|Volume II Issue VIII||October 2010 |
Miki Mikolajczak, Transfer Center Coordinator, and President Burnett at Transfer Day
Photo by Jorge Guerrero
The fall semester is in full swing and the month of October
in particular promises to be a highlight of the entire academic year as the
ACCJC accreditation team makes its visit to our campus during the week of
October 18-21. From numerous college-wide workshops on accreditation to
the extensive work on the completion of our self-study, we are well positioned
for the team visit and I am fully confident that Saddleback College's
accreditation will be reaffirmed with flying colors. The team will be led
by Dr. Joan Smith, Interim Chancellor of the Yosemite Community College
District, who has already visited our college in preparation of the team
All of us on campus should be prepared for the accreditation visit. Please visit our accreditation website at www.saddleback.edu/accreditation
and read the information provided below to familiarize yourself with the
process and your role. Information on the visiting team members will be
sent out campus-wide this week.
In the midst of preparation for our accreditation team visit, we have seen some
changes here at Saddleback College. With the recent reorganization of
ATEP, we are pleased to welcome back Rocky Cifone as Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development. Rocky worked with us for
eight years in our Divisions of Fine Arts and Athletics before serving a year
at ATEP as the Dean of Instruction and Student Services. We also
welcome Jacqui Franks, who will be coming to us from ATEP as a Senior
Administrative Assistant to oversee the college's master calendar. We
look forward to working with both Rocky and Jacqui!
This month we also began work on the college's five-year education and
facilities master plan. Many of you have already met with gkkworks, who
are the consultants heading up work on the plan. The process is a comprehensive
one to ensure that all on campus have the ability to offer their input in the
plan. Keep an eye out for a survey from gkkworks that will provide all of
us with the opportunity to provide our feedback on our program and facilities
Indeed, there is much to keep us busy this semester. And we are fortunate
to have many opportunities on our campus to enjoy the arts, athletics, and
cultural activities, such as the Anthropology Speaker Series and the
International Film Festival. I know these events take considerable time
to coordinate in addition to our day-to-day work and I thank those who go above
and beyond to provide these unique opportunities for our students, faculty,
staff, and community.
To celebrate our college and alumni, I hope to see you all
at our Homecoming football game on Saturday, October 16th, as we
take on the Grossmont College Griffins. Go Gauchos!
Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.
Accreditation Team Visit October 18th-21stAs you have undoubtedly heard, Saddleback College is having an accreditation team site visit on October 18th-21st. It is going to take the entire Saddleback College community to help secure accreditation reaffirmation! Throughout
their visit, members of the accreditation team will meet and speak with students, faculty, staff, and management about the college, its mission and everyone's roles in meeting
So, what can you do to prepare? Accreditation is the responsibility of every member of the College community. From the beginning, the process for the Self Study review has been inclusive and transparent, and has benefited from the participation of individuals across the campus, including students, faculty, classified staff, classified managers, administrators, and district representatives. Your continued participation is necessary through the site visit in October. Below is a list of what you should do in preparation for the visit:
- Talk with others about the strengths and weaknesses of your program or area, and be prepared to engage in an open and honest dialogue with the visiting team members.
Finally, please be sure to review the college's vision, mission and values! Think about how your department fits into the college mission and be able to speak about that.
- Attend scheduled meetings with members of the Accreditation Team. Information on the dates and times for these meetings will be provided closer to the week of the visit.
Together, we WILL get our accreditation reaffirmed!
2010-2011 Education and Facilities Master Plan
years, all California community colleges are required to submit an updated
Education and Facilities Master Plan (EFMP) to the state chancellor's office
which is used to prioritize, approve, and fund most of the campus facility
projects. Over the coming months,
Saddleback College will be undergoing a college-wide
process to update our EFMP. This
process provides Saddleback College with an opportunity to evaluate existing facilities and determines how new and renovated facilities could
improve instruction, support services, and campus operations while
enhancing student success.
The timing for
Saddleback College is perfect, having recently completed the 2010-2013
Strategic Plan and Accreditation Self Study, as well as the district's first
20-Year Facilities and Scheduled Maintenance Plan. This is an ideal opportunity to better focus on educational planning that is
directly tied to campus facilities needs for the next five, 10, and 20 years.
