- All Conference Softball Players Named from SBVC
A total of 15 players from San Bernardino County schools earned All-Foothill Conference honors in softball.
Conference runner-up Chaffey had six players honored. First-team selections included Evelyn Sanchez, Vivian Young (Ontario HS), Marissa Diaz (Alta Loma) and Stephanie Reynolds (Colton HS). Naomi Caudillo (Fontana HS) and Nicole DeRossi earned second-team honors.
Third-place Victor Valley is represented on the first team by Samantha Beltran (Hesperia HS), Alex Sanchez (Sultana HS) and Ashley Shoaf. Tiffany Cole (Big Bear HS) and Chantelle Cariveau (Serrano HS) made the second team.
San Bernardino Valley had two representatives, with freshman Jennifer Soto (Colton HS) making the first team and freshman Brittany Gonzalez (Redlands East Valley HS) the second.
Barstow had sophomore Brynna Laidler (Victor Valley HS) on the first team and freshman Crystal Yslas (Barstow HS) on the second.
SBVC Softball: All-Conference players announced
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Published: Friday, April 29, 2011 6:02 PM CDT
SBVC Softball freshman third baseman Jennifer Soto (Colton H.S.) was named first team All-Foothill Conference and freshman starting center fielder Brittany Gonzalez (Redlands East Valley) was named to the second team.
The 2011 season was filled with transitions as the team was guided, in her second year, by Nicole Di Salvio Hild. SBVC was beset by injuries and various misfortunes to start off the year as the penciled in starting center fielder Brittney Kanaday (San Bernardino Cajon) was injured prior to the first game of the season. At the first home game of the year, Soto was knocked unconscious by an infield fly ball, causing SBVC to forfeit the game due to a lack of players. Twelve games into the season, SBVC’s leading hitter, Gonzalez, was injured for the remainder of the year and with nine games left in the season, freshman starting catcher Aleceia Littleton (San Bernardino Cajon) became ineligible for the rest of the year due to a class scheduling conflict.
SBVC ended the season with a record of 10-19 overall and 4-10 in Conference, finishing seventh. SBVC grabbed double digit victories on the season for the first time since 2006. SBVC ended last season with a record of 7-15 overall and 6-8 in Conference, finishing fifth.
On the field, Soto finished fifth on the team with a .270 batting average, and led the team in slugging percentage (.603), on base percentage (.387), in hit by pitches (6), home runs (5), and was perfect at stealing bases (4-4). As a team captain, Soto was named the named the San Bernardino Valley College Student Athlete of the Month for the month of March.
Gonzalez led the team in three major categories, batting average (.545), slugging percentage (.879), and on base percentage (.625).
- Baseball at SBVC
Last week's Foothill Conference baseball series between San Bernardino Valley College and Chaffey College was a throwback to the days of Steve Smith and the late Howard Lowder.
There was no love lost between the teams during that era and hard play was the standard. Every play was contested on the field, whether it be a groundout or stolen base. Nothing came easy for either side.
The intensity of the three-day series was unique, with plenty at stake for San Bernardino in its quest for a state berth.
Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/sports/ci_17979565#ixzz1LUb6vOXn
San Bernardino, Chaffey split doubleheader
By J.P. Hoornstra, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Calif.
April 29--SAN BERNARDINO -- Seventeen innings, nearly eight hours, 47 runs and four ejections later, and the Chaffey and San Bernardino Valley college baseball teams may have decided nothing in splitting a doubleheader Thursday afternoon.
Panthers coach Jeff Harlow found significance in the emotions of the week. Wolverines coach Bill Mierzwik -- one of the four ejectees -- was left with "hope."
On a practical level, though, Chaffey and SBVC were probably two teams headed in different directions when the day began -- and could stay that way.
Chaffey (27-9 overall, 20-4 Foothill Conference) had a slim chance at taking a share of first place thanks to conference- leading Rio Hondo's loss to College of the Desert on Thursday, but they remained in second place when SBVC's Josh Moreno drove in Brandon Swanson with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning of the second game, lifting the Wolverines (20-16, 16-8) to a 13-12 win.
Chaffey won the first game 19-3 in seven innings.
"A lot of teams could have folded their tents, but we came out swinging," Mierzwik said.
Will a split be enough for SBVC, the third-place team in the conference, to earn an at- large bid in the playoffs?
"We get on the board," Mierzwik said. "Maybe it's a play-in game, but we don't care. We'd just like to extend the season."
The Wolverines, which also lost 10-6 at Chaffey on Tuesday, entered the week ranked 18th in Southern California. Eighteen
teams will be selected at the seeding meeting today.
