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Chabot College Press Releases - 2011


Chabot College Student Athletes Win Conference Players Awards

(Hayward, CA) - Seven Chabot College Men’s Soccer Team players won awards at the recent California Community College Athletic Association Coast Conference.

Chabot College Head Men’s Soccer Coach Tony Igwe announced the following student recognitions for the 2011 season:

First Team All Coast Conference:

  • Salvador Barroyo, Defender, Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward) graduate.
  • Jesus Leon, Defender, of Hayward, Tennyson High School graduate.

Second Team All Coast Conference:

  • Carlos Gonzalez, Midfielder, of San Lorenzo, San Lorenzo High School graduate.
  • Alan Mitchell, Midfielder, East Bay Arts High School (Hayward) graduate.

All American Nominees:

  • Alejandro Gonzalez, Goalkeeper, of Hayward, Mt. Eden High School graduate.
  • Jesus Leon, Defender, of Hayward, Tennyson High School graduate.
  • Alfredo Navarro, Midfielder, of Newark, Newark Memorial High School graduate.

Coach Igwe reported that the team’s highest goal scorer was Alfredo Novarro and in second place was Jose Coria, of Hayward, Mt. Eden High School graduate. He said the top defenders were Jesus Leon, Salvador Barroyo and Victor Curvas of San Lorenzo, San Lorenzo High School graduate. Igwe said the top midfielders were Alfredo Navarro, Alan Michell, and Carlos Gonzalez and Victor Bonevides of San Lorenzo, San Lorenzo High School graduate.


Chabot College Men’s Wrestling Team Boasts Six Wrestlers Advancing to State Championships

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will send six wrestlers to the state Championships, announced Chabot College Men's Wrestling Head Coach Steve Siroy. He offered the following Men’s Wrestling Team report:

“Chabot College traveled to Skyline College for the North Regional Wrestling Championships this past weekend. Chabot College placed six wrestlers in this tournament. The top six placers in each weight class go the California Community College State Wrestling Championships held Dec. 8-10 at Santa Rosa College.
Chabot College will send Daniel Nguyen, Nolen Kajiwara, Thomas (Dwight) Flores, Naweed Zemaryalai and Richard Segovia to the State Wrestling Championship; Danny Mai will be going as an alternate.

At 125 lbs. Daniel Nguyen (Chabot) lost his consolation finals match to Carson Homuth of Modesto by a pin 3:59 to take 6th place.

133 - Danny Mai (Chabot) lost his consolation match to Jeremy Newman of Sierra College in overtime 9 - 7 to place 6th place.

149 - Nolen Kajiwara (Chabot) won by Maj. Dec. 14 - 4 over Andrew Collins of Santa Rosa to place 7th place but he will automatically advance to the State Championships.

174 - Thomas (Dwight) Flores (Chabot) winner by Default against Dalton Berncich of Santa Rosa to place 3rd.

184 - Naweed Zemaryalai (Chabot) winner by Maj. Dec. 19 - 8 over Xavier Bahena of Santa Rosa to place 5th.

285 - Richard Segovia (Chabot) lost his Championship match by Dec. 3 -1 to Pal Buchanan of Sacramento City College to place 2nd.

Team Scores:

1.) Fresno City College - 198.5 pts.
2.) Sacramento City College - 170.0 pts.
3.) Sierra College - 153.5 pts
4.) Santa Rosa Jr. College - 136.5 pts.
5.) Lassen College - 96.5 pts.
6.) Modesto Jr. College - 71.5 pts.
7.) Chabot College - 69.0 pts.
8.) Skyline College - 61.0 pts.
9.) Shasta College - 59.0 pts.
10.) San Joaquin Delta College - 20.0 pts.”


Chabot College Forensics Students Win Awards

(Hayward, CA) - Seven Chabot College Forensics students won prestigious awards during the fall speech tournament season, announced Chabot College Communication Studies Instructor and Director of Forensics Jason Ames. He noted that, for the first time in its history, the Chabot College Gladiator Forensics Team took the top three places in the novice division of the Lincoln Douglas Debate.

The students and their awards are as follows:

“Congratulations to our students who continue to work hard and represent the college in amazing ways,” Ames said. He also announced that the team will present its fundraiser, “The Speak Up,” on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Event Center, Building 700. “We will be featuring many of the award winners, and we will be debating the ‘Occupy Movement’ as well,” Ames said. Admission is $5.

Chabot College will host the Northern California Forensics Association Championship Tournament February 10-12, 2012.


Chabot College Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Reading Series and Acclaimed Author

(Hayward, CA) - As part of its year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, Chabot College will present a November Reading Series showcasing readings by faculty, students and award-winning author Melinda Palacio. Scheduled in the library at 12-1 p.m., the readings are as follows:

The event is sponsored by the Chabot College Library, Chabot College Book Club, Cultural Community Connection Club and members of the English Faculty.


Chabot College Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Homecoming Festival Oct. 22

(Hayward, CA) - The year was 1961. John F. Kennedy was President. Alan Shepard made the first U.S. Space Flight. A boy by the name of Barack Obama was born. And, on Sept. 10, a new community college - soon to be known as Chabot College - opened its doors in the East Bay.

