June 25, 2013

Marymount California University Names Executive Director for Waterfront Campus

Marymount California University (MCU) President Michael Brophy announced the appointment of Thomas Mead as the executive director of the University’s Waterfront Campus located in San Pedro’s historic district. Mead will assume the leadership position July 1 and is responsible for campus operations on W. Sixth St. and at the John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus of San Pedro High School.

“Tom Mead brings to MCU a breadth of experience in higher education” said Dr. Brophy.

“It is my goal to continue Marymount’s mission of developing the whole person and encouraging our students to pursue lives of leadership and service, which in turn will improve the lives of the people in our community,” said Mead.

Prior to joining MCU, Mead was employed by the University of Phoenix as director of student services and operations. He has an MBA and masters of Adult Education and Training from University of Phoenix. He and his family reside in San Pedro.

About Marymount California University

With campuses along the picturesque coastline of Rancho Palos Verdes, in the vibrant community of San Pedro, and serving the lakeside communities of Lake County, California, Marymount California University challenges its students to pursue lives of leadership and service. In the spirit of its founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, the University strives to graduate students who embody the virtues of integrity, respect for human dignity and commitment to justice. Marymount offers M.S. degrees in Community Psychology and in Leadership and Community Development and B.A. Degrees in Business, Liberal Arts, Media Studies and Psychology. Pending WASC approval the university plans to begin offering a Master’s in Business Administration in the fall 2014.

Marymount California University Names Director of High School Site Program

Marymount California University announced the appointment of Lynn Busia, EdD, as its director of the High School Site Program. Dr. Busia will lead the new program, which launches this fall, between the University and the 10 high schools of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and Newport Mesa Unified School District, as well as San Pedro High School and Mary Star of the Sea High School.

The High School Site Program gives students the ability to earn a total of 60 units of college-level credit while attending classes at their local high school site. Classes will be offered after school, during the summer, and online and will run concurrently with selected advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Many of these courses are preapproved for transfer into California State Universities and University of California schools as well as private colleges and universities, which means that students graduating high school with credits from these courses will be preparing to enter colleges and universities with an advanced class standing.

Dr. Busia was most recently employed as administrator of pupil services with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Since 2007 she has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of School Leadership and Administration at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Busia received her doctorate in organizational change and leadership from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

About Marymount California University

With campuses along the picturesque coastline of Rancho Palos Verdes, in the vibrant community of San Pedro, and serving the lakeside communities of Lake County, California, Marymount California University challenges its students to pursue lives of leadership and service. In the spirit of its founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, the University strives to graduate students who embody the virtues of integrity, respect for human dignity and commitment to justice. Marymount offers M.S. degrees in Community Psychology and in Leadership and Community Development and B.A. Degrees in Business, Liberal Arts, Media Studies and Psychology. Pending WASC approval the university plans to begin offering a Master’s in Business Administration if the fall 2014.

May 16, 2013

Marymount Celebrates Commencement Ceremonies

On Saturday May 11, Marymount California University held its commencement ceremony on its Main Campus in Rancho Palos Verdes. A total of 139 students received their diplomas, including 52 students who received a bachelor's degree. This was the second year that Marymount awarded Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Business, Liberal Arts, Media Studies and Psychology. Journalist, author and radio-television personality Patt Morrison gave the commencement speech and received an honorary doctorate of humanities from the University. View graduation slideshow.

May 03, 2013

Ghana Exchange Program

The Rev. Professor Samuel K. Adjepong of Accra, Ghana, visited Marymount California University where he signed an agreement with MCU President Dr. Michael Brophy for the two campuses to offer a student and faculty exchange program. Students from Marymount’s campuses will have an opportunity to learn about such diverse topics as African Studies, Global Information Systems, Business and Psychology as well as participate in research related to land and resource management. In return, Methodist University College of Ghana students will have the opportunity to attend classes at Marymount.

Dr.  Adjepong addressed campus leaders with a lecture “Tertiary Education System in Ghana.” President Brophy visited Ghana in 2012 to learn about this rapidly growing university. Marymount first learned of the incredible work led by Dr.  Adjepong through Craig and Loren DeRoy of the Medeem Institute at Marymount. It is expected that the first MCU students to study in Ghana will be in 2013-14.

April 30, 2013

Senior Capstone Showcase Successful!

