President's Monthly Campus Update

The 2006 commencement ceremonies are approaching. The commencement schedule for the four schools in order of occurrence is as follows:

Education Friday, June 9, 2006 7:00 pm Icardo Center
Humanities and Social Science Saturday, June 9, 2006 7:15 am Amphitheatre
Natural Science and Math Saturday, June 9, 2006 1:00 pm Icardo Center
Business and Public Administration Saturday, June 9, 2006 5:45 pm Icardo Center

Please join us in celebrating and congratulating our graduates.

Approval of Recreation Center Design
At its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 17, the CSU Board of Trustees approved the schematic plans for our recreation facility. We now move forward with the following timeline:

Completion of preliminary plans July 2006
Completion of working drawings October 2006
Construction Start February 2007
Occupancy May 2008

As you may recall, the Recreation Center is being funded through the student fee referendum passed by students in May 2005.

Update on Public-Private Partnerships
The April Update contained descriptions of the six proposals we received in response to our RFP for Public-Private Partnerships, along with an outline of the review process. The Campus Master Planning Committee has recommended that we continue discussions with four of the potential partners: Gregory D. Bynum and Associates, CB Richard Ellis, Crisp and Cole/Platinum Investments, and The Kern Community Foundation and Partners. FIELD and Terrio Therapy-Fitness proposed to house their projects in small, one-story buildings, which is inconsistent with master plan criteria to have campus buildings of three stories and above. These applicants have been encouraged to consider having their proposals incorporated into one of the larger projects.

New Parking Lot "E"
The new parking lot "E" opened on May 11th in time for the Athletics Department Annual Spring Barbecue. The lot is located across from the Icardo Center and has 200 spaces more than the lot it replaces, for a total of 600 paved parking spaces. The "old" parking lot "E" will remain open through commencement. Soon thereafter, it will be closed because it will serve as the site for our new Math and Computer Science Building for which construction will start within the next few weeks.

Cerro Trust Distributes Income to CSUB Units
The Dolores Cerro Trust made income distributions to three campus units totaling $243,385. The beneficiaries include: $162,257 for the Walter Stiern Library; $40,654 for the Dolores and Victor Cerro Scholarship Endowment Fund; and $40,564 for the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment. We anticipate additional distributions from the Trust during the 2006-07 academic year. These gifts will aid us greatly as we strive for excellence across all units of the University. Mrs. Cerro was most generous, and we appreciate the confidence in CSUB expressed by these bequests.

Nursing Grant
The Nursing Department has received a grant award of $306,382 from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to support the accelerated Master in Nursing program. The two-year funding will be used primarily to cover student stipends, with some support for faculty salaries and other program expenses. Congratulations to Dr. Candace Meares, who will serve as Principal Investigator, and to Kathy Lewis, who assisted in preparing the data requirements for the proposal.

CHOICES Grant
The CSUB Alcohol and Drug Education Committee has been awarded a three-year NCAA CHOICES grant. CSUB is one of only fifteen universities nationally to receive this honor. The program, "Get ROWDY: Know Your CHOICES," will focus on the difficult decisions students face regarding alcohol use. The overarching goal of the program is to reduce the number of university students who misuse alcohol; to accomplish this important goal, the program will initiate and develop educational programs and activities that promote healthy decision-making.

New Director of Contract Services and Procurement
I am pleased to welcome Michael Chavez to the campus as Director of Contract Services and Procurement. He has been employed most recently as Purchasing Manager for Panama-Buena Vista School District. Prior to that, he worked as a Procurement Specialist for Community Action Partnership of Kern. Mike is a CSUB alum, having earned his BS degree in Business Administration. Please join me in welcoming Mike to CSUB.

Student, Staff, and Faculty Accolades
Congratulations go to the Biology Department and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The campus has been notified that the Master of Science in Biology degree has been approved by the Chancellor's Office. The Provost and the AVP for Academic Programs will be working with the school and department on implementation and resource planning.

CSUB's Accounting Student Association set a new record in assisting members of the Bakersfield community with their income tax filing. The Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a joint venture between the Internal Revenue Service and university accounting programs to assist low and moderate income citizens in filing their federal and state taxes. This year CSUB had 31 accounting student volunteers who completed 789 returns, which was six percent more than last year. Students worked under the leadership of Professor Jim Patten, with assistance also from Dr. Jan Ruiz, and Dr. Ken Shakoori.

Congratulations are extended to our student SIFE Team (Students in Free Enterprise) who won first place in the California Regional SIFE Team Competition. Our BPA team competed against other business school students from California, Alaska, and Kansas. In addition to winning the overall regional competition, the team took first place in the Financial Literacy category. Our team now advances to the national competition in Kansas City. Dr. David Olson, Associate Professor of Management, is the team's faculty advisor.

Women's Softball Head Coach Kathy Welter has made NCAA history by achieving 1,000 career victories. She joins an elite group of only three coaches in NCAA Division II history and eight coaches in the entire NCAA history to achieve 1,000 wins. The team won the NCAA Division II West Region title earlier this month and currently is playing at the "Elite Eight" NCAA Championships in Salem, Virginia. For the fifth time in her career, Coach Welter also has been named Coach of the Year by the CCAA. Congratulations on an outstanding year.

Accolades to the CSUB Men's Golf team for winning the 2005-2006 CCAA Golf Championship that was held April 16-18 at the Hunter Ranch Golf Course in Paso Robles. Head Coach Dave Barber was selected CCAA Golf Coach of the Year. The men also won the NCAA Division II West/Northwest Super Regional tournament at the Legacy Golf Course in Phoenix on May 3rd. They currently are playing in the NCAA National Championships at the Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, West Virginia.

University Council & the President's Campus Forum
The next University Council meeting will be on Friday, May 19, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

The next President's Campus Forum will be on May 24, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Stockdale Room. Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch or purchase a lunch from the Roadrunner Café (punch and cookies will be provided free) and join us for a conversation about CSUB's strategic plan.

I look forward to seeing you at commencement, around campus, or at an upcoming University or community event.