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Weekend Extravaganza of Events Framed by Arbor Day, Farmwalk Coming

Four events bring a jam-packed weekend of festivities to Pierce College. On Arbor Day, Pierce College’s Associated Students Organization will get their hands dirty planting new trees on campus. The Friday, April 24 event begins in Rocky Young Park with a 9 a.m. workshop on “How to Plant a Tree” conducted by college gardening staff. At 10 a.m. everyone will gather for a welcoming speech followed by the tree planting, to begin by the Sundial in Rocky Young Park.


A first-ever, one-time-only Saturday Super Swap Meet on April 25 will take the place of the usual April Sunday meet by Topanga Vintage Market. What’s different on Saturday is that both new and old items will be sold at one of LA's top five vintage markets and the only flea market of its kind in the San Fernando Valley. One hundred and fifty sellers are signed up to attend; food trucks and live music will create a fun “block party” atmosphere, say promoters Lori Rotblatt and Patrice Curedale. Park in Pierce College Lot 7 at Victory Blvd. and Mason Ave. The hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and the entrance cost is $1 per person, kids are free.  For details visit or call 310-422-1844.


Horse lovers will want to come to the Ranch Sorting and Team Penning event on both Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26 (during the Farmwalk). JR Productions of Hemet returns (with cattle) for an exciting schedule of equestrian individual and team competitions at the Pierce College Equestrian Center on the west side of campus off De Soto Ave. Entries to participate are due April 19; winners receive belt buckles. Contact Remy Greer at 951-473-4146 or James Greer at 951-852-0606 for more information.


Last, but far from least, is Pierce College’s Annual Farmwalk on Sunday, April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This beloved old-tyme tradition is a festival of fun to include a petting zoo, farm animals, sheep shearing, wool crafts, wool spinning, cow milking, multiple horse shows and exotic animals. This year’s Farmwalk has face painting, photo booth, kid’s carnival games, Pierce College Choir, DJ, live music, agriculture & animal science class information, horticulture displays, antique tractor display and more. Eat cooked-to-order hamburgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs and tacos made by the Kiwanis Club; enjoy Dreamy Creations Cupcakes and Jamba Juice. A donation of $5 is requested and kids under 12 play free. Enter the campus off Victory Ave. at Mason; parking is free.


Serving 22,000 students, Pierce College is recognized as one of the most respected community colleges and transfer institutions in California. The College is located on 426 acres of rolling hills at 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, California;


Farmwalk Brings Old Tyme Fun to the Communiity on April 26


The famous Pierce College FARMWALK is coming, and it's an experience you can enjoy only once a year. On Sunday, April 26, 2015, bring your family and friends to Pierce College from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a day filled with old tyme fun and tons of animals. Activites include a Petting Zoo, Tours, Cow Milking, Wool Spinning, Sheep Shearing, Equestrian Demos, Pony Rides, Exotic Animals, Face Painting, Carnival Games, BBQ, live music and more!


Come to the Pierce College Farm (west side of campus), 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91371. Enter off Victory Blvd. at Mason Avenue--free parking & Shuttles. Adults - $5 donation; Children Under 12 - free. (Only service animals are permitted due to livestock.) Don’t forget to bring hats, sunscreen, sunglasses and cameras. Open to everyone, kids from 0-99. For more information, call the Pierce College Agriculture Department at 818-719-6463, visit Pierce College Farmwalk on Facebook, or contact Farmwalk Coordinator Candace Stines at (805) 990-4283;



Annual Student Art Show To Open with Awards Ceremony May 7


The Pierce College Department of Art and Architecture invites you to the 2015 Annual Student Exhibition.  The exhibition opens Thursday May 7th and runs through Wednesday May 26th.  The opening reception will be on Thursday May 7th at 6 pm with an awards ceremony and reception in the gallery courtyard.


The Annual Student Exhibition is the culmination of the school year. It celebrates the creative effort and artistic growth of Pierce College students taking classes in the Art and Architecture Department.  Many mediums are represented including sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, multimedia, graphic design, printmaking, illustration, and architecture.  This year’s exhibition will be awarded prizes for Best of Show, as well as First through Third Place Awards, and Honorable Mentions.  Guest jurors for prizes are Addy Renteria-Gonzalez and Erin Stone, Directors of 11:11 A Creative Collective, our local San Fernando Valley pop-up gallery space.  The Annual Student Exhibition is supported by a grant from the Pierce College ASO and the Foundation for Pierce College.


