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Twin sisters embrace on a bench. One is sitting on the bench while the other sits on the arm rest and places her arms around her sisters shoulders.

Identical Twins Follow Different Dreams

Relying on each other for support, Vanessa and Viviana Mendoza discover their own identity in college.

Stylish photo of Armando Ibarra next to words that say 2023 Distinguished Alumni Honoree

Distinguished Alum and Farmworker Rights Advocate Armando Ibarra

Armando Ibarra (Sociology, Spanish, ’99; MA, Public Administration, ’02) is being honored as the 2023 Distinguished Alumni of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Santa Clara county public defender Cesilia Fernandez sits at her desk in her office

Six Questions with Alumna and Santa Clara County Public Defender Cesilia Fernandez 

Cesilia Fernandez, a Chico State alum who graduated with dual bachelor's degrees in Spanish and International Relations, now works as a public defender in Santa Clara County.

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.

Fond Farewell: Retired Spanish Professor Denise Minor

A curious intellectual with contagious enthusiasm, Denise Minor delighted in teaching Spanish and encouraging bilingualism in a joyful manner.

Armando Ibarra poses and smiles with trees in the background.

5 Questions with Alumnus Armando Ibarra

Since his days at Chico State, alumnus Armando Ibarra has remained a staunch advocate for the rights of farmworkers throughout his career.