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Distinguished Alumni Service Award
The California State University, Chico Alumni Association recognizes that many alumni have given their time, energy and resources to enhance their alma mater. This Distinguished Alumni Service Award program recognizes alumni of the University who have clearly demonstrated loyalty and service to CSU, Chico and/or the CSU, Chico Alumni Association. The Alumni Association presents one award each year recognizant alumnus as being the pinnacle alumni volunteer leadership award presented by the Association on behalf of the University. If you would like to nominate yourself or a fellow alumnus for this prestigious award, please visit our website. Nominations must be received by November 30, 2012.

2012 Up ’Til Dawn
Jacob McGowan, Tony Benuzzi and Mason Ongarato and a St. Jude's patient Up ’til Dawn is an annual event that takes place every November to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event is entirely student run and student led, and takes months of planning to put on. Each year students and faculty flock to Acker Gym to send out letters to their friends, family, old neighbors, soccer coaches, etc. to help raise money for the hospital. This year’s event took place on November 5 and was a huge success with more than 2,000 attending the event and approximately 30,000 letters were mailed out that night. The event itself was from 4pm to midnight, but for the fifty students volunteering to work at the event, it lasted from 8 am to 3 am.

What makes St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital so unique is that no family ever pays for anything, and no family is ever turned away. The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.8 million, which is mainly covered by public donations. To know that the money raised at our event is funding the hospital, and literally saving the lives of children fighting cancer makes it such a rewarding experience. Over 180 campuses nationwide host their own Up ’til Dawn event, but none do it quite like Chico. We have raised the most money for the hospital five times, and hope this year will be our sixth victory.

Chico State 1955-1965 Alumni Celebrate in Style
Sharon and Manuel Salcido at the 1955-1965 Reunion Dinner More than 200 alumni from the 1955-1965 era attended various events held in their honor during the third anual Chico Experience Week, October 5-14. Events included the annual Golden Grad Brunch, opening of the 1962 time capsule, and a black-tie dinner at the Bell Memorial Union.

Committee co-chair Jan Logan, class of 1962, said of the reunion, "It reminds us of the wonderful times we had during our special years at Chico State College. We all enjoyed our magical weekend in Chico, and it was great to see old CSC friends reconnecting."

The group has also made a $1,600 donation to the Chico State Alumni Association. "We are very appreciative of the generosity of our 1955-1965 alumni," said Sue Anderson, director of alumni and parent relations. "This was a wonderful surprise, and I'd like to thank each and every alum who came back to campus fpr this gift." For links to photos of the Golden Grad Brunch, opening of the 1962 time capsule, and the black-tie dinner, as well as a link to the 1955-1965 Memory Book, visit the Alumni Association website.

Laura Bush Honors Chico State Alumnus Lt. General Gary H. Hughey
Laura Bush, Gary Hughley, and Heidi Hughley Former First Lady Laura Bush assisted College of the Ozarks in honoring Lieutenant General Gary H. Hughey (of Troy, Ill.) during the Dedication of the Roy F. Hopper Patriots Plaza on November 8. Following his graduation at S of O in 1965, General Hughey received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from CSU, Chico. In 1970, Gen. Hughey was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and attended Basic School in Virginia, where he was designated a supply officer. In 1976, he received his Master of Business Administration in Management from Bryan College in Rhode Island. Gen. Hughey then received his MA in National Security and Strategic Studies. He attended various military schools including: Naval War College, Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff Course, College of Naval Warfare, and the National Defense University.

Honoring Our Veterans
Honoring Our Veterans Speakers (from l-r): James Callas, Rich Lipari, Mary Kight, Paul Zingg, and Sean Metroka Thanking veterans for their service is just one of the reasons for the Chico State’s Honoring Our Veterans event, which was held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 10 at the BMU Auditorium. The event helped bring together veteran, community and student groups in an effort to recognize, honor and bring awareness to the sacrifice veterans have made for freedom of all Americans. The program included performances by the Chico Community Band, an armed forces salute, the veterans honor guard, military memorabilia and speeches by prominent alumni of Chico State, including a keynote address by Chico alumna Major General Mary J. Kight and founder of the CSU, Chico Student Veteran Organization, Richard Lipari.

My Service Counts
California State University, Chico students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni have made the ultimate anniversary gift: 125,000 hours of service to help others.

On Monday, Nov. 5, the campus community reached the goal it had been working toward since the beginning of 2012, when President Paul Zingg kicked off the University’s 125th anniversary celebration and announced the My Service Counts campaign.

"No event within our 125th anniversary celebration has more meaning, or is more satisfying, than achieving 125,000 hours of community service this year," said Zingg. "This goal connects us to the very roots of the University and a partnership of service and civic engagement with our city and region. It is all the more satisfying that we will significantly exceed our goal. That is a lovely affirmation that community service has no bounds at Chico State."

In fact, by Friday, Nov. 9, the My Service Counts campaign total surpassed 140,000 hours. Sue Anderson, Alumni and Parent Relations director and coordinator of the 125th anniversary celebration, said once hours were logged from several big volunteer events this week the total would easily top 150,000 hours.

Not surprisingly, CSU, Chico’s biggest student volunteer event, Up ’til Dawn, pushed the University over the 125,000 mark. The annual fund–raiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was held Monday evening in Acker Gym. Approximately 2,500 students wrote letters asking for donations to fund research for cancer and other diseases afflicting children. CSU, Chico has been the top collegiate fund–raiser for St. Jude five of the last six years.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Chico State junior John Rich stood in line with other students to log his hours volunteering at Up ’til Dawn. He didn’t know that by the time he reached the My Service Counts desk, the total had reached 124,999 hours. For being the person to log the 125,000th hour, he received a special gift package from Anderson and President Zingg and recognition from the hundreds of students at the Up ’til Dawn event.

Anderson said she hopes that people will continue to log hours right up to Dec. 31, 2012, for a big year–end total. "I have no idea what the final number will be, but it will make a huge statement about our University community. We have incredibly caring and committed students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents at Chico State."


December 6, 2012
Sacramento Alumni Chapter No-host Holiday Mixer at The Pour House

January 26, 2013
Chico Alumni Chapter
Basketball Reception


February 22, 2013
Alumni Event with the Warriors @ Oracle Arena

March 20, 2013
Networking Event in Sacramento

March 21, 2013
Networking Event in Bay Area

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Alumni Profile
Major General Mary J. Kight

Chico State alumna Mary J. Kight was a guest speaker at the Honoring Our Veteran’s event, held Saturday, November 10 in the BMU Auditorium on the Chico State campus. General Kight, a 1973 graduate of Chico State, retired as Major General of the USAF after 37 years of military service. She was appointed the 45th Adjutant General to command the California National Guard (CNG) and was the first female Adjutant General for the CNG and the first African American female to hold that position in National Guard history. After graduating from Chico State, General Kight enlisted in the active duty Air Force and received her commission in 1974. Kight joined the Nebraska Air National Guard in 1981 after leaving active duty, eventually returning to her home state of California in 1984. Kight progressed through the ranks and received several major awards, including the Legion of Merit. She currently resides in Sacramento and is an advocate for veterans all over the state.

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CSU, Chico Receives More Than $1.2 Million to Improve Indian Education

The School of Education, in partnership with Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, Tyme Maidu Tribe–Berry Creek Rancheria, Enterprise Rancheria Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe, Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria and Four Winds of Indian Education Inc., has been awarded one of 22 national grants to improve educational opportunities for American Indian children.

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