Category Archives: Campus News

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Wrestlers Finish 6th in State

The Sac City Wrestling team took 6th place in the recently concluded California Community College State Championships at Cuesta College with 66.5 points. Cerritos College won the team championship with Fresno City and Mount San Antonio colleges rounding out the top three teams.

Pacing the Panthers were Alex Landeros, who took third place in the 133-pound weight class, and Brian Sergi, who took third in the 149-pound division. Others placing in the top 8 include Logan Paxton (4th, 184), Lake Gee (7th, 141), Adam Busch (7th, 165), and Jacob Richards (8th, 285).

Congratulations on another great season!

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Storm Warning: The Aftermath

Students and Staff,

The campus is looking quite nice after the downpour of Thursday, Dec. 11. Despite some minor facilities issues, everything is open and on track. Classes are being held and offices are open for business.

We wish to thank you for following our various updates throughout the storm. Hopefully, they made a difference in your decisions on travel and access to and from campus.

Have a good day and weekend. Students, we wish you well on your finals.

Rick Brewer, Communications and Public Information Officer

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Accounting, Math & English Tutors Available

The West Sacramento Educational Center provides tutors for a variety of classes, including accounting, math, and English.

Here is the upcoming schedule for the rest of the semester.

ACCOUNTING
Room 320
Monday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

MATH and STATISTICS
Room 320
Monday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 3:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 3:30pm

ENGLISH and ESL
Room 322
Monday: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday: 10:30am – 3:00pm

For more information on these tutoring opportunities, visit http://www.scc.losrios.edu/westsaccenter/ or call (916) 375-5505

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Brown Bag with Brian

Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brian King spoke to assembled employees and students for one hour on Monday, December 8, in the SCC Student Center. Topics ranged from facilities improvements and the need for more counselors to the new SCC smoking regulations and the possible opportunity to offer four-year degrees.
Here are some remarks by Chancellor King:
On facility improvements – “All four colleges in our district have projects they’d like to do, but there is no state bond issue at this time and maybe not in the next two years, so we will watch carefully.”
“We have more needs than financing, and so we would consider going back to the voters on another bond measure if the state does not address the issue on a broader scale.”
On offering baccalaureate degrees – “As of now there is no additional funding to do this, so it is a zero-sum game. If we offered some upper division courses, we would have to cut some lower division courses.”
“We also do not have the space to offer extra classes. It’s an interesting conversation, and an issue we will be watching very closely.”
On enrollment – “We have remained flat last year and this year, and are well below the high we had before the recession. It is important to grow enrollment somewhat, but always difficult to figure out why the pendulum sways pretty good back and forth.”
“We are seeing a little drop from students right out of high school, even though it is tough to get into the CSUs and UCs. We need to build stronger relationships with high school students. We need to do a better job of working with K-12s explaining to high school students how difficult it is to succeed at the community college level.”
On Adult Education – “two years ago Governor Brown decided he wanted to shift Adult Ed to the community colleges without much input from the K-12s or Community Colleges.”
“We are leading a consortium in the Sacramento area on this issue, concerning how much money will be given to Adult Ed, because it has been cut in half, and what the expectations will be. Right now, we have more questions than answers.”
On the need for more counselors – “The demand for counseling is huge, but we have to come up with creative ways to meet that need. I do not see a huge increase in money for counseling in the near future, so the challenge is how we can meet the needs better and differently. We have to work together to improve processes.”
On the new smoking standard at SCC – “Any decision we make on this always must focus on what is best for our students and faculty, knowing these aren’t easy decisions.”

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Donation of “Condom Cart” on World AIDS Day

Thanks to the work of Adjunct Professor Patty Blomberg, several of her students in this semester’s Human Sexuality course, and the Capital City AIDS Fund (CCAF), Sacramento City College is the recipient of a brand new motorized golf cart, called the “Condom Connection.”

The keys to the new golf cart, painted in SCC colors, with our logo and other catchy phrases (such as “Protect your Panther”), were formally given to Dr. Mary Turner, Vice President of Instruction, last night during a World AIDS Day celebration and remembrance at FACES nightclub in downtown Sacramento.

The “Condom Connection” will be delivered to the campus soon, and will then be used by our Health Services department to drive around the main campus and deliver free condoms and information concerning the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Unfortunately, the most at-risk age group for contracting STIs is between 20 and 29.

“We think this cart will be a fun way to break down barriers, so our students will know to use a barrier, Dr. Turner said as she accepted the keys on behalf of SCC and President Kathryn Jeffery.

In addition, the donation and issue of STIs among college age students was reported by Fox40 news during their 10 p.m. broadcast. To see and read the report, click on the following link:

http://fox40.com/2014/12/01/world-aids-day-a-time-for-reflection-education-in-sacramento/

Again, we wish to congratulate Professor Blomberg and her students and thank the Capital City AIDS Fund for all their work on this exciting donation to SCC! Look for it around campus soon.

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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.

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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 www.scc.losrios.edu/healthservices/smokingmatters.

 

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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. Saccityexpress.com 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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4TEI1-jJCU&feature=youtu.be

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.
http://saccityexpress.com/dianne-roses-winning-photo/

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_EQxJ-534k&feature=youtube

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.
http://saccityexpress.com/a-case-for-cooledge/

Masterson also won fourth place for a features story about SCC retired custodian Harry Outlaw and Jerry Pair’s adventures in campus cleanup. http://saccityexpress.com/custodial-conversation/. Kristopher Hooks, features editor, won a fourth-place award for his profile piece on SCC biology professor David Wyatt. http://saccityexpress.com/biology-professor-takes-hands-on-approach/

“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, saccityexpress.com.

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.