Mission and Objectives of the SMC Associates
The SMC Associates was established in 1981. It is a community-based support group that fosters and encourages scientific, literary, educational and artistic endeavors at Santa Monica College. The Associates brings outstanding researchers, speakers and professionals to the college to stimulate student excellence and enrich campus life by sponsoring:
- On-campus lectures by eminent scholars and leaders in education, business, science and government.
- Cultural events, performances and exhibits.
- Academic department programs that discuss of current issues with experts in a wide range of fields in a more intimate setting.
- Distinguished Scholars Program that provide an in-depth treatment of a single subject or concept.
Objectives of SMC Associates:
- To promote, foster, and encourage scientific, literary, educational and artistic endeavors at Santa Monica College for students, members of the faculty and staff, and the community at large.
- To receive gifts for the purposes set forth above.
- To expend monies for the general welfare of the students and staff of Santa Monica College as set forth.
About the SMC Associates
The Santa Monica College Associates membership is made up of Westside community
members, business and civic leaders, faculty and staff of Santa Monica College
who all believe in enriching the campus environment for students and also
opening these opportunities to the surrounding communities.
open to all friends of Santa Monica College who wish to support the college in
its continuing efforts to bring excellence to education. Annual membership dues
range from $100 to $5,000 and are fully tax deductible, payable by check or
credit card. College staff and faculty members can also choose to use a convenient payroll deduction program for their dues.
Associates members and guests are invited to special
opportunities to meet speakers and performers participating in programs sponsored by the Associates, and to a
special Membership Reception which takes place in September of
each year. These are intellectual and social gatherings throughout the year for
members at large, but there are no standing meetings.
The SMC Associates currently has a 30-member Board of
Directors elected for staggered 3-year terms. Board members make
recommendations for and participate in the selection of potential speakers and
programs. Board members also recruit new members to the organization; oversee
the budget; and create special appreciation events for the general membership.
History of the SMC Associates
SMC Associates was founded in 1981 by a group of
community leaders and college educators with a mission to enrich the college
campus environment and to broaden students’ understanding and appreciation of
the larger world.
its membership dues, the SMC Associates has annually brought in
and funded a variety of events, speakers and performances. Admission to events
is generally free and open to the public, extending the benefits to the wider
community. The Associates has also provided financial assistance to
gifted art students, the Dale Ride government internship program, and to other
SMC students involved in special projects.
the notable Associates-sponsored programs in past years have been
anthropologist Jane Goodall, former Massachussetts Governor Michael Dukakis, US
Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Donald Rice, JPL Mars exploration program
director Dr. Firouz Naderi, authors Jared Diamond, Khaled Hosseini and Jonathan
Safran Foer, German Body World’s creator Dr. Gunther von Hagens, British
astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, first woman astronaut Sally Ride, legendary
entertainer Steve Allen, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Dr. George Olah, and the
Actors From the London Stage in week-long residence on campus.