The Student Voice of College of the Sequoias
Oct. 22, 2013 Issue 2, Fall 2013 Since 1933
A GIANT JUDGMENT
Accrediting commission will judge whether future is truly new
President's Office receives Show cause report due to Show Cause action letter accrediting commission
Students enrolled at College of the Sequoias
Upcoming re-visit from accrediting commission
Accrediting commission's expected announcement
If accreditation is not revoked, the college will continue to operate as normal.
If accreditation is revoked, accredipocalypse begins. The college is required to create a plan to transfer student records by this date.
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The accrediting commission has a range of options. Extending the college's Show Cause status or placing the school on Probation status may be the most likely.
The college would be removed from any sanctions. The college would be required to submit a Midterm Report in three years. Options within this category include full reaffirmation, reaffirmation with the requirement of a follow-up report, and reaffirmation with the requirement of both a follow-up report and visit.
The commission will list any deficiencies it has found and subject the college to reports and/or visits. Reaffirmation is delayed, but the college continues to stay accredited.
The commission will list deficiencies found and subject the college to reports and/or visits. Consequences largely the same as above, but in response to more severe deviations from eligibility/accreditation requirements. Reaffirmation is delayed, but the college continues to stay accredited.
The current status is continued. The college may be forced to create another Show Cause report and subject itself to further visits. Reaffirmation is delayed, but the college continues to stay accredited.
The commission feels that the college has not explained or rectified mattters to their satisfaction. Requests for appeal and review are possible. Termination would force the college to close.
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College confident on verge of visit TONY MALDONADO
ight months ago, College of the Sequoias’ newlyminted President/Superintendent had the distinct displeasure of having to break bad news to the college. The college, he said, had received notice from the regional accreditor — the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) — that it was being placed on Show Cause status, the most serious sanction that can be placed on a college, barring termination of accreditation. (For the full scale, see the left side of this page.) It said the college was out of compliance with four requirements — student learning and achievement, faculty, institutional planning and effectiveness, and integrity in relations with the accrediting commission — and was additionally given seven recommendations relating to, amongst others: student learning outcomes, planning, campus dialog, and research capacity.
Since the announcement came down in February, the college has been in a constant mode of self-improvement: administrators, staff, and students have all worked towards fixing the problems the commission found in the hopes of keeping the college open and continuing to serve the community. In addition to relying on help from within, the college also hired experienced consultants, new staff members, and purchased software to help address the eligibility requirements and recommendations as instructed by the commission. The Show Cause and Closure reports, required by the ACCJC, were received by the commission on October 15. On November 13 and November 14, their work will be put to the test as four visitors from the ACCJC come to find out whether we've truly improved; and, if so, by how much. They'll be given binders full of evidentiary documents such as meeting minutes and planning documents
alongside copies of the college's Show Cause and closure reports, copies of the college's newly-minted governance, resource allocation, and integrated planning manuals. The visitors will consist of those who visited the campus during the previous visit. “They’ll be in a pretty good position to see the before and after,” Carrizosa said. With this work behind them, both Carrizosa and Dr. Jennifer Vega la Serna, Vice President of Student Services, are confident that the college will come through this latest visit unscathed. “The quality of your local community college program has never been what’s at question. What was at question was its internal operations,” Carrizosa said. “Internal operations are easier to fix. I never for a moment doubted that we would fix these, because they were under our control.” “COS has been here for 87 years, and it will be here for 87 more.”
Read past reporting on accreditation at coscampusonline.com.
