Take Steps to Fight Cancer at Relay for Life April 5-6 at Pierce
Pierce College will once again host the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life, a one-day, one-night community event raising awareness and funds to fight cancer. This year’s Relay for Life takes place April 5 and 6, from 9 am to 9 am on the soccer field behind the Sheriff’s Station. Teams of students, faculty, staff, and community members will commit to having members walk in shifts around the fields for a 24-hour period, concluding Sunday, April 10 at 9 a.m.
Go to the Relay for Life website for Woodland Hills, California at www.relayforlife.org/woodlandhillsca to get sign up and get involved, which can be done in any of the following ways:
1) Form a team of friends, family, colleagues.
2) Join someone else's team.
3) Register as a Survivor to receive a free t-shirt and join in the Survivor's kick-off lap.
4) Volunteer the day of the event with various event components.
5) Support one of the walkers or teams with a pledge.
6) Come out during the event to join in the fun and support the walkers.
Relay for life is a family-friendly event for the entire community. During the overnight event, people camp out and members take turns walking. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie. Crystal Kiekel is Pierce’s Team Brahma Captain this year. “Relay for Life provides a wonderful opportunity to raise both money and awareness to fight a disease that has touched every one of our lives in one way or another. It's a great way to connect, to empower, and to heal," she said.
Newspaper, Magazine Students Recognized by the California College Media Association
Newspaper and magazine students from Pierce College have won several awards from the California College Media Association. Pierce College competed in California College Media Association awards alongside four-year universities. The awards were announced during a banquet in San Diego on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
The following students won awards:
1st place news photo, Kristen Aslanian
2nd place A&E story, Kate Noah
2nd place features photo, Bobak Radbin
3rd place magazine story, Kashish Nizami
3rd place magazine website, thebullmag.com
The California College Media Association is a statewide organization that promotes education and cooperation among community colleges and universities in California. It was founded in 2003 and hosts an annual workshop and a yearly competition showcasing the best college journalism in the state. For more information and a list of award winners, visit: www.calcollegemedia.org.
Your Taxes Done for Free at Pierce College
Beginning Saturday, March 3, 2014, students and community members can get their taxes done for free at Pierce College between 9 and 11 a.m. No appointments are necessary for this walk-in service. Come to Room 3218 in the Business Education Building along the Mall near the center of campus. The last Saturday for this service is April 5.
Some restrictions apply; maximum income is $50,000. Bring all income documents. Forms are supplied by the IRS and the State Franchise Tax Board. Electronic filing is available. Please contact for more information: Business Administration Department 818-719-6479 or email@example.com.
HIV/AIDS Awareness Week Coming March 17-27
HIV/AIDS Awareness Week brings free and confidential testing along with a speaker series to the Pierce campus again this Spring. A two-week campaign begins March 17, when speakers will visit classrooms to talk about their own experiences living with HIV/AIDS. Between March 24 and 27 the rapid free testing will take place in Parking Lot 1, and it’s available to students as well as the wider community.
No appointments are needed; just walk in. The open hours for Pierce College’s free HIV testing are: March 24 from 2-7 p.m.; March 25 & 26 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and March 27 from 2-7 p.m. For more information, contact the Student Health Center at 818 710-4270. Take advantage of this great free health service.
L.A. Times Photographer to Discuss His Work
Award winning Los Angeles-based photographer Kirk McKoy will be the next featured speaker in the Media Arts Speaker Series on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. McKoy, a photographer with the Los Angeles Times, will be sharing his photographs as well as his experience working for news organizations and as a portrait photographer.
“I’ll talk a little bit about the Los Angeles riots, celebrity portraits, working for the Los Angeles Times, a little about sports and I’ll probably wrap it up with my experience with 9/11,” he said.
According to his biography, McKoy has won several awards from established organizations including Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association and the Society of News Design and World Press. He also covered the L.A. riots and the Northridge earthquake. The event is open to the public and will take place at the Great Hall at Pierce College. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available in Lot 1 off Brahma Drive and Winnetka Avenue.
Wi-Fi at Pierce to be Secured with Log In this Spring
Have you ever been frustrated because you couldn’t get a Wi-Fi signal on campus? We want to change that and improve our students’ Wi-Fi experience. In the past we’ve offered open access, which has strained network capacity. The first step we are taking is to limit Pierce Wi-Fi access to just our students and staff.
The free Wi-Fi is called PierceAP. Starting in Spring 2014 Semester, Wi-Fi student users on campus will log on with their ID88 number and Pin password (four-digit birth month and year)—the same one used to sign up for classes. Faculty and Staff will log in with their regular email user ID and password.
What if you are a new student without an ID88 number? Pierce will provide free Wi-Fi with no login for the first three weeks of each semester to give students time to apply and register. Find the guest login posted at the Information Desk on the first floor of the Student Services Building.
