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New College Newsletter Promotes Communication, Welcomes Ideas/Feedback

20 November 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 11.54.47 PMThe first issue of the college’s new internal newsletter, The Merritt Connection, was distributed by email to all employees last Wednesday (click here to find it). The publication, which will be produced through the President’s Office twice a month starting in February,  was created as a way to “promote communication and sharing within the campus community,” writes President Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz in her first column. She hopes that the community will contribute ideas for future stories about innovative classes and programs, people profiles, news of new employees, events, human interest stories, and awards and recognitions, as well as highlights of college committees. She asks that any feedback and ideas be sent to Susan May, newsletter writer/editor, at



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

12 November 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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Come to the Swearing-In Ceremony for Your New ASMC on Fri., Oct. 31

30 October 2014

Swear In ASMC REV 10.28.14

Come and get to know your new ASMC Officers and Senators as they get sworn in on Friday, October 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Student Lounge. The Associated Students of Merritt College  represent the Merritt student body and give a voice to all Merritt students as part of the college’s shared governance process. The new officers and senators are listed below. ASMC Advisor is Dr. Lilia Chavez, Interim Director of Student Activities and Campus Life. Stop by and congratulate them!

ASMC Executive Board
Tracey Christian, President
Terry Malbrough, Vice President
Carmen Johnson, Secretary
Maria Fernandez, Treasurer
Justin McDowell-Brown, Chief of Justice
My Williams, ICC Chairperson
Anita Johnson, Associate Chief of Justice

Manual Carmona
Laura Hernandez
Marlene Hurd
Adrian Jackson
Liliane Lee
Max Leung
Geon Yeong Lim
Soledad Martinez
Tachaka Moore
Tatiana Ochoa
Ana Pena
Birhon Quizhpe
Titlis Wan





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Plan Ahead! Priority Spring Registration Dates from November 3 to December 1

27 October 2014


Spring Semester 2015 is just around the corner! Click here to see all registration and academic calendar dates.  Priority registration starts on Monday, November 3; continuing students on Thursday, November 6; and new students on Monday, December 1. The Spring 2015 class schedule will be available soon.

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Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with the Puente Club on Nov. 5

24 October 2014

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Join the Puente Club as they celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) on Wednesday, November 5, by honoring members of the Merritt community who have passed on with words and  music. Photographs will be displayed at the altar and sweet bread and hot chocolate will be available. The event will take place in the D-Quad from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Photo below: Puente Club members work at a fundraising activity to raise money for the upcoming event). Flyer and photo by Puente Club member Birhon Quizhpe.

PUENTE PHOTO fron Bihiron 10-27-14

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Men’s Soccer Team in the Playoff Hunt!

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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Time to Buy Plants at the Annual Fall 2014 Sale on October 11 and 12

12 October 2014



The Associated Students of Merritt College Horticulture Club is hosting its bi-annual plant sale on Oct. 11 and 12, Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. & Sunday, 12 noon – 3 p.m. The plant sale includes a wide variety of edible perennial and annuals, heirloom vegetables, Mediterranean, drought-tolerant plants, and much more. On Saturday there will be plant and landscape design information experts on hand, live music, delicious organic locavore lunches for sale, tours, demonstrations, and “Salvation Garden” tools, books and whatnot sale table.They will have plenty of plants and people to answer your questions on Sunday, too. Cash or checks only, as they are not equipped for credit/debit cards. For more information, go to, 510-436-2418.


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Meet Reps from 35 Colleges and Universities at Transfer Day on Monday, October 13

7 October 2014


Merritt College’s Transfer Day College Fair on Monday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is an opportunity for students to meet admissions representatives from over 35 colleges/universities, including 6 University of California campuses, 9 California State University campuses, and private/independent schools. For a list of participating schools, visit



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Men’s Basketball Gets Support at Crabfeed

1 October 2014


Merritt College President Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz was among more than 65 supporters of the Men’s Basketball team who came out to the first-ever crabfeed on September 27 to raise money for team equipment and other necessities. Head basketball coach Keenan McMiller thanks everyone for coming out and showing their support and hopes for continued support at the games when the season begins in January. Go Thunderbirds!


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Merritt Celebrates Latin@ Heritage Month with Activities on October 7

1 October 2014

Join the Merritt College community on Tuesday, October 7, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., to celebrate, validate, and honor the important Latin@ historical contributions to the United States as part of Latin@ Heritage Month. Activities, including music, art food, danza, speakers, and soul  healing, will take place in the Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale Student Lounge, Room R-110. Latin@ Heritage Month is traditionally held from September 15 to October 15. The date of September 15 is particularly important because it is the independence anniversary for many Latino American countries: El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Mexico’s Independence Day is on September 16 and Chile’s Independence Day follows on September 18.



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