Lost in the box score of the first game was a tightly umpired contest that forced SBVC pitcher Augustine Campos, third baseman Josh Salmon, Mierzwik and pitching coach Kenneth Krahenbuhl to watch the second game from outside the field.
Salmon was ejected by home-plate umpire Bill Barnes in the fifth inning after he tossed his helmet toward his own dugout.
Campos got the boot when he hit Chaffey batter Matt Anderson on an 0-2 pitch in the sixth inning, his second hit batter of the game. Mierzwik and Krahenbuhl were tossed shortly afterward.
Eight Panthers scored in the sixth, turning a 9-3 rout into a 17-3 laugher.
The pretext was a verbal altercation between the teams on Tuesday, when the Wolverines' Rafael Romo was hit by a pitch in four at-bats.
"That put a dark cloud over the first game," Harlow said. "The second game was regular Chaffey-San Bernardino Valley baseball."
SBVC jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings in game two, doing all the damage against Anderson and reliever Matt Berry. Adam Huizar came on in relief for Chaffey and allowed one run over the next four innings.
By contrast, the Panthers looked nothing like a team that had just scored 19 runs earlier in the day.
SBVC starter Mike Finnigan scattered six hits and three runs -- two earned -- over the first six innings. The left- hander walked two and struck out four.
Unfortunately, he had nothing left in the tank when he came out to start the seventh. Four runs came across against Finnigan and reliever Alex Rueda as Chaffey narrowed the gap to 8-7.
With SBVC trailing 12-11 coming into the ninth, Jake Pilkerton tripled home Ryan Boeger to tie the game and send it to the 10th inning.
Adam Quintana pitched a 1-2-3 inning for the Wolverines, allowing Moreno's RBI flyout to stand up as the game-winner.
Eli Brise o had five of the Panthers' 22 hits in game one, and Julio Espinoza added a two-run home run.
Wes Cottier had a homer and three RBIs for SBVC in the nightcap.
- Job Fair Tremendous Success
What would make an organization like Priscilla’s Helping Hands, Inc be a vendor at a job fair? The same reason 60 other vendors came out to offer their services and job opportunities to the youth of the community; to help them find meaningful opportunities in the job arena.
Carissa Cambre, (Josie Gonzales), Ramiro Hernandez, (Cong. Joe Baca), SBVC Board member Donna Ferracone, Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter, SBVC President Debra Daniels, Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, Councilman Tobin Brinker, and SBVC Board Chair James Ramos.
Co-sponsored by the Employment Development Department and State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, the third annual job fair entitled, “Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s Future Job & Resource Fair,” brought out about 600 youth and 100 adults who packed the San Bernardino Valley College Campus Center building last Saturday, picking up vendor giveaways and all day drawings.
Agent Socorro Donadio, a 23-year veteran recruiting for the Border Patrol said this is her second year and she was impressed with the behavior of the youth looking for jobs. Margaret “Debbie” Barcelona agreed with the statement, “they came prepared to get a job, many showed up in white shirts and many parents came with them. They had high expectations,” she said.
According to Donadio “applicants must be 18 but we are always hiring.”
The Marines attended and Staff Sgt. Dwight Lewis said they recruit by having the students fill out an interest card and they are contacted. They also have to make time commitments of 4 to 5 years as well. The interest he said was marginal.
Beverly Thomas was excited with the turnout. She represented San Bernardino Parks and Recreation and was recruiting for summer jobs, life guards and recreational workers. “I am impressed with the enthusiasm of the young people they came looking for employment and engaged, asking questions and they dressed for success,” she said.
Alicia Beckley Coston, of Priscilla’s Helping Hands said they offer help to parents and children 0 to 5 who are searching for a job. “They need classes, and many times help with their job search,” she said. The group offers classes on budgeting, and clothing and act as a referral agency for transportation needs such as bus passes.
Getting people back to work and youth having employment this summer is very important to me, said Senator McLeod. She encouraged the youth because the fair was geared to them but invited adults to also attend.
There were workshops to help in the job search, there were makeup artists and dress for success sessions, a computer lab to allow participants to apply online, as well as motivational speakers and elected officials.
Youth are able to apply for jobs at the SBVC Computer Center.
Partner Bessine Richard, Workforce Development Specialist for SB county said, “if they didn’t take home a job, they took home resources,” Former NFL player and Olympic Gold Medalist Ron Brown along with former NBA player Cory Benjamin, gave motivational speeches using their lives. They said watch who you hang around with, set your goals and prepare yourself with education. Both signed balls for a lucky raffle winner.
“I saw more people this year than last year,” said Senator McLeod, “the word is out and people are trying to better themselves.”
