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Feature Stories September 5 Issue

Chancellor Candidate Forums

Dean Clara Starr, Human Resources

The College is in the process of selecting a new Chancellor.  The candidates recommended by the college advisory committee will meet the College’s constituent groups on Monday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 9, 2013.  The meeting schedule is provided below. Attached please find a brief biography for each of the candidates.

Your presence is welcome at the Candidate Forums. The Forum format is informal with each candidate sharing 5 minutes about his/her background followed by response to constituent group questions. All candidates will be presented with the same questions/topics.  The Forum is not an interview.  Rather, it is an opportunity for each constituent group to meet the final candidates.  Your constituent group leaders will communicate with you to solicit your input for the questions.


Written feedback on the candidates will be gathered on evaluation forms distributed and collected by the Human Resources staff during the Forums, or you may send your comments to Special Trustee Robert Agrella.  The Forums will start and end on time.  Each candidate will have an “escort” assigned to facilitate the introduction and Forum.


Please contact me at or 415-241-2249 if you have any questions.




CANDIDATE 2 – Dr. Stephen Curtis


9:30 – 10:00 Administrators – MUB 140


10:30 – 12:00 Interview with Dr. Agrella

12:15 – 12:45 Classified Staff – MUB 140

12:45 – 1:15 Students – Student Union 208


1:15 – 2:00 LUNCH


2:15 – 2:45 Community Group – R505

3:00 – 3:30 Faculty – MUB 255




CANDIDATE 3 – Dr. Terry Calaway

CANDIDATE 4 – Dr. Arthur Tyler



8:00 – 9:30 Interview with Dr. Agrella

9:15 – 9:45 Administrators – MUB 140


10:00 – 10:30 Classified – MUB 238

10:00 – 10:30 Administrators – MUB 140

11:00 – 12:30 Interview with Dr. Agrella

10:45 – 11:15 Classified – MUB 238


11:30 – 12:00 Students – Student Union – Upper Level Lounge

12:45 – 1:15 – Students – Student Union – Upper Level Lounge



12:15 – 1:15 - LUNCH

1:15 – 2:00 LUNCH



1:30 – 2:00 Community Group – R505

2:15 – 2:45 Community Group – R505



2:15 – 2:45 Faculty – MUB 140

3:00 – 3:30 Faculty – MUB 140








Drop for Non-Payment and Payment Plans Coming in Spring Semester

Now that you’ve had time to settle into the Fall semester, it’s time to talk about Spring 2014.

We want to bring your attention to a change regarding fees for the Spring semester. City College of San Francisco will be enforcing the procedure of dropping students for non-payment of fees. Enrollment fees and applicable nonresident tuition fees are due and payable at the time of registration. We will have a drop schedule available prior to registration to help students plan.

In order to help our students pay their fees, we will have a low cost payment plan available through Nelnet. Students will be able to participate in the payment plan so as not to be dropped from classes.

We are hoping that early notification will provide students the opportunity to plan for a smooth, successful Spring semester.

CCSF Partners with Nelnet Business Solutions

MaryLou Leyba, Dean of Admission and Records

CCSF has contracted with Nelnet Business Solutions to provide low cost Payment Plans for students who need assistance in paying their fees.  As you know, beginning with the Spring 2014 registration period CCSF will begin enforcing our Payment Policy by dropping classes for non-payment of fees.  Nelnet Business Solutions will be on campus Tuesday, October 8th to provide information sessions for staff and students.  Please encourage staff, student leaders and anyone else who may be interested to attend one of these sessions.


Date: Tuesday, October 8th 

Time: 9:00am, 11:00am & 1:30pm

Location: MUB 140

Chinatown/North Beach Center Celebrates Citizenship Day 2013

By Marcia Chan (ESL/Citizenship Coordinator), And Robin Lee (Research Assistant Intern) Chinatown/North Beach Center

The Chinatown/North Beach Center held its annual Citizenship Day Celebration in its new auditorium on Friday, September 20, 2013. Of the 89 students who became U.S. citizens this past year, 41 attended this event. More than 130 current Citizenship and ESL students were on hand to share in celebrating the achievement of the new citizens.

