California Institutions of Higher Education Issue Letter to President-Elect Trump Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

November 29, 2016
President-Elect Donald J. Trump Trump Tower
725 5th Avenue
New York, New York 10022

Dear President-Elect Trump:

College and university leaders across the country, and here in California, are concerned about reports regarding potential actions you might be considering, including ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On behalf of DACA students currently pursuing their dream of higher education in the United States, we urge you to continue this important program and allow these young people to continue to pursue a college education and contribute to their communities and the nation.

DACA is rooted in the fundamental premise that no one should be punished for the actions of others. In order to be eligible for DACA, an individual must have been brought to this country as a minor, stayed out of trouble, and continued to pursue an education. These sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants are as American as any other child across the nation, in all but in the letter of the law. Some never even spoke the language of their native land. They do not represent a public safety threat. In fact, they represent some of the best our nation has to offer. They voluntarily came forward, out of the shadows, to participate in the DACA program.

The University of California, California State University, and the California Community College systems each have thousands of DACA students studying at our institutions. They are constructive and contributing members of our communities. They should be able to pursue their dream of higher education without fear of being arrested, deported, or rounded up for just trying to learn.

There will be time for a vigorous debate and dialogue around immigration reform in the days ahead, and we look forward to engaging with you in a healthy and constructive conversation on this important issue. But now, as you continue to build your new Administration and appoint members of your Cabinet, on behalf of these Dreamers, we implore you to let them know they are valued members of our communities and that they will be allowed to continue to pursue the American dream.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano
President
University of California

Timothy P. White
Chancellor
California State University

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Chancellor-Designate
California Community Colleges

Saddleback College to Recognize 59 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

The Saddleback College nursing program will honor 59 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Monday, December 5th at 7:00 pm in the McKinney Theatre. Each graduate will receive a time-honored pin, a symbol of a nurse’s service to others, and their induction into the nursing profession.

Dr. Diane Pestolesi, nursing program director, will welcome the graduating students, their family members and friends, dignitaries from the South Orange County Community College Board of Trustees and the Chancellor’s office, college administrators, faculty members, and staff. A class remembrance speech will be delivered by graduating students Jeff Hennig and Don Johnson. Professor Christina Bowles will then present the fall 2016 graduating class.

Each graduate will receive a symbolic pin from Professors Jodi Caggiano and Carrie Danko. The class pledge will be read by graduate Hillary Nelson. Graduate Autum Estrada will read a message while professors Phillis Kucharski and Candy Nelson take part in the lighting of the candles, symbolizing the “passing of the flame” from Florence Nightingale to each nurse.

Acknowledgments of a class gift will be presented by graduating student Jenna Sherman, on behalf of the class of fall 2016. Dr. Pestolesi will formally bid farewell to the class.

The graduating class of fall 2016 includes:

(All listed in alphabetical order)

  1. Rowena Adams – Mission Viejo
  2. Yvette Barbari – Rancho Santa Margarita
  3. Tali Bard – Mission Viejo
  4. Neshat Bazilius – Palos Verdes
  5. Dino Beltran – Trabuco Canyon
  6. Jamie Bentley – San Clemente
  7. Stephanie Bierich – Mission Viejo
  8. Felicia Birney – Rancho Santa Margarita
  9. Ella Bledsoe – Laguna Niguel
  10. Ashlee Brock – San Clemente
  11. Mason Champieux – Laguna Hills
  12. Tessa Cicchella – Irvine
  13. Andrea Clark-Nemeth – Rancho Santa Margarita
  14. Ryan Deffebach – Lake Forest
  15. Wanda DeQuardo – Laguna Niguel
  16. Autum Estrada – Mission Viejo
  17. Mary Franke – Rancho Santa Margarita
  18. Chad Furman – Costa Mesa
  19. Elizabeth Galvez – Newport Beach
  20. Megan Gold – Rancho Santa Margarita
  21. Diane Goodpaster – Ladera Ranch
  22. Brittany Griffith – Rancho Santa Margarita
  23. Jack Guenard-  Irvine
  24. Debbie Harrop – Aliso Viejo
  25. Leah Hause – Mission Viejo
  26. Jeff Hennig – Laguna Niguel
  27. Vergel Herrera – San Diego
  28. Noorali Hirani – Irvine
  29. Kyler Holder – Huntington Beach
  30. Whitney Hollifield – Oceanside
  31. Roxana Houshmandrad – Aliso Viejo
  32. Ilona Islamova – Aliso Viejo
  33. Andrea Jensen – Rancho Santa Margarita
  34. Donald Johnson – Laguna Niguel
  35. Kyle Kelly – Laguna Niguel
  36. Marine Kerdiles – Irvine
  37. Christina Knapp – Mission Viejo
  38. Katherine Kuhlman – Foothill Ranch
  39. Lauren Lowe – Anaheim
  40. Baru Mansoory – Laguna Niguel
  41. Ashley Martin – Huntington Beach
  42. Alison May – Mission Viejo
  43. Nicole McCord – Newport Beach
  44. Sara Muniz – Lake Elsinore
  45. Hillary Nelson – Mission Viejo
  46. Linda Nguyen – Westminster
  47. Danielle Palas – San Clemente
  48. Jessica Ricci – Aliso Viejo
  49. Richard Samedra – Fullerton
  50. Jenna Sherman – Mission Viejo
  51. Stephanie Stangl – Costa Mesa
  52. Perla Tang – Mission Viejo
  53. Vanessa Velasquez – Lake Forest
  54. Kristinne Vicencio – San Diego
  55. Shelly Vincent – Mission Viejo
  56. Dana Weiss – San Clemente
  57. Teresa Wendland – Rancho Santa Margarita
  58. Matthew Zebrowski – Newport Beach
  59. Alexandra Zimmerman – Ladera Ranch