Lynn Blackburn EDD Site Manager who’s office was the event catalyst said, “the vendors and public response was overwhelming. Costco and Best Buy came through in a substantial way. We can tell by this job fair that the economy is turning around. Last year we could not get the employers to come out and they are here, the military wasn’t here last year, today they are here and by the look of things recruitment is up.”
Partners included: San Bernardino Valley College, Forward Focus Youth Enrichment Center, Inland Empire Veteran’s Stand Down, San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department, Boys and Girls Club of Redlands, Black Voice News, International Association of Workforce Professionals and the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.
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- Nanotechnology Training
Nanotechnology training for the I.E.
By Rebecca Cho on May 3, 2011 5:48 PM
A free 90-hour Nanotechnology Technician's training course is scheduled to begin its next round this month.
The San Bernardino Community College District, which offers the class through a Department of Labor grant, has scheduled the course from May 23 to July 14.
What is nanotechnology training? Coursework will include lessons on micro/nano fabrication, scanning probe microscopy and optoelectronic devices. Students must meet some minimum academic- or work experience-related requirements to attend the classes.
Classes will be held primarily at the Center for the Advancement of Nanotechnology, or NanoCenter, at 114 S. Del Rosa Drive and at UC Riverside.
Early registration is encouraged. To register or for more information, visit www.attctraining.org or contact Albert Maniaol, director of the community college district's Donald F. Averill Applied Technology Training Center, at 909-382-4074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Chancellor Looks to Future
10:00 PM PDT on Friday, April 29, 2011
By BRIAN ROKOS
Bruce Baron's office is filled with toys and photos that hearken back to his childhood: bobblehead dolls, Pez dispensers, GI Joes, almost 60 pictures autographed by stars of TV shows such as "Gilligan's Island," "Batman," "Dennis the Menace" and "The Munsters."
"This keeps me centered," said Baron, 55. "To me this is nostalgia, good feelings, good times."
Though Baron sometimes lives in the past, it was his plan for the San Bernardino Community College District's future that persuaded the board of trustees to unanimously appoint him chancellor April 21 after he served in acting and interim capacities for 15 months.
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Bruce Baron, recently elevated to the chancellery of the San Bernardino Community College District, clowns around with a bobblehead made in his likeness. "Bruce's vision of the future of the district coincides very closely with the board of trustees'," said Carleton Lockwood Jr., the president of the board.
The college district has two campuses, San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College, which serve about 20,000 students each semester. Additionally, the Applied Technology Training Center offers vocational education to about 10,000 students per year.
Baron's goals include strengthening connections with community leaders and building partnerships with businesses. Baron has been talking with a company that operates a charter school about a relationship with the district's professional development center to promote education in the machine trades and logistics.
"Nobody can stand on their own today," Baron said in an interview Thursday. "Everybody needs to be part of something bigger. My goal is to take advantage of every opportunity. I want to look at all of our instructional programs and make sure we're offering the right mix on programs for the times -- the job-market skills students need to be successful."
Baron recently met with 100 community leaders, brainstorming ways to close the achievement gap between black students and white students. A similar forum on helping Latino students has been scheduled.
"Every community has their own structure, their own leadership, their own communications system," Baron said. "You have to address student success based on what the individual student needs."
Baron's first job in education, at age 16, was using a string and a map to measure whether a student lived far enough from school to use the bus. Since then he has spent most of his career fretting about dollars.
Baron, a native of New York City, was director of finance at City University of New York for 11 years. He moved his wife, two sons and one daughter to California , where he served as a vice president for administrative services at LA Southwest College, LA City College and most recently at Victor Valley College.
He became San Bernardino's vice chancellor for fiscal services in 2009.
A colleague there, Peter Allan, a professor of business and economics, said Baron easily wins over staff wherever he goes.
"Of all the administrators I've worked with over the years, Bruce has been the most faculty-oriented," said Allan, who recommended Baron for the role of San Bernardino's interim chancellor. "He would bend over backward to try to find the money to allow departments to service their students appropriately."
Baron, who has settled in Rancho Cucamonga, said he has earned respect by not forgetting the past.
"You have to respect your history," he said. "Anybody who's going to come into an organization and say this is old or this is out of date and just start changing things from Day One without understanding the history, the culture, is not going to be successful, and you won't get support from faculty and staff who in some cases have been here 30, 40 years."
Reach Brian Rokos at 951-368-9660 or brokos@PE.com
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- Referee Program helps battle smog
Automotive technology students have a unique program that lets them get hands-on experience and get paid for it. The program is called the Air Quality and Technician Training Program, more commonly known as the Smog Referee Program.
