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

29 April 2016


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 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.


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


    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

      Kristen Picture San Leandro HS

      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


        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!

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          Eco Fest Sustainability Festival at Laney College April 21

          30 March 2016

          On April 21th, 2016, the Peralta Community Colleges District will hold the annual Eco Fest Sustainability Festival on the Laney Campus by the Estuary Channel.  The Festival celebrates our commitment to educating students, faculty, staff, and the community about sustainable practices of good health and all that it encompasses:  exercise, food, human rights, transportation, proper care of planet earth, and more.

          During the festival, our community joins together for an afternoon of great food by Laney culinary students (and this year, faculty), music and Dance (samba!), Cosmetology, CTE, and informative dialogue between exhibitors, students, faculty, staff, and the community at large to share ideas about improving the health of the community and the planet.

          This year we are adding a new component to the festival: Recruitment and Transfer.  We want to highlight the services that Laney provides our students.  We are inviting many colleges, universities from around the state, and neighboring high schools to come and visit our campus and for students to consider becoming a member of the PCCD community.  But I can’t do this without your help.  I am asking for staff, student ambassadors, and faculty, to represent their programs, services, clubs, and classes in booths up on the quad and by the estuary.  So join us and contribute time, your most valuable talent, to insure that our festival is once again a success.

          Please read the attached flyer and form.  There is no fee for our community; we need your involvement to make the recruitment and transfer process occur. Please reach out to others who are interested and can help in promoting this event.  Students want to know what we have to offer.

          Our community joins together for a day of education, fun, great food (by our culinary students), music, and informative dialogue.


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            Academic Excellence – Environmental Control Technology at Laney College

            17 March 2016


            The Environmental Control Technology program at Laney College prepares students for jobs in the growing fields of Heating/Ventilation/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVACR) and Building Automation. With the goal of making our buildings operate efficiently to keep people comfortable, today’s buildings have increasingly complex automated environmental control systems, and there is a need for smart, well trained technicians to operate and maintain these systems. The program at Laney College is so widely respected, the National Science Foundation has awarded grants to create the BEST center, to help other colleges around the country develop similar programs. Come get involved in this growing and rewarding field, and find a stable career.

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              Laney College President Dr. Elñora Webb Accepts Executive Vice Chancellor Position; Dr. Patricia Stanley Appointed Interim President

              15 March 2016

              Webb Stanley

              OAKLAND, Calif., March 15, 2016 The Chancellor of Peralta Community College District, Dr. Jowel C. Laguerre, announced that Dr. Elñora Tena Webb, the President at Laney College, has accepted a new position at the District Office as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Strategic Planning and Advancement. The position provides support for strategic direction, faculty funding for innovation, and will develop partnerships and initiatives, as well as build community collaboration and provide government and corporation advocacy.

              The Chancellor also announced the appointment of Dr. Patricia Stanley, as the Interim President of Laney College. Dr. Stanley served as the First Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the U.S. Department of Education.

              “I look forward to having Dr. Webb with us to serve all four Peralta Colleges and help each of them achieve greater recognition within our community and with businesses throughout the East Bay,” said Chancellor Laguerre. “She brings a depth of knowledge of our community to the position and is uniquely qualified, as evidenced by her deep knowledge of the community where she has resided and worked for over twenty years,” the Chancellor added. Chancellor Laguerre continued, “Dr. Stanley, who led Frederick Community College in Maryland and has served as Interim President of Merritt College, brings the kind of leadership needed at Laney during this transition.”

              Elñora Tena Webb (pictured right), has been President of Laney College, which is located in downtown Oakland, California, since 2010, and has led the College to greater levels of student success while bringing in millions of dollars from alternative funding sources, including the Federal Departments of Labor, Energy and Education and the National Science Foundation. Through her steadfast and visionary leadership, she has lead Laney in integrated planning and budgeting, sound resource management, community partnerships and institutional assessment and advancement.

              Prior to her appointment as President, Dr. Webb served as the Vice President of Instruction at Laney College from 2005–09, ensuring the development of the College’s first comprehensive, regionally – and workforce development-centered Educational Master Plan, while significantly enhancing partnerships with businesses and industries.

