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Wrapping up July with grandness — Olympics, Beach, and KCCD

I’m sure many of you, like me, have spent the past week catching the Olympics bug, supporting Team USA and watching as the world’s athletes push themselves to the limit in pursuit of greatness and gold.

As I watch the Games, my senses are heightened with the pageantry and history, traditions that not only tie us together as a worldwide community for 2 weeks every 4 years – but that tie us through time, binding us to those that have come before and will come after – generations cheering on athletic achievement.

The Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece – the first written records of these ancient games date to 776 BC when a cook named Coroebus won the only event (a 192-meter footrace). The games were held every four years at Olympia in honor of Zeus. This four year period became known as an Olympiad, and Olympiads became a way for ancient Greeks and historians to date events. 

The first modern Olympics were held in Athens, Greece, in 1896. There were 280 participants (all male) from 12 nations, competing in 43 events in track and field, gymnastics, swimming, wrestling, cycling, tennis, weightlifting, shooting and fencing. The United States sent 14 athletes, winning 20 medals (11 gold, 7 silver, and 2 bronze). 

The first Olympic Champion in those games – and thus, the first Olympic Champion of the Modern Olympic Games – was James Connolly, an American Harvard student who won the triple jump.

Women were first included in 1900 in Paris. Hélène de Pourtalès of Switzerland became the first female Olympic champion, as a member of a team sailing event. Charlotte Cooper from the United Kingdom was the first individual female Olympic champion, winning the women’s singles tennis competition. Margaret Ives Abbott, a golfer, was the first female Olympic champion from the United States.

The first African-American to win an Olympic gold medal was John Taylor, a track and field athlete who was a member of the men’s medley relay at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.

In the 1984 Summer Olympics, Mary Lou Retton became the first American woman to win an Olympic all-around gold medal for gymnastics. 

In 2008, swimmer Michael Phelps won a historic 8 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, breaking Mark Spitz’s record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics (Mark, also a swimmer, won 7 gold medals in 1972). Phelps has now won 28 Olympic medals across 5 Olympic Games.

But one of my absolute favorite Olympic moments isn’t about a medal. It happened at the women’s 5,000 meter race at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Abbey D’Agostino from the United States and Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand were involved in a tumble during the race. Abbey encouraged Nikki to get up and continue the race after the fall, and Nikki returned the favor in encouraging Abbey to keep running when Abbey realized she had injured her knee in the fall. 

It is not just being on top of the podium that shows the true grit and amazingness of our Olympic athletes and embodies the Olympic spirit.

I’ve so enjoyed this year’s Olympics. While some of the storylines have been unexpected, Team USA has had a tremendous showing.

Here are a few of my favorite Team USA moments from the first week of Olympics competition:

Bobby Finke won the men’s 800m free gold with a breathtaking final effort. Watch that amazing race on YouTube.

Carissa Moore captured the first-ever Olympic gold medal in women’s surfing. Check out the video on YouTube.

Lydia Jacoby, who is 17, won the gold meal in the 100m breaststroke in a shocking race where she defeated defending champion and fellow member of Team USA Lilly King: You can watch the race on YouTube.

Jagger Eaton took bronze in the first men’s street skateboarding contest. Relive some of the action on YouTube:

Katie Ledecky was utterly dominant in the first Olympic women’s 1500m swimming race. Watch the highlights from the race.

Good morning, friends…
It is July 31, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

This week, the Coyotes, the Pirates and the Renegades continue to 
Dare Mighty Things


Cerro Coso Community College

Welcome Back Celebration Planned for August 19

Cerro Coso is planning the Cerro Coso Rocks Welcome Back Celebration from 3-7 pm on August 19th. The event will be both virtual and in-person on campus, with campus tours, orientation, and student workshops to prepare incoming students for success in the upcoming year.

To help get you in the mood for this exciting event, check out this video highlighting their 2019 event:

Cerro Coso to offer new certificate programs

Cerro Coso Community College is proud to announce two new certificate programs launching this fall: Cloud Computing and Linux Administration.

These programs aim to meet the ever-growing and changing Information Technology Field.

The Cloud Computing Certificate aims to provide students with an understanding of cloud environments and support systems, as well as prepare students to transition traditional technology architectures to a cloud platform. The certificate prepares students for careers in the cloud computing area and to enter the workforce as a cloud system administrator, cloud technician, cloud architect, and cloud security officer.


Porterville College

PC to host STEM Workshops in Partnership with USDA

As part of an ongoing Title V funded project, Porterville College is set to host several Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related workshops this Fall in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Each of these PC USDA STEM Enrichment Workshops will aim at highlighting a USDA agency and/or partner. The workshops were developed to introduce local, regional, and state USDA Agencies, federal, and industry partners to STEM students in Porterville and the campus wide community. 

These workshops will utilize an interactive, discussion-based format designed to engage students actively in their own career development process. Students will learn about opportunities offered by the USDA to optimize their STEM or Agriculture major, internship, and career searches.

For more information on the upcoming camps contact Juan Alvarez at Juan.Alvarez@usda.gov.  The first of these camps will be held on the Porterville College Campus on September 22 from Noon to 1:00 PM.

PC Student Services Team Works on Improving Student Experience

The Student Services Leadership Team runs through an exercise designed to demonstrate how easy it is to lose messages in the clutter of a student’s daily communications. Pictured Left to right: Roger Perez, Frank Ramirez, Errin Sullivan Arcos[seated], Tiffany Haynes [seated], Ashley Land, Jasmin Quinones

As part of our ongoing effort to improve the overall student experience, the student services team at PC participated in several workshops to explore new planning strategies for students utilizing our services as they navigate their educational pathway at Porterville College and beyond.

On Thursday, the team spent the day exploring the creation of a new annual communications strategy with the assistance of Director of Communications and Community Relations, Roger Perez. Perez worked with the leadership team to help them create a map of the student lifecycle to use in development of a new plan for communicating with our current students. This plan will better utilize available communication channels and maximize the return on investment for our communications efforts with students. 

During the workshop, the team participated in several activities designed to demonstrate the problems facing students in a society cluttered with ads, text messages, emails and push notifications.

PC CHAP Program returns for 20th Anniversary with New Leadership

James Entz

We are excited to announce the return of the Cultural and Historical Awareness Program (CHAP) to Porterville College this fall with new Coordinator James Entz.

Entz is a professor in the Fine and Applied Arts Division and has been involved with CHAP for many years as a committee member.  “I have been a part of it for so long because I found that CHAP is a great program that encompasses all those things that I love about teaching.  First, it is a collaborative process. It brings us together from across campus and the community to create a richer learning experience for our students (and us!).  Second, It builds community. As we, as a college, come together for speakers and events and through the common CHAP theme for the year and as we develop resources that enrich our teaching. Third, it is interdisciplinary and encourages integrative learning, making connections across disciplines and beyond the classroom, reinforcing and broadening our students’ understanding of what we teach in the classroom.”

CHAP was organized at PC in 2002, by Richard Osborne, to enhance students’ awareness of certain important aspects of our society to which they may previously have had little or no exposure. A theme is chosen by CHAP committee members each school year, and faculty members across the campus are encouraged to integrate elements of that theme into their coursework. Additionally, a variety of field trips, guest speakers, panel discussions and videos are presented throughout the year and are all open to the public. The working theme for this year is CHAP’s 20th Year Anniversary.

