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Welcoming Students – It’s Fall 2017

Good morning Bakersfield.  It is August 26, 2017… a fabulous first week of classes.  And a great day to be a Renegade!


Welcoming Students Back on Campus

With an over 6.5% increase in students, we knew the level of activity on campus this week would be intense… and it was intense, but it was wonderful! It’s always incredible to see the hallways filled and the campus full and alive with students excited to learn.

See our enrollment growth over the last four years


Steve Watkin Welcome Center Fall 2017The Office of Student Life had four welcome tents around Panorama campus for staff and faculty Renegades to greet arriving students and be available to help them with campus information and student planners. The tables were at the Administration Building, AREA building, swimming pool, and outdoor theater.  Student Life also had two golf carts roaming the campus offering rides and guidance to students as they walked around campus. Delano Campus also greeted students at a welcome tent at the DST Building.

Within the Student Life office, staff doubled up with student employees to help ensure that lines were minimal. Multiple activities were hosted around campus to ensure that students had something to do between classes. Student Life also created posters and banners to help provide directions. BCSGA hosted a table on the Renegade Crossroads where they were able to help students and talk about BC.

Food services increased their grab-and-go items, and I even saw Chef Sabella running the register to help move students through quickly. There was a constant flow through the Panorama Grill and Food Court.

The Counseling and Advising Center has provided a dedicated line for quick questions staffed by Counselors to ensure that students with holds or pre-requisite issues are seen in a timely manner. Dedicated workshops were being held throughout the day and assigned advisors were providing extended support to serve students till 6:30pm through the Welcome Center.  Outreach and School Relations extended their open hours to assist students with their schedule needs, answer any questions, and equip all new students with student ID cards.

Public Safety had patrol officers conducting high visibility patrols in the parking lots. They, too, assisted students with questions regarding parking permits and where their classes were located on campus. We set up a right-turn-only traffic direction out the main driveway to assist students and staff to exit the campus easily onto Haley Street. This right-turn-only exit has helped in deterring congestion.


On Monday, BCSGA hosted a tie-dye event where students could design their own shirts. Then on Tuesday, they hosted an ice cream social while giving the scoop on student organizations, encouraging everyone to get involved! Wednesday’s activities featured a live band at lunch and BC bowling in the Fireside Room, and on Thursday, it was movie day featuring Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with popcorn!

Who is ready for week 2?!

Viewing the eclipse on campus

One of BC’s three new Physics faculty, Dr. Timothy Plett, took his Physical Sciences B12 class outside to see the solar eclipse. Students got to use filtering glasses that allowed them to see the moon in front of the sun in high detail without harming their eyes. In the spirit of college faculty from 100 years ago, Dr. Plett instructed his class today in full regalia. Here is Professor LeBlanc providing views of the eclipse to students.

Check out Nick Strobel’s Facebook site to view great images.  Here is one post from August 21st.

Eclipse Nick Strobel August 21 2017

More screen captures from Facebook

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Bookstore Lines Aug 22 2017 Mary Jo Pasek Facebook

Matt Garrett the 2017 Francis Armstrong Madsen Best Book Award

Jen Garrett about Matt Garrett's award Aug 22 2017

New Hydration Stations


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The Office of Student Life is excited to announce the addition of two new filtered Hydration Stations at the Panorama Campus. The Hydration Stations promote water conservation and healthy hydration. You can now fill up your large cups or water bottles at these two stations with the push of a button! The new stations are located in the Campus Center in the quad, and in the Gym next to vending machines near the Athletics Offices.

These additions were funded through the collaborative efforts of Kern Health Systems, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, and the Office of Student Life. In celebration of these new additions, Student Life and BCSGA is announcing September 5th-7th as Healthy Hydration Week. We challenge each of you to utilize the Hydration Stations to fill your water bottles and stay hydrated. As a special incentive to students, Renegade Pantry Recipients who sign up for the August 31st monthly distribution will receive a free water bottle with their distribution bag. Please encourage your students to sign up for food by visiting www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/studentassistance/food.

