Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Student Team Successes


Manufacturing Students Win Top Award

Students in the Manufacturing Technology Program won the Grand Prize in the prestigious WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge in March for an automated biodiesel processing system. This is CSU, Chico’s fourth Grand Prize win in the last five years: 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007. Chico also took first place in 1987, 1993, 1995, and 1998. The five presenting members of the 22-member team are pictured at right: Dave Hill, Kevin Stein, Jamie Cogorno, Jeff Ferrara, and Mike Bennett. Bennett also won the Leadership in Manufacturing award.

Advertising Campaign Judged Best in Competition

Marketing students won first place in April in a regional contest sponsored by the American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition. Jamie Varon won the Top Presenter individual award. The two-part competition consisted of a media plan and a 20-minute presentation of a campaign to turn around declining Coca-Cola Classic consumption patterns within a $15 million budget. The five presenters represented a larger team of 23 students from the College of Business and the College of Communication and Education.

Construction Teams Bring Home Awards

Construction management teams won awards in three divisions at the 20th Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition in Reno Feb. 7–10. The Building Information Modeling (BIM) team, coached by Willem Kymmell, received a second-place national championship; the Design-Build team, coached by Mike Borzage, won a second-place regional championship; and the Commercial team, coached by Doug Chelson, received a third-place regional championship. Student Chris Rippingham was Outstanding Presenter in BIM.

Mechanical Engineers Win Again

Students in the mechanical and mechatronic engineering programs received a total of four awards at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Professional Development Conference in Reno in April. Andy Gustafson, a senior in mechanical engineering, won first place (and $500) in the Old Guard Oral Competition. Tyler Trumbly, a senior in mechatronic engineering, won third place (and $150) and Best Technical Award. For the second consecutive year, the CSU, Chico ASME Student Section won second place in the Ingersoll-Rand Competition.

Model United Nations Delegation Shines

CSU, Chico’s Model United Nations delegation representing Venezuela at the National MUN Conference in March 2007 won an Outstanding Delegation performance award. Ambassadors from the delegation also won outstanding awards: Chelsea Schick and Cynthia Wright in the General Assembly, Justin Palmerlee and Fumiko Motohashi in the Organization of American States, John Carter and Tania Miranda in the International Hydrological Program, and Eliot Enriquez and Kelly Shalk in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Team members Aki Matsushima and Mike Ehrgott were honored by a senior staff member who rated their resolution the best she had ever seen and asked permission to use it for staff training.

Part of the winning formula is that students live near
enough to campus and each other
to spend extra time preparing
for a competition.

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