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides dynamic, innovative, and student-centered postsecondary education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 665,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 renowned degree, certificate, transfer, and lifelong learning programs to help students succeed in reaching their personal and career goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu. 

Saddleback College Hosts 9th Annual K-12 Partnership Breakfast

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Dr. Tod A. Burnett with Kirsten Vitale, superintendent at Capistrano Unified School District, and Dr. Clint Harwick, superintendent of Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

On the morning of Wednesday, October 26th, Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, hosted his ninth annual K-12 Partnership Breakfast. The K-12 Partnership Breakfast brings together the members of the college’s High School Partnership Program, which includes Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) and Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD), to meet and discuss the importance of maximizing student preparedness and success.

 

Grants Awarded to Saddleback College Will Enhance STEM and Behavioral Health Programs, and Student Civic Engagement

Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College was recently named a recipient of two federal grants: One that will enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and one that will promote behavioral health programming, and was also awarded a state grant to promote civic engagement among community college students.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College stated, “I am extremely proud that we were selected to receive these grants, which are a testament to our stellar STEM programs, outstanding behavioral health pipeline, and inspiring students who are motivating others to exercise their right to vote.”

The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued its first-ever awards for the NSF INCLUDES program, a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering by improving access and broadening participation of underserved populations in the STEM fields. The $299,981 grant will expand Saddleback’s existing STEM Core Initiative – which provides intensive support to remedial math students and partners with employers to provide project-based internships – to 13 additional California community colleges and a community college district in the state of Maryland, directly serving more than 500 students.

Dr. Jim Zoval, professor of chemistry at Saddleback College, said, “This grant will allow Saddleback and other California community colleges to provide several excellent opportunities to student participants, including the facilitation of a very special social learning environment. I have seen this type of program make a big difference in the lives of Saddleback students in a previous grant program that focuses on engineering majors. This new grant will allow us to expand participant eligibly beyond engineering majors to also include students in science, math, and technology fields of study.

Saddleback College also received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program to enhance and expand the college’s behavioral health paraprofessional pipeline, which includes career pathways for students pursuing degrees and certificates in alcohol and drug studies, community-based corrections, human services generalist, and mental health worker. The $211,271 grant will be allocated to 90 students to cover the costs of tuition, fees, and supplies, resulting in substantial assistance to students in these fields.

Human services department chair and professor Kim Branch-Stewart, LCSW said , “Saddleback College’s human services department is honored to be selected as one of 34 new recipients nationwide of the BHWET grant, which will focus on training behavioral health workers in intervention, assessment, and treatment with children, at-risk youth, transitional age youth, and their families. The grant will permit the human services programs to expand and reach out to underserved and non-traditional student populations, including students with ‘lived’ mental health experience, to provide educational and career opportunities that might otherwise not be accessible to this student population.

Lastly, the Saddleback College Associated Student Government (ASG) was among 25 campuses in California selected to receive a grant from the California Community Colleges Civic Impact Project to increase civic participation among community college students. The $10,000 grant will allow ASG to deploy their campus action plan to inform and engage students on campus in the democratic process and increase student participation in the upcoming November election.

