For nearly two decades, CSU, Chico has honored alums who have made outstanding contributions in their fields. We proudly present the Distinguished Alumni for 2012.
College of Agriculture
A retired agriculture teacher from Loyalton, California, and curriculum sales consultant for CEV Multimedia, Bill Loveridge (BS, Agriculture, ’76) works with the Asian Christian School of Ministry in the Philippines. He has served as a director for the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District, a City of Loyalton councilman, and a coach for soccer and basketball. He helped develop the California Standards for Agriculture Education and was 2008 California Agricultural Teachers’ Association Outstanding Teacher.
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Author of four national-award winning geosystems textbooks, Robert Christopherson (BA, Geography and BA, History, ’69) is a professor emeritus of geography following 30 years of teaching at American River College. He received 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 joined the Textbook and Academic Authors Association Council of Fellows.
Prabhakar Kalavacherla “PK”
College of Business
Prabhakar Kalavacherla “PK” (MBA, Accounting, ’93), an International Accounting Standards Board member, was an audit partner at KPMG LLP in San Francisco, specializing in technology and biotechnology. He also worked in Europe and India, where he led KPMG’s U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles practice. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Kalavacherla is a U.S. trustee for Food for Life, which feeds 1.3 million children each school day in India.
College of Communication and Education
Lain Hensley (BA, Recreation Administration, ’93), co-owner and COO of Odyssey Teams Inc., joined the firm in 1992 as an equity partner, delivering training and motivational speaking to more than 500,000 people worldwide. He also has traveled to 58 countries fitting prosthetic hands, and he leads Rotary Camp Royal, a weeklong youth leadership camp. 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.
College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
John Strisower (BS, Computer Science, ’87) 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 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 advisory board. Strisower was named the CEPCO 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year.
Victoria “Missy” McArthur
College of Humanities and Fine Arts
A City of Redding council member and former mayor, Missy McArthur (BA, English, ’72) has extensive experience in volunteerism. From Redding Rotary to the Methamphetamine Task Force, McArthur has proven herself to be a go-to person in the community. She has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Shasta College Foundation and the CSU, Chico University Advisory Board. 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.
College of Natural Sciences
Jennifer McCallum (BS, Biological Sciences, ’92) is founding patent attorney for The McCallum Law Firm PC, a 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 in the issuance of the first permit for pharmaceuticals production in Colorado. In 2003, McCallum was appointed to the State of Colorado Biotechnology Council and, in 2008, she received the Congressional Medal of Distinction.
William “Dino” Corbin Jr.
Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Dino Corbin (BA, Communication Design, ’75) is market manager and partner of Deer Creek Broadcasting LLC, which runs several North Valley radio stations. He has worked in radio, television, and newspapers; published books and articles; and appeared on national radio and TV programs. He also has been involved in 33 civic and community organizations. He currently serves as president of the Chico Chapter of the Chico State Alumni Association, a member of Butte Pioneers Economic Planning Committee, chair of the Chico Concours d’Elegance, and president of the Stansbury Home Preservation Association.