May 2011 Commencement Program

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Del Mar College 75th Spring Commencement Ceremony

May 13, 2011

American Bank Center

Message to the Class of 1943 from Dr. E.L. Harvin, Dean of Corpus Christi Junior College (Del Mar College) 1938-1946 and the first full-time College president from 1946-1961.

Message from the President

Dear Graduates, Families and Friends, Today, your graduation ceremony becomes an important part of Del Mar College’s history. This 75th Anniversary Commencement is our opportunity to celebrate the more than 750,000 students whose lives have been changed forever through our credit and noncredit programs.

Our speaker tonight is the nationally-recognized President of the American Association of Community Colleges, Dr. Walter Bumphus. I’m pleased that he agreed to provide your Commencement Address because his words of wisdom help set the national agenda for higher education. Del Mar College asks, “What’s your dream?” We ask this question purposefully, to provoke and inspire you to step out of your day-to-day existence and think about where you want to go in life. I encourage each of you to indulge the creative side of your mind and consider the fantastic opportunities that await you.

Now is the time to consider all the things that you might do in the future with your new Del Mar College diploma. You have never been better positioned to take on new challenges. Use the momentum that you have developed and set your goals high. Go ahead. Look in the mirror and tell that person looking back at you that you will achieve your dreams!

With the support and encouragement of educational leaders such as Dr. Bumphus, my dreams of becoming a college president have come true. But the larger dream of coming home to my alma mater as the President and serving the community where I was raised surpassed anything I could have imagined. Del Mar College allowed me to reach my dream. I am confident Del Mar College has prepared you to make your dreams come true as well. Congratulations,

Mark Escamilla, Ph.D. President

1935 Dr. Charles Philip Yeager spearheads movement to establish a junior college in Corpus Christi, securing approval from the State Board of Education. Voters approve the creation of a junior college district within the Corpus Christi Independent School District and a tax of 20 cents per $100 property valuation to support it. On September 11, 1935, Corpus Christi Junior College opens its doors to 154 Depression-era students. Sixteen faculty members, primarily public school teachers, teach academic classes, adult education classes and noncredit classes three evenings a week from 3 to 11 p.m. at Corpus Christi High School. Dr. Earnest H. Hereford, CCISD superintendent, becomes first College president. Tuition set at $100 per year, payable in $25 installments. La Giralda, Spanish Club, is the first student club to organize. Bimonthly student newspaper, The College News, which the following year becomes The Foghorn, prints its first issue.

1936 First class of 13 students graduate at Clark Field. Blue and Silver chosen as school colors. Nell Tribble Bartlett establishes the speech and drama department.

1937 The College moves to Lou E. Jones Educational Building of the First Methodist Church.

Order of Ceremonies PROCESSIONAL Pomp and Circumstance..............................................................................................Edward Elgar Del Mar College Concert Band Darrell Brown, Director Presentation of Colors.....................................................................................................Color Guard Del Mar College Regional Fire Academy National Anthem.....................................................................................................Francis Scott Key Sung by Jessie Marie Alexandra Monsivais Collegiate High School and Del Mar College Student

75th Anniversary Alma Mater.......................................................... Music - Kristopher Pickle Lyrics - Allen Roberts Sung by Del Mar College Chamber Singers Welcome and Remarks......................................................................................Dr. Mark Escamilla President of Del Mar College

Keynote Address..........................................................................................Dr. Walter G. Bumphus President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges

Certification of Graduates........................................................................ Dr. Fernando Figueroa Provost and Vice President of Instruction Awarding of Diplomas.......................................................................................Dr. Mark Escamilla President of Del Mar College Special Presentation............................................................................................. Trey McCampbell Chairman, Del Mar College Board of Regents

Alumni Council Invitation............................................................................. Joseph C. “Jay� Wise Del Mar College Alumni Council Chairman RECESSIONAL

Student nurses from the Fred Roberts Hospital are granted a tuition rate of $75 for five courses. Phi Theta Kappa, honorary fraternity, is chartered as the Gamma Sigma Chapter.

Music by Mariachi Del Mar....................................................................Darrell Brown, Director Faculty Marshal Dr. Loyd E. Poplin, Interim Chair, Department of Natural Sciences, Professor of Chemistry, 2010 Recipient of the Dr. Aileen Creighton Teaching Excellence Award

Student Processional Leaders with 75th Anniversary Banner: John Michael Cave, 2011 Hall of Fame Roger Santoya, Dr. Howard Barth Memorial Scholarship Awardee

Photographs taken by the College at this event may be published in print and electronic media.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Walter G. Bumphus President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges

“I’m very passionate about the difference community colleges make in people’s lives. I look around at our various communities, our cities, our states and actually across the country, and I’m convinced that if community colleges are not going to be that lifeline for many of our citizens, serving as that on-ramp to the middle class, then I think as a nation, we don’t have a Plan B. If community colleges are not going to do that, who is?”

1938 Student Hall of Fame is established. College purchases a stucco frame building and moves to Wynn Seale Jr. High Annex for its Day School. Curriculum includes physical education, English and public speaking, foreign languages, social sciences, chemistry, business administration, math, physics, home economics, education, and secretary.

Those are the sentiments of Del Mar College’s Spring 2011 Commencement keynote speaker, Dr. Walter Bumphus, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). From its Washington, D.C., headquarters, AACC represents over 1,100 associate degreegranting institutions and some 12 million students. From 2007 to January 2011, Dr. Bumphus served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as Chair of the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin. He also held the A. M. Aikin Regents Endowed Chair in Junior and Community College Education Leadership.

Previously, he served as President of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System from 2001 to 2007. The Louisiana system later conferred upon him the title of President Emeritus of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. From November 2000 to September 2001, he was chancellor of Baton Rouge Community College. Prior to joining BRCC, Dr. Bumphus worked in the corporate world serving as President of the Higher Education Division of Voyager Expanded Learning. Voyager provided innovative reading and other curricula to over 1,000 school districts in 45 states. Six years prior his Voyager position, Dr. Bumphus served as President of Brookhaven College in Dallas County Community
 College District.

“I’m convinced now more than ever that community colleges are playing a vital and critical role; and when you talk to business leaders, there’s no doubt in their minds about the value of a community college education. Businesses have long looked to community colleges as their preferred provider of higher education.” Dr. Bumphus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications, a Master of Arts degree in guidance and counseling from Murray State University and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1992, Dr. Bumphus was recognized as a distinguished graduate from both Murray State University and The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Bumphus holds the distinction of being one of the few leaders in the field of education to receive the National CEO of the Year Award, chair the AACC Board of Directors and receive the AACC National Leadership Award.

“The function of Corpus Christi Junior College since its inception has been bilateral: it has trained for the practical affairs of life and for more advanced studies in higher institutions. Attention to individual needs is our major objective.” H. U. Miles, Registrar.

1939 College contracts with the Civil Aeronautics Authority for pilot training in ground instruction. Lamar Club, local chapter of Future Teachers of America, is created. Ars Vestis, home economics club, hosts first get-acquainted social in the lobby of the Junior College. Student Samuel Mayerson, who later becomes a State Supreme Court Justice of California, pursues liberal arts studies. First Viking football squad is organized. The Viking mascot makes its first appearance in the Cruiser, the College yearbook. Mrs. Russell is in charge of the College Tea Room. Glee club spreads cheer among students, and the College sponsors Halloween Ball.

Honors Graduates

1940 College acquires first permanent land – a corner lot at Baldwin and Ayers – covered with three-foot-high Johnson grass blowing in the South Texas winds. Mary Johnson is first Fine Arts instructor. The “Three Musketeers” – Bernard Moore, Horace Humphrey and Milton Boerum – run successful track season.

1941 Students gather to hear President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ask Congress to declare war on Japan. Boundaries of the College District are changed to be the same as Corpus Christi Independent School District. W.B. Ray, President of CCISD School Board, breaks ground for the new junior college building. Lloyd Herbert “Pete” Hughes, active student, would later be posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic acts as a pilot during World War II. During initiation party for the Mystery Club, the largest student club on campus, new members suffer through an evening of eating raw oysters and walking on molasses to prove their “stickability.”


Summa Cum Laude

Magna Cum Laude

Donald Lee Anderson, Jr. Heather A. Bogart Jeffrey Martin Bollom Keri A. Cariaga Ray L. Durrent Maricela Fontana Tamara M. Griffiths Curtis C. Jenkins Rebecca E. Jones Larry Medrano Patrick Anthony Morin Carlos Obregon Jamie Lee Pearson Maria Belen Pena Kathryn M. Powell Thurmon A. Price Gerardo M. Reyes Michael J. Ries Tomas Eric Rincon Nichole C. Ritter Roxanne Robledo Edward R. Rodriguez Cheyenne Marie Schuchart Angela M. Schwengler Cozette D. Sevier Ana Sofia Valdes Jay Bradley Womack

Jessica Jane Aguirre Brenda D. Aleman Dana Ilene Brown Kimberly Ann Connelly Hollie Denise Davis Lincoln Wayne Davis Robert Charles Everett Cody A. Fry Nichole Lee Garcia Samantha R. Garza Eric Gonzalez James O. Grabbs Elaine L. Grant Joe Anthony Hernandez Sayrah Ayn Innocenti Shawn Robert Keeney Racheal A. King Bianca Danielle McNelis Misty Wynn Meadows Raymond L. Parker Lilia Rocio Ramos Edward Rivas, Jr. Selina Saldivar Neal John Sessions Samir Teja Katie Lynne Thompson Ashley Jo Wiggins

First main Administration Building, which houses every branch of the college, is built. This building is now the Memorial Classroom Building. College employees who enter armed forces have Board approval to return to former positions at prevailing wages. Enrollment is 340 – 225 in Day School and 115 in Night School. October 14 is “Barefoot Day” for sophs beaten by lowly fish at football. Photos from the sophomore class of 1941.

