A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Sept 20, 2007 Volume 38 / Number 1


Up Front

MESA Receives Half-Million for Scholarships

The Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program has received $598,000 from the National Science Foundation for scholarships for educationally disadvantaged students.
The award puts the total of scholarship funds received by MESA from NSF to $1.7 million over a seven-year period.

Approximately 40 students with financial need entering the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management will receive $4,250 scholarships for up to three years via the NSF grant.

Paul Villegas, MESA program director, said the recent award brings the total of students assisted by NSF scholarship funds to more than 200. “The impact of these awards on students is really substantial,” said Villegas. “For some it has been the reason they have chosen to attend our institution versus other schools. This new award will help us continue to support our students and allow them to focus on their education.

Holman Honored for Work on Red Bluff Underpass

The underpass segment of Red Bluff’s River Park Trail project was dedicated to Richard Holman, Construction Management, on Aug. 30 for his contribution to the project. Red Bluff Trails United held a ceremony to dedicate the bridge and honor Holman.

Holman has been involved with RBTU since 1997. As a consultant, he assisted in the development of the Tehama County Bikeways Plan, which was a requirement for funding from the Caltrans Bicycle Transportation Account. He worked for three years with the U.S. Forest Service and Rails to Trails Conservancy to develop the bikeways plan and a funding strategy.

Venita Philbrick, who served on the RBTU committee during the planning and construction of the trail, said, “It would not have happened without Rich Holman.”.