QUICK TAKES - DECEMBER 2022
During the Dec. 13 Del Mar College Board of Regents regular meeting, students and faculty from the Music Department were thanked for a pre-meeting luncheon performance and several DMC employees involved with the College’s Pathways Initiative were recognized for their hard work. (Click on photos to enlarge in separate pop-up box, read cutlines and download.)
Under the umbrella of the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the Texas Success Center (TSC) awarded a 2022 Recognition of Scaling Excellence (ROSE) Award to Del Mar College during the November Texas Pathways Institute, Teaching and Learning in a Texas Pathways Framework, held in Dallas. The College is one of only five colleges to receive a Texas Pathways Award and one of two given the ROSE Award, which also includes Tyler Junior College.
In 2017, 2019 and 2021, the TSC administered a Scale of Adoption Assessment (SOAA) process to better understand how Texas colleges are scaling reform efforts to serve a broader group of students. The SOAA provides snapshots of systems change activities that have occurred at the institutional level since 2017, and Del Mar College stood out among its peers as an exemplar in the growth of the essential practices associated with the four pillars of the Texas Pathways strategy, including 1) Mapping Pathways to Student End Goals, 2) Helping Students Choose and Enter a Pathway, 3) Keeping Students on Path and 4) Ensuring Students are Learning.
DMC has the second highest growth rate among Texas colleges for the essential practices relating to Pillar 1, Mapping Pathways to Student End Goals, and is the state exemplar for the highest growth rate in the essential practices relating to Pillar 2, Helping Students Choose and Enter a Pathway. The College also has the fourth highest growth rate among Texas colleges for the essential practices relating to Pillar 3, Keeping Students on Path. Finally, Del Mar College has the second highest growth rate among Texas colleges for the essential practices relating to Pillar 4, Ensuring Students are Learning.
Del Mar College’s reform efforts are expansive and far-reaching, meaning the student experience at the College has been dramatically altered through the implementation of Texas Pathways with each of the 23 individual essential practices impacting a broader group of students.
Congratulations to everyone who has worked diligently to make Del Mar College’s implementation of Texas Pathways such a success to become more student-centered and responsive to improving the student experience! The 2022 ROSE Award speaks to the efforts of many!
The Board of Regents commended DMC Music Department students and faculty for their talents and performance during a luncheon held Dec. 13 prior to the Board’s regular meeting. Under the direction of Dr. Donald Pinson, the Low Brass Ensemble performed Christmas music while the Concert Choir performed songs under the direction of Dr. Daniel Arredondo. Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jonda Halcomb noted that both ensembles demonstrated their talent as evidenced by their music skills and proficiency during the performance. She also commended Drs. Pinson and Arredondo and other Music faculty for their instrumental mentoring of students by enriching their creativity and their artistic endeavors to enhance their talents. The Low Brass Ensemble included students Jonathan Colunga on tuba, Matthew Gomez on euphonium and bass trombone, David Hernandez on euphonium, Jason Prado on tuba and Rudy Ramos on trombone. The Del Mar College Concert Choir included students Ariana Adame-Gonzalez, Gabriella Alvarado, James Austin, Ana Colchado, Juanoscar Davila, Rolando Esquivel, Ayden Gomez, Ayden Lopez, Christian Muana, Marisol Salazar, Alexis Saldana, Jaxon Smith, Raul Soliz and Christopher Yzaguirre. Happy Holidays!
The College also extends a round of applause to other DMC students and employees for their achievements, personal enrichment and representation of the institution.
Architecture/Drafting Technology Students Showcase Talent During Winter Exhibit, Receive Awards for Fall Semester Work
On Dec. 7, Del Mar College’s Architectural/Drafting Technology Program with the Architecture, Aviation and Automotive Department hosted a Winter Exhibition to celebrate student success and showcase their talent. Other students, parents, faculty and industry professionals attended to see works created by students from all program areas, including Architecture, Architectural Technology, Technical Drafting and Design Technology as well as Construction Management. Currently, these works are displayed within the design studios, critique rooms and exhibition hallways in the STEM Building on the Oso Creek Campus. The event also featured the presentation of Student Success Awards for student work in each of the program’s areas in addition to awards for the Dia de los Muertos Design Charrette and the community outreach project that occurred during the Oct. 29 Dia de los Muertos Street Festival in downtown Corpus Christi. Students receiving awards in the different program areas during the Winter Exhibit are as follows:
• Architecture (Level 1): Leslie Garza for Design Creativity, Rene Castillo for Graphics and Christine Riojas for Persistence
• Architecture (Level 2): Sylvia Ngo-Wilson for Design Creativity, Cruz Leon for Graphics and Justin Canto for Persistence
• Architectural Technology: Baldemar Serna for Problem Solving, Ariel Garza for Persistence and Jesus Maclas for Drafting Skills
• Technical Drafting: Maria Cruz for Persistence, Daniel Urbina for Drafting Skills and Robert O'Kelley for Creativity
• Construction Management: Ariel Garza for Attention to Detail and Edward Borrego for Persistence
• Dia de los Muertos Awards: Rene Castillo for Best Overall Design, Leslie Garza and Jeanette Gonzalez for Best Original Idea, Alyssa Hernandez and Susan Klash for Best Interactive Work, Sydney Fontenot and Adrian Palomo for Best Architecturally Themed, Alexus Nguyen for Best Traditional Design and Justin Canto and Noah Diaz for Best 3D
Wrapped Up with a Bow … Campus Community Pulls Together to Make 180 Salvation Army Angels’ Holiday Brighter
The holiday season means children dreaming of Santa’s arrival with gifts on their wish lists. The season is also a time when many community members think of individuals less fortunate and pull together to make the holiday brighter for those with needs. Del Mar College’s participation during the annual Salvation Army Adopt an Angel program was another successful effort thanks to the long-time dedication and hard work of Irma Maldonado, Duplicating Operator with the Print Services Office in the Purchasing and Business Services Department, who annually orchestrates pulling DMC’s “elves” together for the cause. This year, 120 employees participated and provided gifts for 180 children. Since the 1990s, the College has participated with the Adopt an Angel program and has even received the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree Partner of the Year” award in the past.
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