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What's New


Spring 2018 Class Finder Now Available

Hundreds of courses are now available for Cuesta students to check out for the spring. Please remind students to start planning now for the next semester by going onto Class Finder. Priority registration begins on November 15.

Presidential Search is Underway

Human Resources officially launched the search for a new superintendent/president last month. A presidential search website is online and fliers have been distributed. The deadline to apply is January 4, 2018. Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in applying.

Clery Safety Statistics Released in Clery Report

In compliance with the Department of Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, Cuesta College publishes an Annual Security Report (ASR) by October 1st of each year. The ASR contains the three previous years of crime statistics for the District, and policy statements that include sexual assault, victim’s rights, the law enforcement authority of campus police, and procedures for reporting crimes. The ASR also contains crime prevention tips and emergency procedures for the college District. Students, parents, District employees, and college visitors are encouraged to read the report.

I am pleased to report that Cuesta College maintains its record as an exceptionally safe school, and I would like to thank our Campus Safety Department for their hard work and dedication to ensuring a safe learning and working environment for all.

A hardcopy of the Annual Security Report is available for review at both the SLO Campus and North County Campus public safety offices, or by downloading a PDF copy from the Cuesta College Campus Safety website.

Campus Bookstore Consulting to Provide Analysis of the Cuesta College Bookstore

The Cuesta College Bookstore is a District-operated entity serving the educational needs of Cuesta students through the sale and leasing of textbooks and other educational materials. The Bookstore also sells other merchandise such as shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, and food and beverages. In recent years, the Bookstore has faced significant challenges, including the District's decline in FTES, increasing competition from online textbook sellers, and emerging trends in educational technology such as digital textbooks, readers, etc. For these reasons, the Bookstore has struggled financially, incurring significant losses, which, if left unaddressed, could negatively impact the District's general fund.

Campus Bookstore Consulting (CBC) is a nationally recognized firm focusing on bookstore operations at institutions of higher education. At the November 1st Board of Trustees meeting, a contract was approved allowing CBC to perform a business analysis of the Bookstore, identify strategic initiatives necessary to update the Bookstore's operations, level of service, and financial return. CBC's final report will include an analysis of operational models for the District to consider, including continued self-operation, contract operation, and/or hybrid models. The Planning and Budget Committee will form a workgroup to review the analysis and make recommendations. CBC will provide assistance and support to the District throughout the evaluation process. Questions? Please contact Administrative Services at ext. 3120.

Reminder: Get Involved in the Accreditation 2020 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report

As a part of the accreditation process, the college is starting the next cycle of developing its 2020 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (ISER). Currently, the college is identifying standard co-chairs, timelines, educational support, supplemental materials, and more.

As we begin this process of developing our next ISER, think about your work at Cuesta and/or what accreditation standards interest you. The ISER is our time to identify and highlight all the things Cuesta does well in achieving compliance with ACCJC policies, standards, and eligibility requirements. Your involvement in this process is valuable and you can make a difference in the programs and services Cuesta provides to its students.  Submit your interest, or how you would like to get involved, to either Accreditation Steering Committee Co-chair Kevin Bontenbal ( or Dr. Deb Wulff (

PS – take the Accreditation Training Quiz to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card! Click here to get started. Winner will be announced Spring Opening Day.

Get Involved! Well Known Artist Takes up Residency in Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery 

For four weeks, internationally recognized artist Oliver Herring will conduct a residency in the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery and YOU can become a part of the action. Essentially transforming the gallery into his own studio, Herring will produce works of art that are engaging and diverse, including elements from various practices: performance, photo and video, choreography, music and sound, and sculpture. The community, faculty, staff, and students are invited to take part in the residency, which kicks off on November 13th. Find out how you can take part at a pizza party in the gallery at noon on November 14th, or at the artist talk at 5:30 p.m. on November 15th. Click here for more information.

In Case you Missed It at the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery...

Over the last couple of months, the gallery hosted two great exhibits. Missed them? You’re in luck - the following videos are now on the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery’s You Tube page:

Inverse Performance Art Festival

Without Papers Exhibit

Coming up: CPAC Gala & Trumpet Alliance Concert

Don’t miss two great upcoming musical shows:

  • The annual CPAC Gala is set for this weekend on November 12th. This year’s event – “Made in the U.S.A., A Celebration of American Music” – is a tribute to classic American music. For more information, check out this press release on the event; to purchase tickets, visit
  • On November 19th, Cuesta College Community Programs presents “An Afternoon Concert of Trumpet Chamber Music,” featuring the San Luis Obispo County Trumpet Alliance.  Held at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Paso Robles, the free concert will feature music by various composers and performed by local musicians. For more information, call Community Programs at ext. 3132.

Promise Day Hosts More High School Students than Ever Before

On October 20th, Cuesta College welcomed more than 800 high school seniors from 21 SLO County high schools for Promise Day – more students than ever before! The event included guided campus tours, an open house featuring Cuesta College departments and programs, and lunch at Cougar Park. This is the fourth year of the event, created to educate students on the Cuesta Promise Scholarship and to give students a taste of what Cuesta has to offer.

College Night Attracts Hundreds from Across the County

On Monday, October 30th, Cuesta College hosted College Night, an event for local high school students from across the county to meet with representatives from over 55 colleges and universities. The event also featured workshops as well as a designated Cuesta Tent featuring our departments and programs. The event was a huge success with students and parents coming and going throughout the entirety of the evening. Transfer Day was held earlier in the day for Cuesta students looking to transfer into four-year universities.


