Palomar College News

Commencement Ceremony at Palomar College to take Place Friday, May 26

 

The Ceremony Marks the 70th Anniversary Commencement Celebration and features a member from the 1947 class!

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (May 19, 2017) — Palomar College presents annual commencement exercises Friday, May 26, at 5 p.m. on the football practice field at the College’s San Marcos campus. Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D., Superintendent/President of the Palomar Community College District, will conduct the ceremonies. The event is open to the public.

“This is a very special commencement ceremony as we celebrate our 70th commencement celebration!  We are so proud of the achievements of each and every one of our graduates,” said Blake.  While all of our graduates are special, during this year’s ceremony we will honor an alumna from our first class in 1947.  Additionally, we have a 13-year-old graduate (with a 4.0 GPA!) participating in the ceremony, demonstrating the life-changing transformative power of education on individuals and the community-at-large.”

This year the college received 3,522 applications for associate degrees or certificates of achievement: 1,678 associate of arts (A.A.) degrees; 1,437 certificates; and 407 associate degrees for transfer are planned to be awarded.  More than 500 students are expected to participate in the ceremony.  Individuals receiving degrees and certificates in the ceremony will meet in the Dome on the college campus at 3:30 p.m. on Commencement Day.

The keynote speaker is Candace Rose, winner of the 2015 – 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award for full-time faculty.  Rose is Assistant Professor of Cinema in the Media Studies department. She also received Palomar’s 2016 “Best of the Best” Teaching with Technology award.

Palomar’s 2017 Alumna of the Year Anita (Ronay) Maag unknowingly became a trendsetter in her family when she enrolled at Palomar College in 1947, shortly after the college opened at its first location at Vista High School. She and her husband Stan, who she met as a fellow student on campus, became the first of three generations of the Maag family to graduate from Palomar.

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Media Contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Commencement Information for Students: Marilyn Lunde, Student Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2595

Speech Team Wins Gold at National Competition

 Shown from left are Palomar College Director of Forensics Dewi Hokett and Assistant Professor Steve Robertson with Speech and Debate Team members Matt Duburg, James Nee, Delaney Ryan, Kaysia Pajita, Xiamarra Peredia, Jacob Tucker and Trevor Wilcox.

SAN MARCOS, CA (May 12, 2017)The Palomar College Speech and Debate Team won Gold in the Debate Category of their Division for the second year in a row at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament in Washington D.C. April 9 – 12.

James Nee took Bronze in both Extemporaneous and Impromptu speaking categories as well as a Silver in the NFA Lincoln Douglas category.  Matt Duburg and Jacob Tucker placed Bronze in Parliamentary Debate.  Jacob Tucker won Gold in the NFA Lincoln Douglas category.  Palomar College won the 4th place sweepstakes in the Community College Division of the National Parliamentary Debate Tournament.

Director of Forensics and Professor of Speech Communication Dewi Hokett said, “We are proud of our intelligent, hard-working students who represented Palomar College in this national intercollegiate speech competition.  This could not have been achieved without the tireless dedication of Coaches Brandan Whearty, Steve Robertson and Marquesa Cook-Whearty.  I am honored and humbled to be part of such talented faculty whose continued leadership has instilled a love of public speaking in our students.  Next year, we hope to continue the success of the legacy that is Palomar Speech and Debate.”

Hokett said that in addition to winning more than 50 trophies throughout the 2016-2017 competition season, the team had the pleasure of hosting debaters from the Peoples Republic of China for the second year in a row for a public debate. This was the fifth time Palomar hosted debaters from China.  Current team members’ majors include journalism, political science, communications, finance, and gender studies. The Speech Team will transfer students in the Fall of 2017 to San Diego State University, California State Universities Long Beach, San Francisco and San Marcos, and the University of California at Berkeley.

 

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Dewi Hokett, Professor of Speech Communication,  Director of Forensics , 760-744-1150 x2794

 

 

Palomar Symphony Presents 70th Anniversary Concert

 

Who:
Palomar College Performing Arts Department

 

What:
Concert, Palomar Symphony Orchestra (PSO), directed by Ellen Weller

Great Beginnings – celebrating 70 years of the Palomar Symphony Orchestra!

 

When:
Saturday, May 13
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
(Pre-concert chat 45 minutes before the concert)

 

Where:
Howard Brubeck Theatre
1140 West Mission Road
Escondido, CA 92069

 

Why:

The Palomar Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 70th  season with inspirational beginnings, including a repeat performance of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, the “Unfinished,” played by the Palomar Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural season in 1947. Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng will join the Orchestra for Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, started when Schumann was 13. The festivities will conclude with fireworks in a suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s first film score, Lieutenant Kije.

 

Tickets:
Tickets are on sale at the Howard Brubeck Theatre Box office or online
http://www.palomarperforms.com/event/great-beginnings-celebrating-70-years-of-the-palomar-symphony-orchestra/

Prices are $ 15 General, $12 Senior/Palomar Staff, $10 Student
Contact information:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Ellen Weller, Professor/PSO Director, 760-744-1150, ext. 3949, eweller@palomar.edu

 

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Ellen Weller, Professor/PSO Director, 760-744-1150, ext. 3949, eweller@palomar.edu

 

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Annual Fashion Show to be Presented May 4 at CCAE

April 26, 2017

 

Who:
The Palomar College Fashion Merchandising and Design program.

What:
Attention all fashionistas!!  The annual Palomar College Fashion Show, MODA, is fast approaching. The show this year is titled “70 Years of Style” to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Palomar College. MODA is entirely produced by Palomar College Fashion Merchandising and Design students. MODA showcases the student work of aspiring designers and fashion production students who have acquired and developed skills through the Palomar College Fashion Program in order to create this all-inclusive show. More than 100 pieces starting with designs from the 1950s to the present will be shown.  The climax of the show is the presentation of the student designers with their original collections. Attendance at previous shows has been More than one thousand guests. Attendees are encouraged to obtain their tickets as soon as possible.

When:
Thursday, May 4
7 p.m.

Where:
Concert Hall
California Center for the Arts Escondido (CCAE)
340 North Escondido Boulevard
Escondido, CA 92025

Why:
To showcase and support student success.

 

Tickets:
Tickets are on sale at the California Center of the Arts Box Office or online at https://my.artcenter.org;
Prices are $ 15 Orchestra and $ 12 Mezzanine. On the day of the event, tickets are $ 20 at the door

Contact information:
Rita Campo Griggs, rcampogriggs@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2347
Palomar College Fashion dept., 760-744-1150, ext. 2349
CCAE Box Office, 800-988-4253.

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Rita Campo Griggs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2347
Palomar College Fashion dept., 760-744-1150, ext. 2349

 

 

Student Art Sale and Exhibit, plus Art Dept. Open House – Events Begin May 3

 

 

April 24, 2017

What:

Semi-annual Student Art & Craft Sale, plus Annual Open House and Boehm Gallery Opening Reception for the Annual Student Exhibition

 

When:

Art Sale: Wednesday – Saturday, May 3 – 6
Wednesday, 1 – 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Boehm Gallery Opening Reception and Art Department Open House: Friday, May 5
5 – 8 p.m.
(Boehm Gallery exhibit on display May 1 – 23)

Where:
Art Sale: Palomar College Art Department Courtyard next to buildings C and D
Opening Reception: Boehm Gallery

The Art Department Complex is near the front of campus, adjacent to parking lots 1 and 2.
It is accessed from the College’s front entrance: 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

Details:
The student art and craft sale presents handmade pieces by Palomar College students and alumni in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, metals, painting, photography and more.

The event will include live demonstrations in glassblowing, ceramics, computer graphics, painting and foundry. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Art Department, helping support the semi-annual sale,  scholarships, visiting artists, exhibitions and new equipment. Shoppers may pay with cash, checks or credit cards.

Parking:
Parking is available in lots 1 and 2 without a permit.

 More information:
http://www.palomarart.com/Michael Hernandez, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 2308, mhernandez2@palomar.edu
Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext.2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Michael Hernandez, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 2308, mhernandez2@palomar.edu
Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

Palomar Receives $2 Million California Community College Award for Innovation

One of 14 colleges and districts selected statewide, Palomar is the only
college in San Diego County to receive this grant

SAN MARCOS, CA (April 20, 2017) – Palomar College was recently named to receive a
$2 million state award for innovation. One of 14 community colleges and districts selected throughout the state, Palomar is the only one in San Diego County receiving this award. Granted by the State of California’s Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education, the award recognizes the development of  “innovative programs to increase completion rates and make college more affordable.”

“We are so proud and happy to receive this award,” said Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake. “It shows how Palomar has already stepped up to the needs of our students and our community with innovative programs and procedures. The extra funds will allow us to go even farther in helping students reach their goals in a timely and economic manner.”

California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley congratulated the 14 California community colleges and community colleges districts selected for the $25 million state award, which will be split among the winning campuses and districts. “I extend my congratulations to all of the winning districts and colleges for earning this prestigious and well-deserved award,” he said. “Boosting completion rates and reducing college costs are among the highest priorities for all three higher education systems in California. The schools recognized today are leading the way when it comes to making these twin goals a reality for this state.”

This year’s awards recognized California districts and colleges that help reduce the time it takes students to complete degrees and credentials, reduce the total cost of attendance for students, or do both. The legislation specifically highlights the state’s interest in efforts to:

 

  • Redesign curriculum and instruction, such as the implementation of three-year bachelor’s degrees.
  • Allow students to make progress toward completion of degrees and credentials based on their demonstration of knowledge and competencies, including skills acquired through military training, prior learning, and prior experiences.
  • Create programs that make college more affordable by making financial aid and other supports and services more accessible, including by increasing the number of students who apply for these programs, or by reducing the costs of books and supplies.

A committee consisting of the state’s director of finance, four members selected by Gov. Jerry Brown, an appointee of the state Senate Committee on Rules and an appointee of the Speaker of the state Assembly reviewed the applications and selected the winning campuses.

In addition to Palomar, other recipients of $2 million awards are: Cuesta College, Evergreen Valley College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Rios Community College District, Riverside Community College District, Santa Monica Community College District, Shasta College, Sierra College, South Orange Community College District, and West Hills Community College District

Recipients of  $1 million awards are Laney College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Hills Community College District.

A list of the announced and the submitted applications can be found here: http://www.dof.ca.gov/programs/Education/Index_Innovation_Awards.html The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/.

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CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

 

 

  Palomar College Celebrates Groundbreaking for Parking Structure and Police Building

 

                                                                                      photo by Tom Pfingsten

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (April 17, 2017) – Palomar College officials are shown at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the College’s new parking structure and police building at the San Marcos campus  on Friday, April 14. Pictured from left are Governing Board Trustees Nina Deerfield and Mark Evilsizer; Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake; and Governing Board Secretary Dr. John Halcón.

The five-story parking structure will be 499,621 square feet, with 1615 parking spaces, including 28 Accessible and six Van spaces. The structure will be equipped with license readers, emergency phones and security cameras. The top floor roof will be set up for photo voltaic panels.

The Palomar College Police Department will be housed in a separate one-story building adjacent to the parking  structure. The 7,645 square foot building will contain a reception area, dispatch office, locker rooms, evidence room, secure interview room, conference/emergency operations room, armory, report-writing room, and live scan room. The station will have a secure parking area for police vehicles, and will be equipped with cameras and an audio address system.

Dr. Blake officiated at the groundbreaking event, which also featured comments from Halcón and Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Adrian Gonzales. The official speaker for the event was Palomar College Chief of Police Mark DiMaggio.

The parking structure and police building project is being funded with Proposition M general obligation bond funds. This $694 million bond was approved by District voters in November 2006. Expected completion date for this project is January, 2018.

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Media contacts:  Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

Palomar to Celebrate Groundbreaking for Parking Structure & Police Building

April 11, 2017

What:

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Palomar College Parking Structure and College Police Building

 

When:

Friday, April 14, 2017
3 p.m.

 

Where:

Palomar College
East side of Parking Lot 12
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

 

Details:

This event officially celebrates the construction of a new parking structure and police building on Palomar’s San Marcos campus. College dignitaries will be joined by local public officials, members of the campus and community.

The five-story Parking Structure will be 499,621 square feet, with 1615 parking spaces, including 28 Accessible and six Van spaces. The structure will be equipped with license readers, emergency phones and security cameras. The top floor roof will be set up for photo voltaic panels.

The Palomar College Police Department will be housed in a separate one-story building adjacent to the parking  structure. The 7,645 square foot building will contain a reception area, dispatch office, locker rooms, evidence room, secure interview room, conference/emergency operations room, armory, report-writing room, and live scan room. The station will have a secure parking area for police vehicles, and will be equipped with cameras and an audio address system.

Expected completion date for this project is January, 2018.

Parking:

Parking for the Groundbreaking Ceremony will be available without a permit in Lot 12 during the hours of the event.

 More information:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365

 

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

 

 

Political Economy Days Features Experts on Campus April 12 and 13

 

April 6, 2017

Who:
Individual expert speakers on topics related to economics, history, political science, anthropology, multicultural studies, philosophy, law and more.

What:
Political Economy Days – a series of talks on a variety of political, economic and historical topics.

When:
Wednesday, April 12, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

 Where:
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069
(specific rooms listed in the attached schedule)

 Why:
This lecture series is designed to expose students and community members to ideas and applications of political, economic, and historical thought, presented by a diverse group of experts.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members. Attendance
is limited to the capacity of each room. Palomar College students will be given first priority.

Cost:
Free.

Parking:
Members of the community may obtain a temporary parking pass at the Palomar College Police Department building to the left of the front (Mission Road) entrance to the college.

 Contact:
Teresa Laughlin, Chair of Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics
760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu

Peter Bowman, Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2416; pbowman@palomar.edu

Travis Ritt, History
760-744-1150, ext. 2753; tritt@palomar.edu

Sheila Atkins, Academic Department Assistant, Economics, History and Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2412; pbowman@palomar.edu

 

Schedule of Speakers is listed below an is also at http://www.palomar.edu/ehp/politicalEconDays.htm

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Teresa Laughlin, Chair, Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics, 760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu
Peter Bowman, Faculty, Political Science, 760-744-1150, ext. 2416, pbowman@palomar.edu
Travis Ritt, Faculty, History, 760-744-1150, ext 2753, tritt@palomar.edu

Political Economy Days Schedule

Wednesday, April 12

8:00 –

9:25 a.m.

Pippah Getchell, Former Congressional Staffer & Policy Advisor, “Unraveling the West: NATO and the Trump Administration”

MD – 157

9:35-

11:00 a.m.

Stephan Haggard, Distinguished Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies & Political Science, School of IRPS, UCSD: “Hard Target: Dealing with North Korea”

 

MD – 157

Jeremy Stock, Legal Intern, California Innocence Project, “Wrongful Convictions. Responding to a Broken Criminal Justice System: An Introduction to the California Innocence Project”

 

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

11:10 a.m.-

12:35 p.m.

Dirk Mateer, Professor of Economics & Gerald J. Swanson Chair in Economic Education, University of Arizona: “Everything You Need to Know About Economics in 60 Minutes”

 

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

Ian Ruskin, “To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine”

 

Brubeck Theatre

Devon Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Palomar College: “American Association of University Women Start Smart Workshop”

MD – 304

12:45 –

2:10 p.m.

Matthew Estes, Associate Professor of History, Palomar College: “Cartoons & Concentration Camps: How Nativism & Popular Culture led to the Japanese-American Internment”

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

Fred Glass, Communications Director, California Federation of Teachers & Jim Miller, Professor of English & Labor Studies, San Diego City College: “Trump’s Election, California Labor History & The New Resistance Movement”

MD – 157

2:20-

3:45 p.m.

Dale Squires, Professor of Economics, Scripps Institute: “Fisheries and the Impact on the Economy”

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

John Baden, PhD candidate in History, Case Western Reserve University: “In our Interest?: Refugee Admissions as Foreign Policy”

MD – 157

 

 

Thursday, April 13

8:00 –

9:25 a.m.

Gary Castaneda, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Palomar College & Mira Costa College: “Fascism: An Intellectual & Historical Review”

MD – 157

9:35-

11:00 a.m.

Nathan Fletcher, Professor of Practice in Political Science, UCSD: “Voting Rights in America: 200 years of Progress and Setbacks”

MD – 157

Donavan Muir, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Palomar College: “Human Nature in the Digital Age”

 

 

SSC – 1 (Governing Board Rm)

11:10 a.m.-

12:35 p.m.

Sean Flynn, Professor of Economics, Scripps College: “The Singapore Solution: How Singapore Delivers the World’s Best Health Care (While Spending 80% Less than We Do)”

MD – 157

Tom Ventimiglia, Professor of Counseling, Palomar College & Joseph Limer, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Palomar College”

“The Political Left vs. The Political Right: True Differences, Rationale & Social Media Myths”

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

12:45 –

2:10 p.m.

Carl Luna, Professor of Political Science, Mesa College & Visiting Professor, University of San Diego: “Donald Trump: Last of the Hamiltonians?”

MD – 157

Craig Forney, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Palomar College with an interfaith panel: “An Interfaith Forum on Religion and Discrimination.”

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

2:20-

3:45 p.m.

William Leslie, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Palomar College: “Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport: The Theory & Practice of Citizen Activism”

MD – 157

 

 

Public Safety Outreach Event Planned for April 5

The Palomar College Police Department and the GEAR-UP program are co-hosting the first annual Public Safety Community Outreach Event

Wednesday, April 5

  5 – 8 p.m.

Student Union, Palomar College, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069.

The event, held during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will include information about crime prevention, K-9 demonstrations, and opportunities to meet with local law public safety representatives.

The event is designed to promote police-community partnerships, and create a positive environment. By enhancing relationships between students, staff , the community, and law enforcement organizers aim to meet the goals of building trust and mutual respect.

Agencies scheduled to attend at press time include: Palomar College Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Mira Costa College Police Department, Cal State University San Marcos Police Department, Oceanside Police Department, San Diego Police Department, California Highway Patrol, San Marcos Fire Department, San Diego City College Police Department, San Diego Unified School District Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, and Oceanside Police Department.

Parking:

Parking will be available in Lots 1 and 2 without a permit during the hours of the event. In addition, there will be no permit citing in student lots starting at 4 p.m. for the event.

More information:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365

Gerard Perez, Palomar College Police Department 760-744-1150, ext. 2289

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Gerard Perez, Palomar College Police Department 760-744-1150, ext. 2289

 

Palomar Community College District Bond Ratings Improve

 

SAN MARCOS (March 22, 2017) – The Palomar Community College District has received upgraded and affirmed bond ratings from both Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) and Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P).

Moody’s increased its bond rating from an AA2 to an AA1, while S&P increased its bond rating from an AA- to an AA.  This is the first time the District has been rated this high by both credit rating agencies.

According to both Moody’s and S&P, the bond rating upgrades are a result of the District’s improved financial position and consistent healthy reserves outside the General Fund, huge North San Diego County tax base, strong management team and growing student enrollment.  Both reports also noted that “the forward picture is solid – the right sizing year is underpinned by a credible plan and the first year of rebuilding (2016/2017) looks good and will be reinforced by the new centers coming online.”

Palomar College President Dr. Joi Lin Blake credits the favorable reports on the work the District has undertaken to increase enrollment and to enhance financial reporting.  “The team in the District’s Finance and Administrative Services division, under the leadership of Vice President Ron Ballesteros-Perez and Director of Fiscal Services Carmen Coniglio, has worked diligently to produce the outstanding results from Moody’s Investors Services and Standard & Poor’s.  This same team also received an unmodified 2015/2016 Financial Audit for both its District Finances and its Measure M General Obligation Bond Program earlier this year.  Their professionalism and commitment to the Palomar College community is a true asset.”

The District issues bonds for major capital improvements to finance costs over time. The upgraded bond ratings impact the interest rate at which the District borrows money thus benefiting local taxpayers.  With favorable interest rates, the planned bond refunding is estimated to save property owners an estimated $24.6 million in actual debt service on their tax bills over the life of the bonds.

Palomar College plans to issue its final new bonds totaling $139 million as authorized in 2006 for Proposition M, which was approved for $694 million by the district’s local taxpayers.  The income from the bond measure has provided construction on more than twenty-one projects on the 200-acre San Marcos campus; a remodel of the Palomar Escondido Education Center and infrastructure and accessibility projects district-wide. Additionally, the District has purchased a building and parking structure on a 27-acre site in Rancho Bernardo, as well as 81 acres in Fallbrook. These two sites are the future homes of the South Education Center and the North Education Center respectively; both are scheduled to open in Summer 2018.

Palomar Community College District serves the residents within 2,500-square-miles of North San Diego County and is one of the largest community college districts in the state. The College serves more than 30,000 students annually; the full-time equivalent student count in 2017 is projected to be 18,203.  The District operates a main campus in San Marcos, an education center in Escondido, and four additional education sites on US Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, in Fallbrook, Pauma, and at Mt. Carmel High School in the community of Rancho Peñasquitos

 

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Media contacts:

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office Director, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office Communications Specialist, 760-744-1150 x2365

Palomar College Students Juan Flores and Forrest Ponsot Receive National and State Phi Theta Kappa All-Academic Team Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN MARCOS (March 17, 2017) – Two Palomar College students and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) members, Juan Flores and Forrest Ponsot have been selected to receive prestigious awards as part of The All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Each student, chosen out of 1,800 applicants across the nation, will be honored in a separate ceremony in April. In  addition, they will both be honored in Sacramento this month as members of the All-California Community College Academic Team, Team One.

Flores is one of 20 students named as a 2017 All-USA Community College Academic Team member. He will receive a $5,000 scholarship at Phi Theta Kappa’s Presidents Breakfast held during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention scheduled for Monday, April 24 in New Orleans, LA.  The All-USA Community College Academic Team is sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

Ponsot has been selected as a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. He will receive a $1,500 scholarship at PTK Catalyst, Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention to be held April 6-8 in Nashville, TN. This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa.

Ponsot is the current President, and Flores the Vice President of Palomar College’s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa. Dana O’Callaghan, one of Palomar’s PTK advisors and Counselor, will accompany them to the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Academic Team Awards Luncheon where they will be honored on March 23.

Katy Farrell, Associate Professor of Reading Services and co-advisor of PTK at Palomar said, “I am amazed at what Forrest and Juan have accomplished as college students and community leaders. Along with other chapter members, they are aggressively working towards providing food security to Palomar students and supporting human trafficking victims in North County.  They have a strong desire for social justice and are not lacking in work ethic. That’s for certain.”

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Katy Farrell, Reading Services, 760_744-1150, ext. 3640, kfarrell@palomar.edu
Dana O’Callaghan, 760_744-1150, ext. 2654, docallaghan@palomar.edu

KKSM Is (Again) Named Best College Radio Station Nationwide

Staff members from Palomar College Radio Station KKSM (AM 1320) are shown celebrating their wins at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System conference in New York City the first week in March. (Photo courtesy of Zeb Navarro)

Dr. Joseph Bagnall Wins Best Community Volunteer Personality

(SAN MARCOS, CA – March 13, 2017) For the second year in a row, Palomar College’s KKSM (AM 1320) was named Best Community College Radio station in a nationwide annual competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). In addition, the station won the Best Facebook award and Dr. Joseph Bagnall, recently retired adjunct history professor, won Best Community Volunteer Personality for his jazz radio show, Doc’s Jazz.

KKSM was also well represented among the finalists. Palomar digital broadcast arts (DBA) student finalists were Rob Blackwell for Best Music Director; Kenneth Hladky for Best Comedy Program, Plunther Hills Valley; Ryne Holloway for Best Public Service Announcement, YMCA Transitional Age Youth; Kristina Thomas for Best Station Promo, KKSM:Switchin’ It Up; Dylan Hanks for Best Commercial, Palomar College; and Dario Gallegos for Best Specialty Music Show, Versatil Style.

The station also was in the finals for Best Snapchat, and Best Music Library/Playlist and Best Station Facilities.

KKSM Station Manager Zeb Navarro said, “Winning these awards, and being in the finals alongside four-year universities including Indiana University, Arizona State University, and University of Kansas shows the quality of the programs we offer and the hard work of our students, staff, and faculty. I am very proud of the KKSM team and thankful of the support from our administration.”

KKSM is a 500 watt station that broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the Palomar College campus in San Marcos, California at 1320AM on the dial, simulcasting on Cox Digital Cable Channel 957, and worldwide on the web. For more information about Palomar College’s digital broadcast arts program, go to http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/dba/.

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Media contact:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Zeb Navarro, KKSM, znavarro@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2442

Palomar College Celebrates Groundbreaking for South Education Center in Rancho Bernardo

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (March 3, 2017) – Palomar College officials are shown at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the College’s South Education Center in Rancho Bernardo on Friday, March 3. Pictured from left are Governing Board Trustees Mark Evilsizer and Nina Deerfield; Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake; former Governing Board Trustee Nancy Chadwick; Governing Board Vice President Paul McNamara; and Governing Board Secretary Dr. John Halcón.

