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October 12, 2017

October Witching Hours

 

Hello Monarch Family:

I held my Student Office Hours during ASU Club Day last Wednesday.  It was really fun to hang out in the Student Union Plaza at my table because it gave me a wonderful opportunity to chat with students as they checked out the various clubs on our campus.  I got to take a few pictures with students, and I was even interviewed by some fantastic Broadcasting students.

I chose a more festive approach to Faculty and Staff Office Hours this month.  Please come by for a little Halloween trick or treat, costume is optional! 

President Endrijonas October 2017 Faculty and Staff Office Hours
Stop by the tree house (ACA 2101) during office hours this month for a spooktacular time with President Endrijonas on October 31. Faculty Hours:1:00-2:30PM and Staff Hours: 2:30-4:00PM


Our Late Start classes begin Monday, October 16th and Monday, October 23rd.  We sent out reminder texts and emails to students yesterday to let them know that there are still some seats available, so please help spread the word to your students if they are looking to complete additional units this semester.

If you haven’t already done so, please take a walk past the Valley Academic and Cultural Center construction area.  The steel is going up and the building is really starting to take shape. We are awaiting guidance from the Bond program about the timeframe for updating our Facilities Master Plan as the first step towards Measure CC college allocations, and the Facilities Planning Committee will be part of that process. The Bond Work Group is focused on our current building projects, including the VACC, the Thermal Energy Storage Tank, Gym and ADA projects, along with updating the Planetarium Expansion project design, bungalow removal (finally), and Parking Lots H & J that will be funded with the return of $18 million from the districtwide reserves. 

We are knee-deep in planning these days, with the Integrated Plan, a new, state-mandated combination of our Basic Skills, Equity and SSSP plans, currently working its way through the participatory governance process; it requires our local Academic Senate approval prior to being submitted to the Board of Trustees for their approval.  Next Monday, a team of faculty, staff, and administrators, including me, will be attending a “Guided Pathways” training at the Marriott at LA Live to learn about what we are required to do in order to develop Guided Pathways and to qualify for Guided Pathways funding over the next three years.  Governor Brown set aside $150 million in this year’s budget to fund this initiative, and any college in the state who wishes to access this funding must attend one of these trainings.  More information to follow as we get the details.

Kudos go to Josh Miller, Meghan Cason, Nona Matatova and Deborah DiCesare for their successful state Zero Textbook Degree (Z-Degree) grant award of $150,000 to develop degree programs with Open Educational Resource textbooks at no cost to students!  And, kudos also go to Marni Roosevelt, Doug Marriott, Amber Angel, and Jennifer Guevara for their successful Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant from the federal Department of Education for $965,776 over the next four years to provide evening and Saturday childcare for school-age children and holistic family support services for student parents to help them balance school, work, and family obligations! 

I hope to see you on the 31st for my “spooktacular” office hours in the Tree House!  Thanks, as always, for all of your hard work!

QOTTH

Erika A. Endrijonas, Ph.D.
President
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
818-947-2321
Email:  endrijea@lavc.edu
Twitter:  @LAVCPrez

Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Email - October 12, 2017 [PDF]

 

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