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Cuesta College News Fall 2010
Saluting Cuesta Vets
Student Success Stories
Cuesta’s Literary Journal, Tellus
CPAC’s First Year
A Legacy of Giving
Cuesta’s Class of 2010
Changes at Cuesta North County Campus
Cuesta in the News
Cuesta Athletes of the Month
Cuesta College News is published twice a year by Advancement Cuesta College, P.O. Box 8106 San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106 (805) 546-3100 cuesta.edu
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g President’s Message A New Academic Year of Challenges – and Exciting Opportunities Dear friends,
We successfully launched the 45th year of full operation at Cuesta Gilbert H. Stork, Ed.D., Superintendent/President College. There is excitement that comes with the beginning of the fall semester, but is somewhat dampened by continued financial uncertainty. The faculty, staff and administration are working creatively to determine the best strategies that we can employ to meet our educational obligations, as defined by the state, as well as respond to the many needs of our local residents. Despite the challenges that we faced in 2009-2010, students completed degrees and certificates, were accepted into transfer institutions and were placed in the workforce, both locally and statewide. We celebrated student achievement at commencement and honored the successes of our alumni. Our faculty remained focused on providing the richest learning experience for each of their students, as excellence in teaching and learning remained at the forefront for which Cuesta College is noted. The development of the North County campus of Cuesta College took a giant step forward as we broke ground in May for the second permanent building. Located adjacent to the Fox Science, Mathematics and Allied Health Building, the newest building will be the Dale J. Schwartz Learning Resource Center. Named in honor of the longtime Paso Robles resident, the new building will house the library, academic and student support services, classrooms, offices and a 260-seat multiuse lecture room. Completion of this building is scheduled for late fall 2011, with occupancy by students, faculty, and staff to begin in January 2012. Needless to say, I am very proud of the tremendous amount of work that is being accomplished by faculty, staff, administration and our community volunteers. Without their commitment to excellence, Cuesta College would not be able to meet the expectations of our students, provide quality services to those we serve and overcome the challenges that we face on a daily basis. As Cuesta’s president, I have witnessed countless examples of staff, faculty and administrators working together to make Cuesta College a better place to work and a better place to learn. I am very grateful for their commitment. Thank you for your continued support of Cuesta College. Sincerely, Gilbert H. Stork Cuesta College Superintendent/President
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The Advancement, Marketing and Communications group is working smart to develop and refine innovative ways to communicate vital information to our students and the community. Our latest communications strategy relies on recent technological advances such as Web 2.0 technology, social networking, smart phones, automated E-brochures and QR Codes. A QR Code is a modern version of the ubiquitous barcode, which has been around since the mid-1970s, but with more features (some say they look like ink blots) that can represent text, phone numbers and even a web address or URL. QR Codes can be read by iPhone and Android smart phone applications, and provide an easy way to communicate very long and complex web addresses. I urge you download a bar code reader app on your phone and then check out this QR Code (see right).
Welcome to QR Codes
Use an Android or iPhone barcode app to find out what this symbol means.
On the cover: From left, Cuesta’s Mark Stengel, Director of Library and Learning Resources, Mary Schwartz and Dr. Gilbert H. Stork, Cuesta’s Superintendent/President, during May 26’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Dale J. Schwartz Learning Resource Center at Cuesta College North County campus.
Supporting Cuesta’s Veterans A Cuesta Instructor’s Salute to a Fallen Hero
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Mike Mihalakis was a student in Jack Sullivan’s accounting class at Cuesta College before he joined the Army National Guard. The 18-year-old Milpitas, Calif., resident was deployed to Iraq soon after and made plans while overseas to return to Cuesta. He e-mailed Sullivan, letting him know he would return soon after the spring semester was set to start and asked him to “save a place for me” in his class. Within a month of sending that e-mail, Mihalakis died in a Humvee accident in Baghdad, Iraq, on Dec. 26, 2003. His honorable service and untimely death were reported by USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle and Newsweek, among other publications. To honor the memory of his former student, Sullivan donated $1,000 to a fund in the Cuesta College Foundation to purchase parking permits for Cuesta veterans. The money was enough to purchase 50 parking passes, many of which were awarded at a Sept. 20 orientation day at Cuesta’s Vets Center. Each free parking pass is known as “A Mike.” “If we can’t do small things like this for them when they did the big thing – they were willing to give 100 percent,” Sullivan said. “It’s just a small effort to maybe make their lives a little easier.” More information about Mike Mihalakis is available on the San Francisco Chronicle website at http://tinyurl.com/mihalakis. “It’s just my way of saying thanks,” Sullivan said. “It’s my way of remembering Mike.” Spc. Michael G. Mihalakis
How to help
Interested in donating to the Jack Sullivan fund? Call the Cuesta College Foundation office at (805) 546-3279 for more information.
Cuesta College business education instructor Jack Sullivan (center) with some of the Cuesta vets who received ‘Mikes.’ From left, Casey Cole, James Bolduc, Jacob Kepins and Justin Pynn.
