Monday, October 22, 2012

Marymount and USC Tailgate Party!


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   Coming to you November 10,2012 is the Marymount and USC  tailgate party!
Please take the time to check out the information provided in the link below. This is one historical event you do not want to miss!

Don't forget to RSVP!

Friday, October 12, 2012


You love going to the movies and getting free stuff right? So what if you could get the best of both worlds?!  Here is your chance!

Produced and directed by Marymount College professor Bruce Schwartz, this movie reflects on the shooting of two film students who were gunned down in a robbery in 1994. The Ito/Matsuura Film Series honors thier memories with an annual series of the best in independent cinema.

When: October 24, 2012
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
Where: Warner Grand Theater, 478 West 6th Street San Pedro

Please take a minute to check out the website provided below.

Kevin Jablonski '82

Kevin Jablonski graduated from Marymount in 1982, but the experience remains an important part of his life. “Marymount’s environment helped me believe in myself and in my ability to achieve whatever goals I set for myself,” he says.

After earning a two-year degree from Marymount, Kevin set many goals. First attending Loyola University and the University of California-Santa Barbara, he later pursued his master’s degree in public health from University of California Los Angeles, followed by his Ph.D. in psychology from Alliant University in Los Angeles.

Kevin held a range of career roles (from serving as a computer company executive to reasearching lupus treatments) before he began a post-doctoral fellowship in law enforcement psychology with the Los Angeles Police Department. Today, he is the LAPD’s chief police psychologist-a job that spans criminal cases, hostage negotiation, terrorism concerns and more.

For Kevin, Marymount College provided a strong foundation for his life. “Marymount
helped me develop my voice,” he explains. And Marymount’s Catholic heritage was
also of value. “Interacting with the nuns and priests who were instructors there led
me to revisit my religious beliefs. That was important to me…important to the
person I’ve become.”

Maria Lavell '80

Her first visit to the Marymount campus was all it took for Maria Lavell - she immediately fell in love. After receiving her acceptance to Marymount, the ’80 alumna applied for what she thought was a music scholarship but when she showed up to the audition it turned out to be a theater scholarship. She gave it a try, succeeded, and ended up spending her two years at Marymount performing with
what Maria describes as “some of the most amazing and talented people.

Maria graduated from Marymount in 1980 with a GPA so high that it earned her the Mabel Wilson Richardson Academic Scholarship for academic achievement. Maria went on to the University of Southern California where she received a degree in sociology and then went on to become a Los Angeles Police Officer. Maria then moved to Las Vegas where she worked as a police officer in Clark County, Nevada.

While working as a police sergeant during the day, Maria attended the William S. Boyd School of Law in the evening and graduated with her Juris Doctor in 2006. Immediately after passing the Nevada State Bar Exam, Maria was hired as a Deputy District Attorney with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. She recently celebrated her fifth year in office and was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney.

Throughout all her experiences and accomplishments, Maria still remembers the sense of community she felt while at Marymount. “I will never forget the amazing experiences I had, the fabulous faculty and the many friends I made. Oh, to be young again!” she says.

John DiScala, '92

 You wouldn’t guess that Johnny Jet, a travel expert who racks up at least 150,000 air miles every year, used to be afraid of flying. “I got to the gate for a flight to Australia and turned around,” says John DiScala –as he’s known to family and friends  about his first attempt to fly after a doctor warned against it. “When I was 17 years old the doctor told me I had asthma, gave me way too much medication, and told me that I"might have a problem breathing on a plane because the cabin is pressurized." For 3 ½ years, I was afraid to fly.'" John, a ’92 Marymount alumnus, would eventually overcome his fear and go on to create, a website that offers advice, discounts and stories on all things travel related. It has been named "one of the top best money-saving websites for travel" by Budget Travel Magazine and "one of the top 10 essential travel resources on the internet” by the LA Times. 
These days John, who visits about 20 countries a year, knows how to enjoy first class treatment without breaking the bank. But his travels weren't always so glamorous. “Having conquered my fear of flying I enrolled at Marymount College. I remember when I first started flying, even though I arrived at the airport very early, I still had to stand in a seemingly endless line to check- in, only to sit in a cramped middle seat in the back of the plane, be fed lousy food, and then have my bags come out last,” John says of the trips he’d make back and forth from Los Angeles to Connecticut, his home state.

