MSJC 2016 Graduation Part 1

MSJC 2016 Graduation Part 1

November 6, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


[ Music ] [ Applause ]>>Good evening. Please join me in standing as
you are able in giving pledge to our great country
as we stand. Yeah, yes our great
country, you can cheer. Yes, yes. Our great country. Yeah. As we stand and face
our flag, putting our hand over our heart and
saying our pledge of allegiance to our flag. I pledge allegiance to our flag
of the United States of America. And to the republic
for which it stands, one nation under God indivisible with liberty and
justice for all. [ Cheers ] [ Singing National Anthem ] [ Cheering ]>>Please go ahead
and be seated. Thank you Amber, that
was an amazing rendition of our National Anthem. Thank you all for
your patience tonight. I know we got started
a little bit late, but that’s because we had a
record number of attendees, not just graduates, but
family and friends and I want to thank you for your patience. You look marvelous
class of 2016. [ Cheering ] I will tell you, you gave Dr.
Vincent and I a little bit of a scare that we
ran out of chairs, but we’ll make better
accountability for that next year. Anyway. Family, friends, board
of trustees, faculty, staff, and guests, welcome to Mt. San
Jacinto’s College’s commencement for the class of 2016 [cheers]. I’m Roger Schultz,
the Superintendent, President of MSJC and I
invite you all to join me in once again applauding
the accomplishments of the class of 2016. [ Applause ] But before we get started these
graduates really do deserve our undivided attention. So please turn off or
silence your cellphones so there are no distractions. The use of drones and lasers
are prohibited during the use of this ceremony. You may think that
isn’t necessary, but we had an issue last year. Anyway, operating
one of these devices within the bowl anyone will
be escorted from the premises. For those of you who
want to snap a few photos of your graduate when
they come off the stage, you’ll notice an area right
behind the red tape over here. So please go ahead and
make your way down. Just as soon as you take your
photo though, please go ahead and leave the area
so it will make room for the next person
coming through the area. For your safety, we have
security staff wearing yellow jackets all throughout
the amphitheater. There are security officers, Riverside County
Sheriff’s Deputies and staff positioned throughout
the bowl as well to help with the foot traffic. And if there’s any emergency
needs that you may encounter. So thank you. Now, on to the reason
we’re really here. Let me get started though by first introducing
our platform party. And we couldn’t have a
great college that we do without the leadership of
a great board of trustees. And I am pleased to
introduce Tom Ashley, the Chair of our Board
of Trustees [clapping]. Mr. Bill Zimmerman, the Clerk
for the Board of Trustees. Dr. Sherrie Guerrero, Trustee. Mrs. Dorothy McGargill, Trustee. And our student trustee,
Lilianna Gomez [clapping]. Also on the platform with me of course a little bit
later you’re going to hear from Ken Young, our
Superintendent of Schools. We have Dr. Besikof, our Vice
President of Instruction. Dr. Bill Vincent, our Vice
President of Student Services. Mrs. Becky Elam, our Vice
President of Business Services. We also have with us
representing the faculty leadership tonight and our
Classified Senate Leadership we have Mrs. Lorraine
Slattery-Farrell. Dr. Stacy Searl-Chapin. From the Classified Senate we
have Elizabeth Mascara [assumed spelling] and Maria
Akino [assumed spelling]. And we also have our
student speakers tonight. I’d like to introduce
them as well. Of course you’re already heard
Prudence Irving Gurendetzel [assumed spelling]
who gave us the pledge of allegiance, Prudence. You can wave your hand
or stand up Prudence. We’re also going to
hear from Diana Medina. And then we’re also going to
have Jason Botello Ferguson. You know you’ll be
getting towards the end when you hear Tamera Russell
stand up and do the turning of the tassel [clapping]. And I would also like to
introduce our SGA President, Ariel Iniguez. All right. This year’s commencement
theme, so oh, you know what? I forgot one person. She was originally
supposed to be up here, but let’s have one
more round of applause for Amber Cuadra
who’s graduating, who sand the National
Anthem tonight. [ Applause ] This year’s commencement
theme, celebrating access. Your key to achievement
and accountability and opportunity embodies the
mission, vision and values of Mt. San Jacinto’s College. Tonight a door is
opening for you. MSJC provided you with
access to higher education. Your dedication and commitment
has prepared you for this day. And as you pass through that
door many more opportunities await you. Your hard work at MSJC will not
only benefit you in your future, but sets an example for others in our communities
and your families. You have shown that the
key to a better future is through higher education. The MSJC faculty, staff and administration have worked
very hard to increase access for our students and to
provide a network of support that improves learning, removes
barriers to a quality education, and protects the rights
of all of our students. There are a few things I want
you to remember about MSJC as you move into the future. First, MSJC has been providing
quality education since 1963. Thousands of students
have earned degrees and become successful
members of the communities in our 1700 square mile
district, and beyond. MSJC plans to educate thousands
more for generations to come, thanks to the voters
of our district. Just a couple years ago you
helped us pass a $295 million bond that will build
the classrooms and provide the technology that students will
need in the future. From the San Gorgonio
Pass to Temecula, San Jacinto to Menifee,
to the I-15 corridor, the bond funding will help
us provide our communities with access to MSJC. Here are some other fun facts
that will make you proud of your community college. Did you know that Mt. San
Jacinto College is the fastest growing community college in
California, and it’s projected to be the number 1 growth
school next year as well? [ Applause ] We grew by 11% this year, that’s
well over the next runner-up in the state which
saw 7% growth. Clearly, MSJC is a leader in
growth and people are attracted to us for our quality education. We also lead in awards. Did you know that for
the 7th year in a row, MSJC was voted the best
college in the Inland Empire by the Reader’s Choice Award
of the Press Enterprise. That competition, we can clap. Let’s clap for that. I would think we should be
proud of that [applause]. And that’s just not
among community colleges. That includes 2 and
4 year schools. Public and private colleges
throughout the Inland Empire. And did you know that
MSJC was named one of top 150 colleges
across the nation. Well, again, applaud. The Aspen Institute out of
Washington DC named MSJC as one of the top in its
Community College Excellent Recognition Program. And MSJC contributes to a
strong workforce and economy. This institution provides
the education for nurses, firefighters, law
enforcement officers, and EMTs who served
in your communities. We provide the education
for students who transfer to 4-year institutions to become
medical doctors, teachers, technology expects,
business people, and scientists, just
to name a few. Our students are leaders too. Since 2004, 11 MSJC students
have received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Award that gives
them $40,000 a year renewable scholarship for transfer. And many other colleges have yet to see their students
experience that at all. MSJC honor students
earn awards each year at the annual California
Honors Research Conference. Our students consistently
rank at the top of all of the California Community
Colleges being selected to the all California
academic teams. I want to take this opportunity to thank the outstanding MSJC
faculty for their commitment, their leadership,
and encouragement that they provide our students. Please give them a
round of applause. [ Applause ] So I could really indulge
the research office tonight and give you a lot more
statistics, but I’m not. Yes, Dean, more. I’m not going to. I’d rather show the public what
makes up the class of 2016. We are proud and honored that
you have chosen to attend, and now let’s show the
guest exactly who you are. If you’re the first in
your family to graduate from college, please stand. [ Applause ] Okay, thank you. Please be seated. If you’re a veteran who served
in the military, please stand. [ Applause ] This next one is
always interesting. If you are a parent, child,
husband and wife, siblings, or family members graduating
