Musicologist Lily Hirsch will lead a discussion of music and the law 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities at Bakersfield College, 1801 Panorama Drive .

The presentation will consider whether music can be destructive, the role of music in criminal law and whether it's fair to use rap lyrics as evidence against their authors, among other topics.

The talks are open to the public with free admission and parking. For information call 395-4339.

Two local programs will be honored at the 33rd annual Golden Bell Awards sponsored by the California School Boards Association.

The Bakersfield City School District's Partnership to Improve Oral Health and Student Achievement program will be honored for providing oral health treatment at school-based clinics.

The Sierra Middle School Green Team and Kids for Solar Energy program is being recognized for recycling and energy saving efforts.

The awards will be presented Dec. 1 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

Cal State Bakersfield on Friday announced it had promoted John B. Stark from associate professor of management to associate dean of the School of Business and Public Administration effective Sept. 4.

Stark has been at CSUB for 13 years. He has served in various campus leadership positions, including as chair of the Department of Management and Marketing within the School of Business and Public Administration, and chair of the Academic Senate.

In the fall of 2000, Stark returned to academia after 16 years of practical experience in small and medium-sized organizations, in both the private and public sectors.

He earned his PhD in Business Administration from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

The Bakersfield College Registered Nursing program says its students' overall pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses is 95.45 percent.

That's based on results for 22 students who participated in the program during the last year and took their exam between July and September 2012.

Twenty-one out of the 22 students taking the examination passed on their first attempt.

Bakersfield College's two-year registered nursing program includes 20 hours a week of clinical training and 12 hours a week of classroom instruction.

Twenty Bakersfield High School students traveled to San Francisco last week for the Bay Area Science Festival.

The students demonstrated a few of their robotics projects to younger students at Discovery Days, an event held in San Francisco's AT&T Park.

The robotics projects included remote-controlled cars that the students built themselves.

Most of the students had two years of engineering class experience (principles of engineering and digital electronics) through Project Lead The Way, an education nonprofit that provides engineering curriculum to middle and high schools.

Chevron supports Project Lead The Way in regions near company facilities in Bakersfield and other parts of California, serving more than 30,000 students in 276 schools and 115 school districts.

Project Lead The Way curriculum is available at eight Kern County schools, benefiting nearly 700 students.

Sparkling Image Car Washes of Bakersfield has presented $7,500 to the Kern Environmental Education Program (Camp KEEP).

On Sept. 28, Sparkling Image hosted its third annual fundraiser to benefit the camp. The business donated 50 percent of proceeds from that day's sales.

-- Courtenay Edelhart, Californian staff

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