What if you are a new employee without a login? Pierce will provide free Wi-Fi with no login for the first three weeks of each semester to give new employees opportunities to login.
Get Covered as Covered California Week Kicks Off Feb. 24
Covered California Week at Pierce College is your opportunity to get the facts and enroll in California’s new health care under the Affordable Health Care Act. Starting Mon., Feb. 24, 2014, Pierce College will host a four-day event featuring free information and appointment stations located in front of the new Library Learning Crossroads Building on the Mall.
Stop by the information table in front of the Library on Monday 2/24/14 to set up your appointment to obtain assistance with heath care enrollment. Certified Educators and Certified Enrollment Counselors will be on campus in the Library for enrollment sessions. The hours are: Monday 2/24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday, 2/25 from 4-7 p.m.; Wednesday, 2/26 from 3-7 p.m.; Thursday, 2/27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m..
Once appointments are made, students will go inside the Library where three enrollment counselors from Covered California will work in the Library Classroom providing assistance in two-hour blocks. One of the counselors will instruct while the other two will walk around and assist students. To ensure privacy students will be spaced at every other terminal in the classroom. Pierce College President Kathleen Burke will visit the Covered California enrollment site on Monday, Feb 24 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
ENROLLEES BE PREPARED - Please note that in order to complete the enrollment process you will need to provide the following information: 1) Full name, date of birth and Social Security Number; 2) Driver’s License or Government Issued ID; 3) Household income info (Federal Tax Return or Proof of Income from people in household); 4) Home or mailing address; 5) Immigration information (naturalized citizen paperwork or resident paperwork).
All nine LACCD colleges will be launching outreach and informational events as part of Covered LACCD Week. “Our aim is to not only help our students get the information they need to determine their eligibility for health insurance,” said Dr. Adriana Barrera, LACCD chancellor, “but also to provide a one-stop process for enrollment.”
“The Affordable Care Act was intended to benefit our community college students--twenty-somethings who work full or part time and are part of entire families who have little or no health coverage--and that's why I sponsored Covered LACCD Week.”
LACCD Trustee Mike Eng stated,
For more information, go to https://www.coveredca.com/consumerprotection/FAQs.html#whatInfo
Veteran and Military Students Welcomed Back with Feb. 26 Lunch
Veteran and Military Students, come join us for our Welcome Back Lunch February 26, 2014 from 11-1pm in the Great Hall. Let’s start the semester off right!
• FREE Lunch • Veteran Guest Speaker talks about transitioning into the classroom environment • Network with other veteran & military students • Get information about veterans resources • Learn about how to become more involved with other military and veteran students at Pierce.
Please RSVP for this event on the Pierce Veterans Website http://www.piercecollege.edu/offices/financial_aid/veterans.asp OR www.tinyurl.com/PierceVAlunchRSVP
Wear Red for Women's Hearts
Heart disease causes one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. On Wed., Feb 26, join the Los Angeles Community College District employees in wearing red to symbolize awareness of heart disease in women.
LACCD cites the Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign aimed at women and designed to impress upon them that 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.
The Heart Truth campaign began as a result of a March 2001 meeting of 70 experts in women’s health who recommended the launching of a national action plan to warn women about the causes and devastating effects of heart disease in women. Aware that it can often take more than words to get a message across, The Heart Truth added The Red Dress in 2002, making it the attention grabbing, national symbol of its campaign.
Find Spring Semester Dates, Links, Tips and Reminders
Spring—beginning Feb. 10—is the perfect time to make a fresh commitment to progress in your educational goals. When you sign up for Spring Semester you are on your way to achieving the degree, certificate or transfer opportunity that has the power to change your life from this point forward.
Classes can be found in the Spring Schedule at www.piercecollege.edu/schedules/. You’ll also find other useful information there, such as the Spring Calendar, Distance Ed, Honors Classes, Short Term, Weekend, and Off-Campus offerings. Maps and a Student Information Addendum located on that page will help you navigate the college.
Interested in Career and Technical Education? Visit www.piercecollege.edu/careertech to see the vocational class offerings before you go to the schedule.
Enroll online at the Student Information System under Current Students, http://www.laccd.edu/student_information/sis_logon.asp
Please remember that all official notices about your registration, class changes, financial aid, alerts and new opportunities will come to you via your college email, which you can log in to at the top right of the Students web page, www.piercecollege.edu/students or go directly here: https://student.laccd.edu/sso/
The last day to add classes online for Spring is February 9, 2014. The last day to drop classes without fees and without a grade of “W” is Feb. 23.
At the bottom of the Schedules page you will find an online 2012-14 General Catalog, which has more detailed information about Pierce College and its classes.
It’s true—college graduates earn one-and-a-half million dollars more over their careers than those without degrees. Don’t be left out; make a difference in your life starting this Spring Semester at Pierce College.