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

Nicole Santos

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 my column and wrote about their experiences at Chico State, postgraduation plans and passions. Now...

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

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 an entrepreneur. “My dad and my mom are both serial entrepreneurs,” he said. “So from a young ag...

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

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

Nicole Santos

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 the shortage of available internship spots. The general dietetics option from Chico State is approved...

Senior Spotlight: Q&A with future teachers

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

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 to organize and plan ahead. There are many different pathways in the credential program, and each has a specific process to follow in order to a...

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.

Nicole Santos

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 built,” she said. “I knew from a young age that I would love to do that.” Goernert, a senior civil engineering major, has participated i...

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

Nicole Santos

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. “She wasn’t a belly dancer — she just knew how.” Ricketson, a senior business administrat...

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.

Nicole Santos

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 music or teenybopper central,” he said. “But I would be lying if I didn't break into a Britney Spears tune or admit that Dolly Parton is m...

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.

Nicole Santos

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 chemistry department that is conducting cancer research. “I work with Dr. Arpin and am working on a proje...

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

Nicole Santos

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 a resident adviser for the past three years. “My freshman year, I lived in Esken Hall at north camp...

Strong faith enables student to succeed

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

Nicole Santos

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, is spending May 21 to Aug. 10 in Nicaragua doing social work counseling abused women. “Personally, I have neve...

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

Nicole Santos

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 career. Lincoln, a senior criminal justice major, is in the process of pursuing a law enforcement career after graduation and following in the footsteps of her famil...

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

Nicole Santos

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 human waste impedes on my ability to appreciate the elegance of nature," Hayes said. "Being able to enjo...

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