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Volume 1, Issue 5: February 2019

FEATURED STORIES

Los Angeles Valley College Foundation logoLAVC Foundation Scholarships Now Available Online

LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez talkingLACCD Chancellor Solicits Public Input on LAVC Presidential Search 

LAVC Black Scholar graduatesSpotlight: 
LAVC Black Scholars Program

Jim Marteney teaching at Winter 2019 Tech FestPD Corner: 
B.U.I.L.D. Event with Tyler Prante & January Recap

 

LAVC NEWS

LAVC Foundation Now Offering Scholarship Applications Online

Los Angeles Valley College Foundation logoThe LAVC Foundation is now accepting online applications for its 2019 scholarships from qualified LAVC students. This is the first year that the Foundation scholarship applications are offered fully online! These scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of private donors, including many of our faculty and staff. Please check the LAVC Foundation web site for a list of available scholarships. After a student creates an account, he/she then applies one time by answering questions. Once completed, the student will be put into consideration for all scholarships he/she qualifies for. The deadline for most Foundation scholarships is March 22, 2019. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez Solicits Public Input on the LAVC Presidential Search

LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez talkingLACCD held a public forum on the LAVC presidential search with Chancellor Rodriguez on February 8. More than 75 students, faculty, staff and the public came to Monarch Hall to hear Chancellor Rodriguez speak on the search process for a permanent LAVC president, and shared their thoughts on the desirable qualities and characteristics for the college's new permanent leader. The presidential application period will open on March 1 and close on April 15. As part of the search process, the District is putting together a search and interview committee, which will be made up of LAVC constituency representatives, a District representative, and two community members. The committee's role will be to finalize the job posting and screen the candidates. The committee will then forward several semifinalist to the Chancellor for consideration. The Chancellor will select the finalists and forward those final candidates to the LACCD Board of Trustees. If all goes according to plan, the District hopes to select a new LAVC president on or about July 1, 2019. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

Help Save a Life at LAVC's Spring 2019 Blood Drives!

American Red Cross Blood DriveBe extraordinary by making a life-saving donation of blood! All students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to LAVC's  American Red Cross Blood Drives on February 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13. You can donate blood if you are at least 17 years old, are 110 pounds or more, and are in generally good health. Make your life-saving blood donation appointment online today; walk-ins are also welcomed. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

LAVC Historical Museum to Hold Open Houses This Spring

DuPlessis Dairy Farm photo courtesy of the LAVC Historical MuseumDid you know that there is an LAVC Historical Museum in the LARC? Established in 1975, it houses an amazing collection of treasures from San Fernando Valley's 100-year history including historical photos, artifacts, oral history recordings and more! This Spring, the LAVC Historical Museum is offering open houses every fourth Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. in LARC 204 that are free for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


MONARCH SPOTLIGHT

LAVC Black Scholars Supports the Academic Success of Valley's Students of Color

LAVC Black Scholar graduatesIn honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting the efforts of our LAVC Black Scholars program to help increase the academic success of African-American students at Valley College. Under the leadership of Dean Llanet Martin and Program Coordinator Dr. Elliott Coney, the Black Scholars program supports LAVC students of color by providing a mentorship-based learning community on campus. Black Scholars is also coordinating this month's "Black Heritage Week" activities featuring a The Hate You Give screening and panel discussion, keynote address by Nate Howard of Movement BE, BBQ fundraiser, comedy show, cultural celebration, and more. Coming up, the program will have a soft opening for its brand new dedicated space in CC102 later this month, and will welcome its first cohort of the Umoja Program this Fall. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER 

B.U.I.L.D. Series Kicks Off with Tyler Prante; January Activities Recap

Jim Marteney teaching at Winter 2019 Tech FestIt has been a busy month for professional development. Our Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) plan has been submitted, and we will soon begin implementing the objectives developed in that plan. Those objectives are: 1) implement an integrated professional development program, 2) establish a structure and process for the professional development program, 3) establish an annual operating budget for the professional development center, and 4) develop, implement, and pilot campus professional development activities. We’re looking forward to moving forward!

Training with the Gallup Research program, Strengths Finders, kicked off with two groups in January.  Dr. Joe Darin, certified Strengths Finders coach, worked with the LAVC Leadership team on January 17, and he presented to 82 classified employees on January 18. Prior to the training, all participants took a Strengths Finders Inventory, which revealed their individual top five strengths. The presentations gave more information about each strength, and how we can use it to our best advantage in our work and personal lives. We plan to continue Strengths Finders on campus with future introductory sessions and sessions that look into strengths even deeper. 

