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Portrait of Teresita Curiel.

Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution

A conversation with Teresita Curiel about what it means for Chico State to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

Cross-Cultural Leadership Center Building Bridges

The Cross-Cultural Leadership Center is dedicated to connecting students to each other as well as providing opportunities for all students to be empowered.

Chico Performances Presents Sleeping Beauty

More than 70 dancers grace the stage of this year’s Chico Community Ballet’s adaptation of the magical fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. The ballet features the classic story of curses, fairies, and fantasy danced to Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. The ballet runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 6 at Laxson Auditorium. For tickets, visit the Chico Performances website.

Military Kids Get the Camp Life

A Chico State program is giving new meaning to the term “base camp.” For years, Chico State Camp Adventure has been sending students to military bases in more than 20 countries all over the world to work directly with children and youth. The program’s main mission is to provide summer programs for military children, an […]

Sustainability: Putting Education into Practice

What does sustainability look like at Chico State? AS Sustainability helps students become aware that changing little habits every day does make a big difference.

Students Smash Pumpkins for Science

  [sliderpro id=”1″] Community members gathered Friday to see pumpkins fly off a top floor of Butte Hall and smash into the ground as part of the 28th annual pumpkin drop put on by California State University, Chico’s Society of Physics Students. The event is a theatrical reenactment of Galileo Galilei’s legendary Tower of Pisa […]

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Adventure Outings: Where the journey begins

Adventure Outings is to enhance the CSU, Chico community through student-powered outdoor recreation.

Gender & Sexuality Equity (Not Equality) Center

Ever heard of on-campus events like Take Back the Night, the LGBTQ+ Conference, or the Vagina Monologues? These events are hosted by the AS Gender & Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) every year. The GSEC (pronounced Gee-Seck) is a student-run activist organization at Chico State open Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 004 of […]

Chico State: Putting Lottery Funds to Work

Expanding library collections, purchasing lab materials and recruiting teaching students from diverse backgrounds are some of the ways CSU, Chico is effectively using its share of funding from the California Lottery, as shown in this new video from the lottery.

“Dreaming Without Boundaries” Conference: An Inside Look

The second annual Dreaming Without Boundaries conference aims to educate and promote awareness for the issues faced by undocumented students, and resources available to them.

Get Foxy Performs in AS Productions’ Nooners

AS Productions' Nooners is a free, weekly live music series on the Chico State campus.

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve: ‘Where Education Meets the Land’

Seasonal hikes, outdoor education classes, species spotting excursions, these are just a few of the things you can do on the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve, Chico State’s 3,950 acre outdoor lab.

Chico State Forensic Anthropology Program

Our forensic archaeology program gives students a rare opportunity to learn field recovery methods by documenting mock crime scenes that replicate real-life cases. Graduate students working in the Human Identification Lab assist faculty in the recovery of human remains for local and federal agencies. How has Chico State enriched your learning experience? Tag your posts […]

Ability First Sports

Every year Chico State hosts the Ability First Sports program, a wheelchair sports camp designed to provide instructional and recreational sports opportunities to youth with physical disabilities. Staff and volunteers including students enrolled in our recreation therapy and adapted physical education programs come together to provide an experience that campers won’t forget. Video by: […]

The flame logo emblem is seen in stain glass on Kendall Hall

GSEC Presents “Consent: It’s Required”

The AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center takes a stand against sexual assault with a video series on the topic of consent.

Large group of students who participated in the CCLC diversity summit

Cross-Cultural Leadership Center Hosts Diversity Summit

A glimpse into the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center's Diversity Summit held in Nevada City. Read about how 100 strangers became a close-knit family in just a couple of days.

Students hang out and eat on the steps outside Sutter Hall

’Cat Tales: One Hungry College Student at a Time

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

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Wildcats Among Nation’s Best Student-Athletes

This past week, our men’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, and baseball teams demonstrated that they are among the best in the nation.

The flame logo emblem is seen in stain glass on Kendall Hall

’Cat Tales: Ending With Gold

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

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’Cat Tales: Racing to the Finish

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

Student assisting with a street tree planting effort

’Cat Tales: Maintaining a Legacy

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

Model UN team poses with their winning certificates

’Cat Tales: Excellence in Film-making, on the Runway, and International Affairs

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

The south ramp to Laxson Auditorium

’Cat Tales: Bringing Visions to Life

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

The front of Kendall Hall

’Cats Trade a Day Off of School for Volunteering in the Community

'Cats spent Monday making a difference in Chico by volunteering on their day off. Roughly 160 students took part in 'Cats in the Community on Cesar Chavez Day, honoring Chavez's legacy by giving back to the community.

