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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 11/5/2018

News and Events for the week of November 5

Good Monday Morning:

We are now into November and time is flying by quickly. I want to thank everyone who attended last Thursday evening’s event. My family thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of you. They got a glimpse of the wonderful people of LACC, and they understand the time, effort, and energy that we put in is worth it.  

We are registering students for Winter right now, so please remind your students about registering for Winter classes. The Spring classes are online and enrollment begins next Tuesday, November 13 for priority groups. Open enrollment for Spring begins Monday, December 3.

  • GO Central City Visits - The deans, vice presidents, and I continued our visits to elementary and middle schools throughout our service area last week to keep students excited and interested in going to college. In total, during our two-week period, we visited 24 schools -- 8 middle schools and 16 elementary schools. I have a very good feeling about these future college students!
  • LACC Book Program - Professor Daniel Ruiz kicked off the LACC Book Program this year on the topic of “Be What We Think You Are: Identity, Race, Gender, and Geekdom.” Professor Ruiz was very engaging as he talked about his experience as a man of color navigating the world of techies, who are all assumed white. Professor Ruiz is the author of "Coconut Versus." This was a great way to start the Book Program of 2018-19. Thanks to Professor Christine Genero for the event.
  • AMATYC Competition - On Friday morning, the top Mathematics students of LACC competed in the national math contest given across the country on Friday. Last year we had the #2 community college Math student in the nation. This year we hope he makes #1. Thank you to Dr. Anatoliy Nikolaychuk for the endless hours he spends preparing these students. And thank you to all of the Math faculty for their amazing program.


LACC Pop-up Food Bank

We continue with our Monday pop-up food bank open to students in front of the Student Union from 11am until all the food is gone.

College Council Meets Today at 12:45pm in the Foundation Conference Room

Come and join us for our College Council meeting today, Monday November 5, at 12:45pm in the Student Union 3rd Floor, Foundation Conference Room.

LA Promise Zone Partners Convening

This morning I will be delivering the keynote speech at the LA Promise Zone Partners Convening meeting. This is an opportunity for LACC to develop relationships that are more definitive with these key partners in Central LA. The core strategic goals of the LA Promise Zone are: create economic opportunity, improve educational outcomes, make our neighborhoods safe, and build equitable, livable, and sustainable communities. We can contribute both directly and indirectly to all four of these goals.

Election Day Tuesday, November 6

I wanted to remind everyone to vote on Tuesday, November 6. We are so fortunate to have the right to vote and it is critical that we make our voices heard. The local, state and national elections are very important and include many issues that affect our everyday lives. Please make time this Tuesday to vote. And please make your students aware of the importance of voting. It can make the difference.

Around the World Grilled Cheese Cook-Off

On Tuesday, November 6, at 12:30pm the Dietetics Department and the D’Munch Club are having a fundraiser called “Around the World Grilled Cheese Cook-Off.” Taste and judge your favorite world-class grilled cheese sandwich. Join us at the LACC Food Lab, AD 200, at 12:30pm. Tickets are $3.

Safe Park LA/Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s Staff

On Wednesday morning, I have back-to-back meetings with two people to help us bring resources to our students who lack reliable housing and who are food insecure.  Safe Park LA is a group who utilize parking lots around Los Angeles, such as church parking lots, as safe places for homeless people who own vehicles to sleep overnight. We are hoping to bring something similar like this for our homeless students. I am meeting with Supervisor Kuehl’s Chief of Staff to enlist the Supervisor’s help in getting the final language into our Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Los Angeles for our students to use CalFresh benefits in our campus Cafeteria. LACCD will be the first community college in the country to offer these benefits to its students.   

Attorney Night for Career Planning

On Wednesday, November 7, students interested in law school will have a chance to meet in small groups with local attorneys in various areas of practice. The event begins at 6:30 pm on the third floor of the Student Union.

Veterans Resource Center Grand Re-Opening Celebration

This Thursday, November 8, marks the Grand Re-Opening celebration for our new Veterans Resource Center. The festivities begin in the main quad at 12:30pm and then proceed up to the new center, located in the Life Science building (the old Health Center) for a ribbon cutting and tours. We have a special guest joining us, actor and Air Force veteran Jon Huertas from the hit NBC series “This Is US” is expected to attend. There will be music, free food and a resource fair. Please join us for the festivities.

LA LGBT Center Housing Navigator

The LACC Genderversity Multicultural Center is hosting a meeting again today at 12noon, Monday November 5, for students to meet with the LA LGBT housing representative in AD 108. There will be information, resources and assistance for students in need of housing. Please email: for more information.

Student Workshop: E.Q. Emotional Intelligence

On Tuesday, November 6, the Life Skills Center/Health and Wellness will host a student workshop on emotional intelligence. The workshop will be presented in the Student Union Cub Room at 12:30pm. For more information, contact Joe Exnowski at

Financial Aid Workshops   

The Financial Aid Office continues to host workshops for students to complete financial aid applications (FAFSA and CA Dream Act Application). The workshops occur this week on Wednesday, November 7 at 9:30am, 1:00pm and 5:00pm in the Welcome Center, 1st floor of the Student Services building. There will also be workshops this Friday, November 9 at 9:30am, in the Welcome Center, 1st floor of the Student Services building.

Flu Shots for Students

All LACC students who have paid their health fee can receive a flu shot at the discounted rate of $25. To receive a flu shot, students need to bring their student ID card and proof of paid health fees. Flu shots will be given in the Health and Wellness Center, Room 120, in the Student Services Building.

90th Anniversary Planning Committee

The kick-off meeting for our ad hoc 90th Anniversary Planning Committee will take place sometime over the next two weeks. We have a list of about 20 people who have volunteered to participate on this committee. Retired President Renee Martinez has graciously volunteered to lead the group in these efforts. I look forward to the activities to celebrate our great history.

Los Angeles City College Service Awards

We are currently accepting nominees for Spring 2019 recipients for the following awards:  Los Angeles City College Distinguished Faculty Award, Los Angeles City College Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, and Los Angeles City College Staff Excellence Award. Nominations are now open and will close November 15.

Learn more about these awards and the nomination process, or contact Mike Kalustian at for more information.

Other Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, November 13 at 12:30pm – readings from The Citadel featuring stories, essays and poetry by students and faculty, main quad.
  • Tuesday, November 13 at 6pm – Amir Zaki lecture, Artist Lecture Series, Chem 3 Lecture Hall
  • Friday, December 14th at 4:00pm – Our holiday party will be held in the Student Union 3rd floor. We are going to dress it up and make it beautiful. We will have a nice buffet dinner and dancing. More details coming soon.

As we move toward the end of this term and the end of the calendar year, I smile just thinking about the amazing things we have accomplished at our wonderful Los Angeles City College…The City’s College.

Have a great week,
Mary Gallagher

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


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