Examples of Excellence
As we head into Spring Break next week, it’s a great time to recognize achievements by employees and students for their hard work and dedication to Southwestern College.
Employee of the Quarter
We begin by recognizing our Employee of the Quarter, Jose Islas. An administrative secretary in the School of Math, Science and Engineering, Jose is a tremendous support to every special event on campus. Whether he’s taking photos at commencement, helping set up and taking down the streetpainting festival or preparing for opening day, Jose can always be counted on to make projects a success. Since his move to MSE, Jose has been critical in supporting MESA students as they seek internships. Jose also undertook the enormous job of revising forms for Tenure Review to make them more user-friendly. Jose does many of these activities behind the scenes, but they surely do not go unnoticed. Congratulations Jose for this much-deserved recognition.
Dean Mazzarella introduces Jose Islas as the Employee of the Quarter.
Ensuring Campus and Student Security
Three employees are being recognized by Police Chief Michael Cash for their dedication to duty, quick actions and commitment to ensuring the safety of fellow employees and students. Last month police dispatcher Kathleen Brown developed a safety alert and photo of a convicted felon and sexual predator who frequents libraries and utilizes computers as a means of committing his previous criminal convictions. She sent it to the Chula Vista campus library and all Higher Education Centers with a notice to call Campus Police if the individual was on found on premises. Four days later, San Ysidro Instructional Assistant Arick Sandoval noticed someone fitting the description in the computer resource lab at the San Ysidro Higher Education Center. He informed supervisor Heidi Newhouse who contacted Campus Police. The suspect was taken into custody.
For their vigilance and teamwork, Chief Cash is presenting Arick and Heidi with Citizens’ Commendations and Kathleen with a Commanding Officer’s Commendation. Thank you Arick, Heidi and Kathleen for helping keep us all safe.
Preparing for Another Winning Football Season
Training for a third consecutive bowl season is a year-round proposition. What better way to sharpen those skills and build strength than to train with the elite Navy SEALs? The SEAL instructors recently gave the 35 players a one-hour session on leadership and goal setting, then took them to their training beach in Coronado for a three-hour training. The student athletes were put through their exhausting paces, including training with 250-pound logs. Football Coach Ed Carberry began this partnership with the SEALs three years ago. In that time, the Jaguars have won back-to-back bowl games. Coincidence? Here’s to another winning year.
Every Jaguar has to pull his own weight in this training exercise with the Navy SEALs.
ASO Project Showcase
The Associated Student Organization has had a busy and productive year. Last week ASO members shared information on each of their initiatives at the ASO Project Showcase. Students stopped by to learn more about the laptop rental program, recycling, Earth Day, the textbook rental project, the many clubs and other projects. Thank you to ASO President and Student Trustee Laura Jessica del Castillo for your leadership.