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What's New  • College Governance Communications

Shout-outs!  • In the News  • Hello/Goodbye  • Calendar

What's New

Cuesta Expanding Promise Scholarship to Include 2nd Year

Cuesta College is expanding the Promise Scholarship to provide two years of fee-free education to our local SLO County students! During a press conference on June 14th, I announced this major change and enhancement of the Cuesta Promise Scholarship. High school students graduating right now – the Class of 2018 – will be the first class eligible for this incredible gift – if they enroll as a Promise student this fall at Cuesta College.

The second year of the Promise is made possible by various funding sources. First, by the California College Promise Grant. Formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver, or the BOG, the California College Promise Grant provides eligible students enrolled at CA community college campuses with free tuition. Second, by the Cuesta College Promise Second Year Campaign. Members of our local community have stepped forward with their private donations to support year two of the Cuesta College Promise in conjunction with the Foundation. 

Since its launch, we have seen nearly 3,000 local students receive the Promise. More than 36% of all local high school graduates are now coming directly to Cuesta College, up from 25% in 2013. And nearly 90% of the local recently graduated students who do come straight to Cuesta, come as Promise students. We are very pleased to be able to welcome the Class of 2018 and beyond to two years of fee-free college.   

For full details on the news, check out the online press release. Check out the video below of the June 4th press conference.

$1.5M Donation Received to Support Fine & Performing Arts

The CPAC is getting a new name thanks to a $1.5 million major gift from the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust! Marking it as the largest donation ever made to support the arts at Cuesta, the CPAC will officially be named the Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center, and the donation will support the college’s goal to provide extraordinary programming for the visual and performing arts at Cuesta College. Both the CPAC and the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery will be positively impacted by the funding. 

Check out the following video of a press conference that took place on May 31st to announce the donation, and read the full details in this press release.

Art Exhibition "Dwelling" to Feature Artist Emily Gui

This summer, the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery will host "Dwelling," an exhibit by artist Emily Gui that will feature a series of cyanotype work that explores domestic space, personal objects, and the concept of 'home.' Until the mid-1900s, this photographic process was used primarily as a means for reproducing architectural drawings, giving these plans the name “blue-print.” This new, process-focused work draws largely on its own history but simultaneously pushes the medium experimentally. 

The exhibit runs June 21st-July 22nd in the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery, located on the SLO Campus in room 7170. For more information, call the gallery at (805) 546-3202.

Upcoming Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for North County Campus Center

NCC CenterJoin your colleagues on June 21st for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new Measure-L funded North County Campus Center. Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to take part and tour the facility. Refreshments will also be provided. The event runs from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.; those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by June 15th by calling (805) 546-3279 or by registering online. (More info

 Summer & Fall Enrollment in Full Swing

It's been a quiet few weeks at Cuesta, but students will be back on Monday with the start of the summer session! I am pleased to report that we have exceeded our enrollment goal for this summer, and are on track to meet the target for the Fall semester. As Summer courses get underway, please do encourage students to pick up some units this Fall.

In Case You Missed It: Say Goodbye to the Tie Event

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Say Goodbye to the Tie event on June 2nd! It was a great afternoon spent with many of you and your families. I truly appreciate my Cuesta Family. Check out a few of these fun photos from the event.

College Governance Communications

Each month, the President's Newsletter serves as a communication conduit for College Council, Planning & Budget Committee, Academic Senate Council and the Board of Trustees. 

Board of Trustees Meeting of June 6th, 2018

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Plan Approved

The current District's Equal Employment Opportunity Plan 2015-18 was adopted by the governing board on June 3, 2015. The plan reflected the District’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and further underscored the District’s dedication to creating a working and academic environment that welcomes all, fosters diversity and promotes excellence. Because of their educational experience in a diverse and inclusive environment, our students will be better prepared to live and work in our increasingly global society. It is the District’s belief that taking active and vigorous steps to ensure equal employment opportunity and creating a working and academic environment, which is welcoming to all, will foster diversity and promote excellence.

