Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Student Team Successes

Bridge Builders Take Second at Regionals

Civil engineering students (at left) finished in second place at the Mid-Pacific Region Steel Bridge Competition held in Reno, Nevada, in April 2004. The team earned an unprecedented eighth consecutive bid to the national steel bridge competition, which they attended in May. In 2000, CSU, Chico won the national championship and in 1999 took second place. The steel bridge is constructed under the supervision and mentoring of Jim Luallen in Langdon Hall’s technology shop. Professors Joel Arthur and Tonya Emerson are the advisers to the team.

Tehama Group Wins Public Relations Awards

Tehama Group Communications, CSU, Chico’s student-managed public relations agency, won three public relations awards from the Sacramento chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators in May 2004. The agency received an IABC Crystal Award of Excellence for promoting authors published in Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul. They also won Crystal Awards of Merit for the writing and design of Comm, the semiannual alumni publication for the School of Communication, and for the writing and production of Link, the flagship publication for the College of Business. Founded in 1990, Tehama Group Communications is the nation’s oldest student-managed public relations agency. The agency works with local, regional, and national clients.

SIFE Team Among Top National Teams

CSU, Chico’s Students in Free Enterprise team matched its educational outreach projects against other teams at the 2004 SIFE National Competition in Kansas City in May 2004. The team brought home a third place award in the ethics category for the Wise Kid Healthy Kid Youth Entrepreneurship Camp. Narrowly missing out on advancing to the top four final round of competition, the team finished sixth in the nation. SIFE students participate in local, regional, and statewide programs. The programs focus on entrepreneurship education, community service, and civic engagement.

Model United Nations Team Continues Winning Streak

Chico’s Model United Nations delegation won an Outstanding Position Paper Award and the second level Distinguished Performance Award at the National Model United Nations Conference held in New York City in April 2004. The delegation, representing the Russian Federation, was the only representative of a “Big Five” country (United States, United Kingdom, France, China, and the Russian Federation) to win an award. Big Five countries are assigned based on prior high performance. The Chico delegation has won Outstanding Position Paper awards every year for the last five years and six countries it has represented. Professor Rick Ostrom is the team’s adviser.

OPT for Fit Kids Team Presents Program on Capitol Hill

Student interns from the Overweight Prevention and Treatment (OPT) for Fit Kids program, Kelley Marty, Melinda Garcia, and Fany Gomez, and their adviser, Cindy Wolff, Department of Nutrition Sciences, represented the OPT for Fit Kids Program in Washington, D.C., in March 2004. They presented their work to participants in the prestigious Sumner Symposium and members of Congress. Teams from 10 other universities joined them for the two-day symposium. OPT focuses on the obesity and diabetes epidemic by providing a nutrition and activity lifestyle program for overweight children and their parents. Students are actively engaged in the development of each component of the OPT for Fit Kids program.

Construction Management Teams Best in Region

Construction management students brought home two first places, a second, and a third from the Associated Schools of Construction annual competition held in Reno in February 2004. They bested 11 other western universities in the competition. Unprecedented for the competition, CSU, Chico’s teams took home trophies in each of the four divisions of the competition. Chico placed first in commercial, first in residential, second in heavy/civil, and third in design/build. Cara Eggleston, residential team, won the overall award for best presentation. Chico teams collectively outscored all other institutions, including University of Southern California; University of Washington; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Oregon State University; and Arizona State University.

Chico students know how to work together as a winning team. Part of the winning formula is the close working relationship between professors and students at Chico. Another factor is the residential campus, where students live near enough to
campus, and each other, to spend extra time preparing for a

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