Our Teachers is one of the TOP reasons to attend GWC!

By Tre Nesbit
Western Sun staff writer

Students have no need to travel to the Smithsonian Institute or the National Geographic museum to view some of the renowned sculptures featured there. They can simply take a stroll right down to Humanities 133 right here on the Golden West College campus to view the artist whose work is featured in such places in action.

Raymond Persinger doubles as a prolific sculptor whose work has been featured in museums across the world, and as a professor to students wanting too learn about the craft. Be it bronze, clay, or even glasswork Persinger brings his extensive body of work and experience to the classroom to assist novice artists.

Persinger’s eyes light up as he begins talking about his students. “I really like teaching at this level because for many people this is when they discover what they’ve been missing, something they feel they’ve needed.” He says that many discover their desire to be artists in his classes and “It’s nice to be that person that introduces them.”

“I recall a particular moment when a student slammed her first on the table and said ‘this rocks! I had no idea this was out here.’ I told her ‘it’s been waiting for you for some 2,000 years,” he says with a chuckle.

The 45-year-old was a born handyman, building things with his father’s tools from a young age. “I always loved making things, I think on some level we all do as humans. We like to express our experiences be it spiritual, sexual, music, food.”

He continued with his craftsmanship until a high school teacher encouraged him to expand on his handyman tendencies through means of studying fine art. First came his bachelor’s form California State University (CSU) Long Beach. Next was his Master of Fine Arts degree from CSU Fullerton and next came his legacy.

At the fresh age of 23 Persinger was commissioned for his first large public art piece, creating “Mustangs,” a life-size recreation of three horses for the city of Brea. Persinger was then recruited by Dinamation, creating life-sized sculptures of dinosaurs and other creatures for museums across the world. After 10 solid years with the company he left doing freelance work for Disney and was eventually asked to teach at the Laguna College of Art and Design from 1995-2013 which Persinger says is one the highlights of his career.

“I’m really proud of what we did there, I mean we built the program from the ground up. It was eventually recognized as one of the best programs in the nation. It was just my wife Mary Ann and I. We had had good instructors, and so we were good instructors.”

As an instructor Persinger says he continues to learn from his students. “I believe the Outside the classroom his work influences his whole family who gets in on the art. He works alongside his wife and even his children. “I remember when I had my first daughter she must have been only a toddler, I was so in love. I would let her create with me sometime, she would sculpt away at the base of a piece and I would go back and fix it or change things. It got to a point where she put her hand out at me once as if to see ‘no, this part is done.”

Presinger’s favorite part about creating is that art “has a life of it’s own. You create it and so many people love it and means different things to so many different people. It continues to live on, people take pictures with your work and people tell you stories of how it influenced them or what it means to them. You love knowing you did something that mattered to someone.”

In general terms of creating the sculptors best advice is to be true to yourself. “If you do your own work, people will find you. If you do someone else’s work they’ll end up finding them.”

Raymond currently teaches 3D Design and Sculpting at Golden West College as well as classes at Mt. San Antonio, Orange Coast College, Golden West and Blizzard Entertainment Academy.

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Fall 2014 Registration has begun!

Fall registration has begun! You should have your registration date and time in your MyGWC email by now. Make sure that you have completed (or are scheduled to complete) the orientation and counseling workshop (SOAR students!). By completing these tasks you will be eligible for registration, and should have a general understanding on how to layout your semester.

Should you have any questions as a new student or as a returning student, please visit our new Answer Center located in the Admissions building. They can help you with a variety of questions regarding schedule, services and your records. Stop by and get those questions answered so that you are off and running in the right direction.

Need extra assistance, use the contact button above to send me an email. I would be more than happy to answer and/or direct your question.

Important drop-dates and info for Fall 2014

Prior to the Start of Term:
Fees are due IMMEDIATELY at the time of registration. All fees must be paid including the Health Fee, College Service Charge and any Material Fees by all students, including Financial Aid students (BOGW). Golden West College does not bill for registration fees. If payments are not received by the fee payment deadlines, students WILL BE DROPPED from classes (including Waitlist classes) to make seats available for other students seeking to register. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from classes by the refund deadline to ensure cancellation of fees.

Start of Term (August 25, 2014)
Students who are enrolled in classes when the term begins (enrolled after 2:00 p.m. on Friday prior to term start date) and have not paid fees, WILL NOT be dropped for non-payment. Students will incur a financial obligation to the college AND a hold will be placed on their record if payment is not received or they do not drop prior to the refund deadline.

Once the Term has Started:
Students who register for classes after the term begins WILL NOT be dropped for non-payment. Students will incur a financial obligation to the college AND a hold will be placed on their record if payment is not received. This hold will block future registration (adds, drops), obtaining transcripts, grades, diplomas, or verification of enrollment until all fees are paid.

