May 16, 2011Vol. 42, Issue 1

Student Competition Honors

Five Big Student Wins

photo of Recording Arts StudentsRecording Arts Students Place Second in National Competition

Five recording arts majors received the second-highest score in the 2011 Shure Fantastic Scholastic Recording Competition. Elliott Eicheldinger, Ian Davidson, Fernando Macias-Jimenez, Mitchell Bohanan, and Todd Simonson worked through spring intersession to produce their winning recording of a song from Sacramento artists The Kinzie Affair, “Everything We Whisper.” (Photo on left by Carla Resnick.)

The recording, made only with studio microphones provided by Shure, was evaluated by a panel of judges that included Grammy-winning producers and engineers. Chico team members were rewarded with Shure studio microphones for their own use, and the Recording Arts Program will receive thousands of dollars worth of state-of-the art recording equipment. 

Listen to the Chico State team’s recording of “Everything We Whisper.”

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photo of manufacturing studentsManufacturing Students Win Top Award for Mountain Bike Chain Guide

Students from the Sustainable Manufacturing program won the program's 11th Grand Prize at the prestigious 2011 Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge Contest for their mountain bike chain guide and bash guard. (Photo on left by Leonard Fallscheer.)

The team of students in the Chico SME chapter designed and manufactured the tooling and full production system for the mountain bike chain guide and bash guard. The materials used in this market-ready product were chosen with an emphasis on sustainability and included recycled plastic components and cardboard package inserts, as well as a fully compostable plastic package. 

Two things made CSU, Chico’s project stand out at the competition, says Daren Otten, program coordinator and team advisor: the students’ attention to detail for defining and documenting the complete manufacturing process and an emphasis on sustainability.

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photo of Model United Nations studentsCSU, Chico Model United Nations Delegation Brings Home Top Two Awards 

Students participating in the Model United Nations (MUN) course won both top awards at the 2011 National Model United Nations Conference in New York City. Chico State’s teams consistently do well at the competition. 

The Chico delegation, representing the Republic of Austria, was named an Outstanding Delegation and won the award for Outstanding Position Papers. This double “outstanding” ranking placed the team in the top 4 percent of all schools attending the competition.

In addition to the outstanding awards, four individual students received recognition in their individual committees: Kurt Bell and Joanna Eisenberg in the Security Council and Justin Self and Doug Strub in the UN Population Fund were each named as outstanding leaders by their fellow committee members.

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photo of COB studentsBusiness Students Win Regional Sales Competition

Chico State students took first place at the 2011 Western States Collegiate Sales Competition. The event was held on the Chico State campus and involved 90 participants from competing universities and corporations.

Students researched the companies ADP and TEKsystems, both of which helped support the competition. Students developed specific sales presentations for products and services offered by the companies, and then practiced individual presentations. During the competition, individual students did 12-minute role-playing on an actual ADP case, and teams did 30-minute role-playing on a TEKsystems case.

Student team captain Ben Hicks and Joey Kellison won second and third place prizes, respectively. Joey Lanza and Loren Schiller earned runner-up prizes.

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photo of marketing and design students with trophyMarketing and Design Team Produces First-Place J.C. Penney Campaign

A team of Chico State marketing and graphic design/media arts students put together a “risk-taking” marketing strategy for J.C. Penney Co. that brought them first place at the 2011 District #14 American Advertising Federation-National Student Advertising Competition. Five corporate judges chose their “Think Again” 32-page advertising booklet and 20-minute presentation as the best campaign.

The “Think Again” theme targeted a 25-to-34-year-old female audience to change its perceptions of J.C. Penney, while also challenging J.C. Penney to “Think Again.” They had a hypothetical budget of $100 million and used it all. The team’s suggestions for traditional and nontraditional advertisements included digital touch screen panels at bus stops, a new website design, and a billboard with rotating panels moving from the question, “Think value is hard to find?” to “Think Again.”

The next stop for the Chico State champions is the AAF-NSAC National competition in San Diego in June.

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