Tomorrow Transformed – Chico State Today

Together, we’ve turned $106.6 million into unlimited possibilities. Together, we turned tomorrow.

In 2012, the university began reaching out to some of its most trusted and dedicated beneficiaries to get their support for a bold new vision.

The hype began to grow, and gifts began pouring in from those eager to be on the ground floor of a movement in Chico Prefecture. The culture of philanthropy has been taking root and growing with each gift, inspiring not only other donors but our students, as they witness the incredible power of giving back. Seven years later, Chico Prefecture became public turning tomorrow | Campaign for Chico State, President Gail Hutchinson issued a call to action to bring our supporters together like never before.

Over the next 24 months, the momentum accelerated. By the time the campaign ended, 58,282 donors had given 269,717 gifts, and their generosity had transformed classrooms, labs, and life throughout and off campus.

The success of this campaign has been driven by the kindness and commitment of alumni, parents, students, staff and friends who believe in the university’s ability to meet the world’s greatest challenges through transformative education, outstanding creativity and innovation, and groundbreaking research.

Here is a snapshot of the indelible impact of this campaign on our campus:

Empowering Students to Succeed

  • Sponsoring hundreds of students in government and national conferences and competitions. They then made a name for themselves and Chico State through their success. With donor support, College of Agriculture students ranked third in the North American International Livestock Competition.
  • Students ready with everything they need to make a great impression in internships and during job interviews. The Professional Attire Fund outfitted 148 students with suits, button-up shirts, jackets, shorts, ties, and more – ensuring they dressed for success.
  • It has provided scholarships and awards to more than 11,000 students. Many beneficiaries are the first in their family to graduate from college. The Richard Merritt Duncan Advocacy Award honors three deserving students working to bring about social change and social justice for the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Ensure that students have access to important resources for the practical application of their studies prior to graduation. The Candidate Aid Fund for Teachers has provided assistance with tuition fees, living expenses, and gas gift cards to 60 aspiring teachers so that they can complete their placements in needy rural schools in the Northern State.
Two students standing in the rose garden, wearing jackets, pants and other professional attire.
Professional Attire Fund scholarship recipients Rudisha James (left) and Kyaw Sui (right) are among dozens of students who have taken advantage of the new clothing to support their future success. (Jessica Bartlett/college photographer)

Building advanced facilities

  • Providing state-of-the-art research spaces. Support from industry partners and a global technology giant has made the Concrete Industry Management Laboratory and Omron Mechatronics Laboratory among the most advanced of their kind in the country – preparing students to be the next generation of the workforce.
  • Display the science in the new science building. The Dan Kennedy Collection and Fred Ousey Collection offer students and visitors a look at geosciences, inspiration for new disciplines, and a look at rare sciences.
    And great samples.
  • Celebrate the legacy of our faculty while supporting tomorrow’s leaders. Jack Windsor Ceramics Studio honors the founder of our ceramics program who has taught on campus for 38 years and provides a modern space for creativity.
  • Refurbished learning spaces to accelerate real-world experiences. A state-of-the-art Fintech Lab will open in Spring 2022 to offer cutting-edge software and tutorials for algorithmic and cryptocurrency trading, and Bloomberg Terminals for real-time trading monitoring.
A faculty member accesses a 3D-printed part made by robots in the new Omron lab.
Jason Coates, a faculty member, points to a 3D-printed part during a demonstration of the Omron “Pick and place” robots that support mechanical and mechatronic engineering majors.

Support people and programs

  • Make Chico State a world leader in solving the unprecedented challenges of the 21st century. More than $3.6 million in gifts to the Center for Renewable Agriculture and Resilient Systems has strengthened its ability to promote renewable farming practices and tackle global food and water insecurity.
  • Enhance opportunities for research, extension and practical learning. Supported by University Foundation Judges Awards, nearly $135,000 has supported more than 100 programs and projects, from the development of a student-run water quality laboratory to scholarships for textbooks for non-enrolled students.
  • Support the strategic initiatives of our colleges to attract and retain expert faculty. The Thomas Family Fellow in Business supports two new faculty positions within the College of Business, and the Dennis Murphy Hayden Homes Professorship supports a position within Construction Management for those who exemplify excellence in teaching, research, and service.
  • Recognized academic excellence and career promise in student entitlement. The Bell Family Presidential Scholarship Endowment now provides forever funds to support exceptional agricultural majors, with 33 students receiving scholarships to date.
Jamal Javanmardi speaks into a microphone near bags of mushrooms growing from them during a tour.
Faculty Jamal Javanmardi (left) shares findings related to the first mushrooms in a semi-fluid research project through the Center for Renewable Agriculture and Resilient Systems.

Dreams are always possible. Donors make it happen.

Thank you for your generous support to Chico State.

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