Oakland Middle School Students Visit CSU, Chico to Say ‘Thanks’ for Computer Donation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 02-14-2008

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Ajamu Lamumba
Outreach Coordinator MESA
530-898-4893

In the fall of 2007, James Madison Middle School in Oakland was burglarized and lost many of its computers. The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management at California State University, Chico, through the efforts of Professor James O’Bannon and Dean Ken Derucher, donated 20 computers and flat screen monitors and a printer to the school. Four students from the National Society of Black Engineers Chico Chapter and two staff members from the MESA Engineering Program at CSU, Chico went to the school to set up the computers and get the new computer lab up and running.

On Monday, March 3, 17 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from James Madison Middle School will visit the CSU, Chico campus. They are coming to express their thanks and to see a college campus up close. Their counselor, Arturo Mola, wants students from the school, who are predominantly African-American and Hispanic, to get a taste of what being on a campus is like and to meet college students who are realizing their goal of a college education.

While on campus, students will meet with Office of Admissions staff and play the Admissions Jeopardy Game, visit the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center and observe a Mechatronics Human-Powered Vehicle demonstration, among other activities.

“It is our hope to open the doors to these young people and to introduce the College of Engineering to them with the intent on having them eventually enroll at CSU, Chico,” said Dean Derucher. “This is a fine middle school with good students.”

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