JPL RESEARCHER TO SPEAK
AT MISSION COLLEGE GRADUATION
Farisa Morales, a Mission College
graduate and astrophysics researcher with the Spitzer Space Telescope
project, will be the featured speaker on June 8 when Los Angeles Mission
College awards diplomas to nearly 350 degree candidates.
Morales graduated magna cum laude from Mission College in 1999 with an
Associates Degree in liberal arts, emphasis in math. She continued
her studies at UCLA, where last year she earned her Bachelor of Science
degree in astrophysics. She is currently enrolled in the Masters
program in physics at California State University, Northridge.
Morales balances her studies with a busy schedule as a researcher with
the Spitzer Space Telescope project at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena.
The high-tech infrared eyes of this extraordinary telescope in space observe
galaxies, infant stars and newly forming planetary systems that have escaped
the view of other observatories. Morales has been a researcher on various
space projects at JPL since 2000.
A mother of two young children and wife of a Sylmar businessman, Morales
is proud of the fact that she has achieved all of her educational and
professional goals as a working mom. A typical day finds Morales preparing
her young son and daughter for school, driving to CSUN for classes, trekking
to JPL for work and meetings, and returning home to attend to family.
She also helps her husband run a small business.
Morales will speak to a class that will include 348 degree candidates,
71 percent of them women. The ages of the graduates range from 17 to 71,
with the greatest number 61 percent falling into the 21-to-30-year-old
age bracket. Cindy Schauer, a child development major, is the class valedictorian.
This years salutatorian is Iva Kremsa, who has earned her degree
in interior design.
Commencement will begin at 5 p.m. on the campus Quad.
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