Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect – Margaret Mitchell
This quote has stuck with me the whole week as I kept up with my readings on pandemics, health data metrics, contact tracing apps and the development of a potential short term workforce, V-shaped rebounding of the economy, to now economists discussing a more protracted, or potentially, L-shaped recovery.
Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect
Good morning Bakersfield It is Saturday, May 2, 2020…A great day to be a Renegade
This week, President’s Cabinet rolled a fun video message for our BC students thanks to Dena Rhoades. Check it out.
BC Answers call for PPE
Darren Willis and our students at the Creative Design Center used our 3D printer makerspace to create face shields and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Cindy Collier presented Clinica Sierra Vista with 50 face shields on Wednesday, and we delivered another batch of face shields to the Bakersfield Family Medical Center.
And check out this video from Darren about how the PPE is made:
Virtual Forums. April 13th speakers
Let’s check out the videos from the Virtual Forum on April 13th.
California State Assemblyman Rudy Salas
Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg
You can find archived videos of our virtual forums, and information about our response to COVID-19 on our COVID-19 website.
Virtual student events
This week, we have continued to be active with events to help our students succeed and to celebrate their talents.
The Office of Outreach and School Relations organized a Virtual Express Enrollment event on Wednesday. Each participant received the help they needed to complete all of the enrollment steps, including counseling, registering for classes and financial aid.
Thank you to the 45 staff members and student workers who were rockstars. Thnx to our Counseling, EOPS/Cal-SOAP, Financial Aid, A&R, and Marketing for collaborating with Outreach and Early College to ensure we were fully staffed and able to help those who attended. All around amazing teamwork… We are BC!
Counselors from universities across the country engaged with BC students through Zoom at the 2020 Virtual Transfer Fair on Tuesday. Counselors like Ched Salasek from Grand Canyon University spoke with students on a one-to-one basis to walk Renegades through all of the programs and facilities that their schools have to offer.
Thursday’s Virtual Industrial Automation Day offered our community the chance to learn more about our innovative baccalaureate program. Staff members from the Industrial Transportation and Technology Pathway guided students through all of the career opportunities available with a degree in automation.
Thank you to Carlos Medina and the Career Education Team for working with the Industrial Transportation and Technology Pathway to put together this important expo for our students.
Virtual Performance of “Metamorphoses”
This weekend, the Bakersfield College Performing Arts Department presents an audio-only, virtual performance of “Metamorphoses,” a play based on the Myths of Ovid and written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman.
The play is directed by Cody Ganger and edited by Kevin Ganger.
The BC Launchpad is hosting a free series of digital skills webinars from the Business and Entrepreneurship Sector of California Community Colleges. The webinars are organized and hosted by Grow with Google, a small business initiative and relief fund.
The first webinar on April 23 focused on Reaching Customers Online with Google. On Thursday, the Grow with Google team hosted a webinar on using Google Search and Maps to optimize your business.
If you’re interested in the final webinar on May 14 about using data to drive business growth, which will be hosted by Corissa Saint Laurent, register through GoToWebinar.
To learn more about BC’s collaborative efforts to support entrepreneurs in Kern County, visit the BC Launchpad.
He simply yet eloquently explained statistical principles in sample selection in data modeling.
#BC Goes Online
I’d like to share a few of the social media posts I found from our BC facutly and staff this week.
Our nursing students and staff are still working hard to keep our community safe. The BC library has been giving us a peek into their personal libraries. The old Memorial Stadium scoreboard was recently leveled. We’re working on a website to track our transfer-bound students (look for more on that in the coming weeks). And the 2020 Student Leadership & Involvement Award Ceremony went virtual this year.
Archives Throwback: Student Housing at Bakersfield College
In the 1960s, the Home of the Renegades was a literal home for many of our students who lived on campus. The dormitory for men was behind the Campus Center and had their own live-in maid named Eleanor. The women’s dormitory also had a live-in “den mother” named Miss Snell. The two houses were active in student activities and had their own associated fraternities and sororities.
Our Marketing student workers Juan Reyes and Ramon Carreido have been attending some of the student life virtual events to check in on how our students are engaging with each other on remote platforms. Here are some of the events they’ve covered.
Renegades Surf the Web Earth Day Challenge
BCSGA used Facebook and Instagram to host an Earth Day challenge featuring our students’ creative appreciation and support for our environment. Students were encouraged to share art, music, poetry or anything to express their appreciation for the Earth.
Danny Escobar was announced as the BCSGA winner along with his friend, Brittany the Turtle, enjoying a sweet fruit and veggie salad while expressing their Earth Day pride.
Video Game and Netflix Streams with Student Life
The Office of Student Life is using video games to help Renegades stay connected while sheltering in place. On Monday, students logged in to Discord to organize matches through the competitive survival horror game Dead by Daylight. Benny Balderrama, Samantha Pulido, and Perla Villegas moderated the virtual chat and encouraged students to play together any way they could. On Thursday, the Office of Student Life streamed “Fallout: New Vegas” with students.
The Office of Student Life continues to stream the popular reality show “Tiger King” and engage with students through the Netflix Watch Party feature.
Cooking with BCSGA: Pancakes From Around the World
BCSGA students showed off their culinary skills at the end of Virtual Spring Fling week on Friday, April 24, during the Pancakes From Around the World event. Students flocked to the BCSGA YouTube account to watch their peers cook mouth-watering pancake dishes, including potato pancakes from Poland, Japanese souffle pancakes, and Venezuelan arepas.
We are excited to see another Renegade student athlete sign to move on to the next level this week. Ryan Bayne from Renegade Volleyball is headed to Humboldt State this fall. Ryan has been a part of Coach Carl Ferreira’s volleyball program for the last two years in winning back-to-back conference championships during her time. We are excited for Ryan and wish her all the best up north!
