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February 5, 2017

Welcome to Spring 2017!

 

Hello Monarch Family:

Welcome to Spring 2017!  I am sure that many of you were tuned into the Super Bowl this afternoon. While y’all know that I can hardly be considered a New England fan, the reality is that they outplayed the Falcons in the fourth quarter and deserved to win in OT.  It turned out to be a much better, tougher game than most people expected.  The downside, of course, is that football season is over until those pre-season games in August, which means I need to deal with my withdrawal pangs by focusing on hockey…Go Kings! 

Our enrollment for Spring is, unfortunately, down.  We will never know how many students we lost during the two weeks our computer systems and our email were down in late December and early January.  Most colleges across the district are also soft in terms of enrollment, as well as many across the state.  Regardless of how many colleges are in the same boat with us, we need to remain vigilant about maximizing our class enrollments.  I respectfully request that even if your roster indicates that the class will be full, please take attendance and take the names of students who want to add so that if students drop your course before Census, you can replace them with students wanting to add.  In many ways, we need every student we can get.  We did well in Winter, but Spring terms are usually softer in terms of enrollment.  There is also rain in the forecast this week, which sometimes scares students away, so please make sure to double-check those rosters. 

I also wanted to remind all of you about the need to change your password this coming Friday.  In case you missed it, here are the instructions from Hanh Tran:

From: Tran, Hanh
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 2:47 PM
Subject: New Network Password Policy

Hello all,

LAVC network password is the primary authentication method for faculty and staff accessing to Outlook email, Wi-Fi network and other network services on campus.  To protect the college computing resources and to minimize the risk of password theft, the new network password policy will be implemented on Friday, February 10th, 2017.

The new password policy has additional controls, including a minimum of 14 characters in length and a mix of lower, upper case, numbers or special characters and frequency of changes.  You will receive a prompt to change your existing network password when you log on to your office computer on February 10th.  You will be required to change your password network every 180 days, you may change your password multiple times within the 180 days.

If you have a mobile device that accesses LAVC email and/or Wi-Fi, please be aware that the password must be changed on that device as well.  If you do not change the password on the mobile device, it may lock you out of the your account.

Finally, to prepare for password changes we have developed several documentations in details at this link:  http://www.lavc.edu/it/Password.aspx.

Please review the documentation and email me if you have any further questions or concerns.  I will send another email to remind the password change before February 10th

Thank you.

Hanh & IT/AV staff

This week, a team from the California Community Colleges’ Technology Center will be visiting the entire LACCD to conduct a “post-breach” assessment of the District and all nine colleges’ to determine the status of our network security and to make recommendations, where needed, to help us avoid another cyber-attack.  This special team is being led by Jeff Holden, the Chief Information Security Officer for the entire system, and I am confident that this visit will be quite beneficial for us.  

I am happy to report that LAVC has, once again, earned its designation as a TreeCampus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation for 2016.  Many thanks go to Facilities Director, Tom Lopez, for coordinating and completing the required application in December.  Be on the look-out for invitations for our Tree Advisory Committee meetings and for our annual Arbor Day celebration later this Spring.   

Speaking of trees, it’s time for my first official office hours in the Tree House.  I look forward to hosting y’all in my new office or on the balcony, depending upon the weather.  Either way, the candy jar will be waiting. 

Oh, and for those of you who wonder why my student office hours are not listed, it is because I coordinate those hours through Dr. Liz Negrete and the Associated Student Union leadership team.

As always, I appreciate the hard work that y’all put into making LAVC a very special place to be. 

Happy Spring!

QOTTH

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

Download a copy of President Endrijionas Campus Update Email - January 19, 2017 [PDF: 109 kB]

 

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