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Chabot College Press Releases - 2008



Chabot College Presents Mexican Holiday Tradition with Performance of La Posada
Colorful Latin American Classic Blends Comedy, Music and Romance

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward presents the return of its

holiday performance of La Posada (The Inn) A Christmas Play. Don’t miss this Winter Holiday show that combines family comedy, romance, goofy action and Mexican folk tradition, all rolled into an hour of fun for the whole family.

When the curtain goes up on La Posada it will be the first time a Chabot student has directed a major production at the college. Janelle Aguirre of Hayward, winner of last year’s Excellence in Theater award, steps up to direct the show. “Janelle has seven years of acting experience and is now turning her interests toward directing,” said Rachel LePell, theater arts instructor. “We are so proud to have her direct Las Posada.”

La Posada, The Inn, written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez, features actors Alex Miranda, Angelica Juarez, Enrique Ochoa, Amanda Montoya, and Jose Aguirre, all of Hayward.

The evening performances will include small surprises from Santa for children ages 10 and under.

This treat for the entire family will take place December 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and December 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Chabot College Little Theater. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, children and senior citizens, and may be purchased at the door. Special family rates are available by calling Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.

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.


Chabot College Receives $3.75 million in Grant Funds for Basic Skills Research and Education
Two projects funded over five years

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward has received $3.75 million in grant funds that will be used to improve basic skills across the curriculum.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has awarded $1.75 million in funding for the Faculty Inquiry Network, a statewide initiative comprised of teams from 15 colleges across California. At each college, a Faculty Inquiry Group will investigate complex problems in basic skills education. Chabot College is the lead institution for the grant.

The Network will be organized around three hubs in California. Chabot College has been named the northern California hub. Faculty at participating colleges will receive extensive training and coaching as they seek to learn and understand the many ways students learn, discover the barriers to learning and how to help students navigate those barriers to achieve success in college.

Campuses involved in the Faculty Inquiry Network will share their findings with the public and each other through web and video presentations of what they are learning about students and the teaching/learning process. The goal of the project is to improve outcomes for students who arrive at community colleges under prepared for the demands of a college education.

Faculty involved in the project include Katie Hern, language arts instructor, project co-chair, and hub coach for the Bay Area; Cindy Hicks, language arts instructor and project director; Tom DeWit, language arts instructor and project co-chair; and Sean McFarland, Making Visible coordinator.

The second project is related to the first but focuses internally on basic skills improvement. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Title III grant provides $2 million over five years to support a similar type of faculty inquiry.

The Title III grant project includes developing and assessing student learning outcomes, establishes a Center for Teaching and Learning that will support faculty development at Chabot, provides for direct services to students such as tutoring and early intervention, and establishes an endowment fund.
Faculty and staff involved in the Title III project include Gene Groppetti, vice president of academic services and project director; Patricia Shannon, humanities, philosophy and religious studies instructor and project activity coordinator; Rebecca Otto, biology instructor and learning assessment coordinator; and Jennifer Lange, biology instructor and coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning.


Mystery Writing Secrets at Chabot College

What: “Mystery Writing Unraveled: Bay Area Authors Reveal Their Secrets” (presented by the Chabot College Community Education Program)

When: Saturday, November 8, from a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, Building 300, Room 320

Cost: $25

Registration: Three ways: By phone, call (510) 723-6665; Online go to or register at the door.

Details: Castro Valley resident Camille Minichino, author of two series of mystery novels, will lead a panel of local mystery writers of different genres in a lively discussion on the various kinds of mysteries - from crime fiction to thrillers to romantic suspense - along with their techniques, experiences, and how they get their ideas.
Physicist-turned-writer Camille Minichino has written a series of eight periodic-table mysteries, beginning with “The Hydrogen Murder,” and a new series (under the pen name Margaret Grace) with a protagonist who crafts doll houses, beginning with “Murder in Miniature.” Other panel members are: San Francisco noir writer Mark Coggins, called the “Dashiell Hammett of today” and Ann Park, author of an award-winning mystery series set in Leadville, Colorado in the late 1870’s.

For More Information: Contact Susan May, director of Community Education, (510) 723-7618 or (510) 723-7531 or email smay@chabotcollege.ed


Chabot College Theater Arts Department Unveils New Student Plays with Emerging Work
Fresh New Student Works Make Stage Debut

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward continues its Fall theater arts program with a selection of plays written by theater arts students. The efforts of the Playwriting class will culminate with Emerging Work, a week of performances featuring student actors, directors and designers. New works will be staged each night at the Chabot College Little Theater during November 18-21 and all three new plays will be performed on November 22.

The shows begin at 8 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door for general seating. Parking is $2 and tickets may be purchased from ticket machines in the parking lots. For more information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.

Emerging Work is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Theater Arts Department at Chabot College. It features brand new original student plays including:

Sleeping with Capote, written and directed by Robert Strom - November 18, 20, 22
Strom takes the audience through a fanciful look at what might have been… in the life of Truman Capote and a young, aspiring writer.

Unknown Genocide, written by Ragini Momi, directed by Rachel LePell - November 18, 20, 22
This play, directed by Rachel Lepell, offers a look at the awful circumstances in Punjab following the assassination of Indira Ghandi. This is a special project intended to teach, explore and to move audiences with the tales of what is a far away place to most Americans.

