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/
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.
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.
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, Salutatorian
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.
Congratulations 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:
AA Degrees earned from Laney College this May 2016:
Transferring Institution: University of San Francisco
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
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.
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).
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.
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.