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Breaking Boundaries and Serving the Community — Mary K. Shell and BC

Good morning Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, June 16th, 2018 and a great day to be a Renegade. 

Woke up to find two Bakersfield College related articles in the Californian with one on record enrollment, on the front page below the fold, and the other a delightful stargazing piece by Dr. Nick Strobel on the front page of the Eye Street section.

Sam Morgan @smorgenTBC covered the enrollment spike for Summer 2018.

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Morgan included a media piece which is a #MustSee!

Dr. Nick Strobel discusses the biological possibilities of life on Mars

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Mary K. Shell

Reflecting on life of Mary K. Shell after the news of her passing on Thursday morning, two phrases have come to mind … “breaking boundaries” and “serving the community”.

During her career, she was unafraid to move into areas not traditionally held by women. She started work in her grandfather’s welding and auto repair shop. At 17, she became a cub reporter for the Bakersfield Californian which at the time was another male dominated field, and continued in journalism until the 1980’s. She also had a strong desire to learn to fly and became the dispatcher at La Cresta Airfield in order to pay for lessons, eventually earning a pilot’s license.

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Sonya Christian & Mary K. Shell at BC’s Centennial Event in 2013. Photo from TBC

Mary K Shell attended Bakersfield College from 1945 to 1947, married Joe Shell, served as the first female Mayor of Bakersfield, and the 2nd woman to hold the title of Kern County Supervisor.

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Mary K. Shell.  Photo by Felix Adamo, TBC

Throughout her life, she remained a Renegade – loyal and true. She served as a member of the Foundation Board, retiring as Emeritus Director of the BC Foundation Board, and her heart was always with our community.

During her political career she was known for winning elections when the political odds were against her, and upon her retirement from public office, the Bakersfield Californian called her “the most popular politician in Kern County history”.

During her time in office and after, she was dedicated to serving our community and improving life for all in Bakersfield, and in our surrounding communities. She began the Beautiful Bakersfield Committee; created the formation of an organization to build a memorial to Medal of Honor recipient Larry Pierce; created the Bakersfield Historical Preservation Commission; established the annual Bakersfield Prayer Breakfast; and supported the building of a lighted soccer field in an under-served area of the city in coordination with AYSO.

Mary K Shell in 2014 at BC Photo by Henry Barrios TBC

Mary K. Shell at BC in 2014. Photo by Henry Barios of TBC

Her work has been recognized in the naming of the Mary K. Shell Journalism Scholarship and the local Mary K. Shell Mental Health Facility and her life is an example of committed investment in your community and humble public service.

Bob Price did a great article on Mary K. Shell.  Check it out https://tinyurl.com/y9qhzbq8.

Let’s pause for a moment and remember Mary K. Shell, this incredible woman… a visionary, a leader, and a Renegade.

Summer of Music at Bakersfield College

June 26, 2018 — The US Airforce Band of the Golden West will be performing at Bakersfield College once again. Stationed in Travis Air Force Base in the Bay Area, the USAF Band of the Golden West has performed for an estimated 1.5 million people, according to their website, playing an exciting brand of marching band music for Air Gorce bases, recruiting squadrons, Bay Area sporting events and NASCAR races. Seeing this extremely talented marching band is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’d love everyone in the community to be a part of it.  Tue, 06/26/2018 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Location: Edward Simonsen Performing Arts Center (Indoor Theater)

Check out this 18-minute video by John Farrand  of the Airforce Band when they were at BC last year June 28, 2017

June 30, 2018 — Bon Voyage Concert with BC Chamber Singers, Dr. Jennifer Garrett, Monty Byrom and Lydia Ranger

The Chamber Singers have been hard at work rehearsing and finishing all the plans for the Australia Tour. After working towards this goal for 2 1/2 years, it is almost here!

Please come out to the Bon Voyage Concert on June 30 in the Indoor Theater. The concert begins at 4:00 p.m. and doors will open at 3:30 p.m. You do not need to get tickets in advance as this is a donation only show. The concert will feature the music they will perform in Cairns and will also have special guests, Monty Byrom and Lydia Ranger.

Bon Voyage Concert June 30 2018

Lydia Ranger, Monty Byrom, Jennifer Garrett

Monty Byrum and Lydia Ranger

Monty Byrum and Lydia Ranger

July 20, 2018 — Resound: A Drum Corps International Competition at Memorial Stadium.

Drum Corps International (DCI) competition will bring some of the country’s best drum and bugle corps to Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium in the 4th Annual Resound Competition. Ten corps, including 2017 DCI Open Class champions Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, 5 – time champions Blue Devils B, and Golden Empire from Bakersfield College, will be competing. STICKS WILL FLY ON THE 20TH OF JULY! For more info visit: https://www.dci.org/events/resound.   From modest beginnings more than four decades ago, Drum Corps International (DCI) has developed into a powerful, nonprofit, global youth activity with far-reaching artistic, educational and organizational influence. Through the annual DCI Tour and World Championships, Drum Corps International provides entertainment to millions through live performances and nationally broadcast events. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League™. RESOUND is supported by an Arts in the Community Grant from the Arts Council of Kern.

IYEC Conference 2018

IYEC Conference 2018

Group Photo of BC’s LUPE attending IYEC 2018

Students in BC’s Latinos Unidos por Educacion (LUPE) program attended the Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference hosted by UCLA last Saturday, which inspired the group to continue identifying and providing assistance for DREAMer students.

IDEAS at UCLA, a group that represents undocumented students on the UCLA campus, organized the conference to give undocumented students throughout California the tools to pursue higher education. BC had 19 students attend the 11th annual conference, which is double the number that attended the previous year.

Upon returning to the conference, LUPE students called a special meeting to plan their events and activities for next year. The group plans to host DREAMer Open House events with the goal of doubling the organization’s numbers for the 2018-19 academic year and they plan to create LUPE Banners and T-shirts to spread awareness for the group.

Wonderful Academy/Ag Camp

Wonderful Ag CampYou might have seen a large group of very young students around campus over the last week and wondered who they were? I am excited to share that they are participating a week-long summer camp run by BC in partnership with Wonderful Company. These students are selected from middle schools in our rural communities, including Wasco, Shafter, Delano and surrounding areas. These students are exposed to all the exciting things that Bakersfield College Agriculture department has to offer.  Students can be found in our welding facilities creating a stationary holder for themselves.

