2007 - 14th Distinguished Alumni

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Lawrence Crabtree, Jr.

College of Agriculture
BS Agriculture, Class of 1967
Honor Year: 2007

Lawrence (Larry) Crabtree started his career as an instructor of agriculture at Sutter Union High School in Sutter, California, in 1967. The program had an enrollment of 35 students. When he retired in 2003, the program had 189 enrolled students, 95 Future Farmers of America Golden State, and six American Degree winners. He has been a positive caring role model for the profession who rallied the troops and led the charge to "Save our Bureau" and reinstate regional delivery of agriculture education. Crabtree was inducted into the California Agriculture Teachers Association Hall of Fame in 2003. 

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Mary J. Kight

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
BA Social Welfare, Class of 1973

Brigadier General Mary J. Kight is the Assistant Adjutant General for the California National Guard.  She serves as a military assistant and advisor to The Adjutant General for Army and Air National Guard matters in the state of California.  After graduating from Chico State, General Kight enlisted in the active duty Air Force and received her commission in 1974. Kight left active duty in 1981 and joined the Nebraska Air National Guard. She returned to her home state of California in 1984 and has risen through the ranks. Kight has received several major awards and decorations including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

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Daniel G. Moffat

College of Business
BS Business Administration,
Financial Management, Class of 1978

Daniel A. Moffat joined GTA January 2007 as President and Chief Executive Officer and is based on Guam. Prior to joining GTA, Moffat was Executive Vice President with EarthLink. He was co-founder, president and CEO of New Edge Networks Inc., a Vancouver, Washington-based company that builds and manages private networks for businesses and communications providers that merged with Earth Link in April 2006. Moffat has 25 years experience in the telecommunications industry and has pioneered various ventures. He was named the Frost and Sullivan Telecom CEO of the Year for 2005. In his spare time, Moffat participates in Ironman Triathlons and has eight finishes.

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Craig Frazier

College of Communication & Education
BA Communication Design, Class of 1978

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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Dennis P. Murphy

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1994

Dennis P. Murphy designed his first subdivision at the age of 17, and by the age of 19 he had built his first two houses. Following graduation from Chico State, Murphy accepted a job with Hayden Homes, a company dedicated to building high-quality residential communities throughout Oregon and Washington. He was promoted to president of the company in 1996. Murphy decided to pursue a formal business education and enrolled in the three year Owner/President Program at the Harvard Business School in 2003, and graduated in 2006. Murphy is active in Big Brother Big Sister of Central Oregon and has served as Chairman of the Board.

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Leonardo Perez Duarte

College of Humanities & Fine Arts
BA Music, Class of 1995

Leonardo Perez Duarte is a longtime Chico resident and is well-known locally and nationally as a music educator and composer. He was a high school music teacher for 38 years, 30 of which were at Chico High School where he directed the orchestra, choirs, and bands. He has been the recipient of the Music Educators of the Year award from the California Music Educators Association and the Band Director of the Year award from the Northern California Band Directors Association. He has published several books on music education, and his published musical compositions include works for band, choir, and orchestra that are performed throughout the United States.

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Edward E. Tarver, III

College of Natural Sciences
BS Chemistry, Class of 1976

Edward E. Tarver, III is an inventor/manufacturer of chemical detection and identification instrumentation for detecting chemical weapons, high explosives, contraband narcotics, and toxic industrial chemicals. He holds several patents. As the founder and CEO of Etaran Instruments, Inc., Tarver has patented an ion mobility spectrometry instrument that is used in chemical detection and identification and has great implications for the military in the field of chemical warfare and counter terrorism. Tarver is also a mural artist and has designed school logos for San Jose State and De La Salle High School. He was a professor at Grambling State University and has served as president of the Faculty Advisory Council to the Board of Trustees/State Colleges, Louisiana, and as vice president of the Faculty Advisory Council to the Board of Regents/State Colleges, Louisiana. He is currently an Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. He received the R&D 100 Award for best 100 technologies in 1999 from Research and Development magazine for detecting smuggled nuclear materials.

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Judy L. Sitton

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
BA Social Science, Class of 1968
Credential, Class of 1969
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 2003

Judy Lynn Sitton taught elementary school in Chico for seven years and was executive vice president of Bi-Tech Software. In 2000, Sitton retired as executive vice president from Bi-Tech Software, the computer software company she co-founded with her husband. As a retiree, Sitton defines volunteerism. She was a past chair of the CSU, Chico Advisory Board (currently a member), vice chair and trustee of the Enloe Board of Trustees, president and past treasurer of the Northern California Natural History Museum Board, member/president of the Gateway Science Museum Community Advisory Board, and past chair/current volunteer for the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Business Advisory Board. Sitton was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2003 by the California State University Board of Trustees and CSU, Chico in recognition of her personal and professional achievements and service to the system and institution, and also addressed the 2003 Chico State graduating class.

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