Autumn leaves haven't yet hit the pavement, but football season is here and, after all, isn't football the official harbinger that fall's shorter days and longer shadows are upon us? This year's football season also brings some good news to Laney College, one of our four Peralta Colleges, which also include Berkeley City College, College of Alameda and Merritt College.

The Laney College Eagles are one of the top-rated community college teams in the state. It is still big news that five former Laney College football players have been awarded NFL contracts and over the summer attended team training camps. Frank Summers, a Laney alum, is playing for the Buffalo Bills. Frank holds the career rushing record at Laney with 2,287 yards. Coming in second at Laney with 2,247 yards rushed is C.J. Anderson, who joined the Denver Broncos.

Sterling Moore headed to the Dallas Cowboys, Chuck Jacobs is staying local with the San Francisco 49ers and Taulib Ihkaro made his way to the Carolina Panthers. Frank and Taulib -- talk about keeping it local -- attended Skyline High School in Oakland. As for their universities after graduating from Laney College, Frank attended the University of Nevada, Taulib went to Louisiana Tech, C.J. to UC Berkeley, Chuck attended Utah State and Sterling went to Southern Methodist University. Impressive stuff, those big league NFL contracts, with roots right here at Laney College.


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We need to give a shout out to the College of Alameda Lady Cougars who began the 2013 season with the fourth annual Cougar Volleyball Classic and won the first game of the season against Lassen Community College. Don't worry if you weren't there, Peralta TV's cameras were rolling and you can see all action on Peralta's YouTube channel. Just go online at www.youtube.com/peraltatv and check out the PTVSports Report playlist for the latest sporting events at our community colleges.

Let's head to the fairway: Oakland's 100-year old Sequoyah Country Club hosted the 10th annual Peralta Colleges Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament this summer. With more than 100 golfers attending, the tournament garnered thousands of dollars to fund scholarships for Peralta Colleges' students. The executive director of the Peralta Colleges Foundation, Romeo Garcia, was blown away at the support shown for our community's students and thanks everyone for the overwhelming turnout.

If you'd like to support the Foundation's work to help committed students realize their educational goals, there's no better way to do so then to attend this fall's Foundation Scholarship Dinner honoring Joe Morgan, our homegrown baseball star. This special event takes place on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Scott's Seafood Restaurant in Oakland. Give Romeo a call at 510-466-7206 to find out how you can attend this great evening and at the same time help our local college students.

It's all about numbers: This fall brings the beginning of a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at UC Berkeley and Berkeley City College in the form of a lecture series, "Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics," which will run through spring 2014. The lectures take place on Oct. 9 and Nov. 6, 2013, and Feb. 12, March 12 and April 9, 2014, at 7 p.m., in Berkeley City College's auditorium, 2050 Center St., between Shattuck Avenue and Milvia Street. For details about the series, please visit www.msri.org/events/nott.

Come October, I'll have more news about the Peralta Colleges as we continue to do our best to put the word "community" into our community colleges.

Reach Jeffrey Heyman at jheyman@peralta.edu or follow him on Twitter @jeffheyman.

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