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Nov. 11, 2014

A Time of Great Accomplishments

Southwestern College’s Debate Team members are making a name for themselves. Southwestern was the only community college represented in the Cal State Northridge Robert Barbera Invitational this weekend and our team of six trounced the competition. Students Mallory Johnson and Samantha Uribe rose to the top, triumphing over Cal State Sacramento, Arizona State University, Cal State Fullerton and host Cal State Northridge.

Mallory and Samantha performed extremely well under the pressure of competition and first-tournament jitters. Mallory earned top speaker of the tournament and Samantha earned fourth. Our second novice team barely missed the playoffs, going 3-3 and beating some of the better teams in the tournament. Our third team competed in the Open Division against university seniors, winning two debates.

The Jaguars took on some meaty issues in their competitions, as the national topic was about legalizing victimless crimes. For the final round, Mallory and Samantha convinced the judges that legalizing marijuana and growing it on a large scale was a bad idea because of California’s drought.

Congratulations to coach Jordan Mills, all the members of the debate team and the alumni who supported the Jaguars onto victory. We look forward to your next competition!

Jaguar Domination: Mallory Johnson (L) and Samantha Uribe (R) dominate debaters from four-year universities.
Jaguar Domination: Mallory Johnson (L) and Samantha Uribe (R) dominate debaters from four-year universities.

Debate Squad and Judges
Debate Squad and Judges

Solar Project Going Live

San Diego Gas & Electric has signed the last bit of paperwork, allowing our solar arrays to go “live.” You will recall that we connected portions of our electrical system into the solar system on the weekend of Sept. 20.

We will hold a ceremonial “flip the switch” event on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. in Lot A. If your schedule permits, please join us.

Going live is a major milestone for the college. We now become the largest, single site of solar energy generation in SDG&E’s service area. We expect to generate 3 megawatts of power and save $600,000 annually—which allows the college to offset the rising cost of utilities. Not all the savings come to the college in the form of generated electricity, however. We are also able to pursue additional sustainability by using the savings for additional energy, maintenance and capital improvement projects for the district.

Farewell Reception for Governing Board President Terri Valladolid

Please join us on Wednesday before the Governing Board meeting for a farewell reception for President Terri Valladolid. After 16 years of service to Southwestern College, Trustee Valladolid is retiring.

Southwestern College has grown tremendously during the last decade and a half. The Higher Education Centers in National City and Otay Mesa and the Crown Cove Aquatic Center opened, expanding higher education opportunities to residents in every part of the district. Two general obligation bonds passed and the college has weathered lean times.

The reception will be held from 4- 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room L 238 N/S.

Farewell Reception for Governing Board President Terri Valladolid


Celebrating our Veterans

This year’s Veterans’ Day ceremony was one of the best so far. Our featured speaker was Jim Bedinger, USN Commander, Retired. Held in a cell at the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War, Commander Bedinger gave students and those attending the ceremony a vivid history lesson of being held captive alongside POWs Arizona Sen. John McCain and Admiral James Stockdale. We could have listened to him all morning.

The ceremony began with the presentation of the colors by the 82nd Airborne Division Association, of which our former Trustee Nick Aguilar is a member. The Southwestern College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers performed beautifully and Master of Ceremonies Jim Jones, USMC Retired, set the tone for this beloved event.

Thank you to Jim Jones and Patti Larkin in Veterans Services, Teresa Russell and our choir and chamber singers and the Student Veterans’ Organization for making the ceremony a wonderful tribute to our veterans and active duty military on campus and in the community. Thank you also to Betty Del Sol for the flowers, Carlos Rodriguez, USMC Retired, and Brenda Mora for the beautiful printed program and maintenance for ensuring we enjoyed the program under a shaded canopy.

Placing the Wreath: Commander Jim Bedinger joins in me in placing the wreath in Veterans’ Glen
Placing the Wreath: Commander Jim Bedinger joins in me in placing the wreath in Veterans’ Glen.

Last updated: 11/11/2014 1:52:23 PM