Volume VII, Issue 4 | August 30, 2021

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.

  • Accounting Professor Ming Lu received the 2021 California Society of CPA's OutstandingEducator Award. This is a resounding affirmation of a professor who has demonstrated excellence to providing equitable education!

  • Men's Volleyball Head Coach Liran Zamir had put together a history document for the program. He managed to reach out to past coaches and players, old newspapers and materials, and forgotten photos and stat sheets, in order to put this wonderful piece together. In the document there is the full story of the great 60's, 70's & 80's, coaches and players, fun facts and pictures and much more! As Winston Churchill said: ‘The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.’ We believe that remembering our past, will result in success in the near future,” Liran wrote. [Editor’s Note: This history and Liran’s project was featured on the front page of the Santa Monica Daily Press on Aug. 24: read it here].

  • SMC Media Studies Professor and Filmmaker Roxanne Messina Captor captured top honors at theiHollywood Film Festival. Winning the Five Star Award Best Film for Expression was the documentary, Homecoming: Veterans – Wives – Mother. This film saluted the military service of women and followed their challenges on a new battlefield: the home front.

    The Best Digital Series award went to The Salon (2020).  The diverse, multitalented cast from Executive Producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo includes Harry Shearer, Kate Linder, Sam Rubin, Luis Lopez, Eddie Buck, and introduces Mason Grammer. Both projects gave SMC Media 21 students the opportunity to work with professionals.

  • Art Department professor Carlson Hatton has a solo exhibition at Luis De Jesus gallery titled, Take a moment to think of a relating location or situation, this could be a memory or something made upThe show is on view from June 26th to August 14th and explores the psychological and physical terrain of the post-pandemic world. View the online exhibit here.

  • SMC’s General Counseling & Transfer Services Department is pleased to share that SMC has been #1 in transfers to the University of California system for 30 years! Not only is SMC a leader in California, but also out of state. SMC moved from #6 to #3 in CA transfers to Arizona State University. This past academic year, the SMC Transfer Team—Sara Nieves-LucasMaria Bonin, and Erika Knox—hosted a first ever successful virtual college fair with over 200 universities and almost 1,000 students attended. In addition to the Virtual College Fair, Team Transfer has started Transfer Talk Thursdays on the Transfer Canvas Shell where students can drop-in and ask questions regarding transfer.  This spring 2021, we created and presented workshops on “How to Transfer to an HBCU” and the Associate’s Degree for Transfer. Lastly, we have connected with HBCU Hub App to make HBCU information more accessible for students. Team Transfer is actively making strides to bring transfer to SMC students!

  • Communications professor Mike Carluccijust completed his trip to Tokyo announcing baseball and softball at the 2021 Summer Olympics. This was his 8th Olympiad. Mike is now getting set to add another Olympics to the list, as he is headed back to Beijing (he was there in 2008 announcing baseball for the Summer Olympic games) to announce Ice Hockey at the Winter Olympics in 2022. Way to represent SMC, Mike!

  • Lorrie Ivas, Fashion Professor, is pleased to report that the Fashion (& Photo) Department has been industriously busy! LA Mode 2021 Virtual Fashion Show lived up to its title, “Distance in Design,” as students had three to five semesters totally online! The show was covered by California Apparel News - the largest fashion trade periodical next to WWD. Also: Show Producer La Tanya Louis will start this fall as a full-time faculty member!

    Additionally, famed photographer Matthew Rolston’s “Art People” exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum hosted an insightful conversation with Getty Photo Curator Paul Martineau on the history of California photographers. “Our Photo/Fashion Department was personally invited by Mr. Rolston with a promise to bring this and other lecture topics soon to our ground campus!” Lorrie wrote. 

  • Associate Professor of English Ken Winkler, will have his new novel An Unfinished Business, published this summer (it will be available on Amazon.com). It concerns the radical conditions in Berkeley/Oakland in 1970 -72 and the much later aftermath as political and cultural issues are finally addressed. 

  • Spanish professor Alejandro Lee has several brags! He delivered three presentations at the 103rdAnnual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP)  in Atlanta: “Popurrí de actividades para la clase de español,” “¿Chinolatinos? Recursos para enseñar la diáspora china en Hispanoamérica,” and Entrada Libre: un manual de gramática (OER) para segundo año.”  In early July, he was invited to join the Working Group of the America’s Languages Initiative. The group “specifically targets broader and more equitable access to language education as a matter of social justice for the increasingly diversified and minoritized learners throughout the U.S.  Its work began with a national Call to Action  and continues with the development of the America’s Languages Guide to Exemplary Programs and Practices in U.S. Language Education  which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.” 

    In addition, Professor Lee is delighted to share great news from former students:  Sophia Feliciano has been accepted to UCLA and is the recipient of the 2021 Point Foundation BIPOC Scholarship. ¡Enhorabuena, Sophia!  Also: Brandon Sanchez earned one of the “Best Portrait Awards.” The awards were selected by Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery and Dr. Jennifer Merlic. Congratulations, Brandon!  And, Ashley Lopez was recently awarded the Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship!  ¡Enhorabuena, Ashley! Well deserved!

  • Joseph Bagg, Music instructor, is pleased to share that he placed in the jazz publication Downbeat’s critics poll for the 17th year in a row. Congratulations, Joseph!

  • Ilaan Mazzini, The Broad Stage’s Education Director of Programs and Activations, is proud to report the result of an exciting year-long collaboration between The Broad Stage and the SMC Art Department. The Broad Stage's first live performance, post-Covid will be Birds in the Moon presented September 1-4 outdoors on Santa Monica’s Lot 27, located at the corner of Arizona and 5th Street, in partnership with Downtown Santa Monica, and is supported by an Art of Recovery grant from the City of Santa Monica.

    A digital display of the impressive SMC student artwork created as a result of this partnership is displayed on the Barrett Gallery webpage. The artwork will also be displayed on the Third Street Promenade windows in a public exhibition, adjacent to the performance.

    The Broad Stage is providing a $250 cash prize, two tickets to a performance of Birds in the Moon, and a framed print of their personal artwork for each of the three SMC students whose art pieces were selected by members of the Birds in the Moon artistic team. These students are Juanita Hernandez, Esme Ison, and Moeka Ito. Additionally, Juanita Hernandez was commissioned to create artwork for the Birds in the Moon production to use in their marketing materials (image attached of her artwork). These students will receive their in person on the Promenade on Friday, Sept 3. Check out this  Learning Guide for Birds in the Moon  created by The Broad Stage Education and Community Programs Manager, Monica Sahagun.

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