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Siblings Anna Rose Alexander and Josh Funk

Sibling Collaboration Spans Disciplines and CSU Campuses

A cross-discipline, multi-campus collaboration between Chico State and Cal State East Bay is made more special because the faculty involved are siblings.

Crash Course: The Good Life Vs. The End of the World

Two GE courses offered by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts evoke very different ideas: one of existential dread and the other enlightenment and happiness. Yet both encourage students to ask some of life’s age-old questions.

5 Questions with History Alumna and Author Sonia Robles

As the Mexican workforce moved north into the United States beginning in the 1930s, Mexican-owned radio stations followed—alumna Sonia Robles (History, '05) documented this in her book, "Mexican Waves."

A portrait of Ben Vandersluis.

Grad Student and Horror Fan LEAPs into Editing and Publishing

Horror publisher Benjamin Vandersluis credits Chico State’s “killer” English Department for expanding his view of the genre and sparking his love for literary editing and publishing.

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.

Kendall Hall is framed by trees as a student walks up its entry path.

Fulbright Program Names Chico State to Prestigious List of National Higher-Education HSI Leaders

Chico State has been named a Fulbright HSI Leader in the designation’s inaugural year, and is one of just 35 higher education institutions nationwide to receive the honor.

Vivian Hernandez poses on the steps in front of brick building

CSU Trustees’ Award Adds to Accolades for History and Latin American Studies Major

Vivian Hernandez keeps racking up honors and awards at Chico State. Her latest, a prestigious CSU Trustees' award and scholarship.

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.

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.

William Nitzky stands in the Valene L. Smith Museum with an exhibit behind him.

Office Hours: Anthropology Faculty and Documentarian Will Nitzky

Professor Will Nitzky wears many hats—museum director, professor, anthropologist—and he added one more with his directorial debut, Bang the Drum: Documentary.

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.

Asa Mittman stands in front of a painting of a monster with a person's feet sticking out of its mouth as humans attempt to stab it.

Making Sense of Monsters

Asa Simon Mittman has been working to legitimize the field of monsters as a worthwhile study for much of his career. It worked.

Kate McCarthy speaks to a crowd.

Talking Politics at the Dinner Table

We dread political conversations with family because of how tense they can be. But Professor Kate McCarthy sees similarities in interfaith dialogue that can help us find common ground, even in politics.

Portrait of Mary Gibaldi

A Stronger Sense of Space

Master’s candidate Mary Gibaldi focused her English studies on the subject of space in literary worlds while discovering her own new expression of “home.”

Brett Day works on the print making press.

Leaving—and Receiving—a Lasting Impression

A rolling stone most of his young life, Brett Day put down roots in Chico long enough to find a new love: printmaking. Now, he's off to explore again.

Janet Jackson and Barry Daffurn pose for a photo with three other men.

Cinq founder enjoying the sound of success

Alum Barry Daffurn has long embraced the world of digital distribution. Now he is the founder of Cinq Music Group, a Los Angeles-based music and entertainment management company with its finger on the pulse of digital music trends and distribution practices.

Autumn Robertson paints a mural of a woman on a campus wall.

Ideas on the wall: Murals course shares art with the public

Through the process of pitching, commissioning, and completing projects, students learn a valuable lesson: There is much more to public art than the image.

Travel Tipster Shares Top Trends

Matthew Stone has followed his passion for learning new things and visiting new places around the world, and as an experienced traveler he shares some pro-tips to travelling safely and smartly.

An old black and white photo of Jacki Headley using a calculator.

Honoring Creativity: Jacki Headley’s Memory Lives through ARTS

Jacki Headley is remembered for her for love of Chico, creative drive, and commitment to the community.