Good morning, Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, December 8, 2018… A great day to be a Renegade.
Last week of classes at BC. Great holiday spirit. Students excited….students stressed…. Nicky Damania and team staffed the library with extra hours for students to study in groups…. faculty dropped by to help students….. What can I say. We are BC!
BC Food Services Comes Through in a Pinch
Earlier this week BC administrators and managers came together to assist students with enrolling in classes for the Spring semester. I want to give a huge shout out to our Food Services team who stepped up and served a delicious lunch to those helping in the outreach efforts. If you know of anyone wanting to register for BC courses in the Spring 2019 semester, have them sign up today! Steven Watkin and Ashlea Ward have organized three days of registration (Dec 10th, 11th and 12th) with the help of Counselors and Ed Advisors. You can check out the Class Schedule and registration information at this link: www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/academic/schedule
Food Services had their last day in Campus Center yesterday before relocating to make room for the cafeteria remodel! They are moving to the Huddle and Mount Vernon Commissary over Winter Recess. Here are some photos of their last day before the remodel:
Also, be sure to check out the new Food Services social media accounts! You can follow their journey to the new location at the Huddle, see the new food trailer, and see what delicious menu items they’re preparing! Check out @BCFoodScene on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!
BC Jazz presents: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite
The Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble held a holiday concert earlier this week, featuring Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite re-imagined with a big band twist. The concert was amazing!! The big band rendition of this classic music provided holiday cheer with a fun spin. There were saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitars, a double bass and of course drums. I loved the beautiful clarinet during the “Chinoiserie” song, or rather, the Chinese Dance. Also, Professor Robbie Martinez surprised guests and joined in on “Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)” with his beautiful piccolo playing.
I was so proud of our students and the beautiful music that they performed. My personal favorite was the “Sugar Rum Cherry” song, a take on the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Students learned how to integrate trumpet mutes and rubber plungers in order to hit the notes as Duke Ellington originally intended. A huge shout out to Kris Tiner for directing this amazing piece of music here at the BC campus.
Blue Ribbon Committee Reconvenes
The Blue Ribbon Committee reconvened earlier this week bringing together community leaders who were pivotal to the passage of Measure J in 2016. Attendees were taken on a trip down memory lane with a great video created by our very own Chris Blakemore. Thank you Chris!
We also shared all of the recent developments here at the BC campus. There are eleven projects in various phase stages over the next year! Bill Potter and Tamara Baker definitely have their hands full, and can’t wait to share each of these projects as they progress along.
Emails Worth Sharing from Paul Beckworth
In light of the news of the passing of President George Bush, Paul Beckworth shared a memorable photo with me this week. He said, “with GW Bush in Somalia in December 92 or Jan 93. I asked him for a pic, he grabbed my camera out of my hand, and said , “Come here Beckworth,” (he read my name tag) and took a selfie of us. Pretty cool!”
2018 Bakersfield College Foundation Holiday Dinner
The Bakersfield College Foundation hosted a wonderful group of about 60 invited guests in the Renegade Room at the Holiday Dinner, following the Foundation Board’s annual strategic planning meeting. The dinner was expertly prepared and served by the students in the Culinary Arts program as their final exam for the semester. Many members of the BC Foundation Board were joined by their spouses to ring in the holidays, including founding Foundation Board member, Ken Byrum and his wife Pam; and Foundation Board Chair Jeff Bell and his wife Amy. Other special guests of the evening included KCCD Trustee-Elect, Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg and her husband Jim; Adam Alvidrez of Chevron and his wife Tiffani; and Gloria Williams of CRC and her sister Loretta. The guests were entertained by the talented BC Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Garrett. The choir performed four Christmas songs and surprised the Foundation with a special video to express their gratitude to the Foundation members for the help in making their trip to Australia a reality this past summer. Major compliments to the Culinary Arts students, Chefs Alex Gomez, Suzanne Tangeman and Christian Flores-Castaneda for a beautiful and delicious evening! You all earned an A+ in our eyes!
SGA Discovers a Hidden Treasure
Our SGA president Ashley Harp came across a fun piece of BC nostalgia. Check out the video below to see why BC has school spirit in spades!
Seen on Facebook: BC Chamber Singers Christmas Gathering
This week, I saw on Facebook that the BC Chamber Singers gathered at Choral Director Jennifer Garrett’s home for evening caroling in the neighborhood park, packing bags for the homeless, and spending time together for the holidays. She said in her post, “What a wonderful night with the BC Chamber Singers in my home! We ate lots of yummy food, put on a mini concert in the City in the Hills Park (thanks to so many for joining us), exchanged secret Santa gifts, made bags to hand out to the homeless, and many enjoyed the hot tub or talked to finish off the night. They are such an incredible group of people. We still have a lot of work to do in order to reach the excellence we are striving for and we will continue to work and love music to get there.” Check out the fun photos.
KernTax 79th Annual Meeting
I was at Tom Burke’s table at the KernTax 79th Annual Meeting earlier this week at the Bakersfield Country Club, along with Cindy Collier, Bill Thomas, Tom Gelder, Romeo Agbalog, and Debbie Martin. It is always great to get out and visit with our fellow community members! I feel so lucky to be a part of a city like Bakersfield!
