SCC News

First Light

The Hulbe Observatory on the roof of Rodda Hall South has a new telescope and mount, thanks to a $40,000 upgrade.
The 17.5-inch PlaneWave reflector telescope is the largest in Sacramento, with an extremely high optical quality and “research-grade” capabilities, according to Astronomy Professor Liam McDaid.
The new telescope was unveiled to the public at a “First Light” event in the early morning hours of Feb. 4 when the planetary alignment of Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Saturn and the moon were observable.
The first open observatory – the monthly event open the general public – with the new telescope will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5.

KEJ farewell reception homepage

Students, employees and friends of President Kathryn E. Jeffery threw her an emotional going-away reception on Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Learning Resources Center.

Each constituency group presented Dr. Jeffery with a memento  to celebrate her 8-year tenure as CEO at Sacramento City College. Student Senate President Marianna Sousa read a personal poem that she wrote for the occasion.

Dr. Jeffery has been named the President and Chancellor of Santa Monica College, and will begin her tenure there soon. She joked that Sacramento City College, where she was a counselor and adjunct music professor in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, was the best community college in “Northern” California to the delight of the gathered crowd.

Study Abroad homepage

Students who may be interested in studying in London during the Fall 2016 semester are encouraged to attend an informational presentation at  Noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 in Rodda Hall North, Room 264.

At the event, you will learn the cost (and how financial aid can be used for the trip), the classes that will be offered, and many of the add-ons that can accompany the Study Abroad trip.

Many SCC students have spent semesters in foreign countries over the years, and report a valuable experience not only in terms of the education received, but also in the cultural immersion of the program.

Town Hall home page

Mark your calendar for two upcoming Town Hall forums at SCC. Both will be put on by the Los Rios Community College District, and both will be held in the Student Center.

  1. “What are you looking for in the next SCC President?” – Friday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. – Noon.
  2. “2016 Strategic Plan” – Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Organizers ask that interested people register for the second forum on the Los Rios website.

If you are unable to attend the first forum, but would like your input to be considered, you may email Chancellor Brian King at

If you are unable to attend the second forum and would like your input to be considered, you may visit to do so.

Safety Day

The SCC Student Senate and Clubs and Events Board (CAEB) are hosting “Safety Day” in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

It is a special event dedicated tosafety awareness and crisis prevention for students in school, home and community. There will be informative presentations and resources available that could one day be a life saver.

Take time during your schedule on Thursday to take part in this important student-sponsored and student-run activity.

Success Coaches homepage

SCC has hired four success coaches, each of whom can help you start your semester off right, improve and develop skills, and teach you how to succeed at Sacramento City College.

Take the time to meet with Rachel Bingham, Karin Mack, Lee Moua and/or Woubejig Shiferaw to help with many of your educational questions or concerns. They are well trained to help you.

To make an appointment, call 916-558-2390. You can also find them on their new website.

Find your success coach today!


Poindexter President hompeage

At the Jan. 13 monthly meeting of the Los Rios Board of Trustees, Board members approved the appointment of Michael Poindexter as Interim President of Sacramento City College.

He will succeed Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, who is leaving SCC to take the presidency at Santa Monica College.

Michael will begin his service as Interim president on February 3. He has served at SCC since 2007 in his current capacity as Vice President of Student Services, and he has more than 25 years of administrative experience at both two-year and four-year institutions.

According to an email sent to all employees, Los Rios Community College Chancellor Brian King said, “We are fortunate to have a team of three outstanding vice presidents at Sacramento City College—including MIchael, VP of Instruction Mary Turner and VP of Administration Laduan Smedley—who work together closely and will partner to make the transition smooth.”

A more formal search for a full-time president will begin immediately, King said, adding that his goal is to have the next permanent president named by the end of the Spring 2016 semester.

Psychopharmacology homepage

Students, if you need to fill out your schedule in these last days before the Spring 2016 semester begins, you might think about PSY 315 – a new class at SCC.

Called “Psychopharmacology, ” the course explores the effects of drugs on the brain and behavior. The short-and long-term effects of both recreational and psychotherapeutic drugs are examined.  Students will learn how drugs alter different circuits in the brain and how these changes play a role in various aspects of cognition, psychological disorders, recreational drug use, drug abuse, learning, and brain disease.

There is one section of this course, and it is held at the SCC Davis Center.

Full Term, Jan 16-May 18
T-Th       09:30-10:50AM LEC A.Keys   Davis 108   19996    Textbook

Whether you are a psychology major, or need a social science class in your education plan, this might be the one you’re looking for.

For other options of classes with seats available in  them, visit the SCC Open Class page on our website. The latest list was good as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13.