INSIDE Chico State
0 October 24, 2002
Volume 33 Number 5
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico






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How Far Is 25 Feet?

Twenty-five feet scores a 3-pointer in basketball. The reason it looks so hard is because, yes, that's a long way. Twenty-five feet is about the width of a tennis court. It's also the distance you need to be from a doorway or window if you are smoking on campus. And a P.S. on the Executive Memorandum recently issued about the University Smoking Policy says that smokers in violation receive penalties similar to those for rollerskating or skateboarding on campus. (Please don't ask what happens to smoking skateboarders.)

Artists Celebrate New MFA program

The Department of Art and Art History debuted a new Master of Fine Arts program this fall. The M.F.A. is a professional degree in fine arts held by many accomplished artists and art faculty members. Four students have been admitted to the program, including a student from Japan and a student from France. Professor Michael Bishop, graduate adviser of the program, said the benefits of having the M.F.A. students on campus are already being felt, as they interact with undergraduates in the studio and classroom.

New Academic Senate Chair Is a Chemist

James Postma, chair of the Department of Chemistry, was elected Academic Senate Chair for the 2002-2003 academic year. Postma received his bachelor's degree from CSU, Chico and his Ph.D. from UC Davis. Postma replaces Dennis Rothermel, who is now interim vice provost for academic affairs. "The items on the senate's agenda for the year include consideration of a policy to require the declaration of a major by students at a scheduled point in their academic career," Postma said. Currently there is no such requirement; scheduling a declaration may help students become better connected to academic advising and student organizations.

Armenian, Azerbaijan, and Georgian Teachers Arrive

Ten teachers from these Caucasus nations are getting an up-close look at American approaches to teaching and learning, thanks to Partners in Education (PIE). PIE is a five-week professional development program that focuses on civics education. It is hosted by the Office of Graduate and International Programs, in cooperation with Resources for International Studies in Education. The teachers will visit local schools and attend presentations by CSU, Chico faculty.

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