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Merritt College Interim President Selected

26 July 2016

Marie-Elaine_BurnsThe Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., has announced that Marie-Elaine Burns has been selected as the Interim President of Merritt College. Dr. Burns, who most recently was Vice-President for Special Services at San Jose City College, begins her tenure at Merritt on August 2.

Marie-Elaine Burns is an educational leader who is visionary, energetic, and passionate. While adaptable to change, she is a risk taker/entrepreneur; not afraid to explore an idea different from her own or to encourage others to try their ideas. She encourages and supports innovation and creativity.

Dr. Burns’ leadership style is characterized by respect, inclusiveness, transparency, collaboration, effective listening skills, and participatory governance. She is committed to equity and student success. Contributing to a positive impact on students has always been integral to the decisions she makes as a college leader.

Having worked in higher education for many years, Dr. Burns has been responsible for college access, student retention, support services, transfer and graduation success which are major components of student success. She worked at universities and colleges throughout the state which include but are not limited to the following: San Francisco State University which provided her first opportunity to teach; California State University at Long Beach where she assisted the Director in training college and university learning assistance professionals (faculty, coordinators and practitioners) from countries around the world; at Skyline College in San Bruno she was the Director of The Learning Center and the Student Support Services TRIO program and lead the establishment of the Jump Start Program for high school students that continued long after she left the college; and Foothill College in Los Altos Hills where Dr. Burns was Dean of the Middlefield Campus and established the successful Dare to EXCEL program for high school students with a grade point average of 2.0 and below.

As Vice-President of Student Affairs at San Jose City College (SJCC), Marie-Elaine Burns developed a vision and championed core values for student affairs and cultivated an effective Student Affairs management team. Under her leadership the College opened a Veterans Resource Center; the Annual African American/Latino/Pacific Islander/Native American Male Summit was established and led by her for six years; the Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHSAC) was established and is running effectively; she developed the first online student support services which assisted the College in being released from an accreditation sanction; and she co-chaired the Student Success & Equity committee as well as led the development of both the initial SSSP and Equity plans.  

Dr. Burns’ postsecondary educational accomplishments include a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, cum laude; a Master’s of Science Degree in School Management & Administration, summa cum laude and a Doctorate in Institutional Management, magna cum laude, both from Pepperdine University.

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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. NESN.com’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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      Chancellor Search Public Forum

      12 February 2015

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      The Peralta Community College District  will be conducting  a  public forum on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the Boardroom, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, for community input and feedback concerning the search for a chancellor. The forum is being facilitated by Community College Search Services.

      The forum is open to everyone.

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        Chancellor Search Survey Part II

        11 February 2015

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        Chancellor Search Survey Part II

        On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District selected a search consulting firm, Community College Search Services, to commence with a search for the selection of the next Chancellor for the District. This is an important position, as the next Chancellor will be tasked to lead the college district in accomplishing its strategic goals and institutional objectives.

        As part of the Board’s process to obtain community-wide input and feedback to help develop the position announcement, we ask that you take a few moments to answer the questions below. Your responses will be shared with the Board of Trustees and used to help develop the Chancellor search brochure. The Board anticipates the next Chancellor will start on or about July 1, 2015.

        Please follow the below link and complete the Chancellor Search Survey Part II by Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

        https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7S9VDGT

        Thank you.

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          Chancellor Search Survey Part I

          9 February 2015

          PCCD_AnnouncementChancellor Search Survey Part I

          On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District selected a search consulting firm, Community College Search Services, to commence with a search for the selection of the next Chancellor for the District. This is an important position, as the next Chancellor will be tasked to lead the college district in accomplishing its strategic goals and institutional objectives.

          As part of the Board’s process to obtain community-wide input and feedback to help develop the position announcement, we ask that you take a few moments to answer the questions below. Your responses will be shared with the Board of Trustees and used to help develop the Chancellor search brochure. The Board anticipates the next Chancellor will start on or about July 1, 2015.

