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Chabot College Press Releases - 2009



Chabot College Receives Federal Grant for Textbook Rental Program

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College has received a $299,075 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, to be used as seed money to launch a comprehensive textbook rental program, providing textbooks for rent in 29 courses, covering at least 20% of the enrollment in each course.

The textbook rental program will satisfy the diverse needs of Chabot students, including Nursing students, for courses that focus on basic skills, career-technical education or prepare students for transfer. The rental pro¬gram will reduce the cost of the textbooks by 60-70% and will cover 23-67% of the total enrollment for the targeted courses (67% of total Nursing student enrollment).

The Chabot textbook rental program has been designed to be fully sustainable and allow for growth. Chabot has also committed to using the majority of the rental income for subsequent book purchases in the years that follow. The Chabot College Foundation has already committed $10,000 to the program for Fall 2009.

The textbook rental program, just one strategy among many textbook affordability strategies, is an integral part to improving student access and success at Chabot College.
For more information about the Chabot College textbook rental program, please contact Kathleen Kaser at (510) 723-6925 ext. 19.


A Christmas Carol at Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) - The public is invited to attend performances of A Christmas Carol in the main auditorium at Chabot College in Hayward.

Adapted by Linda Amayo, the Dickens holiday favorite promises to delight audiences of all ages.

A Christmas Carol will take place December 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m. and December 12 at 2 p.m. in the Chabot College auditorium at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students, and are available at the door. A family discount for 4 or more people is available for just $35. Parking is $2.00.

For more information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.


Chabot College Forensics Team Scores in Top Three at Recent Tourney

(Hayward, CA) - At a recent tournament at the University of the Pacific, the Chabot College Gladiator Forensics team brought home over 22 awards and took Third Place among Community Colleges. Overall, nine of 12 students brought home an award, eight of 12 brought home multiple awards, three of four debate teams advanced to quarterfinals or better, and three students advanced in every single event they entered. In fact, a Chabot College students has won the Novice Extemporaneous Speaking category in three out of four tournaments this season.

This was one of Chabot’s best competitions. Listed below are the individual breakdowns from the University of the Pacific tournament:

Javier Kordi
First Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
First Place Speaker, Junior Varsity Parliamentary Debate
Third Place/Semifinalist Junior Parliamentary Debate

Eileen Zedd
Fourth Place, Novice Prose Interpretation of Literature
Third Place, Novice Dramatic Interpretation
Sixth Place Speaker, Novice Parliamentary Debate

Shane Bond
Top Community College Speaker
Third Place, Impromptu Speaking
Fourth Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
Quarterfinalist, Novice Parliamentary Debate

Fatima Ansary
Second Place, Novice After Dinner Speaking
Fourth Place, Novice Prose
Fourth Place, Novice Programmed Oral Interpretation of Literature

Ricardo Ponce
Second Place, Novice Programmed Oral Interpretation of Literature
Second Place, Novice Dramatic Interpretation of Literature
Fourth Place, Novice Prose

Joshua Pauselieus
Third Place/Semifinalist Junior Varsity Parliamentary Debate
Seventh Place Speaker, Junior Parliamentary Debate

Toan Nguyen
Third Place, Novice Programmed Oral Interpretation
Octofinalist, Novice Parliamentary Debate

Travis Alcantra
Quarterfinalist, Novice Parliamentary Debate

Lisa Nguyen
Fourth Place, Varsity Prose Interpretation of Literature

After four tournaments in the fall semester, 14 of the 16 Chabot students who have attended a tournament have earned at least one award.

The public is invited to see the team in action at their annual Speech Night, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. Attendance is free.

The Gladiator Forensics team is coached by Jason Ames, director of forensics, and communication studies’ instructor at Chabot College.


Chabot College Forensics Team Wins Awards

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Forensics team continues to rack up awards finishing 12th out of 29 teams and 6th among community colleges, in a recent competition. Chabot scored a 75% success rate with 8 out of 12 team members earning awards.

Toan Nguyen
First Place, Novice Programmed Oral Interpretation

Dillon Harrison
First Place, Novice Poetry Interpretation

Claudia Carvajal
Second Top Speaker, Varsity Parliamentary Debate

Steven Mireles
Fourth Top Speaker, Varsity Parliamentary Debate

Claudia Carvajal/Steven Mireles
Octofinalists, Varsity Parliamentary Debate

Ricky Ponce
Fourth Place, Novice Prose Interpretation of Literature

Javier Kordi
Fourth Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Shane Bond/Travis Alcantra
Quarterfinalists, Novice Parliamentary Debate

The Gladiators’ Forensics Team is coached by Jason Ames, communication studies instructor and director of forensics at Chabot.


