Palomar College News

Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned for South Education Center

PALOMAR COLLEGE   MEDIA  ADVISORY

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE  1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos, California 92069-1487 – 760-744-1150, ext. 2770

 

February 24, 2017

 

What:
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Palomar College South Education Center

When:
Friday, March 3, 2017
1:30 p.m.

Where:
Palomar College South Education Center
11111 Rancho Bernardo Road
San Diego, CA 92127

Details:
Palomar College purchased a 27-acre property in June 2010 to house a new education center in the southern portion of the District. The site includes a 110,000 square-foot building, as well as a three-story parking structure. Planned site improvements include completion of a new interior looped road and installation of walkways, landscaping and lighting. On the building interior, plans include a lobby, classrooms for lecture and laboratory, academic division offices, spaces for student support services, a bookstore and food services, information services, plus a community room.

The site purchase and improvements are being funded with Proposition M general obligation bond funds. This $694 million bond was approved by District voters in November 2006.

Classes are scheduled to be offered at the South Education Center starting in summer 2018.

Directions and parking:
From 1-15 in Rancho Bernardo, exit on westbound Rancho Bernardo Road. Continue .9 miles to the stoplight at Matinal Road. Turn left (south) into the Palomar College South Education Center campus. Follow directions to the parking area.

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
Dianna Trujillo-Hernandez, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2956

 

Palomar Theatre Explores Muslim Identity in ‘Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith’

San Marcos, CA (March 2, 2017) – Palomar College theatre presents Yussef El Guindi’s Muslim family dramedy Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith March 17 – 26 in the Howard Brubeck Theatre on the San Marcos campus at 1140 West Mission Road.

Written in 2005, Leap of Faith follows the Fawzis, a well-established Arab-American family, over the course of two eventful days, as their college-age children suddenly reveal the contradictions of their dueling identities.  The conflicts lead to deeply compassionate, and often comical exploration of the Muslim faith in the context of American culture.  Although many elements are particular to the Muslim experience, the play ultimately affirms a commonality with the great American family story.

In his author’s statement El Guindi says, “It’s a little troubling when depicting an ordinary Arab-American Muslim family, going about their ordinary day, getting involved in regular family mishaps and melodramas, seems like such a radical thing to do. In writing this play and trying to sidestep the stereotypes that attend Arabs and Muslims, and to simply present these characters as regular folk – not as wife-beating, bomb-strapping, terrorist inclined fanatics with a thing for barring little girls from school and enjoying a good mob scene that ends in many deaths – I didn’t quite realize how unexpected that would seem to an audience.”

Leap of Faith follows the tradition of American Family plays. The conservative father is rattled by the cultural changes influencing his children’s behavior.  One son announces that he no longer believes in the family religion.  The daughter is struggling to interpret troubling dreams about wearing the hijab and the third son is awakening to his sexual orientation.  In the face of these crises, the strong mother holds the family together with wisdom and compassion.  Along the way, however, we encounter profound and beautiful insight about the nature of God, religion and family.

Director Michael Mufson describes his goal for the production, “In the process of making theatre, we build a bridge from the boundaries of our individual experiences to the world that the playwright gives us.  Yussef El Guindi invites a multicultural ensemble to explore and discover the world of a Muslim-American family as they encounter the pitfalls of maintaining these two, sometimes conflicting, identities and to extend a bridge of understanding to our audience and our community.”

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 4 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.palomarperforms.com or in person at the box office on the San Marcos campus.

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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
Michael Mufson, Professor and Director, Performing Arts, 760-716-7098, mmufson@palomar.edu , www.palomarperforms.com

 

 

 

 

Palomar College Digital Broadcast Arts Students Win Awards Nationwide Competition

Pictured from left, Abel Garcia and David Michaels (photo by Coulter Grant)

(SAN MARCOS, CA – Feb 23, 2017) Students in Palomar College’s digital broadcast arts (DBA) program won first and third place awards in the national  2017 Festival of Media Arts competition sponsored by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

Abel Garcia won first place in the Two-Year Small-College category for producing the episode Palomar Live 11-10-16. David Michaels won third place in the same category for producing the episode Palomar Live 09-29-16.

