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Ah, April—the month of blooming flowers, fresh beginnings, and all things new! As the sun shines a little brighter and the world bursts with color, it’s the perfect time to embrace change and embark on new adventures. Whether planting seeds in your garden, refreshing your wardrobe with vibrant colors, or diving into exciting projects, April is the ultimate opportunity to hit the refresh button and infuse your life with creativity and energy. So, let’s welcome April with open arms and a spirit of excitement, ready to embrace all the wonderful possibilities that come with this season of renewal!

With appreciation,
Jacqueline and Kristine

 

 

From Picking in the Fields to Medicine
Dr. Pablo Romero’s grit and passion

At 73, Dr. Pablo Romero, a Salinas resident, is living his best life. As their family practice doctor, he just started his residency at Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas at Plaza Circle. This is one of 13 clinics in the area.

“This is a dream come true for me,” he said. “I have everything I need here – a director, a medical assistant, all the tools – to help my patients with their health needs.”

He jokes about having to clock in for the first time and learning new technology. But he is enjoying the process because it is better for his patients.

“Dr. Romero is one of our most esteemed alumni,” said Jackie Cruz, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Hartnell College and executive director for the Hartnell College Foundation. “He is a dedicated philanthropist and an engaged past foundation board member whose wisdom has brought about amazing ideas on how to support Hartnell students best.”

Dr. Romero’s journey to medical school was far from the usual. He immigrated to the Salinas area when he was 14. He grew up in a small town near Queretaro, Mexico. He worked in the fields for a while and then went back home. He later decided to return to Salinas and was introduced to broccoli for the first time – he was picking it.

In 1970, the U.S. Army drafted him – this is when he started to learn English. Because he only had a ‘green card,’ he was not allowed to fight in the Vietnam War. But he earned his GED while in Germany. He returned to Salinas two years later.

At the unemployment office, a gentleman told him about Hartnell College. He went and met Joe Martinez in admissions, and his educational journey began.

“I had to start from scratch,” he said. “But so thankful for Joe – he was very instrumental in my educational path.”

He graduated from Hartnell in 1974 and transferred to UC Irvine. He then moved on to U.C. San Francisco for Medical School. He graduated in 1980.

“I was a very good surgeon,” he said. “But I always felt that my calling was family practice – I was made to serve communities as a family doctor.” He has worked for Natividad Hospital and Salinas Valley Health.

Dr. Romero’s life is filled with love, family, and community. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Patricia, their three daughters, and five grandchildren. He is also a wine enthusiast and connoisseur and thus enjoys having a cellar at his house.

Patricia and Dr. Romero met when he was in medical school. They sat beside each other on a flight to Cancun and exchanged contact information. They later reconnected in San Francisco while Patricia visited with her sister. They are celebrating 43 years of marriage.

For Dr. Romero, reconnecting with Hartnell College via its Foundation was necessary. For almost 15 years, he and Patricia have significantly contributed to the scholarship fund and the STEM programs. In addition, he has served on the Hartnell College Foundation Board.

“Keep your faith, believe, and get over the obstacles,” he said. “If you keep your mind set on what you want to be, you will get there.”

Jack and Suzanne Killian Scholarship Program

The Hartnell College Music Department celebrates the generosity of Jack Killian, whose legacy continues to enrich the lives of aspiring musicians through a transformative scholarship program. This initiative, made possible by Jack and his wife Suzanne’s dedication to supporting the arts, offers ten Music Majors at Hartnell invaluable opportunities, including $2,000 scholarships per semester, private lessons, and funded field trips. Jack’s passion for music and his commitment to education shines through as his legacy uplifts future generations of musicians. Click here to read more.

 

Complete Your Will or Living Trust
by Attending Our Next Estate Planning Seminar on
April 17, 2024, Beginning at 5:30 PM

 

Nursing and Health Sciences Building (Building O)
Corner of West Alisal and Homestead
Hartnell College Main Campus, Salinas
 
 
Completing your will or trust requires a plan. Hartnell College Foundation has resources to assist you, including an estate planning guide and our legacy website. Hartnell also can provide a free consultation with an estate planning attorney.

As an essential first step, we invite you to attend our upcoming estate planning seminar on Wednesday, April 17th. Here, we will provide the tools you need to help you complete your plan.
  • Protect your loved ones with a plan
  • Greatly reduce the challenges of probate
  • Estate planning attorney and financial planner available
  • Make a difference and establish your legacy
Please consider attending this complimentary seminar and start your way to creating your legacy. To RSVP for your spot, please email Jackie Cruz at jcruz@hartnell.edu or Kristine Edmunds at kedmunds@hartnell.edu.
 
Got Taxes on Your Mind?
 

 
If you are facing a heavy tax burden this year, philanthropy may offer a helpful solution. America believes in its public charities. Giving from appreciated property or your IRA may decrease your tax burden while supporting an organization like the Hartnell College Foundation’s mission.

Consider these tax-relieving ways to give:

Giving stockoffers two tax benefits: an income tax deduction and bypassing the capital gains tax. You can use the income tax benefit if you itemize your giving, and by giving stock directly to the the Hartnell College Foundation, you avoid the capital gains tax that would apply upon selling the stock. To maintain your portfolio, you can reinvest in the same stock after making a gift, resetting the cost basis at a new level and reducing future tax burdens.

Giving from an IRAallows you to donate pre-taxed assets, avoiding income tax on the gifted amount, up to $105,000 per year if you’re over 70 1/2 years or older. This also helps satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution beginning at age 73 and benefits those who don’t need all of their IRA income this year.

Click on the following links to learn more about the tax advantages of leaving a stock gift or IRA gift to the Hartnell College Foundation, please contact us.
 
 
Plan Your Will/Trust and
Protect Your Loved Ones
 
 
If you are thinking about giving the Hartnell College Foundation an estate gift from your will or trust, please contact us or learn more on our website.

If you want a free estate planning guide, please click here.

 

Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
jcruz@hartnell.edu
(831) 444-2446 mobile

Kristine Edmunds
Director of Philanthropy
Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 755-6903 Office
(831) 601-0016 Mobile
kedmunds@hartnell.edu 

To make an immediate gift in support of Hartnell students, please click here.


