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Chico State nursing student Elyse Fontana poses and sits on a desk

Nursing Students Tackle COVID-19 Contact Tracing

In need of public health clinical hours to fulfill their graduation requirement, students from the School of Nursing served their communities as COVID-19 contact tracers.

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Alum Establishes Scholarship to Support Students Advancing Social Justice

To honor George Floyd, alum Farshad Azad founded a scholarship supporting students fighting for social justice—40 years after he first experienced racism himself.

Professor Vanessa Esquivido teaching students about American Indians.

American Indian Studies Professor Fuels Teaching with Experience

As Nor Rel Muk Wintu, Hupa, and Xicana, Professor Vanessa Esquivido uses her cultural heritage, education, and personal experiences to shape conversations on difficulties Native Americans still face.

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Concrete Graduates Have Strong Hold on Job Market

With unique degrees in concrete industry management, Wildcats experience career success straight out of college.

A collection of baskets from four generations of Mountain Maidu Weavers of the Meadows-Baker Family sits in the Valene L. Smith Museum.

Chico State Museums Help CSU Preserve the Past, Define the Present, and Direct the Future

The Valene L. Smith Museum supports a broader mission to advance knowledge, learning, and culture by introducing the community to global cultures, history and people.

Diana Castellanos gives a virtual campus tour, holding out her self-phone while filming herself in front of the California State University, Chico monument sign.

Admissions Innovates to Recruit Wildcats in the Virtual World

In-person visits help showcase Chico State to prospective students. Amid COVID-19, Admissions staff have found creative ways to connect virtually.

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Chico State Leads New Future for Agriculture Industry

To mitigate the ag industry's environmental impact, researchers at the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems are finding new methods and teaching them to the next generation.

A faculty member addresses his class on his laptop, while his son assembles Legos on the floor behind him.

Faculty Mentor Peers to Improve Virtual Teaching

Employing a peer-mentor approach, Chico State's Go Virtual Summer Institute is preparing its faculty to provide quality online instruction in the fall.

A cardboard cutout of Willie the Wildcat stands between two students socially distanced and working at desks

Summer Orientation Goes Free, Virtual

New Student Orientation has a new look this summer. While moving completely online, it's now also free for all incoming students and their families.

Tyler Stofiel breaks through a white photo backdrop in his uniform and a baseball in hand.

Baseball Catcher Named CCAA Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

No surprise to his faculty, accounting major Tyler Stofiel captured the conference's most prestigious academic award.

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Older Adults Learn Online Together with OLLI

OLLI has launched its first virtual summer term, uniting hundreds of older adults to show that social distancing doesn't require social isolation.

students talk with the airport manager on the tarmac of the airport with a plane in the background.

Marketing Students Get Chico Airport Rebranding Off the Ground

Students in "Brand Strategy" are working to create a new identity for the Chico Airport, which they hope will be approved by the City Council.

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Championing Advocacy and Awareness

As the advocate administrator for Safe Place, Alix MacDonald wants victims and survivors of interpersonal violence to discover their resilience.

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CSU, Chico Expands Transformative MBA Program to Online

Chico State's College of Business has launched its new Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, set to begin offering classes for the fall 2020 semester.

Maddy Wong shows picture-perfect follow-through as she releases a jump shot.

Formula for Success

After setting a conference mark for most career 3-pointers, Madison Wong has larger ambitions beyond the game.

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Together Apart

Photo essay captures how the campus community has united to slow the spread of COVID-19.

A woman and small boy sit on a specialized swing near the words "Serving the Spectrum."

Serving the Spectrum

For nearly 20 years, Chico State has supported North State children with autism and their families through multisensory services at our Autism Clinic.

Students pose at the top of Macchu Picchu.

Passport to Peru: Students Explore International Business

A first-of-its-kind course took students to South America for an in-depth analysis of international business management and strategies.

A family pets a dairy cow at the University Farm.

CSU, Chico Honored as One of Nation’s Top Colleges for Agriculture Degree

Grad Reports recently honored Chico State at No. 12 on its national list of “25 Best Colleges for an Agriculture Degree” for 2020.

