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The Birds Are Calling to You

Pssst. Pssst! The Bushtits and Spotted Towhees are trying to get your attention. Give it to them for a little while. You won't regret it.

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Worth Sharing: Student-Athletes Shine in the Classroom

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

Fall colors of red and gold in the downtown street trees brighten Broadway Street in downtown Chico.

Alumni-Owners of Downtown Chico Businesses Share Their Stories

Whether they opened their store shortly after graduation, took over a longstanding business, or brought something new to the area mid-career, the owners of four downtown businesses share what makes the Chico State connections special to them.

Colin Wiseman on a boat.

Bringing Mental Health to Light

Chico State alumni and family find healing through mental health awareness advocacy and the creation of a Senate bill to improve youth mental health in schools.

Anthropology Faculty Reflects on Fulbright Experience in Jordan

Anthropology faculty Jesse Dizard shares about his experience as a Fulbright Scholar in Jordan.

Tracy Butts, Douglas Leiker, Angela Trethewey, Rashell Brobst, David Hassenzahl, Monica Soderstrom, Eddie Vela, Kathleen Grave, Terence Lau, Bill Dodd, Blake Wentz, Dan Wheeler, and President Gayle Hutchinson

Celebrating Our 2022 Distinguished Alumni

Through their work and their service, our 2022 Distinguished Alumni are an inspiration to us all, but especially our students as they, too, hope to transform tomorrow.

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Faculty Showcase Offers Chance to Be ‘Inspired’

Three faculty members who published amid the pandemic share their passions and stories of persistence.

Rashell Brobst as a child and an adult

5 Questions with CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the North Valley and Alumnus Rashell Brobst

As a first-generation college graduate, Rashell Brobst channels her passion into serving the needs of underserved youth in her community.

Monica Soderstrom stands behind a waist-high brick wall with a brick building behind her.

5 Questions with Community Health Director and Distinguished Alumna Monica Soderstrom

Whether working in a Haitian orphanage after graduation or supporting nurses during the Camp Fire, the public health needs of her community has always been the core of Monica Soderstrom's work.

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5 Questions with Educator and Distinguished Alumna Kathleen Grave

Kathleen Grave has worked in Silicon Valley, taught at Pepperdine University, and is CEO of a CBD company—she is also being honored as a Distinguished Alumni for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Bill Dodd

5 Questions With Senator and Alumnus Bill Dodd

After spending more than 20 years in local and state government, College of Business Distinguished Alumnus Bill Dodd thinks cooperation and civility could solve much of our political strife.

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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.

Cindy Daley leans into a cattle pen.

Office Hours: Regenerative Agriculture Leader and Professor Cindy Daley

Professor Cindy Daley honors her roots through regenerative agriculture education and carbon-smart solutions to fight climate change.

Felipe Restrepo coaches his players from the sidelines of a soccer game.

Office Hours: Men’s Soccer Coach and Leadership Instructor Felipe Restrepo

Professor and coach Felipe Restrepo helps first-generation and underserved students win on and off the field.

A worm in the handful of soil in the grazing pasture at the University Farm is part of the regenerative soil program that makes efforts for sustainability farming possible.

Five Questions with Alumnus and Micro-Farmer Garrison Harward

From stage to Senegal, lighting technician and micro-farmer Garrison Harward builds a global community through climate-conscious gardening.

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Office Hours: Electrical and Electronic Engineering Professor Hadil Mustafa

Leading by example, professor Hadil Mustafa shows young girls and women that engineering isn't "just for boys."

Alycia Anderson sitting in wheelchair and smiling, holding up a denim jacket that reads, "See Me," on the back.

5 Questions with Alumna and Motivational Speaker Alycia Anderson

Alycia Anderson has used a wheelchair all her life. After a successful career in technology sales, she's pursuing a more personal passion—inspiring people to believe in their limitless potential.

An owl box is mounted to the side of a tree.

How To: Enlist Owls for Pest Control

Owls are natural predators against gophers and other burrowing animals—making your own owl home can help keep your yard free of pests.

Student Guadalupe Cruz sits in front of her Dia de los Muertos altar she set up at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology.

Day of the Dead Altar: A Celebration of Life

In honor of this year's Dia de los Muertos, student Guadalupe Cruz created an altar—borrowing many beloved items used by her family—for the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology.

