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24 April 2013
10 April 2013
Classified Matters Professional Development Day began with Welcome Remarks by Chancellor José M. Ortiz and Classified Leaders. This event took place at Laney College, on March 27, 2103.
6 March 2013
The February 26 meeting of thew Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees began with announcement from Romeo Garcia of the Peralta Colleges Foundation about upcoming scholarship opportunities. Chancellor José M. Ortiz reported back from a community event at Laney College. And Trustees raised tough questions about the 860 Atlantic Ave project in Alameda.
10 January 2013
The Peralta Community College District is pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees and Chancellor José M. Oriz have approved the selection of Marie Hampton as The Peralta Colleges’ new Director of Purchasing Services. Marie previously served as a Buyer within the Purchasing Department, and has over 27 years of purchasing experience, most of which has been within the California community college environment.
As the Purchasing Director, Marie will be assisting the colleges and District with general procurement functions, which include the processing and issuance of purchase orders, oversight of all District bids for services and supplies, management of all inventory, contract management and general vendor relations.
Marie began in her new position at the beginning of the year. Let’s all welcome Marie in her new assignment.
19 December 2012
Chancellor José M. Ortiz Announces That Peralta Colleges Will Add Up To 200 New Classes for Spring Semester
18 December 2012
The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz, has announced that the four Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland – will be adding up to 200 new classes for the spring 2013 semester.
The passage of Proposition 30 has made it possible for the Peralta Colleges to add additional classes for the spring semester in order to accommodate up to 700 more full-time students. Enrollment for the semester has already begun, and classes are being added by each of the colleges. Classes for the spring semester start on January 22, 2013.
The District, which includes Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont, took the prudent approach of budgeting for a scenario that assumed Proposition 30 would not be successful. But Proposition 30 passed and as a result the Peralta Colleges will be able to restore approximately $5.5 million to the unrestricted general fund.
“While this restoration allows us to build back many of the class sections and services that had been provided in the past, the $5.5 million is only a start to the restoration process,” Chancellor Ortiz said in a statement to faculty and staff.
For the last three fiscal years the District, which serves about 27,000 students each semester, has had to cut approximately $20 million in response to state-imposed budget reductions. This has meant that as many as 3000 students could not get into classes.
“Immediately,” Chancellor Ortiz said, “we will be adding up to 200 strategically selected sections to our existing spring schedule of classes.”
“We are also looking to further promote our spring 2013 schedule to attract additional students,” he said.
“Each of the Peralta Colleges will be adding sections and the deans, vice presidents and presidents will be working closely with faculty to determine which classes and sections will be added to our schedule,” the Chancellor added.
Classes to be added include sections in English, Math, Biology, Business, Biotechnology, Multimedia Arts, Music, Art, Social Science, Ethnic Studies, Political Science, ESL, Environmental, Dance and other areas of study.
“This is a very good opportunity for our students to get the classes they need,” Chancellor Ortiz said. “I encourage students to check our Website (click here) to see which classes we are adding and to enroll as early as possible.”
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.
13 December 2012
The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 11, 2012, elected new officers for 2013. A newly elected Trustee, Meredith Brown, and three reelected Trustees, Nicky González Yuen, Cy Gulassa and Bill Withrow, were also sworn-in to serve for the next four years.
Cy Gulassa, representing Area 6, was elected President of the nine-member board, and Abel Guillén, who represents Area 7, was elected Vice President. Dr. José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary.
Meredith Brown, elected in November to represent Area 2, was sworn-in by Peralta Trustee Linda Handy. Nicky González Yuen, who represents Area 4, and Cy Gulassa were sworn-in by State Assembly Member Nancy Skinner.
Bill Withrow, who represents Area 1, was sworn-in by Joseph Bielanski, a member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and also the Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator at the Peralta Community College District.
Student Trustees serving on the Board are Sharon Clegg and Brian Cervantes.
