Chico Top College Fund-raiser for St. Jude
For the second year in a row, CSU, Chico is the top collegiate fund-raiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., topping all other schools with a total of $183,561 raised to date during the 2007-2008 academic year.
CSU, Chico set new records this year for the number of volunteers taking part to raise money (2,021) and the number of letters sent out requesting support (in excess of 37,000). The University kicked off its fund-raising effort Nov. 5, 2007, with the popular Up ’til Dawn event.
Last year, CSU, Chico set the all-time collegiate record for funds raised for St. Jude in one year – $187,000 – and now has raised more than $677,000 for the children’s research hospital over the six years it has been part of the fund-raising program.
“We congratulate the wonderful students and staff of California State University, Chico for another successful Up ’til Dawn event,” said David L. McKee, chief operating officer of ALSAC, the fund-raising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
Student Energy Efficiency Wins Award
Chico’s Green Campus Program has won the Best Practices award for Student Energy Efficiency in the CSU’s, Office of the Chancellor, Energy Efficiency Partnership Program.
Green Campus is a student-run organization with the objective of improving energy efficiency on campus as well as educating students, faculty, and staff about energy conservation. Members of Green Campus will accept the award at the UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo at the end of July.
The students involved are excited about winning the award after being edged out by Humboldt State the previous two years, said student Bret Bosma, who has been with Green Campus since it started. “Some of the Chico team plan to roll in to the conference in July in style, on bicycles, in the name of sustainability and energy conservation,” he added.
Among the many projects Green Campus has sponsored, four were showcased in the application: Power Management Software, Residence Hall Energy Competitions, Sustainability House Metering, and a Thermostat Measure.