My first full week as KCCD Chancellor has been a busy one.
On Wednesday, I was honored to speak at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office webinar in my role as ACCJC chair. Enjoyed hanging out with some of my faves — Chancellor Eloy Oakley, Deputy Chancellor Daisy Gonzales, Stephanie Droker, Anne Marie Gable, Willy Duncan, Lizette Navarette, John Hetts.
On Thursday, KCCD held its monthly Board of Trustees meeting – my first as Chancellor. Starting this month, our meetings are back to being in-person, and it was wonderful to be able to meet face to face again. I’m grateful to everyone who was able to attend, and to everyone who made the technology possible so those unable to attend in person could stay informed as well.
I have been loving seeing all our physical campuses come alive again, as we welcome back our faculty, staff, and students to our in-person spaces full time. While all three colleges will continue to offer flexible choices for those that cannot yet return to full-time in-person learning, I’m grateful to see the vibrant holistic student life on campus at the colleges coming back.
Good morning, friends… It is July 10, 2021. The sun shines bright over KCCD.
This week, the Coyotes, the Pirates and the Renegades continue to Dare Mighty Things:
Cerro Coso Community College
Cerro Coso Library to reopen this week
Two years ago, on July 4th and 5th, 2019, Ridgecrest was shaken by major 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes. This caused some damage to the Cerro Coso LRC at the IWV campus, which remained under construction for nearly a year.
During that time, library services moved to the East Wing and we waited with anticipation for the LRC’s scheduled reopening in April 2020. Those plans were, of course, quickly derailed by the pandemic, and our services were moved once again – this time fully online. We have been primarily working from home for the past year, with the exception of our curbside pickup service.
Now that vaccinations are on the rise, we are looking forward to being able to reopen the library at long last. (Knock on wood!) To start with we will be open for limited hours during the summer: Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3pm, starting on July 15th, 2021.
We’ve missed you, and we look forward to seeing you back in the physical library!
Meet Letia Bogan, a Cerro Coso graduate in both 2019 AND 2020. Letia received her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities in 2019, and then went on to complete a certificate in Information Technology in 2020. After graduation plans last year got disrupted due to COVID restrictions, Letia was finally able to walk across the stage at Cerro Coso’s May 2021 graduation ceremony!
Letia has been a proud member of the UMOJA Club at Cerro Coso, a community dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. She has met so many new people and learned a great deal about the significance of HBCU’s (historically black colleges & universities). These experiences have greatly enriched her academic journey. She is also grateful for Cerro Coso employees Penny Talley and Heather Ostash, both of whom have supported Letia in her endeavors over the past few years.
Remarking on her academic journey so far, Letia says, “It’s been a joy going to this college because I have learned so much. The counselors are great with helping me whenever I need it. UMOJA is such a good way to learn new things about HBCU’s. I got my first Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities. I did get my certificate in IT and am about to get my degree as well!”
CC to host admissions workshop
On Wednesday, from 4-6 pm, Cerro Coso will hold a Zoom workshop on admissions with a step-by-step demonstration on how to apply to Cerro Coso Community College. An Admissions & Records Technician will be available to answer questions, provide guidance, and share best practices.
A Financial Aid Technician will review the Cerro Coso Promise scholarships, outside scholarships, and more! The Cerro Coso Promise is a scholarship intended for dedicated students focused on getting an education, regardless of financial or personal status. Students meeting basic criteria may qualify for up to $1,000 per semester for 2 years to help with tuition, books, and fees.
PC helps to “Grow Futures” in the farm community with new partnership program
In a new effort to reach out to the many farm communities within the Porterville College service area, PC is partnering with the California Farmworker Foundation to offer new services to farm workers throughout the Greater Porterville Area. The program offers free classes and multiple benefits to local farm workers in an effort to increase their access to educational attainment and advancement within their respective organizations. “PC Growing Futures”, as the program is called, offers free access to classes, laptops, free textbooks, and free access to Rosetta Stone Software to help them achieve student success.
Meet Jasmin Quiñones
Porterville College has hired its first Student Life & Leadership Program Manager with the goal of strengthening the student life experience.
Jasmin Quiñones grew up in Exeter, CA, and comes to PC from the University of the Pacific where she served as the Orientation Coordinator and Intercultural Student Success Coordinator. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from University of the Pacific.
Ms. Quiñones has a passion for “working with students and helping them reach for their highest dreams,” and is excited to be returning to the area to give back to her community.
We look forward to all she will do to strengthen the Porterville College student experience through activities, events and programs.
PC to Hold next “Pirate in a Day” Event on July 15th
On July 15th, PC will be hosting its next “Pirate in a Day” event, designed to improve student access and provide one-on-one help to students and potential students as they become a Pirate.
“Pirate in a Day” is held to increase access and ease of registration. During each event, new, returning and transfer students can complete the enrollment process in just one day.
PC staff will be on hand to help students complete a FAFSA, develop a student education plan, register for classes, and apply for other support services on campus.
The BC and BC Foundation team hosted representatives from Phillips 66 this week, and the college was the grateful recipient of two large donations. One contribution is funding this summer’s Early College Industrial Automation Academy for high school students. Our guests had the chance to watch an Academy class in action before answering students’ questions about working in the energy industry. The other donation is providing continued funding for BC’s scholarship program. Thank you, Phillips 66, for your constant support!
Earl Parsons marries Rachel Pori
I have worked with Earl Parsons for many years at BC and he is often the person behind the photos that you see or the mind behind the writing on Measure J and COVID briefings. I was delighted to receive an email from another one of my favorite people, Kim Arbolante, who is Earl’s friend. Enjoy a glimpse of his wedding day … a few excerpts from kim’s email.
By Kim Arbolante, Writing Center Lead, Bakersfield College Photos credit Anston Crane Photography
I am filled with joy for my dear friends who recently afforded me the privilege of being the maid of honor in their wedding, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Fourth of July weekend 2020, Earl Parsons along with his girlfriend Rachel Pori, myself, and another close friend, all headed to a cabin in the hills above San Bernardino to watch the cityscape erupt in a glow of fireworks—while maintaining social distance of course. Inspired by the moment, Earl popped the question to Rachel!
One year later, we came together at The Gardens at Mill Creek, surrounded by their loved ones and friends—maskless, vaccinated and smiling—to witness Earl and Rachel’s marriage. It was truly the most beautiful event! Their wedding colors were lilac and black. Rachel’s dress was custom made, and I have never seen Earl more excited than when he gazed upon her beauty as she walked down the aisle towards him.
Rachel Pori & Earl Parsons exchanging vows with guidance from officiant and friend Jay Varvel
It is no secret that Earl is a great writer, and there was not a dry eye to be found as he read his marriage vows to Rachel. Always a Renegade, I think I even caught a bit of our BC spirit in those vows as he proclaimed, “we’ve accomplished so much together, and I know that we have so much more to do. Tonight, we are planting the seeds of a tree whose fruits will be determined by our actions and the way we treat each other going forward.” To which part of Rachel’s vows replied, “your cup will never be empty for I will be your wine. I will spark the fire when it dulls. We will be abundantly blessed.” Having known these two friends for years, I have no doubts that they will keep the promises they made to each other that day.
Please enjoy this poem from Jack Hernandez:
A Fragile Spring Day
When anger threw him to the floor, shattered the window he held sacred, looked through for light and love, he wondered how to put its pieces together again in a pattern strong enough to remove anger’s pressing arms, so he could stand fragile as a spring day, storms pushed away, roses brightly waving at unimagined possibility.
Saint Mother Teresa demonstrated a life worth living; one of finding deep purpose by serving those in need, acting as a light in dark places, and inspiring others around the world to act in kindness. Saint Mother Teresa is an inspiration of generosity, persistence, resilience, compassion, and love – love with no boundaries.
Throughout my life, incredible women have taught me, mentored me, guided me, loved me, and inspired me and the best way I know how to thank them is to pay it forward. When women support each other, unbelievable things can happen.
A favorite song of our family growing up. Recognizing moms….. Let’s listen to Mother of Mine.
Women in Leadership Panel
Speaking of inspirational women, last Friday, March 1st, I hosted a panel in the Levan Center with some of Kern County’s most inspirational women leaders in politics, business and education to talk about their pathways to success. This panel was moderated by the inspiring Jean Fuller. It was great to see BC’s Levan Center filled with students, staff, and women from our community. Additionally, KCCD Trustees Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg and Romeo Agbalog came out to support the event.
