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Chico State

Chico State

Founded in 1887, California State University, Chico is the second-oldest CSU campus and one of the highest-ranked master’s-level public universities in the West.

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President Steve Perez, Executive Athletic Director Anita Barker, Assistant Athletic Director Brian Ceccon, and Faculty Athletic Representative Matt Thomas (left to right) take a group photo as the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) awarded Chico State Intercollegiate Athletics with the 2023-24 Robert J. Hiegert Commissioner's Cup.

Worth Sharing: Chico State Wins Seventh Commissioner’s Cup

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

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Chico State Named One of the “Best Colleges in America” by Money Magazine

Once again, Chico State has landed a spot in Money magazine’s list of “Best Colleges in America” for 2024 with 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.

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Professor Finds Joy in Teaching, Creating ‘Aha!’ Moments in Students

In just her second year at Chico State, Laynie Case has made a positive impact through her research and eagerness to help students succeed.

Michell Armeanu is photographed against a chalkboard background, smiling into the camera.

Advisor Supports Students with Empathy to Promote Their Success 

2024's Outstanding Academic Advisor Award winner, Michell Armeanu has proven to be a dedicated, empathetic lecturer and advisor in the sociology department.

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Four Faculty Selected for Professional Achievement Honors

Spanning disciplines and diverse research specialities, four faculty model teacher-scholar achievement on campus.

Streamers soar over graduating students of the College of Agriculture and College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management at the conclusion of their Commencement ceremony.

Celebrating the Class of 2024 (Photos + Video)

Revisit the magic of the 2024 Commencement ceremonies and celebrations.

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Meet Six Inspiring Graduates from the CSU’s Class of 2024

Meet a few inspiring graduates from the CSU’s Class of 2024 and learn how the university helped them reach their educational and professional goals.

Heather Altfeld stands amid the leaves of a magnolia tree.

Fulbright Scholar to Study Rituals Surrounding Ancient Saints and Spirits

Chico State is thrilled to announce that Heather Altfeld has been awarded a Fulbright US Scholar Program Award for the 2024–25 academic year.

Let's Play Wildcat Trivia

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.

A Call to Climate Action

From Polymers to Plato: Chico State Earns Global Acclaim for Integrating Climate Change into All Subjects

Mark Stemen’s (History, ’89; Economics, ’91) nationally recognized faculty learning community platform is leading California State University’s efforts to integrate sustainability education into all programs across the system.

From left to right, Natalie Bourn, Kristen Chatham, and Finn Blacker pose in front of a Wildcat statue. Chatham holds a small trophy in her hand.

Worth Sharing: Cybersecurity and Marketing Clubs Excel on National Stage

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

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Human Resources Staff Emeritus Recognized for Contributions to Labor Relations

Dennis Frazier used his expertise in public sector labor to guide the campus through contractual and workplace issues with care and compassion.

Graham Thurgood

Linguistics Professor Emeritus Recognized for Internationally Recognized Scholarship

A leading scholar of Sino-Tibetan languages, Graham Thurgood was extensively published and established core linguistics programs at Chico State.

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Groundsworker Emerita Luisa Garza Honored for Impact on Campus, Community

Luisa Garza's passion for sustainable methods and knowledge of horticulture implemented widespread change across campus.

An illustration of Kendall Hall at Chico State, with the words 'Wildcat Conversations' written in whimsical letters above it.

Wildcat Conversations: Campus, Community Leaders on What’s Working to Address Student Housing Insecurity

In a new episode of Wildcat Conversations, we talk with leaders at the University's Basic Need’s Rapid Re-housing Program, a leader in the CSU for its comprehensive support of students who need safe housing.

David Alexander

David Alexander Named Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

A proud alumnus,Alexander holds a PhD and an MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a BS in physical science from Chico State. He has been a member of our campus community since 2014.

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Chico State to Sign Historic MOUs with Seven North State Community Colleges to Support Transfer Student Success

Chico State and seven North State community colleges are set to sign Memoranda of Understanding, facilitating streamlined transfer pathways and guaranteed admission for students pursuing bachelor’s degrees at Chico State, aiming to simplify the transition and support transfer student success within the region.

Terri Davis

Professor Emerita Transformed Special Education at Chico State and Beyond

During 25 years at Chico State, Teresa Davis influenced special education at the local and international level, with strong influence on teacher training.

North State educators gather for a two-day training to learn more about how to implement the Wildcat Guarantee.

