CHICO, Calif. - It was the first day of classes for Chico State's fall semester. Both incoming and returning students had the opportunity to experience a new event on campus today, as well as annual events that aim to bring the community together.
The new event on campus today took after the famous Tedx Talk presentations.
Right in the middle of campus, students were able to stop by, grab a donut and listen to their professors speak about a variety of educational topics.
This is Edx Chico, a first of it's kind event for Chico State, bringing professors from different areas of study together on one stage, covering a wide range of topics.
"We're telling our students that, you know, Chico State believes in you, we value you and we wanna show you all the cool opportunities that we have on this campus," said Student Body President, Alisha Sharma.
The Office of the ProVost at Chico State created the event.
The event is designed to encourage students to get out of their comfort zones and try something new.
"Some students might feel like they may not belong yet- they haven't found where they belong," said Media Coordinator, Sean Murphy. "An event like this really is designed to open the eyes and the minds of these first year students."
The Coordinator for Student Life and Leadership, Mary Wallmark, said they asked every college to nominate their top teachers.
Each of the seven professors presented a short lecture to engage and excite students on their first day of classes. Wallmark said no other campus, that they know of, holds an event like this.
"It's totally new you know we wanna celebrate teaching but we also wanna celebrate curiosity, curiosity is a good thing," said Wallmark.
Chico State has a series of events over three weeks called "Wildcat Welcome."
Sharma, said it's a way to show students what chico state has to offer, and how incoming students can get involved.
She said their University President, Gayle Hutchinson, always looks to innovate Chico State and create new services and programs for their students.
"It's been cool to see the progress that's happened in even three years and the ways that we've innovated and created new events and programs of modified things, because I think that's a huge thing too is to be reflective on what we've done and see how we can make it better for out students," Sharma said.
Sharma said these events and programs aim to help students preapre for life after graduation.