University’s 120th Birthday and Other Anniversaries Part of 2007 Founders Week Festivities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 04-04-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

Anniversary celebrations, including one for California State University, Chico’s 120th birthday, highlight this year’s Founders Week events taking place April 21-29.

Founders Week is the special occasion each spring to celebrate CSU, Chico’s heritage and achievements. This year will mark the 14th annual Founders Week, though the event’s roots date back to 1909, when Charter Day was held to remember the school’s early days and memorialize founder John Bidwell and deceased faculty and staff.

To commemorate the University’s founding in 1887, the public is invited to a 120th birthday party gathering on Friday, April 27, at 1 p.m. by the Rose Garden behind Trinity Hall. There will be musical entertainment, special guests, and cake for everyone, plus some surprises to enliven the festivities. Chico is the second oldest of the California State University campuses and one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast.

Along with the University’s birthday, on Monday, April 23, the 50th anniversary of the Rose Garden will be noted in a ceremony at noon. The popular campus site has been home to hundreds of rose plants, which were initially donated by George F. Petersen, for whom the garden is named. Petersen, owner of Lindo Nursery in Chico from 1909 to 1948, was the son of John Bidwell’s groundskeeper.

The Associated Students of CSU, Chico will mark its 65th anniversary with lots of activities on Tuesday, April 24, in the Bell Memorial Union. While campus has had student government since 1901 and perhaps even earlier, the AS did not incorporate until 1942. With a $26 million budget, CSU, Chico’s Associated Students is the largest AS in the CSU system and has one of the widest ranges of responsibilities – including food service, bookstore, student union and student government – in the country.

Two programs for which CSU, Chico is well known in the North State – nursing and agriculture – will have special events during Founders Week. On Wednesday, April 25, at 3 p.m., the School of Nursing will have an open house for its new clinical simulation lab, located on the Cohasset Campus of Enloe Medical Center. The lab features state-of-the-art, life-like simulators that allow students to respond to a wide array of medical situations. On Thursday, April 26, the College of Agriculture will dedicate its new organic dairy with an open house starting at 10 am. Tours of the facility, located at the University Farm off Hegan Lane, will be available to the public.

Founders Week will feature many other special and annual events including music performances, campus tours, award ceremonies and environmental awareness speakers. A few of the highlights include band and choral concerts, baseball games featuring the nationally ranked Wildcats, a forum on confidentiality in journalism and two festivals on the Kendall Hall lawn: Eco-Fest on Saturday, April 21, and International Festival on Saturday, April 28.

A schedule of Founders Week events follows, and is also available at the Web site: <http://www.csuchico.edu/pa/foundersweek>. For ticket information about Founders Week events, contact the University Box Office at 898-6333.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO

APRIL 21-29, 2007

Saturday, April 21

Softball: CSU, Chico vs. UC San Diego University Softball Field 11 am

The Wildcats host the Tritons for the final game of a two-game series.

Baseball: CSU, Chico vs. UC San Diego, Nettleton Stadium, Noon

The Wildcats host the Tritons for a doubleheader.

Eco-Fest Kendall Lawn noon-6

Eco-Fest is a free festival that promotes environmentalism and social awareness.

Chico State Twilight Invitational, University Stadium, 3 pm

Track and Field teams from California and the West Coast come to Chico to compete in this annual event.

Band Concert: The Highway Man, Harlen Adams Theatre, 7:30 pm

"The Highway Man" by Alfred Noyes is the inspiration for former student Whitney George’s composition dedicated to conductor Dr. Royce S. Tevis and the CSU, Chico Wind Ensemble. In addition, the concert features a special guest appearance by the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Leonard Duarte.

Sunday, April 22

Baseball: CSU, Chico vs. UC San Diego, Nettleton Stadium, 11 am

The Wildcats host the Tritons for the final game of a four-game series.

Paul Zingg Reception: President Selects from the Janet Turner Print Collection, Turner Gallery, 3 pm -5 pm

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg has selected prints to be shown in an exhibition from the Janet Turner Print Collection, one of the largest university print collections in the West.

Monday, April 23

Rose Garden 50th Anniversary, Rose Garden, noon

The George Petersen Rose Garden is a beautiful landmark on the CSU, Chico campus, and this event will mark its 50-year history.

