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Students walk on campus at CSU Bakersfield.

California State University, Bakersfield held a grand opening for its new Student Advising and Success Center building on Wednesday.

The facility, on the south side of campus in the Engineering Complex, houses student support professionals from the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering under one roof, providing more convenience, according to the college.

There will be seven student assistants available as well as 13 peer mentors intended to help freshmen in the NSME Community Program. The program includes on- and off-campus activities, special advising, help with coursework and more.

Services that will be provided in the building include individual and group advising, an inside study room and an outside study area. The center is expected to receive 5,000 students annually, according to CSUB.

The building was paid for through a grant from the California Department of Education.

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California State University, Bakersfield recognized six employees during its University Day activities in August.

Five faculty members and one staff member were honored and given awards. Here’s a list of the winners and what they received:

  • Millie Albin Excellence in Teaching Award: Jean West, marketing professor
  • Faculty Scholarship and Creative Activity Award: Anna Jacobsen, biology professor
  • Faculty Service and Leadership Award: Aaron Hegde, associate professor in the Department of Economics and director of the Environmental Resources Management Program
  • Outstanding New Faculty Award: Michael Burroughs, assistant professor of philosophy and director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics
  • Outstanding Lecturer Award: Matt Woodman, lecturer in the English department
  • Outstanding Staff Member Award: Early Intervention Programs Coordinator Crystal Montoya
  • Outstanding Department Award: Extended Education and Global Outreach

“The recipients are educators who consistently provide our students with the critical components necessary to achieve a high-quality education,” said Deborah Boschini, chair of CSUB’s Academic Senate. “Not only do they contribute to the overall mission of CSU Bakersfield, but they also contribute greatly to their individual fields, elevating the prestige of a degree obtained from our institution and the reputation of our university in the local community and beyond.”

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The Truancy Reduction & Attendance Coalition of Kern is holding a school assembly on Friday in recognition of School Attendance Awareness Month.

The assembly is at 9:30 a.m. at the Freedom Middle School gym, 11445 Noriego St. The goal is to raise awareness about chronic absenteeism and encourage students to go in school. Attendees are urged to park in the lot at the corner of Noriega Road and Jewetta Avenue.

For more information, call 636-4000.

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The Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office and Kern High School District will be holding Kern County College Night on Sept. 10.

The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rabobank Convention Center, Truxtun Avenue. During the free event, high school students will be able to explore options for college. Representatives from more than 100 colleges and universities will be available to speak with attendees.

There will also be breakout sessions available on various topics such as how to obtain financial aid, how to prepare if you want to be a college student athlete, how to write a personal statement and how to decide which college is right for you.

For more information, call 636-4330.

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Bakersfield College is kicking off this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series on Sept. 13.

The college will be welcoming Jim St. Germain at 7 p.m. in the Edward Simonsen Indoor Theatre, 1801 Panorama Dr. Germain will speak about his troubled youth and his time in a rehabilitation detention facility that helped turn his life around.

In his presentation “A Stone of Hope: A Memoir,” Germain will talk about how he grew up in Brooklyn, where he became involved in various crimes, including stealing and dealing drugs. When he was 15, he was placed in a detention facility.

Through the guidance of positive role models at the facility, he was able to escape a life of crime and went on to graduate high school and attend college.

For more information, call the college at 395-4011.

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The Kern High School District is holding its Community Forum on Sept. 20.

The forum, which focuses on student behavior and school climate, will be held at 7 p.m. at West High School’s DeMello Hall, 1200 New Stine Rd. District officials will provide data on suspensions and expulsions from last year as well as student climate survey results.

The district will also go over some of its policies and procedures regarding student discipline.

For more information, call 827-3314.

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