Students also take advantage of our Horticulture Lab creating a water filtration system to learn about the different materials that can be used to filter water.  Students must also create a product-marketing plan for a product they themselves create. Students are given the option to use a variety of ingredients such as tajin, cocoa powder, cinnamon powder, lime juice, cayenne pepper to create this product.  Once they create their product, they then have to create a branding strategy.  Students create T-shirts, hats, and other marketing materials all using their very own logo and a printing press. In addition to creating different products, these students get to connect with industry professionals discovering the many opportunities that exist in our community.

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I would like to thank our dedicated staff involved in making this great opportunity happen. Starting with our Program Manager overseeing the program Raquel Lopez with the support of Jaime Lopez.  As well as our Lead Agriculture faculty Heather Baltis and Jim Selgrath.  Let’s not forget about the lead mentor, Jesse Oropeza, Christopher McCraw and his leadership class, as well as the peer mentors.  None of this could be possible without the support of our Delano Campus Director, Abel Guzman, Delano Site Office Coordinator, Carolina Madrigal and all the Support Staff.

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Corny Rodriguez snapped this photo of Professor Selgrath with future Renegade and his student for the day, Emilio.   Emilio designed the shirt which shows two tangoing mangos!

Professor Selgrath and Emilio

Professor Selgrath and Emilio

Superheroes of CTE Retreat

BC’s superheroes of CTE gathered for at their headquarters in the FACE building for a day of team building, planning, and activities as they re-energize to save the day and accelerate student success in 2018-2019! IMG_1588

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Spotlight on BC Baccalaureate Grads Continues

Erin Auerbach

Erin Auerbach, photo from http://www.therip.com

On Monday, journalism professor and Renegade Rip advisor Erin Auerbach wrote an article in the Bakersfield Californian about a few of the students who graduated from our Industrial Automation Baccalaureate program in May and already have jobs.

In our program, graduate Miguel Ceja got the chance to intern at Aera Energy and complete his senior project at the Nestle Ice Cream Factory, modernizing their equipment to work with a touchscreen interface. He’s now accepted a full-time job in the Wonderful Leadership Program.

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Miguel Ceja at Commencement on May 11, 2018

“What will help me the most in my new position is the leadership classes, project management classes, quality control classes, and the background into the technical instrumentation and equipment classes I took at Bakersfield College,” Ceja said.

Another graduate, Richard Van Horne, is working in the engineering department for JG Boswell Tomato Company after interning their last summer.

“The most helpful skill I have learned, and the one that separates this degree from its lower-division counterpart, is the high-level theories of management that equipped me to not only be the one to fix a technical issue in the field but lead others in the same pursuit,” Van Horne said.

Manny Fernandez and Richard Van Horne

Manny Fernandez and Richard Van Horne

Out of seven students who graduated from our pilot program in the Industrial Automation Baccalaureate Degree, four of them already have jobs and a fifth is about to receive a job offer, according to industrial automation professor Manny Fernandez.

It is so special to see the BC Community invested in our students. Thank you, Erin for writing about our Baccalaureate graduates. And, thank you for supporting our future journalists through advising the Renegade Rip, our student newspaper which has been in publication for over 85 years.

Administrative Council Retreat

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BC’s Summer 2018 Photo of Admin Council

With caffeine in hand, the BC leadership and management gathered in the Fireside Room for our annual summer retreat days.These two days are filled with team building, planning, and strategizing for moving the workload necessary for a college with 33,000 students.i-xw9dz9x-x2

i-vsksfqk-x2We began the morning with a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, fruit, and pastries from BC Food Services and I shared my opening remarks, starting with a celebration of new managers at BC, passing the microphone for introductions from each, including their names, department, and why they came to the home of the Renegades.

Friends, reminiscing on what I heard that morning just confirms why I’m the luckiest and happiest college president ever. The leadership at BC is passionate, dedicated, and they work with their hearts focused on the students.

Next, I took a moment to highlight BC’s Core Values, and specifically diversity and community. These incredible values offer us guidance on how we live our professional lives as Renegades and we strive each day for the Core Values to shine every time we navigate a difficult moment or celebrate successes.

BC Core Values

Our ice breaker for the morning included unknown anonymous facts about each manager and a scavenger hunt to find that person. Craig Hayward and Amber Hroch led the group in a session sharing data about our students. We learned facts and details about headcount, pathways, distance students vs traditional students, density of students within BC’s service area, and the growth in students in various programs.

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Amber Hroch and Craig Hayward

Marina Mancera making a comment at the retreat

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Here I am with a new manager in IT Brett Redd and Gustavo Enrique with a new manager Fernando Lara.

After a quick break, the Executive Team addressed the group regarding coming a Guided Pathways College and the role we play in facilitating student success and Todd Coston and Billie Jo Rice led a session on work plans and strategic directions.

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Administrators in Athletics planning for 2018-19

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Todd Coston, Liz Rozell, and Lesley Bonds

On day two, we had a team building activity led by Yvonne Armendariz, Somaly Boles, Fernando Lara, and Todd Coston and we had an Accreditation Workshop and heard from Liz Rozell, Todd Coston, and Lesley Bonds.

The fabulous duo of Bill Potter and Todd Coston led us in an update and forecast of campus construction and project plans and Monika Scott led a session on Sharing your Story. Thank you to Jennifer Serratt who always coordinates and creates the best retreats for BC’s Administrative Team and thank you to Stephanie Stuart and Chef Nicole Woodruff for the delicious and nutritious food.

Wellness Core Value

We take wellness seriously at Bakersfield College. Here is a room of 74 managers participating in the stretch break at Admin Retreat.

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Afterwards, Dean of Instruction, Corny Rodriguez sent me the following video of his granddaughter, Charlize, teaching relaxation techniques “a la BC” as Corny said.

See this future Renegade getting a head start on BC’s core value of wellness.

