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Distinguished Cultural Anthropologist Michael Wesch To Speak At PCC

Release date: 04-23-2014

Michael Wesch

Pasadena, Calif., - Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch, studies the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education and information have been viewed by millions, translated in more than 15 languages and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide.


Calendar Committee Meeting

Release date: 04-23-2014

Pasadena, Calif., - The calendar committee will meet Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 12pm in the 'C' building, room 217.  Members of the public may request the opportunity to address the committee regarding an item on the agenda. Individual speakers are limited to three minutes; total audience participation on any agenda item is limited to fifteen minutes.


Women's Swimming Sets 6 SCC Records At Conference Finals

Release date: 04-21-2014

peng, cheung

The Pasadena City College duo of sophomore Shannon Cheung and freshman Connie Peng raised the bar for Lancers women's swimming with their overall performance at the South Coast Conference Championships held April 17-19 at Mt. San Antonio College. Overall, the team smashed six conference records and 11 school records.


PACCD 2014 Commencement Statement

Release date: 04-21-2014

Pasadena, Calif., – Dr. Anthony R. Fellow, President of the Board of Trustees of the Pasadena City College District, confirmed the invitation extended by the Board of Trustees to Dr. Eric Walsh, the City of Pasadena’s Director of Public Health, as its Spring 2014 commencement speaker. Dr. Fellow noted that a second invitation had unfortunately been extended to another distinguished candidate, movie producer Dustin Lance Black, an alumnus of the college.

Dr. Fellow also announced that a review of the events was ordered by the Board of Trustees because of the serious concerns expressed in public responses to press and Internet reports that an invitation had been made to Mr. Black and then rescinded.

The invitation of Dr. Walsh followed the College’s standing policy and procedure. Board of Trustees Policy 4900 (attached), requires that invitations for commencement speakers are to be approved only by the Board of Trustees and extended only by the college president.  It turned out, however, that a second invitation had been previously offered outside of the traditional channel, to movie producer Dustin Lance Black.  This earlier invitation to Mr. Black was an honest error, but was issued before the Board acted and without the Board’s knowledge.

The results of the review show that Student Trustee Simon Fraser issued an invitation to Mr. Black through Mr. Black’s administrative assistant with the knowledge and concurrence of Dr. Robert H. Bell, Assistant Superintendent and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.  Mr. Black could have reasonably concluded that he had been officially invited to speak.  But at no time did a recommendation to invite Mr. Black ever reach the college president or the Board, nor were the college president and the Board aware that this invitation had been sent to Mr. Black’s assistant. 

Dr. Robert Bell today offered public apologies to the college’s 2014 commencement speaker, Dr. Eric Walsh, to movie producer Dustin Lance Black, who mistakenly received an invitation to speak, and to the constituents of the Pasadena City College District. “Due to errors in following procedure for which I am responsible, we have embarrassed our commencement speaker, Dr. Walsh, by inadvertently involving him in a controversy; we have embarrassed our esteemed alumnus Dustin Lance Black because of an invitation that was mistakenly delivered to his representative, and we owe the public an apology for involving Pasadena City College in a confusing situation that has unfortunately spilled over into public comment on homophobia.”

Board President Dr. Fellow said, “Mr. Black does not deserve this controversy nor does Pasadena City College. Board members are unanimous and clear in their position that details of Mr. Black’s personal life have no place in public discussion, especially if Mr. Black has been the victim of recrimination and revenge.”  Dr. Fellow emphasizes that the Board’s decision was not related to a negative view of Mr. Black, his work or sexual orientation.

A representative of the PCC Board of Trustees was present last November to congratulate Mr. Black on receiving the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Community College League of California.  As in the past Mr. Black has stated his admiration for his alma mater and the college, and the college has always expressed its admiration for Mr. Black, his distinguished professional work and his fight against homophobia in America.  Mr. Black was graduated with honors from Pasadena City College in May 1994 with an Associate of Arts degree.

The Board of Trustees has reached out directly to Mr. Black’s representative.


PACCD Statement: 2014 Commencement

Release date: 04-18-2014

Pasadena, Calif., - Pasadena City College is busy today assembling facts on the chain of events connected with the choice by the College of a commencement speaker.


