Provost Jonathan Reed hosted a reception for about 70 people, honoring new faculty members Tuesday in the Campus Center Ballroom.
The deans of each college introduced their new faculty members, including the new Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Lawrence Potter.
“Actually, I didn’t expect that many people to be here,” one of the new faculty members, Associate Professor of Marketing Jonathan Lee, said. “I am very humbled, I am grateful. I’m grateful for such a warm welcome.”
Before the new faculty were introduced, everyone was encouraged to mingle and enjoy the complimentary food and drinks.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Joan Marge has been an adjunct math and business statistics professor at the University for 12 years before becoming a full time professor.
“As a full-time professor, they’ve done a few things that have made us feel so welcomed,” Marge said. “A few of (the faculty) who are new to the University are very impressed with what they are doing.”
Theater Department Artist in Residence Alma Martinez Carranza has been at La Verne since January as a visiting professor for the theater department.
She had been an actress for most of her career before deciding to teach, which she has done for 15 years now.
“The department is so welcoming to change, to different ideas, to women,” Martinez Carranza said. “They’re just very open and progressive.”
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Aleli Clark has also been at La Verne since January as an adjunct professor before becoming full-time this semester.
“I’ve never felt more welcomed at a university than I have here,” Clark said.
Assistant Professor of Music Andrés Espinoza Arguto is completely new to the University, beginning this semester.
He teaches music history, composition and percussion.
“It’s very good to feel integrated because it shows how the administration cares for faculty,” Espinoza Arguto said. “I’m really enjoying the people and the culture of the University.”
Assistant Professor of English Laurie Rodrigues is also new to the University this semester.
She used to teach literature and writing at Tennessee Tech and UC Santa Cruz.
“I thought it was a really nice example of an introduction to the community,” Rodrigues said. “It’s a really warm place and this reflects that.”
Gale Longobardo, executive assistant to the provost, organized the event.
President Devorah Lieberman said a few words to welcome the new faculty and the new school year.
After the introductions, Reed made a toast honoring the new faculty.
“Here’s to the new faculty, welcome aboard.”
Celene Vargas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.