Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Humanities and Fine Arts

Philosopher Wins Poetry Book Award

Troy Jollimore, Department of Philosophy, won a first prize of $2,500 in the Second Annual Robert E. Lee and Ruth I. Wilson Poetry Book Award. His manuscript “Tom Thomson in Purgatory” was selected by poet Billy Collins and will be published by Margie/IntuiT House Poetry Series.

Actors Move On to Graduate School

Department of Theatre Arts graduates earned places at top master of fine arts programs: Denice Burbach to University of West Virginia, David McCormack to Arizona State, Michael Biggs to University of Central Florida, and alumnus Jonathan Willis to Yale.

NEH Grant Supports Research on Education in the Philippines

Judy Raftery, Department of History, received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the 2005–2006 academic year to continue research and writing on a historical study of the U.S. government’s use of public schooling to promote state and nation building in the Philippines from 1900 to 1916.

Six Books Published by Historians

Robert Cottrell had three books published in 2005 by Chelsea House: South Africa and Apartheid, The Czech Republic: The Velvet Revolution, and Northern Ireland and England: The Troubles. James Matray published Korea Divided: The Thirty-Eighth Parallel and the Demilitarized Zone (Chelsea House, 2005). Robert Tinkler published James Hamilton of South Carolina (Louisiana State University Press, 2004). Steven Lewis published The Ambivalent Revolution: Forging State and Nation in Chiapas, Mexico, 1910–1945 (University of New Mexico Press, 2005).

Art Student Receives MFA Scholarship

John Baca, the 2004–2005 Art Department Outstanding Undergraduate Student, accepted a full-ride scholarship to the master of fine arts sculpture program at the Rhode Island School of Design.

English Professor is CSU, Chico’s Outstanding Advisor

Peter Kittle, Chico’s 2004-2005 Outstanding Advisor, received a Certificate of Merit Award from the National Academic Advising Association. Kittle created a comprehensive Web site for English education majors.

Pianist Teaches and Performs in Summer 2005

John Milbauer, Department of Music, performed and taught at the Sierra del Este Keyboard Festival in Mammoth Lakes, California, and returned for his fourth consecutive season at the Chautauqua Festival in New York. At Chautauqua he taught students from some of the most competitive conservatories in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, and presented a recital of 20th-century piano music. He will be artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in spring 2006.

Envoys to Northern Ireland

Fifteen CSU, Chico students traveled to Northern Ireland with philosophy professor Ron Hirschbein during the summer of 2005. The group investigated the causes of conflict and prospects for peace, and filmed a documentary under the supervision of Kelly Candaele—a prominent journalist and filmmaker, an expert on Northern Ireland, and a CSU, Chico alum. The students interviewed people on the street and people of note, such as former prime minister Albert Reynolds and Nobel Peace Prize winner David Hume. Graduate student Cathy Growdon of the Peace Institute at CSU, Chico is directing the project.

Honor and New Book for Religious Studies Professors

Bruce Grelle, Department of Religious Studies, was appointed to the International Advisory Board for the British Journal of Religious Education and was an invited guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s one-hour talk show, Crossing Paths, part two of a four-part series “The Intersection of Religion with Business, Education, Science, and Politics,” May 9, 2005.

Jed Wyrick published The Ascension of Authorship: Attribution and Canon Formation in Jewish, Hellenistic, and Christian Traditions. Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature 49 (Harvard University Press, 2004). The book traces the history of authorship in the ancient world.


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