Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico


Women Students Shine in Competition

Students Melissa Green and Nina Violetti received first and third places, respectively, at the California CattleWomen’s Association Beef Ambassador Competition in May 2005. Competitors are evaluated on a prepared speech, judges’ questions, and an interview. Green represented California in the national competition in New Orleans in November 2005.

Professors Present Timely Livestock Issues

Cindy Daley presented “Momentum of the Grass-fed Beef Market” and “Dietary Trends and Facts” at the 2004 Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville, Missouri. Wes Patton presented “Changes in Sheep Production Practices Over the Last 40 Years” and “Livestock Production: A Business or a Way of Life?” at the Missouri convention.

What Do College Guys Eat?

Professor Annette Levi, College of Agriculture, with co-authors Keny Chan from the Department of Finance and Marketing, and Dan Pence from the Department of Sociology, published “Real Men Don’t Read Labels: The Effects of Masculinity and Involvement on College Students’ Food Decisions” in the Journal of American College Health.

Champions at State Meet

Student Tracey Schohr was state champion at the California Farm Bureau State Discussion Meet in Reno, Nevada, in December 2004. Students Shannon Allard, Jennifer Caputo, Jennifer Baker, Shauna Sprague, and Schohr captured the Overall High Team award.

Dean Chairs Symposium Session

Dean of the College of Agriculture, Charlie Crabb, chaired a session on biotechnology, food quality, and food safety at the California Agriculture Symposium in March 2005. He also served as president of the American Association of Schools and Colleges of Agriculture and Renewable Resources for 2004–2005.

Research on Lipids in Lamb

Patrick Doyle, Cindy Daley, Wes Patton, Katie Harrison, and senior Cat Berard received grant funding from the California Sheep Commission, matched to funds from the Agricultural Research Initiative, to conduct lipid profile research for lamb. Preliminary results were presented in August 2005 at the 51st Congress of Meat Science and Technology in Baltimore, Maryland.

Students Learn Leadership Skills

Students Tommy Bottoms and Dane White attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and presented workshops and reflection programs, and facilitated conference service-learning activities.

Ag Student Receives National Scholarship

Student Debi Batini was one of 15 recipients of the 2004 National Association of Agricultural Educators Upper Division Scholarships.

More Agriculture Research

Professor Michael Spiess received several grants for research, including a $20,000 farmworker transportation safety grant to develop Web-based materials; a $300,000 Bureau of Reclamation water conservation grant to expand existing demonstration facilities to the North State water districts; a $90,000 grant with Ramesh Varahamurti, Department of Engineering, to research the feasibility of fully autonomous vehicles for use in precision farming; and a three-year $208,000 Agricultural Research Initiative grant, along with Mark Horney, USDA, to study the exotic invasive weed, Arunda donax.

Wine Course Gets Raves

Professor Marian Baldy’s Introduction to Wines course received recognition for Exemplary Online Instruction at the 2004 Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Conference.

Kids Learn Where Their Meals Come From

Nearly 850 elementary school children attended the Students for Responsible Agriculture 13th annual Ag Day in March 2005. The event promotes agricultural awareness.

Fertility Management Research

Professors Lau Ackerman and Joe Limberg finished a two-year Agricultural Research Initiative project, “Effects of Intensive Fertility Management in Alfalfa on Yield and Quality.” This was a project in cooperation with John Taylor/Wilbur Ellis, a farm fertilizer supplier, that studied replicated fertility management over a two-year period in a 30-acre alfalfa field.

Computer Lab Upgraded

The College of Agriculture upgraded the Plumas Hall computer lab with state-of-the-art hardware and software. The new and improved computer lab is furnished with 25 Dell OptiPlex GX270 computers equipped with Intel Pentium 4 Processors and Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports.



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