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Expanding minds. Engaging hearts. Enhancing communi es.

SSE in ACTION in ACTION   California State University, Bakersfield 

Spring 2012


in in ACTION 

Faculty in ACTION

Cover Story

SSE grant Programs

Dirk Horn

Connie Petit


4 Students in  ACTION 

6 Faculty in ACTION 

12‐13 Grants in ACTION 


A message from the Dean


New Degree in Global Intelligence & Na onal Security


Joan Pracy Scholarship


SSE Staff

10 Outstanding Graduates 12 NASA Summer of Innova on 15 Alumni and Upcoming Events

Picture: Ribbon cu ng ceremony for the new School of Social Sciences and Educa on

Please visit SSE’s website for more informa on: or contact : Dean Knutzen, 654‐2210 or

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN  Welcome to our first issue of SSE in Action, a magazine featuring activities of the School of Social Sciences and Education (SSE) at California State University, Bakersfield. SSE is a new School at CSUB, so let me introduce you to the departments and programs in the school. We are comprised of eight departments (Advanced Educational Studies, Criminal Justice, Physical Education & Kinesiology, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Teacher Education) and two programs (Anthropology, Liberal Studies). I invite you to explore the degree programs that we offer by visiting the department web pages. The mission of the new School is to address local, regional, and state needs by providing high quality undergraduate and graduate programs in the social sciences and education. SSE is committed to advancing human development knowledge, encouraging healthy and productive lifestyles, and enhancing the quality of life for all


people, particularly those with emotional, learning, and physical disabilities. SSE pledges to prepare future leaders, professionals, and

School of Social Sciences and Education community advocates. Together, SSE will work toward increasing the community's understanding and acceptance of complex social, racial, and gender issues and toward creating positive social change. SSE will provide students with excellent classroom instruction, faculty-guided research experiences, and experiential learning opportunities to prepare them for career success and for lifelong learning to meet the changing demands of society. Committed to “expanding minds, engaging hearts, enhancing communities” we are proud to present information on SSE in Action by presenting updates about our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. We’ve selected stories for this issue that we believe highlight a broad spectrum of School accomplishments and initiatives, and we hope you enjoy reading about these exciting people and programs. The stories included in this magazine will afford you but only a glimpse of the exciting things going on in SSE. I’ll not summarize them here, but please know that you are always welcome in the School should these stories inspire you to learn more about any of our programs. During our current budgetary challenges, we greatly appreciate your support, and to have you on campus and engaged with our faculty, staff, and students would be an honor. It’s a pleasure to connect with our alumni who in many ways serve, by example, as inspirations for our current students and as sources of pride for the School. Please enjoy this issue of the SSE in Action magazine and keep in touch!

STUDENTS in ACTION  Dirk Horn is a senior at CSUB, majoring in Political Science with minors in Economics and Philosophy with a GPA of 3.66. Dirk will graduate in 2012 and hopes to continue his education pursuing a doctorate in Political Science. The path to his pursuit of a higher education degree has not been that easy for Dirk. College was not emphasized in Dirk’s house growing up, in fact his mother told him that the only way college would even be a possibility was if he got a scholarship because there was no college fund in his family, nor could they afford to start one now. Growing up, his family was always hovering around the poverty line, so it was expected for him to

Dirk Horn

get a job when he was old enough, which soon became a point of tension in the family. So, around fifteen years old he moved out of the house and started working at the Vineyard Restaurant to support himself, while still sporadically attending high school. His Junior year in high school (2001) he took the California High School Equivalency Exam to exit high school and entered the workplace full time.

