A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2012 Issue

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The seeds of Chico State were planted in the late 1800s, in an area whose original residents were the Mechoopda Indians. John Bidwell, one of the first emigrants on the California Trail, purchased Rancho Arroyo Chico on Chico Creek in 1849 to establish a ranch and farm. In 1887, he donated his eight-acre cherry orchard to secure the northern branch of the State Normal School for Chico. In the following pages, the University celebrates its unique past with stories, images, and traditions. These are just a few of the highlights of Chico State’s long and rich history.

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Alum Notes

John Concannon


CONCANNON (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is a fourth-generation vintner at Concannon Vineyard.

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Tanja Poley

Tanja Poley

(BS, Business Administration, ’94) is the human resources manager for the News & Review, headquartered in Sacramento.

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Kathy Crusco

Kathy Crusco

(BS, Business Administration, ’87) is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Epicor Software Corporation.

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