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May 22, 2008


Peggy Cartwright
Director of Marketing and Public Relations

For Immediate Release


The Chaffey College Governing Board acknowledged Associated Students of Chaffey College (ASCC) president and student trustee, Monica Cervantes for her numerous contributions to students and the college. At the regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 21, Board president Lee McDougal presented Cervantes a plaque and commented on her enthusiasm, participation, and commitment to her role as a student leader.

Cervantes served as the ASCC president/trustee for one year, but has been a student leader at Chaffey for several years. During her time at Chaffey, Cervantes earned four associate degrees management, business administration, liberal arts and general education, and four occupational certificates. "Monica is an accomplished students who has raised the bar this year giving back to students," said Susan Stewart, Director of Student Activities.

Under Cervantes' leadership ASCC awarded $40,000 more in student scholarships and $15,000 in book grants than in previous years. "Monica was an extremely active president/trustee. Each week the students hosted an event or activity for the community," Stewart continued. Cervantes was also instrumental in creating the Mariachi Oro y Plata de Dr. Marie Kane club.

Dr. Ali Rahmani, Vice President of Student Services stated that "Monica leaves behind two powerful legacies, commitment to social responsibility and justice and a passion for putting students first."

Cervantes and ASCC officers presented the class gift, a check for $40,000 to the Governing Board. This gift was a contribution from the students to support Chaffey College's commitment to the environment and the green movement. Two students, Tamira Hopkins and Jacob Godinez authored a resolution explaining their requests for use of the gift. The students are dedicated to linking their vision to that of the faculty and college administration in making the college more "green."

Moses Estrada was elected by the students to serve as the ASCC president/student trustee for the 2008-09 academic year. Estrada is studying Agricultural Science and is currently employed in the college's disability programs and services (DPS) office. "I am looking forward to serving as ASCC president/student trustee this year," said Estrada. "I know that Monica is a hard act to follow, but I believe I can make significant contributions to the college and our students," he said.

"This is a great time to have a student leader like Moses," exclaimed Dr. Rahmani. "His passion toward sustainability will be his legacy in the coming year."

Join us in recognizing these two outstanding students at Chaffey College.

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Chaffey College Governing Board and ASCC Members, May,2008