All College Day (aka Mandatory Flex Day)

The Big Five Awards:

Mark Dever Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Full Time Faculty Member:

Christine Mainzer, Professor of Geography

Joe Escobar Award for Excellence in Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Member

Kitty Merrill, Adjunct Professor, Television Production

Teresa Archuleta Award for Excellence in Service by Non-Teaching Academic Staff

Everardo Rivera, Counseling, CARE Co-ordinator

William Simpson Award for Excellence in Service to Oxnard College

Dr. Carolyn Inouye, Dean of Math, Science, Health, P.E. & Athletics

John Milton Award for Excellence in Service by a Classified Employee

Dr. Bola King-Rushing, Information Technology

The day was filled with many activities, including a drawing for prizes sponsored by the Ventura County Schools Federal Credit Union, so special thanks are owed to Su-lin Rubalcava, as well as to our own Connie Owens (Oxnard College Foundation) for arranging prizes for our Flex Days.

The annual slow pitch softball game took place as scheduled on our baseball diamond.  It was quite an event.  First, we had the national anthem, sung by Amy Edwards:

Amy Fara Edwards sings our national anthem.

Amy is also our hard-working AS Secretary, our only full time Communications professor and the tireless organizer of our Speech Tournaments.

The game is traditionally played between Faculty and Staff.  This marks the third year in which Faculty have won.  To make things more even, I might play next year.  Here are the two teams, after the 12-2 final score:

Staff in blue, Faculty in green.

Those T-shirts were provided by the Ventura County Schools Federal Credit Union, too, so thanks again.  Here’s the winning team, feeling exuberant:

The Green Team celebrates.

These games just would not be the same without an announcer and color commentary.  Both are ably provided by the Chairman of our Board of Trustees, Steve Blum.  It is difficult to say whether his color commentary is edgy or folksy or somewhere in between, but not only does he explain what’s happening to people who don’t understand softball, he makes everyone laugh.  And wince.  Here he is, with the winner of the Softball $50 gift certificate (the Credit Union, again), which was won by Larry Kennedy (Adjunct Business Professor):

Larry with his gift card, and Steve carefully displaying neutral colors.

Needless to say, the whole day took a lot of organizing, and here’s a special shout-out to Dean Carmen Guerrero, PDC Co-Chair and outgoing AS President Robert Cabral, Classified Senate President Karla Banks and OC Foundation’s Connie Owens for going above and beyond the call of duty.  

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