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Awards and Activities

The Chico State Speech and Debate Team had an impressive showing at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament hosted online by the University of Cincinnati. Chico State was led by Kristina Sanville, a senior communication studies major, who received a semifinalist award in After Dinner Speaking—placing her 12th in the nation and lifting Chico State to its highest Pi Kappa Delta Nationals place since joining the organization in 2015.

Hanna Scully, an agriculture business major, received the Frieda Rapoport Caplan Memorial Award, as part of UnitedAg’s 2021 AEF Foundation Educational Scholarship Program.

Jafet Cordova, a recent construction management graduate, was accepted into the Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) through the University of California. SIEML, a systemwide initiative that aims to increase diversity in graduate business programs at the six UC business schools, offers an all-expense-paid immersive business and career leadership experience in May for undergraduate students currently enrolled in their sophomore or junior year at a Hispanic Serving Institution or Historically Black College and University.

Ashley Russell, a public administration graduate student, was a member of the fourth-place regional winning team at the virtual 2021 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. This year’s competition saw nearly 400 students from 120 universities in 30 countries at four global sites take part in the competition—a partnership between the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) that annually connects public policy students from a vast network of universities worldwide through simulated gameplay. Developed by experts at the Batten School’s Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming (CLSG) and backed by real-world data, the simulation places students in leadership roles within a time-sensitive, fast-paced environment where they must work together to minimize the impact of a deadly infectious disease.