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Child Development Professor Gains Growing Recognition Addressing Children’s Wildfire Trauma

Lindsey Nenadal's research has focused on the cornerstones of disaster response for organizations that serve children and youth, ways to help after a disaster, and ways to support children both during and after a wildfire.

Tatevik Avetisyan Artoonisan works with student members of the Food Marketing Challenge Team.

Agriculture Professor Grows Grants and Research Opportunities Related to Supply Chains and Food Hubs

When not in the classroom, Tatevik Avetisyan Artoonian is hard at work developing powerful collaborations within Chico State and with colleagues around the world.

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.

Giovanni Paz-Silva looks up at the ceiling inside Chico State's planetarium, using a laser pointer to identify a star.

Graduating Seniors Share Their Stories: Physics Major Finds Inner Strength to Aim for the Stars  

Since transferring to Chico State, first-generation student Giovanni Paz-Silva has dedicated himself to excellence in and out the classroom, emerging as a leader in the physics program.

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.

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Wildcat Conversations: Ultramarathoners on Living Life with the Long Run In Mind

Alumni and ultramarathoners Tim Tollefson, Jimmy Elam, and Anthony Costales—three of the fastest in the world—share how they stay disciplined and dedicated to their craft.

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Somewhere to Belong: Celebrating Student Clubs at Chico State

Student clubs have helped Wildcats find their place on campus for generations—and they’re as impactful as ever.

Wearing a black shirt with white accents and black-rimmed glasses, Marcus Morton stands and smiles in front of Kendall Hall.

Graduating Seniors Share Their Stories: Toughest Opponent Yet No Match for English Major

Inside the wrestling ring, Marcus Morton exuded confidence, but when it came to school, he was nervous about stepping in for another round. It turns out, he's a champion in the classroom as well.

Graduating students sit during their Commencement ceremonies.

Chico State to Celebrate Class of 2024 at 134th Commencement 

Chico State will celebrate more than 3,200 students walking across the stage to receive their degrees at its 2024 Commencement.

Tyla Chadwick smiles for a portrait as she sits in front of two computer monitors that show the cover of a video game she designed.

Graduating Seniors Share Their Stories: CAGD Major Finds Her Calling in Gaming

From aimless to accomplished, Tyla Chadwick has risen to be a top student in the CAGD program. "It's so funny to see my progress ..."

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Alumnus in STEM Develops Life-Changing Medicines “To Improve Lives”

Scientist Kaniel Cassady discovered his knack for research conducting experiments in Big Chico Creek and now works as part of a global team developing medicines.

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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From Study Abroad to Peace Corps Volunteer

For Arina Xiong (Liberal Studies,’15), a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Armenia, her alma mater that taught her the importance of community service and sustainability through its study abroad opportunities.

Maia Crummett kneels on the edge of a Faba Bean field and holds a plant.

Graduating Seniors Share Their Stories: Professors Provide Encouraging Push for Future Entomologist

Maia Crummett will come running to assess a creepy crawly. But it wasn't until she got some important encouragement from a professor that she felt confident in front of a crowd.

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University Researchers Tackle Hot Topics Using Lantis Awards

The University has named four professors as recipients of its annual Lantis Endowed University Chairs—Janine Stone, Anita Chaudhry, Michael Coons, and Marie Lippmann.

Ben Guerrero standing in front of the ice at the 2024 NHL Winter Classic.

From Chico State to Seattle, Wildcat Still Sharing the Gospel of Hockey

Seattle Kraken Vice President of Communications Ben Guerrero credits the foundation he built at Chico State for steadying his climb to the highest heights of professional sports.

Cheryl Lugo wears a black top and black blazer while she stands at the doorway leading into her office.

Student Champion and Advisor Cheryl Lugo Leads with Compassion

Lugo works with more than 1,500 students to make sure they are on track to graduate, are physically and mentally healthy, and if not, helps them find a way forward.

Kristen Chatham stands in front of the Wildcat statue holding a trophy

Graduating Seniors Share Their Stories: Life-Changing Trips and Preparing for a Career in the College of Business

Kristen Chatham's time at Chico State included life-changing opportunities to travel and many honors with the Seufferlein Sales Program before culminating in her recognition as an Outstanding Senior in the College of Business.

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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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Strengthening North State Student Pathways

President Perez unveils the California College Guidance Initiative and Impact Day, two initiatives that strengthen our position as the university of choice for students in the North 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.

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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.

Claudia Ruiz wears a two-piece burgundy suit and pink blouse as she is photographed in the School of Nursing's state-of-the-art simulation center on campus.

Healing the Gap: Alumna Aims to Empower Latinx Community

As a physician dedicated to helping the Latino community, Claudia Ruiz is the role model she wished she had growing up.

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.

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.

Wearing a green sweater and black pants, Kirsten Welch rests her arm on a rail while she poses for a photo outdoors.

Graduating Seniors Share Their Stories: Undeterred by Rejection, Engineering Major Finds Success

Kirsten Welch's perseverance and hands-on experience landed her the internship of her dreams at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

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Fond Farewell: Retired Facilities Employee Steven Blackman

Remembered for his hearty laugh, retired facilities employee Steven Blackman was a lifelong music lover, adventure seeker, and taught himself to play guitar.

Dan Ostrander in his home office, surrounded by books, framed artifacts and photos, and autographed memarobilia.

Get A Close Look at the Lives of Former Presidents of the United States on May 3 

As an orator, educator, and historian, Dan Ostrander has worked closely with nine US presidents, some of whom became his friends. On Friday, May 3, he'll share his experiences with a presentation titled: The Presidency: A Close Look at the Lives of Former Presidents of the United States.

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.

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

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.

Portrait of Guadalupe Carolina Vasquez, posing on the grounds of a preschool in a white jacket.

Graduating Seniors Share Their Stories: Finding Support, Community, and Calling in BSS

Through the Camp Fire and then the pandemic, graduating senior Guadalupe Carolina Vazquez has tapped into positive influences to create her own vision for the future.

Chico State baseball fan John Brownell pictured in his regular spot at Nettleton Stadium, at the bottom of Section 201.

Much More Than A Super Fan

The bond between John Brownell and the Chico State baseball team is one of the great stories in collegiate athletics.

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.

Fond Farewell: Construction Management Major Sam Engel

Sam Engel was an enthusiastic and bright-eyed participant in all his classes, no matter the subject, and brought a similar joy to all his relationships.

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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Fond Farewell: Professor Emerita Margaret Mary Bierly

Colleagues recall Professor Emerita Margaret Bierly as a force of positivity on campus, building strong friendships with fellow faculty members and collaborating well with colleagues across departments.

Students Angela Arguelles (left), Christian Hutson (right), representing Women of Excellence and Men of Chico, hold up signs in support of Giving Day 2024 at Chico State.

President’s Column: Thank You, Wildcats

This year, on March 6, more than 3,900 University students, staff, faculty, friends, alumni, and supporters came together to raise more than $1.2 million for Chico State—in just one day!