Dr. Blake officiated at the event, which also featured comments from Halcón and Interim Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction Dan Sourbeer.

Palomar College purchased a 27-acre property in June 2010 to house a new education center in the southern portion of the District. The site includes a 110,000 square-foot building, as well as a three-story parking structure. Planned site improvements include completion of a new interior looped road and installation of walkways, landscaping and lighting. On the building interior, plans include a lobby, classrooms for lecture and laboratory, academic division offices, spaces for student support services, a bookstore and food services, information services, plus a community room.

The site purchase and improvements are being funded with Proposition M general obligation bond funds. This $694 million bond was approved by District voters in November 2006.

Classes are scheduled to be offered at the South Education Center starting in summer 2018.

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Media contacts:  Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned for South Education Center

PALOMAR COLLEGE   MEDIA  ADVISORY

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE  1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, California 92069-1487 – 760-744-1150, ext. 2770

 

February 24, 2017

 

What:
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Palomar College South Education Center

When:
Friday, March 3, 2017
1:30 p.m.

Where:
Palomar College South Education Center
11111 Rancho Bernardo Road
San Diego, CA 92127

Details:
Palomar College purchased a 27-acre property in June 2010 to house a new education center in the southern portion of the District. The site includes a 110,000 square-foot building, as well as a three-story parking structure. Planned site improvements include completion of a new interior looped road and installation of walkways, landscaping and lighting. On the building interior, plans include a lobby, classrooms for lecture and laboratory, academic division offices, spaces for student support services, a bookstore and food services, information services, plus a community room.

The site purchase and improvements are being funded with Proposition M general obligation bond funds. This $694 million bond was approved by District voters in November 2006.

Classes are scheduled to be offered at the South Education Center starting in summer 2018.

Directions and parking:
From 1-15 in Rancho Bernardo, exit on westbound Rancho Bernardo Road. Continue .9 miles to the stoplight at Matinal Road. Turn left (south) into the Palomar College South Education Center campus. Follow directions to the parking area.

More information:
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Dianna Trujillo-Hernandez, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2956

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Dianna Trujillo-Hernandez, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2956

 

Palomar Theatre Explores Muslim Identity in ‘Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith’

San Marcos, CA (March 2, 2017) – Palomar College theatre presents Yussef El Guindi’s Muslim family dramedy Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith March 17 – 26 in the Howard Brubeck Theatre on the San Marcos campus at 1140 West Mission Road.

Written in 2005, Leap of Faith follows the Fawzis, a well-established Arab-American family, over the course of two eventful days, as their college-age children suddenly reveal the contradictions of their dueling identities.  The conflicts lead to deeply compassionate, and often comical exploration of the Muslim faith in the context of American culture.  Although many elements are particular to the Muslim experience, the play ultimately affirms a commonality with the great American family story.

In his author’s statement El Guindi says, “It’s a little troubling when depicting an ordinary Arab-American Muslim family, going about their ordinary day, getting involved in regular family mishaps and melodramas, seems like such a radical thing to do. In writing this play and trying to sidestep the stereotypes that attend Arabs and Muslims, and to simply present these characters as regular folk – not as wife-beating, bomb-strapping, terrorist inclined fanatics with a thing for barring little girls from school and enjoying a good mob scene that ends in many deaths – I didn’t quite realize how unexpected that would seem to an audience.”

Leap of Faith follows the tradition of American Family plays. The conservative father is rattled by the cultural changes influencing his children’s behavior.  One son announces that he no longer believes in the family religion.  The daughter is struggling to interpret troubling dreams about wearing the hijab and the third son is awakening to his sexual orientation.  In the face of these crises, the strong mother holds the family together with wisdom and compassion.  Along the way, however, we encounter profound and beautiful insight about the nature of God, religion and family.

Director Michael Mufson describes his goal for the production, “In the process of making theatre, we build a bridge from the boundaries of our individual experiences to the world that the playwright gives us.  Yussef El Guindi invites a multicultural ensemble to explore and discover the world of a Muslim-American family as they encounter the pitfalls of maintaining these two, sometimes conflicting, identities and to extend a bridge of understanding to our audience and our community.”

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 4 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.palomarperforms.com or in person at the box office on the San Marcos campus.

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Michael Mufson, Professor and Director, Performing Arts, 760-716-7098, mmufson@palomar.edu , www.palomarperforms.com

 

 

 

 

Palomar College Digital Broadcast Arts Students Win Awards Nationwide Competition

Pictured from left, Abel Garcia and David Michaels (photo by Coulter Grant)

(SAN MARCOS, CA – Feb 23, 2017) Students in Palomar College’s digital broadcast arts (DBA) program won first and third place awards in the national  2017 Festival of Media Arts competition sponsored by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

Abel Garcia won first place in the Two-Year Small-College category for producing the episode Palomar Live 11-10-16. David Michaels won third place in the same category for producing the episode Palomar Live 09-29-16.

Palomar Live is a morning news talk show produced entirely by students. There are opportunities to be camera operators, producers, directors, audio techs, technical directors, floor directors, reporters, photographers, writers and more. Students rotate jobs each week to experience different positions of the show.

Instructor Serena Reid, who is a graduate of Palomar’s digital broadcast arts program said the show’s tag line, “The Pulse of North county!” describes it well. The producers and reporters “seek out those unique nuggets of information about North San Diego County and brings them to the attention of residents in the surrounding communities,” she said.

Palomar Live 11-10-16, which aired right before Veterans Day, was focused on the topic of Veterans. Guests were Gerald Hampton of the National Naval Officers Association  http://nnoa.org; Kurt Schwend of United Through Reading, an organization that helps keep deployed family members connected to their kids by recording them reading books. http://www.unitedthroughreading.org; and Gail Chatfield and  Ron Pickett of the Veterans Writing Group of San Diego County http://www.veteranswritinggroup.org.

The Palomar Live 09-29-16 episode was animal-themed. Guests were Laura Spann and Aleia Scott, trainers for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park – with special guest “Pokie” the African Crested Porcupine http://sdzsafaripark.org; Geraldine D’Silva-Director of PAWS San Diego (PAWS provides essential pet services and support to low-income pet families all over San Diego County) http://www.pawssandiego.org; and Debbie Shinner and Kaitlyn Stewart from REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program in Fallbrook  http://www.reinsprogram.org.

“We stress to the students to make each show and its subject matter relevant, timely and compelling,” Reid said. “We want to create as close to real-world scenarios as we can so that the students are battle-tested and marketable once they leave our program and they are confident in either follow on academic endeavors or being gainfully employed.”

DBA instructor Austin Hill, also a graduate of Palomar’s DBA program added, “We’re very proud of Abel and David, and all of our students…This goes to show that the training, equipment, and experience at Palomar College makes it a top contender when it comes to getting invaluable experience in the field.”

DBA Professor Pat Hahn added, “It’s such an amazing feeling to have two former students become extraordinary instructors, and join forces to help shape the next generation of award winning Digital Broadcast Arts Alumni — I’m so proud of the students and our instructors. ”

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Media contact:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Pat Hahn, Professor, Digital Broadcast Arts, phahn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2964

 

 

Palomar College Launches Palomar Promise

 

Palomar Promise Offers Free Community College Access to Local High School Graduates

(SAN MARCOS, CA – February 22, 2017) More than 300 people were on hand at Palomar College on Wednesday, Feb. 22 to celebrate the launch of the Palomar Promise campaign, benefiting local high school students who plan to attend Palomar College.  At the event, held in the college’s Howard Brubeck Theatre, Palomar Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake and other college administrators were joined by elected officials, superintendents, principals, and students from local high schools plus other invited guests. Keynote speaker was Dr. Martha Kanter, Executive Director of the national College Promise Campaign.

The Palomar Promise is designed to increase the college-going rate of local high school graduates by providing FREE community college access to all eligible North San Diego County 2017 high school graduates starting in Fall 2017. Through a package of FREE financial resources and academic support services, Palomar College promises one year of FREE tuition and textbooks (up to $500 per semester) for the 2017-2018 year for eligible students from 21 comprehensive public high schools* in North San Diego County. These high schools will graduate more than 7,400 students who will potentially be eligible to attend Palomar College through the Promise Program in Fall 2017.  Palomar College records show the average size of the incoming freshman class from these 21 high schools amounts to more than 1,500 students.

In addition, the college promises to assist students to enroll in college, to stay on track to complete their career or academic goals and/or to transfer to a four-year college or university of their choice. Applications are now being accepted for the program. Information is available at palomar.edu/palomarpromise .

Two organizations have committed a combined $1.5 million to the Palomar Promise. At the launch event, Mary Perry, Vice President, Marketing, West, of Follett Education Group announced the Follett Corporation’s pledge of $1 million, and David Engblom, Chair of the Palomar College Foundation Board announced the Foundation’s pledge of $500,000. Four student speakers who plan to attend Palomar College next year on the Palomar Promise shared what FREE community college means to them and to their families. More than 150 high school students who will join the program were in the audience.

Adrian Gonzales, Vice President of Student Services at Palomar was Master of Ceremonies at the launch event. Nancy Ann Hensch, Governing Board President welcomed guests. Dr. Blake spoke about what the Palomar Promise means to the college and the community. She also introduced Dr. Kanter, who served during President Obama’s administration as the U.S.  Under Secretary of Education and is a distinguished visiting professor of higher education at NYU Steinhardt.

The student speakers were:

Marlon Gabriel, a San Marcos High School senior who plans to attend Palomar College, then transfer to UCSD to pursue a degree in nursing, and eventually apply to medical school to become a general surgeon.

Brandy Graham, a Mission Hills High School senior who plans to transfer to SDSU and major in business marketing after attending two years at Palomar. Her long-range plans include becoming an entrepreneur and opening up her own clothing store.

Rynon Reyes, a Mission Hills High School senior, who plans to pursue a degree in nursing and hopes to become an orthopedic nurse.

Rebecca Sanchez, an Orange Glen High School senior who would like to do her general education at Palomar then transfer to CSU East Bay and major in biology with the hope of becoming a pediatrician.

PLEASE NOTE: B-roll of this event is available upon request. See contact information below

*2017 PALOMAR PROMISE DESIGNATED HIGH SCHOOLS

Bonsall High School

Borrego Springs High School

Escondido High School

Orange Glen High School

San Pasqual High School

Fallbrook High School

Julian High School

Del Norte High School

Mt. Carmel High School

Poway High School

Rancho Bernardo High School

Westview High School

Ramona High School

Mission Hills High School

San Marcos High School

Valley Center High School

Mission Vista High School

Rancho Buena Vista High School

Vista High School

Warner Springs High School

Del Lago Academy

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CONTACT

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, x 2152, 858-722-1869

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 x2365

 

Palomar College Productions are Part of San Diego Film Week

Joshua Tree Documentary Also Wins IndieFEST Award

Shown at the Opening Gala for San Diego Film Week, where Palomar College media productions are being shown, are from left, Mona Witherington, Producer; Ashley Olson, Writer; Bill Wisneski, Director; and Chad Richmond, Editor (photo courtesy of Bill Wisneski)

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San Marcos, CA (February 13, 2017) – Award Season is alive and well at Palomar College this year. While Hollywood stars prepare for Oscar parties and do the talk show circuit, Palomar College Television (PCTV) students and staff members are getting their share of accolades for Palomar productions.

Two documentaries and a commercial produced by Palomar College are being shown at San Diego Film Week, Feb. 10 – 19, and one of the documentaries won the IndieFEST Film Awards 2016 Humanitarian Award.

The commercial, about Palomar’s digital broadcast arts program, will be shown on Monday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. http://sdfilmweek.com/2017/films/palomar-college/

The documentary, Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland will be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Museum of photographic Arts. http://sdfilmweek.com/2017/films/joshua-tree-threatened-wonderland/

Another documentary, Breaking Point, about the Salton Sea will be shown Friday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Digital Gym Media Arts Center. http://sdfilmweek.com/2017/films/breaking-point/

PCTV Producer/Director Bill Wisneski won the Humanitarian Outstanding Achievement Award from the IndieFEST Film Awards competition for his work on the Joshua Tree documentary. Based in La Jolla, the IndieFEST competition is now in its seventh year. According to their website, “The IndieFEST Film Awards is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media…Our talented IndieFEST award winners have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.”

The letter Wisneski received informing him of the IndieFEST win read, in part, “Your production was hand selected by our judges and staff, from the entire pool of entries to the competition throughout 2016, as a film that represents both the spirit of humanitarianism combined with quality filmmaking craft…We firmly believe that film can make impactful changes globally and the IndieFEST Humanitarian Awards are designed to give recognition to those illustrious filmmakers whose craft and message enlightens and inspires audiences to make a difference!”

“We are very proud that our productions are receiving this kind of attention and recognition,” Wisneski said.

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Bill Wisneski, Producer, Palomar College Television, 760-744-1150 ext. 2722,
www.palomar-tv.com

 

 

 

BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER TO BENEFIT AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

 

SAN MARCOS (February 9, 2017) –  Gate proceeds from Palomar College’s Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men’s/women’s basketball double-header at The Dome on Friday, Feb. 10 will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The special fundraiser is part of a joint statewide effort initiated by the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations.

Opening the event will be the Comet men’s team versus San Diego Miramar at 5:00 p.m., followed by the PCAC Northern Division-leading and No. 4-state ranked women’s team versus San Diego Mesa at 7:00 p.m. For both teams, the games are crucial as the 2016-17 California Community College regular season winds down.

“The Palomar College Athletic Program is pleased and proud to participate in this worthy effort,” said Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart. “Once again, it presents our teams and student athletes with an opportunity to combine the entertainment value of intercollegiate athletics with a meaningful community-service campaign.”

Collective funds from similar events throughout the state will provide for a combined donation from the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations, which will be presented to representatives of the American Cancer Society at the state championship games, scheduled for Sunday, March 12 at Las Positas College in Livermore. Since its inception in 2010, the annual California Community Colleges effort has generated nearly $175,000 in donated revenue toward cancer research.

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152
Michelle Male,Senior Manager, Distinguished Events, California Division | American Cancer Society cancer.org | 1.800.227.2345

 

 

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Athletic Alumni Honored at Hall of Fame Event

 

SAN MARCOS (February 9, 2017) – Palomar College inducted 12 new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 28, at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos. Pictured are the new honorees and/or their representatives as follows: from left, Jim Adkins (Cross Country/Track & Field); Shannon Downey and Laura Quiroz Jorgensen (softball); Joe Hall (football); LeAnne Walther Farmer (Swimming/ Water Polo); Joe Ismay (Wrestling/Coach); Carolyn & Greg Miller, parents of inductee, Keith Miller (Football); Allison Gibson (Soccer); Ayako & Dan Buh, parents of inductee, Andy Buh (Football); and David Faulkner (Football/Basketball).  Not pictured:  Gera Alvarez (Baseball) and Jack Wiland (Baseball/Football/Coach).

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Tom Saxe, Sports Information, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989, TsaxeJr@palomar.edu
Scott Cathcart, Director, Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 2464, scathcart@palomar.edu

 

Seventy Palomar College Fall-Sport Comets Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors

SAN MARCOS, CA (January 30, 2017) –— Participants in the recently concluded 2016 Palomar College fall season of sport produced 70 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors. Qualification for the award includes active participation on an in-season team, successful completion of 12-or-more semester units and a 3.0 (B equivalent) grade-point average.

For the current year’s assessment, men’s and women’s basketball was eliminated from the fall-sport grouping to be evaluated in the spring, owing to the in-progress status of the now three-unit intercollegiate class. Also and for a first time, the fall semester totals include the Athletic Department’s co-ed cheerleading program, which although not recognized as a California Community College Athletic Association or PCAC-sanctioned activity, is institutionally administrated according to similar eligibility standards.

The honored students include 14 members of the Comet football team; 10 members of the men’s water polo team; eight men’s soccer players; seven members each of the women’s water polo team, wrestling team and cheerleading squad; five women’s soccer players; four members each of the men’s cross country and women’s volleyball teams; and two women’s golfers.

Six Comet athletes achieved perfect 4.0 (straight-A) grade point averages for the semester, including Grant Curry, Elijah Foli, Tim Sheehy and Paul Shaner of the men’s water polo team; Matt DeHaven of the men’s cross country team; and Dana Zapanta of the women’s golf team. No fewer than 24 additional fall-sport athletes achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Overall, of the 202 fall-sport participants, 139 (69%) passed 12-or-more semester units and achieved an aggregate grade-point average of 2.77.

 

Following is the complete list of 2016 Palomar College fall-sport scholar-athletes, grouped according to the individual sport programs.

CHEERLEADING

Taylor Frank

Kelly Hale-kocinski

Emily Holland

Priscilla Morelos

Maryann Perea

Allison Staub

Christina Truong

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Matthew DeHaven

Joshua Lyda

Edgar Romero

Mark Yabarra

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Marlen Amador

Maya Guerrero

FOOTBALL

Lamont Chaney

Zachary Lofting

Roger Mann*

Joshua Pichette

Christian Prince*

Ethan Reber

Justin Sattelmaier

Harry Sio

James Taumaoe

Currie Thomason

Chandler Wachholz

Bryce Willette

Semaj Wren

Nicholas Zimmerman

WOMEN’S GOLF

Michelle DeLaCruz

Dana Zapanta*

MEN’S SOCCER

Tyler Burdick

Joshua Clay

Kyle Gemmell

Ian Jaime

Marcus Lactawen

Stone McElderry*

Jiovani Molinero

Gilberto Vasquez

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Grace Busby*

Cheyanne Edwards

Ardiana Gutierrez

Lindsay Pelchat

Brittney Rosillo

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Ashley Aubele

Kayla Boatright*

Lisa Eldridge

Samanatha Radebaugh

MEN’S WATER POLO

Grant Curry

Tristin D’Ambrosi*

Elijah Foli

Aaron Oreb

Ryan Rhoads

Paul Schaner*

Tim Sheehy*

Abraham Turner*

Dylan Van Horn

Zach Wagonis

WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Rebekah Blackburn

Dallas Fatseas**

Jordann Heimback

Torrey Hirning

Kelly Rowan

Emma Thomas

Sydney Thomas

WRESTLING

Cameron Cox

Miguel Flores

Seville Hayes

Sean McDannold

Trevor Torres

Bruce Valdez

Le Valdez

 

*Previous honors

 

 

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Media contacts:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Tom Saxe, Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989

Palomar College Student Marissa Medina Says ‘Game On’ to Tennis

 

photos by Stephen Davis

 

SAN MARCOS (January 23, 2017) – Marissa Medina isn’t about to let a disability like Cerebral Palsy (CP) get in the way of establishing herself as a tennis player, or anything else for that matter.

The 23-year-old Palomar College student and Carlsbad resident completed a tennis class in December at Palomar College. Tennis is one of many physical activities Marissa participates in despite her disability.

Marissa’s first eight weeks in the 16-week class taught by Palomar Tennis Coach Ronnie Mancao were spent on her feet, along with her able-bodied fellow students. Frustrated by her limited ability to stay balanced during play, she started thinking about the idea of playing the game from a wheelchair. While she was at first apprehensive about approaching Mancao with this idea, she mustered up the courage and found that he was not only supportive, but quite knowledgeable about teaching tennis to people with disabilities.

Mancao, a longtime charter member of the Professional Tennis Registry/USA was a wheelchair clinician for that association and traveled the United States instructing other teaching pros how to teach wheelchair tennis. He also has taught tennis clinics for physically challenged individuals.  “Marissa is eager to learn and asks very specific detailed questions when I’m coaching her,” Mancao said. “She is determined to execute her motor skills properly and doesn’t make excuses concerning her tennis performance…she just asks, ‘How can I fix it Coach?’ … Marissa has a friendly, happy personality and her outlook on the world she lives in is always positive.”

A graduate of San Marcos High School, Marissa was born in Denver and was diagnosed with CP at the age of one. Her family, which includes a twin sister and an older sister, relocated to Carlsbad when she was six years old. With a lifelong interest in music, she learned to play piano when she was young and performed in the choir while in high school. She has taken music classes at Palomar and initially planned to pursue an associate degree in music; however she feared her physical instability might make it difficult to perform on stage.

Currently, she is focused on a career in early childhood education. She is preparing to receive her associate degree from Palomar in May, and then transfer to Montana State University in the fall. In addition to her studies at Palomar, Marissa has worked at the College’s Reading Center for two years. She also helps care for a toddler with disabilities and works at buybuyBABY in Encinitas, where she specializes in informing people about the proper use of car seats. “I am passionate about car seat safety,” she said and plans in the near future to become certified as a car seat installer.

According to Melinda Carrillo, chair of Palomar’s Reading Services program, “Marissa is an amazing young lady. She began her association with the Reading Services Department as a student in our transferrable Read 110 “Power Reading Class” and quickly moved on to working as a tutor for the department due to her strong work ethic. Staff and students alike look forward to working with Marissa and enjoy her quick wit and friendly personality. We are all so proud of her acceptance at Montana State and know she will shine in her studies there.”

Describing herself as “adventurous and very open,” Marissa has studied ballet and gymnastics. In the past she participated in the adaptive ski program sponsored by Palomar’s disability resource center. While she acknowledges her choice of Montana State might present some climate challenges, she looks forward to exploring skiing in Montana.

Marissa has undergone six surgeries to improve her physical abilities and plans to have Botox therapy on her leg muscles in the near future. According to an article in News Medical, Botox injections have been shown to relax the muscles in CP patients, making it easier for them to function properly http://www.news-medical.net/news.

As she anticipates graduation, Marissa reflects on her experience at Palomar College. She said when she started at Palomar, she did not have a clear direction or a lot of self confidence. However, through taking classes from some “great teachers” and working at the Reading Center, she has gained a solid sense of herself and has a positive outlook on her future. Mentioning professors including Coach Mancao, Melinda Carillo (Reading), Jose Briceño (Math) and Sean Figg (Geology), she said, “They made me feel like I can succeed!”

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Ronnie Mancao, Associate Professor/Coach, Kinesiology/Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 3560, rmancao@palomar.edu

 

Palomar College Receives Top Marks in Financial Audits — ‘Unmodified’ Opinions with No Findings

 

SAN MARCOS, CA — (January 10, 2017) Palomar College received top grades regarding its most recent financial audits, which were presented at the Palomar College Governing Board Meeting on January 10, 2017.  The District received a “clean, unmodified opinion with no findings,” the highest grade that can be attained, according to Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants.   “The District should be proud of its accomplishments, an unmodified opinion with no findings is very rare.”

“This achievement reflects the college’s commitment to exemplary fiscal management,” stated Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake.

In addition to the general financial audit, Vavrink, Trine, Day & Co., LLP also performed an audit on Proposition M resulting in a Financial Audit Report and Performance Audit Report.  According to Heidi White from Vavrink, Trine, Day & Co., who presented to the Governing Board, the Proposition M audit also received an unmodified opinion with no findings.

“An ‘unqualified’ opinion is the best type of audit report to be issued from an external auditor, indicating no deficiencies in internal control or compliance,” stated Ron Perez, Palomar’s Vice President, Finance and Administrative Services.  “Next month we are going out for our last series of bonds for Proposition M and this audit will have a positive effect on our credit rating.  We are proud of these audit reports which could not have been possible without the leadership of the District’s Fiscal Director, Carmen Coniglio and the hard work of all of the fiscal staff.”

The Annual Financial Report presented to the Governing Board is available on the College’s website at: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/fiscalservices/files/2016/01/Palomar-CCD-Final-Annual-Audit-Report-2016.pdf.  The Proposition M Report is available on the College’s website at: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/fiscalservices/files/2016/01/Palomar-CCD-Bond-Final-Report-Prop-M-2016.pdf.

 

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Media contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2365

Palomar College Radio and Television Productions Named as Finalists in Nationwide Competition

KKSM Radio is Nominated for Best Community College Radio Station in the Country

(SAN MARCOS, CA – December 23, 2016) Palomar College’s radio and television programs made it to the finals in a nationwide annual competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS).

Named Best Community College Radio Station in last year’s IBS competition, Palomar’s KKSM radio station radio (AM 1320) was nominated again in the same category, plus received nominations this year in six other categories. This is the first year IBS has named finalists for television, and Palomar received nominations in two student productions. In both television categories, Palomar was the only community college represented among the finalists.

In addition to the overall Best Community College Radio Station nomination, Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA) students nominated for radio productions are Dario Gallegos for Best Specialty Music Show, Versatil Style; Dylan Hanks for Best Commercial, Palomar College; Kenneth Hladky for Best Comedy Program, Plunther Hills Valley; Ryne Holloway for Best Public Service Announcement, YMCA Transitional Age Youth; and Kristina Thomas for Best Station Promo, KKSM:Switchin’ It Up.

Palomar College adjunct History Professor Dr. Joseph Bagnall was nominated for Best Community Volunteer Personality/Program, Doc’s Jazz.