Our dual enrollment program was highlighted at the event. Michael Turnipseed shared in his introductory remarks that over 3,000 dual enrolled students have benefited from the partnership between Bakersfield College and Kern High School District (KHSD), thanks to initial support from the Game Changer grant. Dr. Anna Laven, program manager for dual enrollment, and her husband, Commissioner Andrew Kendall, attended the event. The keynote speaker, James Gollub, highlighted the success of applying collaborative strategy to address our next generation economy.
Celebrating Dual Enrollment
On Thursday, December 6, the dual enrollment team held a convening of high school partners from McFarland, Wasco, Delano and KHSD and Bakersfield College student services areas to recognize the strong work that has taken place, expanding on success. Points of discussion included enrollment trends, guided pathways, pre- and post-enrollment activities, and the dual enrollment newsletter. Steve Watkin guided participants in discussion, with presentations provided by Dr. Anna Laven, Kylie Swanson, Sharon Bush, Liz Rozell, Jaqueline Lau, and Abel Guzman.
Fun Registration Time Photos from S&E
Veronica Hathaway shared with me the creativity of Dean Stephen Waller and everyone in the Science and Engineering area. We are BC!
If you missed watching the Renegade Report live this past Thursday at 11a, check out the segments from this week’s show from the links below. This week’s highlights include segments with BC Baseball Head Coach, Tim Painton and four of his players: Kamron Willman, Ryan Dickerson, Nate Ortiz, and Frank Villasenor.
Renegade Women’s Volleyball Team Goes to State
Our amazing Renegade Women’s Volleyball team went to the state championships last weekend, hosted by Solano College in Fairfield. This was the first time since 2009 that the team qualified for the state tournament. They were ranked #2 in the state with a 25-1 overall record and were riding a 19-match winning streak. The streak ended last weekend, but we could not be more proud of our Renegades!!! Not only did they make it to the championships, Coach Ferreira was recently honored as the SoCal Coach of the Year and WSC South Coach of the Year. Setter Sarah Armendariz was named an AVCA All-American and WSC Player of the Year – huge recognitions for both!
Renegades of the Week
Renegade Athletics is proud to announce this week’s (11/25-12/1) Wells Fargo Renegades of the Week:
- Brianna Mendez, Women’s Basketball – Scored 38 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in helping the team to a third place finish at the Santa Ana Tournament this last weekend.
- Marcus Hutcherson, Wrestling – Qualified for the state tournament by placing 1st in his weight class (125 lb) at the Southern Regional Tournament and helping the team to a 4th place finish.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Post-Season Awards Announced
The Renegade Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams recently finished their 2018 fall season at the CCCAA State Championships. The women’s team placed in a tie for 15th place, with Gabby Lugo placing 10th overall. For the men, Adrian Lopez was a state qualifier.
With the conclusion of the season, post season awards have been announced. Below is the list of awards by individual:
Gabby Lugo, So. (Bakersfield Christian HS) – 1st-Team All-American and Western State Conference (WSC) 1st-Team All-Conference
Jacquelyn Barrios, Fr. (Foothill HS) – WSC 2nd-Team All-Conference
Lourdes Cruz, So. (Wasco HS)- WSC 2nd-Team All-Conference
Angelo Benitez, Fr. (Independence HS) – WSC Honorable Mention
Justin Frando, Fr. (Highland HS) – WSC Honorable Mention
Cutberto Salgado, So. (Wasco HS) – WSC Honorable Mention
Roundup of Athletics Events This Week
As always, it was a full week of events for our Renegades teams. Highlights from the week include (click for the story on GoGades.com):
- Women’s Volleyball season comes to a close with playoff loss to Fresno in state quarterfinals
- Women’s Basketball Places third at Santa Ana Tournament
- Men’s Basketball over West Hills Lemoore, 128-63
- Men’s Basketball over Porterville, 95-85
- Wrestling places 4th at Southern Regionals
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California College Guidance Initiative in McFarland
As we continue to expand Early College opportunities for high school students throughout Kern County, we are looking for innovative ways to align with our K-12 partners and provide the resources they need. The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) is a new partnership opportunity with K-12 school districts to support students, counselors, parents, and community-based organizations with technological tools that help guide the college and career planning and preparation process. Bakersfield College is currently working with all of our partner districts to engage with CCGI. On December 5th, CCGI staff met with McFarland Unified School District (MUSD) administrators and counselors to begin implementation of the program. MUSD is leading the way for all districts in Kern County on this project. This tool will help K-12 educators, parents, students, and Bakersfield College collaborate to build clear pathways to higher education. I cannot wait to see what develops out of this work!
Bakersfield New Car Dealers Annual Luncheon
Earlier this week, BC attended the Bakersfield New Car Dealers Annual Luncheon where Bill Wright was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. BC’s Rony Recinos, Automotive Instructor Industrial Arts had the chance to meet with Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Senator Shannon Grove.
Winter at BC
Earl Parsons from the Marketing team sent over some beautiful photos that he took as winter weather blankets the BC campus. Thanks Earl!
Jennifer Serratt took some photos of the gorgeous rain that we had earlier this week. The rainy weather made for a cozy atmosphere in the office!
Jennifer also shared a photo with her and two of our favorite veterans, Paul Beckworth and Tommy Tunson. They’re ready for the Army Navy game this weekend. When Jennifer said she was rooting for the Air Force, they let her know that was the wrong choice! 🙂
That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
the luckiest and happiest college president ever