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6/25/12

Las Positas College to Present “Operation Gateway” Seminar for Returning Veterans

(Livermore, CA) - The Las Positas College Veterans First Program will present its fourth annual “Operation Gateway - A Veteran’s Transition to Success,” a two-day orientation seminar about educational opportunities for returning veterans, from 1 to 5 p.m. on July 18 and 19.
“We are proud to offer this two-day seminar that will be dedicated to in-depth education and career planning, classroom expectations, finance and benefits information, campus life, community resources and veteran support services,” said Veterans First Coordinator Todd Steffan. “Operation Gateway is also a great opportunity for veterans to experience firsthand the community and camaraderie that we have here at Las Positas College.”

In addition to informational sessions and workshops, veterans also can meet other veterans and enjoy a barbeque lunch with students, staff, and members from community organizations. Textbook stipends also will be available for eligible student veterans. Space is limited; early registration is recommended. Register by calling Steffan at ( 925) 424-1571 or email him at TSteffan@laspositascollege.edu.
“Operation Gateway” is sponsored by the Las Positas College Veterans First Program which provides veterans with services and resources to help them achieve their educational goals. This past academic year, more than 300 veterans or active duty military personnel were enrolled at the college. The college has been recognized as a Military Friendly School by “G.I. Jobs” magazine, placing the college in the top 15 percent of educational institutions nationwide.

Veteran support services include a full-time program coordinator, priority registration, transfer workshops, a book loan program, a study/drop-in tutorial center, work-study program and an active Student Veterans Organization. For more information, please visit the website at www.laspositascollege.edu/veterans.


6/14/12

Las Positas College Receives Surgical Technology Program Accreditation

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College has been granted programmatic initial accreditation for its Surgical Technology program by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), based on a recommendation from the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Students interested in entering the rapidly growing, fast-paced field of surgical technology may pursue their education and training through Las Positas College’s newly accredited program.

“After a very extensive review process, Las Positas College may now offer its students in the Tri-Valley area and the surrounding communities the opportunity to enter the technical and in-demand field of surgical technology through a nationally accredited program. These professionals lay the groundwork for every successful surgical procedure by preparing the operating room and equipment for use,” Las Positas College Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Janice Noble said. “Our surgical technology program has a value-added component with our partnership with ValleyCare Health System. ValleyCare Health System’s Livermore campus houses the Surgical Technology program with classroom space, a mock surgery laboratory, specialized staffing and equipment. Without ValleyCare Health System, our surgical technology program would not be what it is today” Dr. Noble further commented.

Las Positas College students enrolled in the Surgical Technologist program will have the opportunity to explore the multitude of responsibilities of a surgical technologist, study specific procedures and instruments used in a surgical environment, and work as a surgical technologist in a real-world surgical environment. The Las Positas College campus joins Skyline College in San Mateo in offering a Surgical Technology program accredited by CAAHEP.

In cooperation with CAAHEP, the largest programmatic accrediting agency in the health sciences field, ARC/STSA is the only Committee on Accreditation for education programs in surgical technology and surgical assisting. Relying on a set of standards outlined in the Standards and Guidelines for Accredited Educational Programs in Surgical Technology and the Standards and Guidelines for Accredited Educational Programs in Surgical Assisting, ARC/STSA identifies programs that prepare individuals to enter a profession in surgical technology or surgical assisting.

Students interested in earning a Surgical Technologist certificate should visit the Las Positas College website at www.laspositascollege.edu or contact the college at (925) 424-1355.


5/21/12

Las Positas College Summer Community Education Classes - Register Now!

(Livermore, CA) - Registration is underway for Summer Community Education Classes. Classes are available for all age groups.
Kids can have fun participating in programs like football camp, volleyball, fencing, filmmaking, stop motion animation, and comic drawing. Teens can get prepared for the next school year by enhancing their essay writing skills and learning SAT test preparation techniques.

