Top 15 Chico State Moments of 2015

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From the stunning super blood moon rising above campus to the oldest California State University graduate, here are some of the stories you made most popular across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and our official blog, in no particular order. If visualized data is more your thing, check out our 2015 Year in Review infographic!

Campus Tour in 90 Seconds

CSU, Chico Campus in 90 SecondsUsain Bolt is quick, but our hyperlapse is quicker! Are you ready for the fastest run through campus you’ve ever experienced? Prepare yourself for a 90 second tour of our campus core!

Posted by California State University, Chico on Friday, January 16, 2015

Zoom through campus with this hyperlapse tour of the campus core. This video received nearly 141,500 views on Facebook and YouTube, making it our most popular of the year.

Super Blood Moon


The super blood moon was our most popular post of the year across all social media platforms and was seen by more than one million people!

Marriage Equality

This photo celebrating the US Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage was our second most popular post (after the super blood moon) on Facebook and Twitter this year.

Chico State: Then and Now

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This interactive rephotographic series posted to our blog in December explored Chico State’s past in comparison to the present using archive photos from Meriam Library. It quickly became the most-viewed post of the year and has currently been seen by more than 5,000 people.

Part-Time Cupids Spread the Love

Happy Valentine’s Day, Chico State!Happy Valentine’s Day, Wildcats! Watch seniors and part-time cupids Tony and Steven spread some love on campus!

Posted by California State University, Chico on Saturday, February 14, 2015

Seniors and part-time cupids Tony and Steven had everyone on campus feeling the love last Valentine’s Day.

A Diploma and a Surprise

Tonight’s graduate commencement ceremonies were full of inspiring words, moving moments, and a big surprise for one…

Posted by California State University, Chico on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Our fans loved this Commencement surprise photo from May.

#DearMe: Chico State’s Class of 2015 Reflects


We asked 2015 graduates what advice they could give their freshman self. The reflections were a mix of silly (“Naps,” declares one senior), practical (“Go to class, ALL THE TIME”), and inspiring (“Don’t let others kill your spark for life and for adventure.”)

Oldest Alum

Lynn Balmer (center) is 107 years old and graduated from Chico State Teachers College in 1927! She is the California…

Posted by California State University, Chico on Tuesday, February 3, 2015

When oldest California State University alum Lynn Balmer graduated in 1927, the biggest world news was Charles Lindbergh’s solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic!

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve: ‘Where Education Meets the Land’

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Seasonal hikes, outdoor education classes, species spotting excursions, these are just a few of the things you can do on the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico State’s 3,950 acre outdoor lab, spotlighted on our blog in July.

Lightning Strikes

Lightning strikes above the Student Services Center as a strong storm passed over campus. (📷 photo by @jasonhalley_csu)

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A thunderstorm in November allowed our university photographer to capture some striking photos of campus. Click here to see another image of lightning over the Wildcat Recreation Center.

Big “C” Class Photo


In August, our incoming freshman and transfer students posed for their traditional big “C” class photo, a big hit on Instagram.

Muralist Returns to Recreate Campus Landmark

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Artist and alum John Pugh returned in October to reinstall his iconic 1981 mural, Academe, on the east wall of the new Arts and Humanities Building. See photos of the re-installation here.

An Unexpected Guest

What a hoot! This unexpected wildlife sighting was popular on Twitter and Instagram this year.

Gus Manolis Bridge Reopens

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The Gus Manolis Bridge reopened on November 16 with a ceremonial stroll across Big Chico Creek led by Chico State President Paul Zingg and members of the Manolis family. See a full gallery of photos here.

Campus Shows Love for Chico’s Fall Colors

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The fall season inspired many to show their love and appreciation for Chico State and the surrounding community on social media. We compiled some of our favorite in this popular blog post.