Community Invited to Honor Dr. Tod A. Burnett at 17th Annual Saddleback College Foundation Gala

Sponsorships and individual tickets are still available for the 17th Annual Saddleback College Foundation Gala to be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

The year’s gala will honor Dr. Tod A. Burnett, who is retiring from Saddleback College after nine years of exemplary service as president. “I am humbled by the foundation’s honor and I am extremely proud of the unprecedented work they have done over the past nine years. Last year the foundation awarded the most scholarships in the college’s history totaling $793,719 benefitting 517 students. I have no doubt that the foundation and community will continue increasing the annual level of financial assistance and support for Saddleback students each year going forward.”

The gala will also feature musical entertainment by the Saddleback College Jazz Ensemble, silent and live auctions, and gourmet dinner. The Valedictorian Sponsor of the gala is the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute. Since 1976, the Emeritus Institute has been California’s largest, non-credit, older adult education program serving nearly 6,000 students throughout south Orange County.

The 2017 Alumna of the Year will be awarded to Dr. Heather A. Allen, a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University. Her research specialization is in molecular organization, ion pairing, and hydration at aqueous interfaces. She began her professorial career at Ohio State in 2000, and has since received the following recognitions for her research accomplishments: Research Innovation Award from Research Corp., NSF CAREER Award, Beckman Young Investigator Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award from Germany.

For gala sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please visit saddleback.edu/foundation/gala, call 949-582-4479, or email saddlebackfoundation@saddleback.edu.

The Saddleback College Foundation initiates and coordinates college and community fundraising in support of Saddleback College and its students. By raising funds for scholarships and other programs, which directly benefit students, the foundation is committed to increasing student success and the enhancing the excellent education offered by Saddleback College. Guided by a group of dedicated community leaders, the foundation strives to make higher education attainable for all in south Orange County. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/foundation.

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.

Our Commitment to All, Following Executive Order Affecting Seven Countries

Yesterday, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Oakley issued this statement regarding President Trump’s executive order:

Over the weekend the Trump administration issued an executive order that restricts the ability of students, faculty, and staff from certain countries from being able to enter the United States. The action caused great concern at colleges and universities across the nation. We also witnessed growing protests and confusion over the implementation of the executive order. As the California Community Colleges Board of Governors clearly stated, we support the ability of all students attending our colleges to attend without fear or intimidation.

During this time of confusing rhetoric and uncertainty, South Orange County Community College District, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College wish to reaffirm our values of inclusiveness and diversity. Our primary job is to educate all students who stand to benefit from higher education. We continually strive to create a welcoming environment where all people can learn and grow.

We are here to help all students. If you know of a student who may need confidential assistance, please contact our College Vice Presidents of Student Services: Dr. Juan Avalos, Saddleback College, at (949) 582-4566, javalos@saddleback.edu; or Dr. Linda Fontanilla, Irvine Valley College, at (949) 451-5624, lfontanilla@ivc.edu or visit the campus student services offices.

Dr. Debra L. Fitzsimons, Interim Chancellor
Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President, Saddleback College
Dr. Glenn R. Roquemore, President, Irvine Valley College
C.M. Brahmbhatt, Interim Vice Chancellor, Business Services
Dr. David Bugay, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Dr. Robert Bramucci, Vice Chancellor, Technology & Learning Services

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. 

Saddleback College Hosts 9th Annual K-12 Partnership Breakfast

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Dr. Tod A. Burnett with Kirsten Vitale, superintendent at Capistrano Unified School District, and Dr. Clint Harwick, superintendent of Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

On the morning of Wednesday, October 26th, Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, hosted his ninth annual K-12 Partnership Breakfast. The K-12 Partnership Breakfast brings together the members of the college’s High School Partnership Program, which includes Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) and Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD), to meet and discuss the importance of maximizing student preparedness and success.

