American Language & Culture Immersion at CSU, Chico
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American Language and Culture Immersion ~ ALCI Chico

Regional & Continuing Education
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, California USA 95929-0250

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• Telephone: 530-898-6821

• Fax: 530-898-5668

Our Faculty & Staff

Alisa Plath, Administrative & Student Services Coordinator 

Alisa joined the ALCI team in March 2018, shortly after moving Alisa Plath a member of the ALCI teamto Chico from Sonoma County, California. She received a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Mills College in Oakland, California, and an M.A. in International Development from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. During her time as a college student, she spent three semesters studying abroad in the Netherlands, Italy, and Thailand, and traveled extensively during that time. The opportunity to travel and explore the world as a part of her education cemented Alisa’s love of exploring new cultures and she believes it can be a powerful addition to classroom learning. Working at ALCI is an opportunity for her to help facilitate that for international students looking for similar experiences in the United States. Prior to starting at ALCI, Alisa worked and volunteered in a variety of nonprofit organizations both in the United States and abroad.

In her free time, Alisa is an avid hiker and backpacker. After completing a 700-mile solo backpacking trip on the east coast of the United States in 2015, she is committed to exploring more of her home country and looks forward to having many more outdoor adventures in the future. She also spends her time working in the garden and taking her dog out on adventures.

James Morris, Academic Coordinator

James Morris, Academic CoordinatorJames (he likes to be called Jamie) grew up in a small town in the mountains of Northern California. At age 18, he moved to Germany for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and then went on to study German and Spanish at Butte College and CSU, Chico. In 2014, he graduated with a B.A. in German Language and Literature before moving back to Germany where he studied linguistics for a year at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Jamie completed his M.A. in Teaching International Languages as well as a graduate TESOL certificate at CSU, Chico.

Since 2016, Jamie has been teaching beginning German at Chico State. He also teaches the Bilingualism in North America course and ESL courses for the American Language & Culture Immersion (ALCI), and and has served as ALCI’s academic coordinator since March 2019. Jamie loves working with international students and teaching language and he feels very fortunate to be able to do both on a daily basis.

Jamie lives in Chico with his wife and young daughter. In his spare time, Jamie enjoys reading about linguistics, natural history, and gardening. He also loves spending time in the outdoors. Whether he is hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, or hunting he enjoys simply getting out there and exploring.

Recreation Counselors and Student Staff

The ALCI Chico program benefits from the hard work of our student recreational counselors and staff. This team of CSU, Chico student assistants help out in the ALCI office and serve as recreation leaders and advisors to the ALCI students. Rec leaders provide general assistance to our students through peer-support and facilitate structured learning and leisure activities. We encourage you to meet our rec leaders and get involved with the many activities we have planned.

Lauren Meichtry has studied at Chico State since 2017, majoring Lauren Meichtryin visual communication studies. Joining ALCI in 2018 as a recreation counselor, she helps international students feel at home by expanding their experience of American culture. Lauren has also been involved in ETS, a campus club that supports low-income students, and the Tiny House Club, a campus group that advocates and builds temporary housing for the local homeless. Lauren’s experiences have helped her to actively connect and participate in the community. Lauren is also a Chico local who knows the area well. In her free time she enjoys trying new things, making art, and meeting new people.

Julie Gentle is from Humboldt County located at the very top of Julie GentleCalifornia. She started studying here at Chico State in 2016 and is majoring in Communication Studies. Julie became a part of ALCI in 2018 as a recreation counselor. She went through a similar program as ALCI when she studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico for three months in 2015. She has a passion for learning about different cultures. On her free time Julie enjoys exploring Bidwell Park, camping, hanging out with friends and going to concerts.

Navpreet Atwal is from San Jose, California located in the beautiful South Bay, and has attended Chico State since 2012. She joined the ALCI staff September, 2012 as a student assistant. Her daily duties include processing applications, answering phone calls, and assisting students in questions or concerns they may have. Navpreet plans to graduate from Chico State with a bachelor's degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner. When she is not in the ALCI office or studying for a class, Navpreet likes to spend time reading, cooking, volunteering, and chatting with friends. Navpreet is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, Spanish, and English. She hopes to one day travel the world, putting her knowledge and experience to use!