Our History


With the help of the community, California State University, Bakersfield pulled through the 1980s. The university, however, was still not out of the woods and had many new trials to face.

Approaching the 21st century, CSUB took steps to keep up with the rapid development of technology, especially computer and telecommunications technologies, which have proven to have a dramatic impact on teaching and learning. The Walter W. Stiern Library was and continues to be a focal point of our progress toward applying technology in higher education. The library houses a state of the art media center, computer labs, web-services, instructional television, and information technology services.

The university continues to look at new paradigms for teaching and learning. Technology fundamentally changed how classes are taught. It has changed the role of the teacher, the responsibilities of the student, the resources available to students and the environment in which the learning process takes place. These changes in new technologies would become very challenging for the new CSUB President Tomas Arciniega. (photo)

Student-athletes found success in the classroom and on the field, court, track and in the pool. Roadrunner athletics continued in the 1990s to rank among the nationís most winning NCAA programs at any level. The athletics program has been a source of continuing pride for the university and for the community. The CSUB athletics program has won 29 national team titles, including a record 12 menís swimming championships, a rate no other Division II school in the nation has ever matched.

May 1990
CSUB softball team wins its third straight NCAA Division II championship
Oct. 1990
Bakersfield Business Conference moves to CSUB campus

Men's Basketball Team March 1993
CSUB menís basketball team ends season undefeated and wins NCAA Division II national championship

Walter W. Stiern Library Jan. 1994
Walter Stiern Library opens
March 1994
Menís basketball team wins second consecutive NCAA Division II championship

Student Union May 1994
Student Union opens
Jan. 1998
Activities center named Jimmie and Marjorie Icardo Center
April 1999
Antelope Valley classes begin in rented building