CSU, Chico News

Business Student Leads Habitat Greens Partnership

Date: 08-20-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Dee Hoffman Wills
Assistant Dean, College of Business

After attending a leadership boot camp in spring 2009, California State University, Chico student Tim Forrest was determined to use what he learned to make a difference in himself and in his community. This fall, three local families will benefit from Forrest’s continuing dedication to leadership and service.

On August 28, CSU, Chico students will join with Lowes employees and members of local churches to continue construction on three family residences that began in May 2010 at the Habitat Greens subdivision on the corner of East 16th and D Streets in Chico. On Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, the students will strap on their tools again, joining with others to complete construction of the three Habitat for Humanity homes this fall.

“We’re starting off this school year with a very big bang,” said Forrest. “We’ve gathered a variety of organizations throughout our campus to collaborate and build for our community.”

Working with Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Darlene Giampaoli and Construction Specialist Dan Braz, Forrest enlisted members of CSU, Chico’s College of Business Student Leadership Council, Cross Cultural Leadership Council, Student Veteran Organization, Greek fraternities and sororities and Wildcat Recreation Center to assist with the effort. “We expect to have a grand total of over 150 students participants over the next month,” said Forrest.

“Much of the credit for the partnership is owed to Darlene Giampaoli for her kindness and Dan Braz for volunteering his free time,” said Forrest. “Their goodwill, combined with the sponsorship of Pleasant Valley High School, is the driving force that enables ordinary people like you and me to truly make an impact within our community.”

While focusing his energy and enthusiasm on developing a strong partnership with Butte County’s Habitat for Humanity, Forrest has also participated in several leadership development programs. As one of four students selected to serve a one-year term as a Tomorrow’s Leaders Student Fellows for the College of Business, he attended the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 17th Annual National Character and Leadership Symposium near Colorado Springs, Colo., and a leadership training program at the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

As for future plans for the partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Forrest said, “We have a strong motivation to fundraise and execute our own Chico State Build by the end of the spring 2011 semester. This will require $40,000 to start the process and expenses throughout to complete the build. We are certain that our students have the right intentions and are eager to accomplish this.”

The Values-Based Leadership Boot Camp is an educational initiative of the Center for Values Based Leadership at CSU, Chico. It was established in 2008 by the College of Business to prepare a new generation of effective business leaders who are characterized by remarkable character, a dedication to serve others, and an unwavering commitment to uphold ethical practices in the workplace. Since its inception, the center has been supported by strong corporate partnerships—providing students with unparalleled opportunities to discover and develop their leadership skills. To learn more about the fall 2010 Boot Camp, contact Department of Management faculty member Bob Sprague 530-898-6124.