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Looking for a Class? LAVC's Fall 2014 Class Schedule and Open Classes List are Posted Online
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June 27-August 15
Summer 2014 Hours for the Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, International Student Admissions and Veterans Services Offices
Between June 27-August 15, the Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, International Students Admissions and Veterans Services Offices will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., and closed on Fridays. Please note: Applications for enrollment will still be accepted online; to register online click the "Apply Online" link on the LAVC Web site. Visit the Admissions & Records Web Page, Financial Aid Web Page, International Students Admissions Web Page, and Veterans Services Web Page for more information.
July 28-August 15
Are You a New Student Planning to Earn an Associate's Degree and/or Transfer? Sign Up Today for the START Summer Bridge Program!
LAVC PASS (Preparing All Students for Success) / STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) is offering a START Summer Bridge Program for new students from July 28-August 15 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. If you're a new student who is interested in earning an associate's degree and/or transfer to a four-year college/university, the START Program is designed to help you start on the path to successfully completing your academic goals! Accelerate your pathway to math - sign up for the START Summer Bridge program today! For more information go to www.lavc.edu/start or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting August 4
Attention Campus Community!—All Offices/Services in the Administration Building will be Relocating to Temporary Spaces Between August 4-11
Between August 4-11, 2014, the LAVC President's Office, the Academic Affairs Office, the Administrative Services Office, LAVC Foundation, Institutional Effectiveness Office, Public Relations Office, Personnel Office, Payroll Office, Budget Office, Contracts/Purchasing (Procurement), Master Calendar Office, Reprographics, Mailroom, and the Job Training Office will temporarily close in order to move into temporary locations on campus. These offices and services are moving in preparation for building the new Valley College Gateway building. During the closure, those offices will not be able to provide any services; faculty, staff and students are advised to plan ahead. The following offices will close and reopen in new locations on campus:
- The Administrative Services Office, Contracts/Purchasing (Procurement Office) and Budget Office will close on Monday, August 4 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Tuesday, August 5 in the newly renamed Admin 3 Bungalow (former Learning Resource Center bungalow that has been relocated to former Lot K)
- The LAVC Foundation Office, Institutional Effectiveness Office, and Public Relations Office will close on Monday, August 4 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Tuesday, August 5 in the newly renamed Admin 3 Bungalow (former Learning Resource Center bungalow that has been relocated to former Lot K)
- The Job Training Office will close on Tuesday, August 5 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Wednesday, August 6 in the newly renamed Admin 3 Bungalow (former Learning Resource Center bungalow that has been relocated to former Lot K)
- The Payroll/Personnel will close on Tuesday, August 5 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Wednesday, August 6 in Campus Center E102 (former ASU Office)
- The Master Calendar Office and Campus Operator Office will close on Tuesday, August 5 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Wednesday, August 6 in Campus Center W101 (former SSD Office)
- The President's Office will close on Wednesday, August 6 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Thursday, August 7 in the newly renamed Admin 1 Bungalow (former Financial Aid bungalow)
- The Academic Affairs Office will close on Wednesday, August 6 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Thursday, August 7 in the newly renamed Admin 1 Bungalow (former Financial Aid bungalow)
- The President's Conference Room will close on Wednesday, August 6 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Thursday, August 7 in the newly renamed Admin 2 Bungalow (former CSIT 2 bungalow)
- Reprographics Services will close on Friday, August 8 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, August 11 in Campus Center W101 (former ASU Office)
- The Campus Mailroom will close on Friday, August 8 at 2 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, August 11 in Campus Center E101 (former SSD Office)
Please note: Offices will be relocated by the above noted date, but it may only be able to provide limited services for a few days following its move. View the LAVC Administration Building Move Flyer. The college will also be posting an updated campus map on its Web site and additional campus wayfinding signage to direct people to the new temporary locations of the above noted offices.
Registration Deadline: August 20
Event: August 27
Calling All New Students! "Choose Your Own Adventure" and Make the Most of Your College Experience at the LAVC Welcome Fair 2014 for New Students
The LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU) and the LAVC Preparing All Students for Success Committee will sponsor the LAVC Welcome Fair 2014 on Wednesday, August 27 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Student Services Plaza. Join us for the annual Welcome Fair this fall and make the most of your college experience here at LAVC! This year, our "Choose Your Own Adventure!" theme will include: an exciting Info Fair with school clubs, departments, and programs! Campus tours! Super important workshops! There will also be awesome raffle prizes! Workshops include: How to Pay for College, Transfer 101, Introduction to the College Classroom, Guarantee Your Priority Registration, Student Leadership Panel, How to Pick a Major, and Career Technical Education (CTE) Program. Register now! Don't wait until the August 20th deadline to secure your "survival kit" for the day. Spots are quickly filling up!! For more information and to register online, visit the LAVC Welcome Fair Web page.
LAVC to Hold an Adjunct Faculty Orientation on August 23
The LAVC Professional Development Office will hold a "Fall into Fall: Adjunct Faculty Orientation" on Saturday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon in the Professional Development Center in LARC 200. Adjunct faculty will find out the answers to their questions about college processes, resources, and information to make their teaching experience successful. Participants will be able to connect with colleagues and hear presentations from LAVC staff and administrators. Please RSVP by Aug. 18 to (818) 947-2712 or email@example.com. For more information, visit the LAVC Professional Development Web site.
Want to Transfer to UCLA? Make an Appointment to Meet with a UCLA Admissions Representative on August 25
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will host an admissions representative from UCLA on Monday, August 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center in the Student Services Annex. The admissions representative will be meeting with students during 20-minute individual appointments. Come get your questions answered about UCLA admissions, personal statement, major, applications, and more! For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the LAVC Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646 or visit the LAVC Career/Transfer Center Web page.
