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Volume II Issue III April 2010 
IN THIS ISSUE
Rajen Vurdien Named President of Fullerton College
New Dean of Fine Arts & Media Technology
Saddleback College Commencement
Commencemnt speaker Moves Audience to Tears
Foundation Scholarship Awards
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Emeritus Receives $55,000 Donation
Scholar Ballers
Faculty Spotlight: Claire Cesaro-Silva
Women's Tennis Wins State!
Student-Produced Fashion Show
ASG Banquet
Presidential Highlights
Upcoming Events
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President's Greeting
Welcome to summer!  It's hard to believe it's already here, but time definitely flies at a busy college.  The month of May was filled with recognition of our students' many achievements, and I know we all enjoy sharing in their celebrations.   It's at the end of the academic year in particular - as we watch our students achieve their goals - that I believe is when we are all reminded that our students are what matter.  Indeed, each of us has a critical role at this college, but everything we do is with the success of our students in mind.  Burnett at Graduation

The month of May was a great time to recognize the success of our students at such events as the Transfer Celebration, ASG Banquet, Scholar Baller Banquet, Nursing Pinning, as well as Commencement and Scholarship Ceremony. A special thank you to the Erin Long and the Commencement Committee for their excellent work in a coordinating a flawless commencement, and to Mary Hall, Michelle Anstadt, and the scholarship ceremony task force for their work on this great event. 

I would like to congratulate our former president Dixie Bullock, who has been serving as Acting Dean of Fine Arts and Media Technology over the past several months, and will begin serving as Acting Chancellor beginning July 1st.  We did not want to see Dixie leave, so we are very fortunate that she will remain in our district until a new chancellor is inaugurated.  And Bart McHenry is the new Dean of Fine Arts and Media Technology. We welcome him to Saddleback College and know that his extensive experience and background will be an asset to his division and our college.

We've had some great news for our students over the past month.  Most notably, our nursing students are first in the nation - meaning first of all nursing programs in the United States - in their licensure exam pass rates.  This is no surprise as our nursing students are always top ranked, yet it is a reminder of the excellent and highly regarded nursing program we have here at Saddleback College.  Congratulations and thanks to Dean Donna Rane-Szostak, Assistant Dean and Director of Nursing Tammy Rice, Nursing Assistant Directors Jennifer Forouzesh and Diane Pestolesi, and all of the nursing faculty, staff, and students for their terrific work in making this program such a success.   We also saw our women's tennis team capture first place in the state, which was the second state championship for Gaucho athletics over the past few months. 

Over the summer we will commence implementation of the college's three-year strategic plan, which was recently finalized and approved by the Consultation Council.  We are also near total completion of our accreditation self-study, which will be presented to the Board of Trustees at their June meeting and then will be sent to WASC in July.  We are looking forward to the commission's visit during the week of October 11th, and our confident that our self-study, which had more college-wide participation than any previous self-study, will be accepted and affirmed.

Thank you for a wonderful academic year and I wish you a wonderful summer!

Sincerely,


Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.
President
VP of Instruction Dr. Rajen Vurdien Named President of Fullerton College
On Tuesday, May 25, the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Rajen Vurdien as President of Fullerton College. Dr. Vurdien, who has been with Saddleback College since 2004, will be with us until June 18th and he will assume his new position July 19th.
VP of Instruction
Dr. Rajen Vurdien
Rajen
 
"I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead Fullerton College," said Dr. Vurdien.  "These are exciting times, as Fullerton College will be celebrating its centennial over the next two years.  I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, and administration, to create a shared vision for the second century success of Fullerton College."

President Burnett said, "While we are thrilled for Dr. Vurdien, we are sad to see him leave our college and district.  He has been an instrumental member of our executive management team and he has made numerous contributions to our campus, including accreditation, enrollment management, strategic planning, distance education and faculty hiring.  Fullerton College is very fortunate to get him as their next leader."
 
Dr. Vurdien has a B.A and an M.A from the University of Upper Brittany, Rennes, France, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the Mauritius Institute of Education.  He completed an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Psychological Studies in Education with a focus on the Psychology of Reading at Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1989 and an MBA from Long Island University in 1997.  He also participated in the Harvard University Management Development Program.
 



