CSU, Chico News

Wildcat Welcome Connects With Students at Start of Academic Year

Date: 08-20-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico will greet new students this week, Aug. 20-26, with Wildcat Welcome, a series of events held each fall designed to help students feel connected to the campus and the greater Chico community.

“Wildcat Welcome is a celebration of our new students' membership into the campus and community,” said Mary Wallmark, chair of the Wildcat Welcome committee. “Our goal is to engage our students from the very start and make them a part of the Wildcat family. All of our activities are carefully selected to show our values as well as set expectations for a diverse, academic, social, sustainable, leadership-minded, civically engaged student body.”

Thursday events include refreshments, prizes and information at a fair for transfer students in the morning, and the “Tour de Taco” bike tour of popular taco trucks in the afternoon. In the evening, new students are invited to the Sutter Sidewalk Social for ice cream and information about student organizations.

Friday includes a welcome to all new students in the University Stadium by CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and AS President Jay Virdee, mandatory meetings for new students with academic departments, and Wrectacular, which features food, fun and free items and activities from multiple exhibitors in the Wildcat Recreation Center. The University will also host a Parent Reception Friday morning in Alumni Glen.

To celebrate CSU, Chico’s 125th anniversary, new students will be joined by a group of current students, faculty and staff for a unique photo shoot Friday morning on the University’s playing field adjacent to University Stadium. Participants will be filling in the numbers “1,” “2” and “5” on the grass to form the anniversary year.

On Saturday and Sunday, students will be invited to activities to build interest in leadership and service as well as several fun events on and off campus.

Prior to Wildcat Welcome events starting Thursday, many new students will be moving into the University’s residence halls Monday through Wednesday.

For more information and a list of all Wildcat Welcome events, go to www.csuchico.edu/wildcatwelcome.