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Food Festival set for May 12
The Los Angeles Mission College Foundation once again is sponsoring its annual Springfest Food and Wine Festival to raise scholarship funds. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 3-7 p.m. in the college’s Campus Center. Culinary theme for the 2007 festival is “A Walk through Europe.” The award-winning Culinary Arts Institute will prepare and serve gourmet cuisine from a number of European countries, including France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece. Guests will also sample wines and microbrews from a variety of countries. And leave room for the Pastry Pavilion! All this for just $50 per person. (Tickets for Mission College staff are $35 per person.) Door prizes, raffles and the ever-popular silent auctions will round out the day’s activities. For ticket information, call Vilma Bernal, (818) 833-3410.

 
President hosts Town Hall
Mission College President Ernest H. Moreno played host to a Town Hall gathering on March 8. President Moreno used the occasion to update staff on a variety of campus issues, including enrollment, budget, accreditation and more. About 100 staff and community members attended the event.

 
Groundbreaking for new child center
Ground was broken on February 26 for Mission College’s new campus Child Development Center. When completed, the center will triple the amount of affordable child care available to parent-students. The $9.1-million complex will also house Mission College’s child development discipline. L.A. Councilman Tony Cardenas, who helped secure funding for the center as a member of the state Assembly, was a guest speaker. Construction of the 27-thousand-square-foot facility is expected to take about a year. Photo shows “golden” shovels used in the ceremony by dignitaries and children to help break ground for the upcoming structure. See photos from CDC Groundbreaking

 
Play ball!
The Mission College men’s baseball and women’s softball seasons are underway! Once again this year, the men are led by Coach Kent Cote and the women’s team is coached by Sandra Durazo. Both squads will try to improve on their 2006 records. The men and women play their home games at El Cariso Park, 13100 Hubbard Street in Sylmar. All Mission College students and staff and community members are invited to come out and cheer on the Eagles. See Men’s Baseball Schedule See Women’s Baseball Schedule


 
New requirement for foreign students
International students attending Mission College and other campuses in the Los Angeles Community College District are advised that new rules take effect soon requiring them to have a certain level of medical coverage. Sharif Ossaryan (photo), a Blue Cross representative, explained the new regulations to Mission College international students at a recent campus meeting. Foreign students with questions about the new rules may call the International Students Office, (818) 364-7739.

 
Good start to spring semester
Under warm, sunny skies, Mission College launched its spring 2007 semester on February 5. “Help teams” were on campus to answer new students’ questions and to direct them to classes. In photo, instructor Maria Fenyes welcomes students to chemistry class. About 7,600 students are enrolled in Mission College this semester – taking advantage of the new, low $20 per unit tuition rate. Mission College offers great degree, university and career programs. See photos fron First Day of Semester

 
All aboard!
New and continuing students are reminded that they must park in the temporary Sayre Lot while attending Mission College during the spring semester. Due to construction of Mission College’s modern, tri-level parking structure, no student parking is available on the main campus. The shuttle trip from the Sayre Lot takes only five minutes and it’s free. To reward your patience, there are no student parking fees in 2007! The parking structure is expected to be completed in soon and will be available for parking for at least part of the spring semester. More Info...

 
A look at proposed health facility
The latest issue of the OUR MISSION newsletter (photo) takes a look at the Health, Physical Education and Fitness Center, scheduled to begin construction this summer. The newsletter also examines the unique software that helps put disabled students on a par with non-disabled students. And we visit with a Mission College alum who is now a pro soccer player. See Our Mission Newsletter


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