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Faculty Spotlight: Merritt College’s Jason Seals

13 April 2017

Jason I Class photoAs coordinator of this year’s Black History Month activities, Jason Seals drew speakers from the Oakland community where he grew up. Many of the authors, teachers, leaders, activists, and artists who spoke to the Merritt community had either mentored him or helped shape his future in some way.

Jason credits their influence with who he is today: a newly tenured faculty member, instructor, and chair of African-American Studies Program at Merritt College. As he talks about the decisions he made early on, he knows that his life could have turned out very differently if it hadn’t been for the people who had influenced him the most—starting with the one living right there in his home growing up.

“My mother was a single parent raising me in Oakland when it was the murder capital of the world,” he says. “Most of my friends were getting into trouble and I could have walked left or walked right. But my mother always wanted me to go to college and always told me to be the best I could be, and I never forgot that. It was because of her that I went in the right direction.”

While at San Jose State University studying sociology, he got connected with Leadership Excellence, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering African-American youth for social and personal change (now called Flourish Agenda) that would jumpstart his career.

“I held every position working with kids, from basketball coach to camp director, and I also worked in the YMCA, mental health organizations, and juvenile hall while I was in college,” says Jason. “Being in those environments began to shape my love for working with youth.”

He also could empathize with many of the youth he was working with, knowing how easily his life could have turned out the same way.

“My father was incarcerated for the first 10 years of my life,” says Jason. “One of the hardest lessons to learn without a man in your life is how to become a man.” Jason says he could identify with the boys he worked with, adding, “I never looked at their case files because I didn’t want to be influenced by what they’d done. I just wanted to see the good in them.”

Through all of his experience and education, Jason also realized how much he loved to teach. So after completing a master’s program in Africana Studies on a full scholarship from CUNY, Albany, he packed up his Volkswagen, drove home, and started his career as a “freeway flyer,” teaching part-time at colleges scattered all over the Bay Area.

Jason was introduced to teaching at Merritt College in 2007 by an acquaintance named Siri Brown who asked him to teach a high-school dual-enrollment class in “Racism in America” at Skyline High School. And, after following that class with several more off- and on-campus, Jason was hooked. He became full-time at Merritt in 2013.

“I loved the students at Merritt, and I became passionate about developing my own style as a teacher to help them,” he says. “ I respect the fact that most students here have other responsibilities in addition to getting an education. They want to be here but they have ten other things on their plate. So we need to take that into account but also have high expectations for students. So it’s a balancing act. But overall I want to create a safe space for the students. Because if they don’t feel safe, how do they learn?”

In his role as department chair, Jason sees one of his strengths as working and helping the community where he grew up. “I want to address some of the disparities on this campus and in the community and create a pipeline for our young people who don’t think they can go to college,” he says. “If they can develop skills and cultivate leadership in their communities, they will be more likely to say ‘I have a future,’ instead of foregoing success for doing something they will regret.”

 

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Laney College Receives $1 Million State Innovation in Higher Education Award

11 April 2017

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California’s Department of Finance announced on Tuesday, April 4, that Laney College was among 14 institutions to receive $1 and $2 million Innovation in Higher Education awards from the State’s $25 million special fund. The award promotes innovative planning at community colleges throughout California.

Laney was selected for its 5-year proposal to help diverse students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, succeed by providing them with greater access to high quality, touch-technology and SMART classroom cyber-learning environments beginning in the gateway discipline of biology. These points were highlighted for the selection committee by Executive Vice Chancellor Elnora Webb, biology instructor Doug Bruce, and lab coordinator Robert Tracy at Monday’s award session in Sacramento.

“This award will help bridge the digital divide that exists in many of the communities we serve and ensure all students receive a quality education that can lead to high-demand jobs in technology, biotechnology, bio manufacturing, and others,” said Laney President Tammeil Gilkerson. 

