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  November 01, 2012
GRIT: The Secret to Academic & Life Success?
Knowledge, skills and critical thinking might be important ingredients to student success in college and in life, but they can take you only so far. What’s emerging as a hot topic in education – and is reflected in a new initiative at SMC – is the crucial role of grit in determining success. Political science professor Eric Oifer writes about grit – and GRIT. >>
Veterans Day: Compelling Perspective from English Professor-Veteran Cano
Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and English professor Daniel Cano – a Vietnam veteran, SMC alumnus and author of three novels – has a compelling perspective on the veteran experience. He also speaks eloquently about SMC’s student veteran population, which is fast growing and now exceeds 600. >>

Nakasuji Wins Awards for Work with Ghanaian Disabled Children & Adults
SMC’s Bonnie Nakasuji recently won two major occupational therapy awards for her work with disabled children and adults in Ghana. She has taken former SMC students with her on some of these trips to Africa. >>

Everyone knows that KCRW DJs – including “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host Jason Bentley, above – are the best in the U.S., the most thoughtful, the most interesting, the most discerning. And they can launch careers. Check out their website
SMC Newsmakers
This dean has been selected to serve on the TOEFL Board. Other newsmakers are Juan-Salvador Carrasco, Carlson Hatton, Ruth San Pietro, Sophia Sawoski and Cindy Yen. Read about all Newsmakers >>


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SMC on YouTube: “LA Mode 2012”

See highlights of “LA Mode 2012,” the fashion show that showcases the amazing work of SMC’s fashion design students.
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