College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Humanities and Fine Arts Alumni

Samia Yaqub
Samia Yaqub, M.A. English 1989
  • President: Butte-Glenn Community College
  • Chico State Advisory Board
  • California Writing Project Advisory Board
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumna
Matt Olmstead
Matt Olmstead, B.A. English 1988
  • Exec. Producer/Writer: NYPD Blue (ABC)
  • Exec. Producer: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med (NBC)
  • Writer: The Crossing (ABC)
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumni Award
Almni Osterlund
Steven Osterlund, B.F.A. Studio Art 2017
  • Published author, recipient: the Studio Potter’s Merit Award for the National Juried Student Exhibition @ 2018 NCECA Conference Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alumni Patterson
Paige Patterson, B.A., Theatre Arts & Minor, Musical Theatre Dance
  • Elementary - CBS Network
  • Person of Interest - CBS Network
  • Braindead - CBS Network
  • Quantico - ABC Network
  • Hell on Wheels - AMC
  • Quarry - Cinemax
Alumni Jacoby
J’Anna Jacoby, B.A., Music, 1987
  • The Rod Stewart Band:
    Violin, mandolin, vocals:
  • Grand Masters National Fiddling Championship: 1st Female Winner
  • The Grand Ole Opry - Musician
  • CSU Distinguished Alumni Award 2017
Alumni Rolland
Mary K. Rolland, B.A., Art, 1967
  • NYC Visual Artist/Painter
  • The Mary K. Rolland Scholarship Endowment Fund for Fine Arts at Chico State
  • CSU Distinguished Alumni Award 2014
Chipponeri alumni
Kelli Chipponeri, B.A. English, 1998
  • Chronicle Books/Children’s Group
    Executive Editor
  • Penguin Books - Senior Editor
  • Running Press Kids - Philadelphia 
    Editorial Director, edited two 
    New York Times best-sellers
  • Women’s National Book Association Pannell Award - Juror
  • Simon & Schuster - Assistant editor
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumna

Victoria Mcarthur
Victoria “Missy” McArthur, B.A. English, 1972
  • Former mayor & council member City of Redding
  • CSU, Chico University Advisory Board
  • The Shasta College Foundation
  • Co-owner-Redding Heat minor league football team
  • Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa Woman of the Year Award
  • Redding Methamphetamine Task Force
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumna
  • Recital Hall Lobby named: "The Missy McArthur Lobby”
Alumni McMahan
Terris McMahan Grimes, B.A. English, 1973
  • Author: Smelling Herself: A Novel (the Northern California Publishers and Authors 2014 first-place award for general fiction)
  • The Chester Himes Black Mystery Writers Award
  • Double Anthony Awards: Best first novel and Best Paperback Original
  • Owner: Patent Leather Press
  • Author of the Theresa Galloway Mystery Series: Somebody Else’s Child and Blood Will Tell
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumni Award
Alumni Mcdonald
Timothy Allen McDonald, B.A. Music, 1988; M.A.Music, 1991
  • Award-winning playwright: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka,
    The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, Jim Henson's Emmet Otter
  • Director: Dear Edwina produced by multi-Tony award winner Daryl Roth
  • Director: The Phantom Tollbooth, at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumni Award
Alumni Dr. Glen Toni
Dr. Glen Toney, B.A. Philosophy, 1966, Honorary Doctorate, 2004
  • Board of Trustees:
    California State University
  • CSU Distinguished Alumni Service Award 2011
  • V. P. Human Resources & Corporate Affairs: Applied Materials
  • Assistant Superintendent:
    Cupertino Union Elementary School District
  • Assistant Superintendent of Schools: Ravenswood City and Palo Alto Unified School Districts
Alumni Detmer
Amanda Detmer, B.A. Theatre Arts, 1995
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Boys and Girls
  • Saving Silverman
  • The Majestic
  • Kiss the Bride
  • Big Fat Liar
  • You, Me and Dupree
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumna ’02
Alumni Tony Villaflor
Tony Villaflor, B.A. Music Industry & Technology: Recording Arts 2007
  • Re-Recording Mixer @ Skywalker Ranch
  • Star Wars:The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • The Lion King
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:DeadMen Tell No Tales
  • Finding Dory
  • Jurassic World
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Vice
  • Strange Magic
  • The Final Year
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Strange Magic
  • Rio2
Alumni Barry Daffurn
Barry Daffurn, B.A. Music Industry & Technology, 2009
  • Co-founder and president Cinq Music- Barry Dafurn partners with Janet Jackson and her Rhythm Nation Records signing her to an Indy distribution, label, publishing, and recording agreement.
Alumni Doug Leiker
Douglas Leiker, B.A. English, 1975
  • Studied ceramics under Jack Windsor
  • Established Warm Earth Pottery in 1980
  • Created Warm Earth Pottery & Cosmetics, a cosmetics line packaged in his own ceramic vessels, and currently sold across the United States, Central and South America, and Europe.
Alumni Beezley
William Beezley, B.A. History, 1964
  • Professor of History: University of Arizona
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumni Award
Alumni Morrill
Katie Morrill, B.A., Musical Theatre, 2014
  • The Barrington Collective
    (Professional Theatre Company)
Alumni Warren
Brianna Warren, B.A. Art History, 2017
  • The Menil Drawing Institute -Houston, Texas
    Conservation Studio Technician
Almuni Malone
Carson Melonee, B.F.A. Interior Design, 2014
  • Senior Designer @ MBH Architects
Alumni Gilmore
Chelsea Gilmore, M.F.A., Art & Art History
  • Tenure Track Professor @ Modesto College
Alumni Guasco
Jaclyn Guasco, B.A., Interior Design, 2007
  •  Senior Associate @ Fennie+Mehl Architects
Headshot of Terry Dyer
Terry Dyer, Musical Theatre, attended '98 - '01
  • executive director of the World AIDS Museum
  • author of 2020 book, Letters to a Gay Black Boy
  • activist and speaker