              Dr. Webb has served in several other leadership capacities, including as a member of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Global Education, the Community College League of California’s CEO Board of Directors and as faculty with the U.C. Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Academy.

              Patricia Stanley (pictured left), a former President of Frederick Community College in Maryland, has held a number of positions in California, including Administrator for Workforce Development in the State Chancellor’s Office, Administrative Dean at Orange Coast College, Executive Vice President at Cypress College and Executive Director of the California Institute for Career Development.

              Dr. Stanley will remain Interim President at Laney College until a permanent President for the college is selected.

              For more than 50 years, the Peralta Community College District has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 30,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities. To learn more, visit


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                Peralta Colleges Receive National Award on Behalf of the Laney Tennis Association

                4 March 2016


                At the Peralta College Board of Trustees meeting on February 23, 2016, Henry Chang, President of the Laney Tennis Association, presented the four-college district with the Association’s award for national recognition as “Organization of the Year” by the Northern California branch of the United States Tennis Association.

                The Peralta Trustees welcomed the award and noted that previously, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Chancellor for the Peralta Community College District, was on hand to acknowledge the Laney Tennis Association’s award during the USTA Northern California 2016 “Awards Celebrating Excellence in Service (ACES) Luncheon” that took place on January 31, 2016, at the Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton, California.

                A staple of the tennis community in Oakland and the surrounding area, Laney Tennis Association has grown from a small group of friends to hundreds of members. The association, housed at Laney College and College of Alameda, and directed by the husband-and-wife team of Henry and Connie Chang, embraces beginner-level members and works to keep tennis accessible to all who want to play. Laney Tennis Association is the embodiment of a community tennis association in its goal to create a close-knit, family atmosphere based on the benefit of playing tennis.

                The pioneers of the Laney Tennis Association have grown the game of tennis through their coaching, specializing in beginners with good basics, and their love of the community in Oakland. Henry Chang, a former member of the Oakland City Council and former Vice Mayor of Oakland, along with his wife, Connie, who is Secretary/Treasurer keep growing Laney Tennis, creating new opportunities for its players, not only in developing their skills, but also using the game to travel abroad, stay healthy and, above all, create new friendships.

                “This was a proud experience for all of us to have accepted the honor and to witness our District recognized for its work with the community,” said Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District.

                “I would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Chang for all that they have done for our colleges and our tennis players throughout our community. It is really an honor to have LTA as part of the Peralta Family,” Chancellor Laguerre added.

                The Laney Tennis Association, which is a 501c3 Tax Exempt organization, recently moved to a new home at the College of Alameda while construction takes place at Laney College.  

                The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States, from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open.

                USTA Northern California proudly honors those who work to promote and develop the game of tennis with the ACES, which are presented each year to celebrate players, program participants, volunteers and organizations for their continued commitment and service to tennis. The award for “Organization of the Year” is bestowed upon a USTA Nor Cal member organization for it’s service to the tennis community, for service to its own membership or constituency and for service to the game of tennis.

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                  EXCLUSIVE: CJ Anderson Talks to Peralta TV Sports About How Laney College Prepared Him for Super Bowl 50

                  5 February 2016


                  In an exclusive interview prior to Super Bowl 50, Denver Bronco’s running back CJ Anderson talked to Peralta TV about how going to Laney prepared him for the big game. The former Laney Eagles star athlete also offered a few words of encouragement to Peralta Colleges’ students. Enjoy this PTV Sports exclusive.

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                    Video: Bay Area Native C.J. Anderson Began His NFL Journey At Laney College

                    4 February 2016

                    Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will play in Super Bowl 50, right in his backyard.’s Ashley Allen spoke with some of Anderson’s former coaches — including Coach Beam — and teammate at Laney College. Don’t miss this video.

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                      Laney College Alum C.J. Anderson to Play in Super Bowl 50

                      1 February 2016

                      CJ ANDERSON Congrats

                      C.J. Anderson, a former Laney Eagles running back, will be starting for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday.

