Michelle McIntosh, an account executive at Mering Carson ad agency, sat down with us during a local alumni event to chat about her Chico State experience and how it's equipped her in her current career.
When Sarah Bohannon (Journalism, '13) began covering the Camp Fire for North State Public Radio, the already-accomplished news director was about to embark on a new project: the National Edward R. Murrow Award-winning program "After Paradise."
Randi Rossmann has made a career of covering some of the most grueling, ghastly, and demanding stories in the Sonoma Valley. After the Communications alum helped lead coverage of the 2017 Sonoma County fires at The Press Democrat, her team was rewarded with journalism's highest honor.
Alum Barry Daffurn has long embraced the world of digital distribution. Now he is the founder of Cinq Music Group, a Los Angeles-based music and entertainment management company with its finger on the pulse of digital music trends and distribution practices.
It took Chico State alum Zac Acker less than three minutes to sketch out the design, & when he posted it on the 12 Volt Tattoo Facebook page, it was clear the #ButteStrong design was a remembrance for what Paradise residents had lost in the Camp Fire—as well as what it still had.
Seven Camp Fire survivors opened up about their escapes, their lives since the fire broke out, and the ongoing challenges they face. Here are their accounts, in their own words, as shared for #WeAreChico.
Dozens of cots lined East Avenue Church in tidy rows, a stark contrast to the chaos from which Camp Fire evacuees fled. Every face reflected the effects of exhaustion mixed with terror, the air of uncertainty as thick as the smoke outside.
When a group of Chico State students found a Camp Fire evacuation shelter in need of aid to track those in its care who were displaced, establish a medical records system, and help with filling prescriptions, they launched into action.
A distinguished face gazes out from the southwest edge of campus, its dark beard mixed with gray, mouth set in a comforting smile, and eyes twinkling with patience, kindness, and understanding. This is James Luyirika-Sewagudde, Jr., a 45-year employee of Chico State's Office of International Education.
After decades working in K-12 education, Dorothy Kennedy embraced a second career at Chico State to make sure the next generation of teachers was equipped to be effective, compassionate, and excellent educators.
Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Kent Wooldridge was a pioneer in leading Chico State into the latest programming languages before other early adopters, making sure students would be marketable by staying connected with his field.
While colleagues and students Mike Murphy worked with remember his expertise in the world of IT, they say those traits were equally matched by his genuine spirit, sense of humor, zeal for life, and passion for music.
Taylor Coutts' goal of obtaining a college degree was put on hold after an epilepsy diagnosis. But Chico State's distance learning program, and a lot of help from her service dog, Davy, opened doors that were suddenly slammed shut.
One class spent two incredible weekends camping on Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and exploring study sites ranging from the Sacramento River all the way upstream to the creek headwaters, to understand how the watershed works as a whole and learn about the wildlife that exists there.
In high school, Donna Humphrey broke the difficult news to her mother she was not planning on attending college. Thirty-three years later, her mom is driving from Colorado to Chico to watch her graduate with her master's degree.
Tom Mello couldn’t imagine himself as a college student, but after the Great Recession left him without a job and struggling as a single parent, the need for an education morphed into a passion for the physical geography major.
Senior Stephanie Alvarado was one of only 20 undergraduates nationwide to attend a student program at the USDA's largest annual meeting this year. In May, she becomes the first in her family to graduate college.
Lawyer Sergio C. Garcia has found much of the national immigration debate stems from common myths about the process. Here, he shares his personal and professional experiences to shed light on the truth.
Growing up within the boundaries of several national parks, Adrienne McGraw was raised with a love and appreciation for the natural world. She's bringing that love of nature to her new job, as the executive director of Gateway Science Museum.
Representing so many threads within the tapestry of this community, Chico State strives to be an engaged and collaborative neighbor. A recent partnership with the city of Chico has taken our relationship to a new level.
