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Michael A. Shea

College of Communication & Education
BA Design and Communication, Class of 1984
Minor in Art and Industrial Technology, Class of 1984
Honor Year: 2014

Current Position:
Principal and Founder, School+Jackson, Inc.

Growing up in the midwest, Michael became interested in art and design at a very young age. In his teens, he moved to Palm Springs California, where he was inspired by the plethora of mid-century architecture. He chose to study at California State University, Chico and received a degree in Design and Communication, with a minor in Art and Industrial Technology in 1984. In 1993, Michael received his Masters in Design degree from North Carolina State University. His professional career has covered a wide variety of creative opportunities with both independent design firms and internal corporate Creative Director roles with several major brands. When not in the studio, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, making art, travel, and enjoying the outdoors in and around Portland, Oregon.

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Lance Lew

College of Communication & Education
BA Speech Pathology and Audiology,
Class of 1979
Honor Year: 2013

Current Position:
Director, Community Marketing, NBC Bay Area

As the community marketing director for NBC Bay Area, Lance Lew is responsible for all community outreach efforts, including development of promotional campaigns and event marketing. Lew has served on numerous boards, committees, and organizations serving the Bay Area, and he has received many awards, including Cine Awards for two documentaries he spearheaded while working for CBS5 in San Francisco. He received recognition for his leadership with a multi-year, 160-location food drive for Second Harvest. He co-founded the Growing Up Asian in America essay and art contest commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage month. This program has distributed more than $250,000 in awards to more than 600 students in the past 18 years.

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Lain I. Hensley

College of Communication & Education
BA Recreation Administration, Class of 1993
Honor Year: 2012

Lain I. 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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Steven E. Tolleson

College of Communication & Education
BA Communication Design, Graphic Design,
Class of 1980
Honor Year: 2011

A former member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Steve Tolleson has lectured extensively at colleges, universities, and industry organizations. He has also served as a design juror for a number of significant competitions around the world. Tolleson Design has received numerous awards and enjoys consistent visibility from national and international media. In 1999, Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the Tolleson Studio titled SoakWashRinseSpin. The book has become an industry standard as it chronicles the studio’s unique problem-solving methodology as evidenced through examples of its exceptional creative work. Tolleson and wife Ruthie (1982, Nursing) reside in Novato, California, and have two children, Danielle (2009, Recreation) and Evan.

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Timothy McClure

College of Communication & Education
MA Education, Class of 1982
Credential, Class of 1982
Honor Year: 2010

In his role as Director of Professional Development for Total School Solutions, Timothy McClure is responsible for developing a comprehensive, statewide professional development program designed to improve student academic performance. He received a 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award for his statewide efforts to help districts and schools improve academic achievement. McClure has organized a series of conferences highlighting schools serving high-poverty communities where African American, Latino, and English Learner students succeed at rates significantly higher than the average. Prior to his current role with Total School Solutions, McClure served in several roles for the Butte County Office of Education including as the Deputy Superintendent, Educational Support Services.

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Gordon Brown

College of Communication & Education
BS Business Administration, Marketing,
Class of 1982
Honor Year: 2009

After a successful career in the radio business, Gordon Brown began selling income-producing properties in California and Nevada. Since 1988 he has successfully purchased, managed, and repositioned millions of dollars worth of properties for himself and his partners. Brown currently serves as president of the Inside Circle Foundation, which supports inmates in Folsom Prison in their efforts at accountability and self awareness. He is a former founding member of the Authentic Leadership Center and serves on the Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Trustees. The Waterkeeper Alliance is an international group dedicated to supporting communities in the protection of bodies of water and the provision of safe drinking water.

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Jeffrey A. Dudum

College of Communication & Education
BA Recreation Administration, Class of 1995
Honor Year: 2008

Jeff Dudum originally created a business plan for a sports-themed, upscale restaurant as an assignment for his Commercial Recreation Operations class at CSU, Chico. His corporation now has six concept restaurants in California and Texas, with plans to open three more restaurants in San Diego, Tempe, and Las Vegas. Dudum was featured in 2007 as Yahoo! Finance Entrepreneur of the Week, and was named “One of America’s Greatest Hospitality Professionals” by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. He has earned a Five Star Diamond Award presented to establishments deemed to be of pinnacle quality, and his four Bay Area restaurants have won more than a dozen “best of” awards.

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Craig Frazier

College of Communication & Education
BA Communication Design, Class of 1978
Honor Year: 2007

Craig Frazier is an illustrator who has enjoyed a distinguished career as a graphic designer since 1978. In 1996, he shifted his career emphasis from graphic design to illustration. He has received numerous awards and has been recognized internationally for his design. His work is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Frazier has designed three stamps for the US Postal Service: “Nurturing Love” preprinted envelope was released in 2003, “Child Health” was released October 2005, and "True Blue Love" was released in January 2006. He has published four books, and is a frequent contributor to national publications.