Spotlight on Heather Pennella

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Trustee Romeo Agbalog, Heather Pennella

Heather Pennella, Donor Relations Coordinator for the BC Foundation graduated from Leadership Bakersfield on Friday evening. Leadership Bakersfield is a wonderful program offered by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and gives local professionals the opportunity to explore and connect with various industries in Kern County through structured monthly, full-day experiences. The group had the opportunity to connect with leaders in healthcare, law enforcement, local government, energy, agriculture and education. Liz Rozell, Vice President of Instruction was part of Education Day in February.

Part of the expectation of the program is the team project and Heather was part of Team 4. The group delivered a feasibility study titled “A Soft Place to Land” focused on respite care for homeless individuals. Findings were shared at a luncheon at the Padre on May 22, with many stakeholders in attendance including Mayor Karen Goh and representatives from all local hospitals and homeless centers.

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(Left to Right) Kevin Danley, Kat Gomez, Lauren Be, Heather Pennella, Bryce Sterling, Isaac Lin, Jen Williams-Cordova — Missing from picture: Tony Phan

Heather Penella June 2018 with Tom Gelder and Dana Gelder

Tom Gelder, Heather Penella, Dana Gelder

BC’s Catalog

On Thursday, the Bakersfield College 2018-2019 catalog was published online. We were able to add eight new degrees and revise six of the degrees. This huge document has many parts and the catalog team strives to make it easily navigable for our students. Online, the catalog is divided into the various sections, degrees and courses so that students may find the section they need without having to search for it in a large document. The degrees are organized by pathway to coincide with the Learning and Career Pathways model, as well as alphabetically for students who already know what they are looking for.

Thank you Liz Rozell for leading the catalog team in bringing this project to fruition. I would also like to thank team members: Billie Jo Rice, Jennifer Johnson, Edie Nelson, Sharon Bush, Erica Menchaca, Marisa Marquez, Mark Osea and Aricia Leighton.

As BC grows, we are striving to add more and more programs. I look forward to the addendum in the fall that will include many more degrees. Check out the new catalog on the BC Catalog page.

Oliver Rosales

History professor Oliver Rosales’ latest op-ed in the Bakersfield Californian on Monday urges Kern County residents to be engaged with shaping their community while talking about a National Parks projects highlighting the history of the farm labor movement in the San Joaquin Valley.

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Dr. Oliver Rosales

Dr. Rosales encourages people in Kern County who have stories to tell about the farm worker movement, either personally or through family members and close friends, to contribute to oral history projects and submit photographs, letters or any other important materials to local archives.

“As a historian, I can assure readers that this history is important and discussed throughout American higher education institution, from the Ivy League to University of California, and every university in between,” Rosales said. “It’s our history. Let’s own it and not let the outside world write that narrative exclusively but take an active role in telling that story ourselves for generations to come.”

More on the Drum Corps

Patt Davis captured some photos of BC’s Drum and Bugle Corps students  who celebrated “Family Day” on Thursday evening. The students performed a sneak peek to all in attendance before they hit the road this summer for Drum Corps International competition. It’s incredible to see the dedication of these young men and women and their families that support them.

I also heard a family member of one of our drum corps students has generously donated a catered dinner for the entire Drum Corps prior to that evening’s performance (yes! All 100+ members!!). This is the dedication of not only our students, but the many family and friends who support them, monetarily and otherwise.

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Thank you to Tim Heasley and his crew for such an amazing program.

BC’s Child Development Center Outdoor Classroom

Sue Vaughn and The Bakersfield College Child Development Center proudly invite you to the grand opening of our first Outdoor Classroom this upcoming Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 8:30 am in the BC Child Development Center.  The playground was funded in partnership with CAPK Head Start for our two-year Early Head Start classrooms.

We are very proud to have the first recognized outdoor classroom in our community for our two-year-olds.  The children have been watching the construction and they are eagerly awaiting the opportunity two enjoy the new, nature-focused equipment. The playground is designed to allow us to bring learning activities out onto the playground.

Please join us to watch the toddlers explore their new environment.

Fun Photos and videos

Loved this Summer Bridge video posted by Dr. Kimberly Bligh on Facebook

Craig Hayward at CADE

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John Hetts of ERP, Craig Hayward of BC, and Terrence Willett of Cabrillo College

Carlos Barbaran watching Peru playing Denmark at the World Cup

Carlos Barbaran June 16 2018 watching Peru at the World Cup

It is a great time to be at BC!

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That’s all for now.  

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

Bright Futures start with Good Teachers

Feb 10 2018 Neo Live Laugh LoveGood morning Bakersfield.  

It is Saturday, February 24, 2018 and a great day to be a Renegade.

This was a short but action packed week.  I traveled to Santa Rosa to present at the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA).  The drive was long to Santa Rosa and back.  There were several high points in this trip, including (1) hearing from the President of Santa Rosa College of how they supported the community during and after the fires and (2) crossing the bay on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

We have all been impacted by the California fires…. here is a poignant piece by Thomas Fuller in the California Today section of the NYTimes about Santa Rosa.  https://tinyurl.com/y8bv77jk

 

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Photo snapped from the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Feb 21 2018

The Richmond-San Rafael Bridge is the northernmost bridge crossing over the San Francisco Bay.  I, like everyone else likes to ride the train and enjoy bridges.  Apparently, this 5.5-mile engineering feat was rejected by Frank Llyod Wright for its aesthetics. Wright must have taken after Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg,  who tolerates everything and anything with a gentle soul but is unforgiving when it  comes to poor design and bad colors.  I don’t remember where this photo was snapped, but all I can say is that this I stay quiet when Nan is in a serious art conversation with David Koeth.

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The Conference held at Santa Rosa is the annual ACCCA conference and I was invited to present at the opening plenary.  As I walked in I spotted Gustavo Enrique and Jaime Lopez from Bakersfield College.

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BC is such a large campus, and I am always surprised and delighted to see us all over the state.  I spot BC administrators, faculty and staff presenting at different statewide conferences via tweets and posts on facebook and other social media.  #WeAreBC

Here are my fellow presenters at the ACCCA — Reagan Romali, President of Long Beach City College; Joe Wyse, President of Shasta College; and Willy Duncan, President of Sierra College.  We are in the photo with Susan Bray, Executive Director of ACCCA who is in the middle.

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Sonya Christian, Reagan Romali, Susan Bray, Joe Wyse, Willy Duncan

So now for few of the very many activities on campus…..

