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Rediscovering a Love for Home

By Chelsea Beights, Senior, Art Studio

This spring semester has been one of the busiest of my college career. Between a full class schedule, multiple projects for my internship, planning a wedding, preparing for life after college, and attempting to get enough quality sleep to function, my agenda can begin to look like a Pollock painting. But even amidst the chaos, I always have a sense of grounding—although it took a weekend visit from a friend for me to really understand that feeling.

When my friend announced her vacation plans, I was both excited and terrified. I was exhausted. The thought of entertaining the entire weekend made me anxious, but looking back it was well worth it.

Saturday morning was spent driving around the Mansion Park neighborhood, the residential area adjacent to Bidwell Mansion. As I gushed over the adorable, well-kept houses in the area and described the history of General Bidwell and his association with Chico State, my friend turned to me and said, “You sure are proud of your town.”

She is entirely correct—I love Chico.

This proclamation was cemented when we arrived at the 38th Annual International Festival on campus. A flurry of vibrant colors, striking dance moves, and powerful live music filled the Glenn Lawn as students, faculty, staff, and community encouraged the spectacle. Toddlers, teenagers, and adults alike were enjoying the company of the community and its accepting nature of diverse ideas, concepts, and cultures.

This past weekend I fell in love with Chico once again, and reaffirmed the stability that I encounter from living in this community. My friend’s visit was a perfect reminder of the beauty and authenticity that resonates throughout this beautiful city of ours.

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.”

Hidden Gems: Creekside Educational Garden

The Creekside Educational Garden is quite the hidden gem due to its location behind Colusa Hall. Directly south of Big Chico Creek sits an 8,000-square-foot section of land that has been set aside for this special project.

The project began in the spring of 2011 as the third part to the larger Creekside Plaza Landscape Project. Numerous faculty and department members, as well as the Mechoopda Indian tribe, worked together to create a garden using plant species that are historically found adjacent to riparian areas for this geographical zone. Such species include the California Poppy, the Valley Oak, and the Western Redbud.

Located throughout the garden are small informational markers, which give specific information for each plant, including the common name, the scientific proper name, and other interesting facts. There are also a few larger signs that map out the multitude of plants scattered throughout the garden.

The walkway, winding along with the garden, was inspired by Big Chico Creek, which sits only a few feet away. The overall aesthetic of this section of campus is soothing and reaffirms our strong connection with nature in Chico.

Recently, artists have applied to create a beautiful piece of public art for the garden. Three of the qualified artists have been chosen and are now working to develop project proposals, from which one will be selected. The installation of the selected piece will begin in the spring of 2012 and is scheduled to be finished by May.

If you have a spare moment or want to take a different route to class, meander over to the Creekside Educational Garden to soak in the calm environment and possibly learn a thing or two about plant species that are native to Chico.

This post is part of a recurring theme, Hidden Gems of Chico State.

The piece is also featured in the latest issue of Inside Chico State.

Delta Xi Phi Days

by Michaela Boggan, Senior, Journalism

Being a member of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. has challenged my beliefs, priorities, and goals. When I decided to pledge a sorority at Chico State, I was forced to think about what I stood for, who I was, and who I wanted to be.

DXP volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, October 2011

My decision became obvious when I encountered Delta Xi Phi, because I felt that I encompassed and strived to display the five pillars the sorority stands for: advocating the advancement of women through higher education, increasing multicultural awareness, participating in community service, establishing friendship, and enjoying the bonds of sisterhood.

As a member of this sorority, I’ve been able to define who I am. I truly believe I have become a better person because I have had numerous opportunities to develop my skills as a communicator, leader, and critical thinker. I decided to take on the challenge and became president of the sorority with hopes of attaining skills that will help me in future endeavors.

Delta Xi Phi girls during the International Fair in April 2011

Apart from growing as an individual, I have met so many inspiring individuals within the Greek student population who strive to make a difference in the community. I am confident that the friendships and strong bonds I’ve made with all of my sisters will last a lifetime, and I feel honored to be part of an organization that is recognized across the nation.

Words with Wildcats!

This week’s inquiry: “What is your favorite fall activity in Chico?”

Charissa Pilling, Freshman, Nursing Major

“My favorite part about fall is the weather change and playing in the rain!”


Cindy Dizard, Administrative AssistantCollege of Agriculture

“Fall is a beautiful time of year and the temperature is perfect. I like doing outdoor activities, particularly hiking and biking.”


Katelyn Curtis, Junior, Social Work Major

“When it starts raining, my friends and I head over to One Mile to play a good game of mud football.”


Rick Ford, Professor – Mathematics and Statistics Department

“Year round I enjoy going to Lake Almanor or going boating on the river, but I’d say fall is the perfect time for golf because it’s not too hot outside and the course is in great shape.”


Danielle Alder, Junior, Nutritional Science Major

“I like walking around downtown with my friends and stopping for coffee at the Naked Lounge.”


