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. 

Employee and Student Recognition Ceremony

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Management, and Community Guests:

Yesterday we held Saddleback College’s inaugural student and employee recognition ceremony in McKinney Theatre. Over 200 people were on hand to recognize over 80 students, faculty, staff, management, and community members who received various awards and other distinctions this past academic year. Below is a list of all of the recipients who were recognized, and the entire ceremony can be viewed by clicking on this link: http://ch39.saddleback.edu/vod/2191-High-v1.mp4

2015 President’s Award for Leadership and Innovation

Classified Staff:
1. Howard Dwight – Senior Fiscal/Veterans Specialist
2. Nina Welch – Fine Art Public Information Officer
3. Kevin Dalla Betta – Accounting Officer
4. Shouka Torabi – Research and Planning Analyst
5. Mark Kruhmin – Media Production Specialist
6. Rania Mesri – Program Outreach Specialist
7. Mary Anstadt – CTE Grants Coordinator/CTE Transitions Project Director
8. Katlin Choi – Program Coordinator MSE
9. Jim Fagan – Athletic Equipment Specialist
10. Renee Barenbaum – Custodian
11. Michelle Weidenkopf – Sr. Administrative Assistant
12. Sherri Dadsetan – Administrative Assistant
13. Stephanie Reyna – New Media and Marketing Specialist
14. Albert Lao – Network Systems Technician
15. Raj Dhillon – Sr. Lab Tech Automotive
16. Ileana Grecu – Custodian
17. Emerson Abbott – Lead Groundskeeper
18. Matt Brodet – Media Production Specialist
19. Darline Arroyo – Disabled Students Program Specialist
20. Trish Fain – Executive Assistant Office of Instruction

Faculty:
1. Safiah Mamoon – Health Information Technology
2. Kim Stankovich – Speech
3. Sean Osborn – Human Services
4. Blake Stephens – Architecture/Drafting
5. Barbara Tamialis – Child Development and Educational Studies
6. Emily Quinlan – Business Law
7. Rebecca Knapp – Business
8. Jennifer Forouzesh and Patricia McGinley – Nursing
9. Ken Lee, Lisa Inlow and Kathleen Lunetto – Horticulture, Culinary Arts, Family and Consumer Science
10. Karyn Bower – Journalism

Managers/Administrators:
1. Estella Castillo-Garrison – Dean of Community Education, Emeritus Institute and K-12 Partnerships
2. Christina Hinkle – Director of Learning Assistance

New Tenured Faculty
1. Jack Beckham English Composition
2. Donald Bowman Accounting Instructor
3. Todd Brei Physics
4. Deidre Cavazzi Dance
5. Sarah Chang Counselor
6. Kathryn Damm Psychology
7. Stevie Daniels English as a Second Language
8. David Dixon Physics
9. Michelle Duffy Reading
10. Michael Engels Counselor
11. Monica Friedrich Biology
12. Esther Gravis Nursing
13. Georgios Kouritas Music (Instrumental)
14. Kenneth Lee Horticulture
15. William McGuire Theatre Arts
16. Bouchra Nadeau International Languages (French)
17. Orlantha Nin Transfer Center Coordinator/Counselor
18. Shellie Ochi English Composition
19. James Quigley Mathematics
20. Rick Reese Art (Printmaking/Drawing)
21. Kiarash Shafe Mathematics
22. Jeff Vogel Reading
23. Lydia Welhan
24. Ariel Alexander Librarian
Music
National Athletic Awards
Mark McElroy – American Community College Football Coaches Association (ACCFCA) National Coach of the Year
Brad McReynolds – 2016 National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Athletic Trainer of the Year for community colleges and small colleges

Classified Employee of the Year
Michelle MacDougall Jackson – Theatre Production and Operations Manager

Outgoing Academic Senate President
Blake Stephens

Outgoing ASG Officers
William Vassetizadeh, President
Pontus Goransson, Vice President
Apryl Boyd, Director of Honors, Transfer and Career Technical Education
Gregory Zaborski, Director of Veterans Affairs and Resources

Outgoing Student Trustee
Lemar Momand

Outgoing Saddleback College Foundation Board of Governors President
Michael S. Hamilton