Saddleback College Welcomes New Dean of Fine Arts and Media Technology
Recently, Saddleback College faculty and staff welcomed Bart McHenry as the college's new Dean Dean McHenryof Fine Arts and Media Technology.  Mr. McHenry began his new position on Monday, May 24th.  

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President of Saddleback College, stated, "With his exceptional  academic experience in fine arts, theater, and film, Bart McHenry will be an outstanding dean of our Division of Fine Arts and Media Technology.  The Division offers multi-faceted and renowned academic programs and musical and theater performances and Bart will help us continue that rich tradition for our students and community."

Dr. Rajen Vurdien, Vice President of Instruction, stated, "Saddleback College is fortunate to have Bart McHenry join us as the Dean of the Division of Fine Arts and Media Technology, where our fine academic programs will benefit from his expertise." 

Dean Bart McHenry stated, "Having been a long-time admirer of the arts programs at Saddleback College, I am excited to now be an advocate for the outstanding faculty and artists teaching within the Division of Fine Arts and Media Technology."

Mr. McHenry served as a professor and department chair in the Department of Theater, Film and Television at Azusa Pacific University, where he managed nine separate budgets, raised approximately $500,000 in donations over five years, and increased course offerings through the creation of four new majors in cinematic arts, theater, screenwriting, and cinematic studies.  His teaching career started in 1994, when he was an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Azusa Pacific University, UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College.
As an administrator, Mr. McHenry is able to draw on his varied teaching background to relate to a wide variety of teachers in the arts.  With expertise in directing musical theater and vocal and audition training for musical theater, Mr. McHenry has conducted many musical theater auditioning master classes for colleges and conferences, and he has taught a wide range of classes including all levels of acting, voice and diction, introduction to theater, theater field study, great plays as literature, directing, musical theater, musical theater history, stage craft, fine arts appreciation, and senior capstone project advisor.  He has also directed a number of performances at Performance Riverside, Azusa Pacific University, Irvine Valley College, Long Beach Community Center, and the University of Southern California.

Mr. McHenry graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from UC Irvine.


Saddleback College Recognizes almost 2,200 Graduates at Commencement!
Saddleback College recognized 2,194 students, 1,276 who earned an associate degree and 918 who earned a certificate of achievement on Friday, May 21st at its annual commencement ceremony. The event, which was held in the college's gymnasium, featured the traditional
Photographer: Kin Kinder
commencement
processional and reading of graduates' names, along with Commencement Speaker Diane L. Harkey, Assemblywoman of California's 73rd District and Saddleback College's Alumna of the Year. 

 
During his welcome remarks, Dr. Burnett stated to the graduates, "By being here today you have demonstrated an enormous amount of persistence, determination, and effort, and for that you should be incredibly proud. "
 
During the ceremony, special recognition was given to Human Services Professor Rich Goodman, Saddleback College's Professor of the Year, and to Music Professor Louise Jacobs, the college's Associate Professor of the Year. 
 
Students participating in commencement are candidates for Associate in Arts and Science degrees and occupational certificates of achievement.  Over 1,500 students will also be transferring to four-year colleges and universities to continue studying for their baccalaureate degrees.  This year's graduates will be transferring to four-year institutions such as USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, San Diego State University, CSU Fullerton, and Arizona State University, among others.
 
Of the 1,276 students who earned an associate degree this year, 291 received honors, including 15 summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average), 106 magna cum laude (3.75 to 3.99 grade point average) and 170 cum laude (3.5 to 3.74 grade point average).  Showing the diverse range of ages at the college, the youngest graduate is 17 years of age, and the most senior graduate is 65 years of age.  One hundred thirty-five graduates are under the age of 20 and nineteen graduates are over the age of 55.

Student Commencement Speakers Brings Audience to Tears
If you did not attend the 2010 Commencement Ceremony, you missed hearing Lori Harris' moving story of love and loss and how Saddleback College helped her through the most difficult time in her life.