Everything changed when John started dating a fellow Marymount student whose parents lived in Hong Kong. She invited him to visit Hong Kong with her, except that she was flying business class. Not wanting to sit in coach alone on 14 ½-hour flight, John was able to get a Capri, Italy, Argentina Australia Fiji business class seat for a great pricethrough a consolidator. “Wow! What a difference!” John says, “ nice seat with a leg rest, some ho towels, a little sorbet to clean the palate, non-stop food, beverages and movies. It was so good – I didn't want to leave the plane.”

After graduating from Marymount as student body president andm earning his B.A. at LMU, John returned to Marymount as a college recruiter with a 26-state territory. Constantly on the go, he was able to refine his newly discovered love oftraveling first-class on a budget. John started sharing his secrets with fellow Marymount recruiters and friends. His expertise was in such high-demand that John stated offering travel seminars and eventually, with the help of some talented Marymount students, built the website in 1999.

Now, over 10 years later, John continues his quest for the best hotels, beaches, and flights. “In nine weeks one year, I went to New York, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Malaysia, Taipei, Florida, CancĂșn, Texas, and Morocco,” John says, “and I once went to Hawaii for dinner.” It’s no wonder why, in the May 2007 issue of Outside Magazine, Johnny Jet was touted for having one of the world's best "dream jobs"!

Michal Habdank-Kolaczkowski, '04

Michal Habdank-Kolaczkowski looks back on his time at Marymount College with great fondness. Now the Director of Communication for Waze, Michal, who attended from 2002-2004, describes his experience at Marymount as life-changing. “I can say with great certainty that Marymount was the place where I was meant to go. The friends I made - many of whom I still see every week - the classes, even the dorms I called home, were all part of what were easily the most defining years of my life,” Michal says. “Marymount is about bringing people together, each with their own different reason for being there, and giving them a safe, uplifting environment surrounded by staff and faculty that would do anything for them.”

As the Director of Communications for Waze, Michal runs Public Relations and Messaging, which he describes as being “exciting and life-engulfing every day.” Waze serves a community of an estimated
seven million drivers, using a smart phone application that gives real-time information about traffic, road conditions and hazards, and provides free turn-by-turn directions to avoid potential delay. Recently, Michal and Waze have partnered up with ABC in Los Angeles to deliver live traffic data everyday. Waze has been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC, and Fox, and is growing everyday.

These days he’s chasing about every dream he’s ever had. Besides Michal’s success with Waze, he helps run and produces the San Francisco-based TEDxAlcatraz show, a unique event of short talks, demonstrations and performances on a variety of subjects. These events take place at Alcatraz which started out as a prison but has now been transformed into a national park and very popular tourist attraction. Apart from that, Michal also works with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.

Looking back to Marymount he describes the community as a whole to have had a big influence in his life and how every person affected and changed him in some integral way. When asked if he had any advice for current students at Marymount he said, “Savor every moment at Marymount, and learn as much as you possibly can, everyday, from every person. Marymount can teach you about everything that’s important in life. You just have to listen."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Excellence In Leadership Speaker Series

What's New?
When: October 22, 2012
Where: Main Campus, 30800 Palos Verdes Drive E., Rancho Palos Verdes
Time: 7pm

The world looks a lot different today than it did 50 years ago. What does that mean for a 21st century leader? What are the skills needed to make you successful and how do you effectively respond to an ever-changing world? 
Marymount College is bringing prominent California leaders to our Rancho Palos Verdes campus to discuss the leadership challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Join us Monday, October 22  at 7 p.m. in the Chapel on the Marymount College Main Campus, when we will welcome:
Mitch Harmatz
The owner of Plaza Automotive Center in San Pedro, Mitch Harmatz has been honored for his business expertise, customer service and community involvement in many organizations.
Richard D. Farman
During his business career Richard Farman held various executive positions with Pacific Enterprises and its subsidiaries, including chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas Co. In June 1998, Farman became the first chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy.

Steven S. Koblik
As president of the Huntington Library, and trained as a diplomatic historian, Steven Koblik’s work encourages research and promotes education in the arts, humanities and botanical sciences through the growth and preservation of the Huntington’s collections.

David DiBiase
David DiBiase leads the education team within Esri’s Industry Solutions group. The team promotes and supports the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to enrich teaching and learning at all levels, in formal and informal settings, domestically and internationally.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Jason Post '09

Last year alumnus Jason Post visited a biology class at Marymount to share his experiences in the sciences, along with the lessons learned throughout his time in college. When asked what advice he would give to current and future Marymount students, Jason offered this: "It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to study or do as a career right now. Marymount is a great place to discover yourself; it’s a place for personal growth, both as a student and as a human. Marymount fosters a holistic approach. Take classes in as many subjects as possible and grow as a person. By the time you walk onto Castle Field at your graduation, you will be ready for anything."
In May 2011, Jason was admitted to Texas Tech University for his master’s in fisheries science, he was awarded a full research assistantship and is now working with the Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He is currently studying the effects of climate change on Prymnesium parvum (golden algae), a problem that has cost the state millions of dollars.
In addition to spending a year as a volunteer telecommunications officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Jason has done extensive research on the environmental impacts on coral reef ecology, including the impacts of climate change, ocean acidification due to C02 emissions, the effects of hurricanes on reef ecosystems and overfishing in the coral reef environment. This invaluable research could go on to influence policy decisions and the establishment of protected marine areas.
A 2009 Marymount graduate, Jason credits much of his ambition and success to Marymount College. "I developed many skills at Marymount. I perfected lab skills, and I was able to share my passion with other students as a teacher assistant. I got to travel to Egypt through Marymount and to explore reef ecosystems in the Red Sea. Because of Marymount, I feel more prepared and ready to take on the challenges, obstacles and rigors of university and field research life."

Christian Alvarado '08

On Sunday, March 18, Marymount alumnus Christian Alvarado, who has been blind since he was a child, crossed the LA Marathon finish line, marking his 11th completed marathon.
Christian began running marathons in 2005, when he was a senior in high school. “I actually started running but found that I just needed a challenge.” And he hasn’t stopped running since. On the ocasions when he didn’t have someone to train with him, Christian would run in place in his garage. “Once you start thinking ‘I can’t make it, or I’m not good enough or smart enough,’ then you stop achieving your goals,” he says.
Christian has faced many challenges in his life, including blindness, poverty, losing his brother to murder and overcoming academic roadblocks, but nonetheless he has excelled, first earning his associate degree in 2008 from Marymount College and then his bachelor’s degree from the University of Santa Cruz.
Today he works in development at the Fulfillment Fund, an organization that helps economically disadvantaged students graduate from high school, earn a college degree and become productive members of society. Christian was the first Fulfillment Fund student enrolled at Marymount. Today many students from the organization are pursuing their degree at the College. “The motivation that came from the Fulfillment Fund is what has pushed me to succeed,” he says.
Christian is planning to attend graduate school and is considering a career in higher education administration — and he has no plans to stop running marathons. “The worst disability people can have is the one they have in their mind once they decide they can’t accomplish something,” he says.

Daren Goldfarb '87

Daren Goldfarb ‘87 definitely knows that hard work and dedication pays off. Almost 25 years after leaving Marymount, Daren still remembers his time here and the many doors that Marymount opened for him.