Honors Graduates Cum Laude Christy Rebecca Acevedo Tara E. Bartlett Bill Martin Boss Lisa Marie Cantu Wendy Kay Cartwright Melina R. Cavazos Samuel Rey Chavez Marcos J. Cueva Melissa Ann-Tracy Cunningham Bridget Evelyn Flores Sara Neill Foster Michael Damian Guzman Carol Norman Hankins Lyra Marie Hendry Matthew J. Huebner Paul R. Infante David Paul Jauregui Kristina Lardner Cody Vaughn Lopez Malcolm A. Lujan Criselda M. Martinez Jessica Ann Martinez Amanda Renee Matheaus Jennifer Lee Mathewson Christopher Charles McFaddin Jose Antonio Mejia

Abigale Mondragon Candice Ellen Neiuwenhuis Stacie Lynn Ornelas Joshua J. Ortegon Tania Ortiz Dorothy Anna Pallotti Michelle Lee Palmer Guadalupe Itzel Ramos Nicole Kristi Riojas Jennifer N. Risi-Hereim Sarai Salazar Dante Saldana II Aristeo Sales Roxanne Amanda Silva Michael Brian Smith Debbie Tang Ramsey Torres Virginia Maria Torres Crystal Marie Valdez Debbie Ferguson Van Slooten Michael J. Vasquez Regina Kristyne Vasquez Nicholas B. Yeargin

1943 Salary schedule is set. A teacher with a doctorate’s degree with 11 years of service earns $2,700; a teacher with a master’s degree with only one year of service earns $1,800. Mayor A.C. McCaughan writes an open letter to students: “…I know how your City feels about every one of you…Here’s wishing you the greatest success in the many ventures in a new life that will come to you all in the future…”

1944 College forms courses of study whereby student nurses of local nursing schools can receive Junior College diplomas when they complete training. Local school teachers allowed to sit in on College classes for free. Frosh and Sophs particpate in the Victory Loan Campaign to help the war effort. Students brave windy days waiting to ride the Nueces Transportation Company bus home after classes. Hackley’s Store for Men and Boys is home of the Scuttlebutt Lounge.

1945 College celebrates 10th Anniversary. Student body represents 17 states, one territory (Hawaii), and 33 different Texas towns. Student clubs abound on campus including Le Cercle Gaulois French Club, Sigma Epsilon science club, and YMCA/YWCA clubs. Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, jointly sponsored by the College and the Symphony Society, debuts under the direction of C. Burdette Wolfe with Eunice Padis as guest soloist. Texas A&I extension courses are taught at the Junior College.

1946 World War II veterans wash over campus, pushing enrollment to 600. College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Board unanimously agrees to award Associate in Arts Degree to graduates. Dr. E.L. Harvin becomes first full-time president of the College, fourth in succession.

Junior College closes its doors for a week to comply with city’s polio quarantine during which Naval Air Station planes spray 1,000 gallons of DDT over the city.

Prospective Graduates - May 2011 Division of Arts and Sciences ART AND DRAMA Associate of Arts in Teaching Michelle Martinez Angela Michelle Schwengler PTK

First permanent vocational programs – auto mechanics, radio repair, welding, machine shop – are added to Night School. Baldwin Boulevard is paved. 21 men and one “girl” enroll in new mechanical drawing engineering course. Baptist Student Union organized.

1947 Second permanent structure is built – the Vocational Building. Due to overcrowding in the two unairconditioned buildings, old boards are used to build tables just to get a place to work. School of Music admitted to Texas Association of Music Schools. 113 Blacks enroll in the Solomon Coles Junior College, taking evening English classes at Solomon Coles High School. Viking Squad of 40 football players complete training at Cuddihy Field using “T” and “Box” formations. The first game…freshmen vs. sophomores…is at Clark Field with 2,000 specatators. Walter Furley, head columntator for The Foghorn, writes, “One of the few good movies to receive my 40 cents lately is ‘Magnificent Doll.’”

1948 Samuel Frech, speech instructor and 1938 Hall of Fame student, submits winning entry for a college name contest. Del Mar, which means “of the sea” in Spanish, is chosen. Three-year old School of Music becomes the youngest member ever admitted to the National Association of Schools of Music. Viking football, interrupted during the war years, has first season in newly organized South Texas Junior College Conference.

Associate in Arts Angela Michelle Schwengler PTK Jesus Angel Valdez

COMMUNICATIONS, LANGUAGES, AND READING Associate of Arts in Teaching Isis Cirila Del Rosal Melisa Dawn Gonzalez Denise Arlene Medrano Alicia Molina Monica Munoz Yvonne M. Rangel

Associate in Arts Raul Arvizu-Colchado Rigoberto Barajas Sulayne Eulanda Bonelli Erica Elaine Brown Bianca Maricela Calderon Lorraine J. Ciccarelli Ana Luisa Cruz Isis Cirila Del Rosal Sarah Duenas Jose D. Enriquez III Irene Veronica Flores Carlos Antonio Garanzuay Melissa Patricia Gonzalez Justin M. Hernandez Amanda Marie Howeth PTK Adriana Patricia Infante Priscilla Lamb Mario Alberto Longoria Misty Wynn Meadows April Rene Moore Sarah Elizabeth Porras Lilia Rocio Ramos Tomas Eric Rincon PTK Nichole C. Ritter PTK Stephen Robeau Hernan Rodriguez Angela Michelle Schwengler PTK Elisa Sabrina Solis PTK

Member, Phi Theta Kappa - International Honor Society of the Two Year College

Brittany Kay Villiva Chanti Lee Vong ENGLISH

Associate of Arts in Teaching Joe Anthony Hernandez PTK Melissa Marie Lopez Samantha Brooke Tyree PTK Amy Lea Wright Associate in Arts Pearl E. Brock Baldemar Esparza Carlos Antonio Garanzuay Angela Denise Juarez Kristin Michelle McGrew KINESIOLOGY

Associate in Arts Jorge Sebastain Aguas Laura Ann Broussard Alberto Hernandez Courtney LaRay Luckerson Michael E. Marquez Rafael Salinas Christina J. Talamantes Margarito Trevino Rudy Lionel Valenzuela LIBERAL ARTS

Associate in Arts Alejandro J. Almendarez Kristina Marie Alvarez PTK Belinda Jean Arredondo Raul Arvizu-Colchado Rigoberto Barajas Brianna Lynn Barron Sylvia Ann Garza Bellfield Sulayne Eulanda Bonelli Mercedes Bonilla Amber Rose Brittain Maricruz Cantu Keri A. Cariaga Ernesto Carrizalez Kim K. Casarez Paul Andrew Castaneda Joshua S. Cavazos Melina Renee Cavazos PTK Orlando Cavazos ABG

Member, Alpha Beta Gamma® - International Business Honor Society

Prospective Graduates - May 2011 Mikiala Nicole Cisneros Hunter Lee Cockrill David Caro Connell PTK Isaac Humberto Winfred Contreras Ana Luisa Cruz Jessica Cuellar Daniel Joe Davis Miranda Renee DeLaCerda Ashley Christine Dominguez Sarah Duenas Ray L. Durrent PTK Bradley S. Engleman Christina E. Flores Alexis Michelle Foote Heidi A. Foss Melissa Marie Franco Cody Allen Fry Christopher Sureeya Gallegos Jason Galvan Carlos Antonio Garanzuay Dylan Garcia Jacqueline Orpha Garcia Jonathan L. Garcia Kathleen Mickela Garcia PTK Miranda Concepcion Garza Samantha Rae Garza PTK Victor M. Gaxiola Donald B. Gerdes PTK Twyla Tanaye Gold Eric Gonzalez PTK Melisa Dawn Gonzalez Melissa Patricia Gonzalez Samantha N. Green Cassandra Guerrero Jessica Guerrero Dana Michelle Gunter Gaston Gutierrez Julie D’Lynn Hesseltine Amanda Marie Howeth PTK Crystal Celeste Huerta Melisa Denae Hurst Clara Alexandra Jasso David Paul Jauregui PTK Shawn Robert Keeney PTK Cristina Ann Lancaster Christopher Brandon Lara PTK Frank Leal Michael Lerma Roy Sherman Lindley III Cody Vaughn Lopez PTK Crystal Marie Martinez PTK Jennifer Lee Mathewson PTK PTK

Member, Phi Theta Kappa - International Honor Society of the Two Year College

Bianca Danielle McNelis PTK Angelita Medina Frances Renee Mell Benjamin T. Milfelt Paul David Mir Eric Mondragon Jessie Marie Alexandra Monsivais Michael R. Montes Michelle M. Montoya Adrienne Christine Moore April Rene Moore Albert Moran Erin Gloria Navarrete Victor R. Navarrete Melissa Marie Nikirk Mara Wendolyn Nolte Joshua J. Ortegon PTK Tania Ortiz Jaime Gonzalez Padilla Dorothy Anna Pallotti PTK David Kedar Palmer Michelle Lee Palmer PTK Raymond Stephen Perez PTK Ashley Kym Pinkerton Sarah Elizabeth Porras Tasheina Porter Brigitte Alexandria Prado Adela Gonzalez Puente Jerome Reynaldo Rabanzo Guadalupe Itzel Ramos Lilia Rocio Ramos Valerie Marie Rangel Jennifer N. Risi-Hereim Stephen J. Robeau Brittany Tara Robles Jacob E. Robles PTK Alejandro Rodriguez Ashley Nicole Rodriguez Gina Nicole Rodriguez Hernan Rodriguez Orlando Andrew Salas Sandra Salazar Dante Saldana II PTK Selina Saldivar PTK Staci Elizabeth Salinas Daniel Anthony San Miguel Dallas Kristianna Silvas Stacey Marie Sinor Christina Cecilia Smith Elisa Sabrina Solis Jazmin Soto Brittany Marie Steward ABG

Member, Alpha Beta Gamma® - International Business Honor Society

Football players serve as part time firefighters at Cuddihy Field. Adult Education Program establishes extension classes for training veterans in basic high school subjects. First uniformed Viking Band. Juan Martinez, 30-year-old WWII veteran and father of two, with no public school education, enrolls as freshman in academic courses by passing required entrance exams.

