New Facilities Construction Project Nearly Done
The overall project has
added 16 new classrooms and 12 new labs to our instructional facilities, and
office space for 80 employees. The new library has 100 student-access computer
stations, seating for 300 students, five group study rooms, an advanced media
room and a 100-seat community room. Classes will be scheduled in the science
building starting in the summer of 2008.
Enrollment Management Update
As many of you may know, enrollment is up again this semester. Here are stats from January 16th
Total Enrollment: 2008-01-22
Total Enrollment: 2007-01-23
Total Enrollment: 2007-01-23
We understand that faculty schedules can be very hectic. Between class preparation, student advising, research, family obligations, and illness, missing class may sometimes be unavoidable. When those situations arise, the Career & Employment Center's Don’t Cancel Class program provides you with a series of career-related presentation options designed to assist in preparing students for the world of work.
Career & Employment Center staff will meet with your class, take attendance, present a topic from those listed below, and administer a pre- and post-test to measure student learning. Afterward, we will provide you with a copy of the attendance record, all handouts, and a summary of students’ pre- and post-test scores.
The Don’t Cancel Class series has been designed with today’s student in mind. Presented in an interactive format, these programs utilize technology and today’s student jargon to assist in student learning and participation. Most workshops are adaptable to any subject.
Clarus Sessions Conclude
At last, we have completed our sessions with Clarus, an outside market research firm. We started with a preliminary session where Clarus President Kathi Stewart, presented the initial findings of internal and external research conducted to assess recruitment materials and related service areas, and perceptions of our campus held by various constituent populations in our area. Next, we held a working session where we, in small groups, made recommendations for addressing the issues that came up in the research findings.
Lastly, we met with Clarus' Branding Specialist, Kelli Horst, who helped us think about the college, what it does best or doesn't; and what would we like to aspire to, or be known for, in the near future.
Many of you have contributed your time and energy to this effort and the President's Office and the Marketing Team applaud and thank you for this. We anticipate a formal report and recommendations from Clarus sometime in March or April that will be shared with all of you.
EETEC Collaboration With Local Industry Raises $370,000 for Program Expansion
Due to focused efforts of Occupational Education Dean Kiran Kamath, an excellent group of adjunct faculty and two strong industry partners, funding in the amount of $370,000 to build the EETEC has been secured as follows: USS POSCO and Shell Oil, $170,000 each; Dow Chemical and GWF Power, $15,000 each.
Additional funding for equipment, furniture, marketing, a program coordinator, etc. is still needed, but the group is confident about securing additional donations now that the project is a go and, based on our history with PTEC, the probability of obtaining grant funding is very high.
High School Counselor’s Conference a Big Hit
Los Medanos College held its first High School Counselors Conference on November 28th in the Community Room at the new library.
In attendance were over 30 counselors and career/college technicians from every LMC feeder high school. Counselors from alternative high schools from Pittsburg, Antioch, Liberty Union and Mt. Diablo districts also participated in the event.
The counselors received
training on the online college application, the use of WebAdvisor as a tool for
online student services and they were introduced to the comprehensive services
available at LMC for incoming high school graduates. They also heard about the
progress and plans for our new facilities and information about our new
Environmental Science and Engineering Programs (Thank you, Mitch!). The
conference provided a forum for the development of new partnerships between our
counseling staff and the high school counselors and these relationships will
continue to be fostered through visits to the high schools in the upcoming
year. Another positive, yet unexpected outcome of the conference was the
networking that took place among the high school counselors who represented
multiple districts from our surrounding communities.
One Day at a Time Program Wins Award
On Tuesday, January 8, 2008, Mary N. Piepho, then Chair of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, presented the One Day at a Time (ODAT) Program an award to recognize how the program has supported young men and women who are at high risk of gang involvement, or are already gang members, and turn their lives around.
LMC President, Peter Garcia, has been the Chair of the Board for this local non-profit for the last five years. He explains, “I have been proud of my association with ODAT and its Executive Director, Johnny Rodriguez, a continuing LMC student! Through grants and donations, we have served at-risk youth and changed the lives of students in the Brentwood, Liberty, Oakley and Pittsburg school districts. In December, I was honored to work with Mr. Rodriguez and ODAT at Supervisor Federal Glover’s historic East County Gang Prevention Summit where we successfully facilitated panel presentations for youth services providers and parents by ex-offenders, gang members, and family members of youths slain by gang violence in East County.”
ODAT has impacted numerous LMC students, including a familiar face for many of you, Eduardo Cardona. He is now an active student ambassador, helping new students get started on campus, and looking forward to transferring to Cal State East Bay next fall.
