Public Affairs and Publications Launches New CSU, Chico News Website

November 22nd, 2010

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November 22, 2010

Public Affairs
530-898-4143

Public Affairs and Publications Launches New CSU, Chico News Website

CSU, Chico News has moved! Click here to visit the new site: www.csuchico.edu/news

Public Affairs and Publications at California State University, Chico (www.csuchico.edu/pa) announced the launch of its remodeled CSU, Chico News website (www.csuchico.edu/news) on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. CSU, Chico News_ contains current and archived news releases about University and student achievements, events, and honors geared toward the campus, community, and media. The site has been updated and reformatted to fit in the campus’s new web content management system, improve accessibility, and provide design consistent with other CSU, Chico websites.

Visit www.csuchico.edu/news for up-to-date news releases and information. Questions or comments? Contact the office of Public Affairs and Publications at publicaffairs@csuchico.edu or 530-898-4143.

Anti-racist Activist and Author Tim Wise Brings Message to Chico

November 19th, 2010

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November 17, 2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Tray Robinson,
University Diversity Programs
530-898-4764

Anti-racist Activist and Author Tim Wise Brings Message to Chico

Tim Wise, author of “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son,” will be coming to California State University, Chico on Tuesday, Nov. 30, courtesy of the Office of Diversity and University Staff Development. He will speak on racism, white denial and the cost of inequality to the society.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium.

Anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise has taken racial issues head-on, spending his professional career speaking about matters, such as white privilege, that are seldom talked about publically. Wise has traveled extensively in the United States, speaking in 49 states and visiting over 600 campuses. Wise has also spoken internationally in Canada and Bermuda about topics such as race and racism, education and religion.

In addition to his speaking engagements, Wise has also taught at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Mass., educating master’s students on racism in the United States. From 1999 to 2003, Wise also served as an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute.

Wise has also worked closely with journalists to help them eliminate racial bias in their reporting. For his many efforts, Wise was recently included in the “Top 25 Visionaries Who Are Challenging Your World” by Utne Reader.

The Office of Diversity at CSU, Chico is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff are included in campus events and activities to ensure their success. Its aim is to foster a climate that acknowledges and celebrates peoples’ differences.

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CSU, Chico Students Win Awards for Animation and Video Game at CSU Media Arts Festival

November 18th, 2010

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November 17, 2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260

CSU, Chico Students Win Awards for Animation and Video Game at CSU Media Arts Festival

Two California State University, Chico students won awards at the 20th Annual Media Arts Festival (MAF) held Nov. 6 at CSU, Fullerton for their animation and video game projects. A total of 131 entries from the 23-campus California State University system were received and judged by a panel of industry experts who chose 29 finalists for award competition in nine categories, including interactive and animation.

Student David Logan and his team—Sarah Delucchi, Granison Crawford and Michael Bluing—earned second place in the interactive media category. The game they created, “Earth Haven 2: Retribution,” is a role-playing game about a boy avenging his father’s death.

The game was created over two semesters in video game development and production classes taught by Professor Clarke Steinback, Department of Communication Design. The students created all of their own sound effects, including original songs for the more than two-hour game, and all of their own sprites and non-player characters.

After creating the basic game in the development class, the students tested and added individuality to it in the production class. “We decided to really add some flavor to the game,” said Logan. “We added quite a bit of humor with dialogue and added in an entire section of the game which led you down to the main Eggnome town. We also tweaked coding and made sure there were no errors, but most importantly, Granison and I wrote an original 20-song soundtrack for the game, with over half the songs having lyrics. That is how we decided to make our game stand out.”

Senior Samuel Fries received a third-place award for his short animation entry. “Catfight!” is the story of a housecat forced to defend his home from invading neighborhood strays. Fries made the film in fall 2009 with fellow students Jackson Pratt and Elias Villalobos in Applied Computer Graphics 240, taught by Professor John Pozzi.

“It was really great to make it into the finals,” said Fries. “I know that a lot of really great animations from the Applied Computer Graphics students were submitted, and I was very honored that they chose mine. I’m looking forward to next year.”

Instructionally Related Activities funding made it possible for CSU, Chico to send students to the festival.

The MAF allows students in the California State University system the opportunity to be in competition judged by experienced faculty and entertainment industry professionals. It enhances the skills necessary to transition between producing films, video and interactive media in college classes to related industries.

