Kathleen Holland (Political Science) was awarded from FACCC the Margaret Quan Part-Time Advocate of the Year Award this last March. FACCC is the Faculty Association of California's Community Colleges.
Recently Nareh Manooki (Engineering) coordinated with a couple other volunteers to deliver 100 face shields to hospitals in need; 50 on Friday 4/17 to Glendale Adventist and 50 on Saturday 4/18 to Kaiser Permanente Urgent Care, Torrance. (They had provided 22 to Ararat Nursing home the previous week).
Nareh and Dr. Bhakta (LACC) are 3D printing about 30-40 face shield parts per day from home. Nareh started the effort in late March, bringing home 4 of their 3D printers from the Engineering Lab and has since recruited a few others to join in on the effort. Additional volunteers should be ramping up this week. Special thanks to Christopher Herwerth and Jan Swinton for being supportive of the efforts from the start!
Nareh coordinated with Dr. Narineh Makijan last Friday, who will be building a team of volunteers within GUSD to support their effort printing same parts.
-Second round of 50 to: Ararat Nursing home, Glendale Adventist, and Kaiser Torrance (Scheduling pick-ups and deliveries for this week)
-Face Shields requested for GCC Nursing department instructors and students. Form to be filled out by Emelyn Judge.
Reut Cohen Schorr, who is in charge of Journalism under the Language Arts Division, will be defending her doctoral dissertation on June 8. Her dissertation title is “Exploring how social media marketing practices in community college academic programs shape student engagement.” This will be her final defense of her research. Her chair is Dr. Nathan Durdella, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University, Northridge.
Mark Maier (Economics) would like to announce that this morning he put on his socks and belt.
Arianne MacBean (Dance) is incredibly humbled to announce at this ominous moment in history that her dance-theater troupe, Arianne MacBean & The Big Show Co., has been awarded an unrestricted grant as one of 81 MAP Fund semi-finalists for their current project, She/Her: Memory Trace. With over 1000 applicants this year, they are in esteemed company. Because of this grant and with the support of their fiscal receiver @drc_la they can continue to grow and build bridges between dance-artists and U.S. military veterans. Because of MAP Fund, even in this time of survival and loss, they can imagine the healing practice of art-making as a light at the end of this dark tunnel.www.thebigshowco.com
Maria C. Akopian (Business) just completed her doctorate degree from USC in Organizational Change and Leadership and her dissertation just published. Here is the link,
Maria is an adjunct professor, teaching Social Media Marketing courses at GCC and multiple Marketing courses at Cal State LA.
The younger daughter of Asmik Oganesyan (Chemistry), Hurik Muradyan, who is a former GCC student, has some absolutely awesome accomplishments this month, and Asmik would love to share them with her peers. Hurik has completed her journey of becoming a chemist, and being the third generation chemist in their family is not an easy task. You have to move away and make your own waves. Hurik got her B.S. from Berkeley, where she worked on making affordable roofing compositions for rural areas of India. She took a year off working at City of Hope and during her time in the research group of Dr. Jacob Berlin, became a co-author of a patent that lead to a successful startup company here in LA. In the last five years, she has been working on her Ph.D. at UCI under Dr. Zibln Guan, and has done some unique work on self-healing polymers. This month has become a real milestone in her professional and personal life. In a rise of pandemic, when everyone had to adjust to social distancing, she successfully went through three events, all of them being virtual: got engaged to her wonderful boyfriend, Will Thrift, who is working now on artificial intelligence project at SF area, got hired to a world-leading company, Gilead, located in Bay area, where she will be working on formulation and approval of coronavirus drug, and will be defending, virtually again, her Ph.D. thesis at the end of the month. Asmik is so proud of her smart and independent daughter, who worked very hard to become an outstanding young scientist, and she is so grateful to her GCC peers who became a part of her educational journey! Here is the picture of Hurik!
Arthur Kayzakian (English) just had a series of poems published in Prairie Schooner along with several other publications. Arthur is a poet, editor and teacher who lives in California. He is an adjunct professor who teaches at Glendale Community College in the English department. He teaches English Composition, Literature and Creative Writing.
You can read the poems at the links below:
English instructor and Learning Center coordinator, Shant Shahoian, recently earned a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree from the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! He attended a very private graduation ceremony in his backyard, and his son ceremoniously handed him a rolled-up piece of paper (but did not want to comb his hair before doing so). While earning the degree, Shant made some wonderful friends from around the country, developed an affinity for saying “y’all,” and formed a habit of yelling “ROLL TIDE!” at random intervals.
Richard Seltzer, Professor Emeritus of Credit ESL, and former Credit ESL Coordinator, feels privileged to announce from Palm Springs the upcoming completion of 70 years on this ever-challenging planet. Too many we have known have not gotten that far. Since retiring, he has had the opportunity to travel to Europe three times… fearing age might start making that impossible. Lo and behold, those trips were planned without knowing that the pandemic, not advanced age, would put such travel on a lengthy hold. When in doubt, always say yes to the chance to practice yoga outdoors in the south of France, but most importantly, keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy!