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College Report: November, 2017

Nov 15, 2017


FLL MAJORS FAIR ATTENDEESThe Fresno City College Fall 2017 Majors Fair was held on October 11 and was a great success! Tables representing college departments and divisions provided information on programs and academic areas to 822 students.

Honored For Excellence

FCC was one of 13 California colleges and universities to be honored for excellence in transfer degrees by the Campaign for College Opportunity. FCC is the only community college in the entire central San Joaquin Valley to receive this recognition. The college will be honored in December for excelling at enrolling and graduating Associate Degree for Transfer students.

Accreditation Update

On November 9th two open forums for accreditation will be held at 10:00 and 1:00 in OAB 251. This will be another opportunity for all constituents to provide feedback and ask questions about the Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER). In addition, the Institutional Research and Effectiveness Committee (IRE) will present a status update on the Core Nine Institutional Set Standards.

Veteran's Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony took place in front of the college’s Veterans Peace memorial on November 3. There were special presentations, a helicopter fly over, rifle salute and the playing of taps. The keynote speaker was Lorenzo Rios and the Citizen Soldier award was presented to Charles Hunnicutt.


Students at Tech expoFresno City College proudly displayed its career and technical programs on October 18 at the Career Tech Expo. The annual event, held at the Fresno Convention Center, exposes over 2,000 local students and parents to the career and educational opportunities in the Central Valley. FCC had a large showing with 55 faculty and student ambassadors representing our many CTE programs at 22 booths. Students were able to interact with new technology and equipment from welding, EST and HVAC programs, take pictures in turnout gear next to our Fire Academy engine, and explore our automotive tech and Police Academy cars.Career Tech Expo Veterans Day Ceremony took place in front of the college’s Veterans Peace memorial on November 3. There were special presentations, a helicopter flyover, rifle salute and the playing of taps. The key-note speaker was Lorenzo Rios and the Citizen Soldier award was presented to Charles Hunnicutt.

FCC Veterans Orientation

four attendees seated  around a tableThe Fresno City College Veterans Resource Center held its annual Veterans Orientation and Reception on October 25. Attendees were presented vital information regarding the college’s services and programs available to them.


The Rampage staff participated in the Journalism Association conference at DeAnza College in Cupertino on October 21. They received many awards in both the mail-in and on-the-spot contest, in which they directly competed with student journalists from other colleges.

Mail-Ins - General excellence in print for content, layout, design, and representation:
First Place: webcast/broadcast news -The Parking Problem - Ram Reyes, Frank Lopez & Samantha Domingo
Second Place: News Story – Samantha Domingo
Second Place: profile feature – 9/11 Hero – Frank Lopez
Third place: Sports action photo – Fight for Water – Larry Valenzuela
Fourth place: Profile feature -The Revival of Ruby Red – Ashleigh Panoo
Honorable mention: Editorial – Rampage Staff Honorable mention: Editorial cartoon (2 awards)—Frank Lopez; Honorable mention: Page Design – Rampage Staff.
First Place: News Story – Seth Case
First Place: News Photo – Samuel Reyes
Fourth Place: News Story – Ashleigh Panoo
Honorable Mention: Editorial Cartooning – Frank Lopez


The Dental Hygiene Department is partnering with the Fresno Madera Dental Society for Veteran’s Smile Day on November 4. Veterans who cannot attend the one-day clinic will be given vouchers to receive free dental hygiene services at the FCC dental hygiene clinic.


Former FCC standout Andy Rios was recently named Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Rios is a member of the San Jose State University men’s soccer team.



SYMBA and IDILE students took a trip to Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on October 14 for a rededication celebration. The rededication of the park is an opportunity for park users and supporters to renew their commitment to the park and its symbolic representation of self-determination for African-Americans. Students participated in various activities including a visit to the historical school, library, businesses, and landmarks and interacted with other students and staff from other colleges. 


Poster for Silent Sky productionFresno City College Theatre Arts presents Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Janine Christl at the Studio 105 Theatre. Silent Sky is based on the true-life story of Henrietta Leavitt, a "computer" for Harvard Observatory that discovered how to measure the universe. Women, at the time, were not allowed to touch the large telescope, yet much of the work came from three pioneering women that worked as "computers". Dates and times are November 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m. and 12, 17, 18 at 2 p.m.


The FCC and District Office Classified Senate Staff  Development Day is on November 10. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Veronica Neal, a certified diversity specialist from De Anza College and San Francisco State University. Dr. Neal will explore the importance of building authentic communities and explore the challenges and opportunities of our equity work by applying a variety of tools to enhance the college culture of collaboration and advance the college mission, vision, and goals. All classified professionals and administrators are expected to attend and participate in the workshop.