Palomar Live is a morning news talk show produced entirely by students. There are opportunities to be camera operators, producers, directors, audio techs, technical directors, floor directors, reporters, photographers, writers and more. Students rotate jobs each week to experience different positions of the show.

Instructor Serena Reid, who is a graduate of Palomar’s digital broadcast arts program said the show’s tag line, “The Pulse of North county!” describes it well. The producers and reporters “seek out those unique nuggets of information about North San Diego County and brings them to the attention of residents in the surrounding communities,” she said.

Palomar Live 11-10-16, which aired right before Veterans Day, was focused on the topic of Veterans. Guests were Gerald Hampton of the National Naval Officers Association  http://nnoa.org; Kurt Schwend of United Through Reading, an organization that helps keep deployed family members connected to their kids by recording them reading books. http://www.unitedthroughreading.org; and Gail Chatfield and  Ron Pickett of the Veterans Writing Group of San Diego County http://www.veteranswritinggroup.org.

The Palomar Live 09-29-16 episode was animal-themed. Guests were Laura Spann and Aleia Scott, trainers for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park – with special guest “Pokie” the African Crested Porcupine http://sdzsafaripark.org; Geraldine D’Silva-Director of PAWS San Diego (PAWS provides essential pet services and support to low-income pet families all over San Diego County) http://www.pawssandiego.org; and Debbie Shinner and Kaitlyn Stewart from REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program in Fallbrook  http://www.reinsprogram.org.

“We stress to the students to make each show and its subject matter relevant, timely and compelling,” Reid said. “We want to create as close to real-world scenarios as we can so that the students are battle-tested and marketable once they leave our program and they are confident in either follow on academic endeavors or being gainfully employed.”

DBA instructor Austin Hill, also a graduate of Palomar’s DBA program added, “We’re very proud of Abel and David, and all of our students…This goes to show that the training, equipment, and experience at Palomar College makes it a top contender when it comes to getting invaluable experience in the field.”

DBA Professor Pat Hahn added, “It’s such an amazing feeling to have two former students become extraordinary instructors, and join forces to help shape the next generation of award winning Digital Broadcast Arts Alumni — I’m so proud of the students and our instructors. ”

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Media contact:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 ext. 2152
Pat Hahn, Professor, Digital Broadcast Arts, phahn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2964

 

 

Palomar College Launches Palomar Promise

 

Palomar Promise Offers Free Community College Access to Local High School Graduates

(SAN MARCOS, CA – February 22, 2017) More than 300 people were on hand at Palomar College on Wednesday, Feb. 22 to celebrate the launch of the Palomar Promise campaign, benefiting local high school students who plan to attend Palomar College.  At the event, held in the college’s Howard Brubeck Theatre, Palomar Superintendent/President Dr. Joi Lin Blake and other college administrators were joined by elected officials, superintendents, principals, and students from local high schools plus other invited guests. Keynote speaker was Dr. Martha Kanter, Executive Director of the national College Promise Campaign.

The Palomar Promise is designed to increase the college-going rate of local high school graduates by providing FREE community college access to all eligible North San Diego County 2017 high school graduates starting in Fall 2017. Through a package of FREE financial resources and academic support services, Palomar College promises one year of FREE tuition and textbooks (up to $500 per semester) for the 2017-2018 year for eligible students from 21 comprehensive public high schools* in North San Diego County. These high schools will graduate more than 7,400 students who will potentially be eligible to attend Palomar College through the Promise Program in Fall 2017.  Palomar College records show the average size of the incoming freshman class from these 21 high schools amounts to more than 1,500 students.

In addition, the college promises to assist students to enroll in college, to stay on track to complete their career or academic goals and/or to transfer to a four-year college or university of their choice. Applications are now being accepted for the program. Information is available at palomar.edu/palomarpromise .

