Bakersfield College

05/31/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/31/2023 13:03

Highlighting the Week of May 29th

BC to Host Drum Corps International Tour

Bakersfield College's Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps, an ensemble within the Performing Arts department, announced today the details of the 7th annual presentation of RESOUND, a drum and bugle tour event bringing together some of the country's best corps, presented by Drum Corps International. The event will take place July 11 at 7 PM inside Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium and is open to the public.

The 7th annual RESOUND Drum Corps International tour event will bring some of the country's best drum and bugle corps to our community. Five corps, including 5-time world champions Blue Devils B, 2022 silver medalists Gold, and 2019 finalists Golden Empire from Bakersfield College, will be competing. Sticks will fly on the 11th of July!

LUPE Students Attend Excursion at Fresno State University

BC's EOP&S/AB540/LUPE students attended a university excursion to Fresno State University and participated in the EDGE Challenge Ropes Course. With Student Success in mind, the trip emphasized college awareness and access through university exposure. Students learned about the transfer process/requirements, Fresno State EOP Program, Dream Resource Center, FAFSA/CADAA options, Student Life, and majors/careers. In addition to learning about academic and support programs, participants completed the EDGE (Experientially Designed Group Effort) Challenge Ropes Course which emphasized leadership development, teamwork, self-esteem, creativity, and effective interpersonal communication skills. Students engaged in energizing activities through a series of low-level initiatives that encouraged problem-solving, trust, and cooperation. Our students were enthusiastic about the Fresno State visit and returned believing in their transfer goals.

Special thanks to the EOPS Program, AB540/USP Program, and the Office of Student Life staff that made this trip possible. Shout out to Luz Vega (AB540 Advisor) who served as a chaperone and role model for our students.

BC Receives EV Chargers for Expansion of Clean Energy and Education Initiatives

In recent years, the state of California has made substantial legislative changes to advance clean energy usage. One of the major changes will be the transition from traditional gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles. In fact, many government entities and large businesses have already begun implementing electric vehicles within their fleets and commuter transportation.

Andrew Haney is the Department Chair for Applied Science and Technology and a Professor in Automotive Technology at BC. In an effort to promote clean energy expansion and education, Haney and the Automotive Technology Department applied for a grant to receive and install EV Chargers on Bakersfield College's Panorama Campus.

"We received a grant from Kern Council of Government," says Haney about the chargers, "it was a partnership with them for clean energy expansion and infrastructure development for electric vehicles." The chargers will also serve as a valuable tool for educating students on the utilization and maintenance of the devices. "We can't teach about electric vehicles if we don't have the infrastructure in place," he says, "so we want to be able to do the research, education, and training with the chargers."

In addition to being an educational device, the EV chargers will also be available to the community to charge and re-charge their vehicles. Haney explains, "They will also be a charging source for the community. Anybody can come and use them, and they will be free to the public." He also noted that the chargers will be powered by sunlight. "The charging stations have solar panels, and they do not require electricity from the power grid," says Haney. "They will run on solar exclusively, so it really ties into the clean energy initiatives." When asked where the charging stations would be located, Haney replied, "They will be located throughout the Bakersfield College campus parking lots."