Pasadena City College Foundation Hosted 2014 Grants Reception

Release date: 04-16-2014

John Gregory, Peter Castro, and and Wade Winter

Pasadena, Calif., - The Pasadena City College Foundation held its 2014 Grants Reception on Friday, April 11th. The event, which was held at the University Club in Pasadena, CA, celebrated the awarding of $59,683 in grant awards for innovation and academic excellence.

“The Grants program of the PCC Foundation is our way of making a positive impact on PCC students directly in the classroom,” said Executive Director of the PCC Foundation, Bobbi Abram. “These grants help support innovative faculty to enhance their teaching and it certainly assists student learning.”


Dr. Eric Walsh Named Pasadena City Colleges' 2014 Commencement Speaker

Release date: 04-15-2014

Dr. Eric Walsh

Pasadena, Calif., - Dr. Eric Walsh will deliver the Commencement address at Pasadena City College on Friday, May 9, 2014, 7pm, at the Jackie Robinson Memorial stadium, President-Superintendent, Mark Rocha announced today. 


Pasadena Event to Inspire Women Everywhere To Tell Their Story "I used to...And Now I..."

Release date: 04-15-2014

Marianne Emma Jeff

Pasadena, Calif., - Marianne Emma Jeff is not what you’d expect her to be. The owner of the Women's Business Momentum Center tried to kill herself twice before she was 19 and was an alcoholic until she turned 40. Now, this smart and professional woman runs a center to help women starting their own businesses.

She always thought her struggle had been unique, until she attended a writer's workshop ran by Lisa Fugard, a celebrated Hay House author. In this workshop people had to complete the sentences: "I used to ..." and "And now I..." After listening to these other women's tales, Marianne realized what a powerful motivational tool such stories would be for the many women in Pasadena who are starting their own businesses.  


Pasadena City College Foundation To Award $59,000 in Grants

Release date: 04-11-2014

Pasadena, CA——Pasadena City College Foundation is hosting its 2014 Grants Reception where it will award over $59,000 in grant awards for innovation and academic excellence. 


Men's Soccer Alums Chirishian, Avesyan In U.S. Pro Leagues

Release date: 04-10-2014


Hagop Chirishian, a 2007 alumnus, and Jack Avesyan, a member of the '06 team, are former Pasadena City College men's soccer players now playing professionally in U.S. leagues. 


PCC To Host Technical Assistance Visit

Release date: 04-09-2014

Pasadena, Calif. - Pasadena City College will host a technical assistance visit on Monday, April 14, 2014.  The Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges and the Community College League of California have joined forces to provide technical assistance to districts and colleges to ensure successful implementation of state laws and regulations.  


Pasadena City College Foundation To Award $59,000 in Grant Awards for Academic Excellence & Innovation

Release date: 04-08-2014

For Immediate Release            

April 7, 2014


For more than 30 years, the Board of Directors of the PCC Foundation has proudly supported creative, and unique projects at PCC through their annual grants program. The PCC Foundation Grants are awarded for projects that work toward the improvement of the instructional process, foster innovation in instruction, and align with the Mission Critical Priorities of the college’s

Educational Master Plan. To that end, the Foundation will award $59,000 in grants for innovation and academic excellence to members of the PCC faculty and staff on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 5pm.


Dr. Mark Rocha: Channeling Chávez

Release date: 03-29-2014

César Chávez

Pasadena, Calif. - On Friday morning at the Arclight Theater in Pasadena, the Cross Cultural Center, PCC Flea Market and the Office of Student Life sponsored a special premier screening of the new movie, César Chávez, for PCC faculty, staff and students.  I thank these organizations for their generosity and also for supporting our community in our continuing need to keep the great César Chávez an active presence in our lives.


Near Perfection For Women's Swim At PCC Double Dual Friday

Release date: 03-28-2014

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The Pasadena City College women's swim team came within .11 of a second from sweeping all 14 swimming events Friday as the Lancers dominated El Camino and Cerritos Colleges in a South Coast Conference double dual meet. It was the first home meet of the year for PCC at the Aquatic Center. 