Chabot College celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year with its Oct. 22 Homecoming Festival - a full day of activities for students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends, families and the community. The festival culminates at 6 p.m. with the Homecoming football game, the Chabot College Gladiators vs. the Merced College Blue Devils. All festival events will be held in the Physical Education and Athletics Complex on the north end of campus. Admission is $5, covering all events; parking is $2.

Chabot College Athletic Director Jeff Drouin and planners have put together a fun-filled day to include the following events:

The festival will also feature the Chabot College State Championship Golf Team Recognition and the Ernie Reyes’ West Coast Martial Arts Association.

Drouin noted that Chabot College boasts a proud athletic tradition in its 50 years of service to the community. Following is a brief history in numbers:

For more information about Chabot College, the Athletics Program and the Homecoming Festival, please visit the website at


Chabot College to Present “Othello” in the Round

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Theater Arts Department will present “Othello,” one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies, Nov. 9, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door for $15, general admission, and $10, seniors/staff/students with I.D. Parking is $2. For more information please call (510) 723-6830.

Often regarded as Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy, “Othello” will be presented in an intimate theater-in-the round staging, according to Director and Theater Arts Instructor Rachel LePell. In this “arena” configuration, audience members surround the play’s action. “The intimate seating will allow the actors and audience to feel each others’ presence in a new way, enriching the impact of this classic tragedy,” she said.

The tragedy explores themes of racism, love, jealousy and betrayal, and features one of Shakespeare’s most infamous villains, Iago. “Othello” begins after the secret marriage between Desdemona, daughter of a senator, and Othello, the Moor of Venice, who is a general in the Venetian army. When Othello promotes Michael Cassio to be his lieutenant, the ambitious Iago is enraged and plots to manipulate Othello and sow seeds of jealousy and mistrust.

Following is a list of student cast members: Erick Crawford, Othello; Youssef Riahi, Iago; Taylor Melville, Desdemona; Ariel Conkel, Emilia; Alex Skinner, Cassio; Fernando Cuellar, the Duke of Venice; “Blak,” Brabantio; Stephan Reznat, Montano; Andrew Buenrostro, Lodovico; Nicole Torres, Bianca; Ashraf Dahud, Gratiano; and Aaron Camacho, the clown.

The executive team includes: Dov Hassan, scenic designer; Sean Gallagher, light designer; Linda Amayo, costume designer; and Taylor Snyder, stage manager.

Language Arts Instructor Emeritus Dennis Chowenhill is the dramaturg for the show - assisting with the understanding and analysis of the text. LePell hinted that she and Chowenhill might make a sneak appearance in the production.

For more information about the production and the theater arts program, please visit


Chabot College Instructor Engineers Student Success

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College Engineering Instructor Bruce Mayer announced that 13 of his engineering students from last year have earned transfer acceptance to four-year colleges, including five students who were accepted by the University of California at Berkeley and 22 total acceptances by the UC system.

“I’m preparing my students to succeed not just at Chabot, but to earn degrees at prestigious institutions such as UC Berkeley and UCLA. During my time at Chabot, over 170 students have transferred to university engineering programs, including 46 students who have transferred to UC Berkeley,” Mayer said.

Chabot College Engineering program alumni have written to Mayer, crediting his teaching and mentorship as the foundation for their success. One student wrote, “I graduated from UC Berkeley and am now currently working as a Process Engineer… I just want to say thank you for all your help while I was still in Chabot. I will never forget that it was because of you that I got my first internship and had my first taste of research and learned more about science and engineering… Thank you once again.”

The Associate in Science degree in Engineering is designed to provide the foundation for subsequent transfer to a CSU or UC Engineering program. The core courses fulfill most of the lower division requirements for the majority of CSU and UC engineering majors. The Associate in Science degree puts students on a transfer path and ensures that they develop a strong foundation in engineering, mathematics and the sciences.

Students should note that transfer-course requirements vary among universities and majors in the different branches of engineering. Students seeking to transfer with an engineering major are strongly advised to consult with Chabot College Counseling. For more information about the Engineering program, please visit the website at

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Chabot College 50th Anniversary Career Event: “Own Your Future”

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will offer its students a free career event, “Own Your Future,” presented by the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, on Thursday, October 6, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center; registration is required.

“This event brings some of America's top young entrepreneurs to Chabot to spread the entrepreneurial mindset,” said Business Instructor Jan Novak, event organizer and recipient of a 2011 Great Teacher Award.

“The goal is to expose you to business ownership as a career path, and also to energize and inform you about the entrepreneurial mindset regardless of career path,” she said. “Speakers will discuss how to define a dream career, develop a pathway to that career, and get started on your goals even with limited resources,” Novak explained.

This free half-day event includes three keynote addresses from young entrepreneurs, a workshop, a structured networking event, a discussion panel, prizes, and free lunch. The event is sponsored by the Alameda County Small Business Development Center, the Business and Entrepreneurship Center, and Chabot College’s Entrepreneurship Program. For information and registration, please visit


Chabot College Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration with Democracy Day Lecture by State Treasurer Lockyer

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will kick off its year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration with a lecture by California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, “Sustaining Democracy in a Time of Declining Revenues,” on Thursday, September 15, 1-3 p.m. in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. Permit parking is $2.

