In The News

Inside PetSpace: An animal shelter like no other

Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2017

A leadership institute is bringing together research fellows from around the globe. One of those fellows, Eric Strauss, a biology professor at Loyola Marymount University and executive director of the university's Center for Urban Resilience, is heading up efforts to produce a research paper on this relationship, which he said remains little understood and often underappreciated. Read more.

Markett will get people paid to talk about their favorite tech companies

Jonathan Shieber, Tech Crunch, July 6, 2017

Franky Bernstein loves startups. His latest company, Markett, is born out of that love, and his innate desire to share tips about those innovative new startup companies with the wider world. The 24-year-old serial entrepreneur first was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug while attending Loyola Marymount University, where, as a representative in student government, he began looking for a way to cut down on drinking and driving among the student body. He found Uber. The ride-hailing service embraced the idea of a promotional deal for LMU students and Bernstein became a commission-based ambassador for the student body. Read more.

High-tech Annenberg PetSpace adoption center opens in Playa Vista

Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, June 24, 2017

"This whole notion of the human-animal bond goes so much deeper than how you choose a pet," said Eric Strauss, a biology professor at Loyola Marymount University and the research paper's lead author. "We're bonded emotionally through our pets. But we're also bonded ecologically, medically and economically. I think that's the real genesis of a new science here." Read more.

Loyola Marymount Takes First Lease at Playa Vista's Brickyard Offices

Daina Beth Solomon, Los Angeles Business Journal, February 10, 2017

Playa Vista's newest office building recently wrapped up construction, and now it has snagged its first tenant. Loyola Marymount University is taking a 12-year lease for more than 50,000 square feet at the Brickyard with plans for a June move-in, according to a statement from the building's owner, Tishman Speyer. The space will house LMU's School of Film and Television graduate programs. Read more.

Loyola Marymount University is opening a new Silicon Beach-focused Playa Vista campus

Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times, February 9, 2017

Loyola Marymount University is opening a new campus in Playa Vista, expanding its growing presence on the Westside and in Silicon Beach, school officials announced Thursday. The Jesuit university, which in recent years has dramatically built its programs and local partnerships in film and tech, will house its new campus in the Brickyard, a new 425,300-square-feet commercial development in the 12100 block of West Waterfront Drive that also will lease office and retail space to other tenants. Read more.

Loyola Marymount announces new Playa Vista campus in the heart of Silicon Beach

Cynthia Washicko, The Daily Breeze, February 9, 2017

In a move to bring students closer to the expanding tech center known as Silicon Beach, Loyola Marymount University will establish a new campus in Playa Vista for students in its School of Film and Television. The university's third campus will sit in the heart of coastal Los Angeles County known for its interest from tech giants, including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, as well as startups like Snapchat, according to a release from the university. The university's president lauded the move as a "game-changer" that will give students an inside track for careers in creative industries. Read more.

Startup Weekend Packed With Competing Innovators

The LMU Experience, December 8, 2016

Perched at the top of the Westchester bluffs, Loyola Marymount University can feel like an enclave, insulated from the city that surrounds it. Don't let the topography fool you: Just a stone's throw from the YouTube Space LA and less than five miles from Google, Snapchat and Electronic Arts, LMU has become the academic anchor to Silicon Beach sprawl. As tech takes over L.A.'s Westside, the university has kept pace, developing connections with its neighbors and building campus programs to spur innovation and entrepreneurship from its student body. Startup Weekend, hosted at LMU from Friday, Nov. 18, to Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, was just the latest such event. Read more.

LAUSD Eyes New Middle School in Westchester

Gary Walker, The Argonaut, November 23, 2016

Nine years ago, parents in Westchester sought to break from the Los Angeles Unified School District in order to self-govern local schools with assistance from Loyola Marymount University. That effort ultimately failed, but new plans to open a new middle school next year on the Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets campus (formerly Westchester High School) would come with at least some degree of academic autonomy. Read more.

LMU Takes Visiting South Korean M.B.A. Students to Silicon Beach

September 27, 2016

In June, LMU's Center for Asian Business hosted a customized training program for MBA students from Yonsei University, one of the top universities in Korea. The program focused on "Innovation in the Entertainment Industry" and included lectures at LMU and corporate visits to local entertainment companies. Read more.

LMU, Marymount California Make 2017 National College Rankings

Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and Megan Barnes, The Daily Breeze, September 13, 2016

"Prospective students and families should take note: we challenge intellectuals and thought leaders to live lives of meaning and purpose in the heart of Silicon Beach, where tomorrow's thought and tech innovation thrives," Snyder said in a statement. "These rankings confirm that LMU faculty and students are impactful on a global scale." Read more.

Growing L.A. Tech Scene Bets on Entertainment Beyond Cat Videos

James Nash, Bloomberg News, May 25, 2016

"From atop a coastal bluff, leaders of Loyola Marymount University observed the cluster of tech offices taking shape and tweaked their course offerings to position the Catholic college as 'the University of Silicon Beach.' It now offers courses on developing video for the Web and on writing for Internet television shows and is working with Silicon Beach businesses on a digital-media entrepreneurship program. "You have a lot of chip-level nerdy stuff in Silicon Valley, but what you have here is media, creativity, content creation," said Timothy Law Snyder, president of the 9,300-student university. 'We just got lucky. This is the neighbor we've been waiting for for years.'" Read more.

SOE's Partnership with Playa Vista Elementary School

SOE Edvision Blog, June 4, 2015

"At Playa Vista Elementary, LMU student teachers gain invaluable experience in real-world classrooms while learning to integrate theory with practice. Located below the LMU bluff, Playa Vista Elementary School is one of 13 LMU Family of Schools in the local Westchester/Playa community dedicated to promoting student success and education equity." Read more.

Connecting with the Community

Seaver News Blog, May 14, 2015

Twenty-five students in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering are gaining practical experience teaching elementary students engineering concepts as a part of the Program for an Engineering Education Community (PEEC). Read more.