CSU Bakersfield President's Monthly Campus Update
Horace Mitchell, Ph.D.

Welcome to the new year and the new quarter. I hope the holidays allowed you an opportunity to "catch your breath" in preparation for addressing the challenges, and opportunities, of 2009. The greatest challenge is the state budget.

Over the past several months, you have received communications from CSU Chancellor Charles Reed regarding the impact of the state's budget deficit on the CSU. Many of you have questions about how the state's fiscal challenges will impact CSUB. After the President's Cabinet meeting next Tuesday, I will provide comprehensive information regarding several direct impacts.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service
"All right-thinking people, all right-thinking Americans are joined in spirit with us this day as the highest recognition which this nation gives is bestowed upon Martin Luther King Jr., one who also was the recipient of the highest recognition which the world bestows, the Nobel Peace Prize…America is a more democratic nation, a more just nation, a more peaceful nation because Martin Luther King, Jr. became her preeminent nonviolent commander."

With these words, President Ronald Reagan in 1983 signed into legislation the establishment of a national holiday to honor the birthday of slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929. Observed on the third Monday in January, the holiday was federally designated as a national day of service in 1994. I encourage you to join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country who will volunteer to serve their communities on Monday, January 19, 2009. Local non-profit, faith-based, and civic organizations welcome your service. Numerous opportunities to engage in community service on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service can be found on-line.

Historic Inauguration
Forty-five years after Dr. King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial and 40 years after his death, our country made history with the election of Barak Obama as the 44th president of the United States and the first African American to be elected to the office. The inauguration of Barak Obama on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, will be another historic event. My office has received numerous requests to facilitate a campus viewing of the inauguration. In response, I invite each of you to view a network broadcast of the inauguration in the Dore Theatre as your schedules permit. Inaugural events begin at 7:00 a.m. PST. The swearing-in of President-Elect Obama is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. PST with his inaugural address immediately following. A complete schedule of inaugural events can be found at the Presidential Inaugural Committee website at http://www.pic2009.org/pages/schedule/.

The Dore Theatre will open at 7:00 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Light refreshments provided by Associated Students, Inc. will be available in the Albertson Room. For more information, please contact Evelyn Coyle, Executive Assistant to the President, at 654-2241 or ecoyle@csub.edu.

Celebrate CSUB!
Our third annual open house, Celebrate CSUB!, will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009. As always, the event is held in conjunction with Freshman Day and Parent Orientation, and the Student Union Spring Carnival. The campus-wide event allows CSUB to showcase what is best about CSUB. Last year, Earth Day was added to the celebration and will return in 2009 on the lawn of the Science III building. New this year is a Sustainability Summit which will feature a keynote speaker, workshops, and a green collar jobs fair. The summit is organized by the President's Sustainability Committee, co-chaired by Douglas Dodd, Assistant Professor of History, and Pat Jacobs, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management.

On-line registration for Celebrate CSUB! will open soon. Please mark your calendars, save the date, and plan to bring family and friends to our annual open house. For more information, please contact Evelyn Coyle, Executive Assistant to the President, at 654-2241 or ecoyle@csub.edu.

Career Milestone for Tim LaKose
Women's basketball coach Tim LaKose achieved his 300th win of his coaching career on Tuesday. Tim has coached the CSUB women since 2001 to a record of 164-57. Prior to arriving at CSUB, he coached for eight years at Cal Lutheran where his team achieved a record of 137-67. Tim earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and athletic training at CSU Northridge in 1991 and a master's in education from Cal Lutheran in 1997. Please join me in congratulating Tim on a great achievement.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room. University Council is an open forum for discussion of campus issues. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

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