Fullerton College9/9/2013
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This Week in Honors
Fullerton College Honors Program
Fall Semester: Week 3  
Getting Involved: More College Clubs

 If you missed last week's meeting, it's not too late to join one or both of our campus Honor Societies: Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).  They offer students the opportunity to display leadership, community service, and fellowship among other dedicated students.  There are scholarships available from each honors society.   


Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) Honors Society
AGS fosters, promotes, and recognizes scholastic achievement and serves the community and Fullerton College.

Every other Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Room 224

Next Meeting: September 11th


Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society 

PTK promotes scholarship, development of leadership, service, and cultivates fellowship among qualified students of this college.  

Every other Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., Room 529

Next Meeting: September 18th 



Other Student Clubs:   


Business Division Student Mixer

Tuesday, Sept 10th 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Room 224/226/228


Christian Student Club

Bible Study and Fellowship.  

Tuesdays at 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in Room 229 


International Club 
The International Club invites all students who are interested in deeper cultures sharing, networking with International Students. We will be introducing and sharing one cultural theme for each month. We encourage students to come and share their cultures background and knowledge with us.
In September, we'll be celebrating Latino Heritage Month. 
Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursday from 1:30-2:30pm. 
First meeting: This Thursday, September 12, Room: 220 at 1:30pm   


LAMBDA Society 

raises consciousness and understanding of FC student/faculty to the many diverse issues that affect and effect gays, lesbians, bi-sexual/transgender persons; acts as a support system; creates a comfortable environment on campus by promoting understanding, acceptance, and equality.

Every Monday from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Next Meeting: September 9th in Room 228


Math Colloquium
We invite all students to come see what is unknown in mathematics and/or what math can be used for.  Fullerton College faculty, student presentations, and guest speakers will present their research.    

Calendar for Events  

Meetings: Every Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Room 618 


Middle Eastern Club

Middle Eastern Club meeting. All students are welcome.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, Sept 18th at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in 1018


Political Science Student Association

encourages students to learn more about politics, internships, networking, and current events. In addition to the monthly meetings, guest speakers, film events, and other events will be planned. 

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month

Next Meeting: Thursday, Sept 19th at 10:30 a.m. in Room 229 



If you have club or organization information you'd like to share, please let me know so we can include it.   


A Lecture on Syria

An Introduction to Syria 
Monday, September 9th at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1440
The basics of what's happening in Syria.  Students, staff, and faculty are welcome.  
Professor Jodi Balma

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15, 2013 is National Hispanic Heritage Month
 Website: http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ 


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.


The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.  


This Year's Theme:

"Hispanics: Serving and Leading Our Nation with Pride and Honor"


Fullerton College Events
  • ¡Bienvenidos! Celebrating Latino Heritage Month
    Tuesday, September 17, 10am-3pm
    Join us in the campus quad from 10am to 1pm for our Celebración and then from 1-3pm in the College Center for the Latino Faculty and Staff Association's guest speaker. All are welcomed!
  • Latino Student Forum
    Tuesday, September 24, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
    College Center, Room 224-8
    This primary objective of the forum is to allow our Latino students a venue to discuss their experiences at Fullerton College in relation to their education and life goals. Topics will include information on student clubs, scholarships, negotiating parental pressures, and any topic that participating students will address during a question and answer session. A panel of students will provide a lively and interactive discussion. Nuestro Voz, Nuestro Educación! This forum is supported by the Fullerton College Puente Program
  • Día De Los Muertos - Day of the Dead 
    Thu, October 31, 6:30pm - 10:00pm
    Fullerton College, Campus Quad 
    The Fullerton College Social Sciences Division - Ethnic Studies Department invite the campus community to enjoy the moving sights and sounds of our Annual Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This year, we wish to thank the Muckenthaler and the James Irvine Foundation for their support of our Day of the Dead.

Website for more information: http://www.hispanicheritagemonth.org/  

Hunger in America and at Fullerton College
"A Place at the Table" - Film Screening
A Place at the Table Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary Movie HD
A Place at the Table Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary Movie HD
Monday, September 16th
3:30 p.m. Room 1440

The Political Science Student Association will be screening the documentary film, "A Place at the Table" about hunger in America.  After the film, Mark Lowry, Executive Director of the Orange County Food Bank will discuss hunger in our own community. 

