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#41 Loretta Clements, Staff
(Adjunct Faculty - Applied Sciences & Business)

Progress -- that's the key word, or maybe Technology -- In 1991 when I began as an Adjunct at C.O.D. I taught a Data Entry class, but soon became the "Typing Teacher" teaching a typing class and yes -- on the ole electric typewriters, complete with instructions on how to center a line from the middle of your paper inserted into the typewriter! I was the last teacher to teach on the typewriters. We moved onto the computer keyboard for a few years and now in my current CIS005 class, typing is again part of the curriculum -- but -- students go online to a free typing site to practice and take timed writings. I think I've come full circle in 20 years!!!

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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