Success After Graduation
Carolyn Shoemaker (B.A., history, ’49;
M.A., credential, ’50) is the world’s most successful
living “comet hunter.” She is recognized worldwide
as a planetary astronomer with the discovery of 800 asteroids
and 32 comets. Shoemaker is a research scientist at Lowell
Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Peggy Newfield (B.A., history and B.A., Italian,
’77) is owner and chief executive officer of Latin American
Escapes, a company that focuses on educational and sustainable
Weide (B.A., geography, ’78) and Pat
Tucker (B.S., nursing, ’79) founded and operate
the Wild Sentry program in Montana, which educates more than
20,000 children and adults every year about wolves. In 2004,
the couple received the prestigious National Wildlife Conservation
Mark Ulriksen (B.A., visual communication,
’80) is an artist whose illustrations have appeared
on the cover of The New Yorker, as well as in many
other magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Rolling
Stone, and Time.
Candaele (M.A., psychology, ’80) is a journalist
and documentary filmmaker who has written for the Los
Angeles Times, the New York Times, and The
Nation. He won an Emmy for A League of Their Own,
about his mother’s years as a professional baseball
player, and wrote the story for the film of the same title.
Stephen A. Gonsalves (B.S., civil engineering,
’81) serves as vice president and principal structural
engineer for Nichols, Melburg, and Rossetto, the Chico firm
responsible for Nettleton Baseball Stadium and the expansion
of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Gonsalves received the
Chico Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year Award
Mike Thompson (B.A., public administration
and economics, ’82; M.A., public administration, ’86)
has been a congressman for California’s First District
since 1998. He served as a California senator for eight years.
Jane M. Hightower, M.D. (B.A., biological
sciences, ’83) made a splash in the media with her study
linking mercury poisoning with high-end fish consumption.
The study led to FDA warnings and California State Proposition
Matt Olmstead (B.A., English and B.A., journalism,
’88) is a writer and executive producer for the TV show
NYPD Blue. After graduation, Olmstead moved to Hollywood
and, four years later, sold his first film script.