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Chabot College Press Releases - 2005


Chabot College Nursing Students Pass State Exams
Great Demand for Nurses Leads to High Enrollment in Popular Program

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Nursing Program reports that all of the May 2005 graduates passed the state licensing examination administered by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This marks the third year in a row that the Chabot Nursing program has surpassed a 91% pass rate on the exam.
“We congratulate our students and faculty with the success demonstrated on the state exams. For the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified registered nursing as the top occupation in terms of job growth through the year 2012. In view of that, we anticipate that there will be many career opportunities available to our graduates,” said Nancy Cowan, coordinator of the Chabot College Nursing Program.
The Chabot College Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. An accelerated program offers Licensed Vocational Nurses admission into the second year of the major as well as other advanced standing applications. All advanced standing applicants are admitted on a space available basis.
Upon satisfactory completion of the major, students are eligible for the Registered Nurse License Examination. The program prepares graduates who can contribute to the advancement of nursing science and influence changes in a variety of settings within the health care system.


Chabot College Presents Fourth Annual Mexican Holiday Tradition With
La Posada Show
Colorful Latin American Classic Blends Comedy, Music and Romance

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward presents the return of its exclusive East Bay performance of La Posada (The Inn) A Christmas Play. This treat for the entire family runs for two weeks in December at the Chabot College Little Theater. The play is written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez and directed by award-winner Stephanie Hunt. The cast features veteran actors Scott DeMerritt of Alameda, Taz Balbuena of Union City, Trina Mendieta of Hayward, Roberto Mendez, a member of the Chabot staff, and Jacob Sevier of Hayward.
La Posada is a much-loved holiday tradition in Mexico, where the Nativity is highly celebrated beginning the nine days prior to Christmas Eve (Noche Buena). December 16 marks a time for each family in a neighborhood to schedule a night to host the Posada at their home, which is identified by a nativity scene outside. The hosts are the innkeepers and the rest of the neighbors are pilgrims carrying lit candles and singing to reenact Mary and Joseph's search for shelter in Bethlehem. Once the pilgrims reach the host home and lodging is found, a piñata is brought out for the children and a festive party is held.
The play features a charming and comic story, filled with familiar characters and live music throughout, weaving north and south of the border in a tangled love story that everyone will enjoy. Prior to the show, the cast will sing holiday songs and seasonal refreshments will be available. Treats for children under ten years of age, will be given out during intermission.
The one-hour show is scheduled to run Thursday through Saturday on December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00 p.m., and on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets to La Posada are $5 each, with a $15 family ticket good for three to five people.
For more information, please contact Rachel at LePell at (510) 723-6830.


Chabot College Theater Arts Department Presents New Student Plays With Emerging Work
Fresh New Student Works Debut in November

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward continues it’s fall drama program with a selection of productions written by theater arts department students. The efforts of the playwriting class will culminate with Emerging Works, a week of performances featuring student actors, directors and designers. These new works will be staged at the Chabot College Little Theater from November 14 -19 at 8:00 p.m. Please note that ALL shows will perform on November 19 starting at 7:00 p.m., one hour earlier than the other dates, because of the number of plays.
Emerging Works is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Theater Arts Department at Chabot College. It features brand new student original plays, including six minute plays. This fall will feature:

Kevin Ligutom’s Canvas Strokes, Nov. 14, 17, 19
Melissa Pentecost and Cherise Beyelia’s Calling the Bluff, Nov. 14, 17, 19
Robert Strom’s Bitter Crop, Nov. 15, 18, 19
Frank Chavez’s Pain and Medication, Nov. 15, 18, 19
Mary Gonzalez’s An Amazon Plant, Nov. 15, 18, 19
Joseph Litton’s Blessed, Nov. 15, 18, 19
Josh Kelton’s IHOP Nights, Nov. 15, 18, 19

Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.


Chabot College Community Outreach Presentations Scheduled
Community Invited To Learn More About Chabot College On November 15 and 16

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Community Outreach division will make presentations at two vital community centers in the East Bay this month. Financial aid specialists, counselors and members of the Puente and Aspire programs will venture into the community to introduce the many opportunities available for learning at Chabot College.
On Tuesday, November 15, the Chabot team will visit the La Familia Counseling Service in Hayward from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. to discuss career opportunities, ESL classes, job skills training, and financial aid opportunities offered through the college. Childcare will be provided for children 10 years of age and under, and refreshments will be served. La Familia Counseling Service is located at 22366 Fuller Avenue in Hayward.
The next evening, Wednesday, November 16, a Chabot College “Open House” is scheduled at the Davis Street Family Resource Center, located at 3081 Teagarden Street in San Leandro. The event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will also offer information about career opportunities, ESL classes, job skills training and financial aid. Childcare will once again be provided for children 10 and under and refreshments will be served.
For more information about either event, please contact Roberto Mendez, Chabot College Outreach Liaison, at (510) 723-7502.

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Chabot College Wind Symphony Concert on November 30

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Department of Music presents a Wind Symphony concert featuring conductor Timothy Harris on Wednesday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. The concert, by Chabot’s newest student ensemble, will take place at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center.
The wind symphony will perform Andrew Boysen’s Kirkpatrick Fanfare, Lux Aurumque, the latest work by 25-year-old composer Eric Whitacre, Percy Grainger's masterpiece Lincolnshire Posy, and Haydn Wood's Mannin Veen. Since no concert is complete without a march, the symphony will conclude with Fillmore's famous circus march Rolling Thunder, a very technically demanding piece written in 1916.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the door. For more information, please contact Timothy Harris at (510) 723-6833.
The Chabot College Music Department offers an Associate in Arts Degree with three emphases: performance, composition, and history/literature. The core sequence is comprised of a two-year course integrating theory, literature, and composition, the development of music in the context of western society, and a performance component comprised of both solo and ensemble experiences. The student then specializes in one of the three emphases listed above. At the end of the sophomore year, all majors will be required to pass a piano proficiency examination.


