Fullerton College9/23/2013
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Fullerton College Honors Program
Fall Semester: Week 5    
Honors Counselor -- Appointments


It's Time to Schedule your Counseling Appointment!


Call 992-7084 or stop by the Counseling Office (2000 Building, 2nd Floor) to make an appointment with Linda Kelly-Mandich.


Honors Students need to meet with our Honors Counselor each and every semester to plan your course schedule, make sure you're on track to transfer and graduate, and discuss your academic goals.  Even if you meet with a counselor for another program (Athletics or EOPS), make sure you touch base with Linda Kelly-Mandich about your education plan and transfer plans at least once a year.   


Make your appointment now!


Coming in October:
Brown-Bag Lunch Workshops with Linda Kelly-Mandich
  • Educational Planning
  • Advanced Placement Coursework
  • AA-T Degrees 
  • Public vs. Private Universities
  • Honors Certification
  • TAP Certification
  • UCLA TAP Conference (November 9, 2012)
  • Spring Registration and more...
1913 Day - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Make sure you join us this Wednesday for Fullerton College's 1913 Day - September 25, 2013.    


11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Fullerton College Quad

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Fullerton College Quad


Antique autos, 100 actors impersonating the first students, the first teachers, and the first dean, townspeople and visiting celebrities will celebrate the bright future for Fullerton College expressed on that day 100 years ago There are rumors that trade union activists and suffragettes may attempt to disrupt the festivities for their own political purposes, but we are confident that we can maintain control of the celebratory event. Mayor George Amerige, Charles Chapman, and Henry Ford have agreed to speak from the center of the quad gazebo we are erecting for the event. Travel back in time to experience small town America and interact with some of Fullerton College's very first students and learn more about the history of our campus with the help of our centennial website:  




Watch the Centennial short documentaries by Jay Goldstein

1913 by History Professor Josh Ashenmiller

Fullerton College and the modern world were born in the same year. In 1913 the world of domination and hierarchy was giving way to a world of self-rule. Empires as old as China and Russia and as recent as Britain found their authority challenged by revolutionaries. In the United States reformers raced against revolutionaries to change the old regime so that it landed softly instead of shattering. Business and everyday life were also modernizing. Coal-fired engines shrank continents and oceans to the size of fiefdoms and ponds. Americans ate grapefruit for breakfast and banana splits for dessert and gradually forgot that those exotic fruits traveled to their tables from thousands of miles away. Naively, city dwellers embraced the arrival of autos and trucks as quieter and less-polluting than the horses and mules that had clopped along city streets for centuries. A truckload of fruit symbolized the emergence of Orange County citrus and oil as the cutting edge of early 20th-century business. To extend the profitable boom, Southern California elites built massive aqueducts to compensate for sporadic rainfall. Modernity did not just arrive in Fullerton; Fullerton was one of its origins.  


American society was rapidly becoming middle-class. Large corporations needed accountants and lawyers as much as miners and line workers. State colleges and land-grant universities made higher education increasingly affordable. Local school districts, such as Fullerton's, began offering post-secondary classes that eventually became the California community college system. Other states followed the pattern. Educated employees staffed the management ranks of Ford Motor Company and filled out crossword puzzles in their spare time. And for the first time in 1913, some of them filed federal income tax returns.


In 1913 more and more Americans expected, worked toward, and attained a comfortable life with a rich culture. That culture at times reflected the country's confidence, but at other times reflected the country's anxieties about modernity. Just as the Ballets Russes's "Rite of Spring" induced a riot in Paris, New York City's Armory show of modern paintings led Theodore Roosevelt to declare, "That's not art!"

In 1913, Americans commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which drew more attention than the actual war the U.S. was fighting in the Philippines. The American empire stretched across the Panamanian Isthmus and the Pacific Ocean, but European imperial capitals did not yet consider Washington to be their equal. Few leaders in government or in arms foresaw the apocalyptic bloodshed of the First World War, which began one year after Fullerton College began. But that war did more to upset the status quo than any revolutionary or modern artist ever dreamed. Like others born in 1913, such as Richard Nixon and Rosa Parks, Fullerton College entered the world at the breaking point of the modern age.


The pace was picking up, the lifestyle was improving, and agriculture was making room for urban living. The world was becoming smaller.

