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Experience Excellence

Students Who Shine

Dayne Gradone completed seven undergraduate research projects around the world while balancing an outstanding four-year career in Wildcat cross country and track. Now pursuing his master’s degree, the Graduate Equity Fellowship recipient served a crucial role in the visual direction of the nationally celebrated ethnographic documentary Stories in Thread: A Tapestry of Hmong Identity. He also recently served as a digital cinematographer for a celebrated film on the Japanese internment camps of Northern California.

Unique Torres volunteers her public relations skills

Whether assisting the Chico Peace & Justice Center or a bilingual printing press, journalism major Unique Torres volunteers her public relations skills to advocate for underrepresented voices. This year, she led the development of the Sacramento Pride event app—integrating LGBTQ+ history with event details—and all event communications.

Business major Max Dickstein

Business major Max Dickstein took third place in the country for Sales Student of the Year at the American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference. He was also named Outstanding Student Leader by the College of Business for his ongoing mentorship of fellow Wildcats.

Agricultural education major Breanna Holbert

Agricultural education major Breanna Holbert is the first African American woman elected to serve as National Future Farmers of America president.

Amandeep Kaur

Faculty describe Amandeep Kaur as a “true therapist’s therapist.” Whether calling peers to check in after tough sessions or hosting meals at her home, the top-performing student strives to support her marriage and family therapy cohort by balancing the program’s emotional intensity and rigor with friendship and self-care.

International student and Taiwanese Sign Language speaker Wind Huang interned at a San Francisco restaurant that is managed and run by employees who are all deaf, applying all she is learning as an MBA candidate while expanding her American Sign Language fluency.

The Chico State Model United Nations Team

The Chico State Model United Nations Team was named Outstanding Delegation—the highest possible award—at the premier international conference. With 16 other awards, it raked in the most accolades among 400 universities and colleges in attendance.

Double major Daniel Michelson is renowned in both the music and engineering departments

Double major Daniel Michelson is renowned in both the music and engineering departments as a modern-age Renaissance man for his prolific and integrated work in both arenas. He creates using the technical, logical approach engineering has taught him and the free-flowing, artistic style that comes to him naturally in music.

Graduate student Jeanette Adame

Graduate student Jeanette Adame took first place twice—at the Chico State Student Research Competition and the statewide CSU Student Research Competition—for her work on free and enslaved African and Afro-Creole women in the New Orleans courts from 1769 to 1800.

2018 Micromouse Competition exhibit

Electrical and computer engineering majors with our Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers student chapter took first place at the 2018 Micromouse Competition, completing the course in less than 25 seconds.

Karla Camacho

Karla Camacho has rallied across the state in support of undocumented students and organized Cal State Contact Congress letter-writing, phonebanking, and texting events to urge elected officials to pass a clean Dream Act. She also lobbied at the state Capitol against tuition increases and spoke to legislators about food and housing insecurity among her peers. Her outspoken dedication earned her recognition as the California State Student Association’s Student Advocate of the Year.

Marco Macotela studied abroad

Every time Marco Macotela studied abroad—with semester-long stints in Cuba, Thailand, Brazil, and the Czech Republic—he discovered a new passion to study. The quadruple major completed his college career with degrees in anthropology, criminal justice, Asian studies, and international relations.

The Orion, Chico State’s student-run newspaper, was named the state’s best large-school college newspaper and took home three other first-place awards from the California College Media Association.