|May 1, 2003
Volume 33 Number 15
|A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico|
Business Undergrad Becomes SAP Consultant
Charles Stephens, a senior majoring in management information systems, is the first undergraduate in the nation and internationally to become a consultant trained in software designed by SAP, one of the world’s largest software companies. Stephens will become one of a very few strategic enterprise management experts. The software yields sophisticated analyses on how businesses are performing. “It’s very unusual to have an undergraduate reach this level of competence,” said Ray Boykin, associate dean of the College of Business and director of the SAP program. Stephens took a rigorous test after attending a SAP training academy in January. CSU, Chico is the leading United States university partner to SAP. The university was recognized as SAP’s first University Competence Center in the fall of 2000 and operates 25 of the software company’s enterprise software modules for use in the classroom.
Marketing Students Awarded
CSU, Chico marketing students made a good showing at the American Marketing Association (AMA) International Collegiate Conference in March. The CSU, Chico chapter of the AMA, represented by 11 students, won three chapter awards, as well as two individual awards in a sales presentation competition. “I am so proud of these students for their continued efforts in making it into the top three out of 50 students who initially entered the sales contest,” said Bill McGowan, marketing professor and adviser to the students.
Wildcats Return to Winning Ways
If you are wondering what’s going on with Wildcat baseball, you’ll be happy to know that the ’Cats are in a second-place tie (in the California Collegiate Athletic Association) with UC Davis. The Wildcats are trying to clinch a spot in the CCAA Championship Tournament May 8–9. Nationally, the team has moved up in the rankings to No. 18 (NCAA Division II). Head Coach Lindsay Meggs collected career win number 400 on April 19 at Nettleton Stadium as the Wildcats swept CSU, Los Angeles in a doubleheader. Meggs arrived at CSU, Chico in 1994. He entered the 2003 season as the ninth winningest coach in the NCAA Division II.
Math Field DayMore than 200 8th -, 9th -, and 10th-grade students from Northern California will participate in the 16th Annual Math Field Day on campus May 2. The students will compete in the “Math Steeplechase,” an event that mixes mathematics with physical activities. The day is designed to encourage interest in mathematics and promote interest in CSU, Chico. More than 60 CSU, Chico math majors and prospective math teachers will volunteer their time at the event. Campus sponsors include the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Center for Math and Science Education, the Chico Math Project, and the Math Club.
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