Recent Articles - Media Relations - Office of College Advancement
Some of the articles collected for the past few semesters are re-published on our website. Many of these articles were published in local newspapers or in the Ohlone College Monitor, our student-run newspaper. Earlier articles are available in our Articles Archive.
In addition, the Spotlight on Ohlone section of the Ohlone College website features articles about Ohlone College students, faculty and staff.
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"Going to college is important for me because no one in my family has ever been to college and I want to be the first to graduate and set a great example for my younger sisters." —Ariana Figueroa, Newark Optimist Club Joe Burnett Helping Hand Scholarship Recipient; Future goal: Become a nurse.
- Fremont professor moves to beat of ancient drum, September 6, 2014, Contra Costa Times - A renowned percussionist's journey from Kalamazoo to Fremont -- by way of India and New York -- has been as intriguing as the ancient musical instrument he expertly plays. Rohan Krishnamurthy, Ohlone College's newest music professor, is an acclaimed performer who specializes in mridangam, an ancient and still-popular Indian percussion instrument.
- Introducing Professor Andrews, September 2, 2014 - Ohlone College Professor Andrews makes accounting exciting and fun for students. He encourages them to break notions that there are limitations on what they can achieve.
- Accrue Assets in Ohlone’s Accounting Program, August 26, 2014 - Accountants will always be in demand, across all industries. With accountants creating fiscal health and capital for individuals and institutions, the job market has historically remained strong and steady for those with a financial background. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow.
- Ohlone College accreditation reaffirmed, August 26, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone received eight commendations for notable achievements in the report from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, (ACCJC), notifying Ohlone College officials that accreditation has been reaffirmed for another six years.
- Indian hand-drumming at Ohlone, August 26, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone College’s internationally acclaimed instructor, Dr. Rohan Krishnamurthy, is teaching traditional Indian hand-drumming techniques and approaches this fall semester at Ohlone College.
- Students who Serve - Graduating with Highest Honors: Sergeant James Keogh, August 20, 2014 - This spring, Ohlone graduate and U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve Veteran, James Keogh was awarded the “All-California Academic First Team” by the Community College League of California and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The award is bestowed on individuals deemed the best out of the two million CA Community College students.
- Discover Deaf Studies at Ohlone, August 20, 2014 - Ohlone College is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive Deaf Studies programs in the nation. Ohlone Deaf Education faculty member, Dr. Tom Holcomb, reported that on a recent trip to Zanzibar a Deaf man introduced himself and told of his dream to attend a college in the United States. Thinking he meant Gallaudet or Rochester Institute of Technology, Tom was surprised when the man identified Ohlone College as the college of his dreams! When asked why he wanted to attend Ohlone instead of Gallaudet or RIT, the man said that Ohlone had the best reputation.
- Meet the Associate Dean, August 13, 2014 - The new Associate Dean of the Deaf Studies Division, Darline Gunsauls, takes the helm at the beginning of August. She is the fourth in a line of Deaf leaders who have provided strong direction to the division.
- ¿Habla Espanol? Spanish with Ohlone’s Professor Lemon, August 7, 2014 - Internationally recognized instructor, Deborah Lemon is redefining Spanish instruction at Ohlone, where she was recently honored as Faculty of the Year. She was recognized for her work as an innovative and engaging instructor. Professor Lemon merges “real-life” with “academic life,” enabling students to learn a Spanish vocabulary that has practical, relevant applications.
- Ohlone College accredited for next six years, July 29, 2014, San Jose Mercury News - Ohlone College has earned eight commendations for displaying "academic quality and institutional effectiveness," according to a report that reaffirms its accreditation for the next six years.
- Theatre Review: Dark tale in fine voice and fabulous view, July 15, 2014, Tri-City Voice - The Tony Award-winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” makes an irresistible offer, wielding its swift blade and fantastic music under the stars at the Smith Center Amphitheatre at Ohlone College.