Chabot College Theater Arts Department Presents Original Student Plays with Emerging Work

Fresh New Student Works Premier

(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 November 17-20 at 8 p.m. and November 21 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 at the door for general seating. 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:

Tide, written by Milcah Orbacedo
The Rush, written by Jesse Prado
Cupid’s Crush, written by Brian Davis
Lost with the Lights On, written by Adam Torres

Emerging Work is dedicated to the development of new plays at Chabot. Now in its thirteenth year, Emerging Work features short plays written and directed by theater students. This year’s plays range from crazy comedy to serious issue drama, with wit, courage and command, these new plays will take the viewer on a wild ride. 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 College Film Class Presents “GladFest 2009”

The Chabot College Film Department announces GladFest, the Gladiator Student Film Festival on Tuesday, November 17th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This event is being coordinated by Linda Rhodes' Film Production Colloquium class. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $5 for Chabot students with ID. Save $2 off the general admission price by purchasing tickets online at

In addition, student groups are invited to put their filmmaking skills to the test in the GladFest One Week Filmmaking Frenzy Competition. This event occurs PRIOR to the film festival, during the week of November 3rd-10th, with qualified film entries being screened and winners announced during GladFest on November 17th.

For more information or to register a student filmmaking team, please go to or contact Linda Rhodes, Chabot College Film Instructor at (510) 723-2926.


Chabot College Debate Team Captures Honors in North Bay Tournament

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Forensics team traveled to Santa Rosa Junior College for their second tournament of the year. Despite half of the team having the flu, they were still successful. Chabot placed 4th among community colleges and every student from Chabot received an award. The winners were:

Claudia Carvajal
1st Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
5th place speaker, Varsity Parliamentary Debate

Fatima Ansary
4th Place, Novice Programmed Oral Interpretation

Steven Mireles
6th Place, Varsity Impromptu Speaking
8th place speaker, Varsity Parliamentary Debate

Toan Nguyen
2nd Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking
3rd Place, Novice Programmed Oral Interpretation

Claudia Carvajal and Steven Mireles placed 3rd in Varsity Team Parliamentary Debate.

The Chabot College Forensics team is coached by Jason Ames, communication studies instructor and director of forensics.


Chabot College Art Gallery Features Unique Textiles Exhibit

(Hayward, CA) - Currently on display at the Chabot College Art Gallery is “Picturing Paradise: Cuadros from the Peruvian Women of Pamplona Alta as Visions of Hope.” This very special exhibit, previously shown at Princeton University and the College of William and Mary, features one of a kind “cuadros” - embroidered and appliquéd textiles - made by the women of Pamplona Alta, one of many makeshift shantytowns on the outskirts of Lima, Peru.

The artists, most of whom are economically impoverished, have employed the cuadro format to express their hopes, dreams, and ambitions. For example, one such artist captions her cuadro by saying: “My dream is to live in a place where my children can live without worries or fear of violence. In this cuadro you can see there is no smog and pollution like in the city. My dream is to live together in a quieter, more tranquil place.”

The exhibit gives voice to women who have not traditionally been heard. It also serves to reminds of the unique ways art can give all people a voice and bridge cultural differences.

The exhibit is in both English and Spanish. Cuadros will be for sale to benefit the women of Pamplona Alta.

The Chabot College Art Gallery is located at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

The exhibit runs through November 5th. Admission is free and parking is $2.00.

Gallery Hours:
Mondays and Wednesdays: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.

During gallery hours, students enrolled in Art History 50 will be on hand as “student docents” to answer any questions.

For more information, please contact Kevin Muller at


Chabot College Theater Arts Presents Our Lady of 121st Street

(Hayward, CA) - Written by Adly Guirgis, one of “America’s hottest new playwrights,” this fast-paced, hard hitting comedy/drama explores the underbelly of a New York neighborhood, where hope and despair mingle in every breath.

Directed by Glickman Award winner and Chabot College instructor Joel Mullennix, the cast includes Jim Lockett, Sam Chaires, and Youssef Riahi from Hayward, Adam Reeser from Fremont, and Tiffany Heggabo and Lucinda Jackson from San Leandro.

The play will be performed in the Chabot College Little Theater, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward, October 29-31 and November 5-7 at 8 p.m., and November 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for students/seniors and $15 for adults. Parking is $2.00 but will be free on Saturday evenings.

For more information, please contact Chabot College Theater Arts at (510) 723-6830.

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Chabot College Seeking Public Art for Display

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward is seeking accomplished artists to create permanent, highly visible public artworks to adorn prominent sites across the college campus. Chabot is currently renovating its forty-year-old façade through a tax-funded facilities bond. As we refresh our appearance, we are interested in surrounding our campus with original artworks (sculptures, murals, mosaics, etc.) and/or visual enhancements (fountains, decorative benches, ornamental railings, etc.) that make strong aesthetic and educational statements, as well as beautify exterior and interior spaces of our campus.

The committee is interested in artworks and/or visual enhancements that:

Call for Entries ends Friday, November 20. If you or someone you know is interested in submitting to our Call, please go to to apply online. There is no fee to register or apply.

Questions about the project may be directed to Ms. Diane Zuliani, chair of the Chabot Public Art Committee, (510) 723-6838 or by email at


Chabot College Gladiator Forensics Team Scores at Tournament

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College speech and debate team recently competed at San Francisco State University in its first tournament of the year with student Toan Nguyen of San Leandro taking first place in the Novice Extemporaneous Speaking category. Other winning students include:

Eileen Zedd

5th Place Speaker, Novice Parliamentary Debate, Semifinalist, Novice Parliamentary Debate

Christopher Williams

2nd Place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking, Semifinalist, Novice Parliamentary Debate (with Eileen Zedd)

Claudia Carvajal

4th place, Novice Extemporaneous Speaking

Fatima Ansary

4th place, Novice Speech to Entertain

Steven Mireles

The top Community College Speaker in Varsity Extemporaneous Speaking

Joshua Pauselius

Nearly advancing in Varsity Impromptu Speaking

Angelo Taylor

Novice Speech to Entertain

Titawny Cook

Novice Persuasive Speaking

Arturo Diaz

Varsity Poetry

The teams of Joshua Pauselius/Toan Nguyen and Steven Mireles/Claudia Carvajal went 3-3 in Varsity Parliamentary Debate. The Gladiators beat schools such as Bethany University and Pepperdine University. Overall, half of the competitors from Chabot brought home at least one award, with Eileen Zedd bringing home three and Christopher Williams bringing home two.

