SMC In Focus
Stories of transformation and new possibilities from Santa Monica College’s bi-monthly newsletter. Read these stories and more at smc.edu/smcinfocus
Nilofar Takes Charge of Destiny
This March, SMC student services specialist Nilofar Ghasami was at UN headquarters in New York at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women…but there was a time when even finishing high school was “just a dream.”
Read the full "Nilofar Takes Charge of Destiny" article.
A Stem Instructor Inspires Students to Win
Life Sciences instructor Dr. Rasheeda Hawk calls herself a “biophysicist from South L.A.” She inspired many first-generation students at SMC who ended up at national STEM conferences where judges praised their research.
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John Abughattas’s Philosophy
SMC alum and UCLA student John Abughattas suffered from a chronic illness which made life challenging, but at SMC “the kindest people” at the Center for Students and Disabilities helped him make college work.
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Santa Monica Review Turns 30
SMC’s literary journal, the Santa Monica Review, turns 30 this year! It is the only nationally-distributed magazine out of a community college, and showcases work from the best West Coast fiction and nonfiction writers.
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Greg Verini’s New Start
On the outside, Greg Verini had everything. But he was drowning in alcoholism and despair. His is a story of how a lost, nearbroken young man rebuilt himself at Santa Monica College—and found new meaning in life.
Read about "Greg Verini’s New Start" on the SMC website.
Music to Their Ears
From aspiring professionals to students and community members looking to enhance their knowledge of music (or to perform), SMC’s Music department offers something for everyone with talent and a song in their hearts.
Read the full "Music to Their Ears" article.