Former Renegade Solo Ajayi Signs with the Cleveland Browns
We were also excited to see a former Renegade football student athlete sign an undrafted free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns this last week.
Solo Ajayi had a great few seasons as a linebacker at BC from 2015-2016. Afterwards he moved on to play at Liberty University before his signing with the Browns.
We are rooting for you Solo!
Cheer Announces Virtual Tryouts for the 2020-21 Season
The BC Cheer team has announced it will be going forward with virtual tryouts for the 2020-21 season. The tryouts will take place the week of May 18th-21st with prospects submitting videos of their tryout. The team will primarily use the app ‘BAND’ for video sharing purposes.
That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
sonya – the luckiest and happiest college president ever
Good morning from Sacramento, sipping coffee in my hotel room that has a window seat, overlooking Sacramento that is just waking up.
With the primary office of the State Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento, I find myself often on the train between Bakersfield and Sacramento. Yesterday I took the last train from Bakersfield which got into Sacramento Valley Station at 12:15 a.m. and got to my hotel close to 1:00 a.m.
In the afternoon I presented at the CCLC New Trustee Workshop along with two wonderful colleagues, Bill McGinnis (Trustee from Butte College) and Sandy Fried from the State Chancellor’s Office. The talk was well received.
I was not the only presenter from Bakersfield College. BC’s Dean of Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Craig Hayward also presented at the conference with Linda Wah, Trustee from Pasadena City College.
This past week has been active for Bakersfield College with teaching and learning and activities within the campus and within the community.
Let me start with our NEH grant invited speaker Gabriel Thompson…..
Book Talk: Gabriel Thompson
Author Gabriel Thompson
On Thursday evening, the cohort for our National Endowment of the Humanities grant invited author Gabriel Thompson to the Levan Center to talk about Fred Ross, a community organizer whose direct action techniques would inspire Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.
Thompson’s book “America’s Social Arsonist” tells the story of how Fred Ross’ experience working at the Arvin/Weedpatch farm south of Bakersfield that inspired John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” led to a career organizing voter registration drives in Latino-American neighborhoods to help those communities fight for equal representation in local and state government. Through Ross’ work as the founder of the Community Service Organization, he trained Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in his techniques that emphasized face-to-face contact and empowering marginalized groups over fundraising and awareness.
Gabriel Thompson speaks to the packed room
Ross’ technique of house-meeting organizing would become the hallmark tactic of the United Farm Workers, who organized the Coachella grape strike in the 1970s. Many of Ross’ voter registration techniques, which included driving voters to the polls and educating them on how to read and vote on a ballot, would later be successfully utilized by Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, Thompson said.
While Ross was inspired by popular leftists of the 1930s such as Woody Guthrie, Thompson emphasized that Ross favored tangible results that could hold power accountable over any particular ideology. Ross, who also fought to get Japanese-Americans out of internment camps during World War II, was a diligent organizer and a perfectionist who left no stone unturned while amplifying the voices of his women organizers, whom he found to be “diligent, natural, fearless leaders,” Thompson said.
Thompson became inspired to write about Ross while researching his book “Working in the Shadows”. He spent a year working alongside Latino immigrants in low-wage industries across the United States, and in his research he found that little was written about Ross despite the huge legacy that he left in American political activism.
Jack Hernandez speaks in the packed Levan Center
It was an honor to have Thompson talk about his work documenting an important but largely unknown footnote in Kern County’s political history, and I’m excited to see all of the stories that Oliver Rosales, Andrew Bond and Joshua Ottum are going to be surfacing during their work on this grant. So proud of our faculty. #WeAreBC
Andrew Bond and Oliver Rosales at the event along with Jack Hernandez
Thank you Manny de Los Santos for live streaming this event.
Kern County Women’s March
Last weekend marked the first Women’s March of Kern County and the second Women’s March across the nation. It was great to see our community and country come together, standing united. Our diverse community of all genders, races, ethnicity, and faiths came together.
A special shout out to BC’s very own Dezi Von Manos, our Student Government President who was a speaker at the event.
I would like to give special thank you to the Bakersfield College Adult Education team who hosted a booth right in the middle of all the action to recruit and network with our community members.
There were many BC employees and students at the event…. Jennifer Achan, Lupe Aguirre, Debra Anderson, Christine Cruz-Boone, Danny Escobar, Terri Goldstein, Endee Grijalva, Lisa Robles-Kent, Anna Laven, Keston Lyman, Mia Ocean, Heather Pennella, Sally Sterns, Nick Strobel, and Andrea Thorson.
Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Heather Pennella, Sonya Christian
It was great to see Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg and Jenny Zorn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from CSUB, chatting during the chilly morning. Dr. Zorn was one of the speakers along with Evelyn Young from CSUB. BC’s dean of instruction Andrea Thorson was the closing speaker.
Jenny Zorn and Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg
Student Government Leadership Conference
On Monday, January 8, 2018, the three Student Governments from the colleges within the Kern Community College District participated in a Student Leadership Conference at the Porterville College campus. This leadership training and development workshop facilitated a collaborative and inclusive educational environment, which inspired the campus communities, provided valuable peer-to-peer learning experiences, and engaged students as they share and develop their leadership skills effectively within KCCD.
KCCD Student Leaders
Chief Finance Officer, Debbie Martin, and Chancellor Tom Burke both presented to the Student Governments regarding their financial planning and Chancellor’s vision for the District. Other workshops provided the student government officers the means to expand their individual and group leadership potential as well as avenues to apply those skills in a broader student advocacy within KCCD, local, and state-wide initiatives.
Spring Student Involvement Festival
At the beginning of each semester, the Office of Student Life hosts a Student Involvement Festival where BC departments and services are invited to host a booth and share their services with new students. The event helps students learn about our campus, community initiatives, and become engaged and active members of the student body.
