AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS AND NEWS ABOUT
MISSION COLLEGE STUDENTS AND STAFF
all accounts, the recent election set various
voter turnout records. Mission College student
Nuñez deserves a share of the
credit. By her estimate, Nuñez, a Chicano
Studies major, registered at least 200 new voters
for the November election. "I always carried
registration forms in my car so that even if I
was just shopping, Id be ready to sign up
someone," she said. Nuñez began the
effort by joining the AFT-sponsored voter registration
drive. Soon, she was out on her own, asking instructors
to let her speak to their classes for five minutes,
stopping students on the Quad,
and, in the evenings and weekends, going door-to-door
in her neighborhood. When daughter
(also a Mission College student) joined the effort,
the pair found a whole new group of recruits among
Valeries "recently turned 18"
friends. Nuñez said she was motivated by
budget cuts which are driving poor students away
from higher education. "Political involvement
and registration are the only ways to address
that," she said. Noting that a number of
Mission College students not only registered for
the first time, but also signed up to serve as
poll workers, she said, "Its really
exciting to know that community college students
are getting more involved and expressing their
Mission College announced last month that it had
been awarded two grants totaling $2.8 million, only
a handful of people thought to congratulate
Young-Ji Lee. One of those was Edgardo
Zayas, dean of academic affairs. The way these
grants are announced, it almost seems like they
fall into our lap, he said. Many people
aren't aware of the hard work that goes into the
application. Zayas said Lee contributed significantly
to the two applications that won the college a five-year,
$2.5 million grant to fund academic improvement
programs under Title V and a three-year, $322 thousand
grant to guide students into the bio-medical field.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded both grants.
What's the secret to successful grant writing? Persistence,
said Lee, noting that the bio-med grant was funded
on the fourth try. Sometimes there's nothing
wrong with the application but it's just not the
right fit that year for the funding agency. The
next year, it is!
Mission College Chef Rudy
Garcia has done it again. Just one month
after being named "Chef of the Year" by
the Chefs de Cuisine Association of California,
he brought home a new honor to the campus. Garcia
won an individual Bronze Medal at the 21st International
Culinary Exhibition, or "Culinary Olympics,"
held in Erfurt, Germany last month. Garcia won in
the category of cold foods presentation, offering
a menu of Southwestern dishes. Known by its German
name, Olympiade der Köche, the quadrennial
Culinary Olympics was first held in 1896 and remains
one of the most prestigious cooking competitions
in the world.
Science and Engineering is involved with Mission
College in a big way: as LAMCs Project Management
firm for Proposition A and AA. But now, its
reaching out directly to students. Company president
Gastelum recently announced textbook
scholarships for students Veronica
Garcia (far left in photo) and Zarina
Gallardo (far right). Gastelum had
an opportunity to meet and congratulate the two
students personally at an informal tea arranged
by college President Adriana
Mission College students have a little extra change
in their pockets these days and a lot more
know-how thanks to internships sponsored
by Siemens Building Technologies. The students
recently completed the program designed to better
prepare them for careers in engineering and management.
Because the classes prevented the students from
working during the summer, they were given a stipend.
Photo, left to right, shows interns Joseph
Hanson, and Cesar
Martinez with Computer Club president
Alex Kucenski. Interns not pictured are James
August and Alex
alum of the Mission College Culinary Arts Institute
is making his mark in the world. Stephen
Gillanders, now a junior at the University
of Nevada, Las Vegas, recently cooked his way to
the national title of "Almost Famous Chef."
To claim the award, Gillanders had to face regional
winners from the nations top culinary schools.
One observer praised Gillanders for his creativity
and grace before a tough panel of judges. "The
heat of the competition helped me learn a lot about
my own capabilities under incredible pressure,"
he said. His rewards include a trip to the Italian
Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Italy, numerous
culinary products, a $1,000 prize and an appearance
on NBCs Today Show.
Photo courtesy of UNLV ]
College staff members are remembering Dr.
William Norlund, former college president,
who passed away on November 7. A lifelong educator,
Dr. Norlund began his career in the classroom as
an adjunct physics instructor at Pierce College
in 1967. After becoming a full time instructor,
Dr. Norlund served in a number of administrative
positions, including Vice President of Administration
and Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1995,
he was named the Acting President of Mission College
and, two years later, President. He held that position
until his retirement in 1999 but continued to serve
as an acting administrator at various colleges.
Pierce College President Dr.
Tom Oliver, who served alongside Dr.
Norlund, credits the late educator with helping
to pull Mission College through tough times following
a mid-90s budget crisis and drop in enrollment.
Donations may be made in Dr. Norlunds name
to the American Heart Association or the American