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Chabot College Revises Final Exam Schedule Due to Power Outage

(Hayward, CA) – Due to a major power outage at Chabot College yesterday, Final Exams have been rescheduled. Final exams scheduled for Wednesday night will be held tonight. Additional information is available on the Chabot College web site at or by calling the campus at (510) 723-6600.


Chabot College Closes at 2pm Due to Power Outage

(Hayward, CA) - Due to a power outage, Chabot College will be closing at 2 pm and will remain closed through the night. All night classes will be cancelled. Students are urged to call (510) 723-6600 on Thursday morning, before their class begins to see if classes will be held tomorrow.
The Chabot College Child Care Center asks that all parents pick up their children immediately. There will be no evening child care available tonight.


Chabot College Dental Hygiene Student Named ADHA Scholarship Recipient

(Hayward, CA) – Regina Everhart, a second year Chabot College dental hygiene student, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the American Dental Hygienists Association Institute for Oral Health.  
The ADHA is a national organization with components throughout the United States, which s trives to encourage and promote professional excellence in the field of dental hygiene. The primary focus of the ADHA Institute Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to the dental hygiene students and dental hygienists who can demonstrate a commitment to further the discipline of dental hygiene through academic achievement, professional excellence, and a desire to improve the public's overall health.
Everhart maintains a 4.0 GPA in the Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program and is an active member of SADHA, the student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists Association.   She holds two associate degrees and currently works as a registered dental assistant part time. After graduation, Everhart plans to work clinically as a registered dental hygienist while being actively involved in the ADHA. Her future plans include pursuing a baccalaureate degree and eventually teaching dental hygiene. Additionally, she would like to explore and practice veterinary dental hygiene.
For more information, please contact Carol Golden, Program Director at (510) 723-6900.

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Chabot College Hosts Pacific Chamber Symphony Featuring Pianist Kevin Cole on November 24

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College welcomes the highly acclaimed Pacific Chamber Symphony as it opens its 14 th season in the East Bay with The American Radio Hour on Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 p.m.   Held at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center, the program will be performed under the guidance of Maestro Lawrence Kohl and will celebrate the greatest music from the greatest era of radio. Joining the Pacific Chamber Symphony for this special performance is pianist Kevin Cole, considered to be the world's foremost interpreter of George Gershwin's music. Tickets are available by calling (510) 352-3945.
In addition to Gershwin's signature piece "Rhapsody in Blue", the program will also include the works of Richard Rogers and Aaron Copland. As part of the Pacific Chamber Symphony's commitment to bringing chamber symphony closer to the audience, the artists, Maestro Kohl, and Kevin Cole will be available to chat during an extended intermission.


Chabot College Hosts Free Holiday Concert By U.S. Air Force Band

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College will ring in the sounds of the season with a free holiday concert performed by the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West's Concert Band on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m.   The concert will take place at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center. The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield and is the only remaining active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies.
Entitled "Home for the Holidays", the program will be conducted by Captain Douglas Monroe, and was designed to appeal to both adults and children.   The concert celebrates family holiday traditions with a focus on those military members serving our country who are based overseas.
The program will showcase band instrumentalists and vocalists performing holiday favorites, concluding with the band's traditional holiday sing-along.   The band will also tie in its concert theme with a rendition of "I'll Be Home for Christmas", the song that became something of a national anthem when first introduced to the public in 1943, and continues to have special significance for service men and women today.
Free tickets are available at Chabot College by calling (510) 723-6647, the Hayward Library, the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, Pianos Plus, and Hayward Recreation Department locations.


Chabot College Flagship Puente Project Recognized for Twenty Years of Support

(Hayward, CA) – The Puente Project will be recognized for its many contributions to California college students at a ceremony on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hayward City Hall Rotunda. At that time, the City of Hayward will recognize the Puente Project by issuing a City Resolution and Proclamation. Hayward Mayor Roberta Cooper and Senator Liz Figueroa will be on hand to make comments and participate in the recognition ceremony.
Two Chabot College faculty members, Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath launched the Puente Project, in 1981.   The program graduated its first class of students the next year in 1982. This homegrown program operates on three interrelated components: English writing skills courses, counseling methodologies, and mentoring by community mentors.   Today, the Puente Project has expanded throughout the state of California community college system.
The mentors have guided students in their quest for a higher education degree, and many of the mentors represent a cross-section of the Latino and general professional community.


