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Help the Environment Through Kern County’s Rideshare Week

Rideshare Week.jpgMonday, October 3 through Friday, October 7, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) joins Commute Kern for Rideshare Week 2016. This is an annual statewide campaign designed to encourage commuters to take personal responsibility for reducing traffic and smog by pledging to rideshare.

At least one day during the week, all commuters, including students, faculty and staff at CSUB are encouraged to participate, whether through carpool, vanpool, bus ride, walk, bike ride or telecommute, rather than driving alone. This is another aspect of CSUB’s efforts to be environmentally conscious and to help do their part to make Kern County a healthier place to live.

“Rideshare Week is a fun way to encourage people to consider a different approach to getting to work or school. The real key is to continue to inspire change in people’s driving behaviors and to think about ridesharing throughout the year. Caltrans has reported that 60 percent of the people who try ridesharing just one time during Rideshare Week see how easy it is and commit to doing it more often,” said Rideshare Coordinator, Susanne Campbell.

Kern County is second in the nation in air pollution behind Los Angeles. Currently, eight in ten commuters drive alone to work and traffic congestion is growing by 3% each year. Sharing the ride is a low cost solution that will help meet the Kern region’s mandate for clean air and growing transportation needs. According to a Caltrans study, 60% of commuters who try ridesharing for the first time during Rideshare Week continue to rideshare afterward.

CommuteKern also has a free ridematching service on their website, which will help link students to other students with similar schedules and routes. If students can’t find a carpool/vanpool match, they can link to the transit websites for their schedules or even have the option of finding a bicycle buddy.

By pledging to Rideshare, even just for one day during the week, participant’s names are entered into a drawing for some great prizes.

Interested participants can sign the pledge at, with Deborah Burks in the President’s Office or can send forms to:

Kern Council of Governments

Rideshare Week 2015

1401 19th Street, Suite 300

Bakersfield, CA 93301, or

Fax: 661-324-8215

Walter Presents with Award-Winning Filmmaker, Moctesuma Esparza

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Award-winning filmmaker, producer, entrepreneur, activist, and owner of Maya Cinemas, Moctesuma Esparza will give a talk at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) as part of the Walter Presents series on September 27 at 6 p.m. in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library. The Walter Presents event is part of the celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month.

“We’re very pleased that Moctezuma Esparza will be Stiern Library’s guest for Hispanic Heritage Month.  His work in film and business is well known and I am certain his talk will be inspiring,” said Dean of the Walter W. Stiern Library, Curt Asher.

Students will be interested to find out more on Esparza’s path to success, his films and why the arts matter for everyone, especially those who are economically disadvantaged.

Esparza has done much for this community. He established Maya Cinemas, a chain of modern move theatre complexes with the focus on providing main stream entertainment in Latino centric underserved communities. As a filmmaker, Esparza is most-known for his production credits on “Selena,” “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “Gettysburg,” “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,” and HBO productions, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” and “Walkout.”

Esparza founded the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School, is Co-Founder of NALIP, Co-Founder and former Chair of the NAA, and is a Founding Board Member of the Sundance Insitute. He has served the City of Los Angeles as a Commissioner to the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System and was also appointed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the planning commission of the National Museum of the American Latino. He is also a trustee of the American Film Institue. He has been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy, and has been awarded with more than 200 honors and awards including an Emmy, Clio, John F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Ohio State Award, Cine Golden Eagle and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Los Angeles Region as well as being listed as one of the most influential Latinos in the US consistently for over three decades.

CSUB Runner Baseball Encourages Youth and Gives High School Prospects A Chance

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Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be on the Roadrunner Baseball team? Now’s your chance.

Roadrunner Baseball holds various Division I college baseball camps throughout the summer, including baseball showcases, instructional camps and clinics with several Youth Summer Camp sessions. Each Youth Summer Camp session will teach the fundamentals of baseball from CSUB players and coaches in four days at CSUB’s Hardt Field throughout July. There are two remaining sessions: 7/18-7/21 and 7/25-7/28. You can register for these camps online.