Thank you to Kern Health Systems and Kern Schools Federal Credit Union for their assistance in accomplishing this task! Be on the lookout for more healthy habits coming soon from the Office of Student Life.

Sustainability is one of BC’s six Core Values.  Here it is:

Sustainability Core Value

Renegade Athletics

WrestlingState_ad_hocIt’s a great time to be at BC and it’s a great time for BC Athletics. Renegade Football begins in a few days and Renegade Wrestling is preparing for its first meet during the Bakersfield Duals September 9th starting at 9AM. You can check out the Wrestling Schedule for the rest of the semester on the athletics website, but two upcoming dates to mark on your calendar are Saturday, 9/9: Bakersfield Duals, 9AM and Thursday, 10/26: Victor Valley, 7PM.

Yesterday, BC Men’s Soccer hosted their home opener against Santa Monica College and The Bakersfield Californian highlighted the team in an article titled, “Renegades men’s soccer wants to take a second-year leap.” The article says, “BC also has several quality newcomers to its roster. Martinez believes one of the team’s biggest strengths is the play of midfielders Hernandez, Melendez, Luke Tovar (Stockdale High) and Danny Guerrero (East High, Taft College). ‘Everybody is very important, but our midfield group has been pushing the pace throughout our training, just making everybody better with their touch, their passing,’ Martinez said. ‘We’re very excited about the way they are playing.’”  VayronCoverArt_copy.jpgCross Country is also preparing for a brand new year. The Californian also highlighted both the women’s and men’s teams in an article titled, “Lots of changes for BC cross country teams.” The article spotlights some upcoming hopefuls and names to keep on your radar while also mentioning there are big shoes to fill. Specifically, it was shared that the women’s team qualified for CCCAA State Championship last year, but this year “… the BC men’s team has more runners and more experience at the junior college level than its female counterpart.”

Thank you Stephen Lynch at the Bakersfield Californian for the spotlights on BC athletics.

To stay up-to-date on all things Renegade Athletics, visit gogades.com!

SGA Retreat at Cerro Coso

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On Monday, August 14th, the student governments from Cerro Coso Community College and Bakersfield College met for their annual KCCD SGA Retreat in Ridgecrest. The day encompassed of various workshops and exercises to engage the officers in developing their leadership skills while bonding as a collective student voice for KCCD. Vice President of Student Services at Cerro Coso, Heather Ostash, presented to them on the importance of engaging in the participatory governance at the college, district, and state levels.

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Dr. Nicky Damania engaged the officers in a team building exercise of a simulation of being trapped in an earthquake, while Pam Campbell, SGA at Cerro Coso, explored the officers’ personality types through MBTI. The morning also included a working lunch with the KCCD student Trustee Rayven Acosta-Webb as they all engaged in ways of communication across the district.

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AmeriCorps Member Placement Site


Bakersfield College received an announcement last week with notification that we have been selected to serve as an AmeriCorps member placement site from the Foundation for California Community Colleges for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Maria Wright and Yvonne Armendariz

AmeriCorps members will serve as student ambassadors in work-based learning and career exploration for students at Bakersfield College. They will help students access services, improve employability, and prepare for success in college and career.


Thank you to the Foundation for California Community Colleges for your support of BC! Here are the two BC administrators who will be the Principal Investigators for the grant: Maria Wright and Yvonne Armendariz.

Jones Gallery

This year’s BC Art Faculty Exhibition at the Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery inside the library promises to be exciting.

Every year, our art faculty puts together an exhibition of work showcasing all of the artistic techniques and media that they can provide to our students. There will of course be traditional painting, drawing and sculpture, but there will also be photography, video and digital media projects on hand for students to see the work that their talented art professors are capable of both working in and teaching.

The Art Faculty Exhibition runs September 14th through October 13th with a special artists’ reception from 4-7 p.m. on the opening day. The Jones Gallery’s hours of operation to check out the exhibit will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.

