Fall 2013 Housing
Students who attend Marymount California University at the Clear Lake Campus in Lake County during fall 2013 and spring 2014 will reside together in Lakeport. This residential home is close to Lakeport’s restaurants and shopping. Located on the shore of Clear Lake, the home is surrounded by park-like grounds and a swimming pool. The surrounding grassy area on the property is nice for barbequing and playing outdoor games while skiing, boating and swimming is available from the boat dock. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, one with a jetted tub and the other with a steam shower. Both the living and family rooms have a TV. Wireless Internet provided. The home also has a great kitchen with a view of the lake. Bus transportation is provided and is accessible for transportation to and from the Clear Lake Campus and around Lake County. The semester cost for housing is $4,020 per student and for a bus pass the cost is $160. view images of student home
A NEW OPTION FOR BACHELOR'S AND MASTER'S DEGREE STUDIES!
Marymount College’s Clear Lake campus is based at the historic Lucerne Hotel.
In a historic, castle-like edifice surrounded by towering oaks, overlooking the largest fresh water lake in California, Marymount is set to launch its newest campus--and a new opportunity for upper division and graduate students to advance or complete their college degrees.
Marymount’s President Dr. Michael Brophy addresses Lake County civic leaders at the new campus, Oct. 30, 2012.
Lucerne campus, Clear Lake and Mount Konocti
In the fall of 2013, a limited number of well-qualified upper division and graduate students will have an opportunity to be pioneers at this new site, living in the Lake County and earning degree credits through experiential learning—internships, service, and research—and online course work.
This will be a particularly valuable opportunity for students in search of meaningful Capstone or Master’s thesis projects. Students at Marymount’s Northern California campus will be able to launch projects working with social service agencies, interning with individual businesses or community business associations, conducting research for public agencies or UC Cooperative Extension, or pursuing independent research projects suited to the Lake County location and to their majors.
This program is available only to students who will have attained upper division or graduate standing prior to the beginning of the 2013 fall semester. As pioneers at a new campus, students will be expected to be mature, self-motivated, and adaptable; applicants must meet the following standards:
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- no significant judicial or integrity violations
- completion prior to Fall 2013 of a sufficient proportion of applicable course and degree requirements that qualifying students can stay on track for degree completion while engaged in experiential learning and online coursework in Northern California (bearing in mind that many required courses are not available online.)
Study session in the lobby.
The small community of Lucerne, where the new campus site is located, offers basic amenities including restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, medical and dental offices, auto repair shops, a post office, and the like—all within walking or cycling distance. For more elaborate shopping options, there are department stores within a 20 to 25 minute drive in Lakeport and Clearlake, and still more choices 45 minutes away in Ukiah (the county seat of neighboring Mendocino County)—all of which can be reached by bus from Lucerne.
Sailboats at anchor in Clear Lake.
Outdoor recreational activities include swimming and blacktop basketball on the Lucerne campus grounds; the seven-acre campus also includes space for field sports, from Frisbee to football, and gardens. Beyond the campus, fishing, boating, and kayaking are popular in the region’s lakes, and there are a number of scenic hiking and bicycling routes.
Various venues provide live music weekly, at least seasonally. Lake County has two radio stations—a country music station, and a Pacifica network station mixing local news and topical discussion along with diverse musical programming; National Public Radio (NPR) and various commercial radio stations are available from neighboring counties. Television reception requires cable or satellite service.
There are multi-screen movie theaters in Lakeport, Clearlake, and Ukiah, and various other entertainment options. Lake County communities also host a range of special events, from the Kelseyville Pear Festival to bass fishing tournaments to the county fair.
While routinely-scheduled public transportation services from the Lake Transit District are available at intervals to connect students to major towns in the area, it will generally be advantageous for students to have their own motor vehicles and/or bicycles to commute to work sites and other venues; the college will not provide regular shuttle services to the diverse locations at which students may conduct their research and internship activities.
Pelicans gather in Clear Lake
Students enrolled at the Lake County campus will be expected to enroll in a combination of online and experiential courses in order to remain on track for degree completion. Students may enroll in up to 12 units of internship or independent study, or up to 8 units of service learning; prospective seniors should keep in mind that they must also enroll in the Capstone course (BUS/ID/PSY 497 and 498) to stay on track for graduation.
