Projects Highlighting MSJC’s 50th Anniversary Receive Accolades from Marketing Organization
A team of Mt. San Jacinto College students and instructors ranked among the best in the western United States when they recently won a prestigious marketing award for a documentary about the college.
The team, called “The Anniversary 50 Project,” received an award in the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations’ 2013 Medallion Awards for District 6 for a documentary about MSJC’s first 50 years. The documentary, which was created to honor the 50th anniversary of MSJC, won the Bronze in the Specialty Advertising category.
“This award signifies the quality of instruction and the quality of students here at Mt. San Jacinto College,” said MSJC Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz. “This was a unique project that brought together students from a variety of disciplines. During their work, they displayed passion and professionalism and they deserve to be recognized for their production.”
The NCMPR District 6 Medallion Awards ceremony was held in September in Tempe, AZ. District 6 takes in western states including California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. NCMPR, an organization for marketing and PR professionals at community and technical colleges, described the competition as fierce after receiving about 300 entries from colleges across the District 6 region. Judges for the competition were experts in a variety of marketing fields.
The Anniversary 50 Project team was made up of students from across the disciplines, including history, English and multimedia. They spent two semesters conducting interviews, poring through newspaper archives and photos and taping and editing scenes to produce a documentary for the college’s 50th anniversary in 2012-13. The documentary was unveiled during the MSJC Foundation’s annual Gala in February 2013.It can be viewed online at www.msjc.edu/foundation.
Mt. San Jacinto College won two other NCMPR Medallion awards. A series of beautiful posters called the Walking Timeline won Silver in the Specialty Advertising category. The Walking Timeline provides brief narratives and a pictorial history of the college’s first 50 years and provides a glimpse of the college’s future with artist renderings of buildings planned for each of the college’s four locations.
The college also took Bronze in the Print Advertising-Single category for an ad that promotes the college’s Child Care and Development program and the college’s 50th anniversary with the tagline: We May Be 50, but We’re Not Old School.
The Women’s Guild was organized in 1982 by a committed & dedicated group of women who sought to assist in the growth & expansion of the then Sun City Center for Spiritual Living located at 26805 Murrieta Road the church’s website: www.cslmenifee.org
The group’s vision from the very beginning has been: to come together in love, harmony and cooperation in service to the members and to outreach into the community, and has worked continuously for the past 31 years.
For 2013 the Women have been working in support of the improvement & maintenance of the Center and the Guild is an active & dedicated supporter of Women against Child Trafficking as well as the Community Cupboard.
Women supporting each other in their own personal growth is a key function of the group. It helps when friendships are made & confidences shared while focusing on a project to benefit others resulting in making everyone’s life better.
Those looking to learn more about the group are welcomed to attend the monthly meetings. Phone the Center for Spiritual Living Menifee at 951-679-6622 for additional information.
I commend these dynamic women of the Women’s Guild for their dedication to great causes...
The Center for Spiritual Living Menifee is also a Member of the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce kicked off the 2013-2014 Student of the Month program in September 2013. The students are nominated by their teachers and staff at their respective school sites and are chosen for their character, integrity, love of learning, ability to persevere and overcome challenging circumstances, community service, and how they make a difference on their high school campus.
October’s students and their families attended a luncheon sponsored by the Perris and Menifee Chambers of Commerce along with local businesses and organizations. Principals and teachers from each high school shared stories about the students and they each received certificates of recognition, numerous gifts, congratulations and encouragement from local, county, state and federal dignitaries.
Paloma Valley High School Student of the Month is Jared Mickley. Jared currently holds a GPA of over 4.0 and has participated on the WASC Committee, GATE, track, cross country, NJROTC, and the National Honor Society. According to Master Sgt. Frank Puebla, Jared leads by example; he is focused and knows where he wants to go. Jared shared that he has met numerous outstanding leaders in high school, and that NJROTC is his life, and it has made him what he is today. He plans to join the Marine Corp, Naval Academy, and possibly attend the University of San Diego (UCSD) to become an ROTC instructor.
Perris High School’s, Daniel Van Patten is described by Principal, Dr. Lynne Sheffield, as a young man who exudes leadership. In fact, Dr. Sheffield shared that Daniel will be representing Perris High School at the Future Farmers of America (FFA) National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Daniel’s FFA teacher, Mr. Nering remembers Daniel as a freshman who looked a little lost. As Daniel began to volunteer in projects, he noticed how he has developed his potential to where he is now. Daniel admitted that he did not like education as a child but was heavily influenced by Mr. Nering and presses hard towards his goals. He plans to attend UC Davis, UCLA, or UC San Diego to become a teacher.
Steven Anderson is Perris Lake High School’s Student of the Month. Dr. Narciso Iglesias, Principal, stated that as he got to know Steven more, he realized that he has an intellectual, and linguistic intelligence, and is in tune with everyone around him. Mr. Benz, teacher at Perris Lake, shared that their mutual love of music has helped Steven in school and other areas of his life. Steven shared that Mr. Benz has helped him overcome a number of issues, and has worked hard to turn his life around. He plans to continue his education to become an American Sign Language interpreter which has helped and influenced his family.