Chabot College Steel Drum Band to Play at the World Series

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Who: Chabot College Steel Drum Band
What: They were contacted by the San Francisco Giants organization to play before last Saturday's playoff game. They did such a terrific job that the Giants' have invited them back to play before the opening of the World Series at PacBell Park.
Where: Willie Mays Plaza at PacBell Park in San Francisco
Contact: Jennifer Aries at (925) 485-5215  

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The Chabot College Performing Arts Center presents the Moscow Ballet's Performance of the Nutcracker

What: The internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet will perform the world premiere of its tenth anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker.
When: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are available online at, or through Ticketmaster outlets including Tower Records, Wherehouse Music, Rite-Aid in Oakland or Ticketmaster direct by calling (510) 625-8497.   Tickets will also be sold at the box office of the Chabot College Performing Arts Center on the performance day, November 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Chabot College Performing Arts Center at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
Contact Information: For more information please contact Roger Noyes, Performing Arts Center Manager at (510) 723-6976.


Moscow Ballet Launches Great Russian Nutcracker 2002 at Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) – The internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet makes an exclusive Bay Area appearance for the world premiere of its tenth anniversary Great Russian Nutcracker on Friday, November 1, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center in Hayward.   From this performance, the troupe will embark on an 83-city tour of the United States.
"Chabot College is thrilled to have been able to accommodate the ambitious touring schedule of the Moscow Ballet to calendar their only Bay Area appearance this year," said Roger Noyes, Performing Arts Center manager.  
The Moscow Ballet is a pure, classical company that brings the grand tradition of a century of Russian ballet to audiences throughout the world. Its all-Russian cast of 50 dancers features graduates of the Moscow Choreographic Institute and the Vaganova Institute. The dancers, who range in age from 19-30, typically begin their training between the ages of eight and twelve.
Joining the Russian troupe for the Chabot College performance will be local Bay Area children who auditioned for parts months ago.  
The Ballet designer, Valentin Fedorev, is also the resident designer of the Chibarksari Opera House.   Known as the "Russian Bear" to his colleagues, Fedorev is a prodigy of Valery Leventa of the Bolshoi Ballet, known for his diverse and often wonderfully comic sets.
Tickets for the performance are available online at or through Ticketmaster outlets including Tower Records, Wherehouse Music, Rite-Aid in Oakland or Ticketmaster direct by calling (510) 625-8497. Tickets will also be sold at the box office of the Chabot College Performing Arts Center on the performance day, November 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m.


Chabot College Dental Hygiene Clinic Hosts a Free, Public Information Day

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College Dental Hygiene Clinic will host Dental Hygiene Information Day on Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dental clinic will be open to the general public, students, prospective applicants and the dental community.
There will be a slide presentation, a discussion of the profession of dental hygiene and the tremendous employment opportunities that are available upon graduation. Information will be provided about the application process and a tour of the clinic will be offered.   There will also be a panel discussion hosted by current and former students.   This event will offer visitors an opportunity to meet students, faculty and graduates and have specific questions answered regarding the clinic and the program.  
Light refreshments will be provided.   Please call to reserve a seat (510) 723-6900.
For more information about the event, please contact Carol Golden, Program Director at (510) 723-6900.     

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Chabot College and Hayward Area Recreation Co-Sponsor Free Seminar on September 14-15

"The person exists on many levels--physical, psychological and spiritual--and none of these can be reduced to any other.   To move successfully toward health, all must be treated."    -Dr. Lawrence LeShan
(Hayward, CA) – Those whose life has been touched by cancer or life-threatening illness, are invited to participate in a free weekend conference hosted by Chabot College and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District entitled “Cancer As a Turning Point---From Surviving to Thriving”.   The conference is presented by Healing Journeys, a non-profit organization focused on cancer survival, is slated for Saturday, September 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Now in its 15 th year, the conference features internationally respected speakers such as   therapist and author Wayne Muller, Dr. Marty Rossman, a pioneer in guided imagery and alternative medicine, and the whimsical artist/writer SARK. A healing art exhibit will also be open to the public.
“We rotate the conference throughout many venues in the Bay Area, and this marks the first time we have held it in this part of the East Bay,” said conference leader and originator Jan Adrian.   “We have another powerful roster of presenters for the upcoming conference that offers something for everyone,” she added.
The conference typically draws up to 1,500 participants, some of whom actually have cancer or a chronic illness, others are friends and families, and still others are caregivers or work in a medical environment.
According to Michelle Sherry, a social sciences faculty member at Chabot College and a cancer survivor herself, attending the conference helped her to view her illness as a turning point that changed her priorities and helped her to learn how to live in the present. "It is a very empowering event that is well presented in a large, supportive community environment," she said.
The conference is free, but pre-registration is required. Continuing education units are available (for a fee) for nurses and therapists.   For more information, please contact Healing Journeys at (800) 423-9882, or check the website,


