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


State of the University/Campus Budget Forum
On Wednesday, February 3 at 3:30 p.m. in the Dore Theatre, we will hold our sixth in a series of campus budget dialogues. In addition to discussing the budget, we will take a more comprehensive look at our efforts to realign the University for the future as we seek to extend our excellence with reduced resources. At the campus forum, I will discuss important changes that need to be made in the University, key accomplishments already made, and our engagement in reflective processes to assess where we are and how to move forward for long-term success in all areas. I look forward to seeing and engaging with you Wednesday.

CSUB 40th Anniversary
This year, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of our University's opening for classes. From our humble beginnings as the Bakersfield Residence Center of CSU Fresno in 1956, to our charter in 1965 as part of a bill authored by local resident, Senator Walter Stiern, we have grown into a comprehensive, regional university. We remain the only four-year degree-granting campus within a 100-mile radius and are a critical resource for our region. While unprecedented budget reductions restrict appropriate celebration of this milestone, we will acknowledge our 40th in existing campus events throughout the year. There will be opportunities for long-standing members of our campus community to share photographs and stories of CSUB, and opportunities for newer members of our community to learn from our history. Specific information regarding 40th anniversary events is forthcoming.

Alumni Hall of Fame
The CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame gala is approaching. The fourth annual event will take place on Saturday, February 27 at 6pm at the Petroleum Club, 5060 California Avenue, 12th Floor. Honored this year are four distinguished alumni: Jim Bock ('73), managing partner at Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock, CPAs; Irma Carson ('78), city councilwoman and the first African American police officer in the Bakersfield Police Department; Sheryl Chalupa ('95, '05), president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of South Central California; and Jeff Green ('92), general counsel for Grimmway Farms. These accomplished alumni will be inducted into the class of 2010 at February's black-tie event. Proceeds benefit the CSUB Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations office at 654-3211 or alumni@csub.edu.

School of Education Professor Receives Fulbright Award
Dr. Mahmoud Suleiman, professor of education, was selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at Bahrain Teacher's College (BTC) at the University of Bahrain from September 2009 to January 2010. He is BTC's first Fulbright scholar. Dr. Suleiman lectured and conducted a series of professional development workshops for veteran teachers and vice principals at BTC, administrators at the Ministry of Education, and faculty at the Dubai Men's College in Dubai, UAE. His workshops focused on literacy assessment of second language learners, teaching/learning performance outcomes, and included the development of e-portfolios for student and teacher performance assessment. The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and cultural Affairs, is the country's flagship intellectual and cultural exchange program. Each year, more than 800 U.S. highly qualified faculty and professionals travel abroad to teach, study, or conduct research, as a similar cohort of their global counterparts travels here. The program boasts more than 280,000 alumni from more than 150 countries in its 60 year history. Please join me in congratulating Mahmoud for joining the ranks of this distinguished group.

Reading Institute for Academic Preparation Awarded CSU Grant
Reading difficulty has been identified as one of the leading causes of a lack of academic proficiency among entering CSU freshmen. To improve the preparation of high school students, the CSU has offered for the last eight years Reading Institutes for Academic Preparation (RIAP), professional development institutes in reading for high school teachers and university professors. Due to budget constraints, the number of campuses funded for the institute was significantly reduced. I am pleased to announce that CSUB is one of only four campuses granted funding this year. The $22,500 allocation will fund 25 participants, each of whom also receive a $750 honorarium. CSUB's RIAP program has been highly successful under the direction of Dr. Kim Flachmann, professor of English and writing program coordinator. In collaboration with the Kern High School District and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, the program conducts six reading institutes, bringing together 21 high schools as well as Taft College and Bakersfield College, in an effort to increase the college-going rates in Kern County. Congratulations to Kim and her team for their excellent work in this critical area.

President's Community Advisory Council
I am pleased to welcome several new members to the President's Community Advisory Council (PCAC). Joining the 2009-2010 council are: Rev. Oscar Anthony, pastor of St. Peter Restoration Community Christian Ministries; Frank Diaz de Leon, vice president, Native Resources Economic Development Corporation, Lone Pine Paiute/Shoshone Tribe; Joseph Drew, senior vice president, Tejon Ranch Co.; Dr. Christine Frazier, Kern County Superintendent of Schools; Maria Hernandez, public affairs director, Univision/Telefutura; Steve Illingworth, vice president, Urner's, Inc.; and Rick Stevens, president, Stevens Transportation. Each will serve a three-year term. The PCAC provides the President with diverse community perspectives on the University's strategies and activities to achieve its mission and realize its vision. It also brings to the President's attention matters of community concern. I thank each new member and the existing council members for their willingness to serve.

Alumni Association Board of Directors
The Alumni Association Board of Directors also welcomes new members for 2009-10: Bernita Jenkins (BA '99), Service Employee International Union 521; Stella Kidd (BA '00, MA '04), Stockdale High School; Alejandra Perez ( MA '06), Kern Medical Center; Maurice Randall (BS '78, MPA '04), City of Bakersfield, Water Resource Department; and Judy Snyder (BA '92, MS '07), San Joaquin Valley College. Congratulations to the new board members.

Center for Community Engagement & Career Education Gets Faculty Coordinator
The Center for Community Engagement & Career Education (CCECE, formerly the Career Development Center), announces the appointment of Dr. Tanya Boone, assistant professor, psychology, as faculty coordinator. Dr. Boone will serve as the primary faculty contact for service learning, internships, and community-oriented projects undertaken by the Center. She will work with Jane Evarian, CCECE director, to develop learning outcomes and policies associated with academic internships. Other responsibilities include outreach, contract development, and linking faculty and students to applied research, educational and service activities with various agencies and organizations. Dr. Boone's research includes a focus on the understanding and prevention of adolescent at-risk behavior. She also serves as the coordinator of applied experiences in the department of psychology, where she oversees the service learning requirement for the major. This experience, as well as her previous partnerships with community agencies through program evaluation research, has allowed Dr. Boone to develop a strong awareness of the needs of the Bakersfield community.

Diversity Training Officer Appointed
CSUB is committed to fostering a welcoming environment to all of its community members. To assist the campus community in continuing to embrace our rich diversity, provide a safe space for dialogue, and assess current campus needs, Dr. John Hultsman, interim vice president for student affairs, has appointed Crystal Becks, director of student housing, as the University's diversity training coordinator. Crystal has worked in student housing for fifteen years. During that time she has served as a consultant to colleges, universities, and private companies on creating inclusive work environments, reducing oppression, improving intercultural communication, and implementing policy. She received training at the National Coalition Building Institute in Washington, D.C and worked with the National Conference for Community and Justice in Los Angeles. Crystal is available to talk to students, student organizations, staff, and faculty and can offer trainings and presentations on heterosexism, racism, sexism, able-ism, and more. She is available to discuss concerns as they relate to diversity and to refer individuals to appropriate campus resources. Crystal will continue in her role as director of student housing.

University Council
University Council meets today, 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. Take care.