Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted

Solar Spectacle

Students returning to Chico State for the first day of classes were welcomed back by a show from Mother Nature.  

A solar eclipse—and the highest percentage of the moon covering the sun Chico State has seen in nearly 130 years—greeted students, faculty, and staff during a viewing party coordinated by the Office of the Provost.  

More than 1,000 people attended, taking part in guided meditation, tracing the sun’s shadow on art easels, and staring skyward with viewing glasses the provost’s office had specially ordered. As special music played from the Trinity Hall bell tower and the sun’s show was livestreamed from the roof of Meriam Library, users took advantage of viewing cards, sunspotters, and other devices to marvel at the phenomenon, which maxed out at 85 percent coverage, as physics professor Nick Nelson excitedly announced the eclipse play-by-play.  

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Voter-Friendly Honor

Chico State has been designated a Voter Friendly Campus because of the University’s efforts to promote civic engagement and provide students with resources and education. The Voter Friendly Campus designation program started in 2016, through a partnership with the Campus Vote Project and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The designation aims to help campus administrators develop strategies to engage students, set clear goals, and create a path in advance of upcoming elections. Chico State is the only public university in California and one of just four institutions in the state to receive the designation.  

Fruitful Endeavor

The University Farm set a sales record for its annual peach-picking event— selling more than 42,000 pounds of peaches and earning $63,000 to support farm operations.  

Each summer, the farm opens to the community for its U-Pick Peaches event, offering three varieties of freestone peaches for sale as supplies last. In August 2017, customers came to the farm in droves, loading up by the bucketful with visions of canning, freezing, baking, and, of course, fresh eating. The trees were stripped clean in five days.  

“This event just keeps growing, which gives us the opportunity to share the University Farm with a broader audience. It’s a great learning experience for our students to interact with the customers who purchase the products they grow,” said Dave Daley, associate dean of the College of Agriculture.  

Chico's Best Value Rankings Continue

When it comes to higher education and value, Chico State continues to rackup the rankings.  

Money magazine again named the University one ofthe nation’s “BestColleges For YourMoney” in 2017.Of the more than2,400 colleges anduniversities acrossthe country, ChicoState was ranked No. 174, in recognition of its value as it relatesto educational quality, cost, and alumni success. This year’s ranking marks the third consecutive year the University has appeared on Money’s list.  

Additionally, Chico State was named No. 21 on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck in the West” and No.15 on its list of “Best National Master’s Schools.” Washington Monthlyrankings are based on net price, graduation rates, and whether students go on to earn enough to pay o their loans.

New VP of Business and Finance

Chico State has named Robbi Stivers as its new vice president for business and finance, following a nationwide search.  

Beginning his position in May, Stivers came to Chico State from the University of Tennessee system based in Knoxville, where he served as executive director of the Office of Capital Projects since 2011, and earlier as director of the Office of Capital Projects Division of Real Property and Space Administration. He previously spent 15 years in the financial services industry.  

Stivers earned his master’s degree in organizational management from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens. He also attended Mid-South Graduate School of Banking (currently Barret School of Banking) at Memphis State University.  

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