- Auditions for Dracula production, July 15, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone College's award-winning Theatre and Dance Department is looking for actors for the 2014 Fall Theatre and Dance production of “Dracula.” Actors need to prepare a 90-second monologue in a British, Cockney or Romanian accent. Performers of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
- SummerFest returns with Sweeney Todd, July 8, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Vengeance fills the air with the return of Ohlone College's SummerFest. Travel to the gritty streets of Victorian London to witness the ultimate tale of murder for profit as the brooding and bitter Sweeney Todd sharpens his razor and awaits his revenge. Live orchestra, excellent vocals and acting, and a twist of dark comedy do more than justice to Stephen Sondheim's music and Hugh Wheeler's words.
- Ohlone College board appoints first Indian-American trustee, May 22, 2014, San Jose Mercury News - When Ishan Shah interrupted his college studies last year to care for a parent stricken with cancer, he didn't know then that putting his life on hold would help the two dreams closest to his heart come true. Less than a year after Shah returned to Fremont, his mother has fully recovered, and coming home has helped him reach the goal of holding political office.
- Former student appointed to Board of Trustees, May 20, 2014, Tri-City Voice - At a special meeting of the Ohlone College Board of Trustees, May 14, 2014, Ishan Shah was appointed as a new board member to fill a vacancy left by Kevin Bristow who resigned after moving out of the Ohlone College District in March 2014. From a field of five well-qualified candidates, the Board appointed Shah, a small business owner and former Ohlone student, to serve until the next election in November 2014.
- Ohlone College holds Multimedia Festival, May 13, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Tomorrow’s brightest multimedia artists and designers will display their work and receive critique from Silicon Valley’s leading industry professionals at the Ohlone College 2014 Multimedia Festival on Thursday, May 15. Attendees will enjoy an exhibition of web design, interactive media, video game design, digital imagery, animation, and 3D modeling from Ohlone’s most accomplished student artists.
- Exciting new one-act plays at Ohlone, May 6, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Student actors and directors present a series of edgy, energetic one-act plays performed in repertory exploring the ins and outs, sideways looks and backwards glances at modern relationships through comedy, drama, emotion and mayhem. May 8 through the 15 five contemporary one-act plays, selected and presented by the Student Repertory Company, will be presented in two performance bills over the course of six nights at the Smith Center at Ohlone College.
- Ohlone College Theatre announces auditions for “Sweeney Todd”, April 29, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Announcing auditions for the SummerFest production of “Sweeney Todd” at Ohlone College. The Ohlone College Theatre Department will transport the audience to the dark and gritty streets of London circa 1846 as the demon barber exacts his revenge on the whole of London.
- Fast-paced improv comedy show, April 29, 2014, Tri-City Voice - They say laughter is the best medicine. It can even help you lose a few pounds along the way! How? Well, it’s because comedy can be a sport as well.
- Dancers explore humanity, technology and "dis-connected" interactions, April 22, 2014, Tri-City Voice - How often do you find yourself seated in a public place, surrounded by people, while you stare at a miniature screen, or walking around plugged into ear buds, oblivious to those around you, or seated next to someone you love, while each of you is communing, in tandem, with your digital device? Is this the state of modern human interaction?
- Ohlone College picks developer for 314 homes on campus, April 17, 2014, San Jose Mercury News - Ohlone College has taken a major step toward altering the look of its campus, as it has chosen a developer to build more than 300 homes along Mission Boulevard. The college's board selected San Francisco-based Carmel Partners, which proposes building 314 housing units and 25,000 square feet of retail on 15 acres. Ohlone also will grant the developer control of the property for 60 years, with a 30-year option.
- Out of the Darkness Walk, April 8, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Suicide strikes much closer to home than you may think. Nearly one million people make a suicide attempt each year, and more than 34,000 die by suicide. At Ohlone College alone, 21% of students say they have considered suicide in the last 12 months, with 2.3% of students actually attempting to take their lives. (National College Health Assessment, March 2010)
- Ohlone Promise delivers success for high school student, April 8, 2014, Tri-City Voice - The Ohlone Promise is a full-ride scholarship that covers all of the costs of tuition, books and fees for two years at Ohlone College. The scholarship is offered to local graduating high school seniors who plan to attend Ohlone College in fall 2014.
