We took time out to catch up with one of Berkeley City Colleges many rising stars, Larry McDaniel. His perseverance has lead him from re-entry student at Berkeley City College to a Sociology Major at UC Berkeley. He is a bright reminder that with determination and a strong support system, nothing can stop you from your goals!
11 March 2014
11 March 2014
The Peralta District Colleges are in the process of upgrading our computer information systems. All online services associated with this PeopleSoft upgrade will be unavailable starting at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, March 14, 2014 and ending at 12 P.M. on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
Passport, PROMT, Admissions and Records registration services, Counseling computer functions, and all payment systems will be unavailable. This upgrade to PeopleSoft is necessary to improve our information services and to make your experience easier and more efficient.
Services will resume Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. We appreciate your patience. If you have any questions regarding the upgrade, please contact the IT helpdesk at (510) 587-7800 or email us at email@example.com.
For more details, please visit the District IT page at: http://web.peralta.edu/it/scheduledoutages/
11 March 2014
Team Peralta at Laney College will host the first of what we hope will be an annual BOYS & MEN OF COLOR (BMOC) RESOURCE FAIR. We welcome Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Merritt College to join the team at Laney as we highlight some of the signature educational programs our boys and men need to ensure that they are best prepared to succeed and lead! Specifically, we ask that you identify CTE, transfer or other programs you wish to highlight so that we can set aside tables where your faculty and/or staff leads can share information with members of our community. The BMOC RESOURCE FAIR will be held in the Laney College Student Center on March 26-29th, 4-7pm.
At Laney, we hope to have a host of Career and Technical programs in addition to our STEMS, Language Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts, as well as Athletic programs available to reveal what we do that makes the educational programs at Laney unique, relevant and exciting. Key staff of many essential student support services will be on hand as well.
We’re so excited about this event, and need to firm up the departments & programs that will be available to present during the RESOURCE FAIR. In addition, we have reserved up to 100 seats for students to attend the Wednesday evening session. Ideally, we will confirm details by no later than next Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
As the lead organizer, Paul Flores has already shared, “There is Huge interest in this event and I am so excited at the opportunity to be the first county based multi-agency BMOC RESOURCE FAIR that is directly connected to career pathways, Covered California enrollment and health screening and arts and culture presentation. This is a unique and powerful vision.”
I agree wholeheartedly, as this BMOC RESOURCE FAIR will be followed by Mr. Flores’ powerful play, PLACAS, developed with and directed by Michael John Garcés. For more initial details, check out http://www.laney.edu and www.sfiaf.org/placas_2014. It stars Richardo Salinas of Culture Clash. We expect this special production to be a powerful part of this 4-day series of events to honor our boys and men of color coming from throughout the City of Oakland and neighboring communities.
Many community organizations are on board for this wonderful collaboration of community efforts. Please join in on making this important event all it can be!
Please contact my assistant, Ms. Brandi Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org, to confirm your participation, and the number tables you may need.
6 March 2014
Chancellor Jose M. Ortiz, Ed.D, announces that five (5) finalists for the position of Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, Peralta Community College District, have been chosen by the Selection Committee. A public forum is scheduled for March 12. Here are brief biographies of the candidates followed by details about the forum.
- John al-Amin
Dr. al-Amin currently serves as Interim Vice President of Business Services for Riverside City College. He has a wealth of budget management and executive leadership experience, having served as a Senior Budget Analyst for the State of California’s Department of Finance, and also as Chief Business and Administrative Services Officer at Laney, Grossmont, and Oxnard Colleges. In addition, he served as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services for the Contra Costa Community College District.
Dr. al-Amin’s experience includes service as a Student Services Officer and work as a Graduate Research Assistant with the California Educational Research Cooperative at the University of California, Riverside. He was also a Recreation Program Instructor and Program Director at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been responsible for fiscal, policy, and strategic planning operations at his various institutions, in addition to having oversight and/or management responsibilities over various programs and services that have included Athletics, Bookstore Operations, Custodial Services, Capital Planning, Facilities Operations, Food Services, Grounds Maintenance, Human Resources, Information Technology, College Police, Procurement and Contracts, and Switchboard, Mailroom, and Warehouse Operations.
His academic training and expertise are in economics, educational administration, and business management. He earned a B.A. in economics and an M.A. in education from the University of California, Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Management from California Pacific University.
- Mazie Brewington
Ms. Brewington served 23 years in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Sergeant Major. In recognition for her exceptionally meritorious performance of outstanding service and achievement, she was awarded the Legion of Merit (highest peace-time honor) upon her separation from the Army.
