Inside Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College
February 2008

New Developments

Science BuildingOpenings and Moves
The domino effect continues as LMC moves forward with new facilities and upgrades.  

  • The new east quad will open during March. 
  • The Science/Engineering building will open in time for classes starting in June 2008.
  • Physical Education faculty and coaches who have been temporarily housed in Math will return to their offices in the gym in early April.
  • In preparation for the LR "core" building retrofit, the Reading and Writing Center will move into CC2-254 and CC2-255, and Marketing and Media Design will move into CC2-259 and CC2-260.  AV will be moving to CC1-120.  The changes are scheduled to be completed by March 24.

ChavezNominations Invited for LMC César Chávez Award and East County Educator of the Year Award
LMC President Peter Garcia is pleased to invite nominations for the Los Medanos College César Chávez Award for Exemplary Community Service.  Mr. César Chávez, a true American hero, exemplifies service to community and non-violent social change.  It is our honor to present this award, established in 1995, to one of our local citizens who best represents the following core values established by César Chávez: Service to Others, Sacrifice, Help the Most Needy, Determination, Non-violence, Tolerance, Respect for Life, Celebrating Community, Knowledge and Innovation.  Past recipients include:  Ralph Quesada, Rosadelia Detwiler, Vincent Ferrante, Ruben Rosalez, Aurora Rodriguez, Mary Rocha, Gil Ruiz and Felipe Torres.
In addition, for the first time, we also plan to present the East County Educator Award to recognize a member of the educational community who demonstrates the above values and a commitment to student success and educational equity, particularly for low-income students and students of color.  You are invited to make nominations for this award also, and can use the same nomination form.
Please return the nomination form to Christine Fithian, via campus mail or email, no later than Friday, March 7, 2008.  We will be presenting the awards at a dinner celebration in the Los Medanos College Cafeteria on Friday, March 28, 2008.  Please save that date and plan to attend this celebration of the life of César Chávez.  You may call Christine, at ext. 3103, if you wish to make reservations now or if you have questions about the event.  Thank you in advance for your nomination and Pete looks forward to seeing you at the dinner.

Office of College Advancement 101
HSI? Learning Communities? A Leadership Learning Center? The ESL Lab, PTEC, Alumni Association? Laughing in the Library? Celebrity Waiter? What do these initiatives and events have in common? 

They all originated out of the Office of College Advancement! Each of these initiatives and activities was designed to ultimately support the goals and objectives of LMC Educational Master Plan to enhance the quality of educational programs for current and future generations of LMC students. 

The new and appropriately named Office of College Advancement marks the recent “official” merging of the collaboratively innovative work of Grants, Economic Development and the LMC Foundation.

Through the building of relationships with LMC’s many constituents, funding organizations and friends, The Office of College Advancement secures new and increased sources of revenue to support creative and forward-thinking proposals brought forward by students, faculty, staff, and community. Ideas and programs are conceived, planned, funded, and rolled into the existing structure of the college.

Have ideas that have been percolating? Want to toss these ideas around? Think about how they could be funded? Implemented? Give the Office of College Advancement a call. 

  • Ruth Goodin - ext 3203   Senior Foundation Director           
  • Lindy Wille - ext 3215   Acting Foundation Director                       
  • Rosa Armendariz - ext 3123   Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Activity Director
  • Mary Oleson - ext 3255   Secretary, Grants/Economic Development
  • Carmen Pacheco - ext 3423   Secretary, HSI
  • Scholarships - ext 3130   Claudia Acevado, Scholarship Assistant  

umoja logoThe Umoja Scholars Program

Some concerned faculty, staff, and students at Los Medanos College met during the spring of 2007 to discuss the disproportionately low retention rate of African-American students at the college.  Headed by Erma Smith, we then formed a summer task force to address how we could better support and retain African-American students.  During the summer sessions, we examined several existing programs throughout the state that also addressed the needs of students of color. In addition to examining programs, we also analyzed the data from LMC so that we could “tailor” a program that would fit the needs of our students. It was during these summer sessions that the Umoja Scholars Program (USP) emerged.   

The purpose of the program is to provide mentoring, directed counseling, and a culturally relevant curriculum to enable Umoja Scholars to bridge the gap between academics and their daily lives.  Thus, the program will center around an intense curriculum, which focuses on the contributions of African-Americans in both mathematics and the arts.  We hope to engage and ultimately inspire our students to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams and goals.

The Umoja Scholars Program will begin with a summer bridge program in June 2008. Students will continue in the fall of 2008 with English 70 and Math 12 (we will also have a double track for students who may assess into a higher math or English level).  We have many things planned including college tours, guest speakers, and a mentor component. 

We are looking forward to meeting the needs of this under-served population and are very excited about this program.  Stay tuned for more details as the Umoja Scholars Program blossoms.  Thank you. 

Contact A’kilah Moore at amoore@losmedanos.edu or x3243 with questions or for more information.

Upcoming Events:
Information Meetings:

  • March 13, (Th) from 12:30-1:00 p.m. in #622/Little Theatre
  • March 26 (W) from 4:00-4:30 p.m. in the Community Room/Library

Planning Meetings:
We meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the new
Math Conference Room at 2:00 p.m., i.e.: March 4, April 8 and May 6.

Clarus Branding Report Back Scheduled for March 6
A 60-minute presentation by Clarus on LMC branding recommendations will take place on Thursday, March 6 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Library Community Room.  All employees are encouraged to attend.

