The Orion

Senior Spotlight: An Orionite’s farewell to Chico State

Nicole Santos says farewell to her last four years at Chico State. Photo courtesy of Annie Page
May 12, 2015

It feels like just yesterday I was moving into my dorm in Sutter Hall. Now I’m decorating my cap for the commencement ceremony on Saturday. This semester, I interviewed 18 diverse seniors for...

Senior Spotlight: Entrepreneur creates app to transform how people donate

Chase Palmieri, a senior entrepreneurship and small business management major, plans to change the way people donate through a simple app he created called SlideSocial. Photo credit: Nicole Santos
May 6, 2015

Growing up with parents who’ve always created their own successful businesses, Chase Palmieri, a senior entrepreneurship and small business management major, knew that there was a benefit to being...

Senior Spotlight: Q&A with nutrition majors who landed internships

Senior Spotlight: Q&A with nutrition majors who landed internships
April 29, 2015

Applying for a dietetic internship is a highly competitive process. However, two Chico State students received a match. In the past four years, the national match rate has been 50 percent because of...

Senior Spotlight: Q&A with future teachers

Michelle Brathovd, senior liberal studies major. Photo credit: Nicole Santos
April 23, 2015

Two graduating seniors are among those who conquered the application process and were admitted into Chico State’s teaching credential program. The process takes a lot of preparation, and it is best...

Senior Spotlight: Student engineers promising future

Victoria Goernert, a senior civil engineering major (fifth from the right), has participated in the Steel Bridge Competition for the past two years. Photo courtesy of Victoria Goernert.
April 12, 2015

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Burj Khalifa in Dubai caught Victoria Goernert’s eye in an instant. “I’ve always marveled at bridges and large buildings and how they were...

Senior Spotlight: Belly dancer twirls onto center stage

Vanessa Ricketson, senior business administration major with an option in accounting, shows off her moves with lethal weapons at the
April 6, 2015

Just like ballet, belly dancing has its own language, and Vanessa Ricketson has been studying this language for 22 years. “My mom taught me belly rolls for fun when I was 5 years old,” she said....

Senior Spotlight: Student keeps radio music philosophy in tune

Angel Huracha, a senior public relations major, is inspired by artists such as David Bowie and Bob Dylan while he works as KCSC's music director. Photo courtesy of Angel Huracha.
April 2, 2015

Angel Huracha doesn’t have a musical preference. If it makes his heart beat, his leg move and his head swing, he’s sold. “Usually this is the part in the interview when someone rips country...

Senior Spotlight: Scientist pursues passion for cancer research, animal care

Natalie Holmberg-Douglas,  a senior biochemistry and animal science major, is working with multiple colleges at Chico State to work with animals and research cures for cancer. Photo courtesy of Natalie Holmberg-Douglas.
March 24, 2015

While most kids prefer to play with dolls, Natalie Holmberg-Douglas preferred her microscope. Holmberg-Douglas, a senior biochemistry and animal science major, is part of a research group in the...

Senior Spotlight: Livin’ la vida dorm life

Caleb Meyer, a senior liberal studies major, has lived in a dorm throughout his entire college career. Photo credit: Ryan Pressey
March 20, 2015

How many college seniors can say they have lived on campus every year since being a first-year student, in three different dormitories? Very few. Caleb Meyer, a senior liberal studies major, has been...

Strong faith enables student to succeed

Nicollette Singleton, senior nursing major, is dedicating her summer to social work in Nicaragua. Photo credit: Malik Payton
March 13, 2015

This summer Nicollette Singleton will get on a plane, step out of her comfort zone and go to another country with the guidance of the big man upstairs. Singleton, a senior nursing major and Chico local,...

Senior Spotlight: Inspired to protect and serve

Amanda Lincoln, a senior criminal justice major, wants to follow in her family's footsteps and has been taking steps toward becoming a law enforcement officer. Photo credit: Malik Payton
March 6, 2015

Jumping a five-foot wall and completing pushups and situps in under a minute aren’t tasks one must complete for a Chico State exam. However, it is what Amanda Lincoln does to prepare for her future...

Senior Spotlight: Student won’t let environment go to waste

Mitch Hayes, a senior business project management major and managing for sustainability minor, has used his passion for nature to aid his five semesters of success in sustainability programs at Chico State. Photo credit: Malik Payton
February 26, 2015

Whether Mitchell Hayes is camping or enjoying his favorite local park, it's hard for him not to notice the pervasive presence of waste in the environment. "I notice myself upset and troubled when...

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