Adults can save money by learning to make household cleaners, mineral make-up, and soaps. Piloxing is a new offering that is a heart pumping, body toning combination of Pilates and boxing. Popular classes are returning in photography, Olivina Estate olive oil tasting and food pairing, and backyard farming in partnership with Alden Lane Nursery.
To Register and learn more, visit the Community Education website at http://www.laspositascollege.edu/communityed/index.php, or call (925) 424-1467.


5/15/12

Las Positas College to Present 22nd Annual Commencement Ceremony

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College will hold its 22nd Annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 25, at 6:00 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex. Tickets are required; all graduates must participate in a rehearsal beginning at 3:00 p.m.

More than 800 degrees or certificates will be conferred this year; about 250 graduates are expected to attend the commencement ceremony.

Commencement ceremony music will be provided by the Las Positas College Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. For more information, please visit the website at www.laspositascollege.edu/graduation


4/19/12

Las Positas College to Host 1st Annual Major, Career and Employment Fair

(Livermore, CA) - College students, high school students and parents are invited to Las Positas College’s 1st Annual Major, Career and Employment Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, on the central walkway on campus near the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts.

“Students will have the opportunity to explore majors and careers that appeal to them, as well as get the chance to talk to some employers in the area,” said Counselor and Fair Coordinator Heike Gecox. Professionals and representatives from four-year colleges, including California State University East Bay, will join Las Positas College instructors to help students understand opportunities in different major fields of study and options for transfer to four-year colleges, Gecox said.

Las Positas College students who visit at least six fair information tables can get a free lunch, courtesy of Associated Students of Las Positas College. Lunches are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free. Parking is $2; purchase day permits at the machines in parking lots on campus. For more information, please contact Heike Gecox at (925) 424-1400 or visit the college website at www.laspositascollege.edu.


4/3/12

Las Positas College Community Education to Offer Online Mobile Marketing Course

(Livermore, CA) - The Las Positas College Community Education Program will offer a new online course, Advanced Mobile Marketing, which is part of the Mobile Marketing Certificate Program. This class and all classes in Community Education are not offered for college credit.

The one-month online course, which begins the week of June 4, will cover strategy and introduction including types of platforms to use, how to design a campaign and how to execute and measure success. Participants will be able to log into the course at any time from any computer. This course includes audio lectures by the instructor with slides, videos, online readings and ongoing discussion with the instructor and other participants. Other courses in the Mobile Marketing Certificate Program include Creating Cell Phone Apps for Business and Introduction to Mobile Marketing.

“Mobile marketing is such a big trend that it is becoming critical for businesses,” said course instructor and mobile marketing expert Simon Salt. Salt is a blogger, writer, entrepreneur and CEO of the Marketing Communications Agency IncSlingers. He speaks nationally on the topic of social media and is author of the book, “Social Location Marketing.”

To register and learn more about the course, please visit the Community Education website linked on the Las Positas College homepage at www.laspositascollege.edu, or contact Community Education Program Coordinator Frances De Nisco at (925) 424-1467.


4/3/12

Las Positas College Community Education to Offer Real Estate Staging Courses by TV Design Star Cathy Hobbs

(Livermore, CA) - The Las Positas College Community Education Program will offer three professional real estate staging courses taught by five-time Emmy award-winning television design personality Cathy Hobbs.
The courses, which are not for college credit, offer an opportunity to earn certification from Certified Staging Professionals (CSP), the country’s leading home staging academy.

The three three-day courses will be presented April 27-29, July 28-30 and Oct. 13-15. Course topics will include the following.

Regarded as one of the foremost home staging trainers in the country, Hobbs is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association, as well as a certified staging professional credentialed by CSP. She was a finalist on season six of HGTV’s reality series “Design Star” and is the founder of the interior design firm Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes.

To register and learn more about the courses, please visit the Community Education website linked on the Las Positas College homepage at www.laspositascollege.edu, or contact Community Education Program Coordinator Frances De Nisco at (925) 424-1467.


3/28/12

Las Positas College to Host “Father of Sleep Science”

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College will host William C. Dement, M.D., Ph.D., regarded as the “Father of Sleep Science,” who will present a lecture, “The Essentials of Sleep,” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the Multi-Disciplinary Building Lecture Hall, Room 2420. Tickets are on sale for $10 at the Bookstore; permit parking is $2.

