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!