Campus News

Spring Semester Schedule Now Posted Online at Pierce College


SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER! The 2016 Spring Semester class schedule is now posted online. Spring begins Feb. 8 and ends June 6, 2016. Continuing student registration begins Nov. 19, 2015. View the Spring Schedule and pick out your classes at


To register classes go to the Student Information System (SIS) logon page at


Don't have an early registration appointment? To get Priority Registration, you must complete the steps you will find out about at the First Year Experience (under the Library Learning Crossroads). They include doing your Assessment, Online Orientation, and meeting with a Counselor in the First Year Experience to make an educational plan.



Registration for Winter Intersession Begins


The Winter Intersession class schedule for 2016 is posted, with double the number of classes Pierce College offered last year.  Continuing students' registration began Oct. 29, 2015. Winter is only five weeks long and a great opportunity to take two classes and pick up six units to keep you moving towards your educational goals. View the schedule and list of 200 classes at


Winter Intersession runs Jan. 4 – February 6, 2016. Registration for continuing students begins November 19, 2015. To register go to the Student Information System (SIS)  logon page at


Photographs by Pierce Veterans Showcased in "War Comes Home" Art Gallery Exhibition


The Pierce College Art Gallery has opened a new exhibition of snapshots and ephemera from our Pierce veterans entitled: “When War Comes Home: Snapshots from Veterans.” The show, in conjunction with the “One Book One Campus” initiative brought to campus by the Pierce College Library, will highlight the experiences of our veterans here on campus.


The exhibition runs now through December 4, 2015, with a reception on Thursday, November 12 at 6 p.m. at the Gallery. For more information visit or go to Pierce College Art Gallery on facebook.


Pierce’s participation in “War Comes Home: the Legacy” is a collaboration between the Library, Diversity Committee, Equity Committee, English Department, and the Art Gallery.


"War Comes Home: The Legacy" Comes to Pierce College Library

Highlighting private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, new exhibition War Comes Home: The Legacy opens on October 26, 2105 at L.A. Pierce College. The traveling exhibition, rich with historic and contemporary letters, offers an intimate perspective into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon a soldier’s homecoming.


War Comes Home: The Legacy is part of Cal Humanities’ current War Comes Home initiative, a thematic program designed to promote greater understanding of veterans and explore how war shapes a community. The exhibition is based on the work of the Center for American War Letters (CAWL) and is presented by Exhibit Envoy. Andrew Carroll, the Director of CAWL and an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author, and John Benitz, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Chapman University, co-curated the exhibition.


The exhibition explores the joys and hardships that returning soldiers and their families face during homecoming, as expressed through private letters and email correspondence. Spanning conflicts from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and displayed on thirteen interpretive panels, War Comes Home: The Legacy explores the shared themes of wartime separation, the adjustment to life back at home, and the costs of war. As Staff Sergeant Parker Gyokeres writes, “Those of us coming back…are not looking for sympathy. We might be reluctant at first to talk about what we’ve been through…[but] your support has made this journey an incredible one…Thanks, above all, for listening.”


This exhibition runs through December 4, 2105 and offers a variety of events to support the event. This exhibit is free of charge; Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91371; Library (818) 710-2833. An opening event will be at the Great Hall on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 12 to 1 pm.  Author Andrew Carroll and Professor John Benitz will be our guest speakers.


Exhibition Support

War Comes Home: The Legacy is a partnership between Cal Humanities, the California State Library and Exhibit Envoy. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the BayTree Fund, The Whitman Fund, and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Learn more about Exhibit Envoy at and about Cal Humanities at


Join us for Veteran's Roundtable and Participate in Student Performances at Next One Campus-One Book Event


Student and community participation is featured at Pierce’s next One Campus-One Book Community Event on Operation Homecoming, When War Comes Home. Join us THURSDAY, November 12, 2015 in the ASO Room below the Library, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event begins with a roundtable discussion with Pierce Veterans followed by participant sharing. All forms of communication are encouraged: read a favorite line from Operation Homecoming, provide an excerpt from a thematically related text, share a personal experience, reaction, or opinion; perform a tribute, sing a song, play a musical instrument...

All are welcome! Please join us for the following activities: 
11:30-12:30--Roundtable discussions with Pierce Veterans / Free lunch for participants

12:30-2:30--Community members share personal reactions* 
Student Performances from different departments

Hosted by the Pierce Diversity Committee, Library, ASO, and English Department. Sponsored by Equity Funding. For more information about this event as well as other OCOB activities, please see….


