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Peralta Trustees Appoint Timothy Karas as the Next President of College of Alameda

15 December 2016

karas-by-peralta-collegesAt its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, the Board of Trustees for the Peralta Community College District appointed Timothy Karas to serve as president of College of Alameda. Karas has been serving as Vice President of Instruction at the College since 2014. His tenure as President begins January 3, 2017.

After several months of searching for a new president at CoA, Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., concluded the final step in the process by conducting a campus visit to the College of Alameda last week to confirm the choice of Tim Karas, as he is known on campus, as CoA’s next leader.

“I look forward to welcoming Tim as a colleague in his exciting new role,” said Chancellor Laguerre. “I have great confidence that he will lead CoA to its greatest potential.”

“The CoA community is to be commended for having supported and shepherded its Vice President to the top leadership role at the College,” the Chancellor added.

Karas joined the College of Alameda in July 2014 as Vice President of Instruction. Prior to COA, Karas was Dean of Liberal Studies and Language Arts (2009-2014) and Director of Library Services (2005-2009) at Mission College in San Jose. Previously, he was a tenured faculty member at the College of San Mateo and participated on multiple committees, including the Academic Senate, Curriculum Committee, Technology Advisory Committee and College Council.

“I am honored to lead this outstanding institution and am thankful for the support of the College of Alameda family,” said Karas of his new position. “At CoA, students are motivated to explore, create, learn and lead with help from faculty and staff. I believe everyone can flourish with high-quality, affordable education.”

“I am confident that with the ongoing support of our city and community partners, the College of Alameda will uphold its dedication to serve successfully the educational needs of our community,” he added.

Prior to working in academia, Karas worked as a librarian for the City of Palo Alto and Redwood City.

During the past ten years, he has served on a half-dozen accreditation site visit teams. Karas served as Executive Board President of the Council of Chief Librarians: California Community Colleges, and was an Executive Board Member (2008-2014).

Karas has served on many civic committees and commissions, including the City of San Jose Library Commission, Bond and Parcel Tax Citizen Oversight Committees and Santa Clara County Sister County Commission, and has co-authored a chapter in the book Campus Partnership in Small Academic Libraries: Challenges and Rewards.

His educational background includes a Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt Sate University. Tim is currently completing his doctoral studies at Fielding Graduate University.

 

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New Episode of C-Direct TV

14 December 2016

New Episode of C-Direct TV

Don’t miss the latest edition of C-Direct TV, where I interview Loan Nguyen, one of the Chancellor’s Award winners from Berkeley City College.

You can view it right here: https://youtu.be/RFpwp8kDhIo

Don’t forget to turn on the closed-captions, if you’d like to use them.

 

 

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Chancellor’s Statement on the Warehouse Fire

5 December 2016

It is difficult to find words to convey the depth of the tragedy that our community has witnessed in the wake of the Warehouse Fire and the loss of so many lives this weekend. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who perished in the fire, and we recognized the difficult path of healing that those who survived are now facing.

We are still in the process of identifying those in the Peralta Community who were affected by the Warehouse Fire, but we believe as many as five former, current and new students are among the victims. We mourn their passing.

Even as we are so saddened by this devastating fire in the Fruitvale District, for the sake of the survivors, and in memory of the victims, we must, together, look ahead with a sense of hope that tragedies such as this will never happen again. Together, as a community, we will overcome this terrible loss.

Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D.
Chancellor

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Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center at Merritt College Wins Prestigious Awards

2 December 2016

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The Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center is the newest building at Merritt College in Oakland – one of the four colleges of the Peralta Community College District, which includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney College, also in Oakland – and is now one of just two buildings named as “Outstanding Project for 2015” by the prestigious Western Council of Construction Consumers during their annual Excellence Awards ceremony that was held on October 27, 2016 at the Lafayette Hotel and Spa.

In announcing Merritt’s award, the Council said that the Barbara Lee Center was “Among the most sophisticated community college learning centers in the U.S., and the most advanced community college science center in California.” The building was also one of the few recipients during the program to receive a “Sustainability Excellence Award” for its LEED Gold Certification.

“I am very pleased that the Barbara Lee Science Center has been recognized with these awards,” said Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. “It clearly demonstrates what we can do to education our community’s students with the facilities bond funds that the public has generously entrusted to us.”

“We are planning future endeavors and I have every reason to believe those will also win recognition,” the Chancellor added.

On hand to accept the award for the Science and Allied Health Center was Derek Labrecque, Partner, and Shawn Percey, BIM Manager, from JK Architecture – the firm that designed the Center – along with Ted Foor, Larry Cabodi, Sean Burnie and Anna Kennedy from Clark/Sullivan Construction, the firm responsible for the construction of the Center. Also in attendance at the ceremony, and representing the Peralta District, were Chancellor Jowel Laguerre, Ph.D., and Dr. Saddiq Ikharo Vice Chancellor of Facilities, along with Merritt Dean Rosemary Delia and Gary Banks.

After the ceremony, architect Derek LaBrecque talked about the honor of receiving the award. “I’m excited that Merritt’s building was recognized tonight, partly because the essence of this project was built upon the vision of the college and history of the community. And also because of what will be done in this facility to prepare students with the skill sets they need to succeed in the 21st century.”

