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During their Oct. 11 regular meeting, the Board of Regents recognized Music Department faculty members and one staff member with the Planning and Institutional Effectiveness Office. Those individuals include:

Local Attorney Melody Cooper_Shao-Shan Chen and David Sutanto_BOR Recognition_OCT 11 2022

Dr. David Sutanto and Dr. Shao-Shan Chen, Professors of Piano with the DMC Music Department, were recognized for their performance and teaching of a masterclass in Agen, France, as part of the Corpus Christi Sister City Committee’s Cultural Exchange Program. The husband-and-wife team were invited to participate by several high-level individuals within the Corpus Christi community and from the City of Agen to perform on May 26 at the Thèâtre Municipal Ducourneau with the music program consisting of solo and duo piano works by Chopin, Debussy and American composers such as Copland, Gershwin and William Hirtz. While in Agen, the two DMC faculty members also gave a masterclass in Lycèe (High School) Bernard Palissy and at the Agen Conservatory of Music.

Dr. Chen has contributed her knowledge and expertise in teaching piano at Del Mar College for 18 years. She began playing piano at age five; and by age 18, she made her debut as piano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Santo Domingo performing Mozart’s “Piano Concerto K. 466.” Dr. Chen has also won numerous first prizes in national piano competitions while living in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Sutanto has served as an exemplary tenured educator among his peers and students at the College for 20 years and is an active performer as piano soloist and chamber musician, including duo-piano with Dr. Chen. During weekends, Dr. Sutanto serves as church pianist and organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Corpus Christi.

Thank you, Dr. Chen and Dr. Sutanto, for representing Del Mar College and the City of Corpus Christi while in Agen, France!

Angelica Gomez-Johnson_BOR Recognition_Oct 11 2022

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) appointed Dr. Angelica Gomez-Johnson, Curriculum Manager with Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, to their Texas Transfer Advisory Committee, which advises the THECB Commissioner on the Texas Transfer Frameworks project. The appointment began this year on Sept. 1 and runs through Aug. 31, 2025. Dr. Gomez-Johnson will aid in the development of the Texas Transfer Field of Study Curriculum for Discipline Specific Courses and Directed Electives in an approved Texas Transfer Field of Study Curricula. The subcommittee is comprised of 40 faculty members with equal representation from community colleges and public universities, along with two ex-officio members. The subcommittee’s charge is to use a data-informed approach to support transfer students from community colleges to universities, specifically maximizing the applicability of courses to a university major when they transfer. Dr. Gomez-Johnson’s expertise in the role she plays at Del Mar College will further the development of an effective system of transferable courses among Texas’ public institutions of higher education. Congratulations, Dr. Gomez-Johnson, on your appointment by THECB!


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.