President's Monthly Campus Update

State Budget
In response to a projected $14.5 billion deficit in the State budget, the Governor has proposed a budget for the CSU which has a shortfall of $386.1 million. Since that budget does not fund any enrollment increases, 10,000 eligible students will not have access to the CSU next fall. An extensive effort has been put in place to press the Governor and the Legislature for full funding of the CSU budget. A campuswide budget summit will be scheduled for early April to allow full discussion of the budget's impact on our campus and our strategies under consideration to address those impacts.

Kern County Economic Summit
The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Kern Economic Development Corporation, and CSUB will present the 8th annual Kern County Economic Summit on Wednesday, March 26. The event will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel from 7 a.m. to noon. Economics professor Abbas Grammy will be featured prominently on the program as he delivers his annual state of the economy address. As anticipated as the facts and figures in Dr. Grammy's economic forecast, is his humorous delivery which has become a mainstay of the event. Other speakers include Christopher Thornberg, former UCLA economist and founder of Beacon Economics, Gaurdie Banister, Jr., president/CEO of Aera Energy LLC, Michael Gottlieb, editor of the California Real Estate Journal, Bruce Freeman, president of Castle & Cooke Mainland Properties, and Kent Foster, national director for Opus, a nationally recognized real estate development company. The keynote address will be delivered by noted corporate strategist Christopher Lee. The summit will enlighten, enrich, inform, and educate. For tickets and additional information, please visit or call 661/862-5150.

CSUB Partnership with Disney
The CSUB Career Development Center has developed a significant partnership with the Walt Disney Company. Disney made several visits to CSUB in the Fall quarter to promote the Disney College Internship Program. The Disneyland-based nine-month internship allows students to earn college credit while working within the theme park and resort. Students will receive mentoring, build transferable skills, and have direct interaction with leaders within the Disney corporate structure. Three students began internships in January. Disney returned to CSUB to offer its "Big Mouse on Campus" Disney College program at the Antelope Valley Center on February 25 and on the main campus on February 26-27. As part of BMOC, Disney representatives make classroom presentations focused on leadership, the Disney brand, communication, job search, and resume preparation. We welcome Disney as an educational partner in the professional development of CSUB students and we commend Jane Evarian, Career Development Center Director, for her leadership in developing this important partnership.

Bill Thomas to Receive Honorary Doctorate
I am pleased to inform you that we will award a doctorate of humane letters to former Congressman William "Bill" Thomas at the Spring 2008 commencement. The recognition is fitting for the many years that Bill has served the nation, our community and CSUB. Bill's relationship with Bakersfield began more than 40 years ago when he joined the faculty at Bakersfield College just after completing his master's degree in political science at San Francisco State University. He taught political science at Bakersfield College until 1974 when he was elected to the California State Assembly. After serving four years in the Assembly, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing the 22nd District of California. He served as an outspoken and outstanding member of Congress for 28 years. For the last six years of his tenure, he was Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the oldest and, arguably, the most powerful committee in Congress.

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bill spent his career strengthening health care legislation, reducing tax burdens, advocating free and open trade and protecting workers' pensions. As chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, he led legislative reform whose impact reaches from international and national issues to matters impacting the San Joaquin Valley, Kern County, and Bakersfield communities. Our community is richer for the service and presence of William "Bill" Thomas. It will be my pleasure to present the honorary degree in the spring.

Faculty and Staff Accolades
Marketing professor wins award for research
Please join me in congratulating marketing professor Ron Pimentel who has won the 2004-2006 Academy of Marketing Science Review's best paper award for his work on studying the behavior of college football fanatics. Ron's research on the award-winning paper, "A Model for Consumer Devotion: Affective Commitment with Proactive Sustaining Behaviors," is a study about brand loyalty in the context of college football fan devotion. The award will be presented to Ron and co-author Kristy Reynolds, associate professor of marketing at the University of Alabama, in May 2008 at the Academy of Marketing Science conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information, contact Ron at 654-6816.

Alumni Hall of Fame (Reminder)
On Saturday, March 8, 2008 the CSUB Alumni Association will induct its 2008 class of distinguished alumni into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame. Three outstanding alumni will be honored at the second annual event which will take place at the Seven Oaks Country Club. They are:

Dr. Cesar Aristeiguieta, director of the California Emergency Medical Authority
Mel Atkinson, president and chairman of the board of M.D. Atkinson Company, Inc
Dr. Wendy Wayne, executive director of First 5 Kern.

More information about these outstanding alumni can be found in the December 20, 2007 issue of the Update.

Tickets for the dinner are $75 per person or $600 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the black-tie event benefit the CSUB Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact CSUB's Alumni Relations office at (661) 654-3211 or via email at

Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year
The CSUB Alumni Association has named Vice President for Business and Administrative Services Mike Neal as the 2007-08 Alumnus of the Year. Mike graduated from CSUB in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He later returned and obtained a master's in business administration in 1982. As Vice President for Business and Administrative Services, Mike oversees the fiscal, physical and human resources operations of the university. Mike will be recognized at the Alumni Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday, March 8, 2008. Please join me in congratulating Mike on receiving this significant honor.

National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education
Executive Assistant to the President, Evelyn Coyle, was voted unanimously to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education (NAPAHE) in January, 2008. She will serve a three-year term. The organization has institutional members throughout the United States and Canada. Congratulations, Evelyn.

Celebrate CSUB!
Our second annual open house will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2008 from 9:00 am to 2:00pm. The event is designed to showcase the university's many academic and co-curricular offerings for a broad audience. Perhaps more importantly, the event is designed to build community both on campus and externally. Schools, departments, and units may register for booths at The day will include Freshman Day and Parent Orientation as well as the Spring Carnival. This year, added events include Earth Day, a performance by legendary entertainer Carol Channing, and the Police Activities League's annual Battle of the Badges. For more information, please contact Evelyn Coyle at 654-2241 or see the event listing on our website.

Electronic Waste Recycling
The Office of Safety and Risk Management, under the Direction of David Beadle, held its third Electronic Waste Recycling Event on January 12th. The Bakersfield and Kern County communities responded overwhelmingly to the recycling opportunity. The University collected recyclables from business and commercial interests during the week leading to the Saturday event, which was reserved for residential recycling. Six semi truck-loads of recyclables weighing 99,685 pounds were collected. Environmental Recyclers International will issue a check for $8,760 to the University for the recycled goods. Those proceeds will be used to enhance environmental sustainability efforts and other CSUB programs. Safety and Risk Management is organizing another event for this spring. Congratulations to David, the Office of Safety and Risk Management, and the student volunteers on a successful event.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for March 28, 2008 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.