CSU, Chico News

Residence Hall Programs Receive National Awards

Date: 12-18-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Department of University Housing and Food Service has received two honors this fall by national organizations for its residence hall programs.

CSU, Chico’s residence hall program board, Prime Time Productions, was awarded the National Social Program for the month of October by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.

The award was given for a cooking competition in which four pairs of Konkow House residents competed for a “Top Chef” title over a three-week period. Similar to some popular TV cooking competition programs, teams were given a box of ingredients with limited time to prepare their meals. Each week featured a new culinary theme to spur creativity. Weekly and grand prize winners were selected.

Judging the competition were Joe Symmes, executive chef of Johnnies Restaurant in Chico; Christian Steinbach, owner of Christian Michaels Ristorante in Chico; and Erik “The Pirate Chef” Hopfinger, a San Francisco-based chef at Circa restaurant and contestant on the show “Top Chef: Season 4.” All the guest judges presented winners with gift cards to their restaurants.

Prime Time Productions was also awarded the Outstanding Multicultural Program by the National Association of Campus Activities Nov. 14 at a regional conference in Ontario, Calif.

The award was given for participation in last spring’s National Day of Silence, in which more than 100 students living in the CSU, Chico residence halls pledged to emphasize the silence that surrounds violence against those who identify themselves as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

This was the first National Day of Silence observed on the CSU, Chico campus. Prime Time Productions plans to encourage participation in the event again in spring 2009.

University Housing and Food Service’s Prime Time Productions seeks to strengthen and embody the department’s mission of inclusion and education by developing programs that entertain as well as enrich the educational, cultural and social experience of residence hall students.