Winter Tech Fest, held on January 28 & 29, was a big success. Over 60 employees attended the 13 sessions over the two days!  Presentations were made by faculty and classified staff including Photoshop, Outlook, Canvas, Podcasting and many other topics. Lots of good feedback was provided, and we are already making plans for a Summer Tech Fest. 

Faculty, staff and students are invited to the new B.U.I.L.D. Series kicks off on Thursday, February 14. Our own Tyler Prante will get things going with a lecture on Choice Architecture. This concept, about improving our decision making skills, connects with our own lives and also with Guided Pathways, and what we do here on campus. B.U.I.L.D. is a multi-media series including speakers, book groups, video screenings, and discussions. The book for this series is Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happinesss by Richard H. Thaler and Cass Sustein. Copies are available for check out in the PDC at LARC 200. 

For more information, contact Jeanne Owens at (818) 947-2569 or by email or Sally Raskoff at (818) 947-7256 in the LAVC Professional Development Office, or stop by the Professional Development Center in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200 or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page.

 


LAVC CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for February 2019 (as of 2/1/19):

Academic Dates & Holidays

Feb. 3: Winter 2019 - Winter Session Ends
Feb. 4: Spring 2019 - Day and Evening Classes Begin
Feb. 9: Spring 2019 - Saturday Classes Begin
Feb. 15-18: Spring 2019 - Saturday Classes Begin

Committee Meetings

Feb. 5: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
Feb. 6: Campus Distance Education Committee (CDEC) @ 1:10pm; Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) @ 1:30pm; Valley Integrated Planning Committee (VIPC) @ 2pm
Feb. 7: Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC) @ 1:30pm
Feb. 11: Educational Planning Committee (EPC) @ 1:30pm
Feb. 13: Student Success Committee (SSC) @ 2pm
Feb. 14: Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm
Feb. 19: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30pm
Feb. 20: Grants Committee @ 2pm; Technology Committee @ 2:30pm
Feb. 21: Academic Senate @ 1:10pm
Feb. 22: Urban Forest Committee @ 1pm
Feb. 25: Budget Committee @ 1:30pm
Feb. 27: Guided Pathways Steering Committee @ 1:15pm
Feb. 28: Committee for Academic Resources and Tutoring Services (CARTS) @ 1pm; Work Environment Committee (WEC) @ 1:15pm; Enrollment Management Committee (EMC) @ 1:30pm; Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm

Faculty/Staff Events

Feb. 25: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Culturally-Responsive Teaching & Equity @ 2pm
Feb. 26: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Culturally-Responsive Teaching & Equity @ 5pm
Feb. 27: AFT Staff Guild (AFT1521a) Meeting

Campus Events

Feb. 6: Welcome Day: Spring 2019 @ 9am-1pm
Feb. 8: Town Hall with LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez @ 10am
Feb. 11: American Red Cross Blood Drive @ 9am

Athletic Events

Feb. 7: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Oxnard @ 2pm
Feb. 8: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Antelope Valley @ 2pm
Feb. 12: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Moorpark @ 2pm
Feb. 13: LAVC Men's Basketball Game vs. Antelope Valley @ 5pm; LAVC Women's Basketball Game vs. Antelope Valley - "Teacher Appreciation Night" @ 7pm
Feb. 16: LAVC Men's Basketball Game vs. Victor Valley @ 3pm; LAVC Women's Basketball Game vs. Victor Valley - "Coaches vs. Cancer Night" @ 5pm
Feb. 19: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. LA Harbor @ 2pm
Feb. 22: LAVC Men's Basketball Game vs. Glendale @ 5pm; LAVC Women's Basketball Game vs. Glendale - "Sophomore Night" @ 7pm
Feb. 25: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. Irvine Valley @ 2pm
Feb. 28: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. LA Pierce @ 2pm

Fine/Performing Arts Events

Feb. 13: Artist Reception for "from the outside in" Art Exhibition @ 6pm
Feb. 23: LAVC Guitar Series Concert - Matt Peters @ 8pm

Community Events

Feb. 8: Town Hall with LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez @ 10am
Feb. 11: American Red Cross Blood Drive @ 9am
Feb. 28: LAVC Historical Museum Open House @ 1pm

 

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LAVC MONARCH NEWS

Volume 1, Issue 4: January 2019

FEATURED STORIES

NextUp / Guardian Scholars logoLAVC Guardian Scholars Program Receives $31,000 in Grants

Bungalow 50-52 Demolition - December 2018First Batch of Old LAVC Bungalow Gets Demolished

Luiza MinasyanSpotlight: Luiza Minasyan, Graphic Designer

Strength Finders Workshop for Classified Staff flyerPD Corner: Strength Finders Workshops, TechFest & More!