1949 First class of practicing nurses graduates. “The Pot Boiler,” one-act play, wins superior rating at Hillsboro Junior College Play Festival. Veterans Administration Office established. Trade and Industrial Education begins. Barbara Berman Barrie, goes on to star in such movies as Breaking Away, Private Benjamin and in the TV sitcom Barney Miller, is in her second year of drama studies at the College.

1950 Alma Mater is written by student Ray Chiorgno as part of a contest sponsored by the Music Club. College wins Junior Sugar Bowl in Kansas and the Gulf Bowl in Mississippi. Ye Olde Blue Goose, the College bus, is kept parked in Cuddihy Field. Athletes push the bus to keep head coach and dorm supervisor, Ox Emerson, from waking up when they sneak out on dates. The Del Mar College School of Music is the largest community college music school in the nation.

Jazz student Henry Cuesta, in his second year of music studies, later becomes band director of the Lawrence Welk Show.

1951 College separates from CCISD, legally the Corpus Christi Junior College District.

Prospective Graduates - May 2011

Nine-member Board of Regents is appointed. Judge Charles Clark is first chairperson. First college in the U.S. to coach co-ed tennis teams. Joseph A. Cain, art chairperson, organizes, equips and commands first Marine Corps Combat Art Team during Korean War, resulting in 16 paintings. First annual Recognition Day, honoring outstanding students, is held.

1952 Board votes unanimously to allow Blacks to enroll in academic courses in the Day School – two years before the national Topeka vs. Brown decision of ‘separate is not equal.’ First seven Blacks enroll.

Ava Lynn Storbeck Debbie Tang PTK Paul Tansley Keelan A. Taylor-Smith Alejandra Romero Tellez Misty Lee Ann Thomas Ana Sofia Valdes PTK Desirey Jo Valenzuela Adam Roy Vela Chanti Lee Vong Daniel P. Wilkerson Sammantha L. Winston John Christopher Wolfe Kelsy M. Word Brittany Ann Yepez Afroz Zyaei MATHEMATICS

Associate in Arts Ricardo E. Rosales PTK

Associate of Arts in Teaching Paula J. Sanchez

Medical Technologies training begins. Job Placement services are offered. It costs $45 a month to reside in the dorms, including meals!

1953 New registration system cuts down confusion. “Scribonauts” Writer’s Club is formed. Vikings take the South Texas Conference Football Crown.

1954 Harper’s magazine covers voluntary desegregation of Del Mar in the article, “When Negroes Entered a Texas School.” First woman takes machine shop. College football team beaten by Wharton College for the South Texas Conference title, snapping a three-year, 22-straight home game winning streak.

Associate in Science Won Chol Chung Donald B. Gerdes PTK Christopher Brandon Lara PTK Joshua J. Ortegon PTK MUSIC

Associate in Applied Science Daniel Vasquez NATURAL SCIENCES

Associate in Arts Moriah L. Hovey Michelle Renee Wheeler

Associate in Science Shelly Colette Ballard Meghan Janae Beltran Teah Andrea Bishop Guillermo Lee Castillo Won Chol Chung Alberto Garcia Rose Ann Gerstenberger Christopher Martin Hernandez Moriah L. Hovey Christopher Brandon Lara PTK PTK

Member, Phi Theta Kappa - International Honor Society of the Two Year College

Joshua J. Ortegon PTK Brittney L. Salinas Daniel Trevino

Associate in Applied Science Jennifer N. Ausland Tamara M. Griffiths PTK Carlos Ramos PTK Certificate Jennifer N. Ausland Kristina Lardner PTK SOCIAL SCIENCES

Associate in Arts Evan Dwight Arnold Erica A. Benavides Melina Renee Cavazos PTK Ana Luisa Cruz Marcos Juarez Cueva PTK Maria G. Deras-Rejino Mark D. Farley Jason Galvan Alfredo Garcia Kathleen Mickela Garcia PTK Samantha Rae Garza PTK Melisa Dawn Gonzalez Daniel G. Guajardo Samantha L. Hanson Patty Louise Harper Misty Hitchcock Reid W. Karstens Erika C. Kingsbury Justine Marie Kompara Cyrus W. Lightsey Katy Morgan McClendon Dane Magnus Morrison Genesis Lynn Moya Jamie Lee Pearson Jennifer Nanette Perez Rachel R. Reyes PTK Dante Saldana II PTK Perla Z. Segovia Christina Cecilia Smith Tiffany Marie Trevino Ana Sofia Valdes PTK


Member, Alpha Beta Gamma® - International Business Honor Society

Prospective Graduates - May 2011 Division of Business, Professional and Technology Education ALLIED HEALTH Associate in Applied Science Sylvia Jauregui Adame Brenda D. Aleman PTK Deborah Allen Alyssa G. Anguiano David Ayala Tara E. Bartlett PTK Lois G. Bell Maria Teresa Benavides Doris F. Cabrera Anabel Campos PTK Veronica Gonzalez Candela Armando Cavazos Jeffrey Vermund B. Centeno Lorrie Keith Champion Sandra Mabel Camarillo Chapa Kyleigh Marie Clark Robert Kenneth Clark Kimberly Ann Connelly Monica A. Cruz Rolando Cuellar, Sr. Melissa Ann-Tracy Cunningham PTK Hollie Denise Davis PTK Lincoln Wayne Davis Denise A. DeLeon Veronica C. Dominguez Joseph Elliott Selma Estella Escobedo Robert Charles Everett Bridget Evelyn Flores Robert Flores, Jr. Jerry Lee Franco PTK Edith Ybarra Gallardo PTK Danny Garcia Erin Elizabeth Garcia Keshap Chandra Gautam Pablo H. Gonzales Melva Ann DeLaRosa Gonzalez Rosemary Gutierrez Celia L. Herrera Darjon M. Hill Thomas Louis Houck Johnny Ikott Rebecca E. Jones PTK Calli-Jo Kilker Racheal A. King PTK Edward Daniel Kirchner Aldo Allen Landin PTK

Member, Phi Theta Kappa - International Honor Society of the Two Year College

Kimberly Michelle Lopez Malcolm A. Lujan Danny Lynn Luther Amanda Renee Matheaus Melissa Gail McDougald Al Melendez Jose Antonio Mejia Melody Marie Mendez Candice Marie Mireles Valana L. Mitchell Christina A. Moody Janet Morales Adam T. Peebles Cynthia Maldonado Pena PTK Mallory M. Perez Monica Reyes Perez Kenysha Lamon Pickens Kathryn M. Powell PTK Esther Reyes Robert Rodela, Jr. Erica Nicole Saenz Aristeo Sales Maria Annabel Salinas Neal John Sessions PTK Omega M. Sifuentes Pedro H. Soares Nicole Alyse Stockton Fabian Ruben Tobar, Jr. Amber Rachelle Torres Debbie Ferguson Van Slooten Regina Kristyne Vasquez Dorothy Vela Norma L. Villanueva Lyndy Michele Westerman Ruben Ybarra Nicholas B. Yeargin Kandise LeAnn Young

1955 James R. Dougherty, Jr. School of Nursing is established by Spohn Hospital and the College. Arcade walkway is built joining Auditorium to Memorial Classroom Building. Veteran student enrollment surges to 600 because of Korean War. Betty Noble (Turner), with a bachelor’s degree from Vassar, enrolls in government class. Later serves as Corpus Christi mayor.

1956 Dr. Edith Parker, who wrote the U.S. Declaration of War in 1941, becomes chairperson of the history department.

Del Mar Technical Institute (West Campus) opens to meet the city’s need for young people educated in technical fields. Venetian tile mosaic mural adorning Fine Arts Center is designed by art teacher Mary Sloan and constructed by a glass factory in Mexico. It is the largest of its genre in the country. Dr. J.A. Carroll, history teacher, wins the Pulitzer Prize for his noted biography, George Washington: First in Peace.

Certificate Monica A. Cruz Aldo Allen Landin Christina A. Moody

Helen Erwin, sophomore voice major, wins National Association of Teachers of Singing six-state competition. Known as Helen Donath, she becomes one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation in the German repertoire.

Associate in Arts Amy Marie Alvarado Randal Kathryn Bego ABG Brandy N. Bell Anthony T. Byrnes Noel C. Campos Nathaniel Andres Cantu Analisa Michelle Dominguez

Harvin Student Center is built, a modern Danish building, with wired music.



Member, Alpha Beta Gamma® - International Business Honor Society


The Vikings are the number-two ranked community college football team in America. First speech banquet has Beatnik theme. Del Mar sophomore Rudy “Baby” Valdez knocks out opponent to win the Texas Bantamweight Boxing Championship.

Prospective Graduates - May 2011

1960 College celebrates Silver Anniversary. Katharine Evans, English professor, is the first recipient of the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award. Del Mar Jazz Club sponsors concert in the Auditorium. The event evolves into annual official Texas Jazz Festival, the only major jazz festival that is free to the public.

It snows! Students go crazy. Playing cards in the Student Center is outlawed until 1 p.m. Guy Watts heads largest sophomore class, 400, in history of college. Later serves as Regent.

1961 Grady St. Clair becomes fifth president. College begins shift from intercollegiate to intramural sports. For the first time without a football team, Del Mar renews interest in other sports. Basketball becomes the game of the year. Administration Building built on Tech Campus. First production of Del Mar Theatre, a recent merger of Music Theatre and the Red Masque Club. First exhibit of immense historical importance is shown in the Fine Arts Center, a priceless collection of Italian, English and French Old Masters. Deskettes, a business and secretarial club, organizes.

