Fullerton College: A Pictorial History

The Start of a New Century: 2000-2012

History

At the start of the 21st century, the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) served 155 squares miles throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Over 3,500 employees operated the district, and of the thousands of employees, 594 were full-time faculty, and 2,191 were adjunct faculty. While Fullerton and Cypress Colleges served a wide range of ages, the largest number of students—15,000—were between the ages of 20 and 29. Close to 9,500 student were under 20, nearly 4,000 were between the ages of 30 and 39, approximately 2,500 were in their 40s, and 1,500 were over 50. The district was serving an ethnically diverse population of students comprised of 1,638 African Americans, 7,382 Asians, 15,135 Hispanics-Latinos, 266 Pacific Islanders, 19,454 Whites, and 1,770 Filipino students.

Fullerton College faced many challenges as it prepared for a future of rapid student growth, continuous budget shortages, and rapid advances in technology. At the close of the 20th century, Fullerton College had completed a new master plan to provide a blueprint for campus priorities over the next thirty years. To assist in this task, a Campus Image Committee was formed to create an overall plan that would help direct future building and landscape projects; give appropriate identification to the college; visually unite the campus; and provide guidance on how to preserve, display and present the college’s architectural history. Working with tBP/Architecture, committee members came up with a recommended plan that divided campus projects into four distinct phases, which included new signage, the construction of a number of new buildings and sports facilities, and extensive changes to the Quad involving landscaping projects, fountains, and a new amphitheater. The new plans were ambitious and involved construction of a new Library and Learning Resource Center, a Classroom/Office Building, and a College Center, along with modern parking structures, building removals, and the elimination of temporary structures.

What the college lacked, however, was the needed funding to complete its ambitious plans to modernize and beautify the campus. The district placed Measure X, a bond proposal, on the March 5, 2002 ballot in the hope that voters would approve $239 million dollars in spending. The ballot initiative taxed local residents $18.41 for $100,000 assessed property value for 25 years. Measure X passed with a 57.4 percent approval, with $150 million allocated to Fullerton College, $62 million to Cypress College, and $27 million to the School of Continuing Education. Measure X funds were also supplemented by funding received from Proposition 47 Capital Outlay Funding, the District, and Fullerton College. Subsequent construction activity would impact the campus for years, but also bring much-needed and exciting changes to the campus. From 2004 to 2012, the campus opened several new buildings: Campus Safety (2004); the Library and Learning Resource Center (2005); a parking structure on Lemon Avenue (2006); College Center (2008); a Classroom-Office Building (2008); an Aquatic Center (2009); a Field House for physical education offices and classrooms (2011); and a new South Science Building (2011). More buildings were to follow in the next decade. Monument signage was constructed on the corners of Chapman and Lemon and Berkeley Avenues. In October 2011, plans were approved for an estimated $1.5 million renovation for the Quad, a project aimed at creating a greener and more aesthetically pleasing area. A new North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) headquarters also opened in Anaheim.

Putting the bond money to work required months of preparation before construction could start in 2003. Development of the project scopes and cost estimates were conducted from March to October 2002, followed by preparation for the construction, including an environmental impact study, structural analysis, utilities surveys, boundary surveys, title reports, and collaboration with the City of Fullerton. tBP/Architecture, formerly the Blurock Partnership, of Newport Beach was hired for master planning design for major projects and remodels. Flewelling & Moody completed construction documents. International Parking Design worked on the Lemon Avenue parking structure, and C. W. Driver, a builder serving the Western United States since 1919, was employed as the construction management firm.

Over the decades, the campus buildings designed in the 1930s by Harry K. Vaughn and built with federal relief funds had withstood the test of time and become eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings designed by Taylor and Conner following World War II, however, were in a serious state of disrepair and no longer suited the needs of the campus. The decision was made to demolish many of the post-World War II structures and replace them with Hispano Moresque-styled buildings compatible with the historic Spanish Colonial Revival buildings constructed in the 1930s and 1940s. The result was a harmonious blending of the old and new, with the diversity of architect making the campus more enjoyable and enriching.

By the start of the 21st century, the orchards and farmland that had surrounded the campus in 1913 had been replaced with high-density residential and commercial areas. The result was increased clashes between Fullerton College and surrounding neighborhoods. In a sign of what was to come, the campus proposed allowing a campus parking lot in October 2001 to be used for weekend car sales. Those living adjacent to the college quickly protested the weekend used car sales, noting that they would negatively impact their streets. Threatened with a lawsuit, President Viera quickly withdrew the proposal from consideration before the Fullerton City Council. In 2003, residents complained about the location and industrial look of a new 8,000-square foot maintenance and operations (M&O) facility to be constructed on Berkeley Avenue. Lack of student parking led to increased complaints from residents about students parking in front of their homes all day, blocking access to such services as gardeners or repairmen. Despite assurances from President Hodge that the new parking structure on Lemon Avenue would fit within the neighborhood, the mass and size of the completed building further angered residents. All of the complaints came to a head in 2009, when residents discovered that a new 1,500-seat stadium was to be built on campus. Concerned with the noise, traffic, and intense stadium lighting during sporting events, residents formed the Fullerton College Neighborhood Action Council to thwart construction of a new stadium. Many voters who supported Measure X were dismayed with the construction of what was deemed an unneeded third stadium in Fullerton, especially when stadiums were available for use at CSU Fullerton and nearby Fullerton Union High School.

Although Fullerton College had experienced budget downturns in previous decades, the 2000s were characterized by a notable lack of funding. A recession in 2001 was followed by a Great Recession from 2007 to 2009. Adjunct faculty and staff were laid off and positions left unfilled for years, while dozens of classes were cancelled. Enrollment fluctuated but actually increased as the number of available classes declined. Petitioning for classes intensified, and starting with the Spring 2011 semester, Fullerton College implemented a waitlist system for class registration. Transferring became more difficult as four-year public universities reduced new enrollments. The passage of Proposition 30 in 2012 promised more money to community colleges, but the left the system still uncertain of future funding.

As the 21st century began, Fullerton College remained one of the few community colleges still using the 18 week calendar. After lengthy discussions and delays, semesters were reduced from 18 to 16 weeks in Spring 2012. While the change in the academic calendar extended the winter break and made the summer session longer, it also forced faculty members to squeeze their course material into the shorter semester.

Two of the most notable changes in the 21st century were the increased use and reliance on computer technology. The campus began providing wireless access in October 2005; students registered through the Internet for the first time in Fall 2002; and the Schedule of Classes was first released in an online version in the Spring 2002 semester. The college began utilizing social networks as another means of communicating and connecting with students. The college joined Facebook on August 18, 2009, while also blogging and tweeting to keep students up-to-date on campus activities and events. Students themselves began to set up personal blogs, and for the time, shared their day-to-day campus experiences in real time with the campus community. They also began using commercial websites such as ratemyprofessors.com to check up on student input about faculty before registering for classes. Faculty were rated on overall quality, helpfulness, clarity, easiness, and hotness. After 77 years as a print-only newspaper, the Hornet activated an online edition in November 2000. Faculty members increasingly used software and other computer instruction technology, including a new GIS (geographic information systems) installed in 2001.

There was also much anticipation and planning for Centennial celebrations in 2013 as the campus looked forward to year-long events honoring the college’s 100 year anniversary.

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This is an aerial shot of the campus c. 2000.
This is a map of the Fullerton College campus at the start of the 21st century. During these twelve years, the physical look of the campus changed dramatically as old campus buildings were demolished and replaced by new structures.
This is the campus map at the end of 2012, with construction still taking place on campus. Construction near the parking structure off Lemon Avenue is the site of the Technology & Engineering Complex, scheduled for completion in Spring 2013.
It was during this decade, and a sign of the 21st century, that the campus also started producing a wireless coverage map. At the beginning of October 2005, the campus finalized the pilot project of wireless capability. Initially, students and staff could access the wireless network in an area covering the Quad, from the Library and Learning Resource Center to the 100 Building, the open dining area, and the parking area around the 700 Building. The downtown area of Fullerton went wireless in February 2005.