If you’d like to become involved in the CHAP program you can join us at events and speaker presentations, suggest speakers and events to the CHAP committee, or become directly involved in the planning and the decision-making process by joining the CHAP Planning Committee.  Contact Jim Entz at chap@portervillecollege.edu for more information. 


Bakersfield College

Becki Whitson’s Birthday Party

The BC community joined together to celebrate the life of Becki Whitson this Monday – July 26th, on what would have been Becki’s 68th birthday.

Becki truly embodied the Renegade spirit, both as a longtime Cheer coach and President of the Alumni Association.

I’d like to share my remarks from the celebration:

BC Student Veteran Spotlight: Kimberly Rodriguez

I wanted to share this update I received from Educational Advisor Armando Trujillo from the Vernon Valenzuela Veterans Resource Center. He wrote me about Kimberly Rodriguez, a Specialist with the California National Guard and a BC Student Veteran.

Specialist Kimberly Rodriguez recently arrived in Kuwait after three months at the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. She is serving as a Signal Support System Specialists (25U) with Charlie Company, 640th Aviation Support Battalion in support of the 40th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade. She is slated to return home in December or January.  

Kimberly is an Agriculture Plant Science AST major, and she has completed 36 degree-applicable units while serving on reserve and active-reserve duty status. During her time here at BC, she has served as Treasurer for the Veterans Club. She also attended the 2020 Student Veterans of America National Conference in Los Angeles.  

“Going to the SVA Conference was such an amazing experience. It felt comforting seeing everyone who served/is serving all in one place striving to be better. Learning about all the job opportunities that are available and how much more of an asset us veteran/service members play in the bigger picture on the civilian side was reassuring in pursuing a career. The food and lodging as amazing!” 

Kimberly has maintained contact with her Veteran Educational Advisor while she has been away to make sure she is taking the correct courses to earn her degree. She said the support she has received from the BC Vernon Valenzuela Veterans Resource Center has made it easier to be away.  

“The Veterans Resource Center at Bakersfield College is extremely welcoming to any military-affiliated individual. It amazes me how much different we all are, yet the bond is second to none. Whether we’re dealing with personal or academic struggles, it’s comforting being surrounded by people who understand the same struggle of going back to school after the military. Definitely can’t wait to go back to my VRC family.  

The VRC cannot wait until her safe return. See you soon.

BC Presents at eLumen Conference

Congratulations to our BC team of Rich McCrow, Kristin Rabe, and Kim Nickell, who presented at the eLumenation 2021 Annual User Conference this week.

The group’s presentation was called “Creating a College Program Review Cycle that Facilitates Inclusiveness and Completion for the Entire College.”

Bakersfield College holding auditions for science fiction play ‘R.U.R.’

Want to lead the robot rebellion? Audition for Bakersfield College’s production of “R.U.R.,” a 1920 play about a factory that manufactures robots who rise up and end the human race.

Open auditions will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 6 via Zoom. Email Theater Professor Kimberly Chin for the Zoom link and an audition slot at kchin@bakersfieldcollege.edu.

Remembering Renegade Deputy Sheriff Campas

A memorial service will be held Friday August 6 at 11 a.m. at the Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield for Kern County Deputy Sheriff Phillip Campas. Our community is still mourning the loss of a well-loved deputy as well as the mother and her two sons that he tried to rescue in Wasco. Campas was a former Renegade, having attended Bakersfield College before he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005. He also played Renegade football as our quarterback.

Our hearts go out to the families, friends and coworkers who are grieving such a great loss to our community. Campas served in the Afghanistan War before joining the Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, three children, his parents, siblings, cousins and in-laws. Bakersfield College thanks our former Renegade for his public service.

Child Development Center Now Enrolling for Fall Semester

Bakersfield College’s Child Development Center is now enrolling children ages 2-5 for the fall semester.

The center, which is located on the college’s main campus at 1801 Panorama Dr., is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and is open to children of BC students. Besides providing child care, the center also serves as a learning lab for students majoring in child development, teaching and similar fields.


Poetry Corner with Jack Hernandez

Jack Hernandez recently shared with me a series of poems titled “Rockport in June,” and I will be sharing them with you over the coming weeks:

Rockport in June #1

My daughter and my sister
discuss the what for all
of planning weddings,
rings, clothes, guests, flowers,
I listen as we drive
in darkness from the airport,
their closeness is a comfort
as the night closes
on us and the weekend
waits with a jumble
of joy and our favorite cranberry bars.

In the News

Congressman Rudy Salas secures $6M for BC health education programs

I returned from a mini-vacation to see this amazing article above the fold in the Bakersfield Californian. Congressman Rudy Salas has secured an additional $6 million in state funding for Bakersfield College,  authorized in Assembly Bill 132.

The projects proposed will include expanding the college’s Rural Health Equity and Learning collaborative, the Certified Nursing Assistant and Registered Nurse programs, and the allied health programs such as the new Physical Therapy Assistant program, while also providing funding for new post-pandemic student health and wellness services, and new certification programs, such as the Mental Health Worker Certificate.

“I am happy to champion more money coming to Bakersfield College,” Salas stated in the releases. “This additional $6 million will help train more nurses and health professionals for the valley so that our local families will have greater health access and options.”

Porterville College grad working for Space Force

Check out Esther Avila‘s article in The Porterville Recorder about Adrian Joseph Torres, who recently accepted a position with the United States Space Force. Torres graduated from Porterville College before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering.

“I start August 1 as a general engineer, but first I have to pass a security clearance,” he said. “I will be looking over contracts for rocket launches and will oversee whose is best and most efficient for the satellites — GPS and Spy satellites — they are contracting.”

BC Student Featured at Senate Judiciary Hearing on Immigrant Farmworkers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and others testified on immigrant farmworkers before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Lawmakers questioned Secretary Vilsack about the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, H-2A visas concerning temporary agriculture workers, migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the impact of COVID-19 on the food industry.

Sen. Dick Durbin from Illinois discussed the risks that farmworkers face, both from the pandemic as well as from the immigration system. Durbin highlighted Vicente Reyes, a DACA recipient studying roboticist engineering at Bakersfield College. Reyes, a member of United Farmworkers, is also a farmworker.

Spotted on Social Media

BC Jazz shared a few photos from their Jazz & Commercial Music Academy studio day. Check out their digital album at https://bcjazzstudies.bandcamp.com!


Jonathan Hernandez shared this snap from an online summer course he taught at Porterville College:

Kalina Hill shared a picture of herself as she came back to the Bakersfield College campus:

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That’s a wrap for now.
See you next Saturday!

The future remains bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

#KCCDDaringMightyThings

KCCD taking longer strides

July 20, 1969 – the day man first walked on the moon. It has been 52 years since President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to put an American on the moon by the end of the 1960s was met as millions watched Neil Armstrong take that historic first step.

In this famous photo, Neil captured fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface:

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, thus starting the space race. Two years later, President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration answered with Project Mercury. The new space program had three main goals: Orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth, investigate the ability of astronauts to function in space, and recover astronauts and spacecraft safely.

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the Earth.

