AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS AND NEWS ABOUT
MISSION COLLEGE STUDENTS AND STAFF
work of two Mission College art students and an
LAMC alum hangs proudly over the streets of Sylmar
these days. The students Mario
designed four large medallions that are
currently on display on light posts throughout
the community. Their work is part of the Percent
for Art project sponsored by the Sylmar
Medical Center. Prior to casting the work, the
students took part in design workshops, discussing
themes based on the history and people of Sylmar.
The installations are on Foothill Boulevard near
Polk Street; on Hubbard Street near Gladstone;
on Polk Street near Glenoaks Boulevard; and on
Glenoaks near Hubbard Street.
Mission College students have been selected to receive
the prestigious TELACU scholarship. Each student
will receive $500, as well as counseling, leadership
training, classes in time management and other subjects
designed to help the scholars succeed in college.
The scholarship is jointly funded by TELACU (The
East Los Angeles Community Union) and the Mission
College Foundation. Scholarship winners are Sandra
Casillas, Sidia Castillo, Lili Chavez, Guadalupe
Herrera. David Manzano, Manuel Navarro, Jose-Luis
Ramirez, Simon Rodriguez, Sandra Sedano de Baro
U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan can use as many
quartermasters and supply sergeants as they can
get. That's Myriam
Mekelburg's philosophy, anyway. The Mission
College sociology instructor is collecting donated
items from college staff and the public to send
to troops overseas - including her reservist husband
currently doing duty in Iraq. Mekelburg says even
the smallest items can make a soldier's day, especially
goods that are hard to get overseas. Through October
she is collecting non-perishable snacks, toiletries,
games and athletic gear (e.g., soccer balls). Seasonal
items such as Christmas decorations and blank greeting
cards are also a good idea, she said. Items may
be placed in boxes located near the faculty lounge
in the Instructional Building. Or contact Mekelburg
Mission College art student Chau
Thuy Huynh is hard at work preparing
an exhibition for next spring. Huynh recently was
named a Haas Scholar at UC Berkeley, allowing her
to devote a year to preparing the exhibit. Huynh
is creating an art project that encompasses traditional
Vietnamese culture and mythology through the mediums
of drawing, sculpture, embroidery, and American
quilt making. Huynh recently wrote to her former
instructor and mentor, Barbara
Kerwin, with news of the Haas scholarship,
adding I will graduate next spring with majors
in art and social welfare...Your classes at Mission
College offered me a good foundation in art.
like parents, are supposed to set good examples.
If so, business instructor Vilma
Bernal has set the bar high for her students.
Bernal recently received dual honors from the San
Fernando Valley Business Journal. Bernal was chosen
as one of 40 top business individuals under the
age of 40, and she was a nominee for the Journals
Women Who Mean Business award. Bernal
was praised for linking education and business,
in particular her successful grant applications
that created training programs for low income people
and the unemployed.
Becerra, former standout player on the
Mission College soccer team, continues to make headlines.
As the Los Angeles Daily News reported in
its September 27, 2005 Chatter column,
Becerra was named Big West Conference Player of
the Week after scoring two goals in one game. Becerra,
a student-athlete at UC Santa Barbara, is one of
the leading scorers in the conference.
the new director of college facilities, began his
duties last month. He comes to Mission from Pierce
College where he served as general foreman and facilities/administrative
services liaison for bond implementation. In addition
to his work in the Los Angeles Community College
District, he also served as electrical supervisor
for the Port of Long Beach Harbor Maintenance division.
Prior to moving to California, he worked for 32
years as an electrician, maintenance supervisor,
and superintendent of maintenance for the Detroit
and Canada Tunnel Corporation.
was awarded the President's Medallion at the recent
national conference of the American Culinary Federation
(ACF) in San Antonio. President's Medallion recipients
are selected by the national president in recognition
of contributions to the enhancement of ACF, the
largest and most prestigious organization dedicated
to professional chefs in the United States.