Sunday, July 3, 2022

Web developer turned anthropology professor

Angela Kirwin wraps her arm around a human skeleton model at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on March 13, 2020. Photo by Peter Villafane. Angela Kirwin had no plans to return to the classroom after receiving her business marketing degree from San Diego State University. Instead, she worked as a web developer...

From business to babies

Professor Lila Snow outside the Child Development Academic Department at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Monday, March 28, 2022. Photo by Vincent Denoga. The sun slowly sets on the verge of twilight, but some classes are just getting started. A projector warms up, an OWL hoots...

The mechanic who almost wasn’t

Professor Alex Villalta in the Automotive Tech Lab at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Photo by Ginina Pulcinella. On a sunny Tuesday morning in March, about 10 students wearing black and red coveralls worked at several stations in the Auto Tech shop....

History is her story

Laura Carlone-Mooslin, a history professor, at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Monday, March 14, 2022. Photo by Raquel G. Frohlich. While most kids would flip through fun and happy and rhymeful children’s books, Laura Carlone-Mooslin listened to rich and historical narratives.  “My mother...

Discovering geography, from Australia to California

Professor Adrian Youhanna, who teaches Geography and GIS (Geographic Information System), displays a multitude of maps in her office at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Photo by Ginina Pulcinella. Wide-eyed with fascination and a Pacific Ocean away from her home in...

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.