          Please follow the below link and complete the survey by Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

          https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FBL68QX

          Thank you.

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            Student Government

            28 October 2014

             

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              Peralta News – APASS Program at Laney College

              19 June 2014

              The Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) initiative, is designed to enhance the capacity of Laney College to serve its large and diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) student population, increasing student engagement and improving educational outcomes for this student cohort. Visit APASS online for more details.

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                Outstanding Grads of the Class of 2014: Meet Mirko Ranieri

                22 May 2014

                Mirko Ranieri

                Mirko Ranieri, who is Berkeley City College President’s Award winner for the Class of 2014, will graduate tonight with a business administration degree. While at BCC, Mr. Ranieri turned his many economic challenges into a series of academic and career-building opportunities. The 22-year-old international student, whose second language is English, was born and raised in Italy. He has just been accepted to UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and to Harvard University.

                Mirko’s unique background had him preparing for a professional soccer career in Italy at age 16 when he was recruited by Tottenham Hotspur, an English Premier League soccer club, to train as a goalkeeper. He was required to learn English, leave his working class family in Italy, and almost failed to graduate from high school. But each night, after a full day of soccer practice, Mirko would study and in summer 2011, took his high school exams and earned his diploma. Shortly thereafter, an accident halted his soccer career forever: He collided with a player on an opposing team and broke the ligaments in his knee.

                “The dream that took me out of my Italian home was shattered,” he recalled. “After extensive research, I learned that the Peralta colleges, surrounded by the Bay Area’s spirit of innovation, provided exactly what I was looking for.”

                Even though there was no money for college, he enrolled at Berkeley City and budgeted his life “down to the last penny.”

                “Establishing a foundation for living in America has been my hardest challenge,” he noted. But, undaunted, Mirko turned those challenges into impressive accomplishments. While at BCC, he founded the college’s Business and Finance Club; was elected president of BCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international community college honor students’ society and was a member of BCC’s Student Ambassador Corps. He also was and continues to be active in the National Association of Black Accountants.

                He has won scholarships from the National Association of Black Accountants, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and is a finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship.

                “I was looking for a second chance at success and came here to prove myself,” he said.  “Berkeley City College and Peralta gave me everything: resources, classes, people who could help me out and give good advice about my future. They helped me to jump out of my comfort zone.”

                That future will be as an entrepreneur, devising technologies that can make the world a better place.   “Dream big and be a go-getter; if you work hard, you can achieve a lot,” he advised.

                 

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                  Merritt College’s Kemarley Brown Earns World Record

                  22 May 2014

                  Kemarley Brown Brock Drazen

                  As Coach Brock Drazen reports, the Merritt College Track and Field team had an eventful state championship this past weekend highlighted by Kemarley Brown’s world leading, national community college record 9.93 seconds wind legal time in the 100m race.  Kemarley, pictured at this week’s graduation with Coach Brock Drazen, came back an hour later with a win in the 200m (wind aided 20.29) and was named male athlete of the meet when all was said and done.

                  Sometime about 12 hours later, American sprinter Justin Gatlin won a Diamond League 100m race in Shanghai in 9.92 to claim the world lead not before the television crew spoke about Kemarley and his feat from a day earlier.  While big news for our program, school, district and in the USA, this is a HUGE story in Jamaica where you may know that track and field is a national past time.  Kemarley will return to Jamaica and will participate in his country’s national championship. He has been invited just this morning by Nike to compete in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR (Track Town USA) in less than two weeks and has been getting nonstop contacts from people around the world.  This has been a thrilling ride for all of us and know that our students have handled the focus with great pride, humility and with abundant pleasure.  Kemarley’s growth and maturity, physically and mentally has been visible in these past two years and I can assure you that the foundation of his success is a built on the many contributions small and large, subtle and obvious of so many people working at Peralta and at Merritt.

