2008-2009 Articles - Media Relations - Office of College Advancement

Recent articles are available in our Recent Articles Index. Many of these articles were published in local newspapers or in the Monitor, Ohlone's student-run newspaper.

Summer 2009

Spring 2009

  • Genie Gertz leads workshop: Teenagers discuss ‘deafhood’ - Northwest: Students from Washington, Oregon not defined by lack of hearing - May 20, 2009, The News Tribune - 'Instead of looking at what deaf people can't do, we need to look at ourselves as people who are visual, and who have a community," deaf poet and educator Ella Mae Lentz signed through an interpreter. "We need to look at ourselves in a very positive view to confirm who we are as deaf individuals." Lentz and Genie Gertz, dean of the Center for Deaf Studies and Special Services at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif., have led workshops for deaf adults around the country since 2005. Deafhood Youth Northwest on Tuesday at Mount Tahoma was their first presentation tailored to teenagers.
  • Ohlone College reviews budget, keeps reserves - May 14, 2009, Fremont Bulletin - Ohlone Community College may have $5.3 million in its fund balance for the 2009-10 school year.
  • Near-accident a lucky break for injured Fremont bunny - May 8, 2009, Inside Bay Area: The Argus - It's hard not to feel for Captain Thumper Qui. Her body fur is rough and stained, her cheek fur is shaved and there are stitches where her left eye used to be. But Thumper might just be the luckiest rabbit on the face of the Earth.
  • Trustees: Ohlone president doing good job - May 7, 2009, Fremont Bulletin - Ohlone Community College's new president was given her first review April 22. The consensus is she's done well in her first eight months on the job. President Gari Browning officially took the position July 1, replacing outgoing chief Douglas Treadway upon his retirement. Browning, who accepted a three-year contract with the college in April 2008, is the school's first woman president.
  • Ohlone College certified as LEED Platinum (PDF) - April 24, 2009, India Post - Ohlone College has again been awarded special honors as a model of Sustainable Design and Construction for its LEED Platinum building, the Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology. Acterra, an 18-year-old Bay Area environmental organization, selected the Ohlone College Newark Center as a model of the Sustainable Built Environment award for the College's innovations in energy efficiency and green building.
  • Ohlone College Artists Show it off in Art Competition - April 22, 2009, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone College's Louie-Meager Art Gallery opens its doors to the annual Student Fine Art and Design Show and competition on Monday, April 27. There will be an awards ceremony for the student show at the Fremont campus in room 3201 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public. Doors to the gallery will be open form 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Awards will be given to ten different categories, from painting to interior design.
  • A visit with Ohlone College President Dr. Gari Browning - January 28, 2009, Tri-City Voice - Ohlone College has had its share of accomplishments and controversy since opening its Fremont campus in 1967. With the opening last year of a new Platinum LEED* certified campus in Newark, many issues including funding, curriculum, certification, infrastructure, campus relations and course offerings have become more complex. In the midst of a myriad of challenges facing the college and many other educational institutions, Dr. Gari Browning assumed the post of President/Superintendent in July, 2008. Tri-City Voice visited Dr. Browning Wednesday, January 14, 2009 to discuss her initial impressions of the college.

