Marcia Mitchiker

Marian Bergeson Award Presented to
South Orange County Community College District

Board of Trustees Member Marcia Milchiker

South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees member and dual member of AAUW Laguna Beach, Marcia Milchiker was named the recipient of the Marian Bergeson Award, presented annually by the Orange County School Board Association (OCSBA) to a trustee who has provided outstanding governing board service and community service to promote and enhance public education.

   Trustee Milchiker is a long-serving Governing Board Member, having served numerous times as president, vice-president, and clerk.  In addition to her trusteeship, which she says is her most important responsibility, Trustee Milchiker is a 21-year volunteer of the Orange County School Board Association, a founder of both the Orange County Community College Legislative Task Force and the Orange County Chapter of the California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research (serving three terms as president), and the American Association of University Women (serving two terms as president). In this capacity she established several endowed scholarships and helped secure more than a million dollars annually in scholarships for both Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College students.

   Interim Chancellor Debra L. Fitzsimons said, “After many years of committed service to our community, Marcia Milchiker is being recognized for what we’ve always known:  She is a champion for student success and is unwavering in her dedication to our colleges and district.  We are very proud of Marcia and deeply appreciate all she has accomplished for us.”

As a research biologist and biology professor, Marcia has personally conducted research to offer testimony to state legislators that Emeritus Institute classes are vital to older adults.  For that reason she was asked to serve on the UC Irvine Community Advisory Board for the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, of which she is currently a member.

  Marcia is a member of several AAUW branches, including AAUW Laguna Beach.  We are very proud of the work that Marcia does to promote the advancement of women and girls.

Barbara Hamkalo

How proud AAUW-LB is of Dr. Barbara Hamkalo and her many accomplishments in promoting the success of women and girls.

The UCI BioSci Ayala School 2017 Dean’s Report highlighted the work of Barbara Hamkalo since her retirement. It said she “is deeply involved in Tech Trek, a summer camp that exposes middle-school girls to science and technology.  The program is held by the American Association of University Women,” of which Professor Hamkalo is an active member and former president.

Barbara said, “I am proud of my work with AAUW. The Tech Trek program has been a tremendous success in California.  The students who complete the program go on to take higher level math and science courses than their peers, both male and female, and are better informed about careers in the sciences.

   Professor Hamkalo is also an Orange County Achievement Rewards for College Sciences Foundation (ARCS) member.  The national all-female non-profit funds scholar awards for U.S. citizens pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Professor Hamkalo has served as a president and donor, has written grants to support ARCS scholars and organizes field trips.”

   Barbara was named a “prestigious UCI Edward A. Dickson Endowed Emeritus Professor a year after her retirement.  She worked to establish the Graduate Student Resource Center and served as one of UCI’s representatives during labor negotiations with United Auto Workers, who had unionized the UC Postdoctoral Scholars.  In keeping with her zest for service, Professor Hamkalo became the president of the UCI Emeriti Association and currently chairs its program committee.”


    For 52 years, Lee has remained passionate about the mission of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), working to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. During this time, Lee has served three branches of this national organization, Newport Mesa, Laguna Beach and more recently, San Clemente-Capistrano Bay.  She became a Life Member of AAUW in 1989 and over the years has served in various board of director positions at the local level including two terms as branch president. She subsequently went on to serve for three terms at the state level as California Leadership Director during which she planned and presented workshops in leadership at both state and national AAUW conventions as well as conducting regional leadership training days across the state.  In 2000, she co-authored and edited the AAUW CA 21st Century Report proposing numerous suggestions for organizational revitalization, which subsequently were adopted by the AAUW, including the highly controversial action to open membership to community college graduates.  Lee has been the recipient of an AAUW-LB Leadership Trailblazer Award and is an AAUW-LB Educational Foundation Honoree.Dr. Lee Winocur Field received the University of Phoneix Leadership Award for outstanding work.  Since Lee feels that women in our community colleges remain an underserved population by AAUW, two years ago she joined with members of the San Clemente and Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley Branches to bolster their College/University Partnership efforts at Saddleback College.  Modeled on the successful University of Phoenix (UOPX) Women’s Symposium of 2015, Lee spearheaded the fund-raising, planning and coordination of a Women’s Leadership Forum, designed to motivate community college and interested community women to strive to become top leaders in whatever careers they undertake.  The Forum, generously supported by UOPX, PIMCO and San Diego Gas & Electric, quickly sold out and generated high praise from attendees.  It became obvious that this event served an important need, and the organizers have been urged to repeat the Forum again next year.