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Alumni Glen Renovation

Construction in Alumni Glen is underway. The main concrete pours took place the week of April 11-15. The final pour of pervious concrete will take place the week of April 25.

Features of the new construction include seat walls, a raised plant bed, and design elements that emulate a Mechoopda tribal roundhouse, a flowing creek, and a circular two-dimensional fire. The plan is to incorporate the Delta Psi Delta plaque honoring fallen fraternity brother Dick Lewis into the new design, affixed to the outside of one of the seating walls where it can be seen by all who walk through the Alumni Glen.

Future Alumni Association plans for the Alumni Glen include landscaping with plans to restore the area to its native vegetation, and additional composite material added to the pathway to mirror the pathway through the Arboretum on the east side of the bridge. I f you are interested in making a donation to assist the Alumni Association with this renovation effort, please call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 530-898-6472.

2011 Distinguished Alumni

Congratulations to our 2011 Distinguished Alumni Honorees:

College of Agriculture
: Dennis N. Choate, 1980 BS Agriculture, Agronomy, Current Position: Vice President, Operations, Production, and Quality Control, Harris Moran Seed Company
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences: Nancy “Rusty” Barceló, 1969 BA Social Work, Current Position: President, Northern New Mexico College
College of Business: Thomas P. Villa, 1982 BS Business Administration, Marketing, Current Position: Director of Business Development (Content), Verizon Wireless
College of Communication and Education: Steven E. Tolleson, 1981 BA Communication Design, Graphic Design Emphasis, Current Position: Principal, Tolleson Design
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management: H. Kit Miyamoto, PhD, SE, 1989 BS Civil Engineering, Current Position: CEO and Structural Engineer, Miyamoto International and Global Risk Miyamoto
College of Humanities and Fine Arts: Patrick W. Bultema, 1981 BA Religious Studies, Current Position: CEO, CodeBaby
College of Natural Sciences: William L. Carroll, 1973 BS Biological Sciences, Current Position: Julie and Edward J. Minskoff Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Pathology, NYU School of Medicine; Director, NYU Cancer Institute
Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Glen O. Toney, 1966 BA Philosophy, Current Positions: Retired; Founding Partner, The Jamison Group

The Chico Experience Week 2011
 The Chico Experience Week is back for a second year of fun-filled activities and events! Mark your calendars for October 7-16 and don’t miss out on the excitement. This year’s activities include:
·         The unveiling of the second print in the Jake Early “Chico Experience” series
·         Sierra Oro Farm Trail and College of Agriculture Hall of Honor reception
·         Downtown Harvest Sidewalk Sale 
·         Class of 1961 Golden Grad Reunion
·         Artoberfest activities
·         Chico Chapter Fall Mixer

Look for more information on activities in next month’s Connected as well as the unveiling of the new Chico Experience Week web site.

May 3, 2011
Annual Senior Send-Off Event for graduating Chico State seniors. Held on the Chico State campus.

May 5, 2011
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with fellow Chico State alumni and friends starting at 5 p.m. at the CARD Center. Enjoy a Mexican feast and no-host bar. Call 530-898-6472 for tickets.

June 17, 2011
Giants at the A's in Oakland, CA. Tickets are $50 each and include game ticket and food. Call the alumni office at 530-898-6472 foor tickets.

August 1-11, 2011
Ready, Set, Chico! 2011 - Students, parents, and alumni are invited to attend. Bring any questions you have about the college transition and other issues. Read More

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. Download flier


Alumni Update
2011 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Dr. Glen Toney (Class of 1966, BA Philosophy), is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Service Award (DASA). Awarded each year by the Chico State Alumni Association to an alumnus/a who exemplifies service to the University, the DASA is awarded along with the Distinguished Alumni awards offered by each of the seven colleges during Founders Week each year.

Glen Toney served as an executive of Applied Materials for 23 years before retiring in 2002 as group vice president of corporate affairs. Dr. Toney previously served as superintendent of schools for Palo Alto School District and for Ravenswood City School District. He received a BS in mathematics from San Jose State University, an MA in instructional technology and curriculum design from San Jose State, and a Doctorate of Organizational Behavior and Higher Education from the University of Southern California. Dr. Toney also holds honorary doctorates from Chico State and Santa Clara University.

Truly committed to civic involvement, Dr. Toney is a former president of the Chico State Alumni Association, currently serves on the CSU Board of Trustees and the Gateway Science Museum Board of Directors, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He was recognized for his service at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Friday, April 15, 2011.
University News
The Orion Captures Fifth Straight National Excellence Award 
The Orion, California State University, Chico’s student newspaper, has again garnered multiple top honors at the National College Newspaper Convention. For the fifth consecutive year, The Orion won first place for general excellence in the Best of Show competition for four-year weekly college and university newspapers, said Dave Waddell, The Orion’s faculty adviser. The Orion’s website, www.theorion.com, also took third place among “large school” competitors, or schools with more than 10,000 students. Read More
Campus Responds to Japan Crises
Many campus based and local organizations organized fundraisers for relief efforts in Japan, including The Japanese Fusion Club and The Chico Japan Friendship Club. Throughout the month of April, CJFC will hold fundraisers and collect donations on behalf of the American Red Cross. Greek organizations have also collaborated with local businesses to raise funds to send to Japan. Read More
CSU Chico Faces $21 Million Decrease
Across the CSU system, campuses will be asked to reduce their budgets by a total of $281 million, according to a CSU news release. Each campus president has been assigned an amount to be cut and the task of figuring out how that can be accomplished. That figure at Chico State is around $13 million, according to Zingg, who said he has been meeting with a committee of faculty, staff, students and administrators to discuss how the cuts should be made. Read More
Alumnus' Business Helps Haiti, Japan
Kit Miyamoto, who graduated from Chico State in 1989 with a degree in civil engineering, is the president and CEO of Miyamoto International Inc, a global earthquake and structural engineering firm. The organization's main mission is to "make the world a better place," he said. In Haiti, Miyamoto International Inc. has trained 6,000 Haitian engineers and plans to finish rebuilding 20,000 to 30,000 homes in Haiti by the end of this year. Read More
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