Palomar College News

  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.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

 

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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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office
760-744-1150, ext. 2152

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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MEDIA CONTACTS:

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

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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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 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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Media Contacts:

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

 

 

Palomar Symphony Presents 70th Anniversary Concert

 

Who:
Palomar College Performing Arts Department

 

What:
Concert, Palomar Symphony Orchestra (PSO), directed by Ellen Weller

Great Beginnings – celebrating 70 years of the Palomar Symphony Orchestra!

 

When:
Saturday, May 13
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
(Pre-concert chat 45 minutes before the concert)

 

Where:
Howard Brubeck Theatre
1140 West Mission Road
Escondido, CA 92069

 

Why:

The Palomar Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 70th  season with inspirational beginnings, including a repeat performance of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 in B minor, the “Unfinished,” played by the Palomar Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural season in 1947. Dr. Ching-Ming Cheng will join the Orchestra for Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, started when Schumann was 13. The festivities will conclude with fireworks in a suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s first film score, Lieutenant Kije.

 

Tickets:
Tickets are on sale at the Howard Brubeck Theatre Box office or online
http://www.palomarperforms.com/event/great-beginnings-celebrating-70-years-of-the-palomar-symphony-orchestra/

Prices are $ 15 General, $12 Senior/Palomar Staff, $10 Student
Contact information:

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

Ellen Weller, Professor/PSO Director, 760-744-1150, ext. 3949, eweller@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

Ellen Weller, Professor/PSO Director, 760-744-1150, ext. 3949, eweller@palomar.edu

 

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Annual Fashion Show to be Presented May 4 at CCAE

April 26, 2017

 

Who:
The Palomar College Fashion Merchandising and Design program.

What:
Attention all fashionistas!!  The annual Palomar College Fashion Show, MODA, is fast approaching. The show this year is titled “70 Years of Style” to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Palomar College. MODA is entirely produced by Palomar College Fashion Merchandising and Design students. MODA showcases the student work of aspiring designers and fashion production students who have acquired and developed skills through the Palomar College Fashion Program in order to create this all-inclusive show. More than 100 pieces starting with designs from the 1950s to the present will be shown.  The climax of the show is the presentation of the student designers with their original collections. Attendance at previous shows has been More than one thousand guests. Attendees are encouraged to obtain their tickets as soon as possible.

When:
Thursday, May 4
7 p.m.

Where:
Concert Hall
California Center for the Arts Escondido (CCAE)
340 North Escondido Boulevard
Escondido, CA 92025

Why:
To showcase and support student success.

 

Tickets:
Tickets are on sale at the California Center of the Arts Box Office or online at https://my.artcenter.org;
Prices are $ 15 Orchestra and $ 12 Mezzanine. On the day of the event, tickets are $ 20 at the door

Contact information:
Rita Campo Griggs, rcampogriggs@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2347
Palomar College Fashion dept., 760-744-1150, ext. 2349
CCAE Box Office, 800-988-4253.

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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Rita Campo Griggs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2347
Palomar College Fashion dept., 760-744-1150, ext. 2349

 

 

Student Art Sale and Exhibit, plus Art Dept. Open House – Events Begin May 3

 

 

April 24, 2017

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 3 – 6
Wednesday, 1 – 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Boehm Gallery Opening Reception and Art Department Open House: Friday, May 5
5 – 8 p.m.
(Boehm Gallery exhibit on display May 1 – 23)

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, CA 92069

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 in glassblowing, ceramics, computer graphics, painting and foundry. 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.

 More information:
http://www.palomarart.com/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 Receives $2 Million California Community College Award for Innovation

One of 14 colleges and districts selected statewide, Palomar is the only
college in San Diego County to receive this grant

SAN MARCOS, CA (April 20, 2017) – Palomar College was recently named to receive a
$2 million state award for innovation. One of 14 community colleges and districts selected throughout the state, Palomar is the only one in San Diego County receiving this award. Granted by the State of California’s Committee on Awards for Innovation in Higher Education, the award recognizes the development of  “innovative programs to increase completion rates and make college more affordable.”

“We are so proud and happy to receive this award,” said Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake. “It shows how Palomar has already stepped up to the needs of our students and our community with innovative programs and procedures. The extra funds will allow us to go even farther in helping students reach their goals in a timely and economic manner.”

California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley congratulated the 14 California community colleges and community colleges districts selected for the $25 million state award, which will be split among the winning campuses and districts. “I extend my congratulations to all of the winning districts and colleges for earning this prestigious and well-deserved award,” he said. “Boosting completion rates and reducing college costs are among the highest priorities for all three higher education systems in California. The schools recognized today are leading the way when it comes to making these twin goals a reality for this state.”

This year’s awards recognized California districts and colleges that help reduce the time it takes students to complete degrees and credentials, reduce the total cost of attendance for students, or do both. The legislation specifically highlights the state’s interest in efforts to:

 

  • Redesign curriculum and instruction, such as the implementation of three-year bachelor’s degrees.
  • Allow students to make progress toward completion of degrees and credentials based on their demonstration of knowledge and competencies, including skills acquired through military training, prior learning, and prior experiences.
  • Create programs that make college more affordable by making financial aid and other supports and services more accessible, including by increasing the number of students who apply for these programs, or by reducing the costs of books and supplies.

A committee consisting of the state’s director of finance, four members selected by Gov. Jerry Brown, an appointee of the state Senate Committee on Rules and an appointee of the Speaker of the state Assembly reviewed the applications and selected the winning campuses.

In addition to Palomar, other recipients of $2 million awards are: Cuesta College, Evergreen Valley College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Rios Community College District, Riverside Community College District, Santa Monica Community College District, Shasta College, Sierra College, South Orange Community College District, and West Hills Community College District

Recipients of  $1 million awards are Laney College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Hills Community College District.

A list of the announced and the submitted applications can be found here: http://www.dof.ca.gov/programs/Education/Index_Innovation_Awards.html The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/.

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CONTACTS:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

 

 

  Palomar College Celebrates Groundbreaking for Parking Structure and Police Building

 

                                                                                      photo by Tom Pfingsten

 

SAN MARCOS, CA (April 17, 2017) – Palomar College officials are shown at a ceremonial groundbreaking for the College’s new parking structure and police building at the San Marcos campus  on Friday, April 14. Pictured from left are Governing Board Trustees Nina Deerfield and Mark Evilsizer; Palomar College Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake; and Governing Board Secretary Dr. John Halcón.

The five-story parking structure will be 499,621 square feet, with 1615 parking spaces, including 28 Accessible and six Van spaces. The structure will be equipped with license readers, emergency phones and security cameras. The top floor roof will be set up for photo voltaic panels.

The Palomar College Police Department will be housed in a separate one-story building adjacent to the parking  structure. The 7,645 square foot building will contain a reception area, dispatch office, locker rooms, evidence room, secure interview room, conference/emergency operations room, armory, report-writing room, and live scan room. The station will have a secure parking area for police vehicles, and will be equipped with cameras and an audio address system.

Dr. Blake officiated at the groundbreaking event, which also featured comments from Halcón and Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Adrian Gonzales. The official speaker for the event was Palomar College Chief of Police Mark DiMaggio.

The parking structure and police building project is being funded with Proposition M general obligation bond funds. This $694 million bond was approved by District voters in November 2006. Expected completion date for this project is January, 2018.

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Media contacts:  Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150 x2152