“Because golden anniversaries are a time of reflection and recommitment, the faculty, staff and students of Chabot College are using the occasion of the 50th anniversary to recommit themselves to the democratic purposes of the college mission - preparing students to engage in the civic and cultural life of the global community,” said Chabot College President Celia Barberena, Ph.D.

Lockyer’s lecture is the first in Chabot College’s new Law and Democracy Lecture Series. The United Nations has designated September 15 as the International Day of Democracy and the inaugural lecture is in observance of this day.

“One of Chabot’s college-wide learning goals is civic responsibility,” Barberena said. “A primary goal of the Law and Democracy Lecture Series is to expose students and the broader community to a wide range of ideas and policy issues that impact our communities.

“In keeping with the goals and spirit of the United Nations Democracy Day, Chabot, through its lecture series and related activities, hopes to initiate conversations in the college and community about civic participation and responsibility,” Barberena explained.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Chabot College Social Sciences Division, Associated Students of Chabot College and the Office of the President. For more information, please visit the website at


Chabot College to Present Free Play by Award-Winning San Francisco Mime Troupe

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will present the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe’s production of “2012 - The Musical,” in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m., with live music beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free; donations are welcomed.

“This year’s play presents a wonderful opportunity for our entire community to enjoy an evening of the best political theater in the U.S.,” said Social Sciences Instructor Kip Waldo.

“The mime troupe is not silent,” Waldo explained. “Their songs, the comedy, and drama will involve and move you like no other theater. The subject matter is always topical. This year it takes us through the challenges that a theater company faces - whether to sell out or stick with their values and principles.”

The “Marin Independent Journal” has described the productions as “… a lot of fun… the audience has a great time.” The “New York Post” has called the troupe “America’s oldest and finest street theater.”

Chabot College individuals and clubs, including the Students for Social Justice, are sponsoring the performance. To help with publicity and the show, please contact

Event parking is $2; permits can be purchased in the parking lots. For more information, please visit the Chabot College website at


Annual Fall Electric Vehicle Car Show to be Held at Chabot College

Who: The Chabot College Automotive Technology Department and the Electric Auto Association’s East Bay Chapter presents the Annual Fall Electric Vehicle Car Show

What: The event will feature the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Ford Ranger EV, Toyota RAV4 EV, conversions, NEVs and other forms of electric transportations.

When: Saturday, August 27, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Chabot College, Parking Lot E, 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

Details: The event is free and open to the public. Parking permits are required and $2 day permits are available at dispensers located at light pole locations.

Contact: For more information please contact Steve Small, or visit the East Bay Electric Auto Association website at


Chabot College Nursing Program Opens New Simulation Laboratory

(Hayward, CA) - Whoosh. Whoosh. Whoosh. Whoosh. The fetal monitor’s quick rhythmic sound coming from the lab broadcasts the heartbeat of an unborn baby. Soon, Noelle gives birth to Baby Hal - and then the baby is returned to the womb for another birth. It is time for the next labor and delivery learning scenario in the new state-of-the-art Simulation Laboratory at Chabot College.

“Active learning is the future of nursing education,” said Chabot College Nursing Program Director Connie Telles, DNP. Using the latest teaching methods has been a catalyst for success in the college’s nursing program. For the past five years, Chabot College students have achieved a 95-100 percent pass rate on the national licensing exam.

This past year, Telles transformed a former computer room into a high-tech, wireless Simulation Laboratory - “sim lab” for short. It looks like a multi-purpose hospital room with two beds, a bassinet, and all the latest hospital equipment.

Sim lab “patients” are life-size, high-fidelity manikins with computers as internal organs. “They have a heart rate. They breathe. Their chests rise. They can bleed. They can deliver a baby,” Telles explained. They also have a price tag of about $50,000 each, but are priceless for simulating a real-life experience for nursing students.

Currently, the sim lab is populated with a busy family of four: Noelle the birthing manikin, Baby Hal, 5-year-old Hal and Simulation Man Essential. While nursing students perform learning scenarios, instructors in a control room observe from behind a one-way mirror, using computers to remotely manipulate the activity and vital signs of the manikins. The exercises require role play and reflect the drama and crisis scenarios in any hospital, including a labor and delivery room.

“We can make the newborn’s lips turn blue and the students will need to take appropriate action. One of the students will play the role of a nervous family member and another student will need to calm that person using appropriate communication. The students do all the work. This is hands-on learning that approximates real-life situations,” Telles explained.

During a scenario, other nursing students watch the exercise on a video monitor in the debriefing room. Next, it will be their turn in the sim lab. Each group watches its own exercise and critiques it; students discuss how they performed during the simulation and review what they learned. “We all sit down and talk about the scenario,” said Telles. “Our goal is to increase our student success.”

Telles has experience researching ways to enhance student success. In 2009, she completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice that included research using simulation at the University of San Francisco. She also visited simulation labs in the Bay Area before creating the lab at Chabot College.

She funded the new lab with a Song-Brown Nursing Education Grant, Pete Stark and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education Retention Grant, Measure B funds, and private funding from the Chabot College Foundation and from Nursing Program graduate Nancy Cuddy Pennell in memory of her friend, Kathi LaGrange, also a Nursing Program graduate.

Chabot College Nursing Students

Known for its academic rigor and high first-time nursing exam pass rate, the Chabot College Nursing Program is highly competitive. “We had over 1,100 applications for this year,” Telles said. “Of those, 600 qualified and we were able to admit only 60.”