A graduate of UC Berkeley with a M.A. in English, Cy Gulassa has taught at institutions such as Frostburg State University in Maryland and the Philadelphia College of Art, as well as teaching English at De Anza College for 30 years. He served as president of the Foothill-De Anza District Faculty Association for fifteen years and founded the Bay Faculty Association. He lectures on community college reform and governance issues and has published over 150 articles. In 1994, Gulassa was named Faculty Member of the Year and was honored by State Assembly and Senate resolutions and a commendation from President Clinton.
Abel Guillén is vice president of Caldwell Flores Winters Inc., where he has advised on the issuance of $2 billion in general obligation bonds for schools and colleges throughout California. In 2000, Guillén was a policy analyst for the Gore/Lieberman campaign. He has also been a research associate for the United States Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund in Washington, D.C., and in the 1990s Guillén was in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow. The first in his family to attend college, he has a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology, also from UC Berkeley.
Meredith Brown has over 20 years of experience in complex litigation and representing public agencies. From 1989 to 1994 she practiced construction and business litigation on behalf of nationally recognized public and private clients with an Oakland law firm. From 1994 to 1999, Brown worked for a major San Francisco law firm representing a number of large and small public entities in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2000, Brown established her own law firm, where she has continued to represent public and private clients She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 1983 and was a member of the Quill and Dagger Honorary Society. Brown received her Juris Doctor Degree from Boston University School of Law in 1988. She served as a clerk for United States Magistrate Joyce London Alexander, First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts in 1988.
Brown’s community involvement includes service as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, President of the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club, Vice President and past President of the Montclair Soccer Club, past Executive Board Member of the National Women Political Caucus – Alameda County North and a volunteer Judge Pro Tem for Alameda County.
Filed under: Board of Trustees, Peralta News. Tagged: Abel Guillén, Bill Withrow, Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, Brian Cervantes, Cy Gulassa, José M. Ortiz, Joseph Bielanski, Linda Handy, Meredith Brown, Nicky González Yuen, Sharon Clegg, State Assembly Member Nancy Skinner
14 November 2012
To the Peralta Community,
Congratulations to all of you – students, faculty and staff – who helped pass Proposition 30 last week. For the first time in years, we now have a budgetary plan for higher education in California from which all of us will benefit. Best of all, it allows our colleges to serve more students.
As Ron Gerhard, our Vice Chancellor for Finance, reported during his budget update to the Board of Trustees at last night’s meeting (November 13), the passage of Proposition 30 makes clearer the budget picture for the Peralta Colleges as well as the other 71 community college districts in California.
With approximately seven months remaining in the fiscal year, we have a better understanding of how much we will receive from the State for serving students. Proposition 30’s passage means that we can expect no cuts to our funding compared to the prior fiscal year. The Peralta Colleges can expect to be funded to serve 17,992 FTES compared to the approximately 16,600 FTES if Proposition 30 had failed. This difference equates to approximately $5.5 million that will be restored to the unrestricted general fund budget.
In addition to restoring $5.5 million to Peralta’s base budget, Proposition 30 also calls for approximately $210 million in new funds statewide. Of these new funds, $160 million will be used to buy down existing deferrals and the remaining $50 million is to be used to provide additional access to students. These new dollars are not expected to be allocated to districts until June 2013.
While the passage of Proposition 30 is good news overall, it represents only a partial restoration for Peralta to our 2010-11 level, when we were funded for serving 19,512 FTES. Nonetheless, thanks to Proposition 30, we will now be able to provide classes to more of our community’s students.
I will continue to keep you informed as we use our Budget Allocation Model process to put Proposition 30 dollars to work by restoring classes and serving our students at the Peralta Colleges.
Dr. José M. Ortiz
6 November 2012
On October 20, Chancellor Ortiz and the Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Center hosted Ambassador Young for an Education Roundtable with East Bay Educators.
30 October 2012
Today, José M. Ortiz, Ed.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, had an editorial concerning Proposition 30 published in the Oakland Tribune.
You can read the Chancellor’s full editorial at http://www.insidebayarea.com/editorial/ci_21883963/jos-233-m-ortiz-passage-prop-30-would
José M. Ortiz: Passage of Prop. 30 would help buoy college districts
This November our nation will make important choices at the polls. In California, there is a very important measure on the ballot, Proposition 30, which will have a profound impact on how community colleges across the state, including the Peralta Colleges, are funded.
I urge you to vote this November, and while I cannot tell you how to vote, I can outline for you the facts and possible effects of Proposition 30 on the Peralta Community College District, our students, faculty, staff and the public.
The Peralta Colleges — Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland — serve more than 27,000 students each semester. We provide not only two-year degrees and academic transfer courses, but also important workforce development and career technical education to students from Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.
The outcome of Proposition 30 will determine future funding for our college and, in fact, all institutions of higher education in California for years to come. California’s community colleges face midyear budget cuts of $338 million if Proposition 30 does not pass in November.
This has meant that Peralta has already prepared for a loss of $5.5 million that would otherwise have gone to serving students.
Overall, funding for California community colleges has been cut by $809 million, or 12 percent, since 2008-09, according to the state chancellor’s office. The Peralta Colleges have seen some $27 million in cuts to our budget, meaning we cannot educate nearly as many students as we once did.
Enrollment at the state’s 112 community colleges has declined by almost 500,000 students since 2008-09, and course offerings statewide have been cut by 25 percent.
At the Peralta Colleges, we have lost more than 4,000 students due to state funding cuts and have had to cut classes by nearly 25 percent.
If Proposition 30 passes, the state’s community colleges would receive $210 million in additional funds in 2012-13, or $4 million for the Peralta Colleges.
Passage of the measure would make room for an additional 20,000 students statewide, which could mean funding for up to 1,000 additional students at College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College and Merritt College.
Voting yes on Proposition 30 means that the personal income tax would go up for those earning more than $250,000 and a quarter-cent sales tax increase would go into effect. Schools and colleges, public safety and other State agencies would receive funding.
Voting no on Proposition 30 means that no new taxes will be introduced and schools and colleges would face billions in reduced funding.
Again, I cannot urge you to vote one way or another on Proposition 30, but I hope this information is useful to you in making up your mind when you go to the polls next week.
I urge each of you to become informed as to relevant facts and the various choices before us this Election Day, Nov. 6, and to go out and vote.
Jose M. Ortiz, Ed.D.
Congresswoman Lee to Visit Laney College Machine Technology Lab Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
9 October 2012. 0 comments
Congresswoman Barbara Lee will join Cy Gulassa, Board of Trustees President, Peralta Community College District, José M. Ortiz, Ed.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Laney College President Elnora Webb, Ph.D., and students, faculty and staff on a tour of the Laney College Machine Technology Lab (Room G-100) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Laney College is located at 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA.
Following the tour, Congresswoman Lee will hold media availability where she will discuss the latest figures released by the Department of Labor showing the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent and the addition of 114,000 jobs and how Laney College’s recent Department of Labor grant helps move the Bay Area economy forward by creating a regional workforce equipped to meet the demands of emerging fields like advanced manufacturing, logistics and engineering fields.
The Laney College’s Machine Technology Lab will be partially used to retrain displaced workers in emerging manufacturing and technology fields for the Design it-Build it-Ship it program. The Peralta Community College District including Laney College is part of a consortium that was recently awarded $14.9 million grant for a this regional workforce initiative through the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant Program.
Peralta Colleges students, faculty and staff and the community are encouraged to attend.
2 October 2012. 0 comments
This November our nation will make important choices at the polls. In California, there is a very important measure on the ballot, Proposition 30, which will have a profound impact on how community colleges across the State, including the Peralta Colleges, are funded.
