A Circle of Friends: Milt and Betty Younger and Jim Young

Circle of Friends Spring 2014

Chancellor Sandra Serrano, Jim Young, Milt younger, Betty younger, President Sonya Christian

On Thursday May 1st, 2014, Bakersfield College had the honor of hosting a very special event– a Betty younger sculpture dedication honoring Dr. Jim Young. “Circle of Friends” is an outdoor sculpture located atop a small hill Northeast of the GET Bus terminal on Panorama Drive. The sculpture, which consists of four red upright figures standing together in a circle, was created by Betty Younger to honor her friend JimYoung, who served as Kern Community College District’s chancellor from 1978 to 1999.

The evening started at 4 P.M. with a brief dedication ceremony at the foot of the hill where the sculpture is mounted. Many members of Bakersfield College’s faculty and staff were in attendance, as well as many family members and students of James Young. Betty Younger and her husband, Milt, introduced the sculpture and each spoke on how their friend has impacted their lives and the lives of others. Mrs. Younger shared that the inspiration for “Circle of Friends” was what James Young has done with and for his students, fellow educators, and friends throughout the years. “He is truly a mentor to all he meets”, remarked Mrs. Younger.

Jim Young at the dedication

Dr. Jim Young

The Chancellor Emeritus spoke after them, thanking his friends for recognizing him and his accomplishments and for the honor of having the sculpture dedicated to him. Dr. Young fondly remembered his many years working for the Kern High School District and the Kern Community College District. He proudly spoke of his continued work with students even after retiring, volunteering for Arvin High School’s We The People team amongst other community groups. He pointed out and thanked various people in attendance, including his family, friends, and past/present students. The audience burst into applause and many guests swarmed him with congratulations and thanks.

Following this, guests were invited to a reception in the foyer of the Grace Van Dyke library; thankfully, a few of BC’s awesome cart drivers were on hand to transport guests across the lawns to the reception!

The foyer of the library was nicely decorated for the occasion, thanks to our wonderful staff. Beautiful live piano music filled the room, courtesy of our wonderful Choir Director Dr. Jennifer Garrett. As the foyer slowly filled, guests wandered about socializing with friends and colleagues. In addition to the wine and cheese  corner, the Bakersfield College Culinary Arts Department staffed a table filled with Hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Jen Garrett at Circle of Friends Reception May 1 2014

Dr. Jen Garrett

Once all the guests had arrived and settled in, it was time to present two special recognitions. As part of Bakersfield College’s Centennial Celebration, the college chose to recognize 100 alumni, retirees, and community members as part of the “100 Stars” campaign. After a brief testament detailing their many efforts and achievements, I awarded both Milt and Betty a 100 Stars medal for their great impact on the Bakersfield Community. (You can read a detailed list of these at http://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/centennial/100-stars/milt-betty-younger.  Also check out the 1:31-minute video honoring Betty Younger at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nJHSy-19DY&feature=youtu.be)

I’d like to thank the Younger family for donating “A Circle of Friends” to the campus, as well as Dr. Jim Young for his past and continued service to the education of Kern County students. I would also like to give special thanks to our various staff and faculty members for organizing this event, and to our student workers & volunteers for assisting in making the day a success. A final thanks for Salvadore Cruz, a fabulous student in Communication who is interning with me this year.  You can find his photos at http://imgur.com/a/Rye0s.  The afternoon was a wonderful affair, and I am very happy that BC had the honor of hosting it.

College Night 2014. Thank you Steve Watkin and BC team

KCCN 1 - 2014

On Monday, Sep 8th, I headed to the Convention Center to check out the College Night event. This is the time of year when colleges and universities set up booths for high schools students and their parents to check out the different college options.

We are BC Sep 8 2014As I walked into the Rabobank Center I immediately spotted the prominent sign We are BC along with red and white balloons.  And then came the resounding We are BC from our cheer team.  The BC spirit was alive and well and as Lisa Kent noted: “BC had a vast and spirited presence and I was honored to be a part of something so inspiring!”

Over 100 colleges and universities and approximately 7,000 students/parents participated in the program.  And thanks to Steve Watkin, BC was represented in all its red and white glory.

BC Representatives – 50 Strong!

Outreach – Josie Guillen, Kyle Mann, Victoria Roel
Counseling – Alice Desilagua, Victor Diaz, Marisa Marquez, Emily Bartel, Kathy Rosellini, Paul Beckworth, Sandy Sierra, Margaret Head
Nursing – Dinorah Castro, Traci Hill, Erin Kavanagh, Gregory Bolts, Pamela Esparza, Megan Black
Admissions & Records – Michelle Pena, Jackie Lau
CTE – Pam Gomez, Antonio Alfaro, Dominica Rivera
SGA – Nicky Damania, Trina Goree, Diana Valle, Alex Dobrenen, Jimmy Moran, Colton Nichelson, Simoneel Czar, Roshelle Czar, Miles Post, Giovanna Burrell, David Vaughan
Financial Aid – Primavera Arvizu, Evette Lara, Angela Williams, Venessa Reyes, Angelica Vasquez
Foundation – Lisa Kent
DSPS – Terri Goldstein, Bill La
Cheer Leaders – Haleigh Earis, Kourtney Hall, Heather Herrera, Megan Chamberlin
Culinary – Cynthia Jackson, Elizabeth Valle
IT – Manuel De Los Santos
Manny Mourtzanos, Zav Dadabhoy

What an evening!