                      Anderson played with the Eagles from 2009 -10 and, and after graduation from Laney, played with Cal from where he was drafted to the NFL. During his two years with the Laney Eagles, Anderson was a National Junior College Athletic Association NorCal Conference leader–rushing for 1,524 yards and scoring 16 touchdowns in the 2010 season. Anderson received All-Conference, All-Region, All-State and All-American honors.

                      Laney College — and everyone at the four Peralta Colleges — is proud of Anderson and all of our athletes:  In 2014-15, 25 of Laney’s football players transferred to 4-year schools and collectively secured over $2 million in scholarship funds to support their educations.

                      Read more about Anderson and the Laney Eagles here:


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                        Arts & Culture – Eco Arts Matters Gallery at Laney College

                        3 November 2015


                        The Eco Art Matters class at Laney College covers the history of the environmental/social justice arts movement. Students take field trips, volunteer, watch documentaries and put together an eco art exhibit.

                        The students do extensive research on an important “matter” of their choosing, develop a proposal, and then create artworks, installations, visual presentations or performances which are installed by the artists and exhibited at a local gallery.

                        Check them out on Facebook!

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                          KQED Open Newsroom Event at Laney College

                          2 November 2015



                          Laney College is hosting the Oakland edition of the KQED Open Newsroom next week on November 4th!

                          The Open Newsroom asks the question, “What can KQED News learn from you and your community?”

                          This will be part of an ongoing series of forums which invite community leaders, newsmakers, local business owners and residents to pitch stories, meet journalists and build a relationships. In attendance will be KQED’s East Bay Desk team Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirksas well as morning newscaster Joshua Johnson and education reporter Ana Tintoclis. For the Oakland edition of the KQED Open Newsroom they would like to invite pitches around three themes:
                          – Community and Policing
                          – Jobs for Oaklanders
                          ‎- School and ‎Education

                          Please register now, click here.

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                            Peralta Community College District Receives $500,000 Grant For Career Technical Education

                            26 October 2015


                            CTEOAKLAND, Calif., October 26, 2015 On Tuesday, October 20, at its regular meeting, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District authorized the acceptance of a Career Technical Education (CTE) Enhancement Fund sub-grant of $505,052 (40% allocation) from Cabrillo Community College District, which is the Bay Area Community College Consortium’s (BACCC) fiscal agent that is responsible for the distribution of CTE Enhancement Funds from the California Community College State Chancellor’s Office.

                            The Career Technical Education (CTE) Enhancement Fund was created by a one-time allocation from the state’s FY 2014-15 budget for California Community Colleges. The purpose is to develop, enhance, retool and expand quality career technical education offerings that build upon an existing community college regional capacity to respond to local labor market needs.

                            Acceptance of funds by each of The Peralta Colleges (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland) from the CTE Enhancement Allocation will greatly enrich the educational mission of the district that serves the cities of Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.

                            Many of its over 30,000 students attend the Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Merritt College and Laney College – in order to pursue certificates in Career Technical Education and fast-track to the every-changing job market.

                            This sub-grant will make a significant difference in the quantity and variety of CTE classes offered by the four-college district.

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                              Student Spotlight – Maria Garcia Alvarez

                              23 October 2015


                              Maria found a future and career in a field that is both rewarding and stable through the HVAC program at Laney College. She takes time from her busy day to talk with Peralta TV about her experiences and rewards from remaining determined.

                              The Environmental Control Technology Department (ECT) offers technical certificates and associate degrees in Residential and Light Commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) as well as Commercial HVAC systems, with new certificates and degrees in Building Automation Systems and energy management in development. Students in these programs learn the theoretical, technical and problem-solving skills essential for employment in the HVACR or controls industries. Students completing the curriculum can seek employment as refrigeration technicians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning technicians, sales engineers, equipment and system installers, parts persons, operations and maintenance technicians, building engineers, controls technicians, and energy specialists.

                              The ECT Department occupies a space of over 8,000 square feet. The program provides theoretical content, and extensive hands-on labs on refrigeration systems, light commercial and commercial air conditioning and heating equipment, boilers, chillers, hydronic HVAC systems, and building automation control systems.

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