Dignitaries raising wall framingThe FCC Applied Technology Construction Program held a press conference on October 27 with the City of Clovis and Habitat for Humanity to announce a newly formed partnership to begin construction of a home in Clovis. Led by Applied Technology Dean, Becky Barabe, and construction instructor Eric Nitzsche, the 1200 square foot home will be built by students in the Construction Program during the 2017 fall and 2018 spring semesters. Work on the new house also includes students in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning class (HVAC).  Special thanks to Board President John Leal and Chancellor Paul Parnell for their support and attendance at this inaugural event.


Yeonmi Park on stageThe Fresno City College Speakers Forum opened the fall season with human rights activist and author Yeonmi Park on October 19 in the OAB Auditorium. Attendees heard of her escape from North Korea and asked questions during the presentation. A book signing of Park’s searing memoir “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom”, took place during the reception. On October 25, the Speakers Forum also presented a panel discussion with Jake Soberal and Irma Olguin, Jr., Co-CEOs of Bitwise Industries. 


Fresno City College is hosting a free, eight-part series entitled “Black Minds Matter” (BMM): A Focus on Black Boys and Men in Education” taught by Professor J. Luke Wood from San Diego State University. This course presents experiences and realities of black males in education, and encourages discussion of issues facing black male students and offers research-based strategies to improve their success. Faculty, staff, administrators and community members are invited to attend. Dates are Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 & Dec. 11 at 4:30 pm.


Fresno City College hosted the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Caravan College Fair on November 6. Approximately 22 colleges and universities participated. Interested students obtained information regarding admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.


smiling awardeesOn Tuesday, October 24, five FCC students were awarded academic scholarships by AT&T, the Central Valley Women’s Conference, and the Central California Educational Opportunity Center at Fresno State. The women; Veronica Aguilar, Alma Castillo, Anita Flores, Alejandra Gomez and Desiree Mesta, each received a $500 scholarship and were recognized at the luncheon for their perseverance and sacrifices made in their college journey.   


Fire relief fund posterFresno City College women’s volleyball is having a Santa Rosa Jr. College Fire Relief Fund benefitting the volleyball program and students at SRJC who are victims of the North Bay Fire. Donations will be accepted on Nov. 10 at 6 the Rams host Porterville College. For more information, please contact FCC volleyball coach Kieren Roblee,559-4438524or   


students in front of muralOver the summer a small team of FCC students worked on a commissioned mural for the Fresno County Fair Museum at the Fresno Fairgrounds. The project was sponsored by the Union Park and Workers Memorial Foundation and unveiled during the 2017 Big Fresno Fair. The art students; Tommy Duch, Martin Townsend, Joie Siakovich-Inshaw, Mercedes James, Nicolo Morelos and Tanner Jensen are members of the ACT (Art for Community Transformation) Club. The club advisors; drawing instructor Caleb Henderson and painting instructor Kevin Stewart-Magee assisted with the mural. This is one of 10 murals created in 2017 by students both on campus and for the community.   


The 2nd Nursing Honor Society Induction was held on November 7, 2017 in the OAB Auditorium.  Fourteen 4th semester Honor Students have completed their Capstone Project (Health fair in the Atrium) and are ready to receive their Honor Cords, pin, and certificate! A reception was held after the ceremony for students, families, faculty, and administrators.


On October 14, the Transfer Center took 60 students to UC Merced for the UC for You Transfer Conference.

Our students had the opportunity to learn about the entire UC System and personally engage with representatives from each UC campus. The majority of students attending had never been to a UC campus before.


The FCC Child Development Center celebrated 30 years of service to children and their families on November 3. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the CDC opened its doors in 1987. The event included dinner and a silent auction and was held in OAB 251.


3 Art Space Gallery: Rebecca Campbell (through December 7)
3 Child Development Center 30th Anniversary Fundraiser
3 Volleyball vs. Cerro Coso
8 Fall Community College Choral Festival
9 Accreditation Open Forums
9 Gary Soto Tours
10 Classified Professionals Staff Development Day
10 Volleyball vs. Porterville
10-12 City Dances Fall Workshop
10-18 FCC Theatre presents Silent Sky
11 Football vs. College of Sequoias
15 Intramural Speech Competition
16 Careers & Majors Workshop
17 Intermediate/Advanced Voice Recital
17-19 Men’s Basketball Classic
19 Latin Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos
23 Thanksgiving
28 Community Symphony Orchestra
30 Rams Jams Guitar Showcase

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