Ms. Brewington began her career with the California Community College System in 1999 as the Business Manager for Laney College. She has also served as Controller of Chabot-Las Positas Community College and Vice President of Administrative & Business Services at Solano Community College District. Thereafter, she served as Vice President of Administrative Services for Merced Community College District, and since 2013, she has been serving as Vice President, Administrative & Business Services at Antelope Valley Community College District. Ms. Brewington was named for Excellence in Community Colleges by the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) in 2004.
Ms. Brewington holds a M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from Troy State University, a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Columbia College, and an A.A. in General Studies from Columbia College. Other successful leadership training includes completion of Integrated Strategic Enrollment Management at the Snowmass Institute in 2002; Advanced Strategic Studies and Operations, U.S. Army, El Paso, Texas, 1993; and the Logistics Management Program, U.S. Army, Petersburg, Virginia, 1992.
- Jeanine Hawk
Ms. Hawk brings over 20 years of experience in Higher Education. She has served as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer at Alliant International University since November 2011, Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services in the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District beginning June 2009, and served for several months as that district’s Acting Chancellor. She previously held vice presidential positions in the Santa Monica Community College District and at De Anza College. She has worked in community colleges for approximately 18 years.
Hawk holds an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Oregon University. She has achieved advanced candidacy in the SFSU Educational Leadership doctoral program and is writing a dissertation on the relationship of spending patterns and student outcomes in California community colleges.
- Yulian Ligioso
Mr. Ligioso has over three decades of experience in business and finance, with 22 years in California community college finance. For the last three years, he has held the position of Vice President of Finance & Administration at Solano Community College. He previously served as Vice President of Administrative Services at Chabot-Las Positas and San Jose Evergreen Community College Districts, and also taught and held business/finance positions at the College of Marin and at Ventura and Modesto Colleges.
Mr. Ligioso holds a Baccalaureate in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Southern California, and an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) from the University of the Pacific. He is also a Certified Public Accountant, formerly with Ernst & Young, an international accounting and consulting firm.
- Ronald Little
Mr. Little has over 25 years of leadership and management experience. He began his career in educational business and finance at the San Carlos School District, a K-8 district of 3,000 students. Prior to moving to community colleges, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the San Diego Unified School District, the second largest district in the state with over 130,000 students and a $1.1 billion general fund budget. Mr. Little was instrumental in creating strategies to turn around San Diego Unified’s budget problems and helped in re-building the district’s credibility within the community.
A product of the California community college system, Mr. Little earned his B.A. degree in English Literature from UC Irvine, and later earned an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco. He has also been awarded a post-graduate certification from the University of Southern California in School Business Management.
Mr. Little currently serves as the Vice President of Administrative Services for the Ohlone Community College District in Fremont, CA, where he leads several departments: Budget and Finance, Campus Police, Facilities, Purchasing, Risk Management, and Technology. At Ohlone he has built a strong sense of team and focus.
Public Forum and Chancellor’s Interviews:
Each candidate will participate in a Public Forum to be moderated by John Hendrickson, Interim Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 4 p.m. to 7:10 p.m., at the District Boardroom, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606. The schedule:
Jeanine Hawk – 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ronald Little – 4:40 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.
John al-Amin – 5:20 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
Mazie Brewington – 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Yulian Ligioso – 6:40 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.
There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question-and-answer session. Comment forms will be given to all who attend, and the completed forms will be collected immediately after each session and given to Chancellor Ortiz.
On the following day, Thursday, March 13, 2014, each candidate will participate in an interview with Chancellor Ortiz.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the Public Forum.
Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News. Tagged: Alliant International University, Chabot-Las Positas Community College, John al-Amin, John Hendrickson, José M. Ortiz, Mazie Brewington, Public Forum, Riverside City College, Ronald Little, San Carlos School District, San Diego Unified School District, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District, Solano Community College, Yulian Ligioso, Jeanine Hawk
“Science Denialism” with Dr. Eugenie Scott set for 7 p.m., Wed., Mar. 12 as part of MSRI/BCC lecture series
6 March 2014
“Science Denialism,” with Dr. Eugenie Scott will be presented as part of “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics,” a continuing six-part lecture series co-presented by UC Berkeley’s Mathematical Science and Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College (BCC). The event is set for 7 p.m., Wed., Mar. 12, in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia St., in Berkeley. It is free and open to the public. To get your free tickets for the event, go to http://eugeniescott.bpt.me/. Read more about the event at http://www.msri.org/general_events/20267.
Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is remarkable similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled,” or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. The presentation will explore and expand on these issues.