The winning proposal was collaboratively drafted by Dr. Webb, biology co-chairs Rebecca Bailey and Amy Bohorquez, and bio manufacturing program coordinator Dr. Leslie Blackie. Also involved were English instructor Tony Watkins who provided invaluable editing, and Math and Sciences Dean Denise Richardson for her support of this effort.

“I extend my congratulations to all of the winning districts and colleges for earning this prestigious and well-deserved award,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Boosting completion rates and reducing college costs are among the highest priorities for all three higher education systems in California. The schools recognized today are leading the way when it comes to making these twin goals a reality for this state.”

To read Laney’s proposal, go here: http://www.dof.ca.gov/programs/Education/Submitted_Applications_2017/documents/[14]_Laney_College.pdf

For more information about this award, contact Dean Richardson at drichardson@peralta.edu.

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Laney College Selected as Community College Innovation Challenge Finalist

11 April 2017

pocket_houseThe National Science Foundation, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, named ten finalists for the third annual Community College Innovation Challenge, including Laney College for its Pocket House Project that aims to overturn homelessness by using digital fabrication methods to create safe, inexpensive homes that are quick to manufacture and simple to assemble with minimal waste. You can read the full press release here: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=191589&org=NSF&from=news

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Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng and Former Peralta General Counsel Thuy Thi Nguyen Honored by APAHE

7 April 2017

FullSizeRenderThe Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) has chosen Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng, pictured right, as the recipient of its coveted President’s Award for 2017. The award honors the accomplishments of Asian and Pacific Island American college presidents and will be presented at APAHE’s annual conference and thirty year celebration on Thursday, April 6 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland. Also honored was Thuy Thi Nguyen, President of Foothill College and former General Counsel at the Peralta Community College District, pictured left.

A doctoral candidate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, Tomaneng took the helm as President of Berkeley City College in August 2016.  She expects to complete her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities this summer. She received her M.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Before coming to BCC, one of the East Bay’s four Peralta Colleges, Tomaneng served as the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino for six years. There, she lead the college’s institutional efforts with a number of initiatives, including Civic Engagement, Student Equity, and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program (AANAPISI). In 2006, Tomaneng was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships at the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement.

Tomaneng is also a faculty affiliate of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) in Cupertino whose mission is to address the need to increase civic engagement and community voice for Asian Americans and other underrepresented groups through education and civic network.

Tomaneng expressed her gratitude for being chosen for the award and noted the significance of the work done by APAHE. “For over 21 years, I have devoted my teaching, research, and administrative work in the service of AAPI and other students of color. APAHE has been a leader in promoting equity in advancement and opportunity for Asian and Pacific Island Americans. Its example and leadership have shaped my practice as an equity-based educational leader within and outside of the institution,” Tomaneng said.

APAHE is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for Asian and Pacific American students; promoting and supporting the hiring, retention, and advancement of qualified Asian and Pacific American faculty, staff, and administrators; and creating a better understanding of issues in the public affecting Asian and Pacific Americans in higher education.

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Student Govenment Voting Is Now Open

3 April 2017

Peralta Students! Voting is now open for your student government leadership.

Vote before April 19!

Berkeley City College Vote Online:
http://tinyurl.com/BCC-AS-Voting-2017

College of Alameda Vote Online:
http://tinyurl.com/COA-AS-voting-2017

Laney College Vote Online:
http://tinyurl.com/Laney-AS-voting-2017

Merritt College Vote Online:
http://tinyurl.com/Merritt-As-Voting-2017

For more information, see this flier Elections Flyer – R2 (1)

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Peralta’s EcoFest Sustainability Festival April 20

28 March 2017

In celebration of earth week 2017, the Peralta Colleges will host the 11th annual EcoFest Sustainability Festival at Laney College on Thursday, April 20, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The festival will feature a farmers’ market, food prepared by Laney Culinary Program, local exhibitors featuring sustainable goods, and a children’s playland.  There will also be live music by The Bobby Young Project, Infrared, Triples Alley, and Samba Funk!; and perfromances by DJ Yaddos,COA Dance, and Hip Hop For Change Artists’ JPZ, Ambessa the Articulate, Desirae harp, and Khafre Jay. 

