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Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownFriday, May 26th, 2017 at 6:35am
El Camino College Honors Students Win Top Awards at Research Conference

High-performing students to transfer to UCLA, UC Berkeley, among other universities

El Camino College honors students took home more scholarships and awards than any other college at the annual Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference. The conference at the University of California, Irvine draws hundreds of students from throughout the state to present original research.

Twenty-five students in the El Camino College Honors Transfer Program (HTP) presented research and gave oral presentations; four students presented research posters. Morgan Holubets won first prize for her research poster, and Samar Al-Haqab and Crystal Johnson won third-prize awards for their posters. The recognition marked the first time the ECC program received more than one poster award at a conference.

In addition, ECC students Hayden Butler and Curtis Wang earned Exemplary Achievement awards. The annual conference gives students in community college honors programs an opportunity to present their research in humanities, sciences, arts, social sciences and pre-professional programs.

“The Honors Transfer Program continues to be the leader in quality and quantity of presentations and posters at this statewide conference,” said HTP co-director Joe Holliday. “We are the role model for other college honors programs when they endeavor to have such a high level of student success at the student research conferences. Our HTP program at El Camino College has reached an unprecedented level of success and quality.”

ECC’s HTP is one of the largest and most successful in the state in preparing highly-motivated students for transfer to a four-year university. Students learn enhanced reading, writing and study skills; have access to priority registration and smaller class sizes; and take core courses with other HTP student members.

The HTP also features the Transfer Alliance Program (TAP), which offers counseling, guidance, and priority admission consideration to UCLA. This year, 79 ECC Honors Transfer Program students were admitted to UCLA via TAP, an increase from 57 students last year and the highest number in the last five years. This year’s 85 percent admit rate to UCLA is also impressive and significantly higher than the state average of 76 percent for honors students.

In other transfer news, three ECC Honors Transfer Program students were accepted to the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley for fall 2017, one of the most selective schools in an extremely selective university. The HTP averages one acceptance every few years, but this year, a record number of three students were accepted: Eman Dalili, Nicole Mardesich, and Prince Obah.

Applications are now available for the fall 2017 El Camino College Honors Transfer Program. For more information or to apply, view: http://www.elcamino.edu/academics/honorstransfer/.

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Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth Brown shared The Harmony Project's video.Thursday, May 18th, 2017 at 8:44pm
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Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownWednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 2:11am
El Camino College Fashion Department Presents “SOL”

Student designs hit the runway at the 35th Annual Fashion Show

El Camino College will sponsor its 35th Annual Student Fashion Show on June 2 in Marsee Auditorium. The event begins with a drawing and reception at 7 p.m.; the fashion show begins at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s show, “SOL,” will feature student designs modeled by El Camino College students, friends and family on the runway.

“SOL” is a student-produced fashion show created by students in Fashion 44, Fashion Show Production and Promotions class. To produce the show, students are divided into six committees: design, merchandising, modeling, promotion, finance/secretary, and staging. Students learn event planning principles and produce the fashion show as their final project.

In the ECC fashion program, students learn about clothing, construction, fashion illustration, pattern making, draping, computer-aided fashion design and manufacturing. Through merchandising classes, students learn about presentation techniques, planning, promotion, fashion coordination, advertising, and sales.

Tickets to the “SOL” fashion show are $8 presale and $12 at the door. Advance sale tickets are available at the Marsee Auditorium Ticket Office, open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Campus parking is $3.

Proceeds will be used to fund next year’s fashion show and for a scholarship that will be awarded to one up-and-coming area high school student. For more information, contact Vera Ashley at vbruce@elcamino.edu or 310-660-3593, ext. 3346.
Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownTuesday, May 16th, 2017 at 2:15am
El Camino College Names Angela Simon and Julieta Ortiz 2017 Distinguished Faculty and Staff

El Camino College professor Angela Simon (faculty) and RISE Center Program Coordinator Julieta Ortiz (staff) were recently honored for their dedication to students, the college and colleagues. As the 2017 El Camino College Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award honorees, Simon and Ortiz were recognized at the 21st Annual Faculty and Staff Award Reception.

