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CSUB welcomes entire community to fifth annual open campus event
April 18, 2011California State University, Bakersfield offers more than a top-notch education for tomorrow's leaders. It is a resource for community members of all ages – from children to senior citizens.
The entire community is invited to learn more about all of CSUB's offerings at its annual open campus event, Celebrate CSUB! The fifth annual event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Parking and admission are free.
Families are especially encouraged to attend, as there will be art projects and games for children, information about lifelong learning programs for older adults, and of course a multitude of activities for prospective students and their parents. Local band Thee Majestics will provide musical entertainment. Educational components include science demonstrations, student research presentations, and tours of the campus labs. It is also freshman orientation day for incoming CSUB students for Fall 2011.
"In a region where many students are first generation college students, Celebrate CSUB! helps demystify the university for families unfamiliar with higher education," said Evelyn Young, coordinator of Celebrate CSUB! "The festive setting helps us to introduce our academic programs in a non-intimidating atmosphere where young people can see themselves fitting in a university setting."
Chemistry students will capture interest in science by performing experiments that transform bananas into hammers, make pickles glow or otherwise make things go "boom!" Computer science students' roaming army of Amigobots introduce discussions of science, technology, robot control systems, and computer programming.
Family friendly events also include:
- 5K Fun Run and Pancake Breakfast (8 a.m. start time; entry fee $15 before April 16; $20 on race day)
- Spring Carnival and food booths by student leadership groups
- Dance troupes and musical performances on Bill Wright Toyota Community Stage
- Circle Painting community art project
- Sierra Middle School Kids for Solar Energy
Event sponsor North Bakersfield Toyota will hold a "Stuff the 'Runners" contest to see which CSUB club can stuff the most students into a Scion. Bill Wright Toyota, Knight's Pumping and Portable Services, KGET, City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks, Pepsi, Terrio Therapy-Fitness, New Generation Graphics, Target and Walker-Lewis Rents are also sponsoring the event.
Alumni and community members are encouraged to come see what's new on campus. Check out the giant rock climbing wall and indoor track in the Student Recreation Center, the solar panels now providing one-third of the campus' energy in parking lots E and I, and the lights and scoreboard at the baseball facility, Hardt Field.
After the festival, cheer on our nationally-ranked men's baseball team in a 2 p.m. game against UC Irvine. The Art Department's kinetic (people-powered) Roadrunner car will lead a procession along with the Blue Crew, CSUB's new athletics student club, down the Red Brick Road to the game. The first 50 Celebrate CSUB! attendees will be admitted for $1 and receive a free Blue Crew T-shirt. (Regular admission to the game is $7.)
"The entire family, from younger siblings to grandparents, will find the entire day's activities engaging and fun," Young said.
For a full list of events, Fun Run registration form and more information about Celebrate CSUB!, visit www.csub.edu/celebrate or call 654-2175.