Wednesday, April 17, 2013

15 retired faculty members given emeritus status

Left to right, Donald Ridgway, Trustee Edwin Hiel, Trustee Debbie Justeson, Michael Grant, Mary Rider, Jose Villarreal, Edda Temoche-Weldele,
Trustee Bill Garrett, Sheridan DeWolf, Anthony Zambelli, Susan Haber, Jim Custeau, Therese Botz, Brad Monroe, Student Trustee Mohammed Alyasini,
Student Trustee Samantha Elliot, Trustee Mary Kay Rosinski, Trustee Greg Barr, Pat Bennett, Chancellor Cindy Miles, and Curtis Stevens,
Fifteen retired Grossmont and Cuyamaca College professors were awarded emeritus status at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board meeting April 16. Emeritus status is given to retired faculty members who have served in the district for at least 20 years and have the rank of professor.

The emeritus professors represent 435 years of service to Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges.

Here's a listing of the faculty and a brief description of their service. Congratulations to all of them!

Grossmont College

For 42 years, from 1970 to 2012, Dr. Curtis Stevens has been a Grossmont College teacher, mentor, librarian and administrator.  He created and taught courses in the Library Technology program until it was discontinued in 1986.  For the History Department, he designed the 1972 course, “U.S. History:  Black Perspectives” – a class he taught until his retirement. He also taught the US History survey course.  He served two stints as the Library Department Chair and two as Interim Associate Dean of the Division of Learning Resources.  He served on, or chaired, almost every committee on campus. 
In Michael Grant’s 22-year career at Grossmont, he taught writing and journalism courses, and he published and advised the student newspaper.  He worked to update the curriculum and processes to keep up with technology and journalistic practices.  He served as chair twice and was instrumental in hiring of three faculty.  He has also been a contributor to the college at Senate and as Convocation keynote presenter.  His books, contributions to the U-T and other newspapers and his Pulitzer Prize nominations have made him a widely known journalist in the county.
For over 25 years, Pat Bennett has been an innovator for Grossmont’s ESL program.  She worked on its creation, grant writing and faculty training.  She co-authored a text developed under a SDICCCA Consortium grant  and was active in statewide ESL leadership, training teachers at over 50 workshops statewide.  She spent two years in Egypt and Cambodia as a teacher supervisor and trainer.  She gave the Convocation keynote at Grossmont, was department chair twice, and served as the college SDICCA Internship Site Coordinator, among other college contributions.
Sheridan DeWolf has been a staple of leadership at Grossmont for 27 years.  She earned the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2001, served as chair or coordinator of Child Development three times, was Academic Senate President and Chair of Program Review, and Interim Dean, among other contributions.  She built bridges into the community with classes at Viejas, created Child Development classes in Spanish and volunteered at the Children’s Museum.  Under her direction, the Grossmont Program became the first in Southern California allowed to issue “Verification of Completion” for Child Development Permits.  She’s done much more with grants, in our local community and statewide as a leader in Child Development that has made her a treasure.
Mary Rider has participated on almost every committee at Grossmont in her 22 years.  She has been a leader in Senate, AFT, Chairs & Coordinators, Counseling, High School Outreach, Professional Development and the Transfer Center.  She has been a champion of students, including her Personal Development classes, curriculum for Counseling courses that addressed specific student populations, services for veterans, and her websites to assist students in setting their goals.  She received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006 for her commitment to students and the college.
In his 26 years as both part- and full-time faculty, Don Ridgway has worked to make Grossmont’s Cardiovascular Technology Program a unique, nationally-recognized program.  It became the first to be accredited by the AMA’s Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs.  The 4th edition of his text Introduction to Vascular Scanning is coming out shortly.  His book Vascular Technology Review prepares students for the registry exam, and he has given presentations to vascular societies nationwide.  He has contributed to Senate, Professional Development, GE, and Instructional Computing and continues to be a staple of the CVT program.
In Hoke Simpson’s 34 years at Grossmont--beginning 1969--he served as department chair, worked on the “2nd Campus Committee” that became Cuyamaca College, co-created processes to implement the new AB 1725, and worked on an apolitical approach to planning and budgeting that was commended by ACCJC.  He was a charming and highly effective Grossmont and Statewide Academic Senate President.  He published an anthology for his Phil. 110 classes, in the early 1980s taught the first course on the use of the Internet, and developed and taught, with T. Ford, the Humanities course “Blues as Literature, History and Culture.”  The Renaissance Man is still playing beautiful music in his retirement in France.
In her 22 years, Edda Temoche-Weldele’s contributions to Grossmont became legendary, leading to her 2008 Award as Distinguished Faculty.  She is VP of the Foreign Language Council of San Diego and has been instrumental in bringing speakers and trainers to Grossmont.  She has served on almost every committee, but in in addition, has been chair of World Language Department, the Professional Development Committee, and a staple of the Awards and World Arts & Culture Committees.  She is a popular and masterful teacher.  She has always been committed to diversity  by winning numerous grants for, and organizing, events and programming and by integrating world language and culture at the College.

