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Saving Taxpayers Over $24 million, Peralta Community College District Issues $157.8 Million in General Obligation Bonds

21 June 2016

PCCD_AnnouncementOn the heels of its recent AAA credit rating from Fitch, the Peralta Community College District announced the successful sale of $157.8 million of general obligation bonds. The financing accomplished two goals for the District: Refinancing bonds previously issued by the District in 2007 and 2009; and producing $50 million for new and ongoing capital projects at the District’s four colleges – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland.

Peralta District Taxpayers will receive a significant savings benefit from the refinancing, totaling $24.7 million over the life of the bonds, through a reduction in their annual property tax assessments. The refinancing lowered total interest cost by a present value savings equal to 16.8% of the principal amount of the prior bonds. The refunding bonds carry a true interest cost of 2.9%, which is substantially lower than the 5.0% average interest rate of the prior bonds.

“We are pleased to be able to find ways to reduce the cost of our bonds that ultimately benefit our voters,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “We appreciate the work the bonds team has done to support our efforts on behalf of our citizens. We are grateful to our taxpayers for what they do to make Peralta a successful district in educating our citizens,” he added.

The 2016 general obligation bonds are rated “AAA” by Fitch Ratings and “Aa3” by Moody’s Investors Service.

Several firms comprised the District’s bond finance team. KNN Public Finance, LLC, served as Municipal Advisor for the transaction. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP served as Bond and Disclosure Counsel. The bonds were sold via negotiated sale, led by Citi as senior manager. RBC Capital Markets served as co-senior manager. Siebert Branford Shank and Backstrom McCarly Berry served as co-managers. Peralta’s Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Ron Little, led the District’s efforts.

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Trustees Tap Rowena M. Tomaneng As Next President of Berkeley City College

16 June 2016

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At its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District appointed Rowena M. Tomaneng to serve as the next president of Berkeley City College. Tomaneng’s appointment comes following the departure of the previous president, Deborah Budd, who accepted the position of Chancellor of the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District earlier this year. Tomaneng will assume her post on August 1, 2016.  

“I am extremely happy that the Trustees have appointed Ms. Tomaneng and look forward to working with her on some of the key issues facing Berkeley City College, in particular, and the Peralta Colleges in general,” said District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.

“Ms. Tomaneng has the background, leadership skills and the temperament to lead BCC at this time,” he added. “We are happy to have her join the dynamic faculty, staff and administrators at BCC to continue and amplify the quality education and services they provide.”

Rowena Tomaneng has been the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif., for six years. She has overseen the Academic Services Division (including the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education), the Office of Professional Development and Pathways programs, such as the Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, and First Year Experience, as well as the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement, where, in 2006, she was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships.

Tomaneng has also overseen collaborative units at the De Anza, including the Learning Resources Division, consisting of Online Education, the Library and the Student Success Center. She holds leadership roles in state initiatives, including both the Student Equity and Student Success and Support Programs. She has obtained and administered state and federal grants, including the Basic Skills Initiative, Asian American/Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and Title III: Strengthening Institutions. Tomaneng has worked on faculty and district-wide administrative teams for many years, leading and developing program reviews and accreditation documents. In 2013, she won the statewide Association of California Community College Administrators’ Administrative Leadership Excellence Award, nominated by faculty in Academic Services.

Previously, Tomaneng served for over two years as Interim Dean of De Anza’s Language Arts Division, which includes 50 full-time and 140 adjunct faculty members, and offers 85 courses in the English Department, ranging from basic skills to multicultural literatures, as well as the departments of ESL, Journalism, Reading and Speech. She was English Department chair for the preceding three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency. Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996-2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature. She has participated extensively in curriculum development and developed various community and educational partnerships.

Tomaneng is actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns. She has written and contributed to a variety of publications and currently serves on the advisory board to the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Upon completion of her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities, Tomaneng is scheduled to receive her doctorate in International/Multicultural Education, with a concentration in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco in December. She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine.

 

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Summer Classes Start June 20, Admissions Offices Open This Friday, June 17, to Help You Enroll

13 June 2016

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Get the classes you need this summer at the Peralta Colleges.

