Second annual Celebrate CSUB! open house scheduled

March 28, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

Celebrate CSUB!, a university-wide family open house, returns for a day of free fun and educational activities.

The second annual event is slated for Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main California State University, Bakersfield campus. A variety of activities will occur, including musical competitions, children's events and booths from campus clubs.

"We are thrilled to once again roll out the welcome mat and invite everyone back to campus for Celebrate CSUB!," said Evelyn Coyle, Celebrate CSUB! chairwoman. "Last year's event had something for everyone, and about 2,000 visitors joined us throughout the day. There are many added attractions this year. Whether you are alumni and have not been on campus for some time or a local resident who has not yet ventured to campus, it's a great opportunity to discover or rediscover CSUB."

Festivities include a daylong series of events filled with activities for an array of visitors. The campus will showcase scholarly activities such as science and archeology; events to welcome alumni back to campus include the 5K Alum Fun Run and the pancake breakfast. The Student Union, Associated Students, Inc. and Student Affairs will host their spring carnival and club faire, and art workshops for kids makes a return. An assortment of food vendors will be on hand.

Earth Day
Earth Day festivities return to the CSUB campus after a 12-year hiatus. About 1,200 visitors are expected to attend the solar-powered event. Hybrid cars, alternative energy sources, a recycled art contest, and eco-friendly interactive offerings will highlight the event. Pacific Gas & Electric is a key Earth Day sponsor. For information or to be an exhibitor, contact Carol Raupp at (661) 654-2370.

Back by popular demand is "CSUB Idol," a local take on Fox's popular television singing competition. Preliminaries will take place on Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10 at 4 p.m. in the music building, room 127. Finalists will face-off the day of Celebrate CSUB!. Deadline to register for the preliminaries is Friday, April 4. The contest is open to solo vocal acts only. For information, contact Robert Provencio at (661) 654-3073.

Freshman Day and parent orientation
Freshman Day and parent orientation also will be in full swing during Celebrate CSUB!. About 400 first-time freshmen and their parents are expected to be on campus to register for the fall quarter and attend orientation sessions. Steve Watkin, CSUB outreach director, said students from Kern, Los Angeles and Tulare counties will be attending.

Two orientation sessions are available for admitted freshmen, one at 8 a.m. and another at 10 a.m. at the Doré Theatre. A general orientation presentation is scheduled for students and their parents. President Horace Mitchell is scheduled to welcome admitted freshmen. During the orientation presentation, students will learn about university policies as well as academic and co-curricular offerings. Freshmen students and their parents will be able to explore CSUB together.

Immediately following each orientation presentation, students will meet with the deans of the four schools and an adviser to register for classes. The soon-to-be Roadrunners and their parents will meet 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 arriving at Freshman Day. Cost to attend the Freshman Day orientation and lunch is $35. For information please call Victoria Champion at (661) 654-3138.

Pre-Celebrate CSUB! events scheduled
The CSUB Fine Arts department will present actress and singer Carol Channing in "A Salute to the Arts" on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Doré Theatre. For information contact Sheri Horn-Bunk at (661) 654-3209.

Additionally, CSUB is partnering with the Bakersfield Police Activities League to host the 14th annual Battle of the Badges on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Icardo Center. For details, call (661) 283-8880.

Celebrate CSUB! sponsors include KBAK 29 "The Eyewitness News Station" and Fox 58, KISV FM Hot 94.1, and KBFP FM La Preciosa 105.3.

Admission and parking are free. Reservations for school buses and groups of 10 or more are suggested. For additional information, please log onto, the site is updated as events are added, or call (661) 654-2175.