Get Entangled in "Dance Wrapped in a Bow" in November

You are invited to the Fall Dance Concert, "Dance Wrapped in a Bow," an eclectic evening of dance theatre, displaying all genres of concert dance from the Pierce College Dance Department. There are choreographic projects representing classical ballet, contemporary and modern, musical theater, jazz, hip-hop, and traditional forms.


We honor our veterans, as well as a variety of cultural traditions that are celebrated throughout November and December in this dance concert. The choreographic contributions to the evening are diverse, ranging from student entries to faculty projects, and even an invited guest artist selection.  Pierce instructors Bonnie Lavin-Hughes and Jenny Ghiglia are the show directors. The show will highlight all manner of celebration during the holidays. It is a cultural feast, offering dances that focus on Day of the Dead, The Nutcracker, Christmas, New Year, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah. Between the dances we hope to include some Pierce College singers who will share some of their Christmas carols with our audience and there are some humorous acting interludes where Santa himself makes an appearance!!  


We offer this show to our community as a wonderful family event. The concert plays Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14, 2015, at 8 pm, and Sunday November 15 with a matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are now on sale by calling (818) 610-6598 or going online to


"Dance Wrapped in a Bow" appears on the Performing Arts Building (3500) Mainstage theatre.  Come Pierce College and share in the merriment, goodwill, and winter wonderland that is “Dance Wrapped in a Bow!”


Parade of Breeds Equine Event Stands Out This Saturday


The Parade of Breeds at Pierce College was started eight years ago by Paddy Warner, a professor of horse science at the college. The parade was inspired by a student in her Horse Production class, where students learn about horses in the classroom before working with them in the program.  Professor Warner realized that seeing pictures of breeds was no substitute for seeing the actual horses, so she created the Parade of Breeds to provide an authentic learning opportunity.  


Over the years, the Parade has grown in popularity and participation.  This year it is being offered to the class and community from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 as part of a larger Welcome Celebration! event being produced by our Horse Show Management class.  It’s an opportunity for the class students to plan, publicize, set up and execute an actual equestrian event. This year's class project includes the Parade of Breeds, a ranch sorting, sport horse demonstrations, a holiday shopping market, dining and tours. The students will take an actual breeds test that day while spectators are joining in the fun. 


The crowd is expected to be the largest yet for this event, numbering somewhere around 1,000 people.  Over 50 breeds and colors of horses will be represented in the Parade.  Sport horse demos will include barrel racing, show jumping, trick roping, horse-drawn carriages, mule packing and ranch sorting.


 “We will have the whole five-ring circus,” said Betsy Connolly, a Pierce faculty member since 2003.  In the ranch sorting, always a crowd pleaser, participants on horseback are required to move cattle out of a pen in a specified numerical order, the winners being those who can accomplish their task the fastest. It’s an opportunity for students to see what they would need to do on a regular basis if they worked on a ranch. 


 “This is an open house for the Equine Center,” said Connolly. “We want the community to come and see the facilities we now have in place, fully functional, built with bond money in collaboration with the equine community and the horse-science faculty. Until now, we have done very little leasing to outside users because we didn’t have completed arenas or an event office, things we desperately needed. Now we can offer a facility to the equestrian community and provide students with opportunities to learn industry relevant skills.


“Many people have waited a long time to see this come to fruition. We see this as a new beginning. We want to spread the word that we are open for business, that our horse-science program and Equine Center are alive and well.” The growth of this event is especially pleasing to Ron Wechsler, who started the Pierce College equestrian program in 1973 and served as its first director.


“It’s been great to see this event grow by leaps and bounds,” he said. “I guess the price is right because it’s free to get in. The young kids and the students really seem to enjoy coming and that is so important because they are the future of the horse industry and, I believe, the future of Pierce College.”



Coming Home From War Explored in Speakers Event

An exploration of what it’s like to come home from war is the topic of a special event coming to the Great Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to Pierce’s first One Campus-One Book (OCOB) Speaker Event, featuring critically acclaimed author Andrew Carroll and award-winning director John Benitz.


