Campus News

Group Exhibition "LA Woman: On Her Own Terms" and "Haunted" to Open March 5


LA Woman: On Her Own Terms & Haunted

Opening Reception: Thursday March 5th, 2015, 6 pm, Room 3301

Artist Talk:  8 pm in the Gallery

Exhibition: March 5 - April 1, 2015


LA Woman: On Her Own Terms is a group exhibition of female visual artists who have a connection to Winslow Garage, an artist-run project space in Silverlake. Conceived as an exchange between Winslow Garage and Australian project space Marrickville Garage, the exhibition highlights the diversity of creative works produced by professional women artists residing in Los Angeles who have utilized the unique benefits provided by a non-traditional venue. Project spaces free artists to produce new or experimental works that may fall outside of their usual milieu without the pressure of commercial sales. Winslow Garage offers artists deadlines for the completion of ideas, exhibition opportunities for transitional periods, and potential peer engagement in an intimate setting.


For this exhibition, works were selected that both reflect an arguably feminine quality and also take into consideration some aspect of the environs or culture of the City of Los Angeles. From personal meditations to more overt political statements, these works investigate many of the concerns of Southern Californians from the exquisite natural landscape to the artifice of Hollywood. Through collage, painting, video, sculpture, and photography, many of the artists present fragmented images of the self or environment. Like the passing of cars on the freeway, the viewer has time to focus briefly on a detail of hair, a passing email, the blue sky, or a line of text. Others filter anxiety and escapist fantasies through technology. Survivalist skills and utopian dreams hardwire their way into reality. Not to be ignored, the Entertainment Industry makes itself visible on the glittering surface of a sculpture or in a mother’s studio portrait of her child. Included artists are Claudia Bucher, Beth Elliot, Mary Anna Pomonis, Patricia Mitchell, Rachael Neubauer, Cindy Rehm, Allison Stewart, Holly Topping, Elizabeth Withstandley and Julie Zemel.


The diversity of woman’s creative vision is further augmented by the inclusion of the video program Haunted. Haunted is an impressive series of feminist video shorts by Craftswoman House,  a group whose mission is “to foster dialogue on feminist issues through projects and exhibitions that pay homage to the rich legacy of feminist art in Southern California.” 


The Pierce College Art Gallery is located at 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Rm 3301 in Woodland Hills.


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, Monika Del Bosque, at or call 818-710-2262 at least 5 days in advance.


A Letter from Pierce Student Health Center Director about Measles


Dear Students and Colleagues,

Welcome back! As we begin our spring semester I wanted to call your attention to the recent measles cases we’ve seen in Los Angeles.  Currently there have been 22 confirmed cases of measles in Los Angeles County. Most individuals presumed to be immune to measles are those who have had 2 measles vaccines (or 2 MMR vaccines) given after their first birthday, and Americans born before 1957.

If you do not know your measles vaccine status you can request a blood test (called a “measles titer” or “measles IgG”) to show whether you are immune, from your primary care provider. If you are a student you can request a measles titer for $9 from the Pierce College Student Health Center. Please call for an appointment at 818-710-4270. 

Off the home page at you will find a "Measles FAQ" button to click for information on measles.  For more information on measles in Los Angeles County you can access the following website for Los Angeles County Public Health. 

Students, please remember that The Health Center is here to keep you healthy, help you when you are ill and teach you how to prevent illness.


Elizabeth Benne, RN, PHN, MA
Director, Pierce College Student Health Center


Wear Red for Women's Hearts on Feb. 25


Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute.  On Wed., Feb 25, 2015 join the Los Angeles Community College District employees in wearing red to symbolize awareness of heart disease in women. The LACCD Coalition for Wellness is asking everyone to participate in the “America Goes Red” Challenge in celebration of the National Wear Red Day Observance hosted by the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women. Conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes must be treated promptly and diligently because they are risk factors in the development of heart disease. The color red—and a red dress in particular-- is a jarring reminder of the dangers of heart disease and an effective way of driving home the point that heart disease is not just a male health issue.


Research has shown that a majority of women underestimate the seriousness of symptoms that can lead to heart disease or fail to understand the best methods for lowering the risk factors. Heart disease is the number one killer of women among African American and Hispanic women who, in particular, have higher rates of some risk factors for heart disease and are disproportionately affected by the disease compared to white women.


Fifty-one percent of the Los Angeles Community College District employee population is female, with 37 percent African American and Hispanic, 37 percent Caucasian, and 23 percent Asian and Pacific Islander. The median age of the District’s employee population is age 50 and the Heart Truth, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), targets women aged 40 to 60 because that is the window in which there is often a sharp increase in the danger of heart disease, although women of all ages are vulnerable because symptoms could develop as early as the teen years.  For more information on women and heart disease, visit


What's To Eat on Campus this Spring

Hot and cold food is available at the Freudian Sip Café in the College Services Building next to the Bookstore. You can get breakfast, pizza, soups, sandwiches, salads, desserts as well as coffees and many other drinks. The Freudian Sip is open Monday – Thursday, 7 am to 8 pm during the month of February and 7 am to 7:15 pm from March until June 2015; Friday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, and closed on weekends. The College Bookstore has a convenience snack and drinks section and is open similar hours, plus Saturdays in February.


