BC’s faculty and students…Just remarkable

I woke up this morning to a wonderful email from Richard Marquez and a great article in Bakersfield Life about Chef John McFee and the Renegade Room. What a way to start my weekend.

John McFee in Bakersfield Life Oct 24 2014

Iphone picture of Page 44, Chef John McFee, in the November Bakersfield Life Magazine


Here are some of his responses to questions posed:

1. Go-to ingredients: Garlic and thyme

2. Must have kitchen tool: sharp knife

3. The single tastiest thing I have eaten this month: My classes have cooked many tasty dishes this month. Have to say they did a good job.


Make sure you take friends and family and check out Chef John McFee and our students in the Renegade Room






Richard Marquez

Prof. Richard Marquez


Email from Richard Marquez at 12:18 a.m. on Oct 24th:

Dear Colleagues,

Tonight at Bakersfield College, I heard angels sing. Yes, angels. Under the direction of Dr, Jennifer Garrett, the BC choir and chamber singers performed “A Walk Through Choral History,” inaugurating the Simonsen Performing Arts Center, and they were magnificent. The audience was enthralled and demonstrated its pleasure with several standing ovations.

Sometimes I lose sight of all of the talent and gifts our students have. Tonight was a reminder of what our students can do. So, if you ever need affirmation of the talent that exists among our students and our faculty, I encourage you to attend the next concert or play or other student performance.

Thank you Dr. Garrett for reminding me and letting me hear angels sing.


Richard Marquez
Prof, English

Marvene Simonsen Sonya Christian Oct 23 2014

Selfie with Marvene Simonsen


I agree with Richard.  The event was great, the students were spectacular and Jen Garrett was Jen Garrett–smart, beautiful, passionate, committed to our students, committed to music.  The narration of the history of choral music by John Gerhold and his wife Wendy was very well done.  Marvene Simonsen, Ed Simonsen’s wife and their three daughters came for this special event.  I sat next to them and they were just thrilled to enjoy the wonderful performance and be proud of their father, President Ed Simonsen.  Also, I totally enjoyed looking around and seeing so many colleagues and friends enjoying BC–Nick Strobel and family, Nan Gomez-Heitzeber and family, Rob Parsons, Jerry Ludeke, Jack Hernandez, Tom Gelder and family,……. just to name a few.



And btw, the remodeled indoor theater is just fabulous.  Needless to say that Nan was bragging that she selected the color 🙂  Finally, I was nervous to take pictures because of the elegance of the event and a sense that if my iphone flashed, folks around me would think it was totally uncool.  Hence I will wait for the official photogallery of the event and will post the link in one of my next blogs.

Have I told you recently that I love being back at BC!

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3 thoughts on “BC’s faculty and students…Just remarkable

  1. Janet Fulks October 25, 2014 at 9:15 am Reply

    So proud of the BC faculty, students and work. BC has definitely been moving in a positive direction. The concern for student success and the high standards BC holds are very obvious. Completion of the Simonsen Center to display that good work is a momentum point for BC.

  2. Patt Davis October 27, 2014 at 9:30 am Reply

    Angels…that says it all. What a magical evening!

  3. drajcpepper October 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm Reply

    This has truly been a collaborative effort. I’m excited to hear that everything went well at the performance. Kudos…to the BC academicians and staff (M&0), PM from the DO, and contractors who were diligent in making this happen. ~ Dr. Culpepper

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