High School Prospect Camp will take place on Tuesday, August 9 for 9th – Junior College Players. The camp will give attendees a chance to expand their baseball skills in a challenging setting, along with getting to see what competing as a Roadrunner every day is like. The camp has recruited around 25 kids in the last five camps that have become part of the Roadrunner Baseball team.

Either of these camps will provide students the opportunity to take their game to the next level, as each camp is hosted by our college staff at CSUB. For questions regarding Roadrunner Baseball Camps, please call Assistant Coach Alex Hoover at 661 654-2678 or e-mail Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this amazing Western Athletic Conference Baseball Camp! Sign up today.

CSUB Athletics Camps Provide Fun and Skill This Summer

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On July 21-23, there will be a wrestling camp for first through sixth graders, as it teaches participants the basics of the sport, while keeping it fun. The competition camp is for seventh through twelfth graders, to be held July 24-28; this camp is meant to be more serious, as former All-Americans come in to discuss technique with the campers. Not only will campers be able to learn new techniques, but will have matches against other campers in a team format. These camps are instrumental in helping keep the wrestling program alive.

Other camps have included the following:

Volleyball held their Little Runners camp on July 5-6, as well as the first session of their middle school camp, which is made of sixth through eight graders, and hosted more than 60 kids. On July 11-12, they will hold session two of the Middle School Camp and the High School All Skills Camp. On Friday, July 15, the Elite Camp will be held for 11th-12th grade students. Campers learn the technical skills of volleyball, including passing, setting, serving, and hitting. They play competitive games and get a lot of repetitions. It’s a fun competitive atmosphere, and their hope is to share that with the campers, so they get a feel for the sport. It’s a family-oriented program, and they like to get everyone around involved.


Men’s Soccer conducts two weeks of Youth Soccer Camp, from June 6-10 and June 20-24. Men’s soccer also hosted one week of All-Sports camp, which ran from June 13-17. These camps help promote CSUB and our student-athletes in the community, and opens opportunity to a variety of sports that might not usually be practiced or participated in, such as badminton, dodgeball, golf, flag football, as well as teaching bicycle safety before cycling around the campus. Other head coaches and assistants are brought in to teach the subject. Campers get to try out a little bit of everything.


There will also be a baseball camp in early August – more information to come.

CSUB Migrant Region 21 Non-Residential Program Teaches Health and Fitness Education

Non-Residental Migrant Program students eat a nutritious breakfast in CSUB’s Student Union before getting started with the day’s activities.

California State University, Bakersfield’s  (CSUB) College Access & Success Programs’ (CCASP) Migrant Region 21 Summer Non-Residential Academy, in association with CSUB’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), is currently in progress with the program running from July 5 through July 25. The last day will conclude with Family Day in the Student Union and Alumni Park on CSUB’s campus, to give loved ones a chance to see for themselves what their students have been up to all week.

CAMP provides services to migrant identified students who enter the university as freshmen. The program is designed to assist first-time migrant identified freshmen to successfully complete their first year at the University. The program addresses the educational and social transition issues of first generation migration college students. By starting programs for younger students, a seed is being planted for them to aim for higher education and college experience.

This day camp focuses on athletics, academics and nutrition for 4th-6th grade migrant-based students in the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD). While it is meant to focus on academic skills, it also works to boost athletic ability. Students spend the first half of the day focusing on athletics with footwork and other skills in basketball and soccer. In the afternoon, the focus is on the academic side with reading and writing in the classroom, as they learn more about nutrition.

“Hopefully these students will continue with what we’re teaching them and take it into the regular school year,” said Lead Teacher, Juan De Santiago. By younger students attending these CAMP-based programs, a seed is being planted for them to aim for higher education and college experience.

Last month, CAMP hosted a 5-day/24-hour camp called Migrant Region 21 Summer Residential Academy focusing on seventh grade students. The Residential program helps students prepare for jr. high, and presents them with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Students were able to live in the student housing on campus; throughout the day, they took STEAM-based classes, and made art projects including mosaics and pastels. The residential advisors for the week were former CAMP students themselves and could relate to the situations of the students participating.




CSUB Basketball Camps Inspire All Ages

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CSUB’s coaches have been dedicated to working with younger children, elementary school, middle school and high school-aged students on the court and field with a variety of sports being offered.

The Roadrunner Men’s Basketball Camp held their first sold-out session from June 20-23. The second session will begin on July 18 and run through July 21. Players, ages 8-18, will focus on skill work, foot work, defense drills, offensive drills, mental aspects, will interact with CSUB players and coaches, and will get a campus tour. Lunch will also be provided daily. Campers can get the Division I experience with with Coach Rod Barnes, and see what it’s like to be on a team that has competed at the highest collegiate level.

Women’s basketball hosts three different program camps throughout the summer: Team Camp, Youth Camp and Elite Camp. Team Camp, which ran June 24-26, is for local high school and AAU teams grades 9th-12th. Teams compete against each other over a three-day period, where each team that enters is guaranteed a minimum of four games. Campers have a chance to compete in the Icardo Center, where the CSUB Men’s and Women’s basketball team practices and plays during the season.

Youth Camp is a four-day camp for girls ages 7 to 18, which teaches the fundamentals of basketball and refines skills through instructions from the Women’s basketball team and Coaches. This camp will allow attendees to interact daily with the CSUB Women’s basketball team through games and drills. The Women’s Basketball Day Camp is a community favorite and has grown from 35 to 100 campers in the past two years.

Elite Camp, which took place on July 2, focused more on the advanced player, for girls 9th-12th grade, who are looking to play basketball at the next level in college or beyond high school level. The camp session lasts eight hours for one day, and those attending will work through drills, competitions, games and an NCAA mini-education seminar. These camps provide an opportunity to get to know their favorite student-athlete on the Women’s Basketball team. It also gives young ladies a chance to show their personality and to become role models for youth in Bakersfield.

These are just a few of the camps, CSUB has offered and looks forward to hosting throughout the next couple months of the summer. Visit for more information about the programs and camps listed.

Tracy Martin Brings Message of Hope and Faith to CSUB


By now, many know the story of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was stopped on his way home from a local convenience store by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, for “looking suspicious.” Zimmerman phoned 911 to report the young man, and despite being told not to leave his vehicle by the police dispatcher, Zimmerman approached Martin, which led to an altercation and eventually led to Trayvon’s death.

On Tuesday evening, approximately 1,400 attendees gathered in the Icardo Center on the CSUB campus for 30th Annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture. The event drew the largest crowd in its history as Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, brought his message to the University.

Martin stated early on in his remarks how “God works in mysterious ways,” and how his mission now is to stop instances like these shootings from happening.

It would seem that many would expect Mr. Martin to speak about his dislike for law enforcement or how upset he is with how his son’s life was taken; but instead, he showed grace and humility.

He didn’t focus on the incident that led to Trayvon’s death, nor did he point fingers of who was to blame. Instead, his message of “We are all Trayvon” focused on the tragedy that can come from prejudging; the need to build trust between law enforcement and the community it serves; the importance of family, how each person is responsible for his/her own actions, and that starts with family involvement. You get respect by giving respect.

“Do black lives matter?” Tracy asked the crowd rhetorically. “Of course. All lives matter,” was his response.

Tracy Martin’s talk raised many questions about family and community. We are all Trayvon. We all have been pre-judged and we all pre-judge others. It’s a vicious cycle that we break by building relationships, building trust, building community.  “We have to get ourselves together as a people, as a community,” he said.

Mr. Martin said that at the end of his life, he wants to be able to say the he’s touched, saved, impacted and walked amongst people from all walks of life. In the four years since Trayvon’s death, he feels blessed that he has been able to be a “voice for the voiceless.” It’s easy to see that Mr. Martin is a man of faith and while this wasn’t an ideal situation, he is using this platform as a chance to help see we are all one community – we are unified.

After speaking, Mr. Martin took questions, where people inquired further about law enforcement, forgiveness, retribution, and simply remembering Trayvon.

The conversation will continue with a panel discussion to take place next Thursday evening, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the new Student Housing Multi-Purpose Room (off Kroll Way and Gosford), hosted by the Kegley Institute of Ethics. The event is open to the public. For more information about this event and others like it, please visit or contact Dr. Christopher Meyers at 661-654-2072.