Moorpark College 50-Year Anniversary Launches Promise

Hosted by the Moorpark College Foundation, the Moorpark College Golden Gala celebration took place at the Air Force One Pavilion, Ronald Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, CA, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.  Moorpark Mayor Janice S. Parvin and City Councilmember David Pollock joined Moorpark College President Luis Sanchez, along with former college presidents James Walker and Eva Conrad, to commemorate 50 years of academic excellence and student achievement and to raise funds for the new student scholarship at Moorpark College.  In total, approximately 350 students, staff, faculty and friends attended the 50th anniversary celebration.

“For 50 years, we have poured ourselves into helping students succeed,” stated Sanchez.  “We envision reaching more students over the next 50 years through the Promise Scholarship – providing a tuition-free first-year at Moorpark College for eligible students,” said Sanchez.  “The Board of Trustees thanks everyone who participated in making the Moorpark College Golden Gala a tremendous success,” stated Ventura County Community College District Board Chair Bernardo Perez.  “The Planning Committee and all of the volunteers worked diligently to create a beautiful and memorable event for everyone to reconnect with old friends and to make new friends which added to the excitement of the evening. The stories shared by students were profound and motivated people to respond to the call for assistance in endowing the Moorpark Promise Scholarship.  We are very pleased with the results and look forward to supporting the college in growing its scholarship program,” said Perez.

The Moorpark College Jazz Combo kicked off the Gala with the smooth sounds of jazz as guests arrived, mingled with colleagues and friends and toured Air Force One, the aircraft that flew President Ronald Reagan more than 660,000 miles to 26 foreign countries and 46 U.S. states.  Moorpark College Director and Theatre Arts Department Chair John Loprieno, actor and writer, served as master of ceremony; and special guest NPR Correspondent Wade Goodwyn engaged the audience with his eloquent-style of journalistic storytelling – emphasizing the role education must continue to play in preparing our future leaders. 

The highlight of the evening included remarks by Moorpark College student Staff Sergeant Joel T. Bailey, a retired member of the United States Marine Corps, and Engineer major and second-year student Kasia Duvernay, Business Administration major; and the induction of distinguished alumni into the first Moorpark College Hall of Fame class.  Inductees included:  Frank Barajas, Dr. Gregory Boursalian, Nena (Siljegovic) Gusic, Gabe Kapler, Matt Mahurin, Arpit Malaviya, Julie Scardina, Michael (Mike) Stoker and Sylvia Sullivan.

To learn more about the Moorpark College Promise Scholarship, purchase the Moorpark College 50th anniversary commemorative book ($50) or to make a donation, please call Moorpark College Foundation Coordinator Tracy Stewart at 805-553-4761 or email [email protected].  Proceeds will go towards the Promise Scholarship fund.

(L-R) First class of Moorpark College Hall of Fame inductees Gabe Kapler, Arpit Malaviya, Nevena (Siljegovic) Gusic, Julie Scardina, Michael (Mike) Stoker, Sylvia Sullivan, Matt Mahurin, Frank Barajas and Moorpark College President Luis Sanchez.

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