A Magazine from California State University, ChicoFall 2012 Issue

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The seeds of Chico State were planted in the late 1800s, in an area whose original residents were the Mechoopda Indians. John Bidwell, one of the first emigrants on the California Trail, purchased Rancho Arroyo Chico on Chico Creek in 1849 to establish a ranch and farm. In 1887, he donated his eight-acre cherry orchard to secure the northern branch of the State Normal School for Chico. In the following pages, the University celebrates its unique past with stories, images, and traditions. These are just a few of the highlights of Chico State’s long and rich history.

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Fall Photo Challenge

With more than 100 entries, the Fall Photo Challenge was one of the most successful (and beautiful) photo challenges yet. See some of our favorite entries. Read More.

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Alum Notes

Jim Enos

Jim Enos

(BA, Recreation Administration, ’82), a former firefighter/EMT, is an insurance agent with New York Life in San Diego.

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Cherri Spriggs-Hernandez

Cherri Spriggs-Hernandez

(BA, Journalism, ’01) is a partner at FSB Core Strategies, a public relations firm in Sacramento.

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Jaison Wardrop

Jaison Wardrop

(MA, Kinesiology, ’06) is the head athletic trainer at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.

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