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Superintendent/President News and Campus Updates

Dr. Laguerre’s
S/P Direct!
October 9, 2009

Greetings from the Superintendent/President

Greetings, Colleagues:

One hundred One Days and Counting: I have just completed one hundred days with you. The hundredth day will be recognized by an event the Trustees and the Foundation have put together, called "The First 100 Days and Beyond." This event is really meant to celebrate your accomplishments and to highlight the projects we have completed and that are in progress. I will share with the college community and our guests from business and government your total dedication to sustaining the vitality of Solano County by providing educational opportunities for all, including College ESL, Basic Skills, Career Technical Education, Transfer and outstanding services. The guests for this event are you, the business community and political leaders. Please join us on October 15, 2009 at 5:00 in the Student Center, Room 1405B.

Those leaving us: As you know, we are losing two of our administrators: David Redfield, Dean of Math & Science, and Jay Field, VP of Technology and Learning Resources. Wish them well in their new endeavor. We are pleased to have been able to provide them with great opportunities for professional development. We are also going to lose some faculty members as they are filing for retirement effective the end of the 2009-10 academic year. These are major losses for our students and our institution. With each faculty member who leaves, a part of our tradition departs. Luckily, there is an active retirees’ group and they have plans to become more active. I hope that our new retirees will join them and always think of Solano Community College as their home.

Budget: As you know the economy has continued to behave its own way and has not gotten better. We have suffered numerous cuts. Our administrative team and the Board have supported the goal of not laying-off any of our employees this year. After much hard work and consultation with our colleagues, we will not do any layoffs. This promise is contingent upon no further cuts in our budget. For next year, we are going to be in a worse shape and we may have to reduce our workforce. Over the next few months, we will have in-depth discussions and advise anyone who will be affected by the potential for workforce reduction. More than ever, we need your ideas and we want to hear your suggestions and opinion as we wrestle with the budget issues.

Accreditation report: A huge kudo and debt of gratitude to our leaders who have participated in the accreditation work. Thank you! Under the leadership of Dr. Steinback and tireless work of Professor Schneider, the document is getting ready and was presented to the board on October 7. This is our probation report. We anticipate hosting an accreditation visiting team before the end of the semester.

Accreditation Self-Study: The work is about to start for a comprehensive self-study that will be due in 2011. While 2011 sounds like a long-time away, in accreditation world it is as real as tomorrow. As we embark onto this self-study, I am encouraging us to unite and make the process and the result a piece of work we can all be proud of. In conversations we will have, I will expand on the work to be done.

Impression: After one hundred days at SCC and after interacting with many of you either through my presentation on the reorganization or at other times, I have the confidence that we have a top notch staff and an outstanding faculty. Though we have many needs and challenges, I see great opportunities for us to take this college to a height it has not seen or to return it to its glory.

I will stop with my cheerleading and let you know that I am proud to be among you and to count myself as a proud Falcon.

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

Board Update
Photo, S/P Dr. Laguerre, George Maguire At the October 7th Board meeting, our trustees approved our 2009-10 budget. Dr. Laguerre offered special thanks to Interim Director of Fiscal Services, Susan Rinne and the Fiscal Services staff.

The Board also approved our Accreditation Report that is due to ACCJC by October 15. Trustee Young and the Board acknowledged and thanked Dr. Steinback and the many other contributors for their many hours of hard work to produce this very important document.

Happily, the Board accepted a $25,000 donation for our theatre from Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks. Thanks goes to theater instructor George Maguire for contacting his long-time friend Tom to assist our highly respected theatre program.

Board minutes and agendas are available online at

$55,000 for Energy Incentive Program
Photo, from left, Dan Estrada, Eddie Alvarado, S/P Dr. Laguerre, SCC Director of Facilities David Froehlich. Dan Estrada, Specialist-Facilities Planning & Utilization, from the Chancellor’s Office and Eddie Alvarado, Account Manager – Higher Education, from PG&E came to visit us this past week and brought a check for a little over $55,000 for us as part of our participation in a special incentive program to save energy. We are arranging for a formal check presentation to the Board.

Photo, above, Dan Estrada, Eddie Alvarado, S/P Dr. Laguerre, SCC Director of Facilities David Froehlich.

2009 CCC Energy Efficiency Training Series
The California Community Colleges/Investor Owned Utility Partnership is proud to sponsor the 2009 Community College Sustainability Training Series - a 4-course series focusing on sustainability in Higher Education facilities, and applicable operations and maintenance ideas to ‘green’ existing buildings which will help save energy, money & the environment. The courses below are presented by the CCC-IOU Partnership and will be hosted by multiple colleges, including Solano Community College, in Fairfield. Serving as a host college, this is yet another example of Solano College's commitment and community engagement in education and higher learning in the arena of energy efficiency and sustainability. "We're pleased to have Solano as a host college," said Eddie Alvarado.

