College of Communication & Education


Speech and Debate Team Travels to New York Competition

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Sue Peterson

Ten members of the Chico State Speech and Debate Team are traveling to Hofstra University in Long Island, NY to compete in the Pi Kappa Delta Nationals, March 20-24.

Pi Delta Kappa is an honors society and community colleges and universities must be members in order to compete.  

Nearly 80 schools will participate in the open tournament, which means any student can participate as long as their school maintains honors status, according to Sue Peterson, director of the Speech and Debate Team.

Peterson is requiring her students to compete in at least three different events in order to attend the event, including discussion, interviewing and radio broadcasting. Two additional students are competing in the online event of Spanish interpretation—oral interpretation performed in the Spanish language.

Participation on the Speech and Debate Team is open to all majors on campus and costs for the trip are paid by Chico State through the Instructionally Related Activities Fund. Students enroll in CMST: 339, “Intercollegiate Speech and Debate (Forensics),” through the Department of Communication Studies.

Speech and debate provides students an opportunity to develop skills in research, critical thinking, organization, persuasion and communication. Students must set aside personal bias and previous knowledge to objectively debate both sides of an issue.

Including speech and debate team participation on one’s resume` tells employers that the applicant has developed personal attributes to effectively interact with others, work well under pressure, find solutions to problems, and have good time management skills.  

Students find employment as sales leaders, political campaign managers, corporate trainers, resort and hotel managers, and lobbyists, to name a few.

The College of Communication and Education seeks to prepare students to be change agents and life-long learners who reflect our commitment to effective communication, civic engagement, and community building.

The team will next compete in the National Forensics Association competition in Santa Ana, CA, April 18-22.

Region 2 Communities of Practice Team Collaboration
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Region 2 Communities of Practice Team in History-Social Sciences, Collaborate.
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Residency in Secondary Education 2018-19

RISE students on campus for summer workshops.

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Lesson planning with residents and teacher mentors.

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1.2 Million Teacher Scholarship Grant

The Northern California Math and Science Teacher Program (NorCal MAST) received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

The Noyce grant is a collaboration between the College of Communication and Education, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management.

The grant will support Noyce Scholarships for students pursuing teaching careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields for the next five years.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program responds to the critical need for K–12 STEM teachers by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools.

Five students were selected to receive Noyce Scholarships in the 2018–19 academic year; undergraduates Kirk Williams and Andy Beronilla will each receive $12,250 and credential candidates Nancy Caravez, Daniel Caravez, and Jennifer Culver will each receive $13,250. Tuition is higher for credential candidates.

Students must reapply each year in order to receive additional scholarships. For each Noyce Scholarship received, an awardee must complete two years teaching in a high-needs school district.

In addition to scholarship support, the grant will provide stipends and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K–12 teachers.

School of Education professor Jennifer Oloff-Lewis is the principle investigator for the grant.

“My job is to recruit people who want to become math and sciences teachers,” said Oloff-Lewis. “I will recruit freshman and sophomore students from Chico State and community colleges. I will coordinate events with local teacher mentors and manage the day-to-day maintenance of running a grant. But the fun stuff will be working with students.”

Faculty working with Oloff-Lewis are Brandi Aranguren, M.E. Mathews, Anne Stephens, David Kagen, and David Alexandra.

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President Hutchinson presents award to Chiara Ferrari

President Gayle E. Hutchinson presents Chiara Ferrari with the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Service Award.

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