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Modeling the Mystery of the Earth’s Movements

By Kacey Gardner, Editorial Assistant

brownellUnderstanding the shape and behavior of our planet is an absolutely classic problem, says Kyle Rocha-Brownell, a double major in physics and computer science.

In fact, says senior Rocha-Brownell, “It’s one of the oldest scientific questions on record.”

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The WREC: No Experience Required

If you can play, you can play at The WREC! At 130,000 square feet, Chico State’s Wildcat Recreation Center has everything you need to get fit and have fun doing it, including a welcoming attitude. ALL students, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, orientation, language, size, or ability are encouraged to use and enjoy the facilities. Hear it from The WREC community themselves: we want you here!


By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

Here’s a peek into my experience so far as an intern at The Sacramento Bee. I’ve been afforded countless opportunities to learn and have fun, from shadowing Pulitzer Prize winner Denny Walsh to playing on The Bee’s softball team, The Slugs. (Check out my slide in the video!)

I will return to Chico State in the fall as a senior journalism major.

Here are a few stories I’ve done so far:

17 and solo, she set out to hike the 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail

Here’s a column the executive editor, Joyce Terhaar, wrote about the future of journalism from the perspective of The Bee’s summer interns.

Title photo by Hector Amezcua
Chico State group photos by Andrew Seng

’Cat Tales: Cravings, the Olympics and Post-Zombie Apocalypse

By Quinn Western, Chico State social media intern

Three alums race to the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon

Can you run 13.1 miles at a pace of 5:36 per mile? I didn’t think so. That was the pace set by alums Kara Lubieniecki and Alia Gray at the U.S. Half-Marathon Championships in Houston last weekend, qualifying them for the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon. Joining them will be a third Chico State alumna, Lindsay Nelson Tollefson, who qualified with a time of 2:41:31 in the California International Marathon in Sacramento last month. This was a feat for the trio since the qualifying standards have been shaved from 2:46 for the 2012 Trials to 2:43, according to runnersworld.com. Lubieniecki (Biology, ’11), Gray (Journalism, ’12), and Tollefson (Psychology ’08) each won a slew of awards during their time at Chico State including earning All-American honors and now continue to lay those tracks.

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Chico cravings

Butte Station is bustling during the tight squeeze between classes, coffee-dependent students swarm Common Grounds to get their morning fix and Marketplace Café releases a smell of fresh bread and chorizo. Sadasa North, junior exercise physiology, indulges in an omelet or hard-boiled egg every day for breakfast at Marketplace Cafe. “I’m actually eating better because I make better choices here,” she said. Kevin Garnica, junior civil engineering, also finds “the little salad place” great for trying to eat healthier. Let’s also not forget Sutter Dining with the welcoming Wonkalike décor and delectable Mongolian barbeque. But of course, dining on campus would be nothing without the relished hot dog guys. After being on campus all day, freshman anthropology major Jazmin Villa finds this to be most convenient. She prefers to get her dog doused with mustard and ketchup from Crazy Dog on First Street. No matter which place you prefer, nothing creates better memories than those Chico cravings.

Comment below with your go-to place to eat on campus.

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“After the Fall” entered in Sundial Film Festival

Buildings and people are disintegrating, and the few who are left are armed and on edge at every turn. This is the post-zombie apocalypse setting in the short film “After the Fall” by the Digital Filmmakers Guild, a Chico State student group. “After the Fall,” which premiered last spring at the year-end SMASH awards at the El Rey Theatre, has been accepted into the Sundial Film Festival. The festival will be on March 9 at the Cascade Theatre in Redding. Congratulations to the Digital Filmmakers Guild and all who took part in the making of “After the Fall!” Tickets are on sale now. Good luck, Wildcats!

Directed by Christopher Parks
Produced by Taylor Sibbern (President Spring 2013)
Starring Kaylyn Dowd, Murphy Mayer, Zach Myers, Tim Ditmer, and Jason Bartus
Written by Christopher Parks, Taylor Sibbern, and Corryn Fleming
Edited by Christopher Parks and Taylor Sibbern
Music by Christopher Parks
Sound design by Cameron Farboud

Studying a Whole New World Away

By Gracey Hessinger, Senior, Communications Studies

Preparing for the Disney College Program wasn’t just a simple walk in the park.GraceyHessingergoofy

It took a lot of effort, determination, and passion to become a part of the program at Walt Disney World in Orlando, where I am today. About 30,000 students apply and only 7,000 are accepted. Thankfully, Chico State had tons of opportunities available that helped me prepare for the internship—a key step to reaching my life goal of being a part of the Walt Disney Corporation.

