Unveiling and Dedication of sculpture, “ Boundless Spirit” by renowned sculptor and El Camino College Alumnus James T. Russell - February 18, 2014
The latest work from El Camino College alumnus and internationally renowned sculptor James T. Russell is a culmination of more than four decades of education, dedication, and inspiration. A tribute to the possibilities of education, “Boundless Spirit” was recently installed in its new permanent home, prominently centered on El Camino College’s main entrance to campus, along Crenshaw Boulevard. The impressive 8-foot-tall work of polished stainless steel is mounted on a 3-foot-high pedestal, truly reflecting the spirit and power of teaching and learning.
The master sculptor said that all stages of his career have been an educational experience – even learning from his students. In fact, three of the four assistants who worked on “Boundless Spirit” in his Lomita studio are ECC alumni. Creating this particular work of art is a kind of a homecoming for Russell, who credits El Camino College for giving him a start in both his academic and art career. “If it wasn’t for El Camino College, what would I have done? Where would I be?” said Russell, one of 50 Distinguished Alumni honored at the college’s 50th Anniversary in 1997. “El Camino College is a life-changing experience. I’m sure that is true for so many people.”
The event was attended by members of the ECC Board of Trustees, and community, including representatives for Senator Ted Lieu and Congressman Roderick Wright, as well as, by members of the El Camino College President’s Circle, friends of the artist, many students and faculty from the ECC Fine Arts Department
14th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival - March 4, 2014
Under a canopy of cherry trees, El Camino College's 14th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated the start of a spring season with koto and taiko artist performances, inspiring speakers, and a bit of poetry.
The "Dr. Nadine Ishitani Hata Memorial Cherry Blossom Festival" is named after the college's former Vice President of Academic Affairs, who passed away in 2005. The event included an address by Donald Hata, performers from the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, and original haiku poetry from students in English instructor Clint Margrave's poetry class.
A Celebration of Students: Scholarship Reception - April 18, 2013
Congratulations to the outstanding students honored at the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 18 at Marsee Auditorium. A record breaking $1.4 million will be awarded to approximately 650 students for the 2013-2014 academic year. A record number of students applied for scholarships this year using the online system, showing a 33 percent increase from last year.
New to the scholarship program this year is a $2.6 million federal grant supporting nursing scholarships. Nursing students at ECC and ECC Compton Center may receive up to $15,000 (based upon unmet need) per year, which enables them to reduce their work schedules and focus on coursework. In addition, the high school scholarship program continues to grow. This year, 32 incoming students will be awarded scholarships of $1,000 per year, for two years. This amount, coupled with the second year of the two-year awards, brings the high school scholarship program's annual total to about $65,000. The Osher Scholarship Endowmend fund will also provide $139,000, awarding 139 deserving ECC students $1,000 scholarships this year.
New Athletic and Fitness Complex Opens - April 15, 2013
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the new Athletic & Fitness Complex (Phase 1). The $3 million project is the first step in a complete remodel of the Athletic & Fitness Complex. This phase includes the construction of a field for athletic team practices, physical education classes, and venues for track and field events. Upgrades include venues for track and field events such as throwing areas for javelin, hammer, discus and shot put, as well as three sand volleyball courts.
The Athletic & Fitness Complex and numerous other facilities improvements on campus were made possible with funds from the 2002 Measure E facilities bond.
MBA Building Grand Opening - March 6, 2013
A March 6 grand opening drew community members, elected officials and other college supporters to celebrate ECC's newest instructional building. Visitors had the opportunity to hear from current students and tour a computer lab, "convertible" classroom and Health Science Labs.
All 58 classrooms have wireless access and state-of-the-art "smart" classroom technology. Eleven computer labs outfitted with a total of 480 computers are also available. The first floor features a 3,000-square-foot computer lab and tutoring center, in addition to a spacious student lobby with student areas.
The energy savings of the building are significant - it exceeds California energy standards (also known as Title 24) by a remarkable 25 percent. The building connects to the campus Energy Management System, with the heating and air conditioning controlled by computer. Energy efficient lighting includes day lighting and motion sensors. Thank you to the communities in the El Camino Community College District for supporting Measure E this past November. The 2002 facilities bond funding made this outstanding new building possible, ensuring improved facilities and educational opportunities for students well into the future.
Noble Endowed Chair for Business - March 6, 2013
El Camino College announced the new Noble Endowed Chair for Business at the grand opening of the Math Business Allied Health Building. Elizabeth Noble, a dedicated Hermosa Beach philanthropist and wife of well-known humanitarian, the late Joe Boyd Noble, was honored for her extremely generous donation to the college. The endowed chair is only the second among the state's community colleges and the first at ECC. The $2 million donation through the El Camino College Foundation represents the larget single gift to ECC in its 66-year history.
The Noble Endowed Chair for Business contributes to student success by funding a permanent teaching position via revenue from the endwoment. This support continually ensures the faculty position, even in challenging economic times. The El Camino College Foundation will administer this restricted account, with net income paid as an annual charitable grant to the college.