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CSUB to honor Susan Hersberger with John Brock Community Service Award

Susan Hersberger The prestigious John Brock Community Service Award will be presented to Susan C. Hersberger, public affairs director at Aera Energy LLC, one of California's largest oil producers.

Hersberger is responsible for coordinating community relations and external communication in Kern County and other Aera locations in the state. She has worked in the oil industry since 1990 when she joined Shell's California affiliate. Prior to that, she held a similar position in the telephone industry with Contel (now part of Verizon).

Active in civic affairs, Hersberger currently serves in Kern County on the leadership team of Greater Bakersfield Vision 2020 and as a director of the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the CSU Bakersfield School of Business and Public Administration and is a member the Rotary Club of Bakersfield. In Ventura County, Hersberger is a director of the Ventura County Economic Development Association.

"The committee was very excited to select Susan as this year's recipient," said Keith Brice, president of Mid State Development Corp. and selection committee member. "She embodies all that such a prestigious award is about. Her extensive record of community service is truly impressive."

Previously, Hersberger served as chairman of the board of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and as a director of the Friends of Mercy Foundation, the Options Unlimited Women's Business Conference, the Jim Burke Education Foundation, Junior Achievement of Bakersfield, and the Private Industry Council of Employers Training Resource. She served on the Chamber task force that established Leadership Bakersfield and is a past chairman of the Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University with a BA in French, Hersberger also holds an MA in West European Studies from Indiana University and an MBA from Northern Illinois University, where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma.

The sponsoring organization of this event is the Executive Advisory Council of CSUB's School of Business and Public Administration. The Council comprises approximately 25 business and community leaders who provide advice and support to the school.

Proceeds from the event help to fund the John Brock Endowment, which funds scholarships for students in CSUB's School of Business and Public Administration. Scholarships will be presented to this year's four recipients at the John Brock Award Dinner on Sept. 8, 2011 at Seven Oaks Country Club.

Award recipients in the dinner's 20-year history are Lou and Sheryl Barbich, Gregory Bynum, Jim Burke, Morgan Clayton, Joan Dezember, Ray Dezember, Dr. John Forney, Harvey Hall, Don Hart, Bernard Herman, Jimmie Icardo, Bob Karpe, George Martin, David Parker, Robert Price, John Pryor, Rev. Glenn Puder, Vincent Rojas, Jr., Mary K. Shell, Jerry Stanners, Joe D. Stevenson, Gene Voiland, Ray Watson and, the inspiration for the award, John Brock Sr.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person and can be purchased from the CSUB School of Business and Public Administration. Corporate table sponsorships are also available. For further information and ticket purchases, call 661-654-2157.

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