The program is operated by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and is contracted through the California Department of Consumer Affairs – Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR). However the Smog Referee Program is not completely open to the public. Drivers have to be referred to the program, which requires that the driver's vehicle:
• Be eligible for a repair cost waiver.
• Has been converted to run on electricity.
• Is a specially constructed car or kit.
• The driver feels the previous smog test or repairs had been done improperly and caused the vehicle to fail inspection.
Vehicles that have had their engines changed or have been issued noise citations by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) can also be tested—after the proper repairs to the vehicle have been made.
The Smog Referee Program is run by Robert Gonzalez, with assistance from students in the Automotive Technician program, and one student from San Bernardino Valley College.
There is no cost for the smog test itself, but the certificate for the test costs $8.20. The cost for a noise test is $108.
Students interested in vehicles should take advantage of the Smog Referee Program to learn more about automotive technology.
More information on the program can be found at www.foundationcc.org
- Students Ponder Meaning of Killing
Students ponder meaning of killing
Jim Steinberg, Staff Writer
Created: 05/02/2011 09:15:12 PM PDT
SAN BERNARDINO - Tommy Martin, 22, remembers the terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, as the "craziest day of my life."
The senior at Cal State San Bernardino is among those who feel that the death of the mastermind of those attacks was justice served.
And it will be a warning for those "foolish enough to do something like that again," Martin said during an interview on the college campus Monday afternoon.
While midterms, proms and other concerns were perhaps the top items among students' minds across San Bernardino County, many have reflected - even if momentarily - about what Osama bin Laden's death Sunday means.
While many felt justice had been done for the mass killings of terrorists, they tempered those feelings.
"It's about justice, not rejoicing about the death of someone," said Sarah Haselton, 18, a freshman at CSUSB and a San Bernardino resident.
Evan Plett, 23, a computer science senior at CSUSB, said the demise of bin Laden marked a moment when someone who caused much harm could do no more.
"We are celebrating that someone has been stopped from causing any more pain," Plett said. At a political science class at San Bernardino Valley College Monday afternoon, more students were worried about the ramifications of Sunday's killing than celebrating.
Less than five hands out 30 went up when students in Adjunct Political Science Professor Ed Nuno's introductory political science class were asked
if they felt joy when first learning of bin Laden's death.
For Amanda Vann, 20, of Rialto, there was no momentary glee at this news.
"I hope the president (Obama) knows what he is getting himself in for," she said. "This is going to affect every one of us for the worse."
Vann and other students in the class said they were worried about new terrorist strikes in retaliation.
Trips to Los Angeles for sporting events, concerts and other events where crowds are drawn, are going to have new risks now, said Sade Harris, 22, of Corona, who is a psychology student at Valley College.
"It's time to stay local for a while," Vann said.
Michael Round, a world history adjunct professor at Valley College, said not one of his students mentioned bin Laden's death during his morning class, but he planned to bring it up for an afternoon class.
"I'm going to ask them `what historic event happened over the weekend?"' he said.
Mahbuba Hammad, vice president of the Muslim Students Association, said she heard of no hateful comments "and people I see on a regular basis were as welcoming as usual."
Concerns about bin Laden's death extended to younger students, as well.
Ron Miller, a history teacher for more than 20 years at Rialto's Eisenhower High School, said students had questions about the death in several of his classes.
Some were questioning whether the U.S. "really got" bin Laden.
Others had concerns about why he was not arrested, or about his quick burial at sea, he said.
Darryl Brown, 17, a junior at Rancho Cucamonga High School, said he remembers his teacher crying (on Sept. 11, 2001), when he was in the second grade and not knowing why.
"There is a bit of relief but people are also edgy about retaliation. And I'm a little nervous to see what's going to happen next," he said.
Victor Marlen, a government and economics teacher for 26 years at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, said that even though students just got back from celebrating their prom last weekend, there was still a buzz around campus about bin Laden's death.
Marlen said students were worried, fearful and excited on Monday when it came to discussing bin Laden.
Staff Writer Canan Tasci contributed to this report.
- Youth Job Fair to be held on April 30
Looking for employment? Youth Job Fair will be held Saturday, April 30
Event is targeted toward ages 16-24, but the general public is invited to participate
Published: Friday, April 29, 2011 11:20 AM CDT
The Third Annual Youth Job Fair will be held Saturday, April 30.
The event, entitled “Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Future,” will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College’s Campus Center Building, 701 Mount Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino. There will be free parking in Lots 9 and 10 off Grant Street.
The event is presented by the California Employment Development Department and State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod.
The Youth Job Fair is targeted toward ages 16-24, but the general public is invited to participate.
For more information, call Sylvia Quintanar at (909) 382-0436.