The courses are tailored to facilities personnel and energy managers looking for ways to reduce their operating costs through energy efficiency and sustainability practices. The workshops are at no cost. Registration is required at Click on the Training & Education Link, 2009 Training Series.
  • Friday, October 16 - Introduction to Sustainability and Life Cycle Costing
  • Friday, October 30 - Transformers: Turning Existing Buildings "Green"
  • Friday, November 6 - Lighting Your Way to Zero Net
  • Friday, December 4 - The Water and Energy Connection

Legislative Education Program Visit
On October 13, seventeen members from the California Assembly, Senate and Legislative Analyst’s Office will be visiting our college as part of the California Legislative Education Project: Post Secondary Transitions and Student Success. The intent is to acquaint the legislative staff with educational issues and the barriers the institutions are facing to accomplish their mission. SCC participants include administrators, faculty, staff and students. The visit will start in Vacaville at about 8:00 a.m. and will conclude at Vallejo at about 4 p.m. NOTE: The Staff Lounge next to the Cafeteria is reserved for this event from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. We appreciate your understanding.

Hall of Fame Gala a Success!
A gala to honor our past and current student-athletes took place on Monday, October 5th, at the Fairfield Hilton Garden Inn, attracting more participants that last year. Congratulation to these SCC alumni:

Photo, Hall of Fame Banquet, Oct. 5, 2009 Steve Bird – Football '77-'79
Janne Campbell (Zepeda) – Diving '92-'94
John Davis – Baseball '76-'78
Sherman Ewell – Basketball '96-'98
Otis Grimble – Football '55-'57 (Posthumous)
MC Hurd – Baseball '51-'53 (Posthumous)
Robin Williams – Basketball '99-'02

See all of our past Hall of Famers at

$418,000 for Green Project Funded
We learned that our energy pre-apprenticeship program was funded by the State of California. The project budget includes matches and services from several partners totaling over $418,000. The most impressive part of the grant has little to do with the funding, but with the partnership John Urrutia and Nora O’Neill were able to assemble. Your team of managers and faculty have attracted more than half a million new dollars over the past two weeks for projects to support the county.

IT Staff Expertise in Webinar
Photo, Trapeze Networks, Wirless CampusOur wireless vendor, Trapeze Networks, has always been impressed with the excellent IT staff we have here at Solano. They previously did a case study of our implementation that is used as a part of their overall higher education marketing campaign. Now they have asked us (Jim Ennis, Keith Brown, Justin Howell, and Rich Augustus) to serve as experts for a webcast on October 22, 2009. The focus is on lessons learned and the topic is "NonStop Wireless Networking for Higher Education." Solano Community College will discuss their experience planning, deploying and managing a multi-campus wireless network with a small IT team. Participating IT directors, network managers and administrators will learn how to provide affordable, reliable, secure and manageable Wi-Fi access to students and faculty without stressing your IT staff. Commenting on the SCC Information Technology staff, Jay Field, Vice President Technology and Learning Resources, states, "Clearly, I am very proud of their accomplishments and in particular, this unsolicited recognition."

Hey Professor Santiago!
Photo, SCC alumni Adrian Bagamabad (Hogan Senior ’02,  SCC Spring 2009, UC Davis '08 Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, Pre-Pharmacy)On September 3rd, SCC alumni Adrian Bagamabad (Hogan Senior ’02, SCC Spring 2009, UC Davis '08 Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, Pre-Pharmacy) received a call informing him that he had been accepted into Loma Linda University School of Pharmacy. In an email to Maria Santiago, SCC Chemistry Professor, he wrote "I was sooooo overjoyed when I heard the news that I started crying tears of joy while I was being told! So this fall I will be one step closer to my dream of becoming a pharmacist. I wanted to thank you once again for taking the time to write me a superb letter of recommendation as I couldn't have done it without your help and support. Thanks again Professor!"

SCT & SYT Win 24 ARTY Awards
The Solano College Theatre and Solano Youth Theatre took home 24 awards at the 25th annual Arty Award Ceremony on September 13, including awards for outstanding overall productions in the categories of comedy, drama, musical and youth shows. Sponsored by the Fairfield Daily Republic, The ARTYS celebrate the best of Solano County theatre. For 25 years, The ARTYS have paid tribute to local actors, directors, technicians and the theatrical shows they labor so hard to produce here in Solano County. SCT and SYT were nominated for a total of 61 awards. Congratulations to our faculty, staff and students for their continuing success in quality education and theatre.