This year was actually my second time applying to be a part of Disney College. I applied for fall of 2012, but did not get accepted. It was so hard for me to be rejected from my dream job.

But this gave me the motivation to become more involved on campus so I would become a better candidate for the program. During my time at Chico, I worked on campus with Prime Time Productions through University Food and Housing. I also became a part of Greek life, which exposed me to a life of networking and finding commonalities with a lot of people really fast. Joining Greek life gave me a confidence boost, and I became involved with the best experience I have had at Chico State thus far: peer advising for the Summer Orientation Program.

This year, I received the magical acceptance email. And then during my fall semester I found myself working in Walt Disney World!

I was assigned to attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Although it may seem like being a peer adviser for incoming students is totally different than being a cast member for Disney, I quickly realized that the fundamentals for being successful in the two roles are very similar. The interactions have with people in each job can impact their life and make every day a new experience. I get the opportunity to make memories.

GraceyHessingerTeaBarThis experience has served as a confirmation that this is the industry I want to pursue after graduation. To help prepare myself for a job and become integrated with Disney’s professional expectations, I participated in the learning component of the program. Disney Heritage is a course that dives into the company’s historical milestones and Walt’s dreams.  I am also in an Exploring Guest Service course where I learn about the exceptional guest service and discover why hospitality is the hallmark of Disney.

I was also lucky enough to attend workshops for resume writing, professionalism, personal branding, acing the interview, and presentation skills. These workshops have really given me insight into what I will be facing in the “real world.” After finishing all of these workshops and classes, I received my “Mouster’s Degree” and return home to Chico and finish my BA in communication studies.

Now that I’m back home, my goal is to be involved with Disney’s College Representative program. This program is a great way to bring back everything that I have gained to our beautiful Chico campus and to other students interested in a great internship opportunity. Being a representative would be a great chance for me to be a part of the magic while giving back to the program and to some of my fellow Wildcats.

2013 Year in Review [Infographic]

As we launch into 2014, we decided take a look back at Chico State’s social media hits in 2013. The common thread across platforms is that all of our audiences love stories of student/faculty achievement, and have a strong connection to our beautiful campus and its quirks and traditions. So, we’ll do our best to bring you more of that kind of content in 2014!

Thank you for following us and keeping the Chico State social media community vibrant!

Without further ado…

Chico State 2013 Social Media Year in Review

Turning Dreams into Reality

By Hannah Ramey, Senior,  Agriculture  

A 4-H advisor asked me where I was going to college when I was about 13. I said, “I don’t know if I am going to college.”

hannah ramsey1At that point, I didn’t think I was college material. But the advisor encouraged me to do something I was interested in, something I was passionate about. He proceeded to tell me about his adventures as an agricultural ambassador. My interest was sparked, to say the least. I am passionate about agriculture and my faith in Jesus Christ. I lived in rural China for 5 ½ months in 2009, living and working with local people and Americans, teaching literacy and agriculture. My passion became a vision. I wanted to be an international agricultural missionary, to teach sustainable agriculture in developing countries.

Two weeks after returning from China, I began studying agriculture at Sierra College in Rocklin. After receiving associate degrees in agriculture and natural science, I transferred to CSU, Chico. Although I had saved money from raising animals through 4-H, without the generosity of scholarship donors, I would not have made it this far. I was pleasantly surprised to receive scholarships through the CSU, Chico scholarship foundation for my very first semester in Chico, and throughout my college career.

Hannah with College of Agriculture Dean Jennifer Ryder Fox
Hannah with College of Agriculture Dean Jennifer Ryder Fox

Because of those scholarships, I have been able to be involved on campus and take heavy course loads, without being preoccupied with a full-time job. Some of the activities in which I have been involved are Christian Challenge leadership team mentoring my peers, Agriculture Ambassadors representing the college to high schools, Up ’Til Dawn fundraiser for Saint Jude, Mental Health First Aid Training, speech and debate team, and bimonthly blood donations.

I will be graduating in the spring, on time, and I could not have done it without the generosity of people who had faith to invest in my education. Now that I know how much a scholarship means to a student trying to make their dream a reality, I hope to make an investment in students someday, to make the difference for them. It is well worth the result, especially if you are from CSU, Chico.

Thank you scholarship donors!

The College of Agriculture recently received the largest scholarship gift in CSU, Chico history from Dan Giustina. His $2 million gift will support students like Hannah through Bell Presidential Scholarships—and attract more talented applicants with a strong passion for agriculture to the University.