Fullerton College10/14/2013
This Week in Honors
Half-Way Point
Harvest of Empire
TAP Conference Canceled
Women in STEM
Great Shakeout
PTK All-American Team
Honors Counselor
Personal Statements
Research Conferences
Writing Center
College Clubs
UC Irvine Transfer Track
JKC Foundation
Transfer Workshops and University Representatives
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This Week in Honors
Fullerton College Honors Program
Fall Semester: Week 8      
Half Way Point 
This week marks the half way point for the semester. It's a good opportunity to take a breath, realize how much you've accomplished, and take stock of your progress.

It's easy to just take classes and leave.  I challenge each of you to get involved on campus and truly become part of this school.  You have the opportunity to become a campus leader, make lifelong friends, get to know your faculty, and so much more...   
If this is your first year, have you:
  • visited your professor's office hours or talked with them outside of class?
  • joined a student club or gotten involved with a campus program (debate, theater, sports, etc)?
  • visited the Transfer Center or attended a transfer workshop
  • made an appointment to meet with Linda Kelly-Mandich or plan on attending one of her October workshops?
  • worked on a Educational Plan with Linda Kelly-Mandich?
  • made friends outside of class?
  • gone to http://assist.org to find out what classes you'll need to transfer
  • attended some of the amazing cultural events from the Cadena Cultural Center?
  • thought about joining Associated Students?
  • visited the Writing Center and Tutoring Center for some extra help on assignments?
  • met with a STEM counselor, if you are a STEM student?
If this is your last year at Fullerton College, have you
  • attended Transfer Center workshops about applications and transferring?
  • met with a transfer rep from your transfer school?
  • know the deadlines for CSU applications: Oct 1 - Nov 30
  • know the deadlines for UC applications: Nov 1 - Nov 30
  • applied for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Nov 7th 
  • attended the Transfer Center's workshop on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships on Wednesday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m. in Room 212
  • gotten to know a faculty mentor so they can write you a great letter of recommendation when you need one?
  • prepared an academic resume so you can help your professors write a great letter of recommendation (Academic Resume template)
  • drafted a personal statement for UC applications.  There are a number of TC workshops that can help you get started:  
    • Thu. Oct 17 (UCI) 2-3pm
    • Tue. Oct 29 (Part II) 4-5:30pm
    • Thu. Nov 7 (Part II) 3-4:30pm
  • joined a student club -- it's not too late to get involved
  • made friends outside of class?
  • attended some of the amazing cultural events from the Cadena Cultural Center?
  • made an appointment to meet with Linda Kelly-Mandich or plan on attending one of her October workshops?
  • worked on a Educational Plan with Linda Kelly-Mandich? 
  • requested your scores and transcripts because they can take a while to come?
  • filled out an Honors Certification form?
  • met with a STEM counselor, if you are a STEM student?
  • figured out if you can receive any degrees (i.e. AA, AS)?
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Harvest of Empire Official Trailer 
Harvest of Empire Official Trailer
Monday, October 14th
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room 1440

In honor of National Hispanic (Latino) Heritage Month, the Political Science Student Association invites you to a film screening and panel discussion of the movie, "Harvest of Emipire" with Professor Adela Lopez.  


From the Washington Post review of the film, "For all the talk about immigration, rarely does the conversation veer into why so many Latinos have come to the United States. "Harvest of Empire" attempts to fill in the gaps, and the reasons don't include some naive notion about streets being paved with gold. The documentary, based on the book by journalist Juan Gonzalez, makes a persuasive argument that immigration from Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba and other nations is the direct result of American maneuvering in Latin America."  


All campus staff, faculty, and students are invited.   

UCLA TAP Conference - Canceled




From UCLA:  "Due to budgetary and staffing challenges, we are unable to host the conference. We apologize for this late notice."

