Wildcat Welcome Week

August 18th - August 23rd!

Wildcat Welcome is a celebration of YOUR new membership in the campus community. Mark your calendars and prepare to kick off your Chico experience with a variety of activities to suit your tastes.  Scroll down to see all your events and connection opportunities!

Need accommodation for any of our events or receptions due to a disability? Contact the Accessibility Resource Center at (530) 898-5959.

Monday-Thursday, August 18th-21st

Residence Halls Open

housing Please consult your housing confirmation (sent in May) and/or assignment packet (sent in August) for your specific move-in date and time.  There will be lots of hall related activities and a movie night each night of move-in!  For more information, consult the resident advisor on your floor!

Get Your Wildcat ID Card

Time: 8am-5pm daily Place: Student Services Center 190
idcard Get your official CSU, Chico campus identification card – the Wildcat Card! Please bring an official form of photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or Military ID) with you.  The Wildcat Card office is open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm.

Wednesday, August 20th

WREC Pool Party

Time: 7pm to 9pm Place: Wildcat Recreation Center
wrec pool Cool off and beat the heat at the WREC in their awesome pool!  CADEC will be pouring smoothies and Round Table will be serving pizza while a DJ spins tunes to float by.

Thursday, August 21st

Safe Place Workshops  (Mandatory for transfers living off-campus)

Time: 9am, 11am or 1pm

Place: Laxson Auditorium

safeplace For all newly enrolled transfer, international and graduate students, this is your opportunity to complete this mandatory training. Choose one of three workshop times on August 21st at 9:00am, 11am or 1pm. Failure to attend this training or make other arrangements will result in a hold on Spring registration. The Safe Place office can be reached at 530-898-3030.

Wildcat TransferMation

Time: 10am-1pm

Place: BMU Auditorium

Transfer-mation Logo At the Wildcat TransferMation, we celebrate Transfers the Wildcat Way! This casual and fun event provides an opportunity to meet other incoming transfer students, current Chico State students, and University staff. Prize drawings will be held every half-hour... including $100 Wildcat Store gift cards. We'll provide snacks, music and optional activities for your enjoyment. We hope to see all new transfer students at the Wildcat Transfer-mation - the perfect beginning to an amazing, two-year, Chico experience!

Kiss an iPod and Win!

Time: 1:30pm and 3:30pm

Place: Wildcat Store

Transfer-mation Logo Hello Wildcats! Team up with a friend and the last couple standing WINS a $50 Wildcat Store gift card.  Grab a partner and come to the Wildcat Store
for your chance to show us what you got!
We will have two chances to play one at 1:30 p.m and
another at 3:30 p.m.
Come out and win some prizes!

Trip 'n Dip

Time: 12noon to 3pm

Place: Departs from Sutter Courtyard

one mile Adventure Outings invites you to your first upper park adventure!

Adventure Outings will be sending three vans of students to Upper Park for a short hike and a swim at Alligator Hole.  Each van can only hold 12-15 participants, so get there early to secure a seat!  The trip leaves at 1:00 pm.

Look for their table in the Sutter Courtyard starting at 11am.  For more information.

Thursday Market #Wildcatstyle

Time: 6pm Place: Downtown Chico
tnm pic Say hello to your new downtown!  What a luxury to be within walking distance to campus for all kinds of retail and vendor services!  Enjoy the world famous Thursday Night Market featuring food, crafts and entertainment.  You'll get a complimentary dinner ticket good for any one of 20 local food vendors who will be dishing it up on site! A Main Hobbies will have R/C cars in the plaza with a "try me" area as well as Pro R/C Driver demos.  Check in at Sutter court for your food voucher and join a group to walk to the plaza. Prizes, music and food make this the "must attend" event of Wildcat Welcome!

Moon on Movie

Time: 9pm Place: Glenn Lawn
movie screen Keep it cool on the Glenn Hall lawn for a late night movie showing of a current theater hit on an outdoor screen.  Kick back with free popcorn to enjoy a first run flick! Remember to bring your own blanket or lawn chair.

Friday August 22nd

Official Wildcat Welcome Opening Ceremony

Time: 9am-9:45am Place: University Stadium
willie wildcat The Wildcat Student Welcome marks the formal beginning of your college experience at CSU, Chico. California State University, Chico President Paul Zingg & Associated Students President Taylor Herren welcome you to the University. You will be introduced to the unique features of the CSU, Chico campus and community and will also have the opportunity to connect with some of CSU, Chico's extracurricular activities. Your connection to the University and community is important to your educational experience.

Wildcat Welcome Parent Reception

Time: 9am-11am Place: Alumni Glen on campus
parent reception Parents, join us for the Wildcat Welcome Parent's Recpetion in Alumni Glen while your student is at their welcome and mandatory department meeting. Hosted by the Chico State Parent Advisory Council, we invite you to meet with the University President Paul J. Zingg, vice presidents from student affairs, advancement, and academic affairs and with staff from many of our departments and colleges. The reception includes continental breakfast fare (including coffee) in one of our most beautiful campus locations along the creek.

