Archive for the ‘2009 Fall’ Category

Sutter Hall Dedication Oct. 9

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

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September 28, 2010

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Sutter Hall Dedication Oct. 9

A dedication of Sutter Hall, California State University, Chico’s newest residence hall, will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m.

Tours of the facility will be held for the public, and refreshments will be served. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place after a short program.

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, Vice President for Student Affairs Drew Calandrella, University Housing and Food Service Director David Stephen and student Michael Barrett, president of the Residence Hall Association, will speak at the event.

Completed this fall, Sutter Hall includes 232 residential beds and a dining center with seating capacity for 625 that will be ready for use later this academic year.

For more information, contact University Housing and Food Service at 898-6325.

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CSU, Chico Students Win Awards for Animation at CSU Media Arts Festival

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

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December 16, 2009

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Rick Vertolli,
Computer Science and Instructional Media Center
530-898-5317

CSU, Chico Students Win Awards for Animation at CSU Media Arts Festival

animationTwo California State University, Chico students have been named winners at the 2009 Media Arts Festival (MAF) held November 7th at CSU, Fullerton for their animated films. A total of 171 entries from the CSU campus system were received and judged by a panel of industry experts who chose 30 finalists for award competition within nine categories: Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Interactive, Music Video, Narrative, Television, Feature Screenplay, and Short Screenplay.

Cash awards were given for the First Place Rosebud Awards in each category and the Best in Show Rosebud Award. Cash awards also go to the CSU campus department of each winning entrant.

At an awards ceremony on Nov. 7, Jonathan Wondrusch, director, won a First Place Rosebud Award in the Animation category for his animated short, Piano Man. He received $500 as part of this award. Jessica Chin, director, received a second place recognition for her Animation entry, The Magic Trick.

The student team that created Piano Man with Wondrusch included Brandon Lester, Ayla Richards, Andy Long and Wes Newell.

The student team working with Chin included Gary Angeja, Pablo Berriga and Samantha Thompson. The faculty advisor to both winning groups was Frank Pereira, Department of Applied Computer Graphics.

The department will be awarded a $250 cash prize for the First Place Rosebud Award granted to Richards for Piano Man.

Instructionally Related Activities funding made it possible for CSU, Chico to send 20 students to the Media Arts Festival.

The CSU Media Arts Festival allows students in the California State University system the opportunity to be in professional competition. This gives students necessary skills for transition between producing films, video, and interactive media in college classes to related industries. Visit www.mediaartsfestival.org for a full listing of all winner and place awards for the festival, which operates under the umbrella of CSU Summer Arts, www.csusummerarts.org.

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Chico Places Second in Regional Ethics Bowl Competition

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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December 15, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Chico Places Second in Regional Ethics Bowl Competition

California State University, Chico came in second at the annual California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Saturday, December 5.

UC Santa Cruz won the event, which was held on the CSU, Chico campus. CSU, Chico has hosted and won numerous regional Ethics Bowl competitions in the past. The University’s team placed third in the 2000 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, its highest ranking ever.

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 rates 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.

Philosophy professor Becky White, ethics bowl team adviser, said in past years the top two California teams would go on to compete in the national finals. However, this year fewer teams competed due to tight budgets at campuses around the state, and because of that only one team qualified to advance, she said.

Along with CSU, Chico and UC Santa Cruz, USC Marshall School of Business and National Hispanic University took part in the Dec. 5 competition.

CSU, Chico fielded two teams in the Ethics Bowl. Members of Team I, which placed second, were senior biology major Kyle May, senior general biology major Dillon Schrock and senior nursing and nutrition major Josh Low. Members of Team II, which placed fourth, were junior nursing major Jennifer Schoen, senior philosophy and ethics major Joseph Dante, junior philosophy and ethics major Mitchell Kaufman and senior philosophy and religious studies major Jake Acosta.

White said the CSU, Chico team I came within two points of winning the contest. The students prepared for the competition in a class White taught this fall.

Assisting White to coach the team again this year was Susanna Flavia Boxall, who recently completed an interdisciplinary master’s degree at CSU, Chico.

White said invaluable help was provided by Department of Philosophy faculty acting as judges and moderators during the competition, as well as Marie Knox, the department’s administrative support coordinator, who helped organize the event.

Other campus and community volunteer judges and moderators included CSU, Sacramento professor Christina Bellon, Enloe education director Carol Blacet, political science lecturer Kimberlee Candela, CSU, Sacramento professor Jeremy Garrett, psychology professor Jane Rysberg, psychiatrist Fred Schlaff and English professor Harriet Spiegel.

White said the event was a “huge success,” with coaches and volunteers commenting about the high quality of the event. “Without a doubt, the CSU, Chico Ethics Bowl is a class act that enhances our reputation between campuses, across campus and within the community,” she said.