 

LAVC NEWS

LAVC Guardian Scholars Program Receives $31,000 in Grants

NextUp Guardian Scholars logoThe Anthony & Jeanne Pritkzer Foster Youth Initiative has recently awarded the LAVC NextUp/Guardian Scholars program with a $25,000 grant. In addition, the Pritkzer Initiative's Foster Care Counts has awarded a $5,000 grant plus an additional $1,000 for student scholarships through the LAVC Foundation. The funds will be used to help support current and former foster youth at Los Angeles Valley College. Congratulations! Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

First Batch of Old LAVC Bungalows are Demolished on Campus

Bungalow 50-52 Demolition - December 2018LAVC finally waved goodbye to a few of its old 1950s bungalows on campus. Bungalows 50-52 were torn down in December 2018 to make way for a new thermal energy storage tank on campus. Dr. Endrijonas climb into a bulldozer to ceremoniously mark the beginning of the removal of the college's now-abandoned bungalows. A crowd of faculty and staff gathered in Lot H, and cheered once the bulldozer began leveling the bungalow structure to the ground. The remaining bungalows in the area are scheduled to be demolished at a later date. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

Faculty & Staff Donate to Needy Family at the LAVC Holiday Party

Holiday Party 2018 Costume Contest WinnersLAVC faculty and staff got into the holiday spirit at the "Grinch-Mas" themed Winter Wonderland Holiday Party on December 4. More than 170 faculty and staff donated $430 as well as a mountain of toys to "Operation: Santa", which brings holiday presents to low-income families in the San Fernando Valley. This annual event brings together faculty and staff to enjoy the joys of the holidays with a tasty holiday lunch, raffle prizes, and to see who wins the annual musical chairs competition. This year, it also included a "Grinch-Mas" costume contest. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


MONARCH SPOTLIGHT

Introducing Luiza Minasyan, LAVC's Brand New Graphic Designer

LuizaMinasyan-Image.jpgLAVC warmly welcomes Luiza Minasyan, its new Graphic Designer. Working under Professional Development, she will assist with college-wide projects as well as assist college departments and programs with various graphic design and promotional projects. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER 

Get Ready for the Strength Finders Workshops, TechFest, and More this Winter!

Strength Finders Workshop flyer

The Professional Development department is putting the final touches on several projects and upcoming activities. 

Classified staff has the opportunity the participate in our Strengths Finders workshop on Friday, January 18 starting at 8:30 a.m. in Monarch Hall.  In order to participate, each person will need to have take the online Strengths Finders Inventory; check your campus email for instructions on how to log into the Inventory.  We will spend the morning with Dr. Joe Darin, who is a certified Strengths Finder trainer. Lunch will also be provided for those attending. It will be a great morning of learning and engaging with co-workers! Be sure to take the Inventory before the January 11th deadline, and join us! 

The Leadership team at LAVC will be going through Strengths Finders Leadership training on the afternoon of Thursday, January 17

The Teaching Innovations Academy has just launched an online training titled TIA-Express, The Art of Instruction.  It begins January 7th and runs through February 1st.  This online class includes training on pedagogical strategies, engaging students with technology, and course design.  A mini redesign project is required for flex credit.  This course will be facilitated by Sally Raskoff and Rebecca Stein.  You can register at bit.ly/LAVCTIAE2019Jan.

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for our upcoming Tech Fest, January 28th and 29th.  The agenda for those two days will be coming out soon.  If you would like to join us for lunch during Tech Fest, be sure to RSVP to profdev@lavc.edu.  We still have openings for lunch!

Looking ahead, we are excited about the launch of the B.U.I.L.D. Series in February.  The BUILD Series will feature a book group discussions, lectures, and related videos along with discussion.  All employees are invited to attend all of the sessions around our featured book, or you can pick and choose the ones you would like to attend.  We anticipate each BUILD Series will last about two months with different activities announced as we meet.  Our first book will be Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. . This book relates to both everyday life and our transition into Guided Pathways.  Join us for this first B.U.I.L.D. experience! 

Did you know that you can catch PD updates on Twitter?  We’re at @LAVCProfDev.  Watch for flyers, emails, and tweets for information regarding these upcoming professional development opportunities. 

