161 Students Named to Fall 2012 Athletic Honor Roll

Congratulations to the 161 student athletes who were named to the Fall 2012 Athletic Honor Roll. This list includes 20 athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA! To be named to the Athletic Honor Roll, students must earn at least 12 units with a minimum 3.0 GPA. We are all proud of the hard work that these students put into their studies as well as the dedication to their sport; they make us all proud to be Gauchos!

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WALL Literary Journal Magazine Takes First Place in National Competition

Congratulations to the students and faculty who were involved in producing the 2012 edition of WALL Literary Journal, which was awarded First Place in a national competition sponsored by the American Scholastic Press Association, a New York-based organization that annually honors excellence in campus publications.

WALL 2012 staff: Ethan Baker, Denise Blike, Ambrose Cappuccio, “Jimie” Shiovan Cespedes, Matthew Devine, Shirley Eramo, Laurel Ann Glover, Karla Lara, Tyler Newman, Brianna Ortega, Conor Powell,  Steven Sheley, Bryce Sherman, Jerrica Sibley, and Faculty Advisor Gina Victoria Shaffer.

Now in its 13th year of publishing, WALL annually features the poetry, short stories, personal essays, artwork, and photography of Saddleback College students.

Students enrolled in English 160, a 3-unit class devoted to producing the journal, assume positions of leadership on the staff while learning the fundamentals of publishing.  Staff members are responsible for reviewing and selecting student submissions, graphic design, layout, publicity, editing, and proofreading.

The deadline for submissions for the 2013 edition of WALL is Monday, February 11. For details on submitting work, visit http://www.saddleback.edu/la/SubmissionGuidelines.html

-By Gina Victoria Shaffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English

Standing Room Only at Annual Family Night

Professor Ochoa Talks about Speech Communication and the Forensics Team

More than 200 high school students and their families packed into SSC 212 on November 5th for the Saddleback Outreach Department’s annual Family Night. Attendees visited with dozens of college departments at an educational fair, sampled hors d’oeuvres  prepared by culinary students, and listened to music from OCRockRadio.com. Students had the opportunity to learn about what majors and career training is offered at Saddleback and meet with deans, faculty, and staff from several departments.

Next, President Burnett, Leslie Humphrey, director of outreach and recruitment, Sahar Ghassemi, associated student government senator of kinesiology and athletics, Lucas Ochoa, professor of speech communications, and three members of Saddleback’s forensic’s team, provided valuable information about being prepared for college and ways to succeed. All seats were filled and people stood throughout the room as Sahar provided insight about what students can expect to get out of coming to Saddleback and what they need to put into their education while they are here. Professor Ochoa and the forensics team put on a great performance and showed why they are one of the best teams in the nation.

Finally, students were able to attend workshops about CTE, financial aid and scholarships, and, transferring and the honors program. All of the workshops were standing room only, the presenters were engaging and informative, and students and family members asked insightful questions.

Family Night has become one of our best events and everyone involved should be proud of the excellent work!

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Saddleback Inducts 78 into Hall of Fame

Saddleback College inducted 78 new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 29th, during halftime of its Homecoming football game against Santa Ana College.

Congratulations to our Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, who have made all of us proud for their impressive accomplishments, both in their performance in their sport and in the classroom.  It was a pleasure to see them back on campus for this Saddleback College tradition.

”This is always a great opportunity for us to recognize our former student-athletes who excelled at Saddleback.  It was paired with our Homecoming event to make this a fun event for everyone and I think those alumni we inducted really have grown to appreciate what we do here at Saddleback.  The foundation we set helps them be successful down the road,” said athletic director Tony Lipold.

Saddleback only holds this Hall of Fame ceremony every four years and selected this year’s induction class from those student-athletes who participated during the 2004-2008 school years.  Eighteen of the college’s 19 teams were represented, including 12 former football players, 11 former baseball players, and 12 former golfers.  Hall of Fame inductees are selected by the coaches and athletic director and must have been named o the all-conference team in their sport at least once.

The induction class of 78 brings the total number of Athletic Hall of Fame members up to 655 since the Hall of Fame was established in 1982.  The names of these new members will be added to the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame wall in the lobby of the Kinesiology and Athletics Department.

