James Luyirika-Sewagudde, Jr.—40 Years Serving Students
Described as “epitomizing the spirit and dedication of the staff at Chico State” and always “working tirelessly to help and guide students,” James Luyirika-Sewagudde, Jr. was honored as the Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year in May 2012. The office of International Education employee has dedicated 40 years of service to CSU, Chico.
Juni Banerjee-Stevens—Spreading Hope
Devjani (Juni) Banerjee-Stevens is the project manager for a $250,000 grant from California Mental Health Services Administration to develop and bolster mentorship and outreach programs on campus that prevent suicide. “Mental health outreach is one of my passions, and it’s one of the reasons I have always worked in a college counseling center,” says the Counseling Center staff member.
Joshuah Whittinghill—Steering Students in the Right Direction
Whittinghill has spent 12 years working with first-generation students as an academic advisor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). “I started to see students I helped as freshmen graduate,” he says. “Meeting their families at graduation and seeing their parents cry and tell me ‘thank you’ allowed me to see that I was helping not just students, but their families as well.”
Yvette Streeter—Keeping Campus Safe
When Yvette Streeter read the job description for emergency preparedness and occupational safety coordinator in 2011, she thought, “Wow, this would be my dream job.” Now, several years into the position, the former fire prevention officer is no less enthusiastic. She loves helping the campus community plan effectively for emergencies. “My life’s mission and my job is to educate so people can be safe,” she says.
Sandra Barton—Theatre Artist
“Theatre is fun,” says Sandra Barton, referring to her 26 years as a costume technician. She works with students, faculty, and staff on music and theatre department productions, doing everything from clothing to jewelry to makeup. One of her innovative projects was a Joan of Arc-styled straightjacket, painstakingly constructed and studded with common metal objects, for a production of Chamber Music.
Raymond (Gabe) Martinez—Dispatcher of the Year
The job of keeping staff and students safe doesn’t end at 5 p.m., as Gabe Martinez knows well. The University Police Department Dispatcher of the Year spends most of his nights handling calls on the graveyard shift. He also serves as a communication training officer, training new dispatchers. Martinez previously spent eight years in the U.S. Army and six years in the Army Reserves.