Interrogation, written and directed by Ben Carver - November 19, 21, 22

This is probing short play about fathers and sons in a circle of crime and punishment.

Stone Fields, written by Marysia Carrey and directed by Youssef Riahi - November 19, 21, 22

Stone Fields explores the relationships on a plantation in the south during the days of slavery. The play explores the conflicts that arise when slave owners have intimate relations with their "property."

Emerging Work is dedicated to the development of new plays at Chabot. Now in its twelfth year, Emerging Work features short plays written and directed by theater students. Many of these new works go on to become larger and more extensive productions. Under the direction of award-winning playwright Rachel LePell, the Chabot College Theater Arts program has joined the ranks of some of the most prestigious theater programs in the country where the development of new plays and emerging voices in the American Theater is a top priority.


Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Trustee Area One Debate

(Hayward, CA) -The Associated Students of Chabot College are hosting a candidate debate for Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Trustee Area One. The debate will take place on October 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Little Theater, Building 1200 on the Chabot College campus, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

The event is free to the public. Parking is $2 and tickets may be purchased from ticket machines in the parking lots.

For more information please call Ahmad Asir, at (510) 821-4536.


Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program Hosts Information Day on Saturday, November 1

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Department of Dental Hygiene invites the public to attend an Information Day to learn about its popular Dental Hygiene program on Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 1900, Room 1904.

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. A panel 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 five years.

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 oral health care, clinical practice, research, educational theory, adult learning concepts and communication.

A comparable program at proprietary schools and universities offering a four-year degree can cost $30,000 to $50,000 per year. The program at Chabot College is available for only $20 per unit, plus the cost of books and instruments. Students enjoy the benefit of a 5:1 student to faculty ratio and a lot of individual support from instructors.

Students work in a fully operative dental clinic where they treat patients. The program regularly invites members of the community to visit the clinic for cleanings and other procedures offered for a nominal fee. For more information, please call (510) 723-6900.


Chabot College Fall Wind Band to Perform

(Hayward, CA) - On Wednesday, October 15th at 7:30 p.m. the Chabot College Fall Wind Band will take the stage at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center for their first performance of the semester.

The concert will feature an evening of dance music presented by the Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony. They will perform works by Malcolm Arnold, Robert Russell Bennett, Donald Grantham, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dimitri Shostakovish, and Peter I. Tchaikovsky.

Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at the door of the Performing Arts Center at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

For more information, please contact Tim Harris at (510) 723-6833 or

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Comedy and Wit Come to Chabot College with Presentation of David Ives’ “All in the Timing”

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Theater Arts department is pleased to present “All in the Timing” by David Ives, one of America’s paramount comedic playwrights today.

“All in the Timing” is a series of short plays by the wickedly funny David Ives. These short plays will delight the audience’s eyes and ears with fine acting, rapier wit dialogue, and poignant social commentary.

Directed by Chabot Theater Arts Instructor Dov Hassan, the show brings together some new faces to the Chabot stage, along with some Chabot veterans to entertain the imagination.

The production will take place October 16 - 18 and October 23 - 25 at 8 p.m. and October 26 at 2 p.m. in the Chabot College Little Theater. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors.

For group rates and additional information, please call (510) 723-6830.

The Chabot College Little Theater is located at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.


Chabot College Art Gallery Features “In Clay” Exhibit
Chabot Instructor Skip Esquierdo's Work on Display Through October 20

(Hayward, CA) - Skip Esquierdo took the first ceramics class that Chabot College ever offered in the 1960s when he attended the college. He subsequently earned a bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees from the California College of Arts and Crafts and returned to Chabot College as a ceramics instructor where he has taught for the past 26 years. Over the years his work has been included in major public and private collections throughout the world.

He recently returned from a semester-long sabbatical, where he learned an alternative firing process called “saggar.” More than 150 samples of saggars, along with raku-fired work (his longtime specialty), also created during his sabbatical, can be seen in “In Clay,” a free exhibit in Chabot College’s Art Gallery that runs through October 20.

“I've been Raku firing since 1973. I chose saggar firing for my sabbatical project because I've always been interested in the process,” said Esquierdo. “It is an alternative firing technique which I have incorporated in my classes this semester. I will continue to saggar fire as well as raku fire in my own work.”

Saggar firing was invented in China during the Sung Dynasty and is still being used today. Saggars were originally used to protect glaze ware from the ash and debris in wood fired kilns. Today ceramic artists use the term more loosely to mean any container made of refractory or heat-resistant material that will hold clay pots during the firing. The sue of a saggar allows the potter to create an individual atmosphere in each saggar used in the firing.

Raku firing can be traced back 450 years to the Momyama period in Japan. Raku is a popular low temperature fast firing process that yields exciting surface effects on ceramic ware.

The gallery is located at 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Room 1002 and the hours are listed below. For more information, please email:


Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 12 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Chabot College Receives Grant to Help High School Students Re-take CAHSEE

Who: Chabot College’s “Second Wind” program

What: “Class of 2008 - It’s Not Too Late to Graduate”
Received $500,000 grant to help high school students prepare to re-take California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
Program Registration and Kick-off Rally
Celebrity Master of Ceremonies: “Sway” MTV News Correspondent “The Wake Up Show”
Several hundred students are expected to attend the rally

Where: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward

When: Saturday, September 20th 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Chabot College has received a $500,000 grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to help 500 high school students, who did not pass the California High School Exit Exam, learn the material through specialized tutoring and re-take the test to receive their diploma, while simultaneously taking the College Success Series class offered through the college to prepare the students for enrollment at Chabot.

