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LAVC Monarch News Employee Newsletter - May 2019



Volume 1, Issue 9: May 2019


LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez with Diana Castro and Alexander RichardsonLAVC Students Receive the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

2019 Above & Beyond Award winnersLAVC's 2019 Above & Beyond and Apple Awards & Recognition for Years of Service

LACCD Child Development AwardsLAVC Child Development Department Recognized by the LACCD

LAVC Professional Development logoPD Corner: May 2019 Professional Development Update & Events



Two LAVC Students Receive the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez with Diana Castro and Alexander RichardsonLAVC students Diana Castro and Alexander Richardson have been named the 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. This prestigious, highly competitive national scholarship was awarded to only 61 students nationwide. The scholarship will provide them with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete their bachelor’s degree. Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez announced the award recipients at the Chancellor's Open Forum at LAVC on April 18. Diana Castro is preparing to transfer to UCLA and plans to study World Arts & Culture. Alexander Richardson will be majoring in Astrophysics. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Faculty & Staff Honored with 2019 Above & Beyond Awards and Apple Awards, and Recognized for Years of Service

2019 Above & Beyond Award winnersLAVC recognized employee's years of service, new employees, and newly tenured faculty and announced the recipients of the 2019 Above & Beyond Awards for employees and 2019 TAE Apple Awards for outstanding faculty at the annual Employee Appreciation Extravaganza on May 1 in Monarch Hall. The peer-nominated 2019 Above & Beyond Awards were presented to Dr. Elliott Coney, Jamie Holladay-Collins, Julie Mendoza-Vasquez, Rick Murray, Kimberly Robeson, and Dr. Luz Shin. In addition, Tau Alpha Epilson (TAE) presented its student-nominated 2019 TAE Apple Awards to Tracey Baca, John Kawai, Chris Petrini, Laura Scott, and Shawn Smith. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Child Development Department Recognized by the LACCD District Academic Senate

LACCD Child Development AwardsThe LAVC Child Development Department was recently awarded a "Certificate of Excellence for continued dedication to the discipline and district in supporting the District Academic Senate" by the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) District's Academic Senate, Vice President of Equivalency and Equivalency Coordinator. In addition, special recognition and awards were given to Cecilia Vega from LA Trade Tech and Gloria San Jose Daims from LAVC Child Development Department, co-chairs of the Child Development District Discipline Committee, for their commitment, support and leadership with the Child Development District Discipline. Read more on the LAVC News Blog. 


LAVC Faculty Member Kimberly Robeson Publishes a New Novel

The Greek Persuasion Cover and Kimberly RobesonKimberly Robeson, LAVC assistant professor of English, has recently published a novel titled The Greek Persuasion. The LAVC Library and the LAVC Foundation Office are hosting a book launch event on Thursday, May 16 from 1:30-3 p.m. in the LAVC Library's Reading Room. All proceeds from book sales at event will be donated to the LAVC Foundation. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Celebrates the Class of 2019 at its 69th Commencement Ceremony

LAVC GraduatesLos Angeles Valley College will hold its 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, June 4 at 9 a.m. in Monarch Stadium. This annual commencement ceremony celebrates LAVC students who are graduating in the 2018-2019 academic year. Faculty and staff who hold a degree (or degrees) from institutions of higher education are encouraged to participate in commencement by walking in their academic regalia at the ceremony. In addition, please remember to share your commencement photos on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using @lavalleycollege and the hashtag #LAVCGrad2019. (LAVC will share selected photos with our followers). Read more on the LAVC News Blog and the LAVC Calendar of Events.


LAVC Historical Museum Showcases Women's Fashion at its May Open House

Museum Open House May 2019 graphicThe LAVC Historical Museum is holding an Open House on Thursday, May 23 from 1-2 p.m. in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 204. The theme is Women's Fashion, and there will be a special selection of clothing items on display for this event in addition to the permanent exhibition. Come by, enjoy some refreshments, chat with the Museum Director Xiao Behlendorf, and explore the museum’s collection at this last open house of the 2018-2019 academic school year. This event is free and open to LAVC students, faculty and staff, and the public. Read more on the LAVC Calendar of Events.



May 2019 Professional Development Update & Events

LAVC Professional Development logo

The LAVC Professional Development Office (LAVC Prof Dev) is preparing for the launch of Cornerstone, which will be our new online Professional Development communication system. This program will launch, district-wide, in July. 

Cornerstone will be the place that professional development activities are announced, participants will RSVP through Cornerstone, and faculty will even record their flex hours within the program. Like any change, this transition will bring the opportunity to do some new learning. The LAVC Prof Dev will be offering multiple workshops to help everyone get on board with Cornerstone. Cornerstone will be key in streamlining all the professional development across campus into one place to keep everyone better informed. 

Although Cornerstone is not up and running until this summer, faculty and staff can begin using an important component of Cornerstone called the Vision Resource Center. You absolutely should check this out! It is an evolution of the Professional Learning Network, and still includes your favorites like and Skillsoft trainings, but with many more new and exciting features, including:

  • Connecting virtually with colleagues across the state to share resources and best practices
  • Creating a personal profile and photo to help build your network
  • Selecting topics that interest YOU for a curated list of content tailored to YOU
  • A statewide calendar of professional development activities
  • Track all of your professional learning online through your own transcript

Log into the Vision Resource Center webpage to create your account using your LAVC email address. You can also take a tour of the new Vision Resource Center today!

