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GB News: From the Southwestern Community College District Governing Board

President's Message

Governing Board President Tim Nader

By now you have undoubtedly heard the news: the probationary status hanging over our accreditation has been lifted! 

Many long hours of work this year by faculty, students, staff and administration, working together with a new sense of teamwork and incredible dedication, achieved what some doubted was possible.  On behalf of the Board and the entire community, thank you to each person who worked extra hours and gave of their talent and time to make this happen.

Welcome, Madame President

Claudia Duran is sworn in by Board President Tim NaderIn May, the College District held its annual student elections, a chance for new leadership to serve its peers and reinvigorate the student body with fresh, innovative ideas. During the June meeting, Board President Nader swore in Associated Student Organization President Claudia Duran as Student Board Member. Duran’s term expires June 2012.

"I’m really happy to be here," Duran told the Board. " I look forward to working hard with the Governing Board for our students."

The new ASO also includes Executive Vice President Candy Arias; Social Vice President Angel Castro; Vice President for Club Affairs Tameika Guerrero; Vice President for Public Relations Gustavo Perez; Treasurer Angela Ramirez; and Secretary Paulina Tejeda. Learn more about the ASO.

Proposition R

Corner Lot renderingOn Wednesday, June 1, the Board convened a special meeting focused on Proposition R. Its goal is to operate the College District’s bond program with greater transparency, keeping the public informed about expenditures, contracts and construction timelines. The Board heard a report that included information about the program’s largest project – the corner lot development. The Board will continue dialog at its July 11 study session, when several decisions regarding the phasing and project scope will be made.

On November 4, 2008, voters residing within the Southwestern Community College District passed Proposition R, a $389 million dollar bond measure which authorizes funding for needed repairs, upgrades and new construction projects.  The bond was passed by 71.4 percent.

The Board is currently seeking applicants to serve on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Visit for more information.

During its June 8 meeting, the Board also created a subcommittee to consider packaged labor agreements on bond-funded projects. The subcommittee will include Trustees Nader and Valladolid and members representing a wide range of views from the community. More information will follow as the subcommittee is identified and begins its work.

Policy Briefs

Next meeting: July 13, 2011In addition to approving the tentative budget, the Board approved policies and procedures dealing with agendas. It held a first reading on the following:


  • The Southwestern Community College District (description of the institution in written documents)
  • Delegation of Authority to the Superintendent/President
  • Student Learning Outcomes and Administrative Unit Outcomes Assessment
  • Student News Media and Journalism Publications
  • Faculty Recognition Award
  • Course Adds and Drops
  • Professional Development


  • Code of Ethics

Employee of the Quarter

Sylvia Banda-Ramirez Let’s congratulate Sylvia Banda-Ramirez, Senior Project Clerk in the Center for Technical Education & Career Success and Women’s Resource Center (CTECS/WRC), as the College District’s Employee of the Quarter for July – September 2011.

Sylvia began her career at Southwestern College in January 1997 as a Clerical Assistant II in the Counseling Center. In December 1998 she became a Clerical Assistant III and joined the CTECS/WRC as a Senior Project Clerk in December 2005.

“Sylvia has worked in student services for 18 years, yet each day is like new as she exhibits zest for her work,” one nomination read. “I know she truly cares about the work she does. She cares when she prepares for Women’s History Month. She cares when my students need immediate help on counseling,” read another.

Employee Spotlight

The Board welcomed two new members to the Southwestern College family in June:

  • Anngelia Creighton, Training Services Coordinator
  • Benny Seaberry, Ed.D., Director of Information Technology

Both Anngelia and Benny are filling replacement positions.

Gifts to Support Great Minds

The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering (MSE) has a vision: Provide an opportunity for all MSE majors to do research or an internship in his or her field of study. Thanks to Southwestern College’s strong relationship with the Lipp Family Foundation, Dean Kathy Tyner and her faculty and staff are making good on that goal.

Since 2006, the Lipp Foundation has provided the College $240,000 in scholarships to help aspiring scientists and technical thinkers. That translates into 40 scholarships and 91 research internships over 5 years. The Board accepted $10,000 in new funding at its meeting and thanked the Lipp Foundation for their continued generosity.

The Board also accepted other gifts to support student learning and safety:

  • Eight PC computers, donated by David Le Blanc, Audioserv, for the Electronics Department in the School of Business, Professional & Technical Education
  • A 1998 Ford Crown Victoria Police Patrol Vehicle, donated by the National City Police Department for the Police Academy at the Higher Education Center, Otay Mesa
  • A Urine Analyzer and Micro-Hematocrit Centrifuge, donated by San Diego/Imperial Health Workforce Initiative for the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, at the Higher Education Center, National City
  • Emergency supplies and storage, donated by the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services for emergency drills and emergencies

A Tradition of Service: Honoring Our Retirees

Celebrating retirement at the Ice Cream Social on June 23As part of the College District’s Supplemental Early Retirement Program, many of Southwestern College’s brightest and longest-serving employees have retired or resign. All combined, they have served the students of Southwestern College for more than 950 years.

During the June meeting, Board members and College District leadership alike took time to acknowledge their extraordinary service to and impact on the institution.

“Thank you on behalf of the Board and community to all these people for the combined centuries of service they have put in,” Nader said.

Retiring are:

  • Richard Allen Sr.
  • Irma Alvarez
  • Patricia Axsom
  • Russell Bonine
  • Diane Branman
  • Corey Breininger
  • Brent Chartier
  • Kenneth Clark
  • Gloria Deleon
  • Helen Elias
  • Robert Flores
  • Mariana Gomez
  • Rosalinda Gonzalez
  • James Hammond
  • Gregory Hazlett
  • Irene Hollman
  • James Jimenez
  • Rosa Jimenez
  • Cheryl Johnson
  • Gloria Johnson
  • Vern Jorgensen
  • Patricia Kelly (Professor)
  • Patricia Kelly (Administrative Secretary)
  • Steve Kowit
  • Ann Lindshield
  • Alana-Patris Loyer
  • Debra Mchorney
  • Shery Medler
  • Thomas Neiswonger
  • Jackie Osborne
  • Michael Riddle
  • Edith Ruvalcaba
  • Monika Saucedo
  • Michael Schnorr
  • Meredith Sinclair
  • Walter Smith
  • Barbara Speidel-Haughey
  • Linda Thrower
  • Eileen Zamora

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