A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Oct. 21, 2010 Volume 41 / Number 2

 
 
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Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award Winners

Nineteen California State University, Chico students with major academic achievements and community involvement were honored at a reception on Oct. 13 with the Rawlins Merit Award, one of the largest and oldest scholarship programs in the history of the University.

This prestigious award is named in honor of Lt. Robert Merton Rawlins, who died piloting a B-29 over Tokyo Bay during World War II. Wishing to leave a legacy in the name of her son, Mrs. Fern Rawlins established in 1981 the Lieutenant Robert Merton Rawlins Merit Award endowment.

Awardees this year include a student who volunteers at Butte Humane Society and is following the pre-veterinary track within the animal science degree program; another student who is a member of the Brain Injury Coalition, providing education and support to individuals with brain injury and their families; and many students pursuing teaching careers in a variety of fields such as Spanish and social science.

Below are the bios for these impressive students:

Sarah Albers
 

College of Agriculture

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Sarah M. Albers

Nominated by Cynthia G. Daley

Sarah Albers was salutatorian of her high school class and has continued to excel academically at Chico State as she pursues one of the most difficult programs on campus, the pre-veterinary track within the animal science degree program. As a member of the Dairy Management Team, Sarah has been involved in the management of the University’s organic dairy herd. She was a leader in undertaking the responsibilities of milk quality and calf care, resulting in an excellent rating for success with the herd. Sarah also volunteers at the Butte Humane Society helping prepare dogs and cats for adoption. She believes her experience at the shelter will help make her a more compassionate and caring veterinarian. As the Sergeant of Arms for Alpha Zeta California Eta, the College of Agriculture honor society, Sarah helps organize community projects such as planting a garden at a local elementary school and performing maintenance work for the Handi-Riders Association, a group that provides equine therapy for handicapped children. Sarah says her main interest is food animal medicine; however, she intends to become a well-rounded practitioner so she can continue to volunteer with humane societies.

Sheila Dougherty
 

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Sheila Dougherty

Nominated by Penelope L. Kuhn

Sheila Dougherty earned her undergraduate degree in psychology in 2009 and expects to complete an MA in applied psychological science in May 2011. As an undergraduate she excelled in her courses and was an exemplary research assistant, where her talent for identifying and fulfilling needs lead to a job in the Department of Psychology as an animal technician. Sheila worked for two years on a program she developed to provide rehabilitation for individuals with neurological deficits at the Peg Taylor Center in Chico. She is a member of the Brain Injury Coalition, providing education and support to individuals with brain injury and their families. She also participates in Thresholds, a monthly meeting where survivors of traumatic brain injury share resources and information. Sheila held a prestigious position this past summer as a research assistant at the National Institute of Drug Abuse in Baltimore, Maryland. She is highly motivated to continue on in a PhD program.

 
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Victoria Escorza

Nominated by Susan Marie Green

Victoria Escorza is majoring in social work and plans to pursue a career where she can help provide resources and strengthen and improve the quality of life for people in low-income communities. She is already immersed in this work as a volunteer and community activist. She was a summer intern at Nuestra Casa in East Palo Alto where she created an outreach database and assisted in a survey to measure Latino and Latina civic participation. She created a Latino organization database at Chico State to facilitate communication, efficiency, and output of organizations. Victoria also made a film about community benefit agreements in East Palo Alto for Youth United for Community Action. She was awarded the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her academic achievement and community work by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom awarded her a certificate of honor for her outstanding leadership in the community. Victoria plays a leadership role in several campus organizations such as the Latino Graduation Celebration and MEChA (Movimiento estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan), a campus community outreach organization. She is the first person in her family to go to college and serves as a role model for her younger siblings.

