Good morning Bakersfield. It is Saturday, November 11, 2017, Veterans Day. Thank you for your service.
It’s been another active week here at BC.
We’ve been celebrating our veterans all week, starting with a special leadership breakfast on Monday, guest speakers, and the public unveiling of our plans for the Veteran Resource Center, which wouldn’t be possible without the community of Kern County coming together to support Measure J.
Veterans’ Day started as the US celebration of the end of World War I, which officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day in November of 1918. Over time, it’s evolved into a celebration of all current or retired members of our armed forces, and a time to honor the contributions of all the brave men and women who fought to preserve our safety and uphold our nation’s grand ideals. In 1955 when the Panorama Campus at Bakersfield College was being built, the first structure completed was Memorial Stadium. It was named to honor our fallen heroes of World War I and World War II and a plaque at the finish line commemorates its dedication to the bravery and sacrifice of our brothers and sisters. Over sixty years later, those who serve our country continue to be an inspiration to this campus, and our student veterans are an important part of the Renegade family.
On Monday, we kicked off the week with a breakfast for leaders in our community who diligently support our returning veterans and men and women in service. While I couldn’t be in attendance, I heard so many lovely comments about the morning. With an over 60% increase in student veterans at BC on campus, it is the leadership and engagement from these dedicated individuals who help us intentionally and meaningfully support our students and veterans to reach their goals. Thank you to everyone who came out including Mayor Karen Goh, Chancellor Tom Burke, Judge Louie Vega, Representative for Rudy Salas David Valadao, Michael O’Doherty, Scott Spielman, and JR Browning.
To see the full photo gallery of the breakfast, visit the BC Smugmug.
Karen Goh posted about the breakfast on her facebook with some awesome photos as well. See her post here.
Thank you to KGET who also invited Paul Beckworth to talk about our weeklong celebration on Monday. The clip from KGET Sunrise is available here.
On Tuesday, we held an all day Drop Zone in front of the Admin Building where a team of individuals collected donations for our troops. Accepted donations included various foods and treats. I received a text message from Lisa Kent who helped at the event with the following photo and message that since student veteran, Wen Medrano, had arrived at the zone, they had 3 drive-up donation drop offs!
The donations will be boxed and prepared by Kern River Blue Star Moms, which is our local chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America. Throughout the year they send care packages to local troops who are deployed, assist local veterans’ organizations, and participate in multiple community outreach events. Look for them in the Veterans Day Parade.
Throughout the day, we welcomed various organizations and special visitors who brought donations.
Annie Garrett and Julie Kapoor from KHSD visited the Drop Off Zone with a donation and they left this message, “We wanted to say how much we appreciate what you do for our Veterans. It was so gratifying seeing your face and those Veterans faces when we opened up the car. Thank you for your service and our Veterans”
If you visited campus this week, you would have noticed the flag garden outside of the Center for Student Success, specifically the Counseling office. All flags were $1 and the proceeds will go to Mikes Pass Program at BC to purchase parking permits for veterans.
On Wednesday, we welcomed Elizabeth Perez-Halperin, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series . Hosted by Bakersfield College Veterans Services, former Navy Petty Officer-turned entrepreneur Elizabeth Perez-Halperin spoke about her own experiences as a female veteran and her struggles after leaving of the service. Ms. Perez-Halperin holds a degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University with a Minor in Logistics, Business & Safety Management. She also is the President and founder of GC Green Incorporated (GCG), a certified woman-owned, Native American, and 9/11 service disabled veteran-owned Green Build General Contracting and Consulting Firm.
Celebrating the 1-year anniversary of Measure J by unveiling the future Veterans Resource Center
November 8, 2017 marked the one-year anniversary of the Yes vote on Measure J. A Yes vote meant sharing in a renewed vision of what moved the community to start Bakersfield College 104 years ago — and 61 years ago to start building the beautiful campus on Panorama Drive. Thank you for your support and thank you for sharing this vision.