July 17, 2014 (2:00p.m.): For registration between July 7 and July 13
July 24, 2014 (2:00p.m.): For Registration between July 14 and July 17
July 28, 2014 (2:00p.m.): For Registration between July 18 and July 21
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August 21, 2014 (2:00p.m.): For Registration between August 12 and August 14
August 22, 2014 (2:00p.m.): Final Drop for non-payment for fall 2014 registration. Any registration that has occurred prior to 2:00p.m. on August 22 and not been paid will be dropped for non-payment.
Any registration that occurs after 2:00p.m. on August 22 will not be dropped for non-payment.
Students that enroll are responsible for paying their fees or withdrawing from classes prior to the refund deadline to cancel fees.

IMPORTANT: Students are responsible for any fees incurred and grades received. It is the student’s responsibility to drop classes by the State mandated refund deadline to avoid fee obligations and MUST print a student class program (available via MyGWC) to verify all withdrawals.
Financial Aid recipients eligible for:

BOGW plus State or Federal Grants and/or Loans (PELL Grants) may NOT be dropped for non-payment. Financial aid students not subject to drop for non-payment receive an email indicating they will not be dropped for non-payment. Those students are responsible for dropping any classes you do not intend to take and verifying the drop by printing the “Student Class Program/Web Schedule bill. Once the financial aid has been posted to your account, if you have a fee balance you will be able to pay the balance through your MyGWC account. You will be notified after the semester begins if you have a balance due.

BOGW only Students: BOG Fee Waivers pay enrollment fees ONLY. If your BOG Fee Waiver (BOGW) has been applied to your registration account, you must pay the required health fee, College Service Charge and materials fees or you will be dropped from your classes, including waitlisted classes, if enrolled prior to the start of the semester. You may verify that your BOGW has been posted to your registration account by logging in to your MyGWC and checking your account balance. NOTE: If your BOGW has not been posted to your account, please pay the total balance due to avoid being dropped.

GWC’s Summer Schedule Now Available Online!

Golden West College has updated and posted it’s searchable summer session schedule online at www.goldenwestcollege.edu/schedule

If you have a particular class you are looking into, a preferred instructor, or a specific summer schedule that you would like to research, using the searchable tool in the posted schedule online is a very helpful resource for you.

To research articulation agreements (aka which classes count for others) with UC and CSU schools you can visit www.ASSIST.org

Of course you are welcome to contact me at anytime with questions! Go to the contact link above to send me an email. No questions too big, no question too small!


Big name skateboarder Geoff Rowley took full advantage of the GWC booth by teaching his young son the concept of the corn hole game.

Golden West College mingles with the Pros at the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark Opening on Saturday

Golden West College was present Saturday, March 22nd for the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark and Jack’s Garage skate shop grand opening celebration. GWC provided free parking, free t-shirts, and the chance to win a $100 Vans gift card for the neighboring event. The day’s festivities included an official ribbon cutting, skateboarding, autograph signings from Vans pro skateboarders and the inaugural “SoCal Sole of Fame” induction ceremony honoring local legends.

GWC participated in the opening with a vendor booth at the event and the campus provided free parking for the day. GWC athletes volunteered in the booth and were able to mingle with a mix of over a thousand local friends and families, Vans executives, city officials, and past and present skateboarding legends.
The 42,500 square foot park complex is located on Center Avenue just east of the Golden West College campus. It is free to the public, features two lighted skate areas catering to both bowl and street skating. The park includes a Taco Surf snack bar, and the onsite Jacks Garage Skate Shop will double as a fully-stocked skate shop with top brands, skate equipment and rentals. Vans is making a long-term, multi-million dollar investment in the Huntington Beach community with the project, and Golden West College was happy to be a part of their opening day.
Big name skateboarder Geoff Rowley took full advantage of the GWC booth by teaching his young son the concept of the corn hole game.

Having trouble applying, forgot to put your SOAR code, or haven’t received your ID #?

I have heard many of your questions this past month while I have been visiting the high schools. Some asking what to do if you didn’t receive your ID # yet and you are needing to sign up for your SOAR test at your HS, and another question has been what to do if you forgot to mark the SOAR code on your application. The quick answer to both questions is to call our Admissions and Records Office at 714-895-8306. They will be able to look you up in our system to correct and/or give you the information that you need. Should they not have a student ID number for you yet (it takes processing time if you just applied) and you are needing to sign up for SOAR testing at your high school within the next day or two, we offer makeup SOAR testing on the GWC campus. Your Career Center at the high school you attend will be able to give you those dates.

Tips for those getting ready for the Assessment tests…PREPARE! Take a look at the sample questions and levels offered for math on our Assessment Center website at http://goldenwestcollege.edu/assessment/


New Student Enrollment Process (SOAR included)

Changes in our New Student enrollment process will be taking effect Fall 2014.  Under the new regulations, new students who have completed the online application, online orientation, assessment, attended a DegreeWorks workshop and have an education plan on file will be receiving priority registration over students that do not meet this criteria. Additionally, meeting these criteria will be essential to SOAR students receiving their priority registration. For more information on Registration Priority check out: http://goldenwestcollege.edu/admissions/priority.html

DegreeWorks is a tool that will help your students meet academic goals by allowing access to their Student Education Plan online.  Access to DegreeWorks is found through their MyGWC portal page. For additional information check out the DegreeWorks tutorial at: http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/dw/