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Peralta’s Thuy Thi Nguyen To Serve As Interim Community College League of California President/CEO

19 December 2014

Thuy Thi Nguyen

Colleagues and Friends,

We are very pleased to inform you that Thuy Thi Nguyen has accepted our offer to serve as Interim Community College League of California President/CEO, beginning January 5, 2015.  Many of you already know Thuy — she currently serves as General Counsel for Peralta CCD. We are very grateful to Peralta Chancellor José Ortiz and the Peralta Community College District for making it possible for Thuy to serve as League Interim.

State Chancellor Brice Harris shares our enthusiasm: “We at the state Chancellor’s Office are excited to work with interim League president and CEO Thuy Nguyen. In her role at Peralta she has proven to be a dynamic and effective leader, and we are confident that her energy and talents will serve the League well as we continue to improve access and student success in our system. Ms. Nguyen is truly an impressive leader and the right choice for the League.”

Thuy’s appointment is for the duration of the upcoming legislative session, and you will be hearing from her directly in the New Year.

We wish you very happy holidays.

Cheers and Onward,

Yours truly,

Louise Jaffe
CCCT President
CCLC Board Chair
Santa Monica College Trustee

Frank Gornick
CEOCCC President
CCLC Board 1st Vice Chair
West Hills CCD Chancellor

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight December 9, 2014

18 December 2014

Board Spotlight: 9 DEC 2014

The December 9 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured the swearing-in of new and returning Trustees Bonilla, Handy and Riley and the appointment of Dr. Joi Lin Blake as the new President of the College of Alameda The College Presidents presented their Student Equity Plans. And a new construction plan for College of Alameda was revealed. To view the full meeting, please visit:

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Peralta Colleges Trustees Sworn-In, New Board Officers Elected For 2015

17 December 2014


The Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 9, 2014, elected a new slate of officers for 2015. Additionally, a newly elected trustee and two trustees, reelected in November, were sworn-in to serve for the next four years.

Meredith Brown, who represents Area 2, was elected president and Dr. William “Bill” Riley, who represents Area 5, was elected vice president of the nine-member board, which includes two student trustees.

Julina Bonilla, who was elected in November to represent Area 7, was sworn-in by Abel Guillén, the outgoing Area 7 Trustee who was elected to the Oakland City Council in November. Linda Handy, Area 3, and William “Bill” Riley, both re-elected in November’s election, were sworn-in, respectively, by former Assemblymember Sandré Swanson, who is Deputy Mayor of the City of Oakland, and Judge Gordon Baranco, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.

“I am both pleased and honored to serve as president of the Board,” Brown said. “One of our first actions starting off our new year was to approve the terms of an agreement that will provide construction related apprenticeship positions for students in Laney College’s Construction Management Program to work on Peralta’s capital construction projects.” 

“We will continue to build partnerships with the local building trades, public transit agencies and the health industry, and we will work closely with our K-12 and county education partners to prepare our students for California’s changing economy,” said Brown. “We will continue to provide a well supported pathway for students transferring to our CSU and UC systems,” Brown Added. 

Brown, first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012, is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in complex litigation and representing public agencies. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor Degree from Boston University School of Law. Brown served as a clerk for United States Magistrate Joyce London Alexander, First Circuit in Boston, Mass. Her community involvement includes service as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and leadership with the Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club, Montclair Soccer Club, National Women Political Caucus – Alameda County North, and a volunteer Judge Pro Tem for Alameda County.  

Newly elected trustee Julina Bonilla is a community college graduate and received her B.A. from U. C. Berkeley. She is a former Oakland elementary teacher who moved into workforce development, providing education and job training to young adults in Northern California. Bonilla’s community work and active memberships include Board Vice President of Tradeswomen Inc., the National Women’s Political Caucus-AN, and she has served as a member of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board and co-chair of the Oakland Youth Council. She is the Program Director of the West Oakland Job Resource Center.

Linda Handy, who was first elected in 2002, has a long resume of community service and college administration experience. She has a M.S. in Organizational Development and Analysis from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Handy is a Laney College alumna and a former president of the Oakland Coalition of Congregations.

William “Bill” Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and is a Merritt College alumnus who has served in public education for over 30 years, including in the Oakland, East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and San Ramon School districts. He earned his Ed.D. in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University. 

