CSU, Chico News

Students Provide Focus for Fall 2008 Town Hall Meeting

Date: 10-27-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico students will lead discussions on issues of local, national and international interest at a town hall meeting Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium.

CSU, Chico’s Town Hall Meeting program helps develop students’ writing and research, along with their civic engagement and connection with the community. Tuesday’s town hall will be the fifth since the program started in 2006.

Approximately 600 California State University, Chico students and an additional 100 community and campus members are expected to take part in roundtable discussions and other activities. Students lead and participate in the roundtable talks as part of classroom research and writing projects.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The town hall is followed by a reception at 8 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium. Call 898-6579 for more information.

The town hall meeting is the culminating experience for students in the English 130 (Academic Writing) class. English professor Jill Swiencicki, coordinator of the Academic Writing Program, said the students research issues, write about them and prepare to make presentations on the topics and participate in purposeful discussions and activities.

“Composition faculty wanted to bring their writing courses fully in dialogue with what research in the field was revealing about student writing—students write with more engagement, and the writing improves more significantly, if they are writing for a real purpose, to a real audience, in a selection of real genres,” said Swiencicki. “To better achieve these aims, the program joined forces with the campus’s civic engagement initiative, linking the work of research writing to the work of engaged citizenship.”

Roundtable topics will include “From Wall Street to Main Street: Money and Consumerism,” “On Shrinking Rafts of Ice: The Causes and Effects of Global Climate Change” and “There’s a Microchip in my Cat and a Movie on my Phone! Problems, Trends and Innovations in Technology.”

The town hall meeting is an important feature of CSU, Chico’s First Year Experience Program, which is designed to help first-year students succeed academically and socially, and make a smooth transition to university life. It is supported in part by Undergraduate Education and Dean Bill Loker, and by a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Charles Engelhard Foundation’s Bringing Theory to Practice Project. The Town Hall Program Web page is www.csuchico.edu/engl/awp/townhall, and the First-Year Experience Program page is www.csuchico.edu/fye/.