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Historic ship replica returns to San Diego Harbor

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After five centuries away from the sea, the mighty exploration ship San Salvador has made its return to San Diego Harbor. A mighty clone, that is. A team of skilled woodworkers, mariners and historians have worked since April 2011 to reassemble Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s historic galleon at Spanish Landing. San Diego’s Maritime Museum is sponsoring the $6.2 million project. Dr. Ray Ashley, CEO of the Maritime Museum, said the San Salvador will be launched early next year. “The San Diego Maritime Museum plans to use the replica of the San Salvador as a floating classroom,” he said. “The construction site opened in July 2011. Between 30,000 and 40,000 visitors have come to see and envision the ship the Kumeyaay community…

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SWC clubs host E-Waste event

Two Southwestern College clubs have teamed up with recycling company LinkServ to host a free electronic waste and paper recycling event at SWC’s weekly OpenAire market. The two-day event is hosted by the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) and the Sustainable Research Alliance (SRA). It ran Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will continue Sunday during the same time. It is located in SWC parking Lot O. This is the first time the clubs have hosted the event. “We …

VETERAN AND HERO - Retired Navy Commander Henry James "Jim" Bedinger speaks to SWC students and staff about his time as a POW in the Vietnam War. Photo by Melvin Graham.

SWC celebrates veterans

SWC observed Veterans Day with a ceremony outside the Veteran Resource Center Thursday, Nov 6. The ceremony included a Color Guard presentation and the National Anthem. Guest of Honor Speaker Retired United States Navy Commander Henry James “Jim” Bedinger commended all veterans. “We owe a debt to veterans,” he said. “The purpose of this day is to honor all veterans for their patriotism, for their love of country, for their willingness in being so few to protect and serve so …

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Health and Wellness Hosts Addiction Lecture

SWC’s Health and Personal Wellness Center hosted an hour-long workshop on the dangers of addiction, Wednesday, Nov. 5, on the second floor of the Cesar Chavez building. Dr. Joe Davis, professor of child and family development proctored the event. Davis said many rumors that surround addiction and addicts are unsupported. “Not all addiction is based on substances,” he said, “some people can be addicted to activities, such as internet pornography or video games.” No addict is like another, Davis said. …

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Otay Mesa Hosts Nursing Open House

Just five miles from the main Southwestern College campus as the crow flies, the Otay Mesa Higher Education Center is so isolated it may as well be on Mars. A 30-minute drive from Chula Vista, much of it over a windy border-area road, Otay Mesa is the South Bay’s forgotten campus, a lonely outpost in la frontera. For the center’s stellar nursing students, however, this out-of-the-way educational oasis is like a second home. Once a year it is time for …

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UC application period begins

Students have one month to apply for transfer to University of California and California State Universities beginning Saturday, Nov. 1. The UC application is available on the UC admissions website. Transfer applicants can use the application to apply to any of the nine UC schools for $75 each. A fee waiver for four UC schools is available for low-income U.S. residents, U.S. citizens and AB 540 students, according to the UC admissions website. A two-prompt personal essay is required for …

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Quarantined Sun reporter gives first hand account of Ebola scare incident

It began as a day like any other day. It ended with young, healthy students thankful for our health. Ebola has a way of putting things in perspective. Dr. Erin Browder’s anthropology class was interesting as always, punctuated on this day by a film about gorillas, lemurs, monkeys and chimpanzees as the narrator romped from South America to Africa to Asia. At 9:15 a.m. one student begins stuffing his property into his backpack.  Like the primates in the video, we …

Section of campus quarantined after false Ebola Scare

In Pictures: Quarantined on Campus

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A WELL-DOCUMENTED SUCCESS—Alejandra Garcia graduated from SWC in 2014. She has transfered to San Diego State University to earn a four- year degree. Photo by Rick Flores.

Undocumented students step forward

Even though they walk through the same brilliantly sun-lit halls as every other Southwestern College student, hundreds of young scholars live in a perpetual shadow. Every day could be their last in America. Most of SWC’s undocumented students were brought to the U.S.A as young children by their parents. Many have no memory of Mexico and are as American as an Idaho farm boy or an Oklahoma homecoming queen. Some of SWC’s AB540 students were homecoming queens themselves, as well …

Dr. Gordon Browning: 1920-2014

Many dream of changing the world. Few do. Dr. Gordon Browning did. Chula Vista said its final farewell to Browning this summer. His lifespan of 94 years was enough to make his community better. Browning, a dentist, served on the Southwestern College Governing Board for 20 years, from 1969 to 1998, and helped develop the Dental Hygiene Program, which has become one of the college’s signature programs. Christine Perri, dean of the National City campus which hosts the program, credited …

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SWC’s Instruction Support Specialist Wins National Award

  Larry Lambert is an astronaut in the Stone Age. Bringing education into the future is no easy battle, but SWC’s tireless online instructional support specialist is a crusader and for modernity. People have noticed Lambert’s vision and have made him an inaugural recipient of the National Blackboard MVP Award. “I feel extremely honored that I was chosen,” he said. “Awards like these are never accomplished in singularity.” Lambert earned this award because of his “expert skills, knowledge and involvement …