Musical tradition Bach to Blues takes to the ‘virtual’ road
May 10 – Bach to Blues will go on, virtually, as Gavilan faculty and local musicians team up with student film and television crews.
Gavilan College bestows honorary degree to district community activist Theresa Kiernan
May 10 – Theresa Kiernan is recognized by Gavilan College for her district-wide volunteerism and community contributions with an honorary AA degree.
College and students returning to campus this fall with pandemic protections
May 10 – Many Gavilan College and students will return to a socially-distanced campus for Fall 2021, while the college maintains robust online offerings. Summer session will be entirely online, with projections to be "back to normal: for Spring 2022.
From the Office of the President - April 2021
April 14 – April is Community College Month as well as the first annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awareness Month. Community colleges all across the state like Gavilan are also doing more to help right now than ever before.
Career/Transfer Center is Hosting Two Virtual Career and Job Fairs
April 12 – Career/Transfer Center is hosting two Virtual Career & Job Fairs in April. Students and community members will have the opportunity to speak with people that work in a variety of industries, as well as apply for jobs and internships.
Retired staff and faculty return to reflect on change during Women’s History Month
April 9 – Four long-time employees - now retired - share reflections from their time at Gavilan College.
Eric Lopez brings a personal touch to coaching and instruction
April 9 – As coach and instructor, Eric Lopez keeps Adapted Physical Education students connected and engaged.
Gavilan College bestows Legacy Award to Elvira Zaragoza Robinson
April 7 – Elvira Zaragoza Robinson honored as recipient of the Gavilan College 2021 President's Circle Legacy Award.
Gavilan employees honored with Baler STRONG recognition
April 2 – Judy Rodriguez and Stacey Stadtler-Porteur awarded SBHS Baler STRONG recognition for their support of high school students.
From the Office of the President - March 2021
March 14 – March signals a year that our campus community has operated remotely, and it is Women’s History Month. Higher Education will never follow a singular, traditional modality again.
Board of Trustees adopts resolution to support Equal Pay
March 10 – At their regular meeting on March 9, 2021, the Gavilan College Board of Trustees unanimously passed Resolution #1061 in support of equal pay in California Community Colleges.
Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition at Gavilan College: A stellar show of talent, virtually
March 6 – The 16th Annual Marian Filice Piano Competition brought together 25 talented musicians for a virtual concert.
Report to the Community 2020
February 22 – This publication narrates the incredible year we have just completed as a college community and provides a hopeful outlook for the future.
February 10 – The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, took action at their January meeting to reaffirm Gavilan College's accreditation for the remainder of the cycle. The next comprehensive review cycle begins in 2026.
From the Office of the President - February 2021
February 8 – In her column this month, Dr. Rose shares the story of Dr. TJ Owens, namesake of the Dr. TJ Owens GIlroy Early College Academy.
Professional Development Days focus on recovery through the lens of equity
February 5 – Administration, staff and faculty came together for two days of learning, training and conversation.
Dr. Nicholas Park, Social Sciences department chair, works to build equity-minded teaching
February 5 – Dr. Nicholas Park focuses on building community, pedagogy and equity and exploring the art of teaching
Alumna returns to teach theater classes at Gavilan College
February 5 – First generation college student excels at Gavilan, UC Berkeley and UCSC and returns to teach theater classes to Gavilan College students
February is Black History Month
February 5 – February is Black History Month
View Children’s Theater Performances Free Online
January 15 – The Children’s Theater invites you to view their fall production for free online.
One click to live support, and friendly faces!
January 15 – The Welcome Center creates new tools and pathways to deliver student support services.
Instructors use break to hone online teaching skills
January 13 – Gavilan College instructors devote part of Winter Break to invest in online training courses.
Gavilan College expands outreach tools to engage area high school students
January 8 – Gavilan College shifts online high school outreach during the pandemic with game-changing tools and targeted presentations.
Gavilan faculty mobilize to develop course offerings in Ethnic Studies
December 10 – Gavilan moves forward with Ethnic Studies curriculum to meet the new CSU graduation requirements
Transfer Day 2020 – Moving a face-to-face event to a virtual platform in three months
December 10 – The Career Transfer Center worked with area community colleges and a team of Gavilan College innovators to create a virtual Transfer Day.
Meet Gavilan College’s 2020 Community Spirit Award Recipients
December 10 – The Gavilan College 2020 Community Spirit Award recipients: "Because of people like you, communities thrive."
Virtual Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition
December 3 – Sign up to Participate in the 2021 Virtual Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition
Children's Theater students adapt to new challenges with a spirit of play
November 16 – Gavilan Children's Theater students adapt and innovate to produce new stories for youth.
Gavilan’s Film and Television students celebrated for creative contributions
November 12 – Gavilan College film and television students celebrate their creative work, and one another, as they persevered during the pandemic.
Gavilan College announces 2020 Community Spirit Awards
November 5 – Gavilan College announces the winners of the 2020 Community Spirit Awards. Awards will be presented in private ceremonies, then shared in a video compilation for the public.
Gavilan College kinesiology and athletics programs impacted by COVID-19 pandemic
October 12 – Gavilan's certified athletic trainers, Rebecca Northon and Erik Hilliker, develop a protocol for athletes to safely return to team sports.
Gavilan College’s Emergency Operations Center builds plans to return to campus
October 12 – EOC manages the operations, logistics, finances and reporting during the COVID-19 emergency to create a safe environment and return to campus.
Gavilan College FY 2020/2021 budget responded and adapted to major external pressures
October 9 – To prepare the Gavilan College FY 2020/2021 final budget, administration built incremental budgets modeling responses to shifting political and economic variables.
Writing and Tutoring Centers shift to an online beehive of learning, engagement and support
October 9 – The Writing and Tutoring Centers offer tutoring support with expanded hours and one-on-one online sessions for Gavilan College students.
Gavilan College partners with Catholic Charities and Youth Alliance to offer students housing solutions
October 8 – Through a new grant, Gavilan College is partnering with Catholic Charities and Youth Alliance to provide housing assistance for students who are homeless and / or housing insecure.
STAR Arts finishes summer 2020 with new productions and format
September 14 – With 35 years offering training in theater arts, STAR Arts, which operated for decades through Gavilan College and is now an independent community nonprofit, shifts to online delivery for community youth
A first: Gavilan College's Fall 2020 semester begins with online classes
September 12 – The traditional start to Fall 2020 and a new academic year is disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
New interim director Lucy Alvarez leads Gavilan’s Human Resources department
September 3 – New interim HR director Lucy Alvarez steps up amid the challenge of a pandemic, shift to online instruction, and budgeting issues.
Marie Noriega, new interim director of business services, envisions growth and partnerships
September 3 – Marie Noriega named new interim director of Gavilan's business services department
Campus Closure Due to Smoke from Wildfires
August 22 – GAVALERT: Due to the poor air quality from local wildfires, the Gilroy campus will be closed all next week, August 24 though August 28. ALL instruction will be online, even for those classes which are scheduled to be in-person. Only limited essential staff will be on campus. Students should check Canvas and their student email for details and messages from instructors.
Distance Education supports Gavilan College through the rolling demands of a pandemic
August 10 – Gavilan College's Distance Education department fast-tracked faculty and students into the world of online education during shelter in place, and beyond.
Linda Bernabe named Interim Director, Community and Educational Partnerships at Gavilan College
August 10 – Linda Bernabe takes on new challenge with community education and educational partnerships, building equitable pathways for students.
Gavilan College promotes Susan Sweeney to Interim Dean, Student Success and Workforce Pathways
August 9 – Susan Sweeney moves to Interim Dean of Student Success and Workforce Pathways, bringing her program building to the division.
Marlene Bumgarner publishes memoir about raising a family in South County
August 7 – Walk with Marlene Bumgarner as she tells the story about raising her young family in the hills of South County during the 1970's.
Enjoy Your Morning Coffee with Dr. Kathleen Rose
August 6 – You are invited to enjoy some Coffee & Conversation with Dr. Kathleen Rose, Superintendent / President of Gavilan College.
Sherrean Carr, Career Education Dean, retires from Gavilan College
July 13 – Retiring Career Education Dean Sherrean Carr looks back on her career, and forward to family and community
English Instructor Scott Sandler chosen 2020 Full Time Faculty of the Year
July 12 – Gavilan College faculty vote Scott Sandler as full time 2020 Faculty of the Year.
English Instructor Tiffany Palsgrove chosen 2020 Adjunct Faculty of the Year
July 12 – Gavilan College faculty vote Tiffany Palsgrove as adjunct 2020 Faculty of the Year.
Leadership Gilroy Class of 2020 hosts Gilroy cLOVE Challenge and cLOVE Days
July 10 – The 2020 class of Leadership Gilroy worked within rules surrounding a pandemic to design four events celebrating the spirit of Gilroy and raising funds for local nonprofits.
Gavilan College Job Fair Moved to Online Format
June 15 – Gavilan College has rescheduled its annual Career & Job Fair, and will be hosting it online for the first time.
Ryan Shook models mentorship as he earns his MSW from CSUMB
June 10 – Ryan Shook, MSW, and his ten-year plan earned degrees and built programs
Grace Cardinalli focuses on student services after CSUMB graduation
June 10 – Grace Cardinalli applies a news lens to student services as she graduates from CSUMB
Graduate Kimberly Benjamin shares her passion for education
June 9 – Kim Benjamin overcame early obstacles and graduated from SJSU, motivating her family and Gavilan students with her successes.
Mario Escudero earns 2020 Karl S. Pister Scholarship award
June 9 – For every life challenge, Pister Scholarship award winner Mario Escudero explored visionary solutions.
The Gilroy campus is in full spring bloom
May 8 – Gavilan College is missing its students, so we're sharing photos of the campus in full bloom.
Gavilan College’s Hollister site director raises emergency funds while creating masks
May 8 – Hollister Site Director Judy Rodriguez uses her sewing machine to raise funds for students in need.
Gavilan's head baseball coach builds birdhouses to help students
May 8 – Head baseball coach turns woodworking hobby into a fundraising effort for Gavilan College students.
Gavilan College puts laptops in students’ hands
April 21 – Students receive loaned computers at Gavilan College's Hollister campus to stay on track with their online classes. Similar laptop distributions have taken place at the Gilroy campus as well.
Gavilan offers business classes in Spanish
April 10 – Entrepreneurs and small business owners learn fundamentals in free, 10-week class Business Classes in Spanish.
Thinking about careers? Think water.
April 10 – Shaun Smith, Gavilan water resources management student, works at Aromas Water District to keep essential systems flowing.
Gavilan College redesigns food distribution drive in a COVID-19 world
April 9 – Gavilan College rises to the current COVID-19 challenge and distributes food to 300 students and their families.
Gavilan classes pivot quickly to online instruction beginning mid-March
April 6 – Cosmetology faculty and students pivot quickly, stay in constant contact with online instruction.
Gavilan College is Helping Families in Need with a Drive Thru Food Pantry
April 2 – Gavilan College in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank will be setting up a drive thru grocery pick up for anyone in need.
Speaking justice into reality: the language of liberation from racism
March 20 – Dr. Kamilah Majied asked Gavilan College students to speak the language of enslavement out of existence.
Women leaders join forces to boost voter, census participation
March 20 – WE:2020 spotlights a coalition of efforts commemorating the 19th Amendment, voter participation and accurate census counts
Area middle school students dive into Science Alive workshops
March 15 – Across two decades, Gavilan College's Science Alive program has nurtured the next generation of scientists.
WWII Internment Camp Survivor Takes Aim at Historical Racism
March 15 – Mas Hashimoto shares his story with Gavilan students, addressing issues of inequity and racism during World War II
2020 Career and Job Fair
March 4 – This year over 44 representatives will be on campus to answer questions. This is a great opportunity to connect with employers who are hiring and learn more about these professions, industry job prospects and career paths.
Laura Perry pursued her college education with passion
February 17 – Trustee Laura Perry looks back to her start at Gavilan College, the gateway to her career.
Gavilan College awarded $500K grant to improve Career Education pathways
February 16 – Gavilan College one of 70 California Community Colleges awarded Career Education Pathways grants.
2020 and Beyond: Economic Symposium
February 11 – Exploring a shared economic vision for our region
Bach to Blues Tickets Now on Sale
February 7 – This fundraising concert showcases regional talent, and features Gavilan College faculty and students. This year's guest performers are the Kaye Bohler Band.
Dr. Enna Trevathan joins Gavilan College as new Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health
February 7 – Gavilan College hires Dr. Enna Trevathan as the new Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health.
Water Resources students start internship program with Valley Water
February 7 – Four new Water Resources Management students land internship positions with Valley Water.
Free Admission to the Marian Filice Youth Piano Competition and Music Festival
February 5 – Enjoy a full day of musical performances in the Gavilan College Theater.
Gavilan business student lands key construction internship position
January 10 – Mason Miccichi, recent Gavilan business admin graduate, lands internship working on $56 million Brownell School project
Students queried about college services at Student Voices Day
January 10 – Students voiced their awareness of campus services at Student Voices Day
Marine veteran Yevgeniy Malyasin returned home after traveling the world
January 10 – Veteran, Welcome Center peer mentor and Writing Center tutor, Yevgeniy Malyasin enjoys returning to his home town college.
Seeing the Gavilan College campus through the eyes of Fernando Gonzalez
January 10 – The new Gavilan College campus was still under construction when alumnus Fernando Gonzalez attended.
Kay Navarro brings new student leadership to Veterans Resource Center
December 10 – Kay Navarro wears many hats: College student, mom, Navy veteran, presidentof Gavilan Student Veterans of America, future health care professional.
Statewide student conference voted a success by ASGC leaders
December 10 – Associated Students of Gavilan College turned out en masse for the weekend California Community College Student Affairs Association Student Leadership Conference in Sacramento.
Children’s theatre troupe enthralls local school children
December 9 – Gavilan College Theatre students hit the boards with their own innovations on classic tales.
Ceramics sale supports talented student artists
December 4 – "We have a talented group of students making some fantastic art," said art and ceramics instructor Max Rain.
Accessibility Education Center partners with Department of Education on Information Panel
November 14 – Representatives from the Department of Rehabilitation's Gilroy office joined students and others to discuss services during the fourth annual collaboration with Gavilan College's Accessibility Education Center.
Computer Science Club attracts students across multiple disciplines
November 14 – Gavilan's Computer Science Club attracts students across multiple disciplines.
Faculty explore cultural dynamics of the classroom in three on-campus workshops
November 14 – Dr. Tapo Chimbganda presented "Weaving a Teaching Matrix," "Structures of Feeling" and "The Classroom as a Privileged Space."
NAMI representatives share mental health support services
November 14 – NAMI offers multiple programs, free of charge, to support people living with mental illness, including family support and veteran support
Third Annual Jazz Concert honors Gavilan’s Centennial Year
October 4 – Jazz @ Gavilan: Celebrating 100 Years showcased three area jazz ensembles performing original music.
Future educators form new club, explore career opportunities
October 4 – Future Educators, a new club, offers community, career path information and university tours to students interested in exploring teaching as a career.
EOPS celebrates 50 years of student support and success
October 4 – Gavilan College EOPS celebrates 50 years of student success, and graduates share their stories.
Health Fair offers resources to Gavilan community
October 4 – Gavilan College's Health Fair, in its 26th year, offered free healt screenings and health information to the community.
Jazz @ Gavilan Concert, Celebrating 100 Years
September 11 – Tickets now on sale for Jazz @ Gavilan, a concert celebrating Gavilan’s first 100 years.
Michael Renzi selected as new VP of Administrative Services at Gavilan College
September 6 – Gavilan College welcomes Michael John Renzi, new VP of Administrative Services.
STEM interns presented results at the annual end-of-summer symposium
September 6 – Gavilan College students take the leap from classroom learning to running their own lab experiments as STEM summer interns.
HVAC grand opening celebrates a new career education pathway
September 5 – New HVAC training program, a Career Education opportunity at Gavilan College, offers training leading to high paying jobs.
2019 COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
August 22 – Join Dr. Kathleen Rose for some coffee and conversation.
Gavilan College hosts two-day Youth Leadership Conference
August 21 – Local high school and college students participated in the first youth leadership conference to learn from community activists and student leaders.
STEM Calculus Academy students learn and earn in special two-week session
August 19 – Students learn STEM career options, transfer pathways and teambuilding strategies during intensive two-week academy.
Mariam Hernandez envisions building ASGC participation and leadership
August 19 – New ASGC President Mariam Hernandez emphasizes listening, teamwork and leadership as she steps into new role.
Gavilan College Dean's List and President's Honor Roll
August 15 – Gavilan College announced the Dean's List and President's Honor Roll for Spring 2019.