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CSUB hosts first University Roadrunner Day
  October 26, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield will hold its first University Roadrunner Day for prospective students and their parents on Saturday, Nov. 4 in the Student Union from 9 a.m. to noon. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Organizers expect about 100 visitors.

The event features campus tours, on-the-spot admissions, academic and financial aid workshops, tours of campus housing, and concludes with lunch. The event is free, but participants are encouraged to RSVP by either calling the outreach program office at (661) 654-3138 or 800-788-CSUB or via e-mail to

"It is never to early to start preparing for college," emphasizes Steve Watkin, director of outreach for the university. University Roadrunner Day is designed to give students from outside CSUB's current service region an opportunity to see what college life is about. "If you can't see the 'brass ring,' you can't reach for it."

The event is expected to draw prospective students from CSUB's service region including Kern, Tulare, and Kings counties and will target students from Northern and Southern California.

CSUB not only offers an excellent college education, it is a terrific value, according to Watkin. The relatively low student fees, compared to private schools and the UC system, make a college education at CSUB affordable for most people. But low fees do not mean less education. As Watkin points out, "It is like getting an education at a small private school for the cost of a state university."

CSUB students come from throughout California, most parts of the United States, and from many regions of the world. To accommodate the university's growth, plans to expand on-campus housing in the next few years are currently in the works. Design plans are currently underway for the new student recreation center, which is expected to break ground in February 2007. And construction on a new math and computer science building began last summer.

CSUB, under President Horace Mitchell, entered its first transitional year as part of its reclassification to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I athletics last summer. Watkin notes the move to Division I will increase the athletic opportunities, scholarships, and add to the multi-dimensional character of the university. As always, notes Watkin, "outreach ambassadors will be there to assist student athletes in traversing the road to college."

University Roadrunner Day is one of many events and programs offered by the outreach office at CSUB. The outreach office staff members are the ambassadors for the university. They are responsible for carrying out programs developed for students from 6th through 12th grades. Activities take place at schools as well as at the CSUB campus. Watkin said, these ambassadors "carry to the schools all the tools and resources for success. Through the relationships they develop with school counselors and students, these CSUB ambassadors not only provide road maps to college, but the encouragement to students to pursue their dreams."