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Celebrating 2018-2019

Good morning, Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, May 11, 2019… A great day to be a Renegade.

Closing Day 2019

The last day of the 2018-19 academic year began with Closing Day, where all of BC’s faculty and staff take the opportunity to recognize each other’s accomplishments.

BCSGA President Ashley Harp
BCSGA President Ashley Harp delivers the opening address for Closing Day.
Sonya Christian
Announcing the President’s Leadership Awards.

BCSGA President Ashley Harp started with an overview of everything that student government has done to support our students this semester, including bringing four Distinguished Speakers to campus and putting the transportation fee proposition on this year’s BCSGA ballot. She also encouraged faculty to continue nominating students for BCSGA.

bc Assessment Team
The Assessment Team wins a 2019 President’s Leadership Award.

After Ashley’s speech, I was honored to present this year’s President’s Leadership Awards, honoring 9 groups of people on campus for their outstanding accomplishments.

bc Completion Coaching Team for the Business Pathway
The Completion Coaching Team for the Business Pathway receives a 2019 President’s Leadership Award.
Eric Carrillo and Dylan Wang and sonya christian
Graphic designers Eric Carrillo and Dylan Wang receive a 2019 President’s Leadership Award.

I started with recognizing the BC Assessment Team for all of their work with reconfiguring what placement at BC looks like in the wake of AB 705. Our Completion Coaching Team for the Business Pathway won a leadership award for all they do to support business students, which includes organizing the Business Pathway and Career Expo this spring. I also recognized graphic designers Eric Carrillo and Dylan Wang from our Marketing and Public Relations Department for maintaining the integrity of the Renegade brand while making beautiful graphs and charts for all of our public presentations.

bc Accessibility Team
The Accessibility Team is presented with a 2019 President’s Leadership Award.
bc Dual Enrollment Team
The Dual Enrollment Team receives a 2019 President’s Leadership Award.

Our accessibility team deserved a special shout out this year for all they’ve done to ensure that our disabled students are able to receive the highest possible quality of education, and the Dual Enrollment Team underwent a tremendous amount of work to launch Early College programs in Wasco, McFarland and Arvin. The exponential growth of enrollment over the last six years has put a tremendous strain on our Admissions and Records Team, and I also recognized them for everything they do to onboard our students.

bc Admissions and Records team
The Admissions and Records team receives a 2019 President’s Leadership Award.
Paul Beckworth and Armando Trujillo and sonya christian
Paul Beckworth and Armando Trujillo receive a 2019 President’s Leadership Award.

Paul Beckworth and Armando Trujillo were recognized for making the transition to civilian life easier for our veteran students, and retiring Vice President of Instruction Liz Rozell earned a President’s Leadership Award for her decades of service to BC.

Liz Rozell is presented an award from the Management Association
Liz Rozell is presented an award from the Management Association
liz rozell and management association
Liz Rozell with the Management Association.
sonya and liz
sonya and liz

Finally, Helen Acosta won a Leadership Award for her work as the Department Chair of Communications, as well as her support of our LGBTQ+ students.

Along with the Leadership Awards, representatives from across the campus spoke to put a ribbon on the 2018-19 academic year. Vice President of CSEA Bernadette Martinez took the stage to give an overview of classified staff negotiations for this year and to encourage participation in CSEA negotiations starting next fall. Departing CCA President Tom Greenwood reminded faculty that increased participations in union negotiations with the district gives strength in numbers toward advocacy for faculty issues.

Bernadette Martinez
Bernadette Martinez gives an updates an CSEA negotiations.
Tom Greenwood
Tom Greenwood encourages faculty members to participate in CCA.
Stephen Holmes
Stephen Holmes gives an update on Academic Senate and announces the retiring faculty for 2019.
Manny Mourtzanos
Manny Mourtzanos gives an update on the Management Association, with Stephen Holmes.
wrought iron bench
Stephen Holmes presents Bill Kelly with a wrought-iron bench as a retirement present.
Stephen Holmes presents Liz Rozell with a stop sign.

Stephen Holmes provided a brief update about the Academic Senate and announced the faculty members who are retiring this summer. Holmes gave retiring Agriculture professor Bill Kelly a wrought-iron bench as a parting gift, and Liz Rozell received a red stop sign to help her park. Liz also announced the BC faculty who received tenure in 2018-19.

Reggie Williams
Reggie Williams announces the Levan Summer Grant recipients.
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Retiring Agriculture professor Bill Kelly.

Levan Center Director Reggie Williams announced the recipients of the Levan Summer Grants, which include Chris Doyen from the English Department, Sarah Baron from Public Health Sciences, mythology professor Rae Ann Kumelos, and adjunct instructor of Communication Brenda Valadez. He also thanked myself, Norman Levan, Jack Hernandez, Miriam Valenzuela and Teresa Tovar for making the Levan Center a welcoming place to host 35 to 50 events attended by thousands of people throughout the 2018-19 academic year.

Regina Hukill and Helen Acosta receive the Shirley Trembley Teaching Award.
Regina Hukill and Helen Acosta receive the Shirley Trembley Teaching Award.
John Gerhold
John Gerhold announces the Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award.

Becky Head announced that Helen Acosta and Regina Hukill were the winners of this year’s Shirley Trembley Teaching Award, and John Gerhold announced Kimberly Nickell as the winner of the Margaret Levinson Faculty Leadership Award.

I found this picture from last year. Kim Nickell, Kimberley Bligh, Pam Boyles
Susan Pinza
Susan Pinza announces the winner of the Levan Faculty Colloquium.

Susan Pinza closed out the event by recognizing Bernadette Towns as the recipient of the Levan Faculty Colloquium. Faculty and staff are invited to watch Towns give a presentation about child development in the Levan Center on October 19. Pinza is stepping down as the chair of the Levan Faculty Colloquium group, and Erin Miller will be taking over for next year.