Industrial & Transportation Technology (ITT) Completion Coaching Community

The Industrial & Transportation Technology (ITT) Pathway Completion Team started the fall semester off with a great orientation for students in this meta-major. It was the team’s first step in “clarifying the path,” the first pillar of our Guided Pathways Initiative. Approximately 50 students attended the event held on the Monday evening prior to the first week of classes.

Martin Perez, California Careers Pathway Trust Grant Program Manager, welcomed the participating students and introduced Antonio Alfaro, Career & Technical Education Advisor, who also spearheaded the Orientation planning. Antonio emphasized the need and importance of developing an educational plan. He provided a list of all the programs in the ITT Pathway and encouraged them to set up appointments with him for educational planning. Lupe Aguirre provided an overview of labor market trends within the Industrial Technology and Transportation Pathway, including career opportunities currently available. She directed them to career education services, such as job search preparation, internships, resume and cover letter critique, interview preparation and upon graduation, and referrals to employment in their field. Kim Arbolante, Writing Center Lead, introduced the students to the types of Academic Support services available and Pita Montes gave an overview of financial aid programs.

Five faculty from programs in the ITT Pathway talked about the courses in their disciplines, types of certificates and degrees available, and types of jobs students would qualify for upon completion of a program. Justin Flint represented the Auto Technology program; Manny Fernandez represented Electronics Technology; Catherine Jones described the new Occupational Safety and Risk Management program; Robert Stewart represented Manufacturing Technology; and Jason Dixon, Engineering and Industrial Technology Department Chair filled in the gaps by describing the remaining programs in the ITT Pathway. It was a great opportunity to showcase programs to students in the ITT Pathway and provide clarity about the path to success in these fields.

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A great partner — President Horace Mitchell

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Mayor Karen Goh. President Sonya Christian, President Horace Mitchell

President Horace Mitchell recently announced his retirement.  He has been a great partner of Bakersfield College and a valuable colleague during the last four years of my presidency.  He has been a great President of our CSUB and a great collaborator.

The official announcement can be found on CSUB’s website available here.


Valley Fever Walk at Kern County Museum

Emmanual at Fever WalkEmmanuel Limaco was featured in Mayor Karen Goh’s photographs from last Saturday’s Valley Fever Walk at the Kern County Museum. The walk is the culmination of all the charity efforts taking place during Valley Fever Awareness Month, which seeks to spread the word about treatment and prevention of one of the Central Valley’s most debilitating illnesses.

All the proceeds from the Valley Fever walk go to finding a cure and raising awareness of Valley Fever, a dangerous fungal disease endemic to parts of Southwestern North America in general but the San Joaquin Valley in particular. Kern County residents have a 1-3 percent chance of contracting the disease, according to a report by KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News. Dr. Hans Einstein, a relative of famed physicist Albert Einstein, was the foremost authority on Valley Fever and conducted most of his research at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield for almost 50 years. The Valley Fever walk, now in its sixth year, is held in his honor.

Harold Pierce of The Bakersfield Californian has been doing great coverage of Valley Fever.  Congressman Kevin McCarthy has set this issue on the national agenda.  Check it out http://tinyurl.com/yadesyxd

A nice note.

Last week, BC Professor, Gayle Richardson was kind enough to send me a message along with a LinkedIn article about the passion of great bosses. I often say that I’m the luckiest and happiest college president ever and it’s because of our incredible faculty, staff, and students. It’s always a treat to see what they’re up to.

Gayle was in Encinitas last week putting together a princess birthday for her granddaughter. Rapunzel came to life and told all of the girls at the party stories and sang songs with them. She ended the email by saying, “I am looking forward to working with the students in one more week and seeing everyone on campus this week.”

Agriculture professor Chris McCraw posted this fun video on Facebook.


Check our STEM team on Opening Day sporting some latest tie-dye fashions. Opening Day was filled with smiles and energy ready for the new academic year.

