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QUICK TAKES - December 2021

During the December regular meeting, the Board of Regents recognized Dr. Kristina Ramirez Wilson. The Board packet also included Accolades for several accomplishments during the year.

Kristina Ramirez Wilson

Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Dr. Kristina Ramirez Wilson
was recognized for being elected to serve on the Board Directors of Texas Women in Higher Education (TWHE). Dr. Wilson’s two-year term runs from June 2021 to June 2023. TWHE is a Texas non-profit corporation dedicated to developing, advancing and supporting women employed at colleges and universities across the state. The corporation is committed to providing members with the skills needed to reach leadership positions and enhancing the leadership skills of those already serving in such roles. TWHE is the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network state organization for Texas. The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state that works to advance and support women in higher education. Congratulations, Dr. Wilson, on your leadership role with TWHE!


Division of Business, Entrepreneurship and Health Sciences
• The Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs, including their students, participated during Innovative Readiness Training with the military as part of Operation Health and Wellness beginning in June 2021 in Banquete, Bishop, Petronila and Robstown. Nueces County Commissioner for Precinct 2 Joe A. Gonzalez personally sent the Dental and Imaging Technology Department a letter of appreciation for their dental services provided to area residents at no cost.

• In October, the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) held a site visit of the Culinary Arts Program with the Business Administration and Entrepreneurship Department for the program’s accreditation application. The reviewers found “zero” areas of noncompliance and many program strengths. The ACFEF Commission will meet in January 2022 to make a formal decision to award program accreditation.

• The Dental and Imaging Technology Department’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program received continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The recent peer review conducted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognized the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards. The next comprehensive program evaluation, including a site review, is scheduled for no later than 2026.

Division of Communication, Fine Arts and Social Sciences
• The Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD) Board of Directors recognized the outstanding chapter advisor service of four faculty members from the Department of English and Philosophy. Professor of English Dr. Jonizo Cain-Calloway, Associate Professor of English Sara Kaplan, Stone Writing Center Assistant Instructor Kate Kennedy and Associate Professor of English Dr. Kent Lenz faithfully sponsored the Epsilon Beta Chapter of SKD for five consecutive years. Sigma Kappa Delta is an English Honor Society for two-year colleges, and Del Mar College thanks these faculty advisors for their commitment to the chapter and student members.

Biotechnology Students Charley Garrett and Jonathan Vera

Division of STEM, Kinesiology and Education
Natural Sciences Department Biotechnology students Charley Garrett and Jonathan Vera each received a Student Award for Excellence for their poster presentations on bio-manufacturing during the 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Conference, “Broadening Impact Through Impact,” held in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges Oct. 18-22 as a virtual event. The conference brought together online more than 850 NSF ATE grantees and their project partners to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education. Conference participants represented community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas such as information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology and others. Student poster sessions presented during the conference by DMC students Garrett and Vera were
“Monoclonal Antibody Analysis: Utilizing an Affinity Column to Profile Glycoforms” and “Evaluation of Monocyte-Derived Macrophages (MDM) to Study Effects of Snake Venoms on Immune Response,” respectively.

Division of Industry and Public Service
• The Diesel Applied Technology Program with the Architecture, Aviation and Automotive Department received Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Foundation accreditation in March 2021 for the program’s Associate in Applied Science degree in Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician. The AED Foundation’s overall mission is to provide professional education and workforce development services for the construction equipment industry. Del Mar College joined South Plains College in Levelland as the AED Foundation’s second accredited college program in Texas. To read the March 22 announcement, click here.

• The Public Service Department’s Fire Science Program reported another banner year with students receiving a 100% pass on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection state exam. The students were cadets from the Corpus Christi Fire Department 42A Academy.

Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness

Carlos Garanzuay, Manager of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, led a presentation during the Texas Association for Higher Education Assessment (TxAHEA) Conference in September 2021 titled “From the Ground Up: A Simple Comprehensive Approach to Developing a Strategic Plan.”

Director of Institutional Research Sushil Pallemoni and Dr. Sydney Saumby, Director of Accreditation and Assessment, completed The Management Incubator Program, hosted by Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business in September 2021.

• Associate Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Kristina Ramirez Wilson was elected to serve on the Board Directors of The Purple Door for a term from January 2022 through December 2023. The mission of The Purple Door is to empower the community and those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to transition to a safe and healthy environment.




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.