The current EEO Plan expires on June 30th, 2018. At this month's Board meeting, the 2018-2021 EEO Plan was approved by the Board of Trustees. Updates to the plan were incorporated to facilitate new legislation and reporting requirements and publish information regarding updated district policy and procedure. The new plan can now be found online.

Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Report Accepted

The Measure L Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) was established at the Board of Trustees meeting held on March 4, 2015. The committee has met regularly over the past two years to review Measure L financial reports, hear updates on construction, and view construction sites. The CBOC is required to produce a written report each year and present it to the Board of Trustees. The 2017 CBOC Annual Report was accepted by the Board and can be viewed in full online.

Retired Management Emeritus Status Approved

At the June 6th meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following management staff member was approved for Emeritus Status:

  • Gaye Steil, Human Resources, 10 years

Emeritus recipients receive a variety of benefits, including a library card, reduced price for admission to college events, a permanent parking permit, and more.

Thank you, Gaye, for your many years of service and dedication to service excellence at Cuesta College!

Academic Senate Council

The Academic Senate has no report for the month of May, and has recessed for the summer.

 College Council

College Council has no report for the month of May, and has recessed for the summer.

Planning & Budget Committee

In May, the Planning and Budget Committee addressed many significant issues, including the following:

  • Reviewed and approved a proposal to offer an Associate Degree for Transfer in Hospitality Management
  • Discussed implications to the district’s budget of proposed changes to the state’s funding formula for community colleges
  • Completed voting on district budget priorities
  • Approved an Institutional Effectiveness Committee proposal for a new assessment tool to measure how well institutional priorities are met through our budgeting processes
  • Approved the five-year Capital Outlay Plan for submission to the Board of Trustees for approval prior to being sent to the Chancellor’s Office
  • Approved an amendment to the resource allocation rubric shifting more weight from the committee’s vote to the cluster’s ranking
  • Recommended that the Vice President of Administrative Services explore the feasibility of engaging a vendor to manage bookstore operations
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53rd Class of Cuesta Student Graduates 

Cuesta College’s class of 2018 graduated 946 students and awarded 1,249 degrees at the 53rd annual commencement ceremony on May 18th. More than 150 of those graduates received their first year at Cuesta College fee-free via the Cuesta College Promise Scholarship. A total of 485 associate of arts degrees, 247 associate of sciences degrees, and 517 transfer degrees were awarded this year. Of the graduating class, 440 students came from local high schools, and 29 were veterans representing the branches of Air Force, Army, Marine, Navy and Coast Guard. (more info)

For a look at all the photos taken by the Marketing Department at commencement, visit the college's official Facebook page

Check out the full-length video of the commencement ceremony below, which was filmed by Broadcasting Instructor John Arno and his Film Television Entertainment Program students.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's commencement ceremony a great event for our students and their families. 

 50th Class of Registered Nursing Program Students Earn Their Pins

Also on May 18th, Cuesta's Registered Nursing (RN) program celebrated its 50th graduating class. The graduates of the RN program's first class earned their nursing pins in 1969, and, since then, Cuesta College has educated and graduated more than 1,800 nurses. This year’s graduating cohort included 43 graduates ranging in age from 21 to 54. (more info)

For a look at all the photos taken by the Marketing Department at commencement, visit the college's official Facebook page

Check out the full-length video of the commencement ceremony below, which was filmed by Broadcasting Instructor John Arno and his Film Television Entertainment Program students.

Many thanks to those who participated in this year's RN pinning ceremony to celebrate sending these nurses out into the healthcare world, prepared and excited.

First Class of Cuesta RN to BSN Students Graduate from CSU-Monterey Bay

CSUMB grads

The RN program celebrated the first cohort of 18 RN students earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing on May 19th. The students participated in the Cuesta College and CSU-Monterey Bay Collaborative Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN) pathway, which provides students the opportunity to complete a BSN just 12 months after completion of their Associate Degree. All courses are offered locally.