 


LAVC IN THE NEWS

Los Angeles Valley College's 1950s-era bungalow classrooms see their end
Los Angeles Daily News
Published: December 20, 2019

 


LAVC CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for January 2019 (as of 1/14/19):

Academic Dates & Holidays

Jan. 1: CAMPUS CLOSED - New Year's Day
Jan. 2: Winter 2019 - Day and Evening Classes Begin
Jan. 5: Winter 2019 - Saturday Classes Begin
Jan. 21: CAMPUS CLOSED - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Winter 2019 - Final Examinations

Committee Meetings

Jan. 10: Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm
Jan. 23: Guided Pathways Steering Committee @ 1:15pm
Jan. 24: Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 3pm

Faculty/Staff Events

Jan. 17: Strengths Finders Workshop for College Leadership @ 1pm
Jan. 18: Strength Finders Workshop for Classified Staff @ 8:30am
Jan. 22: EAP Workshop - Building Resilience Workshop @ 12:30pm
Jan. 23: AFT Staff Guild (AFT1521a) meeting @ 12pm
Jan. 28-29: Winter 2019 Tech Fest @ 8:30am

Athletic Events

Jan. 19: LAVC Men's Basketball Game vs. Citrus @ 3pm; LAVC Women's Basketball Game vs. Citrus @ 5pm
Jan. 30: LAVC Men's Basketball Game vs. Barstow @ 5pm; LAVC Women's Basketball Game vs. Barstow
Jan. 31: LAVC Men's Baseball Game vs. San Joaquin Delta (So Cal Challenge) @ 2pm

Community Events

Jan. 9: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Jan. 11: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Jan. 16: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Jan. 18: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Jan. 23: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Jan. 25: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
 

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LAVC MONARCH NEWS

Volume 1, Issue 3: December 2018

FEATURED STORIES

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian presents a $800,000 check to the LAVC Family Resource CenterAssemblymember Nazarian Secures $800K for LAVC FRC

LAVC Men's Water Polo 2018 Western State Conference Champions; Ranked #2 in CaliforniaFall 2018 Highlights from LAVC Athletics

Maria CalpitoSpotlight: Maria Calpito, new Title V Coop Dir.

Classified Staff Development Day FlyerPD Corner: Professional Development Events in Winter/Spring 2018

 

LAVC NEWS

Assemblymember Nazarian Secures $800K for the LAVC Family Resource Center

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian presents a $800,000 check to the LAVC Family Resource CenterLAVC honored Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian for his help in securing a $800,000 California State Budget Carve-Out to enable the LAVC Family Resource Center to expand its services for students who are parents. In addition, the LAVC Foundation established The Adrin Nazarian Scholarship & Endowment to help student parents at LAVC. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

Fall 2018 Highlights from LAVC Monarch Athletics

LAVC Men's Water Polo TeamCongrats to LAVC Monarch Football, Women's Soccer, Men's Water Polo, Women's Water Polo teams for a successful Fall season. Men's Water Polo Team earned its 5th consecutive WSC Championship title and is ranked #2 in the state, Women's Soccer is 13-6-2 and made it to the first round of the So Cal Playoffs, Football finished 7-3, and Women's Water Polo was 16-10. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

LAVC Offers Classes with Free or Low Cost Textbooks!

Zero Textbook Cost icon on computerLAVC students can now search the online class schedule to find classes that have "zero textbook cost" or "low textbook cost"! Zero Textbook Cost classes uses free, online course materials, and Low Textbook Cost classes use textbooks that are $50 or less. To find these classes, simply search the online Schedule of Classes by "Class search type" and select "zero cost textbook classes (OER)" or "low cost textbook classes". Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


MONARCH SPOTLIGHT

Introducing Maria Calpito, LAVC's new Title V Cooperative Director

Maria CalpitoLAVC welcomes Maria Calpito as the new Program Director at Valley College for the Title V Cooperative Program: Engaging for Student Success. In this new role, she oversees the 3-campus cooperative program (at LAVC, East LA College, and LA Trade Tech) that is designed to improve retention, persistence, and completion rates of students, including managing LAVC's Teaching Innovation Academy (TIA) program for faculty. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER 

Don't Miss the Upcoming Classified Staff PD Day, TechFest and More!

Classified Staff Development Day FlyerClassified Staff across the campus are preparing for their upcoming Classified Staff Professional Development Day on January 18, 2019. They will spend the morning with Dr. Joe Darin learning about their own strengths and how to best use them in their job and their life. Currently, all classified staff is taking the Strengths Finders Inventory to be ready for that workshop. 

