“Academics is Soaring” – From Provost Zorn, April 18, 2017 Part I & II

Part I

In the past few weeks we’ve had many academic activities that bring such high quality to the CSUB experience.

In February the Theatre Department hosted 500 High School students and their teachers for a day long Spotlight Festival.  I wasn’t able to see the festival in action, but I did see all of the students on campus.

AVP Vernon Harper organized a field trip for Reagan Elementary students to visit campus.  The 150 fifth graders met Rowdy, had a campus tour, and they learned about the importance of attending a university.  The fifth graders were led by our Honors Ambassadors, who were organized by Jackie Kegley, Honors Director.

These types of programs bring students to a university campus, sometimes for the first time in their lives.

Dr. Cameron O’Connor  played at Seattle’s King-FM radio station on Northwest Focus Live with Sean MacLean–premiering a work by LA composer Jordan Nelson (Colburn School);  performed as a guest artist at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, playing with PLU faculty Erik Steigher; and premiered Michael Lee’s (faculty at USC) new work for chorus and guitar with the NY Virtuoso Singers, for their Morton Gould Award Recipient’s Concert, at St. Ignatius Church in NYC.

CAFS faculty member Elaine Correa had a book chapter published:

Correa, E. (2016). “Out of Order!” Exposure, Experience, E-Learning, and Evaluation: An Interdisciplinary Studies Approach @

Service Learning” in Reneta Lansiquot (Ed.) Technology, Theory, and Practice in Interdisciplinary STEM Programs:

       Connecting STEM and Non-STEM Approaches, (pp. 83-106) New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

CAFS Associate Professor, Dr. Christie Howell in collaboration with Special Education Professor, Dr. Yeunjoo Lee, were awarded $250,000.00 from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing for their proposal to develop and implement a four year integrated Educational Specialist Credential Program with a  Baccalaureate degree in Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies (CSPED).  The research team consists of Dr. Yeunjoo Lee and Dr. Christie Howell (Co-Principal investigators) , Dr. Calli Lewis Chiu and Dr. Elaine Correa (AV and Bakersfield Campus Key Faculty). The project runs over the 2017-2018 academic years with the expectation of full implementation of the CSPED program in Fall 2018.

The Runner, under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Burger, has had an exciting run of accomplishments.  About 14 Runner students attended the annual Associated Collegiate Press National Journalism Conference in San Francisco.  During the conference the California College Media Association hosted its annual awards banquet – and The Runner received 14 awards, including third place for best newspaper! The past two years, we’ve received three awards, so this was a significant accomplishment.  Staff members traveled to the WAC tournament for Men’s and Women’s basketball as well as to the Final Four of the NIT Men’s Basketball tournament.

Geology Professor Tony Rathburn participated in the verification cruise of the Research Ship Sally Ride.  When a new ship is introduced to the fleet of research vessels, it must first go through a series of science verification cruises.  These expeditions are designed to test ship operations and the use of various types of gear to collect research samples.  Scientists from around the country are invited to submit proposals to conduct these tests and evaluate the ship’s performance.  The most recent ship to be added to the American Research Fleet is the R/V Sally Ride, named after the first American female astronaut and the youngest American to fly in space (aboard Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983). Dr. Ride became a professor of physics at UC San Diego in 1989, and was director of the California Space Institute. She died at the age of 61 in 2012.  Together with teams of scientists and technicians from Oregon State University, the United States Geological Survey, The University of Rhode Island, Sacramento State University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Woods Hole Oceanographic institution, Tony Rathburn, CSUB Professor of Geology, recently participated on one of the verification cruises aboard the R/V Sally Ride.

Before he left for the cruise, Dr. Rathburn asked students and staff to decorate Styrofoam cups with colored markers.  He placed the cups in an onion bag donated by the ship’s cook, and attached it to the multicorer before the package was sent 1165 m to the seafloor.  Pressure at that depth squeezed much of the air out of the cups, reducing them in size by a least 50%.  These shot glass sized souvenirs of the deep were brought back to the Styrofoam cup artists at CSUB.

CSUB hosted an Immigration Town Hall of 15 lawyers to give advice to DACA students and community members.  The multipurpose room was packed and filled with emotion and deep concern.  Personally, I learned a great deal about what the families face on a daily basis.