Summer school classes start on Monday, June 20. You can enroll online or in person.

All Admissions and Records (A&R) offices at the four Peralta Colleges — Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College — will be open this Friday, June 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help you register.

Don’t miss summer school at the Peralta Colleges!

 

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Laney Colleges’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Introducing Carmen M. Solis, ValedictorianGonzalez

In 2014, Carmen M. Solis decided she wanted to return to school to complete her studies; however, due to an unpredictable and inflexible work schedule, her progress was hindered. It had been nearly 10 years since she last enrolled in classes, but that did not deter Carmen from making finishing her associate in arts degree a top priority. To achieve her goal, Carmen embarked on a significant career change which enabled her to have a steady work schedule and allowed her to enroll at Laney College.

Even though she knew it would be a challenge to work full-time during the day and continue her studies in the evening, Carmen made a commitment to herself to obtain her AA. Close to achieving her goal, she decided to further challenge herself by enrolling in the Management and Supervision (M/SVN) Certificate Program that Laney College offers in partnership with Alameda County. While busy with work and school, she faced a difficult personal situation when her mother passed away due to a battle with breast cancer. This situation only furthered her commitment to work hard and complete her studies.

The M/SVN program at Laney College has transformed and enhanced her skills as an employee with Alameda County and she has persevered in obtaining her AA. Carmen is now looking forward to a brighter and more confident future as she contemplates her next challenge

Introducing Liming Jiang, SalutatorianRodgers

Education is the most important thing to me because it makes me understand the real meaning of life. I was born in Hunan, China in 1985, in a patriarchal family. My sex and gender doomed me to be looked down upon. When I was a child, I had to take care of my two younger brothers. I often was bullied and beaten up by the adults in the village. I was not doing very good at school, and I was labeled as a stupid student. After my parents’ businesses closed down, I supported my two younger brothers while they earned their college degrees. After that, I told my parents about my plan to earn a college degree as my two brothers did, but they told me that women did not get higher education. I thought my life was unfair and meaningless. After I arrived in the United States, my life changed because of the education Laney College offered to me and the love my husband gave to me. Laney College opened the door for me, and my husband supported me to get higher education at Laney College. In order to build my solid foundation, I started with english as a second language classes, then general education classes, and finally to my major courses. My experience at Laney College completely changed me, and my negative mindset about the meaning of life. I learned how to think. Life is a process of pursuing dreams. They offered many opportunities and lessons to me. What I suffered from life is what I was given from it. The experience at Laney College also opened my mind, and I realized what my perspectives and ideas were, and I started to focus on my community. Right now, my dream is achieved at Laney College, and I have finished my double majors in social science and business administration with a 4.0 GPA. However, I know I am not finished. I am majoring in nursing at Peralta Colleges and preparing myself to serve my community in the future. All things I experienced enriched my life with color. Life can be a painful and frustrating process of growth, but in the end, life is a beautiful, magical, and a wonderful journey.

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Merritt College’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Kim-PhamIntroducing Kim Pham, Valedictorian

While living in South Vietnam, the youngest of six children, Kim Pham wasn’t able to achieve her dream of furthering her education. And when she came to the United States with her husband in 2000, she needed to work to help support her family, which now includes two young sons. So five years ago, when she finally had the opportunity, she was thrilled to begin attending Laney College, which was close to her home, to take ESL classes to learn English.

She then completed her General Ed requirements and started taking classes at Merritt College with a goal of becoming a teacher and fulfilling her passion of working with children. She quickly headed to the top of the class in her studies and also worked as a preschool teacher at Headstart in Oakland. She graduated in May with a 4.0 GPA and was proud to be named valedictorian.

She will continue her studies at Cal State East Bay. “I faced many challenges with cultural differences, language barriers, and understanding a new environment,” says Kim. “However all of my hard work has paid off today, and I am so happy to say thank you to all my professors who helped me so much to be successful at pursuing my dream. I hope someday to open my own childcare center for immigrant children and those in need.”

