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California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

CMC3 Board

Mission Statement

The California Mathematics Council Community Colleges (CMC3) was founded in 1972 to provide a forum through which Community College mathematics faculty in Northern and Central California shall express themselves professionally at a local, state and national level and to support mathematical activity by students and faculty.

CMC3 as an organization is committed to engaging in anti-racist practices, and engaging in discourse to address systemic issues of racism and exclusion in STEM education. We continue to dedicate ourselves to the empowerment of marginalized mathematics students from Northern California Community Colleges.

CMC3 Board Meetings

The CMC3 board meets three times a year, once in fall, once in winter, and once in spring. Our meetings are open to all members. Please contact any board member for information about our meetings. Feel free to peruse CMC3's by-laws and constitution.

CMC3 Board Members
PresidentJennifer Carling-GoldbergSanta Rosa Junior College
Past PresidentKatia FuchsCity College of San Francisco
President-ElectJames SullivanSierra College
SecretaryTracey JacksonSanta Rosa Junior College
TreasurerLeslie BantaMendocino College
Conference AV SpecialistSteve Blasberg, Larry GreenWest Valley College, Lake Tahoe Community College
Articulation Breakfast RepSteve BlasbergWest Valley College
Campus Reps. CoordinatorLeslie Banta, Chantal CimmiyottiMendocino College
Membership ChairKevin BrewerSolano Community College
Business LiaisonJennifer Carling-GoldbergSanta Rosa Junior College
Adjunct AdvocateChantal CimmiyottiMendocino College
Student Poster Session ChairKatia FuchsCity College of City College
AMATYC LiaisonLeslie BantaMendocino College
CMC LiaisonJames SullivanSierra College
MAA LiaisonWade EllisWest Valley College
Newsletter CoordinatorJay LehmannCollege of San Mateo
Awards CoordinatorCortney SchultzSanta Rosa Junior College
Website CoordinatorDarryl AllenSolano Community College
Foundation PresidentKatia FuchsCity College of San Francisco
Fall Conference ChairJames SullivanSierra College
Spring Conference ChairLarry GreenLake Tahoe Community College
Spring Speaker ChairKatia FuchsCity College of San Francisco
Member at LargeSteve BlasbergWest Valley College
Member at LargeCortney SchultzSanta Rosa Junior College

CMC3 Endorsement Policy

As part of the mission of CMC3, the organization will consider endorsement of any initiative proposed by a CMC3 member that has the intent of making a profound positive change(s) in the teaching and learning of mathematics at the California community colleges. Specific requirements for a formal endorsement include:

  • The initiative must specifically focus on the teaching and learning of mathematics at California community colleges.
  • Involve more than one district within the California Community College system.
  • Be expandable to any mathematics department at a California Community College.
  • Have value that is worthy of a presentation at either the CMC3 spring or fall conference.
  • The initiator must be a member of CMC3 or CMC3 South.

The endorsement committee will consist of the president-elect, the president, and the past-president of CMC3. A unanimous vote of all three members must be made to endorse or decline to endorse a proposed initiative. If one of the three members is recused due to a conflict of interest, then the treasurer will participate in that person’s place. If there is no consensus by the committee on endorsement, then the vote will go to the board as a whole. The president of CMC3 will chair the committee, will write and sign the endorsement letter, and will communicate with the initiator. If the president needs to be recused due to a conflict of interest, then the past-president will chair the committee.

CMC3 Past Presidents

2018-2019Katia FuchsCity College of San Francisco
2016-2017Joe ConradSolano College
2014-2015Mark HarbisonSacramento City College
2012-2013Susanna GuntherSolano College
2010-2011Barbara IllowskyDe Anza College
2008-2009Larry GreenLake Tahoe College
2006-2007Rob KnightEvergreen Valley College
2004-2005Rick HoughSkyline College
2002-2003Randy TaylorLas Positas College
2000-2001Lois YamakoshiLos Medanos College
1998-1999Michael EurgubianSanta Rosa Junior College
1996-1997Chris BurdittNapa Valley College
1994-1995Debra LandreSan Joaquin Delta College
1992-1993Barry WoodSanta Rosa Junior College
1990-1991Denny BurzynskiWest Valley College
1988-1989Wade Ellis, Jr.West Valley College
1986-1987Shirley TrembleyBakersfield College
1984-1985Pat BoyleSanta Rosa Junior College
1982-1983Art DullDiablo Valley College
1980-1981Hal AndersonSanta Rosa Junior College
1978-1979Brandon WheelerSacramento City College
1974-1977Raymond WucoSan Joaquin Delta College
1973-1974James CurlModesto Junior College

