New Deans Named
Judith Hennessey, most recently interim dean of the College of Business and Economics, CSU, Northridge (CSUN), became dean of CSU, Chico’s College of Business on Jan. 6. She replaces Julie Indvik, who served as interim dean for the College of Business since August 2012.
Prior to her interim dean position, Hennessey served as associate dean of CSUN’s College of Business and Economics for five years. From 1994 to 2007, she was chair of the CSUN Department of Marketing, and she was a faculty member at the university since 1980.
Hennessey received her BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Louisville. She has professional memberships with the American Marketing Association, Marketing Educators’ Association, Association for Psychological Science, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Western Decision Science Institute, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
On Jan. 17, Angela Trethewey, previously director of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, became dean of CSU, Chico’s College of Communication and Education. She replaces Maggie Payne, who served as interim dean since 2011.
Prior to assuming her director post at Arizona State, Trethewey served as a faculty member in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Even earlier, she was a faculty member in the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Washington. Trethewey received her doctorate in organizational communication from Purdue University, and earned her BA in human communication studies and MA in human communication studies from CSU, Chico.
Chair Wins National Earthquake Safety Award
Curt Haselton, chair of CSU, Chico’s Department of Civil Engineering, has received the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) 2013 Shah Family Innovation Prize for his contributions to the field of earthquake safety. The Shah Prize is awarded annually by EERI to young professionals and academics for creativity and innovation in earthquake risk mitigation and management. Preference is given to those focused on preventing the loss of lives in earthquakes.
English Professor Receives Prestigious Teaching Award
In February, CSU, Chico English professor Kim Jaxon (BA, English, ’97; MA, English, ’00) received the Teacher of Excellence—College Award from the California Association of Teachers in English (CATE). The award is presented annually to one English professor in California and recognizes faculty who exemplify best teaching practices.
Jaxon teaches upper-division courses in composition theory, first-year writing, and English education. Jaxon is also the digital curator for the National Writing Project’s website, Digital Is …, which provides examples and support to educators with an interest in incorporating digital literacy and technology into their classes.
Marketing Students Shine at National Conference
In April, CSU, Chico’s American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter won top honors for its exhibit and a second award for community service at the AMA’s 36th annual International Collegiate Conference. The conference, held each year in New Orleans, attracted 1,234 students from 170 colleges and universities in the United States and other countries.
The CSU, Chico AMA chapter won the Best Use of Conference Theme award for the design of its booth at the conference. CSU, Long Beach and Ohio Northern University placed second and third, respectively, in the competition, which included 40 other schools. The CSU, Chico chapter also won an Outstanding Community Service award for its fundraising efforts this year promoting organ donation.
Campus Recognized for Mental Health Programs
CSU, Chico has earned a seal of approval from the Jed Foundation, a leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. The University received the JedCampus Seal, which recognizes schools that exhibit comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus. The University joins Cornell, Georgetown, Columbia, Princeton, and Yale universities in earning the seal. It is the only CSU campus to do so.
College of Business Receives Strong Accreditation
CSU, Chico’s College of Business has had its accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International extended for a full five-year period. The accreditation period was approved in December 2013 by the AACSB’s Continuous Improvement Review Committee and the Board of Directors following a campus visit from the accrediting body. AACSB accreditation is considered a standard for quality in business education, and it is earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs.
Journalism Student Earns Prestigious Fellowships
CSU, Chico graduating senior Ben Mullin was selected for two prestigious journalism fellowships: the 10-week summer Google Fellowship and the yearlong Naughton Fellowship. Both take place at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The national Google Fellowship allows students to explore the use of technology in storytelling at a sponsoring news or media organization. For the international Naughton Fellowship, Mullin will report for poynter.org. One fellow is selected each year for the paid position.