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Quick Takes - March 2021

During the March regular Board of Regents meeting, the second graduating class of Del Mar College’s Next Generation Leadership Academy was announced, Dr. Cynthia Bridges was recognized for continuing her service role with the National Association of Schools of Music and National Library Week in April was proclaimed.


Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA) Co-chair Tammy F. McDonald, Vice President of Administration and Human Resources, recognized the hard work that the second class of academy participants accomplished during the past year, especially during the pandemic. The partnership with CIVITAS Learning offers monthly sessions over the course of a year to develop future leaders among faculty and staff invited to participate. The NGLA Class of 2020, which included 21 participants who met online, completed the academy in December with group presentations given to DMC senior leadership that focused on the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how DMC can further improve operations moving forward. McDonald also thanked Leticia Wilson, Director of Advising Initiatives, for her leadership and assistance during the second academy. NGLA graduates include the following:

  • Iliana Amaya - Buyer, Purchasing
  • Kristie Amparan - Accounting Technician, Accounts Receivable
  • Jasmine Anderson - Assistant Registrar
  • Matthew Busby - Director of Development
  • Monica Cruz - Creative Services Manager, College Relations
  • Belinda De La Cruz - Director of Corporate Services
  • Katrina Garcia - Director of Payroll
  • Christine Gottemoller - Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Sara Greer - Director of IT Web Services
  • Jackie Landrum - Budget Analyst
  • Lisa Leal Garcia - Coordinator of Student Conduct
  • Melissa Longoria Goonan - Coordinator of Tutor Support
  • Brittney McMain - Human Resources Coordinator
  • Sushil Pallemoni - Director of Institutional Research
  • Dorothy Pallotti - STEM Academic Advisor
  • Lisa Pollakis - Associate Professor of Hospitality Management
  • Nicole Ramon - Student Enrollment Specialist
  • Stephanie Robertson Hart - Internet Specialist I
  • Juan Saldana - Instructional Designer
  • Dr. Sydney Saumby - Accreditation Manager
  • Johanna Torres - Lead Counselor
  • Kristy Urbick - Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

CONGRATULATIONS to Del Mar College’s NGLA Class of 2020!


Dr. Cynthia Bridges_Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Cynthia Bridges, Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences, was elected to a three-year term for a second time for a seat on the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Commission on Community College Accreditation, a three-person team selected by NASM’s 639 members. The Commission assesses self-study and visiting reports to determine institutions’ accreditation eligibility based on NASM standards. In addition to her role on the Commission, Dr. Bridges also serves as an Accreditation Team Chair during site visits as well as a consultant to community colleges seeking NASM accreditation. In Texas, only four community colleges hold NASM accreditation––including Del Mar College, Amarillo College, Lone Star College–Montgomery and Odessa College––out of the 24 community colleges nationwide with the distinction. In fact, Del Mar College was the first community college to receive NASM accreditation in 1948, and the acknowledgement of predominately meeting the same standards as four-year universities provides evidence to constituent students and high schools that the College’s Music Department meets critical standards and objectives to cultivate music educators, performers, composers and sound engineers critically needed for today’s music workforce. Dr. Bridges is a tenured Associate Professor, who has taught at the College for nearly 10 years. Prior to serving as an Interim Dean, she filled the role as Music Department Chair. The department’s next accreditation process through NASM is scheduled for 2022. CONGRATULATIONS, Dr. Bridges, on continuing your service to NASM!



National Library Week logo

Dean of Learning Resource Cody Gregg encouraged the Del Mar College community to recognize National Library Week, scheduled April 4-10, and to support online activities organized by DMC Libraries staff. Greeg noted that this year’s theme, “Welcome to Your Library,” celebrates the contributions libraries make across the country by expanding their offerings online to the communities they serve during the pandemic. He read a proclamation declaring National Library Week at Del Mar College and encouraged everyone to participate through DMC Libraries’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.




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.