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Health Services Center is Open with Fall Hours to Take Care of Your Needs

28 August 2017

The Health Services Center is open for business with staff waiting to help you meet your medical needs. All services for Peralta students are paid for with your Student Health fees so no need to worry about any costs. Medical services include urgent care drop-in, first-aid, physical exams, HIV testing, and much more. Mental health services are available for individuals and couples counseling, addiction and recovery counsel, and more. For a full listing of services, go to

Fall 2017 hours are: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For an appointment, call the receptionist at (510) 436-2533.

The staff is led by Jon Murphy with Outreach Ambassadors and Receptionists Suzie Algarva, Dave Mederios, and Teresita Mendoza.

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An Enthusiastic Welcome from “Thundy” for New and Returning Students!

23 August 2017

(PHOTOS) Welcome Week at Merritt got off to a great start with the introduction of Thundy the Thunderbird, who participated in activities and greeted the students, and WILD 94.9 deejays who brought their equipment and their enthusiasm to celebrate the beginning of the fall semester.


ASMC planned a great week of lunch-time themed activities – Monday sandwiches,  Tuesday pizza, Wednesday Asian fare, and Thursday soul food. During the day students gathered around the campus picking up information and snacks and meeting old friends and making new ones. A visit from WILD 94.9 deejays playing music and photographing students for the station was a highlight of the week and drew lots of students and even President Burns who paired up with Thundy for a dance!


Thanks to ASMC and Dr. Herbert Kitchen, Director of Student Activities and Campus Life, for providing this lively welcome to students.


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Next Food Bank Scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 14, Noon to 4 p.m., D-144

23 August 2017

The next Alameda County Food Bank is scheduled for Thursday, September 14 from Noon to 4 p.m. in Room D-144 and on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays after that. Open to all! Remember to bring your own bags.

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New Late-Start Class BUS 52: Psychology and Human Relations, 9/16

16 August 2017

Now you can learn to promote more effective work relationships in multicultural workplaces in Psychology and  Human Relations in Business, (BUS 52, #45407) a new class being offered this fall as a late-start class beginning September 16. The units are transferable, applicable to any major field of study, and are ideal for any kind of business, including a small business start-up.

And, if you take this class, the instructor will give you 50 points of extra credit!

To enroll, just CLICK HERE!

For more information or questions, contact the instructor, Vida Zendehnam, at, (925) 812-0807


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A FLEX Day Full of Surprises Demonstrates the Balancing of Work and Life Self-Care (See Photos)

15 August 2017

It was definitely not business as usual for Friday’s Fall Flex Day. But by the end of it, the Professional Development Committee had  proven its theme of “Sustaining Work & Life Balance Self-Care” with an agenda of both collegeinformation and fun activities that brought faculty, staff, and administrators together for a meaningful exchange.


The day started with an ice breaker that showed how we all have each other’s back–literally–by offering words of praise behind our backs! The theme went on during the day with surprise visits from Thundie the Thunderbird, along with Mrs. Doubtfire and Goofy (thanks, Ron!), who handed out red noses and had everyone singing along to “Accentuate the Positive.”


The balance of work came in between and built on the theme with a message from Dr. Burns about what makes us a community, including supporting each other and smiling! Her comprehensive PowerPoint presentation showed all of the recent accomplishments of the college, along with some great photos, and showed how we are all working together toward a common goal.


Reports followed from the Faculty Senate, Classified Senate, and PFT, along with updates on Accreditation and SLOs. After a tasty lunch, Division and Departments met, and at the end of the day new faculty members attended an orientation by Dr. Mario Rivas, Dettie DelRosario, Frances Moy, and Jason Holloway.


A big thanks to the PDC, led by Tom Renbarger, for an uplifting, positive agenda that definitely met its objective. Committee members, along with Tom, are Dr. Lilia Chavez, Jason Holloway, Reagan Pruitt, Dr. Jeff Lamb, Dr. Mary Denise Jackson, Margie Rubio, Maria Perez, and Samantha Kessler.

–Susan May













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Take Pastel Drawing (Art 66, 67, 68) and Bring Out Your Inner Artist

21 July 2017

If you’ve always wanted to try Pastel Drawing and discover the artist in you, you are in luck! Merritt is the only college in the Peralta system to offer it, and it is being taught by Mark Lightfoot, a renowned artist with a studio in Oakland (see his bio here). The class (three levels – ART 66, 67 or 68) are all offered on Mondays, starting August 21. For more information, see the class schedule (page 191)  HERE , apply/enroll HERE, or contact the instructor at













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Genetics is in the Spotlight! Come and Learn the Basics and Explore Career Opportunities

9 July 2017

If you have been hearing the buzz about personalized medicine, genetic testing, and genetic diseases and are curious to find out more, this general genetics course is for you. Enroll in BIOL 36 Human Genetics this fall and learn the basics about the fields that are in the spotlight for the future of medicine and health care. Explore new career opportunities!


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Feel Better for the Fall: Learn to Combine Exercise with Healthy Food and Reach Your Goals in NUTR 25

1 July 2017

Are you not getting enough exercise? Is your daily diet not working for you? Whether you want to lose weight or just find out how to live a healthy life, learn in a group led by instructor Mary DeBusman, who has been successfully helping people with healthy eating and weight loss for more than 10 years. Take Nutrition 25 (#44547), Thursdays, 6-8 pm. starting Sept. 7, with transferable units to CSU and UC). If you have questions, email the instructor at (Note to employees: submit waiver to avoid class fees!)


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By Air, by Land, by Sea: Our OPD Partners Arrive at Merritt in Full Force

30 June 2017

(MORE PHOTOS) The excitement was growing quickly as all eyes and many cameras aimed upward in anticipation of what was to come. Then it appeared: at first tiny in the sky but looming larger as it got closer. Finally the awestruck audience cheered as the official Oakland Police Department helicopter landed, propellor whirring, bringing with it a rush of wind before coming to a stop at its destination: the Merritt Campus!


The appearance of the OPD helicopter on campus near the F Building was the highlight of the Law Enforcement Fair which also included viewing and demonstrations of OPD trucks, motorcycles, bikes and official rescue jet skis, along with tables of information about careers in law enforcement.


The event on June 22, coordinated by Margaret Dixon who heads the Administration of Justice Program, was originally planned to teach the participants of Merritt’s summer Kids Camp about law enforcement. But it turned into a lesson and a thrill for many others on campus, including Merritt President Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, and demonstrated Merritt’s strong connection with the OPD.


“This was all about community partnership,” says Ms. Dixon, who spent 25 years with the OPD  herself before retiring. “I asked them to bring all of their bells and whistles to show the kids what they do. But the event also showed how our long-running partnership with the OPD strengthens our program with their generous contributions and participation.” (Photos by Birhon Quizhpe)



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Missed the Live Commencement 2017? Now You Can See the Video!

21 June 2017

If you missed the 2017 Commencement ceremony or have a desire to relive it and hear Dr. Siri Brown’s amazing inspirational speech again and the thrill of seeing the graduates reach their goals, below are links to the ceremony in its entirety: Part I (which ends with Dr. Brown’s speech) and Part II (which starts with VPI Dr. Jeff Lamb calling the graduates up to the stage).


Thanks to the District’s video folks for documenting this important occasion!


Part I

Part II


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