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Peralta News – Laney College Parklet

5 May 2016


In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, the Laney College Architecture program partnered with the National Park Service and the Peralta Hacienda House to create a parklet commemorating the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail. On April 18, as part of National Parks week, their creation was unveiled. Representatives from the Park Service joined our students in celebrating this addition to the National Park System right here in Oakland. After a brief stay in the Laney Tower lobby, the parklet will be disassembled for final installation at the Peralta Hacienda Historic Park.

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Laney Graphic Arts Wins Inspire Oakland Billboard Design Competition

4 May 2016

Laney Graphic Arts Wins Inspire Oakland Billboard Design Competition

Inspire Oakland is the biggest billboard design competition in the Bay area; an annual event organized by Oakland Digital and sponsored by Google, Twitter, Clorox, and other companies. Close to 200 students from 3 different colleges entered the competition. Only four designs from each college made it to the semifinals. Laney Graphic Arts student took 4 out of the 6 final prizes. Each one of our students won a prize. Their designs will be posted on large billboards around Oakland.

The 2016 Winners of Oakland Design Competition from the Graphic Arts Department in Laney College are:

Mira Blackman

Megan Delventhal

Cynthia Flores

Mary Luong

Instructor: Daniela Nikolaeva Pachtrapanska

Classes: GrArt 34 Illustrator, GrArt36 Photoshop, 114 Graphic Arts Technologies; GrArt 123 Applied Graphic Design.

Oakland Digital stated: “We were impressed with the level of talent Laney College students displayed at the Inspire Oakland 2016 design presentation. Special thanks to the talented students and Daniela Nikolaeva for making Oakland Digital’s 6th Annual ‪#‎InspireOakland billboard design challenge a success!”


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Laney College Passive House Ribbon Cutting

4 May 2016

IMG_0699Plan on attending the Laney College Passive House Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Noon – 2:00 pm, at 453 Ashton Avenue, Oakland.

For the past 20 years, the Laney College Carpentry Department, the Rotary Club of Oakland, the City of Oakland and Passive House California, have partnered to provide hands-on opportunities for Laney Carpentry students by building or substantially renovating a home from foundation to finish. This year’s project is particularly unique because it incorporates sustainable concepts to provide the ultimate in comfort and indoor air quality.

The goal is to certify the house to International Passive House standards: this entails meeting performance-based criteria with regards to air tightness, insulation, heat recovery ventilation and energy usage. It will be the first home certified in Oakland and one of only a few in the Bay Area. Based on the high performance mandates: utility bills for this house are projected to average around $10/month.

Laney students performed most of the work on the house — except for plumbing, electrical, roofing and mechanical system installations. Upon completion, the house will be sold to a low or moderate income buyer. The City of Oakland provided the property, and the Laney College Carpentry Department recruited, taught and supervised the students. Passive House California helped design and was the primary consultant, Berkeley Contractor Christopher Polk managed the construction, and Oakland Rotary Development, LLC. administered the project and managed the construction funds, which were from the sale of a previous “house building” project. An Oakland Rotary realtor is donating his services to handle the sale of the house.

For more information, please contact Karl Seelback at



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Alameda Chamber of Commerce CEO Forum at College of Alameda with Trustee Withrow and Chancellor Laguerre

4 May 2016

Dialogue with the Chancellor Web Flyer

Don’t miss the CEO Forum presented by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce with Trustee Withrow and Chancellor Laguerre at College of Alameda’s Student Lounge (Building F), on May 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m. The topics discussed will include how the College of Alameda can serve local businesses. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. College of Alameda is located at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway in Alameda.

See this flyer for more details:

CEO Forum 8.5 x 11 flyer for print


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Proverb G. Jacobs, Jr., Ed.D, 1935 – 2016

29 April 2016


Proverb G. Jacobs, Jr., Ed.D, a longstanding, inspirational and cherished member of the Laney College and Peralta Colleges community passed away, Monday, April 18, 2016. Memorial and funeral services were held for him last week. He will be very much missed.

Below is his obituary, as published in San Francisco Chronicle.



Proverb Jacobs Jr., a former Raiders lineman who played six seasons in the AFL and NFL, died Monday at the age of 80 from complications after a fall.

Dr. Jacobs had spent the final years of his life writing his memoirs, the last installment being “Autobiography of an Unknown Football Player.”

From 1958-64, he played for the Eagles, Giants, Titans (now the Jets) and Raiders. He later joined lifelong friend and San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh to serve as a scout for the team.

But Dr. Jacobs’ wife, Mimi Johnson-Jacobs, said his real love was mentoring young people.

“He was the ultimate nurturer. He was an educator first and foremost, and a mentor.”

Dr. Jacobs taught for more than 30 years at Laney College.

Born May 25, 1935, in Marksville, La., Dr. Jacobs was raised by parents who picked cotton before moving west to leave the hostile social climate of the South.