“Dr. Dement is a true legend - a giant in the history of science,” said Las Positas College Psychology Instructor Ernest Jones, Ph.D. “He, more than any other person, has been responsible for the development of our understanding of sleep, dreams and the effects of sleep deprivation.”

Dement is a best-selling author, Stanford University professor, founder of the first sleep disorders clinic and sleep research center, and the world’s leading authority on sleep, sleep deprivation, and the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. In his lectures, Dement discusses why “drowsiness is a red alert,” demonstrates why healthy sleep is essential for optimal performance and productivity, and addresses the hazards of “sleep debt,” often due to common sleep disorders.

The Las Positas College Department of Psychology brings world-renowned speakers and events to the campus and Tri-Valley community. A frequent Las Positas College visitor was the late Kim Peek, the super-savant who inspired the Oscar winning film, “Rain Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman. Past speakers also have included Dr. John Ratey, best selling author and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; Stanford University Professor Robert Sapolsky, world renowned neuroscientist and expert on stress; and Temple Grandin, portrayed in an award winning HBO movie and regarded as the world’s most accomplished and best-known adult with autism.


3/26/12

Las Positas College Foundation to Present “Best of the Best” Fundraiser

(Livermore, CA) - The Las Positas College Foundation will present its ninth annual fundraising gala, The Best of the Best, beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, in the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts. The black tie affair will offer guests the “best of the best” in performing arts, gourmet food and fine local wine.

“Guests enjoy a lovely evening while supporting the students, staff, faculty and greater community that Las Positas College serves,” said Las Positas College Foundation CEO Ted Kaye, Ph.D. “In the current economic environment of reduced state funding of higher education, this support is critically important to maintaining the college’s stellar reputation of a high transfer rate to four-year institutions and quality vocational/technical training,” he said.

Kaye noted that, during the evening, local civic leaders who are among the best of the best in their communities will be honored. This year’s honorees are:

Past honorees have included: Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty; former Dublin Mayor Janet Lockhart; ValleyCare Health System President and CEO Marcy Feit; Richard Stulen, Vice President of Sandia National Laboratories, California; and Christine Wente, Fifth Generation Winegrower at Wente Vineyards.

During the evening, guests will have the opportunity to bid on items including wine country meals and adventures; high-end lifestyle packages for professional, cultural and sporting events; and unique service sessions that range from the creation of a legal trust package to home carpet cleaning.
Best of the Best guests will begin the evening “sampling Livermore Valley wines and delicious hors d’oeuvres presented by exceptional Tri-Valley restaurants in the elegant Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts on the Las Positas College campus,” Kaye said.

Midway through the evening, guests will enter the main stage theater for a Performing Arts Showcase featuring student presentations of dance, vocal, music and interpretive speaking. Presentations will be made to the Best of the Best Community Honorees. The evening will conclude with a dessert and champagne celebration of the college and the honorees.

Guest tickets are priced at $125 each and available for purchase online at www.lpcfoundation.org or by calling (925) 424-1010.


3/22/12

Las Positas College Invites Employers and Students to Free Internship Forum

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College invites employers and students to register now for a free Internship Forum at 3-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts, Room 4128.
A reception for employers and prospective interns will follow the forum. At the reception, employers can provide information about available internship positions and meet potential student interns. Employers and students who plan to attend are asked to register at www.internshipsforum.eventbrite.com. Space is limited and early registration is recommended.

“We are excited to offer this Internship Forum which is very relevant in today’s economy and job market,” said Las Positas College Work Based Learning and Internship Coordinator Leslie Gravino. “The purpose of the forum is to explore how interns add value to organizations and how to optimize the benefits for both interns and employers.”

Gravino explained that the forum will be conducted in the style of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences. “Presenters will have 15 minutes to communicate the essence of their internship experiences and inspire the audience with their best thinking and practices.” Presenters will include employers, faculty and interns.

