President's Monthly Campus Update

Fall quarter 2006 marked numerous milestones for CSUB. We welcomed our largest freshman class in the history of the University. More than 850 freshmen were joined this fall by approximately 900 transfer students, one of our largest enrollments of transfer students, as well. The University continues to move forward in many areas, several of which are highlighted below.

Winter Commencement
We will celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates this winter in two commencement ceremonies to be held on Friday, December 1, 2006. More than 300 graduates will be joined by approximately 3,500 friends and family members in the Icardo Center. The commencement schedule for the four schools is as follows:

1:00 p.m. School of Humanities and Social Sciences

6:00 p.m. School of Business & Public Administration
School of Education
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

We are delighted to have as our commencement speaker for both ceremonies Sandra V. Serrano, Chancellor of the Kern Community College District. For further information regarding commencement activities, please contact Sandra Renfro in the School of Education at 654-6122, or visit our website at We congratulate all of our graduates.

Castle and Cooke Pledges $1 Million for Division I Campaign
I am pleased to disclose that Castle and Cooke is the anonymous donor who issued the $1 million challenge grant for our Division I fundraising campaign. It was a great pleasure for me to travel to Los Angeles with Castle and Cooke, California President Bruce Freeman, Congressman-elect Kevin McCarthy, and Mayor Harvey Hall to meet with the company's chairman, Mr. David Murdock, and other company leadership. In addition to making this generous commitment to CSUB, Mr. Murdock agreed to join Congressman Bill Thomas in co-chairing the final push for the last million dollars. We are grateful to Bruce, a CSUB Foundation Board member, without whose very strong support this gift would not have been possible. With the Castle and Cooke match, we now have raised more than $5 million of our $6 million goal.

First Public-Private Partnership Project Approved by CSU Trustees
In several earlier issues of the Update, we shared submissions of conceptual proposals for public-private partnerships on University land along Camino Media. The proposal submitted by Gregory D. Bynum and Associates for a 4 to 6-story, 100,000-130,000 square-foot office building came before the Board of Trustees at its November 15, 2006 meeting. I am pleased to announce that the Trustees gave conceptual approval of the proposal. This means that we can now move forward with finalizing a development agreement with Bynum and Associates, and they can move forward with designing the building. After that, an environmental impact study must be completed before the project is resubmitted to the Tustees for approval of construction.

The completed project will provide CSUB with long-term benefits of annual ground lease payments, space for University programs, and space for organizations which establish collaborations with one or more of our academic programs. The proposals by Crisp & Cole / Platinum Investments and Bakersfield Adventures for the Mind are scheduled to go before the Trustees in January 2007.

Mathematics and Science Teacher Award
CSUB has been awarded $50,000, through California State University's Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative to recruit students in their junior year to enroll in the teacher preparation program in Mathematics. Stipends and a forgivable loan program (APLE) are incentives. Students who successfully complete the teacher preparation program will earn Single Subject Matter Competency in Mathematics and will become Single Subject Mathematics teachers once they complete an additional credential year. The project will more than double the average number of students who receive the Single Subject Mathematics Credential each year at CSUB. For more information, please contact Julio Blanco, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, at 654-3450 or

Kegley Institute Research Grants
The Kegley Institute of Ethics has awarded its first ethics research grants. Mark Evans, Associate Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration and Professor of Applied Economics, and Steven Gamboa, Lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies, were granted $2,350 to study the functional relationship between normative assumptions and key theories in economics and business. They also will explore the extent to which this foundational linkage is included in related courses. Depending on the outcomes of this research, they will then hold a workshop for high school and college teachers.

Donna Simmons, Associate Professor of Communications and Public Relations, and Judith Pratt, Professor of Communications and Journalism, have received $1,200 to explore how public relations campaigns in the city of Los Angeles and Kern County impacted news coverage of the biosolids and sludge issue. They will address the ethical implications for journalists and public relations professionals in the way they disperse information about such controversial issues. For additional information on these or future grants, please contact Chris Meyers, Kegley Institute of Ethics Director, at 654-3149 or

Academic Decathlon
The 17th annual Academic Decathlon Preparation Day was held on November 15 at CSUB. Begun in 1990, the Academic Decathlon involves about 250 high school students from more than 25 local area high schools. This year's curricular theme is "China and Its Influence on the World." There are seven areas in which the students will be tested: art, economics, language and literature, math, music, social science, and a "super quiz" area, which this year is climatology. Each year, the Kern High School District asks CSUB to select four faculty members with expertise in four of the quiz areas. Our faculty focus on a few of those areas they believe are most likely to be covered on the test. They each give 50-minute presentations. CSUB and CSU Fresno are the only CSU campuses which regularly have assisted their local high school teams with this type of preparation. We do this in collaboration with Kern High School District staff. This event is another excellent example of collaborations with our K-12 partners to improve the academic preparedness of our high school students.

