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EUNICE HOLLINGSWORTH (AB, Education and Credential, ’39) celebrated her 90th birthday June 10, 2007, at the Marysville Masonic Center. She was a kindergarten teacher in the Marysville Joint Unified School District for 29 years and has been a member of the Eastern Star Marysville Friendship Center for 71 years. Hollingsworth has two children, three grandsons, and five great-grandchildren.

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BUD GOTT (BA, Education and Credential, ’47) is a World War II veteran who has recently been speaking about the war at various North State clubs. Gott fought 33 days of the 36-day battle on Iwo Jima. He was injured by an exploding grenade and was awarded a Purple Heart. Gott lives in Red Bluff.

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BARBARA LUZZADDER (AB, Business, ’60; Credential, ’78; MA, Education, ’84) was the November 2007 artist of the month for the Red Bluff Art Association. She works in photography, watercolor, and pen and ink and is the association’s liaison to the Art Council. She and husband Johnny have two children, Sheryl and Steven.

BILL OWENS (BA, Industrial Arts and Credential, ’63) is a photographer whose show Suburbia has been exhibited nationwide, including in the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The photos in Suburbia were taken between 1968 and 1972.

ED ROLLINS (BA, Political Science, ’68) was national campaign chairman and senior advisor to Mike Huckabee during his 2008 presidential campaign. He was the national campaign manager in 1984 for Ronald Reagan.

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JOHN CARLISLE (BA, Social Welfare, ’71) is mayor pro tempore and city council member for the city of Merced. He is also president of the Retired Employees of Merced County. Carlisle retired as a probation officer after 35 years of service and 13 years with the Merced Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force. He and wife Veronica live in Merced.

PENNY DYER (BA, Engineering, ’71; MA, Engineering, ’76) is director of implementation for Edgenuity. She oversees K–12 school districts’ implementation of the Edgenuity software.

RHONDA HOFFMAN (BA, Recreation Administration, ’71) is executive director of the Paradise Community Foundation, a nonprofit that invests and administers charitable funds. She also serves on the Paradise Redevelopment Advisory Board. She and husband Chris have two children, Dean and Lindsey.

ELLEN PASTORINO (BA, Anthropology, ’71; Credential, ’79) has developed the music program at Willows Unified School District. She began with a zero-period choir class in 1993, when she began teaching at Willows High School. The program has since grown to 230 students and multiple schools. She and husband Larry have two adult children and two grandchildren.

MISSY McARTHUR (BA, English, ’72) was elected a trustee on the Shasta College board in November 2007. She is also involved with the American Heart Association and on the Shasta County Meth Task Force, Shasta Women’s Refuge Auxiliary Board, and a number of library-appointed committees.

HARRY McGEE (BA, Business Administration, ’73) is vice president of finance and corporate controller of the Boeing Company in Chicago. McGee has an MBA from the University of Southern California. He and wife Anne live in St. Charles, Illinois.

MANUCH NIKANJAM (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’73) is managing a group of 18 researchers within Chevron’s Global Marketing organization, researching gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuels. He helped the company be the first to meet the auto TOP TIER gasoline quality requirements. Nikanjam is also an advisor to organizations such as the California Maritime Academy.

TERESA ALDEN FASOLA (BA, Liberal Studies, ’74; Credential, ’80) is a language arts, history, and creative writing teacher at Toyon Middle School in the Calaveras Unified School District. She has been a teacher for 28 years.

LINO CALLEGIRI (BA, Public Administration, ’76) is mayor of Susanville. He recently retired from Lassen Community College, where he re-established and taught in the Administration of Justice program. He is a 1986 retiree from the Lassen County sheriff’s department.

DAN STEWART (BS, Business Administration, ’76) is the third-generation owner of Stewart-Molander Appliances in Antioch. His grandparents opened the store in 1942. Stewart and wife Roseann have two children.

RICK BEDDALL (BA, Physical Education, ’77; Credential, ’79) has been teaching and coaching for the past 30 years, the last 12 in the Clovis Unified School District. He currently coaches football at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

MICHELLE GRAYDON (BS, Biological Sciences, ’77) is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused or neglected children in the Juvenile Division of Butte County Superior Court. She and husband Jim have two sons, Matt and Jeff.