Dead coffee, dead area VERONICA FELIPE
he Coffee Court is no longer steaming with hot coffee this year. COS Food Service Manager, Joe Roque, said that the decision to close the Coffee Court was made in order to divert full attention to the new COS Café. "We wanted to focus on doing a very good job here first, so we could have good success,” Roque said. Roque said that the services previously provided at the Coffee Court were moved to the COS Café. The student workers that used to attend the Coffee Court were also transferred to work at the COS Café. Roque said the decision to close the Coffee Court was a “collaborative decision” administered by him and Vice President of Student Services Brent Calvin. “I believe we made a wise decision to focus primarily on the [COS] Café. It took all summer to remodel it and it has been doing good,” Roque said. Calvin said the main problem with
the Coffee Court was the lack of foot traffic. “The cafeteria was stiffening the traffic already. [Coffee Court] was a good place for me to grab a quick sandwich, but now I can do that [at the COS Café],” Calvin said. The Coffee Court is snuggled in front of the Sequoia building. Students are still using the Coffee Court's seats and tables, but the stand is boarded and dusty, with only a few staling products still displayed behind the windows. The Coffee Court primarily served coffee and sandwiches, which Calvin said were not enough to entice customers to come to the Coffee Court. “We want students to let us know what products we can offer that will draw them in. Maybe they want something seasonal like smoothies. Offering coffee was good during these cold months, but it was not bringing in enough sales six months out of the year,” Calvin said. COS Student Senate President, Fidel Madrigal, said that the closure
of the Coffee Court is a lost opportunity for students. "I'm upset that we have nothing in there. The students are losing the opportunity to have something there. I mean, why not give [students] the option to put something there instead of having it close completely," Madrigal said. Roque and Calvin both said that if they are able to offer better-selling products then they will consider reopening the Coffee Court, but they will need student demand and input to find a product worth reopening the Coffee Court. Madrigal said that he thinks investing in a yogurt and ice cream machine would pay off. "Yogurt has become really popular and I think that yogurt or ice cream would be a really good product to offer there," Madrigal said. With the Student Senate president already weighing in, the question goes out to the students of COS. What would you like to be served at the Coffee Court?
Homecoming & winning streak: dashed by Modesto
he College of the Sequoias football team did not get the homecoming they were hoping for in their 76-32 defeat to Modesto Junior College on Saturday. With a record of 5-0 coming into the game, COS was riding high after a close win on the road two weeks ago. They were ranked fifth in Northern California and 44th in the nation. There was a positive air in the stadium when the two teams took the field in the early afternoon, but it would not last for long. Modesto got the opening possession and proceeded to drive down the field in a little over two minutes and score a touchdown. A successful two-point conversion attempt put COS in an early hole, down 8-0. COS was unable to answer back after their first drive ended in a punt. Modesto would go on to score another touchdown and again got the
two-point conversion to put the Giants in a 16-0 hole with only about six minutes of game played. COS’ ensuing drive also ended in a punt but, punter Joe Figenshaw’s kick went out of bounds at the Modesto 1-yard line. The COS defense held Modesto to a three and out and got their offense the ball back with what appeared to be all the momentum in the game. COS drove down the field and scored its first touchdown and brought the score to 16-7. The score of 16-7 would be the closest the game ever got as Modesto scored on 7 out of 9 of its first half possessions and 11 of 16 for the game. COS trailed 50-19 at the half, more points than it has allowed to an opponent all season for a whole game. Modesto remained more disciplined throughout the game, only getting six penalties to COS’ 12. COS gave the
Modesto offense seven first downs off of penalties and a total of 123 yards. Modesto quarterback Teejay Gordon had 325 yards passing with five touchdowns and only one interception. Aden Ruiz rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns. COS allowed four total Modesto players to rush for over 50 yards. COS quarterback Raul Alvarez passed for 285 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions. Brian Alvarado had a good game with 58 yards rushing with most of that yardage coming after first contact. Preston Foley scored on a 93-yard kickoff return for COS. The loss puts COS’ record at 5-1 and moves Modesto to 3-3. COS hopes to rebound from this game on Saturday Oct. 26 at Delta College.
League of denial STEFAN BARROS
he "Frontline" special on PBS called "League of Denial" brought to light the NFL and their late reaction to the concussion issue of its former players. This piece really did make the NFL look as if they have egg on their faces. And now it's easy to see why the NFL didn't want ESPN to air this originally. In the beginning, it is mentioned that the NFL wasn't willing to cooperate in the making of the documentary. The two reporters that were behind the research of the documentary were only able to speak to former players and their families. After the special aired, as expected, the NFL was up in arms complaining about how only one side of the story was told. Well, the NFL had the opportunity to tell their side, but refused. They lost the right to be upset when the NFL wasn't willing to cooperate with the two reporters in the making of this. The incompetence of the NFL dates back to the early 90's, when sports writers were bringing up the fact that concussions were becoming an issue. Then Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said during summit that concussions were not an issue, and that this was all a part of "pack journalism." In other words, he just thought that sportswriters were trying to make up stories out of thin air. In retrospect, Tagliabue's comments are just flat-out ignorant. Just like what current NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, is doing, Tagliabue knew more than he was letting on. He was protecting his own best interests by withholding damaging information about his game. This brings us to Goodell, who has seemed just flatout arrogant toward this whole concussion issue. He didn't decide until too late that these former players were onto something. He was totally unwilling to assist these former players and their families as some of these players weren't even able to take care of themselves. The saddest story coming out of this documentary was that of former Pittsburgh Steelers Center Mike Webster. He played in the NFL for almost 20 years and, in that time, suffered his fair share of blows to the head. In the years following retirement, Webster began to have bouts with memory loss. This was especially tragic because of an interview that he did with ESPN where Webster wasn't able to put thoughts together to form sentences. This appeared to be a direct result of brain damage he suffered from his long career in the NFL. Webster died in 1997 and the league didn't lift a finger to help him or his family throughout the entire ordeal. I'm really glad that this came out, because the hypocrisy of the NFL needed to be put out front and center. Hopefully with what was told in "League of Denial," Commissioner Goodell will begin to tell the truth about exactly what he did and didn't know about the importance of head injuries in the NFL. It may take more than a few lawsuits for him to figure that out.
