Highlights and Good News about Ohlone! - About Ohlone College

At Ohlone we are proud of the accomplishments made by our dedicated students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We are pleased to share several of the highlights of the past year at Ohlone, which are a mere sampling of the great things that are going on at Ohlone.

Student Accomplishments

The Beta Tau Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Ohlone College received special commendation during the 2012 regional convention for fulfilling all requirements to be named a "One Star Chapter." Criteria for this award include student engagement and achieving goals set by the chapter.

Ohlone College Ceramics students exhibited their work in the California Conference of the Advancement of Ceramic Art in Davis, California in Spring 2012. Ohlone was one of 37 colleges and universities to participate in this well established conference, with estimated attendance of 2,000-3,000.

The College Connection Class of 2012 completed a successful year. These high school graduates have big plans—thirteen of them are coming to Ohlone, five are going to a CSU, three are going to a UC, one is joining the armed services, and one is undecided between Ohlone and an out-of-state college.

The Engineering Club received a $500 donation from LAM Research to repair and upgrade the club's robot. The robot is used to inspire high school and middle school students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The building and maintaining of the robot is excellent practice for Ohlone's engineering students.

Journalism students from The Monitor, Ohlone's student-run newspaper, attended the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) conference in September 2012. The students won a meritorious award for enterprise reporting in addition to awards in copy editing, news writing, opinion writing, sports game story, editorial cartoon, and feature photo.

The Monitor, Ohlone's student-run newspaper, brought home seven awards from the statewide Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) convention in Sacramento April 11-13, 2013. More than 500 students from 41 colleges attended the statewide event. Six students from the Monitor's staff attended the convention—one of the smallest delegations at the event—and yet The Monitor was among the most successful teams. The group was especially excited about receiving the General Excellence for Online Journalism award for The Monitor's Web site, www.ohlonemonitor.com. The student newspaper staff awards include ones earned by Frankie Addiego, third place for On-the-Spot Editorial Cartoon; Manika Casterline, Honorable Mention for On-the-Spot News Story; and Celia Freire and Joshua Mobley, Honorable Mention for Bring-In Advertisement design. Other winners included Hannah Walrod, second place, Publication Advertisement design; Heather Hegeman, second place, News Photo; and Marra-Marie Magsakay, fourth place for Inside Page Design (Tabloid). Manika Casterline also received recognition for her hard work as the 2012- 2013 Northern California Student President of JACC. Students also attended writing, photography, editing, and design workshops presented by working journalists, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, and many experts in the media.

Amit Patel, 2012 ASOC President, performed with the Mona Khan Company, a Bollywood infusion dance company, at President Obama's inaugural ceremony in January 2013.

The May 2012 Registered Nurse graduating class is keeping up with the standard set by past graduates. Eighteen students graduated with their associate degree. Of those students who have taken the State licensure exams to date, 12 students have passed with a perfect score of 100%.

Ohlone's Speech and Debate Team continued to win awards during 2012-2013. In September 2012 the Speech and Debate Team brought home awards from the first tournament of the year held at San Francisco State University. Sarah Dorman earned third place in Informative Speaking in the first part of the Tournament. Sarah Dorman and Allen McGowan were finalists in Impromptu Speaking in the second part of the Tournament and Sarah was a finalist in Informative Speaking. In February 2013 Sarah Dorman won a first place in Open Informative Speaking at the Los Positas Tournament and she took a third place at the NCFA (Northern California Forensics Finals) in Modesto. In May 2013 the Team "swept" the Spring Fling Tournament in Dramatic Interpretation. Nile Le earned first place, Chelsie Gho earned second place, and Kaylin Lewis earned third place. Nile, Chelsie, and Kaylin were coached by Nicole Sandoval in her Oral Communication of Literature class.


The 2012-2013 competition season proved to be challenging, with both great highs and heartbreaking lows. Ohlone once again offered 11 sports, five of which went on to compete in the post season. Graduated Sophomores Chereese Thomas, Women's Basketball, and Scott Benton, Baseball, were honored as the 2011-2012 Male and Female Athletes of the Year during the 28th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament, which was held on September 24, 2012.

The Ohlone Women's Soccer Team posted a record of 9-4-6 to earn the 11th seed in the Northern California State Playoffs. This is the third consecutive year that the women have seen a post season berth. They are very hopeful for a strong showing for their 2013 season.

The Volleyball Team finished second in the conference with a 19-5 record. The growth of this team and the success thereof brought them their first berth to the playoffs in over a decade. The Lady Renegades earned the #12 seed and had a very competitive match against the #5 seed, Sierra College. Even though the result was a loss to finish their season, Coach Penaflor and all of the student athletes were elated as to how well they played and are very excited to come back next year to make a stronger push for post season competition during the upcoming 2013 season.

