CSU, Chico News

College of Business Student Wins National Scholarship for Research on Sustainability

Date: 09-13-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico business student Greg Turcotte has received the $10,000 2007 SAP America Scholarship for a research paper applying accounting principles to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions.

“Greg is an outstanding student, and this award not only recognizes his scholarship, but also the quality of our programs in the College of Business,” said Instructor Nancy Jones, Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems.

SAP, the world’s largest inter-enterprise software company, with more than 12 million users, selected the CSU, Chico’s College of Business in 1996 as its first partner in the SAP University Alliance Program (SAP UAP). The college is currently one of two “mega centers” for the SAP UAP, providing hosting services and training to universities around the world.

Turcotte, a junior from Grass Valley, said his paper utilized material from science, business, economics and the humanities in examining how to gauge gasses that have an impact on climate.

“I really give credit to Chico State for this honor,” he said. “The work cited in my paper was like a shopping list of the books I’ve read in my classes.”

“This is a wonderful example of the infusion of sustainability across the curriculum and a recognition that the issue of sustainability is relevant to all disciplines,” said Scott McNall, executive director of CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development. “This is a creative and thoughtful approach to the world of business, and as a result Greg will no doubt do well in his chosen career.”

Turcotte transferred to CSU, Chico from Sierra College in Rocklin. He is a business information systems major with an option in management information systems.

Jones said Turcotte was the first CSU, Chico student to receive the SAP scholarship. Up to 10 students nationwide receive the annual award.