Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Communication and Education

National Park Service Learning Field School participants learn about volunteer management and community-based stewardship during a week-long field school at Golden Gate National Parks. These students are working at Lands End in San Francisco.

Department Receives Teacher Training Grant

The CSU, Chico School of Education received a $7.3 million federal Teacher Quality Partnership grant, one of only 28 awarded nationwide. Project Co-STARS includes two programs: the Rural Teacher Residency, a teaching credential and master’s degree program, and Integrated Teacher Education Core, a bachelor’s degree and teaching credential program.

Kinesiology Professor Receives National Honors

Professor Kevin Patton received the Helen M. Heitmann Curriculum and Instruction Young Scholar Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education for exceptional contributions to research in the field of curriculum and instruction.

The Orion Continues Winning Streak

For the third straight year, The Orion won first place for general excellence for four-year weekly college and university newspapers at the National College Journalism Convention. The paper also won the National Pacemaker Award, widely considered the highest honor in college journalism, for an 11th time. The Orion was the only college or university newspaper in California to win a Pacemaker this year. It was awarded its second Online National Pacemaker Award in three years, and its print edition placed second in the convention’s Best of Show competition. Dave Waddell, Journalism, is The Orion’s faculty advisor.

Jennifer Siino, journalism major and managing editor of The Orion, received a study trip to Japan as one of nine winners of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition.

Master’s Student Recognized

Bryan “Joey” Stein received the Master’s Student Recognition Award from the national Adapted Physical Activity Council. Stein is pursuing his master’s degree in adapted physical education.

Faculty Awarded Grants for Autism Classes

Susan Porter and Michelle Cepello, Professional Studies in Education, were awarded grants from the U.S. Office of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching to develop undergraduate and credential courses focused on the unique needs of students with autism spectrum disorder.

Students Win Statewide Awards

Parks and natural resources management majors Kyle Morgan and Sarah Burkhart received prestigious awards from the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS). Burkhart received the Kuss-Korfhage Scholarship and the CPRS Parks Operation Section Scholarship—Dr. Fred A. Brooks Award. Morgan was named the outstanding District 2 parks and natural resources management student and received a related scholarship.



We prepare teachers to improve quality of life through education.

For Additional Information

CSU, Chico
Admissions Office

The College of Communication and Education

Tehama Hall 203