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During the “Recognitions” segment of the April 12 Board of Regents regular meeting, the Board approved the title of “Professor Emeritus” to Dr. Evangeline “Vangie” DeLeon and applauded the Class 3 of Del Mar College’s Next Generation Leadership Academy.


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• Retired faculty member and Nurse Education Department Chair Dr. Evangeline “Vangie” DeLeon was granted the status of Professor Emeritus of Nurse Education. Dr. DeLeon was deemed an exemplary educator among her peers and students during her 26-year tenure from 1995 through 2021. Dr. DeLeon first started as an instructor, working her way through the tenure track process to the rank of professor and served as the Nurse Education Program Director beginning in 2010 before becoming the department’s Chair in 2012.

In 1997, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, better known as NISOD, recognized Dr. DeLeon’s dedication to education with their Excellence Award. Her leadership included collaboration among peers and outside resources to secure external funding to support the needs of the Nurse Education Department, building the exceptional program that it represents today. Grants she helped secure include the Texas Workforce Commission’s Nursing Mentorship Grant, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Nursing Innovation Grant: Building Lab and Simulation Capacity for Nurse Education, the THECB’s  State-Wide At-Risk Tracking and Intervention for Nurses Grant and the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program Grant.

Dr. DeLeon was an active member of the College’s Chairs Council during the time she served as the Nurse Education Department’s Chair as well as served on the Academic Standards Committee. She also served on numerous other institutional committees supporting the mission of Del Mar College and its students.

While Dr. DeLeon’s contributions to DMC were invaluable, she also participated in several activities that supported the community, including the City-Wide Health Fair, State-Wide Health Occupations Students of America Conference, the American Heart Association  “Go Red for Women” campaign, Corpus Christi Hypertension Collaborative, Family Ministries, Moody High School Health Science Academy Advisory Committee and the Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair.

She also enhanced her own knowledge and skills by maintaining active membership with notable organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau and the Texas Community College Teachers Association, along with other nurse-related organizations.

Congratulations, Dr. DeLeon!

Vice President of Administration and Human Resources Tammy McDonald recognized the  third class of Del Mar College’s Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA), a partnership with Civitas Learning . McDonald co-leads the program with Dr. Natalie Villarreal, Executive Director of Government and Board Relations. The 22 participants began the academy in November 2021 and are scheduled to complete the program this July.

NGLA is a year-long program DMC offers to support and develop leaders in higher education, specifically for the College. This year’s participants have used a hybrid model to meet both in-person and virtually for their sessions.

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The NGLA Class 3 includes Michelle Avalos, Director of the Northwest Center with Off-Campus Programs; Dara Betz, Director of NCCER & Workforce Programs with Workforce Programs & Corporate Services; Michael Bratten, Communication Manager with College Relations; Charles Campbell, Business Administration Department Chairperson; Kiwana Denson, Director of Strategic Initiatives with Strategic Planning; Sharon Dunnivan-Mitchell, Assistant Professor with the Physical Therapist Assistant Program; Jessica Edwards, Counselor with Student Engagement & Retention; Angelica Gomez-Johnson, Curriculum Manager with Planning & Institutional Effectiveness; Chad Hector, Technology Support Coordinator with Information Technology; Renee Hundley, Disability Specialist with Student Engagement & Retention; Katherine Kennedy, Assistant Instructor at the Stone Writing Center with Library Services; Lucy Kernan, Director of Corporate Services with Workforce Programs & Corporate Services; Albert Longoria, Veterans Affairs Specialist with the Veterans Center; Kayla Lopez, Financial Aid Outreach Coordinator with Financial Aid Services; Celeste Morales, Student Enrollment Specialist with Outreach & Enrollment Services; Mandi Overby, Transcript Evaluator with Outreach & Enrollment Services; Luis Robles, Technology Support Coordinator with Information Technology; Robert Ruiz, Advance Coordinator/Instructor of Emergency Medical Services with the Public Service Department; Shane Stewart, Research Associate II with Institutional Research; Jeannette Viera, Office Manager with Business & Registration; Anna Villegas, Testing Examiner with the Testing Center; and Kathleen Westergren, Learning Resources Instructor with Library Services.

During the April 12 recognition, McDonald also thanked Lisa Leal-Garcia, a Coordinator with Student Engagement & Retention and a NGLA Class 2 graduate, for accepting and taking on the added responsibility of serving as liaison and mentor for Class 3.

Way to go, NGLA Class 3!


The College also extends a round of applause to students and faculty for their accomplishments this spring.

And, the Winners Are … Journalism and Radio/TV Students Bring Home 29 TIPA Awards

Del Mar College Journalism and Radio/TV students attended and competed during the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference in Fort Worth March 23-26. The two programs are in the College’s Communications, Languages and Reading Department; and the students brought back over two dozen awards, 29 total, including “Overall Excellence” for Best Newspaper and News Video Production.

