BCC News

Spring 2017 Science Seminar Series: Arlene Blum Speaks on “Tackling Toxics: For Healthier Products, People and Planet” on Mon., May 1 @ 7 pm, Rm 431

23 April 2017

Dr. Arlene Blum, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer is a Visiting Scholar in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute. The Institute brings government, industry, scientists and citizens groups together worldwide to support chemical policies to protect human health and the global environment. Their research and policy work has contributed to stopping the use harmful chemicals in children’s sleepwear, furniture, electronics and other products globally.

Tackling Toxics flyer





All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

This lecture series is put on by the BCC Science/Biotechnology department as a component of a grant we received from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Since spring 2012 more than twenty guests spoke about the latest discoveries and progress in biology, biotechnology, physics and medicine:


Sponsored by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and Berkeley City College.

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BCC Multimedia Arts Student Showcase on Fri., April 28, 2017 @ 6-9 pm

17 April 2017

Join us for the very popular, standing-room only multimedia event of the year: The Berkeley City College Multimedia Arts Student Showcase!

This year, the event takes place on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 6 – 9 pm, in the BCC Auditorium, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley.

Mutimedia Arts Student Showcase flyer

The Multimedia Arts program prepares students for careers in the growing Multimedia field. Jobs include graphic arts, animation, video production, sound design, web design, and game design. Many of MMART students have worked for companies such as Pixar and Lucas Films.

One of the department’s successful alumni is 2013 Emmy winner, Paige Bierma. Her documentary, A Brush with the Tenderloin, aired on KQED’s “Truly California”.

A department faculty member is world-renowned E.J. Holowicki, a sound designer for Pixar and Lucas Films. Holowicki teaches sound design and has been a sound editor for big budget films including but not limited to Brave, Finding Nemo, Up, and Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens.

The showcase consists of short films, animations, print art and web designs by BCC studens and is also a way to highlight some of the work of MMART alumni. Invite friends, family, students, and anyone interested in Berkeley City College’s Multimedia Arts Program. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the upcoming showcase visit https://goo.gl/aGAOI0

For more information, contact Sabrina Nelson, sanelson@peralta.edu

Co-Producer of the MMART Student Showcase at Berkeley City College

View the MMART Degree and Certificate Programs


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Job Searching Workshops in April & May 2017!

17 April 2017

All workshops will take place during College Hour, from 12:15 – 1:15 pm. Just come to the appropriate room to join the workshop:

For more information about jobs and internships, please visit the Business Department’s Internship page.


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Poetry Reading in English & Spanish on Thurs., April 13 @ 7:30 pm, Pegasus Books

10 April 2017

The BCC English Department and Modern Languages Department invite you to an evening of poetry reading in English and Spanish:

Date:  Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, 94704

Event page: https://goo.gl/WtHDTz

The event features two touring Argentine poets, Luisa Futoransky and Claudia Schvartz. Also appearing are Portuguese poet Ana Luísa Amara, with two noted translators, Willis Barnstone and Dan Bellm.


Readings will be made by:

Ana Luísa Amaral was born in Lisbon, and lives in the north of Portugal. Professor at the University of Porto, she holds a Ph.D. on the poetry of Emily Dickinson and has academic publications in the areas of English and American Poetry, Comparative Poetics and Feminist Studies. She is a senior researcher and codirector of the Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa. Several plays were staged around her work, such as O olhar diagonal das coisas, A história da Aranha  Leopoldina, Próspero Morreu, or Como Tu.

Claudia Schvartz was born in Buenos Aires. She is a poet, translator, publisher, editor of collections of poetry and literary magazines, journalist and actress. Schvartz has also written several books of poetry, theatrical monologues, which she herself starred in, and several unpublished pieces of intense lyricism. She published La vida misma (1992), Ávido don (1999) and in the same year, her translation of the elegies and sonnets of Louise Labbé. In 2011 she published Eólicas and in 2015 El papel y su futuro. She is the chief editor of Editorial Leviatán in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Dan Bellm is a writer, editor, and translator living in Berkeley, California. He has published Deep Well (2017), Twilight (2016), Practice (2008), Buried Treasure (1999), among others. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, and poetry residencies at Yaddo and Dorset Colony House. 

