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LAVC Monarch News Employee Newsletter - October 2018



Volume 1, Issue 2: October 2018


LAVC StudentsLaunching the Valley Connection Podcast LAVC Helping Hands PantryHelping Hands Pantry Helps LAVC Students Eden Bryant and Amber AngelSpotlight: Amber Angel & Student Parent Speak at #RealCollege 2018 CCE Article by Tasos SioukasSpotlight: Tasos Sioukas's Article & Workshop for NACCE 



Get Inspired! LAVC Launches the Valley College Connection Podcast

LAVC StudentsLAVC has launched a new podcast called the Valley College Connection, which is produced in partnership with the LAVC Academic Resource Center and KVCM Monarch Radio. Hosted by professors John Kawai and Scott Weigand, it aims to inspire people with success stories of Valley College educator and students, as well as highlight resources and services that are making a difference on campus. Subscribe to the Valley College Connection podcast today on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcast, and Spotify. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry Helps Hungry Students on Campus

LAVC Helping Hands PantryThe LAVC Hunger-Free Campus Initiative is helping our students who are experiencing homelessness and/or are food insecure. The new Helping Hands Food Pantry opened to distribute food to hungry students on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Campus Center's Monarch Patio, and to assists students in applying for CalFresh. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to bring their "Plus One" donation of non-perishable foods; donate 20 times and get a prize! There is also going to be a Rummage Sale benefiting the LAVC Helping Hands Project on October 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.



Family Resource Center's Amber Angel & LAVC Student Parent Speak at #RealCollege 2018

Eden Bryant and Amber AngelLAVC Family Resource Center (FRC) Program Coordinator Amber Angel and LAVC student parent Eden Bryant were featured on a panel discussion on "supporting student parents" on September 30 at #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity at Temple University in Philadephia. They shared their experiences about the benefits of on-campus student parent programming that is being offered at Valley College. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.


Dr. Tasos Sioukas Published in NACCE Community College Entrepreneurship Magazine & Speaks at NACCE Regional Conference

CCE Article by Tasos SioukasThe National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has published an article on "Instilling Entrepreneurial Mindset at Los Angeles Valley College" by LAVC Business Administration Department Chair Tasos Sioukas in its Summer/Fall 2018 issue. In addition, Tasos was invited to present a workshop on designing an entrepreneurship boot-camp program at the NACCE "Go West" regional conference on September 20 in San Francisco. His presentation focused on the design principles for creating a entrepreneurship boot-camp program, including combining the approach of effectuation with causation to enhance the success of start-ups. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.



PRT First On-Campus Visit & Implicit Bias Workshop Recap

Jerry KangIt has been an exciting month for professional development on campus. The college hosted Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA, for a workshop on Implicit Bias on September 14. It was a engaging presentation where we all learned a lot about the meaning of implicit bias and how unconscious biases impact our everyday decisions and actions.

LAVC also hosted our first campus visit with our Partnership Resource Team (PRT) as part of our work with the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) on September 28. Over 50 staff, faculty, and students met with our PRT in interview groups to discuss professional development. Those interviews covered what has been done in the past, our challenges, and how we might begin creating a plan for Professional Development that meets the needs of all employee groups on our campus. 

The PRT summary at the end of the day was very positive about our interest and enthusiasm in an integrated Professional Development plan. In the near future, they will be sending us an official Summary of this Initial visit along with options we might choose to incorporate into our plan which will be shared with everyone. 

The PRT will return to LAVC for second visit on Monday, October 29 to work with our IEPI Steering Committee as we begin development of our plan. If you are interested in joining the IEPI Steering Committee and joining us in the important work, please call or email Jeanne Owens or Sally Raskoff in the Professional Development Center.

Coming up, the Classified Staff Development Committee is hosting a Meet-and-Greet for all classified staff to meet our Professional Development Coordinator, Jeanne Owens. This will be held at the PDC – which is in LARC 200 – on Wednesday, October 10 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. There will be a morning time (9:30-10:30 a.m.) and afternoon time (2-3 p.m.) to accommodate all working schedules. Drop by to meet Jeanne and take a coffee and donut/cookie break with all of us. The committee also wants to get some quick information from you regarding your thoughts on Professional Development opportunities. Please plan to come by!



The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for October 2018 (as of 10/2/18):

Committee Meetings

Faculty/Staff Events

Athletic Events

Art Events

Campus Events & Activities

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