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The Chico Experience Week

The 2nd annual Chico Experience Week, October 7-16, aims to bring Chico State students, alumni, parents, and friends together for 10 days of fun, education, and reconnection with friends, the campus, and the wonderful city of Chico. Whether you already live in Chico or haven't been back in a while, you are sure to enjoy The Chico Experience! This event is made possible in part by our sponsors.

For a complete list of all Chico Experience Week events visit our website at www.thechicoexperienceweek.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

Ready. Set. Chico! Events

A last reminder about the Ready. Set. Chico! events which will be from August 1 to August 11, 2011. All alumni, new students, returning students, and parents are invited to attend.

Incoming freshmen and parents can ask questions regarding the transition to college life at Chico State; returning students and alumni offer advice, insight, and suggestions of things not to be missed in Chico.

Polly Crabtree, associate director of Alumni and Parent Relations, will accompany Larry Bassow, coordinator of Greek Activities, in speaking at the Ready. Set. Chico! events. Students, parents, and alumni are encouraged to attend to gain further insights about the city of Chico.

Ready. Set. Chico! events are well worth attending. Please RSVP to parent@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-6472 for more information. Please let us know which event you would like to attend and the number of people in your party. For a complete list of locations and dates, click here. more...

Wildcat Welcome Week Call for Alumni Volunteers

Wildcat Welcome Week is our chance to welcome new students to our Chico State Campus Community. We would like to invite you to be a part of this wonderful experience. We are seeking motivated alumni to help greet a small number of new students, lead them to their department meetings, and share a few words with them about why Chico State is a special place.

    Commitment: We ask that you be available on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During that time you will:

  • Receive a brief training on your role for the day.
  • Eat a free breakfast.
  • Receive your free T-shirt.
  • Attend a welcome event with the university president and other officials.
  • Escort a small group of students to their department meeting.
  • Welcome our new students and share for a few minutes about why Chico State is special to you.
  • Escort the students to WRECtacular, which provides our new and returning students with an opportunity to touch, taste, and experience Chico through local and national businesses.

  • If you are interested in participating, please contact Tray Robinson at trobinson@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-4764.

River Partners invite Chico State Alumni to Sacramento River Mud Run

River Partners, led by CEO John Carlon (BS, Agriculture, ’80), has been restoring and protecting California’s rivers and floodplains for almost 14 years. However, this fall, it will hold its first community race on the river: the Mudder Nature Challenge.

The Mudder Nature Challenge will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Runners and bikers will race on a 5k or 8-mile course around a future restoration site by the Sacramento River. Racers will tackle obstacle courses on open fields and a trail run around an ancient riparian forest.

Entrants are welcomed to race in teams or as individuals, on foot or on mountain bikes. There will be a children’s Mini Mudder division, and a BBQ celebration after the race.

"Our goal, in addition to raising money for conservation, is to promote responsible outdoor recreation and stewardship of California’s watersheds and river systems," says Carlon. "River Partners has found that citizen level support for river and watershed conservation begins with creating a positive association between community, recreation, and local waterways." more...

IN THIS ISSUE
  • The Chico Experience Week
  • Ready. Set. Chico!
  • Wildcat Welcome Volunteers
  • River Partners
  • Alumni Profile: Pam Montana
UPCOMING EVENTS

August 1-11, 2011
Ready. Set. Chico!
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August 15-21, 2011
Wildcat Welcome Week
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September 6, 2011
Dodgers v. Padres Game. Pre-game mixer at La Cantina Bar at 5:30 p.m., game begins at 7:05 p.m.
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September 10, 2011
The first ever Mudder Nature Challenge on the Sacramento River.
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September 10, 2011
Dodgers v. Giants Game. Tickets are sold out, tailgate tickets still available.
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October 7-16, 2011
The Chico Experience Week.
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Alumni Profile

Pam Montana
Pam Montana, Physical Education, 1978, is the first in her family to graduate from college and admits she could not have done it without the help of others. "My parents did not have the financial resources to help me. I received a few scholarships and grants, and worked two jobs to get through Chico State," Montana says. "I want to do something now to help today’s students succeed."

