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Inauguration Highlights Founders Week
The inauguration of Paul J. Zingg as the 11th president in California State University, Chico’s 118-year history will feature music, an address by Zingg, and ceremonial contributions by many representatives, marking the symbolic start of Zingg’s tenure.
The inauguration, the main event of the 12th Founders Week celebration, will take place Monday, April 18, at 10 am in Laxson Auditorium. Chancellor of the California State University Charles Reed, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees Mur ray Galinson, and a number of CSU presidents are among the dignitaries attending the inauguration.
The investiture ceremony will include Reed giving a charge to the new president and presenting him with the CSU, Chico presidential medallion. Marc Siegall, chair of the CSU, Chico Academic Senate, will present Zingg with the University Mace. After the investiture, Zingg will deliver his inaugural address. The theme of the inauguration is Fulfilling Our Mission, Choosing Our Future.
Sheldon Hackney, Boies Professor of U.S. History at University of Pennsylvania, will give a congratulatory talk during the inauguration. Hackney, a mentor and former colleague of President Zingg’s, is the former president of the University of Pennsylvania and the former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Master of ceremonies will be Sarah Blackstone, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The invocation will be delivered by Donald Heinz, professor emeritus of religious studies.
The CSU, Chico Gospel Choir will perform during the event and the Brass Choir will perform as attendees gather in Laxson Auditorium. From 9:30 to 9:50 a.m., music professor David Rothe will give a keyboard concert via the University Carillon, which is broadcast from the tower of Trinity Hall.
After the inauguration, a reception will be held on the Kendall Hall Lawn.
The inauguration is free and open to the public. Tickets may be obtained at the University Box Office at 898-6333 while they last.
Three other inaugural events will be held later in the week. On Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre, Zingg will take part in a panel discussion on the Chico-area Native American Experience. On Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Ruth Rowland-Taylor Hall, Zingg will moderate a panel discussion on Learning and Service in the University of the 21st Century. On Friday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Free Speech Area, a campuswide barbecue will be held featuring food, music and games for students, faculty and staff.
The inauguration and related events are being held during CSU, Chico’s Founders Week, the annual celebration of the university’s heritage and achievements. A partial schedule of activities is on the right of this page. For more information on Founders Week events, call University Public Affairs and Publications at (530) 898-4143 or visit the Web at www.csuchico.edu/pa/ foundersweek.
Zingg had been provost at Cal Poly since 1995, where he also served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1993 to 1995. He previously was the dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary’s College of California from 1986 to 1993.
A historian, Zingg has published extensively on American sports history. Other areas of expertise are American higher education and American diplomatic history. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia and master’s degree from the University of Richmond.
President Zingg took office Feb. 2, 2004. Previously, he had been provost and vice president for academic affairs at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.