2017-08-11 / Schools

Moorpark College rolls out the red carpet for 50th

NPR reporter Wade Goodwyn is keynote speaker
By Jessica Waite


AT THE DAIS— Veteran NPR correspondent Wade Goodwyn will deliver the keynote address for the Moorpark College Golden Gala on Aug. 26 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. 
Courtesy of Kate Mackley Media AT THE DAIS— Veteran NPR correspondent Wade Goodwyn will deliver the keynote address for the Moorpark College Golden Gala on Aug. 26 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. Courtesy of Kate Mackley Media It’s a golden opportunity to dine and dance.

Moorpark College will host a Golden Gala to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Aug. 26 at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. The fundraiser, featuring college musicians and live and silent auctions, will also introduce Moorpark College’s new Hall of Fame.

Moorpark College is one of Ventura County’s three community colleges and was ranked fourth best in the nation by Huffington Post in 2015.

Opened in 1967 to about 2,500 students, the community college now has an enrollment of around 15,000. The campus also is home to the High School @ Moorpark College, a program for juniors and seniors who want to get a jump on earning college credits.

Wade Goodwyn, a longtime National Public Radio correspondent, will be the event’s keynote speaker. He will discuss the role of fact-based journalism in America today.

“The proliferation of anti-scientific and anti-press politics makes (Goodwyn’s) speech especially poignant,” said Luis Sanchez, the college president.

Goodwyn volunteered to speak at the gala, with the college covering his travel expenses.

“I do think that one of the roles higher education plays is not just about preparing students for great careers, it’s also about preparing them to become informed and engaged citizens in our democratic republic,” Sanchez said.

The net proceeds from the gala will go toward starting a Moorpark College Promise Scholarship, which will provide a tuition-free first year to eligible students, he said.

“There is a swath of our population who should be our students but who have not yet found their way here, or to any college, because they are without the parental, social or economic platform they need,” Sanchez said. “We want to ensure that these students have the opportunity that education provides.”

At the event, school officials will for the first time induct alumni into a new Moorpark College Hall of Fame. Among the 20 inductees will be Matt Mahurin, an artist known for directing popular music videos, and Mike Stoker, an actor and former captain of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Criteria for nominees included career recognition as well as local, national and international community impact.

The Golden Gala, which will take place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Sat. Aug. 26, is open to the public. Tickets at $150 are available at www.moorparkcollege.edu.

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