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18 August 2016

Read about some of the thousands of classes you can take this semester at the Peralta Colleges in this month’s newspaper column: http://bit.ly/2bB4PfA. Classes start Monday, so enroll online right here now: http://web.peralta.edu/enrollment-2/

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. 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.

 

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    Chancellor’s Flex Day Address

    18 August 2016

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    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/

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      Peralta Community College District to Award IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships to Diversify Students who Study Abroad

      28 June 2016

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      The Peralta Community College District’s (PCCD) Office of International Education was selected to receive $7,500 to support new study abroad scholarships as part of its commitment to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative to increase the number and diversity of students who study abroad by the end of the decade. Laney College’s Department of Dance will match this funding, to make a total of six student scholarship awards of $2,500 each. These scholarships will be used by students toward the cost of tuition, books, and travel related to Dance Study Abroad between Fall 2016 and Summer 2017.

      PCCD will use the IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarships to help students who otherwise would not be able to participate in a study abroad program. The Department of Dance at Laney College has done a fantastic job of raising funds and is actively working to assist students who wouldn’t typically go abroad be able to do so. The Department of Dance will be nominating the students to participate in one of their programs from Fall 2016-Summer 2017. Eligible students must be from low-income families (Financial Aid eligible) and have never studied abroad before.

      Students may apply for the scholarship by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IIEScholarshipDance

      PCCD is one of 14 colleges and universities selected based on its notable progress toward meeting its Generation Study Abroad commitment. IIE Generation Study Abroad grants are made possible through IIE’s Study Abroad Fund, with the support of IIE, STA Travel and individual donors, to award scholarships for study in any destination that the college approves. IIE will award a total of approximately $200,000 in scholarships for campuses to provide as scholarships to their students. This is IIE’s second round of grants to support campuses’ efforts to provide scholarships to expand study abroad participation among American college students.

      Less than 10 percent of American college students study abroad and few of those students come from underrepresented groups. PCCD’s Office of International Education joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to take action to make it possible for more U.S. students from a broad range of backgrounds to participate in an academic, internship, or service-learning experience abroad.

      “All college students need international educational and work experience in order to compete and thrive in a global workforce,” said Allan E. Goodman, IIE’s President and CEO. “But students need financial resources to go abroad. That’s why IIE is dedicated to supporting its Generation Study Abroad commitment partners’ goals to provide more students with international education opportunities.”

      This year’s IIE Generation Study Abroad Scholarship grants will go to Appalachian State University; Case Western Reserve University; Central Piedmont Community College; Elmhurst College; Hawaii Pacific University; Johnson & Wales University; Lamar University; Missouri University of Science and Tech; Peralta Community College District; Rochester Institute of Technology; Salve Regina University; University of South Carolina, Upstate; Utah State University; and Washington and Jefferson College.

      Some of the actions that winning campuses are taking include: providing funding for first-generation college students to study abroad, developing student ambassador programs to promote study abroad on campus, increasing freshman study abroad programs, and creating targeted advising programs specifically for veterans, minority students, and STEM students.

      Launched in March 2014, the Generation Study Abroad network continues to gain momentum and now has over 600 partners from the U.S. and abroad. As part of their commitments, Generation Study Abroad partner campuses have pledged to raise money and give scholarships, and a number of study abroad program providers and host campuses outside of the United States have pledged to award scholarships toward the cost of their programs.

       

       

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        Laney Colleges’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

        3 June 2016

        Introducing Carmen M. Solis, ValedictorianGonzalez

        In 2014, Carmen M. Solis decided she wanted to return to school to complete her studies; however, due to an unpredictable and inflexible work schedule, her progress was hindered. It had been nearly 10 years since she last enrolled in classes, but that did not deter Carmen from making finishing her associate in arts degree a top priority. To achieve her goal, Carmen embarked on a significant career change which enabled her to have a steady work schedule and allowed her to enroll at Laney College.

        Even though she knew it would be a challenge to work full-time during the day and continue her studies in the evening, Carmen made a commitment to herself to obtain her AA. Close to achieving her goal, she decided to further challenge herself by enrolling in the Management and Supervision (M/SVN) Certificate Program that Laney College offers in partnership with Alameda County. While busy with work and school, she faced a difficult personal situation when her mother passed away due to a battle with breast cancer. This situation only furthered her commitment to work hard and complete her studies.