Excellence Award
In October, Mike Neal, Vice President for Business and Administrative Services, accepted an award from the American Red Cross in recognition of CSUB's "Excellence in Disaster Preparedness." The award recognizes and honors local businesses, institutions, and agencies for their superior emergency preparedness plans. Nomination for the award was based on the outstanding aspects of the CSU emergency preparedness program, including training, supplies, and staff participation.

As an award recipient, CSUB agrees to serve as a community networking resource that businesses and agencies can call for advice and support. The award was presented at the Disaster Preparedness Academy, sponsored by the American Red Cross, with more than 250 in attendance, representing 175 local businesses and government agencies. The award is evidence of the efforts and commitment to campus excellence of many individuals from University Police, Safety and Risk Management, the Pandemic Business Continuity Planning Committee, and staff and faculty from all areas of the campus.

In the Running
The Nominating Committee of the 66,000-member American Library Association has invited Dean Rod Hersberger to be one of two candidates for the Association's Treasurer. Balloting will be in March and April 2007. If elected, Rod will serve three years, beginning July 1, 2007.

University Websites

Our thanks go to Don David, Information Technology Consultant in E-Learning Services, Pierre Igoa, Web Design Specialist in Fiscal Services, and Ben Perlado, Information Technologist in Admissions and Records, for their technical expertise in redesigning the university's website. The new website successfully launched at the end of October and gives the university a fresh, updated image. The redesign is the inaugural project of the University Image Committee, which consists of a broad cross-section of campus representatives, including: Evelyn Nelson, Executive Assistant to the President and Committee Chair; Ken Beurmann, President of Associated Students, Inc.; Don David, Information Technology Consultant, E-Learning Services; Anne Dziadura, Manager of the Runner Bookstore; Dan Gianoutsos, Presidential Intern; Rod Hersberger, Dean of Libraries; Shannon Hill, Director of Alumni Relations; John Hultsman, Associate Vice President, CSUB Antelope Valley Center; Pierre Igoa, Web Design Specialist, Business & Administrative Services; Karen Langston, Director, Marketing & Sales - Athletics Department; Jacqueline Mimms, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management; BJ Moore, Assistant Professor, Public Administration, and Academic Senate representative; Ben Perlado, Information Technology for Admissions & Records; Judith Pratt, Communications Professor; Shelley Ruelas, Vice President for Student Affairs; and Mike Stepanovich, Director of Public Relations, University Advancement.

If you have logged on to the athletics web site within the past few days, you may have noticed the new site. A few of the new features include: enhanced news stories, rosters, schedules, and results; athlete bios and photos; and potential revenue streams for the Athletics Department through partnerships such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, where a percentage of all rentals made through the Athletics Department link will benefit CSUB. Live statistics also are available, enabling 'Runner fans to follow the game on-line. The CSUB Fight Song can be played on the department's home page, and additional multimedia and interactive features are being developed. Congratulations go to Cindy Goodmon, Athletics Department Business Manager; Karen Langston, Director of Sales and Marketing, Kevin Gilmore, Assistant Athletics Director and Sports Information Director; and Kevin Eubanks, Assistant Sports Information Director, for their leadership in redesigning the athletics department website.

Holiday Reception
First Lady Barbara Mitchell, the Academic Senate, and I invite you to CSUB's 2006 Winter Wonderland Holiday Reception. The celebration will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2006, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Runner Café. We will enjoy sing-alongs and a performance by children from the Children's Center. There will be an opportunity to send holiday goodwill greetings to our soldiers deployed abroad, and to donate toys to the "Toys for Tots" program. Kindly RSVP by November 28th to or by calling the RSVP line at 654-2175. We look forward to seeing you there.

Celebrate CSUB
The University Image Committee is in the planning stages for a new CSUB tradition. Celebrate CSUB will be an open house which will allow us to showcase the best that the university has to offer. Slated for Saturday, April 28, 2007, the open house will feature CSUB faculty, staff, and students at our best, with academic, cultural, business, and co-curricular offerings such as: mini-lectures, faculty and student research, presentations from each of our schools and the Extended University division; cultural offerings such as music, theatre, food, and the arts; co-curricular offerings such as sports exhibitions and student activities; and a showcase of our Antelope Valley Center offerings. There will be events which will appeal to families, children, young adults, and seniors. We are inviting the community to our campus to discover and experience CSUB. I invite faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to join the Celebrate CSUB planning committee which is now forming, and to share your ideas for a festive, inviting open house. For further information or to volunteer, please contact Evelyn Nelson in the Office of the President via e-mail at or by phone at 654-2241.

University Council & the President's Campus Forum
The next University Council meeting will be on Friday, January 19, 2007, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room. The first President's Campus Forum will be scheduled for sometime in late January or February, 2007. The topic will be "Access to Excellence," a campus-wide dialogue on the new CSU systemwide strategic plan.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming University or community events.