News & Events
Calling All Students…Deadline to Apply for an ASU Position is September 10
The Associated Student Union (ASU), the student government at LAVC, is taking applications for appointments to the ASU Executive Council until September 10, 2010. Apply now for one of the following positions: Treasurer, Commissioner of Athletics, Commissioner of Evening Division, Commissioner of Student and Social Affairs, Commissioner of Public Relations, Commissioner of Campus and Environmental Affairs, ICC Senate Rep, or Secretary. The application can be downloaded online at www.lavc.edu/asu/executivecouncil.html. All applications must be submitted to the ASU Office in Campus Center 102 by the application deadline. For more information, contact the ASU Office at (818) 778-5516.
Attention Job Seekers—Last Chance to Apply for the LA Scholars Program
The LAVC Job Training Program will be holding its final information session for its LA Fellows Program on Friday, September 10 at 2 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 10. The LA Fellows Program provides 120 participants with seven weeks of training at Los Angeles Valley College covering executive-level topics including critical thinking, advanced computer skills, and how to generate effective business leads. In return, participants will volunteer their time and talents by sharing their professional expertise through project-based roles at local nonprofits. For more information, visit http://www.lafellows.org or call LAVC Job Training at (818) 947-2941.
May 18- June 7 & August 30- September 9
Don’t Miss the Student Show Exhibition in the LAVC Art Gallery
The LAVC Art Department will hold its annual exhibition of student work in a show entitled “Student Show 2010” in the LAVC Art Gallery. The exhibition, which highlights the artwork created by students during the 2009-2010 academic year, will be on display from May 18-June 7 and from August 30-September 9. The event is free to the public. For more info, call (818) 778-5536.
Campus Closed for Labor Day
LAVC will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. All offices will be closed; all classes will not meet on that day. The college will resume normal hours of operations on Tuesday, September 7.
Welcome Back to LAVC! Fall 2010 Semester Starts August 30
The Fall 2010 Semester will begin at LAVC on Monday, August 30. Day and evening classes for the Fall 2010 Semester will begin on August 30, and Saturday classes will begin September 4. A complete list of dates and deadlines for the Fall 2010 academic semester is available at http://lavc.edu/schedules.html.
Looking for a Campus Event or Committee Meeting? Check out the LAVC Calendar of Events
A calendar of events and activities on campus is now available on the LAVC homepage. This calendar contains a listing of events, deadlines, and activities for faculty/staff, students and the community-at-large taking place at LAVC. In addition, there are listings of fine and performing arts events on campus.
IDEAS Offers Training Workshops at LAVC for People in the Entertainment Industry
The Institute for Developing Entertainment &; Art Studies (IDEAS) at LAVC offers a series of workshops for individuals who want hands-on training with programs regularly used by the Entertainment industry. IDEAS focuses on training working professionals in the film and broadcasting industries in the ever-changing technologies of media and film production. Beginning in August, it will offer a series of workshops on using the following software programs: Photoshop, InDesign, Maya 3D, After Effects, SketchUp, and T-Splines. In addition, there will be workshops on creating I-Phone Apps, using MS Office, and the basics of using the computer as a tool, file management, and computer graphics. Most workshops are held over three consecutive Saturdays, with some one-day workshops. Each three-Saturday workshop is $60 per person, and the “One Day Wonders” workshops are $100; all workshops are half-price with a valid student registration/ID. To read a complete list of workshops and descriptions, visit http://www.lavc.edu/IDEAS/index.html.
Save the Date—LAVC Job Club Meets on August 27
LAVC Job Club will be holding its next meeting for job seekers on Friday, August 27, in the Cafeteria Conference Room. This unique program has been highly successful in returning people to the work force. For more information, visit www.lavc.edu/jobtraining/jobclub.html.
Don’t Miss the 1st Annual “Monarch Mania” Kick Off Dinner/Drawing
The Los Angeles Valley College Spirit Club will hold its 1st Annual “Monarch Mania” Kickoff Dinner/Drawing event on Friday, August 27 at 6 p.m. in the Monarch Stadium Recruitment Patio. This event, which kicks off the 2010 Monarch football season, will be held following an intrasquad scrimmage from 4-5:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 each (includes a tri-tip barbeque dinner). Guests will have an opportunity to win football clothing and cash prizes, and meet the coaching staff and alumni. Ticket payment should be made to the “Los Angeles Valley College Spirit Club”. For more information or tickets, contact Coach Jim Fenwick at (818) 947-2505 or Coach Leon Criner at (818) 947-2935.
ThankYou to Everyone who Donated to the LAVC Blood Drive
The LAVC Blood Drive on July 21 was a huge success. The American Red Cross collected 31 units of blood from 50 blood donors that day. LAVC reached 129% its our goal for the blood drive. Thank you to everyone who participated. The next blood drive will be scheduled for Thursday, October 7.
Attention Students! All Child Development Classes Now in the Child Development &; Family Complex.
As of Monday, July 12, all Child Development classes will be held in the new Child Development &; Family Complex, which is located near Fulton Avenue and Campus Drive. To view the latest campus map, visit www.lavc.edu/map. Questions? Contact the Child Development Department at (818) 947-2931.
July 14- August 25
Free Wednesday Playgroup at LAVC for Kids Ages 2-4 Years Old
The LAVC Family Resource Center offers a free “Creative Experiences for Young Children” playgroup on Wednesdays between July 14-August 25 from 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. in Bungalow 49. This fun hour-long free weekly playgroup features social play and creative activities for parents and kids ages 2-4 years old. Participants can attend one or both sessions. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Gary Huff at (818) 778-5612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAVC Child Development Center is Now Certified as a Outdoor Classroom Demonstration Site
The LAVC Child Development Center has recently been recognized and certified as a Demonstration Site for the Outdoor Classroom Project. As a Demonstration Site, the LAVC Child Development Center invites and receives visitors in the community to come and observe their unique implementation of the Outdoor Classroom in action. Through this program children and adults will have the opportunity to connect with nature by providing hands-on-learning in a nature based environment. The Outdoor Classroom Project is a group of early child development programs whose purpose is to support learning in the outdoors with an emphasis on play, nature, and natural objects. The Outdoor Classroom constitutes an emerging approach in early education that integrates indoor and outdoor learning in a unified environment thus optimizing children’s learning experiences. Congratulations to the Child Development Center!
Calling All Parents! It’s Not Too Late for Your Kids to Attend the LAVC Monarch Day Camp
During the summer, the LAVC Monarch Day Camp holds 15 different camps at LAVC for kids ages 5-years-old and up. The Monarch Camp also offers several specialty and overnight camps for kids ages 9-years-old and up. Parents can now register their children online at http://lavalley.augusoft.net for all overnight adventure campus and supersaver day camp programs. Space is limited, so register today! For more information, contact the LAVC Community Services Office at (818) 947-2577, ext 4172 or visithttp://lavalley.augusoft.net.
Final Week of Summer Hours for Selected LAVC Offices
The LAVC Admissions &; Records Office, Graduation Office, Assessment Center, International Student Services Office, and Veteran Student Services Office will have special summer hours of operation until Friday, August 13. The offices of Admissions and Records, International Student Services and Veterans Student Services will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. The Assessment Center will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The Graduation Office will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and closed on Fridays. The Student Outreach &; Recruitment Office will be open Mondays-Fridays from 8:00-4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (818) 947-2553 or visit http://www.lavc.edu/admissions/index.html.
72 Students Complete Healthcare Career Advancement Academy Classes at LAVC
LAVC Job Training recently held a certificate presentation ceremony its Healthcare Career Advancement Academy (HCAA). All 72 students in the program will now be in internships as medical assistants, pharmacy technicians and certified nursing assistants. The program, which is held in partnership with the Youth Policy Institute and was funded by a $2.4 million in state and local grants, was created to train entry-level healthcare employees. Congratulations!
Don’t Forget to Buy Your Parking Permit This Summer!
During the summer, you should always display your parking permit on the dashboard of your car. Parking violations are strictly enforced throughout campus. If you don’t have your parking permit, visit the LAVC Business Office located to the east of the Cafeteria. For more information, visit www.lavc.edu/businessoffice.
Two Students in LAVC’s High School Recruitment Project Win the First 5 LA Early Care and Education Video PSA Contest
Martha Secundino and Sandra Tello, two San Fernando High School students in LAVC’s High School Recruitment (HSR) Program who are also Project GRAD Scholars, have been selected winners of a public service announcement (PSA) video contest. The contest, which was sponsored by First 5 LA’s Early Care and Education High School Recruitment (ECE HSR) Program, gave students in the HSR program the opportunity to write, direct, and edit video for a 60-second PSA, in which they inform their peers on issues related to Early Care and Education while encouraging them to participate in the First 5 LA’s ECE HSR Program. Martha and Sandra’s contest-winning PSAs explain how programs such as HSR Program can help our communities alleviate other social issues. In addition to the HSR at San Fernando High, LAVC is working with two other area high schools—Polytechnic High, and Panorama High—in a partnership with First 5. Congratulations!
Announcing a New Name and Location for the DSPS Office
Beginning July 1, 2010, the Disabled Students Programs &; Services Office (DSP&;S) will have a new name and location. The new name of the office will be Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), and it will be located in the Student Services Annex, Room 175. The Student Services Annex is part of the new Student Services Center complex between the Foreign Language and Engineering buildings. The new SSD Office will incorporate counseling offices, a Learning Disability testing area, a state of the art Hi-Tech Center, as well as private and semi-private proctoring rooms. The SSD Office phone number will be (818) 947-2681, and its staff will keep the same phone extensions and email addresses. Once the new SSD Office opens, the office will have a new fax number, email address and Web site address. For more information regarding the new SSD Office, please contact David Green at (818) 947-2679.
LAVC Summer Movie Night on July 31
The LAVC Associated Student Union and the LAVC Foundation will be holding a Summer Movie Night with a free screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” on Saturday, July 31 at 6:30 pm in the grass area between the Theater Arts and Art buildings. This event is open to the public, and guests should bring their lawn chairs or blankets to watch the movie. There will be drinks and food available for purchase at the event. To RSVP, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136281246401475&;ref=mf. For more information, contact the LAVC Foundation Office at (818) 947-2618.
Calling All Job Seekers! Join the LAVC Job Club
The LAVC Job Training Office is holding the next meeting of its popular Job Club on Friday, July 30 from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the Cafeteria Conference Room. This unique program has been highly successful in returning people to the workforce. Job seekers will have a golden opportunity to network with others, peruse job leads, meet with professional job counselors, and refine his or her job search techniques. For more information, visit www.lavc.edu/jobtraining/jobclub.html.
Help Save 3 Lives! Donate Blood at the LAVC Blood Drive on July 21
LAVC and the American Red Cross will be holding a Blood Drive on Wednesday, July 21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Monarch Hall. All participants will receive a coupon for a free Skillet Queso appetizer from Chili’s, and can be entered to win a free drawing for a $500 gift card. To schedule your appointment, please contact the LAVC Student Health Center at (818) 947-2918 or sign-up online at www.redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code: LAVC).
Foster Youth Job Fair at LAVC
LAVC will host a Foster Youth Job Fair on Tuesday, July 20 from 4-7 p.m. in Monarch Hall. The job fair specially geared towards youth in foster care will feature career information and resources, and job opportunities. There will be information on vocational schools and programs, how to seal records before applying for a job, and how to apply for school jobs, student worker positions and work study. There will also be professionals on hand to give advice on how to become a nurse, a school police department, a medical assistant or a teacher. Participants will be able to apply on the spot for a variety of jobs including those accepting applications online. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rasel at (818) 778-5812 or email email@example.com.
July 16-17 & 23-24
LAVC Kicks Off its First Annual Summerfest with a Production of the Broadway Musical Cabaret
The LAVC Theater Arts Department, Music Department and Dance Program will present the Broadway musical Cabaret on Friday-Saturday, July 16-17 and 23-24 at 8 p.m. in the Main Stage Theater. This musical, which is set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, glimpses into the nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with young American writer Cliff Bradshaw. Cabaret is the inaugural production of Valley College's Summerfest, an annual performing arts festival sponsored by the LAVC Theater Arts Department, Music Department and Dance Program. This production is directed by Cathy Susan Pyles, with musical direction by Patricia Hannifan, vocal coaching by Christian Nova, and choreography by Carla Lubow. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for LAVC students. Sign Language Interpreters, Assistive Listening Devices and Alternate Format Materials are available by advance reservation. Please call (818) 947-2352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least five business days before the event. To order tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118015 or call (800) 838-3006. For more information, visit http://lavctheater.com or call (818) 947-2352.
LAVC Athlete Named the U.S. National Junior Champion in Pole Vaulting
Monarchs’ pole vaulter Kyle Ballew tied his personal best at the U.S. Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championship in Iowa and was named the U.S. National Junior Champion. Clearing the bar on his first attempt, vaulting 16’ 8 ¾” (5.10m), Ballew will now represent the United States in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Montcon, Canada when prelims start July 20. He will be joined by second place finisher Mark Thomas of Lorena, Texas who also cleared the bar at the same height. It was Ballew’s successful vault on his first attempt that earned him the national title. Congratulations!
Students Recognized at EOPS Annual Awards Luncheon at LAVC
The EOPS/CARE Program recently held its annual awards luncheon to recognize its students who have received certificates, associate degrees and/or are transferring to a four-year college or university. A total of 127 students were recognized for their achievements. For more than 40 years, EOPS, which is funded by the state of California, has been working to help increase access and the success of students who are low-income and educationally disadvantaged. Congratulations to the EOPS program, and all its students!
LAVC Student Receives the Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award
Katie Feldman, an LAVC student, recently received the Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award from the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance. Katie was recognized for her gold win in the Poetry Interpretation at the Phi Rho Pi National Speech Competition. The Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award recognizes individuals and/or groups in the San Fernando Valley who have received a national award. Congratulations Katie!
