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Tuesday, Sep 24 2013 02:44 PM

'First Look': Taft College Foundation to host oil summit, other events

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    Sheri Horn-Bunk, executive director of the Taft College Foundation, talks with Californian President and CEO Richard Beene about the upcoming West Kern Petroleum Summit and other events on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Taft College will host a one-day conference called the West Kern Petroleum Summit, providing a look at the local and regional industry.

On "First Look with Scott Cox" Tuesday, Taft College Foundation Executive Director Sheri Horn-Bunk said organizers have lined up a list of experts to discuss fracking.

"The panel discussion will have both sides discussing how safe it is," Horn-Bunk said.

Tickets are no longer available, but people can watch a live stream of the summit at bakersfield.com on Oct. 18.

Keynote speakers include: Ann McElhinney, film director and producer of "FrackNation," a documentary on hydraulic fracking; John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Co.; and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, speaking on energy policy.

The foundation will also hold its annual Transition to Independent Living Casino Night at the Dignity Health Event Center on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event is sold out.

Casino Nights have helped support the construction of the TIL Center, Horn-Bunk said. TIL is a post-secondary program that helps students with intellectual disabilities develop social, career and cognitive skils.

"These kids live on campus for the first year and the second year they live in apartments close by but they are responsible for living on their own while working and going to school," Horn-Bunk said.

Californian President and CEO Richard Beene said the community comes together to raise money for these events and that people will write checks to support great causes like those the foundation puts on.

Last but not least, the fourth annual Alumni and Friends Cougar Rib-Eye Cookout starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in the college quad. This year's cookout will be a special occasion because the Taft College Dental Hygiene School will celebrate its 20th anniversary, Horn-Bunk said.

"As with last year, our special feature of the evening will be a salute to our local veterans," she said.

There will be 150 tickets available to veterans and their spouses on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students/children. They are available by calling 763-7700. Or you can purchase them at the Taft College Student Services.

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