Cynthia Garbett, DSPS Scribe Coordinator and Denise Crawford, WorkAbility III
It was great to have so many BC faculty and staff attend the Strategic Directions Initiative Session last Friday, January 19th. The Strategic Directions Core Team held the session to solicit initiatives for BC’s staff and faculty for the 2018-2021 Strategic Directions session.
The three-year cycle for developing, implementing and evaluating Bakersfield College’s goals and strategic plan began in 2012. With the sun setting on our Strategic Directions 2015-2018 this semester, the Strategic Direction Committee has evaluated the Directions and is looking to create new initiatives to continue for Bakersfield College’s future.
Our Strategic Directions dream team: Todd Coston (lead), Grace Commiso, Liz Rozell, Bill Moseley, Jessica Wojtysiak, Teresa Mcallister, Marcelyn Allen, Aricia Leighton, and Somaly Boles, prepared a presentation and led the participants through activities. Thank you for all of your hard work on analyzing the past initiatives and leading faculty and staff in creating new initiatives that will lead Bakersfield College in future directions.
Jessica and Teresa did an excellent job of gathering the participants into 4 groups, each group working on an initiative for one of the Strategic Directions: Student Learning, Student Progress and Completion, Facilities, and Leadership and Engagement. There were lively discussions and fabulous initiatives from the participants. There were also some camaraderie for a group of BC faculty and staff working to move Bakersfield College toward an effective direction.
The plans for our collective direction depend on the talent and expertise of our BC faculty, staff and administrators. Please take the time to suggest an initiative if you haven’t already.
While political correctness “has been criticized as forcing people to speak in ways acceptable to those on the political left,” writes Hernandez in his column, it actually helps to incorporate the feelings and experiences of marginalized groups that have historically been overlooked, who “are too often ignored, looked down upon, and described in hurtful, even hateful, terms,” said Hernandez, a professor emeritus of philosophy at BC.
“To be ‘politically correct’ is not meant to evade seeing reality as it is or not to accurately describes,” Hernandez writes. “It is not a political ideology or dictatorial censoring of language. Rather, it is an expression of our highest moral values, of our best selves.”
Ron Saylor’s Magic Show at BC
Ron Saylor, photo from ronsaylor.com
Local magician Ron Saylor has kindly donated his time to help raise money for the BC Chambers Singers’ tour to Australia this summer, with a night of magic, mentalism and illusion on Friday Feb 2nd at 7 p.m. in the Indoor Theater.
Helping our choir students sing at the Sydney Opera House
Dr. Jen Garrett approached me to help her close the final gap in the fundraising to help our BC students go to Australia to perform at the Sydney Opera House. BC’s Choral program does this once every three years. In 2015 it was at the Vatican in Rome. Then our students have spent three years fundraising for this trip in July 2018.
I approached trustee Kyle Carter to see if he could help us. He unhesitatingly said yes and opened up the Hall of Fame venue for this benefit concert. Hold on to you seats…. Lydia Ranger and Monty Byrom both generously volunteered to perform with the Chamber singers to help with this benefit concert. See flier.
I have taken responsibility for the success of the evening concert. Tickets $100 each. If you cannot make the concert, for our students’ sake, buy a few tickets anyway 🙂
What a wonderful evening it’s going to be with the combination of Lydia Ranger, Monty Byrom and our fabulous BC Choir.
Renegade Basketball and Coach Hughes
Gogades.com reports that the Bakersfield College Men’s Basketball team (9-8) finished the first half strong but El Camino College (5-11) made half time adjustments and pounded away with a relentless five man rotation to issue BC a 104-87 loss Friday night in the Gil Bishop Sports Center.
“They just continually come at us, and we couldn’t get over the hump. We had a good run in the first half, and then we’d make a mistake or turn it over and they’d capitalize,” Coach Rich Hughes said.
Henry Galinato chipped in his second straight double-double in as many games with a 14 point 14 rebound night, on seven of 10 shooting from the field.
Jamar Hammonds led all scorers with 34 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome team-wide ball control issues as the ‘Gades coughed up 30 turnovers to El Camino’s 27 (23, plus four team TOs)
“We’re kind of stumbling in (to league play), we’ve struggled a little bit, especially with the turnovers. That’s been a real problem, but I know our guys, and I think we were ready to play tonight, but stylewise, I don’t think we play well against teams like that. Some people call that an excuse, but it is one of those things; we play better with teams that are more half-court oriented, and most of the teams in league play are like that,” Hughes said.
Bakersfield plays Cerritos College (14-4) at LA Southwest College Saturday night in the Renegades’ final non-conference tilt before league play begins at home, Wednesday, January 17th at 7 pm against LA Pierce College (5-13).
Coach Aaron Chavez and Coach Rich Hughes
Grand Opening of the Kern County Justice Center
On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, Dena Rhodes, BC Human Resource Manager and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Dr. Nicky Damania, Director of Student Life, went to the Grand Opening of the Kern County Justice Center. The opening was attended by many individuals across the Bakersfield Community and held a tour through the newly renovated building.
A small reception was held with delicious food samples which as you can see from the pictures. The concept for the center began in San Diego in 2002. It was envisioned that a family justice center would be a one-stop shop for victims of domestic violence. It seeks to be a place where representatives from various agencies are housed under one roof in order to provide services for victims of domestic violence and their children. There are more than 130 family justice centers across the nation. The KCFJC will house representatives from agencies including The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, Great-er Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Kern County D.A.’s Office, Behavioral Health, Department of Human Services, Bakersfield Police, Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Dress for Success and Aging and Adult Services.
District Attorney Lisa Green, Dena Rhoades, Nicky Damania
The BC family
One of our Chemistry faculty Dr. Deborah Rosenthal organized a Baby Shower for another faculty member Dr. Ximena Da Silva Tavares on Friday.
