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Students Can Learn Hands-on Skills and Business Basics at Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Summer Manufacturing Camp
Camps are a fun manufacturing career exploration experience

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College now offers Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® manufacturing summer camp for middle and high school students ages 12-14, July 30 through August 9. Designed to help inspire the next generation of inventors, engineers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs, the camp provides a technical, hands-on experience to introduce students to 21st century manufacturing technology and basic entrepreneurial skills.

“Participants use technology to create a product from start to finish providing them practical experience to build their confidence and set a foundation, if they choose a career in manufacturing,” said Ashley Long, Machine Tool Technology Instructor with Chabot College. “There is an ever- increasing demand for highly skilled professionals who can design, program and operate technology, and this camp allows students to learn about these opportunities.”

Participants will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day at Chabot College’s Advanced Design & Machining Center to explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining, entrepreneurship and more, while emphasizing product creation, problem solving and team building. Visits to area manufacturers will provide an up-close look at products being made as well as career advice and inspiration from the entrepreneurs who run the companies.

Registration is $125 which includes all materials and daily lunch. To register or receive more information, contact Kim Bononcini at (510) 723-7531 or, or go to Because of the hands-on nature of the program, space is limited. The application deadline is July 20, 2012.

The Chabot College camp is part of a national program developed by Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs®, the Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl. (NBT). Camps will be offered at community colleges across the United States. NBT has been introducing young people to careers in the trades since 2004 through manufacturing summer camps for youth. It also issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools who are pursuing studies that lead to careers in manufacturing. More information on NBT is available at


Chabot College to Hold Baseball Field Dedication Honoring Gene Wellman

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College will dedicate its baseball field in honor of Gene Wellman, former coach and athletics director, at 2-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the Chabot College Baseball Field. Master of Ceremonies and former Coach Zack Papachristos will begin the dedication, followed by guest speaker Brad Wellman, Gene’s son.

In 1962, founding President Reed L. Buffington hired Wellman as Chabot College’s Football Line Coach and Head Baseball Coach. Wellman later became director of the athletic program with 17 sports (men’s and women’s) and administered the program for 26 years. He retired from Chabot College in June 1994.

Former colleagues have described Wellman as “a coach’s coach.” His 1968 baseball team won the Golden Gate Conference Championship with an 18-3 league record. The 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973 teams were runners-up for the Conference Title. The 1974 team won the Golden Gate Conference and was ranked second in the state. The 1975 team was 19-0 in conference play. The 1976 team won the Conference Title. He coached the fast pitch “A” 1982 women’s softball team to a national championship. Wellman also served as the Head Baseball Scout in Northern California for the Houston Astros.

Under Wellman’s administration, Chabot College won the Iron Man Trophy seven times. The trophy was given annually to the college scoring the most points for all team sports in the Golden Gate Conference. When women’s sports were added to the conference, the award was renamed as the All-Sports Trophy, which Chabot College won 10 times. The Iron Man Trophy was permanently awarded to Chabot College.


Chabot College Theater Arts to Present Original Student Plays

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Theater Arts Department will present “Emerging Work,” six short original student plays, at 7 p.m. on April 28 in Room 1328 in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 at the door; permit parking is $2. Audiences also can attend the plays on two separate bills. Following is the play list and schedule, with play descriptions by Theater Arts Instructor Rachel LePell.

Bill 1: 8 p.m. on April 24 and 26

  • “Waiting to Go,” by Colleen Sullivan, a fast paced drama set in a traffic jam at the Caldecott Tunnel.
  • “She Waits,” by Roberta Guererro, about two adult sisters dealing with the issues of a dying mother.
  • “Nice Guys,” by Kellen Smith, a relationship comedy between zany, witty buddies.

Bill 2: 8 p.m. on April 25 and 27

  • “Snapped,” by Seth Andersen, a day in the life of David, who is on the edge of “losin’ it.”
  • “Those Who Wait,” by Jasmine Costa, a sweet, romantic comedy and an unlikely match-making tale.
  • “Rock ‘n’ Roll Renegades,” by Jeff Olivero, about three wild and crazy friends trying to do the impossible.


Chabot College to Host Fair Pay Activist Lilly Ledbetter

(Hayward, CA) - As a highlight of Chabot College’s celebration of Women’s History Month, fair pay activist Lilly Ledbetter will speak at 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Reed L. Buffington Visual and Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcomed. Parking permit is $2.

“We are delighted to bring Lilly Ledbetter to campus for the education and enrichment of our students and the greater East Bay/Tri-Valley community,” said Chabot College U.S. Women’s History Instructor Jane Wolford. “As President Obama said at the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signing ceremony, equal pay is by no means just a women’s issue - it’s a family issue.”

