Welcome back. Spring semester is in full swing and the campus is bustling with almost 20% more students! The enthusiasm to attend LMC is increasing daily, much of it due to your hard work and dedication. Everybody - take a bow!
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The Latest on LMC's Dynamic Facilities
Lot B Solar
Football Field and
Core Building Remodel
Baseball Field Scoreboard
And yet more to come:
And finally, the nursing and EMT programs are working with the architects to complete planning for a new nursing and EMT classrooms and labs that will be located in the former sciences area.
The timing of the construction for the student services and nursing projects isn't confirmed at this point, but the earliest that construction could be completed for Nursing/EMT is SP2011, at which time the student services construction could begin. And before that project can commence, we need to arrange interim space (called "swing space" in the business) for all student services, the President's Office, and Ruth Goodin and Company. Business and Central Services will be going to new permanent locations prior to SP2011.
We can definitely count on some "interesting times" during the next few years as we find places to house all of the displaced offices and live with the disruption of construction inside the college complex. Be patient and hang in there - - it will be great once it is done, just like the new buildings and quads.
Enrollment Is Up Again!!!
PG & E Donates Truck for Emergency
Response for District
In an effort to prepare for potential emergencies, Los Medanos College recently received a donation of a truck from PG&E that has now been transformed into an emergency support vehicle. The truck will be utilized not only by Los Medanos College but by the entire Contra Costa Community College District. It will transport required emergency equipment and support the logistical needs for the district-wide Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and District Police Department personnel.
Officer Teddy Terstegge, the district's emergency services coordinator, spearheads the effort. It was Officer Terstegge's plan that included an emergency support vehicle to serve the entire community college district. Since there are now four campuses plus a center in Brentwood, having a vehicle to transport emergency supplies throughout the district is key. He shared his idea with LMC Foundation Executive Director Lindy Wille who, in turn, discussed the proposal with PG&E. A long-time supporter of the district, PG&E was more than eager to help out.
"PG&E is happy to provide the Contra Costa Community College District with a vehicle that will be used for such a valued emergency service," said Executive Manager Greg Hoaglin. "PG&E is always looking for opportunities to better its customers and their communities."
District Chief of Police Charles Gibson explained, "We have a difficult task to provide a safe learning environment for over 31,000 students in the District. Our task is made much easier when agencies like PG&E support the district by providing urgently needed resources. Our top priority is to provide for the safety of our students, faculty and staff; having the proper equipment is paramount for us to accomplish our mission. We are grateful to PG&E for its contribution."
With funding reductions expected for public education throughout California, financial support and supplies and equipment donations become ever more critical and appreciated. "The LMC Foundation is pleased and delighted to be the recipient of PG&E's generous donation of this truck," commented LMC Foundation Executive Director Lindy Wille. "This donation is a prime example of how community and business leaders can support our college through the LMC Foundation. Working together, we can assist our students in achieving their academic goals in a safe environment that supports academic excellence."
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LMC Wins Award from Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC)
Well, it doesn't hurt to "toot your own horn." The LMC Math Department can be very honored to receive an Honorable Mention in the 2009 ASCCC Exemplary Program Awards for best embodying this year's theme, Growing Our Own: Showcasing Innovative Development Programs for Faculty.
Each year, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges honors colleges for excellence in faculty development. Julie von Bergen, who just joined the tenure-track faculty in January 08, submitted the LMC entry on behalf of the college.
LMC President Peter Garcia commented, "I am very proud that the premier faculty organization in the state has acknowledged the work of Los Medanos College's faculty - - we are continuously striving to improve student learning, and this award confirms that we are among the very best educators in the state."
From the ASCCC press release:
Los Medanos College received an Honorable Mention for the Math Department Teaching Communities created for its faculty. Instead of adhering to their typical faculty interactions, the Math Department created communities of educators, comprised of both part-time and full-time faculty, which have written collaborative curriculum and common final exams. The Teaching Communities have been invaluable due to the fact that 50% of the course sections at Los Medanos are taught by part-time faculty.
"Los Medanos College's Math Department lesson studies and other teaching communities are a positive motivational professional development for our faculty throughout the department and a huge help in bringing needed consistency and equity across sections," wrote Los Medanos' Senate President, Michael Norris.
To read about the other award winners in the entire press release, click here.
We've Received Funding for FINS at LMC
Three Faculty Inquiry Network (FIN) projects have been funded at LMC!
The FIN is a statewide network of teams of community college faculty who are united around a set of shared values for strengthening developmental education. The network seeks faculty who believe in students' capabilities, who understand that basic skills involve complex cognitive routines and affective dimensions, who engage students in meaningful intellectual work, and who are committed to working together in an open, transparent, and collegial manner. Each team within the network is investigating a complex problem in basic skills education - - "a thorny, difficult question we need grapple with to better understand how students learn, what's getting in their way, and how to reach them." The FIN received 39 applications from 36 CA community colleges. LMC is the only college in the state to have more than one proposal funded.
Student Success in Math
Increasing Puente Student Tranfer: A New
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These LMC projects are part of a FIN network of 18 community colleges throughout California. Funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Chabot College will lead this exciting network of inquiry.
Peter Garcia Receives Community Service Award from Dow Chemical
Peter Garcia was honored recently by The Dow Chemical Company, one of LMC's industry partners. On January 15th, Dow held its annual Martin Luther King birthday celebration. Each year, Dow recognizes an individual from the community for his/her dedication to community service to further Dr. King's dream of love and peace by promoting harmony and unity.
President Garcia received this year's community award because he "has been instrumental in creating new education opportunities for East County students. He also serves as the President of the Board for the East County Boys and Girls Club as well as One Day at a Time, a gang violence prevention program."
For the full service award press release, click here.
Sandra Castillo is an Award-Winning Author!
The American Journal of Nursing has selected a publication co-authored by Sandra Castillo, Director of the LMC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program, and Maryanne Werner-McCullough, Director of the CCC Registered Nurse (RN) program.
Calculating Drug Dosages, 2nd Edition is a 2009 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award winner. These awards are given annually by the American Journal of Nursing to recognize outstanding achievements in nursing publishing.
Calculating Drug Doses was a publication including a CD, a student workbook and and instructor's manual. The software is one of three products recognized in the electronic media category. A full list of winners was recently published in the journal's January issue.
Editor's note: Sandra was actually teaching at CCC when this publication was created. We are delighted that she's here now!
Umoja Thank You to LMC Employees
On behalf of the Umoja Scholars Program, we would like to say THANK YOU!
With your support, we were able to provide 17 families with lovely Thanksgiving baskets! Extra special thanks to Madeline Puccioni, Gil Rodriguez, Judy Bank, and Ruth Goodin for their monetary donations; Sandi Schmidt for 'adopting a student'; the Umoja Scholars for donating the apple cider; the Umoja steering committee for donating the turkeys; Lindy Wille and the Scholarship office for donating can openers for each basket; and to all of the LMC community who donated canned and boxed goods and helped fill the bins around campus. We could not have done this without your help and hearts. "THANKS" for "GIVING" !
Editor's note: This might seem a bit dated, but we didn't do a December enews. Still, we wanted everyone to be aware of this amazing collaborative effort and that it is appreciated.
Update on LMC EmployeesNew Full-Time Faculty
Sean Truesdell, Nursing
Kim Wentworth, Librarian
New Classified Employees
Returning From Sabbatical
Classified Temporary Out-Of-Class
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