COVID-19
View the latest updates and emergency notifications on the COVID-19 News & Information website.
College of Communication & Education

Virtual Learning Resources for Students

A Message from The College of Communication and Education Dean, Angela Trethewey:


Dear CME Students,

During this challenging time, we want you to know that your health and safety are our first priority!  That is why we have moved to alternative instructional formats for the rest of the semester.  Even though we may be physically separated, we remain committed to ensuring that you can make progress toward your degree in new and different ways!  Know that all of us in CME, your faculty, staff and administrators, will do all we can to ensure that you can successfully complete your semester and keep learning!  Toward that end, we have put together some resources to help you do just that.  Check them out here, and take care of yourselves. 

If still have questions after reviewing this page, please don't hesitate to email us at cme@csuchico.edu

Angela Trethewey
Dean, College of Communication and Education
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0145


Remember To Check-In With Your Student Success Advisor

Shawna Lucas is the Student Success Advisor for the College of Communication and Education (CME). She provides academic advising and support to students in every CME discipline. Shawna is here to help with major and minor exploration, course selection, career information, and community building. She can help you navigate campus policies and procedures and access the resources available to you as a student. 

Shawna is available for email/phone appointments. You can reach her at smlucas@csuchico.edu or at 530-898-4547.

Tools for a Successful Semester

Frequently Asked Questions

Expand All | Collapse All

  • I have questions about a specific class in my major/program. Who do I contact?

    Please contact the department chair for course information. Their e-mail addresses are listed below along with their associated majors and programs.

    Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
    Zach Justus - zjustus@csuchico.edu
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies

    Department of Journalism & Public Relations
    Aaron Quinn - amquinn@csuchico.edu
    Journalism

    Department of Kinesiology
    Kevin Patton - kpatton@csuchico.edu
    Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology

    Liberal Studies Program
    Maris Thompson - mrthompson@csuchico.edu
    Liberal Studies

    Department of Media Arts, Design & Technology
    Jennifer Meadows - jmeadows@csuchico.edu
    Communication Design

    Department of Recreation, Hospitality, & Parks Management
    Morgan Geddie - mgeddie@csuchico.edu
    Recreation Administration

    School of Education
    Rebecca Justeson - rjusteson@csuchico.edu
    Education, Teaching Credentials

  • How do I get in contact with my major advisor?

    Please contact the department chair to learn who your major advisor is. Their e-mail addresses are listed below along with their associated majors and programs.

    Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
    Zach Justus - zjustus@csuchico.edu
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies

    Department of Journalism & Public Relations
    Aaron Quinn - amquinn@csuchico.edu
    Journalism

    Department of Kinesiology
    Kevin Patton - kpatton@csuchico.edu
    Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology

    Liberal Studies Program
    Maris Thompson - mrthompson@csuchico.edu
    Liberal Studies

    Department of Media Arts, Design & Technology
    Jennifer Meadows - jmeadows@csuchico.edu
    Communication Design

    Department of Recreation, Hospitality, & Parks Management
    Morgan Geddie - mgeddie@csuchico.edu
    Recreation Administration

    School of Education
    Rebecca Justeson - rjusteson@csuchico.edu
    Education, Teaching Credentials


    Our Student Success Advisor is also able to help with any questions that you may have.
    Shawna Lucas - smlucas@csuchico.edu

  • Will the fall 2020 semester be mainly online?

    Yes. Following the CSU Chancellor’s directive announced on May 12, Chico State is planning for the majority of its fall course offerings and most student support services to be online or offered through alternative modalities. Students should plan for the majority of their fall 2020 courses to be virtual.

    The decision for fall was made with the best science and public-health forecasts in mind. And, while Butte County’s COVID-19 cases remain relatively low, the University draws students from around the state. A day on campus poses the potential to expose hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals—and the risk of spreading the virus is too great.

    The University is considering possible course exceptions for a limited number of classes that would blend in-person and virtual instruction. These would primarily be courses with an experiential focus, such as field and clinical labs, performance and studio-arts classes, and capstone courses in engineering and agriculture. Any exception to offer in-person activities must go through a two-step approval process, beginning with the campus president and concluding with final approval from the Chancellor’s Office.

  • How will you ensure the quality of students' online education?

    Chico State has actively invested in instructional technology infrastructure and faculty training to deliver a high-quality virtual learning experience to students for achieving their academic goals without interruption.

    We heard students’ feedback regarding the hits and misses with online learning this spring, and we are gearing up this summer to provide a more enriching educational experience this fall—including improved accessibility and real-time classes to help students stay on track.

    This summer, Chico State will offer a “Go Virtual Summer Institute” for faculty to explore ways of converting existing classes into more effective online or blended courses. Under guidance from a faculty mentor experienced and adept at teaching online, we expect bold, emerging innovations to promote student success.

    Virtual instruction is not new to Chico State—in fact we’ve been a national pioneer in distance learning technology since the early 1970s. In addition to our highly ranked online degree programs, summer and winter session classes have been held virtually for years without sacrificing the quality of instruction or learning experience.

    We are confident that even during these challenging times our students will greatly benefit from engaging instruction and educational experiences—while also benefiting from meaningful interaction with award-winning faculty members, campus advising, and tutoring support.

  • How is Chico State preparing to enhance the student experience for the fall? What opportunities will there be to meet new students?

    With a summer to prepare for more dynamic online programming, Chico State will continue to offer high-quality and interactive activities for all students. Partners across campus are planning virtual and hybrid delivery for co-curricular campus programs. For example, the annual Wildcat Welcome events will continue this year in alternative formats to welcome new students to our rich and vibrant campus community.

    We are working diligently to ensure incoming students are connected to our supportive campus community by constructing an immersive student-focused virtual experience that creates social engagement and easy pathways for student involvement, access to student success services, and integrated health and well-being resources.

    As county and state restrictions permit, the University will also explore phasing in additional in-person and hybrid student experiences throughout the fall semester.

  • What can I do if I'm feeling anxious

    If you or someone you know is feeling anxious about COVID-19, the WellCat Health Center and Counseling Center websites offer a comprehensive list of resources.

  • Where can I get more information?

    Butte County COVID-19 Information Line—Butte County residents can dial 2-1-1 (24/7) or text their zip code to 898211 for real-time information and updates. The text line is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Additional information can be found here: