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From the Desk of the President


November 7, 2016

On the eve of election day...


Hello Monarch Family:

The long election season will end a little more than 24 hours from now, which I think many Americans will welcome. This has been an exhausting campaign, regardless of who you support in the local, state and national elections.  There are also many important ballot measures, so if you haven’t already done so, please make sure that you vote tomorrow.   Chancellor Rodriguez and Board President Svonkin sent an email last Monday encouraging faculty, staff and administrators to vote on November 8th.  As their email indicated, all LACCD employees are entitled to 2 hours of paid leave to cast their ballots.  Please work with your respective supervisor to schedule your time off to vote. 

November started off on a good note for LAVC Athletics.  The Men’s Water Polo Team won the WSC Water Polo Championship at Cuesta College this past weekend, and the LAVC Monarch Football Team finished their season 9-0 after their victory over Citrus College.  The Monarchs will play Santa Barbara City College next Saturday at 1:00 at SBCC for the conference championship!  Although I worked at SBCC for 9 years, my loyalty and my heart are with THE Valley College and I know that our Monarchs will “SMACK THE VAQS.” 

I have attached the invitation to our annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Party, which will be held on Monday, November 28th from 11:30-1:00 in Monarch Hall.  Some of you may be wondering why on earth we are holding the Holiday Party closer to Thanksgiving than to our Winter holiday break.  The reason is that we will be hosting the Board Meeting here at LAVC on December 7th, and as many of you know from previous Board meetings held here, there is a great deal of preparation that goes into hosting the meeting.  The biggest obstacle is that it takes quite a bit of work to clean and set up Monarch Hall according to the requirements laid out by the District.  If we waited until after the Board meeting, we would run into finals week.  So, November it is!  As always, admission to the Winter Wonderland party is either a $5 donation or 1 new unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more to support Operation: Santa, which brings holidays gifts to low-income families in the San Fernando Valley. 

Speaking of the holidays, my office will soon send out the official holiday schedule for December 19th-January 2nd.  Be thinking about your vacation plans…I know I am!

Next Tuesday, Bond Program CPT Mark Strauss and I will be traveling to Sacramento to attend the Community College Facility Coalition conference luncheon to pick up the CCFC Award of Excellence in Design for the Student Union building.  This is the fourth design award bestowed upon the Student Union.  In terms of other construction news, the Administration and Career Advancement building is complete!  Crews are hard at work installing desks and office furniture, and soon, the technology will be added to the building.  My office is on track to move into our new digs on Friday, December 9th, and we can’t wait!  The building is absolutely amazing.  Finally, I’m sure many of you have noticed the big piles of dirt behind the blue fences around the Valley Academic and Cultural Center site!  It’s very exciting to see progress being made so quickly after waiting so long.  We are tentatively planning a combination Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for the ACA building and official Ground-Breaking for the VACC in mid-to-late February.

Speaking of building ceremonies, in addition to hosting the Board meeting on December 7th on our campus, we will be holding two building dedications from 11-1 that day.  We will start with a dedication ceremony at the Monarch Athletic Center and then shift over to the Student Union for a dedication ceremony and barbeque.  We hope to see you at these great events!

Here are my last office hours in the double-wide:

Because some folks have asked, I want to assure y’all that I do have office hours for students, too, but I work through Liz Negrete’s office to publicize them because this email goes only to faculty, staff and administrators.

Finally, as the semester winds down towards the holiday season, I want to encourage everyone to think about the less fortunate in our college community.  I co-hosted a College Convening on Homelessness with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl a little over a week ago, where representatives from community colleges throughout Los Angeles including LAVC, LAMC, LACC, and SMC were joined by representatives from UCLA and CSUN along with Sheila Kuehl and her staff, to discuss how colleges can address the needs of homeless students.  On our campus, a growing number of LAVC faculty and staff routinely help students with food and shelter insecurity through the Helping Hands Program fund, which is held in the LAVC Foundation. If you are able to and want to help us in this effort, please consider donating to Helping Hands, or by donating food to our food pantry.  Please contact Edit Kocsis in our CalWORKS Program to see how you can help.

So, please make sure to vote tomorrow!  Let’s make sure that THE Valley College ROCKS THE VOTE!


Dr. Erika Endrijonas
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
Twitter:  @LAVCPrez

Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Update Email - November 7, 2016 [PDF: 78 kB]; Attachment: LAVC Holiday Party Invitation [PDF: 237 kB]



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