On April 24, Marymount seniors presented their capstone research projects at the Waterfront Campus to an audience of fellow students, faculty, staff and community members. The capstone project is a yearlong effort that seniors undertake to demonstrate their comprehension of a specific area of interest and to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world. A wide range of topics were presented in the areas of Arts & Media, Business, Liberal Arts, and Psychology. Marymount's very first Psychology capstone was presented on the topic of "Parental Incarceration: The Effects On Children's Academic and Problem Solving Abilities". Other featured capstones included "Autism: Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Treatment Methods Today", "Anorexia: A Cross-cultural Perspective", "Gay Marriage: A Civil Rights Issue", and "MCU Bio-Diesel Program Analysis".

Great News for Marymount!

Last week WASC approved MCU's first graduate programs! M.S. programs in Community Psychology and Leadership and Community Development begin in August as we make the transition to University status.

Special thanks to Provost Schauer and the faculty and staff who developed this application. Once again, WASC gave MCU high marks for the thought and planning that was devoted to this endeavor.

It is hard to believe that just four years ago Marymount hadn’t yet submitted the application for four-year status. This recent development is yet one more tribute to everyone who has helped Marymount develop a winning story with great momentum.

April 16, 2013

Site Pacific Arts & Media Student Exhibition Reception

Featuring works by Fine Arts, Media Studies, Music, and Theater
Exhibition Dates: April 15th - April 25th 12pm-2pm 
Building 544 S. Pacific San Pedro, CA  90731 (corner of Pacific Ave and 6th street)

Sustainability Week

1st Annual Green Prix of Long Beach 
April 20th, 11 AM – 8 PM
7th & Pacific in Long Beach

Farm to Table Dinner, Green Film Screenings, Local Retail Vendors, Children’s Workshops, Food Trucks, Live Music & an Art Show. Should be educational and fun!

California Native Plant Society
CA Native Plant Week, April 14-21
Event and resources available through the local South Coast chapter (see flyer attached).
A great organization to support, especially considering our commitment on campus to native landscaping.

April 10, 2013


Marymount's Provost Ariane Schauer is attending the 2013 Western Association of Schools and Colleges annual Academic Resource Conference in San Diego beginning April 10. This conference will focus the ways academic leaders can adapt current practices and use innovations most effectively right now, in preparation for higher education’s next horizon. This conference is considered the western region’s pre-eminent meeting place for vision, values, and networking as its member institutions explore innovations, share results, and plan for the future.

Language Fair

Sponsored by International Studies with the indispensible co-sponsorship of Student Life and the Peace Center.

Marymount students get a feel for Lake County

CLEARLAKE -- For Eric Benitez, who had never ventured outside of Southern California, Lake County was a breath of fresh air. "The air is definitely different," said Benitez, 19, as he stopped near a big oak tree in an otherwise open field. "It's so clean."Benitez, one of 18 Marymount California University (MCU) students who are spending their spring break in Lake County, took a look around the vast expanse of oak-studded grasslands inhabited only by wild life. "The nature - that's different, too," he said.

The MCU (formerly Marymount College) contingent began its first full day in the county at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, combining a guided tour of one portion of the park in Clearlake with a morning of picking up trash and litter, including a couple of tires and an old shopping cart buried in a creek bed.
"It's a way of giving something back," said Michaela Sears, MCU assistant director of student life and orientation.

read full article at Lake County Record-Bee

Marymount California University introduces students to community Lucerne campus!

LUCERNE, Calif. – On Tuesday evening at the Lucerne Hotel, Marymount California University hosted a dinner to update community leaders about the college’s new campus at the site and to introduce a host of visiting students.

Marymount President Dr. Michael Brophy said the evening also was an opportunity for the university to bring together its two families – the new one in Lake County and those students and staff who came from Southern California.

The students have kept busy during their spring break visit, taking part in what Brophy called an “archaeological dig” at Anderson Marsh – which college officials said actually was a trash cleanup project – and enjoying time at Blue Lakes, with plans to visit Lucerne Elementary School and a food pantry, with a hike of Mt. Konocti and a visit to the redwoods also planned. They’re staying at the Lodge at Blue Lakes due to construction still being under way at the Lucerne Hotel.  Full article at Lake County News.

April 05, 2013

Marymount Presents the Spring Cultural Arts Recital

Excellence in Leadership Speakers April 8th

Excellence In Leadership      
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At Marymount College, we place great importance on learning through real world experience. As part of this mission, we are bringing prominent California leaders to our Rancho Palos Verdes campus to discuss leadership challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. This series supports the development of Marymount's students, but is open to the public.

