Adjunct Professor of the Year Award, 2009-10
Saddleback Lariat Newspaper
Professors of the Year
Adjunct Professor of the Year Award, 2016-17
Dear Professor Magrann,
Each year, the Associated Student Government (ASG) acknowledges the
contributions of our faculty on the lives of the students at Saddleback College
by awarding the Professor the Year to one full-time and one associate faculty
member. We received many great nominations from students across campus. I am
pleased to inform you, that the selection committee has chosen you to receive
the 2016-2017 Professor of the Year Award for associate faculty.
The selection committee consisted of students, faculty, and
staff. One key criteria in choosing a recipient was how interactions between
student and teacher has had a lasting beneficial effect upon the later success
and happiness of students. The committee was very impressed by the overwhelming
number of submissions regarding your impact on our students’ academics and
One nominator wrote: “As a new grad, I feel I owe my success
in large part to Dr. Magrann. Her impact on my life has been profound and
long-lasting, and I will always look back in gratitude, wondering how I got
lucky enough to have been her student. The wealth of knowledge and the passion
she has instilled in me has become part of who I am and will stay with me
Another stated: “Dr. Magrann, has not only been an
instructor, but she was a light through my darkness. She lit up many lights in
the dark path I was walking. Dr. Magrann, taught me humanity and dignity. She
taught me how to be a man in tough times and not cringe. On the same token, Dr.
Magrann did a very good job at her subject-taught. All her class notes were
organized and easy to understand. I definitely enjoyed studying her notes and
learning more about human anatomy.”
As a recipient of the award, your accomplishments will be
recognized during ceremonies this Spring. Again, congratulations for this
incredibly well deserved recognition of your dedication and passion for
education and our students!
Director of Student Life
Student Development Office
Office: SSC 210
December 5th, 2016, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saddleback College's
Nursing Program. It was a profound moment in my life that was the
culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and rigorous study. Since
that time, I have on numerous occasions reflected on my journey and how I
came to be where I am today. It is in doing so that I have been reminded of
an outstanding professor, one who has impacted my life and to whom I owe
much of my success and the realization of my goal of becoming a nurse: Dr.
Magrann. She was the one who instilled in me the crucial concepts that
became the foundation for my subsequent learning; it was from her that I
learned everything I know about Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology. On
countless occasions throughout the program when a topic or disease was
discussed, it felt to me like PK (prior knowledge). My fellow students would
comment on it, and each time they did I was reminded of how incredibly
blessed I was to have had Dr. Magrann as my professor for those subjects. It
was from her that I discovered a passion I did not know I held for science
and the intricacies of the human body. During the Nursing Program, I would
often refer back to the PowerPoints, lecture notes, and flashcards she had
provided when I was a student taking my prerequisites, and each time my
understanding and grasp of the subject matter was enhanced and broadened.
had the pleasure of learning from numerous knowledgeable, dedicated, and
talented professors. Yet, Dr. Magrann stands out for her unique qualities,
not least of which being her passion for teaching and her sincere desire to
see each of her students not only succeed, but excel. I have never seen a
professor work more diligently than Dr. Magrann to ensure that her students
are provided with all the materials, information, and study aids needed to
be successful in a given subject. She is truly invested in her students, and
this is evident in every aspect of her teaching style and in the subsequent
successes of her students. Furthermore, her organizational skills are
reflected in her coursework format, with her classes being designed to
facilitate an orderly and very accessible learning experience. Additionally,
despite her extensive experience and the wealth of knowledge in medicine and
science that she possesses, she maintains the rare quality of humility and
is humble enough to accept, even welcome, input and feedback from her
students. It is a trait that is both refreshing as well as admirable to
observe in an individual as accomplished as she. Perhaps it is this unique
quality that enables her to succinctly impart incredibly complex topics in
simple, comprehensible terms.
new grad, I feel I owe my success in large part to Dr. Magrann. Her impact
on my life has been profound and long-lasting, and I will always look back
in gratitude, wondering how I got lucky enough to have been her student. The
wealth of knowledge and the passion she has instilled in me has become part
of who I am and will stay with me always."
"Saddleback College has a trove of capable and excellent professors, many of
whom I am certain deserve more appreciation and accolades than they realize.
Yet, I cannot think of anyone who deserves the honor of Professor of the
Year more than Dr. Magrann. She is dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable,
accessible, committed to excellence, and above all truly and genuinely
invested in her students. It is these (and more) attributes that make her
not only a uniquely gifted and qualified professor, but one who is
respected, admired, and loved by her students."
~ Debbie Harrup
Dear Dr. Magrann,
Congratulations, well deserved.
While the page I wrote, regarding how you, as a knowledgeable Professor,
but also as a caring and thoughtful human being, wasn't listed in the
Congratulatory note, you have been a constant guiding light through very
difficult times, in my life. It is
obvious many of your students, feel the same way, as I do, about you.
You can add this Honor, to one of the many. you will receive, during your
You were and have been, by far, the top Professor, I have been
lucky to have taught me; not only a difficult subject, but your kindness and
sympathetic ear, makes you, the Professor.... of a Lifetime.
Congratulations. Enjoy, the well deserved honor.