Transfer Day 2012

Students, faculty, staff, management, alumni, and friends, I am excited to invite you all to attend tomorrow’s Transfer Day in which we are welcoming over 80 regionally accredited colleges and universities to our campus.  Our students come to Saddleback College with many aspirations and a great deal of them seek to transfer on to our partner colleges and universities.  This is a vital component of our college mission and one of our top priorities.  You may recall that a couple of years ago the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges commended our college for creating a positive transfer culture on our campus.  We would like to expand our transfer culture by asking YOU to get more involved with transfer day by doing three things tomorrow:

  1. Please wear an article of clothing that represents your personal alma mater or from a college or university that you recommend;
  2. Please visit the quad between 10am and 1pm and stop by your alma mater if present and say hello to the representative, and maybe even tell some students why you endorse that institution; and
  3. Please encourage students to attend Transfer Day!

The following colleges and universities will be in attendance:

University of California

*UC Berkeley *UC Davis *UC Irvine *UCLA *UC Merced *UC Riverside *UC San Diego *UC Santa Barbara *UC Santa Cruz

California State University

*Cal Poly Pomona *Cal Poly San Luis Obispo *CSU Dominguez Hills *CSU Fullerton *CSU Fullerton – Center for Careers in Teaching (CCT) *CSU Fullerton – Department of Visual Arts *CSU Long Beach *CSU Northridge *CSU Sacramento *Humboldt State University

California Private Institutions

*Academy of Art University *Alliant International University *Ameritas College of Brandman University *Argosy University *Art Institute of California (Orange County) – A Campus of Argosy University *Azusa Pacific University *Azusa Pacific University – Orange County Campus *Biola University *Brandman University *Cal Baptist University *Chapman University *Concordia University – Irvine *Hope International University *Laguna College of Art & Design *La Sierra University *Loma Linda University *Loyola Marymount University *Marymount College *The Master’s College *Mills College *Mount St. Mary’s College (Nursing Department) *National University *Otis College of Art and Design *Pepperdine University – Irvine Campus *Pepperdine University – Malibu Campus *Point Loma Nazarene University *San Diego Christian College *San Francisco Art Institute *Sophia University *Southern California Institute of Architecture *Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) *University of La Verne *University of Phoenix *University of Redlands *University of San Francisco *USC *Vanguard University of Southern California *Webster University *West Coast University *Whittier College *Woodbury University

Out-of-State Institutions

*American Public University (American Military University) *American University *Arizona State University *Bellevue University *Chamberlain College of Nursing *Columbia University – School of General Studies *Johnson & Wales University *Portland State University *Savannah College of Art & Design *Springfield College *Temple University *University of Arizona *University of Hawaii at Manoa *University of Massachusetts Lowell *University of Montana *NEW*University of New England

For more information, please go to the Transfer Center website at:

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Transfer Day and wearing your favorite college or university gear!

USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy Symposium

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending the inaugural USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy symposium. Nearly 1,000 attendees learned about successful, real-world, bipartisan solutions to education, energy and the environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform. The event stressed the importance of “reaching across the aisle” to address the major issues that our state and, consequently, our college is facing. I know that everyone at Saddleback recognizes the importance of collaboration, but it was extremely eye-opening to hear that sentiment from some of the most respected politicians and entertainment executives in the country.

The program included two distinguished panels and a lunchtime discussion.

The morning panel, “Political Leaders’ Views on the Importance of Post-Partisanship,” included Arnold Schwarzenegger, inaugural holder of the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC; Charlie Crist, former governor of Florida; Tom Daschle, former U.S. Senate majority leader; John McCain, U.S. senator from Arizona; Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico; and Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts served as the moderator.

The lunchtime discussion, “Local Solutions to Global Problems,” featured R. K. Pachauri, chair of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. NBC 4-Los Angeles reporter Conan Nolan moderated the panel.

Finally, the afternoon panel, “The Power of People and Innovation,” included Schwarzenegger; Rob Friedman, co-chairman of Lionsgate; Brian Grazer, chairman of Imagine Entertainment; Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M and chairman and co-founder of Beats; and Ron Meyer, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios. Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, moderated the panel.

It was an honor to be invited to and attend this event. I am dedicated to sharing the lessons learned from this event with faculty, staff, administration, and students to find ways to improve collaboration within the entire Saddleback community.

Saddleback College Gears Up for Homecoming 2012

On Saturday, September 29th, Saddleback College will host its annual Homecoming celebration, featuring family-friendly tailgate events, entertainment and food, an Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony at halftime, and the first 2012 conference football game versus Santa Ana College. Pre-game tailgating activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. and kick-off for the game is at 6:00 p.m.  Admission to the game is $10.00 for general admission and $6.00 for students, seniors, children, and active-duty military; on-campus parking will be free. Several of the pre-game festivities are free but some will require admission into the stadium.

The Saddleback College Associated Student Government is sponsoring a pre-game tailgate event, which will feature a live band, Waffle-icious food truck, kids’ games, a bounce house and ball pit. During the tailgate, donations will be collected for several local charities.

During halftime, 74 Saddleback College alumni will be presented with medallions and inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was started in 1980 and new members are inducted every four years.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President of Saddleback College, stated, “All are invited to attend what will be a great Homecoming football event where the Gauchos are sure to play a great game against the Santa Ana Dons. The work of our students and athletics department in the planning of fun pre-game and halftime festivities will help to make this an event to remember.  I encourage all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to come out for this wonderful annual tradition.”


Saddleback Professor Kris Leppien-Christensen Named President of National Honor Society

At the American Psychological Association’s 2012 national convention, Dr. Kris Leppien-Christensen, Saddleback psychology professor, was installed as the national president of Psi Beta. Dr. Leppien-Christensen, who was named as the college’s 2011 Professor of the Year, is a Psi Beta Faculty Advisor and served on the Psi Beta National Council from 2008-212. He will serve as the national president for 2012-13 and the past president for 2013-2014.

Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community colleges and is a member of the Association of College Honors Societies. The organization is affiliated with the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Psi Beta promotes and recognizes its members’ scholarship, leadership, research, and community service excellence.

Congratulations Dr. Leppien-Christensen!