A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 14, 2009 Volume 39 / Number 6


Health and Community Services Students Win First ‘College Bowl’ Competition

Students from the Department of Health and Community Services won a first-of-its-kind “College Bowl” competition April 25 sponsored by the California Association of Healthcare Leaders (CAHL), a chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

A team of four CSU, Chico undergraduates beat a team of graduate students from host school University of San Francisco in the inaugural Health Services Administration College Bowl.

The competition was designed to sharpen and test the skills of the universities’ healthcare management programs.

Professor Rick Narad, Department of Health and Community Services, served as the CSU, Chico team’s advisor. “By beating graduate students, our students learned how comprehensive our curriculum is and how well they’re prepared to take their places in the healthcare industry,” he said.

Student Researchers Take Part in ‘Posters on the Hill’

Kevin Parsons, a microbiology graduate student, traveled with Joe Greene, professor in Manufacturing Technology, to Washington, D.C., the week of May 4 to take part in the 13th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. Joining them was Paul Morris, who graduated last spring, and is now attending the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Md.

Parsons and Morris presented their poster and then met with Congressman Wally Herger and Senator Barbara Boxer.

Parsons and Morris took first place in the CSU Student Research Competition a year ago in May with their project “Use of Brewery Waste for the Microbial Conversion of Carbohydrates to Lactic Acid.”

The Council on Undergraduate Research sponsors the Posters on the Hill to educate members of Congress.

Parsons and Morris received round-trip airfare and two nights lodging to participate from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.