President's Monthly Campus Update

The Passing of Members of the CSUB Family
In the past two weeks, we have suffered the loss of three members of our CSUB family. We mourn the passing of Matthew Johnson, Edward Laskowski, and most recently, Alexey Belyy.

Matthew Johnson was a 25-year-old communications graduate who was confined to a wheelchair by muscular dystrophy. He succumbed to the disease less than two weeks ago on January 5th. Despite his physical challenges, Matt engaged fully in student activities and student government. He was elected unanimously to the Student Union Board of Directors in June 2005 and served through May 2007. He is remembered for his sense of humor and strength of spirit. It was my privilege to award Matt his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications last June. Many members of the campus community attended the memorial services for Matt on January 9th and 10th.

Dr. Edward Laskowski, Professor Emeritus of Geology, was a founding member of the CSUB faculty who passed away at the age of 84 due to complications from a stroke. He earned a bachelor's degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, a master of science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Rensselaer, New York, and later a Ph.D. in Philosophy from UCLA. In addition to building a distinguished career in scientific research, Ed's interests spanned cinema and filmmaking to jewelry making to health foods to teaching Russian.

Alexey Belyy, a native of Rostov On Don, Russia, was a senior majoring in religious studies. An outstanding athlete and member of the CSUB swim team, Alexey had a will to win. He died unexpectedly on Friday afternoon, January 11th, at age 26 when he collapsed in his apartment after swim practice. He did not regain consciousness. Alexey was a freestyle sprinter and breaststroker who set our school record in the 400 yard individual medley last year. Less than one month ago at the UNLV Winter Invite, he took first place in his three individual events, the 500 yard freestyle, the 400 yard individual medley, and the 200 yard breaststroke. He was committed to giving his best in practice and in competition. The Athletics Department has scheduled a memorial service for Alexey on Friday, January 18, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in the Icardo Center. For additional information, please contact Christine Kimmel, Director of Athletic Development, at 654-6247.

Whether death was anticipated, as with Matt; whether it came at the end of a long life, as with Ed, or whether it came unexpectedly as with Alexey, our grief is the same. We extend our sympathies to the families of Matt, Ed, and Alexey. Our lives at CSUB were made richer by their presence. We will miss each of them.

Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday, our nation will commemorate the birthday of a great servant-leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We reprieve from work to celebrate his life and to honor his commitment to the cause of human and civil rights and social justice. I encourage you to continue Dr. King's legacy by committing the holiday to a day of service in our local community. In the face of great social needs, the question might arise,"I am just one person. What difference can one person make?" The answer can be found in the life of Dr. King, who exemplified the power of one person to make a difference. As we each respond to needs in our community, our collective efforts combine to effect change. Opportunities for service abound in the greater Bakersfield and outlying areas. Listed below are examples of our service and giving to nonprofit organizations during the Thanksgiving and holiday seasons. These and other community agencies would benefit from your giving a day of service on Monday, January 21st:

Holiday Community Service
Business and Administrative Services collected more than 50 toys and $536 in financial donations for the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic. The donations will be used to help purchase clothes for the families the clinic sponsors. The Henrietta Weill Child Guidance Clinic is a non-profit, outpatient mental health center which provides counseling services for children, adolescents and families. Every year during the holidays they provide toys for children who might not otherwise receive them.

The campus-wide canned food drive resulted in more than 12 overflowing boxes of canned goods and non-perishable food items. Collected items were donated to the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter and Faith Christian Ministries who provided food baskets and prepared meals for families in need. Faith Christian Ministries distributed more than 100 bags of food for a complete Thanksgiving dinner. The Bakersfield Homeless Shelter, which also was one of the beneficiaries of the community-wide KGET Food Drive to which many of you donated, served 600 guests at their Thanksgiving dinner.

Our annual holiday Toys for Tots drive resulted in three boxes of toys collected for the U.S. Marines to distribute to children in the greater Bakersfield community.

