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Nationally Recognized Prescribed Fire Training to be Hosted in Butte County

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve will be one of several agencies collaborating on future prescribed fire trainings this fall and winter in Butte County.

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President Gayle E. Hutchinson Announces Retirement Planned for End of 2022–23 Academic Year

After 33 years of invaluable service to higher education and nearly three decades at Chico State, President Gayle E. Hutchinson announced her decision Tuesday to retire at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.

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Joy of Learning Showcases Faculty Expertise

With topics ranging from neuroscience to animal nutrition to sustainable electronics, eight faculty members who reflect the top of their disciplines will present on their area of expertise.

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Chico State Pulls Out All the Stops for Wildcat Weekend

From Oct. 6-8, Chico State will host and partner with the City of Chico for Wildcat Weekend, which feature Homecoming, Alumni and Family Weekend and Chico Preview Day.

Chico State Provost Debra Larson and Mechoopda Chairman Dennis Ramirez sign documents at a table at the Butte Creek Ecological Preserve

Ancestral Land in Butte Creek Canyon Returned to the Mechoopda Tribe

In the first agreement of its kind in the state, ownership and management of the 93-acre Butte Creek Ecological Preserve has been transferred from Chico State Enterprises to the Mechoopda Indian Tribe.

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Chico State Earns Coveted Top Spot in Prestigious AASHE Sustainability Rankings

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recognized Chico State for its environmental practices, honoring it as the top performer in its Master’s Institutions category.

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Chico State Among Nation’s Elite in Recent Washington Monthly Rankings

In its “2022 College Guide and Rankings,” Washington Monthly listed Chico State in the top 15 in the “Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: West” and “Master’s University Rankings.”

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Kinesiology Grad Student and Former Marine Honored with CSU Trustees’ Award

Isaiah Henderson, a kinesiology grad student and veteran, will receive the 2022-23 CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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Chico State Moves Up in Multiple National and Regional Best Colleges Rankings

Chico State moved up on several national and regional Best Colleges Rankings from US News & World Report for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Chico State Awards President’s Scholarships to Five Incoming Freshmen

Chico State has awarded five first-year students $30,000 through its President's Scholarships.

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University Foundation Board Grant Endowment Awards Across Campus

Over $145,000 has been awarded to 18 projects and programs across Chico State to enhance research and mentorship, increase hands-on learning opportunities and support student success through the 2022–23 Governors Awards.

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Hungry for Fun: ‘U-Pick Peaches’ Returns to University Farm

They're back! The University Farm's annual U-Pick Peaches event will take place Tuesday, August 9.

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Chico State Receives More Than $18 Million in State Funding to Build and Renovate Experiential Learning Facilities at its University Farm

Chico State’s College of Agriculture has been allocated $18.75 million in one-time funding from the State of California’s 2022-23 budget to enhance student experiential learning and training at its University Farm.

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Chico State Students Graduate with Lowest Federal Debt of Any Public College in California

According to a recent report, Chico State students amass the lowest amount of total federal debt upon graduating of all public higher ed institutions in California.

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Title IX Turns 50: Celebrating Advancements, Planning for Greater Change

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson reflects on 50 years of Title IX.

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Chico State Announces New Vice President for Student Affairs

Chico State has named Isaac Brundage its new vice president for Student Affairs

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College of Natural Sciences Dean Recognized with Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences has recognized College of Natural Sciences Dean David Hassenzahl with its William R. Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Chico State Once Again with Tree Campus USA Honor

For the fourth consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation honored Chico State with 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

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2022 Hall of Honor Inductees

Meet the 8 retired faculty members that the Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff Association's (ERFSA) inducted to the 2022 Hall of Honor.

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Money Magazine Ranks Chico State Among Nation’s Top Colleges and Universities

In its listing of “2022 Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value,” Money magazine ranked Chico State within the top 8 percent of all higher education institutions around the country.

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Illustrated Memoir ‘The Best We Could Do’ Named Book in Common for 2022–23

The 2022–23 Book in Common is Thi Bui’s “The Best We Could Do,” a 2017 illustrated memoir about the author’s family’s journey from Vietnam to the United States and the universal struggles of connecting with family, culture and identity.

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2022 Commencement Ceremonies to Take Place In Person Beginning Wednesday Night

Beginning Wednesday, approximately 3,700 students will participate in Chico State’s Commencement ceremonies.

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CSU Appoints Collections Manager to Support Preservation of Native American Peoples’ Heritage, Artifacts, and Tribal Culture

The CSU has named Adriane Tafoya as its new project manager for the California Native American Graves and Repatriation Act.

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CAGD Student Models Success for Those Underserved in Her Field

First-generation student of color finds inspiration in close-knit family and campus CAGD community as she sets off for a new adventure after graduation.

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Chico State’s New Bloomberg Terminal Offers Cutting-Edge Experience

The College of Business' new FinTech Lab is an investment research workroom and provide students with cutting-edge software and real-time trading observations.

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Disability Rights Leader to be Celebrated with Honorary Doctorate

In the last 40 years, Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammed Al-Qasimi has created leading programs serving children with deafness and hearing issues, autism, and other cognitive and developmental disabilities.

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Chico State Recognizes 2021–22 Outstanding Faculty

These awards—among the highest at CSU, Chico—celebrate the excellence of eight phenomenal faculty.

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Events at Chico State Honoring Legacy of César Chávez Begin This Week

Chico State will recognize the efforts and sacrifice of activist César Chávez with more than a half dozen events on and off campus beginning this week.

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Annual ‘This Way to Sustainability’ Conference Showcases Environmental and Climate Justice

This Way to Sustainability, the nation’s largest student-run conference focused on sustainability, returns virtually for two days this week.

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5 Questions with Agriculture Educator and Distinguished Alumnus Roy Beck

After 42 years teaching agriculture education, Roy Beck is being honored with a distinguished alumni award from Chico State's College of Agriculture.

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University Among Nation’s Top Fulbright Scholar-Producing Higher Ed Institutions

With three scholars teaching and researching abroad, Chico State was acknowledged by the US Department of State as a national leader in higher education.

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Chico State Stands with the People of Ukraine

President Gayle Hutchinson encourages the campus community to support one another and offers resources related to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Protection of Pollinators Earns Bee Campus USA Designation

Intentional changes in landscaping practices have earned Chico State recognition as a Bee Campus USA.

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Chico State’s Annual Giving Day—24 Hours, 100 Worthy Causes

Chico State Giving Day is the University's annual 24-hour fundraising effort to benefit dozens of campus causes.

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Book in Common Challenges Perception, Narrative of Native Tribes

President Hutchinson encourages participation on the Book in Common Reading Challenge as an opportunity to honor and learn about Native American communities and systemic racism.

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President Hutchinson Statement on Racist Graffiti Found on Campus

"Let me be clear, these cowardly and abhorrent acts are hate crimes. I want our BIPOC community to know that hate will not be tolerated and we must all work together to stop it."

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Secretary of State of California Weber to Recognize Chico State with Civic Engagement Honor

Secretary of State of California Shirley Weber will visit Chico State on Thursday to recognize the University’s civic engagement efforts last year to promote voter participation.

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Chico State to Celebrate Black History Month with In-Person and Virtual Events

With the theme "Young, Gifted and Black," Chico State celebrates Black History Month with in-person and virtual events this month.

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Switching Gears: Gateway Science Museum’s New Exhibit All About Bikes

The Gateway Science Museum’s newest exhibit will explore the history, evolution and science of our beloved bikes.

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Chico State Names New Vice President of Information Technology

Filling its first-ever position of vice president of information technologies and chief information officer, Chico State has hired Monique Sendze.