Putting CSUB on the map in Cuba!  CSUB sponsored the conference of Irish scholars in Latin America when it was held in Cuba.  This was a high profile conference with Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, speaking at the launch of the exhibit “The Irish in Latin America”.  Cliona Murphy, History and Carol Dell’Amico, English were among the planning team for the conference. 

Nursing Department’s Dr.Denise Dawkins successfully defended her Special Programs grant to support Sim Center at the OSHPD Funding meeting in San Diego. This is a very competitive process and she was fully funded at $124,196. She received the second highest award.

The Nursing Department’s Capitation grant was also successful in obtaining $192,000 to support nursing education, our highest award to date.

Bob Yohe, Anthropology received a Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Initiative Award for his work with student, Steve Teteak, titled, “Trade in Spanish California:  An Archaeometrical Analysis of Glass Beads.”  The research investigates the changing form of glass beads to highlight transforming commercial and social interactions in California.

Maryann Parada, Theatre Department received a Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Initiative Award for her work with student, Estrella Amaro-Jeppesen, titled, “From Teatro Campesino to now: Latino Theatre in Kern County.”  The research examines Chicano and Latino theatre in Kern County .

Kathy  Szick Biology Department received a Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Initiative Award for her work with student Ivette Yanez, titled, “Investigation of TTX Binding Protein in Newts.”  The research is focused on understanding the nature of the protein binding gene in newts.

Under the direction of AVP Jacqueline Mimms CSUB received one of the largest awards ($20,000) from the Chancellor’s Office for:  Roadrunner Parent Association, Preparing for College Success (work in the high schools), and College Making It Happen.

The CSUB Student Research competition, Sponsored by the Office of Grants Research and Sponsored Programs and Associated Students, Inc. was quite competitive this year.  The research was well presented with excellent methodological designs, making for difficult choices for the judges. The following winners were announced:

Physical and Mathematical Sciences


1st Place – Andrew Hudson (Kinesiology)

2nd Place – Erik Ostlund (Physics)


1st Place – Rosetta Lottie (Masters in Health Administration)

Engineering and Computer Sciences


1st Place – Alex Rinaldi (Computer Science)

2nd Place – Korey Cain (Electrical Engineering)

Behavioral and Social Science


1st Place – Nasseem Alshaif (Psychology and Religious Studies)


Matthew L. McClellan (Masters in Public Administration)

Biological and Agricultural Sciences


1st Place – Jaycie Fickle (Biology)

2nd Place – Kathryn Johnston (Biochemistry)


Mitchell Coleman (Biology)

The Nursing Department received a strong positive report from its 5 year Continuing Approval Visit conducted by the California Board of Registered Nursing. They praised our program for the high NCLEX pass rates, strong student and employer satisfaction reports, meticulous record keeping, and the deep engagement and dedication of the faculty. The reviewers spent 2.5 days touring our campus facilities, combing through binders and boxes of files and records that filled a classroom, then visited clinical sites to observe students conducting patient care under the watchful eye of their faculty.  The next steps include presenting our program at the next Education Licensing Committee Meeting in May, then to the full Board of Registered Nursing in June for final approval.

Kate Mulry, History has been accepted to participate in the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture 2017 Scholars’ Workshop this summer. She submitted her work in progress,  “‘They Will Mix and Interchange their Colours’: Inoculating Sap and Blood in the Eighteenth-Century Anglo Atlantic.”  The funded workshop will provide her with valuable feedback from other scholars and editors on bringing it to publication.

With leadership from Christopher Meyers, Philosophy and Religious Studies and Kegley Center Director and Brandon Pratt, Biology the Kegley Institute of Ethics put the focus on the research on tree-death in our local forests.  Joyce Kohl from the Art Department coordinated an associated gallery show with the event.  http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/news/local-news/where-are-all-the-trees/677707294

