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Mission Undergraduate Research Journal (MURJ)

The Mission Undergraduate Research Journal (MURJ) is a collection of articles produced by LAMC students about their summer internship research projects.


This summer, 16 of our students participated in various labs at UCLA and CSUN for 10 weeks where they had the opportunity to experience hands-on lab research and reinforce their knowledge in their fields. These internships, paid by the LAMC STEM Program, allows students to explore the possibilities in their field of choice and decide whether research is something they want to pursue or not.


Students in this year’s MURJ have transferred to universities including CSUN, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and other students are applying to or awaiting response from the universities of their choice. 


Take a look at the work done by our students this summer in the MURJ Volume 3, available in the STEM website at: http://www.lamission.edu/stem/?page_id=3091

Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network
Los Angeles Mission College was approved to join the Reading Apprenticeship Community College STEM Network (RACCSN) in 2015.  LAMC team will be among the 100 founding members of RACCSN. The objective is to enhance STEM instruction through a focus on academic literacy and metacognitive conversation.

Spring Semester 2015 Begins
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LAMC Honors Ceremony

The LAMC Honors Ceremony, which was emceed by Academic Senate President Leslie Milke, showcased students who earned outstanding scholastic achievement for the Spring 2014 semester. Dean of Academic Affairs Madelline Hernandez welcomed the audience and congratulated the honor students on behalf of LAMC President, Dr. Monte Perez and Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Allen.  Associated Student Organization Vice President Jesus Martinez led the Flag Salute and welcomed the audience. Alpha Gamma Sigma President Christopher LaFera spoke about the student honor club (AGS), and invited students to join.  Christopher earned the Dean’s Honor Award that was presented to him by Counselor Diana Bonilla.  Staff members Marianna Sirunian and Carlos Gonzalez, who was recently appointed Dean of Student Success, translated for the audience.

The President’s Honor Award was announced by Dean of Student Services Ludi Villegas-Vidal and presented to the students by Dean Hernandez. The following faculty announced and presented the Dean’s Award: Myriam Levy, Stephen Brown, Margie Long, and Diana Bonilla.  ASO Treasurer Sara Sanchez, who received the President’s Award, assisted alongside Dean Gonzalez and presented long-stemmed, red roses to the honor students. ASO Senators Diana Cohen-Herrera and Anthony Trejo were each presented the Dean’s Award. Thanks to the following staff volunteers:  Georgia Estrada who assisted at the ceremony on behalf of Vice President of Student Services Joe S. Ramirez; Rafael Rodriguez III and Pablo Vazquez who photographed the ceremony; and Deborah Manning who edited the photos and created the video slide show available at :


ASO Members Attend SSCCC Fall 2014 General Assembly

On November 14th through November 16th, a group of Associated Student Organization (ASO) members from Los Angeles Mission College attended the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) Fall 2014 General Assembly at the LAX Sheraton Hotel.  The SSCCC is a student senate that represents the 2.4 million students of the California Community College System.  It addressed policies that will improve student access, encourage student success, enhance the academic experience, and give student leaders a voice on behalf of their constituents.  It was a great opportunity for some of our own ASO leaders to head out to the event and partake in the action.  It gave them an outlet to speak and represent the student body at Los Angeles Mission College.  A total of 81 out of 112 California community colleges attended the SSCCC general assembly.  According to our ASO members who attended the event, it was very successful and inspirational.  Here are some of their thoughts: 
“Going to the Fall General Assembly was insightful as it brings more clarity on how the democratic process works.  As a delegate of Los Angeles Mission College, I was honored to attend and be able to voice the opinion of my constituency, voting on resolutions that impact the entirety of the California Community College system.” –Ray Gosen, ASO President
“The Fall 2014 Student Senate for California Community Colleges General Assembly, was very inspirational.  Overall it was a spectacular opportunity that I wish every student should take advantage of, to develop a prosperousness state of mind.” –Anthony Trejo, ASO Health Senator

