Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

Photo of acting president Rollin RichmondRichmond Appointed Acting President

Rollin Richmond, retired president of Humboldt State University, has assumed the position of acting president at CSU, Chico while President Paul Zingg recovers from bypass surgery.

Richmond was asked to serve in his new capacity by CSU Chancellor Timothy White following Zingg’s surgery on March 15. 

Richmond retired from Humboldt State last year after almost 12 years as president. In a March 18 email message to the CSU, Chico campus community, White wrote that Richmond will serve until Zingg is medically cleared to return to work.

Prior to his tenure at Humboldt State, Richmond served as provost and professor of zoology and genetics at Iowa State University for three years. From 1995 to 1999, he was provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at State University of New York, Stony Brook.

He did his undergraduate work at San Diego State University and earned his PhD in genetics at The Rockefeller University in New York.

Photo of Ahmad BouraBoura Named Vice President for University Advancement

Ahmad Boura, vice president for institutional advancement at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, has been named vice president for University Advancement.

Boura replaces Peter Smits, who served as interim vice president for University Advancement until late March. Boura begins his new position June 29.

In his role as vice president for institutional advancement at Morningside College, Boura managed the offices of development, advancement services, and alumni relations and managed a $50 million comprehensive campaign. Under his leadership, the college received best practice awards in alumni relations and annual scholarship fundraising from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s sixth district. 

Prior to his appointment at Morningside College, Boura served as vice president for institutional advancement at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.

He holds a MBA from Franklin Pierce University and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Beirut Arab University in Beirut, Lebanon. 

Photo of Eddie VelaVela Selected as BSS Dean 

Eddie Vela has been selected as the dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, where he has served as interim dean since 2013.

Vela has served at CSU, Chico since 1989, when he joined the Department of Psychology. He has been recognized as an outstanding professor and has held numerous leadership positions, including associate dean, director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and interim chair of the Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies. 

Vela has chaired or been a member of committees at all levels of service; he currently serves on the University Internship Policy Committee, University Diversity Council, Liberal Studies Advisory Board, Academy e-Learning Advisory Board, and Academic Planning Committee.

He completed his undergraduate work in psychology and philosophy at Texas State University. He received his master’s degree in 1987 from Texas A&M University, where he subsequently earned a PhD in cognitive psychology in 1989.

Photo of Taylor HerrenGrad Student Selected for Public Policy Award

Biology graduate student Taylor Herren (BS, Animal Science, ’14) has been selected for the 2015 American Institute of Biological Sciences’ Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. 

Herren is one of two recipients of the award, which recognizes biology graduate students demonstrating an interest in and aptitude for making contributions to science and science policy. 

She traveled to Washington, D.C., in May to meet with her congressional delegation and participate in a training program on communicating with policymakers and a briefing on the federal budget for scientific research. 

Herren serves on the board of directors for the California State Student Association, a student advocacy group, and recently finished serving a second term as president of the Associated Students, a CSU, Chico auxiliary.

OLLI Receives Second $1 Million Grant 

The Bernard Osher Foundation awarded CSU, Chico a second $1 million endowment for its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

OLLI is an organization of more than 1,100 members, ages 50–94, who participate in educational classes, lectures, special events, and study groups in Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and Willows.

The Osher Foundation made the gift to CSU, Chico’s OLLI in recognition of the ongoing excellence of the institute’s programming and the unstinting commitment of its members. It cited the pioneering efforts and vision of the founders of the program, saying they established a standard of excellence and a model of active member involvement.

Photo of student contractors at Blitz BuildStudent Contractors Take Top Chapter Award

Students in CSU, Chico’s chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) were awarded first place in AGC of America’s Outstanding Student Chapter contest, recognizing chapters dedicated to community and public service. 

During their Blitz Build community service project in March 2014, construction management students used their spring breaks to construct two duplexes for families transitioning out of the Chico Salvation Army’s rehabilitation programs.

This marks the third time since 2009 the chapter has captured the top prize and the fifth time in as many years it has placed in the top three. The chapter received a $1,500 prize for its efforts.