KKSM Station Manager Zeb Navarro said, “Palomar is tied with four-year universities for these seven nominations including Indiana University, Arizona State University, and University of Kansas. What great company to be with! This shows the quality of the programs we offer and the hard work of our students, staff, and faculty. I am very proud of the KKSM team and thankful of the support from our administration.”

Palomar DBA students nominated for television productions are Jay Brown and Marty Golingan for Best Newscast, North County News 5-3-16; and Caitlin Reed for Best Talk Program, Palomar Live 12-3-15.

In the television newscast category, Palomar is alongside Western Illinois University, Ashland University, and Arkansas State University and in the talk program category other nominees include University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and William Paterson University. Pat Hahn, radio and television professor said “These nominations show that Palomar continues its tradition of having some of the best students, instructors, and program in the country!”

KKSM is a 500 watt station that broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the Palomar College campus in San Marcos, California at 1320AM on the dial, simulcasting on Cox Digital Cable Channel 957, and worldwide on the web. For more information about Palomar College’s digital broadcast arts program, go to http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/dba/.

Media contact:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Zeb Navarro, KKSM, znavarro@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2442
Pat Hahn, Professor, Digital Broadcast Arts, phahn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2964

 

 

 

 

Palomar College Governing Board Elects New Officers                                                 

SAN MARCOS, CA (December 13, 2016) – The Palomar College Governing Board elected new officers at the group’s December 13 meeting. Shown, from left are Palomar College Superintendent/President  Dr. Joi Lin Blake; Student Trustee Malik Spence; Governing Board President-elect Nancy Ann Hensch; Trustee and Outgoing President Mark Evilsizer; Secretary Dr. John Halcón; Vice President Paul McNamara; and Trustee Nina Deerfield.

Deerfield was sworn in as the newest member of the Board. She was elected to the position in November along with incumbents Halcón and Hensch.

Palomar Community  College District Governing Board voted to continue meeting on the second Tuesday of each month in the Governing Board room, Student Services Building, San Marcos campus. The San Marcos campus address is 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA .  Closed session begins at 4 p.m. and open session begins at 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are open to the public.

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Media contacts:  Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365

Palomar College Intersession Begins January 3

 

 

SAN MARCOS (December 8, 2016) – Need college credit in a hurry? With classes starting January 3, Palomar College’s winter Intersession classes pack a lot of learning into a short period of time.

Intersession is an intensive four-week term that offers the same credit as traditional semester-length classes by utilizing longer meeting times for each class. Students who enroll in Intersession can complete pre-requisites or other desired courses before spring semester begins on January  30. Classes are offered both face-to-face and online formats.

Subjects offered in face-to-face classes include athletics, child development, chemistry, cinema, disability resources, emergency medical education, fashion, and kinesiology.

Subjects offered online include business, cinema, communications, computer science and information technology, counseling, economics, graphic communications, health, history, journalism, statistics/psychology and statistics/sociology.

Most face-to-face intersession classes will be held on the San Marcos campus at 1140 West Mission Road. Emergency medical education classes will be held at the Esondido Center at 1951 East Valley Parkway.

Tuition is $46 per unit for residents. For more information or to apply for admission online at no charge go to www.palomar.edu.

 

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CONTACTs:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

 

 

Palomar College Campus is Accredited as an Arboretum

Palomar is the only Community College in the State with this Distinction

SAN MARCOS (December 8, 2016) – As Palomar College celebrates its 70th year, many would agree that the grounds of the San Marcos campus have never looked better. That impression was validated recently with the naming of the campus as a Level II Arboretum by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. In California, Palomar is the only community college in California with this distinction, and along with UC Davis, one of only two college campuses in the state that are certified as Arboretums.

“The fact that the entire campus is recognized as an Arboretum, not only the Edwin and Francis Hunter Arboretum located on the northeast side of Palomar, is very exciting,” said  Dr. Joi Lin Blake, Palomar College Superintendent/President. “This is a notable distinction that places Palomar as a leader in the county.”

The requirements for ArbNet’s Level II accreditation include having an up-to-date database with a minimum of 100 woody plants. Palomar now has more than 300 plants labeled. In addition, the accreditation requires that a plant collection policy must be in place and collections defined. Palomar’s roughly 200-acre campus currently houses 31 different garden themes, plus the Endangered Coastal Sage Brush community and the Edwin and Francis Hunter Arboretum. Some examples of the garden themes are as follows: a Hardwood Garden located near the Cabinet and Furniture Technology building displays trees often used in furniture and cabinet making; a Polynesian Garden near the Teaching and Learning Center is home to a faux lava field and rainwater-filled water feature; a Cactus and Succulent Garden near Mission Road and Comet Circle features more than 3,000 species; plus many California Native Gardens and other gardens that are scattered throughout the campus.

According to Tony Rangel, Palomar’s Grounds Services Supervisor, “Arguably Palomar College has one of the greatest concentrations of plant diversity on public display within a relatively small area in San Diego County, rivaled only by Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and San Diego Botanical Garden. Including the native coastal sage scrub north and east of campus, there are 3000-5,000 species spread throughout the campus property.”

Rangel, who is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture, said that Palomar’s arboretum certification contributes to the College’s Vision, Learning for Success. Arboretums display trees, shrubs and other woody plants from various locales around of the globe. “They are essentially living museums that allow for plant-based learning. Labeling and cataloging plant collections provides the public an opportunity to understand plant origins and how they fits into the global biodiversity of plants and animals,” he said. At Palomar, the arboretum also offers workshops and classes on plant care, ecology and biology.

Rangel further stated, “The Arboretum certification allows the college to work more closely and efficiently on plant-based conservation and education projects with other like-minded institutions from across the country and the globe. The certification demonstrates that the plants on campus are more than landscaping — they are part of a classroom, teaching visitors about the importance of landscaping responsibly with non-invasive plants, native plants and plants adapted to our climate. As the campus grows and diversifies over the coming years, Palomar will continue to show that we recognize and are committed to treating our botanical gems as ambassadors for conservation.”

 

 

 

ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta. ArbNet facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals and works to raise professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The accreditation program, sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. The program offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Standards include planning, governance, public access, programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Tony Rangel, Grounds Supervisor, 760-744-1150, ext. 2133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta. ArbNet facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals and works to raise professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. The accreditation program, sponsored and coordinated by The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois in cooperation with American Public Gardens Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards. The program offers four levels of accreditation, recognizing arboreta of various degrees of development, capacity and professionalism. Standards include planning, governance, public access, programming and tree science, planting and conservation. More information is available at www.arbnet.org.

 

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Tony Rangel, Grounds Supervisor, 760-744-1150, ext. 2133

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Dept. of Education Renews and Increases Grant Funded Programs at Palomar College

SAN MARCOS (November 21, 2016) – Palomar College Grant Funded Programs received a big boost from the federal government recently when the U.S. Department of Education approved and/or renewed significant grants. The grants allow Palomar College to continue offering services critical to the education of traditionally underrepresented groups. A breakdown of the grants follows:

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)known at Palomar as the North County Educational Opportunity Center received a $1.2 million grant. In addition to serving high school and college drop-outs/stop-outs, the program is geared toward individuals such as parolees, veterans and military-connected family members, and unemployed residents of North County. The aim is to help people from such groups return to school to receive their GEDs or high school diplomas, and/or college certificates or degrees.

The Educational Talent Search (ETS), serving middle school and high school students through high school graduation, received a grant for $3.6 million for five years. The existing ETS, serving Escondido Unified School District and Escondido Union High School District schools, was renewed for 1.2 million; plus a new ETS serving Vista Unified School District was granted for $1.2 million. ETS is designated for low income, first generation college bound students to ensure they stay in school, progress with grades, pursue college prep programs and classes, and are college ready with financial aid and scholarships, for college opportunities. Parent education is included in the program.

Services offered in both the EOC and ETS programs include academic, career and financial counseling. Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid forms is provided, as well as tutoring. EOC projects include career exploration and aptitude assessment. The ETS program offers mentoring and special activities for sixth, seventh and eigth graders, as well as workshops for families. More information on these programs is available at www2.ed.gov.

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Calvin One Deer Gavin, Director, Grant Funded Student Programs, Interim Director, EOPS/CARE/CalWorks/Foster Youth Palomar College, 760-744-1150, ext. 3679, onedeer@palomar.edu

Faculty Exhibit Opens Thursday, Nov. 17 – Student Art Sale Begins Dec. 30

 

November 16, 2016

What:
Boehm Gallery Opening Reception for the Annual Art and Photography Faculty Exhibition, RIPE
and the Semi-annual Student Art & Craft Sale

When:
Boehm Gallery Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 17
1 – 3 p.m.
(Boehm Gallery exhibit on display through Dec. 13)

Art Sale: Wednesday – Saturday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 3
Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:
Opening Reception: Boehm Gallery
Art Sale: Palomar College Art Department Courtyard next to buildings C and D. The Art Department Complex is near the front of campus, adjacent to parking lots 1 and 2. It is accessed from the College’s front entrance: 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

Details:
The student art and craft sale presents handmade pieces by Palomar College students and alumni in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, and more. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Art Department, helping support the semi-annual sale,  scholarships, visiting artists, exhibitions and new equipment. Shoppers may pay with cash, checks or credit cards.

Parking:
Parking is available in lots 1 and 2 without a permit.

More information:
http://www.palomarart.com/
Michael Hernandez, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 2308, mhernandez2@palomar.edu
Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext.2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Michael Hernandez, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 2308, mhernandez2@palomar.edu
Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

Donations to be Matched on Giving Tuesday at Palomar College

 

(SAN MARCOS, CA – November 16, 2016) The Palomar College Foundation kicks off this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign announcing that every dollar raised will be matched by a group of anonymous donors. Giving Tuesday at Palomar is scheduled for November 29.

Celebrated in the U.S. on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is described on www.givingTuesday.org as “A Global Day of Giving.” Associated with the “the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday…#GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.” Last year an estimated $116 million was raised by a wide variety of nonprofit organizations—more than double the prior year’s total.

At Palomar College, funds donated to the Foundation on Giving Tuesday help provide scholarships, textbook assistance, and support for many special programs. “These generous donations have a large and immediate impact on the lives of many students,” said Kim Hartwell, who oversees the Foundation’s scholarship program.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have the opportunity to make a big impact with this year’s event. With every dollar being matched, a $50 donation becomes $100! This is a wonderful way to help students gain access to success through education while also benefitting North County communities,” said Rich Talmo, Executive Director, Palomar College Foundation.

Donations can be made at the foundation’s website, www.palomar.edu/foundation. For more information, contact Hartwell at 760-744-1150, ext. 2664, khartwell@palomar.edu.

 

 

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Kim Hartwell, Palomar College Foundation, 760-744-1150, ext. 2664

 

Palomar to Celebrate GIS Day on Wednesday, November 16

 

November 12, 2016

 

WHO:
Palomar College’s Earth, Space and Aviation Sciences Department

WHAT:
GIS Day 2013: “Discovering the World through GIS”
Activities focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

WHEN:
Wednesday, November 16
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
6 – 7 p.m.
See program of events below for scheduled activities

WHERE:
Natural Science (NS) Building (see specific locations below)
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

MORE DETAILS:

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. NS Building Lobby
An information and activity table with interactive activities and prizes. Activities will include:

  • Geocaching scavenger hunt within Palomar college
  • Crowdsourcing activities to improve online maps in your neighborhood
  • Drone flight simulator to test your piloting skills
  • Information about Palomar’s GIS classes and degree programs
  • Information on GIS career and internship opportunities
  • Information on other Palomar programs (e.g. Environmental Studies, Drone Technology, Archaeology) related to GIS

 6 – 7 p.m. NS-135
Guest speaker Sean Taugher, Vice President of Distribution Strategy-Citibank, will discuss how GIS is used in marketing and planning within Citibank.  Pizza will be available while supplies last.

According to the GIS Day website, www.gisday.com, “GIS Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society.” GIS Day was initiated in 1999 by Jack Dangermond, the president and co-founder of Environmental Systems Research Inst., Inc. (ESRI), a company based in Redlands, California that produces GIS software.

WHO IS INVITED/COST:
This event is free and open to the public

INFORMATION/CONTACT:
Contact Wing Cheung, Associate Professor of Geography and GIS Coordinator for information about the event and parking, wcheung@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 3652

 

 

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Media Contacts:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Wing Cheung, 760-744-1150, ext. 3652, wcheung@palomar.edu

 

 

 

 

Behavioral Sciences Presents Exploring Darwin Conference Nov. 8-9

November 2, 2016

Who:
Palomar College Departments of Behavioral Sciences supported by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) II funds

What:
Exploring Darwin Conference – a series of talks by scientists, researchers, writers, faculty and faculty emeriti from Palomar College, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State San Marcos, University of San Diego, the Salk Institute and the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropology (CARTA).

When:
Tuesday, November 8, 9:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, 9:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

See Schedule of Speakers on following page

Where:
Palomar College, Howard Brubeck Theatre
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069
Why:
This lecture series is designed to illustrate how Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection applies to a wide range of disciplines in both the natural and social sciences, and to inform students about current research in various fields.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes or provide extra credit assignments for attending students.  Sign-in sheets will keep track of attending students. Attendance is limited to the capacity of each room. Palomar College students will be given first priority.

Cost:
Free.

Parking:
Members of the community may  park for free in any white spaces in Lots 1 and 2 until 4 p.m.  Payment is required for metered spaces designated as visitor parking.

Contact:
Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences; pdebarros@palomar.edu, 770-744-1150, ext. 2343

 

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences,  pdebarros@palomar.edu, 770-744-1150, ext. 2343

(Schedule of Speakers follows this page)

 

 

Exploring Darwin

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8 & 9, 2016

9:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Talks will begin at 9:35 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. each day

Howard Brubeck Theatre


Schedule of Speakers

 

Tuesday, November 8th

9:35     SARA LINKER, Salk Institute

Studying Primate Evolution in a Dish:  an Exploration into Neuronal Diversity  

 

11:10   PASCAL GAGNEUX, UCSD.  Associate Professor of Pathology; Associate Director, Division of Comparative Pathology and Medicine; Associate Director, Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)

What Genetic Changes made us Human? The Paradoxical Ape

 

12:45   PATRICK DURKEE, Cal State Fullerton

The Ancestral Importance of Male Formidability and its Potential Impact on Modern Social Behavior

 

2:20     PHILIP DE BARROS, Professor of Anthropology, Palomar College

“The Ghost in your Genes” (BBC Productions) and the Science of Epigenetics

 

Wednesday, November 9th

 

9:35     PHILIP DE BARROS, Professor of Anthropology, Palomar College

What is Natural Selection and How Does it Work?

 

11:10   JENNIFER PARKINSON, Assistant Professor, University of San Diego

Diet and Evolution in our Earliest Human Ancestors: the Impact of Meat Eating in Hominin Evolution

 

12:45   ERIN LANE, Adjunct Professor, Palomar College; Supervisor of Maternal Behavior
Neuroendocrinology Lab, Cal State San Marcos

What is Sexual Selection?

 

2:20     KARI HANSON, UCSD, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Neural Computation, CARTA.

The Evolving Human Brain:  Insights from Comparative Studies and Neurodiversity

 

 

Event Contact:

Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences,  pdebarros@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2343

KKSM Named Best Two-Year College Radio Station; Broadcast Students Win Awards

(SAN MARCOS, CA – November 1, 2016) October ended with high accolades for Palomar College’s radio station, KKSM, and for award-winning broadcast students in the Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA) program.

KKSM was named the Best Two-Year College Radio Station by the College Media Association (CMA) and student Doug Paulson received Honorable Mention for Best Newscast. These awards were announced at the CMA annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct. 29.

At a separate conference, student Ken Hladky received the Fourth Place award for Best Entertainment Program from College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) at the National Student Electronic Media Convention in Philadelphia Oct. 22.

“It is so great to see our radio DBA students gain the recognition they deserve,” said Pat Hahn, professor of media studies. “Our students work extremely hard at maintaining the standards of excellence provided to them in their radio class. Each student has the mindset that this is a professional level radio station and act accordingly. I’m so proud of them.”

KKSM General Manager Zeb Navarro said , “Out of all the CMA nominees, Palomar has the only community college radio station with a terrestrial signal (am/fm) and the only one that is licensed by the FCC. This speaks volumes of the academic and professional quality that Palomar College has to offer its broadcasting students.”

 

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Media contact:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152

 

Economic Impact Report Shows Palomar College Contributes Nearly $911 Million to the Region’s Gross Regional Product

SAN MARCOS (October 26, 2016) – Palomar College is a regional powerhouse of economic impact, contributing $910.7 million to the North San Diego County’s gross regional product annually.  In addition, the District added 1,709 jobs to its service area, according to a report from Emsi, an Idaho-based firm that specializes in analyzing colleges’ and universities’ economic impact.

“While we know that Palomar College, which serves one-quarter of San Diego County, has a significant effect on the region, this report illustrates how large the economic impact is to our students and the businesses in our District,” said Dr. Joi Lin Blake, superintendent/president of Palomar Community College District. “We are excited to share this with our partners; to show how the local economy increases, businesses benefit and communities prosper from the reach and contributions the College has on North County.”

The study reported that for every dollar of public money invested in Palomar Community College District, taxpayers receive a return of $3.30 in added state revenue and social savings.  And for every dollar spent on students, $4.90 is gained in lifetime earnings.  The report further indicated that the average associate degree completer from Palomar College will see an increase in earnings of $11,700 each year compared to someone with a high school diploma or equivalent.  The average annual rate of return students receive on their investment in a Palomar education is an impressive 20 percent!

“We are very proud of the impact the District has the San Diego North County region and we are confident that we are effectively serving the students and the taxpayers,” stated Mark Evilsizer, president of the Palomar Community College District Governing Board.  “Our students, faculty, staff, and vendors greatly increase the region’s economy.”

Other highlights of the newly released study: Palomar College employs more than 1,700 full-time and part-time employees; and Palomar College students yield a total savings of $79.3 million in benefits derived from lower unemployment, increased health, and other social costs.

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Media Contact: Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

Alex Montoya to Speak Palomar College

 

SAN MARCOS (October 25, 2016) – Accomplished author Alex Montoya will be at Palomar College on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Studio Theatre.

Montoya was the former Manager of Latino Affairs for the San Diego Padres, where he oversaw the team’s outreach and charitable programs to the Latino community in San Diego County and Mexico.  He recently decided to pursue his dream, and now runs his own business, AMOtivational Communications: Motivational Presentations & Communications Consulting, which is focused on helping individuals and corporations overcome obstacles to success.

Sponsored by the Palomar College Student Success and Equity Council, Montoya’s talk will cover his own journey in overcoming obstacles as a Latino with a disability. He will discuss the important role mentors play in  achieving success.

Recognized as one of the first San Diegans mainstreamed from special-education in 1980, Montoya earned a spot in the San Diego Unified School District “Hall of Fame” in 2013. He also received the 2010 Visionary Award from the Cesar E. Chavez Committee.

Attendees will receive a copy of Montoya’s book, See the Good.

Palomar College students are encouraged to attend this free event. Seating will be on a first come-first served basis. For more information, contact Lori Waite (lwaite@palomar.edu) or Olga Diaz (odiaz@palomar.edu).

 

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Lori Waite, Assistant Professor, Disabled Student Services, 760-744-1150, ext. 2659, lwaite@palomar.edu
Olga Diaz, Director, Student Support and Student Equity, 760-744-1150, ext. 3624, odiaz@palomar.edu

Palomar College Participates in Great California Shakeout Earthquake Drill


Get ready to DROP! COVER! And HOLD ON!  Thursday, Oct. 20 at 10:20 a.m.

 

What:

Palomar College will participate in the Great California Shakeout earthquake drill.  During the drill, information and directions will be delivered in a 60-second message broadcast through each telephone intercom (speaker), as well as through speakers on buildings throughout the District.   

Who:

Everyone in classrooms, offices and facilities at both the Palomar College San Marcos campus and the Palomar College Escondido Center will be instructed to follow the proper steps to ensure a safe and prompt protection strategy.    All faculty, staff, administrators, students and visitors will be instructed to DROP! COVER! And HOLD ON!

When:
Thursday, October 20 at 10:20 a.m.  

Why:

Participation in the Great California Shakeout earthquake drill is being coordinated through the Environmental, Health & Safety area in the Facilities Department.  The annual event is an opportunity to practice safety measures and take steps to prepare for earthquakes. For more information on the Great California Shakeout, please visit the following website: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/facilities/earthquake-preparedness/ .

Contact:

Palomar College Environmental Health & Safety, ext. 2147

 

Media Contacts:
Laura Gropen, Director, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs, ext. 2152
Melinda Finn, Communications Specialist, ext. 2365

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Political Economy Days will be Here October 26-27

 

October 13, 2016

Who:

Individual expert speakers on topics related to economics, history, political science, anthropology, multicultural studies, philosophy, law and more.

 

What:

Political Economy Days – a series of talks on a variety of political, economic and historical topics.

 

When:

Wednesday, October 26, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, October 27, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

 

Where:

Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069
(specific rooms listed in the attached schedule)

 

Why:

This lecture series is designed to expose students and community members to ideas and applications of political, economic, and historical thought, presented by a diverse group of experts.

 

Who is invited:

Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members. Attendance
is limited to the capacity of each room. Palomar College students will be given first priority.

 

Cost:

Free.

 

Parking:
Members of the community may  pay to park in visitor’s metered parking spaces in Lots 1 and 2 accessed from the main college entrance on Mission Road;  or purchase a day pass and park in Lots 3, 5, 9 and 12, accessed from Comet Circle.

 

Contact:

Teresa Laughlin, Chair of Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics

760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu

Peter Bowman, Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2416; pbowman@palomar.edu

Travis Ritt, History
760-744-1150, ext. 2753; tritt@palomar.edu

Sheila Atkins, Academic Department Assistant, Economics, History and Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2412; pbowman@palomar.edu

 

Schedule of Speakers may be found at http://www.palomar.edu/ehp/politicalEconDays.htm

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 Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Teresa Laughlin, Chair, Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics,
760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu
Peter Bowman, Faculty, Political Science, 760-744-1150, ext. 2416, pbowman@palomar.edu
Travis Ritt, Faculty, History, 760-744-1150, ext. 2753, tritt@palomar.edu

 

 

Archaeology Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Event Oct. 20

 

 

October 13, 2016

Who:

Palomar College Archaeology program

 

What:

40th Anniversary Celebration, with exhibits, speakers, demonstrations and a scavenger hunt.

 

When:

Thursday, October 20, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 

Where:

Lawn area near Clock Tower

Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069
Why:

Palomar’s Archaeology program is widely considered to be one of the best in the nation, and for 40 years has helped both aspiring professionals and the curious public gain a thorough background in the “Science of the Past.”

Interactive and static exhibits will be on display, and Archaeology faculty will be present to answer questions. Professors Philip de Barros and Jim Eighmey will present the history and current and future directions of the program.  Current Archaeology students and graduates from the program will speak about the value of the program.  Stone tool manufacturing demonstrations and a scavenger hunt will also take place.

Who is invited:

All are invited to come and learn about Archaeology and Palomar’s great Archaeology program.

Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members.

 

Cost:

Free.

 

Parking:
Members of the community may  pay to park in visitor’s metered parking spaces in Lots 1 and 2 accessed from the main college entrance on Mission Road;  or purchase a day pass and park in Lots 3, 5, 9 and 12, accessed from Comet Circle.

 

Contact:

Philip de Barros, 760-744-1150, ext. 2343, pdebarros@palomar.edu
Jim Eighmey, Coordinator, Archaeology Program, 760-744-1150, ext. 3936, jeighmey@palomar.edu

 

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Philip de Barros, 760-744-1150, ext. 2343, pdebarros@palomar.edu
Jim Eighmey, Coordinator, Archaeology program, 760-744-1150, ext. 3936, jeighmey@palomar.edu

Suicide Prevention Event on Campus Thursday, Oct. 6

What:

Suicide Prevention Event, Send Silence Packing

 

When:

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Where:

Lawn area near Student Union
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

 

Details:

Palomar College is one of 14 colleges in the country, and the only one in San Diego County participating this fall in a Send Silence Packing event at the San Marcos campus. Palomar is partnering with Active Minds, Inc. to host this exhibition during Suicide Prevention Month.

According to Active Minds literature, “Send Silence Packing is a traveling public education display of 1,100 backpacks representing the 1,100 college students who die by suicide each year.” The display will be placed in the lawn area in front of the Student Union near the Veterans Memorial and clock tower.

The exhibit will be accompanied from 9 a.m. to noon by music performed by multi-reed instrumentalist Dr. Ellen Weller, a Palomar College music professor in the Performing Arts department.

This event is sponsored by the Counseling Department and Palomar College’s Active Minds club with assistance from the Student Health Centers and the Associated Student Government.

 

Parking for Media:

Parking is available in Lots 1 and 2 with a visitor’s pass obtained from the Police Department office located between the college’s front entrance on Mission Road and the Howard Brubeck Theatre.

