April 25, 2013Vol. 43, Issue 2

From the Editor

Every once in a while, something so fortunate happens, you pinch yourself just to make sure it is real.

I have pinched myself more times than I can count since joining the staff at CSU, Chico a month ago as public affairs coordinator and editor of this publication. 

Transitioning from a local advertising agency, and before that, several communications posts in Sacramento, I’ve known for some time that Chico State is a special place. I’d heard about its reputation for excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts, and witnessed firsthand the culture and vibrancy it brings to an otherwise rural agricultural town.

A number of my journalism and public relations friends also hail from the University, and they have warmly recounted their days at the award-winning Orion. (Many serve in high-level PR positions today.) 

But it wasn't until I stepped onto campus for the first time that the magic really took hold. Breathtaking grounds aside, the activities and caliber of our students, the dedication of the faculty and staff, and the amazing things this University is doing in our community and beyond make it clear we are part of something much bigger than handing out degrees.

I may be new to Chico State, but I’m no stranger to the CSU system. A decade ago next month, I walked across a commencement stage at Cal State Long Beach, a newly minted graduate of one of the finest educational systems in the country. I left The Beach fully prepared to take a job in the “real world,” and credit my CSU education for my successes since—present post no exception.

I’m filling some big shoes, I know. When former longtime editor Kathleen McPartland retired earlier this year, she left behind a legacy of quality storytelling; thought-provoking publications; and many, many friends and connections. 

I’m hoping to continue to deliver the same high-quality publication to you in an interesting and accessible format. If you or your department are participating in a newsworthy event, activity, or project, or have a program or accomplishment worth sharing, I want to hear about it. I’m here to tell your stories, connect the campus community, and inspire others through the work you do on behalf of our students.

Don’t be shy. Email me anytime at sglangford@csuchico.edu or look for me in Kendall Hall 114. I’m looking forward to sharing what makes CSU, Chico such a special place to work and learn—and what’s got me all black and blue.

Go Wildcats!

—Sarah Langford, Public Affairs and Publications