CSUB PREPS FOR NEW DORMS: The finish line is coming closer for Cal State Bakersfield's $41 million project of two residence buildings and a housing commons on the northeast side of campus.
Incoming CSUB students, who will move into already existing west campus housing this summer, will be able to switch their campus living locales Jan. 3, 2015 -- the move-in date for the new facilities.
Therese Dozier, student housing transition specialist at CSUB, said the university is accepting applications this summer for the new buildings, and placement will be determined on a first come, first serve basis.
"We are encouraging freshman to apply," she said.
The two residence halls, each with four floors, will house about 500 students in 113 suites.
The housing commons will include group study rooms, a game room, the CSUB main housing office, a state- of-the-art laundry room, mail room, a multi-purpose roomand classrooms.
Dozier said the school's long-term goal is to provide space for all freshman to live on campus.
"It is actually proven that students who live on campus do better academically," she said.
On-campus students have more access to faculty and staff. They save time because they don't have to commute to classes and have more opportunities to form relationships with their peers.
"That builds the campus life experience," Dozier said.
She noted the campus' dining hall, the CSUB University Grill, is located near west campus housing, but officials are developing a dining plan for students who will reside in the new facilities.
Dozier declined to discuss those plans.
Construction crews will hand over key cards to administrators at the completion of building construction in October. At that time, a few months of prep work will get the buildings ready for the student move-in.
TEACHER OF THE WEEK: Kristle Jauch, a fourth-grade teacher at Evergreen Elementary School, will begin her fourth year in teaching this fall -- and she'll be looking at winning a teaching award again, just as she has during the past three years.
She was honored during her first two years for her motivation and enthusiasm. During 2013-14 school year, she was awarded for efforts to provide a well-rounded education her third year -- and honored in May as the Evergreen Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
Jauch said the awards mean a lot to her because she gives "110 percent every single day" to her students.
Her priority is making sure they are fully engaged, whether through song and movement or active participation in lessons.
"Student engagement is a really really big focus of mine because if they're not engaged they're not learning," Jauch said.
SERVICE ACADEMY STUDENTS: Seven local students nominated by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, from the 23rd congressional district will attend a U.S. service academies this fall.
McCarthy called the U.S. service academies some of the most highly respected and rigorous educational programs in the nation in a press release emailed May 22.
Students and the institutions they'll attend are:
* Michael "Mickey" Cushine, a graduate of Independence High in Bakersfield; and Tyler Myers, a graduate of Desert High School in California City, who will attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.;
* Sarah Manges, a graduate of Centennial High in Bakersfield; and Kyle Mathes-Orr, a graduate of Tehachapi High School, who will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; and
* Noah DeMoes, a graduate of Liberty High in Bakersfield; Andrew Francis, a graduate of North High in Bakersfield; and Gabriel Glazer, another Independence High graduate, who will attend the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
NEW CSUB WELLNESS PROGRAM
CSUB's School of Social Sciences and Education will present its first health and wellness offering -- the Runner Wellness Program -- this fall.
The university received a $20,000 grant from the California Endowment Foundation to fund the project and a Fitness for Life course, according to a CSUB press release.
In a survey conducted by Building Healthy Communities, researchers found 24 percent of adults in South Kern County reported their overall health as "fair/poor" compared to 12 percent of adults in Kern County and 16 percent in California.
South Kern includes Arvin, Greenfield, Lamont and Weedpatch.
The Fitness for Life course, a one-unit offering, will require students to complete a wellness plan that includes a fitness age survey, stressful feelings survey, and screenings of body mass index and blood pressure.
STUDENTS GET SCHOLARSHIPS: The Kern Division Retired Teachers Scholarship Association awarded $2,500 scholarships for selected students beginning college in Kern County in 2014-2015.
Student recipients include:
* Edgar Gonzales, Isabel Gonzales and Marciano Casica, who will attend Bakersfield College;
* Marina Johnson, who will attend Taft College;
* Hillary Tolin and Anamaria DeLeon, who will attend Cal State Bakersfield; and
* Sally Clausen, who will attend the University of La Verne.