CSU, Chico News

Special Anniversaries and Achievements Highlight 2009 Founders Week

Date: 04-08-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s rich past, outstanding accomplishments and distinctive programs will be highlighted during the 16th annual Founders Week celebration taking place April 18-26, 2009. Founders Week is the special occasion each spring for the campus and community to celebrate CSU, Chico’s heritage and achievements.

Commemorating the University’s long and successful history will be events such as the Department of Computer Science’s 40th anniversary gathering on Saturday, April 18. Alumni from across the state and beyond are planning to attend the event and reflect on the department’s trailblazing role in computer science education. On Tuesday, April 21, the Chico State Alumni Association will host faculty and staff who are alumni for fun and refreshments at Sapp Hall, which is celebrating its 125th birthday.

Later in the week, the University will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Charter Day, the 1909 memorial event that is the precursor to Founders Week. On Friday, April 24, John and Annie Bidwell’s gifts that established the original Normal School–and the spirit of giving that continues as a hallmark of the University–will be honored in a ceremony in front of Kendall Hall.

Founders Week will feature a number of annual ceremonies noting special achievements, including the Outstanding Professor Award Presentation, Outstanding Faculty Service Award reception, the University Awards Reception for student leaders, the Staff Awards luncheon and the invitation-only Distinguished Alumni Dinner. A highlight will be an April 23 talk by Professor Carol Huston, recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award, titled, “Medical Errors: a Healthcare Crisis.”
Another campus accomplishment will be front and center on Monday, April 20, with the Student Services Center Celebration/Open House. Everyone is invited to tour the 120,000-square-foot building and learn about the environmentally sustainable features and student-focused offices in the center, which opened for business at the start of the 2008-09 academic year.

Some of CSU, Chico’s most distinctive and well-known programs and initiatives will be showcased during Founders Week. The University’s Book in Common program for 2008-09 culminates Tuesday, April 21, with the talk in Laxson Auditorium by Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson. An unprecedented number of Book in Common events related to the book have taken place on campus and in the community, making Mortenson’s talk one of the most anticipated events of the year.
CSU, Chico’s reputation as a leader in sustainability will be reflected in the Big Chico Creek Restoration Day and Arboretum Tour events on April 22 as well as the April 24 Eco-Fest and Solar Dedication in collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

In addition, Founders Week also features outstanding faculty and student work at the College of Natural Sciences Poster Session on April 21, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Symposium on April 22, the Opera Workshop on April 22 and 23, and the Symphonic Wind Concert on April 25.

A number of other arts events, lectures, athletic contests and other activities are also scheduled. For a full schedule of Founders Week events, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/pa/foundersweek/. For more information, call 898-4143.