Her music is called a brand of “Gourmet Soul” – a blend of unique musical ingredients
and influences. Nichelle Monroe, Administrative Clerk at the Science Learning Resource
Center is a singer and better yet, she croons for a cause! Nichelle recorded a music
video about California, called "Free We Is", for the "Stand Up to Cancer" foundation.
Check out the video here and find out more about her on her website.
Sign language interpreter Crystal Lagunas is also an amateur Muay Thai kickboxer!
After a two year break from competing, Crystal Lagunas made her return to the ring
on March 21 at Hollywood Park Casino. Though she came out with a split decision loss
to Amanda de Rosa, she is happy with her performance and is currently preparing for
next fight on May 16, 2015 at the same location. (Photo credit: Stephanie Drews)
Talk about a busy summer! Mario Padilla, professor of English and Creative Writing,
has a poem, “Mallarmé’s Faune,” that will appear in the Summer 2015 issue of Tulip
Tree Review in Colorado. His musical, "Venice Beach", based on a book he co-wrote
with his son Marcello Padilla and for which he wrote the music and lyrics will receive
workshop performances at the Greenway Court Theater in August 2015. His collection
of poetry "Blue Plums and Weeds" was a finalist in Ohio University Press Hollis Summers
Poetry Prize. He will also be graduating from the Yoga Works 300 hr. Professional
Teacher Training Program and will begin teaching yoga classes as a certified yoga
Ish Shabazz, a network administrator in the IT department, is also an iOS app developer.
His latest brainchild, a productivity app called Up Next helps users stay organized
and was recently one of the “featured” apps in the App Store. Ish will also be appearing
in a documentary about app development, slated for an end of the year release.
Nat Trives, former administrator and part time professor at Emeritus College won one
of the inaugural Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards from the Human Relations
Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area. Trives won this in recognition for his years
of voluntary service to a number of organizations including the American Cancer Society,
NAACP, Salvation Army, YWCA, WISE & Healthy Aging, and Santa Monica College – to name
just a few.
Gerard Burkhart, Adjunct Communications Professor and News Photo Advisor to the Corsair,
has been accepted to the Fulbright Specialists Roster. It's an honor and a privilege
to be considered an educational diplomat for this U.S. State Department program –
and we’re proud of Gerard! He thanks English professor Carol Davis for her recommendation
to the Fulbright Commission and SMC President Chui Tsang and the Global Council for
the opportunity to be a part of the 2013 Faculty Professional Development trip to
China. Gerard asks SMC colleagues for suggestions in the search for a connection to
an appropriate international program in Communications, Photojournalism or Visual
His work is called “ambitious in scale and scope” and “a feast for the eyes.” SMC
Art professor Carlson Hatton had a solo exhibition at Patrick Painter Gallery in Santa
Monica’s Bergamot Station which ran from late March to mid-April. If you missed it
– don’t worry – you can click here to view some of Carlson’s work.
And on the very day Carlson’s exhibit ended, another SMC professor would unveil her
show at Sloan Projects at Bergamot Station. Eve Wood, Emeritus College professor’s
show “Through the Trees, a Willingness” ran from April 18-May 16.
Lizy Dastin, adjunct art history professor has launched a street art tour business
called “Art and Seeking” which will show people where to find art outside of a traditional
institutional context and also provides engaging and entertaining content through
videos and blogs. Art and Seeking has been featured in the New York Times and on CBS
and NBC. Read the NYT article and watch the videos.
SMC Articulation Officer Estela Narrie won the 2015 CIAC (California Intersegmental
Articulation Council) Service Award for outstanding dedication and service to the
articulation community – anyone who has come across Estela and her out of this world
knowledge and dedication knows this honor comes well-deserved!
David Javelosa, Professor of Interactive Media has been falling out of the sky – literally.
An advanced level skydiver for the past six years or so, David will be executing skydive
number one thousand.
Part-time music professor Greg Schreiner performed his show, Hollywood Revisited with Michael Feinstein and his orchestra at the Kravis Center for the Performing
Arts in West Palm Beach Florida in February. Audiences get to experience what it's
like to watch the stars walk the red carpet as their favorite Tinseltown classics
come to life in this stunning musical revue which showcases a truly dazzling lineup
of costumes actually worn by the stars in the original Hollywood films. In March,
the West Hollywood Library premiered the movie, "When Bette Met Mae" which featured
a score written and performed by Greg.
Victor Osaka, who recently taught in the Interior Architecture Design department as
an adjunct professor, did an interview on art education with the Autodesk Sketchbook
Blog. Read Victor Osaka interview.
SMC English professor David Burak is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of a
volume of essays on the poetry of A.R. Ammons “Considering the Radiance” which he
co-edited with Roger Gilbert.
Led by part-time professor Irma Figueroa, a team of students and faculty from SMC
volunteered at the Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) Shelter in Santa Monica. The
givers were as touched as the receivers, as these testimonials will tell:
“Working at the OPCC was a very heartwarming experience…students took great care and
pleasure in giving the ladies a make-over, and the results were amazing! The ladies
were overjoyed by their transformation and expressed much appreciation and gratefulness.”
– Jocelyne Kepler, Instructor.
“It was a time to give and to receive not just service but an expression of love and
caring.” – Felipe Felix, Instructor
“To actually see the joy on the faces of the beautiful women was overwhelming. It
reminds me that I am a part of a team concerned about others and are givers from the
heart.” - Rosalyn Nunley, Instructor
“I liked going to the shelter and being able to help the women who live there. The
whole experience made me appreciate how lucky I am to be studying something that makes
people feel better about themselves.” – Ellen Korak, SMC student.
“Being able to see the smiles and to hear their testimonies and help lift their self-esteem
was the best feeling.” – Tatiana Burton, SMC student
“This experience was a great reminder of the joy that simple acts of compassion can
bring to those in need.” – Victoria Tyson, SMC student
“It was so much fun to go to the shelter and make the women beautiful and happy. We
had great a time there doing haircuts, make up and waxing for them. They asked us
when we would come again!” – Tatyana Shilova, SMC student
“They told us this was one of the best days they had had in a long time.” – Simone
Bayfield, SMC student