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California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • CSU, Chico President Gayle Hutchinson provides a monthly update from campus for our Wildcat community, with well wishes for the end of the semester.

    "Take time to appreciate your family and friends. Be kind to yourself and others. I look forward to seeing you in 2019."

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • Seven Camp Fire survivors from within the Chico State campus community opened up about their escapes, their lives since the fire broke out, and the ongoing challenges they face.

    Here are their accounts, in their own words, as shared and compiled for #WeAreChico.

    LISTEN to their extended interviews on Chico State Today: https://goo.gl/AUkLwq

    #WildcatsRise

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
3 days
  • Some teammates are just teammates. But when one member of the Chico State Cycling Team asked for help building a line break around his home as the #CampFire marched through the foothills, his teammates didn’t hesitate to help.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • “I’ve always felt the vibe in this town is a community of caring, whether you know people or not. Even in the Greek Life community, where we are always trying to promote our own organizations, usually in competition with each other—when it came time to respond, we came together as one.

    "People dropped their sense of isolationism, their own priorities, and we realized the impact we could make as a group.”

    Chico State fraternities and sororities came together with a big day-one donation drive to provide for evacuees and victims of the Camp Fire.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • In a special series of #WeAreChico, we are sharing the stories of students, faculty, and staff impacted by the #CampFire.

    Danielle Hansen, senior, agricultural business; 23-year Paradise resident

    "It's hard knowing I left my house that day going to school, and I'll never get to go home to that. It's quite an adjustment, but everyone in Chico has been surrounding us and giving us the love and support we need. It's not easy and it's going to take time, but with everyone's support, we'll make it through it.

    "The biggest challenge right now is finals, and finishing, and just making sure I don't give up right now, when all I want to do is stop and have a moment to myself. I have to keep pushing forward."

    #WildcatsRise

    (Jessica Bartlett/University Photographer)

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
1 week
  • In a special series of #WeAreChico, we are sharing the stories of students, faculty, and staff impacted by the #CampFire.

    Shirley McCoy, junior, business; three-year Paradise resident

    "It's been hard to totally focus on class like I'm used to doing. My mind is on a million other different things, still not having any real stability. They did put me in University Village temporarily and that's helped out a little bit, but you don't know how long that'll be for. I've never had to live with people—I've always just lived with my parents. It's been strange trying to get used to that.

    "They've all been friendly and real welcoming, and they make me feel accepted there. They've all been very nice. It's not too bad. Mostly, I'm glad I at least have a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in. I feel it for those people sleeping in tents, because it's cold out there.

    "I try to be strong in front of my parents and not really show too much. I have good and bad days, but when you watch the news, and see that it's such a big thing, it feels so surreal. It's a disconnect. I know I was there, but it feels like it was such a big thing that you almost feel like you weren't part of it."

    #WildcatsRise
    (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
1 week
  • Sifting through piles of school supplies, Aleece Feldhaus found the calendar she needed for her classroom. It would go perfectly with the stand she bought for her first year of teaching.

    That’s when it all rushed back, all at once.

    The stand was gone. So was the alphabet line she had tacked up years ago, the mural she lovingly painted on her classroom wall, and every other artifact she used to inspire and educate her special education students. The Camp Fire had taken it all.

    On Saturday, Butte County teachers and Chico State students who aspire to become educators joined forces to give Feldhaus and others a fresh start on rebuilding their classrooms.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
1 week
  • Always a treat: Chico State student choir is live from Kendall Hall! This performance always draws most of the building's employees to the rotunda to listen and we're excited to share with you!

    Provost Debra Larson addressed students after:

    "It’s been a really tragic time for us. To be able to enter into the last few weeks after such a horrible tragedy with your beautiful music, I can’t tell you how meaningful that is for us. Thank you for helping us transition into a different space."

    And VP of Student Affairs Milton Lang:

    "You sound beautiful! You provide us with an extraordinary service, and you lift our spirits with grace and style. Thank you."

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
1 week
  • In a special series of #WeAreChico, we are sharing the stories of students, faculty, and staff impacted by the #CampFire.

    Stephanie Rogers, senior, music education; one-year Magalia resident

    "I woke up when the fire initially started, and I was just thinking I had to get to class because traffic would be bad. We have fires all the time, so I didn't think much of it. But then, I saw Sawmill Peak was on fire, and they were shutting down Skyway and redirecting people.

