Vicci Brown Snyder
I started at CSCB in fall of 1973 after attending Bakersfield College. I remember how compact the campus was,
and how, as I worked on campus as a student assistant, I knew all of the faculty and staff. I worked in the
Athletics Department for Joe Seay and the wrestling team as a statistician, a job I had started in high school
for Joe. A lot of the wrestlers lived in the dorms, and I would take breaks in the dorms between classes
rather than drive all the way home (only 9.5 miles, but still…). I fondly remember the size of classes, and
how involved the faculty would get in helping you succeed. People like Michael and Kim Flachmann, Oliver Rink,
and Dick Noel were fantastic professors. I remember my BA graduation, outside in the quad, in June with 104
temperatures and March Fong Yu, the Secretary of State rambling on for an hour! I am back on campus with a
double Masters program in Public Administration and Social Work, and still see some of the professors. The
size of the school is different, but I see a lot of the same involvement from the faculty. I know that the
time between my graduations (36 years) is a lot, but the school still is a wonderful memory in my life.
I have often had reason through my working years to feel a great appreciation for the solid accounting
education I received at this school. I gained a thorough understanding of the whys that form the basis for
accounting. This solid base allowed me to make reasonable decisions when heading down a new path. Great
attention was given to the ethical aspects of the accounting profession. This was extremely important to me,
and one of the reasons I continued in the field.
Juan Vega, Jr.
Class of fall 1989 - finally finished. Many great memories: Carol Sundee, counselor, contacting me and
encouraging me to complete an application for a Navy Intership in Washington, D.C. in spring 1987. I
"grew" and this experience broke my comfort zone, and my mere hometown upbringing. Thanks Carol, I
participated in 3 Summer Navy Intern programs which lead to my Fort Huachua, Arizona employment! I love
and miss Dr. Everett Mann; I am so fond of Dr. James Vigil. Dr. Arciniega came up to me just after I was
accepted to the first Navy Internship program in 1987, and invited me to his office; he truly cared for
his students. Dr. Arciniega invited me to "extend" myself, and make contact with his personal friends in
the D.C. area. He even sent them personal letters, and provided me copies, introducing me. The CSUB Mecha
fiestas and car shows ... the Younger Half Band - we had fun, respectable fun! Thanks CSUB!
Alice W. Short
After raising my four children and working in the Women's Movement I decided to go for
a college degree and enrolled at Cal State Bakersfield. It was 1972 and I was 48 years old. The
campus wasn't very big, the grounds were mostly open fields and the classes small. I loved every
minute of it (except maybe Probability Theory). I received my Bachelor's Degree/magna cum laude in
1975, and in 1977 a Master's in Public Administration. I worked in administrative positions in County
government until my retirement and also taught at Cal State for a few years after that. I'm 86 now
and a great-grandmother but getting my degree is still one of the high points of my life.
CSUB has impacted me in so many ways because it became my second home. I attended CSUB
from 1992-1995 and I immediately was welcomed with open arms from the faculty, fellow classmates
as well as my new track teammates and coaches. I learned so much while attending CSUB from two of
my favorite teachers, Dr. Alali and Judith Pratt. Even though I was on a track scholarship I stayed
committed to excelling in the classroom. I learned how to welcome all challenges put before me on
and off the track and, as a result, I attended film school immediatley after graduating and received
my Master's Degree in Film and Video in June 2000 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
I now reside in Los Angeles with my fiance and my toddler son. I am employed as an assitant editor
working on movie trailers and reality TV shows. Furthermore, Cal State will always be my home
because everyone treated me like family and family is so important to me. MUCH LOVE CSUB!
I use to be a student assistant in the computer lab. Because of my appearance with
white hair most people were surprised at the first glance. Several people asked me if I’m a
professor! Three middle age students (girls) stopped by my desk. One of them said we’re about to
quit study because it is so hard, we just can’t. On the way out we made the decision to ask your
idea. I told them I’ve no idea, the only thing I can say is, I’m 68 and English is my 2nd language,
this is my last quarter and I’ll walk for my graduation next quarter. Think about yourself. Recently
I met one of them in a Target store, she hugged me and said we made it. Antelope Valley campus
administration made a friendly evironment. I enjoyed the time I was there. I graduated in 2007.
