Archive for the ‘2000 Spring’ Category

Outstanding Staff Employee Honored

Wednesday, May 31st, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2000

Casey Huff
530-898-4143

Outstanding Staff Employee Honored

On April 27, 2000, Felicia Contreras was honored on the CSU, Chico campus as the 1999-2000 Outstanding Staff Employee. Contreras is the credentials analyst in Academic Advising Services who works with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. She has worked for the university for more than 28 years.

As the credentials analyst, Contreras is in direct contact with 12 departments and keeps approximately 22 credential subject matter advisers, eight program coordinators, and two department chairs apprised of all regulatory matters and any potential changes in regards to teacher credentialing. She is the final contact person for student teachers prior to receiving their teaching credential. Contreras works with students to put together their portfolios of required documents, including transcripts, test scores, experience, health tests, and fingerprints, and then evaluates them. The commission accepts her recommendations without question. Contreras is an active member of the California Community of Teacher Credentials and the Credentials Counselors and Analysts of California.

Caroline Aldrich-Langen, director of Academic Advising Services, describes Contreras as one of the top five credentials analysts in the state. “Her work is impeccable,” said Aldrich-Langen. “Felicia is dedicated to her work, compassionate with students, and highly regarded by everyone who works with her.”

In addition to her university service, Contreras is active as a member of the campus Latino Committee and as a member of the Hispanic Association for Community and Education. She is an active participant in the university’s Needy ChildrenÕs Program during the Christmas season.

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CSU, Chico Engineering: Steel Bridge 2000 National Champions

Wednesday, May 24th, 2000

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May 24, 2000

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Professor Joel Arthur, Civil Engineering
530-898-4292

CSU, Chico Engineering: Steel Bridge 2000 National Champions

California State University, Chico civil engineering students dominated the National Steel Bridge competition held at Texas A&M over the weekend of May 20 and 21.

Competing against the best 43 schools from 20 different regional competitions across the nation, CSU, Chico emerged as number one in the nation by an impressive margin. Oregon State University placed second, and Southern Polytechnic State University placed third.

The winning team will construct the winning bridge on Friday, May 26, at 10 a.m. behind Landgon Engineering Center, located on the corner of 1st and Warner Streets. The student engineers will discuss the design and engineering challenges of the yearlong project that produced the victory.

To qualify for the national competition CSU, Chico won the regional competition held in Chico on April 29. This was the fourth straight year that Chico has advanced to the nationals by winning the regional bridge building contest.

Using advanced computer modeling and design techniques, civil engineering students analyzed and designed a steel bridge to meet rigid construction specifications provided by the sponsoring groups, The American Institute of Steel Construction and The American Society for Civil Engineers. The students then fabricated the components necessary to build the 22-foot long bridge that was able to support a total load of 2,500 pounds.

The bridge was designed and built for lightning fast construction, super low deflection, and ultra light weight. The students applied skills and concepts that they learn in their civil engineering courses related to the analysis, design and performance optimization of structures, construction planning and construction management.

Team captain Kari Rowberg, along with Troy Kamisky and John Bailey, all junior level civil engineering students, and faculty adviser Joel Arthur spent many nights and weekends perfecting this year’s entry. Technicians Jim Luallen and Mike Renwick from the Department of Civil Engineering were instrumental in helping the team fabricate the winning bridge.

CSU, Chico placed first in economy, first in efficiency, second in aggregate deflection, third in weight, and ninth in construction speed. The aggregate result was a decisive national championship for CSU, Chico.

During the competition, the bridges are assembled in timed construction by a team of students working on both sides of a fictitious 14′ river. Components of the bridge can be no greater than 4′ in length and 6″ across. A competitor is allowed to carry only one component at a time from the staging areas, a specific distance from each side of the river, to the riverbanks to complete the assembly of the 40-50-piece bridge. The total construction time is obtained by multiplying the number of competitors times the assembly time plus any time penalties for such things as dropping fasteners or touching the river.

Following assembly, the bridge is carefully inspected for conformance to the rules in terms of materials used in construction and dimensional tolerances. Weight penalties are assessed for not conforming to the rules.

The bridge is then moved to a loading station where deflections are measured for two loading cases. First, deflection (movements up or down of the bridge deck) is measured at the center of the middle span (about 14′ long) and also at one end of the 4′ cantilever portion of the bridge while 2,000 pounds are placed uniformly over the center 6′ of the bridge. Next, one of the cantilever overhangs of the bridge is loaded with the final 500 pounds and the change in deflection is measured at the end. The aggregate deflection is then calculated from the two measurements.

After surviving the loading tests, the bridge is weighed, completing the competition. Awards are given in five categories based on the three numbers from construction speed, aggregate deflection and weight. The lower the score, the higher the ranking. An additional award is given for aesthetics. CSU, Chico earned a score of 13, and second place Oregon State had a sum of 24.

