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As flu season approaches, remember you can turn to WestWeek for any urgent updates or www.wlac.edu/events/flu for background information.

H1N1 FLU UPDATE: On Friday Sept. 4, a student reported having symptoms suspected of being the H1N1 flu. The student's doctor, as a precautionary measure, is treating the student and advised the person to stay out of school for several days until recovered. Should any student believe they are experiencing extreme flu-like symptoms, they should go immediately to the Health Center (A-9 near Admissions) or go to the doctor.


As advised by the Center for Disease Control and the Los Angeles Community College District administration, it is unlikely that the campus will close in the event of student or employee being diagnosed with the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu). Instead, the campus will promote healthy practices on campus. However, Faculty/Students should be prepared to move into a distance learning format for class in the event that the instructor and/or a large number of students become ill. Faculty and students should be sure they have each other's respective contact information. Please do report any suspected/confirmed case of H1N1 (Swine Flu) to your supervisor/instructor. This information will be kept confidential.

Instructors do have the authority to ask students to leave the classroom who are clearly ill. This should be done discretely and students should be directed to the WLAC Health Center (A-9) -- Hours: M,W,Th 8:30am-5:00pm; T 10:30am-7:00pm; F 9:00am-12:00pm.


WILDCAT UPDATE: 9/5/09 - Glendale College 51  defeats West LA 29






Live Broadcast - President Obama Speaks to Students  |  9:00am | FA 100

Inter-Club Council Meeting  |  12:00pm  |  A-6 Pavilion


Women's Volleyball:  vs. LA Harbor College @ WLAC



MEETINGS: 9:00 Academic Senate - FA 100; 12:00 Divisional Council - HLRC 4D; 12:00 Toastmasters - B4; 12:00 Academic Senate Meeting - Winlock; 12:30 Hollywood CPR FLM PRD 100 - FA 100; 1:00 Meeting with Vice Chancellor Marvin Martinez - PCR





TechFair |  view Fall schedule, over 70 Workshops - FLEX Credit

10:00 am -12:00 pm ePortfolios Using eFolio - Bruce Jacobs - HLRC-218

1:00-2:00 pm Cafe ETUDES - Rita Shemwell - HLRC-316

2:15-3:15 pm Putting Your Syllabi Online With ADX - Neffetiti Austin - CE-105A




MEETINGS:  9:00 Dean's Meeting, Academic Affairs - PCR; 12:00 WLAC Toastmasters Club - B4 202; 1:00 REEO Committee - AT A116; 1:30 Basic Skills Committee - Winlock



ASO General Council Meeting | 1:00pm | A-6 Pavilion

TRANSFER CENTER: UCLA Representative Visit  | 10:00am - 3:00pm | A13 - Transfer Center





MEETINGS:  10:00 Trustee Park Visits campus - PCR;  11:00 EMT - Winlock; 12:30 Hollywood CPR FLM - FA 100; 1:00 College Council Exec. Cmte. - PCR; 1:00 Meeting with Vice Chancellor for Allied Health - Winlock




Cross Country: Palomar Invitational  @ Guajome Park, Oceanside



MEETINGS: 10:00 Academic Affairs Staff Meeting - PCR





Young Black Scholars @ West  |  10:00 am  |  FA


  Football:  vs. Glendale @ Moorpark  7:00 pm


Cross Country: Fresno Invitational @ Woodward Park, Fresno





Applications being accepted

for semester beginning in October.


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COHORT LEARNING:  Together we succeed!


PUENTE  |  UMOJA:  Pre-selected courses, Academic & Service Support, Mentoring...all with a cultural emphasis 

FACE: Designed to help freshman recently out of high school rapidly advance toward a degree and transfer

ACT:  Qualify for Transfer in 2 years taking 8 Week Classes, 2 Nights + Saturdays





  • Sept 17: Paralegal Program Info Session 6:00pm
  • Sept 29 & 30: Club Rush  10:00am - 3:00pm



















West Fully Accredited & In Good Standing

Actions taken by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges have been in the news recently. West was NOT among the Los Angeles area colleges to be placed on warning on probation. West remains fully accredited and in good standing with the Commission.



