Dear Alums

Alumni Board,
Chapters, and Clubs

2000 Time Capsule

African American Alumni Reunite

• Wildcats on
the Move

• Marriages and Anniversaries
• In Memoriam

Wildcat Highlight
Ruth Gardner Begell
Sheryl Luzzadder Beach
Richard Slavich



Bookmarks Thanks to the support of our board of directors, the administration, and volunteers, the CSU, Chico Alumni Association made significant progress in the past year in establishing itself as a visible and viable conduit of support for the university, our students, alums, and friends. Our dues-paying membership program has gotten off to a great start, and we look forward to many years of continued success.

Volunteers play an integral part in our success. Our association gains strength and vitality from those who give time to help at events, serve on committees, head up chapters and clubs, and provide leadership and oversight as board members. This year, we will continue rebuilding our association, focusing on chapters, clubs, and affinity groups. Although we have alums throughout the state and nation, we have very few active chapters, clubs, and affinity groups. Therefore, I am asking for volunteers to step forward and take the challenge of helping us to reestablish this vital arm of our association.

Affinity groups are becoming more and more popular in the world of alumni associations. People who have a common interest—whether it be alums who work in high-tech jobs, former "Block C" members or Associated Students officers, African American alums, or theatre arts professionals who work in the Big Apple—like to connect and share their experiences. Geographic chapters are still an important part of the mix, and we give a big round of applause to Thom Tanner and his board in Sacramento for their efforts in the last year to build a successful chapter. In addition to their annual scholarship golf tournament, this chapter has reached out to all alums in Northern California with their Chico Alumni Day at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco. Last year's event was so successful that it will be expanded this year, with even more alums having the opportunity to attend.

Whether you take on a leadership position or help out at an alum event—we need you! We grow stronger and more effective when you get involved. If you are interested in getting in on the ground floor of chapter, club, or affinity group development, please call the alumni office at 530-898-6472 or e-mail I can tell you from personal experience that being involved and giving your energy to a cause you care about is challenging, but the rewards are great and long-lasting.


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