We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. $20,000.00 scholarship. $1000.00 scholarship. Stephanie Kwolek -- inventor. Veterans Service Center summer hours. Handling stress. SDSU fee increase. Give and take. Courageous woman broke an educational barrier. Join a club on campus! Former gang member studying to be a substance abuse counselor. UCSD and Peace Corps volunteers. Summer classes. Social Work careers.

The veterans page: Veterans Service Center hours for summer. William Kyle Carpenter -- hero. Retirement system overhaul? GI Bill helps veterans. Medal of Honor awarded. Silver Star awarded. Aspire Center now open. Brain trauma and PTSD. Military caregivers. Wreaths Across America. Thank you to all veterans for putting yourselves in harm's way to serve our country.

Words to the wise from Live & Learn & Pass It On: "I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel." -- age 51.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Scholarship for K-12 Math, Engineering, Science Teachers!

What is the LMU Noyce Scholarship?
It is a scholarship for talented math and science majors who want to pursue a career in K-12 Teaching.

How much is the award?
$20,000 per year

Who is eligible?
Junior and Senior Mathematics, Science and Engineering majors with a GPA of 3.0 or better in their major and an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher

What are the requirements?
• Scholars must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
• Scholars must complete two years of service as a mathematics or science teacher in a high-need school for each year of scholarship support received.
• Scholars must obtain a preliminary teaching credential within two years of completing their Bachelors degree.
• Scholars must participate in the Noyce Urban Teachers Learning Seminars during their first year of teaching.
• Scholars must provide annual certification of employment, up-to-date contact information and participate in program surveys and research studies.

How many scholarships will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year?

When will applications be available? 
Late November, 2014.

Who do I contact for more info? 
Dr. Carolyn Viviano at NOYCE@lmu.edu 

Monday, June 23, 2014


Osher Initiative for California Community College Students Scholarship Application 

Thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, thousands of California Community College students, like you, may receive an Osher Scholarship as part of the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment. Mr. Osher’s vision is to invest in community college students to “not only benefit the community college students of today but countless more for years to come.”

Eligibility Criteria:

Student attending Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters must have completed 24 or more “degree applicable” semester units (or the equivalent) at the time of the initial scholarship disbursement. Student must have a 2014-2015 FAFSA, or a California Dream Act Application on file with the college. Student must be enrolled at least half-time (6 or more units) during all terms in which the award remains active.

Students must apply for the Osher Scholarship at the college where they intend to receive their financial aid and maintain at least one class at that college.

Student must have received a CCC Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver. Awards will be adjusted based on enrolled status and determined as follows:
 Full-time (12 or more units per term) = up to $500/semester
 Three-quarter-time (9 - 11.99 units per term) = up to $375/semester
 Half-time (6 - 8.99 units per term) = up to $250/semester

Amount of award: Annual Awards up to $1,000 (will be pro-rated based on enrollment). Selection Criteria: First-come, first-served, based on the eligibility criteria above, as well as questions 1 – 6 on the scholarship application

Return completed application to your college Financial Aid Office.

Application Deadline: July 8, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

Reducing Stress 3

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The following stress info from J. David Forbes, MD, an expert in stress management operating out of Nashville, TN, was forwarded by Emily Bartel:

Get emotional support. Adjusting to college can be difficult, and venting your frustrations to a trusted friend can go a long way in fighting stress. “It’s a way to empty out tensions and make them lower,” Forbes says. Choose a friend or family member who won’t be judgmental or try to give lots of advice. Or seek the help of a professional counselor or psychologist. To find a trusted practitioner, check with your student health center for recommendations. (Note: At City, we have mental health counseling available for students in A-221, 619-388-3539).

        Don’t give up your passions. Your schedule may be filled with lectures and study groups, but try to find at least a couple of hours each week to pursue a hobby or other activity that you enjoy. “Do something that feeds the peace of your soul in some way and stay connected with it,” Forbes says. “It promotes the anti-stress physiology of your body.” 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Inventor Saved Lives

Stephanie Kwolek from Chemical Heritage Foundation

You might not have heard of Stephanie Kwolek, but this inventor saved countless lives. Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dead at 90 was published on "Yahoo News." If  you are a college student thinking of going into math/sciences, this is a story of how one woman who loved chemistry made a difference. Strive to make a positive impact with your education. Isn't that why we go to school?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Veterans Service Center Summer Hours

San Diego City College


HOURS for SUMMER 2014:
Monday/Wednesday: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Tuesday/Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Fridays: Closed