 

Grants Awarded to Saddleback College Will Enhance STEM and Behavioral Health Programs, and Student Civic Engagement

Mission Viejo, CA – Saddleback College was recently named a recipient of two federal grants: One that will enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and one that will promote behavioral health programming, and was also awarded a state grant to promote civic engagement among community college students.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College stated, “I am extremely proud that we were selected to receive these grants, which are a testament to our stellar STEM programs, outstanding behavioral health pipeline, and inspiring students who are motivating others to exercise their right to vote.”

The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued its first-ever awards for the NSF INCLUDES program, a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering by improving access and broadening participation of underserved populations in the STEM fields. The $299,981 grant will expand Saddleback’s existing STEM Core Initiative – which provides intensive support to remedial math students and partners with employers to provide project-based internships – to 13 additional California community colleges and a community college district in the state of Maryland, directly serving more than 500 students.

Dr. Jim Zoval, professor of chemistry at Saddleback College, said, “This grant will allow Saddleback and other California community colleges to provide several excellent opportunities to student participants, including the facilitation of a very special social learning environment. I have seen this type of program make a big difference in the lives of Saddleback students in a previous grant program that focuses on engineering majors. This new grant will allow us to expand participant eligibly beyond engineering majors to also include students in science, math, and technology fields of study.

Saddleback College also received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) program to enhance and expand the college’s behavioral health paraprofessional pipeline, which includes career pathways for students pursuing degrees and certificates in alcohol and drug studies, community-based corrections, human services generalist, and mental health worker. The $211,271 grant will be allocated to 90 students to cover the costs of tuition, fees, and supplies, resulting in substantial assistance to students in these fields.

Human services department chair and professor Kim Branch-Stewart, LCSW said , “Saddleback College’s human services department is honored to be selected as one of 34 new recipients nationwide of the BHWET grant, which will focus on training behavioral health workers in intervention, assessment, and treatment with children, at-risk youth, transitional age youth, and their families. The grant will permit the human services programs to expand and reach out to underserved and non-traditional student populations, including students with ‘lived’ mental health experience, to provide educational and career opportunities that might otherwise not be accessible to this student population.

Lastly, the Saddleback College Associated Student Government (ASG) was among 25 campuses in California selected to receive a grant from the California Community Colleges Civic Impact Project to increase civic participation among community college students. The $10,000 grant will allow ASG to deploy their campus action plan to inform and engage students on campus in the democratic process and increase student participation in the upcoming November election.

Lucy Hendrix, ASG president shared, “Saddleback College recently participated in a national study that showed us our aggregate student voting data. While the figures were similar to other colleges in the areas, they were nothing to be excited about. This semester, Saddleback’s ASG has focused on various ways to engage student voting through both registration and education. By receiving the Civic Impact Project grant, we will be able to fully fund all of our planned projects, as well as support new ideas.”

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.

Saddleback College Automotive Technology Program to Partner with Audi of America

The Automotive Technology Program at Saddleback College has entered into a partnership agreement with Audi of America to become part of the Audi Education Partnership (AEP). The AEP will assist the college in the training of technicians who will be able to diagnose and repair some the most advanced luxury vehicles on the market.

As part of the partnership, Audi of America is providing Saddleback College access to the resources, tools and equipment to train students including Audi vehicles for hands-on training. Once a student nears completion of the Audi service program, the college will provide a list of top graduating candidates to Audi for potential employment at various Audi dealerships nationwide.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, shared, “I am thrilled that the Automotive Technology program was able to provide this opportunity to our students. It is partnerships like these that will ensure our students are the best and brightest in the automotive technology field.”

Clifford Meyer, automotive technology department chair added, “This affords our students the opportunity to work on a major European automotive brand.”

“Audi of America has established the Audi Education Partnership to help meet the growing and predicted future demand for dealership technicians,” said Dan McGowan, technical curriculum design & recruitment specialist for Audi. “The purpose of the program is to attract skilled technicians to Audi dealerships across the country. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the Audi brand among students in the automotive program at each participating school.”

The Saddleback College Automotive Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment as automotive technicians. Students also have the option to complete their Associate in Science degree requirements and prepare to transfer to a four-year college. The following five certificate options are available: automotive chassis specialist, automotive engine service specialist, automotive engine performance specialist, alternative fuel vehicle specialist and general automotive technician.