LAVC to Host a Summer Tech Fest for Faculty/Staff on August 25-26
The LAVC Professional Development Office will sponsor its annual "Summer Tech Fest" for faculty and staff on Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Professional Development Center in LARC 200. There will be workshops to improve your use of technology, engage your students, and enhance your teaching. A complete schedule and workshop descriptions are available at the LAVC Professional Development Web page. RSVPs are not required – just show up! For more information, contact the LAVC Professional Development Office at (818) 947-2712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAVC to Hold Opening Day 2014 for Faculty is August 28
The Academic Senate and the LAVC Professional Development Office will sponsor its annual "Opening Day" event for faculty on Thursday, August 28. The event will start at 7:30 a.m. in Monarch Square at 7:30 a.m., which will be followed by a general session in Monarch Hall and a great line-up of workshops including campus tours. This annual event is mandatory for full-time classroom faculty. Adjuncts and non-classroom faculty are welcome to attend; RSVP to (818) 947-2712 or email@example.com by Aug. 18. For more information, visit the LAVC Professional Development Web site.
September 2-December 21
Welcome to Los Angeles Valley College! Fall Semester Classes Start September 2
Los Angeles Valley College will hold day and evening classes for the Fall 2014 semester starting Tuesday, September 2. Saturday classes will begin on September 6. The Fall Schedule and an updated list of open classes is available online at on the LAVC Schedules of Classes Web Page. The last day to add a class (by instructor add permit only) is September 12, 2014. For a complete list of academic dates and deadlines, visit the LAVC Calendar of Events.
Deadline: September 12
Discover the Benefits of Exercise to Influence Learning! Seats Available in Kinesiology and Dance Classes in the Fall 2014 Semester
The Men's and Women's Physical Education Department will be offering a variety of kinesiology and dance courses for the Fall 2014 semester. Choose from the following courses this Fall: Aerobics, Water Polo, Self Defense, Yoga, Golf, Gymnastics, Baseball, Swimming, Aqua Aerobics, Judo, Fitness Center, Body Conditioning, Weight Training, Table Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Ballet, Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, and Dance Conditioning. Enrolling in an exercise course can enhance a person's success in other areas; according to John J. Ratey, M.D., "....exercise influences learning directly, at the cellular level, improving the brain's potential to log in and process new information." For course information on Kinesiology classes, please see the Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes. The last day to add a class is September 12. Apply online today!
Deadline: September 12
LAVC to Offer a New Course on Genetic Analysis in Fall 2014
The LAVC Biology Department will be offering a brand new course on "Genetic Analysis" class (Biology 46) starting in the Fall 2014 semester. This course, which is a 3 unit class and CSU/UC transferrable, will examine Mendelian genetics, chromosome analysis, and genomics. The class (section 3098) is being offered in the Fall semester on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m.-8:40 p.m. Check the LAVC Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes for more information including any course prerequisites. New and returning students who wish to enroll in this class will need to apply online on the LAVC Web site. Current LAVC students will be able to register for this class during their Fall 2014 registration appointment. Students can find their Fall 2014 registration appointment by logging into the LACCD Student Information System; to log in, the student must enter his/her student identification number and pin number; select "View Registration Appointment" and then choose "Fall 2014". For more information, contact the LAVC Biology Department at (818) 947-2514. The last day to add a class is September 12. Apply online today!
Are You Interested in Getting Involved on Campus? Apply Today for a Student Government Position
The LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU) is seeking students who are interested in serving on its Executive Board for the 2014-2015 academic year. There are several open positions. Students who are interested in serving on student government should contact the ASU Office at (818) 778-5516 or visit its office in the Student Services Center, 2nd Floor to obtain the application form. For more information, contact the LAVC Associated Student Union at LAVC ASU Web Page.
Got News to Share? LAVC's PR Office Offers College Departments/Programs/ Services with Publicity Assistance
The LAVC Public Relations Office can assist LAVC departments, programs and services with promoting news and events to the campus community and beyond. It can help with posting announcements in the College Bulletin, on the college's electronic marquee, on LAVC's online calendar, on the LAVC homepage, and on LAVC's Facebook and Twitter pages. Simply fill out a PR Request Form for your event or news item, and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, the Public Relations Office can help with the creation of Facebook pages for college departments and programs. Please note: The LAVC PR Office is unable to fulfill requests from organizations not directly affiliated with Los Angeles Valley College. For more information, visit the PR Office Web page.
LAVC is Now on Instagram! Follow us at lavalleycollege
Los Angeles Valley College has a new Instagram feed. The college will post information about college news and events. Students, alumni and friends can now follow Los Angeles Valley College on Instagram at http://instagram.com/lavalleycollege.
Don't Forget to "Like Us"! Follow Los Angeles Valley College on Facebook
Los Angeles Valley College posts regular announcements and information on campus events for students and the public on its Facebook page. Follow "Los Angeles Valley College" at https://www.facebook.com/lavalleycollege.
LAVC Launches a New Emergency Notification System
Los Angeles Valley College is pleased to announce the launch of the Blackboard Connect service to provide emergency alerts. With this service, the college can send out alert notification messages via email, voice, and text message simultaneously to students, staff and faculty within minutes. LAVC students, faculty and staff are being urged to provide emergency contact information to Valley College through the new LAVC Connect portal; this portal will not update student and employee records. In an emergency, current LAVC students will be sent an alert notification to their LACCD email address, and a phone message will be sent to their primary phone according to the Student Information System (SIS). Faculty/staff will automatically receive alert notifications to their LAVC email address. If students, faculty and staff would like to be notified through an alternate email and/or cell phone, they will need to log into the LAVC Connect Portal to provide LAVC with the additional contact information. Download the guide on How to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts from LA Valley College (Faculty/Staff).
