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Cole Richards

Cole Richards

Cole Richards was the social media intern for University Communications. They graduated in the spring of 2018 with a bachelor's degree in political science with an option in legal studies, and paralegal certification.

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The (Wild)Cat is Out of the Bag!

On April 19, 2018, Chico State celebrated its inaugural Wildcat Spirit Day with the unveiling of something "wild": a bronze Wildcat statue!

We asked Wildcats one question... Why did you choose Chico?

Why Choose Chico? We asked, you answered!

Why Choose Chico? The answers are unlimited! We spoke with alums and current students alike, and they gave us the reasons why they chose Chico as the place to call home. From the beautiful region, to the quality education, you can hear more of these inspiring and heartfelt stories at Choose Chico Day, Saturday, April 7, […]

Actresses in long white dresses rehearse on an elaborate set design.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Come True

Don’t miss your chance to see the elaborate production during the show’s run at Wismer Theatre (PAC 135), March 8–11 and March 13–15 with evening and weekend matinee performances.

Kyle Bailey sets up audio equipment for a grand piano

The Musical Machine

Alum Kyle Bailey, a fall 2017 graduate who earned his music major with a recording arts option, has taken on the mission of creating music for the world to experience and appreciate.

Dylan Gray

If you had a day with Dylan Gray, what would you ask? What would he say?

Get to know your Associated Students president, Dylan Gray, in an up close and personal Q&A.

Come & Visit Chico

One week, 7 Reasons—Get Ready for Chico Preview Day 2017!

You are invited to attend Chico Preview Day! This premier fall open house offers prospective Fall 2018 undergraduate students and their families an opportunity to visit Chico State and experience firsthand our true college town environment. But in case you're on the fence about attending this all inclusive event, here are seven reasons we should see YOU at Chico Preview Day 2017!

Willie high fives a new first year student.

Wildcat Welcome 2017—That’s a Wrap!

Welcome (back) to school, Wildcats! From the first day of school that couldn't be "eclipsed" to everyone having a "splash" at ShipWREC'ed, here is your recap of Chico State Wildcat Welcome 2017!

Student shows off his Chico State t-shirt.

5 Ways to Wear Wildcat Gear

Wildcat cats are the paws-down most fashionable felines in the CSU. With so many options from our Wildcat Store, we threw together 5 fresh looks students can rock this upcoming school year!

Big Chico Creek flows between tree-lined banks.

“Can” and “Can’ts” for Wildcats

There are plenty of activities students can—and can't—do for fun and free time on campus during the summer. From pets on campus to putting your feet in the water of Big Chico Creek, we have answered some campus policy questions you may not have thought to ask!

Lara Tenckhoff smiles backstage of Laxson Auditorium.

Honored in the Arts: Meet Student Leader, Actor, Director and Mom—Lara Tenckhoff

Follow the story of budding director, actor, student leader, and mother Lara Tenckhoff as she answers the question “what do I really want?”

Students walk in the Sutter Courtyard.

Living-Learning Communities: Chico State Housing Gets a ‘Remodel’

University Housing has just gotten a 'remodel,' with new and improved themed housing! So, what is themed housing?

An image of Kendall Hall is photographed with Willie the Wildcat superimposed across.

Willie the Wildcat and the Seven Reasons to #ChooseChico (Plus One More)

Let us take you on the magical journey of Willie the Wildcat as he explores the seven reasons to #ChooseChico, plus one more.

A member of the audience hold Gloria Steinem's book, "My Life on the Road."

‘In All Her Gloria’ Gallery

Browse through the photo gallery highlighting Gloria Steinem's visit to Chico State for the 2017 Book in Common.

A group of students hold signs with positive messages on them.

Becoming An Activist

What does it mean to be an activist? Learn the tools to speak your truth, starting from the "grassroots" up!

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Top Posts of 2016

The year 2016 has come to a close! Last year witnessed so many monumental moments on and off campus, it was a difficult task trying to swim through the sea of posts that made up 2016. What made our job easier was listening to the responses of our followers and viewers, giving us insight into the events […]

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2016 Taught Me…

Wildcats share the lessons they learned from 2016 that they will carry into the new year.

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Refresh, Rest, It’s Time For De-Stress Fest!

This semester has been quite possibly the most intense to date. With an accumulated level of stress from work, class, and all the rest, it’s really time for the semi-annual De-Stress Fest to commence. This week-long event will bring the relaxation resources directly to the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) for students to enjoy before exams! […]

A graphic stating "Halloween The Wildcat Way."

Chicoween #Winning

From favorite activities to custom costumes, here's your guide to Chicoween #winning the Wildcat Way!

Mason Jars and Chico Experience Week booklets decorate the tables.

The Chico Experience, Queer Week, Greek Week Galore!

Here's your recap gallery on all things Chico Experience, Queer Week, and Greek Week!

A flyer for The Chico Experience Week on October 7-16, 2016.

The Chico Experience Week Preview

The schedule for The Chico Experience Week is jam-packed with more than 90 events on campus and in the community, so here is a preview of some of our top picks for the 10 days to come.

My First Week…

Transfer student sheds light on their experience bridging from community college to Chico State.

The Colors of Chico State

National College Colors Day led us to discover all of the colors that make Chico State

Chico State’s #MyTopCollege Recap

With the conclusion of Forbes Magazine's #MyTopCollege campaign, see why Chico State is our top college...

Hungry Wildcats Can Eat Well

Confronting food insecurity on campus, Hungry Wildcats take matters into their own paws.

Burning For Something To Do

Tips for staying busy and beating the heat in Chico this summer.