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Sarah DeForest

Sarah DeForest

Sarah is a proud graduate of Chico State's animal science program. As director of external relations for the College of Agriculture, she works to connect the college more closely with alumni, donors, and the community through publications, events, and outreach.

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Consuelo Baez Vega leans against a walnut tree in an orchard at University Farm

Plant and Soil Science Major Grounds Herself With Research

Consuelo Baez Vega cultivated a passion for research while working at the University Farm and several innovative projects with faculty.

Eliana Aguilar poses with a trophy from the CSU Student Research Competition.

Relationships Solidify Concrete Major’s Success

Whether leading a student club, working in college labs, or serving as a program ambassador, graduating senior Eliana Aguilar demonstrates her strength as a concrete industry management major.

Students walk down a road at University Farm

Journal Club Keeps Undergraduate Agricultural Research Rolling

Unable to meet in the fields to check their research plots, an undergraduate group started a Journal Club to stay connected and keep learning.

Portrait of Celina Phillips with sheep in a field behind her.

Online Teaching Expertise Empowers Ag Professor to Lead the Way

Experience and creativity help agriculture professor Celina Phillips keep teaching virtually and encouraging her fellow faculty.

A student helps a young boy make a Christmas tree out of green pipecleaners.

Planting Hope, Harvesting Joy

For their final project, "Agricultural Leadership" students raised more than $35,000 in toys, blankets, backpacks, gift cards, and other gifts for schools and families directly impacted by the Camp Fire.

Stephanie Alvarado stands next to an olive orchard at the University Farm

Reconnecting with Her Roots

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.