CSU, Chico News

Timely Topics to be Discussed at Spring 2010 Town Hall Meeting

Date: 04-28-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico students will lead discussions on issues ranging from health care and environmental reform to California’s budget at a town hall meeting Wednesday, May 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium.

CSU, Chico’s Town Hall Meeting Program, started in 2006, helps develop students’ writing and research skills, as well as promote civic engagement.

Approximately 600 students, along with community and campus members, are expected to take part in roundtable discussions. 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. Please call 898-3705 for more information.

The town hall meeting is the culminating experience for students in Political Science 155 (Introduction to Political Science). This is the second semester students in POLS 155 have led town hall discussions. Ellie Clifford Ertle, faculty coordinator of the Town Hall Meeting Program, said, “Our goal is for students to be agents of change. They may start by thinking this is ‘just another assignment,’ but they become impressed by the different perspectives of other people.”

The town hall meeting will begin with a greeting from CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and former town hall meeting student leaders. Attendees will then choose among a number of roundtable discussions held in various locations on campus. Following the discussion groups, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., student facilitators and community leaders will gather in the BMU Auditorium while other participants are invited to a reception in Tehama Hall 106.

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 a grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Charles Engelhard Foundation’s Bringing Theory to Practice Project. The Town Hall Meeting Program Web page is http://www.csuchico.edu/fye/thm/csuc_town_hall_meeting.shtml and the First-Year Experience Program page is http://www.csuchico.edu/fye/index.shtml.