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Tenth Annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference Slated for January 14

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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December 14, 2009

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Dan Ripke,
Center for Economic Development
530-898-4598

Tenth Annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference Slated for January 14

tricounty_conferenceThe Center for Economic Development (CED), California State University, Chico will hold its 10th Annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference on Jan. 14, 2010, from 8 a.m. until noon in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7 a.m.

The Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference provides attendees with information about economic trends in Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties. This information, according to CED Director Dan Ripke, “improves the ability of local businesses and community leaders to successfully plan for the future of Northern California.”

John Chiang, controller for the State of California, will be the keynote speaker. The controller brings extensive experience and fiscal leadership to the State Controller’s Office.

Also speaking at the conference will be Dr. Robert Eyler, professor of economics at Sonoma State University; Mr. Gary Zimmerman, senior economist at Federal Reserve Bank; Mr. Gregg Kelley, president/CEO of California Olive Ranch; Mr. Jamie Johansson, owner of Lodestar Farms; and Mr. Pat Campbell, vice president of operations at Bell-Carter Olive Company.

Registration is $75 per person and includes a continental breakfast, a conference packet and one individual economic and demographic profile for Butte, Glenn or Tehama counties. Please visit www.cedcal.com or call 530-898-4598 for additional information and to register.

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Transatlantic Masters Program Launched in New Field of Visualization

Friday, December 11th, 2009

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December 11, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Transatlantic Masters Program Launched in New Field of Visualization

California State University, Chico Professor of Psychology Neil Schwartz has established a new transatlantic graduate program where students will become experts in the cutting-edge field of international cognitive visualization (ICV).

Students will earn a master of arts degree by attending CSU, Chico as well as the University of Grenoble (France) and the University of Koblenz-Landau (Germany) over the span of two years. The curriculum includes courses in cognitive psychology, applied computer graphics and learning science.

The ICV program will include internships with industry leaders and require students to learn two languages so they will be fluent in English, German and French.

Schwartz is partnering with Professor Wolfgang Schnotz, University of Koblenz-Landau, and Professor Erica de Vries, University of Grenoble, to launch the new master’s program on the three university campuses.

Six U.S. students, three French students and three German students will be the first group of students enrolled in the program starting in 2010. The first semester will be in Germany, the following semester in France and the second year in Chico.

Students with bachelor’s degrees in psychology, instructional design, computer graphics and foreign languages are among those who may be interested in pursuing the burgeoning area of visualization media.

Schwartz said the use of visualization media and tools, such as graphs, diagrams, decorative pictures and animations, has become critically important to engineering, law and other fields. For instance, attorneys use increasingly complex computer graphics, animation and simulations to illustrate testimony, display evidence and show trends in litigated cases.

Advanced visualization tools rely on new research on cognition about how the brain absorbs and processes information, Schwartz said.

In addition, the global economy has made it imperative that professionals understand how visualization can be used to bridge the linguistic, legal and cultural gaps between people from different countries and constituent groups.

“This is an emerging discipline that will provide tremendous employment potential to trained professionals in countries around the world,” said Schwartz. “I think the students entering this graduate program are going to feel like they are getting in on the ground floor of something very, very exciting.”

Schwartz is the author of more than 130 papers, chapters and journal publications on cognition and learning. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction, the American Psychological Society and the National Consortium for Instruction and Cognition. He received his PhD in learning, cognition and instruction in 1981 from Arizona State University. He has been a CSU, Chico professor since 1987.

For more information about the ICV program, call (530) 898-4968, e-mail nschwartz@csuchico.edu or go to http://www.csuchico.edu/psy/icv/.

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CSU, Chico to Host Northern California Botanists 2010 Symposium

Friday, December 11th, 2009

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December 11, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Joe Picard, Continuing Education
530-898-6105

CSU, Chico to Host Northern California Botanists 2010 Symposium

NCBSealsmallCalifornia State University, Chico will host the Northern California Botanists Symposium “Botanical Treasures in Northern California: What’s at Stake?” Jan. 11-13, 2010, at Bell Memorial Union on the CSU, Chico campus.

The 2010 symposium will attract hundreds of professional botanists, scholars, plant biologists and students, who will participate in a full schedule of peer-led sessions, poster presentations and networking opportunities.

Session topics will focus on several emerging issues in the field, including new botanical discoveries, conservation genetics, invasive species, pollination, herbivory and mentoring new botanists, all emphasizing the northern part of California.

President of the Northern California Botanists, Linnea Hanson of the US Forest Service, Plumas National Forest, will open the event, which will feature more than 30 presenters representing federal and state government agencies, the leading environmental consulting firms in the region, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving our natural resources.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Bruce Baldwin of the University of California at Berkeley, will present the talk “Impact and Consequences of Molecular Taxonomy to Botanical Conservation” on Monday, Jan. 11, during the annual symposium dinner.