“Students will learn what employers are looking for in interns and how to access positions that will promote career skills. At the same time, they will meet employers who are looking for interns,” Gravino said. “Internships open doors to employment.”

Las Positas College’s award-winning Work-Based Learning Programs include the Internships seminar and field placement, Work Experience seminar and field work, the Technical Support (LaPTechS) seminar and lab, and the Technical Student Repair Team (TechSTaRT), a student business offering computer repair services.

“In our programs, students combine academic advancement with the acquisition of work skills essential in today’s competitive job market,” Gravino said. “The programs link the classroom to the workplace, training the local workforce and responding to current business and organizational needs.”

For more information about the programs, forum and internships please contact Gravino at (925) 424-1876, lgravino@laspositascollege.edu.


3/19/12

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory/Las Positas College Science and Engineering Seminar to Explore Direct Imaging of Planets

(Livermore, CA) - “Building an Instrument to Image Extra-Solar Planets,” a new seminar in the second season of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)/Las Positas College Science and Engineering Seminar Series, will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 6-7:15 p.m. in the Multi-Disciplinary Building 2400, Room 2420. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $2.

The seminar discussion topic is the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a powerful new instrument that will be delivered to the 8-meter Gemini South Telescope this year. Presenters will discuss how scientists and engineers work together on three aspects of the GPI: balancing instrument science requirements with engineering design, innovating new technologies, and understanding and mitigating defects in hardware.

“Though more than 700 planets have been discovered orbiting other stars, we have only just begun to be able to take pictures of these faint, distant worlds. Direct imaging is extremely challenging, but scientifically essential; images and spectra of an exoplanet will tell us what it's made of and eventually if it harbors life,” the abstract explains.

The seminar presenters are two LLNL experts: Bruce Macintosh, Ph.D., Astronomer, Optical Sciences Group Principal Investigator, Gemini Planet Imager project; and Lisa Poyneer, Ph.D., Engineer, Optical Sciences and Signal & Image Processing Groups. The seminar is part of a series, “Theory to Practice: How Science Gets Done.”

“The series is designed to enhance the partnership shared by the two Livermore institutions and provides a forum for laboratory scientists and engineers to share their broad range of basic and applied research with the college’s scientific community of students, staff and faculty,” said Dean of Math, Science, Engineering and Public Safety Neal Ely, Ph.D.

“The series offers a way to look at how science is done,” added Biology Instructor Nan Ho. “A unique feature of the series, especially for a community college, is the focus on the ‘big science’ that LLNL does that requires cross-disciplinary expertise.”

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3/15/12

Las Positas College to Host World Renowned Jazz Guitarist Mimi Fox

(Livermore, CA) - Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox will perform in concert with the Las Positas College Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students; parking is $2. Fox will present a jazz improvisation workshop the same day, 2-4 p.m., in Room 4138. It is open to the public, and welcomes all ages and instruments. Admission is free for Las Positas College students and $5 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

“We are delighted to bring Mimi Fox to Las Positas and the Tri-Valley,” said Cindy Browne Rosefield, Las Positas College director of Instrumental Music. “She is a highly respected educator and considered one of the most widely acclaimed jazz guitarists in the world today.”

Fox, who has released nine recordings as a leader, has been named a winner in six consecutive “DownBeat Magazine” international critics polls. She has performed or recorded with Branford Marsalis, David Sanchez, Houston Person, Don Lanphere, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Krall, Kevin Mahogany and Janis Siegal (Manhattan Transfer), Barbara Dennerlein, Lonnie Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington and fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Stanley Jordan, Charlie Hunter and Mundell Lowe. She also has shared the stage with legends Stevie Wonder and John Sebastian.

Fox also has written and performed original scores for orchestras, documentary films and dance projects, and is the recipient of prestigious grants from Meet the Composer and the California Arts Council.


3/9/12

Las Positas College Invites Public to Cuban Week Celebration

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College will present Cuban Week/ La Semana Cubana, March 12-16, featuring a celebration of the Cuban people, history, art, dance, music and religions and providing education, information and a chance to practice your Spanish. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place 7-9 p.m. in the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts. For a complete schedule, please visit www.laspositascollege.edu.

