Giving to Chico State

Andrew Paske ('15)

Assistant Director of Development—Chico State Fund

Andrew Paske is the assistant director of annual giving for the Chico State Fund. In this role, Andrew spends his time engaging parents, alumni, and friends of Chico State, including the Tower Society donors.

He is responsible for developing support for programs across campus and assisting a variety of different constituents, mostly focusing on parent and alumni giving.

He is a very proud Chico State alumnus, graduating from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2015. He holds a BA in sociology. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked at the Chico State Student Calling Center and was a founding member of the Chico State Student Philanthropy Council.

About Me

Who is your hero?

Tom Hanks. He consistently delivers outstanding performances that really move me.

What motivates you to do this work?

I tell people frequently that Chico State helped me during some of the toughest parts of my life. I discovered who I am here, and this community helped me do that.

My favorite part of development is getting people to open up to me about their fond memories and experiences. It makes it especially great when they are committed to making a difference in the lives of our students.

Why do you give to Chico State?

I give to North State Pubic Radio (NSPR) because of the quality content and community service they provide to the greater North State.

What Chico State professor, staff member, or program had the biggest impact on you?

Liahna Gordon of the Department of Sociology had a major impact on my experience at Chico State. She constantly challenged our perspectives. She delivered a tough but fair course. I was happy to have excelled in that class.

What's your favorite holiday?

Halloween! I have a major sweet tooth!

Do you have a personal motto or favorite quote?

My mom used to encourage me when I was young by saying, “You can only fail when you give up.” I try to apply this daily.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I’m a big fan of two places: 1) the George Peterson Rose Garden and 2) the University Farm. Both of these places are incredibly beautiful. I do my best to show them off as often as I can.

What’s your favorite Chico restaurant?

5th Street Steakhouse

Favorite thing to do at Bidwell Park?

Swimming at Brown's Hole

What was your first job?

Pizza delivery

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?


What’s your proudest accomplishment so far?

Graduating college (I'm the first in my family)

What would you sing at karaoke night?

"Hotel California" by the Eagles

What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

NSPR and my music library

How would you describe your Chico Experience?


What is the best gift you’ve ever received?

My first car was a life-changing gift

If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?

I think it would be handy and discrete to have super-strength.

Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?

Everything from the '90s is already coming back, so I’m good for now.

If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?

I think it would be fantastic to be a part of a Tribe Called Quest. They set the stage for the rise of mainstream hip hop.

What’s the farthest place you’ve traveled?

Costa Rica #Savetheseaturtles

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