“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.




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