I’d like to thank everyone for attending and participating in this year’s Closing Day, as well as our Closing Day team for organizing the event.

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Chicano/Latino Pre-Commencement Celebration

This past Friday on May 3, Bakersfield College celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Chicano/Latino Pre-Commencement Celebration on campus. Since the inception of the event in 1994, this pre-commencement event has celebrated the academic accomplishments of hundreds of students for the past two decades and has welcomed their families, friends, and their community to the campus.

Chicano Latino pre commencement celebration
man speaking to large audience
three people getting food from trays
male and female at the buffet line holding spoons

Jael Rivera, as seen in the picture below, is leader of the danza, drummer, flute player, and current BC student.

Chicano Latino dancers
Chicano Latino dancers

Graduates and faculty shared a meal together and lined up to make a grand entrance into the Outdoor Theatre.

one long line of people
two lines of people

Vibrant colors and decorative props surrounding the Outdoor Theatre provided a Latino friendly atmosphere, while DJ Escandalosa played upbeat music to get the audience engaged.

Chicano Latino audience
Chicano Latino audience
Chicano Latino dancers on stage
Chicano Latino dancers on stage

Each graduate received a colorful serape stole, commemorative medallion, and a Chicano/Latino Pre-Commencement Celebration one-of-a-kind shirt.

colorful stole
si se puede

Student leaders from LUPE/Conexiones graciously provided a warm welcome to the audience and assisted in reading the graduates names as they were called up to center stage to receive their serape and deliver their acknowledgements.

Chicano Latino anniversary group

At the end of the 25th Anniversary, the planning committee honored the man that started it all in 1994, Dean Cornelio “Corny” Rodriguez. Dean Rodriguez was recognized as an individual who has always advocated for equal access and equality for ALL BC students and was presented with a plaque of appreciation for his contributions to the BC campus and the Chicano/Latino community at large.

Chicano Latino brothers

Check out some more CLCC fun photos on SmugMug!

Thank you to all the BC departments who contributed to this amazing event. Special thanks to: Bakersfield College Foundation, Office of VP Student Affairs, Student Life/SGA, Maintenance & Operations, Communications and Community Relations, Department of Public Safety, Food Services, Graphics Center, Scheduling & Events, Loma Linda Restaurant, Rubio’s Coastal Grill, Jasmin’s Bakery, Banderas Burgers, and Kern Schools.

Thank you to BC staff from the various departments: EOPS/CARE, CalSOAP, Adult Ed/Job Spot, Delano Campus/Rural Initiatives, Counseling Department, Academic Support Services, Foster Youth Kindship, Foreign Languages, and CTE.

Last but not least, MUCHAS GRACIAS to the student leaders of LUPE/Conexiones who spent countless hours decorating the Outdoor Theatre and volunteered throughout the entire event.

Retiree Reception

On Tuesday, the BC Archives and Foundation got together to honor the retiring members of the Renegade family at its annual reception in the Levan Center.

Two men talking and smiling
group of people chatting and smiling

We have 19 members of our faculty and staff retiring at the end of the 2018-19 academic year, and they’ve served our students for a combined 474 years. Their tireless efforts are what makes this institution a beautiful place for people in our community to begin their journey in higher education, and we will miss them dearly.

man and woman smiling
elderly man signing paper on table

Among our administration, Liz Rozell over 29 years has been a professor, dean, and interim Vice President of Instruction, and was an instrumental part of establishing our Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Automation. Sue Vaughn has been at BC for 22 years, and her work with the Child Development Center makes education a possibility for thousands of Central Valley parents. Shoreh Rahman served our International Students as a counselor for 33 years, and Fred Smith has been working with our Renegade student athletes for 34 years.

eldery man using walker entering room
two men in black shirts talking

Our Agriculture Department is losing two of its most distinguished staff members this year in William Kelly and Sally Sterns. Kelly’s abundant patience and kindness has developed the next generation of agriculture professionals in Kern County for more than 37 years, and Sterns started the first Gardenfest at BC, which has become the premier spring gardening event. She retires as a horticulture lab technician after 13 years of service.

two people in pink shirts talking
three women smiling

Other notable retires include biology professor Janet Fulks, whose research has been crucial for the success of Guided Pathways at BC, and Richard Darke, a physics professor of 29 years who won this year’s Trembley Teaching Award.

group of retirees eating at table
female student smiling

A full list of retirees is below:

  • Steven Barrett – Grounds Equipment Mechanic, Maintenance and Operations – 8 years, 9 months, 22 days
  • Richard Darke – Professor, Physics/Engineering – 29 years, 8 months
  • Michael Einhaus – Professor, Philosophy – 20 years, 10 months
  • Janet Fulks – Professor, Biology – 24 years, 8 months
  • Patrick Fulks – Professor, Biology – 27 years, 7 months
  • George Gentry – Associate Teacher, CDC – 7 years, 6 months and 10 days
  • Patrick Harrison – Athletic Complex Manager, Maintenance and Operations – 20 years, 10 months, 29 days
  • Regina Hukill – Professor, Mathematics – 17 years, 11 months
  • William Kelly – Professor, Agriculture – 37 years, 3 months
  • Penny Loos – Food Service Assistant III – 26 years, 9 months, 14 days
  • Rebecca Mooney – Professor, English – 29 years, 8 months
  • Sung Soo Park – Professor, Engineering – 28 years, 4 months
  • Shoreh Rahman – Counselor, International Student Affairs – 33 years, 6 months
  • Theresa Rodriguez – Department Assistant III, Food Service – 26 years, 3 months, 20 days
  • Liz Rozell – Interim Vice President, Instruction – 29 years, 4 months
  • Bernard Scanlon – Professor, Mathematics – 24 years, 8 months
  • Dean Serabian – System Support Specialist II, Information Technology – 21 years, 21 days
  • Fred Smith – Athletic Trainer/Program Director – 34 years, 5 months, 12 days
  • Sally Sterns – Horticulture Lab Tech, Agriculture – 13 years, 8 months and 12 days
  • Sue Vaughn – Interim Program Director, CDC and FKCE – 22 years, 4 months