The US had its first spaceflight involving human beings on May 5, 1961, launching Alan B. Shepard to an altitude of 115 nautical miles. A few weeks later, on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy made an impassioned speech to Congress calling for an ambitious space exploration program.

“Now it is time to take longer strides–time for a great new American enterprise–time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth.”

He said, “this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

Within 9 months, on February 20, 1962, John Glenn because the first American to orbit Earth, aboard the Friendship 7 capsule.

The Soviets achieved the first lunar orbit on April 3, 1966. Four months later, NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 was the first U.S. spacecraft to orbit the moon.

On December 23, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders became the first men to orbit the moon, aboard Apollo 8. They performed 10 total lunar orbits and took this famous photo of the Earth:

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The first lunar landing mission, Apollo 11, lifted off on July 16, 1969. At 4:18 pm EST on July 20, 1969, the lunar module landed on the lunar surface with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, while Michael Collins stayed in the Apollo Command Module.

It was the culmination of a decade of scientific and cultural efforts and achievements.

62 years later, we have been treated to another type of space race as billionaire entrepreneurs test the limits of privately-funded space exploration.

This week, on July 20 – 52 years after the first person touched the surface of the moon – Wally Funk became the oldest person to go to space as she joined Jeff Bezos aboard Blue Origin for a sub-orbital flight.

Wally Funk isn’t a name that many people had heard before this week, but she was an important part of the space program’s history. She was one off the Mercury 13, a group of female pilots in 1961 testing whether women were fit for space travel. They passed many of the same tests as their male colleagues – Wally once stayed submerged in a tank of water in a dark, soundproofed room for 10 1/2 hours before a doctor ended the experiment – but the program was ultimately canceled and she was never accepted by NASA.

It has been thrilling watching the ingenuity and innovation on display in the recent resurgence in space exploration – the Mars Perseverance Rover, SpaceX missions, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity, and now Blue Origin. It was especially wonderful to see an amazing woman who had worked her whole life to earn that spot finally be rewarded and #daremightythings.

And if that wasn’t enough inspiration, here on Earth, halfway across the globe, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games finally opened, after a year delay due to COVID-19. I wanted to share a few images from the Opening Ceremonies:

The Olympics are such a joy, watching athletes around the world come together in community and competition, sharing in each other’s cultures as they speak the universal languages of their respective sports.

The Opening Ceremonies are always such a time of promise and excitement, before we learn what the stories will be of these Olympic Games. I can not wait to see what these next two weeks will bring for Team USA.

Good morning, friends…
It is July 24, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

This week, the Coyotes, the Pirates and the Renegades continue to 
Dare Mighty Things


Cerro Coso Community College

Cerro Coso offers new entrepreneurship program

Cerro Coso is offering a new entrepreneurship program in Tehachapi leading to a certificate of achievement.

Own a small business? Want to start one? Cerro Coso is launching a new certificate with just four classes that will help you develop an entrepreneurial mindset and launch your business ideas.

The first two classes will be offered on the Tehachapi campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall. Enroll now!

Courses to complete the certificate can be taken in-person at the Tehachapi campus or online, and can be completed in just two semesters.

Fall classes begin Aug. 23. The schedule of classes is available at www.cerrocoso.edu.

Beginning Aug. 9 a full-complement of student and instructional support services will be back on the Tehachapi Campus located at 126 S. Snyder Ave.

Ajia Saunders receives Eastern Sierra Foundation Transfer Scholarship

Ajia Saunders was awarded the inaugural Eastern Sierra Foundation Transfer Scholarship in July. She earned her associate degree of liberal arts and humanities from Cerro Coso in May.

During her time at CCCC, she was a recipient of the ESF scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition and books.

Ajia will attend CSU Chico to puruse a bachelor’s degree in English. She also plans to pursue a teaching credential while finishing her first novel.

The Eastern Sierra Foundation’s Transfer Scholarship is valued at up to $10,000 per recipient. It is intended to support ESF scholarship recipients who attended and graduated from Cerro Coso’s Bishop Campus and who plan to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree.


Porterville College

PC Excited to offer Grammarly Services Free to all students

We are pleased to announce free access to Grammarly @ EDU for all PC students! Grammarly works one-on-one with a student to develop essential writing skills, reinforce proper revision habits, and prevent plagiarism. In addition, Grammarly checks for more than 400 common grammar errors, saving time for students while improving their skills.

Grammarly’s sophisticated AI corrects grammatical mistakes and also suggests stylistic changes making writing more understandable. Integrated tools help writers make the right impression on the intended readers based on audience and goals. In addition, Grammarly can check the tone of documents, provide synonym suggestions to improve readability and precision, and even check papers for plagiarism.

Department of Labor providing benefits to PC Students

Porterville College has secured new benefits available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Program for students in several of our programs. WIOA, offered by the Office of Workforce Investment, provides students who qualify with financial assistance to cover the cost of books, uniforms, tuition, student center and health fees, certifications, and program materials.

This program provides assistance to students seeking professional careers while helping employers meet their workforce needs. It also helps PC students find good jobs by providing them with job search assistance and additional training opportunities.

The following programs at PC are now eligible for assistance through this program:

  • Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Technology
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Industrial Technology
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Welding Technology

For more information, students can apply for this opportunity at their local Employment Connection office or contact Ashley Land at the Job Entrepreneur and Career Center at Porterville College.

PC Telehealth to relaunch as PC TimelyCare

For more than a year, Porterville College has provided 24/7 medical and mental health care for all our students through PC Telehealth.  Through this service, the college offers around-the-clock access to care for all enrolled students, regardless of their location. 

Using telehealth has allowed PC to expand health and wellness offerings to students greatly.  Many students have reported that they have taken advantage of these telehealth services more than prior in-person services because of the 24/7 aspect and the ease and increased privacy that comes with telecare. 

On July 28, the PC Telehealth service will get an upgrade and change its name to PC TimelyCare. With this new name comes a new, enhanced mobile and desktop app. The new app is easier to use, faster and will continue to deliver the highest quality of care for our enrolled students.

For more information, students can visit timleycare.com/pc to find FAQs or chat 24/7 for technical support.


Bakersfield College

BC’s new Student Services Center opens for in-person services

On Monday, July 19, Bakersfield College’s new one-stop shop to address student needs and concerns, BC’s Student Services Center, opened on campus to assist students on the main Panorama campus Monday through Thursday from 7:30AM to 5:00PM. New and returning students can seek help and support from several different departments, all conveniently located in the CSS building, in room CSS 151. 

The Student Services Center is meant to ease the student journey and will include Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Scholarships, EOPS, CARE, CalWORKS, NextUp, AB540, Early College, and all Welcome Center services such as enrollment support, class scheduling, and troubleshooting.  

BC Prepares To Roll Out Third Mobile Welding Unit

BC’s Welding department will be rolling out an additional mobile welding unit this fall semester to reach students throughout areas of Kern County, especially those who may not have the ability to commute to BC’s main campus in Bakersfield to take welding courses. The unit will act as a classroom on wheels, including ten separate welding booths equipped with multi-process welding machines. The college’s welding program develops student’s knowledge and skills in areas of oxyacetylene welding, blueprint reading, layout procedures, safety protocols, Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) and other welding technologies.

