Archive for the ‘2008 Fall’ Category

CSU, Chico Wins Awards for College Brochure and Logo for North State Trip

Friday, December 19th, 2008

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December 19, 2008

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

CSU, Chico Wins Awards for College Brochure and Logo for North State Trip

California State University, Chico won two top awards at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) regional conference in San Francisco Dec. 8.

CASE provides training and advocacy for more than 22,300 professionals in the fields of alumni relations, communications, fund-raising, marketing and other areas of advancement at approximately 3,400 colleges, universities and schools worldwide.

CSU, Chico received two CASE Gold Medals for Excellence, one for a CSU, Chico College of Humanities and Fine Arts Annual Fund brochure, and one for the logo and identify program for the 2007 North State Road Trip.

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The Annual Fund brochure was conceived and produced by College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advancement Director Ann Prater. The piece was designed by student Robert Ortegon, with photography by Jeff Teeter, both from CSU, Chico’s Instructional Media Center.

The North State Road Trip logo and materials were designed by CSU, Chico Creative Director Alan Rellaford. For the past two years, a group of CSU, Chico faculty and staff, along with President Paul Zingg, has visited North State communities for a day or two in the fall to strengthen ties and learn more about issues facing the region.

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CSU, Chico won a CASE Gold Medal award in 2007 for an athletics fund-raising brochure created by Athletics Advancement Director Jonathan Wanderstock. In 2005, the University won bronze awards in the categories of Magazine Writing and Best Practices in Alumni Relations. The writing award was for articles in Chico Statements, CSU, Chico’s university magazine, and the alumni relations award was for CSU, Chico’s alumni membership T-shirt program.

All CASE award entries are judged by teams of advancement professionals in other regions of the country. CASE District VII, which includes CSU, Chico, represents schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii and Guam.

“CASE awards are highly competitive and reflect the highest standards of work in advancement,” said Rick Ellison, CSU, Chico vice president for University Advancement. “We are very fortunate at Chico State to have an outstanding team of advancement professionals who are absolutely committed to helping the University achieve great things for its students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.”

University Advancement is dedicated to supporting CSU, Chico’s strategic priorities by engaging alumni and friends, seeking sources of private support, and finding ways to help fund the outstanding programs for which the University is known.

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Residence Hall Programs Receive National Awards

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

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December 18, 2008

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Residence Hall Programs Receive National Awards

California State University, Chico’s Department of University Housing and Food Service has received two honors this fall by national organizations for its residence hall programs.

CSU, Chico’s residence hall program board, Prime Time Productions, was awarded the National Social Program for the month of October by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.

The award was given for a cooking competition in which four pairs of Konkow House residents competed for a “Top Chef” title over a three-week period. Similar to some popular TV cooking competition programs, teams were given a box of ingredients with limited time to prepare their meals. Each week featured a new culinary theme to spur creativity. Weekly and grand prize winners were selected.

Judging the competition were Joe Symmes, executive chef of Johnnies Restaurant in Chico; Christian Steinbach, owner of Christian Michaels Ristorante in Chico; and Erik “The Pirate Chef” Hopfinger, a San Francisco-based chef at Circa restaurant and contestant on the show “Top Chef: Season 4.” All the guest judges presented winners with gift cards to their restaurants.

Prime Time Productions was also awarded the Outstanding Multicultural Program by the National Association of Campus Activities Nov. 14 at a regional conference in Ontario, Calif.

The award was given for participation in last spring’s National Day of Silence, in which more than 100 students living in the CSU, Chico residence halls pledged to emphasize the silence that surrounds violence against those who identify themselves as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

This was the first National Day of Silence observed on the CSU, Chico campus. Prime Time Productions plans to encourage participation in the event again in spring 2009.

University Housing and Food Service’s Prime Time Productions seeks to strengthen and embody the department’s mission of inclusion and education by developing programs that entertain as well as enrich the educational, cultural and social experience of residence hall students.

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CSU, Chico Qualifies for National Ethics Bowl Competition

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

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December 17, 2008

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

CSU, Chico Qualifies for National Ethics Bowl Competition

ethicsbowl200x252.jpgCalifornia State University, Chico students have qualified to compete against 31 other schools at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl to be held March 5, 2009, in Cincinnati.

CSU, Chico’s six-member team placed second at the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Dec. 6, which qualified them for the national finals. The regional event was held in San Jose, hosted by National Hispanic University.

The University of San Diego team won the regional and is the other California school to compete in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Other institutions represented at the national finals include University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, Dartmouth College, Williams College and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is a competition where a moderator poses questions on ethical issues to student teams. The issues may concern professional, social, political or personal ethics, on topics ranging from plagiarism to gun control. After the teams make oral responses, a panel of judges rate answers based on previously agreed-upon criteria.

