Merced College Staff Newsletter
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Dr. Beverly Browning engages audienceDr. Beverly Browning, internationally known grant writing consultant and author of "Grant Writing for Dummies,” presented her “Winning $trategies For Grant $seeking and Grant Writing,” seminar as part of the 2007 Business Forum at Merced College on April 14. The 2007 Business Forum is sponsored by County Bank and the Merced College Foundation.

Denise RossiDenise Rossi was honored as “Merced College Classified Staff Employee of the Year” during the annual Classified Staff Employee Day at Lake Yosemite on April 12.

Denise has been with the College since 1999 and works as a computer operations network specialist. Denise’s family was on hand to see her surprise as she was awarded the crystal trophy.

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Merced Co. Sheriff's Dept. conducting "active shooter response" exercise April 21.  Photo courtesy of Sheriff Mark Pazin MC Community Talks About Plans To Deal With "Active Shooters"

The recent killings of 32 students at Virginia Tech have caused many in the education community to examine its plans to deal with similar “active shooter” situations. Merced College is no exception and has, in fact, already been in the process of planning for such an event.

On May 1, College employees engaged in a conversation with members of the Merced County Sheriff’s Department on its “Active Shooter Rapid Tactical Deployment” plans. The Sheriff’s Department manages security at the college campus. College President Dr. Benjamin Duran noted that steps have already been taken by the College to respond to just such a scenario.

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Morgan BoyleMerced College Blue Devil Athletes Adopt An Inspirational Boy

He’s the Merced College Blue Devil Football Team’s most inspirational player. He’s at every practice and suits up for every home game, cheering on his teammates with enthusiasm and passion. He’s as much a part of the Blue Devil brotherhood as anyone. And yet, Morgan Boyle can’t run or catch a football.

He’s confined to a wheelchair.

The 13-year-old Chenowith Elementary School student lives with the effects of cerebral palsy. Although he is bright and inquisitive—in most ways a typical teenager—he lives in a body that doesn’t allow him to experience the physical pleasures of being an athlete. But, that doesn’t matter to Morgan. He’s found a team to play on.

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The Merced College Foundation hosted its annual Friends and Alumni Golf Tournament at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club on March 30. The event raised about $9,000 for student scholarships.

The Foundation is also planning its annual Scholarship Banquet, “An Autumn Affaire,” which will be held at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall on Friday, October 12. Tickets are $75 and proceeds go to support Merced College students transferring to UC Merced. For more information regarding the banquet, call 381-6471.

More Foundation News

Dr. Susan Walsh cuts ribbon at the Learning Resources Center Grand Opening
Learning Resources Center Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, April 25, 2007

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Students Chosen For Prestigious
Summer PreMed Programs

Four Merced College students have been chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants to participate in a number of prestigious summer premedical programs. Of the thousands of applications submitted, Merced College students were selected to fill five of 40 slots available at these three outstanding universities
Paul Cordova and Luisa Valenzuela were selected to attend the Stanford University School of Medicine Summer Premedical Student Program. Tyson Schmidthuber was chosen to attend the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine summer program.

Amarinder Singh and Luisa Valenzuela were both selected for the summer premedical program at the University of Utah.

The Stanford program, for example, brings together 20 educationally and/or economically disadvantaged undergraduates from across the country to Stanford. The program provides a background in cellular biology, human anatomy, basic research skills, and experiences in clinical medicine.

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Dr. Roger Salters Alumnus Values Merced College Education

Although he earned his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, Merced College alumnus Dr. Roger Salters says the education he received at the community college was “more valuable than he could have imagined.”

Since graduating in 1964 with an AA in Science, Dr. Salters has gone on to accomplish many things and the Foundation is excited to share his story with our community.

Dr. Salters was one of the community college’s very first students attending classes at the Merced County Fairgrounds well before the main campus was built.
Stationed at Castle Air Force Base in the early 1960’s, Dr. Salters began taking college classes in the fall of 1961 at Modesto Junior College, which at the time, held classes on base.
When Merced College opened in the fall of 1962, he transferred from Modesto to Merced where he continued classes until he graduated in the first graduating class of 31 students in June, 1964.

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Art Gallery Features Student Art Exhibit

This year's student art exhibit continues through May 17. Please come and enjoy the wonderful art work our students have created this past year.

Gallery Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and by appointment. The Art Gallery is located in the theater building. For more information, please call 384.6064 or email

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Two New Deans Of Instruction Selected

The Merced College Board of Trustees has announced the selection of two successful candidates for the position of Dean of Instruction. The Trustees made their announcement during the May 1 meeting of the Board.

Dr. Robert Taylor and Dr. Robert Anderson will join the academic administrative team under Dr. John Spevak, vice president of Instruction, said Merced College President Dr. Benjamin T. Duran.

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