Los Angeles Mission College
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February 9, 2004

Focus on People

AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS AND NEWS ABOUT MISSION COLLEGE STUDENTS AND STAFF

Photo of Mission College art instructor Deborah Paulsen and her artwork for the 2000 AIDS Chronicles.
The work of Mission College art instructor Deborah Paulsen was featured as part of an exhibit entitled "The AIDS Chronicles" at the Sam Francis Gallery in Santa Monica in December. The AIDS Chronicles now spans 10 years. Each year, a new volume is unveiled featuring the major reporting about AIDS as carried in The New York Times. Until now, the volumes were not formally bound. Several artists, including Paulsen, were asked to design book covers for each of the volumes. Paulsen’s image for the 2000 AIDS Chronicles is presented as a triptych – a single image weaving across the space. Paulsen said the design was inspired by the completion of the sequencing of the human genome in 2000, an achievement in genetic engineering that may prove to be a landmark in AIDS research.
Photo of Kelly Enos, administration of justice instructor, with recording device.
If you’re pulled over by a law enforcement officer and you happen to notice a small device on his or her utility belt that doesn’t look like handcuffs, mace or a writing pad, chance are, it’s a small recording device. That would be the guess offered by Kelly Enos, administration of justice instructor. Enos, who’s been on the adjunct staff at Mission College since 1998, recently presented a paper at the American Society of Criminology conference in Denver. The subject – "Do Citizen Complaints Encourage Uniformed Police Officers to Carry Micro Tape Recorders?" – was the focus of research conducted by Enos last spring for his master’s thesis at Cal State, Los Angeles. Based on interviews and surveys distributed to more than 60 law enforcement officers, Enos concluded that the number of officers who carry and routinely record their encounters with the public is definitely on the rise. "More than 60 percent said they carry micro recorders and nearly all of them said they do so to protect themselves against frivolous lawsuits," said Enos, who is himself a retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. "Many of them are terrified of being sued. Even if the complaint is frivolous, they might have to sit at a desk for months while it’s resolved. They think a tape recording of the incident might spare them the grief." Enos, who also works as a private consultant advising law enforcement agencies, found that many police agencies across the state do not have definitive guidelines governing the use of personal recording devices by their officers. Enos recommends that police agencies develop procedures to familiarize officers with privacy laws.
Photo of English instructor Vickie Oddino.
English instructor Vickie Oddino is in print again. December columns and features in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Family magazine were added to an impressive resume of freelance works she has contributed to numerous publications, including the Christian Science Monitor and the magazines Diabetes Forecast, Mothering, and Ventura Family. "I really enjoy expressing myself through writing," she said, "and it’s great to have my abilities confirmed by these publications." Those who often struggle with writer’s block might be surprised to hear Oddino say, "I’ve got a computer full of stories that I’ve already written. That’s the easy part. The hard part is marketing these stories to the right publication." Oddino’s career got a boost when Los Angeles Family asked her to become a contributing editor. "Now, they come to me with stories." Oddino would like to take her writing career toward two long-term goals: freelancing for more national publications and travel writing. "I love to travel and I don’t work all summer so that would be ideal," she said. Oddino’s students need not worry that they will lose her to her second career, which she terms more of a hobby. But she will be teaching a brand new journalism class in fall 2004 – Mass Communication. She hopes that will lead to a news writing and news gathering class down the line.
Photo of English instructor Dr. Ruthie Grant and the cover of her book, "I Thought I Was the Crazy One – 201 Ways to Identify and Deal with Toxic People."
Two Mission College authors and their works were well received recently. Dr. Ruthie Grant had an outstanding turn-out for the book-signing of "I Thought I Was the Crazy One – 201 Ways to Identify and Deal with Toxic People." Grant defines toxic personalities as "…people who create chaos, drama and confusion wherever they go. Toxic people rarely accept responsibility for their actions and have a way of making you feel that you’re the crazy one," said Grant. The English instructor said that many of the people she met at the Encino book-signing told her they had a toxic personality in their lives. Grant’s book offers "survival skills" for people who have to cope with toxic personalities…
Photo of English instructor John Orozco.
Meanwhile, about 60 people turned out to hear English instructor John Orozco read from his satirical novel, "Delano," a fictional account of a young man’s journey through the 60’s and 70’s. During the Q-and-A that followed, Orozco was peppered with questions about how a new writer goes about getting published.
Photos of the starting line at the Wells Fargo Walk of Ages 5K Run/Walk, and Mission College participants Leslie Milke, Cindy Cooper and Sandi Lampert.
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A Mission College team led by Sandi Lampert (right) helped raise more than $1,800 for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging. The team, which included instructors Leslie Milke (left) and Cindy Cooper, joined about 1,500 other participants in the Wells Fargo Walk of Ages 5K Run/Walk. Proceeds from the event go to support the Home’s 800 elderly residents. Lampert and Cooper took first place medals in their respective classes.