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2015 EVENTS:

Student Success:  Scholarship Awards Ceremonies - April 16, 2015

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Congratulations to the 535 outstanding students who were honored at the annual Foundation Scholarship Awards ceremonies.  About $1.4 million in scholarships will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year.  The ECC scholarship program continues to grow, providing critical support to students in a variety of academic disciplines.  This year 34 incoming students will be awarded scholarships of $1,000 per year for two years via the high school scholarship program.  The California Community Colleges Endowment Fund (Osher) will also provide 168 students with $1,000 scholarships this year.





Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival 2015   

El Camino College's 15th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival brought the campus community together for a celebration featuring music, dancing, and poetry.  The Dr. Nadine Ishitani Hata Scholarship was also awarded at the event to student nurse Emma Nazario and radiologic technology student Rafael Torres.  When Dr. Hata was undergoing cancer treatment, she was so impressed with the El Camino College graduates she encountered in the fields of nursing, respiratory care, and radiologic technology that she decided to support future students' academic endeavors.  This $1,000 scholarship is now awarded to up to two deserving students each year.  The festival also featured original haiku from students in English instructor Clint Margrave's poetry class, as well as taiko drummers and a lion dance performance from the Taiko Center of Los Angeles.


Breakfast with the President - February 27, 2015

President's Breakfast 2015    The El Camino College Foundation recently sponsored the annual Breakfast with the President.  Members of the President's Circle, annual sponsors, Foundation board members, and guests attended this event.  President Fallo presented a "state of the college" address and recognized the college's community partners whose support contributes to the success of the countless students.  El Camino College students Kimberly Garcia and Rafael Chaidez also spoke to the group, sharing their academic experiences.  Southern California Edison presented a check for $25,000 to the Foundation, which will fund MESA/SSS-STEM student scholarships.  The Foundation's new Executive Director, Andrea Sala, was also introduced.

2014 EVENTS:

STEM Center Grand Opening - May 8, 2014

STEM Grand Opening 

A grand opening recently celebrated the new El Camino College STEM Center. The STEM Center will support student success, retention, and graduation by serving as a hub for tutoring and academic support programs.  This new $3.4 million, 9,334-Sq. Ft. learning support center is designed for students studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines.  The STEM Center will house the highly-successful Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program and provide STEM enrichment and outreach activities.  The new STEM Center and numerous other improvements on campus were made possible with funds from the 2002 Measure E Facilities Bond.




A Celebration of Students: Scholarship Reception - April 17, 2014

Scholarship Ceremony

Congratulations to the outstanding students honored at the annual Scholarship Awards ceremonies.  About $1.4 million will be awarded to approximately 650 students fr e 2014-2015 academic year.  A record number of students applied for schlarships this year using the online system.  The ECC scholaship program continues to grow each year, providing critical support to students in a variety of academic disciplines.

This year approximately 68 percent of students who completed an online application were selected for a scholarship.  In addition, the high school scholarship program also continues to grow.  This year 36 incoming students will be awared scholarships of $1,000 per year for two years.  This amount, coupled with the second year of the two-year awards, brings the high school scholarship program's annual total to about $69,000.  The California Community College Endowment Fund (Osher) will also provide more than 140 $1,000 scholarships this year.



Breakfast with the President Event - February 28, 2014

Mo Hakimi Board PresidentOn Friday, February 28th President Tom Fallow hosted the Annual Breakfast with the President Event for members of the El Camino College Foundation President's Circle, Community Partner Annual Sponsors, donors, Foundation Board members and special guests. Held in the Distance Education Conference Center this year, on what has been the wettest day of the year, it was a lively and engaged group of about 50 guests. The event featured remarks by President Fallo, Student Speakers, Brianne O'Donoghue and Brooke Matson and Gold Community Partner Annual Sponsor, Lend Lease's Randy Grosskopf. Mr. Grosskpf spoke of their company's commitment to El Camino College and the Community Partner Annual Sponsor Program. All of our Community Partner Annual Sponsors were recognized including Silver Sponsor, Keenan and Associates and Bronze Sponsors, Carestream Health, Climatec, HMC Architects, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Schools First and Sinanian Development.



Unveiling and Dedication of sculpture, “ Boundless Spirit” by renowned sculptor and El Camino College Alumnus James T. Russell - February 18, 2014

James RussellThe latest work from El Camino College alumnus and internationally renowned sculptor James T. Russell is a culmination of more than four decades of education, dedication, and inspiration. A tribute to the possibilities of education, “Boundless Spirit” was recently installed in its new permanent home, prominently centered on El Camino College’s main entrance to campus, along Crenshaw Boulevard. The impressive 8-foot-tall work of polished stainless steel is mounted on a 3-foot-high pedestal, truly reflecting the spirit and power of teaching and learning.

 The master sculptor said that all stages of his career have been an educational experience – even learning from his students. In fact, three of the four assistants who worked on “Boundless Spirit” in his Lomita studio are ECC alumni.  Creating this particular work of art is a kind of a homecoming for Russell, who credits El Camino College for giving him a start in both his academic and art career.  “If it wasn’t for El Camino College, what would I have done? Where would I be?” said Russell, one of 50 Distinguished Alumni honored at the college’s 50th Anniversary in 1997. “El Camino College is a life-changing experience. I’m sure that is true for so many people.”

 The event was attended by members of the ECC Board of Trustees, and community, including representatives for Senator Ted Lieu and Congressman Roderick Wright, as well as, by members of the El Camino College President’s Circle, friends of the artist, many students and faculty from the ECC Fine Arts Department

14th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival - March 4, 2014

Cherry BlossomUnder a canopy of cherry trees, El Camino College's 14th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival celebrated the start of a spring season with koto and taiko artist performances, inspiring speakers, and a bit of poetry.

The "Dr. Nadine Ishitani Hata Memorial Cherry Blossom Festival" is named after the college's former Vice President of Academic Affairs, who passed away in 2005. The event included an address by Donald Hata, performers from the Taiko Center of Los Angeles, and original haiku poetry from students in English instructor Clint Margrave's poetry class.  

 Last Published 6/22/15