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.
Billy White President West Kern Community College District Board of Trustee
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.
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.
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 email@example.com OR
Lisa Brettschneider firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!