Matt Sakai, Sophomore, Exercise Physiology Major

“Honestly… I like crunching the leaves that are on the ground in Bidwell Park.”


This is the second edition of our reoccurring feature, Words with Wildcats.

Chico Experience Week at the Museum of Anthropology!

Adrienne Scott, Curator, Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Each year, Chico Experience Week introduces new students and their hopeful parents to Chico State and its namesake town in a fun way, coaxes alumni and alumnae back to revel in fond memories of collegiate life, and, of course, reminds current students and faculty how awesome and diverse our university and town can be.

This October, the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology will be more than a five-minute respite from the activities outdoors. We’re hosting a series of events related to the traditional Mexican holiday Day of the Dead throughout the month of October. This collaborative effort with the on-campus and local Hispanic communities is meant to encourage visibility and understanding about an important facet of Chico’s diverse population.

The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is an oft-misunderstood holiday mistaken for “Mexican Halloween.” Day of the Dead takes place on November 2nd this year. While there can be face painting and spooky decorations involved, this holiday is one of remembrance; families gather to celebrate and remember the lives of their loved ones who have passed away.

We’re kicking off our celebration in the Museum of Anthropology lobby on Wednesday, October 12.  At 11 a.m., the public is invited to join us in the interactive construction of a traditional Day of the Dead altar. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about the process by asking questions about the symbolic images, objects, and colors being incorporated into the altar. After the altar is completed, we will be designing calacas (skull masks), making paper marigolds, and painting faces!  Traditional Aztec dancers will bless the altar as well.

That’s not the only Day of the Dead event we are hosting during Chico Experience Week, either! Families with children (and children at heart) are invited to visit on Saturday, October 15 from noon-4:00 p.m. to learn more about the altar, create masks and marigolds, and sample Day of the Dead treats like hot chocolate and sweet bread.

Speaking of the Chico Experience Week…

The Chico Experience Week brings Chico State students, alumni, parents, and friends together for 10 days of fun, education, and reconnection with friends, the campus, and the wonderful City of Chico. Whether you already live in Chico or haven’t been back in a while, you are sure to enjoy The Chico Experience!

Sponsored by the Chico State Alumni Association, The Chico Experience Week will tie together the campus and local organizations and businesses to create a menu of activities for a wide range of audiences. More than 90 events will be held throughout the week. Campus events include Greek Week, Alumni Glen Ribbon Cutting, Chico Chapter Fall Mixer,  AS Fall Academic Fair, athletics events, and Family Weekend. Off campus, enjoy Chico Velo’s Fallflower Ride, the Downtown Chico Business Association’s Window Decorating contest and Harvest Sidewalk Sale, Sierra Oro Farm Trail’s Passport Weekend, Butte Humane Society’s Furry Scurry Fun Walk & Festival, and numerous Artoberfest events.

Click here to learn more about The Chico Experience Week!

-Sue Anderson, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations/Chico Experience Week Coordinator

Words with Wildcats!

This week’s inquiry: “Where is your favorite place to eat in Chico and why?”

Paul Zingg, President: “There are few things I enjoy more than a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and a slice of Celestino’s pepperoni pizza with extra cheese and dried peppers generously sprinkled on top. I appreciate the Pale Ale because it’s a Chico institution and Celestino’s pizza because he’s a Jersey guy like me, and I grew up on East Coast pizza.”

Jason Nice, Professor of British History: “I really like Café Paulo on 5th and Ivy. Their coffee is great because they roast and grind it themselves. I enjoy the atmosphere and the company, plus it’s nice to support local business.”

Sandy Claflin, Art Department Secretary: “My husband and I rarely go out, but when we do, we always seem to be craving Mexican food. Our favorite place to go to satisfy that craving is either Tortilla Flats or Casa Ramos, both serve really tasty food!”

Jeff Williams, Mechanical Engineering, Post-Baccalaureate: “My wife and I lived in Hawaii for several years, and we got used to eating Chinese food. The best Chinese food in Chico is from Ginger’s Chinese on Pillsbury Road.”

Steve Lewis, Professor of Latin American History: “My favorite is Thai food. When I’m on campus, I like to walk downtown to Thai Basil on 2nd Street, but if I’m on the south end of town, Cocodine Thai Cuisine is the place to go!”

Amanda Duntsch, Child Development, Freshman: “I like to go to Big Chico Burger on East Avenue, they have a great special where you can get a cheeseburger, an order of fries, and a soda for only $5.49!”

Kate Transchel, Professor of Russian History: “I find myself really enjoying authentic ethnic food.For my spicy Indian craving, I like to eat at Priya on The Esplanade. They have an amazing lunch buffet and really tasty vegetarian dishes. When I’m feeling like having Italian, I like to head over to Sicilian Café. I love the location with the creek side setting and the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the cuisine!”

This is the first edition of our reoccurring feature, Words with Wildcats.