Join us Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium on the Marymount College Main Campus, when we will welcome:

Beate Kirmse 
Beate Kirmse is the owner of the contemporary art space Gallery Neuartig and TangerineKangaroo, a green lifestyle store promoting renewably sourced products. Both buisnesses operate out of the same space in downtown San Pedro, the historic waterfront district of Los Angeles. Kirmse decided to build her own business in 2007 after she left New York City and a management consulting career working with Fortune 500 clients in a variety of industries.
Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D 
In 2006, Geraldine Knatz became the first female executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, where she oversees the daily operations and internal management of the nation's number one container port. Under Knatz's leadership, the Port is investing $1.2 billion in capital development projects through 2015.

Mary Ann Walker
Mary Ann Walker is the founder and CEO of Walker Advertising, one of the first and longest standing legal advertising agencies that assists both Spanish and English-speaking Southern Californians through three brands: Los Defensores, Walker & Walker Legal Network at 1-800-THE-LAW2, and Alivio Legal. In 1992, Mary Ann Walker was nominated Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Inc.

April 02, 2013

Marymount California University Announces Partnership with Kings Colleges, UK

A partnership to grow international student enrollment at Marymount California University’s campuses has been announced with Kings Pathways, a division of Kings Colleges based in the United Kingdom. Kings Pathways offers international students access to study at a US university. The first students are expected to enroll in the fall 2013

“Marymount is an ideal university setting for an international student who wants to attend classes in our coastal university locations, but who will also enjoy the wealth of learning opportunities afforded by being located in Los Angeles,” said Marymount President Michael Brophy.

Bill Colvin, Director of Kings Pathways in the USA said, “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with such a highly-regarded and perfectly located institution as Marymount California University.”

Marymount California University is one of two Catholic, four-year coeducational colleges in Los Angeles County. With campuses along the picturesque coastline of Rancho Palos Verdes and in the vibrant community of San Pedro, Marymount College challenges its students to pursue lives of leadership and service. In the spirit of its founding order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, the College strives to graduate students who embody the virtues of integrity, respect for human dignity and commitment to justice. Marymount offers M.S. degrees (pending WASC approval) in Community Psychology and in Leadership & Community Development; B.A. degrees in Business, Liberal Arts, Media Studies and Psychology; and A.A. degrees in a variety of fields

Kings Colleges was established in 1957. Since then, tens of thousands of international students have enrolled. In 1966 Kings opened its London college in Beckenham, and in 1986 Kings Oxford was added to our group of colleges. Over the years, Kings has been a pioneer in international education programs. In the 1970s, Kings was one of the very first colleges to welcome significant numbers of students from China and Asia. In 2008, Robert Watts sold Kings Colleges to Prime Education. In its sixth decade of change and development, one thing has remained consistent – its students receive a warm welcome, outstanding teaching, an active social life and a complete learning experience.

Marymount's Exciting Transformation

Marymount College proudly announced a change in its name in March, 45 years after its founding. Marymount is excited to move forward under the name Marymount California University, MCU for short. The new name represents the ongoing transitions the college has experienced over the past few years, beginning with the undergraduate programs and the new graduate programs. The Marymount community hopes that the change will allow the college to "embrace its multiple communities along the Pacific Rim", which now includes the new Lake County, Northern California, location. The Marymount community is very excited to preserve the foundations from which it was founded, while embracing the progressive transitions experienced as well its future.

Further information and articles regarding the change can be found on the college website as well as:

March 21, 2013

Marymount Announces Name Change

Marymount is changing its name from Marymount College, Palos Verdes, California to Marymount California University (MCU). This new name reflects the recent transformation of our 45-year-old institution of higher education to a future multisite institution with undergraduate and graduate programs. “The consideration of a name change came as a natural part of a college-wide inquiry in 2012 that included reviews of academic programs, mission, governance and marketing,” shared MCU President Michael Brophy. read more

March 19, 2013

College Offers E-Waste Collection

E-Waste Collection from April 22 to April 26!

All household electronics including computers, monitors, printers, fax machines or just about anything that “plugs-in” can be recycled for free at Marymount College, April 22-26 from 6am-10pm. The collection site is located at Marymount College parking lot, 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes. This e-waste collection is a community service offered to Peninsula residents and in celebration of Earth Week.

Lives Interrupted: The Takuma Ito and Go Matsuura Story Screening

Marymount film professor, Bruce R. Schwartz presents his film, Lives Interrupted: The Takuma Ito and Go Matsuura Story. This film has won the award for Best Documentary for 2013, and was honored by the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Certificate of Commendation. Schwartz is the writer, director,and producer of this film, which reflects on two Marymount students who were tragically shot in March of 1994.

