Palomar College News

ACCJC Reaffirms Palomar College Accreditation

SAN MARCOS, CA (June 30, 2015) — Palomar College received official notification that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has reaffirmed the College’s accreditation .  ACCJC voted on this action at its June meeting.  The ACCJC accredits associate degree-granting institutions in the Western region of the United States.

“The ACCJC has recognized the College’s collective and focused efforts and we are very pleased to have received the news that our accreditation has been reaffirmed,” stated Robert P. Deegan, Palomar College President.  “I particularly want to acknowledge the Governing Board for their leadership.  I also want to thank the College’s Accreditation Writing Team and the faculty, staff, and administration for all of their work throughout this process.  I couldn’t be prouder of what we have accomplished on behalf of our students and the community.”

The ACCJC has asked Palomar College to submit a Follow-Up Report in October 2016, which will be followed by an external evaluation team visit.  The College was asked to address two recommendations:

  1. Ensure adequate tutorial support for distance education students;
  2. Create an environment that includes the participation of all employees in participatory governance and appropriate councils, committees, subcommittees, task forces, and workgroups.

 

For more information on the College’s Accreditation process and to view a copy of the Commission’s letter, go to http://www2.palomar.edu/pages/accreditation/.

 

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

Palomar College Media Productions Receive Emmy Awards

Shown representing Palomar College Television (PCTV)  and Palomar College Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA) at the Emmy Awards event are, from left, PCTV Broadcast Operator Luke Bisagna; PCTV Graphic Artist Lily Patterson, PCTV Production Coordinator Mona Witherington; PCTV Producer Bill Wisneski; and  PCTV Video Editor Chris Culp. Pictured in the photo on the right are DBA students Jay Brown and Jennifer Fasulo, (photos courtesy of the PCTV and DBA departments)

SAN MARCOS (June 29, 2015) – Palomar College added to an already impressive record of Emmy Award wins with the results of this year’s competition for outstanding achievements in television and digital broadcast arts.

The Pacific Southwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced its 2015 Emmy® Award winners at a ceremony held at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort in Palm Springs on Saturday, June 20. Once again, Palomar College staff and students were nominated in several categories and were well represented as the winners were announced.

Digital Broadcast Arts (DBA) students Jay Brown and Jennifer Fasulo received Emmys for their work in the student-produced television shows Palomar Live and North County News, respectively. PCTV personnel Lily Patterson, Bill Wisneski and Mona Witherington won Emmys for their work on the documentary Breaking Point. Continue reading “Palomar College Media Productions Receive Emmy Awards”

Governing Board Approves Adrian Gonzales as Interim Superintendent/President

Palomar College Governing Board President John Halcón, right, congratulates the College’s incoming Interim Superintendent/President Adrian Gonzales following Gonzales’ approval at a special meeting of the Governing Board on June 23. (photo by Melinda Finn)

San Marcos, CA (June 23, 2015) –  The Palomar Community College Governing Board approved the appointment of Adrian Gonzales as the Interim Superintendent/President, at their June 23, 2015 Special Meeting.

“Let me be the first to congratulate you and welcome you as Palomar’s Interim Superintendent/President,” stated Governing Board President John Halcón.

Gonzales joined Palomar College as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services in July 2013.  In this capacity, Gonzales has served as the District’s Chief Student Services Officer, developing annual goals and objectives for his Division. Continue reading “Governing Board Approves Adrian Gonzales as Interim Superintendent/President”

Spring Semester Athletes Earn Academic Honors

photo by Jason Boggs

San Marcos, CA (June 25, 2015) – Palomar College athletes proved to be winners on and off the field this past spring semester.

The Comet softball team won the state championship, the baseball team placed third statewide, and the men’s golf team clinched the overall conference title. On top of these accomplishments, Palomar athletes hit the mark in academics.

Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart said, “Our 2015 softball team, along with men’s golf and women’s swimming teams have met the nomination criteria for California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Scholar Teams of the Year, which will be presented at the CCCAA Spring Convention in April, 2016.” Continue reading “Spring Semester Athletes Earn Academic Honors”

Governing Board Chooses Interim Superintendent/President

Adrian Gonzales

San Marcos, CA (June 11, 2015) – The Palomar Community College District Governing Board has chosen Adrian Gonzales to serve as Interim Superintendent/President of the College, pending approval at the Board meeting on June 23.  He will begin his new role on July 1.

“I am greatly pleased that the Governing Board has chosen Vice President Gonzales for this role,” stated Robert P. Deegan, Palomar College Superintendent/President.  “I know that he will do an outstanding job helping the college move forward during this transitional phase.”

In July 2013, Gonzales joined Palomar College as the Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services. Within this capacity, he has served as the District’s Chief Student Services Officer, developing annual goals and objectives for his Division.

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Dan Sourbeer Selected as Palomar College’s Interim VP of Instruction

Dan Sourbeer

San Marcos, CA (June 10, 2015) – The Palomar Community College Governing Board approved the appointment of Daniel Sourbeer as the Interim Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Instruction (VPI) at their June 9 board meeting.

Sourbeer has served as Dean, Mathematics and the Natural and Health Sciences (MNHS) since 2013. During his time at Palomar College, he has held a number of leadership positions, including:  Interim Dean of Mathematics and the Natural and Health Sciences; Life Sciences Department Chair; Site Coordinator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bridges to the Future Grant; and member of the Palomar College Faculty Senate (where he received the 2003 “Gift of Time” award).

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Palomar College Announces Mike Popielski as Interim Vice President of Human Resource Services

Mike Popielski

San Marcos, CA (June 10, 2015) – The Palomar Community College Governing Board approved the appointment of Mike Popielski, SPHR, as the Interim Assistant Superintendent/Vice President Human Resource Services at the Board’s June 9 meeting.  He will be relocating to north San Diego County to begin his employment with the College starting July 20, 2015.

Popielski is joining Palomar from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN, where he has served for the past six years as the Executive Director, Human Resources.  In that position, he has overseen the employment function for Ivy Tech’s statewide system of 32 campuses, working alongside the Vice President for Human Resources to produce internal and regulatory reports, budget preparation, and the development of human resources policies and procedures.

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Laura Gropen Receives Statewide Public Relations ‘All PRO’ Award

Laura Gropen

San Marcos, CA (May 28, 2015) – Palomar College Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs Laura Gropen was awarded the 2015 All PRO Award from the California Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO). Gropen received the award at the Awards Banquet during CCPRO’S annual conference, held at the Wyndham Hotel in San Diego on April 23, 2015.

CCPRO “presents this award annually to the individual in our ranks who stands out as among the best in our business,” wrote Peter Anning, chair of the All PRO selection committee. “Nominations for the All PRO Award are solicited from college presidents, district superintendents, chancellors and public relations professionals.”

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Vista Grange Assists Palomar College Fire Academy Students

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photo by Melinda Finn

SAN MARCOS, CA (May 22, 2015) – Shown presenting a check to Palomar College Superintendent/President Robert P. Deegan, second from right, is President of the Vista Grange No. 609 Hank Hitt, center. Also pictured are, from left, Dean of Career, Technical and Extended Education Wilma Owens, Palomar’s Interim Fire Technology Supervisor Dan Barron, and Fire Technology Coordinator, John Thompson. Continue reading “Vista Grange Assists Palomar College Fire Academy Students”

Groundbreaking for New Library/Learning Resource Center Scheduled for Friday, May 8

May 7, 2015

 

What:

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Palomar College Library/Learning Resource Center (LRC)

 

When:

Friday, May 8, 2015
1 p.m.

 

Where:

Palomar College
Northeast corner of Parking Lot 11
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

 

Details:

The new four-story Library/Learning Resource Center will be nearly 85,000 square feet.  In addition to books and oversize 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.

 

Parking:

Parking is available in Lots 12 (without a permit) 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
Dianna Trujillo-Hernandez, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2956

 

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

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