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Miramar College Alumni Connections

Calling All Alumni!

Since 1969, San Diego Miramar College has trained more than 10,000 law enforcement and firefighter professionals. Since those early days, in addition to our well-respected public safety graduates, highly skilled diesel, automotive and FAA-certified aviation technicians, EMTs, biotechnicians, paralegal, computer and child development professionals have walked across our commencement stage.

Add to those numbers the many thousands of Miramar College students who have successfully transferred to four-year colleges and universities to continue their higher education and you can see why we are proud of our legacy. If you are equally proud to have graduated or transferred from Miramar College, join the Alumni Association. If you attended Miramar College, we'd like to hear from you!

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Connect With Your Classmates

Being part of Alumni Connections is a great way to reconnect with old classmates, read Alumni Success Stories, discover shared interests with fellow members, network with like-minded professionals, stay involved in what's new at Miramar College, participate in college social events, and make a difference in your community.

It's FREE and it's easy to connect. Visit http://alumni.sdccd.edu to register. If you've attended multiple colleges, you can easily connect with groups from each college.

Connect With Your Alma Mater

...and enjoy real benefits by registering with the Miramar College Alumni Association. By taking just a few moments to register, you'll receive periodic campus news updates, invitations to special events, and a membership card you can use to enjoy free admission to home Jets games, discounts at the bookstore, cafeteria, and more. It's FREE and a great way to stay connected with your alma mater.

Sign up now to become a member of the Miramar College Alumni Association!

 

Distinguished Alumni

In 1995, the College began a tradition of recognizing Distinguished Alumni at annual commencement ceremonies. The following individuals are an inspiration for all students.

 

2014 Distinguished Alums

Sean Bowers & Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry
Sean and Rebecca Bowers

The Bowers siblings were born and raised in a local neighborhood, graduated from Mira Mesa High School, Miramar College, and universities 2,000 miles apart. They pursued very different careers, married and started families. And, while their parents still reside in the Mira Mesa house where they grew up, each moved to nearby communities. Little did they know that one day they’d both return "home" to work side-by-side at their community college alma mater.

In 2006, professional soccer super star Sean Bowers joined the Miramar College physical education and exercise science faculty and helped launch the first women's soccer program in college history. In the last seven years, head coach Bowers, who now resides in Temecula, has led the lady Jets to undefeated seasons, four straight Pacific Coast Athletics Conference (PCAC) championships, and the program to a #6 ranking nationwide.

An all-star defender, Bowers, who earned his bachelor's degree from Quincy College in Illinois, went on to compete professionally with the MLS Kansas City Wizards, the Baltimore Blast and the San Diego Sockers. In 2004, he was named to the U.S. Futsal National Team as captain—the only player on the 14-man roster with previous experience in a FIFA Futsal World Championship. Coaching experience includes stints with the Detroit Rockers of the NPSL, the Michigan Hawks, an under-23 women's select team that won the 2001 U.S. Open Cup, and with the Women’s Premiere Soccer League (WPSL) San Diego Sea Lions. He received his master's degree from SDSU.

Younger sister, Rancho Penasquitos resident Dr. Rebecca Bowers-Gentry also joined the Miramar contract faculty in 2006 and established her own successful record with another college program – biotechnology. After receiving her PhD in cellular/molecular biology from the University of Colorado, Bowers joined the research team at UCSD, where she realized she preferred the student contact that teaching provided.

Led by Bowers-Gentry, under a $400,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, Miramar expanded the applied biotechnology program. The associate professor of chemistry and biology organizes the science department’s popular “Science Fun for Kids 9 to 99” activity every March as part of San Diego Science Month and is Director of the S2 Summer Science Enrichment Program for middle-schoolers, sponsored by the Southern California Biotechnology Center (SCBC).


Previous Winners

2013
Gregory Magaril
Technology and Software Executive
2012
Adolfo Gonzales
Police Chief
2011
Yanina Gabinskaya
Immigration Paralegal
2010
Shannon Rupert
University Professor/NASA Scientist
2009
Valerie Gotay
Judo Olympian
2008
Monika Fitzsimmons
ER Nurse, Grossmont Hospital
2007
Tracy Jarman
Chief, City of San Diego Fire-Rescue
2006
Sam Phu
Business Owner, Automotive Educator
2005
Dr. Michelle Lamantia
Physician
2004
Dr. Rex Vargas
Pharmacist
2003
Officer Paddy Keovoravongsa
San Diego Police Department
2002
Dr. Iyad Houshan
Physician
2001
Linda Reed
Officer, San Diego County Protective Services
2000
Jan Dehesh
Businesswoman/Consultant
Peter Davis
Statewide ATT Director
1999
Elizabeth Barrington
Professor
Dr. Tuyet Nguyen
Physician
1998
Lydia Signorelli
Educator
Edward Dacquel
Businessman
1997
Rose DeMarco
Educator/Business Consultant
Tom Remy
Corporate Marketing Director, Hawthorne Machinery
1996
Junko Yamamoto
International Artist
Tim Cassidy
Attorney/Real Estate Broker
1995
Jerry Sanders
Mayor, City of San Diego (then SD Chief of Police)
Monica Higgins
Fire Battalion Chief, City of San Diego Fire Department