Read about our new president, Dr. Beatriz Espinoza. Learn about study abroad opportunities. Find out about TRiO Day 2012 in this month’s CBC Forum: http://issuu.com/coastalbendcollege/docs/forum_2012_april.
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Willbros Construction in George West, Rock Water Energy Solutions in Alice, and Cameron International in Corpus Christi sent employees to Coastal Bend College recently for oil and gas industry basic orientation. The course was taught by Terry Kirkpatrick, a safety trainer and consultant with over 23 years of experience in the industry.
Kirkpatrick as a safety trainer increases the availability of training and also makes it possible to do on-site training throughout the Eagle Ford Shale region. He is a qualified OSHA compliance inspector and works with oil and gas companies on managing employee training. His instruction is primarily awareness training, however in-depth and customized training is also available through the college’s continuing education program.
The pyramids, the mummies, the Sphinx are but a few of the intriguing icons of Egypt. Coastal Bend College Kids College participants will explore the language, geography, art, hieroglyphics, and archeology of Egypt this summer.
Kids, six to 12 years old, will discover ancient and current contributions, encryption, mummification, famous Egyptians and other fascinating aspects of the country. They will experience art, music, dance, and literature with an Egyptian theme.
All segments of Kids College are led by qualified and creative instructors and supervised by the CBC Customized and Continuing Education Department.
Kids College information follow:
CBC offers intensive Spanish study in Puerto Rico June 10-23, 2012
Coastal Bend College’s summer intensive Spanish course offers students the opportunity to spend two weeks in the beautiful Puerto Rican city of San Juan, study Spanish at the Institute for Second Language Acquisition, live with friendly Puerto Rican families, make excursions to interesting sites across Puerto Rico, experience life in a foreign environment, and enjoy 85 degree weather.
Small classes are for high school students, college students, Spanish teachers who need to renew their teacher certificates, and other adults who wish to improve their Spanish-speaking skills. Students can earn beginning- through advanced-level class credit for one or two semesters or first or second year college Spanish or Continuing Professional Education credits. Students may also take “American Minorities” over the summer program to Puerto Rico.Because the ISLA offers classes for both teenagers and adults, CBC makes the class available to high school students who have passed their TAKS exit exams (or the equivalent) and to college students and adults of any age.
Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees approved a request to cancel the May 12 election order in accordance with the state election code. Incumbents Carroll Wayne Lohse (Place 6) and Laura Fischer (Place 7) filed uncontested for their board positions earlier this month.
The next board election cycle occurs in 2014 for Places 1, 2 and 3.
Coastal Bend College student Iris Arismendez of Alice will represent the college at the University of Texas at Austin on March 28 for an awards ceremony and reception for nominees to the All-Texas Academic Team.
Arismendez, the daughter of Alfredo and Omedi Arismendez, is a 2010 Alice High School graduate. She took dual credit classes at CBC Alice Campus and is now a full-time student and office aide. She will graduate with an Associate of Science Degree in May 2012. She plans to transfer to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi to study marine biology.
Arismendez was inducted to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in 2011 and currently serves as vice president. She was listed on the Scholastic Leadership Roll in 2010 and 2011.
She is actively involved in church and civic activities.
“Dr. Beatriz Espinoza aligned with the responsibilities and expectations we were looking for in our new president,” said Paul Jaure, Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees Chair. The board made the decision to select Espinoza in closed session during a March 22 board meeting. The finalist was announced less than 30 minutes later. “We look forward to her leadership.”
Espinoza comes to CBC from Yuba Community College District in Marysville, Calif. where she served as Vice Chancellor for Educational Planning and Services. She is an experienced educator and college administrator with 25 years in higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology and Educational Psychology and a Masters in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.
“I think the board made an outstanding choice,” said CBC Interim President Dr. Jimmy Goodson. “Dr. Espinoza’s visit to the college was very important in the selection process.”
Goodson said “she related very well to the Coastal Bend College community.” He found that she was well-prepared intellectually and experientially for the interview. “She completely understands the mission and role of a community college.”
She was selected from five finalists. Daylong visits by each candidate for the position included public forums, receptions and interviews with various college populations.
“On behalf of the faculty of Coastal Bend College, I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for providing an opportunity for active faculty participation in the selection process for the next college president,” Donna Atkins, CBC Faculty Senate President, told the board. Representatives from the faculty senate, staff association, student body and administrative leadership interviewed each candidate during the selection process.
The candidates remained in Beeville, but spoke with representatives from Alice, Kingsville and Pleasanton through live video feed. Each participant, whether he or she attended the forums, interviewed the candidates, or watched the online coverage, was given the opportunity to comment on each visitor. These comments were reviewed by the board.