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It’s fall 2017 and it’s a great time to be a Renegade!

Community Members connected to BC:

This week I met Dr. Jim Grimes and while we were talking he told me about his daughter Sarah Grimes who graduated from BC this past May and is now is a transfer student at UC Santa Barbara.  I am always excited to hear stories about BC grads.  And as it turns out Sarah’s mom Tracie is an English faculty member at BC.  Renegades everywhere!

Sara Grimes

Sarah Grimes

So what about Neo?

Poor baby…… Of course, I could hardly work with him recuperating from a recent procedure. Though I have to say he’s been remarkably tolerant and gracious through it all.

He is 54 lbs now.

August 24 2017 Neo right after surgery

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That’s all for now.  

Until next time.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya —
the luckiest and happiest college president ever

We are BC

Good morning Bakersfield. It is Saturday December 3rd and a great day to be a Renegade!

And why would it not be when you wake up to Nick Strobel‘s article in the Californian and a video of Shannon Musser dropping the puck at the Condors game last night.

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For the full article go to http://tinyurl.com/hwdugk7.

Also, Nick will be presenting the popular holiday show “Season of Light” on December 8 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Tickets for the show are still available at the BC Ticket Office and online through Vallitix.  Thank you Bill Thomas for securing the funding for The William M Thomas Planetarium.

Marketing Manager Shannon Musser dropping the ceremonial first puck!


On Friday night, December 2nd,  Bakersfield College was the co-sponsor with radio station 93.1 for a giveaway at the Bakersfield Condors game. The first 2,000 fans received a replica Memorial Stadium, complete with an outdoor ice rink in honor of #Winterfest.


Winterfest will be a great event at Bakersfield College. The Bakersfield Condors will be taking over Memorial Stadium from December 21 through January 7 for ice skating, zip line, youth hockey, adult hockey, obstacle course and more – culminating in the Alumni/Celebrity game on January 6 (featuring Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille as captains) and the Outdoor Classic on January 7. Come on down and check out this great event!


If you have not registered for Greater Bakersfield Chamber’s Vision for the Valley, you should do so immediately.  It is on December 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

agenda-dec-6-2016For your tickets click: https://www.bakersfieldchamber.org/events/vision-for-the-valley/

Latino Community Leaders Breakfast

Local leaders from the Hispanic and Latino community joined together at BC on Wednesday morning for a breakfast to share data, success rates, and current initiatives that support BC’s Hispanic/Latino students at the 4th annual Hispanic/Latino Community Leader breakfast. Thank you Lisa Kent and Lesley Bond for all the planning and attention to detail.  It was great to see old friends and connecting with new folks who were attending for the first time.

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World AIDS Day

There are an estimated 34 million people globally who are living with HIV and despite the virus only being identified in 1984, worldaidsday.org reports that “more than 35 million people have died from HIV or AIDS making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.” Each year, December 1st is a day where people around the globe unite to raise awareness, show support for those currently living with HIV or AIDS, and remember those who have passed.


At BC on Thursday, we had a number of booths including our BC Student Health Center, Clinica Sierra Vista which offered free rapid HIV testing, and Dignity Health providing Covered California enrollments. To learn more about World AIDS Day, visit https://www.worldaidsday.org/.


Congratulations Dr. Gerhold!


Dr. John Gerhold

BC’s Performing Arts Department Chair, John Gerhold, received the MACCC Distinguished Service Award on Saturday, November 19. John has been on the MACCC Executive Board since 2000 and has served as Curriculum Representative, President-Elect/President/Past-President (6 year term), and Treasurer.

The award recognizes John’s contributions to community college music instruction in California which include: a major role in the writing and passage of SCR 36 which established in perpetuity May 11 as “California Community College Music Educators Day;” leadership in the development of the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) for Music as well as the existing C-ID descriptors for music; leadership in halting the CCCCO plan to completely eliminate course repetition in CCC performing arts courses; service as the Faculty Discipline Review Group (FDRG) leader for music for the ASCCC; and service as the initial Faculty Discipline Review Group (FDRG) leader for commercial music for the ASCCC; as well as John’s service to the MACCC organization itself.