Andrew Carroll is the editor of Pierce’s OCOB selection, OPERATION HOMECOMING: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families. The book inspired the film “Operation Homecoming,” which was nominated for an Oscar and won an Emmy in 2007 for being one of the year's best documentaries. 

Carroll’s book was later adapted into a play by John Benitz, who earned a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts grant, as well as a Cal Humanities grant to bring the play to a wider audience. Since then, Benitz has had the pleasure of directing three Academy Award nominated actors and writers--Annette Bening, Laura Dern, and Jason Hall--as well as Academy Award winner Common, for this production.

For more information about this event as well as other OCOB activities, please see


Pierce College Reintroduces Shepard Stadium


Pierce Brahma Football shut down College of the Desert Roadrunners (30-10) in the season opener on September 12, celebrating the reopening of the College’s Shepard Stadium in Woodland Hills in style. Since then, the Brahmas’ record is 4-2.


Long-time coach and current Pierce Athletic Director Bob Lofrano says, “Shepard Stadium is probably the finest community college playing facility in the State of California.” The stadium was named after Pierce College’s second president, John B. Shepard, under whose tenure (1955-1965) the College’s core buildings were constructed. Unlike most community college sports facilities, Pierce’s is a raised amphitheater-style bowl that has hosted professional football teams and even a United States President. Ronald Reagan gave a speech here on his last campaign day, Nov. 5, 1984, before the presidential election against Walter Mondale, which he won by a landslide. The crowd overflowed the playing field and the Los Angeles Times said the audience numbered 20,000 on that day.


Set on a hill, the open-air coliseum realistically accommodates 5,500 fans and its tiered seating affords elevated views of not only the field, but an expanse of the San Fernando Valley to the east.  The renovated stadium features new aluminum bleachers, with wheelchair lifts on both the home and visitor’s sides, plus a new restroom on the visitor’s side. The field sports a modern playing surface of artificial turf that resembles blades of grass and is lined for both football and soccer use. The popular running track has been renewed with an all-weather rubberized surface. The athletes’ field house has been upgraded, and new signage, lighting, and landscaping of drought-tolerant native plants installed.  Eventually, a “Victory Walk of Fame” along the rim on the home side will showcase images of the history of Pierce Athletics along with notable sports alumni and current athletes and teams.


Come in Costume Saturday Night for $5 Off the Smash-hit Broadway Comedy Ending this Weekend


Theater-goers will enjoy a special $5 discount of Saturday night's performance when they come in costume for Halloween night of the performance. Pierce students' price will be only $7.


Los Angeles Pierce College Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season opened in October with Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning Broadway comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Performances continue this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30, 31 and November 1 in the Dow Arena Theatre in the newly renovated Pierce Performing Arts Center.


Set in present day Bucks County, PA, melancholy brother and sister Vanya and Sonia bicker away in their old family home, whining over their lost dreams. When their sassy, clairvoyant maid, Cassandra, warns of impending dangers, their celebrity sister, Masha, arrives unexpectedly with young, hunky, boyfriend, Spike, followed in by sweet, admiring neighbor, Nina. Soon the family is launched into a madcap weekend of squabbling, lust and broken mugs galore. With frolicsome absurdity, Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike deftly blends famous Chekhovian themes with the contemporary challenges of celebrity, family, and middle-age into a deliriously complex comedy.


LAPC Theatre’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will be directed by LAPC Theatre’s newest faculty member, Shaheen Vaaz. The cast features David Klane as Vanya, Laurel Moglen as Sonia, Jeanne Sakata as Masha, Dylan Taylor as Spike, Leah Foster as Cassandra and Michelle Hallbauer as Nina. Scenic design is by Frederica Nascimento, costume design by Eileen Gizienski, lighting design by Michael Gend and sound design by Edward Salas. Natasha Wells is the stage manager.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike opened on Friday, October 23 at 8 pm, and ran on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 pm, Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2pm;  the play continues Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 pm, Saturday, Oct. 31 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 1 at 2 pm. Tickets are priced at $12 for students,  $15 for seniors and $18 for general admission. Free parking is conveniently located in parking lot #6 on the Pierce College campus, adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.


LAPC Theatre’s 2015-2016 Season also includes George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s classic Broadway comedy, The Royal Family (Dec. 4-13), Samuel Beckett’s classic tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot (Mar. 25-Apr. 3, 2016) and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, by Steven Dietz (Apr. 22-May 1, 2016).


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,