Many students say that nursing has been a life-long dream. Three obstetrics/pediatric preceptors-second-year students who help facilitate the rotation simulations - are realizing their dreams through the Chabot College program.

“I love this work,” said Gabriella Corona of San Leandro who is interning at Kaiser Permanente in Hayward. “I always have wanted to work in labor and delivery.”

“I have always been interested in healthcare,” said Leia Wolfe of Castro Valley. “I saw my cousin give birth and that was when I knew I wanted to work in labor and delivery.” Wolfe is a student at St. Rose Hospital and said, “I absolutely love it.”

“This has been a lifelong dream for me,” said Jessica Sautter, whose grandmother also was a nurse. “I have wanted to work in labor and delivery since I was five and my rabbit had babies.” The Hayward resident and mother of two has worked in a hospital for 14 years and currently is employed in obstetrics at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She and the other students thank Telles and their instructors for all their support. “They are the very best clinical instructors,” Sautter said. “They really believe in their students.”

Chabot College Nursing Program

“The nursing program has a proud tradition of outstanding leadership,” said Dean of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Dale Wagoner. “Through the efforts of exceptional directors and faculty, the program has forged strong partnerships with community healthcare providers and earned a statewide reputation for excellence.”

Telles, a full-time faculty member for 11 years, was appointed director in May and is a recipient of a 2011 Chabot College Great Teacher’s Award. She succeeds Nancy Cowan, Ed.D., who was recognized for her 34 years of service to Chabot College and the Nursing Program with the 2010 Buffington Award for excellence in teaching, considered the most prestigious faculty honor in the district.

The Nursing Associate in Arts Degree program, introduced in 1965, is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Satisfactory completion of this program qualifies students to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN).

The two-year nursing program offers students a high quality education at a low cost of approximately $4,500 which includes enrollment fees, books, uniforms, shoes, medical/dental examinations, testing fees and background check fees. Financial aid is available.

Thanks to close collaboration, Chabot College offers a seamless transfer program to California State University, East Bay for graduates who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Additionally, students can transfer easily to other four-year institutions throughout the state.

In partnership with the Alameda County Medical Center and Jewish Vocational Services, the college also offers the Immigrant Nurse Re-entry Program, serving immigrant registered nurses who require additional training to be employed. More than 80 students have completed the program, providing multicultural, bilingual nurses for the community.

Chabot College Healthcare Partners

The nursing program has forged strong connections and partnerships with leading community healthcare providers. Students are places in clinical sites to continue their education and help people in their communities.

ValleyCare Health System has partnered with Chabot College in a joint effort to alleviate a national shortage of nurses and to increase the number of nurses at ValleyCare. The Chabot College Nursing Program Extended Campus at ValleyCare increased the enrollment in the Chabot College Nursing Program from 40 to 60 students. The first ValleyCare class of 10 students was accepted in August 2003; in August 2006 enrollment increased to 20 students. State-of-the-art facilities, library and classrooms are located at the Mertes Feit Education Center in Livermore.

Telles notes that the nursing program has established a partnership with St. Rose Hospital specifically for the college’s new Simulation Lab, permitting staff to use the lab. In fact, one of the program’s adjunct faculty members also is a nurse at St. Rose. “We learn from the hospital and the hospital learns from us,” Telles said. “Establishing valuable working relations is one of our goals here at the college.”

Following is a list of Nursing Program healthcare partners:


For more information about the Chabot College Nursing Program, please visit the website at or contact


Chabot College Dental Hygiene Grads Boast 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Exam

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Dental Hygiene Class of 2011 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Dental Hygiene National Board Exam. This is the seventh year in a row the graduating class has earned a perfect pass rate.

Once again, the class also exceeded the national average scores. Test score averages were 86.7 percent, compared to the national average of 82.7 percent. The exam is administered to all dental hygiene students at colleges and universities nationwide.

“We are very proud of our graduates,” said Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program Director JoAnn Galliano MEd., RDH. “I think the biggest reason for our success is that our faculty focuses on student success. We do all we can to support the students’ learning, and the students are extremely committed to doing their best to achieve their goals.”

The Dental Hygiene Program at Chabot College is small and selective, enrolling 20 out of a pool of approximately 90 qualified applicants each year, Galliano said. Most applicants have completed at least two years of prerequisite college course work. The program is demanding and requires a full-time commitment for two years, she noted. It attracts a diverse student body.

“The diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area population is reflected in the program’s demographics, and the curriculum addresses this diversity,” Galliano said. “Students from different backgrounds share their own and their families’ dental care experiences. This gives students a better understanding of different cultural attitudes,” she said.

Students prepare to serve a diverse patient population through their work in Chabot College’s dental clinic and their community service at day care centers, elementary schools, and elderly care residences.

Galliano acknowledges significant community involvement with the program through the Chabot College Dental Hygiene Education Fund, supported by local dentists, dental practices, and hygienists.

The Chabot College Dental Hygiene Program clinic provides low-cost dental hygiene services to the community. The clinic is open from August 17 to May 16. Individuals can schedule an appointment by calling (510) 723-6900. For more information about the program, please visit the website at

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Automotive Service Council of California, Chapter 16 Awards Ceremony Celebrates Excellence in Technology

(Hayward, CA) - The Automotive Service Councils of California, Chapter 16; the Chabot College Foundation; and Chabot College Automotive Technology recently presented the annual Career Technical Education (CTE) Awards Ceremony.

