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LAMC STEM Reading Apprenticeship Team

The STEM RA team will meet on Thursday, 7/9/15, to discuss the strategies that were implemented in the classrooms last semester. The tutoring centers (SSC and Math Center) will discuss their RA plans for the fall semester. All STEM and non-STEM faculty are invited to attend.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 7/9/15, at 2:30 pm in the CAI conference room. Please contact Par Mohammadian if you have any questions.


 
LAMC 40th Annual Commencement
On June 9, 2015, under cloudy skies and intermittent light rain, Los Angeles Mission College celebrated the 40th Annual Commencement Ceremony. Retiring Professor Patricia Flood-Moreno was our Faculty Grand Marshal who led the Processional and proudly carried the ceremonial mace into the faculty seating area. The Community College Bureau Color Guard honored our nation’s flag with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Sukarno Brown (Veteran of the Armed Forces), Security Officers Evencio Perea and Roxanna Rodriguez, and LAMC Cadet Andrew Alvarez.  Professor Margie Long emceed the ceremony and introduced the following speakers on the Platform listed in order of appearance:  Salutatorian Sara Sanchez, LAMC President Monte E. Perez, PhD, ASO President Raymond Gosen, LACCD Board of Trustees Member Mona Field, Valedictorian Socorro Elizondo, United States Congressman and Keynote Speaker Tony Cardenas, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, PhD who also presented the Chancellor Awards, Academic Senate President Leslie Milke who spoke about the Class of 2015, and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Michael Allen who presented the class to Dr. Perez.  Vice President of Administrative Services Danny Villanueva was seated on the Platform and helped to congratulate approximately 350 graduates who walked on stage.  Stephen Brown, PhD, Vice Chair of Life Sciences, Margie Long, Professor Rhetoric and Communication Studies, David Pardess, PhD, Professor Languages, Emeritus, and Ludi Villegas-Vidal, Dean of Student Services announced the graduate names.  Please click on the following link to see the video slideshow produced by Deborah Manning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMTc3hNgpJw

 
LAMC Honors Ceremony
Honor Awards were presented on April 17, 2015 to LAMC students who earned outstanding scholastic achievement for the Fall 2014 semester.  Academic Senate President Leslie Milke emceed the ceremony. LAMC President Monte Perez, PhD welcomed the audience and presented the President’s award to students along with Professor Margie Long who announced the names of the recipients.  Associated Student Organization (ASO) Education Senator Jackie Ambridge, who was presented the Dean’s Award, led the flag salute and also welcomed the audience.  Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Allen congratulated the honor students.  Alpha Gamma Sigma Secretary Jesus Martinez spoke about the student honor club.  The following faculty announced and presented the Dean’s Award: Myriam Levy, Stephen Brown, PhD, Janice Silver, and Bamdad Samii. Dean of Student Services Ludi Villegas-Vidal and SFP Program Technician Marianna Sirunian translated for the audience.  The ASO provided beautiful long-stemmed red roses that were presented to the honor students by ASO Treasurer Sara Sanchez and Dean Ludi Villegas-Vidal. Ms. Sanchez earned the President’s Award that was presented to her by Dr. Perez.  Dean of Student Success Carlos Gonzalez photographed the event.  Staff member Deborah Manning, who organized the ceremony, produced the video slideshow available at this link: http://youtu.be/b8v3z8EGr4g

 
STEM Recognition Ceremony

On June 5, 2015, the STEM program hosted a STEM Recognition Ceremony for all of its graduates and transfers.  Our graduates received Associate Degrees in Health Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Biology.  Many of our students received acceptances into prestigious campuses such as CSUN, CSULA, UCLA, CSU Sacramento and UC SD. Several of our students were also accepted into nursing programs at CSULA and Los Angeles Pierce College. The recognition ceremony consisted of delicious food, lively music, and the presentation of awards for outstanding academic achievement. It was a delight to have students and their family and friends celebrate the completion of an important milestone in their lives.

 Jesus Iniguez and Jesus Miguel Lopez Baltazar, LAMC alumni who are now currently attending UCLA, gave our current STEM graduates motivational speeches on how to succeed at the four year university. They spoke of the importance of hard work, persistence and time management. It was inspiring to hear two former STEM students impart words of wisdom to our STEM graduates.  We are very proud of all our students and congratulate them on their hard work and dedication. Each of our students has a story of triumph over obstacles. They are our role models in the community!

