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Stressing Out Over Finals? Chill Out With Library Activities, May 14-17

1 May 2018

Take time out while studying for finals to participate in one of the Library’s de-stressing activities the week of May 14-17. On Monday, May 14 there will be free acupuncture from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (15 minutes each, please sign up for a session), Tuesday, May 15 come for a stress-relieving coloring session from 12-2 p.m., along with complimentary snacks; Wednesday, May 16 you’ll get free library materials during “Swag-Bag Day” starting at noon (first come, first-served as long as they last),  and Thursday, May 17, meet and greet some adorable, loving dogs during “Pet Therapy Day.” Thanks to the Library staff for organizing this!

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Enroll Now for Summer Biology (Starting June 4) and Bioscience Classes (Starting June 11 to 13)

1 May 2018

Get a head-start on summer with Biology classes (starting June 4) and Bioscience classes (starting between June 11-and 13). Click HERE to find the most up-to-date class schedule of open classes. To apply and enroll, click HERE. For questions, contact the Office of Instruction at (510) 436-2413.

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Lots of Art Activities: Workshop With Renowned Artist 5/7; “Art Stories” Hallway Exhibit, “Show of Merritt”

30 April 2018

There are lots of great art activities going on and coming up for the entire community to enjoy and learn from. As part of its new Professional Development Series, the Merritt Art Student Association (MASA) is presenting a free workshop by renowned local artist, naturalist, and teacher John Muir Laws, author of ‘The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling” on Monday, May 7, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., A-122.  Both art students and friends are invited to bring their sketchbooks and join this exciting class of exploration on how to cross the chasm from student to professional artist as well as a mini-workshop on what the artist does best–watercolor and drawing nature. There will be time for questions and answers at the end. The entire Merritt community is welcome to attend and learn something about art from a well-known expert.

Also check out these art exhibits: the newly hung, creative “Art Stories: Why We Do Art in One Word,” which takes advantage of the space in the “A” Bldg. Hallway to display student works. The show will remain up through August 21. Also, the annual  “Show of Merritt,” with works in all media from our talented art students will continue to be displayed Mondays and Wednesdays, in S-352, until May 12.

The Merritt Art Department offers an excellent mix of classes from botanical art to ceramics to a variety of painting and drawing classes. To find out more, go to

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President Burns Joins Margaret Dixon and Kids at PAL Track Meet; See Video and Others of Merritt Team

27 April 2018

Coach Brock Drazen reports that on March 23, Merritt hosted a youth community track meet sponsored by Oakland PAL (Police Athletic League).  Margaret Dixon has worked tirelessly as director of the program for decades and our partnership dates back to 2006-2007 when PAL returned its program to Merritt.  It was a great day and the video below highlights a typical weekend day on Merritt’s athletic facilities including youth basketball and soccer.  Shout out to President Burns for spending time at the track with the kids! A Saturday in March at Merritt

For our team, we have been out and about, competing hard and successfully.  I’ll just leave it at that for now.  Our conference championship is today at Fresno.  Have a great weekend! Braffer Morris 100m

Braffer 100m

Braffer 200m

Monica Paredes 1500m

Philippe Fiankan 400m

Maiya Hutchinson 800m

Marco Echeandia 400h

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ASMC to Present Student Scholarships at Annual Awards Reception and Dinner, May 16

23 April 2018

It’s that time of year when ASMC will present students with numerous awards in a variety of categories for their hard work and determination for reaching their goals at Merritt College. A Welcome Reception will take place on the Merritt Terrace from 5-6 p.m., and the Awards Ceremony and Dinner will be held in the Student Lounge from 6-7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Come and help congratulate these students for their success!


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Merritt’s 63rd Commencement is 5/23; Find All Info in New Newsletter

23 April 2018

Whether you are walking across the stage to get your diploma or sitting in the audience cheering for  your friends, Wednesday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theater will be an exciting day for all! This year, first the first time, we have a Commencement Newsletter that gives all the information need for graduates and the audience to follow to make the event go smoothly. Check it out, and if you have any questions, contact Dr. Herbert Kitchen,  Director of Student Activities and Campus, Life,, (510) 436-3982. See you there!

 (Click HERE to open newsletter) 

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Get the Latest News in the April Merritt Connection!

11 April 2018

Get to know more about what’s going on at Merritt: the latest news from the president,  Merritt’s newest Urban Arboriculture Program (and the tree-climbing demo on May 1 to promote it); the FYE students’ bonding field trip; Gisele Giorgi’s participation in a prestigious bio-imaging conference; the District’s new ONEPeralta program, and a profile of distinguished 1963 alumnus Robert Harris who recently returned to campus to talk to faculy, staff, and students and to sign his inspirational book, Goodbye, Arkadelphia: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities. 

