Chico State Parent Newsletter (July 2010)

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The Chico State e-Newsletter for Parents of First-Year Students Volume 9, Issue 1 July 2010

Welcome Chico State Parents!

2010-2011 Chico State Parent Guide Cover

Welcome to the first issue of our 2010-2011 Parent Electronic Newsletter. We send electronic newsletters specifically for parents of new Chico State students in July and August, and issues for all Chico State parents every month school is in session. This newsletter will provide information on upcoming campus events, important dates, and important information from our Student Affairs and Academic divisions. Please feel free to let us know if there is a specific topic or information you would like to see addressed in this newsletter.

You may find that most of your questions are answered by either the University Catalog, or in our 2010-2011 University Parent Guide.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions or concerns by calling 530-898-6472. We look forward to getting to know you during the next four years. Chico is a wonderful place that we cannot wait to share with you.

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Summer Send-Off Events

Look for the Red Balloons!

We want to celebrate your son's or daughter's decision to attend Chico State! We will be hosting nine Summer Send-Off events between August 2 and August 13. Send-Off's are informal events that bring together new students, their parents, and Chico State alumni for some fun interaction. New students can meet some of the other students who will be heading to Chico from the area, parents can get some of their last-minute questions answered, and Chico State alumni get to share their stories with the newest members of the Chico State family.

To RSVP, please call 530-898-6472, or e-mail Please let us know which event location you will attend and please let us know the number of people in your party.

To find us, look for the red balloons at the locations listed below. We hope to see you at one of these events!

Date City Location
Monday, August 2 Los Angeles 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Westwood Park
1350 S. Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
RSVP - Please add "LA" to the subject line
Tuesday, August 3 Costa Mesa 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
TeWinkle Park Picnic Shelter
970 Arlington Drive
Costa Mesa, CA
RSVP - Please add "Costa Mesa " to the subject line
Wednesday, August 4 San Diego 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Woodstock's Pizza
6145 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115
RSVP - Please add "San Diego " to the subject line
Thursday, August 5 Sacramento 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Del Paso Regional Park, Group Picnic Area
3565 Auburn Boulevard
Sacramento, CA
RSVP - Please add "Sacramento " to the subject line
Monday, August 9 Napa 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Aldea Children and Family Services, Conference Room
1546 1st Street
Napa, CA
RSVP - Please add "Napa" to the subject line
Tuesday, August 10 Redwood City 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Walters & Wolf
41450 Boscell Road
Fremont, CA 94538
RSVP - Please add "Fremont" to the subject line
Wednesday, August 11 Fremont 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Redwood City Community Activities Building, Area 4
1400 Roosevelt Avenue
Redwood City, CA
RSVP - Please add "Fremont" to the subject line
Thursday, August 12 Danville 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Oak Hill Park
3005 Stone Valley Road
Danville, CA 94507
RSVP - Please add "Danville" to the subject line
Friday, August 13 Tiburon 6:00 to 8:00 p.m..
Tiburon, CA
Location to be determined by number of RSVP
RSVP - Please add "Tiburon" to the subject line

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Do You Want to Stay Involved? Join the Parent Advisory Council

Have you been an interested and important part of your child's education process through high school? Are you thinking, "What now, how do I ensure my child is going to have the best university experience possible?" Well, we have an answer for you. Join the Chico State Parent Advisory Council (PAC).

The PAC meets two times per year; in October in conjunction with the Chico Experience Week, and the last Saturday in February. Parents come to the Chico State campus to interact with University President Paul J. Zingg, vice presidents from advancement and student affairs, and representatives from campus departments who update the PAC on the status of current campus projects and programs. The PAC assists campus administrators in learning what's important to parents right now.

In addition to attending meetings, PAC members assist the University with advocacy and outreach programs. The PAC leads the charge in writing to and calling state legislators to let our politicians know how important accessible higher education is to all of us. PAC members reach out to other parents, answering questions about what is going on at the University, and providing a valuable resource network.

More information about the parent advisory council is available on the website by following the links below:

Parent Advisory Council Job Description (pdf)
Parent Advisory Council Bylaws (pdf)
Parent Advisory Council Application (pdf)

To become a member of the PAC, please call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 530-898-6472, and we will get you started!

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Wildcat WelcomeJoin Us for Fun Events! Volunteers Needed, Too

Parents' Farewell Breakfast 2008 Together we will celebrate your student's arrival at Chico State and the Chico community. Friday, August 20, 2010 is your time to meet and mingle with the university president, vice president, college deans, academic advisors, financial aid counselors, housing representatives, career counselors, student leaders, and other new parents. Attend our Wildcat Welcome Parent Meeting and join your student for lunch, the department showcase, and Wrectacular. Events start at 9:00 a.m. A complete schedule of events will be available August 2, 2010.

