From the Editor

From the Editor

Photo of Marion Harmon

I am in awe of the extraordinary talent and perseverance of Chico State graduates—from first-generation college students to those who are balancing truly heroic workloads including classes, work, sports, community service, and much more.

Take political science major Swan Toma, who has served on a staggering number of organizations, including Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), and the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC). He received the 2013 Glenn Kendall Public Service Award among many other awards and honors. Toma’s family immigrated to California as refugees from Iraq and the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. He would like a career that combines public policy with academics.

Then there’s public relations major Nicole Walker, who has been a writer for The Orion student newspaper, intern coordinator for AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center, intern with Cubana Books, and an account executive with the student public relations organization Tehama Group. She also rebranded and launched a campuswide leadership initiative for Student Life and Leadership and was chair of the 2013 Walk MS event in Yuba City, which attracted more than 8,000 participants. After graduation, she will work as a public relations account executive with Wound Care Advantage, which develops practices and technology to help heal patients.

And Michael Bluing, who earned a 3.84 GPA in an interdisciplinary graduate program—psychology, applied computer graphics, English, and education—and is a tireless advocate of multicultural inclusion. He served as an EOP paraprofessional advisor, a writing center and Upward Bound tutor, and a resident advisor. Bluing has been growing out his hair to donate to organizations making wigs for African Americans with cancer, and he will enter the Peace Corps after graduation.

For more about these and other graduates, go to www.csuchico.edu/inside. The dedication of these students is truly inspiring and represents the quality and diversity of the graduates this University produces. Congratulations, Class of 2013!

—Marion Harmon (Master of Public Administration, ’07)

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