With the availability of wireless access, computer laptops and tablets became common around campus. These four students, shown in 2010, are seated on one of the tables in the Patio Area, located behind the new Library and Learning Resource Center (the 800 Building). (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Fullerton College also began expanding into social networks as another way of communicating and connecting with students. The college joined Facebook on August 18, 2009, while also blogging and tweeting to keep students up-to-date on campus activities and events. As the campus moved into increased reliance on technology, however, there were glitches, including inaccuracies in transcripts which occurred when the campus replaced the Legacy system with SCT Banner in 2001.
The Fall 2002 semester marked a watershed moment for the college when students could register on the Internet through WebStar. To prepare students for the switch to online registration, the campus began promoting Web registration in 2001. Initially students could continue to register by telephone through TeleStar or STAR (student telephone access registration), but that system was eventually abandoned. Online counseling also became available, with faculty members in the Counseling Department answering general email questions.
The first online Schedule of Classes was introduced in the Spring 2002 semester. In July 2013, Terrence Guigni, Vice President of Instruction, announced that the 2013-2014 Fullerton College Catalog was to be released in an online format only.
The campus began to heavily promote online classes during this period, exemplified by this 2001 advertisement featuring a stay-at-home mother. Individual class orientation was mandatory for registered online students.
After 77 years as a print-only newspaper, the Hornet activated an online edition in November 2000. The student newspaper continued to make changes to the content and format, adding in new sections (Voices, Local) and changing the typeface in October 2001, to make the articles more readable. In 2007, the Fullerton College Library completed a massive project to scan all the issues of the Hornet from 1923 to the current date, making the entire run of the newspaper available online to students, alumni, and local historians.
In the past, student publications had developed out of common interests and concerns, and those magazines, newsletters, and political documents were always published in a print format. The Internet made it possible for Fullerton College students to quickly launch student-produced publications. One of those was La Antorcha, an online Spanish language publication supported by campus Hispanic clubs, which made its debut in September 2011.
Individual Fullerton College students also set up personal blogs through the campus website or through such websites as Blogspot. For the first time, students shared their day-to-day campus and life experiences in real time with the campus community.
In February 2007, Fullerton College became the first college in the nation to reconstruct its entire listening library into a library filled with iPod friendly devices and Apple computers. Students could download all songs for their listening assignments via iTunes as opposed to using the pre-recorded CDs made by their music professors. Apple funded much of the project in the Music Library. The iPods eliminated the problems of broken or scratched CDs and long wait lines for CDs that had already been checked out. In this shot, liberal arts student Arthur Castrol shows off one of the 30 new iPods in the Listening Lab.
Despite the prevalence of email and texting, the Mailroom (Room 841) remained an active unit on campus. Mailboxes continued to be full of personal correspondence and official notifications.
After close to 100 years, student enrollment at Fullerton College had changed dramatically. This is a breakdown of the 2010/11 student population by age, gender, ethnicity, and major, taken from the Annual Report to the Community, 2010-2011.
After almost 100 years, Fullerton College was also offering hundreds of transfer programs, associate degrees, and certificate programs, a far cry from the handful offered in 1913.
Here is a list of the certificate programs at the college during this period.
The campus celebrated its 90th Anniversary in 2004, and for that event a new commemorative logo was designed.
Students in Richard McMillan’s Production Design class were asked to design the logo for Fullerton College’s 90th Anniversary. Miriam Garcia’s design was chosen from nearly 30 entries, and she received a $100 Bookstore gift certificate from Dr. Michael Viera, Fullerton College President, for her efforts. Garcia was born in Mexico, but moved to the United States when she was 16. After graduating from Buena Park High School, she enrolled at FC and began taking design classes.
Under the direction of instructor Sando Corsi, Fullerton College students enrolled in a computer art class were asked to come up with a new design for the Hornet mascot. Students were encouraged to design a sports mascot that conveyed spirit and a winning attitude, as well as be able to be converted into a wearable costume. The result was a much different looking Hornet. Once completed, the new Hornet mascot began appearing on Fullerton College sweatshirts, T-shirts, and other spirit items. (Courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
When extensive construction began on campus, Buzzy was designated the official mascot and frequently used as another campus logo on publications, flyers, and other correspondence related to building projects across campus.
This version of the Hornet replaced previous incarnations and would be the mascot into the Centennial year.
The 1999 Master Plan emphasized the need for an education center in Anaheim—the largest city in the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). In 2002, the district purchased for $10.5 million the vacant Martin Luther Hospital building (1830 West Romneya) near the 91 Freeway and Euclid Avenue in Anaheim. The 270,000 square-foot building was remodeled and opened in 2003 as the new home of the district administrative offices. The facility also housed administrative offices for the School of Continuing Education, the Information Services Department, and the printing and mail processing center. Twice monthly meetings of the Board of Trustees were held at the new site, which is approximately half way between the district’s two colleges. Education programs taught at the 11-story building included culinary arts, computer training, lower division transfer courses, early childhood education, life wellness and fitness, and career development.
The 1999 Master Plan called for the demolition of the historic Wilshire Auditorium, part of the School of Continuing Education (SCE). The proposed demolition of the building, a Fullerton Local Landmark also eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, was not acceptable to local residents and preservationists, and plans were made instead to restore and refurbish both the Auditorium and buildings that once housed Wilshire Junior High School. The project was completed and an open house held on December 4, 2008. (Photo courtesy of the Fullerton Public Library.)
Architect Lucien Runge of R2A Architecture in Costa Mesa created the design concept for restoration of the Wilshire Continuing Education Center (315 E. Wilshire Avenue).
The renovation of the Wilshire Continuing Education Center included a new administration building, upgraded landscaping, and rehabilitation of the 100 and 200 buildings to reflect the original Moderne architecture, popular in the 1930s.
In Spring 2000, remodeling began on the Ben Franklin House, located on the corner of Whiting and Pomona Avenues, which had previously housed the Young Women’s Christian Association’s daycare facilities. Renovations began on the house in late June and remodeling was completed in November. Both CalWORKS and the Fullerton College Foundation moved into their new home in early December.
With the exception of the war years, Fullerton College continued to add new buildings to the campus each decade. The last years of the 20th century were no exception, as nearly every existing building on campus would be demolished or renovated in some fashion. The building changes would significantly alter the physical look and feel of the campus as the college steadily underwent major physical changes during this decade. Many former students who returned to the campus found areas of it unrecognizable. Taken from Chapman Avenue, this is the front of the Administration Building in 2002.
Two co-eds are situated outside the Administration Building in 2000.
This is a February 2007 photo of the exterior of the Administration (100) Building in February 2007. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is the arched walkway between the Administration (100) Building and the Music (1100) Building in 2002.
In the Fall of 1999, the Fullerton College Library was shut down for the removal of asbestos and some minor renovations. The library operated in temporary quarters—an 8,000-square-foot tent—set up in the Quad. After the refurbishment, the library was rededicated on Tuesday, April 25, 2000. Following seven months of construction and remodeling, the renovated facility featured new classrooms, nearly 100 more computer workstations, new lighting, new carpeting, and new ceilings. Funds for the renovation project were provided by state and federal monies, in addition to contributions from the Friends of the Fullerton College Library, a non-profit fundraising arm of the library. This is the program for the rededication.
This is an exterior shot of the Fullerton College Library in 2002, then the 200 Building.
This is an interior shot of the Fullerton College Library around 2004. The 1999 renovations improved the library, but it became increasingly obvious that a new facility and equipment were needed.
This is a shot of Fullerton College students using the library carrels to read and study.