The Harris Family
Harris Family
Harris grew up Seal Beach, owned a salon in Sunset Beach and became a single parent at the age of 20. Then, she met the love of her life, Bret, a firefighter for L.A. City. She and Bret were raising five children, loved camping and loved their life. Then, in a blink of an eye, after 14 years of marriage, cancer took Bret and all the their future plans. Harris struggled to stay strong for her children and searched for a way to be a good role model.

Enrolling in Saddleback, Harris says, "I found the possibilities and, in the face of uncertainty, my children would regain optimism and hope as I began to rebuild our future." Wanting to lead by example, Harris maintained a 4.0 GPA while balancing school, a family and many extracurricular activities, including Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Harris is transgerring to UC Irvine to study Criminology, Law and Society, followed by law school.

But, no matter where she ends up in life, Harris says, "The greatest honor I can receive will come from my children. As they hold my hand when it is my turn to take my last breathe and say the words they spoke to their father, 'We know you loved us: Job well done!'"
$240,000 Awarded to 175 Students at Scholarship Ceremony!!
Following Commencement, Saddleback College held a Scholarship Ceremony where they awarded scholarships totaling more than $240,000 to more than 175 deserving students.  Thanks to a generous donation from the Bernard Osher Foundation, Saddleback College awarded an additional $15,000 in scholarships to help financially strained students offset the cost of their college education. Scholarship presenters included Board of Trustees President Donald Wagner, Trustee David Lang, President Burnett, Saddleback College Foundation President Gary Capata, Saddleback College Foundation President Elect Donna Varner, and Scholarship Chairman Dr. Michael Foudy.
 
President Burnett presented Melissa Fenerci with the Associated Student Government President's Scholarship for her excellent leadership to the college.  Academic Senate President Cosgrove presented Delainey Taylor with the Associated Student Government Outstanding Student of the Year Scholarship for her leadership, community involvement, and academic achievement.

Nursing Program Graduates 59 Students!
On May 18th, 59 graduates of the Saddleback College Nursing Program were honored with a traditional candlelight pinning ceremony, held in the McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College. 
 
The ceremony began with a Class Remembrance Speech by graduating student Dave McDowell.  Saddleback College Professor Diane Pestolesi then presented the class as Professors Phillis Kucharski and Michele Wolff honored each graduate with the time-honored nursing pin, a symbol of a nurse's service to others, and their induction into the nursing profession.
 nursing graduation
Saddleback College was also announced that its nursing program ranked first in several categories in National Council Licensure Examination (N-CLEX) performance for the October 2009-March 2010 quarterly report, with all 58 students who took the test for the first time passing. As stated in a recently released National Council of State Boards of Nursing report, the 100 percent score for Saddleback College's nursing students ranks the program first out of 92 associate degree in nursing programs in the state, first out of 584 of all associate degree in nursing programs in the nation, and first out of 972 of all nursing program across the nation.

President Burnett stated, "Our nursing program is among the finest in the nation and is known throughout the region for educating the best and the brightest in nursing.  Congratulations to our nursing students for their perfect N-CLEX performance and to our nursing faculty for their leadership and guidance, which in no small way has contributed to our students' success."

Saddleback College offers a National League for Nursing (NLN) and Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) accredited Registered Nursing Program. The purposes of the program are to provide the education necessary to develop competent practitioners in nursing and to provide a base for the continuing development of the student as an individual. Completion of the nursing program allows the student to sit for the State of California NCLEX examination.

Saddleback College Emeritus Institute Receives $55,000 Donation
Saddleback College's Emeritus Institute, a leader in providing challenging and rewarding programs specifically designed for older adults in south Orange County, recently received a $55,000 posthumous donation awarded by the estate of retired Emeritus Instructor Margaret (Meg) McAfee.
 
"We are most appreciative of Professor McAfee's generous gift to the college," said Dr. Tod A. Burnett, President. "This gift will help emeritus art students for many years to come and will serve as a lasting legacy to a great instructor."
President Burnett Accepts the Check from McAfee's Estate Executor
McAfee Check

 
Since McAfee had a passion for the arts, her contribution will benefit classes such as ceramics, jewelry making, painting, stained glass, drawing and sculpture, with a portion going toward scholarships for senior students.
 
