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Two people butcher meat at the Meats Lab

How To: Stay Sharp at the Meat Counter

As inflation and food costs continue to set record highs, Chico State Meats Lab staff and students offer tips to include meat as a part of your healthy diet.

Kendall Hall with spring flowers in the foreground

Chico State Students to Present Research at Statewide Competition

Ten Chico State student delegates will compete against scholars statewide at the California State University’s 36th annual Statewide Research Competition.

Kevin Warren dribbles between two members of the Cal State East Bay team.

Basketball Player’s Success a Slam Dunk in Classroom and the Court

The most decorated student-athlete in Chico State’s men’s basketball history, Kevin Warren will graduate this spring with a master’s in communication studies.

Business students work at a computer with business tickers displayed above them.

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.

Students stand with their award certificates at the international AMA competition.

Marketing Students Take Top Honors at International Conference

Ten students from the Chico State chapter of the American Marketing Association netted multiple awards at the AMA International Collegiate Conference.

Troy Cline holds a cloth bag out to a student as she "grabs" small white balls with a claw.

Pandemic-Themed Class Explores How Science and Society Tackle Germs

In "Pandemics, Germs, and Society," students study vaccine science, information literacy, and how public health measures can restrict the spread of pathogens.

College students and faculty stand in a coffee processing plant, with dozens of bags of coffee beans stacked up in the background.

Agriculture Majors Explore Puerto Rico in Immersive Trip

A 10-day agricultural exploration trip over winter break pushed eight Chico State students outside their comfort zones, gave them new perspectives on experiential education, and immersed them in a culture they will never forget.

Masked students look at a map of campus while marking safety concerns they found.

Students Embrace Role in Campus Safety During Moonlight Walk

About 125 students canvassed campus to identify opportunities for safety improvements.

Angelica Rodriguez collects water samples along a stream in the mountains.

Multimillion-Dollar Grants Ensure Hands-On Research Continues for STEM Students

Chico State was awarded a pair of multimillion dollar grants, ensuring that STEM students in three different colleges will be able to continue receiving hands-on research opportunities with faculty.

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Where Education Meets the Land

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve is a living laboratory for students of all ages, ground-breaking research, and innovative land management practices.

Rebecca Hood plays a cello in a physics class.

Crash Course: Physics of Music

Bringing sight to a seemingly intangible concept is exactly the purpose of PHYS 307 by teaching students how each sound produces unique waves depending on instrument, pitch, and tone.

A red maple leaf hangs in stark contrast to other green leaves on a tree.

Disaster-Focused Course Prepares Social Workers for the Future

A social work course centered in community healing uses the region's experience with the Camp Fire to educate the disaster case managers of the future.

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.

He-Lo Ramirez holds up an Indian onion.

Inaugural Climate Fellows Share Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Two Native American students are teaching Traditional Ecological Knowledge to children as part of a pilot statewide fellowship focused on climate action.

Kym Crosby crosses a finish link on a track

Alumna Kym Crosby Readies To Run for Team USA at 2021 Paralympics

A bronze medalist in Rio in 2016, Kym Crosby ('17) claimed the 100- and 400-meter titles at the US Paralympic Trials. She heads to Tokyo in August.

Sunlight breaks through branches and leaves of trees that are surrounded by grass and volcanic rocks

Land Donation Doubles Size of BCCER, Now CSU’s Largest Ecological Reserve

Chico State's BCCER received an anonymous land donation—doubling its size and making it one of the largest college- or university-operated reserves in the entire state.

A student walks past the Science Building in the evening light.

Science Takes Center Stage

This fall—three years after breaking ground— the new Science Building will open fully with more than 523 in-person class sessions serving thousands of students.

A Chico Sate baseball pitcher hurls a pitch toward a batter.

Wildcats Baseball Celebrates 125 Years of Success

Ever since its humble start in 1896, the baseball team has enjoyed a legacy of success—two national titles, numerous alumni advancing to the professional ranks, and winning the hearts of fans for generations.

Two outlines of human heads face one another surrounded by question marks and exclamation marks.

Psychology Class Views Prejudice Through an Objective Lens

In “Psychology of Prejudice, Hate, and Violence,” Professor Alex Wong and his students analyze the nature of prejudice as a basic human psychological need to generalize others in comparison to themselves—a trait that all human beings possess.

The cover of the gratitude journal prints out of the printer.

School of Social Work Shares Gifts of Gratitude with Community Partners

With support from a North Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 relief grant, the School of Social Work purchased self-care gifts for area social workers who have supported students' education during the pandemic.

