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

Saddleback College Recognizes 2016 Professors of the Year

Saddleback College named Professor Steve Teh, a full-time biology instructor, Jeffrey Oderlin, an associate professor of liberal arts, and Lisa Messenger, an associate professor of health and wellness in the Emeritus Institute, as the 2016 Professors of the Year. The instructors were nominated by their students and will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “Professors Teh, Oderlin, and Messenger are truly dedicated educators who have very positively influenced many lives. Congratulations to these remarkable instructors for the work they do every day for our students.”

The Professor of the Year is Steve Teh, who has been teaching at Saddleback College since 1999. Steve is beloved by his students for his evident passion for teaching biology, and fostering a family environment in his classroom that cements lasting friendships between students. His students love that he always incorporates fun into learning, inspiring many to major in Biology. It is his compassion, love for the subject, and encouragement that make his students say he epitomized what a professor should be.

The Associate Professor of the Year is Jeffrey Oderlin, who has been teaching English at Saddleback College since 2011. Jeffrey is well-known for genuinely caring about his students and their success, encouraging them to think critically and view all aspects when analyzing an issue. His students praise him for his engaging teaching style and compassion for his subject.

The Emeritus Institute’s Professor of the Year is health and wellness professor Lisa Messenger. Her students describe her as a rare gem who teaches with contagious enthusiasm. Students also shared that her teaching style contributed to their mental and physical health, vitality, and engagement to the world around them. Among her students, Lisa is considered one of the best teachers they’ve had throughout their academic lives.

Saddleback College’s Class of 2016 to be Recognized in Commencement Ceremony

Saddleback College will recognize its 1,833 graduates and 1,849 certificate of achievement recipients at its annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium. The event will include the traditional processional and reading of the graduate’s names, and will feature Frank Talarico Jr., President and Chief Executive Office, Goodwill of Orange County, who will serve as commencement speaker. The 2016 student speaker is Pontus Goeransson.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “Commencement is a special time at Saddleback College where we celebrate student completion and the accomplishments of our graduates. I am very proud of our students and the faculty, staff, and administrators who played an integral role in helping them reach their goals. Congratulations to the Class of 2016.”

During the ceremony, special recognition will be given to Professor of the Year Steve Teh, Associate Professor of the Year Jeff Oderlin, and Emeritus Institute Professor of the Year Lisa Messenger.

Students participating in commencement are candidates for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees and certificates of achievement. More than 1,500 students will also be transferring to four-year colleges and universities to pursue their baccalaureate degrees. This year’s graduates will be transferring to four-year institutions such as USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach and San Diego State University, among many others.

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees President Tim Jemal will lead the conferral of degrees along with Trustees Dr. Barbara J. Jay, David B. Lang, Marcia Milchiker, T.J. Prendergast, III, Dr. James R. Wright, Dr. Terri Whitt, and Chancellor Gary Poertner.

Of the students who are graduating from Saddleback College this year, 476 are receiving honors, including 29 summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average), 169 magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99 grade point average) and 278 cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 grade point average). Showing the diverse range of ages at the college, the youngest graduate is 18 years of age, and the most senior graduate is 70 years of age. More than 543 graduates are age 20 or younger, and 67 graduates are over the age of 55.

Those not able to attend the ceremony will be able to watch the live stream provided by Saddleback College TV Channel 39 at https://livestream.com/accounts/8320673/events/5384160.

 

Saddleback College to Recognize 53 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

 

The Saddleback College Nursing Program will honor 53 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 10th 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.

Nursing Program Director Diane Pestolesi, 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 “Remember When” speech will be delivered by graduating students Dillon Scherr and Ramer Syquia. Professor Christina Bowles will then present the spring 2016 graduating class.

Each graduate will receive a symbolic pin from Professors Esther Gravis and Carrie Danko. The class pledge will be read by graduate Lacey Trytten. Graduating student Jenifer Chacon will give the farewell address to her fellow classmates. Graduate Tanya Villegas will read a message while Dr. Pat McGinley and Professor Phillis Kucharski take part in the lighting of the candles, symbolizing the “passing of the flame” from Florence Nightingale to each nurse.

Acknowledgements of a class gift will be presented by graduating student Christine Thompson, on behalf of the class of spring 2016. Professor Jodi Caggiano will formally bid farewell to the class.

