Summer Hours

We are open Monday - Thursday, from 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.


Staff


Caren

Caren Fernandez, Director

I was born in Salinas and raised in Prunedale, California. I graduated with a BA in psychology, a BS in business administration with an option in MIS, and MA in education from Chico State. I have been fortunate to work with various TRiO programs such as Upward Bound and Talent Search and now Student Support Services. I enjoy working with students; there isn't anything I would rather be doing at this point in my life. I am an open-minded, goal-oriented person, who enjoys spending time with my family, friends, and my dogs (Chevy & Porscha). I love watching and playing sports as well as traveling.

Megan

Megan Kurtz, Academic Coordinator

I grew up in Bakersfield, California attending local public schools and spent two years at Bakersfield Junior College before transferring to Chico State in 2000. I graduated with a degree in communication in 2004 and decided that the charm and unique energy of Chico was where I wanted to make my home and start a family. Guiding students to find what journey is best for them is a true passion of mine and I enjoy seeing people strive to reach beyond themselves to succeed. My husband, Stuart (also a Chico State Alumni), and I enjoy being outside in the open spaces that Chico provides. We especially like riding our cruiser bikes in the park and being downtown. Please stop by the EOP/SSS office and say hello. I would love to hear your story.

Thang

Thang Ho, Educational Data and Technology Specialist

I moved to Chico in 1996 and attended both Butte Community College and CSU, Chico. I graduated with a double major in business marketing and management information systems in 2002. My wife Laura and I have been married since 2004 and we have a wonderful daughter name Caitlin. We have been blessed to live and work in a wonderful community like Chico. Please stop by and say “Hi”.

Carol

Carol Robinson, Publications, Public Events, and Technology Specialist

I have been lucky to work for the Educational Opportunity Program for over 20 years both as a student and staff. I have a variety of duties including coordinating the EOP graduation celebration, producing EOP publications, and serving as an advisor for the Latino Graduation Celebration.

I am a Chico State alumna with a bachelor's in art with an emphasis in art history. I love being a mom to my twins, Maya and Kellen, and spending time with my husband.

Jeanette

Jeanette McMurry, Office Manager

My family moved to Chico in 1961. I grew up attending Chico schools and graduated from CSU, Chico with a BA in history and a minor in English. I have had the privilege of working as a staff member on campus since 1995 and am delighted to be a part of the EOP office and educational mission. I am very blessed to have four wonderful children, a darling daughter-in-law, and family and friends to laugh and love with. Some of my favorite things to do are reading, walking, singing, and bike-riding in Bidwell Park.

Jeanette

Kathleen Mcfarren, Administrator Support Assistant

I am originally from Sacramento and moved to Chico to attend CSU, Chico—and I never left! I love living in this beautiful big-little town, with its shady, horse-friendly park and an excellent university that I, along with my husband and daughter, graduated from. Our son is currently attending Butte College, and maybe he’ll end up here, too. I am new to the EOP/SSS family and am sure I have the best job on campus. Each day, I get to work with a passionate and dedicated staff of professionals and students. Plus, I’m meeting so many amazing and hard-working EOP and SSS students, who come by our office from all over campus to meet with their advisors and use our computer lab.

Student Staff


Maria Garcia-Gonzalez, Student Program Advisor

Hello, My name is Maria Garcia and I am currently a 4th year here at California State University of Chico. My major is Liberal Studies with emphasis on Bilingual and SMA in Mathematics. I grew up in the area and consider myself "a local."  I commute to school every day, about 1.5 hrs round trip, which makes me manage my time wisely . I am talkative, organized and you will always see a smile on my face. I started working here in the Student Support Service office in fall 2011, and I absolutely love it.

Paulina Belmontes, Peer Advisor

Hello there, I was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Livermore, California 9 years ago, in 2005. I am the oldest out of four girls and first in my family to attend college, so this has been the scariest and most exciting ride of my life. I am currently a third year here at Chico State with a major in recreation with an option in event management and a minor in marketing. I had the option to go to a few other schools but once I came up to Chico to tour it, I fell in love and knew that this was the place that I wanted to go to. I started working for Student Support Services in fall 2013 and have been loving it ever since.

Jason Anson, Peer Advisor

I am currently a 3rd year well on my way to earning a BS in recreation administration with an option in resort and lodging management and a BA in Political Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship in spring of 2016. I take great pride being a student leader through my involvement in many organizations from Freshman Leadership Opportunity (FLO) to the Wildcat Leadership Institute (WLI) and in the SSS office as a peer advisor. I enjoy helping others succeed and will try to go out of my way to do so. I am an extremely driven and ambitious person who enjoys the outdoors, loves learning, talking about finances, and spending time with friends and family.

Katy

Samira Arreguin, Information Technology Support

Hello, everyone! Although I was born in the United States, the vast majority of my upbringing was in Mexico from new born until fourteen. Since then, I've lived in northern California. This is my 4th year at CSU, Chico. My field of study is Business Informations Systems with an option in Management and a minor in Spanish. I am the youngest out of four sibilings and the first one to attend college. I'm involved with many clubs and organizations on campus and ejoy spending time with friends and family. I am very fortunate to be a part of the SSS family!