2010 - 17th Distinguished Alumni

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Charlie Hoppin

College of Agriculture
BS Agriculture, Class of 1971

In addition to being a partner in a family farming operation in Yolo and Sutter counties, Charlie Hoppin serves as audit and finance committee Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Farmers Rice Cooperative, serves as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, and serves on the Chico State Agriculture Advisory Council. In 2001, Hoppin played an instrumental role in getting the California State Budget passed with the “Tractor Tax Exemption,” which has provided California agriculture with $110-115 million per year in tax relief. Hoppin and his wife Kathy, a 1968 Chico State alumna, reside in Yuba City.

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Jameela Bint Mohammad Al-Qasimi

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
BA Psychology, Class of 1982

Shaikha Jameela bint Mohammad Al-Qasimi is devoted to her work as an advocate for the rights of the disabled, children, and humans in general. She serves as the Director General for Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services and has been instrumental in the set-up of new services for the disabled and their families including schools servicing deaf and hard of hearing, mentally handicapped, and autistic children. She earned her EMBA in 2004 from the American University of Sharjah. The Shaikha is currently seeing one of her dream projects come to fulfillment with the establishment of one-of-a-kind private center for psychiatric and mental patients in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She is also at work establishing a center for early intervention for at risk children in Cairo, Egypt.

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Scott T. Hanson

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1990

Identified as one of the 25 most influential people in the financial services industry by Investment Advisor magazine, Scott Hanson is a frequent guest on Fox News, and has contributed to publications in The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and other financial industry publications. He is the author of Money Matters: Essential Tips & Tools for Building Financial Peace of Mind, a comprehensive guide for managing financial issues. Hanson and his business partner host a weekly call-in investment and financial information radio talk show on Sacramento’s largest AM radio station. Hanson also serves on several boards and foundations, and is currently chair of the Sacramento Generosity Project, a research and marketing project designed to increase philanthropy in the Sacramento area.

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Timothy McClure

College of Communication & Education
MA Education, Class of 1982
Credential, Class of 1982

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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Gene A. Keluche

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Applied Engineering Science,
Class of 1954

A member of the Wintun Tribe from Northern California, Gene A. Keluche has long been active in assisting Native Americans and First Nations communities in the development of sustainable enterprises and health and wellness programs. Keluche has extensive experience in the development and management of technology and natural resource based enterprises. He is a Director of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Foundation and served as Co-Chair with the Secretary of the Smithsonian of the National Museum of Native American’s Founders Council. Keluche and his wife Freita founded the Native American Sports Council, and organization that assists Native American youth with their Olympic-class sports competition goals. Keluche is a former Naval Aviator, and received his MBA from Harvard.

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Timothy A. McDonald

College of Humanities & Fine Arts
BA Music, Class of 1988 Tim McDonald is going to make the world a better place through musical theatre. A respected playwright, director, and educator, in 2006 Tim founded iTheatrics to help students in communities across the nation experience the transformative power of the arts. The company’s innovative products have earned it a distinguished list of clients, including Jim Henson Company and Disney Theatricals. His production, A Year With Frog & Toad, was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was performed in Chico in winter 2010 as part of its nationwide tour. Tim is also beloved in the North State as one of the founders in the 1990's of the popular Chico City Light Opera.

McDonald launched the nationwide Make-A-Musical initiative with NBC and Lowe’s to build sustainable musical-theater programs in under-served schools. The musical he wrote based on Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach will open at Seattle Children’s Theater on Nov. 19, 2013, and he is finishing his novel for young adults titled Johnny Sees Ghosts.

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Leon Warman

College of Natural Sciences
BS Mathematics, Class of 1980

Leon has more than 20 years' work experience on embedded space vehicle systems, geophysics applications, control systems, and electromagnetic analysis. Warman engineered a significant portion of the flight code for the Hubble Space Telescope that changed human understanding of the universe. He pioneered the use of computing technology in the advancement of control systems and electro-magnetics for aerospace applications as a senior engineer at Boeing Research and designed cutting-edge medical ultrasound technology as chief architect for Philips Medical. He served as the chief architect for Philips North American Medical Systems and as a software systems designer and Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. He has presented at Microsoft U.S. TechEd conferences, as well as conferences in Europe and Asia. He recently wrote and published a book, "How To Be Found: Search Engine Optimization." He is currently Principal in the Core Cloud Engineering Group for Google.

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Clark and Betty Porter

Distinguished Alumni Service Award
(Clark) BS Biology, Class of 1948
(Betty) BA Education and Credential, Class of 1950

The first couple to be honored, Clark and Betty Porter met while at Chico State in 1947. Following their graduation, they left Chico to pursue advanced degrees, Clark his PhD at Oregon State, Betty her MAT and MLA. After successful careers, Clark as a plant researcher, Betty as an educator and librarian, they were ready to retire and made their way back to Chico. Clark and Betty established the Clark and Betty Porter Endowment to fund scholarships in teaching, biology, and basketball. They are members of the Chico State Alumni Association, and both have served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Clark has also served on the Biology Department Advisory Board and is a 1993 inductee in the Athletic Hall of Fame. Betty has served on the Chico Museum Board and currently teaches genealogy classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 

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