Volume 44, Number 4 - June/July 2009
Trainings and W.H.O. Awards highlight the weekend
Accreditation and union merger updates were among the hot topics at CCA's Spring Conference, which also featured professional development trainings, the annual W.H.O. (We Honor Ours) awards, a new class of emerging leaders, and, oh yes, a flamenco performance by Arleen Hurtado, a part-time instructor at Coast College.
"We are so pleased that our conferences have grown in participants, in content and in importance to our members," said CCA President Ron Norton Reel. "It just tells me that our faculty see value in the trainings and programs we offer through our three yearly conferences."
New board members were also elected at the Spring Conference at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. Current officers, President Ron Norton Reel, Vice President Lynette Nyaggah, Secretary David Milroy and Treasurer Jim Weir were re-elected to final two-year terms by acclamation from the floor.
Also elected by acclamation were directors for District D Brad Reynolds, District E Michael Smith, District F John Fincher, and District J Paula Jacobs. Linda Borla was re-elected as District I director, and Debra Blanchard was elected Women's Director, replacing Wilhelmina Anthony, a Bakersfield College counselor who has served on the board as Women's Director and Ethnic/Racial Minority Director.
Sessions ranging from bargaining team training, to Weingarten Rights, to establishing a chapter budget provided with chapter leaders the chance to not only learn from experts, but to exchange information with one another.
Another break out session at the conference was an update to the discussion concerning merging CCA with the Community College Council, the higher education affiliate of the California Federation of Teachers/AFT. Members of both statewide organizations shared information regarding the talks that have taken place thus far. The next scheduled discussion group meeting will take place this June. Representatives from NEA, CTA, CCA, AFT, CFT, and CCC are participating. This group represents both governance and staff.
Academy's fourth class
CCA's successful Building Strong Leaders Academy, designed to train and empower new leadership, also launched its fourth class at the spring conference. The 15 chapter leaders selected will undergo intensive training as the spring, fall and winter conferences. Following graduation at the winter conference, it is hoped that participants will go back to their chapters with skills that will help strengthen their locals.
Other local chapter leaders were honored Saturday evening during the W.H.O. Awards banquet in a ceremony emceed by motivational speaker Tanya Brown. Eighteen local leaders received the awards this year. They are: Jan McKissick of Butte College Education Association; Shannon Bliss, Cero Coso College; Joanne Morrison, Citrus College Faculty Association; Thomas Chambers, Coast Community College; Felix Marhuenda-Donate, College of the Desert Teachers Association; Laura Winningham, San Bernardino CC District; Larry White, CTA Long Beach; Caroline Dawson, Merced College Faculty Association; Pablo Martin, Mira Costa College Teachers Association; Deidre Vail, Mt. San Antonio College Faculty Association; Dale Craig, NOCCD United Faculty; Martha Carreon, Rio Hondo College Faculty Association; Jeff Hislop, San Joaquin Delta College Teachers Association; Stan Spencer, Sierra College Faculty Association; Welc, SOCCCD Faculty Association; Diane White, Solano College CTA Chapter; and Sarah Shepherd, West Hills College Faculty Assocition.
Winner of this year's CCA State W.H.O. Award was Terri Smith Long, president of the Mt. San Antonio College Chapter.
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