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New faces at City College

New faculty members were celebrated at the Sept. 20 reception. Front row: Sandra Guzman, Bonnie Clark, Daniel Gilbert-Valencia. Back row: Derek Sullivan, Tracey Hodge, Dr. Timothy Quandt, Dr. Duane Leonard. Teri Barth // [email protected]

City College welcomed new and long-term temporary faculty at a Sept. 20 campus reception, as well as honoring the recently tenured.

“This is a great time for us, to acknowledge those individuals to have made it through the tenure process and now become full professors at our institution and also welcome those who are just starting that journey and welcome them to our family,” said Mary Turner, vice president of instructional services.

The mood was celebratory as 11 new faculty members were introduced and five instructors were recognized for receiving tenure. Plaques, flowers, hugs and congratulations were distributed among the small crowd of faculty and administrators in the Rodda Hall North conference room.

Professors recently granted tenure were Tony Davis (counseling), Lynn Fujikawa (nursing), Nadine Kirkpatrick (nutrition), Melodi Randolph (dental assisting), and Gayle Williams (accounting).

“I love working here because I love our students,” said Fujikawa. “They talk about Sac City being a people’s college—about how we reflect our community.”

Fujikawa gave an example of a student who started at City College with a sixth-grade education and worked to earn entry into nursing school, a very competitive environment.

“It really feels like you’re being embraced by family,” said Fujikawa, who was tenured in May.
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After undergoing their own rigorous evaluation process, the 11 newly hired faculty members were Daniel Gilbert-Valencia (LRC), Sandra Guzman (counseling), Tracey Hodge (work experience), Jennifer Ingalls (nursing), Dr. Ilana Johnson (anthropology), Dr. Duane Leonard (ESL), Carrie S. Marks (English), Theodore K. Mitchel (accounting), KarenParks (computer information science), Michael Payne (chemistry) and Dr. Timothy Quandt (philosophy).

“I’m thrilled—I feel like I’ve won the lottery,” said Leonard, who has been working for City College for three years already while earning his Ph.D. at UC Davis.

“I enjoy doing research, but I always wanted to teach,” said Leonard. “My years as adjunct [professor] here clarified that, so I just feel really lucky, really happy, to be here.”

After working at various two- and four-year institutions in Southern California, Quandt arrived in town the day before the fall semester began and has been impressed by the positive environment on campus.

“The students all seem very interested and excited about my classes,” said Quandt. “They look out for each other—care for each other.”

Long-term temporary faculty also recognized were Carol Anapolsky (graphic communication), Lynette Beadles (occupational therapy), Bonnie Clark (nursing) and Derek Sullivan (kinesiology).

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