Tim Vivian, Philosophy and Religious Studies wrote an article that will be published this year in Cistercian Studies Quarterly and will eventually be part of a co-authored book manuscript that should be finished this summer.  He also penned a very different article that will appear in Anglican Theological Review.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) hosts a national conference each year where research is presented, professionals meet, and students learn.  The conference organizers produce a student academic competition (College Bowl) at this meeting with teams from each of the regional chapters vying for a national title.  The regional chapter to which we belong is the Southwest ACSM.  The chapter holds a conference in California each fall.  They too host a student academic competition and the team from the winning university is invited to participate in the event at the national meeting as the representative of the chapter.  Small groups of motivated CSUB Kinesiology students have been attending this meeting for approximately 15 years and have participated in the competition.  In the fall of last year, CSUB’s Kinesiology student team won the competition over teams from state and private universities in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.  CSUB’s team (Eryn Chang, Don Baylon, and Andrew Hudson) is making plans to compete at the national conference but their greatest challenge is having the resources to make the trip to Denver in June.  Their faculty mentor is Dr. Jeff Moffit.

Part II

We had 20 teams compete in the Kinetic Sculpture Competition and 40 booths of activities and static displays in celebration of the Maker Movement for the CSUB Fab Fest. NSME’s Andrea Medina is the lead coordinator for this, but many people on campus made it happen!

I visited the Art Show of artwork by our CSUB students that were responses to artwork by San Diego State University students and vice versa.  It was another interesting collaboration led by Art Professor Matt Rich.

Dianne Turner, Art Department collaborated with Reagan Elementary School introducing the 1980s to the children.  Children in grades kindergarten, first and second grade are learning about the 1980s before studying three artists who worked in the 80s. They had a fun costumes day with teachers dressing up as their favorite 1980’s characters.  Of course, a number of the teachers are CSUB alumni.

The Financial Management Association Student Club and Dr. Mahdy Elhusseiny (Accounting and Finance) visited IEX, New York Stock Exchange, Finance Museum, and Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in New York City.  This is a fabulous opportunity for our students to see this great financial center.

This Los Angeles Times article is a nice tribute to our campus and the Art program.


Jackie Kegley, Philosophy and Religious Studies received the Outstanding Service from Alpha Chi and proceeded to step up and serve the organization again when she was elected Secretary – Treasurer of region VII of Alpha Chi and so is now on the National Council of Alpha Chi.

The Math Department hosted the Math Counts competition for K-12 partners and when I saw the questions the students were computing I was grateful I didn’t have to embarrass myself by trying to answer them!

Dr. Jeffrey Robinson from Rutgers inspired our students with his discussions with them regarding diversity in business careers and entrepreneurship.  I was particularly impressed with his presentation at the Black Chamber of Commerce Gala where he connected so well with our community leaders.

The Alumni Hall of Fame is always so inspiring to see where some of our alumni have gone with their careers and to hear them speak about what CSUB and the faculty, staff, and students meant to them.

The Rising Runners is another program that lets us know what great students we’ve had and where they’ve gone in their short careers.  I heard each one of them talk about a special faculty member who went well beyond the normal expectations and mentored them.  Made me so proud to call our faculty my colleagues.

CSUB inducted our first members of a newly established Phi Beta Delta International Scholars Honor Society.  Cliona Murphy, History and Leslie Williams, Provost Office organized a memorable event for a group that celebrates internationalization.

CSUB hosted a Women’s Empowerment event for the community and  I served on a panel with several distinguished women leaders in our community.  We watched a documentary on mentoring young women and girls and then each of us spoke about our experiences in the hopes of inspiring others.

Last week I attended the Open House at the Children’s Center.  Its academic focus is on STEAM programs.  Debra Jackson, Philosophy and Religious Studies gave a heartwarming talk on why she wanted her daughter to go to the school and what it means to her.  I thoroughly enjoyed her daughter Sophia’s classroom tour she provided me.  Her caterpillar made from an egg carton and all the insects she showed me brought my day to such a pleasant close.  The next morning as I arrived on campus I saw Sophia jump out of Debra’s car and excitedly skip into the center for another day.  It gives me such satisfaction knowing we have such a quality program for the children of our faculty, staff, and students.

Tonight I am heading to the Fulbright Scholar talk by Dr. Jihan Zakarriya, Post Doctoral Fulbright Scholar, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  He is going to speak about Gender, Sexuality and Faith in Modern Arabic Literature.  Thanks to Mustafah Dhada, History for bringing him to our campus.

And now we begin the end of year celebration season.  See you at a future event as we celebrate the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and soon-to-be graduates!




“Academics is Soaring” – From Provost Zorn, Feb. 5, 2017

We’re off to our second semester and a great deal is happening around campus.