The information contained in this newsletter is not intended as tax, legal, or financial advice. Gift results may vary. Consult with your personal financial advisor for information specific to your situation.

Spring is just around the corner, and March is here to pave the way with its sunny disposition and blooming optimism! Let’s kickstart this month with a burst of energy and a dash of outdoor adventure. Picture this: a day filled with laughter, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Whether you’re strolling through the park, pedaling down a scenic trail, or simply basking in the warmth of the sun, there’s magic in every moment. So, grab your favorite hiking buddy, pack a picnic, and make this March a whirlwind of joy and unforgettable experiences!

With appreciation,
Jacqueline and Kristine

David Jones
An Opportunity to Help Students Succeed
 

Twenty years ago, David Jones, 68, joined the custodian team at Hartnell College. He has loved coming to work daily and spending time on campus, even on his days off.

“I like what I do – I interact with the students and everyone who comes through the doors,” he said. “I am a resource to those needing assistance on any given day.”

Now a lead custodian, he makes a difference in students’ lives. Jones is a President Circle Member now and, as such, is committed to student success.

“If I can’t help others physically, I can help financially,” he said. “We all have the opportunity to help in any way we can.”

Jones joined the Hartnell College Foundation’s Employee Giving many years ago. He could give $10 – $15 per month towards scholarships. But two years ago, he decided he could make a more significant impact and raised his monthly donation to $100 – landing him in the President’s Circle category for those who give annual contributions of $1,000 or more.

“This sends a powerful message to our students that we believe in them and are willing to support them above and beyond our everyday work,” said Jackie Cruz, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director for the Hartnell College Foundation. “What David is doing is admirable – he is a source of inspiration.”

During the first two months of 2024, the campaign has raised $130,952.98, including 79 President Circle Members for 162 employee donors.

“I have talked to some scholarship recipients, and they appreciate the help,” he said. “They are going through hardships, and the scholarships help them in different areas of their lives.”

Jones was born in Washington State and raised in Colorado. His dad was in the military, and the family made it to Monterey (Fort Ord) and settled here. He has two sisters and two brothers. His dad passed away, but his mom lives in Seaside, and he gets to visit her often.

“I was never given anything, so I have the opportunity to put this donation to good use – as a contributor and role model,” he said.

 

The Men’s Institute for Leadership and Education

Hartnell College introduced the Men’s Institute for Leadership and Education (MILE) Program in 2015, aiming to recognize and support men’s contributions to their families and communities while addressing the unique challenges they face in academic and personal spheres. Despite men comprising 50% of Hartnell students, only 30% of degrees are earned by males, prompting the establishment of MILE to foster academic success and leadership among male scholars. The program offers a comprehensive package including intensive leadership training, access to campus resources, mentorship from community leaders, and a $2,500 financial award per student, empowering MILE scholars to overcome obstacles and thrive inside and outside the classroom. With 20 scholars awarded and several community leaders volunteering their mentorship, MILE has proven to be a transformative experience for participants, shaping their paths toward personal, academic, and professional success.

Driven by a mission to elevate graduation rates and empower male students in the Salinas Valley, MILE is dedicated to guiding scholars to realize their full potential through leadership development, mentorship, and financial assistance. The program envisions a future where MILE Scholars at Hartnell College emerge as community leaders with the skills and support necessary to achieve their academic and professional goals. With a focus on fostering leadership potential and facilitating holistic success, MILE aspires to make a lasting impact on the lives of its scholars, contributing to a culture of achievement and empowerment within the college and beyond.
Learn More Here.

Complete Your Will or Living Trust
by Attending Our Next Estate Planning Seminar on
April 17, 2024, Beginning at 5:30 PM

Completing your will or trust requires a plan. Hartnell College Foundation has resources to assist you, including an estate planning guide and our legacy website. Hartnell also can provide a free consultation with an estate planning attorney.

As an essential first step, we invite you to attend our upcoming estate planning seminar on Wednesday, April 17th. Here, we will provide the tools you need to help you complete your plan.

  • Protect your loved ones with a plan

  • Greatly reduce the challenges of probate

  • Estate planning attorney and financial planner available

  • Make a difference and establish your legacy

Please consider attending this complimentary seminar and start your way to creating your legacy. To RSVP for your spot, please email Jackie Cruz at jcruz@hartnell.edu or Kristine Edmunds at kedmunds@hartnell.edu.

What Happens to Your IRA When You Are Done Using It?

By design, Congress wishes for you to exhaust your traditional IRA during your lifetime. After all, it is based on your pre-taxed retirement savings. Should your IRA outlast you, your beneficiaries who inherit your IRA will pay ordinary income tax on any withdrawals they make. Your beneficiaries must then empty the IRA within ten years, which could be a significant tax burden.

Nonprofits, however, will not pay taxes on any gift from your IRA. Furthermore, there are better ways to provide for your heirs without the tax burden. If you want to learn more about the various ways and tax advantages of leaving the Hartnell College Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA, please click here or contact us.

 

Your Planning Gives Your Loved Ones Hope

If you are thinking about giving the Hartnell College Foundation an estate gift from your will or trust, please contact us or learn more on our website.

If you want a free estate planning guide, please click here.


Our very best!


Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
jcruz@hartnell.edu
(831) 444-2446 mobile

Kristine Edmunds
Director of Philanthropy
Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 755-6903 Office
(831) 601-0016 Mobile
kedmunds@hartnell.edu 

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Join us on this exciting journey through February as we explore love, history, and the magic of an extra day on the calendar. Get ready for a month filled with warmth, chocolate, appreciation, and a touch of the extraordinary!

Here’s to savoring February – the month of loving relationships, legacy, and an extra dose of positivity. Let’s make it count!

With appreciation,
Jacqueline and Kristine

Amaris Santiago
Filled with Gratitude

Amaris Santiago, 19, is very close to her parents. They give her all the support and encouragement any daughter can wish for. Regarding her academics, she said being a Hartnell student has given her all the advantages and opportunities to succeed.