And her teachers couldn’t be more proud of her and her accomplishments as they watch her move on to continue her studies. “Both as a college student and as a student teacher, Kim understood and embraced the role of a learner,” says Christine Olsen, chair of the Childhood Development Program and one of Kim’s instructors. “She was curious and open to new ideas and would apply them to her work with the children as a student teacher. She came to class and to the lab school well prepared and was a committed member of the student teacher team. We are so excited for her success and wish her all the best!

Tania-HorneIntroducing Tania Horne, Salutatorian

Tania Horne, born in Hobart, Tasmania, came to the United States in 2012. With over 15 years experience serving people of disadvantaged and marginalized backgrounds in the field of criminal justice in Australia, she returned to school with a goal of bringing best management practices from her home country to make positive contributions in the United States.

Although going back to school after such a long time presented significant challenges, Tania worked hard to gain an understanding of U.S. history, political science, and justice. She graduated as the 2016 Salutatorian of Merritt College with Associate degrees in both Justice Administration and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

With a passion for restorative justice, Tania has accepted a position with the University of California, San Francisco for the next year to support the re-entry population in successfully securing gainful employment and transitioning back into the community. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, yoga, and sailing around the San Francisco Bay. She plans to resume her studies in fall of 2017 and hopes to ultimately earn a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.

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College of Alameda’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Introducing Gabriel Thomas Tramble, ValedictorianTramble

Valedictorian Gabriel Thomas Tramble has been an exemplary student during his time at College of Alameda, earning a 4.0 average. This fall he will be attending UC Berkeley, where he received the Regents Scholarship. This is the most prestigious scholarship that UC Berkeley offers. He was also accepted to UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Alabama State University, and Tuskegee University. Gabriel will be majoring in Media Studies with an emphasis in business. Gabriel has a website, stockbaby.org, which focuses on stocks and investment strategies. In his free time, Gabriel says he uses his website as a tool to teach others while researching and trading stocks.

Introducing Gabriela Martinez Garcia, SalutatorianGarcia

Through hard work and perseverance, Gabriela Martinez Garcia has become the 2016 Graduating Class Salutatorian. Gabriela is a first generation college student and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She spends a significant amount of time working with underserved youth in Oakland through non-profit organizations like the Reading Partners and AVID. She also volunteers her time at schools like Brookfield Elementary, John Muir Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary School. She is transferring to UC Davis as a major in Native American Studies with minor in education. She aspires to go into the education field to help her community.

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Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

3 June 2016

Introducing Selina V. Gonzalez, ValedictorianSelina

Selina V. Gonzalez, Valedictorian of Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016, arrived in the United States at age 16, a native of a town in the mountainous Hidalgo, Mexico region. “Berkeley City College challenged my way of thinking and provided me with opportunities to improve and exercise my leadership skills by helping undocumented students,” she said. “One of my goals is to advocate for underrepresented peoples and empower them to follow their dreams.”

Gonzalez is a founding member of the Peralta Community College District’s first Undocumented Community Resources Center. A member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, she is a Peralta Foundation Scholarship recipient. Her activities include membership in BCC’s Latin American Club, the Dreamers Task Force and the Political Science Association. As a former ESL student, she continues to provide math and English tutoring for others in BCC’s ESL classes. She also has helped to organize events and has volunteered at Ashby Village, a resource and support center for elders, and at Berkeley’s Chaparral House, a nursing home facility. She was accepted to UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Los Angeles.

Introducing Nicole Rodgers, SalutatorianNicole

Nicole Rodgers, Salutatorian for Berkeley City College’s Class of 2016, is at once motivated and is a motivational mentor to others. She is passionate about political activity, having served at state, regional and local levels in a variety of advocacy roles for both disabled and able-bodied students. “I am hearing impaired and am an advocate for Deaf and hard of hearing students’ rights, both in the community and at the local level,” she asserted. “I am so pleased to be graduating from Berkeley City College; it has been my pleasure to reach out and help students to not only be the best versions of themselves but an empowering resource for other students.”

Rodgers’s many community activities include roles as chief justice of the Associated Students of Berkeley City College. Statewide, she serves as one of 30 student senators for the California Community Colleges Student Senate. That body represents 2.3 million students. Rodgers also was president of BCC’s Global Studies Club and founded the college’s Disaster Preparedness Club. Working with the City of Berkeley, she helps to deliver disaster preparedness resources to under served communities.