Judge Raymonda Marquez

Judge Raymonda Marquez

Yesterday, we held the 3rd annual YES! Youth Empowering Success Conference. The all-day event began with a welcome and introduction from Judge Raymonda Marquez of the Kern County Superior Court. She spoke of how there are people in our lives who believe in us, even when we sometimes doubt ourselves.

An article from last November titled “Families changed for the better on National Adoption Day in Bakersfield” mentions Judge Marquez. She introduced the keynote speaker by saying, “With all of the adversity he faced in life, his experiences inspired him to dedicate his life to helping troubled youth and adults overcome the negative challenges within their own lives and discover that they have greatness within them.”

The keynote speaker of the morning, Mark Anthony Garrett, opened with a video recounting how his third grade teacher is “his hero.” The video can be seen on his website, www.teachersareheros.com. Mark shared his life story in a compelling, motivational, and inspiring talk that pumped up the audience before the smaller breakout sessions.

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Mark Anthony Garrett

It brings great joy to our campus to provide a place for events like this that not only inspire, but empower our young students to achieve greatness. As Mark said,

Everyone is brought to this world with a special gift. When one discovers what that gift is, they must let it shine so that others lives will become brighter. Teachers shine that light every time they impart knowledge to a student.

Special thank you to Kern County Superintendent of Schools Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, Human Services, Kern High School District, and QPI. Special thank you also to Aracelli Navarro, and the team from BC who worked so hard to make the event a success.

BC Team at YES Conference

Child Development CenterChildCare2The Child Development Center provides a hands-on laboratory experience for our students as they pursue their certificate or degree in child development.

Beyond the educational opportunities the Child Development Center provides, it also offers a child care for students with small ChildCare1children so they can go to their classes  — knowing that their child is well taken care of. The proximity of their children helps our students access campus services and study opportunities while their children are safe and sound right here on campus.

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As a traditional Child Development Center, our center provides important direct laboratory experiences and opportunities for students in child development programs and allied health programs. Students have access to supplies and materials, trained teachers who mentor them through the experience, a quality physical environment with vibrant classrooms, and low student-to-child ratios. Together, these benefits make for a quality facility for children and an outstanding educational environment for our students.

Calling Future Teachers

Are you inspired to teach? Learn about the programs at BC that lead to careers in education of all ages. Two upcoming events will answer all your questions so you can know what’s needed to qualify to become a teacher at a variety of levels. Events take place March 3rd at the Delano Campus and March 20th on the Panorama Campus. Learn more here.

Kern County Career Expo

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The Kern County Career Expo took place on Thursday night and BC was represented in a HUGE way! #WeAreBC

This career awareness event geared towards the students and employers of Kern builds career awareness for tomorrow’s workforce. Employers from Kern County had the opportunity to promote the different career opportunities that are available within their companies through interactive booths. I loved seeing BC students in this clip on ABC 23.

It is exciting to see all the various departments at BC sharing their programs with the future generations of Renegades. I especially love seeing how the Engineering programs and Industrial Automation brought out the robotics and 3D printing machinery to inspire visitors. Nursing and RAD tech were out in full force and so was the team from Adult Education and our Rural Initiatives team. Special thanks to the CTE team for their work on organizing BC’s involvement with this fantastic event. #WeareBC!

Can you see why I’m the luckiest and happiest college president ever?

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Engineering and INDA Booths at the Career Expo

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Rony Recinos and Automotive Tech Students

And a tweet from Pam Gomez

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CHAP at Allensworth

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Laura Hooton and Oliver Rosales

On Saturday, Feb 10, the Bakersfield College Delano Campus Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) participated in a Black History month event at Allensworth State Historical Park located just northwest of the Delano Campus in Tulare County.  Allensworth is the only state historic park in California dealing exclusively with the history of African Americans.  The CHAP program hosted a booth at the event in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage grant “Digital Delano: Preserving an International Community’s History.”

Professors Oliver Rosales, Paula Parks, Michelle Hart, and Librarian Elisabeth Sundby were joined by BC students Danielle Wiley, SGA Photographer and Christian Bravo, SGA Mascot, as well as PhD Candidate Laura Hooton from UC Santa Barbara, an expert on rural African American History in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, to visit the historic Allensworth site in the goal of spreading information about the digital history effort at the Delano Campus to “harvest local and family histories” related to the San Joaquin Valley.  A number of contacts were made among attendees, particularly community members with familial ties to Allensworth and historic black families from Tulare County.

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Elisabeth Sundby , Laura Hooton and Oliver Rosales

What makes Allensworth unique as a space of historical significance is it draws African Americans from across the state for its annual celebrations.  Folks from San Diego, Oakland, Richmond, Los Angeles, and elsewhere visit Allensworth because it represents a place of great importance to the history of African Americans in the United States.  If you haven’t made the trek to Allensworth, the entire CHAP team strongly recommends attending one of Allensworth’s annual events. More information can be found at the Allensworth SHP Website.

Bridging the Racial Divide

Students had a great opportunity to talk to leaders from local law enforcement agencies across Kern County, who were all in the same room for a special forum in the Levan Center on Tuesday. BC criminal justice professor and former Arvin police chief Tommy Tunson moderated the forum, titled “Transformational Policing: Bridging the Racial Divide”, which addressed how the community policing model is evolving nationwide in response to several high profile officer-involved shootings in Baltimore, Ferguson, Missouri and other cities over the last few years.

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left to right: FBI Special Agent Bennett O. Scott, Kern County Assistant District Attorney Scott Spielman, McFarland Police Department Chief Scot Kimble, CHP Commander Ron Seldon, Bakersfield Police Department Chief Lyle Martin and BC criminal justice professor Tommy Tunson talk about restoring the public’s faith in law enforcement on February 20th in the Levan Center.

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Tommy Tunson, a criminal justice professor at BC and the former Chief of the Arvin Police Department, moderates a discussion on transformational policing in the Levan Center on February 20th.

Before giving the floor over to the panel—which included police chiefs from McFarland and Bakersfield, a California Highway Patrol Commander, a Kern County Assistant District Attorney and a field agent from the local FBI office—Tunson showed video from a police brutality protest, pointing out that every officer on the field is one cell phone video away from being on the national news, no matter how small the city that they’re tasked with keeping safe. He then outlined the Transformational Policing Model (TPM), a two-pronged approach to law enforcement that emphasizes using data analysis to target areas where agencies can serve the public better, as well as community and media outreach to restore the public’s faith in the people who protect and serve them every day.