Visit www.mediaartsfestival.org for a full listing of all awards for the festival, which operates under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts, www.csusummerarts.org.

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Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society Features Chemist’s Analysis of the Fate of the Electric Car

November 17th, 2010

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November 17, 2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Daniel Clark
Department of Chemistry
and Biochemistry
530-898-5251

Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society Features Chemist’s Analysis of the Fate of the Electric Car

“The Electric Car: Murder Victim, Suicide, or Still a Gleam in its Parents’ Eyes” is the title of a talk by James Postma, PhD, to be presented at the Dec. 2 annual dinner meeting of the Northern California Subsection of the American Chemical Society.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. in room 210 of the Bell Memorial Union, California State University, Chico. The seminar begins at 7 p.m. The dinner and meeting are open to guests and those interested in the topic. The cost is $25 general admission and $10 for students.

“Electric cars have existed since the inception of the automobile,” said Postma, “but to date, have not penetrated the consumer market to a significant degree.”

Postma will present the significant advantages of an electrochemical energy source (batteries) relative to a combustion source for automotive power. He will also review the challenges that have limited the success of electric car technology. The group will be asked to make some educated, but speculative, predictions about the scientific, engineering and societal progress that will be necessary for the success of electric cars.

Those interested may reserve a seat by contacting Kathy Johns in the Department of Chemistry at 530-898-5259 or kjohns@csuchico.edu by Nov. 22.

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Health at Every Size: Examining the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift

November 16th, 2010

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November 16, 2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Michelle Morris
Nutrition and Food Sciences
530-898-4757

Health at Every Size: Examining the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift

“Health at Every Size” (HAES) will be presented this Thursday, Nov. 18,
7 p.m. by Linda Bacon, PhD, who will discuss the scientific evidence that underlies our current understanding of weight. Professor Bacon’s visit is sponsored by the Dietetic Internship program, California State University, Chico.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Holt 170 on the CSU, Chico campus. HAES supports people in adopting good habits for the sake of health and well-being, rather than weight control.

Michelle Morris, professor of nutrition and director of the CSU, Chico Dietetic Internship program, said that the topic for this forum is explored in Bacon’s book, “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight.” “Bacon argues that fat isn’t the problem, dieting is the problem,” said Morris. “Bacon contends that much of the health risk associated with weight is caused by faulty assumptions of well-intended obesity ‘experts’ rather than fat itself. She will debunk the weight myths and translate the latest science into practical advice.”

Professor Bacon has graduate degrees in physiology, specializing in nutrition; psychology, specializing in eating disorders and body image; and exercise science, specializing in metabolism. She is affiliated with City College of San Francisco and UC Davis. Bacon’s research has been published in academic journals, and she frequently conducts interviews and speaks nationally on this topic.

An in-depth workshop intended for health professionals will be held on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Enloe Conference Center, 2-5 p.m. Advance registration is required for this event and is still open. Please contact Morris for registration information at mrmorris@csuchico.edu or 530-898-4757.

The CSU, Chico Dietetic Internship program provides the opportunity for graduate students in the University’s service area to become registered dietitians who will enhance the quality of life and health of individuals and families through their service in institutions and agencies in Northern California. For more information on the CSU, Chico Dietetic Internship program go to www.csuchico.edu/nfsc/internship/index.shtml

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Computer Science Students Take Last-Second Victory Over Stanford, Win IBM-sponsored ‘Battle of the Brains’

November 15th, 2010

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November 15, 2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

Computer Science Students Take Last-Second Victory Over Stanford, Win IBM-sponsored ‘Battle of the Brains’

In a last-minute victory befitting intercollegiate sports more than academics, California State University, Chico computer science students got a final point in the waning moments Saturday and won the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Pacific Northwest Programming Contest, besting 74 other universities.

CSU, Chico now moves on to compete against approximately 100 other schools at the 2011 World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), to be held Feb. 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

In its 35th year, the ICPC, also known as “The Battle of the Brains,” is sponsored by IBM. The contest requires teams of three students to try to solve 10 extremely difficult computer programming problems in a race against time and other student teams. The ultimate winner goes on to claim what IBM calls “The World’s Smartest Trophy.”