Faculty Accolades
R. Steven Daniels, professor of business and public administration, has been elected President of the Bakersfield chapter of the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA). The national service organization"advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration." For more information regarding ASPA, please contact Steve at (661) 654-2318 or via email at

New Appointments
Vice President for University Advancement
I am pleased to announce that Beverly Byl has accepted the position of Vice President for University Advancement, succeeding Mike Chertok. Beverly comes to CSUB from University of the Pacific where she currently serves as associate vice president of advancement. She brings more than 20 years of experience in fund development, including a year as the interim vice president of advancement at University of the Pacific. She has a proven track record in capital campaigns at both University of the Pacific and Indiana University. Most recently she executed a successful $330 million fundraising campaign that far exceeded the university's initial goal of $200 million.

We are fortunate to have someone with Beverly's talents and experience joining our team. She is a proven leader in her field and will be an asset not only to the university, but to our community as well.

Prior to her tenure at University of the Pacific, Beverly served as the executive director of development for the university libraries for the Indiana University Foundation. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in art and secondary education from Morehead State University, and a master of science degree in educational psychology from Indiana University. Beverly will begin her tenure at CSUB on March 31, 2008. Please join me in welcoming her to the CSUB community and leadership team.

Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration
Provost Coley and I are pleased to announce that John Emery has been named Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. Formerly Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas, Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, John's extensive experience includes serving as dean of the College of Administration and Business at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana and as department chair and professor of finance in the School of Business and Economics at CSU Fullerton. He will join us at CSUB on March 1, 2008. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver, a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Washington. Please join us in welcoming John to CSUB.

University Police Welcomes New Lieutenant
Lt. Jack Rutledge joined the University Police just before the winter holiday break on December 17, 2007. An 18-year veteran of law enforcement, Jack was a sergeant with the Kern County Sheriff's Department, prior to which he served as an officer with the Delano Police Department. Jack comes to us most recently from the Kern High School District where he served as a campus police officer at Stockdale High School. Please join me in welcoming Jack to CSUB.

Student-Athlete Becomes Law Enforcement Officer
As a student, Carla Johns (formerly Nakashima) was an impressive student athlete at CSUB, setting the University's record in the hammer throw in 1999 with a distance of 166' 7". That record held until 2003. She currently is ranked fifth in the University's history for the hammer throw. After graduation, Carla pursued her interest in a law enforcement career and earned a department sponsorship to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Basic Peace Officer Academy. After graduation from the Academy, Carla quickly proved herself a quick learner and dedicated law enforcement professional. She rapidly earned a reputation on campus for her competence and willingness to help. Carla continues her success at CSUB, recently earning a promotion to Corporal with the CSUB University Police Department (UPD). Carla is engaged in campus activities and takes a special interest in mentoring students through the UPD's student assistant program.

CSUB on Oprah?...Maybe
It is not unusual for a yellow school bus to pull onto campus filled with students who come to CSUB for a campus tour. What was unusual about the bus which arrived on Thursday morning, January 3rd, however, was not only the group that had come to campus, but also the group which followed them. Godparents Youth Organization transported a group of high school students to CSUB by school bus from Los Angeles. Following the group was a camera crew from the Oprah Winfrey Show who had come to document their tour. Their journey to CSUB was a result of the efforts of one woman seeking to make a difference in the lives of Los Angeles-area youth.

Tanya Walters took notice a few years ago that some Los Angeles-area high school students did not contemplate college because of transportation concerns. They did not have first-hand exposure to colleges because they lacked transportation to visit college campuses. A bus driver for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Tanya rallied other bus drivers who wanted to help students overcome this barrier. The group of bus drivers, called Godparents Youth Organization, takes high school students on college tours. The program started locally and has grown to cities across the country, which caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey. Oprah will feature the group in a Martin Luther King, Jr. special to air on Monday, January 21, 2008. Tykecia Richardson, a public administration major who enrolled at CSUB three years ago, credits Godparents for making the dream of college a reality for her. If CSUB makes the edit, the show will air on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 3:00pm or 4:00pm and again at 11:00pm depending on the schedule of the local ABC affiliate. Please check your local listings for air time.

