December 01, 2011

Marymount College Receives Honors for Athletes of Character and Academic Achievement

Marymount College Palos Verdes has earned top honors from the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).  The NAIA, a governing body for college athletic programs, awarded its “Five Stars” honor to Marymount College for achievement in the NAIA’s Champions of Character program that instills character development and academic achievement in student athletes.

The college was evaluated through the measurement of its athletes’ conduct in competition and for the athletic teams’ leadership that fosters in student athletes the importance of academic achievement and the demonstration of outstanding character.  Marymount College’s success was for its men and women soccer program.

To receive this award, colleges and universities must score 60 or more points on the NAIA Champions of Character scorecard. The scorecard contains measurable goals and monitors progress towards advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by obtaining zero ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.
Five Star Award recipients are recognized on the NAIA Champions of Character web site and receive a special web banner and certificate noting the honor.  College presidents and athletic directors will be recognized at the NAIA national convention in April 2012.

Marymount College intends to continue leading its athletic programs under the values of the NAIA ‘s Champions of Character program.  In 2012, the college will begin a men’s and women’s cross country team and has plans to add a track & field and a tennis program in the future.

Marymount College is one of two Catholic, coeducational colleges in Los Angeles County. Offering bachelor’s degrees in Business, Media Studies and Liberal Arts the college has locations in Rancho Palos Verdes and San Pedro.  In the spirit of its founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Marymount challenges its students to pursue lives of leadership and service, and strives to graduate students who embody the virtues of integrity, respect for human dignity and commitment to justice.

November 29, 2011

I am a Mariner!

My name is Jessica Aguilar and I am a Mariner. I am a freshman at Marymount and am currently studying to receive my bachelor's degree in Public Relations. I am a spring 2012 candidate for Phi Theta Kappa, an Honors society at Marymount College. I fully intend on studying for Marymount's London Study Abroad program for Fall 2012; I hope to immerse myself in a different culture and accomplish my desire of becoming a world traveler. One of my favorite spots would definitely have to be the Cafe Bistro balcony. There, I am free to unwind, grab a bite, and behold the breathtaking view of the ocean. With the plethora of opportunities and support Marymount College has to offer, I have not a doubt in my mind that with hard work and positivity, I will succeed. To me, a Mariner is an individual who strives to nourish their mind with the cornucopia of resources our college has to offer, all while positively contributing to the betterment of our close-knit community. This is why I am proud to be a Mariner.

My name is Raquel Zsupnik and I am a Mariner. I am currently studying at Marymount to receive my A.A. and I plan on working towards my bachelors degree with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Communication Studies. I am currently an active member of the Residents Hall Association at PV North, where I serve as  Community Development Chair. I am also an active member of the Associate Students of Marymount College, where I help represent the voice of my freshman class and strengthen the bond between other students, faculty, and the community while improving our school. This summer I hope to involve myself in an internship program in the Los Angeles area to help me expand my  horizons in the broadcasting and entertainment industry. My favorite thing about Marymount has to be the great resources offered, including small class sizes and extraordinary faculty members. It is nice to attend a school where everyone is working to achieve separate goals, and together are living a college experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Being a mariner means taking advantage of every resource offered, and achieving goals that you may have not thought were possible before. This is why I am proud to be a Mariner.

Through elementary school and high school, Jessica and Raquel have known each other through girl scouts and have chosen to attend Marymount College together, and because of their strong and continuous friendship, have chosen to be house mates as well. They love their experience so far at Marymount college so far and are proud to be Mariners. View more Marymount Mariners

November 07, 2011

Tattoos on the Heart - Fr. Boyle Visits Marymount

Fr. Gregory Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart and founder of Homeboy Industries, the biggest non-profit gang rehabilitation in the country.

Honored as one of the city's leading visionaries responsible for changing the face of Los Angeles, Father Boyle has received numerous accolades and recognitions on behalf of Homeboy Industries and for his work with former gang members. He will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame this coming December.

Over the past 20 years, Father Boyle has buried more than 165 young people whose lives were cut short as a result of gang violence. Wanting to do more than just conduct funerals he founded Homeboy Industries, a safe haven where former gang members and the currently incarcerated can be reintroduced to society and become contributing members in search of counseling, high school degrees and free tattoo removal. But that's not all.

"You ask any gang member in the United States of America, 'name one thing that would help you,' - you wouldn't find a gang member who said anything other than a job," says Father Boyle. Unable to convince employers to hire former gang members, Father Boyle decided to open up a business. Today, Homeboy Industries owns its own bakery, cafe, gift shop and printing business, all run by former gang members, with profits going to benefit the program. 

