Distinguished Alumni

PHOTO: President ZinggIt is important for California State University, Chico to recognize its outstanding alumni for a variety of reasons. Our outstanding alumni are among the leaders in their chosen vocations and professions and are those to whom we turn for assistance in ensuring the integrity of our academic programs.

Our distinguished alumni are fondly remembered by the faculty as inquisitive students and often as personal friends, both of which make teaching such a rewarding career. Recognizing our most talented and successful alumni reaffirms that they, like those many before them and thousands to follow, give life and reality to the legacy and contributions of California State University, Chico. Our most accomplished alumni, then, represent what it is we do well when we do our best, and for them we are grateful.

—Paul J. Zingg, President


2012 Distinguished Alumni

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Bill Loveridge

College of Agriculture
BS Agriculture, Class of 1976
Current Position: Curriculum Sales Consultant, CEV Multimedia

A retired agriculture teacher from Loyalton, California, Bill Loveridge spends much time in the Philippines working with the Asian Christian School of Ministry. Loveridge and his wife, Susan, have made eight trips since 2002, most recently in April 2012. While there, the Loveridge’s teach at a local college. Loveridge has a longstanding commitment to community, and has served as a director for the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District, a councilman for the City of Loyalton, and a soccer and girls basketball coach. He assisted in developing the California Standards for Agriculture Education, and he has been named CATA Outstanding Teacher and California Ag in the Classroom Vocational Agriculture Teacher of the Year.

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Robert Christopherson

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
BA Geography and History, Class of 1969
Current Position: Professor Emeritus of Geography

Author of four textbooks on geosystems, Robert Christopherson is a professor emeritus of geography following 30 years of teaching at American River College. Christopherson earned his MA in geography from Miami University, Ohio. His wife, Bobbé, serves as photographer and production assistant on his textbooks, which have received several national awards. Together, the Christophersons have completed 12 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Christopherson has been recognized for excellence in teaching with the 1999 Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award from the National Council for Geographic Education and the Outstanding Educator Award from the California Geographical Society. In 2009, he was elected to the Textbook and Authors' Association prestigious Council of Fellows.

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Prabhakar Kalavacherla “PK”

College of Business
BS Accounting, Class of 1993
Current Position: Board Member, International Financial Reporting Standards Board

Prabhakar Kalavacherla (“PK”) has worked in the United States as an audit partner in the San Francisco office of KPMG LLP, in India, where he led KPMG’s US GAAP practice, and in Europe. PK has specialized in the technology and biotechnology fields. He is a member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He travels frequently to Asian countries to participate in seminars on policy issues associated with standard-setting, and he helps the International Financial Reporting Standards Board in addressing country-specific accounting issues. PK serves as a US Trustee for the Food for Life Organization, an organization that feeds more than 1.3 million school children in India every school day.

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Lain I. Hensley

College of Communication and Education
BA Recreation Administration, Class of 1993
Current Position: Co-owner and COO, Odyssey Teams, Inc.

Lain Hensley joined Odyssey in 1992 as an equity partner and has since delivered a unique brand of training and motivational speaking to more than 500,000 people worldwide. He has traveled to 58 countries fitting prosthetic hands, and has a goal of donating 100,000 prosthetic hands before he dies. Hensley has been honored as a “Local Hero” by the Chico Noon Rotary Club and leads Rotary Camp Royal, a week-long youth leadership camp for high school seniors. He sits on the board of directors for the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation and the Advisory Board for the CSU, Chico Department of Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management. Hensley met his wife, Jean, while both were enrolled in the ballroom dancing class at CSU, Chico.

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John Strisower

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Computer Science, Class of 1987
Current Position: CEO, PathoLase, Inc.

A serial entrepreneur, John Strisower has been founder and CEO of several companies, including Precision Resource, PRC Gaming Systems, Travidia, Inc., and PinPointe USA, Inc. He founded PathoLase, Inc. in 2006, and currently serves as CEO and chairman of the company that is dedicated to creating innovation in combination with emerging technologies for the treatment and identification of microbial pathogens. He serves on the City of Chico’s business advisory board and the CSU, Chico Center for Entrepreneurship Board. Strisower was named the CEPCO Entrepreneur of the Year, and New California 100 Innovator of the Year. He has climbed Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta, and is planning his scale of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

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Victoria “Missy” McArthur

College of Humanities and Fine Arts
BA English, Class of 1972
Current Position: Councilmember, City of Redding

The former mayor for the City of Redding, Victoria “Missy” McArthur has extensive experience in volunteerism. In addition to being elected to the Redding City Council, Shasta County voters have also voted her to the Shasta College Board of Trustees. From Redding Rotary to the Methamphetamine Task Force, McArthur has proven herself to be a “go to” person for getting things done in the community. She currently sits on the University Advisory Board for CSU, Chico, and frequently lends her talents to helping the University accomplish its goals. McArthur is co-owner of the Redding Heat, a minor league football team, and has been honored with the Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa Woman of the Year Award.

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Jennifer M. McCallum

College of Natural Sciences
BS Biological Sciences, Class of 1992
Current Position: Founding Patent Attorney, The McCallum Law Firm, PC

In 2001, Jennifer McCallum earned both a PhD in physiology from Colorado State University, and a JD from the University of Colorado. McCallum is actively involved in complex biotechnology legal issues, and founded her own biotechnology patent law firm in Colorado. She was instrumental in arguing a case to help make private storage of stem cells available to all expectant parents, and played an integral part in the issuance of the first permit for the production of pharmaceuticals in Colorado. McCallum has received many awards and much recognition for her role in biotechnology patent law, including the 2008 Congressional Medal of Distinction and an appointment to the Biotechnology Council for the State of Colorado by the governor.

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William D. “Dino” Corbin Jr.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
BA Communication Design, Class of 1975
Current Positions: Market Manager and Partner, Deer Creek Broadcasting, LLC.

William “Dino” Corbin’s illustrious background includes work at radio and television stations and newspapers, publication of books and articles, and appearances on national radio and television programs. All that pales, though, when compared to Corbin’s involvement with the 33 civic and community organizations listed on his vitae. Corbin is currently involved with eight of these organizations, and his role with each is significant. Corbin is president of the Chico Chapter of the Chico State Alumni Association, he serves as a member of Butte Pioneers Economic Planning Committee, he is the current chairman of the Chico Concours de Elegance, and he is president of the Stansbury Home Preservation Association. And still, if you need help, he will be the first to volunteer.

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