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Happy Retirement for Abbie Patterson

24 Jun

abbie pattersonOn Saturday, June 20, 2015, in the penthouse ballroom overlooking the south bay–at the Doubletree Hilton in Torrance, California–family, colleagues, and friends of Abbie Patterson celebrated her 37 years in education.  Corey Rodgers, dean of admissions and records of Harbor College was the master of ceremonies.  Pastor Charles Williams from Grace Chapel gave the invocation and Dr. Adriana Barrera, Los Angeles Community Colleges District (LACCD) Deputy Chancellor, gave greetings from chancellor, Dr. Francisco Rodriguez.  Dr. Otto Lee, president of Los Angeles Harbor College welcomed the guests, and LACCD Trustee, Mona Field, brought greetings from the Board of Trustees.  Susan McMurray gave a presentation from the Los Angeles Harbor College Academic Senate.   Dr. Regina Smith, vice president of student services at Los Angeles City College shared her experience working with and being mentored by Abbie and gave a wonderful dedication on behalf of the chief student services officers of the LACCD.  Other vice presidents, including Kaneesha Tarrant from Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, joined Abbie on stage in a warm tribute.

There was a modern dance performance by Bria Briggs and a lively song tribute by the Supreme Three:  Dr. Yasmin Delahoussaye, retired vice chancellor of LACCD; Leige Henderson, retired LACCD administrator; and Alaina Patterson, Abbie’s daughter.  They shut the house down in their metallic gold cocktail dresses.

Mercy Yanez gave words from the Teamsters Local 911 and Marco Marrufo gave a moving tribute to Abbie on behalf of the Harbor College Associated Students Organization.  Dr. Linda Cole and Paulette Bailey from Los Angeles Trade Technical College presented Abbie with a Lori Hunter custom-made card and gave greetings from Trade Tech.  Dr. Cole also recited the nine fruits of the spirit that Abbie exemplified.  Dr. Ayesha Randall, interim vice president of the LACCD Black Faculty & Staff Association, thanked Abbie for her years of service to the district and for her past and continual mentorship.

Abbie, the ninth child of twelve, had many of her siblings in the audience who also shared loving tributes to their sister.  Her daughter, Alaina, read a poem dedicated to her mother and Abbie’s husband, Rodney, gave a warm tribute to his wife and shared the story of how the two met.  The audience was treated to a special video presentation by the Delahoussaye family that highlighted Abbie’s life through pictures and music.

Abbie ended the evening by recognizing many of the special guests in the audience and sharing little anecdotes of each.  The evening ended with music and dancing.

Biography of Abbie Patterson

Since 2003, Abbie Patterson has served as the vice president of Student Services at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, California.  She has worked in education for over 37 years, beginning in 1977 as an assistant recruitment coordinator at California State University, Los Angeles.  In 1978, Abbie was hired as a counselor for the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP & S) office at West Los Angeles College.  In 1984, she became the director of the program.

Abbie’s administrative career began with her selection as an assistant dean of Student Activities at Los Angeles Trade Technical College in 1987.  Over the next sixteen years, Abbie steadily moved up the administrative ranks at Trade Tech, becoming an associate dean of Admissions and Records, senior dean of Student Services in 1991, and later receiving a title change to Vice President of Students Services in 1999.  Abbie was very active for seven years in the Chief Student Services Officers (CSSO) statewide association as the past president, president, vice president, and region representative.

Abbie enjoys working with community college students, especially first generation college students and those who have been given a second chance to complete their career goals.  She also admires the thirst for knowledge from these populations.  As a vice president, Abbie was able to provide students with access to services, including admissions and records, counseling, financial aid, accommodations for students with disabilities, athletics, math and English assessment, orientation to college, and the student heal center.  In addition to serving the needs of Harbor College students, Abbie served the college community in her role as senior manager where she reviewed campus policies and procedures, budgets, and planning for completion of new campus buildings funded by bond monies.

After graduating from Los Angeles High School Abbie completed her bachelors of arts degree in psychology in 1975 from Pomona College.  In her senior year at Pomona, Abbie won the Honnold Graduate Fellowship, which she used to attend the George Peabody College of Education in the Vanderbilt University Graduate School located in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1977, Abbie received an MS in Human Development Counseling.

Abbie has been married for over 31 years to her husband, Rodney, who is a retired community college political science instructor and former academic senate president.  They have three adult children–two sons and a daughter.  In Abbie’s spare time, she enjoys participating in community activities, reading novels, and traveling with her family.

Juneteenth 2012 at Trade

21 Jun

Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19th to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States.  The Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Black Faculty & Staff Association (LATTC BFSA) celebrated its first annual Juneteenth event with a campus-wide potluck luncheon.  Over 90 faculty, staff, and administrators fellowshipped together over delicious soul food ranging from homemade dishes and store-bought favorites like fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, homemade soulful coleslaw, chili, catfish nuggets, and chicken salad.  For dessert there were favorites like red velvet cake, banana pudding, sweet potato pie, chocolate cake, peach cobbler, pineapple upside down cake, and fresh fruit.  Admission & Record’s Carolyn Walker even blessed the event with down home pork dishes like grilled pig feet, chitterlings (aka “chitlins”), collard greens and cabbage, and hot water cornbread!  Many of the guests remarked that once in a while, this kind of eating was acceptable.  But of course, with the high rates of chronic diseases in the African-American community, this kind of eating can’t be an everyday occurrence.  So guests were also talking about ways to burn off the good eats.  In preparing for her upcoming nuptials, Lori Hunter of EOP & S and other staff members amended their daily stair exercise workout to two trips up and down, instead of one trip.  Another guest suggested following his meal with some ginger and citrus fruit.  And to burn off more calories, guests danced to golden oldies deejayed by Dean Derek Majors.

