Inside Los Medanos College
Los Medanos College
Mid-August 08




New Developments



footballFootball Field and Track Getting Facelift!
Well, actually it is much more than just esthetic. LMC's football field and track are in the midst of a major renovation. But what is happening and why?

Artificial turf will be installed, the decision influenced by the fact that after a number of years of improving artificial turf, it has now become a much safer playing field for the players.

This new turf is nothing like what was used previously. Before, the surface was a carpet over asphalt or cement and very unforgiving when players fell, leading to broken bones or very serious scrapes. The new surface will look very much like "real grass" - as a matter of fact, we have the latest model which resembles Kentucky blue grass.

The replacement of the turf will also help us conserve a lot of water since it does not require daily watering and mowing. In addition, we will not need to spread weed killer and fertilizer which will help the environment.

We are also replacing the current track around the field as part of this project and doing some improvement of the landscape. This will allow us to provide a year round track surface that our PE classes and the community will be able to use.

We believe that the new surface will significantly improve the appearance and image of our stadium, and will reduce the number of serious injuries of our athletes and students.

We expect the field to be completed in time for a football game scheduled for October 18th. Any home games before this date will be held at Pittsburg High.

This project is a local bond-funded project. Many thanks to our community for supporting improvements at LMC!


eetec labEETEC Building Almost Completed
After a very successful groundbreaking in June and amazing enrollment numbers, the Electrical and Electronic Technology program (EETEC) is thriving. The new building arrived this past week and should be ready for classes in late August. For a glimpse of the groundbreaking ceremony, click here.

PTEC Update
The Process Technology program (PTEC) is doing a lot of creative things to bolster interest and enrollment. It also has been the happy recipient of financial donations, the latest coming from a local industry supporter: Praxair.

Greg Predmore, Director of Praxair's Hydro Operations based in San Ramon, awarded the department $10,000 to support the program at LMC.

This kind of industry support continues to affirm the strong foundation that has been built by college, community and industry in support of programs that will train our local residents to enjoy secure, stable & well paying careers right here in our own community. Thanks Praxair!

PTEC has also been active on local cable television. A commercial was created and broadcast this summer on Comcast's programming. Some of you may have seen it when watching "How Things Work" and "Myth Busters", amongst other shows. Will share it with everyone in a future enews. Great job, David!


blackboard logoBlackboard Upgrade
The LMC site for online instruction is new and improved! Blackboard has been upgraded to a new server and a new version, giving online courses and classroom courses enhanced with Blackboard better performance and more capability in offering online content.

With the upgrade from Blackboard 6.3 it is especially important that all faculty be trained in what is new in Blackboard 8. For those who missed the Blackboard flex sessions on August 13, there will be another training on Monday, August 25, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in CC 232 (the Business computer lab). It will cover both what is new in Blackboard 8 and the Grade Center. Note: only the hour of 4:00-5:00 p.m. can count towards flex credit.

If you have questions about Blackboard, please contact Clayton Smith at csmith@losmedanos.edu.




Supporting Student Success


starsUmoja Scholars Program Kicks Off the Year
The Umoja Scholars Program is up and running! We successfully completed our first Summer Bridge program last month with about 20 students! The program included an English study skills course and a math refresher course.

The highlights of the program included a field trip to the Museum of the African Diaspora and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in San Francisco, and a hip hop presentation by noted speaker Kim Morrison from the Daraja Program at Chabot College. We concluded with a swim party and celebration luncheon.

We kicked off fall semester with an orientation attended by nearly 30 students. The students participated in an African ritual led by Terrence Elliott, Dean of Applied Sciences at Contra Costa College.

Our 30 Umoja Scholars are excited about fall semester where they are taking Math 12 and English 70 as well as participating in a number of cultural, academic and social activities. Our theme for the year is "Aya" which stands for resourcefulness and endurance.

Students had this to say about the summer bridge program and the orientation:

  • "I am excited about this program. I believe it is going to help me in many different ways."
  • "I really loved the discussion about African culture."
  • "I feel thankful and grateful to be at this class."
  • "I feel this class is going to be a big help in the future."

Connecting College to Careers The Cooperative Work Experience program (Co-op Ed) has been revitalized as of late, and many students are benefiting from their participation. Co-op Ed connects college to careers by combining academic credit with professional experience. Students may earn one to four units by accomplishing new and measurable skills while at their jobs. Employer surveys routinely emphasis the value of real-world and applied-learning approaches for college students.

Participating in Co-op Ed is easier than ever. Title 5 has recently been amended to delete requirements related to enrollment in parallel and alternate plans of cooperative education. In other words, students are no longer required to enroll in a total of seven units to enroll in cooperative education.

