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Peralta Health Services Director Shares Information about the Ebola Virus

22 October 2014

peralta logoWith a wide variety of information coming out about the Ebola virus, Peralta’s Health Services Director Indra C. Thadani would like to provide some educational facts and important links from the CDC (Center of Disease Control) to share with the Peralta community as follows: “As a health care provider in the 1970s during the peak of the AIDS crisis, I was puzzled at the behavior of the Ebola virus since so many of us nurses were profoundly exposed to HIV, but very few health care workers got the disease from patients. It was not until a couple weeks ago on the TODAY news program that Dr. Oz, along with a team of Infectious Control doctors gave the analogy that one drop of Ebola-contaminated blood was similar to 60 liters of HIV-contaminated blood. I also then researched this a little more and the concentration factor is crucial in understanding this virus. On Friday evenings I work teaching nursing at California Pacific Medical Center in SF and we have an Ebola protocol in place that not only requires the full protective suit, a prospective patient will be put into a “negative pressure room” which protects the air from cross contamination.  Here are some links, the last two are good simple fact sheets for students, I will be distributing via health interns at each college.”

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Dolores Huerta and Art Torres to Speak at The Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series 11/15

22 October 2014

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Works (UFW), and former Senator Art Torres, who served eight years in the California State Assembly and 12 years as State Senator,  will speak on Saturday evening, November 15, as part of The Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at Mills College, Haas Gymnasium, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland. The lecture series promotes an ample exchange of ideas to help inspire and move forward new leadership and servantship.  All lectures present community leaders who recognize the social justice vision, leadership, and accomplishments of Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Elihu M. Harris. The event is made possible through a partnership between Merritt College and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center.



Elihu Harris lecture series flyer

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Soccer Team in the Playoff Hunt! Cheer Them on at Next Home Game: October 28, 4 p.m. Free Admission!

21 October 2014

Goalie Roberto Llamos at Merritt College soccer practice

Support the winning Men’s Soccer Team on their quest for a second straight playoff appearance! Come to their next home game on Tuesday, October 28, at 4 p.m.  against Yuba College. Free admission. Here’s an update from proud Head Men’s Soccer Coach Zach Sullivan: Men’s Soccer is currently 8-6-2 and in 3rd place in the Bay Valley Conference. They are very much in the playoff hunt with only 5 games left to play. Merritt is led by freshman Jesus Maldonado who currently leads the whole state with 15 goals scored. Sophomore captain Francisco Mendoza has had a huge impact on the field chipping in 7 goals and 2 assists. Sophomores Martin Garduno, Sean Walker, Danny Bravo, Evan Walker and Alex Lopez are getting a lot of attention from 4-year coaches as well and have been a huge part of our success. We are proud to have many Merritt alumni who received athletic scholarships and are contributing to their soccer team at the 4-year level including:

Jason Swihart (Hawaii Pacific)
Jonas Voiron (Holy Names)
Ricardo Nava (Southwestern)
Julio Cervantes (University of Pacific)
Michael Tieku (Cal State East Bay)
Roberto Llamas (Adams State)


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Student Spirit Shines Brightly at Merritt!

16 October 2014


Merritt spirit recently shined through when the ASMC  sponsored  “Student Appreciation and Unity Day.” On a beautiful sunny day on campus, the event brought out a great showing of student clubs along with enthusiastic participants including fellow students, staff, and faculty! ASMC clubs are accepting new members –and ideas for new clubs — so don’t be shy Merritt students, join a club today!

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Transfer Day a Big Success!

14 October 2014

Transfer Day 2014  on October 13 brought lots of students to connect with lots of representatives from four-year colleges and universities in the Student Lounge. Thanks to counselor Tanya Ilarde for pulling it all together and making it a big success! Also be sure to follow the Transfer Center’s new Instagram site  launched during the event: @transfermerritt.


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LIKE us on Facebook and FOLLOW us on Instagram!!

13 October 2014



The secret is out! Merritt is on Facebook – and we’d like to invite you to LIKE us – at During the past few months,  a small team of staff and students, under the direction of Dean Lasana Hotep, has been quietly building an official Merritt College Facebook page which is literally called Merritt College Official. It is quickly becoming THE place to go to find out about upcoming events and news items, see photos of Merritt students and employees, view videos of speakers, and just in general to be informed. Please LIKE us and be part of our fan base as we continue to grow and reach more people who are finding out how great Merritt College is! (Also please follow us on Instagram – merrittcollegeofficial). Thank you! (Pictured: Kristie Briseno, one of the Merritt students featured on our Facebook cover. )view shot

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Merritt’s Student Health Services are Expanded

12 October 2014

 Health Services photo 10-12-14

Expanded health services at Merritt will now provide students with free services five days a week, including some evening hours. Effective immediately there will be medical services offered by a nurse or family nurse practitioner, mental health services provided by a licensed psychologist, and full services at the Peralta Wellness Center located at Laney College. For a detailed schedule of services and provider information, please click here.


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If You Missed Kevin Powell’s Presentation, See the Videos of His Talk and Q&A

4 October 2014

Kevin and students
Whether you missed Kevin Powell’s inspirational talk about “Educating the Hip-Hop Generation” on September 23, or you want to see it again, attached is the two-part video, which is on YouTube as part of the Peralta District’s P-Span Series.  The first part is the main presentation and the second is the Question & Answer session.


(Photo credit: Barbara Dimopoulos)


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Celebrating Latino Heritage Month in Style at Merritt!

1 October 2014

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An afternoon of music, food, speakers, and dancing — both professional and the dancing in-the-aisles kind —  brought much praise for the Latino Heritage Celebration on October 7 planned by Dr. Lilia Chavez, ASMC members,  staff and volunteers. Here are just some of the comments from the Merritt community who hope to see more events like this in the future.

“All your work, and the work of all who helped you produced a beautiful day of activities.  Today students were still talking about the food, and how much they enjoyed dancing to the music. What a blessing to have your artistic talent among us to bring joy, healing and unity.”
–Marta Zielke

“I appreciated all the hard work and the dedication demonstrated by the organizers. My students, who were able to go, found it to be very uplifting. Thank you Dr Chavez and everyone else involved. I hope we can see more of these type of events here at Merritt that celebrate the wonderful diversity we have at this college. ” --Jennifer Briffa

“Yesterday’s event was incredibly uplifting. From indigenous dancing to AB540 student testimonial, community activist, exhilirating mariachi, what an amazing day to celebrate and honor cultura. Thank you to all the organizers, Dr. Chavez, Rosa Perez and everyone else who helped or supported by attending.” –Isela Santana


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New Priority Registration Campaign from California Community Colleges

8 September 2014



The California Community Colleges system has launched its new Step:Forward website to help students learn how they can get priority registration status. Along with the informational website, there are cool videos that show enthusiastic students talking about priority registration, orientation, assessment, and education planning. The videos can all be seen here. 

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