Montana recently established the Pamela Montana STEM Career Scholarship Endowment to support students in science, technology, engineering, and math. "I wanted to provide a permanent source of support for students pursuing degrees in computer science, engineering, and math, whose goals are to work in and with technology. The industry in the United States, and worldwide, is struggling to find strong candidates to work in this arena, and I want to do something to give back to the university that gave me so much."

Montana currently serves as the area-director, Western Region, for Intel’s Government, Education, and Medical sector - although she graduated with a degree in physical education. She transferred to Chico State from junior college, and not knowing what she really wanted as a career, majored in physical education with the thought of becoming a teacher. After graduation and a short stay in Hawaii as a student teacher, Montana realized this was not her chosen field, came home and found a job with Pacific Bell as a phone store sales rep. She rose through the ranks of Pac Bell, AT&T Computer Systems, and NCR and took early retirement from NCR in 2000. Shortly after, Intel called and she has been with them for the past 11 years. Montana is a certified Career Development instructor and assists with Intel’s college recruiting when time permits. She also serves as a mentor to college women who are majoring in technology via mentornet.

When considering the type of gift she wanted to make, Montana said, "I wanted to do something now, so that in addition to the monetary support of a scholarship, I could also meet the recipients and potentially develop relationships that include mentoring and providing support. Having someone to lean on besides your family is important, and I want the impact of what I do to be both financial and personal." In addition to her own personal gift, Montana also reports that because Intel provides a matching gift program, an additional 50 percent will be added to her scholarship fund. When asked what her experience at Chico State taught her about life, she says "I ran track at Chico State and was horrible at it, but I always finished. My advice to today’s students is to work hard, be honest, never give up, and don’t take shortcuts. Be disciplined and follow your passion."

The Pamela Montana STEM Career Scholarship Endowment provides a $1,000 annual scholarship for continuing and transfer students with a 2.75 GPA, who demonstrate a high financial need. Students must be enrolled in a STEM major, and the preference is for a student who has faced significant challenges on their academic path such as caring for dependents and/or re-entering college. To learn more about the scholarship program at Chico State, contact Daria Booth, scholarship coordinator, at 530-898-4796 or dbooth3@csuchico.edu.

University News
Freedom in Elements Program
The Adapted Physical Activity Program (APA) at California State University, Chico is hosting its first Freedom in Elements Program for individuals on the autism spectrum Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Aug. 5 to 7. The program will focus on increasing social skills and developing interpersonal relationships through movement, theatre, art, drama, and music. The camp is a result of collaboration between APA and Velvi, a nonprofit organization based in Madurai, India. In addition to the camp, Freedom in Elements is also offering a one-day in-service training for special educators, trainers, and professionals engaged with individuals with autism on Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Frugal House Nets Large Proceeds for North State Symphony
Frugal House, North State Symphony’s major fundraiser for the year, held June 10 and 11, netted approximately $34,000 for the symphony. California State University, Chico and Butte College interior design students transformed the house on Vallombrosa Avenue with a Hollywood-themed decor. Attendees at the event were able to purchase the items and furniture in the house, all of which was recycled and re-purposed. Community members and businesses donated more than 1,000 individual items for sale in the home. The opening event, a preview party, was sold out, and almost every item in the house was sold during the two days Frugal House was open.
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Chico State College of Agriculture Named Top 25 in Innovation
The College of Agriculture, California State University, Chico, has been named as one of the top 25 agricultural innovators in California from a list of 100 businesses and universities. Although specific winners in several categories are yet to be named, it is a distinction, in and of itself, to make this list, said Jennifer Ryder Fox, dean of the College of Agriculture. Twelve of those making the list will be presented a "Game Changer of the Year" award by California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross and an official state resolution from the California Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy.
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