Why save the good stuff for later?

Have you seen the latest Julia Roberts/George Clooney movie, “Ticket to Paradise?”

In the movie, there is a recurring phrase – “why save the good stuff for later.” 100% agreed….

And with everything going on at Kern CCD we are certainly NOT saving the good stuff for later.

Good morning friends.
It is January 28, 2023.
The sun shines bright over Kern CCD

Porterville College

Pirates snap losing streak with wins over Reedley and Taft

In their most recent outing, the PC Women’s Basketball team was able to turn their luck around in a nice performance against Reedley College.

Jazlynne (Jaz) Medrano scored a team high 19 points while Jenna Holder posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to help lead Porterville College to a 78-58 Central Valley Conference victory over the visiting team on Saturday.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak and improved the Pirates to 6-14 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

PC led 37-25 at halftime and blew the game open by scoring 27 points in the third quarter. Porterville got numerous contributions in the win.

Medrano added 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists, and 2 blocks to her impressive all-around night. Mariah Castanon totaled 15 points, and Kaija Ambriz had 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Off the bench, Assyria Murrietta chipped in with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Davina Lopez contributed 6 points and 9 boards.

The Pirates looked to keep the momentum going on Wednesday as they traveled to Taft for more conference play.  They returned victorious from the night with an 86-70 victory over Taft College. The Pirates were led by Jaz Medrano with another impressive 19-point total and Kaija Abriz with a posting of 18.

Meet PC History Instructor, Leslie Pelon

This week, we sat down with PC History Instructor Leslie Pelon to talk about her love of teaching, her approach to teaching in today’s classroom, and how a recent professional development opportunity took her all the way to Philadelphia.

Meet her in our latest Pirate Profile:

Cerro Coso Community College

SGCC Hosts Back-to-School Lunch for Students and Employees

Cheers to new beginnings! A new year and a new semester starting!

The Student Government of Cerro Coso (SGCC) hosted a Back-to-School lunch for fellow students and employees on Thursday, January 26th in the LRC at the Ridgecrest Campus.

It was a great chance for students, faculty, and colleagues to meet and great… and eat! Student Julianna Gorduyn, event coordinator and communications officer for the SGCC, coordinated the lunch that included tasty food from the local restaurant Casa Corona. 

Bakersfield College

BC Philosophy Department Welcomes Dr. Kelly

Dr. Kelly is a new faculty in the Philosophy department at Bakersfield College, returning to his Renegade roots as a 22-23 new tenure track faculty member. Some of Dr. Kelly’s prominent achievements include: 

1. He is first author on a chapter in the forthcoming anthology Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction from Routledge (2022). View the anthology information. His co-authors are addiction researchers at the University College London in the UK, and during some independent work on which they were collaborating, they asked Dr. Kelly to adapt some of his dissertation work into the piece that became their chapter. Side note: two of the anthology editors (Nick Heather and Sally Satel) are significant names in addiction research. Dr. Kelly notes these were scholars he was reading during grad school, “so it was a proud and somewhat surreal experience to contribute to their volume”.

2. Dr. Kelly also just recently had a separate single-author paper on the nature of addiction, “Towards a Dispositionalist (and Unifying) Account of Addiction,” accepted for publication to the peer-reviewed journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, a top journal in philosophy of medicine. You can read the journal here.

3. Dr. Kelly is also an avid tennis player. In October he and his girlfriend took second place in the open division of the mixed doubles in the Kern County Tennis Championships.

We appreciate Dr. Kelly’s numerous contributions to Bakersfield College and look forward to his continued success.

BC Office of Student Life Begins Spring Distinguished Speaker Series

Last Thursday, the Office of Student Life held their first Distinguished Speaker for the Spring 2023 semester. Students, staff, and community members got to hear from Paralympic Gold medalist, Evan Austin the “practice of getting up” and “living life without limits no matter the adversity faced.” Evan connected with audiences by discussing the struggles he had faced growing up with a familial spastic paraparesis and the resilience he showed to become a world champion swimmer and Paralympic gold and bronze medalist.

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

The Kern CCD team was well-represented last weekend at a job fair in Los Angeles:

Our team included Gina Duran, Osvaldo Del Valle (PC), John McHenry (CC) Laci Beyes (CC), James McGarrah (BC) and Kim Bergens (PC).

Cerro Coso Community College President Sean Hancock shared this from an event last weekend:

Cerro Coso went “Plane Crazy” at Mojave Air and Space Port! Thanks to Devin Daugherty for representing KCCD as today’s speaker – great job

Check out this video from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, featuring Joseph Sickler – a graduate of BC’s Inmate Education Program with Kern Valley Prison.

And here’s a great picture of Todd Coston and Manny Mourtzanos!


That’s a wrap for now.
See you next Saturday!

The future is bright at Kern CCD.

a joyful and grateful Chancellor


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