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21 January 2015

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Merritt Basketball Scores Again with Two Wins!

14 January 2015

(SEE VIDEO) It was another exciting night at the Merritt Gym on January 13 as the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams took on the nearly undefeated Solano College and showed them who the Thunderbirds are with scores of 89-64 (Men’s) and 73-54 (Women’s). Merritt students, faculty, and staff, along with visitors, filled the bleachers to cheer on their home team. Come and enjoy the next home game and show your team spirit. Buy a blue and gold t-shirt (just $5, see below), and grab a hot dog or nachos at the snack bar. Next home game is this Saturday, January 17, 3 p.m. for Women’s, 5:30 p.m. for Men’s.  Find the season schedule for Men’s Basketball here and Women’s Basketball here. Go Thunderbirds!

See video here: Men’s Basketball 1-13-14

Women’s Basketball shot below:

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T-Shirt  – just 5 bucks!:




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Basketball Home Games Tonight, Jan. 13!

13 January 2015

BasketballAfter both winning their first home games of the season last week, the  Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will play at home again tonight, taking on Solano at 5:30 p.m. (Women’s) and 7:30 p.m. (Men’s). Come out and cheer them on! For future games, see the Men’s Basketball schedule here and the Women’s Basketball schedule here.  Go Thunderbirds!

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Jan. 14-16 Flex Days at District and Merritt Focus on Equity

12 January 2015

MERRITTpms-TiWith the theme of equity running through the three days of professional training, the  January Flex Days will welcome popular speaker Kevin Powell on Wednesday, January 14 at Laney College, to kick off the three-day professional training with a keynote speech on “Equality in America: Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King.” The rest of the day’s events at Laney College, including the State of the District Address by Chancellor Jose Ortiz, are listed  here.

Merritt’s Flex Days on January 15 and 16 will focus on “Equity: Better Together.” An opening State of the College message from President Norma Ambriz-Galaviz will be followed by a College Community Conversation on equity with discussion on the college’s new Equity Plan and Student Success and Support Program. Other highlights include a “National Equity Project” session on Thursday, January 15, facilitated by guest speakers Lisa M. Lasky and Victory Cary, and the “E-3: Education, Excellence & Equity” session facilitated by JuanCarlos Arauz. (See all of their bios here.) The two-day schedule can be viewed here.

A big thanks to the Professional Development Committee for their hard work in planning a program to motivate the entire college community: Dr. Audrey Trotter (Chair), Dr. Elmer Bugg, Melinda Downing,  Stefanie Harding (Ex-Officio), Ahmad Mansur, Margie Rubio (Accountant), Ngheim Thai (Minutes/Website), Dr. Arnulfo Cedillo, Marilyn Bull, and Dr. Tae-Soon Park.






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7 January 2015

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Double Win in Thunderbird Basketball Home Openers!

7 January 2015

BasketballBoth the Men’s Basketball and Women’s Basketball teams won their home opening games on Jan. 6 with the respective scores of  82-70 and 73-66. Congratulations to both teams and to coaches Keenan McMiller and Fred Brown. Come and cheer them on to more victories this season. See the men’s schedule here and the women’s schedule here. The next home game is Tues., Jan. 13, against Solano College. Go Thunderbirds!



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Biology is for the Birds! Take This 1/30-31 Class and Study Them in a Refuge

31 December 2014

How would you like to learn about these birds in a classroom — and then go to a wildlife refuge and see the real thing!  If you enroll in Biology  64H (24319), Natural History of Don Edwards Reserve, you can! Don Edwards Reserve is a beautiful large nature preserve in Fremont housing various migrating birds, as well as native flora and fauna. The two-session, 0.5 unit  class, led by longtime instructor and wildlife expert Hank Fabian, includes a talk on Friday evening, January 30, from 6:30-8:45 p.m. and a field trip on Saturday, January 31, from 10 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Prof. Fabian also offers two more class/field trips during the rest of the semester: the 6-session, 2.5 unit class, Herpetology of the Greater Bay Area, starting February 6, and the Natural History of Morgan Territory, Biol 64N (24103), on April 10 and 11.
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Discover the Field of Microscopy at an Open House on 12/17 or 1/3

14 December 2014

microscopyThe Microscopy Program at Merritt is offering two Open Houses to give you the opportunity to find out about a fulfilling career in biotech – on Wednesday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 3. Find out more details by clicking here to see the attached flyer.

Join the Spring 2015 program and learn how to use complex digital imaging systems to take beautiful images that support your curiosity and dreams! For more information, go to

microscopy flyermages in a cooperative environment that supports your curiosity and dreams!

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Merritt Students Get in the Spirit at PAL’s 25th Annual Christmas Dinner

12 December 2014

Steve Pantell(Click here to see more photos) Merritt students joined together recently to help serve more than 1,000 community members who attended the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) 25th Annual Christmas Dinner at Shiloh Church in Oakland. Thanks to Dr. Lilia Chavez, Margaret Dixon, Steve Pantell and other faculty and staff who joined students from ASMC, the Criminal Justice Club, and the Puente Club. Great way to start off the holiday season by helping others!    


group of students serving  Margaret and Lilia
Max Leung and ?  dining room shot


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Merritt Newsletter Editor Seeks Feedback/Story Ideas

3 December 2014

How did you like the first issue of The Merritt Connection that was emailed to you on November 18? (If you missed it, click here to see it). The editor (me) appreciates any and all feedback and ideas for stories – campus news, human interest stories; shared governance highlights; interesting classes; newsworthy faculty, staff, students, or alumni to  write about; awards or recognitions you or others have received, etc. Just send your ideas to Susan May  at There will be one issue in  December, and then two each month starting in February. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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