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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.
 
 

 
Noche de Ciencias 2013 Blast From The Past
A past view of the Noche de Ciencias 2013 event. Click Here for video and more information about this event. “ The STEM program is currently in the planning stages of a Noche De Ciencias event for this year. The tentative date for the event will be in October. Stay tuned for details!

 
Honors Ceremony
Honor Awards for the Fall 2013 semester were presented on May 9, 2014 to LAMC students who earned outstanding scholastic achievement.  Awards were presented by President Monte E. Perez, Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Allen, and faculty members Janice Silver, Diana Bonilla, and Myriam Levy. The emcee was Academic Senate President Leslie Milke.  Honor Student Raul A. Juarez spoke about the student honor club, Alpha Gamma Sigma, and was also presented the Dean’s Honor Award.    Staff members Angela Aghajanian and Carlos Gonzalez  were our translators.  Thanks to the following staff volunteers:  Rafael Rodriguez III who photographed the event and Deborah Manning and Pablo Vazquez who produced the slide presentation available at this link: Click Here For Video


 
EOPS/CARE Annual Recognition Ceremony

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Students and their guests celebrated with fine dining and entertainment at the EOPS/CARE Annual Recognition Ceremony held at the Sheraton Universal Hotel on May 9, 2014.  Students were recognized at the ceremony for their academic achievements. Certificates and bronze medals were presented to students by Dean of Student Services Ludi Villegas-Vidal and Counselors Jose Luis Ramirez and Linda Marie Avalos-Njie.  Counseling Chair Diana Bonilla also presented medals to students.  The following students spoke about the challenges they faced as students and how they overcame obstacles to succeed in their educational goals: Maria M. Gonzalez, Rene Gaytán Mendoza, and Kim Ngoc T. Le.  Students were recognized for their high graduation honors as follows:  Anahid Abrahamian was LAMC Valedictorian for the Class of 2014.  Summa Cum Laude awards were earned by Anahid Abrahamian and Kim Ngoc T. Lee.  Magna Cum Laude awards were earned by Rita Amirian, Maria G. Gallardo, Joel Herrera, Karmen Khanbabaei, Grace M. Lindley, Victor A. Orozco, and Rima Zargarian. 
 

We are very proud of the EOPS/ Care students at Los Angeles Mission College!  Parents, family members, significant others, and friends attended this above and beyond ceremony to recognize the students receiving AA degrees and Transferring to Universities.  Entertainment for the ceremony was provided by flamenco dance artist Arleen Hurtado and the musical group Yslas.  Please click on video link that follows to enjoy the entertainment, awards ceremony, and the views as seen from the Sheraton Universal Hotel. Music in the video by Yslas was recorded live at the event.  Thanks to our staff volunteers who created the video:  Rafael Rodriguez III (photography), Deborah Manning (photo editor and video producer), and Pablo Vazquez (sound technician and video editor).

 
Commencement 2014
Another milestone in Mission's history!  Commencement was well attended and the joy of the graduates was remarkable.  Faculty, staff and administrators shared the experience and came away with renewed enthusiasm.
All the speakers were amazing and the Key Note speaker Danny Trejo brought real life experiences and inspiration to the students.
Many thanks to the Commencement committee and the faculty and staff that made the commencement so special.
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Denim Day/ Clothesline Project & Self Defense Workshop 2014
On Wednesday, April 23,  2014, Sociology Professors Myriam Levy and Jill Biondo (pictured) and their Sociology students took part in bringing awareness to violence against women, men and children.  Nathan Carlan, LAMC P E instructor (pictured) facilitated the Self-Defense workshop with the help of his kinesiology students.  The LAMC community participated in wearing denim and writing messages on t-shirts to ensure this topic doesn't stay silent and victims can continue to heal and be empowered. 
Denim Day  is an event in which people are encouraged to wear jeans (denim) in order to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault.
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. This project is not limited to women but to all who are impacted by sexual violence.

 
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.


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