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Spring 2014 Semester Begins
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Santa Claus Visits Children at LAMC Child Development Center
Sleigh bells rang as Santa Claus and Elf made an early visit last week at Mission’s Child Development Center.
The joy of the holiday season came alive as Child Development Director Monica Moreno escorted Santa in his sleigh to the Child Development Center.
When Santa Claus arrived, the children were busy playing in the snow as the grounds of the CDC were transformed into a winter wonderland earlier that morning. But the mood soon changed as Santa and Elf climbed out of the sleigh shouting, “Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!” Filled with excitement, the children cheered and ran to give Santa a big hug, and share Christmas wishes.
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Honor Awards for Spring 2013
Honor awards for the Spring 2013 semester were presented on November 21, 2013 to LAMC students who earned outstanding scholastic achievement.  Awards were presented by President Monte E. Perez, Dean of Student Services Ludi Villegas-Vidal, and faculty members Janice Silver, Margie Long, David Jordan, Madelline Hernandez, and Mike Fenton, Ph.D.   Emcees were Dean Ludi Villegas-Vidal and Academic Senate President Leslie Milke.  Speakers at the ceremony were Dr. Perez, Associated Student Organization President Carlos Lara, Student Trustee Michael Griggs, and President of Alpha Gamma Sigma Ashley Zavala.  Thanks to staff members Angela Aghajanian and Carlos Gonzalez for their assistance at the ceremony.  Photos and photo collage by Jamie De Falco Martinez.  Group photo by Rafael Rodriguez III.
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Noche De Ciencias

By: Marina Sangkavichai, STEM Counselor

On October 26, 2013, Los Angeles Mission College, in collaboration with SHPE ( Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers ) and the Youth Policy Institute hosted an event called Noche De Ciencias (Science Night). The event targeted middle school and high school students in both the San Fernando and Los Angeles Area. It was an evening filled with science experiments, hands on activities, and informative workshops for parents to support their children through the college experience. Middle School activities included straw towers, bridge building, and foil floaters. Each exercise highlighted a central idea in engineering and design principles.  Fun competitions took place and students with the most creative, and durable designs won medals and were recognized on stage.  High school students were taken to the Center for Math and Science building where they participated in three fascinating workshops;  The Magic of Chemistry,  Body Motion Detector Science, and The Monsters in Me. Each workshop highlighted principles in chemistry, physics and microbiology.  Students gained valuable exposure to the sciences and it encouraged them to think about career pathways within the STEM fields. After the workshops, a panel of STEM professionals gathered in the auditorium of the CMS building and high school students were given the opportunity to ask them questions about their careers, college experience, and how they overcame challenges to succeed and obtain their academic and career goals. All students were brought back to the main campus center for the conclusion, pictures, and light refreshments. 

In order to serve the surrounding communities, the event was bilingual English/Spanish. Parents were able to learn about the admissions process and financial aid. It was a wonderful success and provided parents with the basic tools to support their children as they begin their steps towards obtaining a college education. The STEM program along with SHPE, hopes to organize another  Noche De Ciencias event next year.

Mission College Receives Share of $19.25M in Grants
Los Angeles Mission College receives share of $19.25M in Grants. Funds to provide workforce training and foster business partnerships. Click Here for more info

STEM Motivational Seminar
Students pursuing a STEM major have a challenging task ahead of them.  On September 10, 2013, the STEM program was proud to have a motivational seminar to inspire our students.  You could feel the excitement as students walked into the auditorium, signed in and took their seats.  Mike Fenton, STEM director, did the introductions and encouraged students to persist in their studies.  Maria Renteria, STEM Center coordinator, spoke on tutoring services and other supplementary support available.  Marina Sangkavichai, STEM counselor defined STEM counseling and detailed the services offered such as educational and transfer planning, scholarship assistance, mentoring, field trips and STEM events. 
Three former STEM students spoke on their experiences in the STEM program and about their academic journeys at Los Angeles Mission College.  Peter Velazquez, Pin Ramos, and Jesus Iniguez are all successful STEM students who spoke on the importance of time management, studying in groups, and the power of persistence.  The students found the information helpful and enlightening.  The STEM program feels it is important for students to network with other students since they are going through similar programs of study and challenges.  The one hour seminar ended with a fun pizza party and a chance for students and STEM staff to get to know one another.  It was a great success and the STEM program hopes to organize another Motivational Seminar in the future!

First Day Fall Semester 2013
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STEM Students Tour JPL/NASA
On June 24, 2013, STEM Students from Los Angeles Mission College had the opportunity to take a free tour through JPL/NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Students learned about the founding of JPL and its latest endeavors including various rover projects. Mission College students were fascinated and intrigued by JPL and its overall objective to answer the question, “Is there life out there?” The three-hour tour took them through the “clean room” where meticulous testing on space vehicles is done. They also visited the mission control room which is busy on two different occasions; during a launching and landing. It was an exciting and interesting day for STEM students. 
Gio Magana, a STEM and Electrical Engineering student, remarked, “I had always wanted to visit JPL and never had the chance to. Thank you Mission College STEM for the opportunity.” Another student, Sofiya Pascual, an Aerospace Engineering major, hopes to obtain an internship with NASA and work there in the future. STEM hopes to make this a yearly event so that many more STEM students have the opportunity to visit JPL/NASA.
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LAMC Celebrates 38th Commencement Ceremony
The 38th Annual Commencement was celebrated in the Quad at Mission College on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 5pm. The Class of 2013 commencement featured over 400 students who received associate degrees. Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Villegas was Commencement speaker. Vice Chancellor for Educational Programs & Institutional Effectiveness Yasmin Delahoussaye presented the Chancellor’s Distinguished Honor Awards – recognizing candidates who achieved a grade point average of 3.70 or better in all college work. LAMC President Monte E. Perez congratulated the class of 2013 for their dedication and perseverance.

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LAMC Scholarship Ceremony
On May 14, 2013, eighty-seven (87) scholarships were presented to students at the LAMC Scholarship Ceremony.  Speakers at the ceremony were President Monte Perez, ASO President Michael Griggs, students Randy Gomez, Lorina Armstrong, and Marcelo Rodriguez.  Faculty members J. Michael Reynolds, Tashini Walker, Janice Silver, Louis Zandalasini, Diana Bonilla, Dr. Bob Smazenka, Bamdad Samii, and Margie Long presented scholarships to students.  LAMC Foundation Chair Albert Alvarez and LAMC Foundation Secretary Aleea Le Blanc presented scholarships sponsored by the LAMC Foundation. Students applied for the scholarships through the college Financial Aid Office. Scholarship committees determined the recipients of the scholarships based on student essays, academic performance, and recommendations from faculty and staff.  Photo collage by Multimedia Student Jamie De Falco Martinez.
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