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Chico State Announces 2023 Faculty and Staff Hall of Honor Inductees

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Jason Halley

The Chico State Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association (ERFSA) is pleased to announce the 2023 Hall of Honors class. Eight renowned faculty and staff members will be inducted into the Hall of Honor Friday, June 2, 2023 during a ceremony and luncheon.

The 2023 honorees are:


  • Donald Heinz – Religious Studies
  • Stephen King – Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Communication
  • Wes Patton – Agriculture
  • Cynthia “Thia” Wolf – English and First-Year Experience


  • Billie Jackson – Chico State Learning Center, Disability Services
  • Aldrich “Pat” Patterson, Jr. – Counseling Center
  • Marcella “Chela” Mendoza Patterson – Student Affairs, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Associated Students, Educational Opportunity Program, Early Outreach and Support Programs
  • Travon “Tray” Robinson – Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University Housing, Educational Opportunity Program, Office of Admissions, Multicultural and Gender Studies

The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. and take place at Chico State’s Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. The induction ceremony will begin at noon and be livestreamed for friends and family outside of the Chico area who wish to watch.

Tickets go on sale March 1, 2023 and may be purchased online, via phone, or in-person from the Hall of Honor ticket site for $30 (an $8 convenience charge for online or over-the-phone orders applies). Tickets include lunch and a parking pass. More seats for the luncheon will be made available later this year, but the event has sold out in the past, so attendees are urged to get tickets as soon as possible.

With leadership and support from the offices of the President and the Provost, ERFSA established the Hall of Honor program in 2010 to recognize the “best of the best” of the University’s retired faculty. The program was expanded the following year to include outstanding retired Chico State staff.

Each of the Hall of Honor inductees has provided numerous years of dedicated service to the University and its students and programs, as well as to their own professions. They have also contributed in major ways to the greater Chico community and beyond by serving on boards and advisory councils, and as expert consultants.

A complete list of past and present Hall of Honor members is available for review at