Sheri Berger Brings Rich Experience to Pierce as New V.P. Academic Affairs
Sheri Berger is an L.A. woman, born and bred. She comes to the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pierce College this fall after a CSUN education (both B.A. and M.S. in mathematics) and a highly varied Los Angeles Valley College career. What does she have to say about her first two weeks at Pierce?
“It’s very exciting,” she says. “It’s very hot!”
Berger says this sitting in her office on a typical 103-degree Friday afternoon at the beginning of fall 2014 semester. The Woodland Hills heat—which she finds to be 5 to 7 degrees hotter than Valley Glen—is the hardest part to get used to in her new job.
“I’m very excited to be here to help move the college forward with the Strategic Plan and CAPSS (Pierce’s acronym for the goals of Completion, Accountability, Partnerships and Student Success),” she says enthusiastically.
Berger has a rich background in higher education, most recently as Dean of Academic Affairs at L.A. Valley College. During her time as Dean, she supervised more than 18 academic departments at Valley, including the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, library, Honors, and the Study Away Program. She has an extensive background in scheduling and curriculum, having served as dean in both areas.
“I had a curriculum meeting today—it was the best meeting yet,” she says with a smile. Berger admits that she simply loves curriculum.
Besides the heat, Berger compares Pierce and Valley colleges this way: “Everything is the same—but different. Operationally, since we are both in the District, it’s the same—the same contracts, the same computers—but the processes are unique to Pierce, so I’m learning about all of those.”
“Pierce has a lot of great programs and I’m starting to get to know them. I want to help and support faculty who have creative and innovative ideas.”
Before becoming a dean, Berger served for five years as chairperson for the Valley College Mathematics Department. She has taught both developmental mathematics, and upper and lower division courses designed specifically for students planning to teach math in elementary or middle school. Professionally, she has been a member of both the California Mathematics Council Community Colleges and the American Association of Two-Year Colleges.
Among her special assignments at Valley College was the coordination of the Curriculum Reporting for Community Colleges project to review and update all course attributes for the L.A. Community College District. She assisted all chairs, curriculum deans, career and technical deans, DSP&S directors, articulation officers, and noncredit faculty throughout the District to ensure that all constituent groups had time to review and make recommendations for their respective colleges.
Having worked in higher education for more than 20 years, Berger has chaired or co-chaired committees including the SLO Committee, the Accreditation Standard IIA Committee (2007 and 2013 LAVC self-evaluation reports), various Building User Groups, the Curriculum Committee and an Emergency Budget Task Force. Recently, she served on an accreditation site visiting team to West Valley College in Northern California.
Berger is married and mother to a 9-year-old son.
Learn to Navigate the Most Popular Majors at Pierce in Workshop
Attending a “Major Matters” workshop is a must if you are considering one of most popular majors at Pierce College. The first workshop of the Fall Semester 2014 is on Pre-Nursing, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Workshops will follow on that and Business, Engineering and Pre-Med majors during the semester (see flyer). All take place on the first floor of the Student Services building in the CTC Room.
Completing requirements for an associate degree or transfer can be complicated and frustrating. The counseling faculty is offering these discipline-specific workshops to inform you of the resources and course sequencing that will save you time and money. Pierce wants to help you navigate your way through the community college to your desired goal. No reservation is required but workshop space is limited so arrive early. Contact Counselor Norine Fine at 818-710-4341 for more information.
SIA Expo Expanded Schedule of Stellar Activies Posted
It’s out of this world, it’s fun, free and growing: the Science, Imaging & Astronomy Expo (SIA) will return to take over campus with twice as many science-based exhibits and events as last year. SIA Expo is an all-day extravaganza of science and technology activities guaranteed to bring the thrill and intrigue of the universe to the community for the purpose of education and entertainment. It lands at Pierce College on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., concluding with a Star Party. People of all ages will enjoy exploring and participating in the feast of hands-on activities.
EVENT: SCIENCE IMAGING & ASTRONOMY EXPO II
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
TIME: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
COST: Free—plus free raffle ticket & free food with Student ID
SCHEDULE: See above
LOCATION: Pierce College, Library Building, 1st Floor, Mall & Center for Sciences
6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Enter Campus off Victory & Mason-- Free Parking in Lot 7
New this year will be students and faculty members of Pierce College’s Career & Tech Ed programs, which provide real-world skills for today’s job market. Visit with representatives from Auto Tech, Engine Emission, Engineering Design, Machine Shop, Media Arts, Nanotech, Nursing, Industrial Tech and Pre-Vet, plus view a student Chemistry exhibit. Student projects from the Robotics Club, photography department and industrial technology will be on display.
Also new this year is an exhibit on Zooniverse, the online community of citizen volunteers who are crowdsourcing scientific research. View the stars through the largest telescopes in the world—online. The latest technology in telescopes and imaging will be on display featuring optics, lightweight scopes, design finders, and telescopes sensitive in different wavelengths. A large outdoor area of solar telescopes will be available to view the sky.