Three Food Trucks that prepare hot food onsite will return to campus on weekdays.  “Hot Sauce” is the red and black truck in front of the South Gym serves home cooked breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, sandwiches and Mexican food. Rafael runs the truck with his son, and his wife cooks the food to order. “Hot Coffee” is the white truck located in front of the Student Services Building in Lot 1 that serves Mexican food and more.  “Falafelicious” is the yellow truck located near the center of the campus at the Bull (near Library and Business Building). They are known for chicken and veggie pitas. All three trucks serve sides and drinks.


Hours of operations will vary but will be from around 8 or 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; on Friday they leave at around 2:00 p.m.



Priority Registration in Place for Spring Semester at Pierce College

The Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes is now available online at Winter registration is now ongoing. The most popular classes fill quickly, so make your selections early and sign up as soon as your registration appointment allows. Continuing students’ registration begins November 23, 2014. Priority registration dates are emailed to students’ email accounts.


A new state policy gives priority registration to students who have completed three steps: orientation, assessment, and development of an educational plan. It also gives priority to students with fewer than 100 units. Visit the Counseling web page to get started on these steps, at, or call (818) 719-6440.


All the information you need to register is located at the Student Information System at Log in with your Student ID or Social Security Number, and your four-digit pin. 


Don’t know your Student ID number? It’s shown on the first screen after you log in. 


Don’t know your college email address? It’s shown on the second screen of the Student Information System.


Don’t know your appointment time? Find your registration appointment date and time online at the third screen by clicking “View Reg Appointment” at the top of the page. Reach the Student Information System at the link above, or from the Pierce College home page by clicking the "Class Registration" button at upper right.


Use your Priority Registration appointment to get the best possible schedule and move towards your goals faster. Register now for Spring Semester at Pierce College.


Presidents Day Four-Day Holiday Feb. 13-16, 2015


PRESIDENTS DAY FOUR-DAY HOLIDAY is this weekend. There will be no classes from Friday, Feb. 13 through Mon., Feb. 16. The Bookstore will be open only on Saturday, Feb. 14. Classes resume Tuesday, Feb. 17. Have a great long weekend!



Check Open Classes List for Spring 2015



The Open Classes List for Spring 2015 is posted online and there's a new mobile version too. There are still some seats available, so check the list while it is still available. 

OPEN CLASSES LIST for Spring 2015:

OPEN CLASSES LIST Spring Mobile Access:


Prior to semester starts, you can also find posts about individual classes that are still open on Pierce's Facebook Page at The professors tell you a little more about the class here.



Get Covered the First Week of Classes at Pierce



If you have questions about health insurance or want to get covered, Monday, Feb. 9 through Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, enrollment counselors will be available on campus to answer questions and enroll students in Covered California health care. Students can visit  Covered California, now located in the Food Court, 1st Floor of the Library Learning Crossroads Building (LLC), towards Lot 7, from 11 am-7 pm.



Important Parking Tips for the Spring 2015 Semester

Welcome to Pierce College. The beginning of the semester is the busiest time for traffic and parking at Pierce.  Here are some

suggestions to help you during the first 2 weeks of classes.


1.        Plan your Travel Time and Arrive Early
Plan to arrive as early as possible, especially the first few days of class – allow at least 45 extra minutes prior to the start of your classes to find a parking place and your classroom.  

2.        All Entrances to the Campus will be Open
Use the De Soto Avenue entrance to access parking lot 8. Uniformed Traffic officers will be positioned at all major intersections to help you park in one of our on-campus parking lots. Please follow their instructions.

3.        Carpool with Friends
Although carpooling with friends may not be feasible throughout the semester, try it for the first few weeks.  It will save on gas and make it easier on you.

4.        Student Drop Off and Pickup  
Students may be dropped off and picked up near the front of the Student Services Building on Brahma Drive, next to the flag poles. This is the college's official drop-off site.  Please do not drop off or pickup students in the parking lots.

5.        Use Public Transportation
Riding the METRO Orange Line is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. The METRO station is directly across the street from campus.

6.        First 2 weeks – Parking Permits Not Required
During the first 2 weeks of the Spring semester, parking permits will not be required in any of the student parking lots. On Monday, February 23rd  the enforcement of preferred and non-preferred parking lots will begin. Please make sure that you display your parking tag on the rear view mirror so that it is clearly visible to parking enforcement officers. Student parking is never permitted in any area or space designated as staff parking.

7.        Disabled Transit Van
A transit van will be available to assist disabled students. If you are interested in this service contact Special Services at 818-719-6430 for more information.


Welcome to Winter Intersession at Pierce


Winter is here—and with it Winter Intersession at Pierce College.  Welcome to all students who have joined us for Pierce’s 5-week Winter Intersession (Jan. 5 - Feb. 7, 2015.) You can take two classes and knock out 6 units of general education toward your degree fast!  

Click to find the schedules page to show the classes offered in these subjects:  Accounting, Addiction Studies, American Sign Language, Anthropology, Art, Astronomy, Automotive Service Technology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Child Development, Cinema, Communications Studies, Computer Science-Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Geography, Health, History, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Music, Oceanography, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics and Theatre. 

We're glad you've joined us for Winter 2015 at Pierce.