Category Archives: Student Leadership & Development

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EOPS Celebrates Year-End with Luau

The Extended Opportunity Programs and Services department at Sacramento City College took time out Thursday to honor students who graduated through the program and the outgoing Vice President of Student Services by holding a luau in the Student Center.

In addition to a feast of barbecue chicken, roast, potato salad and beans, the nearly 100 people who attended the event were treated to several performances by SCC’s Pacific Islanders dance team.

Congratulations to all students who use this vital service, which is designed to provide opportunities for students with academic potential who, historically, would not have attended college. We are proud of you.

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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 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.

 

Student Voting

Vote in the Student Elections Today

Sac City Student Elections conclude today at 11:30 p.m.  Don’t forget to take part. To vote, use your eServices account for both the Student Senate and the Clubs and Events Board (CAEB) offices that are available.

Here’s all a student needs to do:
Step 1 – Go to your eServices account
Step 2 – Click on the Elections & Surveys tab
Step 3 – Read the Voter Guide
Step 4 – Proceed to the Voting Site
Step 5 – Vote!

Fore more information, visit the Los Rios CCD student elections page.

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Jesus Debate Draws Big Crowd

Wednesday night’s forum in the Student Center, entitled “The Jesus Debate: Lord or Legend” drew a standing room only crowd of more than 200 people, who listened to two noted authors debate the authenticity of the New Testament Gospels, and ultimately if Jesus of Nazareth ever truly existed.

Author and filmmaker John Christy presented the Christian side of the debate, while author David Fitzgerald argued on behalf of atheists. Sacramento City College’s student clubs, SSA-SCC and the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, presented the lively debate.

It was broadcast live on www.dogmadebate.com and videotaped for future broadcast on cable channels 15 and 16, through the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium.

 

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Run for Student Office

The SCC Student Associated Council (Student Senate and Clubs and Events Board) is looking for students to fill vacant positions for the 2015-2016 student year! No experience needed!

Student elections will be held April 14 and 15. Help SCC be better for students, while learning valuable teamwork skills.

ELECTION TIMELINE SPRING 2015

Candidate and election information are available at: http://studentelections.losrios.edu

 
Tuesday, Mar 10 Candidate Orientation, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., LRC 105
Highly encouraged for all candidates or those interested.

Tuesday, Mar 24 Candidate forms (Declaration of Candidacy, Public Information Form, Petitions, and Candidate Forum Confirmations) due by 5:00 p.m. to Kim Beyrer, Student Leadership & Development, SOG 226.

Friday, Mar 27 Succession Planning for Smooth Transitions Workshop,
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., BUS 240
Learn and strategize how to handle the transition from outgoing to incoming officers.

Apr 7-15 Campaign period.

Apr 7 & 9 Candidate Forums, Noon – 12:50 p.m., Quad
Attend to speak as a candidate and/or learn about candidates.

Apr 9 Campaign Expenditure Forms due by 3:00 p.m. to Kim Beyrer,
Student Leadership & Development, SOG 226.

Apr 14 Election promotions barbecue, 11:30 a.m. – food runs out, Quad

Apr 14-15 Election Days, 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., go to your eServices account and click on the VOTE! tab.

Apr 16-17 Election results posted, upon verification.

July 1 Effective date for new officers of the Student Associated Council.

 
Transitional Meetings: All outgoing and incoming officers must attend.
Apr 17 Joint Budget Committee, 11:00 a.m., City Café #1
Apr 27 & May 4 Clubs and Events Board, Noon, RHN 258
April 29 & May 6 Student Senate, 12:00 noon, RHN 258
TBA Mandatory Training, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Location TBA

All candidates are encouraged to enroll in SGVT 300 for the fall semester.
Contact: Student Leadership and Development, South Gym SOG 226, 916-558-2381, beyrerk@scc.losrios.edu

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Club Day was Thursday

SCC student clubs were on the Quad on March 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to answer questions and provide information on what they have to offer. Hundreds of students joined in the festivities!

Applications for club participation continue to be available in the Student Leadership and Development Office, SOG 226.

For more information, contact SL&D at 558-2381.

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Student Speaker Wanted for Commencement

The Student Leadership and Development Office and the SCC Commencement Committee are looking for one student speaker to address the graduating classes that will walk the stage on May 20, 2015.

Selection criteria will be based on the following: 1) 3.0 GPA minimum, 2) Graduating by the end of Spring semester 2015, and 3) ability to address the graduating class, parents and campus community.

Candidates will need to complete an application form, which can be picked up in the SLD Office, located in South Gym 226.

The deadline to apply is March 27. Candidates will then be asked to present their speech before an auditioning committee, which will then select the student speaker. Good luck!