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Nominations Now Being Accepted for CSUB’s 2017 Wendy Wayne Awards

The Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Wendy Wayne Awards for Exemplary Ethical Behavior. The Wendy Wayne Awards recognize the best, most ethical, and most courageous among us.

The Awards are named in memory of CSUB alumna and beloved Bakersfield community member, Wendy Wayne, who devoted her life to helping others. Wendy traveled to east Africa with the Peace Corps at the age 20 and during her career worked as a nurse practitioner, public health nurse, childbirth educator, credentialed community college teacher, Kern County planning commissioner and the chief administrator of two local nonprofit organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children. These annual Awards seek to honor Wendy and celebrate individuals who stand out in their dedication to serving others , those who devote their lives to fighting against a particular injustice, or people who exemplify the Wendy’s character traits of strength, courage and commitment to the most vulnerable in the community.

Broken into two categories: “lifetime achievement” and “specific action(s),” the Awards are designated for one youth and one adult . The youth awardee receives a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice and the adult awardee receives $5,000, donated to the non-profit of their choice.

The 2016 Wendy Wayne Awards honored active community leader, Ms. Karen Goh in the Adult Lifetime Achievement Award. Goh has worked as President and CEO of Garden Pathways, Inc., and has connected children, youth and adults with mentors who support their efforts to build productive lives. She has taken a central role in transitioning at-risk families toward educational attainment and advancement, employment, family stability, self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life.

Ms. Carly Riddle, a senior at North High School, was the 2016 Wendy Wayne Awards youth winner. Carly demonstrated a level of courage, determination, and commitment to others through very challenging circumstances that most adults would find difficult to surmount. Her ability to overcome these difficulties and still sustain her commitment to the well-being of other has proven to be an inspiration to her teachers and peers.

The award was such an unexpected honor. I didn't know I had been nominated until my teacher, Ms. Ryan, told me that I had won. Learning about the meaning behind the Wendy Wayne Award blew me away, and truly impacted my feelings personally on what it means to serve others,” said Ms. Riddle.

“These Awards are especially special,” noted KIE’s Director, Christopher Meyers, “because they strive to recognize persons who just do the right thing, day in and day out. They are among our community’s most impressive role models.”

The deadline for 2017 nominations is December 1, 2016. The nomination form can be found at or by contacting Meyers at or the Kegley Institute of Ethics at (661) 654-6263. Winners will be celebrated at an invitation-only ceremony at the Seven Oaks Country Club.

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