Bakersfield Police Department Chief Lyle Martin talked about the work he’s done during his time as chief to keep the lines of communication open with the public and the media. When something controversial happens around one of the officers in his department, he is proactive in reaching out to local media before they reach out to him, and he’s leveraging the power of social media to reach out to the increasing number of people who don’t read the newspaper or tune into local news.

Bakersfield Police Department Chief Lyle Martin

Bakersfield Police Department Chief Lyle Martin outlines the importance of proper law enforcement training at the Transformational Policing Forum on February 20th in the Levan Center.

“When you mess up, you’ve got to dress up and fess up,” Martin said, adding that the BPD’s motto for this year is “Change the Experience”.

California Highway Patrol Commander Ron Seldon described his department’s Public Trust Initiative, a series of assessments in which the CHP is graded on its public relations and community outreach by a third-party organization and given advice on how to improve.  “Are we treating the public as we’d like to be treated?” Seldon asked.

McFarland Police Chief Scott Kimble said that outreach efforts such as his “Ice Cream with the Chief” event have been crucial in changing the culture in McFarland, which sits at the border between California’s Norteno and Sureno street gangs, making it a potential hotbed for violent crime. Kimble credits the restoration of trust between law enforcement and the community for McFarland’s inclusion on the National Council for Homeland Security’s list of the 100 safest cities in California. McFarland, ranked at number 60, is the only city in Kern County on the list, with only 33 violent crimes committed in the area in 2016.

Kern County Assistant District Attorney Scott Spielman

Kern County Assistant District Attorney Scott Spielman speaks on the importance of separating one’s emotional response to a traumatic case from the duties required to mete out justice during the Transformational Policing event at the Levan Center on February 20th.

Assistant District Attorney Scott Spielman reiterated the importance of maintaining the bond between law enforcement and the community. If people don’t feel comfortable with reporting a crime or serving as a witness for the prosecution, then it makes it more difficult on the District Attorney’s office to deliver justice. Regardless of whether law enforcement officials feel that the public’s mistrust is justified, agencies must strive to create a perception of fairness, and it’s important to understand the history of the relationship between the police and the community that lead up to where we’re at today in order to change that relationship.

FBI Special Agent Bennett O. Scott shared information about an anonymous tipline that people in the community can use to report crimes without fear of reprisal and described how the local FBI office collaborates with local authorities on counter-terrorism and gang violence prevention. With only 11 FBI agents for all of Kern County, it’s important for the federal office to be in constant communication with local police and county sheriffs.

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Students and local media pack the Levan Center for the Transformation Policing Forum on February 20th.

I’d like to thank Dr. Tunson and Steve Watkin for helping to organize this important and educational event for our students as part of Black History Month. For more about the Transformational Policing forum, you can read Steven Mayer’s article published in the Bakersfield Californian on Wednesday.

HBCU Visits BC

Last week, representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) set up tables in the Renegade Crossroads to offer scholarships and registration at schools across the country. HBCUs provide an opportunity  for students to learn within their peer group, and we were honored to have the HBCU Caravan back for another year.

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We also had representatives from historically black fraternities and sororities to provide information about how students can find support from their peers at the four-year institution of their choice, not just at HBCUs. I’d like to thank Lisa Kent from Student Success and Equity, as well as Steve Watkin from Outreach, for helping to put the HBCU event together. It’s an extremely valuable resource for our students, and I can’t wait to see how the opportunities provided by these HBCUs will help our students grow after they graduate BC.

Renegade Athletics

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Tucker Eenigenburg

For the month of January, BC’s Tucker Eenigenburg averaged 23.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and two assists per game over the course of nine games.  He shot 52.4 percent from the floor, 53.4 percent from three-point range and 91 percent from the free-throw line. Eenigenburg had a career high 51 points, in an 87-81 win, against College of the Canyons on Jan. 27.  In that game, he was 13 of 21 (61.9 percent) from the floor, 8 of 12 (66.7 percent) from three-point range and 17 of 17 (100 percent) from the free-throw line. See the CCCAA website for more. 

Military Ball

Bakersfield College was out in full force at the 8th Annual Military Order of the Purple Heart Military Ball, held at the Doubletree Hotel last Saturday night.

Paul Beckworth, Steve Watkins, Lisa Kent, Sandra Beckworth, Olivia Garcia, Sgt. Julio Garcia.

Paul Beckworth, Steve Watkins, Lisa Kent, Sandra Beckworth, Olivia Garcia, Sgt. Julio Garcia

Mayor Karen Goh and Zav Dababhoy

Mayor Karen Goh and Zav Dababhoy

One of the organizers of this event had a busy week, Professor Tommy Tunson, retired Army.  As last year’s recipient of the Ball’s Veteran Support Organization of the Year, BC was well represented by Dr. Zav Dadabhoy, who handed off this year’s award to Chevron, in honor of the company’s support of veterans in Kern County. And thank you Mayor Karen Goh for the great photos!

According the their website, “Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.”  The Order’s mission is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.

While a good time was had by all, the night’s theme was a somber one; remembering America’s POWs and MIAs from the Vietnam War.  The United States still has over 1,600 unaccounted-for personnel from the conflict that divided this nation.  As a part of the ceremony to honor America’s missing, a POW/MIA table was set.

According to tradition, the POW/MIA table is smaller than the others, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his or her oppressors. This table is separate from the others and can be set for one to four place settings to represent each service participating in the event.

Honor TableThe white tablecloth draped over the table represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms. The empty chair depicts an unknown face, representing no specific Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine, but all who are not here with us.The table itself is round to show that our concern for them is never ending. The Bible represents faith in a higher power and the pledge to our country, founded as one nation under God. The black napkin stands for the emptiness these warriors have left in the hearts of their families and friends. A Purple Heart medal can be pinned to the napkin. The single red rose reminds us of their families and loved ones. The red ribbon represents the love of our country, which inspired them to answer the nation’s call. The yellow candle and its yellow ribbon symbolize the everlasting hope for a joyous reunion with those yet accounted for. The slices of lemon on the bread plate remind us of their bitter fate. The salt upon the bread plate represent the tears of their families. The wine glass, turned upside down, reminds us that our distinguished comrades cannot be with us to drink a toast or join in the festivities of the evening.

