The Governing Board and administration of Southwestern College finished the semester sprinting. The last meetings of the quarter saw milestones reached, helping jump start the 2014 fall semester. Here are the highlights:
April 30, 2014
Student Success Policy
Vice President of Academic Affairs Kathy Tyner and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Angelica Suarez, along with several other members of the Southwestern College community, gave a comprehensive presentation on student success.
They reviewed the Student Success Report Card and information on Southwestern College’s transfer rate into UC San Diego. Each academic dean also presented the programs they were implementing to meet the college’s goal of increasing graduation rates.
Superintendent/President Dr. Melinda Nish and Governing Board Members Humberto Peraza and Tim Nader presented a draft policy on student success. The draft policy called for Southwestern’s budget to clearly reflect the institution’s efforts to increase student success and college completion. It also called for long-term partnerships with other colleges and K-12 schools, as well as increased research into student satisfaction and success.
May 7, 2014
American Federation of Teachers Guild President Jim Mahler and San Diego Community College District Vice Chancellors Bonnie Dowd and Will Surbrook offered a comprehensive look at their resource allocation formulas, which is an alternative way of building the district’s budget.
May 14, 2014
Governing Board members and Dr. Nish thanked Academic Senate President Professor Randy Beach, SCEA President Eric Maag and CSEA President Bruce MacNintch for leadership on campus and congratulated them on their last official board meeting.
Additionally, ASO President and Governing Board Student Trustee Laura Jessica Del Castillo was recognized for her term.
Emergency Preparedness To-Go
Police Chief Michael Cash and the Southwestern College Police Department have provided dozens of innovative, fun and informative safety trainings to college faculty, staff and students.
Now those trainings will be available to everybody. The department has hired consultant Yvette Bowlin to create emergency preparedness videos over a three-month period.
Other actions taken in May:
- Hired six new assistant professors.
- Named Ronald Bajet Interim Director of the Medical Laboratory Technician and the Medical Office programs for the Higher Education Center, National City.
- Hired Nicholas Montez as the Director of Admissions & Records.
- Accepted a $292,434 grant from California Community College Board of Governors and California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office for the creation of an Adult Education Consortium agreement between Southwestern College, Coronado Unified School District and Sweetwater Union High School District.
- Accepted a $33,350 grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating & Waterways to purchase new boating equipment for Crown Cove Aquatic Center and provide scholarship opportunities for youth and leadership camps hosted at Crown Cove.
- Approved a partnership between The Center for International Trade Development at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center, Otay Mesa and the National Latina Business Women Association to provide joint training in international business.
- Designated the third full week in May as Classified School Employee Week.
- Vice President of Business and Financial Affairs Dr. Steven Crow presented a workshop on the 2014-2015 tentative budget. More available here.
June 18, 2014
Several Southwestern College administrators were honored for leadership and commitment to the goals set for them by the Governing Board, as part of the annual award recognition.
The Emerging Leader award is given to an administrator who has been on staff for less than five years. Mink Stavenga, dean of the School of Continuing Education, Economic and Workforce Development and dean of Instructional Support Services, was awarded the honor. Stavenga was recognized for his work with accreditation and for fostering professional growth for those under his supervision.
The Team Jaguar award was shared by Dean of Counseling & Personal Development Bea Zamora-Aguilar, Systems & Programming Supervisor Everett Garnick, Director of Information Technology Dr. Ben Seaberry and Dean Mink Stavenga for their roles in implementing the Ellucian online suite of student services.
Director of Nursing and Health Occupations programs Cathy McJannet received the Distinguished Administrator award for going above and beyond in her appointed duties, which include supervising one of Southwestern’s most successful educational schools.
Welcoming New Leaders
The Governing Board welcomed new Academic Senate President Patricia Flores-Charter, CSEA President Andre Harris and SCEA President Frank Post to their new leadership positions.
Other actions taken in June:
- Hired Deanna Reinacher as Director of the Medical Laboratory Technician & the Medical Office Professional programs at the Higher Education Center, National City.
- Hired seven full-time faculty.
- Appointed Omar Orihuela as Interim EOPS Director.
- Hired Dr. Mourad Mjahed as Project Director for the Qatar International Student Program.
- Swore in ASO President Sayaka Ridley as the Governing Board Student Trustee.
- Adopted the 2014-2015 tentative budget. More available here.
Prop R Report April-June
The field house classroom building and stadium improvements are nearing completion. In May, new stadium lighting was installed, as was the artificial turf field. The Central Plant is in full operation and piping is being laid across the college to connect the plant to existing buildings.
Interior work for the fieldhouse classrooms was completed in June and the building will be complete in time for the new semester beginning Aug. 18.
Solar panels are being constructed in six parking lots around the Chula Vista campus. When completed, it will be the largest solar project in San Diego Gas & Electric’s service area and will provide the college with 3 megawatts of power.
Prop R Funding Report
In a workshop, the Governing Board heard different options for maximizing available bond funds and the timeline required for accessing the funds to coordinate with construction projects.
Prop R Annual Report
Nicholas J. Segura, Jr., vice chair of the Proposition R Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee, presented the annual Prop. R report to the Governing Board.
The report reflected the completion of the Facilities Master Plan and its acceptance by the Governing Board. The report also outlined construction spending and included the bond’s annual performance and financial audits—which were found to be in compliance.
Looking ahead, the report briefly described projects that were scheduled for completion over the next three years: new two-story classroom and lab building at the Higher Education Center, National City; a new wellness center on the Chula Vista campus; and a new multi-story math, science and engineering building on the Chula Vista Campus.