                  Tony Parnell also came up big with a 4th place finish in 10.43, an impressive performance from a hard working, determined guy who trained consistently always with an eye on reaching his maximum potential.  By finishing in the top 4, Tony becomes a community college All-American.  All 4 members of our 4x100m relay, Parnell, Brown, Tom Jacobs and Rajee Orr were also named All-American after finishing 2nd in the relay at state.  It was momentarily disappointing for all of us as we had fended off all community college challengers all season long until this final race (including besting Mt. Sac twice during the season).  Nonetheless, we set a season best mark in the race (40.22) and could only congratulate Mt. Sac  on achieving their season best mark (40.09) to win the title.  I still have to post the 200m race but below are two versions of the 100m and the relay.  Overall, Merritt finished 6th at the meet behind two Norcal teams (American River and Sequoias) and three Socal teams (Riverside, Cerritos and Mt. Sac).  Defeating the likes of SF City again and realizing that neither Chabot nor DVC had anyone make the state championship is a feather in our recruiting cap–and it’s that time of year.

                  Eight members of the track team are  are graduating this year:  Tony Parnell, Leo Theus III, Tamba Smith, Aliyah Wilkins, Rajee Orr, Kemarley Brown, Gary Moore and Tom Jacobs (Fall ’14).  This will make 32 transferring graduates since 2010.

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                    APASS Recognition Ceremony at Laney College, May 21

                    12 May 2014

                    apassWednesday, May 21, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Laney College Bistro. RSVP today!

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                      Happy Holidays from the Peralta Colleges!

                      20 December 2013

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                      Our offices will be closed for the holiday break, Dec. 24-Jan. 1.

                      Remember, classes start Jan. 21. Enroll now!

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                        Classes Start Jan. 21 — Enroll Now!

                        19 December 2013

                        Get the classes you need, enroll now!

                        The spring semester starts January 21.

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                          Peralta TV’s Production of America’s Children’s Holiday Parade

                          17 December 2013

                          Produced by Peralta TV — and seen on PBS stations across the country — don’t miss this year’s Children’s Holiday Parade on our YouTube Channel

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                            Laney College’s Media department presents BIG SHOW on April 17

                            20 March 2013

                            Laney CollegeLaney Theater, 900 Fallon Street 

                            SMILE: Something Meaningful In Life Everyday. 

                            April 17th from 7-9pm
                            Admission is FREE

                            Big show is a free to the public multimedia event that will present some of the best local performers including dancers, rappers, singers, poets and more. We will also be screening short video clips throughout BIG SHOW produced by Laney’s Media Communications department! There will be interactive participatory games to add a Big Show vibrant atmosphere and several community based organizations will set up tables in our SMILE Village. The village, located in the lobby of the theater, is where the community can connect with services that are offered by the nonprofit organizations in attendance at Big Show.

                            Big Show is produced by Noemi Zeigler’s Announcing and Performance course in the Media Communications department at Laney College.

                            Big Show’s mission is to:

                            1. Bring together Students in collaboration from various departments at Laney College and the community to produce a meaningful multimedia arts production. 
                            2. Encourage performing artists and the the general community to explore how their work and passion can be infused with making a positive impact in the lives of others. 
                            3. Encourage all people to do S.M.I.L.E. (Something Meaningful In Life Everyday) 
                            4. To encourage community based organizations in the good work that they do in making our communities better. 
                            5. Encourage Bay Area businesses to support community college activities, events and create a flourishing partnership for internships, training and performing arts licensing opportunities. 
                            6. Entertain and produce this meaningful show that will surely touch hearts and inspire hope and purpose in the lives of all who attend the show with an open heart and a desire for something fresh, new and big in their life.

                            Smile Henry, an advanced Media student and an event producer said Big Show concept was formed when, “Noemi Zeigler and I, along with a few other students talked about putting on a big show. That’s when the title of the event came alive.”

                            To learn more about Big Show please contact:
                            Smile Henry
                            415-496-6709
                            www.bigshow.us
                            bigshowsmile@gmail.com

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                              PTVSports Report: Laney Football 2012

                              20 February 2013

                              PTV SPorts

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