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the festival this year is entitled Una Ventana Abierta al Caribe/Cuba: A Window Open to the Caribbean. “This year’s project reflects the work of five years of travel to Cuba and meetings and interviews with artists, poets, writers, dancers, photographers, musicians and community members,” said Las Positas College Foreign Language Department Coordinator and festival Director Catherine Suárez.

The Las Positas College Foreign Language program offers first- and second-year transfer level courses in Spanish and American Sign Language and includes French and Italian on a rotating basis. For more information about the program, please visit www.laspositascollege.edu.


3/9/12

Las Positas College Invites Public to Cuban Week Celebration

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College will present Cuban Week/ La Semana Cubana, March 12-16, featuring a celebration of the Cuban people, history, art, dance, music and religions and providing education, information and a chance to practice your Spanish. All events are free and open to the public, and will take place 7-9 p.m. in the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts. For a complete schedule, please visit www.laspositascollege.edu.

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the festival this year is entitled Una Ventana Abierta al Caribe/Cuba: A Window Open to the Caribbean. “This year’s project reflects the work of five years of travel to Cuba and meetings and interviews with artists, poets, writers, dancers, photographers, musicians and community members,” said Las Positas College Foreign Language Department Coordinator and festival Director Catherine Suárez.

The Las Positas College Foreign Language program offers first- and second-year transfer level courses in Spanish and American Sign Language and includes French and Italian on a rotating basis. For more information about the program, please visit www.laspositascollege.edu.


2/29/12

Las Positas College to Present Hit Musical “Godspell”

(Livermore, CA) - Prepare ye the way for Las Positas College’s production of the ground-breaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical “Godspell,” March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and March 25 and April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Barbara Fracisco Mertes Center for the Arts. General admission is $15; $10 for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online or by phone at www.brownpapertickets.com, 1 (800) 838-3006, and at the door one hour before curtain; only cash and checks are accepted at the box office.

Now enjoying a 40th anniversary Broadway revival, “Godspell” is loosely based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. “We are presenting this family-friendly musical just in time for Easter,” said Wendy M. Wisely, Las Positas College theater instructor and director. “In Godspell, the parables of Jesus Christ come to life in a human and heartening way,” she said.

Wisely said the musical has been described as “uplifting, energetic, exuberant and enlightening.” She said audiences will hear “recognizable songs that have become staples of both the American musical theater and our popular culture.” Songs include “Day By Day,” “O Bless the Lord,” “On the Willows,” All for the Best,” “Light of the World” and “Prepare Ye the Way.”

“Godspell” originally was conceived by John-Michael Tebelak as his master’s thesis project at Carnegie Mellon. Composer Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for which he won several awards, including two Grammys. Schwartz’s many works include the musicals “Pippin” and “Wicked” and he has contributed music for the films “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Prince of Egypt” and “Enchanted.”

The Las Positas College production of “Godspell” is designed by Jeremy Hamm, with lighting design by Mike Rinaldi; costumes organized by Wesley Morgan; choreography by Faith Blevins; and music direction by Diane Cefalo. The cast includes Pamela Aquilar, Audrey Brooks, K.J. Brown, Josh Gate, Kaelise Hileman, Kathi Hileman, James Koponen, Jeremy LaClair, Steven McCloud and Abigail Vass.

For more information about Las Positas College performing arts, please visit the website at www.laspositascollege.edu.


2/29/12

Las Positas College to Host World Renowned Neuroscientist, Stress Expert Robert Sapolsky

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College will host Stanford University Professor Robert Sapolsky, world renowned neuroscientist and expert on stress, who will present a talk, “Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Health, and Coping,” on Wednesday, March 21, 7-9 p.m. in the Multi Disciplinary Building Lecture Hall, Room 2420. Tickets are on sale at the Bookstore; early purchase is recommended. Admission is $10; parking is $2.