The Gladiator Forensics team is coached by Jason Ames with assistance from Christine Warda.


Classes for All Ages Offered through Chabot College’s Fall Community Education Program

(Hayward, CA) - Learn to sew, use your digital camera, do your own electrical repairs, or have your kids learn to cook! It’s all part of the Fall 2009 Community Education Program at Chabot College! The program offers more than 100 non-credit classes for business, pleasure, or to enrich your life. More than 200 online classes are also available so you can learn from home at your own pace.

“We have classes for ages 8 to 80 plus,” says Susan May, program director. “We offer classes in art, dance, business, computers, photography, music, language, and much more. By taking one or more classes you can find a new career, update your computer skills, start a new hobby, or just learn something new for the fun of it. We truly have something for everyone.”

New classes this fall include sewing, outdoor sketching, French, and how to get out of debt. Kids will have fun learning to cook, doing science experiments, performing in a drum circle, and acting in a play. Teens and up can learn Flash Animation on state-of-the art computers.

To get the complete schedule and to register online, just go to or call (510) 723-6665 or to register or request a printed catalog.


The San Francisco Mime Troupe Returns to Chabot
Satire Troupe Celebrates 50th Anniversary

(Hayward, CA) - The Tony-award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe returns to Chabot College with their legendary brand of satire, focused this year on the country’s economic crisis. The Troupe will perform “Too Big to Fail” at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, September 23rd 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.

As they usually do, the Troupe tackles some of the issues of our time. “Too Big to Fail” is an allegorical play, set in a mythic village in Africa. 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 and Students for Social Justice.

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


U.S. Department of Education Awards Noncompetitive Congressionally-Directed Grant to Chabot College For the Nursing Retention and Student Success (NuRSS) Program

(Hayward, CA) - The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $114,000 Congressionally-directed grant to the Chabot College Nursing Program for the Nursing Retention and Student Success (NuRSS) Program. Sixty-nine percent of this $164,492 project will be funded by these federal dollars with 31% ($50,492) funded by the state of California.

Chabot College will use the Congressionally-directed grant of $114,000 to support recruitment and retention activities for its nursing program. For over 40 years the Chabot College nursing program has educated many of the registered nurses employed at local hospitals.

Program graduates fill nursing positions in Alameda, Santa Clara, and Sacramento counties. Implementation of the Nursing Retention and Student Success (NuRSS) program will allow the college to coordinate campus resources and refer students who are at-risk for leaving the program. Through the use of a case management system, nursing faculty expect to assist and guide students so they can receive maximum benefit from such services as tutoring, financial aid assistance, scholarship application assistance, and stress management.

“We are thrilled about this generous grant and really hope to have it benefit the program, the campus community, the local hospitals that hire our graduates, and the field of nursing practice by providing more highly qualified entry-level nursing graduates,” said Nancy Cowan, director of Chabot College’s nursing program.
In addition to the student retention activities, nursing faculty will receive training in strategies to improve student success, with a focus on teaching students from diverse cultural backgrounds including second language learners.

The Nursing Retention and Student Success (NuRSS) Program activities began with the start of the new semester, August 17, 2009 and will end September 30, 2011.
For more information about the Chabot College nursing program, please contact Nancy Cowan at (510) 723-6871.


Chabot College Offers Basic and Advanced Courses in Computer Machining and Machine Tool Technology

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College is offering training courses in Computer-Aided Manufacturing, machine tool technology, and tool making.

A skill that is in demand by many employers, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, sometimes known as Numerical Control, is a system that is used to control the operation of various types of manufacturing equipment. “This is a highly specialized skill that can be used in many areas, such as controlling equipment and robots,” said Tom Clark, dean of technology.

The one-year Machinist certificate program will train students in the operation of a variety of tools, from small hand tools to machine tools such as drill presses, milling machines and grinders.

The Tool Maker associate degree program will train students for a career in the tool and dye making industry. Graduates are trained in tool and dye making, computerized numerical control machining, computer-aided manufacturing, and computer-aided drafting and design.

For more information please contact, Tom Clark at (510) 723-6652.

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Chabot College Offers Real Estate Program to Prepare Students for Market Rebound

(Hayward, CA) - Community members and students are invited to enroll in the Chabot College Real Estate training program. “The market has taken a hit, but we are urging people to learn the craft now to prepare for the rebound,” said Tom Clark, dean of Applied Technology and Business. “According to the California Association of Realtors’ website, single family home sales increased 20.1 percent in June compared with the same period a year ago, so we know there is activity in the market.”

