Finals Week for Fall 2017 is a Wrap!

Good morning Bakersfield.  It is Saturday, December 9, 2017 and fall semester is a wrap.  A great day to be a Renegade and a great semester to be a Renegade.  BC students have been completing their finals all week long and the cool, chilly weather has us all in the holiday spirit.

And then Felix Adamo from The Bakersfield Californian dropped by during a lunch meeting at Don Perico.  I was so delighted to listen in on the banter between Felix and Nan.  Did you know that this fabulous photographer with the twitter handle @TBCpix is a veteran, was a student at BC, was the photographer for the Renegade Rip and the Raconteur….  Just wonderful.  Also, try a google image search with “Felix Adamo”…. you will find thousands of photos, but not one photo of him.  So I felt quite sneaky stealing this picture of Felix with Nan and then blasting it on social media — twitter and now my blog 🙂

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Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Felix Adamo

He was the student photographer for the 1975 Raconteur when BC won the Rosebowl championship.  James E. Meadows was the sports editor and started the article with

On December 11, 1975 a crowd of only 21,200 gathered in the sun-warmed Rosebowl in Pasadena for the Los Angeles Times sponsored Junior Rose Bowl — the 22nd of its kind …

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And as I scrolled through the Dec 1975 Raconteur I found this picture of Bill Thomas and Sharon Thomas by Lewis Wakeland.

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Thank you Felix Adamo.
I’m so proud that such a talented photographer is a Renegade!

100th Graduating Class of the BC Associate Degree Nursing Program

On Thursday evening, we celebrated the momentous occasion of the 100th Graduating Class of the BC Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Did you know the Nursing program at Bakersfield College is the 6th oldest RN program in the state? An article in one of the BC Archives newsletters says, “It all started in 1951 when a vocational nursing program was initiated in cooperation with Kern General Hospital (now Kern Medical Center). Its first group of nurses graduated in 1952.”

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GlennBultman, Ed Simonsen, and Pearl Wassen at Registered Nursing Graduation in 1960

It continued, “The original intention of the vocational nursing program was to train nurses to address the shortage brought on by World War II. It is thought that the program might end when the registered nursing program was initiated, but this did not occur.”  The registered nursing program began at BC in 1957 under the direction of Kathryn Cafferty. Accreditation was granted in June 1958 and the first graduating class was the following year.

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Thursdays Ceremony had 59 graduates and all grads have received and accepted job offers. The evening began with a performance by the BC Drumline and attendees were welcomed by the Master of Ceremonies, Jaime Mendiola and the Pledge of Allegiance by Gagan Jattana. Speakers for the evening included Carla Gard, Director of the Nursing Program, Lisa Harding, Faculty, Jeanette Harvey and Haley Wayts, Students, Ronnie KnabeDebbie Kennedy, and Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg.  

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In recognition of the 100th Graduating class of the Bakersfield College Associate Degree Nursing Program, the department shared a few mementos that commemorate the amazing milestone. This is such an exciting time for the department and our college.

Special thanks to Cindy Collier, Carla Gard, Michelle Burton, Bryan Lainez, Treana Adams, and Vanessa Reyes.

See all the photos at the Bakersfield College Smugmug.

Culinary Caroling

I walked into the third annual Culinary and Caroling dinner event to find this distinguished gentleman playing the piano to greet the guests.

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Mark Wilcox, the proud father of the talented, passionate and beautiful Jen Garrett.

On December 2nd, the BC Chamber Singers and BC Culinary Arts partnered to create their third annual Culinary and Caroling dinner.  Last year’s event was on Dec 3, 2016.  Here is my blog post from last year https://sonyachristianblog.com/2016/12/10/17775/

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Sonya Christian, Jen Garrett with Chamber Singers Dec 2 2017

Chefs Alex Gomez, Suzanne Durst and the Renegade Room staff hosted a delicious holiday dinner, and host Christian Flores made sure all guests were taken care of. Decorations were by Christine Foth.  My guests this year included Mayor Karen Goh, Chancellor Tom Burke and his wife Tina, KCCD Trustee Romeo Agbalog and his wife Lily, and Ed Davis and his wife Shelley Davis.

Each table had a chamber singer assigned to take care of the guests.  Our chamber singer was the fabulous Mark who you see in the picture below.

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Special Guests at the Culinary Caroling Dinner

The beautiful voices of the BC Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Garrett, always make this special annual event magical. One piece had a student signing to it and I love that they added this. Here is a short video:

 

CulinaryCaroling_PattDavisSingingSantaBabyPatt Davis sang Santa Baby and here is a picture when she visited the table with our Chancellor, Tom Burke. So fun!

It’s heartwarming to see multiple departments at BC come together, along with the support from local businesses that donated items and services. It’s a joy to see the amazingly generous attendees enjoy their visit to our campus and experience the true talent of our students and staff.

Here is Trustee Romeo Agbalog visiting with faculty and staff — in the pictures below you see him with Cindy Collier, Dean of Allied Health and Career and Technical Education and Talita Pruett, faculty member in Communication.

Chef Suzanne and Jen Garrett thank you for another great event.

 

Loved this picture that Lily Agbalog texted me with the photos of Santa captioned.

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Santa!

Markelle (Mark) Taylor, one of our students and a music major was in charge of our table. Mark performs in a lot of musical theater in the community.

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Here is Matt Garrett with his mom Barbara Garrett who did the m&m counting for the jar of 1000 m&ms and his grandpa Roger Garrett.

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Roger Garrett, Matt Garrett, Barbara Garrett

Here is Chancellor Tom Burke with his lovely wife Tina, and the lovely Suzanne Durst.

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Tom Burke, Suzanne Durst, Tina Burke

Karen Goh, Lily Agbalog, Romeo Agbalog, Jen Garrett, Sonya Christian, Shelley Davis, Ed Davis

Front Row: Mayor Karen Goh, Lily Agbalog, Sonya Christian.  Back Row: Trustee Romeo Agbalog, Jen Garrett, Shelley Davis, Ed Davis

Special thanks to Dr. Jen Garrett and the BC Choirs, Chefs Suzanne Durst, Alez Gomez, Christian Flores, and our BC Culinary Arts students. And thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and visited “Harvard on the Hill” for this special annual holiday evening. I know we’re already looking forward to next year.

Mayor Karen Goh has some lovely photos on her Facebook

BSO & BC Choir

On Saturday, December 16th, the Bakersfield College Choir is partnering with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra for the winter concert, Home for the Holidays. The show begins at 7PM at Fox Theater and tickets are available now at www.thebakersfieldfox.com.

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LVN graduation

In addition to the RN nursing students graduating, this Friday, December 8, 2017, we had our LVN cohort graduating as well with the ceremony being held at the Indoor Theater.