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.
The Chabot Dental Hygiene Clinic is a full service clinic located on campus in building 2200. As well as providing affordable services to the community, the clinic also provides a 50% discount to Chabot students and faculty.
Appointments can by made by contacting the Chabot College Dental Clinic at (510) 723-6900.


"Cancer as a Turning Point: From Surviving to Thriving" a Free, Two-day Conference at Chabot College
This conference is sponsored by Healing Journeys, Chabot College and the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District

What: "Cancer as a Turning Point: From Surviving to Thriving" is a free, two-day conference for those touched by cancer or chronic illness. Among the speakers are Wayne Muller, Dr. Marty Rossman and author/artist SARK. A dmission is free.
When: Saturday, September 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Chabot College in Hayward.
Where: The Performing Arts Center at Chabot College, located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
Contact Information: To register by phone, call   (800) 423-9882 or online at   For more information please contact Carol Bauman at (510) 723-6767.


Chabot College Offers “Issues-Post September 11” Class in Fall Semester  

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward will explore the national and international repercussions of the events of September 11, 2001 in a class entitled "Issues-Post September 11" which is scheduled for the upcoming fall semester.   The class will also frame the circumstances of the attacks and examine the issues surrounding them.  
Students will read and discuss articles, view videos, participate in presentations with guest speakers on the topic and carry out research of their own during the course of the class.   The 12-week class (course reference number 23153) begins on September 10 and meets Tuesdays from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
"There are a variety of classes being offered that touch on the events of September 11, but many are focused on one component of the event, such as the Muslim world, or terrorism," said Kip Waldo, a faculty member in the anthropology department and Staff Development Coordinator at Chabot. "This class will examine the issues surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the war that followed and the current impact on our lives."
For more information about the class, please contact Kip Waldo at (510) 723-6980.


Chabot College Offers Wide Range of New Computer Classes and Programs in Fall Semester

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College in Hayward has expanded its Computer Science program to include a broad list of new programs for the fall semester, beginning on August 19.
Two new Associate of Arts (AA)/Associate of Science (AS) degrees programs include a Linux Systems Programming transfer program, and a Linux Systems Administration and Web Site Development technical/vocational program.   At a cost of just $11 per unit (for California residents), students can realize a savings of up to $1500 per class over the cost of other institutions offering the same courses.
In addition, Chabot has added several new Certificates of Achievement in Computer Science.   Students may now register for classes in Computer Programming, Linux Systems Programming Specialist, Linux Systems Administration Specialist, Oracle/SQL/SQL Server Specialist, and Web Site Development Specialist.
The Computer Science department has also added a new Certificate of Completion in Computer Science in Microsoft Access/SQL Specialist and revised its Computer Science AA/AS degrees for both transfer and technical/vocational students.
"These classes accommodate a broad range of students, from those who are riding out the current economic slowdown by further developing their skills, as well as those preparing to transfer to a university and study computer science or a related field," said Keith Mehl, a computer science instructor at Chabot.