Chabot College Celebrates International Night on November 18

(Hayward, CA) - In recognition of International Education Week, November 14-18, the International Club of Chabot College, the Associated Students of Chabot College, and the Office of Student Life will host International Night on Friday, November 18.
The event will take place in the Chabot College Cafeteria beginning with a multi-cultural dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by entertainment from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission at the door is $10 general, and $5 for students. Tickets can also be purchased in advance through the Office of Student Life in Room 2355 on the Chabot College campus or by phone at (510) 723-6914.
Singers and dancers from within the Chabot campus community will represent many cultures from around the world, including a talented group of Brazilian Capoeira performers that impressed the crowd at last year’s event.
International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education designed to recognize the global exchange environment between the U.S. and other countries. The event promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States. In 2002-2003 alone, more than 570,000 international students studied in the U.S.*

*Source: Open Doors 2004


World Premiere of “It Falls…” Tackles Twin Taboos: Student-Teacher Relationships and Ebonics and The Politics of Language
Award-Winning Director Margo Hall and Playwright Rachel LePell’s New Collaboration Comes to Chabot College Little Theater in Hayward

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward unveils an all-new theater production that has been in development for two years. “It Falls…” is a daring new piece of theater tackling the taboo subjects of love and sex between students and teachers, and Ebonics and the political nature of the evolution of English. With it’s use of a classic “chorus” and it’s timeless themes of language and love, in some ways, it resembles the classical theater of Greece with its invocation of dialogue, and yet, it looks and sounds like a piece of the contemporary American landscape.
“It Falls…” was written by playwright Rachel LePell, Chair of the Chabot College Theater Arts Department, and directed by award-winning director Margo Hall, a founding member of the ensemble Campo Santo, who has earned numerous awards for performances around the nation.
The play makes it’s world premiere at the Chabot College Little Theater on Thursday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. Additional performances are slated on October 28, October 29, November 3, 4 and 5 at 8:00 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. Public discussions will follow the performances on October 28, November 3, 4 and 5.
“It Falls…” is a daring new piece of theater with its use of a classic “chorus” and it’s timeless themes of language and love. In some ways, it resembles the classical theater of Greece with its invocation of dialogue, and yet, it looks and sounds like a piece of the contemporary American landscape. The play features a cast of 15 actors, all Chabot students, including: Kyle Bame, Cherise Beyelia, Khadijha Ford, Sam Haney, Tristen Sheperd, Jim Lockett, Daniesha Holmes and Essay Tsguy, all of Hayward; Laura Lundy-Paine of Alameda; Sara Meacham of Castro Valley; and Bobbie Lee and Adam Wright of San Leandro.
For the past two years, “It Falls…” has been staged and read out loud for small audiences and has been given public commentary and feedback, as it makes it’s way to full production. Along the way, the play has received input and ideas from students and faculty alike. LePell credits many insightful students who have contributed to the “truth” of the material.
LePell is often known to tackle complex and controversial material in public forums and is a strong proponent of the power of dialogue and using the public arena of the theater to evoke conversation and bring people together in a communal opportunity for social interchange. “Its a powerful thing, to bring people together to watch a play, a kind of ritual that I believe in, a kind of sacred opportunity to share and grow, as a community,” says LePell.
Chabot College Theater Arts Department is unique in Bay Area in it’s development of new plays, encouraging emerging voices in the American Theater. It has produced dozens of new plays, some with large scale productions, and some in workshop formats, but always dedicated to the development of new work. The development of new plays as educational tools is often stressed in theater classes across the curriculum.
If you would like to review the play and/or interview playwright Rachel Lepell, please call her at (510) 723-6830.


Chabot College Observes Centennial Anniversary Of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity With Scientific Lecture
UC Berkeley’s Dr. Timothy Ferris to Speak at Chabot on October 20

(Hayward, CA) - Noted scientist and author Dr. Timothy Ferris will speak at Chabot College in Hayward on Thursday, October 20th as part of a series of lectures scheduled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Dr. Ferris, who is currently emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is a great proponent of modern physics. He will speak on the topic of “Dark Energy and the Fate of the Universe” from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. on October 20 in the Chabot College Little Theater. The lecture is free to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Dr. Ferris is the author of eleven books, including Seeing in the Dark, The Whole Shebang, and Coming of Age in the Milky Way, which have been translated into fifteen languages and were named by The New York Times as among the leading books published in the twentieth century. His books have been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Ferris is also the recipient of the American Institute of Physics prize, the American Association for the Advancement of Science prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program Hosts Information Day on Saturday, November 5
Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant are #1 and #2 Fastest Growing Jobs in California

