Archive for the ‘1997 Fall’ Category

SAP America, Inc. Awards CSU, Chico Top University Research Grant

Thursday, January 29th, 1998

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 1998

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

SAP America, Inc. Awards CSU, Chico Top University Research Grant

California State University, Chico’s College of Business today received a $100,000 grant from SAP America, Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG, the world’s fourth largest software supplier of business application solutions and a research partner with leading universities across the country.

The SAP America University Alliance Program’s new research grant component awarded grants to four universities, with CSU, Chico receiving the top prize. Universities receiving $75,000 grants were Drexel University, Georgia Tech, and Purdue University.

CSU, Chico President Manuel Esteban, College of Business Dean Arno Rethans, and Professors Richard Lea and James Boykin accepted the grant at the first research program award ceremony today, January 29, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In 1996, SAP America chose CSU, Chico as the first participant for its University Alliance Program, and contributed $2 million in software, training, and curriculum support to the College of Business. Other universities to subsequently join the alliance include University of Texas, Harvard, USC, and UC Irvine.

SAP is the world’s leader of enterprise business-application software. The R/3™ System, used in over half of the world’s top 500 companies, provides an integrated business system for varied functions such as accounting, materials management, plant maintenance, and sales.

Over the past two years, more than 500 CSU, Chico students have learned the R/3 System in a variety of business classes. No other American university has so extensively used SAP software in the classroom.

The research grant will go toward faculty development in exploring additional ways to utilize SAP software in the University’s undergraduate business curriculum.

“CSU, Chico and the College of Business are being recognized as being on the leading edge of implementation of enterprisewide software,” said Dean Rethans. “These funds will further support faculty efforts in integrating SAP software into the curriculum.”

“As a world leader in the development of business application software, with more than 12,000 R/3 installations globally, we’ve witnessed firsthand the way leading-edge companies are preparing themselves to operate efficiently,” said SAP America CEO Paul Wahl. “We need to help prepare our next generation of business leaders for the new direction of the business world, and that is integrated processing. We hope that by making R/3 available to the academic community and by helping to fund and support its implementation into new curricula, we will be providing students with a critical link to their understanding of real-life business practices. We applaud our first grant winners and the outstanding work they submitted.”

Corporate support of undergraduate training in the SAP R/3 software has been a major feature of the University Alliance Program. Hewlett-Packard has contributed $750,000 in hardware and software to CSU, Chico, while IBM Global Services, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Foundation Health Systems, Chevron Corp., and semiconductor industry manufacturer Applied Materials, Inc. have made cash commitments to the University. A representative of Bristol-Myers Squibb, a member of CSU, Chico’s SAP Industry Partner Group, attended today’s award ceremony.

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Students Win Livestock Judging Honors

Thursday, November 6th, 1997

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 1997

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Students Win Livestock Judging Honors

The Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team from California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture received High Team honors at the Senior Grand National at the Cow Palace in San Francisco November 11.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was second, and Panhandle State University in Oklahoma finished third.

This is first year since 1978 that Chico has won the San Francisco competition. CSU, Chico team members had outstanding individual success, with Clay Carlson finishing second and Jennifer Coloma-Danes finishing third in overall competition. Team members were recognized for numerous individual awards in various divisions.

The team has had an excellent fall, finishing first at the Fall Classic in Medford, Oregon, and second at a competition in Los Angeles. The team will finish the year at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, followed by the National Finals at the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Team members include Scott Bowdridge, from Barstow, who is studying agriculture; Clay Carlson, Clovis, animal science; Jennifer Coloma-Danes, Oakdale, agriculture; Holly Foster, Durham, animal science; Keely Martin, Etna, agribusiness; Kevin O’Brien, Corning, animal science; Megan Pettis, Healdsburg, agriculture; Matt Reynier, Hamilton City, animal science.

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The Orion Again Wins Prestigious Pacemaker

Thursday, November 6th, 1997

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 1997

Dave Waddell, Orion Faculty Adviser
530-898-4782

The Orion Again Wins Prestigious Pacemaker

The Orion, Chico State University’s student newspaper, has won the national Pacemaker award, the biggest prize in college journalism, for the third straight year. The Chico State weekly has now accumulated four Pacemakers in the last five years–more than any other college or university newspaper of any sort during that period.