Two organizations have committed a combined $1.5 million to the Palomar Promise. At the launch event, Mary Perry, Vice President, Marketing, West, of Follett Education Group announced the Follett Corporation’s pledge of $1 million, and David Engblom, Chair of the Palomar College Foundation Board announced the Foundation’s pledge of $500,000. Four student speakers who plan to attend Palomar College next year on the Palomar Promise shared what FREE community college means to them and to their families. More than 150 high school students who will join the program were in the audience.

Adrian Gonzales, Vice President of Student Services at Palomar was Master of Ceremonies at the launch event. Nancy Ann Hensch, Governing Board President welcomed guests. Dr. Blake spoke about what the Palomar Promise means to the college and the community. She also introduced Dr. Kanter, who served during President Obama’s administration as the U.S.  Under Secretary of Education and is a distinguished visiting professor of higher education at NYU Steinhardt.

The student speakers were:

Marlon Gabriel, a San Marcos High School senior who plans to attend Palomar College, then transfer to UCSD to pursue a degree in nursing, and eventually apply to medical school to become a general surgeon.

Brandy Graham, a Mission Hills High School senior who plans to transfer to SDSU and major in business marketing after attending two years at Palomar. Her long-range plans include becoming an entrepreneur and opening up her own clothing store.

Rynon Reyes, a Mission Hills High School senior, who plans to pursue a degree in nursing and hopes to become an orthopedic nurse.

Rebecca Sanchez, an Orange Glen High School senior who would like to do her general education at Palomar then transfer to CSU East Bay and major in biology with the hope of becoming a pediatrician.

PLEASE NOTE: B-roll of this event is available upon request. See contact information below

*2017 PALOMAR PROMISE DESIGNATED HIGH SCHOOLS

Bonsall High School

Borrego Springs High School

Escondido High School

Orange Glen High School

San Pasqual High School

Fallbrook High School

Julian High School

Del Norte High School

Mt. Carmel High School

Poway High School

Rancho Bernardo High School

Westview High School

Ramona High School

Mission Hills High School

San Marcos High School

Valley Center High School

Mission Vista High School

Rancho Buena Vista High School

Vista High School

Warner Springs High School

Del Lago Academy

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CONTACT

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, lgropen@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, x 2152, 858-722-1869

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, mfinn@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150 x2365

 

Palomar College Productions are Part of San Diego Film Week

Joshua Tree Documentary Also Wins IndieFEST Award

Shown at the Opening Gala for San Diego Film Week, where Palomar College media productions are being shown, are from left, Mona Witherington, Producer; Ashley Olson, Writer; Bill Wisneski, Director; and Chad Richmond, Editor (photo courtesy of Bill Wisneski)

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San Marcos, CA (February 13, 2017) – Award Season is alive and well at Palomar College this year. While Hollywood stars prepare for Oscar parties and do the talk show circuit, Palomar College Television (PCTV) students and staff members are getting their share of accolades for Palomar productions.

Two documentaries and a commercial produced by Palomar College are being shown at San Diego Film Week, Feb. 10 – 19, and one of the documentaries won the IndieFEST Film Awards 2016 Humanitarian Award.

The commercial, about Palomar’s digital broadcast arts program, will be shown on Monday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. http://sdfilmweek.com/2017/films/palomar-college/

The documentary, Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland will be shown on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Museum of photographic Arts. http://sdfilmweek.com/2017/films/joshua-tree-threatened-wonderland/

Another documentary, Breaking Point, about the Salton Sea will be shown Friday, Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Digital Gym Media Arts Center. http://sdfilmweek.com/2017/films/breaking-point/

PCTV Producer/Director Bill Wisneski won the Humanitarian Outstanding Achievement Award from the IndieFEST Film Awards competition for his work on the Joshua Tree documentary. Based in La Jolla, the IndieFEST competition is now in its seventh year. According to their website, “The IndieFEST Film Awards is an avant-garde worldwide competition that strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators the positive exposure they deserve. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers who produce high quality films and new media…Our talented IndieFEST award winners have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.”

