Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

Community Unites on Alcohol Abuse

In January, President Zingg and 27 other civic leaders published “A Call for Community Action” in the Chico media asking for broad support to address issues of alcohol and drug abuse. As a result, a Community Action Summit was held Feb. 22 on the CSU, Chico campus. More than 400 elected officials, business owners, police officers, nurses, counselors, students, faculty, and staff worked on possible solutions at the day-long meeting. A follow-up summit March 22 for the campus community was attended by 300 people. Several initiatives, including a student-sponsored Festival for Change, resulted from the meetings.

CSU, Chico also hosted a two-day regional conference in April on alcohol and drug use prevention. Sponsored by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, the conference attracted students, staff, and faculty from around the state. Participants discussed education and prevention programs, law enforcement, availability of alcohol and drugs, and the importance of wellness.

Campus Scores High

CSU, Chico was the only California school to receive the best score possible on the U.S. Department of Education’s new College Scorecard designed to help students choose a college or university. CSU, Chico’s average net price for undergraduates was ranked in the low range; the University ranked in the high category for six-year graduation rates; loan default rates and federal loan borrowing were in the desirable low range. In the fifth category, employment for graduates, no rating data has yet been posted, but CSU, Chico ranks in the top 15 percent of public universities for graduates’ starting and mid-career salaries by Payscale.com.

App Offers On-the-Go Info

Find hundreds of campus events. Check halftime game stats. Locate a new building. In January, CSU, Chico released a free mobile app for iPhone and Android users. Visit www.csuchico.edu/mobile for more information.

Model UN Team Takes Top Award

Over spring break, the CSU, Chico Model UN team traveled to New York City to compete against more than 200 colleges and universities at the National Model UN conference. The Chico team earned the top team award of Outstanding Delegation, awarded to the top 8 percent of schools participating. Ten individual awards were given to partnerships for work within their committees—five for outstanding position papers and five for outstanding delegate performance.

Debate Team Wins Big

In March, CSU, Chico’s Debate Team competed among more than 150 teams in the Cross Examination Debate Association’s (CEDA) National Tournament. The team brought home several awards to cap off one of the most successful years in the University’s forensics history. CSU, Chico received second place in the Western Region for sweepstakes points and also won the Founders Award, given to the school with the most cumulative points over the history of CEDA.

Concrete Professor Honored

Tanya Komas, associate professor and director of the Concrete Industry Management program (CIM) at CSU, Chico, was named one of the five most influential people in the concrete industry by Concrete Construction magazine. Komas was recognized for her work with the CSU, Chico CIM program and its Alcatraz Island Field School.

Poet Receives Guggenheim 

CSU, Chico philosophy professor Troy Jollimore received a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013. Jollimore is the winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Jollimore’s fellowship will support his work to complete a third book of poems next year.

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On March 13, Chancellor White enters a public forum at CSU, Chico on a Wildcat Cruiser. He was at the University to get to know the campus.

On March 13, Chancellor White enters a public forum at CSU, Chico on a Wildcat Cruiser. He was at the University to get to know the campus.

New CSU Chancellor Visits Chico

On Oct. 4, 2012, the California State University Board of Trustees named Timothy P. White as the seventh chancellor to lead the 23-campus CSU system, the largest four-year public higher education system in the country. He was formerly the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside (UCR).

“I am humbled to have been chosen to lead the California State University system at such a transformative time,” says White. “As chancellor, I look forward to engaging with faculty, students, staff, campus presidents, and CSU trustees, along with the communities we serve, as we advance this vital system of higher education for California’s future.”

White, 63, previously served as UCR chancellor since 2008 and succeeds CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who announced his retirement following a 14-year tenure with the system.

Born in Buenos Aires, White immigrated to Northern California and is a first-generation college student. He transferred from Diablo Valley College to CSU, Fresno, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He received a master’s degree from CSU, Hayward (now East Bay), and a PhD from UC Berkeley. In 2011, while chancellor at UCR, he appeared on the CBS TV show Undercover Boss.

Chico was the fourth CSU campus White visited on a systemwide tour. He met with faculty and staff leaders, ate lunch with students, held a news conference for media, and took questions from the community at an open forum attended by about 200 people.

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Mark Ulriksen

Mark Ulriksen

(BA, Information and Communication Studies, ’80) illustrated the New Yorker’s 2012 election cover.

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Istvan Kadar

(BA, Chemistry, ’71) is helping design Disney’s newest theme park in Shanghai.

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Laurel Miller

Laurel Miller

(BA, Communication Design, ’92) runs The Sustainable Kitchen, a cooking school/farm tour program.

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