Congratulations Jackie Boll, Dean of the Library/Learning
as Interim Dean of Library and Learning Resources, Jackie Boll underwent
a highly competitive selection and interview process to obtain the
position of Dean of Library and Learning Resources. Jackie says, "The
Library/Learning Resource Center has always been user-friendly. I look
forward to improving and expanding our services bringing forth a new
energy and excitement to this beautiful campus resource."
Ebooks, or electronic books, are quickly growing
in number and popularity in our library's collection. They are "everywhere" because
they can be read from any internet connection, whether browing for
facts for a research paper, or copying and pasting passages to notes
for a speech. Ebooks are easily accessible through the library's
online catalog with a link to the NetLibrary web site.
For off-campus access a user name
and password are required. Further information can be had by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Legal Case that Ended School
Segregation in Orange County: A Mendez Panel Discusssion
The Friends of the Fullerton College Library are pleased to announce
that Sylvia Mendez, Gonzalo Mendez, Jr., Jerome “Geronimo”
Mendez, Mike Matsuda, and Judge Frederick P. Aguirre will participate
in a panel discussion about how the California legal case Gonzalo Mendez,
et al. vs. Westminster School District of Orange County, et al. forever
changed their lives. On Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 12 noon in
the Campus Theater, Adela Lopez, Fullerton College Ethnic Studies Department
Coordinator and faculty member, will moderate this discussion to present
the personal story behind the legal case which was initiated by the
Mendez family in 1944.
You may ask yourself, who is the Mendez family? The children
of Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and his wife Felicitas
Mendez, a Puerto Rican, were born in Orange County. The three
eldest children were nine, eight, and seven when they were
turned away from the Westminster Grammar School due to the
color of their skin and their last name. Mike Matsuda, North
Orange County Community College Board of Trustee member and
co-author of Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children – An
American Civil Rights Victory, writes, “This profound
story has impacted everyone of us, regardless
of race, and truly gives meaning to the phrase-‘and
justice for all’." Judge Frederick P. Aguirre
adds, “My father and other Latino World War II veterans
used the precedent set in the Mendez case to convince the
Trustees of the Placentia School Board to end the practice
of segregating Latino children in separate but inferior schools.
Thus, I was able to attend an integrated public grammar school,
receive a quality education and compete on an equal ground
with all the students from my hometown."
The Mendez family is finally beginning to be recognized
for their contributions. In 2003, Representative Loretta
Sanchez submitted House Concurrent Resolution 200, which
was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary recognizing “Gonzalo
and Felicitas Mendez, and those who actively supported their
efforts, for ending segregation in schools in Orange County,
California, and for setting the precedent for the historic
Brown v. Board of Education case.