Heritage High School’s Student of the Month, Melissa Quijda, is currently number two in her class and according to Principal, Julie Zierold, she is an outstanding student and is amazed of how she is able to keep everything in her life together. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA while carrying four advanced placement courses, participation in a number of school activities, volunteering in the community, and helping her family at home is not easy. Melissa shared that she has learned to appreciate and be thankful for what she’s received. But also, she is grateful for being appreciated and has a desire to help others. Melissa is eyeing a number of colleges but has not chosen yet; however, she does plan to enter the field of engineering.
All of these students demonstrated a desire to work hard and have a drive to exceed others and their own expectations. The Perris Valley Chamber and the Menifee Valley Chamber wish them the best in their endeavors. If you wish to learn more about the Student of the Month Program, please contact founder, Sally Myers at (951) 506-8024.
Menifee Animal Clinic is now taking appointments for low cost pet spay/neuter surgeries. The new clinic received funding from PetSmart Charities to provide 8,000 low cost spay/neuter surgeries during its first year of operation. The funding was also used to purchase the surgical equipment for the new clinic.
Menifee Animal Clinic, located at 30145 Antelope Road in the Menifee Town Center, is newest low-cost, high- quality, high- volume spay/neuter clinic in Riverside County. A high volume clinic is one that provides more than 8,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually.
The clinic offers affordable spay/neuter services, especially for low-income pet owners who might not have the resources to have this procedure done for their pets.
Menifee Animal Clinic is open 9am to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday. For more information or to schedule an appointment for your pet, please call (951) 679-7370.
Traffic slows down at the common rush hour times in Southern California daily and without fail. You can set your watch on it and I have realized for every minute I take to leave adds ten minutes to my trip time. Not a very good ratio so I decided to buy a motorcycle and start really moving around the Southland. By some accounts, it is legal to split lanes in stalled traffic and a motorcycle can move a lot faster than a passenger vehicle.
So my motorcycle was a thrill to ride and it was not very expensive. My commute times were slashed and I was happy to be on the road again with the wind in my…helmet. The insurance to drive the bike was cheap enough and I did not bother to get Comprehensive or Collision coverage because I didn’t care about the bike and it wasn’t worth the expense. Besides, if I crashed the bike and it was my fault then I would deal with the consequences and move on with life.
The story begins one day while I was driving a familiar patch of pavement and like clockwork the traffic slowed and I went in between lanes. A driver in the left lane decided his lane was not going fast enough and swerved into the center lane, however, this 19 year old driver did not use a blinker or check his blind spot. You guessed it; I was next to him going about twenty miles per hour.
With no time to stop or even brake I remember seeing his front passenger wheel suddenly get really close to me. Hitting between the wheel and the door, I was launched thirty feet into the air and came as close to Superman flying as humanly possible. Thankfully, I tucked my head and did a flip in the air so I landed on my shoulder and not my face. My flip was so fast my dress shoes flew off and I banged my ankles and feet so hard on the pavement I had bruises for weeks.
To my joy, traffic had suddenly stopped in all three lanes from where I was hit and I stood up and braced for an additional impact of someone hitting me. But nothing came and the headlights illuminated me in an unwanted spotlight. After the initial adrenaline rush, I hobbled over to the median and crumpled down under my own weight as my ankles gave out in pain.
After the police, ambulance and reports were done, I waited for my father in-law to bring a flatbed trailer to bring my totaled bike home. The next day I called his insurance company to find out what to do next. To my horror, I was put at 50% at fault by the insurance company for this accident and determined to be going too fast for traffic conditions.
The insurance company I had would not help me because I did not have full coverage on my motorcycle. Even though they agreed I was not at fault, they could not do anything because they were not involved. If there was a lawsuit against me they would pay but not the other way around. It was up to me to fight the insurance company for anything owed to me. Overall, I had to settle for 50% of all my injuries, bike damage and lost wages at work.
Sure, I could have fought it in court and spent many thousands of dollars to get back a few thousand. I was not mad at the situation because it was an accident, I was mad at myself for trying to save a few bucks and not having the coverage. In life you get what you pay for; that holds true for your insurance coverage. So the next time you need to cut costs, look somewhere other than your insurance. Insurance is for accidents, and you can’t plan those, you can only prepare and have full coverage.
Judy Irwin joined Arts Council Menifee a little over two years ago and has had the opportunity to discover her niche in the art world. “Joining the Arts Council opened up opportunities for me to show my artwork that had never been available to me before,” said Irwin.
Upon retiring almost 17 years ago, Irwin and her husband traveled across the United States for many years before settling in Menifee.
“I got into the art world through a strange set of circumstances,” said Irwin. After going out shopping with a friend one afternoon, Irwin wanted to buy a watermelon paper plate holder in the store; however, she was told that she had to paint it herself instead.
“’Never having painted a thing in my life, I replied, ‘No, not me, I don’t paint’, to which they said, ‘We’ll teach you’” said Irwin. “That was my start in the art world.”
Irwin has now been painting for 18 years.
