BC’s Jazz Ensemble is just magnificent!

kris tiner

 

The Bakersfield College Jazz Ensemble held its Fall Concert on Monday November 24th. The newly-opened Simonsen Performing Arts Center served as the venue (its first time showcasing the ensemble since its reopening). Directed by Kris Tiner, the BC Jazz Ensemble played a selection of classic and modern jazz, featuring music by legendary jazz composers Thelonious Monk, Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Duke Ellington, Freddie Hubbard. The work of talented student composers Omar Murillo and Amanda McCaslin was also featured.

If you didn’t have the chance to check it out, here is a clip of them performing “A-hunk-a-hunk” by Thad Jones.

www.youtube.com/embed/Zc6sHC16e4o

I encourage everyone to come out to their next concert in the spring — you’ll be supporting local music and our faculty and students, and I guarantee you a wonderful evening filled with great music!

Check out the photos thanks to our student Salvador Cruz:

 

 

Renegade Roundup: Fall term 11th week update. November 11, 2014

You can find old versions of the roundup at https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/president/communications

Sonya Christian

Sonya Christian

 

Here is the November 11, 2014 Renegade Roundup. 

The fall semester is rolling along, and with the milder weather finally descending on the campus, students are out and about everywhere, everyday! Five more weeks to the end of the term.

 Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Last year BC geared up aggressively with the development of the Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs).  There was significant work put into this development by the instructional departments (chairs and lead faculty) as well as the curriculum committee.  Thank you!

You will be happy to see the results.  BC has one of the highest number (21) of ADTs in the state with Moorpark leading at 23.  See bar graph below that Janet Fulks sent me a few weeks ago.  If you enlarge the graph, you will be able to see all 112 colleges.

As of the end of October, Bakersfield College had 21 AS-T or AA-T degrees approved. A catalog addendum has been posted online containing the newest degrees. What are Bakersfield College’s 21 Associate Degrees for Transfer? Anthropology, Communication Studies, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Studio Arts, English, Music, Theatre Arts, History, Journalism, Political Science, Administration of Justice, Business Administration, Kinesiology, Spanish, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Economics.

ADT degrees statewide

Number of CCCCO Approved AS-T and AA-T Degrees October 2014

 

 

Learn@BC!

Learn at BC

Learn@BC!

Institutional Learning Outcomes Conference

If you haven’t yet reserved your spot, you should. On November 17, Bakersfield College will host Effecting Positive Change: Learning Outcomes 2014. As we all know, the national conversation has centered on completion—how many students have completed a certificate or degree. Join us as we bring in nationally-recognized speakers and work to shift the conversation from quantity to quality, now. Faculty, consider an alternative assignment so that you can join us, and staff, work with your supervisor to arrange your attendance. Register online.

Amber and Chris Clery Symposium Oct 2014

Amber Chiang and Chris Counts

Title IX and Clery Act Symposium

Bakersfield College’s most recent Learn@BC! event was the Title IX and Clery Act Symposium in mid-October. Chief Chris Counts and Amber Chiang, our resident emergency notification team, helped colleagues from across the district better understand the aspects of the Clery Act, particularly when it comes to crime reporting, and the college’s emergency notification process. Then, the pair took the discussion to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which boosted the reporting requirements for crimes of a certain nature on college campuses.

Counts and Chiang had a few key points they want us to remember:

  • The college sends out Timely Warnings when an ongoing threat is present, or in relation to crimes of a certain nature. In addition, in the hope of protecting students and employees, Timely Warnings can be sent without good information, or before all victim/witness interviews have taken place.
  • Emergency notifications, evacuations, and drills are to be taken seriously and all students and non-essential personnel must abide the emergency orders.
  • If you see something, say something.

Chiang and Counts were followed up by two guests from the Office of Civil Rights: attorney Michael Chang and law investigator Ava DeAlmeida, who discussed Title IX in depth for our audience. They detailed sexual harassment, and explained the differences so that attendees could better understand how “yes means yes” is treated on a college campus. Chang and DeAlmeida went on to discuss the college’s role in preventing future sexual harassment, and the efforts the college can make to keep students safe when they are on campus.

You can find the two presentations, photos, the video of the symposium and more on the Learn@BC! website. If you weren’t able to join us, I encourage you to go view the materials so that you, too, will have a better understanding of these two laws and how they affect Bakersfield College.

Community Outreach Efforts

Over the last year, BC has hosted several conversations with our community leaders about student success and closing the achievement gap.  Through the Renegade Scorecard we have been able to provide our community partners with important pieces of information regarding the academic performance of our students and collaborate on potential partnership solutions to raise performance levels. On October 15th, we invited Latino leaders to campus for a breakfast conversation to discuss academic achievement for our Latino student population.