Inductee                                          Sport__

Armando Carrasco                       Baseball
Pat Ferguson                                 Baseball
Dan Goldberg                                Baseball
Ben Lasater                                    Baseball
Scotty McKnight                           Baseball
Colin Rooney                                 Baseball
Sean Rooney                                 Baseball
Robby Ross                                     Baseball
Shevis Shima                                  Baseball
Jon Townsend                               Baseball
Kyle Walton                                    Baseball
Gerard Anderson                         Men’s Basketball
Tremaine Ford-Townsend       Men’s Basketball
TJ Lipold                                           Men’s Basketball
Dominique Ricks                           Men’s Basketball
DJ Smedley                                     Men’s Basketball
Perry Webster                              Men’s Basketball
Carly Andrews                               Women’s Basketball
Rekeshia Jones                             Women’s Basketball
Cassie Klockgether                      Women’s Basketball
Kyle Hughes                                   Men’s Cross Country
Jess Beets                                       Football
Colt Brennan                                  Football
Zach Clarke                                     Football
PT Gates                                          Football
Ian Hammond                               Football
Andrew Larson                             Football
Quincy Lever                                  Football
Derik Martinez                              Football
Rasheed Prescott                        Football
Jerard Rabb                                    Football
Rico Russo                                       Football
Cheyne Verhagen                       Football
Kris Assawapimonporn              Men’s Golf
Mike Bench                                    Men’s Golf
Robbie Berton                               Men’s Golf
Tim Joerin                                       Men’s Golf
David Kendall                                 Men’s Golf
Kevin Kim                                        Men’s Golf
David Lyons                                    Men’s Golf
Gavin Reid                                      Men’s Golf
Linda Baad                                      Women’s Golf
Sami Freitas                                    Women’s Golf
Connie Gonzalez                          Women’s Golf
Camille Guyton                             Women’s Golf
Leila Brewster                               Soccer
Danielle D’Amico                          Soccer
Kylie Duszynski                             Soccer
Annie Lacko                                    Soccer
Katie Povey                                    Soccer
Torri Catalano                                Softball
Brooke Elkins                                 Softball
Traci Everett                                   Softball
Emily Hillis                                       Softball
Jenn Von Pohlmann                       Softball

Transfer Day 2012

Students, faculty, staff, management, alumni, and friends, I am excited to invite you all to attend tomorrow’s Transfer Day in which we are welcoming over 80 regionally accredited colleges and universities to our campus.  Our students come to Saddleback College with many aspirations and a great deal of them seek to transfer on to our partner colleges and universities.  This is a vital component of our college mission and one of our top priorities.  You may recall that a couple of years ago the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges commended our college for creating a positive transfer culture on our campus.  We would like to expand our transfer culture by asking YOU to get more involved with transfer day by doing three things tomorrow:

  1. Please wear an article of clothing that represents your personal alma mater or from a college or university that you recommend;
  2. Please visit the quad between 10am and 1pm and stop by your alma mater if present and say hello to the representative, and maybe even tell some students why you endorse that institution; and
  3. Please encourage students to attend Transfer Day!

The following colleges and universities will be in attendance:

University of California

*UC Berkeley *UC Davis *UC Irvine *UCLA *UC Merced *UC Riverside *UC San Diego *UC Santa Barbara *UC Santa Cruz

California State University

*Cal Poly Pomona *Cal Poly San Luis Obispo *CSU Dominguez Hills *CSU Fullerton *CSU Fullerton – Center for Careers in Teaching (CCT) *CSU Fullerton – Department of Visual Arts *CSU Long Beach *CSU Northridge *CSU Sacramento *Humboldt State University

California Private Institutions

*Academy of Art University *Alliant International University *Ameritas College of Brandman University *Argosy University *Art Institute of California (Orange County) – A Campus of Argosy University *Azusa Pacific University *Azusa Pacific University – Orange County Campus *Biola University *Brandman University *Cal Baptist University *Chapman University *Concordia University – Irvine *Hope International University *Laguna College of Art & Design *La Sierra University *Loma Linda University *Loyola Marymount University *Marymount College *The Master’s College *Mills College *Mount St. Mary’s College (Nursing Department) *National University *Otis College of Art and Design *Pepperdine University – Irvine Campus *Pepperdine University – Malibu Campus *Point Loma Nazarene University *San Diego Christian College *San Francisco Art Institute *Sophia University *Southern California Institute of Architecture *Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCUHS) *University of La Verne *University of Phoenix *University of Redlands *University of San Francisco *USC *Vanguard University of Southern California *Webster University *West Coast University *Whittier College *Woodbury University

Out-of-State Institutions

*American Public University (American Military University) *American University *Arizona State University *Bellevue University *Chamberlain College of Nursing *Columbia University – School of General Studies *Johnson & Wales University *Portland State University *Savannah College of Art & Design *Springfield College *Temple University *University of Arizona *University of Hawaii at Manoa *University of Massachusetts Lowell *University of Montana *NEW*University of New England

For more information, please go to the Transfer Center website at:  www.saddleback.edu/transfer

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Transfer Day and wearing your favorite college or university gear!