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Chabot College Launches Class on Customer Service in the Workplace

(Hayward, CA) – What role does customer service play in the success of a company?   Interested managers, employees and others are invited to learn the answer to this important question at a new class offered at Chabot College in Hayward, beginning August 19. Attracting new customers follows staffing and product expenses as the most costly part of doing business.    Yet a recent survey by BusinessWeek magazine of more than 400 consumers found that less than two percent would rate the level of customer service they received in the past year as "extremely good". Nearly 80% of the group rated their customer service experiences as just "fair" or "poor".
Customer Service Skills and Concepts (course reference number 23067) is a three-unit course that is transferable to the California State University system. The course is held on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and continues through December 21.   Students may enroll in advance or subsequent to attending the first class on August 19.
Taught by Laurie Erceg, a customer service consultant for the health care industry, the course covers the dynamics of customer service such as behavior, diversity, time management, loyalty and preventing service breakdowns.   Students will benefit from in-class interaction and assignments that include role-play as a communication builder. The class also covers the fundamentals of evaluating data, managing files and utilizing technology for effective customer service and management.
"Projecting a positive and professional image is critical in all levels of business," said Bill O'Mahoney, Dean of Business and Workforce Development at Chabot. "This course would have great value for managers seeking the customer service background to train staff, as well as individuals who wish to expand their own employment opportunities," he added.
For additional information about the Customer Service class, please contact Laurie Erceg at (510) 723-6600, ext. 2473.


Chabot College Pool Offers Public Swim During Hayward Plunge Renovation

(Hayward, CA) – Swimmers who are displaced as a result of the impending renovations to the Hayward Plunge slated to get underway in September, are invited to join "Swimming for Everyone" at Chabot College, a year-round program that costs $19 per semester for California residents.   
The program offers swimmers access to the pool in a time flexible schedule between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.   Students are free to show up and enjoy self conducted free swim during these hours, with the added benefit of qualified instructors who are readily available to help them get in shape and meet their goals. All Chabot Physical Education classes are directed by a highly trained instructor with a Master's degree or higher in exercise physiology or physical education.
"We encourage local residents to take advantage of our fabulous facilities and excellent staff resources," said Debbie Budd, Dean of Physical Education at Chabot College. "While visiting the pool, we also encourage swimmers to check out the new fitness and training facility adjacent to the aquatic center, where they can learn about new fitness opportunities," she added.
For more information about Swimming for Everyone (course reference number 10475), please contact the Physical Education office at (510) 723-7203.
The Chabot College pool is an Olympic sized pool that served as the training grounds for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Synchronized swim team prior to their competition in Atlanta. This huge, recently remodeled pool features 26 lanes for lap swimmers, and is handicap accessible. The pool is heated to a temperature of 80 to 82 degrees year-round. The facility also features adequate parking, locker rooms, and showers.


The Chabot College Drama Department

What: The comedy, "Tartuffe" portrays the story of a religious hypocrite who tries to gain title to his host's estate by having him imprisoned. So effective was Molière's satire, that the word tartuffe has become part of the English language. General admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the door.  
When: The summer theater production of Moliere's comedy "Tartuffe" will be held on July 25, 26, 27 and August 1, 2, and 3 at 8:00 p.m. One matinee is scheduled on Sunday, August 4, at 2:00 p.m.
Where: All performances will be held in at the Little Theater, Building 1200, on the Depot Road side of the campus. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
Contact Information: For more information please contact Karen Hashimoto at (510) 723-6829.


The Chabot College Community Jazz Band

What: The band, performing under director Greg Brown, will play popular selections by Duke Ellington and others. The public is invited to bring a blanket and picnic dinner and enjoy great jazz under the stars. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the door.
When: The summer evening jazz concert will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: In the amphitheater located on the lawn area in front of the Performing Arts Center, Building 1300 on the Depot Road side of the campus. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
Contact Information: For more information please contact Karen Hashimoto at (510) 723-6829.

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Chabot College Men and Women Athletic Teams Receive Award

(Hayward, CA) Chabot College is proud to announce that the Chabot College men's and women's athletic teams recently received the Coast Conference All Sports Award.   The teams amassed 211 points (second place was 189) the highest point total in league history. This is the most prestigious award in the conference since it gives point totals from first to last place in twenty different sports. This past year the teams participated in only 18 of those 20 sports but had champions in volleyball, women's basketball, softball, men's and women's swimming and golf. It was not only the Champions but every team that placed high in their league standings that led to this award. Congratulations to all the coaches, the team members and Debbie Budd the head of this outstanding department.


Chabot College to Close on Fridays During Summer

(Hayward, CA) – In an effort to continue energy conservation, Chabot College will be closed on Fridays beginning June 3 through July 26. The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Offices in Pleasanton will also be closed on Fridays and follow the same schedule.
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 29. For further information, please contact Jennifer Aries at (925) 485-5215.