The ceremony recognized many students, instructors, and college, high school, and regional occupations programs (ROP) in Automotive, Machine Tool, and Welding technology. Participating schools included: Chabot College, Las Positas College, Castro Valley High School, Eden Area ROP, James Logan High School, Mission Valley ROP, San Leandro High School, and Washington High School.

Parents, school administrators, corporate sponsors, District Board of Trustees members, and local and state government representatives attended the event, said Ceremony Coordinator and Automotive Technology Instructor Stephen Small. Scholarships were awarded to four students.

MATCO, MAC, and Snap-on tool companies along with Carquest Auto Parts and Wurth Industries donated tools which were given to students, noted Chabot College Foundation Assistant Director Heidi B. Finberg. The tools are especially important, she explained, because graduates are expected to come “ready to work” in the industry and the tools help them prepare for today’s industry standards. CITGO Petroleum, Lucas Oil, and Western States Oil donated lubrication products for use in the school programs.

Individuals at the ceremony were awarded Certificates of Recognition from Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett and Assemblymember Mary Hayashi. Following is a list of individuals who were recognized at the ceremony:


Chabot College Golf Team Wins California Community College State Golf Championships

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Golf Team was driven to succeed on Monday, May 16, when it won the California Community College State Golf Championships, beating College Of The Desert by two strokes.

The championship team members are: Ryan Thomas, shot 70 and 79; Tyler Archer, shot 75 and 75; Ian Attard, shot 75 and 75; Casey Adams, shot 73 and 76; and Alex Calleja, shot 82 and 78 to have a combined team score of 754. A.J. Lopez, the sixth member of the team, shot 88 and 75; his scores did not count.

Following are the team scores:

1.) Chabot College - 754
2.) College of the Desert - 756
3.) Reedley College - 757
4.) Santiago Canyon College - 758
5.) Santa Rosa Junior College - 759
6.) Long Beach College - 763
7.) Glendale College - 768
8.) Folsom Lake College - 785


Chabot College 49th Commencement Ceremony to Feature Speaker U.S. Under Secretary Martha J. Kanter

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will present its 49th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 27, at 6 p.m. outside in the Grand Court; in case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center. About 350 students are expected to participate in the commencement event which will feature keynote speaker Martha J. Kanter, U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary.

A highlight of the ceremony will be a commencement address by Under Secretary Kanter. Nominated for her national post two years ago by President Barack Obama, she is charged with planning and policy responsibilities to implement President Obama’s goal for the U.S. to have “the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world by 2020” as measured by the proportion of college graduates over the next decade.

Kanter is the first community college leader to serve as under secretary for education and she is a well-known educational leader and advocate in the Bay Area. From 2003 to 2009, she served as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation. She served as De Anza College president for 10 years and held posts at San Jose City College and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in Sacramento.

She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including recognition as Woman of the Year by the 24th Assembly District, Woman of Achievement by “San Jose Mercury News” and the Women’s Fund, and Woman of the Year for Santa Clara County by the American Association of University Women.

Kanter holds a doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco. Her dissertation addressed demographic, institutional, and assessment factors affecting access to higher education for underrepresented students in California’s community colleges. In 1994, she opened the first Advanced
Technology Center in California’s community college system. She received her master’s degree in education with a concentration in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brandeis University.


Two Chabot College Students Head to State Tennis Tourney

(Hayward, CA) - Two Chabot College women’s tennis team members, Namrata Sher and Andrea Poljakovic, have qualified to compete in the in the California State Junior College Tennis Championships in Fresno this Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14.

Chabot College Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Rick Morris reports the following results from the May 5-7 Nor Cal Tennis Championships:

Singles Championship

Namrata Sher [Chabot] def Katherine McFeeters [Fresno] 62 60
Namrata Sher [Chabot] def Gianna Gonnella [Santa Rosa] 64 60
Namrata Sher [Chabot] def Nicole Simoni [Reedley] 60 61
Namrata Sher [Chabot] def Anastasia Glyantseva [DeAnza] 60 63
Namrata Sher [Chabot] def by Alex McDonald [Reedley] 64 75

Doubles Championship

Sher/Poljakovic [Chabot] def Al-Sous/McFall [Reedley] 64 60
Sher/Poljakovic [Chabot] def Wong/Bodeman [Folsom Lake] 61 60
Sher/Poljakovic [Chabot def Anderson/Ruxin [American River] 61 63
Sher/Poljakovic [Chabot] def Chrisco/White [Sierra] 46 64 62
Sher/Poljakovic [Chabot def by McDonald/Simoni [Reedley] 64 62

Other Nor Cal Results

Nathan Schorken [Chabot] def Nick Castro [Fresno] 62 61
Nathan Schorken [Chabot] def by Ramon Martinez [Foothill] 62 60
Andrea Poljakovic [Chabot] def by Lauren Schafer [American River] 64 61
Lauren Kane [Chabot] def by Lily Wong [Folsom Lake] 63 36 64
Kane/Holgate [Chabot] def by Paradis/Davis [Sierra] 63 63


Chabot College to Present Four Original Student Plays

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College Theater Arts Department will present four original student plays May 10-13 at 8 p.m. and May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater. Tickets are $5 at the door.

