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May 1, 2010

SMC Malibu Campus Takes Step Forward
The Malibu Public Facilities Authority (MPFA) has authorized SMC to negotiate an agreement with the County of Los Angeles to build a satellite campus on county-owned land in Malibu’s Civic Center. The agreement would also allow for the construction of a new Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department substation as part of the building improvements. More >>

SMC Newsmakers
This manager has been named a “Community Hero.” Other newsmakers are
Catherine Edelmann, Mitra Moassessi, Ali Torkmani, John Quevedo, Rachel Young, Gregg Simmons, Jamie Simmons and Marc Trujillo. See all newsmakers >>

SMC Alumni in the News
The Wall Street Journal did a fascinating Page 1 story about Crisantos Hajibrahim, an SMC alumnus and U.S. Marine veteran who, with his wife, opened "the first Arabic food stand on a U.S. military base."
The food stand is at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, with a daytime population of 60,000 hungry Marines and civilians. Check out the article >>


SMC’s Literary Journal Spring Issue Available
The Spring 2010 issue of Santa Monica Review, SMC’s national literary arts journal that showcases national talent and – increasingly – Southern California writers, has been released. A work by novelist Diane Lefer (above) is included in the issue. Full Story >>
Student Essay Included in “This I Believe"
SMC student Cherish Mumme’s essay, “Childhood Dreams Shaping the Future,” has been posted on “This I Believe”. Her essay was done as a class assignment last fall in professor Gordon Dossett’s English class. This I Believe, Inc. was founded in 2004 as a not-for-profit that engages youths and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives. It’s based on a 1950s radio program hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow.

SMC Board of Trustees Named “EcoHeroes”
The SMC Center for Environmental & Urban Studies last week honored the Board of Trustees as “EcoHeroes.” The Board was honored for approving the Solar Photovoltaic installers training program, allocating funds for energy efficiency and solar energy projects, passing the Zero Waste Events policy, and more. In photo, from left, are President Dr. Chui L. Tsang, center consultant Barent Roth, Trustee Louise Jaffe, Sustainability Coordination Project Manager Genevieve Bertone, Trustee Susan Aminoff, and Trustee Andrew Walzer holding son Andy Jr.
Photo by Grace Smith

SMC Receives $100,000 for Scholarship for Women in Nursing, Education
The SMC Foundation received a $100,000 donation from the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of the American Association of University Women for a new scholarship to be earmarked for women students pursuing careers primarily in nursing and education. In the photo, from left, are Foundation Executive Director JoAnn Ortiz, AAUW treasurer Beryl Markiles, SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang and AAUW chapter president and adjunct kinesiology professor Jo Kidd.

Photo by Grace Smith

SMC’s “Wounded Warrior”
SMC’s “Wounded Warrior” Army veteran and SMC alumnus Dan Smee is featured on “Wounded Warrior”. His story is all too familiarly sad, but it is inspiring in how he dealt with his “invisible” wounds and even wrote a book, “Totally American,” that presents a unique approach to achieving success through optimism and resiliency.


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SMC on YouTube: “Day in the Life of SMC Student”

Our students are inspiring. So many of them are juggling demanding school, work, family and commuting obligations it is sometimes a wonder they ever get through SMC. See the example of one such student, Vincent Threats, in this wonderful video “A Day in the Life of SMC Students,” which was screened at Professional Development Day in March.


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