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A scholarship fund for underrepresented students at Santa Monica College has been established by the family of the late SMC trustee and civic leader Judge David B. Finkel, who passed away on July 4 at the age of 83.

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SMC Announces New Judge David B. Finkel Social Justice Scholarship

Posted Aug. 24, 2015, 10:06 am

Santa Monica College has announce the new Judge David B. Finkel Social Justice Scholarship. The endowed scholarship was established by the family of the late SMC Trustee, civic leader, and civil rights champion to continue his legacy of providing educational opportunities for SMC students.

David and Bruria Finkel in their early days as a couple.

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David & Bruria Finkel: A Remembrance. A Marriage.

Posted Aug. 22, 2015, 8:02 am

“The memorial for David will be an afternoon of shared memories, music, and poetry,” said Bruria Finkel wanting to invite everyone to the memorial for her late husband at The Broad Stage later this month on Sunday, Aug. 30.

‘Come Here’ (acrylic on canvas; 2015) by Tom Krumpak, from “Built

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Special Closing Event for Tom Krumpak "Built & Placed" Exhibition At Emeritus College Sept. 9

Posted Aug. 20, 2015, 8:56 am

The Santa Monica College Emeritus College Art Gallery is hosting a special closing event for the Tom Krumpak: “Built & Placed” Exhibition from 5 pm to 6:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Santa Monica College student Marie Medina (right) speaks at a campus event. Medina benefitted from the strong academic support of SMC’s Latino Center and Adelante Program, and is transferring to California State University, Long Beach to major in social work. Also pictured (left) is Maria Martinez, faculty leader for SMC’s Latino Center.

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Santa Monica College's Latino Center & Adelante Program Move Achievement Forward

Posted Aug. 12, 2015, 9:59 am

Imagine a place where you can walk in and talk to someone who knows what it’s like to be a first-generation college student, to have parents who are immigrants, and to carry their dreams on your back. That place exists. It’s at Santa Monica College, and it’s called the Latino Center.

Frank R. Dawson has been appointed Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education for Santa Monica College. SMC is the leading job trainer in the Westside of Los Angeles and offers 110 degrees or certificates in career-oriented fields.

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SMC Appoints Frank R. Dawson Associate Dean Of Career & Technical Education

Posted Aug. 10, 2015, 9:54 am

Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced the appointment of Frank R. Dawson as Associate Dean of Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Santa Monica College student Cinthia Magaña was awarded the 2015 Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship and will transfer to UCLA this fall.

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Santa Monica College Awards 2015 Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship to Cinthia Magaña

Posted Jul. 28, 2015, 9:37 am

Santa Monica College has awarded its third annual Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship to SMC student Cinthia Magaña. The new Tsang Scholar – who has overcome extreme poverty, her undocumented status, and other adverse circumstances to pursue her education – will transfer this fall to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and will receive $15,000 for two years to complete her Bachelor’s Degree.

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Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Acting Troupe Perform Saturday

Posted Jul. 23, 2015, 9:22 am

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College Acting Troupe has announced its Summer 2015 Performance at 1 pm on Saturday, July 25.

Marilyn Perez-Garcia gets ready to celebrate her graduation from Santa Monica College. Perez-Garcia was a part of the Guardian Scholars program at SMC, which provides support services to foster youth, and is transferring to UC Riverside on a full scholarship.

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Santa Monica College Guardian Scholars Program Fosters Achievement

Posted Jul. 23, 2015, 9:20 am

When Marilyn Perez-Garcia ended up in foster care at age 15, college seemed an unachievable dream. This fall, after three years at Santa Monica College — with the support of SMC’s Guardian Scholars program and her own hard work — she is headed to the University of California, Riverside on a full scholarship.

In this week’s episode of In The Chair, editor Brenton Garen speaks to retiring President of Santa Monica Community College, Dr. Chui Tsang.

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VIDEO: In The Chair With Dr. Chui Tsang, Retiring Santa Monica College President

Posted Jul. 21, 2015, 9:51 am

In this week’s episode of In The Chair, editor Brenton Garen speaks to retiring President of Santa Monica Community College Dr. Chui Tsang.