In January 2009, newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act while Ledbetter and several other dignitaries witnessed the historic event. This was the first major piece of legislation signed by our new president.

Ledbetter sued her employer, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, for pay discrimination when she discovered that she had been earning considerably less than her male colleagues. She won in the lower courts but the U. S. Supreme Court reversed the decision.

Following her presentation at Chabot College, Ledbetter will be signing copies of her new book, “Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay at Goodyear and Beyond;” books will be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by Dr. Jennifer Ong; the Chabot College Associated Students, Inter-Club Council and Office of the President; and the Las Positas College Campus Change Network.

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Chabot College Theater Arts to Present “Electricidad”

(Hayward, CA) - The Chabot College Theater Arts Department will present Luis Alfaro’s critically acclaimed “Electricidad,” a Latino interpretation of the Greek tragedy “Electra,” set within the brutal gang culture of a contemporary Los Angeles barrio. Performances are April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and April 22 at 2 p.m. at the Douglas Morrison Theatre, 22311 North Third Street, Hayward. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for general admission. For ticket information, please call (510) 881-6777.

“’Electricidad’ is a fast-paced, highly theatrical retelling of ‘Electra,’” said Rachel LePell, Chabot College Theater Arts instructor and one of the play’s producers. “It follows the original story of murder, revenge, family loyalty, family destiny and examination of the law - all unfolding in the world of the barrio culture and language,” she said.

“The production will showcase a live rock and roll band and a ‘Greek chorus’ of hip hop and salsa singers and dancers,” she said. The setting will feature a hand-painted mural in the tradition of urban Latino artwork.

“Electricidad,” creator Luis Alfaro is an award-winning playwright, performer and writer and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius grant.” He drew upon his Chicano heritage and upbringing in the poor, largely Hispanic Pico-Union district of downtown Los Angeles to create his adaptation of the tragic Greek saga. The play opens as the title character, Electricidad, keeps vigil over her father’s dead body, vowing to avenge his murder by her mother, Clemencia.

The production is directed by Linda Amayo-Hassan with set design by Instructor Dov Hassan; both are of San Lorenzo. The lighting designer is Chabot College student and Union City resident Sean Gallagher. Actors include Hayward residents Janelle Aguirre, Kel Rama, Dinorah Galvan, Moinca Palcastre and Ulises Toledo. As producer, LePell is working in collaboration with Susan E. Evans and Terry Sullivan of the Douglas Morrison Theatre.

“We hope that this will be the first of many collaborations with the Douglas Morrison Theatre of Hayward,” LePell said. The theatre is owned and operated by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.


Chabot College President Named - Dr. Susan Sperling

Dr. Susan Sperling(Hayward, CA) - At its Feb. 21 meeting, the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) Board of Trustees appointed Susan Sperling, Ph.D., President of Chabot College. Sperling, dean of social sciences and 25-year veteran administrator and educator at the college, becomes the ninth president in the college’s 50-year history and was selected after a national search. Sperling’s appointment was effective Feb. 22.

“Dr. Sperling has devoted her career to supporting student success and access,” said CLPCCD Chancellor Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D. “She is deeply committed to our community, our students and our college.”

During her 25-year career at Chabot College, Sperling has served in a variety of capacities including faculty member, faculty leader, administrator and community liaison. Her many positions with the college and district include district-wide Faculty Association President and Chabot College’s first grants developer under the College’s Title III grant.

Sperling has negotiated college funding partnerships with both the private and public sector and has developed projects involving the range of diversity in the college’s service area. Working with stakeholders, Sperling has developed programs focusing on cultural diversity, social justice, civic engagement and environmental justice.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Reed L. Buffington Award for Excellence in Teaching and major research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sperling is an anthropologist, as well, who has researched, published widely and presented nationally on topics including animal rights, the history of evolutionary science, and gender and race issues.
Sperling earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She succeeds Celia Barberena, Ph.D., who retired in December after serving as the college president for nearly four years.


Chabot College and Hayward Organizations Win “Promise” Grant

(Hayward, CA) - Chabot College is part of the Hayward Promise Neighborhood, one of five neighborhoods in the nation and the only one in California, to win a U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods grant, funding educational improvement and neighborhood revitalization for students and families.

“This is a great victory for the City of Hayward, the Jackson Triangle neighborhood, the schools in that neighborhood, CSUEB and for Chabot,” said Yvonne Wu Craig, Chabot College Grant Developer/Writer and representative on the management team for the planning grant.

“This is a great opportunity for us to make systematic changes to the educational system and create a lasting impact on a neighborhood where we are already serving over 800 of the residents,” said Tram Vo-Kumamoto, Chabot College Dean of Science and Math and a grant management team member.