Our focus this semester will continue to be in three priorities:

-The Graduation Initiative on Student Success

-Implementing the quarter to semester conversion and evaluating were to make adjustments

-The remaining dean searches.  During this month, the AV Dean candidates will visit both the Lancaster AV Center and the Bakersfield campus.

The semester started with the release of the upward mobility report.  CSUB is ranked #3 in the nation in upward mobility!  We all should be proud of the impact we have with our students and their lives.


Friday kicked off the day with a motivating Unity breakfast for Black History Month.  President Mitchell’s inspirational message included a reference to the song Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.  I encourage you to look up the full lyrics, but they begin with

“Wake up everybody, no more sleepin’ in bed

No more backward thinkin’ time for thinkin’ ahead
The world has changed so very much from what it used to be
So there is so much hatred war an’ poverty

Wake up all the teachers, time to teach a new way
Maybe then they’ll listen to whatcha have to say……

The Breakfast featured keynote speaker, Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin who recently was appointed to the post.  He brought wonderfully encouraging and inspiring message.

Friday ended with a glorious 3.5 hours of gospel singing to a packed crowd in the Dore’  The first CSUB Gospel Fest is sure to become an annual event.

The Dezember Room of the Library was packed for the Chinese New Year celebration organized by the Asian Faculty and Staff Network.

Hosted by students Johnny Kim, computer science and Daisy Shao, Accounting it was a fun filled event with a Lion Dance by Arturo Chavez and David Gove, Professor of Mathematics; the Chinese New Year Song by the children from the Children’s Center; and a dance performed by 10 year old Ella Gove.

The official ribbon cutting for the Kegley Center for Student Success which provides academic support for students and was made possible by the generous $200,000 donation from Jackie Kegley, Philosophy (the largest donation from any CSUB faculty member) and a grant from the NCAA.

I participated in the Safe Zone workshop and was encouraged to learn how we can support our LGBT+ colleagues and students.  Counselor Michael Harville led us through discussions and provided guidance on the issues.

We opened a Veterans’ Center for our student veterans.  Roy LaFever, Chemistry and Biochemistry is serving as the faculty advisor as we develop our support of our veterans.

CSUB’s collaboration with Tejon Ranch is featured twice in this Tejon Ranch newsletter:  the research of our students with David Miller, Geological Sciences and Mitchell Coleman Biology.


Reem Abu-Lughod, Criminal Justice spoke on a broadcast focused on homicides in Kern County.  She appears after 12 minutes into the broadcast. http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/kc-in-depth/kcid-homicide-tracker/640822106

Heidi He, Nursing was awarded the OSHPD FNP grant.  She presented the grant in Sacramento in a highly competitive process and presenting before the OSHPD Commission is an important component. The award is for $79,582 over one year. This the maximum award given the size of our program.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded CSUB with a five-year grant of as part of its Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. This grant of $4,931,740 will continue development for the Center for Climate Science and Natural Resource Solutions for Water-Limited, Paired Mountain/Valley Systems under the CREST NSF Program, Phase II. It will focus on research topics aimed at better understanding the role of drought, evaluating potential responses, and assisting with adaptive planning in response to those changes.

Research activities will be conducted by CSUB students under the guidance and mentorship of CSUB faculty: Eduardo Montoya, CREST Director; Graham Andrews, Geological Sciences; Jan Gillespie, Geological Sciences; Junhua Guo, Geological Sciences; Anna Jacobsen, Biology; William Krugh, Geological Sciences; Robert Negrini, Geological Sciences; Brandon Pratt, Biology; and Dayanand Saini, Physics and Engineering.

Institutional Research Planning and Assessment (IRPA) administered a brief survey on behalf of the Center for Career Education & Community Engagement (CECE). The survey was designed to capture employment and salary information of our recent alumni (AY 2015-16).

Infographic charts can be obtained at the following IRPA webpage.


Yeunjoo Lee, Advanced Education Studies and Christie Howell, Teacher Education were awarded a two-year $250,000 grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credential for their grant proposal entitled: “Integrated Teacher Preparation Grant.” 

Allison Evans, Psychology; Vida Vakilian, Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences; and Charlene Hu, TLC who were awarded a total of $50,103 for the 2016-17 Course Redesign with Technology Projects.

