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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 10/14/2019

News and Events for the week of October 14

Good Monday Morning: 

I am on an accreditation visit through Thursday; then I will be attending MeltingPot 2020 – a worldwide event bringing the brilliant minds of technology together from around the world, hosted by Amazon Web Services – who will talk about the future of technology. I will return to campus on Friday. This week today, Monday, Dr. Smith will be the Acting President and Tuesday through Thursday, Dr. Lancaster will be the Acting President. My Executive Assistant, Lillian Johnson, is my assistant for the accreditation visit, so the President’s Office will be closed until I return on Friday. Academic Affairs Administrative Secretary, Michelle Rodriguez, will be covering for the President’s Office.

Last week was a very busy week on campus. On Wednesday, our 14th Annual Rideshare Event took place in the quad. The vendors had an opportunity to talk with students and staff about their offerings. On Friday, 10/11, we hosted the Honors Transfer Fair where more than 20 colleges visited our campus to share transfer information with our students. Also on Friday, 10/11, Nike unveiled our new rainbow BeTrue track. The celebration included giveaways, refreshments, a special appearance by Olympic gold-medalist Kerron Clement and a group victory lap. On Saturday, 10/12, we hosted our 90thh Anniversary Community Resource Fair where thousands of guests joined us to obtain information about LACC programs and services, community resources, including health information and testing, face painting for the children, and job opportunities; and we held our own ribbon cutting of the new BeTrue track and victory lap.

90th Anniversary Community Day

For those of you who were not able to attend our event on Saturday, I believe Carol described it well in her email on Sunday.

From Dean Carol Kozeracki (one of the 90th Anniversary Committee members who chaired the organization of this event, along with Armineh Dereghishian and Julianna Medina):

It was a GREAT teamwork effort!!

From Admin services, Mike Sundy and his men took care of everything we needed throughout the day in terms of tables, chairs, canopies, ice chests, and more - many thanks to them. The sheriff's department was visible and helpful throughout the event, and the custodial staff kept the campus looking good throughout the event.

Our Student Services departments were amazing. Brenda Brown and the outreach students and staff were on duty by 8:00 - and were still on campus when Armineh, Juliana, and I left around 3:00! They helped with tours and filling in wherever volunteers were needed. Similarly, special thanks to Mike Lopez for allowing his Upward Bound students to help out and act as ambassadors to our employers and community representatives. Everyone who came to our campus received a very favorable impression of our students!! The EOPS, Wellness Center, FYE, and Financial Aid booths provided great information to visitors and were all well attended by the participants.

Our Academic Departments came through with creative, engaging displays that caught people's attention and showed off the wonderful programs we have. Gayle Stafsky from Dietetics, new instructor Mike Loomis from Rad Tech, Jayesh Bhatka from Physics, Terence Mei from Life Sciences, and Camille Goulet from Law/AJ all hosted really interesting, hands-on exhibits. Aykanush Gevanyan, in particular, contributed in so many ways to the success of the day. She made sure we were ready for the ribbon cutting on the track, provided a fun exhibition by the self-defense instructor and students, had her facility ready for tours, and created a great booth that was staffed by her faculty in the Quad.

Continuing Education Services, with Jason Lesner and his staff, and Noncredit were well-represented in the Quad. An amazing “Noncredit Open House” was arranged by Angelica, Imelda, and their staff who brought hundreds of their students to campus and to the Resource Fair. Their presence resulted in the tremendous energy and excitement that we all experienced in the Quad and on the track, and gave their students the opportunity to find out about so many valuable resources available to them in our city.

Our deans, managers, and senior staff were out in full force - so appreciated on a Saturday!! And many thanks to Renee Martinez for her leadership of the 90th anniversary events.

Martha Pelayo, Robert Schwartz, Daren Lynne, Sadie Batres, and the Foundation staff all made sure that our local government officials were represented and the foundation provided tremendous financial support for the event.