November 11, 2011 - The College presented our most successful program ever when more than 600 people attended Father Boyle’s inspiring testimonial at the Warner Theatre in San Pedro.  This program was a great achievement, as it spoke of our Catholic mission, community outreach and curricular work. It was amazing to look out across the audience to the many constituencies that we serve and those that have embraced the new Marymount College!  - President Brophy

November 06, 2011

Marymount's Fall Theatre Production: Neil Simon's "Rumors"

Cultural ArtsOne of Neil Simon's most popular comedies, Rumors takes place in the posh suburban residence of New York's Deputy Mayor Charley Brock who, at the beginning of the show, is lying off-stage with a bullet hole in his earlobe. This puts a slight crimp in the plans for a 10th anniversary party for himself and his equally absent wife, Myra. As the guests arrive, each couple tries to keep each new arrival from finding out about Charley's possible suicide attempt.

Recommended for adult audiences.

Thursday, November 17 - Saturday, November 19th 
at the Warner Grand Theatre
478 W. Sixth Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

8 p.m., $10 general, $8 student/senior

Call (310) 303-7297 for advance tickets. Tickets also available at door.

November 03, 2011

Ovation: Four Decades Of Theatre at Marymount College

Marymount Students visit the Tim Burton Show at LACMA!

Tim Burton Show at LACMA, All were welcome! October 20th we packed up the bus and drove to LACMA. It was a great show for all of us... music, film, design, 2 and 3-D computer graphics, drawing, painting, costumes, sculpture, model building, animation, even regular art...whatever that is? He does it all. Show includes... music, Danny Elfman, directed by Tim Burton, films like Sleepy Hallow, PeeWee’s Big Adventure, Big Fish, Edward Sissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Check out these sites:

Watch“Vincent” in full screen
Website featuring, “Stain Boy”

Trip organized by Gary Martin, Pat Kelly, Blue Wade, Lee Raby, the Art and Media group.

November 01, 2011

On November 9, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club is hosting its 31stEducator of the Year Awards at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.  Dr. David Draper of Marymount College will be honored at this event.  This evening event attracts more than 300 guests and raising funds to assist students who have financial need for college.
Dr. Draper was nominated by the faculty and staff of Marymount College for his ability to create a classroom community of engaged learners and his ability to help students grow in a challenging academic environment.  He has served as the program leader and student advisor for the college’s London Program where Marymount students study abroad in Fall and Summer sessions at Regent’s College in London.

October 27, 2011

Marymount announces additional athletic teams!

Athletic Director Gary White has announced that Marymount College will start women’s and men’s Cross Country in the fall of 2012 and is making plans to start Tennis and Track & Field in the near future.
It is an exciting time at Marymount and the new opportunities for all student-athletes states Gary White. Recruiting is currently underway for the new athletic programs. The growth of the athletic department is an opportunity for all students to get involved if they choose.  If you would like more information please contact the Admissions Office or Athletic Director Gary White.

Marymount College & KNX 1070 Business Hour

Monday, October 10th, 2011 San Pedro and Marymount College radio segment on KNX 1070 Business Hour.Interview starts at 20:39 - 21:54  

October 11, 2011

Marymount College Presents Duo Fado Concert

At 6 p.m. on Monday, October 24, at the Chapel at Marymount College, the college presents Duo Fado Concert, featuring Marymount professor Melinda Becker and Thomas Walsh. Their eclectic program features works by Elizabethan composer John Dowland, a solo guitar work by J.S. Bach, Spanish renaissance songs by Luis Milan, and modern compositions set to ancient Sephardic melodies. Concert is free. Marymount College is located at 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes.  For information call 310-303-7223 or visit

About Duo Fado

Duo Fado is a classically based guitar and voice duo from San Francisco. They specialize in folk-based music from the Iberian peninsula. The duo has performed across the United States and internationally. For more information, please visit their website at

Nikki Noushkam visits Marymount Business Students

Nikki Noushkam  Co-founder of the Environmental Remediation Service, Inc. (ERS)  spoke with the Marymount Business 301(SP) class on Friday September 30th at the Waterfront Campus in San Pedro. It was a great honor to have Ms. Noushkam as a guest speaker. The learning experience was priceless.
Nikki Noushkam Bio:

Nikki Noushkam is an engineer and a scientist with background in the energy, green technology and aerospace industries. In 2007, she co-founded and the Environmental Remediation Service, Inc. (ERS) an environmental consulting firm that specializes in environmental compliance and green technology projects. Nikki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California (USC). She is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) and a Registered Environmental Assessor (REA) in the State of California. 

