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Chaparral 2015-2016: 24.4 Milestones

Gabe Rivas Gomez

Jorge Emilio Rivas Gomez was born Wednesday morning (3/9) at 7:14 a.m. 7 pounds, 7 ounces. 20 inches long. Congratulations to proud daddy Gabe Rivas Gomez (English)!

Caryl St. Ama

Caryl St. Ama's (Visual and Performing Arts) artwork; Air Lift, Encaustic and photo transfer on wood panel, has been juried into:

Water Ecologies, juried by Basia Irland, Transition Gallery at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

March 28 to May 7, 2016. Gallery Reception: Tuesday, March 29, 5–7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Idaho State University Department of Art, in partnership with NFS/EPSCoR MILES* presents an exhibition of contemporary art exploring Water Ecology.

Casey Jones

Casey JonesCasey Jones (Language Arts) is in a movie that will screen in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month.

The movie is called The The Ticket, directed by Ido Fluk, written by Ido Fluk and Sharon Mashihi and starring Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey), Malin Åkerman, Oliver Platt, and Kerry Bishé. The Tribeca Film Festival has gained in prestige over the years and it's an exciting next step for the film. It was shot in upstate New York and my scenes were shot in historic Kingston a small town on the Hudson River not far from Woodstock.


Wendy Grove

Wendy Grove (Public Information) recently completed my professional certificate in social media marketing from U.C. Irvine. 

Wendy Fonarow

Wendy Fonarow (Social Sciences) has again contributed to the Guardian with an article for the arts on American music fans.  


Richard Seltzer

Richard Seltzer (ESL) will be taking full retirement in June after 30.5 years at GCC. He is a professor of Credit ESL, and from 89-92, he was Credit ESL Coordinator. He has served on various committees, including International Students and Student Affairs. He has worked in ESL instruction for various populations  and in the management of programs for international students for 43 years. At last count, he has taught, or in some way interacted, with students from well over 100 countries.

Charlene Worthley

Charlene Worthley (Noncredit ESL) received an Honorable Mention for her mixed media painting, "Walls #4," in the Thousand Oaks Art Association Annual Open Juried Show.  The show ran the month of February, closing on February 27th.  

Laura Stoltzfus-Brown

Laura Stoltzfus-Brown (Speech), has been accepted to the Mass Communications PhD program at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). She will be matriculating this Fall and will be focusing on critical/cultural studies and women's, gender, and sexuality studies.

Julie Gamberg

Julie Gamberg's article Adjunct Junction: Voices of Adjuncts won First Place in the category of Best Feature Writing at the 2016 CFT Communications Awards. Congratulations Julie! (Ed Note: The editor would like to acknowledge the GCC adjunct faculty members who gave generously of their time, and who were corageous enought to speak with her -- sometimes at great length -- about their adjunct experience.  It is their collective voices which have won this award).

Amy Green

img-amy-greenAmy Green (Visual and Performing Arts) was thrilled to be included in the New American Paintings, Juried -in- print catalog, Pacific Coast Edition, 2016. The catalog features 3 color reproductions of my paintings, artist statement, photo and a Juror's review where my work was commented on by the juror Nina Bozicinik, a juror from the Univiersity of Washington, Henry Art Museum.

To learn more about Amy and her paintings, visit:

Peter Green

Peter Green's student Anna Avetisyan won first place in the 2016 Young Artists Audition piano competition in Glendale.  She has been asked to perform at their awards presentation in February.  Anna is enrolled in our Applied Music program here at GCC.

On January 29, Peter Green was a piano soloist for the Poulenc “Concerto" at the Pasadena Community Orchestra concert.  Beth Pflueger in our music department was the orchestra conductor.  The concert was well attended with over 1000 in the audience to rave reviews. “The Poulenc performance was superb! Thank you!”

Peter has been asked to be the headliner conductor for the Thallander Foundation Centennial Choral Festival, held in Maui this year.  The festival will be in April, and will have choral singers from many different choirs put together to form a mass choir.


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