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LAVC Monarch News Employee Newsletter - March 2019


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Volume 1, Issue 7: March 2019


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation logoFour Students Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Semifinalists

Mayor Garcetti, Gabriella and Sergio Ruelas & Doug MarriottLAVC Students Participate in Mayor's Youth Roundtable

LAVC Helping Hands Pantry Spring 2019 Hours FlyerLAVC Helping Hands Pantry Open to Help Students & Employees

LAVC MarqueeLAVC to Showcase Its Transferring Students on the Marquee



Four LAVC Students Selected as Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Semi-Finalists

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation logoCongratulations to LAVC students Dana Herrera, Robert Ristine, Diana Castro, and Alexander Richardson for being selected as semi-finalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This highly selective scholarship provides generous financial support (up to $40,000/year) for two to three years and is awarded to the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. The finalist will be announced in April. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Students Participate in LA Mayor's Youth Roundtable

Mayor Garcetti, Gabriella and Sergio Ruelas & Doug MarriottLAVC students Gabriella and Sergio Ruelas met with LA Mayor Garcetti at the HIRE LA's Youth Roundtable. As graduates of the LAVC Workforce Training academies funded by the City of LA, the siblings shared how the LAVC Biotech Training Program and the LAVC Manufacturing Technology Training Program helped prepare them for employment. Both students are also currently attending LAVC, and pursuing engineering degrees. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry Open This Spring to Helps the Hungry on Campus

LAVC Helping Hand Food Pantry Spring 2019 HoursThe LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry is open during the Spring 2019 Semester on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center's Monarch Patio. As part of our "Hunger Free Campus Initiative, the on-campus food pantry is open to all students, faculty and staff, and offers a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, dry and canned foods, milk and juice. It also has a representative on hand to assist students with applying to the CalFresh program. The campus community is still encouraged to make a "Plus One" donation of non-perishable foods; individuals who donate 20 times and get a prize!  Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Showcasing Class of 2019 Transferring Students on its Electronic Marquees!

LAVC MarqueeLos Angeles Valley College is publicly recognizing graduating students who will be transferring from LAVC to a college or university for Fall 2019 on its electronic marquees. This is the seventh year that the college has showcased transferring students on the marquees. Any LAVC student who would like to share where they will be transferring to this fall, need to submit a request with their name, student ID, and the college/university to the LAVC Public Relations Office by Friday, May 24. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.



Join the Campus Wide Book Club & Cornerstone Coming Soon

Tyler Prante speaking at BUILD SeriesThe LAVC Professional Development Office launched the B.U.I.L.D. Series with a presentation by our own Tyler Prante about Choice Architecture. The presentation was attended by over forty employees including administrators, classified staff, and faculty.

This moves us into our B.U.I.L.D. Series campus-wide book group meetings to discuss Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. This book, regarding decision making, connects with Guided Pathways and students’ decisions regarding coursework choices. The book also gives insight to our own personal decision making, how we are influenced and how we ultimate choose. 

Please consider reading the book, joining a group, or pulling together a group of colleagues for your own book group. We can help you with that! 

If you would like to check out a book, they are available in the Professional Development Center in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200. Come check one out and read with us!

Watch for more events centered on our book, Nudge, in the upcoming weeks!

We are excited to announce a big shift in communication for professional development. In the next few months, we will be working with the district to launch the Cornerstone program. Cornerstone is an online professional development portal where FLEX points will be recorded (beginning with the fall semester).  In addition, Cornerstone offers over 30,000 online learning opportunity. 

One way you can begin to learn about Cornerstone is by creating an account in the Vision Resource Center (VRC). The VRC is where the online learning programs are located, including Skillsoft and Create an account using your LAVC email, and begin to explore all the ways you can learn! 

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, stop by the Professional Development Center in LARC 200, or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page.



Top 50 Community Colleges For Hispanics: Los Angeles Valley College
The Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education
February/March 2019
LAVC ranked #38 for Community Colleges with the Greatest Total Enrollment of Hispanics and #49 for the Greatest Number of Hispanics Receiving Degrees and Certificates.

