Advisory Board Honors CHC Student for Outstanding Service

The CSU, Chico Advisory Board has honored Bri Lofink with this year’s Outstanding Student Service award, based on both academic excellence and exemplary acts of community service. In addition to personal congratulations from both the University and Advisory Board presidents, Lofink also received a scholarship as part of her special recognition.

Bri Award

Bri Lofink, center, with CSU, Chico President Gayle E. Hutchinson (L), Advisory Board President Farshad Azad (R), and proud CHC staff members

Christian Science Monitor Highlights CHC’s Work to Fight Food Insecurity

A recent news article by Jessica Mendoza of the Christian Science Monitor, California boosts efforts to stamp out hunger on campus, prominently featured work by Chico State and the CHC to alleviate student hunger. Mendoza began her piece by observing that the starving student stereotype “is more literal in America than many people ever realized,” and that emergency food pantries are now “almost as common on campuses as bookstores.” Finding real solutions to new college student realities, Mendoza pointed out, means overcoming complex challenges.

Stephanie Bianco Honored for Research Impact

In late spring Stephanie Bianco, Associate Director of CSU, Chico’s Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), was awarded the Research Impact Award from the University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The award was given in part for securing over $9 million in external funding, publishing research in 30-plus publications, creating interdisciplinary partnerships across campus, and providing campus and community service across the state. Bianco’s academic achievements include many projects, but she is most proud of her interdisciplinary work surrounding food insecurity and food safety. She has led various several projects in conjunction with the CSU’s statewide Agricultural Research Institute, including establishing the multifaceted food-safety education web site EASY GAP, or Enhancing Agricultural Safety Year-round Good Agricultural Practices.

Stephanie Inspired

Stephanie Bianco, Teresa Doyle, and Stephen Doyle at the Inspired 2017 Awards Event

Bianco’s areas of expertise at the CHC include program and organization management, nutrition education, food insecurity prevention, and food safety training. Teaching interests include logic model design and budget planning for future grant writing and business management opportunities.

Prior to her academic career, Bianco worked in the foodservice industry for more than 11 years, in positions including gardé manger, line cook, catering supervisor, café manager, and restaurant manager. She received her BS in dietetics from UC Davis and her MS in nutrition from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Her research focused on cholesterol, specifically lipoprotein particle size and its effects on cardiovascular disease. She completed a dietetic internship through Texas A&M and became a registered dietitian in 2001.

Bianco is co-author of HACCP Fundamentals, a food safety text and certificate program for agricultural, school, and manufacturing industries. 

More Honors for CHC Staffers

Alyson Outstanding Award

Several more CHC staff members have received honors for their unique accomplishments. Leading this summer’s kudos parade is Alyson Wylie, who earned Outstanding Master’s Project recognition from the Kremen School of Education & Human Development at Fresno State for her Evaluation of a mindful eating intervention curriculum among elementary school children and their parents.

Kathleen Award

Kathleen Johnson is one of only 46 CSU students statewide nominated for the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. In addition to meeting financial need—with a scholarship of at least $6,000—the award recognizes superior academic performance, personal accomplishment, and community service. (Even being nominated is an honor.) Johnson was also recognized this year as Outstanding Graduating Senior in Nutrition Management.

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