Today, one year later, our first project funded by our shared and renewed vision is the Veterans Resource Center. What better way to thank our community than by building this center as a commitment to the knowledge and preparation of our veterans; and what better way than by focusing on student veteran needs in the learning environment, their opportunities, and their dreams for the future. Thank you veterans for your service.
When our Veterans are returning home, the brand-new Veterans Resource Center at Bakersfield College will be the place they’re coming to for the promise of opportunities through a successful education. We were honored to have the President of the KCCD Board of Trustees as our first guest speaker for the event, Kay Meek.
It was specifically important to Kay that this new center was designed to enhance and improve student success, wellness, and provide a comforting space for camaraderie for our returning veterans, like Lee Caldwell. Trustee Meek called on Chancellor Burke to get the building open for our student veterans sooner than later.
Lee spoke of how returning home and coming to BC changed his life. Our campus is a place of hope, dreams, and transformation and Lee is shining proof of this. These sacred spaces of higher education are over half a century old, but inspiration and transformation are abundant within our halls and on our campus grounds.
Our next speaker was Karen Thompson, Chair of the Measure J Committee and Chair of the Board of Directions for the BC Foundation. Karen was a force on the campaign for Measure J — from taking care of finances to logistics. Thank you Karen Thompson and the Bakersfield College Foundation.
Chancellor Tom Burke spoke about the ways in which KCCD is looking forward to enhancing student success through the initiatives provided by Measure J. An article from The Bakersfield Californian which showcased the unveiling quoted him, “Your support will ensure that Bakersfield College will be able to provide quality facilities for our local communities for decades to come,” said Kern Community College District Chancellor Tom Burke. “I believe quality facilities are a huge part in providing a learning environment that leads to student success. Veterans, this resource center is our tribute and resource to you and those that follow. You will always find support at the Kern Community College District for meeting your life goals and aspirations.”
Our final guest speaker was Trustee Bill Thomas, who was a true storyteller and champion for the BC campus throughout the Measure J campaign. His dedication to BC stems from back when he was known on campus as Professor Thomas to his Renegade Political Science students and his love for this campus has never dimmed. He spoke of how he was inspired by returning veterans who dedicated themselves to earning an education after returning home from service. He specifically spoke about Vernon Venezuela, a Vietnam Veteran, and his advocacy for veterans across the country. When he brought up Vernon’s name, many of the veterans attending the event teared up.
The new Veterans Resource Center funded by the community through Measure J will be a true game changer for our returning veterans as students, and will offer support services along with a team of staff to guide them through their educational journey. We currently have over 680 enrolled student veterans and more each year. Our student veterans are an inspiration, through their stories, their successes, and their courage. We are honored that they chose to come to BC.
Thank you to our student veterans for your courage and service, for believing in yourself, for pursuing an education, and for choosing Bakersfield College. This is for you.
Thank you to our community for supporting Measure J and important initiatives. I can’t think of a better way to start building that renewed vision than by building the Veterans Resource Center to serve our student veterans. It is a good time to be at Bakersfield College. It is a good time to be in Bakersfield and it is a good time to be in Kern County.
It was great seeing Michael O’Doherty at the event. Michael spent countless hours on Measure J. BC is indebted to you. And here is a photo of Nick Strobel and Bill Thomas after the event.
I was so happy to see Wesley Barrientos at the event. Wesley later joined Paul Beckworth and me for an interview with Richard Beene on his radio show. Wesley was at BC when I arrived as a new president and was instrumental in getting me to understand how BC could best prepare for welcome and support returning veterans to the Home of the Renegades.
Thank you Monika Scott, Jennifer Serratt, Bill Potter, and Paul Beckworth for planning this event. Thank you Mary Jo for doing what you do. And thank you Marlene Heise for bringing out the media. Thank you Manny De Los Santos, Earl Parsons, and Carson for the photos. Thank you Dennis Spencer
This was my favorite picture of the event. A selfie by Jenny Frank of four veterans who love BC and have helped us take care of our student veterans.
Richard Beene Show
Later that afternoon Paul Beckworth, Wesley Barrientos and I were on the Richaed Beene radio show.