Dream Revolution Concert

On Thursday, May 2, hundreds of students and community members gathered at the Bakersfield College outdoor theater to celebrate the “Dream Revolution” at Bakersfield College.  Sponsored by the Catalyst Fund Immigrant Rising grant at Bakersfield College and South Kern Sol, this event brought Las Cafeteras to campus. Described by National Public Radio as “blending Mexican and American” cultural elements in their music, Las Cafeteras joined local band Velorio in providing a wonderful end-of-semester cultural and musical celebration on our campus.

three women in floral prints smiling
women standing and smiling at cesar chavez booth

The event featured art booths before the concert, showcasing the work of our very own faculty Diego Gutierrez Monterrubio and his students. Registered guests were able to enjoy a wonderful meal plate from our campus food services, including Mexican street tacos, rice, and beans.  Among attendees were a number of students from Arvin High School’s dual enrollment program. Thank you Abel Guzman and Endee Grijalva for coordinating this opportunity for our South Kern students.

two females at womens march 2019 booth
three people posing and smiling

Special thanks to South Kern Sol executive director Reyna Olaguez for helping coordinate this event, as well as the student speakers.

man blowing on trumpet with authority
four latina women singing on stage

Norma Gaspar from our local Telemundo station also served as emcee for the evening, introducing the speakers, bands, and reminding the community of the importance of the event in both English and Spanish.  Gaspar was also one of the first to hit the dance floor as the music of Velorio and Las Cafeteras gave everyone a chance to dance and celebrate together as a community. Everyone was especially pleased that Dolores Huerta made an impromptu appearance on the dance floor.  At 89 years old, she is a community blessing and so impressive in her strength and determination to keep fighting for social justice.

KCCD 2019 Leadership Academy

Last month on April 5, I attended the graduation ceremony for the 2019 KCCD Leadership Academy, where I had the pleasure of hearing the four group presentations for projects that had been worked on all year.  The KCCD Leadership Academy is a year-long program that began in September and concluded in early April. This year, there were 21 participants from each college and the district office, which included faculty, classified professionals, managers, and administrators.  Presentations were made by four groups to a panel consisting of Chancellor Tom Burke, Cerro Coso Community College President Jill Board, Porterville College President Bill Henry, Chief Financial Officer Debbie Martin, and Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Tonya Davis.

The graduation awards at the graduation ceremony were presented by Chancellor Tom Burke, President Jill Board, President Bill Henry, Vice Chancellor John Means, and myself.

kccd leadership academy group shot

If interested, applications for the 2019-20 KCCD Leadership Academy are now being accepted.  Applicants can contact John Means at jmeans@kccd.edu.

kccd leadership academy group shot

Here is the full list of the 2018-19 KCCD Leadership Academy Participants:

Bakersfield College (4)

Debra M. Anderson – Outreach & School Relations, Main Campus

Jacqueline Lau – Admissions and Records Technician 2

Araceli Navarro-Gomez – Foster and Kinship Care Education Program-Program Manager

Paula L. Parks, Ph.D. – English professor/Umoja Community lead

Cerro Coso Community College (7)

Kathryn A. Bachman – Director, Outreach Services

Chad Houck – Dean of Instruction – Cerro Coso Community College

Jessica R. Kawelmacher – Admissions & Records Technician II

Jessica Krall – Program Manager, Child Development centers

John McHenry – Athletic Director

Caroline Sanderson – Campus Manager, Eastern Sierra College Center

Julianne (Juli) Maikai – Alternative Media Specialist-High Tech Center

Porterville College (3)

Dustin Acres – Mathematics Professor

Levern Butler – System Support Specialist I

Anne VanDerHorst – College HR Manager, Porterville College Human Resources

District Office (6)

Mary Barnes – Administrative Assistant, Human Resources

Rafaela Cisneros – Accounting Coordinator, Facilities

Jennifer R. Dunn – Enterprise Resource Planning Analyst I, Information Technology

Genevieve Horton – Administrative Assistant, Economic and Workforce Development

Enrique Heredia – Accounting Coordinator, Business Services

Nicholas Hernandez – Construction Project Manager, Facilities

Jazz Combos and Commercial Music Concert

The Jazz Combos and Commercial Music Ensemble presented a combined concert on Monday night in the Indoor Theater, closing out a busy inaugural year for the new Jazz Studies program led by Professor Kris Tiner. Jazz Combo B opened the show with music by students Abigail Wilson and Kal Nolan, as well as a funky take on Freddie Hubbard’s “Mr. Clean” (check out the Facebook video below).

ensemble performance
Commercial Music Ensemble
jazz combo A
Jazz Combo A

The Commercial Music Ensemble directed by Professor Kyle Burnham performed next, with original songs by students Muhammad Ashter, Quentin Singleton, Gabriel Delgado, and Marcos Hernandez Delgado, alongside covers by Bill Withers, Stone Temple Pilots, and Arctic Monkeys. Jazz Combo A closed the show with an all-original set featuring music by students Izzy Foster and Zach Taylor. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the third annual Panorama Creative Music Summit coming up on September 16-19.

jazz combo B
Jazz Combo B

Check out Jazz Combo B’s performance on Facebook!

