A Magazine from California State University, ChicoFall 2017 Issue

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(BA, Psychology, ’62) attended a 1959–60 Chico State Study Abroad reunion.


(BA, History, ’64), a Chico State 2016 Distinguished Alumnus, was awarded the Ohtli prize from the Mexican government for his countless works about the history of Mexico, its people, its culture, and its traditions. The award is usually given to Mexican Americans who have worked to forge closer ties between the two countries.


(BA, English, ’66) authored the book Rainbow: A History of the Rose in California, the first book ever to address early California rose history. Chico is mentioned several times in the book, as is John Bidwell. The book examines the nine wild roses of the state and discusses the early garden roses from the Gold Rush era to 1924, some of which are still available today. Schramm, a retired University of San Francisco professor, is a master gardener himself, growing more than 200 roses in his Vallejo garden.


(BA, Art, ’69; Credential, ’71)  authored a book about his Navy experience titled Navy Daze. It is an account of attending Chico State and then serving on a destroyer during the Vietnam War.  After the war, he came back to Chico and worked as Professor Janet Turner’s teaching assistant. He works as a volunteer employee in the printmaking area for the art department at Chico State.

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(BA, Industrial Arts, ’70; Credential, ’71) never expected to make it to age 55, let alone age 70 and retired. One replaced heart valve, minus one prostate, and 33 radiation treatments later, he’s still here!


(BA, Sociology, ’71) and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity brother TONY PIAZZA (BS, Business Administration, ’76) checked an item off their bucket lists by attending the Stanford vs Notre Dame football game in South Bend, Indiana, in 2016. Tony wore his Chico State sweatshirt and surprisingly a lot of people recognized and commented on it.


(BA, Social Welfare, ’71), a retired dormitory counselor and substitute teacher for the California School for the Blind, and her husband moved to Kelseyville from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. They love the scenery near Clear Lake, and lots of vineyards and wineries, as it reminds them of Chico—a place they miss and wish they could reconnect with the people they knew during their time at Chico State.


(BA, Recreation Administration, ’73) works as an outside floorcovering salesman for Robinson’s Flooring in Fresno. Derenia is also the photographer for Fresno State University's men’s basketball coaching staff. He also donates his free time to taking photos for the Fresno County Sheriff’s largest annual fundraiser.


(Credential, ’76), a professor emeritus at CSU, East Bay, initiated the Lifescaping Project, an action research effort directed toward promoting learning power, well-being, and social justice in public schools. The Lifescaping Project was founded to help share the action research and appreciative inquiry efforts of graduate students, professionals-in-training, and working professionals in public schools in the San Francisco East Bay Area.


(BA, English, ’77) won the 2016 Violet Reed Haas Award for her full-length book of poems Whereabouts. The book was published by Snake Nation Press in early 2017. Black, a professor at Minnesota State University Mankato, teaches creative writing in the Department of English.


(BS, Agricultural Business, ’77) recently retired after almost 36 years in the Farm Credit System. During his career, he held numerous management positions in his association, and most recently he was the vice president of sales for American AgCredit. Since his retirement, he has opened an insurance agency in the Central Valley that specializes in federal crop insurance. Licensed since 1995, he holds extensive knowledge about all facets of the federal crop insurance program.


(BA, Psychology, ’78) was honored by Fresno State during a retirement ceremony for her many years of service as director of admissions and records. She began her career at the Chico State Office of Admissions and Records. Her family of fellow Chico State alums include brother FRANK TERRAZAS (MA, History, ’78; Credential, ’78), sisters KATHY LANE (BS, Spanish, ’78) and PATTY GAST (BA, Liberal Studies, ‘90), daughter MARCI BEDDALL (BA, History, ’05), and husband  RICK BEDDALL (BA, Physical Education, ’77; Credential, ’79). Christina lives in Clovis.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’79; Credential, ’80) celebrated 42 years of friendship with several of her fellow alumni in July 2017. All of the friends together have taught well over 200 years! They can only imagine how many students they’ve taught.


(BA, Home Economics, ’79) retired from sales and her husband, Ronald, retired from  corporate real estate and they now enjoy wine collecting, tasting, and pairing, exploring new eateries in the Bay Area and throughout assorted wine countries. They also enjoy time at their second home in the Sierras, where they split their time between there and the Bay Area. Their new fun venture is winebuddie.com, which keeps them busy and on the move. Karla is still an avid seamstress.

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(BA, Psychology, ’80) was recently appointed as department head for the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia.


(BS, Nursing, ’80; MS, Nursing, ’91) was recently promoted to the permanent associate vice president for faculty affairs position at Sonoma State University after a year in the interim roll. She was previously chair of the nursing department.