October 10, 2011

Help Marymount Support Our Troops!

Marymount College Wins NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award!

October 01, 2011

Marymount sees bigger as better - The Daily Breeze

Every few months for the past couple of years, Marymount College has unveiled a surprising new aspect of its changing expansion plans. Last week, that pattern continued.

There was a shocker in mid-2009 when the private Rancho Palos Verdes Catholic college said it would not seek to build long-desired but controversial dormitories on its 25-acre, ocean-view campus.

Then, a few months later, just as it was undergoing a contentious city review of proposed new facilities, the then two-year institution said it planned to become a full-fledged four-year college. read full article

By Melissa Pamer Staff Writer

September 29, 2011

Marymount College Invited to Develop Northern California Extension Campus

Marymount College President Michael S. Brophy, PhD, MFA announced the college’s receipt of an invitation to establish an educational campus in Lucerne, located in Lake County, California. Responding to a request for a proposal, the college was selected by the County of Lake Redevelopment Agency to further develop plans for an academic campus at the historic Lucerne Hotel. The new college location, proposed to serve local residents as well as students from the U.S. and abroad, would be a joint effort of Marymount College and the redevelopment agency and is potentially operational in fall 2013.

“We are very excited about the shared vision we have with Marymount College for establishing a quality educational campus at the Lucerne Hotel, “ said Kelly Cox, County of Lake Redevelopment Agency executive director and county administrative officer. “We believe the college’s proposal could be an ideal fit for Lake County and a win-win for the college and the community,” said Cox.

“This location will serve students interested in community development and renewal, Native American communities, Veteran’s issues, agricultural studies, environmental rehabilitation, travel and tourism and recreational innovation, “ said President Brophy. read press release

September 26, 2011

Operation Pedro Pan

Tuesday, October 25, 7 p.m.
Chapel, Main Campus

Operation Pedro Pan: The clandestine exodus of 14,048 Cuban Children

Operation Pedro Pan began in December of 1960 and ended in October of 1962, when the Cuban missile crisis terminated flights between Cuba and the U.S. It consisted of two components: the clandestine network for getting the minor children out of Cuba – Pedro Pan, and under the auspices of the Catholic Welfare Bureau of Miami the Unaccompanied Cuban Children’s Program responsible for the care of the children after they arrived in Miami.

Oscar Pichardo a local resident and a Pedro Pan child offers a historical perspective to the stark realities faced by Cuban parents in making the decision to save their children from communist indoctrination by sending them to the United States.

Marymount Students visit Thailand

September 20, 2011

Ito Matsuura Film Series Fall 2011

“The Dynamiter,” the second film in the Ito/Matsuura Film Series, plays Wednesday, Oct. 5th 7 pm at the Warner Grand Theatre. The director will be in attendance for a Q & A. 

“Littlerock” - Wednesday, September 21st
7 pm at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA.

Director: Mike Ott will be here in person to introduce the film and
stay for a Q & A  after. This film has won numerous awards world wide and just opened in Chicago and New York. 

Two young Japanese tourists, brother and sister,  get stuck in the town of Littlerock, California on their way to see the Japanese internment camps that were set up during World War II.  The film sensitively details their interaction with American small town culture and their sense of being out of place in American society.

September 19, 2011

Marymount President to Speak to Philippine Catholic Schools at Annual Convention

Marymount College President Michael S. Brophy, PhD, MFA is presenting to the annual national convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines on Sept. 22 in Davao City. Attending the convention are more than 2,500 school officials from 1,365 Catholic schools.

The convention’s theme is “Building a Culture a Peace: Shaping the Vision, Living the Dream.” The conference attracts K-12 educators and focuses on themes that include respect for life, nonviolence, solidarity, human rights and dignity, respect for diversity, economic equality, gender fairness and environmental care and sustainability.

Within a forum for new programs and research in higher education, Dr. Brophy will be presenting “The Marymount College Experience.” His remarks will include thoughts on developing holistic students who incorporate leadership and service as they academically prepare for college.