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COS and Modesto battle for the ball as Andre Luiz (#8) looks on. Modesto won the game 4-1.
Soccer slump: eighth straight loss
he COS Men's Soccer team is in a big slump as they continue to lose games. The Giants have now lost eight straight games after their 4-1 loss to Modesto on Friday. COS was busy on defense in the first half as Modesto attacked the goal and only scored once by Elias Venegas. The Giants were able to block eight shot attempts by the Pirates. Modesto took 13 shots at the COS goal in the first half and only made one.They also attempted three corner kicks.
In the second half, the pirates took off with the lead after scoring three more goals. COS would answer back late when Javier Tapia scored the only goal for the Giants. Modesto blocked four of COS' five shot attempts and COS blocked two of the five shot attempts by the Pirates. COS now drops to 2-10-1 on the season and 0-3 in the Central Valley Conference. Modesto improves to 9-12 overall and 1-0-2 in the Big 8 Conference. The Giants will next play Taft College on Friday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at home. The Giants only have two remaining home games in this 2013 season.
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Yesenia Silva leaves competition in the dust STEFAN BARROS
reshman cross-country runner Yesenia Silva is literally running by the competition so far this season by taking first place in the five meets so far. It wasn't always this easy for her, though. Silva has only been running for three and half years and, when she started, lacked confidence in what she was doing. "I wasn't confident at all when I first started out, but I progressed quickly and began bumping other girls down. I even started running with the guys. I really impressed myself," Silva said. Silva has been a little surprised with her success so far, but she is still looking to get better at what she is doing. "I'm looking for more competition right now; I'm pretty much running out all alone right now." When it comes to accomplishments that Silva has compiled over her time as a runner, she isn't talking about awards or trophies. She believes just running is accomplishment enough.
"I think just finding out that I could run is an accomplishment, having the ability to run and to be good at it." Becoming a good runner usually happens because they had someone that influenced them and pushed them along the way, Silva credits her coaches for pushing her, and helping her become the runner she is today. "My coaches helped a lot, they always pushed me to come closer to my potential. When I'm down, they always try to keep me up. They've always been there for me," Silva explained. Every runner has something different that helps them become the runner that they are, Silva describes herself as being weird when it comes to her style of running. "I'm pretty weird when I run, I talk to myself; I tell myself that I can do it. I'm always setting goals. I am a very challenging person." Family was not a big factor for Silva when it came to actually becoming a runner. Silva says that her family isn't very athletic, but they support her nonetheless.
Silva actually began running in high school at the suggestion of one of her teachers. "I had a teacher that thought I would be interested, and at the time I didn't really know what cross-country was, but I've been running ever since." Between running in high school and in college, there should be many differences, as far as competition is concerned, but Silva doesn't really see any differences. Not yet anyway. "I haven't seen many differences yet. The distance is still the same for women, but if there was one, I'd say that people take the races much more seriously at this level." It remains to be seen if that difference will affect Silva at all in the future. It certainly hasn't yet. When it comes to the future for Silva, she most definitely wants to run at the next level, which would be the university level. "I would love to get picked up by a four-year college, and I want to be able to be an inspiration for others."
