Foundation News & Events
2013 Invest in Success Supports Scholarships
The Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Invest in Success, was held on campus this year to showcase the recent Proposition S and N construction completion to donors and college supporters. More than 100 guests gathered on April 24 in the LLRC patio to enjoy international cuisine, catered by Encore Catering, and equally international entertainment. A traditional Chinese Lion Dance, performed by Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society; Mariachi Divinas; and DJ/emcee/musician extraordinaire Greg Shibley of G Sharp Entertainment, and a robust silent auction delighted the crowd. A short formal program included comments by Foundation President Marty Hight, Miramar College President Patricia Hsieh, and student Valerie Thomas-Collins, recognition of the Foundation board of directors, and a scholarship recipient testimonial video, expertly produced by AV.
Event sponsors included Wells Fargo Bank, Union Bank, Gafcon, AFT, Swinerton Builders, Charles E. Schwab Bank, San Diego Chinese Language School, SDCCD Military Education, and Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects. More than $20,000 was raised to fund the Foundation’s mission to support Miramar College students through scholarships and innovative programs that benefit the College.
High School-to-College Freshman Scholarship Endowment Campaign
The Miramar College Foundation is seeking partners to invest $15,000 each to help endow 14 Foundation scholarships awarded annually to deserving area high school graduates who wish to attend San Diego Miramar College. A one-time, tax deductible gift of $15,000 to the Miramar College Foundation will provide a $500 scholarship in the donor's name for a deserving local high school graduate to attend San Diego Miramar College and will continue each year in perpetuity. Interested donors should contact the Miramar College President's Office for more information or the Miramar College Foundation Board of Directors President Marty Hight.
Diesel Program Receives Two $5,000 Gifts
At the Miramar College Foundation Board of Directors quarterly meeting in January, Hawthorne Machinery Vice President Mike Johnson presented a check for $5,000 to support the college diesel technology program and provide student scholarships. The $5,000 contribution from Caterpillar, Inc. has been matched by funds ($5,000 each) from Hawthorne Machinery Co., the San Diego area Caterpillar dealer. Johnson also serves on the Foundation board of directors.
Miramar College Foundation Announces 2013 Distinguished Alum
Gregory Magaril, Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Technology at Ceatus Media Group, has been named the Miramar College 2013 Distinguished Alum. Thirteen years ago, Magaril, a software developer, emigrated from Russia to the United States ready to pursue a life of opportunity. Despite impressive academic credentials and workplace skills earned in his homeland, the new dream quickly stalled. Magaril would need to conquer the language barrier. He enrolled in Miramar College ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and business courses, while working full-time for a software engineering start-up company. Magaril says Miramar College changed his life and he praises the counselors and two faculty members, specifically – Dr. Lisa Brewster and Dr. Dorothy Simpson, for their outstanding teaching and personal attention.
The Scripps Ranch resident not only conquered his new language, but continued to advance in his technology education, earning Software Engineering Management and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications from UCSD Extension and Project Management Institute, respectively. He now teaches Web Technologies at UCSD Extension and is actively involved in professional organizations. Magaril is vice president of the board of directors for the Association of IT Professionals (AITP) San Diego; member of the San Diego CIO Roundtable; director of the Organizing Committee of the annual San Diego Cloud Computing Conference; and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
In 2012, Gregory Magaril was named 2012 Top Tech Exec of the Year by San Diego Magazine and IT Executive of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal.