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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Californians with a college degree will earn $400,000 more in their lifetime than their peers with only a high school diploma. Source: California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.
- The class of 2015: Ohlone College, June 11, 2015, San Jose Mercury News - Ohlone College awarded 876 associate degrees to 748 graduates at the 2015 commencement exercises at the school May 22, 2015.
- Ohlone awards scholarships, June 2, 2015, Tri-City Voice - At the LEED certified platinum Newark Ohlone College campus, an impressive group of students, friends, supporters and officials gathered to honor scholarship recipients entering their college years at Ohlone, continuing to study at Ohlone or transferring from Ohlone to four-year institutions.
- Record number of Ohlone College students graduate, May 26, 2015 - The Ohlone College Forty-Eighth Annual Commencement Ceremony was held Friday, May 22 in Fremont. Ohlone awarded 876 associate degrees to 748 graduates this year, an increase of 282 associate degrees compared to last year.
- Ohlone College awarded National Communications Lab Certification, May 26, 2015 - Ohlone College's Speech and Communications Department is celebrating national certification for their Communication Labs and Tutor Training Program.
- Moving through Math: Ohlone Math Gateway, May 19, 2015 - The media’s lament regarding the increased need for STEM education seems to be like the weather, everyone talks about it, but no one does anything…until now. Ohlone College has developed Ohlone Math Gateway, or OMG as students call it, to help them move more quickly into their chosen degree programs such as engineering or physics.
- Record Number of Ohlone Students to Graduate, May 19, 2015 - The Ohlone College forty-eighth annual commencement ceremony is this Friday, May 22 in Fremont. Ohlone will award 876 associate degrees to 748 of its accomplished graduates this year, an increase of 282 associate degrees compared to last year.
- Out of the Ball Park!, May 19, 2015 - Graduation brings big changes. At the Ohlone College Fremont campus, those big changes begin the week after graduation. Construction on the 13-acre Athletic Fields Improvement Project begins.
- 2015 Scholarship Awards, May 19, 2015 - The Ohlone College Foundation has announced the 2015 Scholarship Recipients. This year $151,250 in scholarships will go to 93 new, continuing and transfer students.
- Audree Norton, Who Paved Way for Deaf Actors, Dies at 88, May 14, 2015, The New York Times - Audree Norton, a deaf actress whose fight to be cast on a television show in the late 1970s effectively ended her career in the medium but greatly helped the careers of deaf actors who followed her, died on April 22 at her home in Fremont, Calif. She was 88.
- Ohlone College ranks #3 statewide, May 5, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone College is ranked #3 for medium-size community colleges statewide, according to data provided by the state Chancellor's Office. First reported on the EdSmart website, Ohlone's graduation and transfer rate is the sixth highest in the state out of the 112 schools in the California Community College system.
- Pops in the Park, May 5, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Join the Ohlone Community Band (OCB) and the Ohlone Tuba Ensemble for an eclectic free concert in the Pavilion at Lake Elizabeth. The Ohlone Tuba Ensemble will open the program with fun pieces for the lower brass ensemble, while the second part of the concert will spotlight the Ohlone Community Band.
- Community job fair, April 28, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Over 60 employers from various fields will be present at the Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center annual Spring Career Expo on May 1 at the Ohlone College Newark Center. A wide range of industries are represented, such as Manufacturing, Biotech, Retail, Healthcare and many more.
- What’s Next: Measure G Update, April 28, 2015 - Ohlone has begun construction on the major projects funded by the Measure G Bond. The Academic Core Project is underway now with major demolition to begin this summer.
- Dr. Jo Rainie Rodgers – Not afraid to get her hands dirty!, April 28, 2015 - Jo Rainie Rodgers has a long professional career that has always incorporated her knowledge and love of anthropology. With a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and later an MBA from CSU Hayward (now East Bay), her career has included running her own business in cultural resource management, examining intended construction zones for possible archaeological sites and making recommendations.
- Digging Deeper into Anthropology, April 28, 2015 - The field of anthropology is more than the study of tribes hidden deep in a rain forest or sifting through the dust of newly discovered ruins to piece together shards of ancient artifacts.
- Ohlone College Foundation Update, April 28, 2015 - The CIO Scholarship Fund, a Silicon Valley non-profit composed of chief information officers, has started a permanent endowment to fund an embedded tutoring program for STEM courses at Ohlone College with a donation of $23,000.
- Ohlone College dance transports audience to Soul House, April 21, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Hip hop, tap, contemporary, and jazz dance all combine to create the story of spirits that haunt Soul House. Ohlone’s Spring Dance Production features over 50 dancers and performers, 20 theatre technicians, and theatre and dance faculty showcasing their talents in this annual event, now in its 17th year.
- Ohlone places in Top Three for Medium-size Community Colleges statewide, April 14, 2015, EDsmart - There’s a myth going around that says students go to community colleges because they weren’t accepted by a four year school. The truth is, many students start their post-secondary degrees in college as a money saving factor.
- Ohlone for Kids and Teens offers an enriching summer, April 14, 2015, Tri-City Voice - The countdown to summer vacation has begun, but once it's here, everyone is looking for something to do. Instead of sitting around and playing video games all day, kids can design their own video games! Ohlone for Kids and Teens continues to offer its award-winning summer enrichment program with a variety of different classes and workshops.
- Walk for suicide prevention, April 7, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Registration is open for the 4th annual Ohlone College "Out of the Darkness Campus Walk." The walk is an opportunity for all to honor and remember those people who have been lost due to suicide. We will have remembrance activities, special guest speakers, refreshments, and more.
- World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, April 7, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone College (Newark) Health and Wellness Department presents the 3rd Annual World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. Enjoy Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations and participate in practice sessions.
- An Honest Liar - The James Randi Story, March 31, 2015, Tri-City Voice - On Friday, April 3, the Ohlone College Psychology Club Speaker Series is pleased to present a film screening of "An Honest Liar - The James Randi Story."
- Ohlone College holds successful Theatre Festival, March 31, 2015, Tri-City Voice - For two days each spring, the Ohlone College campus is overrun with performers from high schools across the state. Virtually every open space is staked out as a rehearsal area and at any time you may encounter someone reciting Shakespeare, singing Broadway show tunes, or liberally applying stage makeup, in preparation for their upcoming shot onstage.
- Ohlone College seeks Bond Oversight Committee member, March 31, 2015, Tri-City Voice - The Ohlone Community College District is seeking a member of a Taxpayers' Association to serve with other community members on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. The Oversight Committee reviews the implementation of the Measure G Bond program.
- President’s Advisory Committee Fosters Community Input, March 24, 2015 - Friday, March 6, 2015 Dr. Gari Browning, Ohlone College President, hosted the first President’s Advisory Committee for almost 80 participants plus numerous college guests. The Advisory Committee is comprised of leaders from all sectors of the community who will meet once a quarter to contribute to Ohlone College’s mission, its academic programs and activities.
- Women in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Ohlone College, March 24, 2015 - Society is clamoring for girls and young women to raise their sights to careers in the STEM fields. Educators in the STEM disciplines can be highly influential in building confidence and interest for young women who want to pursue these paths.
- KOHL-Radio – Tech Innovations Lead the Way, March 24, 2015 - Radio Magazine, a widely-read source for up to date information on the latest in radio broadcast technology, published an article about KOHL, the Ohlone College radio station, and its innovative method for conducting remote broadcasts. The article cites Tom Briseno, adjunct faculty member in KOHL’s radio program.
- Over 300 Students Apply for Scholarships Through Ohlone College Foundation, March 24, 2015 - It’s scholarship time! Over the past year, numerous donors have provided $150,000 in scholarship funds to the Ohlone College Foundation.
- Ohlone College: Building for a Sustainable Future, March 17, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone College is undergoing a major transformation at its main campus on Mission Boulevard in Fremont. Funding for the construction comes from the $349 million Measure G bond passed by voters in 2010.
- Fremont theater festival set at Ohlone College, March 10, 2015, Contra Costa Times - In trying to engage younger audiences and expose his theater students to a range of writers, Michael Navarra has started a performance series he hopes will become a tradition.
- Full-Ride Scholarships Available for High School Students: The Ohlone Promise, February 24, 2015, Tri-City Voice - High school seniors attending a public high school in the Tri-City area now have the opportunity to apply for The Ohlone Promise Scholarship.