“Every evaluation was looked at,” Jaure said. “We valued the comments and every one of them was considered in determining the best candidate for the job.”
Some comments remarked on Espinoza’s “passion for higher education,” “demonstrated knowledge of our college,” and “experience with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).” She was referred to as “energetic” and “experienced.”
Someone noted that he or she was impressed with Dr. Espinoza because “this is the first time she went out for a job as president and she was selected as a finalist for both El Paso Community College and Coastal Bend College.”
Someone wrote that “she is an excellent fit for a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).” Dr. Espinoza has a background with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and is experienced in working with minority student populations in diverse communities. CBC is a designated HSI with a Hispanic population of approximately 70 percent.
Dr. Espinoza started her college path with the assistance of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) scholarship after 18 years as an agricultural farm-worker. She attributes her college success largely to the support of her family and other people who “cared enough to remove barriers, build bridges and track new paths for a first generation college student.”
Her transition into community college administration culminated 13 years ago as she completed a post-doctorate in the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, she has served in various administrative roles, including Vice President for Workforce Learning Services at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. She also worked in Dallas, Galveston, Tempe and Chicago as part of her 25 years in higher education.
The late Dr. Grady C. Hogue was president of Coastal Bend College from its inception in 1965 to 1984. He was followed by Dr. Norman E. Wallace from 1984 to 1999 and Dr. John M. Brockman from 1999 to 2007. Dr. Thomas B. Baynum headed the college from 2007 to 2011, followed by Interim President Dr. Jimmy Goodson, who will step down in June.
Espinoza is slated to start work the first week of June. She will be accompanied to Beeville by her husband and six-year-old daughter.
Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees selected Dr. Beatriz Espinoza as the sole finalist for the position of president.
Espinoza, Vice Chancellor for Educational Planning and Services at Yuba Community College District in Marysville, Calif., was one of five finalists. The board made the decision in closed session during a March 22 board meeting. The finalist was announced shortly after.
Dr. Espinoza was Vice President for Workforce Learning Services at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. While there, she helped build a program to develop home grown engineers feeding STEM-heavy students from community college to area universities. The program included early-program paid internships that gave students work experience at Yuma Proving Grounds while building skill sets in the classroom.
As a young college administrator, she was sponsored by Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) for a fellowship on Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI). Espinoza is experienced in working with minority student populations and in diverse communities where the cultures, background and languages are as different as the needs of each community.
She worked in Dallas, Tempe and Chicago as part of her 25 years in higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology and Educational Psychology and a Masters in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg.
Espinoza grew up in South Texas.
“Community college is not just a professional obligation for me. It is my avocation and my vocation,” Dr. David Pelham said to Coastal Bend College faculty and staff. He came to South Texas from the United Arab Emirates to visit CBC at the invitation of the Coastal Bend College Board of Trustees. Pelham is one of five candidates for college president selected to interview for the position.
Pelham, Director of Higher Colleges of Technology – Fujairah in Fujairah, UAE, said it was his own experiences as a community college student that launched his career in higher education as an instructor and, later, an administrator.
He said, “I know the role that community college played for me. Had it not been for a conversation that I had with one of my teachers during my second semester at community college, I wouldn’t be here today.”
That conversation, Dr. Pelham explained, was the impetus for him joining the debate team in college and then accepting a debate scholarship that took him to university. Years later, when Pelham was a speech instructor, he was invited by the same faculty member, who was, at that time, president of Lake City Community College in Florida, to take an administrative position. Over time, he rose to be the college vice president.
Dr. Pelham served as president at College of the Siskiyous in Weeds, Calif. and then Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. for a total of eight years before accepting a position in Fujairah. In his capacity as director, Pelham’s faculty and staff represented 30 nationalities with a student population predominately of the Emirates. “That’s been an incredible learning opportunity – being out of my culture.”
He said the decision to go to UAE was based on the uniqueness of the opportunity and the desire to experience life outside of the United States. After a couple of years, Pelham is ready to return.
The radiography program at Coastal Bend College is holding information sessions for all individuals interested in applying to the radiography program. Info session dates are as follows:
Beeville: March 26, 3-5 p.m. in the Dan A. Hughes Technology Building, U-107, on the Beeville Campus.
Pleasanton: March 27, 3-5 p.m. in Room 135 on the Coastal Bend College — Pleasanton Campus.
Kingsville: April 2, 3-5 p.m. in Room 120 on the Coastal Bend College — Kingsville Campus.
Alice: April 4, 3-5 p.m. in Room 104 on the Coastal Bend College –Alice Campus.
Dates have been set for Spring 2012. Be sure to attend a session if you are applying to the Radiography Program because attending a session is worth two points on the application.