BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
CSU Bakersfield will induct the 2013 class of accomplished alumni into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame at a special black tie gala on Saturday.
With this celebration, the 7th annual Hall of Fame celebration will be honoring three local outstanding alumni.
“The CSUB Hall of Fame is a hallmark event, created to honor those select alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the community, to their chosen fields, and whose accomplishments have also brought distinction to the university,” said Jewelle Scales, CSUB alumna and President of the Alumni Board of Directors.
The three inductees include:
Donald E. Carter – Carter earned his MA in Education from CSUB in 1985 and then returned for credentials in 1985 and 1989. Carter began his career in 1976 as a science and mathematics teacher at West High School right here in Bakersfield. He continued in the classroom until 1989 when he became Dean of Students at East Bakersfield High.
In addition to an impressive career in administration that includes roles as Assistant Principal, Principal, as well as Associate Superintendent for Instruction at Bakersfield High, he has taught at the college level at Bakersfield College, University of La Verne and Point Loma University.
Currently, Carter is the Superintendent of Kern High School District. The KHSD is California’s largest 9-12 high school district with more than 35,000 students and 3,500 employees.
Beth Rienzi – After earning a BA in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude and her MA in Behavioral Science from CSU Bakersfield and her Ph.D. in Professional Psychology from CSU Fresno, Dr. Beth Rienzi has spent her nearly 30 year career in higher education, most recently as the Associate Vice President of Faculty Affairs at CSU Bakersfield.
Rienzi is nationally and regionally recognized as a leader in the field of psychology serving on many professional boards and honorary associations.
Rienzi has also served her community as a consultant for Early Childhood
Education Program Home Base/ Head Start Programs, Organizer and Director, Adult Scout Troop Leader Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts, Officer and member on various PTA and school related committees at Grammar, Middle, and High School levels, Contract Researcher and Consultant CalWORKS Project under California Institute of Mental Health, Program Evaluator/ Program Consultant Kern County Department of Mental Health, Licensed Psychologist & Deafness Specialist for the Tulare County Department of Mental Health, Program Director. Rienzi is also a Licensed Psychologist and had a private practice for over six years before beginning her career in education.
As a leader, mentor and educator in the field of psychology, Rienzi has been an advocate for women and girls, most notably as a supporter of the Women and Girls Fund through the Kern Community Foundation founding a group of CSUB women that annually donate to the fund in the name of CSUB.
Monique Rogers – Ms. Rogers earned a BA in Communications in 1998 and currently is the Corporate Administrator and Marketing Director at ARRC Technology.
Rogers began working for ARRC Technology in 1994, a company established by Alex Rogers in 1992. Through hard work and perseverance, the Rogers’ built their company from humble means to a multi-million dollar corporation specializing in the service and design of computers, networks, phone systems managed technology services and structured cabling. They now exclusively offer CharTec, a managed services and hardware as a service (HaaS) solution to other technology companies nationwide. CharTec is also the largest MSP training facility located in North America.
She is actively involved in the Bakersfield community serving on the boards of the San Joaquin Hospital Foundation, Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Boys and Girls Club. She stays active in government and politics, even hosting a visit from Senatorial candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina in 2010 as well as a women’s round table and visit from Governor Schwarzenegger in 2006. Most recently, she was awarded the 2010 CSUB Alumni Award by Lambda Pi Eta for excellence in the field of Communications and was honored in the 2011 and 2010 CRN’s list of Top Women in Technology.
A committee of university representatives and Alumni Board members selected the inductees. Nominations were obtained from sources including campus deans, the Alumni Board, and the president’s cabinet.
"This class of inductees serves as examples of graduates that have made an impact in not only their professions, but also in the community we all get to call home. Fittingly, we invite the greater community to join us in this celebration,” said Carol Sherrill, Chair of the Hall of Fame committee.