Angela Simon has been a psychology professor at El Camino College for more than 20 years, with "service to students" as her primary goal. She is known as an effective student-centered teacher who engages and inspires students through an innovative learning environment. Angela believes that "learning never stops" and shares that philosophy with her students, with the intent that they apply what they learn in class to their own lives.

Her commitment to student success is evident in many ways. Angela can often be seen in the audience of performances, recitals, and sporting events and has served as the adviser for several student clubs through the years. The lines of communication are always open for students, and she offers individual attention and support that makes a positive difference in their lives. In addition to her dedication to students and classroom teaching, colleagues note Angela's strong sense of community. She frequently uses her organizational and social skills to build camaraderie and complete tasks through teamwork.

Angela serves on numerous El Camino College committees, including the Facilities Steering Committee, Title IX Committee, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Committee, Women's History Month Committee, hiring committees, and the ECC Breast Cancer Support Group. She has also represented faculty as president of the ECC Federation of Teachers.
Angela earned doctorate and master's degrees in psychology from the University of California, Davis, in addition to a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Her many honors include the ECC Distinguished Woman Award in 2005 and the 2016 Award of Excellence from the Honors Transfer Program, an organization for which she served as director from 2001-2005.
Julieta Ortiz is an El Camino College alumna who has made a tremendous impact on student success. Since she joined the ECC staff in 2004, she has served in the offices of Financial Aid, Outreach and School Relations, and in her current role as the RISE Center Program Coordinator, with enthusiasm and an unwavering commitment to helping students.

Julieta's leadership was instrumental in creating the college’s Ambassador Program, which includes the hiring, training and mentoring of students to represent the college. She was also a leader in bringing back New Student Welcome Day – an opportunity for new students to learn about ECC programs and services.

The Counselor Collaborative is another program she helped revive in 2016; this year she coordinated the event, which has turned into a great success. Under Julieta's guidance, Welcome Week (now known as "WOW" or "Week of Welcome") is a great success, ensuring new students find support during the first week of school. She is known for her dedication to students, her ability to make personal connections, and for showing respect and compassion for everyone she meets.
A graduate of Leuzinger High School and El Camino College, Julieta transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and then went on earn a master's degree in social work from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Julieta also participates in numerous college initiatives, such as the ECC PRIDE Leadership Academy design team, and is a mentor and club adviser.

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El Camino College professor Angela Simon (faculty) and RISE Center Program Coordinator Julieta Ortiz (staff) were recently honored with the 2017 El Camino College Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award.
Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownMonday, May 15th, 2017 at 1:48am
El Camino College Debate Team Finishes Record-Breaking Season

Team wins all four national championships, a first in competition history

The El Camino College debate team recently finished the most successful season in its history, winning all four national championships, the first time this feat has been accomplished by any team.

Each year, the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) awards two national titles, one for the community college that finishes the highest in the season-long sweepstakes, and one for the college that finishes the highest at the national tournament. For the first time in NPDA history, El Camino College won both titles.

The ECC team also won the NPDA National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, finishing with the best record of any community college. Additionally, the debate duo of Zara Andrabi and Curtis Wang ended the year ranked eighth nationwide, including all four-year college and university teams.
“It is unheard of for a community college team, who are sophomores at best, to finish that high, as most of the top-ranked teams are seniors,” said ECC Director of Forensics Francesca Bishop.

The team also won the Phi Rho Pi national championship for debate. Phi Rho Pi is the community college national tournament, held last month in Washington, D.C.

A perennial powerhouse, the ECC debate team dominated the competition all year. Throughout the season, the team was the No. 1 ranked community college in the nation. The rankings, determined by the NPDA, also ranked El Camino College No. 4 among four-year college and universities.

Debate students are coached by Professor Bishop, and debate professors Mark Crossman and Joseph Evans.

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El Camino College Debate Team 2016-17:
Trustee Kenneth Brown
Trustee Kenneth BrownFriday, May 12th, 2017 at 5:14pm
At "An Evening with David Benoit" with the oldest. David is an ECC alumni who still lives in the South Bay...great music...great stories...great location... #ElCaminoCollege #JazzFestival #CenterForTheArts


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