If you need an accommodation due to a disability to participate in this exhibition, please contact the Department of Art and Architecture, Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director, Monika Del Bosque, at 818-710-2262 or email


Calling all Speech 101 Students—Ready to Join the Annual Speech Tournament?



Professors organizing the Third Annual Pierce College Speech Tournament are looking for current Speech 101 students to join in the competition on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 12 to 5 p.m.  Participating students and everyone who would like to watch will begin in the Village, and the finalists will move on to the Great Hall.


Winners will earn cash prizes--$200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $75 for third place. Instructors are giving out extra credit for participation. The event is put on by the Speech Communication Department under Chair Jennifer Rosenberg. It is also supported by the Associated Students Organization, which is paying for food and prizes.


“Generally students polish a speech on a chosen topic they’ve worked on in class,” Rosenberg said. “We’ve seen topics from why you should travel to Kenya to the secrets behind magic,” she said.


According to Rosenberg, students will speak from 5-7 minutes each in either of two categories, Informative or Persuasive. Judges are Pierce professors until the finals, which are judged by a panel of CSUN professors under Dr. John Kephart, head of debate at CSUN.


“This tournament brings the campus together and provides an experience for students to work on the speaking skills they’ll use later in their careers,” Rosenberg said.


Talk to your Speech 101 Professor to get involved.

Media Arts Student Exhibit at the Getty

Students at Pierce College, College of the Canyons, East Los Angeles College and Santa Monica College have been studying the exhibition Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at the Getty Museum.


Now those students are creating photographs inspired by the innovative techniques employed by the photographers in the exhibition. This work will be displayed at College Night at The Getty on April 27, 6-9:30 p.m.


The Pierce students who have work in the show will Calvin Alagot, Carolyn Arredondo, Kristen Aslanian , Diego Barajas, Courtney Coles,  Mohammad Djauhari, Nico Heredia,  Lynn Levitt, Monica Salazar and Erin Stone.


Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography features the work of seven photographers who have turned their attention to exploring the essence of photography, distilling it to its basic components of light-sensitive emulsions and chemical development. After touring The Getty, visitors can listen to music and enjoy free food outdoors while taking in the views of the city.


AFT 1521A Staff Guild Launches Spring Shoe Drive for Local Children

Margaret Duncan, center, with shoes in 2014.                AFT 1521A Staff Guild Pierce College Chapter Chair Henry Chang

A not-so-funny thing happens to elementary school kids when their shoes don’t fit, or they are falling apart, or they used to belong to another family member, or worse—to a stranger. Suddenly all these kids can think about is their uncomfortable feet. That’s why AFT 1521A Staff Guild at Pierce College is having a shoe drive to collect brand new athletic shoes for local school children.

According to Admissions Assistant Margaret Duncan, “Last year was our first year of the shoe drive at Pierce. We delivered 30 new pairs of children's shoes to Stanley Mosk Elementary School in Canoga Park. The principal, Barbara Friedrich, was absolutely overjoyed to receive the shoes for her school.”


Duncan said that the shoe drive is a community outreach event for the union, which was presented to members by AFT 1521A President Velma Butler in connection with the charity “Shoes That Fit.”


“It is a worthwhile effort for us to give back to the children of our community because the need is real,” Duncan said. “We see how appreciated the shoes are in the faces of the children, their parents, and the grateful school principals.”


Anyone can donate. If you would like to participate in the spring 2015 shoe drive, please contact Margaret Duncan by April 30th with your commitment. Email her at with your name, contact number or email address, and the number of pairs of shoes you will donate (one is fine). You can also call her at 818-719-6493. You will be given a shoe size for an individual child, and whether they are male or female, to buy a new pair of athletic shoes, which generally run between $20-25 for children. 


Pierce Students Tackle World Problems in First Town Hall Project

Pierce students will begin to resolve world problems in a first-ever special event hosted by the college called the “Town Hall Project,” or, “How to Change the World and Solve Problems.” 


The project involves more than 550 students from various disciplines who will identify problems, perform research and develop solutions to those problems. It culminates in a May 1 Town Hall where they will meet with experts in the fields of government, non-profits, business—many, Pierce’s own alumni—to solve world problems. Assemblymember Matt Dababneh will join the Town Hall, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall, as the keynote speaker. He represents California’s 45th State Assembly district, encompassing most of the western San Fernando Valley. Students will be greeted in the morning by college President Kathleen F. Burke and hear a short address by Vice President of Student Services, Earic Peters.