 

More information:

Karan Huskey, Associate Professor/Counselor, Counseling Services, 760-744-1150, ext. 3138
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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Karan Huskey, Associate Professor/Counselor, Counseling Services, 760-744-1150, ext. 3138

 

 

Palomar College Presents Tarde de Familia September 30

SAN MARCOS (September 15, 2016) – Tarde de Familia: An Evening for Our Families will be held on  Friday, September 30, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Student Union at Palomar College in San Marcos, at 1140 West Mission Road. The event will include speakers, networking opportunities, and information about Palomar College’s academic, student services and support programs.  Dinner and parking in Lots 1 and 2 are complimentary. Presentations will be in Spanish.

The theme for this semester’s Tarde de Familia event is Entrepreneurship /Small Business. Featured speakers are three individuals who have overcome adversity to achieve their educational and/or career goals. The speakers are Bill de la Fuente, business owner, Comerciantes Latinos y Asociados; Claudia Tapia, business owner, Abriendo Puertas, Traditions Real Estate; and Beatriz Arrellano, current business student.

Following the presentations, guests will be able to network with small business owners and representatives from the various academic, student services and support programs available at Palomar College. Designed to bring together students and their families with Latino professionals, this biannual event also showcases the many programs and resources available to assist underrepresented students at Palomar College.

Tarde de Familia is hosted by the Association of Latinos and Allies for Student Success (ALASS) and chair Dr. Rodolfo Jacobo, who originated the event in 2011.

Dr. Jack Kahn, dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) credits Dr. Jacobo and other members of ALASS, an all-volunteer group of staff, faculty and students, for making this event a success every semester. “Formed to provide support to the Hispanic community, the group has enlisted representatives from several College departments and programs to offer outreach at the event,” he said. Some areas to be represented include English as a Second Language (ESL); SBS; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC); Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); Star Tutoring; and many others.

With figures showing Palomar’s Hispanic student population at 39% and growing, the College is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and receives funding from the federal government designated “to assist with strengthening institutional programs, facilities, and services to expand the educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations.” (U.S. Dept. of Education website). Kahn said that Tarde de Familia is one of many events and programs HSI funding helps make possible.

For more information about Tarde de Familia, contact ccruz@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2262.

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Carmelino Cruz, English as a Second Language, 760-744-1150, ext. 2262, ccruz@palomar.edu

 

 

Información en español

 

¡El Colegio Palomar los invita cordialmente a participar en nuestra Tarde de Familia!

Viernes, 30 de Septiembre 2016

6 – 8 p.m.

Palomar College

1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos CA 92069

Escuchen relatos sobre los obstáculos y éxitos personales de tres latinos que superaron la adversidad para lograr sus metas educativas y ejercer sus carreras en el campo de la comercia.

Al concluir las presentaciones, pasen a convivir con los oradores y varios representantes quienes les darán información sobre las diversas ramas académicas y recursos de apoyo disponibles en el Colegio Palomar.

Presentaciones serán en español.

¡Estacionamiento y Cena Gratis!

Por favor presione AQUĺ para registrarse más rápido

Para más información, llame al 760-744-1150 x2262 o mande un correo electrónico a ccruz@palomar.edu.

Anfitrión Dr. Rodolfo Jacobo, Departamento de Estudios Multiculturales

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Late Start and Fast Track Classes at Palomar College Are Still Open for Enrollment Fall Semester

 

SAN MARCOS (September 9, 2016) – There is still time to start and complete coursework this semester at Palomar College. Fall Late Start classes have various start dates in September, October, November and December.  Fast Track, offered in either eight-week or twelve-week sessions, begin Sept. 20 and Oct. 17. All of these classes end by Dec. 17.

These classes provide a fast and affordable way to earn college credits.  Many students utilize Fast Track classes to complete prerequisites during the fall so they can qualify for enrollment in desired classes in the spring. More than 150 classes have space available this semester. Subject areas include math, English, history, American Indian studies, economics, business, counseling, political science, philosophy, Spanish, speech, computer science and theatre arts (to name just a few).

A complete listing of Palomar College fall Fast Track and Late Start classes can be viewed on the College’s website at http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/schedule/fast-track-and-late-start-classes/. Students must complete the online application for admission, and may also register for classes at the same website.

Tuition for California residents is $46 per credit unit. For additional information go to http://www.palomar.edu.

High school students age 15 and up can acquire units toward high school graduation or start earning college credits through basic general education courses. Tuition is free for currently enrolled public school students. High school students who wish to enroll in Palomar College classes must submit a K-12 Student/Graduation Verification of Minor form and a Health Services Consent for Treatment of Minor Student form, available through area high schools or online at http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/enrollmentservices/forms/

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

ITT Tech Students Invited To Sept. 12 Workshop At Palomar College

 

SAN MARCOS, California (September 8, 2016) – Palomar College is offering immediate assistance to students who have been affected by the closure of ITT Technical Institute. A special workshop has been scheduled to provide personalized counseling, evaluation and financial aid information.

On Monday, September 12, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., former ITT students are invited to Palomar’s San Marcos campus, for the workshop in MD-157.  College personnel will assist attendees with information on admission, financial aid, assessment and instruction.  Free parking will be provided beginning at 6  p.m. in parking lots 1 and 2, accessed from the college’s main entrance at 1140 West Mission Road in San Marcos.

Palomar College has set up has created a special information page for ITT Tech students, which is available at http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/students/information-for-itt-students/ .

There is still time to start and complete coursework this semester at Palomar College.  Fall Late Start classes have various start dates in September, October, November and December.  Fast Track, offered in either eight- or twelve-week sessions, begin Sept. 20 and Oct. 17.  More than 150 classes have space available in the Fast Track format.

”Palomar College is prepared to assist former ITT Tech students immediately and to help them continue their education,” stated Dr. Joi Lin Blake, Superintendent/President.  “We appreciate the challenge that they are facing and we will do all we can to make their transition to Palomar as smooth as possible.”

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office

760-744-1150, ext. 2152

Palomar College Seeks Volunteers for the Proposition M Bond Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC)

 

SAN MARCOS (August 31, 2016) — Palomar College is seeking to fill four vacancies on the Proposition M Bond Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC). Those interested in applying should identify as one of the following: a student enrolled and active in a Palomar College support group (such as student government); a member of the community at-large; a member active in a senior citizens’ organization; and an individual active in a bona fide taxpayers association.  ICOC members are appointed and applications are required, along with approval by the Palomar College Governing Board.

The ICOC oversees how the college expends nearly $700 million from Proposition M, the facilities bond measure voters approved in November 2006.  The committee is responsible for ensuring that bond proceeds are expended only for the purposes described in the Proposition M ballot measure.

Individuals interested in these appointed positions can obtain an application on Palomar’s website at http://www.palomar.edu/propm/icoc/ or by calling Shawna Cohen in Employment Services, 760-744-1150, extension 2608.  Applications are available until the position is filled.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and must reside within the Palomar Community College District, which stretches from Camp Pendleton and part of Oceanside in the west, to Borrego Springs in the east, and from the Riverside County line to Poway and Rancho Peñasquitos.

State law requires that the ICOC membership include at least one (enrolled) student who is active in a community college support group, such as student government; one member active in a business organization representing the business community; one member active in a senior citizens’ organization; one member active in a taxpayers’ association; one member active in a support organization for Palomar College, such as the Palomar College Foundation and President’s Associates; and two members of the community.

A majority of the members must possess expertise in one or more of the following areas: large-scale construction operations, municipal/public finance, expertise with agency/entity budgeting, and project management. The committee may not include any employee or official of the district, or any vendor, contractor or consultant of the district.

Under the ICOC bylaws approved by the Governing Board in September 2008, terms of service are generally two years, with a maximum of three terms. ICOC members are not compensated. The college anticipates that the ICOC will meet quarterly.

The ICOC bylaws stipulate the group will receive and review the district’s annual independent performance audit and annual independent financial audit; inspect college facilities and grounds for which bond proceeds have been or will be expended; review district efforts to maximize bond proceeds; inform the public and Governing Board about the district’s bond expenditures; present an annual written report to the Board; and provide other input.

The Proposition M measure allows Palomar to carry out its Facilities Master Plan. Prop M is a 15-year building and re-building program which has already begun for Palomar’s San Marcos campus, Escondido Center as well as the District’s two new proposed centers located in Fallbrook (North Education Center) and Rancho Bernardo (South Education Center). With state matching funds, total facility expenditures may reach nearly $1 billion.  Projects funded through Prop M are expected to continue into 2022/23 Fiscal year.

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office

760-744-1150, ext. 2152

 

 

 

Palomar College Ranks Tops in Union-Tribune Reader’s Poll

SAN MARCOS (August 26, 2016) – Palomar College ranked at the top of all community colleges in San Diego County in the San Diego’s Best of 2016 Union-Tribune Readers Poll published Aug. 21. In the College or University category, Palomar ranked second place and was the only community college in the top five.

“We are so proud of this ranking,” said Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake. “It is a reflection of the quality of people and programs we have at Palomar College. I am excited to be here at this time, when so many great things are happening at this college.”

This is the fourth year in a row that Palomar College has placed among the top five in the U-T Readers Poll College or University category, and the third time in the second place ranking. For a link to the poll results, go to http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/bestof/2016/san-diego-life-fun/college-or-university/

 

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

 Palomar College President’s Associates to Host  25th Annual Gala

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (August 22, 2016) – The Palomar College President’s Associates hosts its 25th annual gala on Saturday, September 10 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, starting at 5:30 p.m..

The Starlit Gala celebrates Palomar College’s 70 years of student success. Proceeds from the event provide scholarships, textbook assistance, program support and other resources for Palomar College students.

“As a Palomar College graduate who now runs a multimillion dollar company, I’m an example of what the opportunity to pursue education means,” said Starlit Gala chair Don Adair, Senior Vice President, General Manager at Swinerton Builders. “I invite the community to join me for a fun-filled evening that will help make that same opportunity accessible to hundreds of students.”

The evening’s events include live and silent auctions, fine dining in a classic venue, entertainment, and a live dance band. In keeping with the College’s 70th Anniversary celebration, the Palomar Encore Dancers will perform to songs representing the seven decades of the college’s history. In addition, Palomar Fashion Design students will present a show featuring styles through the decades.

“Hundreds of students every year are able to stay in school, complete their education, and be successful because of this event,” said Palomar College Foundation Executive Director Richard Talmo.

Comet Award Honoree

The annual Comet Award, which recognizes community leadership and service, will be presented to Kathy Issa. For several decades, Issa has been a philanthropic force in support of Palomar College along with many other worthwhile nonprofits throughout the San Diego region. The Issa Family Foundation has distributed more than $15 million to organizations addressing pressing human needs such as access to education, homelessness, food insecurity, the needs of military veterans, and medical care for underserved populations.

Bid for Fun

The silent and a live auctions will provide guests with many opportunities to obtain unique items ranging from spa visits and jewelry to vacation visits at accessible local and regional resorts, a private planetarium experience for a personal or corporate group, and numerous student and alumni works of art in a variety of media.

“Many people attend the gala every year just so they can take part in the auctions,” said Talmo. “Thanks to the generous donations from local merchants and the contributions of alumni, students and community members, 100% of each bid benefits Palomar College students.”

After the evening’s program and dinner, guests are invited to stay and enjoy and dance to music by the Mark Lessman Band.

Gala Tickets

Gala tickets are $300 each. Tables of 10, which include preferential seating and sponsorship recognition, are $3000 each.

Gala reservations, event information and sponsorship opportunities are available and updated regularly at www.Palomar.edu/foundation or by calling 760-744-1150 ext. 2732.

“We invite the community to join us for an evening that is fun and contributes to the success of our students and our local communities,” said Talmo.

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Media contacts:  Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Department, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

Palomar College Officials Cut the Ribbon on New Early Childhood Education Lab School

                                                                                                                                                                                                         photo by Melinda Finn

SAN MARCOS, CA (August 19, 2016) – Shown ready to officially to cut the ribbon, opening the new Early Childhood Education Lab School (ECELS) at Palomar College are, from left, Palomar College Governing Board Trustee John Halcón; Palomar College President Dr. Joi Lin Blake; Governing Board President Mark Evilsizer; and Vice President Nancy Ann Hensch.

Blake welcomed guests at the Grand Opening event on Friday, Aug. 19, which featured comments from Evilsizer; Interim Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction Dan Sourbeer; and Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences Dr. Jack Kahn. The official speaker at the event was Professor of Child Development and Liaison to the Early Childhood Education Lab School Diane Studinka.

After the remarks, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, commemorative group photographs and refreshments, guest were invited to tour the facility.

In addition to Palomar College faculty, staff and students, guests included public officials, community members, and ECELS children and their families.

The new 16,195 square-foot facility, which opened during the spring 2016 semester, features inviting outdoor play areas, and classrooms designed to bring the outdoor feel inside. The ECELS  includes three buildings, housing seven classrooms and a gross motor room along with offices and other designated rooms; plus five play yards with slides, tunnels, bridges, climbing ramps and more.  The facility is designed to accommodate 123 persons including staff. It was built with funds from Proposition M, a bond measure approved by voters in November 2006.

 

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Media contacts:  Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Department, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

Palomar College Officials Hold Topping Out Ceremony for New Library/Learning Resource Center

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (July 29, 2016) – Palomar College held an official Topping Out Ceremony for the new Library/Learning Resource Center on the San Marcos campus on Thursday, July 28. Shown with the last beam of the new building are, from left to right, are Dennis Astl, Manager, Construction & Facilities Planning; Dr. Joi Lin Blake, Superintendent/President; Dan Sourbeer, Interim Vice President of Instruction; Marlene Forney, Library Co-chair; and Connie Sterling, Library Manager.

Dr. Blake officiated at the event. Speakers also included Alex Alon, Senior Project Executive, Gilbane Building Company, Sourbeer, Astl, Sterling and Forney. After their remarks, officials and guests signed the beam beam before it was hoisted to its final destination atop the building.

When completed, the  four-story facility will be nearly 85,000 square feet.  In addition to books and periodical collections, the facility will have meeting rooms, training rooms, offices, archives, and an adaptive technology center. The LRC will also include a faculty technology center, computer commons, multi-purpose lab, group study rooms, proctoring rooms, open lab tutoring area, reading/study areas and work rooms.

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Media contacts:  Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Department, 760-744-1150 x2152

Fall is in the Air at Palomar College

SAN MARCOS (July 22, 2016) – Palomar College is full of opportunities for students this fall, to take classes that are transferable to universities, sharpen skills, explore new subject areas, or move them closer to their career goals.

Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 22. Enrollment is open through the beginning of the semester. Many classes can be transferred to UC, CSU and private universities.

A number of sections are offered during the day and evening, especially in core classes, to accommodate students’ work schedules and family needs. Other class formats include Online, Fast Track and Late Start classes. Flexible scheduling options provide alternate start and end dates from the full 16-week semester. Eight-week Fast Track classes begin in August and October, and the 12-week session classes start two to four weeks after the beginning of the semester. Late Start, self-paced, open-entry/open-exit and weekend classes provide additional options throughout the semester.

In addition to the San Marcos campus, Palomar College offers classes at the Escondido Center, and has education sites at Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook High School, Mt. Carmel High School and Pauma Valley.

Along with core subjects, students can pursue degrees in cutting edge technologies. For example, geographic information systems (GIS) courses teach students to analyze and visualize locational data, leading to careers in crime analysis, urban planning, and marketing, to name a few.

Courses in computer science and information technology can lead to careers in programming (including video game programming), information technology, networking, web technology and more.

The World Languages department offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

Just a few of the other classes available at Palomar include — accounting, administration of justice, alcohol and other drug studies, American Indian studies,  American Sign Language, astronomy, automotive technology, cinema, counseling, health, real estate, religious studies, speech, and welding. Other subject areas include biology, broadcasting (digital broadcast arts), business, cabinet and furniture technology, chemistry, Chicano studies, child development, counseling, economics, drafting, engineering, entertainment technology, health, interior design, kinesiology, multicultural studies, nutrition, oceanography, photography, physics, political science, and zoology.

From art and architecture to performing arts, water technology and welding, Palomar has classes to meet a wide range of interests and career goals. For the most up-to-date listing of open classes, view the class schedule online at www.palomar.edu/schedule.

California community college fees remain an affordable higher education option at only $46 per unit for California residents, the lowest cost in the nation. Palomar College offers more than 250 associate degree and certificate programs.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

Palomar College Summer Academy Celebrates Accomplishments Over Three-Week STEM Camp

 

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (July 20, 2016) – Students who participated in the Palomar College Summer Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy gathered to celebrate their accomplishments on Saturday, July 16 at the College’s STEM Center along with their families, instructors, Summer Academy coordinators and STEM Ambassadors.

The celebration included remarks by Palomar College’s new president, Dr. Joi Lin Blake and Interim Dean of Mathematics and the Natural and Health Sciences (MNHS) Dr. Kathryn Kailikole. Also in attendance were former Palomar College President Dr. George Boggs and Assistant Director of the Foundation Debbie King. Students received certificates and shared what they created during the three-week camp held at Palomar College’s San Marcos campus. Demo stations were set up at the Saturday event, where students and instructors showed family members and guests examples of their work.

The camp, funded jointly by a Title III HIS STEM II grant and the Palomar College Foundation, was designed to give students hands-on experience working in the areas of career and technical education. Students worked with programming, multimeters, circuit boards, e-portfolio development, robotics, and drones.

Palomar faculty members who worked with the students were Terrie Canon, robotics and programming, associate professor, computer science and information technology (CSIT); Mark Bealo, drone technology, associate professor, graphic communications; Teresa Pelkie, e-portfolio, adunct instructor, CSIT; and Sergio Hernandez, diesel technology, associate professor, trade and industry/diesel technology. Summer Academy coordinators were Sean Figg, assistant professor, geology; Maria Zapien Rangel, STEM Assistant, and Cynthia Cordova, STEM Outreach Coordinator. STEM Ambassadors who participated were Miguel Moraleja, Shelldon Boyd and Joseph Ayala.

The camp was developed by a team of Palomar College faculty and staff members led by Earth Sciences Associate Professor Wing Cheung and Math Professor Cynthia Anfinson. Cheung said the goal of the academy is to show students the applications of a STEM skill (i.e. computer programming) in a variety of career and technical pathways. For more information, contact Cheung at 760-744-1150 x3652.

 

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Palomar College Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Palomar College Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Wing Cheung, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences, 760-744-1150 x3652

 

 

 

 

Palomar College’s New President Officially Takes the Reins

Dr. Joi Lin Blake, left, was sworn in as Palomar College’s new Superintendent/President by Governing Board President Mark Evilsizer at the College’s July 12 Governing Board meeting. (photo by Melinda Finn)

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (June 13, 2016)Dr. Joi Lin Blake was sworn in as Palomar College’s 10th Superintendent/President at the College’s July 12 Governing Board meeting.

Governing Board President Mark Evilsizer and others in attendance welcomed Dr. Blake, who began in her new position on Monday, July 11. Evilsizer spoke of Blake’s “enthusiasm, professionalism and impressive record of leadership,” as he expressed excitement about working with her as the college moves forward.

Blake came to Palomar from the College of Alameda in the Peralta Community College District, where she served as president for 1 ½ years. With more than 30 years of progressive administrative and leadership experience, she is known for her skills in developing partnerships between the community college and local businesses and organizations. She is also credited with developing and implementing innovative programs for diverse traditional and nontraditional student populations in credit, non-credit and contract education programs.

A former San Diego resident, Blake expressed excitement about working at Palomar College and appreciation for the warm welcome and help she has received so far.

Blake’s previous administrative and leadership positions include Vice President of Student Services at Skyline College; Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College; and Interim Dean of Instructional Support Services, Interim Staff Development Coordinator, and Academic Senate President at Southwestern College. She also formerly served as a tenured Professor/Counselor.

At the national level, Blake served as Policy Assistant for the U.S. Department of Education, in the Offices of the Under Secretary, Dr. Martha Kanter, and Vocational and Adult Education. She has served on the statewide Chief Student Services Officers Board and currently is treasurer on the International Education Board.

Successful partnerships between education and community organizations that Blake helped develop include a nationally recognized African American/Latino Male Leadership Summit, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Alameda League of Women Voters, Perforce Technology, Girls, Inc.-Alameda, NPOWER, Tenacity 10 Lacrosse, and Tesla Motors.

She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Post-Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Health Science and a minor in Spanish from San Francisco State University.

Blake replaced Adrian Gonzales, who was appointed as Interim Superintendent/President when  former Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan retired in June, 2015. Gonzales returned to his previous position as Vice President, Student Services.

Palomar College is a comprehensive public two-year community college in North San Diego County.  Palomar Community College District serves one-quarter of San Diego County, or approximately 2500-square miles.  The College offers over 250 degree and certificate programs to nearly 25,000 students annually.

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152

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Palomar Promise Program Guarantees Free Tuition to San Marcos Unified School District Graduates

Officials from Palomar College and San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) are shown celebrating the establishment of The Palomar Promise, which will provide eligible SMSUSD graduates with free tuition while attending Palomar College. From left are (standing) Palomar College Foundation Executive Director Richard Talmo, Herbie Smith, Executive Director, San Marcos Promise, (sitting) Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales and SMUSD Superintendent Dr. Kevin Holt.

(photo by Kurt Lightfoot)

SAN MARCOS, CA (June 21, 2016) – The Palomar Community College District Governing Board has approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Palomar College, The Palomar College Foundation, San Marcos Unified School District and The San Marcos Promise to create The Palomar Promise, designed to provide all eligible SMUSD graduating high school students with free tuition for up to two years while pursuing an associate’s degree, transfer requirements, and/or a certificate program.

Starting in the fall of 2017, upon successful completion of Palomar Promise eligibility requirements, students will receive tuition assistance up to $600/semester or $1,200/year for up to two consecutive years from The San Marcos Promise and Palomar College Foundation. This unique opportunity will allow students to attend college, tuition-free, full-time.

“Palomar College has been serving this region for over 70 years and our partnering with San Marcos Unified to provide a free community college education to eligible students sends a strong message to local families that we are united in supporting our community,” said Adrian Gonzales, Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President. “We could not be happier to be in a position to offer the financial support that will make a difference for many students and their families.”

Dr. Kevin Holt, San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent said “San Marcos Unified, in partnership with The San Marcos Promise, is proud to announce its ‘promise’ with Palomar Community College.  This is a historic partnership, considering SMUSD will be the first district in North County to establish admission to Palomar College with a guaranteed scholarship provided by The San Marcos Promise and the Palomar College Foundation.  We are so grateful to Palomar College for providing this opportunity for SMUSD graduates.”

The program eligibility requirements include that students graduate from SMUSD with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and place into transferable Math, English and Reading, as indicated by Palomar placement test results.  In addition, students will be required to complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) by the federal deadlines for each school year.  Students will be required to complete the Palomar College Foundation Scholarship Application prior to the deadline each year, to maintain eligibility.

“The Palomar Promise is the right thing to do.  It’s right for our kids, for business, and for our community.  Having affordable pathways to college and career in the comfort of your city makes San Marcos a special place to live,” said Herbie Smith, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise Foundation.

Palomar College Foundation Executive Director Richard Talmo said, “We are excited to work with San Marcos Unified as our first Palomar Promise partner. It is fitting that we begin the first of many Promises for Palomar collaborating with a K-12 district here in San Marcos where our main campus is located.”

The Palomar College Foundation will continue to establish community partnerships and to solicit financial assistance from businesses and individuals to ensure that the Palomar Promise continues to grow throughout the District.  The Palomar College Foundation provides financial support to Palomar College matriculating students and the San Marcos Promise prepares students for an experience in higher education.  Both the Palomar College Foundation and The San Marcos Promise are ideal organizations to maintain responsibility for an agreement to provide financial support for SMUSD college-bound students.

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Media Contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Palomar College Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext.2152
Melinda Finn, Palomar College Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Rich Talmo, Executive Director, Palomar College Foundation, 760-744-1150, ext. 2733
Herbie Smith, Executive Director, San Marcos Promise, 760-752-1293

Joi Lin Blake Named New Palomar College President

SAN MARCOS, CA (June 17, 2016) – The Palomar Community College District Governing Board voted Friday, June 17 to appoint Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D. as the new Superintendent/President of Palomar College.  Blake has over 30 years of progressive administrative and leadership experience and is currently president at College of Alameda in the Peralta Community College District, where she has served for 1 1/2 years.  Blake will begin her duties at Palomar on July 11.

“We are excited that Dr. Blake will be joining Palomar College as our 10th Superintendent/President,” stated Mark Evilsizer, Palomar Community College District Governing Board President. “Her enthusiasm, professionalism and progressive leadership will help steer the college into the future, as we continue to provide the highest level of educational excellence for the region.”

Her leadership skills and qualifications include experience developing and implementing innovative programs for diverse traditional and nontraditional student populations in credit, non-credit and contract education programs. Her scope of responsibilities has included providing leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of key components of instruction and student services programs.

