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Student Sierra Bowling smiles as she poses with her hands holding her gray jacket in front of a beige backdrop with the outline of a window in the background.

Hands-on Learning Helps Mold Graduate Student into SLP She Wants to Be

What began as Sierra Bowling's teenage interest in public speaking has become a passion for the budding speech-language pathologist.

Student Justin Craven wearing a black jacket.

Curiosity Has Set Double Physics Major On Successful Path

In the classroom, lab, and on the athletics track, Justin Craven is constantly growing through an open mind.

Graduate student Arely Saldana smiles, wearing a formal black cardigan and a red shirt.

Broad Horizons Ahead for Master’s Candidate in Legal Psychology

Arley Saldana enriches her life by trying new things—and brings this joyful approach to her research and work as a grad student en route to great things.

John Vigil stands on a hill with the Camelot Equestrian Park in the background

Business Student Brainstorms to Build Bigger Market for Tribal Equestrian Park

Business administration major and Mechoopda Tribal member John Vigil found a way to blend his studies with his vision for an equestrian park as an expanding venture of the Tribe.

A ginkgo tree turns vibrant yellow in the fall season.

Worth Sharing: Chico State Honored for Online Excellence

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

President Perez shares a laugh with a group of students on the first week of school after asking them their majors and what made them choose Chico.

President’s Column: 6 of My Favorite Moments from 2023

President Steve Perez reflects on his first six months on the job and shares some of his favorite moments.

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.

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Fond Farewell: English Professor Emeritus Ernst Schoen-Rene

Described as energetic, creative, and inspiring, English Professor Emeritus Ernst Schoen-Rene devoted himself to teaching at Chico State for more than 35 years.

Looking across the Gus Manolis Bridge on a bright spring morning.

Journalism Alum Leads DEI Efforts at Groundbreaking Agency

Cheyenne Cameron-Pruitt has put the valuable experience she gained in Chico State's journalism program to practice at FleishmanHillard (FH), a leading-edge public relations firm.

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Worth Sharing: UCOMM Snares Six CASE Awards

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

University Farm in the late afternoon.

Influential Ag Alum Pays Tribute to Chico State

President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Natalie Collins says her journey began as Chico State.

Alyssa DeVries (left) and Liam McCoy (right) work on an exercise during a Communication for Disorders (CCD) counseling session on at Chico State.

Celebrating 75 Years of History, Impact in the Field of Speech-Language Pathology

Founded in 1948, the CMSD program has a long history of providing the North State with high quality professionals and critical speech, language and hearing services.

The sun sets behind an academic building with grass and oak trees in the foreground and puffy clouds in the sky

Class Notes: Fall 2023

The Wildcat family continues to reach milestones. Alumni share professional and personal updates for fall 2023.

Stickers that show the North State Roots logo are scattered across a black tablecloth.

North State Roots Collaboration Expands Access to Healthcare Information in Rural Communities

With new funding, a team from Chico State and nonprofit First 5 Tehama are bringing a free online healthcare service to rural communities across the North State.

President Steve Perez runs through Expressions Dance team with raised pom poms as the campus community enjoys the Alumni and Family Weekend BBQ barbecue as part of Wildcat Weekend

We are Making a Good First Impression

A note from a parent after Wildcat Weekend impresses upon President Steve Perez the value of every interaction with prospective students and their families.

Chico State cross country student-athlete Dylan White raises his hands in triumph as he crosses the finish line as the 2023 CCAA individual champion

Legends Rising and Records Falling: Chico State Athletics off to Scorching Start

Another fantastic fall for the Chico State Department of Athletics is ending, culminating in two more California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) titles, several NCAA Championship berths, and excitement for what’s still to come. Records have fallen and legends have risen, and the year has only just begun! Here are some of the highlights.

Portrait of Gary Towne

Worth Sharing: Towne Named Men’s and Women’s CCAA Cross Country Coach of the Year

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

Kate Minderhoud sits on a bench flanked in the golden light of autumn trees.

Community Support Drives Camp Fire Survivor and Anthropology Major to Give Back

Artist, anthropology major, and Camp Fire survivor Kate Minderhoud credits two scholarships for helping make her college dreams come true. Next step: grad school.

Anthony Costales runs during the 2023 Western States 100 while donning his Chico State cross country jersey.

Ultramarathon Alum Leans on Wildcat Crew

A one-pound iced lemon loaf is not an obvious snack for someone running a 100-mile endurance race, but you can't argue with Anthony Costales' results. The Chico State distance running alum relied on those calories and his Wildcats crew to finish 3rd at this year's Western States 100.

An up-close portrait of Liane Thompson.

Celebrated Journalist and Producer Writes a Chapter with Groundbreaking AI Tech

Alumna Liane Thompson cofounded an award-winning environmental tech firm that is combatting climate change and making waterways more resilient.