(BA, Community Services, ‘81; MPA, Public Administration, ’86) was hired as the director of regulations and international affairs for Helicopter Association International. Prior, he retired from the US Coast Guard after 31 years as an officer and helicopter pilot.


(BS, Business Administration, ’82) is the managing partner at Tittle and Company, LLP in Chico.


(BA, Biological Sciences, ’83), the 2004 Distinguished Alumna for the College of Natural Sciences, authored the article “Low 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Myofascial Pain: Association of Cancer, Colon Polyps, and Tendon Rupture” in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. It focuses on her research on myofascial pain’s association with cancer.


(BA, Business Administration, ’84) was appointed as the new Chief Sergeant-at-Arms for the California State Senate after returning from retirement.


(BA, Political Science, ’84) was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Patricia is a partner at Oakland-based law firm Wendel Rosen Black and Dean LLP.


(BS, Political Science, ’86) is the executive director of Engineers Alliance for the Arts, a nonprofit organization based in the Bay Area. She lives in Orinda with her husband and three children.


(BS, Communications, ’87) is the owner of John Corids Construction in Petaluma.


(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’88) survived cancer not once but twice, and then acted as caregiver to both his mother and brother before they died of the disease. He joined the American Cancer Society (ACS) as a volunteer in 2015. In 2016, he was asked to apply for the position of Hope Lodge Manager by an ACS executive and he gladly jumped at the chance to serve cancer patients more than just part-time. In June 2016, he was hired to run the newly constructed $15 million facility, which opened in November. Hope Lodge provides housing and a supportive community to cancer patients who need to travel to Oahu, Hawaii, for treatment from the neighboring islands and Guam.


(BA, English, ’88) runs The Writers Nest and is relocating to the renovated historic Mill Valley Lumber Yard. She’s written three books, all distributed through Penguin Random House. Her book Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing was recently translated into Russian and Korean. Her fourth book is due out in 2018.


(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’89) received two Emmy awards for her work as a segment producer (awarded 2014) and producer (awarded 2016) for the Warner Bros. TV show Extra.


(BS, Industrial Technology, ’89) has had a successful career involved in several startups prior to Hedvig: Micronics Computers. He started at VMware when they were about 150 people. He was part of both ESX and vCenter development from the beginning. He started at Nuova when it was about 50 people working on building a new server platform which would eventually become Unified Computing System at Cisco.

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(MPA, Public Administration, ’90), the CEO of Azad’s International, Inc., trained over 200 martial arts masters and instructors, martial arts competitors, and referees in Iran in the art of Jungshindo and Sinmoo hapkido. Martial arts masters flew in to be a part of this one-day seminar in Tehran. In 2017, Azad received a national award from the national Make a Difference Day for philanthropy, community service, and civic engagement. He was also chosen as a recipient of a Daily Points of Light Award for outstanding service work. The Daily Points of Light Award is given out each weekday by Points of Light organization, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.


(Credential, ’90) wrote a book called Deep End of the Pool Workouts: Non-Impact Interval Training and Strength Exercises, published by Ulysses Press.


(BA, Journalism, ’93) completed his second school year as the journalism teacher and yearbook advisor at M. L. Wisdom High School in Houston. He teaches grades 9–12 in journalism, newswriting, broadcast video, photography, and yearbook at Houston Independent School District’s most diversely populated high school. In addition, he coached his journalism team to win the 2017 District 24-5A Championship at the Houston ISD Academic Meet. He previously spent 20 years in various public relations roles for professional and amateur sports organizations, including a role as the director of communications for USA Baseball from 1999–2006. It was in that role that he served as the press officer for the 2000 USA Baseball Olympic Team that won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. He later authored a book about the team titled Miracle on Grass.


(BA, Child Development, ’93) spent five years as the global head of social and digital media at PayPal before being hired as the chief marketing officer of KIND Financial, a cannabis compliance tech company.


(BA, Physical Education, ’94) graduated from the Cemetery Director Intern Program on July 13. Her first assignment will be as assistant cemetery director at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington. She retired from the United States Army Reserve in 2013 as a Command Sergeant Major. She is continuing to serve.


(BA, Liberal Studies, ’95; MA, Music, ’01) is in his third year as a full-time instructor of recording arts at Butte College after 15 years of teaching music. He built the program from scratch as a part-timer, and he is excited to run it as a full-timer now.


