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Chabot College Press Releases - 2007


Board Names New Chabot College President

Dr. Celia Barberena(Hayward, CA) - At it’s meeting last night the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Dr. Celia Barberena as President of Chabot College, in Hayward, CA.
Dr. Barberena becomes the first female president of the 46-year-old community college in Hayward. For the past 11 years she has served as the Vice President for Student Services at Hartnell College in Salinas where she was responsible for all student services including admissions and financial aid. She was also responsible for facility development, helping to implement the facilities plan put into effect by the passage of a general obligation bond in 2001.
“Dr. Barberena has a wealth of experience in the California Community College system. She is passionate about our mission and the students we serve. Her stellar career has led her to Chabot where she will bring strong leadership skills and a fresh perspective to all that we do. I truly believe she will become a shining star in our district and among her colleagues on a state and national level,” said Dr. Joel Kinnamon, District Chancellor.
While at Hartnell College, Dr. Barberena developed several multi-million dollar grants in partnership with area schools to create a “college going culture” at an early age and improve the academic preparation of under-represented students.
She also led a team in the creation of Hartnell’s non-credit high school equivalency program and provided leadership and advocacy on the expansion of bilingual instruction and services to reach a greater number of students in the district. She also chaired a group which established a Child Development Center at a remote campus site.
She has been active in her community, developing and strengthening college partnerships with high schools, governmental agencies and organizations, social service organizations and business and industry.
Prior to her service at Hartnell, she spent five years at Modesto Junior College where she served as the Dean of Special Programs, serving more than 2,000 students enrolled in basic skills, vocational and transfer programs. She also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching Spanish, and lecturing on social and economic conditions in Latin America.
Dr. Barberena received both her Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision, and her Master of Arts degree in Spanish Literature, from Bowling Green State University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology from Findlay College in Ohio.
Dr. Barberena is expected to begin her tenure at Chabot College on January 14, 2008 pending the final settlement of her employment contract.


Chabot College Radio Station KCRH 89.9 FM Launches New Car Donation Program
Vehicles are the New Vehicle for Fundraising - Donate by December 31 to Reap Tax Benefits in 2007

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College radio station KCRH 89.9 FM in Hayward is currently accepting donations of used vehicles. Members of the community who are interested in donating a vehicle will be helping to keep KCRH on the air, serving Chabot College students and providing information and entertainment to the surrounding East Bay community.
Donors will receive a tax receipt for their donation and IRS form 1098 B in this easy and convenient way of giving. The new tax law allows donors to list the value for which the vehicle sold as a tax deduction. Vehicles including cars, trucks, SUV’s, motorcycles, snow-mobiles, jet skis, and boats will be accepted, although some restrictions apply.
The program offers free same day and weekend pick ups, and cars do not have to have a smog certificate or be running in most cases. The tow truck driver will provide donors with all the required DMV forms. To schedule a vehicle pick up, or to learn more information about the program, please call (877) 411-3662.


Chabot College Drama Department Holds Auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof” on December 11
All Roles Are Open - Community Invited to Audition as Singers and Actors for Local Production

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward will hold auditions for the upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof” on Tuesday, December 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Little Theater on campus. Actors and singers of all ages and ethnicities are invited to audition, and should be prepared to sing. The auditions are a drop-in format and no appointments are necessary.
“Fiddler on the Roof” opened on Broadway in 1964 and was the first musical to surpass the 3,000 performance mark. It was also the longest-running Broadway musical for nearly a decade, won nine Tony Awards, and led to a successful film adaptation and four Broadway revivals.
“Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at Chabot College in April of 2008, under the direction of Rachel LePell. For more information about the upcoming audition, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.


Chabot College Theater Arts Presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” December 13-16

(Hayward, CA) - Bay Area audiences are in for a special treat this season as the Chabot College Theater Arts department presents an adventurous spin on the classic tale of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas. Performances are scheduled at 8:00 p.m. on December 13, 14, and 15, and at 2:00 p.m. on December 16.
“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” was published in 1955 as a sketch about the holiday season that was originally written for radio. Thomas recreates the experience of Christmas from the nostalgic perspective of a child who recalls that everything was brighter and better. The play is directed by award-winning Bay Area theater artist Joel Mullennix of San Francisco’s Word for Word Performing Arts Company.
“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” will be performed at the Chabot College Little Theater. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door. For more information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.
The Chabot College Theater Arts program provides knowledge, training, and practical experience in all aspects of theater arts. The curriculum offers the essential lower-division courses necessary for transfer to similar programs at four-year institutions, as well as assisting students towards employment in professional, academic and Community Theater.


Latin Jazz Sensation Poncho Sanchez Performs at Chabot College on December 7
Grammy Award Winner to Appear at Chabot Performing Arts Center in Hayward

(Hayward, CA) - The sizzling sounds of Poncho Sanchez come to the Chabot College Performing Arts Center in Hayward on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. Recognized as one of the premiere Latin ensembles of our time, Sanchez mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms with bebop to create his own style of music, inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria.
Sanchez grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he was exposed to a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music. He honed his skills as a percussionist and joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader’s popular Latin jazz ensemble in 1975, and continued that relationship until Tjader’s untimely death in 1982. Since that time, he has produced two dozen recordings, and received a Grammy award and several Grammy nominations. His most recent album, Do It!, features two tracks with the entire nine-member Tower of Power, the iconic funk group of the 1970’s. Also contributing to the album is legendary South African musician, Hugh Masekala.
The Chabot College Jazz Orchestra will open the December 7 show at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center, located on campus at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward. The group performs under the direction of Jon Palacio, Director for Jazz Studies at Chabot College, and a former alumnus of both the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and may be purchased by calling (510) 723-7233 or by visiting


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 on November 27, 28, 29, 30 and all three new plays will be performed on December 1.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and 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 student original plays including:

Good-bye Andy Brown, by Sein Khanakha
This dark comedy, directed by Janelle Aguirre, looks at one boy’s struggle to free himself from the chains that bind him. Run dates: November 28, 30 and December 1

To Say the Least, by Claire Onyett
This play, directed by Rachel Lepell, offers a complex and often humorous look at grief, connection, and loss. Run dates: November 27, 29 and December 1

Here’s Himmler, by Frank C. Chavez
This is an outrageous send-off of a fictional meeting between Himmler of the Third Reich, and George W. Bush. Run dates: November 28, 30 and December 1

Emerging Work is dedicated to the development of new plays at Chabot. Now in its eleventh 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 program joins 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 Foundation Presents “Chabot Goes USO at the Starlight Club”
Benefit Event Features Music, Dance, and Food on November 17

(Hayward, CA) -On Saturday, November 17, the Chabot College Foundation will recreate the feel of a 1940’s USO dance for a special benefit event filled with music, dancing, food and memories. From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. that evening, the Officers’ Club in Alameda will be transformed into “Chabot Goes USO at the Starlight Club”.
Guests will swing and sway to the rhythm of the Chabot College Big Band and the popular hits of the era with special guest vocalist Kristin Korb. The national United Service Organization (USO) dates back to 1941 and is a private, non-profit organization with the mission of supporting the troops by providing morale, welfare, and recreation-type services to those in uniform.
Participants are invited to go back in time by dressing in period evening attire from the 40’s (black tie optional), and put on their dancing shoes! For those who are rusty on their steps, members of the Linden Street Dance Studio will present displays of ballroom dance and offer individual and group instruction.
“This event is the perfect fun kick-off to the holiday season, and a great way for participants to help support the academic and enrichment programs offered at Chabot College,” says Chabot College Foundation Board Member and event Co-Chair, George Famous.
Guests will dine throughout the evening on a tantalizing selection of gourmet hors d’oeurves and desserts created by Horatio’s of San Leandro and a hosted wine and beer bar. A silent auction extravaganza will round out this elegant event, with the proceeds benefiting Chabot College programs. A special addition to the auction is a wide array of items and services donated by Chabot students, faculty and staff, such as dental service and tooth care products from the dental hygiene department and a theater improvisation for a private party from the theater department.
The event will also pay special tribute to Dr. Robert Carlson, the President of Chabot College, who is retiring after dedicating 38 years of his life to higher education. Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Trustees, Senator Ellen Corbett, Assemblymember Mary Hayashi and Mayor Michael Sweeney will participate in the program. Dr. Carlson will be presented with the Chabot College Foundation Gladiator Award for extraordinary support of Chabot College and for making our community a better place to live. The award is a commissioned bronze piece of art created by Chabot Art Instructor Clayton Thiel. Previous awardees include Dr. Harry and Isobel Dvorsky, Anthony Batarse, former Chabot President Reed Buffington, Richard Valle and Paul Russo.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for passed appetizers and silent auction table viewing. A buffet dinner and live entertainment will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and may be obtained by calling (510) 723-6936 or visiting Advance reservations are required. The event is sponsored by California Bank & Trust, Comcast Cable, Horatio’s, Northern California Carpenters’ Union, Power Presentations, and Tom & Joy Guarino. The Albert DeWitt Officers’ Club is located at 641 West Redline Avenue in Alameda.
The Chabot College Foundation provides donors with an opportunity to contribute to the college with tax-deductible gifts that can be used for student support, including scholarships, staff development and technology upgrades. Foundation funds are also used to improve and increase the school’s performing arts and other college programs and services.