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Department of Dental Hygiene is hosting a public Information Day to introduce its popular Dental Hygiene program on Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Chabot College Little Theater, Room 1250.
This free event will feature a presentation by Chabot faculty and students that includes program information, enrollment requirements, and information about the dental hygiene profession. In addition, a panel comprised of students currently enrolled in the program will address issues such as coping with the workload, family life, financial aid, and housing. The program will conclude with a Q&A session and a tour of the Chabot College dental hygiene clinic.
The California Employment Development Department reports that dental hygienist and dental assistant are the #1 and #2 occupations with the fastest growth in the state. The demand for new professionals in these positions is expected to grow by 57% over the next seven years.
A comparable program at proprietary schools and universities offering a four-year degree can cost $20,000 to $30,000 per year. The program at Chabot College is available for only $26 per unit, plus the cost of books and instruments. Students enjoy the benefit of a 6:1 student to faculty ratio and lots of individual support from instructors.
Students work in a fully operative dental clinic where they treat patients. The program regularly invites members of the surrounding community to visit the clinic for cleanings and other procedures offered for a nominal fee. For more information, please call (510) 723-6900.
The two-year dental hygiene program at Chabot College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the council on Post-secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Through this special admission program, students are exposed to primary health care, clinical practice, research, educational theory, adult learning concepts and communication.


Chabot College Presents “Faces of Cuba” Cultural Extravaganza, October 13-15

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College in Hayward celebrates ten years of cultural exchange and educational trips to Cuba with “Faces of Cuba: A Decade of Cultural Exchange,” scheduled from Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15, 2005.   The event is open to the public, with an invitation to share in three days of workshops, performances, ideas and discussions about past and present issues in Cuba.
A broad range of experts and luminaries with an intimate knowledge of Cuba will participate. They include participants from past Chabot trips to Cuba, Cuban-Americans living in the community, and multi-talented Cuban artists and entertainers. Among the many program highlights of the event are an authentic Cuban cooking workshop and a presentation on the history of music and dance in Cuba, both slated for Saturday*; an art exhibit featuring “Portraits of Cuba” by internationally recognized photographer Jock McDonald; a Cuban film festival including Buena Vista Social Club ; and a performance by the ultimate Latin music experience, Sapo Guapo.
“Cuban food, history, music, and dance are just a few of the topics that will be touched upon in this exciting three-day celebration of Cuba,” according to Rick Moniz, a Cuba historian and tour coordinator from Chabot College. “We look forward to sharing some of Cuba's culture and issues with the community.”
For more information about “Faces of Cuba” and a complete listing of times and events, please visit or call Rick Moniz at (510) 723-6958.

Scheduled events include:

Thursday, October 13
Opening Reception with entertainment
Keynote speech: “Travel Restrictions to Cuba”
Program Overview/Q&A
Panel Discussion: “Faces of Cuba” travel participants
Art Gallery Reception/Exhibition: “The Cuban People”
Cuban Film Series
Discussion: “The Cuban Film Industry”
Cuban Theater with Carlos Boran      

Friday, October 14
Opening Reception
Speakers: Discussion on The Cuba Five
Panel Discussion: “U.S.-Cuba Relations”
Speaker: Travels with author Christopher Baker (Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling through Castro's Cuba)
Speaker: Delvis Fernandez on “The Life of Jose Marti”
Panel Discussion: Global Exchange on “Current Issues in Cuba”
Cuban Film Series

 Saturday, October 15
*Workshop: The History of Cuban Dance and Music
*Workshop: Authentic Cuban Cooking
All-Day Bazaar at Cesar Chavez Mini-Courtyard
Panel Debate: “Freedom to Travel”
Cuban Film Series
Closing Concert: Sapo Guapo, the popular 10-member Cuban band at the college's outdoor amphitheater

* These workshops require pre-registration and a $25 per person fee to help cover costs of instructors and food.   Please contact the Community Education office at (510) 723-6665.   Registration is also available at the door on the day of event, but space is limited.


“On Stage With The Moscow Ballet” Returns to Chabot College on Wednesday, October 26
Final Encore for Elegant Event Offers an Exclusive and Close-Up Glimpse of Internationally Acclaimed Troupe

(Hayward, CA) – It's the final curtain call for “On Stage With the Moscow Ballet,” a unique cultural event that puts the audience on stage with the world famous ballet troupe for an extraordinary perspective of live dance.  
Three years ago the Chabot College Foundation asked the Moscow Ballet to perform their beautiful pas de deux and other traditional Russian dances for a major fundraising event. But there would be one difference that would make the performance distinct: the dancers would share the stage with the audience who would be sitting close enough to hear them breathe!  
Thus was born, “On Stage with the Moscow Ballet,” an exclusive dance event which has drawn hundreds of dance fans to the Chabot College Performing Arts Center to experience the exhilaration of sitting just inches away from this renowned dance troupe and watching each graceful movement.   The massive success of the event has assisted the Foundation in raising funds to support various programs, scholarships, and services at the college.
“This is truly a magical event,” says Roseann Galvan, co-chair of the event committee, along with her husband, Gordon, who is a Foundation board member. “Being so close to these talented dancers and watching their artistry is so exciting - almost like being part of the performance itself. We have received an overwhelming response from the audiences over the past two years.”
But this year will be the last for the On Stage event. Calling it the “Final Encore,” Foundation CEO Rich Talmo decided to open the balcony for additional seating at a special rate for this year's performance.
“The popularity of the On Stage event, combined with the fact that this is the last performance of its kind, prompted us to open up more seating for the community and students to make it more available,” says Talmo. “We want to share this wonderful experience with as many people as possible.”
This year's performance, on Wednesday, October 26, features prima ballerina Tatiana Predienia who was recently awarded the title “Honored Artist of Russia” by President Vladimir Putin. The title represents her country's highest recognition of artistic achievement.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a champagne and hors d'oeuvre reception hosted by Horatio's Restaurant, featuring the chef's specialties, Kobe Beef Carpaccio and Seared Scallops. Balcony guests should arrive at 7 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. the program will begin. Following the performance, all guests will enjoy a Grande Finale dessert buffet, sampling Mini-Key Lime Tarts and Chocolate Mousse on Mint Bark among other sweets. The dancers will mingle with the crowd.  
Tickets for “On Stage with the Moscow Ballet” are $125 each for limited on-stage seating and $35 for balcony seating. Black tie is optional. To purchase tickets and to see the on-stage seat selection, please visit or call (415) 392-4400.   For more information, please call (510) 723-6854.  
This unique benefit performance is in conjunction with the Moscow Ballet's 13th Anniversary Tour of the United States.   This 120-city tour is the largest fine arts tour of its   kind. The Moscow Ballet is a pure, classical company that brings the grand tradition of a century of Russian ballet to audiences throughout the world.   The 50 dancers in this all-Russian cast range in age from 19 to 30 and typically begin their training between the ages of 8 and 12. They rehearse in Moscow under artistic director Anatoli Emelianov, who choreographs the troupe productions. Many members of the Moscow Ballet's cast are winners of competitions throughout the world.

