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From the Desk of the President
October 5, 2015
Hello Monarch Family:
I hope y’all enjoyed a brief taste of Fall yesterday and today. We definitely needed the rain, but the heat will be with us again by the end of the week. While I really love the heat, I think I am ready for a bit more temperate weather.
I spent last week serving on an ACCJC Accreditation Visiting Team, so I definitely have accreditation on my mind. Accreditation co-chairs Deborah Kaye and Karen Daar hosted two Town Hall meetings a couple of weeks ago to review our draft and to discuss the Quality Focus Essay (QFE), which is now required rather than the Planning Agendas that were required under the 2002 standards. Our QFE will have two “Action Projects,” both of which emerged through various small and large group meetings in the Spring and over the Summer. Karen Daar is taking the lead on drafting the QFE, and a draft will be circulated soon since we are preparing for a special visit from the Board Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Committee on Friday, October 30th from 2-3:30 in the President’s Conference Room. This is an open meeting where this Board Committee will review the “latest and greatest” draft of our self-evaluation. I encourage anyone who is interested to attend. If you haven’t already done so, please do take the time to review the draft, which is posted on our website under Accreditation.
Faculty, just a quick reminder that if you are teaching in the Winter or Spring 2016, your book orders are due this month. Getting your book orders in on time definitely helps reduce the cost to students as the more lead time that the bookstore has to place the order, the more likely they are to find books at a cheaper rate.
Book Order Deadlines:
As you may recall, I have included reminders about book orders in prior all-campus emails. However, this time, I am going to also remind you that all book orders should be emailed to email@example.com. I offer that direct link because I can’t tell you how many faculty responded to me after my prior reminders with their book orders. Folks, I don’t take the orders, I just remind you to send them. Guess it’s probably a good idea to include the correct email address for that submission, eh? :-)
I don’t know how many of you have enough time to exercise (I certainly don’t), but if you are looking for an opportunity to get some exercise, please consider participating in the Wellness & Fitness Happy Hour. I have attached a flyer with the dates and times, and I can tell you that I already have at least one of these dates on my calendar. The first five people to show up to the day I am going get a prize!
It’s time for another set of Office Hours. I was pleased that I had more visitors in September, and I know some of you wanted to join me but the time conflicted with your teaching or work schedule.
As always, if these times do not work or if you would prefer to speak to me in private, you are always welcome to schedule an appointment with me.
Our Late-Start Class session starts on Monday, October 19th. Classes are filling up quickly, but there are some spaces available, so please let any students who are looking for classes know that they can pick up another class this semester.
Finally, much of the budget information that may have come your way in committees or other meetings may seem a bit in flux. The Governor and the legislature were very kind to the community colleges this year, but the Board Budget and Finance Committee is still pondering some proposals from the District Budget Committee on how to allocate those additional funds. As soon as we have a clear picture, I will send out an update.
Thanks, as always, for all of the amazing work that you do for our students. We are THE Valley College and we mean business!
Dr. Erika Endrijonas
Los Angeles Valley College
P.S. Thanks to those of you who alerted my office to the fact that my signature line in last night’s email had our street name as “futon” not “Fulton.” Guess I should take the advice I always offered to students and not rely upon spell-check to catch those pesky misspelled words.
Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Update Email - October 5, 2015 [PDF: 77 kB] and attachment for the Wellness & Fitness Happy Hour Flyer - Fall 2015 [PDF: 192 kB]
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