Jillian Ruddell
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Jillian Ruddell

Nominated by Sara E. Cooper

Jill Ruddell is a multicultural and gender studies major who plans to complete her degree in 2013. She is a member of and served as vice president for PRIDE/Safezone, the campus transgender task force. Jill was also an intern for the Associated Students Women’s Center and is the first sophomore to be hired as the director. As a member of the student resident hall council, she worked with the Collaborative Response to Violence Project. Jill created the annual LGBT Leadership Conference and organized the event for the past two years. Jill has proposed enlarging and enhancing the Women’s Center program and facility and envisions creating a Gender and Sexuality Equity Center. Jill is also the 2010–2011 recipient of the prestigious Hearst Award. Jill’s long-term plan is to continue her work in advocacy for

Eric Frazetta
 

College of Business

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Eric Frazetta

Nominated by Angela Casler

Eric Frazetta, a business administration major with an option in accounting, expects to graduate in fall 2012. He is an active member of the Accounting Society, which brings together accounting students, professors, and professionals in business and social environments. Eric is also a leader on the Chico State men’s golf team, which is number four in the nation. During summer breaks Eric has served as a volunteer teaching young children how to golf and inspiring them to achieve their goals and gain self-esteem through sports. He has also served his home community by rebuilding river banks and cleaning up waste in the El Dorado Park Nature Center in Long Beach and delivering meals to the homeless with the Feed the Hungry program at St. Cyprian Church. Eric has maintained a high level of scholarship while participating in sports, career-oriented activities, and volunteerism.

Joel Mann
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Joel Mann

Nominated by Valerie C. Milliron

Joel Mann is a business administration major with an option in accounting who demonstrates his dedication to educational excellence in many ways, notably by helping other students each week through a free tutoring program offered by the accounting honor society, Beta Alpha Psi. Joel is the lead financial and managerial accounting tutor and also serves as National Correspondent for Beta Alpha Psi. He works full time as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter during the fire season, which means he must juggle his academic work at the beginning of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester with the demands of the fire season. He always prepares his assignments ahead of time, which has helped identify glitches or assignment problems that can then be remedied before the rest of the class encounters them. Joel has been on the Dean’s Honor List, has participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and has mentored incoming business administration majors. He successfully balances both academic and rigorous physical work while still managing his time in order to give service to others.

Sarah Borthwick
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Sarah Borthwick

Nominated by Michael T. Rehg

Sarah Borthwick is a business administration major with an option in entrepreneurship who expects to graduate in May 2011. Sarah  is an excellent scholar, works on campus in the Student Records and Registration Office, and participates in several extra-curricular activities. As a member of Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) Sarah volunteered at Emma Wilson Elementary School, teaching a kindergarten class about gardening. She also serves as an intern, working 12–16 hours per week at the Butte Humane Society, where she is gaining non-profit management experience and sharing her love of animals. Her duties include organizing volunteer orientations, setting up training sessions, and coordinating special events. This past summer she held an internship at Cultural Surveys Hawaii, a cultural resources management firm. Sarah is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society and has been on the Dean’s Honor List every semester of her enrollment at Chico State.

Gloria Cano
 

College of Communication and Education

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Gloria Cano

Nominated by Esther L. Larocco

Gloria Cano was a liberal studies major with a minor in Spanish who started the Bilingual/Cross-cultural Multiple Subject Credential Program this fall. Gloria not only excels in her academic work, but she is also involved in her community, participating in her church choir and tutoring high school students in science, Spanish, mathematics, and other topics. She also volunteers in a special education classroom and a first grade classroom. During the past two years Gloria was an intern/college tutor for the after school program at Manzanita Elementary School in Gridley. In addition, Gloria tutors at Advance Kids, a program that provides intensive in-home intervention services to children diagnosed with autism. In this role, Gloria works with autistic children and their families on functional communication, imitation, visual performance, gross and fine motor skills, routines and transitions, and other skills that aid in achieving success with daily living activities. Gloria is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and has been on the Dean’s Honor List for the past two years.

Nicole Ledo
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Nicole Ledo

Nominated by Pamela Morrell

Nicole Ledo is pursuing a double major in liberal studies and child development with a minor in psychology. She is employed in the Liberal Studies Advising office as a student assistant, where she provides support to the advising staff who serve over 900 students. She also grades assignments for Professor Gail Walton in child development. Besides helping with the Liberal Studies Advising office, she is a peer advisor and volunteers each week helping liberal studies majors. Nicole is also an active member of the Child Development Student Association, a professional organization for students with an interest in children’s education and welfare. She has been a member of CAVE, volunteering in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and is on the Dean’s Honor List. Nicole will complete her bachelor’s degree in spring 2011 and plans to pursue a master’s degree in school psychology with a credential in pupil personnel services. Her career goal is to combine her interest in counseling with her love for working with children.