together this evening please stand. [ Applause ] Thank you. How about single parents. [ Applause ] Thank you. Did you work full time
getting through MSJC. [ Applause ] Stay standing. How about all those of you
who worked at least part time. So all of you that worked. [ Applause ] All right we got
some multi-taskers. You’re well prepared
for the future. Have you come to MSJC from another state
or another country? [ Applause ] And how about if you’ve
secured a job in the field that you studied here at MSJC. [ Applause ] I know that nurses didn’t stand, but in a few months they’re
all going to be standing, so. And lastly if you
plan to transfer to a four-year institution to continue your
education please stand up. [ Applause ] Will the remaining
graduates please stand? Everybody in the
class stand please. [ Applause ] Family, friends,
visitors, board of trustees. This is MSJC’s class of 2016. [ Applause ] Go ahead and be seated. Tonight each graduate will
receive a key-shaped pin after they receive
their diploma, inscribed with the name
Mt. San Jacinto College. This pin symbolizes the theme
of tonight’s commencement. Celebrating access, your key
to achievement and opportunity. It’s now time to turn our
attention to how you got here, or rather who helped
you get here. You probably wouldn’t have
arrived at this threshold without a great support team. MSJC’s faculty and classified
staff are a dedicated group of professionals. They are committed to doing
their part to help you succeed. Faculty, please stand and let’s
give them another applause for the gratitude they deserve. [ Applause ] Classified staff, will you
please join the faculty. Or the classified
staff can you stand, any of our classified
team, or administrators. [ Applause ] Now, let’s take a look at the
other people who supported you. Those of you in the audience who
are the parents, grandparents, or guardians of the graduates,
or significant others. Please stand. [ Applause ] Will the children of any of
the graduates please stand. [ Applause ] Let’s give them all a round
of applause to say thank you for all their support. [ Applause ] Now, this one, I’d like to ask
all the MSJC alumni to stand and anyone in the audience that
has even taken a few classes at MSJC please join
them in standing. So if you’re an MSJC
alumn please stand. [ Applause ] Wow, even with the
sun I’m impressed. Anyway, all of you are evidence
of the importance of MSJC and the access to a community
college and an education. All of you are part
of the MSJC family. The MSJC alumni are instrumental in helping our MSJC
foundation raise money for student scholarships. Since 1983 the foundation
has awarded $2.6 million in scholarships and book loans. Just as every graduate needs
the support of family, friends, and faculty, and staff to
help reach their goals, the foundation needs the
support of the alumni. That’s all of you. Please pay it forward and support the college
and future graduates. As you join the ranks of MSJC
alumni please make sure you find out more about the MSJC
Foundation and friend us on the MSJC Alumni and
Friends Facebook page. Graduates, let’s give all those who supported you
another round of applause. [ Applause ] Lastly, following
this commencement, some of you will move on
to 4-year universities. Some of you will begin careers. As you do please remember to
share your experiences at MSJC and tell your story to
others and encourage them to support the community
college experience where we celebrate access, your key to achievement
and opportunity. Congratulations class of 2016. [ Applause ] It is truly my pleasure
to introduce, briefly, our keynote speaker for tonight,
Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Ken Young. You have a full detailed
biography in your program on page 6, but I want to highlight just a
little bit for you. Ken Young has served as the elected Riverside
County Superintendent of Schools since 2007. He’s the 11th County
Superintendent in the county’s 123 history. Mr. Young also served as the Riverside County Deputy
Superintendent of Schools. For the past three years, Superintendent Young has shared
the State’s Public School’s Accountability Act Committee,
serving as an advisor to the both the state
superintendent, and the State Board of
Education on the overhaul of California’s Education
Accountability System. Ken Young is a nationally
respected leader in education and most importantly a friend
to all of you and a great friend and supporter of Mt.
