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Aug 21, 2014

Rousing Start to the New Semester

Our opening day ceremony was among the most animated and inclusive we’ve held since I became superintendent/president. I watched with great pride as we honored our employees of the year from each constituency group.  We celebrated our employees with years of service. We were amazed with the bravery of Thelma Llorens Corrao and Nira Clark. We congratulated those who completed the Organizational Leadership Academy and we welcomed our newest tenured faculty.

Every member of our college community provides a vital service to our students and to each other. Taking time to recognize our accomplishments—as a group—renews our appreciation for a job well done.

The morning ended on a very upbeat note as many of you joined us in drumming, clapping or shaking percussion eggs. Still others joined a conga line. As hoped for, the rhythm grew organically and helped us let off a little steam before beginning the semester.

Opening Day Fall 2014 Drum Circle  Opening Day Fall 2014 Drum Circle  Opening Day Fall 2014 Drum Circle

To see more photos from the employee recognition ceremony, click here.

Ribbon Cutting and Rededication

The celebration didn’t end in the morning. More than 100 employees took advantage of a special tour of the new fieldhouse/classroom building. Walking through each of the four stories, many employees commented how lucky students will be to take classes in the new facility.

Later in the afternoon, we hosted an overflow crowd as we cut the ribbon on the new facility. John and James DeVore, sons of former college President Chet DeVore, were overwhelmed with pride for the new facility and refurbished stadium.   

The stadium and fieldhouse/classroom building are the talk of the county. The California Interscholastic Federation-San Diego can’t wait to hold championship football games here. And we’ll be getting lots more interest after two great television segments on KUSI-TV. The television station attended the grand opening Friday and also spent the morning with us on Monday. Click on the hyperlinks to see the coverage.

We’re Glad You’re Here

Many of you have been wearing the newly redesigned “We’re Glad You’re Here” buttons around campus and at the centers to help answer students’ questions and give them directions. Your efforts in making our students feel welcome is helping to close the enrollment gap. Thank you to the ASO for purchasing the buttons for all employees. If you haven’t received your button, please stop by Room 601C in the Student Center to get one.

Stop by for Coffee

Do you have an idea for student success? Or an idea for improving a business process? Then I encourage you to attend one of the informal coffee hours I will be holding in Student Union East. The first coffee hour will be Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 10 – 11 a.m. If you’re more comfortable speaking behind closed doors, I’ll be holding dedicated office hours. You’ll be able to sign up online at This month’s open hours will be Thursday, Aug. 28 from 2 – 4 p.m. Appointments are available in 15-minute intervals.

I value your ideas and opinions and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in a more casual setting.

Have a great semester!

Last updated: 8/21/2014 4:22:04 PM