Chabot College’s activities that support Promise Neighborhood goals include the Summer Bridge Program Instruction, Childcare Licensing Program, math curriculum development with K-12 faculty, concurrent enrollment classes, East Bay Teacher Pathway courses, entrepreneurship courses and arts and humanities after-school classes for middle and high school students.

“I commend all communities that are putting education at the center of efforts to fight poverty in urban and rural areas,” said Melody Barnes, domestic policy advisor to President Obama, in a press release. “The goal of Promise Neighborhoods is to provide the resources and support young people need to succeed while transforming distressed neighborhoods into communities of opportunity.”

More than 200 organizations applied for the Promise Neighborhoods planning and implementation grants.


Chabot College to Honor Founding Athletics Leader John Wagoner

(Hayward, CA) - Right before this Friday’s tip off for the last basketball game of its 50th anniversary season, Chabot College will hold a dedication ceremony in the gym to formally honor the man whose vision helped build the gym and who coached the first Gladiator basketball game 50 years ago.

As part of its Golden Anniversary Celebration, Chabot College will honor John L. Wagoner, its founding basketball coach, founding physical education division dean and long-time administrative leader with a plaque presentation to him and dedication ceremony honoring his many years of service. The Feb. 17 event will begin at 6:45 p.m. right before the 7 p.m. Men’s Basketball game with Foothill College. Also in attendance will be John L. Wagoner’s son, Dale Wagoner, who has followed in his father’s footsteps as the current dean of Health, Physical Education and Athletics.

“As a founding member of the college’s leadership team and as one of the primary individuals responsible for the development of Chabot College Athletic programs for both men’s and women’s teams, John Wagoner has played an important role in the college’s history,” said Dale. “It is fitting that the college recognize him with this dedication for his years of service during this celebration of our 50 years of serving the communities of Southern Alameda County,” he said.

John L. Wagoner served Chabot College as an administrative leader for 32 years. In 1962, he founded both the Men’s Basketball and Men’s Tennis programs and was the first coach in these programs. He became the founding division chair/dean of the Chabot College Physical Education Department where he served until his retirement in 1994.

He coached the Men’s Basketball team from 1962 to 1978, compiling 307 career victories including 14 straight winning seasons, three conference championships and one Final Four appearance in the state basketball tournament. During his tenure as head basketball coach, he helped many student athletes matriculate to four-year colleges and universities to pursue their athletic and educational goals.

Wagoner was elected to the California Community College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. He was an original electee to the first class of the Chabot College Athletic Hall of Fame upon its inception in 2001.

He continues to serve the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District as a member of the Chabot Federal Credit Union Board; he has been a board member for 47 years, including serving as board president for multiple terms.

Wagoner graduated from Stanford University with a Master in Education and worked at Shafter High School before beginning his career at Chabot College.


Chabot College and Wuxi City College of Vocational Technology in China Sign Historic Sister College Agreement

(Hayward, CA) - Representatives from Chabot College and Wuxi City College of Vocational Technology in China recently united in a formal signing ceremony establishing a Sister College relationship between the two colleges.

“This is the beginning of a global friendship that will enhance and enrich the educational experience of students from both colleges,” said Hal G. Gin, member of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees. “This relationship can result in many benefits including student exchange programs and opportunities for online classes that can be taught from one college to the other,” said Gin, who was among a delegation that traveled more than a year ago to tour the Chinese college and meet with its president.

“During the campus tour and conversations with President Zhou, it became obvious that Chabot and Wuxi City College would be compatible as sister colleges. This past year was one of numerous emails, communications and discussions, all of which have resulted in today’s historic event - the signing of the Sister College agreement,” Gin said at the Jan. 12 signing ceremony at Chabot College.

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Chancellor Joel L. Kinnamon and Wuxi City College President Zhou Weican signed the Sister College Memorandum of Understanding which states, in part: “In order to promote cooperation between Chabot College and Wuxi City College of Vocational Technology, and desiring to expand scholarly ties, facilitate academic cooperation and promote mutual understanding, both entities agree to explore the feasibility of establishing a framework for educational cooperation.”

During its Bay Area visit, the Chinese delegation toured both Chabot and Las Positas College campuses, including welding and automotive technology labs, a nursing simulation lab, a fire service technology area and a biology lab.

Exchanges of gifts included college hats, t-shirts and pennants, plus wine produced by Las Positas College’s Viticulture and Winery Technology students. The Chinese delegation presented the colleges with many gifts, including embroidered works of art, one of which featured twin water lilies. “The twin water lilies represent our relationship,” Zhou said through an interpreter. “They share the same root and they grow together, just like our two colleges will grow together with our new friendship that begins today.”


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