Cultural Program Next Week!

The Student Life Office welcomes filmmaker Eliaichi “Ellie” Kimaro to campus on Monday, Oct. 14  for a presentation in the R.H. Stephens Room at 1 p.m. The Seattle-based filmmaker is a first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When Ellie was older and in an interracial relationship of her own, she wanted to better understand this world her father had left behind at 18.  When her father moved back to Tanzania for good, Ellie followed him to make a film about this culture.  What Ellie discovered in Tanzania, in her family and in herself is the subject of her personal award-winning documentary, “A Lot Like You.”

As both a cultural insider and outsider, Ellie asked questions that most people who grew up on Mt. Kilimanjaro would never think to ask. Much to Ellie’s surprise, the stoic women in her family opened up, telling stories about trauma and survival. Ellie reconciled this culture she’s inherited with how she defines herself today as a woman, an activist and mother.  “A Lot Like You” was named Best Documentary at the 30th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. A portion of the net proceeds from the film will help fund the construction of a girls’ dormitory at the Vunjo Secondary School in the Kimaro family village of Mwika.

Day of Service Oct. 19 – Site Leaders needed

On Saturday, Oct. 19 the Student Life Office is holding LLCC’s first Day of Service as a part of the Club Leadership Series and the Emerging Leaders program. Confirmed service sites include: Mission Outreach, The American Red Cross, Lincoln Memorial Garden, and The Salvation Army. We’re currently looking for faculty/staff members interested in being site leaders to assist in transporting students to the service sites and to serve alongside them. The day is expected to go from 11:45am to 5pm. If you’re interested in helping out, please contact Amber Berman at or 786-2241.

Top 10 Tips for a Successful First Week by Dr. Claire Gordon

Dr. Claire Gordon, professor of communication, presented her top 10 success tips at the New Student Lunch held Aug. 21, sponsored by the Student Life Office.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to review Dr. Gordon’s great advice and share it with students.

1.  Find classrooms: As soon as possible. Maps are available at the Information Desk and Student Life and were in folders at the New Student Lunch; also posted on walls in classroom buildings. Ask for help if you need it!

2.  Arrive early! Parking lots are busiest at 9 & 10 on Monday, Wednesday & Friday

3.  Front row  Sitting in the front row makes a good impression on the instructor. The reverse is also true (sitting in the back row may create a poor impression.)

4.  No texting! Avoid “electronic rudeness” created by your electronic devices during class. Cell phones:  do not text in class because most instructors find this annoying. Laptops:  Ask instructor if you can use it during class, then only use it for taking notes or other academic purposes (don’t play games or visit social media sites.)

5.  Don’t skip Go to class every day even if attendance is not required

6.  Study wisely Don’t get behind in your homework assignments. Read the course syllabus carefully; it’s full of valuable information. Use the student planner to keep track of assignments & due dates. Plan on 2 hours of preparation outside of class for every hour you spend in class. If you are struggling, don’t wait – contact the Learning Lab for tutoring help immediately

7.  Check email and Blackboard daily LLCC and your individual instructors may send you important messages

8.  Get involved! There are 40 clubs & organizations at LLCC. Go to Loggerpalooza on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more.

9.  “Be comfortable with yourself wherever you are right now.” Developmental courses are recommended/required for some students to help you succeed. If you fear public speaking, there is help at LLCC (CMN-101-CIS sections). If you are a high-ability student and you want to meet other students with similar interests, explore the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa, & Quiz Bowl Team.

10.  Ask questions – when in doubt, ASK!  All of these people will be happy to help you: Professors, Fellow students. Employees/staff members