Liberal Studies Advising

Liberal Studies Program Office

Location: Tehama 211

Call: (530) 898-5802

Liberal Studies Majors have mandatory advising. Please visit us at at our program office in Tehama 211 for walk-in advising or call to make an appointment.

Make an Appointment

Mondays: 9:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm (except the first week of the semester)

Tuesdays: 9:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm (except the first week of the semester)

Wednesdays: 9:00am-12:00pm

Thursdays: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Appointments are scheduled for 30-minute session. Please arrive on time. Late arrivals will be asked to reschedule.

Walk in

Monday-Thursday all day the first week of each semester.

Wednesdays: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Thursdays:  9:00am-12:00pm

Liberal Studies Coordinator

Paula M. Selvester


Liberal Studies Coordinator


Dr. Selvester is the Coordinator of the Liberal Studies Program. She also teaches in the teacher preparation program under the School of Education and holds an elected position as a State-Wide CSU Academic Senator. Dr. Selvester holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from University of Southern California. In addition, she currently holds the following teaching credentials: Multiple Subject Credential, Professional Clear, California; Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate, Professional Clear, California; Supplementary Credential Authorization: English as a Second Language, Professional Clear, California; Single Subject Credential, English, Speech, and Drama, Professional Clear, California; and California Community College Instructor's Credential, Basic Education, awarded by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, California. Before joining the faculty at CSU, Chico, Dr. Selvester taught both in the US and internationally in England and Cairo, Egypt. She taught at the American University in Cairo for three years designing curriculum and developing educational programs. She also taught three years at the American Language Institute at San Francisco State University and Alemany Community College in San Francisco. After receiving a Multicultural Education Teaching Mentorship supported by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and issued in Colusa Unified School District, she developed a school-by-school, district-wide assessment process and English language development curriculum for Colusa Unified School District and taught high school English to English learners at Colusa High School in Colusa, California.

Dr. Selvester has authored numerous articles on teaching and learning in Issues in Teacher Education, The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review, College and University Media Review, Educational Studies, The Reading Professor, The California Reader, among others.  She co-authored a book that provides a framework for a socially responsible pedagogy of literacy development for young adults, Adolescent Voices: The Power of a Socially Responsible Literacy Pedagogy (2012) published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University. For her work in teaching issues of access and equity in education, she received the Taking It To The Classroom Award from the CSUC, Office of Diversity in 2012.

She loves teaching, lifting weights, and taking classes at the gym. She and her parents are graduates of Chico State. Her oldest son has graduated from Chico and two other children are currently attending CSU, Chico.

Liberal Studies Advisors

Rena Marino


Liberal Studies Program Advisor


Rena holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communications and Minor Psychology from CSU, Chico. Rena grew up in the SF Bay Area and came to Chico State as a transfer student after attending Butte College.  Before starting her career  at Chico State, Rena was the trainer and office manager for a medical sales recruiting company. She has worked at CSU, Chico campus since 2004.  She began in Regional and Continuing Education and has worked in the Office of the Registrar in Student Records. She has worked in the College of Communication and Education as an academic advisor for Liberal Studies program since 2007. Rena is active in staff governance on campus.  She has been a member of the Chico State Staff Council since 2012.  She is also a proponent and supporter of access and equity for all students and is a graduate of the Chico State Diversity Certificate program. Interested in professional development and leadership, she has recently joined the Faculty Mentor program and is looking forward to helping students feel more connected to the campus and Chico communities. She says the best part of her job is working with students to achieve their personal and academic goals. She enjoys spending time with friends and is on a local amateur bowling team.

Jamie A. Cinquini

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Liberal Studies Program Advisor


Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education from CSU, Chico. She currently holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and has taught in Butte, Glenn and Tehama County. While a student at Chico State, she volunteered for the Kinesiology Department in the Kids: Play as well as the Be: Wel program and travelled to Harlem, NY to work at Children’s Storefront. Jamie’s professional higher education experience includes teaching and coaching elementary, junior high and high school students before joining the Liberal Studies Team in 2017. Jamie strongly believes that education is the way in which we can change the world and is of the utmost importance. Her career passion includes serving students from all backgrounds and helping them on their path towards being reflective and engaging teachers. In her personal life, Jamie’s blessings include her husband, wonderfully huge family, and friends. Jamie was born and raised in Chico. She is proud to be a Chico local and graduate, and looks forward to helping others during their time attending California State University, Chico.


Liberal Studies Student Assistants


Sarah Brooks


Sarah Brooks is one of two student assistants in the Liberal Studies Office. She is currently in her second year at CSU Chico and a part of the ITEC program. She is majoring in Liberal Studies and getting a minor in Special Education. Sarah is working towards her goal in obtaining the Multiple Subject Credential and eventually becoming an elementary school teacher. She realized her passion of becoming a teacher when she started coaching soccer to kids ages four through ten. Sarah is originally from Redding, CA and graduated from University Preparatory High School. She is currently an active member of the Student California Teachers Association (SCTA), Cru, a Christian organization on campus, and does Intramural soccer as well. In her free time, she likes to kayak, hike, hang out with friends, and go exploring. Sarah’s life goal is to teach elementary school during the year and be a whitewater river guide during the summer.

Veronica Zaragoza-Ventura


Veronica Zaragoza-Ventura is a current Liberal Studies (Bilingual) student here at Chico State University. She is from Sacramento and a former graduate from Monterey Trail High School. She is a part of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a member of the Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), as well as a member of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a (de) Aztlan (Mecha) club here on campus. She enjoys spending time studying in the library as well as enjoying life outdoors. Veronica looks forward to interacting and helping others as well as drawing, cooking, spending time with children, long drives, boxing, movie nights and star watching. She knows that achieving her goals and her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher will not be easy but she also knows that anything is possible with a positive mindset, determination and motivation.