From Dean Harmsen

Fraka Harmsen

Welcome to the first issue of our e-newsletter Fusion! Our goal is to connect you with news about the College of Natural Sciences at Chico State. We also invite you to send information our way - any news you would like to share with our alumni, faculty, and friends. We aim to stay connected with all who have an interest in the college. 

The College of Natural Sciences is celebrating the quasquicentennial year of the founding of Chico State. The University has evolved from a small teachers college into an acclaimed, culturally diverse, comprehensive university that is an integral part of the region. 

The 125th anniversary is also a time to reflect upon on all the changes that have occurred through the long history of the college. Today our faculty conduct cutting-edge research involving undergraduate and graduate students using state-of-the-art equipment in areas ranging from atmospheric pollution to diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. We house centers of excellence in water and the environment, nutrition, and math and science education. Our students get hands-on education, critical thinking skills and research background necessary to compete in this rapidly changing technology-rich society.

We invite you to join us on the weekend of Oct. 11, 2013, when the college is hosting its first ever Alumni Reunion with tours of our facilities and research laboratories, opportunities to meet our faculty and their research students, visit our Gateway Science Museum, and catch up with old friends and emeriti professors. The college is proud to recognize the accomplishments of our alumni, faculty and staff, who have all helped to create an institution of higher learning that has evolved to become a leader in education, research, innovation and service to the community. Our alumni have left their mark on the world as scientists, business entrepreneurs and teachers. You serve as an inspiration for those who follow.

Be well,
Frederika “Fraka” Harmsen
Dean, College of Natural Sciences