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From the Desk of the President


April 11, 2016

Welcome Back!

Hello Monarch Family:

Welcome back from Spring Break. I hope the faculty enjoyed their time away from the campus, and I hope that all of the staff and administrators who chose to take vacation time also got some much-needed rest.  I was fortunate to be in Napa at a leadership conference for part of the week, so I did get a little break from my daily campus routine. 

In addition to being the first day back from Spring Break, today is also the start of our Late Start classes.  At the end of last week, our classes were mostly full, even classes we added at the last minute due to demand.  For those of you teaching these classes, I encourage you to add students if you have open seats.  We have worked hard all year to make our enrollment targets, but overall softening of enrollments across our district and across the state means that we need every student enrollment we can get to land somewhere near our enrollment target.  While we had hoped to grow by 3% this year, it looks like we will come in a little below that.  Vice President Karen Daar has worked with the Deans and Department Chairs to fine-tune those Late Start classes to maximize our overall enrollments, Vice President Tino Manzano and his Deans, Counselors and student services folks have done great outreach to capture students who either wanted an early start to Summer or who needed to pick up a class because a class earlier in the semester didn’t work out, and Vice President Mike Lee and his staff have been crunching the numbers to make sure we can end the year on a positive note, even with some softening enrollments.  It’s a team effort, so please do add students if you have any open seats.  And if you see a student wandering around the campus  looking confused, please offer to help them find their way.

We are finally officially unveiling the Freeway Lady mural this Thursday, April 14th at 5:30 pm in the area just in front of the mural.  If you are on campus, please come by to hear the artist, Kent Twitchell, talk about the mural as part of the ceremony. There will also be a special 10-minute preview of a documentary about Kent Twitchell being screened upstairs in the Student Services Multi-Purpose Room.  It will be shown more than once, too.

Over Spring Break, the folks in the Bookstore were definitely not on vacation because they moved into their new digs in the Student Union.  If you haven’t been over to this new, spectacular building, I strongly encourage you to check it out. In fact, I will be holding my April faculty and staff office hours in the new Faculty/Staff Lounge in the new building, adjacent to the cafeteria as follows:

  • Staff Office Hours:  Tuesday, April 12th, 11:30-1:00, Faculty/Staff Lounge
  • Faculty Office Hours:  Wednesday, April 13th, 10:30-12:00, Faculty/Staff Lounge

I really encourage you to come by.  Rumor has it that before I was here, when the old cafeteria was still standing, faculty and staff hung out together and that it was great for morale here on campus.  Well, we have a beautiful new space, and I hope we can re-create the magic!

In case you are wondering, I am still awaiting the draft of the Visiting Team report from the Team Chair, Dr. Thomas Greene.  I do know that he’s busy working on it, though, because he attended the same leadership conference in Napa, and I saw him feverishly working on it one morning.  So, stay tuned.

I also want to encourage folks to consider submitting nominations for the Above and Beyond Awards which are scheduled to be announced at our annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, May 11th from 12:30 to 2:00 in Monarch Hall.  Nominations are due by Monday, April 25th!  It’s a great way to honor and celebrate the work being done at the college by very special people.

As always, thanks so much for everything y’all do to make LAVC such an amazing place to work.  We are THE Valley College and WE ROCK!


Dr. Erika Endrijonas
Los Angeles Valley College

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