Class Photo

Time: 9:45am-10:15am Place: Field 6 & 7 behind University Stadium
cat cam pic Come be a part of history by posing for the incoming Class of 2014 commemorative photo!  You'll want to have a copy of this to show off at graduation!  Faculty, staff and students are welcome and all participants get a free Chico State Alum pennant, courtesy of Chico State Alumni Association!

Mandatory Department Meetings

Time: 10:30am-11:30am Place: various locations


Meeting with your department faculty is critical. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet faculty and fellow students and learn about programs, resources, requirements, student organizations, career possibilities, graduate studies, and expectations associated with your intended major. For room assignment, click here!
Questions? Contact ewilson2@csuchico.edu.

Wrec It!

Time: 11am-1pm Place: Wildcat Recreation Center
WREC It! Logo Known throughout campus as “The WREC”, come explore all the opportunities awaiting you at the Wildcat Recreation Center. Think all you can do is lift weights or run on a treadmill? So untrue! There’s something for everyone, and this is the perfect time for you to get the scoop on everything this state-of-the-art facility has to offer.

Rock the Block

Time: 6pm-10pm Place: Sutter Courtyard
rock block pic The Sutter Courtyard will come alive with interactive games, great food and live music!  The music kicks off at 6pm along with yard games and inflatables.  When the sun goes down - glow sticks will light up the night!  Come Rock the  Block with us!

Saturday, August 23rd

Mandatory Faculty Mentor Meetings

Time: 10am or 11am, check assignment Place: Check in at Butte Hall
I speak wildcat Meet with professors and students to get the low down on what life will be like managing your academic priorities.  Ask those last minute questions to get you ready for next week's classes and find out from current students what you need to know to be successful right out of the gate.  Locations will vary and you will be assigned a time and location from the First Year Experience Office.  After your mentoring session, join us at Be Chico, do a little volunteer service and enjoy a free barbeque!


Time: 9am-4pm Place: BMU Auditorium
leadcat Interested students should follow this link to apply.      The LeadCat program was developed as a jumping off point, a place where you can meet other new students as well as current student leaders and supportive staff.  This is a full day of leadership activities where you will meet students involved in Community Service programs, Sustainability, Fraternities and  Sororities, University Housing, and Student Government to name just a few. Maybe you were active in leadership in high school, maybe you weren't, either way this program is for you! No previous leadership experience is required.

Be Chico - Day of Service

Time: 10am-2pm Place: BMU Plaza (2nd and Chestnut)
bechicologo Join our incoming freshman class, current student leaders, and community members in a collective cleanup effort of the downtown and campus neighborhoods, parks, and community agencies. Start your college career off right by helping us "Keep it Chico" and community members can help to show students how to “Be Chico.” Registration online now at http://vols.pt/hfaM35 or limited walk-up registration starts at 10:00am at the BMU Plaza. Work will begin no later than 11:00am and all groups will be back on campus to debrief and eat free BBQ by 1:00pm until 2pm.

Live at Laxson - Saturday Night Concert

Time: 7pm watermelon, 7:30pm music Place: Laxson Auditorium
band pic Headliner indie band Run River North will be joined by opening act and local Chico favorite The Lolos.  New students will have a chance to win limited numbers of FREE tickets at preceding Wildcat Welcome events!  Student tickets on sale for just $10, community tickets $15.  Tickets can be purchased starting Aug. 4th at the University Box Office in Sierra Hall on 3rd and Chestnut or click here to buy online.  Get there early for a free watermelon social sponsored by the Chico State Alumni Association!

August 24th thru August 28th

Blackboard Learn Training Sessions

Times: Sunday 12:30-2:00pm, Tuesday 3:00-5:00pm, Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm, Thursday 3:00-5:00pm

Place: UHUB
Meet with professors and students to get the low down on what life will be like managing your academic priorities.  Ask those last minute questions to get you ready for next week's classes and find out from current students what you need to know to be successful right out of the gate.  Locations will vary and you will be assigned a time and location from the First Year Experience Office.  After your mentoring session, join us at Be Chico, do a little volunteer service and enjoy a free barbeque!

If you require an accommodation for any of our events or receptions due to a disability, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center at (530) 898-5959


Campus Volunteers Needed!

Help us welcome the incoming class as we roll out the red carpet and teach the Wildcat Way to all our new students!  We need volunteers from the faculty, staff and community to make it happen, and there are lots of different days, times and activities to choose from.  Click here to sign up as a Wildcat Welcome volunteer and get your official Wildcat Welcome t-shirt!

Faculty/Staff Mentor Opportunity

We offer a mandatory advising session for Sat. August 23rd, and we're looking for experienced faculty, staff and student mentors to help our new Wildcats learn the Wildcat Way!  Click here to volunteer!  If you have questions or would like to know more about this event and other mentoring opportunities, please contact the First-Year Experience Program at 530-898-3705 or email us at mentorprograms@csuchico.edu.

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