Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

Belle WeiBelle W.Y. Wei Named CSU, Chico Provost

Belle W.Y. Wei, former Don Beall Dean of Engineering at San Jose State University’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, became provost and vice president for Academic Affairs Aug. 1. Wei (in photo left) had been a professor of electrical engineering at San Jose State since 1987. She studied biophysics at UC Berkeley before earning an MS in engineering at Harvard and a PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences at UC Berkeley. “I am excited about joining CSU, Chico because your leadership and vision in student success, diversity, and sustainability resonate with me deeply,” says Wei.

CED Has New Regional Partnership

The Center for Economic Development (CED) at CSU, Chico has been designated as a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center in a regional partnership with the Office of Community and Economic Development at CSU, Fresno. The new designation will be supported by a grant of $110,000 per year. The partnership will focus on cultivating an economic ecosystem throughout California, with an emphasis on their combined 31-county service area of the Great Central Valley.

logo for Green Honor RollCSU, Chico Named to 2013 Green Honor Roll

CSU, Chico was one of 21 colleges that received the highest possible score (99) in the Princeton Review’s “Green Ratings” and has been named to the company’s 2013 Green Honor Roll. The ratings are based on institutional surveys of colleges in 2011–2012 concerning their environmentally related practices, policies, and academic offerings.

$1.2 Million to Improve American Indian Education

The School of Education, in partnership with Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians, Tyme Maidu Tribe-Berry Creek Rancheria, Enterprise Rancheria Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe, Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, and Four Winds of Indian Education Inc., received a national grant to improve educational opportunities for American Indian children. The project, Northeastern California Preparation and Retention of Indian Educators, has been awarded $1.24 million to recruit, prepare, and support 20 American Indians or Alaska Natives pursuing careers in education.

Student Chapter Recognized for Service

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America named CSU, Chico winner of the 2012 Outstanding Student Chapter Contest in recognition of the students’ service to tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. This is the fourth year that the Chico AGC student chapter has been one of the top three student chapters in the nation. Eighty-seven students and four faculty members from the construction management department traveled to Joplin in March 2012 to rebuild four houses destroyed by the May 2011 tornado.

University Honored as a Military Friendly School

Victory Media named CSU, Chico to the 2013 edition of its Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

University Moves Up in National Rankings

CSU, Chico has moved up to fifth place in the ranking of regional public universities in the Western United States by U.S. News & World Report magazine. CSU, Chico has made the list of top Western universities every year since 1998. The University also improved its standing in two other national collegiate rankings published this fall by Forbes Magazine and Washington Monthly.

Up ’til Dawn Is Top in Nation for Fifth Time

CSU, Chico students have won the national St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraising championship for the fifth time in six years. The Up ’til Dawn event, held in November 2011, passed the $1,250,000 cumulative total. Meeting this mark during CSU, Chico’s 125th anniversary year makes it especially meaningful.

Business Students Win Collegiate Sales Competition

Students in the College of Business Professional Sales Program took first place in the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition in April. Chico students also won the top three individual prizes. In corporate competitions, Chico students were five of the top six ADP finalists and finished second in the TEKsystems Team Sales Presentations. Professor Casey Donoho, Department of Finance and Marketing, coached the team.

photo of Maija Giaser-LawsonCSU, Chico Student Receives Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award

The California State University awarded CSU, Chico student Maija Glasier-Lawson (in photo left) one of 23 2012 William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The $3,000 scholarships are given to students demonstrating superior academic performance, personal accomplishment, community service, and financial need. In addition, Glasier-Lawson, a graduate student in anthropology, received the $3,000 Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar award.

Professor Receives Translation Fellowship

Sara Cooper, International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has received one of 16 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowships for $12,500. She will translate The Bleeding Wound by Cuban writer Mirta Yáñez from Spanish to English, bringing the novel to a much wider audience. Published in 2010 and winner of Spain’s Premio de la Crítica, this story charts the history of Havana from the 1959 socialist revolution to the present.