“The best part about getting out into the community with the Mobile Welding Units is seeing the look on my students’ faces when they finally figure out, they too can adapt and overcome their own insecurities about learning a new skillset. ” said BC’s Welding Professor, Jeremy Staat. “And the mobile welding unit provides a way for us as instructors to build a great work ethic within our students and apply real world scenarios using industrial grade equipment for our students to experience before entering the welding industry.”

BC Coach presents at Bakersfield Rotary

Coach Todd Littlejohn

Bakersfield College Head Football Coach R. Todd Littlejohn presented at the Rotary Club of Bakersfield. He discussed some of the life skills he tries to instill in his players. He told the club what his football program is about, and how he aims to support his players academically, athletically, and socially.

As you can see, many Renegades came out in full support! Thank you Dr. Girish Patel for the photos.

Dr. Bill Baker, Janet Tarjan, Sonya Christian, Manny Mourtzanos
Manny Mourtzanos, Jay Rosenlieb, Bill Thomas, Bill Baker, Sonya Christian, Todd Littlejohn, Janet Tarjan

Big Things on the Horizon for BC Alumni 

The Bakersfield College Alumni Association made good use of the “pandemic pause” by focusing on its board of directors as a dynamic team of leaders that has hit the ground running.  The board held a planning retreat this week, in what was their first in-person meeting since the new board was created.

Under the leadership of President Alex Dominguez and Vice President Sandy Woo-Cater, great things are ahead for BC alums in the coming year.  If you’re not yet a member of the Alumni Association, more information is available here: https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/alumni 


Jack Hernandez Poetry Corner

Movie Sets

We live as though
on a movie set
we think is real,
but the set changes,
some with wagons
some with carriages
some with Model Ts
some with jets
skirting over continents,
these illusions
constantly give way
to new ones,
only the soul’s desire
for love and meaning
exists whatever
the ephemeral set.

In the News

Inyo County Job Spot focuses on adult education

The Inyo Register and Sierra Wave Media talked about the the Adult Education Center and Job Spot, an adult education center established through a partnership between the Inyo County Office of Education and Cerro Coso Community College.

The Job Spot provides services aimed at assisting adults in obtaining skills to better themselves.

Community Voices: Entering Bakersfield College through the Bridge To BC

I loved this piece in the Bakersfield Californian from BC student Stephanie Ruiz:

I first heard about the Bridge to BC program during my senior year of high school when BC’s representatives visited my high school, and I wasn’t initially planning to participate in the Bridge to BC opportunity because I thought I felt prepared for college. I’m not the first in my family to seek higher education; I have an older sister who is also attending BC so I thought I would be able to pick up what I needed to know from her or just ask my parents, but when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and classes moved online, it made me rethink how prepared I really was and how many questions they could really answer for me.

Since I had never taken any online courses, I was really anxious but through the online Bridge to BC program, my first year of college was pretty great. The experience really helped me ease into my first year of college, not only introducing me to online courses using Canvas, but also giving me an overview of the many resources and programs BC offers for students. These tips, tricks, resources, and support systems are a huge part of the reason my first year of college was a success!”

Stephanie Ruiz
Bridge to BC Director
Dr. Kimberly Bligh

Spotted on Social Media

Jennifer Garrett shared some photos from BC’s Summer Choral Academy:

And check out this video from the choral academy:


BC Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Scott posted a photo with Dolores Huerta, who spoke at Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club:

Today, Bakersfield Breakfast Rotary Club was the first Rotary Club ever to host Dolores Huerta as a speaker. Did everyone agree with her in all ways? No. As leaders, though, I believe it’s important for us all to hear different perspectives, ideas, and experiences. I hope we will always welcome the opportunity to learn from a wide variety of guest speakers. Even when we don’t agree, or maybe even relate, it’s an important step in creating an informed, collaborative, empathetic, and peaceful community. #peacebuilding #rotaryinternational #rotary


The Cerro Coso Community College Library announced that it is now open for in-person services. Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 3 pm. Anyone coming to the Cerro Coso campus is required to fill out the pre-screening form.


Porterville College shared this fun and inspirational post honoring the first Black female opera singer to perform in the US:

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That’s a wrap for now.
See you next Saturday!

The future remains bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a joyful and grateful Chancellor

KCCD Daring Mighty Things. Happy Fourth.

BC opened the Outdoor Theater for the first time since COVID with the Airforce Band – thank you Mary Jo Pasek. It was a beautiful evening listening to patriotic songs and seeing our community out enjoying the college campus and programs. Here is a 1-minute glimpse of the evening. What a way to start the July 4th weekend and a new chapter in my professional life.

On July 1st, I started my new position — deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and messages from friends and colleagues. We do live in a very special community.

And on my first weekend in my new role the country celebrates new beginnings — our nation’s birthday.

I suspect you will enjoy this article on History.com as much as I did.

I did not know that John Adams expected our yearly celebration to be on July 2? The actual vote for independence took place on that date, but the Continental Congress didn’t formally adopt the Declaration of Independence until two days later, on July 4, 1776.

In a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776, he wrote:

“But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The feuding ex-presidents died within hours of one another. Thomas Jefferson died first. Historians believe John Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson survives,” as he hadn’t learned of Jefferson’s death.

The tradition of setting off fireworks on July 4 goes all the way back to July 4, 1777 – one year after the signing. In Philadelphia, the festivities began with a ship blasting 13 cannons (in honor of the 13 colonies). Additional fireworks were set off by the Sons of Liberty in Boston Common.

Happy Fourth all!

July 1, 2021 a selfie in my new office

Good morning, friends…
It is July 3, 2021.
The sun shines bright over KCCD.

On April 19, 2021 Trustee President Romeo Agbalog publicly introduced the sixth Chancellor of KCCD.

Sonya Christian with trustees Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg, Romeo Agbalog, Kay Meek, Yovani Jimenez
5th Chancellor Tom Burke, 6th Chancellor Sonya Christian

As it happens, also on April 19th a helicopter named Ingenuity made the first flight ever on another world — thank you Nick Strobel for making sure I am up-to-date on celestial happenings! Earlier when the Perseverance rover that carried the Ingenuity helicopter to Mars was landing, a coded message to “Dare Mighty Things” was discovered on the parachute that delivered the rover close to the Martian terrain. Apparently the scientists and engineers at NASA are notorious pranksters and are known to hide “Easter eggs” on spacecrafts.

The phrase to “Dare Mighty Things” comes from a longer Teddy Roosevelt quote:

“Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure …
than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much,
because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

Bill Thomas, Sonya Christian

This week, the Coyotes, the Pirates and the Renegades continue to Dare Mighty Things:

Cerro Coso Community College

Incarcerated Student Education Program (ISEP) student earns writing award

Patrick Larmour, an ISEP student, participated in the USC Underground Writing Project. His piece, “The Art of Killing Monsters,” was ranked 1st place out of 177 submissions.

The writing contest asked for a 1000 word essay on how education has positively impacted their lives. Larmour is also one of twenty-six Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) members to have his writing published in the 2019 issue of PTK’s online literary journal, Nota Bene.

Here’s an excerpt from his piece:

“I simply could not handle hating myself anymore. Something had to change. It was around this time that California began offering college inside prisons. I signed up, eager to have some distraction from my depression. Little did I know that this decision would change my life. Amazingly, each class I took seemed to teach me something new about myself.”

You can read the full submission in the July Edition of the Coyote Howler.

