Course on Altruism Wins National Award
“What Motivates Altruism,” a course
developed and taught by Andrew Flescher, Religious Studies, and
Daniel Worthen, Psychology, was recognized as one of the top ethics
courses in the country by the Institute for Research on Unlimited
Love (IRUL). The IRUL is based at Case Western Reserve University,
in Cleveland, Ohio; bioethicist Stephen Post is president of the
institute. More than 70 applications were reviewed; 11 were chosen
for top honors. “What Motivates Altruism” is a 6-unit
psychology/religious studies honors capstone course that focuses
on a multi-disciplinary approach to analyzing what accounts for
selfless human behavior.
New Name for College of ECT
Beginning in January, the new name for the College
of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology will be the College
of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management; the
designation will be the College of ECC. According to Dean Ken Derucher,
the composition of the college has changed significantly since it
was formed. Today, the college has programs in engineering, computer
science (including computer graphics), and construction management.
The name change reflects the department names and recognizes the
primary disciplines within the college. “Our majors in engineering
represent approximately 45 percent of the FTES [full-time enrolled
students], computer science represents approximately 27 percent
of the FTES, and construction management represents approximately
28 percent of the FTES,” says Derucher.
Staff Elected to Public Office
In November’s election, Ann Schwab, assistant
director of CAVE, was elected to the Chico City Council. Schwab
has worked at CAVE since 1999. She also serves as chair of the University
Staff Council. Yvette Zuniga, Bell Memorial Union services coordinator,
was elected to the Corning City Council. She is the youngest person
(26) ever elected to the council, as well as the first Latina. Zuniga
grew up in a migrant farm-working family, and has lived in Corning
since she was 12 years old.
Turner Museum on the Move
The Janet Turner Print Museum will be moving from
Laxson Auditorium to the old municipal building in downtown Chico.
A fundraiser to support the move, organized by the museum’s
board of directors, raised $4,000. The event was held Oct. 23 in
the Performing Arts Center. Ron Sanford, an internationally known
photographer from Gridley, presented and discussed his work, including
images from Ireland and Alaska, and photographs published in several
well-known magazines, such as National Geographic, Time,
and Architectural Digest.