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December 10, 2015
Announcement of Interim Superintendent/President
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has designated Mr. Brock McMurray as the Interim Superintendent/President, effective February 1, 2016.  Brock will serve in this capacity while the District engages in a search for a new, permanent Superintendent/President following the departure of Dr. Dena Maloney.   We anticipate that the search will be complete by June 2016.
Brock joined Taft College in 2001 as the Dean of Student Services.  He became Vice President of Student Services in 2007.  As the Vice President, Brock was responsible for leading all aspects of student services including admission and records, counseling, EOPS, DSPS, Assessment Center, and student activities.  He was also responsible for campus safety, student housing, the Transition to Independent Living Program, and the Children’s Center.
In 2011, Brock assumed responsibility for Facilities, and has overseen construction and facilities projects relating to Measure A and Proposition 39.
In 2013, Brock became the Executive Vice President of Administrative Services.  He is responsible for leading Fiscal Services, Payroll, the Bookstore, Cafeteria, and Facilities.
The District has engaged PPL, Inc. to conduct a national search for the next Superintendent/President of the West Kern Community College District.   A search of this magnitude requires a lot of time and effort.  In addition, Ms. Shelley Klein has announced her intention to retire no later than May 1, 2016.    To support the search for the next Superintendent/President and the Administrative Assistant to the President and the Board, the Board of Trustees will be contracting with former Superintendent/President Dr. Roe Darnell to serve as its liaison with the search firm.  Dr. Darnell will provide leadership to the search process and helping to ensure a successful search during this time of change.
Please join me in congratulating Brock McMurray on his new role as Interim Superintendent/President of Taft College.  The Board appreciates your support during this transition period.
Sincerely,
Billy White President West Kern Community College District Board of Trustee



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By Hector Gutierrez

“The Night Before” is definitely one of the funniest films to come out this winter season.

The movie is about three friends who have spent Christmas Eve together for the last ten years in an effort to one day attend the Nutcracker Ball (an exclusive private party that only those invited are aware ).

The main character Ethan, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer, Inception, 50/50), is a drifter in life with no career or family and has always depended on his two friends since his parents passed away ten years ago.

His two friends, Isaac (Seth Rogan) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have since then taken Ethan under their wing as their own family.

The film is very entertaining and hilarious throughout its entirety, but it does have its edgy moments.  A lot of sexual content, both verbal and visual, are displayed throughout the film and make up most of the comedy bits.

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Like many of Seth Rogan’s other films, this one involves a lot of drugs added to the satire of the characters night.

Based all the films content, this film is more suited for a younger crowd who can appreciate the humor in sexual content and inebriated humility.



The performing arts club is selling a music CD as a fundraiser. The CD consists of 10 instrumentals that I wrote and perform on a nylon string acoustic guitar – the nylon brings an extra warmth to the music. All of the songs are very relaxing. My wife uses this album in her classroom during independent study time. This is not a Christmas album but makes a GREAT Christmas gift!
Each CD is $10 and is not available as a download. The CD will be released on iTunes and Amazon sometime after the first of the year.
100% of the proceeds will go to the Performing Arts Club. One of the goals of the Performing Arts Club is to bring talented student musicians into a professional studio and record a compilation CD consisting of one or two original songs performed by each of the students. Funds raised from the sales will help pay for the students to have studio time at the same studio in Bakersfield where I recorded this album.
You can purchase the CD at the book store or contact me, I have several in my office. If you leave me a message I can deliver a CD to your mail box or office and you can leave me your payment later. Please make all checks out to “Taft College” with “Performing Arts Club” in the memo. And yes, we do accept cash. :)
Link to Sample
http://faculty.taftcollege.edu/bjean/Loves_of_My_Life_Demo.mp3
The students thank you for your support!
Brian Jean
Professor of Mathematics
Taft Community College
29 Cougar Court
Taft, CA 93268
(661) 763-7844  –bjean@taftcollege.edu


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Putting Money in This Bucket Can

          “CHANGE” a Life!

 

 

The holidays are upon us and it is time for the annual Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. The local Red Kettle campaign provides comprehensive emergency assistance such as food, emergency shelter, transportation, utility assistance, medications, clothing, school supplies, and more directly to families from Taft and other West Side communities. The Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign provides 100% the funds needed to maintain these vital services. All funds raised remain in and are used in our local communities!

 

DONATE NOW!!! To your local Taft Salvation Army Unit or sign up to ring bells at a Red Kettle

 location in Taft

 

To sign up to ring bells at Albertson’s or Kmart email or call

Sheri Black    sblack@taftcollege.edu   OR

Lisa Brettschneider lbrettschneider@taftcollege.edu

 

Checks or donations can be mailed to or dropped off at:

Taft Salvation Army Unit

915 N. 10th St.  #20

Taft, CA  93268

 

Working together we can touch lives and make a difference in our local communities. Make this a great Christmas season, for yourself and others, by giving to those in need.

 

“Help people, not with words or by sitting still, you

must go out and do something!”

                                       William Booth, Founder of Salvation Army



By Alberto Muro

 

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The annual Teddy Bear Toss returned to the Rabobank arena on November 28 as the Bakersfield Condors faced off against the Stockton Heat. An estimated crowd of 8,000 in attendance were prepared to partake in the charitable event.

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Originating during the 1999-00 season, the teddy bear toss became part of Bakersfield tradition, and every year thousands in attendance bring stuffed animals to throw onto the ice. The objective behind the teddy bear toss is simple: as soon as the Condors score their first goal, thousands of stuffed animals take to the air in the name of charity.

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All proceeds collected from the ice go to United Way of Kern County. So every bear that was thrown onto the ice will become a delightful addition to a less fortunate person’s life. Not to mention, players of the Bakersfield Condors cleared their bench to help with the collection of the stuffed animals.

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Considered as a notable charitable organization, the Bakersfield Condors Association proves yet again that they have the community in mind as they host nights like the Teddy Bear Toss.

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Despite suffering a 2-3 loss against Stockton, the annual Teddy Bear Toss had the perfect turn out. Thousands of stuffed animals arrived to their icy destination, but their real journey begins when they become a part of someone else’s life.



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By Ashley Renteria

This winter Taft College’s National Society of Leadership and Success is selling Christmas gram treats for students and faculty!

Starting December 1st through the 8th, students or faculty can purchase nice or naughty Christmas grams in the cafeteria or in front of the administration building from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Naughty grams will be a “coal” treat while the nice grams will be a festive treat.

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The Christmas grams will be sold $2 for 1 gram and $3 for 2 grams.

Christmas grams will be delivered to classrooms on December 9th and 10th by Santa Claus and friends.

Get in the holiday spirit by sending your friends and teachers a nice or naughty Christmas gram!

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