Exemplary Service Award
James Luyirika-Sewagudde Jr., recently named Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year at CSU, Chico, also received the National Student Exchange (NSE) Exemplary Service award for his 30 years as coordinator of the program. NSE praised Luyirika-Sewagudde for heading one of the most efficient and effective NSE programs in the consortium. He has provided domestic exchange opportunities for close to 2,000 Chico students and has hosted a commensurate number of students in Chico in return. As the first recipient of the award, Luyirika-Sewagudde provides the “gold standard” for others in the consortium, acording to NSE.
University Leads Consortium With Number of Study Abroad Students
A sign of the strength of CSU, Chico’s study abroad program, it is now the No. 1 school for student participation in the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). In 2011–2012, CSU, Chico sent 276 students abroad via USAC, which has 33 consortium members, including UC Davis, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the University of Maryland, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Students from the Republic of Korea Team with PG&E
The fourth group of international students from Konkuk University (109 total) teamed with Pacific Gas and Electric to plant trees and install a bench they decorated at the Torres Shelter as a gift to the city of Chico. “We believe learning happens through sharing experiences and building relationships. The planting of these trees is the living symbol of beautiful memories,” said Charles Zartman, Education, coordinator of the Korean exchange program.