Palomar College News

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

 

Governing Board Welcomes Malik Spence

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SAN MARCOS (July 8, 2015) – Palomar College Governing Board President John Halcón, left, congratulates Asssociated Student Government (ASG) President Malik Spence, after Spence was sworn in as Governing Board Student Trustee at the Board’s June meeting. Spence will serve in both positions for the 2015-2016 school year.

Partially visible behind Spence are, from left, Governing Board Vice President Mark Evilsizer and Secretary Nancy Ann Hensch. Trustee Nancy Chadwick is seated on the right.  Also in attendance were Trustee Paul McNamara and outgoing Palomar College Superintendent/President Robert Deegan, along with several other administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members.

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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

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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