Cuesta Student Energized by Scholarship
Timothy Mahoney and Ryan Dollahon in Cougar Park.
omputer science major Ryan Dollahon received Southern California Gas Co.’s 2010 “Energizing Our Future” scholarship. Timothy Mahoney, the company’s public affairs manager, presented a certificate to Dollahon in May. The $1,000 scholarship is generally reserved for students pursuing an education in a field related to utility services or business. “It is a special honor to award Ryan, and other veterans, a
scholarship as these men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms,” Mahoney said. “The Gas Co. is excited to be part of Ryan’s education. His student leadership and volunteerism at Cuesta was outstanding.” Dollahon, who served in Iraq as an Army signal soldier, is a San Luis Obispo native. After graduating high school in 2002, he took classes at Cuesta until enlisting. “During my time (in the Army), I got an idea that I would be interested in computer science and from there, once I started taking classes I found it’s not only cool, it’s something that I’m good at,” he said, “and it’s something that I’m interested in.” He credits his Cuesta instructors for helping him pursue a four-year degree at Cal Poly. “I’ve had several really good teachers along the way,” he said. “Some I keep in contact with still. They’re very encouraging. They take an interest in what’s going on in my life, so we built up a relationship. They are always willing to help.” Dollahon, 25, and his wife, Morgan, live in San Luis Obispo. Cuesta college News FALL 2010
The 19-year-old early childhood education major earned a gold medal in the Preschool Teaching Assistant Category. “The competition was difficult but not much more than I expected,” she said. “The way I prepared was to spend a lot of time with preschoolers so I was in the mindset and also to try to think through the possible scenarios (SkillsUSA) could have given me.” Stokes began her studies at Cuesta while she was a junior in high school. She began her second year as a fulltime college student this fall. “I love children. I always have,” she said in describing why her major is such a passion. “There was an interview
of me on KSBY TV back when I was in kindergarten saying when I grow up I want to be a teacher. I was one of the lucky ones who figured out early on what I want to do.” And that passion and determination led to the preparation and confidence that earned her the top award at SkillsUSA in Kansas in June. “I was stoked when I was up on stage to receive my medal,” she said. “I can’t describe that feeling. The best part was seeing my dad (John Stokes, Cuesta’s engineering and technology division chairman) afterward and seeing how proud he was of me. I will never forget that.”
Chemistry instructor Greg Baxley, left, awarded seven students certificates of excellence for their performances on the American Chemical Society’s annual general chemistry exam for the spring of 2010. The students, from left, are Tianna tory Sheehan, Samantha Cragg, Joe Forte, Grant Holley, Tonide Senna, Forrest Downing and s i h Gavin Cardwell. ‘Students who got an award all scored in the 92nd percentile or above – and that’s computed nationwide,’ Baxley said. ‘That’s pretty, darn good.’ esl
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WorldSkills. Organizers say the four-day international event is “the world’s greatest skills showcase and competition … where young people from across the globe compete to become the best of the best in their chosen skill.” Although Lehmkuhl was runner-up at SkillsUSA, which typically qualifies the gold medalist as the U.S. representative, the issue came down to age. “He is 27,” Lehmkuhl said. “The cut off age is 23. I am 21. And because of the two national championships I won in prior years, I was told that they felt I was the best choice for London.”
The San Luis Obispo native was runner-up in March at the WorldSkills Americas automotive technology competition in Brazil. Three months later, he earned another silver at the annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. “It was a very tough competition,” he said. “I very much wanted to win the gold, but there was a (competitor) who put up some spectacular scores. I am glad to have been beaten by such a talented individual, and the second-place finish has definitely given me some added motivation for the world championships in London.” In October of 2011, Lehmkuhl will compete in
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Daniel Lehmkuhl Works to be the Best Mechanic – In the World
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Two Cuesta College English as a Second Language students received the 2010 ESL Halderman Award in May. Started by ESL instructor Anthony Halderman and his wife, Maureen, the tory award includes haiscertificate and $125 award. This year’s winners include first-year student Jessica Arteaga, 26, of Arroyo Grande and Jorge Gonzalez, 24, of Pismo Beach. esl
A Journal that Speaks of Cuesta Students’ Love of Writing
Cuesta College’s literary journal, Tellus, might be one of the best-kept secrets on campus.
“Tellus was created to celebrate Cuesta students’ excellence in writing poetry, essay and short fiction,” said Dennis Baeyen, division chairman of the English department. The 2010 edition was
unveiled at a May 20 public reading in the Science Forum. Seven student authors participated. As they read their essays, friends, family and Cuesta English faculty followed along in the ebony-paperback 19th edition of student works. “Often, winning students aren’t English majors,” he said. “They just like to write or have submitted a paper in an English class, and the teacher encouraged the student to submit it to the contest.” Barbara Torrey Workman was published from 1997 to 1999 while she was working on her associate’s degree in computer network administration. She transferred to a four-year-university where she majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing. Workman’s 22-year-old sister, Madalyn Torrey, was also published in the 2008 edition. “As a kid, I wanted to write novels, but as I grew up, I stopped feeling interested in it,” Torrey said. “Essays never struck me as a possibility, since I rarely read nonfiction and I feel like my life is pretty typical. So it was both an honor to be recognized, and it made me realize that, though my life may be small and still in its beginning stages, that doesn’t have to be a limitation.” The journal was launched in 1992 by Shauna Rae, Christine Marchant and Lynn Steiner. In 1994, Baeyen joined and later became the principle editor and fundraiser of the project. For almost a decade, he and English instructor Steve Leone worked as co-editors. Last year, Tom Patchell and Sharon Beynon took over. Since 1995, the journal has been designed by Cal Poly graphic design students as their senior projects. The designer is given a budget and only one admonition: “Do something creative,” Baeyen said.
Tellus your story
Creative Writing Contest is held every spring. Currently enrolled Cuesta students may submit up to two works in each category (poetry, short story, essay). Cuesta faculty judge entries blindly without the cover pages. Winners’ works are published in Tellus, the college’s annual literary journal. For
Above: Participants in this year’s Tellus reading were, from left, Melissa Pudvan, Cody Hayhurstshell, Tessa McDonald, Josh Lange, Chris Field, Joe Brizzolaya and Leslie Trussler.
