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College Vice President Named, Another Quits

October 16, 1988

One vice presidential job has been filled and another vacated at Long Beach City College. Wells B. Sloniger, former dean of student affairs, is the new vice president of student services, succeeding Beverly O'Neill, who was named president of the college in May. Sloniger, 47, joined the college staff in 1977 as men's adviser and assistant to the dean. He was named to the dean's post two years later. Sloniger previously served 12 years in the Garden Grove Unified School District as a history instructor, varsity basketball and junior varsity baseball coach, activities director, summer school coordinator, assistant principal and principal.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of James P. Kossler, vice president of administrative services, who left to become assistant superintendent for administrative services at Pasadena City College. Kossler, who lives in North Hollywood, joined the college in 1980 as dean of resource development. Two years later he became administrative dean of research and development, then acting dean of admissions and records. In 1984 he became acting vice president of administrative services, and got the post permanently in 1985. J. Richard Dawdy, current dean of admissions and records, will serve as acting vice president of administrative services. Dawdy is not an applicant for the job, which is expected to be filled soon by the board of trustees. Dawdy has been at LBCC for 17 years, starting as a math instructor and assistant basketball coach, then as dean of registration.

Manager of Long Beach YMCA to Retire

Robert G. Felder, 63, president and general manager of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach since 1970, has announced his retirement Nov. 30. He plans to remain as a consultant to the Y during its staff transition, and after retirement will do volunteer work for the Y and other organizations in Long Beach and San Pedro. Felder and his wife, Jean, also plan to The Y is activating a committee to search for Felder's replacement, according to Ronald G. Linford, chairman of the board of directors. Felder's career spans 42 years, of which 24 were spent with the Los Angeles YMCA as director of programs in San Pedro and Gardena, executive director of camping services and associate general manager of all branches. During his 18 years at the Long Beach YMCA, the operating budget has grown from $770,000 in 1971 to more than $5 million this year. The staff numbers 250 and membership is more than 30,000. Health, fitness and wellness programs, which served 1,200 people in 1973, now serve 8,100. The Y also has added four preschool and 17 child-care sites, and various youth programs. Felder has overseen more than $8 million in capital improvements, including new YMCA facilities at the Fairfield, Weingart-Lakewood and Buffum-Downtown branches.

University Has 2 New Department Chairmen

The School of Fine Arts at California State University, Long Beach, has two new department chairmen. Howard Burman heads theater arts and Donald Para chairs the music department. Burman, former director of the University Theatre at Wayne State University in Detroit, is a professional playwright and theater producer. Para, former chairman of the music department at Cal State Los Angeles, is a composer who has performed in various chamber ensembles.

Downey Panhellenic Awards 2 Scholarships

Two high school graduates have received $1,000 college scholarships from the Downey Alumnae Panhellenic. They are Susan Saltikov of Downey High who now is attending Cal State Long Beach, and Christa Welch of Warren High who has enrolled at UCLA. The sorority organization will hold its annual art auction Oct. 28 to raise funds for the scholarships. Runners-up for the scholarships were USC enrollees Carolyn Ann Buchner and Dawn Saunders from Downey and Warren, respectively.

New Officer for L.B. Salvation Army Center

Capt. Samuel N. Southard is the new administrative officer and pastor of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center at 1370 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. He replaces Maj. Robert Gregory, who has become corps commanding officer in Tacoma, Wash. Southard is in charge of the 70-bed residential and occupational center for men over age 21 who need work or have drug, alcohol or social problems. Southard is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, a Navy veteran and for 13 years was a plant superintendent for Union Carbide Corp. in Casper, Wyo.

Sheriff's Captain Promoted, Reassigned

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