“The Pacemaker is the most prestigious award in college journalism,” said Dave Waddell, The Orion’s faculty adviser. “Winning it more times than anyone since 1993 has put Chico State and its journalism department on the map nationally in a big way. It’s an extraordinary achievement by our students.”

The Orion was presented with the Pacemaker at the Associated Collegiate Press’ annual college media convention Oct. 30 through Nov. 2 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The Chico State weekly also won top awards at the convention for its on-line edition and for the quality of an issue produced during the current semester.

This year’s Pacemaker was for general excellence during the Fall 1996 and Spring 1997 semesters. The Orion was one of 10 university papers competing in the non-daily category to receive the coveted award. Winners were selected from 20 finalists by a panel of judges led by Margaret Holt of the Chicago Tribune.

Current Orion Managing Editor Matt Notley accepted the Pacemaker on behalf of last year’s staff. Tom Rolnicki, the ACP’s executive director, described the Pacemaker during the Nov. 1 awards ceremony as “the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.” Pacemaker awards are based on a newspaper’s coverage and content, writing and editing, layout and design, photography and graphics, and leadership.

The Orion has won five Pacemakers all together–in academic years 1988-89, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1995-96, and 1996-97. During the 96-97 school year, Traci Moon and Joelle Babula were managing editors, Josh Rege and Brantley Payne were art directors, and Waddell was faculty adviser.

In Chicago, Orion Online, the World Wide Web version of the newspaper, won third place overall among college electronic newspapers in the 1997 ACP/Hot Wired “Best of the Net” competition, finishing behind only the University of Arizona and Michigan State University.

Also at the Chicago convention, The Orion took third place in the Best of Show on-site competition for non-daily university “broadsheet” newspapers based on general excellence for one issue from the fall semester.

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Physics Student to Present Pumpkin Drop

Thursday, October 30th, 1997

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 1997

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Physics Student to Present Pumpkin Drop

Join CSU, Chico’s Society of Physics students tomorrow as they present the Tenth Annual Pumpkin Drop.

Legend has it that Galileo Galilee demonstrated his Law of Falling Bodies by climbing to the top of the Tower of Pisa so that he could drop a large ball and a small ball at the same time. Both balls hit the ground together!

Physics students will reenact this great moment in the history of science using pumpkins. Come to the south side of Butte Hall at noon on Halloween, tomorrow, October 31. You are promised a smashing good time!

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Material Falls From Laxson Auditorium Ceiling

Monday, October 27th, 1997

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 1997

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Material Falls From Laxson Auditorium Ceiling

CHICO, CA – Clean-up has been completed and damage is being assessed after a decorative cornice fell from the ceiling of CSU Chico’s Laxson Auditorium some time last night or this morning, Oct. 26-27, while the auditorium was unoccupied.

The plaster material landed on several seats in the orchestra right seating section. Production coordinator Steve Ellis discovered the material after he arrived for work this morning.

Jim Williams, director of Environmental Management, Health and Safety, said clean-up took place today under the assumption that asbestos might be present in the fallen material. A/C Industrial of Chico, certified asbestos abatement contractors, did the clean-up work.

Bill McGinnis, director of Facilities Management and Services, said a structural engineer was brought in by the University today to examine the ceiling and the other cornices in order to assess the damage to the auditorium.

For safety reasons, Laxson is closed to public traffic until the engineering study assessing damage to the auditorium is completed.

University Public Events Director Pat Kopp said events scheduled for Laxson over the next few days have been moved to other locations. Tonight’s speaker on drug and alcohol abuse, David Westhol, and tomorrow night’s talk by actor Edward James Olmos, will move to Shurmer Gym. Olmos’ Wednesday morning talk will be held at Acker Gym. The times for the events have not changed. Kopp said his office will send out notices explaining which future events will be rescheduled, postponed or canceled, if necessary. To find out about specific upcoming events in Laxson, call University Box Office at 898-5791.

McGinnis said it was too soon to say if Saturday’s minor earthquake centered near Willows could have weakened the cornice and caused it to fall a day later.