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Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program Hosts Information Day on Saturday, November 3
Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant are #1 and #2 Fastest Growing Jobs in California

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Department of Dental Hygiene is hosting a Public Information Day to introduce its popular Dental Hygiene program on Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. in the Chabot College Little Theater, Room 1250.
This free event will feature a presentation by Chabot faculty and students that includes program information, enrollment requirements, and information about the dental hygiene profession. In addition, a panel 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 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 $20,000 to $30,000 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 6:1 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 surrounding 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 Performing Arts Center Moves into Fall Season with New High-Tech Orchestra Shell
First Student Recital Slated for October 10 with Chabot Fall Jazz Orchestra Concert

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Performing Arts Center kicks off the Fall 2007 season with a new orchestra shell, funded by the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Measure B Program. The bond measure was passed in March 2004 and will provide nearly $498 million in improvements to the campuses of Chabot College in Hayward and Las Positas College in Livermore over the next four years.
“The passage of Measure B sent a clear message that the East Bay public places a high value on its community colleges and wants improved facilities for student and community use,” said Chabot President Dr. Robert Carlson. “The acoustical improvements to the Chabot Performing Arts Center are a clear example of how the funds are used to benefit both the college and the community,” he added.
Each of the two new ceiling “clouds” produced by the Wenger Corporation weighs over 2,000 pounds and required a significant amount of rigging work over the stage of the Center, which also has the distinction of being the largest indoor performing arts venue in the East Bay. A structural engineer was brought in to verify the load bearing capacity of the existing steel grid work that hangs sixty feet over the stage. The acoustical ceiling is designed to work in tandem with special wall panels placed around the performing area during music performances. This acoustical enclosure reflects accurate sound back to the audience. Because no two auditoriums are alike, the company customizes all ceiling cloud treatments for each installation.


Chabot College Hosts Umoja 2007 Conference
Program Focus is Success for African-American Students in California Community Colleges

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Daraja Project will play host to the Umoja 2007 Conference: “Stepping Up Success for All African-American Students in California Community Colleges” on Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2007. The Steering Committee for the program represents 23 California community colleges and has organized a dynamic program of keynote speakers and workshops.
Umoja, a community of educators and learners, has been organizing and working for nearly a year on a model statewide program focused on the retention and success of African American students. The goal of the Conference is to share the comprehensive core program and resources that have been developed, and to gather feedback and insight from attendees.
The California Community College system is the largest higher education system in the world with more than 2.5 million students at 110 different campuses. African-American students make up about 8 percent of the total enrollments at California community colleges. A study by the Public Policy Institute of California found that less than half of these students complete more than one year of community college work. Only 6 percent of students persist to earn a two-year associate’s degree and about 15 percent transfer to a four-year college. The study found that for recent African American high school graduates who entered a community college, only 19 percent will transfer to a four-year college.
The Daraja project was founded in 1988 at Chabot College to design, fund, and implement a transfer program open to all students interested in African-American literature and culture, with special focus on increasing the retention and transfer rate of African-American students.

WHO: College educators, students, administrators. Keynote speakers include Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Associate Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department at San Francisco State University, Dr. Lawson Bush, V, Professor and Director of the CSULA/UCI Joint Ed.D. Program in Urban Educational Leadership and author of “Can Black Mothers Raise Our Sons?”, and others.
WHAT: Umoja 2007 Conference: Stepping Up Success for All African-American students in California Community CollegesWHERE: Chabot College, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward
Please visit to download a copy of the Conference Program, which lists specific locations of presentations and workshops
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2007 and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2007


Double Take: The Historic Hayward Area Re-photographed, 1880 - 2007
“History always seems to have happened so far away. But what happened right here in Hayward?” - Milena Penaranda, student, Chabot Art Gallery Program

(Hayward, CA) - As Chabot College undergoes a major reconstruction of its forty year old campus, the Chabot Art Gallery will feature an exhibit of “before and after” photographs documenting a century’s worth of physical changes to the Hayward area at large. This special show was realized through the collaborative efforts of three Hayward-based organizations: the Hayward Area Historical Society, which provided vintage photographs of scenes in Hayward, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo; the Photo Phantom photography club, whose members re-photographed and re-interpreted those vintage shots; and the students of the Chabot Art Gallery Program, who curated the exhibit under the supervision of their instructor, art historian Kevin Muller.
In what ways has the Hayward area changed over the last hundred years? In what ways has it remained the same? “Double Take” reveals the physical transformation of our region over time, in photographs both old and new. Vintage photographs from the Hayward Area Historical Society were given to the members of Photo Phantom with instructions that each photographer go in search of the site depicted. He or she was then to re-shoot the exact same scene, capturing it as it looks in the present day. Thus buildings, street corners, hill views and bay vistas, originally photographed decades ago, were “re-photographed” today. When hung side by side, these images allow us to see in an instant the changes to our area that were wrought over decades.
To add a note of artistic interpretation to the project, the photographers made a final image, inspired by the location but now entirely the product of their own creative impulse, fully expressive of their inner vision. The end result of each effort is a triptych of photographic images, all three focused on a single subject, but all three revealing that subject through time, through different sets of eyes, and through methods both documentary and artistic.
Photographer Jon Bischofberger, who was given an old photograph of the saltworks site near Highway 92 to re-photograph, explained his process to Zee Safi, a Chabot College student and Art Gallery Apprentice.
Bischofberger told her that “finding the exact location proved much harder than I expected. Many of the markers in the original photograph were no longer there.” Using his vintage photograph almost like a map, he said he “allowed the original photo to guide me through the process, showing me where to stand, how much sky to include, where to place the building in the viewfinder’s frame, whether to weight it more to the left or to the right.” His re-photograph shows a dilapidated ruin, which makes an interesting contrast to the thriving, productive salt mill of the original photograph taken in the first or second decade of the last century. In Bischofberger’s artistic interpretation, titled Splintered, broken bits of the saltworks lie amidst dark tidal pools, a reminder that nature often outlives our human efforts.
For gallery students, each series of photographs prompted research into local history. Bischofberger’s saltworks images, for example, were the students’ first introduction to Hayward’s involvement in the salt industry. Art Gallery Apprentice Raquel Iglesias learned that “salt gathering has been practiced in the Bay Area since the days of the native Ohlone, and later by the workforce of the Mission San Jose. Their efforts inspired former sea captain John Johnson to create the first commercial solar salt harvest from the east bay in 1854.” Iglesias is currently writing a label on the saltworks to accompany Bischofberger’s photographs.
Student Jose Ferreira commented that seeing the new next to the old teaches us interesting lessons. “Even though many things have changed in Hayward since the 1900s, some things still remain the same. The entrepreneurial spirit of the past can be seen in the storefronts of today. The cultural diversity that Hayward has today dates back to our very beginning, from the Native Americans who gathered acorns in our hills, to the Spanish who worked the land as part of Mission San Jose, to the Mexicans who operated Rancho San Lorenzo, to the Portugese, who ran the Azores Hotel in downtown Hayward.” Asked why he thinks the exhibit will be a success, Ferreira says, “This show isn’t just a simple here and now but a deeper look into our past and our future in this city.”
Everyone is welcome to join us for a FREE opening night reception on Thursday, October 18th, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., in the Chabot Art Gallery (Room 1002 on the Chabot campus). Please join us for refreshments and the opportunity meet the student curators and talk with the photographers. The exhibit will run from October 18th through December 11th. The Chabot Art Gallery is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:00 p.m., and in the evenings on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Campus parking is $2.00. For a map of campus go to Admission to the Chabot Art Gallery is always FREE. The gallery is wheelchair accessible. Call (510) 723-6838 for more information.