“This is the part of our playwriting program, where students have their plays fully produced for an audience for the first time,” said Theater Arts Instructor Rachel LePell.

Following are the plays, schedule, and LePell’s summaries:


Nine Chabot/Las Positas College Athletes Qualify for Nor Cal Track and Field Trials

(Hayward, CA) - Nine Chabot College and Las Positas College student athletes qualified for the May 6 Nor Cal Track and Field Trials. Following are highlights of the scholar athletes at the Coast Conference Track and Field Championships held at San Jose City College on Tuesday, April 26, and Friday, April 29, according to a report from Chabot College Coach and Physical Education/Health Instructor Ken Grace:

* denotes qualified for Nor Cal Trials to be held at Modesto JC Friday May 6”


Chabot College to Protest Power Plant in May 5 Noon Walk Out

(Hayward, CA) – Chabot College will hold a Walk Out on Thursday, May 5, at noon, at the campus’s Grand Court to demonstrate protest of Calpine Corporation’s plans to build a power plant in the nearby Russell City area of Hayward.

Chabot College Power Plant Taskforce members urge people to attend the Walk Out and learn more about this issue. “We invite everyone who cares about our environment - friends, coworkers, neighbors, classmates, teachers, and families - to join together in protest of Calpine’s power plant in Hayward,” said English Instructor Alisa Klevens.

“We encourage everyone to walk out to Chabot College, to stand together to protect the health of our already-threatened environment,” said Art History Instructor Diane Zuliani. She noted that a Facebook page has been created to provide further information about the event:

“The proposed Russell City power plant has potentially devastating environmental implications for Chabot and, as such, is an issue our community needs to know about,” said Clara McLean, Ph.D., Instructor of English/Service-Learning.  Following is a statement from the Chabot College Power Plant Taskforce provided by McLean:

“The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has been actively promoting the ‘greening’ of our colleges.  However, even as we strive to lessen our environmental impact, we find ourselves ensnared in a struggle with Calpine, a Texas-based energy company in the process of building a highly polluting natural-gas plant right on the Hayward shoreline, a mile downwind from the Chabot College Campus. Though it promotes itself as environmentally friendly, this plant will in fact spew massive amounts of pollutants into the air in an area already environmentally stressed by the intersection of three major freeways.   Hayward’s largely working class, minority community, and the 11,000 students who attend Chabot, many of them the first in their families to attend college, are poised to be the ground-zero targets of the ammonia, particulate matter, and other toxins generated by this plant.

“The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Chabot College students, staff and faculty, along with a number of community and social justice organizations, have been fighting this plant in the courts for years; Calpine, though, has seemingly inexhaustible resources to press its case for what promises to be a highly profitable plant. Incidentally, it is our understanding that none of the power generated by the plant will actually serve the Hayward community - it will be used by the wealthier communities across the bay in San Mateo and San Francisco counties.  But the pollution will stay here, on the other side of the proverbial tracks, adding to the environmental burden already being borne disproportionately by residents of poor, working-class and minority neighborhoods in the East Bay.  

“It’s a heartbreaking contradiction.  As Chabot College, an already underfunded public college, does its best to enter the ‘green’ era of the 21st century, our efforts are being undermined by good old 20th Century ‘business as usual.’  Polluting, non-renewable energy is certainly NOT the wave of the future.  But working class and minority communities, even here in the relatively enlightened Bay Area, may have to live with it for years to come.  Children stand to be the most highly impacted by the plant, and there are numerous schools, preschools and daycare centers within a three mile radius of the plant, not to mention residents’ homes.”

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Chabot College “Bird” Wins Track and Field Championship

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College student Don “the Bird” Pearson, a graduate of Mt. Eden High School, won the 2011 Coast Conference Track and Field Championship in the men’s long jump April 26 at San Jose City College.

“Bird’s long jump was 23-4.5 and he qualified for the Northern California Track and Field Championships to be held May 6 at Modesto Junior College,” said coach and physical education/health instructor Ken Grace.

Grace offered the following highlights from the April 26 competition:


Qualifying for finals on the track for Friday at San Jose City College:



Chabot College’s Nationally Acclaimed Puente Project Celebrates 30th Anniversary

(Hayward, CA) - Launched in 1981 as a grassroots initiative serving disadvantaged students at a San Francisco East Bay community college, Chabot College’s Puente Project now celebrates its 30th year as a nationally acclaimed program that has helped thousands of California students transform their lives and the communities in which they live.

To celebrate this milestone, Chabot College will host the Puente Project 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser on Friday, April 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Chabot College Cafeteria. For more information about the event or to learn about becoming a sponsor, please contact Puente Counselor/Instructor Ramon C. Parada at (510) 723-7120 or

Now in at least 59 community colleges and 38 high schools throughout California, Puente is fulfilling its original mission to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees, and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations.

The program is interdisciplinary in approach, with writing, counseling, and mentoring components. Program graduates include nurses, pharmacists, school teachers and administrators, engineers, and business executives. Chabot College’s Puente Project also can count among its past students a mayor and a City of Hayward Council Member.