Math Department Awards Scholarships to Outstanding Students
The Math Department recently honored six outstanding students this year for their excellence in mathematics, and awarded a total of $1400 in scholarships from the department at its 34th Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills. Congratulation to Joanthan Czornyj, Nouran Felo, Zareh Jololian, Mingyu Zhao, David Song, and Cindy Velastegui. In addition, it awarded the following three foundation scholarships for a total of $1,250: the Hawkinson Memorial Scholarship to Jonathan Czornyj, the Iyer Memorial Scholarship to Jonathan Czornyj, and the Marzillier Scholarship to Rodrigo Kroeger. Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients!
LAVC CalWORKs Program is Now on Facebook!
The LAVC CalWORKs Program has recently created a group on Facebook. CalWORKs students are encouraged to join the CalWORKs Facebook group by visiting www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116450465054444&;ref=mf
Summer Session Classes Full!
Due to a high demand, classes for Summer Session are now full. The college is no longer accepting enrollment applications for the Summer session. Students still have the option of attending the first day of class and requesting an add slip from the instructor. The Admissions office will only process applications for those students who have obtained an add slip from the instructor.
Two of LAVC’s Mini Grant Projects Recognized at 2010 BESAC Curriculum Conference
LAVC recently received several recognitions including a Best Mini-Grant Proposal Award, a Best Mini-Grant Project Presentation Award, an Award of Excellence and a Faculty Scholarship Award for two of its mini grant projects at the 2010 Business Education State Advisory Committee (BESAC) Curriculum Conference in Costa Mesa, California. The college received a Best Mini-Grant Proposal Award and a Best Mini-Grant Project Presentation Award for its “Training Faculty to Use a Social Networking Site for Both Face-to-Face and Online Courses” project. The project taught faculty in LAVC’s Computer Science &; Information Technology (CSIT) and Business departments to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in class assignments for students. The project presentation was given by Mike Cooperman, and there was a lot of interest from other participants on how to utilize social networking in the classroom or in their businesses. In addition, the CalWORKs Program received an Award of Excellence for its “Work-Experience Program” project presentation and a Faculty Scholarship Award of $300. The project was designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world experiences. Students learn how to apply principles and concepts learned in college-level courses and workshops, and they earn college credit while gaining hands-on experience and building a network of employer contacts. The program placed 8 qualified LAVC Business major students in part-time, learning-based employment, in the fields of their choice with local companies and organizations. This program offers education and guidance in all aspects of career development, including self-assessment, occupational exploration, decision-making, job search, and success in the workplace. Lale Yutseven, business professor and BIC Executive Member West Valley College, was the LAVC CalWORKs project manager. The following members of the CalWORKs team assisted with the “Work-Experience Program” project: Alicen Vera, Norma Smith, Yasmin Aviles and Lila Steinberg. This year’s BESAC conference emphasized technology presentations, demonstrations, panel discussions and 2009 mini-grant reports. Both educators and businesses attended and brought valuable input to this conference. Congratulations!
Selected Offices will have Extended Hours of Operation from July 12-16
During the first week of Summer Session 2010 (July 12-16), several campus offices will have extended hours of operation. The Office of Admissions &; Records, Veteran Student Services, and International Student Services will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The Assessment Center will be open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Graduation Office will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and closed on Friday. The Student Outreach &; Recruitment will be open from Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Starting Monday, July 19, the above noted offices will return to their summer hours of operation. For more information, contact the Admission Office at (818) 947-2553.
Community College Students to Gather at LAVC for the “Student Speak Out” Rally
The Associated Student Government and the LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU) will hold a “Student Speak Out” rally on Monday, July 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the steps of Monarch Square. Community college students will be gathering at Valley College to call attention to the statewide budget cuts that have impacted the availability of community college classes and threaten to prolong the higher education of thousands of students across California. Arthur Minasyan, the 2009-2010 LAVC ASU president, will be speaking about how students can let their California legislators know about their dissatisfaction with the budget cuts to higher education. The event is being organized by the Associated Student Government, a group of student body presidents of the 109 California community colleges. For more information, visit http://StudentSpeakOut.com.
LAVC Summer Session Classes Begin on July 12
Classes for the Summer 2010 Session will begin on Monday, July 12. All classes are currently filled, but students have the option of attending the first day of class and requesting an add slip from the instructor. Enrollment applications for the Summer Session are no longer being accepted by the college; the Admissions Office will only process applications for those students who have obtained an add slip from the instructor. Questions? Contact the Admissions Office at (818) 947-2553.
Mark Your Calendar—LAVC Closed for Independence Day Holiday
LAVC will be closed on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The campus and its offices will reopen on Tuesday, July 6. Please note: Several offices have summer hours of operation, so please check the LAVC Web site at www.lavc.edu/officehours.
Construction Notification – Campus Wide Street Sweeping on July 2
Due to a mechanical problem, a street sweeper will return to the college to clean College Road North and College Road South on Friday, July 2 from 6 a.m.-12 noon. There maybe noise from the Street Sweeper that morning. Access to parking lots in these area will be closed, and all faculty, staff, and visitors are being asked to park in another college parking lot between 6 a.m.-12 noon. To view a map outlining the affected areas, visit www.lavc.edu/flyers/StreetSweeping-July22010.pdf
Help Us Decide Our Next Movie Night…Take the LAVC Summer Movie Night Survey
The LAVC Associated Student Union and the LAVC Foundation plan to hold a summer movie night in July 2010. To help gauge interest in the event and select the movie to be screened, the students, faculty, staff and the community is invited to take the LAVC Movie Night Survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D6JJ2JJ. Questions? Contact the LAVC Foundation Office at (818) 947-2619.
June 21- July 1
Don’t Miss Your Chance Sign Up for the STEM Summer Bridge Program
The LAVC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program will be holding a Summer Mathematics and Engineering Bridge Programs from June 21-July 1, 2010. The two-week programs, which comprises of a mathematics program and an engineering program, is open to students who are interested in STEM majors. The Math Program will group participants based on their matriculation assessment test. Those students will learn key math skills, how to excel at the placement text, and review for the assessment test. At the end of the bridge, Math Program participants will take the matriculation test again, which will replace their earlier assessment score. In the Engineering Program, students will be in specific groups and be involved in targeted workshops for Life Science majors, for Physical Science majors, for Engineering and Mathematics majors. The deadline to sign up is Monday, June 21. To sign up or for more information, visit www.lavc.edu/stem.
LAVC Baseball Captures the Western State Conference Southern Division Championship
The LAVC Baseball team has captured the Western State Conference Southern Division title. In addition, Head Baseball Coach Dave Mallas was named Western State Conference Southern Division Coach of the Year, and athletes Adair Robles was selected as Western State Conference Southern Division Pitcher of the Year and Josh Goosen-Brown was named Western State Conference Southern Division Player of the Year. Congratulations to the Monarch Baseball team and Coach Mallas!
Two LAVC Students to Receive the Dennis Beaver Foundation Scholarship to Study in Paris This Summer
The H. Dennis and Anne Beaver Foundation has selected two LAVC students, Lynda Herrera and Rajendra Upadhyaya Dahal, to receive an all-expenses paid opportunity to participate in LAVC’s Study Abroad Program to Paris, France. Every year, the Dennis Beaver Foundation selects one or two students from either LAVC or CSUN to receive an extraordinary scholarship to study in France (either with the LAVC Paris one or the CSUN Lyon program). This year, both students from Valley College were selected for this extraordinary scholarship. Dennis Beaver, who is an LAVC alumnus, commented “I must take a moment to not only compliment the students on their absolutely wonderful French, but a large part of the credit goes to the obvious exceptional pedagogical techniques of their teachers.” Congratulations Lynda and Rajendra!
Valley Star Wins the Pacesetter Award at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Conference
The Valley Star, the student newspaper of Los Angeles Valley College, took home the prestigious Pacesetter Award and the titles of General Excellence for both its printed and online editions from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Conference, held in downtown Los Angeles on April 8-11. This is the second time that the Valley Star has received the Pacesetter Award since the 1980s. The Pacesetter is a sweepstakes award to honor the top four schools in the state in the mail-in and on-the-spot competition, and it is only given at the annual state convention; schools must win a newspaper general excellence or online general excellence award to qualify. The three other schools that won the award include Contra Costa College, Mount San Antonio College and Cypress College. The title of General Excellence is judged on three consecutive published issues, and is based on categories such as writing style, photography, layout and content. The Valley Star has won General Excellence for the past three semesters, and 12 times in the past eight years. Congratulations!
LAVC Students Receive Awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Conference
Student journalists from the Valley Star recently competed against more than 600 students from 48 community colleges at the conference, and were judged both on their performance in competitions held over the four days and on entries that were submitted from their published work over the last year. During the competition, several Valley Star journalists were recognized with awards given for both on-the-spot and mail-in categories. The following students received awards at the conference: Israel Gutierrez (Bring-In Ad - Honorable Mention; News Judgement / Layout – 1st Place; Tabloid Layout - People's Choice; Magazine Illustration - Honorable Mention), Scott Mitchell (Feature Photo - 3rd &; 4th Place; Online Photo – 3rd Place; Photo Story/Essay - 2nd &; 4th Place), David Motte (Critical Review - 3rd Place), Carl Robinette (News Story - Honorable Mention), and Eduardo Herrera (Illustration - 3rd Place). In addition, the Valley Star staff received 4th Place in the Front Page Layout category. Congratulations to Israel, Scott, David, Carl, Eduardo, and the rest of the Valley Star staff!
FYI—LAVC to Launch a Redesigned College Homepage in August
The LAVC Public Relations Office will be rolling out a new look to the LAVC homepage in August 2010. This redesigned look will incorporate a new streamlined masthead that will feature links to both the Student Registration System and the new myLAVC portal. This new masthead will be smaller than the current masthead, and will allow for more content of the Web page to be viewed without having to scroll down. In addition, a new direct link to the LAVC Phone/Email Directory will be added to the left hand navigation menu. An image of the new Web site is pictured above. More information on the redesign will be released at a later date.
LACCD Names Dr. Daniel LaVista as its New Chancellor
The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees has recently selected Dr. Daniel LaVista to be the next Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. Starting August 1, LaVista will lead the nine LACCD college campuses, which includes LA Valley College. Since 2004, LaVista has been the Executive Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, where he managed an agency that coordinated efforts among the 23-college Virginia Community College System, the state’s 16 public colleges and universities, and private and out-of-state institutions. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. He also was the president of two Illinois community colleges, McHenry County College and the College of Lake County, and was Chancellor for the Community Colleges of Baltimore County in Maryland.
Attention Students! New Process for Applying for Admissions, and Adding and Dropping Classes
Effective Monday, June 28, there will be a change in the way admission applications are processed, and how to add or drop classes. Student must now apply online at www.lavc.edu; ADA accommodations are available. No paper admission applications will be accepted. Students who would like to add or drop classes must do so online, and only add permits from the instructor will be accepted in-person. Computers in the Assessment Center (in the CSIT 2 Trailer) will be available for students to apply online, and add or drop classes. To view the Assessment Center on the campus map, visit www.lavc.edu. Questions? Please contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (818) 947-2553.
Congratulations to the Class of 2010 Inductees into the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame
The LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame Induction banquet will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 5 p.m. in Monarch Hall. This event will induct new members into the LAVC Athletic Hall of Fame. The following individuals and groups will be inducted into the Class of 2010: the 1984 Men’s Gymnastics Team, the 1988/89 Women’s Basketball Team, Larry Banner, Jim Benedict, Jim Estes, Nick Giovinazzo, Jack Hirsch, Al “Ace” Hunt, Nikywa Prevost, and Paul Sabolic. Tickets are available for $60 per person. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Los Angeles Valley College Athletic Endowment. For more information, contact the LAVC Foundation at (818) 947-2618 or visit www.lavc.edu/Athletics/halloffame.htm.
LAVC Foundation to Receive the Education Award from the Valley Economic Alliance
The Valley Economic Alliance will honor the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation with its “Valley of the Stars” Education Award on Saturday, June 26 at the CBS Studio Center in Studio City. It will receive the award along with the other four college foundations for the contributions they have made in the San Fernando Valley. The other Education Award honorees include the California State University, Northridge Foundation, the Glendale College Foundation, the Los Angeles Mission College Foundation and the Pierce College Foundation. Congratulations to the LAVC Foundation!
Calling All Job Seekers! Join the LAVC Job Club
The popular LAVC Job Club will meet on Friday, June 25 from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the Faculty Lounge. This unique program has been highly successful in returning people to the workforce. Job seekers will have a golden opportunity to network with others, peruse job leads, meet with professional job counselors, and refine his or her job search techniques. For more information, visit www.lavc.edu/jobtraining/jobclub.html.
LAVC to Host a Summer Youth Employment Program
The L.A. Scholars Program will hold a Summer Youth Employment Program Event on Monday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m. in Monarch Hall. There will be at least 300 high school students in attendance. The L.A. Scholars Program provides Los Angeles youth between the ages of 17 and 24 with summer employment, workforce readiness training and certification, and the opportunity to take a college level class at Los Angeles Valley College. Participants will work in a variety of entry-level jobs in transportation, health care, media/entertainment, etc. In order to be eligible for the program, participants must meet one of the following requirements: be a 17-19 year old TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipient, be a foster youth, or be an 18-24 year old receiving general relief, food stamps or CalWORKs. All participating students must complete all the necessary eligibility documents (available at www.lavc.edu/lascholars) and return then by Friday, June 25 in Campus Center, Room 106 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Student Services at (818) 947-2543.
LAVC Vocal Jazz Ensemble Selected to Perform at the Community College League’s Centennial Dinner
The Community College League of California has selected the Valley College’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble to perform at is Centennial Dinner Event on June 18 in Sacramento. The group will be performing at the event, which will commemorate 100 years of California community colleges, and the important work community colleges have done and continue to do today. The event will also feature performance groups from American River College, Santa Barbara College, Cabrillo College, Evergreen Valley College, Los Angeles City College, Mission College, San Francisco College, and Solano College. Congratulations to Glenn Carlos and the LAVC Vocal Jazz Ensemble!