Chabot College Founding President to Speak at Commencement

(Hayward, CA) – Dr. Reed Buffington, the founding president of Chabot College will give the commencement address at the college's 40th anniversary graduation ceremony on Friday, May 31st at 6 p.m. in the College's Grand Court at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
More than 300 graduates are expected to participate in the commencement exercises. The Honorable Peggy Hora, Alameda County Superior Court Judge will give the alumni address to the graduating class.
Following the ceremony there will be a Chabot College 40th Anniversary Celebration in the college's Mini Courtyard at approximately 7 p.m. Community members and alumni are invited to attend. There will be refreshments and a photo display of pictures from the past to the present.
For additional information about the Chabot College 40th Commencement, please contact Melinda Matsuda, vice president of student services, at (510) 723-6744.


Chabot College Awarded $500,000 National Science Foundation Grant

(Hayward, CA) – A team effort on behalf of several Chabot College instructors in applying for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant was rewarded with the recent news that a $500,000 grant will be awarded to the group to implement an innovative new program. The Advanced Technology Education grant will fund a program that combines Math, Physics and English as a unit to target remedial students and prepare them for core classes.
An intensive one-year application process included contributions from instructors Timothy Dave (Physics and Astronomy), Jose Alegre (Math and Physics), Indrani Chaudhuri (Math), Marian Wendy Alexander (Math), Cynthia Hicks (English and Writing Coordinator) and Melinda Matsuda (Interim Vice-President of Student Services). Assisting the effort were Carlo Vecchiarelli , Chabot's Dean of Math, Science and Engineering, Sally Janke, Dean of Health and Natural Sciences, Sally Fitzgerald, Dean of Language Arts and grant coordinator Kathleen Schaefer. Anita Wah (Math) also provided essential consultation and input to the application process.
"This substantial grant from the National Science Foundation is among the largest ever received by Chabot College," said Robert Carlson, President. "We are very excited and commend the dedicated team of instructors, administrators and staff who put in the extraordinary effort required to obtain this level of recognition."
The grant will be applied to a three-year pilot program in which year one is dedicated to planning, and years two and three focus on actual implementation of the program. One component of the grant features partnerships with the Hayward Unified School District, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia Labs, the Edward Teller Science and Technology Center at UC Davis and some private high technology companies.

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Chabot College Names Costello Head Men's Basketball Coach

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees has appointed Tony Costello as full-time Head Men's Basketball Coach at Chabot College. Costello is a 14-year veteran of Chabot 's Division of Physical Education and Athletics. He served as assistant coach for the men's basketball team for three years and has been the part-time head basketball coach for the past 11 years.
In his new position, Costello is responsible for the year-round activities that surround the men's basketball program at Chabot College. Although the actual season runs annually from November through early March, the head coach is responsible for recruiting, off-season training, fundraising, and budget development throughout the year.  
"We are thrilled to have Tony on board as a full time faculty member," said Debbie Budd, Dean of Physical Education and Athletics at Chabot.   "He has done some great things with very little time and resources and we are looking forward to wonderful things in the seasons ahead with Tony being on campus full time."
Local recruiting of basketball talent has been a focal point of the program at Chabot College, which has participated in the Coast Conference, North Division, for many years.   "Our top priority is to recruit locally," said Coach Costello. "Local talent brought us to the final eight this past season and we expect to continue that success in the future," he added.
Costello received his bachelor's degree and teaching credential from San Jose State University, a master's degree in Physical Education from Saint Mary's College and a second master's degree in Educational Administration from United States International University.   Prior to teaching and coaching at the college level, he was a coach and teacher at Dublin High School in Dublin, California, at Justin-Sienna High School in Napa, and currently at Valley High School in Dublin.
Under Costello's leadership the Gladiators finished this season with a 24-10 record. They made it to the final eight in the state championship playoff series and led the state in scoring with an average of 89.5 points per game. They finished the season ranked sixth in the state. In addition, Costello has had more than 30 students receive scholarships to colleges such as Fresno State University, University of Nevada-Reno, and Fairleigh-Dickinson.


