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Honoring Our Veterans Event - November 9

Dan GiustinaChico State will host a special event saluting all veterans just in time for Veteran's Day. 'Honoring Our Veterans' will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 9 in Colusa Hall on campus. This is a free event and open to the public. All veterans, including faculty and staff on campus, alumni and community members, will be honored for their dedicated service to our country.

This event will feature a color guard comprised of veterans in the community, exhibits made by Chico State students, refreshments, and patriotic music courtesy of the Chico State Band. Scheduled guest speakers include Student Veteran President, Mike Diehl, and student veterans James Smith, David W de Boer, and Elizabeth Ritter, as well as alumna Hannah Williamson. Visit us online to RSVP or for more information, or call the Alumni Association at 530-898-6472.

Students Raise Money for Cancer Research at 'Up 'til Dawn'

Record numbers of dollars raised and students participating are goals for this year’s Up ‘til Dawn to be held Monday, Nov. 4, in Acker Gym from 4 p.m. to midnight. 

For the 13th year, Chico State students will gather to write letters raising funds for Memphis-based St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which conducts research and provides treatment free of charge to families for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Up ‘til Dawn is Chico State's single largest student-led fundraiser, attracting more than 2,000 students to participate and raising more than $100,000 each year.

Last year, students raised $112,000 in a national fundraising competition with other universities, placing second to University of Memphis. CSU, Chico has been national champion five of the past seven years.

Student Jaypinderpal Virdee, Chico State's Up 'til Dawn executive director, said this year’s goal is to raise between $150,000 and $200,000. Alumni are invited to attend the event and join students in this fundraising campaign. For more information, visit the Up 'til Dawn Facebook page.

Alumni Association, Career Center Host Career Webinar Series

The Chico State Alumni Association and Career Center have partnered together in a joint effort to present an ongoing series to help alumni better utilize their degrees and progress in their careers. All webinars are presented by experienced and professional staff members at the Chico State Career Center. Go online to register and RSVP, or for more information e-mail alumni@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-6472.

Pictured: Art Cox, Kendra Wright, Jodi Rettinhouse, Ken Naas

Nov. 22, 2013
- Networking, Ken Naas
March 10, 2014
- Interviewing, Kendra Wright
April 21, 2014 - Success in your first year at a new job, Art Cox

Arts and Humanities Ground Breaking Ceremony, Nov. 12

Alumni are invited to attend the ground breaking ceremony for the new Arts and Humanities building.  The ground breaking ceremony will take place at 2:30PM on the First Street Promenade (between Salem and Normal) with a reception immediately following backstage in Harlan Adams Theatre (PAC 144). This event will take place rain or shine.  To assist with a catering count, RSVPs are appreciated but not required.  

The new Arts and Humanities facility will be 67,000 square feet with an estimated completion date for construction of May 2015.

The Chico Experience Week

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Chico Experience Week a success. Don't miss next year's fifth annual Chico Experience Week, to be held October 10 - 19, 2014.  This event is made possible in part from support from the following sponsors. Thank you for your continued support.
Student Spotlight - Family Weekend

More than 1,400 Chico State students and their families gathered on Yolo Lawn to attend the annual Family Weekend BBQ on Saturday, Oct. 5. This event is part of the activities that take place during the annual Chico Experience Week.

Next year's family weekend BBQ is scheduled for Saturday, Oct.  11, 2014



Nov. 9, 2013
Honoring Our Veterans Event, Colusa Hall 

Nov. 11, 2013
Bay Area Chapter Mixer,  Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash, Danville
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Nov. 14, 2013
Bay Area Chapter Mixer, KC Bar, San Jose
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December 5, 2013
Sacramento Alumni Chapter Event, River City Brewing Co.
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Alumni Profile

Gage Chrysler, '78

Gage Chrysler graduated from Chico State in 1978 with a degree in business and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi. After graduation, Gage began working in the family business, Modern Building, and has served in his current position as CEO since 2011.

Gage has a long history of service to Chico State and the community. He has worked with the Chico State Blitz Build team, building the new barn at Patrick Ranch Museum and four new homes for Catalyst (each year, two homes were built in just nine days). Gage has been influentiall in the design and building of several projects at the Chico Boys and Girls Club, including the Teen Center and Nettelton Gym.

Gage was recently an honoree at the Pleasant Valley High School Foundation's fifth annual Viking Pride Night, a fundraising event for Pleasant Valley High School in Chico.

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University News


Professor, Students Design Product Featured on 'Shark Tank' TV Program
California State University, Chico manufacturing professor Daren Otten has worked with dozens of entrepreneurs over the years, but none has found as much success as Chris Johnson of Rapid Ramen. Johnson, a Sacramento businessman, recently landed a major deal with billionaire Mark Cuban on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and is now fast-tracking distribution of a product designed by Otten and a team of CSU, Chico students. Read more... 

Forensic Conference Draws Leading Anthropologists Nov. 2
Four of the nation’s foremost forensic specialists will gather at California State University, Chico to share their research and recent projects at the Chico Forensic Conference on
Saturday, Nov. 2. 


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