This is an interior shot of the Reference Desk in the old Fullerton College Library in 2004. By this time, the old library, which would soon be demolished, seemed worn and dated. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
Other areas of the library, such as the Circulation and Reserve Book desks, were also very crowded. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
This is a 2007 shot of the Business and Computer information (300) Building. The 300 Building was the first building to be constructed on campus, and when it opened in 1937, it was known as the Commerce Building. Unlike the buildings constructed in the 1950s and 1960s, the structures built with Depression-era funds are all worthy of National Register status. They stood the test of time, holding up to continuous use by students and faculty. (Courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a side view of the Business and Computer Information (300) Building, also taken in 2007. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is the Natural Sciences (400) Building in February 2007. The building was demolished and replaced with a new structure in 2011. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken in February 2007, this is the exterior of the Applied Arts/Humanities (500 Building), which also housed the Veterans’ Office. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a shot of some of the clothing designed by Fullerton College students on display on the side of the Applied Arts/Humanities (500) Building in August 2012. (Photo courtesy of Jane Ishibashi)
This is the Technical Education and Engineering (700) Building in 2007. This building was gutted in 2012, and construction began on a complete renovation, a Technology and Engineering Complex, to be completed in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a shot of the 900 and 910 Buildings, which housed machining, printing, and automobile technology. (Photo courtesy of David Goto).
This is the Student Center (then the 800 Building) in 2002, which was later demolished and replaced by the much larger and architecturally distinct 200 building in 2008.
Taken in October 2009, this is the entrance to the Print Shop, located in the Machine/Printing (900) Building. The exterior reflects the stark, boxlike structures built on campus during the 1950s and 1960s. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a shot of Fine Arts/Art Gallery (1000) Building in 2006. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is an exterior shot of Student Health Services, located in Room 1204, in 2002.
Also taken in 2002, this is the walkway between Student Health Services and the Natural Sciences (400) Building, which was later demolished.
Taken at the same time, this is an exterior shot of the Physical Education Building (the 1200 Building).
This is an August 2012 shot of the front entrance of the Physical Education (1200) Building.
This is a 2006 interior shot of the Wellness Center, located in the Physical Education (1200) Building. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken from Lemon Avenue, this is a 2006 photo of the Theatre Arts (1300) Building. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken in 2006, this is the entrance to the Theatre Arts (1300) Building. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a 2009 shot of the exterior of the Bronwyn Dodson Theatre, named after former student Bronwyn Dodson, who had died during a traffic accident in 1992. A black box theatre, it can accommodate up to 150 audience members. A flexible seating system allows for proscenium, thrust, semi-thrust, arena, and alley configurations to the theatre. All performances in the Bronwyn Dodson Theatre are produced by the Theatre Arts Department. One half of the mainstage productions, the Playwrights Festival, Directors Festival, and class projects perform in the Bronwyn Dodson Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken in 2006, this is the Scene Shop (1313) used to make and house props for campus theater productions. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is the entrance for Fullerton College’s FM radio station KBPK (90.1), located on the east side of the Theatre Arts (1300) Building, in 2006. By the time this photo had been taken, the radio station had been broadcasting on the Internet for two years, with the number of listeners steadily increasing. By September 2004, the channel had over 12,000 listeners with an average listening time of over three and a half hours. The station’s main purpose was to train students for employment in the radio and audio industry. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This student is reporting a live sporting event on the campus radio station.
Taken in October 2009, these are the 1901 through 1904 classrooms. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken in 2002, this is the 2300 Building, used for Media Services, Academic Computing, and M & O shops.
Taken early in the morning before the campus opened, this is the old campus staff parking lot near the 1400 Building in 2002.
This is an early morning shot of the campus swimming pool, also taken in 2002.
Taken in 2006, this is another shot of the swimming pool. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
These are the tennis courts in June 2006. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken in 2005, this is a side shot of the pedestrian walkway leading from the Administration (100) Building to the bridge over Chapman Avenue. To attract students, efforts were made to spruce up the front portion of the campus visible from Chapman Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a 2005 side view of the pedestrian walkway leading from the Administration (100) Building to the bridge over Chapman Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a shot of the bridge leading from the main campus to the Student Services Building.
This is an exterior shot of the Student Services (2000) Building in 2012. The 2000 Building housed a large number of services, including Admissions and Records, the Bookstore, Counseling, the Bursar, EOPS, Career and Life Planning, Distance Education, and the Workforce Center.
This 2009 photo shows the entrances to the Bookstore and Student Services. On March 29, 2000, students were invited to the Bookstore to tell “stories you can’t or won’t tell your mother—at least, in person.” MTV was developing a new pilot for Mall Confessions, a show about real people confessing the most intimate and outrageous details of their lives. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
In this June 22, 2005 shot, a student looks for his textbooks at the Bookstore. One of the big issues during this period was the high cost of textbooks, and the Bookstore looked for new ways to save students money. Electronic textbooks were offered to students starting in 2008. In 2011, Fullerton College joined the Chegg Affiliate Program, which gave the Bookstore commissions from all sales from Chegg that were identified with the college. A textbook rental company, Chegg also offered students an opportunity to rent their books through two kiosks located inside the Bookstore. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Bluebooks and scantrons, as well as other school supplies, were also popular items at the Bookstore. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a photo of Janine Cirrito, Coordinator of the Career and Life Planning Center, waiting to assist students in July 2012. The center offered individual and group appointments with career counseling faculty, providing research assistance, career-related assessments, and counseling for career/life transitions. (Photo courtesy of Jane Ishibashi.)
This 2012 photo shows the counter for Admissions and Records, responsible for admitting and registering all students. (Photo courtesy of Jane Ishibashi.)
Taken in 2002, this is a shot of the Sculpture Garden at the corner of Lemon and Chapman Avenues.
New art work continued to be added to the Sculpture Garden, including The Hand, created by Artist-in-Residence Todd Frahm in 2007. The 18,000-pound limestone sculpture was intended as an interactive piece, and students were encouraged to sit, sleep or just relax on it. On April 16, 2007, the sculpture was vandalized when an unknown perpetrator poured an oil-based redwood stain all over the piece, necessitating restoration. The sculpture was vandalized again in 2008 when a tar-like substance was poured over the top. This photo was taken in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Jane Ishibashi.)
In 2002, the campus set up designated smoking areas in seven different locations, primarily in areas that were away from doorways and main hallways. Flyers were posted around the campus showing the locations of the smoking areas. Students caught smoking outside the designated areas were given a voucher for free nicotine patches courtesy of Health Services. Despite signs posted around campus, students continued to smoke anywhere, causing complaints from nonsmokers.
On July 1, 2007, Fullerton College officially became a smoke free facility. Signs were posted around campus. To assist those who wanted to give up cigarettes, the college offered health sessions on how to quit smoking.
This is a shot of the Child Development Center in 2002, then located off Berkeley Avenue. The storage units in front of the building were used as bicycle lockers. Bicycle thefts during this period increased dramatically.
In 2000, a student relaxes on a bench in the Quad, which was to be completely revamped a decade later. In November 2001, maintenance and operations staff declared a war on trash when liter began piling up on campus. Working with the Associated Students, maintenance staff encouraged students, staff, and faculty to place their trash into bins located around the campus.
Taken from the steps of the new Fullerton College Library, this is the quad area in June 2005. The old library, which would soon be demolished and replaced by the College Center, is on the left. By this time, the Hornet statue, which had stood in the Quad for nearly 50 years, was in pieces, waiting for restoration.
The patio area, which had received a new trellis/sunroof in 1986, continued to attract students.
This happy couple poses for a shot in the patio area. While the historic patio area remained popular with students, many students gravitated to the outside eating areas of the new College Center after it was completed in 2008.
The snack shop, which had been added to the patio area in 1959, was re-named the Hive, but it bore no resemblance to the previous Hive student hangout so popular with students during the 1930s to the 1950s. It was remodeled and renamed The Stinger in 2011. The Stinger served drinks and pre-packaged food as well as café American, macchiato, espresso, and iced coffee. It provided a quick alternative to the food court in the new College Center.
This is a 2011 photograph of the interior of The Stinger café just before it reopened for students after a renovation. The café offered a full-service coffee bar and grab-and-go items for busy students. Beverage and snack vending machines also continued to be located throughout the campus for 24/7 availability.
Although Campus Security was to later move into new facilities, the unit started the 21st century in this portable (T-8) building, which was as inadequate as it was uncomfortable.