CMC3 Distinguished Service Awards

This annual award is given to a past board member who has dedicated years of service in the CMC3 organization.

2020Joseph ConradSolano Community College
2019Marcella LaddonCarrillo College
2018Rebecca FouquetteDeAnza College
2017Susanna GuntherSolano Community College
2016Debbie Van SickleSacramento City College
2015Noelle EckleyLassen College
2014Barbara IllowskyDe Anza College
2013Rob KnightEvergreen Valley College
2012Cynthia SpeedMendocino College
2011Randy TaylorLas Positas College
2010Jim SpencerSanta Rosa Junior College
2009Rick HoughSkyline College
2008Chris BarkerDe Anza College
2007Dave JohnsonDiablo Valley College
2006Debra LandreSan Joaquin Delta College
2005Lois YamakoshiLos Medanos College
2004Michael EurgubianSanta Rosa Junior College
2003Marlyn McBrideSkyline College
2002Wei Jen HarrisonAmerican River College
2001Chris BurdittNapa Valley College
2000Denny BurzynskiWest Valley College
1999Barry WoodSanta Rosa Junior College
1998Allen UtterbackCabrillo College
1997Guy De PrimoCity College of San Francisco
1996James CurlModesto Junior College
1995Hal AndersenSanta Rosa Junior College
1995Sister Clarice SparkmanSan Jose City College
1994Patrick BoyleSanta Rosa Junior College
1994Arthur DullDiablo Valley College
1993Frank DenneyChabot College
1993Wade Ellis Jr.West Valley College
1993Brandon WheelerSacramento City College
1992Ray WucoSan Joaquin Delta College

CMC3 President's Award

This annual award is given by the president to a current board member who has been particularly helpful over the past year.

2020Tracey JacksonSanta Rosa Junior College
2019Darryl AllenSolano Community College
2018James SullivanSierra College
2017Larry GreenLake Tahoe Community College
2016Leslie BantaMendocino College
2015Jay LehmannSan Mateo College
2014Rebecca FouquetteDe Anza College
2013Ken SeydelSkyline College
2011Larry GreenLake Tahoe Community College
2012Michael EurgubianSanta Rosa Junior College
2010Rob KnightEvergreen Valley College
2009Jim SpencerSanta Rosa Junior College
2008Mark HarbisonSacramento City College
2007Randy TaylorLas Positas College
2006Sandi NietoSanta Rosa Junior College
2005Barbara IllowskyDe Anza College
2005Zwi ReznikFresno City College
2004Noelle EckleyLassen College
2003Chris BarkerDe Anza College
2002Barry WoodSanta Rosa Junior College

CMC3 Teaching Excellence Awards

  • 2020

  • Linda Huang, Cosumnes River College

    The Cosumnes River College math department is proud to nominate Linda Hoang for the CMC3 Teaching Excellence Award. This award is particularly appropriate for Linda, as she has been an integral and valuable colleague throughout her time with us as an adjunct, and even more so as a full time instructor (since 2017). A few of Linda's skills and talents include a high level of proficiency with technology, notable creativity in developing student supports inside and outside of her classes, and generating original innovative ideas to department. Most recently, for many of our colleagues, Linda has been the go-to person as we transitioned to remote teaching. We couldn't have done it as seamlessly without her! Linda is always willing to help a colleague, contribute to department undertakings (e.g., Math Awareness Week and Math Boot Camp) and is an exemplary instructor when it comes to being available to her students.

  • Zoya Kravets, Mission College

    The math department at Mission College would like to nominate Zoya Kravets for the teaching excellence award. Zoya is a very active member in the department. Along with teaching a variety of classes from developmental math to more advanced classes like differential equations and linear algebra, Zoya regularly teaches face-to-face classes as well as asynchronous online classes. Zoya is passionate about making sure our students are prepared for transfer or wherever they intend to take their educational journey. Zoya was involved in the creation of the MATLAB class and STATWAY program. During the AB705 transition, Zoya served on the curriculum committee to help the department create new corequisite courses. Recently during the online transition due to COVID 19, Zoya hosted online teaching workshops to help faculty adjust to teaching online. Her students enjoy having her as instructor and her math colleagues enjoy having her as a member of the department.

  • Hardev Dhillon, Modesto Junior College

    Hardev Dhillon has been a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics Department at Modesto Junior College for the past 24 years. She attended CMC3 for the first time in 1994 and currently serves as the Modesto Junior College campus representative to CMC3. Hardev is an extremely dedicated educator who is committed to the success of her students. She is a dear colleague who goes above and beyond the call of duty at all times. Hardev has served as the chair of the Statistics committee, the Algebra committee, the Distance Education committee and has served as department chair several times. College wide, Hardev has served on various committees including Academic Senate, Transfer Committee, Hiring Committees, and evaluation committees. She currently serves as the Math representative and as an Executive Board member on the Yosemite Faculty Association. Within the community, Hardev is one of the administrators for the annual Central Valley Regional Science Bowl Competition which brings some of the most academically talented high school students from all over the Central Valley to compete in science and math topics. It is an amazing Saturday each year, and her coordination with other community members makes it possible. In addition, she participates in the Stanislaus Council Math contest in which students from grades six to twelve arrive at Modesto Junior College to compete in a problem solving competition. Hardev's interests outside of education include her faith, her family, hiking, playing tennis, running, and baking.

  • Rick Woodmansee, Sacramento City College

    Sacramento City College is proud to nominate Rick Woodmansee. Rick has been a mathematics instructor at Sacramento City College for 14 years, serving as department chair for two years, and has experience teaching courses at all levels. He produced extensive videos for his online courses in algebra and statistics and achieved high success rates in these online courses. Recently, Rick has devoted much time to teaching statistics and helping the department adjust to the requirements of AB 705. He attended the USC CUE Equity-Minded Practitioner Institute and multiple workshops on pedagogy presented by CAP. He joined the College's Guided Pathways team to foster collaboration and professional development across disciplines to create contextualized student learning experiences. He has extensively researched Learning Science, Habits of Mind, and Culturally Responsive Teaching techniques and he applies those ideas in his teaching. Rick is currently writing an open statistics textbook involving case studies and simulation-based inference.

  • Lena Feinman, College of San Mateo

    Lena Feinman has been a math instructor at the College of San Mateo for almost 20 years. During this time, she has taught a wide range of math courses from Arithmetic Review to Differential Equations, including Introductory Statistics and Pre-Statistics. Lena has been focusing on creating a welcoming, student-centered, productive learning environment for students of all levels and backgrounds, by setting high but achievable goals and expectations. She is a hard-working, energetic, creative, and caring instructor. She is dependable and goes above and beyond to help her students, colleagues, and the college. Several of her students have decided to pursue mathematics as their majors and become mathematics instructors. Lena's approach shows others how a positive attitude and diligent work produce a proper mindset to do great things.

  • Dave Ohlsen, Santa Rosa Junior College

    Dave Ohlsen, recently retired, has been the "go-to" instructor in the SRJC math department for over 30 years. Few have seen a more consummate professional dedicated to student success. Dave embraces and encourages academic curiosity in his students and displays compassion for their needs while maintaining a high standard of academic rigor. Dave truly dignifies our profession. In addition to being there for his students, he has always been there for his colleagues. You want to know how to prove any calculus theorem? Go to Dave. You want a few ideas for a particular lecture? Go see Dave. You want a super duper hard to solve math problem for an upcoming midterm? Ask Dave. Are you now wondering where you’d go to ask Dave these questions? Easy. He’d be in his office Monday through Friday, 7 AM to well past dark. And if it's Thursday night, he'd be with colleagues at dinner and movies. And if it is Saturday night at CMC3 Monterey, he'd be of course dancing with his SRJC colleagues at Sly McFly's on Cannery Row. Dave hasn't just been an amazing, dedicated math instructor and colleague. He's a friend, a constant support, and a hell of a lot of fun. And he's still the "go-to" guy. We'll just have to go to New Mexico.

  • David Mitchell, Taft College

    Throughout his time at Taft College, David has shown himself to be an excellent teacher, mentor, collaborator, and an asset to the TC Math Department. His commitment to academic excellence and student success is unwavering. In addition to teaching classes ranging from Algebra to Differential Equations, David works with students in the Taft College Learning Center to provide them with individualized mathematics support. He is developing Taft College's first Linear Algebra course in order to better serve our students looking to attain careers and higher degrees in STEM-related fields of study. He has also invested into our campus as a whole and co-chairs the College's Access Committee.

  • 2019

  • Elena Dachkova, Gavilan College

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  • Sarah Donovan, Solano Community College

    Sarah Donovan has been an instructor at Solano Community College for close to 30 years. During that time, she has been a champion for our students, especially our non-STEM students. In the 1990's, she led a major Title III grant addressing success in Intermediate Algebra. More recently, she has been our lead on the college's Equity and Student Success Committee. She developed both our quantitative reasoning course ("Math Ideas") and its co-requisite course. She is well-liked and respected by colleagues and students alike, and we are happy to recognize her with the CMC3 Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • 2015

  • Dr. Chris Burditt, Napa Valley College

    Dr. Burditt has been teaching at Napa Valley College for over 40 years. He has always given 110 percent to his student and was a past recipient of our McPherson Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Burditt was a full time instructor for over 30 years and for the past 10 years has been an adjunct.

    Dr. Burditt has bailed our department out numerous times by taking additional course loads due to unexpected emergencies. He is always here for the NVC Math Department and his students.

  • Doli Bambhania, De Anza College

    Doli is an enthusiastic and energetic instructor. She is well-liked by her students at all levels of classes, and students hurry to enroll in her classes. She has introduced alternative low-cost learning materials for her students, adapting and expanding open-source materials to use with her algebra students.

    Doli has been very active in our department and division and the college. She has been on the DARE committee, committed to helping our developmental students.

    Last year, Doli started up an inter-divisional group of faculty to support of STEM students. Inspired by programs for STEM students at Foothill College that are supported by grant money, Doli initiated a group at De Anza with no financial support and led the group through a successful first program in which De Anza alumni working or attending graduate or professional school in STEM fields spoke to and fielded questions from De Anza students planning a future in STEM fields.

    Because of the efforts and talents that Doli brings to our department from so many perspectives, she is well-deserving of the CMC3 Teaching Excellence award.

  • Sara Decelle, Cabrillo College

    Sara Decelle has been an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo College for over ten years. She brought with her a strong mathematical background with an emphasis in mathematical education. She has been consistently bringing those skills into her classrooms and has become an expert in using group work as a teaching pedagogy.

    She is passionate about what she does, bringing her knowledge to the department and to the college. She has been an active member of the union as well and has been willing to serve as our division representative, tirelessly keeping us informed of union activities. She also promises and coordinates department giving to various campus organizations during the Holidays.

    The College recognized her efforts this Fall by awarding her the John Hurd Award for Teaching Excellence, given to an outstanding adjunct instructor each year.

  • Frederick Teti, City College of San Francisco

    Mr. Teti has a B. S. in Mathematics from Yale University, and a PhD from UC Berkeley. He was first hired as a long-term substitute for the Fall of 1995, and made the transition to a tenure track position starting in the Fall of 1996. Throughout Fred's career, students at all levels have found his teaching to be awesome and inspiring. Several of Fred's former students have gone on to become community college math instructors!

    Fred has also spent countless hours tirelessly working on committees in and outside of the Math department. Most notably, Fred has worked on the CCSF Academic Senate Executive Council (where he has been Senate President in the past), and as the adviser for the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

    In his personal life, Fred has been a co-chair of the S. F. Pride's Safety Subcommittee, and enjoys watching Dr. Who episodes with his friends.

  • 2013

  • Richard Lopez, DeAnza College

    Richard Lopez was one of the founding instructors of the MPS program, Math Performance Success. He has taught in the program many times over the years. Richard's students also love him — they enjoy his dedication and his humor. Richard always has students who come to see him during his office hours — a testament to his rapport with students.

  • Debbie Lee, Foothill College

    Debbie is an excellent classroom instructor. She runs a dynamic class, using lecture, discussion, and group work to engage students in their study of mathematics. By carefully selecting examples, she requires students to think critically…during class, on homework, and on exams. Debbie is committed to the education of all students who pass through the math department. She worked with colleagues Marc Knobel and Brian Stanley to develop a new precalculus sequence and materials, thoughtfully addressing the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in calculus. Through that new curriculum, every student moving on to study calculus has a better chance of succeeding. She is always willing to help new faculty and as part-time mentor, she shared her passion, high-standards, sound advice, and untold time with all of the part-time math faculty. She works tirelessly to help ensure that the Foothill College Math Department is a place where students get an excellent math education. We are delighted to honor her for her teaching excellence.

  • Janet Handel, Sacramento City College

    Sacramento City College is pleased to award the CMC3 Excellence in Teaching Award to the Chihuahua of the department – JanetHandel. Janet has been a compact but mighty part of the department since 1987 and this spunky teacher will be retiring next year. She has been a fierce and loyal advocate of students - - often going out of her way to counsel athletes and students with learning and psychological disabilities. Early in her tenure, she helped set up the SCC Mathematics Lab and continues to wander in there from time to time, volunteering her time with students. Janet has also served on the CMC3 Board and SCC Staff Development Committee and Academic Senate, where she often bravely confronted issues and dug to the bottom of the problem. We will miss her bark tremendously!

  • Dr. Elzbieta Jarrett, Modesto Junion College

    For the past 21 years Dr. Elzbieta Jarrett has taught, mentored and nurtured academic excellence in students at Modesto Junior College. She is extremely generous with her time and knowledge to our new faculty, mentoring them for a smooth transition to teaching at our college. Her work on the Math Personnel Committee, Petitions Committee, Math Assessment Test Committee and numerous other committees has made Elzbieta an incredible asset to our department that we greatly appreciate.

  • Fred Bourgoin, Laney College

    Fred Bourgoin&apos&s potential as an excellent instructor was recognized before he even earned his master’s degree. He was hired part-time at Laney College under the Faculty Diversity Internship Program. Then in short order, degree in hand, Fred joined the Laney College full-time faculty in 2005, where he has contributed to countless committees across campus, earning him a well-deserved reputation from his colleagues as a wise voice of reason, and complementing the high praise offered by his students evidenced by the instructor review process. Since January 2011, Fred, as Math Department Chair, has skillfully and masterfully guided the Math Department through the "challenges" created by the budget cuts that have threatened the quality of education throughout the state in recent years. Go Fred!

  • Janet W. Tarjan, Bakersfield College

    Janet is our candidate not only for her teaching but for her work with our Math Club and Future teacher club. Both of these clubs have been recent award winners as has Janet, who was the club advisor of the year. Janet is also on the Academic Senate representing the Mathematics department.

  • Christine Keen, College of the Sequoias

    Chris Keen has been a mathematics instructor at College of the Sequoias for 17 years. She has been an instrumental leader and strong visionary for our department, and teaches all levels of students from prealgebra to differential equations. She served as Division Chair from 2010-2013, has served on the Faculty Enrichment Committee, Essential Learning Initiative, and the Academic Senate, as well as numerous departmental committees. She is a strong voice for maintenance of standards, and has been instrumental in incorporating Wolfram Mathematica into her classes. She often teaches in the First Year Experience program and is well know by our stem major students in Mathematics, Engineering, Science Association (MESA). She was selected as MESA Mathematics Instructor of the Year in both 2011 and 2013.