“Second Wind" students in the College Success Series will earn .5-1 unit of transferable college credit. The grant will pay for their fees so there will not be a cost to the student. The grant serves students who were seniors in 2008 who did not pass one or both parts (English and/or Math) sections of the CAHSEE test, and either completed or didn't complete all other H.S. credits for their diploma. Those who need more high school credits in addition to the CAHSEE test will be referred to the local county adult schools for credit recovery. There will be five, 5-week sessions open to 60 students per session. There will also be counseling appointments for those students who do not qualify, to evaluate how they can best enter Chabot College and/or pursue their next educational steps.

For more information, please contact Terrance Thompson at Chabot College at (510) 723-7121 or by email at

The event is co-sponsored by Chabot College, Second Wind CAHSEE Project, SACREA and R.T. Fisher Educational Enterprises.


San Francisco Mime Troupe Returns To Chabot College with Free Performance
Legendary Troupe to Perform Election Year Humor

(Hayward, CA) - The San Francisco Mime Troupe returns to Chabot College with their legendary brand of satire, focused this year on the presidential election. The Troupe will perform “Red State” at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, September 24th beginning at 6:30 p.m. with music by the Troupe band.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. This performance is the only opportunity to see the Troupe perform in the Hayward area and the last show of the year in the Bay Area.

“The San Francisco Mime Troupe is anything but silent theater,” said Kip Waldo, Chabot College instructor. “It is loud, funny, and irreverent, with live music and it’s the country’s best-known political theater.”

In this election year, the play will prove to be an enjoyable experience as well as provocative and thought-provoking. The show, “Red State” follows a small town, which has found itself at the forefront of a political fight. It’s Election Day in small town America, and that's what happens when, due to an Electoral College tie, the entire Presidential Election comes down to the one tiny town. Suddenly, the ignored, disregarded Bluebird, Kansas is the most important town in America. And they are being pressured to quickly cast the deciding vote, and vote the “right way”. But what would happen if they decided to wait?

Rather than the pantomime that might be expected of a “mime” troupe, the San Francisco Mime Troupe is a group of satirists who strive to get a laugh from the audience over the absurdities of contemporary life and the burning issues of our time.

The event is co-sponsored by the Associated Students of Chabot College, Aspire, Students for Social Justice and Staff Development.

The Chabot College Performing Arts Center is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. For more information, please call (510) 723-6980.

More information about the San Francisco Mime Troupe can be found on their website at


Chabot College to Offer More Foreign Language Courses to Meet Demand

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward is ramping up their foreign language course offerings to meet public demand. The World Language Program at Chabot offers courses in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese. Students in these courses learn the language, as well as the culture of the region. “The class is very interesting. You are given the chance not only to learn Mandarin, but a chance to study the culture as well,” said Marc Kral, a Chabot student. “I have learned more than I expected and hope to use it in my career.”

Chabot College recently expanded their foreign language offerings by adding additional Chinese language classes.

“In conversational foreign language courses students learn to speak on a basic level about family and work, as well as learning greetings, and how to converse in a restaurant and while shopping. We have taught conversational Chinese at Chabot College for many years,” said Dr. Marcia Corcoran, Dean of Language Arts. “In response to community interest in a more demanding and rigorous program, we have created a sequence of transferable courses, in beginning and elementary Mandarin Chinese.”

“The brand new course is Chinese 1A,” said Diana Kuo, Chinese language instructor. “This course is UC transferable and will develop a student’s skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking. We are very excited to add these new classes and look forward to seeing our students on the first day of class, August 20th.”

For information about Chinese 1A or the World Language Program at Chabot College, please contact Cristina Moon at (510) 723-6843 or email her at

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Chabot College Kicks Off Gladiator Welcome Day on Thursday, August 14 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Event Welcomes New Students to Campus

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward will host “Gladiator Welcome Day” on Thursday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for new students who have registered for the upcoming Fall semester.

“Gladiator Welcome Day is a fun, exciting event for new students and their parents. Faculty, staff and other students help our first-time students feel welcome at Chabot while exposing them to college programs and services, and answering their questions,” said Melinda Matsuda, vice president of student services.

All of the Chabot College Student Service programs, as well as several other Chabot College departments, will be fully staffed and available to new students to provide them the opportunity to meet and chat with staff, faculty and current Chabot students.

Students may also meet with counselors regarding their upcoming class schedules and register for classes.

Incoming Gladiators can also take guided tours of the Chabot campus, get a jump-start on obtaining student ID cards, and purchase books by bringing photo identification and a print-out of their class schedule.

The Chabot College Jazz Band and KCRH, the college radio station, will entertain the crowd, while a free lunch is served.

The event will be held in the Grand Court. For more information, please call (510) 723-6743 or email


Anime and Videogaming Activities Highlight Convention Sponsored by Chabot College Student Game-Zone Club

(Hayward, CA) - For all videogame and anime fans and those who just want to find out more about them, The Game-Zone Recreation Club at Chabot College is sponsoring the second annual “Kin-Yoobi Con” convention, featuring anime and videogame activities and information, as well as a pizza lunch.

