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Chaparral 2019-2020: 28.4 Milestones

Nicholas Smith

undefinedNicholas Smith (Speech Communication) collaborated on the audiobook for The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro as the narrator and won an Earphones Award for it. See more on AudioFile Magazine:

Stevens, the repressed and self-denying butler at the center of this audiobook, is in some ways one of the most appalling protagonists in all of literature. Not until close to the end does he allow himself to show, or have, an emotion. Nicholas Guy Smith's narration captures the persona that Stevens has constructed without making it completely monochromatic. The novel is the story of a quest for a woman whom Stevens has driven away, and Smith does it full justice. Stevens comes across as a fascinating monster, utterly heedless of the consequences of his actions and incapable of authentic human relationships. Smith brings him to existence, if not exactly life, and brings the listener to understanding, if not quite sympathy. D.M.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2020]

Nadine Levyfield

Nadine Levyfield (Career Services) completed her Master's degree in Human Development: Leadership in Education and Human Services, at Pacific Oaks College.

Her thesis "Researching Community College Student Learning Perspectives by Age at Glendale Community College," contains data from student surveys conducted in GCC's Career Planning classes. It focuses on the needs of returning adult students entering community college, and how their enrollment motivations and educational goals differ from students who are fresh out of high school.

Nadine thanks the Career Services team, particularly Andra Hoffman Verstraete, Tatyana Bartholomew, Denise Leong-Brattain, Molly Mercer, Ryan Bishop, and Dr. Paris Noori, for their support.

Lee Miller Parks

Former GCC student Daniel Parks presented his first of four Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) pipe organ recitals on February 15, 2020 at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale. Daniel is attending USC and studying with Ladd Thomas.

Daniel is the son of Lee Miller Parks (DSPS/Kinesiology). He studied with professors Beth Phlueger and Ted Stern in the GCC music department. Daniel’s conducting recital is scheduled for May of 2020.


Reut Cohen

From September 2019 to February 2020, Reut Cohen (Journalism) read her book to 16 second- and third-grade classrooms in Southern California. Classroom visitations at R.D. White Elementary School and CHIME culminated in lesson plans that help promote art education in elementary-aged students. The book helped to inspire potential trips to local museums, including the Norton Simon Museum, and focuses on a broad-array of artists, including Rembrandt, da Vinci, Georgia O'Keefe, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, and much more. The catalyst for this children's book was always to foster creativity and learning about art, so she is particularly excited to have shared the book with hundreds of students.

Also, in February 2020, our Journalism Program published a magazine showcase of student work. It's available at:

The magazine comes to life through instructor and student volunteered time. It's an amazing way for students to add to their portfolio and learn crucial layout/design skills for the future, on top of editing copy.

Joanna Parypinski

undefinedIn February, Joanna Parypinski (English) published a short story, “Matryoshka,” about mothers, daughters, and Russian dolls, in the anthology Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors with a number of heavyweight writers in the horror genre.




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