Good morning Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, October 10, 2020…a great day to be a Renegade.
Introducing Bhambi and Christian Blog
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to Dr. Brij Bhambi, a cardiologist for almost 40 years and an intellectual giant who will be engaging me in conversations about health, policy, philosophy and more. Check out BhambiAndChristian.com to watch our conversation grow and expand in new directions.
#LightACandle: A Juneteenth Conversation
Dr. Bhambi was also one of our speakers for the #LightACandle: A Juneteenth Conversation programming?
I have previously shared his video from the June 18th program, but today I will also share his commitment – which aired on June 19.
You can learn more about this project, or view all the videos, at https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/aai/lightacandle-a-juneteenth-conversation.
High School Counselor Conference
Bakersfield College packed the “virtual house” for this year’s High School Counselor Conference held on Thursday, October 8th. Over 160 members from our local high schools attended to learn about the latest information regarding programs and services offered at Bakersfield College.
In true Outreach & Early College fashion, they seized the opportunity to have fun with the attendees. Highlights include the BC spirit photo and doing the Cha Cha Slide for a “stretch” break. Check out the captured moments below.
A BIG thank you to all the presenters who made this happen for our high school partners.
Academic Technology Hosts Online Teaching Forum
As we all continue to adapt to remote teaching and learning, it is inspiring to hear faculty supporting each other during this difficult time. October 6th provided an excellent example of the collegial spirit at Bakersfield College when over 30 faculty members joined Academic Technology for the first faculty forum of the year. The topic for this month was “Teaching Online: Field-tested Strategies from Renegade Faculty.”
The October faculty forum, facilitated by Alex Rockey, provided faculty an opportunity to share their experiences teaching online. Special thanks to the faculty experts who joined us: Christie Howell, Jana Richardson, and Dana Heins-Gelder. As faculty experts, they shared their own strategies for creating imperfect videos, interacting via discussion boards, and enabling conversations through strategic combinations of Google forms, Adobe Spark, Canvas Studio, and Padlet.
These strategies prompted a lively discussion in which faculty collectively explored how to use video to create connections with students, encourage meaningful participation in office hours, and curate existing videos to illustrate specific concepts.
During the semester, Academic Technology will host a faculty forum on various topics related to teaching and technology on the first tuesday of each month at 3:00 pm. The topic for the November 3rd faculty forum will be: “Using Video: Interactive lectures, feedback, and more!”
If you were unable to attend the event, a post compiling specific strategies discussed at the event will be available October 13th on the new BC Academic Technology blog at https://bcacademictechnology.wordpress.com/.
Quique Rivera to speak at BC October 14th
Quique Rivera is a Puerto Rican artist based in Los Angeles. He is an extensively awarded artist, animator, sculptor, and film maker. He has participated in international film festivals from Havana to Moscow over the past decade. Winning the Grand Jury Award at the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival for his film, El delirio del pez león. He was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2015, had his films screened at over 70 international film festivals and currently has work on view at the Museum of Latin American Art.
For more information and samples of his work visit: Quique Rivera Rivera Artist/Animator.
HEAL Webinar: Wrap Up Page
The Health Equity and Learning (HEAL) webinar has wrapped, and the speaker presentations are now available for viewing in a couple different places listed below. You can also download the PDF’s of the presentations at the webinar page.
View at the Webinar Page.
View the full playlist on YouTube.
Opening Day 2020
As you may know, every year Bakersfield College has a big celebration for Opening Day. This year, that celebration moved online and transformed into a weeklong event (and, due to some technical difficulties, it actually spanned two weeks!)
Today, I wanted to share this video from Senator Jean Fuller and Early College Program Director Kylie Campbell, highlighting the Early College program:
Please visit the Opening Week 2020 website to see all the videos from this year’s programming.
Spotted on Social Media
Anthropology Professor Krista Moreland showed off her BC face mask on facebook:
Jonathan Schultz, one of our counselors, shared a post on his Facebook page from the Umoja club, after the group was able to have a meet up with masks and physical distancing:
Astronomy Professor & Planetarium Director Nick Strobel shared a post about Andrea Ghez, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Reinhard Genzel and Roger Penrose:
Check out the video about her work at the Keck Observatory.
The BCSGA Instagram page shared this #ThrowbackThursday photo of the BC lunchline circa 1975:
The Jones Art Gallery shared this beautiful painting on their Instagram page:
Happy FriYAY! Make it a good one! ✨ • Phil Paradise • Flores • CA • 1960 Serigraph • Bakersfield College Art Collection
Renegade Athletics Brand Power
Bakersfield College Athletics has long been known as a state-leader in athletics excellence throughout the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA). The following graphic proves one huge area in which Renegade Athletics blows away the competition – social media. This is a developing area and since July 2018 we have seen a dramatic upswing in both the number of followers and engagement to our main Renegade social media pages.
In terms of followers Facebook has grown 154%, Twitter has grown (148%) and Instagram has grown (1640%). As the graphic illustrates, we lead the state – by a long shot – in numbers of total followers to our main athletics Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages. Great job athletics and keep up the great branding work!
That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
the luckiest and happiest college president ever