Alumni Association member
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Must have a minimum of two semesters left for degree completion
  • Must have the CSU, Chico Scholarship Application form completed by February 15, 2015
  • Must complete the Alumni Association Supplemental Scholarship Application
Applicants can apply on the Financial Aid & Scholarship Website

Help the Chico State Alumni Association and current students by donating to our scholarship program.
Student Spotlight - Brittney Lomanto and Paige Wilson
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Brittany and Paige
This spring semester, the office of Alumni and Parent Relations has two full time student interns, Brittney Lomanto (left) and Paige Wilson (right). Both are completing their full time internship required for their major.

Paige Wilson is originally from the Bay Area. She has an older sister and brother and loves being the youngest sibling. Her hobbies include dancing and running. Wilson's heart was set on attending Chico State as soon as she toured the campus in high school. She will be graduating in the spring with a bachelor's degree in Recreation Administration. After college, her plans are to travel the world and eventually move to Southern California. This spring, she will help coordinate alumni chapter events and Senior Send-Off. 

Brittney  Lomanto grew up in San Martin, CA. She has one sister and two brothers. She will be graduating in Spring 2015 with a major in Recreation Administration focusing on event management and community/commercial recreation. Lomanto knew as soon as she stepped onto Chico's beautiful campus that she would attend college here. She loved the small town college feel and the beautiful brick buildings. During her time at Chico State, she has met some of her best friends and has made some of the best memories. After college, she plans on working for an event planning company either back in the Bay Area or in Southern California. Lomanto says she will always have a part of Chico State with her, no matter where she ends up.  Lomanto will help plan Senior Send-Off for the class of 2015 and the the Distinguished Alumni Dinner.

Be sure to say "hi" to Brittney and Paige next time you call or visit the Alumni Office!
January 29, 2015
Bay Area Chapter "Sip and Socialize" Event, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Thomas, 813 Main St, Napa, CA 94559Tickets
January 31, 2015
Chico Chapter Basketball Reception, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Mom's, Chico, CA. Tickets are $10 each and include appetizers and no-host bar. Women's game starts at 5:30 p.m. and men's at 7:30 p.m. in Acker Gym. Tickets
February 9, 2015
CSU Alumni Mega Mixer, Lucky Strike, San Francisco, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include appetizers. Pre-event registration is required. 
February 26, 2015
5th Annual CSU Tri-State Reception University Club, New York City, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include hors d'oeuvres and a hosted bar. Pre-event registration is required.
February 28, 2015
Parent Advisory Council Semi Annual Meeting, Selvester's Cafe, CSU, Chico, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information call (530) 898-6472.
February 28, 2015
Alumni Event at the SAP Center, San Jose, Sharks VS Senators,  7:30p.m. Tickets are $100 and include access to The Penthouse Plaza, food, and two drinks. Tickets
March 1, 2015
Alumni Event at Yolo Brewing Company before the Chico State vs. Sonoma State Men's Baseball Game at Raley Field, 11a.m. to 1p.m. Tickets are $10 and include appetizers. Tickets
April 11, 2015
Choose Chico Day for Admitted Chico State students
April 15, 2015
Alumni Event at Oracle Arena, Oakland, Warriors VS Nuggets, 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 and include access to pre-game shoot around. Tickets
April 30, 2015
Chico Chapter Spring BBQ, Chico State University Farm, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include appetizers. More info
May 14-17, 2015
June 13, 2015
Alumni Event at Petco Park, San Diego. More info
July 26, 2015
Alumni Event at AT&T Park, SF Giants VS Oakland A's. More info
July 31 - August 13, 2015
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Alumni Profile
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Alisha Valavanis, BA, Journalism, 2000 and MA, Physical Education, 2004

Former Chico State women's basketball player and assistant coach Alisha Valavanis is the new president and general manager of the WNBA's Seattle Storm.

Valavanis and her twin sister, Alexa, came to Chico State from Oak Park High School in Agoura in 1995. She graduated as the team's all-time leader in 3-pointers with 139. She also represented Chico State at the NCAA Leadership Conference.

But her best work on the court came during her four seasons as Lynne Roberts' lead assistant with the Wildcats. Beginning in 2002, Valavanis led the recruiting efforts for a program that qualified for four straight NCAA Championship Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Division II Final Four in 2006. Later that year she joined the women's basketball program at the University of the Pacific as an assistant coach, and in 2008, was elevated to associate head coach under Roberts. Read more
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University News

  Study Abroad  

Study Abroad Program Expands, Receives Recognition
CSU, Chico's Study Abroad program continues to expand and receive recognition for the quality of its program and its student participants. Fourteen CSU, Chico students have received prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships this year totaling $56,000 to assist with their study abroad costs. Read more. 

  Green Lists  

CSU, Chico Named to Green Lists
CSU, Chico has once again received recognition for its leadership in sustainability. Online Schools Center, a web-based source for news and information on online education ranked CSU, Chico no. 23 on its Top 50 Green Schools list. Read more.

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Get Your Chico State Gear at the Wildcat Store Don't miss out on our winter clearance event! Receive an additional 25% off clearance items when you shop in store. The sale ends January 25th! Can't make the sale? Sign up for our text message alerts to hear about our next sale! Text 1390 to TEXTBK (839825) to sign up. Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount on select merchandise.

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