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Worth Sharing: University Enjoys Trio of Rankings

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

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!

A student (left), wearing an orange safety vest, kneels alongside Professor Mohammed Albahttiti (right) while the two work on installing pavers at the site of a community service project at the Chico Islamic Center.

Office Hours: Concrete Industry Management Professor Mohammed Albahttiti

CIM Professor Mohammed Albahttiti empowers students through hands-on service-learning projects that connect theory with real-world application.

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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.

Professor Jesse Engebretson is standing on a rock overlooking a valley of trees. He is addressing a group of students during a field trip.

New Study Explores Drivers of Homelessness and Impact on Public Lands

Jesse Engebretson’s research aims to uncover ways state and federal governments can better serve unhoused communities who are increasingly pushed out of urban areas.

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Religious Studies Alumna Provides ‘Ministry of Presence’

One of the crucial steps along Kelly Ann Nelson's path to being present with others in pain was the religious studies education she earned at Chico State.

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Worth Sharing: Chase Selected as a Fulbright US Scholar

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

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Fond Farewell: Retired University Farm Mechanic Jerry Miguel

Jerry Miguel, University Farm mechanic for nearly 30 years, is remembered for all his tools—those he held in his hands, as well as his heart, spirit, and mind.

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Alumna Uses International Education, Business Acumen to Build Cascade of Success

After getting her start in business importing zippers while working on her MBA, Linling Gan has thrived in industries ranging from fashion to aerospace, as well as international education and real estate.

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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.

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Office Hours with Journalism and PR Department Chair and Professor Janell Bauer

Fueled by her passion for feminism and gender equity research, Janell Bauer aims to inspire her students to be thoughtful communicators.

We are looking at headshots of all of the Lt. Rawlins Merit Award recipients for 2023. Top row: Chloe Koschnick, Delaney Sarantopulos, Hannah Scholzen, Josephine Hernandez, Kristen Chatham, Kyle Mason Bottom row: Madeline Litman, Manraj Randhawa, Peyton Arnold, Stephanie Gaito, Theodore Greenfield, Yanetli Navarro-Hernandez

Celebrating Our Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipients

From aspiring educators and future doctors to those currently serving rural communities, these are the 2022-23 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipients—the best of the best at Chico State.

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Five Questions with Kinesiology Alumna and Adapted Physical Education Teacher Taylor Guy

As an adapted physical education teacher, kinesiology alumna Taylor Guy is passionate about making sports accessible to her students and helping them find an activity they enjoy promoting lifelong physical activity.

Delaney Sarantopulos poses in a blue suit.

Introducing Delaney Sarantopulos: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

A "roll-of-the-dice" decision to attend Chico State came up aces for Delaney Sarantopulos and the University, which has benefited greatly from her service-based leadership.

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Worth Sharing: Kimball Publishes Book No. 22

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

Chloe Koschnick

Introducing Chloe Koschnick: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Whether advocating for inclusivity and accessibility in STEM or living her values through community service in education and with animals, computer science major Chloe Koschnick approaches all she does with curiosity and enthusiasm.

Animal Science Student Josephine Hernandez

Introducing Josephine Hernandez: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Animal science major Josephine Hernandez is an empathetic leader committed to inspiring future agricultural students and giving back to her field.

Madeline Litman, one of the 2022-2023 recipients of the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award, is photographed.

Introducing Madeline Litman: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

While at Chico State, Madeline Litman's work ethic, perseverance, and maturity have led to leadership roles in student clubs, a stellar academic career, and now a prestigious Rawlins Merit Scholarship.     

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Chico State Announces 2023 Faculty and Staff Hall of Honor Inductees

Chico State announced tickets are now available for its 2023 Hall of Honors ceremony. The Hall of Honor recognizes the “best of the best” of the University’s retired faculty and staff.

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Digital Media Classes Cultivate Creativity

Blending stop-motion animation, film, and art, Josh Funk's digital media classes prove to be extremely popular—and fun.

