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President's Monthly Campus Update

CASE Award for Fundraising
CSUB has won a Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 2008 WealthEngine Award for Educational Fundraising. CASE's Circle of Excellence recognizes exemplary advancement programs at colleges and universities across the nation. CSUB was recognized for overall improvement in fundraising. The data-driven determination is made by a panel of university advancement professionals who analyze three years of fundraising data submitted in an annual survey to the Council for Aid to Education's Voluntary Support for Education. The award carries with it recognition of CSUB's advancement initiatives as a best practice in the university advancement profession. Congratulations to the University Advancement staff for their outstanding work. We express our thanks to the Bakersfield community for supporting and partnering with us for excellence. For more information regarding CASE's Circle of Excellence awards, please visit

Nursing Students
The department of nursing will welcome sixty-four (64) entering students into its highly competitive program in Fall 2008. The entering class has a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 in the eight nursing prerequisite classes. Local students from Kern and Tulare counties make up the majority of students, with just 31% of the entering class hailing from other areas. In addition to the traditional nursing program, CSUB offers an accelerated B.S.N. program where students with non-nursing undergraduate degrees may obtain a bachelor of science in nursing in 15 months. The first cohort began its course of study in January 2008. The second cohort will begin study in June 2009. This innovative program is supported and funded by the Nursing Education Partners, an alliance including Mercy Hospital, San Joaquin Community Hospital, Memorial Hospital, and the County of Kern. For more information, please contact Kathy Lewis at 654-2508 or visit

Children's Center Director
Dr. Christina Howell, Assistant Professor and Program Director in Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies, has accepted a one-year appointment as Interim Director of the Children's Center. Christina was instrumental in developing, and was the founding director of, the child care center at the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Please join me in welcoming her to this new position.

Summer Youth Camps
Critical to increasing the college-going rate of students in our region is early exposure to college. CSUB's summer camps bring elementary, middle, and high school students to campus and engages them in a breadth of academic and extracurricular activities where they interact with faculty, staff, and students.

Enterprise College
For three weeks during the summer, high school students are engrossed in economics at Enterprise College. Using classroom instruction, guest speakers, and field trips, students learn basic economic principles and apply them to business. Classes are taught by Dr. Abbas Grammy, Professor Economics. The course offers 5 units of credit, satisfies the high school economics requirement, and qualifies as a lower division general education introductory college course. The program is open to high school entering seniors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. This summer's Enterprise College was sponsored by Mid-State Development Corporation. For more information, please contact Dr. Grammy by phone at 654-2466 or visit

CSUB Summer Arts Jam
Fine arts faculty and staff, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Kern and the Superintendent of Schools Migrant Education Program, hosted more than 100 middle and high school students for CSUB Summer Arts Jam. The two-week arts camp immerses students in various art and music media. The camp culminated in an exhibit of student work at the Todd Madigan Art Gallery to which the public was invited. Jim Scully, lecturer in Music, directed the event. The student art exhibit can be seen by visiting:

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
The College Assistance Migrant Program helps underserved students from families who are seasonal or migrant farmworkers transition successfully into college. The four-week residential program offers classes in English, Math, and study skills, and offers students the opportunity to interact with faculty and other students. Of the 39 students who participated in CAMP this summer, 62% advanced one to two levels English and 59% advanced one to two levels in Math. The program is under the direction of Dr. Maria Escobedo. For more information please visit

Panetta Institute for Public Policy
Congratulations to CSUB students Carlos Ortiz, ASi President, Stephen Muchinyi, ASi Vice President for Legislative Affairs, and Jasmine Banuelos, ASi Vice President for Finance, who were selected to attend the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. The trio spent seven days in June at the leadership seminar hosted on the CSU Monterey Bay campus. Congratulations also are in order to Britanny Sprague, who has been selected as a Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute intern. Brittany will serve a congressional internship in Washington, D.C. in Fall 2008. The Panetta Institute develops student leadership skills by engaging students with national political leaders and policy makers to address public policy issues.

University Council
University Council will resume in the Fall.

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