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Clayton Truscott

Clayton Truscott

Communications Manager Clayton Truscott leads storytelling and content development efforts for University Communications.

Contact Clayton Truscott at ctruscott@csuchico.edu

Lecturer Tess Manley is wearing glasses and a light blue sweater, smiling against a chalkboard backdrop.

Child Development Lecturer a Beacon of Hope in the Community and Inspiration to Students 

Theresa “Tess” Manley walks the walk as a lecturer in the child development department, bringing decades of experience and professionalism to her role.

Professor Abbas Artawalla is seen from above, sitting at his desk in front of a laptop.

Chico State Professor Designs Computer Science Program for High School Teachers—Bringing Gaming, AI, and Design to Classrooms

Professor Abbas Attarwala has been awarded a grant to lead a project intended to significantly improve computer science education for high school teachers and students.

Blake Ellis sits crosslegged in a patch of grass

The healing power of nature

Nature can help us heal — instilling a calmness and peace in a sometimes-chaotic world. Blake Ellis, a program manager for the Chico State Ecotherapy Program, dives in.

Olivia Wiemann poses in her master's gown and a yellow hard hat.

From Classroom to Career

As a land manager for the Mechoopda​ Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, master’s graduate Olivia Wiemann's typical day on the job can look very much like her days at the University.

Giovanni Paz-Silva looks up at the ceiling inside Chico State's planetarium, using a laser pointer to identify a star.

Physics Major Finds Inner Strength to Aim for the Stars  

Since transferring to Chico State, first-generation student Giovanni Paz-Silva has dedicated himself to excellence in and out the classroom, emerging as a leader in the physics program.

A collage of photos arranged in a scrapbook design show off a range of clubs at Chico State.

Somewhere to Belong: Celebrating Student Clubs at Chico State

Student clubs have helped Wildcats find their place on campus for generations—and they’re as impactful as ever.

Photo of Kaniel Cassady set against a pink and green background.

Alumnus in STEM Develops Life-Changing Medicines “To Improve Lives”

Scientist Kaniel Cassady discovered his knack for research conducting experiments in Big Chico Creek and now works as part of a global team developing medicines.

Photograph of Arina Xiong set against a blue background.

From Study Abroad to Peace Corps Volunteer

For Arina Xiong (Liberal Studies,’15), a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Armenia, her alma mater that taught her the importance of community service and sustainability through its study abroad opportunities.

Portrait of Guadalupe Carolina Vasquez, posing on the grounds of a preschool in a white jacket.

Finding Support, Community, and Calling in BSS

Through the Camp Fire and then the pandemic, graduating senior Guadalupe Carolina Vazquez has tapped into positive influences to create her own vision for the future.

The sun sets behind an academic building with grass and oak trees in the foreground and puffy clouds in the sky

Fond Farewell: Professor Emerita Margaret Mary Bierly

Colleagues recall Professor Emerita Margaret Bierly as a force of positivity on campus, building strong friendships with fellow faculty members and collaborating well with colleagues across departments.

A black and white headshot of Tom Carter with the words, '2024 Distinguished Alumni Honoree' written in white text across a red banner.

Educator, Record-Setting Goalkeeper, and Distinguished Alumni Tom Carter 

Following his passion for math, physical education, and sports, Tom Carter is making a significant impact at Chico State and in the surrounding community.

Black and white photo illustration of Stuart Casillas with the words: 2024 Distinguished Alumni Honoree

Distinguished Alumni and Corporate Partner Stuart Casillas

Lean into classes, reflect on what's important, absorb the wisdom around you. University Foundation Board member Stuart Casillas delivers his insight.

Stickers that show the North State Roots logo are scattered across a black tablecloth.

North State Roots Collaboration Expands Access to Healthcare Information in Rural Communities

With new funding, a team from Chico State and nonprofit First 5 Tehama are bringing a free online healthcare service to rural communities across the North State.

A bright, colorful designed image that shows three people who work in artificial intelligence.

AI: The Business of Change

Three alumni working in different areas of the AI space share their stories of change that led to careers at the edge of a new frontier.

An up-close portrait of Liane Thompson.

Celebrated Journalist and Producer Writes a Chapter with Groundbreaking AI Tech

Alumna Liane Thompson cofounded an award-winning environmental tech firm that is combatting climate change and making waterways more resilient.

A framed portrait of Gabriel Flores.

Driving Automotive Technology Into the Future

Hear the story of Gabriel Flores, an enterprise engineering manager, developing hands-free, eyes-off driving technology.

An up-close portrait of Pratik Mehta.

Solving Grassroots Medical Issues With AI

Alumnus Pratik Mehta, head of artificial intelligence at CloudMedx, is constantly asking what will meaningfully impact as many lives as possible.

Tadich Grill's neon sign above the restaurant in San Francisco's financial district.

’Cats Get Cookin’ with Mike Buich

The owner of California's oldest continuously run restaurant reflects on lessons from the last 50 years, and shares a special recipe.

Two photographs of Katie Mercurio, side-by-side; she looks angry on the left and calm on the right.

The Persuasive Power of Criticizing with Care

Professor Katie Mercurio's research uncovers a way delivering criticism can invite change and acceptance from all sides of an argument.

A photo of a total solar eclipse, where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon.

How Witnessing a Solar Eclipse Can Help Prevent Global Disaster

Senior Danielle Casillas traveled to Western Australia on a NASA-funded trip to the site of a total solar eclipse, looking for clues to the "biggest mystery in the solar system."

Courtney Chambless stands at the head of a well-lit room, giving a keynote address. Academic advisors are seated in the audience, looking up at a screen.