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Donald E. Young

College of Communication & Education
BA Social Science, Class of 1959
Teaching Credential, Class of 1959
Honor Year: 2006

Young was born in Meridian, CA, in Sutter County. He earned an Associate's degree in Education from Yuba College in 1952, served in the Army from 1955 to 1957, and earned a Bachelor's degree from Chico State College in 1958. Young moved to Alaska in 1959, not long after it became a state. He eventually settled in Fort Yukon, a 700-person city on the Yukon River, seven miles (11 km) above the Arctic Circle in Alaska’s central interior region. Young began his political career in 1964 when he was elected mayor of Fort Yukon. After only one term, he was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives and served two terms before being elected to the Alaska Senate in 1970. Young is the fifth longest-serving House member, and the second most senior Republican (behind Rep. Bill Young of Florida). He is often called "Alaska's third senator." Young chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2001 to 2007. He also chaired the Resources Committee from the 1995 Republican takeover of the House until 2001. He is currently the second-highest ranking Republican on both committees.

For more information, please refer to Don Young's Wikipedia article.

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Carolyn Thompson

College of Communication & Education
BA Physical Education, Class of 1968
Honor Year: 2005

An educator of secondary physical education for 33 years, Carolyn Thompson started her teaching career in Gridley, California, where she coached four sport seasons a year for 13 years. She then moved to Bell Gardens High School, where she guided the department through the process of creating standards-based curriculum. Thompson received the Secondary School Physical Education Teacher of the Year award in 1994 from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. She has written several professional articles, including co-authorship of "The New Leadership Paradigm of Physical Education, What We Really Need to Lead." Recently retired from educating, Thompson currently serves as a consultant promoting quality daily physical education and effective teaching for Bonnie's Fitwear, Inc.

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Scott Dalecio

College of Communication & Education
BA Recreation Administration, Class of 1986
Honor Year: 2004

Scott Dalecio serves as the Resort Division President for the KSL Recreation Corporation, owner of prestigious resorts including La Costa Resort and Spa, La Quinta Resort, The Grand Wailea Resort on Maui, The Claremont Resort in Berkeley, and their newest acquisition, the Hotel del Coronado.

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William Mickelson

College of Communication & Education
BA Education, Class of 1951
Honor Year: 2003

William Mickelson began his post college career as a teacher. A friendship formed on the golf course led Mickelson into the oil exploration business. He has served as the president and CEO of Mickelson Land Services, Inc. and the owner of Mickelson Oil and Gas Properties. Mickelson is past president and a director of the Los Angeles Association of Petroleum Landmen and was named "Landman of the Year" for 1986-1987. During his college days, Mickelson helped to form the first official Chico State College golf team. Golf remains a very important part of Mickelson's life, and he has won the California Amateur title in the handicap division.

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Dan Dutton

College of Communication & Education
BA Physical Education, Class of 1972
Honor Year: 2002

Dan M. Dutton joined Stimson Lumber Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1988. Dutton was elected President of Stimson Lumber Company in October 1989, and became Chief Executive Officer in 1991. Prior to joining Stimson Lumber Company, Dutton was President of Duke City Lumber Company. Dutton currently serves on the Board of Directors of American Forest and Paper Association and is Past Chairman of the Resource Committee. He also serves on the board of the World Forestry Center, Western Wood Products, Columbia Distributing, Boy Scouts of America – Cascades, and Copia, American Center for Food, Wine, and the Arts.

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Michael J. Jones

College of Communication & Education
BA Psychology, Class of 1981
MA Instructional Technology, Information and Communication Studies, Class of 1983
Honor Year: 2001

Michael Jones has been a member of the executive staff of Microchip Technology, Inc. since 1991. In 1993 the company went public and was the nation’s number one IPO for 1993. In his current position, Jones manages 102 employees across Human Resources, Information Services, Employee Development, Manufacturing Training, and Document Control functions. Jones’ previous employment includes a position as Training Manager at Intel Corporation and he began his career with Brislain Learning Center, in Chico, CA. Jones has been published in Training magazine.

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Rick Rigsby

College of Communication & Education
BA Mass Communications, Class of 1979
MA Public Communication, Class of 2000
Honor Year: 2000

Enrique "Rick" Rigsby is considered to be among the popular professors at Texas A&M University, where he is an assistant professor of Speech Communication. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Rigsby is also the Life Skills Development Coordinator for the Texas A&M football team, president of Impact Communications, and founder of Cornerstone Ministries. Rigsby received two degrees from CSU, Chico - a B.A. in mass communication in 1978 and an M.A. in public communication in 1987. He also earned his Ph. D. in rhetoric and communication from the University of Oregon in 1990. Prior to graduate school, Rigsby spent nearly a decade as a reporter and anchor at KHSL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Chico. Following his graduate studies, Rigsby spent two years as an assistant professor of Speech Communication at CSU, Fresno. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 1992. Throughout his academic career at Texas A&M, Rigsby has received numerous awards, including twice receiving the Outstanding New Professor Award from the Southern States Communication Association; the Outstanding Faculty Diversity Award, given by the executive vice president and provost at Texas A&M.