Don't Forget—LAVC is a Smoke Free Campus Except in New Designated Smoking Areas
As of February 4, 2013, Los Angeles Valley College is a "Smoke Free Campus" except in designated smoking areas on campus. The following four designated smoking areas have been established on campus: (1) West of the Library & Academic Resource Center, near College Road North; (2) the Southwest corner of Parking Lot D, near Campus Drive and Emelita Street; (3) between the Field House and Bungalow 78, near Ethel Avenue, and (4) south of the Engineering Building, near Parking Lot A. To view the locations of all the designated smoking areas visit current campus map on the college Web site. The smoking policy and the designated smoking areas were created due to popular demand on campus, and was established through the college's shared governance process and approved by the College President. To read the IEC motion. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Raul Gonzalez, Associate Vice President of Administrative Services, at email@example.com.
LACCD Board of Trustees Names Dr. Erika A. Endrijonas as the College President for Los Angeles Valley College
The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees approved Dr. Erika A. Endrijonas as the new college president of Los Angeles Valley College at its June 25, 2014 meeting. Dr. Endrijonas will assume the position on August 1. Dr. Endrijonas, is currently Executive Vice President at Oxnard College. She has been at Oxnard College for the past five years where she also serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer. She began her career in higher education at USC as an academic advisor in 1992, and went on to Granite State College in Connecticut, the University College of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, the Los Angeles Center of the Union Institute and University, and spent eight years at Santa Barbara City College, where she was Dean of Educational Programs. Dr. Endrijonas has a bachelor's degree in History from Cal State Northridge, and a master's and Ph.D. in History from USC.
Looking for a Job? Check Out the LAVC Online Job Board
LAVC Cooperative Education/Job Resource Center has partnered with College Central Network to offer a LAVC Online Job Board. This job board for students, alumni and area employers includes vital online job search resources such as an exclusive LAVC Job Board, Career Portfolio & Resume Builders, Job Central™ & Intern Central, Job Central™ Podcasts, and more. For more information, visit the LAVC Job Board Web Page.
Two LAVC Students Awarded the 2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Undergraduate Scholarship
Michael Vincent Frawley and Emelie Oiknine have been awarded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Undergraduate Scholarship (JPLUS) for 2014. The JPLUS program was established in 1997 in response to the limited number of community college students applying to and being competitive applicants for local JPL, NASA, and other competitive internship programs. The program recognizes the achievement and potential of community college students in the region by giving them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become competitive candidates for research internships. The JPLUS preparatory training include activities and experiences that help students become accustomed to the research environment, demystify NASA science and engineering careers, and gain an understanding of the internship process. Congratulations!
LAVC Foundation Wins $1,000 Donation from Simplicity Bank
The Los Angeles Valley College Foundation received a $1,000 donation as one of the top six charitable organizations in a recent Facebook contest sponsored by Simplicity Bank. Representatives from the Simplicity Bank recently presented a check to the Foundation Board President Andrea Goldberg and the Foundation's Executive Director Raul Castillo. The LAVC Foundation placed 6th out of 50 participating organizations. The LAVC Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in the Facebook contest and voted for the LAVC Foundation as one of your top charitable organizations. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Scott Weigand—LAVC's new Academic Resource Center Director
Scott Weigand, director of the LAVC Writing Center, has been recently selected as the college's new Academic Resource Center Director. In this position, Scott is responsible for integrating and coordinating the services of the Writing Center, General Tutoring, Math Lab, and the Computer Commons to assist students, faculty, and staff in achieving their educational goals. This new position officially begins July 1. In his new role, Scott looks forward to collaborating with faculty, staff, and students as we work to refine and develop a comprehensive academic support service for the college community. He has a master's degree in English with a concentration in composition/rhetoric and a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing. An associate professor in English, Scott has taught at both California State University and Los Angeles Valley College, and he is a certified online instructor familiar with multiple learning management systems. He is active in the campus and district-wide student success initiatives. He is a founding member of the District's Faculty Teaching Learning Academy (FTLA), chair of Valley's Student Success Committee, and has worked closely with California Community College Success Network. Congratulations Scott!
LAVC Named as One of the San Fernando Valley's "Largest Colleges and Universities" by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal has ranked Los Angeles Valley College on its 2014 list of "Largest Colleges and Universities". LAVC is listed as the third largest institution of higher education in the San Fernando Valley for 2013-2014. The San Fernando Valley Business Journal annually ranks the Valley-based colleges and universities by the total number of students (full-time equivalents).
Former LAVC Baseball Player Josh Goosen-Brown Drafted in the 2014 MLB Draft
Josh Goosen-Brown, a former Valley College baseball player, has been selected as a 31st round draft choice in Major League Baseball (MLB) by the Chicago White Sox. His talents were such that, when the opportunity presented itself, head baseball coach Dave Mallas encouraged him to join the university ranks after his freshman season here. He transferred to San Diego State University. Read the Western State Conference press release. Congratulations!
Attention New Parents! The Family Resource Center has a Free Baby Clothes Exchange for Sizes Newborn to Size 3T
The LAVC Family Resource Center offers a free baby clothes exchange (newborns to size 3T) for the community in the Family Resource Center, which is located in the Child Development and Family Complex. New parents are encouraged to bring their clean, gently used (e.g. in good condition) baby clothes and trade them for other gently-used baby clothes. The community can also donate clean and gently-used baby clothes to be used in the exchange. In addition, the Family Resource Center also offers other services and resources for new parents. The Family Resource Center is located on the northwestern corner of the Child Development and Family Complex, near the corner of Oxnard Street and Campus Drive. For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at (818) 778-5612 or visit LAVC Family Resource Center Web Page.
