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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
For the eighth year in a row, Cal State Bakersfield is accepting nominations for the 2014 Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
Jewelle Scales, president of the Alumni Association Board, joined "First Look with Scott Cox" host Scott Cox on Wednesday and talked about the importance of the award.
"It's a big deal to be a part of the Hall of Fame because these CSUB alumni have made their mark in the community, representing the university," Scales said on the simulcast.
The criteria for consideration includes: must hold an earned or honorary degree from CSUB; must have received the degree five years or more prior to selection; professional accomplishments and success; contributions to the community and previous recognitions with awards; interest in and support of higher education and demonstrated involvement in the university.
Past inductees include former Bakersfield police chiefs Bill Rector and Eric Matlock, Kern County Superintendent of Schools Christine Frazier and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield.
"If you're a student and you're looking at this list, that's gotta be inspiration for you to want to be on that list one day," Cox said.
And that is one of the reasons Scales said the alumni group is so blessed.
"We have the university in our backyard and these folks on our list have really excelled in our mission of supporting higher education," Scales said.
The deadline for nominations is Sept. 2. Inductees will be announced in October and will be honored during a black tie gala in February 2014.
To nominate a distinguished CSUB alumni, visit www.csub.edu/alumni or call 654-3211.