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Faculty Spotlight: BCC’s Rachel Mercy Simpson Receives AACC Faculty Innovation Award

24 April 2017

The American Association of Community Colleges has awarded its 2017 Faculty Innovation Award to Berkeley City College’s Rachel Mercy Simpson. The award recognizes faculty across the country who have demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of campus programs that have had a positive impact on the learning experience for students.

As co-chair of BCC’s Multi Media Arts department, Simpson is credited with promoting a culture of collaboration and inclusion and for piloting interactive teaching techniques that engage students in teamwork. BCC President Rowena Tomaneng said, “I have observed her passion for student equity and social justice, and she is constantly looking for ways to provide more access to students of color who are interested in pursuing careers in multi-media arts.” According to Tomaneng, Simpson’s influence on student learning is apparent. “The tone of the work produced by her students reflects the spirit of unity, caring and passion that she brings to this campus,” she said.

But Simpson’s work extends further than the classroom. Simpson organized a Multimedia Faculty Retreat where faculty learned how implicit biases could impact grading and expectations. Simpson invited students to share their experiences of prejudice and relay best practices that enabled them to succeed. She also designed several faculty trainings on how to engage students across varied experiences.

Since 2009, Simpson has been instrumental in transforming BCC’s Multimedia Arts program by developing a challenging and rigorous curriculum that focuses on sharpening technical skills while working as teams and mastering communication skills. Today, BCC’s Multimedia Arts program is one that is well respected by industry professionals who allow students to apply their learning beyond the classroom.

“My goal as co-chair of the Multimedia Department has been to create a top-notch community college media program that employs the arts as a gateway to rigorous and engaging academic and technical work, and to serve our diverse student body in preparing them for transfer and sustainable careers,” Simpson said.

Simpson was recognized for her award by AACC at its 97th annual convention in New Orleans on April, 24, 2017. Joining her at the ceremony were Board Vice President Meredith Brown and her husband Guy Bryant, Chancellor Jowel Laguerre and Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng. Congratulations, Rachel!

 

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    Laney College Receives $1 Million State Innovation in Higher Education Award

    11 April 2017

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    California’s Department of Finance announced on Tuesday, April 4, that Laney College was among 14 institutions to receive $1 and $2 million Innovation in Higher Education awards from the State’s $25 million special fund. The award promotes innovative planning at community colleges throughout California.

    Laney was selected for its 5-year proposal to help diverse students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, succeed by providing them with greater access to high quality, touch-technology and SMART classroom cyber-learning environments beginning in the gateway discipline of biology. These points were highlighted for the selection committee by Executive Vice Chancellor Elnora Webb, biology instructor Doug Bruce, and lab coordinator Robert Tracy at Monday’s award session in Sacramento.

    “This award will help bridge the digital divide that exists in many of the communities we serve and ensure all students receive a quality education that can lead to high-demand jobs in technology, biotechnology, bio manufacturing, and others,” said Laney President Tammeil Gilkerson. 

    The winning proposal was collaboratively drafted by Dr. Webb, biology co-chairs Rebecca Bailey and Amy Bohorquez, and bio manufacturing program coordinator Dr. Leslie Blackie. Also involved were English instructor Tony Watkins who provided invaluable editing, and Math and Sciences Dean Denise Richardson for her support of this effort.

    “I extend my congratulations to all of the winning districts and colleges for earning this prestigious and well-deserved award,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Boosting completion rates and reducing college costs are among the highest priorities for all three higher education systems in California. The schools recognized today are leading the way when it comes to making these twin goals a reality for this state.”

    To read Laney’s proposal, go here: http://www.dof.ca.gov/programs/Education/Submitted_Applications_2017/documents/[14]_Laney_College.pdf

    For more information about this award, contact Dean Richardson at drichardson@peralta.edu.

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      Laney College Selected as Community College Innovation Challenge Finalist

      11 April 2017

      pocket_houseThe National Science Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, named ten finalists for the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge, including Laney College for its Pocket House Project that aims to overturn homelessness by using digital fabrication methods to create safe, inexpensive homes that are quick to manufacture and simple to assemble with minimal waste. You can read the full press release here: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191589&org=NSF&from=news

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        Student Govenment Voting Is Now Open

        3 April 2017

        Peralta Students! Voting is now open for your student government leadership.