LAVC Faculty Member to Participate in the IPY Oslo Science Conference in Norway
Jackie Hams, department chair of Earth Science and Anthropology Department, has been selected to present at the International Polar Year (IPY) Oslo Science Conference in Oslo, Norway from June 8-12. She will be presenting a talk titled “Using polar lesson plans to enhance introductory geoscience education at a two-year college”. Jackie had accompanied Boston University researchers to the Dry Valleys region of Antarctica in 2008, and will present results of the research and lessons plans developed from the trip. To read a link of her blog on the conference visit http://ipyoslo.blogspot.com/. The Oslo Science Conference is the first major meeting of scientists to share results from polar research conducted during IPY 2007-2008 and is expected to be the largest polar science meeting ever. Jackie received a travel grant from the National Science Foundation to attend the conference.
Celebrating Student Accomplishments at the 14th Annual CalWORKs Recognition Luncheon
CalWORKs will hold its annual recognition luncheon on Thursday, June 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fireside Room. This annual event celebrates and reflects upon the achievements of CalWORKs students. Light refreshments will be served; RSVP required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alicen Vera at email@example.com.
Congratulations to the Class of 2010! The LAVC Commencement Ceremony will be on June 9
LAVC will hold its 2010 Commencement Ceremony on Wednesday, June 9 at 5 p.m. in Monarch Stadium. As the culminating event for the college’s yearlong 60th Anniversary celebration, the ceremony will feature a commencement address from Alumnus and 2010 LAVC Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Sabolic, who played football at LAVC and was selected as All-Metropolitan Conference Offensive Lineman and Junior College All-American in 1967.
LAVC Upward Bound Students Prepare for College/University by Taking the SATs
Students in LAVC’s Upward Bound program scored well on the SATs they took on March 13. Of the 32 students in the program, 16 of them who took the exam scored over 1400 with several scoring over 1700. While the scores are not what some would consider high, many of these at-risk students have struggled academically and these scores are great success for them. The Upward Bound program prepares at-risk 9th to 12th graders would be the first in their family to attend an institution of higher education. The students prepared for the SAT test by attending study sessions on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Many Upward Bound students are also planning on retaking the test on June 5.
LAVC Foundation, Foundation Board President, and an LAVC Alumnus Nominated for the SFVBJ’s “Not for Profit” Awards
The San Fernando Valley Business Journal has selected Los Angeles Valley College Foundation, Foundation Board President Jason Schaff, and Alumnus Paul Sabolic as nominees for its 2010 Not for Profit Awards. The Foundation is nominated in the “Not for Profit Organization” category, and Jason Schaff and Paul Sabolic are nominated in the “Business Volunteers and the Not for Profit Employees Category”. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 12 at the Air Tel Plaza in Van Nuys. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Watch Out for Stressed Students! LAVC Final Exams End on June 7
Final examinations for the Spring 2010 semester will be held from Tuesday, June 1-Monday, June 7. Students should consult the Final Examination Schedule posted in the Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes at www.lavc.edu/schedules.html. In the event of a conflict, students are encouraged to speak with his/her instructor in advance to schedule an alternate time to take the final.
Attention Graduating Students! Are You Transferring to a College or University This Fall?
We'd like to recognize our graduating students who will be transferring to four-year colleges and universities this Fall on the college's electronic marquee. If you'd like to share where you're transferring to, please send an email with your name, the school you are going to, and your student ID number to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1.
Campus Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
LAVC will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All offices will be closed and classes will not be in session during the holiday. The college will return to normal hours of operation and classes will resume on Tuesday, June 1.
LAVC 60th Anniversary Banners on Campus
As part of the year-long celebration of LAVC’s 60th Anniversary, which will conclude in June 2010, the college has installed pedestrian light pole banners along the Fulton Avenue main entrance and Monarch Square. Several departments, programs and organizations sponsored each banner.
TAE Food &; Book Drives End on May 30
The campus-wide Food and Book Drives, which are sponsored by Tau Alpha Epsilon, will conclude on Sunday, May 30. Items and goods collected at both drives will help those less fortunate. Donations to the Food Drive will be given to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which will provide meals and basic products to the hungry; the following items are desperately needed: canned food (such as tuna, sardines, stews and soups), cereal, nuts, applesauce, sugar, peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix, rice, pasta, and personal care items (such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap and deodorants). Food Drive donations can be left in the Foodbank barrels in the following locations: Administration, Library, English Department Office, and EOPS/CARE Tutoring Lab. Donations to the Book Drive will be given to Better World Books, which benefits literacy efforts in Africa and around the world; donations of any kind of books are accepted (including those with highlighting and water marks). Book Drive donations can be dropped off in the big green “Book Drive” boxes in the following locations: Temporary Library, Cafeteria, Writing Center, EOPS/CARE Tutoring Center, ASU Office and the English Department Conference Room. For more information regarding the Food and Book Drives, contact TAE at email@example.com.
Looking For a Job? Join the LAVC Job Club
LAVC’s popular Job Club will meet on Friday, May 28 from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the Faculty Lounge. This unique program has been highly successful in returning people to the workforce. The group gives jobs seekers a golden opportunity to network with others, peruse job leads, meet with professional job counselors, and refine their job search techniques. For more information, call (818) 947-2941 or visit www.lavc.edu/jobtraining/jobclub.html.
Holocaust Survivor to Speak at Hillel’s Holocaust Awareness Event
The Hillel at Valley College will hold a Holocaust Awareness Event on Tuesday, May 25 from 1-3 p.m. in Monarch Hall. The event will feature Sidonia Lax, a Holocaust survivor, who will share her first-hand experience. The event is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. For more information, contact Sara Kheel at (818) 887-5901 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got News? Send it to the Public Relations Office’s New Email Address
The LAVC Public Relations Office has a new email address (email@example.com) to disseminate official college information, such as the College Bulletin. If your department/office/program/service has a news item, upcoming campus event, or information that you want to share with the public and/or the campus community, email your PR Request Form (available at http://lavc.edu/campusnews/pr.html) to the Public Relations Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Public Relations Office can assist with disseminating press release, post announcements in the College Bulletin, post events on the college’s electronic marquee, posting events or information on the LAVC Homepage, and more. Questions? Contact the PR Office at email@example.com.
LocalBusinessman Ray Vega Donated $3000 to LAVC’s Puente Club/Program
Mr. Ray Vega, owner of Casa Vega Restaurant and a member of the LAVC Foundation Board, has recently donated $3000 to the Puente Club/Program. The donated funds will be used to help underwrite the group’s annual Northern University College Tour, and will also be used to fund Puente scholarships in his name. The Puente Club/Program would like to thank Mr. Vega for his generosity.
LACCD Offers Students Paid Internship Opportunities
Are you looking for a paid internship? The LACCD Interns program offers you the opportunity for a paid internship in professional offices, with flexible hours to accommodate your class schedule. Visit www.laccdinterns.org for a list of available internships. Students interested in the intern program are required to complete an online application, complete an online resume, and obtain a faculty referral. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Kaisha Jones at (213) 996-2533 or at Kaisha.Jones@build-LACCD.org.
LAVCReceived the Give Award from the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross recently awarded LAVC with its Give Award at the American Red Cross Blood Services Sponsor Recognition Ceremony in Northridge. The Give Award is given to blood drive sponsors with the greatest percentage increase of collected units of blood from the previous year. This is the first time that the college has received this award. Due to the hard work and dedication of Sonia Nodal and Maria Sandoval, the American Red Cross was able to collect 253 units of blood during 2009, and 50 units of blood in the first blood drive of 2010. LAVC had an increase in the number of blood units of 150% from 2008-2009. Every unit of blood can potentially save the lives of up to 3 people, and the units collected have been able to save the lives of up to 909 patients. The Student Health Center and the American Red Cross would like to thank everyone who donated blood during the campus blood drives.
LAVC 60th Anniversary Web Site Now Online
This year, LAVC will celebrate its 60th Anniversary. In commemoration of this special “diamond anniversary” the college has launched a new Web site with a calendar of events, photos of notable alumni, and information for sponsoring a pedestrian light pole banner and/or the upcoming 60th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar. In the coming weeks, the new site will also include a timeline of college history, a photo album with images of the college over the years, and a place for alumni, faculty and friends to share their memories of the college.
Check out the new 2009-2010 LAVC Arts Season Calendar!
Have you ever wanted to attend a concert, performance or exhibition at LAVC? The LAVC Arts Calendar for the 2009-2010 season is now available online! The LAVC Art, Dance, Music, and Theater Art programs offers a variety of events throughout the year that are open to the public. The calendar is available at http://www.lavc.edu/defaultdocs/Arts%20Calendar%202009.pdf. For more information regarding the fine and performing arts academic programs and events at LAVC, visit http://www.lavc.edu/arts/.
LAVC Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
For the second year in a row, LAVC has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This recognition from the highest levels of the federal government acknowledges LAVC’s commitment to service and civic engagement on our campus and in our nation. Congratulations to all the faculty and staff who helped to make this honor possible. For more information on the LAVC Service Learning program, contact Rick Brossman at (818) 947-2642 or visit www.lavc.edu/servicelearning/.
Upward Bound Program Prepares Future College Students
The LAVC Upward Bound Program helps to prepare future 1st generation college students to attend an institution of higher learning. This program, which is funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant, provides opportunities for participating at-risk 9th to 12th grade students to attend academic and cultural events on and off the LAVC campus. Students who participate in the program receive monthly stipends, tutoring, free Saturday and afterschool classes, educational field trips and attend cultural events. After taking a speech class over the summer, several of the Upward Bound students showed off their speech skills at their annual banquet. The Upward Bound Program is located in Campus Center 102. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the director, Bobbi McDaniel at (818) 947-2361.
Hillel 818 Invites You to a Coffee &; Conversation with Ed Asner
Hillel 818 will hold a “Coffee &; Conversation with Ed Asner” fundraising event on Sunday, May 23 from 2-4 p.m. at the Milken Jewish Community Campus at 22622 Vanowen Street in West Hills. Proceeds from this event will support innovative Hillel student programs at Valley College, Pierce College and Cal State Northridge. Ed Asner is an internationally acclaimed actor/activist who has earned numerous Emmy and Golden Globe awards. This legendary performer will reflect on his life experiences, with a question and answer session following the presentation. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 for general admission and $36 for preferred seating, or at the door for $30 for general admission and $10 for students with ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.hillel818.org or call (818) 887-5901.
Valley Symphony Orchestra “I’ve Heard That Before: Music Appreciation Project” Concert
The Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert titled “I’ve Heard That Before: Music Appreciation Project - Musical Favorites” on Saturday, May 22 at 8 p.m. in the Main Stage Theater. This concert will include performances of the greatest orchestra music ever written, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67 – 1st Movement, Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite (original version for 13 instruments), Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 “Surprise” – 2nd Movement, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in c. minor – 3rd Movement, Rossini’s “Overture” to La gazza landra (The Thieving Magpie), and Smetana’s “Vltava (The Moldau)” from Ma Vlast. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for LAVC students with student ID. To view the concert flyer, visit http://lavc.edu/flyers/VSO-MusicAppreciationConcert-2010May.pdf. For ticket information, contact (818) 947-2346.
You’re Invited to the “Moving Millions: Rethinking Immigration” Lecture on May 22
The LAVC Faculty Guild Chapter will present a lecture titled “Moving Millions: Rethinking Immigration” by Jeffrey Kaye, journalist and long-time PBS NewsHour correspondent, on Saturday, May 22 from 10 am-12 noon in the Fireside Room. Jeffrey Kaye will discuss his new book Moving Millions: How Coyote Capitalism Fuels Global Immigration, and will argue that debates about immigration in the U.S. and Europe ignore the role of globalization and other causes. The event is free, and parking is available in Lot K. For more information on the lecture, contact Deborah Kaye at (818) 947-2569 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partnership with Valley Presbyterian Hospital Leads to the First Graduating Class of the Nurse Scholars Program
Valley Presbyterian Hospital recently celebrated the graduation of 16 LAVC students in its Nurse Scholars Program. The program, which was funded by Valley Presbyterian Hospital through a $1.4 million grant from the Unihealth Foundation, featured a unique partnership of Valley Presbyterian Hospital, LAVC and COPE Health Solution to nurture the next-generation of nurses. Valley Presbyterian Hospital provided full scholarships to the students selected to the program at LAVC, and upon graduation secured full-time staff positions for all 16 graduates. A second class of 12 nursing students is scheduled to graduate in December 2010.
Winter/Spring Community Services Registration Begins January 4, 2010
The LAVC Community Services Department offers a wide variety of classes and programs for the community. Registration for Winter/Spring 2010 Community Services classes begins on January 4, 2010. LAVC Community Services offers a variety of business and job training classes such as Medical Terminology, Medical Coding and Billing, Physical Therapy Aide, How to Become a Mystery Shopper, Writing for Magazines, and more! There are also sports and exercise classes including golf, tennis, yoga, gymnastics. In addition, it will offer several different arts and crafts, and hobby classes such as photography, Creating Graphic Novels and Comics, oil painting, painting, floral design, magic and more. For more information or to register, contact the Community Services Office at LA Valley College at (818) 947-2577, extension 4172, or register online at www.lavc.edu/communityed.
LAVC Job Training Successfully Trains Workers for Bank of America
The LAVC Job Training Office’s Bank of America Mortgage Fulfillment Training program has successfully trained 37 job candidates who have all been offered full-time positions with Bank of America at the conclusion of the training. It received over 300 resumes for the open positions, and working with Community Career Development, Inc. it screened, assessed, and interviewed all the candidates. A total of 37 candidates were trained by LAVC Job Training with training funded through a National Emergency Grant (NEG) awarded by the City of LA Community Development Department to the Community Career Development WorkSource Center. Congratulations Job Training on this accomplishment!