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Chabot College In Hayward Celebrates Homecoming 2005 On September 17
More Than Forty Years of Alumni Invited to Join in the Fun

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College will celebrate Homecoming 2005 on Saturday, September 17 with a series of daylong events.   Alumni, among the hundreds of thousands of students who have passed through Chabot during the past 45 years, current students, past and present faculty, and the general public are all invited to participate.
An afternoon football game finds the Chabot Gladiators taking on City College of San Jose. A pre-game tailgate barbecue and musical entertainment are also on the slate for the day's events.   For more information, please contact the Chabot College Alumni Association at (510) 723-6802.

Who: Chabot College alumni, faculty and the general public.  

What: Homecoming 2005 celebration, pre-game tailgate barbecue with music performed by the Chabot College Jazz Band. Family fun with games and a dunking booth. Football game.

When: Saturday, September 17, 2005                                         

1:00 p.m. Pre-game tailgate barbecue  
3:00 p.m. Kick-off of game between Chabot College Gladiators coached by Chabot alumnus Danny Calcagno and San Jose City College Jaguars

Where: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
Pre-game tailgate party will be also held at the athletic field.


Chabot College Art Faculty Show Slated August 17 through September 27
17 of Region’s Premier Artists Works Go On Display

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward presents an Art Faculty Show from August 17 through September 27, 2005 featuring the works of 17 full and part-time instructors at the college. Mediums include sculpture, painting, flash animation, assemblages, photography, ceramics, architecture and mixed media.
The Chabot College Art Faculty Show will be held on campus at the new Art Gallery in Building 1000, room 1002, located across from the Little Theater. The opening reception of the show is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2005, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. An artist reception will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2005, from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The works of Skip Esquierdo, Elaine Ginsberg, Janice Golojuch, Lisa Gould, Gene Groppetti, David Hertz, Alex Jackson, John Lomisar, Dan Leonardi, Kim Mendenhall, Jim Mitchell, Jim Millett, Michael Russom, Mark Schaeffer, Tim Steele, Clayton Thiel and Diane Zuliani will be included in the show.
Admission to the show is free and the public is invited to visit the gallery from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays between August 17 and September 27.
For more information and a listing of the “Meet the Artist” gallery hours, please contact show coordinator Janice Golojuch at (510) 723-6836 or email


Chabot College Offers “Literature of The Holocaust” Class in Fall 2005

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College in Hayward offers a unique class entitled “Literature of the Holocaust” beginning this Fall. Under the direction of instructor Benjamin Hollander, students will explore one of the darkest periods of humanity through autobiographies, diaries, memoirs, and other types of literature.
This three-unit class is open to the public as well as to currently registered students who may take the class as an elective (English 48) for three transferable units.   “Literature of the Holocaust” is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in Room 801, beginning on August 23.
The class historically and culturally contextualizes the literature and examines the implications of writing which attempts to represent the Nazi genocide against the Jews.   In addition, students apply lessons learned from the Holocaust to more recent genocides in Bosnia and Darfur.
Yossel Rakover's Appeal to God, ” “Borowski's “ This Way for the Gas Ladies and Gentlemen, ” and other selected handouts of fiction, poetry and philosophical texts are examples of the materials studied in class, as well as Alain Resnais' masterpiece Holocaust documentary film, “Night and Fog. ”   Students will also view and discuss Roman Polanski's academy award winning film, “The Pianist.”
“This class is conveniently scheduled during the mid-day to facilitate easy transportation access for extended education students and at the same time offers continuing students an elective option with compelling subject matter,” according to Chabot College instructor Ben Hollander.
For more information about “Literature of the Holocaust,” please email instructor Ben Hollander at


Chabot College Tennis Coach Named California Community College Coach of The Year
Rick Morris of Castro Valley Recognized for His Leadership of Successful Tennis Teams

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College in Hayward is pleased to report that it's Head Tennis Coach, Rick Morris, has been named the California Community College Coach of the Year for 2005.   The selection was made by the California Community College Tennis Coaches Association.
Morris serves as Head Coach of both the men's and women's tennis teams at Chabot College. He joined the college in 1991 and was the Assistant Coach for a decade prior to being named Head Coach in 2001.   Under his guidance the teams have been in the state rankings many times, and have spawned a men's state singles champion and a women's state double's champion team. Over the past five years, the Chabot College tennis program has logged nine All-American ranked athletes.   Last year the Chabot College Women's tennis team won the prestigious Ojai Tournament, which draws competitive players from all over the state.
"We are extremely proud of Rick Morris and congratulate him on this award. His efforts have helped to bring our student athletes to statewide recognition and are an important part of our athletic program,” says Dr. Robert Carlson, president of Chabot College.
Morris resides in Castro Valley.   He has both a Bachelors and a Masters degree from California State University at Hayward, where he played on the college tennis team.   He continues to play at the USTA 5.0 level league and has advanced to the nationals.    
For more information please contact Steve DaPrato at (510) 723-7482.