JAMES HOWE (BA, Social Welfare, ’77) is the first pastor of the newly formed Parish of the Siskiyous—Community Presbyterian Church McCloud and Grace Presbyterian Church Weed. He comes from the Community Presbyterian Church in Waldport, Oregon, with wife Kerry.

The Lucky Place (book)ZU VINCENT (attended fall ’77–spring ’81) is a freelance writer whose novel The Lucky Place was published by Front Street Press in 2008. She began writing this story of fathers and daughters when she was pursuing her MFA at Vermont College. Vincent’s short stories and articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines including Harper’s, Yoga Journal, and Flyfishing. She lives in Forest Ranch.

JOHN CHUFAR (BA, Social Work and Corrections, ’78) is 2008 president of the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. After a 10-year career in social work, he has been selling real estate in the Santa Barbara area for 23 years. He lives in Santa Barbara with his partner of 17 years, Robert Johns, and their Manx cat Ricky.

PETER POPOFF (BS, Industrial Technology, ’78) is president of Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Filtration Group and an officer of the company. He has been with the company since 1979, when it was Racor. Peter is married to SUE ELLEN (BS, Business Administration, ’80), and they live in Modesto.

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JAMES WINEGARDNER (BA, Geography and Economics, ’80) is administrative services director and city treasurer for the City of Ridgecrest and was responsible for increasing the City/RDA credit rating for two of the past three years. He is the recipient for three years running of the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the California State Municipal Finance Officers.

Fathead Goes to Chico (book)MITCH COX (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’81) is assistant director of athletics at Chico State. He just published his first book, Fathead Goes to Chico, a comical look back at his time as a student at Chico State. He has been in his current position for five years, after spending nearly 12 years as the sports information director at Sonoma State.

PATTY HUNTER (BA, Social Work, ’81) is a field director at the CSU, Chico School of Social Work. In 2008, she was named Social Worker of the Year by the California chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Hunter lives in Chico with husband Jack and has two daughters, Jenna and Taylor.

LYNN KNIGHT (BA, Information and Communication Studies and Psychology, ’81) is publisher of the Saipan Tribune, the daily newspaper serving the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. She is a 22-year resident of Saipan and has been at the daily newspaper since 2001 as a consultant and then vice president. She also owned the Sunset Advertising agency in Saipan for 14 years.

TAMILEE WEBB (BA, Physical Education, ’81; MA, Physical Education, ’82; Distinguished Alumna, ’96) was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame and Museum March 18, 2008. Webb is best known as the star of the Buns of Steel fitness video series. Besides her love of fitness, she finds joy in her two dogs, playing tennis, singing, and playing guitar.

CHELLENE WOOD (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’81) is marketing manager of Ratcliff, an architectural firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wood coordinates business development efforts for the firm. She is also a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and its Forums Committee.

LISA BRISTOW (BA, Liberal Studies, ’82) is senior program manager for retirement plans at Adobe in San Jose.

JAMES DORSEY (BA, Geology, ’83; MA, Recreation Administration, ’93) is executive director of Washington State’s Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program. He was previously national director of program development for California MESA.

BRIAN CANADY (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’84) is a director of sales for Horizon Broadcasting Group in Central Oregon.

JOEL PANZER (MA, Geography, ’84) is a partner in Maureen Wruck Planning Consultants in Salinas. He is married to Maureen Wruck.

SUE RANOCHAK (BS, Business Administration, ’84) is Mendocino’s assessor/county clerk/recorder. She has worked for the County of Mendocino for more than 23 years as an auditor/appraiser and assistant assessor.

PAT CONKLIN (BA, Political Science, ’85) is CEO of the Sonoma County Fair, coming to the area after serving as CEO of the Butte County Fair since 1998.

KATE KELLY (BA, Anthropology, ’85) is planning manager for the City of Winters. She comes to the city after eight years as executive director of the Yolo Land Trust.

SEAN KENNY (BA, Biological Sciences and Chemistry, ’85) teaches art history, ceramics, sculpture, and gallery museum studies at the College of the Siskiyous in Mt. Shasta. After graduation from CSU, Chico, he worked as a criminologist and toxicologist before attending the Art Institute of Chicago and getting an MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University.

BILL PHILLIPS (BS, Industrial Technology, ’85) served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and retired as a chief petty officer in 1982. After getting his Chico State degree and teaching at the University for a time, he worked for Kerner Industries and then as a ship’s electrician for Friendships, a humanitarian aid organization. He now works for Northeast Historic Film and lives in Maine with wife Laurie.

