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Melanie Dixon to be the Next College of Alameda President

Dear College of Alameda and Peralta Community,  
As we close this graduation season of celebration for our students and colleges, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of you who make the Peralta Colleges a beacon of hope and positive transformation for the communities, families, and individuals we serve.  
With an eye on continuously strengthening our institutions to be ever-better community stewards, I am excited to share that Melanie Dixon will join the College of Alameda as President, beginning July 1, pending formal ratification of her contract by the Board of Trustees in June.
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Congratulations to the Flying Pig Award Winners

The Peralta Colleges are home to many extraordinary individuals who consistently exceed expectations in their service to students, employees, and the community. The whimsically named "Flying Pig Awards" were established to celebrate such achievements – those that defy expectations and embody the true spirit of Peralta.

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Natasha Masand Wins 2024 Chancellor's Award

The Peralta Community College District’s Chancellor’s Trophy Award is a district-wide award designed to recognize and honor outstanding students whose scholarship, sense of civic responsibility, and leadership give the most promise of future success and service to their community. The winner is selected from four finalists, who are the President’s Medallion winners from each college.

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"DreamLaunch" Competition Held at BCC

On May 13, Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson served as a judge on a panel of a “Shark Tank"-style business competition called “DreamLaunch.” Students from across the district participated by presenting innovative business ideas, which were refined through a series of workshops leading to a final presentation.

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Chancellor Gilkerson Joins 2024 CCHALES Research Showcase

On May 8, Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson participated in the 2024 Community College HigherEd Access Leadership Equity Scholarship (CCHALES)Research Collective Showcase. The showcase highlighted insight and implications from active administrative projects advancing racial equity in higher education.

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Jamille Teer Elected to 4CS Board of Directors

Congratulations to Jamille Teer, who has just been elected to serve on the California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS) Board of Directors.

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Peralta's First-Ever District-Wide AAPI Graduation

On May 3, Peralta's first graduation event for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders was held at Merritt College. The student center was packed with graduating students, and performances included a dragon dance, drums, and traditional music from the Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center’s Su Viet Ensemble.

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Peralta Online Equity Conference (April 29-May 1)

The Peralta Online Equity Rubric was developedat the district prior to the pandemic, whichdrove instruction online. The Equity Rubricis used around the world, and by the UC system closer to home, to help design equitable online classes. The thought leadership that went into creating the Equity Rubric continues with the annual Peralta Online Equity Conference, now in its fourth year.

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Laney College Baseball Diamond and Bullpen Naming Ceremony

On April 26, Laney College held a ceremony to rename their baseball diamond and bullpen after two long-time coaches, both of whom are in the California Community Colleges Athletics AssociationHall of Fame. The diamond was named for former head coach Tom Pearse, while the bullpen was named after assistant coach John Martinez.

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Chancellor Gilkerson Attends CCC LGBTQ+ Summit

On Wednesday, April 24, Chancellor Tammeil Gilkerson presented at the Foundation of California Community Colleges LGBTQ+ Summit - Rise, Resist, Empower: The Unstoppable Movement for Queer and Trans Liberation, elevating the basic needs of LGBTQ+ CCC students.

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