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Outstanding Grads: Weixing Ou, Chancellor’s Trophy Award Winner and College of Alameda President’s Medallion Recipient

18 May 2016

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The Chancellor’s Trophy Award winner and recipient of the College of Alameda President’s Medallion for Spring 2016 is Weixing Ou.  

Weixing is a biochemistry major with an earned grade point average of 4.0.  According to Weixing her dream is to “improve people’s life using my professional skills to focus on HIV and cancer.”  Weixing will be attending University of California, Berkeley, Fall 2016, where she will maintain her goal of pursing a BS degree in Biochemistry.

According to Weixing, “the scholarship gives me a chance to continue chasing my dreams. I am a student who not only persistently works hard and makes efforts to overcome every obstacle; but also gets involved in different activities to develop various skills and contributes to the community by volunteering.”

Weixing is an ASCOA Senator, Vice President of College of Alameda’s International Students Club and is an active volunteer who tutors.  In addition, she joined the Berkeley City College Lions Club where she attended their community events such as “Street Etiquette” for promoting how to assist the visually impaired person; and volunteers at CoA in support of the annual Red Cross blood drive.

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Outstanding Grads: Cyntheria Owens, Merritt College President’s Medallion Award Winner

18 May 2016

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Cyntheria Owens is Merritt College President’s Medallion Award winner for 2016. She is very proud that she was accepted to so many universities and in her own words, says, “I applied to 4 states and 3 UC’s and got accepted to 4 states and 3 UCs, the schools are Northridge, Cal Poly, San Francisco, East Bay, UC Riverside, UC Davis, and UC Berkeley.”

Here are some of her other accomplishments: My discipline(s) are African American Studies. Social Science and Behavior, and Health Science. I will do a study abroad in Accra Ghana in the summer of 2016. I am a PTK (Phi Theta Kappa honor society) member

I will attend UC Berkeley in the fall of 2016. My current G.P.A is 3.7. My major is Social Work and Ethnic Studies. I feel I can […] assist people of all walks of life with [an] emphasis in black and brown communities. Strengthen[ing] relations are apparently needed in this area.

I originally came from Redondo Beach, moved to Sacramento and [have] been a bay area [resident] since 2012, [living] in Oakland for 4 1/2 years. I have an X-ray license that I use when volunteering at the West Oakland Health Center in the Radiology Department. I participated in the Oakland Project, which is a community awareness [project concerning] the impact of Gentrification [on] black and brown people of Oakland.

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Outstanding Grads: Ryan Chiao, Laney College President’s Medallion Award Winner

17 May 2016

 

26391424874_c822806f2b_cCongratulations to Ryan Chiao, Laney College President’s Medallion Award Winner for 2016. Chiao has an outstanding set of accomplishments and here is his story in his words:

Major: Accounting

AA Degrees earned from Laney College this May 2016:

  • Accounting
  • Humanities
  • Business Administration
  • Cosmetology

Transferring Institution: University of San Francisco

Major: Accounting

Specialization: Forensic Accounting

Career Goals:  To become an Auditor of big corporations

Accomplishments and Awards:

  • Maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average
  • Member of Phi They Kappa
  • 2016 Dean’s Medallion Recipient – Community Leadership and Civic Engagement

Community Service Initiatives:

  • Meals on Wheels – Alameda County
  • Alameda County Food Bank
  • Charitable causes

First and foremost, I must give due credit to all the kind and caring people who have spent their time and effort profoundly shaping and influencing my educational journey here at Laney College. I am an ordinary individual who was fortunate enough to undergo a remarkable transformation; it has positively impacted my personal and academic achievement while attending Laney. If I had not received guidance and mentoring from this institution, it is doubtful I would have been able to achieve academic success, employment as an accounting tutor, or the opportunity to participate in community service initiatives. I have been enlightened by this institution to see myself with purpose and distinction in this world. Laney College has not only lifted me up, it has enabled me to manifest the ability to lift up others. The rightful course of action is to give back to society what this institution has given to me and to realize a directive for helping others achieve. I endeavor to approach the world with kindness, compassion, and great humility in helping others. It is truly heartwarming to have my hard work in academia, my service for the community, and my love for Laney College recognized. One day, I hope to become a pillar of this community and give back because it is the right thing to do.