- Bay Area organ virtuoso accompanies silent film classic, April 1, 2014, Tri-City Voice - College…it's a new beginning. You're immersed in a new environment with new people, which means that you can be a new person, too. And that is exactly what college freshman Harold Lamb does. This provides the springboard for crazy comedy in Harold Lloyd's 1925 classic "The Freshman."
- Ohlone for Kids and Teens, April 1, 2014, Tri-City Voice - It's not always easy to get kids and teens excited about school, but it is widely agreed that learning robotics, video game design or cartooning beats flipping channels between soap operas and infomercials. This summer, enroll your children in Ohlone for Kids and Teens, where they can enjoy learning and gaining new skills, while developing confidence, and stimulating their interest and growth.
- Fremont: Ohlone College board member resigns to take UC Merced job, March 20, 2014, San Jose Mercury News - When Kevin Bristow won a seat on the Ohlone College Board of Trustees two years ago, he said he ran to help disadvantaged students whose challenges he, a former foster child, knew of too well.
- Record attendance expected at Ohlone's 20th Annual High School Theatre Festival, March 19, 2014, San Jose Mercury: Fremont Bulletin - Top theater talent from as far north as Grass Valley and as far south as Fresno will come together in a bid to wow the judges this weekend, March 21 and 22, at the Ohlone College Smith Center. The largest competition of its kind in Northern California, the 20th Annual Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival found its humble beginnings with only 200 students but now boasts almost 850 contestants from 27 schools.
- Ohlone College announces vacancy on Board of Trustees, March 18, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Due to the retirement of one of its Trustees, Ohlone Community College District now has a vacancy on its Board of Trustees for a seat in Area 2, which encompasses the City of Fremont and a small part of Union City. Applicants are being sought by the Board for appointment to this position until the next election in November 2014.
- Record attendance anticipated at High School Theatre Festival, March 18, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Top theatre talent from as far north as Grass Valley and as far south as Fresno will come together in a bid to wow the judges this weekend, March 21 and 22, at the Ohlone College Smith Center. The largest competition of its kind in Northern California, the 20th Annual Ohlone College High School Theatre Festival found its humble beginnings with only 200 students but now boasts almost 850 contestants from 27 schools.
- Ohlone College nearing deal to build 250 apartments, retail space on edge of Fremont campus, March 14, 2014, San Jose Mercury News - Ohlone College hopes to turn one of its assets -- surplus land in a historic area -- into a steady cash stream, leasing part of its sprawling campus to developers. While some in the college's historic Mission San Jose district worry the proposal might harm the neighborhood's pastoral beauty, college leaders say preserving the area's charm is one of their top goals.
- Students square off in Bioscience Quiz Bowl, March 13, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Ten teams from six Bay Area high schools competed in the Ohlone College LAB Program Quiz Bowl on Feb. 27, buzzing in to answer questions about biology, chemistry and biotechnology. These students are enrolled in the Learning Alliance for Bioscience Program at Ohlone College, which engages them in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.
- March Madness hits Central Park, March 11, 2014, Tri-City Voice - March Madness swings into Fremont's Central Park on Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16 as the Ohlone College Renegades host this 16-team tournament in the 22nd annual "March Madness Invitational Tournament."
- The Ohlone Promise for high school seniors, March 4, 2014, Tri-City Voice - The Ohlone Promise, a multi-year scholarship to Ohlone College, is available to high school seniors in the Tri-City area. Now in its second year, The Ohlone Promise scholarship covers the cost of tuition, books and related fees, and will be awarded to 20 local high school graduates who plan to attend Ohlone College in fall 2014.
- Ohlone College begins renovation construction, February 18, 2014, Tri-City Voice - The first of several important construction projects that will dramatically renovate Ohlone College's hillside campus in Fremont commences with the groundbreaking for the South Parking Structure which took place on February 12. Funded by the Measure G Bond, the innovative parking structure will be integrated into Ohlone College's unique sloped landscape, allowing for greater accessibility and providing convenient traversal of the campus.
- Ohlone Theatre and Dance Guild delighting audiences once again, February 4, 2014, Tri-City Voice - The performing arts of theatre and dance have a rich history dating back thousands of years. Early records of stage dramas indicate that western theatre originated in Greece in the 6th century BCE. Although hundreds of plays were performed in ancient times, only a handful of manuscripts have survived from theatre's earliest days.
