A team of students from Loyola Marymount University has emerged as a final contender in the 2010 National College Comedy Competition, put on by Rooftop Comedy and cable network TBS.

The students represented LMU at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival June 9-13th and competed against comedians from Emerson College, the University of Florida and Xavier University.

The “Funniest Four” emerged from a field of 32 after weeks of online performances and voting by Internet users. In the West bracket, LMU defeated USC at an April performance at the Hollywood Improv. LMU’s comedians later eliminated San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley in head-to- head competition.

“For the four young comics chosen to perform at our festival in Chicago, it will be the opportunity of a lifetime as they pursue their comedy dreams in the city that has been the proving ground for some of America’s greatest comedians,” said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of brand and digital activation for TBS.

In the “Elite Eight” round against UC Berkeley, LMU seniors Jordan Bull, Joey Greer and Abby Pierce and junior Cody Kopp crafted a video special that slammed their rival’s hippie reputation, while surviving jabs such as “LMU? More like LM-Who?”

LMU eventually lost to Emerson College in the Final Four.

Kopp was named the team’s MVP and traveled to Chicago to compete for the title of “The Funniest Student in America” at TBS Presents a “Very Funny Festival Just For Laughs Chicago.”

His set from the festival will be online and available for your vote at www.rooftopcomedy.com/college/ through June 28 (6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time).

WESTCHESTER HIGH GRAD EARNS KINDNESS IN ACTION SCHOLARSHIP

Westchester High School senior Alejandra Cruz is this year’s recipient of the Marjorie G. Eisen “Kindness in Action” Memorial Scholarship. The award was presented to Cruz on June 3rd at the Senior Awards Ceremony held at Westchester High School.

Dr. Herman M. Eisen and his children established the scholarship in honor of his wife, who died unexpectedly in 2007.

“Marge” Eisen was a 54-year resident of Westchester who was active in community projects and widely known for her extraordinary kindness, nurturance, compassion, and wisdom. Her community contributions were wide-ranging. She served on the board of directors for the Airport Marina Counseling Service and volunteered with Cowan Avenue’s Parent Teacher Association, local Girls Scout troops, the Equal Housing Commission and other organizations.

The Eisen family wished to encourage and promote the qualities that Marge displayed throughout her life: a kind spirit, deep empathy for others, sharing generously of her time and emotional support, and performing consistent and selfless acts of kindness with no expectation of reward. The “Kindness in Action” scholarship is the result, and it is awarded annually to a female graduating senior who displays similar traits.

Cruz is the oldest of four children and will be the first person in her family to attend college.

Though facing many personal and family hardships through the years, including an unstable home situation, periods of homelessness, and receiving assistance from social services agencies, she has been able to channel these adversities into community and school-related projects that enhance the welfare of others. She hopes to become a pediatrician and to establish a series of clinics offering medical services to infants and young children who lack access to health care.

“Other people in my situation deal with their troubles by turning to drugs or alcohol,” Cruz said.

For more information about the scholarship fund or how to contribute, please contact Robin Adams at robingadams@juno.com/.

HENCH NAMED ROTARY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

The Rotary Club of Westchester recently presented Cyndi Hench with its 2010 Citizen of the Year award.

Each year, the club honors a non-member from the community who lives his/her life by Rotary’s model of “Service Above Self.”

Hench was honored for her leadership as president of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa, for her efforts to promote earthquake and disaster preparedness and for her campaign to get the residents of Westchester and Playa del Rey to form Neighborhood Watch groups as an effective means to reduce home and automobile burglaries in their communities.

AMERICAN LEGION HOISTS NEW FLAG

Don Glaza, commander of Venice American Legion Post 177, and a group of his Legionnaires recently presented an American Flag to the Ralph’s grocery store on Sepulveda Boulevard. Glaza indicated that the post was reactivating its community service program after noticing several locations that were not flying the American flag.

Miki Payne of H.B. Drollinger Co. thanked the American Legion Post and said sometimes very important things slip through the cracks. The company founder, Howard Drollinger, was an officer in World War II and was always involved in the Veterans Day and Memorial Day Programs sponsoring the Westchester Elks and the Rotary Club of Westchester.

LAWA EARNS SUSTAINABLITY AWARD

Los Angeles World Airports took home the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Sustainability Award” on June 18th during the chamber’s annual installation dinner at the Westin Los Angeles International Airport Hotel.

“Our mission has always been to balance the needs of the traveling public and the needs of the surrounding community,” said LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey. “This is an exciting honor for LAWA and the fact that it comes from our immediate neighbor gives us great satisfaction that our efforts have been making a difference.”

LAWA has a growing Sustainability Program, including a comprehensive Sustainability Plan and Airport Sustainability Guidelines. For building projects, LAWA utilizes the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, an internationally recognized green building certification system that incorporates strategies that include: water efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to impacts.

LAWA’s recently completed Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) renovation project achieved the LEED Silver Certification Level. All new terminal facilities are being designed to achieve LEED certification as well. The TBIT renovation project was one of the reasons that the chamber selected LAWA for the award.

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