Over 40 CBC faculty members awarded new academic ranks

HEADLINE: Over 40 CBC faculty members awarded new academic ranks

BEEVILLE, TX—At the Coastal Bend College (CBC) Board of Trustee regular meeting on January 21, 42 faculty members received new academic/professorship ranks as part of the College’s faculty title system. Each fall semester, faculty may submit an application to be granted either the assistant professor (0-4 years experience), associate professor (5-10 years experience), or professor (over 10 years of experience) title. Congratulations to the following faculty members on their new titles:

Assistant Professors: Jennifer Arismendez, Jarod Bleibdrey, Charles Daniels, George Fiegel, Gino Garza, Kimberlee Garza, Katherine Gifford, Janet Gonzalez, Stephanie Guardiola, Loana Hernandez, Karen Jordan, Audrey Lorberau, Linda Millard, Cynthia Newton, Richard Olivares, Nicole Poritsanos, Melanie Reeves, Leonard Scott, Richard Trevino and Kimberly Verrilli.

Associate Professors: Brian Anderson, Robert Coley, Kathleen Cuyler, Phyllis Garcia, Salvador Garza, George Guidry, James Hunt, Lavinia Isassi, Larry Mendez, Jr., Angelica Rea, Joel Schmit, Irma Trevino, Ludie Tyran and Ronika Williams.

Professors: Mark Brown, Karl J. Clark, Karyn Mills, Christi Morgan, Enrique Rodriguez, Margaret Rojas, Mark Secord and Jack Young.

Faculty Senate President Daniel Vernazza presented information about the faculty senate. As president, Vernazza serves as the liaison to upper administration by working alongside Vice President of Instruction Dr. Kyle Wagner to bring forth ideas, concerns and information from the faculty members. The senate meets on a monthly basis and is open to all CBC faculty members from all CBC locations. Minutes, agendas and by-laws are available on their website at http://coastalbend.edu/facultysenate14-15/.

The Board of Trustees approved various local policies as part of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) annual update, and they also approved a resolution authorizing early turnover and additional penalties to be collected from delinquent personal property taxes. The resolution authorizes the Bee County Tax Office to collect monies owed from property taxes in a more expedient manner.

During the president’s report, CBC President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza highlighted several accomplishments by CBC students and staff. The A.C. Jones High School Welding Team took home 1st place honors at the American Welding Society’s (AWS) Welding Competition in Robstown on January 9. The welding students are enrolled in CBC’s Dual Enrollment Program, which awards high school students with college credit for courses. To date, the program provides dual enrollment services to over 32 high schools in the South Texas region. For more information about the dual enrollment program, please email ode@coastalbend.edu or call (361) 354-2714.

The CBC Marketing and Public Relations Department received notice of being a college finalist in the social media marketing category for the National Council on Marketing and Public Relation’s (NCMPR) prestigious Paragon Awards that recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. It is the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two- year colleges. The college will be awarded either a bronze, silver, or gold Paragon Award at the NCMPR National Conference in Portland, OR in March 2015.

About the CBC Board of Trustees:

The CBC Board of Trustees is comprised of seven elected trustees that serve six-year terms. Their regularly scheduled meeting is on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm on the Coastal Bend College Beeville Campus, Robert J. Beasley Administration Building inside the Sandy Dirks Board Room. Meeting notices, agendas and board packets can be found online at www.coastalbend.edu/board.

CBC hosts community open house for its new state-of-the-art Cougar Center facility

Headline: CBC hosts community open house for its new state-of-the-art Cougar Center facility

Sub Headline: R.W. Dirks to be honored at event for his commitment to higher education

BEEVILLE, TX— Coastal Bend College (CBC) is pleased to announce the grand opening of its newest facility on campus, the Cougar Center. The Cougar Center, located in the R.W. Dirks Student Services Building, houses the admissions, registrar, and financial aid offices and is designed to be a one-stop location for students seeking to pursue higher education. Additionally, during peak registration times, a representative from the CBC Business Office will be in the center to help facilitate payment plans for students.

CBC invites all community members from Beeville and the surrounding areas to tour the new facility on January 21 at 4:30 p.m. during our Cougar Center Open House. The building’s namesake, R. W. Dirks, will be honored at the event for his decades of service and commitment to CBC, as well as his dedication to education in Bee County.

Dirks served as a CBC Board of Trustee member from 1971 through 2008 and also served on the Pettus Independent School District Board. To date, Dirks has donated over $170,000 to support CBC, and he is the inaugural member of the CBC Founders Circle Legacy Donor tier.

In addition to housing the new state-of-the-art Cougar Center, the R. W. Dirks Student Services Building showcases a variety of services that the College offers its students at no additional cost to current students. Its 19,000 square feet also houses career counseling, advising, tutoring, testing, and other student success services.

Questions about the Cougar Center and its services should be directed to Lupe Ganceres, interim dean of student services, via email at lupegg@coastalbend.edu or via telephone at (361) 354-2712. For information on how you can help support higher education innovation and opportunities at CBC, please contact the CBC Foundation at (361) 354-2348 or via email at foundation@coastalbend.edu. You may also donate online at www.showussomelove.org.

CBC leadership presents at ACCT Leadership Congress

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Coastal Bend College President Dr. Beatriz T. Espinoza, center, recently accompanied Laura Fischer, CBC Board of Trustees Vice Chair, and Carroll Lohse, CBC Board of Trustees Chairman, to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress in Chicago. Also present at the Leadership Congress, although not pictured, were CBC trustees Victor Gomez and DeeDee Bernal. The team was there to lead a session titled, “Student Access and Success Model.” The session highlighted the partnership between the College and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend—a partnership that has increased access and opportunities for students to gain workforce education and embark on a career all in one location.

October Board Meeting: Cancelled

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Coastal Bend College District scheduled on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 has been cancelled due to President Espinoza’s emergency medical procedure which occurred on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

CBC Honors 2013-2014 Retirees

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CBC Honors 2013-2014 Retirees

Coastal Bend College held a retirement reception on April 25, 2014 to honor employees who retired this year or are retiring between May and August 2014. The retirees are (from left to right) Dee Berthold, CBC Alice Counselor, 18 years of service; Elden Price, Accounting Professor, 31 years of service; Bobby Uzzell, Computer Information Technology Professor, 35 years of service; Millie Powell, Health Information Management Instructor, 11 years of service; Dina Villegas, TRiO Upward Bound Administrative Assistant, 33 years of service; Robin Schubert, Dental Hygiene Professor, 27 years of service; Sylvia Lopez, TRiO Student Support Services Administrative Assistant, 21 years of service; Ed Massey, History & Humanities Professor, 36 years of service; Danny Burns, Chemistry & Geology Professor, 33 years of service; Johnny Moreno, Welding Instructor, 36 years of service; Kathlyn Patton, Dean of Administration, 25 years of service; and Gloria Rincon, Executive Assistant to the President & CBC Board Secretary, 34 years of service. Retirees not pictured are Alicia Ulloa, Director of Admissions/Registrar, 38 years of service; Nora Cartwright, Continuing Education Facilitator, 5 years of service; Mary Perez, Continuing Education Assistant, 11 years of service; and Grace Villarreal, Budgets Supervisor, 44 years of service.