The Graduating Class of Spring 2016 includes:

(All listed in alphabetical order)

  1. Cayla Alexander             Dove Canyon
  2. Brittany Anzlovar             Dana Point
  3. Kellie Atkins                     Mission Viejo
  4. Alison Baker                    Irvine
  5. Lauren Bendon                Irvine
  6. Elizabeth Hope Bright     Trabuco Canyon
  7. Julie Calkins                    Irvine
  8. Lauren Carlos                  Irvine
  9. Jennifer Chacon              Laguna Hills
  10. Nicole Christ                    Silverado
  11. Bailey Christopher           Rancho Santa Margarita
  12. Kayleigh Dawe                Laguna Beach
  13. Alejandra Doughty-Vilchez La Mirada
  14. Ashley Finiguerra             Dana Point
  15. Hannah Huebscher          Rancho Santa Margarita
  16. Marin Jensen                    Irvine
  17. Sarah Jun                         Mission Viejo
  18. Alexander Kathy               Aliso Viejo
  19. Angelica Keene                Orange
  20. Julianna Kimbrell             Costa Mesa
  21. Katie Knowles                  Costa Mesa
  22. Lauren Kornbluth             Costa Mesa
  23. Rachel Lang                    Capo Beach
  24. Joslyn Lapira                    Chula Vista
  25. Alexis Loos                       Dana Point
  26. Margarita Lopez                San Juan Capistrano
  27. Bao Ly                              Garden Grove
  28. Jesus Martinez                 Lake Forest
  29. April Mendoza                  Garden Grove
  30. Monica Mendoza             Orange
  31. Genevieve Miranda          San Clemente
  32. Chloe Nguyen                   Irvine
  33. Jessica Ochoa                 Mission Viejo
  34. Maria Ojeda-Guzman       Tustin
  35. Malorie Ortiz                     Newport Beach
  36. Stephanie Patton               Laguna Nigel
  37. Shannon Pink                   Costa Mesa
  38. Kimberly Pruitt                  Mission Viejo
  39. Heidi Rice                        San Clemente
  40. Taylor Saddington            Aliso Viejo
  41. Dillon Scherr                    Laguna Hills
  42. Matt Simms                      Foothill Ranch
  43. Julie Soria                        Costa Mesa
  44. Jordana Spangler             San Clemente
  45. Ramer Syquia                  Fullerton
  46. Christine Thompson         Laguna Hills
  47. Nicole Tomasso                San Clemente
  48. Lacey Trytten                    Rancho Santa Margarita
  49. Tanya Villegas                   Irvine
  50. Breanna Walker                 Aliso Viejo
  51. Rebekah Wells                  San Clemente
  52. Tiffany White                     Tustin
  53. Edith Zepeda                     Anaheim

 

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 more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.

 

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Saddleback College Journalism Students Excel at State Convention

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Saddleback College journalism students, faculty and staff proudly display their awards from the 2016 Journalism Association of Community College’s state convention. (Front: Prof. Tim Posada; L-R: Julia Cheng, Kseniya Taranyuk, Matt Kirkland, Breanna Greenup, Nick Nenad, Instructional Asst. Ali Dorri, Prof. MaryAnne Shults, Mia Agraviador, Austin Weatherman)

Saddleback College journalism students representing Lariat news publication, Orange Appeal magazine and OCNewsNow video journalism took home seven awards at the 2016 Journalism Association of Community College’s 2016 state convention held March 17-20 in Burbank, California. Awards are based on from student-generated material selected by editors as well as on-the-spot contests in reporting across various media.
“Everyone was amazing,” Lariat Editor-in-Chief Kseniya Taranyuk said. “The Lariat winning the General Excellence award and multiple people winning on-the-spot competitions was so exciting.”
Students received the following awards:
• General Excellence / Lariat Staff
• On-the-spot contests:
    o Nick Nenad, First Place, Sports Writing
    o Breanna Greenup, Honorable Mention, Critical Review
    o Austin Weatherman/ Nick Nenad /Mia Agraviado, Honorable Mention, Video Story
• Write-in contests:
    o Emilie Christensen, Second place, Critical Review
    o Austin Weatherman / Hannah Cameron / Nick Nenad / Amarah Hernandez / Niko              LaBarbera / Jared Smith, Second Place, Video Story
    o Nick Nenad, Fourth Place, Webcast/Broadcast News
“I’m so proud of the students’ performance at the JACC convention,” said Tim Posada, journalism department chair and co-adviser to the student publications Lariat and Orange Appeal. “I’m particularly thrilled for Nick Nenad’s first place award in sports writing during his last semester on the Lariat staff and winning an award for general excellence, which speaks to the quality of the newspaper produced by the entire staff.
The annual conference brought nearly 400 journalism students, publication advisors and journalism staff together at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport. The event invites professionals to speak with students about real-life experiences in a varied assortment of workshops as well as keynote speakers.
This year a panel of four journalists shared their experience of covering the mass shooting in early December at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California when 14 people were killed and 22 seriously injured in a terrorist attack.
On-the-spot contests offer students real world experience in reporting and JACC’s awards help set the standard of excellence for the community college experience.

