Wednesday: Health and Wellness Fair

It is my pleasure to invite you to a long-awaited event that will be held on our campus tomorrow.  The Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul: A Community Health and Wellness Fair will be held on our quad tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The event is free and will feature educational workshops, free health screenings, and health and wellness community resources.  Participants will have numerous opportunities to learn about basic health needs, nutrition, exercise, and stress management.  Additionally, educational sessions will offer information on mental health issues, substance abuse, and healthy relationships.

Our very own KSBR 88.5 FM will provide a live radio broadcast, and music, dance, and fitness performances, a poster contest, and opportunity drawings will be held.  We are also excited to have live cooking demonstrations and tastings from Ashley Santo Domingo, a contestant on Top Chef who is currently Executive Chef of Whole Foods Laguna Niguel.

All students, employees, and members of our community are encouraged to attend this signature event for Saddleback.  Special thanks to Martine Wehr, a member of our nursing associate faculty, for her excellent work and coordination on behalf of the health of our students, employees, and 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.”


Adapted Kinesiology Walkathon Raises $10,000

The Saddleback College Foundation and the Adapted Kinesiology Program hosted a walkathon fundraiser on Wednesday, December 14th where they raised $10,000 and welcomed about 100 walkers to the trak. Proceeds from the event will help fund the Adapted Kinesiology Program, which helps students with developmental and physical disabilities stay active. In addition to the walkathon, the event featured a BallPark Pizza buffet lunch, demonstrations from Adapted Cycles, a Wounded Warriors obstacle course, and a Tai Chi demonstration.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President of Saddleback College, stated, “It is truly inspiring to see the dedication of so many students, faculty, staff, management, and community members work to preserve the invaluable services like those found in our college’s Adapted Kinesiology programs. Events like the ‘Back on Track’ walkathon provide innovative solutions to raise additional funds so that we can continue offering vital programs that serve our students and community.”

Terence Nelson, Assistant Dean of Counseling Services and Special Programs, stated, “The Adapted Kinesiology Program is important for the entire community as it helps adults of all ages who suffer from disabilities. The funds raised will go to a program that supports students with various challenges such as autism, brain and spinal cord injuries, and other chronic pain problems. The program is highly regarded and effectively run, touching the lives of hundreds of our community members.”

“Over the last few years, the Adapted Kinesiology Program has grown remarkably while our operating budget has declined due to the state’s financial situation. This fundraiser will allow us to continue to provide vital exercise programs for 350 disabled adults each semester, programs that can help keep people physically and mentally healthy,” stated Mike Bennett, Adapted Kinesiology instructor.

Saddleback College Welcomes High School Officials to K-12 Partnership Breakfast

Saddleback College welcomed nearly 30 local high school officials to the Saddleback College K-12 Principals Breakfast on Wednesday, October 26.  The event provided an opportunity to learn about how local schools can prepare prospective Saddleback College students to succeed in their pursuit of an academic degree and Career Technical Education programs.

Saddleback College and the local K-12 form a vital resource for students who seek quality education and career training. Saddleback offers every student the opportunity to succeed with stellar faculty and staff and an impressive offering of more than 300 degree and certificate programs.

Speakers at the K-12 Partnership Breakfast included Dean of Liberal Arts Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Director of Planning, Research & Grants Gretchen Bender, Professor of Automotive Technology Cliff Meyer, and President of the Saddleback Associated Student Government Joseph Hassine.

In his presentation, Dr. O’Connor stressed the importance of building students’ basic skills so that they would be more likely to succeed in their post-secondary education. Saddleback is focused on bridging the gap between high school and college-level math, reading, and writing courses to affect the achievement of students as they transition between segments.

The officials from local high schools who attended included:
Capistrano Unified School District Adult Education Principal Dr. Robert Nye
Capistrano Unified School District Trustees Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson, Sue Palazzo, and Dr. Gary Pritchard
Capistrano Valley Christian School, Head of Schools Dr. Ron Sipus
Capistrano Valley High School, Principal Kevin Astor
Dana Hills High School Assistant Principal Cindy Steinert
Foothill High School Principal Al Marzilli
Irvine High School Assistant Principal Melinda Fowler
J. Serra Catholic High School Director of Counseling Olivia Huie
Mission Viejo High School Principal Dr. Ray Gatfield
Northwood High School Assistant Principal Lerona Dickson
Saddleback Valley Unified School District, District Coordinator of Instruction Cathy Kane
San Juan Hills High School Principal Tom Ressler and Assistant Principal Eric Paulsen
San Clemente High School Assistant Principal Cameron Lovett
Santa Margarita Catholic High School President Paul Crary
Serra High School, Principal Rich Bellante
Tesoro High School, Principal Dr. Dan Burch and Assistant Principal Sean McNamara
Trabuco Hills High School, Principal Craig Collins
Tustin Unified School District, Chief Academic Officer Kathie Nielsen
Tustin Unified School District, Trustee Francine Scinto
Woodbridge High School, Assistant Principals Sheila Adams and Chris Krebs

Saddleback College to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11

To pay tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001 and those who died in subsequent action, Saddleback College will be hosting a 9/11 commemoration ceremony at the college’s veterans memorial on Thursday, September 8th at 4:00 p.m.

Saddleback College President Tod A. Burnett and Associated Student Government President Joseph Hassine will provide the opening remarks, Emergency Medical Technician faculty member Ruth Grubb will lead a moment of silence, Marine Corps Veteran and Saddleback College student Elizabeth Tepe will speak, and student Chase Chandler will perform Taps.

Saddleback College 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony
Date: Thursday, September 8th
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Quad in front of the Veterans Memorial
Parking: Free parking in Lot 5 during the event