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.
13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival - March 17, 2013
El Camino College's 13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival opened with an amazing Taiko drum performance led by the master Rev. Tom Kurai of the Taiko Center of Los Angeles. The event included Haiku poetry readings from instructor Clint Margrave's Introduction to Poetry students Aria Brooks, James Fletcher, Mason Klein, Tess McKelvey, Marilyn Mejia, Anais Najera, and Maria Revolinski. Dr. Don Hata's inspirational address was well received under a spectacular display of cherry blossoms, perfect for Hanami (Japanese for "flower viewing").
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. Dr. Hata was an internationally known scholar who was extremely involved in academia and community work. She was instrumental in bringing the cherry trees to the campus 13 years ago, one of the many programs she supported during her 34 year career at the college. Under Dr. Hata's leadership, the Cherry Blossom Festival has become a college tradition - a way to welcome the spring season and celebrate friendship. The annual festival is sponsored by the El Camino College Foundation and the Office of Staff and Student Diversity.
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.
Distinguished Alumni Awards Presentation - October 20, 2012
Congratulations to the El Camino College 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards honorees who were recognized at a reception and dinner attended by family and friends.
Derf Fredericks, past president of the El Camino College Foundation Board of Directors, served as master of ceremonies, while Foundation Board President Mike Goguen provided closing remarks for the evening. Honorees, along with those who nominated them, shared entertaining and heartfelt stories about their time at ECC and how the college helped them achieve their goals.
Our honorees for 2012 include: Col. Edward Michael Fincke, NASA Astronaut; Michael Lacey, business owner; Anita McLaughlin, artist/art director; Candace Messer, business owner, and Chris Montez, signer/songwriter.