The Chabot College Music Department

What: Hosting a series of end-of-year recitals to showcase   the talent of students studying vocal and instrumental technique. The performances are free and open to the public.
When: The first recital features pianist Ginger Chen on Tuesday, May 14 at 12:00 p.m. On Thursday, May 16, the Chabot College Concert and Chamber Choirs will perform at 12:00 p.m. The final recital performance selections are slated for 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 and at 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.
The final performance selections will be announced at a later date.  
Where: All recitals will be held in Room 1232, Building 1200, on the Depot Road side of campus. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
Contact Information: For more information please contact Karen Hashimoto at (510) 723-6829.


Chabot College Instructor Retires After 40 Years

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College was one of the first community colleges in California, opening its doors to students in 1961, at a time when the colleges still fell under the guidance of the State Board of Education. One of the two longest-standing faculty members at Chabot, English instructor Dick Albert, will retire on May 31, at the end of the spring 2002 semester.
"Dick Albert has had enormous impact on Chabot students over the years he has taught them," said Sally Fitzgerald, the Dean of Humanities and Language Arts at the college. "From his early days riding a bicycle to the campus to his current ones mentoring students and new faculty, Dick has brought humor and love of literature to us all."
Albert has spent his entire forty-year career at Chabot College, upon receiving his master's degree from UC Berkeley.   For point of reference, that was the same year that John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, John Glenn orbited the Earth and Johnny Carson took the helm of the Tonight Show.
When asked to divulge the most significant change at Chabot College over the past four decades, Albert replied, "Chabot was a very homogeneous campus when it first opened. Over the years it has blossomed into a truly diverse campus in terms of the student body and the faculty. It's been a marvelous change."
Albert first worked in the college's creative writing program and started the campus literary magazine. He later taught in the Puente Project, which has a course curriculum and content that is based on Chicano/Mexican-American/Latino writers and authors. For the past decade, he has led the Interdisciplinary Studies in Letters and Science program, which culminates each year with a month-long trip to England and France. He was declared a Merit Teacher at Chabot College in 1999 and serves as one of the original members of the American Federation of Teachers on that campus.


Chabot College Children's Center to Sponsor a Job Fair

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College Children's Center will host a job fair on Wednesday, May 1 st , 2002, coinciding with Worthy Wage Day.
Each year, May 1st is designated as national Worthy Wage Day – a day to build community awareness and highlight the importance of quality care for children and its relationship to worthy wages for child care workers. This event will give child care workers a chance to train and strategize about how to increase child care workers' wages.
The event will be held at the Children's Center in Building 3500 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for people in the field to meet their peers and network.
For more information, please contact Adrienne Hodsdon, Assistant Director Chabot College Children's Center, at (510) 723-7222 or email her at

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Chabot College Teams with Vic Hubbard Auto Supply for Auto Tech Open House

(Hayward, CA) – Instructors in the Chabot College Automotive Technology Program have teamed up with long-time Hayward business Vic Hubbard Auto Supply and manufacturer Vic Edelbrock, to host an Open House on Monday, April 22 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the automotive technology department at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
Vic Hubbard and Edelbrock will have race and show cars, both import and domestic, on display for prospective students and the public. In addition, college officials will be on hand to answer questions and provide information to those interested in the automotive technology program and the automotive industry. “There is a shortage of trained auto technicians in the Bay Area,” said Ron Bessette with Vic Hubbard. “Trained and licensed automotive technicians are making excellent salaries in exciting, challenging jobs. Our goal with the Open House is to inform young people of the opportunities that are out there for them.”
The public and students will have the opportunity to learn about new products from major manufacturers like Edelbrock and how they can be applied to today's newer high tech vehicles.
Seats at the Open House and seminar are limited so please contact Ron Bessette at (510) 774-3394.


Chabot College Hosts Highly Acclaimed Author Andrew Pham on Tuesday, April 9, 2002

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College invites the public to attend a free appearance and discussion by Andrew X. Pham, the author of Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam , on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.     The event will take place in the Choir Room, Room 1232, on the Chabot College campus.
Pham's first book is based upon his family's experience as Vietnam immigrants and explores the issues of home, family and identity in a descriptive travelogue inspired when he spent a year traveling by bicycle through Mexico, the West Coast of the United States, Japan and then his homeland of Vietnam. The book won the 1999 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize for nonfiction, an award that recognizes outstanding work, which strengthens mutual understanding among people throughout the Pacific Rim.
For more information regarding Pham's upcoming appearance at Chabot College, please contact Steve Woodhams at (510) 723-6824.