Professor of the Year
Steve Teh – Biology

Associate Professor of the Year
Jeff Oderlin – English

Emeritus Institute Professor of the Year
Lisa Messenger – Health

DSPS Faculty of the Year
Ken Lee – Horticulture

2017 Orange County Teacher of the Year
Claire Cesareo – Anthropology

Orange County Equality Coalition (OCEC) Award for Educational Leadership
Carmenmara Hernandez-Bravo – Spanish

Collaboration Champion Award
Mary Anstadt – CTE Grants Coordinator/CTE Transitions Project Director

American Scholastic Press Association 2015 Magazines – First Place
WALL Literary Journal – Editor-in-chief Matthew Durham and the following students: Meishel DeSouto, Jessica Wei, Stephanie Pagani, Jilly Pretzel, Ashleey Dean, Julia Cheng, Pamela Concar, Fran Masket, Sanbud Tehrani, Bradford Amos, Harun Shah, Kathryn Pohle, and Fatemeh Ayoughi. Faculty Advisor – Professor Gina Victoria Shaffer

Doctorates
1. Dr. Anthony Maciel – Director of Technology Services and Broadcast Systems
2. Dr. Roxanne Metz – Grants and Contracts Manager
3. Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell – Director, Student Health Center
4. Dr. April Cubbage – Sociology Instructor
5. Dr. Linda Call – Nursing Instructor
6. Dr. Barbara Huggins – Nursing Instructor
7. Dr. Orlantha Nin – Transfer Center Coordinator
8. Dr. Michael Hoggatt – DSPS Counselor

Many people contributed to making this event successful, and we want to give special thanks to: Ryan Brook, Jacqui Franks, Tim Swiss, Matt Brodet, Kevin Mowry, Mark Kruhmin, Michelle MacDougall Jackson, Stacy DeMore, Jennie McCue, and Sophie Miller. We also want to thank Professor Lisa Inlow and the culinary arts program for superb appetizers and refreshments, and student pianist Melissa Murphy for her wonderful music.

Once again, congratulations to all of the 2015/2016 award recipients and thanks to all of our students, colleagues, family, and friends who joined us for this new annual tradition.

Sincerely,

Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.
President

Saddleback College Recognizes 2016 Professors of the Year

Saddleback College named Professor Steve Teh, a full-time biology instructor, Jeffrey Oderlin, an associate professor of liberal arts, and Lisa Messenger, an associate professor of health and wellness in the Emeritus Institute, as the 2016 Professors of the Year. The instructors were nominated by their students and will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 24th.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “Professors Teh, Oderlin, and Messenger are truly dedicated educators who have very positively influenced many lives. Congratulations to these remarkable instructors for the work they do every day for our students.”

The Professor of the Year is Steve Teh, who has been teaching at Saddleback College since 1999. Steve is beloved by his students for his evident passion for teaching biology, and fostering a family environment in his classroom that cements lasting friendships between students. His students love that he always incorporates fun into learning, inspiring many to major in Biology. It is his compassion, love for the subject, and encouragement that make his students say he epitomized what a professor should be.

The Associate Professor of the Year is Jeffrey Oderlin, who has been teaching English at Saddleback College since 2011. Jeffrey is well-known for genuinely caring about his students and their success, encouraging them to think critically and view all aspects when analyzing an issue. His students praise him for his engaging teaching style and compassion for his subject.

The Emeritus Institute’s Professor of the Year is health and wellness professor Lisa Messenger. Her students describe her as a rare gem who teaches with contagious enthusiasm. Students also shared that her teaching style contributed to their mental and physical health, vitality, and engagement to the world around them. Among her students, Lisa is considered one of the best teachers they’ve had throughout their academic lives.

Saddleback College to Recognize 53 Nursing Graduates at Pinning Ceremony

 

The Saddleback College Nursing Program will honor 53 graduating nursing students in a symbolic candle lighting and pinning ceremony to be held on Tuesday, May 10th 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.

Nursing Program Director Diane Pestolesi, 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 “Remember When” speech will be delivered by graduating students Dillon Scherr and Ramer Syquia. Professor Christina Bowles will then present the spring 2016 graduating class.

Each graduate will receive a symbolic pin from Professors Esther Gravis and Carrie Danko. The class pledge will be read by graduate Lacey Trytten. Graduating student Jenifer Chacon will give the farewell address to her fellow classmates. Graduate Tanya Villegas will read a message while Dr. Pat McGinley and Professor Phillis Kucharski take part in the lighting of the candles, symbolizing the “passing of the flame” from Florence Nightingale to each nurse.

