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Nominations Now Being Accepted for CSUB’s 2018 Wendy Wayne Ethics Awards

The Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Wendy Wayne Ethics Awards. The awards recognize people who regularly inspire through their honorable commitment to improving the lives of others.

The awards honor CSUB alumna and beloved Bakersfield community member Wendy Wayne and celebrate individuals who stand out in their dedication to serving others. Past recipients have included individuals who have fought against a particular injustice or who have devoted a lifetime to assisting the most vulnerable in our community. Given annually to one adult and one youth, the awards come with a $5,000 charitable donation or college scholarship.

Wendy was the exemplar for these awards. At the age of 20, she joined the Peace Corps and traveled to east Africa, where she provided a range of assistance, including language and health education. She later 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.

The list of previous recipients is a “who’s who” among Bakersfield’s most inspiring residents, including Collen McGauley, Lance McCullah, Jan Hefner, Mayor Karen Goh, and Dr. Thomas Larwood. The youth recipients further inspire by showing how courage and honor start at a young age. They include Victoria Scoggan, Elizabeth Pelzer, Joseph Constantine, Carly Riddle, and Yoceline Aguilar.

“These Awards are special because they recognize persons who just do the right thing, day in and day out. Such people are among our community’s most impressive role models,” said KIE Director Emeritus Christopher Meyers.

The deadline for 2018 nominations is December 1, 2017. 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 Stockdale Country Club.

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