President's Monthly Campus Update

Educational effectiveness and learning outcomes have come into national focus as the 21st century economy demands an increasingly knowledge-based workforce. The national focus on student achievement mirrors our own vision of being an institution centered on student learning and community engagement. CSUB concurrently is employing several tools for self-assessment and achievement, including our strategic planning process, our Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year collaboration with Bakersfield College, and our WASC reaccreditation process. These assessments will allow us to link our vision, mission, and strategic goals to student learning outcomes so that we graduate students whose critical learning well equips them for the 21st century workforce and for leadership in our diverse communities.

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation
As I shared in last month's issue of the Update, our WASC accreditation process is well underway. This is a 5-year process of self-reflection, evaluation, and change. With the acceptance of our Institutional Proposal by the WASC Proposal Review Committee in June, we have successfully completed Phase I. A copy of our proposal, "Walking the Talk: The Achievement of Student Learning and Community Engagement through University Alignment and Campus Culture," can be found on our campus website at http://www.csub.edu/assessmentcenter/CSUB%20WASC%20Institutional%20Proposal.pdf.

Phase II of the reaccreditation is the Capacity and Preparatory Review which will take place in fall 2009. For this review, the University must demonstrate our institutional capacity to meet student learning and community engagement outcomes through university alignment and campus culture. The two critical questions which will guide us through our capacity review are: (University Alignment) "Does the University effectively align its programs, policies, procedures, processes, and resources with its vision, mission, and strategic goals?" and (Campus Culture) "Does the University create and sustain a campus culture of mutual respect, shared responsibility, and accountability that is committed to student learning and community engagement?" As a first step in the review, Dr. Ed Sasaki, Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Planning, will conduct a forum to define "student learning." The forum will be held on Friday, October 26, 2007 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Stockdale Room. The entire campus community is requested to engage in this discussion. Please confirm your participation with Linda Mikita, Secretary to the Provost and WASC Coordinator, at x2544. For further information regarding the forum, please contact Dr. Ed Sasaki at x2554, Dr. Steve Daniels, Professor of Public Policy and Administration and Chair of the WASC Planning Committee, at x2318, or Dr. Jackie Kegley, Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies, at x2249.

Climate Commitment
In follow up to my signing of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment letter on which I reported in the September issue of the Update, I will be appointing a committee to oversee our sustainability efforts. I would like to hear from faculty and staff who are interested in serving on the committee. Please send an e-mail of interest to Evelyn Coyle, Executive Assistant to the President, at ecoyle@csub.edu. Capturing both environmental awareness and CSUB spirit, Student Union Director Laura Catherman has coined the phrase "Blue + Gold = Green" which could serve as a sustainability slogan.

Celebrate CSUB!
The 2008 Celebrate CSUB! Open house will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2008 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. As in its inaugural year, the open house is scheduled in conjunction with Freshman Day and the Student Union Spring Carnival. The Celebrate CSUB! Planning Committee will hold its first meeting before the end of October. Please contact Evelyn Coyle, Executive Assistant to the President, at x2241 for more information.

Earth Day
Suggested as an added feature to Celebrate CSUB! for 2008 is Earth Day. Started in 1970 as an international celebration of the earth, the day provides a festive environment in which to model ways to be environmentally sound and to support our commitment to sustainability. It is reported that the last Earth Day celebration held at CSUB in or about 1996 drew approximately 1500-2000 people to campus. If you are interested in planning or have suggestions for Earth Day activities, please contact Dr. Carol Raupp, Psychology Professor and past Earth Day Co-Chair, at x2370 or Evelyn Coyle at x2241.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Accolades
Anthropology Professor Films Television Documentary
Dr. Robert Yohe, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and student Deanna Heikkinen recently returned from an archeological site at Tell El-Hibeh in middle Egypt where they filmed a segment of the new Discovery Channel series, "The Bone Detective." Located about 100 miles south of Cairo, Tell El-Hibeh is an ancient town site that was occupied from at least 3,000 years ago to as late as AD 1000. Dr. Yohe and Deanna are part of a team of archaeologists working under the direction of Carol Redmount, a professor of Near Eastern Studies at U. C. Berkeley, who has been conducting investigations at the site since 2001. Drs. Redmount and Yohe, along with Ms. Heikkinen, were filmed at the site in Egypt in late September. The episode featuring the CSUB archaeologists is scheduled to air on television sometime during the Spring of 2008.

