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  • The Peralta Colleges 10:04 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Peralta Colleges Board Elects New Officers For 2011, Reelected Trustees Sworn-In 

    OAKLAND, Calif., December 10, 2010 – The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on December 7, 2010, elected a new slate of officers for 2011. Three trustees, reelected in November, were also sworn-in to serve for the next four years.

    Dr. William “Bill” Riley, who represents Area 5, was elected president and Cy Gulassa, representing Area 6, was elected vice president of the nine-member board.

    Abel J. Guillén, who represents Area 7, was sworn-in by the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson, Senior Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California. Dr. William “Bill” Riley and Linda Handy were sworn-in by the Honorable Gordon S. Baranco, Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.

    “I am both pleased and honored to serve as president of the Board during this critical time in Peralta’s history,” Riley said. “I look forward to working closely with our constituent groups to help guide our colleges through some of the difficult decisions the Board will have to make in the future. In making these decisions and working together with students, faculty, staff and the community, the Board and I are committed to an open, shared governance process, accountability and full transparency,” Riley Added.

    Riley was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1998 and represents an area that includes Oakland’s Rockridge District and the City of Piedmont. He has served as President of the Board twice and also as Vice President. He is a Merritt College alumnus and has served in public education over 30 years, including the Oakland, East Palo Alto/Ravenswood and San Ramon School Districts. He earned an Ed.D., in Educational Policy and a B.A. in Sociology and Physical Education from the University of San Francisco and an M.A. in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University.

    A graduate of UC Berkeley with a M.A. in English, Cy Gulassa has taught at institutions such as Frostburg State University in Maryland and the Philadelphia College of Art, as well as teaching English at De Anza College for 30 years. He served as president of the Foothil-De Anza District Faculty Association for fifteen years and founded the Bay Faculty Association. He lectures on community college reform and governance issues and has published over 150 articles. In 1994, he was named Faculty Member of the Year and was honored by State Assembly and Senate resolutions and a commendation from President Clinton.

    Continuing to serve on the board are Bill Withrow, who represents Area 1, Marcie Hodge, Area 2, Linda Handy, Area 3, Nicky González Yuen, Area 4, and Abel Guillén, who represents Area 7.  Student trustees are Jurena Storm and Darnice Davis.

    Posted by Chris Gat


  • The Peralta Colleges 7:36 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Berkeley City Council, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, Digital Arts Club (DAC), Instructor Joe Doyle, , News   

    Berkeley City Council honors Digital Arts Club 

    A Tue., Nov. 9 proclamation issued by Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and the Berkeley City Council recognized Berkeley City College’s Digital Arts Club (DAC) for its talent, creativity, and its many years of artistic contributions to Bay Area galleries and exhibits.

    The club, whose members include multimedia arts students and faculty members, has served as a leader in promoting area arts. The group has worked to greatly improve community awareness and appreciation digital arts. It also provides a valuable educational resource for those who wish to gain skills in multimedia and digital arts production. Instructor Joe Doyle is DAC adviser.

    DAC exhibit themes center around motion graphics, video, web art, animation, sound design, and other related disciplines . The group displays art in both private galleries and educational venues.

    The city’s proclamation, in honor of BCC’s Nov. 19-20 Fall Arts Festival, commended the group’s work and noted, in part, that: “ . . . . Faculty members and students from the Multimedia Arts Department of Berkeley City College utilize their excellent facilities to offer comprehensive courses in multimedia arts. Incorporating the latest hardware and software these lessons have been an affordable and invaluable resource that benefits community members from all over the Bay Area. . . .”

    (Source: Editor Shirley Fogarino, Public Information Officer, Berkeley City College)

    Posted by Chris Gat

  • The Peralta Colleges 7:15 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Community College News, News, SB1440   

    SB1440 guarantees admission to CSUs from state’s community colleges 

    Community college students who graduate with a “C” average or better will be guaranteed admission to California State University as juniors beginning next fall under a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    The governor described SB1440, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima (Los Angeles County), as a “monumental step forward for California’s higher education system.”

    Under the new law, California’s public community colleges also will be required to offer associate degrees comprised only of courses acceptable for transfer. Currently, students at two-year schools often are confused about what classes are transferable. While they need only 60 units to transfer, studies show that the state’s community college students complete an average of 80 units, many of them nontransferable.

    California’s community college students will be guaranteed admission to the California State University system if they maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher.

    (Source: Editor Shirley Fogarino, Public Information Officer, Berkeley City College)

    Posted by Chris Gat

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