CSUB Football?...Not exactly
Former wrestler and CSUB alumnus Stephen Neal plays in the National Football League. A starting offensive lineman for the New England Patriots, he has been instrumental in helping his team reach an NFL record 16-0 season and remain undefeated in the post-season. During his CSUB career, Steve maintained a 3.24 grade point average. He was a four-time Academic All-American, a four-time Pac 10 Academic All-Conference first team member, winner of two NCAA Division I titles, the Dan Hodge Award (comparable to the Heisman Trophy), the U.S. Freestyle Championship, the Pan-American games title, and the World Championships, among many other titles. He holds numerous records, including the Pac-10's first four-time champion in the same weight class. He completed his college career undefeated in Pac-10 competition. There is a high probability that he will complete the 2007 NFL season undefeated, as well.

CSUB on the Discovery Channel?...Yes
Anthropology professor Robert Yohe and a team of archeologists and anthropologists will be featured in an episode of"The Bone Detective,"a 13-part series airing in the spring on the Discovery Channel. Robert and recent graduate Deanna Heikkinen traveled to Egypt in the summer to join the team who are analyzing early Christian mummies buried at an archeological site in Tell El-Hibeh. Check Discovery Channel listings for information regarding the show's airing.

Major Gifts
A major gift to fund two new endowments and an additional gift to an existing endowed scholarship added $300,000 to the CSUB endowment in December. The Shirley Wilson Fiddler Nursing Scholarship Endowment and the Claude David Fiddler Student Research Scholar Endowment were named in honor of a generous gift from David and Shirley Fiddler. Dr. Homer and Evangeline Myles added another major gift to their endowed scholarship for students pursuing graduate degrees at CSUB.

A new initiative to provide specialized equipment for the nursing program was supported by three donors: Lynn and Patti Blystone; Bob Severs, CEO of GemCare; and Dr. Robert Sheldon and Mrs. Jean Sheldon. The goal for this project is $500,000 of which $125,000 has been committed to date. For more information on this initiative, please contact major gifts officer Sheri Horn-Bunk at (661) 654-3209 or via e-mail at

2008-09 Budget and Enrollment Management
There would be a $386.1 million shortfall in state funding to the CSU as proposed in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2008-09 state budget. That budget does not fund any enrollment increases. This will mean that 10,000 eligible students will not have access to the CSU this fall. As the budget review process continues to be fluid, the previously-announced February 1, 2008 deadline for applications from first-time freshmen has been extended to March 1 for CSUB and several other CSU campuses. This extension follows extensive discussions with Chancellor Reed regarding the projected severe negative impact on access for local students.

We are engaging in an all-out effort to make sure local first-time freshmen wishing to enroll in the fall quarter have the opportunity to do so. We cannot stress enough the importance of their submitting an application to a CSU campus prior to the March 1st deadline.

As long as an application for admission has been submitted on by March 1, students will have an opportunity to be granted admission at a CSU campus, including CSUB, subject to meeting campus admissions requirements.

Application submission assistance for prospective students will be held at CSU Bakersfield on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the CSUB Walter Stiern Library. There will be designated parking in Lot D during these times. CSUB admissions staff will be on-hand to assist with the application process. Additionally, CSUB will be holding on-site admission sessions at many local high schools. Dates and times for these visits will be available later this week.

The application deadline does not apply to fully eligible upper division transfer students, international students and non-resident students.

In collaboration with faculty, staff, and student groups and community supporters, the CSU will work hard to secure legislative approval of its 2008-09 budget.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2008 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room. This meeting will serve as a Campus Forum on the Governor's proposed budget cuts and their implications for the CSU and CSUB.

I look forward to seeing you around campus or at an upcoming University or community event. Take care.