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GB News: From the Southwestern Community College District Governing Board

President's Message

Governing Board President Tim Nader

It’s going to be a busy summer at Southwestern College.

Southwestern College is the only local college offering a comprehensive summer session. In spite of budget constraints, we are honoring our original plan to provide summer courses to our students who need them for graduation.

We realize that obtaining courses will be challenging: our applications are up 70 percent and wait lists are long. But we must do our part to make courses available for students looking to complete their degrees, transfer or move into the workforce.

Full President's Message

New Boats, Equipment for Crown Cove

Sailboat on San Diego BayKayaking. Surfing. Paddleboarding. Take a class at the College District's Crown Cove Aquatic Center.

During its meeting, the Board approved an agreement with the California Department of Boating and Waterways to fund new equipment, including stand-up paddleboards and life vets.

The award will also help local students participate in the Center's fee-based summer Adventure Day Camp or boating activities.

Located on the Silver Strand State Beach in Coronado, Crown Cove offers water safety training programs including lifeguard, CPR and first aid certification, and Marine Safety Service in addition to Southwestern College credit courses.


Employee Spotlight

The Board welcomed four new members to the Southwestern College family on Wednesday night, including:
  • Rizza Dela Cuadra, Accountant in Financial Services
  • Olimpia Reyes, Accountant in Financial Services
  • Desiree Dolores, Project Technician in the Small Business Development Center Network
  • Maria del Rosario Knoll, CCAMPIS Grant Project Clerk in the Child Development Center
Daniel, Olimpia and Desiree are filling replacement positions and Maria's position is grant-funded. The Board welcomes them to the College District.

The Board also established two new, grant-funded positions: Project Small Business Advisor and Project Clerk in the Small Business Development Center.
The Sun Keeps Shining

The Sun staff members at the board meeting. The Southwestern College Sun newspaper was honored at this month's Board meeting for winning the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award for Best All-around Non-Daily Student Newspaper, Affiliated Website and Student Magazine in Region 11.

The region includes Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and the Northern Mariana Islands. More than 4,000 entries were received across the SPJ's 12 regions.

This year, the Sun has already been awarded:Image from The Sun's website
  • National Community College Newspaper of Year: National Newspaper Association
  • California Community College Newspaper of the Year: California Newspaper Publishers Association
  • First Place Community College Newspaper: American Scholastic Press Association
  • Pacesetter Award and General Excellence: Journalism Association of Community Colleges
  • Gold Medal Award: Columbia University Scholastic Press Association
  • Second Place, U.S.: National Newspaper Association
Handing Over the Reins

During the May meeting, Southwestern Community College District Administrators Association (SCCDAA) President Terry Davis announced his intention to step down after three years. During that time, Davis has helped SCCDAA speak on behalf of the College District's administrators and work collaboratively with our constituencies for students' benefit.

Departing Student Trustee / ASO President Manny Lopez Jr.May was also the last meeting for the current Associated Student Organization leadership team, including Student Trustee and ASO President Manny Lopez, Jr. and Vice President Nick Serrano; election results were described to the Board that night. "You all make me feel like home and family and that's how it should be," Lopez said at the meeting.

The Board congratulates Terry Davis and the outgoing ASO for all their contributions to Southwestern College.



Next meeting: May 11, 2011Policy Briefs

Among the action at the meeting, the Board held first reading on policies related to agendas and procedures on agendas and a College District code of ethics.


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