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A trio of Cuesta College students were honored as AMATYC mathletes in May. The American Mathematical Association of TwoYear Colleges sponsors a test each semester. From left, Jamie Strampe got $100, Jason Yoon received $170, and Adam Fern was given $87.
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Performance Cuesta’s New Theater A
fter decades of anticipation and years of construction, Cuesta College’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center opened to a packed house on Nov. 20, 2009. In its first year, CPAC housed numerous internal and external events including music, dance and vocal concerts, guest artist workshops and theatrical performances. CPAC was also the setting for the 27th annual Jazz Festival for high school musicians in February, and a handful of Festival Mozaic summer concerts. Here’s a look back at a successful and much-appreciated first year on the stages of Cuesta College’s CPAC.
For Cuesta Jazz players, it’s Hear and Now
A Dance Renaissance
Cuesta’s dance division presented Renaissance on May 22. It was the first performance in five years of Duende Dance Company, hence the name that marks the rebirth of the Cuesta-based dance troupe.
Cuesta College’s jazz department held a pair of CD release parties in September, celebrating its first student recording in several years. “We have wanted for a long time to have a recording to represent what is happening at Cuesta College, and now we have it,” said Ron McCarley, who directed the Sept. 24 concert at Cuesta’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center to showcase the new release Hear and Now. “We have worked so hard and are so excited.” The CD includes recordings from the Cuesta Night Band, Cuesta Jazz Ensemble, Chorinho, Cuesta Jazz Combo and college faculty members. Also featured are saxophonist Bill Liston and trumpeter Wayne Bergeron. While the concert and one that was held Sept. 12 as part of Arroyo Grande’s 2010 Village Summer Concert Series were great experiences – making the CD was the lesson of a lifetime for the young musicians. “It’s such a great experience for them to get to record,” McCarley said. “This is like the real deal to be out in the industry recording in a professional setting. To experience that really changes your musicianship a lot. That’s really huge.”
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Matt Slocum Trio Offers Life Lessons
Cuesta’s Ron McCarley plays sax with the Matt Slocum Trio during a March 15 workshop for students. The trio, featuring bassist Massimo Biolcati and pianist Josh Nelson, later played a concert from Slocum’s debut CD, Portraits.
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Brandon Pascal plays Demetrius and Camille Marcello plays Helena in Cuesta’s ambitious spring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The production, directed by bree valle, featured a massive cast and an equally impressive set featuring a forest with 25-foot trees and a pond.
Scholarships At the annual Scholarship Reception on Aug. 6, 2010, scholarship winners were able to meet the donors who made their monetary burdens a little lighter. Some 270 students received 320 scholarships. The total amount awarded was close to $165,000. The generosity of Cuesta College’s donors is immeasurable and made us wonder what motivates them.
A Legacy That Pays Big Dividends
What makes them give? Donor: Elizabeth Gollner Scholarship: Linda Nowlen Scholarship for Nursing Linda Nowlen (left) and Elizabeth Gollner have been friends since they were 13 years old. So when Nowlen, a nurse, turned 50 this year, her longtime friend wanted to do something special for her: Gollner established the Linda Nowlen RN Scholarship for Nursing. “When I went to school here, I received many scholarships,” Gollner said. “One of them was a gift from a husband to his wife, a nurse. I thought it was such a great thing to do while somebody is still alive, to honor them with a scholarship.” “My hope is to keep it going,” Nowlen said. “It was the best gift I’ve ever received in my whole life.”
Donors/ Scholarship: AAUW Morro Bay-Mildred Logan Memorial Nursing Scholarship The Morro Bay branch of the American Association of University Women has been providing scholarships for Cuesta College nursing students since the program first began. The scholarship is awarded to a re-entry student in the nursing program. After the organization received a donated piece of land as a gift, the group chose to use the proceeds from the sale of that land to assist the newly formed nursing program at Cuesta College. “We’ve enjoyed and loved and honored this opportunity ever since,” said Marilyn Baty, a representative of the Morro Bay AAUW.
Donors/ Scholarship: Soroptimist International of San Luis Obispo Scholarship Award Members of the San Luis Obispo chapter of Soroptimist International of the Americas have been donating to Cuesta College scholarships since the 1990s. The group created Soroptimist International of San Luis Obispo Scholarship Award, with one specification, that the scholarship go to a woman. “Our mission is improving the lives of women and girls,” said Debbie Jensen, the Soroptimist Sierra Pacific Region secretary. “We donate to Cuesta because we all live here and believe in education.”
Donor: Terry Benevedo Scholarship: Rosie Benevedo Memorial Scholarship Terry Benevedo, with the help of his two children, wanted to memorialize his wife after her passing in 2008. “We spent a lot of time in hospitals with my wife over the years,” Benevedo said. “When she passed away, we had learned a lot about what we need in the hospitals, and the most important thing is nurses.” The Benevedo family established the Rosie Benevedo Memorial Scholarship to help nursing students receive a quality education and achieve their goals.
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Around Campus Book of the Year Opens New Chapter Cuesta College’s annual Book of the Year will continue with Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Bay Area farmer and author Novella Carpenter, who will speak at Cuesta’s Cultural and Performing Arts Center on April 6, 2011. “Growing fruits and vegetables, raising bees, rabbits, chickens and pigs on a vacant lot in West Oakland, Carpenter’s book provides inspiration for the hidden gardener in all of us while touching upon the benefits of fresh local food, and the issues of organics, social justice and sustainable food sources,” said Carina Love, a Cuesta librarian and chairman of the Book of the Year Committee. “In addition to the author’s campus lecture, watch for a diverse series of free events highlighting demonstration gardens, how-to composting techniques, local farmers and more,” she said. The popular Book of the Year series comes on the heels of a visit in April by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Sonia Nazario, who spent a day with Cuesta students, faculty and community members discussing her gripping, nonfiction account of a young Honduran’s grueling odyssey to reach the United States and reunite with his mother. “Nazario’s book, Enrique’s Journey, was selected as Cuesta’s 2010 Book of the Year and served as the focal point for a month of programs featuring panel discussions, art exhibits, performances, book groups and films exploring immigrant journeys,” Love said. For more information about the 2011 Book of the Year event, call the Cuesta Library at (805) 546-3190, e-mail email@example.com or search for Cuesta Book on Facebook.
