Summer O: The First Step to the College Experience


Summer O FlagBy Alison Healey, Senior, Marketing & Recreation

You can feel the excitement and nerves of all the soon-to-be freshmen as they arrive for Summer Orientation, the first step of their college experience. “Summer O” is the time to meet new friends, talk to faculty and peers, sign up for classes, and to learn about opportunities available on campus.

The Summer O staff is a friendly, enthusiastic group who are there to guide students and guests through the day. They are filled with information and individual Chico experiences that they can’t wait to share.

Campus Tour
Campus tour

Summer O staff shares “insider” information during campus tours, like the streets running into the south border of campus spell out CHICO or Holt hall is a maze, so arrive early to class to be sure to get there on time. Students also to see where different departments and student services  are located, and most of all get a feel for where they will be spending the next four years of their lives.

At class talks, the students experience a classroom setting and learn about general education requirements, academic policies and regulations, and graduation requirements. The final classroom visit is to the computer lab, where students will enroll in their fall semester classes!

Students Registering for Classes
Students registering for fall semester classes.

Guests have a slightly different agenda for the day. In their first class they will also learn about university requirements. The rest of the day guests choose from a variety of talks.

By the end of the day students are expected to have a list of classes they would like to enroll in. Choosing a schedule can be overwhelming, but Summer O student advisors are there to help. With iPads, they help students pick out their first semester’s classes. Talking to a peer can ease the anxiety and stress of the process.

Student and Summer O Staff using an iPad
Summer O student adviser helping a student pick classes for fall semester.

While waiting to speak to a student advisor, students and guests can go to various informational booths, where they learn about specific opportunities and resources Chico State provides. Some of the booths include Financial Aid, Study Abroad, Career Center, Chico Community, First Year Experience.

Words of Advice:

As a senior here at Chico State I still remember my freshman orientation and how overwhelmed I felt and I have learned the feeling was unnecessary. Throughout the orientation information on graduation seems to be the key topic. What are the graduation requirements? How do I get out in four years? These talks will be given multiple times throughout the four years of college. So take notes and listen, but look at the information in detail later. Just breathe and enjoy the day. There is no need to plan all four years of college at orientation. Your plans will likely change many times! Orientation is the time to get an overview of the next four years, not plan every detail. Meet new friends and, most of all, enjoy the day!

Campus Construction Update

ConstructionWhen students come back for fall semester, they will notice a few changes to campus. The 1st Street Promenade’s third phase of construction is expected to be completed in early August. The Normal Avenue parking structure construction, which started in January, is looking better every day. The parking structure itself is on schedule for its August 2012 completion date, while the single-story administrative building is now getting its walls framed. The administrative building is also on schedule for its October completion date.

The 1st Street Promenade has been under construction the last two summers, and the third section, between Kendall Hall and PAC, is to be completed this summer.

1st Street Promenade

1st Street Promenade

What does the 3rd phase of the 1st Street Promenade construction include?


  • New storm drain system for 1st Street, PAC landscaping, and Kendall Lawn.
  • New irrigation system for  portion of Kendall lawn, Kendall node, and PAC landscaping.
  • Continuation of new steam line from Trinity node down 1st Street for the new Arts & Humanities Building.
  • Extending 12kV & 480V electrical conduit towards Normal Street for the new Arts & Humanities Building.


  • Recycled original pavement, approximately 2,500 yds. (about 400 dump truck loads worth of material), reused as base rock for new promenade.
  • Recycled construction debris (wood, concrete, steel, vegetation, cardboard, etc.).
  • LED pole lights.
  • Grass area used for storm water filtration.
  • Efficient new sprinkler system for new landscaping & Kendall Lawn.
  • On-site storm water treatment.

1st Street Promenade


  • 2 Seat walls
  • 12 Benches
  • Brick Pavers
  • ADA Accessible throughout

Design sketch of 1st Street Promenade

The Normal Avenue Parking structure will consist of 359 automobile parking spaces, 11 motorcycle stalls, 242 bicycle parking stalls, and a single-story administrative building.

Normal Avenue Parking Structure

Normal Avenue Parking Structure

The administrative building is starting to get framed.

Normal Avenue Parking Structure

The parking structure should be ready for student, faculty, and staff use before fall semester begins.