Campus Voice EDITORIAL
Campus coffee drought THE CAMPUS STAFF
The Campus Editorial Board
Can you name a place on campus to pick up a good cup of coffee quickly, and for a decent price? Before you answer, remember the emphasis here is on the word “good,” not “quickly” or even “decent price” though those factors are important, too. The Coffee Court stand is no longer serving coffee, and by all accounts there aren’t any plans to reopen it for business. Left in its place are the cafeteria and Snack Shack, both of which offer the typical convenience-store style selection of regular coffee that may or may not have been sitting there all day, coupled with a 7-11 style coffee machine with the usual selection of mediocre options like French Vanilla and Hot Chocolate. There’s a Starbucks a block away and another coffee place across the street, but nothing that compares to those places here on campus. We realize Coffee Court wasn’t exactly serving gourmet coffee, but it had a larger selection than anything else on campus, a more enjoyable area, and products that hadn’t been replicated within the Snack Shack or cafeteria. Perhaps most importantly, it was in a far more convenient location: directly on campus. Students often need to schedule classes back-to-back in order to get the classes they need, and scheduling these classes with a cushy hour break is a dream that many students can’t achieve. With a ten minute allotment to run out of one classroom and into another, making a Starbucks run is out of the question. Even crossing the street to Le Boulevard is too time-consuming, since it requires crossing the city’s main thoroughfare twice. When the only options on campus for a quick cup of coffee include only a standard restaurant-blend of dubious freshness, it’s easy to skip it and grab a soda. This isn’t just about what is quick and convenient, though. Coffee is a social drink — something people have bonded over for ages. Asking a friend or potential date out for a cup of coffee is customary, as is gath-
ering in a group at a coffee shop, whether to study or just to hang out. A spot on campus that serves great coffee efficiently could even work toward improving campus climate. COS is a commuter school, so students don’t always get to know each other. Some of the best places on campus for students to get together and study are not places where students can bring in drinks, or at least ones that aren’t in bottles. The group study rooms in the LRC are great for spending time with a study group to focus on a project, but students can’t bring a cup of coffee to the table. If the COS Café expanded its repertoire to include a broad array of coffee drinks, it could diversify the very culture of the building and COS in general. The school has made some positive changes in the Alta Peak building, otherwise known as the cafeteria, by putting in the COS Café and adding a few booths, but more can be done to make it a popular spot for students to gather. Groups of diehard card gamers have long staked a claim to part of the cafeteria, but there is room for more students to utilize the building and the tables surrounding it. Another consideration is the profitability of such a venture. If more choices are offered, students might think twice before heading to Starbucks or grabbing a soda. Faculty and staff could be more likely to drop in as well. Equipment that we’re assuming to be expensive (including a rather large commercial refrigerator/freezer) could be moved from the Coffee Court stand to the Café to increase its range of products and ostensibly draw more business to the location. Brent Calvin’s idea of offering smoothies in the warmer months, reported in a news story in The Campus, would help to keep drinks on the menu and to compensate for lower coffee sales. Products like iced or blended coffees and various iced tea options would undoubtedly be popular during those months, too. Perhaps the Coffee Court location could then be used for something else. Maybe a SUBWAY?
COLUMN Giant misconceptions AMANDA WILBUR
shush or a shove are what students are met with at the COS library, cafeteria, and student lounge, the only three equipped hangout spots available to students. A shush or a shove are what students are met with at the COS library, cafeteria, and student lounge, the only three equipped hangout spots available to students. COS students are in need for a spacious work place designed to let students relax, yet still be productive. According to the COS website, "there are approximately 10,000 students enrolled at College of the Sequoias in any semester" — most of which can only find enough room to hang out outside. College students are meant to connect with the world and interact with friends, sharing knowledge and information in a constant buzz of communication. That aspect of college is hindered at COS by the lack of hangout rooms where students can go to relax, enjoy conversations with those around them, and still work productively. While the library offers great relief from erratic weather patterns, provides seats
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Life gets in the way, jobs become more important, or in a community college, school may seem less enticing. Whatever the reason, it may not just be beand tables, and hosts free Wi-Fi, it does cause the student attended COS instead of not provide the atmosphere and liberty another school. to hang out freely with friends unless the Another common misconception is that group of friends are whisper-lovers. Fur- COS has nothing to offer, but some stuthermore, even the library's upstairs group dents may not be looking. With a variety rooms have a staff member as a noise guard, of sports, non-credit or credit classes that ensuring that, despite having to work and teach new skills/arts, and clubs, COS offers communicate with others, students adhere many of the same things that regular fourto the standard whisper level of the library. year universities offer. Also, while the library appears to be spaTake a look around, and don’t let the cious, during busy weeks, it does not have common stereotypes placed onto COS enough room to accommodate the large shape your mind into hating the school. For amount of students looking for a produc- many of you this may be a two-year stop