Blake is known as a progressive leader who utilizes organizational change strategy as an essential tool to achieve institutional outcomes and effectiveness.  She has provided leadership for national, district and campus-wide strategic planning initiatives, working closely with campus and community constituents to ensure programs and services are strategically and systematically aligned with the institutional priorities outlined in the district/campus strategic plan, accreditation requirements, education/facilities master plan, student learning/service area outcomes, planning and research data.

“I view this position at Palomar College as an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Blake.  “When I look at the vision for the college and its core values, I am excited to begin this new journey.  I look forward to working with the outstanding faculty, staff and administrators and with the community-at-large.  Together, I know that we can continue to provide the finest quality education for North San Diego County and that together, we can help each student achieve his or her personal academic goals.”

Blake’s previous administrative and leadership positions include Vice President of Student Services at Skyline College; Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College; and Interim Dean of Instructional Support Services, Interim Staff Development Coordinator, and Academic Senate President at Southwestern College. She also formerly served as a tenured Professor/Counselor.

At the national level, Blake served as Policy Assistant for the U.S. Department of Education, in the Offices of the Under Secretary, Dr. Martha Kanter, and Vocational and Adult Education. She has served on the statewide Chief Student Services Officers Board and currently is treasurer on the International Education Board.

Blake’s accomplishments include the development and implementation of a number of successful partnerships between education and community organizations. Such organizations include a nationally recognized African American/Latino Male Leadership Summit, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women (AAUW), BART, Alameda League of Women Voters, Perforce Technology, Girls, Inc.-Alameda, NPOWER, Tenacity 10 Lacrosse, and Tesla Motor.

Within the first eight months of her presidency at Alameda, Blake was responsible for resource growth in excess of $800,000. Under her leadership, the College of Alameda will launch the College of Alameda Promise Program in fall 2016 for Alameda High School graduates. Students will attend the first year of college free; this initiative supports President Obama’s College Promise Program. Additionally, Blake has served as a guest speaker on financial capabilities initiatives for Achieving the Dream, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Annie E. Casey Foundation National Conference.

She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Post-Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Health Science and a minor in Spanish from San Francisco State University.

Blake replaces Adrian Gonzales, who was appointed as Interim Superintendent/President when  former Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan retired in June, 2015. Gonzales will return to his previous position as Vice President, Student Services.

Palomar College is a comprehensive public two-year community college in North San Diego County.  Palomar Community College District serves one-quarter of San Diego County, or approximately 2500-square miles.  The College offers over 250 degree and certificate programs to nearly 25,000 students annually.

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Media Contact:
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

Palomar College Wins Awards for Digital Broadcast Arts, Cinema and Palomar College Television Productions

Celebrating their achievements at the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Pacific Southwest Emmy ceremony were Palomar College Television personnel, left; and Digital Broadcast Arts and Cinema students, faculty and staff, right. (photos courtesy of Palomar College)

Rancho Mirage, CA (June 23, 2016) – Palomar College students, professors and staff in Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA), Cinema and Palomar College Television (PCTV) were honored with several awards at the 42nd Annual National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Pacific Southwest Emmy ceremony. The awards were presented on June 11 at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

This year Palomar DBA and Cinema students came away with four awards for student productions out of five nominations, and one student received a scholarship. PCTV productions received four Emmy awards out of six nominations.

Student Production Awards were received for these DBA productions:

Two students won in the category, “Student Programming-Sports Program.” Steve Garcea won for his production of Prep Sports Live broadcast on 11/10/15, and Genevieve Mason won for her episode of Prep Sports Live broadcast on 12/1/15. Prep Sports Live is a weekly half-hour TV Sports program dedicated to North County High Schools sports. The program is cablecast on Cox and Time Warner Cable channel 16.

For “Student Programming – Short Form (Fiction/Non Fiction),” Palomar College had two films honored. Peter Kowalchuk won for his film Human, and Ike Mauga, Ricardo Juan Risco, Matt Benton and Jake Razo won for their film Death is Like a Box of Chocolates.

The other DBA students nominated for Student Production Awards are Shahrooz Mahmoodi and Mobin Malirad for their film The Pull.

Pat Hahn, DBA professor said, “Every year it is thrilling to see the reactions on our students’ faces when get to the awards ceremony. They realize that their work is good enough to be judged by professionals – right along with the best of the best in the industry. Being nominated is an honor in itself and winning an award represents a true milestone in each of their careers.”

PCTV Emmy results are as follows:

The PCTV-produced film, Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland won four Emmys. Bill Wisneski, producer, won in the categories “Short Format Program,” and “Director – Non Live (Post Produced).” Luke Bisagna won for “Audio,” and Bill Wisneski and Ashley Olson won for “Writer – Program (Non-News)”

Other PCTV nominations were for the same film, Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland in the categories ofPhotographer – Program (Non-News),” Bill Wisneski and Chris Culp; and “Editor (No time limit) – Program (Non-news)”, Chris Culp.

“These awards are a reflection of the talented staff, faculty, and students we have here at Palomar College” said Wisneski.   “I feel very fortunate to be able to work on projects like this Joshua Tree documentary that bring attention to important environmental issues. It is so gratifying to be able to create compelling videos which educate both our students and the wider community. ”

The purpose of the Emmy Awards and Student Production Awards is to recognize outstanding achievements in television by conferring annual awards of merit in the Pacific Southwest region. The Pacific Southwest region includes San Diego, Bakersfield, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

The annual presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence for those working in television and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements in television.

Palomar College students have now received 58 NATAS Student Production Awards for outstanding achievement. Palomar is ranked as one of the best community colleges in the country in preparing students for work in TV News Journalism, TV Production, Cinema and Digital Media. For more information on degree and certificates in these fields call 760-744-1150 ext. 2964.

 

Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Pat Hahn, Professor of Radio and TV, 760-744-1150, ext. 2964, phahn@palomar.edu
Lisa Cecere, Professor of Cinema, 760-744-1150, ext 2675, lcecere@palomar.edu
Bill Wisneski, Producer, Palomar College Television, 760-744-1150 ext. 2722,
www.palomar-tv.com

Fifty-Seven Spring-Sport Athletes Earn Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Academic Honors

San Marcos, CA (June 23, 2016) – In review of the recently posted semester grades, 57 in-season Palomar College spring-sport athletes have met qualifying standards to earn All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) Scholar-Athlete Honors. Minimum qualifications for the award include successful participation on an intercollegiate athletic team, the completion of 12 semester units and a 3.0 grade-point average.

The honorees include 18 members of the Comet baseball team, 10 members of the men’s swim team, seven members each of the Comets’ PCAC softball champions and women’s swim team, five members of the men’s golf team, four members of the men’s volleyball team, three men’s tennis players, two women’s beach volleyball players and one athlete from Palomar’s PCAC track and field championship team.

Among teams with 80 percent-or-more participants passing at least 12 semester units (the CCCAA standard for state scholar-team award nomination), the baseball team posted a program-high aggregate grade point average of 3.17, followed by women’s swimming at 3.12 and men’s swimming at 3.01. Of 128 total spring-sport athletes, 101 Comets (79 percent) finished with 12-or-more semester units passed. Overall, Palomar’s 2016 spring-sport athletes produced a solid collective grade-point average of 2.80.

Individually, nine of the in-season athletes achieved perfect 4.0 (straight-A) grade point averages, including: baseball player Joel Mitchell; beach volleyball player Kelsey Payne; men’s golfers Mitchell Kwee, Connor Sims and Max Wittmack; men’s swimmers Nicholas Hendricks, Hayden McCauley and Paul Shaner; and men’s volleyball player Ahmed Khalil. Among the 57 scholar-athlete honorees, 30 finished the semester with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher.

 

The complete list of Palomar College’s 2016 spring sport All-PCAC Scholar Athletes follows:

 

BASEBALL
Michael Benson
Thomas Brunansky
Grant Buck
Sam Casinelli*
Nashea Diggs
Mitchell Gallagher
Chase Grant*
Mitchell Hayes
Nicholas Holm*
Carter Johnson
Troy Lamparello*
John McKay
Kyle McKean
Efrain Medina
Joel Mitchell*
Shane Olsen
Marc Sauceda
Matt Wezniak
WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Kelsey Payne
Bethany Prochnow
MEN’S GOLF
Christian Guerzon
Mitchell Kwee*
Fredrick MacKenzie
Connor Sims*
Max Wittmack
SOFTBALL
Hannah Collins-MacDonald
Trinity Fa’asua
Taylour Fa’asua
Jordan Files
Marisa Herrera
Kealani Leonui*
Bailey Romano
MEN’S SWIM/DIVE
Tristin D’Ambrosi #
Elijia Foli
Nicholas Hendricks* ##
Martin Jarquin
Travis Lane #
Hayden McCauley*
Ryan McCauley*
Paul Shaner #
Tim Sheehy #
Zachary Wagonis
WOMEN’S SWIM/DIVE
Morgan Brown* #
Paulina Dehaan
Dallas Fatseas #
Lucy Gates* ##
Michelle Jacob
Kendyl Mundt
Alice Pecoraro
MEN’S TENNIS
Adam Lippert
Peter Trhac
Dean Vo
WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD
Melissa Ventura

 

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Tyler Baker
Tyler Hedley
Ahmed Khalil
Jorge Leos

* Second-time spring-sport honoree
# Also Water Polo, 2015
## Also Water Polo, 2014 and 2015

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Media contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152
Tom Saxe, Athletics, 760-744-1150 x2989

Three Finalists Named in Palomar College Superintendent/President Search

 After conducting a nationwide search, the Palomar Community College District Governing Board has identified three finalists for the next Palomar College superintendent/president. The finalists in alphabetical order are: Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D., President, College of Alameda; Bryan Reece, Ph.D., Vice President of Instruction, Crafton Hills College; and Arturo Reyes, Ed.D., (a.b.d.), Superintendent/President, Mendocino College.

The finalists will participate in public forums on Wednesday, May 18 at Palomar College, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA in the Howard Brubeck Theatre. The first forum with Dr. Bryan Reece will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m.; the second forum with Dr. Joi Lin Blake will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; and the third forum with Arturo Reyes will be held from 2:45-3:45 p.m.  The forums will be video recorded and available for viewing on May 19. Members of the public are welcome; those who wish to attend should obtain a visitor parking permit through the Palomar College Police Department, located in Lot 1.

Blake serves as President at College of Alameda. Her previous administrative positions include: Vice President of Student Services at Skyline College and Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College; and she served as Policy Assistant for the U.S. Department of Education, in the Offices of the Under Secretary of Education, and Vocational and Adult Education. Her faculty background includes: Academic Senate President and Professor/Counselor at Southwestern Community College. Blake received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science with a Minor in Spanish from San Francisco State University; and a Master of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University.

Reece serves as Vice President of Instruction at Crafton Hills College. His previous administrative positions include: Dean of Academic Success and Institutional Effectiveness and Interim Dean of Humanities and Social Science at Cerritos College. His faculty background includes: Academic Senate President and Professor of Political Science at Cerritos College. Reece received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, a Master of Arts in Political Science, and a Ph.D. in Political Science all from the University of Southern California.

Reyes serves as Superintendent/President, Mendocino College. His previous administrative positions include: Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Solano Community College District; Interim President at San Jose City College and Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dean of Academic Affairs and Workforce Preparation/Economic Development at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office; and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Cosumnes River College. His faculty background includes: Professor of Spanish at Cosumnes River College and Secondary Spanish Instructor at Will C. Wood High School. Reyes received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with a Sociology Minor and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Sacramento; and in fall 2016 he is expected to complete a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Davis.

More information about the candidates can be found at: https://www2.palomar.edu/pages/presidentsearch/candidates/ .

The finalists were identified through a pool of applicants that were initially screened and interviewed by a search committee comprised of representatives of college constituent groups.  Adrian Gonzales has been serving in the role of Interim Superintendent/President since July 2015, following the retirement of President Robert P. Deegan. Gonzales will return to his previous position of Vice President, Student Services upon successful completion of the search process.

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Media contact: Laura Gropen, Director, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
760-744-1150 x2152

Palomar Geographic Information Science Students Sweep Statewide Competition

SAN MARCOS, CA (May 13, 2016) — Three Palomar College Geography students swept the awards for geographic information science (GIS) and digital mapping at the 22nd Annual California GIS Conference at the Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort, held on May 11, in Anaheim. The 2016 California GIS Conference, known as CalGIS 2016, is the annual conference of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Teresa Hodges won first place for her project “Chicago Crime: Taking it to the Streets: Analyzing Gun Crime Through Neighborhood Street Configurations.” Ms. Hodges and others submitted abstracts and videos of their Palomar spatial analysis projects for the opportunity to present their work at CalGIS 2016. Kari Palm won second place for her project “San Diego Highway Bridges at Risk”, and the third place award went to Thomas Crimmel for his community service learning project titled “North County Food Policy Council Web App.”

GIS program coordinator Wing Cheung said of the statewide competition sponsored by the URISA and the California Geographic Information Association, “it is a wonderful opportunity for students to get exposure for their projects, make professional connections, and obtain valuable feedback from GIS professionals.”

Students received cash awards, a one-year student membership to URISA and inclusion of their projects in the conference proceedings, to be published at a later date.

To learn more about the GIS certificate and degree programs at Palomar College, please visit www.palomar.edu/gis .

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Media Contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Wing Cheung MPA, MSES, GISP, Associate Professor of Geography, 760-744-1150 ext.3652

 

 

Commencement Ceremony at Palomar College to take Place Friday, May 20

SAN MARCOS, CA (May 3, 2016) — Palomar College presents annual commencement exercises Friday, May 20, at 5 p.m. on the football practice field at the College’s San Marcos campus. Adrian Gonzales, Interim Superintendent/President of the Palomar Community College District, will conduct the ceremonies. The event is open to the public.

Garrett Chaffin-Quiray, instructor of cinema and winner of the 2014-2015 Distinguished Faculty Award for part-time faculty, will speak at the Commencement ceremony.

Santos Zuniga Tavarez will receive the Alumnus of the Year honor. Tavarez currently teaches high school Spanish in Oakland, California.

“We are so proud of the achievements of each and every one of our graduates,” said Gonzales. Commencement is a time we can all appreciate what Palomar College means and the importance this institution plays in people’s lives.”

This year the college received 3,965 applications for associate degrees or certificates of achievement: 1,950 associate of arts (A.A.) degrees; 1,764 certificates; and 251 associate degrees for transfer are planned to be awarded. More than 500 students are expected to participate in the ceremony.

Individuals receiving degrees and certificates in the ceremony will meet in the Dome on the college campus at 3:30 p.m. on Commencement Day. Faculty members, wearing their full academic regalia, will gather on the east side of the Howard Brubeck Theatre at 4:30 p.m. prior to the ceremony.

Malik Spence and Phoenix Prefontaine are the student marshals who will lead the processional march. Spence, who is the Associated Student Government (ASG) President and Student Trustee on the Governing Board, was recently re-elected to serve a second term. Prefontaine is the ASG Vice President.

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Media Contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Commencement Information for Students: Marilyn Lunde, Student Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2595

Speech Team Takes Top Honors at National Competition

Representing Palomar College in Speech and Debate at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament are, from left Alexandra Rothman, Mara Whearty, Dewi Hokett, Andrea Sanchez, Brinn Tomlinson, Genevieve Mason, Emily Martinez, Chris Lowry, Nate Rogers, Apolonio Rosas, Alexander James, Julian Tuzzeo, and Brandan Whearty. (photo by Marquesa Cook-Whearty)

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (May 11, 2016)The Palomar College Speech and Debate Team struck gold at the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament held at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa April 5 – 9. Named as the top debate team in the country in the Wheeler Division, Palomar’s team took first place honors in both individual and team events.

The Palomar team won three major awards in the Wheeler Division out of 66 schools competing — Gold in Debate Sweepstakes, Silver in Overall School Sweepstakes for the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament, and Bronze in Individual Events Sweepstakes. The Wheeler Division is the medium-sized school category and the largest of the categories at Phi Rho Pi.  In the final Wheeler Division rankings, Palomar College placed first in Debate, sixth in Individual Events, and fourth Overall.

Students competing on behalf of Palomar College were Emily Martinez, Genevieve Mason, Nate Rogers, Appolonio Rosas, Alexandra Rothman, Andrea Sanchez, Brinn Tomlinson and Julian Tuzzeo.

Nate Rogers won the prestigious Bell/Scroggins Speaker Award as the Top Speaker out of 123 in the International Public Debate event. Julian Tuzzeo ranked second out of 164 speakers (82 teams) in Parliamentary Debate.

Nate Rogers and Andrea Sanchez won Silver medals in International Public Debate. Two teams took silver in Parliamentary Debate – Nate Rogers/Andrea Sanchez; and Appolonio Rosas/Julian Tuzzeo. Alexandra Rothman took a Bronze in Prose Interpretation and Genevieve Mason took a Bronze in International Public Debate.

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

 

Former Palomar College President George Boggs Receives National Award

 

SAN MARCOS (April 27, 2016) – San Marcos resident and former Palomar College President George R. Boggs, Ph.D., was honored recently by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) for his contributions to higher education. Boggs was one of three recipients of the AACC Leadership Award, announced at the national organization’s 96th Annual Convention on Saturday,
April 9, in Chicago, Illinois.

The other 2016 Leadership award recipients are recently retired Chancellor of the California Community Colleges Brice Harris, Ph.D., and former Chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District Wright Lassiter, Jr., Ph.D.

Boggs was Palomar’s Superintendent/President for more than 15 years, beginning in 1985. As the college’s seventh president, he served in that role longer than any Palomar College president to date. He went on from Palomar in 2000 to lead the AACC in Washington DC as that organization’s ninth president.

According to the AACC publication Community College Daily, “With his strong work ethic and creative leadership, George Boggs has played a pivotal role in bringing greater recognition and respect to America’s community colleges.” During his decade-long tenure at AACC, “he helped lead an unprecedented period of achievement for community colleges. The colleges were lauded by both the Bush and Obama administrations, and regarded as critical to preparing the nation’s workforce for in-demand jobs of the future.”

In his role at AACC, Boggs is credited with overseeing an increase in “corporate and foundation support for community colleges,” and launching several new programs including the Voluntary Framework of Accountability and the Plus 50 Initiative. He also was active in developing leadership competencies that continue to be used nation-wide.

While at Palomar, Boggs was recognized for his leadership and his engagement with the community. He took an active role in the selection of faculty and staff, bringing to the college a highly qualified group of dedicated professionals while increasing diversity.  He strengthened student support programs and initiated professional development and recognition programs for faculty and staff.  Student enrollment had grown to nearly 30,000 by the time Boggs retired from the College in 2000.

Wilma Owens, retired Dean of Career, Technical And Extended Education at Palomar said, “George’s first priority was that his staff be strong and ethical leaders.…He shared his view of the characteristics good administrators should possess. Over the years I’ve known him, he has modeled those characteristics in his activities, in his writings and in his deeds.  George always put students’ interests at the apex of everything he did and said. He was truly a visionary leader.  I think the hallmarks of his leadership at Palomar are still part of our operational philosophy.  Three key components are:

  • He urged the faculty and staff to continually develop their talents through a variety of professional development opportunities.
  • He pushed for more and stronger college/business/industry  partnerships to strengthen workforce/CTE education and to make the college more responsive to the needs of regional employers.
  • He always looked globally for ways to improve our local instructional processes.”

Boggs received the Stanley A. Mahr Award from the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce in 1994, and the City of Vista proclaimed January 15, 1994 as George R. Boggs Day.  The San Diego County Board of Supervisors proclaimed August 23, 2000 as Dr. George Boggs Day. He received the top California community college administrator award in 1994 and the top national community college CEO award in 1996.

Still active in the area of community colleges, Boggs works as a senior consultant and project leader for the California-based think tank, Collaborative Brain Trust, and teaches in the doctoral programs at San Diego State University and National American University. A prolific writer, Boggs is author of Handbook on CEO-Board Relations and Responsibilities — in addition to more than one hundred other articles and chapters in books. Many of his writings deal with the “learning college” concept, which Boggs helped develop at Palomar College and popularize throughout higher education nationally.  His latest book, Practical Leadership in Community Colleges will be out this July.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

Palomar College Announces President Search

San Marcos, CA – The Palomar Community College District Governing Board announced that the District has opened a national search for a permanent Superintendent/President. The Board has enlisted the assistance of the executive search consultants at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in promoting this vacancy.

In 2015, the Governing Board engaged in a search for a Superintendent/President, but after conducting interviews with candidates, decided to continue the process.

“This position is critical for the faculty, staff, students and community,” said Mark Evilsizer, Palomar Community College District Governing Board President. “This is one of the most important decisions the Governing Board undertakes and we know that we will find the right person to move the college forward.  Our goal is to have a new president in place for the fall semester.”

Candidates for the position are selected through a shared governance search committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, administrators, a governing board member, and a community representative.  The finalists will be interviewed by the Governing Board and will participate in campus forums that will be open to the public.

Adrian Gonzales remains as Interim Superintendent/President until the position is filled.

For more information, see http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/presidentsearch/ .

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Media Contact:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

Art Department Plans Art Sale, Open House, Student Exhibit

April 25, 2016

What:

Semi-annual Student Art & Craft Sale, plus Annual Open House

and Boehm Gallery Opening Reception for the Annual Student Exhibition

 

When:

Art Sale: Wednesday – Saturday, May 4 – 7

Wednesday, noon – 7 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(Raffle on Saturday)

 

Boehm Gallery Opening Reception
and Art Department Open House: Friday, May 6

5 – 8 p.m.

(Boehm Gallery exhibit on display May 2 – 13)

 

Where:           

Art Sale: Palomar College Art Department Courtyard next to buildings C and D

Opening Reception: Boehm Gallery

 

The Art Department Complex is near the front of campus, adjacent to parking lots 1 and 2.

It is accessed from the College’s front entrance: 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos.

 

Details:

The student art and craft sale presents handmade pieces by Palomar College students and alumni in glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, metals, painting, photography and more.

 

The event will include live demonstrations by glass, wood and ceramic artists. On Saturday, there will be a raffle of professional artworks for all attendees and patrons of the sale.

 

Proceeds benefit the artists and the Art Department, helping support the semi-annual sale,  scholarships, visiting artists, exhibitions and new equipment. Shoppers may pay with cash, checks or credit cards.

 

Parking:
Parking is available in lots 1 and 2 without a permit. Those who wish to park in other lots must obtain a one-day visitor’s pass from the Palomar College Police Department.

 

More information:

http://www2.palomar.edu/art/

Michael Hernandez, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 2308, mhernandez2@palomar.edu

Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext.2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Michael Hernandez, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 2308, mhernandez2@palomar.edu

Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

Merchandising and Design Program to Present Fashion Show May 6

SAN MARCOS (April 25, 2016) – The Palomar College Merchandising and Design program will present its annual fashion show, MODA, Express Yourself on Friday, May 6 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Concert Hall.

The event will showcase nearly 200 one-of-a-kind garments created by student designers and shown by more than 50 models.  Fashion collections from 12 student designers will be featured in the annual catwalk production. The program will also include a presentation from fashion industry guest speaker Leonard Simpson.

Simpson is well known for Fashion Forward®, a nationwide company which orchestrates high-style fashion shows from Beverly Hills to New York City. Simpson’s experience spans two decades on the Oscars Golden Globe and Emmys Red Carpet as a style reporter.

“Leonard Simpson is the face of fashion for San Diego,” said Rita Campo Griggs, fashion professor. “We are very excited to have him at this event, and to be showing off the innovative designs of our students.”

Campo Griggs said that more than 1,000 guests attended Palomar’s MODA fashion show last year, including fashion industry professionals, students and teachers from high schools with fashion programs and or clubs.

Tickets are available at the California Center for the Arts Concert Hall box office, 340 North Escondido Blvd, Escondido California 92025, or on the Center website, www.artcenter.org. Ticket prices are $15 Orchestra, $12 Mezzanine, $20 at the Door. For more information about this event or fashion/merchandising and design classes, contact Campo-Griggs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2347, rcampogriggs@palomar.edu.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Rita Campo-Griggs, Merchandising and Design, 760-744-1150, ext. 2347

Palomar College Media Studies Department to Host Media Days April 25-26

SAN MARCOS (April 15, 2016) – The Media Studies Department at Palomar College is hosting a two-day event to help students learn about the media through talks by professionals working in the field.

The event is set to run from 9:30 – 2 p.m. on Monday, April 25 and from 9:30 -5:30 p.m. on April 26 at the San Marcos Campus of Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road. Visitors should obtain a parking pass at the Palomar College Police Department.

The event has been running since 2009 in an effort to help students learn from and network with media professionals from around Southern California. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s line up includes Pultizer Prize-winning photographer Don Bartletti and NBC 4 LA Reporter Marin Austin.

