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BCC’s Class of 2014: Congratulations to All!

21 May 2014

BCC Graduates in line at ZellerbachCongratulations to the Berkeley City College Class of 2014! We are all very proud of you and all of your accomplishments!


Please visit the BCC Graduation website. View the Berkeley City College 2014 Commencement Ceremony Program.





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Congratulations to BCC’s 2013-2014 Scholarship Award Winners!

16 May 2014

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 scholarship award winners:

President’s Medallion

  • Valentino Calderon

President’s Award

  • Mirko Ranieri

Osher Scholars 2013-2014

  • Michael Dunn
  • Alexandra Ellman
  • Suzanne Garden
  • Motasim Hassan
  • Charmilah Hawkins
  • Jessie Rameňo
  • Joel Nguyen Xuan

Jerry L. Adams Scholarship

  • Omar Ubilla, Graduating Student
  • Troy Dotson, Continuing Student
  • Wanping Zhao, Continuing Student

Peralta Association of African American Affairs (PAAAA) Scholarship

  • Theresa Ary
  • Troy Dotson
  • Robyn Walker



The Follett Bookstore Scholarship (Spring)

  • Geoffrey Logan
  • Rita Phang

The Henry Fort Memorial Book Award (Fall)

  • Eunice Paredes

John & Ana Los Scholarship (Spring)

  • Maurice Brown Martin

Foundation Scholars Award (Fall)

  • Tangela Griffin
  • Zack Mueller
  • Eunice Paredes
  • Million Tadese

Loretta Hernandez Scholarship (Spring)

  • Maurice Brown Martin
  • Giselle Leighton-Armah

The Peralta Retirees Organization (PRO) Scholarship Award (Spring)

  • Derrick Shane McClure

Rising Scholars Voices Program (RSVP) (Fall)

  • Antoinette Allen
  • Daisha Fitzgerald
  • Acsa Gamez
  • Donta Jackson
  • Lemar Key
  • Jason Mageria

The Ruth Bittman Scholarship Award (Fall)

  • Zack Mueller


Thank you to all PCF Scholarship Readers; and to

BCC Scholarship Committee Members:

Paula Coil (chair), Elena Givental, Tamara Harris-Coleman, Scott Hoshida, Jennifer Lenahan, and to

BCC PAAAA Representative: Allene Young



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Student Email Reminder

14 May 2014

This is a reminder for all students to activate their Peralta Student Email Accounts.


Instructors will be contacting students enrolled in online courses via their student email accounts. Please visit the following website for information on activating your Peralta Student Email Account:


If you need assistance with your Peralta Student Email Account, please contact


After activating your student email account, you can change your student email settings to redirect messages to your personal email account. Instructions on how to do this are on the following web page:





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Simons Instutute/MSRI/BCC host MIT’s Dr. Michael Sipser Lecture on “Beyond Computation: The P vs. NP Question,” 5:30 p.m., Fri., May 9

6 May 2014

“Beyond Computation: The P vs. NP Question” is the topic of a Fri., May 9 presentation by Dr. Michael Sipser, the Barton L. Weller Professor of Mathematics and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Berkeley City College’s auditorium, 2050 Center St., downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Berkeley BART Station.


Dr. Michael Sipser

The lecture examines whether every problem for which a solution can be easily verified by a computer can also be easily solved by a computer. An answer to this question would reveal the potential for computers to solve puzzles, crack codes, prove theorems, and optimize many practical tasks. Presented by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College, the event is made possible in part by a gift from the Simons Foundation.


The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion. Panel participants include Richard Karp, moderator (UC Berkeley), Ron Fagin (IBM Almaden), Russell Impagliazzo (UC San Diego), Sandy Irani (UC Irvine), Christos Papadimitriou (UC Berkeley), Omer Reingold (Microsoft Research), and Ryan Williams (Stanford University). Read more about this presentation on the Simons Institute site.


Admission is free but seating is limited. You must register for a seat at



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Science Informational Open House at Berkeley City College on Thur., May 15, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm & 4:00 – 5:30 pm, 5th floor

6 May 2014

Explore your future in SCIENCE at Berkeley City College’s Science Informational Open House on Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 12:30 – 1:30 PM and 4:00- 5:30 PM on the 5th floor. Berkeley City College is located at 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Berkeley BART Station.


Find out about:

  • Jobs in cutting-edge bioscience laboratories
  • Careers in biomedical and pharmaceutical fields
  • Jobs related to chemical engineering and analysis
  • Careers in computer-related research and development
  • Science classes for transfer to 4-year colleges or universities


Meet our instructors and laboratory staff. Learn about BCC’s Biotechnology and Computer Science Associate Degrees for Transfer to 4-year year colleges and universities and Certificate Programs to enhance your career goals and increase your job-related skill sets.