The real estate program at Chabot will provide students with the theory, knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level real estate positions, while also preparing them for the state licensing examination. Classes are offered both online and in the classroom. They are just $26 per unit, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Fall classes begin August 17th. For more information, go to


Chabot College Announces New Electronic Systems Technician Program

(Hayward, CA) - Beginning August 17th, Chabot College will offer a new program designed to train future employees in the high growth job area of electronic systems. “This is an entirely new program that will lead to electronic technician jobs that currently exist in high demand industries,” said Tom Clark, dean of Applied Technology and Business. “The green job industry will rely heavily on electronics technicians to perform everything from energy efficient building operations to the creation of “green” electronics systems. This is an exciting time to be training in this career field.”

Classes in the Electronic Systems Technician program are available both online and in the classroom. They are just $26 per unit and financial aid is available for those who qualify. Chabot’s fall semester begins August 17th. For more information, go to or email Wayne Phillips at


Chabot College Offers Computer Networking Program to Prepare Students for High Growth Job Industries

(Hayward, CA) - Computer networking continues to be a highly sought after job skill and remains in demand as industries transition and look toward efficiency in both manufacturing and output. “Understanding computer networks and how they function is an important skill to have in this tight job market,” said Tom Clark, dean of Applied Technology and Business. “The prospective employee who has computer networking skills also has an in-depth knowledge of organizational function.”

The computer networking program at Chabot College combines theory with exciting technologies and hands-on learning opportunities. It is fast and intense but will prepare students for jobs in business and industry and will prepare them to sit for the Cisco Systems Networking Academy exams.

Classes are offered both online and in the classroom at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. Fall classes begin August 17th. For more information, go to


Video Game and Japanese Animation Events Hosted by Chabot College August 7-8

(Hayward, CA) - The Game-Zone Recreation Club of Chabot College in Hayward will be hosting two community events, a video game convention called the Bay Area Gamers Conference on Friday, August 7, and a Japanese animation convention called Kin-Yoobi Con 2009 on Saturday, August 8.

The Bay Area Gamers Conference will feature video game-related activities, such as video game tournaments for popular games like Street Fighter 4, Smash Bros. Brawl, Halo 3, and Madden 2009. The convention will also feature LAN Parties in which attendees can bring their own computers and link them together for massive multiplayer game sessions. The convention also has a custom PC competition as well as computer workshops. Guest panels are part of the convention as well. Special guests include Star Wars Force Unleashed music composer Mark Griskey, and Dead Space audio director Don Veca. The convention will also feature a B-Boy Session in which attendees can compete in a dance session and live music performances.

Kin-Yoobi Con 2009 is jammed-packed full of fun activities related to Japanese animation and culture. These activities include anime viewings, a scavenger hunt, a live art contest, a manga library, karaoke, a costume competition, and vendor dealings. The convention will also feature two game shows based on anime: Anime Jeopardy and Wheel of Fandom. Guest panels are part of this convention too. Special guests include Robert Axelrod, who was the voice actor of the popular Might Morphin’ Power Ranger arch villain Lord Zedd. Live music performances, video gaming, and table top gaming are included as well.

Both conventions will be held at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Blvd. Admission for the Bay Area Gamers Conference is $10 and admission for Kin-Yoobi Con 2009 is $15. Kids 5 years of age or younger get in for free. Both conventions also feature free food. These conventions are great for the whole family. For more information on the conventions visit or email Game-Zone Recreation coordinator, Neal Trotter at email:

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Chabot College Kicks Off Gladiator Welcome Day on Tuesday, August 11 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 Tuesday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for students who are brand new to Chabot College.

“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, Associated Students, student clubs, 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.

Incoming Gladiators can get a jump-start on obtaining student ID cards and purchasing their books by bringing photo identification and a print-out of their class schedule.

KCRH, the college radio station, and others from Chabot’s clubs will entertain the crowd.

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


Summer Camp for Kids and More in Chabot Community Education Program

(Hayward, CA) - What are YOU doing this summer? Why not take a look at what Chabot’s Community Education Program is offering for everyone in your family, from ages 8 to 80+!

“Our summer program is planned for community members of all ages,” says Susan May, Chabot’s director of Community Education. “Our Kids on Campus summer camp is designed to challenge kids’ imaginations and inspire creativity, our teen classes will help students to boost their grades when they head back to school in the fall, and our adult classes allow the chance to learn exciting new things for personal enrichment or a new career.”

Kids in 3rd to 8th grades can enroll in one or more exciting weekly camps from July 6 to 24 where they’ll learn to act in a play, sing with a group, try hip-hop dancing, paint a masterpiece, play sports, design clothes, learn flash animation, draw cartoons, solve CSI-type mysteries, make cookies and pizza, blast rockets, and much more. Sports camps offer skills training in softball, track, volleyball, and soccer. Motivated teens can review algebra skills, learn essay-writing techniques, and prepare for the SAT.

For adults, classes start weekly beginning June 13 with lessons in how to “dance like the stars,” play the guitar or harmonica, create a sculpture or painting, or learn to speak Spanish. Job-hunters can learn to write the perfect resume, become self-employed, and update their computer skills. Community members can even choose from more than 200 online classes they can take conveniently at home.

