Alumni Association News

Alumni Association News

Michelle PowerDear Alums,

One main focus of the CSU, Chico Alumni Association board is to grow membership. I’d like to take a moment to share with you why we place so much emphasis on this and why you should become a member. There are three main reasons to join and make the financial commitment to support your University.

1) We help today’s students through our scholarship program. Remember when you were in college and trying to budget for rent, books, and ramen noodles? Well, today’s students have an even bigger challenge—they have experienced multiple tuition increases as the CSU receives less financial support from the state. The Alumni Association’s scholarship program helps deserving students meet their basic needs and stay in school.

2) We help improve the campus grounds. Did you know the Alumni Association contributes to the beauty of Chico State? We recently renovated Alumni Glen. We added a new concrete pad (made by concrete management students!) based on a Native American design and added seating walls where students can relax by the creek on those fantastic spring and fall days we all remember. We would not have been able to complete this renovation without our members’ support.

3) We bring you The Chico Experience Week. This October marks our fourth annual Chico Experience Week. We’ll have 10 days of activities, reunions, and events designed to help you reconnect with Chico State and Chico, whether you live nearby or are returning for a visit. Look for the calendar on our website in early summer:

So, while you don’t have to be a dues-paying member of the Alumni Association to participate in events and activities at the University, I ask that you consider making the commitment of $45 a year (or $750 for life membership) to help us do what we do best—support our current students and engage our alumni. It’s a Chico state of mind—get involved and stay connected!

Celebrating Chico,
Michelle Power (’92), President, CSU, Chico Alumni Association

Student walking with Wildcat CruiserMeet the Wildcat Cruiser

Whether you’re a Chico State alumnus or just love Chico, you know that riding a bicycle is a big part of life in Chico. In honor of our 125th Anniversary, Chico State has created 125 commemorative bicycles that any alum, student, or friend would love to own.

Just one look is all it takes to see that this is no ordinary cruiser. Manufactured by Felt Bicycles, the three-speed cruiser is built to last. Its classic style and state-of-the-art quality make this not just a special bicycle, but a true icon of The Chico Experience.

Of the 125 cruisers, 75 are available for individual sale, with the remainder available to local nonprofits and on-campus units for fundraising purposes. Proceeds from the sale of the Wildcat Cruiser will be directed to scholarship funds to support students.

Visit for more details and pricing.

Upcoming Reunions and Events

Saturday | July 6
Bay Area Alumni at AT&T Park: Giants vs. Dodgers

Sunday | July 14
Alumni Day at Petco Park: Padres vs. Giants

Aug. 3–16
Ready, Set, Chico!

Sunday | Aug. 4
Day at the Races at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

Oct. 4–13
4th Annual Chico Experience Week

Oct. 4: Release of Jake Early’s 4th Chico Experience Print
Oct. 5: Family Weekend Barbecue
Oct. 11–12: College of Natural Sciences Reunion
Oct. 11–13: Black Alumni Reunion
Contact: Tray Robinson, 530-898-4764 or
Oct. 11: Chico Chapter Annual Fall Mixer
Oct. 12: Golden Grad Reunion/ Class of 1963

Saturday | Nov. 9
Chico State Honors Veterans

For more information on these events, visit the Alumni website or call 530-898-6472.

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Alum Notes

Mark Ulriksen

Mark Ulriksen

(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’80) illustrated the New Yorker’s 2012 election cover.

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Istvan Kadar

(BA, Chemistry, ’71) is helping design Disney’s newest theme park in Shanghai.

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Laurel Miller

Laurel Miller

(BA, Communication Design, ’92) runs The Sustainable Kitchen, a cooking school/farm tour program.

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