A PERSON WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Public Information Technician Corine Stofle finds passion in everything

Originally Published in the SacCity Express: view original article
March 14, 2012

by Matthew M. Joye | Staff Writer

It takes just a few minutes of conversation with City College Public Information Technician Corine Stofle to realize something about her is different.

Take her recent art show, “More Polaroids about Buildings & People” at the midtown collective Bows and Arrows, for example.

In this digital age of photography, it’s the Polaroid camera that intrigued Stofle.

“[I] really start[ed] getting into them…when I found out Polaroid had stopped making the film,” says Stofle.

As an artist, Stofle sees things a little differently, and with that perspective and, she says, along with support from teachers when she was a student at City College, this different viewpoint shows through in her artwork, and her current work in the college’s Public Information Office.

Her current obsession started after Stofle found her Polaroid camera at a thrift store for $1.99—only to discover that the Polaroid company stopped manufacturing the film for it in 2008. Rather than being disappointed, however, she says this only intensified her interest, making finding film into the “ultimate quest.”

On a recent trip to Madrid, for example, Stofle noticed a store where workers were using Polaroids to take “employee of the month” photos. She made a promise to herself right there to use what little Spanish she knew to track down the film source.

“[The quest] took me on this search throughout the city to find this tiny little shop with 10 packs of Polaroids,” says Stofle.

Instead of taking in Madrid as a tourist, Stofle’s quest took her inside the daily life of the city, creating in each chance encounter a “cross boundary moment in which you’re all reminiscing [about] the way the world is changing,” she says.

Born and raised on the French Caribbean island of Guadalupe, Stofle continued her studies at Lycée Henri-IV in Paris before moving to Sacramento in 2000, starting as an undeclared major at American River College, she says.

After moving to midtown, she began her City College career with a journalism class. By the end of the first day, she had found her major.

“I took a class with [Journalism Professor] Dianne Heimer and immediately changed my major to journalism that same day,” says Stofle, noting that “having an inspiring, funny and also compassionate person be able to teach you about a field that you know nothing about” made for her moment of epiphany.

Stofle also left an impression on Heimer.

“[Stofle is] one of the most capable people I’ve ever met,” Heimer says.

Stofle began writing and then editing for the Express.

“[She was] really instrumental in shaping the newspaper,” says Heimer of Stofle’s time on the Express staff.

After earning her associate degree, Stofle transferred to Berkeley where she received a BA in journalism and communication. Eventually, she applied for the public information technician position at City College and was hired in January 2009, she says.

Stofle now edits the City Chronicles, a newsletter for staff and faculty.

Stofle also played a role in helping facilitate the Neisei Project at City College, a commitment by the school to give honorary degrees to Japanese-Americans whose studies were forcibly ended by internment during World War II, she says.

“It was like the highlight of my career here,” says Admissions and Records Supervisor Kim Goff, who worked with Stofle on the event publicity and invitations. “[Stofle] went out of her way to make it something meaningful and special.”

Stofle says she returned to City College, in part, because she appreciated how well it prepared her for Berkeley, where she is currently pursing a doctorate in French.

“My experience at City College absolutely enabled me to not only go to Berkeley and afford it, but [also] it definitely allowed me to succeed there,” says Stofle. “If I had started at Cal… I probably would not have done well.”

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