Highlights and Good News About Ohlone! - About Ohlone College

At Ohlone we are proud of the accomplishments made by our dedicated students, faculty, and staff. We are pleased to share several of the highlights of the 2016-2017 year at Ohlone, which are a mere sampling of the great things that are going on at Ohlone.

(Source: Ohlone College Catalog, 2017-2018.)

Student Accomplishments

Over twenty-five Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students visited the Google campus during Fall 2016. They discussed the types of STEM courses they need, how to pursue a career at Google, and what Google looks for in candidates. The students had the opportunity to meet Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Googlers (also known as Deafglers) and learn about their career paths. The partnership between Ohlone and Google is working well!

The Ohlone College Forensics team did very well during Fall 2016, including at their final two tournaments at Delta College and Hartnell College. Student participants received 1st Place in Novice Poetry and Open Program/ Interpretation at both tournaments, and another received 1st Place in Novice Prose at Hartnell.

Ladies of the Empire is a women’s group for San Francisco 49er fans. They’re a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make a positive impact on the overachieving underserved youth and women of our community through education, support, and hard work. They offered Ohlone one $2,500 scholarship, but Ohlone’s student applications were so impressive that the organization ended up providing Ohlone with three scholarships totaling $7,000!

Victoria Maroulis, an alumnus of Ohlone College, recently donated $36,000 for an endowment to support Ohlone Promise Scholarships. Victoria came to Ohlone College as a Russian immigrant and became an active member of ASOC. She transferred from Ohlone to Stanford and eventually attained her Juris Degree from Yale University.

In October 2016, through partnership with the City of Fremont Chamber of Commerce, 83 Ohlone students visited local companies as part of Manufacturing Day 2016. During the visits students were able to tour facilities and observe advanced manufacturing processes first-hand at Lam Research, Anaspec, and Bay Area Circuits. The students represented Ohlone’s Biotechnology, Computer Science, CNET, and Engineering departments.

Ohlone is pleased to announce that PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has extended an internship offer to two Accounting students. One student has been accepted into “Explore,” PwC’s one-day career Discovery Program, while the other student will participate in “Start,” a 7-week internship program designed for high performing, diverse college students.


The 2016-2017 season was a year of firsts. Out of the 11 intercollegiate sports offered at Ohlone, five moved on to the post season. Congratulations to the student athletes and coaches of the Women’s Water Polo, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Swimming, Women’s Softball, and Men’s Baseball teams. Graduated Sophomores Jenni Brochu from the Volleyball team and Josh Calmerin from the Baseball team were honored as the 2016 Female and Male Athletes of the Year during the 32nd Annual Ohlone College Golf Tournament, which was held on September 12, 2016 at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.

The Ohlone Women’s Water Polo team posted a conference record of 9-2 with an overall record of 12-11 to earn the three-way tie for the Conference Championship. This was the best record of the women’s water polo program in over 13 years and enabled them to land in the post season as the #7 seed in the Northern California State Playoffs. Congratulations to Coach Alyssa Hess for taking the women beyond what they thought was possible. We are very much looking forward to an even better year in 2017.

Our Men’s Basketball team finished the season with a record of 21-9 and a conference record of 8-4. The 2016-17 season was extremely successful with the team advancing to the third round of the Northern California Regional Playoffs as the #11 seed. Coach Scott Fisher was able to put together a great team that represented many local and international backgrounds. Congratulations! We are looking forward to what is coming next year.

The Ohlone Swim program had a breakout year under the tutelage of the new head coach, Casey Fleming. After months of hard training and dual meets, the Ohlone Renegades swam their hearts out at the Coast Conference Championships, placing 15 individual swims in the top 8 and 11 individual swims finishing in the top 16. On the women’s side, the Renegades had top 8 finishes from Jessica Amaral, Tiffany De Anda, Gabriella Kingsley, Wing Sum (Jamie) Lam, Jamie Ng, and Moran Seeley. For the men, Jared Hirsch and Noah Mabolic finished in the top 8. At the conference championships, Captain Jamie Lam swam a time fast enough in the 200 breaststroke to make her the sixteenth fastest community college swimmer in the state of California, qualifying her for the CCCAA Championships. Her performance in the 100 breaststroke at conference achieved the ‘B’ time standard, allowing her to compete in that event as well, despite not being ranked in the top 16. At the State Championships Jamie managed to not only improve her best times from the weeks prior, but also was able to move up her placing with phenomenal finals swim. With only one athlete at the competition, Jamie Lam led the Ohlone women to a 31st place finish out of 33 teams. Lam’s performance at the State championships broke the current school record in the women’s 200 breaststroke and her time in the 100 breaststroke makes her the fifth fastest in Ohlone history. Rounding out the rest of the record books for the season, freshman Morgan Seeley broke the Ohlone Women’s 200 backstroke record as well as finishing as the second fastest mile swimmer. The women’s 200 butterfly record was also set during a regular season meet by freshman Gabriella Kingsley. Freshman Tiffany De Anda swam her way to the second fastest performance of the 200 butterfly in Ohlone history. Sophomore Jessica Amaral managed to write her name into the history book with an eighth fastest time in the women’s 100 breast as well as the sixth fastest time for the 50 freestyle. With her performances at conference, freshman Jamie Ng’s 100 free style time places her as the third fastest and for the 50 freestyle places her as the fourth fastest sprinter in Ohlone history.

The 2017 Ohlone Softball Team had a whole new look this year! First year Head Coach Julie Marshall and her coaching staff had a vision in September, and their main goal was to get every member of the #Team32 to buy into their culture and jump in with two feet. With their #ReLoaded motto, brand new field, and 19 very talented athletes, they set their goals in motion, worked hard, stayed on track despite adversity, and knocked out their goals one-by-one along their journey to playoffs. Their season concluded with them finishing in the Conference as #3. Playoffs began and they were seeded #7 in all of Northern California. They had battled like no other team during the Super-Regionals, just barely missing the mark to make a berth to the State Championship Tournament. The team posted a very respectable record of 6-8 in conference competition and 30-15 overall. This team had some stellar athletes, specifically Nalani Scates as the conference Pitcher of the Year and Isabel Gonzalez-Velarde, Meida Taulalatasi, and Samantha Adami as 1st team All-Conference. Congratulations to #Team32, and we are very excited to see what #Team33 can do next season.

Our Baseball team has been having a Cinderella Season under the newly tenured faculty member, Coach Mike Curran. The unveiling of a new field brought a sense of excitement and urgency, and the team responded with a 36-3 win/loss record—a school high for most regular season wins—while rolling through conference with 17 wins and only one loss. The most compelling case of Ohlone’s dominance can be found in the stats. The Renegades finished #1 among all California Community College baseball programs in the three major statistical categories: team batting average (.339), team ERA (2.40), and team fielding percentage (.980). Leading the charge were pitchers Carlos Jimenez (10-1, 1.85 ERA, 30 BB/68K in 82.2 IP) and Brian Martinez (11- 0, 2.25 ERA, 8 BB/52 K in 56 IP), while the offense was led by NorCal Batting Champion and NCAA D1 signee (Loyola Marymount) Ryan Ruley (.481, 76 hits, 12 2B, 7 3B, 8 HR, 28 SB). Congratulations to the Baseball program for earning the #3 seed in the NorCal playoffs which allowed them to host all three rounds of regional play. After regional play they found themselves off to the State Championships in Fresno. Ohlone finished with a school record of 24-7, which was the best record in the entire state. What a season, and we look forward to seeing many great years to come

Even though the Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Water Polo, and the Women’s Basketball teams didn’t make the playoffs during the 2016-2017 season, they all had some notable matches that brought great joy and excitement to all that watched, both spectators and student athletes alike. We are very proud hopeful that all four teams will continue their growth, both in the classroom and on their competitive venues.

