Category Archives: Student Leadership & Development

Welcome Day

The SCC Quad was filled with students and employees Thursday as the college celebrated its annual “Welcome Day” festivities with music, dance, cheer, table demonstrations, a free barbecue lunch, and free manicures.

The line for free hamburgers and hot dogs stretched out as several hundred students waited for their lunch. Meanwhile, the manicure tables were filled with students, and music filled the air.

The event is put on by Student Leadership and Development. Vice President of Student Services Michael Poindexter, and Student Senate President Marianna Sousa addressed the crowd during the lunch hour, encouraging students to get involved in the myriad activities and organizations here on campus.

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Nearly 250 incoming Freshmen took part in the 4th annual Freshman Welcome event on Tuesday at Sacramento City College. After a rousing introduction to the college by Vice President Michael Poindexter and Student Body President Marianna Souza, the students were treated to several seminars on what it takes to be a successful student here at SCC.
Another 250 students are expected to attend Day 2 on Wednesday.
Welcome Freshmen!

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About 200 students enrolled in the SCC Student Summer Success Academy were provided hot dogs and music on the quad Tuesday as a reward for taking part in the summer-long series of classes that is aimed at helping prepare students for the rigors of college-level work.

Keep at it, students! We really believe this program will help make the transition much smoother for the fall semester.

Remember, classes begin on August 22.


Summer Success Academy

New students are encouraged to participate in SCC’s Summer Success Academy, which will be in motion between June 22nd and July 23rd (5 weeks).

The program will include a Math and English bootcamp, a leadership component, transfer informed trips to UOP, CSUS, and UC Berkeley, collaboration with Transfer Center to participate in mini-transfer fair, and a Sampler series – where faculty from multiple disciplines will come into each classroom to inform students about different majors and its relationship to careers.
In addition, the SCC Career Center will provide workshops on using campus resources to explore majors, careers, and job support. Lastly, student ambassadors will serve as mentors throughout the summer.

The Summer Success Academy is a joint effort between many departments, and involves the collaboration of EOPS, Transfer Center, Career Center, Admissions, Financial Aid, Assessment, Student Leadership Department, Cultural Awareness Center, Library, Math and English departments, Facilities, Health Center, Student Ambassadors, Counseling, Allied Health, High School Counselors, Transfer reps at UOP, UCB, and CSUS, and various faculty.

We hope to see you here on Monday the 22nd!

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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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For the first time in recent memory, Food trucks were allowed on the Sac City Campus during an academic day. Two trucks cam to the campus quad, serving up Greek and American food. Thanks to SactoMoFo (Sacramento Moving Food) for working with us to bring the trucks on campus.

We will have more trucks out for People’s Day on May 7. So look for them!


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

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

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.