Saddleback College Gears Up for Homecoming 2012

On Saturday, September 29th, Saddleback College will host its annual Homecoming celebration, featuring family-friendly tailgate events, entertainment and food, an Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony at halftime, and the first 2012 conference football game versus Santa Ana College. Pre-game tailgating activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. and kick-off for the game is at 6:00 p.m.  Admission to the game is $10.00 for general admission and $6.00 for students, seniors, children, and active-duty military; on-campus parking will be free. Several of the pre-game festivities are free but some will require admission into the stadium.

The Saddleback College Associated Student Government is sponsoring a pre-game tailgate event, which will feature a live band, Waffle-icious food truck, kids’ games, a bounce house and ball pit. During the tailgate, donations will be collected for several local charities.

During halftime, 74 Saddleback College alumni will be presented with medallions and inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was started in 1980 and new members are inducted every four years.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President of Saddleback College, stated, “All are invited to attend what will be a great Homecoming football event where the Gauchos are sure to play a great game against the Santa Ana Dons. The work of our students and athletics department in the planning of fun pre-game and halftime festivities will help to make this an event to remember.  I encourage all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to come out for this wonderful annual tradition.”

 

Newly Remodeled Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a newly remodeled space that includes the library as well as several resources to support student success – tutoring services, the writing, reading, and language labs, study rooms, and computer work stations. The LRC opened its doors on August 20th, with all services being available within the first couple weeks of the fall 2012 semester.

What’s New?

The renovation has increased the usable space of the LRC building by 4,500 square feet, with a total usable area of 81,000 square feet. These space includes hundreds of computer work stations, 18 classrooms, 12 small-group study rooms, 18 new offices for faculty and staff in the Fine Arts and Media Technology, Liberal Arts, and Online Education and Learning Resources divisions, five labs, and two conference rooms.

Services Available in the Learning Resource Center

  • Library - All library services will be moved to the third floor of the LRC building by August 20th.
  • Tutoring services – Free group, individual, and drop-in tutoring will be available beginning September 4th and will be located on the second floor (LRC 212).
  • The writing, reading, and language labs – Students enrolled in certain classes are required to complete hours in one of these labs in addition to classroom time. All lab rooms are located on the second floor of the LRC.
  • Student newspaper – The Lariat’s work space will be located in the LRC beginning in fall 2012.
  • Computer stations – Students will have use of hundreds of computer work stations located throughout the LRC for college-related work.
  • Study rooms – There are 12 private and semi-private study rooms located in the LRC.

Welcome Week Open House Barbecue

On Wednesday, August 22nd from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., President Burnett will host a free Welcome Week barbecue in front of the LRC. The barbecue is open to students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and will include an open house of the LRC, including tours of the new building. Be sure to drop by and check out the beautiful new space, you won’t be disappointed!

Newly Remodeled Health Center Provides Saddleback College Students Affordable Physical and Mental Health Services

The newly redesigned, calm, and private waiting area in the Student Health Center

The newly remodeled Saddleback College Student Health Center provides free and low-cost physical and mental health services to an average of 40-100 students per day, including access to six physicians, five registered nurses, two licensed clinical psychologists, and eight counselors. For a fee of $18 per semester, the Student Health Center provides preventive care, prescription and over-the-counter medication, blood work, counseling appointments, eye exams, and education about health-related issues.

The updated center features two exam rooms, a trauma room that can accommodate a paramedic gurney, and several counseling rooms, with a secure electronic medical record system that increases privacy and decreases paperwork. Beginning on Monday, August 20th, the Student Health Center (SSC 177) hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (closed from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. every day). For more information, including a complete list of services, visit http://www.saddleback.edu/shc/ or call (949) 582-4606.

