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Faculty, staff and students have an opportunity to meet and chat with Los Rios Chancellor Brian King on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 12-1 p.m. in the Student Center.

“Brown Bag with Brian” is an informal conversation with Chancellor King on topics related to the present and future of SCC and the District.

Participants are encouraged to bring a “brown bag” lunch. Lemonade, iced tea and cookies will be provided. Questions or comments may be sent to the Chancellor at

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Sacramento City College $525,000 in federal funding for each of the next five years as part of the Department’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Program.

“This HSI grant is very significant for Sacramento City College as we continue to expand and enhance our services to students,” said SCC President Kathryn Jeffery. “And, the global studies component of our proposal will prepare students for engagement locally, nationally and internationally.”

Funding from this federal grant will allow Sacramento City College to fully support its comprehensive approach to academic success for first-year Hispanic students. The goals of this program are to improve student course success rates, retention rates, and completion rates for first-year Hispanic students. Sacramento City College plans to achieves these goals by creating a comprehensive first-year learning community program with culturally responsive curriculum development, expanding learning opportunities outside of the classroom, purchasing teaching materials and developing workshops, and implementing mentorship and internship programs. This multifaceted initiative will help ensure that all students have the support and opportunities they need to achieve academic success at Sacramento City College.

“This grant recognizes Sacramento City College’s commitment to first-year students of diverse backgrounds and needs,” said Congresswoman Doris Matsui, who announced the award on Sept. 30. “Through this recognition and funding as part of the Developing Hispanic Serving Institution Program, Sacramento City College will continue to invest in first-year students’ success, and will improve educational outcomes and opportunities for entering Hispanic students.”

Sacramento City College enrolls a diverse student body in an urban campus environment.  The college has a student body of approximately 24,000 students, of which nearly 30 percent are Hispanic/Latino.

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Fall Flex will be held on Aug. 19 and 20, leading up to Convocation on Friday, Aug. 21.

This semester, the flex program, which is an opportunity for faculty and staff to participate in professional development activities, includes “Tech Wednesday” and “Flex Thursday,” as well as a chance for division meetings to occur before and after the Convocation program if desired.

Faculty and staff should contact their division office for the times and locations of division, department and program meetings. There will be a continental breakfast on the morning of Convocation, from 7 to 8 a.m. in City Cafe.

The Flex Booklet is available online. Also available are the flex calendars for Tech Wednesday, Flex Thursday and Convocation Friday.



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The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival is shaking things up in its 30th year as an iconic local production by flipping gender roles in the classic plays, “Romeo and Juliet” and “As You Like It.”

“Romeo and Juliet” will star an all-male cast, while “As You Like It” turns the concept on its head, adapting to modern times by tapping women to play all roles.

Recent headlines have provoked much discussion on the topic of gender identity, but Christine Nicholson, director of “Romeo and Juliet,” points out that the practice of casting men for female roles in Shakespeare’s plays dates back to the Elizabethan era (the practice, in general, has been around even longer and can be traced to Ancient Greece). She said the decision to cast the productions this way came from a desire to honor tradition, while also striving for equitable opportunities for the actors.

“We have wanted to approach a production in the original manner of Shakespeare for some time,” Nicholson said. “We also are consistently trying to achieve gender equity in our productions. Shakespeare’s plays that have 20 or more characters have roles for only three or four women at most because he wrote for all-male productions. Although we always try to cross-gender where possible, this year we felt that if we did an all-male production, an all-female production alongside it would be both equitable and artistically challenging and exciting.”

It’s an experience, actress Nina Damer, who plays Orlando in “As You Like It,” could not pass up.

“It seems such a waste that I should only be able to play the roles that are designated appropriate for my sex. I am more than my looks. I am more than my voice. I am more than my name,” she said. “There are no emotions or behaviors in the realm of the human experience that are reserved exclusively for men, so why should more than half of the experiences in Shakespeare’s repertoire be reserved for them?”

Julian Ortega, an English major at SCC, will portray Lady Capulet In “Romeo and Juliet.”

“This may help people understand that gender does not have to be so defined, he said. “We’re bringing attention to the fact that even though the character may be male or female, it can be played by someone else, as well or better.”

Nicholson and “As You Like It” director Lori Ann DeLappe-Grondin waited until they saw auditions before deciding which gender to assign to each play.

Actress Shelby Saumier, who plays Audrey in “As You Like It,” said it was a revelation to be able to audition for any role she wanted.

“For the first time in my life, my gender did not confine me in my art and I felt empowered and free as an artist,” Saumier said.

Zac Scovel, who plays Juliet this summer, said this experience has broadened his experience as an actor.

“It was always part of my process to put myself in the shoes of the character, but this one has been a challenge,” he said, “because I’ve never had the experience of being a 13-year old girl.”

Adding to the challenge is the desire of Scovel and the rest of the actors to play opposite gender roles in a respectful and realistic manner. “If we do our jobs right, they will see women on stage,” he said.

