January 31, 2012

An Evening With Susan Egan & Stageside Chat With Dr. Michael Brophy

Saturday, June 16, doors open at 7:00 pm
Golden State Pops Orchestra (GSPO) at the Warner Grand Theatre San Pedro
VIP Tickets: $45 in advance, $55 at the door (includes reserved seating, valet parking and “Meet the Artists” After-Concert Reception hosted by Marymount College)
General Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Seniors, Military, Children, and Students: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Special 15% Marymount discount when purchased online (www.gspo.com, code: Marymount 11-12)
No need for New York City, we’ll bring Broadway to the historic art deco Warner Grand Theatre! The incomparable Broadway star Susan Egan will perform songs from “Beauty and the Beast” and more. The GSPO StageSide chat will precede Susan’s performance and will feature Marymount College President, Dr. Michael Brophy, who will discuss the power of music, as well as the influence it has had on his life and his Marymount College Leadership.

Chamber Music Concert

Sunday, April 22, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Main Campus Auditorium
Join us for an evening of chamber music featuring the works by Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms and original music by Dustin Callahan. Performances by Marymount Professors Melinda Becker, Matthew Ennis and Dustin Callahan, as well as Thomas Walsh and Richard Conviser.

First Annual Marymount College Student Film, Video & Animation Festival

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 pm
Warner Grand Theatre San Pedro
Join us for an evening of student film, video and animation at the Warner Grand Theatre.

Spring Festival of One Act Plays

April 26, 27, & 28, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $10 general, $8 student/senior
Warner Grand Theatre San Pedro
Tickets are available for purchase at www.paperbrowntickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-838-3006 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; or on the night of the event at the door, box office opens at 7:00 pm
Several one act plays will showcase Marymount College student talent.

Student Art Show

Tuesday, April 17-Friday, May 4
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 17, 1-3 pm
Main Campus Naddy Conference Room
Featuring a variety of artwork by Marymount students.

Five Steps to Take Control of Your Life and Career

Thursday, April 12, 7:00 pm
Main Campus Chapel
“Your Personal Power-Up” focuses on navigating life’s varied changes by finding and connecting with the potential of your true self. Dr. Claudwell S. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., who is co-author of the book and professor emeritus of psychiatry at UCLA, will address the five basic steps that are essential to personal empowerment and how to use change to take control of your emotions and realize personal and professional success through purposive striving.

"Best of the Best" Art Exhibition

Thursday, May 3-Saturday, May 12
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 7:00 pm
Arcade Gallery San Pedro
A group art exhibition featuring this year’s best Marymount senior class artwork.

The Book of Madness and Cures

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm
Main Campus Chapel
Marymount English Professor Regina O’Melveny will discuss and read from her newly released “The Book of Madness and Cures.” “It is a story of a courageous woman on a quest to find her missing father. Set in the Renaissance, it explores the wonders, and dangers, of Europe and Asia Minor and recreates a world-exotic and familiar, sensuous and beguiling-where a defiant woman, practicing the ancient healing arts, is believed to be contrary to the laws of God and Man” (Kathleen Kent, author of The Traitor’s Wife and The Heretic’s Daughter). The book will be available for purchase.

The Futures of Religious Language

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Main Campus Chapel
As the world becomes a global village, we are more aware of diversity in culture and beliefs. Is the world becoming more secular? More religious? Is religion still relevant? Why is knowing about religion important for today and for the future? Jack Miles, Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow, faces these questions as the general editor of the forthcoming “Norton Anthology of World Religions.” Join us for an exploration of them.
Jack Miles is Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies with the University of California at Irvine and Senior Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Bjorn Olsson: Video and Photography

Monday, April 16, 4:30 pm
Main Campus Naddy Conference Room
Using photography and video, Bjorn Olsson explores our relationships to time and the immediate environment.