LAVC Named as a Top 50 Community Colleges for Hispanics
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine has named Los Angeles Valley College as one of the 2014 "Top 50 Community Colleges" for Hispanics ranked by Hispanic Full-Time Enrollment for 2013-2014. This recognition is bestowed on the top community colleges in the nation that serves a large number of Hispanic students. This is the third time in the past four years that Valley College has received this honor.
LAVC Student Irene Harutyunyan Selected to Participate in a Summer Medical & Dental Education Program at UCLA
Irene Harutyunyan, an LAVC student, has been accepted into the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP). She will participate in the Summer 2014 program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA School of Dentistry. The SMDEP program is geared for freshman and sophomore college students who have an interest in either medical or dentistry school for their future careers. For six weeks, participants will be able to gain academic enrichment in the basic sciences and quantitative topics, participate in clinical exposure through small-group clinical rotations and full-group clinician seminars, and receive career development guidance for medical and dental careers. Irene plans to go to medical school, and this will be her first-hand experience into the field. Congratulations Irene!
LAVC Student Angelina Cabral to Participate in a Summer Community College Research Internship at USC
Angelina Cabral, an LAVC student, has been selected to participate in the Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagement (CC-RISE) Internship Program at USC for during the summer of 2014. CC-RISE is an eight-week, paid, summer research internship program for community college students run by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). Participants will gain first-hand exposure to the scientific process by working in a faculty-led research lab at the University of Southern California (USC). The selected participants will conduct research 40 hours/week, focused on a project in a microbiology/geochemistry lab, and will be mentored and trained in research procedures. In addition to research, they will participate in activities focusing on how to transition from a two-year college to a university and information on graduate school. At the end of the program, students present their results to an audience of peers and mentors. Congratulations Angelica!
Outstanding Students Recognized at the Math Department's Annual Scholarship Luncheon
LAVC Mathematics Department held its annual luncheon honoring outstanding Math students with certificates of merit and scholarships on May 30 at Maggiano's Little Italy in Woodland Hills. This year, 15 students received scholarships. The following students were recognized with the following scholarships:
Math Department Scholarship: Duncan Valore-Kemmerer, Mahsa Safaei, Julian Aviles Ortiz, Ki Ey Kouch, Xiao Jing Li, Hovhannes Menejyan, Olga Ulyanova, and Rushan Kankanan Pandithage
The Math Department Scholarship is chosen by the math faculty and given to outstanding students who have completed Calculus 2 by the Fall 2013 semester.
Ichiro Uyekubo Memorial Scholarship: Jose Guillermo Pico
The Ichiro Uyekubo Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of John Kawai's grandfather. The scholarship recipient must have shown excellence in math courses and demonstrated exceptional character in overcoming personal obstacles in pursuing his/her educational goals. John Kawai is an associate professor of mathematics.
Department Scholarship in Honor of a Retiring Faculty: Michael Medina, and Vahram Poghosyan
The Department Scholarship is given in honor of an anonymous retiring faculty member. Recipients are chosen by the math faculty from among outstanding students who started with basic-level Math courses at Valley College before taking college-level Math courses, and who are now currently taking Calculus 1 or 2.
S. Iyer Memorial Scholarship: Lourdes Espinoza, and Jean-Carlo Palacios
The S. Iyer Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of Kala Iyer's father. The recipient has demonstrated excellence in mathematics courses, is highly motivated to pursue educational goals, and has overcome obstacles involving financial need. Kala Iyer is a professor of mathematics at LA Valley College.
Leon Marzillier Scholarship: Lourdes Espinoza
The Leon Marzillier Scholarship is chosen by the math faculty among outstanding students who started with basic-level Math courses at Valley College before taking college-level Math courses, and who are now currently taking Math 265 or 266. The scholarship is named in honor of Leon Marzillier, a professor emeritus of Mathematics at LA Valley College.
Math Accelerated Pathways to STEM Scholarship: Michael Frawley
The Math Accelerated Pathways to STEM Scholarship is awarded to the most outstanding student who have gone through the math accelerated pathway from Elementary Algebra to Calculus 2 in 3 semesters.
Glen Paget Scholarship for a Mathematics Major: Ekaterina Ricci
The Glen Paget Scholarship for a Mathematics Major is given to a student who has at least 3.0 GPA, a major in mathematics, and has demonstrated desire and intention to teach mathematics as a career. The namesake of this scholarship, Glen Paget, is a professor of mathematics at LA Valley College.
Hawkinson Memorial Mahematics Scholarship: Duncan Valore-Kemmerer
The Hawkinson Memorial Mathematics Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding math student who has completed the Calculus sequence and completed or currently taking Linear Algebra or Differential Equations.
Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients in the Math Department!
LAVC Student Jaime Lopez Selected to Participate in a TANMS Summer Internship
Jaime Lopez, an LAVC student, has been selected by the Center for Transitional Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TANMS) for a summer internship at Cal State Northridge. He will participate in a 10-week summer research experience, and will work with graduate and other undergraduate students to perform cutting edge research in one of the following areas: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, physics and chemistry. The TANMS Summer Internships offers research experience for undergraduates at fours TANMS universities including Cal State Northridge. TANMS is focused on developing new electromagnetic coupling technologies to allow further miniaturization of electromagnetic devices such as memory, antennas and motors. New research at TANMS seeks to bring energy efficiency and device size reduction to levels never realized before. TANMS advances Multiferroic materials and demonstrates specific applications through testbeds in biomedical and consumer electronics. Congratulations Jaime!