Ceramics Students Display Artwork on Campus

Ceramics Instructor Teri Sanders-Brown’s Beginning Ceramics classes recently displayed their first ceramics projects on the SLO Campus in the library. Students were asked to express their ideas about a political view they felt is important to them. Here is a sampling of the artworks.

Halloween Costume Contest Award Recipients

The annual Halloween Costume Contest produced some great and creative tricks and treats! Here you can see the winners of the Department contest; the full list of winners and honorable mentions was sent via a Campus Announcement on November 1st.

  • 1st Place – Skeleton Crew (Night Shift Custodial) 
  • 2nd Place (TIE) – Muster of Storks (Foundation/Advancement) | Storks & Cougars (Financial Aid)
  • 3rd Place – Candy Land  (North County Campus Bookstore)

Mental Health Survey Participants Win Awards

As part of the CalMHSA Statewide Evaluation of the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Initiatives, RAND collaborated with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to conduct campus-wide higher education surveys with faculty, staff, and students in 2017. The purpose of the surveys was to learn about experiences and attitudes related to student mental health and well-being, and perceptions of overall campus climate toward supporting student mental health. The survey was administered during the spring 2017 term and gathered 506 student and 206 staff responses. As an incentive to participate, one $500 cash prize was offered to both participant groups. Congratulations to the winners: Admissions & Records staff member Lynn Maul and student Noah Bradley. Thank you to all who participated in the survey. For questions on the survey, please contact the Institutional Research Office at ext. 3172.

Instructor Angela Neary Reports on Recent Sabbatical Leave

At the November 1st Board of Trustees meeting, Kinesiology Instructor Angela Neary reported out on her Fall 2015 sabbatical leave.

The purpose of Neary's dissertation research focused on college student mental health promotion, wellness, and suicide prevention. She looked at perceptions of college mental health as well as the potential to focus on the promotion of the Jed Foundation comprehensive approach to mental health promotion and suicide prevention. The potential endorsement of the Jed Foundation comprehensive program at Cuesta College could directly benefit students by enhancing their life skills, promoting social connectedness, increasing help seeking behaviors, helping faculty and staff follow crisis management procedures, and providing mental health services to students. 

Neary plans to have information meetings and brown bag lunch sessions with the Kinesiology Department to share her findings and discuss how mental health promotion can positively impact students. She will incorporate her research findings into the college’s Health Education courses. Her research may also aide the Student Health Center staff by providing information and the potential implementation of the Jed Foundation’s comprehensive approach to mental health promotion and suicide prevention.

I’d like to commend Ms. Neary’s efforts to increase awareness and support for student mental health at Cuesta College.

In the News

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

  • Cuesta students take part in Cambria’s Scarecrow Festival | Tribune
  • How Cuesta may be impacted by AB 19, the California Promise | KSBY
  • Promise Day preview | New Times
  • A review of the Theatre Department’s recent hit, Man of La Mancha | New Times
  • Cuesta Biology Instructor Ron Ruppert talks about the current tarantula mating season | Tribune & KCOY
  • Cuesta student participates in a local donation effort to deliver supplies to Sonoma fire victims | Tribune
  • A review of artist Jim Dessecino’s recent exhibit in the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery | New Times
  • Cuesta student speaks out about nonbinary gender status | Tribune
  • Fifth grade students from Atascadero were recently entertained by the SLO Winds Orchestra in the CPAC | Atascadero News

Hello / Goodbye

As the Cuesta College family changes, I would like to acknowledge our new full-time employees and retirements. At the November 1st meeting of the Board of Trustees, the following action took place:

Classified New Hires

  • Lynda Agens, Admissions & Records Technician
  • Elise Caloca, Student Success Centers Instructional Support Specialist
  • Michelle Ewing, Student Health Center Registered Nurse
  • Christine Groff, DSPS Accommodation Assistant
  • Sarah Lattimer, Admissions & Records Technician
  • Tam Nyugen, Student Success Centers Instructional Aide II
  • Malca Stein, Administrative Assistant/Scheduling Specialist for the Dean of Student Service

Management, Supervisor, Confidential New Hires

  • Joan Hurwit, Cultural and Performing Arts Center Supervisor

Faculty Retirements

  • Madeline LaMon, Student Development and Success Instructor
  • Siowting Suzanne Toh Ng, Mathematics Instructor
  • Donald Norton, Human Development Instructor



Here’s a look at some of the events going on around campus. For the full calendar, visit the Cuesta College Events Calendar.

  • November 10th: All SLOCC District sites closed in observance of Veteran’s Day
  • November 12th: CPAC Gala
  • November 14th: pizza party with artist Oliver Herring
  • November 14th: Food Bank distribution sites open
  • November 15th: Oliver Herring artist talk
  • November 23rd-25th: All SLOCC District sites closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6th: SLOCC District Board of Trustees meeting
  • December 7th: Opening Reception, Oliver Herring Exhibit
  • December 7th: AGS Teacher Appreciation Night
  • December 10th: Combined Choirs Concert; Songs of the Season
  • December 12th : SLO Food Bank distribution sites open
  • December 13th: Cuesta Wind Ensemble Concert
  • December 15th: Jazz Ensemble Concert

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