BCC News

Dr. Linda McAllister Receives the Prestigious 2016 Hayward Award for Excellence in Teaching and Education

11 February 2016

Dr. Linda McAllisterDr. Linda McAllister has been selected as one of four California Community College faculty members to win the Hayward Award for Excellence. The Hayward Award is conferred upon four faculty members annually who have been nominated by peers from their college. Named for former California Community College Chancellor Gerald C. Hayward, the award honors outstanding community college faculty who have a track record of excellence both in teaching and in professional actives and have demonstrated commitment to their students, profession, and college.


Recipients of the Hayward Award receive a plaque and a $1,250 cash award. A call for nominations goes out in November with an announcement letter, application, criteria, and scoring rubric. This is a Board of Governors award, is sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, and recipients are recognized by the Board each March. The award winners are invited to attend a dinner with the Academic Senate President on Sunday night before the award ceremony and to attend the Board meeting to receive the award the next day. The announcement was also made on the website of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges.


True to Dr. McAllister’s nature, her response upon receiving the news of her winning this award was that the award is great recognition for the college and for the many deserving faculty at the college and indeed throughout the district. While it is true that there are many excellent faculty at Berkeley City College and the other three colleges in our district, it was specifically the details of Dr. McAllister’s own professionalism and engagement with students that earned her this award. Congratulations, Linda! It’s an honor to be considered your colleague and to be able to witness your grit and grace day in and day out!


Dr. Linda McAllister teaches Sociology and is Co-Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Berkeley City College.


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Lunar New Year Dance on Thurs., Feb. 11, Atrium @ College Hour

9 February 2016

Join us in celebrating the Lunar New Year with the Cal Vietnamese Students Association Lion Dance Team (for the second year in a row).


On Thursday, Thomas Torres-Gil will have red envelopes for those that would like to contribute to the Lion Dance Team but please watch the show!


When: Thursday February 11, 2016

Where: BCC Atrium (Basement)

Time: College Hour, 12:15 P.M. – 1:15 P.M


This event is hosted by the International Ambassadors. For more information contact Thomas Torres-Gil, International Program Manager, ttoresgil@peralta.edu, and visit the BCC International Education website.


View Lunar New Year Dance below:

Lunar New Year Dance flyer

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Presidents’ Day Holiday Observance – BCC Closed Feb. 12 – 15

8 February 2016

Berkeley City College will be closed from Friday, February 12, through Monday, February 15, 2016, in observance of the Presidents’ Day Holidays. Classes resume on Tuesday, February 16.

Filed under: Academics

Last Day to ADD or DROP a Regular, Full Term Class is Sun., Feb. 7

2 February 2016

Reminder: the last day students can add or drop regular, full-term classes is Sun.,Feb. 7. That also is Census Day, when instructors verify enrollment in their classes.


The last day that a student can file for the Pass/No Pass Grading Option is Thur., Feb. 11, 2016.


View the Spring 2016 Academic Calendar.


Spring 2016 Semester: January 25, 2016 – May 27, 2016

BCC Spring 2016 Class Schedule:

Please view our flipbook (click on the image below) or you can download the BCC Spring 2016 Class Schedule PDF version (3 MB)

BCC 2016 Class Schedule Flipbook

BCC and District Enrollment Resources:

Search online on PASSPORT for classes – remember to change the Term to Spring 2016.

Filed under: Academics

Meet Your Faculty Advisors & Learn About BCC Majors Feb. 16 & 17, @ 12:15-1:15 pm, Feb. 18 @ 5:30-6:30 pm, Atrium

2 February 2016

Lunch will be provided on Tues./Wed. Feb. 16 & 17. Light Refreshments on Thurs. Feb. 18. Meet your Faculty Advisors. Learn about BCC Majors and how they apply to your personal interest, transfer, and employment.



  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – 12:15 – 1:15 pm, BCC Atrium (Lunch will be provided)
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 12:15 – 1:15 pm, BCC Atrium (Lunch will be provided)
  • Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 5:30 – 6:30 pm, BCC Atrium (Light refreshments will be provided)


Download the faculty advising flyer and room schedule below:

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Spring 2016 Moodle Online Course Site

2 February 2016

The Spring 2016 Moodle Online Course Site is located at http://eperalta.org/spring2016, however, most classes will not be open to students until the first day of the class.


Students who are enrolled in online and hybrid classes should check for any email messages from their instructors. If students have never logged in to their Peralta Student Email Account, or have not redirected their mail, they can find more information about their accounts at http://web.peralta.edu/it/studentemail


Student login information for the Spring 2016 Moodle Online Course Site follows this convention:

Username: your PASSPORT User ID (this may be your Student ID# OR a combination of letters and numbers if you obtained your student account 4 or more years ago)

Password: your birthdate in the format of yyyymmdd


Example: Cassandra Smith has a User ID of 10345678 and a birthdate of April 7, 1999, would login using:

Example Username:  10345678

Example Password:  19990407






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Workshop at BCC’s New Undocumented Community Resource Center on Fri., Feb. 5 @ 5 PM

2 February 2016

No Human Being Is Illegal – a workshop on legal issues about immigration and civil and human rights on Fri., Feb. 5, at 5:00 pm, South Campus, 2070 Allston Way (Suite 4), Berkeley.


In response to the recent undocumented raids, the Undocumented Community Resource Center will be hosting an information session that will cover the following:

What to do if you (or family) are stopped by immigration.
What to do if ICE comes to your home.
Your civil and human rights.
Resources you or your family can access.
RSVP by emailing or calling us!

Undocumented Community Resource Center
2070 Allston Way, Berkeley CA 94704
(510) 545-3436, ucrc.berkeley@gmail.com


BCC has some amazing students who have organized a resource center at BCC to support the undocumented community. The Undocumented Community Resource Center (UCRC) was founded in Spring 2015 and offers resources, workshops and support to undocumented peoples. They were featured on 2/2/2016, on Univision for the third time in their short history. The show “Al Dia” featured our very own Erika Castaño (photos below) who spoke about undocumented peoples rights and announced the Center’s upcoming workshop this Friday, Feb 5th, 5pm, BCC South Campus Suite 4 (2070 Allston Way). The workshop will focus on legal issues surrounding the recent increase in raids and deportation of undocumented peoples.


View the workshop flyer below:

URCR Flyer


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Krista Johns, J.D., Appointed BCC‘s Interim President

2 February 2016

Dr. Krista JohnsKrista Johns, J.D., has been appointed Interim President at Berkeley City College, Peralta Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre, announced. Dr. Johns replaces Dr. Deborah Budd, who was named Chancellor of the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District. Dr. Johns will assume her position full time beginning Mon., Feb. 8. Until that time, Dr. Laguerre will assume the president’s duties at BCC.


Dr. Johns, who most recently served as Vice President for Policy and Research at the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), also served as BCC’s vice President of Instruction from 2009 to 2012. Her extensive experience in higher education includes service as dean of English and business at Pleasant Hill’s Diablo Valley College (DVC), where she managed the college’s English and business divisions, and its hotel and restaurant programs. While there, she also administered federal grants, and was responsible for facilitating integration of academic and student services. She also served as director of the University of Mississippi’s Paralegal Studies Program; as administrator of that university’s Center for Continuing Legal Education; and as a curriculum developer for the University of Nevada, Reno.


Dr. Johns holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside (Kenosha, WISC) and a Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Filed under: Academics, General