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Peer Educator Janieil Harris talks with a fellow student at the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center.

Bye-Bye, Bystanders!

'Wildcats watch out for each other' is the motto of ROAR's alcohol education and bystander intervention program—and it's saving lives.

Students from the Student Philanthropy Council crowd behind Joe Picard and Kathleen Moroney as they both hold over-sized checks.

Chico Steps Up to Show Students We Care: “Chico Cares” About Solving Student Hunger, Homelessness

The Chico Cares Campaign works to alleviate students' food insecurity with the help of the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry and several Chico State philanthropy programs.

Lance Mitchell extends his hand to touch his virtual surroundings while wearing the Microsoft HoloLens.

Vision Becomes (Virtual) Reality: Collaborative VR Course Presents Opportunities

Seeking to incorporate newly developed technology into journalism, the Departments of Computer Animation and Game Development, Journalism and Public Relations, and Media Arts, Design, and Technology teamed up to bring cutting-edge virtual reality technology to collaborative classrooms.

Come & Visit Chico

One week, 7 Reasons—Get Ready for Chico Preview Day 2017!

You are invited to attend Chico Preview Day! This premier fall open house offers prospective Fall 2018 undergraduate students and their families an opportunity to visit Chico State and experience firsthand our true college town environment. But in case you're on the fence about attending this all inclusive event, here are seven reasons we should see YOU at Chico Preview Day 2017!

Charles "CC" Carter stands smiling at the entrance of the CCLC.

Heart, Hope, and Hard Conversations: CCLC Says Goodbye to Its Founder after Celebrating 10 Years

Wildcats celebrate Charles "CC" Carter, and his impacting presence on campus, as he retires from his position as the director of the Cross Cultural Leadership Center after 10 years of service.

Boxes full of fresh fruit and vegetables.

‘I really did think I was the only one’

In sharing her own story about going hungry, graduate student Brandi Simonaro fights the stigma that students are alone in their struggles for food security.

The Chico State men's soccer team took in the sights and sounds of Spain, both on land and in the Mediterranean Sea,

Reflections on Spain: Wildcats Ready For 2017 CCAA Season

It has only been a couple of weeks since we returned from our trip, and we’re already back at it with trainings and preseason games. It is still settling in that we were in Spain playing against professional club teams and touring major La Liga Stadiums. It’s hard to believe how much we packed into […]

The coloring station at the Back-To-School Connect Event at Chico Junior High School added to the family-friendly atmosphere.

Alums Drive Event Providing Resources to K-12 Homeless Students

Earlier this month, the Butte County Office of Education held its inaugural Back-to-School Connect, where underserved families were invited to get free school resources for their children, like clothes, shoes, and backpacks, as well as snacks and even haircuts.

Members of the Chico State men's soccer team relax during a layover at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, on their way to Spain. (Photo by Dylan Wakefield/Men's Soccer)

Spain Awaits: Chico State Men’s Soccer Team Travels Overseas

After a couple of hours playing Tetris with our travel bags, we finally hopped on a bus at 1:45 a.m. in the University Soccer Stadium parking lot.

The Chico State men's soccer team trains last week at University Soccer Stadium. The entire team, as well as coaches, men's soccer alumni, and a few parents are traveling to Spain for an 11-day training and cultural immersion trip.

Spain and Fútbol: Chico State Men’s Soccer Embarks On Once-In-A-Lifetime Trip

It’s not every day you pack your bags knowing you have a once-in-a-lifetime trip right around the corner. On Monday, the Chico State men’s soccer team will hop on a plane and take off to train in a dream destination.

Students Christopher Barboza, Breanna Barnard, Elizabeth Castillo, and Bianca Quilantan present their Listen to Change interviews in the Meriam Library.

Stories Worth Listening To: ‘Listen to Change’ Gives Students a Platform to Share Their Voice

Each day, thousands of students walk around the Chico State campus, quietly owning their own story. Every one of these stories has extraordinary value. One Chico State class is working to get some of those voices heard to teach about diversity and inclusion.

