‘Celebration of life’ after car accident
Sep22

‘Celebration of life’ after car accident

[Show picture list] Friday, Sept. 19 was a solemn day as a memorial service was held for three international Palomar students who died in a car accident during the first week of the Fall semester. The Celebration of Life service was held at Palomar’s San Marcos campus to commemorate the lives lost in a single car accident Aug. 21.   Student and Palomar staff spoke while the first names of the three victims were displayed in a...

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Early retirement may entice staff
Sep22

Early retirement may entice staff

Retirement may come early for some faculty and professors at Palomar College. The Governing Board agreed to move forward with an early Supplemental Retirement Program, also known as the “golden handshake,” at its Sept. 9 meeting. Staff will be offered 75 percent of their annual salary for those who want to retire early, according to officials. The window of opportunity is open until next April. Deegan stressed that no one is being...

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Emergency response is top priority for new, experienced police chief
Sep22

Emergency response is top priority for new, experienced police chief

Palomar College has a new police chief who said he has great plans for the campus community. Police Chief Mark DiMaggio is a 29-year law enforcement veteran who most recently served as Police Chief at Los Angeles County’s Mt. San Antonio Community College. During his time at the school, DiMaggio collaborated with several law enforcement and first responder agencies to ensure a safe environment for the campus population. Prior to the...

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New program on campus pairs first-year students with mentors
Sep16

New program on campus pairs first-year students with mentors

The Teaching and Learning Center recently launched a program to familiarize new students with the many resources offered on campus. The Village Mentoring Program pairs First-Year Experience students who are taking their first credit classes at Palomar College with students, staff, administrative and faculty mentors. The program was advertised to incoming First-Year Experience students prior to the Fall semester. Of the nearly 300...

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Veterans expected to receive new lounge
Sep16

Veterans expected to receive new lounge

Between the library and Student Union stands a white sign with a black and white hand pointing to the left. The sign reads, “Veteran’s Support Center is OPEN!” An open door stands across from the sign, leading to what appears to be a desolate hallway. The desolation is an illusion. Laughter and talking comes from beyond the door titled “Veteran’s Resource Center.” Inside, James Eugene, a 12-year-veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, sits...

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Welcome to Palomar College, USA
Sep15

Welcome to Palomar College, USA

Mike Hamerschlag/The Telescope Imagine attending college in another country. Assuming you are able to speak the language, how do you get around? Would your driver’s license you obtained in the United States be recognized in the country you are living? Would you try to obtain a driver’s license in your new college home? These are the same questions faced by students from around the world who attend Palomar College. Yasue...

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