        The M/SVN program at Laney College has transformed and enhanced her skills as an employee with Alameda County and she has persevered in obtaining her AA. Carmen is now looking forward to a brighter and more confident future as she contemplates her next challenge

        Introducing Liming Jiang, SalutatorianRodgers

        Education is the most important thing to me because it makes me understand the real meaning of life. I was born in Hunan, China in 1985, in a patriarchal family. My sex and gender doomed me to be looked down upon. When I was a child, I had to take care of my two younger brothers. I often was bullied and beaten up by the adults in the village. I was not doing very good at school, and I was labeled as a stupid student. After my parents’ businesses closed down, I supported my two younger brothers while they earned their college degrees. After that, I told my parents about my plan to earn a college degree as my two brothers did, but they told me that women did not get higher education. I thought my life was unfair and meaningless. After I arrived in the United States, my life changed because of the education Laney College offered to me and the love my husband gave to me. Laney College opened the door for me, and my husband supported me to get higher education at Laney College. In order to build my solid foundation, I started with english as a second language classes, then general education classes, and finally to my major courses. My experience at Laney College completely changed me, and my negative mindset about the meaning of life. I learned how to think. Life is a process of pursuing dreams. They offered many opportunities and lessons to me. What I suffered from life is what I was given from it. The experience at Laney College also opened my mind, and I realized what my perspectives and ideas were, and I started to focus on my community. Right now, my dream is achieved at Laney College, and I have finished my double majors in social science and business administration with a 4.0 GPA. However, I know I am not finished. I am majoring in nursing at Peralta Colleges and preparing myself to serve my community in the future. All things I experienced enriched my life with color. Life can be a painful and frustrating process of growth, but in the end, life is a beautiful, magical, and a wonderful journey.

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          Outstanding Grads: Ryan Chiao, Laney College President’s Medallion Award Winner

          17 May 2016

           

          26391424874_c822806f2b_cCongratulations to Ryan Chiao, Laney College President’s Medallion Award Winner for 2016. Chiao has an outstanding set of accomplishments and here is his story in his words:

          Major: Accounting

          AA Degrees earned from Laney College this May 2016:

          • Accounting
          • Humanities
          • Business Administration
          • Cosmetology

          Transferring Institution: University of San Francisco

          Major: Accounting

          Specialization: Forensic Accounting

          Career Goals:  To become an Auditor of big corporations

          Accomplishments and Awards:

          • Maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average
          • Member of Phi They Kappa
          • 2016 Dean’s Medallion Recipient – Community Leadership and Civic Engagement

          Community Service Initiatives:

          • Meals on Wheels – Alameda County
          • Alameda County Food Bank
          • Charitable causes

          First and foremost, I must give due credit to all the kind and caring people who have spent their time and effort profoundly shaping and influencing my educational journey here at Laney College. I am an ordinary individual who was fortunate enough to undergo a remarkable transformation; it has positively impacted my personal and academic achievement while attending Laney. If I had not received guidance and mentoring from this institution, it is doubtful I would have been able to achieve academic success, employment as an accounting tutor, or the opportunity to participate in community service initiatives. I have been enlightened by this institution to see myself with purpose and distinction in this world. Laney College has not only lifted me up, it has enabled me to manifest the ability to lift up others. The rightful course of action is to give back to society what this institution has given to me and to realize a directive for helping others achieve. I endeavor to approach the world with kindness, compassion, and great humility in helping others. It is truly heartwarming to have my hard work in academia, my service for the community, and my love for Laney College recognized. One day, I hope to become a pillar of this community and give back because it is the right thing to do.

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            Laney College Biomanufacturing Students Help Local Company Accelerate Process Development

            13 May 2016

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            With the San Francisco-based Ardra Bio, Inc., continuing the development and scale-up of bio-based 1,3-butanediol, students from the Biomanufacturing Program at Laney College, Oakland, are helping to accelerate the process. The students are developing the skill sets required in biotechnology industry, working under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Muller, Chief Scientific Officer at Ardra. The collaborative effort was initiated by Douglas Bruce (Instructor, Biomanufacturing), who believes that hands-on experience is invaluable in preparing students for the industry and, thus, reached out to IndieBio for potential opportunities for his students.