Enjoy the issue HERE —and send ideas for future ones! The deadline for the May issue is April 23.


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Next Food Bank is Thursday, April 26; Help Spread the Word!

6 April 2018

Please join us and help spread the word to students and community members about the Food Bank. It will be open two Thursdays a month in the D-Building from 12 PM – 4 PM. on the following dates through the end of the semester:  4/26, 5/10, and 5/24.

The January Food Bank served a total number of 126 patrons, and out of that number, 62 individuals came for the first time! The Food Bank would not be able to capture the attention of the community without each department’s help, so thanks to all who help make the community aware.

Please feel free to print out and post the flyer below in your department or classroom. Please advise people to bring their own bags!

The Food Bank is always in need of volunteers, beginning at 10 AM. If you are able to volunteer, please contact coordinator Brandon Christian at (510) 436-2414 or email him at

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Students, Employers, and Congressman Ro Khanna Join For 2nd Annual Cyber Conference

28 March 2018

(SEE PHOTOS) For the Second Annual Cyber Security Program Career & Employer Day on March 23, the enthusiastic audience in Merritt’s Student Lounge was made up of everyone who should have an interest in this issue: students, faculty, administrators, employers, politicians, and community members.Program

For the second year, the event was planned to showcase Merritt’s Cybersecurity Program and give students and employers the chance to meet and talk about career opportunities. The event was highlighted by a visit from Congressman Ro Khanna, whose 17th District includes Silicon Valley, who is a big proponent of Merritt’s program. He spoke to the crowd, led a panel discussion on how to address the security staffing crisis, and met with a group of students who are Facebook interns, !BANGNULLs officers, and CodePath TAs. Other prominent speakers included District Chancellor Jowel LaGuerre, Merritt President Marie-Elaine Burns, and Shonda Scott CEO of 360 Total Concept who served as emcee.

Topics of other panel discussions included information security skills required for staff in the future, moderated by Program Co-Founder Mark Egan, and how to put together a winning team for the NCL competition, moderated by faculty member Courtney Brown.

After the conference activities, students and employers got together for a mutually beneficial “meet and greet” which will hopefully be the start to help solve the cyber staffing crisis. The successful conference was presented by Cybersecurity Program creators Mark Egan, a Partner at StrataFusion, and Jim Cates,President of LOBI Group, LLC, along with Program Director Anita Black, Faculty Member Courtney Brown, and others on the planning commitee.

The Cybersecurity Program at Merritt was created two years ago by Merritt faculty and security executives from the Silicon Valley CISE group who predicted the increase in cybersecurity jobs and worked with Merritt to plan the fully accredited Applications and Infrastructure Security Program. The program,leads students to Associate’s Degrees in either one of those specializations.

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Flex Day and Strategic Summit: Listening, Learning, Contributing–and Playing Bingo!

25 March 2018

(SEE PHOTOS) It was a comprehensive two days of learning about different areas of the college, getting updated on current and future programs, being involved in the college’s strategic planning, playing educational Bingo (twice!)–and getting a surprise visit from a U.S. Congressman. The Spring Flex Day began with a fun game of Classified  Bingo to see how many staff members everyone knew. Then President Burns updated the large crowd about what’s new, beginning with recognizing the newly tenured faculty members Rosa Perez, Daniel Lawson, Charity Clay, Thomas Renbarger, and Elaine Wallace and announcing the Classified Senate’s newly established monthly award with the first one presented to Kinga Sidzinka.

Flex Day went on with information on ILO’s, update on a union case Janus vs. AFSCME, explanations of the District’s new ONEPeralta and Starfish programs, a talk on how to prepare for a health emergency (with Lee Peevy giving a surprise demonstration), a curriculum review, adopting OER materials for classes, a presentation on Risk Management, and a conversation about Guided Pathways.

The Spring Strategic Planning Summit gave the chance for the entire Merritt community to learn the ins and outs of how this is done, from the conceptual framework to learning of data trends, to goal setting, and the sustainability and operationalizing of the Strategic Plan. The day began with a lively game of Acronym Bingo to help learn the many acronyms that Merritt uses on a daily basis, and was interrupted by a surprise visit from Congressman Ro Khanna (visiting from an earlier Cybersecurity conference on campus) who spoke very briefly about the need for the government to spend money on making the country more educated.




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