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After three semesters of hard work and perseverance, the students from our Vocational Nursing program got to walk across the stage and earn their pins at a special ceremony Friday night in the Indoor Theater.

Along with their certification as Licensed Vocational Nurses, the graduates were awarded a special pin commemorating all of their hard work and success. The pin is a traditional badge of achievement, and each nursing school’s pin is different.

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After a brief welcome from Jennifer Johnson and MC Kren Campbell, student speakers Krystal Shendo-Quidachay and Juana Aguilar spoke about all of the hard work that the group of 21 graduates had to endure in order to earn the licensure; the support they received from family, friends, BC faculty and their peers; and the relief that the effort resulted in a certification that enables them to achieve their career goals, or to continue their nursing education.

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The holiday spirit was in the air as Aguilar lead the audience in singing “Feliz Navidad” while poinsettias decorated the theater.

The graduates and their family members in the audience were often moved to tears as the nursing staff recited the Nightingale Pledge and pinned the graduates. Faculty speaker Sandra Davis spoke highly of all her graduating students, and was ecstatic for all of the lives that she knew her students would go on to help save.

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I’d like to congratulate all of our newly licensed vocational nurses and our nursing staff for all the work they do to transform the lives of our students and community through the education that they provide.

Community Christmas Parades

We are so fortunate to have a variety of local community based Christmas Parades. BC was so happy to walk in the Shafter Parade a few weeks ago. I shared photos in my blog last weekend here, and I loved the photos from Mayor Jose Gurrola from the Arvin Christmas Parade. It’s great to see our community leaders working together and supporting our various communities.

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Rudy Salas, Leticia Perez, and Jose Gurrola

Leaders Leticia Perez and Former Mayor Harvey Hall both came together with a financial donation to support the Arvin Christmas Parade. The Bakersfield Californian covered this here.

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A few nights ago, the community came out to see the Bakersfield Christmas Parade and The Bakersfield Californian has some incredible photos available here. I also loved the opening of this article, “Christmas Parade kicks the holiday season into high gear.” Author, Steven Mayer wrote,

There were toddlers wearing footed PJs dancing in the street. There was a man sporting a black sombrero riding a Brahma bull. There was a dude herding cats — although he claimed he was director of the Washington Middle School Marching Band. There were thousands of smiles, hundreds of princess parade waves, and enough good will toward men to make you feel like everything is going to be all right after all.

Don’t miss the article. It’s fantastic.

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BC Holiday Party

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BC Rural Initiatives Team

On November 30th, right before the busy week of finals, our campus faculty, staff, and administrators came together for a little holiday party in the Fireside Room. An assortment of treats and hors d’oeuvres were available including the famous bread pudding with caramel sauce from BC Food Services. There was a raffle for dinner for four at the Renegade Room, various BC shirts and sweatshirts, and mini desktop christmas trees. Kris Tiner and our BC musicians provided festive music.

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Kris Tiner and BC Musicians

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Renegade Wrestling

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Jon Mettus of The Bakersfield Californian reported on BC Wrestling this week in his article, “BC wrestlers on potential state championship collision course.” BC’s Adrian Godinez is the number one ranked 184-pound wrestler in the state and BC’s Jeremy Maas is the second ranked. The article describes the two, “Godinez is dynamic upright while Maas works well down on the mat. Godinez excels with his footwork and Maas has heavy hands.”

Renegade Basketball

The BC women’s basketball team got a huge effort from Octavia Croney this week, in a 83-67 victory over Taft College. Croney poured in 27 points, had 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the Renegades.  Brianna Mendez and Jasmyn Rodriguez also scored in double figures with 19 and 15 points respectively.  Aubrey Stone led BC in rebounds with 13.

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And the Men’s Basketball Tournament scheduled for this weekend has been canceled due to the ongoing fires in California. The Bakersfield College Men’s Basketball team has added two games to their schedule to make up for the games lost this weekend. The added games are January 3rd at LA Valley and January 9th at Oxnard.

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To stay up-to-date on all things Renegade Athletics, visit www.gogades.com. Go ‘Gades!

Kerntax

This week was the annual Kern Tax Annual Installation Luncheon.  Tom Burke is a member of the board and invites me and several others to sit at his table.  Mike Turnipseed, CEO of Kerntax has done a remarkable job connecting various entities and aggressively educating our community on due diligence with tax dollars.  It seemed as it the all of the community leaders were there at the end.  I quickly snapped this picture of Chancellor Tom Burke with the President of the KCCD Board, Kay Meek.  Trustee Romeo Agbalog was present as well.  He was sitting at Mike Turnipseed’s table.   I was sitting right next to Vice Chancellor John Means and had a great time listening to the speakers and catching up with John.  Life is good.

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Tom Burke, Kay Meek

BC OChem Letters

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A copy of the newest BC OChem Letters, Volume 5, Number 1, crossed my desk this week. It’s incredible to see the work of Professor Kenward Vaughan and our students. In the editor’s notes, Professor Vaughn mentions the challenges of the separation and identification of components of binary liquid mixtures using various research techniques spanning distillations, physical and chemical characterizations, and spectroscopic work.

The intro states “People in general tend to categorize things that they encounter as a way to organize information. Observations of similarities and/or differences are used to make correlations between things, which in turn, people can make predictions of other characteristics an unknown may show. This is especially important in the field of chemistry, where matter is studied all the way down to its microscopic level. Observations of various atomic structures have been made throughout the years, which paved ways to methods of separations of mixtures using the differences of physical and chemical properties between substances.”

Fun photos

On Friday, I received this fun text from Zav Dadabhoy. It said

“Engaging in a deep discussion about copyright law, and debating which “G” is better (they are identical, except for the colors.) Georgia State or the Green Bay Packers!”

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Zav Dadabhoy and Chris Hine

 

Loved seeing Dennis Spencer and his grandson Andrew visiting BC and our office — Andrew, a future Renegade

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Snapped these pictures of Liz Rozell with granddaughter May at Don Perico on Oswell where we were having a meeting while enjoying the fabulous lunch buffet. Liz and May joined Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Jennifer Johnson, and myself.

And then I ran into Joshua Gonzales having lunch with his family.  Josh is a Rad tech student who is graduating in May 2018.  He was very complimentary about the program Nancy 🙂

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BC Foundation Holiday Dinner

I was at an accreditation meeting in LA and could not attend the Foundation Holiday Party.  I want to thank the Bakersfield College foundation for all their support in passing Measure J.  And thank you Karen Thompson for your leadership through the entire process.

We had our choir perform at this event as well.  Here are a few photos.

