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A portrait of Michele Thorpe taken in the offices of the North Valley Community Foundation.

Thorpe Leads Throng of Chico State Alumni Caring for Community Youth in Crisis

Chico State is producing great neighbors in the North State. One shining example: The North Valley Community Foundation’s CARE Team, created to connect struggling kids to caring adults and vital resources. The team, 16 deep, is led by alumna Michele Thorpe and includes 12 other Chico State grads.

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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.

Looking up from the ground, the sun's rays break through the forest's canopy.

University’s Ecological Reserves Receive Funding for Forest Therapy for Community Recovery Project

Chico State's Ecological Reserves have received funding through the North Valley Community Foundation and Butte Strong Fund for a pilot forest therapy project.

Alexa Benson-Valavanis sits in a chair in her light-flooded office.

When Community Calls

The local foundation Alexa Benson-Valavanis shaped to support area nonprofits suddenly went global last fall as one of the main places to donate during the Camp Fire.

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Alum Brings Healing with #ButteStrong Design

It took Chico State alum Zac Acker less than three minutes to sketch out the design, & when he posted it on the 12 Volt Tattoo Facebook page, it was clear the #ButteStrong design was a remembrance for what Paradise residents had lost in the Camp Fire—as well as what it still had.

11 Things Alums Want New Grads to Know

Graduation is hard. What do you do once you step out into the world? What are the things you need to know? We contacted Chico State Alums from all walks of life, and here's what they want new grads to know...

Blake Northam, Camille Davis, and Aaron Bursten sit on the stairs of the BMU.

Ending the Gender Pay Gap

Three Chico State students have launched a nonprofit that aims to end the gender pay gap by recognizing businesses that have a wage difference of 5 percent or less between equal employees.