Mid-April was a busy time for Cuesta College’s Book of the Year, which featured Enrique’s Journey author Sonia Nazario. Other events included a panel discussion, at right, featuring immigrants from a variety of nations, and the Paso Robles Curpite dancers, far right, who emigrated from San Juan Nuevo in the Mexican state of Michoacán and performed dances from that region that predate the arrival of Europeans to Mexico.
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A Thriving Community
Cuesta College is more than an institute of higher learning, it’s a thriving small community located between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. And during the 2009-2010 school year, it was host to scores of events and activities from concerts, athletics and notable speakers to community events, including the annual Women of Distinction awards and the Central Coast Writers Conference. Nine women were honored at the 36th annual Cuesta College Women of Distinction Awards.
Architecture student Jack Hotho discusses his project with Gil Stork, Cuesta’s incoming superintendent/ president on Dec. 15. Stork’s new duties began Jan. 1, 2010. Bill Watkins of California Lutheran University was part of an economic forum that was organized by Cuesta’s Bill Snider.
Welcoming Cuesta’s First Class of Green Technology Grads Cuesta College’s Introduction to Green Technology class held a barbecue on May 19 to honor the inaugural class (below) with certificates. Students received training on retrofits, energy efficiency, environmental literacy, energy fundamentals and solar energy for residential and commercial properties.
“Introduction into Green Technology has been very rewarding personally because I have now gained knowledge and understanding about the great risk our ecosystem/environments face due to mass consumption of resources and the negligence to preserve. All the information has been indispensable and the teachers great mentors. I’m thankful to all who organized and opened the doors to such an opportunity.” Carmen Harlan Member of Introduction into Green Technology class
Technology Rep. Lois Capps Speaks at Cuesta
ongresswoman Lois Capps was the keynote speaker at a free green construction workshop presented to the public over the summer. Capps, D-Santa Barbara, who represents portions of San Luis Obispo County, discussed legislative efforts to foster green workforce partnerships. “It’s all about collaboration, and bringing business, government, labor and communities together for economic vitality,” said Kenneth Smokoska, Cuesta’s program coordinator for Green Technology. Smokoska organized the two-hour Building Green Workforce Partnership event at Cuesta’s Associated Students Auditorium in the Student Center. The workshop, sponsored by the SLO SEA Change Committee, focused on California’s landmark 2006 law – AB 32 – that set limits on greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, oil refineries and other industries, and will likely require that a third of the Golden State’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020, up from about 15 percent today. “Assembly Bill 32 requires the county create a planning document that identifies ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Smokoska said. Workshop speakers included Daniel Villao, director for the California Construction Academy at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, and Barbara Cox, director of Green Energy Grants for the California Labor Management Cooperation Committee of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.
A Change Is Coming San Luis Obispo Strategic Energy Alliance for Change (SEA Change) is a coalition of government agencies, professional organizations, utilities and nonprofits working together to create an efficient, clean and renewable energy future for San Luis Obispo County. Stephan Gunsaulus, Cuesta College’s director of marketing and communications, Ken Smokaska, Cuesta green jobs coordinator and Trevor Keith, the county’s energy coordinator, were recently named SEA Change co-chairs. For more information about the organization, visit http://sloseachange.org. Cuesta college News FALL 2010
Graduation Voices Saluting the Class of 2010 2010 Grad Stats
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“I want to give a big thank-you to all our teachers, our awesome teachers, and to the wonderful nurses in this community. Thank you for not only sharing your extensive knowledge but also your incredible passion for nursing. Fortunately, I think it has been contagious. I’m proud to be a part of a genuine group of almost nurses. We have enjoyed (your) funny and heartfelt stories as well as your ‘what-not-to-do’ experiences.” Megan Staley-Groh Registered Nursing Class of Spring 2010
Alexis Burns: 28 • Paso Robles
Cindy Parkinson: 20 • Grover Beach
Devin LeTourneau: 23 • SLO
Amanda Swede: 21 • SLO
Major: Liberal Arts for Math and Science Career Goal: Veterinary Medicine
Major: Graphic Design Career Goal: Graphic Designer
Major: Child Development Career Goal: Preschool Teacher
How has Cuesta helped you? Cuesta helped me achieve my AA degree. It is the first degree I needed to become a graphic designer.
How has Cuesta helped you? It has helped me realize my career goal.
Major: Art Studio Career Goal: Photography Transferring to CSU Chico and getting a master’s
How has Cuesta helped you? Cuesta has given me my general education that I need to transfer.
Best Memory? My best memory of Cuesta College is the friends I made here.
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Best Memory? Meeting friends and getting involved in student government.
How has Cuesta helped you? It has prepared me to go to a four-year school. Best Memory? Finding my best friends here and meeting teachers that I will be contacting later and keeping in touch with.
Licensed Vocational Nursing “When our instructor told us at the beginning of the year we really would miss our instructors always being there looking over our shoulders and asking us questions, I now understand what she meant by them being our ‘security blankets.’ She was right, and I miss them already. They were always there to ask questions and bounce ideas off of and to make sure we knew what we were doing.” Jamie Hacker, Class president Licensed Vocational Nursing Class of 2010
Paramedics Kelly Haslam with Dr. Paul Georghiou, medical director of Cuesta’s paramedic program, during the Sept. 10 graduation ceremony in the Associated Students Auditorium in the Student Center.