COLLEEN BROCK (BA, Community Services, ’86) is executive director of Woodland Healthcare Foundation in Woodland. She was previously executive director of the Yolo County Elderly Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels and worked at Stanford Hospital.

The Lucky Place (book)VINCENT LICATA (BA, Public Relations, ’86) is district sales manger for SYSCO Food Services of Sacramento, responsible for downtown Sacramento restaurant and food service clients. Licata (in photo at left) has 21 years’ experience in the industry. He and wife Gina reside in Rocklin with their three daughters, Kelli, Katie, and Annelise.

TERRY PATTON (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’86) is a program manager for the California Department of Social Services, Children and Family Division. His wife CYNTHIA (BROWN) (BA, Information and Communication Studies and Psychology, ’88) has launched Patton Editing Services via, whose major clients include UC Davis and Kidaround magazine.

LISA TOLLEFSON (BS, Agriculture, ’86) is the owner of Lisa’s Petals and Produce and sells her produce at the Auburn Farmers’ Market. She and fiancé Steve Pilz farm the 32-acre Hillcrest Orchard in Penryn.

The Lucky Place (book)KAREN WILHELMI (BS, Business Administration, ’86) is director of finance for McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento. Wilhelmi (in photo at left) is a certified public accountant with more than 17 years of financial management experience.

MICHAEL DELBAR (BS, Agricultural Business, ’87) is First District supervisor for Mendocino County. He was recently elected second vice president of the California State Association of Counties.

STEVE HUNTER (BS, Industrial Technology, ’87) is president of Tricorp Construction Inc., the firm he started with two partners in 2004. He lives in Folsom with wife Cheryl and their children, Brooklyn, Madison, and Bryce.

GINA SIMONS (BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’87) is operations manager of the California State Fund’s marketing department. She has worked in workers’ compensation with the fund since 1988.

PRIMO TROGLIA (BS, Business Administration, ’87) is a general partner in CynPat Lithography and an independent investor in real estate, stocks, bonds, options, and commodity futures. He has also performed campaign management duties for various candidates at multiple levels of state and municipal government.

CHRISTOPHER HALL (BS, Chemistry, ’88) is an emergency room physician at the George County Regional Hospital in Lucedale, Mississippi. After graduation from Chico State, he completed his master’s in chemistry and was admitted to medical school on a full military scholarship. He completed his internship in internal medicine in the military and served as an Army physician before completing his residency in family medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He says the training he received in chemistry and math at Chico State allowed him to achieve academically and professionally.

ERIC HERYFORD (BA, Public Administration, ’88) is a deputy district attorney in Weaverville. He lives in Junction City with wife Terri and son Carter.

BERNADETTE JAROSZ (BA, Social Work, ’88) is a mother of triplets living in Vista. One of her children has autism, and Jarosz has been involved in policy change with other military parents. Her husband is a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps.

JURG MORACH (BA, History, ’88) is claims manager for State Fund’s Sacramento District Office. He has been with the organization since 1989. Morach and wife Kimberly live in Woodland and have two children, Alex and Annemarie.

DONNA WILLIAMSON (BA, Business Administration, ’88) created Kinderdoos, a children’s game that helps them get ready for school and bed. She lives in Redding with husband David, a certified public accountant, and daughters Hannah and Claire.

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ANTHONY DE LA ROSA (BA, Political Science, ’90) is an account manager for Thomson Tax & Accounting in Atlanta, Georgia.

AARON KENEDI (BA, Journalism, ’92) works with designer John Miller in book packaging, newspaper and magazine design, and media consulting. Their clients have included the San Francisco Chronicle and TV Guide. His latest project is Central, a collective of designers and strategists. Kenedi lives in New York.

BLAIR ROMAN (BA, Social Science, ’92) is the new head coach of the Carson High School football team in Carson City, Nevada. He also teaches history at the school and was named social studies department chair in 2007.

GLEN FOLEY (BA, English, ’93) lives and works in Grass Valley along with his wife Amanda. They are blessed with two children, a 7-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old boy, who they say are voraciously eating them out of house and home.

MIKE OBERMILLER (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’94) is currently serving as executive officer for U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, homeported in Gulfport, Mississippi. He recently returned from a second deployment in less than two years to the Middle East, where he was involved in reconstruction efforts supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

ALAN OTT (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’94) is a mechanical engineer for MLD Technologies LLC. He also does metal sculpture. Ott lives in Eugene, Oregon, with wife JENNIFER DiFRANCESCO (BS, Nursing, ’93).

