2008 - 15th Distinguished Alumni

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Melvin George

College of Agriculture
BS Animal Science, Class of 1967

A member of the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, Melvin George recently received the highest award bestowed by the UC Davis Academic Federation, the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award. Considered an international leader in the science and management of rangelands, George has developed rangeland management and water-quality protection approaches that have affected rangelands in the United States, Africa, Europe, and China. Named California’s Range Manager of the Year in 1994, George has focused his research on environmental issues associated with the impacts of grazing on water quality.

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A. Robert Linscheid

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
BA Public Administration, Class of 1976
MPA, Class of 1978

Currently serving as the Alumni Trustee to the CSU Board of Trustees, A. Robert (Bob) Linscheid is also the general manager of the Chico Outlaws Professional Baseball Club. Linscheid has a long record of serving the University as a member of the University Foundation Board of Governors, president of the Alumni Association, and Chico State representative and president of the systemwide CSU Alumni Council. He also serves as president and CEO of the Chico Economic Planning Corporation, and as president and CEO of the Butte County Economic Development Corporation. Linscheid is a member of Rotary International and served as the district chair of the Polio Eradication Program.

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R. Scott Chalmers

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1972
MBA, Class of 1974

In addition to his responsibilities as president of RSC Associates, Inc., a residential and commercial property management firm with offices in Chico and Sacramento, Scott Chalmers serves as chair of the University Foundation Board of Governors and as director for Golden Valley Bank and Golden Valley Bank Foundation. Chalmers and his wife, Cindy, established three separate scholarships for students at Chico State and Butte Community College, and were joint recipients of the 2004 Boys and Girls Club Annual Humanitarian Award and the 2006 Rotary Community Service Award. The entire Chalmers family—Scott, Cindy, and their two daughters, Cara and Christa—attended Chico State.

Chalmers sold his business, RSC Associates Inc., after 30 years in 2010. His wife of 40 years, Cindy “Gaddy” Chalmers, Class of 1973, lost her 10-year battle with ovarian cancer in January 2012. Chalmers took on the co-chairmanship of Enloe Medical Center’s Take Flight Campaign in 2012 and became an Enloe Foundation Board member this January. He remains a board director of Golden Valley Bank and enjoys time with his two daughters, their husbands, and five grandkids.

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Jeffrey A. Dudum

College of Communication & Education
BA Recreation Administration, Class of 1995

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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David B. McCallen

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1979

David B. McCallen, PhD, is responsible for personnel and program development of a $100 million program aimed at supporting the National Nuclear Security Administration’s efforts in nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear materials management. This program includes the development of advanced remote sensing technologies, securing of nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union, developing collaborative nuclear cooperation in the Middle East and Central Asia, and providing technical support to the ground-based international nuclear explosion monitoring (seismic) system. McCallen is recognized at Lawrence Livermore for his expertise in software development, the design of nuclear material repository systems, seismic and blast analysis, and design of systems.

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Olena B. Lacy

College of Humanities & Fine Arts
BA English, Class of 1974

Olena Lacy serves as trustee to the Independent Health Care Trust for UAW Retirees of General Motors Corporation, and serves on the board of Financial Engines, an investment advice and management firm providing services to employees in 401(k) plans from over 900 corporate clients. She was assistant secretary of the Employee Benefits Security Administration in the United States Department of Labor, a Presidential appointment, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and she was the chief deputy state treasurer in the California State Treasurer’s Office. A National Merit Scholar and Summa cum Laude graduate from Chico, Lacy earned her MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

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Suzanna M. Nye

College of Natural Sciences
BS Nutrition Science/Nutrition Education,
Class of 1990

Suzanna M. Nye has made a career of helping others achieve career success in the field of dietetics. She has helped write, implement, and evaluate the State of California professional examinations for community nutrition classifications, resulting in State of California job eligibility for hundreds of dietetics professionals. She has given numerous professional presentations at state and national meetings and conferences and has five peer-reviewed publications. Nye is a key presenter to American Dietetics Association (ADA) members, and has served in ADA membership at the national, state and local levels, including as president of the California Dietetics Association. Nye has been the chief monitor of the Child Nutrition Programs in California since 2002. Nye received the 2006 Delores Nyhus Award for providing the highest level of dietetic leadership in California. She is the winner of the national Excellence in Community Dietetics Award from the ADA and is president of the California Dietetic Association.

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Sheryl W. Lange

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
BA Psychology, Class of 1966

Sheryl Lange is the "Supreme Volunteer." Her role as volunteer has led to a term on the Chico City Council, four bond committees, the Chico Unified School District Foundation Board, numerous PTA boards, and the American Cancer Society. At Chico State she is considered to be a most valuable volunteer, having served as secretary, vice president, president, and past president of the Alumni Association. She has also served on the University Advisory Board, the Wildcat Century Club, the Northern California Natural History Museum Board, and the WASC Committee. For her role in advocating for the University and the CSU system, Lange was named the 2007 California State University Advocate of the Year for CSU, Chico and she was honored by the Chico State Alumni Association as their 2007 Distinguished Alumni Service Award recipient.

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