On Thursday, we wrapped up our week on campus with Vet Fest and had over a dozen booths showcasing some of the support and tools that veterans can make use of. At 9AM, the BC Drumline started out the beautiful day —
… then the Presentation of the Colors by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department Color guard, and to kick off our speakers was Veteran Club President, Cristian Gutierrez.
Speakers included Mayor Karen Goh, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, Paul Beckworth, Cristian Gutierrez and keynote speaker, Dr. Denita Oyeka.
Dr. Oyeka served in the US Army for 17 years until wounded during a complex ambush in Mosul Iraq. Her injuries included Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD, spinal injuries, broken ribs, and heart damage. During her multiple tours for operations Iraq Freedom and Operations Enduring Freedom, she served as a Weapons of Mass Destruction Intelligence Team Lead for Base Defense Operations, with the Biological Detection and Identification Systems under the Big Red One Infantry Division. She has her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Weapons of Mass Destruction and recently completed her Doctorate in Public Policy: Organizational Management and Leadership with Focus on Transitioning Veteran Policy Development. Denita is continuing her service to America by working for the Department of Justice. She has found the determination to continually overcome her injuries through educating and supporting fellow Veterans in various collaborations from California to Capitol Hill.
Locals from the community came to celebrate on campus, such as Buzz Wells from Tehachapi who made the trip to BC just for Vetfest.
A huge thank you to BC Food Services for providing tacos, rice and beans, and the live band for the music and entertainment.
Thanks to all of the local organizations who came out including: Veterans Club, Department of Rehabilitation, Agriculture Department, United States Marine Corps, Kern River Blue Star Moms, BC Disabled Students Program and Services, University of La Verne in Bakersfield, Veterans Job Club, Kern Healing Connections, Kevin McCarthy, Planned Parenthood, Self-Help Enterprises, Wounded Heros Fund , Social Security Administrations, Kern County Probation Department, Veterans Service Department, Kern Patriot Partnership, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance , Southwest carpenters, Bakersfield college Vet Center, The California State University, M.E.Ch.A
All of these weeks activities would not have been possible without a team of people who coordinated each and every detail. Thank you to everyone, especially including Paul Beckworth, Lisa Kent, Bernadette Martinez, Armando Trujillo, and Lee Caldwell.
Law Enforcement Graduation
While we were all busy celebrating our military at Vetfest, the Bakersfield Police Department was graduating 14 new officers in the Indoor Theater.
We were honored to have the BPD’s academy, the graduating cadets, and all of their families on campus to celebrate the hard-fought achievements of 14 future police officers, who will soon begin working diligently out in our streets to protect our community. Before graduating, the academy showed a video demonstrating all of the trials the physical and mental challenges the cadets had to endure during their training. I’d like to thank Chief Lyle Martin, who pushed to bring the graduation back to the BC campus. I can’t wait to welcome more graduates into our future law enforcement agencies.
Thank you Paul Beckworth for your leadership in this week-long celebration of our veterans.
CSUB BC Transfer Event
Faculty and administrators from BC and CSUB gathered Monday, October 30 in the Fireside room to discuss course-specific road maps for each institution. We shared a simple lunch and while sitting across from our counterparts each came to better understood our shared mission to serve Kern county. Although the initial intent was to work on areas where BC ADT’s (Associate Degrees for Transfer) were similar to CSUB areas of Concentration, some additional important programs with opportunity or a large number of transfers were included. By days end, 23 Transfer degrees (AA-T/AS-T), 2 TMC’s and 2 new degree areas were coordinated with 51 CSU Major Emphasis or concentration areas.
- Clarified pathways to facilitate student completion of Baccalaureate Degrees in Kern County
- Relationships between discipline faculty to better inform students’ coursework
- Identified course articulation or ADT modifications
- Expanded ADT application to Areas of Concentration (one ADT degree may go to multiple CSU BA pathways) and understanding any specific course benefits within individual pathways
- Documented pathways by semester for full-time students – CSU 120 units and BC 60 unit + CSUB 60 unit packages
- Documented CSU/CCC model that can be replicated statewide to meet the Graduation 2025 Initiative goals
Numerous materials including one-year pathway models and 4-year pathway models, discipline C-ID courses and Transfer Model Curriculum were supplied faculty who worked through a 4-year pathway from BC to Bachelor’s degree at CSUB. The end-product for each discipline was a semester pattern of course-taking for each area of emphasis at CSUB. Patterns included recommended coursework by CSUB faculty for specific pathways at BC.
