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Board Accolades July-August 2017

  • Del Mar College is proud of Biotechnology majors Danial Nasr Azadani, Reavelyn Pray and John Ramirez, who made up the College’s team and took rst place in June as competitors in the nal round of the National Science Foundation and American Association of Community Colleges third annual Community College Innovation Challenge. e team won the national award for their product, EnteroSword, which is a spray that slows the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. e competition was all about innovation and entrepreneurial thinking using students’ knowledge and skills in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas to develop solutions to complex, real-world problems. Del Mar’s team made the nal round for their project focused on bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics treatment methods by advocating the use of tailor-made viruses that target harmful bacteria without endangering humans. e students study under the mentorship of Natural Sciences Department faculty Dr. John “Rob” Hatherill, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Daiyuan “Daisy” Zhang, Associate Professor of Biotechnology. Congratulations!

  • Kudos goes to Mary McQueen, Executive Director of Development and the DMC Foundation, and her team for another successful “Stringers for Scholarships” Fishing Tournament to raise more funds for Del Mar College students. Held June 16-17, the fourth annual scholarship fundraiser was a collaboration between the Foundation and LNV, Inc., at Marker 37. e two- day event attracted 49 teams and raised $40,000 to assist our students with realizing their dreams.

  • On July 18, the Del Mar College Foundation accepted a $51,000 donation from Flint Hills Resources in support of several initiatives. Among those programs receiving was the College’s Corpus Christi Prefreshman Engineering Program (CCPREP), which is part of the state-wide TexPREP, and organized by James Shollenberger, CCPREP Director and Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Nedal Shheber, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. CCPREP received $19,700 for new robot kits that seventh through ninth graders used during this summer’s camp and $20,000 to support the program overall, allowing participants to attend for free. e check presentation was scheduled during CCPREP’s annual media day. ank you to Flint Hills Resources for their support!

  • Congratulations goes to John Rojas, Director of Transportation Training Services, and his team for making Del Mar College a Texas Department of Public Safety Commercial Drivers License (CDL) ird Party Skills Testing Program site. e College is now an approved site for the new initiative to provide CDL examinations onsite on behalf of DPS to move students through the certi cation process faster. Del Mar’s training program is the rst in South Texas to o er the examinations, which means students don’t have to wait an additional four to eight weeks for testing after completing the College’s training program.

  • Procurement Specialists Robert Mirabal and Alison Tompkins with the DMC Small Business Development Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) presented a government contracting seminar at the Victoria SBDC Center on July 19. e two PTAC sta delivered “ e TxHUB and CMBL Program with Application Preparation” to a packedhouse of 16 attendees representing various small business industries. TxHUB (Texas Historically Underutilized Business) certi cation and the CMBL (Central Masters Bidders List) are primary vehicles that allow underutilized small businesses to gain a marketing edge while entering the realm of government contracting at the state level. e program is just one of many government certi cation programs available to small businesses through Del Mar College’s PTAC sta . anks for representing the College and serving your clients well! 



About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.