Programs celebrate major milestones
CSU, Chico has had much to celebrate in the past year, including major anniversaries for three of the longest-running student-centered programs.
KCHO: Four decades on the air
KCHO radio marked its 40th anniversary last fall with a variety of events. A celebration at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. included the staff, members of the board, volunteers, past DJs, and the pioneers who started the station back when it was a student-run station located in the basement of Meriam Library. The Spring Membership Drive was also full of testimonials from past staff members.
Now located on Main Street in Chico, the station is no longer student-run, but has grown into one of the most successful National Public Radio stations. General Manager Brian Terhorst describes the station as a place to get reliable information that allows listeners to draw their own conclusions. “It’s nice to celebrate an anniversary at a time when we have something to offer people,” says Terhorst. “We all really believe in what we’re doing. Even in tough times, our membership continues to grow.”
CLIC founder Edward Bronson, directing attorney Teddy Delorenzo, and student Michael Balasek at CLIC in 2006. Photo by Thomas Del Brase
CLIC: Free legal help to thousands
Since 1970, Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) has provided North State residents with free legal help. With 100 to 120 student workers and faculty advisors, CLIC serves about 10,000 clients per year.
“What has made us successful is the motivation and dedication from the students to help the community,” says Teddy Delorenzo (BA, Political Science, ’76), CLIC directing attorney.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, in April CLIC held an open house at the CLIC office and an alumni dinner at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
JR Antablian (BA, Political Science, ’07) served as director of CLIC’s Housing Law program while a student and currently works as a policy analyst at the California Emergency Management Agency. “Working at CLIC gave me a huge benefit in the public sector,” says Antablian. “Not only was I able to put the experience on my résumé, but the actual experience taught me more than anything I could have just read in a book.”
TGC: Continuing to grow
Celebrating 20 years this fall, Tehama Group Communications (TGC) is well on its way to going the same distance that CLIC and KCHO have. TGC is the student-managed public relations agency for a variety of clients, helping them develop strategic plans, publications, Web sites, and more. Serving about 10 clients each semester, TGC has done work for Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, the Gateway Science Museum, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and others.
“Fostering a connection is the No. 1 goal, as well as creating job opportunities,” says faculty advisor Debra Johnson (BA, International Relations, ’90; MA, Information and Communication Studies, ’92).
TGC will hold a semester-long celebration in fall 2010. Students will visit organizations across the state and connect with alumni, who will share job-hunting advice and present workshops.
Former TGC staffer Marideth Post (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’91) is now Minister of Enlightenment for The Republic of Tea. “Being the general manager of Tehama Group was the single greatest experience of my college career,” says Post. “Without a doubt, it was the reason I was able to get a job in public relations. To this day, the loyalty we had to each other and dedication to perfect results rival anything I’ve experienced in my 19 years of practicing professional public media relations.”
—Samantha Gasper, Public Affairs and Publications