Ventura College Holds First-Ever Faculty Colloquium

Six Ventura College faculty members from a wide range of
academic disciplines will showcase their latest research findings at the
school’s inaugural faculty colloquium. The event takes place 5-6:30 p.m., May 1
in Ventura College’s Guthrie Hall, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura. It is free and
open to anyone who is interested in attending.

Patrick Jefferson, executive vice president of student
learning, will moderate the program, with each faculty member summarizing their
research in a 15-minute presentation.

Presentations include:

Lauri Moore,
sociology professor
veteran students and the development of a Veterans Center at Ventura College.

Ben Somoza,
language professor
value of foreign films in learning about diversity and multiculturalism,
showing that people are more alike than different. 

Dr. Ara
Khanjian, economics professor
—The Republic of Armenia’s pension
system reform. (Professor Khanjian recently spoke at the United States Agency
for International Development in Washington, D.C. and gave television
interviews on pension system changes since the collapse of the Soviet Union).

Dr. Chelsea
Guillermo-Wann, qualitative researcher—
Overview of qualitative research in the
Velocidad Grant at Ventura College, using a study of student success in English
basic skills and including research methods and working with USC’s Center for
Urban Education.

Dr. Maria Teresa
“Gigi” Fiumerodo, anthropology professor—
Experiences in cultural
anthropology research and the importance of ethnographic fieldwork.

Larry Reynosa,
kinesiology instructor—
Self-defense, assault prevention and possibilities
of disarming a criminal during a violent attack.


The Ventura College Foundation will host a reception following the
colloquium, and
light refreshments will be served. To RSVP,
contact Kat Armstrong at
or 805-289-6502.

Established in 1983, the Ventura College Foundation provides financial
support to the students and the programs of Ventura College to facilitate
student success and grow the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital
community asset. The Foundation also hosts the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace,
an outdoor shopping experience held every weekend on the Ventura College campus
east parking lot. For more information, contact Norbert Tan at (805)
289-6160 or Or visit