"Meg was a wonderful instructor who inspired our students," said Sandy Marzilli, Director of the Emeritus Institute. "Her generosity is reflective of her love of teaching. The Emeritus Institute is fortunate to have received her generous gift."
 
Before she retired, McAfee said, "Seeing my students learn that they can do the work and thus grow in their skills and creative abilities is both challenging and exciting to me."
Saddleback Athletes are Scholar Ballers!
The Scholar-Baller program is an incentive-driven educational program focusing on the importance of academic excellence in addition to whatever these student-athletes are doing to strive for athletic excellence. It is explained to all student-athletes who wish to participate in intercollegiate athleticsat Saddleback College, especially those attending Saddleback for the first time as either
Photographer: Jerry Hannula
Scholar Baller
freshmen or transfer students. Student-athletes who attain a specific academic status with units completed and grade point average are allowed to wear the Think Man or Think Woman patch on their uniform during their sophomore year, showing opponents, peers, and the community that they have excelled academically.

There were 129 sophomores competing on our 19 athletic teams during the 2009-10 seasons.  Of this group, 36 were labeled as Scholar-Ballers (28%) and able to wear the patch.  Additionally, Saddleback College had 199 freshman competing this year to give us a unique student-athlete population of 328 actual participants. Of our 328 student-athletes, 149 made the Fall 2009 Honor Roll (45%) and 19 had a perfect 4.00 GPA.

Faculty Spotlight: Claire Cesareo-Silva
Anthropology Professor Claire Cesareo-Silva joined the faculty of Saddleback College in 2000, after having previously taught at several other colleges/universities including Whittier College, New York University and Columbia University. She is a cultural anthropologist who continues to do Cesaro-Silvaresearch, primarily in Brazil, on issues of agrarian reform, social movements, and the construction and use of social memory.

Cesareo-Silva was recently recognized for her work with distance education and she serves on Saddleback College's Distance Education Committee. She was awarded a 2010 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Individual Contributions in Staff Development for her work with the Online Teaching Certification program. The BbWorld 2010 Client Program Committee said that her "efforts in staff and professional development have been recognized as invaluable to the participants at large." 

Cesareo-Silva was very modest when speaking about the award, mentioning the recognition it brought the school and acknowledging all the people who helped her with the Online Educator Project, including Child Development Professor June Millovich, Distance Learning Librarian Elizabeth Horan, and Appliation Specialist IIValerie Senior.

Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences Patricia Flanigan Chapin was much more inclined to praise Cesareo-Silva, "While this certainly gives recognition to Saddleback College, it also speaks volumes to Cesareo-Silva's high level of expertise and innovation relative to Distance Education. Through good and bad times, her leadership in this area has had a huge impact on the success of our online classes."

Women's Tennis Wins 2010 State Championship!
For the second time in less than two months the Saddleback athletics department has been able to announce a state champion as the women's tennis team defeated DeAnza College to capture the state title! The Gauchos completed a perfect season to finish 18-0.

After dropping matches at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, the Gauchos won the final three singles matches to lead 4-2 heading into doubles play.  Saddleback then ended the match when the No. 3
Photographer: Jerry Hannula
Tennis Champs
doubles team of Michelle Neville and Carrisa Fleming dominated the De Anza duo, 6-1, 6-0, and the celebration was on.

For Saddleback, it was the first state title in program history. The Gauchos finished 129-23 in total matches won for the year, as No. 4 singles player Avriel Tomaiko was a perfect 17-0 and both the No. 2 doubles team of Erika Kagawa and Clara Kearney and the No. 3 doubles team of Neville and Fleming both finished a perfect 15-0 on the season. 

"We knew we had a deep team to start the season and they proved to be everything we expected, and then some," head coach Jay Amos said.  "You don't get to be a state champion without having great depth. Every one of our women have given us something to be very proud of."