 

Orange County Board of Supervisors Recognizes Saddleback College’s VETS Center

VETS Center Staff Receiving Award from Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett

VETS Center Staff Receiving Award from Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett

The Orange County Board of Supervisors recognized the Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transitions Services (VETS) Center on Tuesday, September 13th for the department’s excellence in innovation in veteran services and for the positive impact it has on the lives of veterans. The recognition marks another accolade for the VETS Center, having just been named the recipient of the prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award, one of the highest honors in the California Community College System.

Last week, the VETS Center partnered with Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett to host the college’s 8th annual Veterans Resource Fair, which featured Assemblyman Bill Brough and Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, who spoke on civic leadership after military service. The event was also sponsored by Strength in Support, an organization that provides mental health services to military personnel, veterans and their families, individual and family therapy, and mentorship and education to address all areas of our heroes’ well-being. Additionally, over 70 exhibitors were in attendance.

Chairwoman Bartlett stated, “The Board of Supervisors recognizes the outstanding contributions the VETS Program has made in enhancing the lives of both our local veterans and their families. We further extend sincere best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors. It has been a pleasure partnering with the college and the VETS Program in serving our brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.”

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “The county’s recognition of our VETS Center is an honor. With the help of our terrific faculty and staff in our VETS Center, we will continue to provide important support for student veterans, active military and dependents on our campus and in the county.”

Established in 2009, the Saddleback College VETS Center was the first fully functional veterans resource center in Orange County and the third in the state. Serving over 1,300 student veterans, active duty military, and dependents each year, the program seeks to bridge the cultural divide between civilians and our military through inclusion; full integration of student veterans in campus life; and by providing training to faculty, staff, and management. With dozens of non-profits and government agencies as partners, the VETS Center also offers counseling and support at the School of Infantry Joint Education Center at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. The thriving Student Veterans Council and Women Veterans Networking Group add to the resources for support on campus.

With the help of funding from a student equity grant awarded by the California Community College State Chancellors Office, the VETS Center will be able to expand its office to accommodate more students. Rose Adon, a U.S. Navy veteran and criminology major, noted that increasing the dedicated space for student veterans would have a positive impact on the experience of female veterans specifically. She said, “The VETS program is life changing. The staff genuinely care about your well-being and your success in and out of college. You can’t ask for a better team to help you succeed in your new life out of the service.”

For more information on the Saddleback College VETS program visit www.saddleback.edu/vets.

 

Saddleback College Named a “Great College to Work For”

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Saddleback College is a great college to work for, according to the results of a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of 281 colleges and universities across the nation, with 93 of the institutions achieving the “Great College to Work For” recognition. The survey is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country and recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees on workforce practices and policies.

Of the 281 institutions that participated in this year’s survey, 189 are four-year institutions and 92 are two-year institutions, with 68 four-year institutions and 25 two-year institutions earning the “Great College to Work For” recognition. Saddleback College was recognized in the Collaborative Governance and Compensation and Benefits categories.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “I am honored and thrilled that Saddleback has received the ‘Great College to Work For’ recognition, which is a testament to our high-caliber faculty, staff, and management, and the collaborative way in which we all work together to sustain a culture of excellence. Saddleback is indeed a great college to work for.”

Academic Senate President Kim D’Arcy stated, “Through the Academic Senate, the faculty voice at Saddleback College is strong and dedicated to our students’ success and our college mission. There is a common goal and sense of purpose between the staff, faculty, and management.”

Craig Connor, acting president of the Classified Senate, stated, “I’m immensely proud of our college to be receiving this award. Saddleback College is not just a place to work, but a close- knit community that shares in the passion of the success and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.”

The survey included a two-part assessment process: a survey administered to employees and an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies and practices from each institution. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, click here.

Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers over 250 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. Each year, Saddleback College adds more than 5,000 degree and certificate holders to the workforce, and transfers over 3,500 students to four-year colleges and universities throughout the nation. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.