See our natural world under microscopes with Woodland Hills Camera & Telescope’s Jeff Wood. Enjoy exhibits of astonishing robots, moon rocks, the moon in 3D, flying rockets, meteorites, cutting-edge telescopes and cameras. Have fun with face painting, games, contests, raffles, prizes and food. World-renowned astronomers return to present lectures and answer questions, including SETI Institute’s Seth Shostak to talk about extraterrestrials in “Life in the Universe,” and JPL’s David Steinfeld to discuss Mars, the moon and rockets. Meet scientists from JPL and NASA, and representatives from prominent science organizations. Talk to individuals involved in science education and public outreach programs, such as Stephen Ramsden, founder and director of the world’s largest solar astronomy nonprofit.
Experience “Hubble Vision II” and “Voyager Encounters” shows in Pierce College’s 50-seat Planetarium ($3 donation). As dark falls, view the night sky and deep space objects at the Star Party on the observing deck.
Students at any grade level, their friends and families are especially encouraged to attend, and everyone will get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win valuable prizes of professional level telescopes and cameras shown at http://siaexpo.com/raffles/. Bring any student ID to get free food. Woodland Hills Camera is offering free Fall Family Portraits on hay bales decorated with pumpkins, plus photo shows, two photo contests, make a camera, portrait photograph class with live models, onsite printing, 3-D printing, Pacific Bell’s mobile classroom to project live astronomy transmission and more are at SIA Expo.
The Santa Clarita Brass Band will play space tunes, and food and drinks are available for purchase. The Expo’s jammed-packed schedule of activities is featured on the schedule above.
SIA Expo, from co-sponsors Pierce College and Woodland Hills Camera & Telescope, drew 1200 enthusiastic attendees in its 2013 debut. Visit www.siaexpo.com for the latest details on these and more stellar activities for the science and astronomy minded.
Pierce College Art Gallery Meet Your Mentors: Faculty Exhibition
Pierce College and the Department of Art and Architecture are pleased to open the exhibition year with Meet Your Mentors: Faculty Exhibition 2014. It runs from Thursday September 26 – October 30, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Thursday September 25 at 6 pm in Art Room 3300. The Pierce College Art Gallery is located up on the Art Hill below the Performing Arts Building. Parking for the opening reception will be in Lot 6.
Not your typical faculty exhibition, Meet Your Mentors looks at the lineage of creative influence. Faculty will exhibit their works alongside images and statements about who their mentors are and have been. Rarely does the opportunity arise for students and instructors to engage in dialogue about the nature of influence and who have come before them in the realm of creativity. This exhibition sheds light on that creative process. By seeing who and what drives mentors to create, it provokes us to consider why we create ourselves.
For more information on the exhibition or to schedule a tour, please contact Monika Del Bosque, Pierce College Gallery Director and Associate Professor of Art, 818-710-2262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet on the field with CSUN Students for Ultimate Frisbee and Kinesiology Major Info
Learn more about the field of Kinesiology at Pierce’s Ultimate Frisbee Meet and Greet on the Soccer field behind the North Gym Monday, Sept. 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. There will be several CSUN students at the event from different disciplines under the umbrella of kinesiology for our students to mingle with and ask questions. The event is a part of the CSUN Kinesiology Community College Outreach Program with Pierce College.
The CSUN Kinesiology students (juniors/seniors) are partnering with local community colleges to promote the field of kinesiology and the importance of public health. The CSUN mentees will work with Pierce faculty to learn about the kinesiology field as well as serving as peer mentors to our students interested in majoring in kinesiology. The CSUN students and Pierce faculty will be hosting several events exposing our students to the field of kinesiology as well as helping them navigate their way through the lower division classes needed to transfer into the kinesiology program at CSUN or other local colleges (CSULA, CSUF, CSULB, CAL Luther, etc.). We are also using this event as a part of the GE PATH program here at Pierce College. Our kinesiology classes fit under the Health and Wellness path. For more information, contact Shilo Nelson at 818-710-2524.
Science, Imaging & Astronomy Expo Returns to Thrill Audiences Oct. 11
It’s out of this world, it’s fun and it’s free: the Science, Imaging & Astronomy Expo (SIA) will return to take over the campus at Pierce College on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The SIA Expo, which drew 1200 enthusiastic attendees in its debut last year, is an all-day extravaganza of science and technology activities guaranteed to bring the thrill and intrigue of the universe to students and the community. People of all ages will enjoy exploring and participating in the expanded feast of hands-on activities.
View the sky with the newest telescopes from many exhibitors. See our natural world under microscopes with co-sponsor Woodland Hills Camera & Telescope’s Jeff Wood. Enjoy exhibits of robots, moon rocks, the moon in 3D, flying rockets, meteorites, cutting-edge telescopes and cameras. Have fun with face painting, contests, raffles and food.
Learn about Zooniverse, where citizen volunteers are crowdsourcing scientific research. View the stars through the largest telescopes in the world—online. The latest technology in telescopes and imaging will be on display featuring optics, lightweight scopes, design finders, and telescopes sensitive in different wavelengths. A large outdoor area of solar telescopes will be available to use.