Generations of support for BC athletics!

I had a chance to stop by the Men’s Basketball game on Sunday at 4:00 PM in the Thanksgiving Tournament in the Gil Bishop Sports Center last weekend. It’s always great sight to see so many wonderful friends, family members, and supporters of our BC athletes.  I was delighted to meet John Kirkeby, a community members who is an ardent supporter of Basketball.  He was passionate in wanting to see more community members out at the Gil Bishop Sports Center to support our student athletes.  Let’s watch Kirkeby in this 42-second clip.

So proud of our students.  Notice #15, Jamar Hammonds on the right.  Athletic Director Sandi Taylor asked him why he had 3-18-2016 on his wrist band. Jamar responded, that is the day my mother passed away.  wow.


And here is Coach Rich Hughes’ family at the game supporting Coach Hughes and the students – his wife Pilar, son Jackson, and Rich’s mom.



Women’s Basketball

On Thursday night, December 1st, the  Bakersfield College Women’s Basketball Team won a 75-60 victory over San Bernardino.


Let’s hear about the event from Francis Mayer:

Angie Kroeger delivered 23 points in just 21 minutes off the bench to give BC all it needed against a scrappy San Berdoo squad that took a two point lead into halftime, only to see BC explode in the second half.

“They had a player who scored 16 in the first half,” Coach Paula Dahl said, “But then we had women like Kennedy Nielsen step up and play serious defense in the second half.”

But Dahl wasn’t coy about saying who made a huge difference Thursday night.

“Without Angie Kroeger, well…there’s a huge hole in our game. Angie stepped up and made things happen, and that’s what a team does. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a team to pick up a win.”

Renegade Wrestling:

BC Wrestling is headed into the Southern California Regional Tournament today at Cuesta College led by Coach Brett Clark, Coach Austin and Coach Espejo.  The team has had a couple of weeks to prepare and is poised to make their move to qualify for the CCCAA State Championships on Dec. 9th and 10th at Victor Valley College.  To hear Coach Clark’s comments click here for a 6-minute video.


BC is a family and Renegade support is timeless throughout generations.  To stay up to date on Men’s Basketball and all Renegade Athletics, check out http://gogades.com/.


Measure J Balloons

When Mary Jo Pasek was driving back to BC with a car packed full with red Measure J balloons, she knew just what she wanted to do with them. She told me in an email, “I couldn’t just pitch the balloons. All kids love balloons so I’m glad they made it into a learning event.”

Here are a few of the darling pictures from the BC Child Development Center, where they turned these ordinary balloons into extra special and fun learning activities, like dancing, and counting!



Dual Enrollment Faculty Colloquium

KHSD, DJUHSD, BC faculty and administrators joined together on Friday for a dual enrollment faculty colloquium. BC and KHSD faculty and staff gave joint presentations on a variety of topics – including Admissions & Records (Michelle Pena, Jackie Lau and Crystal Quinn) and Human Resources and equivalency update (Kathy Howarth and Mike Ivey), evaluation process (Corny Rodriguez and Ben Sherley), syllabus construction (Klint Rigby), teaching a college course (Kathleen Bruce and Joe Saldivar), and textbook utilization (Corny Rodriguez).

Breakout sessions with faculty were designed to facilitate faculty dialogue and ended with Q&A. Marissa Jeffers and Beth Hoffman were our coordinators extraordinaire – we couldn’t have done it without them!

Thank you faculty and staff leadership for making this happen.