A few of the publications that our faculty have produced in recent weeks include:

Sociologist Isabella Kasselstrand with Phil Zuckerman, Robert James Little, and Donald Westbrook.  “Danish Youth Who Choose Not to Have a Lutheran Confirmation.”  Journal of Contemporary Religion.

Jackie Kegley, Philosophy.  “Lost Individuals and Lost Communities: How Do We Restore Relationships? Insight from Josiah Royce.”   The PluralistThe Journal of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, II(3), 26-41.  “Josiah Royce and C.I. Lewis: Teacher and Student with Many Shared Affinities.” Transactions of the Charles S. Pierce Society, A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy, 52(2), 220-238.  “Do Not Block Inquiry: Philosophy in America- The Tradition of Socrates and Peirce,” Existenz, 11/1 (2016).  Chapter in Cosmopolitanism and Place.  “ Not Black or White but Chocolate Brown: Reframing Issues.”

Congratulations to students Natalie Rivera and Milka Lara who were awarded California MFT Educational Stipends and to the CSUB faculty who have mentored them!  The California MFT Stipend Program is funded through the Mental Health Services Act and administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to address the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities of California. The long-range objective of the MFT Stipend Program is to promote public mental health as a career option for those entering the MFT profession.  CSU Bakersfield is a member of the Consortium of the Central Valley which received 56 applications. These two students applied for the stipend and both were awarded one of the 14 stipends of $18,500 awarded by the Consortium to defray the cost of their graduate education. Selected recipients will be required to complete one year of paid or unpaid employment at a mental health service agency operated by or affiliated with a county’s mental health or behavioral health department in California.

Jan Gillespie, Geological Sciences was on national TV starring in the “Treasures of the Earth:Power” episode of the PBS series NOVA! Here is a link to the show http://www.pbs.org/video/2365892300/ Jan’s segment starts around 18:30 min.

Physics and Engineering Professor Luis Cabrales and Jan were also on local TV talking about new technologies to clean produced water from oil fields: water. Luis’ segment starts around 2:50 min in this clip: http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/investigations/oil-wastewater-for-crops-deemed-safe-but-skeptics-remain

Jan is here: http://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/oil-field-water-cleaned

A report from NAFSA identifies the financial impact of international students to the CSUB area.




“Academics is Soaring” — From Provost Zorn, September 26, 2016

Part I

We are fully a semester campus now!  Once again, I will congratulate each and every one of you who worked hard to get us to this point.

Already the year has begun with many achievements to celebrate.

-CSUB has been ranked 12th in the nation by the Washington Monthly of all Top 100 Master’s Universities!  Of all the CSUs, only CSU San Bernardino and CSU Stanislaus outranked us.

Check out the detailed postings at:  http://wmf.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/2016/WM_2016_Embargoed_Rankings.pdf

-A delegation of ten from CSUB attended the CSU Student Success Conference last week.  It was an engaging and inspiring conference of best practices across the system.  Vernon Harper, Kris Krishnan, and Vikash Lakhani joined me and the President in presenting how CSUB made the change to semesters while keeping our goals focused on student success.

-The retired faculty have established an official chapter of the CSU Emeritus Retired Faculty and Staff Association.  Last week they met for a beginning of the year dinner and the room was filled with warm conversations and reconnecting with their colleagues.  It was a real pleasure for me to see their excitement to be engaged with the university and each other.

-An example of our outstanding students:  Logan Lirette, a gifted English major/Comm-Digital Media minor, was accepted to the prestigious Loyola Marymount Film School for this fall. Immaculate De Silva, one of our Alpha Chi graduates has received a $1000 Alpha Chi Region VII graduate scholarship.  She will be attending Columbia University for a MPH for Cancer Epidemiology.  Geology student Sade Haake received the GSA/Exxonmobil Field Camp Scholarships Award

-The Australian International Academic Center (AIAC) announced its selection of J.J. Wang, Advanced Studies Department, as a member of its Advisory Board along with colleagues from Vanderbilt and University of South Florida.   According to http://aiac.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=183&Itemid=690,

“AIAC advisory board members are distinguished scholars from various scientific and academic fields. AIAC Advisors’ professional and technical guidance is sought in supervising scientific quality of publications published in AIAC journals, evaluating journal proposals and research grants proposals, and giving financial aids and scholarship applications related to their area of expertise.”

