Achieving Excellence
in 2002 at California State University, Chico


Photo: CSU, Chico graduates with President Manuel A. EstebanSuccess After Graduation

Amanda Detmer (B.A., theatre arts, '95) made her professional acting debut in a made-for-television movie. She has since appeared in several films, including Big Fat Liar, The Majestic, and Saving Silverman.

Megan Seely (B.A., international relations, '95) is the youngest woman to be elected president of the California chapter of the National Organization for Women. She also was elected as the first Young Feminist Coordinator for California NOW. She directs the Service Learning program at Sacramento City College.

Kelly Craighead Mullen (B.S., recreation administration, '89) is the former deputy assistant to President Clinton and director of the advance team for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. She served as trip director during Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign and is now fundraising director for HillPAC, the senator's political action committee in Washington, D.C.

Photo: John Pugh, MuralistJohn Pugh (B.A., art, '83) began his career as a muralist with a trompe l'oeil masterpiece on Taylor Hall on the CSU, Chico campus. Since then, Pugh has painted murals on buildings across the country; his work was recognized in Time magazine.

Mike Thompson (B.A., public administration and economics, '82; M.A., public administration, '86) is a congressman for California's First District. He also served as a California senator for eight years.

D. Craig Young (B.S., business administration, '79) is vice chairman and director of AT&T Canada. In 1999, as CEO of MetroNet Communications, Canada's largest competitive telephone company, he orchestrated the sale of MetroNet to AT&T for $6 billion.

Russ Woody (B.A., broadcast journalism, '79) is a consulting producer with Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, a 1997 Golden Globe winner as co-executive producer of Cybil, and a 1990 Emmy winner as writer and producer of Murphy Brown.

Sandy Lerner (B.A., international relations, '75) is co-founder of Cisco Systems, Inc. and former director of computer facilities for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lerner, founder of Urban Decay cosmetics, funds several charities.

From the halls of Congress to corporate boardrooms, from creating art to taking on Hollywood, Chico alumni have made outstanding contributions in their fields. We are proud of their accomplishments and grateful for the way many mentor the graduates who follow. Those listed on the right represent only a few of many accomplished alums.