The convention will be held on Saturday, August 9, from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. at the Student Center on the Chabot College campus, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward. The event is open to all ages, and the admission fee is $15 per person (free to children 5 and under).

Highlights of the convention include a variety of videogames to play, vendors selling anime-related items like dolls, posters, comic books, and DVDs, panel discussions led by community experts on relevant topics and pizza and bottled water for all.

“This is a great event that you don’t have to travel too far to get to,” says Neal Trotter, former president of the club. “You can spend the day playing the latest videogames and learning anime art techniques from experts, as well as many other activities.”

For more information, go to the club’s website at or send an email to Neal at


Learn Something New This Summer in Chabot’s Community Education Program

(Hayward, CA) - Whether you want to pick up some new computer skills, play the guitar, speak Spanish, or learn to ballroom dance so you can dance like the stars, you can find what you’re looking for this summer in Chabot College’s Community Education Program. New classes start each week, beginning June 16.

The program offers classes for adults, teens, and kids. Adults can try the new fitness/dance craze Zumba, create their own newsletter with Microsoft Publisher, learn to oil paint or sculpt, find a new career, or plan their finances. Teens can refresh their math skills with Summer Algebra Review, get ready for college by taking an SAT Prep course or learn to write essays for school or for their college applications. Kids can play soccer or basketball or enroll in summer camp.

“We have something for everyone, from ages 8 to 80+,” says Susan May, Chabot’s director of Community Education. “You can update your skills for your career or try something new and fun to change your life.”

For details and to register, go to or call (510) 723-6665 for questions, to register by phone, or to get a printed catalog. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward.


Chabot College Commencement Scheduled for Saturday, May 31st

WHO: Chabot College

WHAT: Commencement

WHERE: Grand Court – Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward (If rain, Chabot College Performing Arts Center)

WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 10 a.m.

WHY: More than 1,000 candidates are eligible for graduation and more than 300 are expected to participate in the ceremony.


Chabot College Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday, May 23rd

WHO: Chabot College

WHAT: Groundbreaking Ceremony

WHERE: Grand Court, between Buildings 500 and 800, Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward

WHEN: Friday, May 23, 2008 at 11:30 a.m.

WHY: Instructional Office Building - 36,360 square feet, $14,212,838, occupancy date August 2009 and Community and Student Services Center - 52,827 square feet, $27,518,000, occupancy date January 2010. Both buildings will be LEED Silver certified and both buildings are 100% Measure B funded

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Holocaust Literature Class Offered at Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College is offering a class exploring Holocaust literature. What are the implications of trying to write about the Nazi genocide? If you are curious about writers who are able to portray an historical event in various forms of literature, you will enjoy this class. The class will begin later this summer on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Fall semester classes begin August 20.

Students will examine the Holocaust itself as it is written about in poetry, fiction, essays, diaries and memoirs. Further study of the culture and history of the period will provide the context for a more meaningful study of the literature.

For more information about this class, please contact Ben Hollander, English Instructor, at


Chabot College’s Forensics Team Takes National Honors

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College’s Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team won two medals at the National Tournament in St. Charles, Illinois at its April event. A.S. Cobb won a Bronze Medal in Poetry Interpretation of Literature, and Randy Sao won a Bronze Medal in Prose Interpretation of Literature.

Sao and Cobb have been dominant forces in the northern California forensic circuit all year, bringing home nearly 20 medals combined.

In addition, A.S. Cobb won the Warren-Dahlin Fellowship Award. This student-voted award is given to the student who best exemplifies the “spirit of the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament.” Cobb also won the award for top Community College Performer of Interpretation of Literature for the Northern California Forensics Association. This award is voted on by all the coaches of Community College programs in Northern California. This is the second year in a row a Chabot Student has won this award, as Barbara Tanner won it last year.

Finally, congratulations go out to the following students for their achievements: Frank Perry, for Northern California Forensics Association (NCFA) Platform Speaker of the Year, Two-year Division; and Randy Sao, NCFA Interpreter of the Year, Two-Year Division.

During this last year the Chabot College Speech and Debate team has won more than 50 individual awards and five team awards in seven tournaments. Chabot College has a State Champion in Jassmin Poyaoan who won a Gold Medal in Impromptu Speaking and a Bronze in Lincoln-Douglas Parliamentary Debate. Plus, the college took Second Place in the Community College Division at one of the largest tournaments on the West Coast.

National Medalists include: Frank Perry, Silver Medal, Persuasive Speaking; A.S. Cobb, Silver Medal, Poetry Interpretation of Literature; Randy Sao, Bronze Medal, Prose Interpretation of Literature; and Al Bungay, Bronze Medal, Prose Interpretation of Literature.

The following students are members of the Chabot College Speech and Debate team: Curtis Ballard, Martin Barker, Keisha Bledsoe, Al Bungay, Ben Carver, A.S. Cobb, Arthur Diaz, Ana HarenBayon Lee, Ruben Longoria, Shaun Nguyen, Adrienne Nicholson, Frank Perry, Ricky Ponce, Jassmin Poyaoan, Charli Prete, Nam Tran, and Eric White.
The Speech Team is supported by Jason Ames, Coach and Instructor, Speech/Forensics, Language Arts, Christine Warda, Instructor, Speech/Forensics, Language Arts, and Rob Boller, Speech Instructor, Language Arts.


