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									                                       Board of Governors
                                 California Community Colleges
                                        July 14-15, 2003


  RECOGNITIONS                                                                         10
  Presentation:   Thomas J. Nussbaum, Chancellor




Issue

This item identifies a number of individuals and community college programs that have recently
received recognition.


El Camino College Police Chief Michael D’Amico was recently recognized by MADD
(Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for his work in keeping drunk and drug-impaired drivers off
the road.

D’Amico was awarded the “MADD California Hero Award” at the annual Statewide Law
Enforcement and Community Recognition Dinner in Sacramento. More than 400 people were
on hand to congratulate those who work daily to prevent alcohol-related traffic crashes.

At El Camino College, D’Amico initiated a program to send all officers and supervisors in the
campus police department to an intense, five-day course on DUI enforcement. The chief has
also served as a liaison between the South Bay Chiefs’ Committee and the South Bay DUI Task
Force, keeping the local chiefs briefed on the activities and the progress of the task force.

In addition to organizing a South Bay DUI Awareness Day on the El Camino College campus
where officers from all South Bay agencies answered student questions, D’Amico always finds
time to work with officers in the field to remove impaired drivers from the road.

Funding for the MADD recognition program is provided by a grant from the California Office of
Traffic Safety through the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

MADD is a non-profit organization with approximately 2 million members and supporters, with
600 affiliates nationwide. MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this
violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.

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For the second year in a row, the Mt. San Antonio College Flying Team won honors as the Top
Community College in the United States at the Intercollegiate Flying Association’s national
competition. The event was held at the University of North Dakota late this summer.
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The top flying teams from 20 colleges and universities competed in the national air meet,
including teams from Ohio State, Embry-Riddle University, the U.S. Air Force Academy,
Southern Illinois University and others.

In the community college competition, Mt. SAC won first place over Caldwell Community
College. Overall, Mt. SAC placed tenth among community colleges and universities.

Individually, Mt. SAC’s Kristi Rodriguez of Covina took honors as the overall second-place
competitor among women.

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Former California State Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg has demonstrated his
commitment to community colleges, and his work will continue far into the future.

Los Angeles Valley College has named its new $34 million library, which will be under
construction by 2005, the Robert M. Hertzberg Library and Resource Center. Hertzberg has
donated an initial gift of $100,000 to launch a $1 million endowment campaign to fund programs
and services in the facility.

“I pledged to raise this money [to] make a statement about the importance of community
colleges,” Hertzberg said at the naming ceremony. “Hopefully, I will serve as a catalyst for
other public officials to make the same commitment to education.”

“Bob was a champion for community colleges while he was in the Legislature,” said LAVC
President Tyree Wieder. “He put us on the map and elevated the public’s perception of our
value.”

The Hertzberg Library will be open to the community and will feature a large selection of books
and reference materials, state-of-the-art computer labs with Internet access, a tutoring center, and
LAVC’s Historical Museum.

                                         *       *       *

Orange Coast College created a nautical … er, novel … way of saving classes slated for
elimination because of the budget cuts. The college raised $63,587 at its spring boat auction and
marine gear sale in early June. The sale, which is annually sponsored by the college’s School of
Sailing and Seamanship, usually raises funds for the sailing program, but this year’s profits will
be used to put classes back into the college’s credit-course schedule for 2003-04.

Because of the state’s severe financial crisis, OCC is facing a cut of between 500 and 1,000
course sections next year.




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“This year’s sale will allow us to put 21 classes back into our schedule, positively impacting
more than 600 students,” said Douglas C. Bennett, director of OCC’s Foundation. “These are
21 classes that, without the boat sale, would not have been offered.”

The auction attracted a crowd in excess of 400. Attendees were able to bid on boats, kayaks,
rowing sculls, sails, riggings, electronics, life rafts, outboards, inflatables, dinghies, and a host of
other nautical items. Most of the items were donated by the general public.

                                           *       *       *

Cabrillo College Psychology Instructor Lynne Ann DeSpelder and her writing partner,
Cabrillo alumnus Albert Lee Strickland, work to educate the public about the subject of death
through writing, teaching, and music. The Association for Death Education and Counseling
(ADEC) acknowledged the pair’s efforts recently, when the group presented DeSpelder and
Strickland with the Death Education Award for significant contributions to the field of death and
loss. ADEC is the major North American organization of professionals in the fields of death,
dying and grief, and its members number around 2,000.