CSU, Chico placed second in the nation last year, edged out by regional competitor University of Nevada, Reno.

George Scott of Chico Scrap Iron, donated 2,500 pounds of rail steel used to test the bridge. Alumni Dennis Murphy of Hayden Homes in Oregon and Dan Gonzalves of Aztlan Designs in Chico provided substantial financial support to help send the bridge and 13 students to the national championship in College Place, Texas.

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Re-Entry Banquet Honored Students

Friday, May 19th, 2000

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May 19, 2000

Lacey Williams
530-898-4143

Re-Entry Banquet Honored Students

On May 6, the Re-Entry Affairs Council at California State University, Chico held an awards banquet and dance to honor the best and brightest re-entry students.

Students received scholarships and certificates or were inducted into the Pinnacle Honor Society.

Marcia Howe received the Winfield S. Mowder Memorial scholarship, and eight students received the David Ware Outstanding Re-Entry Student Award.

Students from each of the colleges received a Ware Outstanding Student Award. Recipients included Garrett Liles from the College of Agriculture, James Fazlic from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Dawn McConnell from the College of Communication and Education, Dolly Brown from the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, Mitchell Gates from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Manette Grant from the College of Natural Sciences and Rhonda Barton from Undergraduate Education and General Studies.

The event was funded by the Re-Entry Affairs Council, the Associated Students, the Office of Admissions, the Provost for Academic Affairs and the Re-Entry Center.

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Electrical Engineering Students Design Smart Micromouse

Friday, May 19th, 2000

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May 19, 2000

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260

Electrical Engineering Students Design Smart Micromouse

Electrical engineering students from California State University, Chico placed second and third in the micromouse maze competition at a regional meet on April 29, in Reno, Nevada. Six West Coast universities competed in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) competition.

Student Peter Sullivan, who placed second, and the team of Jason Brown, Tyler Foreman, and Will Edmunds, which placed third, designed self-contained motorized microcomputers capable of learning their way through a maze. The winning micromice navigate the maze in the shortest amount of time. Each microcomputer can make several different attempts, “remembering” and then calculating the shortest route.

Jeff Steel won third place in the design contest. He designed a self-contained microcomputer-directed car capable of navigating its way to a predetermined point and avoiding hazards along the way. Steel’s car was equipped with a video camera so images of the hazards it encountered could be transmitted.

Ben-Dau Tseng, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is adviser to the student IEEE organization.

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Regional and Continuing Education Interim Dean Named

Wednesday, May 17th, 2000

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May 17, 2000

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Regional and Continuing Education Interim Dean Named

Debra Barger, associate dean of the Center for Regional and Continuing Education at California State University, Chico, has been named interim dean of the center for a two-year term.

Barger begins her new duties June 2. She replaces Ralph Meuter, longtime CSU, Chico faculty member and Regional and Continuing Education dean, who retired this spring.

Barger has been associate dean at the center since 1998, and was director of summer session and extension programs from 1988 to 1998.

Prior to joining CSU, Chico, she resided in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 1981 to 1988. She served as assistant dean for City Colleges of Chicago-Europe, where she administered educational programs to NATO forces and Department of Defense civilians throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Barger earned a masterÕs degree from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. Her bachelorÕs degree is from Smith College.

Barger is a member of the University Continuing Education Association and the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators, where she served as president in 1996-97.

Barger is the third administrator hired at CSU, Chico this spring. Brenda Aden, former director of faculty personnel services at Humboldt State University, is the new vice provost of human resources. Aden begins work July 19. Jeanne Thomas, former dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southwest Missouri State University, is the new dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She starts at CSU, Chico Aug. 1.

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CSU, Chico Student Researchers Win Statewide Competition

Tuesday, May 16th, 2000

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May 16, 2000

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

CSU, Chico Student Researchers Win Statewide Competition

California State University, Chico students won first- and second-place awards in the 14th annual CSU Student Research Competition, held at Cal Poly Pomona May 5-6. One hundred forty-four student entrants from 21 CSU campuses took part.

College of Agriculture seniors Wes Schager and Sara Livingston came in first and second, respectively, in the Biological and Agricultural Sciences division of the competition. Both will receive cash prizes for placing in the competition.

Other CSU, Chico students who entered the competition were undergraduates Heather Dye, Elizabeth Paslay, Melissa Wolf and Sarah DeForest and graduate student Rebecca O’Flaherty. All seven CSU, Chico students competed in the Biological and Agricultural Sciences category.

Peter Schuler, of the School of Graduate, International and Sponsored Programs, and agriculture professor Cindy Daley accompanied the students to the competition.

