Huge congratulations go out to Dr. David E. Smith, Bakersfield College alumnus and founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, on his honor as the 2013 Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Smith graduated from Bakersfield College in 1958, before heading on to UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco Medical School.
In 2012, Dr. Smith came home to Bakersfield and presented at our Levan Center for the Humanities on his development of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco. His reflection on the socio-cultural revolution taking place in the early 1960s is available for download.
Bakersfield College, and North High School, proudly claim Dr. Smith as an alumni. In this year of celebration for Bakersfield College’s centennial, I am glad our college’s former students are recognized for their outstanding contributions for society. With leaders like these blazing the trail for the class of 2014, the possibilities are endless!
At the American Society for Engineering Education Zone IV Awards Ceremony aboard the Queen Mary on Friday, April 25th, Liz Rozell received the Outstanding Community College Educator Award from the Pacific Southwest Section. This award is presented for excellence in the instruction of engineering with the purpose to serve as an incentive to advance engineering education. She was accompanied by her daughter, Carly Rozell, also one of her former engineering students who now works as an engineer locally.
Recipients of this award must demonstrate excellence in teaching and the ability to inspire students to high levels of scholastic achievement, character growth and leadership potential; demonstrate outstanding subject matter competence and the ability to develop courses and curricula to serve the wide range of abilities found in community college students; show evidence of success in creatively providing students with career planning, program design and transfer guidance towards successful completion of their first career preparation; show evidence of outstanding achievement in innovative laboratory techniques, equipment, or utilization and the integration of laboratory exercises with lecture presentations; and show evidence of leadership and/or distinguished service to the college, the local community or other arenas that demonstrate a strong connection between engineering, education and society.
Liz was nominated for this award by Amelito Enriquez, engineering faculty at Canada College and letters of support were provided by former students and colleagues. Some of the comments from these letters include: “I can say without any hesitation that the quality of teaching from Professor Rozell was far beyond what I received at the university…She made a huge impact on my life and educational career.” “It was not until I had a class with Mrs. Rozell that I found a sense of belonging in the field I was pursuing. She came in with a warm smile on her face, an enthusiasm to teach, and vast knowledge of the subject. I remember finally making a connection to the engineer I wanted to be. I know she inspired many women to continue in engineering.”
Sometimes, good things can come out of challenging situations. That is the case for Bakersfield College’s year-long communication effort on the athletics sanctions which were announced last May. Before that announcement was made, Bakersfield College’s Public Information Officer, Amber Chiang, was hard at work planning our communication strategy, and after the announcement, she continued this work to keep the college’s message, plans, and position in the community through strategic outreach.
In February, Amber looked back on the year of work, and submitted an extensive package of information to the Community Colleges Public Relations Organization PRO Award competition’s “Media Success Story” category. Bakersfield College took home top honors on April 17!
That night, Amber accepted the award on behalf of Bakersfield College and texted me just after the win.. Amber said she found the sustained crisis communications effort to be professionally challenging, and was elated the college was recognized by our peers for our work. Most of the time, happy news items win the “Media Success Story” category (Bakersfield College won it in 2012 for our media outreach on Dr. Levan’s historic gift), so for a crisis communication effort to win is really something special.
Bakersfield College’s “Media Success Story” scored 56 out of a possible 60 points to win. The judges’ comments included:
Well executed! A textbook example of how to respond to such a development. Wow!
An admirable, disciplined effort under difficult circumstances. Very well organized and prepared.
Amber’s role in the sanctions communications was not an easy one; she battled internal and external forces while working to maintain the college’s image in the community and our focus on students. Good work Amber! and thank you!
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