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Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center Grand Opening Friday at Merritt College

2 November 2015

peralta_science_2Join US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Peralta Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., and Merritt College President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz for the grand opening of the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center this Friday at Merritt College. The Peralta Colleges will unveil the region’s newest health and allied sciences building, which will allow facility to have the tools they need to provide state of the art science/technology instruction to our students.

A letter from President Obama acknowledging the grand opening will be read as part of the ceremonies and tours of the facility by science faculty and students will be provided. Join in at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. The event is free and open to the public!

 

What: Grand Opening of the Barbara Lee Health and Allied Science Building, one the most advanced facilities in the region.

When: Friday, November 6, 2015, 11:30 AM

Where: Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland, CA 94619

Who: US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Peralta CDD Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Merritt College President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz

 

Background: With over 60,000 square feet of dedicated space for science and technology, the Barbara Lee Health and Science building, located at Merritt College, will be the region’s newest epicenter for innovation in science and technology.

As part of the Peralta Community College District’s commitment to provide access to the region’s student population, in addition to the District’s student population, the health and science building will be made available to local high school students. Merritt College has developed a concurrent enrollment program with local high schools where students will be able to enroll in academic courses at the college.

The Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center is a new four story building, totaling approximately 110,000 square feet. The majority of the building is dedicated to programs in the Sciences and Allied Health but additionally includes Mathematics and Business Technology as well. Each department area has been designed to not only anticipate but to encourage growth within each field for the future of the Merritt Campus.

This architectural design of this building and the state of the art equipment chosen for this facility was established to essentially have something for everyone. To accomplish this the design was aimed at achieving a number of goals, in particular enhancing the student learning environment, promoting the growth of the departments and energizing the campus as a whole.

As the theme of this building is for the Sciences and Allied Heath, There is a specialized screen that goes across the south and west face of the building. The basis of this screen is derived from Mitochondria DNA. Mitochondria DNA, or mtDNA, is distinct from general human DNA, as they are the structures within human cells that convert food to energy in useful form. The twenty-eight screen panels are a graphic representations of the mtDNA sequence that is almost identical in every human being.

In theme with the building, the exposed spiral staircase in the center of the building has been designed as a double-helix staircase to mirror the graphic representation of the mtDNA screen and to show case both formats scientist look at DNA.

At various locations throughout the building, there are a number of public common areas for students and faculty to freely interact. These common areas have an open environment within the building to encourage active learning in an environment that is not limited to just the classroom, but in their day to day life interactions.

The state of the art technology and furniture included in this building was specifically chosen to again enhance the learning environment for students and faculty. This ranges from interactive projectors in each classroom and lab, top of the line equipment specifically chosen by each department, and even to the student desks and chairs with the adjustability for left and right handed students.

 

Read more about the science programs offered at Merritt College here: Barbara Lee Center Program Descriptions 10-28-15

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Peralta Matters – College Presidents

27 February 2015

This month, we are talking to the Presidents of our four Peralta Colleges. First up, Laney College President Dr Elñora Webb describes the power of saying yes. Merritt College President Dr Norma Ambriz-Galaviz highlights some new projects at Merritt, including the upcoming opening of the Barbara Lee Allied Health Building and a new certificate program in Cyber-Security. Our newest President, Dr Joi Lin Blake at College of Alameda, presents her vision and leadership style. And Dr Deborah Budd helps us understand the buzz at Berkeley City College.

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight February 25, 2014

4 March 2014

The February 25, 2014 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured an award to Laney College President Elñora Webb from the Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs. The Administration of Justice program at Merritt College was presented as a Program of Distinction. And Dr. Karolyn van Putten reported on the work of the District Technology Advisory Committee.

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Peralta Colleges Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz Selects New Presidents For Berkeley City College and Merritt College

14 December 2012

New presidents for two Peralta Colleges were announced last night at the District’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Dr. José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, has tapped Dr. Deborah Budd to lead Berkeley City College and Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz to be the next President of Merritt College.

