In these challenging times, it is critical that Monterey Peninsula College Trustees, faculty, administration, and staff work together to ensure the college’s success and promote the health of our community. Sustained dialogue and teamwork is essential. I would bring this experience and strength to the role of college trustee.
I have a broad background in education. I received a Bachelor’s and a Master's in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Following graduation, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a teacher training program in Honduras. I have a long history of serving MPC in a variety of roles—as a faculty member for forty-one years, as English Department Chair, and as president of both the Teachers Association and of the Academic Senate.
While teaching at MPC I was active in the national academic world. I chaired sessions of the Conference on College Composition and Communication at both the state and national Ievel. Furthermore, I received two Fulbright Fellowships and three National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships.
The MPC administration also assigned me to work with area high schools to help them understand MPC's English curriculum. I helped form the Monterey Area Teachers of English, an organization that met for several years with representatives from both public and private high schools.
As Senate president, I reported to the Board both in its sessions and informally through conversations with board members. Over the last six months, I have attended board meetings over Zoom and have stayed current with the issues they are facing.
In this time of great challenge, I bring extensive knowledge of the college's students, curriculum and administration and of their relationship with the Board of Trustees. As an MPC Trustee, I will have the power to help the college and our community thrive.
Most importantly, I am passionate about helping MPC achieve goals that speak to the educational needs of the entire Monterey Peninsula community in the following ways:
Educational Excellence: Adequate funding is essential to support students pursuing transfer, basic skill, career, and lifelong learning. I am a supporter of Bond Measure V on the November 3 ballot. It will provide for the repair and upgrading of MPC facilities. If Measure V is not approved, I will initiate a campaign to get private funding. MPC has a wonderful Foundation, but the college has not taken full advantage of its potential to attract our community's wealth.
Completion Culture: It is one thing to initiate a study program at MPC; it is another thing altogether to complete that program. We must do everything we can to enhance programs, resources, and services that empower students to achieve their goals.
Innovative Environments: State-of-the-art facilities, technology, and learning environments can have an enormous impact on student enthusiasm. Funding will play a major role in bringing MPC the tools to support productive learning and successful careers.
Collaborative Community – Perhaps most important, we must do everything we can to support healthy, respectful dialogue among trustees, staff, administration, faculty and students. Without it, all the funding on the planet will not help deliver a learning environment where lives are transformed.
Effective Leadership – I have had several interactions with the acting president. He is open, friendly, efficient, intelligent, knowledgeable, and organized. He has provided stability in very difficult times, and he is highly respected by faculty and staff. I will work with the other Trustees to assure that steadiness continues as we search for a permanent President to provide both inspired leadership and partnership in the years ahead.
The economic impacts of the pandemic weigh on our community. MPC Trustees, faculty, administration, and staff must work together to ensure the college's success. Sustained dialogue and teamwork is essential. I bring this strength and experience to the role of college trustee.
Groundbreaking technology and innovation will be transformational for MPC in this new era of online learning. College trustees must be knowledgeable and dedicated to create and oversee programs that position students to succeed. I bring this dedication and commitment to the role of college trustee.
Communication – not only with the administration but also with faculty, staff, and students--is key to our college running optimally. Together we can meet the complex needs of MPC and ensure future success and effective service to our community. I bring this level of engagement, understanding, and appreciation to the role of college trustee.
JANE PARKER, Monterey Co. Supervisor, District 4 • DR. ALAN HAFFA, MPC Faculty Member • KATE DANIELS, President, Democratic Women of Monterey County • KARIN STRASSER KAUFFMAN, Former Monterey County Supervisor • FRANK RIVERA, Vice President of MPC Academic Senate • ELLIOT ROBERTS, Retired MPC Faculty • HOMER BOSSERMAN, Retired MPC Faculty
Monterey Peninsula College Teachers Association • Monterey County Democrats • Democratic Women of Monterey County • Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO • Progressive Democrats of America, Monterey Area Chapter
Ann Jealous • Celia Bosworth • Chris Campbell • Matthew Carroll • Rachel Carroll • Bill Cash • Lisa Cash • Addison "Tad" Church • Carol Church • Peterson Conway • Dr. Robert Coulter • Dr. Donald Davis • Dr. David Epel • Lois Epel • Lada Kratky
“We believe Marlene will make an incredible difference on the board.”
Paid for by Marlene Martin for MPC • FPPC# Pending