Dr. Scott is executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not-for-profit membership organization of scientists, teachers, and others that works to improve the teaching of science as a way of knowing, the teaching of evolution, and the teaching of climate change. She is an internationally-known expert on the creationism and evolution controversy, and is called upon by the press and other media to explain science to the general public. The author of Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction and co-editor with Glenn Branch of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools, she is the recipient of numerous awards from scientists and educators.
6 March 2014
Economic Justice lecture at Laney College
Black History Month continues at Laney College, with a lecture by Professor Danae Martinez, “The History of Economic Justice in the Struggle for Full Citizenship and Civil Rights.” The event took place on February 11, 2014.
“Fruitvale Station” panel discussion at College of Alameda
Black History Month continues at College of Alameda, with a panel discussion about the film “Fruitvale Station.” The event took place on February 13, 2014.
Filed under: College of Alameda, Laney College, P-SPAN, Peralta News. Tagged: Black History, Black History Month, Danae Martinez, Discussion, Fruitvale Station, Lecture, The History of Economic Justice in the Struggle for Full Citizenship and Civil Rights
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.
Filed under: Board of Trustees, Laney College, Merritt College. Tagged: Administration of Justice, District Technology Advisory Committee, Dr. Elñora T. Webb, Dr. Karolyn van Putten, Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, Program of Distinction, Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs
3 March 2014
Women’s History Month at Merritt College – March 6, 11-12, 18 & 25 in the Newton/Seale Student Lounge, R-110
3 March 2014
27 February 2014
It’s the year of the Horse and we found no better way to celebrate the Lunar New Year than on the quad, Laney style! There was food, performances, traditional calligraphy and even a tai chi lesson.
Chinese New Year is a time of feasting with family, celebration, fireworks and gift-giving. It is a holiday that spans over the course of a few days, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival. The horse is part of a 12-year-cycle of animals that make up the Chinese zodiac.
26 February 2014
The Western Regional Council on Black American Affairs made a presentation at the Board of Trustee’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, recognizing the Peralta Community College District and president of Laney College, Dr. Elñora T. Webb. Peralta Chancellor, Dr. José M. Ortiz, second from left, was presented with a plaque, and Dr. Webb, second from right, was honored for her work at Laney College. Also pictured are Carol Belle-Thomas Moss, far left, NCBAA co-vice president for public relations, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, president of Skyline College, right, and from the Peralta Colleges, Anita Black, far right, and Shirley Coaston, center.
20 February 2014
Berkeley City College, Room 126
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12pm–2pm
College of Alameda, Room TBD
Wednesday, February 28, 2014 12pm–2pm
20 February 2014
Peralta Community College District General Counsel, Thuy Thi Nguyen, was named president of the Board of Directors of the Marcus Foster Education Fund in Oakland.
Dr. Bob Blackburn, a fellow board member, nominated Nguyen during the education improvement organization’s February board meeting. Her approval was unanimous by those present at the meeting. Nguyen’s term begins on March 28, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015.
Nguyen has served as General Counsel for the Peralta Colleges since 2003. At different points during her tenure at Peralta, she served in additional roles as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and District-wide Strategic Planning Manager.
When Nguyen graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland, the Mayor of Oakland named June 23, 1993, “Thuy Thi Nguyen Day” for her community service. Nguyen received the Marcus Foster Scholar Award and attended Yale where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 2000 from UCLA School of Law.
The Marcus Foster Education Fund, a 40-year-old non-profit organization that helps Oakland Public Schools improve student academic achievement, is named after the late Oakland public Schools superintendent who was assassinated in 1973. Blackburn, then assistant superintendent, was also injured in the shooting.
Nguyen has served on the board of the Marcus Foster Education Fund for over eleven years.
Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News. Tagged: Castlemont High School, Dr. Bob Blackburn, Marcus Foster Education Fund, Marcus Foster Fund, Marcus Foster Scholar Award, Peralta Community College District General Counsel, Thuy Thi Nguyen, Thuy Thi Nguyen Day, Yale
13 February 2014
Peralta’s monthly column in the Bay Area News Group newspapers — the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times, the San Jose Mercury News and others — is now on the Web!
If you have story ideas for the column, please contact our Executive Director for Public Information, Jeff Heyman, at email@example.com.
You can always follow happenings at the Peralta Colleges on Twitter @peraltacolleges or @jeffheyman.
13 February 2014
On February 4th, College of Alameda kicked off Black History Month with a recreation of both The March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr’s, “I Have a Dream” speech. Students & staff got to experience an authentic bus from the 1950′s in salute to Rosa Parks birthday.