Schedule of Monthly Programs


October 4, 2012. 2PM, Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
Lili Marsh, head of the Kern County chapter of Honor Flights, will talk about this project, which flies local military veterans to Washington, DC for visits to memorials, monuments, the Capitol, and other significant sites at no charge. Janis Varner, our Sunshine Chair, will tell of her experience as a "guardian" accompanying Kern County veterans to DC last May. One of the veterans on that trip will add to the program. Honor Flights accepts applications from veterans of any era, as well as volunteers to be "guardians," and donations to fund the flights.
Possibilities Day, Thursday, September 13, 202 , 8:30AM, Multipurpose Room, Student Center.
Dr. Vandana Kohli, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Immediate Past Chair of Faculty and Academic Senate Faculty Rights Officer, will speak on: "Shared Governance at CSUB: The Role of Faculty in Sustaining the Mission".

After her talk, everyone can become acquainted with the many action and interest groups of 60+ and given an opportunity to sign up for those that interest them. A great opportunity to get involved in an outstanding campus group.
Installation Luncheon. Thursday, June 14, 11:30AM. Hodel's, Knudson Drive, north of Olive Drive
We will dine at noon in Liberty Hall which is the separate building on the north end of the parking lot. Enjoy a Spring Buffet of a Turkey Croissant or Vegetarian Sandwich, with mayonnaise and mustard on the side; Pasta Salad, Broccoli Raisin Salad, and Tossed Green Salad with two dressings; Carrot Cake, Berry Cobbler or Chocolate Mousse. Beverages will be Coffee, Decaf, Iced Tea and Water. Special entertainment will follow the installation of officers. You will not want to miss this special final event of the year. Make reservations by Thursday, June 7 using the form in the May Bulletin.
May 10, 2012. 2PM. Stockdale Room, Runner Cafe. (Park in lot L, east of Runner Cafe).
Curt Asher, Dean of CSUB's Walter Stiern Library, will talk to 60+ about the library's offerings and ways in which 60+ can contribute to the library's directions and goals. After his talk Curt will lead us up the ramp into the Library and guide a tour of the 'jewel of the campus', showing us opportunities for 60+ to give support . Members of 60+ have the privilege of using the library; we also have the privilege of helping the library.
April 12, 2012, 2PM. Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
"Gifts Given:Family, Community, and Integration Moves from the Courtroom to the Schoolyard." His book of recollections of his childhood experience with the desegregation of his Clinton, Tennessee high school in 1956, will be the topic of a talk by the author, Dr. Doug Davis, CSUB Professor of Music. Director of the jazz festival and orchestra programs at Cal State and member of 60+, Doug was only 8 when he witnessed a cross burned on the lawn of his home. Integration of the "Clinton 12," black students who lived close to Clinton High but who were bused to another county, proceeded past white supremacist threats and actual violence (shootings, bombing of the school, riots, National Guard tanks) with the help of Doug's father, a lawyer and former county district attorney, and his mother, a high school music teacher and accomplished pianist. You should get a good feel for what it was like growing up in that place and that troubled time and learn how Doug's musical life was shaped by the music of his parents in their home.
March 8, 2012, 2PM. Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
John Nilon, Kern County Administrative Officer, will be our speaker. John has spent over 25 years in Kern County government heading a number of departments. As County Administrative Officer, he is responsible for a $2.3 billion budget, negotiations with 14 separate labor organizations, $130 million health benefits for 20,000 employees, and a number of other essential aspects of county government. A Cal State graduate (BA in political science, Masters in Public Administration) and a past president of the CSUB Alumni Association, he is familiar with 60+ and is involved in many campus activities. John has received many personal awards for his leadership and service and a number of agencies under his direction have been recognized by local, state, and national organizations.
February 9, 2012, 2PM. Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
Donna Hylton, the executive director of the Kern Adult Literacy Council, will talk about the mission and operation of this very important effort to improve the quality of life for Kern County residents, by teaching individuals to read, write and speak the English language and enabling them to become more productive members of our community.
January 12, 2012, 2PM. Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
Christine Furry, a food safety specialist, will talk about the dangers of contamination of food products.  A graduate of CSUB and Cal Poly SLO, Chris is ardent in her desire to inform everyone about food-borne disease organisms (think spinach, cantaloupes, ground beef, etc.).


December 8, 2011, 11:30AM to 1:30 PM. - Holiday Luncheon.
Liberty Room at Hodel's, 5917 Knudsen Ave. nw of Olive  Drive and Hwy. 99. A fun meeting with a delicious holiday meal - we will enjoy turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, 5 salads and three delicious desserts, plus all the extras that make a great holiday dinner, and an entertaining, special program.  Go to Special Events  for more information and a signup form.
November 10, 2PM: Icardo Room, Icardo Center
Ms. Barbara Swanson, Coordinator, Kern Medical Reserve Corps, will describe this local part of a national project. She will talk about training and certifying both medical and non-medical volunteers who may want to participate in a variety of activities to augment the services of first responders in emergencies involving local disasters.
October 20 - 2PM: Stockdale Room, Runner Cafe
Ms. Carola Enriquez, Director of Community Development for the Houchin Community Blood Bank, will speak on "Arm to Arm:How Blood Flows from One Person to Another" Learn about the many critical operations involved in blood donations. After serving for 28 years as Director of the Kern County Museum, and serving in other community organizations, Carola retired for one year, then joined the HCBB in November 2010.
September 8 - 9AM: Multipurpose Room, CSUB Student Center.
Possibilities Day for Retirees and Seniors. Refreshments.
Speaker: Dr. Kathleen M. Knutzen, Dean, CSUB School of Social Sciences and Education

