Volume 5, No. 7 College of Alameda Public Information Publication February 11, 2009
Accreditation Sixteen COA faculty and staff members have been invited to attend a district-wide accreditation
Retreat retreat, to take place February 18 and 19 at Marconi Conference Center in Marin. Invitees chosen
February were individuals who were heavily involved in writing for the various standards of the Self Study in
18 & 19 Support of Reaffirmation of Accreditation. Attending will be: faculty members David Sparks,
Patricia Dudley, Carlotta Campbell, Rochelle Olive, Trulie Thompson, Ed Loretto, Ed Jaramillo
and Mike Worth; classified staff members Debra Banks, Helena Lengel and Brenda Lewis-
Franklin; managers George Herring, Jannett Jackson, Kerry Compton, Connie Willis and Maurice
Jones. The intent of the retreat is to talk about issues raised in the self study and to see that there
is universal understanding of the role of the accreditation team.
The Professional Day on Tuesday, February 24, will focus on issues discussed at the retreat and
preparation for the March 9-12 accreditation team visit. The morning schedule will include:
8:30-9 a.m. Continental breakfast
9-10:30 a.m. Update on the accreditation retreat
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. TaskStream training for department chairs & SLO committee—Open to all
Construction Replacement of the sidewalk
Update around the A Building is
scheduled to begin March 1.
During the first phase of this
construction, the asphalt in front
of Building A will be replaced
with concrete. During this phase,
expected to last at least through
the end of March, access to the
campus will be only minimally
The District has decided to use
5,000 square feet of 860 Atlantic
as lab space for Merritt College.
This requires redesign, so the
move-in date for our science
programs has been postponed to
This part of the current entry to campus from Ralph Appezzato will
remain accessible during the month of March
A series of construction projects are scheduled to go out to bid this week. These include:
• The access road at the back of campus will be tied to the main road, requiring that access be
blocked for two weeks. We are consulting with the city to coordinate this closure with the
construction of Stargell Avenue, which will probably block access to the back of campus for a
• Building G weight room and locker room renovations. The contractor is hoping to begin the
weight room on May 1, at which time there will be noise from demolition. This project is expected
to take four months.
• Lighting replacement in Buildings B and G and at the exterior of C and D.
• Restroom renovations in B, E, G and L, which will take longer than four months because of the
need to order materials.
• Resurfacing of tennis courts.
COA Today February 11, 2009
Wendy Wendy Williams has just published a new collection of poems,
Williams Some New Forgetting, which chronicles her journey at the
Publishes New end of her mother’s life.
When Wendy's 92-year-old mother, who had dementia, could
no longer care for herself, Wendy moved her from her home in
New Jersey to California so she could care for her. The poems
tell a story that was both bitter and sweet as Wendy and her
partner confronted their own inadequacies in knowing how to
care for their mother and those of a health care system often ill-
equipped to help elders with dementia. Wendy says of the
book’s theme, “Ultimately in Some New Forgetting, love is the
Diesel COA’s Diesel Mechanics program has recently received two grants to support innovations in
Mechanics their teaching.
Receives The department has been awarded a $35,000 “Faculty Inquiry Network” grant to support basic
Basic Skills skills training for diesel students. The grant will support faculty in exploring the question of
and Green whether the integration of contextualized basic skills curricula into Career and Technical Educa-
Technology tion (CTE) courses will improve student success. Team Leader Scott Albright will work with in-
Grants structors Fredric Marks of auto tech, CTE and English; Jane Purinton of the business depart-
ment; and Claudia Abadia of the math department; along with dean Peter Simon; on the two-
year project. A COA student will provide video documentation of the entire grant period.
The Faculty Inquiry Network program will allow 18 teams of California community college fac-
ulty to each investigate a complex problem in basic skills education. The teams will have access
to extensive resources, training, and coaching, and the chance to learn from colleagues around
the state. The program is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Walter S.
Johnson Foundation, and the Bay Area Workforce Collaborative.
The department was also recently awarded a $40,000 “Green Technology” grant from Bank of
America. The grant will provide a fully equipped and operating heavy-duty truck with the latest
“green technology” installed and will allow the department to update existing equipment to the
latest standard for “clean diesel technology.” The grant will also provide for the latest computer
diagnostic software and other training aids for conducting classes in this new diesel technology.
COA Student Automotive Technology student Jeremy Dahl has won a Silver Medal in Automotive Service
Wins Silver Technology at the community college level, in a competition sponsored by the California
Medal in Association of Skills - USA (CASUSA). The competition was
Automotive held in Salinas, California on Saturday, February 7, 2009.
Technology CASUSA is the State of California organization for students in
Competition trade, industrial, technical and health occupations education. It
sponsors the Skills USA Championships annually to recognize
the achievements of vocational students and to encourage them
to strive for excellence and pride in their chosen occupations.
Working against the clock and each other, the participants prove
their expertise in job skills for occupations such as electronics,
technical drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, auto-
motive service technology, and culinary arts. There are also
competitions in leadership skills, such as extemporaneous
speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.
The contests are designed to test the skills needed for a successful entry-level performance in
given occupational fields. Safety practices and procedures—an area of great concern to labor and
management alike—are judged and graded and constitute a portion of a contestant's score.
COA Today February 11, 2009
No Smoking In 2007, COA developed a smoking policy that allowed for smoking at three designated areas
Policy to Be on campus. When the Peralta Board rejected the policy because a student complained of not
Revisited having been consulted, the policy defaulted to no smoking on campus. At the request of some
college staff and faculty, the College Council will be revisiting the policy.
Productivity Up; It was reported at the Peralta Senior Management Team meeting that COA’s productivity for
Enrollment Up fall ’08 was up over the previous year. In Fall Semester 2007 we had 14.64 FTEs per FTE
faculty member; in Fall 2008 this number was 15.93.
Enrollment for Spring 2009 is up over last year, as well. As of February 4, the number of
students enrolled in COA’s spring semester was 6,666, up 11% over Spring 2008, and FTEs
were 1,588, up 8% over the previous spring and the highest percentage increase in the dis-
trict. FTEs in the Peralta District overall are up 3%. Included in COA’s Spring ’09 student
numbers are 19 new international students. For spring, COA has 39 online courses, out of a
total of 102 online courses at Peralta.
February Events February is an event-filled month at the college. Danny Nguyen’s dance classes presented a
Lunar New Year Performance February 5th, and on the 10th ASCOA sponsored a Valentine’s
Day celebration and Health Services brought the HIV testing van to campus. The Cougars
basketball team plays their last three games of the season on February 13 and 20 at home and
February 18 at Merritt College.
February is also African American History Month, so be sure to attend some of these events
scheduled for the rest of the month:
THE ONLY 5 BLACK SENATORS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
Thursday, February 12, 2009 12:30—2pm Building F, Student Lounge James W. Sweeney, J.D.
BLACK MUSIC - FROM JAZZ TO BLUES TO FUSION
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 12:30—2pm Building F, Student Lounge
EXTRAORDINARY LEGACY SARAH O’NEAL RUSH, M.A.
Great-Granddaughter of Booker T. Washington
Thursday, February 19, 2009 12:30—2pm Building F, Student Lounge
THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP: SOCIAL DISPARITIES & STUDENT SUCCESS
Town Hall Discussion Thursday, February 26, 2009 12:30—2pm Building F, Student Lounge
“The Dating Game”
COA Today February 11, 2009
Town Hall Wednesday, February 11, WLC Architects held a Town Hall Meeting at the college to discuss
Meeting about College of Alameda’s long-term Facilities Master Plan. Video excerpts of the meeting will be
Facilities available soon on YouTube at www.youtube.com/peraltatv .
“Program of At each meeting of Board of Trustees, the colleges present, on a rotating basis, one of their
Distinction” “Programs of Distinction.” This Tuesday, February 10, COA’s Auto Tech program was high-
lighted. You can view this presentation in the video of the Board meeting, posted on
New Tutorials Jonathan Olkowski of the District IT Department has just produced a series of excellent tutori-
for Editing Your als for people who need training to update their websites. The tutorials can be accessed on the
Website Are IT website. Go to www.peralta.edu/helpdesk and click on “Web Learning Site.” COA has
Online had problems with slowness of Internet Explorer for editing the web. It is recommended that if
this affects you, you use the free Firefox web browser, which COA’s IT department can install.
Calendar (2/12 - 3/12)
Thur 2/12 African American History Month: Black Senators
12:30-2:30 pm, F Bldg Student Lounge
Fri 2/13 Cougars Men’s Basketball vs. Mendocino College. 7 pm, COA Gym
Fri 2/13- Presidents’ Holidays - NO CLASSES
Sat 2/14- COA Student Delegation to Black Caucus, Foothill College
Tues 2/17 Financial Aid Workshops. 12-2 pm, Cyber Café, F Bldg 2nd floor
& ev. Tues
Tues 2/17 African American History Month Event: Black Music.
12:30-2 pm, F Bldg Student Lounge
Tues 2/17 Campus Tour—Berkeley HS Students. 1:15-3:15 pm
Wed 2/18- Accreditation Retreat. Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, CA
Wed 2/18 Cougars Men’s Basketball @ Merritt College. 7 :30 pm
Thur 2/19 African American History Month Event: Extraordinary Legacy.
12:30-2 pm, F Bldg Student Lounge
Fri 2/20 Faculty Diversity Internship Training: Exploring Special Populations— COA Today
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Fri 2/20 Cougars Men’s Basketball vs. Napa Valley College.
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Sat 2/21 Super Saturday Student Conference. 9 am—2 pm, F Building Please submit your news,
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Tues 2/24 Professional Day. NO CLASSES
College of Alameda
555 Ralph Appezzato Mem. Pkwy.
Tues 2/24 Board of Trustees Meeting. 7-9:30 pm, District Boardroom Alameda, CA 94501
Thur 2/26 African American History Month Panel: The Achievement Gap. Email:
12:30-2:30 pm, F Bldg Student Lounge firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call: (510) 748-2213
Fri 3/6 Last day to file petition for AA/AS Degree/Certificate
Dr. George Herring, President
Mon 3/9— ACCREDITATION VISIT.
Thur 3/12 See brochure for visit schedule & names of team members. College of Alameda is part of the
Mon 3/9 Phi Theta Kappa Fundraiser/Game Day. 10am-4pm, F Bldg Lounge Peralta Community College District,
which also includes Berkeley City
Tues 3/10 Clean Slate Workshop. 12-2 pm, Room A-231 College, Laney College and Merritt