The work we’ve been doing with the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) is about to wrap up the planning process and move into implementation. Within our IEPI plan, our focus is to create and implement a professional development program that meets the needs of all employee groups on campus.  That will include: (1) developing an integrated plan for professional development,  (2) establishing the structure and process for the professional development program, (3) establishing an annual operating budget for the professional development center, and (4) developing and implementing foundational professional development activities and events.

The new semester will bring more professional development for everyone! Tech Fest is scheduled for January 28 and 29, 2019. Tech fest will include sessions on the uses of Outlook & other MS Office programs, video captioning, smart classrooms, competency based grading, canvas best practices, & many other exciting sessions!

We will officially kick off our new B.U.I.L.D. (Belong, Uplift, Imagine, Listen, Diversify) Series with an informational meeting in early February 2019. The B.U.I.L.D. series will revolve around book group conversations, video viewings and discussions, and guest speakers. Our first book in the series will be Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. This book relates to both everyday life and our transition into Guided Pathways. Join us for this first B.U.I.L.D. experience!

The New Employee Orientation program is currently being recreated to include classified staff and faculty. We will pilot our new format in February 2019. 

Watch for flyers, emails, and @LAVCProfDev tweets from LAVC Professional Development for more information regarding these upcoming professional development opportunities. 

For more information, contact Jeanne Owens at (818) 947-2569 or profdev@lavc.edu or Sally Raskoff at (818) 947-7256 in the LAVC Professional Development Office, or stop by the Professional Development Center in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200 or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page

 


LAVC IN THE NEWS

New $800,000 budget for Valley’s Family Resource Center
The Valley Star (LAVC Student Newspaper)
Published: December 3, 2018
$800K Secured for LAVC Family Resource Center
California Patch.com
Published: November 30, 2018

 


LAVC CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for December 2018 (as of 12/5/18):

Academic Dates & Holidays

Dec. 10-16: Fall 2018 - Final Examinations
Dec. 16: Fall 2018 - Semester Ends
Dec. 17-21: NO CLASSES - Winter Break 2018
Dec. 22-25: CAMPUS CLOSED - Winter Break 2018
Dec. 26-27: COLLEGE SERVICES CLOSED / NO CLASSES - Winter Break 2018
Dec. 28-Jan 1: CAMPUS CLOSED - Winter Break 2018

Committee Meetings

Dec. 4: Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) @ 1:30 pm
Dec. 5: Campus Distance Education Committee (CDEC) @ 1:10 pm; Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) @ 1:30pm; Valley Integrated Planning Committee (VIPC) @ 2pm
Dec. 6: Program Effectiveness & Planning Committee (PEPC) @ 1:30pm; Bond Work Group (BWG) @ 1:30pm
Dec. 10: Outcomes Assessment Committee (OAC) @ 1:30pm
Dec. 12: Guided Pathways Steering Committee @ 1:15pm
Dec. 18: Grants Committee @ 2pm

Faculty/Staff Events

Dec. 3: Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Reading Apprenticeship 2 / Threshold @ 2pm
Dec. 4: Winter Wonderland Employee Holiday Party 2018 @ 11:30am - 1pm; Student Success Seminar for Faculty - Reading Apprenticeship 2 / Threshold @ 5pm
Dec. 5: COLLEGE HOUR: "Using Library Resources in Canvas" Workshop for Faculty @ 1pm
Dec. 6: Video Captioning Workshop for Faculty/Staff @ 1pm

Fine & Performing Arts

Sept. 19-Dec. 6: "tautline" Art Exhibition (hours vary)
Dec. 2: LAVC College Choir and Chamber Singers - "Wonder - Songs of Hope and Healing" Concert @ 7pm
Dec. 4: Music 250 Performance Workshop Concert 1 of 2 @ 11:20am; LAVC Small Combos Performance @ 1:30pm
Dec. 6: Music 250 Performance Workshop Concert 2 of 2 @ 11:20am; Fall 2018 Dance Class Showcase @ 7:30pm
Dec. 8: LAVC Holiday Concert @ 7pm
Dec. 11: Commercial Voice Showcase @ 7:30pm

Campus Events & Activities

Dec. 3: American Red Cross Blood Drive @ 9am-3pm
Dec. 4: ASU Presents: Sustainabili-TEA Series @ 5pm
Dec. 5: ASU Presents: Heal the Bay Workshop Series @ 4pm
Dec. 7: "E.T. - The REAL Search" Planetarium Show @ 8pm
Dec. 18: Trash Awareness Day @ 1pm

