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Bill Loveridge

College of Agriculture
BS Agriculture, Class of 1976

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

Robert Christopherson is a professor emeritus of geography following 30 years of teaching at American River College and recieved teaching awards at college, state, and national levels. He also is the author of the leading textbooks for colleges and universities in physical geography/Earth systems science in the United States and Canada. 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. He says the systems approach in his books and the applied topical themes are rooted in his undergrad training at Chico.

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Prabhakar Kalavacherla “PK”

College of Business
BS Accounting, Class of 1993

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

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

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

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. As a community volunteer/activist, she’s helped many non-profits achieve their goals and helped create long-lasting benefits for the Redding area. She has enjoyed a life of teaching, medicine, small business, and property acquisition.

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Jennifer M. McCallum

College of Natural Sciences
BS Biological Sciences, Class of 1992

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

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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