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Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veteran Affairs Program hosted the LAMC Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony on November 7, 2014.  The ceremony focused on LAMC as a Military Friendly campus. Ed Raskin, Professor of Business and retired veteran, spoke on the importance of non-traditional education sources such as CLEP exams for college credit, priority enrollment for all veterans, and a USO style lounge for veteran students.
Recognition was proudly given to veteran staff and faculty of Los Angeles Mission College by Joe S. Ramirez, V. P. of Student Services and Margie Long, Professor of Communication Studies.  Each veteran was called up to the front of the podium and acknowledged with heartfelt applause from the audience.  The ceremony concluded with a moment of silence for the memory of veterans of all wars as “Taps” played.
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LAMC Campus Book "Yes, Chef" by Marcus Samuelsson
Communities of all shapes and sizes are adopting the concept originated by the Washington Center for the Book: Reading and discussing one book to promote reading and foster community.
The LAMC Campus Book selection for 2014-2015 is "Yes, Chef" by Marcus Samuelsson
The book is available to borrow from our library, from local city and county public libraries and for purchase from the Eagles' Landing Student Store.

"It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations." (Random House Publishers Information)

Check out our LAMC Library guide for "Yes, Chef" and enjoy the book!

Fall Semester 2014 Begins @ LAMC
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2014 Scholarship Ceremony
Over 70 scholarships were presented to students by faculty, staff, and Foundation members at the annual LAMC Scholarship Ceremony held on May 23, 2014.  Several presenters, including many faculty members of LAMC, expressed their warm congratulations to the scholarship recipients and heartfelt appreciation to the scholarship sponsors.  The Scholarship Breakfast was emceed by the Academic Senate President, Leslie Milke and was beautifully catered by the Culinary Arts Program. Thank you to the following organizations and individuals who generously contribute each year to make this ceremony possible:  Associated Student Organization, LAMC Athletic Program, LAMC Academic Senate, the Julie Ruelas Family, the John Klitsner Family, Toye Jessica Tong and Friends, Henry Bowman, Kenneth McClain, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gumpert, the Rosalie Hilger Family and Friends, Sylmar Woman’s Club, the Gerald Scheib Family and Friends, and the LAMC Foundation.  A big thank you to Rafael Rodriguez III for volunteering to take photos of this event and to Deborah Manning for creating the video that can be viewed at this link:  http://youtu.be/t3JrNIvd964

STEM Students Visit JPL/NASA

STEM students on June 24, 2014 had the opportunity to visit JPL/NASA in Pasadena. It has become a much anticipated tradition in the STEM program. This year, fifteen of our students were able to see the highly sophisticated space crafts designed by JPL Engineers. The spacecraft, Juno, was launched in 2011 and is set to arrive on Jupiter in 2016. The purpose of this mission is to explore Jupiter and discover how the planet was created. This information could help the student understand how other planets form in the solar system. Students learned that Jupiter has 60 moons! Exploring their main lab, where they meticulously design and test spacecraft, and viewing their “championship wall” of past space missions such as Voyager, left us with a sense of awe. One of the main reasons for JPL/NASA is to engineer systems that would help answer the question “Is there life out there?”

Students were also allowed access into the mission control room where satellites and other spacecrafts are watched closely by JPL staff. Data is also collected, analyzed, and recorded. In addition to exploring space, JPL is interested in getting a better sense of how the Earth was created. Images of its topography are used to improve the quality of life on Earth and sustain the health of the planet.  All of this information was enlightening and gave us a new respect for the work that is being done at JPL. After an asteroid hit Russia in February 2013, NASA was on the scene to study and document its causes and collect data.

Students had questions about CALTECH and how to be admitted. A grade point average of 4.0 or higher is needed to be admitted into this university. Out of a pool of 214 applicants from the community college, only 5 were accepted for the Fall of 2012.

STEM students remarked on how they would love to obtain an internship at JPL and one day employment at the facility. We all walked away from the experience with a renewed respect for the field of Engineering and space exploration. A quote that really resonated within us was “Every atom in your body was once a star.” We look forward to next year when we can take the tour again.

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