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Sheila Metcalf-Tobin Fulfills Her Dream as She Heads to Praque to Exhibit Her Art

21 May 2017

Sheila Metcalf-Tobin will be leaving soon for Prague, Czech Republic, where she has the honor of being part of a six-woman art show, titled “She Spoke,” which will run from May 25-June 1. She will show three pieces of her large work (pictured right, titled Evolution Series: Speaking in Blooms, mixed media on paper and wood panels). The finished artwork is 6’x8’ but Sheila works on individual 2×3 panels so they can be easily shipped and then reassembled.She was invited to participate by Bay Area artist and instructor Jessica Serran leader of the “The Becoming Artist” Movement.


Sheila is thrilled to be part of the exhibition, not just as an artist, but in all aspects of her life. She says the whole trip, which will include traveling to other European countries, is a personal dream of hers. “It’s been a hidden desire in the recesses of my heart to be able to show my work internationally, so this is the beginning,”says Sheila. “The whole experience is exciting on so many different levels.”

As Sheila explains, there will be a lot of firsts for her: first time showing her work abroad,first time traveling alone, first time leaving her family for so long. (Her 13-year-old son jokes that she is “abandoning” him and his 8-year-old sister).


Beyond Prague, she will be traveling mostly on her own to see the work of her favorite artists in Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, and Venice, where the 57th La Biennale di Venezia Art Exhibition will be going on. She is especially excited to visit the Van Gogh Museum and Ann Frank House in Amsterdam. But she is also bit apprehensive about the three-week adventure.


“I’m nervous about leaving my family and traveling on my own, but I wanted to take this opportunity rather than waiting for someone else to go with me,” she says. “I also had to find ways to fund the trip, and I’m grateful for the support of the Professional Development Committee who helped me pay some of my travel expenses. I’m already thinking of all the ways I can share my experiences with my students when I return.”

—Susan May

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19 May 2017

Dr. Siri Brown, Biography

see full biography HERE. 

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18 May 2017

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May Merritt Connection

15 May 2017

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9 May 2017

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Save the Date for the Spring Strategic Planning Summit on Friday, May 12

8 May 2017

It’s almost that time of year again for the Spring Strategic Planning Summit which is scheduled for Friday, May 12, 8:30 to 3:30, at the Sequoyah Country Club.  Some of the topics to be discussed at the Summit are: Assessment/Accreditation, Survey Summary Results,  Educational Master Plan, Strategic Enrollment Management, Institutional Set Standards, and more (see agenda below). College-wide participation is needed, so you are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Stefanie Harding or Tachetta Henry by Friday, May 5, to get an accurate headcount for set-up, materials, and food.

Breakfast (8:30-9:00)

Introduction and Overview (9:00-9:40)

·         Context and Outcomes/EMP Overview (Lamb) 9:00-9:20

·         Courageous Conversation and Core Values Review (Burns) 9:20-9:40

Review and Reflect (9:45-11:50)

a.       Noel Levitz Employee Satisfaction Survey (Kessler) 9:45-10:30

b.      Institution-Set Standards and Institutional Effectiveness Goals Review (Kessler/Rivas) 10:30-10:55

c.       Participatory Governance (IEPI Focus Area E) 11:00-11:50

Lunch/Gallery Walk (11:50-12:45)

Reflections (12:45-1:00)

Refocus and Move Forward (1:00-3:15)

·         Enrollment Management Planning (Holloway) 1:00-1:40

·         APU Review and Revision (Kessler) 1:45-2:35

·         Assessment Status and Conversations (SLOAC) 2:35-3:20

Closing remarks (3:20-3:30)

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Commencement Ticket Pick Up on May 2 and 4

28 April 2017

All graduates must attend one information session to get instructions on Commencement and in order to obtain tickets to the ceremony. Each session will focus on guest information, regalia, accessible seating and accommodations, parking, and public transportation. See the sessions  below.


2017 Information Session Days
Wed., April 19, 1-2 p.m.
Thurs., April 20, 4;30-6 p.m.
Wed., April 26, 1-2 p.m.
Thurs., April 27, 4:30-6 p.m.

Ticket pick-up days:
May 2, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
May 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.



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Green Thumb or Not, Come to the Annual Spring Plant Sale on Sat. & Sun., May 6 and 7

27 April 2017

Mark your calendars! The Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department will hold its annual Spring 2017 plant sale on May 6 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and May 7 (Noon-3 p.m.). There will be food, music, vendors, and plants galore, including Mediterranean and other drought-tolerant varieties, California natives, lots of edible plants, and many unusual specimens.

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Come to the First Annual Mother’s Day Brunch on May 13, from 11 -2

26 April 2017

It’s time to celebrate Merritt’s mothers! Treat mom and yourself to a lovely Saturday brunch at the First Annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday, May 13, sponsored by the Ability Counts and Unity Clubs. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Lounge. Don’t miss it!


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Public Forums for Merritt Presidency to be Held Thurs., April 27

25 April 2017

You are invited to the public forums for the College President, Merritt College Finalists, on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Merritt Student Lounge, Building R-110. Please see the bios next to each candidate’s name.


Public Forum Schedule (Moderator to be announced):


Dr. Stacy Thompson:  11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Bio

Dr. Ivan Harrell:  12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Bio

Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns:  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Bio


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