Athletic Events

Dec. 20: LAVC Men's Basketball vs. Ventura @ 6pm

Community Events

Dec. 5: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 6: "The Importance of Play" - Thursday Night Parenting Conversations at the FRC @ 7pm
Dec. 7: HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) Practice Test @ 9am; Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 7-8: HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) Paper-Based Testing 
Dec. 8: LAVC Cancer Support Group & Jewelry Making Craft Class @ 2pm
Dec. 12: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 14: HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) Practice Test @ 9am; Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 19: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am
Dec. 21: Biotech Bridge Training Academy Information Session @ 10am

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LAVC MONARCH NEWS

Volume 1, Issue 3: November 2018

FEATURED STORIES

LAVC delegation at Women in Leadership Higher Education ConferenceFRC & Strengthening Working Families Highlighted as National Model

LAVC Online Job BoardLAVC Job Board Helps Connect Job Seekers with Job Opportunities

Graduate Mortarboard

English Dept. Offers AB705 Student Success Seminars for Faculty

Classified staff voting in Professional Development PollPD Corner: October Activities Recap & Upcoming B.U.I.L.D. Book Club Series

 

LAVC NEWS

LAVC's Strengthening Working Families Highlighted at the Women in Leadership Higher Education Conference

LAVC delegation at Women in Leadership Higher Education ConferenceThe LAVC Family Resource Center and Strengthening Working Families were showcased as national models of holistic family support at the "Women in Leadership Higher Education Conference" on October 2-3 at the Harvard Faculty Club. A team including Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Andra Hoffman, LAVC President Dr. Erika Endrijonas, LAVC Dean of Workforce Training Dr. Doug Marriott, and the LAVC Family Resource Center's Marni Roosevelt and Amber Angel shared by both programs have helped change the paradigm for student and workforce training participants in higher education. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

LAVC Online Job Board Helps Students & Alumni Connect with Job Opportunities

LAVC Online Job BoardLAVC Cooperative Education/Job Resource Center has partnered with College Central Network to offer the free online job board for students, alumni, as well as community residents. The LAVC Online Job Board includes vital online job search resources such as an exclusive LAVC Job Board, Career Portfolio & Resume Builders, Job Central™ & Intern Central, Job Central™ Podcasts, and more. Employers are also able to post their job and internship opportunities for free. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

LAVC English Department Offers Student Success Seminars for Faculty

Graduate MortarboardThe LAVC English Department is offering a new Student Success seminar series to provide faculty with strategies related to student success according to AB 705. Faculty can attend one of two workshop sessions offered in the following topics: "Reading Apprenticeship 1", "Reading Apprenticeship 2 / Threshold", "Culturally-Responsive Teaching & Equity", "Student Support Services and How to Use Them", "Technology in the Classroom", and "Faculty Support and Other Informative Skills". Students are also welcomed to attend. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

LAVC ASU & Child Development Dept.'s Campus Food Drives Support our Helping Hands Pantry

ASU Canned Food Drive flyerThe LAVC Associated Student Union (ASU) and the LAVC Child Development Department are holding Food Drives on campus to help needy students by supporting the LAVC Helping Hands Pantry. Students, faculty, staff and the general public are encouraged to donate canned and non-perishable foods for the Child Development's Helping Hands Canned Food Drive to the Child Development Department Office (CDFC 166) or the ASU Holiday Canned Food Drive to the Student Life Office on the second floor of the Student Union (SU 208). Read more on the LAVC News Blog. 

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

October Professional Development Activities Recap & Upcoming B.U.I.L.D. Book Club Series

Classified staff voting in Professional Development PollIt’s been a very busy month for Professional Development! On October 9, the Classified Staff Development Committee hosted a Meet and Greet in the Professional Development Center (PDC). This was a time for the classified staff to drop in to meet Jeanne Owens, the new Professional Development coordinator, and get acquainted with resources offered at the PDC. Over 60 people attended this event, and participated in an informal poll to help determine professional development interests and needs.  According to that poll, many people would like to participate in professional development activities that involve learning about health and wellness, identifying personal strengths and how to use them, career building, and technology. A number of staff also signed up to begin practicing for the Microsoft Office Suite (MOS) test, which is available at the PDC. 

The work of creating a professional development program that meets the needs of all employee groups here at LAVC continues through the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). On October 29, the IEPI Steering Committee met with our Partnership Resource Team (PRT) for their second visit on campus. After reviewing the information gathered on the first visit, the steering committee now begins the work of writing the plan for our professional development program. The plan will include objectives, timeline, and action steps.  This is an exciting time for professional development here at LAVC. 

