Senate discusses Spirit Week

Senate discusses Spirit Week

On Hallow’s Eve, the Legislative Fairy of Pierce College (Barbara Anderson in costume) talked school business with faculty and administration while spreading Halloween spirit. The room was feeling the Halloween spirit with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” playing minutes before the meeting got underway.  

November is going to be packed with events and activities for the students, which will involve sports, school spirit and transfer preparation, as discussed in the Academic Senate meeting on Monday. 

Some of the senate members were dressed in Halloween costumes, like Center for Academic Success (CAS) Director Crystal Kiekel was dressed as a pumpkin. 

Vice President of Student Services Jason Cifra and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Mary-Jo Apigo were both dressed as Minions, and they greeted the Senate by saying “bello!” 

Cifra thanked the athletic team, the coaches, secretary Gil Salas, athletic director Susan Armenta and Dean Claudia Velasco while a review went on. 

“We had a good review thanks to Susan’s leadership, and everybody involved,” Cifra said. 

“Athletics is an academic program first and foremost before it is a recreational or community amenity, and he stressed the importance of ongoing maintenance of the fields and the swimming pool.”  

Cifra encouraged the panel to go to attend the tailgate and homecoming for the football team on Nov. 5. Festivities will start at 4 p.m. on Saturday.   

Brahma Backer towels will be available starting Wednesday, Nov. 2 by the bull statue in the middle of the mall.

In addition to spirit and sports related activities, the Academic Senate discussed upcoming events related to transfer season. There will be many opportunities and workshops that may benefit students in their academic journey after their tenure at Pierce. 

There will be a University Transfer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pierce College Mall. Students can register using the link on the main Pierce website, but they can also drop in. 

“Students and all Pierce personnel are invited to walk the fair and learn about all the transfer options,” Academic and Career Counselor Judy Lam said per Transfer Center Director Sunday Salter’s report.

  Lam encouraged those in the meeting to share their transfer stories with the students.

 “You can share your academic journey all day,” Lam said. “It can be the motivation that they need to get through the mid semester slump.”

 There will be a transfer application boot camp on Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Career Transfer Center. 

The boot camp will be in person as well as over Zoom. No appointments are needed– students can drop in for any type of application help, essays.

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is going to be holding on-the-spot admissions, or Admissions Day, on Nov. 28 from 3  to 7 p.m.

 “Any students who pre-registers for this event will get to meet with a CSUN admissions representative and get instant admission for Fall 2023,” Academic and Career Counselor Judy Lam said. “If they are not eligible, they will advise the students what to do to be admitted.”

The next Academic Senate meeting is on Nov. 14 at 2:15 p.m. on Zoom.