Research and Scholarship Recognition Dinner

Dean Bob Jackson recalls the early days of
external funding (photo KM)
On Tuesday evening, January 19,

1999, President Esteban, Provost McNall, and the Office of Sponsored Programs hosted the Third Annual Research Foundation Recognition Dinner. The evening was dedicated to honoring those who have received external funding or university awards for scholarship and Research in the past year.

The recognition dinner gathered over two hundred people to celebrate the achievements of project directors, Professional Achievement Honors recipients, and CSU Research, Summer Scholar, and Faculty Development awardees. This night of congratulations was a clear reminder that California State University, Chico has matured into an important regional, comprehensive university, where scholarship, research and sponsored programs' activity is robust and becoming ever more important to our mission.

As Bob Jackson, dean of the School of Graduate, International, and Sponsored Programs said in his remarks, in 1972, the campus received about $450,000 in external funding for twenty-one projects. In contrast, last year CSU, Chico received nearly $24 million for over 250 projects from grants and contracts.

This figure places Chico fifth in sponsored programs' funding in the 23-campus CSU system, behind only San Diego, Sacramento, San Jose, and Long Beach—all large, metropolitan campuses with an average enrollment of 26,153. Last year CSU, Chico had 13,731 students.

The kinds of projects honored ranged from the small, such as a study on vernal pools in Tehama, to the large, such as the Watershed management projects; from a study of the Colusa County emergency health care system to the multi-million dollar Janet Levy Center; from a local study of coliform in Chico water, to an international study of agricultural run-off. These projects, funded by agencies and organizations at all levels of government and from foundations and corporate sources, strengthen the academic and resource capacity of CSU, Chico. They also support faculty development, academic program improvement, student opportunity, and regional service.

Six faculty were honored for Professional Achievement Honors (see accompanying article), and three teacher-training projects were recognized: The Northern California Writing Project, directed by Tom Fox; the geography education project, directed by Jerry Williams; and a variety of special education training projects, directed by Lisa Churchill and Teresa Davis.

Faculty are publishing in the top journals, writing books for leading publishers, presenting at major conferences and meetings, and winning grants from the most demanding agencies.

The Office of Sponsored Programs congratulates our faculty and staff who manage to do all this on top of heavy teaching loads, various university assignments, and numerous other responsibilities. California State University, Chico is greatly enriched by their achievements.

Robert J. Bakke

Office of Sponsored Programs

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