 
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Skylar Young

Nominated by Debra Johnson

Skylar Young is a journalism major with an option in public relations and a minor in theatre arts. She is an outstanding student athlete who juggles a full-time class load along with her athletic schedule. Skylar has also been on the Dean’s Honor List every semester while participating in several clubs and organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Women of Excellence, an African-American community service club; Ink Blot Arts, a student-run theater club; and the Democratic Club. Skylar is also engaged in professionally-related activities such as serving as leader of a team of PR students who are assisting the Gateway Science Museum, copyediting the opinion section of The Orion, serving as a member of the promotion staff for the campus radio station KCSC, and as a member of the International Association of Business Communicators. Skylar is currently attending the University of New Orleans as part of the National Student Exchange program. She would like to pursue a career as a public relations professional for a theater company in New York City.

Nicole Kantor
 

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management

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Nicole A. Kantor

Nominated by Lori A. Brown

Nicole Kantor is a construction management major with a minor in communication design. She has maintained an excellent academic record, including being on the Dean’s Honor List for seven semesters, while pursuing numerous extra-curricular activities and professional development opportunities. Nicole independently earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional credential (LEED AP). She also earned the OSHA 30-hour ClickSafety Certification and the Design Build Institute of America Associate Professional Certificate of Mastery. Both of these credentials are typically earned by construction professionals after graduation. Nicole was on the leadership team for the 2010 Winter Break Catalyst Blitz Build, and has been involved in many volunteer efforts including the IOTA IV Honor Society Canned Food Drive and the Torres Homeless Shelter remodel project. Nicole has been an officer with the student chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America and with the IOTA IV Honor Society. She is also a swim coach and plays water polo as well.

Andrew Langelier
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Andrew Langelier

Nominated by Russell Mills

Andrew Langelier came to Chico State as a presidential scholar and participated in the challenging General Education Honors Program while pursuing a major in civil engineering and a minor in business administration. Andrew was a leader in coordinating the American Society of Civil Engineers Mid-Pacific Regional Conference held at Chico State last spring. The conference, which involves students from 11 universities, was a great success, thanks to Andrew’s ability to compile and inspire an extensive team of Chico State students who made it happen together. Participants ranked it as the best conference they had attended. Andrew is also a mentoring tutor for math, chemistry, and physics, and he conducts workshops for learning techniques for the Chico State Student Learning Center. Andrew expects to graduate in spring 2011.

Pedro Jimenez
 

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

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Pedro Jimenez

Nominated by Denise Minor

Pedro Jimenez obtained his AA in Spanish at Foothill Community College, and now at Chico State expects to complete a BA in Spanish in a pre-credential program in December 2010. He will then enroll in the credential program to pursue a teaching career. Pedro is drawn to the teaching profession because he wants to help Latino youths choose positive paths for their lives. Pedro spent 45 hours assisting and observing a Spanish class at Pleasant Valley High School for the service/learning requirement of the Spanish Teaching Methodology seminar. His work in the high school classroom was exceptional, and he returned to this class as a volunteer where he tutors, mentors troubled students, and aids in class planning and assessment. He works as an aide to two Chico State students who use wheelchairs and has become committed to advocating full inclusion of students with disabilities. Pedro is also a member of the Poetry and Theater Association and of the honor society Phi Sigma Iota.

Lauren Smallwood
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Lauren Smallwood

Nominated by Bruce Grelle

Lauren Smallwood is a religious studies major with a minor in history who expects to complete her degree in spring 2011. She was a participant in Honors in General Education; is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society; Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for Religious Studies; and Phi Kappa Phi. She has demonstrated academic excellence at Chico State while participating in numerous volunteer activities. As a volunteer and staff member of Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), Lauren has worked with the residents of the Yountville Veterans Home and the Napa State Psychiatric Hospital. She led, recruited, and organized participants and oversaw CAVE programs to ensure client satisfaction. In 2008 she participated in a Habitat for Humanity International project helping community members build homes outside of Budapest, Hungary. Lauren works on campus in the Office of the Provost as a student clerical assistant. In the past year she also used her excellent communication skills to become a leading student voice in protesting the state’s budget cuts to the CSU system. Her ambition is to join the Peace Corps upon graduation.

