College of Natural Sciences 2016 Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 22, 2016
9:00 am, gates open at 7:30 am
*tickets required for entry
Rawlins Advisory Committee
Jo Ann has been an educator since 1998. After teaching for twelve years she became an Assistant Principal at Parkview Elementary in 2010 and was promoted to Principal in 2011. Parkview is a school of choice in the Chico Unified School District which houses the only Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program as well as the Gifted and Talented program. STEM is a school-wide program and is offered to all students. AS the principal of a STEM school Jo Ann is dedicated to growing the STEM opportunities for her students through building partnerships with community agencies throughout the Chico area. Jo Ann is a North Valley Native growing up in Orland, CA. She attended CSU Chico where she received a BA in Liberal Studies, Bilingual Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and MA in Education Administration. She enjoys spending down time with her husband and two boys. Some of their favorite family activities include water skiing, golfing, swimming, cycling, and roller skating. Many people don’t know that Jo Ann was a roller figure skater growing up and coached skating for many years in Chico.
Dan Bosch is a Realtor with RE/MAX of Chico and has lived in Chico since 1996. In addition to his membership on the Rawlins Advisory Committee, he is also on the Board of Directors for Cast Hope – an organization dedicated to providing outdoor opportunities to underprivileged youth in the North State area – and also a co-chair of the Good Guys Charity Golf tournament committee. Mr. Bosch has always had a great love and appreciation for the environment. He is local proponent of organic agriculture and local foods initiatives as well as educating children on necessity of preserving our natural surroundings. In his free time he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, photographing nature, hunting and fishing as well as gardening and keeping up to date on environmental matters.
John obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Horticulture from C.S.U. Chico and a Masters of Science in International Agricultural Development from C.S.U. San Luis Obispo. After completing college, he worked five years in Saudi Arabia developing and managing private farming operations. He also worked at the Agricultural College in Khartoum Sudan for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. After returning home, Mr. Carlon purchased land in Northern California and started Sierra Cascade Blueberry Farm, which he and his family still farm today.
Mr. Carlon has worked protecting and restoring rivers in California since 1991. For six years he worked for The Nature Conservancy on their Sacramento River Project. In 1998 John and another local farmer, Barney Flynn, started River Partners, which has grown to 30 full-time employees and a 7 million dollar annual budget. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Carlon has overseen the implementation of over $95 million dollars of habitat protection and restoration in California.
Mr. Carlon is a board member of the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, and chair of the Central Valley Joint Venture.
Robyn is the the Executive Director of the Butte Environmental Council, a local nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and advocacy through action. She previously worked as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Associated Students at CSU, Chico where she oversaw the AS Recycling Program, the Environmental Action Resource Center (E-ARC), the AS Sustainability Fund with $80K annually awarded to student-driven projects, as well as the Recycling And Rubbish Exhibit (RARE), a grant-funded program serving Butte County schools. She also has experience as a grassroots organizer, working on political and advocacy campaigns. After graduating from CSUC in 1999 (BA, Geography & African Studies) Robyn worked as a Commercial Recycling Coordinator with Allied Waste Industries and BFI, Inc. in San Carlos, CA and was later as a Recycling Consultant for J. Edwards & Associates at the City of San Mateo. Robyn lives in Chico with her husband, Peter and their two daughters. She enjoys gardening, camping, children's literature and music festivals.
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Jesse came to Chico in 2007 after serving as Research Director for the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Subsistence Division. Areas of specialization include natural resource management, Native North Americans and Circumpolar peoples, Ethnic Studies, Tourism, Peace and Conflict, the Islamic world, and North African studies. Current research projects include local ecological knowledge in Northern California, and the history and politics of water in California.