-Study abroad opportunities are there for our students.  For example, four Helen Hawk Honors students attended a summer program July 4-29 at The Hague University of Applied Sciences in Holland to study “Water, a Global Challenge.”  And  Brian De Anda a History major who spent 2014-2015 in Italy, spent the last academic year in Sweden.  Extended University organized a summer program at HYOGO University in Kakogawa, Japan, making the local news there.

-The Runner Reader program is even more expansive this year beyond the One Book, One Kern book The Big Thirst.  Under the leadership of Emerson Case, English Department, CSUB purchased 420 copies of A Long Walk To Water (a “junior” Runner Reader) for seventh and eighth graders at Sequoia and Downtown schools (parts of the Bakersfield City School District). In addition, BCSD will be buying all K-3 students a book called All the Water and all 4-6 grade students a book called One Well: The Story of Water.  Emerson purchased 630 copies of One Well for the Kern Rural Teacher Residency Program, 37 different books for Buttonwillow for the Runner Read and Ride program, 200 copies of A Long Walk To Water for seventh and eighth grade students at Rio Bravo-Greeley school, and 700 copies of A Long Walk To Water for students at Actis Junior High in the Panama-Buena Vista SD.

Dr. Isabel Sumaya, Psychology Department was recognized by the Girl Scouts of Central California with their Women Inspiring Girls Award for 2016.  The awards recognize award recipients for blazing trails in community and career fields.   She will receive the award next week at their annual luncheon.

-The first Advanced Summer Institute at CSU was held in June at the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center. The institute focused on online teaching/hybrid pedagogy, student engagement and interaction in the online/hybrid instructional environment. Participants included Denise Johnson Dawkins, Allison Evans, Di Wu, Jianjun Wang, Michael Ault, Melanie Reed, Jean West, Adam Pennell, Charles MacQuarrie, Rose McCleary, BJ Moore and Dianne Turner. The Community of Inquiry Model and its three components (teaching presence, social presence and cognitive presence) were the center of discussion. Participants were encouraged to share activities and strategies that were successful in achieving these elements of pedagogy as well as what they found most challenging. In addition to the theory and research presented relative to the Community of Inquiry Model, numerous tools were introduced to support the three levels of presence.

-The sixth Summer Institute for Online Teaching took place in June with twenty faculty attendees. This institute focused on providing support to faculty in designing their online courses in a manner that adheres to the Quality Matters standards. TLC staff and Dr. Bob Carlisle, conducted hands-on experiences for the participants to design/redesign their online/hybrid courses. Dr. Phyllis Heintz, Dr. Michael Ault and Shan He also presented and assisted in facilitating the sessions. In August, the faculty presented their plan to submit their courses for an internal peer review.

Economics Professor Richard Gearhart was featured in a WalletHub piece about the best and worst cities for first-time home buyers.  You can find it here:  https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-first-time-home-buyers/5564/#richard-gearhart

-Our first fall semester financial aid disbursement disbursed a total of $31,190,630.96 to a total of 5,893 students.  The Financial Aid offices worked hard to process all of these files for students.  Thanks to all!

Criminal Justice Department Professor Anthony Flores work is on the topic of racial bias within the criminal justice system.   Last month he was interviewed by The Washington Post.  Here is the link to the article.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/08/18/why-a-computer-program-that-judges-rely-on-around-the-country-was-accused-of-racism/

-The Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Chapter at CSUB BPA has attained recognition of High Honors by BGS International for the 2015-2016 academic year! A BGS Chapter attains High Honor status through a high level of engagement by members and the Business School (BPA) values the recognition BGS provides members.  BGS International only recognized 24% of chapters out of 500 collegiate schools in the U.S. as attaining High Honors.  Congratulations to Faculty Advisors Dr. Ji Li and Dr. Di Wu and the student leadership team for their hard work and dedication to CSUB BPA’s Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter.

The University Accounting Association (U.A.A.) held their annual Welcome Back Social on Wednesday, August 31. Students networked with U.A.A. members, BPA faculty, and local professionals over pizza and trivia games. Information was provided on how to join U.A.A. and about the opportunities U.A.A. has to offer a student member.

