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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 3/4/2019

News and Events for the week of March 4

Good Monday Morning:

As we enter our fifth week of Spring semester, the campus is buzzing with activity. March is Women’s History Month and our big 90th Anniversary kick-off Gala is just over a week away. We have many exciting events taking place before we pause for Spring Break. We still have space in our late start classes that start on April 8th, right after Spring Break.

Last Week
Quarterly Meeting on Enrollment and Budget

Last Tuesday the VPs, Dean Badalyan, and I met with the District leadership for our periodic quarterly review of our budget and enrollment. While our enrollment is down in Spring by 4% from last Spring, overall our enrollment is better than it has been in the past. We need to keep our efforts strong to continue to bring students into our great college. We have hired permanent staff in our Welcome Center and Outreach & Recruitment and that should help with our efforts. We are working hard to get our students’ financial aid into their hands. With regard to our budget, the District sees that we will be able to balance our budget and with improved outcomes in key areas, we should be able to keep managing through over the next two years. 

Amazing Math Students

Last Friday and Saturday, LACC hosted two big Mathematics events. On Friday our Math Club participated in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Round II competition and on Saturday LACC hosted our annual Mathematics Contest where over 200 middle and high school students competed for scholarships.

The Week Ahead
Student Workshop on Mindfulness

A student workshop on “Meet Your New Super Power: Mindfulness” will be held on Wednesday, 3/6 at 12:30pm in the Student Union Conference Room on the 2nd floor.

International Women’s Day Celebration

On Wednesday, 3/6 we will host an International Women’s Day Celebration from 12:30pm to 2:30pm on the first floor of the Student Union. Please wear white in support of the 100th anniversary of the suffragettes’ movement. We will have food, guest speakers and more!

Theatre Academy Presents Lysistrata vs. Toxic Masculinity

This Wednesday, 3/6; Thursday, 3/7; Friday, 3/8 and Saturday, 3/9 the Theatre Academy will present Lysistrata Versus Toxic Masculinity, a modern twist on an ancient comedic tale. In Aristophanes' original play, Lysistrata successfully ends an ongoing war by getting the women of both sides to withhold sex from the men until they stop fighting. In our new play, Lysistrata's excitement and hubris at her own success cause The Gods to send her on a time traveling adventure where she encounters historical and mythic figures. This darkly comic journey expands her understanding of what drives conflict and war, and further fuels her desire to fight for peace no matter the time or place. All performances begin at 7pm, with an extra matinee beginning at 2pm on Saturday, 3/9. Tickets are available at the Camino Theatre.

ChemCity Seminar Series

The Chemistry Department is restarting their ChemCity Seminar Series. The first seminar, “Study Habits, Time Management, and Strategies to Succeed in the STEM Fields”, will be held this Thursday, 3/7 at 4pm in room 111 of the SciTech Building.

Faculty & Staff: Don’t Forget - Procurement Training on Friday for Anyone Interested

The training will take place on Friday, 3/8 from 9:30 to 3:00 in the Student Union 3rd floor Multipurpose Room. It is open to all to attend.

Faculty & Staff: Budget Preparation for 2019-20

The vice presidents of each division received budget planning materials for the 2019-20 year. You should be meeting soon with your deans and managers to plan for the coming year.  We have until mid-May to finalize budgets for 2019-20.

President’s Activities This Week

I decided I would add something more starting this week around initiatives and activities I am involved in to keep you all informed.

On Monday I am having an off campus retreat with the Sr. Staff and Dean Badalyan to begin discussions of what we can do in a more integrated way to help our students decide on a career field of study. This is work that will become an important part of our Guided Pathways work.

Also on Monday we have College Council at 12:45 in the Foundation Conference Room. Come and learn what is going on around campus.

On Monday afternoon Student Services and I meet with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center about taking over the contracted health services in our Health Center. The Kheir Clinics, predominantly in Korea Town, is also interested in providing these services.

On Tuesday I am meeting with the LA Chamber of Commerce on health occupations needed for the future and the role LACC can play in providing more programs. I have met with Kaiser and Children’s Hospital on this same topic.

On Wednesday there is a Board of Trustees meeting at LA Trade Tech. At the Board Legislative Committee meeting that will take place before the regular Board meeting, there will be a discussion of students who are homeless being allowed to park in our parking lots. There is legislation being proposed. LACC has been looking into the possibility so I hope to be able to inform the discussion.

On Thursday the vice presidents, deans, managers, and I will undergo mandatory training provided by the Office of Civil Rights.

On Thursday I am meeting with the ASG to discuss the work we are doing to help meet student basic needs.

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Coming Up
LACC’s 90th Anniversary Gala

On Tuesday, March 12, we will be officially launching our 90th anniversary with our 2019 LACC Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Herb Alpert and Lani Hall will be performing. The festivities begin at 6pm. Tickets for faculty, emeriti and staff are $225. All other tickets are $450. Please contact the LACC Foundation for more information.

Yamaha Artist Concert Series

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, 3/14 for the first concert of the Yamaha Artist Concert Series where we welcome pianist Alexandria Le. The concert will begin at 7:30pm in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, with a preceding hosted cocktail hour at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door with student rush tickets available 30 minutes prior to each concert for $15. To purchase tickets, visit

Artist Speaker Series

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, 3/19 for our third Artist Lecture featuring artist Jeremiah Chiu. It’s free and open to the public, in Chem 3 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

It is such a great pleasure to interact with the faculty, staff and students at our amazing LACC… 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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