November 3, 2009 - The California State University, Bakersfield Alumni Association will induct its 2010 class of accomplished alumni into the Alumni Hall of Fame at a black-tie ceremony on Saturday, February 27, at the Petroleum Club, 5060 California Avenue, 12th Floor. The fourth annual event will honor four outstanding alumni.
"The Hall of Fame is the Alumni Association's opportunity to publicly recognize those alumni who have made significant contributions during their careers," said Nancy Chaffin, CSUB alumna and chair of the Hall of Fame committee. "The 2010 Hall of Fame class members serve as examples of graduates who have not only made significant and lasting impact in their professions, but more importantly, they have substantially improved the quality of life in our community. This is an opportunity for the community to celebrate these distinguished individuals."
This year's four inductees into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame are:
Jim Bock - Bock is the managing partner for Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock, CPAs. In 1973, he earned a bachelor's degree from CSUB in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting. As a senior, he was named the School of Business' outstanding business student and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Bock was named 2001-02 outstanding alumnus by the CSUB School of Business. Bock has served on numerous boards including the American Heart Association, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Valley Achievement Center, Garces High School, and the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. He is also an alumnus of the Leadership Bakersfield program.
Irma Carson - Carson graduated from CSUB in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She was the first female African-American police officer to have a leadership role in the Bakersfield Police Department. Carson was selected as a 2007 Woman with a Heart for Bakersfield by Garden Pathways and is currently the executive director of Ebony Counseling Center. In 1994, she was elected councilmember for Ward 1, where she continues to serve until her term expires December 2010. Carson previously served as the Bakersfield City Council vice mayor from 1998 through 2000 and was active on numerous council committees. Carson has also served as a trustee for the Bakersfield City School District.
Sheryl Chalupa - Chalupa graduated from CSUB in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in political science, and in 2005 earned a master's degree in public administration. Since 2001, Chalupa has served as president and chief executive officer of Goodwill Industries of South Central California. Under her leadership, the local Goodwill has seen significant growth in the number of clients served and revenue generated. Before joining Goodwill, she served as executive director of Girl Scouts - Joshua Tree Council. In 2007, she was appointed to the State Compensation Insurance Fund board of directors by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She is a member of the Bakersfield Rotary Club, and serves on the boards of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Kern County Economic Development Foundation, and Westside Energy Services and Education Center. Chalupa is a past president of CSUB's Alumni Board, and is a current member of CSUB's Council of 100 and the Public Policy and Administration advisory board.
Jeff Green - A former adjunct professor at CSUB, Green earned his master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from CSUB in 1992. He received an undergraduate degree from San Diego State University in 1981 and was awarded a law degree from the University of San Diego in 1984. Since 1990, he has worked as general counsel for Grimmway Farms, one of the nation's largest carrot producers. Green currently serves on the boards of the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. Green is a former commissioner of First 5 Kern, member of The Bakersfield Californian editorial board, City Financial Oversight Committee and numerous county advisory boards. In 2006, he was selected as CSUB's School of Business Alumnus of the Year.
"The committee had a large pool of nominees from which to choose this year's Hall of Fame inductees," said Chaffin. "Jim, Irma, Sheryl and Jeff have all made significant contributions to the community and the university through their contributions and commitments of time and resources. We are honored to have them as part of CSUB's alumni history."
Hall of Fame ceremony sponsorship levels range from $500 to $10,000. Seating is limited. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program beginning at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit the CSUB Alumni Scholarship Fund.
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