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‘Rock the School Bells’ Empowers Students through Hip-Hop

Sacramento City College will host its second annual “Rock the School Bells” daylong educational outreach event on Saturday, Oct. 18, on the college campus. Organizers expect the free conference, which uses hip-hop to get regional high school students excited about college, will attract about 250 participants this year.

Last year’s inaugural event at the college connected 135 high school and Sacramento City College students in activities such as an emcee battle, dance battle and workshops featuring local artists and nonprofits. The goal is to emphasize the importance of higher education and the value of personal development, healthy lifestyles and positive social change within the community. From its origins at Skyline Community College in San Bruno in 2007, RTSB has used the “edu-tainment” approach to touch the lives of thousands of young people along the west coast.

“This year we’re going to open the conference with a quick energizer featuring the five elements of hip-hop culture,” said RTSB organizer and SCC faculty member Ken Times. “Students will see an exhibition of hip-hop dance styles and graffiti, which will be led by an emcee and a DJ presenting their skills. The fifth element is knowledge of self, so after the energizer we’ll send them out to their workshops, which are based on hip-hop culture, higher education, social justice and self-development.”

Event co-organizer and SCC faculty member Adam Freas describes the daylong activities as a “balance of lecture, discussion, discourse, physical movement and engagement” that can be enjoyed by all.

“We want to engage the students and reframe how they approach education with the mindset that they don’t have to just sit there and be talked to – they can be part of the process,” Freas said.

Teaching students that they have the power to shape their educational experiences also instills in them a confidence that will carry over to their careers, Times said. “What we like to say to students is ‘Find your hip-hop,’” he added.

For more information, visit www.rtsbsac.org or www.facebook.com/RTSB916.

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Panthers FB Team Wins in a Shootout

Quarterback Jason Samuels threw for six touchdown passes, including the game-winner with less than 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter as the SCC Panthers beat Chabot 52-49 on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hughes Stadium.

Samuels finished the game with 438 yards passing on 37 completions. His favorite target was wide receiver Jordan Morrison, who caught 16 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. The Panthers are now 3-2 on the season, and ranked 7th in Northern California. They begin conference play on Oct. 18.

To learn more about SCC Athletics, visit sccpanthers.losrios.edu.

Photo credit: Dianne Rose

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Fast-Track Classes Start Oct. 16

The fall semester has started, but there’s still time to enroll in classes. Fast-Track classes are an opportunity for students to start certain full-credit classes halfway or later into the semester. They’re a great option for students who prefer an alternative to the 16-week full semester class offerings.

If you are looking for a class, check out the course schedule to see what is available. Enroll soon because seats fill quickly!

Here are some important dates to remember regarding Fast-Track classes this spring semester*:

  • Week of Oct. 16: Second 8-week classes begin
  • Week of Nov. 4: Third 5-week classes begin

To enroll or learn more about the Los Rios Steps to Success, visit success.losrios.edu. Find your success today!

*Deadlines

Basketball

Student Athletes Top Priority for SCC’s New Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Julia Allender started June 9 as the new head women’s basketball coach at Sacramento City College.

Allender comes from Ohlone Community College in Fremont, where she served as head coach for the past five years. Previous to that, she was an assistant coach for three years at the college.

As an alumna of San Jose City College, Allender is no stranger to the community college system. In fact, found that her experience as a student led her to prefer coaching at the community college level over other higher education institutions.

“I got into coaching to help people,” Allender said. “From my experiences coaching at the community college level, I saw and realized that there is a large opportunity to positively affect and help players who may have been overlooked or need specific areas of development in order to go on and play at the next level.

“It’s a development level and that’s really what I enjoy about community college and working with these athletes. They have this goal in mind that you’re really helping them go achieve.”

Allender said she was “very much” one of those athletes who needed to be challenged and nudged to reach her performance goals.

“I didn’t really get much better in high school. I was always better than the vast majority of my peers,” Allender said. “So when I began playing at the community college, that gave me an opportunity to get better and add skills that I didn’t have before. It gave me an opportunity to really compete on a daily basis and physically be able to be stronger and move better and be quicker.”

From San Jose City College, Allender went on to play at Southern Utah University with a full Division I basketball scholarship.

“That was my goal; that was my dream,” Allender said. “It was what I wanted to achieve because I knew I wanted to coach.”

Allender said she knew she wanted to coach from a very young age, although she had opportunities to pursue a career as a professional athlete.

“Growing up as a kid, I just loved to help people and I also loved sports,” she said. “I saw how my coaches at that age affected me positively.”

Alllender has a 95 percent transfer rate in her five years as Ohlone’s head coach (100 percent in the last three years), which means she has helped nearly all her athletes transfer to the colleges where they want to play.