Acknowledgements of a class gift will be presented by graduating student Christine Thompson, on behalf of the class of spring 2016. Professor Jodi Caggiano will formally bid farewell to the class.

The Graduating Class of Spring 2016 includes:

(All listed in alphabetical order)

  1. Cayla Alexander             Dove Canyon
  2. Brittany Anzlovar             Dana Point
  3. Kellie Atkins                     Mission Viejo
  4. Alison Baker                    Irvine
  5. Lauren Bendon                Irvine
  6. Elizabeth Hope Bright     Trabuco Canyon
  7. Julie Calkins                    Irvine
  8. Lauren Carlos                  Irvine
  9. Jennifer Chacon              Laguna Hills
  10. Nicole Christ                    Silverado
  11. Bailey Christopher           Rancho Santa Margarita
  12. Kayleigh Dawe                Laguna Beach
  13. Alejandra Doughty-Vilchez La Mirada
  14. Ashley Finiguerra             Dana Point
  15. Hannah Huebscher          Rancho Santa Margarita
  16. Marin Jensen                    Irvine
  17. Sarah Jun                         Mission Viejo
  18. Alexander Kathy               Aliso Viejo
  19. Angelica Keene                Orange
  20. Julianna Kimbrell             Costa Mesa
  21. Katie Knowles                  Costa Mesa
  22. Lauren Kornbluth             Costa Mesa
  23. Rachel Lang                    Capo Beach
  24. Joslyn Lapira                    Chula Vista
  25. Alexis Loos                       Dana Point
  26. Margarita Lopez                San Juan Capistrano
  27. Bao Ly                              Garden Grove
  28. Jesus Martinez                 Lake Forest
  29. April Mendoza                  Garden Grove
  30. Monica Mendoza             Orange
  31. Genevieve Miranda          San Clemente
  32. Chloe Nguyen                   Irvine
  33. Jessica Ochoa                 Mission Viejo
  34. Maria Ojeda-Guzman       Tustin
  35. Malorie Ortiz                     Newport Beach
  36. Stephanie Patton               Laguna Nigel
  37. Shannon Pink                   Costa Mesa
  38. Kimberly Pruitt                  Mission Viejo
  39. Heidi Rice                        San Clemente
  40. Taylor Saddington            Aliso Viejo
  41. Dillon Scherr                    Laguna Hills
  42. Matt Simms                      Foothill Ranch
  43. Julie Soria                        Costa Mesa
  44. Jordana Spangler             San Clemente
  45. Ramer Syquia                  Fullerton
  46. Christine Thompson         Laguna Hills
  47. Nicole Tomasso                San Clemente
  48. Lacey Trytten                    Rancho Santa Margarita
  49. Tanya Villegas                   Irvine
  50. Breanna Walker                 Aliso Viejo
  51. Rebekah Wells                  San Clemente
  52. Tiffany White                     Tustin
  53. Edith Zepeda                     Anaheim

 

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 more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.

 

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Saddleback College Recognizes Maintenance and Facilities Staff at Dedication of New Bridge

The view of the new bridge from the LRC

Recognizing the commitment and hard work of Saddleback College’s facilities and maintenance staff, more than 150 guests attended a ribbon cutting and dedication on Friday, July 27th to celebrate the opening of the college’s new bridge that connects the upper campus to the newly-renovated Learning Resource Center. Brian McMahon, a 34-year veteran of the college and the longest-serving member of the facilities and maintenance department, was asked to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

“This event is all about our facilities and maintenance staff and the gratitude we have for the work they do each day,” stated Dr. Burnett. “At least a few times a week I hear someone mention how beautiful the Saddleback College campus looks. The staff has done a fantastic job and it shows.”

The facilities and maintenance staff pose in front of the bridge entrance

Marcia Milchiker, clerk of the South Orange County Community College District (SOCCCD) Board of Trustees, spoke at the event, “Having been a professor, I know that a clean, well-maintained campus is vital to student success. The work that the facilities and maintenance staff does has a huge impact on helping our students achieve their goals and it is important that they be recognized for their hard work.”

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Congratulations Saddleback College Graduates!

Today, Saddleback College recognized graduates and certificate of achievement recipients at its annual commencement ceremony. The graduates became Saddleback alumni in front of hundreds of adoring family, friends, and faculty. Before the degrees were conferred, commencement Speaker and California Community Colleges Chancellor, Dr. Jack Scott, imparted words of wisdom to the group, urging them to be prepared for roadblocks but to always be persistent.  The Commencement Student Speaker Janis Alexa Smith shared her story of struggles and triumph and earned her degree in front of her children and grandchildren.