Students of the Year

I’d like to take this moment to congratulate the three students selected as Cerro Coso’s Site Students of the Year: Noa Lish for Eastern Sierra College Center, Morgan Green for KRV Lake Isabella, and Maya Plata for East Kern.

The ‘Site Student of the Year” awards recognize those students who have made a significant contribution to their own education as well as the campus community.

Enjoy the videos honoring these outstanding students.

Noa Lish:

Morgan Green:

Maya Plata:

Information about all of this year’s Cerro Coso Student Award winners can be found at https://www.cerrocoso.edu/studentservices/2021-spring-awards-student-awards.

“Cheers to Charity” event will benefit Cerro Coso students

Tickets are still available for the Cheers to Charity event planned for August 14 at Aviator Park in Tehachapi Airport. Cerro Coso Community College is among the Tehachapi Non-Profits that will benefit from this year’s event.

Buy your tickets today at www.cheerstocharity2021.eventbrite.com.

Porterville College

PC Receives Large Gift from MacKenzie Scott Foundation in support of “Empowering Voices”

Porterville College received a $7 million gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett, which will provide support for our continuing efforts to educate underserved students and communities.

In a post on her website, MacKenzie Scott identified Porterville College as one of “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear”. 

“Higher education is a proven pathway to opportunity, so we looked for 2- and 4-year institutions successfully educating students who come from communities that have been chronically underserved,” she wrote.

Over the next few months, Porterville College will consult with various stakeholders, about where to target this wonderful investment.  

Reagen Dozier selected for national fellowship program

Reagen Dozier, the new Title V Program Director at PC, was selected for the US Department of Agriculture’s E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program.

The program’s goal is to offer experiences in policymaking and research through direct interaction with USDA agencies. Attendees met with USDA representatives over Zoom to learn about programs and create networking connections.

PC to give students additional flexibility with HyFlex Courses this fall

In order to provide equity for those students with hectic schedules and lifestyles, Porterville College is expanding opportunities for learning with a new type of course offering being made available this coming Fall Semester.

HyFlex classes offer weekly sessions in three ways. Each week, students can choose to take a HyFlex class in-person on campus, watch the lectures online with other students in a weekly live zoom meeting, or watch a recording later according to the student’s own schedule.

This HyFlex concept is being piloted in classes this Fall semester. Check out http://www.PortervilleCollege.edu for a complete list of available sections.

Bakersfield College

Gerry Haslam Honored with history award

Gerry Haslam

Gerry Haslam, one of BC’s more famous alums, was posthumously recognized as the 2021 recipient of the American Association for State and Local History Award of Excellence for Individual Achievement.

Gerry, who passed away earlier this year, wrote novels, short stories, essays, biographies, and nonfiction works about rural and small-town California in the San Joaquin Valley. He was always generous in sharing his time and talents with BC.

Jerry Ludeke sent along an email from Gerry’s wife, Jan, about the award:

“Dear Friends,  It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce that Gerry has won an American Association for State and Local History Award of Excellence for Individual Achievement.  We’re just sorry that he isn’t here to acknowledge it.   Sincerely, Jan”

A2MEND Battle of the Field 7-on-7 and Lineman Challenge

This past weekend over 120 high school athletes were on campus to compete in the first A2MEND Battle of the Field 7-on-7 and Lineman Challenge. The competition came down to South High vs Frontier High in the finals, with Frontier winning the championship and taking home the hardware. Frontier Lineman won the lineman challenge, making it a clean sweep! Congratulations to Frontier High and all the teams that took part in the event.

Not only did this event facilitate healthy competition, but it informed the community about all the amazing things happening at BC.

If you are interested in partnering with or learning more about A2MEND, please contact Daron Mackey at daron.mackey@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Poetry Corner

Let’s hear from our favorite author and poet who contributes regularly to my blog, Dr. Jack Hernandez:

                                      Visions

                             When the future is short

                             we have few steps left,

                             the seeds we have planted

                             have few remaining

                             clinging to shallow soil.

                             Their flowers we must see,

                             their bright colors

                             our remaining visions

                             sealed upon our hearts

                             as special gifts.

In the News

Sierra View helps train the registered nurses of tomorrow

Check out this article from the Valley Voice about Sierra View Medical Center’s Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program, which helps ensure new graduate nurses are better equipped to provide care and make clinical choices for their patients. 

To date, 50 nurses have completed the program – and 35 of those came from Porterville College!

17-year-old perseveres to graduate from PC – then high school

Check out this article by Esther Avila in the Porterville Recorder about Candelaria Sanchez, who earned her Associate of Arts degree from Porterville College last December – 6 months before she graduates from Summit Collegiate High School.

“I’m a first generation (going to college) and I’m extremely proud of how far I’ve come and where I come from,” Sanchez said. “I decided that I was going to put in the effort and break those generational curses. Although it has happened in my family for generations, it does not need to continue with me — and it won’t.”

Nine graduate from Cerro Coso before high school

This article in the Tehachapi news shares the story of 9 students who earned their degrees from Cerro Coso shortly before their high school graduations. Two of the students attended the college’s Tehachapi Campus, one from the online program, and seven from the Mammoth Lakes Campus.

Taking Cerro Coso classes really helped me get prepared for university. I am going to UC San Diego this fall, and because I was able to graduate high school with my associate’s degree, I have saved thousands of dollars by taking classes I would have had to take my first two years at college for free during high school. I genuinely feel more prepared, by taking freshman English and math classes at Cerro Coso and doing well in them, I know I can be successful at a four-year university.” – Student Isla Lackey

Looking back at the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes: where we’ve been, where we’re going

Sunday and Monday mark the 2-year anniversary of the historic earthquakes that hit the Ridgecrest area in 2019. The earthquake on July 4 had a magnitude of 6.4 The next day, another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit the area.

I wanted to share this article in the Ridgecrest Daily Independent looking back at the earthquakes and showing how the city has recovered, and is still working to recover.

Bakersfield College to offer free one-week courses that provide public health certificate

The Bakersfield Californian and KGET shared the news about BC’s new one-week courses that will allow students the chance to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Public Health.

The first courses begin July 19. Support and help to get registered is available through BC’s Student Information Desk.

Community Voices: A fond recollection of a Renaissance Man

Bakersfield College professor emeritus Peggy DeStefano wrote this piece in the Bakersfield Californian about her friendship with Chuck Wall. Longtime BC professor Chuck Wall, Bakersfield’s “Kindness Ambassador”, passed away on June 8.

“Chuck Wall and I gravitated to one another on the first day of the academic year at the new faculty orientation at Bakersfield College. I met Chuck, a member of the business faculty who exuded charisma and collegiality. From the outset, we shared an eclectic and expansive sense of humor and didn’t take ourselves too seriously. “

Fun Photos & Spotted on Social Media

No Sister Left Behind shared this post on Facebook honoring outgoing KCCD Chancellor Tom Burke:

“We are truly grateful to the retiring Chancellor, Thomas J. Burke and Kern Community College District for becoming a Corporate Sponsor of the NSLB Higher Education Empowerment Program. Special added thanks to Danielle Hillard, KCCD and Vikki Coffee.