Eduardo had serious challenges with gangs and drugs in both middle and high school. Through the efforts of the ODAT program, he found the friendship and support system he so desperately needed. Eduardo explains, “ I didn’t have anywhere to go. The program offered me options. They supported improving my school performance and my relationship with my family. They also inspired me to get involved in community service. I go back to work with the youth being served by the program and I can show how the program helped me.”
Recently Eduardo continued to expand his efforts, and created the Brother-to-Brother club on campus. Male college students in the club go into the high schools to provide mentorship and support for youth who may be finding their own challenges overwhelming. He also hopes to start a LULAC chapter on the LMC campus.
Awards and Acknowledgement
Laurie Huffman, Spanish and ESL Faculty Member, to be Inducted into County's Women's Hall of Fame
The Contra Costa Commission for Women recently announced the honorees to be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame. Laurie Huffman, longtime Spanish and ESL faculty member, will be honored as winner in the "Women Creating Community" category.
Laurie is acknowledged for her tremendous commitment to the community, supporting various non-profit groups by serving on numerous boards, working on immigration and women's rights issues, volunteering for political and community-based programs, and developing a rainforest project in Costa Rica.
LMC's Mark Bryant Wins Coach of the Year Award
Mark Bryant, coach for the Women's Soccer Program at LMC, recently received the Coach of the Year Award from the Bay Valley Conference. Mark has been a coach at LMC for the past five years. He graduated from Chico State University, where he (of course) played soccer and earned his degree in Physical Education. He then went on to play soccer professionally with the Sacramento Gold and the New England Sharks.
A testimony to his coaching skills, two of his players recently also were honored: Cassandra Biglow earned a place on the NorCal team, and Lauren Guzman was named Most Valuable Goalkeeper in the Bay Valley Conference.
John Maltester Named Music Educator of the Year
The California Music Educators Association, Bay Section (17 counties!) recently announced that John Maltester, longtime LMC music faculty member, will
receive the section's Music Educator of the Year Award. Elected by his peers, John will receive his award at the Association's state conference in March.
Last December, John Maltester hosted an amazing concert where a very dedicated group of alumni LMC jazz band members gave a stellar performance. Many of the alumni are now professional musicians, college and high school music faculty, or just folks who love performing at their alma mater!
To see some photos of the event: http://www.losmedanos.edu/music/alumni08/index.htm
Welcome and Adieu!
NEW FULL TIME FACULTY
NEW CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES – PROMOTIONS
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES – New Permanent Positions
TITLE CHANGES - MANAGERS
TITLE CHANGES - MANAGERS
TEMPORARY OUT-OF-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
In celebration of Black History Month, Los Medanos College will host performance artist, Awele Makeba, as she performs "I'm Not
Getting On Until Jim Crow Gets Off". This interactive performance and dialogue will take place on
Friday, February 22, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.
Admission is free and parking permits are not required.
"I'm Not Getting On Until Jim Crow Gets Off" is an interactive performance and dialogue on a watershed moment in U.S. History, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and its significance in advancing democracy in the United States. The oral histories of the women in the Montgomery movement are presented through a talking timeline that lets the audience reclaim this herstory in collective memory.
Different historical players’ voices and stories weave the historical narrative. By interacting with the audience, Awele deconstructs (and the audience explores) the complexities of this layered her/ history and together they link it to contemporary themes and issues.
Awele Makeba is an actor, teacher, storyteller, and recording artist. She researches, writes and performs less well-known African American history. She invites audiences to wrestle with complex and emotionally laden issues that teach us about our common humanity, potential, and our purpose for being in the world. Awele has performed throughout the United States including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hawaii and Alaska; Canada; Russia; Australia; Taiwan, Austria and Suriname.
This performance is hosted by the Friends of the Los Medanos College Library, and is supported by grant from the Los Medanos College Foundation. For more information, contact Cherry Li-Bugg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 925-439-2181, ext. 3220.
Men's Basketball Team Continues with Impressive Year - More Games to Go
Were you aware that 98% of the LMC men's basketball team players have consistently graduated from LMC over the course of the past six years? Also, during that time, twenty-four have gone on to four-year schools! Pretty impressive, eh?
Well, Coach Domenichelli has his players not only studying, but doing so well, they're currently ranked fourth in Northern CA, and eighth in the state!
There are still opportunities for you to see this year's men's and women's teams play. Don't miss out! Visit the website for the upcoming game schedules: http://www.losmedanos.edu/studentservices/athletics/basket.html