Programs in 2010-2011


December 9 - 11:30, Stockdale Room, Runner Cafe. Annual Holiday Luncheon.
Following a complete turkey and ham luncheon, "Trapper Dan" from "Rat River", will enlighten us with talk of the Old West, guns, and fiddle music. You'll be amazed and thoroughly entertained by the transformation of this well-known Cal State personality
November 11, 2 PM Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
Terry Phillips, moderator of KVPR's "Quality of Life" program, will talk about "Journalism in Jeopardy." A Bakersfield resident, Mr. Phillips was a foreign correspondent, beginning in the waning days of the Cold War, for CBS, NPR, and NBC/Mutual News, reporting from Moscow, Kabul, Mogadishu, Port-au-Prince, Sarajevo, an other hotspots in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; he lived and worked in Armenia during the earthquake of 1988. He has been an Emmy-nominated national correspondent, a telecommunications executive, a college lecturer, and is the author of a historical novel "Murder at the Altar," about the fatal stabbing of the Armenian Archbishop in a small New York City church during Christmas Eve services in 1933. Get more information about this talented, multi-lingual scholar at
October 14, 2:30PM. Student Union Multipurpose Room
Camille Gavin, immediate past president of 60+, will talk about "Dear Cora: A Personal History of Bakersfield's Early Days," her recent book of letters from her grandfather, Phillip Bender to her grandmother, Cora McGrann, written from1888 to1903. The book is filled with personal accounts of history of Kern County and California by a prominent Bakersfield businessman, with reminiscences of her grandmother by the author. A native of Bakersfield, Camille was a staff writer for The Bakersfield Californian, retired to San Diego, then returned to Bakersfield. Currently, as a contributing columnist, she writes reviews of art and music events as well as announcements of 60+ Club activities for The Californian and Bakersfield Magazine. She is author of "Kern Movers and Shakers" (1987), and several childrens' books about lore of the Yokuts, a tribe of local Native Americans; the books are illustrated by her daughter, Christy, a Cal State librarian. Learn more at
September 9 - 9AM: Multipurpose Room, CSUB Student Center.
Possibilities Day for Retirees and Seniors. Refreshments.
Speaker: Dr. Horace Mitchell, President, CSUB


June 9 - 11:30AM Hodel's, Olive Drive and Hwy.99. Installation Luncheon/Sing-a-Long.
The luncheon is a Turkey Croissant Sandwich or Veggie sandwich, three salads, dessert and beverages.  Cost will be $15.00 per person. The meal will be followed by the installation of new officers for 2011-2012, then a fun sing-a-long of old favorite tunes with music by our favorite piano player, Wendall Kinney. See the Bulletin for a reservation form.
May 12- 2PM The Stockdale Room, Runner Cafe.
Wendy Wayne, a CSUB Nursing graduate, member of CSUB's Alumni Hall of Fame, and world traveler, will be speak on: "Every Continent - Every Ocean." Wendy has a Masters Degree in Public Health and an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership and has performed humanitarian work around the world, beginning with a Peace Corps stint in Kenya. She has served as a Kern County planning commissioner, Executive Director of First 5 Kern, and is involved in many non-profit organizations in the community. Wendy is an outstanding speaker - you will enjoy her pictures and narrative.
April 14 - 2PM Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
Mr. Michael Trihey, Assistant News Director at KGET-TV, will talk about "News at Noon, 5, 6, 11, and 5 - with Film." Mr. Trihey has been assignment editor at Channel 17 for over 20 years and will tell us something of how the newsroom works. Prior to joining the station, he was a crime reporter for the Bakersfield Californian so he took a great background knowledge of Bakersfield and Kern County with him to television news. Mike promises to bring a news personality or two with him to the meeting. Stay tuned!
March 10 - 2PM Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
Dr. John Karlik will present "Notable Gardens," an illustrated talk about beautiful gardens of the world, some of which were once private landscapes, "each with a particular appeal and specialty." A scientist with UC Cooperative Extension who works in the areas of horticulture and plant-atmosphere interactions, Dr. Karlik has lived in the Bakersfield area for 26 years, conducting research on air quality, providing helpful advice on local plants and gardens, and teaching popular "Master Gardener" courses. He has traveled extensively visiting numerous botanic gardens and leading tours to Europe and the British Isles.
February 10 - 2PM Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
The MisSteppers, 60+ers Regina Hoelscher and Enid Hull and Carolyn Gomez, a former CSUB staffer, will inform and entertain with demonstrations of clogging, a truly American dance form that began in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700's. Since April, 2008, The MisSteppers have performed in dozens of shows around Bakersfield. You won't be able to keep your feet still when the music and dancing begins.
January 13 - 2PM Icardo Room, Icardo Center.
"Crafting A Legacy Statement: Every life has a story. If we don't tell it, who will?" Former television anchor and freelance writer Lisa Kimble has teamed up with Dianne Hardisty, former editorial page editor of the Bakersfield Californian, and CSUB alumna Maureen Buscher-Dang, a veteran public relations professional, to conduct a workshop on how to write a legacy statement -- for yourself, your family and your friends. Two winners of a nine-word obituary writing contest will receive bottles of Paso Robles Graveyard Vineyards Winery's "Tombstone" label wine.