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Latino Heritage Celebration at Merritt College, October 7

1 October 2014

ASMC Latin@ Heritage  Independence

ASMC invites you to join us in celebrating Latin@ Heritage & Independence. Come and experience Latin@ Art, Music, Food, Danza, Speakers and Soul Healing. The celebration will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in the Huey P. Newton & Bobby Seale Student Lounge in Building R-110 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Food will be provided.


For more information contact:

Dr. Lilia Chavez
Interim Director, Student Activities & Campus Life
ASMC Advisor
Merritt College
12500 Campus Drive
Oakland, Ca. 94619
Phone: (510) 434-3982

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    Peralta Contractor Outreach Event, Merritt College, Aug. 4, 5:00 p.m.

    31 July 2014



    An outreach event is planned for August 4th, 2014 at 5pm on the Merritt College Campus in Building R Room 110. Please contact Trip Miller for more details or with any questions at

    Project: Merritt College – Center for Science and Allied Health [Oakland, CA]
    General Contractor: Clark & Sullivan / Walsh Construction A Joint Venture
    Potential Bid Packages: Wire Shelving, Projection Screen(s), Joint Protection, Signage, Display Case and Install, Blackout Curtains, FF&E Install, Final Cleaning, Landscaping, Site Paving, and Site Lighting.
    Location: Merritt College (12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619) Building R, Rm. 110
    Date: August 4th, 2014 at 5pm

    Clark & Sullivan / Walsh Construction A Joint Venture is the general contractor on the Merritt College – Center for Science and Allied Health Project in Oakland, CA. Currently, we are soliciting proposals for the below bid packages. The owner has a project goal of 25% small business enterprise and small emerging local business enterprise programs and we are doing all we can to ensure these goals are met and potentially exceeded. Please forward our project’s information to whoever may be interested.

    Potential Bid Packages:
    • Wire Shelving
    • Projection Screen(s)
    • Joint Protection
    • Signage
    • Display Case and Install
    • Blackout Curtains
    • FF&E Install
    • Final Cleaning
    • Landscaping
    • Site Paving
    • Site Lighting



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      Peralta News – Board Spotlight July 15, 2014

      23 July 2014

      Board Spotlight: 15 JULY 2014

      The July 15 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a unanimous vote to name the Barbara Lee Allied Health Center at Merritt College.  Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Calvin Madlock presented a positive year in review.  And Chancellor Ortiz shared some of the work being done to prepare for Accreditation. See full meeting here.

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        Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center Named at Merritt College In Honor of Congresswoman

        21 July 2014


        In appreciation and recognition of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s contributions to Merritt College and the Peralta Community College District, the Board of Trustees’ passed Resolution 14/15-05 at its July 15 meeting to name the Merritt Science and Allied Health Center the “Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center” in her honor. Trustee Linda Handy, in yellow, reads the Resolution to Saundra Andrews of Congresswoman Lee’s office, who is flanked by President of the Board, Abel Guillén. Members of the Board, as well as Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz, and other senior administrators, are also pictured.

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          P-SPAN – 2014 Graduation Coverage

          17 July 2014

          Berkeley City College Graduation: May 22, 2014

          P-SPAN #378: Berkeley City College Graduation 2014


          College of Alameda Graduation: May 23, 2014

          P-SPAN #376: College of Alameda Graduation 2014


          Laney College Graduation: May 24, 2014

          P-SPAN #379: Laney College Graduation 2014


          Merritt College Graduation: May 21, 2014

          P-SPAN #377: Merritt College Graduation 2014


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            Peralta Matters – African American Studies at Merritt College

            2 July 2014

            Peralta Matters 29: African American Studies at Merritt College

            This week on Peralta Matters, we’re meeting the African American Studies Department at Merritt College.  The first African American Studies Department in the nation was started at Merritt College, and no one is more proud of this legacy than Department Chair Dr. Siri Brown.  She is followed by her former student, now a professor, Danae Brown.  Next up is former student Durwin Brown, who describes unique challenges for African American males.  And finally, current student Domonicke Dunlap tells her story and success in the African American Studies Department at Merritt College.

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              Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Mariela Salcedo

              29 May 2014

              Mariela Salcedo

              At Merritt College, several students from the Puente Program are graduating, including Mariela Salcedo, who will be transferring to UC Davis as a pre-med student. Puente’s mission is to increase the number of underrepresented students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities.

              Mariela was pursuing a nursing degree until instructors urged her to consider a career as a doctor. Mariela was co-president of Puente Club and a Puente Program Assistant. She would like to create pathways for more female Mexican-American students to get into medicine. Ambitious and compassionate, Mariela will, without a doubt, reach her dream of becoming a top medical doctor.

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                Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Paul Martinez

                29 May 2014

                Paul Martinez

                Paul Martinez, one of several graduating students from Merritt College’s Puente Program, made the brave decision to uproot himself from everything that was familiar to him at home in Santa Barbara. Paul, who will be going to UCLA in the fall, moved to Oakland and soon joined the strong, supportive community at Merritt.