Eighteen students who graduated from the RN program this May are enrolled in the CSU-Monterey Bay/Cuesta College BSN collaborative program, and are on target to graduate with a BSN in May 2019. (more info)

2018 Athletes of the Year Named

In May, the Athletics Program celebrated its student athletes with the 2018 Athletes of the Year Luncheon. 

Cuesta College’s 2018 Outstanding Athletes of the Year are Andrew Navigato and Torie White (pictured above). Andrew was also named the 2018 Western State Conference Player of the Year and has displayed excellence at the plate, on the bases, and in the field as one of the state’s elite baseball players. He led the Cougars in runs scored (44), Triples (6), Runs Batted In (52), and batting average (.387).

All-American Swimmer Torie is one of the most competitive athletes to ever suit up for Cuesta. She won two Western State Conference titles and earned All-American honors in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 100 butterfly. 

Congratulations Torie and Andrew! 

scholar athletes

Student athletes Mia Viss and Chandler Mankins were named the 2018 Warren Hansen Scholar-Athletes of the Year (pictured above).

Mia is a three-time Western State Conference Scholar-Athlete, the 2018 Women’s Water Polo MVP, and was recognized as the top goaltender in the state. Chandler is a two-time WSC Scholar-Athlete and a two-time All-Western State Conference First Team selection for water polo.

Congratulations Chandler and Mia!

Cuesta Athletes Sign-on to Four-Year Colleges

Cuesta Athletics held its annual Athlete Signing Day to celebrate our transferring student athletes as they set out for the next level of education and competition. Congratulations to all these excellent athletes and to their dedicated and supportive coaches!

signing day

Pictured above from left to right:

  • Evan Stork (track & field) to Sacramento State University
  • Nick Maldonado (track) to CSU Stanislaus 
  • Emerson Trout (water polo) to San Jose State University
  • Alex Garcia (wrestling) to Menlo College
  • Chandler Mankins (water polo) to UC Irvine
  • Mia Viss (water polo) to Arizona State University
  • Austin Barton (water polo) to Concordia University Irvine
  • Torie White (swimming) currently undecided
  • Brad Dennis (water polo) to San Jose State University
  • Mitchell Iunker (water polo) to Concordia University Irvine
  • Michael Escobar (track & field) to UCSB
  • Jace Heryford (wrestling) to Colorado State University
  • Macy Rivas-Clark (track & field) currently undecided
  • Noah Saunders (basketball) to Campbell University
  • Courtney Barba (basketball) to Eastern Nazarene University

 10 Faculty Attend Equity-Minded Teaching Institute

​In an effort to create a more supportive environment for students of color, 10 Cuesta faculty joined many others from higher education institutions around California and across the nation in a high-level, two-day training to build their skills and knowledge around racial equity. The Equity-Minded Teaching Institute, held June 4th-5th by the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the University of Southern California, provided faculty with the tools needed to create equitable curricula, form more meaningful relationships with students of color, and develop what CUE calls 'equity-mindedness,' an active awareness of how race impacts students and faculty.

Thank you to the following 10 instructors who participated in this important initiative to promote equity.

  • Beth Ann Dumas, Language Communications
  • Bradley Langer, Language Communications 
  • Roland Finger, English
  • Matthew Davis, English
  • Denise Chellsen, Mathematics
  • Peggy Wright, Mathematics
  • Cynthia Wilshusen, Business
  • Lara Baxley, Chemistry
  • Greg Baxley, Chemistry
  • Emily Klingenberg, ESL

 Cuesta Staff Participate in Torch Run

Cuesta staff participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 4th, benefitting the Special Olympics. The Cuesta running team consisted of Chief of Police Bryan Millard, Officer Juan Carranza, Admissions and Records Analyst Adrienne Smith, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Student Services Malca Stein, Student Services Division Assistant Michaela McLaughlin, and Dean of Sciences, Mathematics, Kinesiology, Athletics, Nursing, and Allied Health Jason Curtis. Cuesta Officers Scott Severn and Senior Officer Jason Stinson served as patrol escorts. Cuesta College PD had the longest torch run route in SLO county, at 4.3 miles. They carried the torch from the Morro Bay Police Department at Highway 1 and San Bernardo Creek Road and ran it to Cuesta's Education Drive entrance, where it was handed off to military representatives from Camp SLO.

