“Academics is Soaring” – From Provost Zorn, Nov. 11, 2016

Faculty, staff, and students have been very productive in the past few weeks with many highlights to note.

Governor’s Award! A project nominated by the Walter W. Stiern Library at California State University, Bakersfield was selected by Governor Jerry Brown to receive the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for 2016.

The project– Interpreting the Drawings and Career of Architect John P. Pederson— was described by the state office of Historic Preservation as “an exceptional example of historic preservation efforts on behalf of California’s cultural heritage.”  In accepting the award in Sacramento this week, Dean Curt Asher accompanied Historian John Edward Powell, student Bram Livingston, and donor Konstantine Shaw who undertook the complex project last year, which involved the discovery, inventory, description, and preservation of the Pederson papers.  Through extensive research, they established provenance of the items and pieced together the rich and varied history of Pederson’s career.  The Pederson papers are housed in the Walter Stiern Library and are among a number of important collections that archivist and curator Chris Livingston has obtained for the library’s Historical Research Center.

BPA Marketing Faculty Vince Carter and Jean West received the Corporate Vision’s 2016 Marketing, PR, and Communications Award:  Academic Recognition Award in Marketing-California.

The Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Chapter at CSUB in the School of Business and Public Administration attained recognition of High Honors by BGS International for the 2015-16 academic year!

Staff facilitating the sixth Summer Institute for Online Teaching:  Chris Shiery, Anthony Bolano, Anissa Fonteno, student assistants Kathy Arrios and Andreas Razo, and Director Charlene Hu developed and presented a great program for the faculty.

The California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) student center coordinators were selected to present their proposal “Decentralized Student Intervention: One Size Does Not Fit All” at the NACADA 2016 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA on October 7, 2016.  The team of presenters, Dr. Anna Laven, Jennifer McCune, Yvette Morones, and Jaimi Paschal, explored the impacts of implementing a tiered advising model on retention at CSUB.

Dr. Kim Flachmann, English Department, was selected as the 2016 Jim Burke Light and Liberty Award recipient and was honored at the Kern High School District’s Principal Partners’ Day on October 13, 2016.

The CSU website hosts research highlights for each campus.  This particular entry highlights the NSME research activities. https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/research/highlights/bakersfield

Our Alpha Chi Chapter has received Star Chapter status for our scholarly activities and member recruitment during the 2015-16 academic year.

Geologist Chris Krugh spoke about earthquake risk in Southern California in the local media.


AVP of Institutional Research Planning and Assessment Kris Krishnan has been selected to serve on the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Board of Directors.

While I regret I could not attend this event, Cliona Murphy reported it was a great success:  Miriam Vivian, History Department organized a “splendid conference “Kern County at 150: Exploring our Region’s Past.”  There were six panels, a keynote speaker, a lunch at Wool Growers, and a walking tour downtown. 

All sessions were full, including the excellent keynote presentation in the Dezember Room.  Not only did our students (graduate and undergraduate), former students, and members of the public attend, they also presented. The presentations not only celebrated moments in our county’s history, but also honestly and starkly discussed social tensions and environmental mistakes as well. “

Congratulations to the Nursing Department!  Chair Phyllis Heintz reports, “We have accreditation of the MSN FNP Program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  So much work went into this achievement.  It is an important element to be in place for our graduating FNP students to achieve their certification.  Congratulations to Dr. Debbie Boschini, Dr. Heidi He, and the MSN faculty for all their contributions!”

And The Alzheimer’s Day Care Center, where the Nursing Department takes students for geriatric nursing, thanked our students for their nursing care on their Facebook page. ADAKC’s motto is “the heart never forgets.”

Jeff Moffit, Kinesiology Department led the student team that won the regional competition at the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conference.  We took two teams for the student Jeopardy competition and the team of Eryn Chang, Don Baylon, and Andrew Hudson won!  They will bring home a trophy and won free registration and $500 dollars to go to the national conference in Denver in June.  This is a big deal at this conference because the SW team typically wins the Jeopardy competition at nationals. No pressure though!

Mahmoud Suleiman is making contributions in his Fulbright residency at ANNU in the West Bank.  See these links for a look at his work.



I joined a delegation of CSUB women at the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference where we participated in the workshop sessions, the plenary sessions, and the resources conference.  It was an inspiring day for all of us.

Tomas Martinez, Claudia Catota, and I accompanied 12 students to the Hispanic Association Colleges and Universities (HACU) national conference where they were inspired and made great connections for graduate schools, internships, and jobs.  Some appreciated the opportunity to attend because it was a “life changing” experience for them.

A delegation of six women attended the American Council on Education (ACE) Southern California Network Women’s Leadership Forum at CSU San Marcos where we were inspired by a panel of Women Presidents and Chancellors and the keynote speaker, Shelley Correll from The Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford who worked on Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In.

I was a presenter at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Joint Conference on International Education in Beijing, China where I spoke about international opportunities on the CSUB campus for student and faculty exchanges, degree programs, and English language training.  We have established many relationships that we help us in our efforts to internationalize the campus.

Vice Provost David Schecter spoke at the campus Brown Bag Series the week prior to the election.  His talk “How the President Really Gets Elected” focused on the electoral college.  His presentation clearly was relevant for this presidential election.

Last week the Asian Faculty and Staff Network worked with the students to organize the First ever celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights in India.  More than 160 people attended the event to learn about the cultural history of Diwali, enjoy musical and dance performances, enjoy wonderful foods, and participate in activities.  It was a grand success for the inaugural event.

The CSUB Small Business Development Center hosted a conference in Ridgecrest in conjunction with opening their new branch center there.  Director Kelly Reardon worked with the local small businesses and the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station to coordinate the event.  It was a beautiful drive out to that part of the county through the Red Rock Canyon area which inspired me to return for the hiking trails there.

Last week we hosted a delegation from Bucheon, South Korea thanks to the relationships established through the Sister City program with Bucheon and Bakersfield.  Eun Ja Park, retired faculty member in Advanced Education has led delegations to Bucheon, including one a couple of years ago with Mrs. Mitchell leading the delegation.  We hosted a student program on campus last year in Extended University and Dean Mark Novak is working to broadening those programs and the relationship.

The visit also included fabulous choral performances by the Bucheon City Chorale and the Bakersfield Master Chorale led by Music Director Robert Provencio from our Music and Theatre Department.  The performances at the Welcome Dinner and then the following evening at the “East Meets West:  A Choral Exchange” were amazingly delightful and soulful.


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