Please Note: The Chabot Art Gallery is open during the campus remodel. Please excuse the temporary “construction zone” look of the campus, and follow the Art Gallery signs to find your way to Room 1002.


Chabot College Homecoming Harvest Festival Slated For October 20 with Daylong Festivities
Family Event Has Appeal for All Ages

(Hayward, CA) - Alumni and the public are invited to celebrate the Chabot College Homecoming Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 20 at the Chabot College athletic field, adjacent to the football stadium. The event is sponsored by the Chabot College Foundation and admission and parking are free.
The Homecoming Harvest Festival runs from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and includes activities for the entire family, including a pumpkin patch, arts, crafts and games for children, line dance lessons, a country craft fair featuring community artisans and handmade jewelry, a farmer’s market, ceramics and pottery, scrap booking, and much more. A food court will offer a variety of treats from kettle corn to hot dogs and the college’s Automotive Technology program will present a display of classic cars. Football fans can join in the spirit of the season when the Chabot College Gladiators team takes on the West Valley College Vikings at 5:00 p.m. at the football stadium.
Special guests at the Homecoming Harvest Festival will include two Chabot College alumni: Sylvia Chacon, a radio personality on Star 101 will kick off the Alumni Association’s Homecoming membership drive by becoming a member herself. Joining her will be Chabot alumna Tracie Stafford, who was crowned the 2007 Mrs. California in April and became the first African American to win the Mrs. California, United States pageant.
Also on hand will be historian and local author Doris Marciel, who penned San Lorenzo Images of America. She’ll be signing copies of her new book, which spans the history of San Lorenzo since its inception in 1847, when squatters built cabins on what was then part of two Mexican ranchos.


Chabot College Students Score 100% Pass Rate on State Exams For Second Year in a Row
Huge Demand for Nurses Leads to High Enrollment in Popular Program

(Hayward, CA) - For the second year running, the Chabot College Nursing Program reports that all of the May 2007 graduates passed the state licensing examination administered by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The latest report on the 2007 graduating class indicates that all 44 who took the National Licensing Exam passed and are now Registered Nurses.
“We congratulate our students and faculty with the success demonstrated on the state exams. For the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor has identified registered nursing as the top occupation in terms of job growth through the year 2012. In view of that, we anticipate that there will be many career opportunities available to our graduates,” said Nancy Cowan, Coordinator of the Chabot College Nursing Program.
The Chabot College Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. The program offers Licensed Vocational Nurses admission into the second year of the major as well as other advanced standing applications. All advanced standing applicants are admitted on a space available basis.
Upon satisfactory completion of the major, students are eligible for the Registered Nurse License Examination. The program prepares graduates who can contribute to the advancement of nursing science and influence changes in a variety of settings within the health care system.

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Legendary San Francisco Mime Troupe Visits Chabot College Performing Arts Center on September 26
Free Performance of “Making a Killing” Unveils Troupe’s Signature Brand of Political Comedy on East Bay Audiences

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward and Students for Social Justice are pleased to present the
San Francisco Mime Troupe on Wednesday, September 26 at the Chabot Performing Arts Center on campus.
The show will be the troupe’s LAST Bay Area performance of the season. It is FREE to the public, begins at
6:30 p.m. with music by the Troupe band, followed by the show “Making a Killing” at 7:00 p.m. Donations are
encouraged. For more information, please call (510) 723-6980.
The troupe’s 2007 musical comedy, “Making a Killing”, follows the hysterical antics of two military newspaper reporters assigned to write a “puff piece” on construction of an American-funded hospital in Iraq. Written by Michael Gene Sullivan and Jon Brooks, Ellen Callas directed the show, with music and lyrics by Pat Moran. “Making a Killing is Sullivan’s follow-up to his hit adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984”, directed by Tim Robbins.
Rather than the pantomime that might be expected of a ‘mime’ troupe, the San Francisco Mime Troupe delivers mime in the ancient sense: to mimic! This group of satirists strives to get a laugh from the audience over the absurdities of contemporary life and the burning issues of our time.


Chabot College Academic/Faculty Senate Names Diane Zuliani 2007 President

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Academic/Faculty Senate has appointed Diane Zuliani as President of the panel, which recommends curriculum, degree and grading policies for the Hayward campus. The Senate is also involved in college accreditation processes such as the self-study and annual reports, and collaborates on issues of educational program development, student standards and policies, and much more.
Now entering her eighth year as a full-time instructor at Chabot, Zuliani joined the college Faculty Senate in 2006. She has academic degrees in art history and museum studies as well as a decade of museum experience, including six as an educator at the J. Paul Getty Museum and two as an independent researcher at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.
“The Chabot faculty is a powerhouse of intelligence, experience, and commitment,” says Zuliani, “and it is a great honor to represent them.”
In 2005 Zuliani created the Chabot Art Gallery, a large, bright exhibition space for the display of artwork by Chabot students and faculty, as well as artists from the Bay Area and beyond. The Chabot Art Gallery is unique among college galleries because it serves as a learning laboratory where students can practice, in an entirely hands-on way and in a real art gallery environment, the skills used by museum and gallery professionals. With their gallery experience in hand, Zuliani’s students have gone on to serve internships in a variety of Bay Area organizations, including the Berkeley Art Museum, the Oakland Museums of California, the Hayward Area Historical Society, the Hayward Arts Council, the Sun Gallery, and the San Leandro Art Gallery & History Museum.


Chabot College Dental Hygiene Department Students Pass National Board Exams
Chabot Students Rank 5th in the Nation on Rigorous Exam as They Prepare to Enter One of the Fastest Growing Occupations in California

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Dental Hygiene Department reports that the 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%.
Passage of the test is mandatory for all U.S. dental hygiene students prior to graduating from an accredited dental hygiene program. It is taken by students representing vocational programs, community colleges, state colleges and universities. The rigorous test takes a full day and includes more than 350 questions covering all the material taught in the dental hygiene curriculum. In addition, the exam tests students on 10-15 patient cases to ensure that they can provide the appropriate care for a wide range of symptoms.
"The faculty of the Dental Hygiene Department is extremely proud of its second-year students, who are now waiting for the results of the State Clinical Board exams taken in July," says Program Director JoAnn Galliano MEd., RDH. Students must pass both exams to obtain licensure as a registered dental hygienist.
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 (2002-2012) anticipating a 43% increase. The job market for dental hygienists is expected to grow through 2012 with increased emphasis on disease prevention.
The two-year dental hygiene program at Chabot College is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the council on Post-secondary Accreditation and by the United States Department of Education. Through this special admission program, students are exposed to primary health care, clinical practice, research, educational theory, adult learning concepts and communication. A comparable program at proprietary schools and universities offering a four-year degree can cost $30,000 to $60,000 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 6:1 student to faculty ratio and lots of individual support from instructors. Students work in a fully operative dental clinic where they treat patients. The program regularly invites members of the surrounding community to visit the clinic for cleanings and other procedures offered for a nominal fee. For more information about the dental hygiene program, please call (510) 723-6900.


