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Cuesta College 2013 Commencement



Cuesta College Athlete of the Year, May 14, 2013

Cuesta College began honoring its athletes in 1966 — at the end of the college’s first academic year in temporary quarters on Camp San Luis Obispo. Pete Schuler, the college’s sports information director acted as master of ceremonies of this year's event held in the Associated Students Auditorium. Gil Stork, Cuesta’s superintendent-president, welcomed athletes, and Athletic Director Bob Mariucci made special presentations. All Athletes of the Month were recognized and special presentations were made for three Western State Coach of the years, Cuesta TV's Randy Scovil and John Arno and the fan of the year. The Athletic Department launched the first Athlete of the Year honor in 2003. Coaches nominate their best athlete, and a committee evaluates nominees and selects the top female and male athletes. This year, softball’s Kyrn Masutani (Honolulu, HI: Iolani HS) and water polo goalie Brady Moore (Santa Barbara: Dos Pueblos HS) were named. Other honors presented included the George Silveria Student/Athlete Career Award and the Warren Hansen Scholar-Athlete Award, named for the former Cuesta athletic director’s 36-year commitment to academic excellence. Water polo’s Spencer Silva (Paso Robles HS) and cross country's Julia Mills (Woodland Hills) were honored for maintaining a 3.5 GPA as well as their citizenship and athletic performances. Both will represent Cuesta at the conference and state levels as Pepsi Scholar Award nominees. The most-enduring award — the George Silveria Student/Athlete Career Award — went to Erin Casey (Coarsegold) and Matt Giancanelli (Sacramento) — the sixth time since 1966 and first since 1991, two individuals were selected. This award honors the characteristics of Silveria and takes into consideration a student-athlete’s career in sports, their involvement in the college and community, sportsmanship, citizenship, coach-ability, and leadership on and off the field. Silveria succumbed to leukemia in 1961. 

2013 Honored Alumni Panel

Cuesta College celebrated its 2013 Honored Alumni at a reception and panel discussion on April 17 in the Associated Students Auditorium, Room 5401, in the Student Center on the San Luis Obispo campus. This year's honored alumni are Cuesta College celebrated its 2013 Honored Alumni at a reception and panel discussion on April 17. This year's honored alumni are George Galvan of Atascadero, Jason Snell of Nicasio, Calif., and Abdulla Saeed Al Thani of Dubai. Galvan and Snell were part of the panel discussion that also included past honored alumni: Sue Torrey of Atascadero, a massage therapist and former administrator, Jim Brabeck of San Luis Obispo, president of Farm Supply Co., and Rolfe Nelson, a retired Atascadero Unified School District administrator. Nick Trujillo, Associated Students of Cuesta College vice president, moderated the event. Participants discussed how Cuesta helped them in their careers and lives. This was followed by a Q & A from the audience.


50th Anniversary Presidents' Dinner

"As we continue to plan for the future, I must take a moment to remember and thank all the donors, faculty, staff, students and community members who have supported Cuesta College for the past 50 years," said Gil Stork, Cuesta's superintendent/president and a nearly 47-year college employee. Pat Mullen, Cuesta board president, opened the program at a gala dinner for nearly 300. Dr. Stork  outlined the college's history followed by Bob Wacker, president of the Cuesta Foundation, who gave the 40-year history of the fundraising arm of the college. The program included awards: Diane Blakeslee Brocado (Dr. Frank Martinez President's Award), Harold "Bud" Anderson (J. Vard Loomis Award for Distinguished Board Service) and 2013 Honored Alums, Abdullah Al Thani, George Galvan and Jason Snell.

SLO County schools 2013 educational report

Cuesta College Superintendent/President Gil Stork joins Dr. Julian Crocker, the county superintendent of schools, is reviewing the ninth annual Education Report for San Luis Obispo County, which highlights the schools, classes and programs of 34,600 K-12 students who attend 80 schools throughout the county as well as the more than 10,000 students who attend Cuesta. The event, held March 19 in Cuesta's Associated Students Auditorium, included a panel with Dr. Eric Prater, superintendent, San Luis Coastal Unified School District; Jim Brescia, superintendent, Cayucos Elementary School District; Dr. Stork. Crocker also served as moderator. For a report on the meeting by Tribune reporter Cynthia Lambert, visit