“I feel supported, I feel part of a community, I feel encouraged,” she said. “This ignites my passion to pursue a career in education.”

Santiago is part of this year’s Women’s Education & Leadership Institute (WELI) cohort. She earned a scholarship and has a mentor that guides her.

“It was great to meet women in different disciplines and interests,” she said. “The scholarship has helped me fulfill the extra expenses for books and supplies.”

WELI prepares students with energy and confidence, knowing they have a network of peers and mentors supporting them throughout the year.

Amaris thought being a part of a women’s institute was the greatest thing. She is in her sophomore year at Hartnell and plans to transfer to a university to become an elementary teacher.

In addition, Amaris works for the TRiO program on campus, where she gains work experience while supporting other students like her.

She is used to hard work, as shown by her parents, who are pastors at a local church in Salinas. She is involved in leadership and is part of the worship team.

“A big THANK YOU to those who contribute to programs like WELI,” she said. “I feel empowered by your generosity.” 

The Women’s Education & Leadership Institute Has
Granted Nearly $500,000 in Scholarships

The Women’s Education & Leadership Institute (WELI), established in 2011, addresses the need to enhance the education and economic status of women and families in Monterey County. The comprehensive WELI program includes:
 

  • Summer leadership training.
  • A student-led, on-campus WELI club.
  • Impactful mentorship with community leaders.
  • A substantial $2,500 financial award per student.


With over 250 scholars graduated and approximately $500,000 in scholarships granted since its inception, WELI has proven to be a life-changing experience for socio-economically disadvantaged women. Notably, 94% of students credit WELI for helping them achieve personal, professional, and academic goals, with a 62.4% transfer rate, surpassing the 45.6% average for other female students with similar academic standings.

One inspiring story from the WELI program is that of Nerina Campos, an alumna who studied Media Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Through WELI, Nerina found mentorship from Monica Tovar, President & CEO of TMD Creative, paving the way for her future aspirations in television production or political journalism. The program’s impact extends beyond individual success, with 84% of current students receiving financial aid and 63% being first-generation college attendees. Supporting WELI through its endowment is a direct investment in the success of these women, fostering financial independence and meaningful careers while positively influencing the educational outcomes of future generations.
Learn More Here.


Complete Your Will or Living Trust
by Attending Our Next Estate Planning Seminar on
April 17, 2024, Beginning at 5:30 PM

Completing your will or trust requires a plan. Hartnell College Foundation has resources to assist you, including an estate planning guide and our legacy website. Hartnell also can provide a free consultation with an estate planning attorney.

As an essential first step, we invite you to attend our upcoming estate planning seminar on Wednesday, April 17th. Here, we will provide the tools you need to help you complete your plan.
  • Protect your loved ones with a plan
  • Greatly reduce the challenges of probate
  • Estate planning attorney and financial planner available
  • Make a difference and establish your legacy
Please consider attending this complimentary seminar and start your way to creating your legacy. To RSVP for your spot, please email Jackie Cruz at jcruz@hartnell.edu or Kristine Edmunds at kedmunds@hartnell.edu.
 
Your Legacy Is Your Tapestry
 
 
Visiting a historic castle from a previous era, one may learn its origin story and the individual or family that built it. Large woven tapestries likely adorn the walls of this castle, each telling a vibrant story through portraits of notable personalities. Along with portraying these prominent family members, there are secondary characters who have in some way interacted with the family in either positive or negative ways. Devices – such as weapons or humans having animal-like features, or the positions of where these secondary characters stand, sit, or lay – tell a story of how they interacted with the prominent family.

Tapestries found in these castles tell the stories of the lives of those who built them. Each tapestry celebrates the legacy of contribution.

Our tapestry today is not likely to be found adorning a wall in a castle. No, our tapestry tells how we helped key organizations carry out their missions to improve our world.

Your legacy is your tapestry, your masterpiece! It is your life story of how you sought to improve life for others.

Creating your legacy helps others see what is important to you, including your story, values, the positive difference you wish to make, and support to loved ones.

 

What Will Your Legacy Be?

If you are thinking about giving the Hartnell College Foundation an estate gift from your will or trust, please contact us or learn more on our website.

If you want a free estate planning guide, please click here.


Our very best!


Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
jcruz@hartnell.edu
(831) 444-2446 mobile

Kristine Edmunds
Director of Philanthropy
Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 755-6903 Office
(831) 601-0016 Mobile
kedmunds@hartnell.edu 

Happy New Year!

As we step into 2024, we are thrilled to welcome you warmly.

This year promises new opportunities, fresh starts, and shared success. Whether you’ve been with us for a while or are a recent addition, we’re excited to embark on this journey together. Look out for updates on upcoming events and projects that will make 2024 a memorable year. Here’s to new beginnings and a fantastic year ahead!

With appreciation,
Jacqueline and Kristine

A Gavel for Uzo Ebo
Aspirations to Become a Future Supreme Court Justice
 

Uzo Ebo, 25, felt on top of the world in elementary, middle, and most of high school. She was used to having the top scores in her class and thought she could do anything. But that changed just before enrolling at Hartnell College. She said she felt pressure keeping her from achieving her academic goals.

“I was struggling all of a sudden; I was drowning in a sea of doubt,” she said. “But that’s when I found Hartnell College, and the support system here helped me get back on track through the EOPS program and counseling.”

Uzo’s mom is from Kenya, and she completed her university studies there. She applied for a scholarship to complete a master’s degree in Monterey County, which was granted, giving her and her two children (Uzo has a twin brother, Uche Ebo) the opportunity for a better life in the United States.

“My mom is my inspiration,” said Uzo. “She earned a Master’s in International Studies. Thanks to her, I have always had a passion for academics.”

She is majoring in Law, Public Policy, and Society and will transfer to a university to pursue a law degree. Uzo was inspired to practice law after witnessing the lengthy process of becoming a U.S. citizen. She wants to help others and create policies to expedite the process. 

At age 11, Uzo earned the John Hopkins Scholarship for Academic Achievement. This was the type of attention she was used to. But she said that circumstances in life threw curveballs her way, and that’s when she felt lost.

