Saturday, May 5, 2018

Jim Rynning

Photo by Steve Rochford. Steve says: "[Jim is] seen here in 2007 back stage
 of the IVC Performing Arts Center during the installation of seats and other innards of the hall.
Sad news has reached us of the death of Jim Rynning, a person who was an integral part of Irvine Valley College since 1991 until his quiet departure last year. Count that - 26 years. To say he’ll be missed is not enough. To say that he'll be remembered is just the beginning.

What did Jim do? What didn’t he do? His classification, Senior Lab Tech, did not do the man justice. And it was not just what he did, but how he did it, with authority and generosity, plus good humor and an abiding gentle patience that most of us would have run out of years ago. Set design, scenic design, lighting design, Jim did it all. He made things happen. He made things work.

We will post more soon about Jim when we receive it from his colleagues.

Cherish each other people.

"Tartuffe" at IVC, 1994
UPDATE by Steve Rochford:

Our longtime friend and colleague Jim Rynning has passed away. Jim had been with the college since the Spring of 1991 but had become sick and been away from IVC for the past two years. He initially worked for the Foundation, (in a very old IVC manner of production). We were literally a hamlet of a college back then, not even a small college! Within a couple of years he was formally hired in the IVC School of Arts where he worked with both the Music and Theatre Departments as the only full time technical personnel until we opened the PAC. Later he also worked with the Dance Department until we finally hired a few more people and the workload was distributed amongst a few others. Jim was also seen around campus assisting with other types of undertakings in which the School of Arts was involved. For many years Jim served on the Campus Safety Committee, on a number of hiring committees, and, when we entered the actual building phase and opening on October 30, 2007, (he arrived one semester after the actual design committee had done its work in the Fall of 1990), on the PAC Working & Planning Committee. Finally, he served alongside his classified and faculty colleagues on the internal PAC Committee, (a committee that consist of the School of Arts technical personnel, theater and dance directors and choreographers, the music conductors and the PAC staff), where PAC planning, School of Arts season scheduling and a myriad of other production and PAC operational policies are/have been decided. Jim was a veteran. He served in the US Army where he was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. If I recall correctly. I believe he was an Alumnus with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Theatre from CSU Northridge and later received his Master’s Degree in Lighting Design from Florida State University. Jim Rynning was a great colleague who possessed a dry, witty and keen sense of humor and a hearty laugh! He will be missed by all of us. RIP Jim.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Lake Street Dive do the Kinks' classic, "Lola"

Well I'd left home just a week before
And I'd never ever kissed a woman before
Lola smiled and took me by the hand
She said, "Little boy, gonna make you a man."
Well I'm not the world's most masculine man
But I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man
So is Lola

Monday, April 30, 2018

Doc D (aka David Bugay) has written a new musical comedy—Zombie Dearest—and, natch, it's being produced here at IVC!?

     You remember David Bugay! Despite what his Linked in page says below, Bugay was Vice Chancellor (not President) of Human Resources at SOCCCD. 
     —Until, that is, he was fired about a year ago. (See Poof: Bugay bugs out)

     Bugay certainly had his detractors. HR had a pretty bad reputation while he was in charge of it. 
     It didn't help that Teddi Lorch was the "Director" of HR. She's an idiot. 
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     You'll recall that, way back in 2011, district denizens were informed:

Colleagues and Friends,
You are invited to attend the premiere of
The Naked Turtle Dances

Poem by David Bugay
Music by Daniel Luzko
Choreography by Marie de la Palme

     This poetry/music/dance thang was presented at IVC (Luzko teaches and de la Palme taught at IVC). 
     His poetry is pretty bad. So, what gives?
     I guess Bugay had pull up here at the northern college. 
     Those with knowledge of poetry at the college took a dim view of Bugay's efforts. (See The pious and the poetic, November, 2011.) Not for the first time, we asked: Why all the sub-collegiate bullshit at IVC? 
     Remember the time our "multiculturalism" event was a showing of 20th-Century-Fox's The King and I?
     Our college is best known, of course, for holding that idiotic "Astounding Inventions" competition for kiddies. You know: hats that drop sandwiches into your face.
     Remember when the Foundations director wanted to put on a "book burning" to publicize the college? A year or so later, he wanted to present a collection of famous shoes.
     Typically, when High Schoolers are invited to the college, Team IVC sets up bouncy-houses. And there're hundreds of blue and white balloons.
     It's a question we often ask here at Dumbshit College.
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     It turns out that Bugay has long pursued a writing career. As writer, he now goes by the pen name "Doc D" (see below). Aside from The Naked Turtle Dances, Doc D has written such works as Backbonology: Tough Decisions at Work, Zombie Dearest: Poems for Young Zombies, and Zombie Dearest: a Two-Act Musical Comedy:

