BC stands for Beat Covid — David Torres
David Torres, Centric Health Foundation Chairman, put it best “BC may stand for Bakersfield College, but to all of us here in this community, for us, BC stands for Beats Covid.”
I loved his energy and excitement at the clinic:
We also celebrated Community Relations Director Norma Rojas-Mora’s birthday with a drive-through singalong:
On Friday, March 26, Bakersfield College hosted our second big drive-through vaccination event – vaccinating 1,025 people!
I am grateful to everyone whose hard work and dedication helped make BC’s second drive-through Covid vaccination clinic an absolute success.
Check out more pictures from the March 26 clinic on BC’s SmugMug site.
I’m continuing to share pictures of our vaccinated Renegades. If you’d like to share your vaccination photo, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC supporter Nicole Parra got her vaccination at our first drive-thru clinic:
Program Manager for Counseling & Student Success Isabel Castaneda tweeted about her Johnson&Johnson vaccination:
Food Services Manager Fidel Cabuena got his second Pfizer shot:
Department Assistant Cheryl Caswell-Fairbanks got the shot with her husband and Shawn Newsom from the History Department:
Good morning Bakersfield.
It is Saturday, April 3, 2021 … a great day to be a Renegade.
This Easter weekend, I wanted to share a few photos of spring flowers:
And the rose season is getting started:
First Lady comes to Central Valley
This week, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited the Central Valley to meet with farmworkers at The Forty Acres. She was joined by Gov. Gavin Newsom in touring The Forty Acres, which was created by Cesar Chavez and became the headquarters for the United Farmworkers of America, and in thanking farmworkers for their hard work during the pandemic. Connie Perez-Andreeson from the BC Foundation Board introduced Dr. Jill Biden…. so cool!
And here is an Instagram post by FLOTUS; the picture is of Connie introducing her.
Young Mothers for Peace
Mothers for Peace, the first in a series of seminars through the Bakersfield College Peace Initiative, kicked off on Tuesday this week with a Zoom webinar where panelists reflected on their experiences and concerns as they raise their children, as well as their visions for a peaceful future. Norma Rojas-Mora, served as emcee. Our panelists were Sandy Woo-Cater, Anti-Trafficking Expert; Lauren Skidmore, District Director for Assembly Member Vince Fong; Pawan Gill, Director of HR and Community Development for the City of Arvin; and Antrenette Carr, Human Resources Manager at Amazon.
Here are my opening remarks:
Then, our panelists each gave a short introduction of themselves and their families:
Norma then asked our panelists to reflect on a series of questions.
As a mother, what do you see as the threat?
Let’s fast forward to 2035, your child is now an adult. As you envision that world what do you want it look like?
What do you want to do to reach that vision for a peaceful society in 2035? What is your call to action?
Norma wrapped up the seminar with a few closing comments:
Please stay tuned to the BC Peace Initiative website for information about upcoming seminars, events, and other projects.
Early College Info Night at Valley Oaks Charter
Last Thursday the Early College team hosted a virtual student & parent information night for Valley Oaks Charter School. The session was focused on incoming 9th graders and their parents, but was open for all Valley Oaks students. The student testimonials were the highlight of the event. Two graduating seniors shared their experiences with taking Early College classes through Valley Oaks. They also participated in a question and answer session for the parents and students.
Here are some quotes from our Early College students:
“It’s a really good experience… If you do start, I would start with 1-2 classes.” – Jaxon Young
“I was nervous too. It’s ok to be nervous. It puts a little bit of pressure on you but don’t be afraid to ask your professors for help.” – Elise Mayer
Inmate Scholars Update
Jennifer Craig, an assistant professor of English and the Inmate Scholars Program, sent out the latest edition of the Inmate Scholars Newsletter on March 26.
You can check it out below:
Spotted on Social Media
BC Cheer shared a throwback photo from the 1994-1995 squad:
The Kern Exceptional Family Center shared some pictures from their vaccination clinic in partnership with the Kern Regional Center and Bakersfield College:
History Professor Olivia Garcia spotted some Easter cheer on a trail:
One of our Culinary Arts students was preparing pastry boxes for Nixtamal Cafe:
Job Development Specialist Carlos Medina’s family took a bike ride through the bluffs:
The Story of Kitty
Before I wrap up with the Athletics Corner that Brandon sends my way, I wanted you to enjoy this story written by one of my regular contributors to the blog, Dr. Jack Hernandez, aka “Grandpa Jack” who wrote a delightful short story for his seven year old granddaughter who is a terrific gymnast…she was cartwheeling and flipping when he was visiting in Williamstown.
Kitty was a small, grey fluffy cat. Her older sister, Kiki, loved to musically meow and dance, waving her paws in the air like flags. Her big brother, Cosmic, was a superstar mouse chaser.
But one morning as Kitty watched them from her high breakfast perch she wondered what she could do to be happy like them. She remembered all the things she had tried to do, but hadn’t worked.
First she had tried swimming, but didn’t like her fur all wet, soggy, and heavy. So that didn’t work.
Next she had played catball, but didn’t like waiting for her turn, plus she missed too many. So that didn’t work.
Then she had gone outside on the grass to race snails, but that was too easy. Like even an ant can beat a snail. So that didn’t work.
Finally she had tried tooting a horn, but didn’t like her lips all tired and worn. So that didn’t work.
O me, o my, she thought, what can I do? And as she sat and wondered, she suddenly fell from her perch and without thinking landed upright on her paws! Wow, she said, I can do this, can do tricks in the air!
So when her mama cat, Lipsi, brought her a pancake, she asked her how she could learn to leap and turn, leap and circle in the air.
He mom answered, “I know a place, Kitty, that teaches kiddy cats to do catnastics, and after breakfast I’ll take you there.”
“Thank you, mom,” Kitty purred as she put some syrup on her pancake.
So that very afternoon Kitty began her catnastics lessons. And she practiced and practiced.
Then one day, not too long after, she was cartwheeling her way! Here and there! Everywhere!
O how she could flip and dip! Backward and forward! Up and down! Cat flips to the ceiling, to the floor. Tricks, tricks, and tricks galore!
She was no longer just watching other cats in their jazzy fur. She was now cool, cool Kitty. Jumping. Pumping. Swinging and zinging. Every day. Every way.
And that is how she became Kitty–The Cartwheeling Cat.
Volleyball End Spring I Season With Perfect Record
Even though they were not playing competitively for over a year, the Renegade Women’s Volleyball squad is playing like they haven’t skipped a beat. They recently wrapped up play in the abbreviated California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) Spring I sports season with a perfect 9-0 record. In the process they swept seven of the nine opponents and only gave up two sets in those nine games. While there will be no conference or state championship for them to play at the end of this season, we are proud of the what they accomplished and how they represented BC!
Coach Littlejohn on KGET Coaches Corner
Be sure to catch our very own Renegade Head Football Coach R. Todd Littlejohn as he joins KGET sports reporter Taylor Schaub to dissect the local high school football games each week. Watch last week’s segment of the first week of Kern High District games by clicking below:
That’s all for now.
Until next time.
With much Renegade Pride and Collegiality.
the luckiest and happiest college president ever