Tentative schedule of events:

Monday, April 25 in Governing Board Room (SSC-1)

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.   – Journalism/Online Panel

11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Magazine Panel

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Photography Panel: Don Bartletti in Room P32

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – PhotoJournalism Speaker

 

Tuesday, April 26 in Governing Board Room

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.   – Public Relations

11 a.m – 12:20 p.m. – Broadcast News – NBC-LA Reporter Marin Austin

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.– Resume/Portfolio Critique – Bring your resume and portfolios

2 p.m – 3 p.m. – Media Days Reception in AA – Courtyard

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Cinema Panel in P32

Contact: Erin Hiro, Department Chair, Media Studies 760-855-5436 or ehiro@palomar.edu

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Erin Hiro, Department Chair, Media Studies 760-855-5436 or ehiro@palomar.edu

 

Palomar Hosts National Institutions Coming Out Day April 7

 

April 6, 2016

Who:
Palomar College AB 540/Mixed Status/Undocumented Student Committee

What:
National Institutions Coming Out Day

When:
Thursday, April 7,
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where:
Palomar College
Governing Board Room (SSC-1)
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069

Why:
This event, sponsored by the AB 540/Mixed Status/Undocumented Student Committee is designed for students, faculty, staff and community members to share in an  institutional commitment to provide an inclusive and welcoming space for undocumented students and their families. Speakers will give personal testimonies regarding the current challenges affecting undocumented students, and will provide suggestions for specific ways students, faculty, staff and community members can help undocumented students and their families.  Palomar College is taking the lead among community colleges in San Diego in participating in this national event.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members. Seating will be first come, first served.

Cost:
Free.

Parking:
Members of the community may obtain a temporary parking pass at the Palomar College Police Department building to the left of the front (Mission Road) entrance to the college.

Contact:
Nancy Moreno @ 760-744-1150 ext. 3768

 

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Tarde de Familia Event is Planned for April 15

 

SAN MARCOS (April 6, 2016) – Tarde de Familia: An Evening for Our Families will be held at the Palomar College Escondido Center on  Friday, April 15, from 6 – 8 p.m. The Escondido Center is located at 1951 East Valley Parkway, Escondido 92027. The event will include speakers, networking opportunities, and public safety demonstrations. Dinner and parking are complimentary. Presentations will be in Spanish.

This semester, the Tarde de Familia event highlights the Public Safety program. Featured speakers are five Latino firefighters who have overcome adversity to achieve their educational and career goals in Public Safety. The speakers are Jorge Gonzalez, Rodney Ortiz, David Ontiveros, Jesus “Chuy” Ramirez and Ricardo Tlapala. They will share stories of their personal struggles and successes on their way to becoming community professionals.

Following the presentations, guests will be able to network with representatives from the various academic, student services and support programs available at Palomar College. There will also be special appearances by Mercy Air helicopter, Escondido Fire Unit 1312, and Escondido Police K-9 unit.

Designed to bring together students and their families with Latino professionals, this biannual event also showcases the many programs and resources available to assist underrepresented students at Palomar College.

Tarde de Familia is hosted by the Multicultural Studies department and chair Dr. Rodolfo Jacobo, who originated the event in 2011. “We are proud to be celebrating our sixth year with this event which provides hope, inspiration and concrete information to our students.”

According to Dr. Jack Kahn, dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), “Thanks to Dr. Jacobo and other members of Association of Latinos and Allies for Student Success (ALASS), an all-volunteer group of staff, faculty and students, this event gets bigger and better each semester.”Formed to provide support to the Hispanic community, the group has enlisted representatives from several College departments and programs to offer outreach at the event. Some areas to be represented include English as a Second Language (ESL); SBS; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC); Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); Star Tutoring; and many others.

With figures showing Palomar’s Hispanic student population at 39% and growing, the College is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and receives funding from the federal government designated “to assist with strengthening institutional programs, facilities, and services to expand the educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations.” (U.S. Dept. of Education website). Kahn said that Tarde de Familia is one of many events and programs HSI funding helps make possible.

For more information about Tarde de Familia, contact ccruz@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2262.

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Carmelino Cruz, English as a Second Language, 760-744-1150, ext. 2262, ccruz@palomar.edu

Información en español

¡El Colegio Palomar los invita cordialmente a participar en nuestra Tarde de Familia!

Viernes, 15 de Abril 2016

6 – 8 p.m.

Palomar College Escondido Center

1951 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido CA 92027

Escuchen relatos sobre los obstáculos y éxitos personales de tres latinos que superaron la adversidad para lograr sus metas educativas y ejercer sus carreras en el campo de la SEGURIDAD PÚBLICA!

Al concluir las presentaciones, pasen a convivir con los oradores y varios representantes quienes les darán información sobre las diversas ramas académicas y recursos de apoyo disponibles en el Colegio Palomar.

Presentaciones especiales en helicóptero Mercy Air,

Unidad de bomberos de Escondido 1312, y Departamento de Policia de Escondido K -9!

Presentaciones serán en español.

¡Estacionamiento y Cena Gratis!

Por favor presione AQUĺ para registrarse más rápido

Para más información, llame al 760-744-1150 x2262 o mande un correo electrónico a ccruz@palomar.edu.

Anfitrión Dr. Rodolfo Jacobo, Departamento de Estudios Multiculturales

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Political Economy Days Features Expert Speakers April 13-14

 

April 4, 2016

Who:
Individual expert speakers on topics related to economics, history, political science, anthropology, multicultural studies, philosophy, law and more.

What:
Political Economy Days – a series of talks on a variety of political, economic and historical topics.

When:
Wednesday, April 13, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where:
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069
(specific rooms listed in the attached schedule)

Why:
This lecture series is designed to expose students and community members to ideas and applications of political, economic, and historical thought, presented by a diverse group of experts. The schedule of speakers is listed below.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members. Attendance
is limited to the capacity of each room. Palomar College students will be given first priority.

Cost:
Free.

Parking:
Members of the community may obtain a temporary parking pass at the Palomar College Police Department building to the left of the front (Mission Road) entrance to the college.

Contact:

Teresa Laughlin, Chair of Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics
760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu

Peter Bowman, Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2416; pbowman@palomar.edu

Travis Ritt, History
760-744-1150, ext. 2753; tritt@palomar.edu

Sheila Atkins, Academic Department Assistant, Economics, History and Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2412; pbowman@palomar.edu

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Teresa Laughlin, Chair, Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics,
760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu
Peter Bowman, Faculty, Political Science, 760-744-1150, ext. 2416, pbowman@palomar.edu
Travis Ritt, Faculty, History, 760-744-1150, ext 2753, tritt@palomar.edu

 

 

Political Economy Lecture Schedule April 13th & 14th

Wednesday, April 13th

8:00 –
9:20 a.m.
Travis Ritt, Associate Professor of World History, Palomar College: Misconceptions about Islam

MD 157

 
9:30-
10:50 a.m.
Seth Hill, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UCSD: Primary Elections and Political Polarization.

MD 157

Martin Japtok, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Palomar College: Colorblind Racism–When Nobody’s a Racist but we have all the Effects Of Racism

SSC -1 (Governing Board Rm)

11:00 a.m.-
12:20 p.m.
Dick Eiden, Civil Rights Attorney:

Why ‘Black Lives Matter’ Matters

MD 157

Dale Squires, Professor of Economics, Scripps Institute: Fisheries and the Impact on the Economy

MD 305

12:30 –
1:50 p.m.
Amber Colbert, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Palomar College: Fixing the System: A Look at our Criminal Justice System

MD – 157

Tiffany Sargeant, Adjunct Professor of Economics & Group Advisory Fellow, San Francisco Federal Reserve: Can you Head the Fed? The purpose and functions of the Federal Reserve and a closer look at the Dual Mandate

MD 315

2:00-
3:20 p.m.
Marisol Clark-Ibanez, Associate Professor of Sociology, CSU San Marcos: The Educational Journeys of Undocumented Latino Students: Promising Practices and Challenges

MD 157

Ian Ruskin: Actor trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London

One Man Show:

To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Payne

Brubeck Theatre

 

Thursday, April 14th

8:00 –
9:20 a.m.
Marquesa Cook-Whearty, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Palomar College: Death Act: Visual Communication as a Catalyst to Social Activism

MD 157

9:30-
10:50 a.m.
Susan Miller, Associate Professor of Sociology & Devon Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Palomar College: Feminism and the Role of Women in Politics

MD 157

Michael Byron, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Palomar College, Mesa College & Mira Costa College: Accelerating Global Warming: A Near-Term Existential Threat, Requiring A Corresponding Political Response.

 

SSC -1 (Governing Board Rm)

11:00 a.m.-
12:20 p.m.
Gary Castaneda, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Palomar College & San Diego City College: Theoretical Origins of World War I and Applications for Contemporary International Politics

MD 157

Kenneth McMullen, Adjunct Professor of History, Palomar College: The Role of the Navy in the Vietnam War

 

 

 

SSC -1 (Governing Board Rm)

12:30 –
1:50 p.m.
Gerald Doppelt, Professor of Philosophy, UCSD: What is Social Justice?

MD 157

 Harold Berry, Adjunct Professor of History, Palomar College: Waiting for MacArthur

SSC -1 (Governing Board Rm)

2:00-
3:20 p.m.
Faculty-Student Panel: Being LGBTQ in the Classroom.

MD 157

 

Palomar College Recirculating Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Palomar College South Education Center

The Palomar Community College District has prepared and is recirculating the Palomar College South Education Center Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for public review and comment, beginning Friday, March 25, 2016.  The recirculated DEIR contains new information and analysis regarding traffic, parking and greenhouse gas emissions.

The college distributed the initial DEIR in October 2015; the public comment period ended on December 7, 2015.  During the public comment period the college hosted a Notice of Preparation meeting, a community forum and also visited community groups in the southern portion of the college’s district.

“The recirculated DEIR addresses concerns that were expressed by residents in the community closest to the Rancho Bernardo site, during the initial comment period,” stated Adrian Gonzales, Interim Superintendent/President.  “Palomar College is committed to serving all residents in our district.  We are excited about the opportunity to offer increased educational access to the residents in the southern portion of our district.”

The Palomar College South Education Center is located at 11111 Rancho Bernardo Road, San Diego.  The college is scheduled to begin construction on the facility in the summer of 2016, and plans to offer classes at the site starting in 2018.  The Palomar College South Education Center will serve the southern portion of Palomar Community College District, including the communities of Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Rancho Peñasquitos, Santa Luz, Del Sur, Sabre Springs, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Poway and Ramona.

Palomar College purchased the 27-acre property in June 2010.  The site currently includes an 110,000-square-foot building, as well as a parking structure.  The site was purchased using Proposition (Prop) M general obligation bond funds; Prop M is a $694 million bond, approved by district voters in November 2006.  The South Education Center was identified in the district’s Master Plan 2022.

The DEIR is available for review on the college’s website at: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/propm/environmental-impact-reports/.

Comments on the DEIR may be sent via mail, email or fax and should be addressed to: Dennis Astl, Palomar Community College District, San Marcos Campus, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069-1487; Phone: (760) 744-1150 x2772; Fax: (760) 761-3506; Email: dastl@palomar.edu.  The comment period for the DEIR is March 25 – May 9, 2016.

Palomar College, established in 1946, is a public, two-year college in San Marcos. Palomar Community College District covers approximately 2,555-square-miles in North San Diego County.  The College offers more than 250 degree and certificate programs and more than 24,000 students attend classes.   In addition to San Marcos, the college offers classes at the Escondido Education Center, as well as at Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook High School, Pauma, and Mt. Carmel High School. 

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Media Contact:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Palomar College Announces President Search

San Marcos, CA – The Palomar Community College District Governing Board announced that the District has opened a national search for a permanent Superintendent/President. The Board has enlisted the assistance of the executive search consultants at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in promoting this vacancy.

In 2015, the Governing Board engaged in a search for a Superintendent/President, but after conducting interviews with candidates, decided to continue the process.

“This position is critical for the faculty, staff, students and community,” said Mark Evilsizer, Palomar Community College District Governing Board President. “This is one of the most important decisions the Governing Board undertakes and we know that we will find the right person to move the college forward.  Our goal is to have a new president in place for the fall semester.”

Candidates for the position are selected through a shared governance search committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, administrators, a governing board member, and a community representative.  The finalists will be interviewed by the Governing Board and will participate in campus forums that will be open to the public.

Adrian Gonzales remains as Interim Superintendent/President until the position is filled.

For more information, see http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/presidentsearch/ .

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Media Contact:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

Palomar College Radio Station General Manager Zeb Navarro Receives National Award

(SAN MARCOS, CA – March 28, 2016, 2016) Palomar College Radio Station Manager Zeb Navarro was  awarded the Jeff Tellis Outstanding Advisor Award for outstanding dedication, leadership, and service by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System at its 76th annual conference in New York City on March 5, 2016.

This marks the first win for a community college in this category. The radio station, KKSM (AM1320) was also named a national finalist for Best Student Program Director (Serena Reid), Best Public Service Announcement (Dylan Hanks), and Best Newscast (Steven Garcea).

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System was founded in 1940 as a not-for-profit educational association.  IBS serves education related high school, college, and community radio stations helping to elevate programs with over 250 annual seminars across the country. More info can be found at IBS’s website: www.collegebroadcasters.us

KKSM broadcasts live from the campus of Palomar College on AM1320, Cox Cable 957, and online at palomarcollegeradio.com

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Media contact:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152

Palomar College’s Information Technology Online Degree Program Named One of the Best in the Country

SAN MARCOS (March 11, 2016) – Palomar College’s online degree program in Information Technology has been named “one of the best in the country” for 2016 by OnlineColleges.net.

Palomar College ranked 13 and was the only California college included in the list of the 25 that were named best in the country for online associate degree programs in Information Technology. OnlineColleges.net compared colleges for their 2016 assessments based on “a basic formula: Academic Quality + Online Offerings + Cost and Student Aid = Final Score.”

According the the onlineColleges.net website, “Information technology (IT) professionals play a pivotal role in the world today, with IT services largely focused on providing businesses with tech support, and the maintenance and upkeep of hardware and software. Typically, a company’s IT team is responsible for all the hardware and software an organization uses, including servers and internet setup…A fully online associate degree in IT is an excellent first step toward an entry-level position in the industry.”

“We are proud to be acknowledged as a leader in online IT education,” said Rand Green, chair of Palomar’s Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) department. “This is a testament to the passion and dedication of our many talented faculty and staff members who enjoy sharing their numerous years of experience with the community. Hearing stories from our diverse student population of how their experience at Palomar College provided them with the skills they need to successfully begin or further their career in Information Technology is what makes the process truly rewarding for us and encourages us to make our programs even better. Our offerings in Computer Network Administration, Information Systems and Web Technologies provide hands on training, providing individuals the skills they need to enter the IT field.”

 

For more information o Palomar’s CSIT program, visit http://www2.palomar.edu/csit/.

CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

 

Labor Leader and Activist Dolores Huerta Speaks at Palomar College

photography by Melinda Finn

(SAN MARCOS, CA – March 11, 2016) Labor leader and activist Dolores Huerta addressed an enthusiastic crowd at Palomar College’s Howard Brubeck Theatre on Tuesday, March 8. Her talk,  Achieving Equity through Education, was sponsored by the Palomar College Student Success and Equity Council and presented as part of Community College Region X Equity Week (March 7 – 11).

Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales said, “I was honored to introduce Dolores Huerta as Palomar’s featured speaker for Equity week. She is a true inspiration and sets a wonderful example for our students and the community of someone who has made a significant difference through her tireless work toward bettering the lives of a great many people.”

Prior to Huerta’s address, the film The Struggle in the Fields (part of a PBS series) was shown, which provided historical context by documenting Huerta’s efforts, along with those of Cesar Chavez and other activists in organizing farm workers for better working conditions during the 60s, 70s and beyond.

Huerta, 85, shared stories about her work alongside Chavez and others organizing California farm workers, launching the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), and lobbying effectively for the passage of legislation protecting the health and welfare of farm workers and their families. Her efforts led to securing Aid for Dependent Families (AFDC) and the establishment of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, granting farm workers in California the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions.

In a talk peppered with humor, Huerta discussed the importance of education and advocating for children’s rights. She also covered a number of issues facing people today, including women’s equality and the current political climate. Answering follow-up questions from audience members, Huerta encouraged people to get involved in causes relevant to them, suggesting voter registration drives and political campaigns as good places to begin. She also referred to the act of voting as a one of the most powerful forms of nonviolent activism.

After her presentation, a large number of audience members lined up from the side of the theatre to the stage for the opportunity to speak with Huerta personally and/or be photographed with Huerta. She also signed a number of autographs.

Huerta has won numerous awards and honors for her contributions to the betterment of society, including the Ellis Island Media of Freedom Award (1993), the Eleanor Roosevelt Award (1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2012.

Olga Diaz, Director of Student Success & Equity at Palomar said that during Equity Week community colleges throughout the region are “featuring activities and speakers to engage our students/faculty/staff and community members in dialogue about recognizing inequity and taking action to achieve equity through education.”

For more information, contact Olga Diaz, odiaz@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 3624.

 

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Media contact:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152

Palomar College Productions Receive Awards and Nominations

SAN MARCOS, CA – (February 16, 2016) With award season upon us, Palomar College Television (PCTV) and the digital broadcast arts program have again made an impressive showing in local and national competitions.

PCTV’s Emmy-Award-winning documentary Breaking Point, produced by Bill Wisneski, was named Best Documentary Feature At the Borrego Springs Film Festival in January and also received the Award of Excellence Special Mention: Documentary Feature from Impact Awards. In addition, Palomar’s radio station, KKSM received several nominations in the Intercolllegiate Broadcasting System’s (IBS) national competition.

Wisneski said, “Breaking Point chronicles the rapidly shrinking Salton Sea, the largest lake in California and an ecological basin for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway.  If nothing is done to mitigate the receding Sea, toxic dust storms may threaten the health of millions of people in Southern California.” More information on the Breaking Point documentary is at: http://www.breakingpointdoc.com/

KKSM radio received the following nominations for the annual IBS awards: Best Newscast – Steven Garcea; Best Public Service Announcement – Dylan Hanks for Digital Broadcast Arts at Palomar College; Best Program Director – Serena Reid; and Best Adviser – Zeb Navarro. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in New York City on Saturday March 5.

Palomar’s Manager, ETV and KKSM Radio Operations Jim Odom said, “It’s a pleasure to work with such a wonderful and talented group of staff and students and to see them continually recognized for the quality of their work.”

For more information about Palomar’s digital broadcast arts program, go to http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/dba/.

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Media contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Jim Odom, Digital Broadcast Arts, jodom@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2445

Palomar College Officials Cut the Ribbon on New Baseball Field

SAN MARCOS, CA (January 27, 2016) – Shown ready to officially to cut the ribbon opening the new Baseball Field at Palomar College are, from left, Palomar College Governing Board members, Trustee John Halcón; President Mark Evilsizer; and Secretary Nancy Chadwick; along with Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales.

Gonzales welcomed guests at the Grand Opening event on Wednesday, Jan. 27, which featured comments by Evilsizer; Acting Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Brian Stockert; and Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart. Professor and Baseball Coach Emeritus Bob Vetter (now serving as an assistant coach), was the official speaker.

After the remarks, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, commemmorative group photographs and refreshments, guest were invited into the stadium to witness the first pitch of the opening day game. Retired Palomar College Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan was asked to throw the first pitch, but he deferred that honor to Vetter.

 

Following Vetter’s pitch and the national anthem, sung by Mary Adams, wife of Assistant Coach Ben Adams, Baseball Coach Buck (Cord) Taylor presented the 2016 Palomar College Comet Baseball team in a match against College of the Desert.

In addition to Palomar College faculty, staff and students, guests included public officials, community leaders and former Palomar Comets who advanced to careers as professional athletes.

The new facility includes a natural turf field with a subsurface drainage system, artificial turf foul territory, stadium-chair seating for more than 200 with additional upper seating on an artificial turf slope, seven full batting cages, five bullpen mounds, an elevated press box with a state-of-the-art public address system, and a designated warm up area with artificial turf.

The baseball field project was funded through Proposition M, a bond measure approved by voters in November 2006. The cost for construction was approximately $8 million.

 

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Media contacts:  Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Department, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

Seventy Palomar College Fall-Sport Athletes Earn PCAC Academic Honors

 SAN MARCOS, CA (January 26, 2016) –Based on recently posted semester grades, Palomar College’s 2015 fall-sport teams produced 70 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) Scholar-Athletes. Qualifications for the award include active participation on an in-season intercollegiate athletic team, successful completion of 12-or-more credit units and a 3.0 (B) grade-point average.

The total includes 18 members of the Comet football team; 10 members of the men’s water polo team; nine members of the women’s basketball team; eight members of the women’s soccer team; five members each of the women’s golf and men’s soccer teams; four members each of the wrestling and women’s water polo teams; three members each of the men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams and a female cross country runner.

Ten Comet athletes achieved perfect 4.0 (straight-A) grade point averages for the semester, including: Aaron Ruth and Aaron Schroeder of the men’s soccer team; Samantha Swanson and Alexis Tietjen of the women’s soccer team; Kelly Iverson of the women’s volleyball team; Adam Kelsey, Paul Schaner and Tim Sheehy of the men’s water polo team; and Emilee Foltz and Lucy Gates of the women’s water polo team.

A total of 222 student athletes participated on Comet varsity athletic teams in the 2015 fall season of sport. Of those, 139 (63%) passed 12-or-more semester units and combined to post an aggregate grade-point average of 2.52. In addition to the program’s nine straight-A students, 18 others recorded grade point averages of 3.5 or better. Among the honorees, 19 sophomores earned academic all-conference distinction for a second time, while dual-sport participant Emilee Foltz (water polo/swim-dive) earned the honor a third time.

In addition to Palomar’s All-PCAC Scholar Athletes, the Comet Cheer Squad had five members meet the same academic standards, including Sara Engebretson, Emily Holland, Jennalin Partee, Domenique Sciuto and Rick Stevens.

 

By team, the 2015 Palomar College fall-sport All-Pacific Coast Conference Academic honorees follow:

MEN’S BASKETBALL  

Matthew Duniphan*

Holden Haskett

Deven Riley

 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Ashleigh Barnes*

Cheyenne Ertz

Adriana Hernandez

Alexandra Israel

Roshell Lamug

Tatiana Navarro*

Vanessa Perryman

Mikaela Shannon*

Regina Sheffield

 

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Sarah Martinez*

 

FOOTBALL

Bryce Ackert

Kameron Calhoun

Coleman Cowling

Austin Early

Zachary Gallina

Wayne Ganan

Alex Gaylis

Preston Johnson

Charles Long*

Roger Mann

Matthew Mata’u*

Michael Moore

Austin Parades*

Christian Prince

Michael Stevens

Malavai Taylor

Malique Taylor

Robert Ursua

 

WOMEN’S GOLF

Brittany Bilek*

Mia Cassel

Madison Rumic

Jessica Safford

Dana Zapanta

 

MEN’S SOCCER

Juan Garcia

Victor Gonzalez

Stone McElderry

Aaron Ruth

Aaron Schroeder

 

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Grace Busby

Yulithsa Chamu-Rojas

Regina Deanda

Melina Heredia

Justine Miranda*

Jillian Skinner

Samantha Swanson

Alexis Tietjen*

 

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Kayla Boatright

Kelly Iverson*

Savanna Sherbourne

 

MEN’S WATER POLO

Tristin D’Ambrosi

Neal Gorman*

Nicholas Hendricks*

Adam Kelsey*

Travis Lane

Cameron Rath*

Paul Schaner

Arnie Schmidt

Tim Sheehy

Abraham Turner

 

WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Morgan Brown

Dallas Fatseas

Emilee Foltz**

Lucy Gates*

 

WRESTLING

Ernie Chambers

Erik Collin*

Inyeob Na

Jorge Rodriguez

 

*Previous honors

 

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Media contacts:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Tom Saxe, Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989

Palomar College to Hold Official Grand Opening of New Baseball Field

SAN MARCOS, CA (January 12, 2016) – Members of the Palomar College Governing Board will cut the ribbon to officially open the College’s new baseball field on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Festivities will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the facility, located on the north end of the College’s San Marcos campus.

Immediately following a program of speakers and the ribbon cutting, guests will be given the opportunity to watch the season opening-day game, featuring Comets vs. College of the Desert, which is scheduled for 2 p.m.. Faculty, staff, students, administrators, public officials and guests will be in attendance.

Coach Buck Taylor’s Palomar baseball team has won five consecutive Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships. The 2016 team is ranked No. 2 in Southern California in the preseason. The Comets’ 2015 team was ranked second in the nation by Perfect Game USA entering the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Final Four in Fresno. The Comets finished third in the state tournament behind champion Orange Coast College of Costa Mesa and runner-up San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton.

