May 5, 2014Vol. 44, Issue 5

Mind Wide Open

Vet Uses Higher Education to Help Answer Big Questions

Michael Fitzpatrick's five years in the U.S. Army changed the way he saw the world. They also changed the very nature of his thinking. When he got out, he began exploring life's nagging questions by studying philosophy and English at CSU, Chico. Now nearing the end of his time here, the three-time Student Research Competition winner is weighing his PhD options—and preparing for life after Chico.

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Poised for Success

First-Generation College Student Shines at CSU, Chico

At Butte College, Katlyn Perugini struggled. She spent three and a half years there fighting a lack of motivation in general education classes that she says felt like high school 2.0. But she eked it out, and upon transferring to Chico State in fall 2012, she found that not only was she capable of meeting the challenges presented by university coursework but also that, with a newfound passion for political science theory and research, she had what it takes to be an outstanding student.

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Grad Stories

A Clinic for Kristina

CSU, Chico nursing students have banded together to build a community medical clinic in Nigeria in honor of their classmate Kristina Chesterman, who died last semester after being hit by an allegedly drunk driver.

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Grad Stories

Blazing New Trails

Running keeps away the bad habits. That’s the mantra of history major Alfonso Cisneros, who has made a name for himself on Chico State athletic teams since he joined the cross country program as a walk-on four years ago.

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Grad Stories

More Than Her Circumstances

Graduating social sciences major Dani Anguiano works as a tutor in the Student Learning Center. The AS commissioner of multicultural affairs will attend graduate school for journalism in the fall. But her future didn't always look so promising.

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Grad Stories

High Expectations

Vania Klee is, by all accounts, remarkable. The graduating senior earns degrees in both political science and international relations this month. She’s at the top of her class, pulling GPAs of 3.63 and 3.4, respectively, and she dreams of becoming a federal asylums officer someday.

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Senior Sendoff

Senior Send-Off

Soon-to-be grads tell us "what's next" at Senior Send-Off. See their responses.

Sarah Langford

From the Editor

Chico State faculty and staff have left an indelible mark on the class of 2014. Read more.

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