Finally, Juliana Medina and Armineh Dereghishian are extraordinary assets to our college who are able to get so much done - and always with a smile. Juliana and her family were evacuated on Thursday evening due to the fires and she was dealing with the stress of that event. Despite that, she made sure that everything in the job fair (and signage and so many other things!) ran perfectly.

Thanks to everyone for their amazing efforts. Go team!!

LACC First-Generation Alum Jamaal Muwwakkil Elected 2020-21 UC Student Regent

LACC alum, Jamaal Muwwakkil M.A., is the 2019-20 Student Regent-designate and the 2020-21 Student Regent. He transferred from LACC to UCLA and studied linguistics. He is currently in the PhD program in Applied Linguistics at UC Santa Barbara where his research specializations include African American language and culture, sociocultural linguistics and political discourse. He was one of 100+ other nominees when he was elected.

Undocumented Student Week of Action

Join the California Community Colleges and LACC’s Dream Resource Center for a Week of Action in support of undocumented students. On 10/14 at 12:30pm, we will host an Open House followed by UndocuChats Group Counseling at 4pm featuring special guest Dr. Sandra Espinoza, both in the South Kinesiology Building in Room 101. On 10/15, a Rise Up for DACA Event will be held at 2pm in the Student Union 2nd Floor Conference Room. On 10/16, we will host the CA Dream Act Lab at 1:30 in the 2nd Floor SSB Assessment Center; an UndocuPathways Workshop at 3:30pm and an Entrepreneurship Webinar at 4pm in the Student Union 2nd Floor Conference Room. On 10/17, a LACC Undoc Student Panel will take place at 1pm in the SSB 3rd floor Multipurpose Room. I encourage you to attend the educator webinars and activities. Food will be provided. Information about the Educator webinars can be found at:

Food for Thought Pop-up Food Pantry (Every Monday and Thursday) 

Our weekly Pop-up Food Pantry, located in front of the Student Union, is distributing food again this week from approximately 11am until 2pm every Monday and Thursday. Information on Food for Thought services can be found @lacitycollege on Instagram. 

LA LGBT Center Housing Navigator

On Monday 10/14, any students can meet with an LA LGBT Center housing representative at 12noon in AD 108 to learn about resources and to assist students with housing. They are here to help all students in need of housing. We were informed on Friday that these services will be expanding soon. We should have a housing navigator on campus Mondays through Thursdays to help assist our students.

Student Workshop: Are You Feeling Stressed Out and Overwhelmed? 

On Tuesday 10/15 at 12:30pm the Life Skills Center/Health and Wellness will host: “Are You Feeling Stressed Out and Overwhelmed?,” a workshop to assist students in managing stress. For more information, please contact Joe Exnowski at

Theater Academy Auditions

On Wednesday 10/16, the Theatre Academy will hold auditions for enrollment in the Spring semester at 4pm in the Camino Theater. For information, contact Tony Maggio at

Yamaha Concert Series: Tamir Hendelman 

On Thursday 10/17, jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman will perform at 7:30pm in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall (HAMC 210).

Models of Pride Event

This Saturday, 10/19, we will host Models of Pride, the world’s largest free pride conference. There will be workshops, meals, fairs, entertainment and an outdoor dance party. Register online at before October 16 or register onsite on October 19 starting at 7:30 AM.

Carl Bernstein Lecture 

On Sunday, October 27, at 3pm, the LACC Foundation has arranged for investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein to kick off the inaugural Nick Beck Investigative Journalism Lecture Series. The event will take place in the Camino Theatre from 4pm to 5:30pm. We have reached capacity for student registration. Current LACC students can join the wait list by emailing General and VIP tickets are still available for purchase on the Foundation website, VIP tickets include a meet and greet reception with Carl Bernstein. 

LACC Community Corner

Not much other activity last week in the community. 

What an amazing college we have here in the heart of Hollywood and central Los Angeles. I am so fortunate to be your President!

Have a great week!
Mary Gallagher 

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


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