Jean Fuller – the first Republican woman ever elected to state office in California and a decades-long champion for BC – was the perfect moderator for our panel on Women in Leadership. Food Services provided a lovely selection of hors d’oeuvres and ornate plating and tea cups to create an elegant ambiance for the event, as well.
The panel consisted of some of the most successful women in Kern County. California Senator Shannon Grove represents the 16th State Senate district, taking Fuller’s place at the end of her second term. Shannon Grove — Senator, Entrepreneur, Veteran, Leader.
Blanca Cavazos has broken barriers throughout her career in education, becoming the first Latina principal of Arvin High School before being appointed as the first Latina Superintendent of the Taft Union High School District. Her family immigrated to the United States from Mexico when she was three years old. Blanca Cavazos — Superintendent, change maker, trailblazer, leader.
Cynthia Giumarra practiced law for more than 20 years, overcoming many barriers that women lawyers faced in the 1970s and ’80s, when it was still uncommon to see women on the other side of the courtroom bench. Since 2000, she has turned her life over to her faith, counseling women and leading Bible studies as a licensed minister for the Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church while raising awareness and fundraising for anti-human trafficking causes. Cynthia Giumarra — Minister, advocate, attorney, leader.
During Rosalina Rivera’s tenure as the Superintendent of the Delano Joint Union High School District, several schools in the district have been recognized with prestigious awards, including the California Distinguished Schools Award, the U.S. News and World Report Nation’s Best High School Awards, and the National Title I Distinguished School Award. In 2013, Rudy Salas recognized Rivera for her leadership and dedication, stating that she “is unwavering in her commitment to the children and the community of Delano.” Rosalina Rivera — Superintendent, innovator, collaborator, leader.
Even with all of their success, the panelists at the Women in Leadership event recognized the importance of balancing their personal lives and being committed to their families. While they have all had to remain strong to overcome barriers and accomplish their goals, finding time to quietly be with their families has helped them stay humble and keep things in perspective when dealing with coworkers and employees.
Thank you to all of our panelists for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak to our students, and thank you to Prof. Olivia Garcia for organizing the programming for this event.
Early College Parent & Student Workshop in Arvin
On March 6th, Members of the Early College Team which included Jesse Oropeza, Couselor and Maggie Rodriguez, Support Specialist, welcomed Arvin High Early College students and parents Wednesday night with smiles and tasty food! The onsite support team facilitated a workshop, engaging students and parents together in learning about the education process.
More workshops like these are planned to keep future Early College students involved. Stay tuned!
Celebrating our first Early College Graduates
Last May, thirty-eight Wonderful Ag Prep Renegades walked the stage at Memorial Stadium in recognition of earning a college degree from BC through the Early College program a few weeks prior to receiving their high school diploma. Then later that August, the amazing team at Wonderful Education hosted a special celebration for their graduates and families and I was fortunate to share some remarks at this life-changing event. I first shared this in my blog on August 18th, 2018 and you can see the original post here.
Lynda and Stewart Resnick, you had a vision for the Central Valley. You had a vision for this graduating class of 2018. You not only had the dream, you also created the infrastructure and the programming to make this dream come true. You invested significant resources because you believed in these communities, you believed in these young minds. With your work, you are transforming the Central Valley into a place of big dreams.
Sonya Christian, August 11, 2018
Take a moment to listen to these successful and inspirational young people who have completed the program and how it has impacted their futures.
Thank you Lynda and Stewart Resnick for your passionate investment in education, qualify of life and family, and the future of Kern County. We will be recognizing the Resnick’s at Sterling Silver on March 23rd.
KCCD Trustee Jack Connell Visits BC
This week, BC faculty, staff, students, and administration welcomed one of our newest Trustees, Mr. Jack Connell to campus for a visit and tour. Trustee Connell represents the Area II service area and joined the KCCD Board in November 2018 with Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg.
When Trustee Connell first arrived, he was welcomed by the VP Team, Liz Rozell, Zav Dadabhoy, and Mike Giacomini. Benny Balderrama, Program Manager for Campus Center Events and Services, and Samantha Pulido, SGA Vice President, provided an overview of Student Life, while Heather Penella welcomed Trustee Connell on behalf of the Bakersfield College Foundation. Deans of Instruction, Corny Rodriguez and Manny Mourtzanos, dropped by to highlight some of our outstanding institutional initiatives and instructional work.
Afterwards, Trustee Connell enjoyed a tour of the Nursing Skills Lab hosted by Ronnie Knabe, Automotive Engine Lab hosted by Justin Flint, and the Baccalaureate Robotics Lab hosted by Tom Rush. He met our BC humanoid robot, Pepper, and was instructed on how to maneuver robotic arms by INDA students, Yasmeen Reyes and Jose Manriquez. Student Carlos Medina discussed student employment using Jobspeaker.
Industrial Automation hosts local HS students
On March 1st 2019, Bakersfield College Industrial Automation hosted over 60 students from West High School, Regional Occupational Center, and Robert F. Kennedy High School to explore the Industrial Automation program.
Students were provided an overview of the Baccalaureate Degree, Career Education certificates and degrees, Campus Life, Student Government Association, Financial-Aid and a campus tour. At lunch, all guests were surprised by a special guest from a galaxy far far away.
Art on the Fly
BC’s Diego Gutierrez Monterrubio has been working with one of BC’s art students on the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and making a large-scale painting on the fly. He said in an email, “We are representing and concluding Black History Month on the Hip Hop & Poetry side. I teach Art and Hip Hop…”
Professor Monterrubio says that his students talk about art, but also about music and other areas of the humanities, and how important it is to learn from these different realms. His student Keiolani inquired about African American female singers who showed empowerment with their music and life. Monterrubio shared that Lauryn Hill started in a group called The Refugees that was shortened to the Fugees in the 90s. He said, “I explained to my student that her music has transcended decades and is still as empowering today as it was in the nineties. So during that short conversation in regard to Black History Month and inquiry of my student, we decided to get some acrylic paint and use what we’ve learned in class regarding contrast/scale and create a huge portrait of Lauryn Hill. As an educator of color, it’s important to teach identity and diversity when my students ask for it or need to hear it. We are educators. I am here for them. Together we make art.”
Passionate Professor: Bill Kelly
Thank you to Tabatha Mills at KGET for spotlighting a true Renegade and Ag champion and BC legend, Bill Kelly.
UNCOMMON WOMEN AND OTHERS is a comedy/drama set in an East Coast women’s college during the 1970s and the second wave of feminism. Five former classmates compare notes on their activities since graduating and then, in a series of flashbacks, are seen back in their college days and we learn of the events, some funny, some touching, some awkward, some outrageous, that helped to shape them.
The play was presented in the Simonsen Performing Arts Center indoor theater and had its final showing last weekend. It was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Wendy Wasserstein, and directed by theatre faculty member Bob Kempf.
Project Conexiones Estudantiles de BC
As a result of their leadership development, LUPE students are highly involved in Project Conexiones Estudantiles de BC, a new venture on campus to unite recognized student organizations on campus and community agencies who are advocates and raise the awareness of the issues affecting undocumented students on campus.
In addition, engagement in the community and early outreach to our local high school students has been a major point of emphasis for the spring semester. LUPE has been intentional in advocating for post-secondary education for all Kern County residents, regardless of their immigration status.
Six LUPE student leaders visited the Parent Center at BHS and addressed over thirty Spanish speaking parents and their students ranging from 9th – 12th grade. The information disseminated ranged from: Student Success Strategies, College Expectations, the Freshmen Experience, Resiliency/Perseverance Testimonies, EOPS Program, Dream Act/FAFSA, Scholarship Opportunities and how parents can better support and motivate the next generation.
Beyond #BringBackOurGirls: Women and Conflict in North East Nigeria
Journalist, research analyst and Yale Ph.D. candidate Hilary Matfess came to campus on Wednesday to present her research on women’s roles in the Boko Haram insurgency group in North East Nigeria. Titled “Beyond #BringBackOurGirls: Women and Conflict in North East Nigeria”, Matfess’ visit was organized by the Women’s History and More Committee, who are focusing this year’s Women’s History Month programming on discussions of women in war.
Matfess originally came to Nigeria to interview men who had defected from Boko Haram, a jihadist insurgency that initially started as a religious volunteer group before evolving into one of the world’s most violent terrorist organizations. When she discovered that getting access to Boko Haram soldiers was pretty difficult, she decided to focus her research on women who were either abducted or volunteered to join Boko Haram.
