Dr. Aaron Mobley

Dr. Aaron Mobley Publishes a Book on the History of Jazz & Co-Authors “Human Achievement and Innovation in the Arts”

BCC music instructor Aaron Mobley has penned a book on the history of jazz and is co-author of a 2nd edition text on Human Achievement and Innovation in the Arts. The latter evolved from a course he co-created at the University of Arizona, where he still is an adjunct faculty member and part of the American Culture Ideas Initiative in the Fred Fox School of Music. The text and course examine significant evolutions in music, art, and dance from antiquity to the present.

 

Dr. Aaron MobleyIn October, Mobley is an invited guest scholar and presenter at the“2016 Music + Festival” at the University of Arizona. He will speak on Arnold Schoenberg,Kurt Weill, and Hans Winterberg under the rubric of “Forbidden Composers” (their music was banned by the Nazis). This year’s festival explores the composers’ lives in their native lands and in America, the relationship between serious and popular music, and brings a new voice into the musical conversation of the 21st century.

 

MMART’s Lee Marrs Authors New, Insightful Book: The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge: Girl Blimp

Lee Marrs, retired BCC Multimedia Arts instructor and department chair, animator, creator of a variety of underground comic books, and who serves on the department’s animation advisory committee, has authored a new book. The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge: Girl Blimp. It is described as “a feminist journey fraught with angst and anchovies,” with a forward by Gloria Steinem, and debuted on Sept. 20.

 

Read the East Bay Express news article on this book.

Dr. Fabian Banga

Dr. Fabian Banga Publishes New Book: Brujos, Espiritistas y Vanguardistas (Witches, Spiritualists and the Avant-Garde)

Dr. Fabian Banga, BCC’s Modern Languages Department chair, recently published Brujos, Espiritistas y Vanguardistas (Witches, Spiritualists and the Avant-Garde). Published by Leviathan, the prestigious Argentinean publishing house, the work explores the representation of esoteric traditions in the aesthetic projects of the avant-garde literary movements in Latin-American and Spain during the early decades of the 20th century. The book is based on Dr. Banga’s UC Berkeley doctoral dissertation with a forward written by his mentor and friend Dr. Francine Masiello, professor of Spanish and comparative literature and Sidney and Margaret Ancker Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Cal. In August, Dr Banga presented his work at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies and in Buenos Aires in June.

BCC President Rowena Tomameng

BCC President Rowena Tomaneng Receives 2016 APALI Leadership Award

 

BCC President Rowena Tomameng
BCC President Rowena Tomameng

BERKELEY—Berkeley City College President Rowena Tomaneng received the 2016 Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute’s (APALI) award for outstanding leadership and community service at the organization’s annual banquet held Fri., Aug. 19, in Cupertino, CA.  APALI encourages civic participation, community development, and identity security.  It also addresses issues such as racial stereotypes, workplace/social glass-ceilings, and civic representation.

 

“This is a great honor and I am delighted to be part of an organization which fosters civic engagement and which addresses social challenges that Asian Americans must face today,” she said.

“More than ever, it is important that we strive to build community and foster social equity and economic opportunity for everyone.”

 

Tomaneng assumed the presidency of Berkeley City College on July 18, 2016.

“BCC’s location provides the college with many opportunities. Not only are we situated next to San Francisco Bay, we are partners with major cultural, technological, and educational centers,” she noted. “There exists a strong mutual support network among us and our neighborhood organizations, city government, businesses, local school districts and universities. This solid foundation benefits everyone in our community.”

 

Prior to her appointment at BCC, she was for six years De Anza College’s associate vice president of instruction.  Her responsibilities included the academic services division, the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education; the Office of Professional Development, Pathways programs (Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, First Year Experience, and IMPACT AAPI) and the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA) where, in 2006, she was a founding co-director and developed many community and educational partnerships.

 

Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996 to 2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature.  She was English Department chair for three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency.  She served for two years as interim dean of De Anza’s Language Arts Division, and supervised over 175 full-time and part-time faculty.