- Ohlone’s Athletic Trainer Excels On and Off the Field, February 24, 2015, Tri-City Voice - While most of us enjoyed Super Bowl 49 from our living room, Ohlone professor Jeff Roberts was high above the field in Phoenix watching the game but more importantly, watching the players for potential head injuries.
- KOHL — Music. Attitude. …and serious education!, February 24, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Check the pre-set stations on the car radio of any teens-to-twenties young adult and you’ll find 89.3 KOHL securely anchoring their favorite stations. KOHL Radio is one of the most popular radio stations in Fremont and Newark, with high-energy, high-continuity contemporary hits format, using a Top 40 playlist.
- Ohlone College faculty goes to Super Bowl, February 3, 2015, Tri-City Voice - Jeff Roberts, Ohlone College's Head Athletic Trainer, was closely watching all players at Super Bowl LXIX in Arizona from the booth high above the field. While the Seahawks were battling it out on the ground with the Patriots, Roberts acted as the "Eyes in the Sky," watching plays and checking replay cams for likely head injuries.
- Local trainer to eye Super Bowl for concussion injuries, January 30, 2015, Inside Bay Area - Ohlone College's head athletic trainer has been asked to suit up for Super Bowl XLIX.
- Spring 2015 semester is just getting underway at Ohlone, January 27, 2015 - Friday, January 23, Dr. Gari Browning, President of Ohlone College, gave the State of the College speech prior to the beginning of the new semester. Dr. Browning focused on major factors affecting Ohlone at the local and state level and emphasized the excellence of our programs as demonstrated by the accomplishments of our students and faculty.
- Measure G for Ohlone!, January 27, 2015 - So many exciting changes are happening at the Ohlone College Fremont Campus! Ohlone is in the process of building three new academic buildings that will replace the aging buildings at the center of campus.
- Ohlone’s $350M modernization looms, December 4, 2014, Silicon Valley Business Journal - Fremont's Ohlone College doesn't look much different from when it was built in the 1970s. But that's about to change as the school embarks on the biggest building project in its history.
- Charting a Future for Ohlone College Students: Professor Narinder Bansal, December 4, 2014 - Ohlone College Professor Narinder Bansal has created, nurtured, and grown Ohlone’s extremely successful Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Studies Programs, which include several transfer degrees and certificates.
- Employment Opportunities Abound in GIS, December 4, 2014 - Ohlone College's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department inspires and enables students to positively impact their future through a deeper understanding of the changing world around them. GIS programs are computer-based data-management system that store and then manipulate geographic data, plotting pieces of information from spreadsheets into maps.
- Ohlone College is the 5th largest community college in Silicon Valley, November 28, 2014, Silicon Valley Business Journal
GoodMake that Great News!, November 25, 2014 - The Ohlone College Foundation is thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor is giving $400,000 to Ohlone College. The donation is intended for student scholarships, making it the largest scholarship donation in the Foundation’s 27 year history!
- The Sequencing and Organization of a Career in Biotechnology, November 24, 2014 - “Ohlone’s Biotech program is among the best in the nation.” —Dr. Elaine Johnson, National Director, BioLink – Next Generation National Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center of Excellence for Biotechnology and Life Sciences.
- Professor Laurie Issel-Tarver, November 24, 2014 - Dr. Laurie Issel-Tarver knew she wanted to be a scientist ever since she was able to hold a pipette in her dad's virology lab.
- Partnership continues for Ohlone College Deaf Studies, November 18, 2014, Tri-City Voice - A long-time partnership with Ohlone College Deaf Studies Program and the Interpreter Preparation program of a Swedish College was formally extended earlier this month. The signing event continues a fruitful six-year partnership that officially began in 2008 when the original Sister College agreement was signed.
- Professor Danijela Bedic Babic—Breaking Barriers, November 17, 2014 - Blazing the trail for women entering the IT field is Ohlone College’s full-time CNET faculty member, Danijela Bedic-Babic. Professor Bedic-Babic is an exceptional role model for women interested in entering the world of computers and technology once occupied predominantly by men.
- International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, November 11, 2014, Tri-City Voice - International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day each year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.