MELISSA JONES (BA, Political Science, ’95) was promoted to partner at the international law firm Morrison Foerster LLP in January 2008. She practices complex civil litigation, including securities litigation, in the firm’s Sacramento and San Francisco offices.

DAN ROGERS (BS, Construction Management, ’95) is vice president for operations of Blach Construction Company in Santa Clara. He was previously assistant director of construction at Stanford University.

DARRELL WHITACRE (BA, Child Development, ’95) is director of the Butte College Child Development Center and member of the Butte County Local Child Care Planning Council.

VINCENT EISMAN (BA, History, ’96) is a fourth-grade teacher at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Modesto. He and wife Lisa have a daughter, Sophie.

MATHEW THOMAS (BA, Communication Design, ’98) is a founding partner of Digital Brewing, a Web design and advertising agency that has grown from a single cubicle to a headquarters in San Francisco and an office in Chicago. His clients include The Walt Disney Co. and Kendall Jackson.

BRENT LOGAR (BS, Business Administration, ’99) is a California Highway Patrol officer at the CHP Barstow Area office. He was formerly a sales representative for Paychex.

MICHAEL WALKER (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’99) is a mechanical engineer at Transfer Flow, Inc. He lives in Chico.

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DANIEL FERRERE (Masters of Business Administration, ’00) is controller and human resources manager for Custom Marine in Neenah, Wisconsin. His wife Jeanne is a registered nurse.

ROBERT ROJO (BS, Biological Sciences, ’00) is an investigator for the state of California. He and wife JULIE (BA, Liberal Studies, ’01; MA, Education, ’08) live in Yuba City, where she is a teacher.

KIMBER AZEVEDO (BA, Liberal Studies, ’01; Credential, ’03) is a teacher in the Gifted and Talented Education program in the Susanville School District. She is incorporating the Agriculture in the Classroom program into her classes and is establishing a vegetable garden at Meadow View School with funding from the California Instructional School Garden Grant.

STEVE THOMPSON (BA, Public Administration, ’01) is an Army veteran and field director for Assemblyman Rick Keene. He continues to serve as an Army Reserve drill instructor in Sacramento. Thompson lives in Biggs with wife Angela, daughters Kaitlyn and Courtney, and son Logan.

KIMBERLY RUBIN (BS, Recreation Administration, ’02) is a tour guide for Pink Jeep Tours, based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

RANDLE PANFILIO (BA, Art, ’04) is a painting instructor at Lassen Community College in Susanville. He is a fourth-generation logger who worked as a log cutter for 27 years before turning to painting. He is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

KEITH CARTER (BA, Physical Education, ’05) is interim fire chief for the City of Chico. He has 22 years with the Chico Fire Department.

JOHN FARIA (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’06) is working on the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite program with Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale.

AUBREY ROSE (MA, Geography, ’06) is a planner II for the City of Oakland.

MELINDA SUSAN (BS, Communication Design, ’06) is a news anchor for Ramar Communications/Fox34 News in Lubbock, Texas.

REBECCA DEFENBAUGH (BA, Political Science and Multicultural and Gender Studies, ’07) worked as an intern at Nordstrom after graduation. She is now the manager of the accessories department at a Bay Area Nordstrom location.

JOHN EYMIL (BS, Geosciences, ’07) teaches geology at Alpaugh High School in Tulare County and works as a summer researcher for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

DERRICK FESLER (BA, Social Science, ’07) shipped out January 2008 for a tour of duty in Iraq. He is a U.S. Army specialist stationed in Camp Liberty.

AUGIE WINGATE (BA, Child Development, ’07) is an associate teacher at Google in Mountain View.

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BOB (AB, Psychology, ’62; MA, Psychology, ’70) and DOT (BS, Nursing, ’79) SWERINGEN celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 23, 2008. He worked at Yuba City High School for 30 years as a counselor, administrator, and assistant principal. She was a public health nurse for Sutter County and continues to work part time for Yuba County. They have two children and four grandchildren and live in Yuba City.

