During this pandemic, the Associated Students (AS) remains committed to enriching your Chico experience. With the $992 combined student fee contribution each regularly enrolled student provides, we are able to finance, maintain and directly support the modified operations of our campus and community programs, services, and facilities.
Many if not most of our programs remain available to students via remote or reduced physical distancing access, as well as new and additional programs and services developed to adapt to and provide virtual student government, co-curricular opportunities (internships, practicums, etc.), services and traditional programming.
The following are highlights of our offerings at this time. Of course, as with everything we are experiencing, all are subject to change. Connect directly with a program to affirm operation or availability.
Through the Activity Fee….
Following the guidelines of the California Department of Education, Community Care Licensing, and Butte County Public Health, the ASCDL is open to meet the day-to-day social, emotional and educational needs of children enrolled on site. In collaboration with the Child Development Department, the ASCDL is also providing a digital learning internship experience.
- Onsite childcare Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM (5:15 Mondays).
- Continuation of practicum program through CHLD 392.
Virtual and in-person volunteer programs, including Animal Connection, Adopt-A-Park, Community Outreach Ambassadors, and Virtual Tutoring through a partnership with the Chico Unified School District. Continuation of UNIV 389, UNIV 189, and EDCI 110 courses through virtual instruction, volunteering, and reflection assignments. Community Engagement Workshop Series online covering a range of topics including activism, voting, and social change.
- In-person volunteer programs in Chico, including volunteer opportunities at Chico Animal Shelter, Butte Human Society, Torres Shelter and Chico Area Recreation District.
- Virtual tutoring of K-12 students, in partnership with Chico Unified School District.
- Continuation of internship program through UNIV 389, UNIV 189 and EDCI 110.
- Community Engagement Workshop series (10 total workshops between September 24 through December 1).
- Make A Difference Week (October 19-24): A campus / community partnership service program turned virtual.
Ability to provide voice and student perspective on key issues such as student safety, the academic learning environment, and diversity and inclusion. Officers, senators and council & committee members provide opportunities to help identify academic and mental health issues that may surface among students with mentorship and support to navigate the additional challenges of the online learning and leadership environment. Monthly student Town Halls, including partnering with campus to provide a COVID-19 Response meeting, and an active voter registration campaign for the fall national election.
- Elected student representatives continue to advocate on behalf of Chico State student body with internal and campus council and committee meetings and weekly office hours.
- Monthly town halls, in partnership with campus, focused on topics affecting current students.
- Active outreach to student body related to national initiatives, including the 2020 U.S. Census, voter registration, and 2020 U.S. National Election.
In addition to its variety of in-house programs, the AS contributes operational funding support through the Activity Fee for a collection of campus-based entities that provide significant programs and services to the student community. These include CCLC, the STAR Center, GSEC, CLIC and the student shuttle program.
Through the Student Union Fee….
Continuing popular virtual concerts series Wildcat Couch Concerts; modifying the traditional Freshman Leadership Opportunity mentorship and interpersonal connections program to be offered online; providing other virtual entertainment opportunities such as online trivia and game nights, our annual MAC Night, Adulting 101 Online, and more.
- Six Wildcat Welcome events, including scavenger hunts, meet and greets, game nights, and a virtual 5k.
- Active virtual programming for students, including Adulting 101 Online (four workshops), Trivia (six events, in partnership with Recreational Sports), CSU Unplugged Couch Concerts (two virtual concerts, in partnership with other CSU campuses).
- Passive virtual programming for students, including grab ‘n’ go art activities such as expressive art, self-care kits, and a special Dias De Los Muertos activity.
- AS-wide Destress Fest (partnership with all AS programs, led by the WREC)
- Freshman Leadership Opportunity online with 51 first-year participants. Continuation of internship program through UNIV 189.
Partnership programs with other California State Universities to highlight sustainability efforts within the CSU. Speaker series for Campus Sustainability Month featuring experts in the subjects of zero waste, intersectional sustainability, and environmental activism. Seed mailers for students.
- Campus Sustainability Month speaker series, in partnership with other CSUs, UCs, and California Community Colleges (three separate speaker events).
- Assistance and promotion on behalf of the University for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) national conference – free to Chico State students.
- Seed mailer “event”: sending students who sign up a seed sampler for a DIY tea garden.
- Zero waste education series, in partnership with Chico State Office of Sustainability, in the works.
Wilderness Leadership Development series via Zoom, Virtual trips/tours via Zoom and Google Earth, a variety of videos and social media campaigns to engage with students.
The AO Equipment Rental is open and available by appointment only interested in renting recreation gear for a weekend excursion, including camping and backpacking equipment, watersport equipment, climbing equipment, winter sports and mountaineering equipment, and paddle sports gear.
- Equipment rental services open and available to students, staff, faculty and local community (open Fridays 11 AM – 4 PM for pick up, Mondays 11 AM – 4 PM for drop off).
- Live virtual tours of popular national and state parks with commentary from AO staff or other experts/explorers (four currently planned, more may come).
- Virtual Banff Film Festival (Sept. 16 – Oct. 17), in partnership with Chico Performances.
- Weekly virtual Wilderness Leadership Development (WiLD) series for AO students. Continuation of internship program through UNIV 389.
- Remote river/creek cleanup as part of CAVE’s Make A Difference Week.
- Remote workshops and virtual meetups in the works.
The WREC pool and AO equipment rental services are currently open by appointment only for students and other campus members. Increased safety measures and socially distancing protocols are being enforced. The WREC will continue with online programming (virtual workouts pre-filmed and posted, wellness workshops, and virtual fitness consultations) to give students opportunities to stay engaged, keep active, and be well.
- The WREC is open at 10% capacity by reservation only (Closed November 16, 2020)
- The WREC Pool is by appointment only for both lap swim and deck use (sun tanning and recreational swimming).
- Virtual GX programs, including Interval, Butts n Guts and Yoga (six classes per week).
- At-Home Fitness Consultations and Virtual Personal Training starting September 14th.
- Other active and passive Virtual Events including Meet Campus Rec, Walktober, monthly wellness workshops, and Destress Fest (partnership with all AS programs, led by the WREC).
Because of these fees, our facilities – including the Bell Memorial Union and the Wildcat Recreation Center, although not open for traditional use, will continue to operate and provide opportunities to students in the semesters to come through continued debt repayment.