OAKLAND, Calif., November 30, 2011 – California Governor Jerry Brown appointed two individuals from the Peralta Community College District – a longtime academic senate president and administrator and a Peralta Colleges student – to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors (BOG). The BOG is the governing body that sets policy for the nation’s largest system of higher education. The new appointees are Joseph Bielanski, the Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator for the Peralta Colleges, and Jurena Storm, a College of Alameda student.
Jack Scott, State California Community Colleges Chancellor, said, “These new appointments are well qualified to help lead our system and each has been directly involved in the operation of their local district or college.”
“I welcome all four of these outstanding people to the board and look forward to working with each one of them,” said Scott.
Bielanski has been the Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator for the District and Articulation Officer at Berkeley City College since 2009. “I am honored that Governor Brown has appointed me as a faculty representative to the California Community College Board of Governors,” said Bielanski. “I know that my 21 years of experience in the Peralta Community College District will serve me well in this appointment.”
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors sets policy and provides guidance for the Community College system. Two of the new appointed members are from Peralta! Joseph Bielanski and Jurena Storm. Hear their excitement at being picked to positively influence the lives 2.6 million students per year through passion for student services and collective school experience.
Jurena Storm is the outgoing Student Trustee of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees. She has recently graduated from the College of Alameda with a degree in Political Science and will continue her studies in the fall at UC Berkeley.
Jurena moved to California from Oklahoma, with the goal of attending UC Berkeley. She began her academic journey at College of Alameda, thriving in the personalized attention available at that small campus. A counselor recommended student politics as a way for Jurena to become involved in helping her fellow students. She is now committed to helping others navigate the system of public service to get the help they need and deserve. Thank you Jurena for helping your community.
USA TODAY named 20 students to its 21st annual All-USA Community College Academic Team in New Orleans, honoring them for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership, and Merritt College student Cassandra Beverly is among this list.
“I was nominated by Barbara Dimopoulos, Phi Theta Kappa advisor for the Beta Theta Lambda chapter at Merritt College.” She explains, “I can’t really answer as to why she nominated me, but I believe that she saw my drive, my leadership skills, and high academic marks”. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for the 2-year colleges. To be a member of PTK, students must have at least a 3.25 G.P.A. …morePeralta News – Merritt College Student Named to All-USA Academic Team