Del Mar NOW – June 2017

(crescendo) – Del Mar College held it’s first Hall of Fame competition in 1949. These students are
nominated by other students and faculty to encourage
participation in activities and extra-curricular work at the college. They create an atmosphere of tradition and comradery by the leadership for the betterment at the college. One of the many great
traditions at Del Mar Now. I’m Amy Mintz, an Associate Professor of Child Development, Early
Childhood at Del Mar College. Today we’re gonna meet three of the six, 2007 inductees at the Del
Mar College Hall of Fame. Marjorie Bryant-Sparrow is with us. She’s a speech major. Brittany Claramunt is also with us. Her major is radio and television. We’ll also meet Meagan Falcon whose major is digital media journalism. Students in the radio
and television program will present a Del Mar Now Update. We have some impressive
students on the show. Don’t go away! This is Del Mar Now. (upbeat electronic jazz) Our first guest is one
of Del Mar College’s newest hall of fame inductees. She’s a member of the Del Mar College Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Alpha Pi, and a Vocal Viking’s Speech Debate team. Some of her activities on campus include the Art Mural Project
and the Del Mar College focus group for our new Viking mascot. Please welcome to Del Mar Now, Marjorie Bryant-Sparrow. Well hi, thanks for being with us today. – Thank you for having me. – Okay well, congratulations firstly. What an honor. – [Marjorie] Thank you. – Tell us what this honor means for you. – Well honestly, I’m 50 years old and my youngest is seven. (laughter) So for me, it’s a way of
being able to encourage him to follow his dreams for
the rest of his life, even if I’m not here. Being an older mom, that really does kinda cross your mind. – And you’ve got Del Mar’s logo in there, Dreams Deliver, I mean
you did it actually. – Yep, absolutely. (laughter) – You’ve really set some dreams for him to aspire to as well, so
congratulations to that. – [Marjorie] Thank you. – You’ve been at Del Mar I guess as a nontraditional
student, so what has been your most rewarding experience at Del Mar? – It actually started
before classes even started. – [Amy] Oh, tell us. – Okay, so in the testing center? I took my GED back in 1985. – [Amy] Okay. – And when I came to get my GED copy so that I could go into business school and become a secretary, they gave me a letter showing that yes, you passed it and everything, but Texas hasn’t accepted
it yet, we’re gonna fix it. And so I kept that letter
all the way up until now and I never really worried
about getting my copy. So when I came to Del
Mar and they’re like, “We need a copy of your GED.” And I went, “Well, I took it
there, don’t you have it?” (laughter) They didn’t because
Texas never accepted it. So the people at the testing center went back into the boxes of archives and found the original test that I took, verified all my grades,
had a copy of my test, and the letter that I was given, and fought with Texas and
made them accept my GED. – Aren’t you glad they did that? – I am! It made it so I could start
classes the very next week. And that was my very first
experience at Del Mar. People really do care. – [Amy] Right. Right well, we’re glad that they did that, so look where you are now. Well you have quite a
lot of accomplishments. You’ve been working on
the Art Mural Project. Can you tell us a little bit about that? – Well for me, when it started, I was taking a small group
class for communications and we did a survey of a lot
of the students on campus in trying to figure out
what it is that they wanted, what improvements they wanted to see. Come to find out, one of the things they wanted was more art. – [Amy] Interesting. – So then we did a research study on whether or not it should be murals or moveable canvases, that type of thing. We met with a lot of people at Del Mar, found out that 2000 dollars
was a sustainable budget that they wanted us to try to stay within. We researched where we could get five foot by eight foot canvases shipped to the college for
less than 500 dollars a piece. I mean we went to a lot of
work in that small group. And it was the six of us. And so we came up with a plan and that was our project and that was our grade for that class. Then when I became a member of SGA, and I heard the students were talking about the fact that they want a mural, I went, I’m not surprised! (laughter) I have some information for you! Let me go get our project. So I shared our project and of course, it had already been through Mrs. Keas and it had already been through several people here on campus and we had all the research explaining why art was important to communicate to the community, confidence and teamship. We had all of that in our project and I was able to just hand it right over. – Well we can’t wait to see what it’s gonna turn out to look like. (laughter) So this is gonna be exciting! – It will be and I’m hoping that we’re able to do