The annual research competition is the largest student achievement event of its kind in the CSU. The competitionÕs founder, Vivian Vidoli, dean of the division of graduate studies at CSU, Fresno, has said the size and format of the CSU competition makes it unique in higher education.

Students enter in different subject-based categories, usually competing on their home campuses for the right to compete in the systemwide competition. Each CSU campus can send up to 10 students to the systemwide competition, which is held on a different campus each year on a rotating basis. CSU, Chico hosted the competition in 1998.

The title of SchagerÕs research was “A Comparison of Compost Quality Using an In-Vessel Composting System for Agricultural Waste Management.” Schager determined the feasibility of a composting process that removes livestock manure and rice straw from waste. The purpose of the process was to create a product that enhances agricultural land and avoids ground-water and air pollution. SchagerÕs project was funded through the California Urban Environmental Research and Education Center.

The title of LivingstonÕs research was “Effect of Stress on Early Embryonic Mortality in Domestic Species.” Livingston studied the impact of stress on embryonic pregnancies. Her data showed animals are highly sensitive to stressors during this period. LivingstonÕs project was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

The students, both integrated animal systems majors, were also funded through grants obtained by Daley through the College of Agriculture. Daley also served as their faculty sponsor for the competition. Preparation for the student presentations were the combined efforts of faculty involved in the collegeÕs Agricultural Experimental Research course, including professors Marian and Richard Baldy, Cindy and David Daley, Wes Patton and Richard Rosecrance.

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2000 Time Capsule to be Buried

Tuesday, May 16th, 2000

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May 16, 2000

Lacey Williams
530-898-4143

2000 Time Capsule to be Buried

After a long break, the Associated Students and the Alumni Association will once again place a time capsule on the California State University, Chico campus on graduation day, Saturday, May 20 in front of Kendall Hall.

It’s been 31 years since a time capsule was last buried, and this placement ceremony will begin a half-hour after graduation ceremonies end (approximately 11:30 a.m.). The capsule will be buried in the center square, with the concrete poured and the number “2000″ placed in the near future.

Some of the items include a TRACS book, piece of BMU brick, a Greek Week t-shirt, a wildcat card, an autographed CSU, Chico Women’s Rugby Shirt, Y2K Compliant Stickers, two Orion newspapers, an Adventure Outings Calendar, an Old BMU postcard, a year 2000 graduation tassel and more.

Duplicates of the items will be displayed for the day in a glass case and will eventually be permanently displayed.

The time capsule will be opened in 50 years at the Homecoming for Golden Grads.

For more information, please contact Jeff DeFranco, executive vice president of the Associated Students, at 898- 5701.

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CSU, Chico and Butte County Department of Behavioral Health Present Conference on Treating Victims of Violence

Tuesday, May 16th, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2000

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Joe Picard, Center for Regional and Continuing Education
530-898-6105

CSU, Chico and Butte County Department of Behavioral Health Present Conference on Treating Victims of Violence

California State University, Chico’s Center for Regional and Continuing Education and the Butte County Department of Behavioral Health present Treating Victims of Violence Conference featuring Donald Meichenbaum, a world renowned psychotherapist and educator. The conference will examine the impact of domestic and community violence on children and adolescents.

Counselors, social workers, psychologists, mental health care providers, law enforcement professionals, and others working with children and adolescents dealing with domestic violence will learn how to improve their assessments and intervention techniques. Treating Victims of Violence meets the continuing education requirements for MFT’s, LCSW’s and psychologists, and provides 6.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Treating Victims of Violence will be held Monday, June 12 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Gordon Hall, Sierra Room in Chico. Cost is $100 for registrations received on or before June 7. Cost for registrations received after this date is $125. For more information or to enroll call the CSU, Chico Continuing Education at 530-898-6105 or visit the Web site at rce.csuchico.edu/victims.

Treating Victims of Violence aims to develop assessment procedures and a case conceptualization model of the impact of violence on children, adolescents and their family members. Participants will learn to implement specific cognitive-behavioral interventions that are sensitive to development differences, and to develop and implement school-based and community-based interventions in the aftermath of violence.

Treating Victims of Violence will be presented by Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., a founder of Cognitive Behavior Modification (CBM). Meichenbaum is an emeritus professor at the University of Waterloo, Department of Psychology, Ontario, Canada and director of The Melissa Institute for Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence, Miami, Florida. In a survey reported in the American Psychologist, North American clinicians voted Meichenbaum “one of the ten most influential psychotherapists of the century.”

Meichenbaum has lectured internationally and has been involved in numerous projects involving victimized individuals. His presentations always receive the highest evaluations for their practical clinical advice and humor.

California State University, Chico, Center for Regional and Continuing Education offers an extensive array of educational programs and services that address the varied needs of the campus and local community, and serve individuals across the state, country and around the world. For more information or to register, call 530-898-6105, or visit the Continuing Education Web site at rce.csuchico.edu.