Outstanding Professors Honored at the Annual Apple Awards
Tau Alpha Epsilon, LAVC's honor society, recognized outstanding faculty at its annual Apple Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 19 in Monarch Hall. The following faculty members received the prestigious Crystal Apple Teaching Award 2014: Kiha Lee (Dance), Glen Paget (Math), and Elmida Baghdaserians (Child Development). The Zucker Award went to Luz Shin (Math) and Cheryl Stoneham (English). Students on campus nominated faculty to be honored. At the Apple Awards ceremony, each professor who received at least 5 nominations was awarded a certificate of recognition, and the three professors with the most nominations receive a crystal apple award. Congratulations!
Congratulations to the Biology Department Scholarship Recipients
The LAVC Biology Department held its annual Scholarship Awards Reception on Wednesday, May 21. A total of 13 students received departmental scholarships at the event this year. The following students received Biology Department scholarships:
Biology 3 Scholarship - Shlomit Harel, Joy M. Johnson, and Monika Vardanyan
The Biology 3 Scholarship is a competitive scholarship based on receiving an "A" in Biology 3, a letter of recommendation from that instructor and a required personal statement.
Biology Department Scholarship - Sosi Dzhugarian
This is a competitive scholarship for biology majors. Student must have completed Biology 6 or 7, have minimum units for LAVC, minimum 3.4 GPA, a letter of recommendation from a biology instructor and a required personal statement.
George Hale Memorial Scholarship - Lourdes Espinoza
The George Hale Memorial Scholarship is a competitive scholarship based on 3.0 GPA, current enrollment in 9:0 units, have completed Biology 6 or 7, letter of recommendation from a LAVC professor and a minimum 200 word essay why the scholarship is deserved by the applicant.
Mike Thomas Scholarship for Service - Michelle Khrom and Melissa Russell
The Mike Thomas Scholarship for Service is awarded by lab techs based on nominations from faculty and lab techs. The award is based on service to the department, science grades, financial need and a student's contribution and interest in science.
Sheila Kar Health Foundation Scholarship - Christiana Akpuh and Nairi Ekizian
The Sheila Kar Health Foundation Scholarship is a service or research scholarship for pre-pharmacy or pre-medicine students with a 3.5 GPA, and letter of recommendation from a science instructor who can participate in a Valentine's Day Cardiac Program.
Dr. Peter Ryan Memorial Scholarship - Violet Lemus Herrera
The Dr. Peter Ryan Memorial Scholarship is a needs scholarship requiring a letter of recommendation and a specified personal statement connecting financial needs with student's goals.
Joseph Nordmann Award for Service - Jacqueline Zacarias, Alina Saroukhanian, and Manuel Espejo
Joseph Nordmann Award for Service is a service award based on contributions made to the Biology Department.
Congratulations to all the Biology Department award recipients!
Math Professor Luz Shin Invited to Present at the 2014 Strengthening Student Success Conference
Luz Shin, Title III - HSI STEM Grant Director and professor of mathematics, has been invited to speak at the 2014 Strengthening Student Success Conference on October 8-10 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. She will present a session on "Mathematics Acceleration through LAVC Math STEM Summer Bridge". The Los Angeles Valley College's Math STEM Summer Bridge offers all students the opportunity to practice and review the topics of mathematics required to succeed in both basic-skills and transfer-level mathematics. The Math STEM Summer Bridge started in 2012 with 145 students, grew to 332 students in 2013 and is planned for 600 students in 2014. After two to three weeks of practice and review, students are required to retake the LAVC mathematics placement exam. In 2012 and 2013, 22.4% of Math STEM Summer Bridge students advanced 1, 2 or 3 course levels (based on placement) following the Math STEM Summer Bridge without changing mathematics courses or curriculum. For more information, visit the Math STEM Program Web Page. Congratulations Luz!
Want to Know the Latest on Campus Construction? Visit LAVC's Parking & Construction Updates Web Page
Los Angeles Valley College regularly posts information on construction projects that impact the campus on the LAVC's ReVitalizing Valley College Web Site. The Parking & Construction Web page, which is part of the Revitalizing Valley College Web site, provides the most up-to-date information from Yang Management, the college's construction project management team.In addition, there are links to information about Valley College's $626 million renovation and building project that is funded through voter supported Proposition A and AA, and Measure J. To learn more, visit the ReVitalizing Valley College Web Site. For the latest information on how construction is impacting the campus and parking, please visit the LAVC Construction and Parking Updates Web Page.
Former LAVC President A. Susan Carleo and LAVC Student Haywood Hogan Honored by the Valley Economic Alliance
The Valley Economic Alliance recognized Dr. A Susan Carleo and Haywood Hogan from Los Angeles Valley College at its 14th Annual Steve Allen "Excellence in Education" Awards held on May 19, 2014 at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys. Dr. A Susan Carleo, LAVC's former college president, was honored with the "Champion of Education" Award for her 40 years of distinguished service in higher education and at Valley College. Haywood Hogan was recognized for his gold medal for the "Presentation of Poetry" at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech Tournament. The Valley Economic Alliance annually recognizes San Fernando Valley schools, educators and students that achieved National Recognition during the school year. The "Excellence in Education" Award is named for long-time Valley resident and legendary entertainer Steve Allen, who valued learning and spent much of his later years focused on speaking and writing about the importance of education. Congratulations!