I am so happy that Debby pinged me so I could stop by for a few minutes. In addition to Ximena’s joy, I loved seeing all the faculty and staff hovering around her like proud family members showering her with love. Debby organized a fun game where she took time to college photos of faculty members as babies and then had us map which baby picture match which faculty member. Thank you Debby for the care in planning this event.
Liz Rozell made this quilt for Ximena
Ximena noted that being an immigrant is hard when all of your family and friend support network from home is so far away so her BC family has been so much appreciated. Having something like the baby shower shows we care about her as a person. Again it is much appreciated and then she said she couldn’t say anything more without crying.
You see why I am the luckiest and happiest college president ever…. #WeAreBC
Seen on Social Media
I loved this photo of Kirk Russell, BC’s Library Chair from their instagram bc_library.
Cindy Colliercamping and stated on Facebook “This the culprit that got me up this morning at 5:20 😩 — at Wine Country RV Resort.”
We are BC!
That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
sonya — the luckiest and happiest college president ever
With the holidays here, we often tend to find our thoughts drifting towards some common themes. Food, family, faith, friends, celebrations, and did I mention good food? It is a special time to be with our families and remind ourselves of the things for which we are thankful. Not tangible possessions; but the things that truly count, and that enrich our lives beyond measure.
It would be nearly impossible to complete a list of things for which my heart is thankful… because the list grows every week. But, I’d like to share just a few in no particular order:
We are BC! and in addition, we are a family. The bonds we have formed with our colleagues have become friendships and we work together achieving our mission, upholding our core values, and relentlessly supporting our students to reach their maximum potential and educational goals. Our campus is a place of true hope, transformation, and dreams. The opportunities we have to change lives is an incredible blessing and I’m left without words considering both the purpose and the privilege we have to be the pillar of hope in the lives of our students.
I’m thankful for quality affordable education we provide. We foster our core value of learning by empowering all students and ultimately transforming our community into one that gives a healthy voice and strength to all people.
I’m thankful for each and every one of the staff, faculty, and administrators … for their unique talents and multitude of gifts; for what they bring to the campus each day; for what they offer to our community; for their heart and passion to educate and to make a difference in the lives of our students.
To my BC family, thank you for making BC a successful and beautiful place to call our second home. May the gifts of love, peace, and happiness be with you and your families this holiday season.
I’m thankful for our community and the neighborhoods of Bakersfield, Delano, Shafter, Arvin, Lamont, Wasco, McFarland, and more. Your support has been unwavering and strong. Thank you for accepting Bakersfield College into the heart of your community. For over 100 years, BC has been bringing academic excellence and social consciousness into the lives of our students, regardless of their academic program, education path, or demographic differences. At the same time, the college has evolved into a multifaceted institution that serves more students than ever imagined at the time it was founded.
A few days ago, I saw a piece in The Bakersfield Californian titled “Valley Voices: Americans should share more than a meal on Thanksgiving” by David Mas Masumoto. In the piece, David says, “Across the nation, we need conversations more than ever. People are not talking with each other. We yell or are silent. Many of us seem to be harboring an anger, fueled by news of scandal, disaster, shootings, politics. We live in a polarized world.” He continued, ” Let’s use this opportunity to engage.”
Visit from McCarthy’s office.
We were happy to host visitors from Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s Office this week — Emma Rindels, stationed in DC, and Adam Falk here in Bakersfield. Paul Beckworth and Armando Trujillo briefed them on our Veterans Services and showed them the rendering of the future Veterans Resource Center.
Paul Beckworth, Adam Falk, Emma Rindels, Armando Trujillo
Renegades at the Patriotic Bowl
Sonya Christian with Elijah Ortiz’ mom at Patriotic Bowl in Long Beach
Last weekend, I enjoyed visiting Long Beach to cheer on the Renegade football team at the Patriotic Bowl. Jon Mettus at The Bakersfield Californian covered the game in his article, “Renegades’ football season ends with bowl loss.” Although it’s not how we would have wanted to end the season, our athletes have so much to be proud of this year.
During the game, I went to sit with Elijah Ortiz‘s mom. Elijah is a Renegade freshman from Stockdale High School and a key member of our football team leading the way with over a 1000 yards on offense with 13 touchdowns including a 4 touchdown performance against Moorpark on Oct. 15th. He is a solid student with a criminal justice major.
Panthers and Renegades
Corny Rodriguez presenting on stage.
On Tuesday, November 15th, Panthers and Renegades partnered up to celebrate Parents as Partners Event. Corny Rodriguez represented Bakersfield College in a packed auditorium and shared his inspirational story. With an auditorium at full capacity Corny moved several parents to tears, and many of them claimed it was the most memorable and educational event they had ever experienced. A total of 580 parents and students took part in this evening. The Edison School District thanks you! Panthers and Renegades ROCK!
Jaclyn Krause teaming with Cheri Allard. Cheri was voice interpreting for a board member who could not attend. Cindy Herbst, Beth Lilley, and Kayelle Morgan look on
ASL Program faculty members, Tom Moran and Jaclyn Krause, hosted the Southern California Registry Interpreters of the Deaf on Saturday, Nov. 18th at BC’s Levan Center.
Moran and Krause are developing an English/ASL Interpreter Training Program at BC, the first in the ASL Program’s 46 year history. Their first cadre of students started the program this semester. There is a chronic shortage of trained American Sign Language interpreters at Bakersfield College, in Kern County, and throughout the United States.
The morning began with SCRID’s monthly business meeting, which was conducted entirely in American Sign Language. BC ITP students were invited to attend to practice their voice interpreting skills. Because one board member had to participate remotely, a practicum opportunity presented itself. With support from Jaclyn Krause, BC ITP student Cheri Allard provided voice interpreting over the phone for the absent board member for two hours.
