CSU, Chico Holds 13th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-10-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

Community involvement, sustainability and student success are some of the topics to be addressed during California State University, Chico’s 13th annual Conference on Learning and Teaching today, Oct. 10, through Friday, Oct. 12.

The conference is hosted by CSU, Chico’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), whose mission is to enhance student learning by supporting faculty in their teaching, scholarship and service. Along with the conference, CELT is also responsible for awarding grants and sponsoring other events.

Kicking off activities will be the CELT Conference Awards Luncheon, which will honor 2006-2007 Outstanding Teacher Kimihiko Nomura and 2006-2007 Outstanding Academic Advisor Maria Gonzalez, both of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, for their contributions to students, the University and the community.

Keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Manuel Pastor, professor of geography and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His talk is titled, “Public or Perish: Engaged Scholarship, Community Connections and the Future of the Academy.” He will discuss how a new form of engaged scholarship can help enrich learning, deepen community connections and point the way to new public policies.

Pastor is co-author of the books “Staircases or Treadmills: Labor Market Intermediaries and Economic Opportunity in a Changing Economy,” “Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America” and “Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together.”

Among the more than 20 presentations and panel discussions are sessions on teaching international students, preparing students to be politically engaged through community service, teaching sustainability in a Spanish class, and using students’ personal technologies as learning tools.

A schedule of events can be found at the web site. For more information, call 898-6105.

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