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From the Desk of the President


February 7, 2016

Welcome to Spring!

Hello Monarch Family:

Just a quick note to welcome everyone to the start of Spring 2016!  This semester promises to be a busy one, especially since our ACCJC Accreditation Visiting Team (PDF) will arrive a month from tomorrow (March 7th) for four days of fun on our campus.  Stay tuned for updates on the visit, and even though I probably sound like a broken record, please do take the time to review our self-evaluation (PDF) because when the Visiting Team is on campus, you never know who they may want to chat with.

I hope y’all enjoyed Super Bowl 50 as much as I did.  My intellect told me that the Panthers would win, which is why I took them in my brother’s pool; however, in my heart, I wanted the Broncos to win to allow Peyton Manning to go out on top with one last, record-breaking victory (yes, I believe that he is going to retire, even though he hasn’t made it official yet).  Either way, it was a good game for the Denver defense.  Of course, it’s bittersweet because the end of the game brings a long six months without football.  At least when the new season begins in the Fall, Los Angeles will once again be home to an NFL team.  Things are looking up.

Speaking of sports, I had the opportunity to throw out the first pitch in our home opener against Pierce College, which was the first game played on our new fields.  As usual, our Monarchs did a great job, beating our cross-town rivals 3-2.

Just a reminder that I have scheduled the following office hours in February and I would love to have you visit me:

  • Faculty:        Tuesday, February 23rd, 1:00-2:30
  • Staff: Wednesday, February 24th,  10:30-12:00

The Student Union should be open within the next week, and I will send out additional information about this wonderful new building as soon as we get all of the official clearances and take possession of the building.  If you haven’t been to campus lately, you will also find that one entrance to Monarch Hall is boarded up thanks to thieves using a truck to crash through the glass doors in order to successfully steal the Higher One ATM machine last weekend.  

Lastly, we had a good Winter Intercession, and our enrollment was definitely larger than last year.  However, as we go into Spring, like most community colleges across California, our enrollment is a little soft.  We are still working hard to grow by 3% to meet our budget, and to that end, I want to encourage everyone to be part of the effort to both grow and to help students succeed.  So, if you are a faculty member and have space in your class, please take students wanting to add your class. If students who are on your roster do not show up for the first class and students are there wanting to add, please add them.  If you are a staff member (or faculty member or administrator), be on the lookout for students who appear lost or in need of information.  You would be amazed by what an impact giving them directions or taking the time to walk them to their destination has on their overall satisfaction with LAVC.

As always, I appreciate all of the great work that y’all do every day because I know that it is what makes LAVC such an awesome place to be.

Happy Spring!


Dr. Erika Endrijonas
Los Angeles Valley College

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