January 23, 2004

Community Notes:

Bea Estrada, President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and LULAC members accept a $10,000 check from Michael L. Carpenter, Director of Communications for Altria Corporate Services, Inc. The donation goes to LULAC’s contributions in providing scholarships and their foodbasket programs for Latinos in South Bay San Diego. Altria Corp., is parent company for Phillip Morris and Kraft Foods.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Hispanic High School Seniors Can Pick Up Applications at Participating Subway Restaurants in San Diego

EVENT:  The Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation launched their seventh annual search for top Hispanic high school seniors in San Diego in an effort to identify and promote the next generation of role models. Students can now pick up applications at participating San Diego County Subway restaurants.

Students can apply to win a Gold or Silver Medallion in seven categories: Academic Excellence, Arts & Entertainment, Community Service, Engineering & Mathematics, Healthcare, Journalism and Sports.

Gold Medallion winners will receive a $3,000 educational grant and a chance to be one of seven winners of the National Award, which means an additional $5,000, a laptop computer, an all expense paid trip to the National Youth Award Presentation in Miami, and to the star studded Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington, D.C., which will air on NBC. Silver Medallion winners will receive $2,000.

WHEN: Now available at all San Diego County Subway Restaurants

Deadline for submitting applications: February 10th

Created in 1998, the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation’s (HHAF) Youth Award program’s mission is to identify and promote the next generation of Hispanic role models by celebrating their achievements in the classroom and community across America.

Two Free, Hands-On Workshops in North County Will Emphasize That College IS Affordable

Two free upcoming workshops – sponsored by the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) of San Diego and Imperial Counties – will help dispel the popular myth among many low-income students and parents that college is “just for rich kids” and unaffordable because of family income.

The workshops, titled “Cash for College,” will be held Saturday, January 31 at the Mira Costa College Community Learning Center in Oceanside, and Saturday, February 28 in the Student Union at San Marcos’ Palomar College. Both events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include hands-on assistance from college financial aid professionals about how to apply for federal and state financial aid for college.

Eddie LaMeire, North County Coordinator of Cal-SOAP and chief organizer of the workshops, feels that the timing of the events comes at a critical time for Californians. “Many parents and students are confused about the cost and affordability of college, especially in these days of budget cuts and fee increases,” says Eddie LaMeire, North County Coordinator of Cal-SOAP. “The reality is that any California resident, regardless of socioeconomic background, can afford to go to college. These workshops are designed to help the people who need the money to get it.”

For further information on the workshops, contact Eddie LaMeire of Cal-SOAP at 760-891-0417 or elameire@ucsd.edu.

Chemical sciences scholarships for minorities: application deadline -Feb. 15

The deadline for minority students in the chemical sciences to apply for scholarships from the American Chemical Society (ACS) is Feb. 15. In collaboration with several industrial partners and contributors, the American Chemical Society, which is the world’s largest scientific society, makes the scholarships available to students as part of its ACS Scholars Program.

For more details about applying for a scholarship, visit www.chemistry.org/scholars or call 1-800-227-5558, extension 6250.

African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American students who are pursuing studies in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, environmental science and related disciplines at two- and four-year colleges are eligible to receive renewable awards of $2,500 to $3,000. The Society expects to award approximately $850,000 this academic year to academically accomplished under-represented minorities.

Relatively few minorities pursue chemistry-related careers, according to a report prepared by the Society. In 2000, for example, Hispanics/Latinos, who make up 14 percent of the U.S. population, represented less than 3 percent of the chemistry workforce; African Americans, at almost 12 percent of the population, comprised less than 2 percent of the chemical workforce; and Native Americans, representing 1 percent of the population, made up less than 1 percent of the chemical workforce.

More than 1,350 students have received financial support from the ACS, based on a mix of academic achievement and financial need, since the Scholars Program was launched with a $5 million grant in 1995. The program is a winner of the 2001 President’s Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, and the 1997 Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives.