“It became clear to me that these women’s experiences were not being highlighted,” Matfess said. “Understanding women’s experiences in their totality is crucial to understanding conflict.”
Over one million Nigerians have been displaced from their homes as a result of the Boko Haram conflict, and rampant corruption and human rights abuses in displacement camps by the Nigerian military gave women few safe options to turn to. International attention of Boko Haram peaked in 2014, when the group abducted 276 young girls from a school in the town of Chibok. A group of Nigerian activists started the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, which became rapidly shared across social media and led to several of the girls being released. However, Matfess said that the campaign oversimplified the complexities of the Boko Haram conflict and ignored the thousands of other people who had been abducted by the group, and negotiating for the release of several Chibok girls resulted in the group abducting even more women in the region due to their perceived increase in value.
Thank you to BC’s WHAM committee, BCSGA, and Hilary Matfess for the enriching and informative event.
Spotlight on Student Employment
The Student Employment department hosted their second hiring recruitment for local moving company Meathead Movers on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. During the recruitment, 28 students completed onsite applications and several others picked-up an application to return at a later time. We also had several students inquire about current on-campus employment and upcoming events at our jobspeaker tent.
Erin Norton, Operations Manager for Meathead Movers, will provide an update on number of hires within the next couple of weeks. He has also requested another hiring recruitment in April as he is impressed the caliber of students Bakersfield College produces. Thank you Domenica Trinidad, Job Developer for coordinating this event and a special thanks to Darrell Ballard, Athletics Program Manager, for his continual efforts in helping our students.
Kern County Career Expo
Speaking of gainful employment, the 2nd Annual Kern County Career Expo was held, Thursday February 28, 2019. In partnership with the Kern High School District, Bakersfield College Career Education supported this large scale event that drew in approximately 5,700 middle school, high school and early college students to explore career options within Kern County.
There were over 140 companies in addition to, Regional Occupation Center, Bakersfield College, Taft College and Cal State Bakersfield to support students on the path to their future careers. Check out all the photos on BC’s Smugmug!
Connecting the Dots: Data-Informed Integrated Planning
A power team from BC attended the Connecting the Dots: Data-informed Integrated Planning conference in Fresno on March 1st. Nick Strobel, Dan Hall, Amber Hroch, Tony Cordova, Craig Hayward, Erica Menchaca, Billie Jo Rice, and Todd Coston spent the day looking through the student success dashboard, looking at data, identifying what we are doing now and then looking for opportunities to do things better. All of this work then funneled down to how we can use this information to fill the gaps of our strategic plan so we can meet the goals set by the state for the Vision For Student Success.
Counseling Department Award
Exciting news emerged from the BC Foundation this week that a self-funded Counseling Department award has been established. Fifteen members from the Counseling (Panorama & Delano), EOPS, DSPS, and BSIA departments came together and signed up for automatic, monthly payroll deduction. The contribution will total $285 per month generating $3,420 per year to support deserving BC students! The first $500 award will be given out this spring. What an amazing demonstration of care, teamwork and leadership!
CASE District VII Conference
Susan Hubbell, Financial Information Manager and Heather Pennella, Alumni & Donor Relations Manager attended the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Conference in Anaheim, representing Bakersfield College and the BC Foundation. CASE District VII represents institutions in the western region of the U.S., including Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. The four-day conference was stacked with sessions focused on alumni relations, advancement services, philanthropy, leadership and communications. Susan and Heather took part in many educational sessions during the conference to bring back information and apply it to the Foundation’s growing efforts towards improved alumni outreach, donor stewardship and a robust scholarship program.
Go Red Luncheon
On March 1, 2019 the American Heart Association held its annual Go Red Luncheon. What a fantastic event with incredible turnout! Bakersfield College was well represented by the BC cheerleaders.
Adventist Health’s Beatris Espericueta-Sanders and Kiyoshi Tomono were gracious hosts as Norma Rojas-Mora and I joined Mayor Karen Goh, CSUB’s President Zelezny and Lourdes Nilon, from Bakersfield High, Tamara Clark, and from Adventist Health Dr. Anabiet Udofia, Heather Van Housen. There was a sea of red as the community came out to understand the importance of heart health and to build awareness around knowing the symptoms of a heart attack. The American Heart Association cites that one in three women is living with some form of cardiovascular disease and it kills one woman every 80 seconds. To prevent the disease, the organization recommends understanding family health history, knowing your numbers and making lifestyle changes like eating smart, managing blood pressure and being more active.
Seen on Facebook: BC at Shafter City Council
Last Tuesday, Dean of Academic Technology Bill Moseley joined Shafter Educational Liaison David Franz at the Shafter City Council meeting, to speak in support of the proposed Shafter Library and Learning Center expansion. The Shafter Learning Center has partnered with BC to offer study space and support for BC students who live in Shafter, and may offer classroom space in the future for BC classes.
Career Ladders Project Partnership
These Affinity Team rock stars, Pedro Ramirez and Armando Trujillo along with their stage manager Lisa Robles went on tour sharing the good news surrounding Guided Pathways from a Completion Coaching Community perspective. The group started their tour at the Building Diversity Conference in L.A., moving on to their second gig in Long Beach at the Achieving the Dream Conference and ended their tour in NYC at the League for Innovation conference where former BC AAI champion and current Director at Career Ladders Project Julian West received the 2018 Innovation Award.
The partnership and collaboration between Bakersfield College and Career Ladders Project is an important one as we continue the work in making Guided Pathways a success.
Photos of Campus at Dawn
Earl Parsons of BC’s Marketing team shared these photos with me and they were too beautiful not to include! Enjoy!
We have been so fortunate to work alongside local firm Ordiz-Melby Architects for our new Campus Center. They have been wonderful partners and have been working diligently to make sure that our new Campus Center will benefit the campus, students, and our community! The new campus center will have many exciting features, including a new food services area, student life offices, and a 500-person conference room! Thank you to Jeannie Bertolaccini, Danny Ordiz and Bob Varner for your partnership to build A Better BC!
If you missed watching the Renegade Report live this last Thursday at 11am, check out the segments from this week’s show from the links below. This week’s highlights included segments with BC Head Cheer Coach Heather Foss and BC Cheerleaders Jasmine Garcia and Karlee Nelson.
Renegades of the Week
Renegade Athletics is proud to announce this week’s (2/24-3/2) Wells Fargo Renegades of the Week.
Bailey Pike, Women’s Swimming – In the first Western State Conference meet she took first in the 1650m Freestyle (19:37.41), lowering her season best time by 23 seconds and finishing over a minute ahead of the second place swimmer, helping the women take first overall at the meet.
Zach Williams, Baseball – He was 8 for 10 (.800) in three games last week. He had a total of 8 RBI, 2 stolen bases and 2 home runs (one grand slam and one three-run homerun).
Zach Williams named SoCal Player of the Week An big congrats
to Zach on not only being Renegade of the Week, but also being named SoCal
Player of the week by the California Community College Baseball Coaches
Association (CCCBCA) for his big week last week!
Seven Renegades Named to the 2018 SCFA Scholar Athlete Team
We are proud to have student athletes who not only take care of business on the field, but in the classroom as well. This year we have seven Renegade football student athletes named to the Southern California Football Association 2018 Scholar Athlete Team. The seven include: Jeremiah Johnson (DB, Soph, Garces HS), Nathan De Jager (PK, Soph, Bakersfield Christian HS), James Thomas (DE, Soph, Independence HS), Monolete Robinson (DB, Soph, Centennial HS), Andrew Magana (DL, Fresh, Bakersfield HS), Carson Olivas (P, Soph, Bakersfield HS) and Blake Brown (OL, Soph, Garces HS). Congrats and keep up the great work academically!
Cloud formation from the turbulent flight from PDX to BUR Jan 7 2018
Good morning Bakersfield…It is Saturday, January 13, 2018 and a great day to be a Renegade!
This week, it seemed that I was able to see beauty all around me. I have noticed that there are times that my sensitivity to all things beautiful seem more heightened. It is during these time that I pick up my poetry book from high school at Mount Carmel Convent ….. this week I found myself reading Keats. So my friends, here are images of beauty for you as you soak in Keats
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
San Luis Reservoir, Pacheco Pass, Jan 12 2018
An extremely active week at BC with faculty arriving back on campus for inservice activities, workshops as we gear up to welcome over 31,000 students back to our campuses in Bakersfield, in Delano, in Arvin, in Shafter, online, …… I did a bit of travelling to San Jose to attend the accreditation commission (ACCJC) meeting.
