Men’s Basketball Team Captures Conference Title

2012-2013 Men’s Basketball Team (Photo by Brad Hoiseth)

Congratulations to the men’s basketball team, which captured the Orange Empire Conference title with a perfect 12-0 conference record and has been seeded No. 1 in the upcoming Southern California regional playoffs. The Gauchos will host Citrus College this Saturday, March 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the campus gym. This is the first time Saddleback has captured back-to-back conference titles since winning three straight titles during the 2001, 2002 and 2003 seasons. – Written by Jerry Hannula

LRC Open House and Reception

The community is invited to attend an open house and reception to celebrate the re-opening of the Saddleback College Library and Learning Resource Center on Thursday, February 28th at 3:00 p.m. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served and parking is complimentary in all campus lots.

The renovations were completed over two years and the updated Learning Resource Center (LRC) was opened to students in fall 2012. The renovations transformed the LRC into a bright, spacious space that is both beautiful and relaxing, creating an environment that is conducive to student learning.

In addition to the Library, the LRC is home to the Liberal Arts Division, Online Education and Learning Resources Division, and Fine Arts and Media Technology Division.

The renovation has increased the usable space of the Learning Resource Center building by 4,500 square feet, with a total usable area of 81,000 square feet. These spaces include hundreds computer work stations, 18 classrooms, 12 small-group study rooms, 18 new offices for faculty and staff, five labs, and two conference rooms.

Accreditation Institute 2013

On February 8th and 9th, I have the privilege of joining faculty members Dr. Bob Cosgrove, Jenny Langrell, Tony Teng, and Dan Walsh at the seventh annual Academic Senate for California Community Colleges’ Accreditation Institute, Meeting and Exceeding the Standards: The Evolution of Accreditation. The institute was co-hosted by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

The event gave the Saddleback representatives the chance to hear great presentations and to talk to our colleagues from around the state.

On Friday, we attended a general session with ACCJC President Barbara Bano, then we had the chance to attend the following breakout sessions: Accreditation 1010: The Rubrics and Beyond; Budgets, Dialog and Sustainability; and Integrated Planning. Following lunch, Academic Senate President Michelle Pilati welcomed the group and Dr. Nathan Tharp from Feather River College presented his dissertation at a general session entitled Accreditation in the California Community Colleges: Influential Cultural Practices. The second round of breakouts included ” Institutional Effectiveness and Student Learning: the Integration of Student Support and Learning Support Services; Governance, Boards, and Standard IV; Data: What Do We Mean and What Kind Do We Need?. The day wrapped up with a general session – Hot Topics in Accreditation.

Saturday started with three breakout sessions – Faculty Leadership in Accreditation; Accreditation in a Multi-College District; and Distance Education and the Accreditation Process – and ended with Sanctions: The Phoenix Factor, a general session with Kevin Bontenbal from Cuesta College.

Accreditation is an issue that is always in the front of my mind and this institute helped to address many issues that Saddleback has faced. I look forward to implementing what we learned.

WALL Literary Journal Magazine Takes First Place in National Competition

Congratulations to the students and faculty who were involved in producing the 2012 edition of WALL Literary Journal, which was awarded First Place in a national competition sponsored by the American Scholastic Press Association, a New York-based organization that annually honors excellence in campus publications.

WALL 2012 staff: Ethan Baker, Denise Blike, Ambrose Cappuccio, “Jimie” Shiovan Cespedes, Matthew Devine, Shirley Eramo, Laurel Ann Glover, Karla Lara, Tyler Newman, Brianna Ortega, Conor Powell,  Steven Sheley, Bryce Sherman, Jerrica Sibley, and Faculty Advisor Gina Victoria Shaffer.

Now in its 13th year of publishing, WALL annually features the poetry, short stories, personal essays, artwork, and photography of Saddleback College students.

Students enrolled in English 160, a 3-unit class devoted to producing the journal, assume positions of leadership on the staff while learning the fundamentals of publishing.  Staff members are responsible for reviewing and selecting student submissions, graphic design, layout, publicity, editing, and proofreading.

The deadline for submissions for the 2013 edition of WALL is Monday, February 11. For details on submitting work, visit

-By Gina Victoria Shaffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English