Palomar College News

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.

 

# # #

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

 

# # #

 

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

 

# # #

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.

# # #

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

# # #

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/.

# # #

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.

###

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

Palomar to Celebrate Groundbreaking for Parking Structure & Police Building

April 11, 2017

What:

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Palomar College Parking Structure and College Police Building

 

When:

Friday, April 14, 2017
3 p.m.

 

Where:

Palomar College
East side of Parking Lot 12
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

 

Details:

This event officially celebrates the construction of a new parking structure and police building on Palomar’s San Marcos campus. College dignitaries will be joined by local public officials, members of the campus and community.

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.

Expected completion date for this project is January, 2018.

Parking:

Parking for the Groundbreaking Ceremony will be available without a permit in Lot 12 during the hours of the event.

 More information:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365

 

 

# # #

 

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

 

 

Political Economy Days Features Experts on Campus April 12 and 13

 

April 6, 2017

Who:
Individual expert speakers on topics related to economics, history, political science, anthropology, multicultural studies, philosophy, law and more.

What:
Political Economy Days – a series of talks on a variety of political, economic and historical topics.

When:
Wednesday, April 12, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 8 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

 Where:
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069
(specific rooms listed in the attached schedule)

 Why:
This lecture series is designed to expose students and community members to ideas and applications of political, economic, and historical thought, presented by a diverse group of experts.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members. Attendance
is limited to the capacity of each room. Palomar College students will be given first priority.

Cost:
Free.

Parking:
Members of the community may obtain a temporary parking pass at the Palomar College Police Department building to the left of the front (Mission Road) entrance to the college.

 Contact:
Teresa Laughlin, Chair of Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics
760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu

Peter Bowman, Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2416; pbowman@palomar.edu

Travis Ritt, History
760-744-1150, ext. 2753; tritt@palomar.edu

Sheila Atkins, Academic Department Assistant, Economics, History and Political Science
760-744-1150, ext. 2412; pbowman@palomar.edu

 

Schedule of Speakers is listed below an is also at http://www.palomar.edu/ehp/politicalEconDays.htm

# # #

 

 

 

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
Teresa Laughlin, Chair, Economics, History & Political Science and Faculty, Economics, 760-744-1150, ext.2851; tlaughlin@palomar.edu
Peter Bowman, Faculty, Political Science, 760-744-1150, ext. 2416, pbowman@palomar.edu
Travis Ritt, Faculty, History, 760-744-1150, ext 2753, tritt@palomar.edu

Political Economy Days Schedule

Wednesday, April 12

8:00 –

9:25 a.m.

Pippah Getchell, Former Congressional Staffer & Policy Advisor, “Unraveling the West: NATO and the Trump Administration”

MD – 157

9:35-

11:00 a.m.

Stephan Haggard, Distinguished Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies & Political Science, School of IRPS, UCSD: “Hard Target: Dealing with North Korea”

 

MD – 157

Jeremy Stock, Legal Intern, California Innocence Project, “Wrongful Convictions. Responding to a Broken Criminal Justice System: An Introduction to the California Innocence Project”

 

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

11:10 a.m.-

12:35 p.m.

Dirk Mateer, Professor of Economics & Gerald J. Swanson Chair in Economic Education, University of Arizona: “Everything You Need to Know About Economics in 60 Minutes”

 

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

Ian Ruskin, “To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine”

 

Brubeck Theatre

Devon Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Palomar College: “American Association of University Women Start Smart Workshop”

MD – 304

12:45 –

2:10 p.m.

Matthew Estes, Associate Professor of History, Palomar College: “Cartoons & Concentration Camps: How Nativism & Popular Culture led to the Japanese-American Internment”

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

Fred Glass, Communications Director, California Federation of Teachers & Jim Miller, Professor of English & Labor Studies, San Diego City College: “Trump’s Election, California Labor History & The New Resistance Movement”

MD – 157

2:20-

3:45 p.m.

Dale Squires, Professor of Economics, Scripps Institute: “Fisheries and the Impact on the Economy”

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

John Baden, PhD candidate in History, Case Western Reserve University: “In our Interest?: Refugee Admissions as Foreign Policy”

MD – 157

 

 

Thursday, April 13

8:00 –

9:25 a.m.

Gary Castaneda, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Palomar College & Mira Costa College: “Fascism: An Intellectual & Historical Review”

MD – 157

9:35-

11:00 a.m.

Nathan Fletcher, Professor of Practice in Political Science, UCSD: “Voting Rights in America: 200 years of Progress and Setbacks”

MD – 157

Donavan Muir, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Palomar College: “Human Nature in the Digital Age”

 

 

SSC – 1 (Governing Board Rm)

11:10 a.m.-

12:35 p.m.

