Ripon grad rec­og­nized by Univer­sity of San Diego

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By GLENN KAHL

The Univer­sity of San Diego re­cently sang its praises for a long­time ad­min­is­tra­tor from Ripon — Deb­bie Si­narle Hon­ey­cutt, 68, from the Ripon High class of 1969 — who grew up on East Mil­geo Av­enue fac­ing Spring Creek Golf & Coun­try Club.

“My par­ents, He­len and Harry Si­narle, were so sup­port­ive of me when I was in col­lege, and when you have been given some­thing like that you want to pass it on,” she said.

She is the se­cret force be­hind many of the grants the Univer­sity of San Diego has been awarded since 2013 when she be­came an as­sis­tant direc­tor in USD’s Of­fice of Foun­da­tion Re­la­tions, a staff spokesman said.

At Ripon High, she was the stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties direc­tor and sang acapella with the In­di­anettes sing­ing cho­rus. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, she at­tended Fresno

State Col­lege and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

Prior to ded­i­cat­ing her life to rais­ing money for ad­mirable or­ga­ni­za­tions, she worked in ser­vice, sales, mar­ket­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment for IBM — ini­tially for St. Madeleine So­phie’s Cen­ter and then for the Neu­ro­sciences In­sti­tute and on to the Univer­sity of San Diego where she has helped garner thou­sands of dol­lars from pri­vate foun­da­tions in sup­port of USD to sup­port their Torero Re­nais­sance Schol­ars, its Veter­ans Cen­ter, the School of Lead­er­ship and Ed­u­ca­tion Sciences along with the Hahn School of Nurs­ing and Health Science.

Hon­ey­cutt noted that one grant for the School of Nurs­ing was used to pur­chase six “smart” gur­neys for the sim­u­la­tion lab and is a great ex­am­ple of how phi­lan­thropy can in­volve the com­mu­nity.

“The work our School of Nurs­ing does fills a huge void in nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tion,” she said, “be­cause it sup­plies nurs­ing ed­u­ca­tors and the ad­vance prac­tice nurses who teach and train front­line nurses.”

A USD spokesman pointed out that many of the pro­pos­als for fund­ing that Hon­ey­cutt submits re­quire ex­ten­sive re­search and in­tri­cate sta­tis­tics that can take months to pro­duce and to cal­cu­late.

She is seen at the univer­sity’s main re­searcher, man­ag­ing and track­ing much like a traf­fic con­troller the sta­tus of each re­quest the univer­sity has pend­ing with some of the re­gion’s largest foun­da­tions and was cred­ited for shep­herd­ing be­tween some 10 and 12 pro­pos­als at any given time through var­i­ous phases of the process.

In any given year, she has sub­mit­ted close to 100 pro­pos­als on be­half of the univer­sity and it is not un­com­mon for her to ded­i­cate up to 12 months to the propos­ing, re­search­ing, sub­mit­ting and gain­ing fund­ing for a grant.

She re­called that one of the most re­ward­ing grants she worked to its fruition to bring fund­ing to San Diego stu­dents was on on­go­ing grant from the In-N-Out Burger Foun­da­tion in sup­port of sum­mer in­tern­ships for USD’s Torero Re­nais­sance schol­ars — stu­dents for­merly in the foster care sys­tem.

Hon­ey­cutt added that she greatly ap­pre­ci­ates the USD ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tion in its holis­tic ap­proach that en­riches many ar­eas of a per­son’s life. Like at Ripon High, she has been a long­time mem­ber of a lo­cal sing­ing group — the RB Cho­rale — which over the years has it­self awarded more than $350,000 in schol­ar­ships to tal­ented high school grads through­out San Diego County.

“I see the need,” she said. “I was the first in my fam­ily to go on to col­lege. I came from a very small town of Ripon and col­lege opened my eyes to the world. I think of col­lege as more than an ed­u­ca­tion, it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence that ev­ery stu­dent de­serves to have in the life.”

To con­tact Glenn Kahl, email gkahl@man­te­cab­ul­

Photo con­trib­uted

Debra Si­narle Hon­ey­cutt is a mem­ber of Ripon High’s Class of 1989.

Photo con­trib­uted

Deb­bie Si­narle is seen meet­ing with a high school ac­tiv­i­ties com­mit­tee in 1968 when a ju­nior at RHS.

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