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Chico State to pay former employee to work elsewhere

Chico State to pay former employee to work elsewhere

Gabriel Sandoval

January 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Showcase

Lorraine Hoffman, Chico State’s former vice president for business and finance, remains on the university’s payroll, even though she left campus last June after a tumultuous tenure. Hoffman, who also served as the chief financial officer at the university for eight years, signed an agreement with...

Official: Elevators safe, permits expired

Official: Elevators safe, permits expired

Gabriel Sandoval

May 17, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

Chico State elevators are safe and in good working order, despite having expired permits posted inside them, university officials said last week. The 20 campus elevators surveyed by The Orion last week displayed operating permits that expired in mid-April. The expired one-year permits were visible...

Letter: Employees sense ‘fear’ on campus

Letter: Employees sense ‘fear’ on campus

Gabriel Sandoval

April 28, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

After the Academic Senate approved a no-confidence resolution last December, faculty leaders said in a letter to Chancellor Timothy White that mismanagement by Chico State administrators had gotten so bad that employees “feel a sense of instability and fear” on campus. But in the four and a half months since the letter was written, faculty leaders said they are more opt...

Academic Affairs scraps allocation model

Academic Affairs scraps allocation model

Gabriel Sandoval

April 22, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News

Chico State is superseding the allocation model it used to figure the approximately $114 million Academic Affairs budget and will transition to a new system. Mike Ward, the newly appointed interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said last week the university is departing from the allocation mod...

Coordinator continues to register Wildcats

Coordinator continues to register Wildcats

Gabriel Sandoval

April 12, 2016


Filed under Campus, Community, News

Mike Hawkins stood beside his ironing board under the shade of a swaying tree near Meriam Library last Friday morning, asking passersby if they were registered to vote. “Register to vote? Take a couple minutes,” he repeated. Hawkins, a Vietnam veteran and political activist recognized as mu...

University’s Hispanic-Serving Institution status enables grant eligibility

University’s Hispanic-Serving Institution status enables grant eligibility

Gabriel Sandoval

April 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

Following a record-breaking year of Hispanic student enrollment, Chico State is now eligible to apply for federal Hispanic-Serving Institution grants, a university official said Saturday. Teresita Curiel, interim director of HSI initiatives, said the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed Chico...

Chico State names new interim provost

Chico State names new interim provost

Gabriel Sandoval

April 1, 2016


Filed under Administration, Breaking News, Campus, Community, News

Mike Ward, former dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management, has been named the new interim vice president and provost for Academic Affairs, succeeding Susan Elrod who stepped down Wednesday. President Paul Zingg made the announcement in an email to faculty a...

Cheerleaders seek ‘spirited’ teammates

Cheerleaders seek ‘spirited’ teammates

Gabriel Sandoval

March 23, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

The Chico State Cheer Team was tabling on the Gauntlet Tuesday – extra cheerfully – getting hyped as members promoted the team’s upcoming tryouts. “We’re looking for anyone who’s happy and spirited,” said Samantha White, a first-year student who back-spots and tumble...

Trustees to disclose new president midweek

Trustees to disclose new president midweek

Gabriel Sandoval

March 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Breaking News, Campus, Community, News

California State University trustees interviewed Chico State's final three presidential candidates on Monday, but will not name their selection until Wednesday. The CSU Board of Trustees questioned the finalists on Monday in a closed session at a Hilton hotel in Long Beach, wrapping up an almost five-...

New president goes public next week

New president goes public next week

Gabriel Sandoval

March 4, 2016


Filed under Administration, Breaking News, Campus, Community, News

Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Laurie Weidner is the CSU Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs. Weidner is the CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs. The title has been corrected. Only time will tell who the next president of Chico State will be, because nothing else wil...

Federal agency surpasses third year of ongoing Butte College investigation

Federal agency surpasses third year of ongoing Butte College investigation

Gabriel Sandoval and Molly Sullivan

February 28, 2016


Filed under Community, News

OROVILLE, Calif. — Almost three and a half years ago, a Butte College student was allegedly raped by a football player off-campus, creating a snowball effect. In October 2012, the female student filed a report with the Chico Police Department, and then reported the incident to Butte College’s Title IX co...

Audit finds hospitality expense policy could use improvements

Audit finds hospitality expense policy could use improvements

Gabriel Sandoval

February 26, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Community, News

A Chico State employee was reimbursed $1,215.48 for meals she attended, approved and "directly benefited from," violating the Foundation Hospitality Expense Policy, according to a California State University audit. The audit also noted that, although the policy doesn't set a dollar limit per meal...

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