Marymount Spring Recital


Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Warner Grand Theatre San Pedro
The Marymount Spring Recital will feature music and dance of all styles, with performances by students, the Marymount Jazz Ensemble & Vox Choir and community members at the beautiful Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

Fighting World Hunger

Tuesday April 3, 7:30 pm
Main Campus Auditorium
Speakers and activities focus of what we can do to fight hunger locally and globally. Reception and discussion follow in the P.E.A.C.E. Center.

A Working Solution to Global Poverty

Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm
Main Campus Chapel
Peter Thorrington, who is a member of the board of directors for Opportunity International, presents the 2012 Meid Visiting Mentor Lecture. Mr. Thorrington will discuss his important work at Opportunity International, which is a microfinance service organization that provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to more than two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world.

South Bay's Got Talent!

Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Warner Grand Theatre San Pedro
Marymount College and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor have joined together to present South Bay’s Got Talent! Join us for an entertaining evening of song, dance and the spoken word, with performances by students from both organizations.

What Values do Americans Look for in their Leaders?

Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm

Main Campus Chapel

Does a candidate who proclaims a strong religious faith make for a better president? It is common, almost expected, for candidates running for office in the United States to affirm their religious identity and to employ broad religious themes in support of their political agendas. Is this information relevant? Can they talk about their faith without being hypocritical? Can they say that their faith informs their policy positions and still legitimately lead a pluralistic country?

Brian Stiltner is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut. His research interests focus on Catholic social ethics, the ethics of war and peace, and the role of religion in democratic public life. In 2007, Dr. Stiltner published “Faith and Force: A Christian Debate about War” with David L. Clough.

Andres Matute: Video and Installation Art

Monday, March 12, 7:00 pm

Monday, March 12, 4:30 pm
Main Campus Naddy Conference Room
Andres Matute is a Columbian-Ecuadorian artist based in Bogota, who works in video and installation art. His award-winning work has been shown in Ecuador, Columbia, Cuba and Spain.

Jazz Ensemble & Vox Choir Concert

Saturday, March 10, 1:00 pm-1:45 pm
Main Campus Chapel
A music concert featuring Marymount students from the Jazz Ensemble and the Vox Choir.

How Medeem’s Hybrid Business Model Delivers Value

Following an overview of the growing phenomenon commonly referred to as “social entrepreneurship,” Craig DeRoy will discuss his successes in the establishment and growth of Medeem, which provides legal empowerment to the poor by formally connecting them to their land rights. His journey was based on the concept of “responsible profitability” which focuses on providing social impact with an opportunity for equity and profit participation for partners, management and employees.
Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 pm, Main Campus Chapel

Art Exhibition Series

Arcade Gallery, San Pedro
Thursdays, February 16, 23, March 1,8, 15, 29, April 5, 19, 26, 7:00 pm
During the spring semester, Marymount seniors from the Arts & Media division will exhibit a weeklong one-person art show accompanied by an artist talk at the Arcade Gallery.

Peregrino: A Pilgrim Journey into Catholic Mexico

Filmmaker and writer Ron Austin speaks about his latest book, “Peregrino: A Pilgrim Journey Into Catholic Mexico,” which details his personal exploration of the Catholic culture of Mexico. He provides background about the history and uniqueness of Mexican Catholicism, particularly what he considers to be its “gifts” of beauty, ritual and family life. He also explores the bridges that exist and those that might be developed between Mexicans and Americans.

Monday, February 13, 7:00 pm Main Campus Chapel

P.E.A.C.E. Center Series: An Evening of Peace

Thursday, February 9, 7:30 pm
Main Campus Auditorium
Using an interdisciplinary, intercultural approach, speakers help us focus on peace from a variety of perspectives. Reception and discussion follow in the P.E.A.C.E. Center

Laura Massino:Los Angeles Architectural History

Monday, February 6, 4:30 pm

Main Campus Naddy Conference Room

Laura Massino, the owner and director of Architectural Tours LA and the author of numerous books about the architectural history of Los Angeles, will be visiting Marymount College.

