Archive for the ‘2002 Spring’ Category

Central Asian Teachers Come to Chico for Extended Training

Thursday, June 27th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2002

Joe Wills
Tel: 530-898-4143
Jan Edwards, International Programs
530-898-5412

Central Asian Teachers Come to Chico for Extended Training

A federal grant to California State University, Chico has brought 31 teachers from independent states of the former Soviet Union to Chico to share their experiences and learn more about their craft.

The secondary school-level English and American studies teachers arrived in Chico Sunday and are in the area through August 4. They are from Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

“Excellence in Teaching,” a six-week professional development seminar, will include on-campus lectures and workshops with CSU, Chico faculty, local high school teachers and other area educators.

CSU, Chico’s School of Graduate, International, and Sponsored Programs received the grant to host the teachers from the U.S. Department of State and administered through the American Councils for International Education. CSU, Chico was selected from among 11 applicants nationwide for the program.

While they are in Chico, the teachers will get a taste of American culture along with their educational studies. Jan Edwards, program coordinator, said the teachers will attend a Chico Heat baseball game, receive Western dance lessons, go to see fireworks on July Fourth and sample U.S.-style barbecue. In addition, families throughout Chico will be hosting the teachers this weekend, giving them another window into American life.

Along with their time in Chico, the teachers will also visit Sacramento, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

For more information about the program, contact Edwards at 898-5412.

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Business Major Receives Trustee’s Award for Outstanding Achievement

Wednesday, June 26th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2002

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260

Business Major Receives Trustee’s Award for Outstanding Achievement

A senior accounting major at California State University, Chico has received the 2002 William R. Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Dijana Fazlic is one of six students in the California State University system to receive the award. The Trustees’ award provides $3,000 of financial support to students who show superior academic performance, community service and personal accomplishments.

Fazlic has a double major in German and business administration with an option in accounting. Fazlic, who left Bosnia for Germany a decade ago, moved to the United States in 1996 with her mother, another family member and six-year-old son. She became a U.S. citizen last September.

Fazlic has excelled academically while supporting her son and other family members and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Pamela Easterly, the organization’s Chico area president, described her as “one of the most dedicated volunteers our organization has ever experienced.” She is moving into a new Habitat for Humanity home.

Her volunteer experience also includes working with the Red Cross, serving on the Associated Students Children’s Center board of directors, and serving on the Re-Entry Student Council. In addition, she teaches German to elementary children.

Fazlic’s achievements, highly significant in themselves, become even more so given a physical disability, which is the result of childhood poliomyelitis. During the last 15 years, she has had multiple surgeries on her feet, and still must “weigh every step,” as she says.

She plans to continue her studies, working toward a Ph.D. in business, and eventually become a teacher. “I want to be a member of society in such a way that my work is not only beneficial to my son and me, but that my work contributes to society as a whole,” said Fazlic.
Fazlic has also been honored with membership in the Golden Key Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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Orchardists Invited to Third Orchard Field Day

Monday, June 24th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2002

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Richard Rosecrance, Field Day Organizer
530-898-5699

Orchardists Invited to Third Orchard Field Day

Area growers, crop advisers and homeowners are invited to the third Orchard Field Day this Thursday, June 27, to be held at the Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center (University Farm), California State University, Chico.

The day, which begins at 8 a.m. at the farm, is sponsored in cooperation with University of California Cooperative Extension. The focus will be on new developments in the three most important orchard crops in Butte County: almonds, prunes and walnuts.

Topics for the day will include using the Global Imaging System, new techniques for hedging/pruning, irrigation scheduling and the latest information on pest and disease control. Participants can receive 2.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Pre-registration is not required, and $10 tickets for lunch will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Schedule for Orchard Field Day

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 27, 2002

8 a.m. Welcome and Registration

Sessions:

Ø Mapping, Global Imaging System and Restricted Material Permits

Ø Overview of the Integrated Prune Farming Practices (IPFP) Program and Using Information Developed by IPFP to Manage Prune Rust

Ø Recent Advances in Prune Aphid Control and the Role of Parasitoids in Controlling Prune Aphids

Ø “Skirting” a Mechanical Method of Trimming Low Branches

Ø Update on Low Scaffold Yield, Life After Low Scaffold Training, and Correcting Pruning Mistakes

Ø Precision Agriculture for Permanent Crops

Ø Tools to Help You Irrigate

Ø The Facts About Non-Infectious Bud Failure

Ø Almond Regional Variety Trial Update

12:30-1:30 Pre-paid Lunch (BBQ Tri-Tip or Vegetarian Lasagna)
To register or for more information about the field day and directions to the University Farm, call Rich Rosecrance at 530-898-5699 or Cris Gibson at 530-898-6343.

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Center for Economic Development Hosts Tourism Marketing Workshop

Thursday, June 20th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2002

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Maya Maas, Center for Economic Development
530-898-4598

Center for Economic Development Hosts Tourism Marketing Workshop

The Center for Economic Development at California State University, Chico is hosting a Tourism Marketing Workshop on Friday, June 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding, Calif.

The first half of the workshop, titled “The 25 Immutable Rules of Successful Tourism,” is an ideal primer, particularly for rural areas looking for increased tourism. The topics include beautification, signage (public and private), events, critical mass, pedestrian areas, attractions, visitor amenities, retail mix, marketing, advertising and public relations.

The second half of the workshop, “Tourism Marketing on a Miniscule Budget,” will show how to develop press kits, press releases, and public service announcements and how to get them on the air; what works and doesn’t in advertising; where to advertise and how to see a return on advertising investment.

The workshop is intended for city staff, elected officials, chamber of commerce directors and staff, local businesses with an interest in tourism, tourism organizations, museum managers and staff of area attractions.

Roger Brooks, workshop instructor, is founding member of the award-winning Chandler, Brooks & Donahoe and one of the country’s authorities on the subject of tourism marketing and development. Brooks is well known for his tell-it-like-it-is style and step-by-step instructions for helping communities “make something happen,” his bottom-line approach resulting in highly successful projects.

Registration is $125 per person on or before June 25 and $150 per person after June 25. You can register online at www.store.yahoo.com/northstate or call the center at 530-898-4598.

The Center for Economic Development, a community outreach organization, is a part of The CSU, Chico Research Foundation. The center is a non-profit organization that provides technical, applied research and capacity-building assistance to economic development and planning professionals in 20 Northern California counties. Clients include economic development corporations and districts; community development organizations; local, state, and federal governments; consulting firms; small business development centers; and small businesses.

For more information, contact Maya Maas at 530-898-4598.

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Wittmeier Ford Gift Benefits College of Agriculture Golf Tourney

Thursday, June 13th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2002

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Wittmeier Ford Gift Benefits College of Agriculture Golf Tourney

California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture has received a $10,000 gift from Wittmeier Ford and the Ford Motor Company toward its annual golf tournament fund-raiser, which will be held July 22 at Butte Creek Country Club.

The tournament, recently re-named the Wittmeier Ford/CSU, Chico/Superior Ag Golf Classic, normally nets between $30,000 and $40,000 for scholarships and other programs in the college.

“Agriculture and the university are two entities that help give Chico its unique characteristics,” said Ed Wittmeier, owner of Wittmeier Auto Center. “Our gift is to honor the importance of each.”

Ford’s participation was made through their Business Preferred Network and Ford Commercial Credit, both of whom have a special interest in the CSU, Chico agriculture program.

North State agriculture leaders formed Superior Ag in the early 1990s. Its sole mission is to support and bolster the university’s agriculture program, and a sub-committee of the organization is the driving force behind the tournament, now in its seventh year.

“Every year our longtime supporters pull out all the stops in donating time, energy and money for the good of our students,” said Charles Crabb, dean of the college. “We are proud to have Wittmeier Ford join our family of extraordinary friends.”

Other major tournament sponsors include Tri-Counties Bank, Matson and Isom, Bell Carter Olive Company, Pacific Coast Producers, Durham Pump and Farm Credit.

Participants in the tournament include production agriculturists, irrigation specialists, bankers, food processors, co-op managers and commodity organization managers. While player spots are sold out, sponsorships are still available. Contact the college at 898-4147 for more information.

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Debra Barger Named Dean of Regional and Continuing Education

Thursday, June 13th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2002

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Debra Barger Named Dean of Regional and Continuing Education

Debra Barger has been named dean of regional and continuing education at California State University, Chico. She has been interim dean since May 2000, when she replaced retiring dean Ralph Meuter.

Barger was associate dean in the continuing education office before assuming the dean’s post. Prior to joining CSU, Chico, Barger resided in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 1981 to 1988. She was assistant dean for City Colleges of Chicago-Europe, where she administered educational programs to NATO forces and Department of Defense civilians in Europe and the Middle East.

Barger earned a master’s degree from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. Her bachelor’s degree is from Smith College. She is a member of the University Continuing Education Association and the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators, where she served as president from 1996 to 1997.

During her tenure as interim dean, Barger has spearheaded the campus’s effort to offer a summer program supported by state dollars similar to the traditional fall and spring semesters. She has also looked to expand continuing education for area residents, such as the Northern California Local Government Leadership Institute, which has an upcoming conference, Monday, June 17.

“I’m very excited about our programs for lifelong learning,” she said. “We definitely want to expand the opportunities for people in the region.”

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Bill Post Named Vice Provost For Information Resources

Thursday, June 13th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2002

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Bill Post Named Vice Provost For Information Resources

Bill Post has been named vice provost for information resources at California State University, Chico. Post was appointed chief technology officer in August 2000 and named interim vice provost for information resources when Fred Ryan retired in spring 2001.

Post’s responsibilities include overseeing Meriam Library as well as the offices of Computing Services, Communications Services, Academic Technologies and User Support Services, which includes Student Computing.

During his 24-year tenure at CSU, Chico, Post has chaired the Target 2000 Technology Committee and its successor, the Beyond 2000 committee, and created the Technology and Learning Program and the Student Computing Program. He was also instrumental in establishing the 24-hour computer lab in Meriam Library.

