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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 21, 2011 

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

Contact:         Jim Mastin, Director of Public Information & Auxiliary Services




                  Ukiah, CA – Mendocino College Administrative Assistant (Counseling) Darletta Fulwider was selected in November as recipient of the quarterly award for Classified Staff.

            “I grew up at Mendocino College. My mother and grandmother both went to school here when it was down at the fairgrounds and I would go with them and hang out on campus” she reflected. “Since we lived on Pinoleville I watched the new campus being built. This place is a part of my life.” So much a part of her life that she graduated from Mendocino College and went on to get her BA from Sonoma State, taking classes at their center located on the Ukiah Campus.

            Fulwider has worked at Mendocino College since the late ‘90s.  She started as a student worker for the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering & Science Achievement) program and moved to the CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) & HEP (High School Equivalency) programs as a temporary classified staff member in 2001. She has been in the counseling department for 5 years and according to her supervisor, Vice President of Education and Student Services Meridith Randall, Darletta’s strengths are “Her dedication to students, the excellent manner in which she works with them in person and on the phone, plus her conscientiousness about getting the essential work done in the Counseling Office.  In addition, she advises the Native American Club and provides periodic outreach to Native American students.” With a rich tribal background ranging from the Little Lake Pomo and Round Valley Tribes to the Nomlaki, KonKow and Pitt River tribes of the Upper Sacramento Valley, she is well prepared to assist all students at Mendocino College

Randall concluded by stating that “Due to recent downsizing of staff at the college, Darletta has taken extra duties without complaint. Most aren’t aware of the amount of work that she accomplishes and her true dedication to the success of Mendocino College students.”

The Mendocino College Foundation has allocated $2,000 annually for the classified staff recognition program. One recipient is selected each quarter by a committee that includes the Mendocino College Superintendent/President, two vice-presidents and the Director of Human Resources. The selection is based on supervisor nominations, contributions to the college and longevity.   

The winner has the opportunity to choose a college program to receive $500 which can be used by that program in support of the college’s strategic goals. 

Mendocino College’s strategic goals are the following: Become a learner-centered institution by focusing on student success; Improve student access to college programs and services; Enhance the student learning experience by providing educational, cultural and social opportunities beyond the classroom; Maximize the procurement and efficient use of financial, human and physical resources; Build new and stronger relationships with businesses, educators, agencies and other constituents of our communities.

Fulwider has requested that the $500 from the Foundation be given to the Native American Program & Services Scholarship Fund to assist students in furthering their education.

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