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Outreach to High Schools

Bakersfield College has expanded our outreach into the high schools extensively over the last three years.  The Outreach Office which was an initiative in 2013-2014 under the leadership of Steve Watkin has BC in all high schools.  In addition our academic departments do the same.  Here are a few emails that were circulating among a large group of folks on campus.  I was on the distribution list and just loved reading each of them.  I am sure you will enjoy them as much as I do

Dr. Nick Strobel:

Other outreach to the high schools includes the Physics Olympics held in the spring that brings oodles of possible STEM majors from all the high schools and there’s some sort of physics or engineering design challenge going on this Saturday at BC that’ll bring a bunch of high school students to campus (including my daughter). I reach down to the younger kids with the planetarium field trips every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

That’s one thing I like about BC: we’re a community college with the emphasis on “community”. We reach out to the community and the community reaches out to us. A win-win!

Jen Garrett:

I visit nearly every high school and offer a variety of services to them. I offer to clinic the choir, work with accompanists, pull students out to work on solos or small groups, take an entire section (such as sopranos) and work intensely with them, discuss the choir and Applied Music program and BC in general, or any combination.  I also bring a student that previously attended that high school that is in the programs to give a personal testimonial.  I also have a drawing for some kind of BC memorabilia.  We also offer a High School Chamber Festival in October where the choirs come and perform for one another and work with a guest conductor and also myself.  We are also going to do another festival in the spring.  We also hand deliver a poster and flier for all of our concerts to each high school choir. These are a sampling of the things I do for outreach and there is more!  I love to recruit for BC!

Now to all our community members, do you see what makes Bakersfield College special?  The people….their commitment, their talent, and their love for our students and the community.  

#WeAreBC and this is what we do!



That’s all for now.  

Until next week.

With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.  

sonya — the luckiest and happiest college president ever.



BC Wrestling: 5 Conference Champs Lead Squad to Regionals

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Sonya Christian and Jean Fuller. Dec 17, 2015

Last week, after finals, I thought the pace would slow down as we started moving towards the holidays.  But no, that was not the case.  It was a very good, and very active, week at the college.

One of the highlights for me was a conversation I had with Senator Jean Fuller.  As you may know, Senator Fuller is an alum of BC and is doing us proud with her amazing work. She is currently the Senate Republican Leader and first female to hold this post in California’s history.  Senator Fuller is a force in Sacramento with a reputation for getting things done.  A straight-talking individual with a deep love for her community, Fuller has a big vision for the area she represents and for California as a whole, even as she pays careful attention to the details to move the work and achieve the impossible. For more on Fuller, check out her website at http://district16.cssrc.us/

Then there was Kern Tax annual dinner.  Michael Turnipseed, CEO, does great work monitoring our tax dollars while connecting the different agencies in Kern County to advance workforce and economic development.  You may want to check out my blog on August 4th on a great piece of work Turnipseed facilitated:


Tom Burke in on the Board of Kern Tax and invited me as his guest. Connected with wonderful people during this event.  Here is a picture with Midge Boydstun Jimerson, who is the daughter of John Boydstun and a strong supporter of BC.

I also attended Vienna Battistoni’s retirement party and met Meg Gonder and Linda Hudson, two remarkable women who introduced themselves as Clayton Fowler‘s aunts.  Fowler is the current SGA president at BC and he is doing remarkable work advancing student leadership and student engagement on campus.

Talking about the Boydstun’s, John  is a die hard Renegade football fan and comes to all of our games.  Also, was happy to connect with Bob Hodel, another supporter of Renegade Football. For more on Bob Hodel, check out my Nov 9, 2014 blog about the Alumni BBQ as well as the September 5, 2014 post on Renegade Athletics



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BC goes into overtime against West Hills. Dec 18, 2015

Last night Frank Gornick, Chancellor of West Hills, sent me a photo of the Basketball score board as BC took on West Hills in overtime.  The Renegades won 97-89!  Coach Hughes, you rock!

Check out the story Gades win OT Thriller at West Hills–Coalinga  by Francis Mayer on our athletics website: 


As we move into the holidays most of our fall sports are also wrapping up their season schedules.