Several collaborating partners, including AstraZeneca, Bayer, the Dreyfus Foundation, Dupont, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble and Xerox, have contributed $100,000 or more to the Scholars Program. PPG Industries Foundation, Inc. —a founding partner of the program— has contributed more than $500,000. Many companies also offer mentoring and paid internships to selected program participants as part of a student’s academic and career development plan.

Senator Alpert Announces Availability of Senate Fellowships

Senator Dede Alpert (D- San Diego) announced the availability of applications for the 2004-2005 California Senate Fellows program.

The program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the state Capitol in Sacramento for eleven months beginning in Oct. 2004. Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists, and state government officials. The fellowship program is jointly operated by the California Senate and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

Fellows are paid a stipend of $1,882 per month plus health, vision, and dental benefits. They earn 12 units of graduate credit from CSUS for the academic portion of the program.

“Being a Fellow provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process,” said Senator Alpert. “Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Senate Fellows program provides valuable training.” Former Senate Fellows include current members of Congress and the state legislature, judges, and numerous other elected officials and community leaders.

Fellows experience the broad range of activities conducted in busy Senate offices. Responsibilities include researching public policy issues, helping develop legislative proposals, analyzing and staffing legislation, assisting with constituent inquiries and casework, participating in meetings as the Senator’s representative, writing press releases and speeches, and performing other delegated tasks. A five-week orientation at the beginning of the program provides background on state government, the legislative process, and major policy issues.

Anyone who will graduate from a four-year college or university by Sept. 2004 is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major. Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 25, 2004. Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of finalists.

Applications may be requested from Senator Alpert’s office at (619) 645-3090. Applications and brochures are also available on the Senate’s Web site (www.sen.ca.gov/ftp/sen/fellows/_home/).

Guidelines and Applications for the City’s Festivals and Celebrations Program are Now Available

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission) announces the release of the FY2005 Festivals and Celebrations Program guidelines and application. Each year the Commission provides matching funds to approximately 50 neighborhood street fairs and community cultural festivals through the Festivals and Celebrations Program. Application deadline is Monday, March 1, 2004. Guidelines and applications can be obtained by calling (619) 533-3050. They are also available on the Commission’s website at www.sandiego.gov/arts-culture.

Applicants must be tax-exempt organizations or have an appropriate tax-exempt fiscal sponsor. Eligible programs are regionally significant, community or neighborhood celebrations, taking place within the San Diego city limits between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005.

The Commission’s purpose, through the Festivals and Celebrations Program, is to enable the delivery of quality arts and cultural programs and services which enrich the quality of life of San Diego neighborhoods. Program goals include: involving communities in the development of neighborhood specific or regionally significant events which enhance pride, identity and unity; supporting innovation and creativity in programs and events which stimulate communication between different cultures and ethnic groups; and raising the visibility of San Diego.

Water Dept. Launches New Pilot Program for Instant Hot Water Re-circulating Systems

Conserving water and energy is the goal of a new pilot program designed to monitor the benefits of a new hot water re-circulating pump system. On Jan. 13, 2004, the San Diego Mayor and City Council granted the Water Department approval to begin this one-year pilot program. Participation in the program is currently open to qualifying single-family residential customers of the City of San Diego Water Department. The 10-15 homes selected to participate in the program will receive free systems.

“We’re always in search of new services and programs that will make the most of our local water supply,” states Chris Robbins, Supervising Management Analyst for the City’s Water Conservation Program. “These innovative systems have the potential to provide our customers with significant water and energy savings, which could lead to savings in their utility bills.”

Based on preliminary research, the system can save the average family a minimum of 15,000 gallons of water annually. In addition, the system only requires 33 watts of power. Systems can be easily installed under sinks, and as part of the pilot program the Water Department will reimburse participants for any installation costs. Funding for the program is provided by the “Innovative Conservation Program Grant,” recently awarded to the Water Department by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Customers interested in volunteering for the pilot program should contact Kyrsten Rosenthal at the Water Department by calling (619) 533-4202 or emailing KRosenthal @SanDiego.gov no later than Monday, Feb. 9, to determine their eligibility. Please note that the number of available systems is limited and not all interested residents may be able to participate.

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