January 26, 2012

The Arcade Gallery Offers New Home for Marymount College Student Exhibits

The founding members of the San Pedro Arts and Academic Alliance (SPAAA) have offered The Arcade Gallery, at 479 W. Sixth Street, as a fixed venue for Marymount College students to showcase college work as students of Marymount’s Media Studies bachelor’s program. The Arcade Galley will host student work from a variety of artistic mediums. Gallery hours will be open to public.

The SPAAA is dedicated to connecting art venues, artists, arts education, business development and the community of San Pedro through collaborative efforts to enrich and strengthen the revitalization of San Pedro. The SPAAA’s founding members are art patrons Gary Larson, Peter Rothe and Beate Kirmse who established the organization in 2011 to address the effects of a local economic downturn and the desire to develop San Pedro as a cultural destination.

The SPAA group was inspired by a prior group of community members including Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus, Mary Gimenez-Caulder, Liz Schindler Johnson, Debra Zavala, Deborah Lewis who had formerly talked with Marymount College about bringing a campus to downtown San Pedro.

“Our mission is based on a profound faith that investment in the arts and arts education is an investment in the wellbeing of the larger community and, at the same time, creates an economic vibrancy in the community,” said Rothe, a tenant of The Arcade Building, where The Arcade Gallery is located.

Adding to SPAAA’s desire for an increased academic presence at The Arcade Gallery this group realized the timing was good for the college to further expand its reach into historic downtown San Pedro.

The college has made recent strides in its development in downtown San Pedro. Opened in fall 2012, Marymount College’s Waterfront Campus is located at 222 W. Sixth Street and scheduled for opening in August 2012, at 430 W. Sixth Street, will be the location for an expanded Media Studies program at the Marylyn and Chuck Center for the Arts.  Additionally, the college leases rehearsal and performance venues from the Warner Grand Theatre and the Grand Annex.

“With this new partnership with Marymount College, the San Pedro Arts and Academic Alliance group continues its commitment to the downtown San Pedro’s historic core,” said Larson.  “Marymount College and SPAAA are excellent partners as we share a vision, the creativity and flexibly in creating opportunities that will benefit both the college and the community with solutions that match the goal of a vibrant downtown San Pedro, said Larson.

“We are creating a college town in downtown San Pedro,“ said Laurie Wixted, Harbor area commercial real estate agent who is familiar with benefits SPAAA, The Arcade Gallery and what the college brings to San Pedro. “Together they are developing a vital environment that will benefit San Pedro and at the same time give Marymount an opportunity to meet their very noble goals to serve and educate,” continued Wixted.

January 25, 2012

Students - Imagine your summer in Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice!

Imagine your summer in Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice. It will be a magical 2 weeks studying the fascinating culture of Italy. Dates are May 14 to May 29th. Earn 2 units in ID191L - Heritage of Italy taught by Dr. Carolann DeSelms. Scholarships are available. Come here all the details at the following Information Sessions: Tuesday 1/24 in C114, Friday 1/27 in C203, and Friday 2/3 in C203. You can also find out information at the Study Abroad Fair Tuesday 1/31 from 9:30 to 2 in Chapel Circle. Contact Dr. Draper for details at ddraper@marymountpv.edu.

January 18, 2012

Winter 2012 issue of Focus Magazine explores the Degree Qualifications Profile

The Degree Qualifications Profile, a framework for quality assurance in student learning, is being beta-tested at more than 100 institutions in 30 states. Read how two very different institutions in Southern California are using the DQP to help reshape their work. Read now

January 12, 2012

Marymount opens San Pedro campus

San Pedro leaders on Wednesday called the port-side, working-class community something it has never before been called - a "college town."

Marymount College celebrated the opening of its Waterfront Campus with tours of its new classrooms, conference rooms and offices on the first floor of the 11-story Pacific Place office building. The floor was most recently occupied by Northrop Grumman offices.

San Pedro leaders heralded the campus arrival as evidence that the city is on the upswing.
"It doesn't get any better than being a college town," said San Pedro Chamber of Commerce President Betsy Cheek.