- Ohlone College Biotechnology Center selected as finalist for Innovation Award, February 4, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Selected from over 100 nominations that were submitted, the Northern California Bay Area Biotechnology Center at Ohlone College is among 16 finalists for the 2nd Annual East Bay Innovation Awards.
- Ohlone College seeks applicants for Bond Oversight Committee, January 28, 2014, Tri-City Voice - The Ohlone Community College District is seeking interested individuals to serve on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee, with other community leaders, to oversee the implementation of the Measure G Bond program. Measure G is a $349 million bond measure, passed by voters in November 2010, which authorizes funding for needed repairs, upgrades, and construction projects primarily on Ohlone College's Fremont campus.
- Vacancies on Ohlone bond committee, January 24, 2014, San Jose Mercury News: Fremont Bulletin - The Ohlone College District is looking for community members interested in serving on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee as the at-large community member or the senior citizen group representative to oversee the implementation of the Measure G bond program.
- Ohlone College bond money replacing damaged buildings, connecting students to campus, January 23, 2014, San Jose Mercury News - This week, Ohlone College started the first of several improvement projects that will replace water-damaged buildings, lower its carbon footprint and make it easier to get around the steep hillside campus.
- East Bay Economic Development Alliance announces finalists for 2nd annual East Bay Innovation Awards, January 21, 2014, Oakland Local - Northern California Biotechnology Center at Ohlone College is one of 16 finalists for 2014.
- Yoko's Dance performs a Christmas classic, December 10, 2013, Tri-City Voice - It's Christmas Eve—a time of giving. Young Clara receives the gift of a nutcracker from her mysterious uncle, and is swept into a whole new world filled with sweets and magic. It seems all too good to be true! Is it all just a dream?
- Cap the Holidays with the Nutcracker Ballet, December 3, 2013, Tri-City Voice - It’s Christmas Eve—a time of giving. Young Clara receives the gift of a nutcracker from her mysterious uncle, and is swept into a whole new world filled with sweets and magic. It seems all too good to be true! Is it all just a dream?
- International Survivors of Suicide Day, November 19, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in America. It comes before liver disease and Parkinson's disease. Ohlone College wants to shed light on the taboo topic. The college will be the host for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's 15th Annual International Survivors of Suicide Day.
- Review: Apocalyptic 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Rocks, November 13, 2013, East Bay Express - Judas (Adam Fresquez) betrays Jesus (Cliff McCormick) with a kiss.. Regardless of your religious inclinations, it certainly feels like the world could use a savior right now. Mass shootings are happening with alarming frequency; natural disasters caused by climate change are destroying cities; CEOs earn 380 times more than the average worker, and on and on. Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock opera currently in production at Ohlone College, tells a fitting tale in our current climate of destruction, political stagnation, and the most obscene wage gap the world has ever known.
- Theatre Review: Jesus Christ Superstar: an ancient story for modern times, November 12, 2013, Tri-City Voice - The year is 2033—global warming and nuclear fallout have created an environmental and economic disaster of global proportion. The governmental void has been quickly filled by the few who seek power and wealth at the expense of the many, creating an oppressive upper class minority, the zero point one percent, feeding off the weakness of the poor and powerless majority.
- Yelp Review: Jesus Christ Superstar at Ohlone College Gary Soren Smith Center, November 10, 2013, Yelp Review: Ohlone College Gary Soren Smith Center - "Jesus Christ Superstar 2033" reimagines Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous rock opera in a post-apocalyptic future pocked with nuclear fallout, dire global warming, and stifling drought. I hate musicals and expected to fall asleep in the opening act. But this show was captivating, exciting, riveting, truly brilliant.
- Post-Apocalyptic Jesus Christ Superstar, November 7, 2013, Tri-City Voice - The year is 2033—global warming and nuclear fallout have created an environmental and economic disaster of global proportion. The governmental void has been quickly filled by the few who seek power and wealth at the expense of the many, creating an oppressive upper class minority, the zero point one percent, feeding off the weakness of the poor and powerless majority.