Lucy Hendrix, ASG president shared, “Saddleback College recently participated in a national study that showed us our aggregate student voting data. While the figures were similar to other colleges in the areas, they were nothing to be excited about. This semester, Saddleback’s ASG has focused on various ways to engage student voting through both registration and education. By receiving the Civic Impact Project grant, we will be able to fully fund all of our planned projects, as well as support new ideas.”

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides dynamic, innovative, and student-centered postsecondary education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 665,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 renowned degree, certificate, transfer, and lifelong learning programs to help students succeed in reaching their personal and career goals. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.

Saddleback College Automotive Technology Program to Partner with Audi of America

The Automotive Technology Program at Saddleback College has entered into a partnership agreement with Audi of America to become part of the Audi Education Partnership (AEP). The AEP will assist the college in the training of technicians who will be able to diagnose and repair some the most advanced luxury vehicles on the market.

As part of the partnership, Audi of America is providing Saddleback College access to the resources, tools and equipment to train students including Audi vehicles for hands-on training. Once a student nears completion of the Audi service program, the college will provide a list of top graduating candidates to Audi for potential employment at various Audi dealerships nationwide.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, shared, “I am thrilled that the Automotive Technology program was able to provide this opportunity to our students. It is partnerships like these that will ensure our students are the best and brightest in the automotive technology field.”

Clifford Meyer, automotive technology department chair added, “This affords our students the opportunity to work on a major European automotive brand.”

“Audi of America has established the Audi Education Partnership to help meet the growing and predicted future demand for dealership technicians,” said Dan McGowan, technical curriculum design & recruitment specialist for Audi. “The purpose of the program is to attract skilled technicians to Audi dealerships across the country. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the Audi brand among students in the automotive program at each participating school.”

The Saddleback College Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment as automotive technicians. Students also have the option to complete their Associate in Science degree requirements and prepare to transfer to a four-year college. The following five certificate options are available: automotive chassis specialist, automotive engine service specialist, automotive engine performance specialist, alternative fuel vehicle specialist and general automotive technician.

 

Orange County Board of Supervisors Recognizes Saddleback College’s VETS Center

VETS Center Staff Receiving Award from Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett

VETS Center Staff Receiving Award from Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett

The Orange County Board of Supervisors recognized the Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transitions Services (VETS) Center on Tuesday, September 13th for the department’s excellence in innovation in veteran services and for the positive impact it has on the lives of veterans. The recognition marks another accolade for the VETS Center, having just been named the recipient of the prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award, one of the highest honors in the California Community College System.

Last week, the VETS Center partnered with Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett to host the college’s 8th annual Veterans Resource Fair, which featured Assemblyman Bill Brough and Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, who spoke on civic leadership after military service. The event was also sponsored by Strength in Support, an organization that provides mental health services to military personnel, veterans and their families, individual and family therapy, and mentorship and education to address all areas of our heroes’ well-being. Additionally, over 70 exhibitors were in attendance.

Chairwoman Bartlett stated, “The Board of Supervisors recognizes the outstanding contributions the VETS Program has made in enhancing the lives of both our local veterans and their families. We further extend sincere best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors. It has been a pleasure partnering with the college and the VETS Program in serving our brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.”

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “The county’s recognition of our VETS Center is an honor. With the help of our terrific faculty and staff in our VETS Center, we will continue to provide important support for student veterans, active military and dependents on our campus and in the county.”

Established in 2009, the Saddleback College VETS Center was the first fully functional veterans resource center in Orange County and the third in the state. Serving over 1,300 student veterans, active duty military, and dependents each year, the program seeks to bridge the cultural divide between civilians and our military through inclusion; full integration of student veterans in campus life; and by providing training to faculty, staff, and management. With dozens of non-profits and government agencies as partners, the VETS Center also offers counseling and support at the School of Infantry Joint Education Center at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. The thriving Student Veterans Council and Women Veterans Networking Group add to the resources for support on campus.

With the help of funding from a student equity grant awarded by the California Community College State Chancellors Office, the VETS Center will be able to expand its office to accommodate more students. Rose Adon, a U.S. Navy veteran and criminology major, noted that increasing the dedicated space for student veterans would have a positive impact on the experience of female veterans specifically. She said, “The VETS program is life changing. The staff genuinely care about your well-being and your success in and out of college. You can’t ask for a better team to help you succeed in your new life out of the service.”

For more information on the Saddleback College VETS program visit www.saddleback.edu/vets.

