CSUB Honors 3 With President’s Medals

California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell recently presented President’s Medals to three individuals who have made significant contributions to the University either through their philanthropy or their academic leadership over time, or because their life’s work epitomizes important values.

The award winners are:

  •  Steve Renock, president and CEO of Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. Kern Schools’ partnership with CSUB began in 1995 and includes support for athletic scholarships, men’s basketball, the Bakersfield Jazz Festival, the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame, and the School of Business and Public Administration/John Brock Development.  He has served on the CSUB Foundation Board of Directors since 2015.
  • Kim Flachmann, a professor of English who joined the CSUB faculty in 1972 and has served as CSUB’s writing program coordinator since 1986. She has written successful proposals to fund CSUB’s Reading Institute for Academic Preparation program, which focuses on teaching high school and college faculty the theory and practice of teaching vocabulary. Dr. Flachmann is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Millie Albin Excellence in Teaching Award from CSUB in 1998-99, the 2009 California Association of Teachers of English Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Kern High School District’s 2016 Jim Burke “Light and Liberty” Award for service to Kern County education.
  • Dolores Huerta, whom President Mitchell described as “a living legend … an icon whose name is synonymous with civil rights.”  As co-founder with Cesar Chavez and secretary-treasurer of the United Farm Workers, she provided national leadership in the fight for the rights of farmworkers.  Huerta also has received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Puffin/National Prize for Creative Citizenship.  With the $100,000 award for creative citizenship, she created the Dolores Huerta Foundation in 2012.

President Mitchell presented the awards at the President’s Associates event on May 2.

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