Butterfield Charter School shared a post thanking Porterville College program technician Monica Daniels, who visited PUSD Summer School to share information with students about PC:

Carlos Medina shared this photo from the BC INDA student visit to GAF Roofing’s Shafter plant:

Escaped the heat for a few days at the beach

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Photo by Alex Horvath

That’s a wrap for now.
See you next Saturday!

The future remains bright at KCCD.

-sonya
a very joyful and grateful Chancellor

Spring is in the Renegade Air

Good morning Bakersfield.  It is Saturday, April 8, 2017….a wonderful day to be a Renegade.

Rosed April 8 2017Spring is definitely in the Renegade Air in all its glory.  Let’s start with last Saturday when the community packed the BC Cafeteria for some spaghetti and Broadway.

Give My Regards to Broadway

Jen Garrett and the Chamber Singers had two back-to-back wins….The Freedom concert followed on March 24th followed by Broadway with dinner evening on April 1st.

Singers April 1 2017Incredible stamina, incredible talent, incredible dedication…… Do consider sponsoring one of them to perform at the Sydney Opera House in July 2018.  Also, do plan your vacation to Australia as well…Let’s help fill the seats of the Sydney Opera House with the Bakersfield Community watching their College Chamber Singers perform!

It was wonderful having two of our trustees at the event — Retired Congressman and Trustee Bill Thomas and his wife Sharon and Trustee Romeo Agbalog and his wife Lily.  Faculty and staff really enjoy seeing our trustees on our campuses.

Romeo Agbalog and Lily Agbalog April 1 2017

Trustee Romeo Agbalog and lily Agbalog

Sonya Christian with Lily Agbalog Sharon Thomas April 1 2017

Sonya Christian, Lily Agbalog, Sharon Thomas

Thank you Michael Turnipseed, CEO of Kerntax and his wife Nancy for joining us.  It is quite amazing how our community leaders come out to support Bakersfield College.  We also appreciated having Vice Chancellor of Ed Services John Means and his wife Julie join us.

Sonya Christian with Julie and John Means

Sonya Christian with Julie and John Means

Here are some more pictures:

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The Garrett Family

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The Braganza Family

 

 

You can spot Bill Thomas and Mike Turnipseed in this picture

Broadway and Spaghetti April 1 2017

You can spot Romero Agbalog in this picture

Broadway April 1 2017

Vice President Zav Dadabhoy and his wife Kushnur and Vice President Dom Chrusciel and his wife Marilyn were at the event.

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Marilyn Chrusciel, Sonya Christian, Don Chrusciel

The music was phenomenal.  I wish I had captured snippets of more songs. But here are three for you to enjoy.  Sit back and listen to our BC Chamber Singers

The fabulous Ken Burdick with a beautifully romantic rendition of Dulcinea, Man from La Mancha

If you have not heard this song before, you must find the complete version on youtube and listen.  Here are the lyrics.  Just beautiful

I have dreamed thee too long,
Never seen thee or touched thee.
But known thee with all of my heart.
Half a prayer, half a song,
Thou hast always been with me,
Though we have been always apart.

Dulcinea… Dulcinea…
I see heaven when I see thee, Dulcinea,
And thy name is like a prayer
An angel whispers… Dulcinea… Dulcinea!

If I reach out to thee,
Do not tremble and shrink
From the touch of my hand on thy hair.
Let my fingers but see
Thou art warm and alive,
And no phantom to fade in the air.

Dulcinea… Dulcinea…
I have sought thee, sung thee,
Dreamed thee, Dulcinea!

Now I’ve found thee,
And the world shall know thy glory,
Dulcinea… Dulcinea!

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/soundtracks/m/manoflamanchalyrics/dulcinealyrics.html

One of my favorite musicals of all time is Phantom of the Opera. Not only are the stage settings incredibly beautiful, but I have vivid imagery in my mind whenever I hear the familiar sounds. The storyline is haunting and the music is connected, warm, soft, intense, strong, yet gentle…. It’s simply, magnificent. I was overjoyed when our BC Chamber Singers performed this piece at the Spaghetti Dinner last weekend.

They also performed their signature song Bridge Over Troubled Waters – a classic!

Last weekend’s event was an enjoyable evening for all who had the chance to attend. The Chamber Singers are raising funds to tour Australia in July of 2018 and to perform at the Sydney Opera House.  The delicious spaghetti dinner was provided by BC’s wonderful food services team, including Chef Eric Sabella and there were raffle giveaways.

BC Food Services

Thank you to all in attendance.

More photos are available at BC’s Smugmug. Thank you Lovie Johnson for the pictures

KCCD at the Accreditation Conference in Irvine

The Kern Community College District attended the ACCJC Conference in full force.  We are up for our accreditation site visit in October 2018 and so all three colleges along with Chancellor Tom Burke and Trustee Bill Thomas attended the conference.  Trustee Thomas is on the accreditation subcommittee of the Board.  ACCJC is a regional accrediting agency and covers California, Hawaii and the Federated States of Micronesia.  It was a full house and the conference was intense and fast paced.

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Bill Thomas, Anthony Culpepper, Nick Strobel, Jennifer Johnson, Jessica Wojtisiak, Tom Burke

One of the keynote speakers was Dr. Paul Gaston with whom I had the privileged to work with when I was in Oregon.  It was a treat reconnecting with him

Sonya Christian and Paul Gaston April 6 2017

Sonya Christian, Paul Gaston

John Means organized a dinner with the whole KCCD gang Thursday night.  Bill Moseley chose the place, Wahoo Fish Tacos.  The food was delicious.  You see in this picture Bill Henry (Porterville), Kalani Knutson (Porterville), Jessica Wojtisiak (Bakersfield), Nick Strobel (Bakersfield), John Means (District), Bill Moseley (Bakersfield), Jennfier Johnson (Bakersfield), Tom Burke (District).  Trustee Bill Thomas had to leave on Thursday so you don’t see him in the picture.  And Sam Aunai from Porterville College had to leave on Thursday as well.

KCCD at Dinner April 6 2017

KCCD at dinner 2 April 6 2017

Here is a tweet from Lesley Bonds on statewide Chancellor Eloy Oakley’s plenary at the ACCJC Conference

Eloy Oakley at ACCJC Conf April 6 2017

 

Annual Crime Victims Rights Walk

The Bakersfield College Chamber Singers had the opportunity to sing for the 5th Annual Crime Victims Rights Walk on April 4th. The event began at the County Court House and then those involved traveled on foot to Mill Creek Park. The BC Chamber Singers were waiting at the park to be a part of the closing program.  The crowd had many people holding signs depicting loved ones lost to violence.

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Local pastors spoke and people shared stories of their lost loved ones and the Chamber Singers was visibly moved by the speeches. Their performance of “Seasons of Love”, “Come Travel With Me”, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” were clearly from the heart and many people in the crowd sang along or shed tears during the music. Director of the Chamber Singers, Jennifer Garrett, tells me, “the BC Chamber Singers were honored to be involved in a memorable event” and I’m so glad our talented students give back to their community in ways of service like this. Thank you to all who were involved, including Heidi Scott, who reached out to connect BC’s Chamber Singers with the opportunity.

 

 

Spring was in the Renegade Air

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Dezi Von Manos

Spring Fling Week was packed full of events for students to take part in. BCSGA and the Office of Student Life brought free ice cream on Monday serving 580 students with delicious ice cream sundaes while listening to the music of fellow student renegades in the Commercial Music Ensemble lead by Professor Joshua Ottum… More about that in a bit!

