Board Highlights May 2014

May 9, 2014
The Mt. San Jacinto College Board approved the acquisition of land in Wildomar during its regular meeting on May 8, 2014.
The 80.32-acre parcel of vacant land is located on Clinton Keith Road between Interstates 15 and 215. The district has had an option on the land since May 1, 2003 when it reached an agreement with the Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District. In recent negotiations, the college district and the park district agreed to a total purchase price of $2.6 million. The college district will receive a credit in the amount of $175,000 for the deposit it made as part of the option agreement. The final purchase price will be $2,455,000.
The MSJC 2000-2005 Educational Master Plan set goals for campus development that include facilities to serve the growing communities of southwest Riverside County. The 2004-2009 and 2009-2016 Educational Master Plans supported this goal.
This purchase contract is the first step in a three-year process that the college must follow before it can make the final purchase.
The Board heard from Academic Senate President Lorraine Slattery-Farrell that the Academic Excellence Committee recommended the advancement of the following faculty members from Associate Professor to Professor: Dr. Denise Dalaimo, Professor of Sociology, and Erik Ozolins, Professor of Anthropology.
Dr. Kathleen Winston, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, introduced a number of nursing students who shared the successes of the program. The highlights included the following: The program has received $1.7 million in grants since 2010; the state nursing test pass rate went from 88 percent in 2010 to 96 percent in 2014; SWANS (Southwest Association of Nursing Students) have clocked 5,000 community service hours. Anthony Fernandez, a nursing student who is also in the Army Reserves, said that priority enrollment for veterans allowed him to get the classes he needed right away and he will graduate from the program in December 2014.
“It’s pretty fantastic for military veterans,” Fernandez told the board about his experience at MSJC.