        Vote before April 19!

        Berkeley City College Vote Online:
        http://tinyurl.com/BCC-AS-Voting-2017

        College of Alameda Vote Online:
        http://tinyurl.com/COA-AS-voting-2017

        Laney College Vote Online:
        http://tinyurl.com/Laney-AS-voting-2017

        Merritt College Vote Online:
        http://tinyurl.com/Merritt-As-Voting-2017

        For more information, see this flier Elections Flyer – R2 (1)

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          Peralta’s EcoFest Sustainability Festival April 20

          28 March 2017

          In celebration of earth week 2017, the Peralta Colleges will host the 11th annual EcoFest Sustainability Festival at Laney College on Thursday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The festival will feature a farmers’ market, food prepared by Laney Culinary Program, local exhibitors featuring sustainable goods, and a children’s playland.  There will also be live music by The Bobby Young Project, Infrared, Triples Alley, and Samba Funk!; and perfromances by DJ Yaddos,COA Dance, and Hip Hop For Change Artists’ JPZ, Ambessa the Articulate, Desirae harp, and Khafre Jay. 

          Here is more on the performers: Performer Bios-EcoFest 2017

          Here is more information on the Festival:

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            Laney College Dance Department and Office of International Education Award Six Scholarships

            28 March 2017

            IIE Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients

            The Peralta Community College District’s (PCCD) Office of International Education (OIE) joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad (GSA) initiative in 2014 in an effort to expand study abroad opportunities for students. GSA is a five-year initiative to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. PCCD was awarded a GSA study abroad matching scholarship to provide 6 students with $2,500 each ($15,000 total – $7,500 matched by funds raised by the Department of Dance) for the Summer 2017 Dance Study Abroad programs to Ghana or Ethiopia (Valley of the Sun Tour & Program) through Laney College.

            The students’ names are:

            1. Jonathan Corley
            2. Gideon Mekwunye II
            3. Dagnachew Sibhat
            4. Nabulunge Ward-Judah
            5. Aminah Muhammad
            6. Danny Crumble

            Students are required to:

            1. A)   Use the funds for the study abroad program of their choice
            2. B)   Complete the Dance Study Abroad Pre-registration and Media Release form
            3. C)   Pay all course and program related fees above and beyond the scholarship cost
            4. D)   Register in Summer Dance 7 and fulfill requirements of the syllabus for Dance 7, “Dance Study Abroad”

            As a part of their pre-international travel experience, students traveled as Global Education Ambassadors with Laney College’s Global Education for the People Initiative (GEPI) to attend the 10th Annual African American Male Education, Network and Development Conference, “Building Our Legacy: Education. Transformation. Liberation.” The conference was held at the Westin in Los Angeles, CA on March 3rd and 4th, 2017 and held over 600 California Community College Students, including several Umoja/Ubaka students from Laney. GEPI Students hosted a table where they engaged with fellow community college students on the importance of global education and study abroad; attended student success workshops; and polished their networking and leadership skills by speaking their cause to notable guest speakers Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Lamont Hill. This experience was made possible by Student Equity Funding.

            Contact Andrea Lee, Department Chair of Dance, for more information about study abroad programs in Dance or GEPI (avlee@peralta.edu)

            Contact Drew Gephart, International Services Manager, for more information about all District study abroad programs (dgephart@peralta.edu) or visit the District Study Abroad Website at http://web.peralta.edu/international/study-abroad.

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              Peralta Colleges Campus Facilities, Technology & Sustainability Survey

              21 March 2017

              We want YOUR input regarding the campus facilities, technology and sustainability! Please take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey at the link below. The survey can be completed from your mobile device or computer.

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                C-Direct TV: Ava Lee-Pang

                7 March 2017

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                In the 7th video in our series meeting some of the awardees of the Chancellor’s Service Award, we are introduced to Ava Lee-Pang. Serving in the Business Office at the College of Alameda, she brings her years of experience at Peralta to guide faculty and staff in using our systems and tools to help our students. In the following videos, you will find information about another Ava employment. She is a gambler in casino online bonus without deposit. With her many years of experience, she is ready to share with anyone who wishes.

