Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Student Team Successes

Manufacturing Students Win Grand Prize

WESTEC team: Ryan Grant, Jeremy Densel, Art Formoso, and Gwen Van Steenberge

A team of manufacturing technology students won the grand prize at the prestigious WESTEC Challenge in April 2005 for building a lever-operated wheelchair incorporating three speeds and brakes. CSU, Chico bested a field of competitors that included top technical universities such as Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Oregon Tech. The students retrofitted a standard wheelchair with custom parts and bicycle components to enhance its capabilities. CSU, Chico also won grand prizes at WESTEC in 2003, 1992, and 1991, as well as first places in 1998, 1995, 1993, and 1987.

Model United Nations Team Outstanding Again

CSU, Chico’s Model United Nations delegation won an Outstanding Position Paper Award and a Distinguished Performance Award at the National Model United Nations Conference held in New York City in March 2005. The delegation represented Indonesia. The Chico delegation has won Outstanding Position Paper awards every year for the last six years. Professor Rick Ostrom is the team’s advisor.

SIFE Team Sweeps Regional Competition

CSU, Chico’s Students in Free Enterprise team won the Los Angeles SIFE USA Regional Competition in April 2005. The team made a multimedia presentation that showcased their year-long projects, including the Wise Kid Youth Entrepreneurship Camps and California Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship. The team’s theme this year was HOPE—Helping Others Pursue Entrepreneurship. At the national competition in Kansas City in May, the team was first runner-up in a league of eight regional winners. SIFE programs focus on entrepreneurship education, community service, and civic engagement. Professor Curt DeBerg is the team’s advisor.

Construction Management Teams Take High Honors

Construction management students brought home high honors at the Associated Schools of Construction annual competition, held in Reno in February 2005. The teams took second in the national Mechanical Competition—Chico’s first time competing in this division—and second place in Commercial Building and third place in the Design/Build divisions. Lori Dixon, Denny Gier, Willem Kymmel, Mark Maybee, and Chris Souder are advisors.

The Orion Wins Top National Honors

CSU, Chico’s student newspaper The Orion won the 2004 Mark of Excellence National Award for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper from the Society of Professional Journalists. Student journalists from across the country submitted more than 3,000 entries in 45 categories. Twelve regional competitions were held to determine which collegiate newspapers would vie for national honors. The Orion won this prestigious award once before, in 2000. In May 2005, The Orion won first place in General Newspaper Excellence for non-daily newspapers in the California College Media Competition, and in November 2004 The Orion won its second straight and eighth overall national Pacemaker award, widely considered the top prize for general excellence in college journalism.

Steel Bridge Team One of Top in the Nation

In their ninth consecutive trip to the national steel bridge competition, CSU, Chico’s steel bridge team placed eighth in a field of 45. The 45 teams, winners of regional competitions, represent the best bridges from a pool of 200 civil engineering schools. In 2000, CSU, Chico won the national championship, and in 1999 took second place. Professor Jon Mohle is advisor to the team.

Wildcats Forensics Program

The CSU, Chico Forensics team more than doubled the number of entries for a Chico team to the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament in Kansas in April 2005. Several students placed in the top three at regional tournaments throughout the year, including Kimberlyn White-Tupper, who took first place in parliamentary debate and first in persuasive speaking at the Northern California Forensics Association tournament at the University of Pacific in February 2005. The team took second place in the university division, out of 15 teams, at the Mustang Invitational Tournament in Stockton in November 2004.

Human Powered Vehicle Takes First

A team of 20 engineering students took first place in the single-rider endurance race and third overall in the single-rider category at the West Coast Human Powered Vehicle Competition in Fresno in April 2005. The bike was the best single-rider entry for CSU, Chico since 1998, when Chico won first place overall. Professor Nick Repanich is the team’s advisor. Nineteen other universities participated in the competition.

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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