Introducing Deanna Heikkinen, LAVC's Distance Education Coordinator
Deanna Heikkinen was hired as the college's Distance Education Coordinator in February. In her new role, she is responsible for coordinating the distance education offerings at Valley College, and works with the online technical support assistant to ensure that online classes are set up correctly and assists faculty with using the distance education system. Deanna also works with faculty and department chairs to share best practices in distance education, and handles distance education issues for accreditation. She is excited to be in this position and to be able to work with faculty to integrate technology in online, web enhanced, and regular face-to-face classes and make classroom time more interesting for students. LAVC's distance education classes are doing better than the national average compared to face-to-face instruction. As chair of the Campus Distance Education Committee (CDEC), she would like to let the campus know that CDEC has spent the last year developing a distance education plan, which will be vetted by the campus. During the recent accreditation visit, the team was impressed by our distance education strategic plan and what the college has done to improve distance education since last year. Deanna has been teaching online for over 7 years at community colleges from San Diego to Lake Tahoe. She has her master's degrees in History and Anthropology in Archeology from Cal State Bakersfield, and is getting her doctorate in higher education at Cal Lutheran University. Deanna's office is located in the Library & Academic Resource Center 211, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 947-2657.
Aspen Institute Names the LAVC Family Resource Center to its National Network
The LAVC Family Resource Center has been selected as a member of the Aspen Institute Ascend Network. As a member of the Network, the LAVC Family Resource Center will receive a $50,000 grant for 18 months. The FRC will use the funding to create replication toolkit of their unique and award-winning model that will allow at least two other community colleges create family resource centers that service the needs of their student-parents.The Ascend Network is a new network of leading organizations using two-generation approaches to disrupt poverty and create economic mobility for families. The LAVC Family Resource Center is one of the initial 58 organizations, selected from 24 states and the District of Columbia, that represent the leading edge of a national movement around two-generation approaches. Two-generation approaches look at the whole family's needs and provide opportunities for children and their parents together. The LAVC Family Resource Center was identified by the Aspen Institute through a highly selective national competition; more than 250 organizations applied to join the Network and receive funding. Congratulations to Marni Roosevelt, Gary Huff and the entire LAVC Family Resource Center!
Introducing Frank Velasco—LAVC's New Sheriff's Deputy
Los Angeles Valley College welcomes Frank Velasco, its new Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy. Deputy Velasco started in his assignment at Valley College on April 14. As supervising deputy of the Valley College Sheriff's Station, he is responsible for overseeing and managing public safety at the college, and the escort service and cadet program.He looks forward to getting to know the faculty, staff and students at Valley College, and continuing to build upon the positive relationships with the campus that were established by the previous Sheriff's Department personnel. Prior to arriving at Valley College, Deputy Velasco was the team leader at East Los Angeles College. He has worked at the ELAC station for the past 8 years. Deputy Velasco can be reached by contacting the LAVC Sheriff's Office at (818) 947-2911. Welcome!
LAVC Students Valerie Carranza and Albert Sarian Awarded the 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Two LAVC students, Valerie Carranza and Albert Sarian, have been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. This is the second year in a row, multiple students from Valley College were awarded this scholarship. In addition, two of the three recipients from the Los Angeles Community College District are Valley College students.The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. The Foundation is committed to helping outstanding community college students transfer and succeed at the nation’s top colleges and universities. The Foundation provides as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years to the nation’s best low-income community college students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. Scholars were selected based on high academic ability and achievements, persistence, leadership, and financial need. This year, a total of 85 scholarships were awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation based on the 3,705 nominations from 737 community colleges it received. The LAVC Student Services Office promotes the scholarship each year to campus students and faculty. The application cycle usually starts in late September end in early December. For more information, visit the Foundation website at www.jckf.org.
Two LAVC Students Selected by the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Community College Academic Team Program
LAVC Students Ahmad Khalil and Edon Cohanim were selected for the All-California Second Team by the Community College League of California. The All-California Community College Academic Team Program provides recognition at the state-level for the top community college students. Grades, leadership, and community service determine selection to the All-California First, Second and Third teams. This year, 25 California community college students were selected for the All-California Academic First Team, 26 students for the Second Team and 26 students for the Third Team. These 76 students were selected to represent some of the best of the two million students enrolled in California's 112 community colleges. Congratulations to Ahmad and Edon!
Are You a Student Parent? LAVC's Family Resource Center: A Home for LAVC Student-Parents!
The Family Resource Center (FRC) provides support services for all LAVC student-parents with young children. We are here to help you with parenting issues, academic challenges, or other barriers. The FRC is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and is located on the corner of Oxnard St. and Campus Dr. To make an appointment, call (818) 778-5612 or email@example.com. Stay connected with the FRC on Facebook (LAVC Family Resource Center) or Tumblr (lavc-frc.tumblr.com). For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at (818) 778-5612.
Dr. Fernando Rodriguez Named as the New Chancellor of the LA Community College District by the LACCD Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District has announced that it has selected Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, superintendent/president of the Mira Costa Community College District, to be LACCD's next chancellor. The selection of the new chancellor took place following a 10-month recruitment and selection process conducted by the Association for Community College Trustees. Dr. Rodriguez has been at his current position at Mira Costa Community College District for the last five years and overall in higher education for nearly 30 years. He has both a bachelor's and master's degree from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University. Dr. Rodriguez will assume his new position at LACCD on June 1.
LAVC Student Selected to Visit NASA as part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars Project
Lewis Marquez, a LAVC student, has been selected to travel to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center this spring to participate in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Marquez is one of 40 community and junior college students from across the nation selected to participate. NCAS is a semester-long scholars program, culminating a three-day on-site event at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and offers students from across the nation the opportunity to interact NASA engineers and other participants as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, students will form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team will be responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a 3d model of their rover and forming a company infrastructure, including budget, communications and presentations. The on-site experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.
LA Valley College Honored with the 2013 American Red Cross Platinum Award
The American Red Cross awarded Los Angeles Valley College with its 2013 Red Cross Platinum Award on March 7. Sonia Nodal of the LAVC Student Health Center accepted the award on behalf of the college. The American Red Cross gave the Platinum award to LAVC because its successful efforts to increase the total units of blood the campus community donated by 43% in 2013. In 2013, the American Red Cross generously received over 300 units of blood, which can save over 900 lives, through the LAVC Blood Drives! The LAVC Student Health Center works closely with the American Red Cross to set up campus blood drives every month during each semester. It also created a Super Star Donor program to honor those individuals who donate three whole blood donations or 2 ALYX donations during the school year; the Super Star Donors are recognized in May with a certificate and prizes. The LAVC Student Health Center would like to thank all the faculty, staff, and students for their diligent efforts to either promote the blood drives or be generous donors in helping LAVC receive the 2013 Platinum Award.
LAVC's Library & Academic Resource Center wins a Best Public Project Award at the San Fernando Valley Business Journal's 2014 Commercial Real Estate Awards
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal recently recognized LAVC's Library & Academic Resource Center as an award finalist for "Best Public Project" in its 2014 Commercial Real Estate Awards. The awards reception, which was held on March 4, recognizes the biggest, best and most notable construction projects in the San Fernando Valley that were completed in 2013. Congratulations!
Gainful Employment Data is Posted on LAVC's Institutional Effectiveness Office Web Page
Los Angeles Valley College provides disclosure information for each of its state-approved CTE certificates (16 or more units). The information is posted online on the LAVC Institutional Effectiveness Web page. Current and prospective students will find information about the careers that each certificate provides training for, the costs associated with the program, median debt accumulated by students completing the program, number of program completers and time to completion. To view LAVC's Gainful Employment Disclosures for 2012-2013, visit the LAVC Institutional Effectiveness Office's Gainful Employment and Other Disclosures Web Page.
Don't Want to Hassle with Campus Parking? Take the Orange Line to Valley College!
Students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to travel to Los Angeles Valley College by way of public transportation. The campus is conveniently served by the Metro's Orange Line, Metro Bus lines and the DASH bus. There is a "Valley College" stop on Metro's Orange Line. In addition, the campus can be reached by using the Metro Bus Lines 154, 156, 167, or 656, as well as the DASH bus's Van Nuys/Studio City line. For more information on the bus and rail routes to Valley College, visit the LAVC Parking Information Web page.
Cooperative Education has moved to Bunaglows 3 & 4!
The LAVC Cooperative Education Office has recently relocated to Bungalow 3 and 4, which is next to Parking Lot A. Cooperative Education would also like to remind the campus community that it is currently accepting enrollments for the Spring 2014 semester; students who are working or interning during the spring semester may be eligible for up to 4 units of college credit. To apply, the individual must be enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College, complete the Cooperative Education enrollment application, and schedule an appointment to meet with the Cooperative Education Director; enrollment is by add slip only. For more information and to download the Spring application, please visit the LAVC Cooperative Education Web page.
Have You Checked Out Financial Aid TV (FATV)? LAVC Financial Aid Posts Online Videos to Help Students Learn More About Financial Aid
The LAVC Financial Aid Office Web site has an online video library called Financial Aid TV (FATV), which explains different financial aid topics for prospective and current Valley College students. This online library of short video clips (60-90 seconds) provides easy-to-understand information on important topics such as financial aid, financial literacy, loans, grants and more. For more information, visit the LA Valley College's Financial Aid Web Site.
Get the Latest Financial Aid Info on the LAVC Financial Aid Facebook Page
The LAVC Financial Aid Office has recently launched a new Facebook page. The Financial Aid Office will post important announcements that you should be aware of including financial aid deadlines, financial aid events, and more! Visit the LAVC Financial Aid Facebook Page, and click "Like Us".
ACCJC Announces Result of LAVC's Accreditation Process
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) recently announced that it has placed Valley College on warning status—its lightest sanction—following the college's comprehensive visit in the Spring. As part of the peer review process that California Community Colleges undergo every six years, LAVC completed a self-evaluation and was visited in March 2013 by a review team, which made recommendations to help us improve our effectiveness. This sanction will require LAVC to prepare and submit a follow-up report by March 2014 that addresses all issues in our comprehensive report, and it will undergo a Spring 2014 visit where a team will verify the report and forward their recommendation to the Commission. During this time, Los Angeles Valley College remains fully accredited. Additional information about LAVC's Accreditation is posted online at the LAVC Accreditation Web Page.
Help Keep LAVC Safe! Report a Crime Anonymously to the LAVC Sheriff’s Tip Line
The LAVC Sheriff’s Department has a new hotline to anonymously report a crime or other suspicious activity on campus. Callers can leave a message on the LAVC Sheriff's Tip hotline at (818) 778-5678. For campus emergencies, please call (818) 947-2911.
U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center Posts Information about College Tuition and Fees Online
The U.S. Department of Education has posted on the net price, graduation, loan default rate and typical amount borrowed by students at postsecondary institutions on its College Affordability and Transparency Center Web site. This site highlights institutions with high and low tuition and fees as well as high and low net prices (the price of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid). It also shows institutions where tuition and fees and net prices are increasing at the highest rates. The 2013 lists are based on data collected during the 2011-12 IPEDS data collection cycle, the most recent data that have undergone the full NCES data review process and that have been publicly released via the IPEDS Data Center. These lists meet requirements outlined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). Per the HEOA, the lists are updated annually and posted by July 1. For more information, visit the LAVC Gainful Employment Web page.
