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Mark Moran

#40 Mark Moran, Class of 1969-1971

I graduated from Palm Springs High in 1969 with just OK grades. I wasn't sure that College was for me. My first day of classes I was called into the College President, Roy McCall's office, where he told me that PSHS had informed COD that I was a rebel rouser and a trouble maker. (I marched in PS for Civil Rights and organized the first

sit-in at PSHS prior to my Junior Year.)

Well, I remember telling Dr. McCall that I believed strongly in my causes and would not back down. He informed me that neither would he; so we agreed to disagree. I fell in love with COD. I was the first freshman ever to serve on the Campus Life Committee. I became Vice-President of the Student Body in my second year, President of the Speech Team where Roy Wilson was the faculty adviser.

Dr. McCall, as well as many of my Professors, gave me letters of recommendation to four year schools. I ended up with a full scholarship to the University of Redlands, Dr. McCall's University. Without COD I would not have gone on to College. I owe my success, in part, to COD.

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Marisol Reyes

#39 Marisol Reyes, Staff
(Human Resources Generalist Ballet Folklorico Club Advisor)

From Date Festival Fairgrounds performances to interviewing suitable candidates for College of the Desert positions, I have been blessed by being given the opportunity to work in this beautiful institution.

My original plan was to finish an accounting degree at COD in 1998. A car accident put me off my feet and I could not finish the semester to graduate with my class. However, it opened the door to give me strength and motivated me to recuperate in 8 months rather than 2 years as doctors had estimated.

I took a job at College of the Desert in 2001 and moved into the Human Resources Office in 2005. Having learned the traditional Mexican dances during high school, I was excited to volunteer to be the Folklorico Club Advisor in 2005. I started teaching the history of each dance to students who joined our club.

I am proud to be a COD staff member and Club Advisor.

"Love the Life you Live" "Live the Life you Love"

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#38 James Reed, Student
(Golf Management)

I've been an avid golfer for quite some time. Then it hit me; I love to teach golf so why don't I do something with it.

I was looking at attending one of those private golf schools to gain my credibility. As I was driving down Fred Waring, I noticed that the golf institute was right next door to the college. The next day I went to the college to register for golf management and it has been a great experience ever since.

I am now considering adding another major. Thank you COD for your encouragement and the opportunity to realize my dream.

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Steve Richards

#37 Steve Richards, Student
(Nursing program)

I am a retired army veteran with 25 years of service. After retiring, I joined the Sedgwick County Sheriffs Department in Wichita, Kansas for five years. I moved to this area in 2005 in hopes of finding something worthwhile.

College of the Desert gave me the answer.

I have great professors that support me to make my new found transition all the better. Now I know that College of the Desert is just the beginning....bring it on!!!!

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Jerry Patton

#36 Jerry Patton, Staff
(President)

I joined the employee ranks of College of the Desert in 2004 as the Chief Business and Finance Officer and retired as President in June 2012. I had visited the desert often and heard of the quality academic programs. During my time at the college, I continued to admire the students, faculty and staff. The dedication and devotion of the faculty and staff to students is one of the primary functions that make the students so successful in their pursuit of life long education as well as employment. My own professional career and personal life were enriched with friendship and interaction with employees and students. The impact of the College on the Coachella Valley's economic development is vital to the quality of life and quality of the economy. It was a pleasure to serve the institution and I am proud of its accomplishments.