SMC In Focus

Above and Beyond

SMC In Focus, a bi-monthly newsletter connecting the Santa Monica College community.

Volume VII, Issue 4, August 30, 2021
It is in the most difficult of times that those who go above and beyond make their impact felt, deeply. SMC in Focus is proud to celebrate four individuals, who let their heart for others shine in all that they do, and who make us #ProudToBeSMC!

Overcoming Resistance

Overcoming Resistance

Santa Monica College alumna/student Johaira Michelle Dilauro blends creative artistry with healthcare expertise to raise awareness about COVID-19 vaccines. “Hot VaXxX Summer” is part of her mission to empower people to live their best — and safest — lives possible.

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Dennis Biddle

A Service Person, a People Person

Asst. Director of Facilities Operations Dennis Biddle wears several hats: overseeing a 24-hour operation, baker extraordinaire, family man. Throughout adversity – including losing his beloved sister to Covid – Dennis keeps his eyes on what matters most.

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Maria Bonin

The Backbone of Transfers

Maria Bonin is the quiet, steady force behind all that goes on at SMC’s Transfer Center. This specialist, who is “honest, hardworking, creative” is also described as ‘The Ambassador of Transfer.’ Maria talks about a day in her life, what sustained her during the pandemic, and why she loves her job.

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Ferris Kawar

Bicycle Recycler

Velocipedes are a big part of Ferris Kawar’s life. And during the pandemic, Ferris fused his passion for cycling and sustainability by gifting refurbished bikes – with the help of several volunteers – to SMC students who need them.

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Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights

An accounting professor receives the 2021 California Society of CPA's Outstanding Educator Award. A communications professor lends his voice at the Tokyo Olympics. The fashion department gets major coverage.

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2020-2021 highlights

The Year in Review

In spite of a pandemic, the SMC community had so much to celebrate. SMC in Focus takes a look back at the last academic year: a landmark anniversary, a new campus, a first Diploma Drive-Thru, millions of financial aid given to students who needed it.

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SMC In the News

SMC Takes Safety-Above-All Approach to Reopening

8 Calif. and NY Film Schools that Are Not NYU or USC

SMC Go Wins Major Award

Student Designers at LA Mode

Vaccine Mandate at SMC this Fall

Isaac Bruce inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame

Hot VaXxX Summer by Johaira Michelle
I’m ready: SMC!