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AI: The Business of Change

Three alumni working in different areas of the AI space share their stories of change that led to careers at the edge of a new frontier.

An up-close portrait of Pratik Mehta.

Solving Grassroots Medical Issues With AI

Alumnus Pratik Mehta, head of artificial intelligence at CloudMedx, is constantly asking what will meaningfully impact as many lives as possible.

A framed portrait of Gabriel Flores.

Driving Automotive Technology Into the Future

Hear the story of Gabriel Flores, an enterprise engineering manager, developing hands-free, eyes-off driving technology.

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A Place to Call Home

To address student homelessness, Chico State’s Rapid Re-housing Program is breaking down barriers and stigmas that stand in the way of student success.

President Perez

Now Introducing: Steve Perez

Chico State’s 13th president is not only our “Cheerleader in Chief"—he foxtrots, loves coaching, and brings a deep family connection to education into a role he’s been building toward since the sixth grade.

Tadich Grill's neon sign above the restaurant in San Francisco's financial district.

’Cats Get Cookin’ with Mike Buich

The owner of California's oldest continuously run restaurant reflects on lessons from the last 50 years, and shares a special recipe.

Cherie Higgs presents in front of a screen that reads, "I am remarkable."

From Adversity to Achievement: A Student’s Remarkable Journey in Chico State’s College of Business

Cherie Higgs overcame a rough upbringing to become a powerhouse within Chico State's College of Business.

Jennifer Ikemoto, assistant chief of special operations for California Department, poses for a photo while wearing her uniform and stands along the American River near the DFW Regional Office in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

To Serve and Protect Our State’s Natural Resources

Jennifer Ikemoto, assistant chief for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, uses her biology degree and position to protect California's habitats and wildlife.

Don Hankins leans on a shovel while he smiles and stands beneath a tree during a prescribed fire exercise

Worth Sharing: Hankins Honored for His Work with Cultural Burning

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

Capt. Keith Michels, Rory Thelen, Nancy Thelen, Lt. Chad Deal (left to right) take a tour of one of the buildings that houses inmates at Folsom prison.

Preparing the next generation of CDCR leaders through the Executive Leadership Institute

Developed in 2017, ELI prepares state corrections executives to be decisive, effective, visionary leaders, and champions of change.

Talitha MacDonald, wearing an orange turtleneck sleeveless top and black pants, is photographed outdoors standing near a wooden fence.

Supporting Others Through Self-Discovery

Talitha MacDonald's desire for change led her to Chico State and a career helping others through the Clinic for Communication Disorders.

Two photographs of Katie Mercurio, side-by-side; she looks angry on the left and calm on the right.

The Persuasive Power of Criticizing with Care

Professor Katie Mercurio's research uncovers a way delivering criticism can invite change and acceptance from all sides of an argument.

Megan Foster is her USA Rugby uniform

United States National Rugby Team Starter and Former Chico State Star Hangs Up Her Cleats 

Megan Foster, whose rugby career began at Chico State and took her all the way to the United States National Team, recently retired.

Cassandra Schaeg is being filmed for her show, holding a glass of red wine with a sample.

Taking Bold Leaps Toward a Dream

Emmy Award winning alumnus Cassandra Schaeg shares insight from her long road to personal and business success in the beverage industry.

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Worth Sharing: Kruger Pens a Pair of Chapters

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

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Rankings Season: A Roundup

Chico State received numerous rankings from top-tier magazines and international organizations over the last couple of months—here is a rundown.

A portrait of Michele Thorpe taken in the offices of the North Valley Community Foundation.

Thorpe Leads Throng of Chico State Alumni Caring for Community Youth in Crisis

Chico State is producing great neighbors in the North State. One shining example: The North Valley Community Foundation’s CARE Team, created to connect struggling kids to caring adults and vital resources. The team, 16 deep, is led by alumna Michele Thorpe and includes 12 other Chico State grads.

Adrian Fontanelli poses for a portrait with a soccer ball between his left arm and hip.

Inspired by his Parents, Fontanelli Plays with Passion and Purpose

Chico State Men's Soccer Coach Felipe Restrepo says that teammates try to emulate Adrian Fontanelli because of his pride, joy, and passion. But Fontanelli says his work ethic comes from his parents, Carlos and Marcela.

Lizbeth Ceja poses with Willie the Wildcat during Wildcat Welcome

Fond Farewell: Criminal Justice Major Lizbeth Ceja Torres

Tenacious yet kind, hardworking and independent Lizbeth Ceja made an impression on everyone she met for her big heart and passion to succeed.

Office Hours: Kinesiology Professor Carli Ross

Carli Ross, a kinesiology professor with a passion for adapted physical education, leads a study abroad program in Italy that gives students the opportunity to work hands-on at a camp for youth and young adults with disabilities.