Samuel G. Esquivel PTK ABG Ruben Rene Figueroa ABG Andrew Gamboa Michael J. Guzman Johann Alexander Hajek Daisy Ann Hernandez Jesse Ochoa Macias Crystal Elizabeth McMillan Elizabeth Corinne Mulholland ABG Michael A. Nurre Carlos Alberto Obregon Michelle M. Orrick Christopher Jameson Paul Eleazar Perez III Samantha Blake Pettis Tanis Merelyn Pettis Thurmon Allen Price PTK ABG Angela Elizabeth Quintanilla Bobbie Jean Ramirez Patricia Soliz Rodriguez Corben A. Rutter Orlando Andrew Salas Sergio Antonio Santoyo ABG Felicia Sibounheuang Katie Lynne Thompson Valyncia Jade Turner Glenn A. Wilkinson Thomas Nathaniel Wilson Associate in Applied Science Florencio Arjona, Jr. Twyla Dee Bazaldua Britny Lee Boehme Madeline C. Boone Alicia Marie Brooks Rebecca Lee Chatwell Tania Pimentel Claudio Tena Lanette Crocker ABG Nydia Laurel Cruz Darlene Davila Elizabeth S. Davis Paige R. Doran Tracy B. Enriquez Lawrence C. Farah Mariela Fontana ABG Stephanie A. Funk ABG Angela M. Garcia Antonio Jose Garcia ABG Mandy Marie Gomez Abel Omar Gonzalez Stephanie L. Jimenez Devary Brooke McWha Erik Melena PTK

Member, Phi Theta Kappa - International Honor Society of the Two Year College

Abigale Mondragon PTK ABG Stacie Lynn Ornelas ABG Miranda Anne Potvin PTK Isidoro U. Prado Bobbye Lea Ramirez Esmeralda S. Reyes Melissa K. Sauce PTK ABG Joel Tienda Certificate Jessica Jane Aguirre Britny Lee Boehme Kristina A. Canales Lisa Marie Cantu Tarahjae Cox Javier DeLeon Reno Del Bosque Eric Nanez Encinia Blanca Z. Espericueta Audra Nicole Flores Joshua Flores Maria Benitez Gallegos Antonio Jose Garcia ABG Victor M. Garcia Jennifer Garza Abel Omar Gonzalez Elaine L. Grant ABG Erika T. Guajardo Sarkhan Gurbanov Stephanie L. Jimenez Natalie Alexandra Lara Rebecca Lee Longoria Abigale Mondragon PTK ABG Roshan Alyce Ordner Stacie Lynn Ornelas ABG David Kedar Palmer Crystal G. Saldana Michael R. Suarez John M. Torres Cynthia A. Trevino Marketable Skills Award Javier DeLeon Joshua Flores Antonio Jose Garcia ABG Elaine L. Grant ABG John M. Torres COMPUTER SCIENCE

Associate in Arts Roberto R. Aranda Sean Davidson Ashcraft ABG

Member, Alpha Beta Gamma速 - International Business Honor Society

Prospective Graduates - May 2011 Delfino Benavides II Nicole Benson Sanket R. Bhakta Victoria LeAnn Carbajal ABG Christopher Daniel Cox Randall Doyle Miguel Angel Gomez Christopher David Hernandez Scott David Hurta Jaclyn N. Jackson Jimmie Franklin Locklear Larry Medrano PTK ABG Brian A. Montantes Pritesh Patel Joshua Reyes Michael J. Ries Benjamin Roback Ernesto Rodriguez III Jay “Cameron” Romer Maria Alejandra Sanchez Sarah Lynn Shafer Matthew David Stuever Richard Ian Tiongson Javier C. Wilburn Certificate Roberto R. Aranda Delfino Benavides II Victoria LeAnn Carbajal ABG Brent W. Cervenka Miguel Angel Gomez Larry Medrano PTK ABG Pritesh Patel Joshua Reyes Ernesto Rodriguez III Jay “Cameron” Romer Sarah Lynn Shafer Javier C. Wilburn

DENTAL AND IMAGING TECHNOLOGY Associate in Applied Science Christy Rebecca Acevedo PTK Jeremy F. Aleman Sara Elizabeth Andres Maida Aminta Benavides Elaine Louise Berlocher Dana Ilene Brown PTK Francesa A. Brown Alison Rae Cervantes PTK Rebecca V. Champion Roxanne P. Childers Kyla Michelle Conway PTK PTK

Member, Phi Theta Kappa - International Honor Society of the Two Year College

Kasie Nicole Crumpton Lucrissure LaShay Ellison Sarita Escobar Roxanne M. Escobedo LeAnn Renae Flores Catherine A. Foy PTK Jennifer M. Gonzales Amber Elaine Gonzalez Christina Gonzalez Rachel Katherine Gregory Carolina Lorraine Guerrero Michael Damian Guzman PTK Shewit B. Haile Lyra Marie Hendry Kathy Dianne Hinds Sayrah Ayn Innocenti PTK Crystal Lynn Keigher Thalia Michelle Lara Alexis Nicole Mata Beverly Jo Miller PTK Cordelia Nash Kaela Jennae Neuman Candice Ellen Nieuwenhuis PTK Deborah Kahalaomapuana Lilly Niko Alfred Robert Olivarez Pamela Janelle Palacios PTK Sherry Morrison Porter Derah Nikohl Rushing Ida Morgan Sanchez PTK Tracie Anne Schroeder PTK Cheyenne Marie Schuchart PTK Roxanne Amanda Silva PTK Brandon Miles Smith PTK Michael Brian Smith Robbie Catheryine Tabler PTK Virginia Maria Torres Sandy Warren Ashley Jo Wiggins PTK Mindy Marie Yepez PTK

1962 Another first for the city – Del Mar introduces theater-in-the-round during its production of “The Adding Machine.” Charter is granted for local chapter of Phu Mu Alpha Sinfonia, national male music fraternity, with 20 members. Phi Sigma, a coed fraternity, reorganizes as a women’s honorary music sorority. College wins Gulf Coast Basketball Conference title. Geography club explores Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns.

1963 Del Mar offers first Foodservice Program in Texas with Texas Restaurant Association as its supporter. LVN courses approved by State Board of Vocational Nursing Examiners. George Dunson, freshman from Brooklyn, NY, is second highest scorer for the Cager basketball team with 520 points. Carl Clark is high scorer with 525 points.


Associate of Arts in Teaching Teresa A. Britt Sabrina Nicole McBride Cotham Susan Elizabeth Lang Criselda M. Martinez PTK Denise Arlene Medrano Christine M. Smith Martha S. Solis Associate in Applied Science Lizbeth Aguilar ABG

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B.E. Schulze, physics, receives Piper Award, second for the College. Governor John Connally officially dedicates new Science Building, one week prior to JFK assassination.

1964 Young Democrats on campus work to repeal the poll tax. Restaurant Management Building added to Tech Campus.

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Patty Witt (Isensee) graduates with an associate’s degree. Later serves as Regent. College hosts first Invitational Tennis Tournament at HEB Tennis Center.

1965 Baby Boomers hit campus – College experiences 23% increase in students. Flato Technologies and Diesel Mechanics Buildings are completed on the Tech Campus. Columbia recording artists Pozo Seco Singers – Don Williams, Susan Taylor, Lofton Kline – perform at Del Mar Lions Club.

1966 Dr. Jean Richardson becomes sixth president of the College. Dr. P.E. Smith, chemistry, is third Del Mar instructor to receive prestigious Piper Award. Pepe Serna, sophomore and former freshman class president, spends summer in New York attending drama school. He goes on to become a successful Hollywood actor playing in such movies as American Me, Scarface and Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. Pre-vocational program, GED, is offered for first time to high school dropouts at Tech Institute.


Largest single development of physical facilities in College history is completed: a Maintenance Building, four paved parking lots, renovations to History Building, and a site is prepared for the Library Building. Del Mar Technical Institute is unified with main campus. Registered Nurse Education begins. National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show, only such show held at a community college in the U.S., is established.

Marisela Aguilar Leticia Winstead Bailey Barbara Milsom Brantley PTK Joely Smith Byron Cynthia Ann Casarez David James Cherry Donna Maria Cusmano Cesar Julian Del Angel Michael Vance Evans Nichole Lee Garcia Jacqueline Denise Garza PTK Sarah Andrea Guerrero Rachel A. Humphrey Rebecca Nicole Motte Charity N. Nwosu Chelsie Lynn Pincelli PTK Allen E. Roberts PTK Cozette Danne SevierPTK Jon Mark Thurmond Crystal Marie Valdez PTK Myocha Libitha Wilkus PTK Certificate Cristela Barrientos Tiffany Marie Cantu Olga Ruiz Charles Clara Alicia Chavez Matthew Ryan Chavez Kimberly Marie Cisneros Brenda Corpus PTK Crystal A. De la Rosa Jessica Rae Elizalde Adrian D. Flinn LisaMarie Silva Gonzales Abigail Megan Guerra Vanessa Renea Hernandez Rachel A. Humphrey Jessica Cherie Lopez Lisa Marines Tiffany Nicole Nichols PTK Sabrina Marie Pena Roxanne Robledo Marissa Nicole Rodriguez Wendy Marie Rukes PTK Sarai Salazar Audra N. Senterfitt Juan P. Tapia Kimberly Marie West

First disabled veteran signs up for classes under new GI Bill passed by Congress the previous year. PTK