CCAA All-Academic

38 Special Athletes

Wildcat student athletes honored by CCAA for academic excellence

A man highlights a butterfly guide.

Close Encounters of the Insect Kind

A trip to Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve to aid in the North American Butterfly Association's annual butterfly count proves more elusive than imagined.

Kylee Davis (center) teaches students during a class for Imagineer Day.

Bringing Code to Life for Girls: Computer science grad introduces technology principles to North State girls

Kylee Davis is one of the very few women in the computer science major, a title that inspired Davis to encourage and support other women and young girls interested in STEM programs.

Jones and her family pose for a photo.

Earning Her Degree, Virtually

Yesenia Jones refused to let anything stop her from earning her degree, a goal that was met through her unwavering passion and the accessibility that online education offered her.

Jongwoo Choi and faculty Kevin McGown work out math problems on a white board.

Curiosity Fuels Math Major’s History-Making Success: Jongwoo Choi goes above and beyond to make the most of his education

Jongwoo Choi is setting records at Chico State through his accomplishments in the mathematics major, all as a result of Choi seeking out the answer to a simple question: "why?"

Nick Howell speaks in front of several students.

Passion Drives Propensity to Do It All: Determined and dedicated, Nick Howell balances numerous demanding priorities

With two majors, two minors, and a plethora of campus clubs and activities he is devoted to, Nick Howell is known among his peers and faculty as a master of time management and goal-orientated dedication.

Cameron Santos poses with his baseball mitt.

Santos Dives Head First Into Biggest Battle

Cam Santos appears to be living the college dream. But few outside of his family, friends, and Wildcat family know that Santos is in the midst of a painstaking battle that he will endure for rest of his life.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Monica So looks at a display of faculty publications during Inspired '17, the University's inaugural celebration of publication achievements of faculty, staff, and personnel.

Chico State’s Teacher-Scholar Rock Stars Receive Professional Achievement Honors

Meet six exceptional CSU, Chico professors who were recently honored for excelling as teachers and as scholars during the past three years.

Students walk in the Sutter Courtyard.

Living-Learning Communities: Chico State Housing Gets a ‘Remodel’

University Housing has just gotten a 'remodel,' with new and improved themed housing! So, what is themed housing?

Forensic Anthropology graduate students Heather MacInnes, 33 (left) and Martha Diaz, 24, (right) work on human bones Human Identification Laboratory on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Chico, Calif. The Human Identification Laboratory provides forensic anthropology services to state and federal law enforcement, medical examiners and attorneys. These services include search and recovery of human remains, skeletal analysis for the purposes of identification and trauma analysis. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Crossing Borders: One Student’s Journey

Forensic anthropology graduate student Martha Diaz uncovers death and hope along the US-Mexico border.

Ben Sampson, left, and Sean Woulfe, right, during a Biz Talks event.

Chico State’s Biz Talks Connects Students With Industry Influencers

Accounting or entrepreneurship? Finance or marketing? Biz Talks, a program started by two College of Business alums, helps students determine their future career paths.

Joel Zimbelman sits in a conference room while explaining study abroad options.

Passion for Teaching Abroad Energizes New Tanzania Partnership

CSU, Chico professor Joel Zimbelman is about to embark on yet another overseas teaching voyage and launch the University's first-ever partnership with colleges in Tanzania.

Professor Emerita Valene L. Smith attended the newly expanded museum's ribbon-cutting ceremony on her birthday, February 14.

Smith’s Donation Is a Gift to the Community

Professor Emerita Valene L. Smith donated $250,000 toward the expansion of the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology.

An image of Kendall Hall is photographed with Willie the Wildcat superimposed across.

Willie the Wildcat and the Seven Reasons to #ChooseChico (Plus One More)

Let us take you on the magical journey of Willie the Wildcat as he explores the seven reasons to #ChooseChico, plus one more.

Showing outfits appropriate for casual work events, one woman student models a white blouse, tan jeans, and dress pumps. Another student wears a tan blazer, white silk blouse, and dark-wash jeans, and dressy flat shoes.