On Tuesday, Renegade students (and even a few staff members) tie-dyed t-shirts and hunted for one of 400 eggs all over the campus. Some students even won prizes donated by CTE to promote the upcoming Career Day on April 26th and others won gift cards to the bookstore, but all won candy!

Wednesday boasted one of the highlights of the week with the Epic Proportions Tour (nationally touring band ensembles) and the first Renegade Pizza Fest. At this event, students got to taste test pizza from five different pizza vendors and a winner was chosen. The winner will be announced at the upcoming Student Leadership and Involvement Awards ceremony on April 27th at 6pm! Don’t forget to RSVP for the event: https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/osl/awards

On Thursday, The final part of Spring Fling went out with a bang as Renegades played Laser Tag. The cool breeze of Thursday evening brought over 200 students and their families out for some real entertainment.

Photo by: Diana Martin Photography (www.DianaMartinphoto.com)

Photo by: Diana Martin Photography (www.DianaMartinphoto.com)

I need to highlight Professor Kathy Freeman who even took her entire English class to play laser tag and made an assignment out of it. She asked her students to write a 300-word descriptive essay outlining their experiences playing in or observing the event. Way to think outside the box to engage students in the Renegade community, Kathy! And thank you to the BCSGA Officers and Office of Student Life Staff for providing fun spring activities for our BC Renegades!

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BCSGA Election Results

Along with Spring Fling, BCSGA Elections came to a close, and new officers were elected for the upcoming year, but we will talk more about that next week! Congratulations to all of the candidates. 2017/18 is going to be a great year!

2017-18 SGA Leadership

BCSGA President-Elect: Dezi Von Manos

BCSGA Vice President-Elect: Lawrence Salcido Jr

BCSGA Director of Student Organizations: Dontae Smith

KCCD Student Trustee: Rayven Webb

BCSGA Senator-Elect: Erika Alvarez, Mustafa Barraj, Juan Francisco Cantu, Jose Manuel Cortez, Emmanuel Limaco, Jose E. Lopez, Brittney Lumsden-Ross, Ganae Romo, Nisha Sharma, and James Michael Tompkins.

More information about their platforms and involvement can be found on the BCSGA Elections website.

Talking about SGA, the students are presenting to the KCCD Board on April 13th when they visit the BC campus.  I got this picture from Nicky saying they were working hard preparing for the Board meeting. I love it!

SCA working hard April 6 2017

Here is a great video of Sarah Strobel advising freshman How to Succeed in College.  Students, pay attention to Sarah!  

Commercial Music Ensemble

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Monday, April 3rd, in the campus center, over 2 hours of live music was provided by the Panoramas! The Panoramas is made up of the musically talented students in the Commercial Music Ensemble course offered here at Bakersfield College.

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Professor Josh Ottum

The Commercial Music Ensemble course lets you participate in small ensembles concentrating on popular styles, improvisation, and other aspects of commercial music performance. Students were able to enjoy cover songs from The Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons, Gorillaz, and more. Fellow Renegades sang along and danced near the campus center stage. Everyone had a great time while listening to great music.  Now do you know why I am the luckiest and happiest college president ever……

 

What a great way to kick off spring break! Check out the great photos at https://bakersfieldcollege.smugmug.com/Commercial-Music-Ensemble

Photo by: Diana Martin Photography (www.DianaMartinphoto.com)

Jazz Day at BC

Kris Tiner hosted High School students at Jazz Day at BC.  Thank you!

John Biller Stockdale Jazz Day BC April 6 2017

Stockdale High School

Tina Raymond Rob Martens Ridgeview HS

Ridgeview High School

For mose check out Kris Tiner’s Facebook page.

Transfer Day

With graduation just around the corner and students planning to move on from BC, our counseling department is making sure students know their options! Transfer Day was held at the Center for Student Success Lawn and we had a variety of schools present as well as our very own Bakersfield College counselors. Students could talk with representatives from schools like UCLA, CSUB, and Fresno Pacific about the different programs they offered and admissions requirements. There was a lot of opportunity, information, and friendly faces to help Renegades decide on what to do next in their educational journey.  Thank you Marissa Marquez!

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Culinary Arts in McFarland

CulinaryArtsStudentsI received an email worth sharing from Chef Pat Coyle about BC’s Culinary Arts class at the GEO Reentry Services, McFarland Female Community Facility, which is part of the College’s Inmate Programs. These young ladies are working towards their Certificate of Achievement in Culinary Arts from Bakersfield College. They have been in classes and production labs since July of 2016, with a completion date of December 2017. They are presently in Baking and Restaurant Production labs that feed 80-100 staff members every Wednesday. Pat tells me these young ladies have grown professionally and personally over the last 9 months and what they’ve learned has given them a light to guide their future. I am so proud of them and so glad to know these women are working towards a bright future. #WeAreBC!

Gadfly Cafe

Each month the Gadfly Café invites faculty, students, and interested others to join them in the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities in order to have in-depth conversations about various topics. This past Wednesday April 5, 2017, they discussed their last topic for the semester, “The Death Penalty: Deterrent, Racist, Barbaric?”

Everyone is welcome to join for the entire hour-long discussion or to pop in for a few moments anytime within the event. The crowded room of  students, faculty, and guests delved into the topic with many ideas and feelings on the topic. Attendees are able to discuss their thoughts and the feelings behind them, and the moderator validates all opinions and feelings for a healthy and interesting conversation. While there was no right or wrong answer or feeling towards the issue, it is thought-provoking to hear the arguments for both sides and enlightening to hear why people feel the way that they do.

gadfly03The Gadfly Café is intended to provoke deep thought and active conversation about issues that we all face today. Whether you are a Psychology or Philosophy major, or simply interested in having a healthy discussion about important matters that affect each of us in today’s society, the Gadfly Café is the ideal place to go, learn, explore, and share. Thank you Reggie Williams.

Pop Up Art Show

MichelangeloProject-3There is always something going on at the Bakersfield College campus. On Thursday, Professor Diego Gutiérrez Monterrubio and his Drawing II students hosted a pop up art show titled “The Michelangelo Project: Images of the Sistine Chapel.” Each artist chose different aspects from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and recreated those pieces into their own work of arts with their own stories. Like the artists, each piece was incredibly different and you can see the unique stories, dreams, and aspirations come through their pieces. Diego says that when students enroll into Drawing II they should expect to be pushed to better themselves and their techniques and skill. And as a professor, he believes it is his job to help his students get to the place they want to be in the future.

Check out the gallery at
https://bakersfieldcollege.smugmug.com/Drawing-II-Pop-Up-Art-Show/

Cheer Tryouts Underway

Students are showing their pride and talent in hopes to earn their spot as a Renegade Cheerleader. Each day this week, students learned routines and then practiced them feverishly hoping to earn their spot in the 2017-2018 squad. Candidates lined up in formation, they practiced relentlessly and perfected the moves. It’s a big commitment and requires hard work, determination, and above all, enthusiasm. Each year, we have a great turn-out of students who are interested in joining the squad.

