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Chabot College Press Releases - 2001


Recent Student Survey Reveals 85% Satisfaction Rate at Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) – A student satisfaction survey conducted this past fall reveals that students attending Chabot College in Hayward scored the school with an 85% overall satisfaction rating.   Student satisfaction with instructors at Chabot garnered an 80% score.
Entitled the Student Accreditation Survey, the poll is a representative sample of sixty-one course sections.   The surveys, taken in October 2001, were completed by 1,154 students, 60% of which attend as full-time students, and 40% of whom attend the school on a part-time basis.   
The primary purpose of the 2001 survey was to collect student feedback about Chabot for the college's Accreditation Self-Study report.   To that end, the survey included questions from a biennial Student Satisfaction Survey regarding satisfaction with Chabot academic and student services, registration, transportation, facilities, and campus climate. The project was conducted by Dr. Carolyn Arnold, coordinator of institutional research and grants at Chabot College.
Among the most dramatic increases were rankings related to a respect for and tolerance of differences on the Chabot College campus. "This is a large community college campus, with a very diverse student population.   The faculty and staff at Chabot have worked very hard to create a climate of inclusion for all students, and we are now seeing that attitude reflect back in how the students perceive Chabot," said Dr. Arnold.
Those polled in the survey also indicated a high level of satisfaction (87%) with the admissions and records department at Chabot. "Chabot has implemented a number of new procedures designed to facilitate and expedite the student registration process," said Judy Young, director of admissions and records. "These include extending office hours on the weekend, installing a drop-in mailbox in an easily accessible lobby for payments by check and transcript requests, fully maximizing the admissions and records website so that students can download all the necessary forms, and using the Student Online Services center to access registration" she added.
Students also registered high levels of satisfaction with the facilities at Chabot College. Nick Pereira, the college district's director of maintenance and operations, attributes the sparkling appearance of the campus to his dedicated staff, which takes great pride in maintaining the buildings and grounds.   He also cited some significant facilities improvements at Chabot over the past four years that have greatly enhanced the campus. They include the renovation of the student library, construction of a new chemistry/computer science building, a new bookstore and disabled student center, the installation of a new running track and renovations to the athletic fields and the stadium.


Literature of Immigration, Women's Spirituality and Exploring Education are Among Chabot College spring Class Offerings

(Hayward, CA) - The Literature of Immigration, an upcoming Spring Semester course at Chabot College, is especially topical due to the heightened interest in cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.   The semester begins on January 22, 2002 and registration for classes is underway now. The Literature of Immigration is scheduled on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.
The class will explore the coming-to-America experience of many different ethnic groups, the experience of assimilation into American culture and the give and take effects between the immigrants and their new country. The class, taught by Susan Gill, focuses on the experience of immigrating to America throughout time and across cultures, as it is depicted in short stories, books, poetry and film. The class also provides students with the opportunity to document and share their individual immigration history with the class.
Also slated for the Spring Semester is a class for prospective teachers entitled Exploring Education, held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.   Modeled after a class offered through the California State University system, Exploring Education provides an overview of the teaching profession and helps students to explore their own interest in the field. Students who complete Exploring Education will have fulfilled a basic course requirement of the Education curriculum at California State University, Hayward. The class provides a forum for students to observe education in elementary, middle school and high school environments.   Susan Gill also teaches Exploring Education.
The fascinating topic of Women's Spirituality is taught by instructor Irene Plunkett who promises to explain what a Senegalese novelist, a modern Hindu filmmaker and a Jewish theologian have in common with a modern "thealogian".   Students will look at the expressions of women in many religious and spiritual traditions using multi-media presentations including text, ritual, music and film. "The class is designed to help students to rediscover the contributions of women and the ways that they influence the spiritual traditions in a variety of different religions," said Plunkett.


Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program Offers Dental Care for Children

(Hayward, CA) – The students and faculty of the Chabot College Dental Hygiene program will host “Pedo-Day” on Wednesday, November 28. The dental clinic will provide service to children from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 2200 at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
The event will be dedicated to the education, cleaning and placement of sealants for children ages 3-17. The cleanings for children range in price from $16 to $21 (the $21 cleaning includes a fluoride treatment), and x-rays are $5 to $20. Sealants are $5 per tooth up to a maximum of $20. For adults, cleanings are $16 to $61 and x-rays are $5 to $20.   For additional information about Pedo-Day or to make an appointment, please contact the Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program at (510) 723-6906.

