Corpus Christi, TX,
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During the “Recognition” segment of the Sept. 13 regular meeting, the  Board of Regents acknowledged five Del Mar College employees who were selected and honored with the Corpus Christi Under 40 (CCU40) Award during the past three years. (Click on photos to enlarge and access cutlines.)

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The CCU40 Award was created by the Young Professionals of the Coastal Bend organization and recognizes outstanding Corpus Christi citizens who contribute to the betterment of the community. The organization holds a CCU40 event that honors the accomplishments of selected awardees under age 40 who have made significant contributions in their professional fields as well as through service in the community.

Each year, individuals are awarded recognition through a nomination and scoring process. Del Mar College honorees include Class of 2020 recipients Jason Houlihan, Digital Services Manager with College Relations, and Newman Wong, Research Associate with Strategic Planning, Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, and Institutional Research; Class of 2021 recipient Sara King, Director of Student Engagement & Retention with Student Affairs; and Class of 2022 recipients Leticia Wilson, Director of Advising Initiatives with Student Outreach & Enrollment Services, and Kelsey Chopelas, Development Officer with the DMC Foundation. Congratulations to all five CCU40 award recipients! 



The College also extends a round of applause to other DMC employees, students and industry partners for their accomplishments and generosity.

Hill Country 2022 - Abby Luna - 6th Place Persuasive Speaking

Novice Vocal Vikings Forensics Team Compete in San Marcos, Bring Home First Award

They’re new at the game, but the 2022-23 Vocal Vikings forensics team showed they have what it takes during their first speech competition held Sept. 17 during the Hill Country Swing Speech Tournament at Texas State University in San Marcos. Made up of all new members, the four DMC competitors vied against other forensic teams from The University of Texas at Austin and Dallas, University of North Texas, West Texas State University, Texas State University, Bradley University from Illinois, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Alabama and Lewis & Clark University from Oregon. In fact, the Vocal Vikings were the only team from a community college, and the universities they competed against usually place in the top 10 schools at the American Forensic Association National Speech Tournament! The four DMC students include Abby Luna, a Legal Professions major; Dorothy Barringer, a History Education major; Erin Heflin, a Theater major; and Legal Professions major Valine Serrano. During competition, Luna made her way to the finals and earned Sixth Place in Persuasive Speaking. Congratulations to all four Vocal Vikings on competing for the first time as well as a big applause to Abby Luna for bringing home an award with only two weeks to prepare!

Veterans Services Office Recognized for Excellence

Del Mar College’s Veterans Services Office was awarded the Bronze 2022 Veterans Education Excellence Recognition Award (VEERA) by the Texas Veterans Commission. The Texas State Legislature established the VEERA program to recognize public colleges and universities for their excellence in providing education and related services to veterans and the military-connected community. Del Mar College applied for recognition and showcased its commitment toward ensuring the academic success of these individuals for academic year 2021-2022.

Carlos Garanzuay_Co-authored Diverse Article Portrait Photo

Dr. Carlos Garanzuay Co-authors Article Focused on Student Veterans

Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Manager Dr. Carlos Garanzuay co-authored an article with Dr. Steven Gonzales, Interim Chancellor for Arizona’s Maricopa County Community College District titled “Student-veterans' Non-cognitive Attributes Breach College-readiness and Completion Efforts,” which was digitally published by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. In the article, Dr. Garanzuay shares how student veterans overcome categorizations commonly associated with nontraditional students, such as poor academic preparedness, and helps reframe college readiness by leaning heavily on attributes gained during enlisted military service. Dr. Garanzuay’s research further outlines how community colleges can become better prepared to serve this diverse student population while addressing institutional struggles with retention and completion. To read the article, use the following link (free registration may apply):

Flint Hills Resources Donates Equipment

In August, Flint Hills Resources donated more than $50,000 worth of equipment to the College’s Industrial Technology Department for use by the Millwright Program. The generous gift gives students more resources for hands-on training as they prepare for high demand jobs.


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.