CSU, Chico News

University Housing and Food Service Staff and Program Receive National Honors

Date: 12-04-2009

Brittany Hopkins
Public Affairs and Publications Intern
Hemlata Jhaveri
University Housing and Food Service

California State University, Chico’s University Housing and Food Service recently received two national awards in recognition of outstanding residential life programming.

Kristopher “Chad” Disharoon, coordinator for Residential Life Programming, was named the National Advisor for the month of August by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls.

Disharoon was nominated for his ability to organize the Resident Advisor training for the 2009–2010 academic year, in addition to supervising three programming organizations: Residence Hall Association, Prime Time Productions and the National Residence Hall Honorary.

Disharoon has coordinated programs for the residence hall students since fall 2006.

Prime Time Productions was honored with the West Regional Outstanding Annual Series Program Award from the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Nov. 7 at a regional conference in Portland, Ore.

The award was given for the organization’s “Top Chef” competition. Konkow House residents competed over a four-week period for the “Top Chef” title. With a bag of ingredients and a limited time to prepare their meals, the students faced a new challenge each week like preparing the best burger or a three-course meal using Julia Child’s recipes.

Local chefs were invited to help select the grand prize winners, including Chef Anne Leon from Leon’s Bistro, Chef Craig Thomas from the Red Tavern, Chef Rebecca Stewart from Spice Creek Café, and Chef Aric Snow from AS Food Services.

This was the second annual “Top Chef” competition and the second national award this program has received.

University Housing and Food Service’s Prime Time Productions seeks to strengthen and embody the department’s mission of inclusion and education by developing programs that entertain as well as enrich the educational, cultural and social experience of residence hall students.