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.
honored as “Merced College Classified Staff Employee
of the Year” during the annual Classified Staff Employee
Day at Lake Yosemite on April 12.
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.
MC Community Talks About Plans
To Deal With "Active Shooters"
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.
College Blue Devil Athletes Adopt An Inspirational Boy
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.
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
Learning Resources Center Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting
Ceremony, April 25, 2007
Chosen For Prestigious
Summer PreMed Programs
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
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
Alumnus Values Merced College Education
he earned his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, Merced College
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.