Hispanic Pipeline Proportionality Index

Pipeline Proportionality Index: Hispanic

 

 

 

The pipeline proportionality index created by Lisa Fitzgerald, one of our Institutional Researchers, shows that our Hispanic students are disproportionately impacted in 8 out of the 9 indicators.  See bar graph.

 

 

Their performance is below the proportionality index in the categories of: (i) transfer (ii) transfer prepared (iii) degree/certificate completion (iv) 30-unit milestone (v) persistence (vi) remedial math progress (vii) remedial English progress (viii) course success.

The Latino Community Leaders breakfast was organized by Corny Rodriguez and his team—Lisa Kent, Victor Diaz and Joanna Acosta.  If you would like to know more about what we discussed, you can see the presentations and remarks as well as photos commemorating the morning’s activities at

https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/president/latino-community-leaders-breakfast

 

Professional Development Workshops

Your Professional Development Committee, led by Todd Coston, Judy Ahl, and John Giertz has been hard at work improving usability of the workshops website. To make it easier for you to see the available workshops, just visit https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/president/deans-administrators – you’ll still need to go to the Employee tab on InsideBC to sign up, but with this page, you’ll be able to see the upcoming offerings at a glance. Good work, team!

Delano Area Rapid Transit

 

 

Direct from Delano to Panorama Campus

Delano Area Rapid Transit has announced a Bakersfield Express bus that is coming to Bakersfield College. The bus leaves Delano three times during the day, and the fare is only $2.50! Check out the full information embedded here, and feel free to share with interested students.

 

 

Newest Roughneck Review Out Now

Bakersfield College is a place of scholarship and learning, and the best way to see all the good work our students do is through the Roughneck Review, Bakersfield College’s online journal.  The just-released Fall 2014 issue contains some terrific artwork from art professor Andrew Borrega’s art classes, as well as essays on topics ranging from utopian/dystopian literature to perspectives about the American Dream from our country’s Dreamer population. See more amazing work from our own Bakersfield College students on the Roughneck Review website.

Mark your calendars

It is a busy time of year here at Bakersfield College. Mark your calendars and join us for as many of these events as you possibly can. All the events happening on campus are posted online.

November 15th, Saturday: Final Football Game of the Year at 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Stadium

November 17th, Monday: Learn@BC! Conf. on Learning Outcomes.  All day at the Indoor Theater.

November 19th, Wednesday: Volleyball at 6:00 p.m. in the gym

November 20th, Thursday: International. Around the World in 40 minutes. 12:15 to 12:55 @ SPArC

November 14th, Monday: Jazz Emsemble Fall Concert at 7:30 in the Indoor Theater

November 27th and 28th: College Closed for Thanksgiving

December 6th, Saturday: Culinary and Choral at the Indoor Theater

December 11th, Thursday: Planetarium Show. Season of Lights at 7:00 p.m.

Winter Closure – December 24, 2014 – January 5, 2015

January 14, 2015: Spring 2015 Opening Day at Delano Campus

May 6th, Wednesday: Chicano/Latino Commencement

May 7th, Thursday: Honors Reception

May 8th, Friday: Closing Day

May 15th, Saturday: Commencement

That’s all for now….. Until next time.

With Renegade pride and collegiality,

sonya

See all issues of Renegade Roundup online

Student Safety in the Forefront at Symposium

Title IX and Clery Group Oct 2014

With the planning team and keynote speakers for the Title IX and Clery Symposium in October 2014

Another Bakersfield College  Learn@BC! event was the Title IX and Clery Act Symposium in mid-October.

Chief Chris Counts and Amber Chiang started the event with a presentation on the Clery Act, particularly when it comes to crime reporting, and the college’s emergency notification process. They also discussed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which boosted the reporting requirements for crimes of a certain nature on college campuses.  New regulations under VAWA require:

  • Tracking of incidents of sexual and relationship violence
  • Well defined approaches to prevention of incidents of this nature
  • Structured educational programming that raises the awareness within the college community.
Amber and Chris Clery Symposium Oct 2014

Amber Chiang and Chris Counts

 

Counts and Chiang emphasized a few key points:

  • The college sends out Timely Warnings when an ongoing threat is present, or in relation to crimes of a certain nature. In the hope of protecting students and employees, Timely Warnings can be sent without good information, or before all victim/witness interviews have taken place.
  • Emergency notifications, evacuations, and drills are to be taken seriously and all students and non-essential personnel must abide the emergency orders.
  • If you see something, say something.