Continuing to serve on the board are Bill Withrow, who represents Area 1, Nicky González Yuen, Area 4, and Cy Gulassa of Area 6.  Student trustees are Carl Oliver and Jeramy Rolley. 

For 50 years, the Peralta Community College District has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 30,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.

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Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees Appoint Joi Lin Blake Next College of Alameda President

17 December 2014

Joi Lin BlakeThe Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees, at its meeting on December 9, 2014, voted to appoint Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D, the current Vice President of Student Services for Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif., as the next President of the College of Alameda. Dr. Blake starts in the position January 6, 2015.

At Skyline College, Blake has overseen admissions and records, counseling, financial aid, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS), public safety, veteran’s services and other areas. She has served on the College Executive Team and on a number of committees.

“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Blake as we move forward not only at the College of Alameda, but throughout the entire Peralta Community College District,” said Chancellor José M. Ortiz, Ed.D. “The search committee did an outstanding job forwarding four finalists for my consideration, and I consider Dr. Blake to be the best fit for the College and the Peralta District.”

“Dr. Blake is the right person for the job,” the Chancellor added.

From 2006 to 2011, Blake served as Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College. In 2010, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a Policy Assistant and Doctoral Intern for the U.S. Dept. of Education, where one of her duties was helping to develop a national strategic plan for community colleges.

Blake holds an Ed.D. from San Diego State University, with a concentration in Community College/Postsecondary Leadership. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science from San Francisco State University (with a major in Program Development and a minor in Spanish) and holds a Masters of Science degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State.

From 2003 to 2006, Blake was Interim Staff Development Coordinator for Southwestern Community College District in south San Diego County, and served as Academic Senate President. She was an instructor and counselor for Southwestern from 1991 to 2003, and served as Interim Dean of Instructional Support Services. In the 1980’s, Blake was an instructor in the field of Disability Support Services for San Diego Community College District, and a counselor for the San Diego Unified School District.

For 50 years, the Peralta Community College District has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 30,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.

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Peralta News – Board of Trustees Meeting December 9, 2014

11 December 2014

Board of Trustees Meeting December 9, 2014

Board of Trustees Meeting that was held on December 9, 2014 at the District Boardroom.

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Peralta Matters – Career Pathways Partnership

10 December 2014

Peralta Matters 30: Career Pathways Partnership

We’re talking about Career Pathways this month on Peralta Matters. The Peralta Community College District is the fiscal agent for a $15 million grant linking local school districts with community colleges to train our youth for jobs in the 21st century. Karen Engels, from the Department of Educational Services, describes our work in this exciting partnership. And we highlight the Machine Technology program at Laney College, with Department Chair Louis Quindlen and father/daughter students Mike and Jackie Feeney, who both got good jobs after participating in the program.

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Student Spotlight – Tenzin Seldon, Berkeley City College

9 December 2014

Student Spotlight: Tenzin Seldon

Tenzin Seldon graduated from Berkeley City College, transferred to Stanford University and is now a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

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AND STILL WE DANCE… “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within” at Laney College, Dec. 12-13

1 December 2014


Witness the artistry of Laney’s ILO ~ Communication, through the lens of dance! Friday & Saturday, December 12-13, 8:00PM in the Laney College Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center. General Admission $15.00. Students, Seniors & Children $10.00.

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight November 18, 2014

26 November 2014

Board Spotlight: 18 NOV 2014

The November 18, 2014 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured continued discussion of the Side Letter to the Project Labor Agreement. The College Presidents presented draft institutional self evaluations. And Board President Abel Guillén offered perspective on Peralta from his campaign trail. To view the full meeting, please visit:

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Benefits of Organic Foods Lecture #4 at Laney College with Victory V. Lee, Dec. 4

26 November 2014

POSTER -  Victory Lee -- WIP -- HEALTH BENEFITS  OF  ORGANIC  FOOD-4-1Thursday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. in the Laney College Forum.

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Peralta News – Pathway Press Conference at Berkeley City College

24 November 2014

Peralta News: Berkeley City College Press Conference

The City of Berkeley and Berkeley City College joined forces to create a college-going culture in the city’s public schools. The partnership, called Pathways, with help from students of the ambassador program at Berkeley City College is designed to educate and support students from the city’s middle and high schools on what it takes to get them college and career ready.

