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Back to School: 3 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Start

By Rachel Ward, Chico State Social Media Intern

Welcome to Chico State!

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

If you’re a brand new student, welcome to Chico State! We’re so happy you chose us for college.

But, whether you’re a new student or old hand, anyone can use a refresher to ring in the new school year. Especially if you’re feeling a bit lost or in need of some advice or redirection.

So, without further ado, here are three tips for a happy, healthy start to the school year:


  1. Find a Community: Get Involved!

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

As corny as it might sound, finding a dependable support system can be a life saver, and I cannot stress enough the value in finding your community. A close-knit community can serve two purposes: it can celebrate triumphs and good times, and support you during the hard times. Sometimes your community is at your fingertips: for instance, in your dorm. Sometimes you have to seek your community elsewhere, like at work or through a student organization. At Chico State, there are over 200 student organizations to choose from. If you don’t find one that meets your needs, consider starting your own!

And it doesn’t stop at one community: try to become a part of multiple groups to diversify the kind of support you’ll receive from others. That way, if you begin to notice that one particular support system isn’t meeting your needs anymore, you will have other support systems to fall back on in times of need.


  1. Use Your Resources: No, But Seriously (They’re Free)

(Sam Rivera/Student Photographer)
(Sam Rivera/Student Photographer)

Last fall, we made you a list of 10 Campus Hacks for Saving Money on Campus as a guide to free (or cheap) perks for students. But, we also have a lot of amazing, free resource centers designed just for you.

Got a cold? Stop by the Student Health Center. Ready to get active? The Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) is open every day. Questions about paying for school? The Financial Aid & Scholarship Office eagerly awaits your visit. Want to be a positive influence amongst your peers? Visit the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center (CADEC) to find out about Wildcat ROAR bystander intervention program. To check out a complete list of resources, visit the Academic Life website.

Also, did you know that as a Chico State student you are eligible for free counseling services? We all hope for a positive college experience, but moving to a new place to start school, pressure from classes, relationship troubles and more can pile up. You’re not alone. We want you to know that we are here for you, and talking with a professional counselor can normalize your feelings. The Counseling & Wellness Center is trained specifically for helping students, and is ready to meet with you.

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

For students of diverse backgrounds, we have a variety of safe spaces and resources. Students and their allies can pay a visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC), the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), and the Cross Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC) to meet people with similar or complementary experiences and tools for navigating life in Chico. Not to mention, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts awesome Welcome Receptions every fall for students of diverse backgrounds. You can find a schedule of those events here. Don’t be afraid to get involved!


  1. Start Early! #ChicoWW

It’s never too early to start looking for those campus connections: every year, Chico State hosts a Wildcat Welcome. This year, Chico State’s welcome stretches across three weeks and is designed to celebrate your new membership in the campus community. Prepare to kick off your Chico experience with a variety of activities to suit your tastes!

(Christie Landrie/University Student Photographer)
(Christie Landrie/University Student Photographer)

Enjoy kickin’ it by the pool on a hot day? Check out one of our WREC pool parties. Do you like that feeling you get at large outdoor movie theaters, such as a drive-in movie? Come to a Moon on Movie for a late night movie showing. Do you love going to live performances? We’re bringing The Waifs to campus, in addition to other local musicians and bands.  Does service and civic engagement speak to you? Join us for beChico! or donate to the Hungry Wildcats canned food drive.

Other events offered throughout these next few weeks also include midnight pancake breakfasts, a hike and swim at Alligator Hole, a local job fair, a hypnotist show, Thursday night markets, and more.

Just so you know, there are a few mandatory events for you first year and transfer students. Those include:

Friday, August 21st

Big “C” Welcome & Class Photo: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. behind University Stadium

Faculty Mentor Meetings: 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Butte Hall (first year students only)

Saturday, August 22nd

Faculty Mentor Meetings: 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at Butte Hall (first year students only)

(Jason Halley/University Photographer)
(Jason Halley/University Photographer)

Other cool, informational events include TransferMation (transfer students only), WREC It! and Clubtacular. Find a complete list of all Wildcat Welcome events on their website.

Don’t be afraid to expose yourself to new interests and new people! Look for the hashtag #ChicoWW on our @chicostate Twitter for Wildcat Welcome events as they come up. We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful faces the next few weeks!

MFA Photography Alum Finds Beauty in the Ordinary

By Ernesto Rivera, Editorial Assistant—Public Affairs and Publications

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A photo from “Out of the Ordinary,” a series that comments on the spaces people occupy.