Wildcat Guarantee Kicks Off with Education Partners Across the North State

Agreement guarantees region's students a place at their local CSU—Chico State—if they satisfy system admissions requirements by high school graduation and apply.

Jim Postma

Chemistry Professor Emeritus Honored for Scholarly Contributions, Impact on Campus

Jim Postma was a strong advocate for K-12 education, improved guidelines for community college transfers to the CSU, and was a scholar and research chemist.

Joe Crotts

Librarian Emeritus Honored for Contributions to University’s Cartography Collection, Library

Cartography expert Joe Crotts helped Chico State build one of the most comprehensive map collections in the CSU system.

Dave Ferguson

Visionary Staff Member Honored for Leadership of Programs for Historically Underserved Students

Transforming Upward Bound into TRIO, Dave Ferguson created one of the most robust social mobility programs in the nation.

Daniel Rodriguez (left) helps Robert Clement (center) and Rebecca Mitchell (right) install carbon-capture towers at the university farm.

Sponsored Programs Showcase Celebrates Innovative Research

The community is invited to learn more about the University's grant-funded research projects at the inaugural Sponsored Programs Showcase on Monday, April 15.

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Wildcat Conversations: Wine Industry Experts on Inclusion, Gen Z Marketing, and Sustainability

In a new episode of Wildcat Conversations, we learn how consumers can play a role in advancing equity, hear about the latest trends, and learn some new varietals you might want to try.    

Gary McMahon

Ardent Advocate for Historically Underserved Students Honored for Innovation, Contributions

Gary McMahon was impassioned about supporting low-income and first-generation college students with advising, peer mentoring, and a place for community.

An illustration of Kendall Hall at Chico State, with the words 'Wildcat Conversations' written in whimsical letters above it.

Wildcat Conversations, Episode 1: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

To help us learn more about where AI is going, why it’s moving so fast, and how we can think about it with more optimism than dread, we looked to three alums working at the forefront of this technological evolution.

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Climate Resilience Event Coming to Chico State

Chico State and the Butte Resilience Collaborative are hosting a 2-day climate change and resilience symposium and expo, on March 28-29, 2024 in Colusa Hall.

A rainbow flashes its colors behind Colusa Hall as a student walks down a sidewalk soaked by recent rains.

Some of Our Favorite Spring Images

Some of our favorite spring 2024 photographs, captured by University photographers Jason Halley and Matt Bates.

Portraits of Madison Gillen, Rafael Fogo, and Millie Kinnamont.

Worth Sharing: Speech and Debate Team Take Center Stage at Pi Kappa Delta Nationals

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

A graphic showing President Perez in overalls and milking a cow, with the headline "How to Milk a Cow."

How to with President Perez: Milk a Cow

In this latest episode, President Perez heads to the University Farm to join up with the Organic Dairy Unit (and Franny) to find out all about our dairy production program.

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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.

A graphic showing the headshots of all 11 recipients of the Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipients.

Celebrating Our 2024 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipients

From technology specialists and intensive care nurses to those serving multiple communities, these are the 2023-24 Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship Recipients—the best of the best at Chico State.

A model of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine is suspended from the ceiling inside the Gateway Science Museum.

Gateway Science Museum Brings da Vinci’s Creations to Life

A new exhibition features an extensive collection of full-scale machines based on Leonardo's da Vinci’s designs.

Jackson Webster dips a sampling container into Butte Creek.

Worth Sharing: Faculty-led Wildfire Research Published in Prestigious Journal

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

Jackson Webster dips a sampling container into Butte Creek.

Research in the Aftermath of the Camp Fire Reveals the Threat of Wildfires on Water Quality

Critical research by faculty at Chico State, UC Boulder, and USGS aims to identify preventative insight during future wildfires.

A graphic showing president Steve Perez posing and racing in an SAE Baja vehicle.

How To With President Perez: Baja Racing

This spring, President Steve Perez is going back to class in a series of how-to videos that explore the projects Chico State clubs and organizations are taking part in outside of the classroom.

Photos of Tatevik Avetisyan Artoonian (left) and Natalya Shkoda (right).

Worth Sharing: Professors and Students Impress on State, National, Global Levels

A listing of professional achievements by Chico State faculty, staff, and students.

Photo illustration of Leslie Cornick

Chico State Names Leslie Cornick Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Known for her leadership, commitment to inclusivity, and innovative academic and student success initiatives, Cornick will start January 31.

Our top images of 2023

University photographers Jason Halley and Matt Bates have had a busy year, including photographing 633 assignments and capturing more than 28,000 photos.