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Come to Club Rush on 1/27: Visit Tables and Enjoy Pizza!

23 January 2015

The club scene is growing at Merritt! Come to Club Rush on Tuesday, January 27, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Student Services hallway and check out some of the nearly 17 clubs that already exist or have recently been started. Meet the officers and the members, get information, and enjoy free pizza (if you visit at least three clubs)! See you there!



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A Successful Flex Day 2015 in Photos (Click Here)

20 January 2015

The Professional Development Committee  — and everyone else involved — deserves a huge thank you for an educational, informative, and entertaining two days of activities during the Spring 2015 Flex Day Program, “Equity: Better Together” on January 15 and 16.  See the slide show below and read the captions to get an idea of the wide variety of workshops that took place over the two days. Photos by Susan May, Birhon Quizhpe, and Lasana Hotep. 


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Spring Semester Begins! See List of Open Classes Here; Register by Feb. 1.

12 January 2015

admissionsRegistration continues 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 January 20, 2015. The last day to register for regular session classes is February 1. See you on campus!


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New Welcome Center Opens and Will Be Expanding

12 January 2015

IMG_1543On the first day of the Spring Semester, Student Ambassador Yesenia Araiza helps a student register for his classes as part of the new Welcome Center activities planned by Student Services. The center, located nearby the counseling area and coordinated by Debra Jacks, was created to assist students and direct them to the appropriate services to get started, says Dean Lasana Hotep. “The center will be expanding to a larger space and providing more services, including peer assistance by Student Ambassadors and campus tours,” he adds.

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Plan Ahead for African-American Studies’ Summer Trip to Jamaica

11 January 2015

Jamaica - hike photoThe African American Studies Program at Merritt College is once again offering an exciting  Black Consciousness Raising Study and Tour –  this time to Jamaica from July 23 to August 3, 2015. The trip coincides with the course AAS 27: Afro Caribbean History, Politics, and Culture (3 units, Summer 2015). See flyer below and for more information, contact Dr. Siri Brown, Study Tour Leader, at (Pictured: Students pose for a photo after a grueling hike of 5,000 feet up the Blue Mountains led by Maroons where they learned  the area’s history and the healing power of the plants along the way.


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Slide Show: African-American Celebrities with Disabilities Serve as Motivation for All

9 January 2015

Because more than 70 percent of the students in Merritt’s Disability Services Program are African American, program coordinator Ron Nelson thought it would be motivating to share this slide show of famous African American celebrities with disabilities. In his own words: “The world of people with disabilities is complex and fascinating. Some people have visible disabilities and some have invisible disabilities, and many people with disabilities are also achievers, leaders, college graduates, motivators, and famous. Merritt College’s Disability Services Program has over 70% African American students with disabilities. Given that population of students with disabilities who are achievers, we thought it would be motivating to post these pictures of famous African Americans with Disabilities. (These photos are being shown  with permission from The University of Texas at Austin Services for Students with Disabilities.) Click here to scroll through the slide show.

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New Evening Art Class Offers Look into Visual Elements in World Cultures

7 January 2015

Whether you are fascinated by the origins of art from different countries or you need to take 3 transfer units to graduate, you should check  this unique new art history class that is being offered in the evenings.  “World Art: Visual and Historical Analysis” introduces students to the language of visual analysis in world art and is described as the relation of formal art elements to their meaning in various world cultures (European, North American, Asian,  African, and Pacific. Students will learn to identify visual tools used throughout every culture and will study the original artworks in the Oakland Museum of California. The class will be held on Wednesdays, from 6-8:50 p.m. The instructor is Hannah Tandeta.  (Register for ART 12 (24340).


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Two Biology Classes Offer Lessons in Wildlife Habitats

30 December 2014

Two short-term classes, one starting on Jan. 30 and one on Feb. 5, offer a field trips that take students to the root of biology–wildlife habitats.  If you would you like to learn about  birds in  their own environment, enroll in Biology  64H (24319), “Natural History of Don Edwards Reserve.” This location 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.

Then, starting Feb. 5, the five-session, “Natural History of the Sutter Buttes” (BIO 62E, 23965)  introduces students 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.


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New “Flip-Book” Class Schedule Can Be Accessed by All Mobile Devices

30 December 2014

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A new online class schedule (found here)  that can be easily accessed by computer as well as all mobile devices has been developed by the Peralta District’s Office of Public Information to help  students find what they are looking for from wherever they are. The Spring 2015 Class Schedule “flip-book” can be found in the right column of Peralta’s homepage and makes it easy for students to view the schedule on desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, and other  mobile devices. It features search, an index and other functions that make it simple to look up classes by college or discipline.

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Check Out the December Issue of The Merritt Connection Newsletter

24 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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