A team of college softball players line up and cheer for a teammate as she prepares to touch home plate.

COVID-19 Vaccines Required for CSU, Chico University Housing Residents, Student-Athletes Participating in NCAA Athletics

Chico State will require COVID-19 vaccinations for students living in University Housing or participating in NCAA athletics, beginning in the fall 2021 semester.

Natsumi Kawamura performs a dance routine as Megan Glynn Zollinger films on an iPhone.

Dance Students Rediscover Groove in Virtual Collaboration

The CSU Dance Collective, cofounded by Professor Megan Glynn Zollinger, has not only kept dance alive at Chico State during the pandemic, it’s transformed collaboration and creativity for students, faculty, and campuses alike.

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

Students Engage Globally, Virtually, Amid COVID-19

Studying abroad looks different in the age of COVID-19, but the pandemic hasn’t stopped students from expanding their world-views, gaining new skills, and building lasting relationships.

A college student smiles while holding a country's flag.

Chico State’s Study Abroad Program Once Again Recognized as One of Nation’s Best

For the 15th consecutive year, Chico State's Study Abroad program was ranked in the top 10 nationally for students learning in another country for at least a year.

A nursing student wearing protective gear holds a syringe that contains the vaccine against the coronavirus.

Nursing Students Serve on the Frontlines Against COVID-19

Doing their part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, students from Chico State's School of Nursing are volunteering at local sites to provide much-needed testing and administer long-awaited vaccinations.

Sunshine breaks through the tops of trees over a ranch-style setting.

Family of Professor Emeritus Gifts $1 Million for Educational Programming at Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

The Dempsey family has donated $1 million to the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve—the largest cash gift in its history—for educational programming.

Portrait of a student seated at a desk in her home, surrounded by electronic equipment.

CAVE Adopts Virtual Program to Maintain Legacy Tutoring Services

Moving its face-to-face tutoring to a virtual format for the first time in the program's 50-plus years, CAVE collaborated with an online ally to continue helping local school children.

Lisa Kendhammer fills plastic bags with chemistry equipment for at-home experiments.

Chemistry Kits Deliver At-Home Learning Opportunities

Despite learning virtually for the vast majority of the fall semester, chemistry students are still able to conduct hands-on experiments at home.

Sunbeams peek through leaves and branches of trees

CSU, Chico Basic Needs Receives $870,000 Grant, Addresses Student Homelessness

Chico State was one of seven CSU campuses to receive a California State University College-Focused Rapid Re-Housing Partnership Grant this year.

Brandon Wright stands in the foreground of the Honey Run Covered Bridge, which has only pylons standing during this phase of the rebuild.

Construction Management Furthers Contributions to Honey Run Covered Bridge Rebuild

Students and faculty remain a driving force in the rebuild of the Honey Run Covered Bridge, lost to the Camp Fire in 2018.

JJ Jakovac walks on a golf course with Collin Morikawa.

Former Wildcat Golf Star Shines As Caddie on PGA Stage

During the first few years of this millennium, there was no better golfer at the NCAA Division II level than J.J. Jakovac. Now he is earning a similar reputation as a professional caddie.

Chico State University Farm silo.

University Farm Celebrates 60 Years of Hands-On Learning

Six decades after it opened, the farm's its 800 acres remain a microcosm of a major industry and its essential workforce.

Reed Pritchard pushes the beef cattle down a shoot on University Farm.

Ag Can’t Wait

The 60-year-old University Farm is a microcosm of the agriculture industry and its essential workers, which means during these extraordinary times students still rise early to feed the livestock, milk the cows, pick the peaches, and tend its fields and orchards.

students walk out of the bell memorial union on a fall day.

AS Takes Step Against Systemic Racism by Honoring Juneteenth as Paid Holiday

By honoring Juneteenth as a paid holiday, the Associated Students hope to acknowledge its historical significance and contribute to efforts to dismantle systemic racism.

Students throw bean bags as part of a cornhole tournament.

Chico State Nearly Wins World Record Title with Cornhole Tournament

Chico State broke one world record and nearly set a new one with 398 students participating in a campus cornhole tournament.

An aerial view of campus shows trees turning color in fall as students walk on campus.

History Majors Embrace Groundbreaking Research with Inaugural Adelante Grants

This summer, three history majors—Vivian Hernandez, Jose Valadez, and Juan Vega—tackled topics much of the world knows little about with support from a national grant.

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.

A portrait of Farshad Azad

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.

A student tests concrete in a lab on campus.

Concrete Graduates Have Strong Hold on Job Market

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