With half of the school year in our rear view mirror, all of Bakersfield College’s faculty and staff came together once again in anticipation for the next semester during our Spring 2018 Opening Day celebration Thursday at the Indoor Theater.
One of my favorite parts of the day kicks off with seeing familiar faces during the gathering in the plaza. I was so glad to have beautiful photos this year of the activity before the program.
Great group from our Child Care Center.
Dezi Von Manos opened the program with the traditional remarks from the BCSGA President.
Dezi Von Manos Opening day
Opening day spotlighted our accreditation work under the leadership of Liz Rozell, dean of Instrcution, and Jason Stratton, history faculty.
Liz Rozell and Jason Stratton
After showing a brief video interviewing students and staff about accreditation and Student Learning Outcomes, Liz and Jason thanked the faculty team leads who will be putting together the materials for our four accreditation standards and the writers, editors and communication team for the Quality Focus Essay that will wrap our self-evaluation report in a neat little bow and tell the world BC’s story.
Our primary editor for this project is Dr. Nick Strobel, and he’ll be responsible for putting all of the information together into a coherent narrative. Manny produced a silly comic relief video of Nick dressed up as a monk, walking around the library while carrying large scrolls as Gregorian chants echoed through the halls.
Following Accreditation, Andrea Thorson took the stage to emphasize the importance of maintaining a singular, coherent voice about BC’s institutional philosophy when we talk to students or people in the community.
Di Hoffman and new Dean Billie Jo Rice talked about assessment and Student Learning Outcomes, using the acronym PARR (Plan, Assess, Reflect, and Refine) as a pneumonic device to outline our assessment process.
Billi Jo Rice and Di Hoffman
Julian West addressed the audience about how he’s able to keep 600 students in our African-American affinity group engaged and striving for their highest level of excellence, using a combination of data analysis and “real talk” face-to-face mentorship to ensure that none of our African American students are falling through the cracks. See Julians full remarks here.
Janet Fulks and our new Web Content Editor, Nicole Griffin discussed our state-of-the-Renegade Scorecard 3.0, that continues to bring our institutional data to life on the web with an unprecedented level of interactivity displaying statistics about our student population and programs of study.
Nicole Griffin and Janet Fulks
I was excited to announce the planned campus renovations that are going to be made possible via Measure J, which was initially going to take place over 25 years, has now been compacted planned for a shorter time line. This means that many of you will get to see our campus transform before your eyes during your tenure at BC, and the money will be used more efficiently to avoid cost increases due to inflation.
Bill Potter presented the new Facilities Master Plan to the audience at our Opening Day presentation, with a special guest for the presentation, Todd Coston dressed as a janitor showing how accreditation is a whole campus endeavor. I heard Todd even threw a mop bucket full of silver confetti into the theater.
Toward the end of the Opening Day presentation, Tina Johnson introduced the new members of the CSEA board, Isabel Stierle encouraged faculty members to welcome our new faculty members into the CCA, and Steven Holmes urged faculty and staff to be active participants in all of our various committees including Guided Pathways.
Sue Vaughn gave an update sharing the constant and rapid movement in the Management Association. At one point the audience gave a standing ovation for Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg. Love this photo taken by Earl Parsons.
Our SGA Senators, Ashley Harp and Mustapha Burraj led the entire audience in a stretch break.
Stretch Break for Opening Day
Reggie Williams, the recipient of the 2017 Shirley Trembley Distinguished Teaching Award, gave his thank-you speech during this semester’s Opening Day since he was out of the country during the Fall 2017 festivities. He gave special recognition to Jack Hernandez for inspiring him to learn more about philosophy during his time in one of Jack’s classes as an 18-year-old freshman at BC.
Tom Greenwood, Reggie Williams, and Anna Poetker
Susan Pinza announced Oliver Rosales as the winner of the Norman Levan Faculty Colloquium Award. Oliver will be delivering a presentation about multicultural civil rights activism in post-World War II Bakersfield.
Dr. Oliver Rosales standing to be recognized
Opening and Closing Days are a huge undertaking, and I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who made it possible. I’d like to thank Manny de Los Santos for his work compiling all of the videos for this event, as well as running the livestream. And special thanks to Nate from Freestyle who was our sound technician and is a BC student studying Computer Science!
Manny De Los Santos and Nate
Thank you also to our photographers from the Marketing and Public Relations team—Earl Parsons, Eric Carillo and Dylan Wang
Dylan Wang capturing the day through the lens.
Thank you Eric Carillo for texting me some of the selfies and bringing me vicariously to Opening Day. I so loved them. Here are a few.
All of their photos for the day can be found on the BC Smugmug.
Thank you to Monika Scott, Jennifer Serratt and Lesley Bonds for coordinating and planning, and Kristin Rabe for coordinating the theater.
Jennifer Serratt, Aricia Leighton, Kristin Rabe, Monika Scott
Jennifer Serratt, Lesley Bonds
And Opening Day wouldn’t be the same without Francis Mayer as our emcee.
Francis Mayer, the man behind the microphone
Thank you to our Food Services crew led by Chef Eric Sabella, who put together another great breakfast and lunch.
Food Services Crew with BC’s awesome Breakfast Burritos
And our interpreters Jarris Wright and Carolyn Borso and our incredible ushers were Arisve Pimentel, Bernadette Martinez, Chris Glaser, Danyel Owens, Jordaun Bennett, Lori Ortiz, Tarina Perry, and Wendy Lawson.
The week before the semester begins is always exciting because Faculty come back and re-engage with the campus through flex workshops which cover an array of topics. This year workshops covered everything from eLumen Curriculum led by Jennifer Johnson, Best Practices for Online Learning by Matt Jones, and Summer Bridge by Kimberly Bligh, Erica Menchaca, Isabel Castaneda, and Teresa Mcallister among many many others. Here are some photos from Flexweek!
Bryan Hirayama on the left with his Distinguished Teaching Award
Corrections to College California just released a new short documentary, The Sergeant and the Professor, featuring a CDCR-College partnership. The video tells the story of Sergeant Jeff Ervin and Professor Bryan Hirayama. Sergeant Ervin has worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for 12 years. Two years ago, Bakersfield College began offering classes in his housing unit. Sergeant Ervin was reluctant and skeptical. Professor Hirayama was the first Bakersfield College professor to teach inside Sergeant Ervin’s facility. The two didn’t always see eye to eye, but these unlikely colleagues learned to work together to support the college students. You can find out how this program transformed Sergeant Ervin and the prison by watching the video.
BC and KCCD representatives met January 8 with a representative from a Bakersfield’s Sister City, Bucheon City to talk about a possible exchange program for students and faculty. This is the second time that BC has hosted Bucheon City visitors. They were here this summer.
John Means, Vice Chancellor, Shohreh Rahman, Counselor International Students So-Hyun Kim, Representative Bucheon City, Republic of Korea Eun-Ja Kim Park, retired professor CSUB Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Vice President Instruction
BC Point Guard, Johnathan Murray
Coach Hughes after winning the Conf Championship Feb 17, 2016
There was a great piece by Jon Mettus of the Californian about our record setting player Johnathan Murray as the teams ‘unsung hero.’
Mettus wrote that “Murray is the facilitator for BC’s offense and the glue that holds the team together. On a squad that features players like Jamar Hammonds, Tucker Eenigenburg and Jaylunn English, who can all go off for more than 20 points on any given night…” He goes on to credit coach, Rich Hughes with naming Murray the “unsung hero.”
Starting this semester, representatives from the Department of Human Services (DHS) are holding office hours in the second floor of the CSS building to help students to assist students with children who receive financial assistance through their department.
DHS Social Service Workers from the Employment Services division are partnering with our Extended Opportunities Programs and Services Department (EOP&S) to help BC student parents attending school while receiving cash aid benefits via CalWORKS (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids). Their offices will be located in the EOP&S area of the CSS building, and they’ll be helping provide our students educational support services, employment training and work study opportunities.
This partnership will help our BC CalWORKS program that was already being run under EOP&S integrate more efficiently with the Department of Human Services, and I’m excited for all of the potential that this partnership holds.
