The Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation Alumni and Friends Association will recognize four people for their outstanding contributions to Mt. San Jacinto College and its students during the Feb. 11 MSJC Foundation Evening With Our Stars Annual Gala.
Rose Salgado, vice chairwoman on the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Council, will receive the Community Member of the Year award and the Alumni of the Year award will go to Duane Burk, the city of Banning’s director of Public Works. They will join two of MSJC's own: Ron Guglielmana will receive the Staff Member of the Year award and Erik Ozolins will receive the inaugural Faculty Member of the Year award. These individuals are being honored for their extraordinary work in support of the Mt. San Jacinto College, its students and the MSJC Foundation.
Rose Salgado, retired from Southern California Edison Co. after a 27-year career, is known for graciously giving back to her community. She has been a tireless supporter of Mt. San Jacinto College and its Foundation. She attends the Foundation’s galas. She has graciously donated funds and her time to support the college and its students.
Rose has held positions with several local nonprofit organizations. She is currently serving on the San Jacinto Unified School District board and is vice chairwoman on the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Council. She is on the Board of Directors for the Hemet-San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce. She served on the San Jacinto Education Foundation for 8 years. In 2011, the city of Hemet chose Rose as grand marshal in the city’s Christmas parade.
Duane Burk spent two years at MSJC before transferring to earn the degrees that would eventually lead him to his job as Director of Public Works for the city of Banning. During his time at MSJC, he was an outstanding basketball player under MSJC’s much-esteemed former coach John Chambers. Decades after leaving MSJC, Duane has remained an MSJC supporter. He speaks proudly of his years at the college. With a generous $750,000 award from Banning’s redevelopment agency, MSJC was able to build its new campus in Banning and Duane provided instrumental help in that project. The San Gorgonio Pass Campus opened in January 2011.
Ron Guglielmana is the supervisor of the MSJC Cafeterias, but the food and service he offers should not be considered the usual cafeteria fare. In the cafeteria, students are offered delicious breakfast burritos and salads and other fine meals. Under his supervision, Ron’s team also prepares healthy and delicious meals for the Childcare Centers on the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses. Ron goes above and beyond when he pulls up with his own BBQ grill to events like Homecoming, Graduation and Foundation events. He dishes up delights like chicken and Tri-tip BBQs for students and the community. Ron’s Tri-tip has become a favorite for participants of the MSJC Foundation Scholarship Motorcycle Run. He comes with a smile and makes sure his staff is friendly and helpful, too.
Erik Ozolins is an associate professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at the Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College. He is dedicated to the students and the college. In addition to teaching anthropology, he is co-coordinator of the Honors Enrichment Program at MSJC and the President of the Honors Transfer Council of California. Erik serves as a member of the Governing Council for the Western Center Academy charter Middle School in Hemet and participates in a number of committees at the college. You will be sure to see Erik at every honor’s and scholarship event as he supports the students and encourages them to continue to reach their educational goals.
The MSJC Foundation gala will be held at 6 p.m. at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula. It is the Foundation’s signature event to raise money for student scholarships and other endeavors that benefit students and Mt. San Jacinto College. The event is open to the public. Order tickets now by calling 951-487-3171 or visiting www.msjc.edu/gala
This year’s theme is Beyond Imagination – A Celebration of the Visual Arts. The semi-formal event includes a fine buffet meal, dancing and entertainment by MSJC’s Menifee Jazz Ensemble and DJ Bob Bozonelos. Artwork by MSJC students, including sculptures, paintings and photos, will be displayed throughout the area. MSJC students will receive scholarships for their artwork.
“Mt. San Jacinto College, a California Community College, offers accessible, innovative, comprehensive and quality educational programs and services to diverse, dynamic and growing communities both within and beyond traditional geographic boundaries. We support life-long learning and student success by utilizing proven educational methodologies as determined by collaborative institutional planning and assessment. To meet economic and workforce development needs, MSJC provides students with basic skills, general and career education that lead to transfer, associate degrees and certificates. Our commitment to student learning empowers students with the skills and knowledge needed to effect positive change and enhance the world in which we live.”