City College celebrates employees’ full return to campus

Activities, food and school spirit were on display at Gorton Quad as faculty and staff enjoyed each others’ company


San Diego City College administrators, with President Ricky Shabazz at the helm in pink sunglasses, take advantage of a photo-op during “Welcome Back City! Week” at Gorton Quad on March 8. Photo by Philip Salata/City Times Media

Kathy Archibald and Philip Salata

Line dancing, Jenga and a taco lunch feast welcomed San Diego City College employees to Gorton Quad as part of “Welcome Back City! Week” on March 8.

City faculty and staff celebrated their full return to campus with a week of activities and school spirit — a photo booth, games, food, dancing and themes for each day of the week, according to an email sent to employees.

“For some employees this is their first week back on campus since March 2020,” said Jeanie Tyler, dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, Communications and Telecommunications. 

This is the week where staff and employees come back to pre-pandemic on-campus working levels, Tyler said, adding this might be the first time some faculty and staff are meeting their colleagues because some were hired during the pandemic.

Tyler said the theme for today is Zoom Day. “It’s business on top and party on the bottom,” she added.

Acting Associate Dean of Nursing Education Dometrives Armstrong gathered a group for Soul-Train-style line dancing. 

“You ready?!” she said, as the song “Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide)” filled the air.

The crowd of a few grew to a few dozen as the taco stand opened at noon.

While the activities were aimed at the return of employees to campus, Tyler said “at City, we never turn a student away if they want to participate.”

Tyler added that the event was to let employees know “we missed them and we’re glad to be reunited with them.”

City will continue the festivities this week, with the themes of Sports/Jersey Day on Wednesday and City Spirit/Red Day on Thursday.

Armstrong was appreciative of the camaraderie and ability to gather in person with fellow employees. 

“We need to thank President Ricky Shabazz for helping us gather together like a family because we are a family,” Armstrong said.