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                  Tammeil Gilkerson to Serve as Next President of Laney College

                  23 February 2017

                  image1At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees appointed Tammeil Gilkerson to serve as the next president of Oakland’s Laney College.

                  Gilkerson is currently Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Contra Costa College. Her tenure as President of Laney begins March 30, 2017.

                  “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the presidential search committee for its work in finding Laney its next president,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel Laguerre. “My appreciation goes to the faculty, staff, students and administrators who participated in the open forums and supported the process.”

                  “As an Oakland resident and someone familiar with California’s system of higher education, particularly our community colleges, President Gilkerson has the skill set needed to bring Laney to the next level,” Chancellor Laguerre said.

                  Gilkerson said of her new role, “During the interview process, I had an opportunity to meet many of the wonderful people at Laney College and the District, including a number of visionary and articulate students, and I am excited to work with, and support these talented, resilient and clearly committed group of individuals.” 

                  “I am excited to be joining a community so focused on student success and helping nurture and lead Laney in pursuit of its adopted mission and vision,” she added.

                  In addition to being a vice president at Contra Costa College, Gilkerson has led district-wide projects, including the development of the Contra Costa Community College District’s Distance Education Strategic Plan, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan during her tenure as the Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation Officer.

                  Previously, she served as the interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at San Jose City College and Dean of Counseling and Matriculation at Evergreen Valley College. Gilkerson began her community college career as a faculty member in psychology/counseling at Chabot College, serving as the coordinator for the TRIO Student Support Services program.

                  In addition to her work in community colleges, Gilkerson served as the Academy and Education Policy Director at the Greenlining Institute and in positions at U. C. Berkeley in the Office of Student Life and the Early Academic Outreach Program. Tammeil holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in counseling, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and pupil personnel services. She is currently completing her doctorate in educational leadership.

                   

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                    Peralta Colleges Receive Clean Bill of Health Overall on Accreditation

                    8 February 2017

                    PCCD_AnnouncementThe Peralta Community College District has received a “clean bill of health” overall from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

                    The ACCJC reported that Berkeley City College has been removed from “warning” status. College of Alameda was removed from “probation” Laney College’s sanctions were reduced to one “warning,” the lowest level of ACCJC sanction. Merritt College was removed from “probation” and also reduced to one “warning” sanction.

                    “The accreditation teams at all of the Peralta Colleges worked hard to address the ACCJC’s recommendations,” said Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “Accreditation work is always ongoing as continuous evaluation is central to maintaining the ACCJC Standards. I am confident that all of our Colleges will continue to meet these high standards.”

                    “Thousands of students graduate with community college degrees and occupational certificates every semester from the Peralta Colleges. We continue to provide affordable, quality education,” Chancellor Laguerre added.

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                      Peralta News: The Wedge

                      3 February 2017

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                      ‘The Wedge’ embodies net-zero design philosophies, meaning it generates all the energy it needs on site. By its nature, the design is also a living model of the various aspects of Zero Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Its small footprint makes it easy to place on the small and odd-shaped lots common to cities, and being on wheels, it can be easily relocated as required to respond to changing needs. The fresh- and gray-water systems respond to the environmental challenges of living in California where every drop of water is precious and must be used, reclaimed and reused to the fullest extent. “The Wedge” is Laney College’s entry into the SMUD Net Zero Tiny House Competition, which took place in October of 2016 and rewarded $4000 as the winner of the Architecture category for their entry. Laney Carpentry students also won 4 other categories: Best Design, Best Furnishings, Best Landscaping and Best Video.

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                        Chancellor Laguerre’s Open Letter to Faculty and Staff Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

                        31 January 2017

                        PERALTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

                        OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR

                         JANUARY 30, 2017

                        Dear Faculty and Staff:

                        You undoubtedly have learned of the new Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump which targets our Muslim brothers and sisters from seven countries and took effect this weekend.

                         Many Americans reacted over the weekend and denounced the President’s Executive Order.  Legal defense entities, including the American Civil Liberty Union, have come forward to challenge in the courts the detention of any unfairly targeted individuals.