Are you a Chico State alum in addition to being the parent of a Chico State student? We are looking for 100 alumni volunteers to assist us with our Wildcat Welcome festivities from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, August 20, 2010. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Tray Robinson at

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The Chico Experience Week - October 8-17, 2010

2010 Chico Experience Week October 8-17Chico State will hold the inaugural Chico Experience Week October 8-17, 2010. Ten full days of events and activities! Click on the image left for a downloadable version of The Chico Experience Week Guide that includes event highlights, maps, and community information. Visit the Chico Experience website for the most updated information on events and activities.

The week's festivities kick off with the Annual Family Pizza Picnic on Saturday, October 9. The University celebrates the role families play in the lives of our students. Download the Family Pizza Picnic order form (pdf), or you can order tickets online.

We hope you can join us, and we know your student will be happy to see you, too!

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From Your House to Our Home


The Residential Life program at Chico State encourages personal growth in a student community setting. It provides a climate where the community atmosphere complements the educational mission of the University.

Each residence community has a professional full-time coordinator and an assistant coordinator as well as student resident advisors for each living area. There is also a programming and leadership coordinator who initiates educational, social, and athletic activities within the University Housing communities.

On-Campus Residence Halls

Chico State provides five on-campus residence halls reserved primarily for incoming freshmen; the sixth hall - Sutter Hall - is primarily a sophomore/junior residence hall and accommodates 222 residents. Most residence hall rooms are double occupancy, but there are some single and triple rooms in Whitney. Whitney Hall, the largest of the residence halls, accommodates 544 students in a high-rise setting. Lassen Hall and Shasta Hall each accommodate 210 students. At the north end of campus are several smaller residence halls. Esken Hall and Mechoopda Hall house 112 and 120 students respectively. Konkow Hall is made up of six thematic communities and accommodates 78 students in total.

University Apartments

University Village [UV] is the only University-owned apartment community and is the most unique student housing facility in Chico. This resident community provides mostly cluster-style living with up to 6 students sharing a kitchen and two bathrooms per suite. Approximately 600 Chico State students will call University Village home for the academic year. UV is home to first time freshmen, continuing residents, transfer students, and international students. The cluster-style apartments are fully furnished, so UV residency means you don't have to provide furniture, arrange for utilities, or phone and Internet connections.

Meal Plans

The five on-campus residence halls include a 15-meal-a-week plan. Students who live in Konkow Hall or University Village have a 5-meal-a-week plan and have the option of upgrading to a 10- or 15-meal-a-week plan. Students use their meal cards in the Whitney Dining Center/Sutter Dining Center all-you-care-to-eat residential dining program. The state-of-the-art dining facilities in Sutter Dining Center are scheduled to open no later than spring 2011.

Living Off Campus

Some students at Chico State choose to live off campus after their first year, although with Sutter Residence Hall and University Village the campus offers wonderful continuing residence options. With 80 percent of students living within two miles of campus, there are plenty of off-campus housing options available, including houses, duplexes, and apartments. Students should begin looking for off-campus housing during the second semester of their first year, usually between January and March. Most local property managers place listing information in local newspapers or in fliers around campus. The prices of living off campus will vary depending on where students choose to live. The closer to campus, the more expensive rent will be. The costs of groceries, utilities, phone, cable, and internet access will also need to be factored in. Rental housing prices within the community are relatively low compared to costs in other college towns. For questions or more information on off-campus housing, please visit the UHFS Off-Campus Housing website.

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Tips from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
Student Services Center 250
Phone: 530-898-6451
Fax: 530-898-6883

  • Have your student regularly review their portal "To Do List" for requested items. Their file is complete when there are no remaining items.
  • August 19, 2010: Financial Aid Refunds. First financial aid refunds will be disbursed to students who have met all processing requirements and who have a credit balance after total charges are paid.
  • Disbursement includes two processes:
    • When the financial aid file is complete, the aid is transferred into the student's Chico account to be credited toward university fees.
    • Once university fees are paid, the Student Financial Services Office issues a refund for any remaining amount.
  • Have your student arrange for direct deposit of financial aid funds through Electronic Funds Transfer. This is available via a link in the Finances section of the student's portal.
  • Borrowers of alternative (private) loans have a first possible disbursement date of August 26.
  • Full-time enrollment (12 units) is necessary to receive the maximum financial aid for which the student is eligible. Recipients of CSU, Chico Scholarships and Presidential Scholarships require full-time enrollment.
  • Recipients of external (outside) scholarships must do the following in order to receive their scholarship funds:
    • Ask the awarding organization to mail the check to CSU, Chico. If they send it to the student, have the student submit it to us immediately.
    • After we receive the check, we enter it into the student's financial aid award.
    • Once entered into the award, the scholarship is considered anticipated aid. Anticipated aid defers charges until the first disbursement.
    • The turnaround time for complete processing of external scholarships is two to three weeks.
  • Get familiar with the Financial Aid and Scholarship Web site. Use Announcements and Latest Questions for up-to-date information.
  • Note that all Chico State financial aid forms are available online at
  • For individual and timely assistance, e-mail your specific questions to or call us at 530-898-6451. Appointments with Financial Aid Advisors are also available upon request.
  • Help your student learn how to manage their money. It's hard for students who are living away from home for the first time. Making their money last for a semester is a new challenge, regardless if the source of their funds is largely financial aid or family assistance. Help them learn to budget, budget, budget.