Tuesday, April 24

College of Natural Sciences Poster Session, BMU Auditorium, 9 am -3 pm

This event highlights research conducted by College of Natural Sciences faculty and students.

Campus History Tour, Kendall Hall Lawn, 10:00 am

CSU, Chico’s rich past will be highlighted at different locations on campus.
The different eras of the school’s history will be illustrated by campus landmarks and colorful stories.

Campus Arboretum Tour, Kendall Hall Lawn, 11 am

Campus trees and plants are the subject for this tour. CSU, Chico was designated as an arboretum in 1982 in recognition of the superb collection of woody plants.

AS 65th Anniversary Celebration, BMU Mall Area, 10 am

The CSU, Chico Associated Students will observe its 65th year of operation with refreshments, information tables about its many programs and other activities.

Outstanding Faculty Service Award Reception, Albert E. Warrens Reception Center, 4 pm

The Outstanding Faculty Service Award is given annually to a CSU, Chico faculty member for his or her service to students, the campus community, or the community at large. This year’s honoree is social work professor Jan O’Donnell.

University Film Series, Ayres 106 Little Theatre, 7:30 pm

"Deep Cover," a British TV (1980) Cold War spy thriller written by Dennis Potter and directed by Richard Loncraine, will be introduced by history professor Laird Easton.

Scott Gruendl – City’s role in climate change, BMU 210, 7 pm – 9 pm

Chico City Council member Scott Gruendl will talk about the city’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the environment.

Wednesday, April 25

Clinical Simulation Lab Open House, Clinical Simulation Center, 3-7 pm

This new facility teaches clinical skills using human patient simulators that
reproduce many real-life scenarios faced by nurses. The open house will include demonstrations and tours of the facility, located at the Cohasset Campus of Enloe Medical Center, 500 Cohasset Road. The center is a partnership of the CSU, Chico School of Nursing, Butte College Nursing Department, Enloe Medical Center and Feather River Hospital.

Sharif Abdullah: A World that Works for All, Ayres 106, 7 pm

Sharif Abdullah is a leader with the Portland-based Commonway Institute and author of "The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times." He will speak on "Creating a World that Works for All." An international foods reception will follow his talk.

Museum Without Walls lecture: Our Changing Planet, CARD Center, 7:30 pm

The Northern California Natural History Museum sponsors its spring lecture series, featuring various interesting topics presented at the Chico Area Recreation and Parks District Community Center.

John Milbauer and Laurent Weibel in concert, Wismer Theatre, 7:30 pm

CSU, Chico pianist John Milbauer welcomes French violinist Laurent Weibel for an evening of music for violin and piano in the intimate setting of the Wismer Theatre. Currently a member of the National Symphony Orchestra, Weibel performs regularly with the Kennedy Center Chamber Players and the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. Weibel and Milbauer have performed recitals in New York and Washington, and have recorded a CD scheduled for release in 2007. The program will include a variety of works from late Beethoven to the 20th Century.

CAPE Forum, PAC 134, 7:30 pm

The Center for Applied and Professional Ethics (CAPE) presents a forum "Protecting Confidential Sources: How Free Should a Free Press Be?" featuring Aaron Quinn, Department of Journalism, David Little, editor of the Chico Enterprise Record, and Tim Crews, publisher of the Sacramento Valley Mirror.

Wayne Pease – Poetry reading, Humanities Center Gallery, 7:30 p.m.

Playwright and photographer Wayne Pease has a show, Meet Me at the Fair, Eros & Death!, through April 27, at the Humanities Center Gallery.

Thursday, April 26

Organic Dairy Open House, University Farm, 10 am

The College of Agriculture’s new organic dairy will be dedicated in a ceremony open to the public. Tours of the facilities at the University Farm will be available. University partner Organic Valley, a Wisconsin-based dairy producers’ co-op, will be represented at the event.

36th Annual Staff Awards Luncheon, BMU Auditorium, 11:30-2 pm

The Staff Awards Luncheon recognizes the staff of CSU, Chico. Staff members are honored for length of service to the university and for contributions to a safe workplace. Those who have retired in the last year will also be recognized. The culmination of the awards luncheon will be presentation of the Staff Employee of the Year.

