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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 11/30/2020

News and Events for the week of November 30

Good Monday Morning:  

I hope you all enjoyed a quiet weekend, with family at least on Zoom. It was a beautiful Southern California sunny and warm late November weekend. As we finish the last two weeks of the semester and conclude with the week of final exams, if you need anything, please reach out.   

Tomorrow, December 1, is Giving Tuesday. It is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. We are doing another food giveaway to our students on Wednesday, December 16th from 12:00 to 3:00. We plan to give to 1,000 students. We would like to increase that number, but we need your help. If you can give any amount to the LACC Foundation, please help us to help our students. You can request that these funds go to “Student Basic Needs” and it will go directly to the account so that we can increase the number of students who receive food on December 16th. If everyone just gave $25 we could provide for 500 more students. Or, since this was such a monumental year, you could give $20.20. Or you could consider a payroll deduction – no matter how small. You could have just $16.83 per month deducted and it would equal $202.00 for the year. If you find yourself with a little extra cash this year, $2020.00 would sponsor 80 bags of groceries. On Tuesday, December 1, please go online to our LACC Foundation at: https://donate.laccfoundation.org/givingtuesday. Under the “Additional Information - Comments” type “Student Basic Needs” to make sure the funding gets included for December 16. I am hoping that we have 75% of our full-time, permanent staff contribute. That will speak volumes to our other funders about the commitment from all of us to our students and our Foundation.   

Winter Break

We are just three short weeks away from our winter break. If you plan to take time off, please make sure to submit your vacation requests this week.  

Theatre Academy

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 3-5, our Theatre Academy is presenting “Quarantine: Short Screenplay Workshop,” four short screenplays written by LACC Cinema students around the theme of Quarantine. Workshop presentations are directed and developed via Zoom with LACC actors, writers and directors and then presented as live zoom performances. All shows begin at 7pm, Zoom information will be posted on the Theatre Academy website.  

Black Lives Matter Town Hall

Please mark your calendar for Friday, December 18 beginning at 1:30 p.m. That afternoon we have a lineup that I hope you will enjoy. We will start with our Black Lives Matter Town Hall that will feature holiday traditions from all over the world – enjoying the season from many different cultures. Then right after the Town Hall, we will have our Annual Holiday Party virtually. We will be sending a gift to each of you that should arrive at your address before Friday, December 18th. But do not open the gift until December 18th. In about 100 of the employee gifts, we randomly placed a certificate to redeem for a gift card of $100 or $50 or $20 or $10. We want to open them together to see who got them. We will also be announcing the winners of the “Holiday Zoom Background Spectacular” contest that afternoon as well. Plans are underway now for a fun afternoon. I hope to see you there.   

Music Faculty Concert

The Music Faculty’s concert in honor of Kabwe Chanda was beautiful. The pieces selected were perfect and the concert was magnificent! If you missed it, it is up on YouTube. Kabwe’s wife and son joined us, and Pamela said, “This was just absolutely beautiful. I am in awe. Words cannot convey my absolute joy and gratitude. Thank you so much to you and everyone for this wonderful tribute. Kabwe was such a music connoisseur and that music selection was him.”   


As we wind down this most interesting semester, let’s focus on what lies ahead with the vaccine that will likely begin distribution in late December. While we may not see a major change for another several months, hopefully this will help prevent the continued spread of COVID-19, and put us on a track to return to campus sometime next year.  

BELIEVE.  ACHIEVE.  SUCCEED.  Continue your advocacy for your students.  

Be well. Stay safe. 
Mary