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Brian Jean entertains at art reception

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Graupman discusses his photos






By Gloria Saldivar
We end the fall semester of 2014 with an amazing exhibit in our very own Taft College Art Gallery. This exhibit displays incredible photographs by Gary Graupman and Erwin Ledford. The photographs were taken in Australia and Alaska of flora and fauna.

Of course, we couldn’t end the semester without an art reception for the artists, so on December 12, 2014, professor Swenson hosted a reception. Artist Gary Graupman shared the limelight with Brian Jean who played the acoustic guitar for the audience. The beautiful sound of the music along with the photographs was enough to captivate the audience. Brian Jean played some of his new music along with music still in the making.

Gary Graupman spoke about each one of his photographs. He shared his favorite ones with the audience and spoke about his trips. His family and friends were there to show him support.

The exhibit will be on display in the art gallery until January 23, 2015, so there is still time to go see it. “There is never an admission at the Taft College Art Gallery so bring a friend.”

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Art reception

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Coomer playing for the LA Dodgers

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Coomer with the Cubs

Taft College winds up for its 2nd annual Triple Play Dinner & Auction

benefiting the college’s athletics programs. The event will be held at

The Historic Fort in Taft on Friday January 23, 2015, with no host

cocktails starting at 6:00 and the dinner will begin at 7:00pm.

The Taft College Athletics department is excited to announce this

year’s special guest; Ron Coomer, former Taft College student-athlete

and former 9-year veteran major league baseball player. Last year’s

guest speaker was major league baseball player and author, Dave


Coomer attended and played baseball at Taft College in 1986-1987 and

was a 14th round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics in June 1987.

Coomer still holds records at Taft College, most notably hitting 19

home runs in 1987.

Additionally, Coomer played in the major leagues from

1995-2003, with most of his career spent with the Minnesota

Twins. In 1999, Coomer made the American League All-Star

Game in Boston as a first baseman. He retired from baseball in 2003 as

a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a major-league batting

average of .274, while hitting 92 home runs and driving in 449 RBI.

Since his retirement from baseball, Coomer has been a working

member of the media. He worked for Fox Sports North for several

years covering the Minnesota Twins. This past year he became the

radio-color analyst for WGN radio covering the Chicago Cubs.

The second annual Triple Play Dinner and Auction will be catered by

Salty’s Barbecue. All proceeds from the event will help support Taft

College athletic programs. Individual tickets to this event are $60

presale and $75 at the door. Sponsorship tables can be purchased for

$500. Please contact the Taft College Athletics Department at

763-7829 for more information.


Kanoe Bandy

Director of Athletics, Taft College

Vince Maiocco

Head Baseball Coach, Taft College

2015 WOK January Speaker

Saturday, January 17, Writers of Kern proudly presents award-winning author and featured speaker Dr. Alton Gansky to kick off a new year of motivational and information-filled meetings.

In his talk, “Moving from Inspiration to Publication ~ An Insider’s View,” Gansky will discuss what makes for a great idea and how to shape that idea into print worthy material. The author of over 40 books, novels and nonfiction, all published with traditional houses, he said, “I’ve been selling my writing for twenty years.”

Dr. Gansky will provide insights into the working of a professional writer’s mind. He will discuss how to take the necessary steps that lead from idea to publication and relate how writers face and conquer the challenges of publication.

Alton Gansky (BA, MA, Lit. D.) has served as keynote speaker and teacher at writers conferences around the country and Canada. He directs the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference held each year in North Carolina. See to learn about Dr. Gansky and his books.


Writers of Kern monthly meetings, held on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Clarion Hotel on Rosedale Highway, are open to the public. Admission is $10. For more information, visit the website at

By Gloria Saldivar

As the fall semester comes to an end we can look forward to the end of the year celebrations. Those celebrations however got an early start here on campus. Faculty engaged in an epic holiday door decorating contest the first week of December, and the winners were announced December 9, 2014.

Faculty got into the spirit and decorated their doors with every inch of holiday awesomeness they could come up with. Many themes filled the campus doors everything ranging from Star Wars to Surfer Santa Claus. In my opinion all the doors and their decorators are winners and they all deserve an A for  awesome creativity.

In third place came the talented Jill Brown and Kayleen Brown who created a Peanuts themed door. The snoopy props were loved by the judges. It was definitely a sweet reminder of the beloved cartoon loved by many. Speaking about sweet, Jill and Kayleen received a gift card to See’s Candy for placing in the top three. A sweet prize from the sweet judges for the sweet contestants.

Peanuts themed door

Peanuts themed door

In second place the Math Lab’s crew (Rebekah Horton, Brad Cramer, Kent Miller, and Morgan Haskell) took a break from crunching numbers to create a Gingerbread theme door. The judges loved the different textures and fine details that were used to bring the door to life. This door however was part of a bigger set up. The Math Lab and Writing Lab teamed up and dedicated the Gingerbread styled house to Taft College and our beloved campus dog, Ginger who sadly passed away. The writing lab’s door did not make the final cut because it fell outside the parameters of the judging round. All together however it makes a wonderful gingerbread house and it is a must see! The second place winners received a goodie cart from the judges.

Gingerbread Themed Door

Gingerbread Themed Door

In first place came the playful snowball fight themed door created by Joell Chaidez, Bonita Bullard, and Kristal Powell from the Testing Center. It was given the title “A TC Snow Fight” and the judges absolutely loved it. “The expression in each picture made it seem like they were actually involved in a snow fight”. First place winners received a large gift basket.

Snowball fight themed door

Snowball fight themed door

This second annual holiday door decorating contest was a great way to end the fall semester of 2014.






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