Meet Jeanine Kraybill, A Modern-Day Superwoman

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Assistant Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor, Dr. Jeanine Kraybill, says her father was always passionate about politics and history. Discussing politics was one of the ways she bonded with him when she was younger. Dr. Kraybill even recalls waking up early on Sunday mornings to watch “Meet the Press” as a father, daughter duo.

She had plans to attend law school; took the LSAT and even interned for a member of Congress on Capitol Hill. While Dr. Kraybill thought that law was the track for her, she always had a natural calling to teach and enjoyed being in the classroom. Her curious mind wanted to make a contribution to society in some way through research and figuring things out. While Dr. Kraybill considered teaching at a high school level, she possessed a hunger to be in a university setting.

She had already completed graduate school and received two master’s degrees, before she graduated with her Ph.D. in Political Science from Clairmont Graduate University in 2015. When she got a call to interview at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), she said she “immediately felt very comfortable”, as Bakersfield reminded her of the area she grew up in Chino. “There was a sense of community and hospitality.” Having grown up in a working class family herself, Dr. Kraybill felt at home in Kern County and on CSUB’s campus.

“It was a no brainer to accept the position, and I feel like I’ve been very blessed to be a part of this community,” she said.

Dr. Kraybill could be considered the modern day Superwoman. She teaches, she advises, she researches… and most importantly, she knows how to make the most of her day.

As Assistant Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Advisor, Dr. Kraybill has a great deal to juggle in her everyday schedule. She is responsible for teaching courses within the department, which include many pre-law courses such as Judicial Politics and Legal Reasoning. Her other role as a Pre-Law Advisor means guiding students through the law school admissions process and reviewing the details they need to consider when making career and graduate school decisions. The advisory position provides Dr. Kraybill the opportunity play a role in many on and off-campus efforts such as the annual CSUB Speed Mentoring event held in September and working with Bakersfield College (BC)’s pre-law program to connect students to cross-campus programs and initiatives.

“I don’t need much sleep. I think when you’re passionate about what you do and feel like you are working with a community of like-minded people, it is easy to find energy and juggle it all,” says Dr. Kraybill.

Going to bed early and waking up early between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. is a routine for Dr. Kraybill. She also tries to keep all of her tasks scheduled. The first couple hours of her day are blocked just for writing, then she will take a run outside before getting the day officially started. Dr. Kraybill has 13 animals, which require love and attention before she leaves her home everyday, which include: five hens, three dogs, two pigs, two goats and one mule.

Kraybill is currently working on several projects regarding the intersection of religion and politics, including an article that will be released soon in the Journal of Communication and Religion. In the article, she evaluates the gendered nature of public policy statements and the roles of leaders in the church. In addition, she not only conducts her own research, but also assists students with their research projects on an ongoing basis.

Near the end of the interview, an alarm goes off on her phone to write a letter of recommendation for a student. “I already did that, so I beat the clock,” she says with a laugh.  It’s safe to say that Dr. Kraybill is always one step ahead of the game.

In between her busy schedule, Dr. Kraybill also makes many appearances on local news and offers insight as a political analysist for other news entities such as BBC, the Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press and The Christian Science Monitor. With the recent election coverage, The Bakersfield Californian also invited her to be their guest host the night of election as they streamed the live results. Students have seen her on the news and think it is cool that what they are learning in class is applied to real community matters.

Dr. Kraybill says students were engaged with the recent election. Her only difficulty was “feeling out their level of enthusiasm.” She believes the department did a good job of hosting events on campus and even bringing some of the candidates to classes; making the election relevant for students.

“A professor’s life is a busy life. It’s a full life – it’s a good one, but it is a very busy life,” says Dr. Kraybill.

So, does she ever get tired of politics?  “That’s a great question –I just think I’m a junkie. I don’t know if I’ll ever tire of it.”  Dr. Kraybill watches the debates, reads journals and still finds herself downloading a new political podcast at the end of each week. “I find it fascinating,” she adds. “That’s why you get up at 3 a.m. and go to bed at 9 p.m., because you’re doing what you love.”

Crossing the Borders Presents: “Multiple Views, Many Histories: Framing an Inclusive California”

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California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) group, Crossing Borders is proud to present its first keynote speaker, Dr. Anthea Hartig, on Thursday, October 6, in the Dezember Reading Room of the Walter Stiern Library at 6:30 p.m. Her talk is entitled, “Multiple Views, Many Histories: Framing an Inclusive California.” This event is open to the public; off-campus guests may park in Lot M.

Dr. Hartig has been the CEO and executive director of the California Historical Society since 2011. Prior to that, she served with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she directed the Trust’s Western Office and served the six continental for western states along with Hawaii, Alaska and the Pacific Island Territories of Guam and Micronesia. A third-generation Californian, Dr. Hartig holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in history from UC Riverside.

The Crossing Borders group is funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities. “Crossing Borders, Making Connections: The Humanities and Ethnic Studies” is an interdisciplinary ethnic studies initiative with diverse group of CSUB faculty and administrators. The grant brings faculty together from various disciplines, along with community partners to continue awareness of ethnic diversity in California’s central valley and increase study opportunities for students.

On Friday, October 7, Dr. Hartig will also meet with faculty and community members interested in faculty and community partnerships in the Castle and Cooke Lounge at 9 a.m. Looking forward, the Crossing Borders group will host a Tamalada, a traditional Mexican party including tamales, at South High School on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Historical Research Center and CSUB Students Celebrate Election Year with New Exhibit

IMG_3632.jpgThis is an election year and November is approaching quickly. To help encourage the power and privilege of voting, as well as inform the community on the milestones and history during some of the presidencies and elections, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) students researched, designed and installed a new exhibit surrounding those topics. “Winner Takes All: Race to the White House,” a new exhibit in the Historical Research Center of the Walter W. Stiern Library is running now through December 15.

This exhibit will display how U.S. presidential elections have evolved over the years and have shaped campaign methods. Exhibit highlights include: political cartoons, the incorporation of music in politics, voting for women’s rights, turn of the century campaigning, technology in the campaign process, the 21st century and more.

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Late professor, Dr. Charles McCall also played a big role in helping the exhibit come to fruition, as many of the items have come from his collection. McCall was a founding faculty member of the University and served as the chair of the Political Science Department. He also had the distinction of being appointed by President Gerald Ford as Director of the White House Editorial Staff Research Office. He generously donated a substantial amount of political items, which helped comprise the bulk of this exhibit.

As we near the elections, this will not only provide the CSUB community with a deeper look at the season, but the Bakersfield community as well, as the exhibit is open to everyone.

Gallery hours run Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special collections and Rare Book Room are by appointment only. For more information, contact Chris Livingston, Archivist of the Walter W. Stiern Library at (661) 654-6127 or clivingston@csub.edu.

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 commutekern.org, 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 ahoover1@csub.edu. 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.

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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.

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