Way to go, Renegades!

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

A ceremony was held during Fall 2016 to name a seminar room at Gallaudet University for Ron Burdett. He was recognized for his work as a professor and dean of Deaf Studies and Special Services at Ohlone College from 1973-2004, as well as for his service as president of the California Association for Post- Education of the Disabled (CAPED), which oversaw 107 community colleges, eight California State University campuses, and three University of California campuses.

The chemistry, microbiology, and biotechnology labs continue to receive donations from industry. In the last year Ohlone has received approximately $6000 in new materials from the firms Biolink and Diagnostics for the Real World. Kudos go to Ohlone’s lab technicians for making this happen.

Dr. Lowell Hazelton, adjunct faculty member in physics, has been acknowledged through Stanford University’s Teacher Tribute Initiative by one of his former students for playing a significant role in his intellectual, academic, and personal development. Dr. Stagnaro and Dean Bob Bradshaw presented the recognition letter to him during his class, after which the students gave him a hearty round of applause Tenured English faculty members Jennifer Hurley and Alison Kuehner have presented on the successful implementation of Ohlone’s accelerated English class (ENGL-151RW) at both the National Association for Developmental Education and California Association for Developmental Education conferences. As a result of their well-received presentations, both professors have received a request to visit a community college in New Mexico; an email from a program in Akron, Ohio, which has adopted Ohlone’s model for its acceleration efforts; and encouragement from the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University to submit a write-up of their program, data, and findings for possible publication. Professor Kuehner worked with CCRC on a presentation for the League of Innovation Conference in Spring 2017.

Dr. Laurie Issel-Tarver, Professor in Biotechnology, is on the steering committee for a National Science Foundation-funded project to create a network of faculty doing research with undergraduates. The purpose of the project is to use bioinformatics (computer analysis) and wet lab experiments to help figure out the functions of mystery yeast genes. Ohlone students will be in collaboration with undergraduates from across the country working on different sets of genes from yeast. Dr. Issel-Tarver will be incorporating this research into her Bioinformatics and Research Projects classes, and Ohlone will host a weeklong workshop for a small number of instructors in 2021.

Dr. Rose-Margaret Itua, Professor in Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Outstanding Teaching Award for its Pacific Southwest section. Congratulations Dr. Itua!

Director of Tutoring Michael Leib continues to build the training program for Ohlone tutors, which improves the quality of tutoring across the college. In addition to obtaining re-certification of the tutor-training program for levels one and two from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), he is now working on completing the application for level three. He is also leveraging the use of Student Lingo, a student services resource which comprises online video modules in topics such as study skills and time management, to provide additional training opportunities for our tutors. Training is required of all embedded tutors, and Ohlone has a higher hourly tutor salary rate for each level of CRLA certification completed.

Using funds from the Basic Skills allocation, two of Ohlone’s adjunct faculty have started an ESL book club. The book club met on Tuesdays for the last six weeks of the semester, and the participants read and discussed a biography of Amelia Earhart.

College Accomplishments

The Counseling Department partnered with the Business Administration Department to pilot a high school student orientation on opportunities for business majors, business careers, and the transfer process at Ohlone College. The first orientation was presented to the Irvington High School Deca Business Club on December 16, 2016. Next steps are to modify the pilot to include business students presenting their Ohlone experiences.

The Entertainment Design and Technology program sponsored an intensive hands-on credit class, “Moving Lights,” attended by Ohlone students and members of the stage hands’ union. A class on a topic in advanced entertainment design is offered for this audience annually just prior to the Spring Semester.

The Ohlone College Foundation received a gift of $10,000 from the CIO Scholarship Fund, bringing their giving towards the Ohlone STEM embedded tutoring program to $48,000 over the past four years! The CIO Scholarship Fund is a non-profit group of Silicon Valley Chief Information Officers dedicated to educating future information technology leaders.