Plans are being finalized at this time to launch a book group series titled B.U.I.L.D. (Belong, Uplift, Imagine, Learn, and Diversify). The B.U.I.L.D. series is will be an on-going professional development activity where all employees can come together to read, learn, and discuss while expanding viewpoints.  Our first book will be Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. The B.U.I.L.D. series will also include TED talks and campus speakers, so anyone can join the conversation—even if you don’t choose to read the book along with us. Please look for information regarding the B.U.I.L.D. series in upcoming emails from LAVC Professional Development. Details will also be posted on the Professional Development website and our Twitter feed.

Did you know that professional development has a Twitter account? You can follow PD activities and opportunities by connecting with us @LAVCProfDev. The Twitter feed is also live on the Professional Development website for any non-Tweeters.

Looking into our professional development future, we have a lot that will happen in the next year including an Employee Orientation program for all new employees on campus, a mentoring program, and the implementation of a Safe Zone Ally program on our campus. There is focus, support, and direction for professional development here at LAVC, and we are looking forward to sharing new opportunities with you.

For more information, contact Jeanne Owens at (818) 947-2569 or profdev@lavc.edu or Sally Raskoff at (818) 947-7256, stop by the Professional Development Center in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200, or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page

 


LAVC CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for November 2018 (as of 11/5/18):

Academic Dates & Holidays

Committee Meetings

Faculty/Staff Events

Athletic Events

Fine & Performing Arts Events

Campus Events & Activities

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LAVC MONARCH NEWS

Volume 1, Issue 2: October 2018

FEATURED STORIES

LAVC StudentsAnnouncing the Valley Connection Podcast LAVC Helping Hands PantryHelping Hands Pantry Helps LAVC Students Eden Bryant and Amber AngelSpotlight: Amber Angel & Student Parent Speak at #RealCollege 2018 CCE Article by Tasos SioukasSpotlight: Tasos Sioukas's Article & Workshop for NACCE 

 

LAVC NEWS

Get Inspired! LAVC Launches the Valley College Connection Podcast

LAVC StudentsLAVC has launched a new podcast called the Valley College Connection, which is produced in partnership with the LAVC Academic Resource Center and KVCM Monarch Radio. Hosted by professors John Kawai and Scott Weigand, it aims to inspire people with success stories of Valley College educator and students, as well as highlight resources and services that are making a difference on campus. Subscribe to the Valley College Connection podcast today on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcast, and Spotify. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry Helps Hungry Students on Campus

LAVC Helping Hands PantryThe LAVC Hunger-Free Campus Initiative is helping our students who are experiencing homelessness and/or are food insecure. The new Helping Hands Food Pantry opened to distribute food to hungry students on Tuesdays and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Campus Center's Monarch Patio, and to assists students in applying for CalFresh. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to bring their "Plus One" donation of non-perishable foods; donate 20 times and get a prize! There is also going to be a Rummage Sale benefiting the LAVC Helping Hands Project on October 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


MONARCH SPOTLIGHT

Family Resource Center's Amber Angel & LAVC Student Parent Speak at #RealCollege 2018

Eden Bryant and Amber AngelLAVC Family Resource Center (FRC) Program Coordinator Amber Angel and LAVC student parent Eden Bryant were featured on a panel discussion on "supporting student parents" on September 30 at #RealCollege: A National Convening on Food and Housing Insecurity at Temple University in Philadephia. They shared their experiences about the benefits of on-campus student parent programming that is being offered at Valley College. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

Dr. Tasos Sioukas Published in NACCE Community College Entrepreneurship Magazine & Speaks at NACCE Regional Conference

CCE Article by Tasos SioukasThe National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has published an article on "Instilling Entrepreneurial Mindset at Los Angeles Valley College" by LAVC Business Administration Department Chair Tasos Sioukas in its Summer/Fall 2018 issue. In addition, Tasos was invited to present a workshop on designing an entrepreneurship boot-camp program at the NACCE "Go West" regional conference on September 20 in San Francisco. His presentation focused on the design principles for creating a entrepreneurship boot-camp program, including combining the approach of effectuation with causation to enhance the success of start-ups. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

PRT First On-Campus Visit & Implicit Bias Workshop Recap

Jerry KangIt has been an exciting month for professional development on campus. The college hosted Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA, for a workshop on Implicit Bias on September 14. It was a engaging presentation where we all learned a lot about the meaning of implicit bias and how unconscious biases impact our everyday decisions and actions.

