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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 12/14/2020

News and Events for the week of December 14

Good Monday LACC Family: 

The last week of Fall 2020 classes is here! And we have much to look forward to for 2021. As of Friday, our Winter 2021 term headcount is at 100% of last year and Spring 2021 is over 80% headcount. This shows that at a great time of need, you all stepped forward with flexibility, resiliency, and tenacity to help our students. I am truly proud and grateful for all of your efforts. Thank everyone for your tremendous hard work and commitment to our students.  

Winter Holiday

The campus will be closed on December 24, 25, 20, 31 and January 1. Over the next few weeks we will be staffed and available remotely to assist you.

“Best of Semester” Film Screening 

This Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17, Cinema/TV will host a “Best of the Semester” film screening at 6:30pm. The screening is free and available via Zoom, meeting ID 933 4162 3053.  

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Black Lives Matter Town Hall 

This Friday, December 18 at 1:30pm our Black Lives Matter Town Hall will feature holiday traditions highlighting the many different cultures from around the globe holiday celebrations. Our Annual Holiday Party will directly follow. Please be on the lookout for a special gift that will arrive in the mail prior to the party. Please do not open your present before December 18 as we want to open them together during our celebration. We have randomly placed special surprise certificates ranging from $10 to $100 and we want to enjoy opening the gifts when we are all virtually together. We will also be announcing the winners of the “Holiday Zoom Background Spectacular” contest that afternoon. I look forward to seeing everyone there.  

Special Messages from the LACC Sr. Staff 

2020, not exactly the year I envisioned last December. Nevertheless, the chapter is coming to a close. One chapter out of ninety, when read by future faculty, staff, and administrators will be one of sadness, resilience, perseverance, dedication, and continuing excellence. Like my colleagues, I could not be prouder of this institution and everyone’s response to the pandemic. This college mobilized in weeks to become a fully online college, challenging University of Phoenix for the top dog in online education. Not that I’m competitive or anything.   

I’m looking forward to the holiday break coming up and planning to detach from the computer screen for two weeks and wrap up the home projects I started while being home essentially 24/7. I hope you are able to detach as well and spend quality time with a much smaller circle of family and friends than typical. Happy Holidays to each of you. May your families and circle of friends remain safe and healthy. See you in 2021!  

Jim Lancaster,
Vice President Academic Affairs 

As the year comes to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your dedication to our students. You have always supported our students, but you went to extraordinary lengths to do so for the past 9 months. As I reflect on my time since we went remote, I am thankful to be working with a leadership team that does not compromise the best interest of the students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Although it is very difficult to work from home with 4-year old Alexander, 7-year old Ella, and my wife Tenny, who is also working from home, I am blessed to have a healthy family and to watch my children grow. I am honored to be a part of the LACC family and on behalf of the Student Services division, I wanted to wish you a Happy Holidays.  Enjoy the break and I am looking forward to transforming students' lives together in 2021.  

Alen R. Andriassian,
Acting Vice President Student Services 

As I read the paper this morning the news of the vaccine that will end the COVID pandemic is being manufactured and shipped on a scale not seen World War II. It is a tribute to human ingenuity, modern science and the around the clock work of many dedicated people that came together to address a challenge that many thought impossible in such a short time frame. 

The impossible is not a foreign concept to the faculty and staff at LACC either. The ability to transform an organization very quickly, anticipate the needs of our faculty to teach and our students to remain engaged learners was and is a time in our history that will be viewed as momentous. The persistence and resiliency of staff across the campus to maintain services to our students and sustain our business systems is now a point of pride and an example of what can be done when we work together. 

The year 2020 is coming to a close and 2021 looks ever brighter. To my colleagues in Administrative Services it has been a privilege to work with you. To my colleagues across the campus it has been an honor to have been a part of Los Angeles City College. Best wishes for a happy, healthy and restful holiday season. 

James R. Reeves,
Vice President Administrative Services 

This is my last message to you for the year. This year presented us with far more challenges than we could have imagined. Throughout these unusual pandemic circumstances, I witnessed a group of people so committed to our students and each other that you did something that would have seemed impossible just a year ago. Moving to a fully remote environment for work, services, and classes was a monumental feat. You did it without complaining, without all of the tools needed, and with a group of students who were completely frightened. There is absolutely nothing that you fine group of professionals cannot do. It is a privilege to work with you. I am even more committed to ensuring that we have the resources needed to continue this path of delivering excellent instruction and services to our students. I wish for you relaxation and time with your loved ones over this break. I look forward to shepherding us back to campus sometime in 2021. 


Be well. Stay safe. 

Mary Gallagher,