Press - 11/13/2018

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Wildfires Devastate California Communities 🔥

On Sunday, November 11, Butte-Glenn Community College District Superintendent/President Dr. Samia Yaqub wrote to all California Community College Presidents recognizing the upheaval students, staff, and faculty are experiencing because of the wildfires.

So many stories are emerging of trauma and heroism across the communities. The scale of this disaster is quite unfathomable and there are 138 Butte College faculty and staff that have confirmed or presumed the loss of their homes. The number of students who have lost their homes is still unknown.
Butte-Glenn Community College District has set up two GoFundMe accounts—one to help students and the other to help faculty/staff. Please share these links far and wide. There is so much need right now.

Innovation Grant Application Deadline is Friday 👩‍💻

The MiraCosta College Foundation will be awarding $40,000 this year in innovation grants to faculty, staff, and sponsored students. Applicants for innovation grants can request up to $3,000 for projects that will be carried out during the spring semester.
The Foundation has had the privilege of funding some outstanding projects in the past, and they know this will be another exciting year for innovation grants. Due to a surge in grant requests, the Foundation Board increased the amount of grant funds to be awarded from last year's amount of $30,000.
This year’s focus: projects that encourage student success, positively impact the student experience as a whole, and/or help expand MiraCosta College’s reach into the community.
Previous grantees have used their funds to help revise curricula, seed new projects, support students, and to bring together small teams to design and implement co-curricular programming and engaging events. Funds can also be budgeted for instructional materials, information gathering and staff support, and more.
Application procedure and key dates:  
  • To submit an application, click here and log in.  
  • The deadline for submitting an application is November 16, 2018, (late submissions and incomplete applications will not be considered).  
  • Applicants will be notified about results on or around December 3, 2018, via email.  
  • When requesting food or free items for students (such as t-shirts, hats, pens, etc.) please frame this request in the context of the overarching program/academic objective and explain why those items are critical to the overall success of the programs.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Dee Jaykus at ext. 6645.

Library Exhibits Showcase Veterans Day and National Gratitude Month 📚

The library is pleased to showcase two exhibits for November commemorating Veterans Day and National Gratitude Month. Located on the second floor of the Oceanside Campus Library & Hub, the Veterans Day Exhibit highlights books and DVDs related to Veterans. Special thanks to MiraCosta's Veterans Center for loaning us the American flags to make this exhibit visually compelling.  

Composed of captivating quotations and information on the benefits of practicing gratitude, the National Gratitude Month Exhibit, located on the library's first floor, invites viewers to take pause and engage in the power of gratitude. It's a "pay-it-forward" themed exhibit showcasing the benefits of being grateful and incorporating more of that quality into our lives, especially during this month of Thanksgiving.

Though formal tours are unavailable for these exhibits, we nevertheless invite you and your students to explore these works.

MiraCosta Alumni Association Holds First Social and Fundraising Event 🍻

The Alumni Association held its first social and fundraising event at Culver Beer located in Carlsbad and owned by two MiraCosta College alums.

Ten percent of the proceeds earned between 5–8 p.m. on October 30 were donated to the newly created Alumni Association scholarship. The evening secured $100 for the fund. So far, the fund is generating $40 monthly with payroll contributions coming from staff and faculty members.

The Alumni Association hopes to provide an eligible student with a $500 scholarship in the spring before they graduate or transfer to a four-year university. To donate to the fund, click here, and choose "Alumni Association Scholarship" as the designation. Any amount helps—all donations go toward students scholarships.

RAFFY Students Present at Summit 👨‍🎓  

MiraCosta College presented a program in the statewide Foster Care Education Summit held in San Diego on October 22.

"The students talked about their experience in foster care and what the transition was like for them to come to MiraCosta College and connect to RAFFY and other resources to make them successful college students," said RAFFY Program Coordinator Jaymie Gonzaga.

Student Services Coordinator Cristine Sidela collaborated with Gonzaga and MiraCosta students to present a RAFFY/Student Equity workshop during the Summit.

"The workshop went really well and the student panel had the most impact on the audience," said Gonzaga.

History Faculty Publishes in Prestigious Journal 📗  

Lisa M. Lane has been teaching history at MiraCosta College both on-site and online for many years. As part of her sabbatical work this semester, Lane has just published a peer-reviewed academic article in The Wellsian, the journal of the H.G. Wells Society (UK).

"Cram and Criticism: H.G. Wells and Late Victorian Education" is a study of H.G. Wells as a student and teacher in the years before he wrote The Time Machine.

"Wells benefited from, and then critiqued, the educational reforms of late 19th century England," said Lane, noting that Wells "even authored a textbook for biology students studying by distance education."

Those interested in reading the paper are welcome to view the prepublication version of the paper at Humanities Commons.

In The Mail 📬  

To: MiraCosta Foundation
From: Joi F

I am ecstatic and simply grateful for the opportunity to receive a scholarship from your Women's Day Endowed Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. 

The road to this opportunity has been long and arduous due to the culmination of requirements. My first stop was Chico State, where I received my Bachelor's in Health Services Administration versus Nursing due to seat availability. Entrance into the MiraCosta Nursing program was uplifting, as this has been my true desire since my inception into college. The Women's Day Endowed Scholarship will ensure my continuance and success in the completion of the program. It eases the financial burden of higher education.

Presently, I work for a management services organization part-time to contribute to the cost of schooling. While attending MiraCosta, I have actively engaged in the Nursing Student Association club, and I am the class representative for my cohort. When time allows, I look forward to engaging in more local community volunteer opportunities. 

Thank you very much for your generosity as it allows me to continue pursuing a huge passion of mine, which is becoming a nurse practitioner.

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