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Highlights of the June 24th OC REFORMA Meeting

The June 24th OC REFORMA meeting at Polly’s Pies restaurant in Orange was a memorable night, a night of celebration for two noteworthy events, a recognition of our REFORMA chapter scholarship winners for 2009, and a celebration of Susan Luevano’s 2009 Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year (LOTY) award.  For those chapter members unable to attend, here are some of the highlights of the meeting in June.

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Each year, the Orange County chapter of REFORMA seeks to support the recruitment and retention of library school students to the profession of librarianship through local REFORMA chapter scholarship funds. This year, OC REFORMA awarded a total of five scholarships, totaling approximately thirty-five hundred dollars.

We are excited to announce the following 2009 OC REFORMA scholarship recipients:

Ayala Family Scholarship, $1000.00

  • Edward Luna-San Jose State University SLIS program:

Serrato Family Scholarship, $1000.00

  • Erica Dietz San Jose State University SLIS program:

OC REFORMA Chapter Scholarship, $500.00

  • Margaret Puentes-San Jose State University SLIS program
  • Zulma Zepeda-San Jose State University SLIS program
  • Alma Magana-San Jose State University SLIS program

Three scholarship recipients attended the June 24th meeting to receive their respective scholarship in person.

OC REFORMA Chapter Scholarship: $500.00
Margaret Puentes-San Jose State University SLIS program

Patty Lopez presents check to 2009 Chapter Scholarship recipient, Margaret Puentes

Patty Lopez (Scholarship Chair) presents check to 2009 Chapter Scholarship recipient, Margaret Puentes

2009 Ayala Family Scholarship $1000.00
Edward Luna-San Jose State University SLIS program

2009 Ayala Family Scholarship recipient, Edward Luna & John Ayala

2009 Ayala Family Scholarship recipient, Edward Luna, pictured with OC REFORMA member John Ayala

2009 Serrato Family Scholarship $1000.00:
Erica Dietz –San Jose State University SLIS program

2009 Serrato Family Scholarship recipient, Erica Dietz & Richard Serrato

2009 Serrato Family Scholarship recipient Erica Dietz pictured with OC REFORMA member Richard Serrato


OC REFORMA Members & Scholarship Recipients:

First Row from Left: Monica Lopez (OC REFORMA President), Patty Lopez (Scholarship Chair), 2nd Row from left: John Ayala, Margaret Puentes, Edward Luna, Erica Dietz, & Richard Serrato.  Not pictured:  Zulma Zepeda and Alma Magana

First Row from Left: Monica Lopez (OC REFORMA President), Patty Lopez (Scholarship Chair), 2nd Row from left: John Ayala, Margaret Puentes, Edward Luna, Erica Dietz, & Richard Serrato.

OC REFORMA would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication demonstrated by this year’s scholarship committee. We would like to say thank you to Patty Lopez for serving as the chair of  the 2009 scholarship committee.  We would also like to thank Barbara Miller, John Ayala, Ron Rodriguez, and Richard Serrato for serving on the selection committee. Finally, OC REFORMA would like to recognize and thank chapter member, Billie Frierson, for her generous donation as well. Great work team!

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2009 Arnulfo D. Trejo LOTY award goes to Susan Luevano!!!

On June 18th, OC REFORMA chapter member Susan Luevano, Anthropology, Ethnic, and Women’s Studies Academic Librarian at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), was selected as the 2009 Trejo Librarian of the Year, a very prestigious award given to librarians dedicated in promoting and advocating services to the Latino and Spanish-speaking communities as well as advocacy work on behalf of historically underrepresented diverse communities. Please access the National REFORMA press release to learn more about Susan’s selection by the LOTY selection committee:

June 18th Press Release: Award Announcement  2009

Susan’s remarkable contributions to REFORMA, both at the national and local level, and her dedication in serving underrepresented diverse communities as an Academic Librarian at CSULB will be recognized at the next REFORMA National Conference this July in Chicago.  On behalf of OC REFORMA, congratulations Susan on receiving the 2009 LOTY award!

OC Chapter President Monica Lopez presents flowers to 2009 LOTY recipient, Susan Luevano

OC Chapter President Monica Lopez presents flowers to 2009 LOTY recipient, Susan Luevano during the 7/24 REFORMA meeting

Did you know that this is the second year in a row that an OC REFORMA chapter member has been awarded this important award! In 2008, fellow OC REFORMA chapter member Ron Rodriguez received the LOTY award. Click the following link below for more information:

2008 Arnulfo D. Trejo Librarian of the Year: Ron Rodriguez

Just in case you missed it, here is Ron’s LOTY Acceptance Speech at the REFORMA National Conference in 2008 in the beautiful city of El Paso, Texas.

Since the inception of the Trejo LOTY award in 1991, OC REFORMA has had thus far a total of four outstanding members selected for this impressive award, including Al Milo in 1995 and John Ayala in 2001. The OC REFORMA membership is proud of this historic milestone, a milestone worth spotlighting and celebrating in 2009.

Al Milo, Susan Luevano (2009 Winner), John Ayala, Ron Rodriguez (2008 Winner)

From left: Al Milo (1995), Susan Luevano (2009), John Ayala (2001), Ron Rodriguez (2008)

Accordingly, this brings us to conclusion of our highlights for the June 24th meeting. If you were unable to attend our last OC REFORMA chapter meeting, please join us for our next regularly scheduled meeting on Friday, August 28th at the El Modena Branch Library at 9:30 am.  Our host will be Irma Morales, Branch Manager of El Modena.

For additional pictures of the June 24th OC REFORMA meeting, please access our Flickr photo album at:

REFORMA Orange County Photo Album

Muchas Gracias,

REFORMA OC Blogger

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Next REFORMA OC Meeting June 24th 6 p.m.

Hello Chapter Members,

Our next OC Chapter meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th at 6pm. We are meeting at Polly’s Pies in Orange. Please RSVP to OC REFORMA President Monica Lopez.

META will meet at 5 pm prior to the general meeting.

If you have any questions about the upcoming meeting, please contact REFORMA OC.

Kind Regards,

REFORMA OC Blogger

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