A Publication for the faculty, staff, administrators and friends of California State University, Chico
September 9, 2004 Volume 35/Number 1

Inside Stories
2004 New Faculty

Front row, left to right: Jeff Price, Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES); Chris Souder, Construction Management (CM); Phyllis Fernlund, Dean of the College of Communication and Education; Jeanne Freeman, Health and Community Services; Beth Shook, Anthropology; Tag Engstrom, Biological Sciences.

Back row: Jon Mohle, Civil Engineering (CE); Randy Senock, GES; President Paul J. Zingg, James Sheldon Scolaro, CE; Terry Noel, Management; Dennis Gier, CM; and Vincent Ornelas, Social Work. Not pictured: Rachel Teasdale, GES, and Sergie Fomin, Mathematics and Statistics

Brief Biographies of New Faculty 2004-05
California State University, Chico


Jeanne Freeman Health and Community Services
Ph.D., 2004, Health Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
M.S., 2000, University of Nevada, Reno
B.S., 1997, La Sierra University, Riverside, California
Previous position: Lecturer, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Vincent Ornelas Social Work
Ph.D., 2004, University of Southern California.
M.S.W. with concentration on Community Organization, Planning and Administration, University of Southern California
B.A., 1980, History, Pitzer College, Claremont, California
Previous position: Lecturer, CSU, Los Angeles

Beth Shook
Ph.D., 2004, UC Davis
M.A., 1999, UC Davis
B.A., 1998, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa
Previous position: Chancellor’s Teaching Fellow and TA Consultant, UC Davis


Terry Noel Management
Ph.D., 1997, University of Colorado at Boulder
B. A., 1978, Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
Previous Position: Assistant Professor, Wichita State University


Phyllis Fernlund
College Dean (Education)
Ph.D., 1980, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
M.A., 1969, University of Illinois, Urbana
B.A., 1967, University of Illinois
Previous position: Dean of the School of Education, Sonoma State University
Tad Engstrom Biological Sciences
Ph.D., 2003, UC Davis
B.S., 1994, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
Previous Position: Post Doctoral Research Associate, Stony Brook University, New York

Sergei Fomin Mathematics and Statistics
Ph.D., 1982, Physical and Mathematical Sciences
M.S., 1977, Kazan State University, Russia
Previous position: Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Jeff T. Price
Geological and Environmental Sciences
Ph.D., 1995, Biology (avian ecology), Wayne State University, Detroit
B.S., 1981, Biology, Arizona State University
Previous position: Director of Climate Change Impact Studies, American Bird Conservancy, Boulder, Colorado

Randy S. Senock Geological and Environmental Sciences
Ph.D., 1994, Agronomy, Kansas State University
M.S., 1987, Range Science, New Mexico State University
B.S., 1979, West Virginia State University, Wildlife and Forestry Management
Previous position: Assistant Professor of Tropical Forestry, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Rachel A. Teasdale (Jan. 2004) Geological and Environmental Sciences
Ph.D., 2001, University of Idaho
M.S., 1995, Geology, University of Texas, Arlington
B.S., 1992, University of California, Los Angeles
Previous position: Postdoctoral Research Associate with the National Science Foundation (International Research Fellowship at Bristol University), and research associate at Arizona State University


Dennis Gier Construction Management
M.S., 1977, Engineering, University of Dayton, Ohio
M.S., 1975, Systems Management, University of Southern California
B.S., 1972, Civil Engineering, University of Dayton, Ohio
Previous position: Full-time faculty, Construction Management, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

James Sheldon Scolaro Civil Engineering
B.S., 2001, Civil Engineering, California State University, Chico
Previous position: Survey engineer with Roberts Consulting Engineering (Chico, California). Part-time instructor at CSU, Chico since January 2000; helped develop curriculum and co-authored a course manual for Computer Applications in Engineering.

Chris Souder Construction Management
B.S., 1988, Construction Management
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Previous position: General superintendent for construction, Kiewit Pacific Co., specializing in bridge and water/wastewater treatment construction. .



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