University lands big gift

Philanthropist uses $2 million to establish scholarship

Last week, Dan Giustina, managing general partner of Giustina Resources, a timber-products company based in Oregon, visited Chico for a ceremony celebrating his donation—the largest scholarship gift in the university’s history.

He made the donation in honor of his friend Tom Bell, a late local rancher who died in 1987. Beginning next year, the Bell Family Presidential Scholarship Endowment will provide two students in the university’s College of Agriculture with $5,000. In subsequent years, up to four new students each will receive the annual scholarship.

In tragic news on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 27), Chico State student Pa Houa Lor, an 18-year-old sophomore, was struck by a large oak-tree limb while sitting on a bench near Butte Hall. Lor, of Chico, succumbed to her injuries at Enloe Medical Center.