Palomar College News

Palomar College Officials Cut the Ribbon on New Baseball Field

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Palomar College Superintendent/President Interviews and Public Forums Completed

SAN MARCOS (November 6, 2015) The Palomar Community College District Governing Board completed the Superintendent/President candidate interviews earlier this week.  The two candidates – Dr. Gregory Anderson and Dr. Lynn Neault – participated in public forums on Friday, November 6.  The public can view the candidate forums by following the attached links:

Dr. Gregory Anderson — https://vimeo.com/144929406

Dr. Lynn Neault — https://vimeo.com/144931412

 

The Governing Board will deliberate on their decision on Tuesday, November 17; it is anticipated that a decision will be reached shortly thereafter.

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Media contact:  Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs

760-744-1150 x2152

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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