JON (BA, Political Science, ’75; MBA, ’77) and BARBARA (GLADNEY) (BA, English, ’77; Paralegal Certificate, ’84) NOBLE celebrated 30 years of marriage in May 2007. Jon is a licensed broker and co-founded Western Practice Sales in Yuba City nearly 30 years ago. A recent merger with John M. Cahill Associates in the Bay Area makes it the largest dental brokerage in California and the Southwest. Barbara has been a research associate at Duerr Evaluation Resources in Chico for 20 years. They have two sons, Brett and Tony, and reside in Durham.

Ashe-Carrell weddingJEREMEY ASHE (BS, Biology, ’07) and COURTNEY CARRELL (BA, Communication Studies, ’07) were married June 16, 2007 (see photo at left). She is a CSU, Chico graduate student and teaching associate in the communication department. He is a custodian for Associated Students and the student assistant in the vertebrate museum in Holt Hall.

DONALD PRYDE (BS, Agriculture, ’84; Credential, ’85) and wife Carolyn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 15, 2007. They are currently serving an 18-month mission in Houston, Texas, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will return to their home in Yuba City in November 2008.

CLAYTON MITCHELL BRISCOE (BS, Biological Sciences, ’88) married Debbie Stiles Oct. 5, 2007. He works at Vision Sources, she with the State of Oregon Child Welfare Program. They live in Pendleton, Oregon.

TAMARA NICHOLS (BA, Liberal Studies and Credential, ’97) married Matthew Van Gerpen July 21, 2007. She is an elementary school teacher at Washington Unified in West Sacramento. He is an engineer for Netversant in Sacramento.

LUKE SNYDER (BA, Geography, ’97) married Natalie Tilley Sept. 8, 2007, in Occidental. He is a teacher and beekeeper; she works in human resources. They live in Petaluma.

Gentry-Roberts weddingANDREA GENTRY (BA, Sociology, ’04) married KEVIN ROBERTS (BS, Business Administration, ’05) Sept. 22, 2007 (see photo at left). She is a recruitment specialist for Sutter VNA & Hospice; he is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual. They live in Roseville.

MICHAELLE KLOBAS (BA, Psychology, ’00; MA, Psychology, ’04; Credential, ’05) married MILES PEACOCK (Credential, ’05) Oct. 27, 2007. She works as a school psychologist for Chico Unified School District; he teaches industrial technology for the district. They live in Chico.

SHELLEY MURPHY (BS, Instructional Technology, ’00) married SHANE BRACKEN (BS, Business Administration, ’02) on July 28, 2007, in Mill Valley. She is a senior instructional designer for Genentech. He is remarketing account manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in San Jose.

BRIAN ATCHLEY (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’02) married Amy Griffin March 1, 2008. He is a senior engineer with GreenMountain Engineering in San Francisco.

CHRISTINE KITCHEN (BA, Communication Design, ’03) married Ryan Dammann on Nov. 4, 2007, in San Diego. She is a sales support specialist for Principal Financial Group in San Diego.

JASON WHITELEY (BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’03) married Becky Dunn Oct. 6, 2007, in Chico. He works as an automotive test engineer for Nevada Automotive Test Center; she is a business analyst for United Health Care. The couple lives in Dayton, Nevada.

ALLISON KOCH (BS, Business Administration, ’04) married TROY DEMITRI (Business Administration student) July 7, 2007, in Concord. She is a staffing consultant for PG&E; he is a staff accountant for PTLA. They live in Concord.

RYAN JOSHUA FELLERS (BA, Public Administration, ’05) married MARIA THODAS (attended fall ’96–spring ’01) Nov. 3, 2007, in Chico. He is a firefighter for the City of Chico Fire Department; she is an esthetician.

Buckholtz-Jue weddingKATHERINE BUCKHOLTZ (BA, Psychology, ’06) married Michael Jue Oct. 5, 2007, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada (see photo at left). She is attending Medaille College in Buffalo, New York, and studying veterinary technology. He is employed at Rivershore Inc. The couple lives in Tonawanda, New York.

MICHELLE FRANCIS (BA, Psychology and Sociology, ’05) and David Palmer were married June 10, 2007. She is a social worker for Alta California Regional Center in Sacramento; he is a professional basketball player with the North Dakota Wizards.

NICK BARTLETT (BA, Psychology, ’06) and LINDSAY BROWN (BA, Multicultural and Gender Studies, ’07) were married July 14, 2007. He is pursuing a master’s degree in school psychology; she is employed by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at CSU, Chico. They live in Chico.

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