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 first 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. The team won the national award for their product, EnteroSword, which is a spray that slows the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The 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 national 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. The 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!
- Congratulations to Interim Chief Financial Officer Dr. Cathy West, Comptroller John Johnson and the Institutional Research staff for receiving the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2016. The recognition marks the sixth time the GFOA has awarded the College such high marks for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The award is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting and represents open disclosure and transparency for the College’s accounting practices.
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. The 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 funds 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. The check presentation was scheduled during CCPREP’s annual media day. Thank 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)Third Party Skills Testing Program site. The College is now an approved site for the new initiative to provide CDL examinations onsite on behalf of DPS to move students through the certification process faster. Del Mar’s training program is the first in South Texas to offer 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. The two PTAC staff delivered “The TxHUB and CMBL Program with Application Preparation” to a packed house of 16 attendees representing various small business industries. TxHUB (Texas Historically Underutilized Business) certification 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. The program is just one of many government certification programs available to small businesses through Del Mar College’s PTAC staff. Thanks for representing the College and serving your clients well!
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