“I applied to Hartnell College, and that’s when I found all the support I needed,” she said. “Thank you, Hartnell, for reigniting my passion for learning!”

The future looks bright for Uzo. She is hoping to attend Monterey College of Law next fall. In addition, she is looking forward to marrying her fiancée Casey, whom she took to Africa so he could learn about her family there. Casey met her grandma and asked for her permission to ask Uzo to marry him.

“It was important for me to show him a simpler way of life, which can be cool too,” she said.

One of the Hartnell professors who has positively impacted Uzo’s life is Dr. Jason Hough in Communication Studies. “He believed in my abilities and showed me the right path towards success,” she said.

“I am Uzo Ebo, and one day I will be Supreme Court Justice Ebo,” she said with the utmost confidence.

As she looks to the future to graduate, study law, and get married, Uzo enjoys life to the fullest. She plays the guitar and the violin and loves cooking, hiking, and spending time with her three cats.

The Women’s Education & Leadership Institute (WELI), established in 2011, was conceived by local women leaders to enhance the educational and economic standing of women and families in Monterey County, particularly those facing socioeconomic challenges in the Salinas Valley. WELI offers a transformative experience through summer leadership training, a student-led on-campus club, impactful mentorship with community leaders, and a $2,500 financial award per student. Since its inception, WELI has graduated over 250 scholars and awarded approximately $500,000 in scholarships, significantly impacting the lives of socioeconomically disadvantaged cis and trans women.

WELI’s program has demonstrated substantial success, with 94% of students crediting it for helping them achieve personal, professional, and academic goals. The program boasts a 62.4% transfer rate for scholars, surpassing the 45.6% rate for other female students enrolled in at least 12 units with a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Demographically, 84% of current students receive financial aid, and 63% are the first in their families to attend college. By supporting WELI, individuals contribute to empowering women to become financially independent and pursue meaningful careers, recognizing the significant impact education has on the success of future generations. Contributions to the WELI program’s endowment provide essential resources, education, social support, and mentorship, fostering the keys to success for these women.

In the symphony of giving, your generosity is the conductor’s wand, orchestrating a vital mission that resonates through our city. Your support is the timeless melody, weaving a legacy that harmonizes personal fulfillment and lasting community betterment. Plus, there are practical benefits – supporting us can reduce the tax burden of your orchestrated support.

Together, we can build your lasting legacy, a testament to the partnership between you, the artist, and the Hartnell College Foundation, our canvas for dreams.
 

Your masterpiece:
A legacy gift from your will, trust, or retirement plan.


You can make an enormous difference during your lifetime without impacting your assets or cash flow. If you include Hartnell College Foundation in your will, trust, or as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, your legacy will live on by helping secure our future.
 

What will your legacy be?
 
 

If you are thinking about giving the Hartnell College Foundation an estate gift from your will or trust, please contact us or learn more on our website.

If you want a free estate planning guide, please click here.


Your gift can provide you with income:
Give, avoid capital gains taxes, and receive income for life.


If you want to sell valuable property, such as real estate, stocks, or a business, but avoid high capital gains tax, consider gifting it to Hartnell College Foundation with a charitable remainder trust. This way, you can reduce your tax burden and receive income for life.

Learn more here.
 

A gift from your IRA today and tomorrow:
You can give from your IRA distribution this year or make Hartnell College Foundation a beneficiary of your retirement plan.


Giving from your IRA can fulfill part or all of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for the year. This benefits individuals over age 73 who need only a portion of their IRA income and want to satisfy their RMD obligation.

The IRS will tax your heirs who inherit your IRA. They must exhaust the IRA within ten years, which could be a significant tax burden. Consider gifting your IRA to Hartnell College Foundation and help loved ones in more tax-friendly ways.

Learn more here.

 
May 2024 be a year of discovery, generosity and abundance.


Our very best!

 


Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College

(831) 444-2446 mobile
jcruz@hartnell.edu

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Kristine Edmunds
Director of Philanthropy
Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 755-6903 Office
(831) 601-0016 Mobile
kedmunds@hartnell.edu 

Dear Hartnell College supporters,

Hello, December! As winter wraps us in its cozy embrace, our newsletter is here to spread the warmth of the holiday season. Dive into a mix of festive fun and December delights as we navigate this magical time together. Let the joyous vibes commence!

With appreciation,
Jacqueline and Kristine

The Face of Leadership and Focus
Hartnell Student, Alina Ramirez, Wants to Advocate for Youth
 
 
For as long as she can remember, Alina Ramirez knew she was bound to go to college and become someone successful. “An education has always been a part of my plan,” she said. “My mom is my inspiration.”

Her mom was pregnant with Alina when she started her career at Hartnell. She has always been an advocate for higher education.

Ramirez, 19, grew up in Greenfield and is now in her second year at Hartnell College, majoring in Law and Public Policy and society. Her goal is to transfer to UC Santa Barbara next fall and continue her education toward a law degree.

“I want to become a prosecutor to be an advocate of victims of sex crimes,” she said. “Being in an environment where violence is common is what has inspired me into a career I believe will be rewarding.”

Alina’s path is taking her to leadership roles as a student. She is the president of the Associated Students of Hartnell College, a representative of South County, and a public relations director.

Besides school leadership, Alina is also a WELI scholar. The Women’s Education & Leadership Institute (WELI) provides a scholarship, mentorship, and overall academic support to its 50 scholars this year.

“I have always been sure about coming to Hartnell,” she said. “The academics and all the resources for students make it a great place to be.”

She is a busy bee. Alina carries a full load, participates in leadership, and works part-time for MagOne Media as a social media associate. In addition, she participates in different student councils to improve accessibility and opportunities for others.

“I am independent, confident, and outspoken; thus, I wish to make a lasting impact on students,” she said.

Her goal is to become a lawyer and return to the area. “I want to come back here and make a change here,” she said.

In her spare time, she loves to freelance as a make-up artist, customizes shoes, and is learning to tattoo. She is active and creative in every aspect of her life and hopes to inspire others.
 

