Art Instructor Lucy Blake Featured in Culver City Event

Art instructor Lucy Blake will be among the featured artists at the "Save the Rivers of the World" event and fundraiser on Sun., Sept. 12 in Culver City. Meet artists, actors and hear panels. The goal is to raise awareness for Culver City Murals - their protection, restoration and preservation. See live spray art an enjoy the music. . . . click for more details. 


Humanities Instructor's Play Runs in Long Beach

Humanities instructor and playwright  Lloyd Noonan's dark comedy "An Agreement Between Father and Son," will be included as part of the Long Beach Poppin Festival running Aug. 21 & 28 and Sept. 4 & 11. . .  click to learn more


Paralegal Instructor Appointed

Committee Chair in Beverly Hills Bar Association

Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson kicked off the new year by being named Chair of the Beverly HIlls Bar Association's Immigration Law Committee. "It is a privilege to head a committee charged with one of the most important areas of law in 2010, as well as organizing and presenting special programs that enhance the practice of law for immigration attorneys and supporting the long-term growth of the Beverly Hills Bar Association," said Jacobson.  Mehrpoo Jacobson is a founding partner of the Los Angeles, California law firm Jacobson and Han LLP, Immigration Attorneys (www.GreenCard4You.com). An experienced immigration attorney is all areas of immigration law, Ms. Mehrpoo Jacobson formed Jacobson & Han LLP, Immigration Attorneys to protect the rights of immigrants from all over the globe.



Art Instructor Featured in LA Times . . . again!

Life Drawing students at West are in the presence of renowned veteran of guerilla art each time they enter the classroom. Even if you don't know his name, you know his work. You've seen prints of Robbie Conal's satiric illustrations of politicians and public figures all over Los Angeles for over 20 years. The Los Angeles Times has been particularly fond of Conal lately running frequent notes and features on his work. The latest 2/3-page interview ran on January 16, 2010 -

"Robbie Conal: Political Animal," by Patt Morrison.


Robbie Conal's Animal Instincts




English Prof.'s Script for TV Series Finalist in Film Festival

English Professor Dr. Kathy Boutry's script "Family Ties" for last season's Dexter
series has made it to the finals of the Austin Film Festival.  Her script was one of three selected from the 400 submitted.  The winner will be announced October 24.

Art Prof. Sweeney's Work Added to National Archive

Recordings of Joyce Sweeney singing compositions by Elinor Remick Warren, and accompanied by Warren, will be placed in the National Archives in the Library of Congress as part of their American Music collection.  Prof. Sweeney's work is also part of the musical archives stored in the Huntington Library in San Marino. Over her career, she has performed concert, opera, and oratorio all over the West, in Canada and Mexico, and on grants from the Metropolitan Opera Company.  On national PBS, she performed Haydn’s “L’infedelta delusa”, as Vespina. She also appeared on a CBS series about acting in opera, singing sections of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” the part of Donna Anna and other roles.   



West's Art Prof. Harvey Selected for Chicago Conference

Prof. Doug Harvey, LA Weekly art critic and West art instructor, has been selected as one of 15 fellows flown in for the weeklong Stone Summer Theory Institute at the School of Art Institute in Chicago.  The only working artist and studio art instructor invited, he will teach seminars and roundtable discussions.  At the end of the September conference, transcripts of Prof. Harvey's seminars will be included in a series of books involving over 300 scholars. 


West Has the POWER!

Lloyd Thomas is the co-winner of a 2009 POWER Award Winner for work in SLA assessment and research. This award recognizes his work in increasing faculty and researcher understanding of student success.  Find out more at www.sloassessment.com




Staff Member Published

West Professor MD Haque's paper, titled "Managing conflicts emanated from the 'low impact' team members," was accepted for publication and presentation at the International Academy of Business and Economics Conference in October 2009.




A SHero Walks Among Us

Vanita Nicholas, Business Division Chair, was selected as one of 51 “SHeros”  honored at a special August awards ceremony. This event pays tribute to women who have made extraordinary contributions to their professions and their communities.  


JANET ROSTON - DANCE                                                                                                              8/09

Still Helping the School Where She Launched Professional Careers

"The Beverly Hills Courier" recently featured West dance instructor Janet Roston. Roston was remembered for her 25 years building Beverly High into a dance powerhouse.  Many of her students went on to dance professionally including Ben Levy of the Ben Levy Dance Company and Darren Wright with Susan Marshall in New York. While she no longer teaches their company, she continues to choreograph Beverly's musicals. Roston teaches all levels at West including a Sunday morning jazz class this fall at 9:45am.



Honored by Inclusion in the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University                 8/09

Business Professor Gwen-Marie Thomas was one of 42 women from around the world to attend the historic Oxford Round Table at Oxford. Thomas chaired the panel discussions on "Motivation and Unethical Behavior: Are There Gender Differences" and "What Does Research Reveal About Gender Discrimination in Institutions of Higher Learning?" Thomas was selected for her leadership in promoting women's issues.


ROBERT WILLIAMS - FORMER VP                                                                                          8/09

Former Director of "The Company" To Teach Dance at West

Former WLAC Vice President Robert Williams died recently at the age of 85. His memorial service was held August 3 at St. Mary of Angeles Anglican Church in Los Feliz.

LUCY BLAKE - ART                                                                                           8/09

Art History Prof. Lucy Blake's Installations Praised

"Ballona Creek Bike Path Opens New Gate to Beauty," was the headline in the July 2, 2009 Culver City News article praising Prof. Blake's gate design. The gate  crosses the flood control channel on the west side of Sepulveda Blvd at the bike path. Prof. Blake's mosaic tile decoration was recently installed on the Glenoaks Bridge in Pacoima.


RACHEL LISA - MAKEUP ARTS                                                                         8/09

Westside Extension Instructor Featured in "Stilo"

Accomplished makeup artist Rachel Lisa is featured in the August issue of "Stilo" magazine, a national magazine for fashion industry professionals. Lisa teaches in the Westside Extension's Makeup Artistry Certificate program.


PATRICIA SIEVER - HISTORY                                                                          8/09

ACT Director Patricia G. Siever Speaks at Awards Ceremony

History professor and ACT Director Patricia G. Siever participated as a speaker at the 9th Annual John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award Ceremony in Sacramento on July 13.  The former Vice President of the Board of Governors(BOG) of the California Community Colleges (CCC), Siever was invited by the BOG to deliver her remarks alongside other speakers such as Dr. Rice's daughter, The Honorable Condoleeza Rice.


The John W. Rice Diversity and Equity Award represents the CCC's commitment to diversity and equity.  It is a celebration of Dr. Rice's lasting contribution to California's community colleges.


MARGUET MILLER - FOOTBALL                                                                     8/09

West LA Football Eyes Winning Season

When Coach Miller became head football coach at West a year ago he inherited a program that had produced three wins and 27 losses in the previous three years.  But last season the team won five games, and 17 players received scholarships to four-year colleges.  Fifteen had grade point averages of 3.0 or better.


"Marguet established a great foundation featuring academics first and a positive work ethic," said Athletic Director Steve Aggers.


The team will begin the season with road games the first  two weeks - Sept. 5 at Glendale and Sept. 12 at Moorpark. Following a bye on Sept. 19 the home opener is scheduled for Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. against Long Beach City College.