Accreditation and ACCJC
I always feel a little reluctant to snap pictures at the Accreditation Commission Meeting. But here are a few after we were done with the meeting. In the first picture you see the Chair of the Commission Raul Rodriguez who is the Chancellor of the Rancho Santiago Community College District with Mary Okada who is the president of Guam Community College and is on the ACCJC Exec Committee. Inn the second picture, I am with Richard Mahon, who is currently a dean at Alan Hancock College. In the last picture I am with Jared Spring, a manager at ACCJC and one of my favorite people.
Let me end with John Keats again
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever
That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
sonya — the luckiest and happiest college president ever
Good morning Bakersfield from So. Cal. Came in late on Friday night and have a busy weekend ahead. Will try my best to chip away on my blog in between activities with the goal of publishing by the end of the day on Sunday. But I can’t promise anything.
Brought Neo along, which of course does not help with my resolution to publish this weekend……his first trip away from home. At 7 and 1/2 months, a friend said, “what a big boy”, which he certainly is.
It is cloudy in So. Cal. and everything appears to be beautiful…fresh air and bright colors. Life is good. Why would it not be when I am the president of the best higher education institution in the country. One with the majority population being first generation college students and the faculty and staff are top notch.
Talking about faculty, let me start with BC’s amazing choir Director. We have had a tradition of excellence with Joe Hustzi, Ron Kean and now the beautiful, brilliant and talented Jennifer Garrett.
Music of Living
Last Friday the Bakersfield College Choir and Chamber Singers conducted their first concert of the academic year. The program, which included a full range of music history, was named “The Music Of Living” by Dr. Jennifer Garrett because “music is part of how we live.”
In a Bakersfield Californian interview, she explained that, “[music] carries us through the challenging times in life and help us celebrate the good times,” and “music is how we truly express those emotions, opinions and memories that simply cannot be expressed through words alone.” I so agree with her….it is music, poetry and the sheer beauty of nature that have helped me in difficult times.
On Friday, the theater was full and the audience there to help celebrate the life of a young Renegade taken too soon in a tragic traffic accident this fall. The BC Choir and Chamber Singers dedicated the concert to one of their own, Jonathan Garcia. “Tank” to his friends, according to the program, “was a football player, a singer, a guitar player, a volunteer, a decorated member of the Junior ROTC, and most importantly, a son, a brother, and a friend to all who knew him.” While he was taken from this life before he could perform for the Choir, “Applied students remember him for the passion he expressed about music and the joy in his eyes as he talked with other students about playing guitar for Mariachi ensembles.”
Chamber Music Festival
On Monday last week the Panorama campus was filled with the Chamber Music Festival. Each year local high school chamber choirs (smaller and often elite choirs) and guest conductor participate by invitation. This year we brought in conductor and composer David Dickau (who went to Frontier High School & sang in the BC Choirs many years ago) from Minnesota. He was absolutely wonderful with the choirs and everyone learned a great deal. There are sessions where the choirs sit in the audience and go up in turn to perform 2 selections. Then the guest conductor works with each choir for approximately 12-15 minutes on stage as choir members in the audience watch and listen. Then Chamber Singers close each session by performing 2-3 pieces. This year the following schools participated: Bakersfield HS, Frontier, Foothill, East, West, North, Stockdale (bringing 2 choirs), and Centennial. Some of the schools decided to wait a year to come to the Festival as it is challenging to have repertoire ready so early in the year. We had a great turnout and the whole evening went smoothly. Thanks to the College Choir members who donated their time to make it all happen, and thank you Dr. Jennifer Garrett for organizing this each year for our community and future Renegades.
A Taste of BC
Last Saturday, our Performing Arts faculty and students partnered with our Culinary Arts faculty and students to create an unforgettable evening for 35 students from Standard Middle School. Starting with a tour of our Performing Arts Center, the middle school students got a ‘behind the scenes’ look at our Theatre and Music facilities.
They also enjoyed an incredible performance by BC students from our recent production of Hamlet, followed by a skit from Brian’s Beard (BC’s Improv Troupe). Our Theatre majors also taught the middle school students how to do improv. Very impressive! To top off the evening, the students enjoyed a fantastic meal in the Renegade Room by our Culinary Arts majors, and were entertained with dinner music by many of our Music majors.
Many thanks to Dr. Jen Garrett, Brian Sivesind, Chef Suzanne Tangeman, Kevin Ganger, Leslie Aldridge, and Kim Chin, along with our students from the Hamlet cast, 1984 cast, Brian’s Beard, Music majors, and Culinary Arts students for volunteering the time and talents to benefit our local middle school students (…and hopefully future Renegades!) And thank you Dr. Manny Mourtzanos for supporting and advancing this work.
Check out the amazing Mason!
Paul Meyer, District Superintendent of SMS sent this email.
To all involved-
On behalf of the students and staff at Standard Middle School, I wish to express my sincere thanks to the students and staff at Bakersfield College for volunteering their time to create a memorable night for my students. Manny, the experience was powerful for my students, and we appreciate the attention to the details that made everything come together so well Saturday night. Please share my gratitude with all who were involved at BC. Your staff was great to work with and the BC students seemed to enjoy it as much as my students did!
I also want to thank Morgan, Ira, and Jorge for your vision and leadership in helping to make this special night into a reality.
Last Saturday evening was a huge success, and I look forward to continuing this amazing partnership.
Standard School District
More Amazing Faculty
BC Faculty Awarded $100,000 Grant Visit Washington D.C.
Oliver Rosales, Andrew Bond, Josh Ottum
Three BC Faculty members visited Washington D.C. this past week. Andrew Bond (English), Josh Ottum (Music and Performing Arts), and Oliver Rosales (History) attended a Project Director’s meeting hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at the Constitution Center just off Capitol Hill. Representing their project Energizing the Humanities in California’s San Joaquin Valley, the faculty spent an entire day meeting with NEH program officers, including NEH Acting Chairman Jon Parrish Peede, as well as with other current project directors from community colleges across the United States. Professors Ottum, Rosales, and Bond joined NEH’s Director of Congressional Affairs Tim Robison on Capitol Hill for several meetings with staffers from California Senators Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein’s offices.
Oliver Rosales. Josh Ottum, Andrew Bond, Trevor Smith
The trio also discussed Bakersfield College’s (KCCD) two current NEH grant projects (Energizing the Humanities and Digital Delano: Preserving an International Community’s History) in person with Congressman David Valadao from the 21st District before spending time in House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office with staff member Trevor Smith.
Oliver Rosales, Andrew Bond, David Valadao, Josh Ottum, Tim Robinson (NEH)
Everyone the BC faculty members met with showed interest in and voiced their support for BC’s grant projects, and were impressed to learn that Bakersfield College is the only California community college to receive federal funds through the National Endowment for the Humanities this year.
Project Directors Bond, Ottum, and Rosales returned from D.C. ready to kick off the programming for Energizing the Humanities on November 30th at 7:00 PM with noted author and Bakersfield native Gerald Haslam (Professor Emeritus, Sonoma State) giving a public lecture at the Levan Center for the Humanities. Dr. Haslam will also lead a closed workshop with the Energizing the Humanities inaugural cohort of faculty fellows the following morning.
More information about the NEH Projects Energizing the Humanities and Digital Delano can be found here:
It was great to see BC Renegades come out in full force Saturday night, our last home game, against Santa Monica which was a blowout. It was exciting to watch six different BC students make it into the end zone while our defense blocked all attempts on ours. I’m so proud of our Renegades they are 3 and 0 in conference and 7 and 1 overall with two more games to go.
And I’m always happy to see Manny De Los Santos working on the sidelines.
Here I am with Carlos Barbara and a great photo of Kimberly Bligh and Jerry Ludeke, and photos below with Janet Tarjan and Zav Dadabhoy —
colleagues out to support Renegade Football
HACU’s 31st Annual Conference
We had a large team from BC attend HACU’s (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) 31st Annual Conference this week. Thank you Corny Rodriguez, Dean of Instruction and MESA Director, Consuela (Connie) Gonzalez for sending me photos.
The conference provided a unique forum for networking and learning best practices, understanding and meeting the education needs of Hispanics. The conference allowed for BC professionals to:
Hear about successful, effective programs and initiatives of HACU member institutions
Expand partnerships and collaboration between HACU member institutions, public-and private-sector organizations
Discuss policy issues affecting the education opportunities of Hispanics, including HACU’s legislative agenda
Learn about Hispanic participation in scholarships, fellowships, internships and other such programs funded by private and government organizations
This important conference allowed Connie and BC representatives to create important partnerships and strengthen collaboration with the USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program, UC Davis, USDA/NRCS, and USDA Forest Service. Connie was able to secure a whole day dedicated to BC transfer students with Dr. Blas Guerrero, Director of the Chicano/Latino Recruitment Center, in collaboration with UC Davis’s MESA program. BC MESA students will be able to look at engineering labs and tour the campus. Connie is working with Manuel Rosas to include EOP&S students as well. Thank you Connie for your work and forging relationships to further our MESA students’ educational opportunities.
