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


Presidential Evaluation
It is hard to believe that six years have passed since I left UC Berkeley to become President of CSUB. The CSU Board of Trustees has a policy requiring its presidents to be reviewed every three years. It is now time for my second review. This process is intended to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor about the leadership of the president and the current state of affairs at the campus. In addition to designated individuals who will receive a letter from Chancellor Reed, anyone can submit comments that respond to the specific review criteria. Please access the letter from Chancellor Reed for more information at the following link http://president.csub.edu/fil_files/99.pdf.

Rudy Carvajal to Retire
On December 31st, Rudy Carvajal will end a distinguished 40-year career as CSUB's founding athletics director. His achievements are many. The most notable have come on the fields of competition, where he built the nation's premier NCAA Division II athletics program. Under his watch, CSUB has produced 30 national championships in seven different sports, 241 individual national champions and more than 1,100 All-Americans. Rudy's work set the stage for our transition to active NCAA Division I status which will be effective on September 1, 2010.

National Science Foundation Grant
Please join me in congratulating Drs. Carl Kloock and Natalie Tran for receiving a National Science Foundation award in the amount of $74,977. The funds support the planning of a Robert Noyce Teacher fellowship at CSUB with the ultimate goal to establish a master of arts degree in Science Teaching. This timely award complements the work of other grants already received.

Week of Welcome (WOW Week)
The 2010/11 academic year is upon us. As is our tradition, we will kick off the year with a week of events for faculty, staff, and students.

University Day
University Day is CSUB's clarion call for faculty and staff to assemble for the start of the new year. It will be held on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Our theme this year is "Walking the Talk: From Vision to Evidence of CSUB Excellence." The day's activities, including my University Day Address, will center around evidence in all areas across campus that demonstrates how the University is fulfilling its educational mission and vision for excellence. The day is designed with all faculty and staff in mind. I invite each of you to participate fully in the day's events. A complete listing of University Day events will be available through the Office of the Provost. For further information, contact Beth Rienzi, AVP for Faculty Affairs, at 654-6324.

Residence Halls Meet and Greet Barbecue
Please come and meet new students and their families at the end of their move-in day in the residence halls. The barbecue will be on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. on the housing commons lawn. For further information, contact Emile Callahan, Activities Coordinator, at 654- 3347.

New Student Convocation
New Student Convocation is our formal welcoming ceremony to all incoming students and their families. Designed to mark the beginning of our students' academic journey, the tradition features the faculty procession in academic regalia and statements of commitment by the University, students, and parents. New Student Convocation will take place on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Icardo Center, followed by lunch and a student resource fair. Faculty and staff are asked to RSVP at www.csub.edu/convocation. For further details and a complete schedule of events, please visit http://www.csub.edu/convocation or contact Emile Callahan, Activities Coordinator, in the Student Involvement and Leadership Office at 654-3091.

Day of Caring
A new tradition for CSUB is our participation in the annual Day of Caring sponsored by the United Way of Kern County. This initiative is designed to introduce students to community service at the onset of the academic year. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the University's community service project on Saturday, September 11, 2010. Buses will leave from the traffic circle at 6:15 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m. at Stramler Park, after which teams will be dispersed to their assigned locations throughout the community. For more information and to RSVP, please visit www.uwkern.org/csub.

In addition to these events, invitations have been extended for faculty receptions which will occur at the President's home, and leaders of student clubs and organizations will receive invitations for the annual Student Leaders Reception.

John Brock Dinner
Mayor Harvey Hall is this year's recipient of the John Brock Community Service Award. Mayor Hall will receive the award at the annual John Brock Dinner on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at the Seven Oaks Country Club. The award is presented by the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration Executive Advisory Council to a member of the Bakersfield community who has a distinguished record of exemplary community engagement and service.

The event will also honor four outstanding students in the School of Business and Public Administration with John Brock Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each. This year's recipients are: Hillary Tran, Mastura Martinez, Victoria Miller, and Gary Fehdrau, Jr.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person. For general and ticket information, please contact the School of Business and Public Administration at 654-2157.

Students Accepted to Graduate Programs
Faculty and students continue to inform us of our students' post-graduate plans. Cynthia Jane Anderson and Ashley Lozano, two of our 2010 graduates from the bachelor of science in nursing program, have been accepted into the doctor of nursing program at the University of San Francisco. It has been reported to me that only ten applicants were accepted into the cohort, with two coming from CSUB. Outstanding.

Meanwhile, Tiara Cox has entered the University of California Hastings School of Law. Tiara is a 2009 graduate who, upon graduation, worked as Congressman Jim Costa's field representative.

Honorary Degree Nominations
I invite you to submit nominations for the honorary doctorate degree to be awarded by California State University, Bakersfield in 2011. Each CSU campus may recommend and, upon approval by the CSU board of trustees, award two honorary degrees each year. The degree is awarded during spring commencement exercises. An honorary doctorate degree may be awarded to individuals whose achievements and/or service exemplify the highest ideals of the CSU. There is no restriction on the nominee's field of endeavor, nor is there a geographic restriction on their residence.

Nominations may be submitted by faculty, staff, students, alumni, members of the CSUB Foundation Board, the President's Community Advisory Council, and friends of the University. Please submit to the Office of the President:

  1. a signed letter providing reasons for the recommendation, referencing the selection criteria, and specifying the degree to be awarded; and
  2. a copy of the candidate's resume, curriculum vitae, or biography with a history of accomplishments and contributions.

Once nominations are submitted, the process is confidential. Please note that the CSU discourages letters of support, as such solicitations "could place the Board, the system, and the campus in a difficult position if the nomination were not approved."

You will find the CSU's guidelines for awarding honorary degrees, as well as a listing of past honorary degree recipients, at http://president.csub.edu/fil_files/17.pdf. It is the policy of the CSU that honorary degrees are not awarded to previous recipients of honorary degrees awarded by the CSU, or to incumbent elected officials, members of the CSU Board of Trustees, the CSU chancellor, or campus presidents.

Kindly submit your nominations in writing by October 1. Should you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Young, Executive Assistant to the President, at eyoung3@csub.edu or 654-2241.

Social Media Outreach
You may have noticed announcements lately on the marquee and the University's website about our new Facebook page and blog. This is the start of a new social media outreach effort by our Public Affairs and Communications office. The goal is to connect online with current and prospective students, alumni, faculty, staff and the greater Bakersfield community. Mission: Connect is the kickoff goal to reach 8,000 Facebook fans by the end of 2010. Become a fan by going to www.facebook.com/csubakersfield. Also, you can keep up with University news and make comments on the blog at http://csubblog.wordpress.com.

University Council
The first University Council meeting for 2010-11 will be held on October 15, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

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