The significance of the POW/MIA table is called to attention during the toast of the evening. This is an important part of many military banquets to remind us that the strength of those who fight for our country often times rests in the traditions that are upheld today.  These men, these women are not forgotten.

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Creating Lasting Guided Pathways

The CCCCO is conducting a series of 7 workshops on Creating Lasting Guided Pathways. Bakersfield College is being highlighted at each of the 7 events around the state as one of the first colleges that has data in California showing benefits to students.

Julian West

Julian West was part of a plenary panel on that data and followed up with a breakout on student voices and equity. He shared statistics from Spring 2018 such as:

  • 783 African-American Students Total Enrolled
  • 414 Students Have Completed Less Than 30 units
  • 136 Students started Fall or Summer 2017
  • 89 Students started Spring 2018

He shared how BC’s high tech, high touch level of support is truly making a difference for our students.

AAI Outcomes

Grace Commiso and  Maria Wright will be presenting at plenary panels and reporting on BC’s completion coaching teams and student voices.  Janet Fulks is presenting Bakersfield’s Outcomes over the next two weeks and presenting Guided Pathways 101 breakouts. These early outcomes and distinctive work at Bakersfield will help other colleges plan strategies to successfully help their students complete programs of study.

So proud of the incredible work being done by the BC staff, faculty, and completion coaching teams.

Cheryl Scott

Kern Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Scott wrote an op-ed in the Bakersfield Californian on February 12th urging business leaders in the community to build partnerships with teachers and students at all levels of school.

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Darren Scott and Cheryl Scott

“Kern County’s future workforce is entrusted largely to our local educators,” Scott writes, outlining how important it is for business leaders to reach out to the schools and let educators know the exact skills they’re looking for. Many Kern County businesses have to look outside of the Valley for job applicants with the advanced skills that they need, and developing these partnerships at the primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational levels will create more home-grown applicants for those positions, which leads to upward mobility for individuals and their families in the process.

“Bringing business into the classroom can give students a leg up in their future careers and sets them up for success by equipping them with the skills and information employers need, “ Scott writes, highlighting the work done by the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration Student Professional Development Initiative, as well as Independence High School’s Energy and Utilities Academy as examples of programs that are creating effective mentorship opportunities for students looking to join the skilled labor force after graduation.

Chancellor Tom Burke Seen on Twitter

i-k66vmpv-lAs one of the nation’s largest networks of higher education, California community colleges were well represented in Washington, DC at the 2018 National Legislative Summit hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) last week.

KCCD Chancellor Tom Burke represented the Kern Community College District at the annual summit, which raises awareness of the issues impacting community colleges across the country while allowing opportunities for community college leaders to meet with congressional representatives to advocate for policies that would benefit them, according to the FAQ page on the National Legislative Summit’s website. Burke, who can be seen in the tweet towards the back on the right, met with Congressman Kevin McCarthy at his office in Capitol Hill during the summit.

Jake Tapper, CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent and the host of The Lead with Jake Tapper, was the keynote speaker for the opening event on February 12th. US Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta also spoke about the importance of workforce education to close the skills gap in the nation’s labor market, and Carroll Doherty of the Pew Research Center gave statistics that provided context for the political divide in higher education and reasons behind misperceptions many members of the public have about the value of community colleges.

Thank you to our Chancellor, Tom Burke for representing our district at this year’s National Legislative Summit. You can find a list of legislative priorities from the summit on the ACCT’s website, which include reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, investment in education and workforce development, and a path to citizenship for DREAMers. During the summit, California Community College Chancellor Eloy Oakley was also quoted in an article from the Washington Post regarding the president’s comments about vocational schools.

Congratulations to Professor Chris Ennis

EnnisCongratulations to Adjunct Architecture Professor Christopher Ennis, recipient of the American Institute of Architects California Council’s Emerging Educator of the Year.

The official article states, “The Educator Award recipient is also a member of the Golden Empire Chapter. Chris Ennis, AIA, is faculty at a community college and experiences difficulties and roadblocks different than his peers in the four-year university system. The jury applauded his efforts to ignite passion and interest in students who may not otherwise be exposed to possibilities in the field of architecture before they transfer.” Check it out here.

Spotted on Media

Say these two articles in the Bakersfield Life Magazine this morning.

Dr. Jeet Singh is on the Bakersfield College Foundation Board of Directors and is doing incredible work in service to this community.

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And here is our very own Prof. Olivia Garcia

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And finally let’s support our choir students

Get your tickets now for an incredible night of collaborative music between some of Bakersfield’s finest musicians. Local celebrities Monty Byrom and Lydia Ranger are coming together with the BC Chamber Singers to perform in a benefit concert at the Music Hall of Fame.  Email me!

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That’s all for now.  

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

We are BC!

Good morning Bakersfield.  It is Saturday, May 7, 2016…..A good day to be a Renegade.

Woke up to a front-page article in The Bakersfield Californian about our veterans–Korean War veteran Art Gentry in a conversation with Kevin McCarthy at Bakersfield College.  Check out the story at http://tinyurl.com/zlykmbw.  Mary Jo Pasek, thank you for pulling this event together. Thank you Kristen Rabe and Manny De Los Santos. 

Well, we are now one week away from graduation.  a time of so many celebrations on campus–Honors Program, Latino Celebration, Black Graduates Celebration, Veterans Celebration….During this time our days at BC start at the crack of dawn and end rather late.  This last week during many of the activities though I found a deep quiet and stillness within me as I was immersed and present in all the fast movement.  It is a good time to be at BC!

