Monday, April 08, 2013

FURTHER INFORMATION:           STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873


Citrus College Team Wins Second Place Honors in Trivia Competition
by Stacy Armstrong


A three-person team of Citrus College faculty members recently tied for second place during The Great Trivia Challenge, an annual fundraiser for the Glendora Public Library.


Communications Instructor Theresa Villenueve, Spanish Instructor Toby Guebert, and Speech Instructor John Fincher were recruited by the Citrus College Foundation to participate in the popular event that took place at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center on March 23, 2013.


“It is important to show that Citrus College is committed to enhancing our community and pursuing our mission of providing an open and welcoming environment where student success flourishes,” said Christina Garcia, director of development and alumni relations.  “At the same time, this event provided us with the opportunity to showcase some of our outstanding faculty.”


Crestwood Communities, a family-owned homebuilding company, won first place in the competition.  Citrus College tied for second with Jan’s Towing, a locally-owned and operated vehicle towing business.


“Citrus College is such an important part of the Glendora community that it would have been odd if we weren’t there,” Villenueve said.  “I think we represented the college well.  We didn’t just make the final round; we beat 22 teams, including one representing a local university.”


As part of the competition, 25 teams representing local businesses and service clubs took turns answering random questions about history, science, current events, pop culture, and more.  The event, which was attended by approximately 400 people, also featured a buffet provided by local restaurants.


“I was impressed by how well organized everything was,” Guebert said.  “The entire event was very professional.”


Each Citrus College faculty member enjoyed the challenge and was happy they had volunteered to participate.


“Pretty much none of our questions had anything to do with our subject areas, and you don’t get to pick your questions.  It is just luck-of-the-draw,” said Villenueve.  “We had a lot of questions about science and sports.  Our one pop culture question was about Lady Gaga, and I didn’t even know the answer.  Professor Guebert did, though!”


While the participants enjoyed the contest portion, they enjoyed another aspect of the event even more.


“I’ve been on a couple of game shows in the past.  This type of competition is fun for me,” Guebert said.  “However, what I enjoyed most was having the opportunity to socialize with a couple of my colleagues away from the campus.”


Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, appreciated the faculty members’ willingness to participate.


“On behalf of the entire college community, I extend my sincere gratitude to Theresa, Toby and John for participating in The Great Trivia Challenge,” she said.  “While we are definitely proud of their outstanding performance, we are even more pleased with their desire to help the Glendora Library.  It is extremely important for Citrus College to support the communities we serve, and Theresa, Toby and John did so in a very beneficial way.”


Mrs. Susan M. Keith, president of the Citrus Community College District, agrees.


“Glendora is always so supportive of Citrus College and its mission.  It is wonderful to have an opportunity to give back,” she said.  “We owe a debt of gratitude to the Citrus College Foundation for facilitating the college’s presence at this popular event, and we applaud the Citrus College team for doing so well and for helping the Glendora Library at the same time!”




FURTHER INFORMATION:           STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873