The Orion

Students need time for finals, rather than assignments

Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Karen Limones

December 12, 2018

After returning from the Camp Fire, the first few days seemed intense. All you could hear was the constant chatter between individuals talking about the mass destruction of flames that terrorized Paradise and surrounding communities. While Chico State encouraged faculty members to finish their semester of...

Instructors, alumni receive awards for outstanding teaching

Dr. Najm Yousefi is one of the six recipients of this year's Outstanding Faculty awards. Photo credit: Tisha Cheney

Tisha Cheney

February 21, 2018

One of the highest awards given by the university was announced for six faculty members Tuesday. Chosen by the university's Faculty Recognition and Support Committee, President Gayle E. Hutchinson and cabinet recently surprised the 2017-18 winners with their awards, according to a release from Sean...

Students voice concerns on faculty strike

From left to right: CFA field representative Jason Conwell,  Professor Tim Sistrunk, and Counselor Mimi Bommersbach discuss the best way to hand out fliers to students. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Michelle Zhu

February 25, 2016

The California State University faculty plan to strike on April 13, but students still have unanswered questions. Faculty are not satisfied with stagnant wages and are striking if CSU management does not make changes. The California Faculty Association Chico chapter held an open meeting on Feb. 10...

California Faculty Association wears red to symbolize potential strike

From left to right: CFA Field Representative Jason Conwell,  Professor Tim Sistrunk, and Counselor Mimi Bommersbach discuss the best way to hand out fliers to students.  About reaching out to students Sistrunk said,

January 29, 2016

All around campus professors and other faculty are wearing red and handing out fliers to show support for their peers and bring awareness to students. The California Faculty Association is seeking student support to help them get better wages before they are forced to go on strike. Ryan Corrall can be reached at [email protected]

Chico State adopts new background check policy

Glenna Morgan, professor of communication design, expressed her concerns with the live-scan background checks due to its timeliness factor. Photo credit: Lauren Anderson

Lauren Anderson

October 2, 2015

New student and faculty hires may feel less intimidated by a background check policy change that eliminates the need for fingerprinting and speeds the entire process along. The new policy, Accurate Background, provides a background check online in which the candidate simply fills out a questionnaire,...

Professor office hours requirement reduced

Faculty Personnel Policies and Procedures revisions have limited the minimum requirement for office hours, such shown from Timothy Sistrunk, Chair of Faculty and Student Policies Committee. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

Carly Plemons

September 28, 2015

Chico State’s Faculty Personnel Policies and Procedures (FPPP) have been revised resulting in the reduction of the required office hours for professors from five to four hours minimum of availability per week. This is due to the inequity between full-time faculty and lecturers. Previously, full-time faculty wer...

Faculty rally demands change

Rally members protest for change in front of Kendall Hall. Photo credit: Michael Catelli

Michael Catelli

September 20, 2015

Chico State faculty members of the CSU Employees Union and the California Faculty Association rallied together on Friday to protest poor working conditions. Issues addressed were low salary increases, lack of transparency and abusive conduct in the workplace. “Our goal today was to keep the pre...

Faculty members should stop co-opting personal student stories

Illustration by Trevor Moore

Joseph Rogers

April 29, 2015

I don’t know how the topic really came up at the smoking area between Butte and Plumas halls, but there was consensus among the three of us who were discussing it: Faculty members are not entitled to the personal stories of their students. One gentleman, a veteran of Afghanistan, shared that...

Fostering diversity requires more than empty gestures

Fostering diversity requires more than empty gestures

Joseph Rogers

March 21, 2015

Hung on lamp posts throughout the Chico State campus are a series of banners bearing statements on what qualities “Chico State values…” One of these values is excellence. That’s true — it looks good for the administration. Another is diversity, because it also … wait. Seriously? I ...

The importance of Teacher Assistants

Veronica De La Cruz

March 7, 2014

Teacher Assistants are able to relate to students due to the fact that some of them may still be in school.As students themselves, they understand the pressures and stress that come with being a college student, and their ability to relate to students provides a fun and interesting learning experience. T...

Faculty union elects new president

Charles Turner, new Chico State faculty union president

Mozes Zarate

January 21, 2014

Chico State’s faculty are under new local leadership as bargaining between the union and California State University continues. Political science department chair Charles Turner was sworn into office as the president of the Chico State chapter of the California Faculty Association at the begi...

Lecturer earns reputable fellowship

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Sergio Sanchez was one of twelve political science scholars selected nationally this year for a fellowship stipend from the American Political Science Association's Minority Fellows program.

Nicholas Carr

December 11, 2013

A faculty member at Chico State has received a fellowship from the American Political Science Association to pursue doctoral studies.Sergio Sanchez, a political science lecturer, will be awarded $4,000 through the association’s Minority Fellows Program, according to a university press release. Sanc...

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