                Paul grew up quite poor and often felt out of place as though the world had forgotten about him. Now, he a writing tutor in the Learning Center and everyone expresses what a pleasure it is to work with him.  He is a gentle soul with a great deal of wisdom.

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                  Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Marisela Ochoa

                  29 May 2014

                  Marisela Ochoa

                  Marisela Ochoa, a graduating student from Merritt’s Puente Program, will be transferring to UC Berkeley. As a member of the Puente Club, Marisela is conscious of injustice to workers and has spoken out against low wages for supermarket employees. She is breaking barriers as a Chicana pursuing her own dreams of attaining a higher education.

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                    Administration of Justice Partnership Between Peralta Community College District and City of Oakland

                    27 May 2014

                    OPD Signing No. 7 copy

                    At a time when the City of Oakland is actively recruiting new police officers and Merritt College is helping Administration of Justice students find career opportunities, a mutually beneficial agreement was recently signed at City Hall by Oakland Chief of Police Sean Whent and the Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz (pictured with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan).

                    As part of this academic affiliation, Merritt College will provide an accredited curriculum for the Oakland Police Academy. The program will provide the students with direct interaction and hands-on experience with City police officers. The optimum result will potentially be more than 50 well-trained candidates to meet the public safety needs of the City of Oakland.

                    “We want to make sure that what we provide at the college is what employers see as relevant in the workplace,” says Dr. Elmer Bugg, Merritt’s Vice President of Instruction. “This partnership allows for us to forge a marriage between academic preparation and career application. It’s a win-win all around.”

                    As a bonus, adds Dr. Bugg, the academy students will gain college-level credit for the work they do and could go on to get an associate’s or bachelor’s degree once they graduate from the Academy.

                    Mayor Jean Quan, who also participated in the signing, hopes that the program will bring more recruits who are Oakland residents and have a vested interest in the city and knowledge of the city’s culture.

                    “Our last class had only 16 percent of Oakland residents, and I’d like to get up to 50 percent,” says Quan. “Programs like these give us a steady flow of young people who are interested in the police department.”

                    Margaret Dixon, director of Merritt’s Administration of Jusice program and a retired Oakland police officer, wants the training to provide the students with the total experience of the profession. “It’s more than just passing a test,” says Dixon. “We want to support the students once they get into the academy, and we want them to truly understand what they are getting into.”

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                      Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet King Burdett Jr., Age 14

                      27 May 2014

                      King Burdett Jr

                      King Burdett Jr., age 14, received two certificates in the Merritt College Microscopy Program. Read all King’s amazing accomplishment in this story from KTVU here:


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                        PAAAA Honors 2014 Student Scholarship Recipients

                        12 May 2014


                        The Peralta Association of African American Affairs (PAAAA) held its 16th annual scholarship reception on Friday, May 2, 2014.

                        With a record number of applicants, PAAAA recognized nine African American students attending Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College, who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills, and community service in the various communities where they live, work and study.


                        Congratulations to the 2014 PAAAA Scholarship Recipients!

                        Berkeley City College: Robyn Walker, Troy Dotson & Theresa Ary

                        College of Alameda: Randi Elaine Stewart & Selma Adam

                        Laney College: Erica Thompson & Eddie Heard

                        Merritt College: Shalita Williams & Corey Spears


                        Since 1998, PAAAA has distributed over $65,000 in scholarships to Peralta students.

                        Click here to view pictures from this year’s reception.

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                          Merritt College Track and Field: 2014 Northern California Championship

                          12 May 2014

                          Our 4x100m relay team won the Northern California championship in a tight race that came down to the anchor legs while Kemarley Brown blazed to a 10.10 in the 100m to the oohs and ahhs of those in attendance.  Tony Parnell also advanced in the 100m as the 4th place finisher at 10.55.  Kemarley also won the 200m in 20.70 while Rajee Orr snuck in for 4th and a trip to the state championship in that event.  Freshman Steven Gissentanner narrowly missed in the high jump finishing in 5th place and 11th in the triple jump.

                          2014 Northern California Championship 4x100m Relay

                          2014 Northern California Championship 100m

                          2014 Northern California Championship 200m

                          Steven Gissentanner HJ/TJ at 2014 Northern California Championship

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                            Merritt College Malcolm X Birthday Commemoration featuring Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, May 13

                            7 May 2014

                            asante-flyer-jpeg1-e1398736496408Tuesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. in the Merritt College Huey P. Newton/Bobby Seale Student Lounge

                            Merritt College is proud to announce that Dr. Molefi Kete Asante, Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Temple University, will speak  at Merritt College on Tuesday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m., in the Student Center.  Considered by his peers to be one of the most distinguished contemporary scholars, Asante has published 74 books.  Dr. Asante became chair of the African American Studies Program at Temple University where he created the first Ph.D. Program in African American Studies in 1987.  He has written more than 500 articles and essays for journals, books and magazines and is the founder of the theory of Afrocentricity.  You can find more information about Dr. Asante at All are welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

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                              Asian Pacific American Heritage Month presented by Jeremy Bautista at Merritt College, May 6

                              2 May 2014

                              APAH1Tuesday, May 6, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at Merritt College, Room A214

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                                  Wednesday 1 October 2014
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