SCT/SYT 2009 Arty Winners:

Sound Design Michael Sweeney, The Music Man, Solano Youth Theatre
Set Design Kim A. Tolman, The Music Man, Solano Youth Theatre
Costume Design Katy Rose Simola, The Music Man, Solano Youth Theatre
Choreography Staci Arriaga, Jon Gourdine and Tom Segal, The Music Man, Solano Youth Theatre
Director Allyson Paris, Joe DeLorenzo and Miguel Zavala, The Music Man, Solano Youth Theatre
Overall Production The Music Man, Solano Youth Theatre


Photo, Noises Off, Theatre Poster TECHNICAL for Comedy and Drama
Set Design Jackie S. Hill, Noises Off, Solano College Theatre
Lighting Design Jackie S. Hill, Noises Off, Solano College Theatre

Lead Actor Jonathan M. Grout, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Solano College Theatre
Director George Maguire, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Solano College Theatre
Outstanding Drama The Talented Mr. Ripley, Solano College Theatre

COMEDY Lead Actress Liz Andrews, Noises Off, Solano College Theatre
Lead Actor Tommy McPike, Noises Off, Solano College Theatre
Director Carla Spindt, Noises Off, Solano College Theatre
Outstanding Comedy Noises Off, Solano College Theatre

Photo, Assassins, Theatre Poster MUSICAL
Sound Design for a Musical Ted Crimy, Assassins, Solano College Theatre
Set Design for a Musical Darcia Tipton, Assassins, Solano College Theatre
Lighting Design for a Musical Chris Guptill, Assassins, Solano College Theatre
Supporting Actor Eric L. Neiman, Assassins, Solano College Theatre
Supporting Actress Patty Penrod, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Solano College Theatre
Lead Actor Derrick Silva, Assassins, Solano College Theatre
Musical Director Joseph Anderson, Assassins, Solano College Theatre
Director Daren A.C. Carollo, Assassins, Solano College Theatre
Outstanding Musical Assassins, Solano College Theatre

Speech & Debate Team Wins Again!
The first speech and debate tournament of the year was held September 18-20 and, following tradition, Solano had an excellent showing. We went with a primarily new team and they were remarkably successful in their first tournament. All four of our first-time debaters ended up in the top half of the tournament, and Solano received the overall 2nd place award for 2-year colleges out of 13 colleges. We were bested by a team triple our size with numerous returning members from Las Positias College. Congratulations to our student and their instructor/coaches, Neil Glines, Ana Petero and Elizabeth Simas. Following is a list of the students who received specific awards. If you see these students in your classes or around the campus, please recognize them for their hard work and achievement.
  • Alex Pineda -- Quarterfinalist, open debate (with Jake Poff)
  • Anthony Rivera -- 2nd place, novice prose
  • Jake Poff -- Quarterfinalist, open debate (with Alex Pineda)
  • Josh Rayburn -- Quarterfinalist, novice debate (with Matt Porter); 4th place speaker, novice debate; 1st place, novice impromptu
  • Lance Bubak -- 10th place speaker, novice debate; 2nd place, novice impromptu
  • Matt Porter -- Quarterfinalist, novice debate (with Josh Rayburn); Finalist, novice impromptu
Our next tournament will be at Diablo Valley College, October 23-25, where we look forward to continuing our achievements.

Educational Foundation Auction November 2009
Solano Community College Foundation’s 4th Annual Holiday Auction is November 1-30, 2009. This is your chance to support students with guilt free holiday shopping. Exciting and unique items to give to your loved ones - or to yourself! Tell your friends and family!! Visit us online at:
PLEASE DONATE ITEMS!! We need quality items to add to our auction catalog. Suggested donation items include: Sports Collectibles Art, Wine, Vacations, Rare Collectibles, Unique Experience, Personal Products, Golf Outings, Business Products and Services, Retail Items, and Recycled gifts. Don't be shy! Do you have questions? Please contact the Foundation office at (707) 864-7177 or email

Women’s Soccer #11 Nationally
Congratulations! Our Women’s soccer team is currently ranked #11 in the nation (please see the link below for all the ranked colleges)! Congrats to Coaches Jeff Cardinal Andrea Salvador and all the student-athletes in the program!! In addition to the # 11 ranking in the nation by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America), Solano Soccer is currently ranked # 2 in Nor-Cal behind Sierra College whom we beat 4-0 and currently ranked # 5 in the state. Check it out at

Have an enjoyable weekend!

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Last Updated: September 28, 2009
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