Summer Hours

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



Tasha Dev Alexander, Director

I started off my experience in Chico as a first generation college student living on the ninth floor of Whitney Hall. Thanks to the support and encouragement I received from the faculty and staff at Chico State, I earned a BA with a double major in Spanish and International Relations (1995) and an MA in Teaching International Languages (2001). I was also fortunate enough to study abroad in Mexico and Spain. As a student, I worked at the university's Information Center, and as an alumna I served Chico State as the Study Abroad Coordinator for 13 years. My passion for TRiO was born when I relocated to northern Idaho in 2012, where I served the University of Idaho as the director for Northwest Nations Upward Bound for two years.

I am delighted to be back in Chico (my favorite corner of the world), working with the exceptional scholars of SSS on their academic journey. When I'm not in SSC 310 (my door is always open), you will find me gardening, cooking, exploring the outdoors with my family, or hiking in Upper Park with my two beloved dogs.


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 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 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 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.


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.

Rico Ramamirez-ceja, Peer Advisor

Hey all! I’m Rico Ramirez, raised in the bay area and later moved to Sacramento. I am a motivated and ambitious first-generation college student. I have big dreams and have been luckily given the opportunity to succeed. I am the oldest of three and have many expectations coming from a migrant family. I am always eager and ready for new challenges! I am currently a 4th year student at Chico State with a Major in Biology and a minor in Nutrition. You may catch me spending my free time, Shooting hoops at the WREC, in the intramural fields playing some flag football with my buddies, or bicycling through downtown Chico.  I am very passionate and open-minded when it comes to helping people, students in particular. I am your Peer Advisor! You have questions? I have answers!

Melissa Melendrez, Peer Advisor

I am Melissa Melendrez. I grew up my whole life in Westwood, a small town in Northern California. I am the second oldest of four siblings. My family is from Sonora Mexico. I am a fourth year, working on earning a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Chico. In the future I hope to pursue a career in speech pathology. I have been able to be very involved with a variety of student organizations on campus, so if you need help looking into clubs I can help! My passion is education and family. I hope to one day help a lot of people. I work at Student Support Services as a peer advisor, and will be working with continuing students. I am so thankful for everything SSS has done for me. I can honestly say they have made my transition through college a lot smoother. I hope to be here for all of you. You can always come to me with anything; I can help you academically as well as personal.


Samira Arreguin, Information Technology Specialist

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!


Pheng Yang, Information Technology Specialist

Hello, everyone! I was born in Yuba City and raised in Marysville, California. Growing up with 7 brothers and 2 sisters I grew to learn how to communicate with people very well. I'm a first generation student and the 8th in my family to enter a college. I moved to Chico in the summer of 2008 as a freshman to attend California State University, Chico. I am currently studying Business Information System with an option in Management Information System. I’m involved with clubs and organizations on campus and enjoy spending time outside with friends and family. The Chico atmosphere is such a warm feeling that pulls you right in at home. It’s a pleasure working with the Student Support Services students and staff.

Reed Yang,Information Technology Specialist

I was born in Chico, then moved to a small town in North Carolina called Mount Airy in 1997. In 2006 I came back to Butte County to attend Oroville High School, Oroville. I attended Chico State in 2009 majoring in Business Information System, I am a senior and will be graduating this fall 2014. I like to be involve in school organizations and I like to run during my free time at the park. I have been a part of SSS since I started school here in 2009 and I never would thought I will be interning here at the Education Opportunity Program/Student Support Service. The pleasure of working with SSS is a great experience.