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.


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

Photo Courtesy of CSUB Men’s Basketball.

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 GORUNNERS.com 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 csub.edu/KIE or contact Dr. Christopher Meyers at 661-654-2072.

An Interview with CSUB’s Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management on Water Conservation

On April 1, Gov. Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15 mandating a statewide 25% reduction in the use of potable water through February 2016. This reduction is to be measured against a 2013 baseline.

At California State University, Bakersfield, we have already enacted numerous measures to reduce our water use. CSUB’s Public Affairs and Communications Office recently sat down with Patrick Jacobs, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management, to discuss the water crisis and CSUB’s ongoing efforts to meet the Governor’s mandate.

What is the status of water use at CSU Bakersfield?

Through the first three months of 2015, CSUB has already cut water use by 25.5%, meaning we are already in compliance with the Governor’s executive order issued April 1. Through the first quarter of the calendar year, we have cut water use by 25.5% when compared against the first quarter of 2013, which is the baseline year for comparison.

What about reports that CSUB is the largest consumer of water in the city?

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CSUB’s new Student Housing Complex features drought-friendly landscaping. Photo by Lisa Kerr/PAC.

That is not true. Of course, CSUB is a large consumer of water. That should be understood. We comprise almost 400 acres, and we have almost 10,000 people coming through campus on any given weekday. We have to use a lot of water. However, the city itself has more property and more facilities. It uses more water than we do. Again, that should be understood. What is more important is what we have been doing to conserve water. We are on the leading edge of water conservation in the city of Bakersfield, and that seems to have been overlooked in some of the early conversations.

How has the University met the Governor’s mandate so quickly?

The Governor declared a State of Emergency related to the drought in January 2014, and issued subsequent executive orders that same year. As a result, CSUB, and the CSU system as a whole, has been working on water conservation for quite some time. When the most recent executive order was issued, and the subsequent city ordinance in response to it, we had already been aggressively cutting back on water use for more than a calendar year. That is why we have already managed to meet the 25% reduction mandate, and we expect the cut water consumption by even more as the spring and summer progress.

What are some of the measures the University has taken?

Irrigation comprises the largest portion of our water use, so that is where are biggest reductions have been; however, we have a long list of measures we have undertaken:

  • Installation of a computerized central irrigation control system (Maxicom) with smart sprinklers that cut water use at least 30 percent by automatically adjusting water usage based on weather conditions, soil moisture or broken pipes. The system also allows us to manage the irrigation during events to make sure the sprinklers are turned off.

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    Artificial turf installation near parking lot I. Photo by Lisa Kerr/PAC.
  • Landscape areas watered with a standalone irrigation system are being converted so that they can be managed by the centralized system and can be programmed remotely.
  • Stopped filling decorative fountains and stopped filling most ponds on campus. At Alumni Park, we have stopped the flow of the creek and will only be maintaining water in the koi pond.
  • Installation of artificial turf in areas near walkways along Roadrunner Drive.
  • Installation of sustainable low water use landscaping in new construction projects including Student Housing East and the Visual Arts Building as well as a commitment to do so on future projects.
  • Removal of approximately 63,000 square feet of turf grass from small areas where it was not being used for recreation and replacing with only inert ground covers, such as mulch or gravel, or drought-tolerant native or non-thirsty plants. This project is ongoing and additional areas will be converted as time permits.
  • Installation of waterless urinals, low-flow toilets and low-flow lavatory faucets in restrooms across campus.
  • We are currently designing a project that will convert approximately 2.5 acres of turf grass to low-water-use planting on drip irrigation. This project is being funded by the state and should be complete later this summer.

What can students do?

Students can report flooded areas if they see them. We will be taking reports of overwatering, broken sprinklers and other areas of concern on our Facilities Management Facebook page.

Also, to report these issues by phone, students can call Facilities Management directly at (661) 654-2211. However, keep in mind that office lines are manned during weekdays only. If you need to report a broken water line after hours, call University Police at (661) 654-2111.

And University faculty and staff who see broken sprinklers can submit a work order.

What about the city ordinance limiting the schedule for irrigation?

We did not have any communication with the city until more than a week after that ordinance was passed. As a result of the ordinance, we are not irrigating on Mondays, which is a non-watering day for the entire city.

While we have an odd address, there is no way for us to irrigate almost 400 acres in three days. The City’s Water Resources Department acknowledged that, and we are working with them to limit the instances of irrigation per sprinkler in an effort to comply with the watering schedule included in the ordinance.

Can you explain that a little more? Why can’t CSUB just schedule the irrigation at set times?

Because that would likely result in us using more water. The intent here is to reduce water consumption. Our smart irrigation system allows for more efficient watering based on environmental and soil conditions. Moving to an irrigation schedule based simply on time, day and duration would be counter-productive. The Water Resources Department recognizes that and they want us to use our smart irrigation system to best comply with the overall intent – cutting water use by 25% or more.

What else should students and the general public know about water conservation at CSUB?

We just want people to know how seriously we take this. We have been working on this for more than a year already, and we are one of the leaders in water conservation in the city. We are monitoring our water consumption and will be making adjustments to assure that we continue to meet the Governor’s mandate. We fully expect to cut even more water use through the spring and summer. With almost 400 acres of land and close to 10,000 people on campus each day, we have to use water, but are doing all that we can to be good citizens with regard to water stewardship.

Chicano movement leaves lasting effects on Kern County

Story and photos by Anthony Hazelwood Public Affairs Intern

It has been over 40 years since the Chicano movement led by students, professors, and the community, helped reshape the academic landscape we see in Kern county today. Some of its participants shared their experiences with students at September’s Brown Bag Luncheon, “The Chicano Movement Era: the Case of Artemio Cruz at Bakersfield College.”

Dr. Oliver Rosales, a current BC history professor, opened the discussion by briefly explaining the importance of the Chicano Movement and his research into its impact on Kern County. He then handed the floor to the Gilbert Gia, a local historian and participant of the Chicano movement. Gia discussed a controversy that started in the early 1970’s surrounding the book titled The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes. Because of its use of profanity, the book stirred debate when it was made required reading in a Hispanic Culture class at BC. Gia, present at the controversial BC board of trustees meetings about the fate of this book, outlined the public outcry towards the book and the subsequent proceedings trying to ban it. After several weeks of deliberation and a huge push from the Chicano population to allow students to have access to the book, the BC board of trustees agreed unanimously to not impose a ban. Gia noted that the board did this in an effort to preserve academic freedom and maintain the right of Hispanic students to learn about their heritage.

Gilbert Gia

Dr. Raymond Gonzales, who taught at BC prior to the events of the book controversy and also a prolific Hispanic activist in Bakersfield, was the main speaker of the discussion. He contributed several inspiring experiences of the Chicano movement he was involved with. He shared how he fought for the rights of any minority that was treated unfairly, saying it best himself “I never wanted to be the leader of the Mexican community, I was just trying to bring people together.”

Dr. Raymond Gonzales

Gonzales ended the discussion by recalling an experience in his youth. He was getting off a train to go to the bathroom and rushed to the nearest one only to find signs that read “white or colored.” Raymond in tears said, “But which bathroom is for me?” alluding to his confusion as to where Hispanics who were neither white or colored belonged. The impact of his story was evident as many in attendance rushed over to thank him for all he had done for the community.