According to Denise Robb, Pierce Political Science Professor and Town Hall organizer, Pierce is the only community college undertaking the Town Hall Project, a pilot program modeled after the heralded California State University, Chico, Town Hall.


“I think this is an exciting opportunity for us to show students that classroom learning doesn’t have to end there,” Robb said. “Life is an adventure, an opportunity to grow and change and be a part of the world. This is their time to shine and see how they can leave a lasting legacy for positive change in addition to gaining their world-class educational and research skills.”


This multipronged project began in classes this semester, with students researching and writing papers on six topics: homelessness, immigration, climate change, gender inequality, disparities in the criminal justice system and mental health issues. For example, in geography, Professor Adrian Youhanna’s classes are mapping immigration patterns. Students in subjects as diverse as anthropology, English, political science, philosophy, math, geography, communications, sociology and criminal justice are participating. On May 1, students will divide into groups of 15-25 and attend two-hour workshops for discussion and to present their research to experts who have volunteered to meet with and help them develop their solutions—perhaps even implement some of those solutions.


“For example, if a student decided to tackle the problem of the myriad young children coming across the border who are being processed and detained, they will meet with one of our experts from CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles) and discuss potential solutions to this problem. If their subject is homelessness, they might meet with a Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness representative.”


Approximately 200 people have volunteered as experts, facilitators or simply to help with the event logistics.  More than half of these volunteers are distinguished Pierce College alumni and the rest are Pierce faculty, staff and students. Pierce’s Associated Student Organization (ASO) will help facilitate the event. Afterward, students will be tracked to see if they continued at Pierce, transferred, or graduated as part of the college’s Student Success Initiative.


CSU Chico created this Town Hall experience because it improves students' confidence as scholars and boosts retention. Aside from the obvious benefits of having students engage with real world problems so that their education is not just esoteric, there is data to support that this project has increased retention, graduation, persistence and success for all students. CSU Chico reports that the Town Hall Meeting participants have a significantly higher first-year retention rate than non-Town Hall students. For every year since the inception of the program, there is a 5-7% increase in retention among those who experience the Town Hall Meeting.  This reached a 91 percent retention rate in 2010-11.  Also, data shows that among minority students, retention is 6-9 percent higher among students in the Town Hall, culminating in a 93 percent retention rate in 2010-11.


The Town Hall was one of the reasons why CSU Chico received the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2015 Community Engagement Classification, in addition to being named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh time in eight years. 


“This is the generation we are relying on to leave their mark,” Robb concluded.  It makes us proud.  It gives us hope.”



American Classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" Will Close LAPC Theatre Season


Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season concludes in May with Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s beloved, Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. Performances begin Friday, May 1 and continue through Sunday, May 10, 2015. This is the inaugural production on the Mainstage of Pierce College’s newly-renovated Performing Arts Center.


Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, momentous events unfold through the eyes of 10 year old Scout, growing up in a close-knit neighborhood with her older brother Jem and their summertime visitor Dill. When their father Atticus Finch, a well-respected lawyer, mounts a vigorous and compelling case for the defense of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of the rape of a young white girl, an idyllic world of childhood is changed forever. Through the drama of the trial and its aftermath comes a searching examination of freedom, justice, honesty and hypocrisy. To Kill A Mockingbird is a timeless, compelling and deeply moving story told with warmth and humor.


LAPC Theatre’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird is directed by RoZsa Horvath, and features Michael Chandler as Atticus Finch, Elyse Hamilton as Scout, Matt Markham as Jem, Jean Hyppolite as Tom Robinson, Gannon Hays as Dill and Robin McClamb as Calpurnia. The rest of the cast includes Steven Alpert, Robin Anderson, Cody Bailey, Chakiyah Bowman, Matt DeHaven, Leah Foster, Danielle Handel, Will Hill, Kayla Humphrey, Scott Kriloff, Lark Soleil Le Clear, Von Schauer, Michele Selin, Arvie Sherman, Albert Thakur and Vance Wells. Scenic design is by Gene Putnam, costume design by Eileen Gizienski, lighting design by Michael Gend and sound design by Edward Salas. Natasha Wells is the stage manager.