            Ardra is a bio-based specialty chemicals company incubated at IndieBio, San Francisco, and is currently developing a fermentation-based process for production of the specialty chemical 1,3-butanediol (commonly known as butylene glycol).

            Working with Ardra provides the Laney College students exposure to the biotech start-up environment, and gives them an opportunity to test the skills learnt through the biomanufacturing program. Students are helping Ardra with various activities including fermentation runs, sample analysis, and also research activities towards new product discovery.

            “I am very proud of the development of our biomanufacturing program, and the exciting opportunities for our students to collaborate with industry professionals at the same time as they are continuing their studies at Laney College,” said Dr. Leslie Blackie, Biomanufacturing Program Director. “Our program is a career technical education program, emphasizing hands- on skills and placement in the workforce. I am also really excited about the expanding directions our instructor, Doug Bruce, is taking the program, with the new partnerships between biotech startup companies and the students at Laney College,” added Dr. Blackie.

            This exciting collaboration between Laney College and one of Indie Bio’s startup companies is allowing biomanufacturing students to get real world experience in cutting-edge science. Laney College students are working along side scientists and getting additional hands-on time with the bioreactors and analytical equipment. Two of the students working with Ardra have already accepted job offers at biotech companies, and the training they received in the biomanufacturing program gave them a huge leg up in the job interview process.

            Photo Credit: Jonas Muller, Ardra. From left: Rowland Morey (student), Douglas Bruce (instructor), Gizem Efe (student), and Ryan Schumacher (student).

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              Laney College Baseball to Host First Round of Regional, Chancellor Laguerre to Throw First Pitch

              5 May 2016

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              The Laney College baseball team, champions of the Bay Valley Conference, will play host to Chabot College in a best-two-of-three series Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, in the first round of the Northern California Regional.

              Friday’s game will start at 2 p.m., with Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre. Ph.D., throwing the first pitch. The Saturday game will begin at 11 a.m. There is the possibility of a third game that will be played later on Saturday afternoon.

              Ticket prices will be $8 for students (with ID), children (under 12), staff and seniors. General admission will be $12.

              The Eagles had a 26-10 record overall and were 20-4 in the BVC. They won the title outright with a 4-2 victory at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg on April 28. They have on nine of their last 10 games.

              Laney last won the BVC in 2012; the Eagles’ last appearance in the Regional was in 2013.

              Chabot (23-13) finished second in the Coast Pacific Conference with a 13-7 record. The Gladiators have won eight out of their last 10 games.

              Laney is seeded seventh in the NorCal Regional; Chabot is No. 10.

               

              Photograph by Alishia Thomas

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                Peralta News – Laney College Parklet

                5 May 2016

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                In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, the Laney College Architecture program partnered with the National Park Service and the Peralta Hacienda House to create a parklet commemorating the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail. On April 18, as part of National Parks week, their creation was unveiled. Representatives from the Park Service joined our students in celebrating this addition to the National Park System right here in Oakland. After a brief stay in the Laney Tower lobby, the parklet will be disassembled for final installation at the Peralta Hacienda Historic Park.

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                  Laney Graphic Arts Wins Inspire Oakland Billboard Design Competition

                  4 May 2016

                  Laney Graphic Arts Wins Inspire Oakland Billboard Design Competition

                  Inspire Oakland is the biggest billboard design competition in the Bay area; an annual event organized by Oakland Digital and sponsored by Google, Twitter, Clorox, and other companies. Close to 200 students from 3 different colleges entered the competition. Only four designs from each college made it to the semifinals. Laney Graphic Arts student took 4 out of the 6 final prizes. Each one of our students won a prize. Their designs will be posted on large billboards around Oakland.

                  The 2016 Winners of Oakland Design Competition from the Graphic Arts Department in Laney College are:

                  Mira Blackman

                  Megan Delventhal

                  Cynthia Flores

                  Mary Luong

                  Instructor: Daniela Nikolaeva Pachtrapanska

                  Classes: GrArt 34 Illustrator, GrArt36 Photoshop, 114 Graphic Arts Technologies; GrArt 123 Applied Graphic Design.

                  Oakland Digital stated: “We were impressed with the level of talent Laney College students displayed at the Inspire Oakland 2016 design presentation. Special thanks to the talented students and Daniela Nikolaeva for making Oakland Digital’s 6th Annual ‪#‎InspireOakland billboard design challenge a success!”