PSSA will be issuing a club challenge to see which student club can bring in the most donations for the Chris Lamm Memorial Food Bank on campus. Collection boxes will be available around campus.

The campus community is invited to the film screening and to participate in the food drive.  

Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG)


Seven UC campuses offer guaranteed admission to California community college students who meet specific requirements.  Many also have scholarships, financial aid, and other transfer benefits in addition to guaranteed admission.  If you're planning to transfer next fall, make sure you complete the Transfer Admission Guarantee this September. 


By participating in a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) program, you will receive early review of your academic records, early admission notification and specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework.


The TAG matrix provides a list of participating campuses, eligibility criteria and campus-specific notes.   


How to apply for the Transfer Admission Guarantee
  1. Fill out an online TAG application and review it with your community college counselor and/or UC campus TAG adviser.
  2. When your TAG is approved, fulfill all remaining coursework and GPA requirements in your TAG agreement.
  3. Apply for admission to UC during the appropriate filing period.

Participating UC campuses: Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Diego (last year), Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz 


UC TAG applications for fall 2014: September 1st - September 30, 2013    


Transfer Center Workshops - UC TAG Bldg 200, Room 212  

  • Fri, Sept 20, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Fri, Sept 27, 12:00pm-1:00pm


UC Berkeley Starting Point Mentorship

UC Berkeley offers a mentorship opportunity and encourages students to reach their goals at a research university like Cal.


One way to learn about the transfer student experience at Cal is from students who can share what it is like to go through the application process, the transition the first semester on campus, taking upper division course work and other experiences.  And a way to connect with UC Berkeley students is through the Starting Point Mentorship Program, which provides community college students with UC Berkeley student mentors that offer guidance, motivation and access to campus and community resources. The program is specifically designed to encourage students from backgrounds that are underserved and/or non-traditional in higher education (re-entry students, student parents, veteran students, low income, first generation college students, underrepresented students, disabled students, etc.) and encourages all students to explore their academic potential and prepare for transfer to UC Berkeley.  Mentoring is completed by email, phone calls, campus visits, workshops, and the use of online technologies.  


To participate in the Starting Point Mentorship Program, stop by the Honors Office for an application in Room 225.  If you have questions, please contact Eva Rivas at UC, Berkeley at (510) 643-5740. 
TRSP Center @ UC Berkeley   


Testimonials from Starting Point mentees:
"Having a Cal student as a mentor is one of the best things I did at the community college.  The visits to classes were awesome and sold me on Berkeley and now here I am!"  Mentee from Berkeley City College

"I could count on my mentor to send me information on things I didn't even think about.  I couldn't visit the campus so she would forward articles on resources and send links that were important to me on my major, how to find jobs, scholarships, and studying in another country."  Mentee from Ohlone Community College  


UCLA's Transfer Alliance Program (TAP)

UCLA's Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) is a collaboration between local community college Honors/Scholars Programs and UCLA College (Letters and Science) in conjunction with Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools. The program is designed to foster academic excellence at the community college level and to promote diversity and retention in the UCLA transfer population. Member community colleges like Fullerton College provide enriched general education curricula emphasizing critical thinking, writing, and research through their Honors programs.


This year's TAP Conference is on Friday, November 8th, where prospective transfer students learn about UCLA's academic opportunities and expectations through attending workshops and talking with departmental representatives from academic and campus departments.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about UCLA and we encourage you to attend. 


TAP Applications will be available in January in the Honors Office.  Students who are Honors Certified at Fullerton College receive priority consideration for admission to UCLA College (Letters and Science). Admitted TAP students are eligible to apply for scholarships reserved for the Transfer Alliance Program. (FC Honors Alumni Maria Duque and Shayne Wiggins received $5,000 scholarships for the next two years at UCLA as TAP scholars) 



Transfer Workshops

CSU Application
Thu. August 29 2-3:30pm
Tue. October 1 2-3:30pm
Fri. Oct: 4 , 11, & 18 12-1:30pm
Tue. Oct. 22 5:30-6:45pm 


UC Application
Tue. October 29 2-3:30pm
Fri. Nov: 1 , 8, & 22 12-1:30pm


UC TAG Application
Tue. September 3 2-3:30pm
Fri. Sept: 6, 13, 20, 27 12-1:30pm
Mon. September 30 2-3:30pm


Personal Statement
Fri. Sep 20 12-1:30

Additional workshop dates TBA 


The Common Application
Fri. November 15 12-1:30pm


Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Wed. October 16 2-3:30pm


All Workshops below held in the Transfer Center, Room 212.
Please contact us to RSVP! 