PCC Softball Players Volunteer At Fitness Event To Help Cancer Patients

Release date: 03-27-2014

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Pasadena City College’s women’s softball team spent a Saturday afternoon near its old diamond at Brookside Park recently, but this outing didn’t include softballs, bats or gloves.


PCC Staff Member Heba Griffiths Receives Service Award

Release date: 03-23-2014

Heba Griffiths

Pasadena, Calif., - Heba Griffiths, Interim Associate Dean of Student Life received a service award from the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) at their March 2014 regional conference in San Diego.  The service award recognizes length of service for educational equity programs.


PCC's Lacey Earns SoCal Softball Player of the Week Honors

Release date: 03-21-2014


Pasadena City College softball team catcher Allison Lacey was named the California Community Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association (3CFCA) Southern California Player of the Week for March 3-9.


Summary of Negotiations Meeting With PCCFA

Release date: 03-21-2014

Pasadena, Calif., - The parties held their initial bargaining session on March 7,2014. The meeting began at 10:00AM with introductions and a discussion regarding the process for the negotiations. Thereafter, PCCFA presented a proposal in response to the District's previous offer to the faculty of a Supplemental  Early Retirement Program (SERP) to be implemented this year.  The SERP has been part of the contract offer that the District first presented last November.  


PCC Sends Special Greeting to Persian Community: Happy Nowruz!

Release date: 03-20-2014

Pasadena, Calif., - Spring has sprung and Happy Nowruz!  Nowruz, the Persian New Year, symbolizes the coming of Spring and celebrates renewal and rebirth.  A cultural holiday that coincides with the vernal equinox, the celebration lasts 12 days and is celebrated by Persians of all religions. 


PCC's Spencer Selected All-State Men's Basketball

Release date: 03-19-2014


Sophomore forward Taj Spencer, who led the Pasadena City College men's basketball team to the regional playoff quarterfinals, was named to the 2013-14 All-State Team released this week. 


BREAKING NEWS: Safety Concerns Postpones Basketball Playoffs, PCC Sports Events

Release date: 02-28-2014

Due to the heavy rain throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County, Pasadena City College has decided to postpone athletic events scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28. Men's and women's basketball playoff games have been canceled as well as a PCC swim meet and home softball game.


PCC Students Place 3rd in PSCFA Spring Championship Debate Tournament

Release date: 02-24-2014

2014 Speech and Debate Team

Pasadena, Calif., - Pasadena City College scored a major victory at the 2014 PSCFA Spring Championship Speech and Debate Tournament, placing 3rd overall in the Forenscis Tournament February 21 - 23, 2014.


Nine PCC Football Players Now Signed With 4-Year Universities

Release date: 02-19-2014

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Pasadena City College head football coach Fred Fimbres announced that seven more players have signed 4-year university scholarships to raise the number to nine 2013 Lancers who have moved on to the next level.


The Dental Hygiene Program is now accepting applications!!!

Release date: 02-10-2014

The Dental Hygiene Program is now accepting applications through April 1, 2014. For more information and applications, please visit us at W204 (626) 585-3308.


Football's Sack Master Pierson Commits To Iowa State

Release date: 02-06-2014


Pasadena City College All-State defensive end Dalyou Pierson accepted a scholarship to attend Iowa State University in the Big 12 Conference. Pierson led the SCFA in sacks with 11.5 as a sophomore in 2012 and was a two-time, All-National Northern Conference selection for the Lancers.


PCC Football's Machado Signs Scholarship With Michigan State

Release date: 02-06-2014


Pasadena City College sophomore offensive lineman Miguel Machado, a three-star recruit according to, has signed his scholarship letter of intent with Michigan State University Thursday morning as the second 2013 PCC player to commit to a 4-year university. 


Basketball Teams Host Coaches vs. Cancer Night Feb. 5

Release date: 01-30-2014


The Pasadena City College men's and women's basketball teams will host "Coaches vs. Cancer Night" at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The Lancers play a doubleheader against Los Angeles Harbor College beginning with the women's game at 5 p.m., followed by the men's contest at 7 p.m. 



