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Chico State Hosts Events Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Black History Month

Chico State is collaborating with the City of Chico for the community’s 42nd annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Fond Farewell: Retired Painter Ronald Kohl Sr.

Remembered for his humble spirit and strong work ethic, Ronald Kohl Sr. worked as a painter at Chico State for almost thirty years.

Distinguished Alum and Strategic Architect Kimate Richards

Distinguished Alum and Strategic Architect Kimate Richards

Veteran and alum Kimate Richards designs cutting-edge smart technology while making time to give back to his community.

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Fond Farwell: Physical Education Professor Emeritus Betty Best

After more than three decades of teaching and coaching, Betty Best is remembered by her students and peers as a gifted educator, loyal friend, and talented competitor.

Student Yarely Contreras sits with one foot up on a tree retaining wall made of bricks as she looks onto into the distance.

Chico State Program Encourages Students to Give Back Home

Chico State's Giving Back Home program offers support and resources to students looking to make a difference in their hometowns.

Lindsey Nenadal, professor in Child Development (CHLD) (left) and Courtney Peria (right) work closely with the Boys and Girls Club of North Valley, focusing on long-term support for families that have been impacted by wildfires.

Professor Pens Wildfire Playbook to Guide Community Preparedness

Lindsey Nenadal spent two years leading the development and publication of a 'Wildfire Playbook' that is now available for download.

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Gateway Science Museum Exhibit Takes Visitors on a Water Drop’s Extreme Journey

The Gateway Science Museum's newest exhibit, "Water's Extreme Journey," explores the water cycle, while water cycle works, while asking critical questions about the choices we make in our everyday lives.

Narcippa Teague poses with his daughters Lisa and Lizette, who are each holding a copy of the book Teague wrote about their experiences together. The full front cover of the book is shown at right.

5 Questions with Author, Alum, and Superhero While he Sleeps, Narcippa Teague

Chico State graduate and former men's basketball player Narcippa Teague shares about his new children's book and new outlook on life.

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Worth Sharing: Cross Country Student-Athletes Honored for Work in the Classroom

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

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Distinguished Alum and Owner of Advantage Therapy Services Haley Willis

Haley Willis, CEO and founder of Advantage Therapy Services in Chico, is helping advance the field of speech-language pathology. She is being honored as the 2023 Distinguished Alumni of the College of Communications and Education.

Alumna Ashira Solomon smiles for a portrait..

Chico State Helps Pave Way for Alumna Now Living in Israel

In November, alumna Ashira Solomon was invited to be the presenter and moderator for the Reykjavík Global Forum – Women Political Leaders in Iceland.

Joel Solis sits and smiles for the camera while holding a photograph he took. His painting of a Latina street vendor is seen in the background.

BFA Graduate Drawn to Chico State’s Art Program

Inspired by his culture, BFA graduate Joel Solis dedicated his culminating exhibition to Latino street vendors around Butte County.

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Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Partners with CalTrout, Mechoopda for Native Fish Passage Restoration Project in Bidwell Park

The University's Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve is partnering with agencies, such as CalTrout and the Mechoopda Indian Tribe, on a native fish passage restoration project in Bidwell Park.

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Worth Sharing: Meriam Library Staff Co-Author Article

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

Stylish photo of Armando Ibarra next to words that say 2023 Distinguished Alumni Honoree

Distinguished Alum and Farmworker Rights Advocate Armando Ibarra

Armando Ibarra (Sociology, Spanish, ’99; MA, Public Administration, ’02) is being honored as the 2023 Distinguished Alumni of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

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Chico State Announces New Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Stephen Perez, a longtime educator and administrator in the California State University system, will serve as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Expanding Collaborations in Latin America: Dean of College of Agriculture Visits Chile

College of Agriculture Dean Patricia Stock visited several academic and research institutions to exchange knowledge about the myriad challenges agriculture is facing in Mediterranean climate regions—like those in California and Chile.

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.

Fond Farewell: Marketing Professor Emeritus Kenny Chan

In addition to his passion for teaching and scholarship, Kenny Chan is remembered for his wit, wisdom, and kindness to all.

Stylish photo of Rick Callender next to words that say 2023 Distinguished Alumni Honoree

Distinguished Alum and Valley Water District CEO Rick Callender

Rick Callender (Industrial Technology, ’94) is being honored by Chico State with this year's Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Alumni William "Chris" Park, a marriage and family therapist, is photographed in front of his desk and bookshelf in his Chico office.

5 Questions with Alum and Marriage and Family Therapist Chris Park

Marriage and family therapist Chris Park shares his appreciation for his Chico State education and provides a glimpse into his experiences as an MFT.

