1995 - 2nd Distinguished Alumni

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Danny Simms

College of Agriculture
BS Animal Science, Class of 1967

Upon earning his Bachelor’s Degree in animal science from CSU, Chico, Simms went on to earn his Ph.D. in Genetics and Animal Breeding from Oregon State University in 1973.  After teaching in Colorado and Minnesota, Simms joined the faculty at Kansas State University in Manhattan in 1979 as an Extension Livestock Specialist. He worked closely with the Kansas Livestock Association and members of the Agricultural Economics and Animal Science Departments to develop a state Integrated Resource Management (IRM) program, which looks at all the resources available to the beef producer and develops a system to maintain sustainability within the environment relating to the animals, soil, feed, and other factors affecting the cow/calf enterprise. His Standardized Performance Analysis project has been one of the most widely recognized extension educational efforts in the United States and sets the standards for calculating a calf crop and the analysis of the extension effort for beef producers.

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Harry M. Marsh

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
BA Political Science, Class of 1970

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Robert Kitteredge

College of Business
BS Business Administration, Class of 1969

Robert Kittredge retired in 2004 as a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers after 35 years. Mr. Kittredge spent the majority of his career there serving clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, technology, financial institutions, healthcare, and others. His experience included auditing as well as securities registrations and initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and public debt offerings.

Mr. Kittredge has been active in numerous Sacramento area community organizations. He served on the board of directors and in leadership positions with the Sacramento United Way, Golden Empire Council-Boy Scouts of America, Sacramento Theatre Company, Sacramento County Health Council, Sutter Club, California State University Chico Foundation, California State University Sacramento Foundation, and California State University Chico Alumni Association, among others. Mr. Kittredge received numerous honors for his service including the California State University-Chico Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1995, National Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, and the 2004 Golden Empire Council-Boy Scouts of America Sacramento Citizen of the Year.

Mr. Kittredge graduated with honors from California State University Chico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business-Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is a past president of the Sacramento Chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Mark Ulriksen

College of Communication & Education
BA Information and Communication Studies,
Class of 1980

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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Glen O. Toney

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BA Philosophy, Class of 1966

Glen O. Toney served as an executive of Applied Materials for 23 years before retiring in 2002 as group vice president of corporate affairs. Toney previously served as superintendent of schools for Palo Alto School District and for Ravenswood City School District. Toney received a BS in mathematics from San Jose State University, an MA in instructional technology and curriculum design from San Jose State, and a Doctorate of Organizational Behavior and Higher Education from the University of Southern California. Toney also holds honorary doctorates from Chico State and Santa Clara University. Truly committed to civic involvement, Toney is a former president of the Chico State Alumni Association, currently serves on the CSU Board of Trustees and the Gateway Science Museum Board of Directors, and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Toney has been honored twice as a Distinguished Alumni; once in 1995 by the College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Construction Management, and again in 2011 for receiving the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

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Jacquelyn Giuffré

College of Humanities & Fine Arts
BA Art, Class of 1973

Jacquelyn Giuffré started her artistic career as an illustrator of textbooks and now is a freelance designer and sculptor. Her work can be found at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in the self guided Tree Finder as well as at the Tournament of Roses Parade. She contributed to the 1993 grand prize-winning float for Transamerica Corporation. She is a regular manager and designer for the San Francisco County Fair Flower Show. Her massive bas-relief of the State of California seal is mounted on top of the California Public Utilities Commission building in San Francisco’s Civic Center, and her co-designed carved model of wheat and grapes in the city of San Jose’s logo is suspended above the entrance to the San Jose Arena. She was hired by Disney’s Epcot Center to mold famous cartoon characters out of foam, overlaid with gold leaf, for its casting center. Ms. Giuffré’s studio is a converted barn on a former dairy ranch in Petaluma.

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Leta B. Cox

College of Natural Sciences
BS Nursing, Class of 1981

Leta B. Cox was a former Chief Nurse Executive at Mercy Medical Center, implementing progressive ways to provide high quality patient care in the changing health environment. She has served as an instructor in the Statewide Nursing Program and has taught at Shasta Community College. Ms. Cox is certified as a Nurse Administrator, a Medical/Surgical Nurse and a Public Health Nurse, and she serves on the American Heart Association’s board of directors. She was awarded Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Woman’s Association of Redding in 1993 and the Philosophy in Action Award for Quality and Excellence in 1994 by Catholic Healthcare West. After retiring from the Chief Nurse Executive job at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Cox has been a professor at Simpson University. She was awarded the Simpson University ASPIRE Professor of the Year award in April 2012.

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