This is a shot of the track field in June 2006. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is the baseball field in 2006. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is the Hornet’s Nest basketball court, also taken in June 2006. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is a shot of the Fullerton Union High School’s agriculture farm in May 2011, still located on the north side of the campus. Open to the community, the agriculture center is home to cows, chickens, pigs, and sheep cared for by students. (Photo courtesy of Jane Ishibashi.)
The North Orange County Community College District placed Measure X, a bond proposal, on the Tuesday, March 5, 2002 ballot in the hope that voters would approve $239 million dollars in spending. In an effort to inform students, signs were posted throughout the campus. The signs raised policy concerns because they showed advocacy for a school bond issue, not following guidelines set in the Associated Students Publicity Code, but the North Orange County Community College District said that the signs were only for informational purposes. Measure X passed with a 57.4 percent approval. This is a Hornet newspaper advertisement for the measure.
This is the front cover of one of the election brochures sent to voters to encourage them to vote yes for Measure X. (Photo courtesy of the Fullerton Public Library.)
Laws governing passage of Measure X required strict accountability for the spending of funds received as the result of voter-approved bonds. These included annual independent audits and public oversight. An independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee was appointed to monitor expenditure of all bond funds and to keep the public informed of the progress of Measure X. This brochure was sent to homeowners living around Fullerton College to keep them informed of completed and pending construction projects at the college. Members of the bond Oversight Committee were later criticized by Fullerton residents and groups, such as Friends for Fullerton’s Future, for their failure to monitor building projects, most specifically the stadium.
In 2003, construction began on a number of new buildings across the campus. These buildings were to change the entire look and feel of the college. The new construction was expected to be completed in phases, shown on these different maps. Working with faculty and staff in Building User Groups (BUGs) was tBP/Architecture, responsible for the master planning design for most major projects and remodels. Flewelling & Moody were responsible for the construction documents, with project construction facilitated by the construction management firm of C. W. Driver, and program management by the firm of FLCM. To accommodate the new construction, 8,000 feet of storm drains, sewer pipe, and water lines needed to be added as well.
Taken in 2004, this is a group shot of some of the construction workers. Standing in the center is Vice President Janet Portolan.
As the construction continued, students, staff, and faculty were forced to take different routes to classrooms as many walkways were blocked off.
During some construction projects, enclosed walkways were built to move students, staff, and faculty around the campus.
Students often encountered relocation signs directing them to new locations for services.
In addition, large construction equipment was parked around the campus as each new building went up.
Oftentimes, the sidewalks were dug up adjacent to buildings, making movement around the campus more difficult. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
There were also large mounds of dirt as the construction continued. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
As part of Fullerton College’s 90th anniversary celebration, Tuesday, April 27, 2004, was declared Hard Hat Day. Visitors were invited to the Library and Learning Resource Center building site where they could visit the construction crew, and meet with the senior project architect Carol Manning, and construction managers Harold Abeln and C. W. Driver. Other Hard Hat Day activities included the display of dozens of presentation boards showing plans and elevations for proposed buildings around campus. Antenna balls shaped as hardhats were handed out as gifts to visitors.
Beam signing became a common event on campus. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors would autograph a metal beam, then watch workmen hoist it into the metal frame of the building under construction. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
The new construction and renovations required moving temporarily out of some buildings on campus. Due to the impending seismic-retrofitting of its current facilities, the Fullerton College Fine Arts Gallery moved to a downtown location on Wilshire Avenue in 2002. The college negotiated a two-year lease for the 1,750-square foot property, which had previously housed a sculpture gallery.
Because of the construction of a new Technical Education building, many of the technical education courses taught in the 900 Building (Construction Technology, Welding, Drafting Technology, Automotive Technology, etc.) were moved to a new site in La Habra (1000 South Leslie Street), shown here in 2012.
This is a map of the temporary quarters, known as the La Habra campus, for Technical Education courses during construction of the new Technology and Engineering Complex on the Fullerton College campus.
Cosmetology was moved to these temporary buildings on Wilshire Avenue adjacent to the Wilshire Continuing Education Center (315 E. Wilshire).
Taken in 2012, this is a shot of the walkway between the temporary buildings on Wilshire Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Jane Ishibashi.)
As part of the new construction project, monument signage was constructed on the corners of Chapman and Lemon and Berkeley Avenues in 2002. The three new monuments, which cost $323,000, were intended to mark the boundaries of the college, while also matching architecturally the new buildings to be constructed on campus during the next decade.
The first building to be completed with Measure X money was the Campus Safety Building, which opened December 9, 2004. The 2,000-square foot building was located in what had been staff parking lot C. Prior to the move, security personnel were crammed into a small trailer located to the left of the 700 Building. The new facility included shower and locker facilities for officers and a training room that doubled as an emergency operations center in the event of a power outage. In an effort to bolster security, the campus added more security cameras, which were then monitored by Campus Safety staff.
The next building completed on campus was the new Fullerton College Library and Learning Resources Center (LLRC), dedicated October 28, 2005. The new 66,000-square-foot building housed the William T. Boyce Library; the Academic Support Center (the Skills Center, Reading Lab, Tutoring Center, Writing Center); the Adaptive Computer Lab; and the Math and Computer Science Lab. The library portion of the building was spread over two floors with a dramatic central stairway, a 73-foot-high dome, ornate wrought iron banisters, decorative tile, and period-style lighting. Like other new buildings that were to follow, the architecture reflected the Spanish Colonial Revival style of the Public Works Administration (PWA) and the Works Project Administration (WPA) structures added to the campus in the 1930s and 1940s. The new library was featured in the April 2006 issue of American Libraries.
Speaking at the podium during the new Fullerton College Library dedication is Dean John Ayala. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
This is an exterior shot of the Fullerton College Library. The 1999 Master Plan called for the new library and student center to switch positions, situating the library in the center of campus where it had originally been located in the 1930 plans. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
This is the construction frame for the Fullerton College Library inaugurated in 2005. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
This is the interior construction frame for the new Library’s grand stairway. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
This is an interior shot of the completed grand stairway in the Fullerton College Library. The college choir performed during the dedication ceremony for the library in 2005. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
This is shot of the reading area and front façade windows of the new Fullerton College Library. This was a popular lounging area for students to unwind and view the happenings on the quad.
Students had the option of spreading out their work on long tables or studying in individual carrels positioned around the second floor of the new College Library. The rooms at the far back were designed as group study rooms. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
In this June 2005 shot, a student examines a book in the library’s new book stacks. During this period, the library added electronic or e-books to the book collection, all of which were available remotely to students. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
After the Library & Learning Resources Center opened, the new building was not without its problems. During 2007-2008, staff and students were startled by a mysterious crash that went unexplained for several days until another loud crash resounded throughout the library. Staff then discovered that the library dome tiles were sliding off in sections and falling on the roof. After a lengthy delay, a new dome was installed on the top of the building on April 25, 2009. The cost of the new dome was covered by a $100,000 insurance policy. The replacement dome was made of fiberglass substrate with a steel frame which took six weeks to construct.
This is the new Fullerton College Library lit up at night in 2012. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
Following the new Library and Learning Resource Center (LLRC), the next new facility was a new parking structure off Lemon Avenue, which formally opened August 18, 2006. To make way for the new structure, the 1710 boiler room, 1700 facilities building, the T-4 maintenance and operations, and the T-8 campus safety trailer were demolished, along with the closing of parking lots 1 and 2. The architectural firm International Parking Designs, Inc. oversaw the construction. This is a 2006 night shot of the new parking structure off Lemon Avenue. The four-level parking structure contained 1,440 student parking places, and was equipped with elevators, safety phones, and self-serving parking permit machines. An accompanying stoplight and crosswalk at the intersection of Lemon Avenue and Fullerton College Drive was installed to improve traffic flow in and out of campus. While most of the new buildings on campus were well received by the community, the new parking structure was not. During its construction, neighbors began to complain about the size and mass of the building, which extended a considerable length along Lemon Avenue. In an article in the January 5, 2005 Fullerton News Tribune (“Garage Will Have Appeal; Fullerton College Officials Assure Neighbors New Parking Lot Won’t be a Concrete Monolith”), President Kathleen Hodge assured neighbors that the building would be compatible with surrounding architecture. When completed, homeowners complained to both the NOCCCD and Fullerton city planning staff that the new structure was indeed a “concrete monolith” that blighted the neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
When the new $17 million parking structure opened, it quickly filled up. At the time of the building’s dedication, there was only one campus parking spot for every ten students. The new parking structure helped to alleviate the problem, but the campus was still far from providing the parking spaces needed. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This cartoon in the February 12, 2003 issue of the Hornet reflected the view of many students on the parking situation on campus. In 2000, parking fees were raised to $35.00. At the start of each semester, students were given a two-week grace period for violations in the parking structure and on the streets. Tickets were $34.50.