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Jerry McGuire

College of Communication & Education
BA Elementary Education, Class of 1964
MA Education Administration/Supervision, Class of 1973
Honor Year: 1999

Jerry McGuire has been the superintendent of Butte County Schools since 1991. In June of 1998, McGuire was elected to serve a third four-year term. Prior to serving as superintendent, McGuire was principal at three schools within the Chico Unified School District. McGuire earned a B.A. in elementary education in 1964 from CSU, Chico and received his M.A. in education administration/supervision in 1973. He also earned a credential in life-administrative services (elementary and general). McGuire began his career as a classroom teacher in the Chico Unified School District. He went on to become a program evaluation consultant for the California Department of Education, a summer session instructor for CSU, Chico, the principal of the Migrant Education Summer School through the Butte County Office of Education, the director of Outdoor Education for Chico Unified School District, and principal at John McManus, Chapman, and Oakdale Elementary Schools. During his time at CSU, Chico, McGuire engaged in many volunteer activities involving children recreation, and outdoor programs. Reading to, storytelling to, and singing with children has always been an interest of his. McGuire reads to children at local libraries, bookstores, and in classrooms throughout the county. He is past president of Butte/Glenn United Way and is a member of many local organizations. His professional affiliations include the Northeastern Region of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, the Association of California School Administrators Associations, where he served as president.

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Kelly Craighead Mullen

College of Communication & Education
BA Recreation, Class of 1989
Honor Year: 1998

Kelly Craighead-Mullen was special assistant to US President Clinton and director of advance to the First Lady. Craighead graduated in 1989 with a B.S. in Recreation Administration and valuable experience as vice president of the Associated Students. Following graduation, Craighead left Chico for an internship position in Washington, D.C. with a fundraising firm.

Since 1992, Craighead has traveled throughout the United States and to over eighty countries across six continents.

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Russ Woody

College of Communication & Education
BA Information and Communications Studies,
Class of 1978
Honor Year: 1997

Russ Woody graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in speech and drama. He was a production assistant on the Benson and Bosom Buddies shows and he sold scripts to Benson and Barney Miller and wrote episodes for Fantasy Island and Webster. As part of Mary Tyler Moore’s production company, he wrote episodes for Newhart, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, and Slap Maxwell. He was co-executive producer of Mad About You and consults on The Jeff Foxworthy Show. He won an Emmy in 1990 as writer/producer for Murphy Brown and a Golden Globe Award in 1997 as co-executive producer of Cybill.

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Tamillee Webb

College of Communication & Education
MA Physical Education, Class of 1982
Honor Year: 1996

As a leader in the fitness industry, Tamillee Webb is consistently at the forefront of fitness education, developing, promoting, and producing innovative programs for both the general public and fitness instructors. Webb is the creator of over 60 workout videos and DVDs, including the highly successful Abs Abs Abs home video series, the Step Up Fitness book, and, most famously, the Buns and Abs of Steel video series. Webb has received many awards, among the Self magazine's 1994 "Best Abs Workout" and 1993's "Fitness Instructor of the Year" by IDEA, the association of fitness professionals. She has appeared in many magazines and newspapers and on numerous radio and television shows. In 1986, she formed Webb International, training fitness experts worldwide. Webb has also established the Choreography Club to create and develop instructional choreography videos for professional instructors throughout the world. In her spare time, she loves working with and saving animals in need.

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Mark Ulricksen

College of Communication & Education
BA Information and Communication Studies,
Class of 1980
Honor Year: 1995

Mark Ulriksen is a San Francisco-based artist and illustrator whose instantly recognizable portraits and whimsical take on life have led to projects for a variety of major clients. He specializes in figurative work that blends humor and darkness with psychological insight. After initially working for 13 years as a graphic designer and magazine art director, Mark went through a relatively early mid-life crisis and gave up a world of monthly deadlines for a world of weekly ones, pursuing a new career as a freelance illustrator and artist.

His editorial illustration work began in the mid-nineties, and since then his paintings have appeared in many of America's leading magazines and newspapers. Ulriksen is best known for his work for The New Yorker, where he has been a regular contributor since 1993, with more than 30 magazine covers to his credit.

Mark's varied interests are often the subjects of his acrylic paintings, be they politics or dogs, people or sports. He covered the 2008 Masters for Golf Digest and has created murals for United Airlines and the Chicago Bears that grace the walls of the United Club at Soldier Field. His dog prints adorn the halls of Kaiser Permanente hospitals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the regular illustrator for the San Francisco Jazz Festival, as well as a children's book illustrator, and the recipient of numerous awards, including Gold and Silver medals from the NY Society of Illustrators. His 2006 New Yorker cover parody of the film Brokeback Mountain was named the year's top magazine news cover by the Magazine Publishers of America. Ulriksen's work is in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian and the Library of Congress.

Mark now balances his time between illustration assignments, children's books, gallery work and private commissions, primarily family portraits and dog portraits.

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Laura J. Lopez

College of Communication & Education
BA Information and Communication Studies,
Class of 1979
Honor Year: 1994

Lopez was a foreign correspondent for TIME magazine for 15 years. She has served at various posts for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and is now Chief of Staff of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

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