Don’t Miss the Greening Valley College Afternoon Tea Talk – “Infusing Sustainability into Your Class”
LAVC Job Training, Professional Development, VTEA Grant, and Valley College Accelerated Program will hold the final Afternoon Green Tea Talk of the spring semester titled on Friday, May 21 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room. Participants will learn about what is environmental literacy is, obtain faculty resources, hear from a faculty panel who have integrated sustainability into their class or course outlines, and gain resources will be available to help faculty brainstorm on creative ways to integrate into sustainability into their core curriculum regardless of discipline. This event will be presented by Dean Laurie Nalepa and Doug Marriott, and will feature a panel discussion of LAVC faculty. The event is open to faculty, staff, and students. Green tea and light refreshments will be served; please bring your own mug. For more information or to RSVP, contact Anna Robinson at email@example.com or call at (818) 947-2530.
BREATHE LA 2010 Green Salon Series to Hold a Neighborhood Council Environmental Initiative Event at LAVC
BREATHE LA in co-sponsorship with LAVC and Union Bank will hold a “Neighborhood Council Environmental Initiative Event” on Wednesday, May 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. This event, which is the second of five Green Salons presented by BREATHE LA, will gather community leaders to showcase the best environmental approaches by neighborhood groups. Participants will also learn about immediate ways to save money by greening efforts in their homes and businesses. Guest panelists will include: Bonghwan Kim, general manager of the LA City Department of Neighborhood Empowerment; Dennis Washburn, mayor pro tem of the City of Calabasas, and member of SCAG EEC committee; Veronica Hahni, LA Neighborhood Initiative; Peter McCarty, Northridge East Neighborhood Council, and San Fernando Valley Green Team; and Dr. Neil Richman, program director of the Breathe LA. The panel will be moderated by Jason Schaff, editor of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP or for more information, contact Dan Maxwell at (323) 935-8050, ext. 256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to Go to Magic Mountain? Get Your College Days Tickets for only $20!
The LAVC Bookstore is selling Six Flags Magic Mountain College Days tickets for only $20 each; the tickets can be used any day between May 3-24, 2010. You will receive a free booklet of Six Flags discount coupons with each purchase of a College Days ticket. The LAVC Bookstore is also still selling Six Flags Magic Mountain general admission tickets for only $26.00 each (regular price is $54.99). For more information, contact the LAVC Bookstore at (818) 947-2313.
Opening Reception for the Art Gallery’s “Student Show 2010”
The LAVC Art Department and LAVC Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for its latest exhibition titled “Student Show 2010” on Tuesday, May 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the Art Gallery. This exhibition, which will be on display in the Art Gallery from May 18-June 7 and from August 30-September 9, highlights the artwork created by students during the 2009-2010 academic year. The selected works are among the exemplary pieces produced in courses taught within the Art department by students who are art majors and non-art majors, and include drawings, paintings, design and illustrations, photography, printmaking, three-dimensional design, sculpture and ceramics. The event is free to the public. To view the event flyer, visit http://lavc.edu/flyers/Student_ArtShow_2010.pdf. The Art Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Phung Huynh at (818) 778-5536 or email@example.com.
New Free Program for Children Ages 2-4 at the LAVC Family Resource Center
The LAVC Family Resource Center offers “Creative Experiences for Young Children” play sessions for children ages 2-4 years old every Tuesday from 4-5 p.m. in Bungalow 49. These sessions offer developmentally appropriate activities designed to help prepare young children for preschool. For more information or to RSVP, contact Gary Huff of the Family Resource Center at (818) 778-5612.
The Lion's Den will be closed during the Spring 2010 semester.
If you have further questions please contact the ASU Office at (818) 778-5516.
EOPS/CARE Not Accepting New Students for Spring 2010.
Due to the State budget cuts, EOPS/CARE will NOT accept new students for the spring 2010 semester. We hope to accept new students in Fall 2010. Questions? Contact EOPS/CARE at (818) 947-2432.
You’re Invited to the “Why I Write Books For Children” Panel Symposium
The Child Development Department and the Los Angeles Public Library will host an authors panel symposium titled “Why I Write Books for Children” on Thursday, May 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Los Angeles Public Library’s Studio City Branch at 12511 Moorpark Street in Studio City. This annual event brings together authors to discuss why they writers and why they chose to write books for children. This year, the featured authors on the panel include Lisa Yee, Hope Anita Smith and Barney Saltzberg. For more information, contact the LAPL Studio City Branch at (818) 755-7873 or the LAVC Child Development Department at (818) 947-2407.
Want to Learn How to Make A Successful Transition at LAVC and Beyond?
LAVC present a “STARS Pathways to Student Success: Where Do I Go From Here” workshop for students, faculty and staff on Monday, May 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room. This workshop, which is the third and final in the Pathways to Success series, will help you understand what to expect when making transitions -- from noncredit to credit, when transferring to a 4-year college or university, or when transitioning from Valley College into a job. Light Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Deborah Kaye at (818) 947-2712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn How Clouds Affect Climate at the LAVC Astronomy Lecture on May 16
The LAVC Astronomy Group will hold a lecture on “CloudSat: How Clouds Affect Climate” on Sunday, May 16 from 7:45-9 p.m. in the LAVC Planetarium. This hour-long lecture on the CloudSat Earth-orbiting satellite will be presented by Dr. Deborah Vane of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. CloudSat, which was recently launched by NASA, was designed to peer into the clouds to further our understanding about how they affect our climate. This lecture is free and open to the public; free parking will be available in College Road South (faculty parking lot). For more information, contact the Astronomy Group at (818) 947-2335 or visit www.lavcastrogroup.org.
Don’t Miss the LAVC Dance “Dancers Anonymous” Concert
The LAVC Dance Program will hold performances of its annual dance concert titled “Dancers Anonymous” from May 13-16 in the Dance Studio located in the North Gym. The performances will be held on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m., on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and on Sunday, May 16 at 2 p.m. The dance concert will feature performances from LAVC faculty and students, and guest artists. Seating is limited. Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/108174 and cost $13.99 for general admission (includes a $1.99 ticket fee) and $10.98 for students (include a $0.99 ticket fee). Free parking will be available in Parking Lot E. For more information, contact (818) 947-2908.
LAVC to Host the 1st Annual LACCD Philosophy Conference
The LAVC Philosophy/Economics Department will host the 1st Annual LACCD Philosophy Conference on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Fireside Room. The conference will be a gathering of faculty and students from across the Los Angeles Community College District. At the conference, participants will discuss general philosophical subjects such as ethics, politics, etc., and more technical subjects such as perspectivism and logic. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Harold Ravitch, who has been a professor at Valley College for nearly 30 years, and he will make a presentation on Aristotle. A continental breakfast and a light lunch will be provided. For more information, or to make a request for accommodation, please contact Chris Pallotti at email@example.com or Zack Knorr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling All Parents and Kids! You’re Invited to Annabelle’s Play Day on May 15
The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), a private not-for-profit organization, in partnership with the LAVC Child Development Department, will hold its annual Annabelle’s Play Day on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Monarch Square. This fun-filled event, which is free and open to the public, offers parents and kids of all ages the opportunity to participate in play activities such as reading circles, games, music, face painting, arts and crafts, relay races, dance and much more! In addition, kids will learn how to use their imagination, language, social and motor skills through play, and parents will be given tips on how to re-create fun activities in their homes for little or no cost! For more information, contact the Child Care Resource Center at (866) 67-4KIDS or visit www.ccrcla.org.
Calling All Graduates—Last Chance to Win a Gift Card!
If you’re graduating from LAVC this Spring, remember to complete the Graduation &; Exit Survey before Friday, May 14! All graduates who complete this fast and simple survey will be entered for a chance to win a gift card. Just go to www.lavc.edu/gradsurvey, or visit the LAVC Graduation Office or Office of Academic Affairs. Problems? Contact (818) 947-2434 or email email@example.com.
LAVC Students to be Recognized for Participating in the Spring 2010 Student Sustainability Workshop
LAVC and Sustainable Works will hold certificate presentation ceremonies for its Spring 2010 classes. One ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 11 at 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room and the other ceremony will be held on Friday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room. At each ceremony, students who have participated in the Spring 2010 Student Sustainability Workshop at LAVC will be recognized for their efforts in learning how to be more “green”. The Student Sustainability Workshop is an 8-week program held each fall and spring semester at LAVC to help educate students about environmental issues; the program teaches students how they can reduce their environmental impact, conserve resources and save money. In addition, these ceremonies will allow students who may be interested in participating to learn more about the program. For more information on the Student Sustainability Workshop at LAVC, contact Holli Fajack at (323) 385-4703 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://sites.google.com/site/sustainableworkslavc/
Help Keep Our Campus Beautiful at the Next ASU Campus Clean Up Day
The ASU is holding a Campus Clean-Up Day on Wednesday, May 12 from 2-3 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should meet in the ASU Office in Campus Center 102. You don’t need to bring anything to help; the necessary supplies will be provided. Students who participate may also be able to earn Club Points. You may even be able to ask your professor for extra credit and/or Sustainable Works credit. There will be free drinks and prizes. To view the ASU Clean Up Days flyer, visit www.lavc.edu/defaultdocs/campusCleanups_MartoMay2010.pdf. For more information on Campus Clean Up Day, contact the ASU Office at (818) 947-2695.
You’re Invited to the ASU International Arts Festival on May 12
The Associated Student Union (ASU) will hold its annual International Arts Festival on Wednesday, May 12 from 12 noon-4 p.m. in the grass area between the Theater Arts and Art buildings. This festival will showcase the college’s vibrant cultures and arts, and will include an art contest, arts and craft workshops, performances, music and food. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the ASU Office at (818) 947-2708 or email Nareh@socal.rr.com.
LAVC Annual Charity Golf Tournament – Celebrating Valley College’s 60th Anniversary
The LAVC Foundation will hold its 22nd Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 8 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Elkins Ranch Golf Course at 1386 Chambersburg Road in Filmore, California. This event, which benefits the LAVC Athletic Endowment, is held in memory of the following individuals: Dave Gillespie, Charles Long, Joe Loniero, Rick Manning, Les Nakamaejo, Fred Ortiz, Tom Rodriguez, John Schinkowsky, George Thompson, and James Harvey. The entry fee is $100 and includes the greens fee, cart, range balls, awards and prizes, and a BBQ lunch. For more information, contact Hector Salazar at (818) 947-2996 or Raul Gonzales at (818) 947-2606.
Greening Valley College Afternoon Green Tea Talk – “How Big Is Your Carbon Footprint?” Workshop
LAVC Job Training, Professional Development, VTEA Grant, and VCAP will hold a Greening Valley College Afternoon Tea Talk on “How big is your carbon footprint? How can you reduce it?” on Friday, May 7 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Professional Development Center (Bungalow 83). Faculty, staff and students are invited to find out how to assess their carbon footprint and learn some best practices to reduce it. This workshop will be presented by Meredith Leonard, Eco-Advocate faculty advisor, Sustainable Works coordinator, and environmental studies assistant professor, and Lynn Polasek, TAP director and biology professor. Green Tea and light refreshments will be served; please be “green” by bring your own mug. Faculty may earn flex credit for attending. For more information, contact Roana Thornock at (818) 947-2455 or email@example.com.
Final Week to Take the LAVC Communication Survey
You can help to improve communication at LAVC by taking the Communications Survey by Friday, May 7. This campus-wide survey to will help to identify ways that the college can improve campus communication to our faculty, staff and students. You can take the student survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Z8CBJB6. If you have a question or there is a problem with accessing the survey, please call (818) 947-2434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAVC Science Speaker Series – “The Protective Effects of Estrogen in Bone” Lecture
The LAVC Biology Department and P.E.S.S.A. will sponsor a lecture on “The Protective Effects of Estrogen in Bone” by Dr. Suzie Krum on Thursday, May 6 from 6-7 p.m. in Monarch Hall. Prior to the lecture, there will be a speaker’s reception with cookies and punch from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Allied Health &; Sciences Center, Room 210. Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for the presentation, but the reception is by reservations only (on a first-come, first-served basis). To RSVP to the reception, email email@example.com with the subject line “Speakers reception”. To view the event flyer, visit http://www.lavc.edu/defaultdocs/SuzieKrumFlier_05062010.pdf. For more information, contact Professor Pamela Byrd-Williams at (818) 947-2880 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are You Interested in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math Career?
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center is holding its final Career Speaker Series workshop on “Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math” on Thursday, May 6 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Foreign Language 102. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646.
You’re Invited to the LAVC Town Hall Meeting on the “Big Picture”
The LAVC President’s Office will hold two town hall meetings to discuss the “Big Picture” on Monday, May 3 from 3-5 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room and on Thursday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-12 noon in the Fireside Room. A presentation will be given by the “Big Picture” committee on college’s new committee structure and framework for decision making, planning and budgeting. For more information on this event, contact the President’s Office at (818) 947-2433.
Outstanding Professors to be Recognized at the Apple Awards
Tau Alpha Epsilon, LAVC’s honor society, will hold its Annual Apple Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 5 from 1-3 p.m. in Monarch Hall to recognize outstanding faculty at LAVC. All the faculty that will be honored have been nominated by students on campus. At the Apple Awards ceremony, each professor who received at least 5 nominations will be awarded a certificate of recognition, and the three professors with the most nominations will receive a crystal apple award. For more information on the Apple Awards, email email@example.com.
Help Keep Our Campus Beautiful at the Next ASU Campus Clean Up Day
The ASU is holding a Campus Clean-Up Day on Tuesday, May 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should meet in the ASU Office in Campus Center 102. You don’t need to bring anything to help; the necessary supplies will be provided. Students who participate may also be able to earn Club Points. You may even be able to ask your professor for extra credit and/or Sustainable Works credit. There will be free drinks and prizes. To view the ASU Clean Up Days flyer, visit www.lavc.edu/defaultdocs/campusCleanups_MartoMay2010.pdf. For more information on Campus Clean Up Day, contact the ASU Office at (818) 947-2695.
