"I'm moving out of the classroom and the newsroom and into the conference room," said journalism professor Felix Gutierrez after being named the first dean of academic services and special programs at USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
"We want to identify good students earlier and establish strong relationships with them, their teachers and their parents," said Gutierrez. Born in Lincoln Heights, Gutierrez has been a USC faculty member since 1979, and was executive director of the California Chicano News Media Assn.
The East Los Angeles-based Banda Ninos Heroes is modeled after the town band in Chapala, Mexico. But the band in Chapala is now without a tuba. "The tuba is the heart of the band, giving the beat and the harmony," said Manuel Luna, director of the East L.A. band made up of Chapalans and their children.
So far, fund-raisers have netted just under $2,000, half the cost of a new tuba. Luna, who is reachable at (213) 721-9625, vows to continue the fund-raisers until a tuba is once again part of the Chapala town band's marches, ballads and rancheras.