    "My brain shut down, just automatically. All I was thinking was, I had to get home, get my 76-year-old grandma, get my pets, and get out. We took Centerville Road all the way down to Chico, and it's scary to think that it all burned, right behind us, within hours. Everything we'd passed through was all gone. It feels surreal, like something that happens in a movie. Coming up 99 through Chico, I saw how close it was to the freeway, and I just lost it.

    "I started crying again at the gas station by the mall, seeing all the tents and food trucks set up. I didn't lose my house, but I definitely lost my mind. It's just been hard transitioning—it feels like even though we're at the end of the semester, we're back at square one.

    "Being able to stay in University housing has been such a blessing. My grandma's been with an aunt in Rocklin. Being able to have more stable housing, having meals at Sutter Hall, getting back to some kind of routine, has been really welcome. ... I felt like I was just kind of floating along with everything that happened."

    #WildcatsRise
    (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • When the #CampFire forced the evacuation of Paradise, Magalia and neighboring communities on Nov. 8, thousands of ridge residents filled evacuation shelters in Chico.

    The impending need to care for the physical and mental well-being of those displaced was daunting, and Chico State nursing and MFT students made it their mission to help, however they could. In the process, they learned how to work during a disaster, collaborated with different agencies, and proved that care comes in many different forms.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • In a special series of #WeAreChico, we are sharing the stories of students, faculty, and staff impacted by the #CampFire.

    John Crosby, political science professor; Model United Nations faculty adviser; 14-year Magalia resident

    "We're luckier than I'd say 95 percent of everyone else. We're alive and we have each other. We just lost stuff. But thinking of what we've lost, we're dual by nature—we're emotional and intellectual. I tend to lean toward the Toy Story kind of deal, where these inanimate objects have lives of their own. I've imbued these things I've collected over the years with personality. It's almost like a loss of life because I've given them characteristics over the years. These ties I've been wearing for 10 years as a lecturer, they all have stories, conversations they've started, and they're all gone.

    "These losses, I know it's meaningless, but there's no way of getting that back. It's a purging by fire. I'll never have those things again. It'll never be normal again.

    "The rebuilding aspect is, even if you rebuilt the same house, it would be a constant reminder of the furniture, or the items, or things we had, like my Dungeon and Dragons pieces, our Christmas ornaments, or my wife's plates she'd collected. It's a bunch of crap, but it's our crap. We'd go, 'That's where that was.' It'd be a constant reminder of the pain. I don't think we want to rebuild there. But now we have to figure out what we're going to do. Where do we go from here?"

    (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • “I’m not from California by any means, but we are all people at the end of the day and I was looking for a way to help,” said Jared Wolf, a first-semester transfer student, who led the Livestock Judging Team to volunteer to care for large animals that were displaced by the #CampFire. “As a college student, I’m financially not able to donate a bunch of money, but I can sure donate my time.”

    Read about the team's work caring for large animals at the Butte County Fairgrounds, cleaning pens and feeding the hundreds of donkeys, llamas, and cows staying in the large animal shelter.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • Update 12/7/18: We just received word that the Wildcat Store will receive another shipment of Wildcats Rise T-shirts on or before Tuesday, Dec. 11 and will be on sale by Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the latest. Thank you all for your interest and support!
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    To help to meet the needs of all our impacted Wildcats and support the Chico State community, #WildcatsRise T-shirts are now available for $10 in the Chico State Wildcat Store—100% of the sales will benefit the Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund.

    Thank you to our partners at the Wildcat Store for working with their vendors to make this fundraiser possible.

    Since Nov. 10, the Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund has raised more than $523,000 to support students, faculty, and staff affected by the Camp Fire. To date, more than 300 grants have been provided to affected Wildcats. However, we know the needs are significant and urgent, and we look forward to raising additional funds to provide greater support. Contribute: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/WildcatsRise

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • President Hutchinson spoke about compassion, community, resilience, and love in her remarks at the Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center on Monday.

    "This is hard. I've never seen anything like it in my life, yet I am convinced and confident in our resilience to rise from this. Wildcats rise. Chico rises. Butte County rises. We will not let this define us. We will emerge from this stronger. We will create something better.

    "At the very core of Chico State is that pillar of community service and community leadership that is in our DNA, it's in each and every one of us. So, as we work to pave the path forward, to really find our way, I need you to know that we will do it. And we're going to do it together.

    Watch her full remarks:

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • Providing quality meals to those displaced and suffering from the Camp Fire took a lot of work.

    World Central Kitchen Camp Fire Response and plenty of Chico State student, faculty, and staff volunteers were up to the task.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • Our hearts were touched to receive this amazing show of support from Lucas in Santa Rosa. The #CampFire devastated our community, but supporters like him are keeping us going.