Gita Runkle has been appointed the new Associate Dean of Emeritus College, Santa Monica College’s widely praised program of classes and activities supporting the lifelong learning interests of older adults, now in its 40th year.

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Santa Monica College Appoints Gita Runkle Associate Dean Of Emeritus College

Posted Jul. 16, 2015, 9:47 am

Santa Monica College (SMC) has appointment Gita Runkle as Associate Dean of Emeritus College, SMC’s widely praised program providing classes of interest to older adults in support of lifelong learning.

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Santa Monica College Ready For New UC Transfer Requirements

Posted Jul. 15, 2015, 9:44 am

Santa Monica College is ready to put students on course to meet the latest requirements for transfer to the University of California.

‘Come Here’ (acrylic on canvas; 2015) by Tom Krumpak, from 'Built and Placed' Exhibition, July 9-Sept. 10 in SMC's Emeritus College Gallery, 1227 Second St., Santa Monica. Exhibit opening reception on July 9 from 5 to 6:30 pm.

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Opening Reception Today For "Built & Placed" Exhibit At SMC Emeritus College Gallery

Posted Jul. 9, 2015, 9:29 am

The Santa Monica College Emeritus College Art Gallery will host an opening reception today for its Tom Krumpak: “Built & Placed” Exhibition that will remain on display through Sept. 10.

One of the new classes being offered this fall is Simone Bartesaghi's 'On Set Production.'

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Register Now For Fall Classes At SMC Community Education

Posted Jul. 8, 2015, 8:04 am

With a vibrant offering of more than 190 classes, workshops and tours, SMC Community Education’s fall session is now open for registration.

David Finkel has died age 83. He was an attorney who served as a Judge at the Santa Monica Courthouse, a Rent Control Board Member, a City Councilmember and, most recently, a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees member.

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Obituary: David Finkel, Former SMC Board Of Trustees Member, Dies At 83

Posted Jul. 6, 2015, 9:08 am

David B. Finkel, a former member of the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, retired Superior Court judge and a one-time civil rights activist, has died, the college announced today. He was 83.

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium is on the second floor of Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd.

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SMC's Drescher Planetarium Features Reusable Rockets & More In July

Posted Jul. 2, 2015, 9:07 am

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites community members to come find out what the latest developments are in the quest for a reusable rocket, and enjoy a preview that prepares you to make the most of the Perseid Meteor Shower coming this month.

Santa Monica College students Aurelia Rhymer (left) and Haley Coleman (right) were able to reach their educational goals through the support of SMC’s Black Collegians program, which turns 25 this year.

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Santa Monica College's Hallmark Black Collegians Program Turns 25

Posted Jun. 30, 2015, 9:39 am

1989 marked the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa, and at Santa Monica College, other revolutionary things were happening. The idea of a special program was born, which would provide smaller classes taught by phenomenal instructors with a focus on African-American culture where possible.

Santa Monica College student Brett Rowe says rent prices are so high in Santa Monica that he is forced to live in a kitchen of a share apartment with three other students as it’s his only way to live close to campus.

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SMC Student: I Live In A Kitchen To Be Able To Live Near Campus

Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:03 am

He walked a couple of steps from his bed to the refrigerator, stepping over an acoustic guitar that lay on the floor. The refrigerator was crowded, a couple of half empty milk cartons, various Trader Joe’s salads, and pots of beans, rice, and some vegan dishes. He stretched his arm into the back of the refrigerator and, after a moment, found his carton of milk. He examined the expiration date. Satisfied, he poured the milk into a bowl and followed by some granola.

Santa Monica College presents Celebrate America Saturday, June 27. Bring a picnic and come enjoy the biggest, most sensational free patriotic event on the Westside! Gates open at 5 p.m., with entertainment at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

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Santa Monica College Fireworks Show For "Celebrate America" This Saturday

Posted Jun. 23, 2015, 9:09 am

Don’t miss the free spectacular fireworks and entertainment of “Celebrate America” – Santa Monica College’s popular star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence – to be held this Saturday, June 27.