 

Saddleback College Named a “Great College to Work For”

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Saddleback College is a great college to work for, according to the results of a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities across the nation, with 93 of the institutions achieving the “Great College to Work For” recognition. The survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country and recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies.

Of the 281 institutions that participated in this year’s survey, 189 are four-year institutions and 92 are two-year institutions, with 68 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions earning the “Great College to Work For” recognition. Saddleback College was recognized in the Collaborative Governance and Compensation and Benefits categories.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “I am honored and thrilled that Saddleback has received the ‘Great College to Work For’ recognition, which is a testament to our high-caliber faculty, staff, and management, and the collaborative way in which we all work together to sustain a culture of excellence. Saddleback is indeed a great college to work for.”

Academic Senate President Kim D’Arcy stated, “Through the Academic Senate, the faculty voice at Saddleback College is strong and dedicated to our students’ success and our college mission. There is a common goal and sense of purpose between the staff, faculty, and management.”

Craig Connor, acting president of the Classified Senate, stated, “I’m immensely proud of our college to be receiving this award. Saddleback College is not just a place to work, but a close- knit community that shares in the passion of the success and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.”

The survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to employees and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, click here.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 250 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. Each year, Saddleback College adds more than 5,000 degree and certificate holders to the workforce, and transfers over 3,500 students to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.

Commencement Ceremony Appreciation

On Tuesday, May 24th we celebrated the accomplishments of our students at Saddleback College’s annual commencement ceremony.  It was another smashing success with over 2,000 attendees and a program featuring terrific speeches from student Pontus Goeeransson, Goodwill CEO Frank Talarico, and Rabbi Heidi Cohen, congratulatory remarks from Board of Trustees President Tim Jemal and Chancellor Gary Poertner, a beautiful rendition of the national anthem by student Taylor Strickle, and introductions and presentations by Trustees Dave Lang, Marcia Milchiker, Terri Whitt, T.J. Prendergast, Jim Wright, and Bobbie Jay, Academic Senate President Blake Stephens, and ASG President William Vassetizadeh.  And of course the highlight of the day was seeing our glowing students and their proud friends and families.  The following link provides a video of the ceremony:  http://ch39.saddleback.edu/vod/2190-Custom-v2.mp4.

Added to the richness of the ceremony was the participation of our faculty, staff, and management.  While commencement celebrates the accomplishments of our students, it also celebrates the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and management.  As stated in my commencement remarks:

“Today we are gathered to celebrate the achievements of our graduates who recognized the importance of higher education and wisely chose to come to Saddleback College to succeed.  And succeed you have.  On behalf of our faculty, staff, and administrators, thank you for choosing Saddleback College on your journey, a journey that will now take you as far as you want to go toward your educational, professional, and personal goals and aspirations.  

Allow me to take this opportunity to thank all of our faculty who set the high academic standards that challenge and inspire our students and prepare them for the future.  These high academic standards are represented throughout the college in many ways, such as: 

  • Our impressive transfer numbers.  This year, over 3,500 of our students are transferring to four-year colleges and universities.  Over the past five years we’ve had a 19 percent increase in total transfers, including a 7 percent increase in transfers to the UC system, and a 43 percent increase to out of state and private colleges;
  • Our impressive honors program: Saddleback honors students have an 85 percent acceptance rate to UCLA, an 88 percent acceptance rate to UC Irvine, and a 100 percent transfer acceptance rate overall;
  • Our 100 career technical education programs that give our students a leading edge in the job market;
  • Our stellar nursing program that was recently placed first in the entire nation in license exam rates;
  • Our outstanding paramedic program, the official provider of paramedic education for south Orange County;
  • Our successful Cinema-Television-Radio program that sends students to Hollywood every year; 
  • Our nationally recognized WALL Literary Journal that won First Place by the American Scholastic Press Association;
  • Our Pathway to Law School program that is one of only 24 of the state’s 113 colleges which provides our students a direct pathway to six of California’s prestigious law schools including USC, UC Irvine, and UC Davis;      
  • Our many state and national athletic team championships, including our football and men’s basketball teams that each finished second in this year’s  state championships;
  • Our incredible student athletes, who continue to impress academically.  This year, 57 percent of our student athletes are transferring to four-year colleges and universities and are being awarded over $1.75 million in scholarships.   Moreover, 42 percent of our student-athletes were named to the athletic honor roll, and 11 percent of those have a perfect 4.0 grade point average;
  • Our nationally-recognized speech and debate team that recently placed fourth overall in the nation, and routinely competes and triumphs against teams from many of our nation’s finest four-year colleges and universities;
  • Our strong science programs, including Bridge to Engineering, which places students on an academic pathway to become engineers.  This year, three of our Bridge to Engineering students were accepted to NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and one was accepted to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory;
  • Our Veterans Education and Transition Services program that provides resources and support to our student veterans, and which has become a model program for other colleges throughout the nation; and 
  • Our renowned dance, music, and theatre performances which have put Saddleback on the map as the arts and cultural center in south Orange County. 

