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Peralta News – Board Spotlight July 15, 2014

23 July 2014

Board Spotlight: 15 JULY 2014

The July 15 meeting of the Peralta Colleges Board of Trustees featured a unanimous vote to name the Barbara Lee Allied Health Center at Merritt College.  Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Calvin Madlock presented a positive year in review.  And Chancellor Ortiz shared some of the work being done to prepare for Accreditation.

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Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center Named at Merritt College In Honor of Congresswoman

21 July 2014


In appreciation and recognition of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s contributions to Merritt College and the Peralta Community College District, the Board of Trustees’ passed Resolution 14/15-05 at its July 15 meeting to name the Merritt Science and Allied Health Center the “Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center” in her honor. Trustee Linda Handy, in yellow, reads the Resolution to Saundra Andrews of Congresswoman Lee’s office, who is flanked by President of the Board, Abel Guillén. Members of the Board, as well as Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz, and other senior administrators, are also pictured.

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State Assembly Resolution Commemorates Peralta’s 50 Years

21 July 2014


At the July 15 Board of Trustees meeting, a California State Assembly Resolution by Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and Senator Loni Hancock commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Peralta Community College District was presented to the Chancellor and Board by Jim Oddie, District Director for Assemblymember Bonta. Pictured, from left, are Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz, Jim Oddie, Trustee Linda Handy, Board President Abel Guillén and Board Vice President Meredith Brown.

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Board of Trustees Meeting July 15

17 July 2014

Board of Trustees Meeting July 15, 2014

Board of Trustees Meeting that was held on July 15, 2014 at the District Boardroom.

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P-SPAN – Laney College Sustainability Symposium

17 July 2014

The Peralta Community College District (Peralta District), the Institute for Sustainable Policy Studies (ISPS) and Sustainable Pacific Rim Cities (SPRC) along with Bay Area leaders in pre-disaster planning presented a special 2014 Resilient City and Sustainability Symposia commemorating the on-going efforts and partnerships around Sustainability and Resiliency work in the Bay Area. This one-day symposium highlighted representatives from these Bay Area Cities, local university/college researchers as well as industry leaders and professionals from the Bay Area involved in cutting edge sustainability work from community analytics to eco-water treatment systems. This event took place at Laney College, on April 25, 2014.

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P-SPAN #374: Laney College Sustainability Symposium, Part 1 of 2

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P-SPAN #375: Laney College Sustainability Symposium, Part 2 of 2

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P-SPAN – 2014 Graduation Coverage

17 July 2014

Berkeley City College Graduation: May 22, 2014

P-SPAN #378: Berkeley City College Graduation 2014


College of Alameda Graduation: May 23, 2014

P-SPAN #376: College of Alameda Graduation 2014


Laney College Graduation: May 24, 2014

P-SPAN #379: Laney College Graduation 2014


Merritt College Graduation: May 21, 2014

P-SPAN #377: Merritt College Graduation 2014


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Extended Interim Appointment for President Gravenberg

16 July 2014

Dr. Eric V. GravenbergAt its regular Board meeting on July 15, 2014 the Peralta Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend the interim appointment of Eric V. Gravenberg as President of the College of Alameda through June 30, 2015 or until the position is filled permanently.

The District will begin a national search for the next President of the College of Alameda. It is anticipated that the selected candidate will begin January 2015.

During the past year, one of President Gravenberg’s major accomplishments was stabilizing the operational structure of the college by hiring permanent managers and filling vacant positions. His primary goal is cultivating a climate of respect, trust, and collaboration by establishing additional avenues for communication such as Colleagues in Conversation, which encourages a campus-wide dialogue on topical issues, and establishing drop in office hours to ensure that he is accessible to the campus community.  He has implemented programs that recognize classified staff for exemplary service to the college community, and fostered student participation in campus life. These actions have created a cohesive leadership team, increased morale and improved overall productivity.

Additionally, President Gravenberg provided leadership for Institutional Self-Evaluation by meeting with constituent groups to solicit faculty and staff participation, and assigning a faculty member to work with academic departments to strengthen SLOs.

Especially noteworthy, is that he expanded equity efforts and supported student success through the implementation of initiatives such as Alameda Promise, and The Brotherhood – A Men of Color Initiative.  President Gravenberg also co-authored the successful Community College Pathway application to the California State Bar.  College of Alameda was one of 24 California Community Colleges selected for this innovative initiative.