“Saddleback College strives to provide the best for our students, both inside and outside the classroom,” stated Dr. Tod Burnett, president of Saddleback College. “The staff in the Student Health Center does a fantastic job to ensure that our students are healthy enough to succeed, and this remodel provides our staff with the tools they need to do their job effectively and efficiently. I want to thank Jeanne Harris-Caldwell and her staff for all the hard work they put into this amazing update and renovation that will better serve our students and employees.”

Jeanne Harris-Caldwell shows off the trauma room that can accommodate a gurney

“Students cannot be successful unless they proactively maintain their physical and mental health,” stated Jeanne Harris-Caldwell, RN, director of the Student Health Center. “We are committed to providing high-quality care for our students regardless of age, health status, or whether or not they have health insurance.”

More than 209 First-Time Students Participate in Freshman Advantage Program

More than 200 incoming freshmen who tested into English 200 and/or Math 251 or lower were treated to a day on campus to meet with counselors, register for classes, and learn tips for ensuring their success at Saddleback College.

From left: Orlantha Nin, transfer center coordinator/counselor, Larry Perez, mathematics instructor, Doug Barr, counselor/professor, and Janet Ventura, counselor

Freshman Advantage is a BSI grant funded program largely spearheaded by the matriculation and counseling departments and included collaboration with the division of math science and liberal arts, the LAP, transfer center, career center, reading lab, financial aid, admission and records, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and the bookstore.

From Wednesday, July 25 through Saturday, July 28, students were paired with a counselor in one of four small groups based on their majors. The day started with a fun ice breaker with Learning Disabilities Instructor Mike Hoggatt followed by a PTK student speaker and a presentation by Professor Larry Perez. The day also included a financial aid information session, a campus tour, and a session during which students logged into MySite and created a MAP.  Students who were ready to register did so and the bookstore had their required textbooks waiting for them at a bookstore orientation.

A happy student!

After fully matriculating, early bird students were given the opportunity to opt into the free workshop and filled out a questionnaire that included information about their educational and career goals. The support for these students continues throughout the year. Students will be tracked during the fall semester and those who successfully complete their English and Math are guaranteed a seat in their next required basic skill or remedial English and Math course.  The counselors will also utilize SHERPA to keep in touch with the students and ensure that they stay on track.

Freshman Advantage was created in response to the high percentage of first-time freshmen that make up the total number of students on academic probation. In the 2011/12 school year, approximately 43% of the students who were on academic probation were freshmen.

 

Saddleback College Receives $570,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Provide Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Saddleback College’s innovative S-STEM Scholars Program has been awarded $567,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support academically talented and financially disadvantaged students who are pursuing degrees in a chosen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) major. The program, which will begin in spring 2013, will provide comprehensive support to 14-20 students each year, including scholarships totaling approximately $9,200 per student for each academic year they are in the program.

L-R: President Dr. Tod Burnett; Dr. Jim Zoval, assistant professor of chemistry; Frank Gonzalez, assistant professor of mathematics; Cathy Arreguin, grants analyst; Dr. Chris McDonald, dean of mathematics, science, and engineering

“The S-STEM Scholars program provides an unparalleled financial and educational support system that will help our students transfer to a four-year college or university and will eventually lead them to lucrative career opportunities,” stated Dr. Tod Burnett, president of Saddleback College. “This National Science Foundation grant will make college a reality for many who never thought higher education was possible.”

“At Saddleback College we take pride in our ability to develop innovative ideas to tackle the problems associated with attracting, recruiting, and supporting students in STEM fields,” stated Dr. Chris McDonald, dean of mathematics, science, and engineering. “The S-STEM Scholars Program presents a wonderful opportunity for us to provide financial support to deserving, capable, and highly motivated Saddleback students.”

“I am very excited about the difference this NSF grant will make in the lives of our students who will be awarded these scholarships,” stated Dr. Jim V. Zoval, assistant professor of chemistry. “I am also glad that we can offer students an opportunity to participate in the undergraduate research that will be funded by this grant.”

Dr. Zoval also added, “Cathy Arreguin has contributed to every step of getting this grant, including a large part in the writing of the proposal.”

The Saddleback College Division of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering offers nine associate degree programs that qualify for the S-STEM Scholars Program – astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, geology, computer science, engineering, and marine science. Current or future students who would like to apply for the two-year program and scholarship must meet a minimum GPA requirement and show a financial need. To find out more about the program, including how and when applications will be accepted, contact Frank Gonzalez at fgonzalez@saddleback.edu.