CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico on the Road for North State Conversations

Date: 11-02-2012

Melissa McGowan
Regional & Continuing Education

Beginning next week, representatives from the CSU, Chico North State Initiative Task Force will begin visiting the 12 counties in the University’s service area for a series of informal conversations to explore ways to strengthen the North State. CSU, Chico serves the largest area of any CSU campus: 12 counties, 32,000 square miles, about 21 percent of the state—much of it rural.

Building on the long tradition of serving the North State and in recognition of our 125th anniversary, CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg launched the North State Initiative Task Force to “broadly focus on serving the North State through the arts, research, civic engagement and service learning, increasing the college-going population, and improving the health and well-being of North State residents.”

Beginning with Modoc, Siskiyou, and Trinity counties on Nov. 5 and 6, members of the task force will sit down with residents to listen, learn, and explore ways to foster partnerships to serve the region and its residents. Maggie Payne, interim dean of the CSU, Chico College of Communication and Education, and Debra Barger, dean of CSU, Chico Regional and Continuing Education and chair of the North State Initiative Task Force, will be on hand for these initial sessions. The conversations will provide an opportunity for the University to hear about success stories, innovations and initiatives already under way throughout the region, ones that may not make headlines but that make a difference. “This is one small way for us to build connections and relationships with our neighbors in the region, as well as between counties and organizations,” said Barger.

“The North State Initiative aims to help the University reaffirm its role in our region and to explore ways in which we can be even more valuable to our neighbors who count on us,” says Zingg. “This task force will help us to look at our orientations and achievements from the perspective of the public and other external constituents. It will help us look at ourselves from the ‘outside in’ not just from the ‘inside in.’ ”

Meeting dates in the remaining counties are currently being scheduled. For more information about the conversations or about the North State Initiative, please contact Debra Barger, North State Initiative Task Force chair, 530-898-6105, dbarger@csuchico.edu.