in DEC 08
- news from the -
OFFICE of INSTRUCTION
We are proud to introduce inViTATiOn
troductions the newest member of our
Merced College Community!
date: january 14, 2008
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Staff dining room
Adjunct professors are invited to attend
the spring ’09 Adjunct Orientation. This is a
good opportunity to meet your colleagues
INSIGHT: We will be offering three valuable work-
a message from Dr. Tortorici shops for you to attend. Each workshop will
be approximately 20 minutes long. If you
- V.P. of Instruction have never attended an adjunct orienta-
INSPIRE: tion before you will even get paid (one
hour) for coming and enjoying yourself!
Student Athlete Spotlight: Chase Tafoya
Tiara Dunson Dinner will provided to the first 75 who RSVP
Stage Technician I and attend the workshops. The dinner this
with the Merced College Diagnostic M y love and passion since the age of
three has been art. I am drawn to
people’s faces and enjoy painting large
semester will be provided by TAHER Cam-
pus Dining and will feature Country Smoked
Honey Glazed Ham.
Radiology Technology Program scale portraits in acrylic. Many people have The agenda will be as follows:
- 2nd place in a state wide 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
membership drive been influential regarding development of
my style of artwork. Two particular indi- Key, Parking Permit, Contract Information,
INFORM: viduals stand out - Jamey Brzezinski and and Informational Flyers
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Dr. Max Hallman Cheryl Barnett. I had the good fortune
-presents paper at the to receive instruction from both while at-
6:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Central Valley Philosophy tending Merced College. Each has given
Welcome by Dr. Marianne Tortorici
Association conference me guidance, honest feedback, and incred-
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jamey Brzezinski 1st Workshop
- acknowledged for achievements I consider myself very fortunate to have All Professors: SLO’s
shown my artwork not only locally, but in 2nd Workshop
INCLUDING... cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, All Professors: ITS Information
Spring 09 Community Services and New York. I have also been featured in 3rd Workshop
- Upcoming Trips & Events a couple of art magazines. Currently, I am - New Credit Professors:
The Color Purple: working on a new series for a two person
show next year in LA. - Non-Credit Professors:
- A Wonderful Experience! Non-Credit Workshop
Dates To Remember I’m excited to be a part of the Merced
College family, and look forward to meet- We hope to see you there!
ing everyone in the future. Thank you!
a message from Dr. Marianne Tortorici
V.P. of Instruction
Greetings from the Office of Instruction. I can’t believe we
are completing the Fall 2008 semester. This has been an in-
teresting semester. The implementation of the new reorga-
nization, the addition of so many new faculty and managers,
and the continued record growth we are experiencing have
been our greatest challenges.
I would like to express my appreciation to all the faculty and
staff who have helped make this semester a success. As one
of the new members of our team, I have enjoyed meeting and Student Athlete Spotlight: Tiara Dunson
interacting with all the divisions and areas of the college. I
have found the Merced College employees to be extremely T his edition’s Student Athlete Spotlight shines
on Merced College’s Women’s Basketball
Point Guard Tiara Dunson. Tiara comes to us
dedicated to the College and community. Everyone has made
from Tracey West High School in Tracey Califor-
me feel welcomed and embraced me as part of their commu-
nia. Though she was accepted into UCLA out
nity. I know that if I am receiving such a warm welcome, that of High School but she had dreams of playing
our students experience the same caring from the instructors college basketball so she decided to fulfill that
dream and chose to attend Merced College
and staff members they encounter.
and play on Allen Huddleston’s team.
