Thankful for BC. Thanksgiving 2020

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving and we fully in the holiday season.

I know that many of you, like me, are finding that holidays in 2020 are a little bit different and maybe a little difficult. But I hope that you, like me, are finding extra reasons to be thankful this year. Our community has shown great resilience and compassion, innovation and sacrifice, all in the name of the greater good and overcoming adversity.

I took time to look over my blog posts from throughout this year, as well as those from the past few Thanksgivings (2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016), and as I did I grabbed a few photos that make me thankful for everyone at Bakersfield College and beyond this year:

I am deeply grateful for how our Renegade community has responded to the challenges we have faced this year.

And speaking of gratitude –

Jack Hernandez’s Community Voices piece, To be or not to be healed, had a great message about thankfulness and gratitude:

“Gratitude is part of humility. Gratitude expands our awareness of how much we owe to others for our flourishing and well being. Not only to our families and friends, but to those who grow our food, serve us coffee, deliver our mail, repair our cars, drive our busses. Gratitude expands to the smiles of neighbors that contribute to our happiness. Even more, we have gratitude for living in a country that gives us freedom of conscience, freedom to express our beliefs and freedom to select our leaders, local, state and national. Our gratitude must, then, include all who live in this nation, all who contribute to its greatness.”

Good morning Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, November 28, 2020 …
a great day to be a Renegade.


Virtual Choir Concert on Monday

From an email from Jennifer Garrett:

“On November 30th at 7:00 p.m. the Bakersfield College Choirs will present a Virtual Concert entitled, ‘Becoming Us.’ It will air over YouTube Premiere. ….. The choirs have rehearsed almost entirely over Zoom with a few brief socially distant outdoor rehearsals by some of the choirs so you can imagine it has been an almost insurmountable challenge. …..” 

“We hope that you will take 40 minutes of your time on Monday to sit with your family and watch this concert……”

For more information check out the Facebook event or the Bakersfield College event page – we will update that page with the link to view the concert.

Check out the piece in the Bakersfield Californian

Panorama Creative Music Summit

Tune in December 2 at 2:30 pm for the final installment of the Panorama Creative Music Summit.

Virtuoso jazz and funk bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma from Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time will be featured. He has also collaborated with Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr. and more. Here’s a sample:

Catch the live stream at

You can also see all the past sessions archived at

Levan Center — Art, Architecture and Archetypes

Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Reggie Williams, Ronnie Wrest, Krista Moreland, Rae Anne Kumelos

The Future of Learning: ACCJC Conversations Among Thought Leaders

Please join us starting next week for a series of important conversations about the future of learning. Visit the registration page to submit your information and hear from some of our amazing speakers, who are all thought leaders in the world of higher education and policy. 

With eight sessions over the course of four days, there will be something for everyone to learn from these conversations:

Day 1: Tuesday, December 2. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST

Tia Brown McNair: VP for Diversity, Equity, & Student Success & Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers, AAC&U; Author of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk

David French, Senior editor at The Dispatch and a columnist for Time; Author of Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation

Day 2: Wednesday, December 3rd. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST

Natasha Jankowski, Executive Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment; Author of Degrees That Matter

Dr. Cecilia Rios-Aguilar, Associate Dean of Equity & Inclusion at UCLA; Author of Funds of Knowledge in Higher Education

Day 3: Monday, December 7th. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST

Deb Bushway, President and CEO of Northwestern Health Sciences University; Author of A Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education

Wayne Skipper, CEO of Concentric Sky, who worked with us to build the Program Mapper and creator of the Badgr micro-credentialing tool

Day 4: Tuesday, December 8th. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST

Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University; Author of The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education

Sam Clark & Connie Jiang, Students at Deep Springs College

Future of Fuels

Last week, I wrote about the most recent webinar in our interdisciplinary partnership in energy

Today, I’m sharing another video from that webinar.

Kelly Murrillo, Project Manager of Marketing Development, SoCalGas, spoke about advances in biogas technology:

The next major event as part of the Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development partnership will be the Energy Summit on December 5 at 6 p.m., live on KGET.

Learning Together

Last week, I wrote about our third campus-wide “Learning Together” event.

The event discussed two academic journal articles:

  • “Postsecondary Equity Through the Lens of Policy Change”, published through the academic journal Change.
  • “When Pursuing Diversity, Victory is Hard to Define” published in Chronicle of Higher Education

Today, I’m sharing Nick Strobel’s presentation:

Virtual Seminar on Student Progression and Completion

Last week, we also held the second virtual seminar in our Strategic Directions series helping us gear up for the renewal of our three-year Strategic Plan. This session focused on Student Progression and Completion.

Please check out this presentation from Kylie Campbell, Early College Program Director:

Archives Throwback: Table Set for Renaissance Feast

Around this time of year 39 years ago, the BC Drama and Food Services departments were preparing for a different kind of feast for the week after Thanksgiving. Renegade Rip staff writer Greg Goodsell covered the 1981 Renaissance Extravaganza, where students and staff dressed in their best Elizabethan regalia to host a traditional banquet alongside performances of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and “Merchant of Venice”. The event was also covered on December 1, 1981 in the Bakersfield Californian.

Hank Webb, the BC drama instructor and coordinator of the event states, “The project will be to successfully recreate the feeling of the British Renaissance. Over 100 costumes are to be utilized. The feast will include roast suckling pig (complete with an apple in its mouth), chicken, fish, beef, fresh bread one can tear apart with one’s hands…”, he laughs. “As you can probably imagine, silverware will be optional, although forks and bibs will be provided for the more fastidious.”

Read more on the Bakersfield College website.

Spotted on social media

Kalina Hill shared a thoughtful moment from one of her runs this week:

Norma Rojas-Mora shared this photo of a recent campus visit checking out the new construction:

Krista Moreland‘s cat Immogen is getting so big!

Olivia Garcia shared this picture of her dogs:

Lesley Bonds shared this view of her work-from-home space:

Check out this beautiful photo from The Jones Gallery. It’s from student Daniel Rodriguez in Kris Stallworth‘s Spring 2020 Art B17 class. It’s called “Feel the Wind”:

And I loved this photo from the Radiologic Technology department. Happy Thanksgiving!

Renegade Athletics Corner

2019 CCCCCTCA Scholar Athlete Team

Congrats to three of our cross country student athletes Adolfo Escudero, Elias Artega and Elias Martinez for being named to the 2019 California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association (CCCCCTCA) Scholar Athlete Team. To make the team To make the team cross-country student athletes must complete a minimum of 24 academic units with a 3.5 GPA or higher. This is the second year in arrow that Adolfo has made the team. This is a well-deserved recognition for all three of these students. Go ‘Gades!


That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
sonya –
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

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