It is for these achievements and many, many more examples that Saddleback College is recognized as a leading institution of higher education throughout California and the nation.  We owe most of this success to our outstanding faculty, as well as to our staff and administrators.  I want to personally thank our faculty, staff, and administrators for their tremendous dedication to students, and for their outstanding support and collaboration.”

Our faculty, staff, and management have helped these students succeed and set them on paths to achieve their goals and aspirations.  You have positively changed the lives of thousands, and we were honored and thrilled to have all of you there so that we could celebrate, recognize, and thank you.

We also want to take this opportunity to thank the faculty, staff, and management who worked hard on making the commencement ceremony a success.  Commencement Committee:  Erlynne Ballo, Erin Long, Emily Maynard, Tim Swiss, Madeline Hernandez, Abigail Freeman, Brooke Sauter, Rania Mesri, Leslie Humphrey, Jessica Cha, Michael Betzler, Steven Weibel, Mark Kruhmin, Jennie McCue, Marlene Sais, Sylvia Barley, Joyce Semanik, and Lurdes Casillas.  Volunteers:  Juan Avalos, Linda Hall, Emily Cramer, Gabrielle Landingham, Darline Arroyo, Patricia Nutting, Patrick Webster, Leanne Bean, Christine Swanson, Ruth Higgins, Thomas MacKenzie, Sandra Camarena, Vivian Nguyen, Sandra Cubillos Bezanilla, Vannie Pham, Brad McReynolds, Jeneffer Ramirez, Estella Castillo-Garrison, Doug Barr, James Rondeau, Sophie Miller-Gilliland, and Ryan Brook.  In addition, thanks to Jeanne Harris-Caldwell and her health center team, John Ozurovich and his maintenance and operations team, Tony Lipold and his kinesiology and athletics team, and Pat Higa and his campus safety team.  We also want to give a special shout out to Tim Swiss, because none of this could have been possible without his contribution overseeing the bulk of the set up and tear down of the event.  We also want to thank Mark Kruhmin for producing the video of the ceremony.

Congratulations to all students, faculty, and staff for another banner academic year at Saddleback College.

Sincerely,

Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.
President

Employee and Student Recognition Ceremony

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Management, and Community Guests:

Yesterday we held Saddleback College’s inaugural student and employee recognition ceremony in McKinney Theatre. Over 200 people were on hand to recognize over 80 students, faculty, staff, management, and community members who received various awards and other distinctions this past academic year. Below is a list of all of the recipients who were recognized, and the entire ceremony can be viewed by clicking on this link: http://ch39.saddleback.edu/vod/2191-High-v1.mp4

2015 President’s Award for Leadership and Innovation

Classified Staff:
1. Howard Dwight – Senior Fiscal/Veterans Specialist
2. Nina Welch – Fine Art Public Information Officer
3. Kevin Dalla Betta – Accounting Officer
4. Shouka Torabi – Research and Planning Analyst
5. Mark Kruhmin – Media Production Specialist
6. Rania Mesri – Program Outreach Specialist
7. Mary Anstadt – CTE Grants Coordinator/CTE Transitions Project Director
8. Katlin Choi – Program Coordinator MSE
9. Jim Fagan – Athletic Equipment Specialist
10. Renee Barenbaum – Custodian
11. Michelle Weidenkopf – Sr. Administrative Assistant
12. Sherri Dadsetan – Administrative Assistant
13. Stephanie Reyna – New Media and Marketing Specialist
14. Albert Lao – Network Systems Technician
15. Raj Dhillon – Sr. Lab Tech Automotive
16. Ileana Grecu – Custodian
17. Emerson Abbott – Lead Groundskeeper
18. Matt Brodet – Media Production Specialist
19. Darline Arroyo – Disabled Students Program Specialist
20. Trish Fain – Executive Assistant Office of Instruction