The new facility includes a natural turf field with a subsurface drainage system, artificial turf foul territory, stadium-chair seating for approximately 300 with additional upper seating on an artificial turf slope, seven full batting cages, five bullpen mounds, an elevated press box with a state-of-the-art PA system, and a designated warm up area with artificial turf.

The baseball field project was funded through Proposition M, a bond measure approved by voters in November 2006.

 

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Media contacts:  Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Tom Saxe, Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989

Palomar College Spring Semester Begins January 19

 

SAN MARCOS (January 5, 2016) –  Spring semester classes at Palomar begin Tuesday, January 19, immediately following Martin Luther King Jr. Day. College officials encourage students to enroll as soon as possible, while space is still available in a wide range of classes.

Along with preparations for Spring semester, Palomar College begins the new year with plans for a year-long celebration of the College’s 70th anniversary. The doors for Palomar’s first classes opened in September, 1946.

“We are proud of the solid reputation Palomar College has continued to earn for so many years,” said Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales. “From serving veterans just returning from World War II to providing career pathways to hundreds of thousands of students through the years, Palomar has contributed so much to individuals and the community at large.”

Whether students plan on transferring to a university or have other education or career goals, Palomar offers classes, including those in English, history, math and the sciences at a number of different times, locations and formats to accommodate different needs. Space is available in a number of English as a Second Language courses plus many other subject areas, from art to business  to water technology to dance.

In addition to the College’s San Marcos location, classes are offered at Palomar’s Escondido Education Center, along with sites at Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook, Pauma, and Mt. Carmel High School.

California community college fees remain the most affordable higher education option at $46 a unit. Palomar College offers more than 250 associate degree and certificate programs, and has classes offered in a variety of formats, including traditional, online, video and Fast Track. For more information, visit www.palomar.edu.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

Palomar College Arboretum Will be Renamed Edwin and Frances Hunter Arboretum at Palomar College

 

The Hunter Family and Hunter Industries are establishing a $500,000 endowment

SAN MARCOS (December 21, 2015) – The Palomar College Arboretum will soon bear the names of two longtime Palomar College benefactors and well-known business owners, the late Edwin and Frances Hunter, founders of Hunter Industries in San Marcos.

The name change was announced at the College’s December Governing Board meeting along with news of the establishment of a $500,000 endowment from Hunter Industries and the Hunter Family Advised Fund-Rancho Santa Fe Community Foundation to the Palomar College Foundation. Hunter Industries offered $50,000 over a five-year period and the Hunter Family offered $450,000 over a five-year period – beginning in December 2015.

The children of Edwin and Frances, Ann Hunter-Welborn and Dick Hunter have been working with Foundation Executive Director Rich Talmo since June of this year on plans for the endowment and the naming of the arboretum.  “The Hunter Family has been a pillar of support to our entire community.  We are honored that they have chosen Palomar College for such a wonderful and generous gift,” said Palomar College Foundation Executive Director, Richard Talmo.

The Hunter Family believes in the preservation of forests and greenbelts and has requested that the endowment established in the name of their parents, Edwin and Frances Hunter, be utilized to increase the annual maintenance funds available for the Arboretum.  “Palomar College is such a vital asset to our community, and having walked through the arboretum, it’s clear this wonderful garden is important to students and is a value to the community.  Green spaces are crucial to the future of our world.” said Ann Hunter-Welborn.

“We are so appreciative to the Hunter family for this amazing gift, which will allow Palomar College’s arboretum to shine as the jewel it is for our community,” said Adrian Gonzales, Interim Superintendent/President.

Improvements to the Arboretum are part of Palomar’s Educational Master Plan 2022, funded in part by Proposition M monies, approved by voters in November 2006. The Hunter Family has requested that the planned Arboretum renovation be completed as soon as possible.

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CONTACT:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Rich Talmo, Director, Foundation 760-744-1150, ext. 2733

Palomar College’s KKSM Radio Station Named as Finalist in National Competition

(SAN MARCOS, CA – December 18, 2015) For the second year in a row, Palomar College’s KKSM radio has achieved finalist status in a prestigious national broadcasting competition. Students and staff from the station were named as finalists in four categories for the 2016 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Golden Microphone Awards. The winners will be announced in New York City on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Palomar College students named as finalists are: Steven Garcea for Best Newscast, Dylan Hanks for Best Public Service Announcement, and Serena Reid for Best Program Director. Zeb Navarro was named as a finalist in the Best Faculty Adviser category.

KKSM broadcasts 24/7 on AM-1320, Cox Cable 957, and online at www.palomarcollegeradio.com.

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Media contacts:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Zeb Navarro, General Manager, KKSM, znavarro@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2442

 

Work of Palomar Photography Students to be Featured in Escondido Exhibit

December 2, 2015

What:
Photo Exhibit, Enlightened Lens 2015/2016: New Work by Palomar College Photography Students

When:

Exhibition opens December 11, runs through January 2, 2016
Reception for the artists: Saturday, December 12, 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Call gallery for holiday closures

Where:

Escondido Municipal Gallery
262 Grand Avenue
Escondido, CA 92025

Background:

Palomar College photography department chair Donna Cosentino said, “Palomar has a well-known and highly respected photography department that has managed a vigorous and varied program for more than 60 years.”

Enlightened Lens is a juried exhibition of more than sixty photographic works all made by students of the Palomar College photography program. Photography faculty members judged over 180 images entered by students from beginning to advanced status to create this annual show.

The works in this exhibition represent a variety of processes including digital and film-based, color and black and white, and traditional and alternative techniques.  “The widely differing content of these images exemplify the breadth of our program,” Cosentino said.  Much of the work on view will be for sale.

The student population in Palomar’s photography program is comprised of a diverse group in age, interest and background, and they come from all areas of North San Diego County and beyond. Their goals range from exploring career options to life enrichment. In addition to acquiring strong technical skills, students are encouraged to pursue their own expressive personal vision as evidenced by the work displayed in this exhibition.

The exhibit will travel to the Hearth Gallery at the San Marcos Civic Center and show from mid-January through to the end of February.

Contact:

For more information on the exhibit contact
Escondido Municipal Gallery, 760-480-4101
Palomar College Photography Department, 760-744-1150 x2384
Donna Cosentino, 760-484-3951

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext.2152

Donna Cosentino, Photography Faculty, 760-484-3951

Palomar Journalism Students Bring Home More than 20 Awards from JACC Conference

 

SAN MARCOS (November 30, 2015) – Palomar College’s Telescope newspaper and Impact magazine received more than 20 awards combined at  a recent conference hosted by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC), an organization which brings together members of community college journalism programs from across California.

Twelve members of the Telescope staff attended the one-day conference at Fullerton College on Nov. 14, where they competed in contests against other colleges from the Southern California region, attended lectures, and networked with other student journalists. The day concluded with an awards ceremony, resulting in an impressive showing for Palomar College.

The Telescope staff received the First Place award in Online General Excellence and Telescope photographer Philip Farry received a First Place award in the Sports Action Photo category. For Impact magazine, Paul Nelson and Katherine Hoang placed first in Magazine Cover Design and Rendall Mercado and Katherine Hoang placed first in Magazine Design/Layout.

“It’s hard not to brag,” said Telescope adviser Erin Hiro, who attended the conference along with the students. “These awards reflect the great work our students are producing, for both the Telescope and Impact — we are so proud,” she said, speaking of herself and Sylvia Mendoza, Impact magazine adviser for spring 2015.

A list of the awards follows:

Telescope awards:

Editorial Cartoon, Third Place, John Lucia

Front Page Layout (Tabloid), Third Place, Susan Whaley

Photo Illustration, Fourth Place, Harim Arjon

Online Photo Story/Essay, Fourth Place, Erika Shasky

Column Writing, Second Place, Christopher Bullock

Editorial, Second Place, Mike Peterson

Sports Game Story, Third Place, Mike Adams

News Photo, Third Place, Philip Farry

Photo Story-Essay, Second Place, Telescope Staff

Photo Story-Essay, Third Place, Telescope Staff

Sports Action Photo, First Place, Philip Farry

Online General Excellence, First Place, Telescope Staff

Impact awards:

Magazine Cover Design, First Place, Paul Nelson and Katherine Hoang

Magazine Design/Layout, First Place, Rendall Mercado and Katherine Hoang

Magazine Opinion Article, Meritorious Award, Danielle Tuazon

Magazine Opinion Article, Meritorious Award, Marilyn Moreno

Magazine Illustration, Second Place, Rendall Mercado

Magazine Illustration, Third Place, Rendall Mercado

Magazine Photo, Third Place, Bayani Decastro, Jr.

Telescope On-the-Spot contest winners:

News Writing, Honorable Mention, Daze Castillo

Critical Review, Honorable Mention, Diana Guevarra

News Photo and Caption, Third Place, Lou Roubitchek

News Photo and Caption, Fourth Place, Philip Farry

 

 

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CONTACT:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Erin Hiro, Telescope Newspaper, 760-744-1150, ext. 3762

Opening Reception for Faculty Exhibit is Dec. 2

November 24, 2015

What:

Boehm Gallery Opening Reception for the Annual Faculty Exhibition

When:

Wednesday, December 2, 6 – 8 p.m.

Exhibit will be on display November 30 – December 11

Normal Gallery Hours

Monday/Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday/Thursday, 2 – 8 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where:

Boehm Gallery

Palomar College

1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

Details:

The Annual Faculty Exhibition features work in a variety of media and forms and includes

drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, glass, photography and more.

Part of the exhibit includes an art auction, featuring various pieces made by Palomar College

faculty and staff. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the artists and the Art Department,

helping support the semi-annual student art sale,  scholarships, visiting artists, exhibitions

and new equipment. Cash and checks are accepted.

Parking:

Parking is available in lots 1 and 2 without a permit during the hours of the reception.

Those who wish to visit the gallery at other times and/or park in other lots must obtain

a one-day visitor’s pass from Campus Police.

More information:

Ingram Ober, Boehm Gallery, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 3269, iober@palomar.edu

Kylee McDowell,  Boehm Gallery, 760-744-1150, ext. 2304, kmcdowell@palomar.edu

Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext.2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Ingram Ober, Boehm Gallery, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 3269, iober@palomar.edu

Kylee McDowell,  Boehm Gallery, 760-744-1150, ext. 2304, kmcdowell@palomar.edu

Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

Art Department Presents Student Art and Craft Sale Dec. 2-5

What:

Semi-annual Student Art & Craft Sale, including demonstrations and

special Saturday events

When:

Wednesday – Saturday, December 2 – 5

Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Demonstrations

Clay Wheel Throwing: Thursday, 2 p.m. (Richard McDonnell), Friday, 10 a.m. (Alex Long)

Wood Turning: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. (Rob Hildebrand)

Glassblowing: Wednesday – Friday (Palomar Glass Students)

Saturday Events

Raffle Drawing: Bring receipts from Wed. – Fri. purchases for an extra ticket

Kids’ Activity: Paint a Ceramic Ornament, 9 a.m. – noon

Where:         

Palomar College Art Department Courtyard next to buildings C and D. The Art Department

Complex is near the front of campus, adjacent to parking lots 1 and 2.

It is accessed from the College’s front entrance:

1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

Details:

The student art and craft sale presents handmade pieces by Palomar College students, staff

and faculty in blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, and more.

Proceeds benefit the artists and the Art Department, helping support the semi-annual sale,

scholarships, visiting artists, exhibitions and new equipment. Shoppers may pay with

cash, checks or credit cards.

Parking:

Parking is available in lots 1 and 2 without a permit. Those who wish to park in other

lots must obtain a one-day visitor’s pass from Campus Police.

More information:

Michael Hernandez, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 2308, mhernandez2@palomar.edu

Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext.2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Michael Hernandez, Art Faculty, 760-744-1150, ext. 2308, mhernandez2@palomar.edu

Paul Helling, Art Department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2302, phelling@palomar.edu

Palomar College Governing Board Announces Decision to Close Current Superintendent/President Search

SAN MARCOS (November 19, 2015) At a Special Board meeting on November 17, 2015 the Palomar Community College District Governing Board held closed session deliberations to consider their options for a new Superintendent/President.  At the conclusion of their deliberations the Board announced the following:  “In closed session, the Board took an action item to close the search for Superintendent/President of Palomar College.”

In closing the search, the Board unanimously agreed to close the current search process and re-open with a new search in the near future.

The District’s Superintendent/President position was vacated by Robert P. Deegan when he retired at the end of June 2015.  Adrian Gonzales, originally hired by the District as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Student Services in 2013, has been serving as the Interim Superintendent/President since Deegan’s departure.  Gonzales will continue to serve as the Interim Superintendent/President while the search process continues.

 

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CONTACT:

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

Wells Fargo Donates $50,000 to Palomar College Veterans Services

Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales, fifth from left, is shown accepting a donation from Wells Fargo Bank designated toward the college’s Veterans Services. Pictured are, from left, Ryan Williams, Interim Enrollment Services Supervisor, Palomar College Camp Pendleton Education Center; Jacob Gillette, Wells Fargo Bank; Chantal Maher, French Professor and Palomar College Foundation President’s Associate; Terrence J. Maher, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF Retired and Palomar College Foundation President’s Associate; Gonzales; Matthew Baugh, President of the Student Veterans Organization; Sidney Matlock, Veterans Services student worker; Jessica Horn, Veterans Services Technician; Shannon Valdez, Veterans Services student worker; and Debbie King, Assistant Director of the Palomar College Foundation. (photo by Melinda Finn)

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SAN MARCOS (November 17, 2015) – Palomar College officials accepted a donation of $50,000 from Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday, November 10, designated toward the college’s Veterans Services. The funds will be used to support job and career services for the college’s military veteran students.

Wells Fargo District Manager Jacob Gillette presented the grant check to Palomar’s Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales, Foundation representatives, and Veterans Services employees prior to the College’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on the San Marcos campus.

Palomar College is recognized for having one of the largest military veteran populations among all the California community college campuses. The Wells Fargo grant will enable startup of Palomar’s Veteran-Focused Career Opportunities Program (VFCOP), a highly structured program with a successful record in helping veterans find lifelong careers.

“While Wells Fargo has been committed to service members, veterans, and their families for more than 163 years, we’ve really increased our commitment and support over the past three years,” said Jerry Quinn, Wells Fargo Military & Veteran Programs manager. “In 2016 and beyond, we will remain committed to the three areas where we feel we can have the greatest impact: empowering service members and veterans to succeed financially through home ownership, career transition, and financial education.”

“This is an extraordinary investment by Wells Fargo that will benefit not only our students who are military veterans, but also our communities,” said Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales. “It’s an excellent example of a productive partnership between a respected community institution and Palomar College.”

At the college’s Camp Pendleton Educational Center, a full range of lower division coursework up to and including completion of certificates and associate degrees is available to active duty personnel, their dependents, and civilians.  Camp Pendleton students also have access to services including: admission, assessment (testing), orientation, financial aid, counseling, tutoring, and an ample selection of course offerings on site.

On the San Marcos campus, Palomar operates a full-service Veterans Office with two full-time staff members and more than 20 veteran student workers. The college also has a Veteran’s Resource Center where veteran students have access to tutoring, computers, and a space to gather with fellow veterans.

Additional services provided by the college include tutoring, personal counseling, a resource guide to community services, resume workshops, career services, job fairs, food assistance, textbook assistance, disabled student services and Extended Opportunities programs for students who are educationally, socially or economically disadvantaged.

“We’re very grateful for the generous support of Wells Fargo,” said Foundation executive director Richard Talmo. “Their gift will change the lives of hundreds of Palomar College veterans.”

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Debbie King, Foundation, 760-744-1150, ext. 2735, dking1@palomar.edu

Two-for-One Fundraising Planned for Giving Tuesday at Palomar College

Palomar College scholarship recipient Maxine Lagrimas

The Palomar College Foundation promises to raise some “serious” funds this year on Giving Tuesday, a world-wide, annual event that is based on philanthropy and the celebration of generosity toward others. This year’s Giving Tuesday event will take place on December 1.

“This year, thanks to an anonymous donor, every dollar of Giving Tuesday gifts will be matched. A $50 donation becomes $100! It’s a wonderful opportunity to help students gain access to success through education while also benefitting North County communities,” said Kim Hartwell, who oversees the foundation’s scholarship program.

Hartwell said that funds donated to the Palomar College Foundation on Giving Tuesday help provide scholarships, textbook assistance, and support for many special programs. “These generous donations have a large and immediate impact on the lives of many students,” she said.

Last year an estimated $46 million was raised on Giving Tuesday by a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in the U.S.

Donations can be made at the foundation’s website, www.palomar.edu/foundation.

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CONTACT:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Kim Hartwell, Palomar College Foundation, 760-744-1150, ext. 2664

Veterans Day Celebration to Honor Palomar College Veterans

 

Who:
Palomar College

What:
Veterans Day Ceremony

When:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
10 – 11 a.m.

Where:
Palomar College
San Marcos Campus
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069

Near the Palomar College Veterans Memorial (in front of the flag pole at the Student Union)

Guests will need to obtain a visitor parking permit from the Palomar College Police Department, and then may park in Lots #1 & 2.

Why:
In observance of Veterans Day, the College will come together at the campus Veterans Memorial (in front of the flag pole) for a ceremony honoring all those who have served and are serving their country.  This fall semester, Palomar College is serving more than 1,000 current active duty or current military dependents.  Palomar College has a rich history of serving veteran students – the College’s first class in 1946 was largely comprised of students just returning from World War II.  The College’s Veterans Service Office is one of the longest-serving veterans services offices at a community college in the state.

How:
Students, veterans, College officials and community dignitaries will congregate. Ryan Williams, Interim Enrollment Services Supervisor at Palomar College, Camp Pendleton will serve as emcee. The program will include welcoming remarks by Adrian Gonzales, Interim Superintendent/President, and a Student Veteran of the Year Award presentation by Dr. Kendyl Magnuson, Director of  Enrollment Services. The keynote speaker will be Brian Stockert, Dean of Counseling Services.

Who is invited:
College officials, special guests and the public.

Photo Opportunities:
Students, veterans, College officials, and community dignitaries.

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More information:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152
Ryan Williams, Veterans Services Office, 760-744-1150 x7821

Palomar College Joins Minority Male Community College Collaborative

Palomar College has joined the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) National Consortium on College Men of Color. Participation in the M2C3 Consortium will enhance the College’s commitment to improving the success of historically underrepresented and underserved students, including men of color.

Despite programs designed to enhance outcomes for men of color in the United States, only 17% and 15% of black and Latino men, respectively, earn a certificate, degree, or transfer from a community college to a four-year institution in six years. Figures for men from other ethnic groups (e.g., Native American, southeast Asian) also indicate a need for improvement.

“This is an important area of focus for the region,” stated Adrian Gonzales, interim president of Palomar College. “We must focus efforts and resources to serve our historically underrepresented students. Research shows that young men of color are less likely to complete their education and that is not an acceptable outcome. Our membership in the M2C3 Consortium will allow Palomar College to expand our resources to better serve all of our students.”

To combat this achievement gap, the M2C3 Consortium facilitates an exchange of ideas between community colleges across the nation on how best to serve men of color in all educational institutions. Community colleges convene to share their efforts and learn about new strategies for enhancing the success of men of color.

Consortium participation will provide the College with a number of resources, including enhancing professional development for faculty and staff, and enabling informed interventions for current programs serving men of color. In addition, as an M2C3 member, Palomar College will be able to access M2C3 webinars on men on color; access the M2C3 virtual discussion board; participate in information-sharing on promising practices with other community colleges; and participate in an annual working group meeting hosted in San Diego, CA.

“This innovative group of college leaders will be instrumental in implementing cutting-edge practices and policies to address the achievement gap facing underrepresented men,” said Dr. J. Luke Wood, co-director of M2C3.

Launched in February 2015, the M2C3 has already seen much success in information-sharing between community colleges. An average of more than 1,000 consortium members participates in each webinar. “It is inspiring to see educators collaborate and openly share innovative ideas for serving men of color,” said Frank Harris III, co-director of M2C3. “We look forward to the future of M2C3 and the future success of men of color.
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Media contact:
Laura Gropen, Director, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152
Olga Diaz, Director, Student Support and Student Equity, 760-744-1150 x3624

Exploring Darwin Conference Set for November 3-4

 

October 23, 2015

Who:
Palomar College Departments of Behavioral Sciences supported by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) II funds

What:
Exploring Darwin Conference – a series of talks by scientists, researchers, writers, faculty and faculty emeriti from Palomar College, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State San Marcos and UCSD.

When:
Tuesday, November 3, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

See Schedule of Speakers below

Where:Palomar College
Howard Brubeck Theatre
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069

Why:
This lecture series is designed to illustrate how Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection applies to a wide range of disciplines in both the natural and social sciences, and to inform students about current research in various fields.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members.  Attendance
is limited to the capacity of each room.  Palomar College students will be given first priority.

Cost:
Free.

Parking:
Parking with permit is available in Lots 1 and 2. Community members should obtain a parking permit from the Palomar College Police Department. Faculty and staff permits from other colleges will be honored.

Contact:
Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences; pdebarros@palomar.edu, 770-744-1150, ext. 2343

 

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Schedule of Speakers

Exploring Darwin
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 3 & 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Talks will begin at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. each day
Howard Brubeck Theatre (260 Seats)


Tuesday, November 3

9:30 a.m.       CHRISTOPHER WILLS, Div. of Biological Sciences, UCSD;
author of The Runaway Brain
          Expanding the Reach of Evolution: Enhancing Brain Development  

11:00 a.m.     AJIT VARKI, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, UCSD; Co-Director, Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)
Co-Author of Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origin of the Human Mind

Mind over Reality Theory: A New Explanation for Unusual Features
of Human Evolution

Follow this link to view Ajit Varki’s abstract:
http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/news/files/2015/10/VarkiDenialMORTabstract.pdf

12:30 p.m.     NANCY CAINE, Professor of Psychology, California State University
at San Marcos; Secretary General, International Primatological Society

Seeing Snakes

2:00 p.m.       KATERINA SEMENDEFERI, Professor, Departments of Anthropology & Graduate Program in Neurosciences, UCSD

          The Human Brain after the Split from the Last Common Ancestor

Wednesday, November 4

9:30 a.m.       PHILIP DE BARROS, Professor of Anthropology, Palomar College

Is the Earth only 10,000 years old? Radiocarbon Dating Demystified

11:00 a.m.     JAMES ZERBE, California State University at Fullerton

Coalitional Aggression and Cooperation in a Village from
Amazonian Ecuador

12:30 p.m.     JESSICA AYERS, California State University at Fullerton

Women’s Intrasexual Competition: Coordinated Response
or Direct Threat?

2:00 p.m.       THERESA C. VAZQUEZ, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, California State University at San Marcos

Neural Plasticity as an Evolved Trait: Hardwired to Learn

 Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes or provide extra credit assignments for attending students.  Sign-in sheets will keep track of attending students.

Event Contacts:

Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences, pdebarros@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2343
Naomi Lowe, Behavioral Sciences, nlowe@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 5058

Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences,  pdebarros@palomar.edu, 770-744-1150, ext. 2343
Naomi Lowe, Behavioral Sciences, nlowe@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 5058

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Finalists Named in Palomar College Superintendent/President Search

After conducting a nationwide search, the Palomar Community College District Governing Board has identified two finalists for the next Palomar College superintendent/president. The finalists in alphabetical order are: Dr. Gregory Anderson, currently Vice President of Instruction at Cañada College; and Dr. Lynn Neault, currently Vice Chancellor of Student Services for the San Diego Community College District.

The Governing Board will conduct interviews of the finalists on Wednesday, November 4 and the finalists will participate in public forums on Friday, November 6 at Palomar College, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, CA in the Howard Brubeck Theatre. Parking for the forums is available in lots 1 and 2.

The first forum with Dr. Neault will be held at 9:30 a.m.; the second forum with Dr. Anderson is slated for 10:45 a.m. Each forum will last one hour, following a format that includes introductory remarks made by the candidate, and a question and answer period. The audience will be able to pose written questions. Recording of the forums will be available through the college’s website.

As Cañada College’s Vice President of Instruction, Anderson leads transfer, basic skills, career technical education, equity initiatives, online learning, and academic support programs. Prior to his position at Cañada College, Anderson was Dean of Learning Resources at De Anza College, with campus-wide responsibility for student success initiatives, library services, technology, and online learning. He also taught for seven years at De Anza, and served as Academic Senate President. Anderson has a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in TESOL from the School for International Training, and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

As Vice Chancellor of Student Services for the San Diego Community College District, Neault is responsible for providing leadership for the implementation of new programs and services for student success, enrollment management, state reporting, compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, policy development, oversight of student records, as well as management of the student information system. She has served in this capacity for almost 25 years. In 2013-14, she served as Interim President of San Diego City College. Neault has a doctorate in Educational Leadership, a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.

More information about the candidates can be found at: http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/presidentsearch/candidates/.

