Skip to Main Content

Campus News

President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 12/2/2019

News and Events for the week of December 2

Good Monday Morning: 

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday long weekend. As we begin to wind down this semester, I wanted to invite faculty and staff to consider taking some vacation time at the holidays in December to relax, refresh, and enjoy your family and friends. This year we have a unique opportunity with our holiday work schedule. Here are the details (for classified and administrators); (non-classroom faculty dates vary):

End of Semester – Saturday, December 14

Holidays – December 24, December 25, December 31, and January 1

Work Days – December 16, December 17, December 18, December 19, December 20, December 23, December 26, December 27, January 2, and January 3

Possible Vacation Days – December 16, December 17, December 18, December 19, December 20, December 23, December 26, December 27, January 2, and January 3

Non-instruction Days the college will be open serving the public – December 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, January 2, 3 

Winter Session Begins – Monday, January 6

During the weeks beginning December 16, December 23, and December 30, there will be no instruction. While the college will be open the week of December 16 and January 2 and 3 to serve students, we expect that we will have few individuals accessing our services. If you choose to work on December 23, 26 and 27, you will report to Physical Plant to perform a project for Outreach & Recruitment. I invite you to take as much vacation as you wish during this time.

Please submit your vacation requests by Friday, December 6 at 4pm

LACC Journalism Students Shine Again… Against Some Very Tough Competition

Our Journalism students have done it again! Last night (Sunday 12/1) at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, three of our students took home first place honors: Best Arts or Entertainment Profile went to Sorina Szakacs, Collegian Times, “Print Interrupted”; Best Commentary/Critique went to Kayla Hewitt, L.A. Collegian, “Mapplethorpe”; and Best Arts or Entertainment Photo went to Curtis Sabir, Collegian Times, “Print Interrupted” cover photo. Professor Guess says, “Bow down USC...Cal State Long Beach...Loyola Marymount and the intern from Variety Magazine among others. Why pay $1000 per unit at USC when you could get so much more for so much less at LACC!” Keep the great work coming!

Food for Thought Pop-up Food Pantry

Our weekly Pop-up Food Pantry, located in front of the Student Union, is distributing food again this week from approximately 11am until 2pm on Monday and Thursday.

Ceramics Sale

On Monday 12/2 and Tuesday 12/3 the Visual & Media Arts Department will be hosting a ceramics sale. All items for sale are made by LACC students and faculty; the proceeds will benefit the Visual & Media Arts scholarship fund.

Evening Concert Series – Gospel & Latin Ensembles

On Monday 12/2 the Music Department will host Gospel & Latin Ensembles at 7pm in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

Evening Concert Series – Choirs

On Tuesday 12/3 the Music Department will host Choirs at 7pm in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

Dog Therapy

On Wednesday 12/4 the Associated Student Government will host a Dog Therapy event. Paws-to-Share will provide dogs to destress with at 10am in the grass area near the Main Quad. Cupcakes will also be served.

Pathway to Law School: Financing Law School

On Wednesday 12/4 the Law and Administration of Justice department will host Pathway to Law School: Financing Law School a webinar presentation by AccessLex, a nonprofit assisting students with financial planning for law school. The event will be held at 6pm in Holmes Hall Lecture Hall (HH 6).

HAMC Music Academy Completion Concert

On Wednesday 12/4 the Music department will host their HAMC Music Academy Completion Concert at 7pm in the  Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

Communities of Hope

On Thursday 12/5 LACC and the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health are hosting a Day of Giving to assist the LACC population and surrounding communities with issues of housing, food and other outreach resources. The event will be held from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the LACC Main Quad.

Umoja Kwanzaa Celebration

On Thursday 12/5, the Umoja Program at LACC is presenting a Kwanzaa Holiday Celebration at 1pm in the Student Union Building, 1st Floor.

Evening Concert Series – LACC Jazz Band

On Thursday 12/5, the Music Department will host a concert featuring the LACC Jazz Band at 7pm in the Herb & Lani Alpert Recital Hall, HAMC 210.

LACC Alumna Makes it in the Big Leagues

Go Cubs! Rob McKinley, from our Kinesiology department, let us know that Edgar Varela, a former baseball player at LACC in 1999 and 2000, was recently hired as the major league hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins. This is a great accomplishment for an amazing individual. Here is the e link to the official press release:

LACC Community Corner

Although last week was a short week, I did have two very important meetings. A team of us, Deans Figueroa-Rivera and Ly, Foundation Director of Special Projects Daren Lynne, new faculty member Michael Kline, and myself visited Riot Games, maker of the infamous League of Legends game. We toured their amazing facility and discussed with them curriculum for a gaming program that we want to offer. It was a great meeting!

Later on Tuesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of a phone meeting with the founder of Eon Reality – he is the maker of the virtual reality education content that we hope to bring to LACC. He was very interesting and informative and I see great possibilities for expanding our library of educational content using virtual reality.

The next two weeks will be busy for us – leading to a nice holiday-winter break. Have a great week with our students.

Mary Gallagher

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911