Normal Avenue Parking Structure

For more information on the construction projects on campus visit the Business and Finance website:

Super Recyclers

Nick WrightBy James Wright, Senior, Recording Arts
A.S Recycling Safety and Operations Supervisor

At AS Recycling we fight a battle that will never truly end. Day after day, a select few of us working for Chico State’s recycling program dig relentlessly through the campus off products in an attempt to lower the amount of waste coming out of our school. Recycling is no easy task, but thanks to the strength and teamwork of our crew, even Captain Planet is thoroughly impressed. At AS recycling, we send our staff out on a variety of shifts;

Bottles and Cans

In every building on campus there are conveniently located blue bins for all glass, plastic, and aluminum cans. Once a week a staff member is sent off on a 4-hour shift to pick up all of the bins in a select set of buildings. After all of the bins have been picked up, we bring them back to our warehouse where we get down and dirty. We throw on the gloves and hand sort through every single bag of can and bottles, doing our best to make sure every bit of material is sent to the right place to be recycled.

Paper Shifts

Each office on campus, professors and administrators, have paper bins that are located in their offices and picked up weekly. On an average shift, it’s not unusual to get around 1,000 lbs of paper. These shifts happen twice a day, five days a week. You can do the math, but in the end… This is a lot of paper.


At AS Recycling we have focused on the amount of food waste that comes out of the resident dining halls, the BMU Marketplace, and the other coffee shops around campus. Two fearless team members are sent out every evening to battle the large amounts of wasted food. I have personally been doing these compost shifts for the last four years, and it still hurts me to see the amount of food being wasted. I know that if I am hungry enough to think that the food waste looks good, then there are others out there who could really use the wasted meal.


Even though the pay may not be much, I feel like I can speak for most AS Recycling employees when I say that the feeling that you are truly having an impact on our campuses sustainability is worth the sweat, sorting, and stink!


Wildcats return to top 10 with No. 8 placing in final 2011-12 Directors’ Cup standings

Directors' CupBy Rory Miller – Assistant Sports Information Director

Re-Posted from: Chico State Athletics

One of the most successful years in Chico State Athletics history has resulted in the Wildcats being ranked among the top 10 Division II sports institutions in the country. Thanks to 11 of the school’s 13 NCAA-sanctioned programs qualifying for national championship competition, Chico State finished the 2011-12 academic year in eighth place in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The accomplishment marks the 11th straight time the Wildcats have finished among the nation’s top 30 schools, and the fourth time in nine years Chico State has cracked the top 10.

The Wildcats piled up a school-record 600 points en route to the No. 8 ranking, exceeding the previous high of 588.5 points when Chico State finished third in the Directors’ Cup race in 2004-05.

The year started on an extremely promising note with both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finishing in the top 10 national rankings. Both Wildcat soccer teams also made NCAA Championship appearances during the fall, with Kim Sutton’s women’s squad winning the West Regional and reaching the Final Four for the first time in that program’s history.

The Chico State men’s and women’s basketball teams both added to the Directors’ Cup point total during the winter. The Wildcat women made their eighth NCAA Championship appearance in the last 10 years, while the men – on the strength of their first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) regular season title – earned the program’s first NCAA Championship Tournament bid since the 2004-05 season and reached the second round for the first time since 1958.

The spring saw no less than five Chico State programs compete for national championships. The Chico State men’s golf team came up just short of winning it all, finishing as the runner-up in the NCAA Championships in Simpsonville, Ky. The CCAA co-champion Wildcat baseball team won the West Regional to return to the College World Series for the eighth time in the last 16 years, while the Chico State softball team made its third straight NCAA Championship Tournament appearance. Chico State men’s and women’s CCAA champion track & field teams combined to send six athletes to the NCAA Championships in Pueblo, Colo., coming away with four All-America performances. J. Patrick Smith earned the national championship for the ’Cats in the decathlon, helping lead the men to a 16th place finish. The women’s track & field team finished 52nd in the nation.

Chico State earned its first top 20 Directors’ Cup ranking by finishing 17th in 2001-02, and followed that up with finishes of 28th, fifth, third, eighth, 17th, 25th, 22nd, 12th, 26th and eighth, respectively.

Grand Canyon University took top honors in the Directors’ Cup standings, ending the eight-year reign of Grand Valley State (Mich.), which finished second.

Programs compile Directors’ Cup points in up to 14 sports (seven male and seven female). What makes Chico State’s stretch of high finishes remarkable is that the competition recognizes a school’s best finishes out of 32 sports, but the Wildcats only feature 13.

Chico State’s 2011-12 Directors’ Cup Contributions

Men’s Golf – 90 points; Women’s soccer – 83 points; Men’s cross country – 80 points; Baseball – 73 points; Women’s cross country – 69 points; Men’s Track & Field – 58.5 points; Men’s basketball – 50 points; Men’s soccer – 25 points; Women’s basketball – 25 points; Softball – 25 points; Women’s Track & Field – 21.5 points.