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“An Evening with Dennis Prager” Will Shine Light on American Values


“An Evening with Dennis Prager” at Pierce College promises to be an exceptional special event on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, hosted by the ASO and Political Science Department. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for the free 7 p.m. event in the Great Hall, and only students and their professors are invited as space is limited. Preregistration is required at


Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio show host, columnist, author and public speaker who will speak on American values at Pierce as part of his college tour. He has lectured on all seven continents, in 45 U.S. states and in nine of Canada’s 10 provinces. He writes a syndicated column (Creators Syndicate) published in newspapers across the country and on the Internet.


Radio & TV – Prager is currently broadcasting live on KRLA radio in Los Angeles Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Sought after by television shows for his opinions, he has appeared on Larry King Live, Hardball, Hannity & Colmes, CBS Evening News, The Today Show and many others.


Films – In 2002 Prager produced a documentary Israel in a Time of Terror, a compelling look at how the average Israeli deals with the daily threat of terror. It has been shown at colleges, universities, churches and synagogues across the country. Dennis has also written and produced best-selling comedy videos on values: For Goodness Sake, directed by David Zucker (Naked Gun), For Goodness Sake II directed by Trey Parker (South Park).


Religion – Prager has engaged in interfaith dialogue with Catholics at the Vatican, Muslims in the Persian Gulf, Hindus in India, and Protestants at Christian seminaries throughout America. For ten years, he conducted a weekly interfaith dialogue on radio with representatives of virtually every religion in the world. Since 1992, he has been teaching the Bible verse-by-verse at the University of Judaism.


Academia and International Affairs – Prager was a Fellow at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs, where he did graduate work at the Middle East and Russian Institutes. He has taught Russian and Jewish history at Brooklyn College; and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords. He holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Pepperdine University.


For more information on this event contact Political Science Chair Kathy Oborn at  818.710.2587 or



Film Festival to End the Stigma of Mental Illness to Run April 23 & 24


“A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness” is a film hosted by Glenn Close that features a few of the millions of Californians who are refusing to stay silent while untreated mental illness takes a toll on families and communities. Through their stories, viewers can see that mental health challenges are more common than they think, that they can be managed and that recovery is possible.


In collaboration with the Building Healthy Communities Initiative, the Student Health Center will be hosting this film focused on reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues on April 23rd (11:15 am-1:15 pm) and April 24th (4:00 pm-6:00 pm).  We would like to invite you to attend the film either time and participate in a post-viewing discussion. Snacks will be provided by the ASO.



Rocky Young Returns to Speak on Visionary Leadership at Pierce College


Rocky Young is the innovative former Pierce President (1999-2003) credited with turning the college around, doubling enrollment in only three years, and driving the creation of the college’s successful Master Plan that, for one thing, led to the complete transformation of the campus. He will return to Pierce to speak on visionary leadership Monday, May 5, 2014, from 1-3 p.m. in the Great Hall. Young will sign copies of his new book, “A Walk Through Leadership,” at his appearance, and all proceeds from the book sales will go to student scholarships. This event is sponsored by the Pierce College Teamsters.


From the book jacket of “A Walk Through Leadership”: Darroch “Rocky” Young culminated 37 years in higher education by serving as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community college District. In his retirement, he has provided presentations and consulting services throughout the United States. Before becoming Chancellor, Rocky Young was President of Pierce College (California). Under his leadership, the college made a complete turnaround that the L.A. Times called “The Miracle on Winnetka.” Prior to coming to Pierce College, Rocky Young served in a variety of faculty and administrative positions as Santa Monica College.


From  A Walk Through Leadership” is aimed at leaders and potential leaders in higher education (particularly community colleges), but most of these principles are universal and would be applicable for any leadership situation. While many leadership books are dry and make little effort to help the reader internalize the concepts, this book overcomes this problem by using familiar metaphors and is written as a narrative and a dialogue in a spirit similar to Tuesdays With Morrie. The first part of the book is a series of discussions between a woman embarking on a leadership position and her retired grandfather who had years of experience, as they take walks together. The second part continues those discussions and those walks later in the woman’s career as she is about to assume the role of college president. Although written in two parts, all of the content is equally useful to readers no matter where they are in their leadership career.



Farm Opens to Community on April 27 for Farmwalk 2014

WHAT:         Pierce College's Annual FARMWALK


WHO:         Open to the community, from toddlers through active seniors.


WHERE:     The Pierce College Farm (west side of campus)

                        6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91371

                        Enter off Victory Blvd. at Mason Avenue--Free Parking


WHEN:      Sunday, April 27th 

                  9:30 am to 4:00 pm


COST:             $5.00 Donation Requested; Children under 12 play FREE


ACTIVITIES:     A Petting Zoo, Live Music, Tons of animals, Sheep Shearing, Wool Spinning,

                         Wool Dyeing, Multiple Horse Activities & Shows, Face Painting, Cow Milking,  

                         Greater LA Vector Control Department, Pierce College Choir, Firefighter Station

72 with their Fire Engine, California Beef Council, California Woman for Agriculture,

Mountain Lion Foundation, Agriculture & Animal Science Class Information,

Horticulture Displays, Cooked to Order Hamburgers Veggie Burgers and Hotdogs

by the Kiwanis Club, Antique Tractor Display, Vintage Car Display, Community

Information Displays, and Much Much More!