2023 has been a year of progress for Hartnell College. Reflecting on the good work inaugurated this past spring, with gratitude we celebrate with the unveiling of a state-of-the-art Nursing and Health Sciences building in Salinas, California. The 2,500-square-foot building encompasses classrooms, study rooms, a clinic, multiple simulation rooms, and an artificial reality room.

This development aligns with the heightened interest in healthcare careers driven by the pandemic’s impact. The new facility enables the college to accept 10% more students in health sciences programs, addressing the demand after receiving 300 nursing applications but being able to admit only 40 students last year. The centralized space promotes collaboration among students and staff, offering cutting-edge simulation and artificial reality rooms to enhance hands-on learning experiences.

The Dean of Academic Affairs for Nursing and Health Sciences, Debra Kazcmar, highlights the community-centric approach of the programs, with plans for a community clinic within the building and a program catering to individuals seeking to re-enter the healthcare field.

Additionally, the college aims to strengthen ties with the local community, as most graduates choose to work on the Central Coast after completing their programs. The new building represents a significant enhancement, providing students like Cecilia Ruano, a vocational nursing program participant, with ample space, advanced simulation resources, and real-life scenarios to prepare for their medical careers.

Make your season brighter!
Three ways to reduce your tax bill by giving to the Hartnell College Foundation.

1. Stocks & Bonds Gift (two tax benefits):

  • Donate stocks, bonds, or mutual funds.
  • Enjoy a charitable income tax deduction.
  • Bypass capital gains tax altogether.

Learn more here.

2. IRA Direct Gift (for 70 1/2 or older):

  • Gift up to $100,000 yearly from your IRA.
  • Avoid income tax on the gifted amount.
  • If you are 73 or over, fulfill part or all of your annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).

Learn more here.

3. Donor Advised Fund (DAF):

  • Create a charitable savings account (DAF).
  • Contribute and get an income tax deduction for 2023.
  • Recommend grants to favorite charities for years ahead.
  • Fund with appreciated stock to skip capital gains.

Learn more here.

Brighten your holiday season – Give back effortlessly!
 

 
What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about giving the Hartnell College Foundation an estate gift from your will or trust, please contact us or learn more on our website.

If you want a free estate planning guide, please click here.

To make an immediate gift in support of Hartnell students, please click here.

Our very best!


Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
jcruz@hartnell.edu
(831) 444-2446 mobile

Kristine Edmunds
Director of Philanthropy
Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 755-6903 Office
(831) 601-0016 Mobile
kedmunds@hartnell.edu 

Dear Hartnell College supporters,

November brings the joys of Thanksgiving and the spirit of gratitude. This beautiful season invites us to recenter and reconnect with our families and friends through pickup football games, long walks in the crisp morning air, and hand turkeys drawn by children with love. Embrace the cozy vibes and join us in reflecting on life’s blessings. Hartnell College Foundation will share insights on gratitude and we can celebrate together. Let’s make November a month of thanks!

With appreciation,
Jacqueline and Kristine

OUR STUDENTS, OUR INSPIRATION

Napolean’s dream is to be an educator. Hartnell is here to make his dream possible.

Napoleon Navarro cannot believe he is getting an all-paid trip to Chicago to attend the HACU Conference this year! The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) provides a unique forum for the sharing of information and ideas for the best and most promising practices in the education of Hispanics.

“It is such a blessing,” he said. “I can’t describe how I feel – but I know it takes hard work to be chosen by such opportunities.”

Navarro, 19, was one of the speakers at the Achieving the Dream Conference at Hartnell College in August. He is in his second year as an agricultural science and education major. His goal is to become a teacher.

“Ever since I was in sixth grade, I wanted to help in the classroom,” he said. “Now, I want to teach agriculture at the high school level.”

He plans to get this goal in motion by first transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for his bachelor’s degree. He wants to go even further by acquiring his master’s degree in education and later his doctorate.

Navarro is thankful for all the opportunities bestowed upon him at Hartnell College.

“It’s like a second family for me,” he said. “Staff like Belen Gonzalez and Clint Cowden, they have my back. There is always someone to talk to.”

He is an active student and loves to learn. He is a student worker for the Career Center. He takes every opportunity for summer work in the fields, plus internships that provide hands-on experience.

“I interned at Green Rubber Kennedy Ag in Salinas, and every day was unique,” he said.

Napoleon is a member of the Maestros Program, MESA, and is president of the Ag Ambassadors.

“I am always about helping and lifting people up,” he said.

With a full load and a packed schedule, Navarro keeps a 3.8 GPA. He is an inspiration to his little sister and says that his family is proud of his accomplishments.

“Hartnell sets a strong foundation for you to have all you need to succeed,” he said.

HARTNELL NEWS

Join us on November 18th for the 2023 Hartnell College Black and White Gala for the Arts. Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening filled with incredible food and beverages, a silent auction, and a program honoring current students and alums for their outstanding work in the arts. Guests will be allowed to attend The Western Stage production of It’s a Wonderful Life Live Radio Show Full Length Version on the Mainstage after the event. If you want to support our students and the arts programs, please consider donating to the Fund for the Arts at Hartnell College. To learn more and RSVP, please click here.

DID YOU KNOW?

Give from appreciated stock or your IRA instead of your checkbook.

Giving from stock offers two tax benefits instead of one.

The first benefit is an income tax deduction for the gift made. Like a gift from your checkbook, you can use the income tax benefit if you itemize your giving.

The second benefit comes from bypassing the capital gains tax that would otherwise occur upon the sale of your stock. If you support the Hartnell College Foundation you may give directly from your stock portfolio instead of your checkbook and take advantage of the significant tax savings that go with a long-term appreciated stock gift.

Want to keep your existing portfolio? Immediately following the gift of appreciated stock, you can write a check and reinvest into the same stock, which resets the capital gains at a new level and will reduce the tax burden if you wish to sell it later.

Making a gift from your investment portfolio is an easy process. Please click here to learn more about giving from appreciated stocks or bonds.

Giving from your IRA is giving from pre-taxed assets.