What does it mean to have completed this yearlong program? It’s a huge accomplishment. I worked so hard through didactic and clinical, through all the stress and sleepless nights.
Medical Assistants “To my fellow students and colleagues: Well, we did it. We got through a huge workload. We accomplished a two-year program that was crammed into two, fast-track classes of one semester and 14 units. So you guys do realize that we can accomplish anything now, right?” Veronica Uvalle, Medical Assistants Class of Spring 2010
What do you think about the program? It was awesome. All the instructors are great. All the workers in San Luis Obispo County that came to help with our clinicals are great. It was really fun.
Why a paramedic? For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a paramedic. I was a little kid, I used to watch ‘Rescue 9-1-1’ instead of cartoons like most of my other friends. My mom even said she knew that I’d end up in the emergency field.“
Jason Oates: 42 • Los Osos
Vanessa Mills: 30 • Pasadena
Timothy Siler: 21 • Atascadero
Eric Robertson: 26 • Los Osos
Major: Visual/Basic Database Administration Career Goal: Design computer software
Major: English Career Goal: Teach at Cuesta College
Major: English Career Goal: None right now. I don’t know what’s happening after this.
Major: Oceanography Career Goal: Writer and oceanographer
How has Cuesta helped you? The teachers and the classes have helped me to better understand myself.
How has Cuesta helped you? It lead me to my career. I took marine biology last year and discovered I liked it.
How has Cuesta helped you? It is a lot smaller school than the one I originally went to, which was UC Berkeley. This was a lot more convenient. Best Memory? The variety of good education that is offered here.
How has Cuesta helped you? I want to get a bachelor’s degree. I wanted a fresh start so I came to Cuesta to transfer to a four-year college. I’ve met some great professors along the way that have really inspired me to make my goal to teach at a community college.
Best memory? Going places off campus for marine biology field trips.
Best memory? I met one of my best friends here.
Best Memory? There are so many. Cuesta college News FALL 2010
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Nicole McKinney: 23 • Morro Bay Major: Early Childhood Education Career Goal: Teach second grade because I loved my second-grade teacher. How has Cuesta helped you? Cuesta’s disabled student’s program helped me the most. Best memory? The help from DSPS.
Joshua Shepherd Class of 2010
Roseann Fischer: 21 • Calaveras County
Brian Phillips: 24 • SLO
Kim Wilkings: 44 • Grover Beach
Christopher Angelus: 22 • Pismo Beach
Major: Nursing Career Goal: Pediatric Nurse
Major: Music Career Goal: Teaching music to high school kids
Major: Family Studies/Human Services Career Goal: Teach special education
Major: General Ed with plans to continue on in deaf studies Career Goal: Interpreter for kids
How has Cuesta helped you? The awesome teachers. They don’t act like they are way above you.
How has Cuesta helped you? Cuesta allowed me to get familiarized with different subjects.
Best memory? Playing in jazz band this semester and meeting my girlfriend.
Best memory? My PE classes. They got me in shape, and I loved them. I also met some really nice friends.
How has Cuesta helped you? Cuesta has made me aware about what is available for the deaf studies degree. It was something I just stumbled across while I was here.
How has Cuesta helped you? The one on one with my teachers was a big help and the availability of my professors. They were always there when I needed them. Best memory? I met my boyfriend here.
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Best memory? Making a lot of friends and hanging out with them.
Sally Coelho: 23 • SLO
Courtney Van Leuven: 20 • Middletown
Derri Hall: 39 • Morro Bay
Major: Early Childhood Education Career Goal: Teach elementary school children
Major: General Studies – Transferring to Chico State to study Ag Business Career Goal: Still figuring out my career goal
Major: General Studies Career Goal: Attend dental hygiene school in Taft
How has Cuesta helped you? It helped me expand my mind. The staff here is really wonderful, especially the ones in my program.
How has Cuesta helped you? It allowed me to come to school.
How has Cuesta helped you? It is a great college. I’m a single mother of an 11-year old, I work full-time and so I’ve just had to take a class here and a class there. So this is a very big deal to me.
Peter Williamson: 20 • Humboldt County Major: General Ed – Transferring to Cal Poly for recreation, parks and tourism administration Career Goal: Event planning for a corporate setting or travel agency How has Cuesta helped you? I learned to be motivated. I’d say the teachers here are just as hard as at any other college. It was great preparation for future classes.
Best memory? I really enjoyed children’s lit because it helped me explore the world of children’s literature.
Best memory? I enjoyed the teachers a lot. I had a lot of really great teachers that were very understanding. They were more on a friend level than just a scary professor.
Daniel Allison: 20 • Santa Maria
Jessica Venegas: 21 • Maxwell, CA
Rick Alston: 56 • Los Osos
Kristin Moore: 20 • Morro Bay
Major: General Ed and Business Transferring to Sacramento State to study business and marketing Career Goal: Still deciding
Major: General Ed and Construction Management Career Goal: Transfer to Chico State and continue studying construction management
Major: Math and Science Career Goal: Continue working as a cabinet maker
Major: Elementary School Preparation/ Liberal Studies Career Goal: Psychology to work with special education children
How has Cuesta helped you? It helped me a lot. I’ve taken classes at other junior colleges and this one was way better. It was a really good experience. Best memory? Being in class and making good friends.
How has Cuesta helped you? It helped me get a lot of my classes out of the way at a cheaper price. Best memory? I had a really awesome construction teacher that made me realize this is what I really want to do.