Singles:
Cartoon Phukachampa (De Anza) def. Erika Kagawa (Saddleback) 6-1, 6-2               
Clara Kearney (Saddleback) def. Diane Lutran (De Anza) 6-3, 6-3
Samantha Lam (De Anza) def. Karley Pletcher (Saddleback) 6-1, 7-5
Avriel Tomaiko (Saddleback) def. Priyanka Parikh (De Anza) 6-2, 6-2
Michelle Neville (Saddleback) def. Ally Decaro (De Anza) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
Carrisa Fleming (Saddleback) def. Phoebe Tuay (De Anza)  6-1, 6-0

Doubles:
Pletcher/Tomaiko (Saddleback) vs. Phuckachampa/Lutran (De Anza) suspended
Kagawa/Kearney (Saddleback) vs. Decaro/Lam (De Anza) suspended
Neville/Fleming (Saddleback) def. Tuay/Parikh (De Anza) 6-1, 6-0                  

Fashion Students Show Creations to Sell-Out Crowd
Photographer:
Fred Cordon - Khordon Design Studio

Fashion Show
Fashion Department students successfully produced "Ethereal," a sold-out fashion show at The McKinney Theatre.

The show was completely produced by students and included fashion design students who created and constructed the clothing, hors d'oeuvres provided by the Culinary Arts department, taping of the show provided by Communication Arts Department, hair and makeup
Photographer:
Fred Cordon - Khordon Design Studio
Fashion Show 2
provided by the Lake Forest Beauty College and fashions students and local high school students acting as the runway models. The show waspresented and produced by Fashion 147, the Special Events class.


Four fashion industry experts judged the show and presented prizes in the categories of Fantasy, Evening Wear, Ready-to-Wear, Embellishment and Designing for a Cause. A cash prize of $300 was also presented to the winner for Best in Show.
 
 The following students were awarded $250 scholarships for "Acheivement of Excellence in Fashion Merchandising"
1. Amanda Schultz
2. Leslie Krawzyk
3. Rachel Mancini
Associated Student Government Holds Annual Banquet and Gives Awards
The outgoing Associated Student Government, Delainey Taylor, swore in the new ASG President, Melissa Fenerci. Several other outgoing members were recognized for their dedication to ASG and Saddleback College and new members were welcomed to the club.

Several awards were handed out at the banquet, including:
Betty Sherrer Spirit Award: Dr. Burnett
Leadership Mentor Award: Dr. Burnett
Heart of ASG Award: Connie McClain
Administrator of the Year: Audra DiPadova
Mary Lou DeLeva Award: Mike Hagan
Campus Police of the Year: Santos Garcia
Dean of the Year: Dixie Bullock
Maintenance and Operations Staff of the Year: Renee Barenbaum
Coach of the Year: Mark Moore
Classified Employee of the Year: Javier Williams
Counselor of the Year: Doug Barr
Teacher of the Year (full time): Rich Goodman
Teacher of the Year (part time): Louise Jacobs 
Presidential Highlights
The following is a quick overview of Dr. Burnett's schedule:

May 2010
Transfer Day Celebration...College-Wide Strategic Planning Forum and Accreditation Forum...ASG Banquet & Recognition Dinner...CSEA Monthly Meeting w/Shanna Moorhouse...Raghu's Retirement Party...Celebratory lunch with Professors of the Year (Louise Jacobs & Rich Goodman) and Classified Employee of the Year (Sara Sheybani)...Mary Williams Retirement Party...Saddleback College Commencement... Foundation Scholarship Ceremony...Board of Trustee Meeting...Wellness Center meeting...Foundation New Member Orientation, Saddleback College...ASG Leadership Dinner...SC Men's Basketball Banquet...KSBR Birthday Bash...Board of Governors Orientation Presentation...Women's Tennis Regional Finals Game...Softball Regional Playoff Game...Budget Process Meeting...UCI-Community College Luncheon
Upcoming Events

June 4th
Foundation Board Retreat
Hotel Laguna

July 6th
Third Session of Summer Classes

June 21st
Second Session of Summer Classes

July 16th
Third Session of Summer Classes

August 11th
College Picnic and Chili Cook-off
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Details to Follow

August 16th-20th
In-Service Week

August 23rd
Theatre Summer Series: Damn Yankees
McKinney Theatre