                   

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                    Laney College Passive House Ribbon Cutting

                    4 May 2016

                    IMG_0699Plan on attending the Laney College Passive House Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Noon – 2:00 pm, at 453 Ashton Avenue, Oakland.

                    For the past 20 years, the Laney College Carpentry Department, the Rotary Club of Oakland, the City of Oakland and Passive House California, have partnered to provide hands-on opportunities for Laney Carpentry students by building or substantially renovating a home from foundation to finish. This year’s project is particularly unique because it incorporates sustainable concepts to provide the ultimate in comfort and indoor air quality.

                    The goal is to certify the house to International Passive House standards: this entails meeting performance-based criteria with regards to air tightness, insulation, heat recovery ventilation and energy usage. It will be the first home certified in Oakland and one of only a few in the Bay Area. Based on the high performance mandates: utility bills for this house are projected to average around $10/month.

                    Laney students performed most of the work on the house — except for plumbing, electrical, roofing and mechanical system installations. Upon completion, the house will be sold to a low or moderate income buyer. The City of Oakland provided the property, and the Laney College Carpentry Department recruited, taught and supervised the students. Passive House California helped design and was the primary consultant, Berkeley Contractor Christopher Polk managed the construction, and Oakland Rotary Development, LLC. administered the project and managed the construction funds, which were from the sale of a previous “house building” project. An Oakland Rotary realtor is donating his services to handle the sale of the house.

                    For more information, please contact Karl Seelback at seelbachkarl@gmail.com.

                     

                     

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                      Alameda Chamber of Commerce CEO Forum at College of Alameda with Trustee Withrow and Chancellor Laguerre

                      4 May 2016

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                      Don’t miss the CEO Forum presented by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce with Trustee Withrow and Chancellor Laguerre at College of Alameda’s Student Lounge (Building F), on May 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. The topics discussed will include how the College of Alameda can serve local businesses. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. College of Alameda is located at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway in Alameda.

                      See this flyer for more details:

                      CEO Forum 8.5 x 11 flyer for print

                       

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                        Proverb G. Jacobs, Jr., Ed.D, 1935 – 2016

                        29 April 2016

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                        Proverb G. Jacobs, Jr., Ed.D, a longstanding, inspirational and cherished member of the Laney College and Peralta Colleges community passed away, Monday, April 18, 2016. Memorial and funeral services were held for him last week. He will be very much missed.

                        Below is his obituary, as published in San Francisco Chronicle.

                         

                        PROVERB JACOBS DIES – EX-RAIDERS LINEMAN AND LANEY COACH

                        Proverb Jacobs Jr., a former Raiders lineman who played six seasons in the AFL and NFL, died Monday at the age of 80 from complications after a fall.

                        Dr. Jacobs had spent the final years of his life writing his memoirs, the last installment being “Autobiography of an Unknown Football Player.”

                        From 1958-64, he played for the Eagles, Giants, Titans (now the Jets) and Raiders. He later joined lifelong friend and San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh to serve as a scout for the team.

                        But Dr. Jacobs’ wife, Mimi Johnson-Jacobs, said his real love was mentoring young people.

                        “He was the ultimate nurturer. He was an educator first and foremost, and a mentor.”

                        Dr. Jacobs taught for more than 30 years at Laney College.

                        Born May 25, 1935, in Marksville, La., Dr. Jacobs was raised by parents who picked cotton before moving west to leave the hostile social climate of the South.

                        He was a year old when the family arrived in Oakland, becoming part of the great migration of African Americans leaving the South in search of economic opportunity. But the West had its share of segregation as well, which Dr. Jacobs learned when his mother tried to enroll him and his siblings at Santa Fe Elementary School in Oakland. They were told that “Negroes” weren’t allowed to attend.

                        Dr. Jacobs earned an associate of arts degree from Modesto Junior College, then transferred in January 1956 to Cal, where he received a bachelor of arts degree. He returned to Cal for a doctorate in education and also received a master’s degree in physical education from San Francisco State University.

                        “When I transferred to Berkeley from Modesto Junior College, it was a whole new ballgame,” Dr. Jacobs said in a question-and-answer session at Laney last April. “There were only five blacks on the football team.”