Best memory? My counselor helped me out immensely. She has been a blessing.
How has Cuesta helped you? It helped me in math. I improved my math skills. It was something that I wanted to learn before I came to Cuesta, and I developed a passion for it while I was here. Best memory? Just the learning.
Best memory? My Spanish class. All my really good memories are from that class.
How has Cuesta helped you? Cuesta College has helped me with my math skills, my communication, my writing. It has helped me with everything. I couldn’t have made a better choice. Best memory? Dr. Koeninger’s class, History 207A, and Jenn Martin and Wind Orchestra Cuesta college News FALL 2010
campus Construction Learning Resource Center Groundbreaking
At Cuesta’s North County campus, a legacy of giving aids a new generation of students It was a picture-perfect spring day: Azure sky with white, puffy clouds rising behind a group of beaming Cuesta College and North County leaders clutching round-point shovels at the North County campus. The group dug their shovels on a soon-to-be sweltering day as camera shutters clicked during the May 26 groundbreaking for the $12.4 million Dale J. Schwartz Learning Resource Center. “I’ve been waiting for so long, and so have all the students and all the people who run this campus,” said Mary Schwartz, Dale’s wife. “What would Dale think of this? He’d be dancing – he probably is dancing.” Also on hand were Cuesta Superintendent/President Gilbert H. Stork, North County Executive Dean Sandee McLaughlin, Cuesta trustee Gaye Galvan of Atascadero, Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco and Jim App, Paso Robles city manager. The 42,516-square-foot, two-story building will house the main library for the campus, Disabled Student Programs and Services area, Employee Learning and Innovation Training Center, and Computer Services. Also included will be mathematics and writing labs, distance learning services, lecture halls, classrooms and offices. The project is expected to be completed in late 2011. “The naming of the building – Dale J. Schwartz – is a prime example of the power of partnership between public education and private citizens,” said McLaughlin.
Just weeks after the groundbreaking, the roofline and a skeleton of stout steel beams and posts of the Dale J. Schwartz Learning Resource Center are transforming the rendering, above, into reality. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2011.
Mary Schwartz, wife of Dale J. Schwartz “I’ve been waiting for so long and so have all the students and all the people who run this campus. How do I feel today? I’m flying. Dale’s sister Dorothy is 97. She is so thrilled with it all, as I am.” Duane Picanco, Paso Robles mayor “First of all, it’s because of a very well-known citizen of the city that this building is being constructed. It gives me a great deal of pride to know that Dale Schwartz had a hand even after he’s passed on. The other thing is it gives the campus a sense of being permanent. It certainly won’t be temporary when you start building buildings.” Gaye Galvan, member of the Cuesta College Board of Trustees and an Atascadero resident “It meant so much to the community and students especially to see that wonderful new building going up there. It’s been a longtime in coming. The students will benefit so much. It just gave me a wonderful feeling (to be at the groundbreaking). I love doing this. When you feel like you’ve made a difference in one student’s life it makes all of this other stuff worthwhile.” Jim App, Paso Robles city manager “We’re pleased that Cuesta is being successful and we’re seeing the addition of their second permanent building. It’ll be the heart of the campus with a library housed in it, more permanent classrooms, space for faculty, it’s a realization of a longtime dream to have a college here in town.”
employee Awards The Marie Rosenwasser President’s Leadership Award Awarded to Stacy Pointer English Instructor, Basic Skills Facilitator 13 years service Academic Employee of the Year Awarded to Allison Merzon Physical Education and Athletics Instructor 16 years service 14
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From left to right: Mark Stengel, Duane Picanco, Rodney Wallace, Sandee McLaughlin, Mary Schwartz, Gil Stork, Jim App, Gaye Galvan. Mark Stengel, Director of Cuesta College Library and Learning Resources “A founding president of one of the CSU campuses said that you don’t really have a college until you build the library. Of course, the real library is not a building, but the collections of resources and the expert people who make those resources available to the students, faculty and community who can benefit from them. One of the most beneficial aspects of the new Dale J. Schwartz LRC is that it will bring together in one facility the services of DSPS, tutoring, the math lab, writing lab, and others, along with the library. The LRC will be a one-stop shop for academic success in the North County.” Rodney Wallace, superintendent of Shandon Joint Unified School District “In regards to serving the Shandon Joint Unified School District, the majority of our students come from low-income families, the expansion of Cuesta College in close proximity to our students is very important. The majority of our students cannot afford the extremely high cost of going to a four-year college or university right out of high school. Currently, many are deterred from even attending Cuesta College’s main campus due to the transportation costs. Expanding the facilities at the North County campus will provide the opportunity for more of our students to continue their dream of a college education.”
Management Senate Employee of the Year Awarded to Matthew Green Director of Workforce and Economic Development Programs 8 years service
Sandee McLaughlin, executive dean of Cuesta College’s North County campus “I would say that this building is many things. It’s a significant step toward establishing the North County campus as a lasting regional resource – for generations to come. It’s an all-important second phase of transition from modular buildings to permanent facilities. And in the naming of the building – Dale J. Schwartz – is a prime example of the power of partnership between public education and private citizens. Gil Stork, President/Superintendent, Cuesta College “The Dale J. Schwartz Learning Resources Center project provides our North County students with additional resources to make progress in their academic careers. We are a come-as-you-are educational institution that is uniquely positioned to provide opportunities to our students, regardless of where they are in life and in their studies. I am grateful that the Schwartz family decided to support the North County students with such a substantial donation.”
