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Students Lobby Lawmakers for More Money

Four students and a faculty advisor recently attended the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Capitol Forum in Washington D.C., where they became the first to represent Sacramento City College to the U.S. Congress as students from a newly minted Hispanic Serving Institution. Sacramento City College is the first institution of higher education in the Sacramento region to be named an HSI college based on the fact that more than 25% of its students identify as Hispanic.

Rose Shoen, Maria Medina, Jose Quezada and Mario Garcia were chosen to represent SCC students after a lengthy application process that included writing an essay and maintaining a high grade point average. In addition, the students had to be a beneficiary of some type of federal benefit. This might include federal financial aid, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, or other programs.

“I knew we would meet people who could help us connect with resources to help our community,”  said Medina, an economics major who plans to transfer to Sacramento State in the fall semester. “For myself, I love to help and advocate for people, many who don’t have a voice for themselves.”

Economics and Business Statistics professor Sandra Camarena arranged the trip and served as the student advisor. Camarena was named an HSI Fellow in 2014 by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and spent two weeks in Washington last summer learning about all the programs, opportunities and resources available to students of HSI colleges.

“It changed my perspective on teaching,” Camarena said. “I came back with all kinds of ideas in my head. “

That included taking students back to D.C. to lobby on behalf of their classmates and the college. Once in Washington, the students learned how to craft messages on various education-related issues that face Hispanic students, and how to lobby legislators in the correct manner.

“You have to be super specific and get your message across in 30 seconds or less,” Camarena said. “You only get one shot at it.”

So the students stayed up until 2 a.m. the morning before they were to meet with U.S. Representatives John Garamendi and Doris Matsui, honing their messages on the need to use Pell grants for summer classes and STEM grants for HSI institutions. Rose, Maria, Jose and Mario were four of the 15 student representatives from California to attend the lobbying event.

“The best apart was talking to Representative Matsui,” said Shoen, an economics major who is transferring to U.C. Davis in the fall through the TAG (Transfer Agreement) program. “It was really cool to be able to interact with our representative while on Capitol Hill. Plus, she represents really close to Sac City College.”

After their day of lobbying, Camarena also made sure the students had some time to visit many of the sites, including the Washington Monument, a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Arts, and Arlington National Cemetery.

“I think it is important for all of us to understand the price of freedom,” Camarena said. “Plus, I knew that some of these students might not get another chance to visit Washington.”

Both Medina said Shoen said the trip was life altering and life affirming.

“I don’t think Washington would have ever been on my list, but now I would take my family,” said Medina, who was undocumented until 2005 when she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. “It’s the capital of our country and you can live the history that is there.”

Camarena hopes that while this was the first group to travel to Washington D.C. for the HACU Capitol Forum, it will not be the last. It cost about $15,000 to send the students. The Student Associated Council, President’s Office, Office of Instruction and the SCC Foundation all contributed to the cause.

“If we are able to find a sustainable pot of money, then we can do it again,” Camarena said. “I’d like to see it continue.”

(Pictured from left are Jose Quezada, Rose Schoen, Mario Garcia, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento), Professor Sandra Camarena, and Maria Medina. Taken in Rep. Matsui’s office in Washington, D.C.)

The Hunting Ground

Documentary Film Tackles Campus Assault

Sacramento City College, in cooperation with the Capital Victims Compensation Program, will present the award-winning documentary “The Hunting Ground” on Wednesday, April 22 as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

This screening will be held in the main auditorium of the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. and will include a panel discussion of the seriousness of this issue immediately thereafter.

SCC wishes to thank the California Victims Compensation Program and Sacramento WEAVE for its partnership in bringing this film to our campus and helping us shed a spotlight on this important college and community issue.

Fore more information, visit

The results are in

Congratulations to the New SCC Student Officers

After two days of student voting, the results are in.

Congratulations to the new Student Associated Council officers:

Newly elected officers will commence their work effective July 1, 2015.  Please join me in welcoming and congratulating the incoming Student Associated Council.

Clubs and Events Board

President:  Curtis Rogers

Vice President:  Willie Mays

Secretary:  An Dao

Student Senate

President:   Marianna Sousa

Vice President:  Ansel Chan

Secretary of Legislative Affairs: Miguel Guerrero

Secretary of Sustainability: Paige Schlicht

Senators: John Kenkel, Matthew Metzger

Open positions will be appointed in the fall.

Thanks to all who ran for office, and thanks to all who voted.


BOG Fee Waiver

Come to College for FREE

The California Community College Board of Governors has adopted a fee waiver program known as the BOG Fee Waiver.

This grant is for eligible students to assist with all enrollment fees. To receive this assistance, students must complete a Fee Waiver Application apply for financial aid through the FAFSA or California Dream Application

Beginning Monday, April 13, you can use the Online BOG Fee Waiver Application for the 2015-16 academic year.

There are 3 ways to qualify:

1) You or your family are receiving public assistance from the AFDC, TANF, CalWORKs or SSI, or through the California Department of Veterans’ Affairs or the National Guard Adjutant General for a Dependent’s Fee Waiver, Supporting documentation must be provided to prove eligibility.

2) Your income falls below the federal poverty limit based on your size of household.

3) You have applied for financial aid and have an unmet need of at least $1,104.

For more information on the BOG FEE waiver, please come to the Financial Aid Office.

Use this link to apply for the BOG FEE Waiver.


Panthers beat No. 1 Team in the Country

The Sac City baseball team erased an early three-run deficit to beat San Joaquin Delta College 7-5 on Saturday in Stockton to u[pend the Mustangs’ bid for a perfect season. Delta is currently ranked No. 1 in the state and nation by the college baseball group

Eddie Sievers went 3-for-4 with a double and Jacob Thomas scored two runs for the Panthers, who improved to 14-16 on the season.

Delta is now 28-1.

West Sac banner

Career Center is Open in West Sac

The Career Center staff is available at the West Sacramento Center on the following days by appointment:

  • Wednesday:  8:30 a.m. – 11;30 a.m.
  • Thursday: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Career Center Staff will be here to assist you with:

  • Career Exploration
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Resume and Cover Letter Tips
  • Interview Skills
  • Info on Internships & Work Experience
  • Additional Career & Job Related Resources

Call 375-5511 to make an appointment.


24 Women Students Recognized for ‘Outstanding’ Perseverance

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.

Sports HOF

Sports Hall of Fame to Induct 8

Sac City’s Athletic Hall of Fame will add eight new members to its roster on Friday, April 17 at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd. The event starts with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and the Induction Program at 8.

The Inductees are:

Jackie Corriea – Women’s Track 1998-1999

Ed Delzer – Baseball 1981

Percy Green – Football 1963-1964

Tina Green – Women’s Basketball 1989-1990; 1991-1992

Rich Hanna – Cross Country 1983-1984

Joe Kemp – Men’s Basketball 1967-1969

Lyndsey Klein – Softball 1997-1998

Jaquillia Lewis – Women’s Track 1997-1999

John Ming – Wrestling 1969-1970

The hall of fame ceremony costs $40 per person, with a choice of prime rib, chicken or vegetable entrée. Please RSVP by April 9th to Laura Love at 558-2420, or


Dental Assisting Program to help Provide Free Care

SCC Dental Assisting students and faculty are all participating in the upcoming CDA Cares event where free dental services are provided to the under served for two full days at Cal Expo.

The event is Friday and Saturday March 27 and 28.

Students will be assisting doctors in x-rays, cleanings, extractions, fillings, dentures, and translation services. This is an exciting community service event that could benefit many people who do not have dental insurance.

For more information on the event, visit CDA Cares.