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Summer Send-Off Events -- ALUMNI NEEDED!

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Started in summer 2007, Summer Send-Off events bring together new and returning Chico State students, their parents and families, and Chico State alumni to welcome new students to the Chico State family. Summer 2010 we will meet in nine locations throughout the state:

August 2 – Los Angeles,
Westwood Park, 1350 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, 6-8 p.m.

August 3 – Costa Mesa,
TeWinkle Park, 970 Arlington Drive, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

August 4 – San Diego,
Woodstock’s Pizza, 6145 El Cajon Boulevard, 6-8 p.m.

August 5 – Sacramento,
Del Paso Regional Park, 3565 Auburn Boulevard, 5-7 p.m.

August 9 – Napa,
Aldea Children and Family Services Conference Room, 1546 1st Street, 6-8 p.m.

August 10 – Redwood City,
Community Activities Building, Area #4, 1400 Roosevelt Avenue, 6-8 p.m.

August 11 – Fremont,
Walters and Wolf Business Office, 41450 Boscell Road, 6-8 p.m.

August 12 – Danville,
Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Alumni are an important component in the success of these events; we would love to have you attend all the events you can, and bring your fellow alumni. New students learn so much from those who have gone before them. Please plan to attend and share your Chico Experience!

To RSVP, please call 530-898-6472, or e-mail, and let us know which event(s) you plan to attend, and the number of people who will be in your party. We look forward to seeing you in August.

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Alumni Reunions Abound During Chico Experience Week

Looking for a reason to come back to Chico? Several alumni reunions are planned during The Chico Experience Week. Not only will you be able to reconnect with your former classmates, you will be able to enjoy all that Chico has to offer! More than 80 events are planned during The Chico Experience Week, October 8-17, 2010. Visit our website at or find us on Facebook—The Chico Experience.

Friday, October 8

Chico State Reunion for Recording Arts Program and Unveiling of Updated Recording Arts Studio
The music department welcomes home all alums for this special celebration! E-mail Keith Seppanen,

Saturday, October 9

Chico State College of Agriculture Hall of Honor Reception
University Farm, 5:30 p.m.
The College of Agriculture established the Hall of Honor in 1991 to honor individuals, families, and organizations that have significantly impacted the quality and direction of the agricultural programs at California State University, Chico. The reception includes a wine and beer tasting and a silent auction to benefit Superior Ag scholarships. Contact Sarah DeForest, 530-898-3737,

Chico State Hiestand Alumni Band Concert
Laxson Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
To honor the late Daniel Hiestand, and to support the scholarship in his name, the Chico State Band and Alumni invite you to join them. Chico State Wind Ensemble will open the first half of the concert with the Alumni Band rounding out the second half of the concert with a surprise guest conductor. All former band members are welcome to play! E-mail Band Director Royce Tevis at or Marilyn Hiestand at for more information.

October 14

Chico State Center for Regional and Continuing Education Open House
Continuing Education Building and adjoining Courtyard, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Join us as we celebrate of the 35th Anniversary of Chico Distance & Online Education. We will be honoring the people and partnerships that have made CSU, Chico a leader in distance education and celebrating Continuing Education’s contribution to extending the Chico Experience to learners across the state and around the world. RSVP or call 530-898-6105

Thursday & Friday October 14 & 15

Chico State Tehama Group Communications 20th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, October 15

Class of 1960 and Golden Grad Reunion Luncheon
Open to all alumni who graduated 1960 or earlier
Bell Memorial Union, Room 210, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday October 16 & 17

20th Reunion of the Chico State Soviet Union Tour
This is the 20th anniversary year of the Choral Tour to the Soviet Union. If you were on that tour, please e-mail Brooks Thorlaksson at for more information.

Saturday, October 16

CSU, Chico Special Education Teacher
Preparation Graduates Reunion

Bell Memorial Union, Room 210, 1–5 p.m.
Activities to include Graduate Presentations, Speakers and Networking
Contact Michelle Cepello, Director, Special Education: or
Terri Davis, Chair, Professional Studies in Education:

40 Years of Graphic Design at Chico State: Alumni Reunion
Contact Sarah Fry,

Sunday, October 17

Chico State Associated Students Alumni Breakfast Reception
Wildcat Recreation Center, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Reunion of current and past officers and student staff of the AS Government Affairs Office. RSVP or 530-898-5701.

