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Spring Break Mon., April 14 through Sun., April 20 | Cesar Chavez Day Holiday on Fri., April 18

10 April 2014

Berkeley City College is open for business, although no classes will be held, during Spring Break (Apr. 14-20).  Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday thru Thursday.  The college is closed on Fri., Apr. 18 for Cesar Chavez’s birthday observance.
If you need information about BCC’s 2014 Summer Session, and other classes, programs and services, please visit


The building will be open from Monday, April 14, through Thursday, April 17, and closed on Friday, April 18. Student access will be limited to Admissions & Records, Financial Aid, Bursar/Cashier, and Assessment.



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Artist Reception for Fine Arts and Multimedia Students on Wed., April 23, 6 – 8 pm, Jerry Adams Gallery

10 April 2014

You are invited to join us in a reception for our Fine Arts and Multimedia Arts students to celebrate a show of their work produced this semester.


The show will last from April 12 to August 22, 2014.


The opening reception will be Wednesday, April 23, in the Jerry Adams Gallery, rm 112, from 6PM to 8PM, Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94704.


The Student Show this semester has been produced by the students of the new Gallery Management class. Thank you for supporting our students.

View the exhibit poster below.  Information at

BCC Art Show poster


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Earth Week Events at BCC – April 22 – 24

10 April 2014

Come and join us for Earth Week Events April 22-24: Saving the planet and saving the human race. Sponsored by the Global Studies Program and supported by the Peralta colleges Foundation.

Earth Week Events Schedule:

April 22 – April 24 in the BCC Atrium

“Human Rights: Violators and Human Rights Activists”

Poster Exhibit in the BCC atrium by students in the International Relations class of Matthew Freeman


Tuesday, April 22, at 12:15 PM in the BCC Atrium

“Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice”, a talk by Eric Holt-Gimenez, the Executive Director of Food First, the U.S.’s foremost independent think tank on food and hunger. Author of several books and numerous articles, he is an agroecologist and political economist with thirty years experience working with food and agriculture movements in the United States, Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Talk will be followed by comments and Q and A


Wednesday, April 23 at 12:15 PM in the BCC Atrium

Dirty Energy/Clean Solutions”, a talk by Judy Pope, who serves on the Steering Committee of 350 Bay Area as Strategy Coordinator and as speaker and speaker trainer for 350 Bay Area’s speakers bureau. has been one of the most important groups raising the issue of Global Warming and organizing against the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Talk will be followed by comments and Q and A.

Wednesday, April 23 at  5: 00 PM in the BCC Auditorium

“A Fierce Green Fire”, documentary about the history of the environmental movement around the world.

Movie showing followed by Q and A.


Click on the Earth Week Poster below to view the same schedule noted above.

Earth Week Poster shows same schedule in article


For more information contact Joan Berezin, Global Studies Program Coordinator,



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African American Cultural Celebration with Oba Dogon SSS: Honor, Healing, Empowerment, April 29 & May 13 & 15, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

10 April 2014

The ASBCC and the ICC (Inter-Club Council) are sponsoring the African American Cultural Celebration Event Series: Honor, Healing, Empowerment presented by Oba Dogon SSS for African American Awareness.

When: April 8, 9, 29 and May 13, 15

Time: 12:15 – 1:15 pm (College Hour)

Where: Berkeley City College, 2050 Center St., Berkeley, CA 94704 – Atrium

Open to all!

Contact for more information:

Mostafa Ghous,, Rm 151


View the African American Cultural Celebration Series poster below:

African American Culture poster


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Student Government Elections Now! April 8 – 9 from 8 am – 4pm, and 6 – 8 pm, 1st Floor

8 April 2014

ASBCC Elections are going on NOW!
What:  Student Gov. Elections 2014 – Tell all students to vote

When:  From 8am-4pm and 6pm-8pm, April 8-9, 2014

Where:  1st Floor, across from the Ambassador Desk


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MSRI/BCC present “Brain-Computer Interfaces” with Dr. Philip Sabes, 7 p.m., Wed., Apr. 9, Auditorium

3 April 2014

“Brain-Computer Interfaces,” with Dr. Philip Sabes will be presented as part of “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics,” the last of a six-part lecture series co-presented by Berkeley’s Mathematical Science and Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College (BCC). The event is set for 7 p.m., Wed., Apr. 9, in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia St., in Berkeley. It is free and open to the public. Get your free tickets at


Dr. Philip SabesDr. Sabes will discuss the basic science and recent technical advances in the field of Brain-Machine interface development, including work from his own laboratory. Brain-Machine Interfaces offer the promise of helping disabled patients by allowing them to control prosthetic limbs, computer interfaces, or other devices directly from the neural signals in their brain.


Dr. Sabes is a Professor of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco and is director of UCSF’s Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology. He was a Marshall Scholar before earning his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and two members of his lab were awarded the 2013 Annual Brain Computer Interface (BCI) Research Award for their work on the development of artificial somatosensory feedback. Dr. Sabes holds a Jack D. and DeLoris Lange Endowed Chair in Cell Physiology.



