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February 15, 2016


Norma Kleinschmidt
Norma Kleinschmidt, pictured with Peter Sturgeon from COD Foundation, recently made a $50,000 donation to the Foundation after taking a campus tour, and learning about the challenges COD students face. Saying, " I want to help provide the support needed for the next generation to have a chance at success."  



Visual Artist Barbara Ellmann has been working with encaustic paint (hot wax) for over 20 years, often creating modular, multi-panel works. Paintings in this series measure 24 inches square. With its absence of wall text, the art is meant to be "read," perceived and comprehended entirely visually, so that any narrative paired with these images originates from the viewer in exchange with the work.

From Feb 4 - Mar 11 at the Marks Art Center. Presented by McCallum Theatre Institute in collaboration with Marks Art Center, College of the Desert.


Modernism Week Tours
Modernism lovers snatched up tickets quickly to see COD as part of Modernism Week.  Architects John Carl Warnecke, John Porter Clark, Albert Frey, Donald Wexler and E. Stewart Williams are the five modernist visionaries who collaborated to design the initial phase of the College of the Desert in 1958. It is the only project of its kind in the country where five leading modern architects came together to create a uniquely designed campus.

To add your name to a tour with COD Foundation that includes a box lunch, call us at 760-773-2561 .

April 11, 2016
Reception Starts, 11:30 a.m.
Toscana Country Club
Indian Wells

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COD President Joel L. Kinnamon Shares Inaugural State of the College Address
College of the Desert... YOU CAN Be Proud.

In this first of its kind address for the College, President Kinnamon  provided an overview of the nearly 60-year history of College of the Desert. He shared recent progress of new facilities and classrooms to accommodate and expand academic and career opportunities for students. He also highlighted a selection of accomplishments from the 2014-15 academic year and took attendees on a dazzling virtual tour of facility expansions and exciting plans and programs for the coming year and beyond.

President Kinnamon also shared challenges, opportunities for improvement and key metrics for success at the College as part of a snapshot of changes underway to expand  student success initiatives. The goal of these initiatives is to expand efforts to help students successfully reach their academic and career goals.

During his address, Dr. Kinnamon stressed the impact the College generates throughout the community. A recently updated economic impact report reveals College of the Desert generates over $300 million in increased economic activity in the local area and provides a strong return on investment for taxpayers and the community as a whole. And that impact sustains more than 5,000 jobs. As well, COD alumni positively impact hundreds of thousands of lives, reverberating across the valley and the state with a $1.2 billion return in career earnings.

Enjoy an Unforgettable Evening of Motown Hits
While Helping Students Complete An Education They'll Never Forget


BIGHORN Cares held a reception January 14 at the BIGHORN Golf Club to award over $500,000 to 47 qualified non-profit organizations whose work benefits the most under-served citizens in the Coachella Valley. BIGHORN Cares Board Director Joe Kirby, presented the Foundation with a check for $15k for Veteran student textbook support.

On Friday, February 5, The Canadian Club of the Desert invited COD Foundation's Peter Sturgeon to speak during the monthly member breakfast. Peter brought along Kippy LaFlame, the Foundation's other token Canadian, to translate the program into French if needed. Over 70 people attended and learned more about COD, the Foundation and our giving campaign, YOU CAN Change Lives. The campaign is raising funds for student success initiatives aimed to improve the number of students completing a degree or certificate. Higher education rates are better for everyone, including snowbirds.