EFMP is a college-wide process that will include the shared vision of students,
faculty, staff, management, and members of the community. Everybody's
input is welcome to complete this effort and to move the college toward its
vision of being "the first choice of students who seek a dynamic, innovative,
and student-centered postsecondary education." To help facilitate this
process, gkkworks, a nationally recognized planning, architecture, and
construction services firm, has been retained by the district.
The college EFMP
process will begin with the collection of existing data from all areas of the
college including instruction, support services, and campus operations. Beginning in September, gkkworks began conducting a series of
interviews with several focus groups representing every division and department
on campus. These focus groups will provide quantitative and qualitative
information on ways to better meet our campus facility needs and desires.
In addition, gkkworks
will be distributing a campus survey that will provide all students, faculty,
staff, and management with an opportunity for individual input. Also, gkkworks
will be visiting with Saddleback College's consultation council and four governance groups
(Academic Senate, Classified Senate, Associated Student Government, and
Once all of the
data has been collected, gkkworks will synthesize the information and
share it with the college community. Once the education plan is
completed, the EFMP process will continue with the development of a campus
facilities plan that is directly tied with the educational needs and desires
for the immediate and long-term future. The final EFMP is expected to be
completed, published, and distributed by July 2011.
information on gkkworks and the EFMP, please visit www.socccdefmp.com.
Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth HoranElizabeth
Horan became the Distance Learning Librarian at Saddleback College in fall of
2008. She had previously worked at Coastline Community College and earned
her Master's of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at San Jose State University. Horan is currently earning a
Masters of Instructional Design Technology (MSIDT) at Cal State Fullerton and will
finish this spring.
At the suggestion of Dr.
Bob Bramucci, Vice Chancellor of Technology and Learning Services, Horan created the Saddleback Library YouTube Channel: SaddlebackLIBRARY, and
populated it with short videos. Seeing a potential benefit to students, the librarians
agreed it would be a good idea to have all the library videos in one place. The YouTube videos show students how to search
the library databases, check if the library has their textbook and how to do a
publication search. New videos are being added every week.
In addition to having all the videos in one place for students to find, YouTube
finds similar videos that other people have created that could also help our
students. YouTube and
the Saddleback Library is a win win situation!
President Hosts Annual State of the College BreakfastPresident Tod Burnett welcomed more than 30 guests to his Annual State of the College Breakfast on Thursday, October 7th. Attendees included Mayor Pro Tem of Mission Viejo Dave Leckness, Mission Viejo City Council Member John Paul Ledesma, Laguna Niguel City Council Member Joe Brown, and Vince Brantley from the South Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Other guests included representatives from the Office of Congressman Gary Miller and State Senator Mimi Walters and local and nation-wide businesses and education.
During the breakfast, President Burnett spoke about the college's accomplishments since last year and his goals for this academic year. During the presentation Dr. Burnett stressed the importance of updating campus buildings and partnering with local businesses to ensure that the college's career technical education programs are training students for the work that out local businesses need. To view President Burnett's State of the College Report, click here.
After President Burnett's presentation, the President of the Saddleback College Foundation, Donna Varner, spoke about goals and plans for the foundation, including the annual gala, which will be held in February 2011.
Saddleback College Welcomes Local
High School Officials to Annual K-12 Partnership Breakfast President
Burnett welcomed more than 30 local school officials to the Saddleback College K-12 Partnership Breakfast on Thursday,
September 30th. The event provided an opportunity to learn about Saddleback
College's degree and certificate programs, career technical education, and
Dr. Burnett welcomed the crowd,
which included principals, vice-principals, superintendents, and trustees of local school districts, and stated, "Saddleback College and our local K-12 community form a
great collaborative team that, first and foremost, benefits students but also
is financially beneficial to our schools. Saddleback College offers
something for every student, including job training, transfer, degrees, and certificates
Speakers at the event included Vice President for Instruction Don Busche, Dean of Fine Arts
and Media Technology Bart McHenry, Cinema, Television and Radio Professor Hiro
Konishi, Transfer Center Coordinator Miki Mikolajczak, Capistrano Valley High School Assistant Principal Rocky Murray, and President of the Saddleback College
Associated Student Government Melissa Fenerci.