*Hours may increase as staffing becomes available

Room A-220 / 619-388-3698

  VSC Mission Statement:

The mission of the Veterans Service Center (VSC) is to provide a welcoming environment for all veterans.   The VSC is designed to serve both men and women, from military transition to the completion of their academic goals.  The Veterans Service Center provides services in three primary areas: academics, community and wellness
Services include:
•       Learning space/computer access
•       Peer support/mentoring
•       Referrals to both on and off-campus resources
•       Meetings relating to Veterans
•       Speakers

Veterans are encouraged to utilize their unique skills as active participants in the greater campus community.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Reducing Stress 2

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The following stress info from J. David Forbes, MD, an expert in stress management operating out of Nashville, TN, was forwarded by Emily Bartel:

Exercise. When you’re stressed, moving around may be the last thing you feel like doing. But as little as 20 minutes a day of physical activity can reduce stress levels. Forbes says just three or four half-hour sessions can lighten stress considerably. As for what type of exercise, try something that you enjoy doing, like swimming or yoga. “You’re not going to continue something you don’t like,” Forbes notes.

Avoid unnatural energy boosters. Artificial stimulants like caffeine pills or prescription meds may help you stay awake for that all-night study session, but putting off your body’s need to sleep will ultimately result in an energy crash, resulting again in a greater susceptibility to stress. “It’s like clipping the wires to your fire alarm while the house burns down,” Forbes says. “Just because you didn’t hear it doesn’t mean the house didn’t burn.”

Friday, April 25, 2014

Reducing Stress

The following stress info from J. David Forbes, MD, an expert in stress management operating out of Nashville, TN, was forwarded by Emily Bartel:

No one is immune from stress, but those entering the ivory towers of college are particularly vulnerable to it.
“When you get to college, it’s usually a fairly sizable life change,” says J. David Forbes, MD, a Nashville, Tenn., physician specializing in stress management. “It’s the first time you’re off on your own. You’re out from any kind of adult jurisdiction. That can bring an overwhelming number of choices.”
Stress occurs when your tension level exceeds your energy level, resulting in an overloaded feeling. “As long as our available energy exceeds our tension level, then we’re in an okay state,” Dr. Forbes says. “But if energy is low and tensions are higher, then that can result in a state of anxiety, depression, and feeling overwhelmed.”
College: Stress Management
If you feel like your brain is melting under the crush of books, classes, and papers, don’t freak out. Follow our stress-management tips to help relieve the pressure.
1.    Get enough sleep. It may be tempting to hit the hay at 4 a.m. and then attend an 8 a.m. class, but shortchanging yourself on rest can increase your stress level. “Winging it on not much sleep has a profound effect on how we experience the stressors of the day,” Forbes says. Plus, insufficient sleep can put you at risk for serious illnesses, such as diabetes, obesity, and depression. Adults typically need seven to nine hours of sleep a night for best health. Forbes also recommends that you align your sleep schedule with normal resting hours by getting to bed before midnight, rather than staying up until dawn and sleeping until mid-afternoon. “The more that our internal clock is closely aligned with the clock of the sun, the better it is,” Forbes says.

2.    Eat well. A steady diet of pizza and vending-machine fare can decrease energy levels in the body, leading to a lower threshold for stress. “You end up feeling very tired and looking for the same [junk food] to kick you back up,” Forbes says. “It’s a lousy cycle of hunting for short-term comfort food or sugar highs that actually keep you feeling worse.” Follow a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

To be continued . . . 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

SDSU Initiates Student Fee Increase

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Get ready to pay $50 more for your classes at SDSU in the fall. The university will charge students a "student success fee" to hire faculty and offer more classes. SDSU Will Impose New Fee was published in the U-T San Diego on March 15, 2014.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Give and Take

Are you a "giver," a "taker," or a "matcher?" According to author and professor, Adam Grant, "givers" try to help others. "Takers" want a bigger piece of the pie for themselves, and "matchers" try to make sure one hand washes the other. In his fascinating book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, Grant shows that "givers" prosper in business and success, and that "nice guys" can finish first. If you're in business or you want to be successful in life, check out this book. It's backed with extensive research and examples of people who have gotten ahead by helping others succeed. Find out more by going to www.giveandtake.com.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Educating Students About Breaking a Barrier to Education

You might not have heard the name "Carlotta Walls LaNier," but she is an important and courageous figure in our country's history. In 1957, she was one of nine people to become the first black students to stand up to angry mobs and National Guard troops to attend Little Rock's Central High School in Arkansas. LaNier is now 71, and she is helping City College and other students to appreciate the Civil Rights movement and what it stood for. "My intent is for them to understand why they sit in a classroom with other people who don't look like them, to understand some of the historical piece that they don't necessarily get from their history class or civics class . . ." she said.

