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CSU Bakersfield President's Monthly Campus Update

Six-Year Evaluation of the President
My six-year evaluation, conducted by the CSU Board of Trustees and the Chancellor, is now completed. I extend my sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the evaluation process. Your input was invaluable. The results of my evaluation are provided in an open letter to the community from Chancellor Charles Reed. His letter is posted on our University homepage and is also accessible at the following link:

HEP Grant
The American Council on Education (ACE) stresses the imperative that colleges and universities across the nation address the issues of adult literacy and adult learners. As the developer and administrator of the General Educational Development test (GED), ACE is committed to giving adult learners a means to continue their education and professional development. To this end, I am pleased to announce that CSUB has been awarded a five-year High School Equivalency Program (HEP) grant from the U.S. Department of Education Migrant Education Office. The award, funded at $471,761 per year for five years, will assist migrant and seasonal (farm working) students earn a GED. CSUB-HEP provides year-round GED instruction in the farming communities of Arvin, Lamont, McFarland, and Wasco, as well as a summer residential program on the CSUB campus. The program provides support service, career and academic counseling, as well as academic assessment and placement. HEP graduates will be given assistance with admissions to local community colleges, CSUB, and occupational training programs. CSUB-HEP is a collaboration with the Kern High School District and Kern County Superintendent of Schools. Congratulations to Lou Montano, Director, Testing Center and High School Equivalency Program, on this grant award.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
In 2003, CSUB welcomed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to campus. Funded by a grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation, it supports higher education and the arts for those who are aged 50 and better. OLLI at CSUB has grown from 90 original members to more than 300. When CSUB's membership reaches 500, the University becomes eligible to receive a $1 million endowment to continue funding the growth of the program. Please join me in spreading the word about this great asset to our campus and the importance of growing our membership to 500 members or more. OLLI is a membership-based program, although non-members are more than welcome to sign up for classes. Membership is just $35 per year and includes a significant discount on classes. (Most classes are $5 for members and $25 for nonmembers.) For more information, call Jennifer Patino at 654-2427 or visit

Kegley Institute of Ethics 25th Anniversary Lecture Series
As part of its 25th anniversary lecture series, the Kegley Institute of Ethics welcomed to campus this week poet and essayist Andrei Codrescu. The guest lecturer, whose presentation was entitled, "Whose Global Village? Reflections on Power and Imagination in Today's World," is the latest in a line of thought-provoking speakers. I invite you to mark your calendars for April 19, 2011 when the series presents Paul Rusesabagina with "Hotel Rwanda: A Lesson Yet to be Learned."

Inquisitive Minds at Science Bowl and Engineering
I am always inspired by young, inquisitive minds. It gave me great pleasure to see scores of high school students on campus this month competing in physics, mathematics, computer science, and astronomy in the 19th annual Kern County Regional Science Bowl. Held at the CSUB campus for 14 years now, the competition is coordinated by Dr. Thomas Meyer, physics professor and pre-engineering advisor. It tests the subject matter knowledge of top high school students in our region. Dos Pueblos High School of Goleta won the competition and advances to the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C. in April.

On the heels of the Science Bowl we welcomed hundreds of students to campus for our 10th annual Engineering Day. Co-sponsored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, the event presented an opportunity for high school students to engage with industry professionals to inquire about career paths in engineering and science. Dr. Kamel Haddad, interim associate dean of NSM, coordinated this event.

Celebrate CSUB
Registration is open for Celebrate CSUB, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2011. This is the 5th year of this marquee campus event. The event will launch the beginning of a new campaign, Celebrating the U in CSUB - what it means to have a university in our community. You will hear more about this campaign from the University Advancement Division in the coming months. I invite you to register for our annual open house from the link on our home page.

Residence Hall Applications are Open
New and returning students are encouraged to apply for on-campus housing. Applications for returning students will be available starting March 1st with a priority deadline of April 1. For new students, applications are available starting April 1 with a priority deadline of May 15. For more information, visit Housing online at or call 654-3014.

University Council
The next University Council meeting will be held on March 18, 2011 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.

Horace Mitchell, Ph.D.