Release date: 01-29-2014

Visual Arts SCHOLARSHIPS 2014

WED, JAN 29   Scholarship Applications available online and office CA102

WED, FEB 26   Scholarship Applications DUE in CA102, 12:00 NOON

SAT, MAR 1     Qualified Students NOTIFIED, by email and post on display case CA 1st floor

TUE, MAR 4    Meeting with qualified students to discuss Portfolio Review & Scholarship Exhibition in CA112

THUR, MAR 6   Allocation form turned in at CA102 by 12:00 Noon


• Student set-up: begins at 7am – 12noon

• Faculty Review: 12noon until 2pm

• Student take-down: 2:15pm – 4pm

FRI, APR 4   Scholarship winners NOTIFIED

TUE, APR 8   Meeting with winners in Art Gallery CA103, and work DROP-OFF


FRI, MAY 2  Scholarship Exhibit CLOSES

May 5 – 7   Students pick up work at Art Gallery. (students must make arrangements to pick up work directly with Art Gallery if unable to collect their work during the designated pick-up times. staff will not be able to open the Gallery)


Art History Scholarship, 2014

Release date: 01-29-2014








Minimum eligibility requirements:

  1. currently enrolled at P.C.C.
  2. have a college wide grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  3. have an art GPA of 3.5
  4. have completed or are in the process of completing three (3) courses in art history at P.C.C.
  5. be a continuing full, or part-time student at P.C.C. with the intention of transferring to a four year institution with a major in art history

Your application, unofficial college transcript, and current schedule (include copies with your application) will be evaluated to verify eligibility.


For complete information, see the Jeanne Ward Foundation

application for the art history scholarships. 


Men's Basketball Captures IVC Holiday Classic Title

Release date: 12-30-2013


Nine years ago to the day that a Pasadena City College men's basketball team last won a regular season tournament, the Lancers were crowned champions of the Imperial Valley Holiday Classic Sunday. PCC scored an 83-60 finals win over Glendale College (Arizona). The red-hot Lancers improved to 12-4 overall, extending their winning streak to six games.


No. 12 Women's Volleyball Sweeps No. 5 SD Mesa In Round 1 Shocker

Release date: 11-26-2013

thrill of win

The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team figured out how to channel its frustration from losing the South Coast Conference title last week. On Tuesday night, the Lancers, seeded No. 12, traveled to San Diego Mesa to take on the state's No. 5-ranked and region No. 5 seeded Olympians. The bus ride and its formidable playoff opponent did little to faze a PCC team that badly wanted to rebound.


Tony Barbone Selected New PCC Athletic Director

Release date: 11-15-2013


Tony Barbone has been named Pasadena City College Athletic Director in charge of the Lancers’ 16 sports teams. The appointment was ratified by the PACCD Board of Trustees meeting on November 6.


PCC's Browne Earns Bronze Medal At Pan Am Junior Championships

Release date: 08-27-2013


Pasadena City College women's track and field sprinter Omhunique Browne earned a bronze medal representing St. Kitts and Nevis at the 2013 Pan Am Junior Championships held in Medellin, Columbia August 23-25. 


PCC's Larry Wade Named State Women's Track/Field Coach Of The Year

Release date: 08-08-2013


Pasadena City College's Larry Wade was honored as State Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year after a 2013 season that saw his team place ninth at the state meet and a school best ever sixth at the SoCal finals. He guided freshman Lancer Omhunique Browne in becoming a double state champion as the nation's No. 1 sprinter in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.


Former Lancer Pitcher Kintzler Thriving For MLB Brewers

Release date: 08-06-2013


A decade after hurling as an All-South Coast Conference First Team pitcher for the Pasadena City College baseball team, alumnus Brandon Kintzler is becoming a premium reliever in the professional ranks for the Milwaukee Brewers. 


Women's Basketball Sends Four Players To University Level

Release date: 08-06-2013


After finishing No. 9 in the final state poll this past season, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team and head coach Joe Peron placed four sophomores at 4-year universities for the 2013-14 season. 


PCC Alumni Feature: Former Football Star Momon Now A Prep Superintendent

Release date: 08-05-2013


The artificial turf that now covers the football field at Robinson Stadium is a far cry from the grass and dirt PCC alumnus Elvin Momon ran on. In fact, many things on campus are different from what they used to be in 1972 when the former running back was part of one of the Lancers’ greatest football teams.



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