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Jane Dolan has served as the Executive Director of the Sacramento River Forum (formerly the Sacramento River Conservation Area Forum), since 2011. The Forum mission is to work to identify solutions to the diverse issues along the upper Sacramento River corridor and supporting local private property actions of habitat conservation, agricultural sustainability, protection of critical infrastructure, community safety and recreation opportunities. Ms. Dolan was appointed to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board on December 30, 2011 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Ms. Dolan served on the Butte County Board of Supervisors from 1979 to 2011, serving eight terms representing the 2nd Supervisorial District, encompassing portions of the Chico urban area stretching to the Sacramento River. As County Supervisor Ms. Dolan has been involved with Sacramento River issues for decades. As a Supervisor, Ms. Dolan was known as one who worked diligently on constituent needs, neighborhood planning, land use matters, and numerous areas of public policy. She was instrumental in establishing protections for the prime agricultural lands of Butte County, known locally as the Greenline. Ms. Dolan has served on numerous local, regional and state Boards and Committees. Ms. Dolan led the effort to begin the Butte Regional Habitat Plan. In addition to service as County Supervisor, she has been an active member of organizations, including the Chico State Alumni Association, PTA, the Library Advisory Board and the Chico High School Sports Boosters. Ms. Dolan has received numerous recognition and awards for her community service including Special Recognition from the Butte County Farm Bureau, Recognition Award from the Northern California Water Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Community from the Chico Chamber of Commerce, the Circle of Service Award from the County Supervisors Association of California, and has been inducted into the CSU, Chico University Leaders, the Chico Education Hall of Fame, the Distinguished Alumni of Pleasant Valley High School and Distinguished Alumni of Notre Dame School.
Colleen Hatfield became the current Rawlins Professor in Environmental Literacy in the Fall 2014. Dr. Hatfield received her PhD from the University of New Mexico and did a Post-doc with the Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Lab on that Patuxent River in Maryland. Prior to joining CSU Chico Department of Biology in 2005 as a landscape ecologist, she was an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her research interests focus on river and watershed processes at the landscape scale. She also serves as the Herbarium Director for the Chico State Herbarium and was the former Science Director for the Center for Water and the Environment. In the Chico community, she served on the board for the Northern California Regional Land Trust and is on the Butte County Resource Conservation District Board of Directors.
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Maureen grew up in Seattle, WA and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. She practiced Dental Hygiene for 37 years until she retired in 2007.
Her interest in the environment was enhanced when she and her husband, Larry, moved to Chico in 1981. They bought a house on Little Chico Creek and she became interested in the Little Chico Creek watershed and its ecosystem . This led her to become a member of Streaminders and Little Chico Creek Educational Consortium.
She was appointed to the Bidwell Park and Playground Commission in 1994 and served for four years. She was also a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of Chico that year. In 1998, she was elected to the Chico City Council where she served as Mayor and Vice-Mayor during her term from 1998-2006.
In 2007 she was elected to the Butte County Board of Supervisors and she is currently serving her 3rd term. She is Chair of the Audit Committee and Treasury Oversight Committee. She is a Board member of Passages, Behavioral Health Advisory Board, and the First 5 Children and Families Commission. As a County Supervisor, Maureen is faced with many decisions which affect local sustainability, especially in the areas of water, agriculture, and land use.
William Loker is Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Undergraduate Education at California State University, Chico. As an anthropologist, Loker’s research focused on applied cultural anthropology, particularly environment and development issues in rural Latin America. Loker’s research focused on sustainable development practices related to agriculturally-induced environmental change in tropical forest regions and low input, sustainable agricultural practices for small-scale agriculturalists in tropical montane ecosystems. As dean, Loker has oversight responsibility for the General Education program at Chico State. Together with faculty and staff colleagues, Loker provided leadership for the design, implementation and ongoing operation of the nationally recognized Pathways program in GE, including the incorporation of sustainability as a learning outcome across GE as a contributor to environmental literacy for all students. Sustainability is the focus of one of ten General Education Pathways and associated minors that can be pursued by students through their general education. Undergraduate Education also supports civic engagement across the curriculum, including efforts to involve students in sustainability related activities in the local community and beyond.
Jessica Lundberg chairs the Board of Directors of Lundberg Family Farms, the United State’s leading producer of organic rice and rice products. A member of the Lundberg family’s third generation, she also manages the seed nursery, overseeing the maintenance, purity and development of proprietary rice varieties such as Wehani®, Black Japonica and California Arborio.
