A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
Dec. 9, 2010 Volume 41 / Number 3


photo of Paul Zingg


“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head.”
In this column, President Zingg talks about the power of stories and the importance of institutional narratives. He describes several small stories leading up to Thanksgiving that are pieces of Chico State’s compelling narrative.
Geography and Planning faculty Eugenie Rovai and Steve Stewart with Sarah Bergquist, who, with another cartography student, Sylvie Cares, produced 64 maps for a statewide curriculum project.

On the Map in California Curriculum Development
Professors Eugenie Rovai and Steve Stewart were awarded $50,000 in March 2010 to contribute high-quality maps to a new California environmentally focused curriculum. The funds paid for the work of two worthy student cartographers, undergraduate Sarah Bergquist and graduate Sylvie Cares, who produced most of the total 64 maps. Photo: professors Eugenie Rovai, Steve Stewart and student Sarah Bergquist hold one of the maps produced for the statewide curriculum project.
Artists rendering of the building project

Arts and Humanities Building Receives Design Go-Ahead; Next Step Is New Parking Structure
The first piece in the Arts and Humanities building project was laid down in October when $2.8 million was included in the state budget to design the building. The new building, which will stand where Taylor Hall is now, will be home to the current occupants and will provide updated classrooms, offices, and art studios. The project includes a 200-seat multi-use theatre and a new recording studio.
Photo: Brian Brazeal

Digital Age Dawns for Visual Anthropology
Generally, when making an ethnographic documentary, an anthropologist has to choose between either a costly, high-quality film that requires a film crew and often advertisements from sponsors, or a lower-cost film of lesser quality, which may detract from the overall anthropological impact. However, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundationís Major Research Instrumentation Program obtained by anthropology professor Brian Brazeal, the gap between quality and cost is rapidly narrowing.
Photo: of a man

What Is Ecofiction and Why Should We Read It?
In November 2010, Jim Dwyer, author of Where the Wild Books Are: A Field Guide to Ecofiction, presented his paper “What Is Ecofiction and Why Should We Read It?” at the sixth annual This Way to Sustainability Conference. The paper answers in multiple ways the questions Dwyer poses in the title. It also presents an overview of notable American and international authors who express, through their stories and characters, their concerns about the relationship between humans and nature.




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