Four post-conference workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13, on the CSU, Chico campus, and will focus on botany for teachers, Sacramento River floodplain restoration, resources for beginning professional botanists and using the updated Manual of California Vegetation.

Students in the field can apply for an academic stipend to help defray the cost of the symposium.

To register or for more information please visit the Northern California Botanists Symposium Web site at www.norcalbotanists.org or call the CSU, Chico Continuing Education office, 530-898-6105.

Northern California Botanists is dedicated to establishing a forum for botanical issues in Northern California among professional botanists, students and those with interest in the field. As a professional organization, it also provides a job forum, student scholarships and general support for students interested in becoming professional botanists.

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High Honors for CSU, Chico Discussion Meet Team

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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December 8, 2009

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Mollie Aschenbrener
530-898-4568

High Honors for CSU, Chico Discussion Meet Team

The California State University, Chico College of Agriculture’s Discussion Meet Team took home the gold at the California Young Farmers and Ranchers statewide Discussion Meet competition on December 6 , in Anaheim, Calif. This year four CSU, Chico students competed: Ryan Amaral, Jen Beretta, Brian Kim and Laura White.

With stiff competition from several collegiate teams, including Fresno and Cal Poly, SLO, CSU, Chico won the Discussion Meet Team competition with Jen Beretta in second, Ryan Amaral in fourth, and Brian Kim finishing in the top eight competitors.

During the discussion meet, contestants addressed pre-determined topics. In the final round they were asked, What can be done to encourage young people to get involved in the agricultural industry and remain there? Competitors were judged on their ability to exchange ideas and information, think logically and solve problems cooperatively. The meet is a roundtable discussion that simulates a real committee meeting where students discuss critical issues in agriculture.

The Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet was held during the California Farm Bureau Federation’s 91st annual meeting Dec. 5-9. The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 91,000 members statewide. The Young Farmers and Ranchers program encourages members aged 18 to 35 to be active leaders in agriculture.

For more information regarding CSU, Chico’s Discussion Meet Team please contact Dr. Mollie Aschenbrener at maschenbrener@csuchico.edu.

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Enrollment Now Open for the 2010 Localization Certification Program and Localization Project Management Certification

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143
Joe Picard, Continuing Education
530-898-6105

Enrollment Now Open for the 2010 Localization Certification Program and Localization Project Management Certification

In partnership with The Localization Institute, California State University, Chico Center for Regional and Continuing Education announces that enrollment is now open for the Localization Certification Program and Localization Project Management Certification.

Established in 2006, the Localization Certification Program was developed by industry experts representing the leading professional associations, publishers and academic institutions, under the leadership of Professor Nitish Singh. The program was created in response to the growing demand from localization and international marketing professionals for industry-focused localization training. More than 355 participants from 35 countries have now received certification through the program.

“The Localization Certification Program answers the industry’s ongoing need for localization professionals who are skilled in creating digital content, including Web sites and software, that is culturally, linguistically and technologically appropriate for international businesses targeting specific local and regional markets around the world,” said Clare Roby, associate dean, CSU, Chico Continuing Education.

Translators, international product marketing managers, Web managers, business development executives, Web developers and designers, global entrepreneurs, localization professionals, international trade and government representatives, educators and students in the field are encouraged to take advantage of these certification programs.

The certification programs comprise a blend of self-paced, online learning modules culminating with an intensive hands-on workshop and certification exam. Additional program details are available online at http://rce.csuchico.edu/localize.

The hands-on workshops and exams will be hosted in three locations:

San Francisco, California (22-26 March 2010),

Gatineau, Quebec (21-25 June 2010), and

Cologne, Germany (6-10 September 2010).

The workshops will feature a complete schedule of recognized localization experts who will demonstrate successful implementations and the latest applications.

New this year is the expansion of the program to Canada. The Canadian program will be hosted at the Language Technology Research Center, Gatineau, Quebec in partnership with AILIA, Canada’s Association De L’industrie de la Langue — Language Industry Association.

Also new this year are revised online courses, video programming and course materials that are up-to-date and relevant in the emerging localization field.

The online modules are now available, and participants can start right after they enroll to prepare for the workshops and exam.

Individuals who successfully complete the Localization Certification Program will be eligible for American Translators Association (ATA) continuing education credits.
For more information visit http://rce.csuchico.edu/localize or call the California State University, Chico Center for Regional and Continuing Education, +1-530-898-6105.