Concurrent Enrollment Registration Event

Last Thursday, our Welcome Center hosted a Concurrent Enrollment Registration event for our local high school and home school students. Students from grades 9 through 11 came in to get assistance with their registration steps. Each student was able to register for Summer 2019 and/or Fall 2019 courses, which they will take at one of our BC campuses or online.

kylie swanson helping family with registration
concurrent enrollment registration event

A large portion of the attendees were from Inspire Charter Schools, an organization that serves many home school students in Kern County. To aid with course selection and form approval, counselors from Inspire Charter Schools attended the event and met with their students prior to them registering for classes. As our high school and home school students continue to seek opportunities to get an early start on their college education, we are excited to plan more events such as this one to serve the needs of this growing population.

ROC Partner Appreciation

In recognition of the commitment Bakersfield College has made to Kern High School District’s Regional Occupational Center (ROC), faculty members Justin Flint, Manny Fernandez, LeAnn Riley, Matt Riley, Suzanne Tangeman and Career Education Director Tony Cordova attended the ROC Partner Appreciation Dinner.  We learned about the new programs that are getting built at the ROC and Career Technical Educational Center (CTEC), as well as some great student success stories about students completing their programs at ROC and continuing their education at BC.

roc partners appreciation group shot

I’d like to give a big thank you to ROC Principal Brian Miller for his hard work and collaboration with Bakersfield College.

BC SouthWest Video

BC SouthWest had an amazing year!  More than 150 sections were offered and hundreds of students were served.  Here are some images captured throughout the year by Program Manager Fernando Lara.  They highlight BC getting “keys” to the River Run building and the work done by faculty and staff from both BC and the District Office.

After three years of co-locating with Fresno Pacific University, BC SouthWest took over the lease on April 1, 2019.  The key in the video marked “BCM 1” is the first official key made for the site.

Additional images show Chelsi Womack, Department Assistant III.  Chelsi was hired in late April.  Her hiring signifies the growth we are experiencing at BC SouthWest.  Also captured are Officer Mark Sifuentes, Professor Janet Tarjan, Professor Silvet Holcomb, and student-employee Jasmen Taylor.

Another highlight of this past year is when BC SouthWest students Elizabeth Jacobs, Aliyah Gonzalez, and Noah Hinson addressed the KCCD Board of Trustees at the December 2018 meeting.  They each spoke about the benefit of having a BC center near them. There is an image in the video of the future site of the BC SouthWest Center (located at 9400 Camino Media).  The future is looking bright for all BC students!

Industrial Automation Corporate Tours

Industrial Automation students, faculty and BC staff had the pleasure of touring four distribution centers and processing facilities recently. We toured the Target Distribution Center, Ross Distribution Center, Bolthouse Farms, and the Wonderful Company. The scale and innovation these companies incorporated into each facility to serve their global customer base was amazing! We were very pleased that these companies took the time to make our experience quite memorable.

group of industrial automation students
group of industrial automation students
group of industrial automation students
tour group sitting at conference table

ASL-English Interpreter Training Program

The first cohort of students in the Bakersfield College ASL-English Interpreter Training Program have completed their course of study. Each student took a turn to share his or her experiences and received a certificate. As each student spoke, one of the classmates interpreted. Several of the students interpreted remarks by Tom Moran, Jaclyn Krause, and our VP of instruction, Liz Rozell. Our wonderful Stephanie and Jessica in Career and Technical Education put together a wonderful celebration, complete with hors d’oeuvres, a beautiful banner, table runners, and cool pens.

A full house for the ITP Celebration
A full house for the ITP Celebration
Tom Moran and Jaclyn Krause stand behind the ITP info table
Tom Moran and Jaclyn Krause at the ITP info table
Liz Rozell signs to the audience
Liz Rozell signs to the audience
Tom Moran signs to the audience
Tom Moran signs to the audience

Early College Rural Initiatives

Forty bright-eyed and eager Early College Arvin students attended the Dream for Social Justice event Thursday, May 2 and had the opportunity to see the Panorama Campus, many for the first time. The desire of the Rural Initiatives/Early College Team is to add cultural enrichment opportunities to the Early College program, which is taking the work to the next level.

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Arvin Early College Students

Honors Donor Appreciation Dinner

The Bakersfield College Foundation hosted the Honors Donor Appreciation Dinner on Friday, May 3 at Hodel’s with a crowd of nearly 200 in attendance. The annual dinner provides a chance for the Foundation to honor Scholarship Donors, while providing an opportunity for donors to have the chance to meet our wonderful students and hear firsthand how their support impacts the students’ success. There were more than 40 unique scholarship funds represented at the dinner by either donors or recipients. The group was treated to entertainment provided by the Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble, led by Professor Kris Tiner.

group of bc foundation donors
group of bc foundation donors
group of bc foundation donors

The Foundation, in collaboration with Financial Aid, will award nearly half a million dollars in scholarships and awards for the 2019-20 academic year and it would not be possible without the continued support from our generous donors. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship fund, please contact Heather Pennella, Alumni and Donor Relations Manager, at heather.pennella@bakersfieldcollege.edu.

Fun Photos

My weekend routine…….In the backyard with my laptop working.  And look who is by my side…

sonya on computer with dog lying next to her

BC received the Impact Award: In the midst of all the commencement chaos, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that BC was selected as a finalist for the 2019 Ellucian Impact Award, which recognizes the many ways educational institutions use technology to enhance the student experience.

impact award

Ellucian works with 2,500 colleges and universities on developing Banner and other software to meet their students’ needs.

“This year’s Ellucian Impact Award recipients are transforming both the student experience and institution-wide operations by leveraging modern cloud solutions,” Ellucian President and CEO Laura Ipsen said. “We are honored and humbled to partner with such powerful innovators who are using technology to transform the higher education experience around the world.”

It is these kinds of accolades that make me proud to be a Renegade.  We are BC!

Emails Worth Sharing: Chelsea Esquibias

I received this wonderful email from Chelsea about her being awarded the “Faith, Inspiration, and Resilience: A Pathway to Higher Education” award. Congratulations, Chelsea! So proud of your work! And thank you for all your contributions to BC’s Inmate Ed Program

chelsea esquibias

 I’m forwarding the attachments to you as Bakersfield College was at the center of my speech.     