San Jacinto College. Please join me in welcoming
Ken Young to the mic. [ Applause ]>>Good evening students,
family, friends. What an impressive group
that’s gathered here. And I was just stunned at
the number of students, graduates who stood up saying
they’re going to be transferring on to a 4-year university. The transfer rate in the state
of California is 18% and I think about 80 to 85% of
these students stood up, it’s unbelievable. Congratulations on
that students. Unbelievable. [ Applause ] Earlier this evening
I was looking out across the valley noticing
what a beautiful location this is to have a gathering
such as this. The view is always different
at the higher elevation. And students your elevation, your education has helped you
have a different point of view than when you started. Some of you might have
started just two years ago. Some of you might have
started a long time ago and for whatever reason
couldn’t finish, and came back. I saw someone holding up a sign
over here that said, “Go Dad. We Love You.” And I’m thinking about the
number of people who stood up who are the parents,
and they have children in the audience today. It’s so amazing to see what
happens when someone has a spark that takes place in their
life that causes them to want to further their education,
especially when they’ve lived on this earth a little while. Students, as I’m also
looking out across the valley, I remember reading about the
history of our area here. In 1893 when the
county was formed, there were only 1400
students, period. In the entire county. Today, just in our kindergarten through twelfth grade system
we have 430,000 students. It has really grown a lot. We have about 290
elementary schools that feed into about 90 middle schools, that feed into 56
regular high schools, and another 40 alternative
schools. And all of those eventually feed into the community
college districts. We have 4 community college
districts in our county. We have Riverside
Community College District. We have College of the Desert. We have Paloverde. And we have Mt. San Jacinto
Community College District here. I have a chance to work with
all of these college districts and I have to tell you that
you have a very unique, special college district here. I say that for a
couple of reasons. It’s been important for
our students to have access to higher education, also
at their high school campus. That doesn’t happen very often
in places across the country. Students can take
advanced placement courses that give them college credit. But it’s different when
you can have students that are actually
taking college courses and getting college credit
on high school campuses and not having to worry about
taking a particular AP course. And Mt. San Jacinto has led the
way in the State of California in expanding what we
call dual enrollment. They’re enrolled in high school
and they’re enrolled in college and they’re getting
credit for this. And it’s the courses
are just as rigorous. And your school has
been very cooperative and helping that to happen. And it is, I’ll use the word,
blessing the lives of thousands of students in the high school. It gives them a big head start. They come to your school
much better prepared for getting their
postsecondary education. And it’s very forward
thinking on the part of your school district. A couple of years
ago I received a call from Secretary Arne Duncan and
he said, Superintendent Young, I would like to invite you
to come to Washington DC and bring a team
of people with you to help raise the college
completion rate in our country. I’d like you to bring some
people from the university. From the community
colleges in your area. From the school districts
from the business community. I’d like you to come back
here and hear what we’re going to be talking about and I’d like
to ask that you would be willing to lead a commitment in
your region of the State of California to help more
students get ready for college. Well, you may not be aware of
this, but the education rate, those that have, or are
adults who have any kind of postsecondary degree at
all in our region is 28%. It’s the second lowest
in the United States. So we need what is happening
here tonight in our region. So our team went
back to Washington DC and Mt. San Jacinto
was part of that team. And they came back as
leaders in the work. They’ve been helping us
work with our curriculum in our high schools to
make it more better aligned with what is needed when
students get into college. And they’re pushing that out,
they’re leading the way in that across our region here. They have been cooperative in
providing counselors to help at our schools, help students
be better prepared for college. There are some amazing
things that are happening with the community college
district that you are part of. And I am honored
to be here tonight to share some of that with you. One of the things we’ve
been pushing with their help and great support is to
encourage students to apply for the free financial
aid that’s available. The FAFSA applications. Our FAFSA applications in our
county have almost doubled in the last two years. And Mt. San Jacinto Community
College district has been pushing this area. We’ve also been encouraging
students to apply to three or more colleges. And that, the number of
students that are doing that is increasing
significantly. Now, there’s another little
story that I want to just share with you because we’re
trying to create, I’ll call it a college-going
culture across our county. Because for 100 years
that was not the case. In 1893 when our
county was formed, this land was mostly
ranches and farms. There was not a need
to go to college. In fact, to the best
of my recollection, we did not even have a college
in Riverside County in 1893. I’m not sure that we
had a community college. Because we only had
about 4 high schools. There wouldn’t have
been the need for that, to have post-secondary
education. In fact, I remember
seeing pictures of a couple of those high schools and
they were actually two-story buildings and the elementary
school was a one-room school house downstairs and the