Fall 2008

  • 'Wizard of Oz' to come alive at Ohlone - December 27, 2008, Inside Bay Area - The actors might be small, but their performance of the "Wizard of Oz" Jan. 10 to 24 at Ohlone College's Smith Center will be the biggest ever for the youth theater group—which includes a cast of 60 young people and a 20-piece orchestra.
  • Ohlone may limit grade-schoolers' access to courses - December 24, 2008, Inside Bay Area - For years Ohlone College hasn't just been a bargain for recent high school graduates, it's been an even better one for elementary and middle school students, who every year enroll in adult classes, such as its Mandarin course, free of charge.
  • Belly dancing class comes to Ohlone College - December 22, 2008, Inside Bay Area - For eight years, Debi Lemon, a Spanish teacher at Ohlone College, has been trying to get her students to roll their "R's." But this year, come nighttime at least, "Profe Lemon" is Naiya, the college's coin-rattling belly dancer who teaches students how to shimmy.
  • Ohlone College board chairman to undergo cancer treatment - December 18, 2008, Inside Bay Area - McMillin knew something was wrong about a month ago when his feet were so swollen and his body so achy that he had to cancel his regular tennis match. He went for blood tests, which pointed to cancer. Finally, he had the definitive bone marrow test. Despite the diagnosis, McMillin said he feels a little better recently than when his symptoms first appeared.
  • The Plumed Serpent - December 10, 2008, Tri-City Voice - Anxiety about the environment touches us all. The fact that hundreds of species of animals vanish from the earth every year is a large part of that concern. We don't know what we're losing: scientists have not yet documented all of the earth's species of birds. When the naturalist impulse to document is fused with an accomplished artist's passion the end result is powerful art.
  • Ohlone softball coach lauded for 700th win - December 5, 2008, Fremont Bulletin - Ohlone Community College women's softball Coach Donna Runyon will receive a 700th win Victory Club Milestone Award this month. The award is presented by Easton Sports at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Convention in Marco Island, Fla. The event celebrates Division I, II, III, National Association of Inter-collegiate Athletics, junior college and high school coaches who have received milestone wins in their careers.
  • Mission San Jose to join in Christmas fun - December 4, 2008, Inside Bay Area - In one of the city's most historic districts, the annual Christmas tree-lighting this Saturday will pay homage to two women who have played a big role in Mission San Jose's Christmas past and present. Anna May Campagna and Irma Vargas will light the tree that they planted decades ago at Old School Plaza, on Mission Boulevard across from Ohlone College, said Connie Andrade, who is helping organize the event.
  • Enrollment growth at Ohlone tempered by state economic slide - November 24, 2008, Inside Bay Area - Ohlone College enrollment increased this fall as the economy slid into recession, but further economic distress could prevent the school from offering enough classes to meet increased demand, district officials said.
  • Ohlone claims it is in good financial shape - November 21, 2008, Fremont Bulletin - While cities and school districts scramble to cut and balance their respective budgets to fall inline with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent proposals, Ohlone Community College District officials say they're not worried about potential cuts this year.
  • Ohlone College New Campus is the "Greenest College in the World" - The News, Community College League of California, Fall 2008 - LEED Platinum—the highest level possible—was awarded to Ohlone College Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology for green building construction.
  • Structures Award: Green Project of the Year - Public: Ohlone College's Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology: Ohlone College center honors sacred ground - October 24, 2008, Business Times - Environmental biology students at Ohlone College will learn in a facility that sets the standard for their field. The community college’s Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology is the first in the country to attain the highest certification level possible from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Ohlone College Newark Center is the first college campus in the United States to achieve LEED platinum status - October 17, 2008, East Bay Business Times - Little has been ignored in terms of sustainability at the new campus, which opened in January. Solar panels – 1,585 of them – on the center’s rooftop generate up to 50 percent of the building’s energy needs, thus reducing emissions of carbon dioxide by more than 183 tons – equivalent to planting nearly 52 acres of trees.
  • Garamendi Challenges Universities to Go Green - September 13, 2008, KCBS 740AM - Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is challenging California college campuses to become more energy efficient and sustainable, and points to one Bay Area college as a leading example.
  • Urban Dance Festival - September 10, 2008, Tri-City Voice - "All the Way Live" plans to be freestylin' this weekend at Ohlone College Amphitheatre. Four finalist groups from a previous contest at the same venue will battle for cash and top honors. Competition will span much of the weekend in a two-day break dance festival "All the Way Live" Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13.
  • Golf Tournament benefits Ohlone College Athletes - September 3, 2008, Tri-City Voice - Fremont Bank and Ohlone College are joining forces on the golf course. Although it is rare for golfers to sink a hole-in-one on the course, they are all guaranteed an equally outstanding score as participants of the Fremont Bank and Ohlone College Golf Tournament. Winners are not only those who spend a pleasant day on the links, joined by non-golfers at an evening of entertainment, but the Ohlone College Athletics Department. Format is Four-person Scramble.
  • New Ohlone College president promises smooth transition: Gari Browning pledges support for women, minority students - August 28, 2008, Inside Bay Area - In her first address as Ohlone College's president, Gari Browning presented herself as a number cruncher and people person who won't veer far off the course set by her predecessor, Doug Treadway.
  • Ohlone board members approve new self-restricting guidelines - August 25, 2008, Inside Bay Area - When the fall semester begins at Ohlone College next week, the newest campus protocols will target the school's board of trustees rather than students. In response to a western region accreditation commission's stinging report, Ohlone trustees have recommended several new rules—soon to be codified—that restrict their activities on campus.

Recent articles are available in our Recent Articles Index.