 

BCC’s new president has actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns for immigrant rights and community policing with organizations such as the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, USA and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability in San Jose, CA.  She wrote for and contributed to a variety of publications and serves on the advisory board for the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Diversity and Democracy publication.

 

In December, when Tomaneng completes her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities at the University of San Francisco, she will receive a doctorate in international/multicultural education, with a concentration in human rights education.  She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Irvine.

 

The Peralta Community College District serves the communities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont.  The district includes Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College.  In addition to providing two-year programs that prepare students for long-term educational goals, Peralta also offers specialized life-long learning opportunities to Bay Area residents.

 

Read “Introducing BCC President Rowena Tomameng” in the Fall 2016 issue of BCC Today for more information about our new President.

 

BCC President Rowena Tomameng

Introducing BCC President Rowena Tomaneng

BCC President Rowena Tomameng

Rowena Tomaneng, Berkeley City College’s new president, arrived in July and is impressed with the college and its community. Her story begins in 1972, the year she and her family immigrated to Los Angeles from the Philippines, both parents seeking economic opportunity and educational access for their children.

 

 

Early years.

The family later settled in the San Gabriel Valley where she and her siblings attended public schools, including Cypress College in North Orange County. There, inspired by several inspirational instructors, Tomaneng decided on teaching as a profession and chose to combine English and history as fields of study. Her mother also had a hand in her choice.

 

Growing up, BCC’s new president heard stories about her grandfather, a community leader in their Philippine village. She learned through her mother’s stories of his commitment to people’s well-being. That fostered her appreciation for history, storytelling and service to community.

 

Commitment to student success. Prior to her appointment at BCC, Tomaneng was for six years De Anza College’s Associate Vice President of Instruction in Cupertino. Her responsibilities included the college’s Academic Services Division which included the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education; the Office of Professional Development, Pathways programs (Learning Communities of Umoja, Puente, First Year Experience, and IMPACT AAPI) and the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action where, in 2006, she was a founding co-director and developed many community and educational partnerships.

 

She also oversaw the collaborative units of De Anza’s Learning Resources BCC President Rowena Tomaneng Division which housed Online Education, Library Services and the Student
Success Center.

 

Statewide leadership.

Tomaneng also held leadership roles in state initiatives such as Basic Skills, Student Equity and Student Success and Support programs. She has obtained and administered state and federal
funding, including Asian American/Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and Title III: Strengthening Institutions grants. She worked on faculty and district-wide administrative teams for many years, leading and developing program reviews and accreditation documents. In 2013, nominated by Academic Services faculty, she won the statewide
Association of California Community College Administrators’ Administrative Leadership Excellence Award.

 

On Fri., Aug. 19, she was presented with the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute’s (APALI) 2016 Pacesetter Award for Educational Leadership at the organization’s annual community
celebration.

 

Inspired scholar.

Tomaneng was a full-time English instructor at De Anza College from 1996 to 2010, teaching all levels of composition and literature. She was English Department chair for three years and led initiatives to foster equity in faculty hiring and cultural competency. She served for two years as Interim Dean of De Anza’s Language Arts Division, and supervised over 175 full-time
and part-time faculty.

 

BCC’s new president has actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns for immigrant rights and community policing with organizations such as the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, USA and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability, San Jose, CA. She wrote for and contributed to a variety of publications and serves on the advisory board for the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Diversity and Democracy publication.

 

In December, when she completes her dissertation on the educational dimensions of Filipina migrant workers’ activist identities at the University of San Francisco, she will receive a doctorate in International/Multicultural Education, with a concentration in Human Rights Education. She holds a master’s degree in English from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s degree in Englishfrom UC Irvine.
Read the more on BCC’s new President, Rowena Tomaneng.

