President's Monthly Campus Update

CSUB Budget Summit Update
In the March 2008 issue of the Update, I announced the April 3rd all-campus budget summit which was to be convened in response to the Governor's proposed $386.1 million cut to the CSU budget. I am pleased to report that the summit was well-attended and was broadcast live via streaming video for the convenience of our colleagues at the Antelope Valley Center. Faculty, staff, students, and administrators spoke in a unified voice for restored full funding of the CSU budget. We also initiated plans to garner campus and community support for the CSU through the Alliance for the CSU. You will see a presence of the Alliance at various events on the main campus and at the Antelope Valley Center. I encourage you to volunteer to staff information tables at these events and to join the Alliance for the CSU by completing an alliance card. For further information, contact Jacqueline Hughes, chapter president of the California Faculty Association at 654-6087, Jackie Teepen of the California Faculty Association at (562) 715-9475, or Evelyn Coyle, Executive Assistant to the President, at 654-2241. Information regarding the Alliance is available online at Media coverage of the summit can be viewed at and

Alumni Legislative Day
On April 28th, I traveled to Sacramento with a delegation of CSUB alumni for CSU Alumni Legislative Day: Mel Atkinson, Kent Augustine, Bryan Burrow, and Greg Bynum. Also attending were Beverly Byl, Vice President for University Advancement and Shannon Hill, Director of Alumni Relations. Joining our meetings were John Tarjan, associate professor of management and marketing, and Gene Clark, associate dean of Humanities & Social Sciences. The delegation had the opportunity to meet with policymakers to advocate for full funding of the CSU budget. We had audiences with Assembly Members Bill Maze, Nicole Parra, Sharon Runner, and Jean Fuller, and Senators Roy Ashburn and Dean Florez. Evidencing the gravity of the budget situation, the leadership of the three systems of California public higher education made presentations at the luncheon: Chancellor Charles Reed of the California State University system, President Robert Dynes of the University of California system, and Chancellor Dianne Woodruff of the California Community College system. In an unprecedented alliance, these leaders have issued a joint statement outlining the detriment that the proposed budget cuts would have on the state's economy and access to higher education. The statement can be accessed at The higher education leadership also is making joint visits to editorial boards throughout the state. For further information regarding the CSU budget, please visit

Master of Social Work Program Receives $75,000 Grant
The master of social work program was awarded a $75,000 three-year grant from the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education. The grant will help prepare social workers to specialize in the field of older adult care. CSUB is among only 22 universities in the nation to receive the grant which is awarded to universities that adopt the older adult care model employed at the Social Work Leadership Institute at the New York Academy of Medicine. The program fosters collaboration among health care professionals, social services agencies, and community caregivers, allowing social workers a broad range of experience with older adults. During each year of the program, seven first- and second-year MSW students will receive a $4,000 per year stipend to participate in the Hartford program. For further information, contact Roseanna McCleary, Assistant Professor in the Masters of Social Work program, at or 654-6552.

National Science Foundation Grant
The School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics's Pipeline to High Tech Professions program is the recipient of a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund 40 scholarships annually over the next four years for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM courses. Ranging from $1,000 to $6,000, the scholarships are designed to increase interest in and lower barriers to students who wish to pursue courses of study in the STEM fields. A total of $46,000 was awarded to twenty-six students this quarter. Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who demonstrate financial need, have maintained a minimum 3.0 high school grade point average or a 2.5 grade point average in college are eligible to apply for the scholarships. For more information, please contact the Computer Science Department in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at 654-3082 or visit the website

CSUB President's Medal
At this year's annual President's Associates Dinner on April 9, 2008, I was pleased to award the President's Medal to Audrey Cochran, CSUB alumna and gerontological nursing specialist, and Warner Williams, vice president of Chevron's North America Exploration and Production Company's San Joaquin Valley strategic business unit. Each has contributed greatly to our partnerships for excellence and exemplify individual and corporate giving. Audrey has been a generous and thoughtful donor to the university, establishing two endowments in nursing. The first, the Cochran Continence Scholarship, is an annual scholarship for a nursing student who excels in writing on continence issues. The second, named for her late husband and mother-in-law, is a $1 million endowment for the Robert and Edith Cochran Chair in Gerontological Nursing which she raised from her own funds and the help of family and friends. Audrey was the second person to earn a master's degree in nursing from CSUB and is the first CSUB alumna to receive the President's Medal. She is active in 60+, is an avid swimmer, and member of the Gold Waves swim club.

In the short five years that Warner Williams has been in Bakersfield as Vice President of the San Joaquin Valley strategic business unit, he has been instrumental in forging a strong academic partnership that involves CSUB and the pre-K through 12th grade education community. Believing strongly in giving students the earliest possible start in their education, he made possible a $600,000 Chevron grant to CSUB, the Bakersfield City School District and Houghton Mifflin to fund pre-school literacy projects. Two years later in 2007, his colleagues and he spearheaded a $1 million gift from Chevron to fund CSUB's mathematics and science initiative. The gift is making possible programs to prepare students for success in the STEM subjects -- science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and to prepare middle and high school teachers to teach math and science. We are pleased that Warner's 34-year career with Chevron has brought him to Bakersfield and appreciate his service and contribution to CSUB and the Bakersfield community. Warner serves on the CSUB Foundation Board as well as in many other community organizations. We thank Audrey and Warner for their continued generous support of and active engagement with CSUB.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Accolades
Wrestling Coach T.J. Kerr Named Man of the Year
Amateur Wrestling News has named wrestling coach T.J. Kerr its 2007 Man of the Year. Coach Kerr joins an elite group of only five NCAA coaches to achieve 400 victories in his coaching career. This recognition comes on the heels of his 2005 induction into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame, the highest honor in wrestling in the state. He also has been named National Wrestling Coach of the Year and Pac 10 Coach of the Year three times. The wrestling program at CSUB is in its 20th year as an NCAA Division I program. In his 35-year career, Coach Kerr has earned a 400-198-7 record. Congratulations, Coach.

Director of Student Recreation Center Named
Mark Harriman has joined the staff of the Student Affairs Division as the director of the Student Recreation Center. Mark earned a master's degree in Administration of Sports from CSU Long Beach. He brings to CSUB 20 years experience in sports and recreation and has been instrumental in the opening of three recreation centers: at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the University of Arizona, and Santa Clara University. His most recent experience at California Institute of Technology gives him an understanding of the integral role that a recreation center plays in increasing student engagement and building campus life on a commuter campus. Please join me in welcoming Mark to CSUB.

CSUB Rites of Spring
Spring at CSUB announces the coming of three signature events during the week preceding Mother's Day. The Athletics Department's Spring Bar-be-cue begins the festivities on Thursday, May 8th at 5:30pm with an evening bar-be-cue fundraiser in the Icardo Center. Proceeds from the event benefit student athletes. On Friday, May 9th, the Alumni Association and the Bakersfield Wine Society host Party in the Park at 5:30 pm in Alumni Park. This annual wine-tasting event raises money for the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Party in the Park segues into the first of two nights of jazz at the Bakersfield Jazz Festival held in the CSUB Amphitheatre. Now in its 22nd year, proceeds from the Jazz Festival provide scholarships for students majoring in music. These three events bring thousands of guests to campus to engage in a variety of activities. For event tickets, ticket prices, and further information, please contact the Athletics Department at 654-2188, the Alumni Association at 654-3211, or Vallitix at 322-5200.

University Council
The next University Council meeting is scheduled for May 16, 2008 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Albertson Room.

I look forward to seeing you at the Spring BBQ, Party in the Park, Jazz Festival, or at another University or community event.