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Connected, The Alumni E-Newsletter of California State University Chico

$2 Million Gift for Ag Students Largest in University History

Dan Giustina Chico State is excited to share news of the largest scholarship gift in the history of the University. The Bell Family Presidential Scholarship Endowment will benefit College of Agriculture students, starting with two recipients next fall and four new recipients in subsequent years. Students will receive $5,000 per year for four years, up to 16 recipients at any given time.

Dan Giustina presented a $2 million check to President Zingg at a
news conference on August 22. Giustina is not a Chico State alum, but a life-long friend of Tom Bell, who managed the famed Bell Ranch in Butte County. The scholarship program was designed to honor the Bell family and help recruit the best and brightest Ag students to campus. Read more...

CSU Alumni Mega Mixer to be held in Hollywood

Join fellow alumni in Hollywood for the all-CSU Mega Alumni Mixer, to be held from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4 at Sadie Kitchen and Lounge in Hollywood. Multiple CSU campuses throughout California have joined forces to bring alumni together for an evening of networking and socializing. Pre-event registration required, no walk-ups. Registration closes Oct. 31 or at sell out.  Visit the CSU website for maps and ticket information.

Alumni Association, Career Center to Conduct 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. RSVP, or for more information e-mail alumni@csuchico.edu.
  • Oct. 17, 2013 - Resumes and Cover Letters, Jodie Rettinhouse
  • 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

Wildcat Cruiser Presented at Wildcat Welcome

Chico State alum and Alumni Association past president, Don Carlsen, '69, donated a Chico State Wildcat Cruiser that was presented to an incoming student at this year's Wildcat Welcome. Freshman Lindsey Lomanto held the winning number and became the owner of bike number 39, which is Carlsen's NFL referee number. Carlsen recently retired after 24 years as a referee with the NFL. 

"Don's generosity is very much appreciated," said alumni director Susan Anderson. "Over the years he has been so giving of his time and support to Chico State alumni and students. His offer to purchase a Wildcat Cruiser to give away to a student was a delightful surprise." More than 1,000 students attended the Friday Night Concert in the Downtown Plaza, where the cruiser was given away. The Alumni Association board of directors is also planning on giving away a Wildcat Cruiser during next Spring's Senior Send-off activities.


The Chico Experience Week

Don't miss the fourth annual Chico Experience Week, to be held October 4 - 13, 2013. A full list of community and campus activities and events can be found online. The website is frequently being updated, so check back soon for a complete listing of events.

Highlights this year include several reunions, including an all-college Natural Sciences reunion, black alumni reunion, Communication Sciences and Disorders reunion and the Golden Grad reunion, celebrating the class of 1963. In addition, the first-ever Wildcat Cruise will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 for purchasers of the Wildcat Cruiser and other bicycle enthusiasts.

This event is made possible in part from support from the following sponsors. Thank you for your continued support.


Student Spotlight - Freshmen Gather for 'C' Photo during Wildcat Welcome

Wildcat Welcome is three days full of activities introducing students to the Chico State campus. On Aug. 23, more than 2,000 students gathered to form the letter "C" and have their photograph shot by a flying "Cat Cam" as part of the freshman's class activities for Wildcat Welcome Week. The "Cat Cam" is a remote-controlled aircraft mounted with a camera and controlled by an individual from A Main Hobbies in Chico.


Oct. 5, 2013
Alumni Event - Sacramento River Train
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Oct. 11, 2013
Chico Chapter Fall Mixer - Stansbury Home
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Oct. 12, 2013
Class of 1963 Golden Grad Reunion
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October 4-13, 2013
The Chico Experience Week
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Alumni Profile

Dan Corbin, MA '92

Chico State alum Dan Corbin completed his MA in Studio Art in 1992 and has worked for the last 25 years as a practicing figurative sculpture throughout the art industry, mainly galleries.  His work was most recently displayed at the Fresno Art Museum and is a continuation of his relationship with public art-minded institutions.  Corbin currently has a sculpture displayed at the Gateway Science Museum in Chico.

For more information about his works visit his website

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Dan Corbin


University News

  Campus Sustainability Day  

Historic Day for Women's Athletics
More than 150 former Wildcats finally received 'Block C' letters, previously awarded only to male athletes prior to 1980.



Chico State Top Veteran-Friendly School
California State University, Chico has been named a top veteran-friendly school by U.S. Veterans Magazine in its 2013 Best-of-the-Best survey. Read more...

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