Transfer Basics 101: The CSU & UC
Tue. September 10 12-1pm
Wed. October 9 2-3pm
Mon. October 21 12-1pm
Tue. October 22 3:30-5pm


Transfer Basics 201: Competitive Admissions
Thu. September 19 12-1pm
Mon. October 14 2-3pm
Mon. October 21 2-3pm


Transfer Basics 301: Special Transfer Programs
Mon. September 23 12-1pm
Tue. October 22 12-1pm


Transfer Basics 401: Transfer Exploration
Thu. October 24 12-1pm


Transfer Basics 501: Money Matters for Transfers
Thu. October 24 2-3pm


CSU Long Beach & MOLAA
Friday, October 11
Students will also tour the Museum of Latin American Art.
$5.00 fee (non-refundable) required to RSVP!
* * * *
UC Irvine "Transfer Track" Day
Friday, October 18
$5.00 fee (non-refundable) required to RSVP!


Associated Students Sticker

Do you have your A.S. Sticker?  

Make sure you get it and start saving.


Offering discounts to movies, events and approximately 60 local businesses, the A.S. Benefits Validation does it all!  The A.S. Validation offers free admission or discounts to Day Concerts, Food Events, Club Rush Days, Speakers, NiteLifes, "FC Days," Socials, Home & Away Sporting Events, Cultural Events, Fine Arts Events and much, much more!!

Services include:
· Free or discounted admission for A.S. and ICC sponsored events
· AMC, Edwards, Regal discounted theatre tickets (Rm 223)
· FC Days discount tickets for a variety of amusements (Rm 223)
· Discounts to local areas of entertainment and amusements
(membership cards in SCM Office, Rm 214, while they last)
· FC Bookstore discount (15% off clothing/gifts on A.S. Wednesdays")
· Discount or free admission to all home events
· Discounted admission to FC music, theatre and art Events
(advanced purchase encouraged - FC Box Office)
· 20% OFF price of all FC Cosmetology services
(does not include products)
· Free food at A.S. events


A current semester schedule/bill and valid photo I.D. must be shown to obtain Campus I.D. Card and/or validations.  For more information contact the Associated Students or Student Affairs Offices.  The fee is $8.50 for Fall and Spring Semesters, $4.25 for Summer Session.  Validation may be obtained during regular hours in the Student Center (Rm 214), the A.S. Office (Rm 222) and Student Affairs (Rm 223).


Honors Ambassadors
The Honors Ambassadors Program selects Honors students to promote the Honors Program to the community and prospective students and to help represent the campus. Honors Ambassadors help recruit new students, promote teh program on campus, give campus tours, assist in the planning and implementation of social events, and act as liaisons between the Honors student body and the Honors staff.

Meeting: Thursday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 229
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grants scholarships up to $30,000 per year for transfer students. 


  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2013, or a recent graduate (since spring 2009).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2014.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

While the Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.
How to Apply

The online application will open September 12, 2013. 

For the first time, the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship will have a two-phase application process. 

Phase One deadline is November 7, 2013 

Materials submitted:
  • Online application
  • One online recommendation from a professor or teacher at your community college (due November 11, 2013)

If you are selected as a semifinalist based on the Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process. 

Phase Two

 application requirements will include:
  • Continuation of student online application, including transcripts
  • Student Financial Form, including  a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return
  • Parent Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return (required for applicants under 30 years of age)
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from the 2013-14 FAFSA
  • Second recommendation (due January 20, 2014)
Phase Two deadline is January 16, 2014


The Honors Program Staff is here to help you.  If you have any questions, please stop by our office in College Center: Room 225 or 714.992.7133. 

Jean Foster, Administrative Assistant
Michelle Kim, Student Assistant
Jodi Balma, Coordinator


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Jodi Balma
Coordinator, Honors Program
Honors Program, College Center, Room 225

Professor, Political Science Department
Political Science Office 1425-02 714.992.7522
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