CSU, Chico News

President Leads Trip to Hear Needs of the North State

Date: 09-17-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico President Paul Zingg is leading a group of faculty and staff on a two-day trip through the North State Sept. 21-22 to better understand the needs of the communities in the region and reaffirm the University’s commitment to be of service.

A bus with 40 CSU, Chico faculty and staff on board will leave campus Friday morning, Sept. 21, and return Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22. Attendees include three CSU, Chico vice presidents, as well as deans, program directors, faculty and staff with special expertise in issues affecting the North State, and faculty new to the University.

The first day’s itinerary will include a tour of the abbey at the Vina monastery, a meeting with teachers and students at Woodson Elementary in Corning, a lunch and tour at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, and a reception and dinner at the McConnell Foundation headquarters in Redding.
Also part of the first-day schedule will be an afternoon forum at the Redding Library, including presentations by North State leaders about economic and resource issues facing the region.

After spending the night in Redding, the group will head north to Shasta Dam and McCloud for briefings on water issues. Other second-day activities will include lunch at Burney Falls, tentatively with Pit River tribe representatives, and a tour of Lassen Park hosted by the park superintendent.

“We want to understand, better and first hand, the needs of the communities we serve in the North State,” said Zingg, “as well as assure residents of our interest in them and resolve to assist their well-being and quality of life.”

Zingg said that, as “the university of the North State,” CSU, Chico has an important role and responsibility to the residents, and the two-day trip should help facilitate that.

Zingg added that he hoped the North State trip could become an annual event for campus community members. He said former President Glenn Kendall set a great precedent for the event, as he was well-known for making many trips throughout the North State during his long tenure (1950-1966).

CSU, Chico’s service area – comprising 12 counties and 32,000 square miles – is approximately 21 percent of the land mass of the state of California and is the largest service area in size of any CSU campus.

Among the campus organizers of the trip are Dan Ripke, director of the Center for Economic Development, and Greg White, director of the Archeological Research Center. “CSU, Chico has a long history serving the needs of Northeastern California communities,” said Ripke. “Through the discussions and relationships this tour creates, future opportunities for collaboration may arise to help faculty and student learning and to focus our resources to assist regional communities.”

Added White, “The president has come up with the idea of this trip to honor and re-invigorate the University’s long tradition of North State service. This is a wonderful idea and will put a number of the University’s key community members on the ground and talking with individuals whose vital interests will be shared and given a great deal of thought as we re-think our role in our service region.”