(BA, English, ’96; Credential, ’01) and DANIEL KRIEGER (BS, Computer Science, ’07), from the local Chico company Navigation North, were codevelopers and principal designers of the Smithsonian's new Learning Lab. The Smithsonian Learning Lab represents digital objects and artifacts from all 19 Smithsonian Museums and allows educators from around the world to integrate these resources into custom learning collections for students and publish them internationally for use by other classrooms of teachers and students. This new digital learning platform has been available for a year and has already won a number of prestigious awards, including the Gold MUSE Award in the Education and Outreach category at the 2017 American Alliance of Museums.


(BA, Philosophy, ’96; MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, ’98), her husband, BEN HAEFNER (BS, Business Administration, ’95), and their Wildcat children, CLARE REDA (BS, Mathematics, ’97), JON MCCLINTOCK (BS, Computer Science, ’97), and sophomore EMMA HARTE headed out to Burning Man to get heir dusty hugs and be part of a community that lives love in compassionate actions. The spirit of expansion they participated in at Chico State continues on as they joined 70,000 people to visualize, energize, and materialize out in the desert of Black Rock City, Nevada.


(BA, Journalism, ’96) won a third regional Emmy for filming an Every 15 Minutes project. The “Every 15 Minutes” program is a fictional dramatization starring high school students showing the consequences of drunk driving.


(BA, Child Development, ’97) founded and owns Morgen Marketing, a driven full-service promotional marketing company, specializing in the development, sourcing, and sales of promotional products and logo-branded apparel. Garcia created the company in 2001 after she identified a need and desire for fun and fresh promotional ideas. Her background as a designer in the surf industry, united by her prior experiences working in both corporate and boutique promotional marketing settings, provided her with valuable insights as she launched and cultivated her own company, which is now headquartered and blossoming in Boise, Idaho.


(BA, Journalism, ’97) left the Gold Country Newspaper in 2008, after eight years, and became a public affairs specialist with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at the former McClellan Air Force Base. He travels all over the country educating communities about restoration and reuse of closed Air Force bases in their areas. He works with print, electronic, and TV outlets as well as community leaders, state representatives and members of Congress to help people understand what is happening at the closed bases in their communities.

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(BA, English, ’00; MA, English, ’03), an assistant professor at Cuyahoga Community College, published two books in two months. The Nazi Card: Nazi Comparisons at the Beginning of the Cold War was published in January. The Function of Evil Across Disciplinary Contexts was published in February.


(BS, Business Administration, ’02) a member of the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, P.C., has been named a “Top 40 Under 40” business professional by the San Diego Daily Transcript.


(BS, Recreation Administration, ’03) was hired as the inaugural program director of the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Exploring Programs at Azusa Pacific University. In this new role, he will provide direction and oversight for several new, exciting programs at the university that will ultimately help students explore and discover their educational and career-related goals in creative and innovative ways.


(BS, Biological Sciences, ’03; Credential, ’05 MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, ’10) has been a math intervention specialist, a teacher supporting academically at-risk high school students, and volunteer with North Valley Animal Disaster Group and Oiled Wildlife Care Network since 2013.


(BS, Business Administration, ’04), an assistant volleyball coach for Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, completed his master’s degree from Concordia University Irvine in October 2016.


(BA, Psychology, ’07; Credential, ’07; MA, Education, ’11) is the co-founder and CEO of NEXUS4, a Phoenix-based single-source company for communications, technology, and IT/cloud management organization, streamlining services to and transitions for commercial, medical, industrial, and multi-family housing companies. He started this company while in school. They currently serve properties in California and Arizona, and are working with Google Fiber on Internet roll-outs.


(BS, Recreation Administration, ’08) competed with the USA Women's National Team in her third Rugby World Cup. Team USA took fourth in the world.


(BS, Agricultural Business, ’09), a former Associated Students president and a current member of the College of Agriculture’s Superior Ag Board of Directors, MARCUS HOLLAN (BS, Agricultural Business, ’10), former Chico State employee Greg Van Dyke, and others are elevating the LGBTQ+ voices in agriculture around the country. They spoke at the Cultivating Change Summit held in Sacramento from June 21–23, 2017. 


(BS, Health Science, ’09) works as Immigration and Access to Justice program coordinator for the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama.

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(BA, Child Development, ’10; MSW, Social Work, ’12 ) works as a clinical supervisor for Annara Counseling Services in Seattle.


(BA, Anthropology, ’11), facilitates the scholarship process for the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma.


(BS, Business Administration, ’13) is in his second year in the John F. Kennedy University MBA program and finishing his fourth year as a hospital underwriting analyst with the Doctor’s Company. He’s hoping to apply to doctorate programs soon.


