CSU, Chico School of Nursing is 60! (1953-2013)


Thank you for celebrating our 60th anniversary with us!

Carol Huston, Director
School of Nursing
Jan. 2010 - Present


photos of the events
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Saturday, May 4
A 5K Run/Walk at One Mile Recreation Area in Bidwell Park took place today. What a great Success! All proceeds benefitted Marcella Wagner, a Chico State nursing student who was critically injured in a car accident last year.
Saturday, May 4
Guided tours of the Holt Hall School of Nursing on the Chico campus and tours of the Simulation Center were held.
Saturday, May 4


A buffet dinner was held this evening. Alumni, faculty (current and emeriti), staff, and students had a lovely time re-connecting, watching a slide show with photos of past and present students, faculty and many of our graduating classes.
Sunday, May 5


Kappa Omicron had its annual Luncheon, the 25th anniversary celebration and annual induction of new members. Guest Speaker was Dr. Patricia Thompson, CEO STTI. What a huge success! All proceeds from the silent auction and raffle were donated to the Marcella Wagner fund.

Alumni, if you have a photo you would like posted here, please scan and e-mail to Jeannie Howell.

60 years ago, it all began...

Normal Kendall postcard
Normal School, Chico - 1889-1921
President Kendall
Normal School Postcard

In 1951, President Glenn Kendall formed a committee of faculty along with concerned citizens to explore the need and feasibility of establishing a nursing program at Chico State College. Only one other nursing program, in San Francisco, existed in the state college system. The committee was concerned with a shortage of nurses in Northern California, the increasing population, increasing need for health care, numerous small hospitals being built, and an understaffed, underdeveloped health department.

The 1952-1953 course catalog carried the statement that "a four-year program is being developed in cooperation with Enloe Hospital. The program leads to a A.B. degree and eligibility for certification as a registered nurse (R.N.).

President Kendall appointed Miss Agnes Dix coordinator for the Department of Nursing in the division of Natural Sciences in 1953. The first curriculum consisted of two years of liberal arts couses and two years of nursing courses. Offered for the first time in the Fall of 1954, the program opened with seven students. Miss Dix and Miss Elizabeth Lingren taught the original class. On June 6, 1956, the first three students graduated from the CSC nursing program.

The Nursing Cottage

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1959 - In front of the Nursing Cottage
1967 - At the Nursing Cottage

1953-1975 - The Nursing Cottage, a converted home, held the CSC nursing school until 1975. Located on Warner Street adjacent to the football field, the house stood on the site which now holds the Student Health Center. The front of the house held the reception area and faculty offices with the classroom and lab in the garage. Eventually, a temporary building was added which provided a large classroom and additional faculty offices.

1975 - Nursing moved to Tehama Hall (later renamed Ayres Hall), a classic old brick building, facing First Street.

1977 - The Aymer Jay Hamilton building (a converted elementary school) became home and nursing is under the School of Health and Human Services. Since the inception of the B.S. degree program, 914 graduates have taken their place in this vital world of community service.

1981 - Present, Holt Hall
Nursing moved to Holt Hall,a visible sign of its integration into the College of Natural Sciences. All faculty offices were finally consolidated within one building, and with heated bathrooms! Dean William Stephens was so proud to have all his flock brought together that he personally supervised the move.

More to come...

California State University, Chico
School of Nursing
Chico, CA 95929-0200
Phone: 530-898-5891