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City College rolls out workforce preparation program for non-transferring students
Mahalie Oshiro | Staff Writer |firstname.lastname@example.org
City College introduced a pilot mentorship program this semester for students whose academic plans do not include transferring to a four-year university but would like to gain work experience or complete internships before entering the full-time workforce, according to Dr. Deborah Saks, City College business division office dean.
Saks said that after discussing the concept last fall it made sense to pilot the program in its developmental stages while ideas were fresh on the minds of those who would be creating and implementing the program on campus.
“It started as an idea in an advisory board meeting in October,” said Saks, “and we thought if put more thought into it, we would lose momentum.”
The mentorship program provides guidance through a series of workshops to students while searching for jobs in their fields of interest. Workshops also include general application assistance, building interview skills, and how to effective networking. The program’s goal is to connect students with mentors and eventually place them in internships that might lead to a job after the internship has ended.
City College student Shannon Tickner said she appreciates the value of the skills she’s learning through the program and is excited to put them to use.
“I went into this program because I know how hard it is to get a job right out of college,” Tickner said. “This mentorship program is a great opportunity to network and meet people to guide you in the right direction for getting a job within your industry.”
The program started with 10 student participants, and Saks said she hopes other students will hear about the program from those currently enrolled in it and will be interested in what it has to offer. According to Saks, student participation is done by faculty nomination, but students are not required to be of any particular mold for consideration.
“This program isn’t filled with people with 4.0 grade point averages,” said Saks, “but it doesn’t have the 0.9 students either. It’s a compliment to be chosen.”
Completing the program gives students the upper hand over job market competition, according to 21-year-old Zack Waller. The computer information science programming major said he will only benefit from taking the program.
“I’ve spent three years at City College, and I’m ready to move on,” said Waller. “I figured that the experience and advice they were offering would be beneficial to me in a job hunt and put me ahead of other candidates that are fresh out of college just like me.”
City College retirees honored
After 343 cumulative years of service, 15 faculty and staff say goodbye
Edwin Booze | Staff Writer |email@example.com
City College hosted a May 1 retirement reception to honor longtime employees retiring after years of dedication to higher education.
According to City College records, the 2012-2013 retiring honorees are:
Kathleen Allen, Patricia Cousins, Richard Deus, Dora Franco, Nancy Garr, Lyle Houston, Celina Ing, Doreen Irwin, Janet Lee, Stephanie McDonald, Carol Moore, David Rasul,Rick Reese, Dennis Smith, and Jane Woo.
Retired Nursing Professor of nursing, Kathleen Allen said she would always appreciate the bonds she formed with co-workers and students over the years at City College.
“I will miss the people,” said Allen.
“I enjoyed a special relationship with the students because class size was typically 22 people. Also, our faculty was smaller. Since this was a teaching program, we spent a lot of time [together] at the hospital. You just get closer to people [when] you spend so much time with them.”
According to Allen, although she retired in December 2012, she has yet to adjust to the reality of retirement.
“This still feels like an extended vacation,” Allen said.
Public Service Librarian and Library Instruction Coordinator Stephanie Mc Donald started working at City College in 2000. McDonald said being a part of City College was an experience of a lifetime.
“I will miss those exuberant students, of course,” McDonald said. “Their energy and curiosity is a reminder of the cycle of life and my place in it. I feel so blessed that I could interact with thousands of people traveling on their own journeys. And maybe I helped some of them on their way.”
After 13 years at City College, McDonald said she has many memories, but her favorites include her co-workers.
“[My] fondest memories will always be of the wonderful librarians and staff I’ve been so lucky to work with and know,” said McDonald. “We work closely
together for eight hours or more a day, so we learn about each other’s family and friends, tragedies and triumphs, as well as learn to forgive one another’s foibles. It’s been a true growth experience for me.
“Certainly not my funniest memory, but one that always makes me smile, is watching a student whiz across the library floor on a razor or skateboard. I still find this amusing, although a bit dangerous it reflects the exuberance of youth not yet tempered by age and wisdom.”
Some “granddaughter time,” working in the garden, community volunteering, and traveling short and long trips with his “longtime friend and wife, Melinda” are among Counseling & Student Success
Office Dean David D. Rasul’s retirement plans.
Still, Rasul said he would miss the students of City College, his fondest
campus-life memories being of students.
“I will miss the students’ energy and watching them at the graduation ceremony,” Rasul said. “Every time I mention to a student how well they are doing or tell them that they can go on to a four-year college and that they should not limit themselves because they are doing great academically, their eyes light up and [they] can’t believe it is them I am talking about. I say, ‘Yes, you are a successful student and your possibilities are limitless.’ The joy in their eyes never fails to make me feel on top of the world.”
City College video flushes the competition
Apple product parody “iThrone” wins first place in “iPhone Life” contest
Cody Drabble | Staff Writer | Cdrabble.firstname.lastname@example.org
A City College Film-Making Projects class video, “iThrone,” took first place March 1 in “iPhone Life” magazine’s contest “iPhone Life Video Contest: Create a Fake Apple Announcement” for producing the most popular contestant parody of an Apple product announcement.
“iThrone” was declared the winner after receiving the most viewer “likes” on the magazine’s YouTube channel as one of the top three of the 10 finalists chosen by “iPhone Life” from among the total videos submitted.
Narrated by student Miles David Fargo over the opening chords of “Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30” by Richard Strauss, the video came to life from a collective effort of Film-Making Projects student, according to Theatre Arts and Film Professor Robert Gore.
“I’m not necessarily the designated voice-over guy, but I did do the voice-overs for the Hobbit [parody trailer] film as well,“ Fargo said. “I did the Gollem impersonation, and some other things.”