Chabot College Wind Symphony Secures Premier Engagement To Perform For State Music Educators
Spring Concert Scheduled in Sacramento at California Association for Music Education Conference

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Wind Symphony has been invited to perform a concert on March 13, 2008 at the Sacramento Convention Center before the California Association for Music Education (CMEA) at its annual state conference. Many two and four-year colleges apply to perform at this prestigious event but just two were selected - Chabot College in Hayward and California State University, Long Beach.
“Being selected as one of just two groups to perform at this event is a monumental honor for any college band, but the honor is even greater when you consider that this program has only been in existence for a few years,” said Timothy Harris, the Director of Instrumental Studies at Chabot College.
In just three years, the 40-member Chabot College Wind Symphony has gained notoriety as one of the state’s premier ensembles of its kind and is comprised of the most outstanding musicians in the greater Bay Area. Known for adventurous programming, the group pursues a commitment to performing new and historically significant music for wind band.
CMEA membership is open to all music educators working in public and private schools, colleges and universities in California. The purposes of the association are: to promote access to a sequential music education for all Pre-K through grade 12 students taught by fully qualified music educators; to support and improve existing music programs; to promote quality pre-service and in-service music teacher preparation programs; and, to create a greater awareness of the value of music education through partnerships with other associations and advocacy among state and local agencies.


Chabot College Automotive Program Awarded National Certification

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward is pleased to report that its Automotive Program has been certified by the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF). In achieving the distinctive NATEF certification, the program has met the organization’s evaluation of technician training and adheres to very strict guidelines and standards.
The U.S Department of Labor Statistics estimates the auto industry will need 35,000 new technicians every year through the year 2010. Auto service technicians are in demand in multiple settings, from service station garages to car dealerships, to transportation and government agencies.
“The NATEF designation brings the Chabot College Automotive Program to the same level of superior recognition as the top automotive technical schools in the nation, but at a fraction of the cost,” according to Stephen Small, one of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified instructors in the program.
The comprehensive Automotive Program at Chabot College includes engine repair, transmissions and drive trains, steering and suspension, heating and air conditioning, electrics and electronic systems; fuel and emissions control systems, and engine and vehicle performance. Students can earn certificates of completion in one of five areas, or all five areas, and/or earn an Associate of Science degree in one of the five areas depending on their course of study.
Chabot College also offers a smog technician training course. Students who successfully complete the auto programs offered at Chabot can gain employment as parts sales technicians, service technicians, service advisors, and work up to service managers. Graduates of the program are currently employed at Vic Hubbard’s Auto Supply, Kia of Hayward, and BMW of San Francisco, to name just a few.


Chabot College Offers New Music Technology Classes
Series of Popular Music Production Courses Offered at a Fraction of the Cost of a Technical Music School

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward offers four highly sought classes through its Music Technology program this fall that will appeal to musicians of all genres and those interested in learning about music production and recording software and hardware. The three-unit classes all begin during the week of August 20, 2007, however students will be able to take advantage of late registration for the following two weeks.
The classes are taught by John Wilson, a 17-year veteran of the music industry who has worked on countless major and indie projects as a producer, composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, recording singer, live performer and re-mixer with artists that include Meat Beat, Manifesto (former member), Harmonica Slim, Cake, Bush, and others. Wilson has also composed and produced music for blockbuster, motion picture trailers and advertising campaigns such as Ice Age, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, ESPN, MTV, and others. Wilson received his MFA from The California Institute of the Arts where he studied with electronic synthesis pioneers Morton Subotnick and James Tenney.
“The new Music and Recording Technology program at Chabot is the best value in the Bay Area for anyone interested in learning about sound design, recording engineering, and music production. Enrollment is open to everyone and there are no prerequisites. Unlike most institutions, this is a hands on program. Students starting the program this Fall can be get both a Chabot and Digidesign Certification in 2008,” said Wilson.
Students can choose from Sound Design and Sonic Arts, which teaches the fundamentals of sound design and sonic arts through history, theory and principles of auditory perception, Foley, sound-art, film, advertising, and video games. Meanwhile, Music Recording and Technology I introduces students to the music industry and sound engineering with the basics of sound, acoustics, MIDI and electronic musical instruments.
Those interested in continuing their music technology education can enroll in Music Recording Technology II, which covers advanced study of sound, acoustics, use of microphones and audio hardware, and multi-track recording and editing. Finally, Introduction to Pro Tools exposes students to Digidesign’s Pro Tools M-Powered, LE or HD systems so they can learn to build sessions that include multi-track recording of live instruments, MIDI sequences, software synthesizers and samplers, and audio looping with REX files.
For more information, please call John Wilson at (510) 723-6856, or email

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Chabot College President Announces Retirement

(Hayward, CA) - At the District’s annual fall gathering yesterday, Chabot College President Robert Carlson announced his retirement effective August 2008.
Carlson, the 11th president of the 46-year old community college in Hayward, has led Chabot for the past six years, with a total of 38 years as an educator.
He is credited with creating an open governance process inviting all Chabot employees to take part in the decision making process. In 2004, he led the College’s campaign for Measure B, a $498 million facilities bond, slightly more than half of which went to Chabot for new buildings and renovations. He worked tirelessly to re-structure the Chabot College Foundation which raised more than $800,000 last year.
“Dr. Carlson saw a jewel in Chabot when he came here six years ago. Under his leadership the college has built upon its reputation as an academic and workforce development leader,” said Chancellor Joel Kinnamon. “Bob’s patient nature and visionary abilities helped guide Chabot through some difficult times. He’s been a strong leader and we will miss him. Fortunately for our district, he has agreed to serve until a new president is selected and then become part of the Chancellor’s Transition Team, assisting with education and planning efforts until his retirement in August.”
Prior to attaining the presidency of Chabot College, Carlson served as the executive director of the University of New Mexico Campus at Gallup, New Mexico.
Before that he spent 12 years in the San Diego Community College District where he served as the district manager of economic development, the dean of instruction at Miramar College, and the dean of the School of Applied Arts and Sciences at San Diego City College.
Carlson received his associate degree from the School of Technical Careers at Southern Illinois University. He received his bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degree in community college and adult education from Southern Illinois University. His doctoral degree is in education and business administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
A nationwide search for a new Chabot College president will begin immediately.


Chabot College Kicks Off Gladiator Welcome Day on Monday, August 13 from 10am-1pm
Event Welcomes New Students to Campus

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward puts out the welcome mat for “Gladiator Welcome Day” on Monday, August 13 to greet the more than 2,000 new students who have registered for the upcoming Fall semester. Faculty, staff and student service programs will be on hand to greet new students with a fun and informative event.
All of the Chabot College Student Service programs, as well as several other Chabot College departments, will staff information booths, providing students with the opportunity to meet and chat with staff, faculty and current Chabot students. This includes representatives from the Dental Hygiene program, the Puente Project, the Daraja Program, the Quest Program for older adults, the Business Department, and Springboard to Transfer, among many others. 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 and parking passes 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.
The event will begin in the Chabot College Gymnasium (Building 2500). For more information, please call (510) 723-6743 or email


Chabot-San Leandro Education Center Opens For Business with Compelling Roster of Fall Classes
Chabot College and San Leandro School District Collaborate on New Education Center for Mt. Eden Area

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot-San Leandro Education Center kicks off its inaugural semester on August 27 with a roster of 15 classes that span the gamut from Humanities and Language Arts, to Math and Business. Students can also choose from Beginning and Intermediate Sign Language, Real Estate Principles, and an English as a Second Language (ESL) course designed to help students function within an academic environment. Class registration will take place during the first week of classes at the center, located at 1448 Williams Street in San Leandro. Fees are just $20 per unit and students may also register online at
Development of the Center has been underway for the past year through the generosity of an $800,000 grant from the Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation, a major philanthropic institution established 30 years ago to provide financial assistance to various endeavors in the East Bay. The gift was made to the Chabot College Foundation.
“As a native of San Leandro and Chabot College alum, I’m very proud to serve on a Foundation that brings higher education courses to my community,” said Foundation Vice-Chair Gordon Galvan.
Approximately $500,000 of the grant went toward the construction of the facility, located next to John Muir School, at a site that is shared with the San Leandro Adult School. The center is open to the public and adult school students are encouraged to take classes, along with high school students in the region who can enroll concurrently.
“The Center offers yet another pathway for students seeking entry-level classes to refine basic skills, pursue a college degree, or begin training for a career,” says Dr. Rosemary Delia, Director of the Chabot-San Leandro Education Center. For more information, please contact Dr. Delia at (510) 723-6755 or email
Under the management of the San Leandro Unified School District, the Center will serve both adult and traditional student populations. Chabot College will provide management and instruction for its future extension campus with adult training and seminars, summer school programs for children, and in-service training programs for the K-12 faculty of the San Leandro School District. These programs will be designed to improve instruction and increase the number of high school seniors transitioning into institutions of higher education.


