A Magazine from California State University, ChicoSpring 2012 Issue

Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

Sustainable Manufacturing Wins Again

Sustainable Manufacturing Program students won the Grand Prize for the 13th time at the prestigious 2012 WESTEC (Western Tool Exposition and Conference) Manufacturing Challenge in March. A team from CSU, Chico’s student chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers won the competition by creating a manufacturing system for producing a sustainable composite skateboard deck, with trucks and axles. Chico’s winning entry distinguished itself in the degree of detail in all phases of the project, says program coordinator Darren Otten.

Model UN Snags Top Awards at National Conference

Twenty-one CSU, Chico students participating in the Model United Nations course won multiple top awards at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York, April 1–5. For the fifth time in six years, the Chico delegation was named one of 34 Outstanding Delegations out of more than 400. The delegation, consisting of 21 students and representing the State of Qatar, also won outstanding position papers on four of 10 committees in which they competed and were named by their peers in two other committees as an outstanding delegation. Twelve Chico students won individual awards.

Brian Oppy, Psychology, and Lori Beth Way, Political Science Faculty Members Receive Prestigious ACE Fellowships

Two CSU, Chico professors have been named 2012–2013 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows. Brian Oppy, Psychology, and Lori Beth Way, Political Science, are among the 57 faculty members and administrators in the United States and abroad chosen for the program, which identifies and prepares future leaders in higher education. ACE Fellows focus on issues important to their home institutions while spending a semester or academic year working with a college or university president and other senior officers at a host institution.

CSU Board of Trustees Led by Chico Alumnus

Alumnus Bob Linscheid (BA, Public Administration, ’76; MPA, ’78) is the chair of the 25-member California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees. The board is in charge of establishing the rules, regulations, and policies for the CSU system. He is the second chair with CSU, Chico ties: Ted Meriam was chair in 1968 and 1969. Linscheid is a former Associated Students president and CSU, Chico Alumni Council president. He is president of The Linscheid Company, president and CEO of Chico Economic Planning Corporation, and a 2008 CSU, Chico Distinguished Alumnus.

Jillian Ruddell Student Set to Cast Votes as CSU Board Trustee

In 2012–2013, senior Jillian Ruddell will be a voting member of the CSU Board of Trustees. Two student trustees serve staggered two-year terms: the first year as a non-voting member learning the ropes, the second as a full voting member. Ruddell, a Multicultural and Gender Studies major, was appointed to the board in July 2011, a rare opportunity for a CSU student. She attends board meetings every other month in Long Beach.

University on Community Service Honor Roll

For the fifth time in six years, CSU, Chico has been designated a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to and achievement in community service.

The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education administer the Honor Roll and identified 642 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.

Each year, about 3,000 CSU, Chico students contribute more than 75,000 volunteer hours; their volunteer service has an impact on the community equivalent to more than $1.5 million.

The documentary film El Clásico: More Than a Game Student Documentary in Barcelona Film Festival

The documentary film El Clásico: More Than a Game, produced by CSU, Chico students, has been accepted into the May 2012 Barcelona Sports Film Festival. The film was shot on location in Barcelona and Madrid in 2010 and explores Spanish history, culture, and regional identity through the intense soccer rivalry between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

CSU, Chico alums Cathy Growdon and Kelly Candaele, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, put the project together. Several of the students spent more than a year editing and producing the film, which premiered in October 2011 in Chico.

University Scores High on Survey for Online Instruction

CSU, Chico ranked 14th among 55 colleges and universities in faculty credentials and training in U.S. News & World Report’s assessment of online programs. “While earning a bachelor’s degree online, students respond best to faculty with both traditional academic credentials and experience and training in teaching online courses,” U.S. News wrote in introducing the rankings.

Students on Spring Break Build Homes in Joplin

After assisting in New Orleans for three years after Hurricane Katrina, CSU, Chico students once again headed across the country to help victims of a natural disaster. In March, 87 students and four faculty members from the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management flew to Joplin, Missouri, for an eight-day project to rebuild four houses destroyed by a May  2011 tornado that left 161 people dead and $3 billion in damage.

The students, representing the student chapter of American General Contractors, worked 12-hour days on the project, the seventh “Blitz Build” project completed during winter or spring breaks.

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Alum Notes

John Concannon


CONCANNON (BS, Business Administration, ’85) is a fourth-generation vintner at Concannon Vineyard.

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Tanja Poley

Tanja Poley

(BS, Business Administration, ’94) is the human resources manager for the News & Review, headquartered in Sacramento.

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Kathy Crusco

Kathy Crusco

(BS, Business Administration, ’87) is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Epicor Software Corporation.

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