Let me start this weekend blog with the Delano Prayer breakfast on Thursday, May 5th, at 6:30 a.m.  I was invited to speak at this event and the task turned out to be quite daunting; trying to figure out what I should speak on.  The days and nights leading up to the prayer breakfast had me exploring various framing ideas and finally settled on what gives life meaning.  Is life the pursuit of meaning (Frankl)? Or is life the pursuit of happiness?  There is a wonderful piece in The Atlantic Monthly, Jan 9, 2013 titled There is more to Life than being Happy (http://tinyurl.com/asf7lke) that keys off Frankl’s work in 1946 titled Man’s Search for Meaning.  So, I finally settled on the theme of my talk to be the “pursuit of meaning” rather than the “pursuit of happiness”.  Although I must say that having my peanut butter and jelly sandwich with coffee every morning is sheer happiness.  And I am amazed how much I enjoy my breakfast each morning as if I am having it for the first time.

Choir at Prayer Breakfast May 6 2016

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Gustavo Romeo with WECOMM

Gustavo Enrique, Romeo Agbalog, WECOMM Students

Here are a few excerpts from my talk.  You can find the full version at https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/president/delano-prayer-breakfast.

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We, in this room, may be of different faiths, but we have a common belief that “whatsoever you do unto the least of my brethren you do unto me”.   Does the “least of my “brethren” have the same opportunity for success as the rest?

So you see, in the educational realm, there is much to be done.  Do we have the ability to “see” each and every student, In the movie Avatar we are introduced to the Na’vi concept of “To see” – I see you is to open the mind and heart to the present and embrace it as if encountering it for the first time with all of your senses.  Did you love the scene with Neytiri and Jake when he tells her “I see you?”   So, do we see each of our students and understand their circumstances and respond… respond quickly.   No waiting…. Waiting to respond is to be lulled by the status quo.  Martin Luther King in 1963 in his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” wrote:

For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” …… This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

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The best way I can describe my dad is that he was always “true to the other.”

I suspect we all share the experience of having struggled with being honest with the other – a family member, a friend or a co-worker.  Do I share what I know, what I think or feel, do I risk causing hurt – or do I not? Do I decide on my own that an issue is not someone’s concern, so withhold information, keep others from having a vote?

My father was as wise as he was kind. He helped me understand that this sort of turmoil is a waste of energy; and it is at its core a kind of self-protective instinct. Not that self-protection is bad – it’s essential – but approaching life primarily from a defensive stance is limiting.  Rather, the question is how each of us cultivate a sense of being “true to the other” so that the focus is on “the other” rather than self…..An “I see you” approach.

As I’ve grown older, I have come to understand my father’s uncanny ability of being “true to the other”.  He was not a man who spoke much, not one for dissecting feelings or getting entangled in the dramas of the community or extended family.  Remember, I grew up in a catholic family in a small coastal community at the southern tip of India where everyone was in everyone else’s business.  My dad was very much part of this community very present, staying true to family, loved ones, colleagues and the community and yet with a mysterious ability to not be caught up with the dramas that ensue from a close community.  I have started to understand the essence of his attitude in three principles: Know yourself; Keep it simple; See the other.  He epitomized the sentiment expressed in a W.H. Auden couplet that a friend introduced me to:

If equal affection cannot be
Let the more loving one be me

Thank you Janet Rabanal, President of the Delano Chamber, for hosting such a wonderful event.  Also, I was touched when you took the time to quietly bring me a plate of eggs with delicious potatoes after my talk.  I was so happy to see Trustee Romeo Agbalog at the event.  He is such an advocate for education and an advocate for the Delano community.

I was so proud to see Rich McCrow, Gustavo Enriquez and our WECOMM students share diversity and acceptance as a central theme to service. As we prayed for people of different communities and career types, such as educators, social justice workers, public service men and woman, and even inmates, our WECOMM students shared statistical data and the idea that together, we are one humankind community.  

Kaitlyn Raybuck and Jacqueline Lomba

Jacqueline Lomba, Kaitlyn Raybuck

Talking about community, I was especially touched by witnessing kindness, love, and our ability to quickly respond when tragedy recently hit one of our BC students. Kaitlyn Raybuck is a bright and successful young woman who suddenly lost her mother at the tender age of 42. Kaitlyn’s mom, Jacqueline Lomba, was a veteran who served our country, and she was also a great example of selfless love and service to others, taking in two foster sisters when they were homeless high school students.  The picture here is of mother and daughter at Kaitlyn’s senior year of high school.

I was made aware of the situation by Joyce Kirst, one of our Academic Development faculty, who in partnering with Paul Beckworth, our lead faculty for Veterans Affairs, rallied around this wonderful young woman during a time of great need. Paul’s compassion and knowledge has made a positive difference for Kaitlyn’s family. This story, even though terribly tragic, gives me a great sense of hope and inspiration that our BC family is on the right path of ministry for our students. To Paul and Joyce, thank you for being the good in our community and for being true to our students. And Kaitlyn, you inspire me.  All through my drive back from Tehachapi, your words, your face and your voice, delivering the eulogy played in my mind over and over again.  Your mom is proud of you.

Here is Kaitlyn’s email to Joyce:

Date: April 30, 2016, 12:37:56 AM PDT
To: Joyce Kirst <jkirst@bakersfieldcollege.edu>
Subject: I am grateful

Joyce,

I am at a loss of words over the overwhelming love and support I have received from not only you, but the students and numerous staff on campus. The cards are beside my bed and they give me such great comfort right now. I have cried so much this past week, and it all seems so surreal. I am grateful to have wonderful people like you in my life.

My mother’s funeral will be this Tuesday at 10 am. I am delivering her eulogy and the Navy will honor her at the Bakersfield National Cemetary. I am so thankful you put me in touch with Professor Beckworth, and because of your help my mother will be honored and it will be of no expense to my family. The funeral costs will also be reimbursed, and I have made myself an appointment with Veteran’s Services to discuss benefits for my siblings so that they can have tuition free college and perhaps some sort of trust so that they can be taken care of until they are eighteen.

Again, words cannot express how thankful I am for all that you have done for me. I will see you Monday.

Kaitlyn

 

 

Wheels Downtown

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On Saturday, April 30th a group from BC joined student leader Enrique Martinez for Wheels Downtown—a ‘walk’ through the downtown area of Bakersfield to point out some of the access issues faced by people with disabilities.  The event was sponsored by Martinez’ new Independence Foundation.

“We want to participate in activities downtown and frequent businesses, but the lack of curb cuts and pot holes can be prohibitive,” said Martinez.

