April 12, 2021
Dear College Community,
Welcome back from a beautiful weekend in the Bay Area.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our 35-year veteran Police Officer Ray Flood who passed away on Sunday, April 4. Final services will be held this Wednesday, April 14 in Bassett, Virginia. To access Ray’s obituary, send flowers, sign a sympathy card, or plant a tree in his memory, click this link. Ray left an impression with everyone he met. He was the first Police Officer I met when I arrived at City College and he gave me a tour of the campus.
Get the facts. Get informed. Our next “Budget Forum,” is tomorrow, April 13 at 4:30 pm. You do not need to register. You simply attend the forum on the time and date using this Zoom link. In these forums Dr. John al-Amin will review the structure of our budget and answer your questions on our financial re-structuring. We had nearly 150 attendees last week. Feel free to share this information.
April is National Poetry Month. The Library team has created a resource website that includes poetry, activity and related information. Make sure to visit the Virtual Book Display called “Power of Poetry,” created by the Library Virtual team. Last week April 6, was National Library Workers Day. Please take a moment to thank our amazing CCSF library employees!
In athletics news, our women’s soccer and women’s water polo teams have been competing in both home and away games. Our women’s soccer team has been undefeated in all of their three games! Each team has one more game next week, which will close out our Spring games. Congratulations!
More great news! CCSF has been awarded two National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grants, both focused on biotechnology. One grant focuses on increasing the participation of underrepresented students in biotechnology by recruiting and building a pathway to build technical and career skills ($433,504). The other grant ($275,596) is in partnership with UCSF to address the barriers to inclusivity faced by community college biotechnology students and their mentor-managers. Congratulations to the Principal Investigators!
Finally, if you know of someone whose job has been impacted by COVID-19, has been recently laid off, is looking for a new job, or wants to move into a new career path, make sure to share with them the Virtual Career Education Showcase on April 21 at 5 pm. CCSF offers hundreds of short-term and long-term programs that can lead to exciting and lucrative careers. Let’s keep moving our community forward!
Rajen Vurdien, Ph.D.