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Outstanding Grads: Samantha Rushing, BCC President’s Medallion Award Winner

16 May 2016

Samanta Rushing EditSamantha Rushing is this year’s President’s Medallion Award winner from Berkeley City College.

Rushing knew early that she wanted to be an English teacher. Growing up just outside Stockton, she wished her teachers were more inspiring. At age 16, she decided that teaching would be her professional goal and, although there were a few bumps along the road, that goal has never waivered.

At Berkeley City College, Rushing maintained a 3.92 GPA. She credits the EOPS and CalWORKs programs for helping her realize her goal. And it helped that BCC teachers, staff and administrators genuinely care about students and do everything in their power to help them stay on the right path, Rushing says.

The future teacher was hired as an English tutor her first semester at BCC and has helped dozens of students since. She has also served as the Secretary of the Associated Students at Berkeley City College. A single parent of a four-year-old girl, Rushing was accepted to UC Santa Cruz, Sacramento State University and California State University, East Bay, and she is waiting to hear from UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

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Peralta Colleges Say “No” to Vaping on Campus

14 May 2016

No vapingStudents attending the Peralta Colleges (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney and Merritt Colleges in Oakland) will be able to “Escape the Vape,” thanks to a new policy on e-cigarette use which has been added to the existing prohibitions against smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products in all indoor areas and most outdoor areas at the four Peralta Colleges.

On March 15, Peralta Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., updated the District’s administrative code prohibiting smoking to include the use of vaping products, as summarized in the district’s 2015-16 Personal Safety Handbook.

“Our goal is to create a safe and healthy environment for all of our students and staff. Secondhand emissions from ‘vaping’ devices contain toxins and have no place on our campuses,” Chancellor Laguerre said.

The Peralta Colleges joins the University of California system in banning the use of electronic cigarettes in all enclosed areas and most outdoor areas. Fines for violations begin at $40 and will be implemented after a six-month grace period.

A new state bill, AB 1594 (McCarty-D), introduced in January 2016, bans the use of all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, on all state and community college campuses. The bill has passed the Assembly floor and is headed to the state senate. If the bill passes in the Senate and is then signed by the governor, the law would take effect Jan. 1, 2018. Peralta’s new rules will begin protecting students and staff long before the state “catches up.”

As with most tobacco control efforts in California, the move to control and limit public use of electronic cigarettes came first from local communities. The first Tobacco-Less Club was established in 2011 at Berkeley City College, and in 2013, student members were the first to raise the issue of restricting electronic cigarette use on campus with school administrators. There is now a Tobacco-Less club on the Merritt campus as well.

The clubs have also been educating students about the health harms of flavored tobacco products, as well, which are being heavily marketed to youth in the form of low price candy and fruit-flavored little cigars.

The revised Peralta administrative procedure code on smoking can be found here: http://web.peralta.edu/trustees/files/2013/12/AP-3570-Smoking.pdf

Visit the Tobacco-Less Club website for more information: http://www.smokingbites.org/.

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Nominate a Student for a Voter Engagement Course

14 May 2016

2.27.14 freedom center logo in tealThe Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center has organized a course that includes robust voter engagement activities and social justice classes. We travel to the Central Valley of California where we will work with the Dolores Huerta Foundation and other organizations committed to individual change through participation in social transformation.
 
Nominate a student today for this life changing opportunity to participate in our voter engagement project called, “Institute for Education with Ethics, Values and Civic Engagement,” for the month of July! We will select 6 college interns and 25 high school students!
 
For more information call 510-434-3988. The 2016 application for the voter engagement project available on our website at: http://www.mlkfreedomcenter.org/programs/2016application/

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Laney College Biomanufacturing Students Help Local Company Accelerate Process Development

13 May 2016

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With the San Francisco-based Ardra Bio, Inc., continuing the development and scale-up of bio-based 1,3-butanediol, students from the Biomanufacturing Program at Laney College, Oakland, are helping to accelerate the process. The students are developing the skill sets required in biotechnology industry, working under the guidance of Dr. Jonas Muller, Chief Scientific Officer at Ardra. The collaborative effort was initiated by Douglas Bruce (Instructor, Biomanufacturing), who believes that hands-on experience is invaluable in preparing students for the industry and, thus, reached out to IndieBio for potential opportunities for his students.

