Culinary Student Takes Second Place at Statewide Competition

Last Friday, culinary student Amber McGlynn placed second at the Shelton Farms Poultry Competition. This annual event is funded by the California Community College Chancellors Office of Family and Consumer Sciences and all California community colleges are invited to participate.

Amber was selected to represent Saddleback after winning in-house competitions. For placing second in the competition, Amber took home $500 and a bag of goodies from Shelton Farms and a trophy.

Congratulations Amber!

Veterans Club Serves and Supports Homeless Veterans

Saddleback Student Veterans Give Back (Photo Courtesy of Virginia Johnson)

Before fall classes started, the Saddleback College Veterans Club was already giving back to the community. On the weekend of August 17th, sixteen student veterans joined forces with several organizations and government agencies at the Orange County Stand Down to serve and support homeless veterans. The Second Annual Orange County Stand Down was a three-day event that took place at the Army Reserve Center in Costa Mesa. Services, including mental and physical healthcare, benefits and housing assistance, children’s services, and showers and meals, were available for homeless and at-risk veterans as well as their families.

The Saddleback student veterans assisted the event by monitoring the showers, taking out trash, providing security at the entrances, providing water for all attendees, and providing other necessary tasks. All of the students were recognized at the event for their effort. The event was coordinated by Jacob Lampe, vice president of the Saddleback College Veterans Club.

More than 100 People attend Transfer Celebration

The Transfer Center’s annual celebration was once again a huge success. More than 100 students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and friends came out to support students who are transferring to colleges and universities. The celebration is a time for students to mingle with future classmates and meet representatives from their transfer colleges. This year Saddleback transferred more than 2,000 students to colleges and universities all over the world!

A couple of transfer facts:

  • Saddleback College is 12th out of 112 California Community Colleges in transfers to UCs and CSUs.
  • Saddleback College is ranked third in the state in the number of transfers to UCI
  • We are ranked third in the number of transfers to CSUF and CSULB
  • Saddleback is the highest in Orange County for transfers to San Diego State University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chico State, CSU San Marcos, Humboldt State, and San Francisco State

For a list of students and their transfer colleges, please keep reading.

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Online Learning Student Success Rate Increases by Three Percent in One Year!

Thanks to all of the hard work by the entire Distance and Online Education Program Team, success rates for online courses increased by almost 3% since fall 2010. This is the largest success rate increase for any instructional method.  Success is defined by a student earning a grade of A, B, C, or Credit/Pass.

There has also been a steady increase in the number of students taking online courses throughout the last ten years. In fall 2001, 1,858 students were enrolled in online courses; this number has grown to 11,704 students in Fall 2011.

College Efforts Leading to Increased Student Success in Online Classes

How to Succeed in Online Classes WorkshopsIn Fall 2011, the program initiated a grant-funded pilot program that included a series of four-hour workshops.  Professors Claire Cesareo-Silva, Christina Smith, Elizabeth Horan, and Christina Nigrelli facilitated these workshops. In Fall 2011, there were three workshops with a total of 32 students in attendance.  In Spring 2012, they doubled the offerings to six workshops and nearly quadrupled their attendance to 123 students!

Reconfigured Center for Instructional Design and Distance Education (CIDDE) to be more conductive to faculty training.

Student Technical Support Taskforce:  In Fall 2011, a Taskforce on Student Technical Support was formed that included campus and district faculty, staff, and administrators.  In a year the task force has

  • Revitalized the Student Technical Support Website
  • Created information cards
  • Established a technical help email address (
  • Worked closely with the district to update MySite
  • Developed and implemented new associate faculty orientations in CIDDE
  • Strengthened student support in the Information Booth, Village 4 computer lab, and the IMC Lab
  • Created new student tutorials that will be launched this summer

Thank you to the Dean of Online Education and Learning Resources, Dr. Patti Flanigan, and her entire support team for helping our students succeed! Special thanks to those who supported this effort: Jane Rosenkrans, Leslie Humphrey, and Craig Connor for their support and input on the taskforce, Claire Cesareo-Silva, Christina Smith, Christina Nigrelli, and Elizabeth Horan for their efforts on the workshops, Jenny Langrell for her support as the DE faculty coordinator, Valerie Senior, Vivian Nguyen, and Thomas McKenzie for their role in faculty training in CIDDE, Dr. Don Buschè for his support on reconfiguring CIDDE, and Matt Miller for his work on the student tutorials.