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INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION Associate in Applied Science Donald Lee Anderson, Jr. Patrick John Lamanero Bedia Drew H. Boggess Jeffrey Martin Bollom PTK Pedro Contreras, Jr. Justin Charles Debler Ramon Prieto DeLeon Richard James DeLeon Ivan Catarino Duron Jason L. Escamilla Jessica Garza Jonathan Tino Garza Terrance C. Gentry Ricardo Guajardo Samuel Brent Hargrove Joshua C. Hedden Darren Lamar Herman Matthew J. Huebner PTK Richard Lugo Paul D. Martinez Christopher Charles McFaddin PTK Patrick Carlton McFaddin Scott M. McKenna Alberto Ortega, Jr. Dawn Starr Parker PTK Raymond L. Parker Juan Antonio Ramirez, Jr. Linda Diane Ramirez Richard Mirelez Reyes Lir Finn Robinson Anthony Rodriguez Viviana G. Rodriguez Lisa R. Sanchez Jaime Serna Hunter Stanton Simpson Michael Lee Sutton Samir Teja Cecilia V. Thomas Certificate Patrick John Lamanero Bedia Drew H. Boggess Jeffrey Martin Bollom PTK Emilio Carrillo Ruben Vincente Castillo Samuel Rey Chavez Justin Charles Debler Patrick A. Duffy Ivan Catarino Duron ABG

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Prospective Graduates - May 2011 John D. Elizalde Jason L. Escamilla Elias Garcia, Jr. Emerico H. Garcia II James Andrew Garcia Jesse Conde Garcia Ricardo A. Garcia, Jr. Jessica Garza Joe Alfred Garza Silvia Anais Gonzalez-Torres James O. Grabbs Jonathan Lee Hernandez Samuel D. Isaacs Curtis C. Jenkins Robbie Carl Jones Joshua Ray Karm Jeremy Kyle Klapuch Jack J. Kiefling Andres Leal Richard Lugo Christopher Charles McFaddin PTK Patrick Carlton McFaddin Scott M. McKenna Patrick Mondragon Gabriela Alexis Montemayor Maginda C. Montero Josie Deleon Morales PTK Alberto Ortega, Jr. Dawn Starr Parker PTK Gilbert Pena Jesse Perez Martin A. Perry, Jr. Daniel P. Pike Juan Antonio Ramirez, Jr. Gerardo M. Reyes Richard Mirelez Reyes Gustavo Reyna Edward Rivas, Jr. Anthony Rodriguez Edward R. Rodriguez Sean Eric Rodriguez Daniel R. Saldana Samuel Deleon Silva Hunter Stanton Simpson Javier E. Solis Michael Lee Sutton Samir Teja Cecilia V. Thomas Ramsey Torres Anthony John Trevino Barret Nash Turner Michael J. Vasquez Michael A. Vela PTK

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Students ride out Hurricane Buelah in their dorms by singing, playing games and eating.

Curtis Wayne Watson Jay Bradley Womack

“Don’t be a weenie, buy a beanie!” The Blue and Grey Beanie is mandatory for freshmen student club members.

Associate in Arts Kirsten Marie Hajek Afroz Zyaei

First Corpus Christi Young Artists Competition is organized.


Associate in Applied Science Abigail Garcia Alaniz Jan Philip Aligno Rebecca Alvarado Jessica M. Andrade Rebecca G. Anzaldua Jesenia Koine Avila Heather A. Bogart Kandace Marie Brown Wendy Kay Cartwright Brigitte Alana Cervantes Sandra Mabel Camarillo Chapa Sabrina Marie Chavez Darren Coleman Corley Liliana Yvette Corpus Maria Cristina DeLuna Scott A. Dinkens PTK Lorie L. Elkins Glenda Cordova Esquivel Jahziel Fabie Marisol Falcon Mandy DeLosSantos Flores Sara Neill Foster Aurora Teresa Garcia Stephanie Leigh Gonzales Maria Anita Gonzalez Tomas Gonzalez Elsa Marie Gregory Flavia Olivia Guajardo Carol Norman Hankins PTK Nash Angelica Harris Stephanie Eschete Hernandez Rosalinda Ibarra Paul R. Infante PTK Sally Mesa Johnson Jessica Jamie Knutson PTK Shauna Michelle Kurz Christina Rocio Lomas Desiree Celese Longoria Blanca Nelly Lopez Gerald Wayne Lorfing Katrina Denise Maldonado Daniel Martinez Dee Ann Martinez ABG

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Dean system is put into place for each of the College’s divisions. Vice presidential candidate Spiro Agnew squelches student hecklers.

1969 Students wear black armbands to honor Viet Nam Moratorium nationwide. Clark Adkins, Del Mar freshman, signs fouryear contract with Boston Red Sox. Dr. Jean Richardson signs agreement making College one of only four in the nation to develop Associate Degree Completion Program (ADCOP) for the military.

1970 Women’s Movement hits campus – young women wear pants to class. Afro-American Student Union is organized. Newly created Audio-Tutorial Biology Lab decreases “flunking” by half. Students participate in first Earth Day celebration. College captures Texas Intramural Handball Tournament in doubles and singles.

1971 Dr. Aileen Creighton, English, receives Piper Award, fourth for College. Hall of Fame student Debbie Blackmon later is founder of Former Students’ Association. College’s net loss from Hurricane Celia is only $2,177. Swamis in orange saffron robes swarm campus preaching Hare Krishna love. Del Mar College is flooded with Viet Nam vets – 20 times more veterans than in 1965 and two times more than in 1955.

1972 Outreach Counseling Program is established. Administration Building on East Campus is constructed.

First Navy WAVE (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) enrolls in ADCOP.

1973 Del Mar is one of 33 colleges to introduce work-study, the “Mid-Management Program.” Mental Health Program is added. Faculty and students debate dredging the Port of Corpus Christi.

1974 Frances Dushek, mathematics, is fifth instructor to receive Piper Award. Real Estate Program established at request of Real Estate Education Foundation of South Texas. Fire sweeps Harvin Center, causing $150,000 in damages. Baldemar Huerta enrolls for a second year. Using the name Freddie Fender, he later signs with CBS Records singing such hits as “Wasted Days” and “When the Next Tear Drop Falls.” Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) begins.

1975 Senior Citizens Program is implemented. College’s first “grandma,” Gayle Cooper, age 70, enrolls in typing class after being out of school 40 years! First Fall Carnival is organized to help student clubs raise money. Coleman Center is built on the West Campus. English Learning Center is established. Operating Room Technology is new one-year program. West Campus fills oil industry’s need for qualified field hands by providing classroom instruction and on the job training at local oil rig sites.

1976 Local chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists presents Bicentennial gift of a framed copy of the Declaration of Independence. Carnegie Hall performer Javier Calderon is hired to head guitar program. Early Childhood Specialist program begins. A coed physical education department is created as result of Title IX federal regulation mandating equity in women’s athletics.

Prospective Graduates - May 2011 Diana Lisa Martinez Jessica Ann Martinez Buffy Teresa Mchaney PTK Margret Monsivais Christine Lea Montano Megan D’Lynn Morelock Mi Khine Myint Alma Leticia Luna Noland Kelli Suann Page Kristi A. Pape Leslie Cantu Poses Steven Michael Price Deborah Danielle Pulido Angela Nichole Ramon Sylvia Perez Reed Audrey Garcia Reyes Karen Parsley Richey Clarissa Yvette Salazar China Santamaria Celia Jaime Scott Sonia Marie Soliz James R. Spiering PTK Judith Giraldo Stacy LaTosha Re’vee Tanner Melissa Ann Teed Julie Anderson Tong Adele Marie Torres Christina Torrez Jennifer Cardenas Troup Sandra Van Meter Nina Ann Villarreal Jennifer Allphin Wade Heidi M. Webb Danielle N. Wymore Jacob Michael Zamora Certificate Stacy Rene Anderson Linda S. Bustamante Janet M. Newcomb Eliseo O. Torres III PUBLIC SAFETY

Associate in Arts Belinda Jean Arredondo Bill Martin Boss James A. Caro Heather Nicole DeLeon Malory Alyssa DeLeon Albert Anthony Garcia Daniel G. Guajardo PTK

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Yareli Y. Guzman David C. Homan Yezeniah R. Limas Angelica Maria Maldonado Martha Jane Moore Fernando David Perez Jennifer Ramon Robert A. Ramos Sumer Ray Merissa Yvonne Rodriguez Shauna Lynn Roper Jennifer Lynn Saenz Gabrielle R. Salcido Cynthia Santos Robert Valdez Natalie Vasquez

Associate in Applied Science Glynn Ray Brown Carrie Lynn DeLeon Edelmiro Garcia, Jr. Rodney Joseph Greenwood Gaston Gutierrez Jose A. Hernandez Lonnie Alfred Jackson PTK Mario Librado Lopez PTK Roxanne Savedra Lopez PTK Pedro R. Maldonado Joe W. McQuary Jacque Winn Nash Gabriel Ramon Ortega Gloria Hinojosa Reyna Mario Alberto Rodriguez Chris T. Santos Heidi Stewart Stefanie Jo Terry PTK Larry Donnell Young Certificate Joey F. Allenger Alejandro J. Almendarez Matthew Chase Andrews Leroy Barrera, Jr. Wesley Allan Belcher Nicholas R. Beseda Phil Joseph Bradshaw Austin Blaine Carter Jeffery B. Casey Jarred J. Copley Stephen Eric Cumberledge Christian J. Esparza Alfredo Franco ABG

Member, Alpha Beta Gamma® - International Business Honor Society

Prospective Graduates - May 2011 Joe J. Gonzalez Lawson D. Griffiths, Jr. David Guillen Sebastian D. Gutierrez Joseph M. Hayes Karl Robert Hicks Lonnie Alfred Jackson PTK Weston D. Johnson Aron M. Kotara Gregorio Martinez Andrew C. Mendez Patrick Anthony Morin PTK Jonathan J. Morton John G. Muniz

Romeo A. Munoz Matthew S. Muston Megan A. Ortiz Ernest Stephen Perez Joseph D. Pimental Dino A. Rojas Jacob Heinrich Schneider Ryan Chase Stacy Daniel A. Velasquez Larry Donnell Young

Marketable Skills Award Rosalie M. Lopez Patrick Anthony Morin PTK

Del Mar College 75th Anniversary Alma Mater Thousands of dreams Which you helped give Transforming lives, what a special gift Since you began, you have stayed true Hail Del Mar College, Silver and Blue A Shining light For the world to see Hail Del Mar College, sing praise to thee You take the weak, and make them strong So we lift our head up, and sing this song For many years, you have given A source for hope and education Ever changing always giving A shining light from the beginning Oh hail Del Mar Always stay true Hail Del Mar College Where dreams come true

27% of women enrolled at the College are 28 or older. Terry Labonte, who becomes nationallyrecognized NASCAR driver, enrolls for business studies.

