February 2, 2016
Welcome to Spring 2016
The spring semester is in full swing after an inspiring Opening Day session.
Janelle Williams and the Opening Day Planning Subcommittee really embraced our We Cultivate theme by bringing speakers and workshop presenters that gave us all a lot to think about. Keynote speaker Maysoon Zayid moved many of us to tears—with laughter and stories that touched many deeply.
Thank you to the entire Professional Development team, our workshop presenters and behind-the-scenes staff members who made the campus sparkle. The Opening Day activities always bring me renewed energy to continue making our institution the best it can be for our students.
Open Seats Still Available
As you recall in my Opening Day presentation, we are hoping you encourage your students to take one or two additional classes. We still have many classes that are not near their capacity—especially at our Higher Education Centers.
Now is the time for students to take advantage of the class availability to finish their educational goals more quickly. You may also tell students that if they take 12 units or more, they will qualify for additional financial aid. Federal Pell grants and a new Full-Time Student Success grant can greatly help students pay for their classes. Send them to the Financial Aid webpage on the district website for all the information: swccd.edu/financialaid
Ask Me Tables
Thank you to the students, faculty and staff who have taken time to staff the ASO’s “Ask Me” tables. Complete with an FAQ, copies of maps, important dates and deadlines and other information, those staffing the tables are able to answer many questions from students and help them feel connected as soon as they step onto campus.
Welcoming Students: Joining me today at the ASO Ask Me table are Student Development Director Brett Robertson, Acting Dean of Student Services Dr. Malia Flood and ASO President Melissa Rodriguez.
Advocating on Behalf of Our Students
Members of the Governing Board, ASO President and Student Trustee Melissa Rodriguez and I spent this past weekend talking to our local legislators about several of our legislative priorities. Through Trustee training and one-on-ones with our Assembly and Senate members, we were successful in sharing the good work of our college and in requesting long-term budget funding stability and improved college affordability.
Advocating for Southwestern: Trustees Griselda Delgado and Tim Nader join Public Information & Government Relations Officer Lillian Leopold and me at our annual legislative visit to Sacramento.
Presidents: Governing Board President Nora Vargas, ASO President Melissa Rodriguez and I stopped by the Bear before meeting with legislators.
Student Success Summit-Part Two
A little more than a year ago, all of our constituency groups came together to finalize the Governing Board’s Student Success Policy Agenda. We have accomplished much in that time.
Please join us tonight at 6 p.m. as we continue our work groups to move this important agenda forward. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.
Welcoming Sweetwater Superintendent Dr. Karen Janney
Southwestern College is hosting a welcome reception for new Sweetwater Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Janney. A product of Sweetwater schools, Dr. Janney served as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent before being named Superintendent last June. Since her appointment, Dr. Janney has worked to strengthen the relationship between Sweetwater and Southwestern College.
Please join us for the reception on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Student Center. To RSVP, email scedc@southcountyEDC.com