In celebration of earth week 2017, the Peralta College 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.
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:
Gideon Mekwunye II
Students are required to:
A) Use the funds for the study abroad program of their choice
B) Complete the Dance Study Abroad Pre-registration and Media Release form
C) Pay all course and program related fees above and beyond the scholarship cost
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
At 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.
The 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.
‘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.
Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., has selected Dr. Audre Levy as the new Laney College Interim President. She will assume leadership on Monday, Jan. 9. Dr. Laguerre has been serving as Laney’s Acting President since Dr. Patricia Stanley concluded her assignment as Laney’s interim president on Dec. 31, 2016.
“I’m looking forward to working at Laney,” Dr. Levy stated. “Being in the heart of Oakland, the college plays a vital role in the region and it’s my commitment to see that it continues to do so.”
A Michigan native, Dr. Levy comes to Laney with five advanced university degrees and decades of experience in higher education. She’s held positions of leadership in California at the Los Angeles Community College District, including serving as president at Glendale Community College. She was also a leader at the Dallas Community Colleges in Texas, and in Florida, at Edison Community College.
Dr. Levy comes out retirement from her most recent role as president of Lone Star College-CyFair in Cypress, Texas where she spent six and half years.
Dr. Audre Levy will serve as Interim President until the search for the new president is concluded.
‘The Peralta Colleges are ‘Peralta Proud’ of the Laney College Eagles Football Team for a successful 2016 Season. The Eagles finished the season last weekend with an impressive 49-35 win over rival CCSF in the SFCC Bowl and an overall record of 9 wins with only 2 losses. Athletic Director and Head Coach John Beam, gave us an exclusive peek into the Laney student-athletes preparation for this game with U.S. Senator Cory Booker. Congratulation to the entire Laney College Eagles Football Program. GO EAGLES!’ GO EAGLES!!!!!
In this edition of C-DIRECT TV, Chancellor Laguerre visits Laney College to speak with employees recognized for their dedication to our Mission. Peralta Director of Fiscal Services David Yang, Laney College Office of the President Executive Assistant Maisha Jameson and District Senior Network and Systems Administrator Chi Au detail how their work outside of the classroom helps our students succeed.
Manufacturing Day at Laney College, a partnership between the Peralta Community College District, the Oakland Unified School District and the City of Oakland to show manufacturing career opportunities to high school students, was held last week.
ABC7 News covered the event and you can watch their report, featuring Laney faculty members Peter Brown and Louis Quindlen, here:
The Laney Tower newspaper won 13 awards at the annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal conference Saturday, Oct. 15, at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. This marks the most awards The Tower has ever won at a JACC conference.
The Tower was honored in the major competition, General Excellence. “The hallmark of an excellent college newspaper is in the stories it decides to take on,” the judge commented. “In that regard, the Laney Tower is exemplary.”
The Tower won awards in these catagories: News Story, Feature Profile, Front Page Design, Sports Action Photo, Photo Story-Essay, Opinion Story and Enterprise News Story/Series. A full list of the awards and the winners will be included in the Tower issue of Oct. 27.
More than 200 students from 20 community colleges attended the event, which began with a keynote address by San Francisco Chronicle investigative reporter Karen de Sa. Students also attended a variety of workshops, including the Power of Words, Visual Storytelling Techniques and Diversity and Inclusion in Student Media and in the Journalism Classroom.
The Tower is the only student newspaper in the Peralta Community College District. Newspaper Production is a hybrid class, which students can take online. Students from all the Peralta Colleges are encouraged to join the Tower staff and contribute stories.
On Saturday, October 15, the winners of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) “Tiny House Competition – Build Small and Win Big” contest were announced on the campus of Consumnes River College. Teams were awarded trophies and monetary prizes. Laney College of Oakland – one of the four colleges of the Peralta Community College District that includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Merritt College, also in Oakland – won $4000 as the winner of the Architecture category for their entry “The Wedge.” Laney students also won 4 other categories: Best Design, Best Furnishings, Best Landscaping and Best Video.
The Tiny House Competition is a new competition in the Sacramento region, challenging collegiate teams to design and build net-zero, tiny solar houses. The event was open to all colleges and universities in California. Participation promoted an interest in energy conservation, energy efficiency and green building and solar technologies. SMUD’s Energy Education & Technology Center and Community Solar programs were sponsors of this event. The categories of the competition included architectural design, livability, communication, affordability, energy efficiency and balance, appliance load, technology/electrical and mechanical systems, transportation, sustainability and documentation. The competition had stringent requirements not only regarding student participation, but also requiring that all houses to use solar energy. The Laney house was designed to be “zero net energy.”
The Competition was modeled after the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. An educator or other school administrator mentored each team. During the two years leading up to the event, students designed and built energy-efficient houses. A stipend between $3,000 – $8,000 was provided. After the awards were handed out, students exhibited their houses to the public and the media.
“Congratulations to the whole Laney College team members that were involved in the construction this tiny house” said Laney College President Dr. Patricia Stanley, EdD. “It’s a fine example of a booming trend in affordable housing.”.
At Laney College, leadership in coordinating entry was handled by Cynthia Correia Department Chair of the Carpentry Department, with the help of Dean Peter Crabtree and Larry Chang. The building of “The Wedge” was a lot of work that was completed with a lot of help from faculty who mentored the Laney students. Ron Betts, advised in the area of Architecture; Forough Hashemi helped with the Electrical; Matt Wolpe and Karl Seelbach, both from the Laney Carpentry Department, helped with building; Theresa Halula, of the Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department, supervised the landscaping.
Please invite your students, family and community to an exciting series of events at Laney College for LatinX History Month, Indigenous Peoples Day and Día De Los Muerto. If you teach a night classes on Monday, October 10th or Wednesday, October 12th, please consider bringing your students and offering extra credit. Events will include:
Art as Activism Presentation and exhibit by Dignidad Rebelde founder Melanie Cervantes: Monday, October 10th 6pm-8pm Laney Theater
LatinX Queer and Trans Reflections Post-Orlando: Healing, Community, Activism: Wednesday, October 12th 6pm-8pm Laney D-200
Día De Los Muertos Reception: Wednesday, November 2nd 5pm-7pm June Steingart Gallery
Mario Burrell shows off his baking skills as a student in Laney College’s Culinary Arts Department. The Culinary Arts Department offers two certificate programs, Restaurant Management and Baking and Pastry. Many of the classes are approved by Retail Bakers Association and National Restaurant Association.
Fall Semester’s District Flex Day was held at Laney College on August 17, 2016. If you missed the opening session, which included the Flex Day Address by Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., you can find videos of the session plus the text of the Chancellor’s address and his PowerPoint presentation here: http://web.peralta.edu/chancellor/chancellors-flex-day-address/