UCLA is offering a variety of other opportunities for prospective transfer students to learn more about UCLA and the process of applying for admission. Four events will be held on campus in the coming weeks:

Saturday, October 12UCLA Transfer Day
Friday, November 15UCLA Transfer Day
Wednesday, October 16UCLA Transfer Evening Session
Wednesday, November 20    UCLA Transfer Evening Session

To register for these events (as well as other programs throughout the state), please visit UARS List of Events for Fall 2013 - Transfer. We will also hold a number of online chats and webinars for prospective transfers. Details can be found at www.preptalk.tv.


Women in STEM - FC Alumna Luz Jimenez Vela
Fullerton College graduate and current Chapman University student Luz Jimenez Vela will speak to students interested in STEM at a special event taking place on Thursday, October 17 at 4:30 pm. in Room 224/226/228.

While at Fullerton, Jimenez was awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke scholarship and last summer, was a intern at the Europe Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland.
Orange County Register Article on Luz Jimenez Vela

Men outnumber women in most STEM careers. Currently, only 17% of chemical engineers and 22% of environmental scientists are women. Companies want to hire and keep qualified female employees so the future is bright.

Visit www.engageinstemfc.com for more information.
The Great Shakeout - Thursday, October 17

This Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m., Fullerton College will again participate in The Great Shakeout, California's state-wide evacuation drill. This drill serves as a reminder that everyone should always be prepared for the "Big One," which could happen at any time.

Faculty who have class at 10:17 a.m. are asked to have their students "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" The college will then participate in a campus-wide evacuation exercise. Campus Safety will provide each division and department with evacuation instructions. 
PTK All-American Team

 Past Fullerton College PTK All-American Team students meeting with state Senator Mimi Walters with PTK Advisor Brandon Floerke.  



Seeking Outstanding Students for Scholarship Nomination

Dear Students, 

We are pleased to announce that the All-USA Community College Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Programs will continue in 2013.  The collaboration of USA TODAY, Follett Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, AACC and Phi Theta Kappa will lead to students being featured in an April issue of USA TODAY and the awarding of nearly $350,000 in scholarships to outstanding community college students.  

Two students will be selected as nominees from Fullerton College, and those students will be recognized in the All-State Academic Team.  Fullerton College will fly our academic team to Sacramento to be honored in a ceremony where they will meet their state representatives, get a VIP tour of the Capital Building, and receive a medal.  They will also receive special recognition at the Fullerton College commencement ceremony.

At this time, we are seeking qualified applications.   To qualify, students must be on track to receive an Associates or Bachelors degree, maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA, and must have completed 36 college units. Students do not need to be a members of Phi Theta Kappa.  

For more information about the scholarships available, or to apply, please visit:


Phi Theta Kappa members may log in using their Phi Theta Kappa username and password.  If they have forgotten their log in, follow the steps on the log in page for "PTK Member Password Recovery."  

Non-members may access the application by selecting the link that says "Create an Account" on the log in page.  Non-members should follow the instructions to create an account and view the application.  You do not need to be a PTK member to apply.

Once the student has logged in, he or she should select the link in the center of the page that says "2013 Fall Common Scholarship."  They should follow the instructions and enter the enrollment key when instructed.  The application is a Common Application and Phi Theta Kappa members may apply for separate Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite, GEICO and/or Hites Transfer Scholarships at the same time as the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

Enrollment code: MDQ4NzYy5214

The application is completed entirely online.  The website allows you to begin working on the application, save your progress, and return to work on it at any time.  This is a good thing because it is a long application.  Applications must be submitted no later than 12:00 noon on November 15, 2012.  After all applications have been received, we will notify the winners by November 19.

There will be an information meeting on October 16 at 3:00 pm in room 515.  This will take place during the Phi Theta Kappa meeting, but you do not need to be a Phi Theta Kappa member to attend.


If you have any questions email Brandon Floerke directly:  bfloerke@fullcoll.edu


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!