it in a two-step prong. One of the things we’re talking about is actually having a physical mural at one of the buildings
which would be wonderful. But the project that we were
talking about in small group would be to have two or three
art pieces made per year and have them hung up in the buildings and have them continue to rotate until all of our buildings are
full of student-created art. – Student-created art. There you go. So I think that’s a great idea, not only for beautifying our campus, but really applies to our students they see hard at work on that. That’s really great. Last thing real quick, we
have our new Viking mascot and you were part of the focus group that was to help find this new mascot. Can you tell us a little bit about the role this mascot will have or should have, do you think? – Well absolutely. He’s gonna help communicate to our entire community, our school pride. And you know, when you’re a little kid and you’re trying to imagine
yourself going to college, you can’t hug the Del Mar
logo, or the building. (laughter) – Good point. – But you can go to a pep rally, you can go to a spirit
rally in elementary schools, you can give them the
vision of where they can go and what they can become. – Right, that iconography is huge. I mean it seems like every
institution has something. – It’s certainly a lot more
lovable than a building. – That’s true. (laughter) That’s definitely true. Maybe something for your
seven year old then. – I hope so! – Well real quick, any
advice you would give any incoming students to be
successful at Del Mar College? – Do not limit yourself. Never think that you can’t do it. I thought I wasn’t smart enough. I thought I was too old. I had all these negative
comments going on my head and the more positivity that came in from everybody on campus
and the professors and the staff, the more I realized I could do anything I really wanted to, I just had to work at it. – Yay! – And so that’s the whole thing. It’s not gift given, it’s not
just put on your shoulders, it’s not something you go out and purchase and say now it’s mine. You have to work for it. And you can do anything you work for. – Well congratulations again
on this outstanding award. – Thank you! We’re taking a quick break, but we’ll meet a radio
and television major next. So stay with us. (upbeat electronic music) – [Male Narrator] Dream
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Speech Team member and the Walter Furley
Communication Endowed Scholarship. Please welcome to Del Mar Now, radio and television
major, Brittany Claramunt. Hi, well thanks for being with us today. – Thank you very much for having me. – Okay so, we were just talking. You’re normally on the other side of this. – Yeah. – As a radio and television major. What made you decide you wanted to be a radio and television major? – It combined two things
that I really love doing. I love stories, I love telling stories and I like talking with people
and getting their stories. So in a way, it’s kinda like telling the people’s story to the public. So I really like talking with people and trying to get their stories and try to tell people
what is going on the world. So I combine all that together and that’s what led me to go
into radio and television. – A lot of people love to
tell their stories don’t they? So it’s probably interesting to hear all these different perspectives. Well, you’re graduating. Tell us a little bit about the program. What kind of experiences did you have while you were at Del Mar College? – Well being a part of Del Mar Now Update has taught me a lot to
play with my voices, to play with voice inflection, and I get to read and
see all the other events and congratulate people that have won honors and awards around campus. So it keeps me very informed
about what is going on on campus but also what the Vikings and other students are having
effects in their community. Because we report on what
they do in the community. If they help people build homes, if they go out to PeeWee’s
or anything like that, we always give them the congratulations, or to be known. – [Amy] Right, the recognition. – Yes. – And Del Mar College students are so involved in the community. I mean it really is a
community college campus. So it’s really great to hear that. And being a child development professor, we always talk about inflection when you’re reading to
children as well too, so it would make no difference to have it when you’re communicating
with an adult person. – Yes, definitely. (laughter) – What advice would you give someone who’s thinking about entering into the radio, television program? – If you’re head strong about knowing what is going on in the world and you can have the ability
to accept information from any spectrum, go for it. It is really fun and you
get to meet so many people that have an inspiration or