The cornice, one of a dozen or so on the Laxson ceiling, was not a weight-bearing structure in the auditorium. Laxson, built in 1932, received refurbishing and earthquake retrofitting in the mid-1970s.

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Friends of History

Friday, September 19th, 1997

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 1997

History Dept.
530-898-5366

Friends of History

The History Department and Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society announce the inaugural year lectures for the FRIENDS OF HISTORY at California State University, Chico. The general title for this series of four lectures is Biography and the Historian’s Understanding of Culture and Society. The series will show how the research and writing of members of the History Department’s faculty are relevant to readers in the world beyond the classroom and within the community. Each lecture will demonstrate how biography, which is typically accessible and jargon-free, is an important means for joining scholarship with public readership. Cultural biographers, it has been argued, “are committed to writing about human life for humans–not just for scholars in a narrow field, but for all readers. Cultural biography attempts to restore humanity to the humanities.”

The first lecture, “Changing Perspectives on John Bidwell,” will be presented by Michael Gillis and Michael Magliari on October 16. Both speakers are members of the History Department at CSU, Chico and are preparing an edition of the collected writings of John Bidwell. Other members of the faculty participating in the series are Joanna Cowden who will speak on her forthcoming book on the biographies of “Peace Democrats” in the American Civil War; Robert Cottrell who will speak on his writing of biographies of twentieth-century American political activists; and Laird Easton who will speak on his biography of the twentieth-century German art patron and diplomat Count Harry Kessler.

FRIENDS OF HISTORY is a group organized to promote the reading and study of history in the community. The dates and venue for these lectures will be announced shortly. A reception will follow each lecture. A donation of $10 will place one on the History Department’s FRIENDS OF HISTORY mailing list; these mailings will alert members to events and lectures of historical interest at CSU, Chico and in the community. The donation will also help to fund community lectures, special student seminars, historical film series, and the general study of history at CSU, Chico. For additional information, contact the History Department at telephone 898-5366, fax 898-6925, or email at histstud@oavax.csuchico. edu.

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Atlantic BioPharmaceuticals, Inc.

Tuesday, August 19th, 1997

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 1997

Roger Lederer
530-898-6121

Atlantic BioPharmaceuticals, Inc.

CHICO, CA – Atlantic BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. (ABI), a start-up biotech company, will be relocating in Chico to produce medically useful chemical products through genetic engineering. Chico State has taken an active role in recruiting ABI to Chico. In the first two years, the company will be doing basic research in facilities in Holt Hall, on the Chico State campus. After that, ABI will be moving to a permanent site off campus. ABI was attracted to Chico because of the beauty of the region, the cultural advantages offered by the University, the chance to work with university faculty, and some familiarity with Chico residents.

ABI is a biotechnology company developing treatments for autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and breast and prostate cancers based upon technology and patents licensed from McGill University in Vancouver, Canada and developed by Dr. Robert Murgita, ABI’s chief scientific officer, while he was professor for and later chair of the Department Microbiology and Immunology at McGill.

Dr. Murgita, the creator of the company’s patented process for the production of alphafetoprotein, expects to develop new and novel pharmaceuticals for production by ABI at its planned Chico facilities and to continue research in conjuntion with faculty and students at CSU, Chico, as well as in collaboration with other academic institutions. Murgita and ABI’s Chief Operations Officer Robert A. Grant expressed their delight with the warm reception from CSU, Chico, the City of Chico, and community leaders, emphasizing that, “The cooperative atmoshpere of the city, university, and community has made the decision to relocate to Chico irresistible.”

The affiliation of Atlantic BioPharmaceuticals, Inc. with CSU, Chico and its Department of Biological Sciences and with the City of Chico should prove to be a productive, exciting relationship for all. ABI is exactly the kind of company the University wants to bring to the community and, as such, pledges to work cooperatively with the city and county to do so.

Atlantic BioPharmaceuticals, Inc., in conjunction with Chico State’s President Manuel A. Esteban, Provost Scott G. McNall, and Dean Roger Lederer, will hold an open press conference at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, in the main dining room of Selvester’s Cafe by the Creek on the Chico State campus. Members of the media and community are invited to attend.

For more information, call Roger Lederer, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, CSU, Chico, 898-6121.

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