high school was upstairs. In Lake Elsinore, the
upstairs was a high school and the downstairs was a bank. And in 1911, the voters
passed a $24 million bond to build their first
high school. And I remember reading
about a 90-year-old resident who walks 5 miles in the rain. It wasn’t 3 feet of snow, and it wasn’t you know feeding
the farm thrashers out there, but she walked in pouring rain
storm 5 miles to cast her vote in support of that bond measure. And your equivalent of that
has been done in this community to help build schools here. It’s a great thing. Look what has happened since
then, the great recession that took place a few
years ago taught all of us the importance
of education. When we look at the
results of those who were unemployed the longest
during that period of time, it was those that did not have
education beyond high school. And we looked at those who
were, did I say that right? Those who had employment the
longest had education beyond high school. And those who were out of
employment the longest did not. And those who were
unemployed the very longest, were those who did not
complete high school. I’m pleased to tell
you that this year, our county has the third-highest
graduation rate for high school in the State of California,
at 87.4%. [ Applause ] In the last 9 years we have
increased from 8th place in the state up to
third, and we’re right on the heels of second place. That is a big accomplishment for
an area that for a long period of time that was not
an important thing. Because back in the fifties
and sixties when some of us were still in school, you didn’t need a
high school education to get a job, you
could find work. But today, in the 21st century
you need an education beyond high school, whether it’s
in state, out of state, community college, university,
public, private, trade skill, technical skill, the
military, the armed forces. You’re going to need
additional education if you want to have a decent
standard of living for yourself and your family. So, what you’ve done here,
what is representative tonight by the diploma that you are
receiving, the certificate that you’re getting
tonight is very monumental. It’s very important. I want to encourage all of you to not let your learning
end here. I know it’s not because
most of you are going off to post-secondary
education from here. You’re going off
to the university. But for those that are not
and for those that are. There’s going to come a point
in time when you’re going to get your next
diploma and don’t let that be the end of it either. Because I have found that I
learn every day in my job. Every single day. I learn from my work and
I learn from my family. I’ll close with this. I used to think that
when our six kids grew up and left the home, and finally
got married and got employed that it was over, it was great. Parenting was going
to be just a breeze because all you do is have to
talk to them on the phone once in a while, I’m just kidding. But I have to tell you it’s
more work when they’re older than it was when they
were younger in many ways. So, I usually tell the
high school students this because I have the
chance to speak at about 16 high school
graduations each year. I usually tell them this and
I don’t know that it’s going to apply here, but you
can get the gist of it. So, tonight mom and
dad who are here in the graduating
class are going to think their hat size
grew a little bit tonight. And it did, but they’ve
accomplished something very special. And they’re going to
feel different inside. They are going to
feel different. And they should. They have accomplished
something very important. Very significant. And we should all
be proud of them. For those that are students
and your parents are out there, depending upon your age, your
parents may still be saying, I wish they’d act
like a grown up. So, parents this is where
some of this comes in. We find that tonight you might
have thought when they graduated from high school they
might act like a grown up. I’m sure tonight if there
was any of that left in them, it’s probably faded
out and you’ll find that this is a person
who is focused and they know where
they’re headed. They have direction. I recently shook the hands
of several hundred students that were leaving one of our
high schools in graduation. I always ask them
where are you going? And I was stunned because
nine years ago when I asked that question many of
them said I have no clue. Almost 90% of them said
I’m going to college. Because they know
where they’re going and they know how to get there. And students, tonight you
knew where you needed to be. It’s been a journey for you
and you have gotten there. The door is open to your future. If it had been closed
before, it’s open now and you can open it
further by what you do with your life from here on out. If you’re working somewhere,
be the absolute best employee that you possibly can
and you will be amazed at what happens in your life. In your family. In your community. We need you. And you know what else? The faculty here needs teachers. Some of you might
have been inspired by a teacher that was here. Or somewhere else. California has a teacher
shortage right now, and we would love to have
some of you come back and be in the teaching profession. Think about that. Okay, it’s time to get on
with the ceremony here. I’m so proud of all of you. Congratulations class of 2016. God bless you and go
forward in the future. Thank you. [ Applause ] [ Music ] [ Applause ]>>Hello class of 2016, members
of the board, President Schultz, Vice Presidents Besikof
and Vincent, honor guests, and fellow students,
good evening. In high school I was sure
I would be going straight to a 4-year university. After all, I had been involved
in student government, sports, and had always been a
pretty good student. And that’s what smart
students do, right? They go straight to
a 4-year university. Well, like many of you that’s
what I always believed. I have always been told that
students at community college, are only their because
they didn’t get into 4-year universities. So I was not happy about attending Mt.
