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  • The Peralta Colleges 7:25 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jannett N. Jackson   

    Jannett N. Jackson, Ph.D., Selected as President of College of Alameda 

    Jannett N. Jackson, Ph.D., Selected as President of College of Alameda

    At its regular meeting last night, the Board of Trustees of the Peralta Community College District selected Dr. Jannet N. Jackson as president of College Alameda. Dr. Jackson, who is currently Interim President at the college, will begin her three-year contract as President starting July 1, 2011.

    Dr. Jannett Jackson received her doctorate from the prestigious Community College Leadership Program in Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Masters in Education emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Liberal Studies from CSU, Fresno.

    Dr. Jackson has over twenty-seven years of experience in support services, instruction and administrative areas within the California Community College system and has served as the Interim President at College of Alameda since July 2010.

    She has held several statewide advisory board positions including the California Community Colleges Instructional Officers (CCCIOs) South West Region’s representative to the Team of Specialist for basic skills, Academic Senate Educational Policies Committee, EEO, Diversity, & Title 5 Advisory Committee, and has co-chaired the Peralta District’s Distance Education Committee.

    From 1998 to 2004 she served as Dean of Learning Resources Center at Fresno City College (FCC), with major responsibility for a $12 million dollar four-year construction & technology infrastructure project. Before assuming the duties of Dean, Dr. Jackson served eight years in faculty governance, with three years on the technology and curriculum subcommittees of the Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, culminating as FCC’s Academic Senate President.

    From 1991 to 1998, she was a member of the Business faculty at Fresno City College, was the faculty rep for tech prep, was the department chair, served on the regional consortium for vocational programs and has published statewide curriculum for telecommunications.

    Dr. Jackson is also a retired colonel with the California Army National Guard and a veteran of the Persian Gulf and Iraqi wars.

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 4:27 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alayo Dance Company, anger, bargaining, CubaCaribe, depression and acceptance, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Joti Singh, La Madre, LA ORILLA, Laney College Theater, LOSS & ACCEPTANCE, Naganuma Dance, Nelson Reyes, Parkinson's disease, Ramon Ramos Alayo, The Five Stages of Grief: denial   

    CubaCaribe at the Laney College Theatre, May 26 

    CubaCaribe is the second to the last show in the theatre until Fall.  Next Fri-Sun Naganuma Dance presents a dance of healing working with performers who have Parkinson’s disease.  Please come out and fill the theatre for these wonderful local dance companies, before your summer break kicks in.

    Week 3 of CubaCaribe Festival: LA ORILLA :  LOSS & ACCEPTANCE

    Alayo Dance Company, Cuba Caribe’s resident dance company, unveils a new work, Grief (2011) exploring the physical, spiritual and material losses in the 21st Century in relation to war, immigration, natural disaster, and economic downturn. The award-winning Cuban-born dancer/choreographer and Company Director Ramon Ramos Alayo

    considers what psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross refers to as The Five Stages of Grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.Grief premiers with guest choreographers Joti Singh and Nelson Reyes.

    The company will also re-visit La Madre, which they premiered in 2005 as a tribute to Ramos’ mother.

    Thursday, May 26, 8pm

    Friday, May 27, 8pm

    Saturday, May 28, 8pm

    Laney College Theater
    900 Fallon St.
    Oakland, CA 94607

    Tickets $20 advance $24 door

    Student Discount $15 at door

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 4:10 pm on May 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CSU Sacramento, Lakisha Smith, Laney Eagles, Laney Faculty Senate, Lyle Greene, UC Berkeley   

    Laney College Faculty Senate 2011 Scholarship Winners 

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 9:47 pm on May 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Measure A, Measure A Projects Tour   

    Measure A Projects Tour at the Peralta Colleges 

    Oakland, CA – In June, 2006, voters in Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont – the six cities that make up the Peralta Community College District passed Peralta Colleges’ $390 million Measure A bond by an overwhelming 74.7 percent, one of the highest support rates for a community college bond measure in the state.

    “The 30,000 students of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Oakland’s Laney and Merritt Colleges are the big winners,” replied Dr. Wise Allen, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District.

