President's Monthly Campus Update

In this final issue of the Update for 2007, I would like to thank each member of the CSUB campus community for all that you do to make CSUB successful. Your dedication to this campus, to providing access and opportunity to higher education for students in our region, and to enhancing the quality of life in greater Kern County is worthy of notice and praise. As public servants, the work you perform on a daily basis makes life better for the people we serve. This is a guiding principle of public service. I thank you for the time and the talent you contribute to making our campus and community better for those who choose Bakersfield as the place they live and work.

Former Hawk Honors Student Survives Explosion in Iraq
I want to bring to your attention another public servant whom many of you have heard mentioned in recent news reports. U.S. Army Private First Class Jamin Moore suffered major injuries in Iraq when the Humvee in which he was riding struck an improvised explosive device (IED). Jamin was patrolling with three other members of his platoon. The sole survivor of the explosion, he was burned over 60% of his body. Just 21 years old, Jamin is a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School where he was enrolled in GATE classes, wrestled, and played football. An excellent student, he enrolled at CSUB as a Hawk Honors student. He enlisted in the army after his sophomore year. He had been in Iraq just two months when the incident occurred.

Jamin currently is undergoing extensive burn treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Former ASI President Ken Buermann, a childhood friend, reports that Jamin continues to make progress and in fact was able to stand up with assistance and take a few steps this week. Please join me in thanking Jamin Moore for his sacrifice and service. You may write to Jamin and his family at the addresses provided below.

PFC Jamin Moore
Unit 4 South
Brooke Army Medical Center
3600 E. Rawley Chambers Avenue
Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234.
Julie and Kevin Moore
Room 409
Powless Guest House B-3625
3298 George C. Beach Road
Ft. Sam Houston, Texas 78234-7569

Record Year for Private Support
CSUB set records in both charitable gift commitments and gift income for the 2006-07 fiscal year. Philanthropic productivity, which includes confirmed pledges and bequests, was $10,618,215 for the year. Gift receipts to the campus for 2006-07 were $8,160,719. Student Scholarships, the Walter Stiern Library, and the Facility for Animal Care and Treatment (FACT) benefited most from the generosity of our many donors. The athletics program reaped the benefits of our Division I campaign with 17 percent of the campus total.

Of the $8.1 million in gift income $4,625,015 or 56 percent was designated for the endowment fund. Managed by the CSUB Foundation, the endowment fund grew from $10.3 million to $16.4 million during the fiscal year. This growth is a combination of new gifts added to the endowment plus unrealized capital gain. The majority of the endowment distribution goes for student scholarships.

In its peer group of 11 CSU campuses, CSUB was the leader in both gift commitments and gift receipts. In relation to all 23 campuses of the CSU, CSUB ranked 10th in total gift commitments and 11th in total gift receipts. These record-setting numbers are the result of the team effort of many individuals on the CSUB campus. It is the result of extraordinary efforts on the part of faculty, staff, administrators, our Foundation Board members, and tireless volunteers working with our Advancement staff. Our students, faculty and the entire university community will benefit for many years from the generosity of our donors who believe in and support the vision of CSUB.

Alumni Hall of Fame
On Saturday, March 8, 2008, the CSUB Alumni Association will induct its 2008 class of accomplished alumni into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame. Three outstanding alumni will be honored at the second annual event which will take place at the Seven Oaks Country Club.

“The Hall of Fame event recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions in their chosen field of endeavor or in their community, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought honor and distinction to the university," said Nancy Chaffin, CSUB alumna and chair of the Hall of Fame committee. The 2008 inductees are:

Call for Alumnus of the Year Nominees
An additional facet of the Alumni Hall of Fame celebration is the presentation of the Alumnus of the Year Award for 2008. The CSUB Alumni Association will honor a CSUB graduate who has made significant contributions to his or her profession, society, and the university. Nominations will be accepted from individuals, businesses and corporations, non-profit agencies, schools, and community service organizations. Alumni must meet the following criteria to be eligible for nomination:

A selection panel of past recipients and members of the CSUB Alumni Association board of directors will review the submissions, interview candidates, and select a winner. Nominations must be received no later than January 18, 2008. For nomination forms, please visit Completed nomination forms may be submitted either online or via fax to (661) 654-3324. For additional information, please contact the Alumni Association at (661) 654-3211.

New Appointments
Interim Vice President for University Advancement
I am pleased to announce that Laura Wolfe, Assistant Vice President for Development, will serve as the Interim Vice President for University Advancement effective, January 1, 2008. She will remain in that position until the search for Mike Chertok’s successor is completed and the new vice president takes office.

Laura has been with CSUB since 1993. She has more than 21 years of experience in annual giving, major gifts and planned giving. Prior to her tenure here, Laura was the Director of Development at Loyola Law School from 1988 through 1992. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Please join me in congratulating Laura Wolfe on this important interim appointment. I am confident that with this interim appointment, Laura will provide strong leadership as we continue to plan for growth in the area of University Advancement. I am also confident that soon we will be successful in our search for the next Vice President for University Advancement.

Director of Communications
I am also pleased to announce that Kathy Miller has been named Director of Communications. Kathy succeeds Mike Stepanovich, CSUB’s long-time Pubic Affairs Director. Her appointment begins on January 7, 2008.

A CSUB alumna, Kathy received her bachelor’s degree in communications from CSUB and a master’s degree in Public Relations from Michigan State University. She brings more than 16 years of experience in communications, public information, strategic planning, marketing, and public design. She most recently served as Director of Marketing for Golden Empire Mortgage where she provided marketing strategies and support for more than 200 loan officers in 50 branch offices in eight states. Kathy’s experience also includes serving as the Public Information Coordinator for the Kern High School District where she developed and coordinated the district’s public information and communications programs and was the liaison between the district and the news media.

As Director of Communications, Kathy will act as the chief publicist and public information officer for CSUB. She will be responsible for managing media relations; creating and placing CSUB’s strategic messages in media channels; developing and executing a communications plan to shape and manage the University’s image; and managing internal and external communications, including press releases and Inside CSUB, our university magazine. Please join me in welcoming Kathy to CSUB.

Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management
CSUB welcomes Pat Jacobs back to campus. Pat returns to his previous position as Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management. In this capacity, he oversees campus master planning, building design, and construction. Additionally, he provides senior administrative oversight for the 60 staff and management personnel in facilities, grounds, custodial, maintenance, energy/HVAC, and support services. Welcome back, Pat.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2008 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

I trust that you have received the holiday greeting card from First Lady Barbara Mitchell and me. We wish for your family and you a joyous and peaceful holiday season and a great new year.