Moaty Fayek, chair of CSU, Chico’s Department of Computer Science and team adviser, said about 8,000 universities around the world compete in the contest, which is treated almost as an Olympic sport in some overseas countries. He said when students from St. Petersburg, Russia, won the world title two years ago, they were feted at a luncheon hosted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev.

CSU, Chico’s top team was tied with Stanford University’s top team with seven correct answers with 30 seconds to go. Right before the clock expired, CSU, Chico’s lead programmer, David Stolp, handed in an answer to an eighth problem. The judges found the final answer was correct, giving the title to CSU, Chico.

Following second-place finisher Stanford, last year’s winner, was Simon Fraser University of Canada in third. Among the other top finishers were University of Washington (sixth), UC Davis (11th) and UC Berkeley (13th). The second highest CSU finisher was San Jose State at 14th.

Fayek said while it was exciting to place ahead of all other CSU and UC entrants, it was gratifying to have their support as the contest came down to CSU, Chico and Stanford. “They were all cheering for us; they wanted us to come in first,” said Fayek. “I have received many, many e-mails from Sac State and other schools that are really proud of us.”

Fayek said Stolp, a first-semester graduate student, did much more for the victory than hand in the winning answer. “He was a hero for us in many ways,” Fayek said. “He led the practice sessions every week, picking challenging problems for the others. He was so important to our winning the title.”

The other members of CSU, Chico’s winning team were Katherine Gabales and Abhishek Iyer, with Jennifer Coryell as a reserve member. The students on CSU, Chico’s second team were Swapnil Deo, Ryan Feenstra and Kevin Kane, with Michael Lombardi as reserve member.

“I am so proud of the accomplishment and dedication of all our students,” said Fayek. “They all have busy schedules this semester, yet they made time to practice every Friday at 4:30 p.m. This accomplishment is the result of hard working and dedicated students.”

The regional final was held Nov. 13 at University of the Pacific in Stockton.

Fayek said CSU, Chico has competed in the ACM contest since 1977 and won the regional in 1981. CSU, Chico’s Department of Computer Science is the oldest in the CSU and has had many high finishes in past years, he said.

Winning the world title will be a tall order, Fayek said, because of how seriously Eastern
Europe, China, Russia and other parts of the world take the contest. Many of the teams from those countries have full-time coaches and other advantages, he said. The highest U.S. finisher last year, Stanford, finished 14th in the World Finals.

The trip to Sharm El Sheikh for the World Finals will be particularly satisfying for Fayek. A native of Egypt, he came to the U.S. and graduated from CSU, Chico in 1985. While he didn’t compete as a student in the ACM contest, he helped some classmates who did, then began a long career at CSU, Chico as a computer science professor. “It’s been over a quarter century since we claimed first place,” Fayek said. “This has been a dream of mine to bring the trophy back to Chico.”

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The College of Business and Lam Research Corporation Sponsor Leadership Boot Camp

November 15th, 2010

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November 15, 2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Bob Sprague
Department of Management
530-898-6124

The College of Business and Lam Research Corporation Sponsor Leadership Boot Camp

On Nov. 4, 10 California State University, Chico business students headed to Fremont with College of Business faculty members Bob Sprague and Suzanne Zivnuska. Their destination was the fall 2010 Leadership Boot Camp sponsored by the college’s Center for Values-Based Leadership.

The three-day event was supported by a generous gift from Lam Research Corporation and included a visit to the Lam Research headquarters in Fremont. Students learned business leadership strategies from experienced Lam professionals.

“Our time with Lam Research gave the students the opportunity to test their understanding of business applications through dialogue with Lam executives,” said Sprague. “It was exciting to watch our students connect the dots from classroom to marketplace.”

The Boot Camp also included featured presentations by trainers Scott Winter and Don Scherba. Winter founded the Chico business Learning Change and has more than 20 years of experience in leadership and organizational development. He has led, trained and directed leadership programs for organizations throughout Russia, Taiwan, Portugal, Japan, Australia and the United States. Scherba is a well-respected Chico-based psychotherapist and executive coach who helps individuals and organizations develop the self-awareness and group consciousness required for collaborative leadership.

The camp experience was designed to provide students with a better understanding of themselves and their capacity to be the next generation of principled leaders. Students served as both the primary participants for the event as well key staffers for the event. Business seniors Jordan Egbert, Shawn Wilson, Juan Garcia and Tim Forrest assisted with planning, provided logistical support and led discussions during the weekend event.