The screening will take place at the Independent Filmmaker Showcase at the Laemmle Music Hall Cinema in Beverly Hills on March 27 at 6:45.

Marymount Presents: "Proof"

This upcoming Wednesday, Marymount will be presenting "Proof", the award winning 2000 play written by David Auburn which was later adapted to film in 2005. This performance features a complete cast and crew of Marymount College students, along with director, Francesca Roberto.

The play tells the story of Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, following her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert's death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert's office. The title refers both to that proof and to the play's central question: Can Catherine prove the proof's authorship? The play explores Catherine's fear of following in her father's footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control.

Join us on March 20, at the Grand Annex located at 434 W. Sixth Street, San Pedro at 7:30 P.M. Admission is free.

March 15, 2013

Mission Week at Marymount!

This upcoming week is Mission Week at Marymount! Monday, March 18th, and Tuesday, March 19th, Mission Week will be celebrating Marymount’s Heritage and Guiding Mission with a lecture and a Fair Trade Fair.
On Monday, Dr. Brian Treanor will be in the Main Campus Chapel at 5 p.m. to present “A Wider Ethic of Life: Faith, Virtue, and Environmental Crisis”. Dr. Brian Treanor is Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His work covers issues in environmental philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of religion.
This lecture covers a study of history, literature and art that shows the great spiritual connection human beings have with nature and the wider world. Religious traditions emphasize human interconnectedness and point out the moral obligation to care for nature. What can religious and philosophical thought, particularly the Catholic understanding of “Virtue,” contribute to action around issues of environmental ethics and sustainability? Many of the “individual” virtues have significant environmental or social benefit; and many “environmental” virtues have individual benefits. Is there a relationship between “saving the earth” and “saving souls”? Come join us on Monday, at the Chapel at 5 to hear more!
Tuesday, March 19th at C-hour, the Fair Trade Fair will be underway. “Global Gifts” of San Pedro and “Ten Thousand Villages” of Pasadena will be there with a selection of skillfully handmade gifts from around the world. Every item purchased helps provide vital, fair income to artisans and their families. Fair Trade practices encourage environmentally friendly and sustainable practices, while brining dignity and opportunity to global communities.

March 13, 2013

Health and Wellness Fair

On Tuesday, March 5, the College celebrated National Collegiate Health & Wellness Week with the annual Marymount Health & Wellness Fair, a fun-filled, interactive, educational event with music, healthy food, and wellness games. There were free health screenings, literature from various local health and wellness vendors, and raffle prizes. The event was highly successful and a lot of fun!


Rotaract: Giving Hands and Caring Acts

Marymount College Rotaract is a student service organization dedicated to participating in community service and focused on developing young adults as leaders. We are always finding ways to put service above self, and the events we partake in reflect just that.
The fall 2012 semester was a very successful time of involvement for Marymount College Rotaract. Among other efforts, we raised money for Polio and packaged books for schools.
“Pennies for Polio” is a program that raises money for the total eradication of polio. Through this program, Marymount College Rotarians were able to learn about polio and the impact of this physically debilitating disease. We learned that polio is 99 percent eradicated and that a mere .60 cents is the cost of the vaccine used to protect one child from Polio. This disease is most prevalent in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
During “End Polio Now” week, the Rotaract Club stationed themselves on campus to collect donations from passing students and faculty. We gave out purple cotton candy and purple-frosted brownies and cupcakes to those who donated because purple is the color used to mark the pinky of a child who was vaccinated. We are proud to announce that in one week, Rotaract Club was able to raise over $185 for Pennies for Polio.
Rotaract Club also had the opportunity to volunteer for the Molina Foundation’s “Book Buddies” by helping to package books. The Molina Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing lives through literacy and education. Marymount Rotaract packaged children’s books that were shipped all over the United States. Volunteering for “Book Buddies” was also a chance for Rotaract to interact with other organizations and community volunteers.
Did you know that 40 percent of the entire homeless population is under 18, and that 42 percent of those minors are younger than six years old? This startling statistic is what prompted us to help the homeless children in any way we could. Rotaract decided to become involved through the “Toys for Tots Drive” and “Toys for Tecate.” With the help of Marymount College, we were able to set up designated containers throughout the campus for the donation of toys. We collected nearly 80 toys, which were successfully delivered to “Toys for Tots” and “Harbor Interfaith.”
“Festival de Corazon” was Rotaract’s last volunteer event of the fall 2012 semester. “Festival de Corazon” was an event where people auctioned off their own valuable possessions and services. Rotaract helped out by setting up and handling transactions. The formal event was a joyous occasion full of Mexican food and entertainment.
Written by: Jessica Aguilar

