CSU, Chico News

Museum Groundbreaking, Other Activities Part of 2008 Founders Week Festivities

Date: 04-14-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The Northern California Natural History Museum groundbreaking, a tribute to Trinity Hall and many annual events highlight this year’s Founders Week events taking place April 19-27, 2008.

Founders Week is the special occasion each spring to celebrate California State University, Chico’s heritage and achievements. This year will mark the 15th annual Founders Week, though the event’s roots date back to 1909, when Charter Day was held to remember the school’s early days and memorialize founder John Bidwell and deceased faculty and staff.

Public is invited to a ceremonial celebration of groundbreaking for the Northern California Natural History Museum Thursday, April 24, at 10 a.m. on the grounds adjacent to Bidwell Mansion. There will be a short program and refreshments will be available. Speakers will include Judy Sitton, president of the board of directors, and Paul Zingg, president of CSU, Chico. Construction of the museum building is expected to be completed by summer 2009.

To highlight the long history and architectural beauty of the CSU, Chico campus, a tour of the exteriors of Trinity and Kendall Halls and Laxson Auditorium will be held Monday, April 21. The occasion commemorates the 75th anniversary of the completion of Trinity Hall. The tour starts at 2 p.m. in front of Trinity. In addition, a campus history tour and campus arboretum tour – annual events during Founders Week – will be held Wednesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. The tours are free and open to the public.

Two events during Founders Week will underscore the scholarly achievements of faculty and students. The College of Natural Sciences Poster Symposium will be Tuesday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the BMU Auditorium. Research presentations will take place during the day, with awards given out at 3 p.m. On Thursday, April 24, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will host the BSS Student Research Symposium in Butte Hall and other locations. A poster session begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of awards and reception at 7:30 p.m. in Selvester’s Cafe. Both college events are free and open to the public.

Because April is designated as Earth Month, and April 22 as Earth Day, several environmentally minded activities are taking place during Founders Week. Events include a Recycled Art Show, Veggie Feed, Lassen and Shasta Halls Energy Competition, and Eco-Fest, a festival promoting environmental and social awareness. Students will also be taking the lead to help clean up the community with several events: Greek Clean-up Day at Patrick Ranch April 19, River Road Clean-up April 26 and Bidwell Park Restoration April 27.

Founders Week will feature many other special and annual events, including music performances, award ceremonies and art activities. A few of the highlights include band and choral concerts, Wildcat baseball games April 19 and 20, the North State Symphony concert in Laxson Auditorium April 20 and International Festival April 26.

For a full schedule of Founders Week events, go to the web site. For ticket information about Founders Week events, contact the University Box Office at 898-6333.