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LAVC Monarch News Employee Newsletter - December 2018



Volume 1, Issue 4: December 2018


Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian presents a $800,000 check to the LAVC Family Resource CenterAssemblymember Nazarian Secures $800K for LAVC FRC

LAVC Men's Water Polo 2018 Western State Conference Champions; Ranked #2 in CaliforniaFall 2018 Highlights from LAVC Athletics

Maria CalpitoSpotlight: Maria Calpito, new Title V Coop Dir.

Classified Staff Development Day FlyerPD Corner: Professional Development Events in Winter/Spring 2018



Assemblymember Nazarian Secures $800K for the LAVC Family Resource Center

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian presents a $800,000 check to the LAVC Family Resource CenterLAVC honored Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for his help in securing a $800,000 California State Budget Carve-Out to enable the LAVC Family Resource Center to expand its services for students who are parents. In addition, the LAVC Foundation established The Adrin Nazarian Scholarship & Endowment to help student parents at LAVC. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


Fall 2018 Highlights from LAVC Monarch Athletics

LAVC Men's Water Polo TeamCongrats to LAVC Monarch Football, Women's Soccer, Men's Water Polo, Women's Water Polo teams for a successful Fall season. Men's Water Polo Team earned its 5th consecutive WSC Championship title and is ranked #2 in the state, Women's Soccer is 13-6-2 and made it to the first round of the So Cal Playoffs, Football finished 7-3, and Women's Water Polo was 16-10. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Offers Classes with Free or Low Cost Textbooks!

Zero Textbook Cost icon on computerLAVC students can now search the online class schedule to find classes that have "zero textbook cost" or "low textbook cost"! Zero Textbook Cost classes uses free, online course materials, and Low Textbook Cost classes use textbooks that are $50 or less. To find these classes, simply search the online Schedule of Classes by "Class search type" and select "zero cost textbook classes (OER)" or "low cost textbook classes". Read more on the LAVC News Blog.



Introducing Maria Calpito, LAVC's new Title V Cooperative Director

Maria CalpitoLAVC welcomes Maria Calpito as the new Program Director at Valley College for the Title V Cooperative Program: Engaging for Student Success. In this new role, she oversees the 3-campus cooperative program (at LAVC, East LA College, and LA Trade Tech) that is designed to improve retention, persistence, and completion rates of students, including managing LAVC's Teaching Innovation Academy (TIA) program for faculty. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.



Don't Miss the Upcoming Classified Staff PD Day, TechFest and More!

Classified Staff Development Day FlyerClassified Staff across the campus are preparing for their upcoming Classified Staff Professional Development Day on January 18, 2019. They will spend the morning with Dr. Joe Darin learning about their own strengths and how to best use them in their job and their life. Currently, all classified staff is taking the Strengths Finders Inventory to be ready for that workshop. 

The work we’ve been doing with the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) is about to wrap up the planning process and move into implementation. Within our IEPI plan, our focus is to create and implement a professional development program that meets the needs of all employee groups on campus.  That will include: (1) developing an integrated plan for professional development,  (2) establishing the structure and process for the professional development program, (3) establishing an annual operating budget for the professional development center, and (4) developing and implementing foundational professional development activities and events.

The new semester will bring more professional development for everyone! Tech Fest is scheduled for January 28 and 29, 2019. Tech fest will include sessions on the uses of Outlook & other MS Office programs, video captioning, smart classrooms, competency based grading, canvas best practices, & many other exciting sessions!

We will officially kick off our new B.U.I.L.D. (Belong, Uplift, Imagine, Listen, Diversify) Series with an informational meeting in early February 2019. The B.U.I.L.D. series will revolve around book group conversations, video viewings and discussions, and guest speakers. Our first book in the series will be Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. This book relates to both everyday life and our transition into Guided Pathways. Join us for this first B.U.I.L.D. experience!

The New Employee Orientation program is currently being recreated to include classified staff and faculty. We will pilot our new format in February 2019. 

Watch for flyers, emails, and @LAVCProfDev tweets from LAVC Professional Development for more information regarding these upcoming professional development opportunities. 

For more information, contact Jeanne Owens at (818) 947-2569 or or Sally Raskoff at (818) 947-7256 in the LAVC Professional Development Office, or stop by the Professional Development Center in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200 or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page



New $800,000 budget for Valley’s Family Resource Center
The Valley Star (LAVC Student Newspaper)
Published: December 3, 2018

$800K Secured for LAVC Family Resource Center
Published: November 30, 2018



The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for December 2018 (as of 12/5/18):

Academic Dates & Holidays

Dec. 10-16: Fall 2018 - Final Examinations
Dec. 16: Fall 2018 - Semester Ends
Dec. 17-21: NO CLASSES - Winter Break 2018
Dec. 22-25: CAMPUS CLOSED - Winter Break 2018
Dec. 26-27: COLLEGE SERVICES CLOSED / NO CLASSES - Winter Break 2018
Dec. 28-Jan 1: CAMPUS CLOSED - Winter Break 2018

Committee Meetings

Dec. 4: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30 pm
Dec. 5: Campus Distance Education Committee (CDEC) @ 1:10 pm; Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) @ 1:30pm; Valley Integrated Planning Committee (VIPC) @ 2pm
Dec. 6: Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC) @ 1:30pm; Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 1:30pm
Dec. 10: Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) @ 1:30pm
Dec. 12: Guided Pathways Steering Committee @ 1:15pm
Dec. 18: Grants Committee @ 2pm

Faculty/Staff Events

Dec. 3: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Reading Apprenticeship 2 / Threshold @ 2pm
Dec. 4: Winter Wonderland Employee Holiday Party 2018 @ 11:30am - 1pm; Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Reading Apprenticeship 2 / Threshold @ 5pm
Dec. 5: COLLEGE HOUR: "Using Library Resources in Canvas" Workshop for Faculty @ 1pm
Dec. 6: Video Captioning Workshop for Faculty/Staff @ 1pm

Fine & Performing Arts

Sept. 19-Dec. 6: "tautline" Art Exhibition (hours vary)
Dec. 2: LAVC College Choir and Chamber Singers - "Wonder - Songs of Hope and Healing" Concert @ 7pm
Dec. 4: Music 250 Performance Workshop Concert 1 of 2 @ 11:20am; LAVC Small Combos Performance @ 1:30pm
Dec. 6: Music 250 Performance Workshop Concert 2 of 2 @ 11:20am; Fall 2018 Dance Class Showcase @ 7:30pm
Dec. 8: LAVC Holiday Concert @ 7pm
Dec. 11: Commercial Voice Showcase @ 7:30pm

Campus Events & Activities

Dec. 3: American Red Cross Blood Drive @ 9am-3pm
Dec. 4: ASU Presents: Sustainabili-TEA Series @ 5pm
Dec. 5: ASU Presents: Heal the Bay Workshop Series @ 4pm
Dec. 7: "E.T. - The REAL Search" Planetarium Show @ 8pm
Dec. 18: Trash Awareness Day @ 1pm

Athletic Events

Dec. 20: LAVC Men's Basketball vs. Ventura @ 6pm

Community Events

Dec. 5: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 6: "The Importance of Play" - Thursday Night Parenting Conversations at the FRC @ 7pm
Dec. 7: HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) Practice Test @ 9am; Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 7-8: HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) Paper-Based Testing 
Dec. 8: LAVC Cancer Support Group & Jewelry Making Craft Class @ 2pm
Dec. 12: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 14: HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) Practice Test @ 9am; Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 19: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 21: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am

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