Saddleback Faculty Honored by Former Students

Each year, University of California, Irvine holds an Educator Recognition Reception and Award Ceremony during which their honors students have the chance to identify someone from their community college who was critical in helping them successfully transfer. On May 7th, five Saddleback College faculty were honored for their dedication to their students.

This year’s honorees:

  • Dr. William Alston, Organic Chemistry Professor, recognized by Seyed Pairawan
  • Dr. Scott Fier, Chemistry Professor, recognized by Arshan Ferdowsian
  • Dr. Carmen Hernandez-Bravo, Spanish Professor, recognized by Ashley Santellan
  • Elizabeth Ininns, Microbiology/Anatomy Professor, recognized by Sabrina Tamme
  • Dr. Kris Leppien-Christensen, Psychology Professor, recognized by Morgan Zisch

Honorees, students, and supporters!

Everyday our faculty work tirelessly to help their students meet personal goals, whether that is transfer, career training, or self-improvement and I am extremely proud of the professors who have been honored at this event. Because of your dedication, your former student are doing great things at UCI and are sure to be successful following completion of their degree.

I would also like to thank those who made it out to UCI to support our faculty – Gary Poertner, Chancellor, South Orange County Community College District; Dr. Don Busche Acting Vice President for Instruction; and Dr. Bob Cosgrove, President Elect, Academic Senate.

Saddleback College Recognizes Professors of the Year

Saddleback College named Dr. David DiLeo, a history instructor, Ken Lee, a landscape design instructor, and Rob Henry, a consumer health issues instructor in the college’s Emeritus Institute, as the 2012 Professors of the Year.  All three professors were nominated by their students and were honored at the April 30th meeting of the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees.

Saddleback College has so many exceptional professors that it is always difficult to narrow it down, but the student feedback spoke volumes for Professors DiLeo, Lee, and Henry. Students sang their praises and it’s clear that these superb professors  have very positively influenced many lives.

Dr. DiLeo Addresses his History Class

Dr. DiLeo Addresses his History Class

Professor of the Year Dr. David DiLeo teaches history and has been a full-time professor at Saddleback College since 1993 and was praised by his students for being one of the most devoted and kind professors they have ever learned from. He was also commended for providing an inclusive learning experience that broadened their minds and pushed them to learn new ideas.

“I am honored to represent the entire Saddleback staff and faculty as the 2012 teacher of the year recipient. It is most certainly a privilege to do what we do. The pursuit of knowledge, and its cousin, understanding, is a necessary and worthy endeavor,” said Dr. DiLeo. “My hat is off to a tireless support staff, a dedicated board and administration, and my talented colleagues.”

Associate Professor of the Year Ken Lee

Associate Professor of the Year Ken Lee

Associate Professor of the Year Ken Lee began teaching landscape design classes at Saddleback in 2000. Lee’s nominating students called him their mentor and expressed appreciation for inviting them to his landscape design business for a glimpse into practical applications of their studies. Lee was described as professional, welcoming and down-to-earth.

“As a teacher and a mentor for a young generation, I believe that teaching should be a passion, not just a job. All teachers should be passionate about what they do. Without it, it would be impossible to influence the next generation to become better. Passion from a teacher, about any subject, is contagious, spreading out to everyone in the classroom,” stated Lee.

Emeritus Professor of the Year Rob Henry

Emeritus Professor of the Year Rob Henry began teaching for the Emeritus Institute in 2005 after teaching in the Division of Health Sciences and Human Services since 1987 and was  been nominated by his students an astounding 40 times! His emeritus students say he is an outstanding example of what an educator should be and his class is a “must” for everyone.

“I spent 18 years instructing traditional students on campus.  It wasn’t until I began teaching emeritus classes as well that I became fully fulfilled as an instructor,” said Henry. “The exchange of ideas and knowledge is truly rewarding.”

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 (scstudenthelp@saddleback.edu)
  • 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.

