Merritt College is one of the first 20 colleges and universities nationwide to receive a $20K grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI). This $3.6 million, multi-year program is intended to accelerate and expand the adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke-and tobacco-free campus policies. Over the next three years, a total of 125 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. will be awarded TFGCI grants to support these efforts with technical assistance and resources to support their efforts.
Merritt’s active Tobacco-less Club (pictured) has already made great strides toward this goal thanks to the leadership of its president Marlene Hurd and will continue with this grant. So far they have begun forming a task force of students and administrators to brainstorm about the best ways to make the campus smoke-free. Beyond that, they are also planning to hold an art contest to publicize the impact of second-hand smoke, provide jobs for students to go into classrooms and teach others about the impact of second-hand smoke, and offering cessation programs for students.
Jon Murphy of Health Services is coordinator of the grant. “We’re honored to be one of the first colleges to receive this pioneering grant and look forward to using these critical new resources to enable our tobacco prevention taskforce to successfully promote the adoption and implementation of a strong, 100 percent tobacco-free policy on campus,” he says. “Protecting the health and wellness of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors and creating a healthier and cleaner campus environment is a very high priority.”
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization that works to build healthier communities enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. Marlene Hurd wrote the grant with Pauline Bondonno, Project Director of the Community Health Education Institute in Berkeley, who has worked with the club to get other county and state grants related to campus smoking issues.
Please join Puente students on Wednesday, Nov. 30, for its Fall Fundraiser at 12 Noon in the Student Lounge. Students will be selling the new Puente 2016 T-shirt, as well as popcorn, drinks, sweets, and raffle tickets to win Warriors gear and more! The Puente Club will be screening the film, “Mirar Morir,” a gripping documentary about 43 college students gone missing in Mexico in 2014. Please stop by to support your local puentistas!
The Puente Program’s mission is to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to their communities as leaders and mentors.
Ability Counts and the Unity Club have joined together to host a week of activities to bring spirit to Merritt from Monday to Thursday: Monday is Pajama Day, Tuesday is Kris Kross Day, Wednesday is Celebrity Look-Alike Day and Thursday is Decades Reunion Day. See the flyer below for more details and come and join the fun and get in the spirit!
The club scene is growing at Merritt with nearly 20 clubs of interest to all students! Come to Fall 2016 Club Rush, Part 2 on Wednesday, November 16, from 12 Noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge, and find one or more clubs that you’d like to join or find out about starting one of your own! There will be tables set up with information and club officers and members to answer all your questions.
It’s time to start thinking about what classes you will be taking for the Spring 2017 Semester! If you are a new student, you can apply now and then take the steps you need to be ready to register. If you are a continuing student, you can start planning your classes until it’s your turn to register. If you are a returning student (haven’t taken a class in two semesters or more), you will need to reapply and go through the steps. See below for links to follow for a successful transition to spring!
Civil Rights Attorney Fred Gray, one of the first black elected officials in Alabama since Reconstruction, will speak on Saturday, November 19, at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, as part of The Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series. The audience will have the chance to hear this extraordinary leader who helped make history and continues to make history today and get his views on “where do we go from here,” just 11 days after the November election. To RSVP, call (510) 434-3988 The lecture series is co-produced by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center and Merritt College.
Every year on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout event to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit. By quitting, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
This year, the Tobacco-less Club at Merritt is sponsoring its Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 12:30-1:30 on the D-Quad Free “quit” supplies will be given out on that day as well as on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Club Rush in the Student Lounge, R-110, from 12 Noon to 2:30 p.m. No-sign ups are necessary.
Here’s an inspirational message from the Tobacco-less Club:
Do you want to quit smoking but need some support?
Are you concerned about those you love breathing second hand smoke?
Smoke from the tip of the Cigarette is 20 times more toxic than what the smoker inhales.
If you have a friend to help you and provide coaching you can sign up together.
Quit supplies include gum, lollipops, e-cigarette and hookah fact cards, posters and other fun items while supplies last.
The most successful stop smoking programs work when there is someone in your corner supporting you.
We care about your life and the lives of your loved ones. We have all faced some kinds of addiction.
Don’t let the tobacco companies rob you of your life.
Message from the President: As we anticipate the upcoming visit from the ACCJC Visiting Team on November 9, our shared goal for Merritt College is full reaffirmation of accreditation. With this in mind, we must reflect on our guiding principles and important mission, “to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve by helping students to attain knowledge, master skills, and develop the appreciation, attitudes and values needed to succeed and participate responsibly in a democratic society and a global economy.” We seek to continuously demonstrate and model these standards of excellence both in our College and in our surrounding communities.
Accreditation is a necessary and important process that relies upon a peer evaluation system in which institutions participate in self-regulation and self-evaluation. The goals are to ensure overall educational quality and institutional effectiveness.
Merritt College is committed to these goals as reflected by the provision of quality education in a culturally rich, caring, and supportive learning environment where students are always our first priority. In an inclusive environment, Merritt College offers an array of options suited for everyone regardless of circumstance; including, continuance of post high school education, preparation for specialty careers, or taking classes for personal enrichment. We know that together here at Merritt College…we change lives!
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The mission of Merritt College is to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve by helping students to attain knowledge, master skills, and develop the appreciation, attitudes and values needed to succeed and participate responsibly in a democratic society and a global economy.