David Villarino and FIELD was represented at this national conference in a big way. Villarino is doing very important work among adults in rural communities to get them the required language and work skills to make them employable. Just great work. Here are several photos of the FIELD students as well as the FIELD dinner meeting with many of the colleges including Cerro Coso and CSUB.
This is definitely a picture of celebrities
HACU Official, Esais Morales (actor), Cheech Marin (actor), Rick Najera (Director), David Villarino
Dinner with collaborating college officials
Endee Grijalva, Sonya Christian with students
Our first Adult Education Sample a Course event was a tremendous success. The event was held on October 30th and we saw 30 attendees from Adult Education in collaboration with the Bakersfield Adult School and Migrant Education. The event, which will also occur November 16th, is designed to highlight our EMLS courses and connect Adult Learners to our Main Campus, giving them a direct insight into the college experience. Attendee experience included transportation to the BC campus from the Bakersfield Adult School Job Spot, lunch provided by the delicious Panorama Grill, BC and Program overview and campus tour. The highlight of this event was the classroom observation. Aimed to alleviate the fears and misconceptions of Adult Learners, potential students can sample an EMLS course.
Many thanks to all who helped make this event successful including Endee Grijalva, support from the Outreach team, Food Service, CTE, Bakersfield Adult School and MigrantEducation. You all make BC great for our students and for our community. THANK YOU!
A beautiful magazine appeared on my desk on Tuesday afternoon sent to me by David Koeth. The November/December issue of Audiophile from KVPR/KPRX features artwork from our own BC student, Argenis Maciel. David said in an attached message that Development Director, Joe Garcia emailed him earlier this year and said that they wanted to feature artwork from a BC student so he had his Digital Illustration students work on ideas. The promotions director chose Argenis Maciel’s piece. Check out the photo of the beautiful cover.
On the morning of Halloween, Senator Jose Cortez hosted a Leadership Panel comprised of the SGA president and vice presidents and BC’s president and two vice presidents. It was a lot of fun and I am so proud of this series that Jose Cortez is leading. He had Senator Jean Fuller as the first speaker and Assemblyman Vince Fong as the second speaker.
Students learned about their student governments’ and administration’s roles in reducing hurdles in the path of student success, expanding our positive impact on the community, and the importance of the spirit of leadership, while enjoying some eggs and bacon prepared, as always, by our great Food Services crew.
It was a lot of fun being a panelist along with Zav Dadabhoy and Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, as well as SGA President Dezi Von Manos and SGA Vice President Lawrence Salcido. Both Dezi and Lawrence were articulate about the Guided Pathways work. Just incredible!
Lawrence Salcido, Sonya Christian
President Von Manos, President Christian
I was happy to see several faculty, staff and administrators also attend the event. Snapped this picture with Earl Parsons who is usually the man behind the camera and then here is Marcelyn Allen, one of our new faculty who teaches in the ESL department, also teaches Japanese and helps out with Summer Bridge.
Sonya Christian, Earl Parsons
Sonya Christian, Marcelyn Allen
And loved these two pictures of Nan and Zav
Liz Rozell and I had great fun having lunch with Richard Chapman and Wayne Kress to learn about the Advance Kern Initiative. Imagine innovation thriving in our county where cultivating an entrepreneurial and creative mindsets is one of the products of our education. That was the main topic of conversation in addition to Stig Larson’s Girl With the Dragon Tatoo series. I am so proud of the work of KEDC and its leadership. I missed the company of the fabulous Cheryl Scott who is now leading the charge on promoting STEM education in Kern County. Thank you Richard, Wayne, and Cheryl for advancing Kern County.
Liz Rozell, Sonya Christian, Wayne Kress, Richard Chapman
Public Health Sciences Program Partnership with UCLA
BC students got the chance to learn more about BC’s newly-formed Public Health Sciences program and our partnership with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the SGA Executive Boardroom on Monday.
Sarah Baron, Public Health Sciences faculty, got the opportunity to explain more about BC’s Public Health program, and several representatives from UCLA spoke in detail about the UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program [link to 2018 UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program Handout.pdf]. The UCLA training program is recruiting 50 students for a paid stipend to participate in an 8-week training program with structured workshops, field trips and leadership development in the public health field. UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program is held each summer. The application deadline for the summer 2018 program is January 31, 2018, and the application window opens in mid-November.
What a way to start November! On Wednesday, BC had the privilege of hosting Leslie Cunningham, Executive Director of California Law, Inc (Cal-Law), which is the sponsoring organization of the statewide Pathway to Law School program. Ms. Cunningham affirmed BC’s ongoing position as a statewide leader in implementing this innovative program to support students in attaining a law degree.
Manny Mourtzanos, Dean of Instruction, Pearl Urena, BC Educational Advisor for Pre-Law, Jeff Green, General Counsel for Grimmway Farms, David Torres, Attorney and member of BC’S Pre-Law Advisory Council, Leslie Cunningham, Executive Director of Cal-Law, Stephen Katz, Kern County Superior Court Judge and member of BC’S, Pre-Law Advisory Council Bonnie Thompson, Executive Director of the Kern County Bar Association, Zach Sullivan, President of the BC Pre-Law Scholars Student Club
Careers in Criminal Justice
On Wednesday, October 11, the BC Delano Campus hosted “Jobs in Justice: A Panel on Careers in Criminal Justice.” The guest employers were well-prepared and provided students with a wealth of information ranging from personal education, experiences, and their unique career paths to job specifics and seasoned career advice. The panel consisted of the following individuals:
Mark DeRosia, Chief of Police – Delano Police Department
Eddie Aguil– Community Service Officer- Delano Police Department
Edwin Barahona, Assistant Court Supervisor – Kern County Superior Court
Kathy Garcia, Deputy Probation Officer II – Kern County Probation Department, Investigations Unit
Raquel Segura, Agent – Alcoholic Beverage Control
Ana Ovando, Investigator – Kern County Public Defender
Brittaney Pena, Office Technician – Kern Valley State Prison
Salvador Hernandez, Assistant Government Program Analyst – Kern Valley State Prison
It is interesting to note that although only 36% of students indicated that the guest speaker’s topics related to their chosen career paths, 81% noted that they would attend future employer panels and 100% stated that the forum met or exceeded their expectations. This is a testimony to the breadth of the panelists’ knowledge and wisdom which they freely shared. Not only did they give the audience a thorough understanding of their particular role within their respective organizations, but they also provided an overview of various levels of employment in their respective fields and each organization’s goals. Furthermore, they imparted invaluable career advice: the value of and how to secure internships, the need to protect one’s image (employers check social media sites), the importance of being an upstanding citizen (after all, these are careers in criminal justice), and accepting the reality that a career is built (often one has to start at the bottom).
The panelists were exceptional but the event would never have gotten off the ground without the stellar work of Lupe Aguirre (CTE Job Development Specialist) and Kim Collins (BC Academic Liaison for Adult Education). Our special thanks to them, the panelists, and all who made this event possible. It’s exciting for us whose hearts are knit to BC Delano students that these types of events are becoming increasingly available on their campus. We are all about the students. We are BC!
In the News
Renegades were in the news again this week. Victoria Coffee was quoted by the Bakersfield Californian as an attendee at the Business Expo in Many at the Business Expo were looking for the reset button. She attended to get information to give to our BC students. She is quoted as saying “I wanted to get a better look into the business industry and see how we can strengthen our infrastructure for student success.” Thank you Victoria for going the extra mile for our students.
The Bakersfield Californian also did a nice piece about BC’s Men’s Basketball. In BC men’s basketball starts attempt at 3 conference titles in a row, Jon Mettus wrote about our 5 returners and their striving for the State Championship. Coach Hugh is optimistic for our chances of a “three-peat” for the WSC South Division title this season. Come out to the games this season and support our team all the way to the State Championship.
