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CSU Bakersfield announces 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees

CSU Bakersfield will induct its 2015 cadre of distinguished alumni at its Feb. 28 black-tie Hall of Fame gala at the Petroleum Club.

This is the ninth year of the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame.

“This is really our keystone event,” CSUB Director of Alumni Relations Sarah Hendrick said. “It is our chance to acknowledge our excellent alumni in Bakersfield, California and around the nation. The CSUB family is accomplished, diverse and growing. Our alumni are recognized leaders in their fields.”

A committee of university representatives and Alumni Association board members selected the inductees. Nominations were obtained from sources including campus deans, the Alumni Association board and the CSUB president’s cabinet. The 2015 inductees are:

Catherine Bennett, Classes of 1980 and 1991: Bennett is a specialist in appellate law certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She prosecutes and defends appeals and writs in the California Courts of Appeal, California Supreme Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and she has five published appellate cases. She is a former president of the Kern County Bar Association and served on the State Bar of California Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services for five years.

Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Class of 1977: O’Neal Gear’s work has appeared in more than 100 nonfiction publications in the fields of archaeology, history and publishing as well as the history, health and conservation of the North American bison. She is also the author of 43 novels across multiple genres, including titles among the NY Times, USA Today and international best sellers. There are 17 million copies of her books in print.

Geoff King, Class of 1976: With 38 years of public accounting experience, King has been a shareholder in the firm of Barbich, Hooper, King, Dill and Hoffman since 1985.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of CPAs (CSCPA). He has served on the AICPA Peer Review Board and as chairman of the CSCPA Peer Review Committee.

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