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INSIGHT: a message from Dr. Tortorici INSPIRE: Student Athlete Spotlight: INSTEP: with the Merced College Diagnostic Radiology Technology Program
- 2nd place in a state wide membership drive Tiara Dunson - V.P. of Instruction

DEC 08 JAN 09

We are proud to introduce the newest member of our Merced College Community!

AdjuncT OrIenTATIOn
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 and administrators. We will be offering three valuable workshops for you to attend. Each workshop will be approximately 20 minutes long. If you have never attended an adjunct orientation before you will even get paid (one hour) for coming and enjoying yourself! Dinner will provided to the first 75 who RSVP and attend the workshops. The dinner this semester will be provided by TAHER Campus Dining and will feature Country Smoked Honey Glazed Ham. The agenda will be as follows: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Key, Parking Permit, Contract Information, and Informational Flyers 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Dinner 6:45 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome by Dr. Marianne Tortorici 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 1st Workshop All Professors: SLO’s 2nd Workshop All Professors: ITS Information 3rd Workshop - New Credit Professors: Faculty Handbook - Non-Credit Professors: Non-Credit Workshop

-presents paper at the Central Valley Philosophy Association conference - acknowledged for achievements

INFORM: Dr. Max Hallman

Jamey Brzezinski

Chase Tafoya Stage Technician I y love and passion since the age of three has been art. I am drawn to people’s faces and enjoy painting large scale portraits in acrylic. Many people have been influential regarding development of my style of artwork. Two particular individuals stand out - Jamey Brzezinski and Cheryl Barnett. I had the good fortune to receive instruction from both while attending Merced College. Each has given me guidance, honest feedback, and incredible support.


INCLUDING... Spring 09 Community Services
- Upcoming Trips & Events - A Wonderful Experience!

The Color Purple:

I consider myself very fortunate to have shown my artwork not only locally, but in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. I have also been featured in a couple of art magazines. Currently, I am working on a new series for a two person show next year in LA. I’m excited to be a part of the Merced College family, and look forward to meeting everyone in the future. Thank you!

Dates To Remember

We hope to see you there!

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 interesting semester. The implementation of the new reorganization, 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 interacting with all the divisions and areas of the college. I have found the Merced College employees to be extremely dedicated to the College and community. Everyone has made me feel welcomed and embraced me as part of their community. I know that if I am receiving such a warm welcome, that our students experience the same caring from the instructors and staff members they encounter. Although we will be entering budget cuts in the coming year, our college is one of the more fortunate in that the conservative spending and wise planning has resulted in us having a fiscal reserve that will help us through this year will little sacrifice compared to many of our sister institutions. As we enter the season of giving and caring, I hope all of you have safe and happy holidays. Let us remember those in our community and country who are less fortunate then us and are experiencing the loss of jobs or homes or both. One of the things that I think we can be proud of is that the Merced College is one of the few bright spots in these sad times as we have the key to help those in need by providing them education and careers that will provide a means for our community and country return to prosperity. I hope you enjoy our second newsletter. As always we would like to invite you to submit news and comments for our next newsletter. Respectfully, Dr. Marianne Tortorici


his edition’s Student Athlete Spotlight shines on Merced College’s Women’s Basketball Point Guard Tiara Dunson. Tiara comes to us from Tracey West High School in Tracey California. Though she was accepted into UCLA out of High School but she had dreams of playing college basketball so she decided to fulfill that dream and chose to attend Merced College and play on Allen Huddleston’s team. Tiara is not only a gifted student and athlete; she is also heavily involved in various community service activities as well. The most significant being a Gospel Play depicting the life of her mother and her three year battle with cancer. The play was entitled “Touch” which was created by Tiara and her father. The play not only provided entertainment but educated the audience about the devastating effects of cancer and the disease’s disregard to age, sex or race. The goal of the play was to raise an overall awareness and informing people that anyone can get the disease. She has also volunteered with the American Cancer Society making quilts for cancer patients, survivors, and in remembrance of those lost in the struggle. Tiara states “Serving the community and volunteering my services has given me a different view of life. I have learned that as an individual you should strive to influence others lives in a positive way because building strong relationships and helping others will bring true happiness. Merced College Office of Instruction congratulates Tiara Dunson for her Leadership both on the court, in school, and as an outstanding community volunteer.