Although we will be entering budget cuts in the coming year, Tiara is not only a gifted student and athlete; she
our college is one of the more fortunate in that the conser- is also heavily involved in various community ser-
vice activities as well. The most significant being
vative spending and wise planning has resulted in us having
a Gospel Play depicting the life of her mother
a fiscal reserve that will help us through this year will little and her three year battle with cancer. The play
sacrifice compared to many of our sister institutions. was entitled “Touch” which was created by Ti-
ara and her father. The play not only provided
As we enter the season of giving and caring, I hope all of you entertainment but educated the audience
about the devastating effects of cancer and
have safe and happy holidays. Let us remember those in our the disease’s disregard to age, sex or race. The
community and country who are less fortunate then us and goal of the play was to raise an overall aware-
are experiencing the loss of jobs or homes or both. One of ness and informing people that anyone can
get the disease. She has also volunteered with
the things that I think we can be proud of is that the Mer- the American Cancer Society making quilts for
ced College is one of the few bright spots in these sad times cancer patients, survivors, and in remembrance
as we have the key to help those in need by providing them of those lost in the struggle. Tiara states “Serv-
ing the community and volunteering my servic-
education and careers that will provide a means for our com- es has given me a different view of life. I have
munity and country return to prosperity. learned that as an individual you should strive to
influence others lives in a positive way because
I hope you enjoy our second newsletter. As always we would building strong relationships and helping others
like to invite you to submit news and comments for our next will bring true happiness.
newsletter. Merced College Office of Instruction congratu-
lates Tiara Dunson for her Leadership both on
the court, in school, and as an outstanding
Dr. Marianne Tortorici community volunteer.
IN struction line www.mccd.edu
instep - With the Merced college
diagnostic radiology technology PrograM
The Merced College Diagnostic Radiology Technology Pro-
gram came in 2nd place in a state wide membership drive to
sign up new members to the state professional organization,
the California Society for Radiologic Technologists (CSRT).
Twenty-one RT schools from all over the state participated in the drive. The drive was a great success, garnering 249 CSRT members (230 new and
19 renewals). The winning RT Programs were: First Place, Los Angeles City College; Second Place: Merced College; and Third Place, Pasadena City
College. Merced College’s intern and sophomore RT classes are to be commended for their enthusiasm in getting area wide radiographers to join
our professional organization. For their efforts, the Merced College RT Program will receive $500.
The top most membership gatherer for our program goes to the tenacious MaryAnn Marchese. MaryAnn is to be commended for not only signing
up the most memberships but for unselfishly giving the extra credits points that were given to participating students to a fellow classmate that had
been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and was struggling to maintain his placement in the program.
The winning schools will receive their awards at the Annual CSRT Conference to be held on November 15, in Los Angeles. All four of the RT instruc-
tors, Judy Rose, Shelley Donnelly, Amrit Badhesha and Praneet Sharma will be attending this conference to accept this award, along with four RT
students. Two of these students, Tonya Mundello and Brooke Paden will be submitting a scientific display while Jose Serna and Navin Prasad have
volunteered to assist with the CSRT Conference.
Dr. Max Hallman presents paper at the
Central Valley Philosophy Association conference
Dr. Max Hallman of the Philosophy Department presented a paper at the Central Valley Philosophy As-
sociation conference held recently at UC, Merced. The title of the paper was “Overcoming Racism: Philo-
sophical Reflections.” The conference also included papers by Dr. Mariana Anagnostopoulos of the CSU,
Fresno Philosophy Department and Dr. Rolf Johannson of the UC, Merced Philosophy Department.
The main goals of the Central Valley Philosophy Association are to encourage research and to facilitate
dialogue among members of the Philosophy Departments in California’s Central Valley.
Next year’s Central Valley Philosophy Association conference will be hosted by Merced College.
Merced college office of instruction acknoWledges tHe
acHieveMents of Professor JaMey Brzezinski, art dePartMent
Merced College Office of Instruction is proud to acknowledge Professor Jamey Brzezinski,
Art Department, and all of his achievements.
Fall 2009 has been a busy semester for Jamey Brzezinski. Jamey was awarded the Merced
County Arts Council “Arts Angel Award” for his volunteer work over the past two years as
curator of the Merced Multicultural Art Center galleries. He also received an Award of Merit
in the 11th annual Arts on Fire exhibition at the Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, CA.
Jamey was asked to write an article about making art in space which is titled “There Be
Humans There”, a short story about making art glass on the moon. This story will be published
in an anthology which will be called Life in Space. This project grew out of a think tank project
at the Ames Research Laboratory in which environmentalists, physicists, psychologists, and
others speculate about human adaption to life “off-planet”. The working group was initially
formed under the auspices of the National Science Foundation.
