Palomar College News

Dr. Jack S. Kahn Takes On Vice President Role at Palomar College

SAN MARCOS (July 26, 2017) –Jack S. Kahn, Ph.D. officially began this month as Palomar College’s Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Instructional Services.

Dr. Kahn was hired at Palomar in July, 2013 as Dean, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). He served in that position until April of this year, when he was named as Acting Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Instructional Services. Kahn succeeded Interim Assistant Superintendent/Vice President Dan Sourbeer, who retired after 25 years at Palomar, where he served as professor and Dean, Division of Mathematics and the Natural and Health Sciences.

“I am very excited to be working with Jack in his new role at Palomar,” said Palomar Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake. “His enthusiasm, experience and background are a great mix to help us serve our 21st century students during these transformational times.”

In Kahn’s role as Dean, he  worked with faculty and staff on several institutional leadership initiatives including enrollment management, advanced instructional technology solutions (the development of the “My Class Finder” tool and  the Academic Spotlight online site, and a revamp of the College website, to name a few).  He also helped develop the Ramona High School Partnership, and took on a key roles of support and leadership for the biannual Tarde de Familia event, and the undocumented student support committee and the Association for Latinos & Allies for Student Success (ALASS).

Kahn said he said he is excited to be working with others toward having Palomar College “become the hub for intellectual discourse in North County. It is critically important on the personal as well as institutional levels, that Palomar is responsive and collaborative — with industry, our transfer institutions, and our diverse populace — to ensure we are meeting the needs of our surrounding communities. Palomar already has a great reputation,” Kahn said. “I want to work with my colleagues to help build programs that are even more responsive to the community’s needs and to build in the ability to change as the community changes.”

Dr. Blake described Kahn as someone who “has a reputation for action and bringing people to consensus . . . he worked diligently with his division to strengthen and form relationships across the college and partnerships with our communities – from San Diego to China.  He has committed his academic and professional career to supporting social justice, equity and mitigating social marginalization.”

Prior to working at Palomar, Kahn served as the Program Director and Professor of Clinical Psychology for two years at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University. As program director he led a successful American Psychological Association accreditation visit, and was able to establish several community partnerships.  He was also chair and professor for 13 years at Curry College, a liberal arts institution in Milton, Massachusetts. While there, he established internship and honors programs, and was very active in publishing and presenting at national and international conferences.

Kahn remains active in his primary research interest, which is an investigation of the psychosocial impact of masculinities and gender; he has published a textbook and several articles in this area. He was recently an editor for the text, Studies in Meaning V: Perturbing the Status Quo in Constructivist Psychology (Pace University Press).

He holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from State University of New York, Buffalo; a Master of Science in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from CSU San Jose; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University, Tempe.

 

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

Palomar College Foundation Gains a New Leader

SAN MARCOS (July 24, 2017) – The Palomar Community College Governing Board approved the appointment of Stacy Rungaitis as the new Palomar College Director of Development/Executive Director of the Foundation at the July 11 Board meeting.

“We’re pleased to have Stacy Rungaitis join us as the Palomar College Foundation team leader,” said Dr. Joi Lin Blake, Palomar College Superintendent/President. “She brings a level of commitment, compassion and energy that I know the community will find inspiring.”

Rungaitis brings a wide-ranging skill set and more than 25 years of experience to the job. She previously served as Director of Development and Marketing for Feeding America San Diego, and prior to that was a senior director of fund development for North County Health Services, where she led the capital campaign that built the North County Health Services Mission Mesa Pediatrics Health Center.

“It’s a privilege to assume leadership of an organization dedicated to affording more students access to higher education,” said Rungaitis. “Through its partnership with the community, the Palomar College Foundation helps remove the financial barriers to college and educate the people who become tomorrow’s contributors to the success of our local communities.”

As a San Marcos resident, Rungaitis is familiar with the priorities of North San Diego County communities served by Palomar College. “Community colleges are an expression of local educational needs and goals,” said Rungaitis. “The Foundation offers many opportunities for people to invest in the future—their future and that of their children and their community.”

Rungaitis will lead the Foundation’s current initiative to raise money in support of the Palomar Promise, which offers a tuition-free first year of Palomar College education to graduates from 21 local high schools.

 

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Shayla Sivert Accepted to ACCCA Admin 201: Transformational Leadership Program, Class Of 2017

SAN MARCOS (July 21, 2017) – Shayla Sivert, Palomar College Dean, Languages and Literature has been selected to participate in the Admin 201: Transformational Leadership Program, a new summer academy of the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA).

Sivert is one of 37 participants in the inaugural class of this newly developed program that was designed specifically to identify and nurture administrative talent in the California community college system. According to Patti Marcotte of ACCCA, the organization “has declared these individuals the Future Leaders of the system who will ultimately be called upon to implement the innovative changes necessary to improve student success. “

Marcotte described Admin 201 as the latest in a line-up of successful training programs originated by ACCCA to bridge the gap in skills and leadership development in the California community colleges. “The program’s compelling curriculum pairs a comprehensive exploration of leadership theory and self-assessment with strategies for implementing institutional change,” Marcotte said.

The program is funded by a grant from the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office Institutional Effectiveness Division.

Palomar Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake said, “This is great news for Shayla, and for Palomar College. We already benefit from Shayla’s strong leadership skills, and she is a perfect fit for this program.”

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

 

Fall Enrollment is Happening Now at Palomar College

Enroll Early for Best Selection

SAN MARCOS (July 6, 2017) – 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. 21. 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 and Mt. Carmel High School.

