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Laney College President's Report – November 15, 2023

Laney Fall Fest 2023 Emphasizes Student Support, Campus Life

On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, Laney College hosted the mid-semester Fall Festival at the Laney Quad from 11:30am-1:30pm. Now in its third year of existence, the event has shifted its focus from promoting enrollment to highlighting student life activities. Along with outstanding Classified Professional leaders at Laney, the ASLC and student club organizations have added their dedication to what has become a bustling event that happens twice a year at the midway point of the semester.

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Laney College’s Emily Wonsang Advances to State Championship

Freshman Cross Country runner Emily Wonsang placed 10th for individuals and 32nd overall at the NorCal Championship Meet, advancing her to the CCCAA State Championship Meet on November 18th in Fresno, CA. Wonsang is the first Laney College Cross Country runner to advance to the State Meet in the program’s history, finishing with a time of 21:06 at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez, CA.

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Laney College President’s Report – October 25, 2023

Eagles Nest-Basic Needs Center Distributes Clothing to Needy Students

On Wednesday, October 4, 2023, the Laney College Eagles Nest – serving as the Student Basic Needs Center - held a clothing pop-up on the Laney College quad. In total, 78 students received items to address insecurities and help them as they navigate the challenges of the Fall semester. This took place on a Wednesday, the same day that take-home food boxes (complete with protein items) are provided to currently enrolled students who show a valid student ID. Billed as a “pop-up”, the event was widely announced thanks to the great social media acumen of Basic Needs Coordinator Katrina Santos.

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Peralta Leadership Statement: A Call for Peace and Respect

As you have likely heard and seen on the news, the conflict in the Middle East has led to horrific acts of violence and violations of human rights. We are shocked by and condemn the acts of violence occurring in the region.

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Laney College President’s Report – October 11, 2023

Laney Shares Free College Success Stories with Partners at Oakland Rotary

One of the chief collaborative partners of Laney College has been a member of Oakland Rotary #3, who come to the Tiny Home Ribbon Cutting & Advanced Manufacturing Showcase. On behalf of Laney's Carpentry program, the College invites the community to our Tiny Home ribbon-cutting ceremony which will be held on Wednesday, October 11th 5:00pm at Laney College’s Construction Canopy.

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Laney College President’s Report – September 27, 2023

Laney Shares Free College Success Stories with Partners at Oakland Rotary

One of the chief collaborative partners of Laney College have been members of Oakland Rotary #3, who come to campus and support students in a number of ways, especially with members giving their time to help with food distribution efforts. Additionally, at events such as One Stop Saturday and last Spring’s Employee Appreciation event, Rotarian John Claussen and others have brought a corn dog machine to campus to serve students, showing a true connection between the campus and those in the community who are working to address food and other insecurities among students.

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In Memoriam: Ava H. Clark, Philip Tou, and Bobby Adams

Former Merritt College President Dr. Robert "Bobby" Adams has passed away

Current Merritt College President Dr. David M. Johnson shared this message with the Merritt Community:

It is with a heavy heart that I share some very sad news. Our former Merritt College President Dr. Bobby Adams passed away this weekend. Dr. Adams served this college faithfully from 2007 until his retirement in 2012. I do not have any additional details at this time but will share them as more information is made available.

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Laney College President’s Report – September 13, 2023

Fall/Spring is Free at Laney College: More Students Enrolled, Stayed through the Semester, and Re-enrolled in 2022-2023!

Laney College experienced a strong enrollment rebound in 2022-2023, during the Fall is Free and Spring is Free semesters. Fall to spring student persistence numbers -or continuation into the next semester- during these two terms was higher than it was during COVID and is heading back toward pre-COVID averages. In real numbers, 901 more students persisted from term to term in the “Free” year than in the year before, an increase of nearly 1%.

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Welcome Back Students! Welcome Week Activities at the Peralta Colleges


Welcome Week Events Flyers

Fall is Free in 2023 and the semester kicked off on August 21, 2023. Welcome Week at the Peralta Colleges marks the beginning of a fresh adventure for both new and returning students.  Each College was bustling with events tailored to welcome incoming students into our tight-knit community. From Ice Cream Socials at Merritt to Pancakes with the President at COA, and from the Campus Resource Fair at BCC to a Block Party at Laney,  it is safe to say that Welcome Week was a great success!

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Fall 2023 Parking at the Peralta Colleges

Dear Peralta Community,

Parking Permit Process for Fall Semester

For the fall semester, we are reinstating parking permits at College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College. We will be using a temporary system as we look to implement a new district parking enforcement program for spring. During the fall semester, there is no fee for parking, and we will not be ticketing.

At Berkeley City College, there is not a PCCD-owned lot available. Employees should check with the BCC business office for parking information.

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