CSU, Chico News

Wildcat Welcome Reaches Out to Students

Date: 08-16-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico will greet new and returning students this week with a series of events called Wildcat Welcome designed to help students feel connected to the campus and the greater Chico community.

Fall 2010 classes at CSU, Chico start Monday, Aug. 23.

Two highlights of the week, both on Friday, will be the Wildcat Student Welcome on the Kendall Hall lawn and the Wrectacular in the Wildcat Recreation Center.

President Zingg and other campus leaders will address new students and their parents at the Wildcat Student Welcome at 9:30 a.m. Friday. At 10 a.m., students will go to academic department meetings and parents will be invited to a reception in the newly renovated Student Services Center Plaza.

“We have always had an event introducing new students to Chico State and letting them know what a special place this is,” said Larry Bassow, coordinator of Wildcat Welcome. “This year we are adding some new events, and a few surprises, to make this week a real celebration.”

Wrectacular, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, will feature music, food, fun activities and free things from approximately 70 exhibitors representing local businesses, nonprofits and national companies.

Rick Scott, director of the Wildcat Recreation Center, said Wrectacular is modeled after Caltopia, a successful event hosted each year for students and the community by Cal Recreational Sports at UC Berkeley. “Even though this is our first year doing Wrectacular, I expect it to be very popular,” said Scott. “People who come over will have a great time.”

Other important events during Wildcat Welcome include orientation sessions for new students throughout the week and students moving into the residence halls Tuesday through Thursday.

CSU, Chico’s new Sutter Hall, opening this fall for the first time to student residents, will be the site of an ice cream social Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Sutter Courtyard.

For entertainment, Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of “Loveline” and “Celebrity Rehab,” will give a free talk and take questions Friday night, 7 p.m., in Laxson Auditorium. On Sunday night, the recreation center will host a Dive-in Movie at 8:30, where campus community members are invited to watch a movie in the pool on a space-available basis.

Bassow is particularly excited about an event Saturday, Aug. 21, called Lead Cat, where approximately 60 new students will attend a leadership training. “Summer Orientation staff have identified incoming students that show potential to be campus leaders,” Bassow said, “and so these students have been invited to a training that will let them hit the ground running.”

Bassow said Wildcat Welcome is bringing back a tradition from a number of years ago called University Days. Students will be encouraged with posters, buttons and coupons to go downtown and patronize local businesses.

For more information about Wildcat Welcome, and a schedule of all events, go to the website.