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Wildcat Trivia: Sustainability

Test your knowledge of sustainability at Chico State and why we're known for our green thumb.

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Class Notes: Spring 2024

The Wildcat family continues to reach milestones. Alumni share professional and personal updates for spring 2024.

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Wildcat Conversations: Ultramarathoners on Living Life with the Long Run In Mind

Alumni and ultramarathoners Tim Tollefson, Jimmy Elam, and Anthony Costales—three of the fastest in the world—share how they stay disciplined and dedicated to their craft.

A collage of photos arranged in a scrapbook design show off a range of clubs at Chico State.

Somewhere to Belong: Celebrating Student Clubs at Chico State

Student clubs have helped Wildcats find their place on campus for generations—and they’re as impactful as ever.

Students Angela Arguelles (left), Christian Hutson (right), representing Women of Excellence and Men of Chico, hold up signs in support of Giving Day 2024 at Chico State.

President’s Column: Thank You, Wildcats

This year, on March 6, more than 3,900 University students, staff, faculty, friends, alumni, and supporters came together to raise more than $1.2 million for Chico State—in just one day!

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Celebrating Our 2024 Distinguished Alumni

Not only do the 2024 Distinguished Alumni honorees reflect our longstanding University values, but they have led exceptional lives and made a profound impact through their careers.

Jon Krabbenschmidt

Distinguished Alumnus and Business Professional Jon Krabbenschmidt

After 30 years working in the tax, accounting, and affordable housing industries, Jon Krabbenschmidt manages a real estate and development business.

A black and white headshot of Tom Carter with the words, '2024 Distinguished Alumni Honoree' written in white text across a red banner.

Educator, Record-Setting Goalkeeper, and Distinguished Alumni Tom Carter 

Following his passion for math, physical education, and sports, Tom Carter is making a significant impact at Chico State and in the surrounding community.

Distinguished Alumna Kimberly Bacigalupo

Distinguished Alumna and Sierra Nevada Brewery Quality Manager Kimberly Bacigalupo

Chemistry alumna Kimberly Bacigalupo is diversifying the brewing industry from the inside out.

Distinguished Alum and and Vice President of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group Cristina Chavez

Distinguished Alumna and Vice President of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group Cristina Chavez

Cristina Chavez's confidence grew during her time at Chico State. The 2024 Distinguished Alumni honoree's charm, wisdom, and humility has lifted her to the top of the music industry.

The Chico State mascot, "Willie," holds a Giving Day sign and waves to the camera.

Chico State’s Annual Giving Day Returns on March 6

Chico State's annual 24-hour fundraising event, Giving Day, is scheduled for March 6, 2026. Donors can support more than 160 groups and programs.

Emerson Reyes, Jasmine Reyes Rodas, Areni Rodas, and Liam Reyes Rodas, 2 (left to right) as prospective students are welcomed to campus to learn about academic programs, explore facilities, and establish community at the Choose Chico event on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Inaugural Día de la Familia welcomes Latinx families

Día de la Familia is designed to engage and empower Latinx families and their students who are curious about the college planning process and interested in attending Chico State.

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Distinguished Alumni and Corporate Partner Stuart Casillas

Lean into classes, reflect on what's important, absorb the wisdom around you. University Foundation Board member Stuart Casillas delivers his insight.

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Chico State’s Grand Finale for Black History Month: Victory in Unity Celebration

Chico's annual Victory in Unity event is community-wide celebration of Black history and culture.

Distinguished Alum and California Farm Bureau President Shannon Douglass

Distinguished Alumna and California Farm Bureau President Shannon Douglass

The organization’s first woman President is driven to succeed by those who blazed trails for her and those who will follow.

Student Olicia Johnson smiles as she looks away from the camera while she's wearing a blue blouse in front of a beige studio background.

Passion Leads Chico Native to Find Path in Computer Science

A love of coding and her hometown led Olivia Johnson to pursue her degree at Chico State. "I have finally found my path..." she said.

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‘Elevating Black Excellence’ the Focus of Tipping Point Student Success Summit

The event brings together the University community to explore data around student success and learn how innovations in teaching and support services can make a critical difference.

President Perez shares a laugh with a group of students on the first week of school after asking them their majors and what made them choose Chico.

President’s Column: 6 of My Favorite Moments from 2023

President Steve Perez reflects on his first six months on the job and shares some of his favorite moments.

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Class Notes: Fall 2023

The Wildcat family continues to reach milestones. Alumni share professional and personal updates for fall 2023.

President Steve Perez runs through Expressions Dance team with raised pom poms as the campus community enjoys the Alumni and Family Weekend BBQ barbecue as part of Wildcat Weekend

We are Making a Good First Impression

A note from a parent after Wildcat Weekend impresses upon President Steve Perez the value of every interaction with prospective students and their families.