The Trade-Tech Black Faculty & Staff Association organized the event with the leadership of Linda Cole, VP of LATTC BFSA and Toni Johnson, Secretary.

The event took place in the TE conference room and was decorated with United States and Juneteenth flags.  At each table, there was a bottle of red punch, the Juneteenth flag, and a laminated History of Juneteenth leaflet, a keepsake for guests.  During the event, several short Juneteenth videos played and a compilation of photos from early 1900s to the 2012 LACCD Black Graduation Celebration ran on the big screen.

“This is the kind of camaraderie that strengthens the ties between the faculty, staff, and administrators, and creates a wonderful and harmonious working environment,” Ayesha Randall, SLO Coordinator, remarked.  “This was a beautiful event.  This is the foundation of a unified team environment–something that definitely supports and indirectly positively affects our students’ success.”  For more photos from the event, visit this link.

The Etymology of “Picnic”

18 Jun

Several LATTC BFSA meetings ago, some members were concerned about using the term, “picnic” in describing our Juneteenth celebration.  Etymologists dismiss the claim that the word picnic derived from events in which blacks were lynched, and online sources like Snopes and Urban Legends support those claims.

However, the response from Dr. David Pilgrim, sociology professor and curator of Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, describes a different perspective.  He said that although “etymologists smugly dismiss the claim” that picnic began with the lynchings of black Americans, there is some truth in it, “as the lynchings of blacks often occurred in picnic-like settings.”  Read the whole response at  http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/question/jan04.htm and visit their archives for more interesting readings.

So, should we or should we not use the term?

Father’s Day at Trade

17 Jun

LA Trade Tech’s culinary arts graduate, Roosevelt Johnson, a GAIN/CalWorks participant and father of 4 sons, was the student speaker for the LATTC graduation, emcee for the Black History Month Village, and was featured on NBC on Friday, June 15, 2012 as one of their Fathers’ Day success stories.  Thanks to Linda Cole, LATTC GAIN/CalWorks director and LATTC BFSA vice president, who was instrumental in helping to bring light to this resilient individual.  Visit this link for the write up and the inspirational video.

Below, see the video that Ayesha Randall dedicated to all of the BFSA fathers:

 

 

Spring Fling 2012 Membership Drive

1 Mar

LATTC BFSA President Coach Richard Wells and Vice President, Linda Cole held Trade’s First Annual Spring Fling Membership Drive with over 40 guests present.  Current and potential members were provided information from the Faculty Union Guild President Carole Anderson and Staff Chapter President Lori Hunter.  Also, Academic Senate President Lourdes Brent updated the group on the latest information regarding the Foundation and other campus news.  LACCD BFSA President, Elton Robinson gave a motivational talk about the District’s goals, membership drive, and need for volunteers.  The new website, BFSA meetup group, and online membership process was presented by Ayesha Randall.  BSU Advisor, Deborah Campbell, spoke about the upcoming District Black Graduation.  For photos from the event, visit this link.

Black History Month 2012 at Trade

1 Feb

Black History Kickoff

Black History Month at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has been filled with educational signposts and the experiences of a people’s journey. It is an unmistakably American story that is woven into the fabric of history. The Black Faculty and Staff at LATTC along with the BSU and ASO, want you to take part in any number of events scheduled. On Wednesday, the Black History Month luncheon will take place, and there are several events after that. Please click on the video below for your special invitation to join in the celebration.

Black History Luncheon

Yet another event celebrating Black History Month truly made an impact on the Trade Tech campus. A unity luncheon sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff organization as well as Black Student Union and ASO, brought a real sense of history and accomplishment together.  Over 300 guests, vendors, and former employees attended the luncheon.  Hosted by Linda Cole, Director of Gain/CalWORKs and Deborah Campbell, General Counselor and Black Student Union Advisor, the event was a huge success that unified and educated the campus community.

Spoken Word by Jearold Mock, Associate Professor of Speech and Advisor of the Campus Spoken Word Club:

Black History Month Culmination:  The Village Festival

Weeks of work honoring Black History Month culminated in an awe-inspiring Village Festival under the north tent at LATTC. The event was complete with art, jewelry, food and that beautiful music! The Black Faculty and Staff Association did an amazing job in bringing the Crenshaw High School gospel choir to our campus. They were breathtaking! Congratulations to everyone involved in setting up this entire month of activities. If you didn’t get a chance to attend…enjoy the video below.

Black History Month Remembered

What do you remember from LATTC’s Black History Month celebration?  There certainly was a lot of enjoyment, education and emotion. Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to next year’s event.  Although the beginning of the video below resembles the one above, it is different, and very inspirational.  It is narrated by our Dean of Academic Affairs, Mr. Vincent Jackson.