A Walk Down Memory

As we begin the 125th anniversary of Chico State, we recognize the growth and development of our university since its establishment as Chico Normal School in 1887.

Throughout the years, more than a hundred thousand students have had their Chico Experience on campus. From those who helped create and transform the campus we know today to alums whose fond memories provide a glimpse into the past, the 125th Memory Lane webpage overflows with Wildcat pride.

As you scroll down the Memory Lane site, you’ll find video footage of dedicated individuals who are responsible for much of the institution’s advancement. Among these influential people is Glenn Kendall, president of Chico State College from 1950 to 1966. The current administration building, Kendall Hall, was named in his honor.

On the Shared Memories page, you’ll discover stories and photos submitted by Chico State alums, faculty, staff, and friends. The mayor of Chico, Ann Schwab, shares the day she spotted the love of her life, Budd Schwab, outside of Butte Hall.

For those intrigued by visual duality, a handful of historical campus and community photographs are paired with similar images from present day in the Then and Now gallery. In the photo below, you can see the progression of clothing and bike style from 1900, 1960, and 2011. How the times have changed!

The last section of Memory Lane is a captivating time line of the University’s history from 1887 to today. Not only does it share major triumphs of Chico State, but it also provides a description of the University’s early days and puts milestones into context by including major world events.

Do you have memories you’d like to share from your time as a Wildcat? Take a few minutes to tell us about your Chico Experience on the Share Your Memories page.

Words with Wildcats!

This week’s inquiry: “Do you have any goals or resolutions for the spring semester?”


Frank Rebelo, Senior, Environmental Science: Atmospheric Science

“I’m going to try to manage 22 units well enough to not miss any assignments or due dates. I’m also aiming for straight A’s this semester.”


McKenna Collins, Freshman, Business

“My goal is to spend more time studying and concentrating on school work than I did last semester.”


Aaron Draper, Super Senior, English Literature

“I’m hoping to be able to finish my last semester with straight A’s. I’m also going to challenge myself to find free parking every day this semester. Wish me luck!”


Amanda Blake, BA Art Education 2011, Teaching Credential Program

“I want to make more art and strive to be both healthy and happy.”


Cody Sevedge, Senior, Applied Computer Graphics

“My resolution is to stop worrying about the small things and to start shaping a more positive outlook on life.”


Leah Jacobs, Senior, Biology

“My goal for this semester is to find as many internship and volunteer opportunities as I possibly can.”

Writing with Light

Santy Gray, Senior, Anthropology

Anthropology, the study of people and their impact on earth, is by nature a fascinating subject. Every human being is connected by the simple fact that we are human. To understand the ways that we are all connected is to tell a story. The experiences we have and our reactions to those experiences are what ultimately shape who we are and our perspective. To tell an adequate story about our place, habits, outlook, and experiences in the world we need the tools to do so.

The Visual Anthropology Lab offers students the opportunity to record the human experience. The topics are endless and the results vary. The story has to unfold on its own and then be pieced together so that it can be understood. There is this control that must cease when the camera is rolling; it really is a beautiful thing.

For a class assignment I worked on a film titled For the Love of Dance: Anthropological Implications of Dance in Chico. What this film explored was the dedication of time, energy, and practice that goes into being a dancer. In this film the dancer is defined as three different people who practice classical dance, ballet, and hip hop dance.

While capturing the moment is top priority there is another aspect to working with the camera. It is a technical device, and the goal is to make it produce images the same way we see them, if not better. One of the major elements is light. Photography can be described as the art of writing with light. It is often referred to as the essence of using film. This was and still is one of the hardest techniques for me to become an expert at.

There is a certain artistic eye that has to be developed. This eye works in conjunction with the tools available, in this case the camera. It is my job to make sure the camera is translating the story correctly. We can return to lighting. When filming people, the videographer must make them look warm and alive. Natural sunlight can do this. However, there are those times that people must be interviewed in a building, classroom, or office. In cases like this the lights (tungsten) can make people look cold (blue) and washed out. It all depends on the conditions of light.

Lighting, the way the subject is positioned, and the background all have to tell a story. The camera, unlike the eye, has a small frame that it can see. The picture produced has some very clear borders. This means that every element in the shot has to matter, has to be taken into account.

The amount of time that goes into producing a film is best described in terms of a ratio. For every hour of film shot you may use 2-3 minutes of it. It is quite a reality check when you realize how much time it takes to edit and produce a final film.