Following completion of the parking structure, construction began on a new College Center, the 200 Building. Taken from Chapman Avenue, this is a shot of the College Center under construction. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
The new College Center formally opened January 11, 2008. The building housed Student Affairs, Associated Students, the Cadena/Transfer Center, the Office of Special Programs, and International Student Center, while also providing meeting rooms and food services. The consolidation of different services into one central location benefited students and also allowed them a space to gather together, similar to four-year institutions. For returning students, the transition from the old Student Center to the new one was dramatic. The new offices and facilities also allowed staff to expand their resources and better serve students.
Speaking at the dedication of the new College Center was Congresswoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat representing the 65th Congressional District. Republican Congressman Ed Royce had previously visited the campus in April 2004.
The dedication of the new College Center on January 11, 2008, included specially baked treats. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken March 10, 2008 from Chapman Avenue, this is a night shot of the new College Center. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
The new dining hall, which accommodated 400 people, provided a clean, spacious, and comfortable place for students to eat. Since WiFi was available, many students took advantage of the space to study and surf the Internet. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
The food court, which opened December 3, 2007, offered students everything from pizza, hamburgers, burritos and cold sandwiches to healthier fare, such as fruit, yogurt, and a soup and salad bar. The Stack’s Deli offered a wide variety of sandwiches for hungry students. Other signature brands included Smart Market, Ultimate Baja, 155 Grill, and Slice of Life, which sold La Vincita Pizzas. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
The new College Center offered eleven arcade games, two pool tables, a lounge area, and a plasma television. To keep the new facility clean, the Academic Senate voted to restrict food to the dining room of the Student Center. In 2008, three video game systems from the arcade were removed due to concerns about safety and aesthetics. The decision was made without consultation or approval from the Associated Students, who manage the arcade, and the removal was protested by A.S. President Ethan Morse.
This is a shot of the Cadena/Transfer Center after it had moved into new quarters in the College Center. Director, Lily Espinoza, is assisting a student. The center monitored student progress toward transfer, provided transfer information, collaborated with four-year institutions, and coordinated activities to promote student development opportunities related to cultural diversity and awareness. Cadena staff provided outreach to target populations, including undocumented students, Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Inter-sexed/Questioning, as well as students from historically underrepresented groups such as African American, Native American, Latino/a, Asian/Pacific Islander, low income, and former foster youth. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
After completion of the College Center, the next planned project was the Classroom-Office (1400) Building, shown here under construction. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
During the ground-breaking ceremonies for the Classroom-Office (1400) Building, the builders showed off samples of interior finishes, including carpet, paint, flooring, and woodwork. Faculty, staff, students, and administrators posed for the symbolic breaking of the ground. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
The new Classroom-Office Building (the 1400 Building) opened in August 15, 2008. The 40,000-square foot building housed 15 state-of-the-art classrooms and 26 two-person faculty offices, in addition to reading and social sciences labs. Located on the north side of campus, the new building provided much-needed instructional space for the College’s 20,000 students, including two large lecture halls which played host to a variety of community events. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Following completion of the Classroom-Office Building, construction started on the new Aquatic Center in January 2008, and the Olympic-sized pool formally opened August 14, 2009. The arrangement of the pool, which cost around $5 million, allowed two or three activities to take place at one time. The 700,000 gallon heated pool featured eighteen 25-yard lanes, eight 50-meter long-course lanes, eight short-course lanes, fifteen racing platforms, two 3-meter diving boards, two 1-meter diving boards, and a computerized scoreboard. During Fall 2009 Convocation, the Meraquas of Irving Synchronized Swimmers' performance was a highlight of the Aquatic Center Inauguration. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
City Councilwoman Pam Keller and former Fullerton Mayor Don Bankhead flank NOCCCD Chancellor Ned Doffoney during the dedication day festivities for the new Aquatic Center. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
After completion of the new Aquatic Center, construction began in 2009 on the new 1700 Building, the Field House, located on the northeast side of campus overlooking Hal Sherbeck Field. Plans for the Field House included upgrades and renovation of the sports field, but when it was revealed that the College also planned to build a 1,500-seat stadium, neighbors strongly protested, claiming that the high-density lights, noise, and traffic would adversely affect their area and reduce the value of their homes. The Master Plan did not include the stadium and residents as well as City of Fullerton planning staff were unaware of the stadium plans, which required a CEQA review. Residents quickly formed the Fullerton College Neighborhood Action Council to monitor the situation. Ken Bane, the head of the community group, published a letter in the April 22, 2009 issue of the Hornet (“Fullerton College Irresponsible to Neighbors”), and President Kathleen Hodge held hearings to appease homeowners.
The Field House was completed in 2011. To celebrate the grand opening of the new building, 40 participants, including President Rajen Vurdien, ran a 5K Fun Run on Saturday, May 7, 2011. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
The Field House is unique in that it services two distinct divisions: Physical Education and Athletics and Humanities. The building houses locker rooms, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, and three general purpose Humanities classrooms.
This is a photograph of Student Parking Lot 4 in front of the new Field House (1700) Building. The Horticulture Department is located at the extreme north end of the parking lot, bordering Berkeley Ave. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
In the Fall of 2010, students enrolled in Mike Sullivan’s Advanced Landscape Design (Horticulture 201) were assigned the redesign of the quad. Teams of four or five students were organized, with each team developing its concept to redevelop the quad based on goals and objectives arrived by class discussion. Each of the designs was presented at a class session attended by President Rajen Vurdien. Various elements of the students’ plans and ideas were incorporated into a Master Plan prepared by Flewelling & Moody. In October 2111, the district approved plans for an estimated $1.5 million renovation project for the quad, expected to be completed in phases. The aim was to create a greener and more aesthetically pleasing area for students.
Plans for the renovation and redesign of the Quad were placed on display in the Fullerton College Library, and work on the initial phase of the project began in 2012. After new sod was installed, the grass area was blocked off.
While C. W. Driver workers were constructing new facilities across campus, Fullerton College construction technology students were also building a storage facility for the baseball team in the Fall of 2009. The facility, which included a Hornet weather vane, provided the team with much-needed space and allowed construction technology students the opportunity to utilize their newly acquired skills in a real-world setting.
The new storage building, located on the first base side of the Hornet baseball field, was as big as a six-car garage. Members of the construction team (in alphabetical order) included: Mikky Bill, Branden Blanke, Rockie Bocanegra, Kenelm Booth, Selene Contreras, John Delgado, Rosa Garcia, Thomas Hays, Tsoughchin (Danny) Jou, Jonathan Keller, Matthew McCloskey, David McGee, Paul Miller, Jose Morales, Raymond Neal, Fred Pollard, Waikit Poon, Jorge Prado, Julie Prado, Maribel Ramirez, Sandra Reyes, Clemente Ruiz, Joshua Runley, Dyland Sheld, Christopher Skouras, Jose Luis Soto, Chih Sun, Andrea Yeager, Tanate Vachira, Kevin Vanderwest, Christian Vasquez, and Professor Pat McGrew.
This is a shot of the old South Science Building during demolition. (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
This is a shot of the new construction frame for the new South Science (400) Building.
