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Feature Stories September 5 Issue

Welcome Dr. Tyler!

Special Trustee Agrella has named Dr. Arthur Q. Tyler as the new chancellor of City College of San Francisco, saying his experience leading community colleges in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Houston, combined with his expertise in fiscal and accreditation matters, makes him uniquely qualified to lead the college.

Welcome to City College, Dr. Tyler!

For more information, please follow this link:

Chancellor Art Tyler

City College Veterans Program Receives 2013 APA

Psychiatric Services Achievement Award!

The APA recently recognized four outstanding mental health programs with Psychiatric Services Achievement Awards at the 2013 Institute on Psychiatric Services in Philadelphia. The four outstanding 2013 winners include a New York City program that has been improving the lives of homeless people with mental illness for nearly three decades, a nonprofit managed behavioral health company with an exceptional commitment to shared decision making, a VA program that helps veterans adjust to college life, and a partial-hospital program that provides integrated care for children with co-occurring illnesses. 

The Veterans Outreach Program at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is being recognized with APA’s 2013 Silver Achievement Award for its innovative program that provides accessible mental health services for veterans enrolled in college. Transition from military life to college life can be difficult, and the program helps veterans to succeed by providing them with comprehensive specialty mental health care on campus rather than at a VA facility across town. The services are provided by the San Francisco VA Medical Center. The Veterans Outreach Program also gives veterans access to a supportive network of peers on campus. 

The winning programs were selected from among 27 applications reviewed by the 2013 Achievement Awards Committee.

Retirement Luncheon for Long Time City College Employee

Gloria Mitchell, Buildings and Grounds

You are cordially invited to join in celebrating the retirement of Hilda T. Yee and to honor her more than 38 years of service in Duplicating at City College of San Francisco.


CCSF Forensics Team Cleans Up… Again!

This past weekend, the CCSF forensics team took home more awards at the Santa Rosa Jr. College Tournament. Overall, the City College team took a second place sweepstakes trophy and Zach Herrera won the top speaker award. You can view the list of individual awards earned by CCSF students at this tournament and past tournaments on our awards history page.


Special thanks to:

•         Joanne Babin, Volunteer judge and longtime team supporter

•         Mike Epley, Volunteer/Superstar coach & former competitor

•         Harold Brown, Athletics Director and expert juggler of CCSF vans


Thanks for your continued support,

Nathan Steele and Robert Hawkins

Congratulations to all!!

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

Culinary Fundamentals Class Highlighted in the

OEWD Workforce Development Newsletter

The segment reads:

 “OEWD’s Hospitality Initiative, in collaboration with City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and Self-Help for the Elderly, rolled out its first Culinary Arts Course on September 23, 2013.  The two-month culinary training is held at CCSF’s Chinatown/North Beach Campuses state of the art commercial kitchen facility, under the college’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department.

 Through instruction facilitated by CCSF instructors, Rhea Dellimore and Jenn Rudd, students attain skills in the fundamentals of cooking, from exploring diverse cooking techniques to developing specialized knife skills.  Sector-specific job readiness training, led by Self-Help for the Elderly, is incorporated into the curriculum and provides students with the soft skills necessary to gain that competitive edge for employment.  We look forward to the upcoming success of these students as they start their career path in the hospitality sector!

 To learn more about OEWD’s Hospitality Initiative, please go to:

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.

“Bridging Cultures” Conference to Take Place at CCSF

Robert Irwin, ESL



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

Broadcast Electronic Media Arts (BEMA) Students

Visit Esteemed Studios in Berkeley

Francine Podenski, Department Chair, Broadcasting

Students from BCST 127 - Advanced Sound Recording Studio had a very successful field trip to Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, with Instructor, Dana Labrecque.


BEMA students

Real Estate Scholarships Available

Carol Jensen,
Director, California Community College Real Estate Education Center


For more information, contact, Carol Jensen at (415) 267-6550 or visit


“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. 

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Pik Kwan Chan,  Culinary Arts