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Lance Tennis

College of Agriculture
BS Agriculture Business, Class of 1964

A successful farmer, agricultural leader, and advocate, Tennis credits what he learned at Chico State for giving him the foundation he needed. He often uses the accounting and management skills acquired in his pursuit of an agriculture business degree to keep the rice and row crop operation he runs with his brother Pat on track. The brothers took over the family farm in the Sutter Basin in the late sixties after their father fell ill. The two have expanded the business to include holdings in Butte County, where the 1964 alum lives with his wife Audrey. A partial list of organizations that have benefited from Lance’s leadership skills includes Butte County Farm Bureau, Northern Calif. Farm Credit, Western Canal Water District, California Rice Research Board, Butte County Water Commission, Enloe Foundation Board, and Butte County Rice Growers Association. Lance and his wife Audrey received the Ag Service Award at the 1999 Farm City Week Celebration. In addition, the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America named Tennis one of three Distinguished Agricultural Citizens for 2002.

Tennis has been married to his wife Audrey since 1967, is a father to two children, and grandfather to six. He has many years of service to boards and commissions including Western Canal Water District, Rice Growers Association of California, Butte County Farm Bureau, Butte County Water Commission, Northern California Farm Credit, Northern California Water Association, California Rice Research Board, Enloe Hospital Foundation Board, Advisory Board of CSU, Chico School of Ag, and the Evangelical Free Church of Chico.

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
BS Psychology, Class of 1982
MA Developmental Psychology, Class of 1984

Dr. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, author of The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Stress, Depression, and Burnout, chairs the New Hampshire for La Leche League International. In her role as research associate for the Family Research Laboratory, Kendall-Tackett co-chairs the International Family Violence Research Conference. Recently board certified as an international lactation consultant, she received the 2003 La Leche League International Award for Leaders. Kendall-Tackett has a disability that limits the number of hours she can work each week, an experience that motivates her to work on behalf of patients and people with disabilities.

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Karl E. Bakhtiari

College of Business
BS Business Administration,
Management Option, Class of 1964
MBA, Class of 1977

Karl E. Bakhtiari is the founder, president/CEO, and director of Stonesfair Financial Corporation and has a long history of financial successes in the real estate industry. He served as a board member for ten years for the Stoneson Development Corporation and Stoneson Associates, two major real estate development and construction corporations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company developed and owned the Stonestown Galleria and the Stonestown Apartments, an 820-unit complex in San Francisco. Bakhtiari has spent the past nine years successfully acquiring and operating approximately 2,000 apartment units in Northern California and Montana. Bakhtiari holds both M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from CSU, Chico, and is a board member of Chico State's business advisory board.

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William Mickelson

College of Communication & Education
BA Education, Class of 1951

William Mickelson began his post college career as a teacher. A friendship formed on the golf course led Mickelson into the oil exploration business. He has served as the president and CEO of Mickelson Land Services, Inc. and the owner of Mickelson Oil and Gas Properties. Mickelson is past president and a director of the Los Angeles Association of Petroleum Landmen and was named "Landman of the Year" for 1986-1987. During his college days, Mickelson helped to form the first official Chico State College golf team. Golf remains a very important part of Mickelson's life, and he has won the California Amateur title in the handicap division.

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Rick Hubbard

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management
BS Computer Science, Class of 1974

Dr. Rick Hubbard finds himself once again living in Chico as the founder, CEO, and chief technology officer of Growth Systems, Inc., an educational and consulting company. Hubbard is also CEO and founder of Simply-Publishing Co. and is the principal author of the Simply-Living series, including the Simply-Wealthy for Teens multi-media program. Hubbard has an M.B.A. from Creighton University and a doctorate in computer science from Colorado Technical University. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a certified member of the Institute of Management Consultants, and is on the Industry Advisory Board, Department of Computer Science at CSU, Chico.

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John Pugh

College of Humanities & Fine Arts
BA Art, Class of 1983

John Pugh is considered to be one of the top tromp l’oeil muralists in the world and has been featured in Time magazine. Examples of Pugh’s work are seen in buildings throughout California including the landmark crumbling wall façade painted on Alva P. Taylor Hall on the CSU, Chico campus. The lifelike features in Pugh’s murals have been designed to “fool the eye” (the translation from the French tromp l’oeil), and people have admitted to attempting to strike up conversations with the human depictions in his work. Pugh has upcoming projects, commissioned in Syracuse, New York; Boise, Idaho; Miami, Florida; Anchorage, Alaska; and the Berryessa Community Center in San Jose, California.

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Antoinette Procopio

College of Natural Sciences
BS Mathematics, Class of 1978

Antoinette Procopio began her 24-year career in aerospace as one of the first female engineers to perform integration and testing of communication satellites. Her career began with Huges Space and Communications Company, now Boeing Satellite Systems. Procopio has held several positions of increasing responsibility and is now spacecraft manager. She has served on 12 launch-site campaign teams performing final integration, inspection, and testing of satellites boosted by Delta, Atlas, Titan, Ariane, and Space Shuttle launch vehicles. In her current role, Procopio is responsible for leading various teams in the successful integration assembly, and test of commercial and government satellite programs. Procopio is a charter member of the CSU, Chico Department of Mathematics Advisory Board.

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