"A posse ad esse" -  from possibility to reality    August/September 2012   Vol.4  Issue 8
In This Issue
Feature Story: We Are A Military Friendly School
Front Row Center @ The PAC: Meet Dance Production Coordinator Monik C. Jones
Making A Difference: Foundation Event in October Will Support IVC Veterans
Campus Profiles: Meet The People Who Are IVC: Staff Member Robert Flournoy
Campus Spotlight: IVC Women's Soccer Team Ready For Breakout Season
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The IVC President's Open Door is an official Irvine Valley College publication sponsored by the President's Office and is intended to highlight IVC programs and staff. It is published monthly.
Message From The President 

Dear Friends and Colleagues:                                  IVC President Glenn Roquemore


First of all, I am pleased to join SOCCCD Chancellor Gary Poertner and Saddleback College's President Todd Burnett in congratulating Dr. Brice Harris, who was recently named Chancellor of the California Community Colleges. He succeeds recently retired Dr. Jack Scott.


It is gratifying to see that Dr. Harris, my longtime friend, has been selected to lead California's great community college system. As we navigate our way through unprecedented economic and structural challenges, I am comforted to know that Dr. Harris will lead the community colleges back to full strength. Dr. Harris is an experienced educator who is known and respected for his excellent leadership as former chancellor of the the Los Rios Community College District. He has all of our best wishes.


I would also like to encourage you to buy a ticket in support of the upcoming Foundation Gala on Saturday, October 13. With over 3,000 self-identified veterans attending IVC this year, we need to do more to support these fine men and women and their families who have sacrificed so much in defense of our country. You can read more about our new Veterans Angels project campaign below. The gala will be held in our new Live Oak Terraces venue and I hope to see you there! 

Feature Story: We Are A Military Friendly School

Military Friendly Schools logoI am very pleased to report that for the third year in a row Irvine Valley College has again made the list of Military Friendly Schools (2013). Our college is officially recognized as a Military Friendly School, one of a prestigious list of 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools to be so designated nationwide.


The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.  Schools on this list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. 


Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP.  


Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. 


The complete list can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. The list is designed to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  IVC is proud to have again made this list to support our growing student veteran population.                

Front Row Center @ The PAC: Meet Dance Production Coordinator Monik C. Jones

African dance instructor Monik C. JonesMonik C. Jones joined the faculty at Irvine Valley College in 2006. She currently teaches African, Intro to Dance, Hip Hop and is one of our Dance Production Coordinators. She also serves as our IVC Benefit Dance Concert Coordinator, works as a faculty advisor for the certificated and dance major students, and develops curriculum for the department.


As a dancer, Monik trained at the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. She danced with the Ka-Ron Lehman Dance Company, UCLA's African Art Ensemble and Modern Dance Group, Dancer's Array "N" Christian Evangelism and The Gospel Music Workshop of America Liturgical Dance Company. Ms. Jones received her BA in World Arts and Culture, concentrating in dance, with a minor in Education from UCLA and her MFA in Dance from UCI, where one of her mentors was the legendary Donald McKayle. 


As a teacher, Ms. Jones founded Monik's Creative Movement Education Program, where she provides quality dance classes to school children who reside in underserved area and do not have access to arts education. Monik teaches all forms of dance, but she is best known as a liturgical dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is the Artistic Director of Vessels of Praise Liturgical Dance Ministry of Judson Baptist Church, where Dr. Johnny V. Baylor is Pastor/Teacher. Under Monik's leadership they have been featured nationally and internationally from Washington D.C. to Ghana, West Africa.


Ms. Jones has developed a liturgical dance curriculum that she teaches across the country. The research for this curriculum is based on her graduate thesis "A Comparative Study on Pedagogical Techniques of two Liturgical Dance Instructors in African American Baptist Churches" which has been published.


For more information about upcoming productions in the IVC PAC or to purchase tickets for IVC PAC performances, please call the PAC Box Office at 949.451.633 or buy online at www.ivcarts.org 

Making A Difference: Foundation Event In October Will Support IVC Veterans

Veterans Angels logo

The Irvine Valley College veterans have set a goal for IVC to be the Number One choice for college for the total education and support for veterans in Orange County. To raise money for "wrap around" services for our veterans the Irvine Valley College Foundation has kicked off a project campaign, "Veterans Angels."


By June 2013, we will identify 100 Veterans Angels in Orange County who will pledge $5,000 each year for the next three years. While basic cost of education is covered for our recent veterans, critical support services such as tutoring, counseling, transportation, case management, child care and other support services are lacking. Statewide, community college budgets for support services have been cut 50%.


To kick off the Veterans Angels campaign, the foundation will hold a gala event on Saturday, October 13, 2012 here on the IVC campus. There will be a reception at 6 pm, dinner at 7 pm and the program to follow will honor the "first flight" of IVC's "Veterans Angels," the newly formed support group who have committed to funding direct educational veterans services.  


Veterans Angels donations will also allow the IVC Foundation to build an endowment and the capacity to raise even more money to help our veterans. A Veterans Angels gift enables our veterans to minimize use of their educational benefits for the lower cost of community college education, while leaving maximum veterans benefits available for their more expensive four-year degree completion. Corporate sponsorships for the Veterans Angels project are also being solicited. Other levels of giving to support our veterans are posted on the Foundation website.