on tive work space. your way to a four-year university, and for Unfortunately, student's other two op- others this may be the only college experitions are staggered by much of the same ence that you choose to have — whatever problems. The newly-redecorated cafeteria the case, enjoy your time here. Stop looking has drawn much more foot traffic than past at this place as just a “black hole” and see it semesters, but most are rushed out since it as a way to pursue your career. is meant to be a place to sit and eat, not to sit and work for hours. The student lounge is lively, but it's a claustrophobic's worst nightmare. The lounge is a great idea, but the need for a comfortable social space that serves even a fraction of COS' large popureotype people imagine; I alcohol they enjoy, even if lation isn't nearly met by that small area; had plenty of friends. But they are underage. even circus clowns would cringe at that within the large group of The other thing that thought. homeschooled kids, we everyone always says is, While COS is a community college, its were all pretty similar. “Homeschoolers are so student population has grown exponenWe were all raised with smart.” Some of us really tially over the years, and the main campus a strong moral compass, are geniuses, and others, needs to accommodate the fact that these with a strong reliance on like me, are just kids who students need more room on campus. Not our beliefs, and an educa- were raised to value the imeveryone enjoys sitting in the quad in tion that taught us to ana- portance of working hard. 100 degree heat or standing, feeling lost lyze the world around us. In People may think that we in a crowded library. COS students need that group, most of the kids got to lie around in our a lounge that is large enough to be able thought it was fun to get pajamas all day, but I certo find a seat when needed, not a lounge in debates about whether tainly wasn’t one of the few. so small that it is incredibly hard — and government had the right Instead I had a mom who against the rules — to move a seat around. CHRISTINA REEVES to ban guns, or what sepa- knew all my homework asCopy Editor ration of church and state signments. She made sure I eople say, “You truly means. We were fed did all of them, and that I live in a bubble; on the issues that define our worked as hard as I could. you don’t know freedom or damage our so- I had a mom who expected what the real world is like.” ciety. me to learn how to be inComing to COS has shown Coming to COS, on dependent: how to cook, me what a vague perception a whole, I encountered clean, take care of children, of the world I truly had. I a rather diverse group of and stay safe. Needless to wouldn’t say that I was na- people. What was normal say, when I saw how little ïve; I knew about the world, for homeschooled high most of my fellow students and all the things that hap- school students was a rarity cared about how well they pened in it. I just didn’t re- in public college life. People did in school, I was shocked. alize how blatantly people here didn’t care if what they People may think that did things that I had always did was illegal. I have found this is the “real world,” but been taught were wrong. that it isn’t that unusual to we all have our own version I wasn’t shut up in my hear people talking about of the same world. room, like the typical ste- what drugs they do, or what
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Stay vigilant for Mary-Catherine Oxford steps into librarian role bike theft CHRISTINA REEVES
While COS has seen a decline in bike theft this semester, COS Chief of Police Bob Masterson warns that students should still take extra precaution to ensure their bikes don't get stolen. Masterson warns that many students make mistakes when locking their bikes, that if fixed, could more effectively protect them from theft. Students should invest in good bike locks, preferably U-locks.These are stronger than normal cable locks, and are harder to break into. Many of the cable locks that are frequently used on campus are easy enough to cut with common tools. Students also make the mistake of locking their bike by putting the lock through the spokes and then attaching it to the bike rack. This method allows thieves to simply cut the spokes and take the bicycle. Masterson recommends attaching the lock through the bike frame and then to the rack instead. Masterson also recommends taking the twofold approach to locking a bike. Students should use a U-lock along with a strong cable lock to keep their property safe. "Thieves are inherently lazy," Masterson says. They will look for the easiest bike to steal, they won't want to waste time on a harder target. Many thieves also only carry tools for a certain type of lock, many won't carry tools for both. Another step that students should take is to register their bike. They can easily do this by supplying the COS Police Department with their bike's serial number. If the bike is found, the police will be able to return it to the correct owner. If the bike is not registered, the police will not be able to positively identify the owner. Bike thefts are common on campus, but that doesn't mean students cannot protect their property. With the right locks and methods, students can make sure that they will be much less likely to fall victim to this type of theft.
College expands library hours CHRISTINA REEVES
ast year the Learning Resource Center’s hours in Hanford and Tulare were very limited. But starting this semester the new director of the Learning Resource Center, Mary-Catherine Oxford, is expanding the available hours. The Tulare Campus is now open: • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Hanford Center Library is now open: • Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Reference Librarian at the Hanford Center is available: • Monday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. 8 p.m. • Tuesday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visalia is still open: • Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Friday 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oxford said, “Our hours in those locations are a huge deal. Between last year and this year we have doubled all the hours, and hopefully we can add more this year.”