About The Localization Institute

The Localization Institute offers quality training for software localization and internationalization. Founded in the fall of 1996, the institute offers public events and private consulting engagements that help companies reduce the cost and time required to deliver localized products and services. Localization Institute facilitators have years of direct personal involvement in the specializations they represent, have a passion for sharing their expertise and are skilled at doing so.
http://www.localizationinstitute.com

About California State University, Chico Continuing Education

Founded in 1887, California State University, Chico is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in California. Ranked as one of the top public universities in the west, CSU, Chico has built a tradition of excellence in teaching, scholarship, research and public service. To extend the mission of the University, CSU, Chico Continuing Education delivers educational programming and services to more than 10,000 students and professionals annually.
http://rce.csuchico.edu

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Group Organizes to Aid Employees of Businesses Closed Due to Fire

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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December 7, 2009

Joe Wills
530-898-4143

Group Organizes to Aid Employees of Businesses Closed Due to Fire

Addition: Donation checks can be made to: DCBA-Firefund; c/o DCBA, 330 Salem St., Chico, CA 95928

Students and staff at California State University, Chico are rallying community members to raise money for the approximately 85 employees of Tres Hombres and Mr. Pickles restaurants who are without jobs following the Dec. 1 fire that closed both businesses.

Using the name “We Are Chico,” the group seeks donations of cash or food to help the out-of-work employees and show the giving spirit of the Chico area community.

“Responding to a crisis and helping people in need is what we are all about in Chico,” said Larry Bassow, CSU, Chico staff member. “At Chico State, we have raised money for causes all over the country and world—now we need to focus on our family of students, alums and friends who work across the street from campus. We need to help the employees of Tres Hombres and Mr. Pickles make the next few months a little easier with donations from local establishments and the Chico community.”

Bassow is a Greek adviser in CSU, Chico Student Affairs and also is adviser to the Up ’til Dawn event on campus that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Bassow said Chico businesses Bidwell Perk, Coffee on Shasta, Madison Bear Garden and Woodstock’s Pizza and the Downtown Chico Business Association are already on board to make donations on behalf of the employees, and he said the group hopes to challenge other businesses to follow suit.

“Our hope is to give each employee an envelope from their Chico family with gift certificates, as well as buy gift cards to a local grocery store with the donations made from the campus and community,” said Bassow. He said the group is also looking for other businesses that may have part-time work available for the employees.

Student Ryan Giordano, Associated Students commissioner of community affairs, will be leading a change drive on campus beginning Monday, Dec. 7, and they will be collecting money and goods through Friday, Dec. 18.

AS Programs and Government Affairs Coordinator Denise Crosswhite and CSU, Chico Greek Adviser Connie Huyck, along with Bassow, will be co-leading the fund-raising project.

“All of us are parents and leaders of many students,” said Bassow. “We tell them to do good, to do the right thing—this is a chance for us to role model to our kids, our campus and our community.”

Those interested in donating or getting involved can contact the group at wearechico@gmail.com or Bassow at 521-0039.

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CADEC Manager Honored for Prevention Work

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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December 7, 2009

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260

CADEC Manager Honored for Prevention Work

Shauna Quinn, program manager of CADEC (Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center), received the Champions Award at the 2009 California Higher Education Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Conference. Quinn has worked for more than 20 years building CADEC at California State University, Chico into a model program.

The Champions Award honors an administrator, faculty or staff person who has served as a “champion” for alcohol and other drug initiatives on a campus, in a community or in an organization. It is given to someone who has forged ahead even through times of difficulty or controversy; created dynamic and solid partnerships that led to exemplary programming; or provided outstanding leadership for comprehensive alcohol and other drug prevention programs.

Quinn has designed and implemented many innovative programs to address an ever-changing range of campus and community issues. Two examples of her leadership in responding to alcohol-related issues include her work to reduce injuries and driving incidents related to St. Patrick’s Day excesses and tubing on the Sacramento River on Labor Day.

When St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Chico turned into alcohol-fueled riots and brawls, she worked with local bar owners to open their doors later in the day, and created a fun run and pancake breakfast, the “Shamrock Shuffle and Flapjack Feed,” to offer students and the community a safe, alcohol-free alternative.

To counteract Labor Day alcohol-related incidents, Quinn coordinated a “Respect the River, the Road and Yourself” campaign involving local law enforcement and student and community groups.

One of Quinn’s strengths, according to one of her nominators, is that she always involves students in prevention activities. Over her career, she has trained, mentored and inspired hundreds of students as campus peer educators.

Another area of expertise is in program assessment and the use of data for program evaluation and improvement. She has administered the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey at CSU, Chico since 1990. The data has been essential to addressing problem areas and in creating support for proposed programs and changes.

Quinn has also contributed beyond the CSU, Chico campus. She co-authored two Higher Education grants and many additional smaller CSU-wide grants. An expert in her field, she has spoken at various conferences from the national to the local level on a wide range of prevention topics.

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