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Alumni Association to Launch Online Services

As a graduate of Chico State, you are already a part of the growing network of Chico State alumni - more than 130,000 strong! As we approach our 125th anniversary in 2012, we'd like to introduce you to a new way to connect with friends, share news, sign up for events, and receive news about Chico State. Membership in the Chico State Online Community is free and exclusive to alumni!

Look for an e-mail later this month with directions on how to sign up for this great new service! If you register for the community by August 30, you'll have a chance to win one of these great prizes:
  • iPad 2
  • $100 gift certificate to the AS Bookstore
  • Chico State Alumni Sweatshirt
  • One-year membership in the Chico State Alumni Association
After you register, try out these community features:

Look for our email in your inbox and register in the online community in order to stay connected to Chico State!
SF Giants v. Oakland A's Game

Alumni from the Bay Area and Sacramento gathered to watch the Oakland A’s take on the SF Giants on Friday, June 17. The Oakland A's won the local battle. Twenty-five Chico State Alumni from the Bay Area chapter came out to enjoy this game and connect with one another. This event was held in part in honor of Alicia Schwemer, outgoing Bay Area Chapter president. Alicia served as chapter president for over three years and will continue to serve on the chapter board as vice president.
Ready. Set. Chico!

Inviting all alumni, new students, returning students, and parents to attend our Ready. Set. Chico! events. 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. Whether you are curious about our city, our community, or our campus life, or want to share your own experiences as an alumni, you can plan on learning a lot of new things at these events. They are scheduled all over California in convenient locations, so keep your eye out for one that is near you. If the event is being hosted at a local park, lemonade and cookies will be served.

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.
Mark Your Calendars for The Chico Experience Week

The Chico Experience Week 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!

The calendar is filling up with dozens of exciting events already scheduled during the second annual Chico Experience Week. Make your plans today to visit Chico and map out an itinerary that suits your style and pace! 

Interested in athletic events—either as a participant or observer? To get the body moving, you can participate in Butte Humane Society's Furry Scurry – Fun Run & Festival, Chico Velo’s 2nd Annual Fallflower Ride, and if you are looking for a slower pace, we invite you to join us for yoga in Alumni Glen or take a Sustainability Walking Tour of campus.

More of an observer? Chico State has men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball on tap, so come on out and show some Chico State spirit!

For a complete list of events visit our website at thechicoexperienceweek.com or Like us on Facebook!

Need a place to stay while you visit Chico? The Oxford Suites is offering a special Chico State reunion rate! Visit oxfordsuiteschico.com
or call 530-899-9090 and ask for the "Chico Alumni" rate.

The Chico Experience Week is made possible in part due to the generosity of our partners:

Wildcat Welcome Call for 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 tee 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.

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JULY 2011
  • Launch of Online Services 
  • Giants v. A's Game
  • Ready, Set, Chico!
  • Chico Experience Week
  • Alumna Alicia Schwemer
  • University News

August 1-11, 2011 
Ready. Set. Chico! 


August 15-21, 2011 
Wildcat Welcome Week. 


September 10, 2011 
Dodgers v. Giants.

October 7-16, 2011 

Chico Experience Week.


Alumni Profile
Alicia Schwemer

Alicia Schwemer served as the Chico State Alumni Bay Area chapter president for over three years. Alicia is stepping down from the president position, but will remain in office as Vice President. Monica Turner will take over as chapter president on July 1, 2011.

Alicia is a 2001 graduate with a Communication Design - Media Arts degree. She has been a very dedicated alumna and has participated in many events. Being an active alumna has been rewarding for Alicia, as she has enjoyed meeting a diverse group of other Chico State alumni in the Bay Area. Her favorite events have been the Summer Send Off events, now known as Ready. Set. Chico! events, as she was able to contribute her knowledge of Chico State to both parents and incoming freshmen.

Alicia is a budding entreprenuer and has created a business, iEngage, which offers social media marketing services to small businesses. It is often time consuming and technologically challenging to maintain a presence on social media, and this is the void her business is filling. She has gained further experience utilizing social media in promoting the Alumni Association's events and programs. She values Facebook as being a revolutionary tool in business, as well as helping keep alumni up tp date on upcoming events. She is also a fundraising professional looking for work and staying busy caring for her 102-year-old grandmother. In her spare time she is devoted to charity work with the American Cancer Society.

Alicia would like to give a huge thank you to the alumni board of directors, who have supported her throughout her presidency. She wants to give a special thanks to the Alumni Association, especially Sue Anderson, Polly Crabtree, Shari Maurseth, and Barbara LaRue, who have been a great help to her chapter and have consistently hosted quality events. Alicia also wants to thank her sister for always attending the Bay Area events and helping to set up before events even though she is not a Chico State alumna. She looks forward to seeing everyone at the next Giants game and other events that will continue to allow her to network with other alumni, recruiters, and recent graduates looking for jobs.

University News
CSU, Chico Students Head to Alcatraz Island for Renovation 
For a second consecutive year, a select group of Concrete Industry Management (CIM) students from California State University, Chico are spending the summer repairing, restoring, and preserving historic concrete structures on Alcatraz Island. The students are working full time as National Park Service (NPS) volunteers and have been supplied with various materials and housing through a cooperative agreement with NPS that will keep CIM students coming back for the next five years.
Ability First Sports Camp Celebrates 25th Year
California State University, Chico’s Ability First Sports camp, a weeklong overnight camp for youth aged 8–17, celebrates its 25th year this summer. Thirty-five youth with disabilities will come from California, Nevada and Oregon for the camp that will run June 19–25. They will stay in a campus residence hall and participate in competitive athletics, recreational programming, and health and nutrition education. Athletes participate in wheelchair basketball, tennis, soccer and rugby, aquatics, water skiing and rock climbing.

Gateway Science Museum Launches Summer Exhibits on Sustainability and Climate Change
Gateway Science Museum launches its summer exhibit season with an emphasis on sustainability when it reopens with new summer hours June 11. Three new exhibits will have visitors examining their everyday lifestyle choices and the impacts those choices may have on the world around us. In the North Gallery visitors will explore Sustainable Choices, an interactive exhibit focusing on sustainability with decisions each of us makes every day. In the Valley Gallery, visitors will explore how global warming is affecting our planet. more...

Human Powered Vehicle Excels at Western Competition
A mechanical engineering team from California State University, Chico, joined other teams of skilled engineering students from across the Western United States at the annual Human Powered Vehicle Challenge at Montana State University. The competition was held May 13–15. The challenge to the teams was to create a fast and efficient, and in Chico’s case, utilitarian, vehicle. Chico’s HPV brought home three trophies: First Place Speed Endurance Event, Second Place Utility Endurance Event, and Third Place Male Sprint Event.
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