Dress for Success Event Tackles Professional Dos, Don’ts

Do tattoos, argyle socks, and distressed jeans belong in the workplace? Students found out what's appropriate for interviews at Dress for Success, a combination fashion show, business mentoring session, and stand-up comedy hour.

Cathrine Himberg teaches during her Intermediate Yoga (KINE169B) class.

Advocacy for Quality Physical Education Has a Home

After the release of her documenary "No Excuses!" in 2014, Catherine Himberg and graduate student Kevin Shepard developed a website designed to support, coach, and guide physical education teachers around the country.

Bones Abroad

Forensic anthropology graduate students spent their summers abroad digging for research opportunities: Sarah Hall excavated human remains in a 19th-century cemetary in Bogota, Columbia, while Valerie Sgheiza traveled to the beaches of Antigua in the West Indies to examine the remains of 17th-century British soldiers.

Traditional garments worn by Hmong women on display at the Valene L. Smith Anthropology Museum at CSU, Chico.

History, Hardship, Culture: ‘Hmong Reflections’

The student-developed exhibit showcasing Hmong history and culture is now open at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology.

Chico State women's basketball player Whitney Branham has overcome spina bifida to become the Wildcats' leader on the court.

Branham’s the Backbone of the Wildcats

Chico State women's basketball player Whitney Branham hasn't let spina bifida hold her back, and she's emerged as the Wildcats' leader.

Grant Morgan (left) and Matt Hall (right) build concrete forms as part of a competition that was timed and measured for quality during a demonstration for more than 1,500 prospective students and their families visit the campus and engage directly with faculty, staff and current students at the 20th annual Chico Preview Day Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Industry Benefactor Establishes Faculty Endowment

The Beavers, Inc., a professional construction organization, has a long history of honoring the leaders of today’s heavy construction industry and supporting the people who will shape its future—our students.

Samantha "Sammi" Shea reads a book as Sarah Myers colors and relax in the Zen Den II.

A Place to Find Peace

Step inside Zen Den II, a tranquil relaxation area equipped with bean bag chairs, hammocks, and massage chairs that's designed to help weary, stressed students recharge.

A graphic stating "De-Stress Fest."

Refresh, Rest, It’s Time For De-Stress Fest!

This semester has been quite possibly the most intense to date. With an accumulated level of stress from work, class, and all the rest, it’s really time for the semi-annual De-Stress Fest to commence. This week-long event will bring the relaxation resources directly to the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) for students to enjoy before exams! […]

Students look at and discuss Letters to the Next President, a project by First-Year Experience, at Wildcats Vote last month (Jessica Bartlett/Chico State student photographer)

First-Year Experience Stirs Young Voter Engagement

With the 2016 election at our door, here's how Chico State's First-Year Experience (FYE) program is helping millennials become informed voters.

Adventure Outings makes annual trips to Yosemite National Park

Adventure Outings’ Journey to Outdoor Excellence

For more than 30 years, Chico State’s Adventure Outings has educated and led the way in outdoor recreation for students, staff, faculty, and the entire community.

Haley Kroll, Chico State women's cross country athlete, says, "I don't say man up because it insinuates that women can't be courageous."

Language Matters to Student-Athletes

Chico State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee unveils “We Don’t Say” campaign to raise awareness about language that marginalizes or offends particular identities.

A graphic stating "Halloween The Wildcat Way."

Chicoween #Winning

From favorite activities to custom costumes, here's your guide to Chicoween #winning the Wildcat Way!

Mason Jars and Chico Experience Week booklets decorate the tables.

The Chico Experience, Queer Week, Greek Week Galore!

Here's your recap gallery on all things Chico Experience, Queer Week, and Greek Week!

A flyer for The Chico Experience Week on October 7-16, 2016.

The Chico Experience Week Preview

The schedule for The Chico Experience Week is jam-packed with more than 90 events on campus and in the community, so here is a preview of some of our top picks for the 10 days to come.

student works with the state-of-the-art Red camera

Capturing Student Potential

A new program turns donor dollars into real-world opportunities for students. The University’s Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA) was one of 19 programs to receive more than $250,000 in support.