back for the 2007-08 academic year.
enter our 45th year, we at Merced College are experiencing
one of the most exciting and challenging years in our history.
As a result of a combination of local and state bond dollars,
we were able to open our new Learning Resources Center this
spring. This has been a long needed and anticipated addition
to our college.
I am happy to announce that this summer, our
new Los Banos Campus opened to students. We were able to offer
summer school classes at the new campus and are looking forward
to a grand opening ceremony for the local community on September
7. Residents on the west side of our county made this campus
possible by the passage of our bond measure in November 2002.
We are very grateful for their support and look forward to
serving them in our new campus for years to come.
We are also benefiting from the support of
local voters who helped us pass an east side bond for Merced
campus in November 2002. As a result of that support, we look
forward to the completion of the Science Building remodel
in late July and plan to move into it as soon as logistics
New Faces on Campus
faculty members have been hired at Merced College just in
time for the fall semester.
to the new instructors and counselors, the College has also
hired two new deans of Instruction.
According to John Spevak, vice president for Instruction,
“our new faculty members will add immeasurably to the
wealth of experience and expertise that we enjoy in our teaching
ranks. We pride ourselves on our outstanding instructional
The new faculty members include Lynette Borrelli who replaces
Fred Friedland as an instructor of theater arts; Paul Fregene
joining the faculty as a chemistry instructor; Cristina Garcia,
hired as an academic counselor; Annette Haugen, joining the
faculty as a temporary full-time instructor of business management;
Jill Henningsgaard, joining the counseling staff and replacing
long-time counselor Dorothy Bushnell; Ray Latham, joining
the Los Banos Campus faculty as an instructor of microbiology;
Edward Modafferi, joining the faculty as an instructor of
microbiology; Michelle Patton and Angela Senigaglia, joining
the Los Banos faculty as instructors of English and developmental
English; and Rauno Tikkanen, joining the faculty for one year,
replacing music instructor Mark Doiel, who is taking Tikkanen’s
position in Finland as part of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange
Face on Foundation Board of Directors
Dawn Kinney is already well-known in our community,
she is a new face on the MC Foundation Board of Directors
and is taking "the bull by the horns" as a committee
chair for the Board's Annual Scholarship Banquet.
a vice president and the county manager of TransCounty Title.
Her career in the Title/Escrow industry began in May 1978
when she was hired by Bob Ayers (then the county manager for
Transamerica Title) as an escrow secretary
an escrow officer in 1983. On June 24, 1989 she was granted
the designation of Certified Senior Escrow Officer by the
California Escrow Association, and has been an active member
of the Association since 1986. Dawn's experience is primarily
escrow-related, but she has gained a great deal of title knowledge
throughout her 29 years in the industry.
is active in our community. She is currently the treasurer
of the Merced County Chamber of Commerce and has previously
served as its president, vice president and secretary. Dawn
served as a state director for the California Escrow Association
from 1995-1997 and was awarded the "Rookie Director of
the Year Award" in 1995.
also a graduate of the Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce's
"Leadership Merced" program, and was named the "Business
Woman of the Year 2006" by the Merced County Chamber
resided in Merced continuously since 1975, but lived in Atwater
from 1964-1970 while her late father was stationed at Castle
AFB. She has a son, Christopher, who currently attends Merced
to watch sports, especially footbal,; enjoys cooking for her
friends, entertaining, and traveling whenever possible.
welcomes Dawn and is excited to have her on board!
for the September issue to read about new board members, Larry
King and Louise Farley.
more about the MC Foundation
Kellner Hired As President's
headline could read: “A Changing of the Guard
at Merced College.” Or, it could read:
“The End of One Era and the Beginning of a New One.”
However stated, a significant change has occurred in the President’s
Office with the retirement of long-time executive assistant
Most of us at Merced College recognize De’s many contributions
over the 42 years she spent here. Her professional skills
were superlative and her knowledge of College history and
culture was unmatched. If something had to be done, and done
quickly and successfully, De was the quintessential can-do
person. But, like others who have spent much of their working
life at the College and entered into a much-deserved retirement,
De has moved on. Truly, an era has come to an end.
But, a new one has begun with the arrival of Stacey Kellner,
Dr. Benjamin Duran’s new executive assistant. Her experience
in an administrative support role spans over 17 years in various
businesses such as a computer networking company, a foster
care and adoption agency and a community hospital.
Stacey was born and reared in Merced and attended Merced High
School. She was very involved in Future Farmers of America
and was elected the Central Valley Region president, attending
field days, and preparing market animals for local fairs on
the Merced College campus. Merced College is a place that
is very close to Stacey’s heart. Having the opportunity
to be part of a college that is so student focused and community
oriented is exciting for her.
An important aspect of Stacey’s life is her family and
animals. She and her husband, Ray, have been married for seven
years and they have a 5 year old daughter, Julia. Her parents,
Wayne and Jackie Hicks, still reside in Merced. Stacey says
she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and animals,
riding her horses, and watching Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson
If you haven’t met her yet, stop by and introduce yourself.
You’ll find Stacey to be warmly engaging and eager to
carry on the great tradition of excellence begun by her predecessor.
more about De Merino and her plans for retirement
An Autumn Affaire
Fifth Annual Merced College Scholarship Banquet, “An
Autumn Affaire,” will be held at St. Patrick’s
Parish Hall on Friday, October 12. This year's theme, "An
Evening in the Tropics," will feature the Kiki Raina
Polynesian Revue and a Luau dinner. Social Hour begins at
6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and entertainment at 8:15
p.m. A silent auction will also be held during the social
hour. So, dress in your tropical favorites and join in the
fun as we enjoy the tastes, sights, and sounds of the Polynesian
are $75 and proceeds go to support local Merced College students
transferring to UC Merced.
information regarding the banquet, call 381-6471 or visit
the Autumn Affaire web page.
Office Technology Students Put Their
Knowledge into Practice
knows Microsoft Word, Excel, and a host of other computer
software programs. The 23-year old Merced College student
can create and design office stationary, type and print out
letters of correspondence, and keep a database of records.
She just needed a job so that she could put her knowledge
and skills into practice. That’s when local Executive
Edge Insurance Services came into the picture.
Executive Edge is one of a handful of local businesses who
accept Merced College students as interns in their offices.
The students are enrolled in the College's
Office Technology Program as administrative office professional