Cuyamaca College

As the last founding Cuyamaca College faculty member to retire, Therese Botz began her tenure at Cuyamaca College as Campus Activity Coordinator. Over the years, Dr. Botz coordinated multiple college celebrations including commencements, dedication ceremonies, groundbreakings, dinner dances, retirement receptions, and memorials.  As an instructor, Dr. Botz assumed the leadership role in establishing the Department of American Sign Language.  From the initial two course offerings to the current program offering a certificate and transfer courses, she developed the discipline by recruiting, hiring and mentoring outstanding hearing and Deaf adjunct faculty.  Dr. Botz created the first ASL Choir and served as co-advisor of the Cuyamaca College American Sign Language Association, the second most active campus organization.

For over 33 years, Jim Custeau contributed his time and talent to Cuyamaca College in key leadership positions both as the founding Coordinator of the Automotive Technology Program and as President of the Academic Senate.  During his service to the college, Mr. Custeau received the President’s Award on two occasions as well as the Faculty of the Year Award from the Academic Senate.  In addition to his service to the college, Mr. Custeau has also served as Governor for the Faculty Association of Community Colleges, and most recently, as board member of the Cuyamaca and GCCCD Foundations.
Susan Haber, in her 24 years of service at Cuyamaca College, helped shape what is now the History, Social & Behavior Sciences Department. As one of the pioneering online instructors at the college, Ms. Haber gave various workshops on instructional media and smart technology. She served as Chair of the History, Social & Behavioral Sciences Department during the majority of her years at Cuyamaca.  In addition, she was Instructional Council Co-Chair, Chair of the Chairs and Coordinators, and co-chair of the Academic Master Plan Committee.  Ms. Haber developed and coordinated History Forums such as the Women’s History Forum in spring 2009.

Brad Monroe has represented the gold standard for faculty leadership in his 32 years of service to Cuyamaca College.  During his tenure, Mr. Monroe served as the Program Coordinator for the legendary Ornamental Horticulture Program.  In this capacity, he was recognized by the Irrigation Association as their “Person of the Year” and received grants from the Rice Family Foundation in excess of $500,000.  He also raised over $400,000 in scholarships for Cuyamaca Ornamental Horticulture students.  In addition to his role as program coordinator, Mr. Monroe was advisor to the Cuyamaca College Botanical Society, and the Cuyamaca College Student Affiliate Chapter of ASLA.  Recently, the San Diego Horticultural Society selected Mr. Monroe as their 2013 Horticulturist of the Year, and in May, he will be inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame.
In his 33 years as full-time physics professor, Jerry Riley served on key shared governance committees.  He was a member of the Academic Master Plan Committee for two years and the Instructional Program Review and Planning Committee, which is the cornerstone of the college’s new integrated planning processes.  Mr. Riley was awarded the rank of full professor in 2007.
Jose Villarreal, a founding faculty member of Cuyamaca College, was hired to teach Chemistry in 1978.  Throughout his tenure Dr. Villarreal worked to incorporate computer technology and modern scientific instrumentation into the chemistry curriculum.  His four sabbaticals were immensely helpful in achieving those goals.  During his 29 years of service, Mr. Villarreal served as co-chair of the Academic Master Plan Committee and as Chair of Science and Engineering.  He also served on the Academic Senate as well as on numerous accreditation and hiring committees.  He was awarded the rank of full professor in 2007.

In his 32 years of service to Cuyamaca College, Anthony Zambelli, J.D., has played critical leadership roles both as instructor in the Business and Professional Studies Department since 1979 and Director of the San Diego Center for Economic Education since 2007.  Because of his contributions to the college community, Dr. Zambelli was recognized with the President’s Award, the Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Rainbow Award. He also received the Alfred Lord Whitehead Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Redlands and the statewide Adams Apple Award for Outstanding Service in Economics.