November 30, 2015
Recognition for Supporting Student Success
As we continue our pursuit to put Students First, it is always exciting when outside organizations recognize the accomplishments of our faculty, students and staff.
Recently I had the pleasure to attend the recognition ceremony held by the San Diego State University Community College Leaders Alumni Group. Our Counselor Gabrielle Gosselin received the Adjunct Faculty Contribution to Student Success Recognition Award on Nov. 2.
Nominated by Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete, Gabrielle counsels students on the many possibilities before them at Southwestern College. Gabrielle has worked in East Africa with women who were victims of gender-based violence and with boys left homeless by that country’s genocide. She brings this passion for immigrant and refugee populations to help our diverse student population.
Please join me in congratulating Gabrielle.
L-R: Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete, Gabrielle Gosselin and myself
Accreditation in Action
I hope you have had a chance to read the last couple issues of the new Accreditation in Action e-newsletter. As we await the final report of the Accreditation team, I want to assure you that we have already begun to address some of the deficiencies that were mentioned during the exit interview. The e-newsletter is our way of informing the entire college community of these pro-active steps.
Later this week, we will be posting all the e-newsletters and resource information to the college website so that you can catch up on any issues you may have missed.
I encourage you to read the e-newsletters and attend one of the two forums we will be having before the end of the semester.
- Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 11 – 11:45 a.m. in Room 214
- Monday, Dec. 7 at 4 – 4:45 p.m. in Room L 246
Debate Team Unmatchable
The Southwestern College Novices won the Cal State-Northridge Robert Barbera Invitational earlier this month. Not only did they win the competition, our two teams advanced to the final round—shutting out the competition and making a final round unnecessary.
Led by Professor Jordan Mills, students Jorge del Castillo and Priscilla Romero had a record of 5-1 coming out of the preliminary debates before defeating Fresno State University’s team to advance to the finals. Their teammates Daniel Smiley and Francesca Beaird also earned a 5-1 record before defeating cross-town rival San Diego State University to advance to the finals.
Southwestern College was the only community college entered into the policy debate, and it was the second consecutive year our teams have won the tournament. Congratulations to all eight members of the team who spent more than 14 hours debating over the tournament weekend.
Victorious debaters: For the second consecutive year, our debaters are the best in the state. Pictured L-R: Daniel Smiley, Francesca Beaird, Priscilla Romero and Jorge del Castillo.
More State Winners
The Southwestern College Sun has tied the state record for most awards won at the Southern California Conference of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges—a record The Sun set a few years ago. Students from The Sun, El Sol magazine and theswcsun.com won 40 individual and team awards, including general excellence in each of the three publication platforms. Southwestern College also ranked as the top program.
Congratulations to advisor Dr. Max Branscomb and his talented group of students for their well-deserved recognition.
Support for our AB540 Students
Our relationship with Mexican Consul General Remedios Gomez Arnau continues to be a source of great support for our AB 540 students. Earlier this month, the Consul General presented Southwestern College with a $20,000 IME Becas scholarship award. It was the largest award granted by the Consul General to any college or university.
In its third year at Southwestern College, the IME Becas funds are used to provide scholarships to our AB 540 students as they complete their studies here through our Adelante Estudiante program. Attending the program for Southwestern College were Dean Bea Zamora-Aguilar, EOPS Director Omar Orihuela, EOPS Supervisor Leticia Diaz and former Southwestern College student Brenda Gregorio-Nieto, who has now transferred to San Diego State University to study journalism.
Accepting the award:
Funds will benefit our AB 540 “Dreamer” students. Pictured L-R: EOPS Supervisor Leticia Diaz, former student Brenda Gregorio-Nieto, Dean Bea Zamora-Aguilar and EOPS Director Omar Orihuela.
Mexican Consul General Remedios Gomez Arnau (R) provides the scholarship check to Dean Bea Zamora-Aguilar (L).