Alumni Association News

Alumni Association News

Michelle Power Dear Alums,

This year, along with the University celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Alumni Association is marking its 120th year. The first graduating class received their diplomas in 1891, and we were formed a year later. We have partnered with the University since the beginning.

For the 125th, alumni have stepped up to represent CSU, Chico. Alumni have volunteered on the 125th Anniversary Committee, participated in My Service Counts, and were part of the “1-2-5” photo seen on the cover of this magazine. Alumni also supported the quasquicentennial by participating in Expo 125 in April, helping make it a phenomenal event. There were almost 3,500 admitted students and parents who attended the Choose Chico! open house that morning, and an additional 2,500 or so who attended the Expo in the afternoon. I’m incredibly proud of our alumni efforts.

I’d like to share some successes coming out of the Chico Experience Week in October. It was kicked off again this year with the unveiling of the third Jake Early print (a valley oak) in the five-print series. His works are amazing and so clearly capture the essence of our university and our community.

Over the course of the 10 days of the Chico Experience Week, there were many events including celebrating Oktoberfest at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., the Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend, Chico State Family Weekend Old-Fashioned Barbecue, Downtown Chico Harvest Sidewalk Sale, and 1955–1965 Era Reunion. Those are just a few examples of the events at which alumni got involved and celebrated campus and community. 

As part of the 125th, we have a section on our website called “Alumni Who Make a Difference.” I encourage alums to check it out and share stories about the great things that our alums have done.

In closing, I would like to expand on an initiative mentioned above for the 125th, My Service Counts. This initiative challenged the campus and community to perform 125,000 hours of service in 2012. Please take a moment to log your 2012 service hours on the My Service Counts website. This is an area in which we can all make a difference!

Celebrating Chico,
Michelle Power (’92), President, CSU, Chico Alumni Association

Upcoming Reunions and Events

Saturday | Jan. 26
Alumni Association Annual Meeting
Chico Chapter Basketball Reception

Friday | Feb. 22
Warriors vs. Spurs and Courtside Shootaround

Wednesday | March 20
Sacramento Career Networking Event

Thursday | March 21
Bay Area Career Networking

Friday | April 5
Distinguished Alumni Dinner

Thursday | May 2
Chico Chapter Tri-Tip Barbecue

Oct. 4–13
Fourth Annual Chico Experience Week

Oct. 11–12
College of Natural Sciences Reunion,

Oct. 11–13
Black Alumni Reunion, contact: Tray Robinson, 530-898-4764 or

Saturday | Oct. 12
Golden Grad Reunion/Class of 1963

For more information on these events, visit the Alumni website or call 530-898-6472.

My Service Counts Achieves Goal!

We have made it to 125,000 hours of service, but we need your help to maximize our efforts. If you have performed volunteer service in 2012, please visit our website at and log those hours. Your Service Counts!

Announcing the Wildcat Cruiser

The Wildcat Cruiser, a series of 125 limited-edition bicycles, commemorates the 125th anniversary of Chico State’s founding. The three-speed bike is manufactured by Felt Bikes and modeled after the Felt Beaumont. The graphics for the bike were designed by Jake Early, a 1994 alumnus of Chico State’s graphic design program. For information on how you can own a limited-edition Wildcat Cruiser, email