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CSUB Homecoming Offers a Week of Activities, Fun for Alumni, Community

Always a highly anticipated event for California State University, Bakersfield and the community, Homecoming Week will feature a number of activities for alumni to connect with the University.  The theme for this year’s Homecoming, which runs from Feb. 18-25, is “It’s Good To Be Home.”

“This is a very exciting year for Homecoming at CSUB,” said CSUB Director of Alumni Engagement Sarah Hendrick.  “Our theme really speaks to the alumni experience. We welcome them back to campus during this special week to help us celebrate the past, present and future of our University.”

“Homecoming Week is a special time for the CSUB community,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Thomas Wallace.  “It is so much fun having alumni back on campus interacting with our current students, faculty and staff.”

The week will officially begin with the Alumni Hall of Fame dinner, which allows the CSUB Alumni Association to recognize and celebrate the University’s accomplished and diverse alumni. The dinner will be held at the Bakersfield Country Club on Saturday, February 18, starting at 5 p.m. This year’s inductees are:

  • David Reese, principal of Bakersfield High School;
  • Douglas R. Greener, Chief of the Bakersfield Fire Department;
  • Michael A. Neal, retired vice president for Business and Administrative Services at CSUB.
  • Tara-Nicholle Nelson, the first and only Vice President of Marketing for MyFitnessPal and CEO of Transformational Consumer Insights, Inc. (TCI).

Activities during the week include:

  • Saturday, Feb. 18 
    • Women’s basketball game against Seattle University at the Icardo Center at 1 p.m.
    • Baseball game against Utah at Hardt Field at 6 p.m.
    • Alumni Hall of Fame dinner, Bakersfield County Club, 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, Feb. 19
      • Baseball game against Utah at Hardt Field at noon.
      • Monday, Feb. 20
        • Campus clean-up event at Runner Park from noon to 1 p.m.
        • Homecoming kick-off barbecue at Runner Park from 1-2 p.m
        • Tuesday, Feb. 21
          • Food distribution and resource fair in Lot M from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
          • Antelope Valley Spirit Day, including an Antelope Valley Alumni Panel at the Antelope Valley campus at 6:30 p.m.
          • Baseball game against UC Santa Barbara at Hardt Field at 6 p.m.
          • Wednesday, Feb. 22
            • Faculty and staff alumni luncheon at Alumni Park beginning at 11:30 a.m.
            • Teacher career fair at the Student Recreation Center Solario from 2-4 p.m.
            • Thursday, Feb. 23
              • Baseball game against Portland at Hardt Field at 2 p.m.
              • Men’s basketball game against Missouri-Kansas City at the Icardo Center at 7 p.m.  Homecoming court winners and the top two finalists for King and Queen will be announced at the game.
              • Friday, Feb. 24
                • Campus Spirit Day, all day. 
                • A Rising Runner ceremony at the Student Recreation Center Solario at noon celebrating alumni from each School.
                • Baseball games against Portland at Hardt Field at 2 and 6 p.m.
                • Saturday, Feb. 25
                  • Baseball game against Portland at Hardt Field at noon.
                  • Softball games against St. Mary’s at the Roadrunner Softball Complex at 1 and 3 p.m.
                  • Homecoming pre-game barbecue at the lawn between Science III and the Health Center from 2:30-4 p.m.  Each of the Academic Schools will have a table at the event, and alumni can meet with former faculty.  The Alumni Association also will have a table for alumni to sign up for membership.
                  • Rowdy Hour at the Icardo Center at 6 p.m.
                  • Homecoming men’s basketball game against Chicago State at the Icardo Center at 7 p.m.
                  • Homecoming Dance at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

All CSUB alumni can obtain an activity pass for Friday and Saturday for only $10. Hendrick said an Alumni Activity pass is available for the Friday and Saturday festivities, including special VIP access for the classes of ’76, ’86, ’96, ’06 and ’16.

For more information about the pass and the full list of activities for Homecoming week, please visit Tickets for the Alumni Hall of Fame dinner can be purchased at

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