Although the Men's Soccer Team and the Men's and Women's Water Polo Teams didn't make the playoffs this year, they all had some notable matches that brought great joy and excitement to all who watched, both spectators and student athletes alike. We are very hopeful that all three teams will continue their growth, both in the classroom on their competitive venues.

Ohlone's Men's Basketball finished the season with a record of 21-9 and a conference record of 8-4. The 2012-2013 season was extremely successful with the team advancing to the Northern California Super-Regionals as the seventh seeded team.

The Women's Basketball Team finished the season with a 8-4 record in conference and a 22-9 record overall, which is only the third time the team has won more than 20 games in a season since 2007. The team advanced to the Super-Regional level as the sixth seeded team in the North.

Ohlone's Swim Team had a great year with seven members of the men's team qualifying and competing in the State Championship Tournament. The 2013 season proved to be one of the very best in the history of the swimming program.

The Ohlone Baseball and Softball Teams had very competitive years, but ultimately did not make the cut for playoffs. With their success on the field, they had even more success off the field. Both teams honored multiple players for conference, regional, and state level recognitions.

Way to go, Renegades!

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

Dr. Tom Holcomb, Professor of Deaf Studies, has had two books published recently. One is a new textbook entitled Introduction to American Deaf Culture published by Oxford University Press. The other book is entitled Deaf Culture Our Way: Anecdotes from the Deaf Community. This is the fourth edition co-authored with Tom's father Roy and his brother Sam beginning in 1997.

Paul Moore, longtime Ohlone College Baseball Coach, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Community College Baseball Coaches in May 2012 in conjunction with the Final Four State Championships in Bakersfield, California. Coach Moore served 18 years as Ohlone's men's baseball coach and took the Renegades to conference championships and to regional and super regional playoffs a dozen times.

Ohlone College Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Leta Stagnaro, was honored as the Community College Administrator of the Year by Avanzando, a Newark community group dedicated to advancing and empowering our Latino youth, their families, and our community.

College Accomplishments

Design it, Build it, Ship it (DBS) is a consortium of several Bay Area colleges and WIB's that were recently awarded a $14.9 million, 4-year grant. This is a joint grant between the Department of Labor and the Department of Education. The purpose for the funding is to build and strengthen college capacity to help dislocated and unemployed adults enter college for purposes of upgrading skills or changing careers, in order to become more employable. The fields of focus for the grant are logistics, transportation, and advanced manufacturing. Ohlone's primary involvement will be in the Biotechnology and IT fields, the One-Stop Career Center, and services for students.

The Community Education; Contract Education; and Business Supervision and Management programs collaborated to offer a customized leadership professional development program for the Alameda County Water District. Workshop topics included Conflict Management, Business Writing, Private Sector Budgeting, Principles of Effective Problem-Solving and Performance Improvement, and Project Management.

Ohlone has been recognized as one of two community colleges in California to be a partner in a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant program awarded to the Rochester Institute of Technology and its National Training Institute for the Deaf. The project is titled "DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students." A major goal of the NSF project is to successfully integrate more Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals into the workplace in highly skilled STEM technician jobs in which these individuals are currently under-represented and underutilized.

From August through September 2012 Ohlone's Human Resources and Contract Education Departments collaborated to offer Ohlone employees the opportunity to participate in a six-week American Sign Language (ASL) course. 24 Ohlone employees participated in the course. The reviews received were wonderful as employees spoke about learning basic ASL and described how they are now incorporating this knowledge into their daily work and interaction around the college. Many of the same employees subsequently participated in a second level ASL course in order to increase their knowledge of ASL.

Ohlone's Respiratory Therapist program was recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) for receiving the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. The CoARC considers the RRT credential a measure of a program's success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations. Ohlone's RT program received a certification of recognition during the CoArc reception in July 2012.

On August 1, 2012, a month ahead of the projected "Power On" commencement, Ohlone received word from PG&E that its Fremont solar system was turned on and officially generating power to the local power grid. Ohlone had completed construction of its 1.0 Megawatt energy generating solar farm on July 15, 2012, exactly four months after groundbreaking, and had been waiting since then for PG&E to complete its final inspections/check-list and flip the switch. The $6.7 million Measure G project was completed on time and on budget due in large part to the efforts of Director of Facilities and Modernization, Thomas Moore, and Measure G Project Coordinator Chris Wilson of Gilbane.

The Ohlone Student Health Center, in conjunction with the City of Newark and Alameda County, received a $332,000 mental health grant. The grant brings in staff to support the Student Health Center at no obligation to the College. The focus of the grant is professional development to assist teaching faculty when dealing with student issues.

For the second time in three years Ohlone College has been chosen as a Regional Finalist for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival with the production of "Dog Sees God." Only four productions were chosen from over 100 schools applying. Ohlone students, faculty, and staff performed for hundreds of students and faculty from universities and colleges in nine western states.

