Phi Kappa Phi’s CSU, Chico Chapter Earns National Recognition For Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 06-14-2017

CONTACT: Sean Murphy
TEL: 530-898-6492
Mahalley Allen
TEL: 530-898-6506

Phi Kappa Phi, known as the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, has honored the California State University, Chico chapter for winning its annual book drive competition.

CSU, Chico joined more than 20 Phi Kappa Phi chapters nationwide that collected more than 7,000 books during in the book drive competition, as well as $1,200 in monetary donations. As a winning chapter, CSU, Chico has chosen to place a Little Free Library (a freestanding structure where books can be freely donated and borrowed as a way to promote literacy) at the Dorothy Johnson Center on East 16th Street in Chico.

Mahalley Allen, chair of CSU, Chico’s Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Phi Kappa Phi chapter president, said this honor reflects the support the drive received from the University community.

“We are extremely proud of our student vice presidents for organizing this event,” Allen said. “We are also very thankful to our entire California State University, Chico community for supporting our book drive and donating books to benefit local children.”

From March 1 to March 31, the CSU, Chico chapter collected 800 books at two on-campus donation stations, in Butte Hall and at the Office of the Registrar in the Student Services Center. The books will go directly to the Butte County Office of Education’s School Ties program, which benefits local children whose families have been affected by homelessness, incarceration, foster care or poverty.

“These students may face barriers to education, and free books provide the opportunity for them to enjoy learning and expand their knowledge both inside and outside the classroom,” said Jessica Candela, who served as student vice president for the CSU, Chico chapter and graduated in May.

Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The organization has chapters at more than 300 select higher education institutions throughout North America and the Philippines.

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About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 300 degree programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region where the campus is located. The University was named a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2016.