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Chabot College Commencement Scheduled for Friday, May 27th

Who: Chabot College
What: Commencement
Where: Grand Court, Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward
When: Friday, May 27, 2005 at 6 p.m.
Why: More than 1,000 qualified for graduation and more than 300 are expected to participate in the ceremony. For more information please call Melinda Matsuda, Vice President of Student Services at (510) 723-6744.


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 6 through August 5, 2005. 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. The National Youth Sports Program, (NYSP), will continue their normal operating hours. Security will be on duty even though the campus is closed.
Chabot College will resume its regular schedule on Monday, August 8. For further information, please contact Jennifer Aries at (925) 485-5215.


Chabot College Hosts Financial Aid Night May 19 For Students and Prospective Students
Students Who Missed March 2 Cal Grant Deadline Can Still Apply Now For Fall 2005

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Financial Aid Office will host a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, May 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the cafeteria on the Chabot campus. The Financial Aid staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist families in completing the financial aid applications for the Fall 2005. Multilingual assistance will be provided in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi and Vietnamese. Everyone is welcome to attend, no matter where they will attend college. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required to ensure enough materials and refreshments are available. All student participants will be entered in a drawing for door prizes, which will include a DVD player.
"We know that many students missed the recent March 2 deadline for the Entitlement Cal Grant and the priority filing date for limited forms of financial aid for the Fall 2005. But they have not missed their opportunity for the entire year and can still complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications for the 2005-06 school year," according to Kathryn Linzmeyer, the Financial Aid Director at Chabot. Applying now will still assist students in determining their eligibility for the Fall semester well before it begins, and eliminate some of the last-minute rush that occurs during late summer by many students.
Community college students are the only student population eligible for a second consideration of the Competitive Cal Grant program, with a deadline of September 2, 2005 to be considered for the 2005-06 academic year.
"Ideally, students should submit both their 05-06 FAFSA and their high school GPA before they graduate from high school. The upcoming Financial Aid Night can provide the information and resources needed to get this done now," adds Vicky Tran, a Financial Aid Advisor at Chabot College.
For more information regarding Financial Aid Night, or to pre-register for the May 19 event, please visit or call Vicky Tran at (510) 723-7110.


U.S. Coast Guard Band Performs at Chabot College on Memorial Day as Part of 2005 West Coast Tour, Free Concert Scheduled on Monday, May 30

(Hayward, CA) – The United States Coast Guard Band makes the only Bay Area appearance of its 2005 West Coast Tour on Monday, May 30, 2005 at Chabot College in Hayward.   This free concert, which gets underway at 3:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the college, features “The Shining City”, a program celebrating our republic and the men and women who built it.   The program commemorates the service of U.S. veterans and also celebrates the life of President Ronald Reagan.   The Masters of Swing, the Coast Guard's jazz and swing band, will perform hits from the 30's and 40's, and the program also includes patriotic marches.
The United States Coast Guard Band, one of the premier military bands, is headquartered at the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut.  The band was organized 80 years ago with the assistance of "American March King" John Philip Sousa, former director of the United States Marine Band.   The band has performed at inaugural ceremonies for every president since Herbert Hoover and marched the 1.7-mile inaugural parade route in January 2005, which begins at Capitol Hill and ends at the White House.
The duties of the Coast Guard Band have greatly expanded since 1965. Originally a small command band located at the Academy and used primarily for local purposes, today the band routinely tours throughout the United States and has performed in the former Soviet Union and in England. It represents the Coast Guard around the nation and the world, at presidential functions, and for the Secretary of Homeland Security and other cabinet officials on formal and informal occasions.
All Coast Guard Band concerts are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, please email First Sergeant Keith Barlow at with the number of tickets requested (up to four per request) and your current mailing address.   For further concert information, please contact the 91 st Division Band at (925) 875-4125 or (925) 875-4124.

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Chabot College Newspaper "The Spectator" Earns It's Second Consecutive “General Excellence” Award

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College student newspaper earned it's second consecutive “General Excellence” award and 11 other ranked individual awards at the 50th annual state convention of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges in Sacramento, April 7-9.
The General Excellence award is given for published issues of the best California community college newspapers, as judged by working newspaper professionals.
The Spectator's individual awards include: a second place plaque for on-the-spot feature photography, earned by Spectator photographer Jack Barnwell; and a third place for published front page design, awarded to Mike Coleman and Spencer Holladay.
Spectator staffer Maria Harrell earned a ranked third place award for online photography, the first online award in the history of the Chabot Spectator. The paper went online for the first time late last fall semester.
Spencer Holladay, Laurianne Uy and Billy Schmalfeldt earned a fourth place ranked award for inside page layout, and Laurianne Uy earned a fourth place ranked award for line illustration.
Honorable mention awards were presented to Nathaniel Go for advertising design, to Laurianne Uy for editorial cartooning and line illustration, to Michael Metrikin for news writing and to Louise Kay Uy for on-the-spot page design and also for on-the-spot editorial cartooning.
Spectator editor Spencer Holladay also earned an “Extra Mile” award for his work on behalf of JACC. Holladay was named the new state president of JACC for the 2005-2006 school year.
Chabot Spectator staff attending last weekend's conference included Ryan Baladad, Spencer Holladay, Charlotte Flowers, Louise Kay Uy, Valerie Strom, Jack Barnwell, Hwal Ung Kim, Mike Coleman, Billy Schmalfeldt, Vanessa Clark and adviser William Johnson.
The three-day convention in Sacramento featured dozens of workshops and contests in all aspects of media, including magazine production, broadcasting, interviewing, feature writing, news writing layout and design, ethics and mastery of digital technology. More than 600 students attended from across California. The JACC was founded in 1955. Approximately 60 college journalism programs in three states take part in the organization each year.
For more information please call William Johnson at (510) 723-6922.