College announces interim positions
College of the Sequoias announced Monday the filling of two vacant positions. Current Nursing Division chair Belen Kersten was appointed Interim Director of Nursing for the rest of the 2013-14 academic year, said Stan Carrizosa, the college's president. Kersten, who earned her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing at CSU Dominguez Hills, has been a COS faculty member since 2007. In the same announcement, Dr. Louann Waldner was appointed Interim Dean of Career Technical Education. Waldner most recently served as the college's director of the Business, Industry and Communiy Services (BICS) program. Waldner earned her doctorate from Oklahoma State University and her master's degree from Kansas State University. Kersten will take her position on November 1; Waldner will take her post on January 1, 2014. Carrizosa said the college would work with their respective departments to ensure smooth, successful transitions.
ere at College of the Sequoias the Learning Resource Center (LRC) is "the heart of the campus," as Mary-Catherine Oxford, the new director of the LRC, says. Likewise, the job of the director of the LRC is also important to both students and faculty. The COS library not only gives many students a quiet place to study, but also gives students necessary academic help to ensure their success at COS. “The ability to work one-on-one is really what the library stands on.” Oxford said. The Library houses the Tutorial Center, Math Lab, and Writing Center. There is also a computer helpdesk, which is there to help with Blackboard, email, and Banner Web issues; they also help reset passwords and offer workshops. Oxford works to keep improving the benefits of the library to students and faculty. She hopes to maximize space next year, for the large portion of the student body that utilizes all of the library’s many services and benefits. The library itself has 50,000 books in print, and a growing electronic database, which she hopes to continue adding to. Oxford first decided to become a librarian while attending West Hills College, Lemoore. She was looking for a job, and a friend suggested the library. As Oxford said, "All of the staff and faculty were very supportive. I did not have
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Mary-Catherine Oxford, director of the Learning Resource Center. one specific mentor. I tried to learn as much from anyone that I could." A few weeks later, she knew that this was the job she wanted. She later received her degree in Library Studies at Sonoma State. She went on to work as a Library Manager for the Tulare Public Library, helping to transition the library into a new building. In 2009 she was hired as an adjunct librarian at COS, while continuing to work for the Tulare Public Library. Three months ago, when the position of director of the LRC opened, she knew it was the
position she was looking for. She loves the large number of students, how intellectually challenging her job is, and the impact of the library on the student body. As she said, “It’s really good to be a part of something that’s big on the community.” The new director loves to read. She used to read books about North Korea and the Vietnam War, but recently she has ventured into fiction like World War Z and novels by Visalia native Jane Porter. Oxford hasn’t been here for long, but hopes to improve the library as she learns about the students' needs.
Christine Statton hired as Vice-President of Administrative Services AMANDA WILBUR
new vice president of Administrative Services has recently started at COS. Christine Statton, a former assistant-superintendent at Burbank Unified School District, will now overlook facilities, technology, and fiscal services on campus. Statton is originally from Southern California, but after raising her children in Selma she now calls the Central Valley her home. Statton pursued and majored in accounting at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. After college, she went straight to work as a certified public accountant. Later on, she went into education where she worked for the Visalia Unified School District as an internal auditor and then chief financial officer for seven years. Most recently, she was the assistant-superintendent for Burbank Unified School District. Statton first learned about this job from Stan Carrizosa. She and Carrizosa have worked together for approximately 12 years — ever since she worked at Visalia Unified School District. They had even worked together in Burbank, but Carrizosa ended up moving back to COS after two years. While in Burbank, Statton began to realize that the job was more than she wanted to handle and began looking for another one. It was a coincidence that Carrizosa told her about the job opportunity here.