Sapolsky is a MacArthur “genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In 2008, National Geographic and PBS aired an hour-long special on stress featuring Sapolsky and his research on the subject. He has been called “one of the best scientist-writers of our time” by Oliver Sacks and “one of the finest natural history writers around” by “The New York Times.”

In addition to “A Primate’s Memoir,” which won the 2001 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in nonfiction, Sapolsky has written three other books, including “The Trouble with Testosterone,” “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” and “Monkeyluv and Other Essays on our Lives as Animals.” His articles have appeared in publications such as “Discover” and “The New Yorker.” Sapolsky was awarded Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science for 2008. He currently is working on a book, “Human Aggression, Human Compassion and the Ambiguities of Biology.”

“We're really excited about bringing Robert Sapolsky to Las Positas during Brain Awareness Week,” said Las Positas College Psychology Instructor Ernest Jones, Ph.D. “Dr. Sapolsky teaches one of the most popular classes at Stanford.” Sapolsky’s presentation is sponsored by the Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society and the departments of Psychology, Biology and Anthropology.

Jones noted that, each year, the college participates in Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness about brain research. “Each March, we organize a variety of Brain Awareness Week activities on campus, including the Distinguished Speaker Program, the annual Brain Awareness Fair and exhibits and displays around campus,” Jones said.

Brain Awareness Week involves a partnership of more than 1,500 organizations in 55 countries. These organizations include scientific institutions, patient advocacy groups, universities, colleges, governmental agencies, services groups, K-12 schools and other affiliates.

Brain Awareness Week activities are designed to increase public awareness about the wonders of the brain and nervous system, focus national and international attention on the progress, promise, and benefits of brain and nervous system research, and help people of all ages and backgrounds understand more about the “universe between their ears.”

The Las Positas College Department of Psychology brings world-renowned speakers and events to the campus and Tri-Valley community. A frequent Las Positas College visitor was the late Kim Peek, the super-savant who inspired the Oscar winning film, “Rain Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman. Past speakers also have included Dr. John Ratey, best selling author and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School; William C. Dement, M.D. Ph.D., the world’s leading authority on sleep and regarded as the “Father of Sleep Medicine;” and Temple Grandin, portrayed in an award winning HBO movie and regarded as the world's most accomplished and best-known adult with autism.

For more information, please visit the Las Positas College website at www.laspositascollege.edu.


2/23/12

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory/Las Positas College Science and Engineering Seminar to Reveal How the Internet Knows What You Want

(Livermore, CA) - A new seminar in the second season of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)/Las Positas College Science and Engineering Seminar Series will take place on Monday March 5, 6-7:15 p.m. in the Multi-Disciplinary Building 2400, Room 2420. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $2.

The seminar will reveal math and computer science techniques that collect, sort, categorize and process online information. Seminar presenters are two LLNL experts: Van Emden Henson, Ph.D., Applied Mathematician; and Andy Yoo, Ph.D., Computer Scientist. The seminar is part of a series, “Theory to Practice: How Science Gets Done.”

“The series is designed to enhance the partnership shared by the two Livermore institutions and provides a forum for laboratory scientists and engineers to share their broad range of basic and applied research with the college’s scientific community of students, staff and faculty,” said Dean of Math, Science, Engineering and Public Safety Neal Ely, Ph.D.

“The series offers a way to look at how science is done,” added Biology Instructor Nan Ho. “A unique feature of the series, especially for a community college, is the focus on the ‘big science’ that LLNL does that requires cross-disciplinary expertise.”

The March 5 seminar is entitled “A Child’s Garden of Graphs: How a pinch of linear algebra, a smattering of graph theory, and a spoonful of computer science is dominating your life.” Following is the abstract.
“How does Netflix (or Amazon) recommend the movies (or products) you may like? How do Google, AltaVista, or Bing assemble their lists of results? How does Expedia find an airline itinerary? How do Facebook or LinkedIn find people you may know? How do dating sites propose possible matches? How do
banks catch potentially fraudulent activities? These, and many, many more, are examples of graphs in action.