Anthony L. Roberson
I remember Dr. Drushell reading "Love Poem" to our class. She barely finished the poem
when her voice slightly cracked, and it was apparent that she was crying. It was the first time
that I had personally witnessed the emotional power of the written word. I was 26, and this was
around 1990. I never forgot that moment. I went on to read more, and found myself emotionally
touched by the short story "Miss Brill", which was also assigned in Dr. Drushell's class. Recently,
I had the fortune of contacting Dr. Drushell, and letting her know the joy of reading that she
helped instill in me. I'm a teacher now, and I can only hope that I impart the same joy of reading
and learning as she did with me back in the early '90s.
I took my first steps on the college campus in 1991, when I was in 6th grade. I was
selected to be in the NYSP (National Youth Sports Program). We were bussed from Mt.Vernon
Elementary, so you can only imagine the long, scenic drive. I still remember how excited I was
every day to be part of the many outdoor activities planned out for us. Most of the activities
took place in what is now Runner Park. I always felt butterflies in my stomach to be on such a
"big" campus. That would not be my last stop. I returned a few years later as a Career Beginnings
student as a junior in high school, then made CSUB, my University. I graduated with my BA and MS,
and can't imagine myself going elsewhere. I have seen the campus grow, not only physically, but
also culturally. It was definitely a home away from home, and ALWAYS will be.
In Fall of 2007 I graduated from CSUB with a degree in Spanish and later received my
teaching credentials in 2009. I was the first in my family to graduate from a University. I
can say that I had a great experience at CSUB. I met wonderful friends who also served as a study
group. I also had great teachers who were very dedicated and from who I learned a lot. I was
very glad when I found out that the Spanish Program was saved. I was part of Hermes Literature
Club which was lead by Dr. Corral who was very dedicated to her students. She was always trying
to instill the importance of culture into us through her trips and presentations. I can say I
came upon great people during my years at CSUB.
Susanne (Betenbaugh) Campbell
I had the pleasure of attending CSUB in 1979 when it was CSB, and finally graduating once it became a university.
My father was the first director of the Health Center and loved meeting and getting to know all the students
that took advantage of that great benefit. He joked that he was going to write a book one day about the humorous
stories his students/patients shared and call it "All My Children." On occasion I would work with him in the
Health Center and loved all of the staff there. I also worked in the Counseling Center with Dr. Dick Swank, Dr.
Bobbie George and Dr. Willis Hill. CSUB continues to have that "small" campus mentality regardless of its size.
I am amazed at the many changes I see on campus today, but am also impressed at the landmarks that remain for
us to enjoy.
I was a member of the first entering class at (then called) Cal State Bakersfield in 1970 and graduated with
the first four year undergraduates in 1974. All the classes were small, never more than 20-25 students
(usually only ten or so), and the professors young and motivated. I had several top flight teachers, three
of whom deserve mention - Charles McCall, Gene Clark, and Bill Hanson. They all became life-long friends.
It was a liberal education in the best meaning of the word; open discussions with bright folks who cared about
thinking and not pushing an agenda. I hope that legacy continues.
Denise Papasergia Cutbirth
I began college as a single mother of two young children when I was 27 years old. I needed a good job
so that I could support them and I needed that college diploma. I had the good fortune of finding a
field that I enjoyed and was good at and graduated in 1984 with a degree in Communications. There were
many outstanding instructors (characters) teaching in our department including Gary Byrd and Marla
Iyasere. While there, I had the good fortune to work for the "CSB" News Bureau and for the school paper.