    The sale of bonds went towards renovating aging classrooms, building new science and technology labs and modernizing facilities that are decades old, all so that the Peralta Colleges can continue to provide a first-rate educational environment for the community’s students.

    A Measure A Projects tour of three campuses – Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Laney College in Oakland took place April 14, 2011 from 9am – 1pm.

    “We are pleased to able to escort the community and stakeholders on a tour of all the needed work, renovations, and repairs to our colleges.  It was an opportunity to present how Measure A bond monies were productively spent for infrastructure that benefits education in our community and the constituents we server,” said Dr. Sadiq Bello Ikharo, Vice Chancellor of General Services.

    Several organizations, including Assembly member Nancy Skinner’s office, Oakland’s Chamber of Commerce Public Policy office, the Oakland Latino’s Merchant Association, members of the Measure A Citizen’s Oversight Committee, Peralta Trustee Nicky Gonzalez Yuen, Student Trustee Jurena Storm and Peralta staff were represented on the tour.

    Drs. Allen and Ikharo greeted participants and the group viewed a PowerPoint presentation of Merritt College’s upgrades, including its photovoltaic (solar panels), lighting, allied health facility and its new library swing space, before boarding vans to the other colleges. Each college then toured the group of their newly renovated spaces: Berkeley City College showcased its classrooms, multi-media studio, auditorium and shared faculty offices; College of Alameda presented its new tennis courts, dance studio, dental lab, and student one-stop center; Laney College highlighted its athletic field, parking lots, and the newly renovated Laney Bistro, part of its culinary kitchen, where the group enjoyed a sampling of  lunch items,  prepared by culinary students.

    During the tour, one faculty member stated, “ We are pleased to express our enthusiasm about Measure A funds, because our educational facility needs have finally been addressed.”

    Measure A Citizen’s Oversight Committee member, Polly Amerin remarked, “It was an excellent tour… there was enough to impress us all.”

    A visual chronology of the tour is available on line at: http://www.peralta.edu/apps/docs.asp?Q=1839 and comments on the tour can he heard at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzOnRhXO5wQ (or search for Peralta Measure A Bus Tour on You Tube.)

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 5:26 pm on May 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 21st annual All-USA Community College Academic Team, American Association of Community Colleges, Barbara Dimopoulos, Beta Theta Lambda, , Castlemont High School, Dulguun Bayaraa, Follett Higher Education Group, Harold Woodard, , , PTK,   

    Peralta Colleges’ Student Named to 2011 All-USA Academic Team 

    USA TODAY named 20 students to its 21st annual All-USA Community College Academic Team in New Orleans, honoring them for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership, and Merritt College student Cassandra Beverly is among this list.

    “I was nominated by Barbara Dimopoulos, Phi Theta Kappa advisor for the Beta Theta Lambda chapter at Merritt College.” She explains, “I can’t really answer as to why she nominated me, but I believe that she saw my drive, my leadership skills, and high academic marks”.  Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for the 2-year colleges. To be a member of PTK, students must have at least a 3.25 G.P.A.

    The All-USA Community College Academic Team presented by USA TODAY, the American Association of Community Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group honors outstanding two-year college students.  The team of 20 was selected by a panel of judges from more than 1,600 students nominated by 800 community colleges.  Judges considered grades, leadership, activities and, most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

    Raised in East Oakland, Beverly graduated from Castlemont High School. “I chose to attend Merritt College because I wanted to attend a school that was affordable and supported women like myself, a single mother, full-time worker, and first generation college student.” She recalls “I found all of that and more at the Peralta Colleges.”

    This year, 27 California community college students were selected for the All-California Academic First Team, 28 students for the Second Team and 28 students for the Third Team. These students represent 42 California community colleges.

    The Community College League of California sponsored an award ceremony at which all team members received medallions of honor and a certificate recognizing their accomplishments. Three other Peralta Community College District students made the All-California Team: Dulguun Bayaraa – Berkeley City College, Jurena Storm from College of Alameda and Harold Woodard from Merritt College, along with Beverly were honored at the League’s March event in Sacramento.

