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ASMC President Thanks the Many Clubs and Attendees Who Suppported Club Rush

11 February 2016

(SEE PHOTO GALLERY) More than 20 clubs participated in Club Rush on February 10, along with the soon-to-be STEM Club, and attendance was high to check them out! In an email to all of Merritt, ASMC President My Williams thanked all for their participation and commitment to student development and success via leadership roles and opportunities in extra-curricular activities that aid in growth and scholarship.” Enjoy the photos taken by Birhon Quizhpe.

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Black History Month: KEYNOTE EVENT 2/17: Dequi Kioni-Sadike Speaks on Political Prisoners

11 February 2016

BLACK CALENDAR JPEGDon’t miss the keynote event on Wed., Feb. 17: Dequi Kioni-Sadike will speak about political prisoners in her talk, “Free Assata Shakur and All Political Prisoners,” at 11 a.m. in R110. The afternoon will also include an African Dance and Drum performance.  On Feb. 18, instructor Jason Seals will facilitate a panel discussion on “Black Women Relationships and Dating,” at 11 a.m. in Room A206.

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Women’s Basketball Player Inducted into Hall of Fame

10 February 2016


CCAA logoFred Brown, coach of the Merritt Women’s Basketball Program, is proud to announce at that its sixth player/coach has been chosen to go into the state’s California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Audrey (Moore) Jones, who played for Merritt between 1986 and 1988, will be inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame with three others at the Banquet of Champions at the State Tournament on March 10, to be held at the Double Tree in Pleasanton.

Audrey is a 1986 graduate of McClymonds High School in Oakland, attended Merritt from 1986-88, and went on to graduate from Oregon State University in 1991. She is one of 13 children and the first to graduate from a four-year university. As an athlete at Merritt, she played both point guard and off guard on two championship teams, according to Merritt Women’s Basketball Coach Fred Brown, who nominated her and was inducted into the Hall of Fame himself in 1998.

“She hit a game-winning “3” to put Merritt in the State Final 8 at ARC,” he says, “and she was a major factor in leading Merritt to a 51-17 record and two championships in two different conferences and to the State Finals.” Also, he adds, as outstanding as Audrey was on the court, she was just as outstanding in the classroom. “She has continued her passion for helping others and has a full-time job working in probation in the Sacramento area while raising two children with her husband.”

The five existing Merritt players/coaches in the Hall of Fame are Yasmin Gray and Tidra Hardy, 1996; Fred Brown, 1998; Inga Marciulionis, 1999; and Jurate Zukauskaite, 2002.




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Still Need a Class or Two? Check Out Merritt’s Loooong List of Late-Start Classes and Register Now!

5 February 2016

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 10.07.27 AMIt’s not to late to register for classes!  Take a look at our list of 100 classes, from Critical Thinking  to Writing Workshops that have start dates up to May. Register now at
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Interested in Cybersecurity? There’s Still Time to Enroll in a Late-Start Class Starting 4/8

4 February 2016

It’s not too late to get into the popular Cybersecurity Program with five Late-Start classes starting on April 8. Click here to see the classes and go to to enroll. If you have any questions, contact Program Coordinator Anita Black at or Courtney Brown at For more information, go to the website HERE . (Below: Cybersecurity students honored for winning national competition.)

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Don’t Miss This Rare Opportunity to Experience the California Condor in Nature; Enroll in BIO 80D by Feb.18

21 January 2016

0001 7(CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS) With a wingspan of up to 10 feet, the California condor is  the largest flying  bird in North America and has been on the extinction list for decades. Now you have the opportunity to learn all about this fascinating bird and visit the area where they are mostly likely to be seen by taking Ron Felzer’s, 6-session class, “Ecology of the California  Condor,” Biology 80D (#24985).  It’s rare chance to earn science credit while experiencing nature in a way that most others will not.  The class starts on February 18. If you are interested, please register NOW to assure that the class has enough enrollment to go. Register at If you have any questions, contact the instructor at He is a long-time teacher and naturalist with decades of information to share with you.








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Community Turns Out to Honor Merritt’s Twins in Blue, New Oakland Police Officers

16 January 2016

Oakland Councilmembers, friends, faculty, staff, and students all turned out to honor Isaac and Isaiah Harris, Administration of Justice graduates, who were invited back to Merritt by their mentor Margaret Dixon to be honored for their new role as Oakland police officers. After many speeches about the newest officers and the community they will be serving, Isaac and Isaiah Harris gave a heartwarming talk about their journey to get where they were today and how happy they were to be serving the community together.  After the ceremony, a delicious cake was served with a photo of the twins on it and blue frosted lettering which read, “Congratulations Isaac and Isaiah Harris, Serving Our Community.”  Among the guests were Councilwoman Desley Brooks; Ray Leon, Policy Analyst for Oakland City Councilman Larry Reid; OPD Sergeant Mildred Oliver, and AJ Graduate Sergeant Jason Scott who works at BART, Merritt President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, Vice President Wise Allen,  Director Romeo Garcia (who was the twins’ teacher when they were kids!), and supportive faculty, staff and students. (SEE OPD PINNING CEREMONY ON JANUARY 8 HERE:   KTVU-TV COVERAGE 






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Financial Aid Now Offers Required Workshops for Direct Loans and Academic Progress

16 January 2016

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 In an effort to reduce Merritt College’s default rate and as part of the college’s cohort default prevention plan, all new direct loan applicants will be required to attend one mandatory Direct Loan Workshop, reports Financial Aid Supervisor Ernesto Nery.  Colleges with high cohort default rates can lose eligibility for federal student aid programs that include the Pell Grant and Direct Loan Programs.


In addition, as a way to assist with student success, completion of educational goals, and provide additional support to students that have not met the college’s established satisfactory academic progress, all students requesting to submit a Financial Aid Appeal Form will be required to attend a mandatory Satisfactory Academic Progress Workshop.  Your appeal will not be considered if you do not attend.

The workshops will start February 10. See below for a complete schedule (click once to enlarge).

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See All the Awesome 2D Art You Can Create in ART 46 on Mondays, 10-3:50, starts 1/25

11 January 2016

2D Visual Design FlyerClick here to take a look at some of the awesome designs you can learn to make in the new 2D Visual Design (Art 46) class being taught in the Spring by Mark Lightfoot at Merritt. Apply and/or register now at If you have questions, contact the instructor at

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Sex & Society (ANTH 16): Earn 3 Units of Transfer Credit–and Learn Something You Didn’t Know About Sex!

14 December 2015

Take this evening class, Sex and Society, about students’ exploration of human sexuality and gender expression from a cross-cultural perspective and earn three transferable units. The contemporary class will cover important social issues such as homophobia, imperialism, sexism, race and gender privilege, and diversity of gender identities. The class is fun and engaging and you will probably learn many things you didn’t know about the subject! Enroll ASAP so the class won’t get cancelled. Go to

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