Classified Employee of the Year Awarded to Tommy Gin Groundskeeper 11 years service
Teaching Excellence Award Awarded to Toni Torrey Registered Nursing Instructor 9 years service Cuesta college News FALL 2010
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Cuesta College’s Marketing and Communications Department earned six awards at the 2010 Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO) annual awards reception for several projects completed in 2009. The April 15 awards reception honored community colleges statewide for their accomplishments in public relations and marketing. Cuesta College earned two firstplace honors for previous issues of Cuesta College News in the External Newsletter category and for the college’s commencement newsletter in the Online Marketing/Advertising category. The college placed second statewide in three categories: Promotion Advertising Campaign, Radio PSA or Ad and College Promotional Video. Cuesta also earned third place in the Viewbook/ Student Recruitment Book category. The entries were judged by colleagues in the community college system, as well as public relations and marketing professionals. 16
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A Cuesta College instructor and the Marketing and Communications department teamed up to develop one of the first community college applications for smart phones in the United States – a free app that can guide students and visitors around Cuesta’s three campuses. “Thanks to the college’s support, we’ve become what is believed to be the first California community college with an iPhone app and possibly the first in the nation with an Android app,” said Randy Scovil, a computer science instructor who worked to develop the app. “The goal for this iteration of the app is to help students and community members find their way around campus and learn more about Cuesta, especially our extensive career technical programs,” said Scovil. “We’ve made it very easy for people to learn more about campus resources by providing information they can instantly contact via the web, their phone or e-mail.” Vocational Education and Training Authority funds from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office funded the project that was completed over the summer and went live on Apple and Android phones in early August. The apps offer an interactive, way-finding system to campus visitors, provides a comprehensive list of the facilities and services housed in each building on campus and a daily itinerary of events being held in those buildings. “Smart phone use by college students and the general public is increasing at an exponential rate thanks to the popularity of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android smart
phone operating systems,” said Stephan Gunsaulus, director of marketing and communications for Cuesta College. “We intend to leverage this technology to help our students get timely access to information that they need to make progress in their academic careers.” The increasing trend of smart phone use among the college-aged population is supported by a recent study sponsored by Noel-Levitz, the National Research Center for College & University Admissions and OmniUpdate, titled “Focusing Your E-Recruitment Efforts to Meet the Expectations of College-Bound Students.” The study concluded that 23 percent of the college-bound students surveyed reported searching for college websites directly from their smart phones. The app is a natural outgrowth of not only students’ adoption of mobile technologies but also of Cuesta’s evolving course offerings. Scovil taught the first iPhone programming course at Cuesta College earlier this year and will teach a mobile device programming class with a focus on Android smart phones in the spring of 2011.
App at a glance Use the free Cuesta College app to easily find your way around the San Luis Obispo campus, Paso Robles campus and South County Centers. With the touch of a finger, locate buildings, on-campus events, Career Technical Education info, academic departments and student support resources. Also, instantly access any campus program via e-mail, phone and the web.
Chancellor Makes Good on Cuesta Promise Life got a little more predictable for Cuesta College students seeking to transfer to a California State University campus. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sept. 29 signed into law Senate Bill 1440, the historic Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, which simplifies the transfer process between the state’s 112 community colleges and the CSU system. The new law will also save $160 million annually – enough to provide access to roughly 40,000 additional community college students and nearly 14,000 CSU students annually. Earlier this year, Jack Scott (right), the California Community Colleges chancellor, discussed the bill at an April 29 forum at Cuesta. When courses do not transfer to a four-year institution, he told attendees, community college students lose valuable time and money while taxpayers’ resources are wasted. He ended by saying that he intended to work to assure the bill was signed into law “because we can no longer afford the luxury of wasted units, wasted time and money for students and wasted money for the state of California.” It was – five months to the day later.
Foundation at Cuesta June Stephens’ Passion for Advancing Cuesta After five-and-one half years at the helm of Cuesta College’s Foundation, June Stephens accepted another position at Citrus College. As executive director of Institutional Advancement, Stephens also oversaw the popular grants program as well as Cuesta’s marketing and communications. She helped create Cougar Park, launched the Student Ambassador program and in April worked to bring Dr. Jack Scott, chancellor of the California Community Colleges system, and Jack O’Connell, state superintendent of education, to the college for a forum. “I came to work at Cuesta because of the advancement model, and to work for Marie Rosenwasser, because she had such passion for it,” Stephens said. “And I’m going to work at Citrus for another woman who has a passion for the advancement model.” Rosenwasser, who was superintendent/president of Cuesta from 1999 to 2006, lauded a battery of accomplishments Stephens achieved over the years. During her tenure, the college’s endowment nearly doubled from $4.7 million to $9 million. “Thank you for everything you have accomplished for Cuesta,” Rosenwasser said in an Aug. 18 letter. “As the president who searched and searched again for a well-qualified, professional, competent development officer … to lead Cuesta College’s advancement program, I can tell you six years later that I am still congratulating myself on the college’s good fortune when you accepted the position.”
Cuesta College Presidents’ Luncheon Former Cuesta College presidents Frank Martinez, left, and Marie Rosenwasser, right, joined Superintendent/President Gil Stork for a luncheon May 27 in a tent north of the High-Tech Center on the San Luis Obispo campus. The event attracted nearly 100 donors who received updates from the college’s division chairmen.
Message from Barbara George Congratulations to our Executive Director June Stephens on her appointment as executive director of development and external relations at Citrus College. Our college has valued June’s exemplary service since 2005 and enjoyed a period of change and growth benefiting our students, faculty, programs and services. It is a privilege to serve as the interim executive director while the college recruits a permanent replacement. As an accredited college, Cuesta has been a critical point of entry to higher education for thousands of students, and a success story for those seeking a technical degree or personal enrichment opportunities. Providing an accessible and affordable education to this diverse population has become an increasingly daunting task. It is a compelling vision and urgent need that historically has attracted a large and loyal band of supporters and donors to Cuesta College. Together we built a campus in the north, remodeled classrooms, laboratories and the library to state-of-theart standards for education and job training, provided scholarships and advanced services for student access and success, and supported faculty innovation and a host of other remarkable feats that can only be accomplished in partnership with the community. There has never been a more important time to continue this honored tradition. As year-end approaches, please consider your support to this wonderful college, which continues to value and honor the contributions of its surrounding communities.
