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Goodbye, Mr. Stromberg
Last month, more than 50 colleagues and admirers bade farewell to an icon at SMC, history professor Harvey Stromberg, who was overcome with emotion when the group surprised him at the end of his last lecture of a 40-year teaching career at the college. See slide show of the surprise visit and party >>

SMC Alum Wins MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant
SMC alumnus and renowned artist Mark Bradford is one of 24 recipients who recently received a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, winning $500,000 over five years. Art Department Chair Ronn Davis remembers him as “extremely talented.” Full story >>

Welcome to the New Info@SMC!
It’s a new year, a new decade and the season for reinvention. What better time to launch a new name and a new look for SMC’s award-winning newsletter?

Did You Know?
D. Lee Johnston, who started as SMC’s new director of management information systems in July, has had a fascinating and distinguished career, including a stint with the U.S. Air Force as Chief of Weather Operations & Technology, managing joint operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result of his work, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation with Valor, and Joint Meritorious Service Medal.

SMC Wins Education Cup Soccer Match!
The SMC employee team won the inaugural Education Cup soccer match 5-2 against the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The faceoff was held in December at Corsair Field.
See slide show >>

Former SMC Administrator Loston Keynote Speaker at King Celebration

Dr. Adena Loston, president of St. Philip’s College in Texas and a former SMC administrator, will be the keynote speaker at the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Monday, Jan. 18.

In conjunction with the celebration, a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Breakfast will be held Friday, Jan. 15, and the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra will hold its 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Concert Sunday, Jan. 17. More >>

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Don’t miss the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 18, of which SMC is a co-sponsor. See all the exciting events in
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SMC on YouTube: “The Trials of Dr. Eric Oifer”

Political science professor Eric Oifer has been president of the Academic Senate for more than six months now, but there was a time, not so long ago, that he was a bit apprehensive about taking on such a big job. In this fictional comedic musing, an actor playing Oifer explains the source of his angst. Check it out.



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