President's Monthly Campus Update

Our 37th commencement ceremonies boasted one of the largest graduating classes in the university’s history. This Spring’s 1,386 graduates number 200 more than last Spring’s graduating class. We are proud of our graduates, many of whom have overcome great obstacles to earn their degrees, and many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. It is my privilege to continue to acknowledge the accomplishments of our graduates who are pursuing advanced degrees. I congratulate our faculty who have achieved tenure and/or promotion, those who have been recognized for outstanding service and scholarship, those who have earned the distinction of faculty emeriti, and those who are entering the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP). I likewise salute our staff who have achieved milestone years of service, and who have been recognized for excellence in service.


  School of Education Humanities & Social Sciences Natural Sciences & Math Business & Public Administration
Total bachelor's degrees: 1,155 64 752 145 194
Total master's degrees: 231* 157 22 15 36
Total Spring Graduates: 1,386 221 774 160 230
*1 master's degree in Interdicsicplinary Studies        

Faculty, Staff, and Student Accolades
We commend our faculty, staff, and students for their achievements:

Faculty Awards
The following honors were bestowed upon faculty who have distinguished themselves in areas of teaching, faculty leadership and service, or in research. I am proud to announce the following recipients of 2007/2008 faculty awards:

The Millie Ablin Outstanding Professor Award
Robert Yohe - Anthropology

Faculty Leadership and Service Award
Kathleen Ritter – Counseling Psychology

Faculty Research Award
Tim Vivian – Philosophy & Religious Studies

Wang Award Nominees
The Wang Family Excellence Award recognizes CSU faculty and administrators for their exemplary contributions and achievements in their academic disciplines. CSUB’s 2007 nominees are:

Tenure and Promotion Awards
I am pleased to announce the following tenure and promotion awards effective Fall Quarter, 2007:

Promotion to Professor

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor



Retirees and Faculty Early Retirement Program Participants
I thank the following faculty for their years of service and wish them well as they retire:


FERP Faculty

Emeritus Status
The bestowing of Emeritus status is an honor given to a retiring or retired faculty member or administrator in recognition of meritorious contributions to the University over many years of service. Congratulations to:

Staff Annual Service Awards
For many years, Staff Forum recognized the service and contributions made by employees in an annual Service Award Program. I thank all of the Staff Forum members who have contributed to this effort. This year, it was my pleasure to begin coordinating the recognition on behalf of the University. On June 11th, the University hosted an awards recognition program at the Doré Theatre, recognizing staff employees in all classifications for their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, and 30th year of service. In addition, we recognized those staff employees who have in excess of 30 years of service to CSUB. Foundation employees also were recognized in the same manner at this program. I thank and congratulate those staff who help make CSUB a University of choice.

5 Year Service Award

10 Year Service Award

15 Year Service Award

20 Year Service Award

25 Year Service Award

30 Year Service Award

Staff Forum Awards
Congratulations to the staff who received the award presented to these dedicated and deserving recipients:

Laura Wolfe received the Joe Embry award, and Antelope Valley staff received the outstanding group award.

Graduate Highlights
It is with pride and pleasure that I continue to share information received regarding the achievements of our graduates. Their focus, commitment, and perseverance are rewarded by acceptances into prestigious programs of advanced study. Congratulations to the graduates and to the faculty who mentored them in their research and studies.

Doctoral Programs
Rachel Richardson, who received her master’s degree in history during Spring commencement, has been accepted into the doctoral program in history in Birbeck College, University of London, England. Psychology and religious studies double major Jared Chapman has been selected to participate in the Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program. The CDIP is a competitive program which seeks to support students who are pursuing or applying to full-time doctoral studies who are interested in teaching in the CSU. Information regarding the CDIP can be obtained at the CSU website at Philip Duncan, an English major, was accepted to several law schools. He has been awarded a scholarship to, and will attend, Seaton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey in the fall. Entering the doctoral program in geology at the University of Notre Dame this fall will be Katie O'Sullivan, a geology major. For her outstanding undergraduate work at CSUB and promise as a graduate student, Katie has been awarded a research assistantship and a full tuition waiver. Anthropology major Theresa Barket has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside. She is also the recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship Award (worth $50,000 over two years) for next year. Nikki Armstrong graduated with honors in mathematics and received the Outstanding Graduating Senior award in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. She has received a full fellowship and will enter the doctoral program at UC Berkeley in the fall where she will study theoretical mathematics. Nikki has been guaranteed funding for six years. Also receiving full fellowships are philosophy majors Stewart Eskew, who will attend the University of Wisconsin to study philosophy, and Joshua Dhanens, who has been accepted into the University of Oklahoma’s program in philosophy. Religious studies major Mona Twocats has received a full fellowship to UC Irvine’s program in religious studies.

Master’s Programs
Jared Chapman, mentioned above, has been accepted into the master’s program in psychology at CSUB. He also has been accepted into the University of Nevada, Reno. Psychology majors Michael Butler, Katrina Rodzon, and Amy Grundvig have been accepted into the master’s program in psychology at CSUB. Amy also has been accepted into the University of Texas, El Paso, and Katrina also has been accepted into CSU San Francisco. Katrina has opted for the cooler weather of the Bay Area and will attend CSU San Francisco. Max Goodwin, an English major, has been accepted into the master’s of fine arts program in creative writing at CSU San Jose, where he will begin in the fall. Anne Little is an English major at our Antelope Valley Center. She has been accepted into CSUB’s master’s program in English. Christina Contreras, a psychology major, has been accepted into CSUB’s master’s program in education, with a concentration in early childhood education. Exemplifying the spirit of lifelong learning is Barbara Godwin-Austen Fowler, a 60-year-old senior psychology and child, adolescent, and family studies double major, who graduated with honors. Barbara will continue her lifelong learning in the fall as she enters CSUB’s master’s program in social work. Congratulations to all.

Student Leadership Awards
Student organizations play a vital role in providing a rich student experience on campus. The Office of Student Activities and the Student Organizations and Clubs Council celebrated students and clubs in their second Leadership Awards Ceremony held in May. Clubs, organizations, and individuals were nominated by the campus community in 21 categories. Selections were made by a panel of students and staff. Congratulations to the following winners of the student leadership awards.

Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars
The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to provide opportunities to explore doctoral programs to CSU and UC upper division and graduate students who have been economically or educationally disadvantaged and who wish to teach at the university level. Selected participants are named Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars. The student and a faculty mentor develop a plan to explore and apply to doctoral-granting institutions, summer research internships, acquire reference books and materials. The campus is awarded $3,000 to support these efforts. I am pleased to acknowledge Amanda Camp as the CSUB Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholar and her faculty sponsor, Brian Hemphill, Associate Professor in Sociology & Anthropology. Congratulations.

Title V Library Interns Selected
Congratulations to Marissa Pineda, who has been selected as the 2007-08 Title V Library Intern, and Daniel Olive, who has been selected as the 2007-08 Title V Bakersfield College Transfer Student Library Intern for the Walter Stiern Library. The Title V program provides students from minority or low-income backgrounds an opportunity to gain valuable experience in a paid internship before they enter a graduate program in library and information science. Students receive professional training from faculty librarians and work on projects that allow them to gain knowledge in this field of study. The students are selected based on their application, grades, abilities, interests, references, and an interview. Welcome aboard.

University Council & the President’s Campus Forum
University Council will convene in the fall. I hope that during the summer, you have some opportunity for relaxation, spending time with friends and loved ones, and renewing your spirit. I look forward to seeing you around campus or at an upcoming University or community event.