President's Forum March 13, 2013

Cuesta College Superintendent/President Gil Stork opened his March 13 President’s Forum with a discussion about the 2013/14 budget and offered an update on accreditation. In the second half of the forum, members of the Mission Statement Ad Hoc Group, previewed a revamped statement for the college and got input from the audience. John Cascamo, Greg Baxley and Karen Reyes led that discussion. 55:27


Cuesta College 2013 Book of the Year, Feb. 27

Cuesta College’s popular annual celebration of the printed word culminated in a campus lecture by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, the New York Times best-selling author of 2013’s Book of the Year, “The Language of Flowers,” on Feb. 27 for a reception, lecture and book signing at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center on the San Luis Obispo campus. The fifth-annual event attracted nearly 500 people. Mark Stengel, Cuesta’s director of library/learning resources, welcomed the crowd and introduced Cuesta Superintendent/President Gil Stork, who introduced Diffenbaugh. The author was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico. She taught art and writing to youngsters in low-income communities. She and her husband, PK, have three children. Their oldest, Tre’von, a former foster child, is attending New York University on a Gates Millennium Scholarship. She founded the Camellia Network, which is dedicated to helping teens make a successful transition from foster care to adulthood. Reviewers described “The Language of Flowers” as “mesmerizing, moving and elegantly written debut novel, (which) beautifully weaves past and present, creating a vivid portrait of an unforgettable woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past.” Book of the Year is presented in partnership with SLO County Public Libraries SLO Reads Program.


Stepping Up for Emancipating Foster Youth

Stepping Up for Emancipating Foster Youth, sponsored by Cuesta College’s Independent Living Program and Foster and Kinship Care Education, and the county Department of Social Services, was held Feb. 27, 2013, in the Associated Students Auditorium, Room 5401, in the Cuesta Student Center. It features Katie Robinson, coordinator of the college’s Independent Living Program, Cuesta Superintendent/President Gil Stork, Tracy Schiro, the assistant director of the Department of Social Services, social worker Holly Prieto, Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of “The Language of Flowers” — Cuesta College’s 2013 Book of the Year, and a panel of Cuesta and Cal Poly students, all emancipated from foster care. 


President's Open Forum 2-21-2013

Cuesta Superintendent/President Gil Stork held his monthly forum where he discussed the college's accreditation status, a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to end an investigation of a Title IX complaint, and a budget reduction plan for the academic year beginning July 1. The event was held in the Associated Students Auditorium on the San Luis Obispo campus. These forums are part of Dr. Stork's outreach efforts to the campus and the community. This video will also air on Charter channel 19.


Spring 2013 Opening Day

Architecture instructor Bruce Silverberg welcomes faculty and staff back for the start of spring semester Jan. 18, 2013, in the Cuesta College Associated Students Auditorium in San Luis Obispo, California. Cuesta Superintendent/President Gil Stork recognizes retirees (3:45) and with Shannon Hill goes over plans for the 50th anniversary celebration (8:45). Stork and Kevin Bontenbal present the Service Excellence Award for Cuesta support staff and the Peter and M'May Diffley Award for faculty (19:00). A survey of student engagement is discussed (30:00). Stork concludes the event with an update about the college's efforts to reaffirm its accreditation and the proposed 2013/14 state budget (54:20).

CCCCO Enrollment Priorities 



Alpha Gamma Sigma's Teacher Appreciation Night: Dec. 3, 2012Alpha Gamma Sigma ceremony

The Cuesta College chapter of Alpha Gamma Sigma, the community college honor society, hosted its 2nd annual Teacher Appreciation Night where students honored 10 teachers in a range of disciplines who are making a difference in the lives of Cuesta College students. Honorees include: Carolyn Weyel, Petra Clayton, Jim West, Anthony Koeninger, Peggy Wright, Roland Finger, Kathryn Zipperian, John Fetcho, Robert Schwennicke and Silvio Favoreto.


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photo of gilPresident's Forum Video: Nov. 28, 2012

Cuesta President Gil Stork outlines the proposed list of instructional programs to be reduced or eliminated as part of the Long-Term Budget Reduction Plan 2013-2017.


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President's Forum Video: Oct. 10, 2012

President's Forum Video: Oct. 10, 2012

Cuesta President Gil Stork reviews actions by Board of Trustees' October meeting. Deb Wulff and Kevin Bontenbal outline efforts to address accreditation sanctions imposed on the college.


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Cuesta strengthens U.S. work force 

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