The letter Wisneski received informing him of the IndieFEST win read, in part, “Your production was hand selected by our judges and staff, from the entire pool of entries to the competition throughout 2016, as a film that represents both the spirit of humanitarianism combined with quality filmmaking craft…We firmly believe that film can make impactful changes globally and the IndieFEST Humanitarian Awards are designed to give recognition to those illustrious filmmakers whose craft and message enlightens and inspires audiences to make a difference!”

“We are very proud that our productions are receiving this kind of attention and recognition,” Wisneski said.

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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
Bill Wisneski, Producer, Palomar College Television, 760-744-1150 ext. 2722,
www.palomar-tv.com

 

 

 

BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER TO BENEFIT AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

 

SAN MARCOS (February 9, 2017) –  Gate proceeds from Palomar College’s Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men’s/women’s basketball double-header at The Dome on Friday, Feb. 10 will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The special fundraiser is part of a joint statewide effort initiated by the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations.

Opening the event will be the Comet men’s team versus San Diego Miramar at 5:00 p.m., followed by the PCAC Northern Division-leading and No. 4-state ranked women’s team versus San Diego Mesa at 7:00 p.m. For both teams, the games are crucial as the 2016-17 California Community College regular season winds down.

“The Palomar College Athletic Program is pleased and proud to participate in this worthy effort,” said Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart. “Once again, it presents our teams and student athletes with an opportunity to combine the entertainment value of intercollegiate athletics with a meaningful community-service campaign.”

Collective funds from similar events throughout the state will provide for a combined donation from the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations, which will be presented to representatives of the American Cancer Society at the state championship games, scheduled for Sunday, March 12 at Las Positas College in Livermore. Since its inception in 2010, the annual California Community Colleges effort has generated nearly $175,000 in donated revenue toward cancer research.

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2365
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150 x2152
Michelle Male,Senior Manager, Distinguished Events, California Division | American Cancer Society cancer.org | 1.800.227.2345

 

 

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Athletic Alumni Honored at Hall of Fame Event

 

SAN MARCOS (February 9, 2017) – Palomar College inducted 12 new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 28, at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos. Pictured are the new honorees and/or their representatives as follows: from left, Jim Adkins (Cross Country/Track & Field); Shannon Downey and Laura Quiroz Jorgensen (softball); Joe Hall (football); LeAnne Walther Farmer (Swimming/ Water Polo); Joe Ismay (Wrestling/Coach); Carolyn & Greg Miller, parents of inductee, Keith Miller (Football); Allison Gibson (Soccer); Ayako & Dan Buh, parents of inductee, Andy Buh (Football); and David Faulkner (Football/Basketball).  Not pictured:  Gera Alvarez (Baseball) and Jack Wiland (Baseball/Football/Coach).

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Tom Saxe, Sports Information, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989, TsaxeJr@palomar.edu
Scott Cathcart, Director, Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 2464, scathcart@palomar.edu

 

Basketball Doubleheader to Benefit American Cancer Society

SAN MARCOS (Feb. 6, 2017) – Gate proceeds from Palomar College’s Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) men’s/women’s basketball doubleheader at the Dome on Friday, Feb. 10 will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The special fundraiser is part of a joint statewide effort initiated by the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations.

Opening the event will be the Comet men’s team versus San Diego Miramar at 5 p.m., followed by the PCAC Northern Division – leading and No. 4 – state ranked women’s team versus San Diego Mesa at 7 p.m. For both teams, the games are crucial as the 2016-17 California Community College regular season winds down.

“The Palomar College Athletic Program is pleased and proud to participate in this worthy effort,” said Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart. “Once again, it presents our teams and student athletes with an opportunity to combine the entertainment value of intercollegiate athletics with a meaningful community-service campaign.”