Latino Student Forum
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

Writing Center Workshops

The Writing Center offers various workshops throughout the semester to help you develop your writing skills. You do not need to register, but arrive early to ensure you get a space.  Room 808 


These are the upcoming workshops: 

Tuesday, September 24, 3:00-3:50
Put Your Five Senses to Work: Using Concrete Details
in Your Writing 
(Shawn Quirk)
See, hear, touch, taste, and smell your way to stronger writing. In this workshop, you will learn practical skills to help refine the
complex process of bringing imaginative writing and academic assignments to life with the power of image-driven language.

Tuesday, September 24, 4:00 - 5:00 
in the Transfer Center (212)
Personal Statements (Miguel Powers)
How can you make your personal statement stand out?
Learn how to compose and revise your personal statement so you can go "from the stack to the star." You are encouraged to bring a draft of your personal statement to the workshop.  Most appropriate for students
planning to transfer this year

For more information, visit the Writing Center's website at http://writingcenter.fullcoll.edu/workshops.html 

College Clubs

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

Every other Wednesday (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the Month) from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Room 323

Next Meeting: September 25th


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 - 4:00 p.m. Room 529

Next Meeting: October 2nd


Other Student Clubs: 


ENGAGE in STEM (online application)  

All Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors are welcome and encouraged to join.  

Upcoming event:

Computer Forensics Workshop for Community College Students, September 22, 12-3 pm

RSVP Required. Questions - engageinstemfc@gmail.com 

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 Thursday 12:45-2:50pm, Often in Room 623  



Wednesday, September 25 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Room 420


Political Science Student Association (PSSA)

Join to discuss political issues happening around the world. PSSA holds events, such as film screenings and presentations, for students to learn more about what goes on in our current politics. All majors are welcome!

1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Room 229 

Next Meeting: October 3 


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


Field Trip to MoLAA and CSU, Long Beach
Friday, October 11th
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (eta)

In honor of National Hispanic (Latino) Heritage Month, the Cadena Cultural Center invites you to join them on a tour of the Museum of Latin American Art - the only museum in the United States dedicated to the works of Latin American artists.  This tour includes an art workshop so students will take home artwork of their own creation.


Immediately following our visit to MoLAA, students will be taken to
California State University, Long Beach where the tour group will have lunch, a tour of the campus, and an admissions workshop.  Please bring good walking shoes and money for lunch!

For more information and to RSVP, please contact or visit the Cadena/Transfer Center, located in room 212.  The cost of the tour is $5 and you must reserve a space on the bus.


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

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 

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.  


Come by the office to pick up an application! (yes, we really have them)  We are located in Rm. 225, second floor of the 200 building. The application deadline is September 30, 2013


Save the Date - UCLA TAP Conference
Friday, November 8, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The UCLA TAP Conference provides potential transfer students with more information about the campus with an information fair, workshops, and tours. The conference also aims to help prospective students prepare to transfer successfully.  All honors students are encouraged to attend whether you're a new student or a returning student ready to transfer -- there's a lot of great information for all of you.  We will provide a bus for transportation.

For more information, please visit


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, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz 


UC TAG applications for fall 2013: September 1st - September 30, 2012   


Transfer Center Workshops - UC TAG Bldg 200, Room 212  

  • Fri, Sept 27, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 30, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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) 

Meet your Assemblywoman - Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-65th)


Monday, September 30

Room 1440

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Sharon Quirk-Silva is a school teacher who was elected to the California State Assembly in 2012 to represent California's 65th Assembly District, which includes her lifelong home of Fullerton, as well as the communities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Hawaiian Gardens, Cypress, La Palma and Stanton.


Prior to her election to the Legislature, Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva was elected to the Fullerton City Council in November 2004, where she was selected by her peers in 2007 to serve as mayor for two terms.


As a school teacher in Fullerton for 27 years, and a product of the district's public school system herself, Sharon Quirk-Silva brings a passion for education and public service with her to the Assembly. She also went on to earn an A.A. degree from Fullerton College and a Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton after receiving her B.A. from UCLA.


She serves on the following Assembly Committees:

  • Transportation
  • Higher Education
  • Accountability and Administrative Review
  • Housing and Community Development
Transfer Workshops

Save the date and mark your calendar.  Make sure you attend the Cadena/Transfer Center Workshops and make your transfer plan a reality. RSVP by contacting the Cadena/Transfer Center: (714) 992-7086!


CSU Application
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
Fri. September 27 12-1:30pm
Mon. September 30 2-3:30pm


Personal Statement 

Tue. September 24 4-5:30pm 


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


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


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


Transfer Basics 201: Competitive Admissions
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!

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


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

Professor, Political Science Department
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