Student Athlete Spotlight: Tiara Dunson


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The Merced College Diagnostic Radiology Technology Program 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 instructors, 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.

- With the Merced college
 diagnostic radiology technology PrograM 

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 Association conference held recently at UC, Merced. The title of the paper was “Overcoming Racism: Philosophical 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

Spring 2009 Community Services Upcoming Trips & Events
Yosemite Snowshoe Hike
$90, includes transportation, tour, lunch and refreshments.

Adjunct Orientation

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 7:00AM – 7:00PM

$90, includes transportation, admission, and refreshments

Friday, February 13, 2009, 6:00AM – 9:00PM
dodge ridge Ski Trip

Pebble Beach

Flex days

1/15 & 16/09 1/19/09 1/20/09

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Instruction Begins

$90, includes transportation, lift ticket, equipment and lessons (if needed)

Saturday, February 28, 2009, 7:00AM – 7:30PM

Fiddler on the roof Musical
$65, includes transportation, admission, and refreshments

Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9:00AM – 6:00PM


he color Purple: A Wonderful experience!
by: Charlene Reed
in the show. The performers were indescribable in their portrayals of the characters. Their songs reverberated throughout the theater and at some points made my heart stop with the emotions that were brought out. Laughter rang throughout the theater when Sofie made a statement about staying with her husband when he tried to hit her, then she would exclaim “Hell No”. Tears came to my eyes when Mister refused to let Celie see or correspond with her sister Nettie. However, a great joy was felt for Celie when she made it big with her designer pants. An overwhelming happiness at the end of the show was felt when she is reunited with her sister, her son Adam, and her daughter Olivia. We left the theater around 5:00pm and arrived home about 7:30pm. For my first bus trip with MC Community Services I have to say it was a wonderful trip. Would I do it again? YES! I hope there will be many more trips to come in the future. I encourage all to experience a trip sponsored by Community Services.

Grease Musical in San Francisco
$95, includes transportation, ticket, and refreshments

Saturday, April 18, 2009, 7:00AM – 7:00PM

Hairspray @ the new Gallo Arts center

On Saturday, November 15th, Merced College Community Service offered a bus trip to Old Town Sacramento and to see the Broadway show “The Color Purple”. It has been many years since I have seen a musical or a play, so I was looking forward to this trip. Since this was my first experience on a bus trip I was not sure what to expect. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. We started by meeting next to the MC Theater and getting on the bus at 8:00am. Community Services staff were there to meet and greet us. We stopped in Turlock to pick up an additional passenger, and we were then on our way. We were given coffee and donuts to start off our day. We arrived in Old Town Sacramento, we had a few free hours to do as we wished. My husband and I found a leather shop that had all sorts of leather products for $20.00 and under. We then found a little pizza place that had a buffet lunch. We enjoyed fresh salad, rigatoni, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of pizzas. After that we walked around and found the old general store where they sold old metal dishes, pots and pans. After lunch we headed to the Sacramento Community Center Theater to see “The Color Purple”. The show was spectacular. We (the audience) laughed and exclaimed with “oh’s” during certain parts

Sunday, May 10, 2009, 10:00AM – 7:00PM
$70, includes transportation, ticket, and refreshments

Saturday, June 6, 2009, 7:00AM – 7:00PM
$55, includes transportation, admission and refreshments

union Street Festival

The Lion King Broadway
$99, includes transportation, admission, and refreshments

Saturday, June 27, 2009, 7:00AM – 10:00 PM

San Francisco Giants Baseball Trips
Giants vs. Phillies, August 1
	 Giants vs. Dodgers, Sept 12
 $80, includes transportation and ticket

Saturdays, 7:00AM – 7:00PM

Tour to new england
$2,249 per person, double occupancy or $2,899 single occupancy *Includes round-trip airfare from Fresno, air taxes & fees. With a group of 10 passengers traveling, round-trip airport transportation is included too!

Oct 10 – 17, 2009








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