1996 - 3rd Distinguished Alumni

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Wendel Lundberg

College of Agriculture
BS Industrial Arts, Class of 1953
Credential, Class of 1953
Honorary Doctorate, Class of 2013

Honor Year: 1996

Wendell Lundberg is a Partner and the Vice President of WEHAH Lundberg Family Farms in Richvale, CA. After graduation in 1954, Wendell became involved in the family rice farm in the Richvale area.  During this time he also worked as a Seasonal Ranger for the Department of Interior at Crater Lake, and managed and supervised a rice experiment in Northern Australia.  In the mid 1960's, he established a warm water fishery.  In 1968, Wendell started rice milling and sales, and in 1980 began the rice cake division of Lundberg Family Farms.  The new products and processing department developed in 1985. Lundberg has been active in the rice industry, as well as in his community and church.  He is the past director of Butte County Rice Growers Association, past member of California Rice Industry Committee, past Elder of Chico Evangelical Free Church, Director and Past Chairman of the Board for Tri Counties Bank, Director of North State Crime Stoppers, and President of the Chico Chapter Experimental Aircraft Association.  He is also a member of the School of Agriculture’s Advisory Board.  Wendell and his wife, Carolyn, have three children, Joseph, Jessica, and Alysicia.

Wendall Lundberg, '53, Industrial Arts, will receive an Honorary Doctorate at the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 26.

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Sandy Lerner

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
BA International Relations, Class of 1975
Honorary Doctorate, 2012 Recipient

Sandy Lerner co-founded Cisco Systems, Inc., maker of the first commercially viable router, a device that allows computer networks to expand and create networks of networks, which we now know as The Internet. Lerner was one of the first female philanthropists to emerge from the Silicon Valley boom era. She created a charitable foundation and trust that would fund her projects; her main interest is animal welfare. After Lerner stepped away from her position at Cisco, she came up with an idea for a cosmetics line that steered clear of the standard girlish pinks and reds in nail polish and lipstick. Inspired in part by the dark-red, nearly black “Vamp” nail color introduced by Chanel that was selling out at makeup counters across North America, Lerner decided to create a line of alternative shades of lipstick and nail color. In mid-1995, she founded the company, called Urban Decay, which was later sold to the luxury conglomerate LVMH. Lerner earned her BA in international relations at California State University in Chico, finishing in two years with distinction, and began graduate school at Claremont College outside of Los Angeles. She was particularly fascinated by comparative political studies, but came to realize there was likely little financial gain in it (i.e., no job). She earned her MA in econometrics and her MS in statistics and computer science at Stanford University. Not surprisingly, Lerner ran the computer facility for the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, before leaving to establish Cisco.

Lerner received an honorary doctorate at the 2012 undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19, and gave the commencement address at both undergraduate ceremonies.

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Bruce W. McDougal *

College of Business
BS Accounting, Class of 1963

Following graduation, Bruce McDougall joined the staff of Price Waterhouse in Sacramento, the first CSU, Chico graduate to be hired in that office. From 1966 through 1969, McDougall served as an officer in the United States Navy. After his military duty, McDougall was promoted to manager with Price Waterhouse in Cincinnati. His interest in entrepreneurial involvement grew, and in 1973 he became CFO of Genway Corporation in Chicago, IL. Genway provided lease financing to General Motors dealers nationally. In 1982, McDougall became Director and CFO of Warren Capital Corporation, which provides corporate and commercial financial services to privately owned companies. He subsequently was appointed Director in 1982 and CEO 1986. In 1992, McDougall purchased Summit Software, Inc., a publisher of lease accounting software for personal computers which is sold to banks and leasing companies across the nation. More recently, Summit began offering World Wide Web services to commercial customers. Also in 1992, McDougall was part of a group of investors who acquired Universal Savings Bank, Inc. in Milwaukee. During this time, he was recruited by Ladco Financial Group, Inc. as CFO - to help guide the company through rapid growth.

