Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Pierce’s resident “surfer dude”

Most weekend mornings, second generation surfer Sean McDonald arrives at Malibu State Beach at 6 a.m. in his wetsuit to carve waves on one of his 38 surfboards. The quiet time on the mostly empty beaches soothe him and give balance to his life. “The feeling...

The art of language

People may take their ability to communicate for granted. They use language every day without a second thought. English professor Jodi Johnson looks beyond basic communication and implores her students to do the same. “I especially like helping others understand the power of language to communicate...

From Carnegie Hall to Pierce’s Great Hall

A velvety, deep crimson carpet covers the seating area lined with rows of chairs. The eager audience faces a glamorous spectacle. A cream-colored stage is accentuated with glimmering gold touches lining the nooks and crannies of the walls. A solo vocal fills the room. Performing arts professor...

Persistence makes perfect

A Spanish professor walks into the Pierce campus to begin teaching every day on time, without fail. Even though some Pierce professors can relate to this experience, many may not relate to the two hour commute this professor has taken for the last four years.  Ever since Spanish professor...

Kids, school and work: a balancing act

Distance Education Coordinator Wendy Bass sits with her laptop in her backyard in Valley Glen, Calif., on Oct. 15, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. Many would consider raising three boys to be a full-time job. Many would also consider getting a Ph.D to be a full-time job.

Reaching out beyond the library

Outreach Librarian Lisa Valdez leans against a tree in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Oct. 12, 2020. Photo by Peter Villafane. Many children do not have everything they need to succeed. One person is helping as many students as she can.  During her off hours, Outreach Librarian Lisa Valdez...

From cooperative to classroom

Screenshot by Ariel Gil Feeling the dewdrop-covered grass tickle the small patch of bare skin on her ankle, she walks through the field toward the chicken coup to gather eggs for her morning breakfast. Her and her family cook them in a pan over a wood burning stove. They eat.

Bringing culture to the classroom

Many Americans, including Angelita Rovero, have had their identities centered around a generic stereotypical label—one often including a hyphen. African-American. Asian-American. The names have become too general to describe someone’s culture. Rovero, who is both Mexican and Jewish, felt like...

Finding the micro in the macro

Shannon DeVaney poses with a dissected frog model outside the Center for Sciences building at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2020. Photo by: Chelsea Westman While many scientific observations happen in a laboratory, the most fascinating discovery for Shannon DeVaney is a few inches long, neon orange and lurks within...

From the punk show to the classroom

Pierce College English Professor standing in his office in Woodland Hills Calif., holding some memorabilia from his time as lead singer and guitarist for punk band Still Life. Photo by Cameron Kern Blue dyed hair, skin-tight jeans, ear piercings, skull tattoos and fast-paced strumming of guitar strings- these are just some...