1977 Only community college in the country to offer Marine Communications program. First language lab is established. First Mime Crew is organized. Richard Morrow, Tech Institute former student, invents blood pressure instrument that can be worn like a watch.

1978 Lupe Rangel, former skit writer for Sesame Street, becomes English instructor. The “Amazing Edward” attempts one of Houdini’s most famous escapes, bound in a regulation straitjacket while hanging outside from the roof of the Harvin Center. 73-year-old Trudy Murdoch, year-round Del Mar swimmer, wins three gold, one silver, and one bronze medal at the National Masters Swim Championship.

1979 Faculty and staff spend the day as persons with disabilities in College-wide project to remove barriers from buildings and walkways. Attendance booms in evening classes. Dizzy Gillespie, jazz great, performs with MWF Jazz Band. Future projections for the College’s student body include part-time, older, and female. Stylistics, cosmetology club, organizes.

1980 Radio/TV broadcasting program is born.

Lyrics by Allen Roberts Music by Kristopher Pickle Spring 2010 PTK

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Automotive Mechanics Building is constructed. Flour Bluff native Lou Diamond Phillips excels in music theatre class at Del Mar and goes on to star in hit movies La Bamba, Stand and Deliver and Young Guns.

1981 Former student and Foghorn photographer Larry Price is awarded the Pulitzer Prize in news photography for his series of a mass execution in Africa printed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Viking Soccer Club is formed, featuring internationally-renowned players. National Music Camp performs original music by Del Mar instructor William Schroeder.

1982 Driscoll Foundation/Dr. McIver Furman Del Mar Lectureship in the Health Sciences is established. Youngest freshman, Laura Collins, age 16, enrolls. Lavernis Royal, ’54 Hall of Fame student, designs metal sculpture “Desert Flower” for Harvin Center.

1983 The Reverend Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader, holds voter registration rally and talks about the Rainbow Coalition. Clotilde P. Garcia Health Sciences Building is dedicated. Del Mar College Foundation is chartered to further the charitable and educational purposes of the College. More than one-third of students are older than 25. Kathy King, high school dropout, reenters college and becomes “A” student in computers.

1984 Dr. Ed Biggerstaff becomes seventh president of College.

College appears on “Good Morning America” for 50th Anniversary Celebration. Dr. Ronald Williams, engineering technology, is sixth Piper Professor. 57% of total students enrolled are women.

Boards and Administration Del Mar College Board of Regents 2010-2011 Trey McCampbell Chair Elva Estrada Vice Chair Minerva P. Arriaga Secretary Dr. Nicholas L. Adame Assistant Secretary Gabriel Rivas III Parliamentarian James B. (Jim) Boggs Parliamentarian James Matthew Duerr Regent Susan E. Hutchinson Regent Guy Leland Watts Regent

Del Mar College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees 2010-2011 Wayne M. Squires President Sandra Alvarez Vice President Gary L. Malone Treasurer Lisa Hancock Secretary Todd M. Walter Special Projects Chair S. Loyd Neal, Jr. Member At-Large Steve Woerner Member At-Large Bob Crow Past President, Committee on Members Chair

Del Mar College Alumni Council Chair: Joseph “Jay” Wise

Del Mar College Administration 2010-2011 Dr. Mark Escamilla President Dr. Fernando Figueroa Provost and Vice President of Instruction Dr. Lee W. Sloan Vice President of Administration, Finance and Student Services Bud Harris Executive Dean of Intergovernmental and Business Affairs Claudia Jackson Executive Director of Community and Legislative Relations Lenora Keas Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment

Dr. Jonda L. Halcomb Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences Dr. Larry D. Lee Dean, Division of Business, Professional and Technology Education Dr. Leonard Rivera Interim Dean, Student Outreach and Enrollment Services Sandra Valerio Interim Dean, Student Engagement and Retention Mary C. McQueen Executive Director of Development Yvette Lara Assistant Director of Alumni Services Dr. Ann Thorn Faculty Council Chair

Academic Regalia The academic costume worn at official functions today originated in the universities of the Middle Ages, when a warm gown and hood were useful for scholar and cleric in unheated buildings. By modern times, the growth in the number of universities caused a great deal of confusion in academic regalia, and in 1894-95 a commission brought some order into the chaos. The American Council subsequently effected more improvements in 1959-60. The mortarboard cap, which generally prevails in the United States originated at Oxford, Cambridge. Most European universities and some Latin American universities use other types of caps, which are, of course, legitimate for wear in any American processional when the individual holds his degree from one of these institutions.

Gowns are generally black, although some few universities depart from this practice. The bachelor’s gown is simple, with long pointed sleeves. The master’s gown will have either long sleeves with narrow wrist openings or long sleeves with the arm emerging from the sleeve at about elbow length. The doctor’s gown is fullest cut; it has velvet panels down the front and around the neck as well as three bars of the same material on the bell-shaped sleeves.

The hood indicates the level of the degree, the discipline in which it was given, and the institution that granted it. Degree level is indicated by length: the master’s hood is three and a half feet long, and the doctor’s hood is four feet long. The velvet trim on the exposed edge of the hood is three inches wide for the master’s degree and five inches wide for the doctor’s degree. The color of the trim indicates the field of study. A color, or color pattern, between the trim indicates the university that granted the degree. Hood trim colors indicate the following fields:

White – Arts, Letters, and Humanities Drab – Commerce, Business Lilac – Dentistry Copper – Economics Light Blue – Education Orange – Engineering Brown – Fine Arts Crimson – Journalism Purple – Law Lemon – Library Science

Green – Medicine Pink – Music Apricot – Nursing Silver Gray – Oratory (Speech) Blue – Philosophy Sage Green – Physical Education Golden Yellow – Science Cream – Social Science Citron – Social Work Scarlet – Theology

College purchases watering tank to cut water consumption for city’s mandatory water conservation.

1985 Business Division is created. Voters approve $20 million bond program to fund capital improvements. Chester Rupe, player with the Bob Hope Show and Les Brown Show, is improvisational jazz guitar instructor. PM Corpus Christi, a news magazine about Del Mar College, airs its first show.

1986 First telecourse, English 601A, airs on cable TV with 40 students. Tuition increases from $4 per hour to $10 per hour, largest jump ever. Board adopts College Master Plan prepared by Bennett, Martin and Solka Architects. The Pantry, West Campus restaurant, opens. Hands Across Campus, antidrug campaign, attracts 1,000 students who hold hands from History Building through Harvin Center to Administration Building.

1987 Buddy R. Venters, ’56 graduate, becomes eighth president of College. Former journalism student Steve Nesbitt, voice of NASA during Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, speaks to students. Del Mar Jazz Band tours Europe. Del Mar welcomes Liu Gin, native of Peking, China and business major, who is considered too old at the age of 25 to enroll at the University of China. Students participate in first Beach Clean-Up.

1988 Peace Pole, a gift from Japan, is erected on East Campus by the new International Student Club. Comedian Dabney Coleman takes a “Stroll Down Memory Lane” to benefit the Spaces Capital Campaign to furnish and equip College buildings. Star of such movies as 9 to 5 and Tootsie, and TV shows Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Buffalo Bill, Coleman took classes at Del Mar in 1950.

1,300 additional parking spaces are provided on East Campus; campus lighting, landscaping and signage are improved. First daytime Outreach class held at Rockport. Kevin Saunders, student and wheelchair athlete, wins the Gold Medal at Seoul, Korea, Olympic Games. Faculty, staff and students march along Bayfront to raise funds for Danny Bradley, student in need of heart transplant.

Class Rings Del Mar College’s officially-sanctioned class rings provide graduates with a lasting reminder of their time at the College. These rings announce to the world each graduate’s individual dedication and hard work, as well as their place in the Del Mar College family. These rings are available for order in the Del Mar College Bookstore in the Harvin Student Center, Del Mar College East.

New Learning Resources Center on West Campus features high-tech teleconference facilities to serve business and industry needs.

1989 State mandated Texas Academic Skills Program is implemented. College signs $1 million contract with the Job Training Partnership Act.

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College for Kids program, exposing youth to the college setting, begins. Unique faculty minority recruitment program, Academic Fellowship, is launched. Business Building with specialized teaching labs is opened. “Comprehensive Community Education Meeting Individual Needs” is adopted as values statement.

1990 Del Mar is the only community college in Texas accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaffirms 10-year accreditation. Instructional Television Fixed System installed to allow telecourses to be broadcast outside city limits. English for Speakers of Other Languages college-credit program is initiated. Texas Architect hails dynamic Fine Arts Center, including the recent additions of Cain Memorial Art Gallery and Bartlett Theatre, as a “major architectural statement.”

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College’s restaurant management program enters 2+2 agreement to offer four-year hospitality degree, only the sixth such bachelor’s degree in the state.

1993 Community College Week ranks Del Mar 9th in nation in granting associate degrees to Hispanics.

1995 Dr. Terry L. Dicianna becomes ninth president. Del Mar College Web site ( is launched. College celebrates 60th Anniversary.

First Del Mar Drama Shakespeare Fest is held.

Mary Seals Thorpe, geology, is seventh Piper Award recipient.

According to The American College Teacher, Del Mar faculty lead the national average in the number who engage in progressive instructional methods and express a commitment and sensitivity to diversity issues.


College Foundation assets reach $1 million mark.

Board of Regents vote to make Del Mar a gunfree campus.

Thomas “Ed” Lewis, sexagenarian, is GED valedictorian.