Instead of withdrawing income from your IRA, you can give and not pay income tax on the gifted amount, up to $100,000 per year. If you do not need a part or any of the income, giving from your IRA might be a helpful solution on many fronts. Eligibility for making this charitable gift directly from your IRA (the Qualified Charitable Distribution) begins at age 70 1/2.

Your direct gift from your IRA will also help or fully satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution for the year, which is good news for those who do not need all of their IRA income and wish to redirect their RMD to a nonprofit like the Hartnell College Foundation.

To learn more about giving directly from your IRA, please click here.

What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about giving the Hartnell College Foundation an estate gift from your will or trust, please contact us or learn more on our website.

If you want a free estate planning guide, please click here.

To make an immediate gift in support of Hartnell students, please click here.

Our very best!


Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
jcruz@hartnell.edu
(831) 444-2446 mobile

Kristine Edmunds
Director of Philanthropy
Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 755-6903 Office
(831) 601-0016 Mobile
kedmunds@hartnell.edu 

Dear Hartnell College supporters,

Throughout the year, we invite students and alumni to share their Hartnell story. Those moments are always special to me because I too have a Hartnell story as an alumna and now as a doctorate student about to defend my dissertation at USC. Just like you, I strive to motivate and inspire men and women to follow their dreams. It is also okay to ask for help in the process and to take advantage of the support system built for student success. 

We want to highlight Anabel Guzman, a Hartnell student whose story has inspired us so much that we felt we had to share it with you. Please read her story below.

Our Students, Our Inspiration

Things are looking up for Anabel Guzman!

At age 29, Anabel is a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) student entering her second year in the program at Hartnell College. She plans to continue and earn a bachelor’s in science. She previously earned an associate’s degree in Natural Sciences.

“I was looking into different areas in the medical field and found RCP,” she said. “I knew it would be difficult and scary, but I was determined to do something big for me and my family.”

She has two young children (five and six) whom she wants to guide and inspire. Her sentiment is reflected in her work for Monterey County Caregivers Resource Family Homes based on the main campus.

“I am motivated, a go-getter, responsible, outgoing person who has goals that will help me take care of my kids and provide a safe environment for them,” she said. “I am looking out for me, my children, and those who are counting on me to save lives.”

She relies on student scholarships, the Guardians’ Scholar program, CatCard Vouchers, rent support program, and basic needs scholarships to navigate life and academics. The RCP program is demanding, and she cannot work more than a part-time job to keep up with the load.

Guzman spoke at the Achieving the Dream Rally at Hartnell College in August. Her story is one of challenges and overcoming obstacles. She felt it was time to share her story.

“It’s time to let others know that there are resources available and people willing to help you navigate life and school,” she said.

Guzman and her six siblings ended up in foster care when she was three. Her dad attempted to murder her mom. She survived, and Dad was sent to prison for a 20-year sentence that he is still serving. Her mom was traumatized by the experience, and CPS felt it was in the children’s best interest to have her heal mentally and emotionally from the trauma.

It was six years later that her mom was able to claim her children back. “Mom had to start from zero – to prove herself and get us back,” she said. “I am so proud of her.”

Guzman has never had a relationship with her dad.

She attended North Salinas High School but soon began to hang out with the wrong crowd and ended up on probation. A year later, she was recommended to Rancho Cielo, where she got her second chance. There, she decided to finish high school while receiving support and guidance to move in a positive direction.

She wants to acknowledge the donors and the Hartnell staff who give each year to support students like her.

“Sometimes people go through struggles for long periods, and it is important for a college or institution to have that support system available to students not for a one-time deal but for two, three, or as needed,” she said.

Guzman is determined to achieve her goals. In her spare time, she loves to hike, exercise, cook, go to the beach, or anything to do with the outdoors to spend quality time with her children and family.

“I want my kids to know they can count on and rely on me,” she said. “I want to be their role model and help and guide them.”

Hartnell News

Hartnell Scholarships Make Dreams Possible!


The Hartnell College Foundation annually awards over $800,000 in scholarships to our students due to the generosity of people, businesses, and foundations in the Salinas Valley. These scholarships allow our students to pursue further education without the financial stress it can cause some individuals. Scholarships such as “The Dreamer Fund” support Dreamer students in achieving their educational and personal goals; Hartnell College is a Hispanic-serving institution, and California has the most significant number of undocumented immigrants. This scholarship ensures that this large demographic is uplifted and supported within our campus community.

Killian Scholars, funded by Jack R. and Suzanne W. Killian, comprise a cohort of ten music majors and can include $2,000 of scholarships per semester, private lessons from approved teachers, and funded field trips to universities and concerts.

Our UCSC Pister Scholarship recognizes outstanding Hartnell College transfer students by providing them with $10,000 for each of two years, a robust mentoring program, and work experience opportunities. These scholarships make our campus accessible and a place for students to focus on their personal and educational goals. If you want to become a scholarship donor, please visit our website.

Did you know?

About Your IRA
 

An IRA is a simple tool designed by Congress to help fund your retirement. For years, you have likely deposited pre-tax income into your IRA, 401k, 403b, or 457 government-sponsored plan. Hopefully, the money you have invested has grown so that when you retire, you can withdraw income from your IRA to sustain your lifestyle. Since pre-tax dollars funded your IRA, your withdrawals are taxed as ordinary income, whether taken voluntarily or when required by law.
 

At age 73 and every year that follows, the government requires you to take out a percentage from your IRA, regardless of whether you need the income. You will be penalized for the difference you do not claim if you choose not to withdraw the minimum amount required yearly. Your minimum withdrawal percentage also increases each year after that, and for some, this can present a significant tax burden. This mandatory withdrawal is called a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).

Give Directly from Your IRA

In 2015, Congress signed the IRA Rollover (PATH Act) into permanent law, making it possible for you to give directly from your financial custodian to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit like The Hartnell College Foundation. Eligibility for making this charitable gift directly from your IRA (the Qualified Charitable Distribution), and only your IRA, begins at age 70 ½.

Instead of withdrawing income from your IRA, you can give and not pay income tax on the gifted amount, up to $100,000 per year. If you do not need the income, giving from your IRA can benefit you and the 501(c)(3).