Selfie with BC gang sep 8 2014 KCCN 5 KCCN 4 KCCN 3 KCCN 2


Gearing Up for Renegade Athletics 2014-15

If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@sonyachristian), you’ll know that I consider our athletics programs a critical path to the academic success of our student athletes.
Last year, I ran into little Torrance at a game as she prepared to cheer on her brother Chris, decked out in Renegade red. Let’s hear from Torrance.

Let’s now switch from Torrance to Bob Hodel who was in the 1957 graduating class from BC.

selfie with Bob Hodel and Bob Covey Sep 4 2014

A selfie with Bob Hodel and Bob Covey on Sep 4, 2014

On September 6th, join me at Riverside where BC kicks off our first game of the season.  We will be back in Memorial Stadium on Sept 13th.

Athletics Department launches the Renegade Report:

BC’s Athletics Department has launched a new program called Renegade Reports on Bakersfield.com to get the word out about Renegade Athletics.  The show is produced by Francis Mayer and hosted by Greg Kerr of Channel 29.  It airs every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. for 15 weeks this fall term.  I was a guest on the premiere episode along with Coach Britnney Goehring, Coach Jeff Chudy, and Rick Van Horn, author of Haley Street Heroes.  Check out the video clips at:


With Kevin McCarthy Aug 29 2014

Craig Rouse, Kevin McCarthy, Sonya Christian, Brett Clark, Janet Tarjan

Friday Night Lights back at the memorial Stadium

A few of us from BC, along with over 5000 others packed the stadium to watch the relaunch of the Friday Night Lights High School games on our campus.  It was a double header with the Drillers playing Oak Christian School in the second match.  The Drillers won 34-21.  Thnx to Ed Davis for getting our field ready; it was not an easy feat.
Here is a picture of some of the BC gang with Kevin McCarthy.  Craig Rouse, Director of Facilities and M&O; Brett Clark, Wrestling Coach; Janet Tarjan, Math Faculty.

Gavilan vs BC Aug 30 2014

BC vs Gavilan


Volleyball on August 30th

On Saturday, I attended part of the Gavilan game.  BC won!   If you have not seen the recent article in the Californian about our Volley Ball team, check it out at http://tinyurl.com/mv8dl83

Cross Country

The Women’s Cross Country team finished 3rd at the Ventura Invitational over the weekend, with a total time of 1:57:10, and an average individual time of 23:26.

Two ladies cracked the top ten of the field of 82 for Bakersfield.

Sophomore Jessica Campbell placed seventh, with a total time of 22:24.68, and an average mile time of 7:12.

Her teammate Sophomore Leah Theroux placed eighth, with a total time of 22:40.30.

The Men’s Cross Country team finished seventh out of 12 schools.

Juan Calderon was the highest placer for BC, finishing in 19th place out of 117 runners.

Women’s Golf:

Women’s Golf, under the direction of first year Coach Brittney Goehring started their season at the Indian Canyon Country Club Saturday.

First year transfer Lindsey Maribal from Sandia High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico led the team on the first day with a seven over par 79, but Coach Goehring said improvements caught her eye more than scores.

Arts and Humanities

BC is a treasure trove of happenings as it relates to Arts and the Humanities.  My hope is that we will invite our students to experience these treasures as part of their learning here at BC.

Art Gallery Opening:

Tom Lundquist, section from Poissons de Chant 60

Tom Lundquist, section from Poissons de Chant 60

The Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery is proud to present the work of two digital artists living, working and teaching on the east and west coasts respectively, Tom Lundquist (Santa Monica College) and Jing Zhou (Monmouth University, New Jersey). A selection of their recent works will be on view from September 5th to October 5th in the Jones Gallery.  The opening reception at the gallery on the evening of Friday, September 5, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 pm.

