CSUB Faculty, Staff Initiative to Support Student Success Experiences Record-Breaking Year

California State University, Bakersfield experienced a record-breaking year with its Faculty and Staff Initiative to Support Student Success, raising a total of $776,655. The percentage of faculty and staff who participated by supporting important programs such as Athletics and the CSUB Fund was at an all-time high.

"My habit has long been to give where it is most needed, and to me that has always meant impoverished people living in the developing world. But what about my own home, the very place I work? I decided to start giving here,” said Dr. Stafford Betty, sponsor of the annual Betty Creative Writing Awards. The trick was to find where it was most needed, and my wife happened to mention there was no monetary support for the English Department's annual creative writing awards. Heck, I thought, I'm a creative writer myself! So why not? That's how it happened.”

This year, the featured programs were:

  • The CSUB Fund, which allows the University to fill gaps between state funds and the

    actual cost of higher education. It also provides the University with the flexibility to support immediate academic needs such as travel to conferences and intercollegiate academic competitions, research assistantships and project support, and professional development to enhance classroom learning;

  • The Roadrunner Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to students who participate in CSUB athletics;

  • Study Abroad Program, which helps increase the funds and allows students to experience study abroad opportunities and participate in these transformational life experiences;

  • Veterans Center, which works with other departments and organizations both on- and off- campus to provide our veteran students with the necessary support, resources and information they need to succeed in their academic journey;

  • CSUB Food Pantry, which helps decrease the food insecurity on campus and allows students to focus on their academics; and

  • The Hawk Honors Program, which empowers student in the Honors Program to attend conferences, study abroad and gain valuable skills outside the traditional classroom through independent study.

    “I have always felt that giving back to the University, either in monetary donations or volunteer work has been really important to me,” said Robin Flores, assistant to the dean of Social Sciences and Education. “I have worked on campus for 25 years and have valued and appreciated all that this campus has done for my family and me. I was able to take classes, and my daughter received her teaching credential from CSUB this Spring on our fee waiver program.

    People often ask me why I always volunteer, some think I just want to get out of the office, some think I want to move up in work position, but my response is consistent and remains the same year after year, I give back because the University has given me and my family so much. I can’t imagine working anywhere else!’”

    The third annual initiative is just one of the many ways the CSU Bakersfield faculty and staff give back to its students and the campus community.

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