Tom Moran fingerspelling
Following a one hour lunch break, there was a workshop facilitated by Tom Moran on the topics of fingerspelling and ASL classifiers. In addition to SCRID board members, others who attended the workshop were Bakersfield community and educational interpreters, BC ASL students, and ITP students from as far away as Pomona and Mt. San Antonio College. Like the board meeting, the workshop was conducted entirely in ASL.
Cyndy and Kim, the SCRID Professional Development Committee co-chairs who brought SCRID to Bakersfield College.
Krause and Moran were especially pleased to see Kim Tripney. Kim was in Moran’s very first ASL B1 class fifteen years ago. She graduated from BC with an AA degree in American Sign Language and went on to CSUN where she earned a BA degree in Deaf Studies. Since then, she has become a busy interpreter in LA and Orange County, working at Long Beach City College, Purple Communications, and Disneyland, where she is part of a team of interpreters who provide access to Deaf park visitors.
Moran and the SCRID board. Cynthia Herbst, back row, far right, is a faculty emeritus from LA Valley Pierce College who taught interpreting for many years. She has been instrumental in assisting Moran and Krause to get the interpreting program up and running. She is also of Basque ancestry, so she asked the group to join her at the Pyrenees Café for a traditional Basque feast.
As the interpreting program gains steam, they anticipate training many more sign language interpreters to address the dire need in Kern County and throughout California and the United States. The certificate program will provide students with the skills to obtain state credentialing, pursue gainful employment, and to serve the Deaf Community in Bakersfield, Kern County, and beyond.
Bakersfield College has been growing at a steady and impressive pace as it serves our students and community. With such growth comes a need for more professors so we’ve recently held two Adjunct Faculty Hiring Fairs to provide potential applicants with information on the hiring process, and opportunities to complete applications on the spot. The first date took place on November 4th and we had over 60 interested guests in attendance. On the second date, November 7th, we had over 110 in attendance.
Andrea Thorson, Dena Rhoades, Mike Ivey, Helen Acosta
Thank you to Dena Rhoades, Cornelio Rodriguez, Bill Moseley, and Andrea Thorson.
KCCD’s Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, Tonya Davis, even posted about the events.
1984 at BC
Program from 1984
Director Kimberly Chin and the students and staff of the BC Performing Arts Department performed another successful production in the Indoor Theater last weekend, bringing the theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984” to life.
Orwell’s message about the dangers of totalitarianism continues to resonate today, and it took a lot of work to bring that message to life. Without the hard work of Kimberly Chin, Tech Director Kevin Ganger, and all of the actors, stage, set, costume and sound design crew, none of it would be possible. I’d also like to thank our graphic designer Eric Carillo for creating the poster, program and promotional materials.
Bakersfield College placed fourth as a team and brought home four medals from The Brawl At East Los Angeles College.
BC Wrestling brought home three 2nd place medals and a consolation championship from The Brawl Tournament at East Los Angeles College Saturday.
Pedro Ramirez, Marco Velasque, and Zavion Roberson were BC’s top finishers, while Braden Riley nabbed the consolation championship with his third place finish.
The Renegades will host the Southern California Regional Championships on Saturday, December 2nd, in the Gil Bishop Sports Center with action beginning at 10am.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Members of BC’s allies came together to honor the lives of transgender people who were murdered over the past year during the campus’ recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday.
Since the founding of Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to memorialize the murder of her friend Rita Hester, members of the transgender community and its supporters worldwide have come together every year on November 20th to list the names of transgender individuals who were killed. Attendees to BC’s event in Fireside read the name and a short biography for each of the 27 transgender people killed in the United States. The number is likely higher, since family members often misreport a murdered individual’s gender.
Approximately 29 percent of transgender adults have attempted suicide in their lifetimes, and 55 percent have thought about committing suicide. This is at a rate of 14 to 22 times higher than the general population, according to a cross-university study published in the journal Transgender Health. Progress is being made toward increasing transgender acceptance in American society, including the election of several transgender politicians across the US this November, but a lot of work still needs to be done.
Prof. Helen Acosta spoke about how to foster an environment of safety and acceptance that discourages violence, discrimination and misunderstanding about the transgender community. UCLA’s Williams Institute published a survey in January 2014 examining the root causes of the increase in suicidal tendencies among transgender and other gender non-conforming adults. It found that suicide attempt rates decrease with support from family and friends and the absence of harassment or bullying at any level of school.
Here is BC’s core value of Diversity.
A movie holiday weekend.
So this weekend it was Marvel’s Justice League and then Blade Runner 2049. Although both movies did not get the best reviews (in fact, Justice League got a star and a half), I enjoyed both. Probably because I am a die-hard Marvel movie fan as well as Blade Runner fan. If you have not seen Blade Runner 2049, I’ll warn you that it is close to 3 hours long. Here is the review by A.O.Scott of the NY Times:
In the infamous introductory words of one of my students inside, “Love, Peace, and Blessings”. Everyday regardless of what is going on and before he addressed the class for anything, this student said very sincerely, “Love, Peace and Blessings”. It is clear to me that he shares more than just an obligatory salutation. There is a sense of affection, care, and encouragement embedded into the word “Love” when he says it. The idea of togetherness, shared responsibility to each other, and above all brotherhood is coded into the word “Peace”. Lastly, a touch of hope that all people’s wishes and dreams, goals and aspirations, and will to be free will be met one day is also baked into this seemingly mundane yet deep and meaningful message. I would like to thank this student for sharing this greeting with me and other students on a daily basis. It has kept me grounded. As I am wrapping up grades and looking back on the semester it is moments like this, shared with love, that will keep me motivated to make a difference and keep spreading the “Love, Peace, and Blessings”.
This is a “copy and paste from the May 15th blog of Professor Bryan Hirayama
Love, Peace and Blessings Bakersfield. It is Saturday, October 21st and a fabulous day to be a Renegade
BC Football fought off a second half push by Moorpark and continued with their season-long trend of finishing strong by beating the Raiders 34-10 in front of over 5,000 fans at Memorial Stadium to complete a festive homecoming celebration Saturday and open conference play with a win.