In his remarks, Dr. Brophy will speak of Marymount College’s commitment to honor its founding orders’ mission “to serve others so that all may have life” and will provide the strategies that foster a learning environment where students are challenged to pursue lives of leadership and service.

read press release

September 15, 2011

Water Resources Vice-Chair Discusses California Water Challenges

Vice-Chair of the California State Water Control Resources Board, Frances Spivy-Weber, visited Marymount College's Waterfront Campus on September 9. Invited by Professor Armond Aghakhanian, Weber joined Marymount's Economy 302 to discuss the water system in California. Weber explained the challenges California faces with water and the many options that people in California have to conserve water but do not realize. read more

August 30, 2011

Marymount Family Weekend Fall 2011


  • Presidential Breakfast
  • Involvement Sessions
  • Faculty Research Sessions
  • Street Fair Luncheon
  • Kids Events
  • Family Celebratory Mass
  • Marymount Jazz Ensemble Performance
  • Marymount Soccer Home Game
  • Tours, Meet and Greet and much more...

Registration begins September 1st!

Visit: to download registration form

Email: or call: 310-303-7343 for more information

August 03, 2011

Four Decades of Alliance: A Good Start for Marymount College and San Pedro

For nearly 40 years, Marymount College has maintained a mutually beneficial relationship with the San Pedro community. This year, the College plans to invest quite a bit more in this vibrant Los Angeles neighborhood.  While the College’s main campus is in Rancho Palos Verdes, both student residences are located in San Pedro. In addition, many faculty and staff members of the College make their homes there.

“It is a natural fit for Marymount College to expand into the San Pedro community,” said Marymount College President Michael S. Brophy. “San Pedro offers our students an important ‘extended classroom,’ in which students are transformed through a combination of traditional academic learning and real-world experience. Working, volunteering and taking part in local activities helps students understand the world outside the classroom and create lives of leadership and service.”

Participation in San Pedro’s community and cultural events has created a buzz among students and members of the downtown community.  From mentoring students at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor to donating blood at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital’s blood drives and from preserving the native habitat at White Point to performing jazz at the Grand Annex, students and residents alike are realizing the benefits of this relationship.

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Marymount Alumna Stars Crazy Stupid Love

Marymount alumna Analeigh Tipton ’08 stars in "Crazy, Stupid Love," a new film hitting theatres on July 29 in which the 22-year-old actor stars alongside Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore. Analeigh plays a 17-year-old babysitter to the unhappy couple’s 13-year-old boy and becomes an object of desire to him. The New York Times calls her “a character everyone will fall in love with.”

Analeigh looks back and credits Marymount College and Theatre Professor John Lane with “giving me the confidence necessary to succeed.”  During her sophomore year, she placed third in "America’s Next Top Model" and she has also been a competitive figure skater, a fashion model, and a guest star on the television series "The Big Bang Theory."  It's no wonder why the New York Times proclaimed Analeigh a “face to watch.”  To read the full New York Times article click here.

Come this fall, Analeigh will also star alongside Adam Brody in the dark comedy Damsels in Distress.

July 17, 2011

Project Grad

Project Grad hosted a networking luncheon on Tuesday and had the opportunity to network with Marymount staff and faculty. A special thank you to all of our wonderful staff and faculty that participated in this event!
Dr. Brophy, Susie Martin, Lauren Muse-Fisher, Jenifer Aguirre, Jean Lyn, and Annie Appel

July 12, 2011

Professor Jennifer Vanderpool’s exhibition

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,SculptureArt PapersArtweekArt ltd.AngelenoAtlanta Journal ConstitutionThe Houston ChronicleKansas City StarTulsa WorldDagens NyheterPolitiken, 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.

June 23, 2011

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor is One of 500 Finalists for Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program

Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program will award 100vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. A total of 500 finalists were selected based on their application as reviewed by an independent panel of judges who are experts in the fields of philanthropy and social responsibility. They are vying for the opportunity to win a new Toyota vehicle. Winning organizations will use the vehicles to help expand their reach and mission within the community.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor is proud to announce we've been selected as a finalist in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program. Now we need your support! Vote for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor at on June 26.
The Toyota van will be used by our Wilmington and San Pedro Clubs and our Teen Centers to transport youth from local schools to the Clubs.  Vans are also used for trips to college fairs, financial aid fairs, and workshops and seminars that support our Education program activities.  A new van will enable the Club to serve even more youth in the communities of Wilmington and San Pedro and enhance our educational activities.

Please support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor on June 26. Voting will take place at

June 21, 2011

Operation Peter Pan

Marymount Daily Breeze

Less than a year after facing ballot-box defeat in its bid for dormitories in Rancho Palos Verdes, Marymount College is turning its expansion-oriented eye down the hill toward San Pedro.

