CSU Bakersfield President's Monthly Campus Update
Horace Mitchell, Ph.D.


State Budget
Last Wednesday we held the third campus wide budget forum to address the state of California's $26.3 billion budget deficit. Specifically, I wanted to inform the campus of the actions the CSU will take in response to the unprecedented $584 million reduction in state funding to the CSU. Further, I wanted to discuss actions CSUB will take to address the $13.5 funding reduction to our campus.

Decisions and actions by the CSU and CSUB are intended to achieve two overarching priorities: to serve as many students as possible without sacrificing quality; and to preserve as many jobs as possible for faculty and staff. No single solution exists to the budget shortfall. As such, the CSU has developed a four-part action plan which includes both system-wide and campus-based actions:

Details of these actions are available on our website at www.csub.edu/budget.shtml. You also will find at Budget Central a video of the campus wide budget forum and my PowerPoint presentation. There is no quick solution to the state's economic crisis. We anticipate that the state budget for 2010 will be as dire, if not worse, than this year's, requiring cooperative engagement and long-term solutions.

Grants and Contracts
The state of California funds less than 50% of the CSU budget. Other major funding sources include student fee income, and grants and contracts. CSUB faculty members have done a tremendous job of increasing the number of grant applications and awards. Since the beginning of the 2008 academic year, faculty have been awarded grants totaling $23,819,769. Our most recent awards are noted below.

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Receives $899,684 Grant
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Andreas Gebauer, department chair and associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Dirk Baron, department chair and professor of physics and geology; Dr. Kamel Haddad, professor of mathematics; Dr. Carl Kloock, associate professor of biology; and Dr. Natalie Tran, assistant professor of teacher education, for receiving a National Science Foundation award in the amount of $899,684. The grant is in support of Phase I of the CSUB Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. This program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.

This outstanding award comes on the heels of a $295,848 Math and Science Partnership planning grant from the National Science Foundation which I mentioned in the last issue of the Update. This grant is geared to boost math and science partnerships between CSUB and high schools in Kern County. Once again congratulations for this outstanding award.

MARC U*STAR Receives $78,775 Grant
The National Institutes of Health has awarded CSUB a $78,775 grant for the Minority Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) to prepare students for a future in biomedical research. The award was announced on July 9, 2009 by Congressman Jim Costa. The funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and supplement a six- year $1,366,697 million NIH grant that prepares underrepresented minority CSUB students to enter Ph.D. programs in biomedical research. Students receive over $13,000 in tuition and stipends and engage in extensive academic research, conference presentations, ethics training, and graduate school preparation. Congratulations to Dr. Carl Kemnitz, associate professor of chemistry and MARC U*STAR program director.

University Council
University Council meetings will resume in the fall. I hope you are having an enjoyable summer in spite of our budget challenges. I look forward to seeing you around campus or at another upcoming University or community event. Take care.