 

Umoja Scholars in Summer 2016

BCC’s Umoja Scholars Aspire to Impressive Careers

Participants in Berkeley City College’s summer 2016 Umoja Scholars Academy (USA) proudly displayed and explained a variety of career path exhibits on Tue., July 26 in the college’s 4th floor conference room.

 

Lead by Skyler Barton, a BCC Learning Communities coordinator and counselor, and by BCC counselor Allene Young-Hegler, BCC’s Umoja academy brought together more than 20 area high school students, each with a unique career aspiration.    Participants included D’Yale W. Adams, Akeyla Addison, Sharif Allah, Paulo Athans, Ernest Blackmon, Ashlee Davis, Kemony Gandy, Arsalon Gawhary, Arryon Greely, Shakilyah Goosby, Cinque Holliday, Tiffannie Jones, Najee Jones, Remi Lambirth, Brianna Lipscomb, Maximilian Louther, Omari McCoy-King, Kaylynn McCoy, Cameron McGowan, Bianca Rodriguez, Raynette Shields, Charles Van Meurs, Gwendell Villasanta, Treasure Young and Danari Williams.  The group begins college at BCC this fall.

 

“It has truly been an honor and pleasure to work with this amazing group of scholars this summer,” Barton said.  “As their instructor, I have witnessed tremendous passion for learning, teamwork, leadership, and much more and have been thoroughly impressed and inspired!”

 

Umoja, a Kiswahili word meaning unity, is committed to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences and increasing the persistence and retention rates of African American and other students.  BCC’s Umoja Scholars Academy seeks to educate the whole student—mind, body, and spirit.  The program actively serves and promotes success for all students through a curriculum responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas.  Informed by an ethic of love and its vital power, Umoja engages students as full participants in the construction of knowledge and critical thought.

 

Ashlee Davis enters Berkeley City College this fall and plans a career as a pediatrician.

“I plan to be a pediatrician because I like to help children,” observed Berkeley High School grad Ashlee Davis. “My pediatrician was my role model because she helped me through some serious times as a kid; she helped to shape who I am.”

 

Paolo Athans possesses a flair for creating tantalizing culinary fare; the future chef was inspired by his mother.

Paolo Athans, a self-described foodie, is focused on the world of culinary arts.  “One of my passions is my ability to create food with my own flair,” proclaimed the future chef. “I like to put smiles on people’s faces and my inspiration is my mom, who I observed when I was growing up and even now.”

 

Remi Lamberth: Committed to halting climate change.

Committed to fighting climate change, Albany High School alumna Remi Lambirth is headed for a career as an environmental policy analyst.  “I have a very progressive approach to saving our earth,” she asserted. “I want out leaders to admit that our planet is in danger and do something about it.  I’m really interested in natural resources management, environmental science or political science.”

 

Ernest Blackmon’s and Arsalon Gawhary’s paths will take them into the world of business and finance.  “I love to communicate, lead, sell, and manage efficient business operations,” Blackmon explained. “Business management and operations will be my focus in college.”

 

Arsalon Gawhary, Umoja participant, presents financial analyst poster with Karen Shields, BCC staff
Arsalon Gawhary, Umoja participant, presents financial analyst poster with Karen Shields, BCC staff

Gawhary, a future financial analyst, is enthusiastic about finance.  “I love finance,” he admitted.  “Understanding the global economy and finance are ultimate gateways to progress and change.”

 

Akeyla Addison, Magee J. Jones and Kaylynn McCoy all want to help children grow and thrive.  Addison, who was part of Berkeley High’s Academy of Medical and Public Service, will prepare for a career as a pediatric nurse.  “I have always liked working with children,” she said.  “This will let me give back to the community and influence the lives of young children.”

 

Jones’s future occupation will focus on children’s advocacy.  “As a social worker and child advocate, I can make a real difference in children’s lives,” he said. “The community and the family can work together to be a positive influence, even in emotionally challenging situations.”

 

Future elementary school teacher McCoy wants to reach children in their formative learning years.

 

“When I was at Berkeley High, one of my teachers influenced me to consider teaching; that made me start to think about good and bad teachers I had in kindergarten through high school,” she recalled.  “I want to teach elementary school because I want to take approaches to teaching that makes a difference in students’ lives.  Some work well in groups but others need individual attention.  I want to be able to reach them in whatever ways that helps them to learn best.”

 

 

BCC CIRM Students group photo on veranda

Six BCC Students Present Research Accomplishments at 2016 CIRM Conference

Six Berkeley City College biotechnology students presented written and graphic results of their 10-month research projects to members of the scientific community at the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) annual Bridges Trainee Meeting held this July at Berkeley’s Claremont Hotel. Molly Fischer, Wanjiru Kamau-Devers, Amir Jaberi, Andres Marin, Brian Siemons and Kevin Wu were among the nine 2015-2016 BCC CIRM interns who joined more than 160 students from throughout California at the prestigious annual event. Students not only display their scientific posters during the two day event, but also participate in scientific meetings in which they hear presentations from selected scientists from across the state and receive valuable tips for job searching and career development.

 

BCC CIRM Students group photo on veranda
Left to right: Wanjiru Kamau-Devers, Andres Marin, Amir Jaberi, Brian Siemons (not pictured: Molly Fisher, Kevin Wu)

 

Four of this past year’s interns were retained as technicians in the labs they interned and two were offered full time positions: Fischer is a staff research associate in Dr. Tejal Desai’s therapeutic microtechnology and nanotechnology lab at UC San Francisco (UCSF) and Brian Siemens is a staff research associate in Dr. Kevin Healy’s biomaterials and tissue engineering lab at UC Berkeley.

 

Andres Marin at Poster Session: Determining the Success of Autologous Stem Cell Transplants in the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease
Andres Marin at Poster Session: Determining the Success of Autologous Stem Cell Transplants in the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease

Many of the BCC CIRM interns graduated this year with associate degrees and/or certificates of completion in biotechnology. The students also receive a Certificate in Stem Cell Biology from BCC following completion of their internships and specialized training at UCSF in stem cell biology.

 

“We have kept records of all of our CIRM students for the past six years,” said Dr. Barbara Des Rochers, program director of BCC’s CIRM grant and cochair of BCC’s Science Department.  “Many have taken technician positions in research and industrial laboratories while others have gone on for their bachelor’s, graduate and professional science degrees, including medical and pharmacy schools.”

 

“Our graduates are in biotechnology and science labs all over the Bay Area; many students get jobs in the labs in which they intern and many will move on to higher degrees,” noted Des Rochers. “And a number of laboratories in the Bay Area have sent their employees to BCC for continuing education.”

 

BCC’s biotechnology program welcomes all students—from recent high school graduates to those with college degrees—who may have been in the workplace for a long time and are seeking retraining. “We welcome older students and students with degrees,” Des Rochers said. “Some of our students have degrees in the STEM fields but many do not.”

 

Wanjiru Kamau-Devers, Research Poster Session: Fibrinogen as a Regulator of Central Nervous System Regeneration

For example, Molly Fischer came to BCC’s program with a degree in studio arts; Wanjiru Kamau-Devers with a degree in African studies and history and Kevin Wu with a degree in English and all have excelled.   “People switch because something about science grabs them and sparks their curiosity and they get turned on by the possibilities,” DeRochers noted.

 

CIRM already has selected six more BCC 2016-17 science interns. They are Cerise Bennett, Richard Chen, Tracy Huynh, Jason Luke, Saahil Singh and Moufida Taileb. Bennett will work at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Luke will be at UC Berkeley. Chen, Huynh, Singh and Taileb will work in labs at UC San Francisco.

 

For details about the stem cell internships and the biotechnology, biology and other science programs at BCC, contact Dr. Barbara Des Rochers at bdesrochers@peralta.edu or Dr. Siraj Omar at somar@peralta.edu

 

Visit the BCC Biotechnology Website for more information.