Outstanding Professor Award Presentation and Reception Lecture: PAC 134, 3 pm

Outstanding Professor is the highest honor awarded to faculty at CSU, Chico. The Faculty Recognition and Support Committee recommends the recipient from a pool of high-achieving faculty nominated by colleagues. This year’s honoree is English professor Graham Thurgood. A reception will follow in the PAC Courtyard.

BSS Student Research Symposium, Butte Hall at 7pm

The sixth annual Symposium of Student Research and Scholarly Work held by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences features between 30 and 40 undergraduate and graduate students presenting papers. A reception follows at 8:30 p.m. in the Butte Hall courtyard.

"Great Boulevards" — Allan Jacobs/Elizabeth Macdonald, PAC 134, 7:30pm

Part of the Humanities Center’s "The Built Environment" theme. Allan Jacobs and Elizabeth Macdonald are a team of noted Bay Area architects and city planners who have written "The Boulevard Book: History, Evolution, and Design of Multiway Boulevards," in which they discuss boulevards in various cities around the world, including Chico’s Esplanade. Jacobs teaches in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. Macdonald is a practicing architect and urban designer who teaches at the UC Berkeley.

Friday, April 27

Esplanade Walking Tour, Front of Bidwell Mansion, 10 am

Professors Jacobs and Macdonald will lead a brief walking tour of the Esplanade.

University 120th birthday celebration, Rose Gardenk, 1 pm

Come one, come all for a spirited gathering to celebrate Chico State’s 120-year history. Special guests, a lot of cake, and a few surprises are planned.

2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards, Bell Memorial Union Auditorium, 6:30 pm

President Paul J. Zingg will host the fourteenth annual dinner sponsored by the CSU, Chico Alumni Association. This invitation-only event honors eight distinguished alumni from CSU, Chico’s seven colleges and the recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. The alumni are visiting tonight from throughout the nation.

Bike Day, Free Speech Area, 10 am – 2 pm

The campus Environmental Action and Resource Center (EARC) will supply information and show a film about the benefits to the environment of bike transportation.

Saturday, April 28

International Festival, Kendall Hall Lawn, 11 am-7 pm

This annual all-day event sponsored by the Associated Students features foods of the world, international performers and cultural arts and crafts, and celebrates the rich variety of cultures represented on campus and in the community.

Choral Union: Of Water & Wind, Harlen Adams Theatre, 7:30 pm

This concert features four songs to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the campus Rose Garden, including "See the Roses" and "A Rose Touched by the Sun’s Warm Rays." The concert also explores the threats and blessings of water and wind with works by Elgar, Delium and Rutter.

JFR LEADership Dinner Auction, BMU Auditorium, 5:30 pm

This fourth annual dinner auction is to benefit the Jackie Faris-Rees LEADership Programs. This year’s theme is Casablanca, featuring fine wines, gourmet food, dancing, and silent and live auction opportunities.

Sunday, April 29

Bidwell Park Restoration, Bidwell Park, 10 am -1 pm

Volunteers from the campus Environmental Action and Resource Center (EARC) and Friends of Bidwell Park lead volunteers in the removal of trash and invasive species.

JFR/AS Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament, Bidwell Golf Course, 9 am

This event, hosted by the Associated Students and the Jackie Faris-Rees LEADership Programs, is an opportunity for alumni and friends to enjoy a day of golf at Chico’s beautiful golf course located in Bidwell Park.

Ongoing Events

President Selects from the Janet Turner Print Collection, Laxson and Ayres, through April 26.

Achim von Boxberg — The Strange and Wonder-Full World of Meister Rabenschnabel, Humanities Center Gallery, Trinity hallway, M-F 8-5 Through April 27

Achim von Boxberg sends us his art from Berlin. His "kalenders," from 1994 to the present, are small, wry treasures of design, cartoon, and illustration. Go to his Web site, all in German, for a sampling: www.rabenschnabel.de/index.htm

Wayne Pease Meet Me at the Fair, Eros & Death!, Humanities Center Gallery, Trinity Hall, M-F 8-5 Through April 27

Pease, whose plays have been performed in San Francisco and New York and who was last year’s winner of the Fresh Ink Prize at the Blue Room Theatre in Chico, turned his attention to photography five years ago (www.pbase.com/wwp). Meet Me at the Fair is composed of photographs from the Blue Room. Poetry reading April 27 at 7:30 p.m.

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