* = Deceased

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Tamillee Webb

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

As a leader in the fitness industry, Tamillee Webb is consistently at the forefront of fitness education, developing, promoting, and producing innovative programs for both the general public and fitness instructors. Webb is the creator of over 60 workout videos and DVDs, including the highly successful Abs Abs Abs home video series, the Step Up Fitness book, and, most famously, the Buns and Abs of Steel video series. Webb has received many awards, among the Self magazine's 1994 "Best Abs Workout" and 1993's "Fitness Instructor of the Year" by IDEA, the association of fitness professionals. She has appeared in many magazines and newspapers and on numerous radio and television shows. In 1986, she formed Webb International, training fitness experts worldwide. Webb has also established the Choreography Club to create and develop instructional choreography videos for professional instructors throughout the world. In her spare time, she loves working with and saving animals in need.

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Gary B. Borders

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
MS Computer Science, Class of 1978

Gary B. Borders is an Engineering Productivity Manager with the Vancouver, Washington Division of Hewlett Packard (HP). In addition to his current duties of improving the productivity of the site design engineering teams, Borders has managed the development of a number of software programs for HP. Under his direction the HP Mechanical Simulation program was developed. At the time, this is the leading program in the nation for applications to Structural Engineering, Dynamic/Kinematics Tolerances, and Mold Flow Analysis. In addition, Border's team is responsible for the development of a process improvement program (SPIDER) for firmware and software. Further, Border directed the Computer Aided Engineering team to act as the catalyst for major improvements in the Local Area Network (LAN). Border, an outstanding researcher and manager, continues to cultivate his relationship with CSU, Chico. He is responsible for management of all aspects of the relationship between HP and Chico State. With Border's assistance, CSU, Chico has received over $8 million in hardware and software support. He is also the author of The Adventure Companion, published in 1985.

Borders recently took an early retirement opportunity from Hewlett Packard after nearly 33 years of employment. He has a passion for product invention and business model development that keeps him involved with other engineers and business managers. His hobbies include amateur astronomy and custom furniture design and construction.

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Carolyn S. Shoemaker

College of Humanities & Fine Arts
BA History, Class of 1949
MA Social Sciences, Class of 1950

Carolyn Spellman Shoemaker is the leading comet-discoverer of the twentieth century. She has achieved worldwide recognition in her field as a planetary astronomer with the discovery of 32 comets, more than twice as many as any other woman in the history of astronomy. She has been a visiting scientist at the Branch of Astrogeology at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona, since 1980. Shoemaker received an honorary Doctorate of Science from Northern Arizona University, where she is now a research professor of astronomy. She is also a staff member at Lowell Observatory. From 1981 through 1985 Shoemaker was a research assistant at California Institute of Technology. She has developed efficient stereoscopic and photographic techniques for use with the 46-cm Schmidt telescope at Palomar Observatory that have greatly facilitated the fast-moving asteroids. In addition to her well-known discovery (with husband, Eugene, and David Levy) of the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which collided with Jupiter in July 1994, the Shoemakers have discovered more than 800 asteroids, the largest more than 125 km in diameter. Dr. Carolyn S. Shoemaker has received honors, including the Scientist of the Year by the ARCS Foundation and the 20th Anniversary International Women’s Year Award, Zonta International, and The Ninety-Nines.

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Kenneth Lange

College of Natural Sciences
BS Biological Sciences, Class of 1965

Dr. Kenneth E. Lange received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1969 from the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry, and returned to Chico to establish his practice. He is a past president of the California Dental Association, and received their Most Improved Communications Awards in 1985 and the Chico Unified Teachers Association Public Service Award in 1992. Lange has been very active holding many professional offices in the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Northern California Dental Society, Butte County Health Planning Council, Northern Regional Health Systems Agency and Medical Quality Review Board—Region 1. He is also an honorary member of the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International College of Dentists. Lange is passionate about his community involvement. He has held many leadership positions in the Greater Chico Chamber of Commerce, including the position of president during 1992–1993. Other community membership involvement includes Chico Community Foundation, Chico Economic Planning Corporation, Chico Lions Breakfast Club, Chico State Associates and Century Club, Chico Scholarship Association, Little League and Youth Soccer Coach, and Parent Teacher Associations in area schools. Lange reports in 2013 that he has had a wonderful personal and professional life. As he approaches semi-retirement, he and his wife Sheryl enjoy travel and their kids and grandkids. They still do a lot with Chico State, and he is very pleased to have been selected as a Distinguished Alumni.

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