I would like to recognize the work of Art Department Chair, David Koeth, and our full time faculty and staff; but also a particular mention to the work of our talented adjunct faculty:

Jared Pankin – Ceramics
MFA, University of California, Los Angeles, CA-CeramicsBFA, The Kansas City Art InstituteBS, State University of New York, Oneonta, NY-Theater
Tom Betthauser – Jones Gallery curator and drawing
Yale School of Art – Master of Fine ArtsSan Francisco Art Institute – Bachelor of Fine ArtsSan Francisco State University – General Ed
Andrew Borrego – drawing and art appreciation
Claremont Graduate University – MFACalifornia State University Bakersfield – BABakersfield College – AA
Gina Herrera – drawing
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA – MFASchool of the Art Institute of Chicago – BFA
Diego Gutierrez Monterubbio – drawing, art appreciationMFA -
University of Texas – Pan American
BFA – California State University, Fresno, California
AA – Porterville College
Cameron Brian – 2D, drawing, art appreciation
MFA – San Francisco Art InstituteBFA – College of Santa Fe
Debora Rodenhauser – 2D, art appreciation
MA – California State University, Bakersfield
BA – California State University, Bakersfield
AA – Bakersfield College
Armando (Nano) Rubio – painting, art appreciation
MFA – Claremont Graduate University
BA – California State University, Bakersfield
AA – Bakersfield College
Christopher Lessley – drawing, art appreciation
MA – California State University, Fresno
BA – California State University, Fresno
Kelly McLane – drawing, art appreciation
MFA, University of California, Davis, California
BFA, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
Cecilia Noyes – art appreciation
MA – California State University, Fullerton
BFA – California State University, Fullerton


Sorokin Lecture at the Levan Center on Sep 11th, 2014

Levan-Kimberly-Hoang speaker september 2014

Kimberly Hoang

Bakersfield College welcomes Dr. Kimberley Hoang to Bakersfield to give a presentation on her forthcoming book “Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies in Global Sex Work” on Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at the Levan Center.

Here is an excerpt from the email that Oliver Rosales sent on August 25th advertising this lecture.

Dear Bakersfield College colleagues:

Please mark your calendars and encourage your students to attend a free public talk on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00PM at the BC Levan Center for the Humanities. Dr. Kimberly Hoang, a Bakersfield native and Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Boston College, will be giving a talk on her forthcoming book Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendency, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies in Global Sex Work. … This talk is sponsored by the American Sociological Association’s Sorokin Lecture Grant Series.

Oliver A. Rosales, Ph.D.

Welcome email to our student veterans

Bakersfield Sunrise Aug 24 2015

Sunrise in Bakersfield on August 24, 2015

This morning after a long walk and a beautiful sunrise, I settled down in the backyard to do some work.  And there was an email from Paul Beckworth welcoming our student veterans.  Some of the information that Paul provides in this email might be useful to you as you start your first day of classes tomorrow or if you are helping students through the variety of services we provide.  I did attend the SDCC breakout session on Opening Day with Armando Trujillo on understanding our student veterans.  It was very informative and very well done.

Let’s hear from Paul Beckworth, History faculty and now the Associate Dean for Student Success and Development.

Michele Corny Paul Aug 19 2014

The three Associate Deans: Paul Beckworth, Michele Bresso, Corny Rodriguez

From: Paul Beckworth [mailto:pbeckwor@bakersfieldcollege.edu]
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:57 AM
Subject: Welcome to Bakersfield College

Hello BC Student-Veterans,

Welcome to the Fall 2014 semester!  My name is Paul Beckworth and I am the Associate Dean of Student Success, as well as the advisor of the Veterans Club.

Please be advised that we have a Veterans Lounge on campus, adjacent to the cafeteria.  It is open from 7:30-5:30 M-TH and 8-12 on Fridays.  It is a place for student-veterans and accompanied family members who are also students, to hang out, do work, have snacks and drink some coffee. It is a great place to meet up with other veterans who have probably been through some of the same things you have.

Bakersfield College is committed to our veterans and as such we have just hired a veterans educational advisor.  When her training is complete she will be stationed in the lounge, getting your student educational plans together, working in tandem with the VA certifying official on campus, the academic counseling department, and myself.

We have a great Veterans Club on campus, led by club president Wesley Barrientos.  We will be meeting every other week, dates to be announced.

We have plenty of great services on campus to help you succeed.  There is a writing center, tutoring center, math lab, disable students services, and more.  I will send out more information later but we want you to know that the tools are here for your success.   Do not let yourself get overwhelmed.  Many of you have been out of school for years.  Ask questions, come to the lounge, talk to your teachers.  If you get anxiety due to PTSD or TBI, let your teachers know.  Veterans Services are here for you.

Please keep in mind that over 250,000 student-veterans across the nation are going to college this fall.  This means that there may be a back log of GI Bill benefits for a bit.  Be patient, and please be courteous with our staff.  If you have an issue, please come to the lounge or feel free to email me at pbeckwor@bakersfieldcollege.edu or our club president at wesley.leon-barrientos2007@email.bakersfieldcollege.edu .

Our college president, Dr. Sonya Christian, is honored to have you here, and on her behalf I say, “Welcome home and welcome to Bakersfield College!”

Paul Beckworth

Associate Dean of Student Success


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