The Lundbergs have practiced sustainable farming techniques since 1937 and today the company leads the eco-positive agricultural movement with a commitment to organic production and renewable energy. Under Jessica’s leadership, the company installed solar collectors to provide 20% of its electrical needs, and purchases the remaining 80% as certified green energy supplied by wind power to the California grid.
A pre-med student in college, Jessica’s interest in business, ecology and agriculture inevitably drew her back to the farm, where, in addition to organic and eco-farmed rice, she cultivates the bedrock values of respecting the land, honoring tradition, and producing the highest quality products. Jessica holds a degree in Biological Sciences from California State University at Chico and a certificate in Plant Breeding from University of California at Davis. She makes her home in Chico, California near the family farm.
Ed Masterson is a retired university and charitable foundation administrator who has served on numerous nonprofit boards, and in the formation of several charitable foundations. His 37 years of experience in higher education include administrative responsibilities in all aspects of fundraising, foundation, alumni, public relations, advancement services, and publication programs. He has also consulted with several nonprofit boards and charitable foundations."
Steve Price has been a teacher since 2000. Prior to teaching he was an economist with the U.S. Department of Labor and was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department. Steve received his BA from CSU Chico and his MA in Economics at University of San Francisco. He currently teaches economics full time at Butte College in the Business Education Department. In addition to traditional undergraduate economics courses, he designed and teaches a course in the Butte College Sustainability Certificate program on Environmental Economics.
Mr. Rawlins attended CSU, Chico for three years of undergraduate studies before transferring to UC Berkeley to complete his formal education, where he earned his Business degree. Following his collegiate years he became a very successful local business leader, initiating numerous entrepreneurial activities throughout Northern California. Jack recently received an honorary doctorate degree from California State University, Chico.
For the past several years, Mr. Rawlins has turned his attention to the education of future generations. His commitment to developing leaders among today's students who can be advocates for sustainability in the future is manifested in Mr. Rawlins' philanthropic initiatives. His philanthropic contributions to CSU, Chico include the establishment of the Rawlins Endowed Professorship of Environmental Literacy, the establishment of the Jack Rawlins Ecology and Conservation Awards, and the establishment of the Rawlins Environmental Awards.
Ann Schwab is serving her third term on the Chico City Council and has been influential in distinguishing Chico as an environmental leader, overseeing the completion of the City’s Climate Action Plan in 2012 while serving as Mayor. She is the chair of the Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Board.
In addition to her work on the Council, Ms. Schwab is the program manager at CSU, Chico’s Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), encouraging university students to serve our community while gaining valuable hands-on experience. Along with her husband, Budd, she owns Campus Bicycles, a downtown business. Ann is a President of Chico Velo Cycling Club, and volunteers as a Bidwell Park Watch member and for KCHO radio. A graduate of Chico State, Ann has made Chico her home for over thirty years.
Joe Wilson works as a Sr. Governmental Relations Representative for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. At PG&E, Joe serves as the primary political affairs and community relations contact for public agencies in an 11 County region ranging from Sutter County north to Modoc County.
In this position Joe works closely with Counties, Cities and local business leaders to form effective relationships and partnerships that support PG&E’s core business functions including improving safety and reducing energy consumption.
Joe has 11 years of experience in public administration having served as the General Manager of the Indian Valley Community Services District and most recently as Plumas County’s Director of Airports and Facilities. As the Director of Airports and Facilities, Joe was responsible for the operations of three General Aviation Airports, the County Parks system, as well as managing the County’s real estate portfolio of 39 properties in five communities. Joe focused on projects that improved energy efficiency of the public facilities in the portfolio. He was responsible for driving completion of the County greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2012.
Joe currently sits on the Workforce Investment Board of the Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium, an 11 County Joint Powers Authority responsible for economic development and workforce training. Joe is also an active volunteer in the community. He has served as a volunteer fireman and was a graduate of the Quincy Fire Academy. Joe lives in Chico with his wife Ruthie and two young sons Jude and Jett.