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Jen Garrett at the Foundation Holiday Dinner Dec 7 2017

We are BC!

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That’s all for now.  

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

Another Inspiring and Packed Week at BC

Good morning Bakersfield.  It is Saturday, December 1, 2017 and a fabulous day to be a Renegade.  Why would it not be, when I wake up and see Dr. Nick Strobel’s stargazing piece in the Californian.  Here is the opener as a teaser for you to read more The Bakersfield Californian.

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On Thursday night, the faculty cohort for our National Endowment of the Humanities grant including Andrew Bond, Oliver Rosales and Josh Ottum hosted local author Gerald Haslam to talk about how he is able to tap into the energy of the Central Valley in his work.

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Andrew Bond was teaching in Arvin and he and his students were watching the live stream from their classroom.  How cool is that!

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When we first began writing this grant, we decided that we wanted to focus on programming that put the Central Valley, its cultures, and its people at the fore. Drawing on our respective backgrounds in literature, history, and music, Oliver Rosales, Josh Ottum, and I put together a roster of scholars and authors whose work represents and examines the diverse yet interconnected cultures of the southern San Joaquin Valley. We are honored to have Dr. Gerald Haslam as our first speaker because his life and his work best embody the diversity of the region and the interdisciplinary nature of our grant program. A native of Oildale, Gerald Haslam grew up in the Bakersfield area in a family that is “culturally braided,” rooted in a mix of Hispanic and European heritages that were taught to him through family stories. As an author, he has written  biographies, autobiographies, short stories, novels, and essays that cover a wide range of topics, but the majority share the common thread of being based in, or somehow connected to, the home he knew in this region. His interdisciplinary curiosity has produced books like Workin’ Man’s Blues, a historical study of California country music that looks to the Bakersfield Sound for its inspiration while staying rooted in love of writing and storytelling. It is the connections that he makes between the importance of place, narrative, and history that, from our perspectives, made him an ideal candidate to inaugurate our grant programming. We are happy, then, to introduce to you Dr. Gerald Haslam.

Gerald Haslam and Jack Hernandez Nov 30 2017During the evening, Haslam, who grew up in post-World War II Oildale, talked about his slow but steady evolution as a writer in the 50s and 60s. After briefly attending Bakersfield College, Haslam worked as a military journalist and roughneck before getting a teaching position at Sonoma State University, where he was able to hone his craft, using the Central Valley as the thread that would weave the tapestry of his award-winning novels, essays and biographies. While many of his contemporaries saw Central California as boring and uncultured, Haslam recognized the potential of the Valley as a literary setting.

“It seemed crazy to me that educated people in California or elsewhere should know so little about this remarkable place,” Haslam said. “This place had never been empty.”

Gerald HaslamIn Haslam’s time, the literary, historical and cultural contributions of the Central Valley were not even being taught in Kern County schools, but through his work and the writing of Joan Didion, Maxine Hong Kingston and others, as well as the elusively complex songwriting of Merle Haggard and other members of the Bakersfield sound, that history started getting recognized.

Haslam had some very useful advice about the value of perseverance in order to become an established writer, using his own struggles as a reference. “I failed many, many, many times,” Haslam said. “I started communicating with other writers on the backs of rejection letters. Don’t quit, learn from the mistakes, and learn if the mistakes are really mistakes,” he added.

Haslam’s connection to Oildale and the Central Valley made him one of the first contributors that members of the “Energizing Humanities in California’s San Joaquin Valley” cohort looked to as an important voice for their project.

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“It is the connections he makes between the importance of place, narrative and history, that from our perspective as faculty, make him an ideal candidate to inaugurate our programming,” Oliver Rosales said.

I’d like to thank Oliver Rosales, Andrew Bond, Josh Ottum, Jack Hernandez for organizing the event, and I’m looking forward to more developments on the Digital Delano project and all of the other work that the group has planned.

The Other California: The Great Central Valley in Life and Letters by Gerald Haslam is available on Amazon.com here.

Thank you to Manny De Los Santos who also helped with the evening. Here is Manny in action.

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Gerald Haslam, Manny de Los Santos

Chicano/Latino Community Leader Breakfast

Kern County leaders from government representatives, philanthropists, industry, and education came together at the Fireside Room on Thursday morning to hear about what BC and the community is doing to support our Latino community.

Rudy Salas, Olivia Garcia, Sonya Christian, Lisa Kent, Jay Tamsi, Corny Rodriguez

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Corny Rodriguez opened by welcoming everyone to the event, recounting his work over the last 20 years to support and expand our Latino student body. I have to share a photo straight from the presentation that shows Corny then and now.

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We discussed BC’s focus on meeting students where they are through high school outreach, rural initiatives, outreach efforts in Arvin, Delano, McFarland, Shafter, and more. Our goal is to keep students on the path once they arrive through co-curricular activities, programs, and unique completion communities. We want long term sucess through industry advisory boards and through strengthening community partnerships.

Student representatives Dezi Von Manos and Emmanuel Limaco from BC’s M.E.Ch.A and Tania Bernal from Latinos Unidos por Educacion (LUPE) spoke briefly about their organizations

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Dezi Von Manos, Emmanuel Limaco

Victor Diaz moderated a panel about expanding education and job opportunities for Latinos in Kern County with Beatris Espericueta, Kern County Farm Bureau, Jorge Barrientos, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Russell Judd, Kern Medical Center.

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We also had three elected official address the audience.

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Thank you Lauren Skidmore, field representative for Vince Fong and Ariana Joven, field representative for David Valadao.

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To see all our photos from the morning, check out BC’s SmugMug gallery.

It was a treat walking into the Fireside Room in the morning prior to the event and hear Zach Quiroz playing on the piano.  Just beautiful.

De-Stress Week

 

The BC Library and Student Health Center partnered to present their third biannual De-Stress Fest this week before finals. The goal of this pre-finals event is to provide students with a space to take a break from their academic stress through calming activities, and to give them access to the mental health resources they have available to them at BC and in the Bakersfield community.

De-Stress events started on Monday with a visit from the Miracle Mutts therapy dogs to the library lobby, and continued throughout the week with puzzles and yoga in the library.

 

 

De-Stress Week Puppy

The final event was a large De-Stress Fest at the Renegade Crossroads, put together by the Student Health Center. Here, different health and mental health resources at BC and the Bakersfield community came together with information such as suicide prevention and HIV testing, as well as free massages from the Milan Institute and coloring with librarians.

Thank you to Faith Bradham , Raymond Purcell, and Debra Strong at the Student Health Center for brainstorming and planning these events and SGA for creating the flyer and promotions.