San Jacinto College. However, quickly after starting
my classes at Mt. San Jacinto, I realized that everything
I had been told about community college
was a lit. My experiences at Mt. San
Jacinto has taught me education is accessible for everyone
who is willing to work for it. So who is this college for? It is for the student
who was accepted to a 4-year university,
but cannot afford it. Mt. San Jacinto allows
us to accomplish many, if not all of our
educational goals without accumulating
significant debt. It is for the student
who struggles with a learning disability. Mt. San Jacinto enables us to
have the one-on-one student from helpful and caring
faculty and staff. It is for the mother or
father who can only take night and online classes while
struggling the responsibilities of being a parent. It is for the veteran, and
thank you, who have served for our country and are ready
to continue our education. It is for the senior
citizens who want to continue their education
for their own personal growth. It is for the student who may
have provided themselves a little, a few additional
learning opportunities beyond those of high school, but
have now found their path. Now, you graduates are probably
wondering why I’m telling you this since you already know. My point is that I want
every single person who came to watch you graduate to feel as they can achieve
the same accomplishment if they so desire. Today, we can all agree that
education has transformed us. Now it is our responsibility
to transform others. To help them achieve
what we have achieved. I know that as the first
member of my family to go to college I will be encouraging
my mom, dad, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents to continue their
education on their path. Now that my community college
career is coming to an end, I can confidentially
say that I am proud to have attended Mt. San
Jacinto College [cheers]. Mt. San Jacinto College
has given me hope. Great hope for my future and
the future of the community that surrounds this college. Mt. San Jacinto has prepared
me well for the next stop on my educational path. Although I had many
numerous local choices, in the fall I will be
attending the University of California, Riverside. [ Cheers ] But no matter where we
will be in the fall, we are all representative of Mt.
San Jacinto, our starting point. Mt. San Jacinto gives us
access, which is our key to achievement and opportunity. Now, let us be eagles and soar. Special thank you to
the Puento Program for giving me the
skills, strength and motivation to finish. Thank you to the Mt. San Jacinto
Student Government Association for teaching me life lessons
that I will never forget. And thank you mom and dad for
doing all you can to support me. Congratulations. [ Applause ]>>Diana, great job. Good evening ladies
and gentlemen. As the Vice President
of Instruction, it is my great privilege
to present to our Superintendent President
and to the board of trustees, the Mt. San Jacinto
College class of 2016. [ Cheers ] This year is very special. MSJC is awarding 1979
associate degrees, as well as 155 certificates for an impressive
total of 2134 awards. It’s also a great time
to blaze a new trail. And among these graduates there
are six who are our first class of completers from
a business cohort, which is MSJC’s innovative 2
plus 2 business degree program. Congratulations to
you [applause]. These and all our graduates
are truly remarkable. Dr. Shultz mentioned
the achievements of our student body. And I would like to continue to highlight some specific
student accomplishments this evening. Each year Mt. San Jacinto
College recognizes the highest achieving students at
our Honor’s Convocation, which was held on May 10th
at the San Jacinto Campus, 109 scholars were presented
a total of 129 certificates for their exemplary
contributions to academia. These students were
nominated, not by just a few, but by 29 staff, faculty
and administrators who thought greatly
of their achievements. And they are among a group
of exceptional students that make up the class of 2016. There are also some individual
student honors that need to be highlighted this evening, Vanessa Heighten
[assumed spelling], Ben Pieza [assumed spelling],
and Tamara Russell were selected to the 2016 Phi Theta
Kapa All-Academic Team. [ Applause ] This is a statewide honor
that recognizes qualities that include outstanding
academic performance, community service,
and leadership. In addition to PTK honors, Ms. Russell received a
prestigious scholarship and internship from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She was also a silver
scholar recipient, or a Coca-Cola Foundation
Scholarship. [ Applause ] Under the guidance of our
many honors enrichment program faculty, kudos to you, 10 honor
students made presentations at the statewide Annual Honors
Student Research Conference at UC Irving earlier this year. Two of these presenters,
Tamara Russell and Rumbi Mishanga [assumed
spelling] received exemplary achievement awards
at the conference. Additionally, Ms.
