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      
Read brochure

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: