Archive for the ‘2005 Spring’ Category

Educational Opportunity Program Finds Director in Experienced Student Affairs Employee

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

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June 30, 2005

CONTACT: Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Educational Opportunity Program Finds Director
in Experienced Student Affairs Employee

Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Moon announced today that Chela Patterson has been selected as the new director for the Educational Opportunity Program at California State University, Chico. Patterson is currently the activity fee director for the Associated Students.

“I’m delighted that Dr. Chela Patterson has accepted the position as director of our EOP program,” said Moon. “Chela has a breadth of professional experience, demonstrated commitment to underserved populations, and academic credentials that give me the confidence she will take our EOP program to the next level. I look forward to the significant contributions to the program and the University I know she will make.”

Patterson has worked in the student services area since coming to CSU, Chico from Maryland in 1983 with her husband, Pat Patterson, who came for a job in the Counseling Center. In her current position, she is responsible for the general management of all student-fee funded areas. Before that, from 1999 until 2002, she was the associate director for Leadership Programs in the Student Activities Office.

Patterson received her EdD in 1998 from the University of Southern California in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation was titled, “Latina Sisterhood: Does It Promote Campus Integration or Segregation?”

Patterson brings experience from her work in a broad cross section of student services, in which she has worked with both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. She was one of the first Presidential Leadership Interns in 1998-1999. She was one of the original instructors for the early extended orientation course Introduction to University Life and has been a member of the Getting Connected (a program for new students) planning committee since its inception.

“As a previous EOP student myself, advocating for and working with underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college students is something near and dear to my heart. I am very honored to have been given this opportunity,” said Patterson.

“EOP has assisted students with the realization of their hopes. It is a model program to support students who have demonstrated the potential for academic success, despite disadvantaged circumstances,” said President Paul Zingg. “Chela has extraordinary rapport with all students, but she brings a particular sensitivity to those who are assisted through EOP. The University can expect EOP to become even more effective in fostering student success under Chela’s leadership.”

Patterson will begin her duties as director in the fall of 2005. She replaces Herman Ellis, assistant vice president for Student Life, who served as interim director of EOP.

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Visit Historic Mexico Next January

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

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June 28, 2005

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260

Visit Historic Mexico Next January

The next travel program with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts will be a trip to Mexico from January 11 through 20, 2006. The tour includes five nights in Mexico City, two in Jalapa and two in Papantla. The faculty-in-residence is history professor Steve Lewis, whose specialties include Chiapas, the Mexican revolution and post revolution, and official Indian policy in Mexico. Professor Lewis teaches classes on the history of Mexico, colonial and modern Latin America, and social revolution. For those interested in receiving college credit, 1-3 units in history or Latin American studies are available.

The $2,119 package includes round-trip airfare from San Francisco, airport fees, transfers, first-class hotels, buffet breakfast daily and six dinners; and entry fees to the National Palace, Colegio de San Idelfonso, Castillo de Chapultepec, anthropology museums in Mexico City and Jalapa, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Cholula Pyramids, Museo Hacienda El Lencero, Voladores de Papantia, El Tajin and Teotihuacan. A full-time professional tour director will accompany the tour, and, in each city, a city guide will provide local historical and cultural information.

A tax-deductible portion of the cost goes to college scholarships and programs. Contact Thomasin Saxe, group coordinator, tsaxe@csuchico.edu or 530-898-4642. You may also check the Web.

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Pacific Gas & Electric Awards Center for Economic Development $15,000 Grant for Online Community

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

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June 21, 2005

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Dan Ripke, CED
530-898-4598

Pacific Gas & Electric Awards Center for Economic Development $15,000 Grant for Online Community

Pacific Gas & Electric’s Mike Travis presented Dan Ripke, director of the California State University, Chico Research Foundation’s Center for Economic Development (CED), and CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg with a grant for $15,000 to support CED’s effort in creating an online community in California. The project, developed by Ripke, will be a Web site providing economic developers throughout California with access to a large, well-developed user-created online community of information, resources and expertise. The presentation was made on June 7.

While California has numerous economic development professionals, many are geographically isolated, limiting their access to the resources they need to solve local problems. Many organizations within the state lack the funding and time to meet with colleagues and discuss solutions. California’s immense geography creates physical barriers that can prevent collaboration and the development of solutions across the state. The online community will fill this need and will bridge these physical barriers by making communication easier and more efficient.

The online community site will allow the target population of economic and community development professionals to assist their colleagues by providing a venue for peer-to-peer development. The purpose of the online community will be to implement innovative strategies that will increase the number of clients served, increase outreach capabilities and potentially increase the economic vitality of the communities served. The project will be coordinated by Ripke and staff at the CED.

The Center for Economic Development is a community outreach and technical assistance organization of the California State University, Chico Research Foundation. As an agent of the University, the center supports, expands and re-emphasizes the University’s role in the regional economic development process. CED’s mission is to educate and build the knowledge and capacity of California economic development professionals and enhance the well being of the region’s citizens by facilitating sustained, long-term and coordinated economic development strategies.

For more information contact Dan Ripke, director of CED, at 530-898-4598.

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Student Entrepreneurs Receive Start-up Funds

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

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June 21, 2005

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Terry Noel, Director
530-898-6680

Student Entrepreneurs Receive Start-up Funds

The Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University, Chico has selected four student-authored business plans as winners of the Spring 2005 Student Business Plan Competition. The six students with the winning business plans were awarded $10,000 total in investment capital. The winners were selected from a field of 19 applicants by a panel of faculty from CSU, Chico’s College of Business and local community members.

Dan Reynolds, Ben Reynolds and Keith Hayden were awarded $5,000 for their Phamily Graphics plan; Mitch Laffins was awarded $2,000 for his Hoppin’ Out Back plan; Ryan Milani was awarded $2,000 for his New Again Mobile Auto Detailing plan; and Jay Bakker was awarded $1,000 for JB’s Soup & Salad.

Professor Terry Noel, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, will provide guidance and mentoring to the students. “The awards for the Student Business Plan Competition are investments,” said Noel, “though we do not expect a payback as such. Our intention is that the students build successful businesses that can be funded by private sources.”

The Student Business Plan Competition is designed to be both practical and educational, providing students with the opportunity to make money and to learn about business first hand.

Steve Adams, interim dean of the College of Business, and Dee Hoffman-Wills, assistant dean, raised money for the project.

The Center for Entrepreneurship was established in 2003, as an arm of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Program. The center, in collaboration with small-business owners, allows students to develop small-business management skills.

For more information on the Center, please contact Noel at 530-898-6680.

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Orion Wins Top National Honors from Society of Professional Journalists

Monday, June 20th, 2005

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June 20, 2005

CONTACT: Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Orion Wins Top National Honors from Society
of Professional Journalists

California State University, Chico’s student newspaper, The Orion, one of the country’s most honored collegiate newspapers, has won the 2004 Mark of Excellence National Award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

The award will be made during the Mark of Excellence luncheon Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at the SPJ Convention and National Journalism Conference in Las Vegas.

Student journalists submitted more than 3,000 entries in 45 categories. Twelve regional competitions were held to determine which collegiate newspapers would vie for national honors.

“What makes this award stand out in my mind is that it is so difficult to win,” said Dave Waddell, Orion adviser. “The Orion has won it only once previously, in 2000.”

Waddell said the regional competitions and judging make the award prestigious. “After a paper wins for its region, it must go up against the winners of other regions throughout the U.S. You truly are pitted against the best of the best for national honors. Plus, as the name Society of Professional Journalists says, the judging is done by media professionals,” he said.

“The winners of the SPJ Mark of Excellence awards represent the best in college journalism and certainly are the result of exceptional work on the part of those chosen for the awards,” said Jim Highland, SPJ vice president for campus chapter affairs. “These young people set the agenda for their college campuses, and they clearly demonstrate that college media are in excellent hands.”
The Society of Professional Journalists, founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization.
Last month, the Orion won first place in General Newspaper Excellence for non-daily newspapers in the California College Media Competition. In November 2004, the Orion won its
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second straight and eighth overall national Pacemaker award-widely considered the top prize for general excellence in college journalism-from the Associated Collegiate Press. In September 2004, the National Newspaper Association named The Orion the nation’s best university newspaper.
Waddell said the Orion is expected to be inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame at the National College Media Convention in October in New Orleans. A newspaper is eligible for the honor when it becomes a Pacemaker finalist or winner 15 times. The Orion has been a Pacemaker finalist or winner 22 times.

“The Associated Collegiate Press is the leading association in college journalism nationally, so be inducted into its Hall of Fame is a big honor,” Waddell said. “It’s the sort of recognition that continues to attract the state’s top journalism students to Chico State.”
The Orion, founded in 1975, is a laboratory newspaper of CSU, Chico’s nationally accredited Department of Journalism.

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Steel Bridge Team One of Top in the Nation

Monday, June 20th, 2005

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June 20, 2005

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Jon Mohle, Civil Engineering
530-898-4628

Steel Bridge Team One of Top in the Nation

In their ninth consecutive trip to the national steel bridge competition, CSU, Chico’s steel bridge team placed 8th in a field of 45. The 45 bridges, winners of regional competitions, represent the best bridges from a pool of 200 civil engineering schools.

“Chico’s engineering students demonstrated once again why the perfect combination of education and hands-on training fosters the type of creativity needed to succeed in a competitive and fast-paced environment,” said Professor Jon Mohle, advisor to the team.

The winners are selected using real world considerations in structural efficiency and economy, and they are judged on total cost. The structural efficiency category is judged based on the weight and stiffness of the structure. These values are then translated to a material cost. The other major category is construction economy. This is the cost in labor needed to construct the bridge. The faster the bridge is assembled with as few people as possible, the better the economy. This makes the assembly of the bridge an exciting race to the finish!

Preparation for the competition began at the start of the 2004 fall semester, with Mohle, Department of Civil Engineering, as advisor. At that time, two design teams were formed, led by CSU, Chico students Jeremy Pierce and Kenny Blake. From the two designs produced by the teams, a bridge was selected for competition based on assembly time, structural performance and construction cost.

At the start of the 2005 spring semester, the build team-Jeff Rabo, Kenny Blake, L.S. Williams, Buddy Thomas, Chris Fritz, Tanner Micheli, Chin Leung and Jason Barnum-began the fabrication of the 22-foot steel structure. After qualifying for the national competition at the Mid-Pacific regional competition, several modifications were made to the bridge for faster construction and more efficient use of materials.

“Overall, we had a great assembly,” commented Jeff Rabo, team captain. “Our assembly time, at 7 minutes 2 seconds, was only 13 seconds slower than our fastest practice time. We made no construction errors, such as stepping in the water or dropping tools.” This assembly, together with an efficient structure, made the Chico team very competitive.

The Chico team is more motivated than ever to bring home a national championship next year, said Mohle. CSU, Chico took first place at the national competition in 2000.

Instructionally related activities at California State University, Chico, Granite Construction, and Culp & Tanner Structural Engineers helped fund the trip to the national competition.

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CSU, Chico President Accepts Task Force Recommendations for Reorganizing Greek Life

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

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June 16, 2005

CONTACT: Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4143
CSU, Chico President Accepts Task Force Recommendations
for Reorganizing Greek Life

President Paul Zingg, California State University, Chico, has accepted the recommendations of the Greek System Review Task Force. The task force is one of four study groups on campus life commissioned by Zingg in response to several incidents within the Greek community over the past academic year, including the February hazing-related death of student Matthew Carrington.

In two separate addresses to the Greek system, one in February and one in April, Zingg called for the transformation of the existing Greek system at CSU, Chico. Although he acknowledged that members of the Greek community are not the only students who engage in irresponsible and dangerous activities, in his address to the Greeks on April 12, he told them that they set the tone, in large part, for perceptions of the University. “Rightly or wrongly, fairly or not, the burden of responsibility and the price of notoriety fall squarely on your shoulders,” said Zingg.

Zingg appointed Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Moon as chair of the Greek System Review Task Force. The goals of the task force recommendations are consistent with the Franklin Square Group’s “Call for Values Congruence.” The Franklin Group, a national group of university presidents conferring on fraternities and sororities, called upon universities to hold such Greek organizations accountable to the values of community and citizenship espoused in their charters.

In addition to forming the task force, Vice President Moon hired Tom Jelke, a consultant with nationwide expertise in assessing Greek systems, to conduct an independent review. The task force, which included seven Greek organization leaders out of 20 members, was able to use Jelke’s assessment of the current Greek system, in addition to the input from more than 100 members of the university and Chico communities, to create a comprehensive set of recommendations for change that would create a system in line with the core values of the University.

There are 59 separate task force recommendations divided into three tiers for implementation over the next two years. For a recommendation to be accepted by the task force, it had to meet several criteria, including that it be substantive, affordable, manageable, measurable and able to be incorporated into existing organizational infrastructures. It also had to have the potential for ensuring safer and healthier learning and living environments for students.

The task force identified potential positive attributes of a Greek system organized around values of leadership, academic achievement and service. It stressed the need for university and community support and involvement with Greek organizations as they implemented the changes necessary to realign with positive goals.

The first-tier recommendations, which will be implemented by October 15, 2005, include
” All chapter houses and chapter events will be alcohol and drug free.
” Chapters will undertake membership reviews, including involving representatives of their national organizations in the assessment of current members and membership criteria.
” Members will be required to maintain grade point averages comparable to that of the student body as a whole.
” Recruitment of new members will be postponed during fall 2005, in order that chapters may restructure, rebuild and recommit to chapter values as their first priority.

“I am very pleased with the report and particularly so with the folks who served on the task force to produce such a thoughtful and comprehensive study in a short period of time,” said Zingg. “This report is a foundation and a blueprint. It establishes the understandings that will guide the University in these matters, and it prescribes the steps, both immediate and long-term, that we will take to accomplish the transformation of the Greek system into something of which the University and the Chico community can be proud. I am encouraged that so many members of the Greek organizations, including their alumni, support this direction. We have a long way to go, but we are clearly moving in the right direction.”

Three other task forces under the Commission on Campus Life, chaired by Stephen King, dean emeritus, College of Communication and Education, have reports forthcoming. They include Alcohol and Other Drugs Task Force, chaired by Pedro Douglas, director of Student Health Services; Hazing Task Force, chaired by Rick Rees, associate director for Student Activities; and Personal Safety in Campus Neighborhoods Task Force, chaired by Herman Ellis, assistant vice president for Student Life.

The entire Greek system Review Task Force Report can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/sa/greekreport/.

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State Bar President Tours Student-Run Legal Center

Monday, June 13th, 2005

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June 13, 2005

CONTACT: Joe Wills
530-898-4143

State Bar President Tours Student-Run Legal Center

State Bar of California President and former State Attorney General John Van de Camp is visiting California State University, Chico’s Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) today, June 13, to tour the facilities and talk with students about the state bar’s recent grant to the center.

Van de Kamp is scheduled to be at CLIC’s offices at 25 Main St. in Chico at 4 p.m. He will be accompanied by attorney Rick Crabtree, president of the Butte County Bar Association. About 10 CSU, Chico student interns and two faculty members will be in attendance to lead the tour and answer questions.

CLIC received a $5,000 grant from the State Bar in February 2005 to translate materials for the public into Spanish and Hmong and create a self-serve computer station for the public to do legal research.