March 07, 2013

Film Professor Awarded Best Documentary Film

The Independent Filmmakers Showcase has announced that Lives Interrupted: Takuma Ito & Go Matsuura Story directed by Marymount Professor Bruce Schwartz has been awarded the Best Documentary Film in its IFS Film Festival 2013 Awards. A screening of the film will be held at 6:45 p.m. on March 27th with the red carpet and award ceremony held at 6:30 p.m. on March 28th at the Laemmle’s Music Hall Cinema.

Written and directed by Schwartz, this documentary film reflects on the shooting of two Marymount College film students who were gunned down in a robbery in 1994. The Ito/Matsuura Film Series, held annually at the College, honors their memories with a series of the best in independent cinema. The Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) is an organization founded to promote and support the creation and distribution of quality independent filmmaking.

March 01, 2013

Cross Country Runner Qualifies for Indoor National Championship

Marymount Cross Country runner Mike Guizar, from Torrance, CA, continues to make history at Marymount College.  Last November, Guizar qualified to compete in the NAIA National Cross Country Championships.  This spring as a member of Marymount's first ever track team, Guizar has qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Champions to be held in Geneva, OH from February 28 thru March 2, 2013.  Mike Guizar, who attended South Torrance High School and El Camino Junior College, has qualified to compete in the 1000 meter run with his performance at the Pomona-Pitzer All Comers meet on 2/16/2012 with a time of 2:32.55.  "Mike has worked extremely hard to acheive this accomplishment" states coach Matin Gonzalez. Athletic Director Gary White states, "the excitement continues to grow at Marymount within our Athletic Department and to have athletes in two new programs qualify for the National Championships is very exciting." 

We congratulate and wish Mike the best of luck! Go Mariners!


February 28, 2013

Renowned Flautists to Give a Concert at Marymount College

The Los Angeles Flute Quartet featuring David Shostac and Frederick Staff with guest saxophone soloist Lee Raby, a Marymount College music professor, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th.

ATTENTION: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED! For information, call 310-303-7223.

The Los Angeles Flute Quartet is a newly developed ensemble by Shostac and Staff. They have worked together in the Song of the Angeles Flute Orchestra when Shostac is a guest soloist and Staff is the concert master, founder and artistic director.

Shostac performs as principal flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He is active in the motion picture industry recording industry and can be heard on motion picture soundtracks such as Avatar and the Karate Kid. He has taught at USC, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, the Aspen Music School and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He is a faculty member at California State University Northridge.

Frederick has studied with Julius Baker, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Geoffrey Gilbert, Harry Shub, Walfrid Kujala and with Shostac.

About Marymount College: With locations along the picturesque coastline of Southern California and in the vibrant community of San Pedro, Marymount College offers one of the most advantageous collegiate locales available. Offering bachelor’s degree and graduate degrees in the fall (pending WASC approval) the college provides a student-centered, culturally rich, Catholic learning environment for students of all faiths.

February 26, 2013

Marymount at RECongress!

This past weekend, Fr. Mark, three Marymount students, and Alejandra Angel were in Anaheim for the Religious Education Congress, which is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  Our Marymount students played a crucial role in helping on Saturday and Sunday.  Sister Edith Prendergast even acknowledged Marymount College for their help during the weekend, as she delivered her closing speeches on Sunday.

Saturday, they helped to transform a meeting room into a sacred space for Stations of the Cross…

Kelly helping to artistically arrange 60 yards of fabric.

The Marymount group (Kelly Graham, Tania “Abi” Trujillo, Natalie Hernandez, and Alejandra Angel with Gaile Krause, coordinator of Stations of the Cross).

On Sunday, Kelly and Natalie processed with gifts for the altar in front of 20,000+ people, not including those watching the livestream…

Kelly bringing up wine with a student from Mount St. Mary’s College.

Natalie bringing up the bread.

Approaching Archbishop Jose Gomez!


College students from LMU, UCLA, USC, Mount St. Mary’s College, and Marymount College gathered at the altar.  What a wonderful sight!  So many young people!

Check out the rest of the pictures that were taken over the weekend here:

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