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MPC Board of Trustees Special and Regular Meetings Set for January

MONTEREY, CA – January, 2013 – The Governing Board of the Monterey Peninsula Community College District will hold a special meeting to discuss budget balancing strategies for the 2014-15 fiscal year on Wednesday, January 22, 5:00 PM in Lecture Forum 103 on the Monterey campus.

At the meeting, superintendent/president Dr. Walter Tribley and staff will present recommendations for addressing the district’s $2.5 structural deficit.

On January 31, the Governing Board will meet for their monthly regular meeting. The closed session will begin at 3:00 PM and the open session will follow at 4:30 PM in the Sam Karas Room, Library Technology Center, on the Monterey campus.

Both meetings are open to the public.

For more information, contact the president’s office at MPC, (831) 646-4060.

ABOUT MPC: Monterey Peninsula College is committed to fostering student learning and success by providing excellence in instructional programs, facilities and services to support the goals of students pursuing transfer, career, basic skills, and life-long learning opportunities. Through these efforts MPC seeks to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community.


Your Sanctuary TV Contest

Your Sanctuary TV Contest

Enter the @SanctuaryTV sweepstakes weekly on Facebook to win a $100 gift certificate at Cafe Fina, on Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, CA or a $60 Gift Certificate good for Kayaking For Two , or Two Tickets to the Monterey Symphony..Enter several times and every week!

Your Sanctuary TV Contest

Save the Ocean Contest Week #2

Week 2 for the Save the ocean contest:

Post entries on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/YourSanctuaryTV in the comments and on twitter – #YourSanctuaryTV – describing what they’ll pledge to do to “Save the Ocean!”

Whichever pledge receives the most likes and RT’s wins a delicious dinner for two at Café Fina in beautiful Monterey, California.

Saving the Ocean Can Be a Very Tasty Good Deed

English: Map of the Monterey Bay National Mari...

English: Map of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sanderlings search for food at the Monterey Ba...

Sanderlings search for food at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your Sanctuary

Rock wave break with birds, Monterey Cailfornia

Rock wave break with birds, Monterey Cailfornia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 AMP2, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary,

and Café Fina Collaborate on Contest Created

To Inspire People to “Make a Difference in Ocean Protection”. 

Weekly Dinner for Two Give-Away

Tied to Award Winning Ocean Conservation

Television Program That’s Looking for “Sea Stars”

AMP2, (Monterey County’s only Curated Community Television Channel), The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and Monterey’s locally owned award winning restaurant, Café Fina, have teamed up on a Facebook contest that will have entrants licking their lips in anticipation.

“Saving the Ocean Even Tastes Good” is set to launch next week and it puts a new “taste” and face to Ocean Conservation efforts.

The contest works like this: Every week, contestants will post entries in – 100 characters or less – on the “Your Sanctuary” Facebook page describing what they’ll pledge to do to “Save the Ocean”.

Whichever pledge receives the most votes (votes can be tweeted or posted on the Your Sanctuary Facebook page) wins a delicious dinner for two at Café Fina.

At the end of 13 weeks, Judges from local media, the Sanctuary staff, and volunteers will pick the Grand Champion.

This lucky winner will be designated a “Certified Sea Star” and appear in a promotional spot for amp2’s award winning ocean conservation television program, “Your Sanctuary”, and a part on a future episode.

After a second 13-week contest, all 26 weekly winners will be entered into a contest to win the Grand Prize…a Sanctuary Dream Day including whale watching, a romantic dinner along the Sanctuary, and a night’s stay at a romantic hotel next to the Sanctuary. So saving the ocean can become not just tasty and meaningful, but lead to a very nice evening for two.

“This started when I realized how powerful a tool Social Media can be when used for a good cause,” remarked contest creator, and “Your Sanctuary” Producer, Steve Ellzey. “We’re thrilled to partner with amp on another project aimed at protecting our Ocean resources,” added the television show’s host, Paul Michel, who is the Superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Café Fina is owned by Monterey native son, Dominic Mercurio, who also owns Domenico’s. Both restaurants are located on Fisherman’s Wharf. Mr. Mercurio was raised in Monterey and grew up enjoying authentic Italian dishes cooked with locally caught seafood. He is also part owner of an almond orchard where he also grows organic produce for use in his restaurants.

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary stretches from Cambria to the mouth of the San Francisco Bay. Measuring over 7,000 square miles, the Sanctuary achieved its designation largely through a grass roots effort led by local chapters of nonprofit organizations including Save Our Shores and The Surfrider Foundation.

Retiring MPC president looks back, forward


When Doug Garrison arrived at Monterey Peninsula College six years ago, he found a campus full of challenges, perhaps first among them a deep distrust within the ranks.

Teachers and staff felt decisions had not been made transparently, and everyone seemed concerned about the future of the community college, said Lynn Davis, a former MPC trustee who sat on the board for eight years.

“Doug came in and almost immediately the staff and faculty changed” their perceptions, he said.

Soon after arriving, Garrison announced an “open door policy” instead of a “back door policy,” Davis said.