“I am looking forward to working with the campus community to see that our technology investments are wisely chosen and bring maximum benefit to the campus,” said Post. “Success with information technology is dependent on people working together. This is why I enjoy very much Chico’s culture of cooperation.”

Post has master’s degrees in computer science and library science from San Jose State University. He completed his undergraduate work at Rutgers University.

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University Foundation Board Names New Officers

Tuesday, June 11th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2002

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

University Foundation Board Names New Officers

The University Foundation, California State University, Chico, has named new officers and committee chairs and added a new member. The changes took place at a regular meeting of the board May 22.

The new board chair is Mike Prime, a Chico resident and former owner of Option Care, a provider of high-tech home health treatments. The new board vice chair is Don Travers, a Paradise attorney specializing in estate planning. Both terms of office will be one year.

Continuing as board secretary and treasurer, respectively, are Paul Moore, vice president for university advancement and student affairs, and Dennis Graham, vice president for business and finance.

The new member of the Foundation board is Scott Chalmers, CSU, Chico alumnus and president of RSC Associates, a property management firm.

The new chair of the major gifts committee is John Burghardt, partner in the Chico-based law firm of Marshall, Burghardt, Mieske and Harp. The new chair of the nominations committee is Marilyn Warrens, university alumna and long-time community and university supporter. Steve Nettleton, owner of the Chico Heat and former owner of Food4Less grocery stores, remains chair of the finance, investment and audit committee.

Department of Chemistry chair Jim Postma was reappointed to the board as the faculty representative at the May meeting. A new student representative will be appointed to the board in the fall.

The University Foundation was organized and incorporated as a nonprofit California corporation in 1940 to support and enhance campus projects and programs for which state funding is insufficient or not available. In 1997, the University Foundation’s function became solely philanthropic and as such administers bequests, charitable trusts, special gifts, charitable gift annuities, scholarships, endowments and donor-advised funds. The University Foundation administers the university’s gift and endowment programs.

Responsibility for the governance of the University Foundation is vested in the Board of Governors, which includes lay members, senior campus administrators, a faculty member and a student.

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CSU, Chico’s Museum of Anthropology Presents 18th Annual American Visions Photography Competition

Wednesday, May 29th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2002

Loriann Maxwell
530-898-4263

CSU, Chico’s Museum of Anthropology Presents 18th Annual American Visions Photography Competition

The Museum of Anthropology at California State University, Chico is now accepting entries for the 18th Annual American Visions Photography Competition.

The theme of this year’s photography show is “Shaping Lives: The Stories Human Hands Tell.” Photographs should reflect the connections between artistic creations and the people who make them. Artists are encouraged to show how the hands and the art work together tell a story, what the chosen art form tells us about the artist and how the artist or the place influences the creative process. Entries are accepted through Friday, Aug. 10, and should include a statement of 60 words or fewer explaining how the photograph relates to the theme.

A panel of judges will select the photographs to be displayed from Sept. 10 to Oct. 11 in the Museum of Anthropology in Langdon Hall and CSU, Chico’s administration building, Kendall Hall. Cash awards will be presented to Best of Show and First Place in each category. Visitor voting will determine the People’s Choice cash award winner. Honorable mentions in each category will also be recognized.

Entry forms can be requested by contacting Melody Yeager, photo exhibit curator, at the Museum of Anthropology, 530-898-5397 or by e-mail, anthromuseum@csuchico.edu. Entry fees are $10 for the first entry, $5 for each additional entry.

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Deniz Is New Chief of University Police

Friday, May 24th, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2002

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Deniz Is New Chief of University Police

Leslie Deniz is new director of Public Safety Services and chief of University Police at California State University, Chico. She began her duties this week.

Chief Deniz replaces Lt. Kelly Clark, who has served as interim chief since July 2001.

Prior to joining University Police, Deniz was a lieutenant in the Yuba City Police Department. She also served as an administrative sergeant, sergeant/corporal and officer during her 13-year tenure with the Yuba City PD. As lieutenant, her duties included supervision of the Field Training Officer program, Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving programs and the Volunteers in Policing program.

From August 1987 to 1989, Deniz served on the Oroville Police Department. Along with her police academy training, Deniz has earned certificates in peace officer management and supervision. She earned her B.A. from CSU, Chico in 1989 and M.A. from the University of Phoenix in 1995. She currently teaches at the Butte Community College Police Academy and has also taught at Yuba City High School and coached at Yuba Community College.

“Leslie brings with her thirteen years of experience in public safety,” said Dennis Graham, CSU, Chico vice president for business and finance. “She also has experience working with departmental budgets, strategic planning, writing grants, emergency response programs, working with hazardous materials incidents, as well as her direct experience as a police officer. We are very much looking forward to working with our new chief.”

“I really like the atmosphere at Chico State,” Deniz said. “People have been extremely helpful. I feel part of a team and am very happy about that.”

Deniz says her approach to public safety is one that emphasizes communication and deliberation. “My experience in community policing and problem-solving has taught me to listen to what people are saying about their concerns and seek long-term solutions.”

Deniz is a native of Gridley. She competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the discuss. She had the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch in Chico in 1996.

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