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CSU, Chico’s School of Nursing RN Program Ranked Among State’s Best

In its fourth annual list of the “2020 Best RN Programs in California,” ranked CSU, Chico’s School of Nursing No. 12.

Eric Bartlink speaks to a colleague under smoke-filled skies at the command center for Camp Fire response.

Preeminent Anthropologist Earns Honors for Service

An international expert in the recovery of human remains, Eric Bartelink has earned statewide honors for his exemplary dedication and achievements.

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Seufferlein Sales Program Wins First Place at AT&T National Competition

With entrepreneurial vision and top-notch negotiation skills, students in Chico State's Seufferlein Sales Program (SSP) added to its reputation of national success.

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CSU, Chico Honored by US News & World Report Annual Best College Rankings

US News & World Report released its annual Best College Rankings for 2020, placing Chico State on the Best Regional Universities and Top Public Schools lists.

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CSU, Chico WSCUC Accreditation Reaffirmed for Eight Years

The University was honored this summer to have its accreditation reaffirmed for a period of eight years.

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2019 Hall of Honor Inductees

Meet the 10 retired faculty members that the Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association's (ERFSA) inducted to the 2019 Hall of Honor.

President Gayle Hutchinson stands with staff award winners Keith Crawford, Katie Sibley and Flora Nunn, each holding a plaque and trophy.

These Staff Award Winners Make Chico State a Great Place to Work

The annual Staff Excellence Awards celebrate employees’ job performance, years of service, work relationships, and contribution to the University.

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Next-Level News

In the crisis of the Camp Fire, The Orion reporters were not only learning the job on the fly, but providing critical updates to their community.

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Seven Faculty Earn Professional Achievement Honors

The Professional Achievement Honors recognize exemplary teacher-scholar achievement on our campus.

Cindy Ratekin, the University’s 2018-19 Outstanding Academic Advisor

CSU, Chico Recognizes 2018-19 Outstanding Faculty

Six members of the Chico State faculty were recently recognized with the 2018–19 Outstanding Faculty Awards.

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Construction Management Students Take Top Honors

Students earned trophies in three categories at a regional competition.

Josh Funk displays one of the models used in his short film, 3 Keys, at his home in Chico.

Hit Film “3 Keys” Opens Doors for Art Instructor

Deriving purpose from passion has been a form of art in itself for Josh Funk, filmmaker and Chico State instructor.

Solar panels are arrayed atop of Yolo Hall (in front) and Acker Gym (center) with Whitney Hall in the background on the Chico State campus. Chico State was recently recognized for an overall commitment to sustainable practices in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's its 2018 Sustainability Campus Index. Additionally, Sierra Club placed CSU, Chico at No. 9 in its “Cool Schools 2018” list, the highest ranking of any CSU institution, and the first top-10 overall sustainability ranking nationwide for the University.

CSU, Chico Receives Pair of Prestigious Sustainability Honors from AASHE, Sierra Club

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognized California State University, Chico for an overall commitment to sustainable practices in its 2018 Sustainability Campus Index (SCI).

Chico State appears on multiple lists in U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Colleges Rankings. Among them, Chico State was ranked No. 9 in the Top Public Schools in the West, the 20th consecutive year the University has appeared on that list.

Top 10 Again: U.S. News & World Report Ranks CSU, Chico as a Top-10 Ranked Public School in the West

Even after 20 years, being recognized as a top public higher education institution is still rewarding and gratifying.

Sony Thao, a junior in Chico State's Concrete Industry Management Program, has been honored with the CSU Trustee's Award for Outstanding Achievement, a system-wide recognition award given annually to students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need.

CSU, Chico Student Sony Thao Recognized With CSU Trustees’ Award

There are many sides to Sony Thao. The concrete industry management major was honored with a 2018 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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Money Magazine Ranks CSU, Chico as One of the Nation’s 50 Best Public Colleges

As students begin their fall 2018 classes at California State University, Chico later this month, they’ll be furthering their education at a campus recently recognized as one of the country’s best.

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It all adds up for award-winning accounting alumna

As Ashley Casey has taken on greater challenges in her career as an accountant—making a professional name for herself on the state and national levels—she has also developed a love for giving back.

International Training Programs Director Diana Parks (center) talks to a group of international educators from several countries talk to each other during a reception and poster presentation in 2015. This week, educators from 20 different countries will visit the CSU, Chico campus.

International Educators Visit CSU, Chico with Focus on Diversity in U.S. Society and Culture

Starting this week, educators from 20 different countries will visit California State University, Chico for a five-week study of the diverse facets of U.S. society and culture.

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Retirees Named for Hall of Honor

Eight employees representing the "best of the best" of University retirees will be inducted into the Emeritus Retired Faculty and Staff Association Hall of Honor in May.

Chico State has been named to Forbes magazine's "Best Value Colleges" list for 2018. The publication used criteria such as alumni earnings after graduation, net price of tuition, student debt post-graduation, and timely graduation.

CSU, Chico Named to Forbes Magazine’s ‘Best Value Colleges’ List for 2018

In these days of rising costs, tight budgets and careful spending, many look for the best value when seeking higher education options. Once again, California State University, Chico has been named an outstanding option.

Dr. Valene L. Smith speaks to the campus community that came out to celebrate the expansion of the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology in February 2017. Smith was recently awarded the 14th United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Ulysses Prize Laureate for Excellence in the Creation and Dissemination of Knowledge in Tourism at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid.

CSU, Chico Professor Emerita Awarded Prestigious United Nations Lifetime Honor

A pioneer in the field of tourism and a scholar in the discipline of anthropology, California State University, Chico Professor Emerita Valene L. Smith was recently recognized by a world tourism authority.

Diana Dwyer, from the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, has been recognized by CSU, Chico as one of its recipients for the annual Professional Achievement Honors.

CSU, Chico Recognizes Teacher-Scholar Excellence With Professional Achievement Honors

In recognition of their outstanding efforts exemplifying the teacher-scholar model over the last three years, four California State University, Chico faculty members will receive the University’s Professional Achievement Honors.

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Distinguished Alumni Share Words of Wisdom

2018 Distinguished Alumni share their advice for graduating seniors and young alums.

Six members of the California State University, Chico faculty were recently honored with the 2017–18 Outstanding Faculty Awards, chosen by the University’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee. Joe Bond, from the Department of Construction Management, was named Outstanding Lecturer.

CSU, Chico Announces 2017–18 Outstanding Faculty Award Recipients

Six faculty members were recently honored with the 2017–18 Outstanding Faculty Awards, chosen by the University’s Faculty Recognition and Support Committee.

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CSU, Chico College of Business MBA Program Ranked Among the Highest

CSU, Chico is named "Best Bang for the Buck in the West" and a "Best National Master's Schools" among other honors.

Benjamin Panconi uses his laptop in Brittany Fortune's Special Topics-Competition class.

CSU, Chico’s College of Business Receives Esteemed Re-Accreditation

College of Business has received a prestigious, full five-year re-accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

(Left to right) Brooke McCall, Kathleen Moroney, and Bev Langston pose with their awards.

Staff Awards Recognize Exemplary Employees

This year, three outstanding Chico State employees were honored for their impacting presence on campus—from Kathleen Moroney's establishment of the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, to Brooke McCall's bursting positive energy at the WREC, to Bev Langston's remarkable and welcoming customer service.

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Recognizing Faculty Excellence

This year, six Chico State faculty members were awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award.