Chabot College Drama Department Presents Festival of One-Act Plays July 25-29

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward presents a festival of one-act plays that will rotate in performance during the week of Wednesday, July 25 through Sunday, July 29 at the Little Theater on campus. Each performance is just $5 and tickets are available at the door. The playbill includes:

“Life Under Water” by Richard Greenberg
A wistful play about young friendship and coming of age.


“For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” by Christopher Durang
A hilarious satirical version of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie by one of America’s funniest playwrights.

Both plays are performed on July 25 & July 27 at 7:30 p.m. and on July 29 at 1:00 p.m.

“Blind Date” by Horton Foote
A young girl in the south resists the courtship of her gentleman caller.


“Welcome to the Moon and Other Plays” by John Patrick Shanley
A series of funny, touching and lyrical vignettes by one of the leading dramatic American playwrights of the past half century.

Both plays are performed on July 26 & July 28 at 7:30 p.m.; and on July 29 at 1:00 p.m.
The Chabot College Theater Arts Department is unique in Bay Area in its development of new plays, encouraging emerging voices in the American Theater. It has produced dozens of new plays, some with large-scale productions, and some in workshop formats, but always dedicated to the development of new work. The development of new plays as educational tools is often stressed in theater classes across the curriculum.


Chabot College Presents 7th Annual Summer Youth Sports Camp
Program Offers Systemic Approach to Youth Health and Self-Esteem

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward is pleased to present its 7th Annual Summer Youth Sports Program (SYSP) beginning Monday, June 25, through Friday, July 27, 2007. The program is currently recruiting at least 230 participants for the program and at least 80% of the participants must be low-income youth (as defined by federal income guidelines) between the ages of 10 and 16 years old.
The SYSP program was designed to provide positive experiences for youth and boost self-esteem and self-confidence, while also providing every participant with a safe place to grow and learn. The 2007 program, in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro, will provide sports instruction integrated with a vibrant curriculum concerning health issues, nutrition, disease prevention, alcohol and substance awareness, and higher education and career planning.
Included in the program is limited bus transportation to and from the Chabot campus, breakfast, and a snack through the duration of the program, which runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. each Monday through Friday, except during the week of July 2 when the program will observe the 4th of July holiday.
“We are extremely grateful to Kaiser Permanente, California First Bank and Trust, “Team Up for Youth,” Hayward Rotary, and the San Leandro Boys and Girls Club, for their continued support of this important program for youngsters in the region,” says Gerald Shimada, the college’s Dean of Special Program and the SYSP coordinator.
The SYSP program is made possible with the support of a $50,000 grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit program in southern Alameda County. The grant is part of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to building a healthy community through a variety of programs and activities.
Applications for SYSP are currently available in Room 221 of Building 200 on the Chabot College campus.
For more information, please call Victoria Beltran at (510) 723-6917.


Chabot College Unveils New Aquatic Center on Thursday, June 14
Public Invited to Preview New State-of-the Art Community Facility

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will host the Grand Opening of its newly renovated Aquatic Center on Thursday, June 14 at 5:00 p.m., on the deck of the new $1.4 million swimming pool. The public is invited to attend the festivities, which will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, diving and swimming demonstrations by Chabot College students, souvenirs, and light refreshments. In addition, the inaugural swim in the newly renovated pool will be taken by Scott Shoemaker, son of longtime Chabot swim instructor Ross Shoemaker, who died last month.
The renovation marks Chabot’s first major project completed using Measure B funds and features restoration of the Olympic size competition pool, deck, and equipment.
The renovated pool is 12,367 square feet, with a perimeter of 488 feet. It holds 694,273 gallons of water (the equivalent of six million pounds or 3,000 tons) and has a depth range of 4 feet to 13.5 feet. More than 15,690 square feet of plaster went into the new pool, along with 3,330 square feet of tile and 700 feet of drain piping.
The pool opening coincides with the launch of summer swim classes on Monday, June 18, and a full schedule of courses such as aqua aerobics, water exercise, and swimming for all levels, from beginning to advanced. To register, please visit


Chabot College Offers “Literature of the Holocaust” (English 48) Class in Fall 2007

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward offers a unique class entitled "Literature of the Holocaust” in the Fall Semester 2007. Under the direction of instructor Benjamin Hollander, students will hear the astonishing, unique stories of struggle and survival from witnesses to twentieth century holocausts - through their autobiographies, diaries, memoirs, and other kinds of literature. The Class is transferable and good for 3 Humanities units.
This class is open to the public as well as to currently registered students who may take it as Humanities elective, which is transferable to either the University of California or California State University.
The class historically and culturally contextualizes the literature and examines the implications of writing which attempts to represent the Nazi genocide against the Jews. In addition, students apply lessons learned from the Holocaust to more recent genocides in Bosnia and Darfur.
"Yossel Rakover's Appeal to God", Borowski's "This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen", and other selected handouts of fiction, poetry and memoirs are examples of the materials studied in class, as well as Alain Resnais' masterpiece Holocaust documentary film "Night and Fog", Roman Polanski's academy award winning film, "The Pianist" and a number of other films and videos.
“This class is conveniently scheduled during the mid-day to facilitate easy transportation access for extended education students and at the same time offers continuing students an elective option with compelling subject matter,” said Chabot College instructor Ben Hollander.
For more information about "Literature of the Holocaust", please email instructor Ben Hollander at


Chabot College Gladiators Snag All-Sports Award in Coast Conference
College Also Names Athletes of the Year

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward has been awarded the All-Sports Award in the Coast Conference, designating it as the top athletic school in the 17-member Conference. This marks the third consecutive time Chabot has won the award, and the fifth time in six years.
Unlike many community colleges, Chabot College competes in many sports, which is reflected in its 2007 take in conference titles - in golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s swimming and baseball.
Chabot also recognized its Athletes of the Year, naming Ron Waite the Tenney Award Winner as Scholar Athlete of the Year. Waite, who plays baseball for the college, has a 3.94 GPA and has accepted a full scholarship to Portland State University. Chabot’s Male Athlete of the year is Aaron Macklion, a Coast Conference and Northern California champion in the 400-meter hurdles. Swimming and water polo champ Jillian Lothian was designated Chabot’s female athlete of the year. She was a Coast Conference champion in several events and advanced to the state meet.

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Chabot College Foundation Presents “La Blooming Affaire: Tour of Tables and Explosion of Design” on June 8 and 9
Exquisite Table-Setting Designs and Floral Demonstrations Highlight Unique Spring Event

