Our Provost, Dr. Jenny Zorn has adopted MIT's First Generation Program campaign at CSUB and we would like to share a few first generation college students with you.
We think you might be surprised to learn several of CSUB's administration and faculty are first generation college students!
Do you any of these stories speak to you? Are you the first in your family to attend or graduate college? In the comment section, please share your stories with us and encourage others to make education a priority!
AH is proud to announce that the 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 included Dr. Anna Laven, Jennifer McCune, Yvette Morones, and Jaimi Paschal.
“We now have data to show how advising positively affects retention on the campus.” said Dr. Laven, Advising Center Coordinator for the School of Arts and Humanities. She explained “we are honored to represent CSUB at a national conference and demonstrate the high levels of student support professional advising brings to the campus”.
NACADA is a global professional organization for advisors, counselors, faculty and administrators that seeks to promote and support quality academic advising in institutions of higher education. This years’ conference theme entitled ATL: Advising to Learn and keynote speaker, Dr. Kathleen Shea Smith, highlight ways to remove barriers to degree completion and implement holistic student support strategies.
Congratulations to our Academic Advisor, Adriana Sixtos and our Dean, Dr. Richard Collins for their 10 and five year service awards.
The School of Arts and Humanities advising team was selected to present their proposal “Do Minors Matter: Analysis and perceptions of requiring a minor” at the NACADA Region 9 conference in Los Angeles on March 15th and 16th.
Led by Dr. Anna Laven and including advising staff Adriana Sixtos, Christina Chavez and Janine Cornelison, the team sought to better understand the positive and negative impacts of the minor requirement as the school began to consider making minors optional. The research project contributes to the literature by bringing to the forefront another facet of curricular life that can impact retention and graduation rates beyond that of major selection.
NACADA is a national professional organization for advisors, counselors, faculty and administrators that seeks to promote and support quality academic advising in institutions of higher education. Divided into ten regions, NACADA Region 9 includes California, Hawaii and Nevada, ranks among the higher levels of membership across the ten regions and includes both the California State University and University of California systems. The Region 9 Conference was hosted by Brandman University at the University of Southern California campus and featured Dr. Wes Habley as the keynote speaker.
We are happy to announce that Anna Laven, Ed.D., Advising Center Coordinator for our school, has been invited to serve on the Government Relations Board for the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Government Relations Committee, Dr. Laven will work to educate, advocate, and take policy positions on issues that affect its members and impact business in the communities of Kern County. She will attend regular board meetings and focus on opportunities that may benefit our students.
Matthew McClellan and Christina Chavez served as representatives for the School of Arts & Humanities as well as Michael Harville from the counseling center at the 1st CSU LGBTQ Resources Meeting.
They were able to meet with students and staff from other CSU's and discussed a wide range of issues related to the LGBTQ and most specifically the need for trans-inclusion at all CSU campuses. By working with the Chancellor's office it is the hope of this group that they will continue to work together in providing support for the LGBTQ community across all CSU campuses.
For more information please visit the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals which lists campuses with offices or programs for LGBT people. It also includes a resource and FAQ section as well as information on the Consortium.
The Arts & Humanities Dean's office would like to wish everyone a very restful but fun winter break. See you in January for winter quarter 2016!
Exciting news from our school Dean, Dr. Richard Collins!
"CSU Bakersfield's School of Arts and Humanities has received an NEH grant of $98,284 for a project called "Crossing Borders, Making Connections: The Humanities and Ethnic Studies." An eighteen-month collaborative project for faculty to develop our interdisciplinary BA in Ethnic Studies, which will include working with the HIspanic and Basque communities of Kern County. We're very proud of the project's co-directors Liora Gubkin (Associate Dean) and Dustin Knepp (Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies)."