Mishanga earned third place in the science category
of the poster competition. Also, a very significant note, Ms. Terry Tomlinson eared the
Honors Conference Director’s Award for the top state abstract and her award also
included a scholarship. Let’s take a moment to congratulate these
outstanding students. [ Applause ] You may have also
noticed that some of our graduates are
wearing gold tassels and other special
regalia this evening. These items acknowledge
the distinction that they have earned through
their scholastic achievement. For students graduating with
distinction, or with GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0, they
have a gold tassel hanging from their caps [cheers]. For students graduating
with a GPA of 3.5 and higher and who have participated in the
Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Society, they have a gold tassel with
a key hanging from their caps. And students graduating
with a GPA of 4.0 perfection throughout
their academic time so far, have a gold medallion. Will these special graduates
please stand to be recognized. [ Applause ] Thank you. Please be seated. As Dr. Schultz pointed
out, MSJC is also home to an amazing group of faculty. First, I would like to recognize
three retiring faculty members. You have provided
outstanding learning and achievement opportunities
for our students. You have also contributed
to Mt. San Jacinto College in countless other ways. And the college is grateful
for your outstanding service if you are present this
evening I ask you please stand when I call your name. Dr. Evan Atkinson,
English [applause]. Please remain standing. Dr. Richard Raleigh,
Communications [applause]. And Colleen Saunders,
faculty member and chair of MSJC diagnostic medical
stenography program [applause]. It has been an honor to work with you during my
short time here. And for all of us at MSJC, let
me say that you will be missed. Thank you. And please remain standing. And now I’d like to ask
that all of our outstanding, dedicated faculty please stand. [ Applause ] As Vice President of Instruction
it has been my great pleasure to work with you this year. And I have the honor
tonight of sharing some of your outstanding
achievements with those in attendance tonight. First, at our recent annual
employee recognition reception, we honored this year’s
faculty of the year. The two honorees are Tamara
Smith, history [applause]. And Michelle Harliper,
child development and education [applause]. You were recognized for your
exemplary service, leadership and dedication to our students,
the college and the community. And I convey my most heartfelt
congratulations to you. The outstanding work
of our MSJC faculty, however, does not end there. For these educators serve on
state boards, write books, publish in journals and
periodicals, exhibit their work in galleries, and
present their findings at prestigious conferences. For example, professors
Eric Oslands and Christina Yamanaka
directed our honors program this year [cheers]. It resulted in student
achievement that can only be described
as outstanding as well as state level recognition
of MSJC as a leader in honors programs. The effort included not only
these two great educators, but a number of other MSJC
faculty who support honors. In addition, Professor
Suzanne Yule, David Boss, and Ronald Dumed [assumed
spelling] ran a great forensics program this year
that culminated with an open speech contest at the Menifee Valley
Campus in May. My compliments to you as well. On an individual level,
I’d like to tell you about some more faculty
and what they’re doing when they’re not teaching you. From the art department,
John C. published “Artists Statements
of the Old Masters.” He exhibited this book
as well as his other work at Stanford University [cheers]. From the philosophy department,
Tom Donovan published a book, “Dialectic of Enlightenment as Sport” not only was
it a great achievement, but it featured cover
art by an MSJC student. From the psychology department, Angenette Obert received
the Hayward Award [cheers]. This was given for her
excellence in teaching as well as professional activities and
her demonstrated commitment to students, her
profession and the college. Please join me in
recognizing all of these outstanding faculty. [ Applause ] Also, please let me congratulate
all of our outstanding faculty. I thank you for your tireless,
commendable dedication to our students [applause]. Thank you please be seated.