The BC volleyball team scored a rousing first-round playoff victory over Palomar College before eventually falling in a tough four-set match to number three ranked El Camino during the second round of the Southern California Regionals over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Meanwhile, the women’s soccer team had a great midseason run of their own before a late score knocked them out of playoff contention.

And then there’s the Bakersfield College wrestling team that features some of the finest junior college wrestling talent in California. The team started November by hosting their first SEWC Conference Championship Tournament in years — and they didn’t waste the opportunity.

150911-BC-WREST-035Five Renegade grapplers claimed conference titles in their weight class — the most of any college — and two earned Most Valuable Wrestler honors as BC placed third overall on their home mats.

Conference crowns were won by Norman Abas (125 lbs.), Torrey Casper (133 lbs.), Jacob Maas (165 lbs.), Zack Mitchell (184 lbs.) and Jose Robledo (197 lbs.).  Meanwhile, Norman was named Most Valuable Wrestler among competitors in the lower weight classes, while Jacob took that honor for the upper weight classes.

Casper is an example of the wonderful things that unfold in community college athletics.  After a promising high school wrestling career at Bakersfield’s Frontier High School, Casper fathered a child and took a break from school to work and support his young family.  But the desire to complete his education and athletic career never went away, so after building up his financial reserves laboring in the oil fields, he returned to Bakersfield College.

IMG_2423Then there’s Norman Abas. This Fresno native is the nephew of a pair of global wrestling legends, but he decided to come to Bakersfield College to make his own mark.

It’s hard to question his decision, considering BC’s exceptional coaches may be the most highly decorated staff in the state.


BC Wrestling coach

Co-head coach Brett Clark won a state championship at BC in 2002, then launched a return to the mat earlier this year.  Obviously, it was a good decision as Brett went on to win National Championships in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling before competing in the World Championships in Greece last October, earning a silver medal in Freestyle and a bronze in Greco-Roman.  Meanwhile, Brett’s coaching partner, co-head coach Marcos Austin, is a black belt holder in both Brazilian Jujitsu and Judo, while assistant coach Joe Espejo won the State Heavyweight title for BC in 2004. Is it any wonder why some of the best young wrestlers in Kern County want to continue their athletic careers under the direction of these men?

These latest developments are just the latest stellar chapter in what’s been an incredible half-century for the BC wrestling program — check out some of the impressive stats the team has accumulated over the years (and special thanks to Mike Stricker, president of local wrestling support organization the Coyote Club, for these numbers).


Fifty (55) Years of Bakersfield College Renegade Wrestling

1960-1961    Harry Kane    13-8    .619%

1962-1964    Vic Linkog    13-6    .684%

1964-1985    Bruce Pfutzenreuter    264-81-4    .765%

1985-1987    Steve Nickell    5-12    .243%

1987-2014    Bill Kalivas    208-72-2    .654%

2014     Brett Clark-Marcos Austin


1969 State Champions

2003 State Champions

2004 State Champions


Renegade Wrestling Greats

Art Chavez – South High, BC, San Francisco State – National Freestyle and Greco Roman Champion, US World Team, Olympic Team

Rockey Rasley – South High, BC, Oregon State – US World Team, Played 8 years in the NFL

Joe Nigos – Delano High, BC, Cal Poly – US World Team

Bruce Burnett – North High, BC, Idaho State – US National, World and Olympic Team Head Coach

Bill Van Worth – South High, BC, Humboldt State, CSUB – Pan American Games Champion

Franc Affentrange – Shafter High, BC, CSUB – 2 Time 3rd NCAA Division I Tournament

Florencio Rocha – Bakersfield High, BC, CSUB – 4th NCAA Division I Tournament

Pfutzenreuter – Inducted into the Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame, California Wrestling Hall of Fame, USA Wrestling Hall of Fame California Chapter

Kalivas – Inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame


Renegade Athletics: Ending the Season on High Note

Francis Mayer Dec 15 2014

Francis Mayer coaching the Equity TV Team on Dec 15 2014

I was just browsing BC’s webpages and found the Athletics website to be very current and engaging.  Check it out at http://www.gogades.com/