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Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor Ortiz: Changing Our Culture, Mon., April 7, 12:15 – 1:15 PM, Auditorium

3 April 2014

Please join the Chancellor to discuss how best to proceed in his initiative for change. Students, faculty, and staff are all invited to participate in the Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor José Ortiz on Monday, April 7, 2014, from 12:15 – 1:15 PM, in the Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center St., downtown Berkeley.


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Public Forum for Vice President of Instruction on Wed., April 9, 1:30 – 4:15 pm, Auditorium

3 April 2014

On Wednesday, April 9th the Public Forums for the Vice President of Instruction will be held in the Auditorium from 1:30-4:15.

The four finalists selected are as follows:

  •  Dr. Carlos Cortez, currently the Dean/Acting Vice President of Instruction at Berkeley City College
  • Timothy Karas, currently the Dean of Instruction, Liberal Studies & Language Arts at Mission College
  • Dr. Tina Vasconcellos, currently the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Laney College
  • Tram Vo-Kumamoto, currently the Dean, Math & Science at Chabot College.


The public forum schedule is as follows:

Dr. Carlos Cortez – 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tram Vo-Kumamoto – 2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Timothy Karas – 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Tina Vasconcellos – 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The forums will be moderated by Cleavon Smith, English Instructor and Berkeley City College Academic Senate President. The forum will consist of a brief introduction given by each finalist and a question and answer session. Comment forms will be given to all who attend and the completed forms will be given to the College President for review. Your comments are very important to the process, so please find the time to attend.


Information about the Candidates:

Carlos Cortez

Dr. Cortez has been the Acting Vice President of Instruction of Berkeley City College since January 2014, his previous position at BCC was Dean of Academic Pathways, Workforce Development and Student Success from August 2013 to January 2014. He worked at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as Director, Education and Extension for a little over four years and was also an adjunct instructor with UCLA for four years. Dr. Cortez has been as an adjunct assistant professor teaching online courses since 2009 for the University of California, San Diego and since 2010 for the University of Southern California. Dr. Cortez has over 8 years’ experience working in the Los Angeles Unified School District as a Principal, Assistant Principal and as a junior high school teacher. He also worked for 5 years as a research assistant at USC while also working as a junior high teacher and worked for the New York City Board of Education as a junior high and high school teacher for two years. He also worked at the New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG) as a Higher Education Coordinator in 1998. Dr. Cortez has over 16 years’ experience working in education.

Dr. Cortez holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Arts in Race and Gender from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Sociology from Georgetown University.

Timothy Karas

Mr. Karas started out at Mission College working as the Director of Library Services and after four years was promoted to Interim Dean.   He was the Interim Dean for almost a year before being promoted to his current position as the Dean of Instruction; Liberal Studies & Language Arts.  He has been in this position since 2010.  Mr. Karas also worked for the College of San Mateo for 6 ½ years as a Reference/Electronic Information Resources Librarian and as an instructor teaching Library Studies courses. Prior to working in community colleges, he was employed in the Public Library system for three years working at both Redwood City Public Library and Palo Alto Public Library.  Mr. Karas has over 14 years’ experience working in community colleges.

Mr. Karas holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Humboldt State University.

Tina Vasconcellos

Dr. Vasconcellos has been working as the Dean of Academic and Student Affairs at Laney College for six years. She previous worked for seven years at Berkeley City College in various positions: EOPS Counselor/Instructor, Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment Coordinator (SLOAC), Department Chair, Counseling and the Program Chair, Social Services Paraprofessional & Community Health Worker Program. Dr. Vasconcellos also worked as an adjunct Counselor for 3 years for Chabot College prior to working at BCC. She has taught courses at both Chabot and Berkeley City College. She has been a Program Fellow since 2013 at the Executive Leadership Academy (ELA), UC Berkeley and she is also a program graduate from the Kaleidoscope Leadership Institute, CSU Fullerton. Dr. Vasconcellos has over 16 years’ experience working in community colleges.

Dr. Vasconcellos holds a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Colorado State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, Holistic Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts; Psychology and Cultural Awareness from John F. Kennedy University.

Tram Vo-Kumamoto

Ms. Vo-Kumamoto currently works at Chabot College as the Dean, Math and Science and has been in this position for six years. Prior to working as a Dean, she had also worked at Chabot as the Counselor, Matriculation Coordinator for seven years, where she also taught courses. She was an Academic Advisor at California State University, East Bay for one year and a Student Support Specialist, Matriculation at Berkeley City College (when it was Vista College) for 1 ½ years. She received the Chancellor’s Awardee in 2002 at Chabot College and received Employee of the Year in 1998 while at Vista College. Ms. Vo-Kumamoto has over 14 years working in community colleges.

 Ms. Vo-Kumamoto is currently working on her Doctorate of Educational Leadership at San Francisco State, which she expects to complete by June 2016. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from California State, East Bay, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, and an Associate of Arts Degree in General Education from City College of San Francisco.



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