“While some of the graph algorithms are subtle and complex, a surprising number are remarkably simple. Many can best be understood and implemented with the tools of linear algebra. But the modern world is also the world of exponential growth of information, and many of the graphs behind these applications are rapidly growing to extraordinary size. How do we deal with graphs having tens or hundreds of billions of vertices? How can we deal with information at enormous scales?

“Where the mathematician and the applications scientist devise the algorithms to organize, mine, or employ the information, it falls to the computer scientists to create the architectures, hardware, software environments, and implementations making the computations possible. In this talk, Van Emden Henson will describe some of the graph-based problems that have become ubiquitous in today’s world, and the mathematical tools used to address them, and Andy Yoo will describe the challenges and approaches to realizing these methods on the most modern computational engines.”
For more information about the seminar, please visit the website at http://www.laspositascollege.edu/news/scienceSeries.php.

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2/23/12

Las Positas College Speech Team Captures First Place Award

(Livermore, CA) - The Las Positas College Speech Team, the Talk Hawks, swooped in to place first among community colleges in the Individual Event Competition at the Feb. 10-12 Northern California Forensics Association’s Championship Tournament.

“This was our first big test of the season and it launches our championship spring semester,” said Director of Forensics Tim Heisler.

“The Talk Hawks won awards in every category of competition they entered, earning 13 individual awards and a team sweepstakes award,” Heisler said. “A total of 31 colleges and universities participated in the competition. Our Open-Level Individual Event competitors finished second overall.”

The Talk Hawks have a proud history of state, national and international awards including a Second Place Sweepstakes Award from the International Forensics Association’s Speech and Debate Tournament. In March, the team will travel to Rome, Italy to participate in this prestigious international tournament once again. In April, the team will head to Chicago, Ill. for the National Championship Tournament.

The following Talk Hawk students won awards at the recent tournament:

Alexandra Penn of San Ramon
Open Communication Analysis - 1st Place
Open Duo Interpretation - 5th Place

Sarah Kellner of Brentwood
Open Dramatic Interpretation - 5th Place
Open Speech to Entertain - 5th Place

Salim Razawi of Dublin
Open Prose Interpretation - 4th Place
Open Programmed Oral Interpretation - 5th Place
Open Poetry Interpretation - 7th Place

Adam Neylan of Tracy
Open Programmed Oral Interpretation - 3rd Place
Open Dramatic Interpretation - 3rd Place
Open Poetry Interpretation - 4th Place
Open Duo Interpretation - 5th Place

Weston Toste of Livermore
Open Persuasive Speaking - 4th Place
Open Informative Speaking - 5th Place


2/22/12

Las Positas College Invites Bay Area Employers to Campus Job Fair

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College invites Bay Area employers to register by April 6 for its annual Majors, Career and Employment Fair to be held Thursday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Employers will have the opportunity to interview students and recruit for full and part-time career openings and summer jobs. Interested employers are invited to contact Scheanelle Green, Career/Transfer and Employment Center Coordinator, at (925) 424-1423 or sgreen@laspositascollege.edu.


2/22/12

Las Positas College Invites Submissions and Sponsors for Literary Anthology

(Livermore, CA) - The Las Positas College Literary Anthology editorial staff is now inviting sponsors and submissions for its 2012 issue to be published in May. The submission deadline is March 1.

“The anthology staff is accepting original, unpublished contributions from students and the community,” said Melissa Korber, Mass Communications instructor and anthology adviser.

Submission categories are: prose, up to 5,000 words; poetry, up to 10 poems; and artwork or photography, up to 10 pieces to be reproduced in black and white or color. All submission requirements are posted on the website at www.laspositascollege.edu/eng/anthology.

Korber noted that a publication and awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. at Las Positas College, Room 2401. All submissions are automatically considered for the awards. She invites anyone interested in sponsoring the anthology to contact her at mkorber@laspsotascollege.edu.

Las Positas College students gain practical experience through the anthology, student magazine “Naked,” student newspaper “Express” and Radio Las Positas. The publications and radio station support the award-winning Mass Communications program which offers a Certificate of Achievement, a Certificate of Completion in Radio and transfer classes to four-year colleges.