Future Renegades Visit BC for Field Trip

We welcomed some special guests to campus this week. Second Graders from Centennial Elementary in the Rosedale Union School District were at “Harvard on the Hill” visiting our Planetarium for their class field trip. The group was too large to all fit in the planetarium at once, so they split up in two groups. While one group was experiencing the planetarium show, the other group was given a tour of the campus.

I heard a few of the kids even said that it was “The best field trip ever!!” Coach Carl Dean led one of the tours and I ran into the group right outside the Administration Building. Coach Dean explained that I was “like their Principal” for us here at BC. After the exciting day, Coach Dean also let me know that everyone on campus throughout the different buildings and departments were amazing and very enthusiastic about the 2nd graders being on campus!!! Thank you to everyone who welcomed them to our place of hope, dreams, and education. Here’s to our future generation of Renegades!!!!

Centennial Elementary Field Trip

Bryon Schaefer at North High Basketball Game

Bryon Schaefer and Casey GoodmanKHSD Superintendent, Bryon Schaefer took this picture and texted it to me when he was at the North High Basketball game. While at the game, he took a selfie with BC Softball Coach and North High alumni, Casey Goodman. She returns to cheer on her alma mater and join the festivities of the opening of Lloyd Williams Court. Coach Goodman was a stellar athlete at North High playing basketball and ultimately received a scholarship to University of Louisiana-Monroe to play softball. Coach Goodman’s roots are in Bakersfield and she is proud to return home.

 

Rudy Salas on Campus

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On Monday, BCSGA hosted the Power Lunch with Assemblymember Rudy Salas where he encouraged students to get involved with their community and work toward a better brighter future. SGA President, Dezi Von Manos and SGA Director of Legislative Affairs, Jose Cortez opened the morning and posted a great photo on Instagram.

It was great to see the post on twitter as well from @Rudysalasjr.

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The Renegade RIP also covered the morning at https://www.therip.com/news/2017/11/28/californian-assemblyman-rudy-salas-visits-bakersfield-college/

IEPI Event

Our Professional Resource Team (PRT) arrived for their second visit on Wednesday, 11/29, full of enthusiasm, helpful advice, and praise for BC’s Institutional Effectiveness Improvement Plan. The plan focuses on integrating Canvas and eLumen in order to streamline faculty workload and increase the value of student learning outcomes assessment. After a two-hour meeting, the PRT approved BC’s plan and cleared the way for the release of $200,000 in funding from the Institutional Effective Partnership Initiative (IEPI).

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From left to right in the photo above is:
Craig Hayward, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
Di Hoffman, Co-Chair of the Assessment Committee/Allied Health
Bill Moseley, Dean of Academic Technology, Co-Chair of the Assessment Committee
Kevin Walthers PRT lead, President, Allan Hancock
President Sonya Christian
Rebecca Eikey, Academic Senate President/Chemistry, College of the Canyons
Rick Fillman, Director of Institutional Research (ret.), CCSF
Paul Hert, Program Review & Assessment Coordinator/Math, Mt. San Jacinto College

Accreditation Forum

On December 1st, the Accreditation team held the fourth accreditation forum in the Fireside Room. The forum focused upon Standard IV, which focuses on leadership. The forum was sponsored by our own College Council, and the forum was also zoomed to our Delano campus.

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stratton moseley forum 4Professor Jason Stratton, the faculty lead of the ISER team, welcomed the guests and discussed Standard IV.A. Professor Stratton emphasized the terminology of the “institution,” which includes the incorporation of voices from the college’s different constituent groups. Our history professor emphasized the democratic nature of our campus-wide dialogues, transparency, and openness, and our ongoing promotion of the inclusion of voices. Jason closed with a powerful idea: accreditation reflects the values of education.

krista lesley forum 4Lesley Bonds and Krista Moreland presented their work on Standard VI B, which focuses on the Bakersfield College CEO! Standard IV.B. 3 requires the CEO to guide “institutional improvement of the teaching and learning environment’ and Professor Moreland emphasized the establishment of procedures to evaluate overall institutional planning and implementation efforts to achieve the mission of the institution.

steven zav forum 4Steven Holmes, our Academic Senate President, and Zav Dadabhoy, Vice President of Student Affairs, discussed their work on Standard IV.C, and Dr. Nick Strobel, professor of astronomy and editor of our ISER report, then joined Zav to discuss the draft of Standard IV.D, which deals with multi-college districts.

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Jason Stratton closed with a paraphrase of Winston Churchill: “This isn’t the end, or the beginning, but this is the end of the beginning.” Accreditation is supposed to be a continuous process, and as we move into the Spring, we will shift our focus from the collection of evidence to the refinement of our story within the ISER.

Shafter Christmas Parade

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Thank you Steve Watkin, Ashlea Ward, Debi Andreson and all the outreach staff for organizing the BC presence at the Shafter Christmas Parade.  It was a lot of fun even though I did not have my walking shoes.  The Shafter crowd was very responsive to BC as  we walked along chanting “We are BC.”

It was a treat when we heard and then saw Danny Morrison of the NEW 103.9 The Beat – “The Beat of Bakersfield.”  Danny is a big believer in education and a supporter of what we do at Bakersfield College.  When we passed him he certainly was effusive in recognizing BC.  Thank you Danny.  And I love your email signature tagline “Don’t wait for opportunity… Create it.”

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Thank you to all of the BC employees who showed up for this event on a Friday night.

Debi Anderson, Ashlea Ward, Steve Watkin, Savannah, June Charles

Thank you Abel Guzman and the Delano and Rural Initiatives gang.  Thank you Heather Pennela for bring there and representing the BC Foundation.  Thank you to Financial Aid to coming out.  Here I am with Kevin Ott and Victoria Koiyan.

Thank you students Emmanuel Limaco and Christian Bravo who were there in the Renegade Knight outfit.  And the fabulous June Charles whom I love very much.

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Emmanuel Limaco, June Charles, Christian Bravo

Thank you to our cheerleaders who were there.

Thank you all who took the time to come out.  
We are BC!

CA Guided Pathways Institute 2 in Bakersfield

We hosted the statewide CA Guided Pathways Institute 2 at the Bakersfield Marriott.  It was a treat seeing colleagues from all across the state converge in Bakersfield.

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Kay McClenney, Sonya Christian, Laura Hope, Janet Fulks

And thank you Shawn Whalen of the College Futures Foundation for advancing higher education attainment levels in California.

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Our students were the opening speakers as they presented Guided Pathways from a student’s perspective.  The audience jumped to their feet in a standing ovation when they were done.  I’m so proud of our students!

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We also had Manny Mourtzanos, dean of instruction, and Eleanora Hicks, faculty member and data coach, present right before the students.

In addition, Dr. Janet Fulks, Dr. Craig Hayward, and I did various presentations.

