Arias back to pursue teaching

  By Augustine Ugalde   An unyielding desire to continue pursuing his teaching career has Robert John Arias back doing what he loves for the East Los Angeles College Social Sciences department. Arias returned to teaching a full semester this fall less than a year after suffering a devastating stroke last Sept. 27. The effects of the stroke left Arias wheelchair bound and with limited movement on the left side of…

September 19, 2012

Fundraiser set to help recovering instructor’s medical expenses

By Brian Villalba A fundraiser will be held on May 19 for  instructor Robert John Arias, who is recovering from a stroke he suffered in November. Arias is paralyzed on his left side and is undergoing physical therapy. Nina Martinez, Arias’ sister said,  “Robert John wants to be self-sufficient … he wants to get back to teaching, but the physical therapy is necessary for that to happen, and it is costing…

April 25, 2012

ELAC professor undergoes brain surgery

By Joseph Recinos History professor Robert John Arias is recovering successfully following emergency brain surgery to remove a blood clot after experiencing a stroke while teaching a class Sept. 27. The 16-year veteran of East Los Angeles College was conducting a lecture about enlightenment when he suddenly lost his balance and bumped up against the white board. He said he was feeling “very weird” and one of his students, a nursing…

November 3, 2011