BC and CSUB faculty are currently finalizing these pathways, which will be posted and available to clarify paths for students in Biology, Pre-Nursing, Communication, Journalism, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Engineering, English, History, Kinesiology, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Additional pathway maps will be completed this winter.
Taste of BC
Have I mentioned recently how amazing our faculty and students are? Last Saturday, our Performing Arts faculty and students partnered with our Culinary Arts faculty and students to create an unforgettable evening for 35 students from Standard Middle School. Starting with a tour of our Performing Arts Center, the middle school students got a ‘behind the scenes’ look at our Theatre and Music facilities. They also enjoyed an incredible performance by BC students from our recent production of Hamlet, followed by a skit from Brian’s Beard (BC’s Improv Troupe). Our Theatre majors also taught the middle school students how to do improv. Very impressive! To top off the evening, the students enjoyed a fantastic meal in the Renegade Room by our Culinary Arts majors, and were entertained with dinner music by many of our Music majors. Many thanks to Dr. Jen Garrett, Brian Sivesind, Chef Suzanne Tangeman, Kevin Ganger, Leslie Aldridge, and Kim Chin, along with our students from the Hamlet cast, 1984 cast, Brian’s Beard, Music majors, and Culinary Arts students for volunteering the time and talents to benefit our local middle school students (…and hopefully future Renegades!)
Paul Meyers, District Superintendent emailed to share that the experience was powerful for the young students, and they appreciate the attention to the details that made everything come together so well Saturday night.
Thank you to all involved, and thank you Standard Middle School for bringing the students to Bakersfield College. I hope they will all return as Renegades.
Accreditation Forum #3
Monday’s 3rd Accreditation Forum was well attended with great participation from faculty and staff. Dena Rhodes and Todd Coston (filling in for Mike Ivey) lead the group through a discussion on Standard III.A.5, one of 15 sections for Human Resources, concerning the evaluation process, improving it, educating and training managers, and documenting the plan. Next, Bill Potter and Kristen Rabe Discussed Standard III.B Facilities, or physical resources. The main purpose of the 4 sections of this standard is to ensure that we have adequate, appropriate, equitable and safe space for classes and administration. Their discussion of Standard III.B.3 focused on the process for requesting facilities (program review), the request’s prioritization through committee, inclusion in the Facilities Master Plan, and completion contingent on funding.
Richard Marquez and Todd Coston, co-chairs of the ISIT Committee, discussed sections 2 & 5, of the five sections of Standard III.C, Technology. The theme of requesting our technological needs through program review, prioritization, planning, and funding were consistent with that of Bill’s and Kristen’s facility needs. There is also a new standard this year for “policies and procedures that guide the appropriate use of technology in the teaching and learning processes.” We meet this standard through the Board Policy, Acceptable Use Policy and adhering to ADA and 508 compliance.
Don Chrusciel and Steve Holmes, co-leads on Standard III.D Finance, gave a demonstration on where we can find budget information on the District web site. Don explained the Closing the Loop document that recaps how the budget was spent on planned projects. You may view the Forum Presentations on the Accreditation site.
Thank you to Sue Vaughn, Nick Strobel, John Gerhold, Maria Wright, Jennifer Johnson, staff and faculty in Delano and all of the others that participated in the discussion. Also a big thank you to Liz Rozell, Jason Stratton, Bill Moseley, Kirk Russell, Johnathon Shultz and Delano for coordinating the forum. I hope to see all of you at the next forum hosted by the College Council on November 17th. Keep an eye out for the announcement.
Great picture of Todd Coston, Bill Potter, and Kristin Rabe celebrating after the forum.
Academic Senate at BC!