Housing Beat: Homelessness Among College Students
Spectrum News 1
Aired: March 11, 2019
Spectrum News 1, a new cable news channel, featured Los Angeles Valley College on its coverage on the recent survey of homelessness and housing insecurity among California community college students. Amber Angel from the LAVC Family Resource Center was interviewed. (Rewind clipping to 06:04:19)

Bill Would Allow Homeless Students to Park Overnight at Community Colleges
California Health Report
Published: March 11, 2019
Following a recent Institute for College Access and Success report, LAVC's Emily Mutunda of the LAVC Helping Hands Project was interviewed on the pressures homeless community college students face.



The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for March 2019 (as of 3/1/19):

Academic Dates & Holidays

Mar. 28: NO CLASSES - Non-Instruction Day
Mar. 29-Apr. 5: NO CLASSES - Spring Break 2019

Committee Meetings

Mar. 5: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
Mar. 6: Campus Distance Education Committee (CDEC) @ 1:10pm; Valley Integrated Planning Committee (VIPC) @ 2pm
Mar. 7: Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC) @ 1:30pm; 
Mar. 11: Educational Planning Committee (EPC) @ 1:30pm
Mar. 13: Student Success Committee (SSC) @ 2pm
Mar. 14: Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm
Mar. 18: Budget Committee @ 1:30pm; Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) @ 1:30 pm
Mar. 19: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
Mar. 20: Grants Committee @ 2pm; Technology Committee @ 2:30pm
Mar. 21: Academic Senate @ 1:10pm
Mar. 22: Urban Forest Committee @ 1pm

Faculty/Staff Events

Mar. 19: Free Info Tech Series - Adobe Photoshop @ 6pm
Mar. 20: COLLEGE HOUR: ProfDev Book Club: The Nudge Edition @ 1pm
Mar. 21: President's Office Hours for Staff @ 9:30-11am; President's Office Hours for Students @ 11am-12:30pm; Free Info Tech Series - Access @ 6pm
Mar. 25: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Student Support Services and How to Use Them @ 2pm
Mar. 26: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Student Support Services and How to Use Them @ 5pm; Free Info Tech Series - Google Docs etc @ 6pm
Mar. 27: AFT Staff Guild (AFT1521a) Meeting @ 12pm; COLLEGE HOUR: ProfDev Book Club: The Nudge Edition @ 1pm; President's Office Hours for Faculty @ 11am-12:30pm

Campus Events

Mar. 20: SHC Table: National Colorectal Cancer Month at "ASU Club Day" @ 9 am-1pm; 

Athletic Events

Mar. 3: LAVC Women's Softball Home Game vs. Southwestern @ 11am
Mar. 5: LAVC Men's Baseball Home Game vs. West LA @ 2pm
Mar. 7: LAVC Men's Baseball Home Game vs. Bakersfield @ 2pm
Mar. 12: LAVC Men's Baseball Home Game vs. Bakersfield @ 2:30pm
Mar. 21: LAVC Women's Softball Home Game vs. Antelope Valley @ 2:30pm
Mar. 22: LAVC Women's Softball Home Game vs. Allan Hancock @ 2:30pm; LAVC Men's Baseball Home Game vs. LA Pierce @ 12pm
Mar. 28: LAVC Men's Baseball Home Game vs. LA Mission @ 2:30pm; LAVC Women's Softball Game vs. Barstow @ 2:30pm

Fine/Performing Arts Events

Mar. 7-9: The Way of the World presented by LAVC Theater Department @ 7:30pm
Mar. 10: The Way of the World presented by LAVC Theater Department @ 2pm
Mar. 16: 2019 LAVC All-Steinway Benefit Concert @ 5:30pm
Mar. 23: LAVC Guitar Series Concert - Gregory Newton, Jordan Charnofsky and Friends @ 8pm

Community Events

Mar. 6: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Mar. 13: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Mar. 20: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Mar. 27: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am



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