By Marion Harmon
A Strong Presence in the North State
As I drive down the Skyway from Paradise on the way to work every morning, I have a view of a good part of the North State. On my right is the quarter-mile drop to Butte Creek Canyon, and sweeping to my left is the broad valley floor, with the Sutter Buttes and snow-capped coastal range framing its orchards and rice fields. This time of year is particularly beautiful on the Skyway, with saffron blooms blanketing the fresh green grasses on the cliffs and golden poppies punctuating the roadside.
In writing two of the stories for this issue, it struck me that the regional impact of the University is even broader than the view before me each morning. The letters on this page speak to CSU, Chico’s range of influence over the years, from the Mt. Shasta summer sessions held from 1919 to 1942 to the off-site campus that nursing students attended at Travis Air Force Base.
After getting calls from nurses and teachers in communities all around the North State a few years ago, Cindy Wolff tapped into California Nutrition Network dollars to create a children’s nutrition and activity program, which now serves six counties and eventually may cover the University’s entire 12-county service area. She has provided jobs for many Chico grads, such as Michelle Hargett Harris, who recently finished her training in Chico, returned to her home area, and is now working as a nutrition program manager for Siskiyou and Modoc counties.
CSU, Chico’s Tourism and Communication Design Partnership has also helped graduates receive the training they need to begin their careers in the North State, such as environmental scientist Adam Henderson, who works for the California Department of Water Resources in Red Bluff. This unique partnership has also helped government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and local entities such as the city of Oroville promote the beauty and culture of some of the lesser-known parts of Northern California.
If you were involved with programs or activities during your Chico years that involved different parts of the North State, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your memories.