Chabot College Features International Film Festival

(Hayward, CA) - The International Club in conjunction with the Associated Students of Chabot College and the Children's Center will be holding an International Film Festival at Chabot College on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.
The event will begin with a special showing of Hotel Rwanda. Tickets can be purchased, in advance, at the Office of Student Life located in Building 2300. Tickets are $5 which includes dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, several different international films will be shown in various rooms around campus for free.
For more information, please contact Dayne Nicholls, ASCC ICC Chair and member of the International Club at (510) 435-8170 or Brigitte Kouakou, President of the International Club at (917) 453-5576.


Chabot College Theater Arts Department Presents a Series of New Plays, ‘Emerging Work'

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College in Hayward presents, Emerging Work- a series of new plays performed by students and college faculty.
Come see this vibrant program of original work at Chabot College, quickly becoming known for its development of new theatrical voices in America. Each evening hosts more than one sample of new student work, as well as exciting acting and directing. Performances will be held May 3 – May 7, Tuesday thru Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

May 3, 5, 7:
Small Talk by Parker Sannebeck. The play explores the delicate awkwardness between two ex-lovers.
Six in One Hand… by Aaron Bolwinkel. The play explores the comedy and irony in a group of rehab patients.
It Falls (A reading) by Rachel LePell. The reading explores the relationship of language to the body, and looks at love, attraction, politics and teaching pedagogy in a comedy/drama.

May 4, 6, 7:
Artificial New Generation Emulated Life by Kevin Ligotum. The play explores the fine line between machine and man in a comedy/drama about one man's obsession with his robot.
Madwomen of Chaillot (A scene)

All performances will be will be held in the Chabot College Little Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.

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‘Latin American Idol' Show Comes to Chabot College
Benefit Program for Latino Scholarship Program Features Singing Competition, Ballet Folklorico, Mariachi and Banda Performers Competing for Top Prize on April 14

(Hayward, CA) - More than 20 performing groups take to the stage at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 14 to compete in “Video Latino en Concierto!” a benefit for the Latino scholarship program at Chabot College. This lively program kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with singing, ballet folklorico, mariachi, and banda, the traditional country music of Mexico in the regional style.
The concert series is sponsored by Univision Television 14 and KSOL Radio, Stereo Soul 98.9. All proceeds from the event will go to the Chabot College Chicano/Latino Education Association, Puente, MECHA, and La Alianza de Hayward.
This marks the second concert in the preliminary competition of the program. The contenders hail from all over Northern California and the Bay Area and seek to win a $500 prize and the production of a special half-hour video program on their group. The final competition is slated for Wednesday, May 11, 2005.
A raffle in conjunction with the event will feature Stetson hats and an accordion autographed by the Grammy winning group Los Tigres Del Norte, and memorabilia from the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers.
Tickets for the show are $12 each and may be purchased at the door, or in advance at For more information, please visit or contact Ginger Ripplinger at (510) 723-6759.


Chabot College Theater Arts Department Presents Brecht's 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle'

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward launches its spring drama program with a local production
of Bertoldt Brecht's intriguing epic 'THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE' on April 7 at 8:00 p.m. The play will be preformed in the Chabot College Little Theater with subsequent performances on April 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 8:00 p.m., and on April 24 at 2:00 p.m.
The play, directed by Chabot College faculty member Dov Hassan and designed by San Lorenzo artist (and Chabot College faculty member) Linda Amayo, reveals an epic tale that spins comedy, drama, and politics into a complex web of theatrical expression. Music direction is by Parker Sannebeck, who is also in the acting cast, along with Kevin Hazelton, Kyle Bame, and Kevin Ligotum, all of Hayward.
'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' is considered one of the German dramatist's best known works, and like many Brecht tales, is a play that crosses cultures. Staged in post-World War II where two groups of peasants fight over a piece of land, a parallel sub-play within this framework tells the story of a servant girl who rescues a baby in wartime and gets caught up in a custody suit.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. For more information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.