Ben Chang stands on rocks and smiles because he likes it so much

Wildland Management Master’s Student Driven to Preserve Natural Spaces

Alum and current wildlands management master’s student Ben Chang is dedicating his life to battling climate change and mentoring the next generation of environmental stewards.

Alumna Allison Ivie leans on a wall as she smiles and poses for a photograph.

5 Questions with Alumna and Vice President of Center Road Solutions Allison Ivie

Inspired by her mother, alumna Allison Ivie has made a career of advocating and empowering organizations that help women and families.

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Our 10 Favorite Chico State Today Stories of 2022

The editors of Chico State Today choose their favorite stories of 2022.

Alumna Ava Bloom

5 Questions with Chico State Alumna and Business Owner Ava Moon

Chico State graduate and local artist, Ava Bloom, channels her independent spirit, commitment to sustainability, and love for creating art into new vintage boutique.

Concrete Industry Management Students Take the Lead on Community Service Project

Students from Chico State’s Concrete Industry Management program have managed the construction of a new parking lot at the Chico Islamic Center.

Gretta Kirkby and two of her fellow interns pose in gloves, lab coats, masks, and face shields.

Student-Athlete Captures CalHOPE Courage Award

Gretta Kirkby, winner of the CalHOPE Courage Award, is using the opportunity to remind her peers to reach out for help if they need it.

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Worth Sharing: Psychology Faculty’s Work Appears on ‘Best of 2022’ List

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

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Provost Debra Larson Announces Her Retirement

Provost Debra Larson is retiring immediately, citing health and family reasons.

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‘Beauty in the Chaos’: Fulbright Scholar’s Focus on Gemstone Trade in Sri Lanka

Anthropology faculty Brian Brazeal navigated the global pandemic and political unrest as he went to Sri Lanka to document the country's gemstone trade as part of his Fulbright Scholar Award.

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Office Hours with Criminal Justice Faculty and Rural Issues Researcher Amy Magnus

A passion for justice and activism has always been part of criminal justice professor Amy Magnus' identity. Now, she's sharing it with the next generation of changemakers.

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Chico State Brightens Holiday Season for Butte County Families Through ‘Joy of Giving’

Chico State’s University Farm Pavilion lit up with smiles and holiday cheer on Tuesday evening, as the University came together for the 32nd Joy of Giving.

Max Cordeiro, Chico State’s inaugural Human Resources Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Recruitment and Retention Specialist, poses on the patio outside of Laxson Auditorium. He is smiling joyfully and wearing a yellow Hawaiin-style collared shirt featuring blue and orange flowers. Kendall Hall and lush green plants are in the background.

New HR Specialist Advances Campus EDI Goals

College opened Maximilian “Max” Cordeiro's world. He's working to create similar experiences for others as Chico State’s inaugural Human Resources EDI Specialist.

Professor Mark Stemen poses for a photo with Chico State President Gayle Hutchin as they hold the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Campus Sustainability Achievement Award.

Chico State Professor Helps Reshape How CSUs Teach About Climate Change

Chico State Professor Mark Stemen's Faculty Learning Community earns coveted sustainability award for helping CSUs integrate climate change topics in classrooms.

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Fond Farewell: Communication Sciences and Disorders Major Dani Senico

Loving her first semester at Chico State, Dani Senico was passionate about her family, music, and animals.

Chico State cross country student-athlete Rory Abberton crests a hill ahead of a small group of runners during the 2022 NCAA West Regional Championship race.

Update: Rory Abberton Runs into the Chico State Record Books

Chico State cross-country runner Rory Abberton, who detailed his journey as a student-athlete for Chico State Today last week, earned his first all-American honors in his final race.

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Fond Farewell: Retired Custodian Martha Ann Armocido

Remembered as friendly, hard-working, and kind, Martha Ann Armocido worked as a custodian on campus for more than a decade.

Joseph Morales sits at a table smiling with his hands clasped together

Chico State Hires New Chief Diversity Officer

After a months-long nationwide search, Chico State has selected Joseph Morales as its Chief Diversity Officer.

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Worth Sharing: Academic Articles, All-West Athletic Honors, and National Rankings

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

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University Faculty Awarded Prestigious Lantis Endowments

Chico State faculty shine as three professors are celebrated for their achievements in research and contributions to their fields.

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Fulbright Experience Helps Agriculture Faculty Deepen Roots Across the World

Whether it was teaching his students, learning from colleagues, or endearing himself to local food vendors, College of Agriculture faculty Lee Altier's Fulbright experience in Turkey was a memorable one.