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From the Desk of the President


May 5, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Hello Monarch Family:

Well, it doesn’t seem possible that in a little over 4 weeks, we will be celebrating graduation with our students at 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 7th!  The preparations are well underway, including the selection of three student speakers.  We will be joined by Trustee Ernie Moreno and Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, Dr. Albert Roman, will serve as the Chancellor’s representative.  Many classified staff have already graciously volunteered to help make the ceremony go smoothly, and I hope that even more faculty than last year will join in the celebration of their students’ achievements. 

As many of you know from the various committee meetings you attend, the Board of Trustees is in the process of determining whether to put a bond on the November 2016 ballot.  Part of their consideration involves hiring a firm to conduct a survey of Los Angeles County taxpayers and likely voters to determine whether there is sufficient support for a bond.  They will hear from the firm at the Board meeting next Wednesday.  However, in addition to this polling, each college has been tasked with putting together a list of projects for this potential bond. Attached is an initial, unranked list of projects which have been discussed by a variety of committees and which I have forwarded to the district [PDF: 80 kB] so that they can determine the size of a bond to seek should there be sufficient support in the poll.  We will have an opportunity to refine and prioritize the list in future months, but I thought y’all might want to see what has been submitted for consideration.  The Board will have to determine whether to go for the Bond and file the required paperwork by August 12th

As you know, I held my office hours in the new staff/faculty lounge in the Student Union in April, and I am happy to say that I had more folks come visit me than in previous months.  My May office hours will be back in my office, but if the number of folks coming to see me drops dramatically, I may have to consider returning to the Student Union.

  • Students:  Tuesday, May 17th, 3:30-5:00 (Skybox Conference Room)
  • Faculty:  Tuesday, May 24th, 1-2:30 (President’s Office)
  • Staff:  Friday, May 27th, 3-4:30 (President’s Office)

I do try to move my office hours for each group around to accommodate different schedules; if you have had a hard time getting to my office hours, send me some suggested times to set for the next few months.  I do want to make sure that folks have an opportunity to visit me. 

Also attached is an invitation for Dr. Larry Nakamura’s Retirement party [PDF: 483 kB] on Wednesday, June 1st.  It’s hard to believe that Larry has decided to retire, and I know that many folks share my feeling that LAVC will not be the same without him.  He has served the college well, and he has served faculty well as their AFT Chapter Chair.  While we have not always agreed, especially about which Los Angeles-area college football team is the best, I have enjoyed working with him since my first day at LAVC and I will miss him.  I imagine that I will still be able to keep our annual bet going, especially now that we each own a t-shirt from the other’s institution.  I mean, really, Larry needs somewhere to wear his cardinal and gold with pride each December.

Our construction projects are going well.  The Monarch Athletic Center is done and the adjacent football practice field and walking track will be completed in time for the start of the Fall semester.  The Administration and Career Advancement building is really taking shape and the construction folks says it’s on schedule for a late October/early November completion.  It’s a beautiful building that will, like the newly opened Student Union, be a game-changer for the college.  LAVC is looking amazing these days!

I hope everyone enjoys the month of May.  There are so many celebrations and activities going on that I have had to decline some really important meetings and events because I simply cannot be in two places at once as much as I wish I could.  If only I could twitch my nose like Samantha on “Bewitched”!  (Hmm….did I just date myself?)

Finally, I look forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday, May 11th, from 12:30-2:00 in Monarch Hall for our annual “Above & Beyond Awards” and recognition of years of service.  We received 31 nominations and it’s going to be really exciting to reveal the winners.


Dr. Erika Endrijonas
Los Angeles Valley College

Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Update Email - May 5, 2016 [PDF: 77 kB]; 
Attachments: Copy of Final LAVC Horizon II Project List April 26 2016 [PDF: 80 kB]; Dr Larry Nakamura Retirement Celebration Flyer [PDF: 483 kB]



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