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Chaparral 2016-2017: 25.3 Milestones


Dennis Doyle

Dennis Doyle (English) has recently released a new music CD called “Celtic Gold” on the Incarnation Music label.  It features Dennis playing beautiful Celtic harp with son Austin Doyle on mandolin and guitar, with flute, melodica and concertina.  Most of the tracks on this all-instrumental collection are drawn from the long tradition of ancient Irish and Scottish airs, lullabies, jigs, and reels.  Very relaxing.  Samples are on the iTunes site.  The recording is available at, from the artist himself, or from iTunes.

Nancy Traynor

In November 2016 both of Nancy Traynor's (Curriculum) boys, Dylan Traynor (9) and Aiden Traynor (6), submitted stories to their schools creative writing contest.  Proud mom shares that Dylan won first place for 4th grade and Aiden won first place for 1st grade.  Aiden also won first place (for 1st grade entries) in the school district for his story. 

Howard Ibach

In January, Howard Ibach (English) signed a contract with the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the leading organization for client-side marketers, to join its School of Marketing faculty. The ANA sends him around the US to lead workshops on elevating, and reviewing, creative work from client advertising agencies. The experience has been challenging, enlightening and just pure fun. Howard gets to work with top marketing professionals to advise them on practical solutions to day-to-day business problems. He bring some of those insights back to his classroom as examples of the ongoing struggle everyone faces to "be clear.”

Vita Watkins

Vita Watkins (English) was selected for the CCCC's Assessment Committee. The committee meets and discusses various protocols for assessing students entering the California community college system. Vita learned volumes about the assessment process from one of their bi-annual meetings in Sacramento at the Chancellor's office.

Nare Garibyan

In 2016, Nare Garibyan (Counseling) self-published her first poetry collection, When Ruins Speak: A Journey of Poems. It is about a 2005 trip she took to Eastern Turkey (which used to be part of historic Armenia.) After the Armenian Genocide, these areas were cleared out of all Armenians. When she visited in 2005, the areas where Armenians used to live, the Armenian villages and homes were left the way they were at or around 1915. They were like ghost towns. Nare's poetry collections express her feelings and impressions.

The first poetry reading took place in October 2016 in Montreal, Canada. The second poetry reading took placed in Glendale, CA at Abril Bookstore where the books were sold out. There will be more events to come.

Nare first published her first poem in the Glendale College literary journal, Eclipse in 2002-2003. It will be on amazon by the end of this month. Books are $20 and can also be purchased from her.

Phillip Kazajian

Associate Professor Phillip Kazajian (Business) and Business Communication 152 Class attended the GCC Candidates Forum last week as a government project.

Nursing Department

The GCC Nursing department has just been officially re-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for another five years as of February 8, 2017. We went through our re-approval site visit and process last November 16-17, 2016.

Photo: Full-time nursing instructors in the nursing department, some adjuncts, and some instructors from the division.

Geri Ulrey

The Carolina Quarterly did an online interview with Geri Ulrey (Media Arts).
Here’s the link to the interview – and a shout out to GCC :)

The journal published one of Geri's essays, 13th & B, that made the Best American Essays Notable list! Here is the write-up on the essay:

Peter Green

Peter Green (Visual and Performing Arts) just recorded a CD of piano/organ duets with former GCC piano & organ instructor Mark Thallander. Mark was the organist at the Crystal Cathedral for 18 years.

The CD will be available beginning on April 9 at their CD release concert.

Melissa Randel

Melissa Randel (Theatre Arts) will be performing in the LA Women’s Theatre Festival 2017 on March 26 at 3 p.m. as part of the All That Jazz series. Here is a link to the website and to her piece, called The Hat.

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