May 12, 2000

Community Notes:

Merino Receives Alumni Scholarship at USIU

El Cajon resident Jorge Merino is a recipient of the Alumni Association Scholarship at United States International University. An undergraduate pursing a degree in history with a minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages, Merino was one of two current USIU students to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the USIU/CWU Alumni Association at its annual dinner on Saturday.

Originally from Mexico, Merino had to learn English before pursuing his educational goals in this country. This is one of the reasons that he would like to help others learn the language.

"Jorge is very active in the community," noted Rafael Ioris, USIU associate director of alumni relations. "His volunteer work and his academic achievement made him a clear choice to receive this scholarship award."

Merino has worked with at-risk youth in a number of local agencies. For six year, he has been employed by the Project of Excellence- Empowering Reading Clinic as a teacher's assistant and job readiness counselor. He has also been involved with the San Diego Dragons Wrestling Club, instructing inner-city youth in freestyle wrestling, and with the Court Schools Scholarship Foundation, a group that provides scholarships for Juvenile Court and Community Schools students.

The $1,000 alumni association scholarship will assist Merino in completing his degree program at USIU.


MiraCosta College to Host Fourth Annual Latina/o Graduation

MiraCosta College will host the fourth annual Latina/o Graduation Celebration May 13, 6-8:30 p.m., in the Student Center cafeteria at the Oceanside campus, One Barnard Drive.

About 150 are expected to attend the event, designed to give Latina and Latino graduates the opportunity to publicly thank their family and friends for helping them reach their academic goals. The celebration is held in addition to the regularly scheduled commencement activities, slated for May 19.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Maria Nieto-Senour, a trustee for the San Diego Community College District director of the Community-Based Block Program at the Educational Cultural Complex in that district, and psychology professor at San Diego State University. The topic of her presentation will be "Si Se Puede" (Yes You can).

Entertainment at the event will be provided by Hermanos Barrera, a duo singing Mexican ballads. Danza Oceolotl will open the celebration with an Aztec ceremonial dance. Refreshments will be served.


Southwestern College Holds 39th Commencement May 19

More than 650 students will participate in Southwestern College's 39th annual commencement ceremony 5 p.m., Friday, May 19. The ceremony will be held at DeVore Stadium on the college campus, 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista. Guests are welcome to open seating in the stadium.

The Southwestern College commencement includes a unique feature in which each graduate may select a member of the college faculty or staff to present his or her diploma. More than 170 such presenters will participate in the ceremony.

College trustees will present an honorary degree to George S. Waters, Mayor of National City. The degree is awarded in recognition of Water's support of education and his public service to the City of National City.

Southwestern College is expected to award associate degrees and certificates to more than 1,500 students graduating since last August.


Hispanic Nursing Scholarships Awarded at SWC

The San Diego Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (SDNAHN) has awarded two $250 scholarships to Southwestern nursing students. One is awarded to Sandra García, vocational nurse program, and the other to Monica Lara Rio, associate degree nursing program.

The two students are members of SDNAHN. The mission and goals of Southwestern, SDNAHN, and the community have been met—the support and promotion of diversity, retention, and recruitment of nursing students, and meeting the Hispanic population's cultural and healthcare needs.

For more information about the scholarships or the National Association of Hispanic Nurses organization, contact Anita Holt, 619-421-6700, Ext. 5623.

Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association 10th Neighborhood Law School Classes Underway

Classes for the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association’s 10th Neighborhood Law School are currently being held at the Christian Fellowship Congregational Church, 1601 Kelton Road, San Diego on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m.

The Neighborhood Law School is a public service offered by San Diego lawyers and judges to the ever-growing number of people who seek to better understand the law and their rights and responsibilities within the legal system.

The Neighborhood Law School’s primary focus is on legal issues that impact people’s daily lives. Attendance is limited. The cost is $10 for the entire session. The following classes remain: May 15, 2000 Housing Law: “Home Buying Legal Issues”; May 22, 2000 Wills and Estate Planning: “Preparing For The Future”; May 29, 2000 (No Class); June 5, 2000 Employment Law:”Sexual Harassment & Other Work Place Issues; June 12, 2000 Personal Injury Law: “Re-covering After An Accident”; June 19, 2000 Healthcare Law: “HMO Related Issues”

To register or for additional information, please contact: Rod Shelton, Esq (619) 531-4199, H.J. Sims, Esq (619) 702-7872, Randy Jones, Esq (619) 557-5684

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