President's Message
Preventing student alcohol abuse

Revisiting Chico's radical past

Editor’s Note
Cultural Diversity at CSU, Chico

Campus Collage
• Memorial Scholarships
• Mexican University
• Waste Habitat
• Web Sitings
• Briefly Noted
• Sportsline
• With Respect
• In the News

A World's Eye View
Back from Uzbekistan

A Faculty Reflection
Russia continues to struggle


New publications by faculty and alumni

Opportunities for Giving
Conservationist endows scholarships

Helping a New Generation of Students
Leadership Institute named after alumna

World Beat

Founders Week, the arts, and sports

Issue Credits
Spring 2001



The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is part of a consortium that has received a three-year FIPSE grant that matches three U.S. and three European universities in the development of an Internet-based graduate degree in computer modeling and simulation. CSU, Chico will serve as the lead university, and Roy Crosbie will serve as the project director. The $202,000 grant also supports an international student exchange in the multidisciplinary field founded in computer science, engineering, and mathematics.

A $250,000 computer equipment grant from Hewlett-Packard to the College of Business enabled the university to become the first SAP University Competency Center. The college will share its curricular materials and instructional technology with other universities in the U.S., with the goal of integrating the Internet-enabled enterprise software system into their business curriculums.

The Academic Advising Center has raised $32,000 toward scholarships for students who serve as summer orientation peer counselors. A scholarship was established in the name of Caroline Aldrich-Langen, previous director of the center, in recognition of her devoted service to the university.

Construction for the campus network infrastructure upgrade will begin July 2001 and is expected to be completed by 2003. The project will provide the campus with a basic network infrastructure (pathways, cabling, and electronics) for voice, data, and video capabilities in every lab, classroom, and office. It will allow new applications such as desktop video conferencing and networking via power outlets.

The CSU, Chico debate program was recently ranked 12th in the nation by the National Debate Tournament Association. The Chico team of James Hebert and Jeremy Bowers was named the winner over No. 1 ranked Catholic University in November. The team also scored a win against the Harvard team at the event, which was held in North Carolina. The wins will likely improve Chico's national ranking. In 2001, the team will travel to tournaments at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Susan Anderson was named director of Alumni and Parent Relations, where she has served as acting director since the retirement of Jack Fox in August. Previously she held the position of assistant director.

Dan DeWayne was appointed to the position of director of University Public Events and Chico Performances. He previously served as associate director under Pat Kopp, who retired in December.

Brenda Aden was named vice provost of human resources, replacing Michael Biechler, who retired last spring. Previously, she was director of faculty personnel services at Humboldt State University.

William E. Post, library administration, was appointed to the newly developed position of chief technology officer and will be responsible for analyzing, prioritizing, and developing comprehensive technology plans and programs that reflect university goals and priorities.

Sixteen first-year Model United Nations students from Chico received 14 awards at the November conference in Las Vegas. The Chico team won more awards than any other university at the event, which featured teams from more than 20 universities. The Chico delegation is planning several fund-raising efforts to pay for a trip to the national conference in New York in April.

The Chico Chapter of the Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society was recently honored by the organization, placing in the top 10 percent of the 900 chapters in the United States. This is the sixth consecutive year that the chapter has earned this distinction, which is based on the number and quality of affiliate activities. The club will attend the ACS conference in April, where it will receive the award and present posters of graduate students' work.

Ken Derucher, dean of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, and Gail Corbitt, Management Information Systems, received Bautzer Faculty Awards in October. The award is given to distinguished faculty members who have joined in partnership with University Advancement to cultivate private support to enhance educational excellence.



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