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The 121st Commencement Ceremony

Approximately 1,200 students were expected to receive bachelor’s degrees on Saturday, May 21, and approximately 1,600 students Sunday, May 22, in the University Stadium.

State Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, 2nd District, was a speaker at the Commencement, and several programs and groups held receptions and special ceremonies, including a ceremony for master’s graduates on Friday, May 20. Read More...

Seventh Annual Senior Send-Off

The Seventh Annual Senior Send-Off event was held on the Chico State campus on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Students from the Recreation 474 – Association Operations and Events class were responsible for coordinating the event under the direction of Natalie Griffin, student intern for the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. Graduating seniors were invited to attend the event, each receiving a free lunch, a chance to spin the prize wheel, and music entertainment by DJ Swang Sanders.

Food donations from Lundberg Farms, Smucker’s, Costco, Mt. Shasta Spring Water, and Olive Garden helped make the barbecue successful. Students in the 474 class gathered more than 500 prize donations allowing each graduation candidate the opportunity to win something. Willie the Wildcat was on hand for photos and led student participants in the “Cha-Cha Slide.”

Approximately 500 graduating seniors participated in this event. Next year, Senior Send-Off will be held on Tuesday, May 1st.

Alumni Chapter Celebrates Cinco de Mayo at CARD Center

More than 100 Chico State alumni and friends gathered at the CARD Center on Thursday, May 5 for the annual Chico Chapter spring mixer. Guests enjoyed a special performance of School House Rock Live! Jr., presented by Chico Performances and Playhouse Youth Theater.

This event was made possible by the generous donations from the following sponsors: RSC Associates (Title Sponsor), Modern Building, Hotel Diamond, Hamre Equipment, Tri Counties Bank, Rick and Susan Anderson, Don Carlsen, Tim Colbie, Jeff and Cathy Kragel, Ken Lange, Chris Nichols, Allen and Nancy Wood, Linda Land-Smith, Gage and Christie Chrysler, Dan Hunt, Ralph Mathes, Tim and Jeanne O’ Connell, Brian and Karen Sweeney.

A special thank you to Deer Creek Broadcasting and Dino Corbin for their donation of radio advertising, which helps support and promote Chico Alumni Chapter events.

The Second Annual Chico Experience Week Kicks off this October

The 2011 Chico Experience Week kicks off on October 7, with the unveiling of the second print in the
Jake Early series. Early (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’94) is designing a series of five prints to celebrate The Chico Experience. Last year’s print, the “C,” proved to be extremely popular and gave collectors the clue that the next four pieces will be “H,” “I,” “C,” and “O.” In collaboration with Chico Paper Company he will donate a portion of the prints’ sales to the Chico State Alumni Association. The second print will be unveiled during the kick-off to this year’s Chico Experience Week festivities at Chico Paper Company on Friday, October 7, 5:00—7:00 p.m., and Early will be available to answer questions and meet fellow alumni and fans. Chico Paper Company is owned by alums Greg Strong (BA, Asian Studies, History, 1991) and Jana Donoho-Strong (BFA, Fine Arts, 1992).

Alumni events scheduled during this year’ Chico Experience Week include the Class of 1961 reunion and Golden Grad festivities, Chemistry Alumni Reunion, College of Agriculture Hall of Honor Reception, Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, Hiestand Alumni Band Concert, Department of Physics Alumni Seminar, Chico Celebrates Nurses, and the CAVE/Alumni Day of Service. Community events include the Second Annual Chico Velo Fallflower Ride, the Sierra Oro Trail Passport Weekend, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Oktoberfest.

The Chico Experience Week is October 7-16, 2011. For a complete list of all activities visit our website at

The Chico Experience Week is made possible in part due to the
generosity of our partners:




Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) and the Chico State Alumni Association Invite You to Support Our Day of Service During Chico Experience Week!

Please join the students and staff from Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), the Chico State Alumni Association, and Chico State Parents and Friends for our Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 15. We will be in three locations: Chico, Sacramento, and the Bay Area.

