From the Editor

From the Editor

Service is the Wildcat Way

Ashley Gebb, Publications EditorWhen planning out our spring issue, a common theme emerged. It’s inevitable—albeit unintentional—to see community service displayed so prominently among our pages, as it’s woven tightly into the fabric and very roots of our campus. 

Indeed, that’s why civic engagement was added as the seventh strategic priority for the University last November (see Briefly Noted). In its adoption, we pledged to “engage students, faculty, staff, and community members through curricular and co-curricular experiences that actively involve them with the communities and the issues of the North State and beyond.” 

Because really, it’s what we’ve been doing all along.

It’s because of our students, faculty, staff, and alums who are so passionately engaged—because of their activities with CAVE, political activism, Girls on the Run, and countless other ways Chico State gives back and pays it forward. 

As staff member and alum Jennifer Murphy told me during our interview about Girls on the Run that it’s because our students take ownership of this community, even though the majority hail different cities as their hometowns: “The work they do is because Chico is their home, in a way. It’s become their community because the work we do makes a difference, and they want to be part of that difference.” 

Child development major Kelly Carson described it from a student perspective: 

“While many of us are here for only the four years we are at Chico State, it speaks to the bigger community aspect of what being a Wildcat is and how this town is a part of us even when
we leave.”

Whether you’re in another state, another country, or—like me—have never left, I’m sure you can agree, we’re better people because of Chico State, with better purpose and passion to change the world.

—Ashley Gebb, Publications Editor

Thirty-four years after alum John Pugh painted the illusionist-style mural Academe on Taylor Hall, the celebrated artist returned to Chico this fall to reinstall it.

Editor Ashley Gebb (BA, Journalism, ’08), back center, stands with her Girls on the Run team
at Citrus Elementary School. She has been a volunteer coach for three years.