The research documentary, “5 Decades Later: The Aftermath of the Grape Strike” (“5 Décadas después: lo que quedó de la huelga”), is a bilingual master’s thesis project which focuses on how the 1965 Delano Grape Strike is, or isn’t, remembered and preserved by the people living within Delano and Kern County. The purpose of this short-film is to present the knowledge that locals have about this historical topic, inject these communities with the interest to learn more about it, and encourage them to preserve its legacy. The documentary showcases on-camera interviews and data derived from 60 questionnaires given to voluntary adult participants; both elements help to illustrate why the Grape Strike of 1965 is still a relevant topic within these communities and why it is crucial to take action in preserving -what is- their historical heritage. The documentary is a bilingual production (English and Spanish) to portray the true nature of being a part of the farmworker community of Delano, where two languages coexist. The research film hopes to restore the memory of this civil rights movement, in the place where it started. It is a mirror to the past and a reflection of the future for Delano, California and for all the farmworkers.
El documental de investigación, “5 Décadas después: lo que quedó de la huelga” (“5 Decades Later: The Aftermath of the Grape Strike”), es un proyecto bilingüe de tesis para la maestría que se enfoca en cómo La Huelga de la Uva de 1965 de Delano es, o no es, recordada y preservada por la gente que vive dentro de Delano y del Condado de Kern. El propósito de este cortometraje es presentar el conocimiento que tiene la gente local sobre este tema histórico, inyectar a la comunidades con el interés de aprender más sobre ello y animarlos a preservar su legado. El documental muestra entrevistas, frente de camara, y datos derivados de 60 cuestionarios que se les dieron a participantes adultos voluntarios; ambos elementos ayudan a demostrar por qué La Huelga de la Uva de 1965 sigue siendo un tema relevante dentro de estas comunidades y por qué es crucial que se tomen medidas para preservar -lo que es- su herencia histórica. El documental es una producción bilingüe (inglés y español) para representar la realidad de pertenecer a la comunidad campesina de Delano, donde dos idiomas coexisten. Esta película de investigación anhela restaurar la memoria de este movimiento de derechos civiles, en el lugar donde se comenzó. Es el espejo del pasado y el reflejo hacia el futuro para Delano, California y para todos los trabajadores campesinos.
Dr. Nate Olson from Philosophy reported that the CSUB Ethics Team won a debate held at the Tehachapi Prison. The CSUB students, James White and Andrew Bolich along with inmates debated two topics: whether convicted felons should be able to vote and whether it is possible to be "transracial".
Learn more about the debate by reading an article written by the new KIE Media Intern, Angela Beardsley.
Dr. Nate Olson (Philosophy) let us know how our CSUB Ethics team did at the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
"Our CSUB team put forward a very strong showing at the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl this weekend at Cabrillo College (in Aptos). We won our rounds against Occidental College and Chapman University, tied New Mexico State, and narrowly lost our final round to Chico State. That left us just short of qualifying for the national competition.
I am incredibly proud of the three members of our team: Andrew Bolich (Philosophy and Psychology double major), Dubrea Sanders (Political Science major and Philosophy, Communications, and Psychology minors), and James White (History major and Philosophy minor). All the hard work they put in over the course of the semester showed at the competition as they skillfully argued a wide range of topics, including the idea of transracialism, legal requirements for Amish midwives, the ethics of tax havens, and restrictions on Kosher and Halal practices in Belgium."
Support for the team this year came from the School of Arts and Humanities, a Teaching Innovation Grant from the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, and the Kegley Institute of Ethics
Dr. Debra Jackson (Philosophy professor & Interim Assoc. Dean, Graduate Student Center) reports very exciting news about one of our graduate students!
"CSU Bakersfield graduate student, Riley Hewes, was awarded a Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Initiative Award in Research and Scholarship for Fall 2018. Her project, “Death in New Orleans,” examines the creative ways in which New Orleanians of all ethnic backgrounds understood life, death, and the supernatural during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Ms. Hewes’s research is supervised by Assistant Professor of History, Dr. Marie Stango.
This award will help Ms. Hewes complete archival research in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to Dr. Stango, “Archival research is essential to the practice of history, and it's wonderful that Riley now has the opportunity to conduct independent research in service of producing new historical knowledge. This is a wonderful opportunity, and a highlight of the graduate student experience.” Ms. Hewes will visit archives at the Historic New Orleans Collection and Williams Research Center, the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans City Archives, and vital transcripts at the University of New Orleans."
CSU Bakersfield’s Graduate Student Center offers Graduate Student-Faculty Collaborative Initiatives to support graduate student projects focused on Research and Scholarship, Community Engagement, or Teaching and Pedagogy. The initiative carries a $1250 award for the student plus $250 for the faculty mentor. Forty-six awards have been granted since the program was established in 2013. For more information, contact CSU Bakersfield’s Graduate Student Center at (661) 654-2786.
We are so proud to talk about Bailey and Sidney Russell who are triple majors at CSUB and have shared their very personal story with us. You can read more about their hard work and passion at the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.
Bailey and Sidney Russell finish each other’s sentences. They co-author fantasy fiction. They take the same classes. They share the same academic career goals. And they share the same genes. Twin sisters, together they lead their Alpha Chi chapter at California State University, Bakersfield.
Sidney is the California Iota chapter president and secretary. Bailey serves as vice president. “Basically, people on campus know that if it’s academic and it’s a club or honors society, go find the twins,” says Bailey.
“We are actually called ‘the twins’ on campus even though there are other twins here,” adds Sidney.
Both Russells also share a dream: to open a pediatric care practice for families who otherwise could not afford medical care. To the twins, it’s personal. For all their boundless ambition and early success, the sisters have also experienced tragedy beyond their years. Their own journey of healing now motivates their dream to serve others.
The loss of a brother. The disappearance of a father.
A gifted writer, their brother Nicholas committed suicide when the twins were just 13 years old. Their father, a soldier, often was stationed elsewhere. “Our Dad was always gone on military duty,” Sidney says, “but then he actually started just going away. After my brother died, he completely left.”
Nicholas, almost six years older than the twins, had assumed a role beyond just the older sibling. “Our brother was kind of a father figure to us,” says Sidney. “We didn’t realize this until after he died. So, it wasn’t just losing a brother, it was losing that male figure in our lives. I cried a lot,” she remembers.
Following the suicide, the family experienced more hardship. They moved into a relative’s house. They switched schools (“A lot of kids knew our brother had died, and we just didn’t want to face it.”). And they faced financial stress. “We went an entire year where we couldn’t get medical coverage,” says Bailey. For their mother, a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 12, this meant somehow scrounging up $800 a month for insulin— “And that’s with the discount for no insurance. That’s for something you need to live,” says Bailey. “It’s crazy it’s that expensive.”
A dream born out of medical necessity.
As they’ve grown up, the twins have faced their own share of medical problems. Together, they’ve sat in enough waiting rooms and examination rooms to draw their own conclusions about what makes for a good doctor and for a great bedside manner. It’s the good ones whose footsteps the twins seek to follow. “I want to be there to help the people the way that I was helped,” says Sidney.
Drawing from their own experiences, Bailey and Sidney have planned their futures to help other children who have suffered from a one-two combination of sickness and poverty. For their future medical clinic, they plan to re-shape the working model. “Free clinics are notorious for not having the best care,” says Sidney. They plan to pull doctors from across disciplines, including psychology, into one quality care clinic for children.
“We want to start a clinic right here in Bakersfield, with not only good care but medical testing in- house and a tiered payment system where the people who can pay help the people who cannot.” Of course, first they have to pursue their M.D. degrees and pass their boards. “This,” says Sidney, “is our eventual dream, working together at our own practice so we don’t have to get split up.”
Double the effort. Triple the work.