Civil Engineering Student Hannah Scholzen

Introducing Hannah Scholzen: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Civil engineering student and soon-to-be graduate, Hannah Scholzen, is a model of perseverance and leadership in her field.

distinguished alum Roy Beck

Distinguished Alum and Retired Agriculture Educator Roy Beck

Roy Beck put himself through college by working at the University Farm. He went on to teach agricultural education for 42 years and still advocates on behalf of his beloved discipline.

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Introducing Theodore Greenfield: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Theodore Greenfield, a father of two and elementary school band instructor, hopes to become a high school math teacher to share his love for the subject.

Distinguished Alumni Thomas Butler, Marti Sutton, Kimate Richards, Haley Willis, Rick Callender, Armando Ibarra Jr., Melanie Mello, and Roy Beck (left to right) take a group photo on Friday, March 3, 2023 in Chico, Calif.

Celebrating Our 2023 Distinguished Alumni

From working on cancer treatments to advocating for farmworkers to teaching human kindness through language, the 2023 Distinguished Alumni have chosen to "Do and Dare" in a big way.

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Introducing Kyle Mason: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Fueled by a passion for science, first-generation student Kyle Mason is living out his life's dream and earning a college degree.

Portrait of Yanetli Navarro Hernandez, who is wearing blue top while her arms rest on a stool.

Introducing Yanetli Navarro-Hernandez: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Construction Industry Management student Yanetli Navarro-Hernandez wants to be a role model and encourage more women to pursue careers in construction management.

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Distinguished Alum and Nonprofit Chair Marti Sutton

Marti Sutton discovered her advocacy voice as a student at Chico State and has since worked on Capitol Hill and in community nonprofits to support causes dear to her heart.

Peyton Arnold poses in a black suit

Introducing Peyton Arnold: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Peyton Arnold has studied the impacts of feeding cover crops to livestock and served as vice president of the Chico State Sheep Association, but she's most passionate about poultry.

Hannah Hull photographed standing with trees and a rainbow structure in the background.

‘Living my dream’: Chico State Alumna Forges Path in Hollywood

Hannah Hull (Media Arts, '20) shares about her "wild ride" from Chico State to Hollywood, where she's been working on sets of films and television shows.

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Worth Sharing: Stone Lends Expertise to Multiple Publications

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

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Distinguished Alumna, Educator, and School Director Melanie Mello

Former exchange student and decorated educator Melanie Mello has been named a Chico State distinguished alumni of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Manraj Singh Randhawa poses in a gray suit.

Introducing Manraj Singh Randhawa: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Nursing student Manraj Singh Randhawa has a grand vision for his life. The Yuba City Sikh community, the Chico State School of Nursing, and more, are reaping the benefits of that vision.

Distinguished alum, CEO, and scientist, Thomas Butler

Distinguished Alum, Scientist, and CEO Thomas Butler

Thomas Butler found his passion in a Chico State lab. Today, he's the CEO of a company creating medicines designed to attack cancer and diabetes.

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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.

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Introducing Stephanie Gaito: 2023 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipient

Social work master’s student Stephanie Gaito (Social Work, ’22) is passionate about serving rural areas and giving them the proper representation they deserve.

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Office Hours with Multicultural and Gender Studies Assistant Professor Lateasha Meyers

Assistant professor Lateasha Meyers is combining her passion for art and scholarship in leadership in her teaching.

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The Birds Are Calling to You

Pssst. Pssst! The Bushtits and Spotted Towhees are trying to get your attention. Give it to them for a little while. You won't regret it.

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Fond Farewell: Retired Painter Ronald Kohl Sr.

Remembered for his humble spirit and strong work ethic, Ronald Kohl Sr. worked as a painter at Chico State for almost thirty years.

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.

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Fond Farwell: Physical Education Professor Emeritus Betty Best

After more than three decades of teaching and coaching, Betty Best is remembered by her students and peers as a gifted educator, loyal friend, and talented competitor.