A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
March 27, 2008 Volume 38 / Number 5


Up Front

Barbara Sudick Appointed to Chair at Carnegie Mellon

Barbara Sudick, Communication Design, was named to the prestigious Nierenberg Chair of Design at Carnegie Mellon University for 2008–2009.

Sudick received her MFA from Yale University in digital graphic design in 1981. She came to CSU, Chico in fall 2000 following extensive professional experience and faculty positions in New York, the University of Connecticut, and the University of New Haven. She writes and consults extensively in her area of book design and context in design.

The Nierenberg Chair of Design was established as a visiting professorship through a gift from Theodore D. Nierenberg, a Carnegie Mellon alumnus and one of the founders of Dansk International Design. His intent was that the Nierenberg Chair be held by an outstanding individual who has achieved national or international prominence in design or a design-related field.

Math Students Perform Well on Putnam

Mathematics students from CSU, Chico finished 140th out of 516 universities on the Putnam Math Competition exam.

David Stolp earned a score of 30, which ranked him 221 out of 3,753 contestants, one of only three students from CSUs that ranked in the top 432. In 2006, Stolp ranked in the top 200.

Three other students received impressive scores: Gregory Klevans was ranked in the top 25%, and Terese Thompson and Corey Zaro were ranked in the top third.

The Putnam Math Competition is offered every December to several thousand students from Canada and the United States. “It is an extremely difficult exam,” said Terry Kizer, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. “It is not unusual that the median score is 0. A perfect score is 120. Only three students have earned a perfect score in the 70-year history of the competition.”