As if it’s not enough for the twins to double major, they are triple majoring in English, psychology and pre-med. With the mentorship of their chapter sponsor, Dr. Jacqueline Kegley, the twins have been able to pursue what, to many, would be a frenzied amount of learning in one semester. Going to bed after midnight and rising before six, they’ve managed to write short stories (they are co-authoring a fantasy novel), take a combined 16 courses, volunteer at the Writing Center, and learn Latin and ancient Greek on the side.
A community of support is key to fueling this type of academic pursuit, and the twins say Alpha Chi has become a pillar of their intellectual life. “Alpha Chi brings together this idea of an academic core,” says Sidney. “We come together to celebrate learning—and that’s not something you see every day.”
Alpha Chi has also opened doors for these small-town sisters from Wasco, CA. The 2017 National Conference in Louisville, KY was not only the twins’ first time outside California, but also their first time on a plane. In addition, the conference gave them their first opportunity to present their academic research to an audience of peer scholars.
(Article written by Dr. Jackie Kegley, March 2018)
California State University, Bakersfield’s student newspaper, its website, and its broadcast program received national and statewide recognition this past weekend at the annual Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National Convention, held in Long Beach.
In the ACP’s Best of Show awards, CSUB won first place for best broadcast for its October 2017 edition of Runner News Network. That online broadcast led with the impact on the Bakersfield community of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
Also in the Best of Show awards, The Runner newspaper won second place for best less-than-weekly newspaper for its Dec. 6, 2017 issue, which featured in-depth coverage of crime statistics at CSUB. The Runner prints every other week during the semester.
“Receiving such high national honors for our broadcast program and newspaper is a really big deal, especially since our broadcast program is only two years old,” said Jennifer Burger, journalism lecturer and adviser to The Runner at CSUB.
Also at the convention, the California College Media Association held its annual awards banquet, where The Runner won two statewide awards. The Runner Online won first place for best mobile website at therunneronline.com. Former Editor-in-Chief Esteban Ramirez also won an honorable mention for his story “Building a D-1 legacy,” which detailed the CSUB men’s basketball team’s journey to the national stage.
Now that CSUB has a student population of more than 10,000, this was the first year The Runner competed against large California schools in the CCMA contest. Burger serves as the VP of membership on the CCMA board.
“I’m proud of our staff for how hard they work to cover the news that’s important to CSUB,” Burger said. “As we continue to grow, we are looking to our sister news organizations at schools like UC Berkeley and San José State University for inspiration.”
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.
Exciting news from our Communications department!!!
On Saturday, Jan. 28, Maria Rodriguez traveled to Los Angeles to accept the Jerry Dunphy Memorial Scholarship from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California. The RTNA Scholarship Foundation granted three scholarships to three different aspiring journalists during the Golden Mike Awards Banquet at the Universal Hilton Hotel at Universal City.
The scholarship is for $1,500 for Maria’s demonstrated potential in going into a journalism profession. As a staff member of The Runner, Maria has led the multimedia team’s video news efforts as the multimedia editor. She has produced several quality and informative broadcast-style news videos about student life and issues at CSUB. She often produces stories in English and in Spanish to reach our bilingual audience. Due to her experience, she also served as a team leader in the Communications Department’s new broadcast class in Fall 2016.
We are all very proud of Maria and we know she will go on to having an amazing career in broadcast journalism!
The CSUB Ethics Bowl team participated in the California Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition on December 3, 2016 at CSU, Chico, along with 17 other teams from 10 colleges and universities. In three rounds of competition against teams from Chapman University, CSU Chico, and Cabrillo College, the team insightfully discussed a wide range of ethical issues, including political correctness, abortion, and 3D-printed guns.
The six members of the team, David Baker, Stephanie Borges, Jennifer Fair, Francisco Holguin, Russell Ming, and Cristal Ronquillo, were coached by Dr. Nate Olson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. The competition was the culmination of the team members’ semester-long work in Philosophy 4620: Internship in Practical Philosophy (which is offered each fall).
