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Chaparral 2019-2020: 28.1 Adjunct Junction

Adjunct Junction

by Brian Reff
2nd Vice President, Glendale College Guild


Ideally everyone had a successful summer doing something that they enjoyed!

Many things have happened already this semester. We have completed four weeks of classes. We have had the September Guild Membership Meeting and the Fall Adjunct Guild Meeting.

We have had some serious discussions about the increase in our pay and will be well on our way to a nice pay raise.

And we will hopefully soon resolve one of the big issues on campus: The $10 Million Accounting Deficit! (Check out Piper’s Senate Update for more info on this issue).

We will also hopefully be informed about the Metro U-Pass Program and its official start date!

And finally, we hope the Glendale College Homepage will be updated soon and the email sign in will work correctly.


I hear enrollment is up, even with sections being down. Maybe it is because more students are taking online and hybrid courses. I am not sure if this is true or not. Anecdotally, this semester I have had fewer problems finding parking even with there being fewer parking lots open. Maybe it is because of the times I am arriving, but nonetheless, there appear to be fewer cars in the parking lot. Perhaps this has to do with our current enrollment.


My question is, “Who made Torquemada in charge of the afternoon session of Faculty Institute Day?”

I have to be honest: it was painful and boring. With all the sleeping people there, maybe the administration should have handed out NO-DOZ! As a person who attended voluntarily in order to get some flex and to listen to what I thought were going to be some exciting and informative presentations, I found I was sorely mistaken. Here are a few suggestions for improving our Faculty Institute Day:

  1. Have the State of the College Presentation in the morning, followed by lunch and the breakout sessions. As a person who teaches on Fridays (yes, there are those of us who do!), I would have liked to have been able to attend the breakout sessions and contribute. Instead I listened to presentations that were sorely lacking in any excitement.
  2. Another concrete suggestion is to get some new photographs of students! Many of the photographs being used in the presentation and on the campus homepage are of students who left us a few years back. I know one of them by name, as she was in my class, and not only has she graduated from Glendale College, but she has graduated from the university she attended after Glendale.


In the area of upcoming events, I would like to remind everyone that Campus Equity Week will be from October 21 to 25, 2019. If you have an idea for an event and/or would like to lead an event, please let me know! So far on Wednesday, October 23rd, I have scheduled a CalSTRS Presentation entitled, “My Retirement Decisions.” I will keep you informed as we have more events scheduled.

Thanks for reading this and Welcome Back!

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