                         We are encouraging students who have student visas and those green card holders to not leave the country, unless it is absolutely necessary.  I encourage also faculty and staff who are green card holders to be careful as they make travel plans abroad. 

                         Students who are traveling abroad should work with the District’s International Student Office and inform that Office of their plans.  Additionally, each College will be holding support sessions for faculty, staff, and students.

                         The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, Dr. Eloy Oakley, has written: “…please inform my office if you become aware of any students, faculty or staff that have been detained or otherwise prevented from entering the United States. If you have information about such actions please have a single point of contact at your college, call the California Community Colleges Office …”  Here at PCCD, Chief of Staff, Dr. Yashica Crawford, will serve as the point of contact for faculty, staff and students who may have information that negatively affects our students or employees.

                         Please let us know if you are going abroad, when you intend to return, and when you are safely back.

                        Unfortunately, it is hard to predict the President’s actions.  These are indeed times that “try our souls.” We must stand together to show the bright side of America. 

                         Thank you!

                         Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

                        Chancellor

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                          Merritt College Nursing Program Named No. 1 in California

                          31 January 2017

                          Nursing award photo copyCongratulations are in order for the Nursing Program at Merritt College which was recently ranked the No. 1 RN program in the state by registerednursing.org.

                          The honor is based on the pass rates of the NCLEX-RN exam (National Council of Licensure Examination) which is the standardized exam that is used to license professional nurses in the state.

                          Merritt College, one of the four Peralta Colleges serving the East Bay, is proud to report that its Nursing Program has had an average 99% NCLEX “pass rate” for the past several years. Out of the 126 nursing schools in California, Merritt College was named No. 1 from the top 50 that were ranked.

                          “This is a wonderful acknowledgement for our program,” says Program Director Dawn Williams. “Our faculty is passionate about our students, the instruction we provide, and public safety. This honor is a testimony to the rigor and effectiveness of our program that our students are able to perform so well on their state board exams and will go on to successful careers contributing to the community.”

                          Shortly after the announcement was made, the Nursing office was flooded with congratulatory messages from all over the Merritt campus, starting from Interim President Marie-Elaine Burns and including Counselor Etna Ross who summarized everyone’s sentiments by writing, “I am daily impressed with the quality of the nursing program, the competencies of the people who are running it, and the department’s commitment to continually maintaining high standards and diversity and producing outstanding nurses.”

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                            Board of Trustees Tap Jason Cole, Ph.D., As New Vice Chancellor For Information Technology

                            25 January 2017

                            PicAt its meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District approved the appointment of Jason Cole, Ph.D, to serve the new Vice Chancellor for District-wide technology services.

                            Dr. Cole begins in his new position February 1, 2017.

                            “I am very pleased that we have worked hard to find an individual like Dr. Cole to bring to our Colleges and pleased that he is the final choice for Vice Chancellor of Information Technology,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

                            “Dr. Cole has the skills needed to transform our IT Department. His background in technology, education and leadership will allow him to take District IT to the highest level possible,” the Chancellor said.

                            Jason Cole is a long-time educational technology leader with experience in K-12, higher education and corporate environments. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the implementation of large-scale technology projects and instructional systems design.

                            Dr. Cole is the former CEO and current Board Chair of Remote-Learner, Inc., a Moodle service and integration provider. As CEO, he led the transformation of Remote-Learner’s services and operations, providing technical services to over 1,000 clients – from small non-profit organizations to community college districts and Fortune 500 companies.

                            Before joining the private sector, Dr. Cole was a Product Development Manager at the Open University in the UK, where he and his team won the Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration. As the Academic Technology Manager at San Francisco State University, he was responsible for the strategic implementation of campus-wide learning technology initiatives and faculty support.

                            A recognized leader in educational technology, Dr. Cole is the author and co-author of several books and articles on education and technology, including Using Moodle from O’Reilly Press. He has been an invited keynote speaker at several education conferences and MoodleMoots.

                            He received his Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Northern Colorado and his B.A. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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                              Saturday Openings in January 2017

                              19 January 2017

                              The Peralta Colleges will be open on Saturdays, January 21 & 28, 2017. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm to help you get started in college for 2017!

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