DeSpelder teaches the popular interdisciplinary Death and Dying course at Cabrillo College. The
class looks at death and grieving from multiple perspectives, incorporating psychology, history,
and cross-cultural studies. Students explore the way in which individual experience and culture
influence aspects of death, including grieving, funeral rites, care of the dying, and medical
ethics.

An educator, author and counselor, DeSpelder first developed the Death and Dying class at
Cabrillo College in 1975. DeSpelder eventually decided to write her own text for the course,
rather than assigning students a lengthy booklist in order to cover all the necessary material. This
led to her collaboration with author and editor Strickland. First published in 1983, The Last
Dance: Encountering Death and Dying is currently in its sixth edition and has become the best-
selling textbook in its field.

Strickland has a degree in religious studies from UC Santa Cruz, and has published articles on
communication and death, and children and death, as well as several books on family studies and
family life education. A former editor of the ADEC newsletter, Strickland also writes and
performs blues and gospel songs related to the themes of loss and grief.

In addition to Last Dance, DeSpelder and Strickland edited the anthology The Path Ahead:
Readings in Death and Dying, and have contributed other works to the field of death studies. All
of these works contributed to the pair’s honor from ADEC, which is based on peer nomination,
and therefore particularly meaningful.

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El Camino College student and Rancho Palos Verdes resident Mibo Sohn recently won the title
of Miss Korea of Southern California for 2003 in a regional contest.



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As part of her official duties, Sohn, 20, will travel to Seoul, Korea, to represent the Southern
California Korean community in the national Miss Korea Pageant. She is studying
communications and business at El Camino College and plans to transfer to a four-year
university when she graduates.

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The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), Pacific Region, has selected Dr.
William M. Vega, Chancellor of the Coast Community College District, as the 2003 Chief
Executive Officer of the Year. Vega has served as chancellor of the District for 10 years.

An educator for 31 years, Vega began his career with Coast Community College District 18
years ago as president of Coastline Community College. As chancellor, he serves as the
District’s CEO and is responsible for a three-college district that employs more than 5,000 full
and part-time faculty and staff and has an annual budget of over $200 million.

Vega was selected for his many accomplishments over the past decade, including his role as a
pioneer of distance learning and the use of technology to expand access to higher education to
students from all walks of life. While serving as President of Coastline, Vega’s visionary
leadership helped re-launch a fledgling distance learning operation into what is now considered
one of the top three producers of high-quality telecourses in the world.

Vega has served on the board of directors of such diverse organizations as the Naval Post
Graduate School, the American Association of Community Colleges, the College Board and the
Harvard University Educational Management Institute.

The ACCT Chief Executive Officer Award of the Year is awarded each year to a CEO in each of
ACCT’s five regions. Vega will be honored at a ceremony at the ACCT Leadership Conference
in San Francisco on June 27. As the Pacific Region CEO of the Year, he is now nominated for
the national CEO award.

                                        *       *      *

Saddleback College music professor Alvin Brightbill provided Rodney Dangerfield’s operatic
voice in the 2002 movie, “The 4th Tenor,” which will be released on video and DVD July 14.
This is not the first time Brightbill has been heard, but not seen. In the late 1970s, he provided
the character of Carmine Ragusa with a fabulous tenor voice in an episode of television’s
“Laverne & Shirley.”

Brightbill, a tenor, is a frequent guest soloist with national symphonies, chorales, and opera
companies, and was part of the chorale that performed Verdi’s “Requiem” at a special Papal
Mass for the ordination of new cardinals in Rome in 2001. He has been on the faculty at
Saddleback College since 1975, and is also an adjunct professor of voice at UC Irvine.

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Chris Constantin, president of the West Valley-Mission Community College District Board
of Trustees, recently received the Gold Award from San Jose State University. This honor is
given annually to outstanding graduates.

Constantin, who graduated from SJSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Systems
Engineering, is a performance auditor for the city of San Jose, and is attending the police
academy in San Jose in his spare time.

The youngest recipient of the Gold Award, Constantin says West Valley College started him on
his career path.

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San Diego City College was the only California college to place nationally in the top three for
both two-year and four-year colleges in the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) USA National
Exposition, held in May in Kansas City, Missouri.

During national competition, each SIFE Team presented 24-minute multi-media summaries of
the educational outreach projects they developed and implemented throughout the year. The
City College SIFE Team competed against 47 teams, representing nearly 2,500 students from
around the country. Judging panels were drawn from more than 900 of the nation’s top business
and community leaders.

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1,400 college and university campuses in 33 countries,
SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to
provide students the opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and
communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.


Staff:   Kirsten Macintyre
         Public Information Officer




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