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Women’s Soccer Team Wins First Game Against Marin; Player Named to CCCAA All-State Team

23 October 2016

small-womens-soccer-team-2016-copyOff to a great start, the Women’s Soccer Team won its first game of the season by beating the College of Marin 1-0. Vanessa Carranza scored the winning goal. In other Women’s Soccer news, Monica Zuranich was selected for the 2016 CCCAA Academic All-State Team. Requirements were to have participated in at least one season of soccer and completed at least 24 semester units with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Congratulations to all!

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Merritt Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Black Panthers Party

23 October 2016

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party (BPP), and Merritt is holding a series of events to celebrate the memorable occasion. All events are free and open to the public. In addition to the events listed below, there will be an art exhibit by the BPP Minister of Culture, the Political Art of Emory Douglas from October 17-26 in S-352.

  • Tues., Oct.18, 12:30-2 p.m., L-127 – The BSU is hosting a film showing and discussing the award-winning film, “Merritt College: Home of the Black Panther Party.”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., R-110 – In honor of BPP members who were wrongly incarcerated as political prisoners: Albert Woodfox, Charlotte O’Neal, and Eddie Conway.
  • Mon., Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., R-110 – Famed BPP leader Kathleen Cleaver speaking on “Engaging in Radical Change.”
  • Wed., Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., S-352 – Emory Douglas speaking on “Art as Social Justice to Move the People.” Special guests: Members of the Polynesian Chapter of the BPP.


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Business, PoliSci, Math, and More: See Late-Start Classes Still Available Through October. Register Now!

22 October 2016

jpg-late-start-to-end-of-octoberNeed a few more units this semester? There are still a variety of classes you can enroll in. Check out the list including African-American Studies, Cybersecurity, Economics, Real Estate, Computer Science, Landscape Horticulture, Pathophysiology, Small Business Management, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Business Law, Political Science, Sociology, Critical Thinking, Statistics, Pre-Calculus, Business Law,  and more.

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Find a S.T.E.M. Career or General Job All in One Day at Job/Career Fair, 11/2

21 October 2016

Whether you are a student looking for a career or an employer looking for a promising student, come to the first-ever STEM Job/Career Fair (in the S Building) and the General Jobs/Careers Fair (in the R Building). Both fairs will be going on simultaneously on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The STEM jobs will offer students the chance to find out about jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, and the General jobs fair will bring employers seeking students for general jobs in food service, retail and office. There is something for everyone!



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Wrongly Incarcerated BPP Members Share Their Experiences in an Emotionally Charged Event

21 October 2016

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Black Panther Party, three wrongly incarcerated BPP “political prisoners” told their stories in an emotional presentation to a standing-room-only crowd in the Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale Student Lounge. Pictured in front are speakers Charlotte O’Neal, Eddie Conway, and Albert Woodfox (released recently after 43 years) with Dr. Siri Brown, Division I Dean, who organized the celebration events, and Black Student Union members. (If you missed this important event, a videotape of it will be available in the next couple of weeks. Check with


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Thanks for Great Turnout for Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

21 October 2016

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Merritt College’s Inter Club Council (ICC) hosted its second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Wednesday, October 12. According to ICC chair LaNesha Edward, “The Walk had an outstanding turnout of students, faculty, staff and administrators who came out and wore pink in support of the fight against breast cancer. The walk began at 12:30 p.m. on the track field where everyone walked one mile which is four laps around the track. Everyone had a fantastic time!” (Photos by LaNesha Edwards)

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New! Learning Center Now Offers Online Tutoring 24/7

9 October 2016

slider-learning-center-9-20-16-copy-2Learning Center Director Ann Elliot is pleased to announce that the Center is now offering free online-tutoring 24/7 to all students through Upswing, an online tutoring internet service. She urges everyone to let all students know about the service. Students can easily access tutors (coaches) through the Upswing link on the Learning Center website where there are simple-to-follow instructions, including a video. 

In Upswing’s  “Interactive Learning Sessions, students experience collaborative learning through real-time audio, video, chat, and a virtual whiteboard. They can quickly upload and share documents before or during sessions.  The service prompts both the student and coach for feedback after each session in order to provide insight into student understanding.

Upswing also provides faculty and administrators a Student Retention Analytics Dashboard. Information is continuously collected and analyzed to drive early alerts and trends on student performance over the course of a school year. Merritt will have access to simple and actionable data that will help to address student success issues ahead of time.

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Join the Welcome Center in Celebrating Its New Move

5 October 2016

Join the Welcome Center staff, headed by Margie Rubio, in celebrating the Center’s reorganized move into its new space, on Tuesday, November 8, from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. in R-105.  The event will feature a “surprise guest speaker,” and light refreshments will be served. Following Margie’s well-known slogan, “Team Work Makes the Dream Work,” the entire Welcome Center staff is dedicated to helping students meet their academic goals.


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Merritt Students Represent at Congressional Black Caucus in D.C.

18 September 2016

14316838_1055765471203996_719956372348459105_n ASMC members Pashael Dorsey and Charlton Williams were among the 10 students sponsored by the Peralta Community College District who proudly attended the 46th Annual Congressional Black Congress Legislative Conference last month in Washington D.C. They were accompanied by Student Advisor Dr. Herbert Kitchen and Board of Trustee member Linda Handy, who has supported PCCD’s efforts each year to send student leaders to the conference.


With the theme, “Defining the Moment – Building the Movement,” the annual event focused on areas of higher education, health and wellness, economics, employment, and mostly focused on this year’s election and the importance of voting. The “Emerging Leaders” track, chosen by the Peralta students, was designed to engage them as potential political leaders, corporate executives, community activists, and other young professionals in discussions on the state of affairs in Black America. The students identified strategies to help navigate the political process, influence public policy, and excel in corporate America.


The group was excited to meet Congresswoman Barbara Lee who greeted them at her annual constituents breakfast. After that, they went to her office through an underground tunnel to the U.S. Capitol and had passes to sit in the upper level of the Hall of the House of Representatives.


The Conference is the leading agent on policies and issues that impact African Americans and the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.

                                                                        ­                                                     —Dr. Herbert Kitchen


All the Peralta attendees were:

STUDENT TRUSTEES: Dave Ivan/Ivan Mallari (BCC), Marquita Keta Price (Merritt); BCC: Elijah Brian Dabney, Cameron McGowan
LANEY: Nona Claypoolool, Chukwuebuka Oruruo
ALAMEDA: Erin Bynum, Maria Reyes
MERRITT: Pashael Dorsey, Charlton Williams
ADVISORS: Trustee Linda Handy, Director Herbert Kitchen



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Successful Club Rush 2016 Starts Off Fall with Lots of School Spirit

15 September 2016

(SEE MORE PHOTOS INSIDE) On a beautiful fall afternoon, campus life was in full force when Club Rush 2016 took over the D-Quad wth tables of representatives encouraging students to participate in student activities by joining a club. More than a dozen clubs including First-Year Experience , Puente, Horticulture, and many more joined in the event which also included music and dancing to liven up the afternoon. Thanks to the ASMC and Inter-Club Council (ICC) for organizing the successful event! (Students pictured on homepage photo: Tiara Gomez, Brandi Witcher, Rosemary Arguello, and Susana Medina.




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