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June brings with it the promise of sunshine, warmth, and endless possibilities. As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, it’s a time to embrace outdoor adventures, leisurely evenings, and cherished moments with loved ones. Whether it’s enjoying a picnic in the park, strolling along the beach at sunset, or embarking on a spontaneous road trip, June invites us to savor the beauty of nature and the joys of summertime. With its vibrant energy and sense of renewal, June inspires us to embrace new beginnings, pursue our passions, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

With appreciation,
Jackie and Kristine

Using the arts in healing

Incorporating the arts into psychology

She was only eight years old when she discovered her love for acting. Deztenee Sanchez, 19, is celebrating her graduation from Hartnell College as a psychology major and heading to UC San Diego to receive her bachelor’s. She plans to continue to earn her master’s and perhaps a doctorate right after.

She carries the arts in her blood and wants to do something special.

“Theater has made a big impact in my life and has been my safe space, a place to relax; it’s what I love,” she said. “I want to help create those safe spaces for others to feel happy and accomplished.”

She dreams of creating spaces where her future clients can go in and talk but also express themselves artistically, alleviating the stressors of their lives a little better or easier.

Deztenee believes that this outside-the-box idea can make a huge difference, so her clients find hope in expressing a talent—that being acting, writing, producing, directing, makeup, stage management, etc.

“The arts can heal, and even those with special abilities or conditions can feel a sense of belonging,” she said.

The Hartnell alumna grew up in King City, where she found Sol Treasures and began acting for the program. She continued acting in high school and decided to take an acting class at Hartnell, which she loved. Deztenee has performed at the college and will continue to do so over the summer.

She is a Salinas Valley Promise student and graduated within two years. In addition, 2024 is extra special to her and her family. Her parents graduated with bachelor’s degrees in business administration from CSU Monterey Bay.

“I am so proud of my mom and dad – they did it!” she said. “My sister is also talented in sports; we all have unique attributes.”

As she enjoys the summer, she loves going to the movies, the beach, arcades, shopping, and trying different foods. She looks forward to starting her junior year at UCSD and finding opportunities to get involved with the arts.

“I work with autistic children and have used theater therapy with them,” she said. “I find this method effective and can’t wait to design my program to help even more children.”


You are invited to celebrate and uplift art and creativity at Hartnell College. The festive Gala for the Arts is in August this year and will be paired up with The Western Stage’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We are looking for sponsors! Contact Celeste DeWald at 831-755-6810 or to secure your sponsorship for our arts program.



Hartnell College President’s Report

At the heart of the California Community College (CCC) mission lies a steadfast commitment to facilitating student transfer to four-year universities. Despite challenges like financial constraints and the desire to remain close to home, Hartnell College stands out as a beacon of success and ambition within this landscape. With a vibrant “transfer culture,” we foster dialogue, support, and belief in every student’s potential. Our role goes beyond traditional teaching; it’s about opening doors and guiding students toward their academic dreams. We’re dedicated to nurturing conversations around transfer, ensuring every student sees it as an attainable goal.

Engaging in pivotal conversations about transfer begins with simple yet impactful strategies. We create a supportive community of inspiration and aspiration by asking students about their transfer goals, promoting resources like the Career and Transfer (CAT) Hub, and participating in events like Transfer Tuesday. These efforts are personal investments in our students’ futures, empowering them with knowledge and support as they journey toward their transfer goals. Let’s celebrate each step our students take toward academic success beyond Hartnell College. Read more here.

Do you have real estate you wish to sell?  

Consider this: By gifting that appreciated real property, you’re not just letting go—you’re opening the door to possibility while benefiting from significant tax savings. Your real estate gift can significantly impact our future, shaping the path forward in ways you might never have imagined. Moreover, if you wish to receive income for life from that real estate, you may find the following options to be worth your consideration. 

Stay in your home and benefit

Life Estate Gift: You transfer your property to the Hartnell College Foundation, but you can still live there for life. You can also get a tax deduction based on the property’s value. This option ensures that you can continue to enjoy the comfort and familiarity of your home while making a significant contribution to our cause. 

Life Estate Gift with Income: In addition to transferring your property to the Hartnell College Foundation and remaining in your home for life, if you own the property outright, you can receive income from a charitable gift annuity and a tax deduction on the charitable portion of your gift. This option not only allows you to support our mission but also provides you with a secure income and tax benefits.  

Fund a Charitable Trust with your unwanted real estate and receive income for life

Unitrust: This special trust is funded by charitable donations. It pays income to beneficiaries for life or a set number of years. After that, whatever remains in the trust goes to charity. 

Please read more here to learn how a gift of real estate may benefit you. To try out our unitrust calculators, click here.

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.

Our very best!







Dr. Jackie Cruz, Ed.D.
Vice President of Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 444-2446 mobile

Kristine Edmunds
Director of Philanthropy
Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 755-6903 Office
(831) 601-0016 Mobile 

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.

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