                        During those times, the small group of black students at UC Berkeley hung out together, said Joe Griffin, 79, a longtime friend of Dr. Jacobs.

                        “He was a mountain of a man, more quiet than talkative, unless you knew him or he knew you,” Griffin said of Dr. Jacobs, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound offensive and defensive tackle.

                        After his playing years he became a defensive coordinator for the minor-league San Jose Apaches in 1967 under then-head coach Walsh before he scouted for the Cincinnati Bengals and eventually joined Walsh again as a scout with the 49ers through the 1980s. The two became close friends, Griffin said.

                        Throughout that time, Dr. Jacobs kept teaching. He also coached track at Laney, fighting to establish a women’s track program in 2003.

                        “Track was always my favorite sport,” he said last April. “I could just play football.”

                        Dr. Jacobs guided younger athletes throughout his life, coaching two-time Olympian 800-meter runner James Robinson, and mentoring Erv Hunt, a retired Cal track coach who was head coach for the U.S. men’s track and field team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

                        He spent the last decade chronicling his life and tracing his family’s genealogy. Dr. Jacobs suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before his death.

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                        Dr. Jacobs is survived by his wife; son Proverb Jacobs III and daughter-in-law Jan Moore Jacobs; son Stephen Mayle and his partner, Della Gutierrez; and grandchildren Rachael Jacobs, Erin Jacobs and Proverb “P.J.” Jacobs IV.

                         

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                          Laney College Baseball Team Wins Bay Valley Conference

                          29 April 2016

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                          The Laney College baseball team defeated Los Medanos College 4-2 Thursday afternoon in Pittsburg to win outright the Bay Valley Conference championship for the first time since 2012.

                          The Eagles’ final regular season home game is Friday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m., against College of Marin. Laney has won nine straight games.

                          The Northern California Regional will be played next weekend.

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                            Peralta Colleges At East Bay High School College Day

                            6 April 2016

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                            At a special Community College Day event that took place at San Leandro High School on Thursday, March 17, 2016, the Peralta Community College District was well represented by Laney College Outreach Specialist, Kristen Kayeer de Hijar, pictured, who spoke to a crowd of students, parents and staff about all the benefits of attending a community college.

                            The purpose of San Leandro High’s annual Community College Day is to inform students and parents about higher educational options after graduation. Several 2-year, 4-year and private colleges were in attendance.

                            “Kristen’s powerful talk about her journey from community college to transferring to a four-year college was well received by the group”, said Nadia Elhawary, College Advisor at San Leandro High School. “ I believe the work she does will be mutually beneficial for students and their parents,” she added. “Her knowledge and skill-sets would be a variable to connect schools, students and shared resources.”

                            “When I entered the high school, it brought back memories of when I was a student at Albany High School, so many years ago,” remarked Kristen Kayser de Hijar. “I conveyed my story and journey from high school to the Peralta Colleges”. The goal of her presentation was to engage, empower and encourage students that a college education is attainable.

                            Ms. Kayser de Hijar stated during her talk, “My pathway from high school to college changed my life, and by starting at a community college – specifically Berkeley City College – the experience helped make and mold me into the person I am today.”

                            After Kayser de Hijar’s presentation, many parents indicated they felt more knowledgeable about community colleges, and that sending their child to one would be a wise choice for the student’s college success. The Peralta Community College District was happy to have participated in such a positive event.

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                              Academic Excellence – ESL at Laney College

                              31 March 2016

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                              Laney College’s ESL Department (English as a Second Language) and The Lake Merritt – Independent Senior Living community have teamed up in an incredibly successful partnership.

                              Every Friday, the Laney College ESL class practices conversational English with residents of The Lake Merritt – Independent Senior Living. This program is a hit with both students from Laney’s ESL class and the residents of The Lake Merritt.

                              It’s a winning situation for all. Practice makes perfect and that is exactly what the ESL students get to do with residents of The Lake Merritt. Numerous studies have shown that loneliness can lead to problems in mental, physical and emotional health with aging adults. The benefits of feeling helpful and needed often makes a huge difference in anyone’s life, no matter their age and through this one-of-a-kind program, both parties benefit in the most awesome way!

                              For more information, please visit: http://www.laney.edu/wp/esl/

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