We Are BC!

From Social Media:

Loved this post from Nick Strobel.

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That’s all for now.  

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

Thankful for the Many Blessings at BC

Happy Thanksgiving Bakersfield!

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With the holidays here, we often tend to find our thoughts drifting towards some common themes. Food, family, faith, friends, celebrations, and did I mention good food? It is a special time to be with our families and remind ourselves of the things for which we are thankful. Not tangible possessions; but the things that truly count, and that enrich our lives beyond measure.

 

 

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It would be nearly impossible to complete a list of things for which my heart is thankful… because the list grows every week. But, I’d like to share just a few in no particular order:

We are BC! and in addition, we are a family. The bonds we have formed with our colleagues have become friendships and we work together achieving our mission, upholding our core values, and relentlessly supporting our students to reach their maximum potential and educational goals. Our campus is a place of true hope, transformation, and dreams. The opportunities we have to change lives is an incredible blessing and I’m left without words considering both the purpose and the privilege we have to be the pillar of hope in the lives of our students.

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I’m thankful for quality affordable education we provide. We foster our core value of learning by empowering all students and ultimately transforming our community into one that gives a healthy voice and strength to all people.

Core Value of Learning

I’m thankful for each and every one of the staff, faculty, and administrators … for their unique talents and multitude of gifts; for what they bring to the campus each day; for what they offer to our community; for their heart and passion to educate and to make a difference in the lives of our students.

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To my BC family, thank you for making BC a successful and beautiful place to call our second home. May the gifts of love, peace, and happiness be with you and your families this holiday season.

 

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I’m thankful for our community and the neighborhoods of Bakersfield, Delano, Shafter, Arvin, Lamont, Wasco, McFarland, and more. Your support has been unwavering and strong. Thank you for accepting Bakersfield College into the heart of your community. For over 100 years, BC has been bringing academic excellence and social consciousness into the lives of our students, regardless of their academic program, education path, or demographic differences. At the same time, the college has evolved into a multifaceted institution that serves more students than ever imagined at the time it was founded.

A few days ago, I saw a piece in The Bakersfield Californian titled “Valley Voices: Americans should share more than a meal on Thanksgiving” by David Mas Masumoto. In the piece, David says, “Across the nation, we need conversations more than ever. People are not talking with each other. We yell or are silent. Many of us seem to be harboring an anger, fueled by news of scandal, disaster, shootings, politics. We live in a polarized world.” He continued, ” Let’s use this opportunity to engage.”

Visit from McCarthy’s office.

We were happy to host visitors from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Office this week — Emma Rindels, stationed in DC, and Adam Falk here in Bakersfield.  Paul Beckworth and Armando Trujillo briefed them on our Veterans Services and showed them the rendering of the future Veterans Resource Center.

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Paul Beckworth, Adam Falk, Emma Rindels, Armando Trujillo

Renegades at the Patriotic Bowl

Sonya Christian with Elijah Ortiz’ mom at Patriotic Bowl in Long Beach

Sonya Christian with Elijah Ortiz’ mom at Patriotic Bowl in Long Beach

Last weekend, I enjoyed visiting Long Beach to cheer on the Renegade football team at the Patriotic Bowl. Jon Mettus at The Bakersfield Californian covered the game in his article, “Renegades’ football season ends with bowl loss.” Although it’s not how we would have wanted to end the season, our athletes have so much to be proud of this year.

During the game, I went to sit with Elijah Ortiz‘s mom. Elijah is a Renegade freshman from Stockdale High School and a key member of our football team leading the way with over a 1000 yards on offense with 13 touchdowns including a 4 touchdown performance against Moorpark on Oct. 15th. He is a solid student with a criminal justice major.

Panthers and Renegades

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Corny Rodriguez presenting on stage.

On Tuesday, November 15th, Panthers and Renegades partnered up to celebrate Parents as Partners Event. Corny Rodriguez represented Bakersfield College in a packed auditorium and shared his inspirational story. With an auditorium at full capacity Corny moved several parents to tears, and many of them claimed it was the most memorable and educational event they had ever experienced. A total of 580 parents and students took part in this evening. The Edison School District thanks you! Panthers and Renegades ROCK!

 

Erica Andrews Superintendent, Robert Arreola Trustee (BC Alumni), Corny Rodriguez, Isabel Castaneda Trustee (BC Alumni)

Erica Andrews Superintendent, Robert Arreola Trustee (BC Alumni), Corny Rodriguez, Isabel Castaneda Trustee (BC Alumni)

BC’s ASL Program

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Jaclyn Krause teaming with Cheri Allard. Cheri was voice interpreting for a board member who could not attend. Cindy Herbst, Beth Lilley, and Kayelle Morgan look on

ASL Program faculty members, Tom Moran and Jaclyn Krause, hosted the Southern California Registry Interpreters of the Deaf on Saturday, Nov. 18th at BC’s Levan Center.

Moran and Krause are developing an English/ASL Interpreter Training Program at BC, the first in the ASL Program’s 46 year history. Their first cadre of students started the program this semester. There is a chronic shortage of trained American Sign Language interpreters at Bakersfield College, in Kern County, and throughout the United States.

The morning began with SCRID’s monthly business meeting, which was conducted entirely in American Sign Language. BC ITP students were invited to attend to practice their voice interpreting skills. Because one board member had to participate remotely, a practicum opportunity presented itself. With support from Jaclyn Krause, BC ITP student Cheri Allard provided voice interpreting over the phone for the absent board member for two hours.

 

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Tom Moran fingerspelling

Following a one hour lunch break, there was a workshop facilitated by Tom Moran on the topics of fingerspelling and ASL classifiers. In addition to SCRID board members, others who attended the workshop were Bakersfield community and educational interpreters, BC ASL students, and ITP students from as far away as Pomona and Mt. San Antonio College. Like the board meeting, the workshop was conducted entirely in ASL.

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Cyndy and Kim, the SCRID Professional Development Committee co-chairs who brought SCRID to Bakersfield College.

Krause and Moran were especially pleased to see Kim Tripney. Kim was in Moran’s very first ASL B1 class fifteen years ago. She graduated from BC with an AA degree in American Sign Language and went on to CSUN where she earned a BA degree in Deaf Studies. Since then, she has become a busy interpreter in LA and Orange County, working at Long Beach City College, Purple Communications, and Disneyland, where she is part of a team of interpreters who provide access to Deaf park visitors.

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Moran and the SCRID board. Cynthia Herbst, back row, far right, is a faculty emeritus from LA Valley Pierce College who taught interpreting for many years. She has been instrumental in assisting Moran and Krause to get the interpreting program up and running. She is also of Basque ancestry, so she asked the group to join her at the Pyrenees Café for a traditional Basque feast.