Walther Villatoro, a Chemical Engineering major, will be starting an Engineering internship at Cal-tech this July. Giovanni Magana, an Electrical Engineering major, obtained a summer research internship at UCLA. He will be transferring to UC Santa Cruz this Fall.

 A STEM major is rigorous, challenging and yet so rewarding! We applaud all of our students in the STEM program! We look forward to hearing about their achievements in the future. Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

 


 
Child Ddevelopment Conference Welcomes Capacity Attendance!

Cloudy skies, drizzle and cool temperatures could not keep the child development students away from our annual Child Development Conference here at Mission College Saturday April 25th.  This is our eighth annual conference, and once again, a capacity attendance shared the afternoon of workshops exploring such diverse topics as math, science, art, music, special needs, healthy habits, assessment, family child care, and more. 

 

A special feature of the event was the opening of the moving and inspirational photography gallery in the Child Development Center, where images of our children from birth through age five have been captured during the miraculous moments of learning through play…..This is a breathtaking exhibit, and our students were awe-struck at the opportunity to see learning through such vivid photographs. 

 

Special thanks to the campus community that support this event each year.  CTE provided funding for many of the supplies and conference costs.  The Child Development Club came early to set up, to facilitate registration, and to volunteer on every level.  Plant Facilities gave us extra time, effort and support.  The Bookstore, Financial Aid, EOPS provided give-aways for our raffle.  Academic Affairs supported us in numerous ways. 

Special, Special Thanks to the Child Development faculty, Child Development Center teachers, California Early Childhood Mentor Teachers and our own Child Development Student Resource Center tutors  for volunteering their time to offer such rich and enriching workshops for our students!

 





 
Campus Book Event!

Campus Book event (5/13) 11:30am-2pm in the Quad. Food inspired by the book will be graciously provided by the Culinary Arts Program. Join us for a live panel discussion, submit a poster response or take a quiz. Prizes for poster entries range from novelty items to a $50 gift card!

Culinary Arts students will be providing free samples of food from the book!


 
Reading Apprenticeship (RA) workshop at LAMC

Reading Apprenticeship (RA) workshop: May 1st, 2015, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, in the Arroyo Room (CAI building, LAMC).

In this workshop, RA facilitators from WestEd will present the fundamentals of the Reading Apprenticeship framework, including the social, personal, cognitive and knowledge-building dimensions.

Please bring a textbook or a sample from a textbook from a class that you teach! You will have an opportunity to practice RA routines with your sample. 

Specific Takeaways:

Key RA strategies: Think-Alouds, Talking to the Text, and Evidence-Interpretation Logs, with a focus on their relation to the four dimensions.

Please register as soon as possible (max of 40 participants).

Registration via Eventbrite (click on Eventbrite) password: STEM RA LAMC  (you can copy and paste the password)

Breakfast and lunch will be served and Flex hours are available.

If you have any questions, please contact Par Mohammadian (mohammp@lamission.edu)


 
Child Development Department Goes On a Field Trip!
Thirty five members of the Child Development Department, including faculty, mentor teachers, tutors and Child Development Center staff spent Saturday April 16th in Culver City sharing an enriching day of professional development.  The day started with a tour and exploration of Branches Atelier School, a renowned program based on the Reggio Emilia approach.  We had the opportunity to hear the history and philosophy from the owner/director, and had time to explore the inspiring environments designed for children, parents and community.  We explored materials, took pictures, asked questions, and used every opportunity to learn and share thoughts and ideas.  After lunch we all visited the Rediscover Center, where we were able to purchase low cost and recycled teacher materials to bring back to our program.  We are all feeling inspired from the shared experience, and look forward to infusing our classes and programs with what we’ve learned!

 
Child Development Students Attend the CCRC Annual Public Policy Forum
Fourteen Child Development students and two faculty members were guests of the Child Care Resource Center at their annual Public Policy Forum on Thursday April 9th held this year at Cal State University Northridge.    The Forum is designed for legislators, public policy advocates, early childhood education professionals and parents to discuss issues, legislation and advocacy needs in the field of early childhood education.  The program included experts on the national, state and local levels sharing the opportunities and challenges of the field, and the importance of advocacy for children and families.  Our students were actively engaged in the presentations, and have reported to their classes about what they experienced and how it has impacted their career paths.  Mission College was identified from the podium as the CEO acknowledged the importance of the child development community being united and active in setting policy.  It was a proud day for our department, and our students shone in the gathering of those committed to quality programs for children and families!

 
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



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