Woman Shares Insights As Little Rock Nine Figure appeared in the U-T San Diego on March 7, 2014. The info was forwarded by Heidi Bunkowske.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Student Clubs!

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Interested in joining a club on campus? Here is a list of clubs at City. Want more info on clubs? Here are some other clubs/organizations to check out at City. This info was provided by Alma Nava.


The scholarship below was forwarded by Alma Nava:

1. Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship - $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: Aug 31, 2014)

Student Eligibility:

1) Be attending college or university no later than January of 2015.

2) Be attending college or university on a full-time or part-time basis by January of 2015.

3) Have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or greater during their last academic year.

Application info


Former Gang Member Makes A Difference

Former gang member is studying to be a substance abuse counselor at San Diego City College. Ex-Gang Member Earns National Honor was published in the U-T San Diego on Feb. 25, 2014. The article was forwarded by John Gradilla.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

UCSD and Peace Corps

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UCSD is among the top colleges in the nation in students who volunteer for the Peace Corps. UC San Diego No. 12 on Peace Corps List appeared in the U-T San Diego on Feb. 12, 2014. "UC San Diego continues ... producing volunteers who embrace the call to make a difference in communities overseas," said Janet Allen, West Coast regional manager for the Peace Corps.

See the top colleges for peace corps volunteers for 2014.

Summer Classes

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This info about summer classes at City comes from Megan Soto:

At this time, we are anticipating running about 80% of the course offerings we have carried in previous summer terms at City.

Online schedule of summer classes avilable: April 15.
Print schedule on campus: April 21.
Application deadline for summer '14 to receive a summer registration appt: April 30.
Summer registration by appt: May 12-23.
Open registration: May 27.
Primary 8 week summer session begins: June 16.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Social Work

The following info was forwarded by counselor, Roberta Krauss:

What Can I Do With A Degree In Social Work?
Career Opportunities in Social Work include:

Elementary, Middle and High Schools
Public Health Agencies
Family Service Agencies
Community Action Agencies
Child and Adult Care Centers
Private Clinical Practices
Armed Forces
Policy Making Organizations
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Corporate Employee Assistance Programs
Disaster Relief Organizations
Veterans Services
Local, State and National Government
Domestic Violence Shelters
Child Welfare Agencies
Psychiatric Facilities
Rehabilitation Facilities
Emergency Assistance Organizations
Drug Treatment Clinics
Home Care Agencies
Community Mental Health Centers
Senior Citizen Centers
Developmental Disabilities Centers
Youth Development Programs
Jails and Prisons
Colleges and Universities
Career Centers
Legal Service Agencies
Homeless Shelters
Hospices and Nursing Homes

Counsels other less experienced social workers, as well as other people involved in some aspect of social work without previous training.

Alleviates the stress that hospitalization causes for young children and their families through play therapy and other forms of counseling. Acts as an advocate for the child in dealings with the health care team.

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Offers psychotherapy or counseling services in public agencies, clinics, and private practice. Requires a master's degree.

Identifies needs in the community, writes proposals to address them and evaluates whether these needs were met. Community organizers are usually supported by state, federal and private funding grants.

CASA workers are appointed by juvenile or family court judges to advocate on behalf of the children who are brought before the court. Meets with those involved in the child's life, gathers information to determine the child's best interests, and recommends a course of action to the court. Most often CASA workers are assigned to cases in which a child has been removed from the care of parents.

CSU San Marcos President Touts Progress

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CSU San Marcos president, Karen Kaynes: “I’m proud we are a very innovative, agile institution,” Haynes said. “(We) have weathered six years of the worst economic climate for public higher education … and we have weathered it by growing academic programs, by growing our student populations, by building buildings and by moving forward. There is a spirit here that I am very proud to be a part of and help lead.” San Marcos University President Celebrates Progress appeared in the U-T San Diego on Feb. 8, 2014. 

$20 Million Donation to SDSU

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A philanthropist named Conrad Prebys is giving $20 million to SDSU to develop scholarships for students. "It is wonderful when you know you've done something right. You feel good about it," he said. Prebys Donates $20M to SDSU for Students was published in the U-T San Diego on Feb. 6, 2014.