(Hayward, CA) - Unique table-setting designs by both professional designers and community members, floral demonstrations by a world-renowned designer, and a special tribute to two community leaders will highlight “La Blooming Affaire: Tour of Tables and Explosion of Design,” to be held on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. The event, sponsored by the Chabot College Foundation will take place in the beautiful Hayward City Hall Rotunda, elegantly decorated with a French theme.
The event serves as a benefit for students in the College’s Interior Design program. The proceeds from last year’s event went toward establishing accreditation for students in the Interior Design program over the next decade.
“I am extremely honored to once again chair this event,” said Tammy Papazian, event chairperson. “It celebrates both the talents of internationally recognized designers and the emerging talent of the future from Chabot College design students.”
The event kicks off on Friday evening, June 8 at 6 p.m. with a champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception with food by Horatio’s, light jazz, and a tour of 20 unique and beautiful table designs. During the evening a silent auction will take place offering such hard-to-resist items as a Hornblower dinner cruise on the San Francisco Bay, a Giants ticket package with dinner, a helicopter ride over the beautiful Napa Valley with lunch at the Culinary Institute of America, 53 elegant designer baskets, and much more. The hosts will also serve “Diamond Martinis” which will result in the winning of two real diamonds sponsored by Rod Vargas of Avalon Jewelers in Hayward.
Among the 20 themed tables are “Madeline Visits Chabot College”, celebrating Ludwig Bemelman’s storybook character Madeline, sponsored by Chabot President Dr. Robert Carlson and his wife, Linda Carlson. ValleyCare takes the theme to a Parisian bistro with topiaries surrounding a copy of the Eiffel Tower in a dramatic red, black and white background. Chabot design students will recognize Gothic Romance with “Chateau de L’eau”, a tablescape that pays tribute to the dark ages and combines the elements of fire, water, and precious metals.
One tabletop is being especially designed by the Chabot College Foundation to honor Dr. Susan Cota, Chancellor of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, who retires in the coming weeks. The event will be the last major official engagement on her calendar and all donations from the tableware and décor on her table will be auctioned off. Proceeds will go, on Dr. Cota’s behalf, to the Puente Project, an innovative program that began at Chabot College in 1981, offering English writing skills courses, counseling, and mentoring to students.
The evening will be highlighted by a tribute to two Chabot College alumni who have emerged as leaders in the local community. Richard Valle currently sits on the City Council for Union City. This Vietnam veteran attended Chabot College in the 1970’s with help from the G.I. Bill and later graduated from California State University, Hayward, with a BA in Sociology and a MA in Public Administration. He went on to establish Tri-CED Community Recycling, now California’s largest non-profit recycling operation. Tri-CED has entered into a joint venture with Chabot College to build a 10,000 square foot Science and Education center at its site in Union City.
The event also celebrates the achievements and contributions of Paul Russo, another longtime philanthropist in the region who attended Chabot College and later became an employee of the college. Russo founded the first information referral office at Chabot College and eventually worked for the financial aid office. He has served on the boards of the Family Services Agency of the East Bay, the Associated Community Action Program, Davis Street Community Center, Uni-Parent Program, the Economic Development Program of Alameda County, ExOffender Program of Hayward, Emergency Shelter Program, Hayward Chamber of Commerce and St. Rose Hospital.
The event continues the next day, Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m., with refreshing mimosas, the announcement of the table design awards, and lunch for guests who will be serenaded by a classical harpist. After lunch, internationally renowned floral designer Ron Morgan, will present live floral demonstrations, dazzling guests by transforming ordinary materials into exquisite, artfully arranged masterpieces.
Tickets to the cocktail reception are still available for $30 each. The luncheon on June 9 is SOLD OUT. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nursing and Interior Design programs at Chabot College. For more information about “La Blooming Affaire,” or to purchase tickets for Friday evening, please call (510) 723-6936.


100% of Chabot College Dental Hygiene Department Students Pass National Board Exams

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot Dental Hygiene Department reports that all of its second-year students in the two-year dental hygiene program have passed the National Dental Hygiene Board Exam. The national pass average for the exam is 84.2% and the national Class of 2007 average score is 90.1%.
"Chabot College dental hygiene students continue to excel in their professional level exams and we are extremely proud of their achievements. They now face the final hurdle of the State Board exams this summer," said JoAnn Galliano Med., RDH, Director of the Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program.
Passage of the test is mandatory for all of the more than 250 college and university dental hygiene students in the United States, prior to graduating from an accredited dental hygiene program. In California alone, there are 24 dental hygiene schools and more than 600 second-year students. The rigorous test takes a full day and includes more than 350 questions covering all the material taught in the dental hygiene curriculum. In addition, the exam tests students on 10-15 patient cases to ensure that they can provide the appropriate care for a wide range of clinical patients.
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. A comparable program at colleges and universities offering a four-year degree can cost $40,000. The program at Chabot College is available for only $20 per unit, plus the cost of books and instruments. Because of the high accreditation standards, the program is very expensive to operate, and can only accommodate 20 students per year. Those students enjoy the benefit of a 6:1 student to faculty ratio in clinic and a lot of individual support from instructors. For more information, please call (510) 723-6900.


Chabot College Student Math Team Shines In Regional and National Math Competitions

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Math Department is pleased to announce that its team of math students finished in 14th place out of 42 colleges in the Western region, and 24th out of 164 colleges nationally in recent competitions. Top finishing students and other scholastic math awards were presented yesterday at a recognition ceremony held on the Hayward campus.
The Student Mathematics League contest is sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). The contest is open only to students enrolled at a two-year college who have not already earned a two-year or higher college degree. Two rounds are held each school year, consisting of an extremely difficult 20 question, multiple-choice test in precalculus mathematics. The top five scores in each round become the team score for a college. Prizes are given at the national level for the top individual scorers and to the top team.
Chabot College had 76 students in round one, and 65 students advance to round two. The top four finishers were Simon Fernandes, Wai On Li, Frank McCarthy, and Yui Lun Wu, who placed 20th among thousands of students in the 2006 national competition.
“We have some talented and brilliant students, and we in the Math department are proud to be their teachers,” according to Joe Berland, Chabot College mathematics instructor and subdivision coordinator.
Three math students at Chabot also received scholarships at the ceremony yesterday. Frank McCarthy was the recipient of the CMC3 Award, provided by the CMC3 Foundation; Tuan Tran received the Hal Palmer Award; and Servando Pineda was the first recipient of the Ray Westergard Scholarship.
The AMATYC is an organization dedicated to the improvement of education in the first two years of college mathematics in the United States and Canada. It runs an annual conference, summer institutes, workshops and mentoring for teachers in and outside math, and a biannual math competition. It publishes one refereed journal, The AMATYC Review, and issues position statements on matters of mathematics education.


There’s Something for Everyone at Chabot College’s First-Ever Open House on May 12

(Hayward, CA) - Fun activities, entertainment, and a free barbecue lunch are all part of Chabot College’s first-ever Open House to be held on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For the first time, Chabot is opening its campus to the entire community to showcase all the exciting opportunities the college has to offer. Along with more than 60 booths giving information about every area of the college, there will be plenty of activities for the whole family, including a car show; BBQ; live music, dance, and theater; a children’s area, and much more. The new summer/fall 2007 class schedule will be available and guests can apply for college on the spot.
“We’re excited to be able to show the community all the great programs we have at Chabot,” says Katherine Tollefsen, chair of the Open House committee. “We are also planning lots of fun activities for the enjoyment of the whole family, including a free barbecue lunch, campus tours, and fun demonstrations.”
Some of the highlights will include a show of antique cars and hot rods, Chabot’s own jazz band, science experiments, a pottery sale, a planetarium show, an art exhibit and demonstrations, entertainment by dancers and singers, a firefighter display, and an inflatable “bounce house” for kids.
The entire community is welcome to this free event. For more information, go to the website at or call (510) 723-6640.


Chabot College Theater Arts Department Unveils 11th Season of New Student Plays with Emerging Work
Fresh New Student Works Debut in April

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College in Hayward continues its spring drama program with a selection of productions written by theater arts department students. The efforts of the Playwriting class will culminate with Emerging Works, a week of performances featuring student actors, directors and designers. Two new works each night will be staged at the Chabot College Little Theater on May 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m., and all four plays will be featured at a Saturday, May 5 performance at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5 at the door for general seating. For more information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830 after April 22.
Emerging Work is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Theater Arts Department at Chabot College. It features brand new student original plays including:

Emerging Work is dedicated to the development of new plays at Chabot. Now in its eleventh 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 program joins 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.