With Fall 2012 enrollment Hispanics are no longer an under-represented group at Ohlone. The Hispanic student population is now 19.1% of the student body compared with 18.5% of the District residents. Additionally, African-American students represent 5.4% of Ohlone's student body compared with 3.6% of the District's residents being African-American.

In the 2013 ARCC (Accountability Reporting for Community Colleges) report Ohlone ranks in the top 10% of community colleges statewide for rate of transfer and degree completion. Ohlone has the third best rate in the state for students who started a remedial math course and then were successful in transfer level math.

Community Outreach

The Ohlone College Nursing Students participated in a drop-in blood pressure screening service to help seniors live healthier lives. The first screening on August 6, 2012 was successful, with participants lined up out the door. Future screenings will be held at the Newark Senior Center on the first and third Mondays of the month.

On October 23, 2012 the Physical Therapist Assistant and Registered Nursing students participated in the annual Newark Senior Citizen Health Fair. The PTA students assessed blood pressures and evaluated balance and strength for the senior citizens. The RN students gave flu shots and presented information on Alzheimer awareness.

On November 3, 2012 the Respiratory Therapy Students participated in the American Lung Association "Air Walk for Life." The students assessed participants' respiratory capacity and walked a 5K route.

These three events are excellent examples of how Ohlone faculty are impressing upon the students the value of community service.

College Events

Over 700 students attended Ohlone's annual Transfer Day on September 24, 2012 to explore transfer options. Students had the opportunity to talk to representatives from over 45 universities located from Washington, D.C. to California. Approximately 100 students attended the four simultaneous sessions following the information fair. University representatives called Ohlone's Transfer Day as one of the most welcoming and well-run. A team of 15 Ohlone staff members and over 35 student volunteers made this day fruitful and fun for everyone.

The Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center hosted its annual Fall Job Fair at the Newark campus on October 19, 2012. Over 450 job seekers participated, including 85 Ohlone College students, 20 former Solyndra employees, and 25 former NUMMI employees. Job seekers were offered a variety of workshops ahead of time in order to prepare to "work the room." There were 39 employers and 12 community based organizations available to meet with job seekers. Employers commented that the attendees were wellqualified and prepared for the event.

More than 650 high school students traveled from as far as Grass Valley to participate in Ohlone College's 19th Annual High School Theatre Festival from March 22-23, 2013 on the Ohlone College Fremont campus. The festival attracted high school students from more than 22 schools across California. The annual event is the largest high school theatre festival in northern California. The festival allows students from all over the Bay Area to participate in what the students describe as a "life-changing" performing arts marathon. More than 200 professionals, professors, and theater practitioners come together to make this an unforgettable day for these young thespians and theater technicians. Over 100 awards are given to aspiring high school actors and techs performing in multiple categories including one-acts, musical theater, contemporary and classical plays, original monologues, scenes, improvisation, video, dance, design and the very popular Tech Olympics.

Over 300 participants took part in Ohlone College's First Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on April 27, 2013. Practicing at the Ohlone College Newark Campus, community members and Ohlone students participated in what was truly a worldwide celebration. Beginning in New Zealand, students of Tai Chi and Qigong began the practice time zone by time zone in over 60 countries and across six continents. Renowned martial artist Ohlone College instructor Sifu May Chen, the 2010 Tai Chi Master of the Year, spearheaded the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at Ohlone and coordinated participation with schools of Tai Chi around the south and east Bay Area. The event began with a set of Tai Chi and Qigong warm-up routines led by Sifu May Chen. Over 100 community members and students from Chen's classes participated. Individuals with varying experience levels, from no experience to martial arts masters, participated in the event at Ohlone.

Some of tomorrow's brightest multimedia artists and designers displayed their Web designs, computer animations, interactive games, and 3D models at the Ohlone College 12th annual Multimedia Festival on May 16, 2013. Since its debut in 2001 the festival has grown in size and scope as the Ohlone Multimedia Department has attracted students with a broader range of experience and education in media arts. The festival is now a forum for high-caliber works of digital art including 3D renderings, 2D and 3D animation, Web design, and video games.

The 2013 Ohlone for Kids and Teens Summer Enrichment Program is offering nearly 400 classes over five sessions. Ohlone for Kids courses are being offered at the Ohlone College Fremont and Newark campuses and the Newark Memorial High School campus. Although registrations are still being taken, so far nearly 1,000 students have enrolled, taking an average of four classes each. Ohlone is serving students from all over the Bay Area with the majority of the students coming from the local communities. This year some of the new and most popular offerings have already sold out or are near full, including Coding Academy, Introduction to Programming, LEGO Robotics, Creating Computer Games, Ceramics, Designing Portable Off-Grid Systems, and Amazing Anatomy.

[From the Ohlone College Catalog, 2013-2014.]