Daniel Hernandez performs a song from his home.

Songwriting Class Showcase Moves to YouTube

Without the chance to share their self-written songs in person, students in one music class shared their performances virtually.

MacKenzie Deeter poses for a portrait

On Pace to Finish Strong

Student-athlete and graduating senior MacKenzie Deeter may have missed her last season of competition due to COVID-19 but she left a legacy of sustainability on and off the track.

A cartoon of a student at a computer with map of world behind him with other student faces in different countries.

Maintaining Connections from All Corners of the World

Even though physically distanced, international students, tutors, and advisors meet via Zoom every Friday to maintain their culture of connection and practice English.

Student-Athletes Urge Peers to Scratch the Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

Chico State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee created a resource page for Mental Health Awareness Month and kicked off a campaign aimed to end mental health stigma. #ScratchTheStigma

Students walk down a road at University Farm

Journal Club Keeps Undergraduate Agricultural Research Rolling

Unable to meet in the fields to check their research plots, an undergraduate group started a Journal Club to stay connected and keep learning.

Anna Paladini smiles behind a mask as she gives blood.

Answering the Community’s Call

Creating sanitation kids, supplying protective equipment, and donating blood, Wildcats put their heart into community service

Amy Peet stands in front of Enloe Hospital wearing a face mask and her commencement attire.

Local Hospitals Keep Nursing Students on Track to Graduate

With a change in requirements and creative solutions to clinical hours, COVID-19 will not stand between School of Nursing students and their diplomas.

Oakes smiles as she sits in a small cabin beside a fireplace

Book in Common Author Oakes Explores Climate Change

The author of this year's Book in Common selection, Lauren E. Oakes, will lead a virtual lecture on April 22.

Portrait of Celina Phillips with sheep in a field behind her.

Online Teaching Expertise Empowers Ag Professor to Lead the Way

Experience and creativity help agriculture professor Celina Phillips keep teaching virtually and encouraging her fellow faculty.

A food pantry worker wears a mask and rubber gloves as he shows off the options available.

Pivot Helps Food Pantry Provide

While the campus is largely operating virtually due to COVID-19, the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry is still providing regular access to basic needs.

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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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Distance Education Students Share Online Learning Tips

Six students produced videos to help their fellow Wildcats make the transition to virtual learning.

New Dean Named for College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

Provost Debra Larson announces Blake Wentz will be the new dean for the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.

A student hikes hunched over with a heavy backpacking pack on her back as other students follow behind in a forest.

Getting Wild in the Great Outdoors

Wildcat Wilderness Orientation primes students for success by pushing them out of their comfort zone and introducing them to new people.

Bruce poses in the hallway of the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities.

Religion—and Diversity of Thought—at Center of Professor’s Teachings

Professor Bruce Grelle advocates that learning about religions should not be polarizing—it makes us better citizens of a global society.

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.

Fond Farewell: Chico State Volleyball Coach Cody Hein

On and off the court, Chico State women's volleyball coach Cody Hein fully embodied his mantra, “Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.”

A faculty member leans over a group of students to help them work through a problem.

Supporting Students Past the Tipping Point

Takeaways from the Tipping Point Student Success Summit share best practices to ensure students achieve their educational dreams.

A student stands on the banks of a lake holding a Chico State banner, with a building behind him.

University’s Study Abroad Program Recognized as One of Nation’s Best for Yearlong Participation

The Institute of International Education (IIE) listed Chico State's Study Abroad and International Exchange Program as one of the nation’s most active for year-long participants.

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Cybersecurity Students Achieve No. 1 National Ranking

The Chico State Usr0 Club has finished in the top 10 at the National Cyber League Team Competition five years in a row.

A graduate student basks in the glory during her Commencement ceremony.

CSU, Chico Receives Five-Year, $3 Million Grant to Support Postbaccalaureate Students

The University has been awarded funding of $3 million over five years via a Title V grant from the US Department of Education.

Portrait of Jeremy Olguin in the OATS office.

Putting a Priority on Accessible Technology

The Office of Accessible Technology and Services strives to make inclusive technology part of the campus ethos.