Chabot College Receives Prestigious Teaching Grant

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College has been selected for recognition by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Chabot will work with ten other California community colleges to design more effective models for teaching mathematics and literacy at the pre-collegiate level.
Chabot was selected for this opportunity because they have already made promising strides toward more effective classroom approaches, and because they have made pre-collegiate education an institutional priority.
“We are very excited to be recognized by these two exemplary Foundations. Our faculty, staff and students have worked very hard and to be recognized and rewarded for a model program is very exciting for us,” said Chabot College President Robert Carlson.
The College will receive approximately $300,000 over three years to participate in the partnership which will work with faculty, staff, and students to shape programs that are effective and provide models to share with other colleges. The will work to design tools that promote powerful learning, develop a gallery of multimedia examples of effective teaching, and foster the development of campus cultures and networks that support improved student learning and success.
The mission of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as expressed in its 1905 founding charter, is “to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education.” Foundation programs, headed by a small group of scholars, aim to reinvigorate education by renewing the connections between teaching and research. These programs seek to foster forms of reflection and inquiry that will raise the level of attention to education issues throughout American academic life.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1966 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, population, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Chabot College Childcare Center Celebrates Week of the Young Child with Events April 4-8

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Childcare Center will join Alameda County in observing the national Week of the Young Child with two events during the week of April 4-8 designed to celebrate early childhood development and to profile the growing need for quality childcare. The Childcare Planning Council of Alameda County and the Contra Costa Child Care Council report that the childcare industry greatly contributes to the economy of the East Bay through revenues and direct employment. More than 13,000 workers are employed in the childcare industry within the two counties, generating more than $575 million in revenue annually. *
On Monday, April 4, the center will sponsor a Children's Fair for children enrolled in the program (NOT open to the general public, but media is invited to observe). Children will participate in various fun activities including water play, face painting, music, and more.
On Friday, April 8, the public is invited to attend a Career and Job Fair hosted by the Chabot College Children's Center sponsored by Every Child Counts. The Fair is scheduled to take place from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Chabot College Cafeteria, Building 2300. In addition to career information and job resources, Early Childcare and Education professionals from Alameda County will be honored. A number of legislative officials from the state, county, and municipal level will be in attendance, including Senator Liz Figueroa from District 10, and Union City Mayor Mark Green.
"Programs that help to develop the employees who fill one of the most important jobs in our society, that of caring for our children, deserve more resources and support to better match the vital service that they provide," notes Senator Figueroa.
Chabot College offers a two-year program leading to an Associate in Arts Degree in Early Childhood Development and two Certificates: Early Childhood Development (Basic Teacher), and Early Childhood Development (Associate Teacher). The degree provides a broad background in early childhood education, training students to become teachers of young children in a variety of preschool and educational settings. The program is relevant for early childhood and elementary school teachers, school and educational program directors, recreation leaders, parents and potential parents.

* San Francisco Business Times, January 10, 2003


Chabot College Art Gallery Presents, Cultivation of Creation: A Student Art Exhibit

What: New Art Gallery Opening
When: Thursday, March 31, 2005, from 6-9 p.m. in Room 1002, event is free
Where: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward
Contact Information: For more information please call Diane Zuliani at (510) 723-6838.
The new Chabot College Art Gallery opens with its first student art exhibit entitled "Cultivation of Creation" at a reception slated for Thursday, March 31, from 6-9 p.m. which will include live music and refreshments. The inaugural show features works from a variety of styles and media including painting, drawing, graphic design, digital media, sculpture, ceramics, photography and architectural design. After the opening, the show will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. through May 12, 2005.  


Latin Jazz Sensation Eddie Palmieri Performs in East Bay on March 18
Seven-Time Grammy Award Winner To Appear at Chabot Performing Arts Center in Hayward

(Hayward, CA) – The sizzling sounds of Eddie Palmieri's salsa piano and six-member Latin Jazz group comes to the Chabot College Performing Arts Center in Hayward on Friday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m.   Recognized as one of the premiere Latin pianists of the last half-century, Palmieri's style mixes salsa with R&B, pop, rock, Spanish vocals and jazz improvisation.
Palmieri is also recognized in the music world for the ability to fuse the rhythms of his Hispanic heritage with the jazz influences of Thelonius Monk and McCoy Tyner. Palmieri began playing timbales at age 8 and had his first professional gig at 13 with his uncle's dance band, later getting inspiration from Machito, Tito Rodriguez (whose band he eventually joined), Tito Puente and other stars of Manhattan's Palladium, known as the "Home of the Mambo".    In 1973, he won the Grammy Award's first tropical music accolade, and went on to help establish the Latin Grammy Awards.
The Chabot College Day and Evening Jazz Bands will open the March 18 show at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center, located on campus at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
The highly acclaimed Chabot College Day Jazz Band marks twenty-one years in existence and is comprised of students who are developing musicians.   The award-winning Chabot College Evening Jazz Band is an eclectic mix of talented students and community members such as Vu Nguyen, the band director at Diablo Vista Middle School, and Mack Horton, U.C. Berkeley Chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures.   The group performs under the direction of Jon Palacio, Director for Instrumental Music at Chabot College, and former alumni of both the Day and Evening Jazz Bands.
Tickets are $18 general admission and may be purchased by calling   (510) 723-6829 or by visiting


Chabot College Campus Safety Alert

(Hayward, CA) – On Monday, February 28, 2005, at 3:25 PM a lone female student returned to room 522, in Building 500, to look for a textbook she believed she had left there earlier in the day. As she approached the door to room 522, she noticed through the narrow window in the door [ which was not blocked by paper ] that the lights were out and the room was dark. Consequently, she believed the room to be unoccupied. As she opened the door, someone [ suspect description below ] who was already inside room 522, grabbed her by the arms and pulled her into the room.
The suspect attempted to kiss the student, she was able to pull away and escape from the room. The student [victim] immediately went to campus safety and reported the incident. The victim did not know or recognize the suspect from any previous encounters.
Hayward Police Department and Campus Safety personnel responded and canvassed the area for the suspect and any witnesses. The suspect was not located and is still unknown and at large. The victim was unharmed and her identity is being withheld pursuant to state and Federal laws. This incident is still under investigation.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: The victim described the person as: a black male adult, approximately 25 years old, athletic build, light skin, shaved head, very dark eyes, wearing a white t-shirt and light blue jeans. She noted that he had a long protruding nose with small nostrils.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation please call Hayward P.D. Detective Chad Olthoff at (510) 293-7113 or Chabot College Campus Safety at (510) 723-6663.