First-ever Virtual Labs for English students are implemented.

New telephone registration system, PRONTO, is on line.

First national Citizenship Test by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services is administered by the Testing Office.

Voters overwhelmingly approve expansion of Del Mar College District to include Calallen, Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff, Tuloso-Midway, and West Oso Independent School Districts. State-of-the-art interactive computer and laser-disc programs are donated to Registered Nurse lab by Louise Millican. Registered Nurse Education students set record passing rate of 97% on the national licensure exam. A $46,000 peer-to-peer Computer Network is installed in Business Building. Elderhostel Program, international program for older students, is first in city and attracts an amazing 800 visitors. College renovates HEB store into Multiservice Center to house purchasing and receiving, testing, and continuing education offices.

1992 Former music student Ram Chavez directs the Corpus Christi Veteran’s Band in performance at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. College ranks 3rd in the state in Hispanic enrollment with 5,825 Hispanic students. College opens satellite offices at Naval Air Station and Naval Station Ingleside. Student Michelle Ann Rios wins National Collegiate Minority Leadership Award.

College pilots training program with Corpus Christi Army Depot.

Travel and Tourism program launched.

One of the largest classes ever, 28 peace officer graduates complete the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education at the College.

Interpreter for the Deaf program launched.

College receives U.S. Department of Navy grant for Oral History Project of community and Naval Air Station during WWII.

Channel 6 establishes first KRIS-TV Memorial Endowed Scholarship to honor late Tejano star Selena Quintanilla-Perez.



CPL presents College a $207,800 check in energy savings due to new thermal energy storage facility on the East Campus.

Former student Barbara Berman Barrie, actress on NBC’s comedy Suddenly Susan, names her TV character in honor of her favorite English professor, Dr. Aileen Creighton.

First Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) scholarship from the College’s chapter is awarded. “College Bound” begins – innovative program using computer technology to keep at-risk youth in high school and enroll them in college. First month-long celebration, ARTful, is organized highlighting the College’s nationallyrecognized fine arts programs. The College’s Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Merit Shop Training Program, is the first of 81 in the country to receive national accreditation. New Tejano dance class, taught to the latest music of Tejano artists, is filled. Art students create 12 Christmas ornaments for the White House at the invitation of President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Arline Francis, her daughter Lorraine Knowlton, and son William Francies, all receive their nursing pins from the Registered Nurse Education program.

Center for Business and Community Education opens.

Hailed by national music critics from AUDIO and Acoustic Guitar magazines, Philip Hii, assistant professor of music, premieres works on his second CD. Distance Learning is new option for students. Emergency Call Boxes installed on both campuses. Dr. Norman Delaney, professor of history, earns Minnie Stevens Piper award. Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners reports 100% pass rate for nursing students. Weekend College is launched. “Without a single doubt, the knowledge and skills I acquired while I was a student at Del Mar College have served as the educational foundation for what I have achieved in my personal life.” – Honorable Hilda Tagle, Judge of the 148th District Court.



Fifth floor of William F. White Library is completed and furnished.

College gets approval to expand taxing district.

College is one of only three institutions in Texas accredited as a training facility for precision soldering. Del Mar College is elected president school of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association. SWAT Team initiates new police training obstacle course built on West Campus. DMCNet, computerized library system, is introduced. Dental Assisting students take first place at Texas table clinic competitions.


Dr. Jose Limon, former student and U.T. English professor, is named one of 20 most “impressive, intriguing, and influential Texans of 1999.” Students across the U.S. and even as far away as Germany take DMC online courses. New degrees in chemical laboratory, health information technology and process technology are offered. Freshman Seminar is launched. Auto Body students refurbish black 1965 Chevy Impala for custom car show. Rapid Track is new accelerated option for completing degrees.

Demolition of Skills Enrichment Center begins.


Graduates of the Interpreter for the Deaf Program are chosen to serve as interpreters for U.S. President Bill Clinton during a visit to South Texas.

League for Innovation in Community Colleges honors Del Mar College as a Champion Learning College.

English Learning Center, aka Writing Center, celebrates 25 years of service since 1976. New Death Investigation Program begins, only one of its kind in the nation. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board designates Colleges as a model institution for distance learning programs. Summer Spanish Language Institute is organized. Students get access to Virtual College of Texas: online courses taught at all Texas community colleges.

2002 $108 million in capital improvements funded by voters. Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Center for Early Learning opens.

U.S. Department of Education grants Title V designation, thus securing a $1.2 million grant to expand technology-based services. Morris L. Lichtenstein, Jr. Foundation gives $1 million gift to build College’s $3.5 million Center for Early Learning. New general classroom building on East Campus is named for late African-American educator Solomon Coles.

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) classroom and lab is created for Music Program. Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant programs begin. Vocational Nurse Education program celebrates 50th anniversary and graduates 4,000th LVN student, Angela Franks, who is the third generation in her family to complete the program. Occupational Safety and Health degree offered.

Billionaire businessman and former student Red McCombs is keynote speaker at graduation. Del Mar becomes the only college in Texas to teach Culinary Arts to chefs in the U.S. Navy. Entryway off Baldwin Boulevard opens and becomes the first “front door” for the East Campus. Journalism Program is recognized as highest rated two-year school in Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Division II competition.

Tornado strikes West Campus, damaging facilities and resulting in the fatality of an adjunct faculty member.

Online registration is introduced.

College’s first major gifts campaign,, is kicked off by DMC Foundation.

Shift change classes implemented to provide flexibility to shift workers.

Aviation Maintenance Technology Program is approved.

Puente Del Mar, a college-wide mentoring program, is launched.


Digital Media interdisciplinary degree is offered.

Dr. Gustavo R. Valadez Ortiz becomes College’s first Hispanic President. College and City build new $1.3 million kitchen facility on West Campus to serve meals to senior citizens and to provide lab space for Culinary Arts program.

Dr. Ken Weatherbie, professor of history, becomes ninth faculty member to be honored as a Piper Professor.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore opens on campus, offering DMC memorabilia. Portion of profits fund scholarships.

RTA (Regional Transportation Authority) offers free bus rides to Del Mar students.

New $9.2 million Industrial Education Complex is added to West Campus.

College to provide Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Training to more than 3,000 U.S. Navy personnel over next five years.

Health Care programs, in partnership with American Red Cross, train area health care professionals to respond to bioterrorism attacks.

$5.1 million in renovations are completed on the Richardson Auditorium on East Campus. Facility is rededicated as Richardson Performance Hall.



Dr. Carlos A. Garcia takes over as President.

College enrollment exceeds 12,000 students, an all-time record.

Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers are first to perform in renovated Richardson Performance Hall, helping raise $734,000—a single-event fundraising amount unprecedented in College’s history.

DMC students participate in NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars Program at Johnson Space Center; math major James Dobson designs winning Mars Rover. Kelly White, director of Environmental Health and Safety, serves in U.S. Navy in Kuwait, earning a Navy & Marine Corps Commendation and “Sailor of the Year” from the Naval Coastal Warfare Group.

14 academic programs earn “exemplary” status during Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board visit. $4.8 million Center for Economic Development officially opens; property provided by generous gifts from local philanthropists Eugene Bouligny and William “Dusty” Durrill.

Out-of-District fees increase, impacting area enrollment. Collegiate High School, a unique partnership with CCISD and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launches on campus.

Students displaced by Hurricane Katrina are offered discounted tuition.

Jackie Ganschow, professor of speech, receives fifth Dr. Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence.

Del Mar GED graduate Mayor Henry Garrett addresses GED Class of 2005.

National Works on Paper and Small Sculpture Show celebrates 40th anniversary.

Mary Holder, graduate of the new Coding Specialist Certificate, is the first DMC graduate to be nationally certified.

English Learning Center is officially renamed and dedicated as the Stone Writing Center, honoring the late Dr. Virginia Stone.


Jackie Ganschow, professor of speech, is awarded Piper Professor Award, 10th such award for College faculty.

Due to bandwidth issues, College blocks from campus computer network.

Del Mar Drama receives first-ever accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Dr. Irma Woods, professor of childhood development, receives fourth Dr. Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence.

MyDMC, powerful Web portal, is launched.

Country western legend Don Williams performs at the first “Come Home to Del Mar College” fundraiser event sponsored by the DMC Foundation.

Dental Hygiene students provide free dental healthcare to disadvantaged school children.

Dr. Norman Delaney becomes second recipient of the newly established Dr. Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence. Theatre Practicum II-Field Studies in New York is added to Drama Program. Noncredit workforce development courses offered for first time in Sinton.

College begins implementing $108 million Capital Improvement Program.

Two biology students attend summer internships at Berkeley National Laboratory in California researching microbes, and a third pre-med student attends Summer Medical and Dental Education Program at U.T. 1,600 preschoolers attend Fifth Annual Children’s Book Festival on campus, featuring renowned children’s authors David Davis, Jan Peck and Lupe Ruiz-Flores.

College unveils its official class ring. Mike Anzaldúa, professor of English, receives third Dr. Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence. College leads successful community initiative, “Even One Dropout Is Too Many.” Former student and author Bret Anthony Johnston returns to share from his criticallyacclaimed book Corpus Christi: Stories.

2006 New $11.9 million Public Safety Complex is completed on West Campus. New $29 million Health Sciences and Emerging Technology Complex is built on West Campus.

Alternative Certification for Teachers is introduced.

2007 Open House is hosted on West Campus to showcase new multi-million dollar facilities to community. $7.3 million in Garcia Science Building renovations take place on East Campus.

$3.4 million in renovations and additions to Kinesiology Aquatics/Gym occur on East Campus. Additional renovations to existing buildings on East Campus total $3.5 million, including St. Clair Building. $2.7 million is invested in Coleman Center, Barth Learning Resources Center and Flato Technologies Building. Lighthouse art sculpture, located on corner of Baldwin and Ayers, is donated by local community leaders Sam and Dusty Durrill.

