Thursday, August 14, 2014

Employees of the Month - Debra Santos and Katie Day

Please join us in congratulating Deborah Santos - Gavilan College's Employees of the Month for May 2014 and Katie Day - Gavilan College's Employees of the Month for June 2014!

Deborah is a part-time Departmental Assistant for the Aviation department and has been with Gavilan College since 2012. She has had a very beneficial impact on the Aviation program in many different ways.  She has reduced Aviation FAA time tracking work from 3 days per week to 2 hours per week.  She has implemented an accounting and order tracking system that the program needs due to its use of expensive consumables that are complicated to order, and now there is a much better control over the process that has resulted in a lot of money saved, orders coming in on time, and efficient tracking of cost per student for better budget planning.  Deborah has also become the conduit for finding student support for Aviation students and has put all the available support information in writing so that students can get their various needs met.  Those efforts have resulted in better retention rates and in a program that now has a waiting list for enrollment.  She has helped market the program through letters to high schools, better communication with aviation organizations, and display of materials at air shows.  Deborah has been a tireless asset to the Aviation Program.  She is gratefully endorsed by the Academic Senate and the faculty.    

Katie is a full-time Division Assistant for the Career Technical Education division and has been with Gavilan College since 2002.
The current semester has been a whirlwind for the CTE Division office as we have participated in several complex and comprehensive regional grant applications.  One application alone required data be inputted on 40 forms.  All grant work was under a tight timeline for submission and it was due to the swift assistance from Katie Day that Gavilan was able to successfully meet all deadlines.  Katie has been a committed Gavilan employee for over 10 years. Her customer service skills are legendary.  She handles all challenging situations with grace, composure and professionalism.  She is always the first to speak up and offer to help when colleagues need assistance.  She remains one of the most dedicated employees in the CTE division.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014


The Gavilan College Department of Kinesiology & Athletics is proud to announce the 2013-14 Gavilan College Student-Athlete of the Year Award presented by Famous Dave's Legendary Pit BBQ.  This year's recipient is Paige Miguel of the women's softball team.

In 2008-09, the Rams Athletic Department teamed up with Famous Dave's and Articulate Solutions to honor our student-athletes for their accomplishments on and off the field.

As part of the selection process, special attention was paid specifically to four areas: academic achievement, leadership; athletic contributions; and involvement in the community.  Over the course of the 2013-14 academic year, 26 individual student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments as student-athletes of the month.  As a result, each were honored with a certificate of recognition, compliments of Articulate Solutions and a $25 gift certificate from Famous Dave's.  Their names were also added to a perpetual plaque that will be proudly displayed in the foyer of the Bud & Jean Ottmar Memorial Gymnasium.

This year's recipient of the 2013-14 Student-Athlete of the Year Award goes to Paige Miguel of the women's softball team.  Paige had a cumulative grade point average of 3.19 for the academic year, posting a 3.7 gpa during the spring semester, a personal best.  She was recognized as a President's Scholar during the spring term. 

After playing and transferring from Hartnell College in the fall of 2012, Paige sat out the 2013 season to hone her skills.  As a result of developing multiple pitches once transferring to Gavilan, this pitcher became a powering nemesis for opponents.  She finished the 2014 campaign 9th overall in statistical categories for pitchers in the conference, ranking 11th in the entire state.  From the pitcher's circle, Paige accumulated a 20-6 overall record; striking out 139 batters in 178.1 innings pitched.  That's almost a batter per inning.  She had 19 complete games in 29 starts and an ERA of 2.16 in conference and 2.59 overall.  She also recorded a .975 fielding percentage as well.

From the offensive side of the game, Paige had a .308 batting average with 23 RBIs and scoring 30 runs.  For her effort, Paige was named a 1st Team All Coast Conference selection and an All-NorCal Student-Athlete for 2014.  Due to her effort, along with her teammates, Gavilan College claimed its first Coast Conference Championship in 30 years.  Paige was also recognized by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches' Association as Pitcher of the Week in week #8 of the season (April 9, 2014).

As an active member in the community, Paige was instrumental in mentoring local elementary school girls through the BAWSI program, an afterschool program that promotes self-esteem, development  and healthy life choices through physical activity and sport.

As a result of her hard work and determination, Paige will be playing for the Statesmen of William and Penn University on a softball scholarship in Iowa where she'll be looking to continue with her Kinesiology degree in Sports Medicine.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Gavilan College Computer Graphics and Design shines once again at state fair

For immediate release: August 1, 2014
Gavilan College Computer Graphics and Design shines once again at state fair
Students and faculty earn four honors

In July 12, at the opening ceremony for the California State fair in Sacramento, Gavilan College Computer Graphics & Design (CGD) students and their instructor were presented with four awards. Awards included (2) first place rosettes, (1) GoEngineer award, and (1) second place rosette. This annual competition is open to all students enrolled in Industrial Technology from Career Technology Education (CTE) Programs from 112 California's community colleges. Emily Fax, recipient of two top awards, also received a certificate of recognition from State Assemblymember Luis Alejo for her achievements and for demonstrating excellence in Computer Graphics & Design. 

Those honored are:

Student Emily Faz, Morgan Hill, earned three awards. Two are for her presentation of 3D rendered models of a collection of six dolls she configured by creating interchangeable parts. She is receiving a 1st Place Rosette for her poster of these dolls as well as a GoEngineer 3D Modeling SolidWorks Award from the State Fair for winning the highest award in her division. Her project applied technical graphic skills related to her goal of entering the field of video animation. The virtual doll collection she created demonstrates excellence in Career Technology Education and was recognized with a Certificate of Recognition from Assembly Member Luis Alejo. Emily Faz's award-winning project's characters demonstrate how design skills gained in CGD courses are prepare her to achieve her career goals.

CGD Advanced Technical Computer Graphics Student Tim Holliday, Gilroy, was selected for a State Fair Rosette for his 3D project in the Mechanical Drafting Show. His poster of a 3D rendered guitar he designed earned 2nd Place in Solid Model Rendering. Tim Holliday has extensive training and work experience in in videography, stage design, digital media, and other technical design courses. He served as a Student Trustee to Gavilan and has applies his CGD expertise to design webpages and develop inventions to accommodate individuals with visual and mobility disabilities. 

CGD Instructor Colette Marie McLaughlin was awarded a 1st Place Rosette in recognition of her students' accomplishments. Dr. McLaughlin is an interdisciplinary CTE instructor who possesses advanced degrees from top universities brings extensive experience from employment in environmental planning, architectural design, construction management, and systems and mechanical engineering, and solar array manufacturing from summer fellowships at Lockheed Martin. 

McLaughlin acknowledged her CGD students' achievements, "These students' projects are the outcome of their incredible dedication to achieving their dreams made possible by public support for Career Technical Education. Proposition 30 and other public funding enables CGD students to gain skills needed to succeed in today's highly technical and competitive industries. Their projects demonstrate skills in problem solving, visual communication, and skills at using an array of industry standard design tools, such as SolidWorks, Revit, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamwever and other graphic design software. Today's jobs require this ability to be able to apply academic knowledge using technical skills. These CGD students' projects reveal CGD students have what it takes to access high-paid, high-skilled jobs. While it's a thrill when a few of my exemplary students are recognized at the State level, it's more of an honor to be part of California's Industrial & Technology CTE Programs that help students access rewarding careers."

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