CSUB to host Academic Decathlon preparation day for high school students

November 10, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

Over 200 area high school students will attend the 19th annual Academic Decathlon preparation day scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at California State University, Bakersfield's Doré Theatre.

Introductions and welcomes will be made by Soraya Coley, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Mustafah Dhada, associate vice president for academic programs; Michael Flachmann, director of the Helen Louise Hawk honors program and English professor; and Cathie Barraza, coordinator of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

The United States Academic Decathlon is one of the premier academic competitions for high school students in the United States. USAD contests are held in 39 states, as well as in British Columbia, Canada. It consists of 10 events, which include seven tests, two performance events and an essay.

"This year's Academic Decathlon preparation day at CSUB will feature five of CSUB's outstanding faculty discussing Latin America with a particular focus on Mexico," said John Dirkse, associate dean of academic programs.

Sessions on key topics are scheduled during the event. CSUB biology professors Ken Gobalet and Paul Smith will discuss evolutionary biology. Dianne Turner, teacher education professor, will give a presentation on Mexican art. Brett Schmoll, history professor, will lead a discussion about the novel "Bless Me, Ultima." Dhada will conclude the day with a discussion of the history of Mexico.

The next Academic Decathlon competition will be held in February at Bakersfield High School.

For more information, please contact Dirkse at CSUB at (661) 654-3420 or jdirkse@csub.edu.