Casino Night at Imperial Valley College More than just the Roll of the Dice

Math and Computer Science Professor Rick Castrapel plays Craps during Casino Night at Imperial Valley College.
Math and computer science professor Rick Castrapel plays craps during Casino Night at Imperial Valley College.

Imperial – Rain and cool winds didn’t stop faculty and staff from enjoying the Vegas-themed Casino Night Friday, May 15, in the lobby of the science building at Imperial Valley College.

Friends and family put on their gambling shoes to raise money for the Dennis Carnes Transfer Scholarship, offering merit scholarships of various amounts to Imperial Valley College students transferring to another school of higher learning.

Open to the public, ages 21 and older, the event offered games of Craps, Black jack, Roulette and Texas Hold’em with food, drinks, and prizes for the top 3 chip winners.

“I brought the family out to do something different,” said Director of Financial Aid, Lisa Seals.

The scholarship which has existed for many years was renamed several years ago after beloved, biology teacher, and Academic Senate President, Dennis Carnes.

Carnes worked 12 years at Imperial Valley College and retired in 2009.

In an effort to mix things up, the event went from a silent auction to their first ever casino night.

“We have no idea how successful it’ll be, but we’re hoping for the best,” said English professor and Academic Senate President, Michael Heumann.

Biology professor and Academic Vice President, Daniel Gilison, organized the event with Professor Heumann.

The event, mostly advertised on campus and through word of mouth, matched the four thousand dollars raised at last year’s event in ticket sales and donations according to Heumann.

Decorations and casino equipment for the evening were completely paid for by donors. This allowed for all money raised to go completely towards the Dennis Carnes Transfer Scholarship.

“It was really smooth how it all came together,” said Gilison.

Gilison credited the Imperial Valley College Foundation for their assistance in bringing the night’s event together.

“This is wonderful, it brought in a different crowd,” said math professor and cross country coach, Eric Lehtonen, “that’s good.”

A number of the faculty at Imperial Valley College not only show their support by attending events, but contribute monthly towards scholarships and the Imperial Valley College Foundation according to Imperial Valley College Foundation Executive Director, Todd Evangelist.

The Imperial Valley College Foundation is the non-profit wing and organization of the college.

“I’m appreciative of the professors at Imperial Valley College, because they’re the ones that put it on,” said Evangelist.


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