CSU, Chico Student Malyssa Gunderson Receives CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement

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Date: 09-25-2017

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California State University, Chico construction management student Malyssa Gunderson has been selected to receive the 2017 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. The Board of Trustees selects students from throughout the state to receive the annual award, which is given to one student from each of the CSU’s 23 campuses. She is this year’s Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Scholar. 

Gunderson, a junior, is a native of Oroville, and works full time to fund her education. She is also a member of the Associated General Contractors Student Chapter at CSU, Chico, and she has worked on many of its community improvement projects. Last year, Gunderson participated in the group’s cabin refurbishment project at Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Lassen in Butte Meadows. She also volunteers with Design Build Institute of America, helping to restore buildings and create 3D models.

“I try to lend a hand whenever I can, whether through Chico State or through community events,” she said. “It’s important to give back.”

Gunderson has excelled in the classroom, with regular Dean’s List recognition and acceptance to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She also shares her knowledge of the construction management curriculum by tutoring other students in the department.

Gunderson’s selection comes on the heels of a 2016 recognition of another College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management (ECC) student, Claudia Martinez, who studied Concrete Industry Management.

“We’re thrilled that the accomplishments of our bright and dedicated students are representing Chico State for two consecutive years,” said Ricardo Jacquez, dean of the College of ECC.

While completing her courses, Gunderson works as an assistant project manager at the construction firm Rudolph & Sletten and plans to use her degree and experience to work as a project engineer after graduation.

“Malyssa is the definition of determination, diligence and deserving. She sets herself apart academically while working full-time, and gives of herself to help others in need,” said Alan Bond, a lecturer in construction management. “She does so by sacrificing what little remaining free time she may have. She is tireless in her pursuit to live life to the fullest.”

The CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU Foundation Board of Governors, faculty, students and staff publicly recognized this year’s scholars at a Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach last week. The CSU's highest recognition of student achievement, the awards provide donor-funded scholarships to students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need, while also demonstrating inspirational resolve along the path to college success. 

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About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 graduate and undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region, where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.