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

Saddleback College’s Class of 2011 Graduates!

ASG President Melissa Fenerci, Board President Nancy Padberg, College President Burnett

Saddleback College recognized its 1,472 graduates and 981 certificate of achievement  recipients on Friday, May 20th at its annual commencement ceremony.  The event featured the traditional processional and reading of graduates’ names, along with Commencement Speaker and Alumna of the Year Frances Dilorinzo, a comedienne and writer who appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.  Also featured was Commencement Student Speaker Justin Huft, a graduate who is transferring this fall to UC Irvine.

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.

Of the students who graduated from Saddleback College this year, 346 received honors, including 31 summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average), 125 magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99 grade point average) and 190 cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 grade point average).  Showing the diverse range of ages at the college, the youngest graduate is 17 years of age, and the

most senior graduate is 71 years of age.  Eighty-five graduates are under the age of 20 and 73 graduates are over the age of 55.

Congratulations Class of 2011!

 

A Record-Breaking $270,000 in Scholarships Awarded at Saddleback College Ceremony

President Burnett and Outstanding Student of the Year Cassandra Ong. Photo Credit: Jenny Loya

A record-breaking $270,000 in scholarships was awarded to 145 students at Saddleback College’s 35th annual Scholarship Ceremony on Thursday, May 12th.  More than 138 individual scholarships were donated by businesses, organizations, community members, and the Saddleback College Associated Student Government, which donated more than $82,000 in scholarships and underwrote the expenses for the ceremony. Forty-nine scholarships worth more than $43,000 were funded by the Bernard Osher Scholarship Fund.

The evening began with the presentation of the ASG President’s Award, which is bestowed to a student who has demonstrated excellent leadership at Saddleback College, and the Outstanding Student Award, which is presented to a student that has shown exemplary leadership, community involvement, and academic achievement. Cassandra Ong, who aspires to be an accountant, was presented the President’s Award by Dr. Burnett. Ms. Ong’s academic goal is to major in accounting in either the University of California or California State University  to pursue an accounting degree and currently holds a 4.0 GPA.  The Outstanding Student of the Year Award went to Tcharles Fagundes, who received his Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration at Saddleback College in 2009. Since graduating, Mr. Fagundes discovered a desire to help less fortunate people as a physician and changed his academic major to health care.

Ms. Varner presented the Donor of the Year Award to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley. AAUW has contributed to the scholarship program for 10 years, exceeding $30,000 in donations.  For the past three years, the group has also contributed to the Osher Endowment.

The Saddleback College Scholarship Ceremony is an annual event that started in 1976, when 45 donors contributed just over $12,000 to some 60 students. Thirty-five years later, more than $4 million in scholarships have been awarded to deserving Saddleback College students.