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Thank you to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom & Restaurant for their support of The Chico Experience Week.

The Chico Experience Week Preferred Partners:


La Hacienda
2635 Esplanade, 530-893-8270
Open 7 days a week

Madison Bear Garden
316 W. 2nd St., 530-891-1639
Open daily at 11:00 a.m. (Sundays at 10:00 a.m. during football season)

Mom’s Restaurant
209 Salem St., 530-893-3447
Open Mon-Sun, 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom & Restaurant
1075 E. 20th St., 530-893-3520
Open Sun-Thurs, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fri and Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Oxford Suites
2035 Business Ln., 530-899-9090

Concrete Industry Management Students Spend Summer on Alcatraz Island

alcatrazChico State has partnered with Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) to create the first ever CSU, Chico CIM Summer Field School on Alcatraz Island this summer.

CSU, Chico Awarded $1 Million Endowment for Osher Reentry Scholarship Program

osherThe Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded a $1 million endowment to provide scholarships for reentry students whose studies were interrupted for at least five years by circumstances beyond their control.

Program for California Teachers Offers High-Quality, Low-Cost Professional Development Credit

national humanities centerA new partnership between the National Humanities Center (NHC) and the Center for Regional & Continuing Education provides California K-12 teachers the opportunity to earn university credits for completing online professional development seminars from the NHC.

Research in Crossbreeding Leads to Start of Hereford Program at CSU, Chico

herefordResults of a study conducted by Dave Daley, PhD, associate dean and University Farm administrator, have generated significant national interest in establishing crossbreeding programs.

College of Humanities and Fine Arts Travel Program – A Taste of Tuscany and Umbria

Open to all alumni, friends, family, students, staff, and faculty. June 18-27, 2011.

Public Affairs & Publications

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Celebrity Wedding Planner Mary Dann-McNamee Interviewed in New Episode of Ear on Careers Podcast Series

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In the latest Ear on Careers podcast, wedding planner Mary Dann-McNamee, offers insights into this exciting field. To access this podcast, go to During the podcast, Dann, founder of Mary Dann Wedding & Party Coordinators located in Manhattan Beach, California,, discusses her path to becoming a wedding planner.

Mary Dann (Class of 1988) began her official career in the hospitality industry at the Ritz Carlton. She started her wedding planning business in 1991, and later went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Marina del Rey, California. Dann can be seen on television on the Style Network’s “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?” and “Married Away” as well as the WE Network’s “Platinum Weddings” and a special segment of “Top Ten Wedding Destinations.” She is a contributing writer for “Inside Weddings” and “Ceremony” magazines. In addition, she is the author of the book Wedding Wisdom and has published several DVDs about the wedding planning industry.

Beating the Odds and Achieving Life Goals

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Adam Brar (age 27), a 2010 Recreation and Parks Administration graduate, faced some very real challenges on his way to obtaining his degree. A year and a half ago Brar started experiencing seizures. His doctors ordered a spinal tap and brain biopsy, diagnosing Brar with stage four cancer of the brain and stomach. Medical professionals gave Brar a 60 percent chance of survival. Following seven months of intense chemotherapy, Brar underwent a stem cell transplant at UCSF. The most upsetting thing to Brar was he had to drop out of classes and miss a year of school; it was his dream to graduate from Chico State.

Brar went back to school three months after his transplant despite doctors’ orders to take off six months to a year. This was Brar’s second round with cancer, the first round having occurred five years ago, and Brar wasn’t willing to delay his goal of graduating any longer. Through all the suffering, Brar maintained an amazing attitude and a precious outlook on life. In one year he went from being on the brink of death, to walking across the stage to receive his diploma. Another milestone will be achieved this year; Brar and fiancé Jessica Albanese are scheduled to wed on October 10, 2010.

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Alumni Volunteers Needed!

Friday, August 20, 2010 – 8:30 a.m. to noon – alumni volunteers needed to help with new student orientation. We are looking for 100 volunteers total, so we really need you! Please contact the alumni office at 530-898-6472 or to volunteer.

For a full schedule of events, please visit our Alumni website's events calendar.