The private Catholic college last week announced a 50-year master plan that would overhaul its 11-acre San Pedro property, erecting new housing for hundreds of students and large new classroom buildings. At the same time, the school is increasing its footprint and revving up its cultural programming in the harbor community's downtown area. read more

May 26, 2011

Graduation 2011

Marymount College PV graduating class of 2011
ceremony held on May 26th.
click title to view pictures.

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May 13, 2011

Block Party Marymount College

Click on title to view slide show of last Friday's 2nd Annual Block Party
held at PV North by Residential Life

May 10, 2011

Stories from Guatemala:Literacy, Libraries, and Opportunities

Marymount seeks opportunities for support and integration to Guatemala with Librarians Without Borders (LWB). Our volunteer students, executive, and board have been working together on a partnership with a school library in Quetzaltenago, Guatemala. This is a very special little school that has big dreams (much like LWB). It aims to include students in the educational system who historically have been marginalized, including children from indigenous communities, and uses innovative pedagogy not found elsewhere in Guatemala. Long-term, the school dreams of opening additional schools in other Guatemalan communities, and we hope to be able to help them with their plans.

May 09, 2011

Meet Marymount's new fall 2011 SOSers

Ashley, Melanie, Antonio, Cameron, Alyssa, Loren, Kahla, Lorraine, Tatiana, Izamar, Max, Jazmin, Melissa, Natalia, Vanessa, Victor, Michelle, Ian, Lorenzo, Amanda, Karen, Laura, Ashley, Rosario, Leonardo, Heidi, Kandace, Kaya, Adee, Adelaida, Susana, Andrea, Robert, Christina, Ramos, Ana-Alicia, Justin, Gavin, Asia, Roberto, Kevin, Vanessa
Meet Marymount's new fall 2011 SOSers!! These students are extremely enthusiastic and excited to be representing Marymount and welcoming all new students to campus.

May 05, 2011

San Pedro High School Students Succeed at Junior Achievement

This is a video put together by the Business Academy teacher Mr. Damien Jordan at San Pedro High School on the Junior Achievement program that I and my students from Bus316 & Bus270 participated in this semester.  This video shows the competition this past Friday at the JA Finance Park where many high schools from Southern CA came together and competed with their entrepreneurial projects.

Kudos to our Marymount students for taking an active role in mentoring these high school students and helping them grow...

Student Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 5th 12 -5 p.m.

April 21, 2011

Earth Day Recognition on Campus

Miguel Lozano, a Marymount College staff member conducts a photo shoot of a student dressed in all recycled materials in honor of Earth Day, April 22nd 2011. All materials consist of paper or recycled plastic! Check it out..

April 13, 2011

Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce

Peter Clothier, PH.D is an internationally-known writer who specializes in writing about art and artists. He is a former Dean of the Otis Art Institute and the College of Fine and Communication Arts at Loyola Marymount University.

Dr. Clothier's discussion will focus on his most recent book Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce, which addresses the predicament of creative people, even the most talented, who find it increasingly difficult to get a hearing in a cultural environment in which success is more often measured in commercial terms.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7p.m.
Marymount College Auditorium, FREE admission

April 01, 2011

Marymount College Provides Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber $6,000 Sponsorship for Educational Programs

Marymount College President Dr. Michael Brophy announced that the college will provide a $6,000 sponsorship to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

 “Our community’s Chamber of Commerce is a vital asset and offers many valuable programs that contribute to the revitalization of commerce in our community, says Dr. Brophy.  “This sponsorship from Marymount College’s is directed to educational programming for both Chamber members and the local community.”

For several years, the college has led and co-sponsored educational seminars and related events tailored to business and non-profit professionals.  The next seminar will be on Tuesday, April 26 at 8 a.m. at The Promenade on the Peninsula Community Room and features non-profit professional Janet Levine who will speak about Step-by-Step Stewardship.

“A thriving business community in Palos Verdes is essential to the well-being of those who live on the Peninsula, says Dr. Brophy.  “We feel this sponsorship demonstrates our desire to foster success among those who work and own businesses here.” 


March 30, 2011

Marymount College Spring 2011 - Theater Production

Marymount College students present their springtime dramatic production, You Can't Take It With You. A comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the original production of the play opened at the Booth Theater in 1936. The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

$15 general; $10 students & over age 65
Thursday-Saturday - April 28 - 30 - 8pm
Warner Grand Theater
478 W. Sixth Street, San Pedro