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“1776 the Musical” Coming to Bankhead Theater – Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre

January 10, 2018

LIVERMORE, CA–Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre’s latest production “1776 the Musical” opens this Saturday January 13, 2018 at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore. 1776 (music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and book by Peter Stone) premiered on Broadway in 1969 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. In 1972 it was made into a film and was revived on Broadway in 1997.


1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Witness the birth of a nation as our forefathers struggle to craft the Declaration of Independence. The seminal event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty, and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.

The show runs January 13, 20, 27 at 8:00 pm and January 14, 21, 27 and 28 at 2:00 pm. Performances are Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm with an additional Saturday matinee on January 27th at 2pm and is rated PG. 1776 the Musical is performed at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA 94550.

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Life as a Microbiology Major: Amy Peng’s Journey from Dublin High School to UC San Diego

January 8, 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA—Dublin High School Class of 2017 graduate Amy Peng is a freshman at the University of California, San Diego currently studying microbiology, and the latest profile in our popular Life in College Series. After completing her major, Amy hopes to attend medical school and possibly specialize in women’s health or pediatrics.

Amy credits her ROP Medical Occupations class, which she took during her senior year at Dublin High School, as the course that most influenced her to pursue this field. At DHS, she also participated in lacrosse, orchestra, and art club, and was an FMP mentor during her junior year.


During the break, I had the chance to catch up with Amy, to learn more about her experiences so far at UC San Diego and how she is working towards a career in STEM. Amy also shared some valuable advice for DHS Gaels hoping to pursue a similar path.

Neha Harpanhalli: When did you decide that a career in STEM was the right choice for you? Why did you choose to pursue microbiology in particular?

Amy Peng: “I actually decided to pursue a career in STEM very early on. When I was in elementary school, I just thought how my doctor ‘magically’ helped me feel better when I was sick and I wanted to emulate that same feeling. I just knew that I wanted to help others. I’m still not completely sure that STEM is the right choice for me, but it’s the path that I’m on right now and it seems promising in terms of what I have experienced so far.

“I chose microbiology because I knew that if my end goal was to go to medical school, then I had to pick a major that would fulfill those course requirements. Originally, I was going to pursue general biology, but at UCSD, it is a capped major [limited enrollment] so I decided to go with microbiology instead.” Read more…

Dublin High School Alum Kayla Collins Helps Engineer Cal Poly’s Rose Parade Float

December 21, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Coming up News Year’s Day 2018 over 100 million people around the world are expected to watch the 129th Rose Parade. Dublin High School Class of 2016 alum and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo mechanical engineering student Kayla Collins is getting the experience of a lifetime by helping engineer Cal Poly’s “Dreams Take Flight” parade float (their 70th entry). Kayla is the latest profile in our popular Women in STEM Series.

2018 Rose Float Rendering

Kayla_Collins_4x6Kayla Collins: “I was attracted to Cal Poly because I was interested in engineering and they have a great reputation. I love Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing philosophy. The Rose Float Program is a great example of Learning by Doing. I joined the Rose Float this year, as a sophomore, as a team member.

“I wanted to join Rose Float because everyone was so welcoming and helpful. It’s really great to get to work with a team on an important project like this. I have gotten to learn how to use a lot of tools, and I have so much to learn from everyone on the Leadership Team. They are all very knowledgeable, and I really look up to them.

“The best experience I’ve had on Float has just been the labs – I get to see the progress being made on the float.”

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Living with Multiple Sclerosis – What I’m Telling My Sons in Five Minutes

December 13, 2017

I’m going to start with this: I’m not dying. That’s the most frightening part. The thought I might not be around. I have to get that out of the way.

Then I’m going to back up.

I was overweight. It was 2011, and we had a toddler and a newborn. I wasn’t sleeping well, but I was eating well. Really well. All the food.

Time to make a change. I’d been fit my entire life, so my dad bod didn’t compute. I started running obsessively, often making it over to Bernal or up to the estates on Foothill. Upwards of ten miles five times a week.

It worked. I was 175 lbs. Down from a 225 I hadn’t thought possible. The diet was cleaned up, too. An annoyingly portion controlled routine of grass fed protein and vegetables, with the occasional dip into ancient grains for variety.

Michael Ruegg

Dublin High School History Teacher Michael Ruegg

I just rolled my eyes as I read over that. Think about how my wife Sara felt.

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Disney Internships for College Students – How to Prepare and Succeed

December 11, 2017

For every child who has dreamed of a vacation at a Disney park, there is a college student dreaming of a job at the Walt Disney Company. A few years ago we interviewed Dublin High School Class of 2011 alum Emily Edlund about her experiences in the Disney College Program. As part of our Women in STEM Series we also spoke with a Disney Imagineer about her path to a career in Disney Imagineering. Building on our theme of articles on college internship opportunities we recently spoke with Scott Barczak, Sr. Manager, International Recruitment at Disney Worldwide Services.

MK Overlook2 When students are considering internship options what are the breadth of opportunities offered by the Walt Disney Company?

Scott Barczak: “The Disney College Program offers opportunities at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, with the majority of opportunities available at Disney World due to the shear size of the resort. What we always say to those who are looking for roles is to think about the guest experience. When our guests come to Walt Disney World and Disneyland they want to enjoy our incredible attractions, eat at our restaurants and bring home memories of their visit from our merchandise locations. It’s no surprise, therefore, that most of the roles available are in those lines of business. We’re looking for hosts and hostesses at our attractions, quick service food and beverage locations, and sales personnel at our merchandise locations. These roles are available at both our theme parks and our resorts. We also hire lifeguards for our resort pools and water parks.” What are the opportunities beyond the Disney College Program, specifically professional internships? Read more…

Dublin School District and Dublin Teachers Association Reach Tentative Agreement

December 7, 2017
DUBLIN, CA–After 18 months without a contract, work-to-rule and protests the Dublin Unified School District and the Dublin Teachers Association, with the help of a state-appointed mediator, have reached a tentative agreement to prevent a strike. The following statement was released by DUSD and DTA earlier this evening:
“Leaders of Dublin’s school district and of the Dublin Teachers Association have agreed to seek approval of the Mediator’s Recommended Agreement that would resolve bargaining for two years (2016/2017 and 2017/2018) and bring an end to lengthy contract talks.
“The recommended agreement was put forward by a state-appointed mediator during the course of today’s meeting between the two sides. The recommended agreement includes a pay raise for each of the two years.
“Dublin Unified representatives will convey the mediator’s recommended agreement to the School Board on December 12, assuming DTA members in the district have ratified and approved the agreement December 11th.
“We are grateful to the mediator for his work to bring the negotiating parties together, and for developing this compromise mediator’s recommended agreement. Both parties have agreed that the mediated negotiations are confidential. We will share more information when we are permitted to do so.”

Congressman Eric Swalwell on Landing a Congressional Internship and the Intern Experience

December 7, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Our next article covering college internship opportunities looks at public service at Congressional Offices. We spoke with Congressman Eric Swalwell (Dublin High School Class of ’99) on the role internships have played in his career, and the opportunities available for college students in his office – locally and in Washington D.C. We also asked if Congressional interns can look forward to a future where more internships are paid.

DSC_7425 What role did internships play in your college experience? Read more…