Ten regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowls are held to determine who may compete in the national finals. The competitions are sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, located at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

The students on CSU, Chico’s team are Jake Acosta (Philosophy/Religious Studies), Rajbir Judge (Philosophy/Religious Studies/History), Kyle May (Biology), Darla Medley (Philosophy), Eric Nyberg (Philosophy) and Jeremy Parsons (Philosophy/Psychology). The team’s coach is philosophy professor Becky White. Assistant coach is graduate student Susanna Flavia Boxall.

White said CSU, Chico has hosted and won numerous regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competitions in the past. The University’s team placed third in the 2000 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, its highest ranking ever.

The CSU, Chico students prepared for the competition in a class White taught this fall. Because the students qualified for the national finals, they will continue in another preparatory class taught by White this spring. White has been a member of the governing body of the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl for 10 years.

“These outstanding Chico State students are, for the most part, unsung heroes in an unsung discipline,” said White. “They deserve to be acknowledged for their performance, but also for their courage in choosing a road less traveled.”

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Ninth Annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference Slated for January 15

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

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December 16, 2008

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Joe Donaldson
Center for Economic Development
530-898-4598

Ninth Annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference Slated for January 15

The Center for Economic Development (CED), California State University, Chico will hold its ninth annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference on Jan. 15, 2009, from 8 a.m. until noon in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. Breakfast will be served beginning at 7 a.m.

Randall Kempner, vice president for regional innovation for the Washington, D.C. based Council on Competitiveness will be the keynote speaker. The Council on Competitiveness assists regions in developing and implementing economic strategies to succeed in a global economy.

Kempner has over a decade of experience in the field of national and international development consulting. He has directed regional economic development initiatives across the United States as well as competitiveness projects in South and Central America, including in the countries of Colombia, El Salvador and Peru.

The Economic Forecast Conference provides attendees with information about economic trends in Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. This information, according to Dan Ripke, director of CED, “improves the ability of local businesses and community leaders to successfully plan for the future of Northern California.”
This year’s focus is “Emerging Opportunities for Economic Growth.” Speakers will explore industries relevant to the North State and ways of staying competitive in the current market.

Registration is $65 per person and includes breakfast, a conference packet and an economic and demographic profile of Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. Contact CED at 530-898-3857 to register.

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CSU, Chico to Host 7th Annual Children in Trauma Conference – Neuroscience and the Age of Miracles

Friday, December 12th, 2008

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December 12, 2008

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Joe Picard,
Continuing Education
530-898-6105

CSU, Chico to Host 7th Annual Children in Trauma Conference – Neuroscience and the Age of Miracles

California State University, Chico Continuing Education, in partnership with Butte County Family Court Services, Superior Court of California, presents Children in Trauma 2009: Neuroscience and the Age of Miracles. The two-day professional development conference will be held Jan. 16-17, 2009, at the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium on the CSU, Chico campus.

The 7th annual Children in Trauma Conference will provide an intensive two-day practicum focusing on how traumatic stress can alter early child development and how professionals who work with children can recognize this problem and learn how to apply the emerging intervention and treatment protocols.

The conference will feature nationally recognized practitioner Richard Gaskill, EdD, Child Trauma Academy Fellow and Clinical Director at Sumner Mental Health Center in Wellington, Kansas.

Gaskill is well respected in the field and has developed many successful programs for children and their parents, including child development classes, parenting classes, child-parent relationship training, attachment enhancement treatment groups, therapeutic alternative schools, therapeutic preschools, after-school programs and juvenile offender programs.

Marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, educators, school and family counselors, attorneys, law enforcement professionals, mediators, child custody evaluators, behavioral health professionals, nurses, physicians, psychoanalysts, emergency responders, children’s advocates and concerned individuals are encouraged to take advantage of this continuing education opportunity.

Participants will gain a greater understanding of difficulties and challenges children who have experienced trauma face and an improved ability to intervene successfully with children and youth adversely affected by severe trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to learning from a recognized practitioner, participants will walk away from this conference with an array of professional contacts and practical treatment tools.

Participants may earn 12 hours of BBSE (Provider PCE 799), BRN (Provider 00656), MCEP (Provider CAL123), and MCLE continuing education credit.

In addition to the featured speaker, exhibitors from public service agencies and other resource providers will be on hand to share a wide array of information and discuss their services. Exhibitor space is available.

Early registration fee for the two-day conference is $295 per person (includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials). Group rate discounts are also available.

