Order, Disorder, Reorder – The Journey We Make, The Journey We Model

08/10/2017 20:36

Order, Disorder, Reorder – The Journey We Make, The Journey We Model

It’s humbling to think that as we do our work here, we’re supporting dreams of others.  Even more humbling is understanding that the privilege of teaching requires daily acceptance about how much there is still to learn.

First, though – talk about order, disorder, and reorder right on the home front!  Congratulations to the Minetti Family on the birth of their beautiful little boy, Dominic. Here he is, because we never tire of basking in the sheer loveliness of a tiny new face:

Welcome to the community known as Beautiful Children of College of Business Faculty, (BCCOBF) little man!

And here is a visage that is not too tiny, but rather mighty:

It's Curt Deberg, SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entreprenurship) leader, at the dynamic SAGE event held April 22 right here on campus. Any man who remakes himself thus in response to adversity is worthy of our admiration. It's so good to see you looking so well, Curt; and congratulations on carrying SAGE forward. It's a truly international gathering of people who are a delight to get to know.


To Jeffrey Decker and the students of VITA (Voluntary Income Tax Assistance) for helping the community recover their tax dollars through the provision of a VITAL service. As Jeff noted, VITA  “helped provide the community $1,250,626 in gross benefits over the course of 9 weeks…excellent work by all involved, truly a superior performance by our students.” Imagine the impact on the local economy.

To Peter Straus, and faculty and students coming together to change the world through the Center for Entrepreneurship and their own fiery thinking. The creative genius on display on this grand, and very crowded occasion was enough to keep us all afire through at least next semester.

Congrats to Bill McGowan and the faculty and students recognized in his recent email about the 2017 Western States Sales Competition.  First and second place winners Avery Burke and Austin Burback are, you guessed it, Chico State students! Speaking of faculty who work with Bill…

Hey, Britanny Fortune and Bill Maligie! (or Bill McGowan- the students told me Bill M, maybe it was Bill McG, either way --)Surprise! The STUDENTS you work with asked me to include this success as they marvel at how far their organization has come in a short time. Behold, an unsolicited email I recently received:

Hi Linda -This past week myself and seven other Pi Sigma Epsilon - Eta Theta members traveled to St. Louis to compete in several different business competitions. Some of those categories were a Pro-Am sales comp, Marketing Case Study, and for overall Top New Chapter. Being a brand-new chapter we were competing with 8 other newly created chapters for this award.  Chico State won the award and was acknowledged at the national awards ceremony for our hard work. This award recognizes the outstanding development of a chapter in the areas of chapter operations, programming, recruitment, and communication during its chartering year. This award is a mere stepping stone, paving the way for Eta Theta's abundant achievements that have yet to come. Our members are ambitious and we will continue to prove to all of our supporters that we are capable of more than just success, but a true legacy here at California State University, Chico.   Regards, Jonathan Wylie, President, Pi Sigma Epsilon – Eta Theta











There are many things to love about any success story shared by students. In imparting their legacy as advisory faculty, Brittany and Bill enabled others to be mindful and proud of their legacy. 

Congrats to David Agoff, always so much a part of student meetings, one of which I participated in as well: The Management Club’s (TMC)Speed Interview Challenge! It was exhausting, exhilarating fun. Many faculty members supported this, and I’m sorry I don’t have a full list of participants. I do recall seeing ace coaches Bob Sprague, Ryne Johnson, Carol Trivedi, and Bill Maligie. Here's a photo of most of the crew on hand:

David also would like to highlight a certain student’s dedication to TMC.  “Marie Bow is The Management Club President,” explains David. “We want to recognize the great job Marie has done in her position, as well as the work done by the great TMC officers. The Club now is at fifty members, and still growing!"

Congratulations to Marie, shown below right, and also to the fantastic officers and activators of The Management Club.

Finally, filed under the “congrats” category, I would like to acknowledge the dedication of a group I co-advise with Dr.Najm al-Din Yousefi of the History Department on campus: CALMENA (Creative and Adaptive Leadership in the Middle East and North Africa). Below are several of its members out on bowling night with Hillel affiliated students. Dedicated members of CALMENA represent, not only the Middle East/North African region, but now comprise nations from around the world. The goal is to exemplify leadership through opening doors to multi-cultural awareness and mutual understanding.  This team has been very busy working on a special Fall artistic event--details to follow!



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"Kicking Against the Bottom:" Listening, Learning, and Managing When Things Fall Apart

As we're grateful for the successes of the semester, we acknowledge that there have been deeply personal losses of late. Colleagues have lost aged parents, colleagues, friends. Our young students have not been spared the loss of friends, either. Events and memorials pass, but feelings and memories linger.The world is fast paced, and duties don’t go away when the world turns upside down.

This podcast about grief and resilience is new and worth a listen. If you’ve ever wondered what to say to someone trying to find equilibrium in the pit of grief, it’s both helpful and comforting. Here’s a little of what’s covered: radical friendship; how to stop being the wrong kind of sorry; how to hold space for others (even our own selves) to be in; how to reframe, rebuild, recover, reorient.  And in case you missed it, here's less than three minutes of a beautiful convocation speech given at UC Berkeley in 2016 by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, on lessons learned upon the loss of her husband.


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Turning the Page...

And so, to paraphrase poet Mary Oliver, what is it you plan to do during your one wild and precious summer?

Will you travel, write, learn, read, recover, reclaim, consult your inner sage to plan the next steps on the great adventure called life?

Whatever you choose, best wishes for everything good along your path. I'll be making a few journeys accompanied as always by the tunes of the crazy minstrel, Ian Anderson – one of my very first teachers in, and of life. Long live Jethro Tull - and each of us. (JT was my first concert experience in life and may well be my last if we both hold out long enough :-)

Songs From the Wood

Let me bring you songs from the wood:
to make you feel much better than you could know.
Dust you down from tip to toe.
Show you how the garden grows.
Hold you steady as you go.
Join the chorus if you can:
it'll make of you an honest man.

Let me bring you love from the field:
poppies red and roses filled with summer rain.
To heal the wound and still the pain
that threatens again and again
as you drag down every lover's lane.
Life's long celebration's here.
I'll toast you all in penny cheer.

Let me bring you all things refined:
galliards and lute songs served in chilling ale.
Greetings well met fellow, hail!
I am the wind to fill your sail.
I am the cross to take your nail:
A singer of these ageless times.
With kitchen prose and gutter rhymes.
Songs from the wood make you feel much better.





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