Three Social Entrepreneurs Win “Shark Tank” Style Competition at Saddleback College

Dr. Burnett Moderating

Social entrepreneurs representing 11 start-up companies pitched their business plans that seek to address complex social problems at the Southern California Social Entrepreneur Venture Challenge Showdown on Saturday, March 19th at Saddleback College’s McKinney Theatre. A panel of esteemed judges selected the first, second, and third place contestants, who will present their businesses at an investor-only symposium in Los Angeles on May 6th to win funding, customers, and business partners.

The event, which was organized by Academies for Social Entrepreneurship, was the second Orange County Social Entrepreneurship Competition, first hosted by Saddleback College in 2014, which awarded $17,500 in cash prizes to the first, second, and third place competitors, and offered coaching services to help all 11 finalists make their final pitches to social investors.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College and moderator of the event, stated, “The showdown was a culmination of over eight months’ effort to identify and support social entrepreneurs who are addressing social, environmental, and educational challenges around the world. Thank you to all of our finalists for their amazing leadership, diligence, professionalism, and devotion to making our world a better place.”

The panel of judges selected the first, second, and third place presentations:

First Place:
Takachar (Cambridge, MA)
Pioneered process for decentralized processing of agricultural waste into solid fuel.

Second Place:
codeSpark (Pasadena, CA)
codeSpark’s mission is to ignite curiosity about computer science and turn programming into play.

Third Place:
Desolenator (London, UK)
Desolinator produces an affordable, eco-friendly household water purification/desalination device.

The eight additional finalists included:

Colibri (Matagalpa, Nicaragua)
Colibri sells pay-as-you-go solar solutions to low-income, off-grid households.

COMPRA (Los Angeles, CA)
COMPRA is a foods-purchasing cooperative that serves as an alternative food distribution system in underserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Copilots in Care (Menlo Park, CA)
Copilots facilitates reflection and communication of patients’ medical wishes to their family members and physicians.

East Africa Fruits (Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania)
Using a franchising model to sell fresh fruits and vegetables while reducing losses suffered by farmers selling to meddlemen.

Music Lifeboat (Los Angeles, CA)
A music education program that began with a free music education app, BandBlast.

Microfarms (San Diego, CA)
A San Diego based, veteran-owned and operated farm that grows organic produce hydroponically in a solar-powered “FarmBox.”

MUrgency (San Franciso, CA)
A mobile app which connects people who need emergency response with their trusted network. Provides support that is currently unavailable in most developing countries.

Thrive LA (Encino, CA)
Ultra-affordable, off-grid tiny houses and jobs within the community. The first community will focus on returning veterans and homeless veterans. Winner of the Audience Favorite Award.

The panel of judges included:

Iosefa Alofaituli, Regional Director, Opportunity Fund
Douglas K. Freeman, Founder, National Philanthropy Day
Michael Hamilton, Chair, President, Saddleback College Foundation
Andy Horowitz, Entrepeneur and Advisory Board Chair, Chapman University Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
Elsa Monte, Senior Vice President of Community Reinvestment and Community Development, Pacific Western Bank
Kyle Scrimgeour, Principal and Managing Member, Core Capital Management, LLC
Donald J. Voska, Chief Financial Officer, Goodwill of Orange County

Lead sponsors of the Southern California Social Entrepreneur Venture Challenge were Saddleback College, the California Community Foundation, and the Annenberg Foundation. Additional sponsors were Pacific Western Bank, Goodwill of Orange County, and the Southern California Slow Money Network.

For more information about social entrepreneurship, visit http://www.academies-se.org/.

Social Entrepreneurship Venture Challenge 2016

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Saddleback College will be hosting the 2016 Social Entrepreneurship Venture Challenge Showdown on Saturday, March 19 in the McKinney Theatre. Watch 14 entrepreneurs, who are blending social purpose and profit, present their ventures to a panel of potential investors.

Session 1 will be held from 9:30 am to noon and session 2 will be held from 1 to 4 pm. Session 2 will include the awards ceremony. General admission tickets are $10, general admission with lunch tickets are $15. Students can attend for free by using promo code SESTUDENT. Free parking will be provided. For more information and tickets, please visit www.socentchallenge.org.

Saddleback College Foundation to Host 16th Annual Gala – Alumna of the Year Will be Honored

Saddleback College invites all community members to its 16th annual foundation gala on Saturday, March 12th at 6:00 pm at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point. The gala, which raises funds for student scholarships and college programs, will feature a live and silent auction, dinner, gaming, and magic by Jim Eggold. Live music will be provided by the Saddleback Jazz Band and Commercial Music Ensemble.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, will honor the 2016 Saddleback College Alumna of the Year, Michelle Desilets, who has been recognized around the globe for her work in the protection of endangered orangutans and their habitat. Michelle, who is the founder and executive director of Orangutan Land Trust, developed an interest in anthropology when she attended Saddleback College in the mid-eighties. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English literature from Dominican University in San Rafael, and a teaching certificate from California State University, Long Beach.