As the interpreting program gains steam, they anticipate training many more sign language interpreters to address the dire need in Kern County and throughout California and the United States. The certificate program will provide students with the skills to obtain state credentialing, pursue gainful employment, and to serve the Deaf Community in Bakersfield, Kern County, and beyond.

For all the photos, visit Tom Moran’s SmugMug page.

Adjunct Faculty Hiring Fair

Bakersfield College has been growing at a steady and impressive pace as it serves our students and community. With such growth comes a need for more professors so we’ve recently held two Adjunct Faculty Hiring Fairs to provide potential applicants with information on the hiring process, and opportunities to complete applications on the spot. The first date took place on November 4th and we had over 60 interested guests in attendance. On the second date, November 7th, we had over 110 in attendance.

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Andrea Thorson, Dena Rhoades, Mike Ivey, Helen Acosta

Thank you to Dena Rhoades, Cornelio Rodriguez, Bill Moseley, and Andrea Thorson.

KCCD’s Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, Tonya Davis, even posted about the events.

 

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1984 at BC

1984 Program

Program from 1984

Director Kimberly Chin and the students and staff of the BC Performing Arts Department performed another successful production in the Indoor Theater last weekend, bringing the theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984” to life.

Orwell’s message about the dangers of totalitarianism continues to resonate today, and it took a lot of work to bring that message to life. Without the hard work of Kimberly Chin, Tech Director Kevin Ganger, and all of the actors, stage, set, costume and sound design crew, none of it would be possible. I’d also like to thank our graphic designer Eric Carillo for creating the poster, program and promotional materials.

Men’s Wrestling

Mens Wrestling

Bakersfield College placed fourth as a team and brought home four medals from The Brawl At East Los Angeles College.

BC Wrestling brought home three 2nd place medals and a consolation championship from The Brawl Tournament at East Los Angeles College Saturday.

Pedro Ramirez, Marco Velasque, and Zavion Roberson were BC’s top finishers, while Braden Riley nabbed the consolation championship with his third place finish.

The Renegades will host the Southern California Regional Championships on Saturday, December 2nd, in the Gil Bishop Sports Center with action beginning at 10am.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Members of BC’s allies came together to honor the lives of transgender people who were murdered over the past year during the campus’ recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday.

i-qfrbl6c-x3Since the founding of Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of her friend Rita Hester, members of the transgender community and its supporters worldwide have come together every year on November 20th to list the names of transgender individuals who were killed. Attendees to BC’s event in Fireside read the name and a short biography for each of the 27 transgender people killed in the United States. The number is likely higher, since family members often misreport a murdered individual’s gender.

Approximately 29 percent of transgender adults have attempted suicide in their lifetimes, and 55 percent have thought about committing suicide. This is at a rate of 14 to 22 times higher than the general population, according to a cross-university study published in the journal Transgender Health. Progress is being made toward increasing transgender acceptance in American society, including the election of several transgender politicians across the US this November, but a lot of work still needs to be done.

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Helen Acosta

Prof. Helen Acosta spoke about how to foster an environment of safety and acceptance that discourages violence, discrimination and misunderstanding about the transgender community. UCLA’s Williams Institute published a survey in January 2014 examining the root causes of the increase in suicidal tendencies among transgender and other gender non-conforming adults. It found that suicide attempt rates decrease with support from family and friends and the absence of harassment or bullying at any level of school.

Here is BC’s core value of Diversity.

Core Value of Diversity

A movie holiday weekend.

So this weekend it was Marvel’s Justice League and then Blade Runner 2049.  Although both movies did not get the best reviews (in fact, Justice League got a star and a half), I enjoyed both.  Probably because I am a die-hard Marvel movie fan as well as Blade Runner fan.  If you have not seen Blade Runner 2049, I’ll warn you that it is close to 3 hours long.  Here is the review by A.O.Scott of the NY Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/movies/blade-runner-2049-review-ryan-gosling-harrison-ford.html?_r=0

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November 21, 2017 

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November 23, 2017

November 25, 2017

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Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

Bakersfield College in Arvin, Shafter, …..

Good morning Bakersfield.  It is Saturday, November 18, 2017….a great day to be a Renegade.

I often say it’s an exciting time to be at BC and it’s true. I mentioned in last weekend’s blog that Bakersfield College is bringing higher education to Shafter and at our Express Enrollment event this week, it was great to see the excitement and activity in the Shafter area. Over the past three years, BC has remained focused on the strategic goal of bringing higher education into the communities of Delano, Shafter, Wasco, McFarland, Lamont, and Arvin. We look forward to expanding courses offered  in Shafter so that students can complete all or a significant part of their degree locally and I know this will directly benefit our students.

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Students registering for classes in Shafter

Some of the comments heard throughout the day included:

  • “I don’t also have access to a car to drive to school, so I sometimes miss class or miss office hours. I could be a better student in Shafter.”
  • “This would be great! I could save money and focus more on my school work so that I can start my career.”
  • “I have been taking classes online, but would rather take them in person. “
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BC Express Enrollment in Shafter, CA!

Thank you to all who have believed in this goal and have worked hard to make BC in Shafter a success. Thank you Steve Watkin, Abel Guzman, Rich McCrow, David Franz, Ashlea Ward, Victor Crosthwaite, Lovejot Chahal, Mark Osea, Dinorah Castro, Jesus Oropeza, Jessica Garcia, and Monika Scott.

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Thank you to our KCCD Board of Trustees for supporting these goals and thank you to our media partners for highlighting our event on KGET and at The Bakersfield Californian.

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Mark Osea giving a presentation Tuesday morning in Shafter.

Abel Guzman enjoying Mark Osea's Presentation in Shafter

Abel Guzman, Director of Rural Initiatives watching Mark Osea present

Let’s listen to Jessica a young woman who came in toe register

From Shafter Learning Center Facebook post

Shafter Learning Center Facebook Nov 2017

Season of Giving

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the spirit of giving; a spirit which is alive and true in our community. As I look forward to celebrating thanksgiving next week, I’m almost overwhelmed by the list of things to be thankful for… family, friends, opportunities, blessings, each and every day… I couldn’t list everything.

But, I’d like to spotlight one service on campus which gives all year long, thanks to the kind donations from our community, and this holiday season if you’d like to make a donation of some non-perishable goods, they will go to students in need.

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Student Life delivering food to the pantry

The Renegade Pantry is a student assistance program which aims to help students in need, with nonperishable food, clothing, and hygiene items. Each year, they hold a Holiday Turkey Drawing, and over the past week, 93 turkeys have been distributed to students who signed up and were chosen through the drawing.