I received the “Faith, Inspiration, and Resilience: A Pathway to Higher Education” award.  I was awarded with Ms. Pamela Hayes, VP of Board of Governors and Dr. Yvette Gullatt, Vice Provost of University of California, Berkeley.  I spent much of my presentation time discussing the Inmate Scholars Program and the innovative work being done at Bakersfield College.   

It was the Silver Anniversary Gospel Celebration and the students of Los Medanos College shared their beautiful musical talent.  Dr. Henderson nominated me and he has held state academic positions.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve students on campus and working with the Guided Pathways team has been fantastic.

Baseball Post-Season Awards Announced

The Renegade Baseball team wrapped up the 2019 regular season with a 26-14 overall record and 15-5 in conference and as back-to-back Western State Conference North Champions. As the regular season has concluded, the team has racked up a number of post-season conference awards:

  • 2019 Western State Conference South Coach of the Year – Tim Painton
    • Coach Painton finishes his 24th regular season with back-to-back conference titles and a 26-14 overall record.
  • 2019 Western State Conference South Pitcher of the Year – Alejandro Murillo (Fr, Stockdale HS)
    • Murillo pitched a total of 80 innings in 14 games for the Renegades this season with a record on the mound of 10-1. He finished the regular season with 68 strikeout and an ERA of 2.46.
  • 2019 1st Team All-Western State Conference South
    • Hector Ruvalcaba, Inf. (So., Western HS), Ashanti Ross, OF (So., Western HS), Kamron Willman, Inf. (So., Ridgeview HS), Nate Ortiz, Starting Pitcher (So., Centennial HS) and Alejandro Murillo, Starting Pitcher (Fr., Stockdale HS)
  • 2019 2nd Team All-Western State Conference South
    • Gabe Ulloa, Reilelf Pitcher (Fr., Delano HS), Hunter Adams, Inf. (Fr., Independence HS), Lane Cowan, Starting Pitcher (So., Centennial HS), Sage Voda, OF (So., Tehachipi Christian Academy) and Trey Harmon, DH (So., Foothill HS)
  • 2019 Western State Conference South Honorable Mention
    • Matt Patton, Utility (Fr., Liberty HS), Ryan Dickerson, C (So., Bakersfield Christian HS) and Zach Williams, 1B (So., Liberty HS)

Softball Post-Season Awards Announced

The Renegade Softball Team wrapped up the 2019 regular season with a 24-16 overall record and 16-0 in conference and as back-to-back Western State Conference North Champions.

As the regular season has concluded, the team has racked up a number of post-season conference and state awards:

  • 2019 Western State Conference North Coach of the Year – Casey Goodman
    • Coach Goodman completes her second season leading the Renegade softball program as a two-time conference coach of the year award winner. In her two years the team has won back-to-back conference championships and made post-season appearances in the CCCAA playoffs.
  • 2019 Western State Conference North Pitcher of the Year and CCCAA All-State Selection – Kylee Fahy (Liberty HS)
    • This is the second year in a row Fahy has received the conference pitcher of the year award. At the conclusion of the 2019 season, Kylee pitched 225 innings resulting in a state leading (for the second year in a row) 275 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.49. She also collected two no-hitters this season  (2/21 vs. SBCC & 3/26 vs. SBCC).
  • 2019 Western State Conference North Player of the Year and CCCAA All-State Selection – Natilee Parrish (Arroyo Grande HS)
    • Natilee appeared in all 40 games for Coach Goodman this season collecting 12 home runs (5th in the state), 35 RBI’s and 36 runs scored.
  • 2019 1st Team Western State Conference North
    • Alex Venegas (Liberty HS), Alexis Lopez (East Bakersfield HS), Alantis Rede (Centennial HS) and Savannah Gonzalez (Delano HS)
  • 2019 Western State Conference North Honorable Mention
    • Ashley Hernandez (Centennial HS), Aviana Campos (Highland HS) and Lysette Castro (Mira Monte HS)

Men’s and Women’s Swimming Post-Season Awards

The Renegade Men’s and Women’s Swimming team wrapped up the 2019 regular season with both teams placing 3rd at the WSC Conference Championships.  At the CCCAA State Championship, the women placed 13th and the men 17th. As the regular season has concluded, both teams have racked up a number of post-season conference awards, listed below.

Men’s Swimming

  • 2019 Western State Conference 1st-Team:
    • Tanner Lopes – 100 Breaststroke
  • 2019 Western State Conference 2nd-Team:
    • Benjamin Hunter: 100 Backstroke/200 Backstroke
    • Tanner Lopes: 200 Breaststroke
    • Andrew Martinez: 400 IM/200 Fly
    • Bronson Pearce: 100 Free/200 Free
    • Esteban Robles: 50 Free/100 Free/100 Fly
    • Kenneth Rodriguez: 100 Backstroke/200 Backstroke
    • JR Santamaria: 100 Breaststroke

Women’s Swimming

  • 2019 Western State Conference 1st-Team:
    • Daran Towns: 100m/200m/500m Free
    • Bailey Pike: 500m/1650m Free
    • 800 Free Relay: Bailey Pike/Daran Towns/Blaire Williams/ Alexis Gallardo
  • 2019 Western State Conference 2nd-Team:
    • 200 Medley Relay: Alexis Gallardo/Blaire Williams/Ingrid Villanueva/Daran Towns
    • Alexis Gallardo: 100 Backstroke/200 Backstroke
    • Bailey Pike: 200 Breaststroke
    • Ingrid Villanueva: 100 Fly/200 Fly
    • Blaire Williams: 100 Breaststroke/200 Breaststroke
    • Nina Wilson: 1650 Free

Roundup of Athletics Events this week

We had many Renegade athletic teams wrap up their seasons this last week. Highlights from the week include (click for the story on GoGades.com):

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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

Extraordinary stories: Our students, community, and faculty

Good morning Bakersfield.  It is Saturday, August 6th….Kevin Charette of KGET happily told us on the morning news that we will not have triple digit high temperatures this week…and a fabulous day to be a Renegade.