With over 110,000 square feet of dedicated space for science and technology, the Barbara Lee Health and Science building is the region’s newest epicenter for innovation in science and technology. As part of the Peralta Community College District’s commitment to provide access to the region’s student population, the building will be open all strata of students – concurrent enrollment high school students to life-long learners.

The majority of the four-story building, which was completed on time and within budget, is dedicated to programs in the Sciences and Allied Health, but includes Mathematics and Business Technology as well. The architectural design of the building, and the state-of-the-art equipment, provides something for everyone, enhancing the student learning environment, promoting the growth of the sciences and energizing the campus as a whole.

At various locations throughout the building, there are a number of public common areas for students and faculty to freely interact. These common areas have an open environment within the building to encourage active learning in an environment that is not just limited to the classroom.

The $59 million Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center was built with funds from the Measure A Bonds that were voted in place by the Citizens of North Alameda County that constitute the six communities served by the Peralta Community College District – Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont. According to Vice Chancellor Ikharo, “The construction of the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center demonstrates accountability to tax payers who voted for Measure A Bond Funds and promotes awareness to the greater community of how the bond measures is being spent. Additionally, the success of this building, by way of this prestigious award by an unbiased third party, represents confidence in possible future bond measures for the community.”

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Chancellor Laguerre’s Thanksgiving Message

21 November 2016

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This Thanksgiving all of us can reflect back on our successes throughout the year and give thanks to our colleagues, our students and everyone who made success possible. I want to thank all of you for everything you have done to make Peralta a better, more caring place this year. In the wake of the elections, as I have written, I want to again assure you, the Peralta Family, that we will continue to embrace basic human rights, our values and the Academic Freedom that makes Peralta an enduring institution. Peralta will remain a safe place for the expressions of cultural identity and documentation status, and no one will be silenced out of fear or prejudice. Education is our mission and we will continue, as we have for more than 50 years, to bring educational excellence to everyone–no matter their background–in our East Bay community.

Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes to you and your family.

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Chancellor’s Fall Forum Presentation

21 November 2016

img_1927If you missed the Fall Forums that Chancellor Laguerre held at each of the Peralta Colleges and the District Office, you can now watch a video of his presentation on Peralta TV’s YouTube Channel.

The direct link to the Chancellor’s Fall Forum video is here:

https://youtu.be/rRbsN6cipWE

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New Episode of Chancellor Laguerre’s C-DIRECT TV

17 November 2016

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In this edition of C-DIRECT TV, Chancellor Laguerre visits Laney College to speak with employees recognized for their dedication to our Mission. Peralta Director of Fiscal Services David Yang, Laney College Office of the President Executive Assistant Maisha Jameson and District Senior Network and Systems Administrator Chi Au detail how their work outside of the classroom helps our students succeed.

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Chancellor’s Town Hall, Thurs., Oct. 13, at Defremery Park, Oakland

10 October 2016

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Please join Trustee Julina Bonilla and Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., for a Chancellor’s Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 13, from 6-8pm, at Defremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street in Oakland.

The Town Hall will feature some of Peralta’s special programs, such as EOPS and our articulation agreements with UC, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and others. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Don’t miss this great community event. RSVP today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pccd-chancellor-laguerre-community-town-hall-meeting-tickets-27500795620.

See this flier for more details: pccd-townhall-oct

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C-DIRECT TV: Peralta Colleges Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Accepts Soccer Ball Donation For Haitian Kids

20 September 2016

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In this edition of C-DIRECT TV, Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., accepts a donation of soccer balls for Haitian kids from faculty members at Merritt College.

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Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., to Speak at University of Kansas School of Languages

30 August 2016

Dr.-Laguerre-by-Kuroda-0943The University of Kansas will mark the first anniversary of its School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (SLLC) with a convocation that will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom. The KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures was established in fall 2014 and emphasizes the central importance of language and culture for a 21st-century education in a globalized world.

The event will feature a number of guest speakers, including university leaders, as well as representatives of regional, national and international partnering organizations. Peralta Colleges’ chancellor, Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D. will underline KU’s renewed commitment to Haitian studies.

The University of Kansas, located in Lawrence, KS, is a major comprehensive research and teaching university, and the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures represents five core departments — East Asian Languages & Cultures, French & Italian, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Slavic Languages & Literatures and Spanish & Portuguese — as well as 13 affiliated departments and centers: African & African-American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Russian, East-European & Eurasian Studies, Classics, English, Humanities & Western Civilization, Kansas African Studies Center, Linguistics and Religious Studies.

Professor Marc Greenberg, SLLC director notes, “The (anniversary) event recognizes the high degree to which education and industry must work together to prepare citizens ready for the challenges of a multi-polar world.”

At KU, some 40 languages are taught on a regular basis, as well as courses on culture, literature, history and politics connected with many of those languages.

“It is an honor for me to have been invited to be part of the speakers for the convocation,” said Laguerre. “I left Haiti and came to the University of Kansas to help start the Haitian Studies program thirty-four years ago.”

“I am proud of the development of the language program and to see the survival of the program all these years is rewarding. I am glad to go back to Lawrence to explore collaborative opportunities that KU and Peralta can develop,” he added.

For additional information, go to kunews@ku.edu.

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