“It meant anybody could come in and talk, not come the back way and get a deal. Everybody was treated the same,” he said.

Garrison, 62, has just retired from a 38-year career in the community college system, ending with what many describe as a successful run at MPC. During his presidency, Garrison not only mended fences among different constituencies in the college, but branched out into the community. He oversaw the renovation of the Monterey campus and the opening of the Education Center in Marina, all while navigating the perilous waters of California financial storms.

“Despite the unprecedented decline of funding from the state of California during Doug’s tenure, he and his administration have managed to continue to achieve the educational mission of the college through partnership with MPC faculty and staff,” Loren Steck, outgoing chairman of the board, said in a


statement. “Doug has been a star, and he will be greatly missed.” 

Inclusive style

Garrison said several factors contributed to his inclusive style.

He was raised in Chula Vista, 10 miles from the Mexican border, a place where diversity and respect for other cultures is a way of life.

“It was so common to be around English, Spanish, Tagalog,” he said. “It had an impact on how I saw things.”

When he was 17, Garrison broke his right leg playing in a homecoming football game. His leg didn’t heal properly, so doctors had to break it again, and it became infected. Garrison had to wear a cast for four years, with frequent stays in the hospital.

“That’s why this (leg) is shorter and it hurts all the time,” Garrison said. “What that did give me was a lot of time for introspection and to think about life and what it is. It created a laboratory for watching people, especially people who were in pain and dealing with challenging circumstances. It fine-tuned my care for people and experiences they were going through.”

At San Francisco State University, where he received a master’s degree in teaching English at community colleges, Garrison found his true calling. He was impressed with the way his teachers helped students find their voices, young people who came from challenging circumstances. At his first job at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, he was in charge of setting up remediation programs, something new at the time.

It was at College of the Desert that Garrison experienced another profound influence. A disabled student was placed in one of his classes. Before having a stroke, the student had been a successful chemical engineer with one of the largest chemical corporations in the world. The stroke stripped him not just of his ability to communicate, but also from wife, children and most worldly possessions.

“I don’t know why the college put him in my classes — I didn’t have a clue of what I was doing. But that guy had a huge impact on me,” Garrison said. “You may imagine, a 24-year-old guy with a tenure track job, you’d think I’m pretty hot. He taught me humility, really. He showed me the core humanity of when everything gets stripped from you and you can’t really articulate your thoughts anymore. You really get humble, and you recognize the blessings you have.”

His student regained some ability to express himself after working with Garrison, he said.

“He gave me more than I gave him,” Garrison said. “He taught me humility, patience, the ability to get through really tough challenges. He solidified in me that belief in the dignity of human beings, and that everybody has something to say.”

14 years teaching

Garrison spent 14 years as a teacher, then moved into administration. In 1994, as dean of Santa Rosa Junior College, he was tasked with opening up the Petaluma campus.

“When you go into a facility where there are no existing procedures or policies, and you build it from the ground up, it’s a great opportunity to imbue in everybody a sense of ownership,” he said. “When I left there it had grown to enrolling over 7,000 students. I was really very proud of that.”

In Monterey, Garrison said, it was important to expand MPC into the community and open its doors to underserved students. The new Education Center, which opened in September 2011, should really benefit students from Seaside and Marina, where educational attainment is not as high as in Pacific Grove or Carmel, he said.

“You can call it a gateway center for people who are first-generation college students,” he said. “They don’t know what it is to make an appointment to see a counselor, they don’t know how financial aid works. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed” at the Monterey campus.

Garrison earned the respect of community members and college constituencies for his willingness to listen to all sides and make decisions that made everyone feel they had been included in the conversation.

“I’ve had six presidents, and I would put Dr. Garrison as one of the finest,” said Mark Clements, president of the teachers association. “He’s been instrumental in maintaining our focus, on being able to set priorities for what we need to do. We have not always agreed or seen eye to eye, but he’s always been … willing to listen to all sides. That was extremely important during difficult times, to have a president willing to listen to all sides and keep everyone working as a team.”

Lauren Wash, president of the classified union, also gives him high marks.

“He has a fair and balanced approach to everything that was put in front of him,” Walsh said. “He definitely didn’t take sides. He tried to walk a little line and represent everyone.”


The biggest challenge Garrison sees on the horizon — not just for MPC but for all California community colleges — is the drive to centralize operations and transform the schools into a statewide system such as the University of California or California State University. That will likely result in decreased local control and more homogenization throughout the system, he said.

“I’ll be careful to say that this is not all bad, but it does have some casualties in it,” he said. “Colleges are human organizations, they’re made up of people, and the people who are there were hired because they reflected the needs of the human organization at the time.”

The rules have begun to change. In January 2012, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved a master plan set to revamp operations at all 112 community colleges. The most notable shift felt locally is a decreased emphasis on life-enrichment classes such as painting and dance, which many in the community cherish.

With these types of transformations, “you end up with a staffing pattern that no longer matches what you’re supposed to be,” Garrison said. “In the business world, they clean house and move forward and start over. In education, it is not that easy.”

Although he still doesn’t have a plan for what to do in retirement, Garrison said that after nearly four decades in education, it was time to move on.

“One of the things that happens when you are in a position like this, 24/7, is that the time that exists for yourself gets shrunk and shrunk,” he said. “The first thing I want to do is get time to find Doug. I don’t know what that’s going to be. But I’m going to enjoy the process.”


Claudia Meléndez Salinas can be reached at 753-6755 or cmelendez@montereyherald.com.

Exciting things happening at Monterey Peninsula College

With the end of the 2012 football season for the MPC Lobos the team finished the season as the Coast Conference tri champion. This weekend MPC lost to Contra Costa 39-25, and finished the year 6-5.

The MPC Women’s Basketball team is just gearing up for their season and are off to a great start.  This weekend the team took 3rd Place at the Skyline Invitational by beating Skyline College on Sunday!

Spring classes are also up and on-line. Registration begins November 27th! Please review your class options and plan your schedule here: http://webreg.mpc.edu/SR_ScheduleOfClasses.aspx?Mode=text&TermID=20133&CourseDiscipline=NewDiscipline

Party in the Hangar at Monterey Airport

Party in the Hangar at Monterey Airport. via the Monterey County Weekly-

Local winemakers go to tasting events about as frequently as the Pope goes to mass. So my ears perked up when I heard one tell me last year’s debut PIH was the best wine event he’s been to. Maybe it was the runway setting, the phalanx of foodie trucks, or the better-than-ever Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association demos, flanked by more than three dozen small-plot local wineries. Whatever the case, it flies higher this year, with 20,000 square feet, more than 40 wineries, a bubbles lounge, caviar, a try-and-buy wine market, tastes from 16 purveyors including Carmel Valley Ranch, STICKS and Gino’s, appearances from local celebrity chef Todd Fisher, vinter Q and As and food trucks like Babaloo Cuban, Carmel Valley Coffee Roasting Company, Bacon Bacon SF and others serving (at added cost). Prepare for palate lift-off. 

1-4pm. Del Monte Aviation, 100 Sky Park Drive, Monterey. $60 in advance ($70 at door); $95 VIP; $30 designated driver; $7 Riedel tasting glass. 375-9400, http://www.montereywines.org.

PROP 30 Passing, MPC Issued Statement

MONTEREY, CA – November 7, 2012 – Due to the passage of Proposition 30 Monterey Peninsula College issued this statement to the press.

Dr. Douglas Garrison, President/Superintendent of Monterey Peninsula College stated, “The Governing Board, faculty and staff of Monterey Peninsula College are gratified by this statement of support from Californians. The infusion of new revenue will help the state meet its current obligation to fund K-12 education; 89 percent of the funds provided by Proposition 30 will go to K-12 schools; 11 percent will go to community colleges. Passage of Proposition 30 will provide the College a more reasonable cash flow because a portion of what the state owes us will be paid on time.  These funds do not reflect any increase.” Garrison goes on to say, “MPC will not be adding many additional students — we simply won’t be eliminating students or programs.”

The passage of Prop. 30 will have ripple effects throughout California’s system of higher education. Protecting the University of California and the California State University systems from $250 million “trigger cuts” that would have taken effect immediately if the initiative failed. It will also allow UC and CSU to avoid hefty mid-year tuition hikes. Because of the Proposition 30 passage, Monterey Peninsula College will be saved from a mid-year budget cut of $2.3 million.

ABOUT MPC: Monterey Peninsula College is committed to fostering student learning and success by providing excellence in instructional programs, facilities and services to support the goals of students pursuing transfer, career, basic skills, and life-long learning opportunities. Through these efforts MPC seeks to enhance the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our diverse community.


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MEDIA CONTACT: Celeste C. White | white page communications

Dr. Douglas Garrison, Superintendent/President | 980 Fremont Street, Monterey, CA  93940 | (831) 646-4000 | www.mpc.edu

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Transfer Day at Monterey Peninsula College


Transfer day today at Monterey Peninsula College!

Meet representatives from colleges and universities from all over California and the Nation. Ask questions, gather information, make appointments for later campus visits or just browse. 9AM – 1PM on the patio at Student Services. Pass it on!

MPC Continuing Ed Class: Introduction to Studio Lighting

Discover the exciting world of photographic lighting! Learn to use flash and ambient lighting equipment for many photographic applications including: portrait, product, food and copy work. Basic understanding of camera exposure and the use of a fully manual digital or film camera recommended. Class fee includes all materials and in-class use of all equipment needed for the class except cameras. Students should bring either a digital or film camera to both class sessions.About the instructor: Greg Mettler is a photography instructor at Monterey Peninsula College and Cabrillo College. He holds an MFA in Photography and operates a photography studio in Pacific Grove, CA.

Meetings: Tuesday/Thursday, 6:00pm–9:00pm, Nov. 6th and 8th

Location: MPC, Monterey Campus, AS 101

Fee: ​$95
Please enroll prior to class start date; no in-class registration.