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Get in Shape for the Fall: Enroll in Fitness Center Courses Up to Sept. 4

30 August 2016

Are you in shape for the fall semester ahead? Why not take a class at the Fitness Center to give you the energy and stamina to do your best! Plus you’ll get 0.5 to 1 unit for working out! Choose from Cross Fitness, Aerobic Circuits, and Fitness/Strength Training. See the courses below and for more details, contact Inga Marciulionis at (510) 436-2364 or



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If You Like Birds, Nature, and Two Science Units, Take BIO 80A on 9/10

26 August 2016

If you’re studying biology, love birds, or just like outdoor learning, join Certified Wildlife Biologist Daniel Edelstein for a close-up experience studying raptors. This 2-unit, 6-session class (BIOL 80A (#44128) begins on Sept. 10, starting with a classroom slideshow and continuing with real-life field studies. Prof. Edelstein, who has been a consulting biologist and birding guide for 20 years, will teach you about this fascinating bird of prey. See his website at For questions, contact him at To apply and/or register for the class, go flyer

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Let the Classes Begin! Fall 2016 Semester Off to a Great Start

24 August 2016

Ready with healthy snacks for all, Student Ambassador Brenda Perez greets students and helps them with directions and information during the first week of classes. Assistance with registration and other support services are available just inside the R Building at the Welcome Center. Still not registered? There’s still time! Registration goes through September 4. Brenda

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Reflections from Rio: Kemarley Brown Returns Victorious

24 August 2016

Olympics Kemarley. 8-24(SEE VIDEO) Congratulations to Kemarley Brown, Merritt’s 2014 record breaker in the 100m, who won his heat in the first round of the 100m race in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, reports Merritt Coach Brock Drazen who traveled with him. “Kemarley’s round victory was over several elite sprinters including the USA’s Marvin Bracy,” he says. “After the 100m First Round, he advanced to the semi-finals where he came in 5th. The top two in his semi-final heat–Justin Gatlin (silver medal) and Yohan Blake (4th overall)–advanced to the final.  Kemarley now begins preparation for next year’s world championships in London, England.”


Kemarley’s 100m race (videotaped by Coach Drazen):

Coach Drazen’s reflections from Rio:
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This video isn’t from NBC. Its from my little panasonic camera, but it reflects the incredible atmosphere inside the stadium. Being in Rio was a great experience. The negative press about Zika, the crime, the water and any and all pending disasters was blown totally out of proportion. Fear mongering…Why? –Conspiracy to control us? Ratings? Truly scared? I don’t know but when people’s first questions on my return were about Zika, crime and/or the water, it was funny. I kept thinking of the movie, The Truman Show. I’m so, so glad I went.  It was a once in a lifetime experience.


Reflecting back, I remember Kemarley’s first contact in the summer of 2012 and all the challenges we met together through the ensuing two years on his way to a degree.  I thought the culmination of his life’s chapter with me ended exaltedly on that Merritt graduation day in May, 2014.  However, to be granted this encore–this 2nd chapter–has been thoroughly enjoyable. Sharing Kemarley Brown’s Olympic journey was the thrill of a lifetime. I was so proud of him and so excited to wear my Merritt College Track polo shirt around the stadium.  I love the fact that all of our future students can dream as big as possible and know that it has been done before by one of our own!


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Merritt Community is “Strengthened” During Inspirational Flex Days

22 August 2016

(SEE ALL PHOTOS) Led off by dynamic keynote speaker Helen Benjamin, Chancellor of the Contra Costa Community College District, who gave a powerful presentation and exercise about inclusion, Flex Days 2016, “Strengthening OUR College Together: Time for Action,” was a big success with record attendance and just the enthusiasm and participation needed to start off the new semester. The two days of activities planned by the Professional Development Committee, chaired by Jason Holloway, offered informational sessions on communication, Moodle, Institutional Research,  Smart Classrooms, ASMC, Assessment, curriculum, InterviewStream, Tobacco Prevention, Conflict Resolution, and orientation for new faculty. On Friday, the day started with a presentation and slide show from students who went to China, Disabled Services information, a Title IX update from President Burns, and the latest information on Accreditation, Budgets, and Institutional Research. A break for lunch included a delicious barbeque before the Divisions and Student Services got together to plan the year ahead.




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Register NOW for Fall; Classes Start August 22; Enroll Up to Sept. 4

20 August 2016

Apply and/or register now for the Fall Semester! For new students, follow the steps below to begin, and for continuing students, see below to select and register for classes. See Fall 2016 Class Schedule HereApply and/or Register HereGo to Passport HERE;  Fall cover 2016Search for Classes and Enroll HERE. 


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Merritt College Out in Full Force at Art & Soul Festival in Oakland

19 August 2016

Merritt College was out again this week to promote all of the great classes that will start this coming week! (Still time to register at Joining Outreach Coordinator Maria Spencer at the Art & Soul Oakland festival today: Interim Merritt President Marie-Elaine Burns and her daughter, Marie, along with Dean Roberta Kunkel and Myeisha Jones of Childhood Development.
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Robbie and Myeisha

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Apply for 2016-17 Peralta Foundation Scholarships Through 9/26

15 August 2016

 Apply now for  the scholarships listed below that Merritt students are eligible for this year through the Peralta Foundation! You can find the complete list of scholarships with links to the descriptions HERE, and you can apply for them HERE.  

For more information, check in with Merritt’s Welcome Center in the R Building across the hall from Counseling (also the descriptions are on a bulletin board outside of the Center. All applications must be submitted online no later than September 26, 2016.  ALL students are encouraged to apply.


ARS MAGNA Math Scholarship
Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship
Edward Jones Educational Scholarship Award
Grainger Scholarship
Henry Fort Memorial Book Scholarship
International Scholarship
Ivan J Houston Scholarship (NAAIA)
James Hubbell Nursing Scholarship
Joel Humajan Scholarship
Karen Lynn Garrison Memorial Scholarship
Lenore McDonald Scholarship
Margaret Haig Scholarship
Sheryl Queen Memorial Scholarship
Study Abroad Scholarship
The 5021 Scholarship

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Learn “Color Dynamics” in Art 40 for Transfer in the Fall

14 August 2016

Merritt is the only Peralta College to offer “Color Dynamics” for students who want to learn how to use color effectively in jobs that require a visual approach. Popular art instructor Mark Lightfoot will teach you how color work together to make a powerful visual impression in such careers as interior design, web design, industrial design, and others. The class fulfills a requirement for the Studio Arts Transfer Degree. (ART 40, Section #43843 and #43844, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

Color Dynamics Flyer

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Have You Always Wanted to Learn Spanish? Take SPAN 1A This Fall, starting August 22.

12 August 2016

Have you always wanted to learn Spanish? Do you need to take a language for transfer? Whatever the reason, here is your chance this fall! Starting August 22, Professor Leon Salvaterria will be teaching Spanish 1A, Class Number 44707. Along with the language, you will also be exposed tot he cultural exploration of the Spanish-speaking world, including painting, music, film etc.).

For more information or questions, contact the instructor at


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