CSU, Chico News

Chico Experience Week Events Attract Local Community, Alumni and Friends

Date: 09-29-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Sue Anderson
Alumni and Parent Relations

A spirit of community and a widely shared affection for the city of Chico and the University that characterized the first Chico Experience Week (TCEW) last year, are again at the heart of the second annual TCEW, Oct. 7-16.

More than 90 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 community members with students, returning alumni, parents and others for 10 days of fun, education and reconnection,” said Sue Anderson, director of Alumni and Parent Relations at CSU, Chico. “Our Chico State alumni and parents come here to visit Chico State, and they also come to experience all that Chico has to offer. We want them to enjoy their time here fully, including staying in local hotels, dining in our wonderful restaurants and frequenting local businesses.”

Sponsored by the Chico State Alumni Association, The Chico Experience Week is a collaboration among campus groups and local organizations and businesses. Local organizations involved with TCEW include the Downtown Chico Business Association (DCBA), the Chico Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Restaurant and Taproom, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Wells Fargo Bank.

“Students frequently talk about the value of the ‘Chico Experience,’” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. “It’s an experience that extends beyond what students learn in the classroom and includes a deep appreciation for Chico and its many outstanding features. We hope once again The Chico Experience Week is an occasion for the campus, surrounding community 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 1961 to the unveiling of artist Jake Early’s second “Chico Experience” print, to a reunion of nurses who received training at Travis Air Force Base in the 1960s and 1970s, Chico Experience Week will have activities for a wide variety of audiences.

Included during the Oct. 7-16 Chico Experience Week are new community events, such as Butte Humane Society’s Furry Scurry Fun Walk and Festival, a window-decorating contest sponsored by the DCBA and a community Day of Service sponsored by Community Action Volunteers in Education and the Chico State Alumni Association. Other Chico events occurring during TCEW include Sierra Oro Farm Trail’s Passport Weekend, the Chico Chapter of the Alumni Association’s annual Fall Mixer, and Chico Velo’s Fallflower Ride. There will also be many Artoberfest events during the week.

All dates and times and other information for events during Chico Experience Week can be found at the website http://www.thechicoexperienceweek.com/. Event guides are available at the Chico Experience Week Visitor Center at 238 Normal Avenue, Chico.