Dec. 8, 2014Vol. 45, Issue 3

Photo of Ryan Patten

Hunting for “Dirtbags”

By Ryan Patten

In Department of Political Science Chair Ryan Patten's recent book, Hunting for “Dirtbags”: Why Cops Over-Police the Poor and Racial Minorities, he and the book's coauthor, former CSU, Chico political science professor Lori Beth Way, make some startling discoveries about police strategies in two cities. Patten presented their findings at the 2014 College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' Faculty Colloquium Nov. 18.

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photo of Taylor, Kimberly, and Kendall Madison

History in Hand: Pieces of the Pugh Mural

Last winter, the contractor for the new arts and humanities building used a special drill to take core samples of the iconic John Pugh mural Academe, a fixture of the former Taylor Hall until it was demolished in 2013. The pieces were recently distributed to those in a queue, including a family whose children share names with two campus buildings.

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From the President

Dialing for Dollars

Ninety percent of the gifts made to the University last year occurred during a phone conversation with a student from the Chico State Calling Center. President Zingg learned what motivates these students to make nearly 40,000 calls on behalf of CSU, Chico each year.

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Blitz Build

Blitz Plant event

Broadening Experience, Beautifying Chico

Geography and planning and construction management students recently planted 32 trees in Chico. The project mitigated impacts from the University's 2014 Blitz Build community service project.

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more than 1,000 cans of food for the Jesus Center

Record-Setting Philanthropy

Student Greek organizations set records this fall for philanthropic contributions during Greek Week, donating more than 1,000 cans of food to a local charity, raising nearly $9,000 for breast cancer research, and collecting 640 pints of blood, among other efforts.

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Regional and Continuing Education


RCE Wins National Marketing Award

The Center for Regional and Continuing Education has received a national award for its efforts to grow OLLI’s membership and revenue in 2013–14. The lifelong learning institute surpassed its goals in both areas and added a summer session.

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Art history professor Rachel Middleman has been selected for a Smithsonian art fellowship in Washington, D.C. Read more.

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Class of 3 Million

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