Here is more on the performers: Performer Bios-EcoFest 2017

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Laney College Dance Department and Office of International Education Award Six Scholarships

28 March 2017

IIE Study Abroad Scholarship Recipients

The Peralta Community College District’s (PCCD) Office of International Education (OIE) joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad (GSA) initiative in 2014 in an effort to expand study abroad opportunities for students. GSA is a five-year initiative to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. PCCD was awarded a GSA study abroad matching scholarship to provide 6 students with $2,500 each ($15,000 total – $7,500 matched by funds raised by the Department of Dance) for the Summer 2017 Dance Study Abroad programs to Ghana or Ethiopia (Valley of the Sun Tour & Program) through Laney College.

The students’ names are:

  1. Jonathan Corley
  2. Gideon Mekwunye II
  3. Dagnachew Sibhat
  4. Nabulunge Ward-Judah
  5. Aminah Muhammad
  6. Danny Crumble

Students are required to:

  1. A)   Use the funds for the study abroad program of their choice
  2. B)   Complete the Dance Study Abroad Pre-registration and Media Release form
  3. C)   Pay all course and program related fees above and beyond the scholarship cost
  4. D)   Register in Summer Dance 7 and fulfill requirements of the syllabus for Dance 7, “Dance Study Abroad”

As a part of their pre-international travel experience, students traveled as Global Education Ambassadors with Laney College’s Global Education for the People Initiative (GEPI) to attend the 10th Annual African American Male Education, Network and Development Conference, “Building Our Legacy: Education. Transformation. Liberation.” The conference was held at the Westin in Los Angeles, CA on March 3rd and 4th, 2017 and held over 600 California Community College Students, including several Umoja/Ubaka students from Laney. GEPI Students hosted a table where they engaged with fellow community college students on the importance of global education and study abroad; attended student success workshops; and polished their networking and leadership skills by speaking their cause to notable guest speakers Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Lamont Hill. This experience was made possible by Student Equity Funding.

Contact Andrea Lee, Department Chair of Dance, for more information about study abroad programs in Dance or GEPI (avlee@peralta.edu)

Contact Drew Gephart, International Services Manager, for more information about all District study abroad programs (dgephart@peralta.edu) or visit the District Study Abroad Website at http://web.peralta.edu/international/study-abroad.

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C Direct TV: Rick Greenspan

21 March 2017

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For almost 40 years, Rick Greenspan has taught Automotive Technology at the College of Alameda, and loved every minute of it. As one of the few remaining automotive programs in the area, he continues to help our students find work in the industry they love.

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Peralta Colleges Campus Facilities, Technology & Sustainability Survey

21 March 2017

We want YOUR input regarding the campus facilities, technology and sustainability! Please take a few minutes to complete the on-line survey at the link below. The survey can be completed from your mobile device or computer.

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Thank You!

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Peralta News: Sound Design for film at BCC

13 March 2017

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The renowned E.J. Holowicki, sound designer for Pixar and Lucasfilm, who has been nominated eight times for sound editing awards has come to Berkeley City College to share his experiences with Multimedia students! Great sound design can mask poor performances and build suspense and drama. Sound hits us on a gut level and transforms our emotional response to a story. The sound design class at Berkeley City College is open to all. With a great mix of students that are both working industry professionals (like Dolby) and sound enthusiasts that just want to understand the concepts of sound better. For more information on the Sound Design or Multimedia courses and to sign up for classes, please visit: berkeleycitycollege.edu

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C-Direct TV: Ava Lee-Pang

7 March 2017

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In the 7th video in our series meeting some of the awardees of the Chancellor’s Service Award, we are introduced to Ava Lee-Pang. Serving in the Business Office at the College of Alameda, she brings her years of experience at Peralta to guide faculty and staff in using our systems and tools to help our students. In the following videos, you will find information about another Ava employment. She is a gambler in casino online bonus without deposit. With her many years of experience, she is ready to share with anyone who wishes.