Your direct gift from your IRA will also help or fully satisfy your Required Minimum Distribution for the year. This is good news for those who do not need their IRA income and wish to redirect their RMD to a nonprofit like The Hartnell College Foundation. To learn more about giving directly from your IRA, please click here.

What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about giving the Hartnell College Foundation an estate gift from your will or trust, please contact us or learn more on our website.

To make an immediate gift in support of Hartnell students, please click here.

Our very best!

Jacqueline Cruz

Vice President of Advancement and Development, Hartnell College

Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation

(831) 444-2446 Mobile

jcruz@hartnell.edu

Kristine Edmunds

Director of Philanthropy, Hartnell College Foundation

(831) 755-6903 Office
(831) 601-0016 Mobile

kedmunds@hartnell.edu 

Dear donors and supporters,

Throughout the year, we invite students and alumni to share their Hartnell story. Those moments are always special to me because I too have a Hartnell story as an alumna and now as a doctorate student about to defend my dissertation at USC. Just like you, I strive to motivate and inspire men and women to follow their dreams. It is also okay to ask for help in the process and to take advantage of the support system built for student success. 

We start a series of testimonials with Andrea Cervantes who gave a compelling “I AM” speech to faculty and staff. You will be amazed by her story. Support like yours allows students, even those under difficult circumstances, to have a voice and hope for the future.

With appreciation,


Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 444-2446 mobile

SERIES – ACHIEVING THE DREAM RALLY
Andrea is making lemonade out of lemons

On August 25, 2023, Hartnell College Foundation hosted the Achieving the Dream Rally. Students and alumni spoke of the significant difference the support of donors makes in their lives.  

Alumna Andrea Cervantes delivered the “I AM” speech to the audience of staff and faculty. She shared how Hartnell gave her everything she needed to succeed in life and in her career. 

Cervantes, 28, graduated from Hartnell College with an associate’s degree in Communication Studies in 2015. She transferred to CSU Monterey Bay and completed her bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Communication and a minor in Law Studies in 2018.

“Law school has always been on my mind,” she said. “But at the time of graduation, I found that I could not afford it.”

She decided to complete her certification to become a paralegal at the CSUMB Advanced Education Program. She finished just this April and now works for an attorney as their paralegal.

“I am getting hands-on experience now but my goal of becoming an immigration attorney is still alive,” she said.

For Andrea, the journey has been bumpy. Her parents brought her to the United States when she was 13. When she got ready to attend college, she found out that financial aid was not for those without legal immigration status – like her.

At Hartnell, she found the support she needed. Thanks to California legislation and scholarship programs in place, she was able to get an education and work on the campus. But she found much more than that.

“Hartnell changed my life – I don’t think I would be where I am if not for Dr. Jason Hough and the care he bestowed upon me, first as my communication instructor and then as my speech team coach,” she said.

She found that being part of the speech team was a blessing – a place where she belonged. 

Not having the immigration status nor having an outlet other than by marriage to get there weighs heavily on her. “It’s hard to compare my experience with someone who does not have that mental weight,” she said. “Every day I have to think about what if someone turns me in tomorrow – I have to constantly adjust my goals and dreams because of all the limitations I have.”

Nonetheless, Andrea continues to fight for herself and is appreciative of the law firm that is giving her a chance to work in this country as a contractor. She is paying it forward by mentoring her cousins and others, encouraging them to pursue an education at Hartnell College. Her wish is to continue to fight for what is right.

“I went into this field to be able to help people like me,” she said. “I will get there.”

What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about naming the Hartnell College Foundation in your estate plans, contact either our Vice President of Advancement and Development/Executive Director for the Foundation, Jackie Cruz at jcruz@hartnell.edu or call (831) 444-2446, or our Director of Philanthropy, Kristine Edmunds at kedmunds@hartnell.edu or by phone at (831) 755-6903. To make a gift in support of Hartnell students, go to: https://hartnellfoundation.org/donate-now/ 

Dear donors and supporters,

Fall is officially upon us and with the changes that are notable in our surroundings, we also witness how our students are embracing their evolution as college undergraduates in search of a better future.

Hartnell College is here for students. The Hartnell College Foundation is also here to support the dreams of countless youth and adults of all ages who aspire to become experts or professionals in their chosen fields. This is why I do what I do! They inspire me to be better and to do more because the end result is beautiful.

This is why the Achieving the Dream Rally on August 25, 2023, was so important to me and to the entire campus community. We got to hear from students and one alumna directly about how Hartnell has or is opening doors of opportunities. They also talked about the challenges they face daily and how adjustments in their dreams are part of growing up. Just know that what you do is making a big difference in the lives of so many of our students.

Wishing you a great start to Fall!

Be well,


Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 444-2446 mobile

RMDs IN ACTION
Pat knows a thing or two about giving back

Pat Donohue is best known at Hartnell College as a dedicated Board Trustee from 2007 to 2020. But she is also a supporter of the arts and women’s education.

“When I became a trustee, I became a donor to the Hartnell College Foundation,” she said. “Then I joined the Council for the Arts and met all these incredible students with talents that were displayed in different productions like the Music Extravaganza.”

Donohue retired from a 37-year career as Director of Parks and Community Service for the City of Watsonville. She found herself being bored at home and that’s when she decided to be a part of the Hartnell community.

She set up an IRA early on in her career and the time came for her to put into effect the required minimum distributions (RMDs). 

“When I found out I had to do this, it felt natural to support the arts and the Women’s Education and Leadership Institute (WELI) through the Hartnell College Foundation,” she said. “This allows me to give in amounts I am comfortable with while making an impact.”

Donohue is enjoying life. She has three stepchildren, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is an avid reader and loves to garden, craft, and decorate. She is co-president of Soroptimist and is active at her church.