Register now - classes are filling quickly. To find out more details, just go to or call (510) 723-6665 or (510) 723-7531 for more information or to request a printed catalog.


Chabot College Student-Athletes Receive Prestigious Award

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College recently recognized four of its student-athletes for their achievement in the classroom and on the field.

“We are incredibly proud of these young people,” said Dale Wagoner, dean of health, physical education and wellness. “Each of these student athletes has excelled in their sport while maintaining high grade point averages in transfer course work. They are what Chabot College is all about - students seeking improvement at every level.”

Michael Costello - Baseball
Michael was presented with the William Tenney Award, which recognizes athletics, academics, and citizenship. The Tenney Award is the highest athletic honor a Chabot College student can receive. Michael, a graduate of San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, played first base on the baseball team. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Coast Conference - Golden Gate Division. He was named to the All Northern California team and was named an All American.
In the classroom, Michael earned a 3.5 GPA with a major in Business.

Batted .390+ 63 hits, 11 2B's, 3 HR's and 12 stolen bases
#9 All time at Chabot in At Bats
#13 All time at Chabot in Hits

Rachel Kroneder - Softball, Women’s Athlete of the Year
Rachel was named Chabot College’s Woman Athlete of the Year for her role on the Gladiator softball team. Rachel is a graduate of Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. She played first base for the softball team and was named All Conference 2008. She was also the Most Valuable Player in the Coast Conference North Division for 2009 and was named a 2009 All State award winner.
When not on the field, Rachel’s efforts garnered a 3.5 grade point average with a major in marketing and advertising.

454 batting average 12 doubles and 24 RBI's

Sifa Etu - Football, Men’s Co-Athlete of the Year
Sifa shares the Athlete of the Year title for his role as a tackle with the Gladiator football team. Sifa graduated from Hayward High School prior to attending Chabot. He was named First Team All Golden Gate Conference in 2007 and was a unanimous pick for First Team All Golden Gate Conference in 2008. He was also named All-State Region II First Team 2008 and served as Gladiator team captain.
In Fall 2008, Sifa completed an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a 2.9 grade point average, and was awarded a scholarship to Arkansas State University (Division I) for the Spring 2009 semester.

Two year starter.
Recorded 24 pancake blocks and 8 games without a sack given up in 2007.
Recorded 39 pancake blocks and did not give up a sack all season in 2008.

Tyler Rogers - Baseball, Men’s Co-Athlete of the Year
Tyler Rogers was bestowed this honor because of his work as a pitcher on the Gladiator baseball team. Tyler, a graduate of California High School in San Ramon, was named First Team All Coast Conference - Golden Gate Division and All Northern California Second Team in 2009.
Tyler missed all of the 2008 season recovering from “Tommy John” surgery. He spent all of 2008 in rehabilitation and came back to perform at All Conference, and All NorCal levels, for which he was recognized, in 2009.

6-3 record, 15 appearances, 3.30 ERA
70 K's
#12 All time at Chabot in Wins
#7 All time at Chabot in Strikeouts

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Chabot College Commencement Scheduled for Saturday, May 30th

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 30, 2009 at 10 a.m.

DETAILS: Approximately 1,000 students are candidates for Associate degrees and Certificates. More than 300 are expected to participate in the ceremony.


Chabot Dental Hygiene Earn 100% National Exam Pass Rate

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Dental Hygiene Class of 2009 achieved a 100% pass rate on the recent National Dental Hygiene Board Exam. This is the sixth year in a row that Chabot College dental hygiene students have achieved a 100% pass rate.

This exam is given to all dental hygiene students across the country in both community college and state college and university programs. Chabot College graduates who pass the State Board Examination typically have a 100% job placement rate, according to JoAnn Galliano, MEd., RDH, Program Director, Dental Hygiene Program.

Galliano reported that the national average score was 84.4% and the Chabot students received an average score of 87.1%, once again exceeding the national average, “We are tremendously proud of our students,” she said, “and we are very grateful for all the support our program receives from both the Chabot College community and the district.”

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 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 to 20 students per year. These students enjoy the benefit of a 5:1 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 (approximately $12,000), while comparable programs at colleges and universities offering a four-year degree cost as much as $30,000-60,000.


Chabot College Puente Program to Host Award Winning Author

Who: Jimmy Santiago Baca - Poet, Author, Playwright

What: Reception, Presentation, Book signing - Admission fee is $20. Donation supports Puente Program Student Activities.The Event is co-sponsored by the Chabot College Foundation and the Chabot College Puente Program.
When: Thursday, May 7, 2009

6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Reception, Room 1328
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Presentation, Room 1232
8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Book signing

Where: Chabot College Music Lecture Hall, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

Contact: Heidi Finberg - Chabot College Foundation - (510) 723-7044 or Ramon Parada - Puente Program Office - (510) 723-7120


Chabot College Theater Arts to Question Shakespeare Theater Arts Produces 2 Shows for 1

(Hayward, CA) - Known for launching new work and examining current issues, Chabot College Theater Instructor Rachel LePell and her students are taking on a daring project by asking two very bold questions: “Just why do we continue to revere Shakespeare after 400 years?” and “How do we go about really understanding his work on stage?”

The public is invited to join LePell and her students for exciting performances of two unique pieces of theater work that are intimately linked to each other and will address these questions.

LePell adapts and directs Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” May 7-9, 14 and 16 at 8 p.m. and May 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors.

The public is also encouraged to see “Measureworks,” a 50-minute original piece that explores how and why we continue to read and perform Shakespeare’s work. It is based on Chabot’s current production of “Measure for Measure.” It is fast, furious and funny, and will delight audiences, especially those who are new to the study of the Bard.

“Measureworks” takes place May 12 and 14 at noon, and May 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets to the daytime show are $5 for the general public. Tickets to the evening performance are $12 for general admission and $10 for students, staff and seniors.

Both plays will take place in the Chabot College Little Theater, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. Tickets are available at the door. For additional information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.

The cast includes:

From Hayward: Youssef Riahi, Rino Hzedichic, Susan Carman, Willie Romano-Pugh, Alicia Cisneros

From San Leandro:  Joiandrea Robinson, Robyn Werk, Adam Reeser, Shane Richard, Ben Cruz, Milcah Orcebedo

From Union City: Daniel Banatao

From Alameda: Patrick Sweet, Brian Davis (Rachel LePell is also from Alameda and has worked for local group Virago Theatre Company)


Latino Students are Choosing to Attend Chabot College

(Hayward, CA) - Bay Area Latino students are choosing to attend Chabot College, according to college enrollment data. Research shows that 32% of the college’s new students and 26% of the entire student body are Latino. “We are proud of all of our students,” said Dr. Celia Barberena, Chabot College President. “We are especially proud that our Latino students and their families have made us their first choice for a college education.”

Having such a high Latino enrollment earns Chabot the status of a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a federal designation that makes the college eligible for special funding. National research shows that Latinos are the nation’s youngest, fastest-growing, and largest minority population yet are underrepresented in higher education. The U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that Latinos currently make up one of every three people in the workforce and by 2025 they will make up one of every two. Yet, only 54% of Hispanic high school graduates ages 16-24 were enrolled in college in 2005, compared to 73% of non-Hispanic whites.

“This growth in Latino enrollment has been the result of our outreach efforts and special programs that target Latino students to help them gain access and be more successful in higher education,” said President Barberena. These programs include the Puente Project, founded at Chabot and now a national model for increasing university transfer rates among Latino students. Since its founding in 1981, the Puente Project is now at 33 high schools and 59 colleges in California. Students who are in the program at Chabot transfer to four year colleges and universities more than non-Puente students.

Student clubs like Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), Puente Club, and the faculty-staff organization Chicano Latino Education Association (CLEA), contribute to supporting Latino student success by providing student scholarships, and encouraging leadership development.

Chabot also provides programs and services to help students transition, enroll, and stay in college, including an Early Decision program, Financial Aid Fairs, Transfer and Employment Center Services, and learning support such as tutoring and skills labs.
Chabot is also working with students in middle schools and high schools to help create a college-going culture from an early age. The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program in Hayward and GEAR UP Program in San Leandro start in the middle school by increasing knowledge about college. As the students enter high school, the program provides extra support with making sure that students are enrolled in appropriate courses to ensure college readiness and educational success. By senior year, students in the programs are surrounded by a college-going culture and are supported with the application process to Chabot as well as other higher educational institutions.

Latino students and their families are invited to attend the 6th Annual PREPA Conference at Chabot on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The conference program includes workshops on General Education, Transfer Requirements, Financial Aid, Majors and Careers, Study Skills, Academic Motivation, and a panel of students who will share their college experiences and advice. The conference is sponsored by Chabot College, Puente Project and CLEA. For more information, please email Ramon Parada at or Sandra Genera at


Chabot College Presents Community Job Fair

Who: Chabot College Employment and Career Services Center

What: Spring Job Fair
Where: Chabot College Gymnasium, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward
When: Tuesday, April 14 - 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Details: Several employers; On-the-spot interviews; and Resume assistance
Contact: Terrance Thompson at (510) 723-7458 or Stefanie Montouth at (510) 723-7680

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Chabot College Student Film to Be Screened at California Independent Film Festival

(Hayward, CA) - The Written Works, a film produced by Chabot College students and faculty, will be screened at the 11th Annual California Independent Film Festival in Livermore on Friday, April 17th at 10 a.m. at The Vine Cinemas, in downtown Livermore.

The Written Works traces the discoveries-and self-discovery-of a student who has been assigned to write a 15-page research paper. The movie explores the complexity of interaction between students and their writing, and the different institutions in which students do this work. Culled from over 200 hours of interviews, and two years in the making, The Written Works is the companion piece to the Chabot College student film company 778 Films’ well-received Reading Between the Lives.

Three years ago, 778 Films was created by Chabot College students and faculty members. Supported by a grant from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Chabot College instructors Sean McFarland and Tom deWit began shooting video documentation of issues around student learning on the College.

Four Chabot College students were hired to help with the work. McFarland and deWit assumed the four student workers would not offer much more than simple support for the grant. But the student workers very quickly began to offer insights about education from the point of view of students-insights that were news to the instructors. The student workers also insisted that Chabot students be interviewed so that their points of view about education-their own education-could be accounted for. Following this formula-students asking and answering questions-778 Films was born.