    “As the first student from Peralta to receive this award, I feel humbled and honored that I have been allowed to be the vessel of hope and possibility for the Peralta Colleges.” Beverly proclaimed, “No longer can anyone say that Peralta students can’t be the best of the best!”

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 6:39 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Redistricting Forums   

    Peralta Community College District Redistricting Forums, This Week! 

    Peralta Community College District Redistricting Forums

    Federal and state laws require the Peralta Community College District to adjust its board of trustee district boundaries every ten years to balance populations based on current US Census Bureau Population Data. The redistricting process will change the boundaries of the districts and may change the trustee districts in which individual residents reside. The District welcomes community input on potential redistricting options, and hopes to hear from community stakeholders and their opinions on the alternative proposals at four public meetings to be held at the District’s college campuses.

    At these public forums, four scenarios for potential new boundary configurations will be presented for review and comment. For each of these four scenarios, written descriptions and demographic information will also be provided.

    Public Comment Meetings for the Peralta Community College Redistricting Process are as follows:

    Berkeley City College,  Room 415 AB, Wednesday, May 11 2011 6:00PM
    Merritt College, Student Lounge, Monday, May 16, 2011 6:00PM
    Laney College, Campus Theater, Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:00PM
    College of Alameda, F Building, Student Lounge, Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:00PM

    These forums are free and open to all students, faculty, staff and community members.

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 6:33 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Activism, , Jean Washburn, Mustafa Popal,   

    Peralta Matters 6: Activism 

    This month we’re looking at Activism. Mustafa Popal is faculty sponsor of Save Our Schools at College of Alameda. He’s followed by Dr. Wise Allen, Chancellor of the Peralta Colleges, explaining the economics of California education spending. And Alameda Student Body President Jean Washburn promotes student involvement. Enjoy!

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 6:24 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Claire Ortalda, , Floyd Salas, International PEN, Ishmael Reed, Josephine Miles, PEN Oakland Awards, Reginald Lockett   

    Peralta Community College District Board will honor 2 faculty winners of PEN Oakland Awards 

    You are invited —
    Oakland PEN prize-winning poets Andrena Zawinski (Laney) and Clifton Ross (Berkeley City College) will be honored by the Peralta Board of Trustees at their meeting Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm.  The Board meeting will be at the District Office, 333 East Eighth St., down the street from Laney College.

    Andrena Zawinski won for her collection of poetry, SOMETHING ABOUT from Blue Light Press in San Francisco. Clifton Ross won for his book of poetry, Translations from Silence: New and Selected Poems, Freedom Press. Andrena Zawinski and Clifton Ross are part-time English instructors.

    The PEN Oakland award was named for the late poet and faculty member of U.C. Berkeley’s English Department. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEN_Oakland/Josephine_Miles_Literary_Award   
    PEN Oakland, dubbed “the blue collar PEN” by the New York Times, was founded in 1989 by Ishmael Reed, who came up with the idea, and co-founders Floyd Salas, Reginald Lockett and Claire Ortalda, in order to “promote works of excellence by writers of all cultural and racial backgrounds and to educate both the public and the media as to the nature of multi-cultural work.” PEN Oakland affiliated with International PEN in 1990 and soon launched the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Awards for multicultural U.S. literature.  
    Posted by Chris Gat
  • The Peralta Colleges 6:06 pm on May 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Jobs and Career Expo, Laney Community College Gymnasium   

    Congresswoman Barbara Lee, in Collaboration with the Peralta Community College District, invites you to A Jobs and Career Expo at Laney College 

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 5:11 pm on May 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: College of Alameda Big Band, USS Hornet Museum   

    The College of Alameda Big Band performs on the USS Hornet Museum 

    The College of Alameda Big Band has been invited to perform aboard the USS Hornet Museum. On Saturday, May 21st, there will a ceremony commemorating Naval aviators of WWII. As part of a presentation by several retired WWII naval pilots, the big band will be helping to re-create the atmosphere of the 1940’s through the performance of classic swing music….This should prove to be the start of an ongoing relationship between the USS Hornet Museum and COA’s music department.

    Posted by Chris Gat

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