From the "Doc the Writer" homepage.
"He has found two major obstacles in the skillsets of emerging leaders."
Obstacles in their skillsets?

     —And guess what?! TODAY, Irvine Valley College's "IVC Happenings" sports the following page:

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     Just who is this La Grand Barr? —Actually, his name is LeGrand (or Le Grand) Barr, and he lives in Aliso Viejo. (IVC publications seems to think his name is "La Grand".)
     He's a local musician (piano). Here's his Facebook Page.
     He tells us that he has "played for different ministries here in South Orange County...."

8-14: do you regret all the lying?

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Goals and Values and Twaddle

blather: long-winded talk with no real substance*
The whole concept of MSLOs [measurable student learning outcomes] as the latest fad in education is somewhat akin to the now discredited fad of the '90's, Total Quality Management, or TQM. Essentially, the ACCJC adopted MSLOs as the overarching basis for accrediting community colleges based on their faith in the theoretical treatises of a movement.... After repeated requests for research showing that such use of MSLOs is effective, none has been forthcoming from the ACCJC [accreditors]. Prior to large scale imposition of such a requirement at all institutions, research should be provided to establish that continuous monitoring of MSLOs has resulted in measurable improvements in student success at a given institution. No such research is forthcoming because there is none….
The Accountability Game…., Leon F. Marzillier (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, October, 2002)
In the summer of ’13, I offered a critique of the awkward verbiage by which the district and colleges explain their values, goals, and objectives —aka SOCCCD'S G&V (goals and values) blather.
I wrote a post each for the district, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College efforts. (See the links below.)
This verbiage—stated in terms of “values,” “missions,” “goals,” “visions,” and whatnot—is often badly written. It is sometimes embarrassingly trite.
It occasionally communicates something worthwhile.
No doubt you are familiar with the usual objections to jargon. Higher education, too, has its jargon—an irony, given typical college-level instruction in writing, which urges jargon eschewery.
Sure enough, SOCCCD G&V blather is riddled with jargon and with terms misused and abused. For instance, in the case of the district’s dubious blather, the so-called “vision” is actually a purpose. Why didn't they just call it that?
As one slogs through this prattle, one finds that "visions" tend to be awfully similar to “missions,” with which they are distinguished. The latter in turn are awfully similar to “goals,” which must be distinguished from “objectives.” But aren't goals and objectives pretty much the same thing?
These perverse word games will surely perplex or annoy anyone armed with a command of the English language. In fact, readers will be perplexed to the degree that they are thus armed. Illiterates, of course, will be untroubled.
Here's a simple point: the district and colleges’ G&V blather tends to eschew good, plain English in favor of technical terms and trendy words and phrases (i.e., it tends to be bullshitty and vague). Thus, one encounters such trendy terminological turds as “dynamic,” “diversity,” “student success,” and “student-centered.” Even meretricious neologisms such as ISLOs and “persistence rates” pop up, unexplained, undefended.
Does anyone see a transparency problem with all of this? Shouldn't the public, or at least the well educated public, be able to comprehend statements of the colleges' goals and values?
In the case of the district, to its credit, all it really seems to want to say is that it wants to teach well and it wants students to succeed. Admirable!
So why all the ugly, common-sense defying, buzzword-encrusted claptrap?

Districtular poppycock: our “vision” and our “mission” and our tolerance of twaddle - July 31, 2013

THEY BUZZ: Saddleback College's "Mission, Vision, and Values" - August 4, 2013

IVC’s vision, mission, and goals: nonsense on stilts - August 5, 2013

THE IRVINE VALLEY CHRONICLES: no ideas, just clichés & buzzwords - Sep 30, 2013

*From my Apple laptop's dictionary