Anthony Costales runs during the 2023 Western States 100 while donning his Chico State cross country jersey.

Ultramarathon Alum Leans on Wildcat Crew

A one-pound iced lemon loaf is not an obvious snack for someone running a 100-mile endurance race, but you can't argue with Anthony Costales' results. The Chico State distance running alum relied on those calories and his Wildcats crew to finish 3rd at this year's Western States 100.

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AI: The Business of Change

Three alumni working in different areas of the AI space share their stories of change that led to careers at the edge of a new frontier.

President Perez

Now Introducing: Steve Perez

Chico State’s 13th president is not only our “Cheerleader in Chief"—he foxtrots, loves coaching, and brings a deep family connection to education into a role he’s been building toward since the sixth grade.

Siblings Anna Rose Alexander and Josh Funk

Sibling Collaboration Spans Disciplines and CSU Campuses

A cross-discipline, multi-campus collaboration between Chico State and Cal State East Bay is made more special because the faculty involved are siblings.

A portrait of Michele Thorpe taken in the offices of the North Valley Community Foundation.

Thorpe Leads Throng of Chico State Alumni Caring for Community Youth in Crisis

Chico State is producing great neighbors in the North State. One shining example: The North Valley Community Foundation’s CARE Team, created to connect struggling kids to caring adults and vital resources. The team, 16 deep, is led by alumna Michele Thorpe and includes 12 other Chico State grads.

People are gathered on the lawn in front of Kendall Hall, which decorated with lights, balloons, and a bouncy house in honor of Homecoming Weekend.

President’s Column: Excitement Builds For Wildcat Weekend

Embracing the cooler weather and beautiful seasonal changes, President Steve Perez is excited about the upcoming celebrations planned for Wildcat Weekend.

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Chico State Builds on Last Year’s Success With 2023 Wildcat Weekend

Events for Wildcat Weekend 2023 will take place from Thursday, October 12 through Saturday, October 14.

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Increased Enrollment at Chico State Benefits the Entire Community

President Steve Perez discusses why increased in enrollment is good for the University and the community of Chico.

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Chico State’s Efforts to Advance Post-Graduate Education Recognized Nationally

Chico State’s Office of Graduate Studies received two multi-million-dollar grants from the Department of Education and was recognized by a national educational organization.

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Chico State Excels in Money Magazine’s ‘Best of 2023’ Rankings

Chico State continues making its mark on national rankings, including the most recent from Money magazine.

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Fond Farewell: Professor Emeritus Charles “Chuck” Price

Few faculty members have had the wide-reaching influence and reputation that Charles Price enjoyed as a political scientist specializing in California government.

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California State University Honored with Innovation Award for Faculty Learning Community Led by Chico State Professor

Geography and Planning professor Mark Stemen has been honored by a national organization for his tireless work to bring sustainability to more than just science classes.

Dawn Frank wears a bright red dress and smiles as she poses for a photo while holding a trophy and plaque

Celebrating Dawn Frank: 2022’s Outstanding MPP of the Year

Running three different centers on campus while living out her values, Dawn Frank epitomizes excellence in management—and caring for those around her.

Colleen Milligan and other members of the Human ID lab stand grimly planning in the lab as they prepare to go out and search for human remains during the Camp Fire.

2023–24 California State Budget Includes Funding for New Human Identification Laboratory at Chico State

The 2023–24 state budget calls for a $3 million allocation to secure bonds that will fund a new facility.

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Alumni of Human Identification Lab Attest to Its Influence

Alumni of the Human Identification Laboratory have added their voices to the refrain asking legislators to ensure a line item for a new facility makes its way to the final budget.

Football Alumni Raise Funds for Athletics Scholarships

The Wildcat Football Alumni Board plans to award five scholarships during its annual summer gathering and fundraiser.

Alt text: Treyton Wood works on the Baja vehicle, wearing safety goggles.

Off-Road Vehicle Club Drives Mechanical Engineering Major Toward His Dream Career

Treyton Wood has devoted the last five years of his undergraduate experience to national competition of off-road vehicles. As a real-world, hands-on learning experience, it was foundational for his education.

Faculty Ashley Kendell (left) and P. Willey (right) work in the Anthropology Department Human Identification Laboratory.

New Facility for University’s Human Identification Laboratory Included in California State Budget May Revise

Facility will provide critical upgrades for the only full-time forensic anthropology lab in the state to support its investigations, disaster response and law enforcement training.

A photograph taken in 1981 featuring student employees at the on-campus radio station, KCSC.

KCSC Radio Alumna Reflects on Chico’s Music Scene During the ’80s

Free-spirited alumna Toni Smith chose to come to Chico on a whim and ended up following her dream of becoming an underground DJ here.

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Reflections on Retirement

University President Gayle Hutchison reflects on her storied tenure as Chico State's top official, during her final semester.