“[I] can say that art opened a new door in my life,” said Irwin. “I see things differently now, the beauty in nature and the vast array of colors in objects.”
Irwin’s pieces are a testament to her ability to use a wide variety of materials and techniques in her artwork.
“I would say my style is realistic and I use vibrant colors in my work,” said Irwin.
Irwin did Tole painting during her first few years of painting. That is a type of decorative painting technique that uses media like tin, wood, and other miscellaneous objects. But after taking a few painting workshops, Irwin fell in love with using watercolors and has been using that medium ever since. “I did oil for a while but was fascinated by the watercolors. I signed up for watercolor classes with Kathy Pickett, who became my mentor and still is today,” said Irwin.
In addition to painting regular sized watercolor pieces, she is currently involved in creating miniature paintings, which she sells online.
Irwin continues to push herself creatively. She showcases her work publicly in the community to share her love for painting with other people. She hopes that others will take a leap of faith and discover painting like she did.
“Anyone can learn to paint, some better than others, but everyone can learn and enjoy the relaxation and the accomplishment of their own artwork,” says Irwin. “I would say to anyone wanting to paint, go for it!”
Judy Irwin’s artwork is currently on display at Arts Council Menifee’s art gallery which is open to the public at the Key Ceniceros Center in Menifee.
“We are proud to have Judy’s brilliant creations on display along with many other pieces by local artists at our gallery. We hope the community will stop by and see how talented Menifee’s artists are,” said Bill Zimmerman, President of the group.
Please visit: www.artscouncilmenifee.org
A grand opening was held on Nov. 7 for the center on the San Jacinto Campus. The Menifee Valley Campus also has a Veterans Resource Center.
Mt. San Jacinto College is providing full services to veterans who return to college through its Veterans Resource Centers.
The college celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on the San Jacinto Campus on Nov. 7. The Veterans Resource Center on the Menifee Valley Campus has been serving student-veterans since 2012. These centers are designed to help the more than 800 veterans that college district serves. The district runs from the San Gorgonio Pass to Temecula and has campuses in Banning, San Jacinto, Menifee and a complex in Temecula, with a second location opening in Temecula in 2014.
The grand opening celebration included presentation of the Colors, the National Anthem, posting of the Colors, and a presentation of the POW/MIA Remembrance Table by The March Air Reserve Base Honor Guard Team.
Grace Davis of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2266 gave the invocation of ceremony and the benediction. MSJC Superintendent/President Roger Schultz welcomed the guests. Speakers were: Mr. Marvin Funk, Pearl Harbor Survivor; Mr. John Melandrez, Order of the Purple Heart; Mr. Morton Gollin, American Ex-Prisoner of War II; Mr. Ed Bardwell, WWII and Korean veteran VFW 2262.
The centers at MSJC provide student-veterans with counselors who specialize in GI Bill benefits, educational counseling and can help veterans connect with the resources they need to succeed at MSJC.
MSJC is proud to serve its student-veteran population and to be a part of the commitment by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and President Obama’s “8 Keys to Success” plan to help student-veterans at college. MSJC is one of more than 90 community colleges to implement President Obama’s plan. The plan helps veterans to afford and complete college degrees and certificates in preparation for jobs in high-growth sectors of the economy. See www.ed.gov/veterans-and-military-families/8-keys-success-sites.
MSJC’s Veterans Resource Centers offer services that include a full-time dedicated school certifying official; free veteran-to-veteran tutoring and peer mentoring; and free computer use. The centers also provide returning veterans a smooth transition into college life.
The centers have lounge areas with sofas, conference and study areas for meetings and tutoring. They also provide veterans with a place for camaraderie.
The Veterans Resource Center on the San Jacinto Campus is located in room 1560. The VRC on the Menifee Valley Campus is in Room 1017.
In the year 1918, the first declared World War "the Great War" began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The war between the Allied nations and Germany. The following year November 11th was commemorated as Armistice Day. It wasn't until 1938 that it became a legal federal holiday in the United States. After the second World War and the Korean War Armistice Day became Veterans Day. November 11th became a national holiday dedicated to all American veterans. Veterans are people who have served in the U.S. military in times of war or peace, whether it be the Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Navy, or Coast Guard. Much of the American working class and most students take this day off to observe this day.
Mail is not delivered, federal workers are paid for taking the holiday, and non-essential government offices are closed. The importance of this day is significant in our history for acknowledging and appreciating that they have given so much of their lives and time for our freedom. The United States Marine Corps celebrates their birthday on November 10th, 1775, the day before Veterans Day. Since the two are only a day apart the Armed Forces observes both as a 96-hour liberty period. Veterans receive free meals at many restaurant chains. As Wilson once stated in his address to Congress, "Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness". Not only do we want to acknowledge November 10th and 11th, we are thankful every day of the year for what our men and women in the military do for our country. Almost every family has someone who has served or knows someone personally who has.
They fight, protect, and secure our nation to give us peace here at home. Many lives have been lost or changed forever by their selflessness and the experiences they have endured. And still they continued to fight. Remember the veterans this month and thank them for their services. Past, present, and future...we thank you.