This photo shows the exterior of the completed South Science (400) building, shown here in 2012. The new facility was designed to provide instructional space to serve both current and future students, including 15 physics, chemistry, and biology labs; as astronomy telescope deck; eight classrooms; and 16 two-person faculty offices.
Taken in 2011, this is a Room 428, one of the new laboratories in the South Science (400) Building. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This is an interior shot of Room 420, one of the new classrooms in the South Science (400) Building. The new building provided computerized instruction. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
By the end of 2012, construction still continued on campus, including a new Technology and Engineering Complex. During construction, classes and activities held in the former and now demolished 700 and 900 buildings were farmed out to other locations.
This is a photo of the Board of Trustees for 2008-2009, along with the Fullerton and Cypress College Student Trustees. By 2012, the North Orange County Community College District was servicing 155 square miles, including the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Habra, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Rossmoor, and Yorba Linda, while also covering portions of Garden Grove, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Orange, Seal Beach, Stanton, Whittier, and unincorporated areas in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Board members made the decision in 2012, starting with the November 2012 election, to have voters elect board members representing their area rather than select the entire panel. The redistricting established seven areas roughly equal in population.
Jerome Hunter, 53, started as the NOCCCD new Chancellor on February 1, 2000. He is shown here in 2005 at the dedication of the new Fullerton College Library. Hunter had roots in Orange County, previously serving as assistant dean and administrative dean of continuing education at Santa Ana College. Hunter grew up in the segregated South. He shared his experiences as a child in an article in the February 20, 2002 issue of the Hornet (page 5). (Photo courtesy of David Goto.)
When Jerome Hunter retired in 2008, Dr. Ned Doffoney, then 57, took over in July. Doffoney, who earned a doctorate in institutional management from Pepperdine University, had previously served as President at South Louisiana, Saddleback, and Fresno Colleges. He grew up in Southern Louisiana where he graduated in 1968 as valedictorian from a segregated high school, then went on to attend the University of Southwest Louisiana.
In this 2002 photograph, three Fullerton College Geology Club members are seated at a dinner table in a home of one of the club’s members. The club members, known as Prospectors are: Lucille Nordheim, Bill Nordheim, and Mary Lyon (left to right). At the right is President Dr. Michael Viera, then age 55. After presiding at the graduation ceremony held on May 31, 2003, Viera left Fullerton College after eight years to helm the Citrus Community College District in Glendora. He would work for five more years, then retire, along with his wife, an instructor at Chaffey College. The Geology Club was founded in 1933 and over the years its members formed life-long friendships. It disbanded after a 75th anniversary luncheon in 2008. The Fullerton College Library Archives houses scrapbooks and other materials from the Geology Club.
In December 2003, Kathleen O’Connell Hodge, who had served 13 years as an administrator in the South Orange County Community College District, including as a vice chancellor and acting chancellor, was selected from 24 candidates to become Fullerton College’s new President. A licensed marriage and family therapist, she also taught psychology at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Hodge is shown with Herbie Hornet on Hard Hat Day, April 27, 2004, part of the College’s 90th anniversary celebration. In the summer of 2009, Hodge was reassigned to a new position as Vice Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District after six years as president. Dr. Sam Schauerman served as Interim President until Dr. Rajen Vurdien was appointed to replace Hodge.
On September 24, 2009, a farewell reception was given for Dr. Kathleen Hodge. In thanking her for her hard work in getting new buildings erected on campus, one of her parting gifts was a framed set of photographs of all the new buildings constructed up to the time of her departure. Hodge later became managing director of the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) in the United Arab Emirates.
The replacement for Kathleen O’Connell Hodge was Dr. Rajen Vurdien, who was invested as the eighth president of Fullerton College on August 13, 2010. A native of the island nation of Mauritius, Vurdien came to the United States in 1985 from China, where as a United Nations volunteer working for the United Nations Development Program, he taught English and ran the United Nations language programs. After finishing his work with the United Nations, Vurdien spent six years as the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Gwynedd Mercy College outside of Philadelphia, before accepting the position of Director of the Reading Program at Long Island University. In 1998, he moved to California and became a reading instructor at Long Beach City College, and then Dean of the School of Language Arts and Physical Education. In 2004, he was appointed Vice President for Instruction at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo.
Anthropology instructors Karen Markley (left) and Leonor Monreal (right) show off the tools of their trade. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Marton.)
This is Bruce Hanson, a professor of philosophy and religious studies and an honors program advisor at Fullerton College. (Photo courtesy of Leo Postovoit.)
In 2002, Gary Krinke, long-time member of the Theatre Arts Department, won the Excellence in Theatre Education Award from the Kennedy Center. Krinke had directed many inspired and dynamic theatre production on and off the Fullerton College campus. Here he is shown addressing students during the annual High School Theater Festival in 2010.
This is Ethnic Studies instructor Adela G. Lopez in 2008. Lopez was highly involved in student and faculty issues. She collaborated in and helped to launch and coordinate a Bilingual Instructional Aide Certificate, AA. Degree and Career-Ladder Transfer Program to CSU, Fullerton. She participated in the development, proposal and launching of an Ethnic Studies A.A. Degree. (FC has the oldest established Ethnic Studies AA Degree in the County of Orange.) In addition, Lopez collaborated in, developed, proposed and launched a Chicana/o Studies Degree. She also served as member of the Board of Governors of the Faculty Association of the California Community Colleges (for the Southern Region). She was appointed to and served as a member of the California Community Colleges State Chancellor’s Instructional Innovations Task Force. She served as Faculty Senate president and participated in several Task Forces (through Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and Faculty Association of California Community Colleges) around the issues embodied in the AB1725 Shared Governance measure, particularly as they pertained to the role/s of faculty. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
In 2008, economic professor Francis Mummery was awarded the Fullerton College Teacher of the Year award for the third time since his arrival in 2000. Mummery also taught at California State University, Fullerton, and served as the advisor to the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
In 2008, Bruce Babad, Coordinator of Jazz Studies, was nominated for his second consecutive Grammy for his work with the Bill Holman Band. An alto saxophonist, Babad had also performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Mark Murphy, Barry Manilow, Natalie Cole, and others. In the photo, Babad appears on the cover to his 2012 release: A TRIBUTE TO PAUL DESMOND. The CD held the #2 position for national jazz airplay for five weeks.
This is a 2009 group shot of newly tenured faculty with the college and senate presidents.
This is English instructor Sheilah Stokes-Dobyns accepting her award for Teacher of the Year in 2010. Stokes-Dobyns taught courses in English Literature, Honors College Writing, and Preparation for College Writing. She also served as a member of the Visiting Writers, Adjunct Mentoring, and One Book, One College Committees, while also chairing the Humanities Division Frank Palko Humanitarian Award Committee. She received her B.A. in English from the University of San Francisco and her M.A. in English from CSU Fullerton. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Faculty and staff members enjoy a light breakfast during the August 15, 2008 Convocation next to the 1400 building.
For the 2009 Convocation, fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert Jack LaLanne (1914-2011) made a personal appearance. Long before the era of celebrity fitness experts, he advocated the benefits of exercise and a well-balance diet on his daily television show. To celebrate his 70th birthday in 1984, LaLanne, handcuffed, shackled, and fighting strong winds, towed 70 rowboats, one with several guests, one mile from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary. President Kathleen Hodge is on the right.
This is a shot of the Spring Convocation 2011 dedication of the 400 building.
During Convocations, a raffle winner would win the right to park in the President’s parking place for the first week of the semester. This is the lucky Fall 2009 winner, Bruce Miller, with President Kathleen Hodge. Dr. Miller served as Coordinator of Music Theory and Composition at Fullerton College. Teaching posts also included UCLA, where he received his PhD, CSULB, and the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia. Amongst his numerous composition prizes, commissions, and honorable mentions, Miller was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for his Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra. He received the Henry Mancini Prize in Composition in 1984. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Dance instructor Melanie Rosa was named the 2009 State Community of Physical Education (SCOPE) Dance Educator of the Year. She was also named as a California Community College Physical Educator California Community College Athletic Commission (CCCPE) 2008-2009 Physical Educator of the Year Honoree.