    Thank you, Lucas! #WildcatsRise

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • On #GivingTuesday, we want to give thanks to the remarkable generosity of our donors to date—over $400,000 and counting! The Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund is directly helping those impacted by the Camp Fire.

    And yet, we know the needs continue to be substantial. In order to provide even greater relief, we are setting our sights even higher for the Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund. Join us to help our Wildcats rise!

    All donations from individual donors and teams will go to the Wildcats Rise Fire Recovery Fund. Donations to this fund will be distributed to support students, faculty, and staff in need of aid for clothing and household goods, electronics such as phones and laptops, transportation, childcare assistance, temporary housing, school supplies, or meal assistance.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
2 weeks
  • In a special series of #WeAreChico, we are sharing the stories of students, faculty, and staff impacted by the #CampFire.

    Megan Rawie
    Concrete Industry Management, Admin Support Coordinator

    "The sky went pitch black, there was nobody around, and everybody was gone. That's when I ran in, grabbed the cats, threw them in their carriers, and went back in to grab my dog. I ran out, got in the car, and then left and got in traffic with everyone else.

    When I was leaving town at Neal Road, there were flames on the bike path all around me, and as soon as I got a little further, everything was in flames.

    Once I had reception, I called my mom, was telling her everything, and told her, 'We're not going to have a home to go home to.' Thinking back now, it's a blur, but I remember hearing myself say those words.

    A neighbor texted me that night, and he'd just gotten out at the last minute, when everything was in flames. I lost it. I knew, that's it. When our neighbors were texting us all, when we realized it was all ash, my heart knew.

    Saturday night, we got a video, and it was more awful than I imagined it could be, but it was closure. Now I have to move forward. I have to remind myself that I'm one of the fortunate ones. I got myself out, I got my fur babies. We're safe and alive. Everything else is material."

    #WildcatsRise

    (Jason Halley/University Photographer)

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
2 weeks
  • Tomorrow, November 26, classes will resume as scheduled.

    Since the #CampFire erupted on November 8, the University has taken careful measure of the ways this natural disaster has disrupted the lives of our Wildcat community. Amid the loss that many of us are feeling and experiencing, we know challenges will accompany the return to classes after an unexpected week away and the fall break, but they are challenges we will face together.

    All of us need the support and empathy that has always made Chico State a strong and a caring community—one that will grow even stronger as we help one another, our family members, friends, and neighbors to rebuild and recover in the months and years to come.

    As President Hutchinson said in her email to the campus community earlier this week, "This is only the beginning of our recovery. As Wildcats, when any one of us is impacted, we are all impacted. We will be here for you all along the way. Together, Wildcats rise."

    The Wildcats Rise Care and Resource Center will be open tomorrow 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium to assist our Wildcats who need support in the wake of the fires—from information and resources to drop-in emotional counseling.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • To prepare for campus reopening Monday, Facilities Management & Services are changing more than 3,000 air filters, cleaning intake units, dusting horizontal surfaces, and clearing entranceways of ash and debris both inside and out. Thank you to the team for their tremendous work!

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • “These people are the poorest patients, they are the elderly, they are often the sickest patients, they have chronic conditions that need medication or care around the clock. These people need your help and no one else is going to give it to them, so you have to step up and be that person.”

    When a group of Chico State students found a #CampFire evacuation shelter in need of aid to track those in its care, they launched into action, establishing a medical records system and helping with filling prescriptions.

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
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  • The Wildcats Rise Care and Resources Center opens in the Bell Memorial Union Monday, November 26 at 8:30 a.m. to provide emotional support and information to any Wildcat who is struggling after the fires.

    The center is a one-stop shop for housing information, academic advising, financial assistance, psychological counseling, and other important services. Students will find Wildcats who can answer their questions about financial aid, leaves, basic needs assistance, and ongoing support. Serving as a drop-in center, people can stop by at any time to access its services or gather as a community. We hope to see you there!

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
3 weeks
  • As our Chico State community continues to grapple with the destruction of the Camp Fire, during this season of gratitude we want to express how thankful we are for all you.

    Amidst smoky skies and heavy hearts, we are buoyed by our Wildcats in action—we have heard countless stories of your volunteerism, your donation drives, and your unrelenting commitment to helping communities recover. One of Chico State’s core values is community service, and you all embody that every day.

    The generosity of our Wildcats is inspiring, and we so are grateful for you!

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
3 weeks
  • As Caring Choices works to organize thousands of volunteers who want to assist after the #CampFire, the Chico State community is helping lead the charge of vetting and assigning applicants where they are needed most.

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