Puente, which is Spanish for “bridge,” has earned national accolades for its success. It is the only post-secondary program in California to receive the prestigious Ford Foundation and Harvard University Innovations in American Government Award. In 2004, Puente was chosen as one of six model programs nationwide to help guide policymakers to improve college access and success by the Pathways to College Network, a national consortium of educational institutions, foundations, and non-profit organizations.

Puente staff train high school and community college instructors and counselors to implement a program of rigorous instruction, focused academic counseling, and mentoring by members of the community. Puente's staff training programs currently benefit approximately 14,000 students across the state. Puente is open to all students.

For more information, please visit the website at


Chabot College Women Win Singles and Doubles Coast Conference Tennis Championships; Five Gladiators Head to Nor Cal State Championships

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College women’s tennis team recently won both singles and doubles Coast Conference Tennis Championships. Five tennis team qualifiers will head to the May 5-7 Nor Cal Championships: Namrata Sher, Andrea Poljakovic, Lauren Kane, and Nathan Schorken (men’s team) in singles; Sher, Poljakovic, Kane, and Michaela Holgate in doubles.

Chabot College is the home of 16 intercollegiate team sports: men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, swimming, tennis, and track and field; women’s volleyball and softball; and men’s football, wrestling, baseball, and golf. The college offers an extensive selection of classes in Health, Physical Education, and Athletics. For more information about the athletic program and sports events, please call (510) 723-7484 or visit the website at


Chabot College Forensics Team Wins Sixth Place at National Tournament

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Gladiator Forensics Team took sixth place among all community colleges at the March 23-26 Pi Kappa Delta National Championship Tournament in Portland, OR. Hosted by Mount Hood Community College, the tournament featured the best of intercollegiate forensics in a full range of individual and team events.

The Gladiators team won an “Excellent” Award overall. “Excellent” awards are given to teams and individuals placing in the top third; “Superior” awards are granted to teams and individuals in the top 10 percent, explained Chabot College Instructor and Director of Forensics Jason Ames.

Following are the tournament award winners:

National Superior Award Winners:

National Excellent Award Winners:


Gladiator national team members Jessica Hollie, Jake Hewitt, and Katy DiNatale each earned a “Good” recommendation in at least one of their events. Recent state awards include: Brad Bettridge, Eileen Zedd, Jake Hewitt, and Jessica Hollie as Bronze Medalists in Parliamentary Debate; and Arturo Diaz, Bronze Medal in Poetry Interpretation.

The Chabot College Gladiator Forensics Team will present its award-winning performances in “Speak Up,” at 6:30 p.m., April 28, in the Little Theater. Suggested donations are $5-$10; parking is $2. For more information, please visit


Tesla Motors to Visit Chabot College Hybrid Auto Tech Class

WHO: You - sitting in a Tesla roadster and possibly riding along for a test drive.

WHAT: Tesla Motors reps will visit the Chabot College Hybrid Auto Technology class to show Tesla’s roadster electric sports cars and demonstrate their diagnostic tools. “They are visiting to support the new Hybrid Vehicle courses here at Chabot and convey the importance to our students to become capable and competent in these new technologies,” said Instructor Kurt Shadbolt.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 1 p.m. to about 3 p.m.

WHERE: Chabot College, Hayward, CA; Automotive Laboratory Room 1426, Building 1400 Technology Center. Map and Directions:

WHY: This current spring semester, Chabot College introduced a new eight-week Hybrid Vehicle Operation and Servicing course - making the college an area educational leader offering the latest technology for the newest hybrid cars.

Chabot College, in partnership with City College of San Francisco, has been awarded a U.S. Department of Energy grant to fund seminars and support the college’s efforts to develop hybrid vehicle curriculum for community colleges, high school and ROP programs, and the automotive industry.

Shadbolt explained that one of the most critical considerations in hybrid car repair is safety. “Working on high voltage systems - many are over 200 volts - potentially can be deadly,” he said. He noted that unique to hybrid car repair are the electric drive systems that are part of the “hybrid drive,” batteries, electric motors, and electronic controls.

The Chabot College Automotive Program provides training to understand, diagnose, and repair today’s vehicles. Students learn basic theory of operation, followed by hands on experience in a state-of-the-art repair facility with current industry grade equipment. Students train side by side with apprentices from local dealerships that partner exclusively with Chabot College to train their apprentices.

Job opportunities include automotive technician, parts counter person, and service writer. Students also take classes to understand and repair their own vehicles. Evening and day classes allow students flexibility and accommodate working schedules.

CONTACT: For more information, please visit the Chabot College Automotive Technology website at or contact Instructor Kurt Shadbolt, (510) 723-7067,


Chabot College Relays Give Local Athletes Chance to Shine

(Hayward, CA) - Cloudy skies did not stop local athletes from shining at the 11th Annual Chabot College Relays, March 25-26, hosted by the Chabot College Athletics program.

“Special thanks go to all of the individuals who made this event such a positive experience for our community,” said Physical Education/Health Instructor Ken Grace. More than 700 athletes from 35 middle schools, high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges competed in 88 events at this year’s meet, Grace said.