In Chico, we will be in Bidwell Park. Plan to meet at 9:00 a.m. on the south side of One-Mile pool, near the horseshoe pits. There will be jobs for every age and ability level so join us for the morning to support of Bidwell Park and stay on for a BBQ at the One-Mile picnic area from noon-1:00 p.m.

Sacramento and Bay Area plans are underway and if you are interested in participating in any of the three Days of Service contact the alumni office at
JUNE 2011

  • Commencement Ceremony
  • Senior Send-Off
  • Cinco de Mayo Event
  • The Chico Experience Week
  • Alumni Advocacy
  • University News

June 17, 2011
Giants play the A's in Oakland, CA. Tickets are $50 each and include game ticket and food. Call the alumni office at 530-898-6472 for 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 to watch the S.F. Giants take on the L.A. Dodgers. Download Flier...

October 7-16, 2011
The Chico Experience Week aims to bring Chico State students, alumni, parents, and friends together for 10 days of fun, education, and reconnection with friends, the campus, and the wonderful City of Chico. Visit www.thechicoexperienceweek.com
for more information.

October 15, 2011
Join CAVE, the Chico State Alumni Association, and Chico State Parents and friends for our fall day of service in the beautiful Bidwell Park.

Alumni Advocacy: Call to Action
There was recently a “call-to-action” from the Chancellor of the California State University system, Dr. Charles B. Reed. Basically, he was asking all Cal. St. University alums to “advocate” to their legislators that the existing higher education system in California needs to be strengthened, not torn down.

As you are probably aware, the current California State economic crisis is causing a $26 billion shortfall in the State’s budget, with the State University system being hit with a $500 million, or 18%, reduction in funding. If the legislator’s do not accordingly, and tax extensions do not occur, the hit to our university system could exceed the $500 million already suggested. Already, over 10,000 fewer students will be admitted in 2011-12 if the current reduction stands.

The CSU has a rich and rewarding history. It started 149 years ago on  May 2, 1862 as the State Normal School and eventually became the CSU we know of today. It is the largest higher education system in America! And we don’t want to see that change.


Not only is the State of California the beneficiary of its millions of graduates over its lifetime, we will find out that not investing in the future of our State’s economy will not only make matters worse for this State, but it will not allow us to compete at national and global levels. Just as an example, 47% of California’s aerospace engineers and 56% of California Civil Engineers come from the CSU system.

With over 621,000 students applying for admission into the CSU system for Fall, 2011, an all-time high, it is obvious that the popularity of the CSU is not waning during this economic crisis and we can only expect demand to further increase over upcoming years.

Please do what you can to let our legislator’s know that the CSU is something special and needs to be strengthened and not diminished. As alums, we treasure our higher education and want the same for others!

Don Carlsen, Class of 1968
President, Chico State Alumni Association

      University News
CSU, Chico Model United Nations Wins Top National Awards
Chico students participating in the Model United Nations (MUN) course were named an Outstanding Delegation at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. In addition, the team won the award for Outstanding Position Papers. This double “outstanding” ranking places the team in the top 4 percent of all schools attending the competition. In addition to the outstanding awards, four individual students received recognition in their individual committees: Kurt Bell and Joanna Eisenberg in the Security Council and Justin Self and Doug Strub in the UN Population Fund were each named as outstanding leaders by their fellow committee members.

Colusa Hall Reopens as Event Center After Remodel
The oldest building on the Chico State campus opens its doors again for the first time since fall 2010. Located beside the George Petersen Rose Garden, Colusa Hall will have space for special events, academic conferences and classroom instruction. For 10 years the center has been putting aside money gained from special summer programs to create this new meeting place for students on and off campus.
Significant Tuition Rise Possible in 2012
The California State University Board of Trustees announced last week that they may raise fees by up to 32 percent in the spring if Gov. Jerry Brown decides to cut an additional $500 million from the CSU budget. On Monday, Brown proposed that the reduction would go into effect if his plan for temporary tax extensions is rejected. The hike is in addition to the already implemented 10 percent rise approved for fall 2011, which means tuition between spring 2011 and spring 2012 could potentially rise by 42 percent.
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