The Berkeley City College Student Ambassador Program is made up of students who are selected from a diverse pool of applicants to represent the college’s diverse community. The program is an extension of the Admissions and Records department. The focus is to support new and continuing students through the enrollment process into the Peralta College system, and provide educational out-reach services to local high schools, middle schools, and community partners.

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New Mobile-Friendly Peralta Colleges Class Schedule for Spring 2015

21 November 2014

Spring_2015_Schedule_ViewerPeralta Colleges Department of Public Information has developed an online class schedule that can easily be accessed from any mobile device as well as by computer.

The Spring 2015 Class Schedule “flip-book” can be found in the right column of Peralta’s homepage and makes it easy for students to view the schedule on desktops, laptops, tablets, phones and other mobile devices. It features search, an index and other functions that make it simple to look up classes by college or discipline.

The flip-book can also be accessed here.

The Department of Public Information will continue to publish the printed class schedule, but this new electronic schedule is part of our digital engagement efforts to make our online content and websites mobile-friendly and thereby more easily accessible to students and the community.

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Fall 2014 Scholarship & Award Recipients

20 November 2014

Antoinette Lenahan Child Development Scholarship ($100)
Nancy Rodriguez – Merritt

Henry Fort Memorial Book Scholarship ($250 each)
Erica Hill – COA
Erin Cohen – BCC
Miguel Amado – Merritt
Quyen Le – Laney

Ivan J Houston Scholarship ($1250)
Jacquelyn Walker – Laney

James Hubbell Nursing Scholarship ($5000 each)
Lystra Pana – Merritt
Marjurie Thunder Hawk – Merritt

Jian Biao Li Scholarship ($500 each)
Libing Wu – Laney
Hikaru Yuki – Laney

Machine Technology Scholarship ($1000)
Sam Goldenberg – Laney

Metal Cutters Scholarship ($500 each)
Azania Luevella Kane – Laney
Thomas Walcek – Laney

Oakland Scholars Promise ($2500 each)
Jorge Cabral – COA
Omar Robledo – Laney

Outstanding Machine Technology Student Scholarship ($500)
Joel Hernandez – Laney

Richard Lewis McHugh Memorial Scholarship ($500)
Omari Taylor – COA

Ruth Bittman Memorial Scholarship ($500 each)
Jorge Cabral – COA
Keith Booker – BCC
Maria Fernandez – Merritt
Tyrice Bender – Laney

Sheryl Queen Memorial Scholarship ($1000)
Cherie Barker – Merritt

Torri Minton Scholarship ($400)
Brittany Hart – Laney

Peralta Colleges Foundation Scholars Award ($1000 each)

Adelya Harrison – COA
Sponsored by Karen Friedman

Bonnie Cherry – BCC
Sponsored by Michael & Margaret Mills

Drew Beesley – Merritt
Tyrice Bender – Laney
Sponsored by The Clorox Company

Fernando Navarro – BCC
Sponsored by Northern California Carpenters Regional Council

Lynda Marin – BCC
Sponsored by East West Bank

Maria Fernandez – Merritt
Sponsored by United Parcel Service (UPS)

Maurice Martin – BCC
Sponsored by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #595

Nirit Bisconer – BCC
Sponsored by Gilbane Building Company

Quyen Le – Laney
Sponsored by Bell Investment Advisors

Rudrani Ghosh – BCC
Sponsored by WLC Architects, Inc.

Theresa Hill – Merritt
Sponsored by Chancellor José M. Ortiz

Uyanga Byambaa – Laney
Sponsored by Peralta Federation of Teachers (PFT) AFT Local 1603

Ana Pena – Merritt

Betty Rohney – BCC

Lydia Taylor – Merritt

Mary Wegler – BCC

Michelle Smedley – Laney

Samantha Serrano -Laney

Weixing Ou – COA

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Peralta Engineering Medicine/Science (PEMS) hosting Pre-Med Workshop by UCSF, Nov. 25

20 November 2014

PEMSTuesday, November 25, Noon – 1:00 p.m. at Laney College in Room B210. To RSVP email

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Open Door Mission Food Drive at Laney College, Nov. 20 – Dec. 15

20 November 2014

Open Door Mission Food Drive Flyer (PDF)

Please bring your contributions to the Laney College Library, Thursday, November 20 thru Monday, December 15 by 4:00 p.m. Library Hours: Mon – Thurs 8:00AM – 8:00PM and Friday 8:00AM – 6:00PM

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