“I’m always looking for projects to do in the class,” Gore said, “so I thought we should do the contest with the class. We brainstormed a lot of different ideas.”
Fargo says “iThrone” was the result of collaborative team efforts backed by the encouragement of supportive faculty.
“I’ve been working closely with [City College professors] Rob Gore and Nathan Schemel since I started,” Fargo said. “They’re really motivational, as long as you show them that you’re serious and you have the drive, they’ll back you up and help you out.”
The contest required entrants to submit a 30-to 45-second fake video announcement from Apple, while mentioning the words “iPhone” and “life” to qualify for the magazine contest of the same name. According to Gore, though, the class did not have much time before going into production.
“We really only had about three weeks before it was due,” Gore said.
Gore proposed the “iToilet” concept to his class as a potential Apple product parody.
“One of my students said, ‘I’ve got an idea for a different name, the iThrone.’ ”
According to Gore, this revelation brought the concept to an elegant yet cheeky place that the film class enjoyed.
“Originally we had thought of the 1984 one, the original Mac commercial,” Gore said, “and there would be an athlete running to the bathroom, and there would be a line.”
The brainstorming session latched onto an Apple commercial for the G3 iMac.
“It was the first tower Mac that you could open the side door,” Gore said. “So we had the idea—what if you had the iPad spinning, but then a toilet seat comes up?”
Initially, the class discussed building an iPad case with a toilet seat until a student proposed a quicker and cheaper alternative.
Tyler Adams, who also worked on the Hobbit parody film’s special effects, delivered a functional draft of the seat opening graphic swiftly.
“[Tyler] came in with a rough model of it within a week,” Gore said.
Gore said that his Filmmaking Projects class is preparing to start working on a convocation film that will boldly go where no convocation film has gone before.
The Power of the “College Hour”
Class schedules hinder some students from enjoying social side of campus life
Yvonne Santy | Staff Writer | email@example.com
For years at City College, when the clock struck noon, the campus College Hour began. Students walked to the café for a bite to eat, some lingered around the fountain, while others convened with friends and fellow club members.
The College Hour, according to Mary Turner, City College vice president of Instruction, is observed Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. But according to Lincoln Scott, City College Club and Events Board project coordinator and president of the United Elements Club, College Hour isn’t what it used to be.
Scott said the number of people he sees participating in activities during College Hour is significantly less than during previous semesters. Such is also the case, Scott said, for the number of attendees
at club meetings—specifically, Student Senate meetings.
Additionally, Scott said the Grace Alive Bible study group had significantly decreased in size since fall 2011, going from a “couple dozen” to a “handful, less than 10” members.
“It’s disheartening to see less student involvement,” said Scott. “People really don’t have time anymore because of one thing or another.”
Scott said that slowing things down at midday on a busy campus has its benefits.
“I don’t know what the proper solution would be, but if the noon hour would be left open, even to staff and faculty, they’d have more time to eat,” said Scott. “It’s frustrating to eat on the run.”
Alan Whittington, 20-year-old biology/chemistry major, said deciding whether to join a particular club would be simpler if students’ schedules permitted them to attend one of the club’s meetings during College Hour.
“I feel like all people need a break once a day where they can make a choice about whether or not they want to become more involved,” said Whittington.
Turner said class offerings try to be considerate of the standing schedule for College Hour.
“Only less than a dozen classes [in Rodda North and South] are scheduled during the College Hour,” said Turner. “We really do our best from semester to semester to try to avoid scheduling [classes at] those [times] and at least give the students some options so that is not the only time that the class is offered.”
Turner pointed out that in most disciplines, classes during the College Hour run only on Tuesday or Thursday, but for the most part not both.
“Some of our career technical education programs schedule lab time that overlaps [the College Hour], but most of our divisions try to avoid scheduling during those times as much as they possibly can,” said Turner.
Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from the College Hour. Turner said the College Hour benefits everyone on campus.
“Many of our faculty share governance meetings,” said Turner. “Our Academic Senate and department chairs meet [during the College Hour]. We want to be sensitive to our students but also want to be sensitive to our faculty and staff so that they can participate as well.”
According to Student Leadership and Development Coordinator Kimberlee Beyrer, freeing up 100 percent of the college hour all the time isn’t realistic.
“There have always been some classes scheduled during the college hour time, but the goal is to minimize the number,” Beyrer said. “[However,] there are times when it is unavoidable, and academics come first.”
Freethinkers’ club representative Nikki Mcgarey said she has no problem finding time to be an active participant at meetings held during the College Hour.
“It’s easy because I’ve scheduled for it,” said Mcgarey.
However, some students want to be involved in clubs on campus but cannot dedicate the time because their classes occur during meeting times.
Fabian Enriquez said until this semester, his schedule did not allow him to get involved with Puente, a City College program helping students prepare for transfer to a four-year university. Although Enriquez is now actively involved, he said he knows other students who have expressed interest in doing the same but are unable to because, as Beyrer pointed out, academics come first.
“I know if students did not have classes during that hour, clubs would have more members,” said Enriquez. “I have met several people that are eager to join the club, but unfortunately, do not have the time to attend the meetings.”
According to Enriquez, the College Hour is important since it allows students a chance to check out from all things scholarly for a bit and, instead, gives them time to get outdoors and socialize.
“Students that have classes between noon and 1 p.m. are missing out on the college experience,” said Enriquez. “[Students] should be having lunch in the quad and enjoying the great atmosphere that Sac City College provides.”
“There have always been some classes scheduled during the college hour time, but the goal is to minimize the number. [However,] there are times when it is unavoidable, and academics come first,” Kimberlee Beyrer Student Leadership and development Coordinator
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