University Day scheduled

August 21, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield prepares to begin the 2007-08 academic year as the summer comes to a close with its annual University Day program. The program will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Dore Theatre, less than a week before fall quarter begins on Monday, Sept. 10.

Similar to years past, University Day will welcome back returning members of the campus community and introduce new faculty, coaches, senior administrators, and staff.

CSUB President Horace Mitchell's annual university day address is one significant aspect of University Day. During this address, President Mitchell recaps last year's goals and accomplishments and highlights the university's strategic plan and ambitions for the upcoming school year. Following his University Day address, Mitchell will award faculty and staff honors from the 2006-2007 academic year.

This year's theme, "Envisioning Our Future," will focus on CSUB's collective ideals for teaching, working, learning, and serving the student body and the community. Afternoon breakout sessions will switch gears from welcoming remarks and addresses and will provide interactive discussions where individuals can share their thoughts and experiences on multiple subjects. Three focus points are available during the afternoon breakout sessions:

"Our focus this year will be on envisioning our future and developing a five-year roadmap, or action plan, informed by our institutional ethos of quality and the strategic goals outlined by the president at last year's University Day," Soraya Coley, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Jess Deegan, academic senate chair, said in a joint statement. "It is incumbent upon all of us to work collaboratively towards the continued advancement of our university."

Coley and Deegan hope to see members of the CSUB community get more involved in response to University Day activities by "discussing our collective ideals of teaching, working, learning, and serving our students and our community."