Sean Flynn, Professor of Economics, Scripps College: “The Singapore Solution: How Singapore Delivers the World’s Best Health Care (While Spending 80% Less than We Do)”

MD – 157

Tom Ventimiglia, Professor of Counseling, Palomar College & Joseph Limer, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Palomar College”

“The Political Left vs. The Political Right: True Differences, Rationale & Social Media Myths”

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

12:45 –

2:10 p.m.

Carl Luna, Professor of Political Science, Mesa College & Visiting Professor, University of San Diego: “Donald Trump: Last of the Hamiltonians?”

MD – 157

Craig Forney, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Palomar College with an interfaith panel: “An Interfaith Forum on Religion and Discrimination.”

SSC – 1 (Gov. Bd. Rm)

2:20-

3:45 p.m.

William Leslie, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Palomar College: “Democracy is Not a Spectator Sport: The Theory & Practice of Citizen Activism”

MD – 157

 

 

Public Safety Outreach Event Planned for April 5

The Palomar College Police Department and the GEAR-UP program are co-hosting the first annual Public Safety Community Outreach Event

Wednesday, April 5

  5 – 8 p.m.

Student Union, Palomar College, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069.

The event, held during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will include information about crime prevention, K-9 demonstrations, and opportunities to meet with local law public safety representatives.

The event is designed to promote police-community partnerships, and create a positive environment. By enhancing relationships between students, staff , the community, and law enforcement organizers aim to meet the goals of building trust and mutual respect.

Agencies scheduled to attend at press time include: Palomar College Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Mira Costa College Police Department, Cal State University San Marcos Police Department, Oceanside Police Department, San Diego Police Department, California Highway Patrol, San Marcos Fire Department, San Diego City College Police Department, San Diego Unified School District Police Department, Carlsbad Police Department, and Oceanside Police Department.

Parking:

Parking will be available in Lots 1 and 2 without a permit during the hours of the event. In addition, there will be no permit citing in student lots starting at 4 p.m. for the event.

More information:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365

Gerard Perez, Palomar College Police Department 760-744-1150, ext. 2289

 

# # #

 

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

Gerard Perez, Palomar College Police Department 760-744-1150, ext. 2289

 

Palomar Community College District Bond Ratings Improve

 

SAN MARCOS (March 22, 2017) – The Palomar Community College District has received upgraded and affirmed bond ratings from both Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) and Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P).

Moody’s increased its bond rating from an AA2 to an AA1, while S&P increased its bond rating from an AA- to an AA.  This is the first time the District has been rated this high by both credit rating agencies.

According to both Moody’s and S&P, the bond rating upgrades are a result of the District’s improved financial position and consistent healthy reserves outside the General Fund, huge North San Diego County tax base, strong management team and growing student enrollment.  Both reports also noted that “the forward picture is solid – the right sizing year is underpinned by a credible plan and the first year of rebuilding (2016/2017) looks good and will be reinforced by the new centers coming online.”

Palomar College President Dr. Joi Lin Blake credits the favorable reports on the work the District has undertaken to increase enrollment and to enhance financial reporting.  “The team in the District’s Finance and Administrative Services division, under the leadership of Vice President Ron Ballesteros-Perez and Director of Fiscal Services Carmen Coniglio, has worked diligently to produce the outstanding results from Moody’s Investors Services and Standard & Poor’s.  This same team also received an unmodified 2015/2016 Financial Audit for both its District Finances and its Measure M General Obligation Bond Program earlier this year.  Their professionalism and commitment to the Palomar College community is a true asset.”

The District issues bonds for major capital improvements to finance costs over time. The upgraded bond ratings impact the interest rate at which the District borrows money thus benefiting local taxpayers.  With favorable interest rates, the planned bond refunding is estimated to save property owners an estimated $24.6 million in actual debt service on their tax bills over the life of the bonds.

Palomar College plans to issue its final new bonds totaling $139 million as authorized in 2006 for Proposition M, which was approved for $694 million by the district’s local taxpayers.  The income from the bond measure has provided construction on more than twenty-one projects on the 200-acre San Marcos campus; a remodel of the Palomar Escondido Education Center and infrastructure and accessibility projects district-wide. Additionally, the District has purchased a building and parking structure on a 27-acre site in Rancho Bernardo, as well as 81 acres in Fallbrook. These two sites are the future homes of the South Education Center and the North Education Center respectively; both are scheduled to open in Summer 2018.

Palomar Community College District serves the residents within 2,500-square-miles of North San Diego County and is one of the largest community college districts in the state. The College serves more than 30,000 students annually; the full-time equivalent student count in 2017 is projected to be 18,203.  The District operates a main campus in San Marcos, an education center in Escondido, and four additional education sites on US Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, in Fallbrook, Pauma, and at Mt. Carmel High School in the community of Rancho Peñasquitos

 

# # #

Media contacts:

Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office Director, 760-744-1150 x2152
Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office Communications Specialist, 760-744-1150 x2365