Attending the gathering was Christopher Gerry from the City Manager’s Office. who spent time talking with participants and noting the access issues brought up.  Also attending the walk were a numberof Bakersfield mayoral candidates.  The walk ended at a new downtown establishment, Centro 18, for tacos and conversations.

Representatives from the BC DISC Club (Disabilities Inspire and Support Change), who just won the Renegade Spirit Award also turned out.

It was wonderful to see Karen Goh, CEO of Garden Pathways, supporting individuals with disabilities and the BC DISC Club.  Karen you are a great partner of education!

BC currently serves over 1,000 students with any kind of learning, mental health or physical disability.  In addition to providing classroom accommodations, we offer job preparation support and specialized classes for our students with disabilities at Bakersfield College. The main office is located in the Counseling Center to get more information or to sign up for services.

A wonderful evening of music

On Wednesday, May 4th, BC’Performing Arts program  showcased all of our music programs starting with our award winning Drumline in the gym followed by an evening of incredible music filling the outdoor theater.  The Chair of the Performing Arts program Dr. John Gerhold emceed the event and it was clear that he was so proud of the faculty conductors, the support staff and the students.

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Jorge Santos, Sonya Christian

Kris Tiner and the fabulous BC Jazz Ensemble kicked off the evening with an early Miles Davis piece, 1940’s vintage. Jorge Santos later played a solo that captured the essence of Miles Davis, but with his own style. Jorge is one of our Applied Music majors who will be transferring to CSUB in the fall.  Jorge later connected with me and I enjoyed hearing his story.  BC students rock!

First time ever, the BC Choir and the BC Jazz Ensemble cooperated on a rousing version of Sing, Sing, Sing. All of the women from both the Choir and Chamber singers joined for a moving version of Music Down in My Soul. Regina Shelton, our talented pianist and accompanist was featured.

The men from both the Choir and the Chamber singers brought a bit of humor to the concert with, Please Mr. Columbus. The song gave us a behind-the-scenes view of what Columbus’ crew members were thinking on their long voyage to the new world.  And Jen Garret was absolutely fabulous.

Performers May 4 2016

The combined vocal groups filled the stage. Their last piece featured percussion instruments in an African piece that Translates to All Creatures of Our God and King.

The Concert Band, under the direction of Tim Heasley, showed their versatility by playing two pieces a world apart, Bolero and Officer Krumpke from Westside Story. Both highly entertaining in their own way. The Orchestra followed, with Lisa Buringrud conducting, the piece from Porgy and Bess. Last performance of the evening was a folk piece, Cindy.

May 11th is California Community College Music Instructors Day. Take a moment next week to tell our fabulous music faculty how much you appreciate their talent and their dedication to our music students.

BC Athletics:

BC Athletics has had yet another stellar year with 15 of 19 programs advancing to post-season play.  Baseball, Track, Swimming and Beach Volleyball continue to represent in post-season play this week.

CCCAA Regional Round 1, #9 seeded BC Baseball took game one of a three games series from #8 seeded Long Beach City College 5-2 on Friday afternoon.  Hudson Hartley had a dominating performance in a complete game effort. First pitch of game two is 11:00am today.  If necessary game three will start at 3:00pm.

BC Track & Field sends 25 participants to the CCCAA Southern California Prelims at Antelope Valley College today, the top 12 out of 27 in each event qualifying for the Finals to be held next weekend.

BC Swimming has three athletes still competing in the CCCAA State Championships today. Erik Wood, Sara Klang and Brianna Smith each will swim one more event this morning with finals this afternoon.

Beach Volleyball #1 pairs team Sara Aurin and Alyssa Mathews advanced to the CCCAA State Championships at Grossmont College today.  BC’s Beach team completed their season at the Regional event this past week.

Latino graduates celebration:

I started my Thursday morning in Delano at the Prayer Breakfast and ended it with BC’s Latino graduates celebration.  This year the event was organized by Victor Diaz and team under the guidance of Corny Rodriguez.  Dolores Huerta was the keynote speaker and her energetic and passionate speech, I am sure, has created a lasting memory for our students. It was wonderful seeing our faculty and students just beaming at this event.  Thank you Trustee Kyle Carter for attending this event.

Corny Nan Sonya Kyle May 5 2016

Corny Rodriguez, Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Sonya Christian, Kyle Carter

Current Renegade graduate and a little future Renegade

Tameika May 5 2016

Tamika Payne, her daughter, Sonya Christian

Milt and Betty Younger honored:

The very same evening of the Latino celebration, Milt and Betty Younger were the 2016 Hillel Award recipients.  BC had a full table with Exec VP Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg at the event to support the Youngers who are good friends of the College.  Do check out my Sep 12, 2014 posting on Betty’s sculpture Circle of Friends that was installed on our campus.  This sculpture honors Jim Young, Chancellor Emeritus of KCCD and an advocate for education.   http://tinyurl.com/zbq8k28.

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Physics Olympics

On April 29, we invited students from over a dozen high schools in Kern County to compete in the annual Physics Olympics. Teams competed in events that required both skills and knowledge in theoretical and experimental physics and engineering.

This wonderful event promotes interest in the fields of physics and engineering, with 18 different events held throughout our campus. Many thanks to the Kern High School District for sponsoring this great event for our local high school students!

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Nurse’s Week

This past week was Nurse’s Week. Our nursing faculty & staff set up a table outside the skills lab with treats and snacks for our students. Our faculty also put together some amazing door prizes. Thank you also to partners in the community that donated prizes: Dignity Hospital, San Joaquin Hospital, FullSizeRenderHealthSouth, Central Valley Office Supply, Pepsi and the Bakersfield Condors.

I received an email from Cindy Collier, our Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, thanking everyone for their donations. She said, “This is how you build a community!”

This is just another great example of the community we share – not just among our BC faculty and staff, but throughout Bakersfield.

And speaking of our fantastic Nursing department, Carla Gard, our Associate Dean/Director of Nursing Programs, let me know that our average annual pass rate for the NCSBN has increased to 91.27%. Our first time test takers had a 94.5% pass rate.

I am so proud of our students and their hard work – they truly will make Kern County a healthier place!

Wow…. it is already 3:40 p.m.  I have had commitments today that has made it impossible to make progress on my blog.  It is time now to get this blog published.  Until next time then…..