Palomar College News

 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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 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.

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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

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(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

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(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

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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

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