The pantry, however is always accepting non-perishable goods like instant noodles, spaghetti, rice, beans, canned chicken, mac and cheese, etc. If you’re considering a donation to a local food pantry over the holidays, consider donating dry nonperishable goods or hygiene items, such as soaps, toothpaste, and toothbrushes to the Renegade Pantry.

This heartfelt season of giving is truly something to be thankful for.

And thank you to BC’s Child Development Center for donating goods to our veterans on the heels of our weeklong Veterans celebration which I covered in last week’s blog, “Celebrating Veterans All Week Long!

Season of Giving

Donation from Child Development Center to our Veterans accepted by Paul Beckworth

Cafecito Time with Prez Dez

CafecitoI’m so proud of BC’s Student Government Association led by this year’s President, Dezi Von Manos. SGA is always looking for ways to support the student body and regularly hosts events where students can come together and speak to the administration of the school. Examples of these events are “Coffee with the Chief” or like this past Monday, “Cafecito Time with Prez Dez” where students could directly speak to the Dezi and the SGA team.

Dezi spoke of how the SGA is always available to lend support and help assist students through their academic studies but also in life itsself.

Pictured in the group photo below is Jose Manuel McIntyre Cortez, Rayven Acosta-Webb, Dezi Von Manos, Jose Eduardo Lopez, and Mustafa Barraj.

Randy Rutledge

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Randy Rutledge and Sonya Christian

I recently had the opportunity to meet Randy Rutledge, a Taft College graduate who played on the 1984 national championship winning football team before transferring to the University of Oregon and getting to be a Rose Bowl MVP. Randy relished the opportunity to tell me how they “smashed the Renegades” during their championship-winning season.

Taft College hasn’t had a football program for over 20 years, but their rivalry with BC was one of the best in junior college sports, serving as the inspiration for the 1986 film “The Best of Times” starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell. In the film, Robin Williams is a former Taft College receiver obsessed with the worst moment of his life – dropping a pass in the 1972 game between Taft and BC. Thirteen years later, he convinces Kurt Russell, his Taft quarterback, to help him re-stage the game.

A must read is this article from The Bakersfield Californian from 2006 titled, “Film on Kern rivalry still hit XX years later.

And here is the movie trailer from 1986.

 

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Dennis McCall, Sonya Christian

I also got to visit with Dennis McCall who was a journalist with the Taft Midway Driller and later became a faculty member at Taft College. Dennis now volunteers at the Oil Museum at Taft that is open 3 days a week Thursday through Saturday and half a day in Sunday.  I promised him that I would go check out the museum.  In fact when I dropped by Senator Jean Fuller’s Thanksgiving Open House, her husband Russell was very complimentary about the Museum saying that it is a ” must visit” location.  I had a wonderful time visiting with both Dennis and his wife Jan.  I was Googling Dennis and came across this July 22, 2015 article in the Midway Driller. It is a fun read!
http://www.taftmidwaydriller.com/article/20150722/news/150729902

Athletics

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Renegade Football Players

As the football season comes to a close, the Renegades will take the field one last time in the Patriotic Bowl against Long Beach City College at 4 p.m. tonight. The Bakersfield Californian published two articles about the game this week, including a brief informational blurb when the game was announced last Sunday, and a preview article by Teddy Feinberg on Tuesday highlighting what Renegade fans can look forward to. I’m excited to watch our team close out the season strong. Is anyone else traveling to Long Beach for the game?

The BC Wrestling team won the SCWA Southeast Conference championship last weekend, with five champions and two runners up. Our coaching staff were also winners of the Head Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year awards.

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Team Results:
1) Bakersfield College –   147 points
2) West Hills College –    137 points
3) Cuesta College –        107.5 points
4) Moorpark College-        49 points
5) East LA College –        39.5 points
6) Victor Valley College-  13 points
Individual Results:
Pedro Ramirez – 1st place @ 125
Marco Velasquez – 2nd place @ 133
Pedro Corona – 1st place @ 133
Emmett Kuntz – 1st place @ 149
Brayden Riley – 1st place @ 165
Adrian Godinez – 2nd place @ 184
Jeremy Maas – 1st place @ 184
Zavion Roberson – 2nd place @ 197

 

Coaches’ Awards:
Assistant Coach of the Year – Joe Espejo
Head Coach of the Year – Marcos Austin and Brett Clark

A complete list of team results and placers is available at GoGades.com.

Men’s Basketball

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The Renegades used a strong second half to pull away from Santa Barbara and secure a 89-65 victory.  Four BC players scored in double-figures.  Tucker Eenigenburg (22 points and 7rebounds), Jaylunn English (15 points and 9 rebounds), Henry Galinato (13 points and 9 rebounds) and Johnathan Murray, who led the Renegades with 5 assists, added 12 points and 7 rebounds. (from gogades.com)

Women’s Soccer

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The BC women’s soccer team finishes the regular season, with a 1-0 victory over Victor Valley, on Friday.  Ashley Quintanilla scored for the Renegades, her fisrt goal of the season and Taylor Serrano earned her 5th shut out of the year.  The Renegades finished in second place in the conference (8-7-3, 3-3-2). (from gogades.com)

Geology Field Trip

Bakersfield College Geology Professor, Chris Benker and six BC Geology majors joined the annual CSU Bakersfield Geology three-day field trip to the Zzyzx Desert Studies Center in the Mojave Desert.  BC students planning to transfer to CSUB had an opportunity to network with CSUB Geology professors, as well as CSUB undergraduate and graduate Geology students. This partnership has been longstanding. Geology Instructor Cari Meyer has also taken groups on this great adventure in past years. BC and CSUB Geology work hard to create a seamless pipeline into the Geology pathway and have fun at the same time! Bakersfield College participation was sponsored by CSUB’s Claude Fiddler Endowment.

The fun trailer highlights just a few of the adventures on this three-day geology expedition!

 

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Conference is the main event for SHPE the and the most massive technical and career conference for Hispanics in the country. Respectively, the SHPE Conference attracts over 6,000 engineering professionals, students, and corporate representatives. The meeting is an opportunity for engineering companies and corporations to recruit talented SHPE members and also to provide educational and career opportunities for professionals and engineering students.  This 2017 SHPE conference was held in Kansas City from November 1-5th. Six BC/MESA/ASME  students attended with Professor Lewis from the math department as the chaperon.  The students and faculty were sponsored by the engineering department and MESA.

Students at SHPE

Leah Altman, Ashely Anderson. Lizbeth Sanchez, Rodrigo Salazar, Christian Gutierrez, and Matt Abbot.