Chabot College Math Students Compete in National Contest

(Hayward, CA) - The American Mathematics Association of Two Year Colleges recently completed its national 2007-2008 competition, and Chabot College students performed quite well. Joe Berland, mathematics instructor, reported that in the Student Math League contest, Chabot students completed the two rounds ranked 29th out of 174 participating schools.

The four top Chabot College students this year are: First place: Zhao-Ping Yan (49.0 points); Second place: Baoying Yuan (35.5 points); Third Place: Antony Chang (35.0 points); and Fourth Place: Jie-Tong Lin (33.0 points).

“The multiple choice test is quite brutal,” said Berland. “We teachers try these tests at home, and they are quite difficult for us as well.” During the year, one round is given in the fall with the second round in the spring. Each test consists of a 20-question multiple-choice test in pre-calculus mathematics, and the students have exactly one hour to complete it. The tests are scored by awarding two points for each correct answer and deducting a half point for each incorrect answer.

The tests are given in a Chabot College classroom and nearly 6,000 students take these exams nationwide. Berland is the moderator of the local contest, which includes organizing the actual examination as well as finding proctors, grading and then reporting the results to the national organization.

The ultimate goal of the contest is to engender love of mathematics, and a competitive spirit as well as school spirit.


Chabot College Student Educates Others About the Importance of Voting

(Hayward, CA) - Christina Sanchez is really looking forward to this year’s election. It won’t be the first time she’s voted in a presidential selection, but it may be for many of the people she’s been working to educate about the importance of voting.

A year and a half ago, she was taking a Service Learning class at Chabot College from English Instructor Clara McLean. The goal of these classes is to encourage students to actively participate in the community through class projects.

As part of the Service Learning class students choose to volunteer in a number of organizations that the instructors make available. “We had noticed that many of our students need motivation to get involved in the community,” said McLean. The Service Learning classes offer that opportunity.” Students choose their level of involvement and earn college credit commensurate with the hours spent volunteering. Fifty hours of volunteer work for one semester will earn one college credit in the class. Some students choose elder care facilities; others work for animal rescue shelters or nature centers, and some find their own niche.

Sanchez does not consider herself an activist. She is, however, very committed to teaching people about the importance of voting. “I don’t think it matters who you are, you should know what’s going on when it comes to the political process,” she said.

When she looked around, she saw that many of her peers, her family and her friends weren’t voting. She believed that more people needed to be involved with the political process and she wanted to help.

The League of Women Voters wasn’t on the list, so Christina sought out them out on her own. They responded by providing some educational materials from which Christina designed a presentation. Armed with her idea, she sent inquiries to Chabot College faculty. Would any of them be interested in having their classes learn more about the importance of voting? The answer was a resounding “yes.” Just this semester she had 30 requests from faculty from various departments at the college.

Trish Welsh Taylor is a Board member for the Eden Area League of Women Voters. When Sanchez contacted her Taylor gave her a binder of materials to get her started. “Christina was very clear - she wanted to inform people about voter registration through Chabot College.” She took these materials, and on her own, created a presentation to teach her peers about the importance of voting. “I’m so grateful for Christina,” Taylor said. “She’s given us (the League) the perspective of her peer group as well as a model to give to others to reach their own potential.”

“She’s a very quiet person, and not one that people would necessarily pick out in the room as a leader,” mused Susan Gill, English Instructor at Chabot College, and co-leader of the Service Learning program, “But when she begins to speak about her passion. I see this normally shy person change and grow through teaching others.” “Christina offers a refreshing quality of hope that individuals can make a difference.”

Clara McLean concurred. “Part of the impact Christina has had is on her peers. They see her stretching her own boundaries, and when they see her doing things it encourages them to do it too.”

“It’s really fun to see that people in the classes are interested and involved in the presentation. I play games to get them involved,” Christina explained. She asks questions like “How many of you are registered to vote?” (Lots of hands go up.) “How many voted in the latest election?” (Many fewer hands go up.) She gives information that is relevant to the students. “Do you know how many 18-29 year olds voted in the last election? Twenty-two percent!”

Teaching other students to do what she’s doing has been a rewarding part of her mission. She’s spent much more time than the class requires hinting at the depth of her commitment to educate others to the importance of informed participation. This semester, Ms. Gill reported, she has four other students, trained by Christina, who are helping her present to classes. “She meets with these other people once a week for an hour,” Gill said.

“It doesn’t matter what your major is in school, or what you do for a living. I’ve never really been into politics, but you should know what’s going on,” Christina said. She’s pleased that the students who see her presentations seem interested and ready to get more information and become more active citizens. But the best thing for her?

“Just knowing that I’m helping.”


Spring Job Fair to be Held at Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will hold a Spring Job Fair on Tuesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the college gymnasium at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

This job fair is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with more than 60 employers and will learn about employment opportunities, the kind of education needed for particular jobs, as well as skill and experience requirements. Some employers may offer on-the-spot interviews as well as free gifts.

Participants should bring a current resume as some employers will be available to critique and offer suggestions for improvement. All participants will receive a gift for attending.

This fair is sponsored by the Chabot College Transfer Employment & Career Services Center, the Athletic Department and Moreau Catholic High School.