Staff and students were honored by the presence of Vice-Chancellor Joanne Low, Dean Minh-Hoa Ta, Immigration Specialist Harriet Ishimoto and Intern Arsen Shirvanyan, from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s office, and from the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), Acting Field Office Director Richard Valeika, Community Relations Officer Rosemarie Fan, and SISOs Tini Bui-Frigge and Carlos Guadamuz.

This festive event began with a slideshow of previous years’ Citizenship Day Celebrations set to the tunes of American patriotic songs. Master of Ceremonies Wayne Lee welcomed all with special congratulations to the new citizens. Dean Minh-Hoa Ta, who herself more than 30 years ago became a citizen, heartily congratulated the students and spoke about becoming part of American society. She commended their accomplishments on this happy occasion. As new U.S. citizens, they can vote, travel easily, get government jobs, contribute to the nation and make a difference in the community.

Vice-Chancellor Joanne Low extended congratulations to the new citizens and emphasized the importance of the now-given right to vote. After all, it was through the democratic efforts of the voters that helped to build the Chinatown North/Beach Center building and the very auditorium that the Citizenship Day Celebration was held in.

Harriet Ishimoto and Intern Arsen Shirvanyan read a letter from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi congratulating the new citizens on their hard work and achieving their goal of passing the citizenship test. Chinatown is the heart of Pelosi’s district.

USCIS’s Rosemarie Fan congratulated the new citizens and encouraged the current students to continue to study hard, remarking that those sitting in the back would be sitting in the front next year. Acting Field Director Richard Valeika also expressed his congratulations to all the new citizens and thanked them for their efforts in coming to the U.S. He talked about the history of Citizenship Day/Constitution Day about the importance of citizenship—the rights, freedoms, and responsibilities of citizens, and their oath to support and protect the Constitution.

One of the highlights of the program was a video interview with Ms. Sylvia Ho, a recently naturalized citizen, who talked about her experiences in passing the citizenship test. Originally from Guatemala, she studied English and Citizenship at Chinatown North Beach Center for 3 years in preparation for her citizenship test.

Finally, Olivia DeGracia, Community Outreach Coordinator from the Department of Elections encouraged all the new citizens to register to vote and immediately after the ceremony, more than 19 did so!  The ceremony closed with the presentation of Certificates of Congratulations by Vice-Chancellor Joanne Low and Dean Minh-Hoa Ta, followed by a photo session with honored guests, teachers, and the new citizens proudly displaying their certificates.

Citizenship Day (or Constitution Day) on September 17 commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. It is a day to reflect not only on this historic event, but also on the meaning of becoming a citizen. Over the past twenty-seven years, the ESL/Citizenship faculty at the Chinatown/North Beach Center has marked this occasion by acknowledging and extending congratulation to students who have become U.S. citizens within the last school year. Each year, CCSF welcomes new students, remembering always to embrace the ideas of our forefathers: liberty, equality, and justice.

Photo :  Front Row Left to Right:  Dean Minh-hoa Ta, Vice-Chancellor Joanne Low, Intern Arsen Shirvanyan, Immigration Specialist Harriet Ishimoto,  USCIS Acting Field DirectorRichard Valeika, Community Relations Officer Rosemarie Fan, SISOs Tini Bui-Frigge and Carlos Guadamuz

Photo :  Front Row Left to Right:  Dean Minh-hoa Ta, Vice-Chancellor Joanne Low, Intern Arsen Shirvanyan, Immigration Specialist Harriet Ishimoto,  USCIS Acting Field DirectorRichard Valeika, Community Relations Officer Rosemarie Fan, SISOs Tini Bui-Frigge and Carlos Guadamuz

Back 3 rows: New Citizens

Forensics Team Success!

City College of San Francisco recently took home armfuls of trophies at the Golden Gate Opener Forensics Tournament at SFSU. They have some very talented and motivated performers and debaters on the team this semester. In addition to the awards listed below, CCSF took a 2nd place sweepstakes trophy, beating out 20 other 2-year and 4-year institutions.

Congratulations to the students and to Nathan Steele, Director of Forensics, Robert Hawkins, Assistant Coach and Mike Epley, Volunteer Coach.

