Category: Santa Monica

Mineta commencement speaker at SM College

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta will speak at the Santa Monica College 74th commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 15th. About 500 students are expected to receive Associate of Arts degrees at the graduation ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the college Corsair Field, 1600 Pico Blvd. Mineta, appointed to his position by President George W. Bush in January 2001, oversees an agency with 60,000 employees and a $56.3 billion budget. Created in 1967, the U.S. Department of Transportation oversees air, maritime and ground transportation. In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, the department oversaw the Transportation Security Administration until last year, when the passenger screening service was transferred to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Bush’s administration, Mineta was a U.S. Commerce Secretary under President Clinton and represented California’s Silicon Valley from 1975 to 1995 in the U.S. House Representatives. Mineta was the first Asian Pacific American to serve as a presidential cabinet member. He graduated from the University of California at...

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SM College students to receive $400,000 in scholarships

Santa Monica College (SMC) students will receive about $400,000 in scholarships at a ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 6th, in the SMC Student Cafeteria, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Approximately 500 students, including incoming freshmen, have been selected for scholarships. Awards generally range from $250 to $2,000 each and are donated by area service clubs, businesses, government agencies and individuals. The largest scholarships are $2,000 each and are: – three Sydney Goldfarb Awards for Outstanding African American Students; – two Paul and Leslie Ridley-Tree Awards for Latinos; and – two Hilding A. Tegner Awards for Academic...

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Video games donated for use by hospital patients

Hospital stays for some children and teens can now be partially about fun and games at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Activision — a Santa Monica-based developer of interactive entertainment software — has donated many of its popular video game titles and ten television monitors and game consoles to the medical center’s pediatrics unit. Activision plans to supplement the donation with new software and may upgrade its donation when the new Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital — to be located in downtown Los Angeles — is completed and ready for occupancy in 2007. The response from patients at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center had been overwhelmingly positive, according to Graham Fewtrell, director of women’s and children’s services at the hospital. “It helps pass the time and can actually be therapeutic for the patients,” said...

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Kiwanis give scholarships to four seniors

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica has awarded college scholarships to four seniors from St. Monica High School and Santa Monica High School. The awards, which total $6,000, are given to students who show achievement in academics, community service and leadership. Angel Kittiyachavalit, of Santa Monica High School, received the Ray Carriere Scholarship. Monica Melgar, of Santa Monica High School, received the Robert Ziebarth Memorial Scholarship. Kesha Ram, of Santa Monica High School, received the Leo Collins Memorial Scholarship. Louis Zeledon, of St. Monica High School, received the Alice Carriere...

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