CHEERS: Centennial High student forms Korean Language Club

Centennial High School senior Channel Patton is president of the associated student body, is on the dance team and a troop member of the Girl Scouts. She is also the founder and president of the school’s first-ever Korean Language Club.

The Compton student became interested in Asian languages by reading anime — Japanese comics and cartoons.

She plans to major in world languages in college and is currently waiting to hear back from schools like Spellman College.

Irene Osisioma, associate professor of teacher education at Cal State Dominguez Hills, has received the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship.

The fellowship oversees the engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the U.S. or Canada and scholars in Africa on mutually beneficial academic activities.

Osisioma is one of the 60 academics to receive the fellowship and will work for three months with faculty at National Open University of Nigeria School of Education on science education curricula, professional development and mentoring.

Irene Osisioma
Irene Osisioma

The Los Angeles African American Women Political Action Committee held an officer installation ceremony for the 2015-17 term.

In 1991, the group  became the first female African-American political action committee formed in California and raises funds to contribute to targeted campaigns.

Among the new officers are Stanley B. Viltz, president; Jacquelyn M. Horton, first vice president; Ingrid Palmer, second vice president; and Velma Marshall, treasurer.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, retired Rep. Diane Watson and Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas attended the installation event.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore.

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