April 25, 2013Vol. 43, Issue 2

A student makes signs with messages of religious tolerance. Photo by Kacey Gardner.

Banding Together for Tolerance

On April 16, two students, two staff members, a community member, and religious studies professor Kate McCarthy sat together in the lobby of the Student Services Center, making signs that in bold lettering declared messages of tolerance: “My God loves everyone,” one read. “Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice,” read another. The sign-making event, put on by the newly formed Religious Diversity Association (RDA), was spurred by the campus community’s desire to respond in a productive way to those who come to Chico State proffering a different message about religion.

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What to Say to Students in Distress

“Generally, students don’t say, ‘I’m thinking about killing myself,’” says Juni Banerjee-Stevens, a counselor at the Counseling and Wellness Center. “There are no ‘red flags’ usually, just these invitations from students who are telling you about how their lives are not going well.” Banerjee-Stevens is the project manager for a $250,000 grant from the California Mental Health Services Administration (CalMHSA) that supports, among other projects, training for faculty and staff in dealing with these “invitations.”

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From the President's Desk

Photo of Paul Zingg

Accountability: Federal College Scorecard Gives CSU, Chico High Marks

The accountability movement in higher education has been with us for a long time. In brief, it compels colleges and universities to be answerable to those who have a stake in their performance. 

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Staff Profile

Katy Thoma

Katy Thoma: Research Foundation Is ‘Here to Serve’

Many people might consider “banker” and “advocate for the homeless” to be titles from two different resumes, but they haven’t met Katy Thoma, the new executive director of the CSU, Chico Research Foundation.

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Staff Council

2012 Staff Employee of the Year: Carol Rudolph

For someone who genuinely enjoys serving others, Carol Rudolph’s humble surprise at the news that she’d been selected as the 2012 Staff Employee of the Year was fitting. Rudolph serves as administrative support coordinator in Accounting Operations.

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Faculty Spotlight

Gayle Hutchinson: Onward and Upward

CSU, Chico students, faculty, and staff will bid a warm farewell to longtime faculty member Gayle Hutchinson, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, when she begins a new post as provost and vice president for academic affairs at CSU, Channel Islands this summer.

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