To learn more about how to make your IRA work and ideas on how you can support our mission, contact Vice President of Advancement and Development/Executive Director for the Foundation, Jackie Cruz at jcruz@hartnell.edu, or our Director of Philanthropy, Kristine Edmunds at kedmunds@hartnell.edu

What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about naming the Hartnell College Foundation in your estate plans, contact either our Vice President of Advancement and Development/Executive Director for the Foundation, Jackie Cruz at jcruz@hartnell.edu or call (831) 444-2446, or our Director of Philanthropy, Kristine Edmunds at kedmunds@hartnell.edu or by phone at (831) 755-6903. To make a gift in support of Hartnell students, go to: https://hartnellfoundation.org/donate-now/ 

Dear donors and supporters,

It’s go time for us here at Hartnell College as the new academic year has begun!  This is always my favorite part of working here – seeing the flood of students through the hallways and throughout the campus is exhilarating. 

Thanks to your support, the Hartnell College Foundation is dispersing thousands and thousands of dollars in scholarships to students who need this extra supplemental aid to cover expenses. Our goal is to support the students so they can better focus on their academic life and not worry about financial challenges.

Another way to see your dollars in action is through programs like WELI and MILE.  For the Hartnell staff in the Office of Equity Programs, witnessing the leadership institute for both groups was a true honor and privilege. It was great to see the scholars connect and bond with each other and connect with their facilitators and guest speakers. Each one came to the institute with their own life experiences and challenges, and all walked away with a toolbox of new strategies to use for success. 

I am happy to provide a recap of their first three-day institute below and to introduce two of our amazing scholars.

Be well,


Jacqueline Cruz
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 444-2446 mobile

LEADERSHIP INSTITUTES COMMENCE
WELI and MILE are off to a great start

The leadership institutes are off to a great start at Hartnell College. The Women’s Education & Leadership Institute and the Men’s Institute for Leadership & Education met for a three-day institute in mid-August on the main campus.

“Both sessions were phenomenal,” said Dr. Gabriela Lopez, Director, Office of Equity programs. “The scholars arrived ready to learn and to connect.” 

The women’s group was expertly led by facilitator Nena Anguiano, who helped them identify their ‘Circle of Success’ and created opportunities for students to connect with each other. The men’s group was led by Dr. Fred Moore, who guided them through his ‘I am Self-Actualized’ curriculum, which included topics such as compassionate listening, self-awareness, and communication skills.

The institutes were a powerful experience for the scholars. Both men and women shared parts of their personal journey and connected in a personal way. 

“Despite diversity in age, lived experiences, and languages spoken, scholars created connections with each other and found common ground,” said Dr. Lopez. “WELI scholars also received presentations from Dr. Annette Oswald on the topic of Resilience, and Counselor Gemma Uribe-Cruz on Emotional Intelligence and self-care.” 

One of the MILE scholars is Andy Garcia Ortiz, 21, from Seaside, CA. He is majoring in Welding & Construction Management, and is adding new majors in Diesel Technology and Mechatronics. He has always been CTE (Career Technical Education) driven.

“My parents have always shown me that hard work is required to be successful in life,” he said. “I enjoy working with my hands and hope to one day be an engineer.”

He is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of MILE and the cohort of 25 scholars. He said that Dr. Moore used positivity to inspire them to hold themselves accountable, and talked about the real meaning of ‘being a man,’ emotional intelligence, anger management, perseverance, and more.

For Andy, his faith is key in navigating life, and he feels that it is his duty to advocate and lead others to opportunities like MILE and other programs offered at Hartnell.

“I want to thank donors and those involved with MILE because they are investing time and money in the next generation, which will be in charge of taking care of them in retirement,” he said.

A similar experience was happening on the other side of campus for 50 WELI scholars. Amaris Santiago, 19, thought it was the greatest thing to be a part of a women’s institute.  She is entering her sophomore year at Hartnell and plans to transfer to a university next year to become an elementary teacher.

“It was great to meet women in different disciplines and interests,” she said. “On our first day, we were sharing our lives with each other and exchanging contact information.”

She is used to hard work through the example of her parents, who are pastors at a local church in Salinas. She is involved in leadership and is part of the worship team. For her, this was an experience that made her feel empowered.

“I am overwhelmed with a lot of joy after this first institute,” she said. “I feel like I am not alone, I feel supported, and that I am here for a reason.”

Dr. Lopez said that the timing of the institute was perfect as it prepared students to begin the new academic year with a sense of energy and confidence, knowing they have a network of peers and mentors supporting them. 

“In a time where personal connections can be a challenge due to our reliance on technology, being able to take three days to connect with a group of peers was a valuable experience,” said Dr. Lopez. “I am excited that they will be connecting with their professional mentors soon so they can keep the momentum going.” 

RMDs
Guide to Required Minimum Distributions

After years of saving, you’ve built a solid nest egg in your tax-advantaged retirement accounts. But you can’t leave that money untouched indefinitely.

Required Minimum Distributions, frequently referred to as RMDs, are how the federal government collects taxes from savings held in tax-deferred retirement plans. RMD rules require you to start withdrawing a set amount of money each year, whether you need the income or not.

Recent changes to the RMD rules expand the year at which you must start taking distributions, between 72 and 75, depending on the year of your birth.
An RMD is the amount of money that you must withdraw from nearly all types of tax-deferred retirement accounts each year once you hit a certain age.

Many retirement accounts let your savings grow tax-free over the decades, deferring the payment of income taxes until you begin making withdrawals in retirement.
By requiring you to start taking money out, the government receives the tax revenue it’s been waiting for and also ensures taxpayers aren’t accumulating tax-free wealth indefinitely.

As the name suggests, this amount is a minimum—you can always withdraw more. You can also withdraw funds from accounts and invest the money elsewhere before your RMD age hits so as to reduce the amount you must take out later.

Before 2019, RMDs began in the year you turned 70 ½. In 2019, the SECURE Act raised the RMD age to 72. The Secure Act 2.0 raised the RMD age again, based on your birthday as shown in the table above.

What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about naming the Hartnell College Foundation in your estate plans, contact either our Vice President of Advancement and Development/Executive Director for the Foundation, Jackie Cruz at jcruz@hartnell.edu or call (831) 444-2446, or our Director of Philanthropy, Kristine Edmunds at kedmunds@hartnell.edu or by phone at (831) 755-6903. To make a gift in support of Hartnell students, go to: https://hartnellfoundation.org/donate-now/ 

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