- Ohlone receives grant to promote student mental health, November 11, 2014, Tri-City Voice - A $306,000 grant has been awarded to Ohlone College to fund a three year campus suicide prevention program for students. The grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be disbursed annually, in $102,000 increments.
- Ohlone College student mental health program gets $306,000 grant, November 11, 2014, San Jose Mercury News - Ohlone College students will continue to have a suicide prevention program, as the college has received a large federal grant for it.
- Dracula Theatre Review: A faithful rendition of a chilling tale, November 4, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Vampires have long been objects of fascination. Cultures around the world have passed down folklore about vampire-like creatures for centuries.
- Sink your teeth into a terrifying tale, October 28, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone’s award-winning Theatre Department presents Bram Stokers Dracula live on stage under the direction of Michael Navarra. If you liked True Blood, Twilight, or The Vampire Diaries, come see where it all began.
- Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Inspired by Health Sciences Education at Ohlone College, October 28, 2014 - Ohlone College Health Sciences department received a visit from Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who led a delegation of top education and workforce officials from his country on a tour of three community colleges.
- Wright Family Fund Enhances Creative Approaches to Teaching, October 28, 2014 - James and Nancy Wright have pledged $38,000 to Ohlone College to establish the Wright Family Fund with the Ohlone College Foundation. The Wright Family Fund addresses two major needs at Ohlone College: to increase Faculty Professional Development and create a permanent operating endowment.
- Ohlone bands offer three concerts in November, October 28, 2014, Tri-City Voice - Each week, more than 100 teachers, engineers, librarians, consultants, accountants, managers, and students trek up the hill at Ohlone College in Fremont carrying instrument cases of assorted sizes. Coming from all over the Bay Area, these are musicians who comprise the three bands at Ohlone’s community education program: Ohlone Wind Orchestra, Ohlone Community Band, and Mission Peak Brass Band.
- Holocaust survivor to speak at Ohlone College, October 21, 2014, Tri-City Voice - The Associated Students of Ohlone College Student Government is hosting a special event featuring Magda Brown, Holocaust survivor, on Thursday, October 23 at noon and Friday, October 24 at 6 p.m. “My hope is that through sharing my story, I can personally talk about the horrors of the Holocaust to remind this generation of the dangers of hatred, prejudice and discrimination,” says Brown.
- Your Gateway to a Career in Technology, October 20, 2014 - Ohlone College’s Computer, Networks, and Emerging Technology (CNET) program offers a scope and depth greater than most Bay Area community colleges.
- Unveiled: Ohlone College Fremont Campus, October 10, 2014, Architects Newspaper - Ohlone College’s Fremont Campus, built on steep hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay, resembles an Italian Hill Town. This has not always worked out for its students, whose current campus—much of it built by local modernist architect Ernest Kump—has grade changes so steep that students will schedule their classes to avoid it.
- Ohlone College Golf Tournament aced on the green, October 7, 2014, Tri-City Voice - A record $80,000 was raised at this year’s 30th Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament – almost $30,000 more than last year. Of the proceeds, $50,000 will go towards supporting Ohlone College athletes of the 2014-2015 Season, as well as growing the Ohlone College Athletics Endowment.
- Breaking News: Careers in Broadcasting Are Accessible Now, September 29, 2014 - Want a job in television or film? Ohlone College’s Department of Broadcasting in Film, Television, and Internet equips students with the skills needed to excel in broadcasting careers. “The faculty we hire are industry professionals I’ve worked with or known throughout my professional career in broadcasting,” says Department Director Gary Kauf.
- Ohlone's high credit ratings result in taxpayer savings, September 23, 2014, Tri-City Voice - In August, Ohlone Community College District successfully sold its second installment of Measure G bonds—$75M in Series B Bonds. The District received some of the highest ratings given to any public agency in the state of California from Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's Rating Agency.
- STEM Education enhanced at Ohlone College, September 23, 2014, Tri-City Voice - The Computer Science and Computer Technology departments at Ohlone College received a grant of $15,000 in the early spring of 2013. The donation was made to the Ohlone College Foundation to benefit STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at Ohlone College with the goal of increasing student learning and retention.
- 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.
Earlier articles are available in our Articles Archive.