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Chico State (1973 - Present)

First celebration of the Annual International Festival.


Broadcasts of classes through closed circuit TV was used for the first time by residents in Oroville, Marysville and Colusa.

The Orion, the campus newspaper, printed its first issue during the spring semester.

  1976 The Alumni Association presented the Outstanding Alumnus Award for the first time. John O'Connell was the recipient.

First Oktoberfest held at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds. Put on by the Alumni Association, the event was held to raise funds for University Center improvements.

Campus newspaper, The Wildcat, changed its name to Chico News and Review and moved off campus to become an independent publication.


Bicycle riders restricted from the core of campus.

  1979 President Cazier left Chico State to become president at Utah State University. Dr. Fredenburg became acting president.
  1980 Dr. Robin Wilson became president of Chico State.

Health center adopted policy of free oral contraceptives for female students.

General education requirements for undergraduates increased from 40 to 48 units.

Library named in honor of Ted Meriam and his father.



Dedication of campus arboretum.


Celebration of the 75th anniversary of Pioneer Days.


Academic departments and programs, previously grouped by schools, were reorganized into colleges.


Celebration of 100th anniversary of the opening of the institution. April 8

Pioneer Days was canceled but continued as a community event under the name Rancho Chico Days.


Chico State's campus newspaper, The Orion, received the National Pacemaker award.


Completion of O'Connell Technology Center and Tehama Hall. This was the first major construction on campus since the early 1970s.


President Wilson retired and Dr. Manuel A. Esteban was appointed president.


Construction of the parking structure at the corner of West First Street and Ivy was completed.

A grant was received for the installation of a satellite to broadcast courses throughout Northern California. This expanded the capabilities of the Center for Regional and Continuing Education.


The first time capsule at Chico State buried since 1969 was unearthed.

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