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Styling a New Career
Cosmetology supported Elva Salinas as she studied to become an English literature professor

In His Element
Mesa College chemistry professor loves being in the classroom, opening students’ eyes to the wonders of science.

College for Kids
City College’s child development program would have to double to in size to meet current demand.

Parking 101
The first lesson for Mesa College students is the art of finding a parking space.

Lighten Up
Marilyn Biggica shares her low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar recipes for health with students in community cooking classes.

Go With the Flow
Dorothy Simpson has adapted to the waves of innovation in business communication technologies.

News Beat
Veteran journalist guides Mesa College student reporters to create an award-winning campus newspaper.

Close Encounters
Despite cramped locker rooms, no interview areas or parking spaces, the College Police Department continues to keep campuses safe.

Chancellor's Page
The children of baby boomers flood classrooms beyond capacity and state funding.

Development News
Washington Mutual donates $35,000 for future teachers project; EDS equips classroom for computer training.

Miscellaneous tidbits of news

Newsmakers Accomplishments of faculty and staff…

Faculty and staff accomplishments

Officer Cornelius Ashton was selected as the Police Department’s Employee of the Year in recognition of his professionalism and proactive approach to his responsibilities. In his commendation, Chief David Worden said that “in addition to a long list of very specific and tangible accomplishments, Ashton is known and respected for his pleasant and positive attitude and his hard work. On a daily basis, he demonstrates that good proactive police work and helpful, positive customer relations are not mutually exclusive but are, in fact, hallmarks of effective community policing.”

Kelly Mayhew, City College English professor, was a guest on KPBS Radio’s morning talk show “These Days” on Sept. 5. With host Tom Fudge she discussed and fielded calls about women’s body image, the media and culture, and self-esteem and psychological issues in women. Mayhew’s doctorate is in American culture studies with an emphasis on women’s studies, as well as English and philosophy. The City College honors coordinator has taught the Philosophy of Women in World Cultures on and off for the past three years.

Donald H. Estes, history/political science professor at City College was featured in the Aug. 16 issue of San Diego Yu-Yu, a Japanese magazine. Estes has studied and made numerous presentations on the Japanese-American experience during World War II.

Dianne Anderson, biology professor at City College, will have an article, “Development and Evaluation of the Conceptual Inventory of Natural Selection” in the December 2002 issue of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Co-authored by Kathleen Fisher and Greg Norman from SDSU, the article is based on Anderson’s doctoral dissertation research into how students learn biology concepts, especially the concept of natural selection. The 20-item diagnostic test described in the paper is a very useful classroom tool, and has been used with hundreds of general biology students at City College.

Mesa PE professor Arnie Robinson has been selected by the USA Track and Field Association to be one of the coaches for the American competitors in the 2003 World Outdoor Championships next August in Paris, France. Robinson, who coaches track and field, is a former Olympic Gold Medalist and Bronze Medalist in track and field.

CET instructor Eileen A. Schwartz received the Channel 10 Leadership Award Sept. 11 in front of the Flags Across the Nation exhibit, “Patriotism Through the Eyes of Children,” at the San Diego International Airport. Schwartz was recognized for creating the Flags project in response to 9-11. In the original Flags campaign, she collected photographs depicting patriotism from across the country and organized exhibits at numerous public locations.

Hutch Hutchinson, CET graphics instructor, was recently honored by the San Diego Area Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society as the Star Volunteer of the Year for the MS Dinner Auction. Hutchinson has volunteered for the MS Society for more than seven years. He first became involved with designing and printing the MS Dinner Auction materials and now helps print materials for the MS Walk, the Invitation Golf Tournament and the Recognition Dinner.

City College biology professors Burt Pierce and Michael Leboffe recently published Microbiology Laboratory Theory and Application, a microbiology lab manual. Produced for national distribution by Morton Publishing Co., it is a blending of their two previous publications, A Photographic Atlas for the Microbiology Laboratory 2nd Ed. (1998) and Exercises for the Microbiology Laboratory (1998).

In April, David Pontious, associate professor for the SDCCD WorkAbility III program, presented “Knowing What To Do: How to Support Transition Programs” at the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf at the California School for the Deaf in Freemont.

Danene Soares, Mesa College associate dean, has been invited to serve on the Commission on Teaching Credentialing Bias Review Committee. This committee will review the new California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) exam, which will replace the current single subject waiver exam.

Miramar College President Pat Keir has been named president of SDICCCA, the CEO organization that represents all community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties, for the 2002-2003 year.

Diane Glow, articulation officer at Miramar College, has been appointed for a two-year term to the California Community Colleges on the Articulation System Stimulating Inter-institutional Student Transfer (ASSIST) Board of Directors.

Chemistry professor Nancy Crispen was voted Professor of the Year by City College students in spring semester 2002.

Shirley Junior, Mesa College child development professor, will have her likeness included in a mural in Southeast San Diego to honor her and others as heroes in their community. Several artists will paint the murals of all the honorees around the top of the Market Creek Plaza, a shopping center located at Market Street and Euclid Avenue.

This summer Elizabeth J. Armstrong became Mesa College’s new vice president of Instruction. Since 1999, she has been vice president of Instruction at Cañada College, where she worked with CSU Hayward on the development of an accelerated degree program (associate/baccalaureate/masters) for San Mateo County employees. Previously, this former chemistry professor was dean of science and math divisions. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from San Francisco State University.

Robin Martindill, Mesa College media technician and Classified Senate member-at-large, began publishing a Classified Senate semi-annual newsletter, The Spotlight, last spring. She edits, designs and writes most of the articles. The fall newsletter featured an article by Maveh Vissers, a senior Facilities Services crew leader at Mesa, about the osprey that nested atop a campus stadium light pole. The newsletter is designed to further communication among classified employees. More recently, Martindill and Mesa instructional lab technician Angela Liewen established a Classified Senate web section on the college website (www.sdmesa.edu). From the home page, click on Site Index, then “C,” then Classified Senate. The website carries photos and information not included in the newsletter. Check out Faces of Mesa, where new staff are depicted, as well as staff who receive promotions.

The North City Center Acquired Brain Injury Program was awarded the 2002 Program of the Year Award by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, one of the highest honors that the association bestows. The award was given at the annual state convention dinner at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on March 22. CET associate professor Heike Kessler-Heiberg and adjunct instructor Margaret Jones, both certified California speech-language pathologists, attended the dinner and received the award on behalf of the program. The awards presentation featured a short video about the ABI instructors and students. The ABI Program, which meets at Mesa College, serves more than 200 students each year.

Since December 1996, Jesse Reyes, ABSO distribution center supervisor, has been a regular columnist and editorial cartoonist for The Filipino Press, a local publication with a readership of 35,000. He recently filed his 175th Saturday column, “Filipino Potpourri.” Reyes has been honored for his work in the Filipino-American community.

Lou Murillo, president of District Advancement, is a member of the Lead San Diego Class of 2003. Each year approximately 60 San Diegans are selected for this leadership development program consisting of a series of day-long issues-oriented seminars held from September to May. Described as a “master’s degree on San Diego,” it provides an overview of major issues facing the San Diego region.

By invitation from the University of Tulsa, Miramar College health and science professor Kevin Petti recently presented “Man’s Changing Image: The Historical Influence of Culture on Anatomy” during the university’s Department of Biological Sciences Seminar Series for faculty and graduate students.

Mark DeBoskey took over the reins as KSDS-FM, 88.3, station manager in May, following the retirement of Mary Woodworth. DeBoskey has extensive San Diego broadcasting experience. He has served as KBZT general manager and KYXY general sales manager. He’s also managed Cox Cable’s advertising sales department and has spend the past five years as the senior vice president at Analysis Research, a full-service marketing research firm. DeBoskey started his broadcasting career in public radio at Indiana University after earning his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

Lori Adrian, Mesa College dean of Student Affairs and a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University, has been selected to participate in the Community College Leadership Development Institute 2002-2003 doctoral fellowship program hosted by UCLA.

