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News Release - July 31, 2006

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

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Mendocino College Begins Fall Semester with New Faculty

and New Culinary Arts Classroom

UKIAH, CA — Beginning on Monday, August 21, Mendocino College starts Fall Semester with several new faculty members and a state-of-the-art culinary classroom. “During the spring, we conducted several nationwide searches and hired faculty in biology, English, history/political science, nursing and business/accounting,” said Meridith Randall, Vice President of Education and Student Services. “Two were current part-time faculty – Karen Wilson in nursing and Julie Finnegan in business/accounting – and the others bring experience from other colleges. All of them are dedicated to teaching and student success in their fields.”

In addition to new faculty, the Ukiah campus will unveil a culinary arts classroom in Room 204 on the quad, which has four ranges, a convection oven for baking, a walk-in refrigerator and multiple workstations. The facility, financed primarily by donations from Dennis and Madelyn Yeo and the Mendocino College Foundation, will support classes in the certificate program as well as short-term community classes. Already scheduled are classes in holiday baking, soups and cooking with kids. As more classes are developed, they will be advertised on the college website.

New classes developed to meet community demand are ART 88.1: Digital Photography, designed to help the amateur photographer maximize digital camera use, and HST 188: Civil Liberties in Wartime America: 1798-2006, an examination of the restrictions on civil liberties and their justification over the last 200 years. Popular classes for lifelong learners that will be offered again include AER 50: Private Pilot Ground School; AGR 40: Mushroom Cultivation and AGR 41: Mushroom Identification; AGR 51: Wine Sensory Evaluation; BOT 68: Computer Creations; CSC 58: Web Page Production; ENG 210: Creative Writing; and classes in piano, voice, yoga, hip-hip, jazz dance and more.

“While we want to serve older residents and those not interested in transferring to four-year schools, offering classes to transfer students remains one of strongest missions,” said Vice President Randall. “Therefore, we have revised many of our transfer courses to better prepare students and are offering multiple sections of transfer-level math, English, science and other classes.” Randall recommends that high school students take transfer-level classes to fulfill lower division requirements before they enter college. By doing so, they can save time and a great deal of money on a four-year degree. “Of course, completing the first two years of a four-year degree at a community college is still a high-quality, low cost route to a BA or BS degree, and many college universities will guarantee community college transfer students a place in their junior classes,” according to Dr. Donald Moore, new Dean of Student Services. For more information, contact the Counseling Office at 468-3048.

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Created: July 31, 2006 @ 11:33 AM
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