Looking for a Job? Come to the Next LAVC Job Club Meeting
Looking for a Job? Come to the Next LAVC Job Club Meeting LAVC's popular Job Club will hold its next meeting on Friday, April 30 in the Faculty Lounge. This unique program has been highly successful in returning people to the workforce. The group gives jobs seekers a golden opportunity to network with others, peruse job leads, meet with professional job counselors, and refine their job search techniques. For more information, call (818) 947-2941 or visit www.lavc.edu/jobtraining/jobclub.html.
Final Week of the Typewriter Exhibit at the LAVC Historical Museum.
The “Metal into Words” exhibition at the LAVC Historical Museum will close on April 29. The exhibit, which is open Monday-Thursday, from 3-7 p.m., is free and open to the public. The exhibit features a wide variety of antique typewriters, miniature machines, toys, and various typewriter-related items, with informational background and descriptions accompanying the display, from private collection of Martin M. Cooper. For more information, call the LAVC Historical Museum at (818) 947-2373 or visit www.lavc.edu/museum.
California Early Childhood Mentor Program to Hold a Seminar at LAVC
The California Early Childhood Mentor Program will hold a seminar for directors, administrators, owners and providers of early care and education on “Reducing Liability in Early Care and Education” on Thursday, April 29 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room. This seminar, which is being presented by Karla Pleitez and Geoff Manley, attorneys for the Public Council Law Center’s Early Care &; Education Law Project, will get legal advice on issues that commonly arise in the following areas: parent-provider contracts, family law, and Americans with Disabilities Act. The event is free to attend. Free parking will be available in Parking Lot B. For more information, contact Ellen Farhood, coordinator of the Mentor Program, at (818) 947-2600, ext 8082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate Blood and Save 3 Lives! LAVC Blood Drive on April 29
The American Red Cross and the LAVC Student Health Center will sponsor a Blood Drive on Thursday, April 29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Blood Mobile outside the Allied Health and Sciences Center building. All donors who give blood at the LAVC Blood Drive may be entered in a drawing for a chance to win free movies for a year! To schedule your life-saving appointment, contact the Student Health Center at (818) 947-2918 or sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code: LAVC).
Free Film Screening at LAVC – Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, in sponsorship with the LAVC Child Development, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology programs will present a free screening of the film “Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood” on Wednesday, April 28 from 1-3 p.m. in Monarch Hall. This brand-new and critically acclaimed film throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that’s selling kids everything from junk food to violent video games. Consuming Kids will change the way you think about childhood in the 21st century. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elmida Baghdaserians at (818) 778-5502 or email@example.com.
You’re Invited to Attend an LAVC Town Hall Meeting on the Facilities Master Plan
LAVC will hold two town hall meetings to update the college community on LAVC’s Facilities Master Plan on Tuesday, April 27 from 12:45-1:45 p.m. and Thursday, April 28 from 4-5 p.m.; both events will be held in the Cafeteria Conference Room. LAVC President Dr. Sue Carleo and Steinberg Architects (LAVC’s master planner) will given an update on the college’s upcoming bond building projects, and share the college’s long-term plans for future growth. For more information, contact the LAVC President’s Office at (818) 947-2321.
LAVC Honors Outstanding Students at Spring 2010 Dean’s Reception
The LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU) and Tau Alpha Epsilon (TAE) will sponsor the Spring 2010 Dean’s Reception on Monday, April 26 at 1 p.m. in Monarch Hall. This event, which is held every semester, recognizes outstanding students who have made the Dean’s List (full time students with at least a 3.5 GPA in 12 or more units at LAVC, and part-time students with at least a 3.5 GPA in 6-11 units who have completed more than 12 cumulative units at LAVC) and the President’s Honor List (students who have been on the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters) in the Spring 2010 semester. For more information, contact the ASU at (818) 778-5516.
LAVC Astronomy Group Lecture on “Remote Beacons in the Dark Universe”
The LAVC Astronomy Group will present a one-hour lecture on the “";Remote Beacons in a Dark Universe"; on Sunday, April 25 at 7:45 p.m. in the Planetarium. The guest speaker for this presentation will be Dr. Rik Williams from the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, who will be talking about “dark matter” in the universe and its effects on galaxies. Dr. Williams is a postdoctoral researcher at the Carnegie Observatories, specializing in the formation of massive galaxies, and on the growth of supermassive black holes. For more information, call the LAVC Astronomy Group at (818) 947-2335.
GVGC’s Pancake Breakfast &; Community Safety Fair on April 25
On Saturday, April 25, the Greater Valley Glen Council (GVGC) will sponsor two community events—a Greater Valley Glen Firefighters’ Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m.-12 noon at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Fire Station 102 at 13200 Burbank Boulevard in Van Nuys, and a Greater Valley Glen Community Safety Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in LAVC’s Parking Lot A. Proceeds from the pancake breakfast, which costs $5 for people 13 years-old and older, $3 for children 4-12 years-old, and children 3 years-old and under will receive a free child’s plate, will be donated to the LAFD Valley Glen Fire Station 102 House Fund. The community safety event will feature community information booths on neighborhood watches, public safety, emergency preparedness, pet adoptions, bicycle safety, and much more! The following agencies will also be attending: LA Police Department, LA County Sheriff’s Department with helicopter, LA Fire Department with fire trucks, emergency responders, and much more! Free parking will be available in College Road South and Parking Lot H; the college map is located at www.lavc.edu/map. Community sponsors include IHOP of North Hollywood, Dasher Lawless, Inc, and LA Valley College. For more information, contact Terry Anderson at (818) 905-9066.
Don’t Miss the “Metal into Words” Typewriter Exhibit at the LAVC Historical Museum
The LAVC Historical Museum is presenting an exhibition titled “Metal into Words: the Martin M. Cooper Typewriter Collection” from now-April 29 in Bungalow 15/16. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, features a wide variety of antique typewriters, miniature machines, toys, and various typewriter-related items, with informational background and descriptions accompanying the display, from private collection of Martin M. Cooper. The LAVC Historical Museum is open Monday-Thursday from 3-7 p.m.; please call ahead to verify hours of operation. Private showings are also available by appointment. For more information, call the LAVC Historical Museum at (818) 947-2373 or visit www.lavc.edu/museum.
Annual Denim Day at LAVC – Wear Jeans to Help Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault and Violence
LAVC will raise awareness of sexual assault and violence by encouraging faculty, staff and students to wear jeans on Wednesday, April 21 in honor of “Denim Day”. In addition, the Student Health Center will have a “Denim Day” table with educational materials, resources and chances to enter a drawing for prizes at the “Awareness Day” event in Monarch Hall from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the LAVC Student Health Center, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at (818) 947-2917.
TAE to Sponsor an “Awareness Day for LAVC Programs and Services”
Tau Alpha Epsilon will be sponsoring an “Awareness Day for LAVC Programs and Services” on Wednesday, April 21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Monarch Hall. This event will provide students with information on the college resources that are available to help them be successful in school and in their future. The following departments/offices/programs/services will be participating: Student Health Center, EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services), TRiO, Writing Center, LAVC Foundation, Job Training Office, STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Program, Counseling Department, Service Learning Program, and more! For more information, contact TAE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’re Invited to the Greening Valley College: Afternoon Tea Talk featuring Precision Dynamics Corporation and the LAX Radisson
LAVC Job Training, Professional Development, VTEA Grant, and Valley College Accelerated Program (VCAP) will hold its first Greening Valley College Afternoon Tea Talk on “The Green Collar Economy; Green Business Certification; and Special guest presenters from local innovative businesses, Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC) and LAX Radisson, will speak about greening their business practices” on Tuesday, April 20 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room. This event, which is part of the Greening Valley College series, is open to faculty, staff and students. Green tea and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Roana Thornock at (818) 947-2455 or visit www.lavc.edu/gogreen.
Nominate Your Favorite Teacher for the LAVC Apple Awards!
Tau Alpha Epsilon is inviting all LAVC students to nominate faculty members (up to three) who have made a difference in your life. By nominating your professors, you will basically be thanking them for the outstanding job they do on campus everyday. Elections for the Apple Awards will be held from April 19-20 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Monarch Square. You need to bring your Student ID card in order to vote. Faculty with 5 or more nominations will receive a certificate of recognition, and the three professors with the most votes will receive a special Crystal Apple at the LAVC Apple Awards Ceremony on May 5. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Don’t Miss the Next STARS Workshop “Pathway to Success: You are Not Alone”
The LAVC STARS (Strategic Team for the Advancement and Retention of Students) will hold a “Pathways to Success: You are Not Alone” workshop on Monday, April 19 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. This event, which will be facilitated by Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye and Scott Weigand, is the second session in a three-part series that highlights the college’s new Pathways Program. LAVC faculty, staff and students are invited to hear from a panel of current and former LAVC students who will share about how Valley College’s student and academic support services contributed to their success. Participants will also get more information on the resources available at Valley College, and find out about upcoming events that focus on allocating financial resources to community colleges. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact (818) 947-2712 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.lavc.edu/stars.
Monarch Day Camp to Hold an Open House / Registration Event on April 18
LAVC Community Services will hold an open house / registration event for its Monarch Day Camp program on Sunday, April 18 from 2-4 p.m. in the LAVC Aquatics Center. Parents are invited to attend to sign up their children for this popular summer day camp. The program, which will be held from June 28-August 20, serves campers ages 5 years old and up. For more information, contact Community Services at (818) 947-2577 ext. 4172.
Students Get Prepared for the Future at LAVC’s Career Week
LAVC Career Week will be held from April 12-15 and will feature a series of events and activities designed to help students to become more prepared for their future careers and jobs. LAVC Career Week will kick off on Monday, April 12 with a “Here I am at Valley. What Road do I Take Next?” workshop from 1-2 p.m. and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Career/Transfer Center in the Administration Building, Room 126. Students will be able to learn about departments, majors, and college services and program at the College and Majors Fair on Tuesday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Monarch Square. On Wednesday, April 14, the 31st Annual Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Monarch Square, and job seekers are encouraged to bring resumes and dress professionally. There will also be “Resume Writing &; Interview Skills” workshops on Wednesday, April 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Career/Transfer Center in the Administration Building, Room 126. On Thursday, April 15, there will be a Service Learning Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Monarch Square. LAVC Career week will end with a Career Speaker Series Workshop on “Careers in Law” on Thursday, April 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Foreign Language Building, Room 102. For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646.
Final Week of the “No Laughing Matter” Art Exhibition
The LAVC Art Gallery will close its current exhibition titled “No Laughing Matter: Art and Humor in Southern California (a Modest Sampling)” on April 15. The exhibition, features the work of Michael Arata, Walter Askin, Merwin Belin, Stephen Berkman, Jim Eller, Walter Gabrielson, Doug Harvey, Richard Pettibone, Pierre Picot, Erika Rothenberg, Ilene Segalove, Mahara Sinclaire, Dave Smith, Masami Teraoka, Jeffrey Vallance, and William Wegman. The Art Gallery is located in the Art Building, and will be open Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. For general Art Gallery information, contact (818) 778-5536 or visit www.lavc.edu/arts/artgallery.html.
You’re Invited to the Next STARS Event – “A Workshop with Dr. Stephan Krashen”
The Strategic Team for the Advancement and Retention of Students (STARS) will hold a workshop with Dr. Stephan Krashen, professor emeritis of learning and instruction at USC, on Wednesday, April 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Humanities Building, Room 104. This event is open to faculty, staff and students. Faculty and staff will learn best practices on how to enhance language acquisition for students, and students will gain expert tips on learning a new language. Dr. Krashen is an expert in the field of linguistics, specializing in theories of language acquisition and development. Much of his research has involved the study on non-English and bilingual language acquisition. Recently Dr. Krashen's research has focused on reading and its effects on language acquisition and academic success. During the past 20 years, he has published hundreds of books and articles and has been invited to deliver over 500 lectures at universities throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Refreshments will be served. To view the flyer, visit www.lavc.edu/defaultdocs/STARS%20with%20Dr.%20Stephen%20Krashen.pdf. To RSVP, email email@example.com or (818) 947-2712.
ASU to Hold a Campus Clean Up Day on April 6
The Associated Student Union (ASU) will hold a Campus Clean Up Day on Tuesday, April 6 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Anyone interested in participating should meet in the ASU Office in Campus Center, Room 102. Participants do not need to bring anything for the day of the clean up. The necessary supplies will be provided. Students who participate may also be able to earn Club Points, extra credit (students should ask his/her professor) and/or Sustainable Works credit. There will be free drinks and prizes. The upcoming Campus Clean Up Days are scheduled for April 14, May 4 and May 12. To view the ASU Clean Up Days flyer, visit http://www.lavc.edu/defaultdocs/campusCleanups_MartoMay2010.pdf. For more information on Campus Clean Up Day, contact the ASU Office at (818) 947-2695.
LAVC Spring Break 2010 – March 29-April 5
LAVC will hold its Spring Break from Monday, March 29 – Monday, April 5. In addition, the campus will be closed on Wednesday, March 31 for the Cesar E. Chavez holiday, and campus offices will have a half-day closure on Friday, April 2. During Spring Break, classes will not be in session but most college offices will remain open (with the exception of the holiday on March 31 and the half-day closure on April 2). Please note: the Bookstore will not be open during Spring Break. In addition, some offices may be closed during that week.
LAVC Closed for the Cesar E. Chavez Holiday
LAVC will be closed on Wednesday, March 31 in observance of the Cesar E. Chavez holiday. This state holiday honors the birthday of Cesar E. Chavez, who is a well-known farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist. Chavez also co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which is now called the United Farm Workers. The campus will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, April 1.
LAVC Alumna Named to COA/CCCAA Scholar Athlete Honor Roll
Gioella Chaparro, a former athlete on the LAVC Swim Team who transferred to CSUN, has been selected as one of the members of the 2009 Commission on Athletics (COA) / California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Scholar Athlete Honor Roll. All COA/CCCAA Scholar Athlete Honor Roll recipients must carry a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have shown outstanding leadership as an athlete, student, or in other college and community activities, as well as have participated in two seasons of sport at a California community college. They are selected by the CCCAA Awards Committee from nominations made by community colleges throughout California. Gioella Chaparro will be recognized at the Celebration of Student Athletes Luncheon on March 31. Congratulations!