For more information on the Annual Foundation Dinner or the Veterans Angels support group, please contact Richard Morley at 949.451.5472 or rmorley@ivc.edu.  Information on tickets, special pricing for IVC faculty and staff and additional details about the foundation event are also posted on the IVC Foundation website at www.ivc.edu/foundation. .  



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Campus Profiles: Meet The People Who Are IVC: Staff Member Robert Flournoy Launches Campus Food Drive Program

Unloading food boxes.IVC Facilities and Maintenance staffer Robert Flournoy wants to ensure that there are no IVC students going hungry while they complete their studies at our college. He has recently launched a food drive/food distribution program on regularly scheduled Fridays to make sure this doesn't happen.


With the enthusiastic support and donations from many campus and community individuals and organizations, Robert and a group of hard-working volunteers from the President's Office, Classified Senate, the Veterans Office, the Counseling Office, the Athletics Department, the Foundation Office, the Financial Aid Office, EOPS, Facilities and Maintenance Department and the Police Department, recently distributed over 60 pounds of food per recipient, including staples, frozen items, meat, bakery goods and freshly picked fruits and vegetables to 18 student veterans and 22 EOPS students and their families. For those recipients who usually ride the bus to school, transportation was provided back to their homes for them and their boxes of food, courtesy of Beep Colclough and EOPS.


Dennis Gordon, Pres. Roquemore & Police Chief Will GlenAs the holidays are an especially difficult time, Robert and food drive co-coordinator Vince Cooper want to remind all IVC faculty, staff, managers and administrators that there will be another food drive/distribution event before our winter holiday break. In addition to needing volunteers to help set up and distribute food boxes on the Friday of the event, food donations are greatly needed and much appreciated.


Food items needed include: peanut butter, jam, rice, canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned stews and soups, crackers, etc. These items can be dropped off at the Veterans Office or Financial Aid any time before the event. On the Friday of the event, food donations can be dropped off at 10 am outside PE 100 (the Fitness Center). Specific details, including date and time of the next event, will be announced in a couple of weeks, says Robert.


Handing out donated food packages.These campus food drives are a joint effort by Robert's food ministry, loavesandfishesx10, Second Harvest Food Bank, Vineyard Community Church Food Bank, the Original Manassero Farms and Irvine Valley College. Robert has also teamed up with Dan Manassero of the Original Manassero Farms to glean the fields around IVC and in the fields around the OC Great Park for the fresh fruit and vegetables left over after the Manassero farm workers have harvested each crop. Robert has a gleaning event coming up on Saturday, October 6 from 9 to 11, and welcomes any and all volunteers. Families and student groups are welcome. All food gleaned will go to local food banks.


Call Robert for more information at 714.718.2930 or email him at gleaningfarmland@gmail.com. His website is www.loavesandfishesx10.com.  

Campus Spotlight: IVC Women's Soccer Team Ready For Breakout Season

Women's volleyball coach Joe SupeThe Irvine Valley women's soccer team is primed to have one of its better seasons in years.The Lasers have several returners, a solid incoming class of players and a renewed energy under new head coach Joe Supe (pictured left).


Supe knows about winning at IVC, having been an assistant coach for the Laser men's team for the last three seasons.The Irvine Valley men's team had a record of 27-12-4 over the last two years with Supe's help. He has also been coaching at Tustin United Soccer Club for 12 years and has been the head coach for the Tustin High boys program. "I am excited," Supe said of taking over the IVC women's program. "The girls have been working really hard. They have been very dedicated. And I think it is going to pay off this season. Fitness and focus are real keys for us."


IVC women's soccer player Coley JoyceReturning players include midfielders Amy Marchi and Ashly Romero, forwards Kayla McLaughlin and Coley Joyce (pictured left) and goalie Amanda Rashtian. "We have some players back, but we are a pretty young team," Supe said. "The freshmen are going to play a lot and will have to contribute."


Supe is high on the freshmen group as a whole. He said among those that have stood out in training so far include two local products - goalie Emma Connelly from Northwood High and forward Yasmin Hart from Irvine High. Hart was a second team all-Pacific Coast League player for Irvine last season, while Connelly started in goal and helped the Timberwolves make the CIF playoffs a year ago. "Emma came out in the spring and will really help," Supe said. "She is a very good goalie and has a great attitude. Yasmin can be terrific. She will score some goals for us."


Among the other top newcomers that Supe expects to get big contributions from are forwards Zuleyma Guzman from Estancia and Ruriko Yoshimura from Irvine, defenders Madisen Hammonds from Corona, Desirae Santana from Corona and Mackenzie White from El Modena and midfielders Kelly Cox from El Dorado, Wendy Rendon from Estancia and Kelsi Chrzan from Trabuco Hills.

"Everything has gone even better than I could have imagined when I took over," Supe said. "My goal was to have a competitive team here from the start and I think we can do that. We play in a tough league and we want to be able to play with those leagues."


For more information about the award-winning athletics programs at IVC, please go to www.ivc.edu/athletics.   

Well, that's all we have time for this month. I hope you will join me in supporting the Veterans Angels by buying a ticket or hosting a table at the gala on October 13.  As always, my door is open and I welcome your feedback.

Very respectfully,

Glenn R. Roquemore
Glenn  R. Roquemore, PhD
President, Irvine Valley College
"Your Success Is Our Commitment" 

South Orange County Community College District
William O. Jay, David B. Lang, Frank M. Meldau, PhD, Marcia Milchiker, Nancy M. Padberg,
 T.J. Prendergast III,  James Wright, Heather Park, Student Trustee, Gary L. Poertner, Chancellor

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