When looking back at his years at Marymount, Daren recalls how the College allowed him to develop confidence as both a student and a person. The environment, small class sizes and professors’ willingness to help their students made his experience here unforgettable. Daren was very involved during his time at Marymount, from participating in sports to working in the preschool with Virginia Wade.

After Marymount, Daren transferred to Northeastern University in Boston, where he graduated with Honors with a B.S. in Human Services. Daren is currently Director of Sales for the Western Region at United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), the largest wholesaler of natural, organic and specialty foods in the US and Canada. He is responsible for a division that grosses over one billion in sales and makes up over 30 percent of the company’s revenue.

Daren is currently living in Long Beach with his eleven-year-old daughter. When not at her soccer or volleyball games, their favorite thing to do is travel. They have already visited Costa Rica, Australia, and New Zealand and are currently planning a trip to Thailand sometime in the upcoming year.

Daren’s advice for current Marymount students: “Cherish your few years at Marymount and take the opportunity - with its small class sizes and nurturing professors - to set the tone for wherever you end up.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Alumnus Releases Album

Check out some fantastic music that has just been released by a fellow Mariner!  Marymount Alumnus, Sean Patrick Dwyer, just released his band's album.  Below is a link to the website where you can hear the music and download it.  The music is sublime and I think you will all enjoy.  Support your fellow Mariner and check out his music!

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

First Thursday

Good Day Everyone!!!
Don't forget today is the first Thursday of the month which means ITS FIRST THURSDAY!

Marymount College invites you to Tailgate...Marymount Style!
Join us this Thursday, October 4 at

We will meet at 6p.m. at the entrance at our Waterfront Campus, located at 222 W. Sixth Street, San Pedro. From there we will:
  • Grab a bite to eat from the one of the many food trucks, or hit up one of great local restaurants
  • Listen to the Marymount Jazz Ensemble at the Annex on Sixth street and other local performers
  • Tour Marymount's Art Gallery in the famous Arcade Building as well as the art galleries on Sixth and Seventh Street
  • And, most importantly, HAVE FUN & network with other alumni and friends of Marymount!
For questions, or to RSVP, contact us at or call 310-303-7221. 
Mark your calendar! San Pedro's First Thursday takes place every month from 6:00-8:00 p.m:
Thursday, November 1 (special Day of the Dead Celebration)
Thursday, December 6 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Checking In With Hikaru Hirata

Alumni of the month last year, Hikaru Hirata is at it again. After creating some of stunning artwork that was featured in Society Magazine, he got to working on several new pieces. Hikaru shares his creation on a YouTube video, where he briefly introduces the mural project he just finished. Please take some time to check it out and give us your feedback.

International artist Hikaru Hirata-Miyakawa remembers his experience at Marymount as an important part of his development into the artist that he is today.
A musician, actor, and writer, as well as an artist, Japanese native Hikaru describes his time at Marymount as one of the best of his life. He fondly remembers the warm welcome and support from the faculty and student body coming in as an international student, and the kindness he received from then President Thomas Wood. His involvement and enthusiasm for the College led him to become one of the original Peer Counselors.

Hikaru particularly remembers the guidance he received from Professor Earle Roddy, who was head of the Fine Arts department. Professor Roddy once told him something he would never forget: “You know, one of the most important things to remember as an artist is to keep painting whether you are selling or not.”

And Hikaru hasn’t stopped painting: his bold, colorful art combines biblical scriptures and world mythologies with striking and thought-provoking results. His work, currently on exhibit at a show in Tokyo, has been displayed throughout the world.

His biggest inspiration is Leonardo da Vinci, whose artwork he has studied since the age of ten. As a tribute to him, Hikaru painted a quasi-replica mural of the “Last Super” on the classroom wall where he used to teach. Hikaru says that he has plans to paint several large murals depicting scenes from the Book of Revelations, as well as the completion of a book on Leonardo da Vinci.
Click below to see his new creation! It is a Semi- Replica of Leonardo's  the "Last Supper"