“Bridging Cultures” Conference to Take Place at CCSF

Robert Irwin, Instructor, English as Second Language

Save the Date: October 24th - 26th

Public lecture and Faculty Workshop sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and CCSF

“Ethnicity, Trans-ethnicity and Cultural Identities in Southeast Asia”

Thursday evening October 24th, Dr. Leonard Andaya, Professor of History at the University of Hawaii will lecture at Ocean Campus on Accommodating Ethnicities in a Fluid World, offering a framework for thinking about what ethnicity means in a world of increasingly rapid globalization.

Friday afternoon, October 25th, and Saturday, October the 26th, all faculty are invited to attend a faculty development workshop at the Chinatown Campus.

More detailed information to come. Any questions, please contact Bob Irwin at

The Music Theater Workshop Group hopes they’ll be seeing you soon!

Esther Wong, Music Department

We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity and see the Music Theater Workshop Group’s rendition of “I’ll Be Seeing You”.

When: Friday, Oct. 11th, 8 pm

            Saturday, Oct. 12th, 8 pm

            Sunday, Oct. 13th, 2 pm

Where: Diego Rivera Theatre

           50 Phelan Ave at Judson

Admission: $10 Students, Seniors & TBA Members

                      $15 General Admission


For disability-related accommodations, contact the District ADA Coordinator (415) 241-2294.

Online Web4 Registration

Katie Gelardi

Sign-Up for Noncredit Business Courses Online fir Spring 2014. Business is the only noncredit division that allows students to register for classes ONLINE in November. Students must sign-up to take advantage of Noncredit Web4. Once enrolled, students can register and tweak their class choices for two weeks. Students will have access to all campus centers where business noncredit courses are being offered. No need for waiting in lines! Register for your noncredit classes online. Sign-Up Today. The deadline is October 31st!

Business Noncredit Sign-Up and Registration


Spread the Word!

Seagull Chan, Culinary Arts


“Heart of the City” Combined Charities Campaign

Evelyn Tavisora, Human Resources

The City and County of San Francisco’s “Heart of the City” Combined Charities Campaign will run through the month of October.  It provides a convenient opportunity for CCSF employees to learn about and support participating organizations.  All employees will be receiving information and pledge forms via interoffice mail. 

Donations to any IRS tax-exempt charity or federation of your choice can be made easily by check or payroll deduction.  For more information about the Combined Charities Campaign go to: , or if you have any questions, you may call the City Campaign Hotline at (415) 925-2604.  For additional Pledge Forms, contact the Office of Professional Development at (415) 241-2319. 

In our combined efforts, we can take deliberate steps to ensure that those agencies and programs closest to our hearts survive so that people in need can benefit from them.  Your generosity is appreciated!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Tannis Cecile Reinhertz, Department Chair of Culinary Arts

On Tuesday, October 22nd, 5:00-6:30pm, The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department will be celebrating the refurbishing and naming of the Konstin Lecture and Demonstration Room in the Statler Wing. Among the many industry and friends of the department will be Senator Mark Leno, who will say a few words about Gus and John Konstin and their generosity in donating the final $60,000 to complete the updates, including a hand-crafted demonstration cooking island of the classroom, and their impact on the city, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality department and CCSF. 


Latino Heritage Month Activities

Mark Abright, Library

Thursday, September 26, 2013

MiHistoria: Latina/Chicana/Hispana/Indigena Stories

Laurie Coyle & Albertina Zarazúa Padilla

Lecture + Film Presentation

12:30–2:00PM Rosenberg LLRC,Multimedia Room R305


Library Exhibition

Mujeres Mayas: Dignidad y Humanidad

Contemporary Indigenous Painting from Guatemala

Rosenberg LLRC, 4th Floor Atrium

September 27, 2013 – March 15, 2014


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America

Gustavo Arellano | Lecture + Author Reading

10:30–12noon | Downtown Center, Room 821

1:00–2:30pm | Rosenberg LLRC, Multimedia Room R301

5–6:30pm | Mission Center, Bartlett Bldg., Room 154


Native Tongue: The Poetry of Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía | Lecture + Author Reading

10:45–12:15pm | John Adams Center Auditorium

Monday, October 7, 2013

Native Tongue: The Poetry of Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía | Lecture + Author Reading

10:30 –12noon | Chinatown/North Beach Center, Room 201


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Native Tongue: The Poetry of Alejandro Murguía

Alejandro Murguía | Lecture + Author Reading

9:30 –11:00am | Southeast Center, Alex Pitcher Community Room