For more pictures and a great article, check out the story that the Orange County Register did about commencement!

Of the students who graduated from Saddleback College this year, 301 received honors, including 28 summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average), 95 magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99 grade point average) and 178 cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 grade point average).  Showing the diverse range of ages at the college, the youngest graduate, Alex Cole, is 16 years of age, and the most senior graduate, Helen Ngo, just celebrated her 80th birthday!  Fifty-six graduates are younger than 20 and 22 graduates are over the age of 55.

Students participating in commencement are candidates for Associate in Arts and Science degrees and certificates of achievement.  More than 2,000 students will also be transferring to four-year colleges and universities to continue studying for their baccalaureate degrees.  This year’s graduates will be transferring to four-year institutions such as USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, San Diego State University, and Arizona State University, among others.

Commencement is a special time at Saddleback College where we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.  I am very proud of our students and the faculty, staff, and administrators who played an integral role in helping them reach their goals.  Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees President Nancy Padberg lead the conferral of degrees along with Trustees David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, Ph.D., Marcia Milchiker, and T.J. Prendergast, III, and Chancellor Gary L. Poertner. During the ceremony, special recognition will be given to the two retiring faculty members who will be elevated to Professor Emeritus status and to Professors of the Year.

 

Congratulations to the 52 Men and Women who are Graduating from the Nursing Program Today!

On Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m., 52 graduates of the Saddleback College nursing program will be honored with a traditional candlelight pinning ceremony held at McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College.

The ceremony will begin with a welcome from Tammy Rice, assistant dean of health sciences and human services and director of the college’s nursing program. Graduating student Ed Page will give the “Remember When” speech.  Professor Diane Pestolesi will then formally present the class. Professors Phillis Kucharski and Pat McGinley will honor each graduate with the time-honored nursing pin, a symbol of a nurse’s service to others, and their induction into the nursing profession.

Graduating student Emily Crick will present the class pledge, which will be followed by acknowledgements from Rice.  Graduating student Barbara Wright will give the Farewell Address to represent the end of their journey as students and the beginning of their journeys as nurses.

Saddleback College Professors Betsy Brewington and Janine O’Buchon, together with graduating student Tasha Gates, will preside over a candle lighting ceremony, which has symbolized the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next since Florence Nightingale first brought enlightenment to the nursing profession in the 19th century.

The graduating class of Spring 2012 is proud to include:
(All listed in alphabetical order with their city)

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Commencement Speaker Application Deadline Extended

Saddleback College is currently accepting applications for a student commencement speaker. The Commencement Committee is looking for someone who wants to inspire and be the voice of their graduating peers! The deadline for applications has been extended to April 6th by 5:00 p.m. You can apply, even without your speech completed; students only need to include a proposed outline of their commencement speech in the application.

Commencement 2012 Student Speaker Application – http://www.saddleback.edu/commencement/documents/speakerapp2012.pdf

Updated Commencement Committee Timeline (Please refer to this list, not the dates on the application)

April 6 – Applications Due by 5:00 p.m. to Student Development in SSC 210

April 16 – Leadership Council Review at 3:00 p.m. in the ASG Conference Room, SSC 211C

April 24- Applicants present their speech in person to the Commencement Committee 4:00 p.m. in SSC 211C

Do not include your name or student ID number on the speech. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Development Office via email scstudentdevelopment@saddleback.edu or call 582-4555 All applications are due no later than Friday, April 6, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. and must be turned into the Student Development Office (SSC 210) with original signature. Student commencement speakers must meet all graduation requirements.

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

Saddleback College Foundation Flag Day Ceremony

Please join us for a Flag Day ceremony honoring veterans at the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial. The newest memorial bricks will be revealed and light refreshments will be served.

What: Saddleback College President Tod A. Burnett to Speak

Color Guard Presentation

Wreath-Laying Ceremony

Soloist to Performance of the National Anthem

When:Tuesday, June 14, 2011

11:30 a.m. – Light refreshments will be served

12:00 p.m. – Program Begins

Where: Saddleback College Veterans Memorial, Park in Lot 5

28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, California 92692

For more information, call the Saddleback College Veterans Office, (949) 582-4871