Saddleback Student Wins Outstanding Abstract Award at Statewide Honors Conference

Learon Inbar speaks to the plenary about her research

At the Honors Transfer Council of California’s (HTCC) annual statewide conference, Saddleback College student Learon Inbar was named as one of four winners of the Outstanding Abstract Award and took home a  $500 scholarship prize. Learon is in her second year at Saddleback and is studying a mix of art and theater, with an ultimate goal of becoming a theater costume and set designer. She is hoping to transfer to UCLA or Berkeley in the fall and, eventually, attend graduate school so she can teach and conduct research, in addition to theater work.

The HTTC conference took place at UCI on March 31 and involved students from member schools who were chosen by the council to present research in their field of choice. Learon presented the 400-word abstract and the results of her research to the council during the conference.

“I had taken the Honors Humanities 10A class with Professor Chattopadhyay and Professor Rosenberg, and that particular semester we had focused on the art and intellectual development of the Middle Ages in Europe; this led to my chosen time period for my research,” Learon said about her paper’s inspiration. She wrote about what textiles meant for people in the Middle Ages and found interesting connections between levels of power and a person’s evidence of wealth.

Two more students, Jonathan Fisher and Austin Burrow, were also honored as Exemplary Achievement scholarship winners at the event. Congratulations to all of our award-winning honors students!

Two of our students, Jonathan Fisher and Austin Burrow, are among these Exemplary Achievement scholarship winners

The Saddleback College Honors Program is an interdisciplinary effort to develop exceptional talent, ability, and scholarship in highly motivated students. It is not a club, service organization, or even a recognition of past academic achievement. It is, rather, a path to further and higher achievements. Any Saddleback College student may enroll in any Honors class. No special permission is required. If you would like more information about the Honors Program, visit

Saddleback Interior Design Team Raises $30,000 for HomeAid Orange County

The Saddleback College Interior Design Team participated in HomeAid Orange County’s signature fundraiser Project Playhouse, which raises money to help the county’s homeless population. The team designed a playhouse, titled Over The Rainbow Cottage, which was displayed at the Irvine Spectrum and then auctioned off. Over The Rainbow Cottage not only raised $30,000, it was also received the People’s Choice award!

Congratulations to the team of design students who created this fantastic playhouse: team leader Barbara Schierhold, Susan Koubas, Keith Stanley, Carolyn Hall, Kaitlin Galati, and Joni Owen.

Classified Senate Donates Thanksgiving Baskets to 33 Student Veterans

The Saddleback College community does it again! Following the Classified Senate’s second annual Thanksgiving basket drive, 33 student veterans were able to bring home a gift card to purchase their Thanksgiving turkey and baskets loaded with all the trimmings. This is a great way for our campus to give back to these men and women who have done so much for our country. I am very proud of the fact that we were able to collect enough food for 33 families, four more than last year!

Thank you to everyone who was able to donate and the Classified Senate for making this happen, especially Tracy McConnell who organized the food collection and basket distribution.

Saddleback Students Take Home National Awards

(left to right) Zac Rodriguez, Debra Hill, Ryan Rodriguez, Kelly Jones and Larissa Garrett.

Have you received the new Saddleback spring 2012 postcard in your mailbox? The card features five Saddleback College Cinema/Television/Radio students who recently came back winners from the College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Production Awards at the 2011 National Student Media Convention in Orlando.

Zac Rodriguez, Debra Hill, Ryan Rodriguez, and Larissa Garrett took home the prize for Best Documentary for their short film “Bullets to Bubbles,” which tells the stories of veterans who have turned to SCUBA diving for mental and physical rehabilitation.

Kelly Jones, a disc jockey on Saddleback radio station KSBR 88.5 FM and online at took home the prize for Best DJ.

To view “Bullets to Bubbles” and to find out more about enrolling in spring semester classes, visit the New Students page at

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour Comes to Saddleback

About 250 students attended the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET) on Monday, September 12 to learn about ways to launch their own businesses. The EET is a half-day conference that brings top young entrepreneurs to colleges, universities, workforce development organizations, and chambers of commerce, to encourage entrepreneurial spirit. Attendees are given the chance to hear from keynote speakers, participate in workshops, and network with fellow attendees and entrepreneurs.

Business Professor, Rebecca Knapp was the driving force behind getting the tour to Saddleback College and the effort paid of with a large, excited group of future business leaders!

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Knapp

Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Knapp

Welcome Back Students!

Dear new and returning students,

Today marks the beginning of classes in the new academic year and we want to wish everyone the very best for the fall semester.  These are challenging times, especially with the weak economy and state fiscal problems.  Saddleback College is fortunate to be able to continue to offer the same number of classes as last year, and thanks to our faculty and deans we are able to provide opportunities for even more students.  This comes while most every other college in the state is forced to reduce their offerings.  Saddleback is committed to student success, and we are here to serve and assist you, so please take advantage of all that the college has to offer.

Have an exciting first week!