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Friday, Feb 22 2013 12:01 AM

Short Take: CSUB honors 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees

By Matilde Ruiz

Cal State Bakersfield recently recognized three of the latest inductees in the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame.

The three were chosen for their significant contributions in their chosen field of endeavor or in the community, and whose accomplishments and careers have brought honor and distinction to the university. The inductees were honored during the seventh annual Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on Feb. 16 at the Petroleum Club of Bakersfield. They are:

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The 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame honorees are (from left) Don Carter, Beth Rienzi and Monique Rogers.

* Beth Rienzi, associate vice president of faculty affairs at CSUB, earned her bachelor's degree in psychology, master's degree in behavioral science and doctorate degree in professional psychology from Fresno State. Rienzi managed her private practice for six years before beginning a 30-year career in higher education. She is a supporter of the Women's & Girls' Fund.

"CSUB played a central role in my success. As a recently divorced single parent in 1970, CSUB challenged me with new ideas and provided exposure to a world perspective," said Rienzi, who is no longer single. "My life really opened up. I am very proud to be a CSUB Alumni. My educational experience at CSUB prepared me well for graduate school and for my career."

* Donald E. Carter, superintendent of Kern High School District, earned his master's degree in education from CSUB in 1985. Carter taught math and science at West High School, was dean of students at East High and principal at Bakersfield High, including other KHSD positions. He also taught at Bakersfield College, and other local colleges. Carter now works closely with CSUB's President Horace Mitchell to improve local college-going rates.

* Monique Rogers earned her bachelor's degree in communications in 1998 from CSUB, and is currently the corporate administrator and marketing director at ARRC Technology. Rogers serves our community on the boards of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, San Joaquin Communiy Hospital Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club.

The CSUB Alumni Association began its Hall of Fame in 2006, and has chosen three inductees each year. Today, the CSUB alumni base is 41,000 and growing. To nominate a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, or for more information, go to

-- Matilde Ruiz

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