Collective funds from similar events throughout the state will provide for a combined donation from the California Community College Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations, which will be presented to representatives of the American Cancer Society at the state championship games, scheduled for Sunday, March 12 at Las Positas College in Livermore. Since its inception in 2010, the annual California Community Colleges effort has generated nearly $175,000 in donated revenue toward cancer research.

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CONTACT:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen,
Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Michelle Male, Senior Manager, Distinguished Events, California Division | American Cancer Society, cancer.org | 1.800.227.2345

Seventy Palomar College Fall-Sport Comets Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors

SAN MARCOS, CA (January 30, 2017) –— Participants in the recently concluded 2016 Palomar College fall season of sport produced 70 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors. Qualification for the award includes active participation on an in-season team, successful completion of 12-or-more semester units and a 3.0 (B equivalent) grade-point average.

For the current year’s assessment, men’s and women’s basketball was eliminated from the fall-sport grouping to be evaluated in the spring, owing to the in-progress status of the now three-unit intercollegiate class. Also and for a first time, the fall semester totals include the Athletic Department’s co-ed cheerleading program, which although not recognized as a California Community College Athletic Association or PCAC-sanctioned activity, is institutionally administrated according to similar eligibility standards.

The honored students include 14 members of the Comet football team; 10 members of the men’s water polo team; eight men’s soccer players; seven members each of the women’s water polo team, wrestling team and cheerleading squad; five women’s soccer players; four members each of the men’s cross country and women’s volleyball teams; and two women’s golfers.

Six Comet athletes achieved perfect 4.0 (straight-A) grade point averages for the semester, including Grant Curry, Elijah Foli, Tim Sheehy and Paul Shaner of the men’s water polo team; Matt DeHaven of the men’s cross country team; and Dana Zapanta of the women’s golf team. No fewer than 24 additional fall-sport athletes achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Overall, of the 202 fall-sport participants, 139 (69%) passed 12-or-more semester units and achieved an aggregate grade-point average of 2.77.

 

Following is the complete list of 2016 Palomar College fall-sport scholar-athletes, grouped according to the individual sport programs.

CHEERLEADING

Taylor Frank

Kelly Hale-kocinski

Emily Holland

Priscilla Morelos

Maryann Perea

Allison Staub

Christina Truong

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Matthew DeHaven

Joshua Lyda

Edgar Romero

Mark Yabarra

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Marlen Amador

Maya Guerrero

FOOTBALL

Lamont Chaney

Zachary Lofting

Roger Mann*

Joshua Pichette

Christian Prince*

Ethan Reber

Justin Sattelmaier

Harry Sio

James Taumaoe

Currie Thomason

Chandler Wachholz

Bryce Willette

Semaj Wren

Nicholas Zimmerman

WOMEN’S GOLF

Michelle DeLaCruz

Dana Zapanta*

MEN’S SOCCER

Tyler Burdick

Joshua Clay

Kyle Gemmell

Ian Jaime

Marcus Lactawen

Stone McElderry*

Jiovani Molinero

Gilberto Vasquez

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Grace Busby*

Cheyanne Edwards

Ardiana Gutierrez

Lindsay Pelchat

Brittney Rosillo

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Ashley Aubele

Kayla Boatright*

Lisa Eldridge

Samanatha Radebaugh

MEN’S WATER POLO

Grant Curry

Tristin D’Ambrosi*

Elijah Foli

Aaron Oreb

Ryan Rhoads

Paul Schaner*

Tim Sheehy*

Abraham Turner*

Dylan Van Horn

Zach Wagonis

WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Rebekah Blackburn

Dallas Fatseas**

Jordann Heimback

Torrey Hirning

Kelly Rowan

Emma Thomas

Sydney Thomas

WRESTLING

Cameron Cox

Miguel Flores

Seville Hayes

Sean McDannold

Trevor Torres

Bruce Valdez

Le Valdez

 

*Previous honors

 

 

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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 ext. 2152
Tom Saxe, Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 2989

Palomar College Student Marissa Medina Says ‘Game On’ to Tennis

 

photos by Stephen Davis

 

SAN MARCOS (January 23, 2017) – Marissa Medina isn’t about to let a disability like Cerebral Palsy (CP) get in the way of establishing herself as a tennis player, or anything else for that matter.

