November 30, 2010

Mike Grimshaw continues supporting business opportunities

Mike Grimshaw, faculty member of Marymount College supports student lead business lecture. Grimshaw and his dedication to Marymount's business department has also been featured in Peninsula People Magazine. read more

We are looking to provide a business incubator for Marymount Students, Staff & Faculty to be able to come and develop any entrepreneurial venture they would like to create, says Grimshaw.

We plan on running this in room C203 on Mondays after 4pm starting in the Spring 2011 semester.  We will provide coaching, mentoring, development, feasibility, business plans, how to's on marketing, financing, structure, etc for early stage business ideas...there will be no charge and I will be the advisor and faculty working with entrepreneurs and my students.

This is exciting and we are looking forward to helping Marymount create some phenomenal businesses.

left to right: Frank Sanchez, Stefnie Huth, Ryan Haase, Paul Quach and Mike Grimshaw

Marymount assists local Church in Thanksgiving Food Drive

On November 30th 2010, Volunteers and staff helped out in assisting First Presberitarian Church in San Pedro, assemble and stuff thanksgiving baskets. Marymount continues to be active in the surrounding community. View Article from the Daily Breeze about the event...

Kevin Wade (student), Father Mark, and Virginia Wade volunteering

November 29, 2010

Marymount College Men's Soccer Highlights 2010

Marymount Alumnus Gives Keynote Address

Marymount alumnus Christian Alvarado gave an inspiring keynote address to the more than 400 guests attending The Fulfillment Fund’s Stars 2010 benefit gala in October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Fulfillment’s Fund’s mission is to help economically disadvantaged students graduate from high school, earn a college-degree and become productive members of society. To achieve this, the Fund works with students in under-resourced Los Angeles high schools and then provides financial aid and continued mentoring throughout the college years. Christian was the first Fulfillment Fund student enrolled at Marymount. Today, many students from the Fulfillment Fund are attending classes and are pursuing both two-year and four-year degrees at the College.

Christian has faced many challenges in his life, including blindness, poverty, losing his brother to murder and overcoming academic roadblocks. With the help of the Fulfillment Fund, his mentor and Marymount College, he has excelled and will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Santa Cruz in the spring of 2011. Next, Christian plans to attend graduate school and is considering a career in school administration.

November 22, 2010

Marymount Professor Exhibits Her Work in U.S. and Internationally

Professor Jennifer Vanderpool’s exhibition “Sagober├Ąttelser” (Fairy Tales) was recently on view at the Designarkivet in Nybro, Sweden.  She was honored with an International Cultural Grant from the Swedish Arts Council.  This juried Award, bestowed upon cultural practitioners for artistic excellence furthers a progressive cultural agenda to support and encourage intercultural exchange and cooperation around the world. 
Jennifer Vanderpool works with experimental film, video, animation, and sound, in her indoor and outdoor installations.  She has exhibited at museums and galleries in the U.S., Mexico, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway and awarded grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Danish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Council, as well as project funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Sculpture, Art Papers, Artweek, Art ltd., Angeleno, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Houston Chronicle, Kansas City Star, Tulsa World, Dagens Nyheter, Politiken, and El Universal, as well as numerous other national and international newspapers and magazines. Vanderpool holds an Independent, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Art Critical Practices from the University of California Regents and a MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

November 19, 2010

Marymount College Soccer Banquet

Marymount Soccer Teams celebrated the end of the season with a banquet at the Los Verdes Golf Club on Nov. 19th. Families, staff, coaches and the players had a great meal and celebrated the inaugural NAIA season. The coach, Ben Graham handed out awards and thanked the staff, families and the players for making this a memorable season. Below is our award winners, if you see them on campus make sure you congratulate them on their hard work and dedication.
Left to Right: Jay Lambert-Player of the Year, Michelle Granillo-Player’s Player of the Year
Scott Smith-Player’s Player of the Year, Andrea Poeschel- Player of the Year

I would personally like to recognize the efforts of everyone on campus for helping make this first season a success.

It has truly been a team effort. Thank you!
Go Mariners!!

Marymount Student Leaders attend NACA Conference

Last weekend, I took four energetic leaders from Marymount to the NACA Conference in Ontario, CA.  Gavin Todd, Jesus Rodriguez, Jennifer Rosales, and Marily Lara couldn’t have represented Marymount College any better! They were eager participants in activities, attended educational sessions that excited them to start programs on campus, and treated each other and other students with respect and kindness.
Marily Lara, Jennifer Rosales, MTV Real World Celebrity, Gavin Todd, and Jesus Rodriguez
Please congratulate these students when you see them around campus!  They are ROCKSTARS and true leaders in our community.

November 17, 2010

Marymount College Theatre presents "Almost, Maine" November 18-20th

Marymount College Theater students will perform John Cariani’s highly acclaimed play Almost, Maine. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. Residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.

Performance at Marymount Auditorium. Tickets available at the door. Reservations required for dinner theatre only, call 310.377.5501.

November 18 8:00 PM, Students $5, General Public $8
November 19 6:30 PM, Dinner Theatre $35 (reservations required)
November 20 8:00 PM, Students $5, General Public $8

Marymount College is located at: 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes. Parking is free!

For information on other Marymount Events call 310.303.7223
or e-mail

View Marymount's Fall Cultural Arts Calendar

November 15, 2010

Geo Trippin'

Story and photos by Terika Kons
Geo Trippin’... no it’s not the latest dance move... it’s not the newest model small car… it is a geography class... a three-day... on the road, geography class to be specific! This field study 1 unit course is taught by Marymount’s Assistant Professor of Geography, Sharon Johnson.