Budd is currently the Interim President at Berkeley City College and Ambriz-Galaviz is Vice President of Instruction for Mission College.

“I am very pleased with the quality of the candidates we had for these two presidential positions, and Dr. Budd and Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz are both accomplished administrators who will bring much to their leadership roles at the colleges,” Chancellor Ortiz said.

“I am looking forward to working with both our new presidents as we move forward at the Peralta Colleges to bring quality education to our community’s students.”

“They have my full confidence,” the Chancellor added.

Dr. Deborah Budd has over 16 years of administrative experience and nine years of teaching experience. She is currently serving as the Interim President for Berkeley City College of the Peralta Community College District. Previously, she served over the past four years as the Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Peralta Community College District. Dr. Budd also served as Vice President of Instruction for Berkeley City College prior to assignment at the District Office. She was Vice President of Educational Resources and Instruction for Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, and served for six years as the Dean of Applied Health, Physical Education and Community Affairs for Chabot College.

In addition to her community college experience, Dr. Budd has been both a teacher and administrator at the middle and high school level. Her recent dissertation, Institutional Effectiveness and the Relationship to African American and Latino Transfer Rates, highlights her extensive knowledge relating to the integration of planning and budgeting, accreditation and suggestions for beginning to close the opportunity gap. She has a great deal of experience with enrollment management, grants, and facilities bond implementation, and has expertise in working with faculty to develop innovative programs to increase student success.

Dr. Budd received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics and Physical Education from University of California at Santa Barbara, her Master’s in Education from Stanford University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz has served since 2008 as Vice President of Instruction for Mission College of the West Valley Mission Community College District. Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz was employed for 17 years at Chabot College, Hayward, California, and she also worked at Cabrillo and Hartnell Community Colleges holding various academic and student services positions, from psychology instructor, counselor, Special Student Services Dean to Social Sciences Division Dean.

Coupled with numerous college committees, task forces and/or selection committees, Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz has earned a reputation of being well-versed on the day-to-day operations of both student services and instruction.  She is known for her advocacy and collaborative approach that promotes academic excellence, and student success at the college.

Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz holds a Doctorate Degree in Education-Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University and an Associates of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Hartnell College.  Her doctoral degree explored “The Use of Strategies Used among California Community College Chief Administrative Officers to Produce Change.”

In addition to her career in higher education, Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz is active in a variety of national, state and local organizations.  She is a member of National Hispana Leadership Institute, Association of California Community College Administrators, Silicon Valley Education Committee, California Community College Chief Instructional Administrators and the Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.   She recently completed her elected two-year term to the California Community College Instructional Chief Officers Council representing the South Bay region.  She has served as an evaluator on four accreditation teams for ACCJC. State Senator Ellen Corbett recently recognized Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz for her outstanding service to the Latino community.

 

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Note to Editors: Photographs of the new presidents are available for publication.

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Peralta Colleges Chancellor Announces Finalists for President of Merritt College: Public Forum To Be Held Nov. 26

19 November 2012

OAKLAND, CA, Nov. 19, 2012 — The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz, has announced that the Presidential Search Committee has selected three finalists for President of Merritt College in Oakland, California.

The finalists are Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, Ed.D., currently Vice President of Instruction for Mission College of the West Valley Mission Community College District; Edward Bush, Ph.D., currently Vice President of Student Services for Riverside City College; and Marie-Elaine Burns, Ed.D., currently Vice President of Student Affairs at San Jose City College.

Each of the three candidates will participate in a public forum on November 26, 2012, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Newton/Seale Student Lounge, Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland. The forum schedule is as follows: Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz, 12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.; Dr. Bush, 1:20 p.m.–2:05 p.m.; and Dr. Burns, 2:15 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Members of the college community and the public are invited and encouraged to attend the public forum.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Siri Brown, a Merritt College Ethnic Studies Department faculty, and will consist of a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a short presentation and a question and answer session.  Comment forms will be given to all who attend and the completed forms will be given to the Chancellor for his review.

