|September 4, 2003
Volume 34 Number 1
|A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico|
Enrollment Down Slightly
Bob Hannigan, vice president of Enrollment Management, reports that fewer students are enrolling this fall versus last fall. "It's too early to tell whether our smaller numbers are due to fewer continuing students or fewer new students than we expected," said Hannigan. "One factor for international students has been trouble getting visas in a timely way. And, of course," he said, "the state economy has affected family finances and increased fees, and I'm confident that both have affected enrollment."
Laxson Improves Access
A remodeling of Laxson Auditorium began this summer to bring it to code required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Among the projects undertaken are upgraded seating for individuals in wheelchairs, renovation of the first floor restrooms for accessibility and convenience, a new accessible lobby drinking fountain, and ADA approved exterior door access.
"The renovations have been done to protect the historical essence of Laxson, while allowing us to equally serve all in our community," said Dan DeWayne, director of University Public Events. "We very much appreciate the help of FMS and the general contractors to help make Laxson more accessible to everyone." Editor's note: The big news for all female patrons is that there is an additional stall in the women's restroom on the lobby level!
Chef Changes Colors
Hundreds of faculty and staffed rued the closing of the Butte Culinary Academy that used the faculty and staff dining room and kitchen for training a new crop of chef's for the last seven years. Budget cuts in county programs that funded the academy forced the closing. Campus patrons will be pleased to know that Michael Isles, former chef/instructor and lecturer for Recreation and Parks Management, is opening Chameleon, a breakfast restaurant and school, in the near future. By January 2005, he plans to launch a private culinary academy with full-time students.
Golf Tourney Raises $40K for Ag
A golf tournament held July 21 at Butte Creek Country Club raised almost $40,000 for scholarships and other programs in the College of Agriculture. The CSU, Chico Superior Ag Wittmeier Ford Golf Classic was sponsored by Wittmeier Ford and Ford Motor Company, as well as many other local agriculture-related businesses.
California Arts Council Honors Simons and Bishop
Sculptors Sheri Simons and Michael Bishop, art and art history professors, were two of 26 artists selected by the California Arts Council to receive the 2002 - 2003 Artist Fellowship Award for the Visual Arts, based on at least 10 years of professional experience and artistic excellence.
New CD: Mexican-USA Border Health
Mexican-USA Border Health, a CD which contains thousands of health resources and is free to public health educators, was produced by Lyndall Ellingson, Diana Flannery, and Mark Tomita, Health and Community Services; Paul Lopez, Sociology; and Karen Joplin, Technology and Learning Program. The team also produced the CD Global Health Disparities in 2002.
Get Big Air at Campus Skate Park
Recreational Sports added a sorely needed skate park to their amenities this summer, complete with half pipes, quarter pipes, a pyramid bank, and rails. Find out if you are a natural or a goofy. Finesse your fakie 360. This phat park is waiting for you behind Yolo Hall. Consider it for your retirement party. Contact Curtis Sicheneder, x5170.
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