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New Vice Provost of Human Resources Named

Tuesday, May 16th, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2000

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

New Vice Provost of Human Resources Named

Brenda Aden, director of faculty personnel services at Humboldt State University, has been named vice provost of human resources at California State University, Chico.

Aden will begin her new duties July 19, 2000. Michael Biechler, vice provost for human resources the past seven years, retired this spring.

Aden has served in her current post at Humboldt State since 1997. Prior to that, she was affirmative action officer for Humboldt State from 1990 to 1996. She has also held administrative posts in human resources and legal areas at the University of Iowa and Miami University of Ohio.

Among her duties in her current position at Humboldt State are the administration of the collective bargaining agreement for faculty and oversight of faculty recruitment.

Aden was a tenured social science faculty member at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill., from 1974 to 1985, serving as social science department chair from 1977-81. She also taught part-time and developed distance learning courses at Cedar Rapids Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Aden received her juris doctor degree in 1988 from the University of Iowa, where her emphasis was in higher education and employment law. Her masterÕs and bachelorÕs degrees are from the University of Illinois.

“We are fortunate to have someone with her knowledge of the CSU and depth of experience in working with faculty and staff personnel issues,” said Scott McNall, CSU, Chico provost and vice president for academic affairs. “She brings to us a strong background with a degree in law, experience as an affirmative action officer and demonstrated skill in helping to resolve issues. We welcome her to the university and the community.”

“I look forward to working with such a respected faculty and accomplished administration,” said Aden.

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Sharon Davis, Leon Panetta to Speak at Commencement

Monday, May 15th, 2000

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May 15, 2000

Lacey Williams
530-898-4143

Sharon Davis, Leon Panetta to Speak at Commencement

The first graduating class of the 21st century at California State University, Chico will be awarded bachelor’s and master’s degrees the weekend of May 19-21, 2000. Sharon Davis, First Lady of California, and Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff to President Clinton, will be speakers at commencement exercises Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, respectively.

An estimated 2,400 students along with family and friends will participate in the university’s 110th Commencement.

Commencement ceremonies for graduating students in the Colleges of Business, Communication and Education, Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology and Natural Sciences will begin 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20.

Commencement for graduating students in the Colleges of Agriculture, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Humanities and Fine Arts, The Center for International Studies and Undergraduate Education: Liberal Studies/Special Majors will begin 9 a.m. Sunday, May 21.

The Saturday and Sunday ceremonies should take roughly two hours, and will be held at the University Stadium rain or shine.

Saturday’s Commencement speaker, Sharon Davis, is the official spokesperson for the Healthy Families Program, the state’s health insurance program that provides medical, dental and vision coverage for children of working families.

Davis visits schools throughout the state to encourage students to raise their expectations and performance and promote parental involvement. She is also involved in the California Mentor Initiative, a project designed to recruit one million new mentors for children in California.

Sunday’s speaker, Leon Panetta, is the current Distinguished Scholar to the Chancellor of the California State University System. As Distinguished Scholar to the Chancellor, Panetta advises the Chancellor on national issues affecting higher education.

Prior to his position as Chief of Staff, Panetta was a U.S. Representative from California from 1977 to 1993. He authored the Hunger Prevention Act of 1988, the Fair Employment Practices Resolution, legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for hospice care for the terminally ill and other legislation on education, health and defense issues.

Commencement

The ceremony to honor bachelor’s degree recipients May 20 and 21 at the University Stadium will have a new look for the millennium. Graduates will wear red satin class-of-2000 stoles with the CSU, Chico logo and will walk up on the stage from the back and face the audience as they receive their degrees.

In the past, students have walked to the stage from the front, which had them facing away from the audience. The new staging design is a result of a design project by a CSU, Chico engineering class. Nineteen students submitted designs, and the best ideas were combined into the new staging plan.

The Commencement ceremony for master’s degree recipients will take place in Laxson Auditorium on Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Approximately 180 students will receive degrees. The master of ceremony for this event will be Robert Jackson, the dean of the School of Graduate, International and Sponsored Programs. Patrick McCaffrey, a faculty member since 1975, will serve as the Honorary Marshal.

The master’s graduate ceremony will feature student speaker Donna Lundgren, who will be receiving her master’s degree in Speech/Language Pathology. Lundgren decided to work with the neurologically impaired after her uncle suffered a stroke. She is presently fulfilling her clinical fellowship year at Oroville Hospital.

The Chico State Ceremonial Band, under the direction of Director James Bankhead, chair of the music department, will provide instrumental music for Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are not required for admission into the stadium for Saturday or Sunday, but tickets are required for Friday night’s ceremony at Laxson, where seating is limited. People may contact the School of Graduate and International Programs at 898-6880 for information about obtaining additional tickets.

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