have an impact in your life. And you get to meet so many great people that will help you in the industry if you allow them to help you. – That’s a good point. You’re right, it’s not always just being in front of the camera. There’s so much that
goes on behind the camera and behind the scenes and so, even someone who may say, “Well, I’m camera shy”, but they like the idea of telling stories or helping produce stories. There’s that whole aspect
of this as well too. – Yeah, there’s a lot of people that don’t really like being
in front of the camera, but the people who are
in front of the camera can’t do their job without
the people behind the camera. They have an impact on what the journalist and what the anchor’s do. So there is no small job in the radio and television industry. Every position has a specific duty and they all have to function cohesively to make a production. – Right, right, definitely. And you brought up an
interesting point too about getting the various
perspectives on a situation. People sometimes forget about that. There’s usually two sides to stories or different opinions on stories. Is it challenging to remain objective and professional when interviewing people? Or working on producing something
in radio and television? – I normally try to make sure that the things that I do
do not have an impact on me. I try to be open-minded
when I am presented a story, especially with the Foghorn or anything in the Del Mar Update. I try to stay open to
what is actually going on. So I try to stay away
from being opinionated, even though I do have my own opinions. – Right, we all do. (laughter) – But in the end, I wanna be truthful to what the story is telling me. So I just wanna tell the people the honest truth of what
is going on in the world. I don’t wanna interject my opinions, I just wanna tell them the current events and what is happening in their community. – Okay, well you were involved
in several organizations and your list of accolades
is quite impressive. Can you quickly tell us one
of your favorite experiences through the different
organizations you’ve been with? – Meeting the people. I wouldn’t be here or
be in the Hall of Fame if it wasn’t for all the people I’ve met who have helped me in
any way, shape or form, or who have given me opportunities. So me taking the
opportunities is what led me to Hall of Fame, all my friends, all the mentors I’ve
met, all the professors. They’ve given me opportunities and as soon as I saw an opportunity, I just took it and it all
worked out in the end. – It spring boarded you to
hopefully an even better future. – Definitely. – Well thank you for
chatting with us today. – [Brittany] Thank you
very much for having me. – A Del Mar Now Update is next. After that, we’ll meet the Del Mar College Digital Media Journalism
Major, so don’t go away. (upbeat electronic music) – [Male Announcer] Catch
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and get a free t-shirt. Show your Viking pride! (upbeat electronic music) – Welcome to this edition
of Del Mar Now Update. I’m Priscilla Witten. – And I’m Aleisha Nieto. – The annual recognition
day for the Del Mar College once again honored outstanding
students and faculty. Six students were named
to the Hall of Fame. 35 students were recognized as inductees to who’s who among
community college students. Named to the Hall of Fame at the 66th annual recognition ceremony were speech major Marjorie Bryant-Sparrow, our TV major, Brittany Claramunt, Journalism Digital Media
major, Meagan Falcon, Biology major, Kenneth McGraw, Mechanical Engineering
major, Susan Samayoa, and Biology major, Karl Valerdi. The 2017 teachers of the
year were also announced. Professor of Biology, Bob Long, was named the East Campus
Teacher of the Year. Associate Professor of
Occupational Safety, Glen Ellis, and Professor of Physical
Therapist, Janice Spigner, were named the West Campus
Teachers of the Year. A member of a local architectural firm was the semester’s commencement speaker. Elizabeth Chu Richter had the privilege of addressing hundreds of
Del Mar College graduates at the American Bank Center. Richter is the Chief Executive Officer of Richter Associates. She and her husband, David Richter, have been involved with numerous projects on the Del Mar College campuses. Some of the buildings
include the Fine Arts Center, music and art, the
Garcia Sciences Building, and the Health Sciences
Emerging Technology Complex. Richter has served as
the National President of the American Institute of Architects. She believes in the power of architecture to impact lives and
elevate the human spirit. An MPR program, the shape
of Texas was created and co-produced by Richter. – Del Mar College now has a mascot. The unnamed Viking mascot was unveiled April 27th, during a pep
rally-like appearance. The design of the mascot has
been in the works for months. Raymond Entertainment worked with college officials in the development. Raymond created the Phillie Phanatic, the official mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. Del Mar College has had
the Viking name since 1939. Developing a strong image for
alumni and current students was the goal of the current design. Del Mar doesn’t field
competitive sports teams, but the mascot is to build a presence on campus and off campus. Planned activities will
include visiting the students from elementary schools to high schools. If you’ve noticed, there has been no name for the mascot except the Viking. – They’re actually going to have a competition later on to give it a name. An Endowed Scholarship Fund for GED students is now fully funded. The Gene and Ellen Seaman GED Scholarship reached the 100,000 dollar mark with the final gift from
the Seaman’s on April 10th. The fund was established in 2006. The Seaman’s provided
5000 dollars annually with five, 700 dollar
scholarships awarded each year and the remaining 1500
dollars going toward the fund. Gene and Ellen Seaman decided this year to give a gift of more than 72,000 dollars to push the fund to 100,000 dollars. The scholarship is embarked for incoming Del Mar College freshmen. Five students receive a scholarship annually of up to 1,000 dollars. The applicant’s must be a GED graduate. The Seaman’s were nontraditional
students themselves and so they want GED graduates to have a chance to have good
employment opportunities. – An off-campus center has been opened in Alice by Del Mar College. An open house ribbon cutting by the Alice Chamber of
Commerce took place May 2nd. The former National Guard
Armory was renovated with a two million dollar grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant is for adult
education and literacy. The center will offer classes in general education
development, known as GED, English as a second language, and adult basic education. The programs are free of charge. The Alice Center is the
second biggest location for Del Mar College, offering
services in adult education. 90 students were registered
for classes in January. DMC Dean of Continuing Education
in Off Campus Programs, Dr. Leonard Rivera, says future expansion is planned for the campus. Courses under consideration
will be in healthcare. A team of Del Mar College students whose work in biology research has again been recognized for its work. Biotechnology majors,
Daniel Nazer, Ray Prey and John Ramirez did
research involving bacteria. Because of their research, the trio will participate in an
intensive science boot camp at Arlington, Virginia in June. The students will be
immersed in critical thinking and will compete against nine other teams from other community
colleges around the nation. The projects that the
students will work on fall into three categories. Energy and Environment,
Maker to Manufacturer, and Security Technologies. The three students were a
part of a program titled, The Howard Hughes Medical
Institute’s Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters. The program is a one year
research mentoring course. – That’s this edition
of Del Mar Now Update. I’m Priscilla Witten. – And I’m Aleisha Nieto. Stay tuned for more Del Mar Now. (upbeat electronic music) – [Narrator] Life is full
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comments or suggestions to help us improve Del Mar Now, send an email to [email protected] (upbeat electronic music) – Our next guest is a member
of the Phi Theta Kappa, The National Society for
Leadership and Success, The Press Club, and formerly, the Foghorn. She’s a digital media journalism major. A few of her on campus activities include the Fall Carnival, Press Day, and doing social media for
the college relations office. Her honors include the President’s List, The JAG Freedom Scholarship, the Ella and Gene Bouligny
Endowed Scholarship, and numerous news, writing
awards from state competitions. Please welcome one of our new Hall of Fame winners, Meagan Falcon. Hi, well thanks for being with us today. – Thank you. – Okay, well a lot of people
know what journalism is, but can you explain to
us what digital media is and the role that that
plays in journalism? – So digital media is kind of like an overall concept of the media spectrum. So it includes radio and television, web designing, all the
multi-media aspects, but not being limited to
just radio and television. You can have graphic
design a part of that. So it’s just the whole spectrum of media. – Okay and that’s definitely, we do see a lot more digital
stuff in this digital age, so I think that’s probably a
booming major, I would think. Definitely. – Yeah, I probably would think so. – And did you enjoy it? Was this a passion? Did you know you were gonna do this when you started college? – So I really didn’t know. I knew that I wanted to be a film maker, but I didn’t want to go
into radio and television because I didn’t wanna be
limited to just radio and TV. I wanted to have the ability
