QUICK TAKES - JUNE 2022
During the regular Board of Regents meeting held June 14, several individuals were recognized for their accomplishments, including Angélica Gómez, Carlos Garanzuay, Raul Garcia and team members who helped produced the College’s Distinguished Budget Report for FY22, Valton Stinson II and Cheryl G. Sanders.
The Board recognized the dedication that two team members with the Planning & Institutional Effectiveness Division applied to earn their Doctor of Education degrees from the prestigious Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) founded by Dr. John Roueche, one of the foremost leaders and advocates for community colleges across the country. The program began at The University of Texas at Austin, moving to the National American University and now a part of Kansas State University. Del Mar College’s first CCLP cohort began in August 2017. Angélica Gómez, Curriculum Manager, defended her dissertation titled “Communication and Collaboration among Dual Credit Instructors: A Case Study of El Paso Community College” in April 2020. She participated in graduation activities in June 2021. Carlos Garanzuay, Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment Manager, defended his dissertation, “Improvise. Adapt. Overcome: Identifying military-acquired, non-cognitive attributes guiding student-veteran success in community college,” in February 2022 and graduated this May. Both individuals exhibit an unwavering dedication to student success, specifically ensuring equitable outcomes for students in historically minoritized communities. They are also very dedicated to improving college-wide operational processes to better serve students, faculty and staff as noted by Dr. Kristina Wilson, Associate Vice President of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness during the recognition. Congratulations, Dr. Gómez and Dr. Garanzuay!
For the first time in several years, Del Mar College received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year 2022 budget report. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Raul Garcia presented the award to the Board of Regents and noted that the College’s report met the highest level of reporting standards defined by the Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA). The association determined that the College’s budget report serves several roles: a policy document, a financial plan, an operating guide and a communication device. Del Mar College is now part of an elite group of organizations receiving the award, which includes approximately 1,800 states, cities, counties, special districts and school districts from across the country. Vice President Garcia noted that this huge win is attributed to the collaboration and hard work of several individuals, including Director of Accounting/Budget Officer Dr. Catherine West, Associate Vice President of Planning & Institutional Effectiveness Dr. Kristina Wilson, Comptroller/Revenue Budget Administrator John Johnson, Budget Analyst Jackie Landrum, Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment Manager Dr. Carlos Garanzuay and Director of Accreditation and Assessment Dr. Sydney Saumby. Way to go, team!
Valton Stinson II, Director of TRIO Student Support Services under Student Affairs, was selected to serve as President-Elect for the Texas TRIO Association Board. The Texas TRIO Association is the representative body for TRIO professionals from colleges, universities and agencies that host federally-funded TRIO educational opportunity programs in Texas. TX-TRIO is dedicated to advocating for the TRIO movement by creating opportunities for TRIO professionals and participants with professional development and support. The Federal TRIO Programs are outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Del Mar College has three TRIO programs, including the Educational Opportunity Center, the Veterans Upward Bound program and Student Support Services. Recently, Stinson was featured as part of KRIS 6 News’ Coastal Bend Black Excellence series. “Hats off” to Director Stinson and Congratulations for your statewide role with the Texas TRIO Association Board!
Cheryl G. Sanders, Interim Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, was elected Funds Vice President for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Corpus Christi Branch Board of Directors. The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. The AAUW Corpus Christi Branch unites alumnae of colleges and universities for engagement in practical educational work to focus and increase their effectiveness in the community to solve social and civic problems. Members also participate in the development and promotion of AAUW policies and programs, contribute to the association’s growth and advancements and support division and regional work. Interim Associate Vice President Sanders is also one of the advisors for the newly formed DAAUW student organization at Del Mar College. Congratulations on your new role with AAUW!
The College also extends a round of applause to other members of the DMC community for their accomplishments in May and June.
Del Mar Hospitality & Culinary Arts Student Organization raises funds to support scholarship for like-minded majors
Students with the Del Mar Hospitality & Culinary Arts Student Organization have marked a milestone as being the DMC Foundation’s first student club to create a scholarship from funds their members have raised. The new scholarship will aid students majoring in hospitality management or culinary arts beginning in fall 2022. Over the years, the student club has accumulated funds, and members voted this year to contribute $5,000 of money raised toward creating the new scholarship. In May, other faculty and students joined Club President Devan Hoelscher and Club Advisor Lisa Pollakis, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Hospitality Management, to celebrate “doing good, helping others and spring graduation” as a way to acknowledge the club’s efforts to assist other students through scholarship. The student club presented the funds to Director of Development Matthew Busby as part of the celebration.
“Project Playground” collaboration revitalizes outside spaces for youngsters at the Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Center for Early Learning
With a little “sweat equity” on June 4, volunteers ranging from staff and faculty to students and parents worked almost a full day at the Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Center for Early Learning (CEL) to revitalize outside play spaces and clean up toys used by youngsters registered at the Center. The CEL, Student Leadership and Campus Life and the Advising Initiatives Office collaborated during “Project Playground” to bring new life to the age-appropriate playgrounds by cleaning equipment and sidewalks, painting vibrant colored shapes on concrete spaces for gross motor activity games, preparing soil and infrastructure for an alphabet garden and painting and planting colorful plants in tire containers for “Plant and Play” activities. Inside, volunteers thoroughly cleaned toys in preparation for youngsters’ use. These efforts were made possible with donations provided by Discount Tire, H-E-B and DMC employees. The Center provides quality childcare for Del Mar College students and employees as well as Corpus Christi-area families, and the facility serves as a lab modeling best practices in the care and education of young children for DMC students pursuing careers through the Child Development/Early Childhood Program. Organizers included Center for Early Learning Director Melinda Eldrige and Coordinator Marcy Vargas; Student Leadership and Campus Life Director Beverly Cage, Administrative Assistant Sonia Carreon and former Student Life Specialist Estevan Guerra; Dean of Student Engagement and Retention Rita Hernandez; and Advising Initiatives Director Leticia Wilson.
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