The Chancellor will interview each of the candidates and make a final decision as to which will become the next President of Merritt College.

Finalist biographies follow and photographs of the candidates can be found on the Peralta Colleges Website.

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz has served since 2008 as Vice President of Instruction for Mission College of the West Valley Mission Community College District. Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz was employed for 17 years at Chabot College, Hayward, California, and she also worked at Cabrillo and Hartnell Community Colleges holding various academic and student services positions from psychology instructor, counselor, Special Student Services Dean and Social Sciences Division Dean. Coupled with numerous college committees, task forces and/or selection committees, Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz has earned a reputation of being well versed on the day-to-day operations of both student services and instruction.  She is known for her advocacy and collaborative approach that promotes academic excellence, student success and the college.

Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz holds a Doctorate Degree in Education-Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University, and an Associates of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Hartnell College.  Her doctoral degree explored “The Use of Strategies Used among California Community College Chief Administrative Officers to Produce Change.”

In addition to her career in higher education, Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz is active in a variety of national, state and local organizations.  A member of National Hispana Leadership Institute, Association of California Community College Administrators, Silicon Valley Education Committee, California Community College Chief Instructional Administrators, Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.   She recently completed her elected two-year term to California Community College Instructional Chief Officers Council representing the South Bay region.  She has served as an evaluator on four accreditation teams for ACCJC.  Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz was recently recognized by State Senator, Ellen Corbett for her outstanding service to the Latino community.

Dr. Edward Bush currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services for Riverside City College.  He has over 18 years of experience in higher education with 15 of those years with the Riverside Community College District. He has served as an associate faculty member in student activities, Director of the Educational Talent Search federal TRIO grant, and Dean of Student Services.  In addition, he has served on numerous college and district-wide committees and has been active with several community organizations including serving on the board for two non-profit foundations.  Dr. Bush has also worked as an adjunct instructor for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Redlands and is currently an adjunct instructor at Brandman University. Dr. Bush has taught courses in student development, organizational theory, and research.

Dr. Bush received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from University of California, Riverside, Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Edward Bush is a published author with 8 peer reviewed publications appearing in journals including: Black Issues in Higher Education, Community College Week, Diverse Educational Horizons, Journal of African American Males in Education, and the Community College Journal. Dr. Bush is the co-author of the soon to be released book “The Plan: A Guide for Women Raising African American Boys from Conception to College.”   He has been a presenter at four national conferences, including the National Association of Black School Educators, the National Association of African American Studies, the Institute for Race Relations, and the National Convening of Postsecondary Education Support Programs for Former Foster Youth.

Dr. Bush is the co-founder of the newly launched national “I Have a Plan” campaign to register and equip one million African American boys and young men (from conception to 24 years of age) with a written plan that outlines a clear path for success by the Year 2015.  Dr. Bush is a founding member and President of the African American Male Education Network and Development (A2.M.E.N.D).  In 2009 Dr. Bush was recognized by the Riverside Chapter of the NAACP with the Drum Major Award in Education at their annual freedom fund dinner.

Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns has served as the Vice President of Student Affairs at San Jose City College for the last seven years.   She is a native Californian, born in San Mateo and raised in the San Francisco.

Her postsecondary educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, a Masters of Science Degree in School Management & Administration, and a Doctorate Degree in Institutional Management both from Pepperdine University.

Dr. Burns has worked in higher education for more than 30 years  primarily responsible for college access, student retention, support services, transfer and graduation success. She has worked at universities and colleges throughout the state including  San Francisco State University, University of Southern California (USC), California State University at Long Beach, California State University – Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles Harbor College, Hartnell College (Salinas), Skyline College (San Bruno), and Foothill College (Los Altos Hills).

Dr. Burns is the President, Owner, and Chief Executive Consultant of Mammoth Concepts, Educational Consulting for a Changing World.

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