GEO 108 is a three day lab offered to students who opt for hands-on learning in the field that supplements what students are learning in classroom lectures. It’s geography “by the boot” not just “by the book”. The class/road trip consists of a caravan of students, volunteer drivers, Sharon and lots of maps, snacks, and walkie-talkie jokes.

The trip includes visits to the Owens and Death Valleys, the Sierra Nevada and San Gabriel Mountains and more than twenty stops in between. All in three days!

Sharon has been hosting these labs for 20 years and each year she perfects the trip even more. Students are so fascinated by the trips that many of them come back and volunteer year after year. Students not only get to see some of the most extreme conditions in California first hand, they get both geography and history lessons along the way including a stop at the WWII Manzanar Relocation Camp. GEO 108 gives students a creative and innovative reason to like learning again!

Discover what students have to say about the trip:
view student quotes and trip photos

November 11, 2010

Freshman Student Honored for her Volunteerism

On November 4, the Daily Breeze newspaper presented its first Women of Distinction Awards. After receiving more than 160 nominations, the Daily Breeze and a panel of community leaders narrowed the field to 33 finalists in 11 categories. Marymount College freshman, Erica Fine, was selected as a finalist in the category of Young Woman of the Year.

Erica has spent more than 1,200 hours doing volunteer work while enrolled at Palos Verdes High School. Now a student at Marymount, she is involved in Marymount Opportunities for Volunteer Experience and is serving at the Boys & Girls Club of the Los Angeles Harbor helping after-school students with homework, play activities and sports. “I like to spend my time wisely, rather than doing something like watching TV. That doesn’t really help anyone. I mean it’s fine, but I like to see what my time benefits and what I can do with that time,” says Fine.

November 09, 2010

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society welcomes new members.

On Tuesday, November 9, the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society welcomed seven new members into its Marymount Chapter, Alpha Omega Kappa.  The College would like to congratulate the following new members: Joshua Arakaki, Bianaca DiGuiseppe, Brianna Duggan, Clay Scheffey, Michael Spittel, Sandy Yang, Serena Yniguez.

November 08, 2010

One Campus, One Book Discussion

The Marymount College Community participates in "One College, One Book" which is a program that promotes the student body to all read the same book. This semester the book chosen is Planet Walker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence by John Francis. The college then holds a discussion open to all students to discuss different aspects of the book. It's a great way to collaborate with others and gain insight into different perspectives of the book.

Marymount students volunteer with Operation Teddy Bear

On Saturday, November 6th, 2010, a group of Marymount students went to the Volunteer Center in Torrance to participate in Operation Teddy Bear.  While there, they packed books and school supplies in backpacks for underprivileged first graders in our area.

Thanks to Assistant Director of Student Life Alyse Intagliata and MOVE president Alejandra Toribio
for their leadership of this event.

November 05, 2010

HOMEWALK2010 Make a Difference! Walk to End Homelessness!

Marymount College is participating in Homewalk2010, a Unite Way sponsored event. We have over 50 walkers so far... 

The 5K (3.2 mile) walk takes place Saturday, November 13 in Exposition Park (near USC) beginning at 9:00 am. If you are interested in more information about the walk, please call 310.303.7239 or email  If you are not able to participate in the walk, please think about supporting our efforts with a donation. To donate go to

Your help and support are greatly appreciated. Thank you!!


Thank you for all your support in making HomeWalk 2010 a success.  The Marymount College Team was almost 80 walkers strong (68 students, 4 faculty/staff, and 6 family/friends).  So far, Marymount College has raised almost $3000 in helping to end homelessness.  Special mention to fellow walker Darren Hall. Darren individually raised $500.

If you would like to donate, there’s still time.

You can donate to the Marymount College general fund or to one of the registered walkers (listed via the link).  Your help and support are greatly appreciated.

Finally, a special “Thank You!” to Susan Garman, Greg Narleski, Alyse Intagliata, Darren Hall, Elizabeth Nicolello, Adrienne Sanchez, and Audra Platz for their support both before and during the Walk.

November 04, 2010

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Marymount Students Participate in Unparalleled Service Opportunity

A partnership, first of its kind in scope and impact, was launched this fall between Marymount College and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor.  More than 350 students in Marymount’s freshman class are serving  as volunteers at the local Boys & Girls Club.  With more than 8,000 after-school  students being served by the Clubs the need for additional “hand-on” assistance was a priority for Club leadership. 

Climbing aboard a shuttle bus, Monday through Friday, Marymount students are transported to the Clubs where they serve as homework helpers, engage in play activities and strive to be role models to kids who may not yet be considering college in their future.

“It’s hard to imagine a better way for Marymount students to sustain our founding order’s mission: to serve others so that all may have life.  Our collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club is simply our deepest and most impactful educational partnership,” says Marymount College President Dr. Michael S. Brophy.
“I don’t know of another college that has forged a partnership of service of this magnitude,” says Dr. Brophy.  Continues Dr. Brophy,  “We are very pleased that the Boys & Girls Clubs encouraged and facilitated the opportunity for our freshman students to volunteer. “

"The Wheeler Boys" Ito/Matsuura Film Series

Please join us at the Warner Grand in San Pedro this Thursday, November 4th at 7 pm for the last of the Ito/Matsuura films this year - "The Wheeler Boys," a film by Philip Flores.

With their father lost in a fog of anger and self-loathing, "Truck" Wheeler has raised his younger brother Ted as best he could, given he's just a teenager himself.  Now, Ted is entering high school just as Truck readies himself for his final year, and the younger boy is seeing everything - girls, life in a small town, the brother he's always idolized, in a different light.

"The Wheeler Boys" is the winner of the 2010 Netflix competition "Find Your Voice," contest, selected out of 500 entries.

Mr. Flores will attend the screening along with his cast for a Q & A.