Great job everyone!

Cuesta Gets A+ for Being Tobacco & Smoke-Free

The 2018 College and University Smoke/Tobacco-Free Report Card was recently released, and Cuesta College received an A+! The report found that while all of California's public four-year universities are 100% smoke and tobacco-free, less than half (46%) of California's community colleges are. Cuesta College launched its effort to become 100% smoke and tobacco-free earlier this year and will be implementing a college-wide policy in January of 2019. You can check out the full report card here.

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In the News

Over the past few weeks, the following information was included in media segments:

  • Two years of the Cuesta Promise Scholarship available to SLO County high school grads | Tribune | KSBY
  • A total of 124 SLO High School graduates will be attending Cuesta for the Fall semester | Tribune 
  • Graduates from Templeton High School plan to attend Cuesta in the Fall of 2018 | Tribune
  • 18 Shandon High School students plan to attend Cuesta College | Tribune 
  • 65 Paloma Creek High School grads and many Atascadero High School students enroll at Cuesta for Fall | Tribune
  • $1.5 million gift received to support the Cuesta College fine and performing arts | Tribune| KSBY| New Times
  • Cuesta wants no students to go hungry with launch of Cougar Food Pantry | New Times
  • Cuesta Rodeo Club student athlete Will Centoni is competing at the national level | Casper Star Tribune
  • History Instructor Zachary McKiernan discusses how the Central Coast Queer Archive celebrates Chosen Family pride | KCBX
  • Cuesta College jazz combo is the best in the nation, according to Downbeat magazine | Tribune
  • Cuesta Registered Nursing graduate served 23 years in the military, now will earn his BSN | Tribune
  • 50th class of nursing program grads pinned at Cuesta College | KSBY| New Times
  • From student to alumni: Class of 2018 receive degrees at Cuesta College | Tribune| KSBY
  • College for Kids included in list of best summer camps locally | Paso Robles Daily News| Paso Robles Magazine
  • Marketing Department receives four industry awards | Tribune
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Hello / Goodbye

As the Cuesta College family changes, I would like to acknowledge our new full-time employees, changes in assignments, and retirements. At the June 6th meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following action took place:

Classified New Hire

  • Cinda Bitz, Payroll Specialist
  • Ana Karen Flores Rodriguez, Bilingual Continuing Education Student Support Assistant

Changes in Assignments

  • Denise Chellesen, Math Interim Division Chair
  • Sandra Contreras, Student Services Site Specialist
  • Karla Haeberle, Fiscal Analyst Special Projects, Grants and Categorical Programs
  • Dean Harrell, Agriculture Sciences Full-Time Temporary Faculty
  • Susan Iredale, Interim Business Education Division Chair
  • Beth Johnson, Nursing/Allied Health RN Assistant Director
  • Michalyn Maddelein, Nursing Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty
  • Ann Miller, Nursing Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty
  • Monica Millard, Nursing/Allied Health Interim Division Chair
  • Cherie Moore, Applied Behavioral Sciences Division Chair
  • John Stokes, Engineering & Technology Division Chair

Faculty Retirements

  • Bonnie Cullen, Art (effective 5/18/18)

Management Retirements

  • Gaye Steil, Human Resources (effective 6/15/18)
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Here’s a look at some of the events going on around campus. For the full calendar, visit the Cuesta College Events Calendar:

  • June 20: Board of Trustees meeting – Board Budget Workshop/Self Evaluation
  • June 21: North County Campus Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
  • June 21-July22: Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery Exhibit “Dwelling” Featuring Emily Gui
  • July 11: Board of Trustees Meeting

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