Like all of you, Rio, is on my mind.  What a spectacular opening ceremony at the Olympic games in Rio.  If you are tweeting don’t forget #Rio2016.  Check it out at

https://www.olympic.org/news/brazil-takes-pride-in-spectacular-rio-2016-opening

 

 

Here are a few excerpts from the website:

Reflecting that beauty, a stunning Opening Ceremony depicted the rich and complex history and culture of Brazil. Fireworks and laser-lit dancers provided a suitably arresting start…..

The story of Brazil was then retold in a stunning showcase, beginning with the birth of life itself, depicted on a huge screen on the stadium floor, and continuing with a representation of the country’s rainforest and the forming of three huge “ocas” or huts to symbolise the indigenous people who call that amazing and precious habitat their home.

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The appearance of Gisele Bundchen, strutting out to the sound of “The Girl From Ipanema”, marked the start of “Bossa”, celebrating the curves and sensuality of Brazil. Pop then took centre stage, as the voice of the favelas, funk, samba, “passinho” and popular Brazilian music filled the air, while breakdance, capoeira and a host of the country’s regional variations of dance also put in appearances. Some 1,500 dancers then arrived on the scene for with a mass dance-off, as Brazilian singer Regina Casé urged everyone in the stadium to get on their feet.

Here is the English version of the song Girl from Ipanema that won the 1965 Grammy Song of the Year, sung up Astrud Gilberto the wife of Joao Gilberto who sang the original Portuguese version.

Here is the Portuguese version that I could find on Youtube with Tom Jobim and Joao Gilberto reuniting for this performance.  Beautiful.

 

If we are distracted from our work these next two weeks, we will just Blame it on Rio.

I love Saturday mornings.  Life seems spacious, uncomplicated, no immediate deadlines and I find myself moving out of “drive mode” which is constant and necessary in advancing the work of the college to a more “neutral mode”….I like it….i like it a lot.

Mondays on the other hand are a different story.  We often hear about the dreaded “case of the Mondays” or the “Monday Blues” and how we just can’t roll out of bed without that cherished cup of coffee– but I found some inspiration and perspective for Monday, which I hope just might spur some enthusiasm. Let’s show some love to Mondays!

Mondays

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Motivation on Monday (8/1) Morning

TGIM – that’s what I’m saying! I started 8/1 the Monday after returning from Toronto, Canada, with a brief conversation with JP Lake who is exploring ways to support our community in Oildale by providing access to rehabilitation for those battling drug addiction.  That prompted me pinging Monika Scott and Earl Parsons, two bright minds who work with Shannon Musser, to quickly pull together some information for me.  And, as usual, they came through with flying colors.  Thank you Monika and Earl.

In addition to data here is a personal story that Earl shared with me.

Hello Ms. Christian, This is Earl Parsons. Monika asked me to look up some information about drug abuse in the unincorporated community of Oildale. There was a lot of data from Kern County in general and the Bakersfield area but we seem to be seriously lacking any comprehensive information via scholarly articles about drug use in Oildale and how that affects education rates and contributes to institutionalization and the school-to-prison pipeline. I did manage to find some information, however.

In the future, I think it would be worthwhile to commission our own research and canvass the community for some independent investigation, since there seem to be little to no secondary sources for the data you’re seeking. Speaking anecdotally, I grew up in different trailer parks around Beardsley Avenue and my mother was in and out of jail for meth use throughout my adolescence. A lot of the kids growing up in that area have no opportunities, teen pregnancy is astronomical and elementary school teachers have an uphill battle just getting their kids to come to school, let alone preparing them for being contributing members of a post-industrial economy.

Most of my friends from the neighborhood had dropped out of school and started using meth daily by 7th or 8th grade. I’m the only person I know of from that whole area to graduate from college, and I was fortunate enough to have the personal motivation (and stubbornness) to succeed, as well as the outside support from my family, or I would’ve never realized my full potential.

I still live in Oildale and I take the bus to work every day. A few weeks ago, my bus stopped off in front of a part of Oildale called The Pit, which is a really tough apartment complex on Roberts Lane. The bus picked up a woman I presumed was attending summer school here at BC, because she had a piece of white particle board with some kind of organizational structure outline for what I assumed was a Business class. I didn’t know her, but it made me very emotional seeing someone from that neighborhood who was trying to empower herself into a better lifestyle, and I wanted to walk over to her and tell her that I was proud of her and to keep working hard because I was in her position and I made it out.

Anyway, I’ve probably spent too much time writing about this but it’s something I feel very passionately about. I hope you have a great day, and I hope your research helps create the change that community needs.”

It’s stories like this and the message behind it that continue to fuel everything we do at Bakersfield College. The struggle is real… and the challenges are hard, but our students are strong and the people of this community care. When we work together and do our part to support our students, cycles can be broken. Hardships that are familiar today – don’t need to be a staple of tomorrow. Education is the key and its transformative power does change lives. This is why Mondays are important – Let’s tackle the work we were born to do. We can do something remarkable.

This is the day to be back at our passion. Breathing new life into our projects. We are conduits on innovation, imagination, and inspiration. It’s Monday, and we can’t wait to get started.”

We are BC!

A great Tuesday

I started my Tuesday morning watching Steve Watkin being interviewed by Jason Galvin on KGET promoting Renegade fest on August 12th.  Jason was so enthusiastic and was fully engaged in his interview with Steve.  Thank you Jason.