Following are some of the top performances by Chabot and Las Positas College athletes:

All results can be viewed at:

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Chabot College to Present “Grapes of Wrath” Play with Folk Music, Songs, and Dance

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will present Frank Galati’s Tony Award-winning play, “The Grapes of Wrath,” with songs, dance, and folk music performed on period instruments. Performances are April 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in The Little Theater, Building 1200. Tickets are available at the door for $15, general admission, and $10, seniors and students with I.D. Parking is $2.

Theater Arts Instructor Dov Hassan, who is directing Chabot College’s production, says that audiences will be treated to period music, singing, and dance, thanks to musical direction from Dennis Chowenhill, language arts faculty emeritus. In addition to serving as musical director, Chowenhill will perform folk melodies on his mandolin and other musicians will join him with various period instruments and tunes.

The play is adapted from John Steinbeck’s 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Joad family and their hardships, migrating from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl to California’s migrant camps during the Great Depression. The socially and politically charged American classic, which features iconic characters and themes, also was made into an acclaimed 1940 film directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda.

Theater Arts students participating in the producing include Alex Skinner, Sam Chaires, Yousserf Riahi, Robby Wagoner, Lucinda Jackson, Janelle Aguirre, Tara Simmers, Scott DeMerritt, Tony Azevedo, Tyler Gauthier, Eduardo DelaCruz Jr., Vince Gabrielson, John Turman, Jaime Ramos, Kelvin Rama, Emilio Garcia-Sanchez, Patrick Sweet, Monica Bonilla, Sandra Harris, Nicole Torres, and Seveonno Palizzolo.

For more information about Chabot’s College’s production and the theater arts program, please visit the website at


Chabot College to Celebrate TRIO Student Success Programs

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will celebrate its TRIO student success programs on Thursday, February 24, with an informational session at 12 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Courtyard.

Beginning when students are in mid-school, Chabot College’s federally funded TRIO programs help young people stay in school, improve their grade point averages, graduate from high school, and earn a college degree.

“The TRIO programs offer students in the community an opportunity to grow in their educational goals,” said Outreach Specialist Liz Morales-Contreras. “The programs open doors that might otherwise be closed to them.”

TRIO programs serve more than 800 students at Chabot College and at the following community schools:

Hayward High School
Winton Middle School
Tennyson High School
Cesar Chavez Middle School
Mt. Eden High School
Martin Luther King Middle School
San Lorenzo High School
Edendale Middle School

Chabot College’s celebration is part of a national TRIO celebration week. More than 850,000 low-income students, first-generation students, and students with disabilities - from sixth grade through college graduation - are served by more than 2,800 programs nationally. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other support necessary for educational access and retention.

For more information about Chabot College’s TRIO opportunities, please visit the college website at


Chabot College to Host World Renowned Composer at 5th Annual Wind Band Festival and Wind Symphony Concert

(Hayward, CA) - Frank Ticheli, regarded as one of the best composers in the world today, will be the guest adjudicator and conductor at the 5th Annual Chabot College Wind Band Festival and Wind Symphony Concert on Friday, Feb. 25, in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Fifteen high school bands from across the Bay Area will perform from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the festival, which is free. The day of music will culminate in a Chabot College Wind Symphony Concert with guest conductor Ticheli conducting three of his new compositions. Chabot College Director of Instrumental Studies Timothy Harris will conduct two works and Clarinet Instructor Steve Sanchez will be the featured concert soloist. Concert tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. The Music Department event is sponsored by the Associated Students of Chabot College.

Ticheli’s compositions have garnered awards, media accolades, and international acclaim. Ticheli has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world. He earned doctoral and master’s degrees in composition and currently serves as Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California.

“We are delighted to bring Dr. Ticheli to Chabot College,” said Harris. “Our music students, the high school band members, and our symphony are excited about the opportunity to work with this world renowned composer and conductor.” He said he expects more than 1,000 people to attend the Feb. 25 music event.

The Chabot College Music Department provides opportunities in instruction and performance in an environment that offers personalized attention and world-class facilities, Harris said. “The faculty is comprised of accomplished performers, academics, composers, and authors who offer their students exceptional instruction, as well as private lessons, to foster their highest potential,” he noted. Performance opportunities are available in four wind bands, three jazz bands, and a choir, which involve more than 350 students.


Chabot College Celebrates Black History Month with Film Screening and Visit by Film Director and Star

(Hayward, CA) - To celebrate Black History Month, Chabot College will present viewings of the acclaimed 2009 film “The Harimaya Bridge” and a rare opportunity to meet the renowned director and star on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Aaron Woolfolk, the film’s co-producer, writer, and director, was born and raised in the East Bay and is the son of Chabot College Faculty Emeritus Leonard Woolfolk. The award-winning star of the film, Ben Guillory, has performed for stage, on television, and in major motion pictures.

The film’s story centers on an American man who must travel to rural Japan after his estranged son dies there in a traffic accident. While there, he discovers some secrets his son left behind. Reviews include: “One of the best films of the year,” “San Francisco Examiner;” and “It is a unique, complex, consciousness-raising accomplishment,” “Los Angles Times.”

“The Harimaya Bridge” Feb. 15 event schedule is as follows:


Another viewing of “The Harimaya Bridge” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.

Events are free and will take place in the Event Center (Room 722) of the Community Student Services Center (Building 700). Parking is $2; the closest parking is in Lots G and H.

For more information, please visit the website at

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