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Classified Staff Invited to Exercise, Nutrition, and Ergonomics Workshop 4/1

27 March 2015

The Classified Senate is hosting a Professional Development Workshop on Exercise, Nutrition, and Ergonomics on Wednesday, April 1, from 12:30 to 4:30 in the Student Lounge. All Classified Staff are encouraged to attend! A nutritional lunch will be provided.

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RSVP Now to the 6th Annual Achievement Awards Ceremony

21 March 2015

It’s almost time to dress up and head for the 6th Annual Achievement Awards Ceremony at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant. The event will take place this year on Friday, April 24, at 5:30 for no-host cocktails and 6:30 to ??? for dinner and program. The cost is $40 per person for a three-course meal. The event is open to District Faculty, Administration, and Staff only. The proceeds are used to fund future awards celebrations. Please RSVP with payment by April 17, to Nghiem Thai, Jane Fong, or Carmen Fairley at the District. Checks should be made payable to Merritt College. See you there!


Achievement Awards

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View All the Latest New Books at the Library!

20 March 2015

Check out the newest feature on the Library website — an app called LibraryThing that displays a rotating list of all the newest books on the shelves in a variety of a topics. See it on the bottom right of the library site here.   Also check out the newest issue of the library  newsletter, “Check It Out” by clicking here. 


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Peralta District Invited to Washington to Discuss College Veterans Programs

20 March 2015

Peralta Community College District Board President Meredith Brown was pleased to open a letter this month from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs inviting Peralta to Washington to discuss college veterans’ programs with the VA’s Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

The invitation came after a visit in February to Washington by a delegation of Peralta trustees who met with the office of Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, the staff of the Education and Workforce Committee, the senior legislative assistant for the Committee on Veterans Affairs, Saki Ververis, and other policymakers. The Peralta Colleges — the only community colleges in the nation invited to testify — have full veterans services, including certifying officials, VA counselors and veterans resource centers to serve the 640 veterans taking classes this spring.

Brown tapped trustee Bill Withrow, a 24-year U.S. Navy veteran and former mayor of Alameda, to attend. Withrow testified this week before the subcommittee and detailed the resources and programs the Peralta community colleges offer our community’s youngest generation of vets.

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Governor Brown Speaks on Campus About California’s Ex-Offenders Workforce

20 March 2015

Governor Gerry Brown was the keynote speaker on campus Friday morning as part of the Bay Area Employer Forum 2015 presented by the California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA). The state-operated agency provides productive work assignments for approximately 8,000 offenders annually in California’s adult and juvenile correctional institutions ( Executives from the agency and from the County of Alameda, the Oakland Workforce  Investment Board, and other agencies also spoke. Congresswoman Barbara Lee was in attendance along with about 100 other participants.



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The Track Team is Off and Running for the Season!

19 March 2015

The track team started with a bang this season as up and coming runners are making great strides, reports Coach Brock Drazen about a recent meet and includes videos (with music!)  below.  “We had a nice weather weekend for track and a few of our Merritt students shined at UC Davis. Adeeb Nasir set an early season personal best sprinting the 100m in 10.73 posting the fastest time of the day in that event. This puts Adeeb 6th in Northern California and in the hunt for a spot at the state championship (see a profile of Adeeb in the next Merritt Connection newsletter). Tyler Dougherty posted a 4:09 in the 1500m to take the win in an exciting finish–if you don’t like long races advance the race to the last lap.  Adeeb  100m  Tyler 1500m

The week before, Kaori Nguyen won the 100m at American River College  Kaori Nguyen 100m


Go out and catch a meet and watch for the next superstars – click here for the schedule!






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Enjoy the Works of Talented Students at the Annual “Show of Merritt” Opening on March 27 to May 8

16 March 2015

Get ready for the 16th Annual “Show of Merritt” held each year at the District Office to celebrate the works of Merritt’s art students. The potluck opening reception will be on Friday, March 27, from 6-8 p.m. with live music by musicians from the Merritt Orchestra. Enjoy paintings, drawing, watercolor, pastels, figure and anatomy drawings, ceramics, and botanical illustrations. The show, which will run through May 8, is presented by The Merritt College Art Students’ Association. Art Department Chair Sheila Metcalf Tobin says, “Hope to see you there!”

Art show postscard

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Faculty Senate Scholarships Now Available; Apply by April 10, Click Here

15 March 2015

Students, don’t wait! Apply now for Faculty Senate Scholarships to help make your academic studies successful. The deadline is Friday, April 10. Click here to get the scholarship information and the link to download the application.  (You can also get information by stopping by the table set up in the R-Building hallway.) Thanks to the faculty members for their generous contributions in making these scholarships available and to Tanya Ilarde, Faculty Senate Scholarship Chair.


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Learn How to Protect the Bay Area’s Water Sources, 4/19

13 March 2015

Get in-the-field experience on how to assess the health of creeks and learn techniques to protect them in this late-start, 5-session class, “Introduction to Restoration and Monitoring of Watercourses” (ENVMT 33AA #24903, 1 unit). starting April 19. The class is offered through the Environmental Management and Technology Program. For more information, see the attached flyer and/or contact the instructor Martha Berthelsen at


Water class Env. Mgt. 3-13-15

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Whew, It’s Over! Thanks to All

12 March 2015

norma debriefing

Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz and Dr. Elmer Bugg invited the Merritt community to a debriefing and lunch of sandwiches and chips  after the four-day Accreditation Visiting Team gave their final wrap up and left for the airport. They gave a brief overview of the team’s findings and  thanked the crowd of faculty, staff, and students for all their help in making the visit a success. The result of the Accreditation will be available in early May.

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