This year, Professional Development has also been working on an Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). The IEPI Steering Committee will host a third visit with our IEPI Partner Resource Team.  Our Partnership Resource Team members have helped the Steering Committee through the process of determining the focus and objectives for the grant as well as working with us to develop a budget for the funding.   Our focus for this project is to create and implement a professional development program that meets the needs of all employee groups on campus.  The Professional Development office is working to make that happen, and we’re excited about launching new programs in the coming weeks, months, and years. 

Classified Appreciation Week is almost here (May 20-24), and it will be five days of learning opportunities and activities for Classified Staff. Each day of the week will feature a couple of sessions that staff can choose to attend including Wall Climbing, Intro to Google Docs, Drum Circle, Meditation, Yoga/Relaxation, and Coping with Stress. We will begin the week on Monday, May 20 with a coffee break in Fireside Room from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – come join us!  Be sure to watch your email for the complete schedule of events!

Flex forms are due for faculty by June 5th. You can email LAVC Professional Development with  your Flex forms, or drop them by the Professional Development Office in LARC 200, which is located on the second floor above the library. The 2018-29 Flex form along with the PD Planning and Guide to Acceptable Activities can be found on the LAVC Professional Development webpage.

May is a busy month for everyone on campus, and this includes professional development. Check your email for a list of learning opportunities for the month from "ProfDev".

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.



The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for May 2019 (as of 5/15/19):

Academic Dates & Holidays

May 27: CAMPUS CLOSED - Memorial Day
May 28-Jun. 3: Spring 2019 - Final Examinations

Committee Meetings

May 1: Campus Distance Education Committee (CDEC) @ 1:10pm; Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) @ 1:30pm; Valley Integrated Planning Committee (VIPC) @ 2pm
May 2: Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC) @ 1:30pm
May 7: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
May 8: Textbook Affordability Workgroup @ 1pm
May 9: Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm
May 13: Educational Planning Committee (EPC) @ 1:30pm
May 15: Grants Committee @ 2pm; Technology Committee @ 2:30pm
May 16: Academic Senate @ 1:10pm
May 20: Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) @ 1:30pm
May 21: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
May 22: AFT Staff Guild (AFT1521a) Meeting @ 12pm; Guided Pathways Steering Committee @ 1:15pm
May 23: 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
May 24: Urban Forest Committee @ 1pm
May 30: Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC) @ 1:30pm

Faculty/Staff Events

May 1: LAVC Employee Appreciation Extravaganza 2019 @ 12:30-2pm
May 15: "2nd That Emotion: Support for Effective Domain" Talk by Math Professor Fred Feldon @ 12:15pm
May 20: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Faculty Support and Other Informative Skills @ 2pm; President's Office Hours for Staff @ 3pm
May 21: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Faculty Support and Other Informative Skills @ 5pm
May 28: President's Office Hours for Faculty @ 3pm

Campus Events

May 2: OBOC's The Science of Sci-Fi Panel Discussion @ 12:30pm
May 7: LAVC Guest Speaker: Nick Scott @ 1pm
May 8: ASU Club Day: LGBTQ+ Pride @ 9am-1pm; The History of Gangster Rap Book Talk with Q&A by Author Soren Baker @ 5:30pm
May 10: LGBTQ+ Conference @ 12pm
May 16: Book Launch for The Greek Persuasion by Kimberly Robeson @ 1:30pm
May 22: Foster Care Awareness Celebration @ 12pm
May 23: LAVC Historical Museum Open House @ 1pm

Fine/Performing Arts Events

Mar. 27-May 2: Print as Protest Art Exhibition (hours vary)
May 1: LAVC Vocal Recital - Christian Nova / Frank Garvey @ 1:30pm
May 4: Valley Symphony Orchestra - "A Gathering of Friends - A 10th Anniversary Concert" @ 7pm
May 7: NGF Jazz Trio @ 3:15pm
May 11: LAVC Philharmonic Choir - "Love, Loss, Redemption, Rebirth"
May 15: LAVC Applied Student/Faculty Mentor Concert @ 1:30pm
May 16: Valley Dances 2019 @ 7:30pm
May 17: Valley Dances 2019 @ 7:30pm; LAVC Guitar Orchestra, Guitar Ensembles and Soloists @ 8pm
May 18: Media Arts Student Screening Showcase @ 6:30pm; Valley Dances 2019 @ 7:30pm
May 19: LAVC Wind Ensemble with The Burbank Community Band @ 3pm; LAVC College Choir and Chamber Singers - "Things With Strings" @ 7pm
May 21: Music 250 Performance Workshop Concert 1 of 2 @ 11:20am; LAVC Small Combos Performance @1:30pm
May 22: Artist Reception for LAUNCH 19 Student Exhibition @ 6pm
May 22-30: LAUNCH 19 Student Art Exhibition (hours vary)
May 23: Music 250 Performance Workshop Concert 2 of 2 @ 11:20am
May 28: Commercial Voice Showcase @ 7pm

Community Events

May 1: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
May 8: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
May 13: American Red Cross Blood Drive @ 9am-3pm
May 15: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
May 16: Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Community Coffee @ 6pm
May 23: LAVC Historical Museum Open House @ 1pm


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