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24 November 2015

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15 November 2015

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Community Day

15 November 2015

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All Welcome to Opening of Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center, 11/6

4 November 2015

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Come join U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Peralta Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., and Merritt College President Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz for the grand opening of the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Center on Friday, November 6, at 11:30 a.m. on the Merritt College campus. As part of the ceremony, a letter will be read from President Obama acknowledging the grand opening, and tours of the facility will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

With over 60,000-square feet of dedicated space for science and technology, the Barbara Lee Science and Allied Health Building will be the region’s newest epicenter for innovation in science and technology. The structure houses all of the college’s science and health programs along with mathematics and business technology. Each department’s space has been designed to anticipate growth for Merritt’s future.

The architectural design of the building was aimed at achieving a number of goals, including enhancing the student learning environment, promoting the growth of the departments, and energizing the campus as a whole.

The theme of science and health led the architects to design 28 specialized screens across the face of the building to give a graphic representation of the DNA sequence (called Mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA) which makes energy. In addition, the exposed spiral double-helix staircase in the building’s center mirrors that same representation.

At various locations throughout the building, there are public common areas for students and faculty to freely interact. These areas have an open environment within the building to encourage active learning in their day-to-day interactions that is not limited to just the classroom. Also, the state-of-the-art technology and the furniture in this building were specifically chosen to enhance the learning environment for students and faculty. This ranges from interactive projectors in each classroom and lab, top-of-the-line equipment specifically chosen by each department, and student desks and chairs that are adjustable for left- and right-handed students.

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Thinking About Your Sabbatical? Get All the Info On Wed, Nov. 4, 9:15 a.m.

30 October 2015

Sabbaticals are available for the 2016-2017 academic year! Any full-time (contract) faculty member, who has completed at least six consecutive years of regular service, may apply for a sabbatical leave to undertake university/college coursework, conduct research, engage in a creative project, or travel. If you are interested in applying, please attend the orientation workshop on Wednesday, November 4, 9:15-10:15 a.m., in Room L-137. Further information may also be found in the 2016-2017 Merritt College Sabbatical Handbook.sabbatical-420x234

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Debra Jacks Celebrates Retirement by Partying With Friends and Family

29 October 2015

(SEE PHOTOS) Over the 36 years Debra Jacks worked at Merritt College, she made many close friends. And on Thursday night, at a great party organized by Margie Rubio and Audrey Trotter at Lungomare in Jack London Square,  it seemed like every one of them showed up. More than 80 faculty, staff, and students, family members and special guests joined the party, from Retired District Chancellor Donald Godbold, who hired Debra in 1979, to her beloved 94-year-old father who sat at the bar and waved as Debra gave a tribute to him. Lots of speeches, laughter, and tears filled the room to honor Debra. But mostly sighs of relief to know that she will be back in the not-too-distant future to continue part-time working her magic at Merritt. (Find out how Debra will be spending her retirement by reading the article here.)


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Watch for the “Dress Up” Parade from the Children’s Center on Fri., Oct. 30

29 October 2015

The Merritt College Children’s Center is having a “Dress Up” parade on Friday, October 30, and the kids will be walking around campus to as many departments as they can get to starting at 9:30 a.m. Ms. Rachel from the Center says if you have some treats for the kids, they will appreciate it. If you’d like them to come by your area, please email her at and they will try to get to you. Get your cameras ready, it should be adorable!




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Debra Jacks Retires After 36 Years to Relax . . . But Can’t Stay Away from Merritt!

29 October 2015

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When Debra Jacks got a call in 1979 from then-Peralta District Chancellor Donald Godbold, she thought it was a prank. She had worked at Merritt in a grant-funded, student services-related position for two years. But when the grant wasn’t renewed, she got a job in private industry and had been in it for six months.

“I didn’t know why he would be calling me,” says Debra, “and it took awhile before he convinced me it was really him. It was so embarrassing!”

In fact, Chancellor Godbold was calling to offer her an opportunity to work on a pilot project at Merritt to assist matriculating students called the Student Accountability Model. She accepted the offer and never left. Until now.

After 36 years of helping students fulfill their educational dreams, Debra will retire on October 30, leaving behind decades of a truly gratifying career. “I get thank-you cards and letters and I run into students all the time who I’ve assisted and they tell me how they attribute their success to our relationship on one level or another. It’s a wonderful and satisfying feeling.”

Though Debra claims she doesn’t really want to retire, the broad smile she’s walked around with for the past few months belies that statement. Ask her what she’s going to do when she retires, and she reels off a long list without hesitation.

“I love to cook, and I have a folder of recipes I want to test out on my friends and family,” says Debra, who has seven brothers and sisters-in-law, multiple nieces and nephews, and a 94-year-old father she is looking forward to seeing more often.  “I want to have time to spoil them all with my pies and cobblers because I am overdue. They are always saying, “You  owe me a cheesecake, you owe me a sweet potato pie.” Debra says she will also find time to exercise, garden, read, and take the time to pamper herself.

But she will never forget about Merritt. In fact, she’ll soon be back to volunteer two days a week helping with in-reach services and then work part-time to help support Sankofa’s efforts.

“I’ve had some awesome opportunities at Merritt both professionally and personally,” says Debra, who has done everything from edit and proofread catalogs to write press releases for events. “I’ve had wonderful administrators and supervisors, and I’ve learned a lot from my colleagues. “My position through my entire career has always been, whatever needs to be done, as long as I have the skill set, I will do it, and it makes us all look good.”
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2015 Speaker Series

29 October 2015


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Need Help With Assess-ments? The SLOA Committee is Here For You!

26 October 2015

The SLOAC  is available to support the college’s assessment work by holding weekly Taskstream & Assessment Workshops in L-132 on Tuesdays 12-1, Tuesdays 6-7, and Fridays 11-12. Stop in, say hello, and get your assessment plans in top shape for the fall semester.

If you can’t attend a workshop, please be sure to check out their website ( which has a variety of support materials including the current status of the college, assessment rubrics, examples of quality assessment, word documents to outline your assessment, and more!learning-assessment-button-large3

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