For more information about this fair, please contact Terrance Thompson at (510) 723-7458.

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Chabot College Students’ Work on Exhibit

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College's Museum Studies Class of 2008 proudly announces the college’s Fourth Annual Student Art Exhibit in the Chabot College Art Gallery at 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Room 1002.

The exhibit kicks off with a free Opening Night Gala on April 3 from 6-9 p.m. Live music and refreshments are planned for the celebration.

The exhibit features students’ work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and design, all made by students in Chabot’s art program. The exhibit will run from April 3 through May 14, and will be available for viewing Monday through Thursday, from noon to 1 p.m. and Wednesday through Thursday, from 6-7 p.m.

Enjoy the artistic talent of nearly 75 Chabot art students working in the media of painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and design.

The art exhibit is being offered as a part of a Museum Studies class, which allows students to treat that gallery as a laboratory where they receive hands-on training in the preparatory, curatorial and promotional side of museum work. Museum Studies students first learn museum history and theory, and then get to work designing and hanging an actual show of Chabot student artwork, to which the campus and larger East Bay community is invited. Such training is rarely offered at the community college level, and therefore of particular interest to students, staff and the general community.

Since its opening the gallery has attracted hundreds of viewers to its openings and many hundreds more in overall audiences for its exhibitions.

Please note that Parking Lot G, closest to the Gallery, is closed for renovations. We suggest using Parking Lot E or other alternative parking. For a parking map, please go to

For more information about the Art Exhibit, the Art Gallery or the art offerings at Chabot College, please contact Diane Zuliani at (510) 723-6838, or

The art programs at Chabot reflect diverse educational/career goals. A student may attend art classes to prepare to transfer to a four-year institution, gain technical skills to enter a vocational field, or enrich their lives by pursuing individual classes. For more information on any of the classes and programs, please contact Diane Zuliani. Students may earn an Associate of Arts degree in the following areas: Art - General, Emphasis in Ceramics, Emphasis in Painting, Emphasis in Sculpture or Graphic Design.


Chabot College Presents Fiddler on the Roof in April

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Theater Department will be presenting the musical Fiddler on the Roof beginning on Thursday, April 10. Shows will be held April 11 and 12, and again on Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20 (no show on April 19). All performances will be in the Little Theater.
Fiddler on the Roof (book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, music by Jerry Bock) is the delightful tale of a family in Tsarist Russia, whose lives are on the brink of political, social, and cultural change. The story revolves around Tevye, a poor Jewish dairyman in the village of Anatevka - his daughters want to marry without his formal permission, and soon many other things about his world begin to shift. The show is both comic and serious, but moreover, Tevye brings the audience into an intimate portrait of who he is and what his life is all about. The show features many well-known tunes, including If I Were a Rich Man, and Matchmaker, Matchmaker.
The performance is directed by Rachel LePell, a 15-year Chabot College instructor and recipient of the American College Theater Festival’s Excellence in Education award. Music Direction is by Eric Hansen.

The cast includes:
Jacob Sevier as Tevye, Cherise Beyelia, Shannon Rodriguez, Dulce Hernandez, Deanie Panganoran, Taralynn Taala, Jasmine Taala, Youssef Riahi, Jon Pitman, Lucinda Jackson, Ragini Momi, Alex Gianbruno, Robbie Garecht, Nathan Garcia, Craig Whitaker, Julie Avilla, Luyubov Vdsilyeva, Jacquelyn Boggess, Debbie Fiala, Victoria Swift, Jove Meyer, and Juan Pablo Rico.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children, 10 and under. Tickets will be available at the door, cash only. Groups may receive a special rate by calling (510) 723-6830. Note: Due to construction, parking has changed, but there will be assistance available to theater patrons.


Learn Something New and Change Your Life:
Take a Community Education Class at Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) - There’s always time to learn something new, whether it’s for your career, your personal life, or for fun. In Chabot College’s Community Education Program, there’s something for everyone, from ages 8 to 80+. You can become more high-tech by taking Excel, learn to Boost Your Memory from a Guinness Book of World Records winner, take pictures on a Photography Field Trip, or dance like the stars in Ballroom Dancing, all on March 15.
In the near future you can get good exercise and have fun by taking up Belly Dancing (4/1), take advantage of the current real estate market by learning about Buying Fixer-Uppers and Purchasing Foreclosures, or save money by doing your own Home Electrical Repairs (4/5). For the younger set, the program offers Baking for Kids, taught in a real bakery (3/24), Drama Workshop (4/5), Basketball (4/12), and Make Recycled Art (4/19). And for college-bound teens, there is SAT Prep (4/5) and Prepare for the SAT Essay (4/12) to score high on the big test.
New classes start each week - there are many more to choose from. Just go to where you can see the descriptions and register online or call (510) 723-6665 for more information or to register by phone.