DeLappe-Grondin said she is thrilled to work with a stellar cast of hardworking, intelligent, funny and creative actresses, who often do not get many chances to shine in classical theatre due to the lack of female roles.

“This is their chance, and they are shining gloriously,” DeLappe-Grondin said. “We are working against caricature and for authenticity in all roles, not just the male roles. I’m inspired by the work they do and the spirit in which they do it. I think this will be a summer to remember, and hopefully not the last one of this nature.”

“Romeo and Juliet” runs July 3 through Aug. 1. The cast includes Sean Olivares as Romeo, Scovel as Juliet, Bill Gilbert as the Nurse, Tom Block as Tybalt, Ryan Canfield as Mercutio, Vernon Lewis as Frair Lawrence, Roderick Hickman as Benvolio, Sean O’Brien as Lord Capulet, Julian Ortega as Lady Capulet, Andrew Zelny as Paris, and Anthony Person as the Prince.

“As You Like It” runs July 10 through Aug. 2. The cast includes Dramer as Orlando, Tiffanie Mack as Rosalind, Denise Ivy as Duke Frederick, Natalie Jones as Touchstone, Christi Van Eyken as Celia, Emily Labowitch as Phebe, Shelby Saumier as Audrey, Theresa Vann-Stribling as Duke Senior, and Kathleen Poe as Jaques.

For dates, times and ticket information, visit Performances are in the William A. Carroll Amphitheatre in William Land Park. Arrive early for best seats. Some concessions will be available, and picnics are welcome.

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Are you a new student?  If so, join us at the Freshmen Welcome to learn how to succeed in college!

You will have the opportunity to participate in exciting workshops, to meet new friends, and to connect to the campus community.

The Freshmen Welcome is on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration tables are open at 8:30 a.m.

Complete the online registration form online at

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The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium has produced a video about the “Kinders Go To College” event at Sacramento City College’s West Sacramento Center.

The program drew 90 kindergarten students from Riverbank Elementary School in West Sacramento, as well as junior high and high school students from area schools, to the West Sacramento Center on May 22 to get a glimpse of college life.

The students were treated to a number of special college “classes” (15 minute workshops) in fields such as dental assisting and hygiene, nursing, art, personal finance, and robotics.

“We need to increase the college-going rate in West Sacramento and Yolo County,” said Art Pimentel, Dean of SCC’s West Sacramento Center. “The earlier we start the process of getting students to know about college, the better we do at getting them here when the time is right.”

Sacramento City College partnered with the Yolo County Office of Education on this unique program.

In addition to the classes, students received a special T-shirt honoring them as the high school Class of 2027, a backpack and other goodies from SCC and the Yolo County education office.


Career Day is Wednesday, May 6, at Sacramento City College. Stop by the main campus Quad between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet employers and see what job opportunities are out there.

Bring your current resume to leave with employers. Some employers may conduct on-the-spot interviews, so come dressed for success and keep the weather in mind!

For more information, contact the Career Center at 916-558-2665.


Twenty-four of Sacramento City College’s women students have been recognized for their perseverance in continuing their education despite personal challenges.

The “Outstanding Women Student” award recipients and their friends, families, counselors and others who have supported them were treated to a lunch on Friday, March 27 at the SCC campus. The recipients were called to the stage to receive their certificates get their photos taken.

The award recipients are: Juanita Alvarado, Claudia Bravo, Amy Chan, Jhermaine DeMayo, Caroline D’Souza, Vanessa Duenas, Rebecca Dutra, Hubbis Fabian, Monserrat Vazquez-Fonseca, Elke Gomez, Joanna Gross, Melanya Gudzeva, Arlene Lopez, Diane Mitchell, Saleema Muhammad, Christina Parra, Juanita Patlan, Rayelle Ross, Stephanie Thompson, Marianna Sousa, Christine Wiebe, Lauren Winkler, Fama Rahima Ziyarmal, and Mee Xiong.

They were selected for their outstanding academic achievement, maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher, while excelling in community service, venturing into traditionally male-dominated careers or gaining recognition in athletics — all while overcoming personal obstacles.

“Instead of disability, they demonstrated the ability to face challenges head on–they are truly risk-takers,” said Dr. Debra Luff, SCC’s Associate Vice President of Enrollment/Student Services. “As I look into the eyes of the future, it looks, very, very bright.”

Since the program’s inception in 1997, more than 700 women have been awarded.


Dozens of staff, managers, students and even little ones from Sac City’s Child Development Center turned out to walk for breast cancer awareness at Hughes Stadium on Thursday, March 19.

“Come Walk With Us!” was organized by the Cultural Awareness Center as a Women’s History Month event.

Members of the SCC community were encouraged to “wear pink” and walk with college President Kathryn Jeffery and Los Rios Community College District Trustee Pamela Haynes to raise awareness for breast cancer research, prevention and care.