The 778 Films team has completed six full-length documentaries over the last three years. The movies have played a central role in professional development as well as contributing to culture change at Chabot College. By request, thousands of copies of the movies are being distributed across the state and nation, and the movies’ impact is spreading.

The Written Works came to the attention of the California Independent Film Festival’s Educational Outreach coordinator, Dave Dibiase who arranged a meeting with McFarland, deWit and the students. He
learned that Chabot had been awarded a second grant. Under this new two-year initiative, the 778 Films team is training student/faculty film teams at 18 California community colleges to do similar work.

The public is encouraged to attend the screening and view the student work that has captured the attention, not only of the California Independent Film Festival, but of higher education faculty, staff and students across the country.

For tickets or information, go to the California Independent Film Festival website at


"A Literary Gathering" Brings Together Bay Area Writers and Readers

(Hayward, CA) - Mysteries, paranormal romance, historical novels, a chilling memoir, and exciting journalism adventures will all be included in a “Literary Gathering for Readers & Writers” to be held on Saturday, March 28, from noon to 4 p.m. as part of Chabot College’s Community Education Program.

This unique event pairs successful Bay Area authors with avid readers and aspiring writers who will be inspired by this group of successful writers during an informal brown-bag lunch get-together. The panel will speak on such topics as how they formulate ideas, develop characters, plot stories, report on local and international news, and find agents, and they will answer all questions. Over coffee and dessert, participants can meet the authors and get to know others who may have the same literary interests as they do.

Panelists include Barbara Bentley (“A Dance with the Devil”), Margaret Lucke (“House of Whispers”), Patrick May (San Jose Mercury News), Camille Minichino (“Murder in Miniature”), and Ann Parker (“Iron Ties”). For more information about the speakers and their works, go to

To register or for more information, go to or call
(510) 723-6665. The class will be held in Building 800, Room 804 on the Chabot College Campus, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. The cost of $39 includes coffee and dessert.

The Chabot College Community Education Program offers more than 100 not-for-credit classes throughout the year to community members of all ages to support lifelong learning.


Chabot College Students Continue Afghanistan Discussion
Speaker to provide local Afghanistan perspective

(Hayward, CA) - The Associated Students of Chabot College (ASCC) and the Chabot College Students for Social Justice will continue the examination and discussion of the events in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, March 17 the public is invited to view a video and take part in a discussion about the situation in Afghanistan. The event will take place in Room 311 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

On Thursday, March 19 Ms. Zakia Arsala, a candidate to the Afghan Parliament in 2005, will present and insider’s view of Afghanistan and how the events are impacting the country. She will speak in room 107 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Ms. Arsala, from the province of Nangrahar, was not elected to the Parliament, but vowed to carry out her campaign promises to the best of her ability. One of those goals was to ensure the education of children residing in the countryside. She has recently returned from Afghanistan, yet remains involved in the building of schools in the rural areas of Nangrahar.

All events will take place at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. They are free and the public is welcome to attend.

The events are co-funded and sponsored by the Associated Students of Chabot College, the Students for Social Justice, and the Social Science Forum.

For more information, please contact Mr. Kip Waldo at (510) 723-6980.


Job Search Workshop at Chabot College

Who: Chabot College - Transfer, Employment and Career Services Center

What: Job Search Workshop for Community Members

Where: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward, Room 146

When: Monday, March 16th - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Why: As a response to community needs in this difficult economy, Chabot College is offering a Job Search Workshop to assist community members in their search for employment in the East Bay.

Contact: Matthew Kirtscher, Dean of Counseling at (510) 723-6717.


Chabot College Students Present Discussion on Afghanistan and the U.S. Today

(Hayward, CA) - On Thursday, March 12 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. the Chabot College Students of Social Justice will hold a panel discussion about the United States involvement in Afghanistan and proposed policies by the current Administration.

The discussion panelists include Khushal Arsala, a former Afghanistan diplomat to England and current Chabot College student. Arsala recently co-authored an article titled, “The U.S. and Afghan Tragedy” with Stephen Zunes, professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco.

Joining Arsala will be Robert Johnson, a U.S. veteran of the Iraq and Afghan wars. He will provide his perspective on the war and the proposed policy of sending an additional 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan.

The public is invited to the discussion which will be held in Room 311 at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

For more information, please contact Mr. Kip Waldo at (510) 723-6980.


Chabot College Theater Arts Student Advances in Western U.S. Competition

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College Theater Arts student Joiandrea Robinson is one of just 25 students to advance to the semi-finals of the Irene Ryan acting competition in Fullerton, California last week at the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival. More than 350 individuals competed in the preliminary rounds. “We are so proud of Joiandrea,” said Rachel LePell, Chabot College Theater Arts instructor. “Festival participants are often graduate students or upper division students at four-year colleges or universities, who have had extensive acting training.”

Joiandrea Robinson worked with Theater Arts veteran Jim Lockett, and they performed a scene from August Wilson’s Fences for the first round of the competition. According to Ms. LePell, Ms. Robinson is relatively new to acting, having performed in her first Chabot production just last summer. “She appears to have not only natural talent and passion, but she is serious, studious and disciplined,” said Ms. LePell. Ms. Robinson is currently portraying Isabella in Measure for Measure, which is the primary role for a woman in that show.