I urge you to vote this November and while I cannot tell you how to vote, in accordance with state law, I can give you the following information about the possible effects of Proposition 30 on the Peralta Community College District, our students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
The outcome of Proposition 30 will determine the future of higher education in California for years to come. California’s community colleges face mid-year budget cuts of $338 million if Proposition 30 does not pass in November. This has meant that Peralta has prepared for a loss of $5.5 million, as reflected in the final 2012-13 budget, which would otherwise have gone to serving students.
Overall, funding for California community colleges has been cut by $809 million, or 12 percent, since 2008-09, according to the State Chancellor’s Office. The Peralta Colleges have seen some $27 million in cuts to our budget, meaning we cannot educate nearly as many students as we once did.
Enrollment at the State’s 112 community colleges has declined by almost 500,000 students since 2008-09, and course offerings statewide have been cut by 25 percent. At the Peralta Colleges, we have lost more than 4,000 students due to State funding cuts and have had to cut classes by nearly 25%.
If Proposition 30 passes, the State’s community colleges would receive $210 million in additional funds in 2012-13, or $4 million for the Peralta Colleges. Passage of the measure would make room for an additional 20,000 students statewide, which could mean funding for up to 1,000 additional students at College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College and Merritt College.
Voting “Yes” on Proposition 30 means that the personal income tax would go up for those earning more than $250,000 and a quarter-cent sales tax increase would go into effect. Schools and colleges, public safety and other State agencies would receive funding.
Voting “No” on Proposition 30 means that no new taxes will be introduced. The following cuts would go into effect and schools and colleges would face billions in reduced funding:
Schools and community colleges $5.35 billion
University of California $250 million
California State University $250 million
Department of Developmental Services $50 million
City police department grants $20 million
CalFire $10 million
DWR flood control programs $7 million
Local water safety patrol grants $5 million
Department of Fish and Game $4 million
Department of Parks and Recreation $2 million
DOJ law enforcement programs $1 million
I hope you find this information on Proposition 30 useful. It is intended to aid you in understanding the possible effects of this ballot measure on the Peralta Colleges.
Again, there are important choices to make at the polls this November. I urge each of you to become informed as to relevant facts and the various choices before us and to vote this Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
José M. Ortiz, Ed.D.
25 September 2012. 0 comments
Welcome back to the new school year, and welcome to our new Chancellor, Dr. José M Ortiz. We’ve got a whole episode featuring our new Chancellor. Watch and learn about his path from New York to the Peralta Colleges, and hear his assessment and inspirations as our new leader.
Peralta Community College District Announces Appointment of New Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology
12 September 2012. 0 comments
The Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, Dr. José M. Ortiz, is pleased to announce that Calvin Madlock, previously the Director of Information Technology Services at Antelope Valley College District in Lancaster, California, has assumed the post of Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology at the Peralta Colleges.
Mr. Madlock, who reports to Peralta’s Vice Chancellor for Finance, Ron Gerhard, will oversee technology services at the four Peralta Colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland. He started in the position on Sept. 5, 2012.
While at Antelope Valley, Mr. Madlock provided administrative and instructional technology services for approximately 20,000 students and 1,200 employees. Previously, Mr. Madlock was employed at the Los Angeles Community College District as an Information Technology Project Manager.
Prior to Mr. Madlock’s career in academia, he worked in the corporate arena, providing professional computer services for Farmers Insurance, Nissan Motors, Toyota, Ralph’s Grocery, Kaiser Permanente, United Airlines, Rockwell International and Hughes Aircraft.
Mr. Madlock holds a Master’s of Science degree in Information Technology from Capella University, a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer and Information Systems from Northwestern State University, a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute and a Project Management certificate from the UCLA Extension Program.
He also earned an Associate of Arts degree in Physical Education from Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi. A basketball player at North Panola High School and Northwest Mississippi Community College, Mr. Madlock captured national attention. He received an Academic All-American Award at Northwestern State University.
Mr. Madlock is also recognized for his community service efforts and serves on a number of boards.