-BPA’s John Brock Scholarship Banquet was an enjoyable evening of celebrating the four students who were selected to receive scholarships: Jesus Orozco- MBA student, David Pacheco- Business Administration major with a concentration in Supply Chain Logistics, Katie Verhoef- Business Administration major with a concentration in Agricultural Business and Marketing, and from the AV campus:  Milton Goddard- Business Administration major with a concentration in Marketing.  The Dinner honored Joe Macllvaine, this year’s community service recipient.

-On Friday we celebrated with an Opening Reception and Ribbon Cutting for the Peter Harbach Study Area at the Walter Stiern Library. Mr. Harbach was a humble man who lived a life dedicated to education and reaching out to create opportunities for learning for others.  We are grateful for his generosity to our students.

Part II

-I urge you to visit “The Winner Takes All:  The Race to the White House” exhibit on display in the Historical Research Center on the second floor of the library through December 15.   I found it to be so interesting that I just couldn’t view it all in one visit!  The exhibit displays how U.S. presidential elections have evolved over the years and have shaped today’s campaign methods.  Students created the display under the direction of curator and archivist Chris Livingston, CSUB Librarian.  Founding faculty member, Dr. Charles McCall generously donated a substantial amount of political items, some of which comprise the bulk of this exhibit.

-For the opening of the exhibit the Dezember Reading Room hosted a fascinating and thought provoking panel discussion:  Walter Presents – Election 2016 Panel, “The Election, Politics, and God” with Dr. David Schecter, Dr. Jeanine Kraybill, and Dr. Mark Martinez exploring the intersection of religion, politics, and how the president really gets elected.

-Last week’s 12th Annual Kegley Institute of Ethics lecture was perfect for CSUB.  John Quinones of ABC’s “What Would You Do?”  spoke about his childhood in a poor family of migrant workers and some of his favorite stories of his investigative reporting work that has landed him seven Emmys.

-And this week as I walked past the Engineering Complex and Science Building I was remembering this summer’s Chevron REVS-UP Program.  Along with the Chevron Executive and Dean Madden, I visited a few of the student projects as directed by Dr. Dayanand Saini, Karim Salehpoor, Maureen Rush, and Alberto Cruz.  I was impressed with what these high school students were able to learn and accomplish in just four weeks.  Each project group was a collection of students from different high schools, so they weren’t from just one or two outstanding high school teachers’ classes.  I was also proud of the faculty and how engaged they were in the projects and their obvious enjoyment in working with the students.  I was also pleased to hear the Chevron Executive engage the students in discussion about real world applications of their projects.  Andrea Medina directs the REVS-UP Program and its partner for middle school students REVS-PUPS.

-This weekend CSUB hosted the Tejon Tribe Pow Wow.  It is a fun couple of days to sit and enjoy the Grand Entry of dancing and amazing and colorful regalia. My personal favorite part of the days was the Tiny Tot dancing competition.  They dance better than me, for sure!

-The kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month was a tasty lunch of tacos, spirited mariachis, and historical readings all organized by the students.

-I am looking forward to tomorrow night.  The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee and Campus Programming partnered with the Walter Stiern Library and Walter Presents to bring Moctesuma Esparza to campus to discuss his life journey and the importance of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Please join us if you are able!

Moctesuma Esparza, an award-winning filmmaker, producer, entrepreneur and activist, is revered for his contributions to the movie industry and commitment to Latinos. Esparza established Maya Cinemas, a chain of modern movie theatre complexes with the focus on providing main stream entertainment in Latino centric underserved communities. A few of his production credits include: Selena, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (HBO), The Milagro Beanfield War, Gettysburg, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, and Walkout (HBO). Esparza founded the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School, is Co-Founder of NALIP, Co-Founder and former Chair of the NAA, and is a Founding Board Member of the Sundance Institute. He has served the City of Los Angeles as a Commissioner to the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System and was also appointed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the planning commission of the National Museum of the American Latino. He is also a trustee of the American Film Institute. He has been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy and has been awarded over 200 honors and awards including an Emmy, Clio, John F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Ohio State Award, Cine Golden Eagle and The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Los Angeles Region as well as being listed as one the most influential Latinos in the US consistently for over three decades.