Dropped in and spent 30 minutes with the Summer Bridge group.  Thank you Kimberly Bligh for leading this effort.  Connected with some of our new faculty like Marcelyn Allen and incoming students.  Here is Marcelyn Allen, Michele Bresso’s daughter full of enthusiasm and passion for what she does.  The other faculty leading the session, Teresa McAllister, invited me to join an activity with chocolates that determines your personality type depending on the chocolate you like.  I was grouped with the Krackels and you can see us krackels here in all our glory.

Also thank you to the student peer mentors Kenneth Mireles, Melodee Medrano and Junior Menchaca.  Loved watching our counselor Mark Osea and Advisor Isabel Casteneda working with the students.

National Night Out

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The BC campus welcomed hundreds of visitors on campus during Tuesday evenings National Night Out. This annual event “promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.” The weather was not only warm – it was blistering “Bakersfield” hot, but that didn’t stop hundreds of residents from coming out to meet and support our heroic emergency first responders and public service men and women.

National Night OutBPD’s specific and unique branches were on-site, including the CHP, the K9 Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, Bomb Squad, S.W.A.T. Team, and Rangers. Children of all ages eagerly interacted in a hands-on manner by taking a tour of the vehicles, trying on special equipment, and asking questions about daily duties and activities.

More than ever and in light of recent tragedies, this event has special significance – The event gave an exclusive chance for these branches to interact with and educate people of all ages and in response, attendees saw firsthand just how much these departments give back to the local community.

My wish going forward, inspired in part by this event, is that Bakersfield College continues to be a staple in this community; One which has the campus, buildings, and grounds to facilitate these types of important community and bond building experiences. As stated in BC’s core values

we have built and continue to build an environment in which all members participate as community through democratic engagement.

Thank you to all who came out to show support to our men and women working for public safety. And I can’t forget a special thank you to Mary Jo Pasek, who always works tirelessly in her efforts to utilize Bakersfield College in bringing our community together. For a video report of this event, check out the article at Bakersfieldnow.com.

Thank you Karen Goh for the photo gallery http://tinyurl.com/jok8cam

RENx Talks – Brief Talks, Big Ideas

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Many of us on campus are familiar with TED talks… so much so, that we have our own RENEGADE talks (thank you Andrea Thorson and Todd Coston) as a mini campus-wide tribute, each year in April. Our staff, faculty, even some students come together to prepare a set of talks that are (1.) short (2.) concise and (3.) pack one powerful punch in a small amount of time. TED Talks are known for Ideas worth spreading and the library of 10-20 minute videos is nothing short of astounding. Topics range from almost anything you can think of and they’re educational, powerful, and motivational. One could even argue, if you watch one a day, it just might be… the best 13 minutes of your 24-hour day!

As a mini-series to these TED-like talks, Communications Faculty, Helen Acosta, hosted a spin off on Wednesday afternoon featuring her summer COMM B4 students. It was appropriately titled RENx – just as TEDx is a smaller scale of TED talks. I had the joy of sitting quietly in the back of the theater when lights dimmed and the first student took the stage. He was poised and enthusiastic as he conveyed a perfectly crafted message, not only with words. He artistically included body language as a reinforcement to the strong words spoken. His voice was a tool filled with passion and emotion and he swayed towards the audience, engaging us to not miss a single word. Interestingly, his topic was the transformative power of critical listening – and I don’t think this was a coincidence.

It’s hard to not listen intently to such passionate and charismatic students. One mentioned how far he has come in the past 4 weeks and delivered the message that life’s difficult moments can be a gift if one focuses on doing the right thing, and another student spoke of finding her passion through Taco Bell, leaving us with the message to “Live Más.”

Topics ranged from self-identity, faith, life, and passions… but, the very best part was witnessing our BC Renegades being honest and genuine about relevant issues, speaking on them with poise, elegance, and confidence. Our students are definitely bringing their A-game. Watch out world! These Renegades are coming for you!

Bakersfield, this is what our faculty do for our students at BC. Create the best learning environment for all of our students not just some of them.  Helen Acosta, you rock!

 

Wednesday (8/3) Evening – We Celebrate a Tribute to Jack

Jack2.jpgHe was described as “a teacher who was willing to learn from a student” and that’s just scratching the surface when it comes to describing his large and humble heart. Familiar faces gathered at the Indoor Theater on Wednesday evening to commemorate the life and impact of social studies professor, John “Jack” Edward Brigham, who passed away in July.

BrighamRetireesThe event had a great turnout, which was a wonderful testament to an outstanding man. I had the opportunity to see a few of our faculty retirees at the event – Margaret Lyman, Jack Hernandez and Sally Hill. 

 

 

Jack1A well-respected group of speakers took turns on the stage as they shared memories, pronouncing the love Jack had for BC, his students, and accomplishing the greatest common good. Brigham’s friend, Milt Younger, led the honors, praising his activism, philanthropy and passion for politics. Mayor Harvey Hall, Abdallah Ben Hamallah, Bob Severs, John Hefner, Cory Carter, Jorge Guillen, Dolores Huerta, Judy Sims-Barlow, Javier Valdez, Alex Dominguez, and Randal Beeman followed by describing how Brigham had changed their lives and motivated them to be better people. To ensure that Brigham’s legacy of inspiring young people in Kern County continues, a scholarship will be established in his name.

Brigham_JavierJavier Valdez is a former Bakersfield College student who is now at CSUB. During his time at Bakersfield College, 2 years ago, he was one of our student journalists involved with the Renegade Rip. The Renegade Rip is an amazing opportunity for our students. It has been in existence since 1929, and has grown to include a 24/7 online edition in addition to 7-8 biweekly publications a year. Our students have received internships and scholarships as they continue their studies after their time at Bakersfield College.