Cassie Morton, former manager in district Economic Development, is the new dean of Business, Information Technology and Cosmetology at City College.

Marie-Louise Harms, French professor at City College, attended the XXII FILLM [Federation Internationale de Langues et Litteratures Modernes] Congress at the Bang Na Campus of the Assumption University, “the first international university in Thailand.” Attendees heard presentations in French, Spanish, German and English discussing the future of literature in the 21st century, and enjoyed Thai cultural events, food feasts, music, dancing and a field trip to the former capital of Thailand.

North City Center’s Roma Weaver has been appointed Parent Education Representative for the San Diego Association for the Education of Young Children. This is the local affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the professional organization for early childhood educators. She will be serving a two-year term and developing the parent education strand for the association.

Gianna Principato, clerical assistant in Reprographics at Mesa College, begins her sixth year of performing with the San Diego Choraleers Mixed Chorus, an activity of CET. As a Choraleer, Principato sings and dances with the Choraleers as they entertain residents at convalescent and retirement homes.

Steve Bouscaren, City College anthropology professor and chair of the behavioral sciences department, had a busy summer. June found him conducting an ethnoarchaeology workshop on adobe brick making with the Kumiai Indians at La Huerta in the mountains of northern Baja California with about 20 participants. He and his Mexican colleague, Miguel Wilken-Robertson, have been running various ethnoarchaeology workshops for seven years. This fall 2002 semester, they will have willow and scirpus (bulrush) basket-making, and acorn harvesting and processing workshops. Other workshops the two offer with the Paipai, Kumiai and Kiliwa Indians in their northern Baja California communities include paddle and anvil pottery making, agave roasting, agave fiber extraction and twining (into carrying nets), general ethnobotany and ethnobiology workshops (with an emphasis on food and medicinal plants), and adobe brick making.

In July and August he was the sole volunteer from the U.S. at an Interna-tional Peace and Environmental Camp near Pokhara, Nepal, along with volunteers from Japan, Germany, France, New Caledonia and Israel. The camp was organized and managed by a national Nepalese group which is a member of UNESCO.

In between, Bouscaren found time to continue writing chapters on the prehistory of Penasquitos Canyon for the book Archaeology of Penasquitos Canyon along with Susan Hector and Lynn Christenson.

Laurel Corona, English professor at City College, spent June in Israel, researching her 15th book for Lucent Books, a publisher of library books for middle and high school students. Scheduled for publication later this fall, the book follows Corona’s books on Kenya, South Africa, Poland, Ukraine, The Russian Federation, Norway, Australia, France, Brazil, Ethiopia, Peru and Afghanistan in the Modern Nations of the World Series; Life in Moscow for The Way People Live series; and The World Trade Center for the Building History Series. The studies of countries chronicle geography, history, daily life, arts, challenges and are available commercially through Amazon.com.

Otto Lee is the new dean of the School of Business, Computer Studies and Technologies at Mesa College. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York, a master’s in astronautics and aeronautics from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Most recently, Lee was the managing director of the eBusiness Institute at Temple University, an entrepreneurial program within the Fox School of Business. He has experience in the college classroom and with online class delivery systems, as well as having worked in private industry.

Charles Kovach, adjunct professor in English at City College, is listed in the 11th edition of Gale Group’s Directory of American Scholars.

Dave Evans, athletic director and PE dean at Mesa College, was recently elected to a pair of positions: a four-year term as the District 8 (includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington) representative to the executive committee for the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators, and to the California Community College Athletic Directors’ Association Executive Committee as second vice president, a three-year term. He continues to serve as the Commission on Athletics representative for community college baseball in California.

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) has announced two professional certifications for Purchasing Department buyers. Paul Taylor earned recertification as Certified Purchasing Manager and Bernard Sena received the Original Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager designation. ISM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining professional standards of competency and conduct in the fields of purchasing, supply management, materials, research and education.

Mesa College President Constance Carroll has been appointed president of the board of directors of San Diego Youth and Community Services, one of San Diego’s largest nonprofit agencies serving at-risk children and teens.