Funded primarily by CSU, Chico and the Associated Students, CLIC provides free legal information-not legal advice-to the public. While most clients are located in the North State, CLIC has assisted people throughout California and occasionally in other states. For the 2003-2004 fiscal year, CLIC served 3,145 clients, involving 3,812 hours of service. CLIC is divided into 12 various specialized programs, operated by CSU, Chico student paralegal interns and supervised by four attorneys.
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Math Students and Teachers Combine Forces to Solve Problems, Thanks to National Science Foundation Grant

Monday, June 13th, 2005

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June 13, 2005

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Math Students and Teachers Combine Forces to Solve Problems, Thanks to National Science Foundation Grant

What do stock options, strips of colored paper and a group of math whizzes have in common? They all may play a part in solving outstanding mathematical problems at California State University, Chico, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

For the second of three summers, CSU, Chico’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics is hosting a six-week program providing Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers (REU/T). Top-flight college math students will work side by side with high-school math teachers on some of the most difficult problems in the field.

The program, which starts today, June 13, is designed to encourage students to pursue studies in mathematics while giving participants a chance to contribute to the body of mathematics knowledge.

Twelve undergraduates, including four from CSU, Chico, will be taking part in the program. Other students come from schools in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Pennsylvania and other parts of California. Four of the students are participating via a special $23,000 grant from the Mathematical Association of America to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in math programs.

The four high school math teachers include Dan Sours from Chico High, as well as teachers from Burbank, Lake County and Naples, Fla. While the level of math the group will work on is high, real-world applications will be part of the program. Clemson University mathematics professor Colin Gallagher, formerly of CSU, Chico, will be leading the group in tracking different stocks using various statistical modeling techniques.

The group will also have its fun moments. CSU, Chico mathematics professor Thomas Mattman, an expert in knot theory, will bring scissors, paper and other materials into the lab so that the participants can see firsthand the mathematical implications of tying and connecting strips of paper. Mattman and Gallagher received the NSF grant in May 2004.

For more information, contact Mattman at 530-898-5345.

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Barker Named CSU, Chico Athletic Director

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

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June 9, 2005

CONTACT: Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Barker Named CSU, Chico Athletic Director

Anita Barker has been named director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports at California State University, Chico. Barker has been in the position as interim athletic director for the past three years.

The University conducted a national search for the post this spring. Barker was chosen from a pool of candidates representing athletic programs across the country.

“The University aspires to be the premier NCAA Division II program in the nation, especially in terms of the success of our student athletes both in the classroom and in the arena of intercollegiate competition,” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. “Anita has demonstrated that she shares this goal and understands how to achieve it. As we increasingly look to private support for the resources we need to reach this goal, the University needs an athletic director who believes in the values of the institution and will ensure that our athletics program reflects and supports them. Anita is just such a person, and folks who share this vision will rally to it.”

The director of intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports oversees 13 men’s and women’s varsity intercollegiate teams, 15 sports clubs, 11 recreational clubs and a wide array of recreational programming servicing an average of 29,000 student participants annually. The athletic department has a staff of 45 with an annual operating budget of $3.1 million.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to continue as director of athletics and recreational sports at Chico State,” said Barker. “We have set our sights high in the areas of athletic, academic and recreational sports success. I am confident that with the leadership of President Zingg and the support of the entire Chico community, we will accomplish our goal of becoming a perennial force at the conference and national level in all programs. I am pleased to stay on as a member of the Wildcat family and to continue to build on the winning tradition that has been created at Chico State.”

Prior to serving as interim athletic director, Barker was associate athletic director at CSU, Chico from 1997 to 2002. She was assistant athletic director from 1995 to 1997 and assistant athletic trainer from 1990 to 1995.

Barker is currently chair of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Administrative Committee and CCAA conference representative to the Division II Athletic Directors Association. She received her bachelor of arts degree in sports medicine from Ohio Northern University and master of science degree in exercise and sports sciences from University of Arizona.

In 2003-2004, CSU, Chico finished fifth among 282 NCAA Division II athletics programs in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors’ Cup. With 10 of 13 intercollegiate teams reaching post-season play in the just-ended academic year, the Chico State Wildcats expect another top 10 standing in the 2004-2005 Directors’ Cup.

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