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Tammeil Gilkerson to Serve as Next President of Laney College

23 February 2017

image1At its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees appointed Tammeil Gilkerson to serve as the next president of Oakland’s Laney College.

Gilkerson is currently Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Contra Costa College. Her tenure as President of Laney begins March 30, 2017.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the presidential search committee for its work in finding Laney its next president,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel Laguerre. “My appreciation goes to the faculty, staff, students and administrators who participated in the open forums and supported the process.”

“As an Oakland resident and someone familiar with California’s system of higher education, particularly our community colleges, President Gilkerson has the skill set needed to bring Laney to the next level,” Chancellor Laguerre said.

Gilkerson said of her new role, “During the interview process, I had an opportunity to meet many of the wonderful people at Laney College and the District, including a number of visionary and articulate students, and I am excited to work with, and support these talented, resilient and clearly committed group of individuals.” 

“I am excited to be joining a community so focused on student success and helping nurture and lead Laney in pursuit of its adopted mission and vision,” she added.

In addition to being a vice president at Contra Costa College, Gilkerson has led district-wide projects, including the development of the Contra Costa Community College District’s Distance Education Strategic Plan, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan during her tenure as the Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation Officer.

Previously, she served as the interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at San Jose City College and Dean of Counseling and Matriculation at Evergreen Valley College. Gilkerson began her community college career as a faculty member in psychology/counseling at Chabot College, serving as the coordinator for the TRIO Student Support Services program.

In addition to her work in community colleges, Gilkerson served as the Academy and Education Policy Director at the Greenlining Institute and in positions at U. C. Berkeley in the Office of Student Life and the Early Academic Outreach Program. Tammeil holds a bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in counseling, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy and pupil personnel services. She is currently completing her doctorate in educational leadership.

 

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Peralta Colleges Receive Clean Bill of Health Overall on Accreditation

8 February 2017

PCCD_AnnouncementThe Peralta Community College District has received a “clean bill of health” overall from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

The ACCJC reported that Berkeley City College has been removed from “warning” status. College of Alameda was removed from “probation” Laney College’s sanctions were reduced to one “warning,” the lowest level of ACCJC sanction. Merritt College was removed from “probation” and also reduced to one “warning” sanction.

“The accreditation teams at all of the Peralta Colleges worked hard to address the ACCJC’s recommendations,” said Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “Accreditation work is always ongoing as continuous evaluation is central to maintaining the ACCJC Standards. I am confident that all of our Colleges will continue to meet these high standards.”

“Thousands of students graduate with community college degrees and occupational certificates every semester from the Peralta Colleges. We continue to provide affordable, quality education,” Chancellor Laguerre added.

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Peralta News: The Wedge

3 February 2017

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‘The Wedge’ embodies net-zero design philosophies, meaning it generates all the energy it needs on site. By its nature, the design is also a living model of the various aspects of Zero Waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Its small footprint makes it easy to place on the small and odd-shaped lots common to cities, and being on wheels, it can be easily relocated as required to respond to changing needs. The fresh- and gray-water systems respond to the environmental challenges of living in California where every drop of water is precious and must be used, reclaimed and reused to the fullest extent. “The Wedge” is Laney College’s entry into the SMUD Net Zero Tiny House Competition, which took place in October of 2016 and rewarded $4000 as the winner of the Architecture category for their entry. Laney Carpentry students also won 4 other categories: Best Design, Best Furnishings, Best Landscaping and Best Video.

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C-Direct TV: Introducing Robert Brem

2 February 2017

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Join Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. on today’s episode of C-Direct TV. Robert Brem, professor of Political Science, Public Administration and Psycholgy, has worked to develop the Center for Community Change and Urban Leadership at College of Alameda. He also worked to create the best online casino in the country.

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