Career Center Hosts Career Webinar Series To help
Saddleback College students prepare for their job searches, the Saddleback College Center for
Career and Life Development and TalentMarks.com, a firm dedicated to
providing career coaching to graduates and alumni, are offering nine
lunch-time webinars. The webinars will feature experts who will share
with students how to organize their job search, plan their career, build
a network, create their brand, develop resumes, and use LinkedIn
and Facebook to find a job.
The free webinars are
held on Wednesdays from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Saddleback College Center for
Career and Life Development office, SSC #140. For more information and to RSVP, call
949.582.4575, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
dates and topics:
13th, Career Planning with Christine Hassler, Author and Former Hollywood Agent
20th, Networking with Diane Carling, Author and Speaker
27th, Resumes with Wendy Enelow, Author and Career Coach
3rd, Facebook with Natascha Saunders, Certified Career Coach and Speaker
10th, LinkedIn with Jason Alba, CEO of JibberJabber.com and Personal Branding Strategist
17th, Branding with William Arruda, President of Reach, the global leader in personal branding
1st, Job Search with
Donald Asher, Internationally Recognized Author and Speaker
8th, Job Retention with Roz Usherhoff, Owner of The Usheroff Institute, Inc.
Transfer Day is a Hit with Students!
This year, the Transfer Center hosted the largest Transfer Day in the college's history! More than 80colleges and universities were represented at the event and hundreds of students received invaluable one-on-one time with these representatives.
Photo by Jorge Guerrero
Additionally, the Transfer Center facilitated six workshops that offered advice about transferring to USC, UCLA, UCs, CSUs, and in-state private universities and out-of-state colleges and universities. All of the workshops were well-attended with standing room only!
Praise continues to come in about the event and representatives have expressed their gratitude to Saddleback College and the Transfer Center for successfully preparing students to transfer to their colleges and universities!
|VETS Resource Fair Connects Veterans with Vital Education Information
On Thursday, September 23rd, the Saddleback
College Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) program hosted a Veterans Resource Fair to help veterans connect
with resources to achieve their educational and life goals after service. The Resource Fair attracted more than 150
Photo by CJ Serranoparticipants to the approximately 40 internal and external
organizations and services that are available to student veterans and their families.
The Veterans Resource Fair presented an all-in-one opportunity for student veterans to learn about the VETS program
on campus including the VETS Center, Student Veterans Association, Transfer Center, Center for Career and Life Development, Disabled Students
Programs and Services, and Learning Assistance Program.
organizations included AMVETS, Wounded Warrior Project, Children of Fallen Soldiers, Laguna Hills VA Clinic, American Legion-Post 862,
Troops to Teachers, South Orange County Vet Center, Foundation VSO, and
Orange County's One Stop employment center.
With a vision
to become the model veterans program in post secondary education, the VETS Program was developed to provide current and prospective
Saddleback College students who are United States military veterans, active
military, and their families with access to educational opportunities and the
necessary support services to reach academic success, their career goals, and
transition back into civilian life. Student veterans are aided by a
specialty veterans' counselor, "Boots to Books" transitions course, Veterans Outreach Aide and Marine Veteran, on-site service officer,
awareness events such as the Veterans Resource Fair, and numerous ties to
Orange County agencies and organizations.
In other news, Saddleback College was featured in a veterans-related video
presented to the White House Summit on Community Colleges by the California Community
College State Chancellor's Office. Please, click here to see the video.
College 9/11 Commemoration Honors First Responders, Active Military, and
Veterans In a ceremony that included
veterans and Orange County Fire Authority Chief Rick Robinson, Saddleback
College paid tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and to
those who have committed themselves to defending our nation in the years since
the tragic events of that day. The commemoration took place in front of the Saddleback College
Veterans Memorial, with the college's Chief of Police Harry Parmer, a Marine
Corps veteran, serving as the Master of Ceremonies.
"September 11, 2001 was a day
that affected all of our lives and altered the course of our nation's history,"
said Dr. Burnett. "I want to thank everyone who came out to reflect today and
honor not only those who perished, but also those who continue to sacrifice
their very own lives to protect our country."
Keynote Speaker Chief Robinson
shared his feelings of 9/11 with the crowd, "Seeing those three firefighters
raise a flag on the site of the World Trade Center towers is an iconic memory for me.
That day reminded me that heroes will arise unexpectedly in the face of dangers."
The first speaker at the event
was Jack Williams IV, a Saddleback College Dean's List student and USMC veteran,
who served a tour of duty in Iraq. He was 15 years old on September 11, 2001
and he reflected about feeling a deep anger that he had never experienced.
