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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 2/3/2020

News and Events for the week of February 3

Good Monday Morning:

We are just one week away from the Spring semester and our enrollment numbers continue to grow. We are now at the top of the list for the District enrollment and I am very hopeful we will keep our high Spring enrollment numbers. Let’s continue to help our students find classes and programs at our great college.

Local District Central Counselors Summit

Today we are hosting the Local District Central Counselors Summit beginning at 8am in the Student Union, 3rd floor Multipurpose Room. We will be providing information to LAUSD counselors and welcoming them to our campus.

Beat the Rush Week

Please let your students know that Beat the Rush Week begins today! Students can receive course registration assistance; financial aid information; get their ID cards, parking permits and U-pass, and purchase textbooks. There will also be free parking in all student parking lots during Beat the Rush Week.

Food for Thought Pop-Up Food Pantry

Last week 20 Kaiser Permanente Employees joined us at our Food for Thought Pop-Up Food Pantry and distributed donated toiletries, laundry soap and other essentials in addition to our weekly food. This week, we are distributing food today Monday 2/3 and Thursday 2/6 from 11am until 2pm.

The Sandstorm Returns for Two Nights

LACC’s Theatre Academy’s production of The Sandstorm has been invited to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Region VIII Festival on the Cal State University Fullerton campus from 2/11 to 2/15. The play, performed by Academy students and directed by LACC Theatre Academy’s Head of Acting, Louie Piday, includes a series of vignettes based on playwright Sean Huze’s experience during his tour of duty fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Huze joined the Marines days after September 11 and the World Trade Center attacks. After serving as a corporal deployed to Iraq as a rifleman from Kuwait to Bagdad, Haze returned home from active duty in 2003 and could not find justification or meaning for the war he served in. Ten days after his return, he starred in The Sandstorm, his debut play.

In anticipation of touring to the Region VIII Festival, the Theatre Academy will be presenting The Sandstorm at LACC on Thursday 2/6 and Friday 2/7 at 7pm.

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The Writers’ Block Writing Center for Students

Our new “Writers’ Block” Writing Center for students will be opening on Monday, February 10. On 2/20, the new Writing Center will be hosting a welcome event for all staff, faculty and students from 12noon to 3pm. The new Writing Center is located across from the Mail Center in the Administration Building.

LACC Theatre Academy Auditions

On 2/5, the LACC Theatre Academy will hold auditions for the Spring semester at 12noon. Auditions will be held in the Camino Theatre, for more info please contact Tony Maggio at

Upcoming 90th Anniversary Activities

On the afternoon of April 25, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm, LACC will host a panel discussion with Chancellor Block from UCLA, President Covino from Cal State LA and myself in recognition of all three public higher education systems in the City of Los Angeles all starting at the same location. We will discuss the changes taking place in public higher education as a result of the rapidly changing environment, particularly in technology. “The 21st Public Higher Education Environment – a Conversation” is the topic. What we expect to do in this century; and what are the effects on the city of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.”

At the end of the year, we will have another “Celebration of Us” the evening of Friday, June 5th. Then our finale will be our 90th graduation on Tuesday, June 9th at the Greek Theater at 5pm. I hope we dill the Greek! 

LACC Community Corner

  • On Monday, January 27, in Sacramento, I met with almost a dozen legislators and their staff. It was a great trip and a good opportunity for me to make our legislators aware of the needs of our students and our institutions.
  • On Tuesday, January 28, I met with the President Rana Ghadban of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to discuss the issues of student basic needs that are experienced by our students and what we can do jointly to help our students meet their food and housing needs. I also reviewed my three initiatives and how we can partner to make things happen for LACC.
  • A team of administrators met with an entrepreneur named Dr. Drakeford who has a program called PurposeU and has developed a very interesting new app for students to find their “purpose.” We will be considering a pilot of the app for a group of students. 
  • On Thursday, January 30, morning I attended the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce State of Hollywood presentation. A lot of good things happening in our service area, including a showcasing of the work we are doing at LACC.
  • On Friday, January 31, we held a professional development activity for our campus supervisors. It was a great training and I look forward to more of these in the near future. 
  • On Monday, February 3, I will be speaking with the high school counselors from LAUSD Central District to update them on all of the great things that are happening at LACC.
  • On Wednesday, February 5, I will be meeting with elementary school children about planning to go to college. It is part of our GO Central City initiative to improve the college-going rate. 
  • On Wednesday, February 5, afternoon I will be meeting with the Mayor’s staff who are involved with the Los Angeles Promise Zone.
  • On Friday, February 7, I will be speaking at the Faculty Symposium. Afterwards I am traveling to the CSU-UC-CC Intersegmental Conference on Student Basic Needs to present on our LACC Pop-up Food Pantry and the Food for Thought program.

Another busy week… 

I hope you have a great week!

Mary Gallagher