South Texas Broadcasting, KEDT locally, announces its intention to build facilities and move to the College’s Center for Economic Development with lead gift of $750,000 from H-E-B Corp. May Commencement Ceremony airs on DMCTV public access channel and streams live on Web for first time.

$5 million National Science Foundation grant fuels National Geospatial Technology Center for Excellence at Del Mar College.

Sarah Chandler is youngest certified court reporter in Texas at age 18.

College holds first-ever Fall Semester Commencement.

Sarah Contreras, associate professor of speech, receives sixth Dr. Aileen Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence.

1954 Hall of Fame Inductee, and one of College’s first African American students Lavernis Royal’s contributions are memorialized upon his death.

Largest-ever class of Registered Nurse Education students graduates 100 new nurses. Board of Regents approve two new Associate in Applied Science degrees—Biotechnology and Sound Recording Technology.

2008 Del Mar College Alumnus Dr. Mark Escamilla named President. In one of his last pubic appearances, U. S. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) speaks in Richardson Performance Hall in support of Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Colleges launches Access to Excellence, Strategic Plan for 20092014.

BoldFuture for the Coastal Bend, communityvisioning initiative led by Del Mar College and other community partners, kicks off two-year schedule.

East Campus parking lots get much-needed face lift.

College initiates an Associate Degree in Electroplating.

Culinary Arts programs’ Sugar Art Showcase features nationallyrecognized judges.

2009 College offers new government course, Mexican American Politics. History Professor Brian Hart receives the 2008 Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence. Following $8 million expansion/renovation, College re-dedicates former health science building as the Garcia Science Building in memory of late Regent Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia. College celebrates national accreditation of three fine arts programs, Music, Art and Drama.

Associate degrees in business now offered completely online.

2010 New Alumni Association holds first mixer, Decadence, featuring delectable desserts from the Culinary Arts program, art and sculpture from the Art Department. Mathematics Professor Exie Hall receives the 2009 Creighton Award for Teaching Excellence. Regents approve new Associate in Science Degree in Engineering and Associate in Applied Science Degree in Engineering Technology. Student Success Center and CCISD’s Collegiate High School share newly renovated St. Clair Building, the result of a $3 million investment. College’s leadership of BoldFuture for the Coastal Bend yields 250 actions to improve regional economy, education, environment, safety, health, planning and leadership.

Bernie’s Famous Crawfish Boil raises scholarship funds and celebrates DMC Foundation Trustee Emeritus Bernard Paulson. Regents cut out-of-district fees by 50 percent to expand access to excellence. College students, faculty and staff spend Friday afternoon sprucing up campuses as part of College Campus Pride Friday. College Concert Choir and community Master and Children’s Choirs are invited to perform in Lincoln Center in New York City. Students and employees prepare for H1N1 flu virus outbreak; College experiences minimal impact.

Sueng Ho Song is first student to earn Federal Aviation Administration accreditation in Airframe Applied Technology. College celebrates “100 years of Nursing,” 60 years of teaching vocational nursing and 40 years of registered nursing producing more than 8,000 licensed graduates in the nursing field.

Students in new Biotechnology program utilize $2.2 million laboratory. Fall enrollment hits all-time high of 12,129 credit students.

First 85 graduates of Collegiate High School earn high school diplomas; more than 60 earn College degrees and certificates before high school graduation. Two biotechnology majors intern at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. College launches 75th Anniversary Celebration with 75 Distinguished Alumni, South Texas Alumni Round-Up and other events. College recognizes 750,000th registrant since 1935 with books, computer and reserved parking space. Judicial Real-time Captioning laboratory is unique in higher education.

Stone Writing Center’s Roxy Writer attracts blog readers from around the world seeking free tutoring services, including users from Russia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, India, Malaysia and other. Anonymous donor pledges full scholarship for five semesters in College’s welding technology program for W. B. Ray High School junior with spina bifida.

50th Anniversary Texas Jazz Festival kicks off in Harvin Student Center, where it all began. GED program graduates more than 100 with high school equivalency. Round-the-Clock Registration leads to all-time high fall enrollment of 12,249. College President Mark Escamilla, Ph.D., attends White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, witnesses Executive Order signing ceremony. DMC Title V Program and Student Success Center receive $1.4 million U.S. Department of Education grant to increase student achievement through academic support, services and on-campus internship program. Del Mar College Alumni Association holds South Texas Round-Up Celebration as part of the institution’s 75th Anniversary and nets over $25,000.

DMC biology graduate Jennifer Robles represents College’s Department of Natural Sciences and beats out Ivy League students during national Science and Energy Research Challenge by presenting research from internship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Del Mar College buries 75th Anniversary time capsule with items from the 2010-2011 academic year with plans to reopen container in 2036 to commemorate 100th Anniversary.

Local businessman and philanthropist Eugene Bouligny challenges other community benefactors, campus community to match proposed $1 million gift by end of September 2011.

2011 DMC Alumni Association awards first 10 scholarships to full- and part-time students taking courses during the spring 2011 semester. Del Mar College and Texas A&M UniversityCorpus Christi sign articulation agreement that allows College’s engineering majors with mechanical option focus to transfer associate degree credits toward bachelor’s degree from university.

College “raises the curtain” to announce new $10.5 million Fine Arts Center capital improvement expansion plan that includes new 340-seat proscenium theater and more instructional space for drama, art and radio/tv programs.

Del Mar College 75th Anniversary Highlights Throughout the 2010-2011 academic year, Del Mar College has proudly celebrated 75 years of serving the Coastal Bend. Here are some of the ways in which we’ve commemorated this milestone.

• Displayed 75th Anniversary banners on campus and off • Buried 75th Anniversary Time Capsule to be opened on the 100th Anniversary

• Recognized 750,000th Registrant Austen Turner with prize package including laptop computer, tuition scholarship, book and food court vouchers, and reserved parking place

• Produced “Economic Impact of Del Mar College” publications • Promoted TACHE Book Scholarship Barbecue and 75th Anniversary picnic table drawing

• Designed and distributed 75th Anniversary lapel pins • Supported DMC South Texas Alumni Round-Up, barbecue, silent auction, and dance • Raffled 75th Anniversary Barbecue Pit, created by welding students

• Celebrated 75th Anniversary as featured on cover of Southwestern Bell Phone Book diploma frames, posters, coffee and travel mugs, etc. • Sponsored 75th Anniversary Writing Contest—Melissa “Mickey” Saldana winner • Redesigned College stationery, to use more cost-effective supplies • Supported Former Students’ Association Celia Cruse Memorial Scholarship Bowl • Promoted Music Faculty Concert Series

• Recognized 75 Distinguished Alumni • Sponsored 75th Anniversary Alma Mater $500 Scholarship Contest— music by Kristopher Pickle, lyrics by Allen Roberts • Sponsored 75th Anniversary Poster $500 Scholarship Contest—winner Michael Diamonte • Photographed 75th Anniversary Convocation • Danced to Alumni 1950s Sock Hop with Funky Veterans Band • Generated support to sponsor Municipal Band 2011 summer performance schedule • Participated in Turkey Bowl flag football game • Branded vehicles with 75th Anniversary Parking Stickers • Supported 5K Alumni Fun Run • Produced 75th Anniversary memorabilia: “It’s all Business in the Kitchen” cookbook, note cards,

• Facilitated 75th Anniversary Proclamations from Texas Legislature • Provided St. Louis Brass Concert to community through the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society at no charge • Hosted 50th Anniversary Texas Jazz Festival Kick-Off Party • Produced President’s 75th Anniversary message, promoting education to low-income students (Pell Grants) • Provided DMC Float featuring Mariachi Del Mar for festival parades

• Sponsored nationally-recognized Commencement Speaker, Dr. Walter Bumphus, President and CEO of American Association of Community Colleges • Celebrated Music Department’s Composition Symposium and world premiere of “The New People,” a cantata combining the words of E. R. Flory and music of Dr. Neil Flory • Hosted President’s Heroes and Honorees Commencement Reception

Anniversary Steering Committee: Claudia Jackson, chair, assistant to the president for community relations Dr. Larry Lee, business, professional and technology education Sonny Vela, business, professional and technology education Dr. Tammie Burger, arts and sciences education Linda Eubank, arts and sciences education Frances Jordan, student development division Chuck Tines, business and finance division Yvette Lara, assistant director of alumni services Beverly Cage, interim director of student leadership and campus life Allen Roberts, student, Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association

Pages from the program for the Commencement Ceremony of the first graduating class of Corpus Christi Junior College (Del Mar College) in 1936.

This Del Mar College 75th Anniversary Commencement marks an important celebration for the College that provides access to excellence in higher education. We appreciate your participation in this anniversary celebration. The 75th Anniversary Committee has arranged several special opportunities tonight.


• FREE: The Del Mar College Alumni Council has a special gift for each of tonight’s graduates. Invite your graduate to stop by the Alumni Council table in the concourse for their free DMC Alumni Keychain.

Memorabilia Available for Purchase in the Concourse Tonight

• Official Del Mar College Diploma Frames, briarwood black frame with a silver and blue mat and adorned with the Del Mar College logo on a metal plate. Proceeds benefit Alumni Council scholarships and programs—$55. • Del Mar College 75th Anniversary Poster created by student artist Michael Diamonte. Proceeds benefit student scholarships—$10. • It’s All Business in the Kitchen cookbook produced by the Business Administration Department in memory of the late economics instructor, Ed Cohn. Proceeds benefit student scholarships—$15. • Set of vintage College note cards with photos selected from past Cruiser College yearbooks. Proceeds benefit student scholarships. Set of 10 cards—$10. • 75th Anniversary Commencement Ceremony Video on DVD format—preorders $10 plus $2 shipping.

75th Anniversary Photo Opportunity

A 75th Anniversary Banner is on display in the hallway outside Room C106 in the American Bank Concourse. Feel free to use this background to take your own personal graduation photos with family, friends and teachers.

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