Chabot College Instructor Receives Regional Theater Award

(Hayward, CA) - Rachel LePell, Chabot College Theater instructor, received the “Excellence in Theater Arts Education Award” for 2008 from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, (KCACTF) Region VIII. Region VIII is made up of California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. She was presented with the award at California State University, Los Angeles on February 15th during KCACTF’s annual conference.
LePell has been teaching Theater Arts at Chabot College for 15 years, and has been building a playwriting program that is receiving some regional recognition. One of her students, Claire Onyett, had her new play showcased at the same conference in Los Angeles. LePell served as mentor and director for Onyett’s play, titled To Say The Least, which was also invited to the festival last month.
LePell served as the regional vice chair of playwriting for KCACTF from 1999-2002. She is the author of more than 12 plays. LePell's play, It Falls was nominated for the National Mark David Cohen Award through KCACTF two years ago, and a production of it was invited to the Regional finals, held in Cedar City, Utah in 2006. She sometimes scripts original short pieces for Chabot all-college events, such as convocation and flex day, that are intended to stimulate discussion about college-wide issues.
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another’s work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.


Renowned Jazz Trombonist to Perform at Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) - Trombonist Steve Turre will perform with Chabot College musicians on Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. in the Chabot College Performing Arts Center as Chabot College’s 2008 Spring Jazz Guest Artist. One of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre has consistently won both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells).
Steve Turre’s career includes performances with Ray Charles, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, J.J. Johnson, Herbie Hancock, Lester Bowie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Van Morrison, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, Max Roach, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. In addition to his extensive recording career, Mr. Turre has been performing as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984. For more information about Mr. Turre, please visit his website at
Steve Turre will be performing with the Chabot College Jazz Orchestra as well as the college’s award-winning student group, the Jazz Ensemble. The performance will be in the Chabot College Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 by calling (510) 723-7233 or by going to Tickets at the door will be $15.

Chabot College Jazz Orchestra members are:
Saxophones: Guido Fazio, Ken Karlin, Steve Turner, Aaron Ashkenasy, Mike Wilson
Trumpets: John Morillas, Mack Horton, Guy Celestre, Al Gonzalez
Trombones: Mark Troxell, Jereld Wing, Jorge Marsal, Jamie Exley
Rhythm: Tris Duncan (Piano); Danny Ernst (Bass); Brian Sears (Drums)

Chabot College Jazz Ensemble members are:
Saxophones: Aaron Ashkenasy, Spencer Murphy, Froilan Vicente, Corey Gould, Dora Tsui
Trumpets: John Layco, J.P. Villanueva, Peter Grebe, Mike Beal
Trombones: Ken Yee, Jahvance Butler, Robert Goldassio, Christian Manana
Rhythm: Tiffany Wong, Alex Bonilla (Piano); Ivan Carnice (Bass); Asédo Wilson (Drums)

For more information, please contact the Chabot College Music Department at (510) 723-6829.

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Chabot College to Hold Financial Aid “Cash for College” Festival

Chabot College is again partnering with the East Bay California Cash for College Coalition to host their Fifth Annual Financial Aid “Cash for College” Festival on Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Chabot’s cafeteria.
The purpose of the statewide Cash for College events is to encourage high school seniors and continuing students to meet the Cal Grant deadline of March 2, 2008 for the 2008-09 academic year.  Students will receive information about financial aid and assistance in filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is needed to be considered for most types of financial assistance.  Experienced multilingual Financial Aid staff and Cash for College volunteers from around the East Bay will help students and their families better understand the complicated world of financial aid, and help them complete financial aid applications accurately and on time for the upcoming Fall semester. Students will be encouraged to submit their application online that day while on campus.
In addition to the assistance with the FAFSA, qualifying high school seniors will be considered for a $1,000 scholarship from the state, and a Chabot student will be considered for $1,000 through the Chabot Foundation. 
On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with a complimentary continental breakfast. Festival doors open at 9:00 a.m., with a welcome from Chabot’s Vice President of Student Services, Melinda Matsuda. The workshop will present overviews of the Cal Grant programs, financial aid processes and eligibility. Staff will walk students and their families through the application line by line, and assist them in submitting the application online. The Festival is free, and Chabot is committed to assisting any student or family who might need assistance, regardless of where the student plans to attend college. Students are encouraged to pre-register at but may also register at the door on Saturday.

Additional Services:

To pre-register, or for more information, campus maps, and a checklist of what information individuals will need to bring to the Festival, please go to Chabot College’s Financial Aid website at  and click on “Festival and Workshops”, or call (510) 723-7672.


Chabot College Brings Home the Gold

(Hayward, CA) - Robert Moats, a student in the NATEF-certified Automotive Technology at Chabot College brought home a gold medal when he and two other students took part in the SkillsUSA regional competition earlier this month in Salinas.
In addition to Moats, Lucas Schwyter and Nexter Carlos participated. Moats received the most overall points in the post secondary division earning him the Gold Medal and Carlos placed fifth. Carlos received a perfect 50 points in one of the skill areas, the only Chabot College student to do so. This medal qualifies Moats to participate at the state completion to be held in April.
David Espinoza, Automotive Technology instructor, launched this effort for Chabot College with the rest of the automotive faculty pitching in to prepare the students for this competition.
The regional competition consisted of eight hands-on shop activities and one written test. Skill areas included computer control, steering and suspension, electrical, brakes, precision measuring, repair order compilation, and service information.
SkillsUSA is a national organization serving teachers and high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled and service occupations. It is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization has more than 15,000 sections and 54 state and territorial associations.
Its mission is to use an applied method of instruction for preparing America’s high performance workers in public career and technical programs. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work: high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free-enterprise system and involvement in community service.


