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


Fall Commencement
On Monday, November 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the Icardo Center, 563 students will hold seats of honor in our fall commencement exercise. Commencement marks both a culmination and a beginning. As we congratulate our degree candidates and bid them farewell as students, we welcome them into a new, lifelong relationship with the University as alumni where they join the ranks of more than 32,000 CSUB graduates.

I am pleased to be the commencement speaker for fall commencement. I look forward to awarding degrees to those candidates who have completed the degree requirements in our four schools, as follows:

Please join me in congratulating our graduates and thanking their immediate and extended families for their support. Additional information regarding commencement can be found on our website at www.csub.edu/commencement.

Kegley Institute of Ethics
The Kegley Institute of Ethics (KIE) continues its 23-year history of bringing to campus stimulating and thought-provoking speakers on ethical issues facing contemporary society. Regarded as a leading area resource on ethical issues, KIE hosts speakers who engage conference and lecture attendees in discussions on such topics as climate change, the war on terror, immigration, and the value of life. Its lecture series on healthcare and philosophy and religion are examples of opportunities our students are presented to hear different world views and discuss the ethics of a spectrum of issues. This quarter, the institute hosted Vejas Liulevicius, professor of history at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, in a lecture on "Medicine in Nazi Ideology and Practice" and Dr. Art Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics at University of Pennsylvania, who spoke on "Ethics and Health Care Reform. Reza Aslan, author of "No god but God," discussed Muslim faith and politics in "How To Win A Cosmic War: Why We're Losing the War on Terror." Speakers scheduled for 2010 include Chinese democracy activist/dissident, Dr. Jianli Yang, who will speak on human rights in China. The Kegley Institute of Ethics was founded by Jacquelyn Kegley, professor and department chair, Philosophy & Religious Studies. Christopher Meyers is executive director.

Oildale Centennial
The Public History Institute at CSUB hosted a centennial observance of Oildale in a day-long conference, "Oildale and Beyond: Interpreting the Region through Words, Images, and Music." The event presented historical documents, photographs, literature, and presentations delving into the life, culture, and economy of Oildale. Highlighting the event was the appearance and performance of country music legend and Oildale native, Merle Haggard. The keynote speaker was another Oildale native, author Gerald Haslam. The CSUB Public History Institute is under the direction of Ed Sasaki, interim dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Miriam Vivian, professor and chair of the history department.

Egyptian Mummy Gets Imaged
At the end of its month-long exhibit at the Todd Madigan Gallery, a 2,500 year-old Egyptian mummy, on loan to CSUB from UC Berkeley's Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, received a cat scan. The mummy scan made history as a first for Bakersfield. It was performed by Quest Imaging at no cost in support of research to reveal information about the life of person enclosed in the traditional Egyptian burial wrap. Examination of the cat scan film showed the mummy to be a female of about 24 years of age who is thought to be from the middle class. A closer examination of the film is expected to reveal further details about the female's daily life. We thank our community partner, Quest Imaging, for supporting research at CSUB by performing the scan. Robert Yohe, professor of sociology and anthropology, was instrumental in bringing the exhibit to CSUB.

Holiday Reception
First Lady Barbara Mitchell, the Academic Senate, Staff Forum, and I invite you to CSUB's holiday reception. The gathering will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2009, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Runner Café. A light dessert reception will be hosted by Aramark. You are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy to donate to the Golden Empire Gleaners or Toys for Tots. You are also invited to bring your singing voices to join in the singing of holiday songs. Please submit your reservation with an email at rsvp@csub.edu or by calling 661-654-2136 by November 25, 2009. We look forward to seeing you there.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for January 29, 2010 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

I look forward to seeing you around campus or at an upcoming University or community event. I wish you Happy Thanksgiving in the company of family, friends, and loved ones. Take care.