to try almost everything. So digital media allowed me to do that. I got into digital media first and then I found the Foghorn. That was just by accident. I just wanted to check it out to see because I was always a good writer. But I wanted to kinda
see, get a feel for it. So I went and said I’ll
be a journalism major too and see how that works out. So far it has worked out pretty well. – And here you are, exactly. (laughter) If a student was entering Del Mar College and was thinking about digital media or journalism at Del Mar College, what advice would you give them in terms of this major? – I would have to say if
you love communicating with people as well as loving
media, like social media, or making video packages
and interviewing people because that’s basically
what you’re doing. You’re a journalist, but at the same time you’re also a journalist
who knows technology. – Right, okay, that’s a good
way to describe it actually. So you need to have that tech savvy edge, or be willing to learn with technology. – Yeah, because that’s
technically what it is now. I hear it from a lot of
journalists, from all over, even contacts from New
York City at ABC News, they tell you the same thing. Don’t just be limited
with just journalism. Find something else
that you’re also good at and major in that too and
see how that works for you. – That’s very good advice. You mentioned communicating with people and you’ve done some work with
the college relations office. Can you tell us about how you got involved in that and what it entails with your social media work with the
college relations office? – It kinda just happened, landed in my lap which is exactly how being on
the Foghorn landed in my lap. – Yeah, that sounds like it. – I joined the Foghorn and I had ended up my second semester as a reporter, they asked me to be the web editor and I had no idea what to do. All I knew is they knew I
had some web experience. So when I got the job and
I was in social media, I managed the social media accounts, I did all their web design and I had that job for about two years. Once Elaine Crift left, they needed somebody to
manage their social media and since I was doing very,
very well with the Foghorn and the Foghorn was winning
a lot of awards with my help, they asked me to come on
board as a student assistant. It was kinda scary because I really didn’t want to leave the comforts
of my journalism position because I was stepping
in a whole new aspect. It’s public relations,
so it’s a lot different. But when I found out that I was still able to hold on to the fact that I could share people’s stories,
that was what I loved because that was the part of the journalism aspect that I loved about it. I used it a lot this semester. – Okay, you know we just see
this thing of communicating and it seems like telling the truth, or getting the message out there, both sides of the messages is a big job for a lot of different people who are in this industry, but learn how to communicate it clearly and articulately must be
the skill set to have. – Oh yes, definitely. – You’ve been involved with a lot of different campus organizations. Can you tell us a little bit about how that’s impacted you at Del Mar? – I kinda got in Phi Theta Kappa. I wish I could say that I
was more involved than that, but I just got inducted and that was it. But I think the one club that was really more of an impact was kind of like the Press Club because it was
still tied with the Foghorn. – [Amy] Right, okay that makes sense. – Being on the Press
Club and on the Foghorn had really opened a lot of doors for me. It actually helped me get my job where I am now in college relations. I really didn’t know where
I was gonna be going. Everything just kind of fit and that’s just how it
all just went through. Everything just landed in my lap and it was the decision either to avoid it or take that decision and see where it was gonna take you and that’s kind of how it’s been for my
whole career at Del Mar. (laughter) – So you kinda started off maybe not quite sure what you wanted to do, but willingness and openness
to try different avenues and get out of your
comfort zone a little bit. Would you say that Del Mar’s
helped deliver your dreams? – I wouldn’t say completely, but I would say that it definitely opened a door. It’s definitely opened
that door to where I’m a few steps closer to that dream of being, helping people. That’s kind of what I would like to do is help people share their stories. And I’ve learned that foundation
here at Del Mar College and I would not get that anywhere else and I’m thankful for
being here at Del Mar. – Well congratulations again. – Thank you. – In July, we’ll meet three more newly inducted Del Mar
College Hall of Fame winners. We’d like to remind you that if you have questions or comments
about Del Mar Now, please send an email to [email protected] I’m Amy Mintz for Del Mar Now. Thanks for watching. (upbeat electronic jazz)

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