For those people who are not able to attend, we will be recording the presentation.  The recording will be available at the Media counter in the Library.

Success Stories

Appliance repairSamsung Appliance Repair Training Proves Popular 
More that 50 attendees participated in a recent Samsung training class held at LMC.  Len Price hosted the event in the Appliance Service Technology lab. Samsung's instructor, Linda Knudsen, provided a hands-on approach with extensive troubleshooting and diagnostic tips for the repair of refrigerators and washing machines. Marcone Parts graciously provided pizza and sodas.

Coming up in late March-early April, Whirlpool will be providing training in refrigeration, laundry, and kitchen equipment.  For more information, contact Len Price at lprice@losmedanos.edu.

Awards and Acknowledgement

filmDrama Faculty Play Being Made Into Movie
Joanna Perry-Folino's play, The Silence of Bees, was made into a short film starring Deadwood actor Jim Beaver. The full-length version had a staged reading with Lee Meriwether and Jim Beaver in Los Angeles recently. The full-length film version is in pre-production.  Wow, Joanna, you go girl!!!

And then there's more! Joanna has been invited to be a judge for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards for outstanding achievement in college student video, digital and film production. She will be attending the event at Culver Studios in March, representing the LMC Drama and Film Department.

Personnel Update

Welcome to LMC
We are delighted to welcome two new staff that has joined us recently.  Robin Scheier and Jamila Stewart are the new PBX Operator-Receptionists in Central Services. Stop by and introduce yourselves.

LMC Alumni of Note

Dave Tollefson Helps New York Giants Win Super Bowl!
A former member of the LMC football team has made the big leagues! Dave Tollefson is a defensive end for the New York Giants, this year's Super Bowl champs.

Dave came to LMC from Ygnacio Valley High School, and following his LMC stint, went on to play at Northwest Missouri State. His first professional gig was with the Green Bay Packers, then the Oakland Raiders.  This was his first season with the Giants.

Van Boschetti, LMC's football coach, remembers Dave was a pleasure to coach. "He was one of those rare individuals who you knew, when he matured mentally and physically, was going to be something special.  Dave always wanted to do well in whatever he did, and was passionate about football. I just knew he was destined for something great. "

Alessi Selected for 2007 COA/CCCAA Pepsi Scholar Athlete Honor Roll
Anthony Alessi, a former baseball player for LMC, recently was selected for the Pepsi Scholar Athlete Honor Roll by the California Community College commission on Athletics (COA) and the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA).

One male and one female athlete from the Bay Valley Conference are chosen each year for this honor.  Anthony was selected because of his academic success (all nominees must have a 3.5 GPA to even be considered), and also by garnering support through three letters of recommendation from faculty and coaches.

Anthony now plays baseball at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu.

Upcoming Events

Red Cross logoFree CPR Training Offered at LMC by American Red Cross
On March 8th, the American Red Cross will be offering three 4.5-hour Adult CPR training sessions.  They are free and space is limited.  Call 1-888-686-3600 to register.

NOTE: Pre-registration ends on March 4th, so you don't have much time to sign up. For more information, visit www.redcrosscprsaturday.org.

chili3rd Annual LMC Chili Cook Off to be held on March 11th
The Classified Senate's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off is taking place Tuesday, March 11, from 11:00-12:30 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden (outside the Student Activities area). This year's event is sure to be bigger and tastier than ever. LMC chefs are gearing up to win the coveted Chili Man Trophy along with bragging rights for the entire year as Best Chili of 2008.

You can purchase a bowl of chili with cornbread for $4, or sample as many recipes as you wish by purchasing chili shots - one for $1.00 or 6 for $5.00. A panel of three people will judge the chili entries at 10:45 a.m. with the results announced at noon.

We will be raffling off a variety of gift baskets. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 13 for $10.

Please stop by and support this Classified Senate Scholarship fund-raiser.

Athletics/PhysEd Update

Photo by Dennis Biles
Men’s Basketball Update
The men's basketball team ended its regular season with a dramatic overtime win vs. Yuba College (rank 2nd in state) last Friday night.  The Mustangs finished with a record of 24 wins and 8 losses.  In addition, the Mustangs were awarded with six all-conference players.  Ben Guillory was honored with Most Valuable Player, Marcus Balinton and Darren Tyler were first team all-conference, and Thomas Frames, Stephen Andrews and Phil LeDoux were awarded honorable mention.  Also, Ben Guillory will be named to the All-State Team! Thanks to everyone who has supported the Mustangs throughout the season.  

Coach Derek Domenichelli

New Water Aerobics Class OfferedInterested in a low-impact, refreshing way to get credit?  It's not too late to sign up for Water Aerobics, a class designed to improve your muscular strength, endurance and cardiovascular conditioning through the use of water resistance.  This course is ideal for cross training, but also great for individuals who need a cardiovascular workout with limited stress or impact on joints.

  • Water Aerobics is a 9-week course starting the week of March 24. 
    It is offered at the same time as Lap Swimming.
  • MWF 10-10:50 am  PE 920-0530  Water Aerobics 
  • MWF 10-10:50 am  PE 17-0529  Lap Swimming  
  • T/TH  11:00 am - 12:20 pm  PE920-0439  Water Aerobics
  • T/TH  11:00 am - 12:20 pm   PE 17-0528  Lap Swimming

It's not too late to get into shape this spring!