When Adria Davis was in high school, her uncle, a professional sports photographer, took her on assignment to the Women’s World Cup in Los Angeles in 1999. It was that moment, photographing superstar strikers like Mia Hamm, she told herself, “this is what I want to do.”

Years later, she joined the three-year masters of fine art program with a focus in photography at CSU, Chico. Davis was grateful to be able to completely focus and develop her art for three years, an opportunity she knows she may never have again.

A studio selfie of Davis.
A studio selfie of Davis.

“It was the first time in my entire academic career that I truly felt challenged,” she said. “You make art and it forces you to really think about why you’re making it or what’s the concept that you’re working with. It really develops your ideas.”

Davis, who graduated in the spring and also has a BA in art from CSU, Chico, spent much of the three years in the program developing her culminating exhibition, “Out of the Ordinary.”

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Davis’ series premiered at the University Art Gallery on March 23.

For her exhibit, Davis filled up her gas tank and drove all around Butte County to tell the stories of people’s homes and the spaces they occupy. Although no one appears in the series, the photographs are all about people and their personalities shown through their homes.

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“My photographic practice is reminiscent of when I was a child, looking out the backseat window, while my parents discussed different stucco choices, paint colors and architectural styles of homes,” Davis wrote in her artist’s statement. “These photographs are direct responses to my environment. I am fascinated by the interplay of where public space meets private space. At that point, you begin to see how these places become portraits of the people who inhabit them.”

While Davis’ influences such as Walker Evans, Robert Adams and Henry Wessel are prevalent in “Out of the Ordinary,” she also found guidance in photography professor Tom Patton, who guided her throughout MFA program and culminating exhibition with critiques and honest questions.

“I appreciated his guidance because it distanced me from it being a personal experience,” she said. “Instead of it being an emotional experience of me presenting my personal work, he would help me develop the idea and really asked me ‘why are you doing this?'”

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Every photo from “Out of the Ordinary” was taken in Butte County.

The guidance Patton gave her wasn’t just with her photography, he was instrumental in guiding Davis when she was  brought into the department to teach film and digital photography classes while she finished her degree, a unique opportunity for MFA students. While Davis loved teaching digital photography because of  the what-seems-endless options digital provides, Davis admires film photography because of its magic and history.

“It’s one thing to print off your piece from a printer but it’s so different when you’re in the darkroom and the very first time you print and see your image develop right in front of you is so amazing,” she said.

To view more of Davis’ photos, visit http://www.adriadavis.com/

‘Cat Tales: Valentine’s Day Edition!

By Jeff Barron, social media and photography intern

If you’re connected to Chico State on Facebook (and even if you’re not), there’s a good chance you’ve already seen our Valentine’s Day video. Viewed by more than 80,000 times in less than a week, the response has been incredible, and your feedback so positive. It shows how Wildcats embrace the idea that love can be shared by everyone, whether it’s romantic love, friendship, or simply a love for life.

In case you missed it:

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’Cat Tales: Students Practice Sustainability, Diversity, and Community Involvement

By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

Sustainability on the Wall

The rock wall at the WREC has some new kicks, and no, I’m not referring to the new climbers.wrecClimbingShoes

The wall, which is run by Adventure Outings, received a new shipment of climbing shoes last month, which put the old ratty tatty pairs out of service.

Not wanting to just toss the shoes in the trash, Olivia VanDamme, a supervisor at the wall, took steps to secure an alternative fate for them.

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’Cat Tales: 10 Campus Hacks For Saving Money on Campus

By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

There are a lot of great things about being a Wildcat—class breaks by the creek, free access to the WREC, cat puns—but being a ferocious feline comes with so many more perks. Here are 10 ways Chico State students can save some cash that you might not have known about.

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’Cat Tales: See You at the Finish Line

By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

Take the Challenge!

There are thousands of little things we can all do in our daily lives to be more green. It only takes a little sustainable thinking.

The Institute for Sustainable Development and Associated Students Sustainability are promoting the Project Green Challenge on campus. The project aims to get as many participants as possible to make a new, single change each day for the entire month of October. The goal: “30 days. 30 themes. Simple steps to sustain a healthy, just, and thriving planet.”

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’Cat Tales: One Hungry College Student at a Time

By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

A Mission to Satisfy Hungry College Students By Saving Time

Lunch is now just a few taps away.tapingo

Tapingo is a smartphone app used on smartphones for browsing, ordering, and purchasing food and drinks. The free app has turned up at many schools across the country including University of Southern California, New York University, University of Arizona, and now, Chico State.

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