While Allender’s first priority is her athletes’ well-being and development, that certainly does not preclude winning games. And she has the track record to back that up — she has won three conference championships in five years at Ohlone and won 105 games in five years.

“I am very highly competitive,” Allender said. “But more than winning, I’m in it to help my athletes in many aspects — educationally, morally, in building leadership skills, giving them tools to live a very successful life.”

To learn more about Panther Athletics, visit the official website.

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Student IDs and Transit Stickers Available Aug. 1

Students will be able to pick up their Fall semester Access cards (student IDs) and UTP stickers (transit stickers) beginning Aug. 1. Pick-up locations will be at the main campus and at the Davis and West Sacramento outreach centers.

Download our calendar for specific dates, times and locations. For more information on Access cards and UTP stickers, visit the Los Rios Community College District website.

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Enroll in Honors Courses this Fall

Sacramento City College’s Honors Program offers many benefits for students.

Honors courses are:

  • University transferable
  • Smaller than regular classes (usually limited to fifteen students)
  • Dependent upon student participation and research

Students who complete four Honors courses with a 3.0 GPA receive:

  • A certificate celebrating the accomplishment
  • A cash award
  • An “Honors Scholar” notation on their transcript

If you are eligible to enroll, check out the Fall semester’s Honors course offerings:

  • ANTH 480 Honors Physical Anthropology
  • ARTH 486 Medieval Art-Honors
  • ENGLT 480 World Literature: Antiquity to the Early Modern World – Honors
  • ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition
  • HIST 483 History of the United States – Honors
  • MUFHL 481 Survey of Music History and Literature – Honors
  • PHIL 480 History of Classical Philosophy – Honors
  • STAT 480 Introduction to Probability and Statistics – Honors

For more information, go to: www.scc.losrios.edu/honors

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SCC Welcomes New West Sac Center Dean

Art Pimentel, a former city councilman and mayor of Woodland, is the new dean of Sacramento City College’s West Sacramento Center.

Pimentel, who begins his new post on July 1, brings more than 14 years of experience in higher education and community-based organizations. He was most recently the interim executive director of Yuba College’s Clear Lake Campus.

During his time with the Yuba Community College District, Pimentel held positions as the director of TRIO programs and the public information officer at Woodland Community College. He has also served on the Woodland City Council as a councilman and mayor.

Pimentel earned his B.A. in Social Sciences and M.A. in Educational Leadership from Sacramento State University.

He said he is excited to serve SCC’s students and the community of West Sacramento.

“We have a wonderful educational facility and the community is taking full advantage of the services and courses we offer,” Pimentel said. “In the coming years, I hope to continue to expand the course offerings and programs to maximize our space and plan for Phase 2 of construction.  Also, I want to strengthen our community partnerships with our local educational institutions, business, and community leaders to develop programs and services that mirror the needs of the community.”

SCC President Kathryn Jeffery is pleased to welcome Pimentel as the West Sacramento Center dean.

“Mr. Pimentel’s experiences, both in education and public service, will enable him to connect with community partners, build relationships with our educational colleagues in the West Sacramento community, and further position the SCC West Sacramento Center to be a more integral higher education presence and partner,” Jeffery said. “He is known for his commitment and dedication to higher education, serving his community, and passion for helping students.”

Jeffery expresses gratitude to Don Palm, who held his position as SCC’s Davis Center dean, while also providing leadership as interim dean for the West Sacramento Center throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

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Daily Parking Fee Increases to $2 on July 1

The daily parking fee at Los Rios Community College District campuses is increasing Tuesday, July 1, 2014, from $1 to $2 per day, the first student and general parking fee increases since 1997.

Since the District last increased parking fees 17 years ago, the number of parking stalls and District land dedicated to parking has increased dramatically, including the construction of three parking structures – at American River College, Cosumnes River College and Sacramento City College – in the past decade.

Student fees associated with parking are restricted and can be spent only on parking-related services.  These fees have been used to maintain existing parking and to cover personnel costs related to monitoring parking areas to help ensure the safety of our college communities.

Other student parking fees will be increasing in January and June 2015. More information about those fees will be provided later in the year.

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Live Music, Poetry this Summer at SCC

Walk by the Sacramento City College main campus Quad on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon this summer and your ears may be treated to a symphony of music and poetry.

Student Leadership and Development has teamed up with the Cultural Awareness Center to bring the “Summer Concert Series” to SCC through June and July, 12-1 p.m.

Acts that have been booked include locals names like Blaquelisted, Ancient Astronaut and the Carla Fleming Band, as well as a spoken word segment.

For more information, contact Student Leadership and Development at 916-558-2381.