The 23-year-old Palomar College student and Carlsbad resident completed a tennis class in December at Palomar College. Tennis is one of many physical activities Marissa participates in despite her disability.

Marissa’s first eight weeks in the 16-week class taught by Palomar Tennis Coach Ronnie Mancao were spent on her feet, along with her able-bodied fellow students. Frustrated by her limited ability to stay balanced during play, she started thinking about the idea of playing the game from a wheelchair. While she was at first apprehensive about approaching Mancao with this idea, she mustered up the courage and found that he was not only supportive, but quite knowledgeable about teaching tennis to people with disabilities.

Mancao, a longtime charter member of the Professional Tennis Registry/USA was a wheelchair clinician for that association and traveled the United States instructing other teaching pros how to teach wheelchair tennis. He also has taught tennis clinics for physically challenged individuals.  “Marissa is eager to learn and asks very specific detailed questions when I’m coaching her,” Mancao said. “She is determined to execute her motor skills properly and doesn’t make excuses concerning her tennis performance…she just asks, ‘How can I fix it Coach?’ … Marissa has a friendly, happy personality and her outlook on the world she lives in is always positive.”

A graduate of San Marcos High School, Marissa was born in Denver and was diagnosed with CP at the age of one. Her family, which includes a twin sister and an older sister, relocated to Carlsbad when she was six years old. With a lifelong interest in music, she learned to play piano when she was young and performed in the choir while in high school. She has taken music classes at Palomar and initially planned to pursue an associate degree in music; however she feared her physical instability might make it difficult to perform on stage.

Currently, she is focused on a career in early childhood education. She is preparing to receive her associate degree from Palomar in May, and then transfer to Montana State University in the fall. In addition to her studies at Palomar, Marissa has worked at the College’s Reading Center for two years. She also helps care for a toddler with disabilities and works at buybuyBABY in Encinitas, where she specializes in informing people about the proper use of car seats. “I am passionate about car seat safety,” she said and plans in the near future to become certified as a car seat installer.

According to Melinda Carrillo, chair of Palomar’s Reading Services program, “Marissa is an amazing young lady. She began her association with the Reading Services Department as a student in our transferrable Read 110 “Power Reading Class” and quickly moved on to working as a tutor for the department due to her strong work ethic. Staff and students alike look forward to working with Marissa and enjoy her quick wit and friendly personality. We are all so proud of her acceptance at Montana State and know she will shine in her studies there.”

Describing herself as “adventurous and very open,” Marissa has studied ballet and gymnastics. In the past she participated in the adaptive ski program sponsored by Palomar’s disability resource center. While she acknowledges her choice of Montana State might present some climate challenges, she looks forward to exploring skiing in Montana.

Marissa has undergone six surgeries to improve her physical abilities and plans to have Botox therapy on her leg muscles in the near future. According to an article in News Medical, Botox injections have been shown to relax the muscles in CP patients, making it easier for them to function properly http://www.news-medical.net/news.

As she anticipates graduation, Marissa reflects on her experience at Palomar College. She said when she started at Palomar, she did not have a clear direction or a lot of self confidence. However, through taking classes from some “great teachers” and working at the Reading Center, she has gained a solid sense of herself and has a positive outlook on her future. Mentioning professors including Coach Mancao, Melinda Carillo (Reading), Jose Briceño (Math) and Sean Figg (Geology), she said, “They made me feel like I can succeed!”

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CONTACTS:
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760_744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Ronnie Mancao, Associate Professor/Coach, Kinesiology/Athletics, 760-744-1150, ext. 3560, rmancao@palomar.edu