Support for the Ethics Bowl team was provided by the CSUB Teaching and Learning Center (through a Teaching Innovation Grant), the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, the Kegley Institute of Ethics and Gene Voiland, a board member of the Kegley Institute.
Our Philosophy program is launching a community outreach and service project, Philosophy for Children (P4C). We are training our majors to facilitate P4C sessions at local libraries and elementary schools. These sessions build on children's literature (such as Lobel's Frog and Toad stories) or fun thought experiments (is time-travel possible?).
The aim of these sessions is
(1) to get children asking the "big questions" about the nature of courage or friendship or work, (2) to give them the space to come up with answers based on their intuitions or experience, and (3) to encourage them to share their answers with one another and explain their reasoning.
We hope to encourage a spirit of inquiry and critical thinking skills in our sessions.
Our project has received $1000 support from the East Rotary Club of Bakersfield, thanks to Mr. Jim Williams's interest in this project.
Dr. Senem Saner has received $500 grant from AAPT (American Association of Philosophy Teachers) to design and implement the program in Spring 2017. She is offering a Practical Training class (PHIL 4610) in the Spring semester.
Contact her (email@example.com) if you are interested in participating in the P4C program and facilitate P4C sessions in local elementary schools in the Spring.
We are proud to announce Philosophy & Economics major, Francisco Holguin won Best in the Festival at the 2016 Bakersfield Via Arte.
Valerie Pena (Art major) and Gelacia Torivio also participated and represented the Innocent Eye Art Club (below).
Congratulations to English major Marisol Earnest who is interning at the Bakersfield law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles this summer. She will spend two months at the firm, learning the foundations of law firm marketing and advertising, media relations, web-based publishing, writing and editing, company image management, and more.
Marisol was recommended by Dr. Carol Dell'Amico (English professor) and hired by Jorge Barrientos, Director of Marketing & Public Relations.
In March, Matt Rich's students held an exhibition of paintings from their ART 304 class in the White Box Gallery. These art pieces were made with "non-traditional" materials purchased with a Teaching Innovation Grant from the Teaching & Learning Center at CSUB.
Participating Artists were Renata Enikeeva, Andrew Frausto, R. Mayte Mendez, Claudia Ramirez, Janelle Sweet, and Ikea Wilson.
From Professor Rich:
"The discipline of painting is defined as much by how it is made and with what as it is by what it depicts. These non-traditional painting materials present options outside of the essentials of our painting classroom purchases (supported by student-paid course fees) and allow students to rethink the expectations and norms of painting as they update their material and visual languages to reflect and address our contemporary world."
Congratulations go to our CSUB Ethics Team for their quarter final finish at the National Championship in Virginia. Dr. Debra Jackson reports the following:
Should states mandate or prohibit insurance companies from providing expensive assisted reproductive technologies? Should the water-intensive California almond industry be abolished or subsidized? Does the presence of military psychologists during interrogations of prisoners hinder or encourage torture? Should we praise or condone President Obama for using the word "thug" to describe rioters in Baltimore last year? These were just a few of the many timely questions considered during the Twentieth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) National Championship.
After winning the California Regional IEB competition on December 5, 2015, CSUB’s ethics bowl team--Erin Baker (senior, Philosophy), Josh Lofy (senior, Physics), Pedro Naveiras (senior, Philosophy and Political Science), and Travis Rosenlieb (senior, Philosophy)--qualified to compete in the National Championship.
Thirty-six teams from across the United States and Canada competed in the day-long tournament held on February 21, 2016, in Reston, VA. CSUB’s team performed well during the competition, making it to the quarterfinals (top 8). The team was also a finalist (out of five) for the Landenson Award, given to the team that best exemplified the event’s overarching spirit of engaged rational exploration of complex issues through civil discussion. The team prepared for nearly six months under the supervision of Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Debra Jackson.
Support for the CSUB Ethics Team was provided by the Kegley Institute of Ethics, the Office of the Vice-President of Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the President.