The Bakersfield College Academic Senate represents the faculty in its entirety and whose primary function is to make recommendations to and agreements with the governing board of the district with respect to academic and professional matters, and to make recommendations to the administration and governing board on matters pertaining to the conduct and welfare of the college.
We have a great group of faculty on the senate at BC under the leadership of Senate President Steven Holmes. Tarina Perry (far left) does a great job supporting the senate.
Front row, left to right:
Tarina Perry (Administrative Secretary), Kimberly Nickell (EB), Steven Holmes (AS President), Laura Peet, Di Hoffman (EB), Lisa Harding (EB), Susan McQuerrey, Dan Kimball, Deborah Rosenthal (EB), Chad Newton (EB), Michael Fredenberg, Ishmael Kimbrough, Robby Martinez, Lawrence Salcido (BCSGA)
Second row, left to right:
Phil Whitney, Barbara Braid, Alisha Loken, Matt Garrett (EB), Neal Stanifer, Klint Rigby, Victor Diaz (EB), Matt Jones, Teresa McAllister, Qui Jimenez, Jessica Wojtysiak (EB), Ganae Romo (BCSGA)
The Renegade Minute
The Renegade Minute is a podcast produced by students in the Commercial Music program at Bakersfield College. The series presents profiles of BC faculty, students, and people around Kern County and beyond. For more information on the Commercial Music Program at Bakersfield College please visit: panoramarecordings.com/ and bccommercialmusic.tumblr.com/
BC Express Enrollment at Shafter Learning Center
Bakersfield College is bringing higher education to Shafter for rural North West Kern county. The college offerings at the Shafter Learning Center and Shafter High School will service a population of over 60,000 adults (18 and over) living within a twenty mile radius of both locations. The initial offerings will be general education college courses that apply to a Bakersfield College degree or transfer to local four-year schools. The effort is to improve our support to students that cannot access our services at the Panorama campus. The site is located about eight miles south of Wasco on highway 43 in the city of Shafter at 236 James Street, Shafter, Ca.
I invite everyone in the area to come out to Shafter Learning Center for BC’s Express Enrollment event on November 14th from 8AM to 2PM. Get enrolled and leave registered for BC classes in Shafter!
Fall Jazz Concert on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.: The Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble directed by Kris Tiner celebrates some of the greatest jazz composers from the 1940s to the present. Featuring music by Horace Silver, Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Toshiko Akiyoshi and more. Tickets available atwww.vallitix.com or at the door, $10 general admission, $7 students/staff/seniors. Proceeds benefit the BC Jazz Program. For more information call 661-395-4313 or visit www.bcjazz.org
Culinary Caroling Dinner on Dec. 2nd: The incredible Culinary Arts Department and the BC Chamber Singers get together and put on quite an evening of food and music to kick of your holiday season. This year’s theme is based on the Christmas movies we all know and love, and even features Santa Claus for your picture-taking pleasure. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Chamber Singers ambitious tour to Australia to sing in the Sydney Opera House. We have raised over 65,000 for the tour but currently need to almost double that amount. Your support will help us reach our goal of taking all of the Chamber Singers regardless of their financial situation. We cannot make this happen on our own and are so grateful for your support. There will be a silent and live auction also full of wonderful items!
Tickets are $45 for a single ticket and $40 each for 2 or more tickets. Tickets are only sold through Dr. Jennifer Garrett at email@example.com or the Chamber Singers. Tickets will go quickly.
Enjoying Porterville College at the Nov 9th Board Meeting
The KCCD BOard of Trustees typically meet at the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield every month. However, three of their meetings are scheduled on the college campuses. On November 6th we met at the Porterville College campus. During lunch President Bill Henry had organized a short presentation of a new program at the college — the Pirate Pathway to success. It is a great program with focus on getting to degree completion in a shorter amount of time. Here are Erin Cruz and Elmer Aguilar presenting the program. Very cool presentation.
It was also a treat to see the retirees present with the Board recognizing them for their service. Dr. Rosa Carlson was there and everyone greeted her back with much warmth. Here is a photo of Steve Schultz who is just a wonderful man …. He was my inspiration on supporting student veterans with what he did at the Porterville College campus. Here he is with his wife.
