Focus on People

  AUGUST 2003  


Photo of Rudy De La Torre

Mission College has said farewell to five full-time faculty members who have retired. They include Rudy De La Torre (at left), chair of the Administration of Justice department, a member of the faculty since 1996 and employed with the district since 1986; Joe Flores, instructor of developmental communications, who was with the college since 1976; Ken Gorham, computer science and information technology department chair, who started with the district in 1972 and joined Mission College three years later; philosophy instructor Doug McFerran, who joined LAMC in 1998 but was with the district since 1969; and Ruth Suyama, history instructor, who joined the district in 1975 and came to Mission College in 1986.

Photo of Ruthie Grant
Mission College welcomes Ruthie Grant (at left) as a new full-time faculty member in English. Grant has been with the district for nine years and comes most recently from Trade Tech and Valley College. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Houston; a Master's degree in English and Humanities from Cal State, Dominguez Hills; and expects formal certification soon of her doctorate in social psychology from International University. Grant is the author of several books, the most recent one titled "I Thought I Was the Crazy One: 201 Ways to Identify and Deal with Toxic Personalities." The book, said Grant, deals with personality disorders, more specifically with "…people whose personalities poison their surroundings…(who) demand much, give little, and treat others shabbily."
Photo of James Noack
The documentary short film, "Life at Port" by multimedia student James Noack was accepted and featured in the 2003 "Films Up!" Huntington Beach Film Festival. Noack used his professional background in art to branch into video in producing the short documentary about the activities, lifestyles and people who work in the Los Angeles port area.
Photo of Susan & Julius Holtz

There was no question that Susan Holtz would create her own cake for her June wedding to Julius Weingart. Holtz, who teaches a cake decorating class at Mission College, felt that she needed to create her own cake and bridal bouquet as an expression of her talents as a baker and cake decorator. Each of the cake’s five tiers was embroidered with a royal icing floral in a heart motif. Holtz estimates that she put approximately 60 hours into the cake and bouquet. It was worth it. She reports that her guests were amazed at the life-like quality of the floral work and the overall cake design. Not to mention, she adds, that it tasted great!

Photo of Jesus "Jesse" Sanchez
The Mission College team came away with the most medals at the recent Las Vegas Culinary Challenge. LAMC culinary students and staff won four silver medals and eight bronze medals, as well as five honorable mentions. The event featured the country’s next generation of chefs competing for medals awarded by the American Culinary Federation. Mission College silver medallists included Chef Rudy Garcia, Stephen Gillanders, Joseph Perez, and Connie Vasquez. Chef Garcia also won a bronze medal. Other bronze medal winners included Hugo Avila, Karen Brooks, Michael Floyde, Jamahal Law, Carmen Quinter, Jesus Sanchez (in photo), and Jesse Tamoria. Competitors receiving honorable mention were Eva Hicks, Diana Jarquin, Aviana Medina, James Varbrough, and Olga Vorquatz.