College Instructor, Richard Dry Pens First Novel To Critical Acclaim

(Hayward, CA) – Richard Dry will read from his new novel " Leaving" on Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. in the Choir Room, Room 1232 on the Chabot campus.   Copies of the book are available at the Chabot College bookstore. Dry is an English instructor at Chabot's sister college, Las Positas College, located in Livermore.
Published by St. Martins Press and widely available in bookstores now, the novel is a portrait of three generations of an African-American family struggling to build a better life for themselves.   Each generational story begins when the main character enters adolescence and is seeking an identity.   Much of the story is set in Oakland, California offering local readers with a sense of historical background on the city from the turbulent backdrop of the Civil Rights movement through the 1990's.
"I have been fascinated by the cultural differences that seemed to be borne of segregation since I was a child," said Dry.   "In writing " Leaving " , I was able to explore and study that interest in greater depth," he added.
Dry, who once worked as a mental health assistant with severely emotionally disturbed youth, found inspiration in his past career as a foundation for the novel.   He has also been actively involved in developing multi-cultural programs at both Las Positas and Chabot colleges. To that end, he co-founded MAP, a program to strengthen the African-American community at Las Positas College. He also served as an instructor for the Daraja Project at Chabot, a year-long accelerated writing program which focuses on African-American authors and issues.
" Leaving " won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award from the San Francisco Foundation and Intersection for the Arts and was nominated for The Pushcart Editor's Prize. Among the past winners of this prestigious literary award are Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Carver, André Dubus, Margaret Atwood and John Updike.
For more information regarding the upcoming author reading by Richard Dry at Chabot College, please contact Kathleen Kaser at (510) 723-6700.


Chabot College Track Meet For Middle and High School Students Expected to Draw 1,500 Athletes

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Division of Physical Education and Athletics is hosting a first-time event to introduce middle school and high school students to the sport of competitive track and field events.
The Chabot Relays, sponsored in part by California Track & Engineering, are scheduled to be held on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2002. Dozens of events scheduled for boys and girls will run between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
"Track and field is a sport that offers something for everyone because there are a variety of events to compete in,” says Ken Grace, Chabot's track and field coach. “We're hoping to expose a new generation of girls and boys to the joy of competing in track and field."    
More than 1,500 athletes from middle schools, high schools and colleges from throughout the Bay Area are expected to take part in this gala event. The track and field events include javelin, hammer, high jump, discus, shot put, triple jump from a 40-foot board, pole vault, high hurdles, relays and steeplechase.
For more information or to register, participants can call Ken Grace at (510) 723-6662.

Who: 1,500 young athletes, general public, press, and college track staff
What: First Annual Chabot Relays track and field event for young adults
When: Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2002 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward on the college track and fields

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Chabot College Offers Study Abroad Program in England and France

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward will offer a study abroad program this summer in England and France. Participating students will earn 12 units in the eight weeks while living with host families.
Based in the London suburb of Kingston-on-Thames, weekly coach trips will take students to Stonehenge, Cambridge, Canterbury and several other cities. The trip also includes a four-day excursion to Stratford-on-Avon and York with nine days in France.
The cost of the program is $5,399 and includes round trip airfare from San Francisco to Heathrow, all field trip expenses including entrances and theater tickets, as well as two meals per day in the homestay program.
Chabot College Instructor Dick Albert will lead the study abroad program. Albert received his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley. His poetry has been published in periodicals such as NYQ and Harpers and anthologized in the USA, Canada, Australia and Great Britain. This will be his sixth time leading a study abroad trip.
For more information, please contact Dick Albert at (510) 723-6815 or