Also, their son Jonathan Schultz is an amazing faculty in the counseling department. He work long hours and is passionate about student success. Check out this 7-minute video
I also found this great picture on Jonathan Schultz’ facebook page.
Steve Schultz and Virginia Gurrola were both recognized with the status of “emeritus” along with several others. I got to know Virginia Gurrola when she took a leadership role with the campaign on Measure J. She was just great.
Congratulations Steve and Virginia.
MESA Students at BC
Four talented Bakersfield College students gathered in downtown Los Angeles in a step towards becoming the diverse leaders of tomorrow’s tech and engineering workforce. MESA’s Student Leadership Conference brings together hand-picked engineering and computer science students with industry professionals to develop the next generation of STEM leaders. Held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Oct. 27-28, this year’s conference theme was Illuminate. Motivate. Launch.
The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program guides diverse students from underrepresented backgrounds into STEM careers.
Unlike job fairs or speaker-only conferences, MESA students got the unique opportunity to interact one-on-one and in small groups with company executives, engineers and recruiters. Many often leave the conference with internship offers that lead to full-time employment. Students participated in mock interviews, communications, team building, emotional intelligence and financial literacy workshops.
Renegade Volleyball Conf Champs.
From TBC: “Ferreira is hoping for a top-four seeding, which would mean opening the playoffs at home on Nov. 21.” I will be there on Nov 21st. Will you?
Check out the article by Mike Griffith at: http://tinyurl.com/ydg2zhs9
It was a fun game and there were many who came out to support the student athletes.
The Softball Team came out to support Renegade Volleyball
The Wrestling Team came out to support Renegade Volleyball
The Cheer Team was there
Loved seeing Becki Whitson.
Women’s Cross Country qualifies two for state meet: wo members of the BC women’s cross country team qualified for the State Championships, next week in Fresno. Lourdes Cruz finished 59th (21:12.68) and Gabriella Lugo finished 83 (21:46.99) at the SO CAL Championships, this past Friday, to qualify. (from gogades.com)
Men’s Cross Country Team qualifies for state: The Renegades finished in 14th place as a team to earn a spot in the State Championships. In the field of 196 runners at the SO CAL Cahmpionships, three Renegades finished in the top eighty. Angelo Benitez led BC, finishing in 50th place with a time of 22:26.60. Harrison Wykoff (22:30.62) finished in 58th place and Marcos Mulato (22:47.66) finished 77th. (from: gogades.com)
Men’s Soccer: The Renegades defeated Glendale College 3-1, last night to improve to 3-4-2 in conference play. Jesus Barajas led the Renegades with two goals, giving him four for the season and Edui Pardo scored the other goal, his first of the season. Abel Gonzalez made 5 saves and Israel Rodriguez made one save.
Women’s Basketball defeat Riverside
The Renegades got in the win column, by defeating Riverside 69-64. Freshman, Brianna Mendez led the way with 22 points, 3 blocks and 4 steals, while Angie Kroeger added 16 points and 9 rebounds. (from gogades.com)
On Thursday (Nov 2nd), the Renegades defeated Santa Ana 84-68. They had multiple players score in double figures, led by Jaylunn English with 22. Henry Galinato recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jamar Hammonds (12 points), Tucker Eenigenburg (11 points) and Anieus Medrano (10 points) were the other players scoring in double figures. On Friday (Nov 3rd), the Renegades defeated Long Beach 92-84. Four Renegades scored in double figures, led by Jamar Hammonds, who had 33 points and 17 rebounds, Jaylunn English addes 21 points, Shahadah Camp 18 points and Tucker Eenigenburg 16 points. (from: gogades.com)
BC coming to Shafter January 2018. Enroll now!
It was a treat running into Kathy Bohner on Tuesday, Nov 7th. Kathy retired as the assessment center coordinator and before that she worked in the math lab.
Paul Beckworth wins the motorcycle when Mayor Karen Goh draws the winning raffle ticket at the Wounded Heroes Fund event.
Emmanuel Limaco at MeCha Panelist event…from Facebook
That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
the luckiest and happiest college president ever