Click on the image below to view the flyer:

BCC Science Informational Open House flyer


Filed under: Academics, General

Digital Artists Collective Retrospective Exhibit: “DAC ON 3″, 3rd Floor

6 May 2014

The Digital Artists Collective is having a reception on Thursday, May 15th from 5 to 7 pm on the 3rd floor to celebrate the opening of its new show “DAC on 3″. We invite all members of the BCC community to join us for the Retrospective Exhibit of Master Digital Art Works by members of BCC’s Digital Artists Collective (originally The Digital Arts Club). This show is the work of students of BCC’s Multimedia program who belong to DAC and are active supporters of digital arts education and BCC.


DAC on 3 poster



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Zines: the zest of life on Tues., May 6, 12:15 – 1:30 pm, BCC Auditorium

6 May 2014

Tricolor Zines FlyerZines: the zest of life
panel discussion & workshop
Tuesday, May 6th 12:15-1:30 pm ~ BCC Atrium


What is a zine? A zine is a self-published, original work of art and text, easily (or sometimes not so easily) reproduced for distribution.
BCC’s own Tomas Moniz will facilitate a discussion between zine writers/creators about their creative processes and how identity influences their work.


Panel facilitated by Tomas Moniz. Featuring zine artists/writers: Shenaaz Jonmohamed, Raphael Villet, Vanessa X, Tepei Ando, and Ara Christina Jo


Following the panel, artists and zinester, Ara Jo will lead students in a workshop to create their own zine using found materials, a typewriter and an open mind.


This is the first event to launch BCC’s own Zine Library, which will be the East Bay’s first academic library zine collection!!



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A conversation about outsourcing education, higher education culture and adjunctivism

6 May 2014

#BCCAgora – Conference 1

(For online discussions follow the hashtag #bccagora on twitter or on Facebook:

A conversation about outsourcing education, higher education culture and adjunctivism.

Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to noon –
Berkeley City College, room 431
2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

There have been numerous conversations in the last few decades about the neoliberalization of higher education and how colleges and university are increasingly being conceived as needing to adhere to the parameters of private sector business and market values. Even if the actions, paradigms and goals of educational leaders and institutions are not directed specifically towards the privatization of this area of public services; nevertheless, they manage educational institutions as if they were, or should be, run according to the models of private businesses. An example of this is the ever-increasing emphasis on productivity, budget constraints and the massification of education. In the case of this last development, illustrated by last year’s obsession with MOOCs, it is interesting to note that most of the conversations about MOOCs did not focus on the idea of open education but rather on using them in ways that could serve the greatest amount of students with the fewest resources. Furthermore, more and more corporations are directly or indirectly influencing curriculum, for example, through research and materials produced by textbook giants. Another example of this corporate influence can be found in the use of consultants to outsource critical operations of the educational institutions such as technology and assessment. At the same time, perhaps because of the focus on economic productivity, another phenomenon that has become predominant in the last two decades is the precarization of instruction in the form of adjunctivism. In this short conference/conversation we will discuss these issues and debate the possibilities and consequences of conceiving higher educational institutions that conform to the parameters of the private business model.

Conference Schedule (3 panels)

8:45-9:10 Reception, coffee, etc.

9:10-10  / Panel 1: Invited Speaker: Audrey Watters


Audrey Watters is a writer who’s worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although two chapters into her Comparative Literature dissertation, Audrey decided to abandon academia, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Edutopia, MindShift, Fast Company, Inside Higher Ed, The School Library Journal, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, Campus Technology, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education. She is the editor and lead writer for Educating Modern Learners, and she is also currently working on a book called Teaching Machines, due out in 2014.

10:10-11 / Panel 2 following Audrey’s presentation a discussion about outsourcing education and higher education culture

  • Miguel A . Altieri  UC Berkeley
  • Rich Copenhagen former President of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.
  • Matthew M. Goldstein, Laney College and President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers
  • Abel J. Guillén, President of The Peralta Community College District Governing Board.
  • José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District
  • Cleavon Smith, Berkeley City College and President of the Faculty Senate
  • Karolyn van Putten, Laney College and District Academic Senate president

11:10-noon / Panel discussion about adjunctivism.

Facilitators of the event: Fabián Banga and Justin Hoffman (Berkeley City College)

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, please contact the DSPS office. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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