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Student Health Service

student health center

Welcome to Chico! As a student at Chico State, your son or daughter will have many wonderful resources to help them on their path to success. One of the most significant services available to them is the Student Health Center, located directly on campus.

The Student Health Center is funded through university fees paid each semester. It provides basic medical services and referrals for students during clinic hours. It is not a substitute for medical insurance, and it is important that your student has access to care that is beyond the scope of the services provided. It is also important to be aware that the nearest Kaiser facility is in Roseville, which is approximately 85 miles from Chico. The CSU system has partnered with insurers in order to provide a low cost health insurance for enrolled students. For more information about the CSU-endorsed student health insurance and the Student Health Service, visit our website.

Student Health Service is dedicated to providing access of care to the campus community. Walk-in is available although an appointment is recommended to avoid lengthy wait time.

Student Health consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Our friendly staff provides comprehensive outpatient care to enrolled students.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday, Tuesday Thursday, & Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:15 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
  • Services available:
  • Medical Visits
  • Preventive Care and Immunization
  • Laboratory testing and X-ray
  • Men's and Women's Health
  • Physical Examinations
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Orthopedic Consultation
  • Dermatology
  • Low Cost Prescriptions and Over-the-counter medications

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Counseling and Wellness Center

Learn to manage problems today, for a better tomorrow.

Counseling and Wellness Center
Student Services Center 430


The Counseling Center offers free counseling services to regularly enrolled students. Students may receive individual, couples, or group counseling at our center. Some of the many concerns we help students explore include: stress and anxiety, depression, loneliness, relationship issues, coping with traumatic events, identity formation, sleep or eating disturbances, and time management. Our counselors are professionally trained, and our services are confidential. For more information about the Counseling Center, please visit our website.


The Wellness Center is a peer education program dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle by educating the campus community about the eight areas of wellness: social, environmental/global, physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, cultural, and life planning. The Wellness Center offers internship opportunities, self-help resources, and forums about wellness related topics. Popular events include De-stress Fest, Love Every Body Week, and the Red Tent. For more information about the Wellness Center, please visit our website.

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Thank You from AS Recycling

The AS Recycling program would like to thank you for helping us compost over 2,000 lbs of food waste this Summer Orientation! The Associated Students has a goal of Zero Waste by 2015 and we will need student support and help to accomplish this goal. Students can stop by BMU 301 (or visit us at on our website) to learn more about sustainability and get involved through paid jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. We also have free used school supplies.

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10 Ways to Prepare to be a Green Parent—And Help Prepare Your Student for Chico's Sustainable Style!

  • Shop locally. Collier's Hardware on 1st Street downtown is within walking distance to campus, and has many of the supplies for residence hall room upgrades and additions!
  • Avoid buying plastic bottled water for your student when you visit. Our campus offers many free and convenient filtered water stations, so think about getting them a Klean Kanteen or other reusable water bottle as a one-time investment. They could also use a Brita pitcher in their room for much cheaper than buying flats of bottled water regularly.
  • When it's time to get textbooks at the AS Bookstore, buy used books first and only purchase new copies if that is all that's available. It will help reuse materials and you will save money.
  • When you're out shopping, say no to plastic bags . Bring along a reusable tote bag, like a ChicoBag, and help to reduce waste. Make sure your student has a reusable bag or two for their shopping as well.
  • Invest in a reusable mug for coffee or tea for your student. They can bring it with them to dining halls or cafes and never need to get disposable paper cups. Using your own mug at campus coffee shops gets you a discount too.
  • Leave the car and bring their bike! Chico has been voted one of the most bike-friendly towns in the United States. Almost any place students need to go is within 15 minutes biking. Also, all students can ride the local bus (the "B-Line") for free with their student ID.
  • Buy notebooks, paper, and flashcards that are made from recycled content paper. The AS Bookstore offers a wide array of sustainable school supplies at affordable prices.
  • Get a power strip for all your students' electronics—their computer, printer, TV, cell phone charger, and iPod charger all suck energy even when they're not in use! Flipping the switch on the power strip when not in use will kill the "phantom loads" of wasted energy.
  • Buy in bulk, and avoid overly packaged products. Rather than buying individually packaged "snack packs" of nuts, chips, cookies, and other food items, try to buy in bulk with less packaging. Bulk is generally cheaper since the company makes you pay for the packaging. Your student can use Tupperware to carry small amounts or keep it fresh.
  • When your student is moving and leaving home, donate the items they don't need to keep anymore. Their old clothes, games, bedding, and other goods can be a new item to someone else, and is one less thing in the landfill.

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