During this period, facilitating better student learning through student learning outcomes (SLOs) became a priority. SLOs were designed to determine what students will know or be able to do or demonstrate when they have completed or participated in a program, activity, course, or project. In 2010, the Humanities Division held two day-long work sessions which allowed faculty and staff to organize and assess student learning outcomes. Both sessions were well-attended.
Fullerton College staff members enjoy themselves at an all-staff barbeque in 2001. The Plummer Auditorium built in 1930 can be seen on the corner of Chapman Ave. in the distance.
On May 13, 2010, staff members relax at a Classified Appreciation Event with Dr. Sam Schauerman, interim college president. Schauerman stepped in as interim president on Oct. 1, 2009 after Dr. Kathleen Hodge moved to the NOCCCD offices as Vice Chancellor of Instruction. He worked 22 years at El Camino College where he held the positions of Superintendent/President, Vice President of Instruction, and Dean of Physical Science. After Dr. Schauerman’s retirement in 1995, he worked as interim president or vice president for seven California community colleges. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
The generosity of Fullerton College staff members made the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) and CalWORKS Adopt-an-Angel Program a tremendous success in 2008. Student and their children were treated to a wonderful holiday party, which included kid-friendly food, face painting, crafts, and holiday songs, with Santa on-hand to ensure each child received two presents. EOPS was a support services program designed to provide entry, retention and transition services for educationally and economically needy students. The CalWORKs Program served students receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)/Welfare. CalWORKs students were assigned to a CalWORKs Counselor who provided the guidance and support needed to meet both their academic goals and the requirements mandated by their County Social Worker.
Taken on June 22, 2005, this is a photo of a student receiving assistance at the Workforce Center, which offered services and resources to students seeking full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal employment. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken in 2008, these are Fullerton College students looking for work. The Workforce Center posted employment opportunities daily, but during the Great Recession jobs became harder and harder to obtain. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
These two students are receiving assistance at the Financial Aid Office in 2005. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Health care worker, Chris Kiger, takes a co-ed’s blood pressure in this 2008 photo. The following year, Health Center staff teamed up with the Orange County Health Care Agency to host one of several vaccination events as the first doses of H1N1 medicine began to arrive in Orange County. Over 2,000 vaccinations were given on Saturday, November 7, 2009.
In 2008, Fullerton College celebrated the opening of a dedicated Veterans Resource Center, set-up to provide a one-stop shop for all veterans, spouses, active military personnel, and dependents who wished to enroll at the College.
In 2008, the Classified Senate started a holiday contest for staff members. For the contests, various divisions, whose members were not allowed to spend money, competed to create the best holiday display for their area. For 2008, Fullerton College Library staff created an "It’s a Wonderful Life" display based on the 1946 Frank Capra film.
Taken in 2011, this is a photo of some of the hard-working maintenance and operations staff members that kept the campus humming: Tony Nava, Pedro Castillo, Robert Morgan, Estela Villegas, Pearl Olmos, Maureen Aranda, and Henry Rivera (left to right). (Photo courtesy of the Torch 2011.)
These are just some of the keys needed by the custodial staff to keep the campus up and running. (Photo courtesy of the Torch Fall 2011.)
Students Affairs staff members put a lot of effort into their 2009 Halloween decorations.
These students are sitting outside the old Student Union Center in 2000.
This student is studying outside the old Fullerton College Library, soon to be demolished and replaced by a new, more modern building.
This student is strumming a guitar in the Quad in January 2009. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Sitting on the hallway floor outside of the classroom, this student tries to do some studying. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
During this period, the United States engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but unlike previous wars, there were not a lot of military veterans on campus. By 2007, there were 146 student veterans (only 0.7%) enrolled in classes at Fullerton College. One of those was Ethan Morse, Associated Student President. He had been a member of the Old Guard, the oldest infantry regiment in the U.S. Army, stationed in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The Veterans Affairs Office at FC continued to offer students the services they needed to succeed. Veteran students who were members or former members of the armed forces were granted priority registration for enrollment for any academic term. Although no Fullerton College students lost their lives in conflict during this period, three City of Fullerton residents did: Shane M. Stinson, 23, Cornell C. Chao, 36, and Shinwoo Kim, 23. The Veterans Club also worked diligently to send care packages to U.S. troops.
Army Specialist Darcy Zuniga joined the Army Reserve in 2000 and completed her service in 2005 as a full-time soldier. While in the service, she received special training in bombs and munitions. (Courtesy of Torch March 30, 2005.)
Through the Study Abroad program, Meghan Keene spent a semester in Florence, Italy, studying language, history, and culture. In the photo, Keene is standing in front of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. During this period, the Study Abroad program also took students to Rome, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Athens, and London. The 2009 trip to Mexico was cancelled after the United States State Department issued a travel alert warning of the dangerous political situation south of the border. (Photo courtesy of the Torch Fall 2005.)
This is Fullerton College’s Julian Cisneros, frontman of the indie rock band York, performing at the Slidebar (122 East Commonwealth Avenue) in Fullerton in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Alex Avina, Torch Fall 2009.)
Welding technology student, Ron Grass, was named one of the 2009 Young Citizens of the Year by the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce. As part of his reward, he received a $500 scholarship to be used towards pursuing a career in a technical field. Grass planned to use his education to begin a custom wheelchair business to assist handicapped individuals such as himself.
Fullerton College served the educational needs of a diverse population. Single parents returned to school hoping to earn degrees to ensure better futures for their children. They could find support from programs such as Extended Opportunities Programs and Services (EOPS) which provided assistance to eligible students. (Photo courtesy of Tommy Van Deusen, Torch Fall 2009.)
Continuing to return to school were students such as Camille Manez, 64, shown here studying between classes. As the unemployment rate grew alarmingly during this period, many older returning students wished they had put a higher priority on their education earlier in life. (Photo courtesy of Marleen Rodriguez, Torch Spring 2004.)
During the November 6, 2010 graduation ceremony, Nicholas Petropoul addressed a crowd assembled for students enrolled in the Fullerton Police Academy. Petropoul had been selected as outstanding overall recruit. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce named Fullerton College student John Lien as one of its 2011 Young Citizens of the Year. As an award recipient, he received a $1,000 scholarship and was recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Salute to Education held at the College. During the summer before Lien’s junior year of high school, he suffered a brain aneurysm. Lien donated hundreds of hours of volunteer time to the Tutoring Center and the Adaptive Computer Lab.
In early April 2011, the Fullerton College Dance Team made history by capturing first place at the National Dance Alliance Collegiate National Championships held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The win marked the first time any California school had captured the title of National Champions in Dance at this event. The team followed up with another win in 2012. Ange Andros was the dance coach for the team while Alix Plum-Widener was the director of the program.
A team comprised of five Fullerton College students was one of fourteen teams in the country selected to participate in NASA’s MSI/CC Flight Week, held in June 2011. The team was affectionately dubbed FFORX after their experiment “Ferrofluid Energy Production in 1-G and Microgravity Environments.” The team documented their journey via YouTube.
In these years, senior citizens continued to look to the college for courses that enriched their retirement. The School of Continuing Education (SCE) also served this population through its Older Adult programs offered at many locations, including nursing and residential homes, Alzheimer’s facilities, and senior centers. Offerings included creative writing, arts and crafts, ceramics, quilting, music, nutrition, physical fitness (including balance and mobility), and yoga. At Fullerton College, the basic wood working technology course was a general education course, making it a popular course for those seeking hands-on experience. Students were taken through the entire process, which included selecting wood from a lumberyard. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
International students, such as French student Johanna Winner, continued to attend Fullerton College. In September 211, 2001, the campus opened a new International Student Center, located in Room 712, to assist the more than 100 students attending school on student visas. The ISC later moved into the new College Center. (Photo courtesy of Alli Kirkham, Torch Fall 2007.)