(BA, Psychology, ’13) is close to completing her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She has been working at the middle and high school level as a therapeutic counselor for her practicum in Marin County. Previously, she was working in a psychiatric hospital for high-need individuals. After the completion of her master’s degree, she will continue to work toward becoming a licensed therapist in California.


(BS, Business Administration, ’14) is the assistant vice president for Bolton & Company, an insurance company in Pasadena, California. He also got his certified insurance counselor designation, moved from the insurance carrier position he started with out of Chico, to now selling the products directly to the end user. His focus includes businesses such as nonprofits, sports, and fitness.


(BA, Psychology, ’14) is a customer service representative for DigitalPath, Inc. 


(BA, Political Science; BA International Relations, ’15) was hired as a legal secretary for Latham & Watkins in Washington, DC after earning her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. She was also featured on Amazon Watch to present her findings on an investigation of human rights in Peru.


(BS, Business Administration, ’17) was hired at First Republic Bank after an internship at the Bank’s San Francisco headquarters, which allowed him to earn a full-time position as a portfolio quality specialist in Palo Alto. He will specialize in private equity and venture capital banking. He noted undergraduate internships with Franklin Templeton Investments; Interr Security in London; and Silicon Valley Bank were valuable in making his career-path decisions. For Greco, Chico State not only made these experiences possible, but also provided him the opportunity to spend one of four academic years in Italy, resulting in fluency of the Italian language, keen intercultural sensitivity, and an international perspective on commerce. 

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(BA, Political Science, ’68) and Carol Christensen celebrated their 45th wedding university on June 13, 2017.


(BA, Kinesiology, ’13) married Katie Spencer only a few hours after running the Park City Trail Series 10K, where he crossed the finish line with a winning time of 38:49 on July 8, 2017.


(BA Communication Sciences and Disorders, ’04; MA, Communication Sciences and Disorders, 06; Credential, ’06 ) and SCOTT DOOLITTLE (BS, Civil Engineering, ’07) were married May 13, 2017. The newlyweds make their home in Woodland. Erin is a speech pathologist and Scott works for public works.


(BA, Communication Studies, ’11)  and BRADEN ANKENEY (BS, Business Administration, ’11) got married in March 2017 with over 33 Chico State alums in attendance, including family and friends. Erin found this extremely telling on what the culture of Chico State brings and the sustained friendships created here.


(BA, Industrial Arts, ’58; Credential ’58; MA, Industrial Arts, ’61;) and COLLEEN (STEVENSON) MOORE (BA, Education; Credential, ’57) recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a dinner held in their honor at a restaurant in Florence, Oregon, where they reside. Approximately 25 guests were in attendance, including their three sons Sean, Darin, and Kevin, plus grandson Blaine. Special guests were best man JIM ALLGAIER (BA, Business Administration, ’61) and maid of honor Diane Stevenson Broughgon. Jack, Jim, Sean, and Blaine were all members of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Also in attendance was longtime friend and Phi Kappa Tau member Rick Costello. Colleen was a member of Alpha Chi sorority.


(BA, Communication Studies, ’06) married in May, and he and his wife had twins in August and are moving to Scottsdale.


(BA, Social Work, ’10) and CHARLES SPRINGER (BA, Geography, ’12) married October 1, 2016 overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Pedro. After graduating from Chico, an opportunity presented itself and they both began working in public service in the Baltimore area before moving to Southern California in 2015 and continuing in public service.


(BA, Parks and Natural Resource Management, ’15) and Parish Rickert, high school sweethearts, were married and moved to Magalia and started a earth- and body-friendly soap and beauty products company named Beary Sudsy Soap Company. She creates products that follow along her degree path by doing business in a sustainable and natural way.


(BA, Business Administration, ’68) and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 12, 2017. They have two children, Jason Rose of Camas, ashington, and Julie Rose Chamberlin of Arlington, Virginia, as well as two grandchildren Paul and Jessica Rose.


(BS, Business Administration, ’71) and his wife, Joan, celebrated their 65th anniversary on June 4, 2017, with a vacation trip to Lake Almanor, where they completed the 33-mile Mile-High Bike Ride. The couple met in Richland, Washington, where Mel served in the Army during the Korean War, guarding the Hanford Test Site. Joan worked in a Spudnut shop. They moved to Chico after Mel left the service in 1952. In 1958, Mel took a job with the Shasta Trinity Oil Company and moved the family to Redding, where they have lived since.

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('10) and CHARLES SPRINGER ('12) married in October 2016.

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('96, '98) attended Burning Man with three of her Wildcat family members.

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('70, '71) outlasted doctors' predictions and is thriving and retired. 

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