Faculty:
1. Safiah Mamoon – Health Information Technology
2. Kim Stankovich – Speech
3. Sean Osborn – Human Services
4. Blake Stephens – Architecture/Drafting
5. Barbara Tamialis – Child Development and Educational Studies
6. Emily Quinlan – Business Law
7. Rebecca Knapp – Business
8. Jennifer Forouzesh and Patricia McGinley – Nursing
9. Ken Lee, Lisa Inlow and Kathleen Lunetto – Horticulture, Culinary Arts, Family and Consumer Science
10. Karyn Bower – Journalism

Managers/Administrators:
1. Estella Castillo-Garrison – Dean of Community Education, Emeritus Institute and K-12 Partnerships
2. Christina Hinkle – Director of Learning Assistance

New Tenured Faculty
1. Jack Beckham English Composition
2. Donald Bowman Accounting Instructor
3. Todd Brei Physics
4. Deidre Cavazzi Dance
5. Sarah Chang Counselor
6. Kathryn Damm Psychology
7. Stevie Daniels English as a Second Language
8. David Dixon Physics
9. Michelle Duffy Reading
10. Michael Engels Counselor
11. Monica Friedrich Biology
12. Esther Gravis Nursing
13. Georgios Kouritas Music (Instrumental)
14. Kenneth Lee Horticulture
15. William McGuire Theatre Arts
16. Bouchra Nadeau International Languages (French)
17. Orlantha Nin Transfer Center Coordinator/Counselor
18. Shellie Ochi English Composition
19. James Quigley Mathematics
20. Rick Reese Art (Printmaking/Drawing)
21. Kiarash Shafe Mathematics
22. Jeff Vogel Reading
23. Lydia Welhan
24. Ariel Alexander Librarian
Music
National Athletic Awards
Mark McElroy – American Community College Football Coaches Association (ACCFCA) National Coach of the Year
Brad McReynolds – 2016 National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Athletic Trainer of the Year for community colleges and small colleges

Classified Employee of the Year
Michelle MacDougall Jackson – Theatre Production and Operations Manager

Outgoing Academic Senate President
Blake Stephens

Outgoing ASG Officers
William Vassetizadeh, President
Pontus Goransson, Vice President
Apryl Boyd, Director of Honors, Transfer and Career Technical Education
Gregory Zaborski, Director of Veterans Affairs and Resources

Outgoing Student Trustee
Lemar Momand

Outgoing Saddleback College Foundation Board of Governors President
Michael S. Hamilton

Professor of the Year
Steve Teh – Biology

Associate Professor of the Year
Jeff Oderlin – English

Emeritus Institute Professor of the Year
Lisa Messenger – Health

DSPS Faculty of the Year
Ken Lee – Horticulture

2017 Orange County Teacher of the Year
Claire Cesareo – Anthropology

Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC) Award for Educational Leadership
Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo – Spanish

Collaboration Champion Award
Mary Anstadt – CTE Grants Coordinator/CTE Transitions Project Director

American Scholastic Press Association 2015 Magazines – First Place
WALL Literary Journal – Editor-in-chief Matthew Durham and the following students: Meishel DeSouto, Jessica Wei, Stephanie Pagani, Jilly Pretzel, Ashleey Dean, Julia Cheng, Pamela Concar, Fran Masket, Sanbud Tehrani, Bradford Amos, Harun Shah, Kathryn Pohle, and Fatemeh Ayoughi. Faculty Advisor – Professor Gina Victoria Shaffer

Doctorates
1. Dr. Anthony Maciel – Director of Technology Services and Broadcast Systems
2. Dr. Roxanne Metz – Grants and Contracts Manager
3. Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell – Director, Student Health Center
4. Dr. April Cubbage – Sociology Instructor
5. Dr. Linda Call – Nursing Instructor
6. Dr. Barbara Huggins – Nursing Instructor
7. Dr. Orlantha Nin – Transfer Center Coordinator
8. Dr. Michael Hoggatt – DSPS Counselor

Many people contributed to making this event successful, and we want to give special thanks to: Ryan Brook, Jacqui Franks, Tim Swiss, Matt Brodet, Kevin Mowry, Mark Kruhmin, Michelle MacDougall Jackson, Stacy DeMore, Jennie McCue, and Sophie Miller. We also want to thank Professor Lisa Inlow and the culinary arts program for superb appetizers and refreshments, and student pianist Melissa Murphy for her wonderful music.

Once again, congratulations to all of the 2015/2016 award recipients and thanks to all of our students, colleagues, family, and friends who joined us for this new annual tradition.

Sincerely,

Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.
President