Online courses currently planned for Fall 2013:
ACC 151 Financial Accounting (4)
ACC 201 Managerial Accounting (3)
BUS/PHI 240 Business Ethics (3)
BUS 300 Principles of Management (3)
CAR 145 Communication Structures (3)
MTH 270 Statistics (4)
PSY 150 General Psychology (3)
PSY 325 Organizational Behavior (3)
PSY 370 Health and Wellness (3)
REL xxx (to be determined) (3)
BUS/ID/PSY 497 Capstone (3)
CD 550 Community ethnography (3)
ID 530* Leadership Seminar (3)
PSY 630 Prevention (3)
PSY 640 Organizational development and consultation (3)
Please refer to the college catalog for course prerequisites, and discuss online courses with your academic advisor.
*ID 530 will be a hybrid course, available by special arrangement.
There are experiential learning opportunities in Lake County suitable for majors in any of the BA programs and emphases currently available at Marymount--Psychology, Business, Media Arts, Global Studies, American Studies, Biomedical Sciences—as well as for any other degree programs or emphases currently being considered for implementation. Potential placement sites include public agencies, schools, hospitals, environmental organizations, social service agencies (public and private), tribal operations, business associations, and individual business enterprises.
Students interested in experiential learning through internships, service activities, and independent research should contact Career Services Director John McCrudden (firstname.lastname@example.org, 310 303-7349) for information on internships and related experiential education. Students should contact Susan Garman (email@example.com) for additional information on service learning, and academic department chairs for information on Capstone and thesis work.
The Career Services office is building a database of potential intern/service placement sites in Northern California (as in Southern California) and policies on selecting and (where available) compensating interns. Students can initiate their own searches for potential internships, service learning opportunities, or capstone and thesis projects in Lake County by going to http://www.marymountpv.edu/internships) and pressing the <Jobs-Internships> button; enter “Lake County Internships” in the search filter. Contact John McCrudden (see above) for assistance.
Career Services can help students clarify their internship goals and performance criteria so that the students can clearly articulate what they expect to accomplish through experiential learning, and what forms of internship, service learning, or independent research would best serve their purposes. The office will also assist potential employers/mentors with appropriate training, reporting, and oversight procedures for intern supervisors/mentors, as well as in developing specific, well-defined job descriptions for prospective student interns.
Background on Lake County
Whatever mix of online and experiential studies students choose to engage in, the experience will be deeply affected by the Lake County setting. The campus, in the small northern California community of Lucerne, is nestled in the hills ringing the north shore of Clear Lake.
Lake County borders Mendocino County on the West, Sonoma and Napa to the South, Yolo and Colusa to the East, and Glenn to the North. State Route 20, the county’s primary link to the outside, is a winding two-lane highway running along the north shore of Clear Lake and connecting Lake County to Mendocino and Colusa counties. The county is a two hour drive north from San Francisco, or northwest from Sacramento. Although the setting is semi-rural, many Lake County inhabitants are cosmopolitan in outlook thanks to the proximity to big cities.
The region is largely mountainous--with elevations in Lake County up to 7000 ft.--and thinly populated—the county’s total population is less than San Pedro’s, and even the largest town—Clearlake--has only about 15,000 people. The county has a number of historic and folksy small towns, including Lakeport (the county seat), Kelseyville, Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Cobb, and Middletown, as well as two state parks, a state forest, and extensive national forest lands.
The Lucerne campus is less than a mile from Mendocino National Forest, and is regularly visited by deer, wild turkey, quail, woodpeckers, bluebirds, and other regional wildlife. The campus is a five-minute walk from Clear Lake, the largest fresh water lake entirely within California’s borders (measuring 19 miles long and covering 68 square miles). The region’s lakes are full of both native and introduced sport fish—especially bass –and home to many thousands of birds—bald eagles, ospreys, white pelicans, Canada geese, grebes, coots, ducks, kingfishers, and many more.
Lake County has unusually clear skies, and has enjoyed the best air quality in California for 22 consecutive years; most nights, the Milky Way and thousands of stars light the sky—an extremely rare experience for people in cities like Los Angeles! Meteor showers and other celestial events become dramatic displays in the clear skies.
Agriculture (especially wine grapes, pears, walnuts, and olives) remains the most productive sector of Lake County’s economy, and many growers have adopted sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices.
Vinyards after fall harvest
Other prominent industries include tourism/hospitality, outdoor recreation, Indian casinos, and geothermal energy production; logging and mining were prominent in the past, but have declined significantly in recent decades. There is little manufacturing, and the overwhelming majority of businesses employ fewer than 10 people. The overall region has been economically depressed for decades, and local boosters look to the college both to provide a stimulus to the regional economy, and to enrich cultural life.
For more information on opportunities for study in Lake County, contact Dr. Allen Franz, Director of Marymount’s Center for Community Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org, 310 377-5501 x234).