To Kill A Mockingbird opens on Friday, May 1 at 8pm, and continues on Saturday, May 2 at 8pm, Sunday, May 3 at 2pm, Friday, May 8 at 8pm, Saturday, May 9 at 8pm and Sunday, May 10 at 2pm. Tickets are priced at $12 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking #6 on the Pierce College campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.  For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 818-719-6488. Tickets may also be purchased online at



Public Invited to See Pierce College Renovated Theatre Complex, Reopening May 1


The Pierce College Performing Arts Center, which has been closed for renovations, will showcase its upgrades beginning May 1, 2015 on the Mainstage with the classic American story, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Classes have been underway in the theater during spring semester, and the public will now be invited to see the $8 million transformation made possible by voter-approved bond measures.


Set on a hill, the 34-year-old complex consists of a large main theatre with lobby and box office, a smaller 100-seat “black-box” theatre, a large scene shop where sets are built, gardens with a courtyard and view of the mountains, and an array of classrooms, offices, and underground areas which house a costume shop (where costumes are constructed) and dressing and makeup rooms, as well as an added storage area for costumes, props and set pieces.


Built in 1981, it was time for the entire theatre building to be refurbished and made more accessible for our public. The present Mainstage was outfitted with state-of-the-art lighting, rigging and sound equipment to increase the quality of the stage performances.  Aisles have been lined with hand rails, and 345 new cushioned seats are ready to be filled by audience members who will now have more legroom. Acoustical upgrades were made to the auditorium. Wheelchair access by a lift on one side of the auditorium will offer handicapped patrons seating in the fourth row.

The enhanced lobby, following a red color scheme throughout, has been enlarged and greets patrons with a new built-in box office and concession area. An architectural highlight is the curving teak ceiling with contemporary lighting. Classrooms and the 100-seat Dow Arena Theatre (which was renovated in 2005 thanks to a grant by actress and former Pierce Theatre Instructor Ellen Dow) was brought up to modern standards with new flooring. Theatre offices were remodeled, and all bathrooms, inside and out, have been enlarged and modernized.

Underground, a “trap room” was installed directly beneath the stage with a new stage trap door system to allow performers and sets to “appear” through the floor.  The costume and makeup area doubled in size with added costume and properties storage.  

On the outside of the building, the current wheelchair ramp is less steep and the patio has been redone with benches and other seating areas. Another welcome addition is a new garden to the east of the building, which, along with the Eugene Francis Dow Courtyard, has been sustainably landscaped and furnished with benches and tables so students and theatre-goers can enjoy the beautiful view from atop the hill.

“To Kill a Mockingbird” will run on the Mainstage from May 1 through 10, 2015.  Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and will be directed by Pierce Professor Emeritus RoZsa Horvath. Tickets are available from the Pierce Theatre Department at 818-719-6488, or online at


Vintage Market Rolls Out "Saturday Super Swap"

The Saturday Super Swap Meet will take the place of the April Sunday meet. Topanga Vintage Market at Pierce College, one of LA's top 5 vintage markets and the only flea market of its kind in the San Fernando Valley, will roll out a one-time only “Saturday Super Swap” on Saturday, April 25, a community wide event where “anything and everything goes." Topanga Vintage Market, known for their purely antique and vintage event on the fourth Sunday of every month, will for the first and only time allow vendors to sell new and used items, as well as their vintage, art, and antiques.


The promoters, Lori Rotblatt and Patrice Curedale, have gathered over 150 sellers so far, including many of their regular vintage vendors, plus empty-nesters cleaning out the house to downsize, families needing to clear the garage, storage space owners doing some spring cleaning, and local 'start ups' selling their new wares to the public for the first time. Attendance at the monthly market averages around 2,700, and the promoters expect even higher numbers for the Super Swap.


Everyone is invited to be a shopper or a seller, or both. Vendors can sell garage sale items from their homes or even new items from their own businesses. Attendees can expect an outdoor day of fun at this giant "block party" filled with bargain shopping, food and live entertainment. Location: Pierce College (Parking Lot 7 at Victory Blvd. and Mason Ave.). Hours: 8am-3pm. Cost: $1 per person and kids are free. 


Interested sellers should call 310-422-1844 and for more information, visit Topanga Vintage Market’s monthly vintage and antique shopping event at Pierce College returns to its usual fourth Sunday schedule on May 24.  


The "Saturday Super Swap" will be held on Saturday, April 25

from 8 am to 3pm at Pierce College. 

Entry is at Victory Blvd and Mason Ave, in Woodland Hills, CA 91306. 

Admission is $1, kids are free, and there will be plenty of free parking in the lot.

Food trucks and live music will create a fun "block party" atmosphere

Please leave family pets at home.

For details visit or call 310-422-1844.