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From Italian Meatballs to Mexican Tamales, Student Services Goes All Out for Annual Holiday Party

19 December 2014


(Click here for photos) Once again, the annual Student Services Holiday Party brought together its own staff and welcomed all others with three tables of contributions and a festive atmosphere that kept the party going well into the afternoon. Thanks to organization by Margie Rubio and Maria Perez, the tables were laden with delicious appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts (including Phasasha’s blueberry cheesecake that lasted about five minutes on the table before it was gone)! Word soon got out and others came from around campus to join the festivities.IMG_0550IMG_0541IMG_0535IMG_0551IMG_0542IMG_0531IMG_0533IMG_0526IMG_0529


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Classified Staff Gets Lunch Served by Appreciative Administrators

18 December 2014

(Click here for slide show) More than 50 members of Merritt’s Classified Staff were treated by Administrators to a delicious holiday luncheon of turkey and all the fixings on December 16 to celebrate Classified Appreciation Day. An event is held each semester to commemorate the occasion, but the luncheon was the first of  its kind, according to Maria Perez of Student Services. “I’ve never seen anything quite like it before,” she said. “It was really nice to feel appreciated for the work we do, and it was also great to be able to all come together and enjoy the holiday season.”

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Welcome to the Spring 2015 Session; Here’s a List of Merritt’s Open Classes

16 December 2014

admissionsRegistration has begun for the Spring 2015 Semester and classes are filling fast.  Click here to apply and/or enroll and  click here for all open classes as of December 16, 2014. The last day to register for regular session classes is February 1. See you on campus!


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Spring Biology Class Offers Trip to the Sutter Buttes

15 December 2014

Take this five-session, real-life biology class (BIO 62E, 23965) starting February 5 and get introduced to the fascinating flora and fauna, geography, geology, geologic history, climate and weather, and conservation of the Sutter Buttes in the middle of the Sacramento Valley. Led by longtime instructor Ron Felzer, the class, which culminates in a class trip to the  mountains, offers 1.5 units and lots of knowledge and adventure in these most enigmatic mountains of California. Register online at or call (510) 466-7368.

Sutter Buttes flyer 2015

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Discover the Field of Microscopy at an Open House on 12/17 or 1/3

14 December 2014

microscopyThe Microscopy Program at Merritt is offering two Open Houses to give you the opportunity to find out about a fulfilling career in biotech – on Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 3. Find out more details by clicking here to see the attached flyer.

Join the Spring 2015 program and learn how to use complex digital imaging systems to take beautiful images that support your curiosity and dreams! For more information, go to

microscopy flyermages in a cooperative environment that supports your curiosity and dreams!

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Check Out the December Issue of The Merritt Connection Newsletter

12 December 2014

The December issue of the college newsletter, The Merritt Connection, is out and available right here! Check out the president’s column with an Accreditation update, an article about the Fruitvale Center, and a profile of CalWORKs employee Sheiba DeBoissiere. For feedback, input, or ideas for articles, please contact newsletter editor/writer Susan May at



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Merritt Students Get in the Spirit at PAL’s 25th Annual Christmas Dinner

12 December 2014

Steve Pantell(Click here to see more photos) Merritt students joined together recently to help serve more than 1,000 community members who attended the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) 25th Annual Christmas Dinner at Shiloh Church in Oakland. Thanks to Dr. Lilia Chavez, Margaret Dixon, Steve Pantell and other faculty and staff who joined students from ASMC, the Criminal Justice Club, and the Puente Club. Great way to start off the holiday season by helping others!    


group of students serving  Margaret and Lilia
Max Leung and ?  dining room shot


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Merritt College Will Have Women’s Soccer Team for First Time in Spring 2015

10 December 2014

 soccer ball

For the first time, Merritt College will have a Women’s Soccer Team starting in the Fall of 2015. All interested students are encouraged to come to an informational meeting on Friday, December 12, at 1 p.m. in the Bldg. F Conference Room and to enroll in the Spring 2015 class,  Soccer 1 Fundamentals, KIN 103A (Code 23786). The Women’s Soccer Team will be a great addition to the  successful Men’s Soccer Team coached by Zach Sullivan. Merritt College is the only one of the Peralta colleges to offer soccer. For more information, call (510) 338-8451.


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Registration Open for All

6 December 2014

admissionsRegistration is open for both new and continuing students. Enroll by clicking here.  Classes begin on Tuesday, January 20. See you on campus!

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Biology is for the Birds – Take This Class and Study Them in a Natural Setting

2 December 2014

How would you like to learn about these birds in a classroom — and then go to a wildlife refuge and see the real thing!  If you enroll in Biology  64H (24319), Natural History of Don Edwards Reserve, you can! Don Edwards Reserve is a beautiful large nature preserve in Fremont housing various migrating birds, as well as native flora and fauna. The two-session, 0.5 unit  class, led by longtime instructor and wildlife expert Hank Fabian, includes a talk on Friday evening, January 30, from 6:30-8:45 p.m. and a field trip on Saturday, January 31, from 10 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Prof. Fabian also offers two more class/field trips during the rest of the semester: the 6-session, 2.5 unit class, Herpetology of the Greater Bay Area, starting February 6, and the Natural History of Morgan Territory, Biol 64N (24103), on April 10 and 11.
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