Celebrate CSUB! on April 28

April 12, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will host its first ever Celebrate CSUB! event, Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the main campus.

A variety of activities will occur throughout the campus, including children's events, booths from campus clubs and theatre performances.

CSUB President Horace Mitchell, along with students and faculty, decided it's time to show off the university, and from that wish has emerged a university-wide open house.

"The idea for a campus-wide celebration has been around for several years," said Evelyn Nelson, executive assistant to the president and chair of the event's committee. "Over the past two years the president has listened to various individuals and groups on campus and heard a constant refrain about the hidden treasures and hidden gems on campus, and that CSUB is a too-well-kept secret. He decided that it was time to bring us out of hiding and to invite the community to explore, discover, and in some cases re-discover, CSUB."

The festivities include a daylong series of events filled with activities for an array of visitors. The campus will have scholarly activities such as the Student Research Conference and faculty lectures; events to welcome alumni back to campus such as the 5K Alum Fun Run, and an alumni garden reception with the president; NASA's Mars Land Rover will also make a stop on campus for the event.

The Harry Potter Club will join forces with the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to present a chemistry circus with several science demonstrations. "The Harry Potter Club invites students of all ages to attend in costume and experience exploding balloons, slime, glowing pickles, and more with our chemistry students," Nelson said. "It's 'Harry Potter and the Scientists of CSUB.'"

In addition, the Student Union will host a spring carnival. Activities for children include the Children's Center 30th anniversary celebration, art workshops and face-painting. A number of food vendors as well as artists' booths and crafters will be on hand.

Another highlight is "CSUB Idol," a local take on Fox's popular television singing competition. Auditions will take place in the amphitheatre and final acts will perform in the evening at the Doré Theatre. An international human rights panel is also scheduled for the evening.

Freshman Day and parent orientation will also be in full swing. CSUB Outreach is expecting about 400 first-time freshman and their parents to come on campus to register for the fall quarter. Steve Watkin, CSUB outreach director, said students from Kern, Los Angeles and Tulare counties will be attending.

Two orientation sessions are available, one at 8 a.m. and at 10 a.m. at the Doré Theatre. A general orientation presentation is scheduled for students and their parents. Mitchell is also scheduled to welcome admitted freshmen. During the orientation presentation, students will learn about university policies, rules and regulations.

Immediately following each orientation presentation, students will meet with the deans of the four schools and an advisor to register for classes. The soon-to-be Roadrunners and their parents will meet up for lunch and then have the rest of the afternoon to participate in Celebrate CSUB! activities.

Watkin said financial aid, admissions, housing, and the Stiern Library will be among the many departments assisting the new students.

Students are advised to sign up for one of the two orientation sessions before attending Freshman Day. Cost to attend the Freshman Day orientation and lunch is $35. For information please call Victoria Champion at (661) 654-3138.

Nelson is thrilled with the synergy Celebrate CSUB! is creating. "The entire campus is involved," Nelson said. "There is a great cross-section of schools, departments, programs, clubs, and organizations that will have booths along the walking mall in front of Dorothy Donahoe Hall. Many departments will be open for information and labs will be open for tours.

"This is a long-awaited event which allows the university to celebrate academics and co-curricular activities, alumni and our community partners. There is excitement in the air among people I speak with on campus and in the community. People in the community are eager to participate and they want to come to campus. The community should attend because the university has something for everyone."

Admission and parking are free. Reservations for groups of 10 or more are suggested, as is parking for school buses. For additional information, please log onto www.csub.edu/celebrate or call (661) 654-2175.