Emails Worth Sharing
Thank you Paul Beckworth for sharing this story with me! Paul’s email said, “PLEASE read this story that MattGarrett found in the archives awhile back. A BC student turned soldier captured 12 Nazis thanks to his BC German professor! Can’t make this stuff up! It is a little hard to read but worth the effort.” Matt Garrett’s email “Capturing Nazis Like a Boss” included the following:
“We were holding a town cut off from our troops. The Eleventh Panzer Division attacked us and one of the tanks got a tread blown off about 15 yards from one position where we could not hit a man behind it or on the ground near it. It was giving us trouble so we got a ‘satchel charge’ (30 pounds of TNT in convenient carrying form). Being the demolition expert of the platoon, I was elected.
“To allow free use of my hands I laid my rifle down and went out to blow up the tank. When I got there I discovered nine Jerry infantrymen around the tank, concealed from my pals and with their rifles in position. They were as frightened as I was. I managed to stutter, ‘Weg werfen deine Waffen Komm hier mit Hande hoch’ oder sic warden tot gewesen.’ [Throw down your weapons. Come here with your hands raised or you will die] How they would die I didn’t know but they believed me. One said, ‘Nicht schessen,’ and I said, ‘Wir warden nicht schiessen.’ [We’ll not shoot] (Notice the we.) So they gave up.
“They’d have shot me if I hadn’t been quick with the lip—so maybe I learned something in school after all. But we’ll credit (BC German Professor) Miss Schafer for the capture.”
Good morning Bakersfield. It is September 2, 2017, my brother Kevin’s birthday and a great day to be a Renegade. And why not, we launch our Renegade Football season today with an 8:00 p.m. kickoff time. Take a nap this afternoon and then bring your family and friends and head on out to Memorial Stadium at sundown, and spend the next three hours of your Saturday evening with your favorite people and your favorite team. I hope to see you there.
Tonight’s Renegade Football Game Delayed to 8:00 p.m.
In light of this week’s record-breaking temperatures and the National Weather Service’s four-day “Extreme Heat Watch” warning beginning this Friday and running through the weekend, we conferred with team physicians, athletic trainers, and our coaching and administrative staff and decided to delay the start of Saturday’s home opener in Memorial Stadium to 8pm.
The evening start time will allow the bulk of game day activities to occur after projected peak temperatures have passed, thus reducing the risk of heat-related illness to our student athletes. In addition to altering the schedule, we have rented eight specialized misting fans in an effort to reduce the sideline temperature. We’ve also organized cooling areas on the each concourse on both sides of Memorial Stadium. This decision was made for the safety of all student athletes, and we regret any inconvenience this may cause in the short term, but we are confident that it is the best decision for the long term health of all involved.
Again, I invite you, your family, and friends to join me at Memorial Stadium this evening. Memorial Stadium is an incredible place. The double-decked concrete and steel stadium has been home to many great accomplishments and celebrations such as the first ever junior college bowl and the Kern County Shrine Club Potato Bowl. And here, on the corner of University and Mount Vernon, Jim Ryun, at age 20 broke the world record for running a mile in 1967. For generations, incredible athletic talent like that has come to this stadium to hone their skills, compete, and perform. But one of my favorite things about Memorial Stadium is that games played here are a showcase of work ethic.
Football has always been about more than wins and losses. The game teaches lessons that last a lifetime; lessons such as commitment, belief, doing what it takes in the moment, and brotherhood on and off the field. Football programs and college athletics around the country have consistently developed citizens of high character by instilling the true values of the game into the core of the student athlete. And Bakersfield College is no different. The determination and perseverance that our athletes will experience this season will stay with them their whole lives.
This season, I’m proud of our student athletes both on and off the field. And I’m proud to invite you to Memorial Stadium for a great game and great season of football! See you this evening for the kick off at 8PM.
But why wait until 8:00 p.m…. come spend your afternoon with us at the Gil Bishop Center and watch Renegade Volleyball
This is a “copy and paste” from gogades.com
The Bakersfield College women’s volleyball team started their 2017 season 2-0 in the Pierce College Tournament.
The Renegades def Mira Costa College 25-15, 25-17, 26-24, and then def Rio Hondo College 25-17, 25-9, 25-12.
The Renegades play in the semi-finals Saturday at 1:30pm vs Santa Barbara City College.
So proud of our coaches and student athletes
Here is a copy and paste from gogades.com
Aug 25, 2017
Not everyone can say they are a Renegade; it’s a special title that is earned by doing things our way; The Renegade Way. Coach Painton showed a part of that code today when he led BC Baseball over to the adjacent soccer complex to root on Men’s Soccer for their home opener. Coach P isn’t one to shorten practice or pass on an opportunity to work at getting better for darn near anything; and that made his decision to bring his men over all the more special. It wasn’t lost on Coach Vayron.
I am the luckiest and happiest college president ever!
Job Spot Ribbon Cutting
John Means, KCCD Vice Chancellor, Educational Services
Last Tuesday morning, staff from BC were on hand at the grand opening for Bakersfield Adult School’s JOB SPOT.
Community leaders such as Dr. Bryon Schaefer, KHSD Superintendent and Dr. Dean McGee, KHSD Associate Superintendent of Educational Services and Innovative Programs greeted the community with a welcome and touched on the added value of the addition of the Job Spot.
Mark Wyatt, Bakersfield Adult School Principal shared the vision for the Job Spot and story behind what it took to make a dream a reality. Followed by John Means, KCCD Associate Vice Chancellor, Economic and Workforce Development, who touched on the Collaboration between the Bakersfield Adult School and Bakersfield College under the AEBG consortium.
Student Elizabeth Sanchez shared her story as a young mom who successfully navigated her way through the education system obtain her GED and just began her first semester at Bakersfield College. The Official Job Spot ribbon cutting was followed by Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh who spoke on the many aspects of this new site, providing employment and educational resource to the community. Attendees enjoyed refreshments and tours of the new facility. As always, our Mayor has some great photos on her Facebook and here is a photo of the BC crew!
John Means (KCCD) Elizabeth Sanchez (BC student who came over from Bakersfield Adult School) Abel Guzman (BC Delano) Debbi Anderson (BC Outreach) Jessica Flores (BC AEBG) Karen Goh (Mayor-Bakersfield) Richard McCrow (BC Dean) Endee Grijalva (BC AEBG) Raquel Lopez (BC Delano) Mary Jo Pasek (BC Community Relations) John Hart (BC Department Chair-EMLS) Kim Collins (BC AEBG).
KHSD is a great partner of the college. Thank you Superintendent Bryon Schaefer for this great collaboration.
Bryon Schaefer, Sonya Christian, Horace Mitchell
Student Involvement Festival
On Wednesday, almost 100 campus organizations and vendors showed up to the Renegade Crossroads in front of the Campus Center to get students engaged in BC and the community. Students were lined up in front of the SGA tent at the 2017 Student Involvement Festival, waiting for their opportunity to spin the wheel for some free BC merchandise.
Representatives from Counseling, Financial Aid, Academic Support, Veterans’ Services, Career and Technical Development and countless other campus groups were on hand to show students all of the services we offer to make their educational experience as enlightening and successful as possible, as well as student organizations like Theater Club, BC Renegamers and the American Sign Language Club that help keep students engaged with their campus experience.
There were also representatives from local health care and law enforcement organizations, as well as non-profit groups and businesses to showcase all of the opportunities available to members of the BC family. Thank you to the following organizations and groups:
AA Central Office of Kern Co.
Advanced Center For Eyecare
American Heart and Stroke Association
Bakersfield Police Department
Bakersfield Pregnancy Center-Mobile Unit
Bakersfield Vet Center
Bank of America
Body Xchange Fitness
California Department of Rehabilitation
California Satsang Society-Eckankar
California Veterans Assistance Foundation
CASA of Kern County
Center for the Blind&Visually Impaired
Clinica Sierra Vista
Clinica Sierra Vista-WIC program
Community Connection for Child Care
Community Health Initiative of Kern County
Damsel in Defense
David Hall- State Farm Ins
Dress for Success
Faith in Kern
GBLA Fair Housing Law Project
Golden Empire Transit
Independent Living Center of Kern County
Jim’s Supply Company Inc.
Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
Kern County Homeless Collaborative
Kern County Library (Beale)
Kern County Narcotics Anonymous
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Kern Federal Credit Union
Kern Health Systems
Liberty Tax Service
New Life Residential and Training Center
Omni Family Health
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Roger Morrison/Morrison Creation
Rosi Rosas Mary Kay Inc.
Kern County Dental Society
ADAKC, Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County, Inc.
