A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
April 13, 2006 Volume 36 / Number 7


2006 Founders Week

Music, Environmental Awareness, Special Forums on Ethics in Athletics, and Future of Arts in Chico

Founders Week, the yearly celebration of CSU, Chico’s heritage and achievements, marks its 13th anniversary April 15–23 with music and dance, campus tours, award ceremonies, environmental awareness events, and special panel discussions about the arts and athletics.

On March 5, 1909, when CSU, Chico—then the Northern Branch State Normal School—was only 22 years old, Charter Day was established to remember the school’s early days and memorialize founder John Bidwell and deceased faculty and staff. A highlight of the first Charter Day was the donation by John Bidwell’s wife, Annie, of two acres of land between the school and Big Chico Creek. Founders Week carries forward the tradition of Charter Day by honoring CSU, Chico’s rich past during the spring, when many outstanding annual campus events take place.

The future of arts in the Chico area is the focus of “Aspirations for the Arts in Chico,” a panel discussion Monday, April 17, at 7:30 pm in Ruth Rowland Taylor, PAC 134, on the CSU, Chico campus. A distinguished panel of experts, including College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean Sarah Blackstone, will take part, with President Paul Zingg moderating.

On Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 pm, the Center for Applied Professional Ethics (CAPE) will host a forum, “Should High Profile Athletes Be Considered Today’s Role Models?” Participants will be David Casper, former tight end of the Oakland Raiders; Jeff Nedved, former wide receiver of the San Francisco 49ers; and President Zingg, author of several books on sports. CAPE director Andrew Flescher will moderate. The event will be held in Harlen Adams Theatre.

Among the other special events for the 2006 Founders Week are the Outstanding Professor Lecture by kinesiology professor Tom Fahey, the Associated Students’ Eco-Fest, and the Greek Week Community Challenge, featuring more than 45 teams competing in a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of the North Valley.

Other activities include Wildcat baseball, the Donna Stone Memorial Student-Directed Scenes and Dance, a concert featuring the student group Jazz X-Press, campus history and arboretum tours, and award presentations for CSU, Chico students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

A schedule of Founders Week events is available at the Web site: www.csuchico.edu/pa/founders week. Events are also identified with an icon in the calendar on page four.