On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, CSBS' long-time and beloved professor and his colleague Professor Mantei, discussed the early days of Cal State San Bernardino at The John M. Pfau Library as part of its 50th Anniversary Lecture Series.
Robert Blackey (Ph.D., New York University, 1968) has been teaching history at CSUSB since 1968. He served as department chair (1983-94) and as social sciences coordinator (1985-97, 2008-10). He also served the CSUSB's first Relations with Schools Officer (1972) and as Accreditation Coordinator and Liaison Officer (1977-84). Dr. Blackey was elected vice president of the American Historical Association (AHA), in charge of the Teaching Division (1991-95), and served as editor of the "Teaching Innovations" column (1982-96) in Perspectives, the monthly newsletter of the AHA; Dr. Blackey also served on the organization's World History Task Force, which reviewed the National History Standards (1992); and he represented the AHA on various projects of the American Association of Higher Education, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the National Council for the Social Studies.
Dr. Blackey is the author and editor of eight books and many articles, pamphlets, and book chapters on English history, the history of revolutions, travel abroad, and history teaching and learning. From CSUSB he received both the Outstanding Professor Award (1983-84), the Distinguished Service Award (1995), and was the 2001 recipient of the Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award from the AHA. In 2003 he received the Wang Family Excellence Award, a California State University system-wide award. For more than 40 years he has been giving presentations to thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students about history topics, and about the Advanced Placement Program and examination-taking skills. Dr. Blackey has also conducted scores of workshops internationally and performed in-service activities for secondary school history and social studies teachers. Dr. Blackey is officially retired but is taking advantage of the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP), for which he has three more years of eligibility. Once that is completed, Dr. Blackey will have spent an incredible 50 years at CSUSB. He continues to love to teach and to help students improve their critical thinking and writing skills.
Kenneth A. Mantei (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1967) taught chemistry and biochemistry at CSUSB from 1968 until his retirement in 2005. In 1971 as an assistant professor, Dr. Mantei presented a paper, "Heats of Solution and Neutralization of Ammonia: Illustration of Hess' Law," written jointly with Dr. Lee Kalbus and Dr. Ralph Petrucci at the Pacific Conference on Chemistry and Spectroscopy. He received tenure and promotion in 1972. In 1972 Dr. Mantei received grants from the Chancellor's Office to develop self-paced learning and academic achievement projects. He was also promoted to the rank of associate professor in the 1972/73 academic year. In 1975 Dr. Mantei became the chair of the Chemistry Department. Currently, he is a Faculty Early Retirement Program member teaching one quarter each year or half-time both quarters each year here at CSUSB.