Thank you Francis Mayer for keeping this website up-to-date.  Also thank you for your work on the Renegade Report which aired last season with 15 episodes on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.  You can find the archived versions of the videos at: http://tinyurl.com/lnh5w9r

Francis is now producing BC’s first Equity TV show that will air live on Monday, January 19th, at 11:00 p.m. Our launch episode is with the African American Initiative. Odella Johnson is the lead for 4 episodes on Equity TV that focuses on African Americans and the importance of higher education.  The Latino strand is co-led by Corny Rodriguez and Lisa Kent, the Veterans by Tina Mendoza and Paul Beckworth, and the remaining by Prima Arvizu.  More on the BC Equity TV later.

For now, here is a quick blurb on Renegade Athletics from my report to the KCCD Board on December 18, 2014:


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Renegades celebrate after winning the Western State Championship on Nov 22 2014

The Renegade Football team overcame a disappointing 1-4 start by winning their next final five regular season games and qualifying for the Western State Bowl. With only a week to prepare, the Athletic Department rallied together and obtained the financial backing of longtime supporter Clifford Bradford Insurance to underwrite the game. Where the Renegades lacked numbers and size, they compensated with creative play calling, gutsy execution, and attention to detail on special teams. Placekicker Parker Campbell is a great example of this. While Chaffey’s defense was stubborn and wouldn’t let the Renegades score a touchdown on offense, Campbell was a perfect long-distance weapon. He was five of five on field goal attempts, accounting for 15 of the ‘Gades 22 total points. He was awarded the Offensive Player of the Game Award, a rare honor for a kicker. Another rare occurrence was Punter Dayton Diorio earning Defensive MVP honors. He did so by pinning Chaffey inside of their own 20 yard line four times with booming punts. The overall MVP of the game is the grandson of former Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Carl Bowser, Renegade legacy Dominic Frasch. “Dom” is a speedy defensive back who scored the game’s only touchdown, a trick punt play where Frasch took the snap instead of the punter, and sped 59 yards for the score.



Jack Murphy

Jack Murphy

Renegade Wrestling battled injuries and weight issues most of the season, but there was one constant rock; 197 pounder Jack Murphy. According to Head Coach Brett Clark, Murphy put together one of the dominant seasons in program history by going undefeated (23-0) and not being taken down once. Murphy also didn’t give up a single offensive point all season. He capped off the effort with a 3-2 victory in the state championship match against Oscar Martinez of Cerritos College. It was Renegade Wrestling’s first state championship since current Assistant Coach Joe Espejo won the Heavyweight title ten years ago in 2004. Murphy has appointments with five different schools to discuss his transfer options. He wants to get a degree in sports medicine.


Women’s Basketball

women's basketball

Coach Paula Dahl says relationships are everything, and her team is proving it this season with an incredible 9-0 start. Coach Dahl says it’s been almost a different star in every win this season, including big performances from Claesy Tarver, Rosebrooke Hunt, Alex Green, Nakia Page, and McKaiela Tyler. She says the teammates don’t even send individual texts to one another anymore; instead every message is a group text. Their second tournament championship in program history was achieved when they won the Bristol Marketplace Classic at Santa Ana, and Tarver won tourney MVP honors. Dahl says the last time a team had this hot of a start, they finished second in the conference championships. Her goal this season is simple: she wants to win the conference and host playoff games in March. Check out the December 18, 2015 piece in the Californian at

BC Renegade Report and Live Football

Athletics partnered with The Bakersfield Californian to bring live video coverage to all 11 Renegade Football games as well as 15 in-studio weekly shows promoting the college athletic programs. In total more than 10,000 people viewed the video coverage during the 2014 season and an average of 522 viewers of the live weekly show through the first 13 shows.  We have a great partner in the Bakersfield Californian.  Thank you!