Did You Know? Community College Students Can Complete Their Associate and Bachelor's Degrees in Only 120 Units with the Associate Degree for Transfer Program
The California Community Colleges' "I Can Afford College" is highlighting a new program called Associate Degree for Transfer, which provides community college students with guaranteed admission to the California State University system without taking wasted units that are not needed to transfer. The Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) is a special program that makes it easier for students to transfer from a California community college to a California State University campus. Students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree and meet the California State University minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to the California State University system. For more information, read the June 2013 "I Can Afford College" Newsletter.
CA Community College Chancellor's Office "Salary Surfer" Shares How Much Graduates Can Earn with a Community College Degree
The California Community College Chancellor's Office has launched an online tool called Salary Surfer that allows students and the public to view the aggregated median earnings of those who complete a certificate or degree in a specific community college discipline and then enter the workforce. This new tool displays median annual incomes for those who complete 179 of the most widely enrolled programs and did not transfer to a four-year institution. It shows the median earnings for a community college graduate two years prior to earning a certificate or degree, then two years and five years after earning a certificate or degree. This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines. The Salary Surfer does not contain information about wages earned by community college students who transfer to a four-year institution. For more information about the Salary Surfer, visit the LAVC Gainful Employment Data Web Page.
CA Community College Chancellor's Office's Provides Median Wage Information for California Community College Graduates on the College Wage Tracker Web Page
The California Community College Chancellor's Office has a College Wage Tracker that allows students and the public to find the median wage information for students who have completed credit awards at a particular California Community College. The information is taken according to a series of academic years using the California Employment Development (EDD) Unemployment Insurance (UI) wage data. It shows the total annual median wages for students three years after completion of award are displayed and categorized by College and type of award. Additional information on College Wage Tracker is available on the LAVC Gainful Employment Data Web Page.
California Community Colleges' Scorecard Reports on Student Success
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has recently established a performance measurement system called the "Student Success Scorecard" that tracks student success at all 112 community colleges; a link to Los Angeles Valley College's Scorecard is posted on the college homepage. The scorecard shares data on how well colleges are doing in remedial instruction, job training program, retention of students, and graduation and completion rates. For more information regarding the Student Success Scorecard, visit the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office Web Page.
Attention Students! Do You Know How to Access the Free Campus Wi-Fi for LAVC Students
The LAVC IT Department has recently made some changes to the campus wireless network for better access for our students, guests, faculty and staff. The new Wi-Fi network for students and guests is "LAVC-Students&Guests". For more information, visit the LAVC Web site on how to access the campus Wi-Fi.
Looking for Someone at LAVC? Check out the Online LAVC Phone/Email Directory on the LAVC Web Site
The LAVC Web site has a searchable campus directory on the college's homepage. This directory allows the campus community, students and the public to find the contact information for LAVC faculty/staff, departments, and programs/services. The searchable phone directory can be found by clicking the "Directory" link on the very top of the homepage (next to the search button). Information on the directory is grouped by name of the faculty/staff member, department, and program/service. Please note: If an employee finds that his/her information is inaccurate or missing, please contact your Department Chair to request for him/her to send the correct information to Arlene Stein in the LAVC Administrative Services Office.
Are You Doing Your Part to Keep LAVC Clean? Don’t Litter, Report Vandalism/Stealing, and Let Us Know About Any Maintenance Concerns
With the start of the semester approaching, LAVC would like to remind all faculty, staff, and students to do their part to help keep our campus clean and beautiful. We encourage everyone to remember to take that extra step to make our campus better—don’t litter, pick up trash on the floor that someone has left, let Maintenance & Operations know if something needs to be fixed or cleaned, and report suspicious activity to the College Sheriff. If you see something that needs to be fixed or cleaned up, faculty/staff can submit a Work & Service Order (link only accessible from a campus computer). If you notice people vandalizing or stealing campus property, report them immediately to the LAVC Sheriff’s Station at (818) 947-2911. By working together we can all “Keep Valley College Clean”!
Do You Know What’s Going On at LAVC? Check Out the Online LAVC Calendar of Events
The LAVC posts an online Calendar of Events on the LAVC Web site for the campus community and the public to get information regarding events being held at the campus. The LAVC Calendar of Events now features an easy-to-read calendar format noting the different types of events being held on campus. In addition, the calendar information can be sorted by the type of event or information (e.g. academic dates & deadlines, faculty/staff events, student events, etc), and can be viewed according to the month, week or day. To view the online LAVC Calendar of Events Web Page.
“Our Students are Going Places”—Valley, Pierce and Mission Colleges Launch a New Metro Bus Wrap CampaignLos Angeles Valley College, Pierce College and Los Angeles Mission Colleges will be launching a new outdoor advertising campaign to promote enrollment at all three colleges in the Valley. Starting July 28, there will be two fully “wrapped” Metro buses running for one year along the route that is closest to all three colleges, Metro route 8. The attention-grabbing buses, which display the three college names, logos, students and colorful graphics, are geared to promote the theme of “our students are going places” and help to raise the profiles of the three LACCD colleges in the Valley in a fun and positive way. It will also let the San Fernando Valley know their community colleges are back recruiting, offering more classes, and that it’s time to go back to school! Each of the buses features one easy-to-remember web site address for people to access for information, www.my3colleges.com. This link will direct potential students to find the web site of what we are calling YOUR COLLEGE IN YOUR COMMUNITY—Pierce, Valley or Mission. This advertising collaboration with Pierce and Mission Colleges is made possible by a Los Angeles Community College District grant of funds.