Local Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Continues to Promote Community Events and Awareness

(Hayward, CA) – The Spring 2005 semester will mark the first ever GSA Day held on the Chabot Campus.   GSA Day is a free and open community event focused on fostering discussion of issues impacting the LGBTQ community, gathering support, making community connections, and building friendships. Chabot GSA Day will be hosted by Chabot GSA on Friday March 18th between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in Building 2300 above the Chabot Cafeteria.
Spring 2005 will also see the return of the annual Southern Alameda County Gay and Lesbian Film Festival to the Chabot Campus. This event is a collaboration between local Hayward LGBTQ individuals and organizations. The two leading sponsor organizations of this event are Chabot GSA and CommPre (Community Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems), a program of Horizon Services, Inc. The Southern Alameda County Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 18th and 19th, 2005 at Chabot College's Little Theater between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
In celebration of the March 18th GSA Day and the March 18th and 19th Southern Alameda Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Chabot GSA petitioned Dr. Robert Carlson, President of Chabot College, for permission to the fly the Rainbow Pride Flag for the days of these events. The objective of such a raising will be to promote awareness, equality, and protection for LGBTQ students of Chabot and individuals in the community.
Ongoing projects of the Chabot GSA include the expansion of a high school outreach program in support of queer youth, and support for a petition to remove military recruiters from the Chabot Campus on the grounds of the military's discrimination against gays and lesbians. Additionally Chabot GSA has strengthened its ties with local LGBTQ organizations such as the Imperial Star Empire, Inc. of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Chabot GSA also works collectively with other Chabot campus clubs such as MEChA and Students for Social Justice (SSJ). Chabot GSA is continuing its success from the Fall 2004 semester, which saw the expansion of the anti-discrimination policy at Chabot College to provide protection for all individuals who seek their education at Chabot College, regardless of their sexual identity or orientation. This expansion clause was put into effect at the beginning of the Spring 2005 semester.
Additionally, Fall 2004 bore witness to the first ever raising of the Rainbow Pride Flag on the Chabot Campus. The club petitioned Dr. Robert Carlson, President of Chabot, for permission. Within a week the school granted the request to fly the flag on National Coming Out Day, which was Monday, October 11. The Chabot GSA wished to fly the Pride Flag to invite closeted members of the LGBTQ community to come out and know they are safe at Chabot.
The club's goal is to raise awareness and support throughout the East Bay, believing that Chabot students have a responsibility to lead the community towards acceptance for all its members.
For additional information regarding GSA Day or the Southern Alameda County Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, please call or email Mykel S. Stevens, Vice President of Chabot College Gay-Straight Alliance at (415) 515-8106 or


Chabot College Hosts Financial Aid Festival on Saturday, February 12 for Students and Parents

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College will help to demystify the financial aid process for interested students and parents during a Financial Aid Festival featuring “Cash for College" workshops slated for Saturday, February 12, 2005.   This informative event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Chabot College Cafeteria, Building 2300, on the Chabot College campus at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. Workshops are open to any financial aid applicant from Chabot College or the surrounding community regardless of the student's intent to attend the college.
Staff and volunteers from the Chabot College Financial Aid Office, other student services offices and funding agencies will be on hand to answer questions and assist families in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, the base application for all federal and state financial aid). Assistance will be available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Hindi, Punjabi, and Vietnamese.
The goal is to ensure that students meet the March 2, 2005 Cal Grant deadline, and to make certain that each student is considered for the maximum amount of free federal and state grant money for college.
Financial aid can assist students to pay for college, and may be available for part-time or full-time enrollment.   Scholarships, grants, work-study and student loans help cover school expenses such as tuition/fees, room/board, books/supplies, transportation and personal expenses.

To complete the FAFSA form, students and parents should bring the following information:

The Chabot College Financial Aid Office can help students and their families better understand the complicated world of financial aid, and provide them with hands-on assistance to complete financial aid applications for the upcoming academic year. The office will also host a series of financial aid workshops to assist students and their families learn more about financial aid, and complete their applications NOW for the upcoming Fall 2005 semester. Please call for workshops dates and times. All workshops will be held in the Chabot College Cafeteria, Room 2340:
For more information and to register please contact the Chabot College Financial Aid Office at (510) 723-6751 or visit for additional information and to pre-register.


Bay Area Barbershop Harmony and A Capella Groups present, "In Harmony for Asia" Concerts

What: Seven Bay Area chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society and other local A Capella singing groups will perform two benefit concerts. The proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit the ongoing relief efforts of charitable organizations involved in the recent Asian tsunami disaster. The musical line-up includes the New Dimension Chorus, the House Jacks, the Edlos, Four Score, Clockwork, Slammin, Garden City Chorus, BAM, the Cable Car Chorus, Peninsulaires and many other groups. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the Tsunami Relief Fund.
When: Performances are scheduled at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2005. Tickets are $25-$55 and can be purchased online at,   A tax-deductible donation to the Tsunami Relief Fund can also be made through the website without purchasing a ticket.
Where: Chabot College Performing Arts Center at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
Contact Information: For more information, please contact Brian Carter at (510) 551-7907.

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