LAVC also hosted our first campus visit with our Partnership Resource Team (PRT) as part of our work with the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) on September 28. Over 50 staff, faculty, and students met with our PRT in interview groups to discuss professional development. Those interviews covered what has been done in the past, our challenges, and how we might begin creating a plan for Professional Development that meets the needs of all employee groups on our campus. 

The PRT summary at the end of the day was very positive about our interest and enthusiasm in an integrated Professional Development plan. In the near future, they will be sending us an official Summary of this Initial visit along with options we might choose to incorporate into our plan which will be shared with everyone. 

The PRT will return to LAVC for second visit on Monday, October 29 to work with our IEPI Steering Committee as we begin development of our plan. If you are interested in joining the IEPI Steering Committee and joining us in the important work, please call or email Jeanne Owens or Sally Raskoff in the Professional Development Center.

Coming up, the Classified Staff Development Committee is hosting a Meet-and-Greet for all classified staff to meet our Professional Development Coordinator, Jeanne Owens. This will be held at the PDC – which is in LARC 200 – on Wednesday, October 10 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. There will be a morning time (9:30-10:30 a.m.) and afternoon time (2-3 p.m.) to accommodate all working schedules. Drop by to meet Jeanne and take a coffee and donut/cookie break with all of us. The committee also wants to get some quick information from you regarding your thoughts on Professional Development opportunities. Please plan to come by!

 


LAVC CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The following is a selection of events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for October 2018 (as of 10/2/18):

Committee Meetings

Faculty/Staff Events

Athletic Events

Art Events

Campus Events & Activities

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LAVC MONARCH NEWS

Volume 1, Issue 1: September 2018

FEATURED STORIES

Henry Kobin at JPLLAVC Student Visits NASA’s JPL with NCAS Guest at the FRC ReceptionLAVC FRC Celebrated as a National Model by Martha Kanter Jeanne Owens and Sally RaskoffSpotlight: Jeanne Owens & Sally Raskoff Opening Day 2018PD Corner: Opening Day 2018 Recap

LAVC NEWS

LAVC Student Visited JPL this Summer with the NCAS Program

Henry Kobin at JPLLAVC student Henry Kobin was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to visit NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) this summer, as part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). Kobin, a physics major, was selected as one of 280 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NCAS onsite experience. NCAS is a five-week aerospace scholars program that gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 

LAVC Family Resource Center Celebrated as a National Model

Guest at the FRC ReceptionFormer U.S. Under Secretary of Education and College Promise Campaign Director Martha Kanter, along with LACCD Student Trustee Kellie N. Williams LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, LAVC President Erika Endrijonas, applauded the LAVC Family Resource Center as a national model for serving student parents and their families on August 23 at a special event at the Family Resource Center. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


MONARCH SPOTLIGHT

LAVC’s Professional Development Team: Jeanne Owens & Sally Raskoff

Jeanne Owens and Sally RaskoffLAVC welcomes Jeanne Owens as its new professional development coordinator, and Dr. Sally Raskoff as the new faculty professional development coordinator. The pair, who started working together over the summer, will be focusing on enhancing professional development opportunities for both faculty and classified staff on campus. They also coordinated the college’s Opening Day for Faculty and Staff before the start of the semester. Read more on the LAVC News Blog.

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CORNER

Welcome Back to the 2018-2019 Academic Year!

Opening Day 2018Both classified staff and faculty had a rousing return to campus with their Opening Days. President Erika Endrijonas addressed us with a presentation about C.H.A.N.G.E.! So many ch-ch-ch-changes!

Faculty spent the day working on Guided Pathways, clustering the majors, and discussing topics such as supporting students on their path, discipline advising, and communication. Classified staff participated in a game show review of important student services provided on campus. A good and productive time was had by all.

Don't forget to RSVP for the Implicit Bias Workshop on September 14 from 9-11:30 a.m. in Monarch Hall!  Please register online as soon as possible, so that we can have a headcount for lunch. 

Also, LAVC will have a visit from a PRT (Partnership Resource Team) on September 29 to help us examine our campus-wide professional development needs for faculty as well as staff. The feedback of the PRT will help us to develop effective training activities for employees.


LAVC CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The following is a selection of highlighted events & academic dates on the LAVC Calendar for September 2018 (as of 9/5/18):

Academic Dates

Committee Meetings

Faculty/Staff Events

On-Campus Events & Activities

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