During her years of teaching school she traveled extensively, and it was in Borneo in 1994 where she met her first orangutan, who stole her heart and changed her life. In 1997 Michelle and a fellow volunteer opened a rescue center in Central Borneo that is now the world’s largest primate rescue facility, and she later founded the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK and Orangutan Land Trust, which works to provide sustainable solutions for the long-term survival of the orangutan in the wild by ensuring safe areas of forest for its continued survival.

In addition to her charity work, Michelle has served as a consultant to international film crews from BBC, PBS, and Animal Planet, for the series Orangutan Island and Orangutan Diary. She is currently advising on a new film project for ITV (UK) and PBS. Her efforts have been recognized by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Prince Charles, and her organization was honored by the BBC Wildlife Trust as one of the top ten UK charities working to save wildlife globally.

Top gala sponsors include:
Presidential Sponsors — Dr. Tod A. Burnett, Janet and Michael Hamilton, Follett Bookstore
Cardinal and Gold Sponsors — C. W. Driver, Hudson Pacific Properties, City of Dana Point, Neudesic, LLC, Capata & Co.
Gaucho Sponsors — AT&T, Audi Mission Viejo, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Romo, FLS International, Irvine Valley College, Liebert, Cassidy and Whitmore, Prendiville Insurance Agency, Rancho Mission Viejo and John Williams.

During the cocktail hour, Rancho Capistrano Winery will host a wine tasting, and Spa Girls Cocktails will host martinis for the guests.

To make a donation to the gala or to support scholarships, please visit the Saddleback College Foundation website at www.saddleback.edu/foundation.

The Saddleback College Foundation initiates and coordinates college and community fundraising in support of Saddleback College and its students. By raising funds for scholarships and other programs, which directly benefit students, the foundation is committed to increasing student success and the enhancing the excellent education offered by Saddleback College. Guided by a group of dedicated community leaders, the foundation strives to make higher education attainable for all in south Orange County. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/foundation.

 

Saddleback Unveils Program to Pave Students’ Way to Law School

Saddleback College students now have a direct pathway to law school, thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding signed last Saturday at the Legal Pathway Summit at the University of California, Davis School of Law. The Memorandum of Understanding establishes the Pathway to Law School 2+2+3 Initiative, a program that gives students the ability to transfer to one of six California universities to finish their bachelor’s degrees and proceed to law school. The universities and law schools include Loyola Marymount University; Santa Clara University; University of California, Davis; University of California, Irvine; University of San Francisco; and University of Southern California.

Those in attendance at the Legal Pathway Summit included Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court; Paulette Brown, President of the American Bar Association; Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Executive Director of the State Bar of California; Kent Lollis, Director of Diversity Initiatives, Law School Admissions Council; and Michael Treviño, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of California.

The Pathway to Law School 2+2+3 Initiative provides community college students with a direct path to law school and emphasizes the inclusion of diverse populations that have been underrepresented in the legal profession. The program, sponsored by the California State Bar Council on Access and Fairness, established agreements for 24 community colleges and six law schools and their respective undergraduate institutions.

UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinksy, an internationally-renowned constitutional law scholar, stated, “UCI School of Law welcomes the opportunity to offer support and participate in this unprecedented program.”

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “This remarkable program will greatly impact and enhance the educational experience for students who seek careers in the legal profession, and will have a profound result in attracting a more diverse population to work in our system of jurisprudence.”

Saddleback College’s Pathway to Law School program is led and overseen by Professor Emily Quinlan, an attorney and faculty of the college’s business department. “I am thrilled to be involved in this unprecedented program and hope to create an environment at Saddleback College that fulfills the spirit and mission of the Pathway to Law School 2+2+3 Initiative.”

The program includes a seven-course curriculum and benefits such as pre-law advising, LSAT prep information, exposure to the legal profession, legal internships, financial aid counseling, academic advising, participation in the Saddleback Pre-law Club, service-based learning, and other law-related events and opportunities designed to increase the interest and eligibility of community college students pursuing a career in law.

Additionally, the program’s personal law/street law class is offered at San Juan Hills High School, allowing high school students to earn college credit. Jennifer Smalley, principal of San Juan Hills High School, sees the program as win-win for all concerned: “We want to offer our students every opportunity to succeed and we are so pleased the Saddleback College has reached out to us and is sharing this program and all that it has to offer with our students.”

For information on enrollment in the Pathway to Law School 2+2+3 program at Saddleback visit https://www.saddleback.edu/edbs/pathwaylaw.