Nursing Professor Honored for Outstanding Research in Women's Health
Congratulations go to Nursing Professor Maria Rubolino-Gallego, MSN, RN, FNPC for her outstanding contribution to the field of women's research which was recognized at the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH). She was one of four winners of the Women's Health Research Awards presented at NPWH's 10th Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 18, 2007. The award came with $500 in recognition of the outstanding research. Her winning abstract entry, which she presented at a podium session during the conference, was "Prophylactic Mastectomy: Living the Decision." Through extensive interviews conducted with women who have undergone prophylactic mastectomy, her findings show that, despite a sense of fear prior to surgery, only a few patients expressed major regrets. These findings have been published in Practical Journal for Nurse Practitioners and can be used by health care providers as they counsel women who are considering mastectomy. Maria is a CSUB alum, having earned both her undergraduate and master's degree in nursing from CSUB.

Communications Professor Goes on Humanitarian Mission to Zimbabwe
Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, Communications Professor known for her award-winning documentary "Surviving Abyssinia" regarding life in Ethiopia, traveled to Zimbabwe in early August on a humanitarian mission. Along with recent Communications and Political Science graduate Tiara Cox, Dr. Jackson went to Zimbabwe to donate much-needed textbooks to Midlands State University in Gweru. Although met with resistance from airport officials who confiscated the books, her return to the university was well received by faculty and students. She had taught in the university's media studies department as a Fulbright Scholar in 2003-2004 and has kept in contact with the university. Her first-hand knowledge of the university's lack of textbooks, chairs, and other basic necessities spurred Dr. Jackson to launch a book drive, during which the CSUB Communications Department collected 200 books. Despite being unable to deliver the books to the university, Dr. Jackson was able to visit with former students who had graduated and obtained positions in media and communications. We salute Dr. Jackson for her humanitarian efforts.

Kegley Institute of Ethics Lecture
The Kegley Institute of Ethics will feature peace activist and former United Nations envoy Terry Waite at its Third Annual Fall Lecture. Mr. Waite, who had negotiated the release of hostages in Libya and Iran in the early 1980's, was taken captive in Beirut in 1987 and held for five years. Mr. Waite will speak on "Resolving Conflict: The Test of Humanity." The lecture will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.cs.csubak.edu/~donna/kie/waite.html.

California P-16 Council
I am pleased to have accepted an appointment by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell to the California P-16 Council. The Council is comprised of a broad cross-section of educators from all segments of public education, students, parents, elected officials, and business leaders. The Council's charge is to develop a strategic action plan to improve the educational achievement of all students, to bridge the achievement gap among students of color, and to link student learning at all levels to facilitate seamless transition through our educational system from preschool through higher education. The strategic action plan will focus on four key issues: access, culture/climate, teacher and student expectations, and strategies for achievement. I look forward to contributing to the important body of work that the P-16 Council will produce.

Antelope Valley Center Gets Nurse Practitioner
We are pleased to welcome Raquel Green Walls who joins the Health Center as a nurse practitioner for the Antelope Valley Center. Raquel's references include national certification in women's health. She will join the CSUB staff at the end of October. Please stop by the Health Center to welcome her to campus. We also congratulate Cheryl Leonard, NP, who accepted a position in college health at Michigan State University.

Student Health Center Open House
The Student Health Center celebrated the new academic year with a successful Open House. More than 200 students and the campus community enjoyed refreshments and took part in blood glucose testing, blood pressure screening, and tours of the facility. Plans are underway to make this a biannual event to more regularly showcase the staff and services available to students. For more information regarding Student Health Center services, please visit their website at www.csub.edu/HealthCenter.

Community Food Drive
As we approach the holiday season of giving and our thoughts turn to helping those in need, I invite each of you to join a campus-wide food drive to help feed families in Bakersfield this Thanksgiving. Census Bureau data reveal areas of Bakersfield where 30-72% of the residents live below the poverty line. Many of these households include children under the age of five and elderly family members who go hungry. Beginning Monday, October 29th through Friday, November 16th, you will find boxes placed at various locations throughout the campus. I encourage you to donate canned goods and non-perishable items to complete a holiday meal. A list of needed food items will be posted on the Announcements bulletin board. For more information, please contact Evelyn Coyle, Executive Assistant to the President, at 654-2241 or ecoyle@csub.edu.

University Council
The October 19th University Council meeting served as a Campus Forum on our budget. The discussion included consideration of three memos which I had sent previously to the campus community:

It was a good discussion of various perspectives on the budget including the difficulty of comparisons with other campuses, given differences in the categorization of some budget items. We all agreed that transparency allows everyone to have a more complete understanding of our budget and the relevant context. The 2007-08 academic year presents many significant budget challenges and difficult choices. By continuing to work together we can assure that our collective efforts will result in a balanced campus budget while preserving our shared commitment to academic excellence.

The next University Council meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2007 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. Thank you for all you do for our University in serving our students and our community.