A rock decor inscribed "Home Sweet Home" is placed at a destroyed home from the Camp Fire along Newman Avenue in Paradise.

Paradise Continues to Rebuild and Evolve Three Years After the Camp Fire

Three years after the Camp Fire scattered the residents of Paradise, the town continues its rebuilding process—while also evolving.

President Gayle Hutchinson and her brother pose with their bikes on a cross-country trip.

Determining What ‘Do and Dare’ Means For Us All

President Gayle Hutchinson explores what "Do and Dare" means for her, reflecting on a diabetes diagnosis decades ago.

Lindsay Woychick, her husband, and french bulldog pose in a colorful forest in Spain.

Alumna Predicts Post-Pandemic Upgrades Will Enhance Study Abroad Experience

After a decade living in Spain, Study Abroad alumna Lindsay Woychick (Journalism, '12) shares how COVID-19 has transformed the international experience.

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.

Fond Farewell: Retired AS Staff Member Maggie Pattison

Beloved by students and colleagues alike, Maggie Pattison guided Associated Students officers in Robert’s Rules of Order, meeting decorum, and their authority and responsibility as elected officials.

Mimi Baez reading a book.

How To: Be a Bookworm

English professor and writer Sarah Pape shares some tips on how to become a more avid reader without much effort.

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Reflections on Gratitude and Resilience

President Gayle Hutchinson expresses thanks for the Wildcat community's resourcefulness, collaboration, innovation, humor, and determination amid unprecedented challenge.

Robert Deen authored The Boiled Peanut Book.

5 Questions with Boiled Peanut Enthusiast Robert Deen

Alumnus Robert Deen (’81) has been a US Marine officer, parachutist, scuba diver, and public relations expert. Now retired, he adds "author" and "boiled peanut aficionado" to his assorted accomplishments.

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From the President: Let’s Vote!

President Gayle Hutchinson calls on the Wildcat community to do its part to ensure the largest voter turnout ever among our students.

CRAAP Test Separates Good Resources from Bad

Sarah Blakeslee's checklist of questions known as the CRAAP Test helps users around the world determine the nature and value of a resource.

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How to: Find Happiness and Leisure Amid a Lockdown

Faculty experts share their ideas on everyday and bigger picture activities people can embrace to foster happiness during COVID-19.

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5 Questions With Mountain Lion Advocate Michelle Blake

Working in legislative advocacy for the Mountain Lion Foundation, Michelle Blake ('88) wants everyone to understand the majesty of these premier predators.

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Faculty Expert: Economics Professor Jacob Jennings

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the national and global economies continue to experience the fallout, economics faculty Jacob Jennings shares his concerns and optimism for recovery.

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How To: Grow a Victory Garden

UC Master Gardener Program Coordinator Karina Hathorn (Agriculture, '11) shares tips to ensure a rich summer garden harvest.

Lilah Nielsen poses on top of the California State University, Chico sign.

Positivity Wins all Battles

Graduating senior Lilah Nielsen reflects on how Chico State transformed her and the lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught her about what values in life.

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Faculty Expert: Public Health Chair Holly Nevarez

Holly Nevarez explains how COVID-19 will change the landscape of the public health profession and society for years to come.

Troy Cline and student do research in a lab

Faculty Expert: Virology Professor Troy Cline

Virologist Troy Cline shares what stands out to him about the novel coronavirus and how he’s been incorporating the crisis into his lessons.

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Adapting to the Virtual Classroom

Computer animation and game development professor Kevin Taylor has found a way to maintain his positive, engaging classroom spirit.

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A Plea for Kindness and Rejecting Racism

As a first-generation Asian American, professor Chunyan Echo Song is deeply and personally troubled by racism surrounding COVID-19.

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Reflections on a Study Abroad Cut Short

Junior Alexandria Ingvardsen reflects on returning from Italy, months earlier than planned, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How To: Be a Better Leader

Nursing Professor Emerita Carol Huston shares nine lessons from her personal leadership journey that she knows are applicable no matter your field or discipline.

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Finding Resiliency in Difficult Times

Associated Students President Trevor Guthrie calls upon his fellow Wildcats to come together, uplift one another, and persevere.