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Chico Experience Week - October 10-19, 2014
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Jake Early Second PrintThe fifth annual Chico Experience Week is just a few weeks away! This year will host a special event, Jake Early's fifth and final unveiling of The Chico Experience Week print series. An "Unveiling" reception will be hosted in downtown Chico at Chico Paper Company. At this free event, attendees will be able to purchase the print (limited availability) and meet the artist. More details on this event and all others can be found at www.thechicoexperienceweek.com.

Chico State Welcomes Dr. Peter Smits 

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Dr. Peter Smits

President Paul Zingg announced earlier this month that Peter Smits, vice president emeritus at CSU, Fresno, has accepted a position as interim vice president for University Advancement. 

Smits replaces Rick Ellison, vice president for University Advancement since 2005, who has accepted a new position in advancement at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Smits was vice president at Fresno State for 20 years and was responsible for Fresno State's programs in development and fundraising, university communications, endowment management and alumni relations. 

In a message to campus, Zingg said, "After meeting several times with senior leaders in Advancement, the consensus was to bring in an interim VP with extensive advancement experience who knows our campus and our strategic priorities. Peter Smits is exactly that person." More

President Zingg Visits Alumna on 107th Birthday
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President Zingg and Beulah Lynn LemmEarlier this month, President Zingg and community member Farshad Azad paid a visit to a very special Chico State alumna, Beulah Lynn Lemm Balmer. Balmer graduated from Chico State in 1927 from the College of Communication and Education.  They had the honor of spending time with Balmer on her 107th birthday. President Zingg shared facts about Chico State and updated her on campus news. Balmer was thrilled by the visit and looks forward to seeing the president on her 108th birthday!

San Diego Alumni Have A Blast At Petco Park
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 Petco Park Event
On Saturday, September 20th, San Diego alumni (and a future alum featured in the photo!) came together for the Giants versus Padres alumni event at Petco Park. Wildcats had a great time reconnecting with one another in the private seating available just for Chico State alumni. All alumni who attended were given a "Chico State Alum" pennant and "Proud Chico State" button. This annual event sells out every year - we hope to see you there next year!

October 10-19, 2014

October 10, 2014
Jake Early "O" Unveiling. Free event from 5-7 p.m. at Chico Paper Co., Broadway, Chico, CA. 

October 10, 2014
Young Alumni Mixer, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at B Street Oyster Co., Broadway, Chico, CA. Tickets are $5 per person, appetizers and no-host bar. Order Tickets 
October 11, 2014
Family Weekend Barbecue, Noon to 2 p.m. on Yolo Lawn. Catered by Kinder's. Tickets are $12 each. Order Tickets
October 16, 2014
Chico Chapter Fall Mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade, Chico, CA. Tickets are $10 each and include appetizers and no-host bar. Order Tickets
October 16, 2014
Berkeley Alumni Mixer at the Torpedo Room, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Berkeley, CA. Tickets are $10 each and include light appetizers and no-host Sierra Nevada beers. Order Tickets
October 16, 2014
Sacramento Alumni Mixer, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hot Italian, 16th Street, Sacramento CA. Tickets are $10 each and include appetizers and no-host bar. Order Tickets
October 17, 2014
Class of 1964 Reunion Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Johnny's in the Hotel Diamond (downstairs in cellar). Tickets are $10 each and include appetizers and no-host bar. Order Tickets 
October 18, 2014
Golden Grad Brunch (for all those grads from 1964 and before), 9:30 check-in, Class of 1964 Time Capsule opening at 10:45 a.m., Selvester's Cafe on the Chico State Campus. Tickets are $12 each, or 2 for $20. Order Tickets
November 3, 2014
CSU Alumni Hollywood Mega Mixer, 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Madera Kitchen, 1835 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are $15 each and include appetizers and no-host bar. Order Tickets
November 7, 2014
Honoring Our Veterans Event, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Colusa Hall 100A, CSU, Chico. Free. RSVP

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Pre-veterinary Selected for Prestigious CSU Trustees' Award
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Natalie Holmberg-Douglas, a fourth-year animal science and biochemistry major at CSU, Chico, has been selected for the Robert and Dorothy Talty Family Scholarship. The $6,000 award is among the 2014 CSU Trustees' Awards for Outstanding Achievement, the system's highest distinction for students. 

Holmberg-Douglas is the first student to receive the Robert and Dorothy Talty Family Scholarship, established recently for CSU students majoring in engineering or the sciences. Distributed by the CSU Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the CSU, the award recognizes students who demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need. More





University News

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CSU, Chico Ranked Seventh Among Western Regional Universities
CSU, Chico is seventh in the most recent ranking of regional public universities in the Western United States by U.S. News and World Report magazine. CSU, Chico ranked 10th last year and sixth the prior three years. The University has been ranked as high as third in its category and has been in the top 10 since 1998, when the list originated. More

 Janet Turner

Janet Turner Print Museum Presents: Legacy Janet Turner; Artist, Mentor, Teacher
Continuing the centenary celebration of Turner's birth in 1914, this exhibition presents her prints inspired by her Chico years. Also included is a selection of her students' prints that she obtained to be part of her collection. The exhibition celebrates Turner's historic contributions to the education and training of artists and to the promotion of printmaking as an art form as well as her pioneering role as a female printmaker. More 

  Senior wins scholarships  

Concrete Industry Management Student Selected for $7,000 Scholarship
CSU, Chico concrete industry management student Michelle Ahola has been selected for a 2014 Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship. Ahola is the only concrete industry student in the country to receive the $7,000 award. Ahola, a senior in the CSU, Chico's Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program, was among 46 scholarship recipients. Applicants were asked to submit a video and sign a pledge to work hard. More.


Clinique Gift




Chico State Wildcat Store
The Chico State Wildcat Store will be having its semiannual Clinique gift with purchase event on October 6-19th. Come see us and view all of our products! Make a purchase of $27 or more to receive your gift. Visit our website to start shopping today.  

Alumni Association Scholarships
The Chico State Alumni Association offers four $1,000 scholarships, ($500 awarded for two semesters). Applicants must be the dependent of an Alumni Association member. For more information and application deadlines, visit our website.

Join the Alumni Association
The generous support from alumni is instrumental in our mission of advancing Chico State and directly supports alumni programming and services for nearly 130,000 alumni around the world. Visit our website to join the Alumni Association and stay connected to Chico.

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