Santa Monica College presents Celebrate America Saturday, June 27. Bring a picnic and come enjoy the biggest, most sensational free patriotic event on the Westside! Gates open at 5 p.m., with entertainment at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

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Save The Date: Santa Monica College "Celebrate America" Returns Saturday, June 27

Posted Jun. 16, 2015, 11:15 am

Don't miss the free spectacular fireworks and entertainment of “Celebrate America” – Santa Monica College’s popular star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence – to be held Saturday, June 27.

SMC student Courtney Kelley  was awarded a State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin in Suzhou, China this summer.

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State Department Awards Scholarship To Santa Monica College Student

Posted Jun. 14, 2015, 10:28 am

Santa Monica College student Courtney Kelley has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language (CLS) Scholarship to study abroad this summer in Suzhou, China. She is one of only 550 students selected from 200 colleges and universities across the nation for the CLS program – a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans mastering critical foreign languages.

Retired Santa Monica College Kinesiology professor Jo Kidd was recognized at the annual Meiklejohn National Seniors Tournament on June 5 in Laguna Woods, CA for founding the College’s Community Recreation program and introducing table tennis at SMC as a physical education course with transferable units.  SMC’s table tennis program was also inducted into the California Table Tennis Hall of Fame.

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SMC Table Tennis Program Inducted Into California Table Tennis Hall Of Fame

Posted Jun. 13, 2015, 9:25 am

The Santa Monica College Table Tennis Program was inducted Friday (June 5) into the California Table Tennis Hall of Fame. The ceremony – part of the renowned annual Meiklejohn National Seniors Tournament in Laguna Woods, CA – also included an award to SMC’s Department of Kinesiology & Athletics for its success in promoting three annual USA Table Tennis (USATT) tournaments, and an award honoring retired SMC professor Jo KIdd for founding SMC’s Community Recreation (Co-Rec) Program and introducing table tennis (often called “ping-pong”) at SMC as a physical education course with transferable units.

Dr. Chui Tsang, Santa Monica College, President/CEO

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Dr. Chui Tsang Named 2015 Santa Monica College Commencement Speaker

Posted Jun. 8, 2015, 10:01 am

Santa Monica College President Dr. Chui L. Tsang – Superintendent of the Santa Monica Community College District – will be the 2015 SMC commencement speaker.

Famed muralist and Santa Monica College alum Andrew Hem painted two murals on SMC’s Science building.

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SMC Alum & Muralist Andrew Hem Leaves Artistic Tribute On Campus

Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 9:32 am

Renowned muralist and Santa Monica College alum Andrew Hem returned to donate an artistic tribute to the place that helped him hone his craft. On adjoining walls of the SMC Science building – located on the east side of SMC’s main campus at 1900 Pico Boulevard – are two tall murals: one of a girl standing in an ocean with a hoodie pulled over her head, and around the corner, one of a boy in a snowy mountain setting.

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Life And Arts, Seven Days, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Smc

Santa Monica College Musical Theatre Workshop Presents "Comedy Tonight!" June 5-7

Posted Jun. 2, 2015, 9:54 am

The Santa Monica College Musical Theatre Workshop class will present not one, but two highly entertaining “Comedy Tonight!” shows June 5-7. Each show will be a Musical Theatre Revue showcasing some of the finest musicals from the late 19th century to the present.

SMC students Genesis Garcia, Dakota Black and Caitlin Corker will be graduating from Santa Monica College on Tuesday, June 16, and will be transferring to their top choice universities.

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Three Graduating Santa Monica College Students Share Their Stories

Posted May. 30, 2015, 8:56 am

Dakota Black’s life was plagued by tragic events. Genesis Garcia thought her dream of going to UC Berkeley was laughable. Caitlin Corker was a struggling student with a 1.9 GPA who wished she could go to UCLA. On June 16 – amid loud applause and vuvuzelas – Black, Corker and Garcia will be among thousands of students who will graduate from Santa Monica College.

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