The students will have opportunities to perform at various sporting events and competitions throughout the semester and also be a part of a close knit cheer family.  Students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and be attending as a fulltime student during the semesters that they are on the squad. Watching the squad members from the previous year breaking down each step of the routine to the new hopefuls and making sure that they knew the counts and how to place hands, feet and legs was a testament to their dedication to the sport and school. In the Fall when you attend a sporting event to cheer on the players and support your school with pride and spirit, make sure you also cheer on those who are there cheering on the players. Regardless of your role at Bakersfield College, everyone can show their pride and enthusiasm and cheer on the Renegades!

MESA STEM Pre-Health Conference

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BC in collaboration with UCLA’s Médicos, Enfermeros y Dentistas Para El Pueblo (MEDPEP) and UCLA Undergraduate Admissions, hosted the 1st Annual MESA Bakersfield College Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Pre-Health Conference on Saturday, April 1st. This one-day conference inspired students to learn and to network with different health/STEM professionals, health system agencies, college advisors, financial aid counselors, and student organizations who want to mentor students and help them pursue the health care profession or STEM career that best matches their interest and talents. Photos are available at https://bakersfieldcollege.smugmug.com/MESA-STEM-PreHealth-Conference/

MESA and Stephen Waller

Chevron Design Challenge

Bakersfield College had the opportunity to host the 2017 Chevron Design Challenge on Saturday, April 1st and it was quite the event!

From Mary Jo Pasek’s Facebook post

 

Teams were composed of three students who have completed, or are currently enrolled in, a Project Lead the Way Introduction to Engineering Design class. All students were either freshmen or sophomores from local high schools and had never competed before. Each team was given the design brief the morning of the competition and had the entire day to work together to create an original design that met the design specifications given for a unique set of headphones. Throughout the day, teams were required to submit sketches, assembly drawing, parts drawings, and an exploded view with Parts List for judging. Additionally, at the end of the day, they had to give a short presentation on their product to a panel which consisted of engineers, an architect, a geologist, and music industry representatives. Teams were judged on everything from originality, to marketability, to professionalism of presentation. Teachers, judges, and support staff crowded around all day watching young minds realize their thoughts and ideas into an actual creation that we could all see. We literally got to see dreams come to life! There were prizes for the top 5 winners and the top 3 winners will go on to State Finals but every participant got the opportunity to do something great that day. All in all, it was a wonderful STEM Saturday at Bakersfield College!

Thank you to: Adam Alvidrez (Chevron), Bruce Westermo (PLTW), Darren Willis (BC), Eddie Ledbetter (BC), and Yadira Guerrero (BC).

Judges were: John Karnes (Klassen), Keyron Mackey (Klassen), Jackie Weeks (Chevron), Noe Garcia (HOT 94.1), Emmanuel Vasquez (DJ and former Chevron Engineer)

And the participating schools: North High, Garces Memorial High, Greenfield High, Harmony Magnet Academy (1st place), Centennial High (3rd place), Lindsay High, Sanger High, Bakersfield High, Redwood High, Shafter High (5th place), Mission Oak High 4th place), and Frontier High (2nd place).

Thank you to the Bakersfield Californian for the great coverage!  Here is the article:

http://www.bakersfield.com/news/how-many-ways-can-you-design-headphones-young-minds-answer/article_a0129590-53ba-57ee-a496-011b45998c5e.html

Campout Against Cancer

Each year to raise money for the Kern County Cancer Fund, a weekend “Campout Against Cancer” is filled with fun family activities and entertainment. Last Saturday, BC’s Student Nursing Association camped out and volunteered a community service booth and gave health info and took blood pressures. Mayor Karen Goh shared a few photos on Facebook from the event!

BC Students in Seattle for MECHA Conference

This year’s 24th National M.E.CH.A Conference in Seattle, Washington, with over 600 students attending from high schools and colleges across the nation.

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It is a three-day event consisting of group discussions and introductions, workshops, seminars, and fun moments. Workshops range from cultural experiences and awareness to leadership skills and training, happening over the first two days. Of those in attendance, students Francis Benavente and Emmanuel Limaco enjoyed the experience of meeting several individuals whose goals in life include higher education and providing avenues for the younger generations to follow in their footsteps toward success and community involvement.

17635404_1259187830862325_2363984312208109468_oOne topic in discussion was the stand against the building of new youth detention centers in favor of funding more educational institutions and access to higher education as a method of inspiring the youth of our country.

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This is the mural that all of the attendees painted to represent the central theme of Freedom through Education.

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Renegade Athletics

 

The BC Women’s Tennis Team set a school record this season by winning 18 matches on their way to winning a share of the Western State Conference Championship! But they aren’t done earning accolades; this weekend they are out of town competing in the WSC Individuals Championship.

WomensTennisBefore match play began, All-Conference Awards were handed out and Sophomore Riley Tucker was named 1st Team All-Conference twice! Once for singles play, and once more with her doubles partner Brittany Aguilar. Tucker was undefeated in conference play as both a singles player and a doubles player! Awesome job, Riley!

Serena Contreras and Arianna Acevedo also earned First Team All Conference honors for their doubles play, while Contreras earned Second Team All Conference Honors for her singles play.

Coach Nick Loudermilk is only in his second season, but he’s accomplished exactly what AD Sandi Taylor tasked him with; bringing women’s tennis to a highly competitive level. Coach Loudy, you rock!

The BC Track and Field and Swimming Teams are both just two weeks away from their conference meets, so things are heating up around the Gil Bishop Sports Center!

Memorable moments:

I Love Reading your Comments in my blog!

Last weeks post had 7 comments.  Go check it out 🙂

One of the comments was from a Renegade graduate from class 1962, Celia Mickey. She said

Dear Dr. Sonya Christian, Just want to thank you for your weekly Blogs. They really help keep those of us in this All-America City very connected to what’s happening on the hill at 1801 Panorama Drive. Love seeing the involvement of the students and various community guests. I am sure the students at B.C. feel deeply appreciated as evidenced from these weekly blogs. It is so good for our community to be reminded of the rich curriculum and expanded activities offered at Bakersfield College.

Once again, thank you Dr. Christian for taking time out of your busy schedule each week to share all this with the Bakersfield Community.

I was so excited to read Celia’s post and I emailed her right away and requested two photos… one from 1962 and then a more recent one.  Here they are.  Just beautiful……

#WeAreBC!

 

Loved this text from Lisa Kent

Omgeeeeee. Her baby is only 4 days old and this student Tamara was here getting her paperwork in order for gradution!! Talk about dedication!

Loved seeing this post from Mayor Karen Goh announcing the Women with a Heart for Bakersfield.  Here is our very own Olivia Garcia as one of the women.  Karen Goh’s post

Congratulations to Garden Pathways 2017 “WOMEN WITH A HEART FOR BAKERSFIELD” honorees: EDNA CORNFORTH, KATE EUCCE, OLIVIA GARCIA, and KATIE WERDEL. Garden Pathways will recognize these outstanding women at our fifteenth annual HIGH TEA on Wednesday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. (11:00 social) at Seven Oaks Country Club.

Edna Cornforth, Kate Eucce, Olivia Garcia, Katie Werdel.jpg

Writing about our music programs resulted in me playing my favorite songs as I was blogging.  So let me sign off with one of my faves.

Sonya Christian cropped March 2017

 

That’s all for now.  

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever