|2012 scholarship ceremony -photo by Roy Bauer.|
People keep dropping by the office with one question: What did you think of the Scholarship ceremony?
Where does one start?
Rebel Girl doesn't have time to begin let alone end. So she will just get the ball rolling. You can take it from there if you wish.
Yes, money was distributed to deserving students and photos were taken and sliced fruit eaten and hands were shaken. Yes. Applause, applause.
See you next year.
Anonymous - 10:51 AM, May 20, 2014
What is up with the confusing numbers - cited in the program:
At today's ceremony, approximately $201,400 will be awarded to 356 Irvine Valley College students for the 2014-2015 academic year.
In total, this year, 477 scholarships will provide approximately $368,200 in awards.
Huh? What does that mean?
And why doesn't the program tell you which awards were given to which students?
Anonymous - 11:04 AM, May 20, 2014
On the up side there wasn't a prayer!
On the down side, well...why did the students have to be seated outside the room? It made the room seem empty and we couldn't see their reactions - and they could not see the speeches which were all about them. Very odd.
The need to take a photo of each group on stage really was awkward and emphasized the photo - not the recognition of the scholars. Couldn't that be done another way? What happens to those photos anyway?
Couldn't the whole thing be done another way? It's not very dynamic or sophisticated.
Anonymous - 11:12 AM, May 20, 2014
It's always difficult to criticize a program that assists students but it's important to do because of that very fact - it provides critical assistance to students. So it's important to look at the integrity and transparency of the process of how the awards are determined and how the program is managed. It's broken and it is not getting any better.
Anonymous - 11:50 AM, May 20, 2014
I don't know how people could sit on that stage or in the audience (or in the lobby!) and not notice there was something very, very wrong. When you try and say something about it, they look at you like to have just kicked a kitten.
Roy Bauer - 11:57 AM, May 20, 2014
What's the "Mama! Mama!" alluding to?
Anonymous - 3:59 PM, May 20, 2014
The Mama, Mama is alluding the the opening (and condescending) line of [VP of SS] Linda Fontanilla who started the ceremony not with a welcome but with a bizarre story about a girl getting a scholarship and being able to college just because of that money. The story was told in a pre-school tone of voice and one of the weirder things I have seen at a college ceremony.
Anonymous - 4:00 PM, May 20, 2014
To the, go to college. Ugh typos
Anonymous - 4:03 PM, May 20, 2014
Also, what is the deal with the Devil that Morley has signed with follet? Without their contributions, were not actually giving out that much money from the foundation. Think someone needs to investigate what is being bought and sold at IVC. And something tells me it's not just books....
Anonymous - 11:44 PM, May 20, 2014
The opening story was a very odd, condescending, ultimately infantilizing of our students - and us. The stage was bare - with covered drums in the background (!) and trash in evidence. Too many speeches saying the same thing to students who weren't in the audience. Morely lacked a script and had to be corrected from the audience. He ignored people he asked to the stage to recognize. Marcia was on her cell phone! The staged photos were AWFUL. No one knew who won what or why.
Anonymous - 12:26 AM, May 21, 2014
I am so glad others pointed out how AWFUL and CRINGE-INDUCING the patronizing story offered WITHOUT introduction at the beginning of whatever that was last Friday morning was. Oh my. Where are the grown-ups around here? It's a good thing the students were not in the room to be insulted like that. Too bad their families and friends were.
Anonymous - 7:06 AM, May 21, 2014
The ceremony needs to be re-envisioned and streamlined with the focus on the students, not speeches and photos. The process of awarding scholarship needs transparency and accountability.