Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect – Margaret Mitchell
This quote has stuck with me the whole week as I kept up with my readings on pandemics, health data metrics, contact tracing apps and the development of a potential short term workforce, V-shaped rebounding of the economy, to now economists discussing a more protracted, or potentially, L-shaped recovery.
Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect
Good morning Bakersfield
It is Saturday, May 2, 2020…A great day to be a Renegade
This week, President’s Cabinet rolled a fun video message for our BC students thanks to Dena Rhoades. Check it out.
BC Answers call for PPE
Darren Willis and our students at the Creative Design Center used our 3D printer makerspace to create face shields and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Cindy Collier presented Clinica Sierra Vista with 50 face shields on Wednesday, and we delivered another batch of face shields to the Bakersfield Family Medical Center.
Visit the Bakersfield College website for more details about how our students are using 3D printers to help our healthcare workers, and check out the Creative Design Center page for more information about the longest-running makerspace in Kern County.
Thank you to Darren Willis and our Industrial Technology students for answering the call during these important times, and thank you again to the BC nurses on the frontlines of COVID-19.
And check out this video from Darren about how the PPE is made:
Virtual Forums. April 13th speakers
Let’s check out the videos from the Virtual Forum on April 13th.
California State Assemblyman Rudy Salas
Trustee Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg
You can find archived videos of our virtual forums, and information about our response to COVID-19 on our COVID-19 website.
Virtual student events
This week, we have continued to be active with events to help our students succeed and to celebrate their talents.
The Office of Outreach and School Relations organized a Virtual Express Enrollment event on Wednesday. Each participant received the help they needed to complete all of the enrollment steps, including counseling, registering for classes and financial aid.
Thank you to the 45 staff members and student workers who were rockstars. Thnx to our Counseling, EOPS/Cal-SOAP, Financial Aid, A&R, and Marketing for collaborating with Outreach and Early College to ensure we were fully staffed and able to help those who attended. All around amazing teamwork… We are BC!
Visit the Registration Rocks page for more information about the next Express Enrollment event.
Virtual Transfer Day
Counselors from universities across the country engaged with BC students through Zoom at the 2020 Virtual Transfer Fair on Tuesday. Counselors like Ched Salasek from Grand Canyon University spoke with students on a one-to-one basis to walk Renegades through all of the programs and facilities that their schools have to offer.
Thank you to the Transfer Team for putting together this important chance for our students to continue their education. Read more information on the BC website or visit the Transfer Pathways page for more information about how to set yourself up for success when you graduate from BC.
Virtual Industrial Automation Day
Thursday’s Virtual Industrial Automation Day offered our community the chance to learn more about our innovative baccalaureate program. Staff members from the Industrial Transportation and Technology Pathway guided students through all of the career opportunities available with a degree in automation.
Thank you to Carlos Medina and the Career Education Team for working with the Industrial Transportation and Technology Pathway to put together this important expo for our students.
Virtual Performance of “Metamorphoses”
This weekend, the Bakersfield College Performing Arts Department presents an audio-only, virtual performance of “Metamorphoses,” a play based on the Myths of Ovid and written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman.
The play is directed by Cody Ganger and edited by Kevin Ganger.
The audio-only performance will be available on the BC Performing Arts website until 10 pm on Sunday night.
Grow With Google Small Business Seminars
The BC Launchpad is hosting a free series of digital skills webinars from the Business and Entrepreneurship Sector of California Community Colleges. The webinars are organized and hosted by Grow with Google, a small business initiative and relief fund.
The first webinar on April 23 focused on Reaching Customers Online with Google. On Thursday, the Grow with Google team hosted a webinar on using Google Search and Maps to optimize your business.
If you’re interested in the final webinar on May 14 about using data to drive business growth, which will be hosted by Corissa Saint Laurent, register through GoToWebinar.
To learn more about BC’s collaborative efforts to support entrepreneurs in Kern County, visit the BC Launchpad.
BC In the News: Craig Hayward on KGET
Craig Hayward, dean of Institutional Effectiveness, was featured in an investigative piece by KGET’s Karen Hua regarding data related to COVID-19.
He simply yet eloquently explained statistical principles in sample selection in data modeling.
#BC Goes Online
I’d like to share a few of the social media posts I found from our BC facutly and staff this week.
Our nursing students and staff are still working hard to keep our community safe. The BC library has been giving us a peek into their personal libraries. The old Memorial Stadium scoreboard was recently leveled. We’re working on a website to track our transfer-bound students (look for more on that in the coming weeks). And the 2020 Student Leadership & Involvement Award Ceremony went virtual this year.
Archives Throwback: Student Housing at Bakersfield College
In the 1960s, the Home of the Renegades was a literal home for many of our students who lived on campus. The dormitory for men was behind the Campus Center and had their own live-in maid named Eleanor. The women’s dormitory also had a live-in “den mother” named Miss Snell. The two houses were active in student activities and had their own associated fraternities and sororities.
Earl Parsons collected a few passages about on-campus housing from the 1966 Raconteur that offers a glimpse of life for those student residents. Check it out on the BC website for more details.
Student Perspective Corner
Our Marketing student workers Juan Reyes and Ramon Carreido have been attending some of the student life virtual events to check in on how our students are engaging with each other on remote platforms. Here are some of the events they’ve covered.
Renegades Surf the Web Earth Day Challenge
BCSGA used Facebook and Instagram to host an Earth Day challenge featuring our students’ creative appreciation and support for our environment. Students were encouraged to share art, music, poetry or anything to express their appreciation for the Earth.
Danny Escobar was announced as the BCSGA winner along with his friend, Brittany the Turtle, enjoying a sweet fruit and veggie salad while expressing their Earth Day pride.
Video Game and Netflix Streams with Student Life
The Office of Student Life is using video games to help Renegades stay connected while sheltering in place. On Monday, students logged in to Discord to organize matches through the competitive survival horror game Dead by Daylight. Benny Balderrama, Samantha Pulido, and Perla Villegas moderated the virtual chat and encouraged students to play together any way they could. On Thursday, the Office of Student Life streamed “Fallout: New Vegas” with students.
The Office of Student Life continues to stream the popular reality show “Tiger King” and engage with students through the Netflix Watch Party feature.
Cooking with BCSGA: Pancakes From Around the World
BCSGA students showed off their culinary skills at the end of Virtual Spring Fling week on Friday, April 24, during the Pancakes From Around the World event. Students flocked to the BCSGA YouTube account to watch their peers cook mouth-watering pancake dishes, including potato pancakes from Poland, Japanese souffle pancakes, and Venezuelan arepas.
The Office of Student Life posts their upcoming events on their website.
Next Level Gades!
We are excited to see another Renegade student athlete sign to move on to the next level this week. Ryan Bayne from Renegade Volleyball is headed to Humboldt State this fall. Ryan has been a part of Coach Carl Ferreira’s volleyball program for the last two years in winning back-to-back conference championships during her time. We are excited for Ryan and wish her all the best up north!
Former Renegade Solo Ajayi Signs with the Cleveland Browns
We were also excited to see a former Renegade football student athlete sign an undrafted free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns this last week.
Solo Ajayi had a great few seasons as a linebacker at BC from 2015-2016. Afterwards he moved on to play at Liberty University before his signing with the Browns.
We are rooting for you Solo!
Cheer Announces Virtual Tryouts for the 2020-21 Season
The BC Cheer team has announced it will be going forward with virtual tryouts for the 2020-21 season. The tryouts will take place the week of May 18th-21st with prospects submitting videos of their tryout. The team will primarily use the app ‘BAND’ for video sharing purposes.
That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
the luckiest and happiest college president ever