Third Annual Chabot Student Art Exhibit Opens on March 29
Chabot College Museum Studies class curates show and hosts reception

(Hayward, CA) - The Third Annual Chabot Student Art Exhibit, a display of nearly 100 works of art, including paintings, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, drawings, digital media, graphics and architectural designs by talented Chabot College students, will open on Thursday, March 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Chabot College Art Gallery, Room 1002 on the college campus, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward.
Community members are invited to attend this free event, which is being curated by students in the college’s Museum Studies class. The class is also hosting the event, which will be complemented with live music and refreshments. Following the opening, the exhibition will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from April 3 to May 15, from noon to 1 p.m.
The beautiful new Chabot College Art Gallery had its grand opening two and a-half years ago, coinciding with the newly created Museum Studies Program. The unique class was created by art history instructor Diane Zuliani to give students practical, hands-on instruction in the basic skills needed by museum and gallery workers, using the new gallery as an on-site learning tool. The program has been so successful that it has expanded to include the next level of Museum Studies: opportunities to curate non-student art exhibits, as well as participate in on- and off-campus internships.
“Both the gallery and the Museum Studies Program have been hugely successful,” says Zuliani. “We have had many wonderful exhibits, but we are most proud of the student exhibit, which showcases the artwork of our talented art students and gives the Museum Studies students a chance to show what they have learned as they prepare the art to show.”
In fact, says Zuliani, several of her current students are former Chabot students who have gone on to graduate from four-year schools and return just to take the Museum Studies class.
One of them, Nancy Chan, went on from being a studio arts major at Chabot to receive an undergraduate degree from the prestigious California College of the Arts in Oakland. She is helping to design a full-color catalog of all the student artwork in the exhibit to commemorate this year’s exhibit. The catalog will be for sale at the opening.
Marcess Owings, another Chabot graduate, earned a degree in art history at UC Berkeley before coming back to Chabot to take the Museum Studies class to complete her all-around education.
“Berkeley doesn’t offer a class that teaches you how to prepare art to exhibit or gives you such valuable hands-on training in a real gallery,” says Owings. “This is a class that all art majors should take before they begin their careers.”

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Chabot College Speech and Debate Team Takes Top Honors at State Championships

Public Invited to Watch Team in Action at Speech Night on Thursday, March 22
(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Speech and Debate team returned to Hayward with an armful of medals after competing last week in the California Community College State Championship tournament, held in Southern California. This second biggest tournament of the year resulted in the team’s most successful showing in nearly a decade.
“We are extremely proud of our team's performance this year. They exhibit great skill and poise and serve as excellent ambassadors for our college, our region, and our state," says Jason Ames, Director of the Chabot College Forensics Program. The team competes in April at the National Championships.
Meanwhile, the public can get a glimpse of their talent when the Chabot College Speech and Debate team goes on stage Thursday, March 22 for “Speech Night” at 7:30 p.m. in the Chabot College Little Theater. The evening showcases presentations by students from the forensics team and speech courses, such as Interpretations of Literature, Persuasive Speaking, Informative Speaking, and Parliamentary Debate. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for the general public, and are available at the door.

The Chabot College State Championship Award winners are:


Chabot College Theater Department Presents “Ragtime, the Musical” in April

(Hayward, CA) - “Ragtime, the Musical”, the Broadway sensation from the 1990s based upon the novel by E.L. Doctorow, comes to Chabot College in April. Performances are scheduled at the Chabot College Little Theater at 8:00 p.m. on April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, and at a 2:00 p.m. matinee on April 22. Tickets are $15 at the door and may be purchased in advance by calling the box office at (510) 723-6830. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. For more information, please contact Rachel LePell at (510) 723-6830.
The play tells the story of three very different Americans during the turn of the century, represented by Coalhouse Walker, a Harlem musician; Mother, the matriarch of a WASP family in New Rochelle, New York; and Tateh, a Latvian Jewish immigrant. Woven throughout the story are historical figures such as Houdini, Booker T. Washington, Henry Ford and Emma Goldman against a musical track that includes marches, gospel, cakewalks and, of course, ragtime.
A presentation of the Chabot College Theater Department, “Ragtime, the Musical” is directed by local award winning actor and director Margo Hall with music direction by Tania Johnson. The large cast includes Chabot students Cherise Beyelia, Jove Meyer, Jon Pitman and Pablo Rico from Hayward, and Rachel Gistand from Castro Valley.


The Chabot College Gay-Straight Alliance, CommPre and the East Bay Network present the Tenth Annual Southern Alameda County Gay and Lesbian Movie Festival

What: On Friday, March 16, the feature film will be Saving Face. In the movie, a dutiful daughter Wil (Michelle Krusied) sidesteps her mother's (Joan Chen) attempts to marry her off in Alice Wu's romantic comedy set in New York. On Saturday, March 17, the feature film is Summer Storm. The picture focuses on a young man who begins to realize he has more than friendly feelings for his best pal in this coming-of-age tale.

When: Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 with student ID.

Where: Chabot College Little Theater, 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

Contact Information:
For more information, please call (510) 723-6974. Both nights will feature a full-length film and two short films, along with prizes, entertainment and refreshments.


Chabot College to Offer California State University Course
Innovative Program Allows Qualified Students to Take Upper Division Courses on Community College Campus

(Hayward, CA) - For the first time, students at Chabot College in Hayward can take an upper division general education class on the Chabot campus, effective this Spring.
Students who have completed between 20 and 72 transferable units can take the California State University East Bay (CSUEB) course “Anthropology 3740: Cross-Cultural Studies in Child Rearing”. Dr. David Matsuda of the CSUEB faculty teaches the upper-division four quarter unit class, which meets the graduation requirements at CSUEB and counts towards the minimum residency requirement for a degree. There is no fee to take the course for students who meet the requirements of having completed at least 20 and no more than 72 transferable units.
“This program is expected to build a bridge for Chabot students who seek to transfer to Cal State East Bay,” said Marge Maloney, Chabot’s Dean of Social Sciences. “In the past, students have been able to cross-enroll and take courses at the CSUEB campus, but this provides students with a way to do both right here on the Chabot campus, saving time and money,” she adds.
Students may enroll in the class now by contacting the Counseling Division in Building 100, or by calling (510) 723-6731. The class is scheduled from April 2 to June 11 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. in room 522.
Short-range plans include offering another upper division CSU class to Chabot students in the Fall. Based upon the success of the two courses, similar upper division courses may be offered each semester.


Chabot College Now Offering Credit Classes at San Leandro Adult School
$500,000 Gift from Chabot College Foundation Provides Funding for Partnership

(Hayward, CA) - Last month when Chabot College President Robert Carlson presented a check for $500,000 to San Leandro School District Superintendent Christine Lim at a school board meeting, it sealed the partnership for bringing higher education to the San Leandro community. The gift, which came from the Chabot College Foundation, will complete the funding for the construction of a facility which will serve both adult and traditional students.
Gordon Galvan, Foundation vice chair, was thrilled to be part of this historic partnership. “I was born and raised in San Leandro and I’m a former Chabot student,” says Galvan. “So I’m proud and excited to be part of the Foundation which is providing the financial support to bring higher education courses to my community.”
President Carlson also feels strongly about the impact this will have for area students. “The partnership will allow us to establish a much-needed education center that will have an impact over the years for the Mt Eden region,” says Dr. Carlson. “It also demonstrates an important link between the education process and the opportunities presented through our local community college. I am very pleased with the work our Foundation has done in developing the partnership.
The newly constructed facility is part of the SLUSD Adult Education Center, located next to John Muir School at 1448 Williams Street in San Leandro. Chabot College will provide management and instruction within the Center, expanding its educational services with adult training, seminars, children’s summer school, and in-service training programs for the K-12 faculty of the SLUSD. Programs will be designed to improve instruction and increase the number of high school seniors going into higher education.
The partnership is supported through an $800,000 award made to the Chabot College Foundation by the Oakland-based Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation (the additional $300,000 will be used over the next three years for curriculum development). The Valley Foundation is a prominent philanthropic organization established by San Leandro community members Mr. and Mrs. Valley 30 years ago to provide financial assistance to various endeavors in the East Bay. Education was targeted as one of the primary areas designated for grants, and the Chabot-San Leandro Education Center exemplifies the type of project they traditionally support.