Samuel Allen
 

College of Natural Science

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Samuel Allen

Nominated by Lisa Ott

Sam Allen expects to graduate in spring 2011 with a BA in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. He has performed exemplary work in the classroom, in the lab, and as a research assistant for several faculty members. He has participated in independent research with faculty, including the Chemistry Summer Research Institute. He works in a supervisory position in the Meriam Library. He is the student representative to the Research Foundation, representing the entire student body. As a member of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society club on campus, Sam participates in weekly volunteer tutoring, visits local elementary schools, and leads the inorganic chemistry classroom on High School Chemistry Day. Sam is also involved in the Love Chico: College Edition group that organizes various community service events. He has presented research in various venues, most recently at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Sam plans to continue his studies by pursuing a PhD in chemistry.

Adam Archibald
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Adam Archibald

Nominated by Christopher Gaffney

Adam Archibald is physics major with an option in professional physics, focus in advanced study and minor in mathematics. In addition to maintaining an excellent academic record, Adam has been deeply involved in the Chico State chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), and currently serves as president. He has organized the Annual Pumpkin Drop, where hundreds of school children come to campus to watch SPS members portray Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein as each explains their theory of gravity demonstrated with falling pumpkins. Adam plays the role of Einstein with gusto. Adam also serves on the College of Natural Sciences Student Senate, was the advanced lab tour guide at the Chico Preview Day and has volunteered at the Gateway Science Museum. Adam is a determined student who has had to persevere through significant obstacles in fully supporting himself and financing his academic career. He has worked hard to follow a challenging degree path and maintain employment, and expects to complete his undergraduate degree and enroll in a graduate program.

Juan Araujo Sariñana
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Juan C. Araujo Sariñana

Nominated by Stephen E. Lewis

Juan Araujo is pursuing the Master of Science in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in cellular and molecular biology. Juan has overcome many significant obstacles on his path to obtaining a college degree, which has inspired his dedication to his home community and to encouraging disadvantaged students to go to college and pursue their academic goals. As academic officer of Gamma Zeta Alpha, a Latino-interest fraternity, Juan developed an academic plan that strives to boost the academic performance of fraternity members. He later became president of the fraternity and in that role continued to emphasize the importance of academic excellence. He has been a leader in several volunteer efforts such as the Special Olympics, Up ‘til Dawn, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has also worked with the Upward Bound program and the UC College Prep Math Academy. After obtaining his MS in biology, Juan’s ultimate goal is to return to Calexico to teach and inspire young Latinos to go to four-year colleges.

Rick Schulken
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Rick Schulken

Nominated by Becky Cox-White

Rick Schulken is a double major in biology, with an option in cellular and molecular biology, and in biochemistry, with a minor in chemistry. He is an extremely dedicated student who has demonstrated an unusual ability for ethical analysis and moral problem solving in his ethics classes at Chico State, and has developed an impressive talent for evaluating and presenting complex ideas and arguments. Rick has been actively involved in intramural basketball, along with extensive involvement in the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, and has served as a research assistant for several chemistry and biochemistry projects, as well as a microbial ecology project. In 2009 Rick presented his research in microbial ecology at the Annual Biological Sciences Research Symposium. In 2010 he presented at both the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology meeting and the American Chemical Society National Meeting. Rick intends to go to medical school, where his deep appreciation of ethical issues arising in health care will undoubtedly be beneficial.

 
 

University Honors Program

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Tara Razi

Nominated by Zanja Yudell

Tara Razi is a history major with a pre-credential in social sciences. She is an exceptionally engaged member of the Honors Program who has consistently been on the Dean’s Honor List since her first semester at Chico State. As the Associated Students director of university affairs, she serves on the Academic Senate. She has co-directed the campus Up ‘til Dawn fundraising effort that has consistently raised more funds for St. Jude’s Hospital Foundation than any other university campus. Tara has been a tutor for students with learning disabilities at Pleasant Valley High School, and has volunteered with CAVE and Big Brothers and Sisters of Butte County. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies, and was recognized last year with the Outstanding Student Leader Award and the Maggie Pattison Outstanding Service to Student Government Award. She is participating in a study abroad program at Griffith University in Australia. Her intention is to pursue a career in teaching.