To enroll or for more information, please call CSU, Chico Continuing Education at 530-898-6105, e-mail rce@csuchico.edu, and visit the Web site http://rce.csuchico.edu/inservice.

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University Needy Children Holiday Program Packages Joy

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

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December 11, 2008

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Dana Francis,
Staff Council
530-898-6218

University Needy Children Holiday Program Packages Joy

2008needyforweb1.gifThe University’s Needy Children Program, started in the mid 1980s and now conducted under California State University, Chico Staff Council leadership, has completed its gift collection for this year. More than 176 children in 81 families will receive gifts as a result of the program.

Social workers make suggestions of the families most in need and then pick up and deliver the gifts to the families. In addition to gifts for every child in the family, the family receives a gift certificate that they can use for food.

The Staff Council begins fund-raising early in the fall to provide money for the gift certificates. Campus departments, a total of 70 this year, adopt families and buy gifts for the children.

“Even in these economic hard times, the campus pulled through again with generous donations,” said Dana Francis, chair of the event. “When I was growing up, I never wanted for gifts or food, so it touches my heart to be able to give to children who are in need. I especially like that most every department supplies things like warm coats and pajamas. It is a wonderful program.”

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SCOOP Scoops First Place at Facilities Conference

Friday, December 5th, 2008

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December 5, 2008

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Courtney Bell, SCOOP
530-898-4335

SCOOP Scoops First Place at Facilities Conference

Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP) won first place for student projects at a California State University systemwide Facilities Management conference in November.

The students prepared a PowerPoint presentation of their project’s intent, goals and results. SCOOP competed against other entrants, including UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC Irvine, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz.

SCOOP works with offices on campus to assess current office practices and make recommendations for improvements. The students assess computers, printers, FAX machines and copiers, paper and recycling, lighting and energy use, purchasing and health. As part of the assessment and recommendation process, they educate students and staff in sustainable solutions.

SCOOP consultants collaborate with staff supervisors and representatives from other sustainable groups on campus. They’ve received support from AS Sustainability, Green Campus, Net Impact and AS Recycling. This past summer, they became part of the campuswide sustainability movement. The Institute for Sustainable Development at CSU, Chico is part of the collaborative and funds the director’s position. So far, SCOOP has assessed 10 offices.

SCOOP got its start when the Green Campus Program, which was doing office energy audits, joined with Tami Kautz, Katherine Bajjaliya, Marni Merrill, Brittan Carlson and Courtney Bell, who is now the director of SCOOP, to combine forces for comprehensive sustainable consultations.

“The assessments are making differences in staff behaviors Gulling, director of the Green Campus Program, “and the impact is immense. We’ve calculated that if the University Housing and Food Services, for example, made the recommended changes regarding their energy, it would be like taking a car off the road!”

“I first heard about the SCOOP program when they attended a Staff Council meeting to give details of their program,” said Sandy Miskella, University Public Events. “Three students came to our office for less than an hour and had some very good comments about what we were already doing right. When we got our evaluation report, it gave us insight on other areas where we could make improvements. I would recommend an energy audit for every department on campus.”

Gulling said that she is amazed that a group of students thought of the idea, then with some key staff and faculty help, made it such a big success. Other CSUs are adopting SCOOP on their campuses (Cal Poly is one of them).

You can contact SCOOP by e-mailing scoop@csuchico.edu or calling the director Courtney Bell at (530) 898-4335.

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Model United Nations Students Excel at Regional Conference

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

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December 4, 2008

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
John Crosby,
Political Science
530-898-3069

Model United Nations Students Excel at Regional Conference

munforweb.jpgOnce again, students participating in the Model United Nations (MUN) course at California State University, Chico made an excellent showing at the American West Model United Nations Conference, Nov. 22-25, in Las Vegas. They brought home the Outstanding Delegation award (the top award given at the conference) and 11 out of 36 possible awards.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Rising Voices: Protecting, Enhancing and Empowering the World’s Most Vulnerable.” Each of the 37 students who are members of the CSU, Chico team were assigned a country to represent at the conference within a specific committee (emulating the United Nations) and had three different topics to research for that country. The topics ranged from ending the Cuban embargo to global denuclearization.

The Outstanding Delegation award went to CSU, Chico students representing Ecuador: Rebecca Shellgren, Chelsea Willett and Noah Ferns.

In addition to the top delegation award, the following students received position paper awards: Kelley Fairchild representing Palestine, Amanda Sayre representing India, Morgan Watson as Bahrain, Emily Murphy representing Bolivia, and Ashley Connell representing China in the Security Council.