The Cuesta College Foundation honored its “golden” retirees and planned giving donors at the Cuesta Gold event. It was one of the first Foundation events since Barbara George returned. Pictured from left, are Barbara George, MaryEl Hansen, Sandee McLaughlin and President Gil Stork.
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cuesta Athletics Cross country: Men and women’s squads qualify for state meet as a team. The women’s No. 1 runner, Kelly Barman, is runner-up in the state finals. Soccer: Finished fourth in conference. Men’s water polo: Advanced to regional finals, All-American Lawrence Bardelli led the state with 107 goals. Women’s water polo: Two-time All-State Morgan Thompson broke Cuesta’s career-scoring record. Volleyball: Finished third in conference.
Men’s basketball: Advanced to regional finals, Roger Guardia named All-State, Christian Koutras breaks school-assist record.
Wrestling: Freshman Javier Avila, who finished fifth in state, was named conference MVP.
Baseball: Advanced to regional finals, upset No. 1 Santa Ana and No. 2 San Diego in playoffs.
Women’s basketball: It was the 30th and final season for the program’s founding coach, Ed Musolff.
Softball: First season for coach Mike Steuerwald. Men’s swimming: Conference runner-up, finished 24th in state. Women’s swimming: Freshman Aimee Dewante set school record in 200 IM and was part of the relay that broke 800-free record. Freshman Beki Morrison set two diving records. Men’s track & field: Sophomore Craig Van Leeuwen finished third in state and tied Cuesta’s pole vault record. Women’s track & field: Sophomore Christine Weinreich broke school hammer and discus records. And freshman Paige Petersen broke Cuesta’s 10,000-meter record.
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Matt Anderson » Baseball
Sophomore Ty Muller found his niche as the Cougars’ designated hitter. In March, he slugged three home runs and led the team with 10 runs batted in. He hit .371 and posted an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.149. “His influence on the team goes well beyond (his statistics),” said Coach Bob Miller. “He is a valued team leader.”
Seth Koenig was the 2010 AllWestern State Conference First Team forward for the men’s basketball team. He averaged 15.5 points, six rebounds and 1.8 steals over 32 games. In the postseason, he averaged 31 points, 8 rebounds and one steal per game. He scored more than 30 points in a game three times over the course of the season, which led the state. His playoff scoring average of 31.0 points was also the highest in the state.
Freshman swimmer Evan Norton was the Cougars’ top distance swimmer of the year. He scored a team-high 45 individual points in his three events at the 2010 Western State Conference Championship, including winning the 1,650 freestyle. He qualified for the 2010 CCCAA Championships in the 500 and 1,650 free. He finished sixth in the 1,650 and swam a season-best in the 500, earning 16th place. He also swam on Cuesta’s state-qualifying 400-medley and 800-freestyle relays.
Matt Anderson, a sophomore outfielder, transformed himself from little-used bench player as a freshman to team MVP as a sophomore, leading his teammates into state title contention. Anderson was a unanimous 2010 All-Western State Conference First Team selection and a 2010 WSC Gold Glove winner. He ended the season hitting .302, leading the team in runs scored (38), triples (3) and runs drived in (36).
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Christine Weinreich » Track and Field
Aimee Dewante » Swimming
Nichole Worden » Track and Field
Alex Ramirez, a 2009 AllWestern State Conference First Team centerfielder, hit .341 and had an onbase percentage of .400. She led the team with 10 runs scored and was third with four runs batted in. She also led the team with nine stolen bases. Her career batting average (.374) and on-base percentage (.446) both rank in the top three all-time at Cuesta.
Christine Weinreich, who entered her sophomore season on the track team as the greatest thrower in Cuesta College history, increased her status during the spring. Weinreich broke her own record in the hammer twice during the season. On March 27, she broke her sixth Cuesta record at the Santa Barbara Easter Relays. Her toss of 154-6.5 was also the best mark in the Southern California Region in 2010.
Freshman swimmer Aimee Dewante had a standout freshman season. She won a title at the 2010 Western State Conference Championships and set a school record in the 200 individual medley (2:12.63). She also finished second in the 500 and third in the 1,650 freestyle at the WSC Championships and qualified for the CCCAA State Championships in all three events in addition to the 800-freestyle relay.
Nicole Worden, a sophomore pole vaulter, reached the All-State level. Worden qualified for the 2010 CCCAA State Track and Field Championships, ranking fifth in the state. She finished second at the meet, with teammate Sara Pizzo following close behind at third. Worden helped lead the team to a sixth-place finish at the Western State Conference and 13th place at the 2010 CCCAA State Track and Field Championships.
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Sunday, December 5 • 7:00 pm • SLO United Methodist Church
The Cuesta Wind Ensemble
Wednesday, December 8 • 7:30 pm • Atascadero United Methodist Church
Cuesta Dance Showcase
Thursday, December 9 • 7:30 pm / Friday, December 10 • 7:30 pm SLO Campus, CPAC Experimental Theater
Cuesta Jazz Ensembles
Friday, December 10 • 7:30 pm • SLO Campus, CPAC Main Stage
Cuesta Choirs Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 11 • 7:30 pm • SLO Campus, CPAC Main Stage
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