The CSUB Alumni Association’s 17th annual Party in the Park event held on Friday, May 10 was an enchanting evening for all who attended. Designed as a means for current and previous students, faculty and the community to commune together for a night of food, drinks and live entertainment all while supporting student scholarships, the staple spring event has become a noted precursor to the CSUB Jazz Festival. The unique feature of these scholarships is that they are created for alumni who choose to engage in their graduate studies here at CSUB. Greeted by the scintillating sounds of smooth jazz and a soothing ambience as soon as they entered, guests felt comfortable and at ease with the garden party surroundings.
“The springtime campus events are just some of the positive aspects of the CSUB campus environment,” says CSUB graduate Eddie Gonzalez. “ Alumni contributions are very important to any educational institution and it’s clear to see that CSUB makes a effort to cater to both current and prior students, through events like Party in the Park. This is the main reason why events like this have become a vital part of the community.”
Hosting an event of this caliber requires much planning from all the associations involved. From the coordinating event sponsors, to setting up the display tables and seating areas, the Alumni Association spent countless hours working to make the event special for all attendees.
“We adopt an all hands on deck type of mentality when we start organizing for this event each year,” says VP of Alumni Association Programs Stella Kidd. “The more volunteers and alumni members who we have on board with us, the easier it is for us to improve this event for the next year.”
Party in the Park highlights some of the best features that CSUB has to offer: a big time university with a down home atmosphere. With that outlook, this event will continue to grow throughout the Bakersfield community and will continue to be around for years to come.
Story By Breana Oliver, CSUB Public Affairs Intern
Photos By Irma Cervantes, CSUB Public Affairs Coordinator