Five students also received individual awards for their performance and representation of policy at the conference: Kelley Fairchild received a Distinguished Delegate award for his representation of Palestine; Alfredo Camacho received a Distinguished Delegate Award for his representation of Algeria; Noah Ferns received an Outstanding Delegate Award for his representation of Ecuador; Chelsea Willett received an Outstanding Delegate Award for her representation of Ecuador; and Josh Keller received the Outstanding Delegate Award for his representation of India.

The MUN team is taught and run entirely by student officers elected from the previous year’s class. This year’s officers are Chelsea Schick as head delegate, Chad Brackett as secretary general, and Anna Birch, Jenny Cox and Lynda Kooi. “The student officers are the heart of the program and the reason for the amazing success of this year’s team,” said John Crosby, who replaced Rick Ostrom as the team’s advisor. In addition to the officers, three returning students contributed greatly to this year’s preparation: Andy Adams, Michael Ehrgott and Justin Palmerlee.

“The MUN is an amazing program where students must excel at public speaking, in-depth research, negotiation, leadership and produce a concisely written position paper,” said Crosby. “In addition during the three-day conference student delegates must prepare and cooperate with delegates from other schools representing different countries to produce a series of realistic UN resolutions. Students in the program learn to combine these invaluable skills that are taught nowhere else.”

The regional conference, sponsored by the Pan-American Model United Nations, prepares students to participate in the National Model United Nations held each spring in New York. The national MUN is the world’s largest university-level simulation of the United Nations. It annually educates more than 3,400 students (40 percent from outside the United States) about the United Nations and contemporary international issues.

The MUN is organized like the United Nations, with committees, programs, a general assembly and a security council. Professor Crosby teaches the political science course that prepares students to compete and is an advisor to the team.

Model UN program is funded by the Instructionally Related Activities Program, as well as by contributions from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and student fund-raising activities.

For more information contact Crosby by e-mail at jcrosby5@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-3069.

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Sociologist Discusses His Book, ‘When Killing Is a Crime,’ for Colloquium

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

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December 3, 2008

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260

Sociologist Discusses His Book, ‘When Killing Is a Crime,’ for Colloquium

Sociologist Tony Waters, California State University, Chico, will be the keynote speaker for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Colloquium on Monday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. He will talk about ideas from his recently published book, “When Killing is a Crime.”

Waters said that his book is about how different societies have viewed killing and murder in different times and places. “The book looks at both the micro-sociological level of the violent act itself, as well as how a society responds to killing,” said Waters. “It draws on a wide-range of examples, including urban gangs in Washington, DC, the Salem witchcraft trials, Wild West barroom brawls, Albanian blood feuds, and many others. In terms of scale, the book ranges from killing on the inter-personal scale resulting from inter-personal combat, to killing organized by governments.”

Sociologist Matthew T. Lee, University of Akron, wrote that the book is “Entertaining enough to hold the attention of undergraduates, and analytical enough to be used by graduate students and scholars.”

Waters has been teaching criminology and other courses in the Department of Sociology at CSU, Chico since 1996. He was a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, and a visiting professor at Zeppelin University in Germany. His other books include “Crime and Immigrant Youth,” published in 1999, “Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan,” published in 2001, and “The Persistence of Subsistence Agriculture,” published in 2007. He is also interested in the sociology of education, refugees and international economic development.

Waters’ keynote address follows a poster session for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, where students and faculty from various departments, including geography, child development, anthropology, economics, psychology, political science and social work present their research.

The events are free and open to the public.

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CEO of Ethanol Fuel Company To Speak on Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

Monday, December 1st, 2008

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December 1, 2008

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

CEO of Ethanol Fuel Company To Speak on Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

quinnforweb.jpgWell-known entrepreneur Thomas Quinn, president and CEO of E-Fuel Corporation, will be speaking tomorrow, Dec. 2, on “Sustainability and Entrepreneurship” in California State University, Chico’s Bell Memorial Union, room 210, at 7 p.m.

Quinn’s talk, hosted by CSU, Chico’s Collegiate Entrepreneurial Association, is free and open to the public.

Quinn has been a leader for more than 30 years in the high-tech industry. Among his four successful start-up companies is Gyration, Inc., the patent holder of the Nintendo Wii controller.

His latest venture, E-Fuel, has been producing the world’s first home refuelling ethanol station since May 1, 2008. The E-Fuel 100 MicroFueler uses sugar and a specially packaged time-release yeast to make ethanol in the home.

Quinn’s other successful companies include Samsung Information Systems America, a servicer of memory storage products, and Novell, Inc., the country’s first local network company.

The Collegiate Entrepreneurial Association, based in the College of Business, has been inviting speakers to campus to teach students from various majors and backgrounds about starting a business. The mission of the organization is to develop entrepreneurial spirit in students.

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