A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
May 13, 2010 Volume 40 / Number 6


Siemsen Receives Mayor’s Award

Cynthia Siemsen, chair of the Department of Sociology, was presented a City of Chico Mayor’s Award on April 20 during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Her students contributed more than 370 volunteer hours to the Torres Shelter.

Mayor Ann Schwab chose to tie this year’s awards to the Community/University Book in Common program, which featured The Soloist, by journalist Steve Lopez. The program sparked dozens of events focusing on the homeless in the community. The award recognized individuals who made significant contributions to organizations focusing on hunger, homelessness, and mental illness.

“The students in Sociology 301 were phenomenal,” said Siemsen. “They put their hearts into the project beyond my imagination. Because of their enthusiasm, next year’s classes will take part in the same service learning activity.”

CSU, Chico Chosen for Wimba Hall of Fame

Wimba Inc., a leading provider of collaborative solutions for educators, inducted CSU, Chico into its inaugural Hall of Fame for Excellence in Collaboration at the company’s annual user conference in March—Wimba Connect 2010. CSU, Chico was one of five universities and high schools chosen as 2010 inductees.

The exemplary class submitted by the Technology and Learning Program was taught by Chunyan Song, Sociology. Song assigned the memoir Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia to her sociology students. The author, Savo Heleta, addressed the class live from his home in South Africa using Wimba Classroom. Students were so inspired by the author’s personal transformation and devotion to world peace that they collected funds to purchase him a new laptop with a built-in camera after learning he borrowed one for their lecture.

Wimba’s Hall of Fame for Excellence in Collaboration aims to acknowledge educators around the world who have shown exemplary innovation and creativity in their use of the Wimba Collaboration Suite.