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Chabot College Offers Reduced Cost Dental Services to the Community

(Hayward, CA) – The students in the Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program offer low-cost dental services to the community on a regular basis. Community members can take advantage of affordable oral exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants.
Community members interested in becoming patients of the Chabot College Dental Clinic must be free from any medical or dental condition that would make treatment hazardous to the patient or clinician. The clinic is open to adults as well as children.
The clinic currently has a need for new patients. Appointments can by made by contacting the Chabot College Dental Clinic at (510) 723-6900.


Chabot College to Close on Fridays During Summer

(Hayward, CA) – In an effort to conserve energy and help to reduce the current energy costs, Chabot College will be closed on Fridays beginning June 4 through July 27.
Students will still be able to apply for admission and register via the college web site at
The children's center and radio station will be open as usual. Security will be on duty even though the campus is closed.   
Chabot College will resume its regular schedule on Monday, July 30. For further information, please contact Jennifer Aries at (925) 485-5215.


Chabot College Holds Free Dental Screenings

(Hayward, CA) – The faculty and students with Chabot College's Dental Hygiene program host free dental screening every Tuesday from 1p.m. to 4p.m. at Chabot College in Room 2204.
Dental cleanings for children range in price from $15 to $20. Sealants are $5 per tooth and x-rays range in price from $5 to $20. Dental cleanings for adults range in price from $20 to $60 and x-rays range in price from $5 to $20.
For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program at (510) 723-6906 or (510) 723-6900. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward.


Award Winning Author Featured To Read at Chabot

(Hayward, CA) – Award winning author, Alfredo Vea, will be featured at a reading at Chabot College on Thursday, April 26 from 12pm to1pm in the Recital Hall in Room 1232. The community is welcome to attend this event.
Vea is the author of two books: Gods Go Begging and La Maravilla.
For more information please contact, Steve Woodhams, Chabot College, at (510) 723-6824.

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District Board of Trustees Names Interim President For Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) – Dr. Allan Kurki, retired superintendent/president of Antelope Valley College, has been named interim president of Chabot College in Hayward.
Kurki has been involved in the Community College system since 1979. He was the superintendent/president of Antelope Valley College for ten years and interim president at the College of the Redwoods for three years. He was the vice president for academic affairs at Johnson Community College in Kansas City, served as dean of Oakton Community College in Chicago and as head of the Business Department at Point Park College in Pittsburgh. He has taught for over ten years at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For three years he was a senior management economist with Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City. He has also worked as a civilian aeronautical engineer with the U.S. Army Transportation Command in St. Louis.
Dr. Kurki has an undergraduate degree in aeronautical maintenance engineering from Parks College of St. Louis University. He holds two masters degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, one in business and economics, and the other in industrial engineering and operations research. He earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Kansas and a third master's degree in liberal arts from a cooperative program between Baker University in Kansas City and Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Kurki was born and raised in Finland. He is the author of two published World War II books and is currently writing a third.
Dr. Kurki will take the over at Chabot College on April 17. Current Chabot President Terry Burgess will leave on April 20 to assume the presidency of San Diego City College in San Diego.


Chabot College To Hold A Fine Arts Studio Tour

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College's Language Arts & Humanities Division will host a tour of their facilities and samples of courses they offer. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday April 25 in Building 1100.
Visitors will be able to observe several different courses that are offered at Chabot College allowing them to see student art and performances, choir and symphonic band rehearsals and even participate in a “Sound of Music” sing-along.
Courses include the Electronic Music Studio, the Graphic Design Classroom, the Photo and Digital labs as well as the Performing Arts Center, Radio Station KCRH and many more.
This is a free event. P arking permits are required and may be purchased for one dollar in the student parking lots.
For more information please contact Division of Language Arts and Humanities Fine Arts at (510) 723-6829.


New Head Football Coach at Chabot

(Hayward, CA) – Veteran community college football coach Steve DaPrato has been selected to lead the Chabot College Gladiators. His knowledge of California Community College football, his commitment to academics as a priority, and his outstanding record should be a winning combination for Chabot.
DaPrato has been a football coach for thirty-two years. He coached high school football for fifteen years. He was the head coach at Elk Grove High School where the team went on to win the Section Championship and was named Coach-of-the-Year in 1984.   He spent two years as an assistant coach at Sacramento City College and two years as an assistant coach at U.C. Davis. He spent the next ten years as the head coach at Modesto Junior College where he had the highest winning percentage of any football coach in MJC's 79-year history. DaPrato's teams made seven bowl appearances, three league championships, four bowl championships and set school records for rushing, passing and total offense. Most recently he served as head coach at New Mexico Highlands University.
DaPrato and his wife Johanna have two sons, Jon–Paul, a senior at Colgate University studying in Frieberg Germany, and Daniel, a freshman at Chabot.
Chabot is excited to welcome Steve DaPrato as their new head coach and look to him to continue the great tradition of Gladiator Pride.

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