Ardra is a bio-based specialty chemicals company incubated at IndieBio, San Francisco, and is currently developing a fermentation-based process for production of the specialty chemical 1,3-butanediol (commonly known as butylene glycol).

Working with Ardra provides the Laney College students exposure to the biotech start-up environment, and gives them an opportunity to test the skills learnt through the biomanufacturing program. Students are helping Ardra with various activities including fermentation runs, sample analysis, and also research activities towards new product discovery.

“I am very proud of the development of our biomanufacturing program, and the exciting opportunities for our students to collaborate with industry professionals at the same time as they are continuing their studies at Laney College,” said Dr. Leslie Blackie, Biomanufacturing Program Director. “Our program is a career technical education program, emphasizing hands- on skills and placement in the workforce. I am also really excited about the expanding directions our instructor, Doug Bruce, is taking the program, with the new partnerships between biotech startup companies and the students at Laney College,” added Dr. Blackie.

This exciting collaboration between Laney College and one of Indie Bio’s startup companies is allowing biomanufacturing students to get real world experience in cutting-edge science. Laney College students are working along side scientists and getting additional hands-on time with the bioreactors and analytical equipment. Two of the students working with Ardra have already accepted job offers at biotech companies, and the training they received in the biomanufacturing program gave them a huge leg up in the job interview process.

Photo Credit: Jonas Muller, Ardra. From left: Rowland Morey (student), Douglas Bruce (instructor), Gizem Efe (student), and Ryan Schumacher (student).

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Berkeley City College President Finalists Forums May 18

12 May 2016

Announcement_BCCStudents, faculty, staff and the community are invited to the public forums for the College President, Berkeley City College Finalists, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Berkeley City College Auditorium.

Public Forum Schedule (Moderator to be announced):

Marie-Elaine Burns: 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Michael Reiner: 1:00 p.m. -1:45 p.m.

Rowena Tomaneng: 2:15 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Candidate Bios:

Marie-Elaine Burns

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I was born in San Mateo and raised in San Francisco, I am a native Californian. I am a first-generation college student and a single parent.

As an educational leader, I am visionary, energetic, and passionate. While adaptable to change, I also am a risk taker/entrepreneur; not afraid to explore an idea different from my own or to encourage others to try their ideas. I encourage and support innovation and creativity.

My leadership style is characterized by respect, inclusiveness, transparency, collaboration, effective listening skills, and participatory governance. I am committed to equity and student success. Contributing to a positive impact on students has always been integral to the decisions I make as a college leader.

Having worked in higher education for many years, I have been responsible for college access, student retention, support services, transfer and graduation success which are major components of student success. I have worked at universities and colleges throughout the state which include but are not limited to the following: San Francisco State University where I had my first opportunity to teach; California State University at Long Beach where I assisted the Director in training college and university learning assistance professionals (faculty, coordinators and practitioners) from countries around the world; Skyline College in San Bruno where I 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 I left the college; and Foothill College in Los Altos Hills where I 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). I developed a vision and championed core values for student affairs and cultivated an effective Student Affairs management team. Under my leadership the College opened a Veterans Resource Center; the Annual African American/Latino/Pacific Islander/Native American Male Summit was established which I led for six years; the Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHSAC) was established and is running effectively; and I developed the first online student support services which assisted the College in being released from an accreditation sanction.

Currently, I am Vice-President for Special Services at San Jose City College (SJCC). In this position I work collaboratively with the SJCC vice-presidents and the Milpitas Unified School District partners to ensure the establishment of student services at the new Milpitas Community College Extension and a successful opening; I represent the College and participate in the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) Working Council and the Education Committee; and assist the District and colleges in providing Title IX Responsible Employee training. These are only some of my career accomplishments.

My 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.

The greatest accomplishment and success in my life, however, is my daughter Marie-Alicia Burns, who is completing her Bachelor’s Degree at California State University, East Bay.