Chiang and Counts were followed up by two guests from the Office of Civil Rights: attorney Michael Chang and law investigator Ava DeAlmeida, who discussed Title IX in depth for our audience. They detailed sexual harassment for the crowd, explaining the differences so that attendees could better understand how “yes means yes” is treated on a college campus. Chang and DeAlmeida went on to discuss the college’s role in preventing future sexual harassment, and the efforts the college can make to keep students safe when they are on campus.

You can find the two presentations, photos, the video of the symposium and more on the Learn@BC website. If you weren’t able to join us, I encourage you to go view the materials so that you too will have a better understanding of these two laws and how they impact Bakersfield College.

BC in the news. Let’s pack Memorial Stadium today!

Bakersfield College on the Chancellor’s website:

CCCCO Website

There are so many great opportunities to get Bakersfield College out on a statewide basis, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office uses their website as a vehicle to put out information on all of the colleges in the state.

 

Recently, Bakersfield College was featured on the CCCCO website on a large scale with a photo from our student government elections last year. We are proud of our Renegade students!

Renegade Football at Western States Bowl:

Win against Ventura Nov 15 2914

Sonya Christian joyous at Renegade Football win against the Ventura Pirates on Nov 15, 2014

 

Our Renegade Football Team qualified for the Western State Bowl because of our overall 6-4 record and being ranked seventh in the south for the final season ending poll.  The game is today, November 22nd, against Chaffey College, at the Memorial stadium. Kickoff is at 4:00 p.m.  This is our first home bowl game since 2009 with an overall record of 22-14 wins in bowl games.

Also, this will be Peter Reyes’ final game carrying the BC flag.  He has been a BC football fan for over five decades.  Reyes has led the Renegades onto the field, as the flag bearer, both here at the Memorial Stadium and when they are on the road for over 30 years.  Today will be his last stint and at a bowl game at the Memorial Stadium.

So dear community members, there is plenty of reason for us to pack Memorial Stadium this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and let’s get social media going wild with facebook, twitter, instagram……  tweet out your messages with #bcisback @gogadesgo.  I will be tweeting as well @sonyachristian.  So will Amber Chiang for BC @bcrenegades.

The Kern Ag Summit: Celebrating Agriculture in the first annual summit

Me and California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross!

Selfie with California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross!

Bakersfield was built on agriculture, and it is important that we always remember how much of the area’s economy is reliant on the fertile fields surrounding our city. Last month, Bakersfield College led the effort (thank you Lindsey Ono, Chris McCraw, Leah Carter, and Mary Jo Pasek) to bring additional focus to agriculture, and to have a broad conversation on the issues and opportunities facing the southern San Joaquin Valley.  This was part of the Learn@BC! series for 2014-2015.

Thank you, on behalf of Bakersfield College, to Congressman Kevin McCarthy, our honorary chair and keynote speaker, for his time. Thank you, Senator Jean Fuller, for taking the time to talk about water issues and legislation.  Thank you, Congressman David Valadao, for helping our attendees understand more about the issues and trends affecting agriculture in the valley. Thank you to California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, for your time speaking to the group about upcoming needs of agriculture on a statewide basis.

gardenfest13 with lindsay ono

Prof. Lindsay Ono with Mayor Harvey Hall and President Sonya Christian at Gardenfest 2013

 

Lindsay Ono has done a nice brief on the Ag Summit in his newsletter the Renegade Ranch roundup.

Here are a few excerpts from his writing:

When Congressman Kevin McCarthy made his opening remarks at the first-ever Kern Agriculture Summit on October 14, he spoke sharply about how amazing it was that agriculture – arguably the top industry in the valley – had never come together to discuss the matters that affect the valley, state, and nation………

The hard topics, such as water and immigration, were not ignored, as
both Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Senator Jean Fuller tackled the water
bond which is up for vote on November 6, and local farmer Greg Wegis told
an impassioned story of the personal side of immigration and farm labor.
We were honored to have Karen Ross, Secretary of Agriculture for the
California Department of Food & Agriculture, join us for the day. Secretary
Ross spoke about the 400 commodities produced in Kern County and
California, which is a $33 billion industry. Paul Wegner, president of the
California Farm Bureau echoed Secretary Ross’ numbers – California is the #1
state in agriculture production.  Statistics like these are the reason why
Bakersfield College took on the challenge of presenting the Kern Agriculture Summit.

Check out the entire quarterly newsletter at

https://bcpresident.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/ag-newsletter-10-14-front.pdf

Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy at the Bakersfield College Ag Summit, Oct 14, 2014

 

If you couldn’t join us this year, plan to be here next year, because Bakersfield College will do this again! Until then, our Agriculture Summit website has great information, video, and photos from the day! We’ve submitted a “Community Voices” article to The Bakersfield Californian about the event and hope it will be published soon.

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