Inside Los Medanos College
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October 08

In This Issue
  • New Developments
  • Welcome and Congratulations!
  • Upcoming Events
  • LMC Alumni of Note

  • Dear LMC,

    We're in the midst of our accreditation team visit and the campus is bustling with a significant increase in students and enrollments!

    Take a moment to look at our occasional internal e-newsletter for LMC employees. Future contributions are welcome and can be sent to

    New Developments

    Enrollment is Up, LMC's Future is Bright!
    Thanks to everyone, from student services to facilities to instruction, we are enjoying an excellent beginning to the new academic year. Recruitment and special efforts to welcome, orient and serve new students have been very successful, the facilities (new and "mature") look great, and classes are full. New learning communities and newly redesigned instructional programs, such as the Umoja Scholars and Electrical/Electronic Technology programs, started the semester with waiting lists.

    The good news about enrollments, and therefore the district and college financial picture, isn't just anecdotal. The projected increase as of September 30 in FTES (full time equivalent students) for LMC compared to Fall 2007 is 12.1%, with the number of enrolled students ("headcount") up 9.5%. A comparison of those two statistics indicates that students are taking more classes, on average, than they did last fall. Productivity (FTES/FTEF), an indication of how effectively we are aligning instructional resources with student demand, is up 9%. This last statistic is particularly impressive, because the deans and department chairs worked to carefully "grow the schedule" to take advantage of our new facilities in order to serve more students and they clearly made a lot of good decisions. It is obviously also important for us to grow as a district, so the projection of a 1.7% district increase in FTES is good news as well.

    Multiple efforts to support student success, both ongoing and newly created, should help us meet our goal of improving outcomes for this semester and persistence into the spring term. With support from the Hispanic Serving Institutions grant, the Basic Skills Initiative and college operational funds, student support services such as the Reading/Writing Center, a new and expanded approach to tutoring, redesign of the curriculum and services in ESL, and a collaborative effort involving all of the learning communities and the Honors Program, are all aimed at assisting us to do a better job of helping students meet their goals.

    Serving all of these new and returning students is a lot of work, but it's good and important work. Many thanks to all you have done, and will do, for them this year. For a district enrollment report, as of September 30, click here to view our PDF...

    Accreditation Team Visit Week is Here!
    At long last, we're in the midst of our accreditation team visit. Many LMC employees will be meeting individually or as committees with the team, however everyone is invited to the open meetings on Tuesday evening at 5:30-6:30 p.m., or on Wednesday morning at 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Library Community Room (L109). All are also welcome to attend the exit interview on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. also in L109. For information about the visit, please click here.

    solar panel pictureSolar Panels Help District and Environment - Output/Savings Update
    Wowie! We're saving a bundle of money and helping out the environment at the same time.

    Annualized projections (now that they're up and running, and we know how well they operate) show the district saving an anticipated $813,000 in the first year of operation. For more details, click here...

    Grand Opening of Quad, Science and Math Buildings Attracts Crowd and Interest
    The grand opening of the science and math buildings held in September was quite an event, attracting a standing room only crowd of faculty, staff, administrators, retires, students and community partners.

    grand opening pictureDan Henry was quite an entertaining MC, Peter was a great stand-in for Tom Torlakson (busy voting for the state budget....), and Richard Livingston was incredibly inspiring with his comments about other higher education schools suffering with an "Edifice Complex" where for us, these new facilities are all about education and our students. Lindy Wille outdid herself with planning many of the details, not to forget the great food!

    The family of Stanley H. Chin, LMC President 94-95, joined us for a memorial recognition and hanging of a memorial plaque in the science building lobby. If you haven't already seen the photo gallery of the experience, here you go.....

    Welcome and Congratulations!

    Update on LMC Employees

    Kendra Carr, Student Services & Instructional Support Coordinator, EOP&S
    Jeffrey Biles, Grounds Worker/Gardener II
    Andre White, Grounds Worker/Gardener II
    Yvette Simmons, Grounds Worker/Gardener II
    Greg Ericson, Grounds Worker/Gardener II
    Kathy Cullar, Administrative Assistant/Outreach

    Linda Maniscalco, Senior Acount Clerk-Cashier

    Newin Orante, Interim Dean of Student Development
    Tawny Beal, Senior Academic/Student Services Manager

    Upcoming Events

    Rigoberta MenchuRigoberta Menchu to Speak
    Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú will present a lecture, "World Peace: Your Responsibility" on Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00 pm, October 22. The lecture is free and open to the public in the LMC Gymnasium. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. For more information, click here.

    Friends of the LMC Library to Hold First Annual Book Sale The Friends of the Los Medanos College (LMC) Library announce the 1st Annual LMC Book Sale. It will take place on October 20 - 23 (Monday-Thursday) from 7:45 am to 8:45 pm, on October 24 (Friday) from 7:45 am to 2:45 pm, and on October 25 (Saturday) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and be held at LMC's library.

    The sale will feature wide variety of books including fiction, non-fiction, classics, science, history, and art as well as a wide selection of media items such as CDs, DVDs and videos.

    bookwormThe general public is invited to attend this special event. The event is free, but attendees will need to purchase an LMC parking permit for $2.00. Payment for materials purchased at the sale will be cash only.

    The Friends of the Los Medanos College Library is a newly formed group created to raise funds to support the education and information mission of the LMC Library. The annual book sale is one of the chief means to raise funds for the library.

    For more information about the sale or becoming an active member of the Friends of the LMC library, call (925) 439- 2181 x 3275 or click here

    Early Child Development and Education Conference The LMC Child Development department is preparing to host the 29th annual "Fall Harvest Conference" on Saturday, October 25th from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Registration fees for the conference is $40 before October 17, $50 after. Registration information is available at A continental breakfast and lunch are included.

    The conference will consist of 36 unique workshops related to working with and educating young children and their families. It will consist of training and information on the upcoming statewide standards and curriculum guidelines that will impact many preschool, Head Start, and child care programs in Contra Costa County, along with topics on accreditation, assessment techniques, interaction strategies, family partnerships, developmental needs of infants and toddlers, programming for school-aged children, and more.

    Presenters include college faculty from LMC and other local campuses, community professionals, and regional experts who focus on early childhood development and education.

    Optional LMC college credit for ½ unit is available for interested participants (typically, 60-75% of attendees request college credit).

    For more information or to register, visit Questions? Contact Janice Townsend at or (925) 439-2181 x3240.

    LMC Alumni of Note

    LMC Football Alum, Brandon Washington, Making His Mark in Tennessee
    Brandon Washington has gone on to the University of Memphis and is making himself known to the fans. Last year, he was one of our star football players. A recent article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal highlighted Brandon and his talents. Click here to read more... And to check out his profile on the University of Memphis website, click here....

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