Peter Rothe, cofounder of San Pedro Arts & Academic Alliance, acknowledged the community's blue-collar roots and its struggle to enhance the downtown area. read full Daily Breeze article

By Sandy Mazza, Staff Writer

January 11, 2012

Marymount Officially Arrives in San Pedro’s Historic Downtown District

Marymount College’s heart and soul ceremoniously merged with that of San Pedro with the grand opening of the Marymount College Waterfront Campus on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. In front of a crowd of nearly 300 people, the College’s first new campus in decades was formally opened and celebrated by national and local leaders, members of Marymount’s board of trustees, and a variety of key community supporters. Congresswoman Janice Hahn and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa each offered their congratulations along with the presentation of formal seals of recognition at the 222 W. Sixth Street location. Marymount’s president, Dr. Michael Brophy, thanked faculty, staff and students for their patience with this phase of expansion and singled out the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, the San Pedro Historic Waterfront Business Improvement District (PBID) and the San Pedro Arts & Academic Alliance for their key roles in developing the new downtown campus.

“The beginning of the Waterfront Campus is one of the most significant things to happen to San Pedro in a long time,” said Chuck Klaus, benefactor to the College. “To have Marymount College in downtown San Pedro is a win-win situation. The students get a diversity of experience here as well.” The Marylyn and Chuck Klaus Center for the Arts at 430 W. Sixth Street is scheduled to open in August 2012. With these two locations on Sixth Street, as well as the Arcade Gallery and partnerships with the Warner Grand Theatre and the Grand Annex, Marymount’s downtown campus will be the “anchor tenant” to San Pedro, said Stephen Robbins, executive director of the PBID.

Reverend Mark Villano, the chaplain of Marymount College, offered an eloquent blessing with Marymount students reciting biblical readings. The crowd reigned in its excitement for these moments of poignant reflection. Dr. Brophy reiterated the importance of continuing Marymount’s mission of service in tandem with the exciting turn of events, which began with its four-year accreditation in 2010. Mentioning Marymount’s service learning program and the 25,000 service hours students have dedicated over two years to organizations such as the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club, Brophy added that “students get to learn what it means to be human by serving others.”

While today was the formal dedication, since August the latest in classroom technology has been implemented by upper division classes at the Waterfront Campus. Administrative offices have also been buzzing with activity in what was formerly the Northrup Grumman building in the heart of the San Pedro’s Historic Waterfront District. “We have reached new heights in our mission,” said Brophy. “This last year has been the most exhilarating!”

“Opening Marymount’s Waterfront Campus has become a major benefit to Marymount, San Pedro and the greater Los Angeles area,” said Burt Arnold, president of the Marymount’s board of trustees. “We are proud to have Mayor Villaraigosa’s and Congresswoman Hahn’s support.” View Slideshow of Event

January 09, 2012

2012 Meid Mentorship Speaker - Peter Thorrington

Thanks to the generosity of the Meid and McFarlane Foundation, every Spring we are honored to have guest speaker visit our campus. The lecturers reflect our mission as a liberal arts college, representing a variety of disciplines.  Guest speakers visit with students, faculty and staff.  The program culminates with a public lecture on the last evening.

We are pleased to announce Mr. Peter Thorrington as the Spring 2012 Meid Mentorship Guest Speaker on March 28 and 29, 2012.
Peter Thorrington
Opportunity International

Peter Thorrington, who is a member of the board of directors for Opportunity International, presents the 2012 Meid Visiting Mentor Lecture. Mr. Thorrington will discuss his important work at Opportunity International, which is a microfinance service organization that provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to more than two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Opportunity International was the first organization to approach microfinance using a microfinance network.  The global Opportunity International Network serves clients in more than 20 countries and works with fundraising partners in the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Learn more about Opportunity International www.opportunity.net/About/  Learn more about Microfinance: www.opportunity.org/what-is-microfinance/

Peter Thorrington will be presenting a lecture open for community members: 

Microfinance: A Working Solution to Global Poverty
Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Auditorium, Main Campus