SPONSOR:     Pierce College Agriculture Department & the Foundation for Pierce College.


CONTACT: FOR MORE INFORMATION Please call Farmwalk Coordinator Noosha

                  Kohandarvish at 818-719-6463, email her at

                  Like us on Facebook at Pierce College Farmwalk.



KTLA Reporter to Discuss Covering the City’s Stories


Kimberly Cheng says her parents’ struggles as refugees motivate her to succeed. The KTLA reporter will speak Monday, April 28 at 11:15 in the Great Hall, discussing what it is like to cover the city of Los Angeles.  Cheng is a graduate of USC and has reported in Phoenix for an ABC affiliate and Palm Springs for a CBS affiliate. She has been an anchor, producer, reporter and red carpet host. Cheng is Cambodian-Chinese-American and her parents and siblings came to the U.S. as refugees. Her first job was selling doughnuts and coffee in her parents’ shop. Cheng says her parents’ struggles are what motivate her to succeed.


The television reporter will visit Pierce as part of the Pierce College Media Arts Department Speaker Series, a free program that welcomes esteemed speakers from the radio, film, journalism and website worlds. The events are a semester-long effort funded by the Associated Students Organization. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited. Faculty can receive Flex Credit for attending. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available for $3 in Lot 1, near the Sheriff’s Station off Brahma Drive and Winnetka Avenue.

Bio courtesy of Kimberly Cheng:

“Kimberly Cheng is a reporter at KTLA in Los Angeles. An L.A. native, Cheng is proud to tell stories that affect the people of her hometown. Prior to joining KTLA, Cheng was a fill-in anchor, reporter and multimedia journalist at the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona. Cheng also worked at the CBS affiliate in Palm Springs, California. She has worn several hats: anchor, producer, reporter, red carpet host. Cheng has covered a variety of stories-- former President Gerald Ford's death; a controversial Prop 8 protest in Palm Springs that made national headlines; and interviewed some of the world's biggest celebrities.


Fight on! Cheng is a proud graduate from the University of Southern California where she earned a double-degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. Cheng's professional background stretches beyond news. After graduating from USC, she worked for a prominent residential and commercial real estate developer. She also worked in commercial video production for one of the world's largest automakers.


Cheng is Cambodian-Chinese-American. Her parents and siblings came to the U.S. as refugees. They were forced to escape their homeland after years of torture and genocide under the Pol Pot regime. Without speaking a word of English and without a dime, her family started over. Her parents opened a donut shop in Los Angeles which they ran for decades. Cheng's first job was serving coffee and donuts. She has said her family's struggles are what motivate her to succeed. "With all the opportunities we have in this country, it would be a shame not to try and fulfill your true potential." In her free time, Cheng likes to stay active. Her hobbies include working out, snowboarding, hiking, and singing.”


Faculty can receive Flex Credit for attending. For more information contact Professor Stefanie Frith, Pierce College Media Arts Department, (818) 710-2960.


Moving Family Drama "Independence" Concludes LAPC Theatre Season

Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2013-2014 Season will conclude in May with award-winning playwright Lee Blessing’s powerful family drama, Independence. The play opens on Friday, May 2 and runs through Sunday, May 11, 2014. The setting is the small town of Independence, Iowa, the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs. Her oldest daughter, Kess, is a university professor in Minneapolis, but she has come home at the request of her sister Jo who is concerned for Evelyn's mental health. Kess wants to cut her family ties once and for all; Jo, an incurable romantic and longtime virgin, is the homebody of the three; while Sherry, salty-tongued and amoral, wants only to finish high school so she can leave home for good. Independence is a powerful, disturbing study of a family divided against itself.


“Lee Blessing sinks his teeth into the rich emotional meat of a troubled family and manages to carve out fully realized characters who surprise, provoke and trouble the mind long after the show is over,” says the Los Angeles Times.


LAPC Theatre’s production of Independence is directed by Anita Adcock. The cast features Leah Foster as Evelyn, Stephanie Zushi as Kess, Elyse Hamilton as Jo and Sadé Reid as Sherry. Scenic design is by John Jones, with lighting design by Ellie Rabinowitz, costume design by Eileen Gizienski and sound design by Edward Salas. Erica Lawrence is the stage manager. The production opens on Friday, May 2 at 8pm, and continues on Saturday, May 3 at 8pm, Sunday, May 4 at 2pm, Friday, May 9 at 8pm, Saturday, May 10 at 8pm and Sunday, May 11at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $12 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking lots #7 and #8.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online, at CONTACT: MICHAEL SANDE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, 818-719-6488, EMAIL:


Summer Schedule 2014—with 400 classes—Now Posted Online at Pierce

Pierce is having the largest summer ever with 400 classes offered in three sessions—the variety of classes goes far beyond just core class offerings. Check out the schedules at, which posted on April 7, and Continuing Students can begin to register on April 14.