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In Richard Beene’s column, Bakersfield Observed, he mentioned that Supervisor Leticia Perez donated to save the Arvin Christmas Parade from cancellation. I’m one of many who wish to publicly say thank you. This is a special parade for a special community.

Did you miss the news we announced in August regarding BC in Arvin?  Check out my blog post from August 8th, “Enriching Lives through Campus and Community.”

This week on Social Media

I loved seeing this tweet from Assemblymember Rudy Salas:

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Kimberly Bligh posts on Facebook about the wellness class

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From Jen Garrett’s Facebook.

The future of BC Music

Josh Ottum, Jen Garrett, Kris Tiner Nov 2017

John Ottum, Jen Garrett, Kris Tiner

Tweet from Connie Gonzales

Connie Gonzales Tweet Nov 2017

Thank to you the KCHCC

With the technology of today and how much we utilize email, texting, social media, etc., it is a real treat to have time to sit and open up the mail. I was overjoyed to open a large envelope from BC friend and supporter, Jay Tamsi and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for the beautiful award and recognition.

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The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to promote Hispanic and minority-owned businesses, and those that cater to, or employ Hispanics by being active and visible in the community and by raising the level of awareness of our member’s needs in the business community. Their vision of the KCHCC is to create innovative and influential business programs that will promote Hispanic Business and economic development at the local, state, national, and international level.

In February of this year, I was honored to be recognized as Woman of the Year by KCHCC and you can see my blog from February here.

Great College Council Meeting:

I really enjoy my work with various groups on campus.  These folks are smart and dedicated to students.  This week at College Council, a team of faculty and deans presented the work BC is doing with the money that we received for “Strong Workforce.”

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This is money legislated to improve the workforce for high wage jobs.

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Here are the local and regional projects that are underway.  For example, BC’s baccalaureate program in Industrial Automation has made the regional list.  This work includes working with the community colleges close to us in the region to align the freshman and sophomore level curriculum for Industrial Technology so that students can transfer with junior standing into the baccalaureate program.

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The presenters did a fabulous job describing how they were using the funding to develop the various certificates within the degree programs.  In some cases the equipment is so expensive that BC would not have been able to purchase the equipment without this grant.

Let’s see what Dr. Josh Ottum and our Commercial Music program is doing related to Strong Workforce

 

Let’s hear from Sarah Baron about the Patient Navigator program within BC’s Health Sciences degree.

I’m so proud of this work!  We are BC.

Alex Epstein in Bakersfield

Chad Hathaway invited me to the Alex Epstein talk on Thursday, Nov 16th.

Alex Epstein Nov 16 2017

His book:

The Moral Case for Fossil Fuel

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Karen Goh, Jay Tamsi, Chad Hathaway, Bill Thomas, Sonya Christian

KAren Goh, Shannon Grove, Sonya Christian Nov 16 2017

Karen Goh, Shannon Grove, Sonya Christian

Loved seeing Jean Fuller, one of my favorite people at her Thanksgiving Open House on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Karen Goh, Jean Fuller, Sonya Christian Nov 14 2017

Oliver and Samson

Lisa Kent's Oliver and Samson

Neo on November 14, 2017, 3 days before his 8-month birthday

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Sonya ASUGSV San Diego April 18 2016

 

That’s all for now.  

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

Celebrating Veterans All Week Long

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.

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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.

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Tom, Kay, Zav

Tom Gelder, Kay Meek, Zav Dadabhoy

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.

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Lisa Kent speaking to one of our guests, a 1968 Vietnam Veteran

Karen Goh posted about the breakfast on her facebook with some awesome photos as well. See her post here.

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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. 

Paul Beckworth at KGET

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Text Message with selfie from Lisa Kent and Christine Heard

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.

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Lee Caldwell, Annie Garrett and Julie Kapoor from KHSD, Wen Medrano, Lisa Kent, and Christine Heard

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”

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Drop off zone at BC with Christine and Lisa

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.

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Elizabeth Perez-Halperin

Elizabeth Perez-Halperin speaking to students in the Fireside Room.

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

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Sonya Christian cropped Nov 8 2017November 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.

 

I wrote about this in my Community Voices article, also posted on Wednesday.  Thank you to the Bakersfield Californian. 

Community Voices Sonya Christian Nov 8 2017

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KCCD Board President Kay Meek, Student Combat Veteran Lee Caldwell

Kay Meek and Lee Caldwell unveiling the future VRC

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.

Kay Meek speaking at VRC ItLee Caldwell 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.

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Tom Burke at VRCChancellor 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

Kay Meek, Sonya Christian, Bill Thomas

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.

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Richard Beene Show

Later that afternoon Paul Beckworth, Wesley Barrientos and I were on the Richaed Beene radio show.

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Wesley Barrientos, Sonya Christian, Richard Beene, Paul Beckworth

VetFest 2017

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.

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Speakers included Mayor Karen Goh, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, Paul Beckworth, Cristian Gutierrez and keynote speaker, Dr. Denita Oyeka.

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Assembly Member Rudy Salas

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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.

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Keynote Speaker, Dr. Denita Oyeka.

 

Locals from the community came to celebrate on campus, such as Buzz Wells from Tehachapi who made the trip to BC just for Vetfest.

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Buzz and Armando

 

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Mayor Karen Goh, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, President Sonya Christian

A huge thank you to BC Food Services for providing tacos, rice and beans, and the  live band for the music and entertainment.

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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.

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Law Enforcement Graduation

i-z7mqcbm-x2While 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.

Check out all the photos taken by Earl Parsons at BC’s Smugmug.

Thank you Paul Beckworth for your leadership in this week-long celebration of our veterans.

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Paul Beckworth. Photo by Manny de Los Santos

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.

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Outcomes included:

  • 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

Transfer Event (3)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!)

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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.

Check out the side article at The Bakersfield Californian.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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

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Professor Josh Ottum performing with Commercial Music students

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!

Music:

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

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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 jennifer.garrett@bakersfieldcollege.edu 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.

Steve Schultz with his wife Nov 9 2017Also, 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.

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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

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BC’s MESA Students

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 Athletics

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

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The Wrestling Team came out to support Renegade Volleyball

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The Cheer Team was there

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Loved seeing Becki Whitson.

Cross Country

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)

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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)

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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.

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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)

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Men’s Basketball

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)

Jamar Hammonds drives home a dunk

BC coming to Shafter January 2018.  Enroll now!

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Fun Pictures:

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.

 

Sonya Christian, Kathy Bohner Nov 7 2017

Paul Beckworth wins the motorcycle when Mayor Karen Goh draws the winning raffle ticket at the Wounded Heroes Fund event.

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Emmanuel Limaco at MeCha Panelist event…from Facebook

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Sonya Christian at the podium

 

That’s all for now.  

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever