Annual ‘Celebrate CSUB’ event returns to campus

Amie Birks



CSU Bakersfield is soon to kick off their tenth annual Celebrate CSUB event on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event is an open invitation to current and incoming students, parents, alumni, faculty, and families within the community in “celebrating the U in CSUB.”

“That really refers to all of us, our part of CSUB and what makes the campus what it is. It’s just an opportunity, a day, to celebrate all that that is,” said Arthur Smith, spirit programs coordinator.

The event includes free admission and parking and will take place at Runner Park. There will be day-long festivities such as 5K-fun run/walk, art projects and games for children, scholarly activities, club faire, Bakersfield’s Got Talent, and food vendors.

ASI Executive Vice President Jennifer Sanchez said at the weekly board of directors meeting that the community will be able to help put planter boxes for the University Garden at Celebrate CSUB. ASI plans on making 10 boxes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sanchez said they don’t know the location yet but to keep a lookout for the ASI canopies.

“One of our signature events happens to be Bakersfield’s Got Talent,” said Arthur Smith.

This is an open event that will showcase talented individuals within the Bakersfield community. There will be a range of entertainers: singers, musicians, comedians, and dancers. Performers will also get a chance to win cash prizes as much as $1000 dollars to gift cards and more.

A total of 36 clubs have registered to participate in Celebrate CSUB. Each club will offer a fun activity for attendees to partake in.

“Psychology club is doing lawn games, Hispanic professional engineers club is making slime, The Newman Catholic club is face painting and the geology club is teaching people how to grow their own rock candy,” said Maureen Fillmore, administrative assistant in the student union. These are just a few of the many activities that will be happening throughout the day.

There will also be food available for purchase from: Moo Creamery, Karnie Kettle Corn, Milan’s Market, M.E.Ch.A., and CSUB dining.

Faculty and students from the physical education and kinesiology department will lead a children’s activity program (for ages 5-10) during the morning 5K-fun run/walk beginning at 7:30 a.m.

PEAK professor, Crystal Johnson said, “We do team building, initiative name games, sport activities, and individual skill development.”

Johnson also mentioned that they adjust the activity according to the age level of the children that attend. Student volunteers from the department represent by assisting in the children programs offered.

Another highlight of the event will be orientation, which will allow incoming students a glimpse of all that CSUB has to offer.