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Chaparral 2015-2016: 24.5 Milestones

Michael Davis

Mike Davis (Mathematics) married Eric Mees at the Oviatt Penthouse in downtown Los Angeles on April 17, 2016.

Theresa Lorch

Theresa Lorch's (Student Equity/Kinesiology) Spring Break 2016 was spent in the Sea of Cortez where she sailed to six different islands with her husband. They snorkeled, hiked, and explored under the mostly half moon with stars and the Milky Way ever visible and beautiful skies during the day. The wind was in their favor most of the time!

Tobin Sparfeld

Tobin Sparfeld

On February 24, Tobin Sparfeld (Music) presented a conference session on using technology in the choral rehearsal and performances. 

Michelle Ramirez Saelak

Michelle Ramirez Saelak (Nursing) got married last year to William. They welcomed their first daughter, Claire, born in February 2016. In the picture, Claire is 2 1/2 months old (but measures like a 6-month old!).

Beth Pflueger

On April 17, Beth Pflueger (Music) was featured flute soloist with the Peninsula Symphony. This performance of the Concertino for flute, small orchestra and women’s chorus, by John Fernstrom, was the second performance in the United States and the first on the West Coast.

Jane DiLucchio

The third in Jane DiLucchio's (Garfield Campus) Diega DelValle mystery series, Vacations Can Be Murder, will be released June 1 by Regal Crest. All are invited to the launch of the book on Saturday, June 4, at 12 noon at Book Carnival (348 S. Tustin Street, Orange, CA).

Sharyn Obsatz

Sharyn Obsatz (Mass Communications) presented a workshop on bilingual student-created animated videos at the On Course National Conference in April. One participant mentioned that she appreciated how we view bilingual or trilingual students as an asset, because in Texas, many professors view them as a problem or obstacle. Sharyn shared some of the amazing videos her Glendale College mass comm students have created.

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Kate Martin-Rowe

Delilah June Martin-Rowe turned 2 years old on February 16th. She joined Kate Martin Rowe's family via foster-adoption last fall and has made her big brother Oscar (4 years old) especially proud.

Kate Martin-Rowe (English) will be also entering the low-residency MFA program in Writing at Bennington this June to study creative nonfiction. Yay!

Nursing Department Babyboom!

The Nursing Department had a baby boom from 2015-2016!

Vadym Mykhaylov welcomed his son in April 2015.

Frezoli Gille welcomed daughter Madelyn in October 2015.

Luis Garcia welcomed son Lance in October 2015.

Michelle Ramirez welcomed daughter Claire in February 2016.

Kohar Kesian welcomed grandson Aram in February 2016

Mark Dieny

Mark Dieny (Welding) with his wife Malva,(in photo) just retired from his day job at Honeywell of 30 years!

Mark has been teaching part-time at GCC for 14 years in the AT Dept. in Welding Instruction.

Enjoying my second career!

Ashot Djrbashian

 From Polynomial Equations to Galois TheoryDr. Ashot Djrbashian (Mathematics) recently published a book titled From Polynomial Equations to Galois Theory. 

Ellen Oppenberg

Proud mom and wife, Ellen Oppenberg (Center for Students with Disabilities) shares:

In May, Ellen's youngest daughter (Alyssa) is graduating Moorpark College with an AS in Kinesiology and then transferring to the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Ellen's husband (Andy) who is a nationally known healthcare risk manager and bioethics expert has been accepted to Albany Medical School (beginning this summer) to pursue a DBE (doctorate of Bio-Ethics) and will continue teaching Healthcare courses at CSUN.

Maria Shudfeldt

After leaving GCC, Maria Shufeldt (Learning Center) is working in three (!) positions within the mental health field: at her small private practice (self-employed); a part-time position counseling employees out on workers' compensation cases; and a contractor position at a community college providing mental health services to students and serving on various campus task forces. The college's Veterans' Center is using expressive arts and gardening to build community and increase adjustment ability among these students. Maria is very excited to be able to develop these progressive interventions with students. 

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