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Finding love at CSUB: Eduardo Vargas and Nancy Solis-Vargas

Eduardo Vargas and Nancy Solis-Vargas

Last Nov. 27, the 10th anniversary of the day Eduardo Vargas (successfully) asked then-Nancy Solis to be his girlfriend, the couple held a wedding picture reshoot on the CSUB campus.

Alumni Engagement Specialist

Nancy Solis-Vargas and Eduardo Vargas like to say they didn’t meet at CSUB, but they sure fell in love there.

They met through a Chevron workforce-preparation program for high-potential, low-opportunity college students. Nancy had grown up in Bakersfield with her parents and brothers after coming here from Mexico when she was 2; Eduardo had grown up in Lost Hills, at times working in the fields.

One day when Nancy was presenting at an informational meeting at Chevron’s Lost Hills facility, Eduardo started feeling sick and went outside. Nancy went to check on him and they had their first conversation.

“We basically shared each other’s life story in less than 30 minutes,” Nancy recalled. “Where we were from, everything.”

After that, Eduardo looked for excuses to talk to Nancy, smitten with her maturity and beauty. He often tracked her down at the business school, where she was always studying.

“He would claim he needed to study but he really didn’t study,” Nancy joked. “All he would do is talk to me and ask me questions and get to know me more.”

“I also studied,” Eduardo interjected, “but I was finding excuses to see her.”

They went on their first date a few months later, the result of a bet.

Chevron STARS program participants had to, ironically, sell bags of candy to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Eduardo and Nancy made a pact: If he sold the most candy, he could ask her for something.

Nancy agreed, figuring Eduardo wouldn’t win. But he did win, having tapped all the friends he’d made at the Lost Hills Chevron facility where he interned.

“I already knew I was going to win when I made that bet,” Eduardo said.

Their first date was at The Marketplace -- dinner at Qué Pasa and a movie. After that they found themselves constantly together at CSUB: in class, between classes and while serving in such campus organizations as Community Service Cooperative and Associated Students Inc.

“We always think of CSUB as, ‘It’s not where we met, but it’s where we fell in love,” Nancy said.

Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2009 and MBA in 2012. Eduardo earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2012.

They waited until May 2015 to get married. Eduardo wanted to get himself established and save up for a ring and wedding. When they did marry, most of the people in their wedding party were friends they’d made in college.

Today, Nancy, 31, works for Cintas as human resources manager and has been involved with the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, CSUB Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Fund and CSUB Alumni Association boards.

Eduardo, 28, works for the agricultural company Bidart Bros, co-leading all the food safety initiatives, overseeing all safety audits and providing all safety trainings.

They both helped launch and still are active in a local chapter of Prospanica, which helps Hispanic professionals grow in their education and career.

Last Nov. 27, the 10th anniversary of the day Eduardo (successfully) asked Nancy to be his girlfriend, the couple held a wedding picture reshoot on campus. Nancy wore her wedding dress, Eduardo his suit.

“We just love being on campus,” Nancy said. “It’s a part of our relationship. It always will be.”

Finding love at CSUB

As Valentine's Day approaches, we're sharing the stories of CSUB alumni who met and/or fell in love on campus. Today we tell the story of Eduardo Vargas and Nancy Solis-Vargas.