Palomar College’s presidential search officially began in December 2014, two months after then-college president Robert P. Deegan announced his intention to retire effective June 30, 2015. The finalists were identified through a pool of applicants that were initially screened and interviewed by a search committee comprised of representatives of college constituent groups.

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Media contact:

Laura Gropen, Director, Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs
760-744-1150 x2152

Palomar College Takes Fifth Place in Top Ten Online Real Estate Programs

 

SAN MARCOS (October 16, 2015) – Palomar College’s online real estate program is one of the top ten in the nation, according to rankings reported by BestColleges.com.

The report shows Palomar in fifth place, alongside colleges as far away as Florida. “Spanning the corners of the country, as well as a range of costs, commitments, and specializations, these ten programs all provide a common foundation in teaching the business of real estate, and all will prepare students to test for and obtain their state’s license. The schools on our list are all fully-accredited, not-for-profit institutions,” the report states.

“We are delighted that Palomar’s excellent real esate program is recognized in this way,” said Jackie Martin, chair of the business administration department.

Diane Walters, outreach coordinator for BestColleges.com wrote, “Distance learning has found a place in mainstream education and you’ve shown a dedication to building a quality online program for students seeking more flexibility than a traditional campus-based program can provide. Congratulations, this is something to be proud of!”
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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Comet Volleyball Proceeds to be Donated to Komen Foundation

SAN MARCOS (October 15, 2015) – All gate and concession proceeds from Palomar College’s Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women’s volleyball match versus Southwestern College on Friday, Oct. 23 will be donated to the Susan G. Koman Foundation for Cancer Research. The annual fundraising match is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start in the Palomar Dome.

“Once again, our women’s volleyball team – as well as the entirety of our intercollegiate athletic program– is asking the campus community to join in this effort and fill our gym,” said Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart. “The greater number of people we can get to pay admission for this evening of entertaining competition, the more meaningful our contribution will be for this worthy cause.”

The stated mission of the Susan G. Komen Foundation is to save lives and end breast cancer forever. The Foundation’s methods include education, support for research, the extension of grants to provide financial and emotional assistance to those affected and to advocate for better public breast cancer policy. In a broader sense, the foundation works to ensure quality care for all and invest in the science to find a cure. Last year, Susan G. Komen’s community grants provided financial and social support for more than 50,000 families impacted by breast cancer.

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CONTACTS:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Tom Saxe, Sports Information Director, tsaxejr@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989

 

Palomar College to Host Community Forum on South Education Center

October 7, 2015

Who:

Palomar College, established in 1946, is a public, two-year college in San Marcos. Palomar Community College District covers approximately 2,555-square-miles in North San Diego County.  The College offers more than 250 degree and certificate programs and more than 24,000 students attend classes.   In addition to San Marcos, the college offers classes at the Escondido Education Center, as well as at Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook High School, Pauma, and Mt. Carmel High School.

What: 

Palomar College is hosting a community forum to share information about the new South Education Center, located at 11111 Rancho Bernardo Road, San Diego.  The college is scheduled to begin construction on the facility in February 2016, and plans to offer classes at the site starting fall 2017.  The Palomar College South Education Center will serve the southern portion of Palomar Community College District, including the communities of Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, Santa Luz, Del Sur, Sabre Springs, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Poway and Ramona.

When:                                 

Wednesday, October 28
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where:

Mt. Carmel High School Gymnasium
9550 Carmel Mountain Rd
San Diego, CA 92129

Why:    

Palomar College purchased a 27-acre property in June 2010 to house a new education center in the southern portion of the District.  The site currently includes an 110,000-square-foot building, as well as a three-story parking structure.  The site was purchased using Proposition (Prop) M general obligation bond funds; Prop M is a $694 million bond, approved by District voters in November 2006.  The South Education Center was identified in the District’s Master Plan 2022.

For More Information:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

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Media Contact:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365

Political Economy Days to be on October 14-15

 

October 7, 2015

Who:
Individual expert speakers on topics related to economics, history, political science, anthropology, multicultural studies, philosophy, law and more.

What:
Political Economy Days – a series of talks on a variety of political, economic and historical topics.

When:
Wednesday, October 14, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where:
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069
(specific rooms listed in the attached schedule)

Why:
This lecture series is designed to expose students and community members to ideas and applications of political, economic, and historical thought, presented by a diverse group of experts.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members. Attendance
is limited to the capacity of each room. Palomar College students will be given first priority.

Cost:
Free.

Parking:
Members of the community may obtain a temporary parking pass at the Palomar College Police Department building to the left of the front (Mission Road) entrance to the college.

 

Contact:

Teresa Laughlin, Chair of Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics
760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu

Peter Bowman, Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2416; pbowman@palomar.edu

Travis Ritt, History
760-744-1150, ext. 2753; tritt@palomar.edu

Sheila Atkins, Academic Department Assistant, Economics, History and Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2412; pbowman@palomar.edu

 

Schedule of Speakers may be found at http://www.palomar.edu/ehp/politicalEconDays.htm

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, d Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Teresa Laughlin, Chair, Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics,
760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu

Peter Bowman, Faculty, Political Science, 760-744-1150, ext. 2416, pbowman@palomar.edu

Travis Ritt, Faculty, History, 760-744-1150, ext 2753, tritt@palomar.edu

 

 

Tarde de Familia Event is Planned for October 16

SAN MARCOS (October 5, 2015) – Tarde de Familia: An Evening for Our Families will be held at the Palomar College Industrial Technology Center on  Friday, October 16, from 6 – 8 p.m.

This semester, the Tarde de Familia event highlights the Diesel Technology program. Featured speakers are Sergio Hernandez, associate professor of diesel technology; José Jacobo, Palomar College alumnus and fleet technician for the Sysco Corporation; and special guest Paul Jacobs, California Environmental Protection Agency California Air Resources Board Chief, Mobile Source Enforcement.

Designed to bring together students and their families with Hispanic professionals, this biannual event also showcases the many programs and resources available to assist underrepresented students at Palomar College. Presentations are conducted entirely in Spanish and a different industry is highlighted each semester.

Tarde de Familia was originated in 2011 by Dr. Rodolfo Jacobo, Jr., assistant professor of Multicultural Studies. Jacobo said, “We are proud to be celebrating our fifth year with this event which provides hope, inspiration and concrete information to our students.”

According to Dr. Jack Kahn, dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), thanks to Jacobo and other members of Grupo Magnifico, an all-volunteer group of staff, faculty and students, “this event gets bigger and better each semester.” The group, formed to provide support to the Hispanic community, has gotten representatives from several College departments and programs to offer outreach at the event. Some areas to be represented include English as a Second Language (ESL); SBS; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC); Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); Star Tutoring; and many others.

With figures showing Palomar’s Hispanic student population at 39% and growing, the College is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and receives funding from the federal government designated “to assist with strengthening institutional programs, facilities, and services to expand the educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations.” (U.S. Dept. of Education website). Kahn said that Tarde de Familia is one of many events and programs HSI funding helps make possible.

Palomar was recently ranked “as among the top three colleges and universities in the U.S. for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in  ‘All Disciplines Combined’ for 2015” by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, a newsweekly publication. This ranking was part of a report in the “Hispanic American Heritage” edition of the magazine, released September 24.

For more information about Tarde de Familia, contact ccruz@palomar.edu.

CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Carmelino Cruz, English as a Second Language, 760-744-1150, ext. 2262, ccruz@palomar.edu

Palomar Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Tarde de Familia Event is Planned for October 16

SAN MARCOS (September 24, 2015) – A colorful display in the Palomar College Library features photographs of and brief biographical statements about many Hispanic members of the College’s faculty, staff, administration and Governing Board.

The Library display is one way the college is honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15. The month-long celebration will culminate with Tarde de Familia: An Evening for Our Families which will be held at the Palomar College Industrial Technology Center on  Friday, October 16, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Laurie Hope, adjunct faculty librarian said the Library exhibit is meant to “both celebrate and inform” the Palomar College community about the “rich Hispanic background that exists in and around the college.” Hope spearheaded the Library exhibit project, which includes a map showing the extensive geographical area included in the heritage of the people represented in the display. Hope said many library staff members worked together to install the exhibit, which is growing day by day as more people are being included. The exhibit also includes fashion designs relating to Hispanic heritage that were created by students in the Advanced Visual Merchandising class taught by Rita Campo Griggs.

According to Dr. Jack Kahn, dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), members of “Grupo Maginfico,” an all-volunteer group of staff, faculty, students and administrators have been organizing events to support the Hispanic community all year long, and their flagship event, Tarde de Familia coincides with this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Designed to bring together students and their families with Hispanic professionals, the event also showcases the many programs and resources available to assist underrepresented students at Palomar College. Presentations are conducted entirely in Spanish and a different industry is highlighted each semester.

This semester, the Tarde de Familia event highlights the Diesel Technology program. Featured speakers are Sergio Hernandez, associate professor of diesel technology; José Jacobo, Palomar College alumnus and fleet technician for the Sysco Corporation; and special guest Paul Jacobs, California Environmental Protection Agency California Air Resources Board Chief, Mobile Source Enforcement.

The biannual Tarde de Familia event was originated in 2011 by Dr. Rodolfo Jacobo, Jr., assistant professor of Multicultural Studies. Kahn said the event was taken to new levels with the formation of “Grupo Magnifico” by bringing together representatives from several College departments and programs. These include English as a Second Language (ESL); SBS; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC); Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP); Star Tutoring; and many others.

Tarde de Familia provides a great opportunity for students and their families to be inspired by what others have achieved, “ Kahn said. “Hispanic professionals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds tell their stories and speak about what helped them persevere.”

With figures showing Palomar’s Hispanic student population at 39% and growing, the College is recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and receives funding from the federal government designated “to assist with strengthening institutional programs, facilities, and services to expand the educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations.” (U.S. Dept. of Education website). Kahn said that Tarde de Familia is one of many events and programs that HSI funding helps make possible.

Palomar was recently ranked “as among the top three colleges and universities in the U.S. for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in  ‘All Disciplines Combined’ for 2015” by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, a newsweekly publication. This ranking will be part of a report in the  “Hispanic American Heritage” edition of the magazine, released September 24.

For more information about the Library exhibit, contact lmorrow@palomar.edu; Tarde de Familia, contact ccruz@palomar.edu.

 

CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

California Indian Day Celebration Planned for Sept. 24

September 14, 2015

What:
California Indian Day Celebration at Palomar College, with special guest,
writer/author Gordon Johnson

When:
Thursday, September 24
12:30 – 1:50 p.m.

Where:
MD-157
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

Details:
Sponsored by the Palomar College American Indian Studies/American Studies (AIS/(AMS) department, along with the Native American Student Alliance (NASA), this event will feature Gordon Johnson, a Cahuilla/Cupeno Indian from San Diego County. A former columnist and feature writer for the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Johnson is the author of a book of collected columns, Rez Dogs Eat Beans. He is also a contributor to the recent anthology of Inland Empire writers, Inlandia.

Refreshments will be served in the MD Building courtyard following the presentation.

Cost/Who is Invited:
This event is free and open to the public.

 

Parking: Please contact Teresa Quainoo in the AIS/AMS department for parking information,
760-744-1150, ext. 2425

 

More information:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Teresa Quainoo, AIS/AMS department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2425

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Teresa Quainoo, AIS/AMS department, 760-744-1150, ext. 2425

 

 

Palomar College Ranks in ‘Top 100 Minority Degree Producers’

 

SAN MARCOS (September 3, 2015) – According to a report to be published in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, Palomar College ranks as one of the country’s “Top 100 Minority Degree Producers.”

The upcoming “Hispanic American Heritage” edition of the national Diverse newsweekly publication presents the magazine’s annual “special report” which compares colleges and universities in the U.S. on their success rate in awarding academic degrees to members of minority populations. The report, scheduled to be out September 24, shows Palomar as in the top 100 “for graduating African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics with Associate degrees in several disciplines.”

Palomar’s rankings for graduating Hispanic students are as follows:

  • Ranked among the Top three for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in “All Disciplines Combined” for 2015
  • Ranked among the Top three for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in Social Sciences for 2015
  • Ranked among the Top 15 for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies for 2015
  • Ranked among the Top 15 for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in Business/Commerce, General for 2015
  • Ranked among the Top 25 for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in Psychology for 2015
  • Ranked among the Top 30 for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences for 2015
  • Ranked among the Top 45 for graduating Hispanic students with Associates degrees in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services for 2015

“We take Palomar’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution very seriously,” said Interim Palomar College Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales. “We are proud that our commitment to supporting the unique needs of our diverse student population continues to produce tangible results in helping all students to achieve their goals.”

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CONTACTS:
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu

 

Palomar Ranks With Universities in Top Five “Best” San Diego Colleges

Palomar Takes Second Place in the ‘College or University’ Category

SAN MARCOS (August 28, 2015) – Palomar College was singled out as the only community college placing in the top five out of the region’s colleges and universities in the 2015  San Diego’s Best Union-Tribune Reader’s Poll.

The poll results, announced August 23, showed Palomar as placing second, sharing the “best” designation with four-year universities. The other four named were San Diego State (#1); University of California, San Diego (#3); University of San Diego (#4); and National University (#5).

“We’re glad to know that Union-Tribune readers are tuned in to the great things Palomar has to offer,” said Adrian Gonzales, Interim Superintendent-President. “In addition to our extensive programs, Palomar is known for being all about the people. Students are our highest priority  – we have top-notch professors and staff members that really care about doing their best to help each student succeed.”

Other finalists in the College or University category were: California State University, San Marcos; Grossmont College; MiraCosta Community College; Point Loma Nazarene University; and San Diego Christian College.

According to the Union-Tribune website, the newspaper’s readers were asked to share their “best” picks in more than 150 categories “from Best Brunch to Best Beach, from Best Movie Theatre to Best Museum, from Best Camera Store to Best Car wash, and nearly everything in between.” The nominations began in April with voting from late May through the end of June.

For more information about Palomar College’s offerings, visit www.palomar.edu.

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Palomar College Alumna Receives Top Honors at University of Texas

SAN MARCOS (August 12, 2015) – Palomar College science faculty members weren’t surprised to hear that their former student, Victoria (Aiello) Arnold went on to achieve great things at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. “Her academic record here at Palomar was brilliant,” said Dr. Carey Carpenter, her former anatomy professor. But the magnitude of her success made quite an impression on him and others.

Carpenter was beaming as he spread the news that when she graduated from UT last May, Arnold won one of the university’s most prestigious awards, the George H. Mitchell award for undergraduate academic excellence, worth $10,000. The campus-wide award, open to 50,000 students across disciplines, was narrowed to seven finalists, each nominated by a faculty member, and then given to one student.

With a major in Human Biology and an emphasis on problems in developing countries, Arnold received the award “particularly because of the strength of her undergraduate research: In Vivo Analysis of Hyaloid Vasculature Morphogenesis,” said Carpenter. Arnold, who is now applying to medical schools, explained that the subject for her research project was the vascular development of the eye and associated mutations.

A San Diego native who grew up in Ramona and graduated from Ramona High School, Arnold said her experience at Palomar College played a key role in her academic success and her decision to pursue medicine. “I was enrolled in Dr. Carey Carpenter’s anatomy class and not only realized that I wanted to become a physician, but also that I was capable of doing so,” Arnold said, crediting him with “[giving me] a confidence in myself I didn’t have before his class.”

“The following semester, the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) center at Palomar offered seminars and informationals that were applicable to my professional desires,” Arnold said. She followed her Palomar biology professor Jim Gilardi’s advice and attended an info-session about summer research  programs. “Immediately after the session, I applied to the programs mentioned and ended up being invited to participate as a research intern at Purdue University for a summer! Within the same week, I received my acceptance to the University of Texas at Austin.”

As an undergraduate, Arnold presented her research at conferences throughout the country and received several awards for her work. She also won an undergraduate fellowship to fund her research project, and had her work published in a well-respected journal.

Now in the process of applying to medical schools, Arnold works as an intern at the Dell Pediatric Research Institute, UT at Austin’s medical research facility. In her work there, she has designed a protocol for a human supplement trial set to begin this fall, and she also studies the teratogenicity of industrial chemicals. In her medical school application personal statement, Arnold wrote,  “To say that I enjoy research is an understatement. I love it. However, for me, a research career would lack one element: patient interaction. I am drawn to the human interaction aspect of medicine, where scientific practice is translated into patient care.”

Arnold was able to experience her dream of “merging of biology and patient care” while in Argentina on a medical mission trip in 2009. “My triage responsibilities afforded me my first patient interaction and showed me that I was drawn to the uniting of science and service.” She has continued this type of work through Operation Smile, a charity organization that focuses on providing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries in underdeveloped countries. As vice president of UT’s chapter of Operation Smile, she has been very active in raising funds and awareness for these surgeries. In addition, she volunteers as a science tutor to at-risk teens.

While clearly proud of her accomplishments and excited about her future, Arnold is quick to point out that her road as not always been an easy one. “I come from a single-parent household where my mother worked nights in a casino and my father wasn’t present. Our goal was survival, not reaching for the stars, which meant I wasn’t well-prepared for higher education.” The “strong work ethic and understanding of responsibility” her mother instilled in her proved invaluable to her ability to succeed.  “I have learned so much, but most importantly, that persistence is 90% of success.” She also credits the people and her experience at Palomar College “for sparking the realization of my potential.”

Arnold  lives in Austin with her husband, who works as a paramedic, and their dog. She enjoys spending time with them, and doing the outdoor activities Austin offers like “hiking and paddle boarding, plus eating great food.” However she admits both she and her husband miss San Diego.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152

 

Palomar College Student is Among 10 Students Nationwide Named as Phi Theta Kappa Hites Scholars

SAN MARCOS (August 6, 2015) –Palomar College student Maylin Caldwell was named along with nine other two-year college students nationwide as a recipient of the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship. The 10 students together are receiving a total of $75,000 to assist in the attainment of baccalaureate degrees.

The Hites Transfer Scholarship Program, made possible by support from the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, supports the outstanding academic achievement of Phi Theta Kappa members.

Scholarships of $7,500 each have been awarded to each of this year’s 10 Hites Scholars. Students enrolled in associate degree programs and preparing to transfer to a regionally-accredited baccalaureate degree-granting senior institution in the fall of 2015 were eligible to apply. Judges reviewed and scored applications for academic rigor, leadership and engagement. The 2015 Hites Transfer Scholars were selected from more than 2,100 applicants worldwide.

This is the second year Caldwell has received a Phi Theta Kappa award. Last year, she was recognized as an “outstanding scholar” and selected for the Phi Theta Kappa All California Academic Team along with Palomar College student Anh Tran. Caldwell and Tran were honored at an awards luncheon in Sacramento by the Community College League of California (CCLC).

Caldwell, who was a tutor in Palomar’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center this past year, has served as vice president of Palomar’s Alpha Omega Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). Katy French, associate professor of library technology and one of the club’s advisors said of Caldwell, “Maylin possesses the energy, attitude and communication skills of a great leader…. she is devoted to improving herself and the lives of others.   I was thrilled to learn that she won the Hites Scholarship and can add that to her other academic successes.”

 

The 2015 Hites Transfer Scholarship recipients are:

 

Nathaniel Bush, Alpha Theta Delta Chapter, Central Arizona College, AZ

Maylin Caldwell, Alpha Omega Rho Chapter, Palomar College, CA

Mary Gladbach, Alpha Iota Gamma Chapter, Johnson County Community College, KS

Spencer Haydary, Omicron Eta Chapter, Rock Valley College, IL

Ryan Joseph, Omega Nu Chapter, Delgado Community College, LA

Robin Kay Keel, Alpha Xi Pi Chapter, Motlow State Community College, TN

Rachael Nelson, Pi Epsilon Chapter, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, MS

Hyo Jung Shin, Lambda Sigma Chapter, Queensborough Community College, NY

Andrew Sypher, Omicron Beta Chapter, Mesa Community College, AZ

Wafa Zeidan, Beta Theta Omicron Chapter, Skyline College, CA

 

In 2007, the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise $350,000, which would be matched almost 2-1 by the Hites Family Foundation to create the $1 million scholarship endowment. During the Society’s 2009 Annual Convention, Foundation Trustees announced that Phi Theta Kappa had not only met, but exceeded the challenge, and the Hites Foundation issued a second, equally-successful matching challenge. In 2010, the Hites Foundation gave an additional $250,000 grant to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation for the scholarship endowment to allow more scholarships to be awarded to Society members.

The Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation was established by Robert Hites, an executive with Ralston-Purina in St. Louis, Missouri. Upon his retirement he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became an instructor at St. Louis Community College.

Hites turned down opportunities to teach at prestigious senior institutions because he valued the educational experience offered by community colleges and he witnessed the determination and will to succeed of his community college students. He also came to understand their needs and was determined to help them achieve their dreams, as he had achieved his.

Ray Hites, President of the Hites Family Community College Scholarship Foundation and Robert’s brother, served as a Trustee for the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation until his death in 2015. His wife, Jackie Hites, now serves as a Trustee.

The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation is focused on long-term financial stability for Phi Theta Kappa. It is dependent upon the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to ensure its future through support of existing and establishment of new endowment funds. For more information on how to contribute to scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, visit ptkfoundation.org or contact Dr. Nancy Rieves, CEO, at 1.800.946.9995, ext. 3537.

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

For more information about the Phi Theta Kappa, go to http://www.ptk.org/Home.aspx

 

CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Katy French, Library 760-744-1150, ext. 3640, kfrench@palomar.edu

 

Palomar College Fall Semester Begins August 17

SAN MARCOS (August 6, 2015) – Activity is ramping up at Palomar College as faculty, staff and administrators prepare for fall semester, which begins Monday, August 17.

Palomar has experienced some big changes, both in terms of the physical campus and College personnel. Along with the ongoing construction of new modern buildings, new faces are showing up in the executive administration as well as in several divisions and departments throughout the College.

Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales said, “This is an exciting time for Palomar College. A lot of opportunities are out there for our students as we continue to grow and evolve into an institution that meets the ever-changing needs of our times.  We recently broke ground for a new Library/Learning Resource Center, which is going to be an amazing new addition to the state-of-the-art facilities students can benefit from.”

Gonzales was appointed to replace Robert P. Deegan, who retired as Superintendent/President at the end of June. In addition, Dan Sourbeer was appointed as Interim Vice President of Instruction and Mike Popielski as Interim Vice President of Human Resources, replacing Berta Cuaron and John Tortarolo, respectively. Cuaron and Tortarolo also retired in June.

The Library/Learning Resource Center is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Construction on a new baseball field is complete and scheduled to be officially open for for the Spring 2016 season.

There is still space available in a number of classes, but new and returning students are encouraged to apply and/or enroll as soon as possible to obtain the classes that best work for their schedules and educational objectives.

Palomar College has classes and programs to meet a wide variety of needs, from transfer readiness to preparation for specific career goals. Classes in English, history, math and the sciences are offered at different times, locations and in different formats. Space is also available in a number of English as a Second Language courses plus many other subject areas, from art to business  to water technology to dance.

In addition to the College’s San Marcos location, classes are offered at Palomar’s Escondido Education Center, along with sites at Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook, Pauma, and the recently-reopened site at Mt. Carmel High School.

California community college fees remain the most affordable higher education option at $46 a unit. Palomar College offers more than 250 associate degree and certificate programs, and has classes offered in a variety of formats, including traditional, online, video and Fast Track. For more information, visit www.palomar.edu.

 

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu

Palomar to Host Veteran Education and Resource Street Fair

July 20, 2015

What:
Cammies to College (C2C) Veteran Education and Resource Street Fair
Palomar College to Host Event Aimed at Putting Veterans on Educational Paths to Success

 When:
Saturday, August 1, 2015
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where:
Palomar College
Parking Lots 1 and 2
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

Details:
Hosted by Palomar College and sponsored by Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, C2C is a major college expo and education street fair designed to benefit active duty military, veterans and their family members interested in gaining  information regarding higher education options in Southern California. The event is free for all attendees.

The expo will feature a wide range of educational opportunities for attendees to explore. Exhibitors will include approximately 15 higher learning institutions – public and private universities, community colleges, and specialized  technical degree/certificate based programs.  In addition, approximately 20 military and veteran related community organizations, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be present assisting guests with various support services.

Congressional offices and regional elected officials will also have representatives at the expo supporting the event and to assist any way they can.

“We are honored to host this event, which will offer a wonderful array of educational resources to veterans and their families,” said Palomar College Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales.

Registration: To register please go to: http://www.stepsocal.org/#!c2c/c1een

Parking:
Guests should enter by driving North on N. Las Posas Road, then turn right on Avenida Azul, and right again into Parking Lot 12. The event will be held in Lots 1 and 2, with signs directing you from the parking lot. Parking permits are not required for this event. Those who wish to park in other lots must obtain a one-day visitor’s pass from Campus Police.

More information:
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Ryan Williams, Veterans Services, 760-744-1150, ext. 7818

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Ryan Williams, Veterans Services, 760-744-1150, ext. 7818