Luisa Futoransky was born in Buenos Aires and lives in Paris. She is a poet, novelist, music scholar and journalist. Although she has occupied a variety of arts and media-related posts, she defines herself first and foremost as a poet. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1991, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1990, the Centre National des Lettres Fellowship in 1987 and 1993, and was the Regent’s Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley in 1997. Her latest works are El Formosa, 2010 (novel), 23:53 – Noveleta, 2013 (novel) and Ortigas (Nettles), 2014 (poetry).
For more information about this event, please contact:
Fabian Banga, Ph.D. | (510) 981-2874
Chair, Department of Modern Languages
Berkeley City College

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BCC Campus Life Sponsors SERVICE WEEK 2017 from 4/24 – 4/28

10 April 2017

Service Week 2017 flyer

Berkeley City College Presents:

  • Monday, 4/24 – Homelessness in Berkeley @ College Hour, BCC Atrium:
    • Hear the real deal about homelessness in Berkeley and how YOU CAN HELP.
  • Monday, 4/24 – Movie: pay it forward, from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Student Lounge:
    • Join us for a feel-good movie and discussion.
  • Tuesday, 4/25 – Virtual Giving @ College Hour, BCC Atrium:
    • Learn ways to give from the comfort or your desk/home/phone in just minutes. If possible bring your laptop or smart phone for additional participation.
  • Thursday, 4/27 – Call to Action @ College Hour, BCC Atrium:
    • You have energy around import issues – let’s put those into ACTION – Sign up now! Come learn how to activate your interests into actual ways to help. Free food available.
  • All Week – Community Meals – Work as a volunteer from 2 – 5 pm at Lutheran Church
    • Signup to work as a volunteer with the Berkeley Food and Housing Project to give out meals to the community – limited spots available.
  • All Week – Fine Forgiveness – Whenever the Library is open.
    • For every new pair of socks donated you get $1 toward your library fees (up to $10). “Most needed, least donated” – socks are extremely important to the homeless. Donate at the BCC Library whenever the Library is open.

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STEM Careers Lunch Talk: Paul Henderson on “A Non-Traditional STEM Career – lessons learned on the way” – April 27 @ College Hour, Rm 431

10 April 2017

Are you interested in medicine or career research?

Do you know about drug-DNA interactions and how these may affect patients’ responses to chemotherapy?

Join us for a talk presented by Dr. Paul Henderson entitled “A non-traditional STEM career: lessons learned on the π-way from bench to bedside” on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at College Hour (12:30 – 1:15 pm) in Room 431. Berkeley City College is located at 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, a half-block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.

Dr. Henderson is Associate Professor at UC Davis, Department of Internal Medicine. He is Co-founder of Accelerated Medical Diagnostics, Inc.

View the presentation flyer below:

Paul Henderson flyer

Filed under: General, Lecture Series

Berkeley City College President Honored with APAHE President’s Award

6 April 2017

President Rowena Tomameng

April 5, 2017- BERKELEY, CA—The Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) has chosen Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng as the recipient of its coveted President’s Award for 2017. The award honors the accomplishments of Asian and Pacific Island American college presidents and will be presented at APAHE’s annual conference and thirty year celebration on Thursday, April 6 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland.

A doctoral candidate in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, Tomaneng took the helm as President of Berkeley City College in August 2016.  She expects to complete her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities this summer. She received her M.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine.

Before coming to BCC, Tomaneng served as the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College in Cupertino for six years. There, she lead the college’s institutional efforts with a number of initiatives, including Civic Engagement, Student Equity, and the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program (AANAPISI). In 2006, Tomaneng was a founding co-director and developed a range of community and educational partnerships at the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement.

Tomaneng is also a faculty affiliate of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) in Cupertino whose mission is to address the need to increase civic engagement and community voice for Asian Americans and other underrepresented groups through education and civic network.

Tomaneng expressed her gratitude for being chosen for the award and noted the significance of the work done by APAHE. “For over 21 years, I have devoted my teaching, research, and administrative work in the service of AAPI and other students of color. APAHE has been a leader in promoting equity in advancement and opportunity for Asian and Pacific Island Americans. Its example and leadership have shaped my practice as an equity-based educational leader within and outside of the institution,” Tomaneng said.

APAHE is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for Asian and Pacific American students; promoting and supporting the hiring, retention, and advancement of qualified Asian and Pacific American faculty, staff, and administrators; and creating a better understanding of issues in the public affecting Asian and Pacific Americans in higher education.

Read the Press Release here.

Filed under: Academics, General

Workshop on Writing Your UC Application Personal Statement – Please RSVP for Wed., April 19 @ College Hour

5 April 2017

UC Personal Statement Workshop flyerNeed help with your Personal Statement for the UC Application? Come to the “UC Personal Insight Questions Workshop”! The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 12:15 – 1:30 PM, Room 431.

Get insider tips from UC Berkeley Admissions Staff on how to write strong personal statements!

Please send your RSVP to bcctransfercenter@gmail.com

If you have a disability and would like to request accommodations for the workshop, please inform us when you RSVP.

Hosted by the BCC Transfer & Career Center and the BCC Counseling Department.



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