1/19/12

Las Positas College Community Urged to Sign Up for Emergency Texts

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to sign up now for AlertU - an emergency text messaging service for mobile phones.

“AlertU is the best way to get notified in the event of a campus emergency,” said Campus Safety Supervisor Sean Prather. He noted that many other colleges offer the AlertU service and that it augments Las Positas College’s existing emergency notification system.

To sign up, text “LPC” to 253788 (AlertU). Reply “Y” to the text message.

AlertU effectiveness relies on voluntary subscription. People must sign up to receive the text alerts. Prather noted that subscribers will not receive spam and that personal information will not be shared with any other party. Only designated Las Positas College administrators have access to the AlertU system. They will send messages only in the event of an emergency or crisis, or to test the system.

AlertU is a free service, but standard text message rates may apply. Most major carriers support AlertU; some smaller carriers do not. Subscribers can opt out at any time by texting “STOP” or “UNSUB” to 253788 (AlertU). If persons signed up in the past, they do not need to sign up again unless they unsubscribed. Friends and family are invited to sign up, too.

“We are proud of our ongoing efforts to promote a safe environment for learning and working and we encourage everyone to support our campus safety by signing up for AlertU,” Prather said.

To sign up online and get more information, please visit http://www.laspositascollege.edu/safety/alertu.php.


1/18/12

Las Positas College to Offer “Cash for College” Financial Aid Workshops with Scholarship Drawings

(Livermore, CA) - Las Positas College will offer high school students and their parents four “Cash for College” Financial Aid Workshops, including drawings for a $1,000 scholarship.

“The workshops will cover the most important basic topics about financial aid and teach attendees how to maximize their opportunities,” said Las Positas College Financial Aid Officer Andi Schreibman. “High school seniors attending the workshops who file a FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA Verification by March 2 will qualify for the $1,000 scholarship drawings, with winners to be announced in April,” she said.

Following is the workshop schedule:

 
 
  • 11 a.m. - noon, Room 2420, Informational Workshop.
  • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 2412. A concurrent “drop-in FAFSA lab” will be held in a Computer Lab, to assist applicants with filing the FAFSA application. Personal assistance will be provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Participants are asked to bring a pen, 2011 W-2 forms (or tax returns) for parents and student, and all other pertinent income and investment information.
 

Workshop topics will include: types of aid, deadlines, qualifications, “independent” vs. “dependent” definitions, application process, resources for scholarships, important hints for completing a FAFSA, hints to minimize expected family contribution, and time for questions and answers, Schreibman said.

“Financial aid can help students pay for college and may be available for either full or part-time students,” Schreibman explained. “In addition to grants and scholarships, aid may include fee waivers, work-study positions, and student loans. These funds can help with such student expenses as transportation and personal expenses as well as tuition and fees, room and board, and books and supplies.”

For additional information, please email the Las Positas College Financial Aid Office at lpcfinaid@laspositascollege.edu or visit www.calgrants.org.


1/4/12

Las Positas College to Host Free Proposal Budgeting Workshop

(Livermore, CA) - The Las Positas College Foundation Center Cooperative Collection will host a free workshop for nonprofit organizations, “Proposal Budgeting Basics,” on Friday, Jan. 20, 10-11 a.m. in Building 2400, Room 2416.  Online registration is required at the foundation center website:  http://grantspace.org/Classroom/Training-Calendar/San-Francisco/Proposal-Budgeting-Basics-2012-01-20-Livermore-CA.

Led by Scott Ullman of the San Francisco Foundation Center, the workshop provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the budget line items to be included in a grant proposal. The workshop is designed for organizations considering or currently seeking grants from foundations.

The following learning outcomes will be accomplished during the workshop: 

Through the Foundation Center of New York’s Cooperating Collection designation, Las Positas College has expanded its services to the community. Located in the Learning Resource Center on the Livermore campus, the Las Positas College Cooperative Collection Center is available to nonprofit organizations and other grant seekers in the Tri-Valley area looking for funding sources. For additional information, contact Vicki Shipman at (925) 424-1355.

 

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