Thank you Trustee Bill Thomas, who came to the game with his grandson William and thank you Trustee Romeo Agbalog.
Trustee Bill Thomas, grandson William, Trustee Romeo Agbalog
Our fabulous cheer team with cheer coach Heather Foss.
Photo by April Massirio of the BC Cheer team
So happy to see Fran Florez and her husband Ray Florez. Fran is on our Foundation Board of Directors and put in a lot of time helping us with Measure J.
Here is another foundation board member Ken Byrum and his wife. Ken is a big supporter of BC.
Pam Byrum and Ken Byrum
And here is the fabulous Ed Davis with his family. Always supporting Bakersfield College!
Glad to see Jim Darling at the Memorial Stadium supporting Renegade Football
Karen Goh, Jim Darling
Marlene Heise, Karen Goh, Todd Hansen, Bill Thomas, grandson William, Jim Darling, Sonya Christian
BC employees were out in full force with their families. I snapped this picture of Wendy Lawson and her husband Ken and here is Dena Rhoades with her husband, daughter, and grandchildren.
So enjoyed seeing Steve’s daughter out with her mom and dad at the game.
Kendra Watkin, Steve Watkin, Kim Watkin
Love, Peace, and Blessings all
Before the homecoming game, I attended the BC Alumni Association’s first TailGade. It was a wonderful event and a lovely afternoon to welcome home our Alumni to their campus on the hill. The large tent provided plenty of shade for eating and fellowship. The food from Fred’s BBQ was a big hit. We had delicious large, juicy grilled steaks, beans, salad and rolls. The steaks were so gigantic, I couldn’t even finish mine and the dinner was well worth the price of admission. They even offered refreshing la Rosa Frozen Fruit Bars for dessert. Perfect for the weather!
Friends and familiar faces were all around at TailGade and throughout the day it was incredible to catch up with Renegades and Renegade fans.
Bakersfield’s famous ska, reggae, mambo band, Mento Buru, played great music from the stage. Some members of the band are BC Alumni and they performed a modern version of the BC Fight Song. You can see a video of Mento Buru practicing for homecoming: https://www.facebook.com/MentoBuru/videos/10159515917410296/. With such jazzy, upbeat music, alumni couldn’t resist getting up and dancing to the wonderful music.
Karen Goh, photo by April Massirio.
To the side of the stage, a monitor played footage of games played in 1945. Kids were playing everywhere and there were games of corn hole going the entire time. The cheerleaders gave a great performance of their cheers for the crowd. The Homecoming parade with the BC Renegade Band and Homecoming float came right around the party so we got to see everyone up close. Honored guest Mayor Karen Goh joined us and led us in a “We are BC!” cheer. Thank you to Heather Pennella and the BC Alumni Association for putting on such a fabulous event. What a way to welcome our alumni home!
And not just alumni, I spotted BC faculty and staff celebrating too! Here is Tom Gelder, Exec Director of the BC Foundation having fun.
Thank you Michael O’Doherty, past president of the Bakersfield College Foundation Board of Directors for coming out to support BC.
Great to see Peter Reyes and the fabulous Becki Whitson
Sonya Christian, Peter Reyes, Becki Whitson
Bob Martin, a Renegade, with his daugther Theresa McAllister and grand daughter.
Sonya Christian, Bob Martin, Theresa McAllister and her daughter
Heather Pennella, you did a great job organizing the 2017 Alumni BBQ
Homecoming Royalty is an honored and longstanding tradition of Bakersfield College that recognizes outstanding students at Bakersfield College. The Homecoming Royalty Court this year will be comprised of two students who shall represent the College and student body at various campus and community events throughout the year. The selection process for the Homecoming Royalty Court is based upon the candidate’s leadership activities, academic achievement, and campus involvement. Royalty are screened and ultimately selected based on the applicant’s’ ability to articulate and demonstrate academic performance, curricular and co-curricular involvement, contributions to the College as well as the Bakersfield Community, and BC Renegade Spirit. This year there were nine candidates selected.
Elka Desjardins is a Journalism/Agriculture Business Management/Forestry major. She is also the Historian for the BC Agriculture Student Organization and she works as a hairstylist, photographer, and wedding officiant when not in a classroom or on campus.
Evelyn Hernandez is a sophomore here studying Admissions of Justice. She is also the amazing secretary for your student government. Her long-term goal is to work in probation while helping the youth community in Bakersfield.
Ganae Romo-Watson is a fun loving, outgoing person. She enjoys the company of her peers as well as her faculty. She strives for greatness and rises up the people around her as well. She believes that leadership is the key to opening doors of strong bonds and future prospects.
Running to renew his title, Lawrence Salcido is a long time Renegade pushing through his final year. His passion for this school is shown through his involvement on campus. He is involved in multiple student organizations such as the BC Renegamers, the American Sign Language Club, and the Student Learning Alliance. Besides his student organization involvement, he is also a student leader and advocate, involved in student government and activities that involve BC students.
Gisela Campos, a kinesiology major, is from Delano California and in her fourth and final year at BC. She is pursuing her dream of becoming a Physical Therapist when she finishes up at CSU Long Beach. She is currently the president of Korean Culture Club.
While all five candidates are extremely qualified and exhibit the BC Spirit and the Renegade Pride, this year’s recipient of the 2017 Homecoming Royalty Court are: Elka Desjardins and Ganae Romo-Watson.
BCSGA and the Office of Student Life would like to thank Enchanted Bridal Boutique for their donation of the homecoming gowns and Mr. Tuxedo for their donation of today homecoming tuxedos.
The evening ended with BC’s Drumline performing outside the stadium. So fortunate to have Tim Heasley at BC.
Thank you Mary Jo Pasek for being you!
