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Citrus College Kicks Off New Year, Introduces New Student Success Initiative 

Friday, September 07, 2012
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
FURTHER INFORMATION:       PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082

 

Citrus College Kicks Off New Year, Introduces New Student Success Initiative
Words by Paula Green
Photos by Citrus College Phi Theta Kappa

 

Celebration and inspiration defined the mood of Citrus College faculty, staff and student leaders as they welcomed one another from summer break during the college’s recent fall Convocation.  The annual event, which launched the official start of the 2012-2013 academic year, recapped the college’s accomplishments during the previous academic year, introduced 20 new faculty and staff members, and presented service awards to 83 employees who collectively represented a total of more than 1,000 years of service to the college.   In addition, sixteen faculty and staff were honored as “Shining Stars,” members of the college community who best exemplified the college’s mission, vision and values. 

As part of the morning’s festivities, Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president, presented her 2012 State of the College address in which she recalled significant college accomplishments from the preceding months.   One such highlight was the college’s 2012 Commencement, where 1,332 associate degrees— the most in the college’s history—were conferred on nearly 1,100 students and more than 500 students participated in the ceremony.  For the first time, 42 Citrus College students graduated with Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees that provided them with access to the California State University system, a result of Senate Bill 1440, passed by the California State Legislature in 2010. 

During her presentation, Dr. Perri also introduced the college’s theme for the new academic year, “Citrus College:  A College of Completion.”  This theme was inspired by a new, student-driven initiative, the Citrus College Completion Corps (CCCC), which was developed by members of the Citrus College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) and inspired by a survey research project they presented at a conference.  Its goal is to increase the number of students who complete their studies at Citrus College and continue to pursue higher education and career opportunities. 

The event concluded when Dr. Perri invited the audience to sign a commitment to completion pledge in support of the new initiative.

 

Student Driven Initiative

STUDENT-DRIVEN INITIATIVE:  The Citrus College chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society (pictured above) inspired the college’s theme for the new academic year. 

 

College of Completion

COLLEGE OF COMPLETION:  (From left to right) Susan Vong, vice president of scholarship of the Citrus College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor; Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College; and Alejandra Morales, president of the Citrus College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor.  During her 2012 State of the College address, Dr. Perri invited Ms. Vong and Ms. Morales to present the research findings that led to their new “Citrus College Completion Corps” initiative and inspired the “Citrus College: A College of Completion” theme for the new academic year.

 

Pledging Support

PLEDGING SUPPORT:  At the conclusion of Citrus College’s 2012 Convocation, hundreds of faculty and staff members lined up to sign a pledge in support of the new student-driven “Citrus College Completion Corps” initiative.  Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, was among the first to sign the pledge, stating that it “enables us to publicly declare our commitment to the academic achievement of our student body.”

 

Signing the Pledge

SIGNING THE PLEDGE:  (From left to right) Doug Austin, Citrus College fine and performing arts faculty member, and Kristina Spalding, Citrus College registrar, were eager to sign a pledge in support of the new student-driven “Citrus College Completion Corps” initiative. 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
FURTHER INFORMATION:       PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873, STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082

 

 

 
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