He was a year old when the family arrived in Oakland, becoming part of the great migration of African Americans leaving the South in search of economic opportunity. But the West had its share of segregation as well, which Dr. Jacobs learned when his mother tried to enroll him and his siblings at Santa Fe Elementary School in Oakland. They were told that “Negroes” weren’t allowed to attend.

Dr. Jacobs earned an associate of arts degree from Modesto Junior College, then transferred in January 1956 to Cal, where he received a bachelor of arts degree. He returned to Cal for a doctorate in education and also received a master’s degree in physical education from San Francisco State University.

“When I transferred to Berkeley from Modesto Junior College, it was a whole new ballgame,” Dr. Jacobs said in a question-and-answer session at Laney last April. “There were only five blacks on the football team.”

During those times, the small group of black students at UC Berkeley hung out together, said Joe Griffin, 79, a longtime friend of Dr. Jacobs.

“He was a mountain of a man, more quiet than talkative, unless you knew him or he knew you,” Griffin said of Dr. Jacobs, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound offensive and defensive tackle.

After his playing years he became a defensive coordinator for the minor-league San Jose Apaches in 1967 under then-head coach Walsh before he scouted for the Cincinnati Bengals and eventually joined Walsh again as a scout with the 49ers through the 1980s. The two became close friends, Griffin said.

Throughout that time, Dr. Jacobs kept teaching. He also coached track at Laney, fighting to establish a women’s track program in 2003.

“Track was always my favorite sport,” he said last April. “I could just play football.”

Dr. Jacobs guided younger athletes throughout his life, coaching two-time Olympian 800-meter runner James Robinson, and mentoring Erv Hunt, a retired Cal track coach who was head coach for the U.S. men’s track and field team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

He spent the last decade chronicling his life and tracing his family’s genealogy. Dr. Jacobs suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before his death.


Dr. Jacobs is survived by his wife; son Proverb Jacobs III and daughter-in-law Jan Moore Jacobs; son Stephen Mayle and his partner, Della Gutierrez; and grandchildren Rachael Jacobs, Erin Jacobs and Proverb “P.J.” Jacobs IV.


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Laney College Baseball Team Wins Bay Valley Conference

29 April 2016


The Laney College baseball team defeated Los Medanos College 4-2 Thursday afternoon in Pittsburg to win outright the Bay Valley Conference championship for the first time since 2012.

The Eagles’ final regular season home game is Friday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m., against College of Marin. Laney has won nine straight games.

The Northern California Regional will be played next weekend.

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Peralta Association of African American Affairs 18th Annual Scholarship Awards Reception

27 April 2016

The Peralta Association of African American Affairs will host its 18th Annual Scholarship Awards Reception on Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m., in the atrium of the Peralta Community College District offices, 333 E. 8th Street, in Oakland.

Since 1998, PAAAA has distributed over  $70,000 to Peralta students who are matriculating from the community colleges to four-year institutions in California and across the country.

This year, eight students from all four of the Peralta Colleges will be honored for their academic success and for their service to the community.

We invite and encourage you to support our 2016 scholarship recipients by attending this event. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information please contact Dr. Herbert Kitchen at 5104667222 or


PAAAA 18th Annual Scholarship - May 6-2

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College of Alameda A-Tech Student Richard Saeparn Wins Ozzie Day Scholarship

21 April 2016

IMG_0803Richard Saeparn, a third-year student in the Auto Technology Program at the College of Alameda, has been awarded this year’s Ozzie Day Scholarship.

Richard had already started a career as an Air Force Reserve Ground Equipment Technician when he made the choice to begin the A-Tech Program at the College of Alameda. Since he was used to 12 hour days in the Air Force, Richard jumped full steam into the A-Tech Program and often attended classes 9 hours a day, five days a week. Not only was he taking classes, but for most of the last two years, he has worked as a student aide to help other students! And all the while, he has maintained his Air Force Reserve status by continuing his Air Force training and certifications. He is currently looking at opportunities with Honda, Toyota or Tesla when he graduates in May.

The Ozzie Day Scholarship is a $500 scholarship, which is awarded by the A-Tech Department each semester to the student with the highest grade point average and the most units in the A-Tech Program. The scholarship was set up in memory of Ozzie Day, the founder of Automotive Engineering and a long-time member of the COA Automotive Advisory Committee.


Photo: Richard Saeparn accepting his $500 check from Candido Mejia, A-Tech Toolroomkeeper

For further information on the A-Tech Program, call 510-748 2267.

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Summer School at the Peralta Colleges!

20 April 2016

Summer 2016Ad

Get the class you need during Summer School 2016 at the Peralta Colleges. Each of our four colleges — College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney College and Merritt College — are offering classes this summer. Take classes at one college or all four and get the classes you need. See the class schedule and enroll now! Classes start June 20.

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Summer and Fall 2016 Priority Registration Dates

13 April 2016

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Peralta Colleges At East Bay High School College Day

6 April 2016

Kristen Picture San Leandro HS

At a special Community College Day event that took place at San Leandro High School on Thursday, March 17, 2016, the Peralta Community College District was well represented by Laney College Outreach Specialist, Kristen Kayeer de Hijar, pictured, who spoke to a crowd of students, parents and staff about all the benefits of attending a community college.

