CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Business Students Attend U.S. Air Force Academy Leadership Symposium

Date: 03-05-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Willie Hopkins
Dean College of Business

On Feb. 18, Dean Willie Hopkins, College of Business (COB), California State University, Chico, and four business students traveled to the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colo., to attend the 16th Annual National Character and Leadership Symposium. The symposium included presentations by speakers including CEOs of renowned nonprofit organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, decorated military personnel and NASA astronaut Guion Bluford Jr. More than 4,000 U.S. Air Force cadets and 200 visiting college students attended the three-day symposium.

CSU, Chico’s participation in the symposium was sponsored by Lam Research Corporation. Their gift to the COB helped launch the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program, one of several initiatives coordinated through the Center for Values Based Leadership. Established in 2008, Tomorrow’s Leaders provides selected student fellows with the experiences and information they need to fully develop their leadership potential. Tomorrow’s Leaders student fellows Kristin Bittikofer, Derek Minetti, Amber McConnell and Andrew Rapattoni attended the symposium.

“I feel extremely honored to have been able to attend this event,” said McConnell. “The opportunity to listen to some amazing people from our recent history was amazing. It was truly uplifting and inspiring.”

The next training event for the student fellows is a Leadership Boot Camp that will be held in Livermore on April 17 and 18.

Named in the best business schools list by The Princeton Review in 2007 and 2008, the COB at CSU, Chico is gaining national attention for programs in entrepreneurship, values-based leadership and sustainability. Fully accredited since 1972 by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the COB provides exemplary instructional programs that are characterized by technological innovation and experiential learning.

Lam Research Corporation has been a major supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry for nearly 30 years. Lam has a philanthropy goal of giving back to communities and supporting educational programs that share its core values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and open communication among employees.