Statton says that for the time being she wants to "learn the lay of the land." She has many ideas that she would like to improve, but she does not want to make many drastic changes at COS. Before anything else she would like to learn the needs of the campus and try to meet those needs. She believes that the staff here are doing a great job and says that there is not much that she needs to fix. "We have a lot of really good people with a lot of Jordon Dean/The Campus strengths, so I don't need to come in and rescue or change Christine Statton replaces Brent Calvin as Vice President/ Administrative Services. a department." es to improve things. Statton loves working in Statton feels good about the budget but education because she loves to work with people and to be able to see how her job is still concerned that it is not balanced yet. can make a difference. She says that when She says that next year's budget from the working in education you can see how all of state will show whether COS will have another rough year or if the school will finally your work pays off. "You get to see some wonderful things be able to breathe. The new budget may be happen to kids. It's wonderful to see differ- changed and strained because COS may ent events and graduations. I like seeing the have to hire new faculty due to the fulltime faculty obligation number from the results of what all of us are doing." She hopes that her time here will ben- state. The state budget will be released in efit the school and the students attending. January. After learning the needs of the school, she would like to begin making gradual chang-
Kristen Henderson wins state art competition
normality of traditional pottery. She takes traditional COS art student, Kristen Hen- forms and alters them so that derson, recently won a ceramic they are not functional but state competition. This compe- they still reference tradition. tition hosted many schools from Northern Some of the pieces that she California, and COS was one of the only has made have only taken community colleges to attend. Each person her a day or a week, but one was expected to submit a portfolio of their piece took her an entire sework consisting of ten images and a written mester to complete. Henderson has been into portion. art since she was very young, Henderson's theme was fragility and but she only began ceramics destruction. She likes to go away from the a few years ago. An English professor of hers was the Omar Salazar/The Campus first one to encourage her Kristen Henderson. to do ceramwords. It is a way for her to show who she ics, and she has loved it ever is to the world. since. Henderson has already In the future, Henderson wants to teach received her Bachelor of Arts and work with organizations that travel and degree from a different col- bring art to foreign countries. Since many lege, but she came back to people helped her overcome hard times in COS to study with Professor her life by introducing her to art, she would Flores more before going to like to pay it forward by introducing it to grad school. other countries. She hopes that art can help Art is a way for Hender- pull people out of the dark times in their son to express herself. Al- lives, and open them up to express themthough she sees herself as a selves. Henderson believes that "through shy person, art allows her to art we are able to heal and we're able to Omar Salazar/The Campus show exactly how she feels overcome everything in our lives and beKristen Henderson likes to diverge from normal pottery. without having to say the come better people." AMANDA WILBUR
Dr. Dali Öztürk, The Wizard of Data VERONICA FELIPE
r. Mehmet "Dali" Öztürk is COS' new director of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, but he's hardly new to the job. Öztürk's job is to direct research within COS districtwide. He follows departments within the college to evaluate their programs' success and then uses that data to plan for improvements for better effectiveness. "Research and planning go hand in hand. We are here to provide guidance and direction for the college," Öztürk said. Öztürk has extensive experience and education in the field of institutional research that allows him to provide this type of guidance. Öztürk most recently worked as the director of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Prior to Monterey, he spent seven years working as an administrator in Institutional Research and Instruction at Arizona State. Öztürk has a Bachelor of Arts in Measurement & Evaluation in Education from Hacettepe University, a Master of Arts in College & University Administration from Michigan State, and a doctorate in Education Policy Planning & Administration from USC. Öztürk was born in Turkey. He said he came to America 23 years ago with a suitcase that weighed 17 kilograms and a scholarship. "I've been in school for almost all my life. One time my mom told me 'When I told you stay in school I didn't mean this
long.'" Yet, despite working and living in various parts of the United States, Öztürk said he and his family always wanted to move to Visalia because that is where his wife is from and where her family lives.
ing that job opportunity a great way to come to Visalia. Öztürk also said his wife attended COS, and his mother-in-law used to work for the college, giving him more incentive to work for COS because it is a big part of his fam-
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Dr. Mehmet "Dali" Öztürk, College of the Sequoias' new director of Research, Planning and Effectiveness, at an August 22 Accreditation Response Task Force meeting. "People ask me, 'Why Visalia?' But for me Visalia is the place to be. I don't care if I live in a golden mansion. To me, family and community is the most important and I'm happy to be here, part of a community that gave me my wife and family." Öztürk said the position for director of research had been vacant for a while, mak-
ily's history. "My wife went to COS and they did a good job. You know, I like the product, so maybe it's time for me to help make some more good quality product," Öztürk said with a chuckle. Öztürk said he loves working in higher education institutions because they give
none available. Incidents on campus have occurred while there was no security, and officers have had to drive from one of the other campuses to assist in the situations. Recently, there was a student who was being harassed by an ex-boyfriend on the Hanford campus when no officer was available. Because there was no one to assist the student, a police officer from the city department had to come and secure the situation until the COS police could arrive. In anticipation of the two new COS campuses, the budget was expanded a bit to allow a little room for more security to cover what would become three campuses; however, the budget has not been expanded since. "It's all a matter of budget priorities," said Vice President of Administrative Services Christine Statton. According to Statton and Masterson, the police department was not a priority when it came to the budget. While Masterson explained that everyone is of course in favor of having a stronger police department, it is not realistic. "Our main priority for the district right now is classes," Masterson said, "We'd like to get you students into classes that you need and we like to keep you safe while doing that."
