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 ‘67
  • 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 ’98
  • 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. Englis ’72
  • 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
  • The Zingg Recital Hall Lobby named: 
“The Missy McArthur Lobby”
Alumni McMahan
Terris McMahan Grimes - B.A. English ’73
  • Latest novel: Smelling Herself 
(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 ’88; M.A.Music ’91
  • Award-winning playwright:
  • Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka,
    The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, 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 -
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • CSU Chico Distinguished Alumni Award
Alumni Dr. Glen Toni
Dr. Glen Toney, B.A. Philosophy
  • 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, ’95
Actress:
  • 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 Beezley
William Beezley, B.A. History ‘64
  • 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)
    Co-founder
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
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, recording agreement.