Brown-Bag Lunch Workshops with Linda Kelly-Mandich
  • Educational Planning
  • Advanced Placement Coursework
  • AA-T Degrees 
  • Public vs. Private Universities
  • Honors Certification
  • TAP Certification
  • Spring Registration and more...
Tues, Oct. 29 12-1pm Room 229
Wed, Oct. 30 12-1pm Room 227
Personal Statement Tips

Fretting over your personal statement? Fussing about ways to proceed? Then take a break and read some helpful hints from Berkeley, UCI, UCLA and other great schools. These tips derive from meetings over the years with key admissions personnel, as well as from presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference.  I hope you don't think of your essay as something you can do well at the last minute. It takes thought. And time. Teachers who offer workshops in the personal statement advise you to allow several weeks (some say months) to prepare it.  


So let's get started - read the full article below:


Personal Statement by Chuck Whitechurch

Research and Conferences

Presenting your academic research at a conference is a great opportunity to set yourself apart from the crowd when you're applying for transfer.  As an honors student, you can apply for the Honors Transfer Council of California's Research Conference next spring (conference date: Saturday, April 5, 2014).  If you're writing a research paper this semester, you can easily use that topic as your presentation material.


More information about the Honors Transfer Council of California Research Conference:  http://htcca.org/students/ 

Deadline to apply for the conference is in December. 
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: 

Wednesday, October 16, 2:00-2:50
Put Your Five Senses to Work: Using Concrete Details in Your Writing (Patricia Thomas)
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, October 22, 1:00-1:50
Taming the Thesis Statement (Selena Zeledon)
Do your thesis statements run away from you? Do they sometimes change the direction of your paper? In this workshop, you will learn strategies and tips for composing and working with effective thesis statements that will do what you want them to do.

Thursday, October 24, 1:00-1:50
Writing about Literature (Selena Zeledon)
This workshop will focus on how to develop an argument about literary texts, how to choose and use quotations to support your claims, and how to analyze literature using different theories and techniques. It will teach you how to avoid summarizing a text and making other common mistakes in writing about literature.

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: October 23rd


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 16th


Other Student Clubs: 


ENGAGE in STEM (online application)  

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

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  


LAMBDA raises consciousness and understanding of FC students/faculty to the many diverse issues that effect gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals/transgender persons; to act as a support system; create a comfortable environiment on campus by promoting understanding, acceptance, and equality. 

Every Monday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Room varies

Next Meeting: October 14th


Latina Leadership Network

We bring together many diverse individuals who understand the need for promoting higher education and the professional development of Latinas and worked to overcome institutional and personal barriers impeding that development and success.

Every Tuesday, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Room 412

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 15th


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 17th  



STOMP stands for Student Transfer Opportunity Mentorship Program. This is a new club on campus that is focused on creating a transfer-driven community with an emphasis on UCs, out-of-state, and private universities. If you're interested in transferring, this is a great club to join.

Every Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 Room 312

Next Meeting: October 15th


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


UC Irvine Transfer Track
Friday, October 18
7am - 2pm
Then Reserve your Transportation in the Cadena/Transfer Center, Rm212
$5.00 cash (non-refundable)

What to Expect:

♦ Learn about majors offered at each academic school during our University Fair
♦ Discover opportunities for financial aid, housing, and transfer services
♦ Hear about UCI's one-year housing guarantee for transfer students
♦ Discover UCI's vibrant campus life on a campus tour
♦ Visit the Transfer Student Center 


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 

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 and University Representatives

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
Fri. Oct. 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


Personal Statement 

Tue. October 29 4-5:30pm

Thu. November 7 3-4:30pm


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
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
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



UC Irvine "Transfer Track" Day
Friday, October 18
$5.00 fee (non-refundable) required to RSVP!


University Representatives:

Be sure to meet with representatives to ensure that transfer rules have not changed and to go over IGETC and major prep courses. This way you will be completely prepared to transfer and can ask your questions that are specific to a certain school. 


The schedule for university reps. can be found on the link below:


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


Join our Facebook Page: FC Honors Program 


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

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