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Coyote Sightings

Daily coyote sightings in Santa Monica Canyon and attacks on pets have been reported by George Wolfberg, president of the Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association. “Coyote Alert” information is posted on the L.A. Department of Animal Services web site at

HUB Community Service Day

On Saturday, August 23, Humanity Unites Brilliance (HUB) attendees participated in servicing the greater Los Angeles area for HUB’s “Give Big” outreach program. Participants went into the Los Angeles community to serve the L.A. Regional Food Bank. Activities included sorting produce, cleaning and boxing food for delivery to local shelters and individuals, and distribution of over 300 bags containing razors, water bottles, protein bars, etc., throughout the city to the homeless. Free haircuts were also given out at Hand To Hand in Santa Monica.

HUB is dedicated to funding global non-profits, and their members and supporters include John Gray (“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”), rock star drummer Mark Schulman (Cher, Pink), and author Brendon Burchard (“Life’s Golden Ticket”).

Tucker Named to New SMC Chair of Excellence in Business

Santa Monica College business professor Joy Tucker has been named the recipient of the newly created Carol and Bill Ouchi Chair of Excellence in Business.

Tucker plans to use the funds that come with the award to conduct research, develop teaching tools, bring in speakers, and involve students in a practice called “micro lending,” which was developed in 1983 in Bangladesh to help people out of poverty through small loans.

“Micro lending extends the boundaries of business and not-for-profits alike while capitalizing on the best of both to achieve the goal of reducing poverty,” Tucker said. “I believe that when poverty is reduced peace increases. And from a platform of peace, individuals can focus on reaching their full potential and building up their communities.”

Tucker will receive $5,000 a year for each of the next three years to be used for her project.

Other 2008 Chairs of Excellence Awards Go to:

* Astronomy professor Gary Fouts, John Drescher Chair of Excellence in Earth Science. This is the second time he has received this award and he plans to use the funds to continue his research – conducted with students – on ozone and other atmospheric “constituents.”

* Nursing professor Holly Thiercof, St. John’s Center Chair of Excellence in Nursing. The second recipient of this award, Thiercof intends to implement a teaching method called “High Fidelity Simulation.” Closely resembling a clinical setting, simulation allows students to make mistakes while developing essential skills without the fear of embarrassment or threat to patient safety.

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