Michael B. Reiner

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Michael B. Reiner is an innovative leader in higher education with experience in strategicplanning, budgeting, outcomes assessment, accreditation, liberal arts education, workforce development, psychology, cognitive science, design of learning spaces & learning commons, international education, prior learning assessment, & promoting educational opportunities for veterans. He has been involved with numerous projects using technology and pedagogical innovation to accelerate degree completion without sacrificing the quality of learning.

He currently is a team member with the California Community College System’s Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative, a state-wide project to provide colleges with consulting and technical assistance to enhance student success and achievement, improve accreditation and accountability, and advance integrated planning with resource allocation.

Previously, he served as Vice Chancellor of Educational Services for the Riverside Community College District, University Fellow in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost at the City University of New York (CUNY), Provost and Senior Vice President at CUNY’s Queensborough Community College, as well as an administrator at community colleges in Florida at Miami Dade College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Edison State College (recently renamed Florida Southwestern State College) & Santa Fe Community College (now called Santa Fe College, winner of this year’s Aspen Award as the nation’s best community college).

Prior to his administrative appointments, he was Professor of Psychology at Kennesaw State University, as well as held faculty positions at Salem College & Texas Wesleyan University. While at Kennesaw State University, he was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award and appointed University System of Georgia Board of Regents Distinguished Professor for Teaching & Learning.

An advocate of international and global education to promote diversity and inclusiveness, he has traveled with students and faculty in Europe, Central and South America, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. In addition, he has taken part in workshops sponsored by the East-West Center, spent a summer at the Japan Studies Institute at San Diego State University, and participated in a Summer Fulbright-Hays Faculty Travel Seminar in Southeast Asia. While at Kennesaw State, he had a Chancellor’s summer fellowship to study Chinese culture at Nanjing Normal University.

At Miami Dade College, his portfolio included international education and supervising the Confucius Institute.

Dr. Reiner’s Bachelor of Arts degree was from Haverford College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with high honors in psychology, and he holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota, where he was the recipient of a NIMH National Research Service Award.

His personal and professional mission is to help students achieve success by working with faculty and institutions to provide the highest quality education to prepare citizens for the uncertainty and excitement of our ever changing world.

Rowena M. Tomaneng

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Rowena Tomaneng’s leadership, teaching, service, and research are guided by social justice frameworks and a student-centered focus. Since 2010, she has been the Associate Vice President (AVP) of Instruction at De Anza College, a 23,000-student college in Cupertino, with a diverse student population consistently ranked at or near the top statewide in transfer to universities. She oversees the Academic Services Division, which is home to a wide variety of student-centered offices and programs, including the Office of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education; the Office of Professional Development; the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA); and Pathways programs such as the Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, and First Year Experience.

She also oversees the collaborative units comprising the Learning Resources Division: Online Education, the Library, and the Student Success Center. She currently holds leadership roles in state initiatives including both the Student Equity and Student Success and Support Programs (SSSP); has obtained and administered state and federal grants including the Basic Skills Initiative, Asian American/Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI), and Title III: Strengthening Institutions; and has worked on faculty and district-wide administrative teams for many years, completing program reviews and accreditation documents.

Prior to becoming AVP, Tomaneng served for over two years as Interim Dean of the college’s Language Arts Division, which includes 50 full-time and 140 adjunct faculty members, and offers 85 courses ranging in the English department from basic skills to multicultural literatures, as well as the departments of ESL, Journalism, Reading and Speech. She was English Department chair for the preceding three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency. Prior to these administrative positions, Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996-2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature, including basic skills, as well as Asian American literature and culture and Women’s Studies.

She participated extensively in curriculum development and revision, including developing service learning and linked Learning in Communities (LiNC) courses. In 2006, she was a founding co-director of De Anza’s then-Institute for Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE), now VIDA, and developed various community and educational partnerships.

In addition, Tomaneng is actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional, and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns to increase police accountability. She has written and contributed to a variety of publications and currently serves on the advisory board to the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Diversity and Democracy. Upon completion of her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities, Tomaneng is scheduled to receive her doctorate in International/Multicultural Education with a concentration in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco in December. She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine.

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