Textbook Rentals

If you're looking for a way to cut costs this semester, you can try renting textbooks instead of buying.  Several websites, including www.chegg.com, offer textbook rentals at a fraction of the buying price.


New Tax Credit for Students

Thanks to a new act passed this year, the American Opportunity tax credit (also known as the Hope Credit) has been increased to $2500.  This credit available to a broader range of taxpayers, including many with higher incomes and those who owe no tax. It also adds required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses and allows the credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education years instead of two.

See the IRS website for more information at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=205674,00.html


Discounted Movie Tickets

The ASO Office is selling Group Activity movie tickets for Pacific Theatres.  The tickets can be purchased for $7.50 each in Building A-5 during normal business hours.  The tickets are valid at Pacific Theatres locations only.  They are not valid at the El Capitan Theatre or ArcLight Cinemas, including the Cinerama Dome.  Present the tickets at the box office in exchange for the admission ticket.


Academic Support Group w/ Cultural Flavor

Building A12-100

(310) 287-4462

The Umoja Program is a community of Instructors, Counselors, Students and Support services Staff that are committed to the academic success, personal and professional growth, and self-actualization of African American students and others. The Umoja Program currently offers English and Math, and Personal Development.
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For more info call

(310) 287-4451

Puente has successfully helped students at California Community Colleges achieve their transfer goals through a combination of coursework, support programs and focus on Latino and Hispanic culture.

















Condolences to Helen Young

The mother of Counselor Helen Young died on August 31. Services were held Sept 5. Interested persons may make donations in her name may be made to Cochran Brain Tumor Center at Cedar Sinai, The American Brain Tumor Assoc or National Brain Tumor Society.


Retirement Celebration: Anthony "Tony" Gamble & Dr. John Workman

Wed-Sept 23  |  12:00 – 2:00pm  |  ATA 116  |  $20 buffet lunch/gift

RSVP to Cristi Lizares: lizarec@wlac.edu or Liz Martinez: martinlnwlac.edu





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West Has the POWER!

Llyod 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.  




Honored by Inclusion in the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University

Business Professor Gwen-Marie Thomas was one of 42 women from around the world to attend the historic Oxford Round Table at Oxford...read more


Still Helping the School Where She Launched Professional Careers

"The Beverly Hills Courier" featured West dance instructor Janet Roston...she continues to choreograph Beverly's Hills High School musicals...read more


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.  ...read more





NOON    |    B4

Speak Out! Join the New Faculty/Staff Toastmasters Chapter

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has assisted millions of men and women become more confident in front of an audience.  In a friendly club format, members learn how to enhance skills in:

  • Presenting prepared speeches

  • Speaking extemporaneously

  • Leadership  Listening  

  • Conducting effective meetings

  • Giving constructive feedback

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Interested? Call:Maria Mancia at (310) 287-4530 or 4317








West Named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education

July 09 Edition: West Los Angeles College was one of only a handful of 2-year colleges recognized in the Chronicles' 2009 survey of Great Colleges to Work For.


Warning - Hoax Email

An email has been circulating claiming to be from "System Administrator." it is believed that the fraudulent messages are addressed “Important: Email Account Verification Update”. THESE EMAIL MESSAGES ARE A HOAX ( SPAM MAIL ). DO NOT RESPOND. Do not open any attachment to such messages. Delete the e-mail. Empty the deleted items folder. Do not provide any personal and college information. If you are not sure; please consult with Nick Dang at the IT Department at (310) 287-4360.




JUNE 09: Internet Addiction; Kids & Internet Safety; Aging - Internet Basics; Understanding Copyright Law; Affording a Computer; Computers & Your Health;
Age of the Internets



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