A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 10, 2007 Volume 37 / Number 7


Up Front

Professors Selected as Fellows for Political Engagement Program

Professors Lynne Bercaw, Education, and Patrick Doyle, Agriculture, have been selected as faculty fellows for the California Campus Compact Carnegie Foundation Service-Learning for Political Engagement Program. Only 25 faculty members from public and private universities were selected from across the state.

As faculty fellows, Bercaw and Doyle will work with colleagues from a variety of disciplines for the next two years to create, implement, and reflect on service learning in at least one of their courses. The goal is to increase students’ understanding, skills, and motivation for political participation.

“This work is important and complex,” wrote Elaine Ikeda, executive director of the program, “which is why we are bringing together the most thoughtful and committed faculty to develop models of service-learning that prepare young people for political engagement.”

The work will begin this July with a three-day institute at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Palo Alto.

Sociology Students Throw Party for Seniors

Students in Professor Cynthia Siemsen’s Sociology of the Life course are giving a party for some of Chico’s senior citizens whom they have gotten to know during this semester. On Tuesday, May 15, noon–2 pm in BMU 210, students who have taken the oral histories of 18 people will present their stories.

Siemsen’s students read about the experiences of children during the Great Depression of the 1930s and then were paired with those in the community who were children at the time. “The course,” said Siemsen, “looks at the different phases people go through in life.

One of the women who participated in this project is Meg Quiggle, who has had a lifetime of service to Chico, especially in the area of improving opportunities for girls and women. Siemsen and Summer Moore, who took Quiggle’s history, nominated her for the Senior Woman Maggie Award, and she was selected. The Maggie Awards, held May 3, recognize and celebrate amazing women on CSU, Chico’s campus and within the community.