Chabot College Hosts Free Screening of Thousand Pieces of Gold on February 19

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College invites the public to attend a free screening of the powerful film, Thousand Pieces of Gold, slated for Tuesday, February 19, 2002 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. filmmaker Nancy Kelly will lead a one-hour discussion on the film and answer audience questions.
Thousand Pieces of Gold is an autobiographical novel written by Ruth Lum McCunn which describes the immigrant experience of Lalu Nathoy who was forced to immigrate from China to the United States in the 1800's. Kelly's film version about the young woman who came to America as a slave during the late Gold Rush was developed in association with the Sundance Institute. Its premiere broadcast on American Playhouse ranks among the series top twenty highest rated broadcasts.
For more than 20 years, Kelly has produced and directed independent documentary and narrative films which have been featured in film festivals around the world. Kelly is currently directing OneTree, the pilot segment for SPARK, a documentary art series on KQED, San Francisco.
Thousand Pieces of Gold and the subsequent discussion with Kelly will be held in Room 1232 at the Chabot College Little Theater located near Staff Parking Lot H. For more information please contact Susan Gill at (510) 723-7418.


Chabot College Introduces Public To New, State-Of-The-Art Strength Training Center at January 17 Open House
Best New Fitness Facility at Most Affordable Price - Less than $50 Per Year!

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Division of Physical Education and Athletics unveiled its new Strength Training Center on Thursday, January 17, 2002 at a public Open House. Instructors from Chabot's Division of Physical Education and Athletics were on hand at the event to answer questions, conduct tours and demonstrate use of the equipment at the center.
Construction of the new 5,000 square-foot facility took approximately six months to complete. The new state-of-the-art center features $100,000 worth of hammer strength equipment, bicycles, free weights and plyometric balls. It is located adjacent to a fitness assessment center and a fully equipped fitness center, complete with circuit training equipment, heart rate monitors and treadmills.
Debbie Budd, the Chabot College Dean of Physical Education and Athletics reports that the new center will be used by the local branch of the Marines to assess the fitness levels of new recruits.   "More importantly, this center is a resource for the community.   Anyone interested in fulfilling a New Year's resolution to become more fit should compare the costs of a private health club and then visit our new center for a comparable facility at a fraction of the price, " she added.
Use of the self-paced, time-flexible "Strength Training for Everyone" class taught in the new center is open to the entire community. Prospective students can register by phone at (510) 781-1300 or online at . The cost is just $16.50 for the entire semester. The fitness center is open Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Chabot College 2002 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Honored on January 19, Local Athletes Make Good

(Hayward, CA) – The Chabot College Division of Physical Education and Athletics hosts the third induction of honorees into the Chabot College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, January 19, 2002 at the Oakland Airport Hilton, 1 Hegenberger Road in Oakland.
Chabot College inaugurated intercollegiate athletic competition in the fall 1962 as a member of the new Golden Gate Conference. Since Chabot's inception to the new Golden Gate Conference, the Athletic Program has germinated from a humble beginning and blossomed into one of the finest overall athletic programs in the state.
There are a total of 52 honorees this year, including Student Athletes, Coaches and Meritorious Service Recipients who were major foundation builders of the Chabot College intercollegiate athletic program. These men and women hail from the sports of baseball, football basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.
Many former Chabot athletes have gone on to have successful college sports careers and some have even launched into professional sports, playing for the Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Athletics and numerous other pro teams. They include Dick Tidrow, who played baseball with the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs and today is the Vice President of Player Personnel for the San Francisco Giants.   Ted Leland, the Athletic Director at Stanford University, was 1 st Team All-Conference on the 1967 Chabot College championship team before transferring to theUniversity of Pacific on a football scholarship and later gaining a Ph.D. from Stanford. Another former Chabot athlete is Lester Conner, one of the most dominant players in the history of the Golden Gate Conference and a number one draft pick for the Warriors. Today he serves as the Assistant Coach for the Boston Celtics.
This year two local athletes who have advanced to the professional level will be inducted. Louie Aguilar, a Granada High School graduate from Livermore, went on to a successful ten year career in the National Football League, playing for the New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. Also being recognized is Darren Lewis, a graduate of Hayward's Moreau High School who has played professional baseball for the past decade with the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Boston Red Sox and just recorded his 1000 career hit in October 2001.

Who: Chabot coaching staff making presentations, former Chabot athletes, local sports officials and luminaries, press and guests
What: Dinner, reception and awards ceremony to honor 53 new inductees to the Chabot College Athletic Hall of Fame
When: Saturday, January 19, 2002 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Oakland Airport Hilton, 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland

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