Jessica Gonzales knows hardship. The pre-nursing major has endured homelessness, discrimination, and field labor to reach college. But she’s determined to be the first in her family to earn a degree and one day open her own health clinic.
The only label that really interests Breanna Holbert is that of a leader. What inspires Holbert is uncovering the unknown—in herself, in situations, and in other people. An unyielding curiosity to unearth unrealized potential stands out as her most distinguishable quality.
Olympics qualifier, top-secret military coder, oldest female US veteran—Lynne Balmer had a lot to be proud of but little made her smile more than recognition as Chico State's oldest alum. She passed away this month at age 110.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is sparking an awareness campaign to support the faculty, staff, and students who are part of the first-generation community on our campus, and these nine individuals share their unique stories about what it means to be first-gen.
Olivia Van Damme spends her days showing teenagers the depth of inspiration in the deep blue sea working as operations manager at City Surf Project, which serves low-income, underserved students in the San Francisco public school system.
Troy Johnson quipped his way from freelance writer to TV personality after he began to write about food. The Chico State alum and judge on "Guy's Grocery Games" shares his journey from the table to the small screen.
Journalism alums and reporters Malaika Fraley, Rick Hurd, and Katrina Cameron earned a Pulitzer Prize for their team coverage of the devastation and aftermath of the "Ghost Ship" fire in Oakland in 2016.
Whether photographing childhood slavery in Ghana, improving health care in an impoverished puebla in Colombia, or offering an education to Myanmar refugees facing an unknown future in Thailand, three alumni share two things in common: big hearts and a belief in social justice.
STEM Wildcat Angelica Rodriguez's love for the outdoors earned her a research grant that allowed her to spend her summer conducting environmental research, including data collection trips to Lassen Volcanic National Park.
This year, three outstanding Chico State employees were honored for their impacting presence on campus—from Kathleen Moroney's establishment of the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, to Brooke McCall's bursting positive energy at the WREC, to Bev Langston's remarkable and welcoming customer service.
Chico State faculty Joseph Liu and his wife Danielle—along with their pet albino rabbit Augustus—settled into their new home in one of Sutter Hall's apartments, making Liu Chico State's first Faculty-In-Residence.
Earlier this month, the Butte County Office of Education held its inaugural Back-to-School Connect, where underserved families were invited to get free school resources for their children, like clothes, shoes, and backpacks, as well as snacks and even haircuts.
It’s not every day you pack your bags knowing you have a once-in-a-lifetime trip right around the corner. On Monday, the Chico State men’s soccer team will hop on a plane and take off to train in a dream destination.
There are plenty of activities students can—and can't—do for fun and free time on campus during the summer. From pets on campus to putting your feet in the water of Big Chico Creek, we have answered some campus policy questions you may not have thought to ask!
Graduation is hard. What do you do once you step out into the world? What are the things you need to know? We contacted Chico State Alums from all walks of life, and here's what they want new grads to know...
Music major Phillip Drange and his family honor the tragic passing of Phillip's twin brother, Aaron Drange, by working with the faculty of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts to establish the Aaron Drange Memorial Scholarship.
Andrea Avina, a communication sciences and disorders major and an Outstanding Student Leader Award recipient, fights to overcome personal and family challenges in order to achieve her main goals in life: earn her college education, help her family, and give back to her community.
With two majors, two minors, and a plethora of campus clubs and activities he is devoted to, Nick Howell is known among his peers and faculty as a master of time management and goal-orientated dedication.
Kaelie McCarther discovered her passion in agriculture by accident, but her determination and goal to diversify the agriculture major is what drives her to help students of different backgrounds discover their callings.
Cam Santos appears to be living the college dream. But few outside of his family, friends, and Wildcat family know that Santos is in the midst of a painstaking battle that he will endure for rest of his life.
Joining Chico State's Department of Psychology faculty as the first community psychologist, Mariah Kornbluh combines laboratory research and community outreach to foster civic engagement in her classroom.