Students won six awards during live competitions and 23 from previously published work.

The 13 DMC students who attended the conference––which featured workshops, live contests and an awards ceremony for work published during 2021––competed against large programs with nearly 250 students from 34 two- and four-year schools from across Texas attending this year’s TIPA conference, including Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Arlington and Rice University, among others.

This year’s competition marked the first time that  Del Mar College won Overall Excellence for News Video Production. The TIPA conference was also the first for new faculty member Rachel Jennische, Assistant Professor of Radio/TV, joined DMC in fall 2021.

Associate Professor of Journalism Robert Muilenburg, who serves as TIPA’s executive director, organized much of the conference. TIPA was founded in 1909 and is the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate press association.

A rundown of the winners’ names and awards is as follows:

Previously Published Work

• Overall Excellence, Newspaper: Foghorn staff (first place)
• Overall Design, Newspaper: Foghorn staff (first place)
• Overall Excellence, News Production, Video: Foghorn newscast staff (first place)
• Overall Excellence, Website: Foghorn staff (second place)
• Advertising/PSA/Promo, Video: Tito Valdez and Cody Reichel (first place)
• Advertising/PSA/Promo, Audio: Emily Ybarra (second place) and Eddie Ramirez (third place) 
• Breaking News Photo: Nichaela Shaheen (third place)
• Cartoon Strip/Panel: Ben Cassels (third place)
• Editorial Cartoon: Tristin Williams (second place)
• Environmental Portrait: Philip J. Perez (third place)
• Feature Reporting: Video, Eddie Ramirez (Honorable Mention)
• General Column: Philip J. Perez (second place)
• General News Multimedia Story: Philip J. Perez and Gabriella Jasso (second place)
• General News Video Story: Erasmo Rodriguez (third place) and Gabriella Jasso (Honorable Mention)
News Production, Video: fMichelle Mirelez, Gavin Ganceres, Eddie Ramirez and Rudy Hinojosa (first place)
Newscast, Audio: Emily Ybarra (first place) and Eddie Ramirez (second place)
Program Production, Video: Eddie Ramirez and Rudy Hinojosa (first place)
Sports Feature, Photo: Philip J. Perez (first place)
Sports Reporting, Audio: Eddie Ramirez (Honorable Mention)
Sportscast, Audio: Emily Ybarra (third place)

Live Contests

Radio Announcing: Alyssa Hernandez (first place)
Radio Advertising: Alyssa Hernandez (first place)
TV Advertising: Andrea Puyol (second place)
Magazine Design: Tito Valdez (third place)
Advertising Design, Print: Tito Valdez (second place)
PR Release Writing: Dylan Limas (Honorable Mention)


DMC History Faculty Dawson Barrett

Book Co-authored by DMC History Professor Named 2022 Book of the Yea by Illinois State Historical Society

 The Illinois State Historical Society recognized “Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland,” co-authored by DMC Associate Professor of History Dr. Dawson Barrett, as its 2022 Book of the Year.

The Russell P. Strange Memorial Book of the Year Award is presented annually to an author or authors whose scholarship and research have made significant contributions to the study of Illinois history. The award’s judges called “Punks in Peoria” “a surprisingly solid study, offering multitudinous perspectives on music, class, economics, culture, politics, and urban history as well in 20th century Illinois.”

Published last year by the University of Illinois Press, “Punks in Peoria” examines the underground music scene of a mid-sized Midwest city, amid the backdrop of de-industrialization in the 1980s and 1990s. Known for its middle-of-the-road politics and culture, Peoria offered very little for its misfit youth, who built a music scene from scratch in a series of unusual music venues, including a YWCA, American Legion halls and area church basements.  

In conjunction with the book’s release, Dr. Barrett and co-author Jonathan Wright also shared their research in the Washington Post, Bandcamp Daily and the Chicago Reader.


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Piano Duo Sutanto and Chen Performing in France in May

DMC piano professors Dr. David Sutanto and Dr. Shao-Shan Chen have been invited to perform a Duo Piano Recital at Théȃtre Municipal Ducourneau in Agen, France on May 26. 

The event is sponsored by the Sister City Committee from City of Corpus Christi as part of the Cultural Exchange Program.

Agen is one of Corpus Christi’s Sister Cities, part of a program that promotes citizen diplomacy, cultural understanding and economic development opportunities. Other sister cities include Yokosuka, Japan and Keelung, Taiwan.

While in France, Chen and Sutanto will also present master classes at Lycée Bernard Palissy and Agen Conservatory of Music.


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.