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.