Don’t Miss the Latest LAVC Art Gallery Exhibition
The LAVC Art Gallery is currently showing an exhibition entitled “No Laughing Matter: Art and Humor in Southern California (a Modest Sampling)”. This exhibition features a sampling of works from artists who make humor the central theme of their work, to those who only occasionally decide to tickle our funny bone. Sixteen artists (some emerging, some veterans), are represented including Michael Arata, Walter Askin, Merwin Belin, Stephen Berkman, Jim Eller, Walter Gabrielson, Doug Harvey, Richard Pettibone, Pierre Picot, Erika Rothenberg, Ilene Segalove, Mahara Sinclaire, Dave Smith, Masami Teraoka, Jeffrey Vallance, and William Wegman. The exhibition will run from February 25-April 15. The Art Gallery is located in the Art Building, and will be open Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. For general Art Gallery information, contact (818) 778-5536 or visit www.lavc.edu/arts/artgallery.html.
CDC-WORKS Program Invited to Speak to the CA Department of Education
The LAVC Child Development Careers (CDC-WORKs) program has been invited to make a presentation to the California Department of Education on March 29 in Sacramento. Bonnie Rapp, program facilitator, and Terry Teplin, director of the Child Development Center, will present information about LAVC’s collaborative program, which combines academics with training for proven student success. The CDC-WORKs program (formerly known as TANF-CDC) is designed to recruit California Community College students who are current or former cash aid recipients, and who wish to pursue a career in the field of Early Childhood Education (ECE). The LAVC CDC-WORKs program has had great success in enabling students to gain State Permits amongst the 61 community colleges in the state to host this program. In addition, Dawn Stevens, an LAVC student, has received the CDC-WORKs’ 3rd annual Ed Connolly Scholarship, and is the second student to win this award from LAVC. The LAVC CDC-WORKS Program is located in the Continuing Education Office in Bungalow 13. Congratulations to the CDC-WORKs program!
Attention Job Seekers! Join the LAVC Job Club on March 26
The LAVC Job Club will meet on Friday, March 26 from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the Cafeteria Conference Room. This popular and highly successful Job Club gives jobs seekers a golden opportunity to network with others, peruse job leads, meet with professional job counselors, and refine their job search techniques. For more information, call (818) 947-2941 or visit www.lavc.edu/jobtraining/jobclub.html.
Antique Typewriters at the LAVC Historical Museum’s “Metal into Words” Exhibit
The LAVC Historical Museum will hold an opening night reception for its “Metal into Words: the Martin M. Cooper Typewriter Collection” exhibition on Wednesday, March 24 at 5 p.m. in Bungalow 15/16. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will feature a wide variety of antique typewriters, miniature machines, toys, and various typewriter-related items, with informational background and descriptions accompanying the display, from private collection of Martin M. Cooper. Cooper, who is president of Cooper Communications and the Los Angeles Air Quality and Productivity Commission, has been collecting antique typewriters and related materials for 20 years. The exhibition will run from March 25-April 29. The LAVC Historical Museum is open Monday-Thursday from 3-7 p.m.; please call ahead to verify hours of operation. Private showings are also available by appointment. For more information, call the LAVC Historical Museum at (818) 947-2373 or visit www.lavc.edu/museum/calendar.html.
Want to Earn $11.04-$13.25 Per Hour? Become a ProjectGRAD tutor!
LAVC in Partnership with ProjectGRAD is looking for tutors for the following LAUSD schools: Pacoima Middle School, San Fernando Middle School, Maclay Middle School and San Fernando High School. To be eligible, you must be a full-time student and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The ProjectGRAD tutor application is available in the Office of Academic Affairs in Administration 101. For more information, contact Nona Matatova at (818) 947-2622.
An LAVC Alumnus Named the New Senate Republican Leader
State Senator Robert Dutton, an LAVC alumnus, has been selected as the new Republican leader of the California Senate. He will be taking over from Senator Hollingsworth, when Hollingsworth’s terms out at the end of the year. Senator Dutton represents the 31st State Senate District, which includes portions of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. He earned his AA in real estate from LAVC in 1972, and he served two terms as the Associated Student Union President of LAVC.
LAVC Philharmonic Choir &; San Fernando Valley Master Chorale to Perform the Music of Carmina Burana
The LAVC Philharmonic Choir and the San Fernando Valley Master Chorale will present Carmina Burana on Sunday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Stage Theater. The poetic themes of love, wine, comedy, tragedy and suggestive verses by composer Carl Orff will lure the listener through this exciting performance. This concert will also feature performances by the LAVC Vocal Jazz Ensemble, featuring jazz and popular classics by Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder and more, and the LAVC College Choir performing an eighteenth-century drinking song, African/Latin-based music and other beautiful Twentieth-century melodies. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.lavc.edu/music/lavc-music-calendar.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley Symphony Orchestra to Perform a “English Sensuality: String Music of the British Isles” Concert
The Valley Symphony Orchestra will present a concert entitled “English Sensuality: String Music of the British Isles” on Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall (Music Building, Room 106). This concert, which will be conducted by Michael Arshagouni, of late 19th- and early 20th century songs from Great Britain will include Holst’s St. Paul Suite, Op. 29, No. 2, and music of Vaughan Williams and Britten. The Kadima String Quartet will perform Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47. Tickets are $25 for general admissions, and $15 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.valleysymphony.org.
Monarch Day Camp is Back! You’re Invited to its Open House/Registration on March 20
The LAVC Community Services will hold an Open House/Registration event for the 2010 Monarch Day Camp on Saturday, March 20 from 2-4 p.m. on the pool deck of the LAVC Aquatics Center. The camp will operate between June 28-August 20, and serves children 5 and up. A second open house/registration event will be held on Sunday, April 18. For more information, visit http://www.lavc.edu/monarchdaycamp/index.html or contact the LAVC Community Services Office at (818) 947-2577, ext. 4172.
“Greening Valley College” Town Hall with LAVC President Carleo
LAVC Professional Development, LAVC Sustainability Group, Valley College Accelerated Program (VCAP), the VTEA Grant and Job Training will present a “Greening Valley College” Town Hall Meeting on Friday, March 19 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Cafeteria Conference Room. Dr. Carleo will discuss LAVC’s progress in implementing sustainable practices and policies. We will look at our campus “green” report card, and have an informal discussion about how to create a greener Valley College. All participants will receive lunch and a reusable gift bag. There are only a few spots left, so RSVP today! Faculty, staff and students are all invited to attend. To RSVP, contact Roana Thornock at (818) 947-2455 or email@example.com.
LAVC Foundation Scholarships Deadline is Here!
The deadline for most LAVC Foundation Scholarships is Friday, March 19. The LAVC Foundation Office has a variety of scholarship opportunities available. Don’t miss out on your chance to get money for school. Just visit the LAVC Foundation Office in the Administration Building, Room 100 to pick up an application, and remember to submit it before the deadline. For more information, contact the LAVC Foundation Office at (818) 947-2619 or visit www.lavcfoundation.org/scholarship_list.php.
Want a Health care Career? Learn more at the Career Speaker Workshop Series.
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will hold its next Career Speaker Workshop on “Careers in Health care” on Thursday, March 18 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Foreign Language 102. Featured speakers include Greg Morrison of the LAVC’s Respiratory Therapy program, Mary Cox of LAVC’s Nursing Department, Sheryl Low of CSUN’s Physical Therapy Department, and Peter Dean of USC’s School of Pharmacy. For more information contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646.
“Save Our Education” Town Hall with California State Assembly Candidate Nayiri Nahabedian
The AFT 1521 and the Political Action Coalition (PAC) will hold a “Save Our Education” town hall event on Wednesday, March 17 from 1-2 p.m. in Monarch Hall. Valley College students will have an opportunity to ask Nayiri Nahabedian, Democratic candidate for the 43rd District of the California State Assembly, tough questions about the future of their education at this town hall discussion. This event held on the heels of a statewide day of protest on March 4 will focus on the California state budget crisis and will provide an opportunity for Ms. Nahabedian to address student concerns and convey her plan for protecting public education. For more information, visit www.standup4cc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STARS Presents Pathways to Success Workshop: How to Get Where You’re Going
LAVC STARS (Strategic Team for the Advancement and Retention of Students) will offer a “Pathways to Success: How to Get Where You’re Going” workshop on Monday, March 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Facilitated by Rebecca Stein &; Scott Weigand, this will be the first of three sessions highlighting LAVC’s new program pathways. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided to individuals who RSVP. To RSVP, contact Professional Development at (818) 947- 2712.
Attention Students! Deadline to Apply for Next LACCD Student Trustee is March 15.
If you are interested in becoming the next LACCD Student Trustee, please pick-up an application in Campus Center, Room 100-A or Campus Center, Room 102. Deadline to submit all required paperwork is March 15, 2010 at 4 p.m. Questions? Contact the ASU Office at (818) 778-5516.
Final Information Session for the Summer in Paris Program on March 13
The LAVC Study Away Program will hold its final Summer in Paris Information Session on Saturday, March 13 from 11 am-1 p.m. in the Foreign Language Building, Room 102. This program allows students to study in Paris, France from July 1-31, 2010 with the European Studies Association (ESA) and earn LAVC credit. For more information, contact Dominique Merrill at (818) 947-2380 or at email@example.com.
Last Chance for Students to Participate in the Job Shadow Program
Job shadowing is a great opportunity for students to explore and obtain real life information about the career that they are thinking about pursuing. Students who participate in the Annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day will get to spend time observing a professional at work, and get an opportunity to ask them questions about their career. All students interested in participating in the Job Shadow program must attend one of the mandatory orientation sessions; there are two orientation sessions available on Thursday, March 11 at 1 p.m. or at 5:30 p.m. in the Career/Transfer Center. To RSVP or for more information, contact Clive Gordon at (818) 947-2646.
Next Career Speaker Workshop - Careers in Emergency Services
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will hold a “Careers in Emergency Services” workshop as part of its Career Speaker Workshop Series on Thursday, March 11 from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Foreign Language Building, Room 102. The featured speakers will be Elodia Lopez and Robin James of the L.A. Police Department, Lamorris Wilcher of the L.A. Fire Department, Al Cowen of LAVC’s Emergency Services Department, and Amalia Lopez of the Department of Child &; Family Services. Upcoming Career Speaker Workshops will focus on Healthcare (March 18), Law (April 15), Green Careers (April 22), Entertainment (April 29), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (May 6). For more information, contact the Career/Transfer Center at (818) 947-2646.
Get Involved! ASU Club Day on March 10.
The Associated Student Union (ASU) will hold a Club Day on Wednesday, March 10 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Monarch Square. Learn how you can become more involved on campus by meeting members of various campus clubs or organizations. Please note: the event may be cancelled due to inclement weather, contact the ASU office to double check. For more information, contact the ASU at (818) 778-5516.
Go LAVC Monarchs! LAVC Softball Home Games
Come support LAVC Monarchs as they play several homes games this week. The LAVC Softball Team will play a double header against Mission College on Tuesday, March 9 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and a game against College of the Canyons on Thursday, March 11 at 2:30 p.m.; all games will be held on the Softball Field. For more information about LAVC Athletic Games, contact (818) 947-2896 or visit www.lavc.edu/athletics.
Internship Opportunity in the LA Mayor’s Office!
The Los Angeles Mayor’s Office has several internship opportunities that are open to community college students. The Mayoral Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning for highly motivated students who are detail-oriented. Those selected to participate will work closely with all levels of government, in addition to City commissions and departments, on a breadth of issues related to the team's focus area. To learn about all the openings and to apply, visit http://mayor.lacity.org/MeettheMayor/InternfortheMayor/index.htm.
TAP Honor Students Selected to Present at the HTCC Student Research Conference in March
Five TAP (Transfer Alliance Program) honor students from LAVC have been selected to be presenters at the HTCC (Honors Transfer Council of California) Student Research Conference at the University of California, Irvine on March 6. This is the first time the college has participated in this conference for honor students from around the state, and all five LAVC TAP students who submitted a proposal application were selected. The following LAVC students will be presenting (and their topic): John Henry Evans (“The 9/11 Attack: From Collision to Collusion”), Gina Nalbandian (“Chromosome #12”), Celika Saito (“Plastic Marine Debris in Our Ocean”), Mary Garcia (“Designing a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Its Benefits”), and Christian Alvez (“The Invisible Environment: Personal and Cultural Histories of Ecological Stewardship”). Congratulations!
Orientation Sessions for LAVC Career/Transfer Center’s Groundhog Job Shadow Day Program
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center in collaboration with Junior Achievement will hold its “Annual Groundhog Job Shadow Program” during the Spring 2010 semester; all students interested in participating in this program must attend one of the following hour-long mandatory orientations in the Career/Transfer Center: February 25 at 1 p.m., March 4 at 1 p.m. or 5:30 p.m., or March 11 at 1 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Students who participate in this job shadow program will be given first-hand practical experience by providing them with an opportunity to be matched with and to interview a working professional in their desired career field. For more information, contact Clive Gordon at (818) 947-5576.
Spring 2010 Careers Speaker Series Begins with a “Careers in Education” Session
The LAVC Career/Transfer Center will hold a Spring 2010 Career Speaker Workshop Series; the first workshop in the series “Careers in Education” will be held on Thursday, March 4 from 1-2:30 p.m. in Monarch Hall. The following additional workshops will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. in Foreign Language 102: “Careers in Emergency Services” on March 11, “Careers in Healthcare” on March 18, “Careers in Law” on April 15, “Green Career” on April 22, “Careers in Entertainment” on April 29, and “Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)” on May 6. For more information, visit the Career/Transfer Center in the Administration Building, Room 126 or call (818) 947-2646.
