Great news from Professor Judith Pratt (Communications) about alumnus Jake Williams. He is the marketing director for the Winchester Mystery House.
CSUB ART majors Juan Ochoa, Valerie Pena, and Gelacia Torivio painted a beautiful mural for the lobby of the newly completed Kern County Family Justice Center located in Bakersfield. They enrolled in an independent study course during the fall semester giving them the opportunity to connect with our community and gain experience in their chosen field of study.
The School of Arts & Humanities is proud to announce the Billy Cantrell Memorial scholarship has been awarded to Communications students, Neyra Pimental and Glendy Ardon in recognition of their academic work and their dedication to their communities.
Associate Professor, Judith Pratt praised Pimental and Ardon by saying both students are outstanding examples of CSUB Communications majors.
The School of Arts & Humanities is proud to announce CSUB Art major, Esai Mendez was awarded the People's Choice Award at the 2017 Via Arté Italian Street Painting held at the Marketplace.
Born in 1997, in Bakersfield, California, Mendez is currently a student at CSUB majoring in Studio Art. Mendez spends the majority of his school time in the Visual Arts building creating, thinking and getting his hands dirty. If he is not doing that, you can find him serving up coffee, networking at local gyms, or exploring the outdoors. As an artist, Mendez focuses his work on identity issues and equality within minorities. His primary mediums include: photography, time-based media, sculpture and acrylic. Most of the time, he will overlap these mediums. Once graduated, Mendez plans to pursue a Masters in Product Design.
Congratulations are in order for three CSUB students for winning awards from the Kern Council of Teachers of English (KCTE) during the KCTE College Essay contest.
Jasmine Bernal is the first place winner and received a certificate and $300! She attends Professor Brad Ruff's English 1109 class.
Tasha Skabelund is the second place winner and received a certificate and $200! She attends Professor Brad Ruff's English 1109 class.
Dejah Archer is the third place winner and received a certificate and $100! She attends Professor Pam Fox's English 1009 class.
The School of Arts & Humanities would like to congratulate Estrella Amaro Jeppesen, a Modern Languages major who was awarded the 2017/2018 Frederick S. Macomber Student Research Scholar award from the Research Council of the University (RCU) for her project "#mexicanpeoplenames: An Onomastic Study of Twitter and Prime Time Television", Her faculty mentor is Professor Maryann Parada from the Modern Languages & Literatures program.
This July, 2017 Heather Simmons was presented with the Larry Streeter Memorial Scholarship at the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention in Orlando, Florida. Heather graduated in May of this year as the Outstanding Senior of the Department of English.
From over 600 scholarship applications submitted by legally blind college students across the country, spanning all levels and fields of study, the scholarship committee chose 30 finalists, including Heather. The NFB invited all of the finalists to the national convention and paid for air travel, hotel accommodations, and meals.
This year, the NFB awarded 30 distinct awards, each attached to a different amount of scholarship money. Although each finalist was guaranteed an award, the scholarship committee got to know each of the finalists during the convention week to match each finalist with the most appropriate scholarship.
Heather’s scholarship, worth $3,000, is named in memory of Larry Streeter, a teacher who worked with blind children and valued the educational opportunities existing inside and outside of the classroom.
Each finalist was also awarded $1,000 and a Chromebook from Google, a Brailled plaque and an additional $1,000 from Dr. Ray Kurzweil, a creator of many technologies for the blind, and free access to the KNFB Reader, a smartphone app that reads text to the user.
In addition to these generous gifts, the finalists also gained valuable experiences at the convention. Each day, Heather was paired with a mentor from a different field who helped her navigate the convention, introduced her to colleagues, and answered career-related questions.
Heather took full advantage of the convention, attending workshops for topics as varied as ballroom dancing and self-advocacy in higher education. She also learned about the resolutions that the NFB will present to legislators to help improve the everyday lives of blind people, such as making touch-screen appliances accessible and increasing the availability of Braille materials for students. The convention also featured presentations by a variety of speakers, including the US Secretary of Labor, several senators and representatives, a blind man who had successfully run across the United States, and blind individuals who have appeared on Master Chef and The Voice.
With this adventure behind her, and with increased knowledge and self-confidence, Heather is preparing to enter the Master’s program in English at CSU Stanislaus.
Congratulations to our very own AH Dean's Assistant, Matthew McClellan who won at the Student Research Competition held on March 10th!! Matthew also recently earned his Master's degree in Public Administration.
His research presentation was titled “Supporting LGBTQ+ students: Evaluating CSUB’s campus resources” and his abstract is as follows:
Public universities have and are working to create a more inclusive atmosphere on campus. However, having limited resources is not enough to create a culture of inclusivity. The experience of inclusivity needs to be studied from the perspective of those for whom it is intended. This Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis explored twenty-four public university student’s experiences of LGBTQ SafeZone resources through in-depth interviews. The major overarching finding was one of “invisibility”. Students reported feelings of loneliness and isolation, and they described a sense of being an outsider. This theme was broken into sub-themes of visibility, education, and the SafeZone project. Based on these themes I recommend promoting visibility, facilitating campus education, and creating safe spaces. This study has implications for public administration because it draws lessons on developing inclusive administrative cultures in complex and large public organizations.
Twelve Theatre students, accompanied by Theatre faculty member Mendy McMasters, recently attended the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Mesa, Arizona which drew participants from five states (California, Hawaii, Utah, Nevada and Arizona).
Ms. McMasters, along with colleague Zoe Saba, prepared a number of the students to participate in an acting competition. While there, students attended workshops on a range of theatre-related topics, watched performances from other colleges and universities in the region, among other activities.
Congratulations to Adriana Hernandez, Dillon Byrd, Michael Moore, Carolina Coronado, Stephanie Mejia, Cathy Tinoco, Sabrina Corona, Anthony Jauregui, Warren Dakota Nash, Mateo Lara, Norma Carmolinga, and Matthew McTaggart for attending the festival and sharpening your craft.
Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another’s work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theatre artists.