A couple years after moving out of the house he began to see and feel the negative effects of not having a higher education, not just through his lack of opportunities in the workforce, but also through the experience of his step father who had been working hard labor all of his life and was now facing the threat of losing his job to younger, less paid versions of himself. He quickly came to realize that he would probably be working in some form or fashion until his death, with no financial benefits to show for it. “I believe that was one of the moments that I realized that I had to attend college to make a better life for myself and my family.” At Bakersfield College it took him a semester or two to remember all the study skills he had tucked away since high school, but after he got his first “A” he found it rewarding and made a challenge to himself to try and get an “A” in every class from that point on. He graduated Cum Laude from Bakersfield College in the spring of 2009 with a degree in Liberal Studies and transferred to CSUB. Dirk was able to immediately realize the opportunities that were present at CSUB to help him prepare for graduate school (through the various advertisements around campus and the encouragement of the political science faculty). He became a McNair Scholar and a Student Research Scholar, both of which helped him hone his research skills needed for graduate school. Those skills also helped him win first place at the CSUB Student Research Competition as well as the CSUB Student Research Poster Competition. Those first place finishes allowed him the privilege of representing CSUB at the statewide CSU Student Research Competition, a large research competition.

The McNair Scholars Program was an invaluable resource for him at CSUB. Besides helping him build his research capabilities, the program has shown him what graduate school is really all about and the process that it takes to gain a PhD. “Dr. Isabel Sumaya and Victoria Champion of the McNair Scholars Program were unwavering in their support and guidance in my preparation for graduate school, going above and beyond what their job descriptions require.” Being a McNair Scholar also allowed him to present at the 2011 California McNair Research Symposium at UC Berkeley this summer, which had schools from all over the country attending. The conference is the biggest undergraduate research conference west of the Mississippi. Dirk states that most of his academic and research accomplishments could not have been achieved without the guidance of his faculty mentor, Dr. Michael Ault, as well as the rest of the faculty and staff of the Political Science Department. “I feel very blessed to have the professors that I do in the Political Science Department because they have been the main structure of academic and emotional support for him in the past and now while I am preparing for graduate school“. Dirk also participated in the IC-CAE Program at CSUB and feels it has helped prepare him for life after graduate school. The Intelligence Community- Center for Academic Excellence program (IC-CAE) is a nationwide program that seeks to engage students at the university level and expose them to the opportunities the Intelligence Community has to offer. Through this program he was able to attend a week long simulation and training program at the Great Plains National Security Education Consortium (GPNSEC), located at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This past summer he was also selected to attend the 2011 Ralph Bunche Summer Institute (RBSI) at Duke University for six weeks. He was encouraged to apply to the RBSI by multiple faculty members of the Political Science Department. RBSI is a program that picks twenty undergraduate students nationwide and exposes them to life in graduate school by having them take two graduate level classes, one on Race and Politics in America and one in Research Methods, as well as produce a research paper at the end of the institute. His paper was one of ten to be picked to present at the American Political Science Association’s Annual Conference in September. Dirk Horn’s successful path through higher education is a tribute to his desire to succeed coupled with the support of his professors and the opportunities provided him in the process. He has a great future ahead of him and he values the higher education opportunity he has been provided. “Since starting my higher education in 2005 I have never regretted going back to school for a moment, in fact I believe that starting my higher education was the best decision I have ever made in my life. “

DIRK HORN “Dr. Isabel Sumaya and Victoria Champion of the  McNair Scholars Program were unwavering in their  support and guidance in my prepara on for  graduate school, going above and beyond what their  job descrip ons require.” 

Faculty in ACTION in the Antelope Valley   The CSUB teacher preparation programs were new to the Antelope Valley when Connie Petit solidified her career goal and it was this close-to-home availability that propelled her into action. Connie completed her BA, two teaching credentials, and MA at CSUB-AV. She is currently working on her doctorate. These experiences ultimately prepared her for the position she has today as a faculty member and coordinator of the Special Education Program.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Connie Petit is passionate about preparing future educators. She draws on her experiences as a classroom teacher to meet the demands in special education. Connie states that “When I was a student I was appreciative of information or strategies I could apply the next day and because of this, I endeavor to provide meaningful experiences and I work hard to stay current in the field.” When I look out at the faces of the students in special education credentialing classes, I see myself. I have sat in the very seats where they are sitting under the same circumstances as many – teaching by day and completing credential coursework in the evening. I had a decade long gap in my post secondary education allowing time to raise a family, just as many of the current students in our program in the Antelope Valley”. Some CSUB-Antelope Valley students are changing careers and still others have worked in the classroom as instructional assistants and have discovered they possess a desire to teach; Connie shared each of these experiences as well.

The CSUB-AV Special Education Program has supplied our local districts with some amazing teachers. The bulletin board outside Connie Petit’s office proudly displays five newspaper articles from this past year where CSUB-AV special education candidates, past and present, were featured. With such wonderful reminders of the potential of our CSUBAV candidates, Connie Petit is proud to start her seventh year teaching at the CSUB-AV Center preparing future educators.

Yasmin Smith, a former intern candidate and current Level II and MA candidate in Special Education said "When I grow up I want to be Mrs. Petit. She is an inspiring teacher who supports her students, programs,, and community with passion. She motivates me to work hard at supporting academic success for Special Education programs everywhere.”

New Degree in Global Intelligence &   Na onal Security in ACTION  The Department of Political Science, in collabo-

ration with other departments on campus, is offering a new degree in Global Intelligence and National Security. This Pilot Degree Program was designed specifically to prepare baccalaureate-degree students for the pursuit of advanced academic degrees or certification in homeland security or national security studies. In addition, this program prepares students for entry-level positions with Federal agencies, especially those agencies (e.g., CIA, DIA, FBI, ODNI, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State) whose missions focus on intelligence gathering and analysis, threat evaluation, national security, and/or foreign affairs. Students successfully completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Global Intelligence & National Security and applying for a position with a Federal agency will benefit from the university’s designation as an “ Intelligence Community—Academic Center of Excellence. (IC-ACE).” The IC-ACE designation means that the student’s application is given “priority consideration” by the Federal agency, although it does not guarantee being hired. This IC-ACE designation resulted from CSUB being a member of a CSU consortium that was awarded a 5-year grant (2006-2011) by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI). This Pilot Degree Program in Global Intelligence & National Security was developed and implemented at CSUB as part of this ODNI grant awarded to the CSU. The curriculum for Global Intelligence & National Security is multi-disciplinary and provides for flexibility in meeting specific student interests and career goals with a wide range of courses available to meet the requirements for the 30-unit focus area. In addition, all students are required to complete at least 5 units of an “applied experience” (independent study, directed research, field placement, internship, travel and study abroad, etc.) to complement and extend

their formal academic preparation. Students are encouraged, but not required, to complete up to 15 units of a “strategic language” (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Farsi, or Russian) as part of this program. Dr. Michael Ault, Chair, Department of Political Science reflects on the importance of this program for our students. "This pilot degree program is an opportunity to engage CSUB students with the global community. Because of this program, we've been able to send students -- from multiple disciplines and Schools -- to study languages and engage in a cultural exchange. Over the past five summers, we have sent students to Russia, Japan, Jordan, Spain, Germany, South Korea, and several other countries. Students have also participated in day-long intensive writing and research workshops at CSUB and other CSU campuses. And, some students have participated in week-long workshops in Washington D.C. Interested students may pursue Global Intelligence and National Security careers, but participation in this program does not obligate a student to do so.” It's an excellent opportunity for CSUB students to expand their global awareness." The Global Intelligence & National Security degree originated from a federal grant to a small consortium of CSU campuses. With the grant ending, SSE is in the process of seeking outside community funding to continue offering CSUB students an opportunity to study strategic languages abroad and provide writing and research workshops on campus.

Joan Pracy Scholarship in ACTION   A long-time supporter of the social work program at California State University, Bakersfield was recently recognized at the new student orientation, September 1, 2011. Mrs. Joan Pracy, a graduate of the first social work school in the world (the New York School of Social Work, now Columbia University School of Social Work) had an illustrious professional social work career. Following her graduation, she began a position at The Starr Commonwealth for Boys School (a school for emotionally disturbed adolescent boys) in Albion, Michigan.

eighteen recipients of the Pracy scholarship. One of the recipients just defended his doctoral dissertation and now has his Ph.D. Others are now serving as field instructors.

When Jeannette Takamura, Dean at Columbia School of Social Work, heard that Mrs. Joan Pracy was being honored, she wrote, “We are proud of Joan Pracy and all that she has accomplished as a professional social worker since her graduation from Columbia University School of Social Work. We join with you in recognizing her extraordinary commitment to the field and Marriage and her husband’s position in oil brought her to the promise of the next generation of social workto Bakersfield. However, she was a professional and ers.” wanted to maintain her professional identity. She was able to do so at Bakersfield Family Service Agency, which supported her academic and professional expertise. Bakersfield Family Services eventually closed and Mrs. Pracy had to find other employment. Henrietta Weill Child Guidance Clinic provided that opportunity for her. Following a number of years at Henrietta Weill Child Guidance Clinic, an opportunity arose for Mrs. Pracy to experience medical social work. Just as many social workers will have multiple experiences within their professional careers, Mrs. Pracy accepted the challenge to begin the dialysis unit at Mercy Hospital. She was so successful in beginning the dialysis unit that Mercy promoted her to be the director of social services. Mrs. Pracy had a full and complete social work career that spanned 42 years. However, she did not stop with her retirement. When California State University, Bakersfield began discussing the development of a social work program to educate social workers for the county, Mrs. Pracy stepped forward to help. Mrs. Pracy provided a generous donation to California State University, Bakersfield to create the Pracy social work scholarship program. The first award was made in the 2000-01 academic year and since then there have been


SSE Staff in ACTION  


Felicia Scott has been employed at CSUB since 1993 and started as a part-time secretary for the California History Project Grant. She is currently an Administrative Support Assistant in the School of Social Sciences and Education Dean’s Office where she has played an integral role in the newly formed School. Felicia handles multiple tasks and events for the school including Honors, Commencement, and the Credentials Reception. Felicia has a positive attitude and a genuine interest in helping out wherever needed. In 2010-11 she willingly offered to assist the School when two staff members were on medical leaves. To be successful in taking over the duties of these two positions, Felicia was required to upgrade her skills and learn new processes common to departmental operations. Felicia is a valuable employee with a team member attitude and she can be counted on to give each job her very best effort. Felicia has been married for 36 years to her loving husband Mel and they have one son and an 8 year old granddaughter who is the joy of their lives. Felicia has said that “since I was 50 I was going to retire, however, I am going on 60 and can’t find the perfect time to retire because I enjoy the camaraderie with my peers and the interaction with students.”

OUTSTANDING STAFF The staff in SSE are outstanding!                   In 2010‐11, two staff members from SSE  were awarded an Outstanding Staff Award.   Congratula ons to Barbara Espinosa  (Psychology & Anthropology) and Felicia  Sco  (SSE Dean’s Office)!  Also, the SSE  Dean’s office staff (Jana Barton, Paula  Miser, Yve e Morones, Belen Ocampo,  Felicia Sco ) was awarded the Outstanding  Department/Group for 2010‐11.   

Staff members Tina Giblin Administra ve Support Coordinator in Po‐ li cal Science, and Jana Barton Administra ve Support Coordinator in  the School of Social Sciences & Educa on, Dean’s Office 

Outstanding Graduates in ACTION  

RENEE PENALVER “CSUB Department of Psychology and  CSUB  faculty went  above  and  beyond  what  was  necessary  to  help  me  to  succeed  as  an  undergraduate  AND  graduate student. They were not only  teachers,  but  mentors  in  my  journey  as well.” 

Renee Penalver was the Outstanding Graduate in the Department of Pscyhology and the Outstanding Graduate in the School of Social Sciences and Education in 2010-11. CSUB faculty members described Renee as being an exceptional student that truly found pleasure in learning. During her time at CSUB she served as a teaching assistant for several professors in the department of Psychology as well as a research assistant for Dr. Isabel Sumaya in the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory. She conducted research on the effects of enriched environments on rodent short and long-term memory and worked on another study investigating the effects of bright light treatment on human learning and memory. While at CSUB, Renee was recognized as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a Hawk Honors Student, and a Grants, Research and Sponsored Projects (GRASP) Student Research Scholar (SRS). She was also a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology, PsiChi, and the Beta Sigma Chi, Latina non-profit organization. She said that the “CSUB Department of Psychology and CSUB faculty went above and beyond what was necessary to help me to succeed as an undergraduate AND graduate student. They were not only teachers, but mentors in my journey as well.”

Ms. Penalver overcame many obstacles to get to this point in her academic career. She is a first generation college student and has used a very productive and successful undergraduate degree to gain admission to the doctoral program in cognitive neurosciences at the University of Texas at El Paso. Renee says that “Before I attended CSUB, going onto a Ph.D. program was not a thought or an option. CSUB, the Department of Psychology and the CSUB staff pushed me to try and do things that I could only have dreamed of and guided me in the right direction. They helped make a fantasy world a reality! The CSUB Department of Psychology gave me the tools and showed me the skills necessary for my preparation of a Ph.D. program.” She has received the prestigious California Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Fellowship from the CSU Chancellors office which provides her with $30,000 to complete her Ph.D.

SSE Faculty Making a Difference in ACTION   Roseanna McCleary, Ph.D., associate professor and interim chair in the Department of Social Work has been involved in community activities for many years. In 201011 she spent the whole year as a consultant at Kern County Mental Health (KCMH) Her focus there was to inventory KCMH’s program evaluation activities and provide technical assistance to mental health teams to strengthen their use of data to evaluate their services. She met with the team supervisors of children and adult community services, the Kern Linkage Program, and Crisis Services. She regularly attended meetings of the Quality Improvement Division, the Outcomes Committee, the Wellness, Independence, and Senior Enrichment (WISE) Services treatment team, and quarterly meetings of the Volunteer Senior Outreach Program (VSOP). She designed and facilitated the implementation of the evaluation plan for the VSOP, including training of staff in the measures used for data collection. Dr. McCleary serves as a member of the MHSA Stakeholders Committee and Prevention and Early Intervention Committees and for many years she has chaired the Selection Committee of their Annual Academy Awards, an event co-sponsored by KCMH and the National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI). This is a yearly event where staff and consumers are honored for their contributions and progress in the recovery and wellness process. She is an occasional contributor to the KCMH News and recently wrote two short articles for the bimonthly newsletter. In addition, she developed a four part training series on Mental Health and Aging that was held April to June, 2011 at KCMH. The trainings were open to the community and consisted of topics such as “3 D’s and an A” (depression, dementia, delirium, and anxiety), 2 S’s (substance abuse and suicide), psychopharmacology, and LGBT older adults.

“Mental Health and Aging, a Four Part Training Series,” (Aging Basics and Wellness, April 1, 2011; Mental Health and Aging: Evidence-based Practices, Health Disparities, May 6, 2011; Three D’s and an A: Depression, Delirium, Dementia, and Anxiety, May 27, 2011; Two S’s: Suicide and Substance Abuse, *LGBT Older Adults, June 10, 2011), Kern County Mental Health, Bakersfield, CA. “Stop that Fall,” Resident Lecture Series, St. John Manor, Bakersfield, CA, September 23, 2010. She continues to seek community partnerships to impact the quality of life of older adults in the community. She coordinates the annual Gerontology Film Festival that is done in conjunction with the Social Work with Older Adults and their Families course. Students and faculty from the Nursing Department and Psychology, as well as members of the community are invited to attend. She organized a collaborative consisting of staff from KCMH and KC Aging and Adult Services who wrote a grant for funding from the Archstone Foundation. The grant received full funding for training and implementation of an evidence-based prevention model, Healthy IDEAS, that targeted older adults in the community who have mild to moderate depression. Over 30 persons from the community will be trained in the model.

Dr. McCleary also regularly participates in the activities of the California Geriatric Education Center (CGEC), Kern County Project. She is co-project director of the Kern County Project that is based at Kern Medical Center. This is a 5 year interprofessional training grant funded by the HRSA that provides geriatric and gerontology education to key members of the KMC staff as well as to the community. CSUB Departments of Social Work and Nursing are members of the consortium.” I serve on the CGEC Executive Committee, and am a member of the core faculty. I provide support to KMC’s social work department in facilitating the training of CSUB MSW students at the hospital and at Elderlife’s Adult Day Health Center.” Dr. McCleary regularly presents to the local community on a variety of topics. Sample presentations made in the last year are shown below: “LGBT Older Adults,” Kern County Mental Health, Cultural Competency Series, Bakersfield, CA, May 20, 2011.

Dr.  Roseanna McCleary  Dept. of Social Work

SSE Grant Programs in ACTION   NASA Summer of Innova on Grant  The NASA Summer of Innovation Camp was a collaborative project between CSUB and the school district, which worked together to receive a $32,500 grant from the Aerospace, Education Research and Operations (AERO)-Institute partnering with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The students spent two weeks doing hands-on activities, including building, testing and launching model rockets. An additional partner in the project was Taft College, which provided $4,000 in specialized scientific rocket building supplies. The camp took place June 13-16 and June 20-22 at Myrtle Avenue Grade School, with the culminating rocket launch happening June 23 on the CSUB campus. The hands-on summer camp involved students from Mountain View Middle School in Lamont learning rocketry principles aligned with California state standards in science, math, technology, and language arts using curriculum provided by NASA. Students worked in teams to solve challenges that are engaging and fun as they build, test, and ultimately launch their model rockets. The instructors for the summer camp include six classroom teachers from the Lamont School District, and seven pre-service teachers from CSUB's federally funded Edvention Fellowship Program. Two faculty from CSUB, Dr. Ron Hughes and Dr. Carl Kloock, along with teacher Troy Tenhet from Panama Buena Vista School District, advised and provided professional development for the project. An additional partner in this project was Taft College, which provided $4,000 in specialized scientific rocket building supplies. "Building strong partnerships that introduce middle school students to exciting learning opportunities and the idea of attending college will bolster CSUB's effort to increase the college going rate in Kern County," said Curt Guaglianone, CSUB Principal Investigator for the program. This is the second year of NASA's Summer of Innovation program, which will serve 40,000 students nationwide. The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's program will reach more than 2,000 students in Southern California and Arizona. "CSUB and Lamont School District are prime examples of outstanding organizations that are committed to both teacher development and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for students," said Russ Billings, Pre-College Programs Manager for the AERO Institute. "Working with both of these programs allows us to have a multiplying effort with NASA materials and resources for both teachers and students." The culminating event took place on CSUB’s campus which included: water bottle rocket launches, tours of Taft College’s STEM Mobile Lab, tours of the CSUB campus, and a poster display by the students. The afternoon capped off with launching the model rockets built by the students at the soccer fields. For more information about NASA's Summer of Innovation, visit, or contact Sarah BrooksArriola, at or 661-654-2458.

Jeremy Mercado, a Multiple Subject candidate, works with Lamont students to launch water rockets.

SSE Grant Programs in ACTION  

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SSE in Action  

Magazine of the School of Social Sciences & Education, California State University, Bakersfield

SSE in Action  

Magazine of the School of Social Sciences & Education, California State University, Bakersfield