Deadline for Students to Apply for a Cal Grant is March 2!
tudents are encouraged to apply for a Cal Grant before the March 2 deadline. In order to be eligible for a Cal Grant, students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submitting their GPA Verification to the California Student Aid Commission by the deadline. For more information and assistance with completing the FAFSA, contact the LAVC Financial Aid Office at (818) 947-2412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Forget to Donate to the ASU Haitian Donation Drive by March 1
The LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU) will be collecting donations for victims of the Haitian earthquake until Monday, March 1. Donations of food, money, clothes and other items will be accepted at the ASU Office in Campus Center, Room 102. For more information, visit the ASU Facebook page or contact the ASU at (818) 778-5516.
PR Manager Nominated for the SFV Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards
Jennifer Fong, LAVC’s manager of public relations, has been nominated for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards. More than 120 professionals in the San Fernando Valley were named as nominees. The forty finalists will be announced at an awards reception on Wednesday, February 3.
LAVC Astronomy Group Lecture – The Myth of 2012
The LAVC Astronomy Group will present a free lecture entitled “The Myth of 2012” by James Underdown, the executive director of the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 28 at 7:45 p.m. in the Planetarium. This hour-long lecture illustrated with slides is open to the public. Underdown has been the executive director of the Center For Inquiry-Los Angeles since 1999, and has written for the Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. For more information, contact the LAVC Planetarium at (818) 947-2335.
Extended Hours of Operation for Admission and Records, Business Office, Counseling and Financial Aid
LAVC Admission and Records, Business Office, Counseling and Financial Aid will be open to assist students in their regular campus locations on Monday, February 22-Thursday, February 25 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m and on Friday, February 26 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The offices of Admissions and Records, and Counseling are located in the Administration Building; the Business Office modular building is located between Cafeteria Building and the Softball Field; the Financial Aid modular building is located between the Campus Center and the North Gym. To view a campus map, click here. For more information, contact Admissions &; Records Office at (818) 947-2553.
Donate Blood and Save 3 Lives! Sign Up Today for the LAVC Blood Drive
The LAVC Student Health Center and the American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, February 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; the Blood Mobile will be parked outside the Allied Health and Sciences Center building. All donors at this Blood Drive will receive a coupon for a free appetizer from Mimi’s Café, and will be entered in a region-wide drawing for a spa package. To schedule your life-saving appointment, contact the Health Center at (818) 947-2918, or sign-up online at www.redcrossblood.org (enter sponsor code: “LAVC”).
Free Wednesday Concerts Begin on February 24 – Don’t Miss the Faculty/Alumni Variety Show
The LAVC Music Department will begin its free Wednesday Concert series with a Faculty/Alumni Variety Show on Wednesday, February 24 at 1 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. The campus community is invited to see this entertaining performance by LAVC faculty and our alumni. For more information, contact the Music Department at (818) 778-5633.
Don’t Miss the ASU Club Day on February 24
The Associated Student Union will hold a Club Day on Wednesday, February 24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Monarch Square. Come meet the campus clubs, and learn how you can get more connected at LAVC. For more information, contact the ASU Office at (818) 778-5516 or visit www.lavc.edu/ASU.
LAVC to Hold a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute
The LAVC Diversity Committee will hold a viewing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” speech on Tuesday, February 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fireside Room. It will be followed by a talk by Professor Farrel R. Broslawsky about life at Valley during the turbulent ‘60s. Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public. To RSVP, email email@example.com.
Chamber Music Concert by the Valley Symphony Orchestra
The Valley Symphony Orchestra will present a “Chamber Music Concert” on Saturday, February 20 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. This annual chamber music concert will feature a more intimate performance from a number of Valley Symphony Orchestra members. Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $15 for students/seniors. For more information, contact (818) 947-2346 or visit www.valleysymphony.org.
Are You Trying to Add a Class? Want to Speak to a Counselor? Need to Pay Your Fees? Then Come to Spring 2010 Walk-In Registration
LAVC will hold a Spring 2010 Walk-In Registration for students to register for classes, see a counselor, and pay fees in Monarch Hall and the Fireside Room from February 3-20 (it will be closed on February 12-15 for the President’s Day holiday). The offices of Admissions &; Records, Counseling, Business Office and Financial Aid will be temporarily relocated to offer services to students during the first two weeks of the semester. Spring 2010 Walk-In Registration will only be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays (February 6 and 20) from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, contact Admissions &; Records Office at (818) 947-2553.
Need to Buy Your Books? Extended Hours for the LAVC Bookstore
From February 6-18, the LAVC Bookstore will have extended hours of operation from Monday-Thursdays from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; it will be closed from Friday, February 12-Monday, February 15 for the Presidents’ Day holiday. The Bookstore will resume its normal hours of operation on Friday, February 19 (with the exception of its special Saturday hours on February 20). For more information or to confirm its hours of operation, contact the LAVC Bookstore at (818) 947-2313.
Love Responsibly by Protecting One Another’s Sexual Health – National Condom Day on February 18
The LAVC Student Health Center will celebrate National Condom Day with a “Love Responsibly” event on Thursday, February 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Monarch Square. The campus community is encourage to attend to learn how they can get more passionate about prevention. Participants will receive a free gift and educational materials (while supplies last). For more information, contact the Student Health Center at (818) 947-2918.
Spring 2010 Semester Begins February 8
Day and evening classes for the Spring 2010 Semester will begin on Monday, February 8; the first day for Saturday classes is Saturday, February 20. If students want to register for classes, pay fees and see a counselor, they should go to Walk-In Registration in the Campus Center. Walk-In Registration is available until Monday, February 23 (closed February 12-15) and is open on Mondays-Thursdays from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. To view the Spring 2010 Class Schedule and a schedule of important Spring 2010 dates and deadlines, visit http://www.lavc.edu/schedules.html.
LAVC Closed on February 12-15 (and No Classes on February 16)
LAVC will be closed from Friday, February 12-Monday, February 15 in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. Classes will not be in session on Tuesday, February 16, but a majority of college offices will be open. Please note: Only faculty/counselors/librarians on “C” basis in the Spring 2010 Semester will not be working on Tuesday, February 16; all other employees are scheduled to work that day. All college offices will reopen and classes will resume to normal hours of operation on Wednesday, February 17.
Learn How You Can Spend Your Summer In Paris…and Earn College Credit!
The LAVC Study Away Program will hold an information meeting for its “Summer in Paris” program on Saturday, February 13 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Foreign Language Building, Room 102. Come learn about the month-long study program with the European Studies Association (ESA) from July 1-31, 2010. Questions? Contact Dominique Merrill at (818) 947-2380 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.lavc.edu/paris.
Get Money for Your Winter Session 2010 Textbooks at the LAVC Bookstore!
The LAVC Bookstore will be buying back Winter Session 2010 textbooks from students during February 4-6 and 8-11. Students should go to the textbook buyback entrance located to the left of the Bookstore’s main entrance. All Winter 2010 textbooks are eligible for buyback; it doesn’t matter where they were purchased. Textbooks must be complete with no water damage. For more information, contact the LAVC Bookstore at (818) 947-2717.
February 10 is the Financial Aid &; Scholarship Awareness Event
LAVC will be present a Financial Aid &; Scholarship Awareness Event on Wednesday, February 10 from 12-2 p.m. outside Monarch Hall. Students can find out if they might be eligible for federal and/or state grants and loans (Cal Grants, Board of Governor Fee Waivers, and Federal Pell Grants), part-time employment (Federal Work-Study), and scholarships to help cover the cost of school. A light lunch and small gift will be provided while supplies last. The event is sponsored by the Academic Faculty Senate, ASU and Financial Aid. To view the event flyer, visit http://www.lavc.edu/defaultdocs/FA%20Awareness%20Day%20Flyer%202010%20Final.pdf. For more information, contact Financial Aid at (818) 947-2412.
Final Week of Online Registration Assistance in the Lion’s Den
This is the final week for students to come to the Lion’s Den in the Cafeteria Building to get assistance with using the online registration system. From now until Friday, February 5, the Lion’s Den will be open from Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to assist students with registering for classes online. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (818) 947-2553.
Hillel 818 to Honor LAVC Professor Zev Garber and Rita R. Werner
Hillel 818 proudly presents its Ninth Annual Dinner Celebration honoring Dr. Donald Bleich (CSUN), Professor Zev Garber (LAVC) and Professor Rita R. Werner (LAVC) on Thursday, January 28 at 6 p.m. at Temple Valley Beth Shalom. These three outstanding educators will be awarded the ";Distinguished Educator Award"; for enriching the lives of thousands of students in the San Fernando Valley and for their enduring commitment to the Jewish campus community. To reserve your space, call (818) 886-5101.
Calling All Students!!! Attend the STEM Winter Bridge Program Starting January 26
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program will be holding a Winter Bridge 2010 Program from January 26-29, 2010 from 12:30-4 p.m. for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the sciences. Participating students will learn which STEM classes they should take, meet STEM faculty from UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara and CSU Channel Islands, get Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) information from the LAVC Transfer Center director, and learn about opportunities to do research as an undergrad. Sign up today! For more info, visit www.lavc.edu/stem/winterbridge.html or contact Reed Walsh at (818) 778-5538 or email@example.com.
Campus Closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday
LAVC will be closed on Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The campus will reopen with normal business hours on Tuesday, January 19. For a complete list of important dates and holidays during the Winter 2010 Session and Spring 2010 Semester, visit the online calendar on www.lavc.edu.
Calling All Students! The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Application Deadline is Here!
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will be accepting applications for the largest scholarships available to community college students (awards are up to $30,000 per year) until Friday, January 15. The Foundation plans to award approximately 30 scholarships in Spring 2010 with the scholarship renewing each year based on the student's academic performance. Application materials are available at www.jkcf.org. For more information, contact the Office of Student Services at (818) 947-2691.
Deadline to Submit an Add Card for Winter 2010 is January 11
Students wishing to add a Winter 2010 class may request an add card from the instructor on the first day of instruction. Students who obtain an add card must submit it with their enrollment application by January 11, 2010 to be officially added to the class.
Winter Session 2010 Starts January 4, 2010
Classes for the Winter Session 2010 at LAVC will begin on Monday, January 4, 2010. Saturday classes begin January 9, 2010. All Winter classes are currently closed, but students wishing to add a class may request an add card from the instructor on the first day of instruction. Students who obtain an add card must submit it with their enrollment application by January 11, 2010 to be officially added to the class. To view the Winter 2010 class schedule, visit www.lavc.edu/schedules.html.
Want to Study in Paris? Come to a Summer in Paris Information Session
program on Saturday, January 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Foreign Language Building, Room 102. Those interested in participating in the Summer in Paris program will learn more about the month-long study program with the European Studies Association (ESA) from July 1-31, 2010. For more information, contact Dominique Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 947-2380, or visit www.lavc.edu/paris.
Looking for a Job? Come to the Next LAVC Job Club Meeting
The LAVC’s popular Job Club will be meeting on Friday, January 8 from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the Faculty Lounge. Job seekers can start off the year right by networking with others, perusing job leads, meeting with professional job counselors, and refining search techniques. For more information on the LAVC Job Club, call (818) 947-2927 or visit www.lavc.edu/jobtraining/jobclub.html.
Christmas Tree Lot in LAVC’s Parking Lot G
Santa &; Sons will be selling Christmas trees in the southeast corner of Parking Lot G from November 27-December 25. They will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. For many years Santa &; Sons has rented space at LAVC to sell Christmas trees in the San Fernando Valley. For more information, email email@example.com or visit their Web site at www.santasons.com/christmas_tree_lot.htm.
LAVC Campus Closed for Winter Break
LAVC will be closed on December 24-27 and 30-31, 2009 and January 1-3, 2010 for Winter Break. Please be aware that most campus offices will be closed during December 21-23 and 28-29, but please contact office’s directly for their hours of operations until the end of the year. The college will officially reopen on Monday, January 4 for the start of Winter Session 2010.
Don’t Forget---Fall 2009 Final Exams Start December 14.
Monday, December 14-Saturday, December 19 is the week of final examinations. To view the final examination schedule, visit http://www.lavc.edu/schedules.html.
Looking for a job? 200 Paid Internships for LAVC Students
The LACCD is offering 200 qualifying LAVC students the opportunity to be placed in a paid internship. Only students who meet the following criteria are eligible: must receive assistance (e.g. food stamps, cash aid, GAIN, TANF, CalWorks, etc.) from the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), are enrolled in at least 6 units, can commit to being a responsible employee/intern during the Spring 2010 semester, have the desire to get paid while receiving job training, and must submit the required forms from their GAIN Worker by Friday, December 18. The internships pay $10 per hour, will provide job experience, and are based on the student’s interest, abilities and/or availability. Download flyer. For more information, contact Angie Baca at (818) 947-2728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAE Food &; Book Drive Ends December 18
Tau Alpha Epsilon (TAE), LAVC’s honor society, is holding a food and book drive to help those less fortunate this holiday season. Canned food, and new or old books and textbooks are accepted. The food collected at the food drive will be given to the homeless and needy families. Donated books will be given to the Books for Africa charity. Donations can be dropped off in the ASU Office in Campus Center, Room 102 or in Business Journalism, Room 111. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Final Week of “Seeing in Color” Exhibition and “In Plain View” Mini Exhibit
Both the “Seeing in Color: Photographs from the Stephen White Collection II” exhibition in the Art Gallery, and the “In Plain View: Photographs from the Vietnam War” in the Art Building hallway display cases will conclude on Thursday, December 17. The “Seeing in Color” art exhibition in the Art Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The “In Plain View” is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, contact the LAVC Art Gallery at (818) 778-5536.