The purpose of San Leandro High’s annual Community College Day is to inform students and parents about higher educational options after graduation. Several 2-year, 4-year and private colleges were in attendance.

“Kristen’s powerful talk about her journey from community college to transferring to a four-year college was well received by the group”, said Nadia Elhawary, College Advisor at San Leandro High School. “ I believe the work she does will be mutually beneficial for students and their parents,” she added. “Her knowledge and skill-sets would be a variable to connect schools, students and shared resources.”

“When I entered the high school, it brought back memories of when I was a student at Albany High School, so many years ago,” remarked Kristen Kayser de Hijar. “I conveyed my story and journey from high school to the Peralta Colleges”. The goal of her presentation was to engage, empower and encourage students that a college education is attainable.

Ms. Kayser de Hijar stated during her talk, “My pathway from high school to college changed my life, and by starting at a community college – specifically Berkeley City College – the experience helped make and mold me into the person I am today.”

After Kayser de Hijar’s presentation, many parents indicated they felt more knowledgeable about community colleges, and that sending their child to one would be a wise choice for the student’s college success. The Peralta Community College District was happy to have participated in such a positive event.

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Peralta Matters – Cybersecurity at Merritt College

5 April 2016


Check out the new Cybersecurity Program at Merritt College! This program helps students get the skills they need to enter this growing field. Computer Information Systems Department Chair Courtney Brown describes the development of this program with industry partners to train the workforce that is needed in this growing field. First Cohort Student Andy Bittner recalls the excitement of their team’s participation in the National Cyber League competition. George Papandreopoulos describes some of the human elements and risks related to cybersecurity. And Cybersecurity Club President Dashobeam Harris talks about the supportive community he found while pursuing a long term dream.

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Academic Excellence – ESL at Laney College

31 March 2016


Laney College’s ESL Department (English as a Second Language) and The Lake Merritt – Independent Senior Living community have teamed up in an incredibly successful partnership.

Every Friday, the Laney College ESL class practices conversational English with residents of The Lake Merritt – Independent Senior Living. This program is a hit with both students from Laney’s ESL class and the residents of The Lake Merritt.

It’s a winning situation for all. Practice makes perfect and that is exactly what the ESL students get to do with residents of The Lake Merritt. Numerous studies have shown that loneliness can lead to problems in mental, physical and emotional health with aging adults. The benefits of feeling helpful and needed often makes a huge difference in anyone’s life, no matter their age and through this one-of-a-kind program, both parties benefit in the most awesome way!

For more information, please visit:

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Lead Your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus

31 March 2016

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On Thursday, March 10, 2016 Drew Gephart presented at the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s 2016 Best Practices Conference entitled “Lead Your Campus to the Top: Best Practices in Internationalizing the Campus”. The conference was held at UC Davis and focused on themes such as internationalization strategies, expanding participation in #StudyAbroad, and building international partnerships. Founded in 1919, the IIE is a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors.

These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger.

The workshop was called “Models and Best Practices in Internationalization at the Community College”, and explored various tools for internationalization at the community college, ideal for community college representatives who are looking for practical ideas on how to internationalize their campus.

Drew shared the two successful proposals he wrote for the California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) grants to support the internationalization of the Peralta Colleges and strengthening of the study abroad programs. These grants have helped jumpstart international student programs and activities, such as organizing an annual study abroad fair, creating a mentorship program for new international students (CONNECT), and establishing international student clubs on each campus.

To learn more about IIE and the conference please visit

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Eco Fest Sustainability Festival at Laney College April 21

30 March 2016

On April 21th, 2016, the Peralta Community Colleges District will hold the annual Eco Fest Sustainability Festival on the Laney Campus by the Estuary Channel.  The Festival celebrates our commitment to educating students, faculty, staff, and the community about sustainable practices of good health and all that it encompasses:  exercise, food, human rights, transportation, proper care of planet earth, and more.

During the festival, our community joins together for an afternoon of great food by Laney culinary students (and this year, faculty), music and Dance (samba!), Cosmetology, CTE, and informative dialogue between exhibitors, students, faculty, staff, and the community at large to share ideas about improving the health of the community and the planet.

This year we are adding a new component to the festival: Recruitment and Transfer.  We want to highlight the services that Laney provides our students.  We are inviting many colleges, universities from around the state, and neighboring high schools to come and visit our campus and for students to consider becoming a member of the PCCD community.  But I can’t do this without your help.  I am asking for staff, student ambassadors, and faculty, to represent their programs, services, clubs, and classes in booths up on the quad and by the estuary.  So join us and contribute time, your most valuable talent, to insure that our festival is once again a success.

Please read the attached flyer and form.  There is no fee for our community; we need your involvement to make the recruitment and transfer process occur. Please reach out to others who are interested and can help in promoting this event.  Students want to know what we have to offer.

Our community joins together for a day of education, fun, great food (by our culinary students), music, and informative dialogue.


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