’Cat Tales: Lending a Paw

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

Oh, The Places Wildcats Go

As we return from another spring break that saw Chico State students making a difference through well-known programs like CAVE's Alternative Spring Break and the Blitz Build, we wondered, "What else do our Wildcats get up to while they're away?"

’Cat Tales: Students Doing Big Things on the Court, in the Community, and on Your Computer Screen

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

’Cat Tales: Spring Brings New Thrills in Clubs, Sports, and Taxes — Yes, Taxes

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

’Cat Tales: Students Who Are Changing the Way We Commute, Eat and Study

Read about the accomplishments of students, staff, and alums in the weekly edition of ’Cat Tales.

We Never Stop Exploring

Don't miss out on the trips offered by adventure outings to students and the Chico community.


We all know selecting a college is a tough choice. Here at Chico State, we want new students to be sure. That is why we offer an open house and day of activities that will help prospective students decide if Chico is the place for them. In anticipation of this year’s Choose Chico! event (April 6, 2013), […]

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Planning Events and Honoring Heroes

By Alison Healey, senior Business- Marketing, and Recreation Management Major “Recreation… So you’re majoring in playing?” This is what statement I hear from many people when I tell them I am majoring in recreation. Most people don’t realize the recreation major encompasses many fields, including event planning, parks management, hospitality, and tourism. Through my Recreation 474 […]

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The Orion’s Going #DigitalFirst

By Ben Mullin, Journalism and English Literature major Managing Editor, The Orion When The Orion news team convened for the first meeting of the semester, I told them all to take a deep breath and close their eyes. Some raised their eyebrows. Some cracked hesitant smiles. But they humored me while I began my speech: […]

Model United Nations: Best Experience of My College Career

By Chelsey Korman, Senior, Journalism The Model United Nations is extremely difficult to describe in only 250 words, but here is my attempt. When I first started taking the class, the officers raved about how close we would all become and what a great experience Model United Nations is. To be honest, it just sounded […]

Take a Hike!

The Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) fulfills a variety of important functions: it provides numerous opportunities for graduate student research projects from archaeology to zoology; it serves as an outdoor classroom for third and fourth grade students who learn about its flora and fauna within the framework of California State Science Standards and California […]

Let’s Do Some Dancin’!

By Rory Miller, Assistant Sports Information Director Re-posted from Chico State Athletics. For fans, coaches and players assembled upstairs Sunday night at Madison Bear Garden, the atmosphere was one of anxiousness for the Chico State women’s basketball team, as the Wildcats waited to see if their late-season heroics were enough to earn a berth into […]

Why Our Ag Majors Are Growing

By Jennifer Ryder Fox, dean of the College of Agriculture After reading the January 19, 2012 Yahoo Education article “College Majors That Are Useless,” one might be led to believe that the author, Terence Loose, has something against eating, wearing clothes, enjoying a natural landscape, or smelling a bouquet of roses. What other reason could […]

Big Bass, Big Money

By Bryce Hayes, CSU, Chico Alumnus, Construction Management 2011 When a good friend of mine mentioned he was starting up a fishing club on campus in 2009, initially I didn’t think much of it. I have always had a passion for fishing and the outdoors, but never considered joining a club that offered this type […]

Recycle, Reuse

By Bianca Hernandez, Senior, Majors: Anthropology and Journalism — News Editorial I nervously eyed the shelves brimming with binders and notebooks. The nice woman at the desk in BMU 301 had told me to help myself since everything was free, but I just couldn’t trust it. Free school supplies? It felt like a trick. I […]

Rock and Roll and the Fall of Communism

By Matt Robertson, Graduate Studies in History Studying abroad means more than just studying, and few public institutions of higher education facilitate the experience better than Chico State. Two weeks ago in Berlin, I saw Checkpoint Charlie (where WWIII almost began) and the Brandenburg Gate, and quivered with unbridled emotion at a Holocaust museum.  But […]