Along with core subjects, students can pursue degrees in cutting-edge technologies. For example, Palomar has a unique series of courses focused on geographic information systems (GIS) and drone technology. These courses  teach students a variety of skills from using equipment, to analyzing data and running a business. This knowledge can lead to careers in crime analysis, construction inspection, 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 programs 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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Palomar Hosts Drone Conference on July 7

SAN MARCOS (July 3, 2017) –  Palomar College will host a Drone Conference, PALOMAR DRONE-CON ’17, on Friday, July 7 at the San Marcos campus.

Designed for industry professionals and educators, the event is currently sold out. The group of 140 people who registered is made up of those interested in introducing drones in their classes or line of work; and individuals who want to connect with other industry professionals who are already using drones in their work.

The keynote speaker will be Todd Jacobs from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (http://channelislands.noaa.gov/contact/jacobs.html).

Guest speakers will include representatives from the fields of insurance (aerial metrics), agriculture (slantrange), utility inspection (SDG&E), construction (Balfour Beatty Construction), aviation (Academy of Model Aeronautics), and environmental assessment fields (UC Irvine). In addition to workshops and guest speakers, the event will feature industry panels, vendor exhibits, and demonstrations throughout the day. The schedule of events can be found here: http://palomaruas17.weebly.com/program.html .

Coordinating the conference are  Wing Cheung, professor of geography, and coordinator for the Geographic Information Systems  (GIS) program at Palomar; and  Mark Bealo, professor of graphic communications, including drone courses at Palomar. For information please contact Wing Cheung at wcheung@palomar.edu.

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Wing Cheung, Professor, Geography/GIS Coordinator, 760-744-1150, ext. 3652, wcheung@palomar.edu

 

 

  Drone Programs Receive Grant from the National Science Foundation

Shown are two models representing the Palomar College Dome and Planetarium. These models were created with a 3D printer and were generated from images gathered with small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly referred to as “drones”. (photo by Melinda Finn)

 

Drone-related curriculum and programs at Palomar College received a big boost recently with news of the College receiving nearly $800,000 in grant money from the National Science Foundation. The three-year grant will fund the Unmanned Aircraft System operations Technician Education Program (UASTEP).

Awarded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, the project came about as a collaborative effort under the direction of four professors: Wing Cheung (Principal Investigator or PI), Professor of Geography and Coordinator of the Geographic Information Systems  (GIS) program at Palomar;  Mark Bealo (Co-PI), Professor of Graphic Communications, including drone courses at Palomar; Sean Figg, Assistant Professor of Geology at Palomar; and Ken Yanow, Professor of Geographical Sciences at Southwestern College, and Adjunct Professor of Geography at Palomar.

The four objectives of UASTEP are (1) Program and Curriculum Development (2) Professional Development for Educators (3) Strengthening Business and Workplace Competencies and (4) Student Outreach and Summer Academies. More information about UASTEP and the grant can be found here.

Cheung said, “This grant allows for developing both new classes and partnerships with industry, each of which will help students transition into careers in the sUAS field.” He said that the Palomar program stands out from similar drone-related programs in that “it appeals not only to those wanting to become drone technicians, but also to those interested in becoming entrepreneurs” in this up and coming industry.

 

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

Palomar is seeking to immediately fill five vacancies on the ICOC

SAN MARCOS (May 31, 2017) — Palomar College is seeking to fill five vacancies on the Proposition M Bond Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (ICOC).  These are appointed positions which require an application, and approval by the Palomar College Governing Board.  The following positions are available:  a member active in a business organization representing the business community located in the District; a member representing the community at-large; a member active in a senior citizens’ organization; a member active in a bona-fide taxpayers association; and a member active in a support organization for Palomar College, such as foundation or advisory council.

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

Individuals interested in this appointed position can obtain an application on Palomar’s website at http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/propm/icoc/ or by calling Shawna Cohen in Employment Services at scohen@palomar.edu; her phone number is 760-744-1150, extension 2608.  Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

The Proposition M measure allows Palomar to carry out its Facilities Master Plan. A 15-year building and re-building program it approximately three-quarters complete for Palomar’s San Marcos campus; in addition, land has been purchased for a center in the Fallbrook and in the southern part of the District (both sites are scheduled to open in summer 2018).

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Enrollment is Open for Summer Classes at Palomar College

SAN MARCOS (May 30, 2017) – Summer is off and running at Palomar College. Four-week intersession classes have started and a busy summer session will follow, offering many opportunities for students to sharpen skills, explore new subject areas, and/or get that much closer to their educational goals.

Enrollment is now open for summer session — six and eight-week classes begin on June 26 and end on Aug. 8 or Aug. 18. Many classes can be transferred to UC, CSU and private universities. Classes will meet either on the San Marcos campus, one of the campus sites in Escondido, Camp Pendleton, Mt. Carmel High School, or Fallbrook High School, or at the Public Safety Training Center in San Marcos.

Core classes, such as English, history, math, psychology and sociology are available. Other classes include accounting, administration of justice, alcohol and other drug studies, American Indian studies,  American Sign Language, art, automotive technology, broadcasting (digital broadcast arts), biology, business, cabinet and furniture technology, chemistry, Chicano studies, child development, Chinese, computer science, counseling, dance, digital broadcast arts, and economics.

More classes offered are drafting, engineering, entertainment technology, geography, graphic communications, health, interior design, Italian, Japanese, kinesiology, multicultural studies, music, nutrition, oceanography, photography, philosophy, photography physics, political science, real estate, religious studies, Spanish, speech, welding technology, zoology and more.

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 $46 per unit for California residents. Palomar College offers more than 250 associate degree and certificate programs, and has classes in a variety of formats, including traditional, online, video and flexible schedule.

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Commencement Information for Students: Marilyn Lunde, Student Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2595

Speech Team Wins Gold at National Competition

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

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

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

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

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

 

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