Of the appointment, Peralta Colleges Chancellor Dr. José M. Ortiz said, “I am pleased President Gravenberg has agreed to delay his retirement and continue to provide exceptional leadership as the College of Alameda prepares for accreditation, plans for major construction of new facilities, implements programs to meet the mandates of the Student Success Act, and to stay attentive to addressing the myriad of challenges that lay ahead.”

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Peralta Matters – African American Studies at Merritt College

2 July 2014

Peralta Matters 29: African American Studies at Merritt College

This week on Peralta Matters, we’re meeting the African American Studies Department at Merritt College.  The first African American Studies Department in the nation was started at Merritt College, and no one is more proud of this legacy than Department Chair Dr. Siri Brown.  She is followed by her former student, now a professor, Danae Brown.  Next up is former student Durwin Brown, who describes unique challenges for African American males.  And finally, current student Domonicke Dunlap tells her story and success in the African American Studies Department at Merritt College.

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight June 24, 2014

30 June 2014

Board Spotlight: 24 JUN 2014

The June 24 meeting of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees began with inspirational words by Classified Senate President James Blake.  Trustee Handy reported on the White House Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans hosted by Laney College.  Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Calvin Madlock proposed a series of workshops on the current state and future of our Information Technology.  And Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance Susan Rinne outlined minor changes to the proposed 2014-15 budget reflecting the recently passed State budget.


(Watch the full Board of Trustees meeting below)

Board of Trustees Meeting June 24, 2014

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Announcement from Chancellor Ortiz: State Chancellor Brice Harris To Join Peralta Commemoration Day, July 1

30 June 2014

Brice Harris
Please join me in welcoming State Chancellor Brice Harris (pictured) on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., in the District Office Atrium, 333 East 8th Street, Oakland, to celebrate the actual day of Peralta’s 50th Anniversary.The Peralta Community College District was founded on July 1, 1964, and we will be holding special Commemoration Day events to mark our golden anniversary. There will be a ceremony marking the occasion with the installation of a time capsule and a keynote address from State Chancellor Harris to memorialize this once-in-a-lifetime milestone. Remarks will also be made by Board of Trustees President Abel Guillén, mayors from our six cities, as well as other special guests.We will also be holding a reception after the festivities and food will be served. Students, faculty, staff and community members are all encouraged to join in the celebration as we mark the actual day of the founding 50 years ago of the Peralta Colleges.

Dr. José M. Ortiz

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Peralta 50th Anniversary Festival On Saturday!

26 June 2014


Don’t miss the Peralta Colleges CommUNITY Festival, Saturday, June 28, 2014 • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Peralta District Headquarters, 333 E. 8th St., in Oakland.

We will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary with festivities all day long. There will be bands, dancers, college displays and booths, community organizations, fun for kids and great food. The CommUNITY Festival is free and open to the everyone!

Come celebrate with us on Saturday!

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Peralta News – APASS Program at Laney College

19 June 2014

Academic Excellence: APASS Laney College

The Asian Pacific American Student Success (APASS) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) initiative, is designed to enhance the capacity of Laney College to serve its large and diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) student population, increasing student engagement and improving educational outcomes for this student cohort. Visit APASS online for more details.

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Peralta Community Colleges Celebrates 50 Years

16 June 2014

Peralta Community Colleges Celebrates 50 Years

The Peralta Community College District celebrates its 50th Anniversary. On July 1st, 1964 the district was formed to serve the needs of the community. Celebrate the four Colleges and join Peralta in putting the Community back in College. Celebrate with us, click here!

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Peralta News – Board Spotlight June 10, 2014

16 June 2014

Board Spotlight 10 JUN 2014

The June 10th meeting began with the swearing in of new Student Trustees Jeramy Rolley and Carl Oliver. Interim Vice Chancellor Rinne presented the Proposed 2014-15 Budget. And Vice Chancellor Mike Orkin and OUSD Superintendent Gary Yee reported on the $15 million Career Pathways grant. Watch FULL meeting here.

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Last Day To Enroll For The 2014 Summer Session, June 18

16 June 2014

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