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Merritt Student Groups Join Together for 18th Annual Turkey Giveaway

24 November 2014

Students from Associated Students of Merritt College, along with Puente, Phi Theta Kappa, Criminal Justice, and Merritt’s Safety Aides, joined Student Activities Director Dr. Lilia Chavez on Sat., November 22,  at the 18th Annual Turkey Drive held in Oakland. The group brought cheer to an otherwise rainy day by distributing turkeys to community members who may otherwise not have had one for their Thanksgiving. In existence since 1997, the  Turkey Drive has given away more than 20,000 turkeys. Thanks to Merritt College students for being a part of the effort!

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Biofest 3 is Coming Nov. 22!

19 November 2014

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Would you like to understand why microscopists just won another Nobel prize?  Come ask the students of the Merritt Microscopy Program!

Join us on Sat., Nov. 22, for Biofest 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the  Student Lounge, R-110 – bigger and more fun than ever!

It’s equal parts hands-on science fun for all ages and career info for students. Everyone is welcome!

The event will feature Regional Program and Industry experts in biotech and health fields, microscopy demos, tinkering table for kids, art of science exhibit, free raffle and amazing prizes!

Instructors: if you want to award extra credit for participation, just let us know, and we’ll send you attendance info.

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Thanks to Soccer Team (and Coach) for a Great Season!

19 November 2014


The Merritt College Men’s Soccer Team (coached by Zach Sullivan) finished the season 9-9-3, narrowly missing a playoff birth. Special thanks to sophomore Francisco Mendoza, Alex Lopez, Sean Walker, Martin Garduno, Evan Farmer, Edwin Melgar and Danny Bravo as they move on to bigger and better things. Merritt will be returning a very talented freshman class from this season and expect big things in 2015. (Photo by Birhon Quizhpe – click on it to get a bigger and better view!)

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Standing Ovation for Civil Rights Lecture at Merritt College-Sponsored Series

19 November 2014

Merritt College President Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz (right) poses with Dolores Huerta after hearing the civil rights activist’s lecture, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community,” along with more than 400 others on November 15 at Mills College. The talk, which received a standing ovation, is part of Merritt College’s Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series. Senator Art Torres (retired) was also a featured speaker at the event. Their words of the struggles and successes during the height of the Civil Rights movements culminated with a renewed spirit to continue working in communities. The youth in the MLK Freedom Center (based at Merritt College) spoke eloquently of their commitment to freedom and justice. Click here for an article about the event featured in the Oakland Tribune. 





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The Spring 2015 Class Schedule is Here and Registration Has Begun!

15 November 2014

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Spring 2015 Registration has begun! See the new Class Schedule here! Registration for continuing students has begun, and new students can start registering on Monday, December 1.  Click here to see all registration and academic calendar dates.


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Apply for EOPS: The Road to Academic Success!

15 November 2014

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Equal Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS) is accepting applications for Spring 2015!  EOPS provides academic, personal and career counseling, student educational plans, book voucher services, textbook loan library, academic supplies, academic progress monitoring, priority registration and much more! To apply, stop by the EOPS office located in the Student Center, R-109, and meet the staff, pictured above in their new EOPS “Super Power” t-shirts: Left to right: (left to right): Angelina Sevillano, EOPS student; Schantay Walker, EOPS Peer Advisor; Judy Adams, EOPS  Coordinator; Ana Pena, Peer Advisor; and Al Sith, Peer Advisor.

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Library is for Faculty, Too! Check Out the Benefits

13 November 2014



Did you know all the Library can do for you? Here are just a few of the  many benefits:

–Free Books – Lots of books on lots of topics!; Remote Access Forms – Have access to using databases and e-books remotely by filling out a form here and signing up for a Library patron account; Make suggestions –  to augment the library’s book selection; Library Instruction Sessions – Take your students to library instruction sessions to give them a leg up in completing their assignments.

(Students: Take a moment to go to the library and fill out a form to help them serve you better!)

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Financial Aid Workshops Offered Every Thursday, from 1-3 p.m., in R-108

12 November 2014

Need help applying for financial aid? Every Thursday, starting Oct. 30, the Financial Aid Department at Merritt will offer free workshops to students who need assistance filling out their FAFSA forms or have any other questions. The workshops will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the R Building, Room 108. Come and take advantage of this service!


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For International Education Week, Learn about Studying Abroad on Thurs., Nov. 20

11 November 2014

What is it like to study abroad? Come to the panel discussion on “Studying Abroad as a Community College Student,” on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m., in the Student Lounge. The event is one of a series of District-wide events celebrating International Education Week. To see a schedule of all events scheduled from Nov. 17-21, click here.

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Celebrating and Honoring the Dead on Their Day

7 November 2014


Puente Club members stand at the altar they helped prepare for the “Dia de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) the club sponsored last Thursday. The Merritt community joined to honor the dead by celebrating with photos and spoken words and eating sweet bread and hot chocolate. Thanks to all who participated!

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