Advisor Wellness Initiative Secures Second Round of Funding

This ongoing initiative will continue to provide support, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for academic advisors at Chico State.

CSU Trustee Award Honoree, Gerardo "Jerry" Langarica Martinez, stands in front of an ornate doorway. He wears a buttoned blue short and smiles slightly, looking past the camera.

CSU Trustee Award Honoree Strives to Help Others Claim Their Space

Gerardo “Jerry" Langarica Martinez has overcome significant hurdles over the last 15 years to earn his bachelor's degree, begin the teaching credential program, and achieve numerous honors along the way.

2022 Employee of the Year honoree Dianne Suschil holds up her trophy and certificate after being honored at a ceremony on campus.

Celebrating Dianne Suschil: 2022’s Employee of the Year

For the last 19 years, Dianne Suschil has been an everyday hero on campus, serving in multiple roles.

Professor Garrett Liles holds samples of soil in each hand. He is standing at a table inside the soil sampling area of the regenerative agriculture lab.

Inside the ‘RAD-Lab’: Looking to the Ground for Solutions

The Regenerative Agriculture Demonstration (RAD) Lab began as an idea in grad school, and is now full service lab analyzing soil and carbon health.

Pa Yang sits on a brick wall in the shade of a giant oak tree in front of Kendall Hall.

Connecting Generations Through Understanding

On the cusp of receiving her master’s in psychology, Pa Yang (Psychology, ’21) reflects on the value of her work and the ideas behind it: making her community stronger, more connected, and (hopefully) happier.

We're looking at a bright graphic illustration of an open suitcase. Inside, we see the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, an airplane, a Chico State Wildcat statue, and the clock tower of Trinity Hall.

Passport to Self-Discovery

Since 2016, approximately 1,600 Wildcats have studied abroad at one of 200 locations across 35 countries. Students share their stories from both flight paths.

Victoria Villasenor poses in a white sweater and jeans, holding a Uruguayan flag across her lap.

Journeys of Self-Discovery to Uruguay and Cuba

For Victoria Villaseñor, breaking away from routine and predictability was part of the experience she wanted during two experiences abroad.

Aishwarya Gowda poses against a brick pillar on campus, wearing a white shirt and jeans.

Bollywood Dance Club Founder Finds a Sense of Home at Chico State  

In two years, International student Aishwarya Gowda has already made her mark on campus. To her, the biggest impact has been finding herself and her community here on campus.

Haeryong Cheong is photographed against a facebrick wall, wearing a black seater.

Embracing Chico State’s Welcoming Student Atmosphere

Haeryeong Cheong, who came to Chico State from South Korea to study animal science, reflects on his journey over the last three years.

Hikmat Abou Shahla sits on a concrete barrier under a tree, dressed in jeans and a plaid shirt.

Molecular Biology Student Turns ‘Beautiful Disasters’ into Lifelong Call to Service

Hikmat Abou Shahla has spent his formative years stepping up to help during seasons of global crisis. He is set to graduate and continue on the path of service.

Mark Arey poses at a restaurant with fellow students from South Korea.

International Relations Senior Makes the Most of Debut Trip to South Korea

When Mark Arey's dream of visiting Japan was put on hold during the pandemic, he embraced a year-long journey to Seoul and thrived during his first international trip.

Humberto Partida poses by leaning on the hand railing outside Trinity Hall, wearing a brown leather jacket and a blue shirt.

Graduating Senior Follows ‘Role Model’s’ Footsteps to Florence, Italy

Harnessing a long-held desire to travel, political science and international relations major, Humberto Partida, made his own dream come true by studying in Florence, Italy for a semester.

Hirra Khan is photographed outside of Kendall Hall. She wears a white cotton shirt and a tan Hijab.

Business Double Major Ready for Life’s Next Big Challenge

More than 10 years ago, Hirra Khan moved from Pakistan to Gridley as a pre-teen. She will now graduate with one degree in business administration and another in business information systems, and an impressive work résumé.

Lindsey Barrett poses in her kitchen with her dough prepared to be fed into the pasta machine.

’Cats Get Cookin’ with Rancho Llano Seco Marketing Director Lindsey Barrett 

From Boston to South America and back home to Chico, Lindsey Barrett explores life through her love of food and writing, and shares her recipe for fresh pasta dough!

Joseph Morales looks into the distance, wearing a dark gray suit and a blue shirt.

Chief Diversity Officer Joseph Morales Writes a New Chapter at Chico State

As a first-generation graduate whose life was transformed by access to education, Joseph Morales knows firsthand how powerful it can be.

Sophia Hoffman is photographed against a brick wall.

Chico State Freshman Impresses Coaches on The Voice

Sophia Hoffman overcame a processing disorder to make it to Chico State—now she is turning heads on international television.

Kristen Chatham poses in a black suit

Introducing Kristen Chatham: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Business administration and marketing double major Kristen Chatham aspires to become an officer at a corporation after she graduates.

Distinguished Alum and Strategic Architect Kimate Richards

Distinguished Alum and Strategic Architect Kimate Richards

Veteran and alum Kimate Richards designs cutting-edge smart technology while making time to give back to his community.

Lindsey Nenadal, professor in Child Development (CHLD) (left) and Courtney Peria (right) work closely with the Boys and Girls Club of North Valley, focusing on long-term support for families that have been impacted by wildfires.

Professor Pens Wildfire Playbook to Guide Community Preparedness

Lindsey Nenadal spent two years leading the development and publication of a 'Wildfire Playbook' that is now available for download.

Concrete Industry Management Students Take the Lead on Community Service Project

Students from Chico State’s Concrete Industry Management program have managed the construction of a new parking lot at the Chico Islamic Center.