- The return of Steamboat Bill, October 29, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Performing music from the golden age of Hollywood, with a few bells and whistles to accentuate the humor, renowned organist Jerry Nagano accompanies Buster Keaton's 1928 silent comedy "Steamboat Bill Jr." The combination of Keaton's comedian/director masterpiece and Nagano's musical score makes this silent movie a worthwhile experience.
- Ohlone College professor honored, October 29, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Rick Arellano, Professor of Computer Applications and Occupational Technology at Ohlone College, was one of five honorees who received a Latino Heritage Leadership Certificate of Recognition at Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski's 1st Annual Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 11.
- Ohlone College to rebuild main campus, October 29, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone College will soon see sweeping changes; a new parking structure at the Fremont campus by the summer of 2015, and replacement of many older buildings by spring, 2018.
- Institutions of Higher Learning…About Top 40 (PDF), October 24, 2013, Billboard Top 40 - The historical tendency to paint all college radio stations with the same brush—using such terms as "free form," "alternative" and "indie"—would give short shrift to those stations using their radio facilities as a training ground for careers in top 40. Several of these stations have delivered the hits to listeners beyond just on campus—and delivered great air talent to commercial contemporary radio—for more than 30 years.
- Ohlone College professor recognized for leadership, October 24, 2013, Mercury News: Fremont Bulletin - Ohlone College professor of computer applications and occupational technology, Rick Arellano, was one of five people awarded a Latino Heritage Leadership Certificate of Recognition at Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski's first Latino Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony on Oct. 11.
- Student newspaper wins awards, October 15, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Nearly doubling last year's take of seven awards, Ohlone College's student-run newspaper, The Monitor, brought home a total of 12 awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges' (JACC) Northern California conference at the end of September.
- Bach, Beethoven and Mussorgsky brought to life, October 8, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Hans Boepple's debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of ten set the stage for a lifetime of collaboration with orchestras and conductors of international renown.
- Ohlone hosts golf tournament, October 3, 2013, Mercury News: Fremont Bulletin - More than 200 golfers participated in the 29th annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament Sept. 23 at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.
- Golf Tournament fills the greens at Castlewood, October 1, 2013, Tri-City Voice - More than 200 golfers participated in the 29th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament Monday, September 23, 2013 at the exclusive Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.
- Filmmaker's documentary on offbeat world of rabbit shows airs on KQED, September 19, 2013, Mercury News: Fremont Bulletin - After shooting 150 hours of footage over seven years, filmmaker Amy Do and her first movie, an offbeat documentary called "Rabbit Fever," got its day in the sun last weekend.
- Ohlone College Golf Tournament, September 17, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Enjoy breakfast and Bloody Marys before golfing on a "member's only" course, prize-packed "Hole-in-One" contests, cocktails, an awards reception, a silent auction, all supporting Ohlone College's award-winning athletic programs by attending the 29th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament presented by: FORM (Fremont Orthopaedic & Rehabilitative Medicine).
- Celebrate Mexico's independence with a fiesta of music and dance, September 10, 2013, Tri-City Voice - A fiesta of colorful dancing and vibrant music representing the magnificent variety that Mexican culture has to offer will transform the stage at Ohlone College as Ballet Folklorico Mexicano (BFM) presents a full mariachi band and a lively cast of twirling, spinning dancers.
- Career centers to host job fair, September 10, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Looking for full or part time work, or need a second job? Ready to move on to the next level in your career? Opportunity knocks at the Alameda County Regional Job Fair, Tuesday, September 17 at the San Leandro Library.
- Ohlone College hosts annual golf tournament at Castlewood, September 10, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Breakfast and Bloody Marys, putting contests, golfing on a "member's only" course, prize-packed "Hole-in-One" and longest drive contests, cocktails, awards reception, raffles, silent auction, and more are all part of Ohlone College's 29th Annual Golf Tournament at Castlewood Country Club.
- The 29th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament, September 6, 2013, Newark Patch - Enjoy breakfast and Bloody Marys before golfing on a "member's only" course, prize-packed "Hole-in-One" contests, cocktails, an awards reception, a silent auction…all supporting Ohlone College’s award-winning athletic programs by attending the 29th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament presented by: FORM (Fremont Orthopaedic & Rehabilitative Medicine).
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