On hand this year will be many of Pierce College’s Career & Tech Ed programs, such as Auto Tech, Industrial Tech, Machine Shop, and Media Arts (with a photo exhibit), which provide real-world skills for today’s job market.
World-renowned astronomers return to present lectures and answer questions, including SETI Institute’s Seth Shostak to talk about extraterrestrials in “Life in the Universe,” and JPL’s David Steinfeld to discuss Mars, the moon and rockets. Meet scientists from JPL and NASA, and representatives from prominent science organizations. Talk to individuals involved in science education and public outreach programs, such as Stephen Ramsden, founder and director of the world’s largest solar astronomy nonprofit.
Experience “Hubble Vision II” and “Voyager Encounters” shows in our 50-seat Planetarium ($3 donation). As dark falls, view our night sky and deep space objects at the Star Party. Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; admission and parking are free. Don’t miss the SIA Expo on Oct. 11. For more information visit http://www.siaexpo.com/.
Still Need to Find a Class? Pierce’s Open Classes List Now Posted
If you still need to find a class for Fall Semester 2014, Pierce has a list of classes that still have seats available. Click here for the OPEN CLASSES LIST: http://www.piercecollege.edu/schedules/fall_2014/open-classes.asp. Mobile access is here: www.piercecollege.edu/mocs.
This list will be updated until Sept. 16, 2014. It is up-to-date as far as our offices can produce as students turn in their add cards—usually within 24 hours of real time—but please keep in mind that the Professor of each class has the ultimate authority over how many students he or she can add. Happy class hunting.
Important Parking Tips for Fall 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, September 15th 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.
- Disabled Transit Van
A transit van will be available to assist our disabled students. Please see the revised stops on the map. If you are interested in this service please contact Special Services at 818-719-6430 for more information.
New Students Get Oriented, Organized & Onboard with GO Days Aug. 26 & 27
Find out everything you always wanted to know about getting started at Pierce College at GO DAYS, our New Students Conference, happening Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26 and 27, 2014. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 8 am and the conference runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At GO DAYS -- Take Campus Tours • Meet Faculty & Counselors • Win Raffle Prizes • Get Info on Campus Services & Fall Semester Events. Join Workshops that include Picking the Right Major • Transfer Basics • How to Get an ‘A’ • Work Smart Not Hard • Top 10 Things to Avoid • How to be a Pierce Student • Math Made Your Way • Plugging in at Pierce
Sign up, see the workshops and more online at www.piercecollege.edu/GODays
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why Should I Attend GO Days?
GO Days is a comprehensive New Student Event and will give you all of the information you need to be a successful Pierce College student. Workshops will answer all of your questions about financial aid, transfer and associate degree requirements, campus services and resources, and provide you with tips and advice for transitioning to college. You will also get the opportunity to meet some of your professors and get to know the Pierce College faculty and staff.
Do I have to go the whole time?
You should plan to attend one full day (8am - 2pm) but you do not have to go both days. A variety of workshops will be offered so you can pick the ones that interest you the most.
How do I know what workshops are being offered on what day and when they are?
We will publish a full schedule with workshop days, times and descriptions by the end of June. Check back on the website for the full schedule.
Can my parent come?
Your parent is welcome to attend with you
Do I have to sign up in advance for GO Days?
Yes, please sign up by clicking the registration link above. Same day GO Days registration will be available but to guarantee your spot, you must sign up in advance.
Do I have to pay to attend?
There is no cost to attend but you may want to bring money for food or to purchase items from the bookstore.
Who is giving the workshops?
All of the workshops will be presented by Pierce College faculty and staff.
Where should I park?
Parking will be available in Lot 7, which can be accessed from Victory Blvd.
Will there be food available?
Lunch will be available for those that attend the full day. Drinks and snacks can be purchased from our campus cafes throughout the day.
Classes Still Open for Fall 2014 at Pierce College
There's still time to register for Fall Semester at Pierce College, starting Sept. 2, 2014. Even though many classes are full, quite a few still have some seats; you just need to be creative and flexible in your choices and scheduling. For schedule, click www.piercecollege.edu/schedules. To Register for classes, log in to the Student Information System https://eweb1.laccd.edu/WebStudent/signon.asp (using your ID88 and 4-digit pin).
Tip for Success: Our new LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez encourages students to consider taking more units to get through school faster and have a better chance for success. “Almost two-thirds of our students are part time. Instead of taking six units, how about nine? Instead of taking nine, how about going full time? Did you know that if you went full time, you would have more opportunities for financial aid, scholarships, work study, EOPS, etc.?
“When a student is nibbling at the edges, taking six units, it’s going to take them ten semesters to get their degree. That’s five years. If they first need to take developmental and basic skills courses, that’s another one or two years. Then, it’s going to take them seven years for a two-year degree. That’s simply too long. The students lose interest and get off the track. They stop or drop out. And the longer you are away from education, the less your opportunity for success.”
Keep up your momentum to get through school and reach your goals.