One of the longtime mysteries at Fullerton College was the whereabouts of student Lynsie Ekelund. The popular 20-year-old student disappeared from her quiet Placentia neighborhood in the early morning hours of February 17, 2001. In October 27, 2010, Christopher Michael McAmis, long considered a suspect, was arrested for killing Ekelund during an attempted rape in his Whittier apartment, then burying her body in a remote area of Santa Clarita. McAmis eventually pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 years to life. A memorial service was held for Ekelund on December 23, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Ekelund,Torch Spring 2009.)
Fullerton College President Rajen Vurdien congratulates Kelsey Brown at a May 24, 2011 Transfer Recognition Reception, an event to celebrate the transfer achievements of FC students with families and friends. A single mother, Brown transferred to UC Santa Cruz. Attendees at the event were asked to wear their alma mater’s garb. Transfer remained a central mission of the college and the Transfer Center provided a week of transfer-related services that educated students about the transfer process and encouraged them to consider all of their options. (Photo courtesy of Jane Ishibashi.)
The Great Recession did not dampen student interest in attending colleges, and enrollment actually increased during this time period. Many students, however, found themselves on waiting lists as available class slots filled quickly. This is the busy first day of class, Fall 2012. (Photo courtesy of Jane Ishibashi.)
To assist students, the campus starting setting up information booths to answer basic student questions the first week of the semester. By the end of the week, faculty and staff members had answered hundreds of student questions. Dale Craig, CIS faculty member and United Faculty representative, and another staff person are assisting students during the first week of the Fall 2012 semester.
During this time period, the Fullerton College Library was inundated by students the first two weeks of each semester. Because of the easy availability of computers, students would use the library to check their schedules, add/drop courses, and use the Reserve Book Room for course textbooks. This is librarian Jill Okamura at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the library during the first week of the Fall 2012 semester. In addition to providing one-on-one assistance at the Reference Desk, librarians during this period looked to other ways of providing reference assistance, adding in both email and text messaging reference service for students, faculty, and staff. The librarians also began offering one-on-one research consultations for individualized help with research assignments.
By 2000, computers in classrooms had become common, although the size of the units would shrink considerably by the end of the decade. The college’s reliance on computers was most noticeable during blackouts. On January 29, 2003, a truck knocked down a transformer at the intersection of Lemon and Commonwealth Avenues, shutting down power for blocks around the campus. Classes were let out early. An equipment failure on Lemon Avenue on September 15, 2009 led to another massive power outage on campus.
Students enrolled in a 2006 art class work with a nude model. (Courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
In this photo, a student practices animal drawing during art class.
In this 2006 photo, a Spanish instructor is using an overhead projector with transparencies for displaying material to the students in an older classroom. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
M. Asim Ansari helps two students in a chemistry class in this 2006 photograph. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
An instructor assists a student enrolled in a Printing Technology course in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Instructor Robert E. Berryhill on right explains the inner workings of car in an Automotive Technology course in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Instructor, Eric Anderson, is explaining to the students how to use a tire balancer machine. The tire balancer could apply load on the tire to simulate road conditions.
A student practices welding techniques in this 2009 photograph. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Taken in 2008, this photo shows a Technical Education student working a Mark Andy Inc. printing press. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
A Technical Education student works with a FEMCO HL-25 lathe in 2009. By the 21st century, many pieces of equipment required the use of digital technology. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
In 2009, two student teams from the Fullerton College Construction Technology Department took first and second place at the 20th Annual Design Build Competition sponsored by the Home Builders Council.
During this period, Fullerton College continued to partner with businesses in the area. One of those partnerships was with the Disneyland Resort. The program, created through existing partnerships between the college and the Disney Machinists Union, consisted of full-credit courses taught on the main college campus in subjects ranging from Blueprint Reading to Automotive Fundamentals. In addition, program participants received hands-on training three days a week in departments such as Central Shops, Attraction Maintenance, and Transportation Services at the theme park. All participants received formal training supported by the International Association of Machinists (IAM), and upon completion of the program, were eligible to be hired at a higher pay if a regular or full-time position was available at the Disneyland Resort.
Taken in 2008, this is a dance rehearsal for a campus program. (Courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
This couple shows off their dance moves just inside the Physical Education Building in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Fashion student, Joneshia Jenkins, shows off her finished shirt, step 8 in her final project for Introduction to Fashion.
This future clothes designer experiments with the drape of a new dress.
A student uses a sewing machine as well as needle and thread to create a new piece of clothing in this 2009 shot. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
An instructor examines a student’s progress during a cosmetology class in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Cosmetology students practice on mannequin heads in a 2006 course. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
Two massage therapy students work on a grateful athlete.
Mascot Herbie Hornet greets a young visitor to Fullerton College.
In 2008, this student took a break from Eoin Colfer’s fantasy Novel, Artemis Fowl, the first in the series. During Spring Break in 2002, the campus lined the Quad with hunter green benches and trash cans as part of a beautification project, and students quickly proved that the money had not gone to waste as the benches quickly filled up. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
To assist weary students, the Spring 2008 issue of the Torch published a map of popular sleeping locations on campus.
Taken around 2002, this is a used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Fullerton College Library. John Simon, dedicated Friend and long-time supporter of the library, stands on the left.
The attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 stunned students, faculty, and staff. In response, the campus posted this message on its reader board in honor of National Mourning Day. During the weeks following 9/11, Middle Eastern college students reported incidents of verbal and physical harassment to campus security. An article in the October 4, 2001 issue of the Hornet also reported that some students were denying their ethnicity out of fear of being confronted.
A year later, the Associated Students and the Office of Equity & Diversity memorialized 9/11 with local law enforcement and fire officials. The culmination of the event was the unfurling of a large American flag donated by Carl Karcher Enterprises. At 7:29 a.m., the carillon chimed in remembrance of more than 3,000 men, women, and children, the exact moment at which the second World Trade Center tower collapsed. The tones continued for three minutes in conjunction with the New York City mayor’s office bell toll.
This is the advertisement for Homecoming (“Viva Las Vegas”) in 2001. The bash was followed by a football game between the Fullerton College Hornets Santa Ana College Dons at the CSUF Titan Stadium on November 17, 2001. During this period, Homecomings were centered on one theme.
On Thursday, February 7, 2002, Parham Feyzi Khoshbakht, a disgruntled student known for his controversial behavior on campus, set fire to an American flag in the Quad, causing a major disturbance. Once the flag was taken away from Khosbakht by other students, he took off his shirt to expose his chest, where he had written “Liberty or Death” in large red and black letters. He was eventually arrested by Fullerton policemen for creating a disturbance on school property. On Monday, February 11, 2012, the Hornet issued an editorial (“More Than Just a Flag”) and comments from various students, along with photographs of the event. Fullerton College suspended Khoshbakht, and he withdrew from the College shortly thereafter.
On October 9, 2002, members of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust were asked to leave the campus during a Job Fair held in the Quad. The group, which had set up on the southwest side of the Quad, displayed graphic images of fetuses and handed out literature. The Survivors travel to various high schools and colleges for their campus life tour.
In November 2002, Noble Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum spoke on campus. The youngest winner of the Nobel Prize, she dedicated her life to publicizing the plight of Guatemala’s indigenous people. Other political activists who visited the campus during this period included farmworker advocate Dolores Huerta and Terence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine.
This is biology student Dave Outhier, 21, feigning sleep while he donated blood in 2004.
In this photo, taken March 2, 2006, a Fullerton College student is signing up to give blood. Fullerton College continued to host the American Red Cross blood drive, with volunteers used to man the refreshment and registration tables and watch those resting on cots while recovering. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
A volunteer prepares plants for a Horticulture Department plant sale in 2005. Popular with the public, the plant sales included house plants, vines, herbs, vegetables, flower shrubs, shade plants, succulents, California natives, and drought tolerant plants. (Courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)
On June 17, 2006, the Automotive Technology Department celebrated its 50th anniversary. Part of the festivities included the showcasing of classic cars in the parking structure, along with food and music. (Photo courtesy of Tony Kawashima.)