Kern Behavioral Health Recovery Services – Mental
Bakersfield College Choirs
BC Communication Department
BC Transfer Center
BC Counseling Center
CSUB Transfer Center
Disabled Students Programs & Services
Office of Student Success & Equity – AAMP and LUPE
Student Health Center
American Sign Language Club
Bakersfield college math club
Bakersfield College Theater Club
BC Ag Club
Computer Science Club
Electrical Engineer Club
Free on the Outside
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship club
Japanese Culture Club
Korean Culture Club
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan
Office of Student Life
Over the years, the M&O (Maintenance and Operations) team has served the BC campus by improving and maintaining our facilities and I’m proud to share that they’re now getting a brand new and improved facility. The new M&O facility houses our campus tradesmen, custodial staff, and grounds keepers. This new location is also home to our mail room, shipping and receiving, and print shop.
The two-story structure is equipped with many features to accommodate a multitude of skilled employees on our campus. I was lucky enough to be one of the first to tour the building on Thursday morning. A grand opening and ribbon cutting is in the works and I’m excited to share those details with you as soon as the info is available. For now, here is a sneak peak and some photos from my tour with Bill Potter and our incredible M&O team! I loved seeing Bill Potter’s excitement….he was like a kid in a candy store.
Ian Mason, Support Systems Specialist I, Technology Support Services & Sonya Christian
Sylvia Hinojosa, Department Assistant II, Bill Potter & Sonya Christian
Here is the fabulous Dennis Spencer and Dalia Garcia
Dalia Garcia, Department Assistant III & Dennis Spencer, Electronic Technician & Sonya
Thanks Earl Parsons and Tarina Perry for snapping photos.
During the tour, I had to stop by the rose bushes outside.
Nick Hernandez, Tarina Perry, Sonya Christian, Bill Potter
Andy Wilcut in our M&O department cared for these rose bushes for over a year while the water was cut off during the construction of this new facility. Andy mentioned the he wasn’t sure exactly who Hank Pfister was, but “he must have been well liked to have such a memorial dedication” so he wanted to make sure the area was well cared for. This is why I’m the luckiest and happiest college president ever.
Andy Wilcut, BC Groundskeeper
Bill Potter, Andy Wilcut, and Sonya Christian
Side note, Hank Pfister, was one of our 100 stars for our centennial year celebration. Here are the details all about Hank:
Hank Pfister, Jr.
Hank Pfister (born October 9, 1953 in Bakersfield, California) is a former tennis player from the United States, who won two singles titles (1981, Maui and 1982, Newport) during his professional career. The right-hander reached his highest individual ranking on the ATP Tour on May 2, 1983, when he became World No. 19.
How he got started: Born into a family of tennis players, Pfister picked up his racket early and never looked back. “I really had no aspirations to be a professional tennis player,” Pfister said, laughing. “When you find you’re good at something, you tend to enjoy it—it was just something I had fun doing.” After undefeated seasons at BHS and BC, Pfister was given a scholarship to San Jose State and didn’t lose a match his entire first year. “I honestly still thought I was going to be a P.E. teacher.” That didn’t stop him from training with (and beating) John McEnroe during McEnroe’s early years.
Career highlights: Hank competed with tennis greats Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, and Arthur Ashe (and beating them), being a US Open Doubles finalist, reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon and the Australian Open three times, and was a two-time French Open Doubles Champion.
His heroes: Tennis pro Brian Gottfried, a friend, who happens to have been ranked #3 in the world in ‘77, makes the cut. But, for Pfister, tennis legend Stan Smith takes the cake. “I grew up watching Smith when I was in high school and college, when Smith was winning Wimbledon. To find myself playing him in front of 10,000 people later in life was surreal,” Pfister explained. Pfister would go on to beat Smith.
CCCApply Steering Committee Meeting
On Wednesday, BC’s Michelle Pena and Craig Hayward presented at the CCCApply Steering Committee. Since 2000, the CCCApply Steering Committee has governed the design and evolution of the online application for admission to the California Community Colleges. In collaboration with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), the Committee and related workgroups represent stakeholders from large and small districts, rural and urban areas, Northern and Southern California, and different student information systems.
Craig Hayward (middle) and Michelle Pena (right)
Veterans Roll Call
Bernadette Martinez (in red) at our Veterans Commencement Celebration 2017
Bernadette Martinez sent an email that she creatively called “Veterans Roll Call.” With all the new faces at BC for the upcoming year, she shared that each year we celebrate VetFest. This year, it will be a week long celebration filled with activities and Bernadette said, “With that we also like to honor our own Renegades that are Veterans, by setting up a flag garden set up and would like to know who you are so you can be recognized. We will also allow family and friends of Veterans to purchase a flag for our loved ones closer to the week of.”
It’s going to be a fantastic week at BC. Have I told you recently that I’m the luckiest and happiest college president ever?
Did you know?
On Thursday, The Bakersfield Californian ran a correction from Jerry Ludeke about the original 13 students who attended Bakersfield College in 1913. She is quoted in the piece, saying
“Several years ago the BC Archives was given the original ‘Record of Junior College Students of Kern County High School, Bakersfield, Cal. Transcript from office record cards. May 1915 by PV.’ PV is Paul VanderEike, vice-principal of the high school who was in charge of the junior college classes. In his own handwriting, he lists the 13 original students along with the classes they took: Norman Buhn, Nora Burke, Alma Carter, Josephine Chase, Myrtle Dennen, Leland Ellis, George Gowan, Clyde Gregory, Lois Price, Ida Sybrandt, Viola White, Jessie Wiley, and Helen Warthorst. Ten of them had indeed graduated from KCHS.”
Photo from The Bakersfield Californian, provided by Jerry Ludeke
The Eclipse by Nick Strobel
Nick Strobel’s article about the solar eclipse was published in the Bakersfield Californian today. Nick went to Montana on August 21st to see the eclipse from inside of the path of totality that spanned from Oregon to South Carolina where the moon completely blanketed the sun. Here is how Nick described the spectacle of getting to see such a rare astronomical event:
“Experiencing the dark shadow of the moon approach you at supersonic speeds, seeing the sky grow dark enough for the stars to come out within just a few seconds, looking at the sun with a huge black hole punched in the middle of it, and seeing the mysterious wispy glowing light of the corona around that black hole is an experience that strikes you at an instinctual, emotional and intellectual level all at once.”
For those who were unable to experience the eclipse from the area of totality, Nick recommends checking out the Eclipse Megamovie Project, which is collecting images all along the totality path in the hopes of demonstrating how the corona changed during the approximately 90 minutes of totality in the United States. The project also aims to take advantage of the “diamond ring effect” at different locations along the path of totality to more precisely measure the size of the sun. If the eclipse has sparked your interest in astronomy, you can buy tickets to the Dawn of the Space Age show on Thursday, September 21st at the William M. Thomas Planetarium or go to the Planetarium home page to see all of our upcoming shows.
First College Council Meeting:
We had our first College Council meeting on Friday and I was impressed with the quality and quantity of work this group accomplishes.
I snapped a few pictures when the chairs (Jason Stratton and Liz Rozell) of our Accreditation Self Evaluation report were presenting. Informative and engaging presentation.
We have a fabulous group of SGA officers leading the Renegades. Here is Lawrence Salcido, one of the SGA officers for 2017-2018 with Dr. Nicky Damania
Let me introduce you to the 2017-2018 College Council.
This was the 2016-2017 College Council
Walking the neighborhood
On friday a group of us walked the neighborhood close to BC and distributed a letter to our neighbbors from Tom Gelder, Executive Director of the Foundation with some BC goodies. Although it was 110 degrees, it was a lot of fun. Here are a few photos
Karen Snow (Research), Lori Ortiz (Research), Jose Manuel Cortez (student), Zadden Mascorro (student), Dhruvi Patel (student), Janette Ramirez (student), Sonya Christian, Tarina Perry (Academic Senate, Delilah Castaneda (student), and Bre Parks (student), Chris Glaser (Office of the President).
Thank you Ashlea Ward (for gathering the students in a matter of moments) and Nicky Damania (for preparing neighborhood packets so quickly).
Loved this Facebook post from our librarians
Wishing you all a happy and safe Labor Day
Two of our core values at Bakersfield College focus on wellness and community so this holiday weekend, BC has partnered with KGET to help stop drunk and drugged driving. Did you catch the piece on the news last night and did you snag your UBER credit? Please encourage your friends and family to always practice safe driving practices including designated drivers and utilizing safe driving options like UBER.
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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