The Learning Alliance for Bioscience (LAB) is a Career Pathway program that puts young learners on a path to success that starts in high school, leads to college, and ultimately to excellent job opportunities in the biotechnology industry. To date the results of this program are terrific! In the 2015-2016 academic year 272 students enrolled in the classes at the high schools; and 218 applied for admission to get an Ohlone student ID and transcript so that their 2+2 credit could be recorded. In 2016-2017, 269 students enrolled at the high schools, and 221 so far have applied for admission to Ohlone.

Ohlone’s Respiratory Care program has been selected for recognition by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care to receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. Criteria for this award included having three or more years of outcomes data; holding accreditation without a progress report; documenting RRT credentialing success of 90% or above; and meeting or exceeding established accreditation thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition, and positive job placement.

The Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center received an additional $80,000 to operate a special project to provide employment and training services to long-term unemployed workers displaced from high technology industries.

Ohlone College received a gift of $25,000 from the Verle Waters Trust for scholarships and awards for nursing students, as well as for nursing faculty professional development. Verle Waters joined Ohlone College in 1975 and served as Assistant Dean of Instruction for 15 years. She passed away in 2016, but her legacy will continue to support student success at Ohlone.

Alameda County Workforce Development Board announced that they will award $692,501 to The Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center for Program Year 2016- 2017 to continue workforce services for the Tri-Cities.

In June 2016 the Board of Trustees approved the report on the Nine Multiple Methods for measuring success in compliance with its Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. Ohlone’s report was approved by the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office, and Ohlone received the maximum funding available to be used to support the efforts for diversity and inclusion during 2016-2017. The EEO Advisory Committee at the Chancellor’s Office reviewed reports from more than 55 districts statewide and identified the top three submissions for each of the nine multiple methods. Ohlone is in the in the top five for five of the nine measures. The selections were based on the innovation and effectiveness of our approaches to diversity and inclusion and published in the EEO and Diversity Best Practices handbook, available on the Chancellor’s Office website. Thanks to ODIAC for their work on the report.

Ohlone has received a Chancellor’s Office CTE Stars Award, which recognizes Ohlone College for its track record on advancing students’ economic mobility. The college has shown great results in the Health Doing What Matters sector. Students in this sector have outcomes that are among the top in the state, with 100% reporting that they are employed in their field of study.

The final economic impact report is in and shows the impact created by Ohlone on Fremont, Newark, and Union City totaled $338.6 million in 2014-2015. The report details big impacts on local business, and return on investment to students, taxpayers, and society. One highlight: For every dollar society spent on Ohlone educations during the analysis year, society will receive a cumulative value of $13.40.

The IPEDS Data Feedback Report 2016 compares Ohlone to the other 20 colleges in the Bay 10, and there are a couple of interesting comparisons to the Bay 10 median. Ohlone’s graduation rate of 39% is higher than the Bay 10 median of 24% for completion in up to three years, and for students who take up to four years to complete, Ohlone’s rate of 48% is 50% above the median rate of 32%. Ohlone’s Asian student enrollment at 37% of the student body is well above the Bay 10 median of 24%. Ohlone spends about $1000 less per FTE compared to the Bay 10 median.

For the 2015-2016 academic year Ohlone increased by 34% the number of associate degrees for transfer (ADT’s) that were earned by students from the previous year. A total of 206 associate degrees for transfer were earned by Ohlone students during 2015-2016. Certificates of accomplishment increased 19.9%, to a total 446 students earning certificates of accomplishment. Total degrees and certificates awarded increased 5%, to a total of 1441.

Community Outreach

Alameda County Workforce Development Board has agreed to fund a certificate training contract for $96,120 to train a cohort of 25 long-term unemployed adults in Healthcare Information Technology and Security. The year-long training is scheduled for 2017.

The Tri-Cities One-Stop Career Center, in partnership with Fremont Resource Center Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), recently concluded the third season of hosting this service. During this season, 158 tax returns were completed and filed, resulting in over $255,000 in refunds and education credits.