COS has proven to have many problems getting students into classes which is why the district focuses on allowing more classes for more students; however, with more students, the police department will need to expand to keep all of the campuses safe. If the budget is directed completely toward classes, the COS department will not be able to get the staffing that is needed. The department is in the process of hiring one more parttime officer but this is all that they are being allotted. The department is making do with what they have. They are trying their best to keep the campuses as safe as they can. " O u r officers are excellent,"
Where does safety fit into the budget? AMANDA WILBUR
e rely on the police to keep us safe from the potential dangers on campus, but they may not always be available. Due to low staffing for the COS Police Department, there are many hours during the day that there may not be an officer on campus. While it should seem that the police should constantly be on every campus, this is not a possibility due to the budget at COS. The department has one chief and five full-time officers. These six people are responsible for securing the Visalia, Hanford, and Tulare campuses. On the best days, there are two police officers on duty during the morning hours until 1:00 p.m., leaving one campus without an officer. After this, they try to have at least one officer on each campus, but this is not always achievable. "Do I constantly have an officer on all three campuses at one time? I can never guarantee that," said Bob Masterson, chief of the COS Police Department. The department aims to keep an officer on the Visalia campus at all times because it is the largest and main campus; however, there are many times where there may be
people so many opportunities that most cannot receive in other countries. He also said that community colleges provide students from all backgrounds that first step toward various opportunities in life. "It's a great equalizer for those who do not have the resources to start at a different level." At COS, Öztürk said filling his job position was a recommendation from the ACCJC board in order to provide data that will be used to improve communications and effectiveness districtwide. "If we are reorganizing then we must increase research capacity." Öztürk may have just started this semester, but he is already working on improving the college's research department: he is in the process of creating a three-year research agenda in order to systematically provide assessments of the district and their activities; he plans on improving visibility and access to data, primarily through research newsletters; he wants to provide training opportunities to educate district employees on how to access and use data to make informed decisions; and he plans on building a strong relationship between the research department and COS' Technology Services. Öztürk has a bright outlook for the future of COS regarding the upcoming visit from the accreditation team and hopes his research will aid the college's recovery from Show Cause status. "I am trying to provide a culture of evidence to support the [COS] president's mission," Öztürk said.
Masterson said, "They are always out there looking." Safety on campus doesn't seem to fit into the budget for COS. For about 10,000 students attending COS, there are only about two to three police officers on duty at any given time. With more money COS would like to expand the services that are available to students, but as of right now the police department is not a priority.
College finds new foundation director
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Tim Foster, new College of the Sequoias Foundation director. AMANDA WILBUR
Tim Foster, former CEO of the Golden State YMCA, has taken the reins as director of the College of the Sequoias Foundation. Foster, a Visalian, attended Redwood High School and is an alumnus of COS; after his time at COS, he transferred to Fresno State to get a bachelor's in Business Administration with a Human Resources option. For the past 15 and a half years, he served as the CEO at the Golden State YMCA, which spans Madera, Kings, Fresno, and Tulare counties. Foster said he hopes to involve more staff and students in philanthropy during his time here. He is looking into different programs that will allow them to volunteer their time to help the foundation, other students, or programs. He says that he would like students to begin to understand the importance of charity work in society and begin to participate with their "time, talent, or treasure." Foster hopes that he can show the staff and faculty that the foundation is getting things done and the students are benefiting from the programs. He knows that most of the staff can see the economic struggles that many students face on campus, and he hopes that this will persuade them to help raise more funds to improve the student experience. He is pushing foundation and staff to give up their time to come
to events for the foundation, and he is also trying to persuade many people to take a payroll deduction to divert funds to the foundation. These deductions would come out of staff and faculty paychecks, and go straight to helping the students and foundation. Many people have already accepted a payroll deduction, and he hopes to get more to agree soon. Another program that Foster would like to begin is one that would connect students who have received scholarships with interested philanthropists in the community. He would like these students to speak about what the scholarship was able to give to them, and hopefully raise more funds. "I want to connect the people who have the money with the people who need it," Foster said. Foster came to COS a difficult time as its accreditation status is wavering. There have been a few philanthropists that have seemed a bit hesitant to continue being involved, but he is trying to reassure them that accreditation is not a problem. "I personally wouldn't have left a good job to come into a situation that was uncertain. I personally was sure that we don't have a problem," Foster said. While Foster is new to COS, he is hoping to continue improving the foundation to help students and the district. By doing this, he hopes to improve the student experience and help more students pursue their education.
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