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Chico State celebrates seventeenth annual Founders Week

California State University, Chico
California State University, Chico
Jena Savage

California State University, Chico will take part in the seventeenth annual Founders Week from April 17 through April 25, 2010. The week is a celebration of the college’s history, growth, and development, as well as of its faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Charter Day was first observed in 1909 to memorialize John Bidwell along with distinguished deceased members of the school’s faculty and trustees. Annie Bidwell donated two acres of land between the school and the creek on that day.

This year’s Founders Week will kick-off with EcoFest on the 17, illustrating Chico State’s commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness. EcoFest will take place on the Kendall Hall lawn.

Three campus tours will reveal the history and beauty of the college on Monday, April 19, including the Campus History Tour and the Campus Arboretum Tour.

The Outstanding Faculty Service Award Reception will follow on Tuesday in the Warrens Reception Center.

On Wednesday, April 21, CSU, Chico State art professor Elise Archias will discuss new work by choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, which will be followed by the eighth annual Symposium of Student Research and Scholarly Work held by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Another highlight of the week will be the Thursday, April 22, speech by Professor Troy Jollimore, recipient of the Outstanding Professor Award. Additionally, Thursday activities are planned in Trinity Commons, the Wildcat Recreation Center, and the Bell Memorial Student Union in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day.

A special tour of Laxson Auditorium will be held on Friday, April 23, in honor of the building’s eightieth anniversary. The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards will take place Friday night; Chico State President Paul J. Zingg will host the annual dinner, which is sponsored by the CSU, Chico Alumni Association.

The Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) will celebrate its fortieth anniversary on Saturday, April 24, and host a dinner for alumni, faculty, staff, and students that night.

Additional events and activities are also scheduled for the week.

For more info: Please call 530-898-4143 or click here to visit the Founders Week Web site.

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