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LAVC Monarch News Employee Newsletter - February 2019


LAVC Monarch News

Volume 1, Issue 6: February 2019


Los Angeles Valley College Foundation logoLAVC Foundation Scholarships Now Available Online

LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez talkingLACCD Chancellor Holds Public Forum on LAVC Presidential Search 

LAVC Black Scholar graduatesSpotlight: 
LAVC Black Scholars Program

Jim Marteney teaching at Winter 2019 Tech FestPD Corner: 
B.U.I.L.D. Event with Tyler Prante & January Recap



LAVC Foundation Now Offering Scholarship Applications Online

Los Angeles Valley College Foundation logoThe LAVC Foundation is now accepting online applications for its 2019 scholarships from qualified LAVC students. This is the first year that the Foundation scholarship applications are offered fully online! These scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of private donors, including many of our faculty and staff. Please check the LAVC Foundation web site for a list of available scholarships. After a student creates an account, he/she then applies one time by answering questions. Once completed, the student will be put into consideration for all scholarships he/she qualifies for. The deadline for most Foundation scholarships is March 22, 2019. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez Solicits Public Input on the LAVC Presidential Search

LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez talkingLACCD held a public forum on the LAVC presidential search with Chancellor Rodriguez on February 8. More than 75 students, faculty, staff and the public came to Monarch Hall to hear Chancellor Rodriguez speak on the search process for a permanent LAVC president, and shared their thoughts on the desirable qualities and characteristics for the college's new permanent leader. The presidential application period will open on March 1 and close on April 15. As part of the search process, the District is putting together a search and interview committee, which will be made up of LAVC constituency representatives, a District representative, and two community members. The committee's role will be to finalize the job posting and screen the candidates. The committee will then forward several semifinalist to the Chancellor for consideration. The Chancellor will select the finalists and forward those final candidates to the LACCD Board of Trustees. If all goes according to plan, the District hopes to select a new LAVC president on or about July 1, 2019. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


Help Save a Life at LAVC's Spring 2019 Blood Drives!

American Red Cross Blood DriveBe extraordinary by making a life-saving donation of blood! All students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to LAVC's  American Red Cross Blood Drives on February 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13. You can donate blood if you are at least 17 years old, are 110 pounds or more, and are in generally good health. Make your life-saving blood donation appointment online today; walk-ins are also welcomed. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Historical Museum to Hold Open Houses This Spring

DuPlessis Dairy Farm photo courtesy of the LAVC Historical MuseumDid you know that there is an LAVC Historical Museum in the LARC? Established in 1975, it houses an amazing collection of treasures from San Fernando Valley's 100-year history including historical photos, artifacts, oral history recordings and more! This Spring, the LAVC Historical Museum is offering open houses every fourth Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. in LARC 204 that are free for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.



LAVC Black Scholars Supports the Academic Success of Valley's Students of Color

LAVC Black Scholar graduatesIn honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting the efforts of our LAVC Black Scholars program to help increase the academic success of African-American students at Valley College. Under the leadership of Dean Llanet Martin and Program Coordinator Dr. Elliott Coney, the Black Scholars program supports LAVC students of color by providing a mentorship-based learning community on campus. Black Scholars is also coordinating this month's "Black Heritage Week" activities featuring a The Hate You Give screening and panel discussion, keynote address by Nate Howard of Movement BE, BBQ fundraiser, comedy show, cultural celebration, and more. Coming up, the program will have a soft opening for its brand new dedicated space in CC102 later this month, and will welcome its first cohort of the Umoja Program this Fall. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.



B.U.I.L.D. Series Kicks Off with Tyler Prante; January Activities Recap

Jim Marteney teaching at Winter 2019 Tech FestIt has been a busy month for professional development. Our Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) plan has been submitted, and we will soon begin implementing the objectives developed in that plan. Those objectives are: 1) implement an integrated professional development program, 2) establish a structure and process for the professional development program, 3) establish an annual operating budget for the professional development center, and 4) develop, implement, and pilot campus professional development activities. We’re looking forward to moving forward!

Training with the Gallup Research program, Strengths Finders, kicked off with two groups in January.  Dr. Joe Darin, certified Strengths Finders coach, worked with the LAVC Leadership team on January 17, and he presented to 82 classified employees on January 18. Prior to the training, all participants took a Strengths Finders Inventory, which revealed their individual top five strengths. The presentations gave more information about each strength, and how we can use it to our best advantage in our work and personal lives. We plan to continue Strengths Finders on campus with future introductory sessions and sessions that look into strengths even deeper. 

