Special recognitions were given to nominees recommended for professor emeritus status during the April 13 Board of Regents meeting. There were seven nominees, including current faculty members and those who have been a part of Del Mar College in the past and are now furthering their achievements beyond our campuses. Each nominee received a signed resolution from the Board of Regents.
Larry Lee, dean of the Division of Business of Professional and Technology Education, was awarded the title of administrator emeritus. Joe Livingston, professor of Occupation to Education; Duncan Samo, professor of Medical Laboratory Technology; Jackie Ganschow, professor of speech; Maria D. Salinas, assistant professor of English; Eva Muñiz, professor of English; and Marla Chisholm, professor of speech, were awarded the title of professor emeritus.
Along with the emeritus status nominees, two Del Mar College students were given special recognition as well. Voice students Roberto Garza and Gabriella Hernandez both won honors in the National Association of Teachers Singing competition.
Garza earned second place in the Adult Advanced category during the NATS competition. He studies under Associate Professor Rafael Rada. Garza was also a UIL state soloist while attending Flour Bluff High School. He also was selected for the Two-Year College All-State Choir and performed in the local Aurora Arts Theatre’s production of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Hernandez, a graduate of Rockport-Fulton High School who studies under Associate Professor Cynthia Longoria, placed third in the Freshman Women category. Among her many credits, Hernandez was a member of the Corpus Christi Cathedral Youth Choral and Pontifical Choir and performed for Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Hernandez also traveled with the College’s Concert Choir to perform in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In January, she was selected as a Music Department Honors Recital winner.