Watch your email for your registration appointment, or log into the Student Information System (SIS) at You can also reach the SIS from the home page by clicking on Admissions and Records, then Add/Drop Classes.


Summer Session 2014 dates are:

Session A:  June 16 - July 19 (5 weeks)

Session B:  July 21 - Aug. 23 (5 weeks)

8 week Session: June 16 - Aug 9


Plan your schedule for Summer now because this is a big opportunity for students who want to get some units under their belt before Fall comes. You can do it.



Governor’s Race, Obamacare Debate Featured in Day of Politics at Pierce College


Spring’s Day of Politics will showcase lively debate and discussion on Obamacare, the June primary for Governor, the 30th Congressional race and the 45th Assembly primary.  There will also be a Meet & Greet with numerous third party candidates and a Town Hall with Assemblyman Matt Dababneh. This is the latest in the college’s continuing series for the students and the greater community that brings in speakers to discuss and debate topical issues.


EVENT:            DAY OF POLITICS on upcoming June 3 Primaries

DATE:              Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TIME:               10:30 am – 6 pm

COST:              Free

LOCATION:      Pierce College Great Hall on the Mall

                        6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91371



10:30-11:30 am  Prop 41 and 42 
11:30 am-12:30 pm    30th Congressional Race
12:30-2 pm         Health Care Debate – Obamacare, single payer or alternatives
2-3 pm                Governor’s Race
3-4pm                 45th Assembly Race (Susan Shelley confirmed)
4-5 pm                Third Parties – Meet and Greet, numerous candidates
5-6 pm                 Assemblyman Matt Dababneh Town Hall


This event will feature candidates competing in the June 3 statewide primary for Governor, 30th Congressional District and the only two candidates running for 45th assembly district.  Some of the featured guests include Eric Bauman, Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party (and Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party), Luis Rodriguez, Green Party candidate for Governor, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh and his opponent, Republican Susan Shelley, who was a close runner-up in the special election for this seat a few months ago.  Additionally internationally renowned peace and social justice activist, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq will be appearing as a candidate for California Governor.  Dr. Dylan Roby of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research will be defending Obamacare against Dr. Pam Brown, a Libertarian activist and Pierce professor and an additional speaker will represent California’s push for universal health care/single payer.  This promises to be a stimulating and informative event for both students and the wider community.


Day of Politics events are organized by Asst. Professor Denise Robb and sponsored by Pierce College’s Department of Political Science, Economics, Criminal Justice, Law and Chicano Studies. Co-sponsors are student organizations Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the Associated Students Organization (ASO), Politics Club and Feminist Club.


Pierce College is recognized as one of the most respected community colleges and transfer institutions in California. Located on 426 acres in the western San Fernando Valley, the two-year community college combines state-of-the-art technology and learning with the picturesque beauty of its rolling hills. The college serves 21,000 students in a diverse and dynamic mix of career, technical, transfer, workforce education and general interest programs. Visit the college website at



The Roundup, Bull and Collect Awards at Journalism Convention


The staff of Pierce College’s Roundup News, The Bull Magazine, and took home  ten awards the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ 2014 State Convention, which took place at the Burbank Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, Calif. The convention, which started Thursday, April 3, and ended Saturday, April 5, hosted community colleges statewide where student journalists were able to attend various workshops and compete in on-the-spot contests, mail-in, and bring-in categories. This year’s winners are:

Front Page Layout-Broadsheet
Third Place
Calvin Alagot

Magazine Cover Design
Third Place
Jeremy Nation/Monica Salazar

Photo Illustration
Fourth Place
John Gutierrez

News Photo
Third Place
Mohammad Djauhari

Photo Essay Story
Honorable Mention
Nelger Carrera

Newspaper Profile Feature
Third Place
Boo Reyes

Magazine Profile Article
Second Place
Kashish Nizami

Bring-in Photo
Second Place
Lynn Levitt

On-the-spot Sports Photo
Honorable Mention
Nelger Carrera

Webcast/Broadcast News
Second Place
Matt Gottesman




Japanese Woodblock Print Exhibition Opens Thursday, March 20

Access Ukiyo-e at the Pierce College Art Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6-8pm

Exhibition runs: March 20-April 23, 2014


Access Ukiyo-e opens Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Pierce College Art Gallery. The exhibition highlights Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the Department of Art and Architecture's permanent collection. Often seen as "fine art," this exhibition examines not only the art form and beauty of the traditional woodblock printing process, but also the way in which these prints functioned within Japanese society at the time they were made. That print of a courtesan modeling the latest lipstick, isn't she just like our models of today advertising the latest spring shade?  Actor prints?  Doesn't he bare a resemblance to Johnny Depp?  When looked at in this contemporary context, Ukiyo-e prints become an active, vibrant reflection of life in both the Japan of yesterday but also in our lives today.


Please make the journey up the hill and come see the show.  It highlights prints from a donation to the department and was student curated. For more information:; www.piercecollegeartgallery.eventbrite;; 818-710-2262