Winter Tech Fest, held on January 28 & 29, was a big success. Over 60 employees attended the 13 sessions over the two days!  Presentations were made by faculty and classified staff including Photoshop, Outlook, Canvas, Podcasting and many other topics. Lots of good feedback was provided, and we are already making plans for a Summer Tech Fest. 

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the new B.U.I.L.D. Series kicks off on Thursday, February 14. Our own Tyler Prante will get things going with a lecture on Choice Architecture. This concept, about improving our decision making skills, connects with our own lives and also with Guided Pathways, and what we do here on campus. B.U.I.L.D. is a multi-media series including speakers, book groups, video screenings, and discussions. The book for this series is Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happinesss by Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sustein. Copies are available for check out in the PDC at LARC 200. 

For more information, contact Jeanne Owens at (818) 947-2569 or by email 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.



The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for February 2019 (as of 2/1/19):

Academic Dates & Holidays

Feb. 3: Winter 2019 - Winter Session Ends
Feb. 4: Spring 2019 - Day and Evening Classes Begin
Feb. 9: Spring 2019 - Saturday Classes Begin
Feb. 15-18: Spring 2019 - Saturday Classes Begin

Committee Meetings

Feb. 5: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
Feb. 6: Campus Distance Education Committee (CDEC) @ 1:10pm; Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) @ 1:30pm; Valley Integrated Planning Committee (VIPC) @ 2pm
Feb. 7: Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC) @ 1:30pm
Feb. 11: Educational Planning Committee (EPC) @ 1:30pm
Feb. 13: Student Success Committee (SSC) @ 2pm
Feb. 14: Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm
Feb. 19: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
Feb. 20: Grants Committee @ 2pm; Technology Committee @ 2:30pm
Feb. 21: Academic Senate @ 1:10pm
Feb. 22: Urban Forest Committee @ 1pm
Feb. 25: Budget Committee @ 1:30pm
Feb. 27: Guided Pathways Steering Committee @ 1:15pm
Feb. 28: Committee for Academic Resources and Tutoring Services (CARTS) @ 1pm; Work Environment Committee (WEC) @ 1:15pm; Enrollment Management Committee (EMC) @ 1:30pm; Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm

Faculty/Staff Events

Feb. 25: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Culturally-Responsive Teaching & Equity @ 2pm
Feb. 26: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Culturally-Responsive Teaching & Equity @ 5pm
Feb. 27: AFT Staff Guild (AFT1521a) Meeting

Campus Events

Feb. 6: Welcome Day: Spring 2019 @ 9am-1pm
Feb. 8: Town Hall with LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez @ 10am
Feb. 11: American Red Cross Blood Drive @ 9am

Athletic Events

Feb. 7: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Oxnard @ 2pm
Feb. 8: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Antelope Valley @ 2pm
Feb. 12: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Moorpark @ 2pm
Feb. 13: LAVC Men's Basketball Game vs. Antelope Valley @ 5pm; LAVC Women's Basketball Game vs. Antelope Valley - "Teacher Appreciation Night" @ 7pm
Feb. 16: LAVC Men's Basketball Game vs. Victor Valley @ 3pm; LAVC Women's Basketball Game vs. Victor Valley - "Coaches vs. Cancer Night" @ 5pm
Feb. 19: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. LA Harbor @ 2pm
Feb. 22: LAVC Men's Basketball Game vs. Glendale @ 5pm; LAVC Women's Basketball Game vs. Glendale - "Sophomore Night" @ 7pm
Feb. 25: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Irvine Valley @ 2pm
Feb. 28: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. LA Pierce @ 2pm

Fine/Performing Arts Events

Feb. 13: Artist Reception for "from the outside in" Art Exhibition @ 6pm
Feb. 23: LAVC Guitar Series Concert - Matt Peters @ 8pm

Community Events

Feb. 8: Town Hall with LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez @ 10am
Feb. 11: American Red Cross Blood Drive @ 9am
Feb. 24: "A Hollywood History of Space Travel" Astronomy Lecture @ 7:45pm
Feb. 28: LAVC Historical Museum Open House @ 1pm



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