Gov. Jerry Brown signs AB 19 and AB 705
It’s been an active week for community colleges across California with Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of new legislation to make education more affordable and efficient for students across California’s Community Colleges.
The California College Promise, also known as AB 19 essentially attempts to maximize student success by encouraging full-time enrollment, and we’ve already started on a similar path at our campus with the Kern Promise. Please note that the Kern Promise is not about “free tuition.” It is a shared responsibility of the college with the student to complete their degree in a timely manner. For example, with the Associates Degree for Transfer to complete their 60 credits at BC and then transfer to CSUB or another 4 year university. For more on the Kern Promise see https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/sse/kernpromise
AB 705 legislates the use of multiple measures to determine students’ entry-level math and English placement at College. BC piloted Multiple Measures three years ago and this year it is fully instituted thanks for the intense efforts on the part of Janet Fulks, Sue Vaughn and faculty in Academic Development, English and Math. Also, thanks to the great collaboration with KHSD. The standards for the courses at BC are still the same, the only change is that we are more connected with the high schools in order to provide a seamless transition from high school to college. This saves the taxpayer money when public sector institutions are working to promote efficiency and effectiveness.
We’re equipping students with the tools they need to be successful, making sure that they’re enrolled full time and completing transfer-level math and English in their first year, which our guided pathways research has demonstrated is crucial for students to successfully make their way through college.
Korean Delegation Visits Bakersfield College
Bakersfield College was honored to host delegates from our sister city, Bucheon, South Korea. A dozen delegates, including their Vice Mayor, Oh Byoung Kwon, retired KCCD Chancellor Sandra Serrano, KCCD Chancellor Tom Burke, and John Heffner met with faculty and staff to tour our campus and learn about our incredible programs.
Btw, talking about our campus, let me take this opportunity to once again thank Kern County for passing Measure J.
Korean Delegates Visits BC. With Sandra Serrano, Tom Burke, John Heffner, Kimberly Bligh, Lesley Bonds
During their first stop, the delegates spoke with our international student services Counselor, Shohreh Rahman to learn about the support we offer to nearly 100 students from all over the world.
Prof. Shohreh Rahman
After hearing about our, world-traveling choir and theatre arts programs, our guests insisted on seeing the theatre. They quietly slipped into their seats to listen in to Dr. Jen Garrett’s students for a few moments. They were thoroughly impressed by the theatre but, more importantly, loved seeing our faculty and students in action.
The next stop was at the best restaurant in town: the Renegade Room. Chef Suzanne Tangeman invited our BC guests to the kitchen where her students were beginning a lesson, chopping vegetables to create a salad. Chef Suzanne welcomed our guests and describe the program benefits.
Chef Suzanne Tangeman and Culinary Students
Before heading to the Planetarium for a quick show led by Dr. Nick Stobel, the group swung by the Industrial Automation Robotics Lab to learn about our work to meet the demands the technology-driven business model of the 21st century.
Thank you to Manny Fernandez for leading the lab tour and talking with such enthusiasm about the way this program will help our students while meeting an industry demand.
It is customary in Korean culture to exchange gifts upon when visiting someone’s home.
To thank our guests, our BCSGA students and Student Life staff created bags filled with BC goodies.
A special thank you to Paul Beckworth, Liz Rozell, Stephen Waller, Nicky Damania, Kimberly Bligh, Tarina Perry, for coordinating this visit and sharing BC’s story with our guests. And thank you Lesley Bonds for being the lead on this. #WeAreBC
Love, Peace, and Blessings
On Monday, I was in Washington DC to present at the national Grantmakers for Education conference. This was my first time at a conference of “grant makers.” In this picture, you see me with the College Futures Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Gates Foundation and the Teagle Foundation. These individuals are smart and at their core believe in the transformative power of education. This combination of passion and intellect along with a keen sense of scalability and return on investment allows them to use the private philanthropic dollars in a very smart way. Needless to say it was a fabulous experience for an educator like me to hang out with large private philanthropic foundations at this conference. #WeAreBC
Sonya Christian, Shawn Whalen, April Yee, Christie Hill, Loni Bordoloi Pazich
Last time I was in D.C., it was Spring 2016 and I can still remember the cherry blossoms. You can visit my blog about that trip here. During that trip, I had attended the AACC Pathways Institute, but also had time to visit some of my favorite places.
During this trip, I rushed over to the national mall and walked the historical pathways between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
One of my friends asked me if I ever visited the Jefferson Memorial and the answer is sadly “no.” So for my next trip I look forward to visiting the Jefferson Memorial.
I attended the annual luncheon event, hosted by the Thursday Prayer group, for leadership in government. The keynote speaker was Rev. Oscar Anthony who gave a powerful talk on unity and prayer. Pastor Anthony graduated from BC and still engaged with the work of the college. Thank you for Jan Lockhard and the Thursday prayer group for all you support for our community.
Love, Peace, and Blessings all
The 2017 Great ShakeOut
At 10:19 on Thursday, the 2017 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill was held on all BC campuses. The day is a reminder that earthquakes are a part of life in our state and a major earthquake could be on the horizon at any time. When the alarms rang, our whole campus followed the procedure to (1) Drop, (2) Cover, and (3) Hold on! After the two-minute drill, our buildings evacuated and each building was thoroughly checked.
Chris Counts, Sonya Christian
ShakeOut organizers note that many Californians have not experienced a damaging earthquake, such as young people or people who have recently moved to the state. They also warned that while the San Andreas fault could generate a large-scale earthquakes, up to magnitude-8, “there are over a hundred other active faults in the region that can produce smaller earthquakes.”
Our campus responded wonderfully and I reported to the Incident Command Center at exactly 10:23. The ICC immediately sprang into action receiving information from Building Marshalls, Runners, and Public Safety Personnel. Todd Coston, our Planning Chief reported all building clearings on a white board on one side of the room and Chief Counts, our Safety Officer cross checked these reports with our campus map. Each individual in the ICC has a specific role to support the Incident Commander with various responsibilities and key activities. By 10:43, we had all the information we needed to cut the alarms and give the “All Clear” signals.