You’re Invited to the Belle &; Harry Krupnick Media Arts Center Dedication
LAVC will hold a dedication ceremony for the newly remodeled and expanded Belle &; Harry Krupnick Media Arts Center on Tuesday, December 15 from 10:30 a.m.-12 noon in the walkway between the TV studio and the Music Building. The building, which is named in part after Harry Krupnick, an LAVC alumnus and early member of the LAVC Foundation, and his wife Belle, is home to the college’s Motion Picture and TV studios. Light kosher refreshments will be served. To view the invitation, visit http://newsletter.mwwlaphotoserver.com/invitations/valley_media.arts_invite.html. To RSVP, contact the LAVC President’s Office at (818) 947-2321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAVC Students to Receive Certificates for Participation in Student Sustainability Workshops
Sustainable Works and LAVC will hold a certificate presentation to recognize the students who have participated in the Fall 2009 LAVC Student Sustainability Workshop, an eight-week environmental education program, on Monday, December 14 at 12 noon in the Allied Health &; Sciences Center, Room 152. The program taught LAVC students about sustainable concepts and methods that affect their lives and the planet. With the guidance of a trained workshop leader, and the Sustainable Worksbook, students engaged in discussion groups and critical thinking activities while exploring the connection between sustainability and their daily lives. For more information on the Student Sustainability Workshop, contact Holli Fajack (323) 385-4703 at email@example.com.
Valley Symphony Orchestra to Perform a “Mozart &; His Czech Mates” Concert
The Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert entitled “Mozart &; His Czech Mates” on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m. in the Main Stage Theater. The performance will feature music from Mozart (Symphony No. 35 in D “Haffner”) and his Czech friends Josef Mysliveček (selections from Artaserse – the U.S. premiere of the 1774 opera) and Joseph Fiala (Sinfonia in B for Clarinet and English Horn – with Julia Heinen, clarinet, and Richard Kravchak, English horn). Tickets are $25 for general admission, and $15 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.valleysymphony.org/.
Free Naturalization Information Session at LAVC
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is partnering with LAVC Continuing Education/Citizenship Center to provide a free naturalization information session on Saturday, December 12 from 9 a.m.-12 noon in Monarch Hall. This session is for legal permanent residents and interested naturalization applicants. Topics to be covered at this session will include: the naturalization process, the new Naturalization Test, rights and responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship, and a “mock” naturalization interview. Immigration Services Officers will be available for questions &; answers during the session. Armenian- and Spanish-speaking USCIS staff will also be available. For more information, contact the Continuing Education Office at (818) 778-5594.
Listen to Live KVCM Remote Broadcasts!
LAVC’s radio station, KVCM, does live remote broadcasts at various events on campus. They will be broadcasting live at the Blood Drive on December 8, the ASU Club Day on December 9 and the LAVC Birthday Bash on May 1, 2010. To listen to KVCM online, visit www.lavc.edu/kvcm/.
TAE's Opportunity Drawing (raffle) Tickets on Sale Until December 10!
Tau Alpha Epsilon will be holding an opportunity drawing (or raffle), and a toy drive this holiday season. Purchase your ticket for $2 each, or donate a new toy and get 2 opportunity drawing tickets. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be split in half between Habitat for Humanity, and to support TAE and to create scholarships for its members; the toys will be donated to Toys for Tots. Prizes include: a Smart Pen, a bluetooth headset, 4 gold AMC tickets, American Express gift cards of $10 and $25. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Parent & Baby Sessions for Toddlers, Infants and Their Parents
The LAVC Family Resource Center and the Paraeducator Companion Assistant Training Program offers free parent and baby sessions to the community. The sessions are open to parents and their babies ages birth to 30-months, and provide and opportunity for play activities, meet other parents with children and participate in lively discussions. The Parent &; Baby Sessions for Toddlers (walking) will be held on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. in Bungalow 49 from now until December 8. The Parent &; Baby Sessions for Infants (not walking) will be held on Thursdays from 12 noon-1 p.m. in Bungalow 49 from now-December 10 (closed on November 26). For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at (818) 778-5612 or email@example.com.
Don’t Miss the Free Art Exhibitions at LAVC.
The LAVC Art Gallery will be showing a new art
exhibition entitled “Seeing in Color: Photographs from the Stephen White Collection II” from November 4-December 17. There will also be a mini exhibition of press photos in the Art Building hallway display cases entitled “In Plain View: Photographs from the Vietnam War”. For more info, contact the LAVC Art Gallery at (818) 778-5536.
Valley Star Wins Award at Regional Journalism Conference
The Valley Star, LAVC’s student newspaper, recently won the top prize of General Excellence at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC), Southern California regional conference. The conference was held at California State University, Fullerton, which hosted more than 420 students from 27 community colleges. The General Excellence is awarded to the student newspapers which accumulate the highest number of points in various journalistic categories such as news writing, sports and opinion writing, and photography. This marks the fifth time in the last six years that the Valley Star has won this top honor. Congratulations to the Valley Star!
LAVC Sheriff’s Office Helps a Family in Need This Holiday Season
The LAVC Sheriff’s Office has adopted the family of Donald Foster, an LAVC student who is a single father of four kids, as their annual Holiday Family. Donald is a 32-year old single father with sole custody of his 7-year-old twins Havanna and Savannah, 5-year-old Brianna, and 2-year-old Genesis. He is attending LAVC to obtain a Real Estate License, and his associate’s degree in Sociology. He receives federal assistance to help support his family, and he works 35-40 hours a week at a group home for high-risk and challenged youth. The Sheriff’s Office presented the family with a Christmas tree with decorations, toys for their 4 kids and a Christmas dinner which will be prepared by Vons Market on Thursday, December 17 at the LAVC Sheriff’s Office. Thank you to our Sheriff’s Office and to everyone at LAVC who graciously donated these items for the Foster family!
Winter Session 2010 Courses are Closed
Classes for the Winter Session 2010 are now closed. Students may attempt to add a class by asking the faculty member to give him/her an add card on the first day of class. Winter session starts January 4, 2010. If a student secures an add card, he/she must bring it with his/her admission application no later than January 11, 2010 to be officially added. No late add permits will be processed. Students can apply online for Spring 2010 at www.lavc.edu.
Child Development Center Teaches Kids About Healthy Snacks
The Child Development Center recently held a “Kid’s Café Snack Shack” activity with parents, teachers and kids to help teach sharing healthy, fun snacks with each other. With the help of 15 parents and teachers, the kids made lettuce roll ups, tortillas, guacamole, tabbouleh salad, cheese snacks, cut out sandwich, pig in a blanket, thai scrambled eggs, fresh squeezed orange juice, and snacks on sticks. Families and other classes at the center were invited to the café to have a snack. All the kids at the center enjoyed learning how to make nutritious and healthy snacks.
Two LAVC Students Win 1st Place in College Seen Photo Contest
Michael Trombley and Scott Mitchell, both LAVC students, won first place in separate categories in the 2009 College Seen Photo Contest for community college students that was co-sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, its CollegeBuy program, and Adobe®. Michael won first place in the career preparation/work experience category, and Scott Mitchell won the campus life category. Both will receive Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 Design Premium and winning photo will be published this fall in Affinity, the California Community College alumni magazine. To view all the winning photos, visit www.CollegeSeen.org. Congratulations to Michael and Scott!
Check Out the New LAVC Foundation Donor Wall
The LAVC Foundation has installed its new annual Donor Wall, which is now on display adjacent to the President’s Office. This wall lists all the donors who have donated to the LAVC Foundation between July 2008 and June 2009. The LAVC Foundation thanks all of its donors for their support and generosity during these tough economic times.
Dr. Tyree Wieder Named Interim Chancellor
Dr. Tyree Wieder, who served as president of Los Angeles Valley College for 14 years until retiring last summer, has been named Interim Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District. The selection was announced by the LACCD Board of Trustees as its regular meeting on Wednesday, August 19. Dr. Wieder will not be a candidate for the permanent Chancellor position. A search committee will be formed with the intent of selecting a new Chancellor by early 2010. Dr. Adriana Barrera, who served as Acting Chancellor since late June after the departure of former Chancellor Drummond, will continue in her role as Deputy Chancellor.
Breaking News: Enrollment Fee Increase to $26 Per Unit for Fall 2009
The California State Budget, which was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger on July 28, 2009, includes an enrollment fee increase from $20 per unit to $26 per unit. This fee increase is effective for the Fall 2009 semester. Students who have already paid for their Fall classes will have to pay an additional $6 per unit. Virtual Valley students need to pay their additional fees prior to the start of class to ensure that they are able to log-in to their online, hybrid or Web-enhanced class. More information and answers to students’ most frequently asked questions are available on the LAVC Web site homepage, or by visiting www.lavc.edu/campusnews/breakingnews.html.
Want to be Notified in Case of a Campus Emergency? Sign Up for AlertU
LAVC has adopted a new alert notification system called AlertU to communicate critical information during campus emergencies. During an emergency, AlertU will allow college administrators to send a SMS (text) message to provide subscribers with important updates and news related to the college in the event of an emergency. Students, faculty and staff can now sign up on the LAVC Web site to receive these emergency alerts from the college. Family and friends can also sign up to receive these alerts. To sign up, visit www.lavc.edu/currentstudents.html for the AlertU widget and fill in your phone number.
Give the Gift of Life this Holiday Season! Give Blood on December 8
The American Red Cross and Student Health Center will be holding a “Campus Challenge” Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the North Gym. LAVC is completing against Pierce College and LA Mission College to see which campus can raise the most blood donations this year. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. ID is required to donate blood. All donors at this event will receive a coupon for Coldstone Creamery and a voucher for 2 L.A. Clippers tickets. To make a life saving appointment, please call the Student Health Center at (818) 947-2918 or sign up online at www.giveblood.org (the sponsor code is “LAVC”).
You’re Invited to the LAVC Holiday Concert
The LAVC Music Department will present a holiday concert entitled “Shining Night” on Sunday, December 6 at 7 p.m. in Monarch Hall. The concert will feature performances by the LAVC Philharmonic Choir, LAVC College Choir, and the LAVC Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Michael Arshagouni and Glenn Carlos. The campus community is invited to attend. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for seniors and students. For more information, call (818) 947-2346 or visit www.lavc.edu/music
Want to Study in Paris in the Summer, and Earn College Credits?
Learn more about the Summer in Paris Program at an information meeting on Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Foreign Language, Room 102. This month-long study program with the European Studies Association (ESA) is scheduled to take place from July 1-31, 2010. For more information, visit www.lavc.edu/paris. Questions? Contact Professors Dominique Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 947-2380. View Flyer (PDF)
LAVC Students Publish an e-Zine entitled Manuscript
The Valley College English Department is pleased to announce the online version of Manuscript, our annual creative writing journal. This year's edition, Manuscript 45, was created and edited by the students of English 127, Introduction to Creative Writing, and they proudly present poems and short stories written exclusively by LAVC students. The magazine, or in its current form, e-Zine, can be viewed at www.lavc.edu/english/manuscript45
Take a Tour of Historic Downtown Los Angeles
The LAVC Professional Development will sponsor a tour and discussion of Historic Downtown Los Angeles with tour guide Pat Allen on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; participants should meet at Union Station. Among the highlights are the Grand Central Market, the Biltmore Hotel, the Fine Arts Building, and more. Participants should wear comfortable shoes. Six hours of professional development credit is available to those who participate. To RSVP, email email@example.com and provide your cell phone number. For more information, contact Professional Development at (818) 947-2712.
H1N1 Flu Vaccinations at LAVC this Weekend
The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is holding a free H1N1 Flu Clinic on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the North Gym. The H1N1 Flu vaccinations will be given to individuals in one of the following priority groups: pregnant women, people who live or care for infants under 6 months of age, health care workers and emergency medical services workers, children or young adults from 6 months-24 years old, and people ages 25-64 years old with chronic medical conditions. Please note: after December 8th vaccine supplies will be increasing and vaccinations will be available at Public Health Centers, private health care providers, and community clinics. For more information about the H1N1 Flu, Flu Vaccine Clinics and other helpful links, visit the Student Health Information Web page at www.lavc.edu/campusnews/healthinfo.html.
Local Girl Scouts Donate Clothes to LAVC’s Baby Clothes Exchange Program
Five Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 1000 of the San Fernando Valley recently completed their community service project with a presentation of baby clothes to Marni Roosevelt, Project Director of the LAVC Family Resource Center. The donated items are intended to support the Family Resource Center's baby clothing exchange open to the community for newborns to size 3. The Girl Scouts held a flag ceremony and delivered a speech to announce their significant donation of gently used baby clothing. In the speech, the Girl Scouts stated, "we hope this donation will help families in need and assist the Family Resource Center to serve students and the community." The event marked the final activity in earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award, an honored recognition that a Junior Girl Scout has earned in applying leadership and planning skills needed to follow through a project that makes a positive difference in the local community. The following girls are pictured above with Marni Roosevelt (center): Ulyana Glaumuzina, Alexa Weislein, Sierra Malo, and Sierra Bogusz.
Attention Job Seekers! Join the LAVC Job Club on December 4
LAVC’s popular Job Club will meet on Friday, December 4 from 8 a.m.-12 noon in the Cafeteria Conference Room. The highly successful LAVC Job Club gives job seekers a golden opportunity to network with others, peruse job leads, meet with professional job counselors, and refine their job search techniques. For more information, visit www.lavc.edu/jobtraining/jobclub.html.
You’re Invited to the Continuing Education Recognition Ceremony
The LAVC Continuing Education Department will hold a Noncredit Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, December 3 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Monarch Hall. This event will honor the achievements of LAVC’s noncredit students. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. The campus community is invited to attend; RSVP required. For more information and to RSVP, contact Lynne Brower at (818) 947-2974.
LAVC Festival of Authors & Artists
Los Angeles Valley College, LAVC Foundation, Tau Alpha Epsilon, Associated Student Union and the LAVC KVCM Radio Station will present the first annual LAVC Festival of Authors & Artists on Tuesday, December 1 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Monarch Hall and Patio. Proceeds from sales at the event will support the LAVC Foundation. This event will feature books and original artwork of LAVC faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, and is a perfect opportunity to purchase them for your holiday gifts. There will also be an opportunity drawing for an iPod (winner must be present at 1:45 p.m. to win); tickets are $2 or get a free ticket with a purchase. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend; free parking will be available in Parking Lot B. For more information, contact the LAVC President’s Office at (818) 947-2321. View Flyer (PDF)
Campus Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
LAVC will be closed on Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The college will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 30. Have a happy holiday!