President's Monthly Campus Update

One of the responsibilities I most enjoy as President occurs during our commencement exercises. On the recommendation of our outstanding faculty and on the authority of the CSU Board of Trustees, it gives me great pleasure to bestow hard-earned degrees upon a diverse cohort of students who have completed their courses of study. Whether they arrived at CSUB as first-time freshmen, transfer, or returning students, their educational experience at CSUB has shaped them into graduates who will in turn shape the future of their professions and communities. Congratulations to all of our graduates.

Winter Commencement
Please join us for two commencement ceremonies to be held in the Icardo Center on Friday, November 30, 2007. Degrees will be awarded in 35 disciplines from our four schools in ceremonies scheduled as follows:

10:00 a.m. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
2:00 p.m. School of Business & Public Administration
School of Education
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

We are pleased to welcome Dr. William Andrews, President of Bakersfield College, as commencement speaker for both ceremonies. For further information regarding commencement activities, please visit our website at

PG&E Partners with Walter L. Stiern Library
Pacific Gas & Electric Company has partnered with CSUB to support the cost of 56 new Dell 745 computers in the Walter W. Stiern Library's electronic reference area. The computers, which have two gigabytes of memory and flat screen monitors, were installed this Spring to replace aging computers. The cost of the computers was $75,000. Rod Hersberger, Dean of Libraries, hails the new computers as an example of the university's ongoing commitment to putting student learning first. A check was presented by Brent Rush, P G & E's Area Manager of Governmental Affairs, at a reception held on November 5th in the Stiern Library's Dezember Reading Room. During the program, Brent stated, "We are looking forward to supporting other projects with CSUB." Thank you, PG&E, for your generous gift and for being a CSUB partner for excellence.

Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Supports School of Education
The School of Education now boasts a "smart conference room" in Education Room 123 thanks to a $10,000 gift from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union (KSFCU). The technologically-enhanced conference room enables instructors to utilize a variety of audio and visual media sources for presentation. These sources include DVDs, CDs, videocassettes, video and document cameras, and computer videos. The core of the smart classroom is a ceiling-mounted LCD projector which displays onto a touch-controlled interactive whiteboard which serves both as the computer's active screen and input device. Kern Schools Federal Credit Union is a key CSUB community partner. KFCSU President Vince Rojas is a member of the CSUB Foundation Board. Helping us provide the latest in instructional technologies is just one of the many ways KSFCU supports our vision and mission.

Climate Commitment
I am pleased to announce a significant campus-wide activity toward our sustainability efforts. Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), in partnership with Energy Star's "Change a Light, Change the World" campaign, has donated 3,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to CSUB. The bulbs were donated as part of PG&E's campaign to give away one million CFLs to promote energy efficiency among its customers in northern and central California. CFLs are reported to use 75% less energy and to last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs, resulting in utility cost savings, energy savings, and greenhouse gas (CO2) reduction. According to Energy Star, "If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb [CFL], we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars."

Student Activities will distribute CFLs free to faculty, staff, and students on Monday, November 26, 2007 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Wednesday, November 28, 2007 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the DDH hallway. CSUB identification will be required. For more information on which bulbs to replace in your home for maximum energy efficiency, please visit For more information regarding the CFL bulb distribution, please contact Marina Avalos-Kegley, Director of Student Activities, at x3091.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Accolades
Just one week off the press is Management Information Systems professor Hossein Bidgoli's The Handbook of Computer Networks. Dr. Bidgoli served as editor-in-chief. The 3008-page three-volume reference set, published by Wiley & Sons, includes 1,300 international contributing authors and reviewers. Dr. Bigdoli also is editor-in-chief of The Handbook of Information Security (3 volumes); The Handbook of Information Systems (3 volumes), The Encyclopedia of Information Systems (4 volumes), and The Internet Encyclopedia (3 volumes). His scholarly activities include more than a dozen refereed journal publications, scores of textbooks, articles, and papers, a review of half a dozen journals including, Management Science, the International Journal on Policy and Information, and Information Processing and Management (an international journal). Congratulations, Dr. Bidgoli, on your distinguished work.

Holiday Reception
Please join First Lady Barbara Mitchell, the Academic Senate, and me at CSUB's 2007 "Jingle and Mingle" Holiday Reception. The celebration will take place on Monday, December 3, 2006, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Runner Café. We will enjoy singing holiday jingles and musical performances by CSUB staff and students. Please bring a toy to donate to the "Toys for Tots" program. Kindly RSVP by November 28th to or by calling the RSVP line at 654-2175. We look forward to seeing you there.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2008 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

Barbara and I join the President's Cabinet in wishing your families and you a joyful Thanksgiving holiday. I look forward to seeing you around campus or at one of the upcoming University or community holiday events.