Professor of the Year Nomination Forms Now Available

Has one of your professors gone above and beyond your expectations? Did this improve your learning experience? Recognize your professor’s efforts. Nominate your favorite professor for Saddleback College’s Professor of the Year!

The nomination form is available at: www.saddleback.edu/asg.

Nomination Deadline: March 30th by 5:00 p.m.

Submit nomination forms to: scstudentdevelopment@saddleback.edu or in-person to Student Development SSC 210

Requirements: Student cannot be currently enrolled in the nominee’s class – Professor may either be full-time or part-time.

Founding Faculty Member Endows $140,000 toward Student Scholarships

Linda Richardson Rice, a member of Saddleback College’s “first faculty” who started when the college opened its doors to students in 1968, endowed more than $140,000 for scholarships for students who are majoring in or planning a career in education. The first scholarship from Rice’s endowment will be awarded in May and will continue to support students for many years.

In the information provided to the Foundation, Rice wrote that she appreciated the scholarships she received while in college and endowed this money to give future students the same opportunity for a college education. Rice, who passed away in 2010, was a devoted teacher for more than 50 years and joined Saddleback in 1968 as one of the first faculty members, teaching secretarial science. She became an instrumental influence in computer information management, both originating and teaching many computer courses. She taught full-time at Saddleback for 27 years until she retired in 1995. Following retirement, Rice continued teaching part-time for seven years, and then taught emeritus courses until 2010.

Propose a Community Education Class Today

The Community Education Department encourages faculty to propose new, not for credit class ideas for 2012. Join a number of full- and part-time faculty in offering a Community Education class for adults or children.

Although all of the classes proposed cannot be offered, we would like to invite you to propose classes that may fit the needs of our community. We look for classes that do not conflict with Saddleback College’s current academic offerings, but rather look for those that spark the interest of our community as we endeavor to bring the community to Saddleback College.

Please contact Community Education Director Estella Castillo-Garrison at extension 4326 to learn more about how you can propose a class or other ways you can cross-promote your academic offerings with Community Education. Saddleback College’s Community Education  Department is a self-supporting entity that receives no funds from Saddleback College or the state of California and offers short-term classes that are not for college credit and separate from the college’s academic offerings.

Join Our E-Newsletter and Become A Facebook Fan to stay in the loop! Visit the Community Education website, www.ce.saddleback.edu to sign up for our E-newsletter and/or become a Facebook fan. Discounts Offered! Saddleback College Community Education department is pleased to extend a 10% discount to all Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and South Orange County Community College District employees. Some restrictions do apply. Visit the Community Education office to register for a class today! Thank you for your service and support to our community and we look forward to your participation.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2011 President’s Award for Leadership and Innovation

The President’s Award for Leadership and Innovation was created to recognize members of Saddleback College’s faculty, classified staff, and management who have demonstrated and exemplified the spirit of leadership and innovation over the past year.  Leadership and innovation refer to a new and more effective way of doing things or doing what it takes to make things happen which have a positive impact on our students, campus, and/or community.

The President’s Award for Leadership and Innovation will be given annually to one person from each of the following groups:

1) Full-time Faculty;
2) Part-time Faculty;
3) Classified Staff;
4) Classified Manager; and
5) Administrator

The four awards will be presented during the coming Spring in-service week at the President’s faculty breakfast and classified staff lunch.  Award recipients will receive district-wide recognition and a $250 gift certificate from the Saddleback College Foundation.

To nominate yourself or another person, complete the form, which can be found by following this link: Leadership-and-Innovation-Award-2011. Submit the form to Sophie Miller in the President’s Office at smiller@saddleback.edu by December 2, 2011.

Prior award recipients include:
2010
Elizabeth Horan, Distance Learning Librarian
Don Lindboe, Senior Fiscal/Veteran’s Specialist
Estella Garrison, Director of Community Education
2009
Diane Pestolesi, Professor of Nursing
Penny Skaff, Counselor
Matthew Brodet, Video Production Specialist
Audra DiPadova, Director of Student Development