I would also like to recognize our BC staff who made this gathering possible – Earl Parsons, technical support. Kevin Ginger, lighting technician, Mary Jo Pasek for her support in many ways, Nicky Damania for organizing all the student volunteers, Dylan Wang and Dyann Serrato for taking photos, and Tarina Perry who managed this entire event.

I’d like to share the remarks from Randy Beeman, who represented BC faculty, admisnitrators and staff at the event:

I had the honor of being Jack’s office mate for almost 15 years. Jack was also my neighbor and a surrogate uncle to my children as we lived two blocks apart, and I had a key to his house from the first day I arrived at BC. My kids saw his condo as this mysterious place full of fascinating bric-a-brac and books, books, and more books.

Jack was actually on the hiring committee that brought me from Kansas to Bakersfield College via UNLV. Along with two Mexican Americans, an African American, and a slick looking hippie, there was this guy on the committee with cowboy boots, a bolo tie, and a pocket protector. I thought “this must be the department conservative…probably a right winger who listens to Rush Limbaugh and thinks Ronald Reagan was our greatest President.” I sure read that one wrong.

Over the years I heard a million stories, a million times, of our friend Jack’s most interesting life. My favorite stories were his battles as a junior high teacher in the most impoverished area of the city during the civil rights era. Once Jack took his basketball team to a tournament in a local city. He had to take the team in his car, which meant that he had to take half the team and return to Bakersfield for the other half.

When he got back to the tournament the kids he had left behind were downcast and some were in tears. They related to Jack that they had been called the n-word, and that the opposing coach encouraged his players to taunt Jack’s kids. It speaks volumes about the students respect for Jack that they didn’t lash out in anger. They didn’t want to disappoint him.

Jack was ordinarily a sportsman. Each kid got to play an equal amount, and no running up the score – but on this day, Jack unleashed his best player, an eventual college star, and his troops crushed the other team mercilessly. When Jack got home he began to write letters, as was his style, and within a week the racist coach was removed from his job.

That story is the essence of Jack – kind and composed, but underneath a furious revolutionary who never stopped fighting injustice and unfairness. When I would walk in the office at 7 am and the only music playing was the sound of Jack typing like a maniac, I knew that some administrator or politician was on the receiving end of one of Jack’s jeremiads. Suffice to say, in my time as his office mate and friend, he won most of his battles, and in the process students would be treated in a more ethical manner or a mismanaged system would be corrected.

Jack was a kind and serious man, but joy pervaded his personality. We would spend our free time talking (and sometimes fighting) about the American west, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, afrocubop, the mendacity of Richard Nixon, the end of nationalism and so on. Jack’s optimistic and giving spirit was infectious. I became a better teacher and a better person via my ongoing tutorial with this well-read, well-travelled, extraordinary individual. Just last month he wrote me about ‘inappropriate comments regarding Hillary Clinton” that I had reposted in haste on Facebook. I deleted the post, post haste.

Everyone knows that Jack was a font of generosity. Early on in my tenure at BC, I would be on the phone with my wife, talking about how we would pay for the kid’s braces and still manage the Catholic school tuition, or whatever bill or crisis was next…I would come out of class a few hours later and a check for $500 or $1000 would be on my desk. The only repayment expected is that I would do my best as a scholar and teacher.

Jack made people, like me, feel like they were special and capable of great deeds, but what Jack really taught me was that it is the small things that count – a compliment to someone feeling down or shy, giving away a material possession to someone who might enjoy it more, an encouraging word to an aspiring young artist. Jack was a complete gentleman, genteel, a lover of nature, animals, and even people as well.

If I were to channel Jack today, I would say that if he was a great man who could see farther than others it was because he was [audience ‘standing on the shoulders of giants.”] Milt Younger, Bob Severs, Corey Carter, the big guy Abdallah and Dolores of course above all….these giants of Jack’s life and other devoted friends all testify to a life well lived, a life worthy of emulation. Jack Brigham you are, in a phrase you loved so much, “presente!”

Jack’s life story and accomplishments are detailed in his obituary and I encourage you to take a few moments to read it. He was an accomplished, beloved, and outstanding leader who continually thought of others before himself.

Quoted from his obit, “Jack is in hopes his friends and role models will do something special for a person, group or organization in the spirit of integrity and civic unity.”

Let’s go out today and do something special – something extraordinary in honor of Jack.

enjoying gift from art department feb 14 2014

 

That’s all for now.  

Until next Saturday.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya 

(The Art department certainly knows the way into my heart)

Communication Faculty Publish Textbook

Bakersfield College’s Communication department faculty publish a new textbook in a collaborative effort.

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Andrea Thorson. Picture taken from the CSUB website

The textbook, called Contemporary Public Speaking: How to Craft and Deliver a Powerful Speech, was primarily authored by Andrea Thorson, who attended Bakersfield College from 2000-2002 and was a nationally recognized forensic competitor and coach. She now teaches public speaking and several other communication courses as a full time member of the Communication department here at Bakersfield College.

The other contributing authors are Mark Staller, Michael Korcok, Helen Acosta, John Giertz, and Debra Thorson, all of whom have significant experience in speech and debate and are decorated competitors and coaches. The authors of this text have over 150 years of combined experience teaching the public speaking course.

“Our book recognizes the importance of multicultural teaching and diversity in public speaking. This textbook incorporates multiple voices, perspectives, and approaches. We believe this contemporary, collaborative endeavor creates more space for the classroom instructor’s own voice (Thorson et. al, 2013, preface). The text offers the standard components but offers unique additions including chapters on language, reasoning,and software presentations.

The primary reason the textbook was crafted was to prepare for a bid to the Open Educational Resource OER that is coming up in the next year or so. OER would make it so that selected published texts would become free to all students in California in e-book form.

The text has recently been adopted by a CSU and is set to become an e-book by next year. Congratulations to these amazing Bakersfield College faculty!