QUICK TAKES - MARCH 2023
During the March 7 Del Mar College Board of Regents regular meeting, Richter Architects was recognized for their design work of the General Academic and Music Building Phase II and local awards they received for the architectural design of the complex, along with the Business Office and College Relations Office receiving recognition for collaboratively producing an award-winning annual report for Fiscal Year 2021.
The awards are only given every three years. During the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Corpus Christi Chapter’s ceremony for their 2022 Design Awards on Jan. 19, Richter Architects received two awards for their design of Del Mar College’s (DMC) General Academic and Music Building Phase II, known as GAMBII, located on the Heritage Campus. A jury panel of eminent architects from Dallas, Austin and San Antonio selected Richter Architects’ GAMBII project for the “Award of Merit” while Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette Guajardo chose the design for the “Mayor’s Choice Award.” David and Elizabeth Chu Richter, principals of Richter Architects, and the firm’s project manager Aaron Geiser presented the awards to the Board after being introduced by John Strybos, DMC Vice President and Chief Physical Facilities Officer. (Read the full write-up.)
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Raul Garcia presented “two highly respectable awards” from the Government Financial Offers Association (GFOA), including a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for Fiscal Year 2021. The Popular Annual Financial Report, or PAFR, was collaboratively produced by the Business Office and the College Relations Office, and staff were recognized for their work and winning the award for the twelfth year in a row, including Comptroller and Revenue Budget Administrator John Johnson, Director of Accounting and Budget Officer Dr. Catherine West, Budget Analyst Jackie Landrum, Director of Grants and Sponsored Research Christina Gonzalez, Communications Manager Michael Bratten, Associate Director of Media Relations Melinda Eddleman and former Creative Manager Monica Benavidez, along with respective team members in both offices involved in producing the report. The GFOA’s mission is to advance excellence in public finance and assist organizations like Del Mar College with developing and identifying financial policies and best practices through education, training and networking. Eligible reports for the GFOA awards are reviewed by three judges who evaluate submitted reports using five categories with varying weights used for the overall evaluation, including reader appeal, understandability, distribution methods, creativity and notable achievements as well as overall quality and usefulness of the report. Congratulations to everyone involved with this year’s award-winning success!
The College also extends a round of applause to DMC students and employees for their achievements, personal enrichment and representation of the institution.
College’s Student Chapter of AAUW Recognizes Staff and Faculty for Roles in Telling Stories as Part of Women’s History Month
Del Mar College’s student organization of the American Association of University Women (DMC AAUW) aims to empower women at the collegiate level and beyond through mentorship, networking, leadership and professional development opportunities. The organization champions gender and social equity on campus and in the community with a focus on issues affecting women and girls such as pay equity, sexual violence, Title IX, reproductive rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA+ issues, education and politics. DMC AAUW also provides educational programming and leadership opportunities surrounding these and other issues. March is Women’s History Month; and as part of observance of this year’s theme, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” DMC AAUW recognized two employees as their 2023 Women of Honor for their contributions at DMC––College Relations Office Staff Writer/Editor Rosa Linda Reynoso and Shara Haghjoo, Associate Professor of Drama with the Art and Drama Department. The 2023 theme recognizes “women, past and present, who have been active in all forms of media and storytelling including print, radio, television, stage, screen, blogs, podcasts, news and social media.” The many contributions of women in history, society and culture are often overlooked, even at Del Mar College, and DMC AAUW aims to change that. Current officers of DMC AAUW are Kaila Cavazos-Guerra as President, Miranda Rodrigues as Vice-President, Dorothy Barringer as Secretary and Linda Ibarra as Treasurer. Advisors for the student organization are Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Cheryl Sanders and Belinda De La Cruz, Corporate Services Director with Workforce Programs & Corporate Services. Congratulations to DMC AAUW’s two 2023 recipients of the Women of Honor recognition!
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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.