Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

New Arts and Humanities Building Begins Construction

On Nov. 12, the University broke ground for a new building to replace Taylor Hall. The 93,000-square-foot state-of-the-art project will have 61,000 assignable square feet of space for classrooms, offices, labs, studios, and galleries. In addition, the building will have a 200-seat recital hall and a 1,500-square-foot recording arts studio. The project is expected to be completed before the beginning of the fall 2016 semester.

Student Newspaper Website Wins Second Place

CSU, Chico’s student newspaper, The Orion, won second place in the website category at the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) fall convention. The meeting, hosted by the ACP and the College Media Association, took place Oct. 23–27 in New Orleans. An updated The Orion website was launched in September to keep CSU, Chico students up to date on the latest news and events. A previous version of the website placed fourth at the ACP’s midwinter convention in San Francisco last March.

Tim SainGraduate Student Earns CSU’s Top Honor

CSU, Chico graduate student Tim Sain was named the 2013–2014 recipient of the $10,000 Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholarship, the CSU system’s highest student award. Sain, a student in the Rural Teacher Residency program, was the top-ranking nominee for the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. As an undergraduate at CSU, Chico, Sain maintained a 3.98 GPA while earning a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. He is pursuing his master’s degree in education and a teaching credential.

CSU, Chico Honored as Military Friendly School

CSU, Chico’s support for veterans has been recognized for a fourth year in a row with an honor accorded the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country. Victory Media has named CSU, Chico to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list for outstanding practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. The Military Friendly Schools list is based on a survey of more than 10,000 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide. For full information about the list, go to

Teacher Preparation Grant to Aid Students with Disabilities

The School of Education has received a five-year $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train 100 future teachers to work with K–12 students with moderate to severe disabilities. The Special Education Teacher Preparation Program is part of a consortium of 64 county and district public school local education agencies that form the Northeastern California Partnership for Special Education. The project, Northern California Collaboration for Low Incidence Personnel Preparation (Project CLIPP), is organized to study and address the shortage of qualified teachers that hinders local efforts to offer pupils with disabilities a high-quality education.

Online Social Work Program Ranked No. 2

In July, CSU, Chico’s online undergraduate program for social work was ranked second in the nation for affordability and credibility by The website, which rates online colleges and universities, conducted a national survey of 55 regionally accredited universities offering 99 different online bachelor’s degrees in psychology, human services, counseling, social work, and the social sciences. The rankings include the top 36 degrees in those fields. The survey found the average cost of those online degrees is $45,548. The cost of the online social work program at CSU, Chico is $21,880.

Robert KnightNew Dean Named for Humanities and Fine Arts

On Aug. 1, Robert Knight, previously associate vice chancellor for undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, became dean of CSU, Chico’s College of Humanities and Fine Arts. He replaced Joel Zimbelman, who served as interim dean for two years prior to being named dean in 2009.

Knight was also interim dean of undergraduate studies at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts from 2005 to 2011, and a faculty member since 1988. Knight received his doctoral degree in voice performance from Northwestern University. He earned his master’s in music theory from Indiana University and did his undergraduate work in music education at Illinois State University.

Kinesiology Professor Wins Fulbright

CSU, Chico kinesiology professor Kevin Patton received a Fulbright Specialist Award to conduct research for six weeks in Limerick, Ireland. A kinesiology professor with an interest in teacher education, Patton arrived in Limerick on Sept. 16 to work with faculty in the Physical Education, Physical Activity and Youth Sport Research Centre at the University of Limerick. There, he is developing a research agenda on teacher professional learning and the role of teacher educators and communities of practice. He is also consulting University of Limerick faculty on the effectiveness of their teacher education program.

Green Honor Roll awardUniversity Named to Green Honor Roll

In August, CSU, Chico was once again in an elite group of schools across the country singled out for their exemplary environmental programs and policies. The University is one of the 21 colleges and universities nationwide named to The Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Honor Roll, and only one of eight schools to repeat from the 2013 list. The Princeton Review surveyed 806 colleges and universities about practices including waste diversion, transportation alternatives, environmentally conscious building, sustainability policies, academic programs, and engagement with students.

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Alum Notes

Terris McMahan Grimes

Terris McMahan Grimes

(BA, English, ’72) publishes novel set in West Oakland in 1964.

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Matt Petersen

(BA, Political Science, ’90) is LA’s first chief sustainability officer.

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Leland Gordon

Leland Gordon

(BA, Journalism, ’06) is editor of, a CBS high school sports site.

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