CSU, Chico News

Chico Experience Week Showcases Great Events to Attract Local Community and Returning Alumni and Friends

Date: 09-22-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The spirit of community in Chico and a widely shared affection for the city and University are at the heart of the first-ever Chico Experience Week, Oct. 8-17.

More than 70 events taking place around Chico and California State University, Chico over a 10-day period will highlight the many entertaining, artistic, recreational, educational and civic-minded activities Chico offers that make it such a special place.

“We want to bring together our local community with students, returning alumni, parents, and others for 10 days of fun, education and reconnection with friends, the campus and the wonderful City of Chico,” said Sue Anderson, director of Alumni and Parent Relations at CSU, Chico. “Fall is a fabulous time to come back to Chico, or for community members a time to enjoy all the terrific activities that are going on.”

Sponsored by the Chico State Alumni Association, The Chico Experience Week is the product of a year-long collaboration among campus groups and local organizations and businesses. Sponsoring partners include the city of Chico, the Downtown Chico Business Association, the Chico Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

“Students love to talk about how the ‘Chico Experience’ changed their lives,” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. “We know they mean an experience that goes far beyond the classroom and includes a deep appreciation for Chico and its many outstanding features. We hope Chico Experience Week spurs many residents, and many far-flung friends of Chico, to gather and celebrate this great place.”

From a “Golden Grad” reunion dating back to Chico State’s class of 1960 to the unveiling of artist Jake Early’s new “Chico Experience” print, Chico Experience Week will have activities for a wide variety of audiences.

Included during the Oct. 8-17 Chico Experience Week are new community events, such as the Chico Velo Fallflower Century Bike Ride, and popular annual Chico events, including the Sierra Oro Farm Trial and the Chico Art Center’s Open Studios Tour.

All dates and times and other information for events during Chico Experience Week can be found at the website http://www.thechicoexperienceweek.com/.