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Spring 2006
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Editor's Note

Fall 2005 Cover

By Marion Harmon

During spring break, 23 students from the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management traveled to New Orleans, where they partnered with Tulane University students in the Paint Rally for Public Schools, a volunteer project to clean and renovate damaged public schools. The students kept a daily journal (found at em.csuchico.edu/admissions/studentlog/default.asp).

“Strangers walking the street in South Park where we were wanted to hear our story and hug and thank us for our gift of time and labor,” says Tim Walker, a mechatronic engineering student. “This makes a normally selfless job feel so good to be doing.”

Many campus members have contributed their time and resources to aid the hurricane victims. Members of Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Nu fraternities and Alpha Phi sorority initiated a fund-raising drive that netted about $20,000. The Associated Students, CAVE, the Residence Hall Association, and other groups also made significant contributions.

Among the many individuals from CSU, Chico who traveled to the area was facility reservations coordinator Cheryl Thomas, a long-time Red Cross volunteer who went back twice, first to Gulfport, Mississippi, in late September. “Being in Gulfport was like entering a third-world country; the stores were closed and boarded, the water was contaminated, there was no power, and it was very, very hot,” says Thomas. “I was in New Orleans from Dec. 16 through Jan. 9, when there were much better living conditions, but still there was massive devastation and no power in the areas we were serving.”

On a different note, in November Chico Statements won a bronze award for magazine writing in the Outstanding Communications category from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The CASE District VII 2005 Awards for Excellence competition invites publications and projects devoted to advancement from universities and colleges in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah.