work of two Mission College art students and an LAMC alum hangs
proudly over the streets of Sylmar these days. The students
Israel Velasco and alumnus
Carla Fergadiotti 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 and Edith
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 at email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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.