The Chabot College Theater Arts program had a record number of students participate in the Festival this year, which is the only competition/conference available to theater students in higher education. Theater artists from Utah, Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam, all gather to compete and to share their theatrical endeavors.

Thirty students from Chabot attended the conference. Competing actors included: Willie Romano-Pugh, Youssef Riahi, Angelica Juarez, Vince Gabrielson, and Kevin Palafox.

Theater Arts department faculty members, Rachel LePell, Dov Hassan, and Linda Amayo also attended the conference serving as support to the students, and coordinating the week-long trip.

Chabot College’s Theater Program presents East Bay Cinderella in March, Emerging Work in April, and Measure for Measure and Measureworks in May.

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Chabot College Instructor Receives Statewide Award

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College Physics and Astronomy Instructor Tim Dave has been named Faculty Member of the Year by the Faculty Association of the California Community Colleges (FACCC).

The award is bestowed upon a full time faculty member chosen from the California Community Colleges, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and shown dedication to community college faculty while promoting the mission and values of FACCC.

Mr. Dave joins an impressive group of Chabot College faculty members who have received this award. They are:

During his tenure at Chabot, Mr. Dave has served FACCC as a board member and workshop coordinator, and has represented both full and part-time faculty. He has served on several committees and was previously named Part-Time Faculty Member of the Year.


Chabot College Children’s Center Presents International Arts Performance Recital to Serve as Fundraiser for Children's Center

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Children’s Center will present an International Arts Performance recital on Wednesday, March 25th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the College’s Performing Arts Center, Building 1300.

This event is a “cultural journey” around the world representing through dance and music various cultures such as Greek, Afghan, English Morris, Indian, Korean, Latino, Hawaiian, Chinese, Native American, Japanese and American.

Our talented Chabot singers will be there on that evening:

The public is invited to attend the recital. Advanced tickets are: $7 Adult, $5 Child (3-12 Years). Tickets at the door are: $10 Adults, $7 Child. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact Vicky Tsakoyias-Mendes at (510) 723-7534 or by e-mail at Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chabot College Children's Center.


Chabot College Hosts Sixth Annual Financial Aid Festival on Saturday, February 21 for Students and Parents
Individual Workshops on Financial Aid Scheduled

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will help demystify the financial aid process for interested students and parents during their sixth annual “Cash for College” Financial Aid Festival slated for Saturday, February 21, 2009. This informative event is co-sponsored by Chabot College, California Student Aid Commission and the East Bay California Cash for College Coalition. The Financial Aid Festival will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Chabot College Cafeteria, Building 2300 at Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and assist families in completing the 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, the base application for all federal and state financial aid). Multi-lingual assistance will be available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

The event will feature refreshments, door prizes, free tax preparation help and two $1,000 scholarships for one lucky high school senior and one Chabot student. Students must complete and submit the FAFSA form to qualify for an entry to the scholarship drawings and be enrolled for Fall 2009.

The goal is to ensure that students meet the March 2, 2009 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. Students and parents are advised to create a dedicated email account just for college and financial aid; memorize their social security number; both sign up for a PIN number to complete and sign the FAFSA on the web at and complete 2008 federal income taxes early, before the Festival. To locate a FREE Tax Preparation Center in your neighborhood for eligible low-income tax filers, call (800) 358-8832 or visit

Financial aid can help students 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. This community event is open to high school or college students, regardless of where they will attend college.

To complete the FAFSA form, students should bring the following information for student, spouse and/or parents:

•2008 W-2 and Federal Income Tax forms (IRS 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ)
•2008 untaxed income (such as social security, unemployment, or welfare benefits)
•Driver's License or state ID
•Social Security card
•Spouse or parents' Social Security numbers and dates of birth
•Permanent Resident Card number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

For additional information and to pre-register for the Festival, please contact the Chabot College Financial Aid Office at (510) 723-6748 or visit


Leonardo da Vinci Highlights Chabot’s Spring Community Education Program

(Hayward, CA) - After being gone nearly 500 years, Leonardo da Vinci will return to join Chabot College’s Community Education Program on Friday, February 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to regal visitors with his scientific and artistic genius. Well, not the real Leonardo - but a pretty close match. In full costume and character, instructor Jim Wiltens, a self-described “human-profiler,” will lead an interactive and entertaining part-theater, part-lecture evening, highlighting the program’s spring semester.

Though Leonardo is a hard act to follow, the program spring line-up continues offering more exciting non-credit courses throughout the spring with nearly 100 classes for adults, teens and children. You can learn to manage your money (“Spend Smart, Live Rich,” “Retirement Planning”); start a career (“Be An Event Planner,” “Be a Voice Actor”); have fun (“Country-Western Dancing,” “Make Your Own Wine,”); become more literate (“Join a Literary Gathering,” “Learn Japanese”); be artistic (“Chinese Brush Painting,” “Pastels for Beginners”); or be adventurous (“San Francisco Walking Tours,” “Photo Field Trip”). Teens can prepare for the all-important SAT and learn about College Admissions, and kids can learn to act, bake, play the guitar, or practice self defense.

“We have something for everyone,” says Susan May, director of the Community Education Program. “And with the economy in mind, we’ve kept our prices low and offered classes on ways to save and make money.”

To find more details on all classes and to register, go to or call Judy at (510) 723-6665.

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