Last but never least the Art Departments Drawing I class, is being used by several Bay Area
community colleges as a model for a transferable, IGETC studio art course.
Congratulations Jamey on your awards, story, and your contributions on the design and
coordination of the Drawing I class that has made it a model to the colleges of California.
“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter
than our progress in education.”- John F. Kennedy
Upcoming Trips & Events
Yosemite Snowshoe Hike
Saturday, January 31, 2009,
7:00AM – 7:00PM
$90, includes transportation, tour, lunch
DATES TO REMEMBER
Pebble Beach Adjunct Orientation
Friday, February 13, 2009, 1/15 & 16/09
6:00AM – 9:00PM Flex days
$90, includes transportation, admission, 1/19/09
and refreshments Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
dodge ridge Ski Trip Instruction Begins
Saturday, February 28, 2009,
7:00AM – 7:30PM
$90, includes transportation, lift ticket,
equipment and lessons (if needed)
Fiddler on the roof Musical
Saturday, March 28, 2009,
9:00AM – 6:00PM he color Purple: A Wonderful experience!
$65, includes transportation, admission, by: Charlene Reed
On Saturday, November 15th, Merced in the show. The performers were inde-
Grease Musical in San Francisco College Community Service offered a bus scribable in their portrayals of the charac-
Saturday, April 18, 2009, trip to Old Town Sacramento and to see ters. Their songs reverberated throughout
7:00AM – 7:00PM the Broadway show “The Color Purple”. It the theater and at some points made my
$95, includes transportation, ticket,
and refreshments has been many years since I have seen a heart stop with the emotions that were
musical or a play, so I was looking forward brought out.
Hairspray @ the new Gallo Arts center to this trip.
Sunday, May 10, 2009, 10:00AM – 7:00PM Laughter rang throughout the theater
$70, includes transportation, ticket, Since this was my first experience on a bus when Sofie made a statement about
and refreshments trip I was not sure what to expect. It turned staying with her husband when he tried
out to be a wonderful experience. to hit her, then she would exclaim “Hell
union Street Festival
No”. Tears came to my eyes when Mis-
Saturday, June 6, 2009, 7:00AM – 7:00PM We started by meeting next to the MC ter refused to let Celie see or correspond
$55, includes transportation, admission
and refreshments Theater and getting on the bus at 8:00am. with her sister Nettie. However, a great
Community Services staff were there to joy was felt for Celie when she made it big
The Lion King Broadway meet and greet us. We stopped in Turlock with her designer pants. An overwhelm-
Saturday, June 27, 2009, to pick up an additional passenger, and ing happiness at the end of the show was
7:00AM – 10:00 PM we were then on our way. We were given felt when she is reunited with her sister, her
$99, includes transportation, admission,
and refreshments coffee and donuts to start off our day. son Adam, and her daughter Olivia. We
left the theater around 5:00pm and ar-
San Francisco Giants Baseball Trips We arrived in Old Town Sacramento, we rived home about 7:30pm.
Saturdays, 7:00AM – 7:00PM had a few free hours to do as we wished.
Giants vs. Phillies, August 1 My husband and I found a leather shop For my first bus trip with MC Community
Giants vs. Dodgers, Sept 12 that had all sorts of leather products for Services I have to say it was a wonderful
$80, includes transportation and ticket $20.00 and under. We then found a little trip. Would I do it again? YES! I hope
pizza place that had a buffet lunch. We there will be many more trips to come in
Tour to new england
enjoyed fresh salad, rigatoni, spaghetti, the future. I encourage all to experience
Oct 10 – 17, 2009 macaroni and cheese, and a variety of a trip sponsored by Community Services.
$2,249 per person, double occupancy
or $2,899 single occupancy pizzas. After that we walked around and
*Includes round-trip airfare from Fresno, air found the old general store where they
taxes & fees. With a group of 10 passen-
gers traveling, round-trip airport transpor- sold old metal dishes, pots and pans. REP
tation is included too! CO
After lunch we headed to the Sacramen-
For more information on the above trips
to Community Center Theater to see “The
or to reserve a seat, Color Purple”. The show was spectacu-
please call 384-6224. lar. We (the audience) laughed and ex-
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