Chabot College Music Instructor Garners Special Recognition at State Conference

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward is pleased to announce that Tim Harris, the Director of Instrumental Studies, has received the 2007 Gilbert T. Freitas Award for Achievement in Music Education at the recent conference of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section Conference.
Harris has been on the faculty of Chabot College for the past two years. Prior to his appointment at Chabot, Harris served as a Conducting Associate at the University of North Texas where he assisted in all aspects of the Wind Studies program. Harris graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Arts degree where he studied conducting and percussion with Dr. Edward C. Harris and Galen Lemmon respectively.
The CMEA organization promotes music education in schools, sponsors festivals and other musical activities for students, and provides information, training and an exchange of ideas for music educators.
Students in the Chabot College Symphonic Band performed 15 of Richard Sacuedo works to rave reviews from both the composer and conference attendees. The Symphonic Band is a band repertoire of all styles and periods that includes group participation and public performance.
The Chabot College Music Department offers excellent opportunities in instruction and performance in an environment focused on personalized attention and world-class facilities. The faculty is comprised of accomplished performers, educators, composers, and authors who provide students with instruction and private lessons designed to bring out their best potential. Performance opportunities are available through four wind bands, three jazz bands, and one choir, which involve more than 250 students. The department also offers courses, which provide cultural and aesthetic enrichment for the student body and the community at large.

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Chabot College Hosts Fourth Annual Financial Aid Festival with CSU-East Bay on Saturday, February 24
Series of Individual Workshops on Financial Aid Also Scheduled

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will help to demystify the financial aid process for interested students and parents during their fourth annual “Cash for College” Financial Aid Festival slated for Saturday, February 24, 2007. The Financial Aid Festival will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Chabot College Performing Arts Center, Building 1300 on the Chabot College campus at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.
Staff and volunteers from both Financial Aid Offices, other student services offices, and funding agencies will be on hand to answer questions and help families in completing the 2007-08 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, Chinese, and Vietnamese, with written materials in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian or Armenian. Services will also be available for the hearing impaired.
The event will also feature refreshments, door prizes, and two $1,000 scholarships for one lucky high school senior and one current college student. Students must complete and submit the FAFSA form to qualify for an entry to the scholarship drawings and be enrolled at a college in Fall 2007.
The goal is to ensure that students meet the March 2, 2007 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 your social security number; both sign up for a PIN number so you can complete and sign your FAFSA on the web at and get your 2006 federal income taxes completed early, before the Festival. To locate FREE Tax Preparation Centers in your neighborhood for eligible low-income tax filers, call 1 (800) 358-8832 or visit
Financial aid can help students to pay for college, and may be available for part-time or full-time enrollment. Scholarships, grants, work-study and student loans help cover school expenses such as tuition/fees, room/board, books/supplies, transportation and personal expenses.

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

The Chabot College and CSU-EB Financial Aid Offices can help students and their families better understand the complicated world of financial aid, and provide them with hands-on assistance to complete financial aid applications for the upcoming 2007-08 academic year. The Chabot office will also host a series of FAFSA workshops to help students and their families complete their applications NOW for the upcoming Fall 2007 semester. The free one-hour FAFSA workshops will be held at Chabot College in building 800, Room 806 for one hour at the following times and dates, and are open to anyone in the community who wants help filling out the 2007-08 FAFSA, regardless of where the student will attend college.

For additional information and to pre-register please contact the Chabot College Financial Aid Office at (510) 723-7110 or visit
This informative event is co-sponsored by California State University, East Bay and the East Bay California Cash for College Coalition.


There’s Something for Everyone in Chabot’s Community Education Program

(Hayward, CA) - Hayward resident Helene Perrizo loves to learn. So after retiring from teaching at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley, she began looking for classes to take. When she came across “One-Stroke Painting” in Chabot College’s Community Education Program last fall, she thought it would be fun and hoped she could use her new skill to make holiday gifts for her family. She was right on both counts.
I had a great time,” says Helene. “There was a very relaxed atmosphere and the teacher was very helpful. Everyone was pleased with their finished products and I went home and made gifts for my entire family.”
Helene, who has taken other classes at Chabot, is one of thousands of students who has taken advantage of Chabot’s Community Education classes as a way to learn a new skill, find a new career, or just have fun and meet people with the same interests.
Registration has just started for the program’s Spring 2007 semester, offering more than 100 classes in everything from art and dance to business and careers to music and languages. New classes start every week.
In the new semester you can learn to dance (flamenco, salsa, and belly dancing), learn a language (Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese), take computer classes - or repair your own computer - or play the guitar, flute, or harmonica. For fun, you can learn to win at poker, make sushi, or shoot great videos. And for personal interests, you can learn to reduce stress, gain high self-esteem, or initiate new relationships. Kids are included too: they can learn PowerPoint , play basketball, make Chinese food, or take an SAT Prep class.
“There’s truly something for everyone,” says Susan May, Chabot’s director of Community Education. “We have a wide range of classes for all ages, from 8 to 80-plus. And if there’s something we don’t have, we’d love to hear from community members about what they would like us to offer.”
To see a complete list of classes, go to where you can register online, or call (510) 723-6665 to register by phone, get more information, or request a printed catalog.


Chabot College’s February 10 Benefit Performance of “Love of Rock” Has Been Canceled

(Hayward, CA) - The performance of “The Love of Rock”, set to run on Saturday, February 10 has been canceled.
The Chabot College Theater Arts Department is unique in the Bay Area in its development of new plays, encouraging emerging voices in the American Theater. It has produced dozens of new plays, some with large-scale productions, and some in workshop formats, but always dedicated to the development of new work. The development of new plays as educational tools is often stressed in theater classes across the curriculum.


Chabot College Theater Students Head to Regional Theater Festival in Utah
February 10 Benefit Performance of “Love of Rock” in Hayward

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College in Hayward is pleased to announce that the Theater Arts Department production of “The Love of Rock”, a student original comedy, has been invited to perform at the American College Theater Festival in Cedar City, Utah next month.
Chabot drama students Parker Sannebeck, Sam Chaires, and Don Cabeana wrote the wild comedy about a rock ‘n’ roll air band and their hilarious machinations in an air rock competition. Also featured are students Cory Pershing, Yosef Riahi, Jim Lockett, and Chabot College faculty members Rachel LePell and Dov Haasan.
A benefit performance of “The Love of Rock” will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 10 in the Chabot College Little Theater. Tickets are $20, cash only, and are available at the door on the night of the performance. A sliding scale ticket fee is available for students. Proceeds from the show will help to fund the troupe’s trip to the competition in Utah. For more information, please call (510) 723-6830.
The competition includes colleges and universities from all over Region 8, the largest in the nation, encompassing California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii. Last year, the Chabot College performance of “It Falls…” was selected from approximately 300 Region 8 shows to advance to the national competition sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The Chabot College Theater Arts Department is unique in the Bay Area in its development of new plays, encouraging emerging voices in the American Theater. It has produced dozens of new plays, some with large-scale productions, and some in workshop formats, but always dedicated to the development of new work. The development of new plays as educational tools is often stressed in theater classes across the curriculum.


Chabot College Offers Classes to Fit All Lifestyles
Hundreds of Classes Available on Evenings, Weekends, Online and at Neighborhood Centers

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College has unveiled a full roster of classes to meet the needs of students who are unable to attend class during the day. These classes are ideal for working students who need flexible schedules, high school juniors and seniors seeking concurrent enrollment that won’t conflict with traditional high school classes, and those who seek the convenience of attending class right in their own neighborhood.
Each semester, Chabot College offers more than 300 evening and Saturday classes to meet the scheduling needs of students. The subjects are varied and broad and include classes in Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Automotive Technology, Chinese, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, History, Interior Design, Italian, Music, Philosophy, and many more.
For example, Speech 30, Elements of Speech, is offered Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through March 10. Taught by instructor Christina Davis, the class emphasizes verbal communication in daily life, business, and community activities. It is three units and transfers to CSU, fulfills GE area A1, and is AA/AS degree applicable.
Online students can choose from Psychology, Sociology, Business, and many other topics to study in Chabot’s Distance Education program. For more information about how to enroll for these classes, please visit
Classes are also offered at satellite locations throughout the East Bay that give students the opportunity to study in the close proximity of their own neighborhood. Classes are offered in Castro Valley at the Kenneth Caitken Senior Center and at Redwood High School in Dublin at the Regional Training Center, and at multiple locations in Hayward and San Leandro.

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