Contact the LMC Employment Center for details or contact Reggie Turner at ext. 3331. Download a copy of the Fall 2008 Co-op Ed flyer here.




Welcome, congrats, and adieu!


Update on LMC Employees


  • Ana Gutierrez, English
  • Colleen Ralston, PE
  • Derek Domenichelli, PE
  • Mara Landers, Math
  • Jeanne Bonner, Physics


  • Sabbatical Replacements & Non-Tenure Track
  • Karl Debro, AVID
  • Clint Ryan, Math
  • Robert Ramsey, Math


  • Robin Armour, Director of Admissions & Records


  • Robin Scheier, PBX Operator-Receptionist
  • Jamila Stewart, PBX Operator-Receptionist
  • Michael Valdez, Math Lab Coordinator
  • Ahmad Jamil, Computer/Network Tech
  • Toshiya Hotei, Computer/Network Tech
  • Paul Palizzolo, Custodian II


  • Colin McDowell


  • Barbara Austin - 2007-2008
  • Cheong Chuah - Spring 2007/Spring 2008
  • Jim Cohen - 2007-2008
  • Durwynne Hsieh - Spring 2008
  • Karen Nakaji - 2007-2008


  • Leetha Robertson, Senior A/R Assistant
  • Tennille McEwen, A/R Assistant I
  • Gilbert Wagner, Lab Equipment Tech II, Voc Tech


  • Lindy Wille, Foundation Director
  • Newin Orante, Interim Dean of Student Development
  • Mary Oleson, Senior Administrative Secretary, Office of College Advancement

2007-2008 RETIREES

  • Art Alatorre
  • Kate Boisvert
  • Ed Bolds
  • Jerry Davis
  • Carole French
  • Dave Nakaji
  • Ida Ornellas
  • Barbara Restani
  • Janhavi Stewart



  • Phil Gottlieb
  • Analicia Martin
  • Luis Morales
  • David Sano
  • Janice Townsend


  • Theodora Adkins
  • Robin Aliotti
  • Gilbert Amaral
  • Cheong Chuah
  • Curtis Corlew


  • Margaret Hertstein
  • Mary Long
  • Shalini Lugani
  • Cathy McCaughey
  • David Oleski
  • Daniel Ramirez


  • Lorie Butler
  • Juan Cuara
  • Laurie Huffman
  • Le Pham Le
  • Cindy McGrath
  • Gail Newman
  • Mary Rock
  • Ted Terstegge
  • Pat Wagener

25 & 35 YEARS

  • Joyce Pavich - 25 years
  • Olga Arenivar - 35 years
  • Estelle Davi - 35 years
  • Dan Henry - 35 years
  • John Maltester - 35 years
  • Leonard Price - 35 years




Athletics Update



LMC Basketball Stars Off to Missouri
Three Los Medanos College (LMC) basketball stars recently signed letters of intent to attend Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.

Shannon Reed, Jessica Trizuto, and Tia Witherspoon of Antioch have just completed their sophomore years at LMC and will begin attending Culver-Stockton College this fall.

"These three student-atheletes played a major role in making our women's basketball team a compettive program in the Bay Valley conference for the past two years", explained Coach Richard Villegas. "All three have been starters on the LMC women's basketball team for the past two years, this year culminating with the team placing 4th in the Bay Valley Conference."

Shannon Reed (transfer, liberal arts) graduated from Burton High School in San Francisco before joining the LMC women's basketball team last year as Point Guard. She averaged 15.4 points, 5.4 assists, and 1.4 steals. She has been ranked second in the conference in assists and eleventh in the state. She was named to the 1st team, All League Bay Valley Conference.

Jessica Trizuto (A.A., mathematics) graduated from Antioch High School. She held the position of Small Forward for her two years at LMC. Jessica averaged 14.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. She is ranked 3rd in the conference in rebounds and 10th in the state.

Tia Witherspoon (transfer/English) also graduated from Antioch High School. Tia was Power Forward for the LMC women's team, averaging 10.6 points per game, 10.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. She is ranked 2nd in the conference in blocks.

Villegas said, "Tia, Jessica and Shannon dedicated themselves to the women's basketball program, not only on the court, but also in the classroom. They developed a work ethic that helped them each earn a scholarship to Culver-Stockton College to continue their academic and athletic careers. They also laid the foundation for the program at LMC and I appreciate their dedication and hard work."




A Bit of History


Nilda Rego Article Features Rancho Los Medanos
You may have missed Nilda Rego's article about the history of the LMC area. Here's your chance to catch it.