We take the annual ShakeOut and all emergency drills very seriously to ensure our students, staff, and faculty are as safe as possible and also to practice responding so that we are well trained and ready in case of an emergency situation. I invite you to share Earthquake Safety for College Students, which is available at https://www.shakeout.org/downloads/2014_College_Student_Preparedness.pdf
Olivia’s story highlighted this new project, headed by Dr. Oliver Rosales, to document the oral histories of farm workers in Delano and other rural areas in Kern County, preserving all of their amazing stories for generations to come, while providing an archival resource for rural students in Kern County to research their own community’s history.
BC was blessed to be chosen for this funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to even begin work on this project, and it’s great to see it finally starting to take shape.
This Week on Social Media
On Instagram this week, Sequoia Sandwich Company featured Jack Hernandez as a regular and one of their favorite customers! His usual is posted as an oatmeal cookie and a cup of coffee. That sounds like a winning combo to me!
And then I saw these gorgeous cookies from Arisve & Bianca Pimentel and I couldn’t help but grab a screen capture to share with you all. Check them out at Pimentel Delights. We Are BC and I’m the luckiest and happiest college president, ever!
Faculty busy supporting our students and community
Thank you Dr. Oliver Rosales for moderating this panel discussing issues of poverty.
Prof. Olivia Garcia with her students
Pam Gomez tweeted from the CCPT Conf with the BC Team
This week, Coach Paula Dahl sent an email to our campus community and she said,
I am so incredibly excited about this year’s team. I have 19 completely dedicated student/athletes. They are completing a mandatory 5 hours in the tutoring center per week, taking a minimum of 15 units, many also have jobs, and one is even a parent of 2. We have future doctors, nurses, lawyers, police offers, ultra sound technicians, physical therapists and teachers in our midst. This will be a fun team to follow because they embrace hard work and a commitment to being great. Some of these incredible student-athletes do not have great support at home and are struggling to raise the $400.00 we require. This money goes towards travel gear, an exposure showcase where they are seen by 4 year coaches, Synergy a game editing software that helps them improve their game and also allows them to be seen by virtually every college coach across the country. Our program is committed to transferring our athletes.
If you would like to contact me separately I would be happy to tell you about those athletes that are struggling to meet our fundraising goal and you can adopt them for $60 dollars. This will get you a t-shirt and a team photo. Thank you for all you do to make this an incredible place to work. We hope to see you at our games. The Disneyland Drawing will be Friday November 3 not the 10th.
And if you’re interested in any of the fundraisers the team currently has going on, feel free to reach out to coach Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jon Mettus at the Bakersfield Californian published an article featuring BC Volleyball and included this quote from Coach Carl Ferreira.
“Sometimes we get caught up placing so much emphasis on performance and results and all this kind of stuff,” Ferreira said. “It really kind of puts you back a little bit to understand that the most important success we should have is just as grateful people and seeing the human spirit at work. That volleyball match was a therapeutic match for those ladies and for our team.” Don’t miss this great read located here.
The Renegades finished third in the WSC match No. 7 at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, on Monday.
The Renegades beat Citrus, 1-0, on October 17th to improve to (5-5-2, 1-1-1). Odalys Espinoza scored the only goal of the game, her 8th of the season.
Jennifer Garrett and BC Chamber Singers
Bakersfield City School District held the 10th Annual Junior High/Middle School Choir Festival and BC’s Dr. Jen Garrett was the guest clinician and conductor. See the article and all the photos at bcsd.com.
Photo from bcsd.com
Photo from bcsd.com
Photo from bcsd.com
Jen also sent out an email worth sharing this week. She said:
Ken Burdick, Jen Garrett
Conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein is often quoted as saying, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.” Never before has this quote struck me more than it did Monday night as I rehearsed with the Chamber Singers. We discussed the happenings of Las Vegas with great sadness, especially as two of our students grieved for lost friends. Then we made some of the most beautiful music of the semester and I watched as the grieving students devoted themselves to the music and in some way began to heal from their loss. One of them approached me after rehearsal and said that singing did not change what happened, but it gave them the ability to think more clearly and deal with it on a personal level. Music truly can be a powerful tool for good in this world.
With that in mind I want to invite every one of our BC family to join the choirs to celebrate the power of music at our fall concert on October 27 in the Indoor Theater. It is called, “The Music of Living” and it encourages people to share in the beauty, peace, and joy that music brings to this world. I know that many today are weighed down with the happenings of all the recent tragedies, but I believe those who attend will leave inspired, and motivated to be part of the change for good. The concert also features 7 incredible local instrumentalists and one of the pieces that Dr. Ron Kean composed for the choir this past spring. I hope that you will join us for a night of celebrating how music helps us live to the fullest. The concert begins at 7:30 and tickets can be purchased from Vallitix or at the door. Faculty, staff, students, administration, seniors, and veterans are $7 and $10 general. We do tend to sell out so you might want to purchase tickets in advance or arrive early.
And, are you saving the date for the annual Culinary Caroling Dinner? I look forward to this festive event each holiday season. The date this year is December 2nd at 5:30PM. Tickets will be available from Jen, any of the Chamber Singers, or at the Fall Concert.
Community Voices by Catherine Jones
BC Professor Catherine Jones had a Community Voices piece published this week where she shared the associate degree program in Occupational Safety and Risk Management. She says, “Kern County is blessed with many types of industry and now there will be an educational pathway for safety and risk management professionals which matches the diversity in industry.” Read more here at bakersfield.com.
So what about Neo?
October 18, 2017 — 7 months old
Love, Peace, Blessings to my friends and colleagues
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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