BCC News

Dr. Joseph Bielanski Reappointed to California Community Colleges Board of Governors

9 June 2016

Dr. Joseph BielanskiGovernor Jerry Brown has reappointed BCC’s Joseph Bielanski, Ph.D., to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The announcement was made on 6/8/2016. Here is the media statement issued by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office:


California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner’s Statement on Member Reappointment to Board of Governors


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Erik E. Skinner issued the following statement on Gov. Jerry Brown’s reappointment of Dr. Joseph J. Bielanski, Jr. to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors:


“Dr. Joseph Bielanski brings a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience and expertise to our Board of Governors and I’m pleased Gov. Brown continues to recognize his key role and many contributions to the California Community Colleges,” said Skinner. “Dr. Bielanski’s insight about our system is invaluable as the board continues to craft policies dedicated to improving educational access, opportunities and success for our 2.1 million students.”


Gov. Brown announced the reappointment on Wednesday. Dr. Bielanski is an articulation officer at Berkeley City College and a past president of the Peralta Community College District Academic Senate. In his role as a past president of the District Academic Senate, Dr. Bielanski assists with district institutional effectiveness projects, including facilitating the updating of district board policies and administrative procedures. He has served and continues to serve on various college and district committees, including the college curriculum committee and the district Planning and Budgeting Council. Dr. Bielanski also serves on committees for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. He has worked in the Peralta Community College district for more than 25 years and received his doctorate in education from St. Mary’s College of California.


The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/, https://www.facebook.com/CACommColleges, or https://twitter.com/CalCommColleges.

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Former BCC Student and Biotech CIRM Intern, Don Clark, Awarded First Place in the 2016 CSU Student Research Competition

30 May 2016

Don Clark was placed first in the Biological and Agriculture division at the Statewide California State University Student Research Competition on April 29, 2016. The title of his research is Stem Cell Gene Therapy to Treat MPSIII B.

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Congratulations BCC Class of 2016!

27 May 2016

Congratulations to our Class of 2016, and best wishes for your future plans and goals! The graduation ceremony at Zellerbach Hall on May 26 was a very special evening for faculty, friends and family to honor our BCC graduating class.


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BCC Will be Closed on Mon., May 30 – Memorial Day Observance

27 May 2016

Berkeley City College will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day,  a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.


The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.  It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.


Join us in honoring them with thanks and appreciation at VA national cemeteries. To view a full list of nationwide ceremonies, visit the VA Memorial Day Ceremonies page at http://www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/2016_Memorial_Day_Ceremonies.asp#CA


In June, the Veteran’s Resource Center will be relocating back to the main campus and we will be in Room 347 behind the EOPS/CARE area.  As of today, we have over 30 new veteran students joining BCC for the summer and fall 2016 semesters.  Amy Herrera, our VA Counselor, and I have some new ideas to help connect veterans with our faculty, staff and administrators…  We look forward to a successful 2016-17 school year.


BCC will be on a modified summer schedule from June 6 – July 29, 2016. During this time, the building will be closed and there will be no classes on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays when Summer 2016 classes are in session. BCC will also be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016, in observance of the 4th of July Holiday (Independence Day).

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BCC’s Samantha Rushing Receives the President’s Medallion Award | Spring 2016 PCF Scholarship Recipients

25 May 2016

Congratulations to Samantha Rushing, this year’s President’s Medallion Award winner from Berkeley City College. Rushing knew early that she wanted to be an English teacher. Growing up just outside Stockton, she wished her teachers were more inspiring. At age 16, she decided that teaching would be her professional goal and, although there were a few bumps along the road, that goal has never wavered.

 At Berkeley City College, Rushing maintained a 3.92 GPA. She credits the EOPS and CalWORKs programs for helping her realize her goal. And it helped that BCC teachers, staff and administrators genuinely care about students and do everything in their power to help them stay on the right path, Rushing says.

The future teacher was hired as an English tutor her first semester at BCC and has helped dozens of students. She has also served as the secretary of the Associated Students at Berkeley City College. A single parent of a 4-year-old girl, Rushing was accepted to UC Santa Cruz, Sacramento State University and California State University, East Bay, and she is waiting to hear from UC Davis and UC Berkeley.


BCC’s Graduation will be at 7 pm on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Zellerbach Hall — visit the Graduation website for details.


View the full list of Spring 2016 Peralta Colleges Foundation Scholarship & Award Recipients


Read the full Peralta Colleges Grads story here

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BCC Will Be Closed on Fri., May 20, in Observance of Malcolm X’s Birthday

18 May 2016

BCC Will Be Closed on Fri., May 20, in Observance of Malcolm X’s Birthday

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Keep Calm & Study On – Relaxing Activities during Finals in the BCC Library

18 May 2016

The BCC Library is kicking off a series of stress-relieving activities starting this Wednesday, May 18th for our students’ upcoming finals. Our schedule of activities is as follows:

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BCC Student Artists Arcade Exhibited on the 4th Floor Hallways

16 May 2016

The Artist Arcade, on the 4th floor hallways, celebrates artwork made by BCC students during the Spring semester. Drawings and paintings from 10 courses are showcased throughout the summer.



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