“I’m extremely impressed with this group of business students,” said Egbert, “and it makes me proud to be a Chico State student. To watch these 10 student leaders evaluate themselves authentically was awesome!”

For more information, call Bob Sprague at 530-898-4260 or e-mail him at rfsprague@csuchico.edu.

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Upcoming Events at Gateway Science Museum

November 12th, 2010

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November 12, 2010

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Kelly Servis, Public Relations Intern
530-524-548
Dr. Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
530-898-4121

Upcoming Events at Gateway Science Museum

Gateway Science Museum announced Friday it will hold several activities for visitors this weekend, including a Pine Needle Basket Weaving demonstration taking place Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and an introductory class on Pine Needle Basket Weaving from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kathy Grant and Bernadine Lefmann of Grass Valley and Nevada City, Calif., the heart of ponderosa pine country, will teach the basket weaving demonstration. Both Grant and Lefmann have studied pine needle basket making at Sierra College in Grass Valley, the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City and The Caning Shop in Berkeley. They have also taught pine needle basket-making classes in Grass Valley.

“Living among the pines, it is hard not to be inspired to do something with all those pine needles,” said Grant.

Grant and Lefmann will demonstrate basket-weaving techniques to all museum visitors throughout the morning and then teach the special techniques for making pine needle baskets during their introductory class, which reached its maximum capacity earlier this week.

On Sunday, Nov.14, the California State University, Chico Math Club will lead a special children’s activity. They will be guiding visitors through tiling and tessellation activities throughout the museum.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.

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Ethics Bowl Comes to Chico State in December

November 10th, 2010

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November 10, 2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Becky Cox-White
Department of Philosophy
530-898-4730

Ethics Bowl Comes to Chico State in December

On Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, California State University, Chico will host the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Teams from five universities will compete for the opportunity to represent California at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Cincinnati in March 2011.

Last year, CSU, Chico placed second in the regional competition, which it also hosted. Universities competing in this year’s ethics bowl, in addition to CSU, Chico, include the National Hispanic University; University of California, Santa Cruz; San Jose State University; University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business; and USC, Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.

The Ethics Bowl, a competitive academic game modeled loosely on the television program “College Bowl,” is designed to develop students’ abilities in ethical analysis and judgment. A moderator poses questions on ethical issues to student teams. The issues may concern professional, social, political or personal ethics. Students prepare for the Ethics Bowl in a class called Regional Ethics Bowl taught by Becky Cox-White, professor of philosophy.

“The CSU, Chico Ethics Bowl enhances our reputation between campuses, across campus and within the community,” said White. “We are pleased to be hosting it once again.”

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, located at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, sponsors the competitions.

For more information, call White at 530-898-4730 or e-mail her at bcwhite@csuchico.edu.

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Associated Students Sustainability Hosts Annual Tofurky Feast

November 9th, 2010

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November 9, 2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Debra Beress, PR intern
AS Sustainability
530-906-2463
dlberess@aol.com

Associated Students Sustainability Hosts Annual Tofurky Feast

Associated Students Sustainability at California State University, Chico is collaborating with the Environmental Action Resource Center and the Environmental Affairs Council to bring the Chico community the fifth annual Tofurky Feast next Wednesday, Nov. 17. The feast will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Selvester’s Café by the Creek. It is free and all are welcome.

The Tofurky Feast provides an opportunity for guests to experience great food and learn more about how they can “green” their holidays. Community organizations and businesses donated food, and volunteers from the AS Sustainability Collaborative will prepare the meal.

The vegetarian, Thanksgiving-style meal will consist of traditional fixings such as mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberries and an earth-friendly, vegetarian meat alternative, Tofurky. Tofurky is soy-based, made with a blend of wheat protein and tofu. A special treat will be chai from Chico Chai.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own plates, utensils and cups. Some plates and cups will be provided, but if you bring your own, you’ll receive a free raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event. All proceeds from the raffle and any donations will be used to develop the E-ARC library.

“Tofurky Feast is a great way to bring the community together and celebrate the holidays,” said Debra Beress, public relations intern for AS Sustainability. “You can learn more about the sustainable efforts that anyone can make at home.”

For more information visit AS Sustainability online at www.aschico.com/sustainability, call 530-898-6677 or e-mail sustainevents@csuchico.edu.

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