"That day fundamentally altered the course of my life. Today, after serving in
the military, I am still angry but I also recognize that our nation is not
naturally invulnerable and we need to constantly support those who sacrifice
their lives to defend our country."
During a moment of silence, a wreath was laid at the veterans memorial by
President Burnett, Chief Robinson, Williams, Saddleback College Police Officer
Santos Garcia, and Academic Senate President Carmen Dominguez. Saddleback College
Music Student Trevor Drury, a tenor, followed the silent reflection with a
moving rendition of "America the Beautiful."
|The Department of Theatre and Arts Presents Bat Boy: The Musical
A Classic Love Story with a Serious Bite!
By: Nina Welch, Public Information Officer Fine Arts Department
The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College is pleased to
present Bat Boy: The Musical, a campy musical comedy, based on the book by
Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence
Ripped from the
headlines in the Weekly
World News, a half-boy half-bat creature is discovered in a cave near
Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local
sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian where the
pointy-eared adolescent is eventually accepted as a member of the
This smart and playful "spoofical" is licensed under agreement
with Weekly World News. Directed by Daniel R. Trevino and Choreography
by Ellen Prince, don't miss this cult hit horror show at the Studio
Theatre on October 8th - 17th.
Dates: October 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and October
16 and 17 at 3 p.m.
Saddleback College Theatre Arts program produces several fully-staged shows in which
students are encouraged to participate. Theatre Arts students are given
the opportunity to audition for every production and Theatre Arts
students are given priority in the casting process. In addition there
are numerous opportunities for students to contribute in backstage
activities of all college productions.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (949) 582-4656 (noon - 4p.m.,
Tuesday-Saturday) and online at www.saddleback.edu/arts. Prices are $13
general; $12 students/seniors/Angels; $9 with Saddleback ASB card.
New Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development: Rocky Cifone
In its most recent meeting, the South Orange County Board of Trustees approved the re-assignment of Dean Rocky Cifone as
Saddleback College's new Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce
Development. Previously, Dean Cifone served as Dean of Instruction
and Student Services at the Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP) in Tustin
following an eight-year stint as Saddleback College's Dean of Fine Arts - four of which
included overseeing the Division of Physical Education and Athletics.
As Dean of Business Science and Economic and Workforce Development, Dean Cifone
will provide leadership for Saddleback College's business science instructional programs, serve
as the college's key economic and workforce development leader, and develop
educational partnerships with business, industry, government, and educational
partners. With its excellent Career Technical Education programs and
superb geographic location, Saddleback College is well positioned to harness
the opportunities in the business and industry
At ATEP, Dean Cifone was responsible for day-to-day operations as well as
planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and evaluating staff, instructional
programs, and student services. With an emphasis on Workforce and
Economic Development and Career Technical Education, he planned programs and
services consistent with identified interests and needs not met by traditional
college programs and developed and implemented appropriate methods and
procedures to optimize efficient and effective delivery of instruction and
support services to students.
Dean Cifone returned to Saddleback College on October 4th. Please be sure to welcome him back to the Saddleback College community!
Presidential Highlights - September Assisted Students at the Student
Information Desk...Attended Transfer Day...Served on the SOCCCD Chancellor Hiring Committee...Attended the Foundation
Finance Committee Meeting... Attended the college's September 11th Commemoration...Taught
Applied Psychology 166...Attended
the Division of Health Sciences and Human Services Special College Accreditation...Attended the 2010
Vision for Student Success Information Workshop...Attended the Foundation
Executive Meeting...Attended the Black
Chamber Commerce of OC Gala - Guest of Southern California Army Advisory Council...Attended the Angels for the Arts
Appreciation Luncheon...Hosted Board of Trustee Dinner by
Saddleback Culinary Art Students...Attended the Board of Trustee Meeting...Attended the Orange County Business Council Complimentary Event: OC Film Premiere of "Waiting
for Superman"...Met with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Accreditation Team
Homecoming Football Game
Second Eight-Week Classes Begin
October 18th-21stSOCCCD Board of Trustees Meeting
Accreditation Team visit
Offices Building, Ronald Reagan Board of Trustees Room
October 28thSaddleback College Foundation Board of Governors MeetingSaddleback College
California Board of Governors Meeting