Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Communication and Education

Journalism Grad Receives National Writing Award

Sisters Andreina McPherson-Shelton and Andreini McPherson-Husbands, master’s degree students in instruction design, study together. They plan to go into business after they graduate. Andreina’s focus is on Web design, and Andreini’s focus is on video.

Sarah Schaale, graduate in journalism and former managing editor of The Orion, won second place in the national editorial competition of the 2004 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Schaale won $1,500, and the Department of Journalism received a matching grant to be used for scholarships. Schaale’s winning piece was titled “Losing Grandma is a Little Lesson in Life, too.”

Design Students Finalists in Photography Contests

Three communication design students were finalists in the 2005 Photographer’s Forum magazine photography contest, sponsored by Nikon. Damien Baldwin, Oliver Hutton, and Lindsay Landis had work selected from more than 30,000 entries submitted by student photographers. Their photographs will be published in the Best of College Photography Annual 2005.

Photography Project Captures History of Landscape

Professor Byron Wolfe, Department of Communication Design, published Third Views, Second Sights, a book and interactive DVD-ROM. Third Views revisits the sites of historic western American landscape photographs. The project makes new photographs, keeps a field diary of its travels, and collects materials useful in interpreting the scenes, change, and the passage of time.

Partnership for Special Education

Through the Northeastern California Partnership for Special Education, which has secured more than $6 million in federal and state grants, CSU, Chico partners with 57 county and district offices to reduce the severe shortage of special educators in Northern California. The Special Education Internship Program was named the 2004 Exemplary Program for Teacher Preparation and Development by the American Council on Rural Special Education. It was also selected as one of six national sites to be highlighted in a federal Department of Education publication. As part of the internship program, $345,000 in scholarships were awarded to 53 graduate students during the 2004–2005 academic year.

Journalism Alum Wins Rolling Stone Writing Award

Jon Miller, 2003 graduate with a BA in journalism, won the 2004 Rolling Stone College Journalism Competition in the features category for “Caught in the Web,” a story about video game addiction.

Tehama Group Wins Public Relations Awards

Tehama Group Communications, Inc., CSU, Chico’s student-managed public relations agency, won two public relations awards from the Sacramento chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators in May 2005. The agency received an IABC Crystal Award of Excellence for writing and designing Comm, the Department of Communication Design’s newsletter and a Crystal Award for writing and producing 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.

Tourism Student Captures Scholarship

Heather Foreman, a senior recreation and parks management student majoring in special events and tourism management, received a $2,000 scholarship from the National Tourism Foundation. As part of the award, she was invited to attend the National Tour Association’s annual convention in Toronto in November 2005.

Autism Clinic Honored

Kinesiology professor Rebecca Lytle and College of Communication and Education Dean Phyllis Fernlund were honored by the Autism Society of Northern California in May 2005 for their work with children with autism. The Sensory Motor Clinic, founded in 2003 by Lytle, is operated by students in the adaptive physical education teacher training program, with help from graduate students from other disciplines, such as speech pathology and special education. It is the only one of its kind in Northern California.

Liberal Studies Student Honored for Community Service

Hannah Westphal, 2005 graduate with a BA in liberal studies, received the 2005 Glenn Kendall Public Service Award. Some of her volunteer activities include acting as a team leader for future educators for the Up ’til Dawn fundraiser for St. Jude’s Hospital, volunteering for the Celebrate Teaching Day and the Teacher Career Fair, and interning with the Sensory Motor Clinic. She was a California Teachers Association scholarship recipient, an officer in Kappa Delta Pi, and a four-year dean’s list honoree.

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