College Events

Ohlone College hosted another successful Career Fair in September 2016 with 35 local employers in attendance, and raised a total of $10,600 through corporate sponsorships for the Ohlone College Foundation. Local employers met with 330 job seekers, 31% of whom were Ohlone College students.

During Fall 2016 Ohlone had an Engineering Outreach event at Newark Memorial High School to increase access to and awareness of STEM pathways at Ohlone as part of the Student Equity Plan. Program information was presented and hands-on engineering activities were provided for the students.

In partnership with Mission Valley ROP and local continuation high schools, Ohlone hosted the 3rd Annual High School-College Career Day at the Newark Center on March 3, 2017. One hundred thirty-three high school juniors and seniors from the ROP and local continuation/alternative high schools toured the Newark Center and participated in informational sessions. They learned about college application and enrollment, scholarships (including the Ohlone Promise) and financial aid, student life, and STE(A)M and CTE programs.

February was Black History Month and ODIAC sponsored or co-sponsored a number of forums and workshops each week. There was a film screening of “Set Me Free;” “My Story” by Dr. Janice Jones, Ohlone Early Childhood Studies Professor; and “Deaf and Black in America,” a story inspired by the many contributions by Deaf Black professionals. ODIAC was able bring to Ohlone a hidden figure, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, one of a small number of female astrophysicists. Finally, a workshop for STEM Diversity and Innovation was held.

Ohlone College hosted the first ever Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Community College Dinner on March 10, 2017. This event brought together female engineering and computer science students from six colleges for a Speed Mentoring Dinner. Professionals from industry mentored the students over dinner. Other Bay Area community colleges have asked Ohlone to make this an annual event.

The Communication Studies Department organized a very successful Gender Sex Fair on April 19, 2017. Over 1,000 attended, with broad participation by departments across the college. Participants expressed great appreciation for the chance to learn about sex and gender issues that are largely not talked about because they are taboo or unknown to many.

On April 28, 2017 the Newark Center hosted the first specialized Health Sciences Career Fair. Over 60 students and alumni of nursing, therapy, and related programs successfully met with the more than 15 employer representatives who participated.

The Puente Graduation Dinner took place on May 5, 2017 at the Newark Campus in celebration of the achievements of students in the Puente Program and members of the MEChA Club. Twenty-four students completed the second semester of the Puente Program and fourteen are transferring to baccalaureate universities in Fall 2017. Congratulations!

In recognition of Ohlone’s 50th Anniversary, many commemorative events were held during Spring 2017. In honor of National Poetry Month, a history of Ohlone College was presented on April 18, prior to the start of the readings. On April 19 the Foundation hosted the Past Alumni of the Year reception, attended by past alumni and their families. The alumni gave moving speeches about their experience at Ohlone and shared how Ohlone helped them achieve their life’s goals. Several went on to graduate and post-graduate schools and to great careers. Some of them have had their children and grandchildren attend Ohlone. On April 22 former ASOC senators were invited back for an evening of celebration and reconnection. The event was well attended. On April 25 President Gari Browning hosted the 9th Annual Appreciation Breakfast for classified staff followed by an all-staff softball game, complete with cheerleaders cheering from the sidelines. The two teams were comprised of faculty, staff, and management. Everyone had a great time. We hope to do it again very soon. Past Valedictorians were invited back to Ohlone for a hosted lunch on May 5. The event was attended by at least one Valedictorian from each decade since selection of Valedictorians began in 1971. The stories shared by the attendees were touching and inspiring. Many were overjoyed that Ohlone had reached out to them to reconnect and pledged to stay connected. Again, we heard stories of tremendous educational success and achievements. On May 6th, Ohlone hosted a “World of Cultures in Food, Art, and Dance” event to thank the community for their continued support over the years. The event was sold out, and from all accounts a community outreach success.