Free “Evening of Entertainment” at Chabot College on February 8

(Hayward, CA) - Dancers, singers, a comedian, and mini-actors performing “Peter, the Pint-Sized Pirate,” will all be on hand to present a free, family-oriented show at Chabot College on Friday, February 8, 2008, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Little Theater, 25555 Hespserian Blvd., Hayward. Presented by the college’s Community Education Program, “Evening of Entertainment: Open House and Spring Registration” will offer the community the chance to not only see the program’s talented instructors and students perform, but also register for their choice of more than 100 classes at a 10% discount for that night only.
“This is a great night out for the family with something for everyone,” says Susan May, Chabot’s Director of Community Education. “Plus you’ll get a chance to sign up for all our great classes at a discount.”
The audience will see belly dancing, salsa and ballroom dancing, barbershop singers, a comedian, and a special performance by students of the Drama Workshop for Kids. There will also be free refreshments, raffle prizes, and a hands-on painting demonstration. Seats are limited. To reserve a place, call (510) 723-7531. For more details on all classes offered by the Community Education Program, go to or call for a printed catalog.


Chabot College Apprenticeship Program Graduates First Class of Students

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College is pleased to report the graduation of its first class of students in a new apprenticeship program designed to train low voltage electricians who install and maintain fire, security and health (hospital) alarm systems.
The apprenticeship program was created in response to AB 931, which requires certification for this industry. College staff has worked in tandem with Western Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (WBFAA) since 2001 to develop the program, which is a three year, full-time commitment that combines weekly classroom instruction with on-the-job training. The California Community College Chancellor's Office approved the program to work in partnership with Chabot College, and classes began in 2004.
As a result, the first graduating class of the Western Burglar and Fire Alarm Association's Unilateral Training Committee’s (WBFAA UATC) Fire/Life Safety Apprenticeship Program was recognized at the California Alarm Association Winter Convention in San Francisco in December.
The WBFAA apprenticeship program is the first California statewide apprenticeship program to be offered. Currently the program has seven classroom sites (Anaheim, San Diego, Riverside, Salinas, Livermore, Sacramento and Glendale) with additional sites to be added as demand increases. Additionally, an online program is being developed to enable apprentices to study the theory portion of classes via distance education and attend quarterly labs for the hands-on component of the program. This mode of delivery will be especially useful to apprentices living outside of urban areas with less access to the classrooms.

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Take Chabot’s Community Education Classes and Check Off Your New Year’s Resolutions!

(Hayward, CA) - When Jennifer and Sandor Vestrepen of San Lorenzo finally decided to take the dance lessons they always dreamed of, they found a low-cost, conveniently located Ballroom Dancing class right in their backyard in Chabot College’s Community Education Program. They were soon whirling around the dance floor - and now they are hooked.
“We found out we love dancing together, and we had a great experience at Chabot,” says Sandor, a physical education teacher at Alvarado Middle School in Union City. “We had a great instructor, and it was a relaxing, social environment with very little pressure.”
Ballroom dancing is just one of more than 100 classes offered by the Community Education Program that may fulfill some of your New Year’s Resolutions and maybe even change your life! Besides dancing (also salsa and belly dancing are offered), you can learn to play the guitar, organize your photographs, improve your vocabulary, boost your memory, speak Spanish, do your own electrical repairs, and much more.
For a listing of all classes and to register online, go to You can also register by phone or get a printed copy of the catalog by calling (510) 723-6665.


Begin a Career in one of the Top Five Health Professions

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College is accepting applications until January 31, 2008, for its top-ranked Dental Hygiene program. The College’s Class of 2007 ranked 5th in the nation on the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam. Chabot College students logged a class average of 90.1%, just slightly behind the top-ranked school in the nation at 91.2%.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, Dental Hygiene is expected to be one of the top five health professions in 2002-2012.
Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant are the #1 and #2 fastest growing occupations in the state according to the California Employment Development Department. The demand for new professionals in these positions is expected to grow by 57% over the next five years. Chabot College graduates who pass the State Board Examination typically have a 100% job placement rate.
This is a special admission program, and you can learn more about how to apply by accessing Chabot College’s website or by calling Rozen Caampued, Health Sciences Admissions Specialist at (510) 723-6701. Students are exposed to primary health care, clinical practice, research, educational theory, adult learning concepts and communication.
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.
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. Because of the high accreditation standards, Chabot College limits the program 20 students per year. These students enjoy the benefit of a 6:1 student to faculty ratio in clinic as well as considerable individual support from instructors. The program at Chabot College is available for $20 per unit, plus the cost of books and instruments, while comparable programs at colleges and universities offering a four-year degree cost as much as $30,000-60,000.


Chabot College Drama Student Invited To Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Regional Finals

(Hayward, CA) - ‘To Say the Least’, a play written by Chabot College drama student Clare Onyett, has been invited to the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Regional Finals to be held in Los Angeles in February 2008.
The American College Theater Festival national competition is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Since its inception, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide.
Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process; see each other’s work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in play writing, acting, criticism, directing, and design.
The competition includes colleges and universities from all over Region 8, the largest in the nation, encompassing California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii. Onyett’s play was selected from a competitive field of community colleges and four-year schools including Stanford, UCLA, UC Irvine, and Cal State Fullerton, which houses the largest theater school on the West Coast.
The Chabot College Theater Arts Department is unique through its development of new plays, encouraging emerging voices in the American Theater. The department 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.

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