Archive for the ‘Alumni News’ Category


LACC Campus Gets a Makeover

On November 4, light pole banners went up around campus featuring the faces of distinguished alumni and students.  The banners also revealed LACC’s redesigned logo and new slogan, “The City’s College.” The banners were a result of the hard work of LACC Foundation Development Director Leigh Stenberg and Executive Director Robert Schwartz, who contacted notable alumni to invite them to participate in the banner marketing campaign.  Forty two distinguished alumni agreed to participate including actors Mark Hamill and Morgan Freeman, composer John...

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Distinguished Alumni Event

On December 8, LACC Foundation hosted a special reception honoring some of our many talented and distinguished alumni who participated in LACC’s light pole banner marketing project.  The evening began with campus tours for alumni and their families to view their light pole banners.  Following the tours, guests made their way back to the Student Union for hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  A live jazz band made up of students from the music department played throughout the night. The event was well-attended with over 100 guests and alumni including former Los...

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Mark Hamill Brings the Force to LACC

On Sunday, December 6, Los Angeles City College alumnus Mark Hamill returned to his alma mater to meet with current Theatre Academy Students, followed by a Q&A session with fans, moderated by emeritus Al Rossi in the Camino Theatre.  Hamill attended LACC for four semesters plus a summer session in the early 1970s.  During the Q&A, Hamill discussed his time at LACC and told stories from his acting and voice over career.  He described his audition for Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, during which he...

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Student Finds Her Place Through Poetry and Persuasion

Eva Reyes (pictured above, center) grew up in South Los Angeles with her “loud Afro-Latino family.”  In high school, Eva tutored at-risk middle school students and taught dance classes.  This helped her stay out of trouble and led her to work with youth and family services, specifically gang intervention. After graduating high school, Eva started taking classes at South West College and attended many other colleges in the area before finding her home at LACC. After struggling with her classes in...

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LACC Celebrates Veteran’s Day

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Los Angeles City College held their first annual ‘Veterans Have Talent’ in honor of Veteran’s Day. Before the talent portion of the event kicked off, Blas Villalobo, Veterans Advisory Commissioner at Los Angeles County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and LACC’s Congressman Adam Schiff said a few words to the more than 200 veterans in attendance. LACC has the largest number of veterans within the Los Angeles Community College District, over 500, and was rated...

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My LACC Story: Finding the Right Corporate Ladder to Climb

By Ryan Koncar After 10 years pursuing a retail sales and management career, I made the decision to return to school full time and finish what I started so long ago—earning a Bachelor’s degree. The best way to describe how I felt at the time is like this: I was climbing the figurative corporate ladder only to find out halfway up that it was leaning against the wrong building. Even though I was heading down a decent path, it...

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Cindy Williams Returns to LACC

On Saturday, September 12, LACC alumna Cindy Williams returned to the El Camino Theater stage as she discussed her new book, “Shirley, I Jest: A Storied Life.” Fellow alumnus and friend, Bruce Kimmel ’68, introduced the event, while Herbie J Pilato served as moderator. Cindy spoke to Herbie on the Camino stage about her life, her time spent at LACC, her notable acting career, and her quirky friendship with Andy Kaufmann. As she spoke, she brought stories to life...

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Provide the Gift of Textbooks to LACC Students

In two weeks, students will face one of the greatest obstacles to their education–paying for their textbooks, which average $300 to $500 per semester. Since 1977, the price of textbooks has increased 1,041%, yet the annual medium income of LACC students is $16,233 and one quarter of students earn less than $5,544 per year. Nataly is one of those students. Nataly is studying Radiologic Technology, a two-year program that requires 60 hours a week of classes and clinical training,...

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Fruit Trees Donated to LACC

This spring, Fallen Fruit, a collaborative art project that maps fruit trees in public urban spaces, donated 19 fruit trees to Los Angeles City College. The trees that have been planted throughout campus are part of the Urban Fruit Trails Installation, a network of thousands of trees integrated into the grids of neighborhood streets in Los Angeles. By the fall semester, the citrus, fig, and pomegranate trees will have already started bearing fruit. Other trees planted on campus include...

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Alumna Merryl Alpert Sells Ceramics to Benefit LACC Art Department

On May 4th, 5th and 6th the LACC Art Gallery opened its doors for a Mother’s Day Sale, with a wonderful selection of ceramics, paintings and art books for sale at affordable prices for students and faculty, with all proceeds benefiting the gallery as well as funding art student scholarships. Most of the ceramics were donated by alumna & artist Merryl Alpert. Merryl spoke briefly to the art students and faculty at a reception held in her honor and...

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