The best part about getting my education locally were the ample opportunities available to me. I got a
head start on my career working for Tehachapi's newspaper during my senior year. The year I graduated
I got a job as editor of the "Wasco News" and before I knew it, I had my dream job working for "The
Bakersfield Californian" and eventually my own column. Many thanks to CSUB. I will always be grateful
Donald L. Mather Jr.
My first year, I lived in the over-21 dorm. Most of my friends were a lot yonger than myself. My best
friend was Owen, a kid from Londonderry, Ireland. We had a toga party which I still have pictures of.
Some of the professors were really cool; others were really judgemental. All in all I got through and
went on to obtain my MA in Georgia and taught alternative school for a number of years. I went to work
for the Department of Defense and have lived in Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar. Now I'm retired in
Alabama and still remember my days at CSUB.
CSUB has been a part of my life since I was a child, starting with summer courses as a
grade school kid and finally as an undergrad. I even tended bar at the CSUB Pub in '91 (see CSUB
Runner 4/10/91, Vol. 16, Issue 21). Nearly 20 years later I still dip into the knowledge and
experiences I gained from CSUB on a regular basis. On June 6th my son and I walked the campus
together. It seemed almost the same as it was when I attended. Sam, who is 3, just wanted to run
around and chase squirrels.
Sally Shaw (Calvin)
I entered the Nursing program at CSUB in 1978 and graduated in 1980. I loved the campus!
It was small (only about 3,000 students back then) and the nursing department was the largest
department on campus. I have just celebrated my 30th year as a nurse and I feel that the nursing
program at CSUB prepared me very well for my future career. I wanted to be a nurse since I was 7
years old and I am so grateful that I got to reach that dream. Hail to the future graduates of CSUB!
I transferred from San Jose State to CSCB in Sept. 1971. I moved into an apartment my
first year. The school had 1,200 students with a ratio of 3 to 1 student to professor. The dean
of students walked me around and helped me get my classes. I was a biology student and Prof. Jack
Amundson was my mentor. In my 2nd year I moved into the new dorms and made life long friends with
the nursing students occupying the 2nd and 3rd floors of the dorms. The school was in the middle
of sugar beet fields with nothing else around. The education emphasized was called the "inquiry"
method. This has made me the person I am today and have used that education in all the career
paths I have made. I look back very fondly of my experience at CSCB.
Teresa (Jackson) Williams
I started CSB in August 1973. My intent was to attend CSB for 2 years and then transfer
to UCLA. After one year I decided to remain at CSB all four years. I graduated in May 1977 with a
BA in Physical Education. While at CSB I served as a cheerleader for all four years. I went on to
be a PE teacher and coach. I am now a principal of a middle school in Oakland.
Jeannette J. Gary
For me, one of the most exciting and complimentary moments at CSUB was when Dr.
Elizabeth Jackson asked me to be her 'TA' for the final in 2001. It was great fun! That same
year, I received a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology. In 2003 I became a
volunteer, activist and president of Citizens for a New Oildale, Inc. Our goal was and is to
change the face and image of Oildale. We want to make it safe and family friendly - every family
reaching its full potential. This 100 year old community has already turned a corner. Last year
CSUB hosted a day for Oildale. I truly believe that what I learned at Cal State has helped me work
with the media as well as with our leaders - and to know my audience, if I have to speak. Last
week our group hosted the dedication of the first historic mural in Oildale (101 E. Beardsley and
N. Chester Avenues), as well as a luncheon.
In 1981, I was in 6th grade when CSB hosted the K.C. Oral Language Festival. It was
my first trip to the campus, which was surrounded by open fields. The buildings and classrooms
were impressive and we were so surprised when we heard there was a pub on campus. I later
transferred to CSUB in 1992 from B.C. and will never forget how different the library was in its
old location which is now the Education and Student Services Building. It was only two floors
high and you could read outside in the interior patio. There were more ducks around the big pond
and crows that would try to attack you. I also recall how strange it was to learn how to use a
"mouse" for the first time in my English class. The campus has transformed so much since Dr.
Mitchell has become our President and I am very thankful for that. Our newest buildings are
something to be proud about.