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April 9, 2017

Welcome Back!

 

Hello Monarch Family:

I want to welcome all of you back from Spring Break!  Campus was quiet last week, which was great for those of us working because we got a lot of work done, but I look forward to seeing our campus buzzing with students tomorrow, especially since our Late Start session begins tomorrow, too.  Thankfully, our Late Start classes are quite well-subscribed, which is great news for us.  However, as of last week, our District was about 900 FTES short of meeting base, which means that there is a great deal of discussion taking place about whether the District will actually make base and what to do if we don’t.  I will keep you posted on that discussion, although we, too, are doing everything in our power to make it to base this year. So, if you have any open seats in your Late Start classes, please add students if possible.

I am very pleased to let you all know that our Substantive Change proposal was approved by the ACCJC at their February 2017 meeting, which means that we can increase the number of courses that we offer through Distance Education.  Don’t be surprised to hear from your Dean or Department Chair about developing or offering a DE class that we were unable to offer prior to our proposal being approved.  DE might be the best way for us to make base or grow in the coming year as enrollments soften statewide.

Related to enrollments, I am still awaiting finalization of our Faculty Obligation Number (FON).  Some of you may wonder why I am saying that more than two months after I sent an email that included the 8 positions we are currently searching for right now.  Well, that’s part of the frustration about the intersection between enrollments and the FON.  Because the District is struggling to make base, the FON for 2017-2018 will most likely go down because it will be driven by our final enrollment number.  Unless we wind up growing as a district, the only positions we will need to fill next year will be replacements. LAVC did a good job of hiring last year, so the number of people we will need to hire will be small.  How small will depend upon the total FON number for the district and whether we will be asked to pick up any additional positions based on other colleges’ ability to hire, specifically those who are struggling financially.  The Presidents’ Council will meet this Friday, and I expect that final decisions will be made about the District FON, and as soon as I know, I will send another email.  I know that many of the searches currently under way are nearing the closing dates, so I don’t want committees to do unnecessary work. Please stay tuned on that.

It’s hard to believe that we are less than two months from Graduation, which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6th at 9:00 am.  Faculty, if you haven’t already put graduation on your calendar, please consider joining me for the ceremony. It’s a really fun day, and because we made some changes to how faculty and the graduates exit the ceremony last year, you will have the opportunity to give your students a big “High 5” as they exit.  Staff, you will soon be asked to volunteer to help out with making sure our ceremony goes off without a hitch, and I hope you say yes!  Graduation is what we work for all year long, and I hope y’all consider joining us.

Our new buildings continue to garner awards.  We recently learned that our Student Union has won the American Institute of Steel Construction IDEA2 Award, which is a prestigious national award for the best building constructed primarily of structural steel.  An awards ceremony will be held sometime in the next few months on campus, so stay tuned for details.

I attached the flyer for the One Book One College Lacks Family event this coming Wednesday, April 12th.  Unfortunately, I will be at the District for a meeting, but I really encourage the campus community to attend this important event.  “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was a perfect book for our OBOC program this year, and Wednesday’s event is a very special opportunity to hear members of Henrietta Lacks’ family speak. 

I have also attached the flyer for the biennial LACCD Student Survey.  Per Michelle Fowles:

The Los Angeles Community College District has just launched its biennial Spring 2017 Student Survey.  This year, we have asked all students to participate.  It is important to get feedback from all students. The survey should take students about 20 minutes and the last day to participate will be Friday, April 28.

The survey link (it is case sensitive): https://goo.gl/Hr9vdV

If you or your students have any questions you can contact your coordinator, Michelle Fowles, at the Office of Institutional Research by phone 818.947.2437 or email fowlesmr@lavc.edu or can email researchsurvey@email.laccd.edu.

So, for my April office hours, because my schedule is so crazy, my faculty and staff hours will each be one hour rather than my standard hour and a half. 

Not all of you have come to see me in the Tree House, so I hope I see more of you in April.

Finally, our annual Ice Cream Social will be held on Wednesday, May 10th, from 12:30-1:45 in Monarch Hall.  As usual, we will recognize staff and faculty for their years of service to the district, our newly tenured faculty, our newly retired staff and faculty, and we will introduce our new employees who started at LAVC during the past year.  We will also announce the winners of the “Above and Beyond” Awards, and TAE will announce their Apple Award winners.  I have attached the flyer for the Ice Cream Social, along with the nomination form for the “Above and Beyond” awards and a description of the categories.  Please consider nominating a colleague and all nominations are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 21st and should be emailed to Armine at galukya@lavc.edu.  

Again, welcome back from Spring Break!  Thanks for all of your hard work, and I look forward to seeing all of you at the many celebrations that will happen between now and Graduation Day!

Take care!

QOTTH ("Queen of the Tree House")

Dr. Erika Endrijonas
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
818-947-2321
endrijea@lavc.edu
Twitter:  @LAVCPrez

 

Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Email - April 9, 2017 [PDF: 105 kB]; OBOC Lacks Family Event April 12 2017 [PDF: 598 kB]; LACCD Spring 2017 Student Survey LAVC Flyer [PDF: 1 MB]; Ice Cream Social Flyer [PDF: 168 kB], 2017 Above & Beyond Awards Category Criteria [PDF: 285 kB]; Above & Beyond Awards Nomination Form 2017 [PDF: 164 kB]

 

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