CSU, Chico News

Founders Week Highlights Campus Heritage and Achievements

Date: 04-12-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico will celebrate its rich history and the accomplishments of its outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni during the 17th annual Founders Week April 17-25, 2010.

One of the highlights this year is a celebration Saturday, April 24, of the Community Legal Information Center’s 40th anniversary. CLIC, a program of the Department of Political Science that is also funded by the AS and City of Chico, will have an open house noon to 2 p.m. at its 25 Main St. office and a dinner that night for alumni, faculty, staff and students.

Founders Week will also feature a number of annual ceremonies noting special achievements, including the Outstanding Professor Award Presentation, Outstanding Faculty Service Award reception, the University Awards Reception for student leaders, the Staff Awards luncheon and the invitation-only Distinguished Alumni Dinner.

One highlight of the awards events will be the Thursday, April 22, talk by Professor Troy Jollimore, recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award, titled, “Not an Ivory Tower: Reflections on Reflecting for a Living.” Along with publishing articles and books on philosophy, Jollimore is an accomplished poet and winner of the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry.

Three campus tours will accentuate the history and beauty of CSU, Chico. On Monday, April 19, the Campus History Tour and Campus Arboretum tours will be held, and Friday, April 23, a special tour of Laxson Auditorium will be held. Laxson Auditorium, one of the campus’s most beloved buildings, is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

CSU, Chico’s commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness will be reflected in events during Founders Week. EcoFest will be held Saturday, April 17, on the Kendall Hall lawn, and events related to Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, and Earth Week will take place on April 20 and throughout the week.

The Humanities Center will host two lectures during Founders Week. Author Rebecca Skloot will talk about her critically acclaimed book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Thursday evening, April 22, and CSU, Chico art professor Elise Archias will discuss new work by pioneering choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer on Wednesday, April 21.

In addition, Founders Week also features outstanding faculty and student work at the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Symposium on Wednesday, April 21, and top-flight student performances during the week by the Jazz X-Press, the Chico State Band and the Chico State Opera.

A number of other arts events, lectures, athletic contests and other activities are also scheduled. For a full schedule of Founders Week events, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/pa/foundersweek/. For more information, call 898-4143.