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Chaparral 2019-2020: 28.2 Milestones

MILESTONES of Glendale College community

Jeanette Farr-Harkins

Jeanette Farr-Harkins (Theater Arts) has been appointed the Southern California Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild of America, a national organization in support and advocacy for playwrights and new works.

Dennis Doyle

Dennis Doyle (English) has two milestones to share.

His son, Michael Doyle, married Lauren Saguilig on September 28th in Long Beach. The bride and groom honeymooned in Hawaii.

Also, Dennis will be playing a concert of music from his new recording “Pathway” at the Flintridge Bookstore on November 15th, Friday at 6 p.m.

Christopher Franz

Chris Franz (Faculty Development) would like to share a few more pictures from when he gave the commencement address at the Pacific Oaks graduation ceremony in May, when he earned a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Change.

GCC’s SI Program

With this semester the SI program is completing its 30th year of existence at GCC. It started in the Spring of 1990 in 3 classes. By now it is used in over 70 classes, probably the largest such program in California community colleges, and it helps thousands of students to succeed each year.  Happy birthday!

Tobin Sparfeld

Tobin Sparfeld’s (Music) review of a choral recording was recently published in the October 2019 Choral Journal, the scholarly publication of the American Choral Directors Association. The review discussed a recent recording of Luigi Cherubini's Requiem in C Minor" by the Kammerchor der Frauenkirche Dresden. This is the thirteenth review that Tobin Sparfeld has published in the Choral Journal.

Pics of October (left) and November (right) 2019 Choral Journal Cover:

Geri Ulrey

Geri Ulrey (Media Arts) wants to let everyone know that her stories will be featured in the New Short Fiction Series on Sunday, November 10th. Several of her stories will be performed at the Federal in NOHO. The GCC community is invited to the event! Tickets can be purchased at

Ophelia Carrasco

Ophelia Carrasco’s (CalWORKS) daughter had the opportunity to spend six months on Catalina Island as an Invasive Plant Intern. Here’s what she has to say about the experience:

“Spending 6 months on Catalina Island was truly a breath of fresh air...literally. The only pollution you could see from the island is on the ‘mainland.’ A term coined from local islanders as Los Angeles County, Southern California, or the rest of the United States. The position I held was Invasive Plant Intern, which was something I had never heard of before. In fact, this is a National Service job with AmeriCorps and American Conservation Experience (ACE) which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). We were immersed in ecology both through work and at home. The objective of our job was to go on plant surveys by hiking in designated watersheds that contained invasive plant species. Once invasive species spread, they create issues like competition with the native plant communities, lessening groundwater supply, changing soil chemistry, and invading habitats that native wildlife depend on. Our team conducted surveys by visually identifying invasive plant species, then removed with hand tools or by applying herbicide. We documented the data on a GPS device called a Trimble, including the number of plants we treated, our method of removal, and their location. When we came back to our office, we would stow away our equipment, upload our digital data, and then create an entry of our survey in our Microsoft Access database. Our general purpose was to restore the natural habitat and landscape of the island. Our experience was eye-opening, challenging, unique, and an incredible opportunity to work in conservation. I hope to continue working in this field in order to provide service, awareness, and efforts to preserving our underprotected and overlooked natural resources.”

You can also read the article where they featured her daughter Candice Carrasco in the E-newsletter for the Catalina Island Conservancy:

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