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U.C. President Visits Sac City

Sacramento City College served as host to Janet Napolitano, University of California President, and more than 20 community college presidents and chancellors from throughout Northern California Monday morning. The gathering was part of a series of “Conversations” Ms. Napolitano, the former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, is having with community college leaders throughout the state. Her intent is to see more students transfer from the community colleges to the U.C. System.

Topics during the 2 ½ hour session included a range of topics of mutual benefit between the two higher education systems. The group discussed the use of transfer agreements (TAGs), how well community college transfer students do once they arrive on U.C. campuses, ideas for developing stronger pathways that lead from high school to the community colleges and then to U.C., and advocating for a stronger system-wide approach to higher education in California.

The meeting followed last week’s decision by the University of California Regents to raise tuition at U.C. campuses by 5 percent in each of the next five years. Napolitano said the tuition increase was necessary because the California state budget has not kept pace with inflation, or allowed the higher education system (including the community colleges and the California State Universities) to expand its programs and services to the state’s students.

Napolitano and her staff chose Sacramento City College because of our Davis Educational Center, which is located on the U.C. Davis campus. She previously held a similar conference at Merced College because of its close ties to U.C. Merced.

Pictured are California Community College Chancellor Brice Harris, and Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California.


Choral “Open House” and Concert Upcoming

If you like to sing and have thought about joining a choir, then the Sac City Choir may be for you.

The group will hold an “Open House” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, in the Performing Arts Center. It is free and open to the public. Choir Director Daniel Paulson said his current choir and all those in attendance will sing some Christmas carols first and then the choir will perform a few selections.

The Open House comes one week before the end-of-semester choral concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 in the Performing Arts Center. Contact the PAC for more information.

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Center Makes Enrolling for Spring 2015 Easy

West Sacramento Center helps enrolling in college to be much easier. Look at the steps below, and know that someone is always available to help.

1) Computers are available in the e-Services Area for students to complete their college applications
2) As soon as a student receives his or her LRCCD ID number, they can make an appointment to take their assessment test at the Center.
3) After the assessment test, students can make an appointment to see the counselor at the Center.
4) Students may also use the computers in the e-Services Area to complete their New Student Orientation and FAFSA (Financial Aid) application.

Again, staff members are always available to answer any questions and for any help needed during the registration and enrollment process.

Stop by the West Sacramento Center, 1115 West Capitol Avenue, for one-on-one help.


County Awards Sac City for Designated Smoking Areas

SCC was recognized recently by the Sacramento County Tobacco Control Coalition for implementing a total of eight Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs) at the main campus and the Davis and West Sacramento educational centers in response to health and environmental concerns.

College nurse Wendy Gomez, who spearheaded the campus effort, accepted the award on behalf of SCC at the Tobacco Control Coalition’s 17th Annual Recognition Meeting. The coalition operates under the County Department of Health and Human Services.

The need to address smoking concerns on campus came about through a formal complaint and the issue moved through the college’s shared governance process. A survey was conducted to hear the opinions of students and employees. Based on the results of the survey and feedback from SCC’s participatory governance groups, the new campus environmental standard was created and the Designated Smoking Areas were formed. Under the new standard, smoking at the college and its learning centers is allowed only at Designated Smoking Areas.

The DSAs are enforced in tandem with the Los Rios Community College District’s longstanding policy of no smoking within 30 feet of building entrances, outdoor air intakes and operable windows.

DSA locations and additional information can be found online at


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Complete Lower Division Units in Davis

Planning for spring semester?

Did you know that you can complete your IGETC (Inter-segmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) requirements at the Davis Center? And we offer the whole curriculum for some Associate Degrees for Transfer (for example, psychology or communication).

The IGETC (pronounced “I-get-see”) curriculum provides an alternative to the CSU General Education-Breadth requirements or the UC campus GE/Breadth requirements. IGETC helps if you know you want to transfer, but don’t know if you will end up at a UC or a CSU. It can also help if you are unsure which major you will work toward.

Make an appointment with a Davis Center counselor now to map out your path to completion!

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SCC Student Journalists Win Several Honors

The Sacramento City College Express print and online campus newspapers earned seven awards on Saturday at the 2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal conference held at Sacramento State University.

The Express students won JACC’s highest honor for producing Online General Excellence for its online newspaper, given to only a handful of Northern California community college newspapers. is edited this semester by online editor in chief Jonathan Taraya, and last semester by online editor in chief Teri Barth.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see our students succeed and be rewarded for the great work they do in creating a strong student website and newspaper,” said visual media faculty adviser to the campus newspapers Randy Allen, who accompanied SCC students to the conference. “The students named on these awards and those who supported them take this work very seriously and it’s great to see them rewarded for it.”

Multimedia videographer Tamara Knox won a first-place award for her video on the “HAIRitage” art exhibit in the LRC about the cultural influence and significance of African American neighborhood barbershops. Knox also works on campus in the Cultural Awareness Center. You can see her aware winning video at

Other visual media awards were won by Express photographer Dianne Rose, who took second place for her shot of City College baseball infielder Jerrod Bravo in a home game against American River College at Union Stadium.

J.D. Villanueva won a second place in the webcast/broadcast news category for his online piece on student responses in fall 2013 to anti-abortion group Project Truth’s graphic photographic displays of aborted fetuses on campus.

In reporting and writing, managing editor Meg Masterson won second place for her editorial on suggesting the new Student Services building be named after Belle Cooledge, then-Sacramento Junior College’s vice president and a past Sacramento mayor.

Masterson also won fourth place for a features story about SCC retired custodian Harry Outlaw and Jerry Pair’s adventures in campus cleanup. Kristopher Hooks, features editor, won a fourth-place award for his profile piece on SCC biology professor David Wyatt.

“It was pretty cool to hear my name being called,” said Hooks, who attended the conference. “Since last semester was my first time writing journalistically, the possibility of winning another award gives me an extra push to perfect whatever I write.”

Students in SCC’s journalism, photography and graphic communication courses create both the print newspaper, the Express, and the online newspaper,

The JACC NorCal conference held workshops and competitions for students from community college journalism programs in Northern California. JACC is a non-profit organization that represents community college journalism programs and their publications located in California and Arizona. More than 100 community colleges belong to the organization.


City Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” runs thru Dec. 14

City Theatre at Sacramento City College presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. It opened Friday, November 14th, and plays through Sunday, December 14th. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, with one Saturday matinee, on December 13th, at 2 pm.

This is the first time “A Christmas Carol” has been produced at City Theatre. Join SCC for Dickens’ magical Christmas story of redemption and joy. This production is on the big stage with a cast of 36, and lots of live caroling. A perfect holiday tradition for the whole family.

Ticket prices range from $10 for children 6 through 12 to $18 for general admission. Group rates are available.

All details concerning tickets and performances are available online at

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Panthers Football Team Earns Bowl Bid

Despite falling to American River College on Saturday in the regular-season finale at Hughes Stadium, the SCC Panthers football team has been selected to play in the NCFC East Bay Bowl against Diablo Valley College. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at DVC.

The Panthers finished the regular season 6-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Diablo Valley finished 7-3 on the season.

Congratulations Panthers! Now, go beat the Vikings!